Friday, August 29, 2008

New Blog Project

Matt has been very busy this summer training for his first Olympic triathlon, which was held last weekend. I have also been busy following his spandex clad, athlete ass around with attempts at training, lugging water bottles and wetsuits, driving and stopping at the turns of the bike course, and waking up at the crack of dawn to neurotically watch him in open water swims (I can't help it, I used to be a lifeguard.)My new blog is from the perspective of a devoted bicycle pump bitch. You will find them at every finish line ready with water, a banana, a hug, maybe a massage, but overall a proud smile.

So check it out! My new blog, Bicycle Pump Bitch

Blogging live from the West Coast

I'm blogging from my bed in a hotel room in Redwood City, CA this morning. I just got in last night around 11 after being crammed into my seat between a laptop, a tray table, and a seat that was fully reclined for an excruiating 5 hours. Luckily, on the first leg from Providence to Cinncinati I had 2 whole seats to myself!! Today I'm catching up on work, while Matt is finishing up his week-long business trip to Oracle HQ, where the rest of his team is located. Tomorrow we're relocating to the Fairmont in San Francisco and will be spending the rest of the weekend there. Hopefully it involves a trip to Alcatraz or maybe a trip down that really curvy street!

I'll post some pictures when I get them.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wikipedia is a slippery slope

jem415: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Beach_%28TV_series%29
jem4415: Sunset Beach will be released on DVD for the first time on 25 July 2008.
jem4415: I'm buying it.
IcCa484: oh snap!
jem415: isn't that awesome!!
IcCa484: how do you come across these things....
jem415: hahah i was actually looking at Charles in Charge
IcCa484: In one of the most outrageous storylines on the show, Virginia drugged Vanessa and, using a turkey baster and some stolen sperm, impregnated her with the child of Tyus Robinson, to make it appear Vanessa had been unfaithful to Michael, who was sterile.
jem415: and then I ventured into 1990's shows
jem415: wikipedia is a slippery slope
jem415: Ahhhhhhhh hahaah the turkey baster! The most ridiculous thing ever!
IcCa484: he show was known for other outrageous storylines, such Terror Island[8] in which several of the show's main characters were stranded on an island with a masked serial killer intent on killing them, especially Meg. A handful of characters were killed by the maniac, mostly minor characters introduced as serial killer-fodder, but also one lead character, young runaway made good Mark Wolper. In his dying moments Mark pulled off the killer's mask and audiences were stunned to see Ben's face behind it. As it turned out, Ben had an evil twin, Derek, who plagued Ben and Meg's lives off and on for the rest of the run of the show
IcCa484: i forgot about that!
jem415: serial killer-fodder
jem415: oh man... Derek
jem415: and that whipped cream bikini!
jem415: oyyy!
jem415: hot stuff that Sunset Beach!
IcCa484: wow i wish i had time to delve into the depths of wikipedia
jem415: like I said, it's a slippery slope
jem415: I'll send you my findings once a day
IcCa484: hah ok
jem415: I wonder if there are any clips on You Tube
jem415: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL7em2G67oA
jem415: jackpot
IcCa484: oh man
jem415: I feel like my mind was violated as a teenager because of this show

Sunday, July 06, 2008

:-o

Ohh my heavens! I have been blogslacking for months! Shame on me. Still I'm glad to see people are stopping by to relive some of my previous posts. Popular hits seem to be Tuckerman's Ravine, Rhode Islandisms, wisdom tooth removal (they get stranger), nom du jour (I don't even remember that one!), and my favorite- Robin McGraw's bathrobe- which, I don't remember ever mentioning....

Anyway, I'll be back soon with some interesting content!

Enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend if you're in the US!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tuckerman's Ravine 2008

Last weekend we made the trip up to Tuckerman's Ravine, a section of Mt. Washington famous for it's "steepest in the East skiing". The hike was intense! It was definitely tough for me- especially the narrow section once you get past HoJo's we affectionately named The Goat Path.






Once you make it to HoJo's (see Hermit Lake Shelter on this map), you get the majestic views of the bowl that almost make the trip worth it. What really makes the trip worth it is the atmosphere of 4,000 other hikers and skiers/boarders who all make that long hike up to Tuckerman's to spend an afternoon hiking up the bowl for a run or two down, or the spectators like myself who spend the entire afternoon sunning on a rock and cheering for the daredevils who launch themselves off the Headwall and tuck the whole way down. More entertaining is the oooooohhhs and ahhhhhhs you hear from the unfortunate souls who end up careening down the pitch in a cartwheel... ouch.





This video was shot on the day we were there, April 19th, 2008 and was able to catch all of the good crashes!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Little Slap n' Pickle



jem415 (10:24:36 PM): ever have one of these nights?
IcCa444 (10:31:33 PM): i hope i've never had a night like that
jem415 (10:31:47 PM): hahhah yeah... I guess one never knows.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Funniest thing ever...

This is the funniest/most addicting site I've seen in a long time. Unfortunately, I discovered it at work, tried my best to stifle laughs but ended up busting a gut and laughing hysterically in my cube.. and then had to go on and explain to everyone what was so funny.

http://postcardsfromyomomma.com

The best part is that some of them will remind you so much of your own mother that it's eerie.

Here's a sample:

itches
What are you doing getting bitten by mosquitoes?!! You will get MALARIA - and i will have to start worrying about that instead of typhoid. Maybe you have got dengue fever even! Are the drugs working? Are you still alive?

and this one... also hilarious.

HELP!
The news is out! Dad bought me a Webkinz. It is reallly well designed and is the biggest craze I’ve seen in a long time.. It is comparable to the tamgachi and beani babies of your early youth. Every first grade through 5th grade student has one. They are awesome, yet a bit addicting.

I need your help. I can’t make enough money to feed my Webkinz. I have failed at three jobs so far. Please do not check my resume. My Webkinz has survived on pudding which is the sale item.

Please tap into my account and do something about it. Remember, I can get kicked off the site if not used appropriately. No mating of Webkinz. Any ways here is the information you will need.

www.webkinz.com
username #######
password #######
Thanks, Gotta go and make some real money.
Love,
Mom
P.S. Don”t give my password away………seriously

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Put those headphones on if you're at work!

Adam Graham, a blogger for the Detroit News (www.detnews.com/adamgrahamblog)has compiled his top 10 of SNL's digital shorts. Even though I don't watch SNL that much anymore, these are the songs that get around and are hilarious! All the favorites are here and I especially love the cameo of my favorite Magnolia Bakery cupcakes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ja makin' me Craaazy

Hello everyone! I'm back from a wonderful week in Jamaica... : (

I was so sad to leave the island because everything was so amazing! We stayed at Sandals Montego Bay and I totally recommend that for anyone looking for a great romantic vacation or honeymoon : )

Here are some pictures:







So romantic.. the perfect location for a proposal. Unfortunately for my man, things don't always worked out as planned... but we had the best imperfect engagement ever! :) I was so surprised needless to say :)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lost

Wow! Lost was so good tonight it actually made me cry! I won't ruin it for anyone who has yet to see it on their DVR...


Vacation in 4 days!! How will I ever make it through Friday?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

It's J's turn

I gave my musical shoutout to V.Diddy, now here's one for my other BFF VMJer Jennyfer.

I give you...
Jenny from the block

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Don't Stop the Music

It is a truth commonly known that I have ridiculously good taste in music. Especially if you ask my boyfriend. That being said, I've recently gotten back into my BritPop obsession, one step away from my Euro(trash)Pop obsession circa 2002-2004. While my place of work is far too cruel to allow me to stream BBC Radio One or Virgin Radio, I do have Sirius in my car and always get to catch the Chart Show on Sunday nights as we drive the 4 hours home from New Hampshire.

I dedicate this blog post to Brits of past and present. And some that were totally past but are now so present.

First up, my love Craig David. I don't really like his slow songs, just the totally fast paced, super cheesey ones like this new one below, and Hidden Agenda.



Next, the Spice Girls. How do you not love the Spice Girls? I'm going to regret not going to one of their revival shows 4 lyfe now. *Sigh*

And Atomic Kitten? So hot. I don't think those girls had a single original song but they were catchy none the less.

Now we come to the latest class of BritPop stars that never cease to amaze me with their musical prowess.

I'm loving Adele's Chasing Pavements right now and even though Amy Winehouse is a mess and a half, I really like her song Valerie with Mark Ronson. Speaking of Valerie (shout out to my BFF- of whom I just sent her 2 videos of 'Valerie'), the Zutons also did a song called Valerie that Amy Winehouse does a cover for. Phewwww confusing I know.
Here's the latest Valerie:
Couldn't embed this one, but it's worth the link.


And here's the Zutons cover (no video just music)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Countdown

The countdown is on for the return of Lost- January 31st. I can't believe I've been waiting since May! At least they taped some episodes before the Writer's Strike, which, by the way, really needs to come to some sort of agreement because I don't think I can hold out for too much longer.

Well for any of you Lost fans, here are some good sites:
http://lost-media.com/
http://www.lost.com/

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What?

Why do I keep getting hits for Robin McGraw's favorite bathrobe? Somebody needs to fill me in... I know Ms. McGraw is Mrs. Dr. Phil, but why would people actually feel inclined to search for her favorite bathrobe?

Monday, January 21, 2008

I don't like Mondays...

I was just thinking to myself, "Man... I reallly don't want to go to work tomorrow!" I mean, it's bad enough that my boyfriend has it off while I have to get up early and work all day, but even worse than that- a researcher from Cardiff University has calculated that tomorrow, Jan. 21, is acutally the "Most Depressing Day of the Year."

Read article

So see, it's official.... Now I'm going to have to spend all day tomorrow counteracting the most depressing day of the year. I have a lot to do!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

2008 Resolutions 2.0

As we kick off 2008, I've come to realize a few things about the process of making and keeping resolutions. Other than the obvious- keeping resolutions is always much harder than making resolutions- I've come to realize that if it doesn't come in the form of a widget, interactive website, or something I can add to my Netvibes/Google homepage, it's not going to change my behavior. Because of this fact, I give you my 2008 New Year's Resolutions courtesy of Web 2.0.

1. Realize that I can't afford this Rock and Roll lifestyle and start managing my money.
Enter Mint. A website that will automatically manage your money online after you securely enter in the information to your online bank and credit card accounts. I first discovered this service from an article in Fast Company so I can trust that it's legit. Article.


2. Keep in better touch with my friends.
Now that I'm in my post-college days it's so much harder to keep track of my friends. Especially when you have friends that feel the need to jet all over the globe and settle in such random places as Germany and Tonga (although I can now say that this particular friend is back in the US). My solution to this resolution? Facebook of course! If I can't swing the actual face-to-face contact, save for the holidays, this will have to be the next best thing. I'm not much of a Myspace user anymore because it got too creepy, but I'll keep the account for at least 2008 because I have some friends who are only found there.

3. Network more.
Network, network. That's always what recent college grads hear when advice is being given out. Now, I can manage that networking on sites like LinkedIn or for my industry (Communications/PR) specifically MyRagan.com I really liked LinkedIn because it gave me a way to keep in touch with former classmates, as well as co-workers who would never set foot into the likes of Facebook.

Ok, I think 3 is a good number to start with. Who knows, if I'm successful I'll add some more next year! If you have any solutions to resolutions that can be found online let me know!

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