Monday, June 30, 2008

Winnie and ANWR

Hey! Here's a cool story: Winnie the Whimbrel flew to the ANWR...

"In May, scientists equipped a whimbrel — a large North American shorebird — from Virginia's Eastern Shore with a tiny satellite transmitter. When the bird lifted off from its marsh resting site, researchers hoped its flight would answer lingering questions about the whimbrel’s migration. But this whimbrel, nicknamed Winnie, didn't read the flight plan. Instead of heading for breeding grounds at Hudson Bay in central Canada, as expected, Winnie flew nonstop to Alaska."

Link: Full article from The Nature Conservancy

While we're on the's something to keep in mind next time you hear our politicians talking about how "efficient and clean" we are at exploring and drilling for oil in the context of the ANWR:

1995 to 2005

Graph source/credit: Division of Spill Prevention and Response

Dressing Your Age

I'd don any of these brilliant "kids" ensembles by phillip lim... happily.

I like it when kids dress like kids.

There's plenty of time later in life to dress with terms like "appropriate", "presentable" and "pulled-together" in mind. In another words, you have your entire life to look like a grown-up... One of the beauties of being a kid is that you can get away with, say striped tights, a floral skirt and your pajama top (or heck just your pajama top with some jeans for that matter) -- things that generally don't work as an adult, unless you are of course some kickin style maven (more than likely French as well.)

I'm also a big believer in allowing your kids as much self-expression as possible in the relatively harmless areas (such as clothes) and instead sweating the big stuff (like drugs and what not.) I do have some pretty hard and fast rules drawn up for later use around dressing slutty, tattoos and piercings, but pretty much anything else goes in the personal style department... Crazy outfits? Yes. Pink hair? Go for it.

So here's where things are getting a little complicated for me. While I don't want Audrey and Millie leave the house dressed like mini-adults, lately I'm facing the uncomfortable situation that I might be dressing like a kid. The past three summer dresses I've purchased look exactly like all my favorite "kid" dresses out there. So what's my stance on a grown-up dressing like a kid??? hmm... I'll get back to you in the fall.

p.s. -- she could have been the model for this post. those outfits...brilliant.

p.p.s -- after peeking in on my comments, I had to include a brilliant quote from Uncle Beefy... he recounts something a mother who let her daughter go wild in terms of sartorial self-expression once told him:

"If she gets to REALLY know who she is now, no one will be able to tell her who
she has to be later."

I just love that...

Friday, June 27, 2008

More Alcohol (+ Words of Wisdom)

My work week has been a total doozy. So out of her entire amazing etsy, this is currently my absolute favorite Jenifer Altman photo.

Happy Friday (I know I'm happy about it...)

And here are the words of wisdom -- so simple, yet so seemingly hard to follow... (Anthony Burrill poster via design is mine.)

Guys Fill their Jeans with Helium

Guys fill their jeans with helium.

Is this a Hot Brazilian Girl or Sand Sculpture?

"I was walkin' at the Farol da Barra Beach (Bahia Brazil) last august '04 when i saw this sculpture in the sand.. It was really unbelieveble.. The guy that made this is a real Artist. Is this a sand sculpture or a real woman?

(Image: Credit)

More Brazilian Sand Sculptures

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cat Fight

2 cats fighting with a Boxing track added to add to the fun.

First Anniversary!!!

One year ago today my husband and I were married. We were living in Las Vegas at the time and had gathered some of our closest family and friends and had a small wedding ceremony. Seriously small...only fifteen people...I really don't like being center stage :) And no we didn't get married by Elvis. The Artisan Hotel has a beautiful little chapel which made for a gorgeous wedding. And I love art and the whole hotel is decked out in art.

The ceremony was simple, small, beautiful, and perfect. Here's just a couple photos:
One of our first dates was over pints of Guinness so my brother got us two and, of course, we had to ham it up for the photo:
And here is us the night before getting a celebratory Guinness after getting our marriage license. We didn't mean to wait until the last minute :)

We've had a pretty crazy life together up until now. I think things are just starting to calm down a bit. We met in late 2003 and have been dating since 2004. Since then we've lived in Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, and New York. I wouldn't want to make the trip through life with anyone else. Here's to the next 49 (at least!) years together :)

World’s Most Expensive Home Entertainment System

Jeremy Kipnis, a music engineer, producer, classical music lover, has paid a whooping US $6 million for this amazing collection. And you have seen nothing yet. Wait until you find out what gadgets make this home theater so top notch.

Picture Elements:
Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector (4,096-by-2,160)
Stewart 18-by-10-foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen
Players and Sources:
Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
Mark Levinson Reference N°33 and N°33H.
Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player
Surround Processing and Decoding:
Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (13)
Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers (2)
McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers (30)
Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers (3)
Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers (16)
Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers (8)
MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters (10)
Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers (3)