- Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting
- Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2008
- Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs
- Post the BlogDay Post (on August 31st) and
- Add the BlogDay tag and a link to the BlogDay Web Site
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
- Had to be things that are achievable (not too lofty)
- Could not cost too much money to fulfill
- Must primarily include things I've never done before
- Combo of serious and non-serious things
- Make some amends with my mom
- Wear a bikini in public
- Go out on at least two dates
- Make out with at least three guys
- Take at least 2 yoga and Pilates classes each
- Do something totally selfless
- Take a disco dancing class
- Give $100 to charity
- Take cooking lessons
- Make a gourmet meal for my closest friends
- Run a 5k
- Go to at least 12 new restaurants (no duplicates)
- Read 10 books
- Go skinny dipping
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I always look forward to the new issue of US Weekly. Who doesn’t love unnamed sources and somewhat shady reporting sometimes? It’s the perfect balance to my other reputable magazines, such as Vanity Fair.
Anyhow, the latest US Weekly definitely caught my attention and not for the right reason. Jennifer Love Hewitt, who I loved on Party of Five, is on the cover standing like a Stepford Wife declaring that she lost 18 pounds magically in 10 weeks. Now everyone can see how thin and statuesque she is compared to her old body. The cover and story photos gloss over how amazing she looks now, perfectly styled and put together, compared to how she used to dress, which sadly is how I dress on the weekends sometimes. I guess in real life, I’m the fugly version of her too.
She says in the magazine that she did it to feel better about herself and that I believe, somewhat. Who doesn’t want to feel good about how they look? After waking up on the bathroom floor one morning after a long night out, I swore that I would change my lifestyle and since then, I have. I work out, I eat better (or honestly try to) and take care of myself. And weight loss came along with that. But I did it because when I looked in the mirror every morning, I wanted to think I was a hottie rather than be embarrassed at how I look. And if Jennifer honestly did that for the same reason, then good for her.
But there are coincidences in timing here that I can’t help but trip on. The unflattering Hawaii photos in December, her declaration to People magazine to “stop calling me fat!” and her scrutiny back of the media for their focus on self-image, yet now, a few months later she’s back in the news for this brand-new body that seems to exemplify everything she told them media to f*ck off on before.
The magazine doesn’t say what size she’s at now, but I can’t help but feel that it perpetuates the stereotype that women who wear a larger size, such as a size 12 or above are always the “before” picture in these magazines. Kirsten Johnston from Music and Lyrics and 3rd Rock from the Sun was a size 12 at her “heaviest” and because of a medical condition lost 60 pounds. To be fair, this is a different situation but the way she talked about being a size 12/14 is what upsets me. Saying that was her size at her “lowest point” where she ate whatever she wanted and drank beer all the time doesn’t show that a size 12 can still be a healthy size, even if some people have gotten there using unhealthy methods.
I proudly declare that I wear a size 12 and I’m not unhealthy or at my “lowest” point in health. The only way I can get any lower than a size 10 would be if you cracked off part of my hip bones because I got the “hips” in the family. I am petite, curvy and “full-figured” but I am not ashamed of the size I wear, nor do I feel the need to torture and deny myself everything so I can crash diet another 18 pounds off my frame. If I feel like my overall package is healthy and fit, who the hell cares if I wear a size 12 or 6? I could actually be healthier than some of the size 6 women running around.
So when I see women who declare they wore a size 12/14 “before” they lost all this weight, it says to me that because I’m stranded on “size 12 island” that I will never achieve the Hollywood glamour that they have with the help of starving themselves and exercising 14 hours a day. Who has time for that? I want to eat!
Now this is only my opinion and I could be very wrong in my assumptions, but it’s always disappointing to me to see a woman as self-confident and secure as Jennifer cave to what the media says is healthy and beautiful. I’m not embarrassed by how I look so now it’s time to grab a drink and settle back on “size 12 island,” and watch the sun set, and clap.
Monday, August 18, 2008
- I'm making guest appearances again: I'm guest blogging over at I'm a Mom in Real Life today and making a partial guest appearance over at Random Ramblings About My Crazy Life. Seriously, my stomach almost needed to be pumped from the amount of yogurt I consumed for that latter post. Check me out!
- Reunion follow up: My outfit choice that everyone weighed in on got a really good response. People commented multiple times about the color and how cute it looked altogether. And of course I told them that my blosse has great taste :) For the first time in a while, I didn't take pictures and honestly in that setting, it would have been too weird. Sorry :(
- Wedding shower gift: Thanks to everyone who weighed in on this - I'm not always the best gift giver, especially under a time crunch. Fortunately, my stepmom saved me and we went in on a gift together from the registry. The couple is now the recipient of a lovely coffee maker from the registry!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
- Most of the "popular, pretty" women are still popular (with each other) and pretty, bummer
- All of the women who had big careers plans, such as medicine, law or business are now all stay-at-home-moms and the women who just wanted to be married and moms are now in great jobs and are unmarried (me included)
- Just about everyone in my class smokes now, which made me smell like an ashtray by the time I left
- The obnoxious women from high school are still a pain and tried to hold on to their "high school glory," which just makes them look like an ass 10 years later. Last night there was a lot of "wooing" and one woman tried to put the mascot uniform on while her catty friends hovered around with cameras. That was cue to start gathering up my stuff
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
- Look age-appropriate and not trashy
- Show off my "gun show"
- Look put-together but not too matchy-matchy
- Try not to look like I was indecisive about selecting my outfit
Monday, August 11, 2008
Guest blog appearance #1:
Fabulously Broke in the City features an "interview" with me on shopping and fashion (two things I love)
Guest blog appearance #2:
Half Deserted Streets has also posted my contribution to the Testament series.
My entry is fairly personal and covers the painful break up with my ex Peter (who was bad at leading when making out). So be kind when you read it. I've already been told it's sad by a few people who read it before it was posted.
It was purely coincidental that these were both posted on the same day!
Either way, enjoy these guest posts and we will return to our regularly scheduled programing shortly!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
- Mandy - Her blog gives me a break from the city and appreciate the quieter life
- Stephanie - She was one of the first blogs I read and she's an Office/30 Rock fanatic like me
- Kay - Gives me great tips and ideas about decorating my apartment/dream apartment
- Dan Mega - I not only love his name, but also the guy just cracks me up with his short posts. Discuss. Done
- Angela - Met up with me in San Fran and is stepping into video blogging. Plus I love hearing about the crime lab
- RebeccaC - She's an awesome knitter and cook, plus she saves me samples of the food she brings into work
- Jenn & Jamie - I adore both of these wonderful ladies. Jamie was one of the first non-family/friend bloggers to comment on my site (plus she has gorgeous hair) and Jenn is one of the sweetest people I know
- Kayleigh - She is one of the coolest people I know (also sweet). I love her style and she has the best/most frightening El stories I've ever heard
- Katelin - I met her at BlogHer and proceeded to "stalk" her the entire time
- Vanessa - Another BlogHer buddy and she's famous now that she's in the Times!
- Fabulously Broke in the City - She loves fashion like me and provides great tips about personal finance and pictures from fashion shows
- Gretchen - Another office fan and I love her blog header (think Scrabble)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I have over 200 photos from my several days away, but I’ll spare sharing all of them with you and pick some of my favorites. I’ve also compiled a list below of things that I encountered on my vacation, which I thought were notable for everyone. Trust me, there are more differences between northern Wisconsin and Chicago than I could have imagined.
In northern Wisconsin...
-- Bars close at 10:30 p.m.
-- People gather in groups at parks to watch the sun set every night (and clap when it does)
-- Spotted Cow is the unofficial “town drink”
-- Drinks are $4-6 each (even for “tall” Long Island Ice Teas – and no they don’t skimp on the liquor)
-- Gelato or cherry pie is the dessert of choice
-- Everyone you meet says “good morning” or “good afternoon” and it freaks you out for the first day or two
-- No one cares what you look like. I lived for several days in tank tops and jersey skirts, which were still flattering after a full meal and a “Buddha belly”
-- Wild turkeys and/or foxes are not an uncommon scene on a golf course
-- Every sunset looks like a colorful explosion in the sky and you can see real stars!
-- No one judges if you're already drunk when you show up to a restaurant for dinner (guilty!)
Sunset from the beach
As you would expect, the term “fine dining” is pretty subjective in northern Wisconsin, which I love. Why? Because by day two of my vacation, I stopped wearing makeup (the horror!) and wore “dirty clothes” too when we were out. And I didn’t care! That’s huge for me. But the “fine dining” establishment we visited Tuesday night was a bar/bowling alley/restaurant combo. And the best part? You have to walk through the bowling alley to get to the bar to get to the restaurant. Classy. Dad even gave me a quarter to play an arcade game (which playing while drunk on champagne is interesting.) We go to this restaurant every time we’re in northern Wisconsin and I still get the same thing: fried chicken and cottage cheese with Dole peach slices. Yes, it’s juvenile, but that food is finger-lickin’ good and it makes me feel like a kid again.
Finally, while Spotted Cow is the unofficial drink, the other regional drink in northern Wisconsin is the “cherry bomb,” which consists of: vodka, cherry juice and a splash of Sprite.
After several bad experiences, vodka isn’t my cup of tea, but this drink was amazing. I didn’t taste the vodka at all (good/bad thing) and it was sneakishly potent. After about two of them I realized that I WAS TALKING VERY LOUDLY and slid off my seat. Two drinks for $10 and I’m feeling good. Chicago can’t beat those prices.
So in closing, vacation was fun, I got to embrace my "non-makeup" look and dad made it to the championship round of his golf tournament, where he unfortunately lost. Next time, I'm staying up there longer as his "good luck" charm. Whenever he has made it to the championship round, I've never been around to watch and he has always lost. Sign?? Plus I can drive the golf cart more (yay!) and make "ahhhhh" noises as we go over the bumps. That doesn't get old either.
View from the golf cart
Oh and a local cab company told me I'm "abusive" and can't call them anymore for service. Agree to disagree. Welcome back to the city! Rage Girl made quite a mess in that situation.
Anyone else have big weekend plans?
Monday, August 4, 2008
- Waking at an ungodly hour to join your man (in this case my dad) on the course
- Provide moral support
- Drive the golf cart and surrender it upon command
- Cheer when your man does well
- Say nothing when do they badly on a hole
- Pick up golf clubs that have been thrown aside in anger
- Take pictures
- Keep score
- Bring and maintain the cooler for yours and your man's cart - provide them with the requested food when necessary
- Chat with the other daughters, wives and girlfriends before the 10th hole, bragging about how your man is doing