Friday, December 28, 2007

Patti's Big Day!!

My wonderful best friend Patti Jo! She was goofing off while we were counting down until wedding time!

She was like a gorgeous, perfect, Barbie, but soooo much more beautiful!

Her veil was so intricate and detailed. I loved it! She just couldn't wait for the ceremony.

The wedding present I made for Patti & Davey.

A ribbon was attached for hanging...

It looked better in person. The little metal plate read "Once upon a time...".

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas to All!

I found this random picture of "Christmas in Germany" and it looked so idealistic that I had to post it! I am aching for another Europe trip VERY soon! But, the initial reason for this post was to wish everyone the best Christmas! So HAPPY, MERRY, CHRISTMAS!! At work they say to tell people "Happy Holidays" so as to not offend, but is it truly offensive to wish someone a "merry" day, regardless if they celebrate Christmas or not? This kind of irks me. I wouldn't be offended if someone wished me a "Happy Hanukkah" I would just assume they think I am either Jewish, or that they are, and therefore think I might be (because don't we tend to assume others celebrate the same things that we do?). Enough of my venting and ranting...

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!

And a very HAPPY any other holiday you may celebrate this season!

Movies Movies Movies

So I feel like I have seen a lot of movies lately (just 2, but I saw them one day after the other). 'P.S. I Love You' was good. Of course, I think Mr. Gerard Butler is amazing...

The book is so so so much better than the movie! The story is just better. They made many unnecessary changes in the movie, but the movie is still good. Although, maybe you should see the movie first, then read the book, that way you aren't as critical? I never know which is better!

Sweeney Todd was outstanding. Although, if you don't like musicals, and don't do well with dark humor, it is probably not for you. Johnny is incredible as always.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Will 'The Hobbit' Films Be as Good as LOTR's?

So Peter Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, are producing the two hobbit films...not directing. Will this affect the movie? Some say yes, others say no. As anyone who knows me knows, the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy is my favorite. I hope these new films will be just as good. What is it with all of these prequels coming out after the later stories have been made into movies? This kind of bothers me...couldn't they have planned better?? Also, the fact that Frodo, Legolas, and Aargorn won't be in this one kind of breaks my heart a little bit...I must finish this book before the movie comes out!!

I Want to Be in a Secret Society...

Watching my beloved 'Gilmore Girls' for like the billionth time, I realized that I have always wanted to attend an Ivy League college in one of the New England states and join a secret society. For whatever reason, this has all continuously fascinated me. There is one secret society at Yale, referred to as the "Scroll and Key Society", and I want to be a member!! Maybe I should attend Yale first? Perhaps for graduate school...

Here is a little information:

The Scroll and Key Society is a senior or secret society established by "John Porter, William Kingsley, Samuel Perkins, Enos Taft, Lebbeus Chapin, George Jackson, Homer Sprague, Charlton Lewis, Calvin Child and Josiah Harmer" at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1841.

Above from Wikipedia.

CBS reported:

As opposite as George Bush and John Kerry may seem to be, they do share a common secret - one they've shared for decades, and one they will not share with the electorate.

The secret: details of their membership in Skull and Bones, the elite Yale University society whose members include some of the most powerful men of the 20th century.

Bonesmen, as they're called, are forbidden to reveal what goes on in their inner sanctum, the windowless building on the Yale campus that is called the Tomb.

When 60 Minutes first reported on Skull & Bones last October, conspiracy theorists, who see Skull and Bones behind just about everything that goes wrong, and even right, in the world, were relishing the unthinkable - the possibility of two Bonesman fighting it out for the presidency.

Over the years, Bones has included presidents, cabinet officers, spies, Supreme Court justices, captains of industry, and often their sons and lately their daughters, a social and political network like no other.

And to a man and women, they'd responded to questions with utter silence until an enterprising Yale graduate, Alexandra Robbins, managed to penetrate the wall of silence in her book, “Secrets of the Tomb,” reports CBS News Correspondent Morley Safer.
"I spoke with about 100 members of Skull and Bones and they were members who were tired of the secrecy, and that's why they were willing to talk to me,” says Robbins. “But probably twice that number hung up on me, harassed me, or threatened me.”

Secret or not, Skull and Bones is as essential to Yale as the Whiffenpoofs, the tables down at a pub called Mory's, and the Yale mascot - that ever-slobbering bulldog.

Skull and Bones, with all its ritual and macabre relics, was founded in 1832 as a new world version of secret student societies that were common in Germany at the time. Since then, it has chosen or "tapped" only 15 senior students a year who become patriarchs when they graduate -- lifetime members of the ultimate old boys' club.

“Skull and Bones is so tiny. That's what makes this staggering,” says Robbins. “There are only 15 people a year, which means there are about 800 living members at any one time.”

But a lot of Bonesmen have gone on to positions of great power, which Robbins says is the main purpose of this secret society: to get as many members as possible into positions of power.

“They do have many individuals in influential positions,” says Robbins. “And that's why this is something that we need to know about.”

President Bush has tapped five fellow Bonesmen to join his administration. Most recently, he selected William Donaldson, Skull and Bones 1953, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Like the President, he's taken the Bones oath of silence.
Ron Rosenbaum, author and columnist for the New York Observer, has become obsessed with cracking that code of secrecy.

“I think there is a deep and legitimate distrust in America for power and privilege that are cloaked in secrecy. It's not supposed to be the way we do things,” says Rosenbaum. “We're supposed to do things out in the open in America. And so that any society or institution that hints that there is something hidden is, I think, a legitimate subject for investigation.”

His investigation is a 30-year obsession dating back to his days as a Yale classmate of George W. Bush. Rosenbaum, a self-described undergraduate nerd, was certainly not a contender for Bones. But he was fascinated by its weirdness.

“It's this sepulchral, tomblike, windowless, granite, sandstone bulk that you can't miss. And I lived next to it,” says Rosenbaum. “I had passed it all the time. And during the initiation rites, you could hear strange cries and whispers coming from the Skull and Bones tomb.”

Despite a lifetime of attempts to get inside, the best Rosenbaum could do was hide out on the ledge of a nearby building a few years ago to videotape a nocturnal initiation ceremony in the Tomb's courtyard.

“A woman holds a knife and pretends to slash the throat of another person lying down before them, and there's screaming and yelling at the neophytes,” he says.

Robbins says the cast of the initiation ritual is right out of Harry Potter meets Dracula: “There is a devil, a Don Quixote and a Pope who has one foot sheathed in a white monogrammed slipper resting on a stone skull. The initiates are led into the room one at a time. And once an initiate is inside, the Bonesmen shriek at him. Finally, the Bonesman is shoved to his knees in front of Don Quixote as the shrieking crowd falls silent. And Don Quixote lifts his sword and taps the Bonesman on his left shoulder and says, ‘By order of our order, I dub thee knight of Euloga.’"

It’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo, says Robbins, but it means a lot to the people who are in it.

“Prescott Bush, George W's grandfather, and a band of Bonesmen, robbed the grave of Geronimo, took the skull and some personal relics of the Apache chief and brought them back to the tomb,” says Robbins. “There is still a glass case, Bonesmen tell me, within the tomb that displays a skull that they all refer to as Geronimo.”

“The preoccupation with bones, mortality, with coffins, lying in coffins, standing around coffins, all this sort of thing I think is designed to give them the sense that, and it's very true, life is short,” says Rosenbaum. “You can spend it, if you have a privileged background, enjoying yourself, contributing nothing, or you can spend it making a contribution.”

And plenty of Bonesmen have made a contribution, from William Howard Taft, the 27th President; Henry Luce, the founder of Time Magazine; and W. Averell Harriman, the diplomat and confidant of U.S. presidents.

“What's important about the undergraduate years of Skull and Bones, as opposed to fraternities, is that it imbues them with a kind of mission for moral leadership,” says Rosenbaum. “And it's something that they may ignore for 30 years of their life, as George W. Bush seemed to successfully ignore it for quite a long time. But he came back to it.”

Mr. Bush, like his father and grandfather before him, has refused to talk openly about Skull and Bones. But as a Bonesman, he was required to reveal his innermost secrets to his fellow Bones initiates.

“They're supposed to recount their entire sexual histories in sort of a dim, a dimly-lit cozy room. The other 14 members are sitting on plush couches, and the lights are dimmed,” says Robbins. “And there's a fire roaring. And the, this activity is supposed to last anywhere from between one to three hours.”
What’s the point of this?

”I believe the point of the year in the tomb is to forge such a strong bond between these 15 new members that after they graduate, for them to betray Skull and Bones would mean they'd have to betray their 14 closest friends,” says Robbins.

One can't help but make certain comparisons with the mafia, for example. Secret society, bonding, stakes may be a little higher in one than the other. But everybody knows everything about everybody, which is a form of protection.

“I think Skull and Bones has had slightly more success than the mafia in the sense that the leaders of the five families are all doing 100 years in jail, and the leaders of the Skull and Bones families are doing four and eight years in the White House,” says Rosenbaum.

Bones is not restricted to the Republican Party. Yet another Bonesman has his eye on the Oval Office: Senator John Kerry, Democrat, Skull & Bones 1966.

“It is fascinating isn't it? I mean, again, all the people say, ‘Oh, these societies don't matter. The Eastern Establishment is in decline.’ And you could not find two more quintessential Eastern establishment, privileged guys,” says Rosenbaum. “I remember when I was a nerdy scholarship student in the reserve book room at, at the Yale Library, and John Kerry, who at that point styled himself ‘John F. Kerry’ would walk in.”

“There was always a little buzz,” adds Rosenbaum. “Because even then he was seen to be destined for higher things. He was head of the Yale Political Union, and a tap for Skull and Bones was seen as the natural sequel to that.”

David Brooks, a conservative commentator who has published a book on the social dynamics of the upwardly mobile, says that while Skull & Bones may be elite and secret, it's anything but exciting.

“My view of secret societies is they're like the first class cabin in airplanes. They're really impressive until you get into them, and then once you're there they're a little dull. So you hear all these conspiracy theories about Skull and Bones,” says Brooks.

“And to me, to be in one of these organizations, you have to have an incredibly high tolerance for tedium 'cause you're sittin' around talking, talking, and talking. You're not running the world, you're just gassing.”

Gassing or not, the best-connected white man's club in America has moved reluctantly into the 21st Century.

“Skull and Bones narrowly endorsed admitting women,” says Robbins. “The day before these women were supposed to be initiated, a group of Bonesmen, including William F. Buckley, obtained a court order to block the initiation claiming that letting women into the tomb would lead to date rape. Again more legal wrangling; finally it came down to another vote and women were admitted and initiated.”

But Skull & Bones now has women, and it’s become more multicultural.

“It has gays who got the SAT scores, it's got the gays who got the straight A's,” says Brooks. “It's got the blacks who are the president of the right associations. It's different criteria. More multicultural, but it's still an elite, selective institution.”

On balance, it may be bizarre, but on a certain perspective, does it provide something of value?

“You take these young strivers, you put them in this weird castle. They spill their guts with each other, fine. But they learn something beyond themselves. They learn a commitment to each other, they learn a commitment to the community,” says Brooks. “And maybe they inherit some of those old ideals of public service that are missing in a lot of other parts of the country.”

And is that relationship, in some cases, stronger than family or faith?

“Absolutely,” says Robbins. “You know, they say, they say the motto at Yale is, ‘For God, for country, and for Yale.’ At Bones, I would think it's ‘For Bones.'”

*If I get my own 'Logan Huntzberger' with the deal, I am so in!!!*

Friday, December 21, 2007

New Stocking

My puppy, Zoe, needs a stocking. I really like this one.

Fun, Funky Home Decor

All from Urban Outfitters...

Oh Gerry...

'P.S. I Love You' comes out today...and I am so excited!! Isn't he gorgeous?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I Want!

How wonderful is this? LOVE IT!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Oh 'Marie Antoinette' Wonderland...

I have watched this movie soooo much, and I love it. This movie is just so pretty... the wardrobe alone is outstanding! If I acted, I would want to be in this movie. A period piece would be such a dream!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Jamie Lynn Spears is Preggers...

16 and pregnant...

Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old sister of Britney, is 12 weeks pregnant!!!!!!

The Zoey 101 star says the father is her longtime boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. Here are some interview snippets via OK!:

On the pregnancy news being a shock to her and Casey: “It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected. I was in complete and total shock and so was he.”

On keeping the news to herself when she first found out: “As soon as I found out for sure from the doctor, I took two weeks to myself where I didn’t tell anybody. Only one of my friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone’s opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends. I was scared, but I had to do what was right for me.”

On her mother not liking the news of her pregnancy: “[My mom Lynne] was very upset because it wasn’t what she expected at all. A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive.”

On her future with Nickelodeon series Zoey 101: “I haven’t spoken to (Nickelodeon) personally, but they have always been so great to me over the past years and have given me so many opportunities.”

All from Just Jared.

Water That Helps

Have you had ethos?

Ethos™ Water is a brand with a social mission -- helping children around the world get clean water and raising awareness of the World Water Crisis.

Founded in 2002, Ethos™ Water was acquired in April 2005 by the Starbucks Coffee Company. Starbucks and Ethos are committed to raising awareness of the World Water Crisis and to empowering people to make a difference with every purchase of Ethos. Every time you purchase a bottle of Ethos™ Water we will contribute US $0.05 toward our goal of raising at least US $10 million by 2010. For all bottles sold in Starbucks stores in Canada Ethos™ Water donates C$0.10 toward this mission.

So pick this up at your local Starbucks and do some good while you drink!

Christmas Time

So, it is probably horrible, but I haven't started Christmas shopping yet... Is anyone else in this position? At least I don't have too many people to shop for, just immediate family!

I always wanted to go on a sleigh ride in the snow with two gorgeous pulling horses. Weird, I know! I have done the horse in carriage ride through Central Park... but for me, this is the true vision of fun in a Winter Wonderland!!

New Hills Star?

We all remember little Miss Kristin from Laguna Beach...well now the rumor mill is circulating that she might be on The Hills. Ironically, when leaving Laguna Beach, she vowed to be leaving reality tv behind her. How do we feel about Kristin being on The Hills?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

PostSecrets of the Week

One Tree Hill Returns!!

So I used to be a HUGE One Tree Hill fan, and to be honest, I still am. It might be sad, but I don't care! Only problem is, last season, I could never catch the episodes! I got so lost and behind. I really should get caught up before the new season starts...which probably won't happen because I have zero money to buy last season (Christmas presents for others are way more important!). Anyone have that season and want to loan it to me? Haha!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


How great are these shoes? I don't know what I would wear them with, but I would be sure to find something!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Feed Bag

The FEED bag is designed to raise awareness and funds for hungry children and to help them get into school and out of hunger. Each FEED bag sold will provide a school year of meals for one child in need and give them the hope of an education and a regular meal. Whether you tote your FEED bag to school, work, play, or shop, remember that your bag helped to FEED and educate one child for one school year.

1 FEED bag = 1 child fed for 1 school year

Look of the Day

Love this picture. Love this look.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Fine Frenzy

Isn't she gorgeous? Not only can she sing, apparently write, and play piano...she is beautiful too. Envious? I think so.

almost lover

your fingertips across my skin,
the palm trees swaying in the wind,
you sang me spanish lullabies,
the sweetest sadness in your eyes
clever trick,

well, I'd never want to see you unhappy
I thought you'd want the same for me

goodbye my almost lover
goodbye my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
can't you just let me be
so long my luckless romance
my back is turned on you
should have known you'd bring me heartache
almost lovers always do

we walked along a crowded street,
you took my hand and danced with me,
and when you left you kissed my lips,
you said you'd never, never forget these images

well, I'd never want to see you unhappy
I thought you'd want the same for me

goodbye my almost lover
goodbye my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
can't you just let me be
so long my luckless romance
my back is turned on you
should have known you'd bring me heartache
almost lovers always do

I cannot go to the ocean
cannot drive the streets at night
cannot wake up in the morning
without you on my mind
so you're gone and I'm haunted
I'll bet you are just fine
did I make it that easy to walk
right in and out of my life?

goodbye my almost lover
goodbye my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
can't you just let me be
so long my luckless romance
my back is turned on you
should have known you'd bring me heartache
almost lovers always do

I am buying this cd tomorrow, I can't get enough of this song! LOVE IT!!! Thanks again Jenni!!

Go Hayden!!

I want this shirt!!!! Is it for sale anywhere?

I respect her more and more for this. Below is a letter from Japan Fisheries Attache in regards to her protest that I posted about earlier:

While respecting Ms. Panettierre’s personal feelings towards dolphins and her commitment to travel to Taiji to make her protest, I hope that your viewers will be reassured by the fact that Japan is carefully managing marine living resources for the future. The government’s fisheries policies are based on scientific information and take into account the opinions of the public.


Takumi Fukuda
Fisheries Attache, Embassy of Japan
Washington, DC

Here was her response:

Dear Mr. Fukuda,

Rest assured our viewers and the public at large is appalled by Japanese whaling and fisheries practices. Even within your own country, recent polls show that over 77% of the Japanese public is against whaling while only 11% support it.

To say that Japan is carefully managing marine living resources for the future is a joke. Recent scientific studies have shown that over 90% of the world’s large fish have been depleted by over-fishing and Japan’s own factory-fishing fleets are largely responsible for this, decimating one species after another. Just recently, Japan was found to be in violation of its quota on endangered blue fin tuna. I cannot find one example where Japan has carefully managed any marine species.

In regards to dolphins and whales, Japan’s blatant disregard for these species is unfathomable. Japan is cruelly and needlessly butchering over 20,000 dolphins and other small cetaceans every year. There is no humane way to kill a dolphin or whale and scientific research shows that dolphin and whale meat is unhealthy for human consumption. Your own Government studies show dolphin and whale meat can contain up to 10-16 times the healthful level of mercury and that elevated levels of mercury have been proven to cause birth defects, neural damage, and death. As a result, several Japanese supermarket chains have pulled dolphin and whale meat from their shelves due to the health risks. Despite this however, your fisheries agency continues to advocate for the needless killing of dolphins and whales.

In addition, your whaling fleet is now planning to kill over 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary including endangered fin and humpback whales. There is nothing scientific about this slaughter. All the data being collected can be and is being collected through non-lethal means by bona-fide scientists, not bogus scientists like yours.

Recently, a representative for Japan’s fisheries agency said:

“Whales are just as important, and no more special, than any other fish,” says Japan Fisheries Agency spokesperson Hideki Moronuki, maintaining Japan’s long-held position that marine mammals should get no special treatment for being warm-blooded.

Your scientists can’t even tell the difference between a marine mammal and a fish. Do you realize how ignorant Japan looks to the rest of the world? Please be advised that we are telling all consumers to not purchase any Japanese made products until Japan stops killing dolphins and whales and we will be vigilant in this regard. We are determined to end Japan’s brutally cruel and needless slaughter of dolphins and whales and I will do everything within my power to ensure this.


Hayden Panettiere
Save the Whales Again! Campaign

*If I was in the position to have the effect and influence that a celebrity does, I would be doing the same thing!*

PostSecret of the Week

I would say this is true for many.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Future Home?

Another find from An Indian Summer...
(Sorry this blog is dominating my posts today! But it is wonderful!!)

Doesn't this look like something straight out of The Shire? It is an actual eco-friendly house that people live in! I love it. Sure it is a bit out of the ordinary, but could you be any closer to nature?

Below is the family that owns this wonderful home! This is the home of Simon Dale in Wales.

In couple's own words: "The attempt to find a synergy with nature is the approach that we are using to design systems for living. These systems include buildings, food production, waste and water systems and much more. When we are working with rather than against nature, the rest of nature works with us and things become easy. This is Permaculture."

"Take one baby, a toddler and a building site. Mix well with a generous helping of mud, combine with 6 weeks of solid welsh rain whilst living under canvas. Do this in candle light without a bathroom or electricity for three months. Chuck in living with your father for good measure. Top with an assortment of large slugs. The result a hand crafted home of beauty, warmth and health for about £3,000.
Having children is a major motivation for buying a house. Combine the rigours of looking after young children and meeting demanding mortgage payments in today’s climate and you have a recipe for stress. Then add to this concern about toxic materials that are inherent in most buildings, and exposing your precious babies to them is a cocktail of dismay. This would sum up the options before our family before we decided to take the plunge and go off the beaten track "

Aren't these kids so adorable?

This is an amazing find! Thanks to An Indian Summer for bringing it to my attention!