Thursday, January 29, 2009

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” - Albert Einstein

So, I've been blogging, blogging, blogging this week. I'm sorry if I've just completely bored you, or you've just had too much of me. But I am interested to know who's reading my blog. I've seen a few of my friends do this on their blogs and I thought I'd try it, who knows.

I like my little FeedJit map that shows me where my readers are. Its exciting to know that people in other countries are reading my blog.
I'd like to know who my readers are. You can post anonymously but I'd like to know why you're reading my blog or why it interests you? Please leave me a comment. Make it fun. Do you have a blog too? Why don't you tell me what your favorite vacation was and why or your favorite vacation spot and why. :) Or if you have a request for me to write a blog about a certain topic, ask away. Anyway, I'm just curious.

Happy Thursday! Joyeux Jeudi! Feliz Jueves! And on and on.. :)

Hopefully, work will be better today. Busier. More fun.

"Curiosity is the very basic of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly." - Arnold Edinborough

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Diamond is a Girl's Best Friend... maybe not.

Oh how I love that movie and song. (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe) But I'm not in love with diamonds. I don't want to have someone, somewhere (say Africa), treated so badly to find diamonds and wanting the diamond for themselves, they'd die for it, so their family could have a better life? I don't want that. I don't want a diamond from that person, from that company, no. What I would prefer, is to know where the diamond comes from, from who, things like that. Its important to me. There are people that search and dig for their own diamonds for their own jewelry. I would like to do that. That way, I know where I got it and who I got it from.

The film, Blood Diamond, opened up many viewer's eyes to this world of diamonds. I hope that this movie enlightened a lot of people to make better choices. Why give money to a corrupt government for a silly diamond? Why risk someone else's life? Why endorse that treatment? Its preposterous. I've been meaning to write a blog about this for quite some time but haven't gotten around to it until now.

Here are two definitions of a blood diamond.

Blood diamond (also called a converted diamond, conflict diamond, hot diamond or a war diamond) refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, invading army's war efforts, or a warlord's activity, usually in Africa.

Blood diamond " that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council." - defined by the United Nations.

In 2002, the United Nations introduced the Kimberley Process which has limited the process of smuggling conflict or blood diamonds. It is estimated only 2-3% of diamonds are blood diamonds. But I do not want a diamond from that 2-3%. (It used to be as high as 20%) So, there are 2 places that I would like to go if I were to find my own diamond. One, the Crater of Diamonds State Park -an Arkansas State Park. They charge a fee ($7 for adults per day) so that the public is allowed to fossick (search) on this diamond bearing pipe. Two, At Staggy Creek, NSW, Australia a similar area is available for free diamond fossicking. Australia would be a dream, I'm going to go there someday.

There's no way to know for sure but here is some information up to date about what countries are and are not a part of the Kimberley Process. The U.N. has banned countries from buying diamonds from Angola. Liberia is fine now and are part of the Kimberley Process. The U.N. Security Council banned all diamond exports from C├┤te d'Ivoire. The Democratic Republic of Congo is now a part of the Kimberley Process. The Republic of Congo faced U.N. Sanctions in 2004 because they were exporting large amounts of diamonds and claimed to not have a diamond mining industry operating. And then there's Zimbabwe with their horrible Mugabe. Their diamonds aren't considered to be blood diamonds under the Kimberley Process but "the current chaotic production at Marange and smuggling are being monitored by the World Diamond Council. There are diamonds you can get from Canada, India, Australia, U.S.A., and African countries that are part of the Kimberley Process.

Boy Soldiers from Sierra Leone

Diamond revenue helps African countries that are not involved in war. They help fight against the HIV/AIDs pandemic, revenue enables every child in Botswana free education up to the age of 13, there is a charity called Jewelers for Children that funds a community care program for orphans in South Africa. I still will insist that my diamonds do not come from a noncompliant country, that I will make sure I know where that diamond is coming from; if I won't find my own diamond myself.

Yay for Bill Clinton! He issued an Executive Order that prohibited diamond imports from Sierra Leone. And wow, Bush did something else I approve of! He issued an Executive Order that banned diamond importation from Liberia. By the way, the United States is the largest consumer of diamonds in the world, of course.

If you haven't seen Blood Diamond, you need to. I highly recommend it. Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou do a wonderful acting job. So, that's my interest or lack thereof for diamonds.

"Diamonds are forever" it is often said. But lives are not. We must spare people the ordeal of war, mutilations and death for the sake of conflict diamonds." -Martin Chungong Ayafor, Chairman of the Sierra Leone Panel of Experts

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Movie Review and Charlie

So.. I watched Burn After Reading last night.. It wasn't great, it wasn't good. It was pretty dumb. I didn't like it much. The best part was Brad Pitt acting like an idiot, that was funny. The end was even more stupid, I couldn't believe it. So, I don't recommend seeing it. Its a waste of time.

I babysat Charlie today, he was so funny. I brought my camera with me today, and we took some pictures. He thought it was so funny that I was in the camera when he took the picture. We painted, played with his toys, read books, and found the "kitty cats". He has this harmonica and he didn't understand at first how it worked so he would put it up to his mouth and make the noise himself. I told him to blow and he started to blow and it made the noise and he thought that was hilarious. He kept laughing. He now has a baby brother, Sam. He is so tiny! Charlie told me today his Mom puts Sam in the swing and Charlie pushes Sam. It was cute.

Here are some pictures of Charlie.

For some reason, videos aren't working on here for me. So hopefully they'll work for me soon. I keep trying and it keeps failing. I got some really cute videos of Charlie today that I wish I could upload, but better luck next time I guess.

I'm on a blogging spree this week, I hope you don't mind. I've written another one that'll post tomorrow. Next episode: Diamonds. Stay tuned. :)

"And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Last Week in Rewind

It was a fantastic week for me. I had a lot of fun.

First, on Tuesday, it was the Inauguration of Barack Obama. I was so excited! My sister and I watched it for a LONG time, for just hours. We also recorded it. It was an amazing moment in history and I'm glad I was a part of it. I have confidence in Barack Obama that he will make the most of his Presidency and that he will do his best to bring Change to America. The Change America needs. He has already done well his first week in Office. He did the awesome Gitmo thing and suspended Bush's attempt to eliminate protections for Endangered Wolves in Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.

"These beloved wolves have literally dodged a bullet. Under the Bush plan, nearly 1,000 of these magnificent animals could have been slaughtered." Defenders of Wildlife

Other good news in the week:
On Saturday night, a federal judge ruled in our favor and blocked the Bush Administration from proceeding with the lease sale of 110,000 acres of Utah's Redrock wilderness to oil and gas companies." -Yay! :)

So the feeling is strange to actually have a President I like and greatly respect. Not to exclude, I'm proud of him so far. I'm proud of America for electing such a great person. Also, we went and visited my Grandma and she was doing really well. She was doing a lot better than she had been before. Which is great news! :)

On Wednesday, Nikki and I decided to drive up to Park City to enjoy Sundance. We'd never been before and have wanted to attend before, but haven't. So this year was our first time. Next year, we're going to plan more and try to see several movies. We didn't see any movies this year. We were going to see Crude. Its about oil, as you might have guessed. But we ended up enjoying some music and gawking at celebrities. We sat down on a bench and listened to the music of Angel Taylor and this band Locksley. They were both pretty good. I liked them.

We also saw this lame guy that wanted everyone to think he was famous or something. But he wasn't. Nikki saw him on Thursday at Target.. WORKING. But he yelled at some guy with a camera "Sir! I don't want you to take pictures of me! Sir!" He was accompanied by two ladies. The one lady took a second glance at us and asked if we were twins. Obviously, we said NO. We walked up and down Main Street a few times taking pictures, just goofing around. While we were walking, a man told us if we wanted to see Chris Rock we could head up to the OC Tanner Rolex Lounge or the Egyptian Theatre. We stood outside the Lounge and waited for someone to come out. We ended up seeing quite a few celebrities.

We saw a friendly guy, Mike Burton, we're still not exactly sure what he does, but he's in the industry. We saw Anthony Edwards (Dr. Greene on ER and Goose on Top Gun) who was really nice, he didn't scamper off right away, he allowed us crazy people to get some snapshots. However, we caught a glimpse of Minnie Driver as she practically ran away. We also saw a guy that was outside the Lounge that looked pretty similar to Adrian Grenier! I guess Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds were still inside the Lounge, but we never saw them come out. The lame guy that acted like he was a celebrity earlier, along with his 2 friends, were outside the Lounge waiting for REAL famous people to come out also. They saw us again and the one lady that asked if we were twins yelled, "It's the TWINS!" and she said she just HAD to get a picture of us. So we allowed it. Then some other people started looking at us funny like maybe we were important. haha.

We also received free green HBO beanies that are soft and warm! It started to get real chilly, so we decided to head out. We were starving so we stopped and ate at the Taco Bell (how original) at the Outlets and went home. We really wanted to see The Reckoning. But weren't able to. Hopefully it comes out on DVD at least, and we can buy it! (Slideshow near end with pictures! and a video)

Thursday and Friday weren't all too exciting. But Saturday, was also a good one. Nikki and I went to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, we've been wanting to see it for awhile now but hadn't gotten around to it yet. We wanted to see some of the films that are nominated for Oscars BEFORE the Oscars are on, so we got that one down. :) I recommend seeing it. Its a really great movie, the makeup is excellent, the acting is fantastic, the storyline is super too. Its a long movie, but you don't really notice since you're really enjoying this film. We ate our Chicken Nachos from the Mayan Express, as we usually do. I get the Cherry Sprite, which is so delicious! Its our thing we do when we see a movie at Jordan Commons.

Here's a slideshow from our day at Sundance!

And the video isn't working so I'll have to upload it later.

“My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.” - Barack Obama

Monday, January 26, 2009

Awful Hairdresser

Today started out like a great day. I was able to sleep in a little longer even though I was still tired when I woke up. (Thanks to Nikki for taking Tim to school and not going to her French class.) My sister (Nikki), and I went to Smith's to rent the movie Burn after Reading with Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Its supposed to be funny, so hopefully its a good one. We also bought some grapes, which was really yummy.

Later, we went to go get our haircut at Supercuts. It wasn't a splendid day after that. I'm still upset about it. I definitely do not recommend having a lady named Elsa, cut your hair. She does whatever she wants to it and insults you. She treats you like a 4 year old that doesn't know anything. I've had a similar experience years ago with another hairdresser at Francois D's. I never went back to them ever again, First and Last time for them. I'm intensely annoyed with this Elsa lady. She didn't cut my hair how I wanted it, didn't even cut it straight in the back, didn't ask me a lot of questions, or give me a Frequent Card. She insulted me more than once about my hair.

All in all, I cried a few times, yelled, and was upset. Still upset about it. So I'm going to go back on Friday to get someone else to fix it how I wanted it originally and really complain to the Manager. Another customer came in after I was done and she received Elsa. I was scared for her. We heard what the customer wanted, Elsa did what Elsa wanted with the coloring. The customer said she didn't want red anymore, she was tired of it. Elsa gave her more red.

I'm not in the mood to finish my last week's post about Sundance and Benjamin Button. So you will have to wait longer. But I will have pictures! Also a video. Tomorrow, will be a busy day and a good one I hope. I babysit Charlie tomorrow morning and then I work in kids again.

Anyone else have a bad haircutting experience they'd like to share? I've had at least 3 that I can think of now.

"Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts." - Jim Morrison

Sunday, January 25, 2009

25 Things and Third Eye Blind

So, I know you may be waiting for my post about this past busy week. Its been a great week. I don't have enough time to blog about it right now, so you'll just have to wait a little longer. I will definitely have it posted by tomorrow, since I'm off work! Yay! :) Here is a fun thing I got from my friend, Vanessa, on facebook. Its short, so I thought I'd be able to do it quickly.

The Rules:
Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose at least 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1.I work at Macy's and I'm a flyer.
2. I hate driving in the snow but like to play in it.
3. I love the rain and Spring.
4. My favorite color is orange and I love Tigers.
5. I'm so happy Obama is our President.
6. This year hasn't been wonderful, its been pretty stressful. So far.
7. I have been to Amsterdam and Germany.
8. I'm a middle child.
9. I can't decide on what I want to do for the rest of my life.
10. I love art, looking at it and creating my own.
11. I really like to draw.
12. My favorite TV show is Supernatural. (Love Jensen Ackles)
13. I have 3 of my future kids names picked out.
14. I love Italian food and Mexican food.
15. I love to travel! Its my luxury.
16. I like old movies. Especially with Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
17. I think Marilyn Monroe's death is some sort of cover-up.
18. My favorite genre of movies is Action, then drama.
19. I want to go back to New York City soon!
20. I love to swing on the swings. :)
21. I like dogs better than cats.
22. I'm a picky eater.
23. I can be real shy sometimes.
24. I'm excited for April for Fast & Furious!
25. I would love to go on a vacation, asap.

I would love for anyone to do this, but I'll tag Nikki, Mom, Timmy, Vanessa, Jennifer. :) Happy Sunday! By the way, I like Third Eye Blind's new song "Non Dairy Creamer"

I think my favorite part in the song is:

"It's two young gay Republicans"

Friday, January 23, 2009

Too much work, much play, and no time to blog.

This last week I worked 7 days in a row before I had two days off in a row. So for those days I needed to catch up on errands and everything. I've been going to my Grandma's new/temporary home and that's been good for her, and all of us. I'm on my way to work but I really wanted to do a post before I went but ran out of time.

So hopefully, I'll be able to blog later tonight or tomorrow. I went to Sundance with my sister on Wednesday and we saw some famous people. We didn't see a movie, we were going to but then we saw some celebrities and got excited. I'll post pictures with a future post. I watched Obama and Biden get sworn in on Tuesday. That was really exciting. I'm glad that he's finally Our President. I'm really happy he's already moved in one right direction so far (Guantanomo).

Well, more later or tomorrow! :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

"Become the animal. Embrace the other side." - William Stryker

So when I tried to post this blog it erased all of what I had written. That's really annoying. Anyway, I went onto IMDB today to see if there were any new interesting trailers, and lo and behold, there is! I found the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer that actually looks pretty good. I was wary if the X-Men Origins movies would be any good or if they'd just be too much X-Men. I like the X-Men movies and this trailer proves me wrong, I hope. I think it looks great. Here's the trailer, enjoy! :)

But Wolverine is my favorite.. I don't know if Magneto will be any good, we will see.
I was watching the Golden Globes last night and they were pretty good compared to last year's press conference edition. I'm so glad that Kate Winslet won twice and was so happy about it! I'm also happy that Colin Farrell finally won an award for something! I was surprised to see Johnny Depp on stage presenting, because he never does that. He hardly even shows up at the award shows and doesn't do very many interviews. So that was awesome.
I don't feel like there's much to blog about today. The lady I've been babysitting for, Margaret, had her baby today. His name is Samuel. I'm excited to get to know him. I think Charlie will be happy to be a big brother. I'm disappointed I won't be able to help her out tomorrow with Charlie because I actually have to work at Macy's. :(

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2008 in Retrospect

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I flew internationally and had a great time in Germany, rode a train, ate traditional German food, worked in retail.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't remember making any new year's resolutions last year.. I think the main goal was to have fun living in my own place. And save money for Germany.. haha.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not that I can think of at the moment.. so they must not be too close to me..

4. Did anyone close to you die? nope, good thing too.

5. What countries did you visit? Germany and the Netherlands

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Money. Bob Marley Hoodie. ha ha.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory and why? There's a few.. the whole time in Germany, January 22nd, and November 4th.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting a new job?

9. What was your biggest failure? My sister, I'm trying to get her to stop talking in her sleep. It still hasn't worked. It has been entertaining though. Like last night, she laughed and said "Okay?" and so then I thought, haha ok?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing out of the ordinary.. Except I did really hate my ears during flights. They don't like the altitude fluctuations.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Vacations. They are the best thing in the world.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Timmy's football games, especially when he scored a touchdown!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Sarah Palin.

14. Where did most of your money go? Rent. Vacation. Bills.

15. What did you really, really, really get excited about? The summer. And coming home after that..

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Disturbia, Whatever You Like, Womanizer, Light On

17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? Sure.
Thinner? Sure.
Richer? No Way.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Travel. You can never have enough.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Job applications.

20. How did you spend Christmas? How we usually do. The whole Fam Damily.

21. How will you be spending new years? I spent it in the ER with family.. It was intense.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008? Nope.

23. How many one-night stands? Nada.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Supernatural, and a new one: Gossip Girl

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Sarah Palin

26. What was the best book you read? Untamed by P.C. Cast and The Host by Stephenie Meyer

27. What was your biggest musical discovery? David Cook, Estelle

28. What did you want and you got? Vacations. New Experiences.

29. What did you want and not get? Bob Marley hoodie and calendar.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Batman: The Dark Knight

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? I spent it on an international all day long flight with my sister. It wasn't super. But when we got to Cinci, it was great because we knew we were almost home. I turned 20.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A better job that came sooner.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Um.

34. What kept you sane? My sister, she kept me sane and insane.

35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Jensen Ackles

36. What political issue stirred you the most? The Presidential Election stirred a lot of issues. I'd probably say Prop 8 and animal rights(DIE PALIN! haha), also how its annoying THAT [one] woman (who isn't very smart) can represent my gender, that's gross.

37. Who did you miss? My brother, Timmy and my parents. Plus my sister, but she was still in the same country at least. and some Friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met? Antonio und Der Boss.. haha jk.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: You can't enlighten some minds no matter how hard you try.

40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year: Swagga Like Us

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - Saint Augustine

New Year

So the New Year hasn't been great so far. My Grandma Jean went to the ER on New Year's Eve and had us all pretty scared. She's okay now, so that's awesome. My mom fell in her work parking lot on ice and hit her head, so she has a mild concussion. And I got sick with a stupid cold. So hopefully, 2009 will get better and better and not worse.

I was reading friends' blogs today, and Brynna's made me think of the "Giggle Loop". If you haven't watched the British comedy TV show (that's now cancelled), Coupling, you're definitely missing out! Its one of my favorite shows. Jeff is my favorite. They are all hilarious. Here's a clip of Jeff explaining what "The Giggle Loop" is to Patrick and Steve.

I would love to buy the Seasons.

I was going to eventually post a blog about last year, we'll see, maybe later. A bit of exciting news though, Fast and Furious movie premiere has moved up to April 3rd! I'm so excited! :) They've even got the movie poster out!

Another piece of good news, my cell phone is getting replaced! It should come today, I hope! I can't upgrade my phone until September, so that sucks. I would really like the LG Dare, my brother and I played with it the other day. I like it. :)

I like this song. Here's a video with the lyrics on it. Yay Sam Cooke! Its sad about Bill Richardson, but the change will still come, I hope.

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold." -Bob Marley
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