Monday, September 24, 2012

I can't believe I just wrote this blog and wasted time on you fools

Dear Celebrities,
I am taking a few minutes out of my busy work day to write you a letter.  I am sure you have heard what I am about to say before, but I think it is worth repeating.  And if you forget and mess up, re-read this letter.

For the love of all things holy, please keep your privates covered and your clothes on.  Did you really think, Princess Kate, that you would have no photogs following you on your honeymoon?  Did you REALLY think it was wise to sunbathe without your top on?  Yes, I realize you have the freedom to do these things and it is inappropriate for people to take pictures of you, but COME ON.  Keep your top on.  You are a Princess.  Your actions are viewed by the entire world, and oh, by the way, every young girl wishes she could be you and every 20-something girl wishes she could have your wardrobe.  You are in the public eye.  Again, keep it covered up.
Oh, and since I am talking about the Royals, can you tell your brother-in-law Harry, to keep his clothes on too?  The saying "what happens in vegas stays in vegas" IS A LIE.  While i appreciate the "cupping" of his privates or of his friend's boobs, it would behoove them to realize that their every move is being watched too.  Please, please keep covered!

And Kanye, a sex tape?  Really?  Did your girlfriend Kim Kardashian not teach you anything?  I realize that you are an attention whore and your new single dropped last week, and you could be pulling this "stunt" so you can get more sales.......but if your computer was really hacked and your private tapes were stolen, then that is your own fault.  You are really dumb if you think a sex tape can be safely stored on a computer.  And I will say this to you and to all other celebrities who have tapes (Kim, Paris, Pam, J Lo, Carley Ray Jepsen (!!?!), Dustin Diamond.....ewww)- STOP filming yourself in bed with someone and then keeping the evidence where people can find it/steal it.  What happens in the bedroom, or boat, or pool, or farm....please keep it there and keep it to yourself.

I can't believe I just wrote this blog and wasted time on you fools.



ps- Watch this Jimmy Kimmel video of celebs reading mean tweets.  This is funny!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mother/daughter date

Do you love groupons as much as I do?  
Ok, actually i love groupon, living social, and then all of those fashion websites where you can get great deals (Hautelook, RueLaLa, Totsy, Ideeli).
I am pretty sure the only shopping i do in person is grocery shopping.  
All of my clothes and home goods i get online.....but i do have to admit that since my financial situation has been rocked, my online shopping has been thwarted.  It is utterly depressing.

Anyway, I got a groupon for Wine and Design in West Ashley about two months ago and while it is a fun "date" place, i decided to take Taylor for a little mother/daughter time.

I let Taylor pick whatever class she wanted......and about once a month they have a "paint your pet" class, which we figured would be perfect for us!  And even though i had done the class before when i painted a picture of Ti (with Jana about 2 years fun!), we figured that Taylor could do a pic of Ellie and that i would do a pic of both of the dogs.

Here is Taylor's picture that she chose.....look at what a cute puppy Ellie was!!

And here is my picture......Ellie and Ti in all of their glory.  :)

The class was about 3.5 hours long.   I brought sushi and cheese and crackers to snack on.  And some wine (for me) and some Arizona tea for Tay.  I will have to admit that yes, it was a very "couple-y" class.  6 couples in total, Taylor and i were the only ones not married/dating.  Apparently it is a popular date night activity.  And of course Tay had to point that out...."thanks for taking me to a place for couples only."

Here is Taylor working on her picture....

And me starting mine.....

By the way, it is REALLY hard to paint a black dog bc when you try to make different shades of black, they turn grey.  I think Tay did a great job though with Ellie.

Almost done....

And here is the final product......i am pretty sure you can tell i like to paint the pictures at Wine and Design.
*our new paintings are on the mantle
*above them are (L) my old Paint Your Pet- Tiberius and (R) Crabby Picture
*to the sides are (L) Rainbow Row and (R) Air Force Appreciation

If you haven't been to Wine and Design, I suggest you do.  It is so fun and you bring your own wine/snacks and they have teachers to help you with the different paintings they have.  They even have classes for kids!
Check em out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

post 9/11 - need some warm and fuzzies

So I spent about a hour yesterday watching videos of 9/11.  I wasn't trying to be morbid, i just wanted to remember...and see what other people were posting about their memories of that day.

And Taylor left the room bc she didn't want to hear/see any of the videos.....she said it was too sad.
But then i found a video of Emmitt Thunderpaws- a black Great Dane whose dad is in the military.

1st video-Hugs goodbye before deployment

2nd video- Welcome home!

I mean, soooo cute!  I love how pets are just so excited to see their owners.
And these men (and women) are serving our country, fighting a war against terror that started 11 years ago.  I am so thankful for what they do.

Now- here are some more videos of dogs welcoming their owners home......because i am just in that type of mood.  :)

Ok- i am done.
Happy Wednesday wipe those tears from your eyes.  :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sept 11th- where were you?

I have to join the masses today and be unoriginal (which is a word) and talk about September 11th and what i was doing and what it means to me.

The NYT printed this in part: “On Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center in New York, causing the 110-story twin towers to collapse. Another hijacked airliner hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.”

In clinic today i asked my patients where they were 11 years ago today.  4 people, 4 different responses.  But all of them said, "it doesn't feel like 11 years ago because i can remember it so well."  I guess kinda like JFK being assassinated, the 1st steps on the moon, or the Challenger blowing up.  It is something we will all never forget.

For me, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was a senior in college at Duke.  That morning, I took my daughter (who was 4, almost 5) to pre-school at 7, ate breakfast at Elmo's Diner with my mentor from church, and was home by 8 and got back into bed.  I had been up late the night before and didn't have a class until 11 am (i was auditing a literature class with my best friend Kaitlin), so i thought i would get some sleep.  Well, i think i slept about 20 minutes because soon, my cell phone was ringing with people telling me to turn on the tv.  I went to the living room and turned on the tv in time to watch the 2nd tower be hit.  I kept on watching, in disbelief, at the images being shown and the horror that ensued over the next few hours.  I took a bus into West Campus and while we were headed there, two guys were talking about how the Duke President, Nan Cohan, was suppose to be in the twin towers that morning for a meeting and gleefully hoped she had died (she wasn't well liked because she kicked fraternities off campus).  Nan, by the way, had her meeting cancelled that morning and unbeknownst to most of the Duke community, she had flown back to Duke the night before.
Classes were cancelled for the rest of the day, and there were vigils held on campus.  Everything else was a blur that day.  I know i picked up Taylor from pre-school and then sat in front of the tv for the rest of the night with her, watching what had happened, over and over again.  The irony of watching it with her, was the next day, the parents of her pre-school got a letter going over how to talk with children about difficult situations, like 9/11 and the twin towers.  #1 rule: don't let them watch the violence (the planes crashing into the buildings or the buildings falling).  oops.
I don't regret letting Taylor watch the news.  Although she was 4 at the time, she remembers sitting there with me, watching the events unfold....and she wasn't scared.  It was a part of history that she remembers and will never forget....much like me with the Challenger when it exploded.  I was 7, in 1st grade at Saint Anne's Bellfield School and we were watching the shuttle lauch because of Christa Mccullough, the 1st female civilian (a teacher) was going into space.  One minute it was rocketing up towards the moon and the next it was not. I always joke and say i wanted to be an Astronaut until then, but it is true.  I wanted to go to space camp (like the movie Space Camp with Kate Capshaw and Lea Thompson) and go on space missions, and all of that was ruined with the thought of blowing up.  It might be why i don't like to fly too.....

We now live in a post 9/11 world.  There is more discrimination and more suspicion.  In the U.S., many activities of foreigners or American citizens, which, prior to 9/11, would be viewed as innocent (or as just eccentric), are now viewed with suspicion.   The attacks lead to significant and widespread changes in U.S. politics and foreign policy. Domestically, both parties (BOTH- we actually all got along for once!!) rallied around President Bush after the attacks, passing the PATRIOT Act and supporting the war in Afghanistan. Likewise, Americans have always considered themselves among the most patriotic people in the world, and that love of country spiked when we, the nation was attacked.  Some joined the military, often derailing careers to answer the call of country (Pat Tillman is a famous example as he put his football career on hold to join the Army, and then tragically lost his life in Afghanistan). Others lined up to donate blood.  And the American Flag was flying everywhere.

For me, I had never visited NYC before 2001, and when i finally did in 2002 (and again in 2004), i was told the skyline was "different" but bond between the city and its people was stronger than ever. I just had to believe them.  And while that day that changed our nation didn't change my core, it made me realize that i am so thankful for the men and women that support our country, both past and present, and that their sacrifices make it possible for me to have what I have today- freedom.  I couldn't do what they do (or have done) but i am grateful for them.  This, by the way, is one of the reasons why I love working at the Veteran's Hospital.  I am able to give back to those who have given to us and their country.

It was eleven years ago today, and on 9/11 our lives changed- the mighty towers fell and many lives were lost.  And here we are – eleven years later.
We remember those who are gone and we remember that day.  We remember that freedom comes with a price.

September 11th.  Where were you?