Friday, June 27, 2008

Free Book Download from Oprah

Here's something that my amazing mother e-mailed me about. You can download Suze Orman's new book, Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Own Destiny from Oprah's web site through 5pm today. Here is the link. I've read Suze's The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke, and I swear by her advice for the most part. She's very practical (not telling me to stop going to Starbucks) and gives great advice for taking care of business. I recommend this book for everyone, and I'll probably start buying it as a graduation gift for high schoolers. I wish that I would have read it over the summer between my high school graduation and my first semester at Biola. I could have saved myself a lot of heartbreak. So, the short of all of this is: my mom is great, and you should read Suze Orman's new book with me (for free)!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Ken Lee - Bulgarian Idol

Gotta love translations. People argue about lyrics in English all the time even when they actually speak the language.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Bachelorette: Week 5

Yay! Twilley is finally gone! I don't have anything against Twilley, I just didn't understand why she kept him around. I would have kept Fred and let Twilley go. He's just a little bit off, and I never saw any real connection between DeAnna and him.

Sean. Okay, if you watched the pre-show where DeAnna "Tells All", you know that Sean is obsessed with his body. He has a sauna in his house where he burns off water weight. He also has a tanning bed in his home. I can't remember where I read this, but I feel like it may have been Dear Margo: a man who spends too much time in the gym is compensating for something. No, I'm not talking about that, but I feel that when guys spend too much time in the gym, there is usually something lacking intellectually, socially, or maybe they just have a blah personality. Now, lifted trucks and lame pimped out cars--those are signals that they are compensating for something in a more tangible area. Sean seemed like a really nice guy, he was just a little too intense about everything. He seemed very sweet, but I'm sorry--I don't want to live one street over from my mother-in-law--especially if my husband is a momma's boy. Also, I have a problem with people who live in big houses just to live in big houses. That's what I love about Ed Begley, Jr. But, the right girl might even him out a bit.

I'm going to say it again--DeAnna picks the greatest dates! Quadding in Palm Springs? Amazing! I need to get my brother and sister to go out on my Dad's quads with me next time I go home. I'm not as much fun on quads anymore, though--I'm still a bit skiddish since that time that I almost bit my tongue off after going off that one jump. I'm pretty sure that I had a mild concussion, and I set my alarm to go off every hour throughout the night. My favorite date so far (that I can recall right now) is the one-on-one she took Jeremy on. Dinner at Frank Sinatra's house! That would be so amazing! I loved her dress, I love that he got into crooning Sinatra karaoke style with her, and I loved the dancing out under the stars by the pool. That's one thing that I will be looking for in a man now--someone with enough charisma to put on some Sinatra and dance with me.

I am really looking forward to the hometown dates next week. I really like Jesse, but I just don't see them together. I kind of feel like she's going to end up with either Jeremy or Jason. Graham is a little too iffy for me right now. I'm kind of leaning toward Jeremy right now, but was she fighting with him on the preview for next week?

Monday, June 16, 2008

How to Cure a Case of the Mondays

Go to Pub 'n Sub! Teague recently informed our little group that pizza is also half price on Monday nights. Since we had our little margarita & taco party on Friday night, we decided to have a Pub 'n Sub "make-up" today. I really love Pub 'n Sub. It's always fun to have a regular thing that you do with your core group of friends. Friends had the coffee shop, How I Met Your Mother has McLaren's, we have Pub 'n Sub.

After Pub 'n Sub, Karl and Jen talked us into going to see Kung Fu Panda at the Drive-In in Sparks. That movie was bad. I loved Ratatouille and Meet the Robinsons, but Kung Fu Panda is a good movie for adults to avoid. Maybe kids will like it, but they shouldn't. It's pretty dumb (sorry, Jen). However, the Drive-In is a cool venue, and I would love to go see another movie there!

I had my first Operations Management exam today. We'll see how that went. I should have studied a little more. Oh well, this professor reduces your lowest exam grade to a 50% value instead of a 100% value, which will help out a lot if I do poorly on any of the exams.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I went down to Carson this weekend to hang out with my Dad for Father's Day. We didn't do anything big (sorry, Dad--I'll try to make up for it next year). We got up and went to church. Since it was Father's Day, I agreed to go to the 8am service. : ( I got to hear the "new" youth pastor speak for the first time, which was cool. After church, we stopped at Raley's and bought some cinnamon buns (Dad and Matt's Sunday morning tradition). Later in the afternoon, us girls (mostly Mom, though) grilled some burgers for a yummy late lunch.

It was a nice, relaxing day. I have the greatest father. He has always shown me that he loves me. He has always been there for me when I needed him, even when he was frustrated with me or when I let him down. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful Dad. This picture is from a few years ago when our family took a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

P.S. - As of this weekend, my brother is taller than me.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Bachelorette: Week 4

It's getting harder and harder to see some of these guys go. I was really sad to see DeAnna say goodbye to Fred--I really liked him a lot. I also liked Brian a lot, but I see why she let him go. I don't think that he did anything wrong--I like guys who hang out with the guys and whose lives don't revolve around girls. I take after my Mom in that area--she always says that was one of the reasons that she was initially attracted to my Dad. : )

Poor Fred--she just has more of a connection with Graham and Jason and Jeremy and even Jesse. He sounds like a great guy, though. Chicago, huh...?

Now, let's talk about Robert. Who is this guy? "I took my ex-fiance out on a helicopter, blah, blah, blah." As that would be very romantic, he couldn't really afford it. He had to charge it all to his credit card. It seems so fake for some reason. I liked Fred's most romantic date so much better. I guess most guys don't understand that, while we do want to be swept off of our feet, we don't need really extravagant things. We need to know that we're loved.

Anyway...I am so glad that Robert is finally gone. He was way too into himself. Now, I just can't wait until she gives Twilley the boot. I'm sorry, but I just do not like him. At all.

P.S. - DeAnna comes up with the coolest date ideas. Car racing? Nice...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hey everybody, come see how tan I look!

I'm on a roll--I had another great weekend! My weekend started off on Thursday when Jen and I went to Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour (where we met up with Sabrina and Nicole). Then, I only had to work 5 hours on Friday, and I headed down to Carson right after work to celebrate Mom's birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! We had an amazing barbecue dinner of surf 'n turf, grilled corn on the cob, and green beans followed up by a spice cake that my little sister spent all day making (she even made the applesauce to put in the cake). It was a fun night. I have the greatest Mom in the world.

Saturday morning, I rolled out of bed and headed down to the salon for a a haircut and eyebrow waxing. Getting my eyebrows waxed is one of my favorite things in the world. It makes me feel so much prettier so instantly. It's amazing! After the hair appointment, my amazing mother hemmed a dress for me to wear to Joe and Kathy's reception which took place Saturday night. They had the reception in the new addition to the Peppermill. Kathy looked beautiful, the food was great, and it was a lot of finally meet all of the people that I hear so much about, including her mother.

Sunday morning, I woke up to "The Joker" (my dad was calling me. : ) Unfortunately, I had a little snafu with a deposit, so I couldn't fill up my gas tank to head up to Truckee for my brother's last lacrosse game. I started reading a new book for a little while when I got another phone call inviting me to go up to Sand Harbor to hang out for the day. It was the perfect day at the beach. Jessie took a little break to hang out with us for awhile on the beach. She also helped us break into Jen and Karl's car to steal Jen's purse. : ) Jen thought it was funny (right?). Jen and Karl happened to be up there with a client at the same time, so we met up with them. We borrowed their kayak and paddled around the bay for awhile. We found a trap in which someone had caught some beautiful little rainbow trout (which is illegal, so we released them). We headed home, and I spent the evening watching How I Met Your Mother and cleaning my apartment before my first summer class starts up tomorrow. : ( So far, this is turning out to be a great summer!

Friday, June 6, 2008

That's how we roll...

Jen and I are so gangsta. We went to Kanye's Glow in the Dark tour last night. More to come...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Bachelorette: Week 3

Are we down to 9 guys already? I just want to express how relieved I am that DeAnna sent Ron home last night. Mr. "She Didn't Reject Me, She Just Chose Other Guys". Uh huh... He was way too much drama--he seemed very immature. What's up with all of this confrontation and calling Jeremy out on whatever it is that they're calling him out on. What happened to the good old days when guys just dueled to solve these problems? Now, they're just getting into silly little cat fights.

I was really sad to see Richard go home. I really liked him. Doesn't he look kind of like a handsome cartoon character? He's really sweet, and a really great friend, but if the chemistry isn't there, it just isn't there.

I love how the teasers for this episode made it look like DeAnna was ticked when Jason told her about his son. I thought that was kind of weird--she doesn't seem like someone who would really mind that much. I like Jason, but he seems a bit odd to me. I can't quite put my finger on it, though. Maybe I'm just wondering if he really has a life outside of his son. Does he have hobbies and interests, or does he just work and take care of his kid? Regardless, that was probably the coolest date ever. I would love to be picked up by a helicopter to go up to a really cool observatory to have dinner and star gaze for the entire night.

Jeremy is hot, but he is so not my type. He seems like kind of a sissy boy to me. I really wish that she could get to know Brian better--he interests me. I also really like Fred. Jesse is cool, but I just kind of doubt that DeAnna will choose him in the end. And...I agree with Ellen (whoa!). Graham probably won't be around much longer. I've moved around a lot, too, and still have managed to have two relationships that lasted longer than 5 months.

Does anyone know why all of this season's episodes are two-parters?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Summertime, and the livin' is easy...

I'm really enjoying this summer. It's nice to be able to just go do whatever because I don't have any pressing deadlines. I don't have a ton of homework looming over my head. So, today, I headed up to Sand Harbor to visit Jess. We walked along the nice little boardwalk that they've put in along the beach and read all of the historical signs. We did a little bit of rock climbing, and we checked out the Visitors Center which has a lot of cool little maps and displays talking about the history and all of the environmental issues at Lake Tahoe. Then, we all headed down to South Lake and finally found a place to have dinner: McP's Irish Pub which is right at Stateline. I had a Philly Cheesesteak (I know, but I haven't had one since I was at Biola), and it was SO good! But, Jess and I decided that next time we went out for dinner, we should just split something. I would definitely go back there. I also tried a new beer--the Black Diamond Hefeweizen, which was also very good and from Walnut Creek, surprisingly. After dinner, we drove over to Regan Beach and swung on the swingsets at this cute little park right on the beach. There used to be a little ice cream/burger shop right in the park. It reminded me of Dean's back in Plainwell, but it was all boarded up. I'm not sure whether it's closed for good, or still just hasn't opened for the summer season. After we got cold at the park, we searched South Lake for a candy shop, but the only one that we could find was closed. : ( BTW--if you're ever looking for a candy shop, there isn't on in Montbleu. After the failed candy shop search, we decided to head home. When we were driving back to Sand Harbor to get Jessie's car, we saw a beautiful Tahoe sunset. Jessie said that Tahoe sunsets are probably the most beautiful in the world. I'd have to agree.

What a great weekend!