Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another Fantastic Find

Here's another great find for shopping. Much like IDeeli which I posted about last week (here.)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Man, I love a drum line

When I was in high school, our band was...oh, how you say...lacking? Sure they played the fight song and even marched at halftime but they were very small and just okay.

The high school where most of my church friends went had a great band with an incredible drum line (I believe the honorable Chris Kinsley was a drum major for the MCHS band.) I loved to go to their games and watch the band, especially the drum line.

While they were good, I don't think they would hold a candle to these jokers. I guess this is what the Swiss are doing while they aren't engaged in combat, so always.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Will it or won't it?

I think that if I wake up and run to the window tomorrow morning and there is no snow, I shall shed a tear. This Mississippi girl needs to see some significant snow.

Don't think I won't pray for this tonight.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Are you afraid of the dark?

Remember that show on Snick? Me too. And it scared me. Below is an article from about the strange phobias of celebrities. Do you think some of these phobias may be publicity stunts? Like Tyra's fear of dolphins? (Believe it. To think that she is going to be off the air. What a shame for journalism everywhere. It's truly a loss.)

Everyone has their weird phobias. Me, I hate clowns and people wearing costumes or masks that cover their faces (which is weird, considering how much I love Disney World). But compared to these 10 celebrity phobias, my fears are pretty normal.


1. Billy Bob Thornton hates antiques so much he refuses to stay in a room with furniture from before 1950. This might be a rare phobia, but he’s not alone more than 250,000 people in the U.S. alone apparently suffer from this fear of antiques. “I’ve had friends tell me that maybe I was beaten to death with an antique chair in a former life,” Thornton has mused. Hmm.

2. Of all of the things that could traumatize Alfred Hitchcock you know, showers, birds, mama’s boys –one of the things he hated most were eggs, specifically runny ones. You know what’s weird? My mom shares Hitchcock’s birthday (not birth year, mind you) and she also loathes eggs. Even cracking one into a cake mix can make her gag, and don’t even ask her to make you over easy eggs.

3. Christina Ricci cannot stand to be around house plants, which would be known as a form of botanophobia. She finds them dirty and shudders at the idea of watering one. “If I have to touch one, after already being repulsed by the fact that there is a plant indoors, then it just freaks me out. I guess if a guy sends her flowers after a date, there won’t be a second one. Or maybe flowers are different? Do we have any botanophobics out there that can clarify?

4. Tyra Banks won’t be swimming with Flipper’s cousin at Sea World anytime soon she says she’s been scared of the intelligent swimmers since she was about eight years old. “I have dreams that I am in a pool and there are dolphins bumping me and I’m frightened,” she has said.

If you’re really interested, here’s a video of Tyra bravely facing her nemesis for her talk show.

5. Megan Fox hates paper. I imagine this must make it very hard to read scripts, but what do I know? Technically, she clarifies that this isn’t a phobia –it’s more like people who get the chills when they hear fingernails on a chalkboard. She says that sometimes she even has to have a cup of water nearby so she can thoroughly wet her finger before turning a page if she’s doing a lot of reading at once. So, War and Peace is probably out?

6. Do you guys remember Frankie from The Real World: San Diego? If you do, you probably remember her for her battle with cystic fibrosis (which she sadly lost in 2007) and not for her strange phobia: big boats. Really. The cameras were rolling on the roommates just standing around chatting when Frankie bolted for the bathroom, white as a ghost and thisclose to throwing up. Why? Because someone said “cruise ship.

7. Matthew McConaughey is scared of revolving doors. And maybe also personal hygiene, because he says he hasn’t worn deodorant in 20 years. He claims he feels anxious about even getting near revolving doors, and he’s also scared of tunnels. While actually being in a tunnel doesn’t bother him, the point where you have to go underground to enter the tunnel does.


8. Nicole Kidman is what is known as a lepidopterophobe a person who is terrified of butterflies. “It’s so bizarre,” she told In Stylemagazine, “I’m not scared of snakes or spiders. She said she once tried to overcome her fear of the colorful little guys by making herself go through the butterfly exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, but just couldn’t make it through. As a little girl, she couldn’t even go in her yard when she got home from school if there was a butterfly sitting on the gate.

9. Childhood sure can mess a person up. “My grandmother used to save it [used gum] in little rows in the cabinet,” Oprah once said. “I’d be scared to touch it because it was so gross, so I have a thing about gum. One guest in my home sat at the dinner table, took out some gum from her mouth and put it on her plate after she left, I threw the plate out.

10. What does Madonna have in common with a dog? I’m sure there are lots of hilarious answers to that, actually, but the answer I have in mind is that they’re both afraid of thunder.

I think a fear of clowns is somewhat common, so I didn’t include Johnny Depp’s phobia, but I have to say that his thoughts on why he hates them sum up my own opinions pretty nicely: “There’s something about the painted face and the fake smile. There seems to be a darkness lurking under the surface, a potential for real evil”.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Will you be there, Edward?

They are converging on Music City, folks. The Official Twilight Fan Convention is going to be at Opryland this weekend. It's sure to be a blood-sucking good time. And by blood-sucking, I mean weird.

Devoted fans gather for the love of a vampire

This weekend, scores of fans will descend on Nashville to attend the Official Twilight Fan Convention atGaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

If you're imagining throngs of screaming teens and gothed-out vampire wannabes, think again. Among the crowds will be a multitude of women — mothers, sisters and best friends — looking to escape their daily lives by indulging in their love of Twilight.

"The love story really is for everybody," says Crystal Bandurske, a 34-year-old mother of five from Louisville, Ky. "Whether you are a teenager or an older person, it attracts such a wide range of people."

Staying at the hotel, meeting actors from the movies (including Peter Facinelli who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen) and mingling with like-minded fans is a far cry from the daily routine and the isolation that can come with being a stay-at-home mom.

"I'm 35 — this is my girls weekend!" says Lori Joffs, laughing. Joffs, who lives in Spring Hill, is the administrator of Twilight Lexicon, one of the most popular Twilight fan Web sites. She has attended Twilight conventions in Atlanta, New Jersey, Miami and Chicago (often as a presenter for Twilight Lexicon), and plans to attend about 10 this year. With so many conventions under her belt, Joffs has seen a lot of Twilight moms.

"There are a fair share number of teenage Twilight fans," Joffs says, "but generally speaking it's a rarity to find a teenage fan who's (at a convention) without her mother. And her mother says she's a fan, too."

"The last time I went somewhere with my girlfriends was August '01," says Debbie Smith, 33, from Nicholasville, Ky. "That was the last time I went anywhere without a kid or husband. I am always with a kid."

Smith plans to travel to Nashville with two friends, and the nearly four-hour ride is something they're all looking forward to, especially Angie Napier, the ringleader of the trip and possibly the biggest Twilight fan of the bunch.

"We will catch up and see what the other families are doing and just get out and enjoy life," Napier says. "We will just escape from reality and have a good time. I think that is most of what we are looking forward to."

'Everyone Likes Romance'

So what is it about Twilight specifically that inspires such passion? For the women we spoke to, at least, it's not so much the supernatural vampires-and-werewolves angle. Rather, they're drawn to the intense romance that develops between central characters Edward and Bella. That, and the character development at which author Stephenie Meyer excels.

"There are some mature aspects of mortality and family life and your soul," says Joffs. "It is a fun, escapist love story, and it's clean, so it's something a mother and daughter can do together, and a mother is not ashamed to share this with her daughter."

"Everyone likes romance," adds Napier, who says she relates to the strong-willed, feisty Alice character.

The husbands may not understand their wives' fascination with Twilight, but most can appreciate their need to get a break from the kids.

"(My husband) is actually OK with it," says Lindsey Morgan, 27, of Fayetteville, Ky. With three children under the age of 4 and a full-time job, the convention is something she's really looking forward to. "When I first told him I was going, he looked at me like I was crazy, but he loves to give me a hard time about it. He's glad it is something me and my friend can do together and he doesn't have to come with us."

Experiencing a giddiness and excitement that has been missing since high school, these women are unabashedly giving in to the rush fans have when they come close to their passion.

"I don't remember really being obsessed with something since Dirty Dancing came out," says Napier. "When I was a teenager we all had our hair cut like Baby and rolled up our denim shorts, and that's what I feel like now. I remember my grandfather making fun of my aunt, who was my age now when all of that happened. Now I can relate."

Another draw of the convention is having a direct connection to what has become one of the biggest franchises in history. "It is kind of neat how big it has gotten," says Morgan. "It's hard to fathom that those four books have caused this much interest in the world."

"I want to meet Dr. Carlisle," says Lexington mom April P. Merrill Bormes, 31. "But the one thing I am looking forward to is spending time with my sister doing something we both like."

via The Tennessean


Monday, January 25, 2010

The perfect way to shop

I am a shopper. I'm also the person who looks in her closet and says, "I've got nothing to wear." I've found a great new website for someone like me.

Some of the stores they have on this site are really, really expensive. But they've also got some that are incredible. While I haven't purchased anything yet, I can feel a transaction in my near future.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

For Posterity's Sake

I've lived in Nashville for almost 3 years (in June) and one of the things this city has going for it is the chance to see famous people. Now, I've been to NYC and LA and have seen celebs out and about in both (I'm fine, Phillip Seymore Hoffman. How are you?) But in each of those places I've been visiting so I've had my eyes peeled. The times I've seen people in Nashville have been random and unexpected. So before I forget, here's the list of those I've seen. I'm not bragging...just remembering.

Darryl Waltrip (race car driver...not too exciting)
Nicole Kidman (Academy Award Winner)
Keith Urban (Grammy Winner)
Mat Kearney (Singer...not particularly famous worldwide but I love his music!)
Amy Grant (Singer...a childhood icon. Story to come.)
Patty Griffin ( of my favorite songwriters. Story to come.)

P.S. I did write "Posterior's Sake" first as the title. I knew it didn't look correct.

Fuhget Abou' Dit

Listen, Montclaire, New Jersies. I loved watching the train wreck that is known as Jersey Shore (MTV) as much as the next girl. But I think it's hardly a reason to swarm a nightclub where these eight flash-in-the-pan Guidos/Guidettes are rumored to be. It's also not a reason to start fights. I mean, is that your solution for everything up there?

Here's what I'm talking about...via

"Disturbance" at Montclair club where Jersey Shore cast members were billed to attend

Far from the land of boardwalks and beaches, there was bedlam as members of the cast of "Jersey Shore" descended on a Montclair nightclub Friday night, forcing the closing of a stretch of the main business strip to disperse fans anxious to get inside, police said.

"They had crowds much larger than they could control," said David Sabagh, Montclair’s police chief. "They had 600 upstairs, 200 to 300 downstairs and 400 outside. ... There were fights inside and fights outside."

The crowds of fans responding to advertisements to "Meet the Jersey Shore Cast" spilled out into the street late Friday as they pressed against the doors of the 501 Lounge on busy Bloomfield Avenue.

Sometime after 10:30 p.m., police closed the thoroughfare between Park Street and North Fullerton Avenue for about 2 hours. A fire engine was parked in the middle of the road, along with police cruisers up and down the avenue.

By night’s end, four people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and drunken driving, Sabagh said.

At its height, about a dozen Montclair police were called to the scene, with backup from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and police in neighboring Glen Ridge, he said.

"They failed to hire police for security," said Sabagh, who was called in while attending a retirement dinner and spent two hours on the scene. "We dispersed hundreds of people."

Injuries were minor. "There were some twisted ankles, but nothing life-threatening," Sabagh said.

Deputy Fire Chief John Herrmann, on his way up a stairway to speak to the club’s manager, briefly got caught in the crowd and slightly hurt his wrist.

"They were in the process of removing somebody," he said yesterday. "We just didn’t expect it coming."

The owner of the property and the liquor license in place there was identified as Richard "Dick" Grabowsky, a prominent downtown fixture who several years ago bought the block-long Hinck building at Montclair’s landmark "six corners."

"Too many people showed up," he said yesterday. "A lot of people were upset they couldn’t get in. The place had a capacity of 800, and apparently about 2,000 showed up."

Yesterday, Grabowsky said he has no relationship with the club’s operators. No one could be reached at the 501 Lounge. Rich DiFeo of, whose name appears on a poster promoting the event, declined to comment.

The investigation, in conjunction with the state division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, is continuing.

"Jersey Shore" — featuring Vinny Guadagnino and Jenni "JWoww" Farley — is a hit MTV reality show about the exploits of eight summer roommates in Seaside Heights.

The show has drawn darts from the Italian-American service organization UNICO National, which asserts that its depiction of Italian-American beachgoers as the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" is offensive. Yet the show’s season finale this month pulled in some 4.8 million viewers.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Little Known Fact

You can tell how stressed I am by the messiness of my room. How about you?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is this the movie about math?

Wednesday night, Hales, Marky Mark and I scarfed down some Baja Burritos in the parking lot of Hollywood 27 Theatre. We hastily ate because A.) we were hungry and B.) we were in a hurry to see Nine (the movie.)
It's an all star cast filled with Academy Award winners and all-around awesomeness.

Daniel Day Lewis - The Italian Film-maker (You cannot go wrong with this kid. He is incredible!)
Nicole Kidman - The Muse
Marion Cotillard - The Wife
Penelope Cruz - The Mistress (blugh)
Kate Hudson - The Journalist
Judi Dench - The Friend
Fergie - The Duchess...I mean The Whore (really, that's what she is)
Sophia Loren - The Mother

You'd think with a cast like that, you have an instant hit on your hands. Well, I'm not going to say that I hated it. I didn't hate it. I enjoyed myself. I love a big movie.

But here are my qualms:
1. The music (sans 2 songs) was not very good. The lyrics were lacking originality. They used them too much to be narrative. And frankly, you're not going to catch me driving the Civic down Old Hickory Blvd singing "My Husband Makes Films".
2. I couldn't figure out what nationality people were supposed to be. Here you have all of these actors who are from all over speaking with accents that aren't their own. Frankly, it messed me up.
3. I cannot stand Penelope Cruz (as an actress.) This probably started with Vanilla Sky, which I hated. It's that voice. Ugh. And I don't think she sang her own song. And she plays a mistress. I mean I know someone had to play that part, but I wouldn't have automatically disliked the character if say, Kate Hudson had played the part. I would have disliked it automatically if Scarlett Johannsen had played the mistress. She and Penelope are both on my "do not watch" list.
4. I don't know where the name of the movie came from. I know it's based on a musical "8 and a Half" or "8&1/2" or "8.5" but I just don't get it.

What it has going for it:
1. DDL - He is one of my all time favorite actors. good.
2. It takes place in Italy which is beautiful, what with it's villages situated on mountainsides overlooking crystal blue waters.
3. Fergie is really good in it. I'm not even sure she speaks, only sings. And yes, she plays the Whore.
4. There were some really great performances. Judi Dench was good as always. Kate Hudson has a phenomenal voice. Nicki K. (I call her that because she sat by me at Whole Foods one Sunday lunch) was great in her very small role. Marion Cotillard was fantastic and believable.

Would I recommend this? Maybe. You should probably see it in the theatre. I don't think I would want to watch again. I especially won't get the soundtrack.

Here's a trailer for your viewing pleasure (not for innocent eyes,)