We had a GREAT time in the 105.1 The Buzz A-List Lounge yesterday with Hot Chelle Rae. The guys sounded great!!! They took a few minutes to update me on what's going on in their world. LOVE them and can't wait for the new album in November!!!
LA Reid called in to talk about tomorrow night's premiere of "X Factor" on Fox and we ended up talking about all sorts of stuff, including: How he discovered Rihanna and KNEW she had "it".....an Outkast reunion and new album next year....being "meaner than Simon"....and the biggest artist he let get away.....
LA Reid talks X Factor & More:
LA Reid X Factor
....This video! If you're a long-time HP fan, counting the minutes until tonight's premiere, you'll probably relate to the lyrics! Haha!
Enjoy.....and if you go tonight to see Deathly Hallows pt 2, make sure you call in tomorrow to tell me how it was!
I don't know if peppermint tea would have helped with that massive traffic jam this morning, but maybe I would have been less stressed about it. It's worth a try, I guess. From Men's Health Magazine, 4 tips to help you get to work on time (or early)
Try these easy tips to shave a couple minutes off your morning routine:
Put your bedroom lamp on a timer
Set the light that is closest to your bed so it turns on when the alarm buzzes. When your eye detects an increased level of light, a signal is sent to the brainâs pinal gland. The gland then triggers serotonin, helping you to awaken.
Donât hit the snooze button
While it might be more satisfying to hit snooze and doze back off, thereâs no use wasting those extra minutes. The short amount of time between snooze alarms isnât enough time to for you to fall into REM sleepâthe kind of sleep that actually helps you feel rested, Gerard T. Lombardo, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at New York Methodist Hospital, told Menâs Health. It just makes you more drowsy.
Drink peppermint tea on your way to work
Peppermint tea has about half the caffeine as coffee and has been shown to improve concentration and performance. The scent of peppermint also makes drivers more alert and less anxious, according to a Wheeling Jesuit University study.
Buy a parking pass
The average commuter loses the equivalent of more than 6 days a year circling streets and spots looking for parking, a British poll found. Instead of wasting that time, shell out a few bucks to secure a spot in a lot near your company.
Duran Duran is on VH1 tonight, part of the Pepsi Superbowl Fan Jam and John Taylor took a few minutes to talk about that, Portland, the new Duran Duran album, and what he's doing for Valentine's Day. I wish we'd had more time to chat! Maybe when they come to the NW on their tour.
As if there weren't enough pressure on expectant moms & dads already, NOW we find out that you have to be extra careful about what you name your child, or you could end up with a little "handful" that throws tantrums at least 3x a day. Eek!
Do you recognize any of the names on this list as belonging to a troublemaker?
BIGGEST HANDFUL - GIRLS
BIGGEST HANDFUL - BOYS
LITTLE ANGELS - GIRLS
LITTLE ANGELS - BOYS
That's what researchers in California say.
Children whose mothers used mobile phones while they were in the womb were 30 percent more likely to experience behavioral difficulties by age 7 than children of cellphone-averse moms. If the children started using cellphones themselves at an early age, the odds of behaving badly rose to 50 percent. The University of California study was based on a survey of 28,000 Danish 7-year-olds and their mothers.
Here's the full article. Scary stuff! I'm not sure I'm entirely buying the science on this one, but it's enough to make me wonder about what those cell phones are doing to OUR bodies & brains. Yikes!
I'll admit it. I am a HUGE geek for the Chronicles of Narnia. I've loved these books since I was a little kid and I am a huge fan of the movies. The third one, "The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" opens today and I got a chance to chat with the two stars, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes (they play Lucy and Edmund). They talked about: meeting the Queen, their most embarassing fan encounter, and if/when there will be more Narnia movies. Check out the interview below:
"Lucy" & "Edmund" talk about "Voyage Of The Dawn Treader"
According to some recent data, nearly 74,000 babies, born since 2000, have been given a "Christmas" inspired name. Here's the list of the top 25 most popular "Christmas Name" picks:
1. Joseph - 28,223
2. Holly - 21,312
3. Faith - 5,183
4. Nicholas - 3,440
5. Gabriel - 3,429
6. Angel - 2,894
7. Christian - 2,567
8. Hope - 2,196
9. Mary - 1,824
10. Emmanuel - 693
11. Joy - 430
12. Ivy - 396
13. Noel - 336
14. Star - 263
15. Robin - 119
16. Berry - 40
17. Brandy - 36
18. Sherry - 32
19. Winter - 31
20. Jesus - 21
21. Happy - 14
22. Sparkle - 5
23. Santa - 5
24. Rudolph - 3
25. Claus - 3
Have a cocktail and help fight AIDS tonight! Hotel Monaco is hosting a big Red Ribbon party that starts at 7pm. The fun includes Drag Queen BINGO, karaoke, a live auction, and more! Admission is FREE and includes complimentary appetizers from Red Star Tavern & Roast House! Of course, they will be accepting donations for Cascade Aids Project and $1 from each of these specially created cocktails will go to the cause as well:
* ROUGE â Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier, Campari and fresh orange juice shaken with fresh raspberries
* RUBY RED â Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka, Lillet Blanc, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup muddled with ginger coins and sparked with club soda
* VS SMASH â Hennessy VS, Grand Marnier, 10yr Tawny Port and lemon juice muddled with pineapple and dusted with grated nutmeg
Sounds yummy, doesn't it? Parties at Hotel Monaco are always LOTS of fun and tonight's soiree is certainly benefitting a great cause!
Hotel Monaco Portland, located at 506 S.W. Washington at 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, visit www.hotelmonaco-portland.com or call (503) 222-0001
According to a family & relationship expert, there are 7 major Holiday blunders that your family won't forget (and maybe won't forgive), so avoid (if you can):
1. Criticizing a nephew (or niece).
This is the toughest one for me. My daughter was always a model of civility, so little monsters make me nervous! This expert recommends that instead of announcing how you feel out loud, allow his parents to reprimand him. If they aren't saying anything, just politely pull them to the side and ask for a bit of help.
2. Bringing a smelly, inedible dish.
This is mainly so you don't end up being the butt of family jokes forever. If you can't cook, buy something to take!
3. Telling a scandalous family secret.
For every entertaining family secret, there are ten awkward, uncomfortable ones.....trust me, we don't really want to learn something scandalous about a family member, while we are trapped in a house for hours with them!
4. Arguing with your boyfriend/spouse.
This is another tough one. It's hard to hide your feelings!
5. Passing gas at the dinner table.
Did this really need to be on the list? LOL! I would think most people would be horrified to be the one who does this, but I guess there are still some outgrown frat boy types who think this is hilarious.
6. Having sex with a relative's man.
Once again, does this really need to be said? If you share DNA with someone, their man/woman should be off limits all year long, right?
7. Eating and running out the door.
Yes, you have another Thanksgiving to get to....or maybe your family drives you nuts.....but someone worked for a week or more to make this day special, so stick around and enjoy it a little!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
I'm a little suspicious of anyone who is dubbed "man expert". I mean, really? Does such a thing even exist? haha! Well, on the chance that a man expert is more real than the tooth fairy or sasquatch, I will pass along his advice on what guys do not want you to give them for Christmas. It's interesting and makes sense....kinda. I'm still having a hard time believing that anyone does not like to get gift cards!
According to an author and "man expert", stay away from:
1. A gift card...to anywhere
Yes, men are functional creatures and we don't stand on ceremony. We like gift certificates...as a present from our cousin. Or coworker. But from you? Really? It's dangerously close to an envelope full of cash, which, even for us, is tacky.
2. Man jewelry
There are about 4,783 problems with this gift. Let's start with two. I don't like wearing jewelry. And I'll worry that you've outspent me and I'll feel guilty. Other than that, uh, thanks.
3. A wok
Unless your guy happens to be a chef, never get him something like a wok or a pancake griddle. It's a hint that lacks subtlety, and it's passive-aggressive. How'd you like it if I got you a vacuum cleaner?
4. Tickets to the ballet
Or the opera. Or that hot new interpretive dance troupe. I'm open-minded and I like trying new cultural experiences, but that shouldn't hijack my holiday gift. That's like you saying after dinner, "Okay, and for dessert, I'm serving you broccoli!"
5. A "coupon book"
You know the type. "One Free Massage!" "One Hour of Anything You Want in the Bedroom -- to Be Redeemed Anytime!" It's played out. And the coupons for sexual favors? Months from now, when you're not in the mood, do you really want us to "pay" you with a coupon? Paying for sex is called...well, prostitution.
6. Books from your favorite author
Let's clear up a big myth about book-giving: When you give me a book -- one you recommend -- I am doing you a favor, as you're asking me to spend 5 to 15 hours of my life on this chore. Books don't cost money. Books cost time.
7. Baby stuff
Whoa whoa whoa. If you're telling us that we're about to become a dad, this is not the way to do it. And if we're already expecting, this isn't the time or place for "Project Baby" homework. My gift should be about me. (That's not selfish, is it?)
It would take many sessions with a psychiatrist to decode this gift. Are you hinting we should take our relationship up a notch and travel together more? Do you want me to hit the road? Do you want me to get rid of my old baggage? Too much to think about.
9. Framed photos
Awwww. A cute photo of us skiing in Aspen. How'd you know that's exactly what I wanted? A handy rule of thumb: If something can double as a holiday card to our parents, we want as little to do with it as possible.
Let's be honest. The "gift of love" just isn't going to cut it. Sure, love conquers all, love makes the world go 'round, love's all you need, yada yada yada, but saying "Love is a gift" is like saying "Kindness pays rent." Give me something I can unwrap.
A new article came out last week that lists 7 things that women look for in a guy, whether they know it or not. Some of these ( like number 6) are kind of "no duh!", but others, like the one about us liking scars, are interesting!
1. Both Sides of Him Match
The more symmetrical his face, the more attention a man is likely to get. Studies have shown that Mother Nature makes the most beautiful people match both sides. In research, women are more likely to pick a man with a symmetrical face than not and figures show that people with symmetrical bodies usually lost their virginity much younger and have more sexual partners than their lop-sided pals.
2. His Look Matches Your Mood
Women go for different types depending on what she wants from a relationship at that time. In an experiment which allowed women to control the features on a computer generated face, they said they felt safer with men who also had a slightly feminine look.
3. He Walks the Walk
American human behavioralist David Lieberman says men who walk with a manly stride ooze sex appeal. He notes flexibility is what makes people look young when they walk and looking young is always a winner in the sexy stakes.
4. Beware of the Scar
Studies revealed that women find scarring on men attractive because they connect it with health and bravery. Non-Western cultures perceive facial scars as signs of maturity and strength - but researchers found that Western women also find facial scars attractive.
5. Others Find Him Sexy
University of Aberdeen psychologist Ben Jones and his team tested the impact that the opinions of others has on our perception of beauty. They were shown a video in which the same faces were displayed. Each man was being looked at by a woman smiling or one showing a bored expression. The women were more attracted to the men being smiled at, proving we are influenced by what others think. Men were given the same test but rated those who got approving female glances as less attractive.
6. He is Successful and Good Looking
Tests show that younger women rely more on physical attractiveness than older women who also take wealth, stability, power and faithfulness into account. This demonstrates the good sense of the older woman since studies prove that less attractive men are more faithful and loving than handsome men.
7. And... He Looks Like a Chimpanzee!
A study of the skulls of human ancestors and modern humans found that women like men with relatively short upper faces. Females liked males whose faces were more scrunched proportionately between the brow and the upper lip. According to a study at the Natural History Museum in London, men with similar facial patterns to chimpanzees, are most attractive. Maybe to Englishwomen!
What do you think?
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is such a lie. It doesn't feel good to have your stomach rumbling, while you try to choke down pieces of rice cake and tell yourself that you aren't really eating styrofoam packing material. It doesn't feel good to not have enough energy to ride bikes with your child because you've only had 300 calories that day (and are feeling guilty about that). It doesn't feel good to watch your friends enjoying chocolate birthday cake, while you try to pretend you are too full from the tasteless side salad with no dressing that you had for lunch.
I've been skinny at different times in my life. It was a constant 24/7 battle against my own body's life preservation system and it was exhausting.....and I was miserable. At some point, I gave up on being skinny and just focused on trying to be healthy. I couldn't wear size 2 anymore, but I felt SO MUCH better! I'll bet if you asked my family & friends, they would tell you that I became much more fun to be around.
I talked to Danielle Milano, MD this week about her book, "Skinny Is Overrated" and her visit to Portland this Sunday (more on that in a minute). Danielle has a clinic in New York that specializes in helping women live healthy lifestyles. The first step is realizing that your body is genetically designed to be a certain size. You may be bigger or smaller than what your body is designed to be and if you are, you probably feel tired, sick, irritable.....basically miserable most of the time. You're also setting the stage for serious health problems that could shorten your life and greatly affect the quality of it. Danielle's program has 10 basic steps to follow:
1) Stop drinking soda (especially diet soda....it confuses your brain and makes you eat more)
2) Exercise by walking every day (if you can do more, than go for it, but this is the minimum everyone should do)
3) Avoid all foods with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
4) Avoid all foods with trans-fats
5) Eat foods containing healthy fats every day (Yes to olive oil!)
6) Eat a green leafy vegetable every day
7) Reduce the starches (but feel satisfied by using more of the good fats)
8) Obtain enough Vitamin D through sunshine or eating oily fish such as sardines
9) Never go hungry
10) Sleep 8 hours a night.
I'm having some technical issues with posting the interview here. I'll edit it and put it up in several pieces over the next few days. In the meantime, you should know that Danielle has a lot of scientific evidence to back up what she says and a lot of it is eye-opening! You can meet Danielle and hear her speak in more depth about this at Hotel Monaco this Sunday! Tickets are $25, which includes brunch, mimosas and a copy of Skinny is Overrated (a $16 value). All proceeds benefit Dress for Success Oregon. Here's the link for more info!
Please come back to this blog post on Tuesday for the full interview, but in the meantime, be SURE to check out Danielle's book, "Skinny Is Overrated". Of course, if you go to Hotel Monaco on Sunday, you will get a copy of the book to take home.
She was really, really good last night on this duet with Jason Aldean at the CMA Awards. She's hinted that there are several duets on her new project....maybe Jason Aldean will return her favor? They sound good together!
Researchers say friendly people get less sleep. In fact, the more social you are, the harder it is to get to sleep at night. Makes sense, right? The more friends you have, the more full your social calendar is.... which means less time for sleeping. That's my theory, anyway. The researchers say it's something entirely different. Here's the article!
If you don't want to gove up your friends, you can always find outher ways to get to sleep at night....like listen to Coldplay!
According to this article, men are more agreeable at 6pm....women at 3pm....your boss at 1pm. Darn it, I missed my opportunity to ask for a raise today! I am going to start hiding at 3, though....only to emerge at 6pm, with my hubby's to-do list for the weekend! ;-)
Ok....I don't agree with all of these....and not all of them are "technically" questions....but some good advice here!
David DeAngelo, author of "Double Your Dating", has come up with a list of 10 questions a guy should never ask a woman.
First of all, a man should never ask a woman if he can kiss her. He says it makes a guy appear indecisive and immature and that most women want a "take charge" kind of guy.
Secondly, a man should never ask a woman if he can take her out on a date sometime, as she would like to be with a man who is a leader and in control, not someone who asks her permission to hit on her.
A man should confidently ask a woman out, by simply saying, "We should hang out... what's your number?" or tell her about a specific place he wants to take her to.
Thirdly, a man should never brag about the car he has or the kind of house he lives in, as it would seem like he is trying hard to impress her.
Women would be far more impressed by a man's material possessions if he does not mention them in conversation.
The fourth thing a man should never ask a woman is what she wants to do for the night, as she likes a "man with a plan".
The man needs to have a game plan before he calls her, so as to ensure that she will not be burdened with having to think about what to do.
Fifthly, a man should never ask a woman if she likes him, as this is one phrase that turns off a woman completely.
He should just assume that she likes him, and never ask the question, as it would look like he has no confidence.
Number six....a man should never ask a woman why she never answered his message, as one, it would show that he cared she did not reply back, and two, it would give her a guilt trip, which is seen as insecurity by women.
The seventh question that a man should never ask a woman how men she has slept with, as this shows that he is suffering from insecurity.
The eighth tip is that a man should never hint at a future date with a woman he has just met, as she not only wants but needs a guy who is somewhat of a "challenge", and will lose interest if she senses she has won.
The ninth tip is that a man should never end a phone conversation with a woman with a "next step", as firstly it would kill any spontaneity by being predictable, and secondly he would kill any chances of her calling him.
The tenth tip is that a man should never talk bad about a woman's guy friends especially if he hasn't met them and doesn't know her very well, as this is the fastest way for her to mark him as "insecure".
Love Halloween, but don't love running to every Goodwill, Hot Topic, and Wig shop in town to put your costume together? Glamour Magazine posted this list of 21 Halloween costumes that you can put together in 5 minutes! In most cases, you have everything you need already at home!
Some of my faves:
Halloween Costume Idea 1: Tom Cruise in Risky Business
What youâll need: a guys button-down, white tube socks and sunglasses
Why you should try it: Itâs a look from a totally iconic sceneâplayed by a totally hot manâand it'd look even better on you. Need we say more?
Halloween Costume Idea 4: Betty White
What youâll need: white wig, snickers bar, a sparkly sweater (go fish in grandmaâs closet!)
Why you should try it: At age 88, Betty White is hotter than sheâs ever been. One warning, though: People will crawl out of the woodwork to tell you how much they love her, so just brush up on your Golden Girls trivia before you head out the door.
Halloween Costume Idea 8: Lady Gaga in âTelephoneâ
What youâll need: caution tape
Why you should try it: Itâs easyâjust wrap yourself up! While everyone may be dressed as Gaga, we doubt theyâll pick this incarnation of the wacky songstress.
Halloween Costume Idea 9: a Tweet
What youâll need: white shirt with â140 charactersâ written on the front
Why you should try it: Because everyoneâs on Twitter (including Glamour, hello!), and the whole costume takes less time than it does to Tweet. Bonus points for writing your @ handle on the back.
OK...this pic really says it all. The firefighters were modeling shirts from Urban Retreads and ladies in the audience had a chance to buy the shirts right off their backs (all money went to the MDA). This one got a couple of ladies into a bidding war. EVERYONE got into it, with friends, relatives, and total strangers donating money to both of the ladies to try to help them win. We declared a tie and this pic was snapped when the two ladies got to see what was under the shirt they just bought! Priceless!
This granny was sitting next to my Buzz winners, carefully counting her money before the shirt auction. Sadly, the auction was just too rich for her blood and she didn't buy a thing.
Thanks again to my AWESOME Buzz Busy Mom winners for being so fun to hang out with! You could be one of our next Buzz Busy Mom winners. Enter on our contest page!
I'm a bit skeptical, but according to this article having artificial light on when it's dark outside is messing with our metabolism and making us gain weight! I can see how you might eat less if you couldn't see the food in front of you (food tastes way different if you can't see it), so maybe that is part of it as well? Check out the article and tell me what you think! Would you be willing to live in darkness to lose a few pounds?
This article in Marie Claire says that if you can get your date to hold a warm cup of coffee....or sit in a warm room, he will translate that warmth into warm feelings for you! Hmmmm.....at first, I was skeptical......BUT....then I remembered that my first date with Mr. P was at Huber's....and we had Spanish Coffees! Silly me, I had been giving the alcohol the credit, when it was actually the hot coffee that did the trick! Haha!
BTW....if you haven't yet been to Huber's for Spanish Coffee, you aren't a real Portlander...yet! ;-) Great thing for a date night....whether it's your first or not!
According to this article, bad habits are really, reeeeeallly expensive!
Overeating is the most expensive bad habit (when you factor in health costs associated with treating the diseases that come with obesity), but most eye-opening to me was the fact that my beloved morning coffee habit is costing me nearly $115,000 in a lifetime. :-( I wish I could quit coffee, because I could use that money!!!
What's your most expensive bad habit? Does this article make you want to give it up?
It's already time to start thinking about Christmas shopping and experts say this is going to be one of the hottest novelty gifts this Christmas....
Yes, this toaster prints a pic of Jesus on your toast. The inventor says he saw people spending thousands of dollars on half-eaten grilled cheese sandwiches with the Virgin Mary on them.....so, thought he would save you all that money by giving you the opportunity to make your own....you're welcome! ;-)
The inventor is working on Jerry Garcia toasters and Sarah Palin toasters for the non-religious.....I have a thing with eating anything that's looking at me, so I won't be buying any of them....will you? If you said yes, here's the link!
According to this story, researchers conducted four studies that revealed two types of consumers. In the first study, they asked female shoppers in a local mall to carry a shopping bag for an hour during their shopping trip. Shoppers were allowed to use either a
Victoriaâs Secret shopping bag or a plain pink shopping bag. After an hour,
shoppers were asked to rate themselves on a list of personality traits, including traits associated with the Victoriaâs Secret brand. Shoppers who carried the Victoriaâs Secret bag perceived themselves as more feminine, glamorous, and good-looking than shoppers who carried the plain shopping bag.
Ok....I have to ask because this is Oregon.....what about shoppers who carry their own green re-usable shopping bag? I don't feel sexier when I carry mine, but......I must admit.....I do KIND OF feel superior....Haha! There, I admitted it. Do you feel superior when you carry something? Tell me about it!
The worst kept secret in Hollywood was confirmed today....J-Lo & Steven Tyler will be the new judges on American Idol. Not sure why they waited so long to confirm or why they had to have a press conference to do it *snickers*, but finally, it's confirmed. What do you think? Are you more or less likely to watch? For me, it's never been about the judges, but more about the people competing....no effect on me.
BTW...Kelly Clarkson said she'd try out again if Steven Tyler were a judge...not likely to happen, but come to think of it, an "All Star" season would be fun.
A bit of a controversy is brewing around this online......many parents think her outfit is totally inappropriate for pre-schoolers....others say the kids won't even notice and the bit is cute! What do you think?
For years, we have heard that the fashion industry is indirectly contributing to eating disorders by hiring impossibly skinny women to model their clothes.....add Photoshopping to the mix and you've got a recipe for unrealistic expectations for what "beauty" is supposed to look like.
Well, the British Government is trying to do something about it. They are trying to pass a law that would require all airbrushed or photoshopped pics to carry a warning label.
I like the idea....but want to point out that we don't always need that warning label....sometimes the bad photoshopping speaks for itself! Check out some of my fave "Bad Celeb Photoshop" moments below....
Brad Pitt's head on what appears to be Justin Bieber's body! LOL
Eeek! What is wrong with Christina's finger?!!!
Dude, where's my belly button?
....and of course, Kara Dioguardi's famous rubber legs!
The hottest new gift for your dog this year is Puppy Tweets....How CUTE is is this?
Whenever your dog moves, barks (or just naps), the tag knows it and sends a WiFi signal to your computer which then sends you a Tweet. For example, a bark may generate a Tweet of: "I bark because I miss you. There I said it. Now hurry home." A quick run through the house could produce: "I finally caught that tail I've been chasing and?OOUUUCHH!" You can check in on your dog during the day, by following his or her tweets. I love it.....now they need to make one for cats!
BTW....it's only 30 bucks on Amazon
Have you seen this Prince Poppycock guy on America's Got Talent? Sharon Osbourne calls him the "male Lady Gaga" and people are just freaking out over this guy....and as cheesy as his act can be, I do see why people like to watch him. Now you can see him in person, as "America's Got Talent" is taking their top 10 on the road! Closest show to us is Vegas, but what better place to see Prince Poppycock in all his splendor! ;-)
P.s. If you have not yet experienced Prince Poppycock, the video below should be a perfect introduction. ;-)
I do it and I'm sure you do, too.....snoop in the shopping basket of the person next to you in the grocery store. According to a recent survey, 90% of women decide in 10 seconds whether they would date a guy or not....after seeing what he's got in his cart! Top shopping cart turn-ONs include a bottle of wine and fresh fruits & veggies.....top date killers include beer, vodka, and ketchup! According to this article, they think the ketchup & beer guys are "lazy & stupid". I don't know if I agree with that (my man is a beer & ketchup guy and he's pretty smart), but I will admit to doing a bit of judging when I snoop on other people groceries!
If you're like me, the most stressful part of Back To School is how EXPENSIVE the shopping is! A close second...the stress of getting your kid out the door on time! So I was happy to find this article online yesterday.....some interesting tips there!
The Night Before Stuff
1) Pack lunches and fill water bottles. Doing it when it's late and you (or the kids if they're able) are tired beats racing to do it when it's early and you or the kids are tired. Hot lunch family? Put notes in your calendar to check the balance on the lunch account a couple of times a month (if your school offers that service) or make sure you've got correct change, with reusable, labeled baggies or envelopes maybe for the littlest or less organized ones.
2) Choosing outfits ahead of time is a great idea, of course. It also never hurts to have them pick a back-up in case they are in a snit and have changed their mind when it's time to get dressed. That way, the potential ten-minute, "But I don't want to wear THAT today!" discussion can hopefully be tackled in two seconds with an, "Okay, here you go, then!" at-hand solution.
3) Check for any due library books, permission slips, homework to turn in, etc. and be sure they are all filed in the right kid's backpack.
4) Put the backpacks by the front door. You'd think they're too big to lose. You'd be wrong.
5) Have each kid put their shoes on top of their backpack. Put a sock in each shoe.
The Day Of Stuff
6) No electronics until everyone is ready to go. One kid gets ready early and turns on YouTube or a video game, and you are such a goner. Kids ready early may read.
7) Stick to the either/or rule: "Red jacket or blue today?" "Pigtails or ponytails?" rather than, "Which jacket do you want?" or "How should we do your hair?"
8) If they take any medicines in the morning, make sure they get put out on the table so they can be taken with breakfast. If you sometimes have to serve them toast in the car while you drive to school because you missed that window for a sit-down breakfast, keep a bottle or two of water in the car to wash down the meds. Favorite breakfast or energy bars are already stashed in your glove box, right?
9) Monitor their overall progress and help them stay focused on the task at hand. Give them both a ten- and five-minute warning before it's time to go.
10) Set the mood. Be mellow even if you aren't feeling it! I discourage any competitive racing in the morning, especially at the breakfast table. If I stay as calm and relaxed as possible, we are less likely to have upsetting and time-consuming blow-ups
In case you missed our hourlong chat with Katy Perry about fame, songwriting, boys and her very own Teenage Dreams, check out our Audio Vault to get the full skinny, straight from her cotton-candy flavoredmouth!
That's what the Indiana BMV says. Teens who have taken Driver's Ed classes are 4X more likely to get in crashes than those who did not take the classes. Some lawmakers say it might be time for an overhaul. Indiana's drivers ed program has not changed in the past 30 years.
I think they need to study a) older drivers (lots of factors involved in teen driving and crashes) and b) drivers in other states (there may be something wrong with the way driver's ed is taught in Indiana)
If you have a teenaged driver, here's a link to site with all sorts of useful info!
At least, that is what scientists say. Now, keep in mind, this is from a COMPLETELY biological point of view. It sounds like an interesting study, though. Here's the article, from the UK's Telegraph newspaper:
Scientists discovered that being able to pull off dance floor moves with the ease of John Travolta indicates strength and ability to produce healthy offspring
Researchers found that the men who women said looked attractive on the dance floor are actually physically stronger than those who are considered to have two left feet. This in turn indicates an ability to have strong children
Researchers recorded video clips of 40 heterosexual male students dancing to the drum track of the Robbie Williams song Let Me Entertain You.
They found those whose moves were rated attractive and assertive by members of the opposite sex were physically stronger than the others whose gyrations were below par.
Information about the participants' clothing, their looks and body shape which could have produced bias was disguised by getting them to all wear white overalls.
Hand grip strength was also measured, according to the study published in New Scientist magazine.
Twenty-five female students then viewed the videos and rated the dancers for attractiveness while another 25 judged their assertiveness.
Even after controlling for body weight there were strong correlations between strength scores and both perceived attractiveness and assertiveness.
Dr Bernhard Fink, an anthropologist of Gottingen University in Germany, said: "We already know women use static cues such as facial and bodily characteristics in their assessments of men.
"This study shows dynamic cues such as dancing ability might also be used to assess male quality in terms of strength and dominance â traits which eventually signal status."
The findings, also published in Personality and Individual Differences, show why uncoordinated men with two left feet and the dance floor prowess of Mr Bean can struggle to attract women.
It was Charles Darwin who first suggested dance was part of courtship rituals â something confirmed in nightclubs every weekend.
Did you hear about Katy Perry crashing the prom in Australia? She'd never actually been to a prom (she's been doing music professionally since she was 15 or 16), so when she was walking by and heard "California Gurls" playing, she decided to go in and join the party. The news story below has a clip of her singing & dancing to "Single Ladies".... BTW, love the new hair, Katy!
Back-to-school shopping can be expensive! (...and if you're like me, you aren't even done yet! Yikes!) The website, shopittome.com has been studying retailers patterns and they say there are specific "Savings windows" for everything and if you know WHEN to shop for certain things, you can save a lot of money. For example:
* For the biggest markdowns (41% off) on the most categories of boysâ clothing, Moms should shop on Wednesday.
* Discounts on girlsâ clothing items online average 36% off most days of the week, but shop on Saturday for bigger sales on casual pants (63% off) and skirts (47% off).
* The best day to save on boysâ shoes is Friday for discounts on average of 54% off. For girlsâ shoes and jeans, however, shop on Tuesday for the best price cuts (49% and 38%).
There is a LOT more over at www.shopittome.com
....and YES, there are best times to buy non-clothes items, too! According to smartmoney.com:
When to buy: During a holiday weekend.
Why: You'll find sales on select models all year long, but retailers bring out the big guns for holiday weekends, says Carolyn Forte, homecare director for the Good Housekeeping Institute. But don't worry about spending your Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends shopping for a new fridge â smaller holidays like Columbus Day and President's Day have their share of sales, too.
When to buy: During your pregnancy.
Why: Once you know your due date, keep an eye out for end-of-season clearances, recommends Alan Fields, co-author of "Baby Bargains." "If you're [newly] pregnant now, you know you'll be having a baby next summer," he says. "Well, right now, stores are closing out all the summer clothes." You can pick up newborn essentials like onesies for less than half price. (For more ways to save, see our column Oh Baby!)
When to buy: Hours before the curtain rises.
Why: How does a $25 front-row seat to the smash musical "Wicked" sound? Several musicals offer same-day ticket lotteries that offer up orchestra seats at inexpensive prices. If you'd rather not gamble on getting a seat, wait in line at the famous TKTS booth in Times Square. There, you can get tickets for hit musicals for up to 50% off. On a recent night, prime seats were available for "Hairspray," "Rent," "Sweeney Todd" and "Beauty & the Beast." (For the right times to drop by TKTS, and other ways to save, see our column A Midsummer Night's Dream.)
When to buy: Weekday mornings in September.
Why: By September, all the next year's models have arrived at the lot, and dealers are desperate to get rid of the current year's leftovers, says Phil Reed, consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. It's the prime time of year for incentives and sales, not to mention bargaining. "Any car that's been on the lot for a long time loses its value in the eyes of the car salesman," he says.
Heading to the dealership on a weekday morning also helps because there's low foot traffic, meaning you'll have ample time to negotiate and fewer people trying to buy the same car. The more demand, the less willing a salesman is to go down on price, says Reed. (For more, see our column Summer Car Savings.)
When to buy: December
Why: Most people assume that because everyone wants a good bottle of Champagne for New Year's Eve that prices go up during the holidays, says Sharon Castillo, director of the Office of Champagne, USA, which represents the trade association of growers in the Champagne region. But due to fierce competition among the Champagne houses, prices are actually lower during the holidays than they are at any other time of year. (For more on picking the right bottle, see our column Break Out the Bubbly.)
When to buy: Thursday evenings, six to eight weeks after an item arrives in stores.
Why: After an item lingers in stores a month or more, retailers start dropping its price to get it out the door, says Kathryn Finney, author of "How to Be a Budget Fashionista." These season-end clearances tend to be the same month that designers host fashion weeks (February and September) to preview the next fall or spring collections. So smart buyers can check the catwalk to see if any of this season's trends â say, leggings or military-style jackets â will still be hot next year, and then scoop them up on clearance.
Hitting the mall on a weekday ensures you'll get a good selection. "On the weekend, you'll only get picked-over stuff because the stores don't have time to restock," she says. By Thursday, most of the weekend sales have begun, but everything available is on the floor.
Computers and electronics
When to buy: Just after a new model is launched.
Why: When the latest and greatest of a product is released, you'll often see prices drop on what had previously been the best thing out there, says Tom Merritt, executive editor for CNET.
You've probably heard Neon Trees song, "Animal" on the Buzz....or on those tv commercials that make you want to visit Vegas...or a number of other places.....it's everywhere and incredibly catchy!
Neon Trees are here in Portland tonight to play the Dew Action Sports Tour and before they go on stage (10 pm tonight), they stopped by The Buzz to play their song, "Animal" and to talk about their music....their love of Billy Ocean....their random encounters with German nudists....how Jared Leto stays ageless & beautiful....Tyler's man-crush on Steve Carrell....and a lot more! Click below to listen. The song is at the end, but if you skip ahead, you miss one of the most fun chats I've had in a while. ;-)
A Chat and Performance from Neon Trees!
Neon Trees Play Animal
This Saturday's Best Of Oregon Food & Wine Festival will include much more than delicious food & wine. You will also be able to hear 2009 Portland Music Award winners for Best band, Acoustic Minds. Jenni & Amanda Price are Acoustic Minds and they dropped by today to chat and play two of their brand new songs as a preview to what you can enjoy this Saturday at Best of Oregon! Click the link for more info. It's happening at The Reserve Golf Club and is a benefit for Doernbecker Children's Hospital.
Acoustic Minds talk Best of Oregon & Burning Man....and play two new songs!
Katy Perry's new project, "Teenage Dream" doesn't come out until the 24th, but everybody's already talking about one of the new songs that hasn't yet hit the radio. It's called "Circle The Drain" and is rumoured to be about her ex-boyfriend, Travie McCoy. If true....it sounds like pills, not cheating is what broke them up. The song definitely reminds me of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette and I think Katy sounds great with more of a rock edge (wish she would do that more).... would love to hear your thoughts!
01 Circle the Drain by TPBSecretLeaks
...and since we're sharing leaked tracks....there are a few more here, including songs that didn't make it on to "Teenage Dream". Enjoy!
Mary Roach makes me wish I'd paid more attention in science class. Her book about dead bodies, "Stiff" has earned me a few odd looks on airplanes, but it is one of the most fascinating and entertaining books about human cadavers that I have ever read. Ok, it's the only book about human cadavers I have ever read, but I can't imagine any science textbook being half this interesting or funny!
Mary has written a new book about the strange things space travel and zero gravity do to human bodies. It's called "Packing For Mars" and if you've ever daydreamed about space travel, it's a must read. Mary will be at Powell's tomorrow (August 12), talking about her book and answering your questions.....but first, I got to ask her a few questions of my own!
Mary Roach talks about "Packing For Mars"
mary roach talks space oddities
For a band with a HUGE hit song, the Script have been a bit M.I.A. this summer, hiding out in Ireland, working on a new project. Good news! Their new project is done and coming out Sept. 13! They put their first single up on youtube, so we could all listen before the CD is released. Click this link to listen!
What do you think? It reminds me a LOT of "Breakeven", which isn't a bad thing at all. ;-)
The new Weezer project, "Hurley", is coming out Sept. 14 and the band just released one of the new tracks. It's called, "Memories" and it's definitely one of those songs best heard at full volume! ;-)
Click below to listen!
Weezer - Memories by Hypetrak
Like it? Download it for FREE here!
This almost takes the sting out of the Lakers beating the Blazers in the playoffs this year....Portland is a WAY more romantic city than L.A.! That's according to this article in Travel & Leisure magazine.
The Most Romantic Cities In America:
2) Charleston, South Carolina
3) San Francisco
4) New Orleans
5) Santa Fe, New Mexico
6) San Diego
7) San Antonio
8 ) Las Vegas
10) New York
Here's the bottom 3 (LEAST) romantic cities
Got a birthday coming up? According to this article, you should be concerned if your guy gives you a gift card....and HAPPY if he gives you an appliance. It's an interesting read....would love to hear from some guys on this....is it true?
Flowers, Stuffed Animals and Chocolates
While certainly not the most original gift, men associate these items with safety. In other words, they are hard to mess up. Each one of these should be thought of as a simple token to express his interest in continuing to develop the relationship. These gifts are also the universally accepted way to say âIâm sorryâ whenever he screws up.
The man who buys clothing for his partner is climbing out on a bit of a limb. This requires him to know his partner fairly well; otherwise he will fail at getting her something she will be happy wearing. Many men see this as an opportunity to prove to his partner that he knows what she needs and understands her.
Sexy sleepwear is a whole other ball game beyond the skirt and blouse combo. This is his subtle (at least he thinks) way to introduce more intimacy into the relationship.
Jewelry is a commercially driven gift, made successful by the countless ads which tell guys that the way to a girlâs heart is through a small velvet covered box with a shiny thing inside. On the other hand, women do like jewelry, and this can be an opportunity to express his commitment to her (love), as well as the extent of his ability to take care of her (symbol of wealth).
Men place a great deal of importance on the expense of a gift, believing that the more pricy it is, the more it will mean. This is, however, based on the comparable wealth and level of sacrifice of the giver. In other words, a diamond ring from a pauper may mean more than the same ring given by a billion dollar tycoon. This is how some women can get the wrong idea â by gauging his intentions by the monetary value of the gift.
Women often misinterpret the meaning behind appliances as gifts. If the appliance is handed over in a brown grocery bag, then it may indeed be time to take inventory of the relationship. However, men are more utilitarian about gift giving, seeing the greatest value in its pleasure and usefulness, rather than sentiment and thought value. He may have bought the blender simply because he thought you needed it.
This is the guy who has either given up on the relationship, or has given up on trying to find his partner something she really wants. Either way, it shows laziness and a disinterest in getting to know her. This gift could be a red flag, unless it can be traced back to some creative thinking, such as a spa service, favorite book store, dinner for two, etc.
Sometimes a vacation package may come off as being slightly self serving, but it may also be a sign of taking things to the next level of commitment. For the married couple, a vacation may be his way of rekindling the flames by having her all to himself for the weekend (or longer).
Bono's back is better and they are resuming their tour tomorrow night in Italy. Fans (of course) are already camped out.....waiting...and they recorded two new songs that U2 did in rehearsal. The quality isn't that great....but if you're curious....click below!
p.s. The second on, âFor Your LoveâNorth Starâ, keeps disappearing from Youtube....but if you keep searching, you may find it!
John Mayer did a private show recently and covered THE song of this summer....Katy Perry's "California Girls"....even though he didn't really know the lyrics....and didn't do the Snoop Dog part...it's still pretty entertaining! Check it out below!
Adam Levine told an interviewer recently that they will be doing this cover of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" on their upcoming tour, as well as a Tina Turner cover ("What's Love Got To Do With It")
If you haven't heard their version of the Alicia tune, check it out below...Adam sings the heck out of it!
Well, this is according to the 3000 British folks, who took this poll. I'm convinced the results would be quite different if Americans were polled. Speaking of which.... I'm a bit surprised that Lady Gaga did not make the list, yet a vacuum cleaner did?! Who else do you think should have been on here?
Top 100 coolest things on the planet
3. The internet
5. Aston martin DB9
6. Cadbury's chocolate
9. Mobile phones
11. Google Earth
12. Audi R8
14. GHD hair straightners
15. Bugatti Veyron
16. Nintendo Wii
21. Johnny Depp
22. New York City
24. Northern Lights
26. James Bond
27. Mini Cooper
28. Plasma TVs
29. Top Gear
30. VW campervan
31. Glastonbury Festival
32. Dyson vacuum cleaner
33. David Beckham
34. The Simpsons
35. Boeing 747 400 jumbo jet
36. Converse All-Stars
37. Michael Jackson
38. The Beatles
39. Las Vegas
40. Jimi Hendrix
41. The Harry Potter series
42. Pulp Fiction
43. Sex and the City
45. VW Beetle
46. Christian Louboutin shoes
47. Harrier Jump Jet
48. Cheryl Cole
49. Lamborghini Diablo
51. The Wonderbra
52. Ant and Dec
53. Quentin Tarantino
54. Clint Eastwood
56. Chanel No 5
57. Bang and Olufsen Beolab Speakers
58. David Bowie
59. John Lennon
60. The A-Team
61. Ray Ban sunglasses
64. Barack Obama
65. Johnny Cash
66. Calvin Klein underwear
67. Times Square, New York
70. The Fonz
71. Elvis Presley
72. Ferrari Enzo
73. Harley Davidson motorbikes
74. The X-Factor
75. Dr Martin boots
76. Muhammad Ali
77. Sean Connery
79. James Dean
80. The Matrix
81. Frank Sinatra
82. The Twilight Saga
84. BMW X5
85. Abercrombie and Fitch
88. Jack Nicholson
89. Jeremy Clarkson
90. Big Brother
91. Cosmopolitan cocktail
92. Diesel jeans
93. Michael Caine
94. Simon Cowell
95. Stevie Wonder
96. The Rolling Stones
97. Leather jackets
98. Dolce and Gabbana
99. Rolex watches
100. Rubix Cube
Bounty conducted a poll of 3,000 parents to find out how many had tried to give their baby an unusual name.
A third of those polled, said they DID give their kid a wierd name.....BUT only 1 in 10 regretted it. :-(
A little surprising....they claim that only 1 in 10 kids hate their name (lie!) and only 14 percent have asked to change it.
They also asked these folks what wierd names they have goven their kids and here is their top 20!
(p.s. There is NO bigger Nirvana fan on the planet than I.....but I never even considered naming my daughter Cobain)
TOP 20 MOST UNUSUAL NAMES
.....at least, according to Askmen.com....Do you agree?
#10.) EATING FAST FOOD. Youâll start feeling the effects once your metabolism slows down. And almost anything you make at home is better for you than fast food.
#9.) DRIVING WRECKLESSLY. About a million people die from car accidents every year, and about 50 million more people are injured. And men tend to drive more aggressively than women do.
#8.) PLAYING VIDEO GAMES ALL DAY. Playing games on your cell phone while youâre waiting in the doctorâs office is one thing. But if youâre always tethered to your PlayStation 3 . . . itâs time to grow up.
#7.) LIVING IN A DORM ROOM. Not literally, but if youâre over 30, you shouldnât have Grateful Dead posters on the wall, pizza boxes on the floor, and empty beer cans scattered all around your apartment.
#6.) GETTING A TATTOO. This oneâs debatable, but AskMen.com makes a good point: If you get a BAD tattoo when youâre FORTY, you canât really explain it away as something you did when you were young and stupid.
#5.) BINGE DRINKING. Again, when youâre 22, you can blame it on being young and crazy. But thereâs a point where, if youâre binge drinking all the time, it starts to become an ILLNESS.
And if you havenât worried about it all yet, hitting 30 is a good time to start.
#4.) LIVING PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK. This oneâs easier said than done. But once youâre in your 30â²s, you need to figure out a way to save whatever you can each month and prepare for things like kids, layoffs, and health issues.
#3.) WORKING AT A DEAD-END JOB. If youâve been at the same job for five years and they havenât given you a promotion yet, they might NEVER give you one. So it might be time to look for a job where you can start climbing the ladder.
#2.) KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT POLITICS. In American demographics, the term âyouth voteâ means voters between the ages of 18 and 29. So if youâre over 30, youâre an adult who should know something about how the world works.
#1.) DRESSING LIKE A SLOB. It doesnât take much time, effort, or even money to dress like an adult. You just have to care about how you present yourself. And you have to realize that more is expected of you now than when you were 20.
This last weekend, The Best of Oregon Festival invited me to a preview of their festival in August......a dinner at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn. Of course, I said "YES" and I brought a bunch of Buzz listeners with me. We started out by boarding the brand new Double Decker PDX bus. You would not believe how many people were taking our picture (ok, ok....I know it was the bus they were taking pics of, but still....it made us feel like celebs for the day!)
This is my "retro camera" pic of our ride!
Inside the bus....we had a little party!
With our very own bartender, David, from Beaker & Flask!
We got to sample David's special drink creation....not too much, though...we have wine to taste in an hour.
When we arrived at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn, I could not get over how beautiful it was out there! I want to go back and spend a whole weekend.....quite possibly in this chair!
We learned about Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn, while enjoying some of their yummy pinot gris!
We got a private tour of the vineyards & property
One of our hosts!
Wayne, the owner of Youngberg Hill, told us that the vines sometimes grow several inches in one day this time of year and you can hear them popping & cracking at night!
Time for dinner!
Our menu....dinner was fabulous!
My faves....the first course....and the last one!
I think Youngberg Hill has got to be one of the most romantic spots in all of Oregon!
Thank you, again to Youngberg Hill !! This is Kelly, who can set you up with their wine club...I'm joining for sure!
Youngberg Hill is just one of over 30 wineries, who will be featured at the Best Of Oregon Festival August 14....plus top restaurants will be there....get your tickets, because it's going to be an incredible experience!
Admit it.....you'll be watching the "Jersey Shore" season premiere July 29! It's ok....your secret is safe with me....as long as you don't tell on ME! LOL! Everybody's guilty tv pleasure/trainwreck is back....and here's a sneak preview of the new season.
BTW....I'm thinking of throwing a "Jersey Shore" viewing party. If you have ever been to one or thrown one, I'd love to see pics!!!
Did you see Lady Gaga on the Today Show this morning? girlfriend proved she can SING! Check out her cover of "Someone To Watch Over Me" before she gets into "Bad Romance"...amazing! I hope she does that when her Monster ball rolls into Portland August 19!
Yay! It seems I have good taste in tv shows and today's Emmy Nominations prove it (uhhhh, nevermind that I was kind of addicted to Celebrity Apprentice, ok) ;-)
Hereâs a select list of the most popular categories that were announced during the 62nd Annual Emmy Nominations this morning:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Good Wife
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY:
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
ACTOR IN A COMEDY:
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Matthew Morrison, Glee
ACTOR IN A DRAMA:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House
Matthew Fox, Lost
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA:
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM:
Dancing With The Stars
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Saturday Night Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
This is definitely going to be something special, so I'd like to have some cool, FUN people to enjoy it with!
The Best Of Oregon Festival (which is all about the BEST food & wine Oregon has to offer) has invited us for a preview of their festival! It's a private tour and tasting at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, which will include a fabulous dinner with wine right in the vineyards! Cool, right? It gets better.....Check out our ride to & from this fabulous event....the brand new Double Decker PDX bus!
You'll even get to taste a special cocktail, created especially for this event, by David at Teardrop Lounge in the Pearl.
I can't wait! I mean, check out this view!!
If you'd like to join me, nominate yourself HERE!or HERE!
...and SAVE THE DATE, August 14....for The Best Of Oregon Festival!
Seriously, they have the BEST wineries and restaurants in Oregon at this all day event at The Reserve Golf Club. The food & wine are both incredible, plus it benefits Doernbecker Children's Hospital! Get details and tickets HERE!! Tickets are $5 cheaper if you buy them now, so get yours!
1. Her friends arenât as friendly as they used to be.
âMaybe she told her girlfriends sheâs going to leave you, and the girlfriends have told their boyfriends and acquaintances,â says Py Kim Conant, author of Sex Secrets of an American Geisha. âAll of them pull back somewhat, because theyâre afraid youâll somehow sense from them that somethingâs rotten in Denmark.â
2. She ups her weekly workouts.
âIf your significant other starts to increase her visits to the gym or adds a new workout routine, it may mean that sheâs thinking of finding greener pastures,â says Tina de Lemp, president of B.Fit. âOften, women become lax with their workout schedules when theyâre in a satisfying relationship.â
3. Sheâs not having as much fun you-know-where.
âFor guys, sex without love is not a new idea,â says Patricia from Florida. âBut for a woman, itâs a big deal. Distance sexually means sheâs pulling away, as opposed to a guy who can enjoy it passionately with someone heâll never see again.â
4. Sheâs increasingly hard to reach.
âIf youâre playing voicemail volleyball with her too often, the fact is that sheâs just not that into
For guys, sex without love is not a new idea.
you,â according to Liz Kelly, author of Smart Man Hunting. âIf a woman really wants to reach you, she will go out of her way to find the right time to call.â
5. She gives you that little pat on the back.
âWatch out for this one,â warns Lisa Daily, author of Stop Getting Dumped. âA woman who pats you on the back while giving you a hug is indicating that sheâs uncomfortable for some reason. The bigger the pat, the more discomfort she feels.â
6. Her hug is a little bit off.
While weâre on the subject, Daily continues, âanother important sign that things may not be going well is the amount of contact during her hugs. Full frontal contact is good, but the one-shoulder hug could be a sign that sheâs distancing herself in the relationship. She may be pulling away, or getting ready to break things off.â
7. She stops criticizing you.
This one may sound counterintuitive, but, as Py Kim Conant says, âif she stops complaining about you leaving the toilet seat up, it may mean that sheâs given up on the relationship, and has no energy to put into further criticism of you. In fact, she may not even notice the toilet seat any longer, since her focus is no longer on perfecting you.â
8, 9 and 10. She puts you off, she makes you mad, and she wonât let you kiss her.
âRecently, I went out with a guy for a second date,â says Melissa from Chicago. âBefore this, I tried to give him all the tell-tale signs that I wasnât interested, but he persisted: He wouldnât stop calling, he wouldnât stop asking me out. So just to get him off my back, I agreed to go out one more time.
âDuring the date, to continue to show him I wasnât interested, I brought up every taboo subject I could think of, and tilted my views toward the radical side: feminism, politics, religion, marriage, etc.â, says Melissa.
âWhen he dropped me off, I very clearly leaned toward the door away from him, and hopped out of the car as soon as possible to avoid the terrible âgood night kiss.â After that, he finally figured it out!â My advice to my fellow single guys? Maybe take a hint and bail before things get that bad.
This is according to the men's magazine, "Coed". These are the songs they love, but will never admit to owning.
BTW...I would LOVE to see what the top "secret downloads for GIRLS is! Ladies, what are your guiltiest musical pleasures? It's just between us. ;-)
1. âYou belong with meâ By Taylor Swift
2. âWhat is loveâ By Haddaway
3. âBurning Upâ By Jonas Brothers
4. âBabyâ By Justin Bieber
5. âI want it that wayâ By Backstreet Boys
6. âMmmbopâ By Hanson
7. âSexy Backâ By Justin Timberlake
8. âDonât stop believingâ By The Cast of Glee
9. âSingle Ladiesâ By Beyonce
Colbie is one of the artists that Levi's asked to be a part of their "Pioneer Sessions". It's basically today's music artists, covering theri favorite classic songs. Colbie did the Blondie song, "Maria", which you can get for FREE here.
p.s. Make sure you check out the other artists and free downloads on the left....there's a few gems in there, not available on any of their CDs.
You're welcome! ;-)
One of the vampires from the "Twilight" series was in Portland this weekend....Cameron Bright, who plays Alec, one of oh-so-powerful Volturi. On a side note, of all the Twilight vampires, I like the Volturi the best. They aren't the sensitive, emo-vampires like Edward. They are mysterious and a bit scary, as good vampires should be. ;-)
Anyway.....Cameron was in town to meet people and talk about Eclipse, which we did. He shared lots of inside info, like.....how the vampires and wolf pack have a healthy rivalry even when the cameras are off (knew it!).....what Robert Pattinson REALLY smells like.....the craziest request he has received from fans.....and why he LOVES the Twilight Moms!
Random observations....he has the prettiest blue eyes, it's a shame they put those orange contacts on them.....Canadians really are the nicest, most polite people on earth.....if you do something nice for someone famous (like bake them cupcakes), they actually remember it (and you) fondly.
I'm looking forward to seeing Cameron's work in "Eclipse"
Interview with Cameron Bright:
Cameron Bright Edit
Everyone is yawning today (or skipping work entirely to sleep).....could it have anything to do with all those midnight showings of "Eclipse"? Duh! ;-)
Last week, I had a quick chat with actor Billy Burke, who plays Charlie (Bella's Dad). We were supposed to talk about his music, but I HAD to ask a few Twilight-related questions, right? He talked about: his fave scene in "Eclipse", what Robert Pattinson is really like, the plans for shooting "Breaking Dawn", Charlie's glorious 80's 'stache.....and more! I hope you enjoy it!
p.s. interview with Cameron Bright (Alec of the Volturi) coming soon!
Interview with Billy Burke:
billy burke edit
Everyone is talking about Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute on last night's BET Awards. There's no denying his dancing was spot on and AMAZING! Some people think his breakdown during "Man In the Mirror" was completely planned and done to manipulate us into feeling sorry for him. I prefer to think he was thinking about the words and realizing just how much of a change had to happen in his own life. I mean, that song has made me tear up many times, why would he be any different? I say real. Watch it and see what you think.
Lady Gaga busted out a brand new song, called "You & I", at Elton John's party last Thursday. It's kind of different from the stuff we're used to from her....but I like it!! What do you think? Check out the video below.
Missing Michael Jackson? Just turn on your tv this weekend, as EVERYONE is running tributes and specials. Here's a rundown on who is showing what (and when):
CNN: Michael JacksonâThe Final Days (Friday, June 25, 8-9 p.m.) CNNâs Don Lemon talks with Jermaine and Tito Jackson about their brotherâs death and drug abuse. Also on hand is Jackson crony Dr. Deepak Chopra and famed choreographer Travis Payne, who shares details about working with Michael Jackson on preparations for his âThis is It!â tour.
FUSE: Michael Jackson: The Inside Story (Friday, June 25, 8-9:30 p.m.) The bigger the celebrity, the more outlandish the conspiracy theories surrounding his or her death. This new doc examines claims (including those from Joe and La Toya Jackson) that Michael was murdered.
MTV: Michael Jacksonâs Top 10 Video Countdown (Friday June 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday June 26, 8-9:30 a.m.) MTV determines MJâs Top 10 videos based on the number of views each has received on MTV.com. The special features running text commentary, Jacksonâs VMA performances, and rare interviews he granted MTV.
MTV: Michael Jacksonâs Influence on Music (Friday June 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.) A compilation of videos featuring top music artists discussing Michael Jacksonâs influence on their work.
20/20: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.)
BET Awards 2009 encore (Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) Last yearâs awards, which aired just days after Michael Jacksonâs death, where host Jamie Foxx performed his own incredibly awkward Moonwalk.
Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (Friday, June 25, 1-2 p.m.)
Inside the Michael Jackson Mansion: Never Can Say Goodbye (Friday, June 25, 2-3 p.m.)
106 & Park (Friday, June 25th, 6-8 p.m.) The 106 gang devotes their âFreestyle Fridayâ to counting down Michael Jacksonâs greatest videos.
Michael Jackson History: The King of Pop (Friday June 25, 8-10 p.m.)
Michael Jackson: A Tribute (Friday, June 25, 9:30-10:30 p.m.)
Michael Jacksonâs Music Videos (Saturday, June 26, 6-8 a.m.)
Dateline NBC (Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.) The first hour of Dateline will include Michael Jackson coverage.
Michael Jackson Music and Memories (Friday, June 25, 11 p.m.-12 a.m.)
TV Guide Network
Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty (Friday, June 25, 7-8 p.m.)
Hollywood 411: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 8-9 p.m.)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (Friday, June 25, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday June 26, 12-2 a.m.)
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (Friday, June 25, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, June 26, 2-4 a.m.)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (Friday June 25, 12-5 p.m.)
Famous Crime Scene: Michael Jackson (Friday June 25, 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.)
Famous Crime Scene: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 9-9:30 a.m.; 4:30-5 p.m.)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (Friday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 6 p.m.-11 p.m.)
Michael Jackson Video Retrospective (Friday June 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
VH1 Classic All Time Top 10 (Friday June 25, 5-6 p.m.; 11 p.m.-12 a.m.)
Our buddies, Rooney, stopped by before their show at the Wonder Ballroom tonight! We also talked about their new CD, "Eureka", what Spencer Pratt was like in high school, brides who wear diapers, the GaGa/Seinfeld feud.....and MUCH more!
More audio coming tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy this live performance of their new song, "I Can't Get Enough"
rooney can't get enough live
OK....as much as I LOVE my husband...I sometimes tease him by saying that the day he kicks the bucket, I'm hitting the golf course. ;-) Turns out.....that's a good strategy for finding a rich man to marry....according to this article, from Betty Confidential.
Here's an excerpt....click the link above for more!
3. Look For Millionaires Online: Want to hunt for a millionaire from the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of websites dedicated to hooking up wealthy men with eligible women. One of the best is Millionaire Match dot com, where a woman we interviewed met a millionaire she hit it off with on her third try. The site even has features to make sure your potential man is true, like their âCertified Millionaireâ status.
4. Hotel Lounges and Pools: Catching a traveling millionaire while he is relaxing grabbing a drink or some sun is a great time to start a conversation with your potential beau. Check out the Four Seasons, a favorite of millionaire locals and travelers in major cities, or find out what the top hotel in your area is, pull yourself up to the bar, order a drink and try to nab a millionaire before he checks out.
Read Sweet Sugar: Behind-the-Scenes at a Sugar Baby Party
5. Pals With Millionaire Men: There is nothing like a personal reference! Do you have a pal who met a great millionaire man and has a relationship that is chugging along? Donât be shy! Ask her to ask him if he has any single friends, and go on a double date. Being brought in by your pal and her man gives you instant credibility.
I follow Kelly Clarkson on twitter and got a tweet from her, inviting me (and anyone who could make it) to Larry's Lounge in Nashville for some karaoke fun. I don't sing in public (you're welcome), but I wondered what fun I was missing out on. Thanks to youtube, I can see I missed out on Kelly covering Kesha, Vanilla Ice, and Guns n Roses...good times!
Kelly covers Kesha
Sweet Child o' Mine
Ice, Ice baby!
I think I may have found my Halloween costume! Hmmmm...When do you think Victoria's Secret will launch their new "California Gurls" line of bras? ;-)
Here's a 30 second clip of Katy Perry's new video. It's like Candyland come to life!
....and let the parodies begin! Enjoy "Minnesota Girls" below......and maybe someone could do an "Oregon Girls" version? ;-)
Today (Friday, June 4) is National Donut Day and to celebrate Chef Thomas Dunklin wants to buy Portland a donut! Come into Red Star Tavern TODAY, mention the free donut promotion and get a FREE Red Velvet Donut. Limit one per customer. No purchase necessary.
p.s. Red Star is one of my FAVE restaurants in town......everything is yummy, so I'm grabbing one of these today for sure!!
Temporarily, that is. In case you didn't know, she wrote "Whatya Want From Me" when she was seperated from Cary....and then gave (sold) it to Adam Lambert, when she decided he could "sing it better than I could"
Hmmm...I think she sings it pretty well...and gives it a bit more emotion than Adam did (even though, I do love to hear him sing it)
What do you think?
You only have a couple of days to enter your dog in Portland's Next Top Dog Model contest! Last year's winners (pictured above) got all sorts of goodies, plus bragging rights for a whole year. This year's prize package is worth $1000, plus all of the finalists (and their families) get to go to a fabulous party on June 17 at Hotel Monaco! I'll be one of the judges and I can't wait! You only have until May 31 to enter, so hurry!!!
Get your entry form here!Get more info here!
Askmen.com asked men what they regretted most about their younger years and topping that list.....not chasing the woman of their dreams! Hey! I thought I WAS my man's dream girl! ;-) Here's the top 10, in order. BTW....these would be very different if they asked women for their regrets...."not getting in a fight" would definitely not be on that list. Haha!
1. Not Going After Their Dream Girl
2. Not Spending Enough Time With Dad
3. Ignoring Their Health
4. Being a Workaholic
5. Not Sleeping With More Women
6. Getting Married Too Soon
7. Never Buying Their Dream Car
8. Never Getting Into A Fight
9. Not Staying In Touch With Their Friends
10. Not Playing A Team Sport
Someone sent me this article, which lists some of the craziest driving laws in the U.S.! How on earth did they come up with these? Especially the one about shooting whales from your car in Tennessee. Do they even HAVE whales in Tennessee? LOL!
Here are a few of the highlights:
In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
In Florida, if an elephant, goat or alligator is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
In Oregon, a door on a car may not be left open longer than necessary.
In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
I WISH cars could go over 60 mph with no driver! If they ever offer that as an option, I'm soooo getting it! Haha!
In all seriousness, Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to summer driving season and there will be a lot of extra drivers on the road, so be extra careful out there....
...and make sure you download this free Iphone app, from AAA. It tells you where all the gas stations with the best prices are!
According to fashion expert and best-selling author, Charla Krupp, These items need to be banished from your closet, as they make you look much heavier than you actually are:
â¢ Oversized T-shirts
â¢ Capri pants (if you have cankles)
â¢ Sleeveless shirts (if you have arm flab)
â¢ Gladiator sandals or any shoe that cuts you off at the ankle
â¢ Shorts and boy-short swimsuits
â¢ Metallic swimsuits or shiny satin skirts (they accentuate every bulge)
You know, I can see why people hated Russell on Survivor. Watching him at first, I thought he was the biggest jerk to ever play the game. Then as time went on, I realized that everyone in this game lies and tricks people. Some people are just better at it.....and Russell was QUITE good at it. So good, that when people finally realized he played them, they were so mad, they refused to give him the million dollars. He also found hidden idols with such frequency, the producers are now changing how they do the hidden idols, citing "The Russell Factor". Love him or hate him, this guy changed the game. After talking to him, I realized how easy it was for him to pull people in....he's actually charming and funny. I found myself inviting him to come to station to hang out and chat and drink beer. I don't even drink beer. That, my friends, is the Russell Factor at work. Haha!
I hope you enjoy the interview. He's clearly still a bit bitter that Sandra won. He explains why he didn't think she was a worthy opponent and shares some stuff that CBS didn't show us. He also talks about: How his wife felt about watching him and "his queen", Parvati... His regrets, as he was watching, at home, with his family....His new strategy, should he play again.....His secret for manipulating people easily......Which players he actually respected (surprise! Boston Rob is one of them).....oh yeah, and he thinks Sandra stinks and Colby is gay......you'll just have to listen to the whole thing to hear the rest. Enjoy!
...and thank you, Russell, for being so entertaining. I really do hope we see you on tv again....maybe on "The Amazing Race"? ;-)
I keep telling you the British are an ODD bunch of people!
A new poll of 1000 people in the UK just came out. Millions of people get injured during lovin' every year. Most injuries are not serious (though many are hilarious). Who would have thought the COUCH is the most dangerous place to get your groove on?! Seriously. It's soft, low to the ground, no moving parts....how is that possible?
Here's what the survey found:
MOST COMMON INJURIES
1. Pulled muscle
2. Injured back
3. Carpet burns
4. Cricked neck
5. Bashing elbows / knees
6. Bruised shoulder
7. Twisted knee
8. Sprained / strained wrist
9. Sprained / strained ankle
10. Bending fingers back
MOST DANGEROUS LOCATIONS
6. On a chair
7. Kitchen table
10. In a work cupboard
MOST COMMONLY BROKEN ITEMS
1. Bed frame
2. Wine / pint glass
5. Tea cup
7. Chest of drawers
The new Katy Perry song, "California Girls" was released on her website today. Is it just me or does it sound a LOT like Ke$ha's "Tik Tok"? Especially at the beginning of the track. Click here to listen to it!
p.s. love the blue hair, Katy! You look like some sort of superhero. ;-)
She's mad at Fox for cutting two minutes out of her performance, comparing it to cutting up an expensive painting to make it fit your wall. Fox says they had to do it to make sure Aaron Kelly had his final song. Do you think the extra 2 minutes were worth getting mad about?
First of all....Miley Cyrus' new one, "Can't Be Tamed". Hmmmmm....she won't be confused with Hannah Montana after this one. It looks like she might have used the same choreographer that Rihanna used for "Disturbia"....?? Cool wings.....but....the "adult" version of Miley Cyrus is a bit unsettling, yes?
To be honest, I haven't watched "The Simpson's" in years....but someone sent me this, from Sunday night's episode....a new "Tik Tok" video, starring the residents of Springfield. LOL!
....and, OF COURSE, Olivia Newton-John and Sue Sylvester (Glee) team up for the "Physical" remake from last night's "Glee"!
Did you see this article in Cosmo? 1 in 4 college women are addicted to tanning! Scientists say that your body gets physically dependent on the tanning rays and that if you try to quit "cold turkey", you may have withdrawal symptoms much like a smoker who is quitting would experience! Have you ever known anyone addicted to tanning? Are you a "tanorexic"? Here's the story link!
....and more bad news about tanning here.
Rupaul called in to talk about the season finale of "Rupaul's Drag Race" (coming up on Monday, April 26). We ended up chatting about: Lady Gaga appearing on his show next season, the toughest part of being a drag queen, and how he dorked out when he met Adam Lambert.
BTW....if you know any drag queens, he's casting NOW for season 3. Details in the interview!
A chat with Rupaul
This woman and her daughter were kicked out of Disneyland Paris because she "looked too much like a princess" and they thought it would confuse kids. Ooooohh kaaaayyy.......first of all, she looks nothing like a princess....she looks like a woman in an old wedding dress....and if she wants to be the person that bored people in line make fun of, then whatever.....we need those people to amuse us when we have nothing else to do, right? ;-) Second....have you seen theoutfits they DO allow people to wear in Disneyland? I'm just saying that if they have a wedding dress rule, they should also have a spandex bike short rule. Third.....would you want to wear a wedding dress all day in Disneyland? If they would have let her be, she would have quickly tired of lugging all that material around and trying to cram it into the tiny cars for the rides. She would have been back at the hotel to change in an hour or two. That's my opinion, anyway....what do you think?
In case you somehow missed this online this week....here's the Glee version of "Vogue"....brilliant! I can not wait for tonight's "Power Of Madonna" episode!
*crossing fingers and anything that will cross, in hopes of a Madonna cameo tonight!*
Really crazy Iranian guy? You really think the recent string of earthquakes world-wide is being caused by too many people gettin' busy???!! LOL! I swear, I thought I was reading the Weekly World News, when I came across this story. Seriously.....we just need a pic of Bat Boy sitting in some earthquake rubble....
Here's the story from the UK's Telegraph newspaper:
Attractive women who snub traditional Islamic clothing to instead wear fashionable clothes and apply heavy make-up, caused youths in the country to âgo astrayâ and have affairs, Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi said.
The hard-line cleric said as a result the country, bounded by several fault lines, experienced more âcalamitiesâ such as earthquakes, the reformist Aftab-e Yazd newspaper reported him saying.
Five million should flee Tehran over earthquake fears: Ahmadinejad
Iran: British embassy staff 'played part in post-election protests' and will be tried
Iran arrests British embassy staff
Iranian doctors sentenced to prison for fomenting 'soft revolution'
Shannon Matthews trial: Oddball loner Michael Donovan and the 'Child on Board' car sticker
Iran's supreme leader orders sacking of vice-presidentIran is prone to frequent quakes, many of which have been devastating for the country.
"Many women who dress inappropriately ... cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes," he told worshippers at a Tehran prayer service late last week.
"Calamities are the result of people's deeds.
âWe have no way but conform to Islam to ward off dangers."
The Islamic dress code is mandatory in Iran, which has been under clerical rule for more than three decades.
Every post-pubescent woman regardless of her religion or nationality must cover her hair and bodily contours in public.
Offenders face punishment and fine.
But this has not stopped urban women from appearing in the streets wearing tight coats and flimsy headscarves and layers of skilfully applied make-up.
Experts have warned that a strong quake in Tehran, the Iranian capital, could kill hundreds of thousands of people.
Tehran province has nearly 14 million inhabitants, eight million of whom live in the city, which sits on several fault lines.
Earlier this month, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the countryâs president, warned at least five million Tehran residents that they should flee Iran's capital because it is threatened by earthquakes.
Mr Ahmadinejad said that more than two thirds of Iran's 74-million-strong population lived in urban areas.
"We cannot predict when an earthquake will happen. But if anything happens to Tehran province's 13.8 million residents, how can we manage that?" he asked.
The worst in recent times hit the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing more than 31,000 people â about a quarter of the population â and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
Earlier this year the hardline cleric led rallies from Iranian government supporters who denounced opposition students who burned photos of the country's supreme leader during protests in December.
"The issue has reached a point where the picture of Imam Khomeini is insulted," he said.
"They questioned things that are sacred."
He mocked opposition activists who "thought the revolution had been defeated".
The patron saint of butter and all things I should not be eating, Paula Deen, called in to talk about her new book, "Savannah Style", which is not a cookbook. It's a book about decorating and living Paula's Savannah lifestyle. Of course, I also had to ask about her rumored guest judge appearance on American Idol, if there is pressure for her to make her food "healthier".....and of course, BUTTER!!!
Love her! Listen to the interview below!
If you want to win a copy of Paula Deen's "Savannah Style", leave a comment on this blog! I'll choose a winner on Friday!
Interview With Paula Deen
Kara Dioguardi....Colbie Caillat....and 3 other female celebrities posed nude for the latest "ALLURE" magazine. They look great, but are you cool with your kids seeing these in your "mom" magazine? Colbie says she did it show her young female fans that they should be proud of their bodies. Kara said, âThis shoot was less about beauty than about taking a risk, and showing people a side of me they never have seen.â
Here's a link to the actual article.
What do you think?
Colbie Caillat (who is the last person I ever thought I'd see naked. Ha!)
Kara Dioguardi (this all started with bikini girl, didn't it?)
I admit it. I was not always a Boston Rob fan. I used to consider him pure evil......then along came Russell, who makes Rob look like a good guy, by comparison. I was actually sad when Rob was "Russelled" via Tyson (idiot!) and Coach (lame!).
I talked to Rob about that when he called in. He is very smart....should have gone farther. Unfortunately, if you're only as strong as the weakest member of your alliance. I wouldn't want my success in the hands of Tyson & Coach, would you? Boston Rob did the best he could with what he had to work with and he talks about it below. He also gave us a HUGE hint as to what people will be going much farther in the game. Check it out!
Boston Rob talks about how he knew Russell was bad news, without ever seeing Survivor:Samoa
boston rob talks about how he knew Russell was bad news
Boston Rob talks about how he decided which of the villians would be "trustworthy" enough for an alliance
boston rob talks about how he decided which villians to trust
Boston Rob gives us a HUGE clue as to which players are going far in this game.
boston rob gives us a hint as to what's going down in upcoming episodes
If you were ANYWHERE near the Rose Garden Friday night, there was no doubt a chick magnet was in the vicinity! As far as the eye could see....Sparkles and stilettos everywhere!!! Michael Buble was back in Portland and if you weren't there as part of one awesome girl's night out.....then you, like Patrick & I (and Mitch & Derek) were there for date night. :-)
Before the show, we went backstage to meet Michael. I had no idea what to expect. I had interviewed him (it's posted on this blog, in the archives), so I knew he was smart & funny, but sometimes, that smartaleckiness gets out of hand and you've got a John Mayer. haha!
Michael was actually quite nice and (unbelievably) humble. Good times!
Patrick & I, meeting Michael Buble backstage. He was SO much nicer than I thought he would be. He's no John Mayer! ;-)
Mitch & his partner Derek are HUGE Michael Buble fans, so they were quite excited to meet him. My camera & I were there for their big moment!
Here are a couple of videos from the show:
Thank you again, to Legend Homes, for letting me test drive one of their beautiful EarthSmart homes at Edgewater at the Tualatin! We wrapped up Saturday night with a house party! Artemis Catering worked their culinary magic with local, organic ingredients (yum!)....Stoller Winery provided us with eco-friendly vino.....and Jim Chapman, the President, of Legend Homes shared the whole story of why Legend decided to build these amazing homes. When you don't build homes for a living, you don't realize all of the little details and decisions that go into the house. These little decisions can either cost or save you big $$$$ down the road in your home. Jim explained all those details to us.....things like window placement to take advantage of the natural light outside (and to make you more comfortable in your home)....low flow water fixtures to save resources and save money.....special insulation that is blown into every nook and crevice to give you a nice airtight seal against heat and energy loss.....energy saving appliances.....solar panels to provide up to 1/3 of your own energy.....water-saving landscaping.....they thought of EVERYTHING! It's not just talk, either. Legend Homes guarantees that you won't pay more than 58 bucks a month for energy. Jim explains in the video below.
If you think about things like saving our Earth's resources....and of course, about saving your own money, you should really talk to Legend Homes about these EarthSmart Homes and Edgewater at the Tualatin. Jim and the rest of the Legend Homes folks are good people and they care about the same things you do. Here's a link....tell them you want more info about the $58 dollar guarantee I told you about!
Jared and his band, 30 Seconds To Mars, did this cover for the BBC. What do you think? He definititely makes it sound darker....more creepy...
...and here's what Hayley Williams of Paramore did with the same song.....hmmmm....maybe Paramore will be covering this on their summer tour? Hope so!
Japanese scientists say they have found a cure for hay fever.....and it's a cell phone ringtone! They say if you hold your phone up to your nose and have someone call you, this ringtone will dislodge the pollen. Of course, people will think you have lost your mind (or at least forgot that you answer the phone with your ear, not your nose), but you know, when allergies are making you miserable, you will try and do just about anything for relief!
These same scientists also say they have a ringtone to help you lose weight.....and another to cure insomnia! If you want to hear what they sound like, click this link and listen to the BBC story. The hayfever one sounds kind of like an alarm clock....the others sound like cheesy 1995-era ringtones that came with your phone....but check 'em out and see if you think they will work.
I'm going to post a bunch of videos today. Later tonight, we are hosting a dinner party in this beautiful EarthSmart Home by Legend....fun! I can't wait to show it off to everyone. The great room downstairs is PERFECT for entertaining!
I'm still really impressed with the fact that EVERYTHING in this house saves resources and saves money, yet there is NO sacrifice in comfort. If anything, this house is way more comfortable and liveable than my own home. They've really thought about everything and have made it easy for you to live a super-green lifestyle by designing this home with things like low-flow water fixtures, solar panels, etc. Check out the videos below and go to the Legend Homes website for info on this remarkable community.
As you can see, the home and neighborhood are beautiful! I'll post videos from the party later tonight.
Here's another video from my tour with Vern, who explained why these homes are so much more eco-friendly than other homes. Every detail in these homes and the community was designed with a green, sustainable lifestyle in mind!
It was so awesome to wake up today in this beautiful brand new, EarthSmart home! Even though, we turned the thermostat down a couple of times (and I never heard the heat kick on), the house was nice and comfy!! I hopped in the shower, which felt so good. I can't believe the bathroom fixtures are water-saving low flow fixtures....plenty of water pressure, YAY! On my way to work, I checked out the neighborhood park......definitely going to explore that bike trail. How nice would it be to NOT have to drive your car on the weekends?!
The designer of this shirt says that whomever wears this shirt to a party will be the center of attention. I'm sure you will.....but I'm not sure it's all the good kind of attention, though. Haha! I see this as a shirt for the guy who would rather be home, playing "Rock Band" on his Wii.....or maybe for the guy who is just HOPING some hot girl will come up and ask to play a tune....on his chest. ;-)
What do you think? Awesome or awesomely tacky? Would you wear this to a party? If you would....here's where you buy it. Btw, they also have one with drums. ;-)
We are all settled into bed. It's cozy and quiet....incredibly quiet. I'm sure that's because of all of the extra insulation this house is blanketed with. They actually designed this house with extra spaces for insulation and let me tell you, you can DEFINITELY notice it. I was wearing a sleeveless dress tonight and when I took my coat off, I noticed that I wasn't cold at all (normally, at home, I shiver until I turn the heat up). In fact, we were actually quite warm, so Patrick checked the thermostat.....69 degrees.....that's several degrees cooler than what we are used to at home! We turned down the heat....a couple of times. We're still nice and cozy, yet saving energy!! I don't even have to wear my coat inside, like I often do at home this time of year....love that! This Cali girl HATES being cold. ;-)
When I took a tour of this house with Vern, from Legend Homes, he showed me how all that insulation allows them to do something incredibly energy-saving (that you simply can't do with most other homes). Check out the video below:
According to baby name expert, Pamela Redmond Satran, these are the "most elite" baby names right now. Funny, they all sound like friends of my grandma. ;-)
I still remember the day I started to care about the environment. I was watching the aftermath of Exxon Valdez accident. I actually cried as I saw the animals, struggling to hold on to life, even though their world had been destroyed by the careless actions of one human. It made me think about the things we do every day that affect our world....actions that may affect others at first, but eventually affect us, too. I'll blog more about these thoughts later....but I wanted to set the stage for why I am SO excited to do a "test drive" on one of these new EarthSmart Homes by Legend, in the brand new Edgewater On The Tualatin community. These homes were designed, from the ground up, to save resources, and to save the homeowner money! I will be moving in later today, but I sneaked out there, earlier this week to get a preview. Check out my videos below....and keep checking back for more videos and blogs from the house!
The landscaping saves resources, money, and TIME!
These houses are powered by solar!
I just got back from NYC, where I was lucky enough to spend St. Patrick's Day with The Script! The video is a bit raw, but I had to use one of those little flip-cams that are much more easily smuggled into shows. ;-) I was even able to ask Danny a couple of questions in the Meet & Greet. Enjoy!
The Script doing "Breakeven" live!
...and the first song from The Script that we played on The Buzz, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
Danny talks about recording their new CD and coming to Portland!
Alex Band (former lead singer of The Calling) stopped by for a visit today and played us his new song, which was inspired by vampires (4 years ago....BEFORE everybody was on the vampire train) Check it out and let me know what you think!
Alex also talked about how his dad's job (horror film maker) got him fascinated with all things dark & creepy.
Alex Band talks about and plays his new song Tonight
You can see the video for Alex's new song (which the Twilight crew helped him shoot) on Alex's website, www.alexband.net
Make sure to watch for Alex's fiance in the video!
VH1 brought back one of my shows this week (besides "Rock Of Love", of course) ....UNPLUGGED! The Adam Lambert episode aired Tuesday, but if you missed it, you can catch most of it online. Here's an amazing version of "Whattya Want From Me"
My question is....would you want the kind of person this "bait" would attract?
This website sells fake atm receipts that you can write your phone number on and give to people you are interested in. They say the bait works like a charm and they even have a few tips to boost your chances of success! They recommend that you crumple it slightly and keep it in your pocket, so you can nonchalantly pull it out to write on. They also say that while it is tempting to make yourself a millionaire on paper, it will be be more realistic if you have a balance between $70,000 and $300,000. Check out www.customreceipts.com to give it a try.
Lot's of eye candy....and laughs in this! My fave part is when Jimmy is outed for wearing Spanx! Haha! I also love how he mispronounces "Robert Pattinson"! If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you watch it for the surprise at the end.
I'll never forget the first (and only) time I visited a nude beach. I was new here.....just moved up from California. Having grown up in a beach town, I missed the beach soooo much more that I thought I would. My friends took me to a beach (can't remember the name) on the Columbia and we went for a long walk.....a really long walk.....and somehow, we missed the clothing optional sign....but we certainly could not miss the guy who had opted for no clothes that day! Being caught by surprise, I'm sure we broke the important "no gawking" rule...but did you know there are other rules of etiquette when visiting a nude beach? If you're planning a trip to Rooster Rock or Sauvie Island once the weather warms up....read & learn!
Leave your dog HOME! Dogs like to sniff strangers. Enough said.
Gawking is impolite. If you want to go to the nudist beach for a thrill, do everyone a favor and buy a magazine instead.
Ask for people's consent before taking their photograph nude.
If you're sunbathing nude in a secluded area, leave a bathing suit on a rock to let others know they are approaching an unclothed person. If you're uncomfortable having your suit out of reach, bring a spare.
On a wide open beach, position yourself in the open so you can see people coming and put something on before they get there if you need to.
Get dressed before you leave the nudist beach.
Be friendly, but respect others' rights to privacy.
Avoid sexual activity. It's illegal and offensive.
Advances of an unwelcome or unwanted nature are not acceptable anywhere, and especially at a nudist beach.
Be Prepared. Sometimes, the nudist beach doesn't have any amenities. Bring water, food, towel, sunscreen and anything else you need.
Keep the nudist beach clean. If you carried it in, carry it back out.
I first heard about author Joe Hill via Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. He was reading "Heart Shaped Box" and said it was really creepy (in a good way!). As soon as he said the words "It's about a rock star who buys a ghost off the internet", I was on the Powell's website, buying my copy. It was definitely creepy, yet full of dark humor and lots of rock-n-roll references. I loved it! So, you can imagine how excited I was to get Joe's new book, "Horns", about a guy who falls asleep after a drunken night....only to wake up sportin' a new set of horns...yes, on his head! Then people start confessing their deepest, ugliest secrets to him and he decides to use this new power to find a murderer.
Joe Hill is coming to Portland this Wednesday (March 3) for a reading/book signing at Powell's City of Books on Burnside at 7:30pm. I had the chance to talk to Joe about his new book.....rock-n-roll....which of his dad's (Stephen King) books made the best movies....etc! Hope you enjoy the chat below and I hope you can make to Powell's Wednesday night!
Joe Hill talks about "Horns"....his KISS obsession....his dad, Stephen King...and more!
Joe Hill edit
If you think Dashboard Confessional's music is just for angsty teens....or when you've just gone through a horrible breakup and you need a soundtrack for drowning your sorrows in ice cream....think again! Chris Carraba writes some of the most beautiful, mature love songs (like "Stolen" *sigh*) that you will ever hear. The band can also rock with the best of them....something you might not know unless you look past the stereotypes and actuall go to one of their shows. Lucky for you (all of us, really), Dashboard Confessional is in Portland tomorrow night and there's still a handful of tickets available for their show at the Wonder Ballroom. Grab them and go! You won't regret it.
The guys stopped by last fall, right before their new CD "Alter The Ending" came out and we had a GREAT chat. Chris is actually a VERY funny guy.....he even pokes a little fun at his sensitive, emo-guy image in the interview below. I hope
Dashboard Confessional talks about their Jake's cheescake scam.....the most random place Chris has ever written a song....which of his songs get the most reaction from people...."Stolen"...."Hands Down"....and their fave new music discoveries!
dashboard confessional interview 1
Dashboard Confessional talks about the most ridiculous songs he has ever written....a Canadian guy in a thong who inspired a song.....Chris' ex-girlfriend's dad, who tried to run over him....the women who propose marriage all the time....and more!
dashboard confessional interview part 2
Dashboard Confessional talks about and plays their song "Belle Of The Boulevard"
dashboard confessional belle of the boulevard live
Seriously....If I had a secret, the LAST person on earth I would tell is John Mayer. Haha! He's dishing on his ex-girlfriends in this new interview with Playboy's website. I'm a little disturbed that he's been hanging out backstage with Miley Cyrus, let alone giving her advice.....but to be honest, the nosy part of me loves that he's got no filters. Your office IT guy probably has the Playboy site blocked, but you can try accessing the full article here. I'll post the parts that won't get me in trouble below. ;-)
PLAYBOY: Is this the last John Mayer interview?
MAYER: No, though I have fantasies of it. And that doesnât come out of pretension or laziness. Itâs difficult for me to explain my life to someone without sounding like Iâm complaining, which Iâm not. I have no problem saying Iâm in a bit of a strange time in my life.
PLAYBOY: Meeting girls is a headache? You have to explain that.
MAYER: I hate being the heartbreaker. Hate it. If I date somebody and it doesnât work out, itâs another nightmare for me. I donât like the way the odds are stacked. If I date nine more girls before I get marriedâwhich I think would be completely appropriateâthat would be nine more spats of character assassination. I donât equate sex with release, I equate it with tension. Itâs given me a lot of pause. Somewhere in my brain it has probably really (messed) me up.
PLAYBOY: But who cares if people assassinate your character?
MAYER: I do. I just do. I consider myself a good guy, with the best of intentions. Anybody who has been in a relationship with me would stand by the fact that Iâve never been callous. Iâve never been a bad boy. I may have taken someone through the wringer psychologically, but Iâve never been sinister.
PLAYBOY: So youâve lost the motivation of playing music to meet girls.
MAYER: If I was playing it so I could meet hot chicks, Iâve met hot chicks, quote unquote. If I was playing it to make a ton of money, Iâve made a ton of money. If I was playing it to be well-known, I am well-known. Once you put aside girls and money, it forces you to realign your motivation for being a musician. Now Iâm not a have-not but a have. Which is interesting, because music has to come from a have-not sort of place. And there are many places where I have-not.
PLAYBOY: It seems as though you realize that celebrities who complain donât generate much sympathy.
MAYER: I have never once said âI wish the press would leave me alone.â With Twitter, I can show my real voice. Hereâs me thinking about stuff: âWouldnât it be cool if you could download food?â It has been important for me to keep communicating, even when magazines were calling me a rat and saying I was writing a book.
PLAYBOY: Who did that?
MAYER: Star magazine at one point said I was writing a tell-all book for $10 million. On Starâs cover it said what a rat! My entire life Iâve tried to be a nice guy. The best I ever felt was when friendsâ parents would say, âJohn can come over any time. We love that kid.â When I date a girl and find out her friends approve of me, I love it. I love being liked! Iâve given microscopic dedication to doing the right thing, taking the high road, and all of a sudden Star magazine says, âHeâs a rat.â I canât tell you it didnât give me that much more bloodlust to do what people thought I couldnât do.
PLAYBOY: It sounds simple, but itâs not: Battle Studies is an album about love.
MAYER: Sure. Itâs an album about love in this day and age, and at my age, 32.
PLAYBOY: What do you mean by âin this day and ageâ? There arenât any references in the songs that would have been unclear 20 years ago.
MAYER: Iâm a self-soother. The Internet, DVR, Netflix, Twitterâall these things are moments in time throughout your day when youâre able to soothe yourself. We have an autonomy of comfort and pleasure. By the way, pornography? Itâs a new synaptic pathway. You wake up in the morning, open a thumbnail page, and it leads to a Pandoraâs box of visuals. There have probably been days when I saw 300 (girl parts) before I got out of bed.
PLAYBOY: You talked before about being an underdog. What were you like at 16?
MAYER: I wasnât paying attention in school. I would come home and play guitar, playing for all the moments I had that day when I couldnât feel alive. I visualized I was a superhero with an alter ego: âBy day, a gawky, zitÂfaced 16-year-old boy.â¦â I would sleep with my guitar because I thought it would make me play better. I had a 100-disc CD player in the basement, and I would load it up with Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell and Bill Evans and play CDs while I slept on the floor. Like somehow, by osmosis, the music was getting into me. It was the only way I could build enough armor to go back to school the next day.
PLAYBOY: How many hours a day were you playing?
MAYER: Three to four hours a day when I was in school, and in the summertime five to six hours a day. I wasnât smoking cigarettes or drinking, and I wasnât trying to hook up. I wasnât going to parties. I remember being in my room when there was a party across town, sitting in my room and pretending I was at the party and playing for them. I remember saying to myself, If I have to sleep on a pool table every night on tour, Iâll do it. I always had that desire to be a rock star.
PLAYBOY: Were you one of those smart kids who hated school?
MAYER: I would act up and get sent to the deanâs office and talk to him as though I was an adult. âIâm not trying to upset anybody, sir. With all due respect to you and your staff, Iâm just not supposed to be here. Itâs quite difficult for me to sit in class, because Iâm supposed to be a guitar player, sir.â I was very cocky. But from the outset, there was opposition. My parents were not the biggest fans, to put it diplomatically. I grew up saying, âYouâll see. I canât explain it yet, but youâll see.â Early in my career, when I was 19 or 20, Iâd meet presidents of record companies and refused to give them my demos. Iâd say, âWeâll see each other again sometime.â
PLAYBOY: So you can already imagine your future?
MAYER: This is going to sound odd, but sometimes I meet the 40-year-old me and say, âWhat do I do?â And 40-year-old me says, âDonât do every scheduled interview. Go to the zoo instead. Youâre going to be fine, you knucklehead. Stop overthinking what people say.â Iâm trying to fold over time, to see it as a random-access hard disk where I can move to any point in time and change the way I see today.
PLAYBOY: What you describe sounds like a conversation between a father and a son. Can you talk like that with your dad?
MAYER: My dad is 82. I love him so much, but the way I communicate with him is by fixing his printer or the closed-captioning on his TV. These are the bonding moments we have.
PLAYBOY: Did kids make fun of the fact that your dad is almost 20 years older than your mom?
MAYER: No, theyâd just say, âYour grandfatherâs here.â
PLAYBOY: Is your heritage Jewish?
MAYER: Iâm half Jewish. People say, âWell, which side of your family is Jewish?â I say, âMy dadâs.â And they always say it doesnât count. But I will say I keep my pool at 92 degrees, so you do the math. I find myself relating to Judaism. One of my best friends is Jewish beyond all JewsâI went to my first Passover seder at his houseâand I train in Krav Maga with a lot of Israelis.
PLAYBOY: Were you one of those people who thought fame would be rainbows and unicorns?
MAYER: I had a conversation about fame with Jen [Aniston] before we ever really stepped out in public. She said, âDo you understand what this entails?â Two weeks later I had people outside my house. I was smart enough to know it would probably make me a salable item for the paparazzi. I knew Iâd have to move to a home that had a gate. But that pearl of possibility that lives in your heart when you meet somebody you want to know more about has such a different molecular density than everything else that you have to pursue it. And I wouldnât undo it, man. Because if it had worked out, I would have reaped the benefits. I would be sitting here saying, âWhat I have when I go home is the thing Iâve always wanted.â
PLAYBOY: Has Jen heard Battle Studies?
MAYER: Yes. I played it for her as the record was being made.
PLAYBOY: What did she say?
MAYER: Look, thereâs a level of honesty in that record that probably made her uncomfortable, but I couldnât let that change the way I wrote songs. There were moments when she said, âWhatâs that line?â Like, âThatâs not about me, is it?â While I was going out with her she was on the cover of GQ wearing nothing but a tie. These are occupational hazards. When she heard Battle Studies she just wanted to be able to say âI want to know that you hold me correctly in your heart.â
PLAYBOY: What percentage of the album is about Aniston?
MAYER: I donât want to say. I feel bad because people think âHeartbreak Warfareâ is about her. I want to go on record saying itâs not. That woman would never use heartbreak warfare. That woman was the most communicative, sweetest, kindest person. When people hear the record, I hope the songs make them think about their lives, not my life. Like, when you listen to Coldplay, do you think about Gwyneth Paltrow? I donât write songs in order to stick it to my exes. I donât release underground dis tracks. [laughs]
PLAYBOY: Youâve rarely talked about Aniston. She has rarely talked about you.
MAYER: We just have a regard for each otherâs feelings that is pretty intense. Itâs been a deep relationship, and itâs no longer taking place at all. Have you ever loved somebody, loved her completely, but had to end the relationship for life reasons?
PLAYBOY: Did you send Aniston a copy of the CD after it was done?
MAYER: Iâm very protective of Jen.
PLAYBOY: Do you still love her?
MAYER: Yes, always. Iâll always be sorry that it didnât last. In some ways I wish I could be with her. But I canât change the fact that I need to be 32.
PLAYBOY: Last June she was given an award from Women in Film. In her acceptance speech she pointed out that the titles of her films closely parallel her private life. Then she asked if anyone in the audience had âa project titled Everlasting Love With an Adult, Stable Male.â It seems as if she was referring to you.
MAYER: I imagine Iâve got something to do with that. Parts of me arenât 32. My ability to go deep with somebody is old soul. My ability to commit and be faithful is old soul. But 32 just comes roaring out of me at points when I donât see it coming. I want to dance. I want to get on an airplane and be like a ninja. I want to be an explorer. I want to be like The Bourne Identity. I donât want to pet dogs in the kitchen.
PLAYBOY: Thatâs not so weird for a 32-year-old.
MAYER: Right. For a long time I was asking, âWhatâs wrong with me?â I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on therapy for people to say, âNothing is wrong.â I had seen splitting up with her as akin to burning an American flag. Do you know what I mean? I considered myself a villain.
PLAYBOY: How did you feel like a villain?
MAYER: I felt as though Iâd done something wrong and was going to be punished for it. When the media picked up on it, it was the worst fucking week of my life. I found notes at my front desk: âI work for Us Weekly; Iâd like to talk to you.â Iâm working out at the gym, and next to me on the elliptical trainer I see a woman I think already approached me and said she was with In Touch. But wouldnât that be paranoid to think? Iâm going insane. I havenât slept. Iâm about to go blindâyou know the phrase blind rage? All I can remember is that I was about to lose my vision. My emotional tissue was about to tear. So after I left the gym I said âCome hereâ to all the reporters and paparazzi. I was on the verge of crying and also on the verge of punching someone.
PLAYBOY: This was August 2008, when you said you had ended the relationship âbecause I donât want to waste somebodyâs time if somethingâs not right.â
MAYER: It really, really upset her. I wanted to take responsibility for having ended it because I saw it as such an offense. But a lot of people felt I was saving face. This would serve to begin the period of my life Iâm just exiting, when love made me feel guilty and people called me a rat, a womanizer and a cad.
PLAYBOY: What does the word womanizer mean to you?
MAYER: Well, wouldnât a womanizer have dated more than two girls in two years?
PLAYBOY: You and Aniston got back together and broke up again in 2009. How many women did you sleep with in the eight months after the breakup?
MAYER: Iâm going to say four or five. No more.
PLAYBOY: In 2006 you began dating Jessica Simpson, and the paparazzi started stalking you, turning you into a tabloid fixture. Certainly you knew that was going to happen.
MAYER: It wasnât as direct as me saying âI now make the choice to bring the paparazzi into my life.â I really said, âI now make the choice to sleep with Jessica Simpson.â That was stronger than my desire to stay out of the paparazziâs eye. That girl, for me, is a drug. And drugs arenât good for you if you do lots of them. Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me.
PLAYBOY: You were addicted to Jessica Simpson?
MAYER: Sexually it was crazy. Thatâs all Iâll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm.
PLAYBOY: So at this pointâ
MAYER: Pardon me for interrupting. I love Jen so much that Iâm now thinking about how bad I would feel if she read this and was like, âWhy are you putting me in an article where youâre talking about someone else? I donât want to be in your lineage of kiss-and-tells.â
PLAYBOY: You talked about listening to Miles Davis and Bill Evans in high school, but thatâs not the kind of music you make.
MAYER: I make mainstream music. I donât believe in guilty pleasures; I believe in pleasures. I know where I stand when I hear Miley Cyrusâs âParty in the USAâ or âThe Climbââwhich may be the best pop song of the past year.
PLAYBOY: Itâs a little surprising that you like Miley Cyrus so much.
MAYER: I took a friend and his kids to see Miley Cyrus in Vegas. After the show I said to her, âThat was fantastic. Fantastic.â I said, âTake $100,000, put it in a shoe box and bury it in your backyard.â I walked away thinking, That may be the strangest thing Iâve ever said. It just means put a little away. Have something nobody can ever take away from you.
PLAYBOY: Keep a secret fund in case you wake up at three a.m. thinking, Screw this, and you need to disappear?
MAYER: Exactly. Thatâs what I do with my blackjack winningsâI keep them safe and sound.
Drag the titles on the right over to the appropriate artist on the left, and youâll be allowed to play a short clip of the song. I can tell you that âAliceâ is by Avril Lavigne and "Her Name Is Alice" is by Shinedown.....but you'll have to figure out the rest on your own. ;-)
Planning a night of romance? According to www.fitness.com, you'll want to have yourself an Egg McMuffin or two. According to this article, Egg McMuffins are full of good stuff for guy & girl parts ;-)
Here's an excerpt from the full article:
For Both: What foods get both men and women going?
1. Egg Mcmuffin: A bacon and egg Mcmuffin may seem like a very unhealthy meal choice, but for sex this food combination is very beneficial. It contains zinc which helps keep the woman lubricated and the ingredient that the man needs to produce semen. It also contains a B vitamin that helps trigger explosive sneezes and orgasms.
2. Ants on a Log (Celery, Peanut Butter, and Raisins): This is a great snack for both sexes.
Celery is packed with androstenone and androstenol; two pheromones that can help men attract women like the plague. Every time you crunch on celery these odor molecules are released that help to boost arousal.
Peanut butter, containing nuts with mono-unsaturated fats, are a well known source of arginine â an amino acid that helps produce blood flow. Men that eat healthy fat found in nuts are also known to have high amounts of testosterone.
Raisins are packed with lignans, which are phytoestrogens that balance womenâs hormone levels. They are also a source of antioxidant which helps increase blood flow down below.
Here I am.....blogging live from the Portland Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte.....
Patrick and I just wrapped up a pre-show backstage tour and I sent him off for a martini while I write a little bit about what we have seen so far. I hear the bartender makes a fabulous martini....I may not see Patrick again for a very long time. ;-)
The first person we met when we arrived was Jim Fullan, Director of Marketing for Portland Opera, who gave a few insights into this production. This opera, written by Mozart, hundreds of years ago, has a plot that could have been ripped from an episode of Punked.....two guys, decide to test their fiance's fidelity. They pretend to go off to war, only to sneak back in disguise and try to seduce the other guy's girl. What could possibly go wrong? Haha! I guess we will find out. Jim gave us the heads up that the plot is discovered in act 2.....and then, it gets really interesting.... I'm intruiged! Who hasn't wanted to test their significant other's faithfulness. Maybe today these guys would invent fake facebook profiles to run their scam, but the basic need to see if you REALLY know the person you're with has not changed over time...at all. This should be good!
I'll load the pics from backstage when Patrick gets back from the martini bar. The set is stunning! Imagine a giant disco ball, turned inside out....all the better for dancing in! In fact, I found myself wishing I could pack it up and take it back to the Buzz for us to host an artist lounge in.....I'm thinking Lady Gaga would LOVE to play this space.
Prop blackboards....."cosi de tutte" translated is "women are like that"......hmmmm, something tells me the guys plan backfires....
Orchestra pit pre-show
It's intermission....and everyone is here in the lobby, getting adult beverages....I am writing thoughts on the first half of the show....
First of all, I cannot say enough about the music. The music is by Mozart and it is brilliantly interpreted by the orchestra and actors. I am amazed that there are no mics. There is such power in their voices, even when singing softly. The actors' voices are finely tuned instruments and it is a beautiful thing to take in. I also cannot say enough about the comedy of the performance. Yes....comedy at the opera. Half of the fun for me has been to watch the facial expressions and the body language of the actors. Ryan MacPherson, who plays Ferrando, has some pretty sweet dance moves that had the gentleman behind me (along with most of the crowd) laughing himself out of his seat at one of the most crucial scenes.
It looks like the crowd is heading back to their seats.......I will blog more after the opera has concluded. I do want to say....in defense of the ladies, whose fidelity is being tested.....their men ditched them.....then, two just-as-handsome men started lavishing them with attention and giant boxes of chocolate......I'm not sure any of us could blame them. ;-)
Forget the beer & pizza....most of us will be munching carrots & celery while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. So says a research group, who asked people "What is your favorite thing to eat or drink at a Super Bowl party"?
I am a little shocked that chips & salsa is not on the list.....that is my MUST have at any Super Bowl party. What's yours?
The top 10 list of Super Bowl Sunday foods (according to NPD Group)
2. Potatoes (Must be all those potato chips)
3. Carbonated Soft Drinks
4. Total Salty Snacks
9. Pizza (should have been higher)
10. Tea (really? who drinks tea at a Super Bowl party?)
One of the hottest selling fashion items in England right now is shapewear for men. They are kind of like Spanx, but made for guys. The company that makes 'em, Body Max, says these will take at least an inch and half off the spare tire.....and make those man-boobs look like nice, firm pecs.....all for only 20 bucks. Too bad they are only available in the UK, because I think these could be HUGE here. *no pun intended* ;-)
Seriously, though.....check out the before & after action.
You guys would spend 20 bucks on this, right?
Josh Duhamel called in to talk about "When In Rome", which opens today! I was warned to NOT ask anything about his personal life.....but, he was so cool, we ended up talking (a lot) about Fergie. *Warning* He kind of spoils the movie's ending in the first clip below....BUT...if you didn't figure out that in a movie like this, Josh Duhamel WILL get the girl....you probably don't go out to very many movies. ;-)
Hopefully, we can get him in portland and in our studio one of these days. I definitely got the vibe that with more time (and perhaps an adult beverage or two), Josh would really do some talking.
You can see Josh on Ellen today....on The Grammy Awards Sunday....and in theaters in "When In rome"....he's everywhere.
Josh talks about his new movie, "When In Rome"
josh duhamel on When In Rome
Josh talks about the Grammys...Black Eyed Peas....Lady Gaga
josh duhamel on grammys
Josh talks about when/if we'll get a new solo CD from Fergie
josh duhamel on a second fergie solo cd
Josh talks about his anniversary surprise for Fergie and Valentine's Day plans
Josh talks about his anniversary with Fergie and Valentines Day plans
Josh Duhamel talks about the best movie (besides his) that he has seen lately
josh talks about the best movie he has seen lately
Josh Duhamel talks about which he had more fun making: "When In Rome" or "Transformers"
josh duhamel talks about when in rome vs transformers
According to a professional face reader (btw...doesn't that sound like a fun job?) YOU might not be on the career path that best suits you.....and all you need to do to find out, is look in the mirror. Check out this article below:
SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) â In todayâs tough job market, people can find their true calling by examining their own face.
Face reader Barbara Roberts, author of Face Reading: How To Read Anyone At A Glance (Roberts), says certain facial features make people adept at certain jobs.
Someone with close-set eyes, a narrow nose bridge, or a tall, wide forehead would do well in a computer/tech career.
Those with a widowâs peak or large ears would be highly successful in a music career.
Roberts says people meant to be interior designers or artists often have long, thin ears or fine hair.
Teachers, counselors, or anyone in communications usually have a rounded hairline, meaning theyâre great with people.
A ball on the tip of their nose means theyâre the âcenter of all newsâ and people often come to them with gossip.
Finally, those with thick hair and thick eyebrows â representing âphysical enduranceâ â are destined for outdoor jobs.
Did you see this Friday night? I was laughing out loud to hear Barbara ask Lady Gaga if she was half-man/half-woman. Really, Barbara? That's what you really want to know? If you haven't seen it, check out the interview below....it's both awkward and unintentionally hilarious. Poor Gaga! Hopefully, Gaga learned her lesson and will stay the heck away from Larry King and Nancy Grace!
Who knew that rock stars had excellent taste in reading material? Well, at least one does (actually, two, if you count Stephen Christian from Anberlin). Singer-songwriter, Jon McLaughlin recommended "The Time Traveler's Wife" to me a couple of years ago. He had just finished it and told me that it was one of the best books he had ever read. Of course, I went straight to Powell's that day and bought it. I read it in one weekend and it is one of those books that stays with you long after you have devoured the final page.
If you, like me, loved "The Time Traveler's Wife", then you'll probably be happy to know that the author, Audrey Niffenegger, is coming to Portland(Beaverton, actually) on Monday, Jan. 25. She released a new book last October, called "Her Fearful Symmetry". It's a ghost story and a love story. It's about obsession and relationships. It's darkly funny in places and is full of delicious little gothic details about the most famous cemetary in London (in which, Audrey has led tours). Audrey told me she didn't plan on making it into a movie, like "The Time Traveler's Wife", but you will see a movie in your head while reading it. Audrey will discuss and read from "Her Fearful Symmetry" Monday night (Jan. 25) at 7pm at Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing.
I talked to Audrey Niffenegger about "Her Fearful Symmetry" last October. Click below to listen.
audrey niffenegger edit
Have you made a donation somewhere to help Haiti? Then you, my friend, are entitled to a bunch of free songs from artists like All American Rejects, Switchfoot, Ben Folds, The Decemberists, and more. 200 artists donated songs to this effort. Click the link below for more info on getting your free music! You can make a donation on the site....or...if you have already made a donation, go ahead and start downloading.
So your sweetie was "working late" and you want to know if he's telling you the truth? According to a "Human Lie Detector", it's easy to catch someone in a lie, because their body subconsciously gives them away!
Hereâs the list of things to watch for:
A change in the voiceâs pitch. A change in the rate of speech. A sudden increase in the number of âumsâ and âahs.â A change in eye contact. Normally, one makes eye contact one-quarter to one-half of the time. If suddenly, at the convenient moment to lie, heâs staring at you or looking away, beware. Turning his body away from you, even if just slightly. (Or placing objects in front of self in order to create a barrier of sorts â this could be paper, coffee cups, sugar dispensers, etc.) Suddenly being able to see the white on the top and bottom of a personâs eyes, not just the sides. A hand reaching, even if momentarily, to cover part of the face, especially the mouth. Nervous movement of feet or legs.
According to the NYTimes, therapists are seeing more couples than ever before, who can't stop fighting about ....recycling!!! A lot of couples are also fighting over who is more eco-friendly. Crazy....unless, of course, you are married to Captain Planet, like I am. Seriously, he digs through the trash and gets mad if I throw away anything that is recyclable.
We're not as bad as the couple in this article, though. The husband won't even go to sushi with his wife anymore because she lectures the sushi place about the fish being sustainable, local, etc.
You have to read this article.
For some reason, I look forward to working out this time of year (rainy & yucky) a lot more than I do in the summer. I think it's because I feel so good afterwards, I don't mind the rain. Plus, I do love to relax in the sauna when I'm done and that feels sooooo much better when it's cold and nasty out.
I've been working out at Oregon Athletic Clubs (and have lost ten pounds...yay!) and I highly recommend it as a natural mood-booster, too! Here's what's in my workout playlist this week. If you've got some songs that get you going when you work out, email 'em to me! I'm always looking for new ones to mix up these lists a bit.
Have you seen this A&E reality show, "The Jackson's: A Family Dynasty". The season finale is Sunday and I have to say thsi show is nothing like I imagined it would be. They are so......normal. In fact, if you have brothers, you may even recognize your family at times in this show.
Cameras followed Michael Jackson's brothers as they prepared for a Jackson 5 reunion....and then, Michael Jackson died, which changed the whole direction of the show. Jermaine & Marlon called in to talk about the show & their memories of their brother, Michael. They also updated us on how Michael's kids are doing.....and confirmed that there is a LOT of unreleased Michael Jackson music, music we may be able to hear someday.
Check out the clips below:
Jermaine & Marlon talk about how Michael's kids are doing
marlon and jermaine jackson talk about how MJs family is doing
Jermaine & Marlon Jackson talk about their fave memories of Michael
Jermaine & Marlon talk about why everyone thinks their family is wierd
jacksons why do people think your family is wierd
Were there any moments they wished the cameras were not around?
jacksons did you ever wish the cameras weren't there
Jermaine talks about Michael's unreleased music
jacksons talk about michael's unreleased music
WooHoooo!!! Eating bacon makes your baby smarter!!! That almost makes up for the no caffeine, no sushi rules. ;-) Sadly, eating bacon does not make US smarter....but maybe the world of science will keep working on that one. ;-)
If you're curious about how it all works, check out the article below (from the UK Daily Mail newspaper)
Bacon and eggs could help pregnant women boost their baby's intelligence Women are usually given a list of foods to avoid during pregnancy and it is well documented that a pregnant woman's diet can affect her unborn baby.
Scientists have found that eating a plate of bacon and eggs could help pregnant women boost the intelligence of their unborn child
But the new study suggests that a chemical in pork products and eggs can help the baby's growing brain to develop.
Scientists at the University of North Carolina have discovered that the micronutrient, called choline, is vital in helping babies in the womb develop parts of their brains linked to memory and recall. In a study of the effects of choline on the brains of baby mice, those fed small doses of choline while in the womb had genetic differences to those given large amounts.Dr Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal, which published the research told The Telegraph: 'We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but [similar studies] are already making us rethink what we consider healthy and unhealthy.'Other foods that contain a high level of the nutrient include liver, milk, chicken and nuts.Previous studies have suggested that large doses of choline could help protect against heart problems
That's just one of the many interesting things to learn from this "Average Woman" reader's survey on women & dieting. Here are the highlights:
The length of the Average Woman's diet? 2 Weeks
9% of women never diet
The Average Woman's diet goal is 20 pounds or more.
Top reason she wants to slim down is sheâs going to be seeing her ex
The toughest thing for the Average Woman to give up while on a diet is alcohol.
50% of women have popped diet pills
29% of women have dieted with their man
56% of women found dieting together motivating
24% of womenâs boyfriends have told them to go on a diet (BTW....this would be said boyfriend's LAST suggestion to me) ;-)
18% of women say dieting kills their libido (noooooo!)
21% of women say calorie counting gets in the way of their relationship
Diet tricks the Average Woman swears by; no junk food in the house, eating off a small plate, and not eating after 8 p.m.
If you watch "Real Housewives of NYC", then you know who Bethenny is (remember that crazy bar fight of hers?!). Love her or hate her, you have to admit, this girl is HOT....and does not look 39 at all! She gives a lot of credit to the way she eats. She is a trained natural foods chef, who has been sharing her knowledge in 2 books to help us "unleash the skinnygirl inside each of us". Bethenny says we can lose weight with just a few simple tweaks to the way we eat. She called in today and shared a few of those tips. If you want to unleash your inner skinnygirl, listen below!
Bethenny explains how simplifying the way we cook & eat will help us lose weight!
bethanny simplify food and get skinny
Bethenny talk about how low fat foods make you fat.....and why you don't have to give up alcohol to get skinny!
bethanny low fat and alcohol
Bethenny talks about how setting a pretty table can help you lose weight!
bethanny set a pretty table
Of course, we had to dish a little about the upcoming season of "Real Housewives" and why shooting the show is so stressful for her!
bethanny talks real housewives
3000 British people were asked "What's your biggest 'little pleasure' in life? I personally think that popping bubble wrap and getting a compliment from someone should be MUCH higher.....but at least they made the list! Did they miss anything?
Top 50 greatest little pleasures in life
1. A good night's sleep
2. Finding forgotten money in your pocket
3. Cuddling up with a partner in bed
4. Crying with laughter
5. Having a lie-in (anyone know what this is??)
6. Sleeping in newly laundered bedding
7. Getting a bargain
8. Making someone smile
9. Catching up with an old friend
10. Laughing at things that have happened in the past
11. Eating Sunday dinner with your family
12. Someone saying you look nice
13. Curling up on the sofa with a good book and a hot drink or soup
14. Discovering you've lost a few pounds
15. Breakfast in bed
16. Waking up thinking it's a work day and then realising it's the weekend
17. A random person smiling at you in the street
18. Looking through old photo albums
19. Eating a takeaway
20. First snow fall of the year
21. Singing your heart out to your favourite song in car
22. Having lunch with friends
23. Listening to a baby laughing
24. Having a massage
25. Reading a book or listening to your iPod on holiday by the pool
26. Playing in snow
27. Finding a pair of jeans that fit perfectly
28. Being chatted up
29. A girly-night in (Yesss!!!!)
30. A pampering session at home
31. The smell of freshly cut grass
32. Sitting in the pub with your friends
33. Looking at a baby asleep in a cot
34. Waking up in a room with an amazing view
35. Clothes shopping
36. Receiving a letter from a friend
37. Fitting into an old pair of jeans again after losing some weight (YAY)
38. Staying up all night getting to know someone special
39. Your mum's cooking
40. Getting dressed up for a night out
41. Watching a live band (If the band is good!)
42. Drinking a cold beer after work
43. Browsing in a secondhand book shop
44. Going to the cinema
45. Getting a new hairstyle
46. Your line being the quickest in the supermarket
47. The cold side of the pillow
48. Watching a DVD
49. Getting tipsy
50. Popping bubble wrap (this should have been way higher!)
If you can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep, here's a list of tips from "sleep experts". Some of them are kind of "no duh!" (like keeping your room dark & quiet). I did find the relaxation techniques pretty interesting, as well as the food tips (no more pepsi with lunch for me!)
According to a recent online poll, America's favorite American Idol winner is.....
Kelly Clarkson, who just so happens to be my fave as well. I probably would have put David Cook second, but I totally get that people love Carrie Underwood. What does surprise me, though, is that Taylor Hicks is more popular than Kris Allen (love him!) and Jordin Sparks (who has had several big radio hits!)
Kelly Clarkson (season 1) 32%
Carrie Underwood (season 4) 26%
David Cook (season 7) 22%
Taylor Hicks (season 5) 10%
Kris Allen (season 8) 8%
Jordin Sparks (season 6) 2%
Fantasia Barrino (season 3) 1%
Ruben Studdard (season 2) <1%
Btw....have you ever seen the video of Kelly Clarkson firing her guitar player in the middle of a concert? The video says this happened in Portland. That is definitely the outfit she was wearing at her concert @ The Schnitz.....but I don't remember the firing....maybe it was portland, Maine?
Ah yes.....one of my fave American Idols, covering one of my fave female artists. Kris Allen sounds great covering Adele's "Chasing Pavements". I just wish the idiot who was talking all the way through this video would have taken a breather and realized this was waaaayyy more interesting than anything he was saying. ;-) Haha! Sorry, but that is one of my biggest concert pet peeves.
Adam Lambert sat down with Fuse Tv for an interview that airs Monday night. In this clip, he talks about the famous Burning Man festival in the desert....where he first realized he was put on this planet "for our entertainment" ;-) Ha! Couldn't resist the cheesy pun there. Check out the clip below!
Scientists say that if you volunteer at least once a week, you are less likely to suffer from depression. If you're like me, you need all the cheering up you can get this time of year (no sun = Sheryl not as happy).
There are LOTS of volunteering opportunities right here in Portland. I just found a great website that lists many of them. Click on this link for Hands On Portland to find some way you can volunteer.
Remember Marie Digby? She did that acoustic cover of "Umbrella" that set records for Youtube views. We played it for a while on the Buzz because we got sooo many requests for it.
Well, Marie is at it again....this time, she covers Owl City's "Fireflies".
What do you think?
Kate Gosselin is sporting a new look for the new year......long hair! What do you think? I think it makes her look younger....and a little like Carrie Underwood (never thought that before). Great timing, too! When everyone is wearing your hair for Halloween, it is definitely time to move on.
Anyone else starting 2010 with a fresh new look?
Clearly, Mariah Carey was NOT planning on winning an award for her acting last night....soooooo, she partied....a lot...and by the time they announced that she'd won for her role in "Precious".......well....check out the video below. ;-)
p.s. I guess I need to see this movie!
Tonight is the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" and I have to admit I love this show. I love watching people take control of their lives and the huge transformation that happens when they do. It's also nearly impossible for me to eat junk food and watch this show. ;-) I don't think any contestant has shocked me more than Tara Costa, from last season. She lost over 150 pounds and looked like a totally different person when she walked into that finale episode. I had a chance recently to talk to Tara about the whole Biggest Loser experience.....why she couldn't lose weight before the show....little tricks she has learned to help keep the weight off....and what the NBC cameras don't show us on the show. I hope you enjoy the chat....and that it helps keep you strong in your New Year's Resolution to step away from the donuts and get fit!
P.S. You may have heard me talking on the air about losing weight since I started working out at Oregon Athletic Clubs. They really do have the best clubs in town, with a staff that can help you achieve your goals! In fact, I'm going to have them help me train for a marathon this year. You can still get a free month membership....click on this link for more info!
tara biggest loser editHere's a link to the "Biggest Loser" workout dvd that Tara was talking about.
I guess this is one of those times it's good to be broke! Haha! If you can afford to splurge on a lobster dinner, New Year's day is the one day of the year you shouldn't....unless, of course, you want to have a cruddy year. ;-)
Here's a link to the full article on Epicurious.Lucky Foods:
Grapes - In Spain, they eat 12 grapes @ midnight. Each grape represents a different month, so if for instance the third grape is a bit sour, March might be a rocky month
Cooked greens (cabbage, chard, collard) - the greens symbolize money
Beans, peas, & lentils - They are symbolic of money and they swell in size.
Pork - pigs symbolize progress, because they root forward
Lobster - They move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks
Chicken - they scratch backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past.
Turkey - Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away
Chris Cornell gave us one of the best Christmas presents EVER....by getting back together with his Soundgarden bandmates. Yes....the rumors were true. The band is working on a new CD right now....and of course there will be a tour! That's where bands make their money these days....on the road, selling $125 tickets and $50 t-shirts. ;-) Sign up here for the latest updates....yay!
p.s. I had a chance to chat with Chris when he played the Crystal Ballroom last spring. Check out the video interview in the Buzz-a-vision section of this site.
All American Rejects got back together on New Year's Eve, too. Yes....they were broken up....briefly....right before Christmas....and right after a dinner fight between Tyson & Nick, but as you can see in the pic below (tweeted by Tyson), the two have kissed and made up....literally. ;-) AAR are together and planning a big tour for 2010.
Yes....every restaurant in town has a special NYE dinner tonight. Yes....every club in town is having a dance party of some sort. If you're looking for some different way to celebrate the last day of 2009, as well as a day off of work & school tomorrow, here are some ideas!
PIX PATISSERIE'S FREE CHOCOLATE BUFFET
C'mon....you know tomorrow, you're going to break out those workout dvds you got for Christmas and start working on your New Year's resolution to get fit. I know. I've been there and will be working out right there with ya! ;-) So, why not enjoy one...or two...or many tastes of something you may not taste again until....well, Valentine's Day. Haha! Seriously, Pix has some truly mind blowingly good desserts and FREE is a really good price. You have to buy a glass of something bubbly (and yes, soft drinks count) at PIX tonight to qualify for one of the free Chocolate Buffet tickets. They will start handing those out at 11pm. Click the link and scroll down for more details!
COMEDY SPORTZ IMPROV
I had these guys on my show, back when I was doing Celebrity Playlist daily. It was one of my favorite interviews because they were so fun...we were laughing the whole time! I tried to "stump" them by throwing really random suggestions at them and they turned everything I threw at them into something funny. In the show, improv teams compete against each other for points. You get to be a part of the show by shouting out suggestions for the scenes they act out. It's family friendly, tickets are pretty affordable, and they are doing several shows tonight at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm. BTW....if one of your New Year's resolutions is to be funnier in 2010, then you should check out their improv classes, by clicking this link.RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Yes, they were a bit before my time (and probably yours, too), but who doesn't love a Beatles song or two....or many? When you see this show, you are reminded of just how many Beatles songs you love. I saw this on opening night (the same night the snow created the commute from hell) and I was admittedly in a bad mood when I sat down in my seat at the Keller Auditorium, but the vibe changed as soon as they started playing these classic songs. It was fun watching all of the people my parents age dancing and having a good time, but there were a lot of people my age & my daughter's age twisting and shouting right a long with them. Everyone left with big smiles and I decided there is no better cure for a bad day (or bad commute) than a large dose of loud Beatles music. Seriously. This show is all ages fun......and a MUST if 2009 left you with a need for some cheering up. :-) Tonight's show is at 7:30. Click here for details.
SEE A MOVIE!
Ok....this is highly unscientific, but according to my facebook friends' status updates, "Avatar" in 3D is a must see. I've been surprised at how many very different types of people are raving about this, too. I'm planning on checking it out myself this weekend. I've been seeing a lot of positive comments about "Precious" as well, though you are pretty much guaranteed a good cry. I can recommend "The Blindside" as a football movie that's really about relationships, so there's something in it for everyone. I want to see "Fantastic Mr. Fox", as I love Wes Anderson movies, Roald Dahl stories, and George Clooney. It's playing at the Fox Tower and getting some great reviews. Check out the trailer below.
GO TO HAWAII
Of course, if you want traditional NYE fun, like dancing and toasts of bubbly, then there are lots of parties all over town. Check out Willamette Week for a pretty full listing. My personal fave is the WXYZ bar at Aloft Hotel Cascade Station. They are right on the Max line, so you can party hop, then hop on the Max to ride out to Aloft, party some more, then take advantage of their AWESOME NYE package. 99 bucks for one of their very hip, very cozy rooms, plus champagne....PLUS, the chance to WIN A TRIP TO HAWAII! I've been to many events at Aloft and it is always good times with fun people. P.s If you want to stay an extra night and watch the Rose Bowl game on their big screens (or from the comfort of your room), they will give you a GREAT deal on the second night stay...59 bucks! Here's the link for more info! When you call the hotel, ask for their NYE Party package.
There are reports today that Brittany Murphy had recorded many songs over the last few years that were never released to the public....songs that may soon be released as (of course) some people are now seeing the $$$$$ to be made off a dead celebrity.
Having said that...this isn't an entirely a bad thing. Brittany Murphy was actually a pretty good singer. But then, you probably knew that if you saw "Little Black Book" or "Happy Feet". You may not have known about her collaberation with Paul Oakenfold a couple of years ago. It's a really cool song called "Faster Kill Pussycat". Check out the video below.
Some random videos have been popping up in the last couple of weeks of some of your fave American Idol contestants, spreading Christmas cheer! As we get ready for a NEW season of AI in January (yay), here's a few videos to enjoy from some of your faves
Danny Gokey does "O Holy Night"
(you might want to turn down your speakers just a bit....Danny totally goes for it in this)
Jordin Sparks & crew do I'll Be Home For Christmas "Chipmunks style"
Melinda Dolittle & friends "Jingle Bells"
In case you missed it, here's Carrie Underwood's Christmas special
He looks so....wholesome! This video is from his high school graduation.....back when he was a lot blonder (or is that more of a strawberry blond?) ....and much heavier....less theatrical....but he could still make the girls scream when he hits the high notes. Check it out!
Pat, Scott, & Jimmy from Train stopped by last week for a chat before they did a mini-concert for Buzz winners (You can see video in the Buzz-A-Vision section). We had fun talking about...."Hey Soul Sister" and how it was inspired by Burning Man, a naked-dancing-in-the-desert extravaganza that Pat has yet to visit.....Pat's bratty Christmas tantrum when he was a kid.....what the guys find most beautiful about women....Pat's big tv debut on CSI:NY (and what it was like to work with Kim Mardashian......and more! It was a fun chat. I hope you like it!
Pat talks about "the OTHER Pat Monahan" and being on CSI:NY
train talks about their show and CSI NY
The guys talk about "Hey Soul Sister" & Burning Man
train talks about hey soul sista
Train talks about their new CD, "Save Me San Francisco"
train talks about the new cd
Train talks about the Holidays (including Pat's childhood Christmas tantrum)
train talks holidays
LOTS of pretty people in this one, including not one, but TWO of my fave Grey's Anatomy docs (McDreamy & McSteamy)....and if the trailer is any indication, it should have a great (FUN) soundtrack. Check out the trailer below.....especially the TaylorX2 "makeout" scene (which, I'm sorry, looks a little fake to me).
Yes, it's true. Seventeen year old Jon Bon Jovi was doing janitor duty at his cousin's recording studio, where Meco was there recording Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album (hey, back in the day, that was a pretty big deal! )
His cousin recommended Jon to Meko for the song "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and Jon got the gig. I'm sure he was pretty excited at the time, but you don't hear him bragging about it to his friends these days! LOL! When you listen to it (above), you'll understand why.
When you think of Christmas, certain things come to mind.....stockings by the fire....lights on the tree.....Ralphie & his Red Ryder BB Gun....but metal guitars & the voice of Rob Halford (Judas Priest)...?? Probably not so much.
Well, guess what....Rob Halford of Judas Priest LOVES Christmas music. Beneath all the leather & metal studs, Rob has a heart that is touched deeply by the messages of love & peace in the music of Christmas. He has actually been wanting to do a Christmas project for a long time. We chatted about that.....as well as his favorite Christmas movie....his fave Christmas present ever....and why he covered a Sara Bareilles song for this project. Listen below....and if you want more info on the CD, visit Rob's site at www.robhalford.com
rob halfordClick here for a free download of one of Rob Halford's Christmas songs!
Need to make room in the garage for somebody's shiny new Christmas bike? This is a chance to do that.....and help kids at Christmas!
Hotel Monaco Portland is conducting a used bike drive, December 14 â 20, to benefit the Community Cycling Center, an organization located on NE Alberta that collects donated bikes for underprivileged children.
Hotel Monaco (my FAVORITE place to stay in downtown Portland!) is providing you with an opportunity to rid your garage of unwanted bikes and give a gift to children in need this holiday season. I've got a couple that I'm dropping off tomorrow!
You can drop bikes off at the Hotel Monaco. If you are too busy or don't have a way to get them to Hotel Monaco (and you are located in the Portland and surrounding suburbs), simply call (503)417-3359 to schedule a pickup on Monday, December 21.
And as an added bonus....
People who donate bikes during this campaign will be entered to win the "Carless Vacation" package from the Monaco. As the ultimate escape for environmentally conscious travelers, the âCarless Vacationâ package includes:
â¢ Deluxe overnight accommodations
â¢ Reimbursement for Trimet MAX Light Rail passes between the airport and hotel
â¢ Access to the hotelâs complimentary bikes
â¢ A three hour âHistoric Downtownâ bike tour with Pedal Bike Tours
â¢ Two $10 vouchers for post-tour drinks and snacks from the sustainable kitchen of chef Tom Dunklin at Red Star Tavern & Roast House, adjacent to Kimptonâs Hotel Monaco Portland
Planning a Holiday party? Hopefully, this advice comes just in time!
Celebrity party planner Jes Gordon, author of the new book Party Like a Rock Star, shares 5 hostess mistakes that can turn a promising party into something lametacular .
TOP MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN PLANNING A PARTY
1. When it comes to invites, timing is EVERYTHING!
If you tell friends more than two months in advance and theyâll forget about the get-together by the time it rolls around. But wait until a day or two before, and youâll be stuck with just the few people who didn't have anything else to do. Jes recommends sending everyone the details about a month beforehand for a formal party and about two weeks before if youâre throwing a casual gathering.
2. Don't provide seats for everyone!
Offering less seats than guests means there will be more mingling and socializing. Plus, the party will have a lot more energy if some of the partiers are standing and walking around.
3. Keep the annoying guest and you wreck it for everyone.
'nuff said there!
4. Forgetting about the bathroom.
People tend to overlook this room when tidying up and decorating for a party. But almost every single guest will be there at least once in the night. Make sure all your toiletries are stashed away and the sink and toilet are clean. Jes also recommends laying out a few pretty hand towels and soaps on the sink. And light a few candles â that way guests wonât need to turn on the big light and see that you missed a spot....or two. ;-)
5. Taking on all food and drink prep yourself.
Jes recommends making a list of all of the goodies you want at your party, taking on the ones you can handle based on the size of your kitchen and budget, and asking partygoers to fill in the blanks. So for example, if you have a tiny stove, farm out the snacks that need to be cooked, and if youâre trying not to spend a lot, ask a few friends to bring vino.
According to website, www.thefrisky.com, these are the most over used words & phrases of the last decade! Ok cool kids! Time to invent some new ones! Here are the Top 25 words & phrases to avoid using next year....unless, of course, you want to be sooooo last decade!
Tweeted (as in âI just tweeted about thatâ)
âCougarâ to describe any attractive woman over the age of 35, who happens to be single, or any woman dating a man more than three years her junior.
The âcleverâ blending of two words to create one era-appropriate word, like âStaycation,â âbromance,â âMetrosexual,â âRecessionista,â and âBrangelina.â
âI just threw up a little in my mouth.â
Getting anything âon,â like âgetting my drink on.â
All IM- and text-inspired abbreviations: OMG, TMI, WTF, LMAO, ZOMG, and the granddaddy of them all, LOL.
âHot messâ to describe anyone a little attractive whose sanity â or outfit â is questionable. i.e., Juliette Lewis.
The shortening of words â which we are definitely guilty of â like âwhatevs,â âobvi,â and âtotes.â
âThatâs what she said.â
Seriously. Seriously? Seriously.
The word âamazingâ to describe anything that isnât actually amazing.
Un/Friended (as in âI friended/unfriended him on Facebookâ)
âDude!â (as an exclamation or a greeting)
âWhat a douche.â
âVoted off,â thanks, primarily, to the number of reality shows that vote
members off the island/out of the house/off the show.
âThereâs an app for that.â
âLike white on rice.â
âIâm over it.â
Pink's on-again-off-again hubby, Carey Hart, got himself some new ink in Vegas. It's Pink's face....on his leg. Pink's friends say this proves Carey & Pink are back together for real......but.......her face is.....ummmm....dead!
Does this mean "til death do us part".....or being married to her is the death of him? I don't know! Take a look and tell me what you think it means!
Comcast polled 2500 customers about their favorite Holiday movies.
I strongly disagree with this, but the favorite holiday movie moment is:
Ralphieâs friend Flick is âtriple dog daredâ to put his tongue on a freezing pole, A Christmas Story (31%)
I HATE that scene! It just makes me cringe and hold my tongue EVERY time! LOL!
Here's the rest of the list:
Clark finally gets all of his outdoor Christmas lights to work, National Lampoonâs Christmas Vacation (17%)
Fred Gaily uses the Post Office to prove to the court that Santa Claus does exist, Miracle on 34 th Street (14%)
The Peanuts come together to decorate Charlie Brownâs little Christmas tree, Charlie Brown Christmas (11%)
Scrooge has a turn of heart and throws a holiday dinner for the Cratchits, A Christmas Carol (11%)
The Grinchâs heart grows and he returns all of the presents and trimmings to Whoville, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (7%)
Kevin puts aftershave on this face and screams, Home Alone (4%)
Buddy attacks the "fake" Santa, Elf (4%)
We don't know the exact date the Lilith Fair will be rolling into Portland next year, but we do know the lineup is full of amazing female artists. I'll put a little star by the ones I am most excited about seeing. Who else should they add?
To get you in the Lilith Fair mood, Sarah McLachlan is giving away a free mp3 of a special version of "Angel" that she did with Emmylou Harris on the Lilith Fair website.
A Fine Frenzy *
Brandi Carlisle *
Butterfly Boucher *
Chantal Kreviazuk *
Colbie Caillat *
Corinne Bailey Rae *
Donna De Lory
Erykah Badu *
Grace Potter And The Nocturnals
Ingrid Michaelson *
Jennifer Knapp *
Mary J. Blige
Sara Bareilles *
Sarah McLachlan *
Serena Ryder *
Sheryl Crow *
The Submarines *
Tegan And Sara *
The Weepies *
Zee Avi *
Here's the details on tomorrow's free webcast of their show in Philly!
TO ACCESS THE FREE LIVE SHINEDOWN CONCERT STREAM:
1) Point your web browser to http://www.theravelive.com/webcast/
2) Click on the âFree Signupâ button at the upper right of the page
3) Choose the âFanâ option and fill out the information
4) Sign in on December 11th and click on the âLive Webcastâ tab and youâre all set!
This is sooo much fun and you don't even have to be a very good singer, because the Dickens Carolers have such strong voices. You could pull a total Britney Spears and just lip synch the whole time, haha! Since I am getting over a cold, that's probably what I will do, but shhhhh....don't tell anyone. ;) Doesn't the free mulled wine sound good on a day like today?
Calling All Carolers! â Thursday, Dec. 10th
The Hotel Vintage Plaza will ring in the sounds of the season for the second annual Calling All Carolers fundraising event. From 6:00pm â 7:30pm, the public, and their pets, are invited to gather at the Hotel Vintage Plaza with the Dickens Carolers, a choral group donning festive, Old English costumes dated from approximately 1843, the year that Charles Dickens published his famous story âA Christmas Carol."
The group will pipe-up and stroll downtown, caroling all the way to the holiday tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Before the spirited walk, carolers are invited to warm up with a drink in the lobby, take photos with Santa Paws (bring your pets for this one!), and try a hand at the âCork Grabâ game for a chance to win a night stay at Hotel Vintage Plaza. Mulled Willamette Valley Vineyards wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for a donation to Oregon Food Bank. Canned food donations will be accepted on-site that evening, as well as through the month of December.
I've been hearing about Don Miller's books for years now....mostly from my buddies in Switchfoot...but then, more and more band guys started mentioning his work. His new book, "A Million Miles In A Thousand Years" is about what he learned about life, while trying to write a screenplay, based on his life. Not only was the book full of scenes from Portland life, it was funny and it really challenged me to live my life as a story worth telling.
Don is reading from his new book tonight at Powell's City Of Books on Burnside....7:30 pm. Maybe I'll see you there....but in the meantime, here's my conversation with Don Miller in which, he talks about his book....the movie based on his life....the time he babysat for the Obama girls....his pop music guilty pleasures (coughcoughmileycyruscoughcough)....and what he loves about Portland. Enjoy!
Don Miller talks about what he loves about Portland
DON MILLER ON PORTLAND
Don Miller talks about his most recent "I am so Portland right now" moment.
DON MILLER ON HIS I'M SO PORTLAND MOMENT
Don Miller talks about babysitting for the Obamas
DON MILLER ON BABYSITTING THE OBAMA GIRLS
Don Miller talks about his new book
DON MILLER TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK
Don Miller talks about the movie based on his life
DON MILLER TALKS ABOUT THE MOVIE BASED ON HIS LIFE
Don Miller loves Miley Cyrus & Taylor Swift
DON MILLER ON MUSIC HE LOVES
Don Miller talks about the most embarrassing thing in his house
DON MILLER ON THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING IN HIS HOUSE
Don Miller talks about his reading at Powells tonight
DON MILLER ON HIS READING TONIGHT
According to this article, we should have known Tiger Woods was cheater, because he has an animal name. I don't know....this seems a little far-fetched to me. Have you ever know someone with an animal name....and were they a cheater?
Men With Animal Names Cheat More
LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) â Hereâs a wild notion: Men with animal names â like Tiger Woods â tend to cheat more.
Kerri Hopkins can analyze peopleâs personality traits based on the letters in their names.
She says monikers like Tiger Woods, Bear Grylls, Snoop Dogg, Matthew Fox, and Scott Wolf all represent guys who are likely to cheat on their spouses.
Tigerâs name implies that he never thought heâd get caught.
Man Vs. Wild survivor Bear Grylls just âwants to be lovedâ â even if it takes multiple partners.
The âDâ in rapper Snoop Doggâs name make him âdaring and defiantâ â not the kind of man that can be tied down.
Matthew Fox is âboldâ and Scott Wolf âloves playing the field,â so both are capable of having affairs.
For men with double animal names, like AOLâs Buck Wolf, settling down with one woman may be even tougher.
Women with animal names are just as bad, like gals named Kitty who are âtotal flirts.â
These arctic temperatures we've been dealing with all week can be deadly for your pets. I've been getting emails all week with tips on keeping pets safe during extra-cold weather. Some of these tips were things I had never heard of before, so I wanted to pass this info along to all of you with pets in the family. If it saves one pet's life, it's worth the post! BTW, if you are wondering where you can purchase heated water bowls or doggie sweaters LOCALLY, check out Lexidog Boutique!PET CARE TIPS FOR COLD WEATHER!
During snowstorms, keep dogs on a leash because they can lose their ability to find their way home by smell.
Keep very young and old dogs indoors during the cold winter months
Even if your dog or cat is accustomed to being outside, if the temperature drops dramatically, keep your pet indoors. If your pet is shivering and refuses to play, the animal is too cold and should come inside.
If your pet cannot be inside the house, keep him warm by providing a shelter, preferably off the ground with a door and just enough room for him to turn around.
Wrap a hot water bottle in blankets and place under your pet's bedding.
Keep your pet's bedding dry and replace it immediately if it becomes damp.
A high quality food with adequate protein and extra fat is required for animals that spend time in the cold. Your veterinarian may also recommend a vitamin supplement.
Ensure that your petâs water does not freeze by purchasing a heated water bowl.
Check your petâs ears and paws for frostbite.
Trim extra hair around your pet's paws so that snow and ice doesnât accumulate causing discomfort when walking or running.
Deicing salt can cause paws to dry and crack. Soak or wash your dog's paws in warm water and dry them thoroughly after walks in areas where salt has been used.
When walking smaller and older dogs, protect them with sweaters, and do not stay outside longer than necessary.
Donât leave your pet in your car when running errands during extreme cold conditions. While in the hot summer months your car can turn into an oven, in the winter, your car can turn into an icebox.
Car motors are of particular danger to cats who sleep outside. Cats seek the warmth of car motors, and they can be severely injured or killed when caught in the fan belt of a car's engine. Make it a habit to check under the hood for animals and honk your horn before starting your car.
Antifreeze is toxic to your pet's kidneys and can have deadly consequences. The ethylene glycol in antifreeze is sweet tasting and appealing to cats and dogs. As little as one-half teaspoon can be toxic to a cat and just a quarter cup can kill a medium-size dog. Cats can lick enough off their paws to cause a fatal reaction.
Do not leave antifreeze unattended or allow it to spill onto the garage floor or into the street. Consider using nontoxic antifreeze with a bittering agent to discourage pet consumption. If you see your pet drinking any amount of antifreeze, take it to a veterinarian immediately. The sooner treatment is started, the better for your pet.
Daniel Powter "Bad Day".....at least, according to Billboard Magazine. James Blunt "You're Beautiful" made the list....so did Gnarls Barkley "Crazy".
If you have an hour or two to kill, here's a link to the story, complete with videos for each song.
THIS IS WHY I'M HOT
HIT 'EM UP STYLE (OOPS!)
INSIDE YOUR HEAVEN
HE LOVES U NOT
ME & U
MAMBO NO. 5 (A LITTLE BIT OF...)
NEVER LEAVE YOU - UH OOH, UH OOOH!
LIPS OF AN ANGEL
Kevin Lyttle feat. Spragga Benz
TURN ME ON
Youngbloodz feat. Lil Jon
Fort Minor feat. Holly Brook
WHERE'D YOU GO
GOTTA TELL YOU
Cassidy feat. R. Kelly
WHEREVER YOU WILL GO
A THOUSAND MILES
BLUE (DA BA DEE)
Rich Boy feat. Polow Da Don
THROW SOME D's
WHAT'S LEFT OF ME
OOPS (OH MY)
A BAY BAY
Hot on the heels of People Magazine's anuual sexiest man issue comes Moviefone's UNsexiest man in Hollywood list.....as voted on by thousands of visitors to their site. I still say I am crossing out Justin Long and replacing him with Dog The Bounty Hunter......but it's a pretty solid list overall. Who did they miss? who does not belong on here?
1. Gary Busey
2. Kevin Spacey
3. Justin Long
4. Paul Giamatti
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman
6. Randy Quaid
7. Michael Moore
8. Mickey Rourke
9. Joaquin Phoenix
10. John C. Reilly
....but it is all kinds of awesome!
The Killers just released their annual Christmas track (can't wait for them to get enough of these to put together a full Christmas CD)
Bearded Luke Perry.....Mariachi band....the Killers....I LOVE it!
Don't you wish you could prevent all diseases this way? Haha! Researchers in London have discovered that pregnant women can prevent certain birth defects by KISSING....a LOT....during pregnancy!
Here's the story from the UK's Telegraph newspaper:
A romantic gesture or a germ-spreading technique?
Kissing may have developed as a way for a man to help his partner build her immunity to a virus that's dangerous for a pregnant woman, reports London's Daily Telegraph. If the couple kisses for six months, then the virus is passed from the man to the woman and allows her time to build up protection against it, scientists theorize.
That virus, cytomegalovirus, can cause blindness and other defects in a baby born to a mom who contracts it during pregnancy. It's found in saliva and while it's normally not a problem, pregnancy is the exception.
"A pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her unborn baby," explains Dr. Tracy Zivin-Tutela, infectious disease specialist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. "Then it causes everything from problems with the developing nervous system to learning disabilities."
Could kissing be the answer? "Female inoculation with a specific male's cytomegalovirus is most efficiently achieved through mouth-to-mouth contact and saliva exchange," University of Leeds researcher Dr. Colin Hendrie wrote in the journal "Medical Hypotheses," as reported in the Daily Telegraph.
With worries about the H1N1 virus widespread, social smooching may be on the wane these days.
Does it make sense to minimize physical contact, not just kissing but hugs or handshakes?
If you are within 6 feet of someone who is actively infectious (coughing, sneezing, fever, runny nose), then you're at increased risk for getting the flu, Zivin-Tutela says. "That goes for the seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu," she explains. "The most important way to protect yourself is not to touch your hands, face and nose."
And that, she says, is good advice even if the people you're around don't appear to be sick. "A person can be very contagious for a day before the full-blown symptoms of the flu develop," she explains.
Everybody give a nice round of applause to Jon & Kate Gosselin, winners of an online poll, which asked the question: "Who was the tackiest person of 2009". They seemed to work overtime (with Jon doing most of the work) in '09 to earn this title and they sooooooo deserve it! ;-)
I do think Octomom belongs on the list, as does Balloon Boy's dad. Anyone else missing? Heidi & Spencer, maybe? Leave your comments below!
2009's Top 10 Tackiest (according to an online poll)
Jon & Kate Gosselin
Dethroned Miss California Carrie Prejean
Miley Cyrus and her daddy, Billy Ray
Levi Johnston (father of Sarah Palin's grandson)
Roman Polanski Defenders
Seriously Tiger.....maybe if you weren't juggling a family and multiple affairs, your golf game would be better....think about it, k? ;-)
wow....the sisterhood of Tiger-hos just keeps growing by the minute!
Now that he made his "I'm sorry I hurt my family, but it's still none of your business" statement......the girlfriends are crawling out of the woodwork left and right. Here's the latest one, as outed by her friends to Life & Style magazine.....she's a club/party promoter in Las Vegas....yes, shocking, I know! ;-) Her name is Kalika Moquin and there have been a few articles about her in magazines and online....like here.....and here....
But I know what you really want are pics of the girl, so you can compare her to his incredibly beautiful wife, Elin and speculate on what the HECK he was thinking....your guess is as good as mine. ??
Ok....maybe his actual playing isn't exactly what you would call "good", but this is the CUTEST thing I have seen on youtube since......well.... since the piano playing cat!! LOL! All he needs is a stage outfit of some sort....maybe some skinny pig jeans and a tiny vintage Atari t-shirt.....he could give that Owl City guy some competition! ;-)
Askmen.com posted an article for their readers full of advice on what to get the ladies in their life for Christmas. Topping the list of "what to get for the wife"......a portrait....yep, a giant painting of your wife's face is exactly what she is hoping you will get her....NOT! Trust me, guys.....this will not go over well. No woman wants to look at herself all the time, nor does she want everyone who comes over to the house to think she is a narcissist. You are way better off to get her #3 on the list (spa certificate....nearly every woman who called in to guess said "spa day"...really, you can't go wrong there!)
Here is the list, courtesy of www.askmen.com
1. A Portrait Of Your Wife
Why? Okay, so that's not your wife, but you get the general idea. Take a picture of your wife to a professional painter and have him immortalize her beauty forever. This is an original gift that should bring tears to her eyes -- unless of course she ends up looking like the Queen Mother, or worse... Kramer. You can get the Kramer here.
Bonus Points: A gift such as this one is sure to become her most cherished -- especially as the years go by.
Thoughtfulness factor = 200 out of 10
2. Designer Watch
Why? If you want your woman to spend more of her days thinking of you, then tell her to keep you in mind whenever she checks the time. You can get it here.
Bonus Points: Add an hourglass to the gift and tell her that the shape of it reminds you of her.
Timelessness factor = 10 out of 10
3. Complete Spa Treatment
Why? Treat her to a special day in which she gets spoiled and treated like a princess. This all-day pampering will make her feel like a vibrant teenager again. You can get it here.
Bonus Points: After her princess treatment comes to an end, bring her home and treat her like a queen.
Reciprocity factor = 10 out of 10
4. Designer Coat
Why? Women love clothing and you'll score big points if you choose something that she will actually wear. You can't go wrong with the Slim Allen coat (STYLE: C66141). Get it here.
Bonus Points: Place a pair of genuine leather gloves in the pocket and she'll kiss you all over.
Body heat factor = 9 out of 10
5. Silk Robe / Lingerie
Why? Show her that you still think she is the sexiest woman in the world. Or if there isn't enough skimpy material to go around her waist, consider buying her a Â¾ length silk robe instead. She will appreciate the thought. You can get it here.
Bonus Points: When she tries on her gift, make it clear that you're incredibly excited.
Turn-her-on factor = 9 out of 10
I can't believe the Holiday weekend is almost over....BUT....that always means the Holiday Party season is just getting started and that is one of my fave times of the year! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving, wherever you were....and incredibly happy celebrating with whomever you celebrated with. We took a quick trip back home (for me, anyway) to California. One of the most exciting parts of the trip was getting to visit Yosemite National Park for the first time. Ken Burns' recent PBS special on the national parks had us counting the days until we could visit in person....and we could not have asked for more gorgeous weather! I'll post some pics below....btw, I was VERY thankful I took that photography class at PCC Community Ed.....highly recommended!
p.s. Yosemite National Park is also highly recommended....next time, I am camping there!
p.p.s. There are more pics on my Facebook page....if we aren't already friends, friend me!
Meadow in Yosemite Valley
One of a family of deer that we saw on the way out of the park
Yes, I sat on the ledge of that rock wall to get the shot....and NO, I did not look down!
Did you see Portland's own, Lisa Schroeder (owner & head chef of Mother's Bistro) on the Today Show this morning? She should have her own show on the Food Network! I spent some time with Lisa last week and she showed me how to make her famous pumkin pancakes! Yummm! Video coming soon, but in the meantime, here is Lisa's recipe. It's from her brand new book, "Mother's Best". If you want more, she is doing a book signing at Powell's Dec 6. You should go meet her, she is a wonderful, funny person, who knows a LOT about great food!
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A few years back, I was vegging out on my couch, watching Food Network, and I saw Giada De Laurentiis make this Butternut Squash Lasagne. It looked so easy and delicious, I knew I had to try it. While it wasn't quite as easy as Giada made it look, it wasn't too difficult....and it was all kinds of YUMMY!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH LASAGNE
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (1 1/2 to 2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup water
3 amaretti cookies, crumbled
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup (lightly packed) fresh basil leaves
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
2 1/2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the squash and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the water into the skillet and then cover and simmer over medium heat until the squash is tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly and then transfer the squash to a food processor. Add the amaretti cookies and blend until smooth. Season the squash puree, to taste, with more salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a heavy medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg. Cool slightly. Transfer half of the sauce to a blender*. Add the basil and blend until smooth. Return the basil sauce to the sauce in the pan and stir to blend. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Spread 3/4 cup of the sauce over the prepared baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Spread 1/3 of the squash puree over the noodles. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Drizzle 1/2 cup of sauce over the noodles. Repeat layering 3 more times.
Tightly cover the baking dish with foil and bake the lasagna for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the lasagna. Continue baking uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 minutes longer. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Here's another one I saw on TV and tried. It was really EASY and delicious. I was never a big Brussel Sprouts fan until I tried this one.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
2 (10-ounce) packages Brussels sprouts
2 ounce piece slab bacon cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Wash and then peel off any loose or damaged leaves from the sprouts. Trim the root end and cut each sprout in half.
Cook the bacon and walnuts in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat until bacon just begins to crisp and walnuts are toasted, about 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon and walnuts with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside. Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet and season with salt and pepper.
Put the pan in the oven and roast the Brussels sprouts for about 30 minutes, add the bacon and walnuts and continue to roast until the sprouts are cooked through and golden, about 10 to 15 minutes more.
Those Brussel Sprouts go REALLY well with this cheesy polenta recipe that I sort of made up
1 cup polenta
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 ounces unsalted butter
1 cup of shredded cheese (or more if you like it really cheesy)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (plus several dashes of your choice of spices)
Bring broth (with spices to taste) to boil. Whisk in polenta and cook over low heat 15 to 20 minutes when thick and pulls away from the side of the pan. Remove from heat & stir in butter & cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Finally, I have had this recipe since 1990 or so. I got it from the Oregonian. It's unbelievable....especially served warm with some vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmm!
Fudgy Pecan Pie
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 (14 ounce) can eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup hot water
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups pecan halves or pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (9in. ) unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 350Âº. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and
butter. Stir in eagle brand, hot water and eggs; mix well.
Remove from heat; stir in pecans, vanilla and salt. Pour into pie crust.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until center is set. Cool slightly. Serve warm or chilled.
Garnish as desired. Store covered in refridgerator.
This story made me so mad! I do believe in tipping, of course, but I am not a fan of the mandatory tip....especially if you aren't informed ahead of time. True story....we went out recently (right here in Portland) and when the bill arrived the mandatory tip was on there....but in reeeeally small print...PLUS, there was a line to add tip! If I hadn't been looking closely, I could have easily double-tipped....and I'll bet a lot of people do.
Whether you LOVE "Twilight" or are completely sick of all the hype, you have to admit that you're curious about Robert Pattinson. What is it about him that makes so many girlies lose it over him? Not just teens and tweens, either....moms....grandmas....it's crazy!
So, when I saw that Rob was going to be on the Today show, of course, I had to check it out. I liked his sense of humor....and his accent.....and when his hair is properly washed and styled, he has a kind of classic James Dean (or Brandon Walsh/Dylan McKay from 90210) thing going on. Attractive.......but I'm not about to head down to Hot Topic to buy a shirt with his giant face on it any time soon. ;-)
I thought this was a fun interview. Matt Lauer gave him a chance to address ALL the tabloid rumors.....is he dating/engaged to Kristen Stewart....was there a drug overdose.....and what about his butt injury? Most interesting to me was when Rob shared that he was going to quit acting because he wasn't getting jobs, then the very next day he got the role that made him a world-wide star. Life is crazy like that.
Kris Allen & Adam Lambert are both featured in People Magazine's "Sexiest Man issue. Last night, MTV asked Kris Allen & Adam Lambert "what makes Kris/Adam sexy?" I love the end......where Adam says "that was awkward" LOL!
Ok...I probably haven't asked Santa for a Barbie Doll since I was like, 12 years old....but I want all THREE of these new "Ladies Of The 80's" Barbies from Mattel.....I'm just wondering why there is no Madonna doll...???
Hope you like sweet potatoes....because according to the cool kids at Mintel Inc (they track food trends), we will be eating a lot of them next year. Here's a rundown of their list of the top "IN" foods for next year, because I wouldn't want you to suffer the shame and embarrassment of serving an "OUT" food to your guests next year! ;-) haha!
Sweet Potato - Candied, fried, baked or boiledâ¦sweet potatoes are one of the most diversely prepared vegetables. Aside from being a delicious snack or side dish, they also will become known as the new functional food, as they are rich in dietary fiber, beta carotene and vitamins C and B6.
Cardamom - Known to be intensely aromatic with a strong, unique taste, cardamom will find a home in more than just ethnic fare. Cosmic Chocolate recently launched a chocolate bar flavored with cardamom and oranges.
Hibiscus - Commonly seen in teas, the USDA has said that consuming hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure. In the future, expect to see it become a common ingredient in the beverage market. Premium Essence Water from Hint now offers Hibiscus-Vanilla flavored water.
CupuaÃ§u - The taste of the Amazonâ¦cupuaÃ§u is the next big superfruit. And when we say big, we mean big! It contains more than 10 vitamins and antioxidants, as well as essential fatty acids and amino acids. Musselmans launched a lime and cupuaÃ§u flavored apple sauce showcasing this unique flavor.
Rose water - Rose water is no longer just a fragrance. You can look forward to finding it as a common flavor in ethnic foods or, like Ghalia Organic Desserts in Los Angeles discovered, you can add it to your brownie recipe for a subtle rose water flavor.
Latin - Latin spices will be heating up our palates next year, and you wonât have to dine out to get these exciting flavors. Whole Foods Market now offers a Mayan Ceviche; meanwhile, Icelandic Salsa Shrimp Cocktail features a spice packet loaded with the popular Latin flavor of cilantro.
In case you want to start cooking up some sweet potato goodness early and be ahead of the coolness curve....here is my fave sweet potato recipe!
Sweet Potato and Mushroom Lasagna
3 small sweet potatoes
4 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
2 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic
15 oz. ricotta
8 oz. cream cheese
5 oz. goat cheese
Â¼ c. chopped basil
9 no-boil lasagna noodles
3 oz. grated mozzarella
Preheat oven to 400.
Peel and slice the sweet potatoes. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, minced, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the sweet potatoes and the mushrooms, and bake on a foil-lined cookie sheet for 20 minutes.
While the vegetables are roasting, mix ricotta, cream cheese, goat cheese, basil, 1 clove garlic, minced and salt and pepper to taste.
In a 10Ã6 lasagna pan, spread Â¼ cheese mixture, then top with 3 noodles, add Â¼ cheese mixture, then continue to layer with Â½ sweet potatoes, 3 noodles, Â¼ cheese, Â½ potatoes, 3 noodles and Â¼ cheese. Top with mozzarella.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
For a weeknight, the sweet potatoes and mushrooms may be roasted in advance and added to the casserole after being refrigerated all day. Likewise, you can build the lasagna, keep it covered in the refrigerator, and then bake when you get home. Add an extra 10-15 minutes to baking time if youâre baking a chilled lasagna.
According to the 57,000 voters at www.popeater.com, the top teen idol of the 80's was/is..........Kirk "Growing Pains" Cameron
Nice outfit from the Don Johnson collection, Kirk! ;-) Haha! Great 80's mullet, too! In fact, I think if you want to be a teen idol, the mullet is essential.....see the winner of "Top Teen Idol of the 70's", David Cassidy!
....and since we're posting embarrassing pics from celebs' childhoods....here are the winners of "Top Teen Idol of the 90's"
...JOHNNY DEPP! Yay!!! I was worried that People magazine might have been sucked into the Twilight zone and given the honor to Robert Pattinson (who did make it nto the sexiest man issue of People). I'm not saying Robert Pattinson is not attractive. I couldn't get past his Robert Smith wannabe makeup in "Twilight" (I still say that shade of lipstick was totally wrong for his coloring)....but, without the makeup, he looks pretty good. I just think we need to see him in a non-Edward role to determine if gals are in love with him....or Edward. ;-)
Here's the link to a preview of the issue, so you can see who else made the list!
Here's a few that made it....and I say "good call, People!"
Sad to say...this weekend's SNL wasn't all that funny. I love January Jones on Mad Men, but she kept stumbling and messing up her lines. :(
The funniest part of the night was the skit below.....it actually made me laugh out loud when B.E.P. gave Kathie Lee a beat down. I've been waiting for years for someone to do that.
Good news for guys......vacuuming is bad for your your health
Bad news for guys.....so is microwaving burritos!
The study is coming out in the January issue of Reproductive Toxicology (which sounds like a fascinating magazine...NOT!)
A study has found that household chores â including using a vacuum cleaner or microwave oven â could reduce a manâs chances of having children. Researchers exposed male volunteers to electromagnetic fields â high doses of which are produced by all electrically charged objects, including refrigerators and vacuum cleaners â and found such exposure could double the risk of having poor-quality sperm.
Fertility expert Dr De-Kun Li said his work provides the first evidence of a link between electrical goods and declining male fertility.Dr Li, of Stanford University, California, said: âI would advise men and couples trying for a baby to reduce their exposure to electromagnetic fields as much as possible.
âIâm not saying you shouldnât use a microwave but it makes sense to turn it on, then move away and go back when it is done. Keep devices, especially those with electric motors, away from the body.â
The study recruited 148 donors at a sperm bank in Shanghai. Tests showed that 76 had poor sperm mobility, shape or count, while 72 had good-quality sperm.Those volunteers whose job involved working with high temperatures or being exposed to chemicals linked to sperm damage such as solvents and pesticides were excluded.Participants were asked to wear meters which took readings of magnetic fields every four seconds for 24 hours on days they considered âtypicalâ. They found that the half of the group who had peak readings above 0.16 microtesla â a measure of magnetic field strength â were twice as likely to have low sperm quality as those with readings below this level.Dr Liâs team also revealed that the chances of having poor sperm quality increased as the time exposed to higher-strength magnetic fields rose.
David Baldacci has been the cause of many hours of lost sleep on the weekends for me! His latest is a thriller (of course!) and if you're looking for something with lots of action + plot twists and turns, you should check it out! david called me to talk about his new book and you can listen below!
david baldacci true blue
Ummmmm....I can't really see MY man wearing this! Can you see your man rocking the cape? LOL! Seriously....Hot or Not? Post a comment and you could win a New Moon T-shirt! (waaaayyyy cooler than a cape!)
LOL!!! This has GOT to be the funniest celebrity story I have read today (THANK YOU, Weekly World News!)
People aren't paying enough attention to Levi Johnston and Jon Gosselin lately, so the two of them have hatched a plan to appear nude in Playgirl....TOGETHER!
But wait.....it gets better....
According to the Vatican, this does, indeed, mean the end of the world is upon us....HAHA! You must read the story from the Weekly World News:
NEW YORK, NY â Jon Gosselin and Levi Johnston agree to be photographed nude together. The Vatican confirms this could signal the end of times.
Johnston, famous for getting his girlfriend pregnant, ran into Gosselin, famous for getting his wife pregnant, at a totally unstaged photo shoot in New York for The Insider. The two naturally hit it off and walked away from the meeting with big plans. Playgirl magazine has since confirmed that the two will appear together in a nude photo shoot.While most people find either person annoying and desperate for fame, together and naked their power becomes biblical. âThis could likely be the Whore of Babylon,â said a Vatican religious scholar who spoke only on the condition of anonymity.âIt was thought that the Whore of Babylon would be more of a symbol, a mindset of shameless self indulgence. When viewed outside the traditional context of the words, like a whore for fame, these two are the perfect masthead. And the picturesâ¦ We always thought the depictions of the Whore of Babylon as two faced and naked were metaphorical, but their facesâ¦ God help us all.âVatican officials are urging people around the world to be calm, but prepared. The Pope is flying to the U.S. to meet with the publishers of Playgirl Magazine, in the hopes of dissuading them from holding the photo shoot. Officials from Vatican City have begun preparations to shelter believers during the troubled times to come.Emergency plans written in the Middle ages and revised since are being dusted off and brought into effect. Leonardoâs secret water system, which brings water from a well deep below the Vatican with the power of only 1 mule, is being cleaned off and made ready. Catholics around the world are being told to remain calm, but purchase a shotgun.At present Jon Gosselin and Levi Johnston are still scheduled to appear nude together. The world stands in wait to see what will happen.
Did you see Taylor Swift on SNL this weekend? I have to say it was probably one of the funniest episodes this year and this was my fave skit! Taylor was hilarious as Shakira, but I loved the "Christina Aguilera/Eddie Vedder" duet, too! LOL!
I have to say, as far as Gaga getup goes....this is pretty tame. I do find it pretty funny, though. Is she trying to compare her boobs to buried treasure? Is she afraid people won't know what to stare at, so she's helping them out? I have no idea, but itdoes make me laugh for some reason. The Lady Gaga episode of Gossip Girl airs Monday night, Nov. 16 on the CW.
I can't really explain my obsession with this show. I fought it for a long time, mostly because everyone was raving about it and I looooove to be different (haha!)....but one day.....there it was on hulu.com....I was bored....I clicked....and watched.....and laughed....and I have been hooked ever since. Seriously, last Wednesday night was a Glee-less night and I was in a HORRIBLE mood....as bad or worse than the time I tried to give up coffee. ;-)
Well...tonight will be a happy night because Glee is back.....AND they are doing one of my fave Billy Idol songs, "Dancing With Myself". Check out the video below for a sneak preview.....and keep listening to my show for a chance to win the Glee Soundtrack CD!
Have you seen this video?! Note to smokers out there.....if you are so drunk that you can't walk and are waiting for the train to carry your wasted arse home....it might be a good idea to let the dropped ciggy go.
Amazingly, she is not hurt....just embarassed. Hmmm...I can't imagine why....;-)
Not only does Guy Fieri LOVE Portland....he's coming here December 12!
I had a chance to chat with Guy Fieri recently about his new book, "More Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives". We talked about what makes the perfect "dive"....What he loves about Portland (including his fave food spot).....his fave music to listen to while he grubs down....and more! He's always looking for suggestions on places to visit with his tv show and I suggested he check out Calamity Jane's hot fudge burger next time he is here. He sounded really into it and said I could go with him! I'll keep you posted on whether or not that happens, but in the meantime, email him your suggested food spots through the Food Network website. He was a really fun interview and I hope to chat again when he is here in December!
Sheryl & Guy Fieri talk about .....food (DUH)!
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Haha....Just kidding. Mat did say that he had no idea who Kris was when he called him up to ask Mat to write songs with him for his debut CD. The two got together in Nashville and ended up having a good time writing was Mat says is a pretty cool song. Listen to Mat talk about the experience below:
mat kearney talks about kris allen
Mat also talked about his Halloween costume this year and his new song, "All I Have", which he played for us as well. Listen below!
Mat Kearney talks Halloween and plays his new song All I Have
Q- According to a nationally known relationship expert, if a girl buys this, you can bet she is about to dump her man. What is it?
A - A new cell phone or pager.
There are actually 6 major signs you are about to be dumped, according to Lisa Dailey, syndicated dating columnist. Here's the list from one of her recent articles.
6 Signs You Might Be Heading for a Breakup:1. She's no longer interested in sex, or worse, she's recently learned some new tricks
A dramatic change in sexual behavior can mean two things: Either your sweetie is trying to avoid any situation where she might have to express emotion or attachment to you, or she's getting it somewhere else. Old dogs only learn new tricks if someone is teaching them.
2. Picking Stupid Fights
If he's picking silly fights, or there's an unusual increase in emotional distance, you've got bad news. If your guy or girl is picking stupid fights all the time, they may be trying to get you to make the first move.
3. He/she says, "I need some space" or "I think we should see other people."
By telling you he wants to see other people, he's not technically breaking up with you (so no big crying scene to endure) but he's given himself a way out. Of course, the second he gets a little distance, he's going to make a run for it.
4. She gives you that little pat on the back.
Watch out for this one. A person who gives you a hug while patting you on the back is indicating that they are uncomfortable with what they're doing. The bigger the pat, the more discomfort they feel. Could be the kiss in front of Aunt Mildred. Could be garlic breath. Could be you.
5. She buys a pre-paid cell phone or pager.
This is a really bad sign. Private investigators everywhere will tell you the pager purchase is a sign of impending heartbreak. Sure, it could be for work, but more likely, she's using it to get a head start on her post-you life.
6. He used to be a blue jeans kind of guy, and suddenly he's obsessed with Armani.
A person who is about to leave (or is cheating) will take greater care with his or appearance - updating his wardrobe, losing weight, working out and even changing cologne.
Did I ever tell you that our office building is haunted? True story.....not once, but twice (on two different occaisions)....I came in to do some work on the weekend.....and in the middle of it heard this man groaning.....when I finally worked up my courage, I investigated the halls and offices, expecting to find someone in need of a 911 call....instead, I found nothing....but kept hearing the moans.....I left the building ASAP! The next time was about a week later.....my daughter was with me that time and we both heard it! To this day, I won't come in when no one is here.
When I found out I was going to interview Mary Ann Winkowski, who is a consultant to the tv show, "The Ghost Whisperer" (that's her with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the pic above)....I KNEW I had to ask her about the office ghost and what could possibly be going on! She told me....plus told me how to help that ghost "cross over" (get rid of it!).....we talked about Michael Jackson's spirit.....how realistic the tv show is.....and a LOT more. Listen below.....and Happy Halloween!
mary ann winkoski, the real life ghost whisperer
Octomom unveiled her Halloween costume last night......and like everything that crazy woman does or says, it's controversial. Of course it is! She's got a new reality show she wants us to care about. What do you think of her costume? Post a comment or caption below. I'll pick one and give you Mat Kearney tickets! (show is nov. 3 at the Roseland)
p.s. My fave is the second one....check out her crazy, maniacal grin....she's completely oblivious to the fact that each and every one of her babies are completely miserable. Maybe the costumes should be switched? ;-)
The GOOD Russell, not the evil one, that is. I was very bummed out to see him leave the show in a medical emergency last week. We talked about that.....along with his thoughts on the evil Russell....Shambo....and he even had something for you to watch out for on tomorrow night's episode that could tell us a lot about how his tribe (and Survivor) is going to go now!
RUSSELL FROM SURVIVOR SAMOA
Shoko Nakagawa is a very popular Japanese singer/celebrity....with a wierd insect fetish. She loves to wear her beetle collection on her head....now, all the cool kids in Japan are putting bugs in their hair. Pleeeeeease don't let this become a trend here! I know I'll never do it.....but I don't want to see anyone else doing it, either....totally makes my skin crawl....just say no to bugs in your hair, kids!
According to a Citysearch article, The Heathman Hotel is the Portland spot you are most like to have a ghostly encounter. Our Crazy News Quiz winner says she and her husband have stayed in one of the haunted rooms and the ghost drank their water.
Here's her story
HEATHMAN STORYHere's a link to the Citysearch article.
You may also want to check out Chuck Palahniuk's book, "Fugitives & Refugees". It's all about Portland and he has a section on Portland's most haunted spots. Here's an excerpt:
** from the book, "Fugitives & Refugees" **
2. The Portland Memorial
It looks like an apartment building rising above SE Bybee Street, just before Bybee curves to merge with SE Thirteenth Avenue. A combination of towering and sprawling wings, built in Victorian, Art Deco, and Spanish styles, it houses more than 58,000 residents with room for another 120,000. It's a 3.5-acre city within the city. A city of the dead. Started in 1901, the Portland Memorial has expanded into a chilly, carpeted maze of marble, concrete, bronze, and brass. You'll find Tiffany stained-glass windows, Carrara marble statues and fountains. Overstuffed sofas and chairs sit in little groupings. Stairways wind up and down. The long vaults link together to make vistas that seem to stretch forever.
Within ten minutes you'll be confused and lost. After fifteen minutes you'll panic. But while you're hunting for the way out, look for the crypt of Mayo Methot, Humphrey Bogart's first wife. After she died in 1951, a dozen roses arrived here every week for decades. Also, look for the Rae Room, the memorial's biggest crypt. Lined with stained glass, the vault holds two freestanding sar-cophaguses and is opened only one day each year. The story is, George Rae married his maid, Elizabeth, twenty-six years his junior, so no family members will visit except on Memorial Day.
And, yes, this is the mausoleum I used as the basis for my second novel, Survivor. Part of the book I even wrote here, but the air is freezing and your fingers get stiff, fast. The Portland Cacophony Society (portland. cacophony, org) occasionally hosts outings to explore the labyrinth. On a rainy day it's a good place to walk, tracing the history of Portland's pioneer families. Or maybe just sit and read a spooky book, surrounded by the dead, in a huge window that looks over the black swamp of Oakes Bottom, toward the spinning colored lights of the amusement park.
The Portland Memorial is at SE Fourteenth Avenue and Bybee Street. For hours, call 503-236-4141.3. Mount Gleall Castle
In 1892 pioneer Charles H. Piggott set out to build a castle "in which no two rooms would be alike and in which there would be no angles or straight lines." To name it, he combined the first two letters of each of his children's first names: Gladys, Earl, and Lloyd. Using bricks from the brickyard he owned on Sandy Boulevard, he built his castle at 2591 SW Buckingham Avenue, on the hillside south of Portland State University. A year later, in 1893, Piggott lost his fortune and had to sell his dream home.
In the hundred-plus years since then, the castle has had almost as many residents. In the 1960s it was available as a fantasy rental, and Portland natives say the Grateful Dead crashed there long enough to give Piggott s castle the nickname "the Dead Castle." People also say Piggott's ghost has never left the turreted, brick castle, now painted white, with a sauna installed in the tower.
One explanation is the system of tin tubes that Piggott installed as an intercom system throughout the house. Supposedly, the system picks up noise from downtown and voices from far rooms, amplifies them, and carries them around the house. The intercom was removed in the 1920s, but the reports of strange noises and voices continue.4. Hoodoo Antiques
Nobody was more surprised than Mike Eadie, owner of Hoodoo Antiques, when people told him that a woman was lurking inside his shop late at night. When it was closed and locked, the alarms were set, and Mike was home with his wife, you could look in through the big display windows and see a woman in a long dress and a bonnet standing near the back of the shop.
Years ago, Eadie's mother-in-law, Ellen Wellborn, had an artist's studio in the Erickson s Saloon building nearby,
once a major combination of gambling hall, beer parlor, and whorehouse, boasting the longest bar in the world. In what was once a prostitutes crib, Ellen found a lovely pencil portrait tucked between the clapboards of the wall. The picture is oval, about six by four inches, and shows a young woman wearing a bonnet and a typical 1860s dark dress.
Ellen gave it to Mike, who's hung the small picture in his store, just inside the front door, but not so you can see it from the street. Even inside, unless you know where to look, you'd never notice it.
Since then, night after night, walking tours pass the shop and see someone inside. They insist she's not a reflection, the woman in a long dress and bonnet, standing in the shadows near the back of the store. Still, the motion detectors don't trip. And nothing is ever taken.
Hoodoo Antiques is at 122 NW Couch Street.5. Bagdad Theater
There are parts of the Bagdad Theater at 3702 SE Hawthorne Boulevard that the employees just don't go into.
Built by Universal Studios as a movie palace in 1927, the theater offered live vaudeville acts until the 1940s. Today it's a combination beer pub and movie theater. Behind the huge movie screen is a separate theater, closed since the 1970s, that may someday become condominiums and a rooftop bar. But right now, it's supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a movie projectionist who hanged himself behind the screen on Christmas Eve decades ago.
That story is decades old. Whenever the auditorium's cantankerous lighting system acts up, they've always blamed the suicide.
According to theater manager Jason McEllrath, someone hung a cardiopulmonary resuscitation dummy behind the screen. They hung it years ago, and the dusty, spooky thing still dangles back there, ready to scare the uninitiated.
The theater basements are another story. The front one, along SE Hawthorne, is pretty ordinary. However, the back basements under the stage and backstage . . . "That's just plain scary," Jason says. "There's no lights, and it's full of creepy junk. Doors that go nowhere. We just don't go down there."
Besides the unexplained lights flickering off and on, employees also report cold spots and chilly drafts in rooms with no ventilation.6. North Portland Library
A few years ago, this former Carnegie library at 512 N Killingsworth Street was renovated and security cameras were installed throughout. Every few seconds the view from a different one of the cameras appears on the video monitor behind the front desk. Soon after renovation, librarians watching the monitor saw an old man seated alone in the enormous second-floor meeting hall. The image only appears for a few seconds before the system cycles to the view from the next camera, but it shows enough to panic the staff. Still, every time they stampede upstairs to find the trespasser, they find the meeting room locked and empty.
Supposedly, the camera still shows the old man upstairs, but only occasionally, despite an increased effort to keep the room locked.7. Cathedral Park
This park gets its name from the towering gothic arches that carry the Saint John's Bridge overhead. These arches march through the park, creating a sort-of cathedral effect. It's a wide-open park of lawns and play equipment, but not long ago it was a wasteland of briar thickets and hobo jungles, warehouses, and old wharves.
For most of the twentieth century local kids earned summer money by picking strawberries, raspberries, and boysenberries on outlying farms. These kids would wait, early in the morning, on street corners where the "Berry Buses" would pick them up. The buses took them to work and brought them home.
In the 1930s a young girl was kidnapped while waiting for the Berry Bus in North Portland. According to local legend, she was taken to the bushes below the north end of the Saint John's Bridge, tortured, and killed. Even now that Cathedral Park is a nice garden and hosts a summer jazz festival, nearby residents say you can still hear that one girl screaming in the park on warm summer nights.8. Sauvie Island
Once called Wappato Island, this island between the Columbia River, the Willamette River, and the Multnomah Channel was home to a village of some fifty thousand members of the Multnomah tribe. Even before Portland was founded, smallpox brought by early explorers had left the island a deserted ruin of rotting huts and scarred survivors.
Today you can still find arrowheads scattered along the Columbia River beaches. Early morning joggers and late-evening walkers also report almost identical encounters with a naked Multnomah youth. The adolescent boy walks along the waterline and doesn't seem aware of anything except the river and the sand.
More recently, so many cremated nudists have been spread on "clothing optional" Collins Beach that most level areas above the tide line are layered in the telltale crunchy white grit of crushed bone.9. Heathman Hotel's Haunted Photograph
At first glance the photograph looks ordinary. It shows the wood-paneled Tea Court of the Heathman Hotel at 1001 SW Broadway. There are paintings by Andy Warhol. A crystal chandelier from the American embassy in Czechoslovakia. A big, blazing fireplace. Flowers, plants, chairs, and sofas. There's the grand piano where Sting and Wyn-ton Marsalis and Arlo Guthrie sit and play for hours when they stay here.
In the photograph it's September 21, 2001, and the hotel's previous owners are officially passing the keys to the new owners. Near the fireplace, just outside the circle of people, a soft, glowing figure stands beside a chair. It's nothing you'd notice at first, but it's there.
"A guy took this picture," says Jeff Jobe, the hotel's general manager, "and the ghost was there. We've tried to reason it away, but we can't. Those lamps in the photo only have thirty-watt bulbs in them."
Charles Barkley stays here, signing his name "Billy Crystal." Billy Crystal stays here, signing as "Charles Barkley." For satirist David Sedaris, the Heathman is a second home, the only place he'd want to live in the United States outside of New York City. Jeff says, "At some point in the history of the hotel, this became the place for authors to stay. It's just the buzz." In fact so many famous writers stay here, the hotel's library has collected some three thousand signed first editions.
It's easy to see why guests keep coming back-and why some guests have never left.
Larry Adams, the hotel's director of operations, can tell you the maids are a little squeamish about cleaning Rooms 803 and 703. If a guest is going to complain, chances are they're booked in 803 or one of the rooms directly below it. People return to 803 or 703 to find the bottles of water half drunk. Desks are moved. Beds are mussed. Towels used. Cups and glasses are turned over. The television is turned on or a chair is moved. Of course, they complain.
But when Larry or Jeff check the key card system, it shows no one has entered the room since the last time the guest left. "There's no way to fudge the system," Jeff says. "You just can't get in."
In September 1999, the psychic Char, author of Questions from Earth, Answers from Heaven, stayed in Room 703. Another psychic, Echo Bodiene, stayed in the room for a week to dialogue with the spirit. The two women agree it's the spirit of a man who jumped from Room 803, committing suicide and now haunting each room he looked into on his way down.
Larry says the man was scarred or deformed in some way. "People made fun of the way he looked, and he was tired of it," he says, adding the suicide took place not long after the hotel opened in 1927.
In 1975 a blind guest named Harris killed himself in Room 303. His body was found by housekeeper Fidel Semper, now retired from the hotel. Employees and guests also report cold spots in the hallways, phantoms breezing past them, and the sound of footsteps on the grand staircase when it's empty.
Now when a guest complains, Jeff shows them the key card records, saying, "Look. Here's the readout. Nothing was stolen. He only moves furniture." Assuring them, "He doesn't make noise. He only drinks the water."10. Lydia
A ghost named Lydia is supposed to haunt the Pied Cow Coffeehouse, a Victorian mansion at 3244 SE Belmont Street. The restaurant that occupied the space previously,
Butter Toes, is supposed to have also been host to Lydia's presence.11. The Haunted Bathrooms
In the bathrooms the trash lids start to swing by themselves. Water will start running in the bathroom sinks. You'll hear the sounds of someone doing their business in empty toilet stalls. Some mornings, the staff will arrive early to find the water running in sinks. Some nights, they'll hear the noise of parties in the private upstairs dining rooms that are empty.
At the Rose and Raindrop Restaurant, server Jenna Hill says, "A lot of people will go into the bathroom late at night and come out looking kind of pale."
Built by Edward Holman in 1880, the building at 532 SE Grand Avenue was for years the Barber and Hill Undertakers and Embalmers. In the dozen apartments above the restaurant, it's a given that clocks will reset themselves all the time. Mark Roe, an artist who sells his work at Portland's Saturday Market, remembers, "I had a girlfriend who lived in an apartment above the restaurant, and I'd stay overnight. You could still smell the formaldehyde coming up through the floors."
The building once housed the Nickelodeon Theater, one of Portland's first vaudeville and silent movie houses, as well as Ralph's Good Used Furniture store, owned by Ralph Jacobson, the man who taught the Hippo Hardware team their trade.
It was designed by Justus F. Krumbein, who also designed the original state capitol building. For several years it housed a restaurant called Digger O'Dells, named for the gravedigger character from the Life of Riley radio show in the 1940s.
The two private dining rooms-where you can hear mysterious parties at night-are named the Duffy and Baker rooms, after two traveling vaudeville troupes. Both rooms are directly over the haunted bathrooms. These, Jenna Hill says, are above the crematory ovens in the basement. Those ovens are walled over, she says, but still there.12. Unmarked Graves
Nobody wanted to work late nights at Michaels (the arts and crafts store) when it was located at NE 122nd and Sandy Boulevard. Lights and a loud compressor would turn themselves off and on at night. It seems that road widening has crowded the adjacent pioneer cemetery, and scores of graves have been misplaced. The rumor among Michaels employees is that their old parking lot is paving over a good share of those plots. As a result several lawsuits against the county are pending.
Several employees at the neighboring Kmart confirm these stories, mostly the lights and noise at night, but asked not to be identified. This outlet of Michaels has since moved a few blocks, to more peaceful ground along Airport Way.13. Maryhill Museum
"The first thing you need to learn is the difference between Maryhill myths and Maryhill reality," say Lee Musgrave, the media spokesman for Maryhill Museum.
Every year, people come visit this fine arts museum in the desert above the Columbia River, and they insist on the wildest things.
They insist that the builder, railroad magnate Sam Hill, kidnapped Queen Marie of Romania and kept her prisoner in a basement cell. And they insist the museum used to keep the world's largest sturgeon in a basement swimming pool. And the queen's gold gown on display in the main hall is covered with real diamonds that the museum staff replace with rhinestones whenever they need money to cover operating expenses. And Queen Marie was the lesbian lover of dancer Loie Fuller. And the place is haunted. Really haunted. A Druid funeral barge, acquired but never displayed, is still stored in pieces somewhere in the museum. And, and, and . . .
To start with, Lee says, "We don't even have a basement."
He explains how the huge Italian villa was built out of poured concrete, with the wooden floors laid over it. As the building heats and cools, it makes a lot of odd noises. He says, "I've been here in this building by myself at night, and I can tell you there are sounds that make you think there's someone in here with you."
Once, a constant knocking from the second floor turned out to be a raven caught between a window and an ornate iron security grille.
About the queen and Loie Fuller, the museums collections manager, Betty Long, says, "They were very personal. They were very warm. Loie Fuller was gay-that was established. She did have a lover. But there was no same-sex relationship between her and Marie."
Ironically, the true stories Betty and Lee offer are better than the rumors. The museum houses royal Romanian court furniture and artifacts, including the pen used to sign the Treaty of Ghent. For years the children and relatives of curators celebrated Christmas in the main hall, using that same priceless throne room furniture, the kids scribbling with the famous pen.
The museum collection includes chunks of the sailing ship Mayflower. It has the first Big Bertha shell fired during World War I. And a sizable collection of Rodin sculptures. And Native American artifacts. And Le Theatre de la Mode haute couture mannequins from 1946 Paris. Sure, they've collected a lot of items, but a ghost?
"I'm here at night for hours," Betty says, "and I don't scare easy. But one night I was working late and came downstairs to see Lee. We were alone in the building. I asked him, 'Why were you going up and down in the elevator so much?'"
Sitting here now, Lee laughs and says, "And I told Betty, 'I thought you were using the elevator . . .'"
To find Maryhill Museum, take Interstate 84 east for about two hours to exit 104. Turn left and cross over the Columbia River. Then follow the museum signs. They're open March 15 through November 15, 9:00 to 5:00, seven days a week.14. Suicide Bridge
The Vista Avenue Viaduct was built in 1926 to replace the wooden Ford Street Bridge. The arched, reinforced-concrete bridge connects Goose Hollow to Portland Heights and passes over SW Jefferson Street. The bridge's dramatic height-and the five lanes of pavement below it-have made it an inevitable magnet for local jumpers.15. Oscar
"At first we weren't allowed to discuss it," says Janet Mahoney, the room division manager for the Columbia Gorge Hotel. "The official policy was: Oscar does not exist. Now it's: Document every occurrence."
And document they do, starting from the early 1980s, when the hotel's third floor was renovated and opened to guests for the first time in fifty years.
Built in 1921, the forty-room Columbia Gorge Hotel was an isolated three-hour drive from Portland. That made it a favorite love nest for Hollywood types from noted sex maniacs Clara Bow and Rudolph Valentino to Jane Powell, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple. The hotel was dubbed "the Waldorf of the West" but was eventually forgotten and neglected as a retirement home. Restoration started in 1978, and the hotel again became a lovely clifftop retreat for guests including Burt Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Olivia Newton-John, and Terri Garr.
Trouble started a few years after the 1978 restoration, when they reopened the third-floor honeymoon suite. One day, in the few moments the third-floor hallway was empty, something turned every wall sconce upside down. Janet says, "It took the maintenance man half a day to turn them all back."
On another day, she says, "A guest comes in from the parking lot. She slaps her hands down on the counter and demands, 'Is there something I should know about? I just saw a woman with dark hair, in a white gown, throw herself from the tower and disappear.'"
According to Janet, a honeymoon bride in the 1930s killed her husband in the third-floor suite, then jumped from the hotel's tower, landing in the parking lot. Just recently, another honeymoon couple sat in bed and watched a woman in white emerge from their bathroom, stand looking at them for two minutes, and disappear.
AH over the third floor, water starts running in the bathrooms while the maids clean. Fires start by themselves in fireplaces. In empty rooms heavy furniture moves up against the door so no one can enter from the hallway.
"Nobody's ever gotten hurt," Janet says. "Nobody's ever had more than the wits scared out of them."
One bartender, Michael, stays over some nights and reports the television turning itself on and off and a phantom hand being placed on her face.
A hotel maid, Millie, nicknamed the spirit or spirits "Oscar" after she started finding flowers left every day in the exact same place on the attic stairs. In the attic, marbles roll out of the shadows. They roll uphill against the slanted floor.
To find the hotel, take Interstate 84 east for about 1.5 hours. Take exit 62 and turn left at the stop sign. Cross back over the freeway, toward the river, and turn left again. The hotel will be between you and the cliffs. It's that yellow building-with the tower.16. Powell's Rare Book Room
Employees swear that the ghost of Walter Powell, the bookstore's founder, still walks the mezzanine outside the Rose Room. Check for Walter near the drinking fountain. Steve Fidel in publicity says Tuesday nights are the most likely time. Also check out the sculpture of stacked books outside the northwest street door. Inside the carved stone are the ashes of a man who wanted to be buried at Powell's. The canister of his cremains sat on a bookstore shelf for years until it was sealed inside the new sculpture.
First of all, Fergie......did you REALLY forget the words to "Sweet Child O' Mine"? How is that even possible?! LOL! She does a pretty awesome Axl dance though....big props on that.
...and of course, Slash, still rawks it....big time! I am kinda creeped out/fascinated by the fact he looks EXACTLY the same as he did in '89.....not kidding!
Check it out and let me know what you think!
Q - In a recent interview, Seth Rogen says there is one thing about Halloween that he hates! What is it?
A - Couples costumes!!!
According to the article, Seth Rogen hate couples costumes because someone always gets the "punchline" half of the costume....and it's usually the guy!
He explains, âIâm always the lamer half of the costume. Sheâs the dog, Iâm the fire hydrant. Itâs terrible.â
However, Rogen admits there was at least one couples costume that he actually did enjoy wearing.
He and his lady dressed up as Doc and Marty McFly from Back To The Future one year, which was âawesome.â
According to another article, Edward & Bella is the hot couples costume this year, but another popular one is Kanye West & Taylor Swift (love this one....but Patrick refuses to be Taylor or Kanye, so I am out of luck!)
Here's what Patrick & I are going to be....Betty & Don Draper from Mad Men! Can't wait!!!
If you want to try the Taylor Swift/Kanye West couples costume, here's a how-to from a costume website:
What you'll need:
First you'll need a picture for your inspiration. I posted one at the top of this blog entry!
Faded light blue jeans (slightly ripped ones down the legs if you can find it)
Black shiny shirt (but also a plain black t-shirt will work too, improvise with your costume)
Microphone (you'll be snatching this out of your "Taylor Swifts" hand all night)
For Taylor Swift:
White or silver long sparkly evening gown (if you can't find one that shimmers, that's OK. Just be sure that it's a nice gown in close to the same color that Taylor Swift wore when she got her award)
Silver dangly earrings
Curly blond haired wig that you can pull back in a under bun style with one piece hanging down on each side.
Nice pair of flat sandals (you can't see Taylor Swifts shoes under her dress but for comfort's sake, skip the heels)
Award (you don't have to have the exact award from the VMA as that would be hard to get a replica. You could use any award as people would get the point as you told them who you were dressing up as).
Wooohooo! Part of me is excited because the original Lilith Fair holds so many good memories....but also because there are so MANY great female artists that could and should be a part of this. Some of my faves would include: Gwen Stefani, Pink, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Tegan & Sara......my list goes on and on....who would be on yours?
Here's the link to newly launched Lilith Fair website! If you visit, you can get a free mp3 download from Sarah Maclachlan!
When I interviewed Sarah about her Best Of CD last year, we talked about Lilith Fair. She didn't sound too interested in bringing it back at first, but then shared a long list of the things she loved about it....hmmmm....maybe our conversation (plus everyone else bugging her about it) got her thinking it might be time to bring it back? I'm just happy it's back and coming to Portland!
Hear Sarah McLachlan talk about Lilith Fair and one female artist who should be a part of it!
SARAH TALKS ABOUT LILITH
According to a popular penny pincher newsletter, you can turn all of that leftover Halloween candy into Christmas presents! Their number 1 suggestion is....."use it to make flavored vodka"
Hmmmmmm.....not sure I want little floaty Snickers chunks in my next martini, but I'll bet this would work really well with Jolly Rancher candies! Here's the story:
Halloween candy gets pretty tiring after a couple of days. Here are some ideas for using it up.1. Homemade flavored vodka
Some candies dissolve beautifully in vodka, creating "infused" booze. If you plan on making flavored booze for holiday presents or parties, now is the time to start. Besides candies, you can add coffee, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, citrus fruits, or dried flowers. I'll bet that Wether's Originals dissolved in vodka make for some tasty shots.
Here's the link to a page that has recipes for infused liquers & other homemade gifts.
2. Baking and sweets
Many candies melt in the heat of the over, leaving you with a wonderfully gooey treat. Here are some possible recipes:
Biscuits filled with tootsie rolls
Cookies with peanut butter cups
Candy corns chopped up and added to candied yams
Crushed Jolly Ranchers and Dummies on top of challah bread
Brownies with "fun size" chocolates
Popcorn balls with pretty much anything
Peppermints (the red and white kind or Peppermint Patties) mixed into hot chocolate or coffee for a cheap mocha
Use as an ice-cream sunday topper
Freeze until summer, and add to homemade ice cream
Sweet and sour sauce (any sour candy will work)
Pixie sticks for a porkchop glaze (red or white wine, vinegar, pixie sticks, salt)
BBQ chipotle sauce with Smarties or Red Hots
If candies get stale and seem rather inedible, consider using them for fun arts and crafts.
Make Halloween wreath for next year
Candy garlands or ornaments for the Christmas tree
Decorate the holiday gingerbread house
Christmas cards and gift wrapping decoration
If you are swift enough to grab your kids' candy while they sleep, it can be doled out for MONTHS as bribes. Need the leaves raked? Two Hershey's kisses per bag (not adjusted for inflation, that's what I used to get paid). OR, just slowly dole out a piece a day in kids' lunches. My parents used to throw it in our Christmas stockings, too along with nuts and persimmons.
6. Donate it
Nursing homes, doctor's offices, women's shelters - everyone loves candy, and spreading the sweetness can be a great way to avoid gorging on it all yourself.
7. Send it to overseas troops
Not so much for chocolate (which doesn't travel well), but other candy is appreciated as a part of care packages for the troops (US only, not sure about other nations' deployments).
8. Take it to the office
Adults are sometimes able to restrain themselves a little bit more than kids - share those sugary goodies with coworkers.
9. Keep some in the car for emergencies
I keep a small stash of sugary candies in my car. I'm diabetic, and every now and again, I go into insulin shock, meaning that I need to eat something sugary, fast. Car candy has been a saving grace a number of times. Also, you never know when you'll be trapped in the car for hours with no food or water - candy can be a welcome distraction or sustenance if caught on a moutain pass during a rock slide or the freeway behind a massive accident.
10. Make an Advent Calendar, Pinata, or Holiday Centerpiece
The countdown to Christmas used to be one of my favorite things about the holidays. Alpha Mom has some really great ideas for decorating during November (she counts down the month of November with her adorable advent calendar).
I'm still looking for a bbq sauce recipe that uses smarties or red hots, but here's a cookie recipe that uses leftover candy!
Halloween Candy Cookies
*courtesy Relish Magazine*
3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 3 cups chopped candy bits
(such as Butterfingers, Baby
Ruths, Heath Bars, Reeseâs
Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers,
jelly beans, M&Ms, Lifesavers)
1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Beat butter and sugars together with a mixer until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Stir in candy bits.
3. Preheat oven to 350F.
4. Drop dough by tablespoons onto baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Per cookie (using jelly beans): 100 calories, 4g fat, 20mg chol., 1g prot., 17g carbs., 0g fiber, 120mg sodium.
How gorgeous was it this Saturday?! Unbelievable! You never know....that may have been our last sunny day for a while....PLUS, all the pretty leaves may be gone by the next time the sun comes out to play. I had to grab my camera and capture some of the fall beauty before it disappeared!
You may have heard me talking on the air about the photography class I took at PCC. I really learned a LOT about taking better pictures and I highly recommend the community education program at PCC if you're interested in learning a new skill. My pics below wouldn't be nearly as good without some of the things I learned in that class!
Enjoy....and feel free to post your own shots of the weekend!
Salma Hayek?! Really?!
Obviously, Hollywood.com did not consult me on this one or Stuart Townsend and Gary Oldman would have tied for number 1...and Salma MIGHT have been number 10....IF she made it at all.
I was just reminded by a co-worker that Aliyah was pretty hot in "Queen Of The Damned"....and as crazy as Tom Cruis is, he probably should have received a nod for "Interview With A Vampire"
Here's the whole list, according to Hollywood.com
Top 10 Sexiest Hollywood Vampires
1 Salma Hayek (From Dusk Til Dawn)
2 Stuart Townsend (Queen Of The Damned)
3 Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker's Dracula)
4 David Boreanaz (Angel tv show)
5 Kate Beckinsale (Underworld)
6 Keifer Sutherland (Lost Boys)
7 Anne Parillaud (Innocent Blood)
8 Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight tv show)
9 Stephen Moyer (True Blood tv show)
10 Olga Kurylenko (Paris Je T'aime )
It's the Balloon Boy, of course! Hehe!
I don't get why people are so upset about this costume. Sure, it's a bit tacky, but....helloooo....aren't all halloween costumes tacky? Isn't that part of the fun? The only thing that might stop me from wearing this is the box....it might get in the way at a party....but then again, it might make a handy place to set a drink! ;)
If you want to buy this costume.....here's the link!
Q- Experts say the most popular Halloween costume for dogs this year is pumpkin, but this is going to be the most popular cat costume. What is it?
A - Vampire
Here's a dog modeling a vampire costume....cute!!!
BTW....here's that article about the pet psychic who says that our pets hate being dressed up....
Pet Costumes Are Undignified
MALIN, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) â Dressing up dogs and cats in kitschy costumes on Halloween (Oct. 31) is just so undignified.
It may seem cute to stuff pets into a funny costume, but animal communicator Heidi Wright says furry friends not only find costumes itchy and uncomfortable, theyâre embarrassed by them.
In speaking to animals over the years, sheâs found that many pets get stressed out when forced into costumes.
She explains, âThey want to maintain their dignity. The animals Iâve talked to say theyâre really embarrassed. Cats hold it in, but they get so disgusted by having to wear costumes.â
Wright says putting pets in hats, stuffy get-ups, or in outfits meant for the opposite sex upsets them most.
They want to scratch their owners or hide as a result.
However, pets are willing to play nice if their master explains to them why theyâre wearing a costume and promises to take it off after a few pictures.
Here you go....Rihanna's first new music since the whole Chris Brown episode....so you know people are going to be analyzing the lyrics to see if there's any hidden meaning there. Rihanna didn't write it....NeYo did....but it does seem to be about someone who is afraid to leave a bad relationship. Here's an excerpt:
âYou can see my heart beating/You can see it through my chest/Iâm terrified, but Iâm not leaving/Know that I must pass this test,â she sings on the chorus, âSo just pull the trigger.â
Listen to it below....and tell me what you think!
She's in hot water for using the word, retarded, as a put down. I have to say, I am a huge supporter of freedom of speech, but to hear her constantly use "retarded" this way makes me think she is reverting to middle school. C'mon Madonna....you are very intelligent....you can come up with something better than that.
Here's the open letter from the Special Olympics to Madonna
If you were to ask me what my dream radio job would be, I might say to work at the UK's Radio 1. Pretty much every artist you have heard of (and tons you probably haven't heard of....yet) visits their "Live Lounge" to chat and perform. They have one rule for any artist who comes in....you can do your latest single, but you MUST do at least 1 cover of someone else's song.....resulting in some of the most unexpected (and coolest) covers I have have heard. Here are some of my faves:
Kings Of Leon's "Use Somebody". In fairness to JT, he has been a fan for a while (both JT & KOL are from Tennessee). He did a pretty cool mashup of "Use Somebody" & "Cry Me A River" this weekend at his Justin & Friends benefit concert in Las Vegas.
The first clip is from Mtv....it's short, so if you want to see the whole thing, check out the fan video below it. if you go almost
I have to say it....I love Sela Ward! I think she is an amazingly beautiful, classy, intelligent woman. I also remember being puzzled when she, at age 35, lost a role in a James Bond movie because she was "too old". I mean, this woman looks better in her 50's than many women decades younger. It didn't seem fair or right to me. When I had a chance to talk to Sela this week, we talked about the shelf life of a beautiful woman in Hollywood and a documentary that Sela did that exposes the lengths women go to to try to fit in with our youth-obsessed culture.
We also talked about her new movie, "The Stepfather", which opens today. Yes, it's a scary movie....but there's lessons in there for a smart, beautiful woman (such as yourself!)
Check it out and let me know what you think!
I have to say if there is one "star" that I could hang out with all day....lunch, girl gossip, shopping, etc....it would be Ingrid Michaelson. She's so funny....and real....like the coolest of your girlfriends. I wish we would have had more time to hang out when she was here on Sunday, but we did have a great hang backstage at the Wonder Ballroom.
I'll post the full audio from the interview in a bit, but in the meantime, enjoy this little peek backstage with Ingrid Michaelson.
Ladies, we've all been there....started dating someone new and wondered if they were really single or if they were hiding another girlfrriend (hey! it happens)
I found an interesting article today that encourages women to snoop around their guy's "bachelor pad" for signs of singleness!
Here's what you are looking for:
Ramen Noodles & Pasta
Food is one of the few things that makes single guys similar to moms with young children. We want our meals to be quick, easy, and to the point. Personally, I like every meal to be full of salt too, and Ramen supplies that. Ramen is about $0.33/pack, so I load up on it regularly. I could make a fortress out of all the bricks of Ramen I have. Pasta is quick and easy too.
No Dining Room/Kitchen Table
The ultimate bachelor behavior is eating in front of the TV: breakfast, lunch and dinner. No need for a sit down kitchen table, but it is imperative that I have a good table at the TV for eating.
Towels Hold Many Clues
My mom keeps trying to give me tea towels, but they have a way of disappearing into thin air. And I'll never hang decorative towels in the bathroom-- all towels in the bathroom are for drying purposes. Towels that hang there just to look pretty make no sense to me. None of the towels in my bathroom match. I use one towel as a facial towel and a rotation of bath towels to dry myelf off after the shower. I also don't care what's on the towel, considering one of them is green with frogs sitting on lily pads. Also, in the bathroom, I never have more than one solitary towel hanging on that rack.
Awful DVD Collection
Take a look at a guy's DVD collection to gain some clues. A bachelor shamelessly displays horrible movies, or at least random movies. Because there is no girl for a guy to watch movies with, or to share the DVD shelf with, it will be a "male" collection of movies. If he's like me, quality of movie is not a pre-requisite for making it on to the shelf. A sampling of what you'll find on my DVD shelf:
- Godzilla boxed set
- Slumber Party Massacre
- MacGyver Boxed Set
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Shark Week
- Killer Klowns From Outter Space
...I'll stop right there. You get the point.
Attempts At Decorative Art
When I'm walking in NYC I can tell the apartments of established people by the fact that they have art with specific lighting trained on that art. Now, bachelor guys will try to put up art on the walls, but there's not much rationale behind it. It does not match the surroundings, the imagery is random, or it is a fad from years back like Ansel Adams prints. My motif is old album covers-- there were two, but one frame broke. Now there's just one on the wall, not centered.
The Ultimate Lounging Center
Bachelors love their TV, so it's important that they have an amazing area to watch it. More attention is paid to the couches and TV than the bathroom, kitchen, or non-tv sections of the bedroom. In fact, it's a status symbol among bachelors to have a great lounge/TV area.
Hehe...how ironic that one of my other posts today has to do with Katy Perry UNcovered.... ;-)
Jordin Sparks stopped by the BBC recently to perform her new song, "S.O.S."....and to cover this Katy Perry track.
What do you think?
Not to get all Forest Gump-ish on you, but my email inbox is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. Today, thanks to Lauren V. in Gresham, I got a naked picture of Katy Perry. Lauren wanted to know if (since I've met Katy a few times)...I thought it was real. Hmmm....well, since Katy was fully clothed each and every time I've met her, I don't think I'm exactly an "expert" on this subject, but I did apply my keen girl senses to the task ....comparing the naked pic with what I can see in Katy's bikini pic....yes, I do believe this is real....the thighs make me question my findings a bit....they look a bit bigger in the naked pic, but I have concluded it's probably the angle she is standing at.
What do you think?
Here is her bikini pic.
....and here is naked Katy....or is it? What do you think? Is it really her?
Poor Leona Lewis! She was signing copies of her new book "Dreams" in London today and some crazy man punched her in the head. She was rushed to the hospital and is going to be ok (despite some bruises). You can see the aftermath in the video below. I hope the cops gave him at least as many bruises as he gave Leona.
Seriously.....what is WRONG with some people?
There are a few books that instantly take me back to childhood the minute I see the cover....the Little House books....Tales Of A 4th Grade Nothing....and of course, Where The Wild Things Are. I'm VERY excited about this movie (opening tomorrow!) I've already downloaded (and LOVE) the soundtrack by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I've cleared my Saturday night. Bring on Max and the monsters! Check out the featurette on the film below. I love the fact that Maurice Sendak has been very involved in the making of this film (so they can't screw it up too much). What do you think? Are you excited to see this?
Listen to the soundtrack here!
Looks like November 22 could be a very good night for Taylor Swift! The American Music Award nominations were announced today and Taylor is nominated for several awards, including female artist of the year for country, pop, and adult contemporary. She should also get some sort of honorary award for surviving a Kanye-ing with grace and humor! Hopefully Kanye west will not be invited to this one. You can vote online starting today!
FINAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2009 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Pop or Rock Music
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Lady Gaga / Fame
Michael Jackson / Number Ones
Taylor Swift / Fearless
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Rascal Flatts/ Unstoppable
Taylor Swift / Fearless
Zac Brown Band / Foundation
Favorite Male Artist
Eminem / Relapse
Jay-Z / Blueprint 3
T.I. / Paper Trail
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Beyonce / I Amâ¦Sasha Fierce
Black Eyed Peas / The E.N.D.
Michael Jackson / Number Ones
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
Kings of Leon
Wisin Y Yandel
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alternative â KINGS OF LEON
Country â TAYLOR SWIFT
Pop/Rock â LADY GAGA
Rap/Hip-Hop â EMINEM
Soul/R&B â MICHAEL JACKSON
T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist
Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist â Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
Country Breakthrough Artist â Gloriana, Zac Brown Band
Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist â Keri Hilson, Jermiah
Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist â Drake, Kid Cudi
Q- Experts say that you are more likely to avoid getting a speeding ticket if your car is missing this. What is it?
A- Bumper stickers! Experts say you need to drive a car that does NOT stand out in any way. Bumper stickers are a sure way to catch a cop's attention (especially if you have some snarky saying about the police or government)
In researching this question, I found some articles with some great advice for avoiding tickets. ...and the hefty fines none of us can afford anyway!
From MSN Money: (click link for full article)
As long as running late is an American pastime, people will speed. And there are ways to protect yourself and your premiums. First, reduce your likelihood of getting snagged by the speed gun in these ways:
Penny-wise = pound foolish. Police will frequently key on an auto that has problems such as broken headlights, taped-over taillights or a missing front license plate. Spend $3 to replace a burned-out license plate bulb and you may save hundreds of dollars later, says Matisyahu Wolfberg, a policeman-turned-traffic defense attorney in New York.
Stay incognito, Part I. Driving an arrest-me red sports car doesn't guarantee you'll get pulled over, but it doesn't help avoid police, say defense attorneys. Ditto -- albeit to a lesser degree -- any expensive car. Consider a Camry over a Corvette and you may save money in more than the showroom. Stay incognito, Part II. Ignore the general pace of traffic at your own peril. "You're a pack animal; don't stick out of the pack," says Casey Raskob, a Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., attorney who focuses on traffic-related cases. Passing police cars is verboten. Stay in the right lane when possible. Keep your eyes peeled. Scan your rearview mirror often while driving. Look for possible spots far ahead where a patrol car could hide. Also, watch how professional truckers drive, and slow down when they do; they've got far more experience detecting Smokey. Don't be sticker shocked. Pasting a Police Benevolent Association sticker to the rear window isn't a license to speed. That jig is long up, says Raskob. Wisecracking bumper stickers -- "Bad Cop; No Donut" -- won't endear you to The Man, either.
When Katy Perry's "MTV Unplugged" disc comes out next month, it will have two new songs from her....a cover of Fountains Of Wayne's "Hackensack"....and this one, "Brick By Brick". You may remember Katy debuted this song at Hotel cafe earlier this year, after breaking up with Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. This song seems to be about a relationship that just doesn't seem to work.....hmmmmmmm
Did you see this over the weekend? Adam talking about (and singing) his new song, "Time For Miracles" from the "2012" movie soundtrack.
It won't be the first single from his new CD (out Nov. 27)....BUT....we will have that very soon... ;-)
What do you think? It sounds exactly like what I imagined Adam would do....admit it, you'd be disappointed if he didn't do the screams.
p.s. the movie looks pretty good!
You may remember seeing Taylor & her friend Miley Cyrus sing this on the Grammy Awards earlier this year. Taylor says this song made her cry when she recorded it....and she also says that is a rare thing for her. It's called "Fifteen" and it's about Taylor and her best friend. I think it's really pretty! What do you think?
Justin Timberlake is going to be on Jay Leno's show Monday. Jay is going to ask him 10 questions and Justin has to answer honestly.
Hmmmm....do you think Jay will ask him any tough questions? What SHOULD he ask? I want him to ask if Justin was cheating with Rihanna and that's why things are over with Jessica Biehl. If I were Jay, I would also bust out the pic below, from "The Love Guru". There are soooo many questions that pic inspires! ;-) Not the least of which is "What on earth were you thinking?!"
What do YOU hope Jay asks Justin?
Don't make fun of me, but I almost cried a little when I heard this. It's Kelly Clarkson's cover song mashup of one of my favorite Alanis Morrisette songs, "That I Would Be Good" and Kings Of Leon's "Use Somebody". I would have never thought to put those two songs together, but they work really well together....especially lyrically! If you have never read the lyrics for "That I Would Be Good", you should. We all just want to be loved....unconditionally....is that so wrong? I'll post 'em below the video.
oh yeah....of course Kelly sings the HECK out of both these songs!
sorry it cuts off the first line, but this was the best sound quality video I could find on youtube...the others were kind of distorted.
"That I Would Be Good"
by Alanis Morrisette
that I would be good even if I did nothing
that I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
that I would be good if I got and stayed sick
that I would be good even if I gained ten pounds
that I would be fine even if I went bankrupt
that I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
that I would be great if I was no longer queen
that I would be grand if I was not all knowing
that I would be loved even when I numb myself
that I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
that I would be loved even when I was fuming
that I would be good even if I was clingy
that I would be good even if I lost sanity
that I would be good
whether with or without you
OK.....technically, Mtv's "Boiling Point" is a totally different show than "Punked", but it's not as fun to say "Lady Gaga got Boiling Pointed". :-(
Back in 2005 (and before she was known as Lady Gaga), she was on this show, where hidden cameras watch as people try to annoy you and get you to lose your temper. I won't spoil it and tell you how she did. Just watch it! BTW....she actually looked really cute back then! Bring back the brunette, Lady G!
Soooo... I have this friend in South Carolina and he is in TROUBLE with Twilight fans. His name is Matt and he has a band called Eleventyseven. He is not a Twilight fan (but really, how many guys are?) I was talking to him earlier today and we were talking about Halloween and he told me about this song they just did about a geek who crashes a Halloween party dressed as Edward Cullen. It's good cheesetacular fun (kinda like the Twilight movie). Check it out and let me know what you think.
Click the "MP3" below to hear Matt & I talk about the Twilight movie and the song that has earned Matt's band so much hate mail, "Flashlight"
Q- Researchers in Finland have discovered that women who eat a lot of this particular junk food while pregnant have less intelligent babies. What is it?
A- Black Licorice.
Whew! If the answer had been chocolate, this would have been a sad, sad day. Haha!You know, I knew there was a reason I hate black licorice!!! I mean, besides the fact that it tastes nasty. If there is any candy I could probably live without (and already am), it's black licorice.
Here's the story, in case you are expecting and a licorice lover!
Warning on liquorice in pregnancy
Eating 100g of pure liquorice a week could affect a child's development
Pregnant women who eat large amounts of liquorice could negatively affect their child's intelligence and behaviour, according to research.
Experts from Edinburgh and Helsinki universities studied eight-year-olds born in Finland, where consumption of liquorice among young women is common.
The children of women who ate a lot of liquorice when pregnant did not perform as well as other youngsters in tests.
Researchers said a component in liquorice may impair the placenta.
They said the component - glycyrrhizin - may allow stress hormones to cross from the mother to the baby.
This suggests the importance of the placenta in preventing stress hormones that may affect cognitive development getting through to the baby
Professor Jonathan Seckl
University of Edinburgh
High levels of such hormones, known as glucocorticoids, are thought to affect foetal brain development and have been linked to behavioural disorders in children in previous studies.
Of the children who took part in the Finnish study, 64 were exposed to high levels of glycyrrhizin in liquorice, 46 to moderate levels and 211 to low levels.
They were tested on a range of cognitive functions including vocabulary, memory and spatial awareness.
Behaviour was assessed using an in-depth questionnaire completed by the mother.
The results suggested that women who ate more than 500mg of glycyrrhizin per week - found in the equivalent of 100g of pure liquorice - were more likely to have children with lower intelligence levels and more behavioural problems.
The eight-year-olds were more likely to have poor attention spans and show disruptive behaviour such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the researchers said.
Professor Jonathan Seckl, from Edinburgh University's centre for cardiovascular science, said: "This shows that eating liquorice during pregnancy may affect a child's behaviour or IQ and suggests the importance of the placenta in preventing stress hormones that may affect cognitive development getting through to the baby."
The research comes after a study which suggested that liquorice consumption was also linked to shorter pregnancies.
The results of the study are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
American Idol winner, Kris Allen is working hard to finish his debut cd (due out Nov. 17). He just got back from London and took a few minutes to call in and talk about: writing with Chris Daughtry & Mat Kearney....the funniest thing that happened on the American Idols Live tour....a really nice British guy who helped him make his geeky Beatles fan dream come true....and more.
KRIS ALLEN 10-6
Women's Health magazine did a sleep survey and found some interesting things! For example, the average woman hits the snooze bar 3 times each morning (ok, I must say I am waaaayyy above average on this one, haha!). They also found that the average bed time is 11pm and the average wakeup is 6am. The most common nightmare is someone chasing after you.....and as far as reeeeallly good dreams go.....35% of us have had a celeb hook up dream. What celebs do women dream of most often?
1- Brad pitt
2 - Matthew McConaghey
3- Robert Pattinson (??!!??!!!)
Seriously ladies? You would rather dream of this:
instead of this?
Hmmmmm.....maybe they dream about Robert because they can't escape him in real life! Haha! Dude is everywhere.
Q - The word police have come out with their annual list of the most politically incorrect words of the year. This topped the list for 2009. What is it? *hint* it's actually 2 words.
A- Swine Flu
What? Are they afraid they'll offend the pigs or something?
Here are a few others from the Global Language Monitorâs list of the top âpolitically (in)correctâ words of 2009
âMinority.â Talking about minorities is considered insensitive to minorities since this can make them feel like minorities.
âSaint.â I don't get what is wrong with this one....isn't "Saint" a nice thing?
âPolitically Correct.â The term itself can now be considered politically incorrect. Yeah, I don't get this one either.
âFounding Fathers.â Though the Declaration Of Independence was signed by men, this country was founded by some pretty amazing women as well!
âSenior Citizen,â which Loughborough University suggests replacing with âolder person.â
If you're going on a first date soon, you might want to take a minute to read what Juliet A. Boghossian, a behavioral food expert, has to say about what you can learn from your date's behavior around food!
For example, if your date tells you he often orders the same dish at most restaurants, chances are heâs not a risk taker and finds comfort in routine. Someone who hesitates when trying unfamiliar foods probably has a fear of change, so if youâre looking for a partner up for anything, keep searching. But those craving stability should look no farther, says Boghossian.
Pay attention to the way your date orders his or her food. Menu preferences can indicate the way a person operates outside of the restaurant, too. According to Boghossian, if someone likes to order something new, they are likely to â challenge [his or her] partner to new heights.â Excitedly exploring uncharted food territory often extends into an openness to change and new experiences in life.
Sometimes people let their true colors show during the first date, unintentionally or not. Boghossian feels that if your date does any of the following things, it can give you an idea about your love match compatibility.
Makes frequent eye contact during dinner, especially when youâre talking
Tries to match you in terms of eating pace
Waits until youâve both received your meals before eating
Asks you about your favorite foods, restaurants, or anything that demonstrates an active interest
Offers a sample from his/her dish
Focusing on the food instead of conversation (or you)
Starts eating when youâre still waiting for your meal
Doesnât make eye contact
Eating at a haphazard pace, not paying attention to how youâre eating
Run away! He (or she) is not worth your time:
Orders for you when youâve given no preference
Being rude or aggressive toward the host and/or waiter
Makes snide comments about the way you eat
Forgets wallet or purse, making you pay for the meal
Remembers wallet or purse, but assumes youâll pay for the meal anyway