Monday, July 21, 2008

John Mayer and Colbie Caillat

Waking up this morning to a cloudy sky I was a little worried about how the weather was going to turn out. The weather turned out perfect. Such a great night. I have been sooo excited for this concert. I got the concert ticket from my roomies for my birthday.

The concert was great! Colbie Caillat and John Mayer were both excellent. John Mayer is a little weird when he talks though. He says really weird things like "The internet doesn't exist. It's not real..." I didn't get it. Maybe he should just stick to singing.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rusty Andrade is one of the most giving people I know. He does so much for other people. So caring and selfless. He recently informed me about an incredible website that lets you help struggling people around the world by donating money to help them live better lives. They are entrepreneurs trying to get their businesses going so they can make a decent life for themselves, or just a struggling family in need of help. That's where WE come in. You browse through the people listed and can read their stories and why they requested a loan. You can search by specific categories like: Food, clothing, construction, housing, transportation... etc. Rusty bought $25 gift certificates and gave them out to friends and family as gifts so that they could help change a life. One of the best gifts you can give if you ask me! I'm so thankful he gave me $50 to donate. It was so great, but so sad to read through the people and try to find who to donate the money to. There are so many people in need and I wish I could help them all. I came across 2 people that stuck in my mind.

The first was José Del Carmen Mejía.

Jose works for a company that distributes water to all parts of Nicaragua. He's a pump operator. He's worked for the company for 17 years and sometimes works seven days a week. His goal when he started his job was to be able to lift up his family, to provide them with food, education and housing. He has two young children. Work on his house has moved along slowly, always depending on what money he brought in. Jose's next step is to continue the construction of a bedroom so that he can make his two young children more comfortable. That's why he's asking for the loan, to buy the materials he needs for construction.

When I thought about his 2 children I felt so heartbroken. We seriously take advantage of the way we live. We are sooo lucky to live the way we did. It made me think of one of the areas of my mission that was just outside of the city of Chihuahua. We went to visit some people and we walked up over this hill and what I saw made my heart break. It was miles upon miles of the poorest living conditions I've ever seen. Tin houses, houses that had cardboard for walls and roofs, houses held together with twine and wire. Awful. I feel so guilty living in my air-conditioned house with running water and get to fall asleep on my soft queen sized bed.

The second profile I came across was Jose Luis Arriola Hernandez.

"I have a plot of land that has some construction work on it, but I need to build a room on it because my wife and I are currently living in an old, broken down bus. We do not have any children because of our current living conditions. I am requesting a loan of $800.00 USD in order to obtain at least a safe and steadier roof over our heads so we can sleep."

Again... how can I not donate to help someone build themselves a home and get out of that broken down bus! I couldn't pass that up.

I hope you will all check this website out and hopefully be as touched as I was. Thank you Rusty for the gift certificates. It was such a great gift. I'll be donating to more people in the future. Thank you.

Learn what does, and how they do it by clicking HERE!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I've been waiting for this for YEARS!

I have constantly told people that I wish Molly Shannon would come out with her own sitcom. Well my friends, it's happening! This Fall Molly Shannon will star in a show along with Selma Blair called "Kath and Kim". It's a series adapted from Australia's hit comedy of the same title, is a look into the minutiae of middle-class suburbia that digs deep into the daily lives of Kath, a cheerful, forty-something divorcee, and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim. It's the love and hate, push and pull, of the dysfunctional relationship only a mother and daughter could share. I'm SO excited for this show! Who wants to come to a premier party??

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Office Spinoff

I was online reading up on the Fall TV schedule to see what's new and I came across this news. Not sure how much I like the idea... We'll see how it is.

"Spinoffs are a risky business. When you take a popular character from an ensemble cast and plop him or her into a starring vehicle, the end result is usually mediocre (Private Practice), if not downright awful (Joey). It’s only once in a blue moon that you get one that is truly successful, like Frasier. It is for this reason that at first glance, the just-confirmed spinoff of The Office may seem like a bad idea. Luckily though, the upcoming NBC comedy has a couple of really positive factors working in its favor.

First off, if earlier reports are to be believed, no one from the current cast will be on the new show. That means we won’t get a sitcom about Toby and his wacky hijinks with his ex-wife, or a behind-the-scenes look at Kevin’s Scrantonicity nationwide tour. Secondly, the writers and producers behind The Office have already pulled off one dramatic feat: they took a beloved, award-winning British comedy and adapted it for American audiences in a way that made it as good, if not better, than the original. It’s something that people, especially those who remembered NBC’s failed attempt at adapting Coupling, didn’t think could be done.

While the official announcement about the spinoff won’t come until NBC’s upfronts, the show is expected to be introduced via a special episode of The Office that will serve as a backdoor pilot. The new series is scheduled to be a mid-season replacement that will premiere after the Super Bowl on February 1st. It will then air Thursday nights after The Office."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Friends: The Movie?

Yesterday I received the BEST news. I was laying on the couch and my mom asked me, "Guess what tv show they are thinking about making a movie out of." I thought she might be talking about 24 because I've heard they are in the process of getting that together. "What show?" I asked her. The next word that came out of her mouth gave me chills. "Friends!" She said. Anyone that knows me well knows that I'm a Friends fanatic!

I'm guessing since the huge success of the Sex and the City movie, and the actors not really finding success as big as they did with Friends, it made sense to do a Friends movie. Supposedly Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer are on board for the movie already. There is talk that the other actors would most likely get on board as well. They are rumored to get and estimated $19 million each for making the movie.

I hate to get my hopes up because I've heard reports that executives are denying the Friends movie rumors. But at the same time, the rumors that it WILL happen are spreading like crazy. Let's just hope it will happen. It would be a HUGE success if they did it!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

PBJCP Sandwich?

A couple months ago my friend Miles asked if I would try his sandwich.

ME: "What kind is it?"
HIM: "Just try it."
ME: "What kind is it?!"
HIM: "Peanut butter and jelly... and cheese puffs."
ME: *blank stare*
HIM: "It's good! Just try it."

Needless to say, I didn't try it the first time he offered. He made it again a while later and got me to try it. I was expecting it to be disgusting. I took a bite and was actually surprised. It wasn't bad. It tastes like a normal PB & J but with a crunch. You know how you add potato chips to sandwiches? Same thing. I was thinking you'd be able to taste the cheese but you can't at all. It's quite tasty. Sounds weird, I know. But try it if you dare!

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is undoubtedly one of the greatest singers to chill out to during the Summer. If you ask anyone (in our family at least) "Where is the best places to listen to Jack Johnson?" The answer without a doubt would be "On a boat in Lake Powell!" I love listening to Jack Johnson after a stressful day, a hot day, driving in my car, when I'm working out, on a nice run. Anytime!

Every Jack Johnson album is flawless. None of his songs are bad. None. It's hard to pick a favorite cd because the more and more you listen to a certain one, it starts to become your favorite! So what's YOUR favorite cd of Jack Johnson? I've created a poll and you can take your pick! If you haven't listened to any of his cd's... who ARE you? And if you don't even know who he is, you might as well not be my friend anymore. Better yet, anyone's friend. Ha ha. I'm kidding... kind of.
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