Friday, December 31, 2010

2010: What A Year.

I started it off by seeing Doctor Parnassus and ending it with Lord of the Rings. I saw Honor Society and the Jonas Brothers with Rhiannon. I watched Fireworks on a roof in Detroit. I got a job at Cranbrook. I became friends with my co-workers; 2 of which have become my best friends (esp MATT BENYO). I met Hugh Jackman and his amazing family. I met Johnny Knoxville. I went to a wedding with Vince. I had lunch at the Jackman's and I worked as an extra in Real Steel with Matt Benyo and Nathan Bou. I saw Lady Gaga with Matt Benyo and had the biggest crush EVER on Taris Tyler (Hugh's stand in). I went to NYC with Matt and Nate and we visited the Jackmans, played football with Hugh, and had an amazing time. I got scared by Michael Meyers and went Trick or Treating. I went to a club. I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter 7 w/Brother Chan. I went out for black friday with MB and got my 2nd tattoo compliments of Blake Bradley. On Christmas, my family played lots of Yahtzee & visited Shelby at Leo's.

I'm leaving 2010 feeling incredible. Looking back, it was a great year and I'm feeling optimistic about the future. Tonight, I will be ringing in the New Year with my bffls and I can't wait. Out with the old and in with the new. Farewell 2010, you'll be missed, but c'mon 2011. Here's to new adventures, good times, and big risks. Cheers!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Recess.

I'm on hiatus. I'll be back New Year's Day with my 2010 reflection.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas: On The Real.

Christmas Eve didn't feel like Christmas Eve. The holidays snuck up on us and before we had time to prepare, they were here, and they slapped us in the face. I remember when the 25 days it took to get to Christmas, felt like a year by themselves; not anymore. My mom always said that as you get older, the days just fly by, but I really felt the weight of her words this year. I spent the past 4 nights at Matt Benyo's and I reveled in his Christmas splendor as I tried to get a grasp on time. At 11:30 last night, Matt, BC, and I sat around, enjoying a late dinner (pizza rolls) and then spent Christmas Eve watching The Polar Express, eating candy canes, and watching informercials. It was wonderful, but didn't do much for my holiday spirit; not because they did anything wrong, but because my heart just wasn't in it. We got home around 9:30 this evening (a mere 3 hours ago) and we were greeted by our family. Inside the fridge was an unbaked pizza from Dearborn Italian Bakery. I had a revelation as we sat around eating our pizza. Christmas will never be what it was to us as kids. We search incessantly for some intangible feeling that we've lost and we don't know how we'll get it back. Our expectations of Christmas are still comparable to an 8 year olds. Our lives are not the Christmas movies we watch and we aren't kids. I realized that Christmas isn't so much a thing as it is a feeling. Christmas is the togetherness of this evening and the small gift I received that I hadn't planned on receiving at all. Christmas is the roof over my head and the warm food in my belly that I hadn't counted on eating. One of Nathan's favorite sayings is "You don't always get what you want, but you get what you need". This Christmas, I learned it's not about what you want, but what you got. I've got a family that, even at our worst, still somehow makes it through and pulls together. I'm lucky to know and have so many wonderful people in my life. I have some very close friends that I wouldn't trade the world for and one of those friends I was lucky enough to spend the past few days with. I consider myself lucky to have such an amazing, thoughtful, and selfless person in my life. As I sit here and listen to Christmas music, I feel content and my heart feels light. Yeah, it's cheesy, but tis the season. Merry Christmas to you all. Here is a timely Christmas photo with Brother Chan.A Christmas tradition of mine is sharing the article "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus". It inspires me and fills me with hope. If you have read it, enjoy it again. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and read it. (Click to enlarge):

Friday, December 24, 2010

UNO!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

DOS!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tres!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Four Days!

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's Almost Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Good Advice.

I didn't make this, but I love it. This month, be extra kind. Tis the season. PREACH!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

First Christmas Card!

Today I received my first Christmas card this year from my dear friend, Jordan Mason. He is such an amazing person and his little card contributed to my holiday cheer so much. I save all of my cards. I've been saving them since I was 5. The little things mean a lot to me. P.S. That painting on the wall is a giant cat painting I've been working on for my Uncle for over a year now. It'll get finished... one day.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Homes Tour: Part 2.

We went Christmas House Hunting again and came up with some real gems in the area. I even found a house with good blue lights (you'd be proud, Matt Benyo). I have to give a shout out to Bethany Surma because her house is the 4th house in the 2nd row. The Surmas always have a great display. I enjoy finding quaintly decorated homes, extravagantly decorated homes, and homes that look like real life Ginger Bread houses. We're gonna go for a part 3 and that'll be the big bang. I'm thrilled.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Homes Tour: Part 1.

Alex and I went on a hunt for Downriver's best decorated houses of 2010, but found ourselves coming up short. Last year, we banked. This year, it was slim pickings. We're gonna go back out within the week and search for some hidden gems. The problem is that most people don't decorate or the ones that do, don't know how to decorate. This isn't rocket science, people. Take, for example, the first house I've included in the photo. It's terribly designed. What would make the people that decorated that house believe that's well thought out? It looks like they haphazardly shot strings of lights out of a bazooka. When we decide what makes a good house, we take a lot of things into consideration. What color are the lights? Do the colors mesh well? Is there cohesion? What sort of decorations are adorned on their lawn? If the bright blue lights are in use, your house will be void BY DEFAULT. The blue lights I speak of can be witnessed in the last photo (bottom right) near the left hand side on the house NEXT to the one being photographed. Those lights are horrendous and burn your eyes. Another trending light color, for whatever reason, is YELLOW. Yellow? That's almost as bad as the blues except I can bare to look at it (I just don't want to). I said it last year, I'll admit it again, I'm a Christmas House snob, but you know what, if you're gonna take the time and effort to go out there and doll your house up, do it right. Tis the season; ACT LIKE IT.In addition to the number of homes we saw, every other home had a snowman serving as primary keeper of their front yards. Most of the snowmen were adorable; some terrifying, but overall, a welcomed sight. In Dearborn, we came across this snowman that reminded me of Matt Benyo because it has a quiff on its head. Go look at his blog to see some ridiculous photos of us with Brother Chan.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tumbled Across.

I was on a 14 year old's Tumblr and felt like I was 14 again looking at her choice imagery. I sifted through 60 pages & managed to pull these little gems that I liked.1. ANIMAL is self explanatory (not because of KESHA).
2. Lady Gaga rules & this reminds me of the 50's (my favorite).
3. You know I'm a sucker for those inspirational sayings.
4. This picture of Ron and Hermione has a lot of emotion in it.
5. I just like these fireworks (don't read into this; you especially MB).
6. HAVE HOPE.
7. This is a great line from a PINK song.
8. This made me feel like I was 14.
9. Nice LG montage!

Remember when I was in Real Steel with Matt Benyo & Nathan Bou? Mark your calendars, ladies and gents, cause it comes out October 7th, 2011! The 1st official trailer has been released and you can watch it HERE! Honestly, when we were filming the movie, I thought it looked meh, but this trailer has me really excited to it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sweet Sandwich.

I've perfected yet another sandwich; which is ironic because I hate sandwiches, but these don't count because they don't have gross meat(s) on them. I've perfected the grilled cheese, but my newest creation is the Sweet Sandwich. Included in this deliciousness is: nutella, honey, bananas, and italian bread. Toast the bread first, spread honey on one slice, nutella on the other, and cover both sides with bananas. Put it in the microwave for 12 seconds and you have perfection. I'm working on the name; it doesn't fit, but lemme tell you, this sandwich isn't doing ANYTHING to deflate my already inflated ego regarding my sandwich making skills. I'm a sandwich artist.My computer isn't picking up the internet in my house and it's making my heart swell with pure rage. I sat there for 40 minutes trying to get it to work, but it will not. I contemplated flipping my table over or putting my fist through the screen.

I hate to boast, but I miss the coasts; both California and New York.
Does anyone agree?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ridiculousness.

I wish I could take photos, make videos, watch ridiculous videos, & laugh all night; every night. Previous participants in shenanigans of this nature include: Sister Shelby & Brother Chan. I can officially add Matt Benyo to the list. Night owls FTW.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vlog Deux!

Matt Benyo and I made a vlog together! He posted a different one on his blog. His is from 4:30 am. We're dead in it. Now everyone can put a voice to the guy I talk about. Whatever, we're best friends; best friends talk about each other. We recorded a bunch of videos, but this is a 'BEST OF' video. We also took over 400 photos on photobooth and I'll post the 'best of' those tomorrow. It's basically Matt Benyo week.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Party Zone.

I spent a few days with Matt Benyo & Nathan Bou. Matt and I pulled an all nighter last night and by 9 am we were out of our minds. At one point, we were laughing so hard, I thought my lungs were going to collapse from the lack of oxygen. I'm thinking about some of the videos we watched & I'm dying (Poker Face, Boom Box feet, and the noise Rose makes at the end of Titanic). Rewind to midnight the night before, we FINALLY skyped with Brother Chan. It was impossible to get him to make time for us. Look at this ADORABLE picture Matt took; straight cheesin. What I accomplished this weekend: adding way too many jokes to the inside joke express, making my laugh lines 100x worse, and making my next vlog. It'll be up TOMORROW.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Presidents of America!

This could be the best thing I've done in 4 months; maybe longer. You know I'm not one to toot my own horn, but this took me forever. I decided to put them all in alphabetical order as if they were in a class together. I don't know why I did that. ENLARGE TO ENJOY! Who's your favorite?! I WANNA KNOW; leave a comment!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Georgie Wash.

Swell president with wooden teeth. This guy is making a cameo tomorrow too. I did this larger drawing for today & smeared a bunch of paint to make it look artistic/fine artsy. In all actuality, I was going to paint him (as per the paint on the face and hair), but then I lost all of my patience (which makes me a bad doctor; GET IT?) & instead smeared the paint with my hands like a 4 year old. It looks like he's decapitated & has a bloody neck. I don't recall if that was intentional or not. It probably was.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

IT'S DECEMBER!

You know what that means? I'm RADIATING CHRISTMAS JOY! How is Christmas in a mere 24 days? Let us take advantage of it! Here is a sneak peek of what I'm posting on FRIDAY and here's the official CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Too School For Cool.

I drew that colored Devil with crayons and felt unfulfilled.
I've been listening to Pink a lot lately.
Good luck at your interview today, Matt Benyo!

Monday, November 29, 2010

My First Vlog!


Things Mentioned In This Entry:
1) I decided not to post the picture of me holding the wishing bone.
2) Matt Benyo's blog for extended Black Friday reading!
3) My Lady Gaga montage on THIS Tumblr (Thanks again, Kirsten)!
4) Photo of my Shamrock tattoo as per Blake Bradley:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

AY GOVNAH!

I just spent 14 hours with my best friend and we:
watched Hairspray
played Karaoke Revolution/American Idol
sang My Heart Will go on 5x on various difficulties and got 100% every time.
ate chicken nuggets
said we were thankful for each other at midnight
watched Pink live in concert
and
ended up at Meijer's where we walked around for 2 1/2 hours talking in British accents and read books, commented on the people forming lines, and much more.

MB: <4

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Moulin Rouge!

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."

I just saw Moulin Rouge! for the first time with Matt Benyo. I can't stop crying; this is either because it hit me emotionally or because in the past 40 hours, I've slept 3.

I tried BUTTERBEER today. For those of you that don't know, it's a beverage from Harry Potter that they're serving in one of the U of M cafes (I think it's in the Shapiro library). It was not what I expected and that made me sad. I had an idea of what it would taste like. Sometimes the idea is better than the real thing.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Decisions.

Explode or Implode?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sketches.

I need to draw more. I'm RUSTY. I switched things up tonight. I took a break from watching Jurassic Park and I'm watching Batman Begins. I forgot how good it is.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shenanigans & Chan.

Today Matt Benyo and I were mischievous.

We saw the amazing CODY BUEGE; he was guest starring in a play and made it the only reason worth watching. He stole the show AGAIN. I told him he did an amazing job and then he played with my hair and said it was so white. I'm pretty sure I was giggling like an idiot, but I can't help it; he's so adorable and charming.

We visited Nate at the Moose Lodge and trying to get in there was the first of many feats. It's like A CLUB HOUSE with a hidden door! We got inside and I was able to meet Nate's aunts and mom and they were lovely! Then Matt and I came up with a plan to steal pizza because our stomachs wanted nomz. We stole the pizza, ran out the back door, and jumped into the car. DEVIOUS. We were dying, but Nate was disappointed. We offered to return the stolen goods, but the damage was done.

We played a movie game at Betsy's and I won 2x because I'm COMPETITIVE.

Brother Chan & I spent quality time together and took photos. Click photo to see!

Friday, November 19, 2010

HARRY POTTER!

Tonight is the night I've been waiting for since July 2009; part 1 of the finale of HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. When this posts, I will be eagerly making my way into the theatre and most likely peeing my pants from excitement. I will also be adorned in Slytherin garb, but I will, additionally, be wearing Gryffindor knee socks. I think of myself as a member of Slytherin and Gryffindor. I identify with both Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter because I am mostly good, but sometimes evil, but I digress, I can't wait to talk about how much I love(d) it when I get home!This is my post-potter face. WHAT AN AWESOME MOVIE! I went with Brother Chan and at MJR Southgate Cinema 20, they converted all 20 theatres into Harry Potter theatres. Chan and I had tickets for theatre 5, but we bounced to 15. Sister Shelby was in there, but that theatre was a baby. I found out my friend Dave Roldan was over in 3 (which was huge) so Chan and I joined Dave and Jessica in prime seats. While theatre bouncing, people pointed at me and whispered; probably talking about how awesome I looked. A few people thought I was LUNA LOVEGOOD. Wrong. Do I look like a nice nutcase? No. I'm DRACO MALFOY; a mean jerk. One lady came up to me and asked me how old I was to which I answered 23 and she gasped because she thought I was 17. Then she took my picture for something and said I was an excellent Draco. Chan and I settled in theatre 3. It was amazing because the screen was huge, someone started throwing a beach ball around, AND EVERYONE DID THE CLAPS!!! (That's where you clap 3 times at the jingle; epic). The movie started and my heart was racing. I couldn't believe IT WAS FINALLY TIME. I teared up 3 times and cried full on once. It's been amazing watching the series unfold and to see the actors grow. Mind blowing. I am so excited for the second part of the finale. I KNOW I will be crying from start to end. Thanks Harry Potter for making my night, to Brother Chan for joining me, to Dave and Jessica for being awesome sports and to the guy in theatre 5 that held my seat while I went to the "bathroom"!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meep Men.

I finally found this and had to SCAN IT. Little men. Fun men all wearing hats.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm A Jerk.

Perhaps I shouldn't have made fun of this girl, but Satan & Satin are 2 very different words with 2 very different meanings. Click the image to enlarge & see.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

FINAL ADVICE.

My friend, NIKKI DESAUTELLE, called me out on being a cheese ball with all of this advice so I won't prolong the advice anymore. I had like 200 left, but I whittled it down to these ones. The final pieces of advice from Love and Learn and Pass It On: People ages 5 to 95 share what they've discovered about life, love, and other good stuff by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I've learned that...
ultimately, takers lose and givers win. -Age 58
a person's greatest need is to feel appreciated. -Age 45
time does seem to go faster the older you get. -Age 48
an insatiable curiosity is important to never getting old. -Age 71
big problems always start out small. -Age 20

moving away from my closest friends was much harder to do than I ever thought it would be. -Age 26
what a child learns at home lasts until the grave. -Age 85
there's no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. -Age 48
the only thing you owe life is to become the best you can be. -Age 31
if you smile at people, they will almost always smile back. -Age 81

it's better to be decisive, even if it means I'll sometimes be wrong. -Age 51
learning to forgive takes practice. -Age 15
it's better not to wait for a crisis to discover what's important in your life. -Age 45
we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. -Age 51
I make the little decisions with my head and the big decisions with my heart. -Age 52

there is always someone who cares. -Age 75
choices made in adolescence have long-term consequences. -Age 49
a fulfilled life is not possible without friends. -Age 39
you should invest in your family first and your career second -Age 48
if you depend on others to make you happy, you'll be disappointed. -Age 60

the most creative ideas come from beginners-not the experts. -Age 62
everyone has something to teach. -Age 51
envy is the enemy of happiness. -Age 73
making a living is not the same thing as making a life. -Age 58
you can't please some people, no matter what you do. -Age 35

if you wait until all conditions are perfect before you act, you'll never act. -Age 64
you either control your attitude or it controls you. -Age 47
the best advice you can give anyone is, "Be kind." -Age 66
even the happiest people have down days. -Age 27
the greatest risk is thinking too small. -Age 61

you should fill your life with experiences, not excuses. -Age 51
a good feeling gets even better when it's shared. -Age 14
you can have a fancy education and still not be very wise. -Age 69
you can't pay somebody to practice for you. -Age 52
worry is often a substitute for action. -Age 50

you can have fun regardless of how little money you have. -Age 63
people don't want advice, but understanding. -Age 40
failures always blame someone else. -Age 62
nothing very bad or very good ever lasts very long. -Age 66
you should treasure your children for what they are, not for what you want them to be. -Age 39

the important thing is not what others think of me, but what I think of me. -Age 38
my worst decisions were made when I was angry. -Age 62
you can always get more money, but you can never get more time. -Age 65
you often take out your frustrations on the people you love the most. -Age 29
when people aim for what they want out of life, most aim too low. -Age 75

you can love someone and still not like him very much. -Age 26
if love isn't taught in the home it's difficult to learn it anywhere else. -Age 51
people are more influenced by how much I care than by how much I know. -Age 54
hatred is like acid. It destroys the vessel that holds it. -Age 56
a woman would rather be complimented about her intelligence than looks. -Age 39

regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow are twin thieves that rob us of the moment. -Age 29
plotting revenge only allows the people who hurt you to hurt you longer. -Age 40
there are still some things I haven't made up my mind about yet. -Age 91
the trick is to live a long time without growing old. -Age 73
when someone gives you free tickets, don't complain about the show. -Age 45

the trip is often more fun than the destination. -Age 62
to get the right answer, you have to ask the right question. -Age 39
it's never too late to improve yourself. -Age 85
when visiting, it takes five seconds to say "hello" but about thirty minutes to say "good-bye." -Age 48
fame is written in ice and eventually the sun comes out. -Age 57

many people give up just when they are about to achieve success. -Age 48
the best way to appreciate something is to be without it for awhile. -Age 14
we grow only when we push ourselves beyond what we already know. -Age 53
you can never have too many friends. -Age 16
there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. -Age 41

when things get easy, it's easy to stop growing. -Age 53
people are in such a hurry to get to the "good life" that they rush past it. -Age 72
money is a lousy means of keeping score. -Age 71
you can inherit wealth but never wisdom. -Age 51
it's never too late to heal an injured relationship. -Age 57

you have little chance of finding the husband of your dreams in a bar. -Age 29
every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. -Age 85
to keep looking ahead. There are still so many good books to read, sunsets to see, friends to visit, and old dogs to take walks with. -Age 86
you shouldn't do anything that wouldn't make your mother proud. -Age 51
I still have a lot to learn. -Age 92

Monday, November 15, 2010

Betsy's Card.

I made a REAL CUT OUT instead of a photoshop one. It had been some time since I made a legit card. Here's the birthday card I made for Betsy. She loved it!

THE CLUB.

I went to the club for the first time ever Saturday for Betsy's birthday. At first, I didn't want to, but with an open mind and a little coaxing from my friends, I decided to do it. Stephen Slachta told me: Invest in EXPERIENCES, not things. Why hadn't I been to a club prior to this? Because I don't enjoy dancing in the middle of a hot room with strangers to bad music. Plus, on the real, I can't dance and my family constantly reminds me of this whenever I try anything other than walking. The obvious answer was to get drunk, but I don't drink. So I was gonna have to conquer the club soberly.

We got to Necto and luckily, Matt Benyo (to see a ridiculous photo of us dancing, go to his blog) was a top notch friend. We laughed at these Staten Island guys that were yelling about cabs and then made our way to the dance floor. It wasn't as big of a deal as I thought it would be. I danced with everyone, but Matt and I danced/laughed a lot. I also saved several friends from creeps. One friend, Kim Raley (in photos 1,3,4, & 6), made me laugh a lot. She's a riot and super creative. Hi Kim!

Believe it or not, I had fun I told everyone I'd stay for 5 seconds and leave, but I stayed the entire time. I had a great time with great friends.

Janine washed my dress and destroyed it. Not her fault, but I'm sad because I've only worn that dress twice. RIP nice little ruffle dress. Thanks for keeping it real.

When I woke up, I wondered what's gotten into me. If past me had talked to me now, I'd have punched me in the face. I've just decided it's better to be open minded. Instead of saying I won't, I'm gonna TRY things. This is the start of something new!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

More Advice!

I'm gonna talk about what I did yesterday (Saturday) on Monday so I can post the art that goes with it. Until then, enjoy this advice from Love and Learn and Pass It On: People ages 5 to 95 share what they've discovered about life, love, and other good stuff by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I've learned that...
going the extra mile puts you miles ahead of your competition. -Age 66
you should keep your promises no matter what. -Age 81
love will break your heart, but it's worth it. -Age 26
talking on the phone long w/a girl makes your parents suspect something. -Age 11
everyone can afford to be generous with praise. It's not something available only to the well-to-do. -Age 76

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fine Advice.

From Love and Learn and Pass It On: People ages 5 to 95 share what they've discovered about life, love, and other good stuff by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I've learned that...
you can keep going long after you think you can't. -Age 69
my success stops when I do. -Age 58
if you stay focused on yourself, you are guaranteed to be miserable. -Age 71
any place I haven't visited offers the same potential for adventure and excitement as any other. -Age 45
if you can't forgive and forget, you can at least forgive and move on. -Age 77

Friday, November 12, 2010

Almost Famous.

It seems somehow fitting and ironic that I am posting this Almost Famous drawing. Congratulations on your famous-ness, Matt Benyo ;) Click to enlarge images!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MASH UP!

Matt Benyo did this mash up of Pink/Adam Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me" and it's really NEAT. Check it out by clicking HERE. Perez Hilton said it was amazing; how cool is that? Anyway, Matt did a great job mashing the two songs up so enjoy it!

THIS JUST IN! PEREZ HILTON POSTED IT! OH MY GOD! CHECK IT OUT!

Slow It Down.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Adventure!

If they're too small to read, you can always click on them to make them bigger.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Don't Know.

If they're too small to read, you can always click on them to make them bigger.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Handwritten.

If they're too small to read, you can always click on them to make them bigger.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Motivation.

I went to a play with Matt Benyo over the weekend at his old high school and I met this actor named Cody. He plans on going to NYU next year and this guy has IT. I was so captivated by his performance. I'm telling you, this one has the IT factor that will make him a star. His dream is to be on SNL and I swear, he's gonna do it. He has the passion; I can just feel it. I hope he doesn't lose that passion and motivation as he goes through life. I feel like that's my problem. I was once that wide eyed girl that believed the world was my oyster, but I feel like I've gone astray. Something about meeting/talking to Cody stirred something in me. It's time to get things together. It's the end of the year and I want to start the next one off right. You can't soar with the eagles when you're surrounded by turkeys. That's the first step; surrounding yourself with motivated and passionate individuals, but to also surround yourself with people who support your endeavors. It's not impossible to make it without support, but it sure makes the road a hell of a lot easier when you've got people behind you.

From Love and Learn and Pass It On: People ages 5 to 95 share what they've discovered about life, love, and other good stuff by H. Jackson Brown, Jr:
I've learned that...
it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several. -Age 73
the more material things you have, the less freedom you have. -Age 62
a good reputation is a person's greatest asset. -Age 74
you shouldn't look for romance where you work. -Age 31
everyone is attractive when they smile. -Age 51
you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It could be the last time you see them. -Age 60
attractiveness is a positive, caring attitude and has nothing to do with face lifts or nose jobs. -Age 56
the secret of growing old gracefully is never to lose your enthusiasm for meeting new people and seeing new places. -Age 75

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Weekend!

MY WEEKEND HAS BEEN AMAZING THUS FAR! I hope that everyone else can say the same. I love being in good company and lately that's all I've been. I haven't a single complaint. I thought I'd share some more advice from Love and Learn and Pass It On: People ages 5 to 95 share what they've discovered about life, love, and other good stuff by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. as a weekend post. ENJOY!
I've learned that...
the greater a person's guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. -Age 46
you shouldn't look back except to learn. -Age 70
men who wear bow ties are usually great dancers. -Age 34
life sometimes gives you a second chance. -Age 62
anger manages everything poorly. -Age 53

Friday, November 5, 2010

Co, Sno, & Mo.

CONAN O'BRIEN RETURNS on Monday at 11:00 pm on TBS! His first guests are going to be Seth Rogen, Rachel Berry (from Glee), and Jack White's performing. I've heard Jay Leno won't be invited on the show and can still suck it. While Conan returns Monday, Tuesday (at 8 on Fox) Glee welcomes DARREN CRISS! This is the first time I will actually admit to watching Glee because I adore DC. He went to the University of Michigan and starred as Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical. There's like 14 acts, but it's totally worth watching (and there's A Very Potter Sequel). So, Darren is going to be on GLEE. It's a big deal. This drawing is not an accurate depiction of him though. This looks like John Lennon dressed as Harry Potter. Darren Criss doesn't look like that so watch the show and see him.I've been a sno cone fiend lately. Blue is the only way to go. I had red, but I gave it to Matt Benyo and Nathan Bou. Actually, I have to say thanks to both of them because without their generous donation in the form of a sno cone machine, I wouldn't be as ecstatic as I am. I really do act this giddy when I'm eating sno cones, but I think the blade is getting worn down. When I make them, I have to crank the lever and I do it really hard and I feel like a lumberjack. So, I'm looking forward to when the snow starts falling because I will just go outside, scoop that up, and eat it all day.The weekend is upon us. No signs of snow yet. I heard rumors that it was supposed to snow. Let's see! Also, Matt and I have a bet going about when they're going to start playing Christmas music on the radio. He thinks by Sunday and I say by Wed. I actually think we're hanging out this weekend (right..?) I'm going to assume we are. Therefore, I'm excited..!! xx Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

I've learned that...
regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. -Age 53
you should never go to bed with an argument unsettled. -Age 73
education, experience, and memories are three things no one can take away from you. -Age 67
it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. -Age 51
self-pity is a waste of time. -Age 81
if you look for the worst in life and in people, you'll find it. But if you look for the best, you'll find that instead. -Age 66

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Jetsons!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Jetsons growing up. I always preferred The Jetsons to The Flinstones, but when they did that movie together, it was rad. The best episode was the one with Jet Screamer. He was a rockstar and he held contest for someone to write his next song and then they'd get to go on a date with him. Judy was all about him. I remember her song sucked: "Jet screamer is a dreamer." BUT Elroy was making up a secret language and that's what got mailed instead of Judy's lame song and then Jet Screamer picked Judy's and she won. Then THIS song gets sung!I've learned that...
regardless of color or age, we all need the same amount of love. -Age 37
a person's degree of self-confidence greatly determines his success. -Age 42
success is more often the result of hard work than of talent. -Age 59
if you care, it shows. -Age 30
animals can sometimes warm your heart better than people can. -Age 15

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tattoo #2!

It was around this time last year that I got my first tattoo of the robot (boogie bot) on my arm. I figured I should celebrate the anniversary by adding another. It says KEEP HOPE ALIVE because I never lose hope. What have you got if you don't have hope?I've learned that...
enthusiasm is caught, not taught. -Age 51
in every face-to-face encounter, we leave something behind. -Age 45
the ache of unfulfilled dreams is the worst pain of all. -Age 51
you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life. -Age 27