Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blugh...I'm Sthick...

I have a sinus infection. That's not awesome or funny. However, I decided to traipse over to the sinus aisle at CVS and check out the meds and other fun things that people use to clear up these pesky ailments. I'm also a sucker for a new deal. I've tried the ear candle, if that is any indication.

For a while I have thought about the neti pot and wondered about its wonders. So while on the CVS aisle, my eyes went straight to the nasal rinses. Gross, right? No...awesome. My good buddy, Joshua, uses one of these every night and he's only 5 (well, almost in July.) If he can do it, so can I.

So I buy this kit that includes a bottle with a straw in it and salt packets. I'm over-simplifying but essentially that is what they are selling. Once home I wanted to try this out immediately because at this point I'm only breathing out of my left nostril. I read the instructions thoroughly as all good McDonnells do, then proceed to boil 6 oz. of water then wait for it to cool down. I pour in my salt packet and shake vigorously. Then I walk to the bathroom, lean my head over the sink and proceed to shoot water up my nose. I believe you're supposed to open your mouth to let the water that is not going out of your other nostril out, but I must have skipped that part. I also probably should have let the water cool down a bit more...I think my back sinus cavity has 3rd degree burns. This morning I upped the saline amount and thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head. I'm told by the directions that I'll get used to that feeling.

What is my final recommendation of the Nasal Rinse? Do it. I'm getting used to it and my sinuses feel clean as a whistle. Now my right nostril still gets clogged up but not as quickly as normally. Also, I'm not going to lie and say it isn't cool that you can shoot water up one nostril and have it come out the other (along with other stuff.)

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Grammar Lesson from Mrs. Kay

This was my Facebook status tonight. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sarah McDonnell sometimes I say "getting my hair did" and I don't think twice about it. I need to get out of that habit.

Kay Bilbrey McDonnell at 8:50pm June 29
Yes, you do! Remember to use proper grammar all the time and it won't matter where you are or who you are with, you'll get it right. (Just another thing I'm sure you will thank me for one day!)

Catherine Hartman at 8:51pm June 29

Vicki Watson at 8:58pm June 29
Not today Kay!

Drew Francis at 8:58pm June 29
do what you want

Sarah McDonnell at 8:59pm June 29

Kay Bilbrey McDonnell at 9:00pm June 29
Watch it, you ole ______, Vicki! You know I have to keep that girl in line. ;>)

Sarah McDonnell at 9:21pm June 29
Kay, this is a curse free zone. Keep it clean.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Strawberries and Cream?

It's about time I do another look at fashion in sport. (Click here to see the Olympic fashion run-down.) Let's turn our eyes to Ye Olde Londontown where the people speak awesomer and the tennis players wear all white...Wimbledon. Just the thought of it takes me back to the summer of 1991. (Before I have any comments about the players' faces, let me say there are never any good action shots of tennis players. They all look constipated.)

We can't begin our look at this treasured event without looking to the King of Wimby...Roger Federer. Now Roger is obviously sponsored by Nike. Looks like they pretty much just give him the leftovers from the warehouse floor. Kidding...kidding. I mean look at him! Such a class act and a great dresser. I mean he is wearing a vest! HE IS AWESOME!!!!

I'll also let you see this awesome photo shoot from a few years back. Looking great on and off the court and let's be honest, isn't that what life's all about? (hmmm....ok.)

Next we will check out the top American man in the Open, also the lone American man left at this point. (Come on Americans...start winning!) Andy Roddick is dreamy (Dreamy: attractive, good-looking. most likely used by your mom in 1965 to describe Elvis or by Haley)

Dinara Safina is ranked high in the Women's rankings and I'm a fan. However, I'm not a fan of her outfit or her new hair color. Yikes.

This is Daniela Hantuchova who looks great. But she's not my main interest. Check out the line judge. Those Brits do it right. This guy could go straight from the court to the pub for a pint. G'day! (Wait, I mean "Cheerio!")

Now I have never heard of Anne Keothavong (deal-breaker name) but I have heard of the rules at Wimbledon and I know she's not following them.

The Great Brit Hope...Andy Murray. Dapper. Berge and I saw him play in Memphis a few years back. This Scottish chap had a huge fro and mangled teeth. The fro is gone.

I always love Ana Ivanovic's choices of attire. She's classy and practical. Props!

Novak Djokovic is a character. I don't really like him but I think he usually looks pretty good on the court. He does, however, need to watch out for that ankle. Yowser.

I included this photo of Mikhail Youzhny not because of his attire but because of his leg. But before you feel sorry for him, watch this. He's felt pain before.

California Dreams called and they need you back on the set, Lleyton Hewitt.

It don't matter if you're (wearing) black or white...Jo-Wilfied Tsonga. J-Dub is really up and coming and his choice of clothing is up and coming as well. Well done, my good sir.

I don't know who Gisela Dulko is...I do however know that she is paying less than you are for her car insurance. And with all of that money she's saving she should buy a different headband.

My favorite player...Tommy Haas. Poor guy never looks good in photos taken on the court but DAAAAYYYYYMMMMMNNNN...you get my drift.

Am I right? (I'll forgive him the hat...he's German.)

Roger bids you "Cheers!"

You need to look at this...



Thursday, June 25, 2009


Summertime playlist.

Lifeline - Mat Kearney
Molly Chambers - Kings of Leon
Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes free download)
Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry
Don't Stop Believing - Glee
Tiger Teeth - Paper Route
Beat It - Michael Jackson RIP
What Can I Do (But Love You) - Joy Williams
Fix You - Coldplay (LeftRightLeftRightLeft)
Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille (for all the lovers out there.)
Breakin' Me - Jonny Lang
I Run to You - Lady Antebellum

Enjoy the sounds of Summer 09

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nanny Update

For those of you that are not friends with me on Facebook...first of all whatev and second of all you probably didn't see the latest on Nanny. Peeps she is on Facebook...thats right she's on the book. I about fell out of my chair when I got the friend request from her. I'm keeping tabs on that profile, she's so looking for mens.

So I told my mom to ask her about it, because we're like there is no way nanny set that up for herself. So mom says 'Amber says your on Facebook', Nannys response 'Yep and I'm on Twitter too'. What in the world. Mom said 'and who are you tweeting', nanny 'i follow the weather'. My response 'mmm hmmm'

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Don't worry, Kay and Bob. I will not be dressing up as you.

-- A 49-year-old man impersonated his dead 77-year-old mother in paperwork -- and sometimes in person -- for six years, collecting more than $100,000 in her name, according to the Brooklyn district attorney.

Surveillance video shows Thomas Parkin, left, dressed as his mother at a DMV office on April 29, authorities say.
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The man sometimes dressed as his mother and, with an accomplice, collected more than $52,000 in Social Security benefits and another $65,000 in city rent subsidies, prosecutors said.

Thomas Parkin and a man accused of being his accomplice, Mhilton Rimolo, 47, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a sweeping 47-count grand jury indictment that includes charges of perjury, grand larceny, conspiracy, forgery and criminal impersonation, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes told reporters.

Their bail was set at $1 million each. If convicted, they could each face up to 25 years in prison.

"These defendants ran a multiyear campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness," Hynes said.

Authorities allege Parkin impersonated his late mother, Irene Prusik, after her death in September 2003.

On April 29, surveillance video captured Parkin posing as his mother to renew her driver's license at a state Department of Motor Vehicles office in Brooklyn, authorities said. Parkin was wearing a blonde wig, a red sweater, sunglasses and a scarf around the neck, authorities said.

Next to him was Rimolo, who was pretending to be her nephew, authorities said. Watch report on the case »

"[Parkin] did a pretty good job of covering himself up so that those that didn't know what to look for wouldn't be able to see anything," said Michael Vecchione, chief of the Brooklyn district attorney's rackets division.

According to the indictment against him, the source of the fraud dates as far back as 1996, when Prusik ceded the deed of a building she owned in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn to her son. By 2000, he had gotten into debt after purchasing properties with business partner Rimolo, "presumably for speculation," Hynes said.

Parkin forged his mother's death certificate when she died, writing a false Social Security number and birth date, according to the indictment against him. He began collecting her Social Security and also began filing lawsuits in his mother's name against a man who had bought under foreclosure the building she had owned, the indictment said.

Authorities launched an investigation in 2008 after the man who was the target of the lawsuits involving the disputed building claimed that Prusik and Parkin were filing false affidavits against him.

"Unknown to [the man] -- and in fact, anybody -- Irene Prusik, at the time that these actions were instituted, had died," Hynes said.

Hynes said that initially, investigators could find no evidence of Prusik's death, but a deeper inquiry led them to the forged death certificate.

Throughout the investigation, authorities said they had two taped meetings with Parkin -- one in which he was himself and one, at the disputed building, where he dressed as his mother. Rimolo also was at both meetings, claiming to be Prusik's nephew, authorities said.

Hynes said authorities were surprised when Parkin and Rimolo agreed to have investigators meet Prusik at the disputed building. There, Hynes said, "the case went from strange to truly bizarre."

When investigators arrived for the May 11 meeting, they saw Parkin dressed as his mother, wearing a red sweater, lipstick and an oxygen mask, authorities said. Authorities said Parkin used the oxygen mask to support his earlier claims that his mother was too sick to speak.

Parkin was arrested Tuesday.

"I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother," Parkin told authorities during his arrest, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation.

When asked by CNN's Susan Candiotti if he's seen any case like this before, Hynes said, "Not anything close. For creativity, this comes out number one."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Though Switched already covered this anti-mugging skirt, it warrants another mention. Based on ancient ninja techniques, the skirt unwraps, flips, and turns the wearer into an unsuspecting, average soda machine, while thieves walk away, wondering how their prey simply vanished.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I cannot wait.

Tell me I won't go see this in 2010.

A Couple of Dicks

Plot outline: A comedy about two cops who try to locate a stolen baseball card and rescue a kidnapped woman.

Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak

COED’s Take: So it’s a cop movie starring a white guy and a black guy. Sounds like the most generic thing possible, right? Well, the script was good enough to attract director Kevin Smith — who has never, ever directed a movie he hasn’t written before. And everybody believed in the project enough to take a pay cut as a deal to keep the movie’s R rating. Might this be another The Hangover-style project — something that sounds like it’ll just come and go but then turns out to be hilarious.

Go here to see the movies coming to a theatre near you in 2010.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

pretty up the blog...

I think the Sass and I need a new design to our blog. Anyone want to volunteer to help us??

Pick Up lines work every time...

A special someone in my office...again I won't name names ;) has quite possibly some of the best pick up lines I have ever heard. Here's a taste:

"Hey baby you know I'm naked under these clothes"

"Hey baby how much do you think a polar bear weighs? the girl says something like you know 200 pounds. And he says 'that should be enough to break the ice'"


Why do people put fake animals in the back window of their car?? I'm always looking to see if its real. This reminds me of something my friends and I did in high school that in reality was so wierd. We had this plastic rat...it was like the size of a stuffed animal, large. We used to let it ride in different peoples car that were in 'the group' and sometimes we would put it in the back window just to freak people out. It was so gross looking. How wierd were we? And somehow we thought it was cool that we were a part of this elite group that you were only in if you got to carry the rat around in your car for a couple of days.