Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kibble Katch

Hey all you iPhone-ing dog lovers out there!

If you want to use your iPhone to help poor dogs in need, download the new Kibble Katch app. It is a game that helps donate dog food to needy shelter dogs. The app only costs a couple dollars, and while you play, you could help feed dogs all over the country.

The app is part of and is sponsored by Halo Purely for Pets and Ellen Degeneres. Together they will donate up to 1,000 pieces of kibble (4 full meals) for every app downloaded. As you play, you collect kibble pieces and donate full meals yourself.

Watch this video for more info:

You can get the app via iTunes or at

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas at CHUMP Studios

Watch as I punk Joe T on the Christmas edition radio show...

Holiday Inspiration

I didn't have the time or money to do a lot of the decorating I wanted to this year for the Christmas holidays. Since it was the first year in my house, it was a chance for me to put out everything I already have and figure out what else I can use. Plus my parents brought me a bunch of stuff from their house, including our old large artificial tree. It was much fuller and taller than my old tree, so that left lots of room for new ornaments (which they also gifted to me!)

Here are some things that I hope to do next year... a little inspiration if you will:

Love this New Years centerpiece idea- it's even in my theme colors of silver and gold! (from Martha Stewart)

I really want to do some kind of elegant ornament centerpiece- either on a cake stand, in tall vases, or in a bell jar like this. I love the simplicity of it- just gorgeous! (from Home Goods blog- love that store!)

And I REALLY want to hang a branch from my ceiling and have it dripping with ornaments and crystals, like this one (from a store called Indulge)

So many ideas, just not enough time!! Maybe if I start now, I can have some of it ready for next year! We shall see...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Texas Blizzard

For the first time in 83 years, Dallas/Fort Worth had a White Christmas!

This was before most of the snow fell, but the only picture I got before we went to Christmas Eve dinner

We had a significant snowfall on Christmas Eve and while it only lasted until Christmas Day, it was nice to have some snow for the hoildays.

Rory's first snow!

The dogs enjoyed it too!

Camp Rock Party

As you've noticed, the blog hasn't been updated in quite some time. It's been a busy holiday season, let's just leave it at that.

I wanted to share a few pictures from my latest theme party... It was a "Camp Rock" party, heavy on the "camp." Since we were a year late with this trend, most of the themed Disney party stuff had been discontinued (which was fine by me! no need to come up with an excuse why we can't buy every Camp Rock labeled item in the store!). Instead, we came up with our own ideas and incorporated both Rock Star and Camp elements into the party.

It was a sleepover with 6 girls, ages 4-7. Since they were too young to sleep outside, we decided on making it a Camp Out-In party, so naturally that means setting up a tent inside:

Complete with balloon trees and a fish tank pond:

And of course, we couldn't forget the "Rock" part of the party! So we created a stage around the TV for karaoke and Camp Rock movie viewing.

With activities like t-shirt decorating, s'more melting, and backyard scavenger hunt, we certainly kept the kids busy. All items found in the scavenger hunt doubled as their favors (including mini flashlights, compass, rockstar glasses, etc). I'd say the party was a hit with the girls, and we had tons of fun too!

Stay tuned for pictures from my upcoming New Years Eve party too! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


"Why no updates on the blog?" you might be asking.

Well, to tell you the truth, I have been blogging. A lot. Just not on my own! I have been reading everyone else's blogs instead. You wouldn't believe the number of amazing blogs out there!!

For that reason, I have become OBSESSED with Google Reader and my ever growing list of blog subscriptions. The way I can see on one page all the new posts from all the blogs of my choice. The simple format that allows me to scroll through the posts and easily click on the title for more info or comments. The tempting way Google "recommends" blogs of similar content and increases my list ("Add another subscription? Don't mind if I do!").

Checking Google Reader has definitely become a highlight to my day. I am coming up on 30 subscriptions currently, with more being added every day (told you- obsessed). Some are work related (motorcycle news and magazines), some are friends and family (Bananas and BSU) and others are personal interests (Designer and 100 Layers). I love love love them all.

Perhaps on days like today, when I don't have the time to come up with my own content, I will just share some of theirs. OR, check the box to the left (Other People's Stuff I think is Cool) and see it all for yourself!

Read on.

Monday, November 16, 2009

back at it again

...and another radio show appearance.

Be warned: this show is about nothing. Literally nothing of importance is covered during the entire hour long episode. And yet, parts of it still make me laugh. Those two are definitely a couple of goofballs! (can you believe one of them is my boss?? crazy.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Radio Days

Another guest appearance on the Texas Hardtails Scooter Show with Rick Fairless.

So much important business to take care of... Beerfest, Galveston, Pam Anderson's butt shot...

Happy 40th

I'm sure that everyone has seen the Google tributes this week to Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary by now, but this one just makes me smile.

I can't believe the show has been on for 40 years. That's pretty darn amazing. Congratulations Big Bird and the gang. You haven't aged a bit.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Joy of Fall

Now that I own my own house, there are many perks (and drawbacks) that I face day-to-day.
First it was trying to grow grass. When I moved in my yard was approximately 64% weeds. I have slowly decreased that percentage in the past few months.

Now, it's leaves. We're bagging about 15 bags of leaves every 2 weeks (and by "we" of course I mean my boyfriend, Shawn. I don't do bagging- I just rake). Is it annoying? Yes. But I still love it. If only the leaves in Texas were pretty colors instead of all brown- the color of foilage death.

If you've seen the movie Wild Hogs, then you'll recognize our favorite quote: "I can't DO this many leaves for $10!!" Or here is another saying I will soon embrace: "Rake it till you make it"


Life is made up of moments:

Thanks to six degrees of Twitter for the discovery of this little video (more like 3 degrees)...
Rick Fairless >> Demi Moore >> Ashton Kutcher

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Arlington, Be Warned

Arlington, TX is about to be hit with a major influx of residents, only they won't be buying houses or renting apartments. No, no. They're coming for one thing only: a booty call.

Cowboys Stadium is preparing to host two major sporting events in the coming years: the NBA Playoffs and the Super Bowl. With those two events, Dallas police are expecting 50-100,000 prostitutes to come to the city to take advantage of the fans. Literally.

Really?? 50-100,000 hookers are coming to Arlington?? As one commenter mentioned, that's nearly one "circuit girl" for every man, woman, and child attending the game! I sure hope not!

Please read this article to enjoy the priceless quotes, comments, and exaggerated estimates from Dallas Morning News:

I'll leave you with this:
"The sun rises in the East," he said, "and hookers come into town during the Super Bowl."

Wishing and Hoping

Now that it's November, I consider it to be officially "Holiday Season." Of course, the season consists of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years- all of my favorites!

To get in the holiday spirit, I have decided to revert back to my childhood days and start a Wish List. Like any wish list, I don't expect to get everything (or ANYthing) on it for Christmas, but it's fun to put it together and think of all the cool things out there you could ever possibly want.

I have chosen to use Amazon to create my list this year. Good thing about it is that I can add to it all year round and if there is ever an opportunity to treat myself to something new, I can just go to my list and see what I've been wanting. As a bonus, Amazon is doing a promotion right now with their Wish List feature: Every week, when you add to, share, or create a Wish List, you are entered to win a prize. This week is the Ultimate Backyard Theater package (sign me up!!).

So this is what I added this week: A Notre Dame Snuggie!! Yes, I already have a Snuggie (and LOVE IT) but a Notre Dame Snuggie is just that much cooler.
Now it's your turn. Hop over to and start wishing!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cheers to Beers!

Make plans to attend this cool event at Strokers Dallas on November 7th:

...cause there ain't no party like a Beerfest party.

I'm in a Box

This is a parody video in response to two things I find humorous:
#1) The song "I'm on a Boat"
#2) The Balloon Boy Hoax

Please enjoy:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lend a helping paw

You want an example of the unconditional love of a dog?

Watch this video.
A dog gets caught on a highway and gets hit not once, but twice by passing cars. Another dog spots him and manages to get over to him to help... you'll see the rest:

The other version of the video I saw said that the workers at the end of the clip helped get both dogs off the road, and that both dogs survived. Now THAT is unconditional love, and the reason dogs are often thought to be better than people.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

P.S.- I love this

Thanks to my Daily Candy email, I have been introduced to yet another creative, inspiring website: P.S.- I made this.

Visit the site to learn how to repurpose old things, or recreate new trends with old stuff. It's brilliant. And while I may not personally wear the items created on the site, I love the creativity behind it and the way it makes me want to go start hot gluing things immediately.

Party in your stomach

Lessons to learn...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Heart Attack Awesomeness

I am all for the greatness of fried food. I love that greasy goodness that always makes the best taste even better. But this one... I'm not sure if I can handle this one...

The Craz-E Burger is a cheeseburger topped with bacon that has a Krispy Kreme donut for a bun. Um... Yum...?? Eh, not so sure. But it's making the rounds at State Fairs across the country and is apparently a huge hit (to your arteries!).
I'm actually surprised that it's ONLY 1,500 calories. Maybe you should order a double.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who wants $8,000???

If you are thinking of buying a house, NOW IS THE TIME!! First time home buyers qualify for an $8,000 tax credit, but only if you act before the offer expires! Offer ends November 30th, but you should be under contract by October 15 in order to close in time.

If you are looking in the Haltom City area, or know anyone that is, please consider this house:

I have been helping remodel it, and we have done a TON of work to make it move-in ready and a great first home for someone. It is 3 bedroom, 2 full bath and has a huge fenced-in backyard.

Improvements/features include:
-Complete Foundation Repair with fully transferable lifetime warranty
-New roof (to be installed)
-New laminate wood floors throughout the main living area and kitchen
-Newly remodeled master bathroom with new shower and new floor
-Fresh paint throughout the house
-Ceramic tile entryway
-Marble countertops in both bathrooms
-2 car garage with built-in shelving for storage

This house is for sale for only $96,000! You can't beat a deal like that with this many improvements. Most houses in that range will require lots of fixing, but we've already done it for you!! Email me at if you want more info or if you know of someone who might. We are really trying to sell and would love for someone to take advantage of the tax credit before it expires!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

...and another one...

...Because 4 videos in one day is clearly not enough!

This is a clip from the show Glee. I have never seen this show, but after seeing this, I might start watching it now (although I can't make any promises).

As much as I can't stand the Beyonce song "Single Ladies" I love that the choreography from the music video has become such an instantly recognizable dance. I never get tired of seeing people re-enact the video, and it is especially entertaining when it is totally unexpected (Justin Timberlake, football players, etc).

This on-field dance is ALMOST better than the bit from Remember the Titans. Note I said almost.

Snotty but Beautiful

Ok, ok. I know I've been a little heavy on the video posts lataely, but they are just so good!

The following videos are part of an ad series for Trigon BlueCross BlueShield and they are ADORABLE. You almost always win me over with a cute kid (thank you Welch's Grape Juice and Kix cereal). The little boy in the first two is definitely my favorite, but the east coast girl could definitely be related to some of my great aunts, so I like her too.

There are four, but they're each 30 seconds so calm down. Watch them all and enjoy:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'm Alive & Well

I love both of these artists and the song is oh-so-perfect for me right now. Please enjoy the video and the lyrics below.

Im Alive (Dave Matthews & Kenny Chesney)

It's so damn easy to say that life's so hard
Everybody's got their share of battle scars
As for me, I'd like to thank my lucky stars
That I'm alive and well

And it'd be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
You were on, on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I'm alive

And today you know that's good enough for me
Breathing in and out's a blessing, can't you see?
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
And I'm alive and well, God, I'm alive and well

Stars are dancing on the water here tonight
It's good for the soul when there's not a soul in sight
This boat has caught it's wind and brought me back to life
Now I'm alive and well

And today you know that's good enough for me
Breathing in and out's a blessing, can't you see?
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
And I'm alive and well, God, I'm alive and well

Thursday, September 10, 2009

As seen on TV

WTF? I can't believe this is for real:

Maintain what dignity?? That is unbelievable!

I love to get it in the can.

New Bud Light Lime commercial:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Birds of Paradise

There are 2 stories about my favorite animal making headlines today.

(What is my favorite animal, you ask? Why the Pink Flamingo of course! Is there any other animal that can automatically signify fun, summer, happy hour cocktails, beauty, the beach, and awesomeness just by standing on one leg? I beg you to find one...)

First of all, Madison, Wisconsin has deemed the Plastic Pink Flamingo as their city's official bird. I love it. I will come visit your city for that reason alone. The vote passed with 15-4 in favor of the bird. To those 4 that said No, I say "If you don't like it, you can move."

Second story of the day is a flamingo chick birth at Woodland Park Zoo last week. The birth of the Chilean Flamingo chick is the first birth of it's kind in the history of the zoo.
This little fluffball is so cute:

There are three more eggs being incubated now, which should hatch in the next few days.

Little known fact: Flamingos are actually born white (obvious by the picture). They turn pink due to carotene in the shrimp they eat. Also, the brighter the flamingo, the more desirable they are as a mate. Maybe that's where the term "Hot Pink" originated?? :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Pseudo-Rainy Day

If the sound of rain soothes you, go ahead and listen to this choir all day long.

It may not be the real thing, but who cares? You can get the soothing sounds without the soggy shoes! Score!

Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

You know what is worse than sticking a red sock in a load of white laundry?

Sticking a dog towel in a load of your clothes.

You know why?

Because everything may not be pink when it comes out, but it sure does stink like dog. And no amount of body spray will cover that smell. In fact, the scents will just blend together to make you smell like a dog that rolled in fruit salad or something.

Believe me, it's not a good thing. Your co-workers will agree.
So lesson learned: all dog towles go in their OWN load of wash. DO NOT MIX.
(Perhaps there needs to be a written warning label somewhere on dogs...)

Friday, August 28, 2009 really is contagious!

In case babies don't make you laugh, maybe the misfortune of others will do the trick...

People falling always make me laugh. Apparently it works for these guys too:

Happy Friday! Laugh a little on me!

case of the giggles

A baby laughing will make everyone smile.

If you don't crack even a little grin after watching this, you need to go home, go to bed, and sleep until tomorrow. You clearly aren't having a good day.

If only we were all that easily amused...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Do you know Tom Mabe?

I've heard this prank call before, but it was recently emailed to me by my grandma. Too funny not to share with everyone...


Monday, August 10, 2009

Long Lost Radio

I made a special appearance at the "Texas Hardtails Scooter Show" C.H.U.M.P studio a few weeks ago and the episode is finally online at

BEWARE: it's long. We're talking more than an hour. Feel free to fast forward.

Vote for Rory Belle!!
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fifty Nifty!!

I have recently become addicted to a Hangman phone app game, and one of the categories is States.

Well, if you're like me, and learned the song "Fifty Nifty United States" when you were in 5th grade, then you know ALL of the states and will win every game.

But in case you're not like me (or just really want to re-live the song like me), please watch the following educational video. Feel free to sing along.

Ol' Blue

I learned an interesting fact about Texas today: our official State Dog is the Blue Lacy.

Never heard of it? Neither had I.
But it turns out that this very pretty dog was bred as a combination of Greyhound, Scenthound, and Coyote to help cowboys wrangle and work their herds of cattle on the wide open Texas range.

They are described as intelligent, energetic, fast, eager to work, and easy to train and handle. They can "do the work of five cowboys" and are also used for hunting. It is the only dog breed to have originated in Texas, so therefore it is the official State Dog. Not all States have a dog, you know. So good work, Texas. Way to stand above the rest (yet again).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Do you believe in Love?

I absolutely will see this movie:


Click the picture to watch the trailer. Micheal Cera, you had me at Superbad.

Here is where it begins.

(On print:) "We're here to end it, I said & she said, No, we're here to begin it & then she turned & opened her arms & everywhere I could see, there were people, like bright birds, calling with a thousand voices & suddenly I understood. Here is where it begins. With all of us, together giving our daughters a world worth loving for a lifetime to come."

Please visit and purchase this print called "Lifetime." All profits from the sale of the print go to fund breast cancer research. It's a quirky little picture, but I just bought two. I happen to know two very lovely ladies that will enjoy not only the gift, but also the fact that we helped raise money for the Cure.

Not a morning person

Now, I am definitely NOT what you would call a morning person. I don't like to talk a lot in the morning. I don't like to hear loud noises or see bright lights. In fact, I would manage quite well if I didn't have any human interaction until after 11:00 AM at the earliest.

However, I have learned that I am not the worst there is when it comes to cheery morning attitudes. This morning I encountered a man who clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

As Shawn and I rode his motorcycle into work this morning, a guy in a silver car (I'm not good enough or alert enough to remember what kind) decided we must have been going too slow and that it was necessary to ride our ass a good majority of the way. Once he finally decided to pass us, he sped around the bike, cut us off, and proceeded to spray his windshield washing fluids all over us. Real classy, man.

Of course this didn't go over well with Shawn, so he did the only thing a road-rage rider would do. He sped up and got back in front of the car. But of course, this leads to yet another speed-around-windshield-fluid-spray-down. I mean, really? Come on now- what's the point?

While I probably would not have provoked the guy after the first spray down, I definitely don't think it was necessary to spray us again. Clearly this guy needs some coffee, or some red bull, or some cheer-the-f-up drink so that he can get through the rest of his day without ruining someone elses. Good luck to you, Mr. Morning Road Rage.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Movie Madness

I definitely went a little redbox crazy the past few days. I was just going to watch one movie on Sunday night and that turned into way too rentals! Those rentals included:


He's Just Not That Into You

The Haunting in Connecticut

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Obviously I have spanned the genres- chick flick, comedy, suspense, and horror. Some were better than others, and here I will offer you my one line opinion on each:

Knowing: decently suspenseful but with a horrible ending that makes the whole thing pointless

He's Just Not That Into You: star-studded cast and an nicely intertwined storyline (follows the book pretty well) makes this a cute chick-flick

The Haunting in Connecticut: Weird as hell and I can't believe it's based on a true story!

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Very cute and I love Isla Fisher!

So that's pretty basic, but it's just my one-lined opinion. Decide for yourself if you want to rent them or not. Or email me and I'll send you a promo code for a free nights rental and then if you don't like it, you don't have to pay for it! (Thank goodness I used that code for Knowing!)

I'll drink to that

Check out a summarized tour of Rahr Brewery in Fort Worth. Josh from our local 102.9 FM goes to work to make some of the best beer in Texas.

You can go to Rahr every Saturday for their tour and tasting. For $5 you get 3 beers, a logo'd pint glass, and a tour of their brewery. Sweet deal I would say.

Also, on November 7 you can taste Rahr brews at our first "Taste of Texas" event at Strokers Dallas (Name of the event TBD). We will be featuring several local breweries and their hand crafted beers. I can't wait!

A Big Loss

If there is one bad thing about working in the motorcycle industry, it is that your chances of knowing someone involved in a fatal accident rises considerably.

Yesterday afternoon we lost another member of the industry: Bruce Rossmeyer. He was the owner of several Harley Davidson dealerships and the founder of Destination Daytona- the largest Harley dealership in the world. Destination Daytona also includes an ampitheater, related retail shops, and has become a rally destination. Bruce was killed in an accident while on his way to Sturgis, South Dakota for Sturgis Bike Week. While I did not know Bruce personally, I have seen him at many events and was well aware of the influence he had on the industry as a whole.

It's always a sad day when you lose an icon, but at least Bruce left behind a legacy of motorcycling that will not soon be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm on a boat

Hilarious music video featuring Andy Samberg and T Pain.

WARNING: Probably shouldn't watch at work or around small children. The language is not what you would consider "PG." Or at least turn your speakers down a little if you do.

...I wish I was on a boat...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yum with a capital UM

If you know me, you know I love me some Mexican food. Heck, if you DON'T know me, you probably at least know that one thing about me.

So... allow me to share my thoughts on my most recent Mexican restaurant experience:

Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Arlington. Yes, I realize that there are other locations, but let's just start with Arlington.

So freakin' great. Food is cheap. Tacos are good. Colors and decor are bright. And best of all, they serve beer and mixed drinks for way cheap in huge glasses! The fact that I could get a 32 oz big draft beer and dinner for less than $8? Sounds great to me!

Plus, as a special added touch, they put feta cheese on their tacos. Weird? Maybe. Delicious? Absolutely. Just go try it and you'll see. Fuzzy's in Arlington.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Let the beat drop

Another version of one of my current faves... just for something a little different on this Fine Friday.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

R.I.P. little one

I don't know what's going on, but we seem to be losing celebrity icons left and right.

Micheal Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Billy Mays, Walter Cronkite, and now... Gidget.

My brother informed me of the sad news. Gidget, the "Yo Quiro Taco Bell" dog has passed away at the age of 15. That's a long life for a little pup. And I don't know if you're aware, but this little dog did much more than crave The Bell. She was also a star in the movie "Legally Blonde" as well.

Gidget: You will be missed. Coincidentally, I already ate Taco Bell in your honor yesterday for lunch. Those cruchwrap supremes are to die for! (oops... bad choice of words...)

I've been roaming around...

This is not the official music video, but this is a great song.
I'm loving it... enjoy!

Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"

All the World's A Twit

Twitter is taking over the world. However, I refuse to open my own account for several reasons:

#1) My life is not interesting. No one cares if I just watered my lawn or walked the dogs.

#2) I don't need yet another thing to keep up with and update. I can't keep up as it is.

#3) I have been known to get addicted to websites. I can't handle another vice.

#4) I already manage our Strokers Dallas page, so why would I need my own? I can follow people on there and use it as a window into the world of twitter.

...which brings me to the point of this post. Strokers Dallas is now on Twitter. Follow us so you can be the first to know about upcoming events, promotions, and sales. We may even post some exclusive discounts for fellow Tweetsters- so get ready!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

You have a friend request

(from the Dallas Morning News)

I.... do?

I don't know if I would be happy or terrified if this happened to me.

Probably a little bit of both.

...Good thing she said yes!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

POP goes the artwork

Check this out:You can now have your favorite memories turned into classic versions of pop art! By visiting, you can create a fun and creative "Andy Warhol-ish" display with your own simple photo.

You can choose from framed or canvas, single or multiple panel, and a variety of sizes and colors. It's not the cheapest thing in the world, but it sounds like a great gift idea to me! (I know I'd love one... hint, hint)

Creative Genius

People in advertising constantly amaze me. Ok, not constantly. Probably just occasionally. In fact most of the time, I'm pretty annoyed by them.

But whoever came up with some of these ads, now THEY have amazed me.
Very clever.

And my favorite:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happiness and Goats

"I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we're supposed to make. We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else's idea of our happiness- what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. Nobody says, 'Just be happy- go be a cobbler or go live with goats." -Sandra Bullock

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Free Kibble

I'm all about helping the animals, especially dogs. My dream would be to live the real life version of that scene in 101 Dalmations (the live version) where they live in a mansion and have 100s of dogs. Unfortunately, due to reality, combined with time and money constraints, it's not always that easy.

This is the easiest way to help all those shelter dogs out there that still haven't found a home:

Free Kibble is a website that donates free dog food to shelters across the country, and all you have to do is answer a trivia question. You don't even have to get it right!! Just choose an answer and WHAMO! some deserving dog gets 10 pieces of free kibble. Do it everyday and imagine how much food you can throw their way!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Zack Morris, my first love.

From this point on, I will DVR every episode of Jimmy Fallon just so that I never miss a moment like this again.

And I can only hope that Jimmy gets this thing done. Except for Screech. I really don't like who he has become.

Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm sad to say, I've lived this list.

Courtesy of Modern Drunkard Magazine, I present to you

The 86 Rules of Boozing:

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.
2. Always toast before doing a shot.
3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.
4. Change your toast at least once a month.
5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.
6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.
7. Never borrow more than one cigarette from the same person in one night.
8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.
9. Get the bartender's attention with eye contact and a smile.
10. Do not make eye contact with the bartender if you do not want a drink.
11. Unacceptable things to say after doing a shot: Great, now I’m going to get drunk. I hate shots. It’s coming back up.
12. Never, ever tell a bartender he made your drink too strong.
13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He'll get the message.
14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.
15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.
16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.
17. If someone offers to buy you a drink, do not upgrade your liquor preference.
18. Always have a corkscrew in your house.
19. If you don't have a corkscrew, push the cork down into the bottle with a pen.
20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.
21. Our parents were better drinkers than we are.
22. Never talk to someone in the restroom unless you're doing the same thing—urinating, waiting in line or washing your hands.
23. Girls hang out, apply make-up, and have long talks in the bathroom. Men do not.
24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.
25. It is only permissible to shout 'woo-hoo!' if you are doing a shot with four or more people.
26. If there is a d.j., you can request a song only once per night. If he doesn't play it within half an hour, do not approach him again. If he does play it, do not approach him again.
27. Learn how to make a rose out of a bar napkin. You'll be surprised how well it works.
28. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.
29. If you owe someone twenty dollars or less, you may pay them back in beer.
30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.
31. If you have been roommates with someone more than six months, you may drink all their beer, even if it's hidden, as long as you leave them one.
32. You can have a shot of their hard liquor only if the cap has been cracked and the bottle goes for less than $25.
33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.
34. If you bring Old Milwaukee to a party, you must drink at least two cans before you start drinking the imported beer in the fridge.
35. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.
36. If you ever feel depressed, get out a bartender’s guide and browse through all the drinks you’ve never tried.
37. Try one new drink each week.
38. If you are the bar's sole customer, you are obliged to make small talk with the bartender until he stops acknowledging you. Then you're off the hook. The same goes for him.
39. Never tip with coins that have touched you. If your change is $1.50, you can tellthe barmaid to keep the change, but once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back. To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.
40. If you have ever told a bartender, “Hey, it all spends the same,” then you are a cheap ass.
41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.
42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.
43. A bar is a college, not a nursery. If you spill a beer, clean it up. If you break a glass, wait for a staff member to clean it up, then blame it on someone else.
44. Being drunk is feeling sophisticated without being able to say it.
45. It's okay to drink alone.
46. After three drinks, you will forget a woman's name two seconds after she tells you. The rest of the night you will call her “baby” or “darling”.
47. Nothing screams 'nancy boy' louder than swirling an oversized brandy snifter.
48. Men don't drink from straws. Unless you're doing a Mind or Face Eraser.
49. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don't plan to finish it, don't accept it.
50. Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.
51. Never play more than three songs by the same artist in a row.
52. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.
53. Never yell out jukebox selections to someone you don't know.
54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.
55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.
56. Screaming, “Someone buy me a drink!” has never worked.
57. For every drink, there is a five percent better chance you will get in a fight. There is also a three percent better chance you will lose the fight.
58. Fighting an extremely drunk person when you are sober is hilarious.
59. If you are broke and a friend is “sporting you”, you must laugh at all his jokes and play wingman when he makes his move.
60. If you are broke and a friend is “making sport of you”, you may steal any drink he leaves unattended.
61. Never rest your head on a table or bar top. It is the equivalent of voluntarily putting your head on a chopping block.
62. If you are trading rounds with a friend and he asks if you're ready for another, always say yes. Once you fall out of sync you will end up buying more drinks than him.
63. If you're going to hit on a member of the bar staff, make sure you tip well before and after, regardless of her response.
64. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.
65. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.
66. Asking a bartender what beers are on tap when the handles are right in front of you is the equivalent of saying, “I'm an idiot.”
67. Never ask a bartender “what's good tonight?” They do not fly in the scotch fresh from the coast every morning.
68. If there is a line for drinks, get your goddamn drink and step the hell away from the bar.
69. If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beer is yours.
70. The patrons at your local bar are your extended family, your fathers and mothers, your brothers and sisters. Except you get to sleep with these sisters. And if you're really drunk, the mothers.
71. It's acceptable, traditional in fact, to disappear during a night of hard drinking. You will appear mysterious and your friends will understand. If they even notice.
72. Never argue your tab at the end of the night. Remember, you're hammered and they’re sober. It's akin to a precocious five-year-old arguing the super-string theory with a physicist. 99.9% of the time you're wrong and either way you're going to come off as a jackass.
73. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.
74. If you hesitate more than three seconds after the bartender looks at you, you do not deserve a drink.
75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.
76. The greatest thing a drunkard can do is buy a round of drinks for a packed bar.
77. Never preface a conversation with a bartender with “I know this is going to be a hassle, but . . .”
78. When you’re in a bar and drunk, your boss is just another guy begging for a fat lip. Unless he’s buying.
79. If you are 86’d, do not return for at least three months. To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.
80. Anyone with three or more drinks in his hands has the right of way.
81. If you’re going to drink on the job, drink vodka. It’s the no-tell liquor.
82. There’s nothing wrong with drinking before noon. Especially if you’re supposed to be at work.
83. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.
84. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there’s something in it.
85. On the intimacy scale, sharing a quiet drink is between a handshake and a kiss.
86. You will forget every one of these rules by your fifth drink.

More drunken amazingness found here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

More Jesse James

So maybe I'm on a Jesse James kick. Can you blame me? Look at the guy! Better yet, talk to the guy and then you'll REALLY understand.

Rick and Joe T did just that the other day. They interviewed Jesse on their radio show (which if you haven't noticed, I am no longer a part of) and he talked about his appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, his upcoming show Jesse James is a Dead Man, and his life in general. He's a pretty cool guy and it was a great interview. Check it out in the video here. If you want to bypass the Rick and Joe T B.S. (although it can be quite amusing) you can fast-forward to the 40-minute mark and catch the entire deal. It's a good one.

I need help.

It seems that no matter what time of day it is, no matter how much sleep I have gotten in the past few days, no matter what is on the radio, I absolutely canNOT drive on the highway by myself without falling asleep at the wheel.

It's been like this forever. I used to nod off while driving home from school on the ever-so-exciting I-69 in Indiana. Now I fall asleep on the way to/from work, lunch, errands, shopping, etc. on I-30 or 183 or anyother major highway here in Texas. And it's not so much that I'm actually falling completely asleep. It's more or less that I can't keep my eyes open or focused. I almost go into a dizzy haze. Of course it only happens when I'm alone, so no one ever witnesses the danger.
I really think I need to have my license revoked. Or at least have some icon added on there that indicates "sleeper at wheel."

So I need help. I need ideas on how to stay awake. Put the windows down? tried it. Turn up the radio and sing along outloud? nope. Blast the air conditioner on your face? Not so much. Drink coffee so hot that it burns your tongue? Did that, burnt tongue, still couldn't keep eyes open. The only thing that's worked so far is eating peanut M&Ms throughout the entire duration of my trip. If this is my only hope, I think I'm going to be screwed. Fat and screwed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Belle of the Ball

Meet my new puppy, Aurora "Rory" Belle:

This is Rory at 10 weeks. She already weighs 20 pounds and will be huge by adulthood. She is a Bernese Mountain Dog, which apparently is rare in Texas. She currently loves to lay in the grass, bite your feet, and chew on everything. Let's hope she comes up with some new hobbies soon.

Oh, and don't look at her too long. She will mesmorize you with her eyes and steal all your treats. She's good like that.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Definition on Wikipedia: Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza SeguĂ­n. The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had known no defeat for almost 50 years. However, Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily.

While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. However, a common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, which actually is September 16, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Definition in Texas: An excuse for everyone to drink a lot of Margaritas and Corona and eat tons of chips and queso all day. See also, "getting drunk at lunch" and "take an afternoon nap outside."

I'll Stand by You

Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu

I'm not convinced that this "epidemic" is as major as the media makes it out to be. But who knows? I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.

So Fort Worth will shut down all their schools keep 80,000 kids at home for a full week and I will wash my hands a lot. Sounds fair enough.

I also won't do this:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mr. Cisco

Please add Jesse James to my Top 5.

Sandra is a lucky, lucky girl.

He just cracks me up! Such a good sport.

Slap your troubles away

I want one now.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sprinkle of Heaven

I have an incredible sweet tooth. If eating only chocolate, ice cream, and cake were an acceptable way to live my life, I would do it. I may not be able to walk on my own, or fit into anything other than a giant mumu dress, but I would do it. If Willy Wonka wanted to sell his factory, I'd place a bid.

But instead of constantly engorging myself in life's best treasures, I instead opt for little indulgences. Enter Sprinkles Cupcakes. These things are perfection. Perhaps a little too sweet at times, but hey, so am I. It happens.

Those of us in Dallas are lucky enough to be one of 5 cities to enjoy these little treasures, but the rest of you out there can always order online. And please do. You won't regret it.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Would you do this for your friends?
I would.

Hello, Goodbye

Wow... April has been BUSY!!! Here is a rundown of my month so far:

Parents in town: March 27-April 4
Easter weekend happenings with friends and family: April 11-12
Boyfriend's birthday: April 13
CNN Live broadcast at Strokers: April 15
Strokers Dallas Garage Sale (with Wet T-Shirt Contest): April 18-19
Got a NEW PUPPY for my birthday (see April 27): April 24
My own garage sale: April 25-26
My birthday: April 27
Preparing for house warming party: April 29-30

... and now here we are and the month is almost over! That is my excuse for totally neglecting this blog. There have been many updates to the house (new sod! new bedroom decor!) and the family (new Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy!!) that have kept me extremely busy. But I will stop with the excuses and start with the sharing. Speaking of sharing, please check out the "cool stuff from other people" section on the left for other cool blogs and their more frequent posts!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You're Fired

I used to love The Apprentice. You know, back in the day when "The Donald" was just Donald and the contestants were real people playing for a real job. But then it turned "celebrity" and I lost all interest. It just wasn't the same.

But this season, the show has redeemed itself in the form of Jesse James. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to catch episode summaries and now I'm hooked on it. I'm lovin that Jesse is a take-no-hell, work hard and you'll survive kinda guy.

Check it out for yourself:

Sundays on NBC, 8pm CST

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Made from the best stuff on Earth

Queen Victoria had good taste. And so does Snapple for that matter.

Proof: The new drink I tried today called Snapple Peach Mangosteen. "Rumor has it that Queen Victoria of England offered knighthood to anyone who could bring her a Mangosteen in edible condition."

Do you even know what a mangosteen is? No? Ok. I'll tell you:
Though it’s been around for literally thousands of years, the mangosteen fruit is not commonly known the world over. Typically grown in southeast Asia and other tropical climates, its taste is beyond compare. Containing a dark purple rind and boasting a sweet white pulp, it is roughly about the size of a tangerine.
Delicious as it is functional, the mangosteen fruit is rich in xanthones, which may promote healthy bodily function. In addition, each serving of mangosteen contains up to 5 grams of fiber. Its purplish pigment has also been used as a dye. (

...and it's darn good in juice. Try it.

But I am Le Tired...

Found this classic animation again... nice flashback:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 10 = awesome

I can't WAIT for April 10 when Dallas bars and restaurants go smoke free!! But if you're one who likes to pollute the air for others, perhaps you should celebrate "the end of an era" and attend the Strokers Smoke Em day:
(I do not support this event, but I LOVE the fliers!)

Lookin Good MOM!

Clean Yo Self

Is your computer screen dirty and dusty?

Check out this website for some easy ways to get it clean and dust free:
Clean Your Screen

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Biker Bash is a GO

Spring Fling is finally here! The weather is not cooperating very well, but we're still on! Hopefully the forecast improves and the warmer temps creep in earlier than planned. Either way, we'll be here for all the festivities!
Three days of Bikes, Babes, and Beer. Why wouldn't you be here? ;)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Panic Button

I have definitely sent an email or two that should NOT have gone out. Or hit Reply All to a mass email when only meaning to talk to one specific person. PANIC!!

Well thank goodness for GMail's latest feature: The Undo Sent Button!
It supposedly allows you to "unsend" an email within a 5 second window of hitting Send.

Read more here:

But like the author of the above article, I'm curious if this is like the "Google Paper" prank from April Fool's past where they offered to send you copies of every email in hardcopy format. Perhaps this is too good to be true... We shall see!

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring, officially! Yay! It will be 75 and sunny here in Texas and I couldn't be more excited for the warm weather.

After checking the week's forecast, I checked Google for their artistic salute to the day:

Love it! Happy Spring from Eric Carle :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Deep Art

Top Five Reasons to attend Deep Ellum Arts Fest:
1) It's Free
2) Cool artwork for sale
3) Dog parade
4) They sell beer
5) You'll discover there's more to Deep Ellum than tattoos and crime