Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! and... HARRY POTTER!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! One day early, yes I know. I hope everyone will have a wonderful day of eating and an amazing shopping day on Black Friday! :) CNN Heroes is on tomorrow, Thanksgiving. Even though they already announced the winner, I'm going to watch it! And, as always, watching FOOTBALL all day!! :)

I was watching CNN today, and saw the news about what's happening in Mumbai right now. Its really sad. I've wanted to go there for years and years, I still do. Here's a link to the story.

The Dow is up again! That's 4 days in a row! P-A-R-T-Y! haha.

Hints of water found on Saturn's moon! How awesome is that? Read more.

Obama's 3rd press conference in 3 days!

And last, but definitely not least.. A NEW HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE TRAILER! Yay! I'm so excited! I wish time would go by faster to July though.. :)

"Once again, I must ask too much of you Harry." - Professor Albus Dumbledore

Monday, November 24, 2008

I've got some good news and some bad news..

I don't have a lot of time today, so I thought I'd give you some News today.. Good and Bad. Celebrate and Rant!

Good News..
  • Dow rises with Citigroup bailout!
  • Thanksgiving is in 3 days!
  • Obama's cabinet picks=very nice!
  • Michael Vick goes to court tomorrow, again- hopefully he gets put back in jail!
  • Raiders beat Broncos yesterday!
  • I have an interview today!
Bad News..
  • 19 Alaskan wolves have already been slaughtered this season, Palin's stupid pleasure of desiring severed paws of wolves, adults and pups.
  • Oil is back up to above $54 per barrel.
  • New Pro-Palin ad hits the airwaves--ugh!

Wish me luck on my interview! I need a job! :( Happy Thanksgiving everyone, if I'm not able to blog before then! :)

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die, so let us all be thankful." - Buddha

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Just a few of my favorite things...

So, I don't know if you know that I'm a huge James Dean and Marilyn Monroe fan.. If you didn't, now you do! :) I wanted to just list a few of my favorite material things! It would be fun if others did it too. So here we go!

Favorite Books:
  • My Story by Marilyn Monroe
  • Harry Potter Series by Jo Rowling
  • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Shantaram by Geoffrey David Roberts
  • The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Favorite People:

  • James Dean
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Johnny Depp
  • Angelina Jolie
  • George Clooney
  • Brad Pitt
  • Jensen Ackles
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Paul Walker
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Lisa Ling
  • Anderson Cooper
  • The Dalai Lama
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Princess Diana
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Donna Brazile
  • Michael Jordan
  • Elvis Presley
  • Steve Irwin
  • Bob Marley
  • Linkin Park Band Members, I won't name them all for you.. :)
  • Al Gore
  • Barack Obama
  • David Cook

Favorite Movies:

  • East of Eden
  • How to Marry a Millionaire - if you haven't seen it, you really should! ITS HILARIOUS! I love it! :)
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Giant
  • Bus Stop
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Recruit
  • Batman (I like them all)
  • 10 Things I hate about you
  • Blood Diamond
  • The Departed
  • Fast and the Furious
  • I like way too many movies..

Favorite TV shows:

  • Supernatural
  • ER
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Gossip Girl
  • House
  • One Tree Hill
  • Lipstick Jungle
  • Private Practice
  • ALIAS- yes I know its not on anymore.. :(
  • Friends- I also know this isn't on anymore either.. :(
  • Gilmore Girls- gone, too.. :(

Random Favorites:

  • Color: orange or red
  • Shoes: heels or boots
  • Movie Genre: action
  • Band: Linkin Park
  • Food: Spaghetti
  • Vacation: New York
  • Animal: Tiger
  • Candy: Caramello
  • Starbucks Drink: Chocolate Chip Frappucino.. YUM
  • Soda: Ruby Red Squirt.. or Cherry Sprite
  • Season: Spring.. or Fall
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Car: Ferrari 360 Modena
  • Art Art Art Art Art Art!!!
  • Cereal: Apple Jacks

I think I will stop now.. I did see Twilight today.. and it was just OK. I don't think I would buy it but I didn't hate it. I didn't like Bella in the books anyway, especially Breaking Dawn--ah!! But I think Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart both did great portrayals. I saw the Harry Potter trailer again, I pretty much have it memorized. I wish I could have seen that today instead!! I also had Costa Vida today and it was so yummy! I'm also craving cornbread.. from Frontier Pies.. oh how I wish it was still around!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Its the Giving Season!

So, its the Giving Season! I know, I know, Thanksgiving is first! I get annoyed when I see Christmas lights and decorations put up even before Thanksgiving comes! But I received this email today about giving that I thought I would share with you. I would like to inspire people to give this season, even if its just a dollar. There are many ways that dollar can be stretched to help.

I would like to suggest some amazing sites where you can choose a gift to buy that also goes towards donations, or you can just donate some of your money! The email I received was from the World Wildlife Fund, they have more gifts to choose from this year. They have a Bucket of Frogs, Water Bottles (that are REUSABLE!), you can adopt an animal, etc. A great addition they have this year is partnering with Toys for Tots! With any $50 contribution = animal adoption, the plush animal toy goes to a child and the money goes towards WWF.

Some other sites that gladly accept donations are:
And if you don't have any money to contribute this year, like many Americans; reach out and volunteer. Go help out with Thanksgiving and feed the homeless, if you're in Utah -- volunteer at the Festival of Trees this year. And if you can't volunteer, just try and smile and make one individual's day better.

"Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?" - Bob Marley

Monday, November 17, 2008

I want to go to Borneo!

So.. I was reading this article written by this traveller. She went on a vacation to Borneo, Malaysia. It sounds so amazing, I really want to go! If only I had the money to pay for it.. I would leave tomorrow! You can see all these apes and monkeys living in this jungle, you're just on this wooden observation deck with no fences in between you and the animals! You can also see these endangered Dolphins and a crocodile! Here is part of the article below you can read:

Malaysia: Face to face with orangutans
Borneo's population of wild apes is in peril.

By Sheena Mcfarland
The Salt Lake Tribune

"Kuching, Malaysia » An excited silence permeates the humid air.
After walking a half-kilometer through dense tropical rain forest, the crowd of about 50 waits impatiently.
A loud crash grabs everyone's attention. Through the dense green leaves, we see a flash of orange.
Suddenly, the jungle is filled with a cacophony of rustling leaves and sharp cracks as unwilling trees bend against the weight of full-grown orangutans.
Cameras fly to people's faces as they snap photos of the gentle, quiet creatures who descend from the treetops to some of the fruit left by workers at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Borneo. It's one of the last regions on Earth with wild orangutans, and the population is declining rapidly as deforestation destroys their habitat."

Click here to read the entire article. I want to go so bad!

I first read about this amazing Bornean adventure in the Salt Lake Tribune while I was looking at the classifieds. Coincidentally enough, my pal Anderson Cooper brought it up last night in his show. He showed what the people are doing over there with their land, how they are destroying the Orangutan's habitat, and its sad. A helpful website that actually is about Orangutan Conservancy has a lot of information, click here. Another interesting site is this: Save the Orangutan.

Not only do they have orangutans, poboscis monkeys, crocodiles, and dolphins there... They have elephants and bears! How awesome is that? I want to go, I want to go! Its only about $1400 round trip to Kuala Lumpur.. haha Does anyone else feel so inclined to go on this adventure? :)

"Man is more ape than many of the apes." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." - Aristotle

Is it just me or do not enough people know what's going on in this world?

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body."
- Mohandas Gandhi

Click here for a list of all threatened or endangered species. Its quite overwhelming. There is also a list of threatened or endangered plants, click here.

Now, these lists are JUST in the United States. I think its crazy how so many people aren't involved in this kind of news. I recently had a heated discussion with a friend about endangered & threatened animals, and she said she couldn't care less about them. I don't understand that way of thinking. People need to explore and learn how animals affect our environment, especially the honeybee. It sounds like such a little insect to even care about, but they have an immense part in the circle of life. Its imperative that we care about these plants and animals.
If you don't care about plants and animals, you don't care about the environment, therefore you don't care about PEOPLE. That was her argument, she cares more about people (which I do too) than animals. What she hasn't realized is the incredible effect animals have on our PEOPLE lives. Our health, our environment, our children, our children's children. What makes me even more sad is, what about our kids and our kids' kids and they don't get to see a polar bear? They don't get to see a blue whale? Tigers? Its disheartening.

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages." -Thomas A. Edison

I wanted to talk about something positive today but I ended up hearing on BBC World News Radio (which is my new favorite thing!) that the Blue Whale is endangered. I already knew a lot of whales were threatened because of whale poaching and the Navy Sonar Use in the Pacific Ocean, among other threats. I knew the beluga whale and the bowhead whales were being threatened, but not the blue whale! Now the blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to have existed and we aren't going to care about these animals? Its outrageous. Not only do animals have a positive impact on our environment, our kids should be given the opportunity to witness their majestic beauty.
I think I will be done now.. If you'd like to tune in to BBC World News Radio, its on AM 1010 in the Salt Lake area of Utah. I love it. And they say Barack Obama funny, and its awesome. I hope you all have a wondeful week and hopefully we can change this country for the better. I did take a look at my friendly CNN website, and saw this cute video of a Chimp taking care of these tiger cubs. Check it out:

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of human beings." - Leonardo Da Vinci

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Was it a Dream?


I am oh so happy that my Democratic friend, Barack Obama, has won the Presidency! I feel like its a dream and I haven't woke up yet! I knew he was President last night when the results came in, but I couldn't help but think this morning when I woke up; Did he really win? There aren't words for how excited I am, that the Democrats have the Majority in both the House and Senate; and obviously that Obama has won. I will give McCain that he was nice enough to concede before it was really over, he knew there wasn't any chance. I am so proud of the choice our Country has made in this election year. I have hope and its a wonderful feeling to actually really LIKE the President and that I helped make that happen.

I love that Obama had so much more electoral votes than McCain, Obama had 349 to McCain's 163. I love it. There were also many offices in this election that went Democrat, and that really gives me hope. It gives me hope that Utah doesn't have to be completely RED all the time. That's one thing that I really love about Downtown Salt Lake, its so much more Democrat; its where the people are that think like me.

I had fun working ALL day at the polls yesterday, I saw and talked to some interesting people. Including a man that looked and smelled like Captain Hook. haha. It was great to see so many people voting. At our polling location, we had 2 precincts and there were a total of 1,919 registered voters in that location. We had 1,101 people actually vote, that means 57% of people in those precincts voted. Many people early voted or sent in an absentee ballot, so there weren't long lines. It was a great experience, although I don't know if I'll do it again anytime soon. It was a very long day -- about 16 hours.

"I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you." - Barack Obama, Election Night 2008

I'm glad that Prop 1 and 2 for Utah passed, I thought it would anyway. I'm disappointed Bob Springmeyer didn't win, I really like him. :( Huntsman isn't all bad though, I just preferred Bob. I'm really upset Prop 8 passed in California though. :( It makes me mad!

My sister and I were driving home from the polls and had to listen to some AM Radio to get some more updates. We found BBC World News: Election Center and it was so fun to listen. We listened to it some more this morning. The British accent is so funny when they say "Barack Obama" I absolutely love it! I honestly still can't believe we actually did it! "YES WE CAN!" I loved watching Obama's speech last night, it was great. I wish I could have been in Grant Park witnessing it, but I wasn't. My sister and I were driving home, and we were so ecstatic we were yelling "PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!" out in the streets. It was exhilarating! I know, Change will not come overnight, so have some patience everyone. It will come. And it will come with Obama in charge.

Here is the video of Barack Obama's Victory Speech, please enjoy. :)

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. " - Barack Obama

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