Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dawn Porter

For about a year, my friend Katie headed up this amazingly popular blog called Sister Skinny. Katie doesn't post on this blog anymore, but check it out if you'd like some great tips on how to diet and exercise in a healthy way. Earlier this month, Katie posted about this really cool documentary that was made by a 28-year-old British writer (Thanks Katie!). This writer decided to conduct an experiment on herself to see what it actually takes to force your body into becoming a size 0. The documentary is great, and this British writer, Dawn Porter, is so hilarious. The video is cut up into 6 segments on YouTube, each about 10 minutes long. Find the first segment here. I found this Dawn Porter to be so funny that I went in search of other videos she may have made. I found one she did on the magic of airbrushing and digital manipulation used by magazines to make their cover girls look flawless. I thought this to be pretty fascinating and a great reminder of how the models on covers of magazines aren't really what they appear to be.

I also found this one with Dawn celebrating Dirty Dancing. I thought this was really funny since I remember loving that movie when I was younger...Okay, I still love it. Anyway, I'm officially a fan of Dawn Porter...Thank goodness not all British girls are like Victoria Beckham.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


After working on her final paper for 16 hours straight in her lucky 7UP t-shirt, the girl looked over at the clock sitting on her nightstand, let out a big sigh of relief and thought, "AhYes, finished up right in time to email this sucker to Dr. Hadley." The girl felt triumphant, victorious, refreshed even, like someone who just got their second wind in a long distance race after pushing through several miles. After all, the girl was notorious for her diehard habit of procrastination, and almost prided herself in her amazing ability to complete projects at the very last minute, never submitting any piece of work past its deadline. "Ha, TAKE THAT Dr. Hadley!" she mumbled to herself as she attached her research paper on dyslexia to the email addressed to her professor. "You can't trip me up with your wacky Saturday morning deadlines," she thought. "Yep, this baby's perfect," she said as she clicked on the Send button. The email was sent, and the girl felt good. She pulled it off again and gloried in the fact that she always did her best work under the high pressure of a quickly approaching deadline. The girl got up from her desk and was about to finally lay down and rest when she thought it couldn't hurt to take one last look at the paper she just sent off. She bent over her keyboard and opened up the file for one more glance at her masterpiece. She scrolled down page after page of her final paper on dyslexia, basking in the glow of each well-crafted sentence, each cleverly put together paragraph, every.....wait a sec, what was this that the girl just spotted?....

Yep, there they were, cruelly staring back at her within the concluding paragraph of the paper. Not once, not twice, but three times did the girl find the word dyslexia misspelled in the conclusion of her paper.

Yes, the conclusion--the section of the paper that was meant to serve as the grand finale of the girl's written work. The girl had seemingly switched around the 'y' and 's' in 'dyslexia.' The irony of it all was almost unbearable. "Maybe Dr. Hadley will think that I made the mistake on purpose...'ya know, for dramatic effect," the girl desperately thought.

Hmmm, maybe not.

And the moral of the story is: Don't ever stay up all through the night working on a paper, especially not in your lucky 7UP t-shirt, which will end up to be not so lucky.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Summer Makeover

I'm thinking that it's time for a makeover since the season is changing and all. I've narrowed my makeover possibilities down to two. Here are the prototypes for the two looks I'm trying to choose between...Blonde Monica and Afro Monica. Which look do you think I should go for this Summer? I've placed a picture of the current me next to each prototype to assist you in your judgement.

FYI: That's Uma Thurman's bod my face is superimposed on. And just so you know, I wouldn't start sporting pearls if I end up going blonde.

Name of this model is unknown, but I'd like to thank her for the use of her head.

Zack's Mom Rules

Emily and her twins, Abby and Zack. Zack had that look on his face every time I tried to talk to him, ha!

Yep, Zack's shirt says it all...His mom really does rule. Em, thanks for getting everyone together the other day. It was really fun to see you. And if you get a hankering for some Burger Bar before you head back to Mass., give me a call.

Lila enjoying the park.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

April Sunday Vid.

It was a beautiful day today, so we went outside right after dinner and enjoyed the sun. This is my feeble attempt at working with iMovie. It's pretty fun and easy to work with, but I need to mess around with it a bit more to learn how to use it better. Hope everyone had a great Sunday!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Yesterday I got to spend the morning with my very good friend, Katie. I've known Katie for many a year and love being around her. Unfortunately, I failed to get footage of us playing charades with Katie's three boys...I'll have to remember to get some next time we play. Anyway, I wanted to illustrate what a great mom and friend Katie is by posting this picture. Check it out. After a fun filled morning, I had to take off and go to school. Before I left, Katie was sure to send me off with some good snacks to hold me over during my night class. She also gave me an apple, but I had already eaten it up by the time I took this picture. Thanks Katie! You're the best.

I Love Kevin James

I recently watched that movie Hitch and can't stop laughing about that one scene where Kevin James shows Will Smith all his dance moves. In fact, I was sitting in class the other night, daydreaming, and almost starting laughing out loud when this scene popped into my head. Oh man, I love Kevin James.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Happy Day

We just got some more pics from the photographer from Melanie and Luke's wedding day. These are just a few of the images. This was such a happy day, I wanted to share a few more pictures of the big event on this here blog.

At the temple.

Miss Maya admiring Hailey's necklace. Maya loves jewelry.

Melanie's three older sisters.

I like this one of Isaac.

Miss Maya...Does it get any cuter?

This is one of my favorites.

$20 Snowboard

My dad, Phil, invited me to tag along with him to Park City last night. Phil had this medical seminar thingymabob that he had to attend at the Silverado, so he asked if I wanted to go up with him and Mom and go "skiing" Friday. "Daaaad, I totally don't ski anymore. I, like, snowboard now, okay. And yes, I'd love to go up to Park City with you." So I went up last night and woke up really early this morning so I could get to the lifts right at 8:30. I had to meet up with Phil and Ruth at around 12:30, so I wanted to try and make the most of my time. It was so much fun. I'm glad I was able to go up one last time this season. I had so much fun that I finally bought my own snowboard once we got back into Salt Lake. I found a used one for 20 dahlaz. Yeah, that's right, only 20 bones. And the board looks like it only cost me 20 bones. Ha! It's pretty ugly, but it will do the job until I can save up for a better one. And I don't care that it's ugly, 'cause it's mine and I don't have to worry about renting anymore, yeah! So I met Phil and Ruth back at the lodge around 12:30. When I got there, Phil looked at me and said, "So how was the skiing?" I looked back at him, with the snowboard in my hand, and said, "It was great, Dad. Let's go get some Mexican food." So we did.

Me at the Loco Lizard with my giant quesadilla.