Saturday, February 28, 2009
If you haven't seen Clara (91 year old grandmother) on You Tube yet, check her out. She also has a website here.
Her grandson decided to video tape her cooking meals of the depression. She is adorable and a wonderful storyteller.
Fall in love with Clara and find out how to cook on a few dollars a week.
Friday, February 27, 2009
How did a suburban mother of three become the next big thing in publishing with her chaste-but-erotic Twilight series? Robert Sullivan meets Stephenie Meyer.
For more read the article here.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
100 Cupboards starts out like this....
Henry, Kansas, is a hot town. And a cold town. It is a town so still there are times when you can hear a fly trying to get through the window of the locked-up antique store on Main Street. Nobody remembers who owns the antique store, but if you press your face against the glass, like the fly, you'll see that whoever they are, they don't have much beyond a wide variety of wagon wheels. Yes, Henry is a still town. But there have been tornadoes on Main Street. If the wind blows, it's like it won't ever stop. Once it's stopped, there seems to be no hope of getting it started again.
100 cupboards is about 12 year old Henry who is going to live with his Aunt Dotty, Uncle Frank and cousins because his parents were kidnapped. There is a ransom for his parents but everyone seems very unaffected by this fact.
Like most semi-orphaned children who go to live with family, Henry is given the room in the attic. On his first night he hears scratching and while going to the bathroom sees someone in a purple robe coming out of the bathroom. Weird occurrences yes, but things get a whole lot stranger when two door knobs poke through the plaster in his room.
Also in the house is a door to his 2 year deceased grandfather's room that they can't open. Even with the help of a chainsaw and locksmith the door remains intact.
Eventually he and his cousin Henrietta (they have very similar names no?) uncover 99 cupboards that they cover with posters during the day to keep them secret. I am unsure why they keep the secret but kids are strange.
100 cupboards is enjoyable and a fast read. The child characters are smart and funny and timeless. Everyone will be able to identify with them. The adults are a little strange but isn't that what makes a great young reader book? His Uncle is trying to sell tumbleweeds on Ebay for $700.00. Crazy Kook!
This book is a great find for kids. I recommend the age for the book to be 12-16 but you have to know your kid. It is a bit creepy and dark but I think young readers will love it.
Chotskies gives this book *** out of 5 stars.
Book 2 is out also. I will be picking this up soon.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Chris sits with Jason and discuss Megan.
Does anyone remember her? I don't at the moment. Oh yeah I remember. Megan was the one who kissed him on the set of General Hospital.
Jason tells us how hard it was to kiss in front of the other girls. We see all the girls crying after that group date. He tells us how shocked he was that there was so much tension.
Jason tells us about Shanon's kiss. He tells us there was snot, tissue and tears there along with nose picking.
Jason talks about his date with Stephanie and when they brought her daughter out. He says it was a real "Oprah moment".
Chris brings up Naomi and her family. Jason says he will never forget it. Hula hoops and burials oh my.
Jason says Jillian is the ultimate friend. Chris brings up the hot tub and how Jason was with his "ultimate friend" and how it was the hottest hot tub scene they had.
Chris brings up all the questions that everyone in the forums are talking about even. Was there was "sex" in the tent with Molly. Jason says it was 1st base.
So we learn that the bachelors and the bachelettes are getting together and hooking up. Fred and Noelle, Grant and whats her name, Jesse and Holly. So while the bachelor is turning out long term relationships they are managing to hook a bunch of people up.
My computer crashed 4 times so I have missed a bit of the show.
Natalie is in the hot seat and we see a montage of her time on the show. Watching Natalie as she watches herself is funny. I don't know what she is thinking but she is so damn smug.
Damn it would kill me to watch myself being such a bitch. She is sick of being stereotyped. She explains that she had nothing, she had no ipod or cell phone. Chris tells her that they took away all of her material things and she tells him to calm down. Chris wonders if she thinks she is easy going but really isn't. He asks if she thinks that her problems with are the same problems that she may have had with Jason.
I really wish they would have given Stephanie more air time. Jillian got all of what would have been hers.
Jason is in love with two people. I really can't wait until next week.
It looks for the moment as if Lucky and his former wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) are reconciling. Whether or not the interest will be only on Rebecca's side is unclear. It could be that Lucky and Elizabeth, while sharing a deep love for one another as well as history, won't jump back into their husband/wife roles quickly. Elizabeth is still in love with Jason, and Lucky must still have feelings for Sam. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
While I don't know who this Rebecca chick is and how she will end up being related to Emily, I am looking forward to a little triangle. It would be interesting but it would also be interesting to see Claudia go head to head with Rebecca over Sonny! Sonny and Emily dated for a while so it could be an interesting twist.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
|esh Hair Ties||The piece of white or black mesh girls tied in their hair. We can thank Madonna for this style. I really wish I could find a picture of me doing this. |
|Temporary Hair Dye||Colorful hair in the 80's were a must. This invention let you change your hair color from day to day. I so did this. I had all kinds of fun colors like purple, blue, gold...I even tried this again in the beginning of 2000. Can we say freak? |
|Headbands||From Pat Benetar to Mike Reno...This was a hot style! Bwaahhh what were we thinking? |
|Ponytail for Men||Popular with the yuppies. I always hated ponytails on guys. I like long hair but leave it down baby. |
|Hair Crimping||Kind of looked like you had your hair braided for a week. I never crimped. I braided! |
|Mousse||Lots of body for your hair! I have lots of hair now but doing my mousse days they called me "Miss Hair." |
|Helmet-Haired Bangs||Loni Anderson...Need I say more? Ahhhhh I loved my bangs. They had to be just right.|
|Banana Clips||And still used today! Who says the 80's are dead? I have not see anyone using a banana clip. If I did, I would have to ask them where they got it. I loved that faux mohawk look when your hair is down to your ass. |
|Mohawk Haircuts||Very attractive, 'eh?|
|Barrettes w/ things Dangling from Them||Girls wove ribbons through, usually two different colors, and hung beads on the end of the ribbon. You could also buy theses barrettes ready-made and some even had FEATHERS hanging from them. I never ever had one of these. Or did I? |
|Princess Di Haircuts||Poor Di! Miss her!|
|Crazy Hair Colors||Pink, blue, purple, red, yellow and so on.|
|Tails||You remember...The short or long 5 pieces of hair running down your back. Bwahahah, it took me years to not have a tail. |
|RayBan's||Made famous from the Tom Cruise movie 'Risky Business'.|
|Flat Top Haircuts for Guys||Some cuts were a little off to the side like Bobby Brown. He also had a line cut on his head. Don't know if this was a fad for the bros.|
|Rooster Bangs Look||Rooster Bangs Are bangs that are cut so they stand up and frizz out. I wanted this look but my hair is too thick for it to look the way I wanted it to. |
|Big Hair||Lots of hairspray and teased up high! Gotta love it! |
|Skater Haircut||Shaved on one side and all the hair hanging on the other side.|
|BIG Hair Bows||Another essential Madonna accessory!|
|Colored Mascara/Eyeliner||Always extra thick! Blue, purple were the popular colors used. What this still isn't in? |
|Painter Type Hats||With the tails off the back|
|Bandanas||Any color tied anywhere would make you fit in just about anywhere circa 1984. (i.e.. David Lee Roth) my boyfriends wore them around their thighs. |
|Green Lipstick||Turned pink when you put it on. Awwww...I loved this lipstick! |
|Pierced Ears||Lots of earrings for the girls. For the guys - Left ear your straight, right ear you were not so straight. :)|
|Blue Eye Shadow||Not only was mascara and eyeliner blue, but also above chick's eyes! We've even seen yellow used in some cases! YES loved this. I was a makeup maven! Everyone wanted me to do their makeup. |
|Shoelace Hairclips||Women's hairclips in which they came multicolored, metallic, or solid print Popular in late 80's, early 90's.|
|Bright Neon/Fluorescent Shirts||Orange, yellow, fuchsia, green, etc. with the matching socks , earrings and hair scarves. LOVED this look. Matching my hot pink socks to my hot pink tshirt. |
|Pastel T-Shirts||Pink was very popular for the guys. Also came in just about any other color in the rainbow.|
|Champion Sweatshirts||Pretty much self explanatory. Another one still sold today.|
|Torn Workout Top||Those maniac chicks, gotta love 'em! Some workout tops were also cut on the bottom to expose the stomach area. Most were worn off the shoulder. This look was hot. We all wanted to be Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. |
|Slogan T-shirts||With words like Go-Go, Relax, Boy Toy, etc. For 80s t-shirts visit 80stees.com! NEVER!!!! |
|Jean jackets||Levis were popular and still are in some areas of the country. Some people even painted their favorite rock band album covers on the back of their Levis denim jackets. I wanted one of these so bad but could never afford it. |
|Army jackets||Camouflage was in almost as much as the Miami Vice style blazers.|
|Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket||Just like the one he wore in his video.|
|Sleeveless shirts||These were sleeveless but cut all the way down the side so they they were open.|
|Clothing with keyboards up and down the sleeves||Pretty snazzy 'eh?|
|Members Only Jackets||Had to have every color remember? I had the fake Members Only Jacket in Black. |
|OP (Ocean Pacific) T-shirts||For the surfer in you!|
|Izod Shirts||In every color of the rainbow. Some wore them with collars turned up.|
|Argyle Vests||So preppy!|
|Skinny Ties||Those leather ones were soooooo cool!|
|Knit Ties||Skinny of course!|
|Bolos||Leather cords with a piece of metal, plastic, etc. holding them together at the neck.|
|Power Ties||Bold and classical ties for those power lunches.|
|Long Shirts||Usually the more full figured gals wore these. I loved these but wasn't full figured. |
|Cardigan Sweaters with shirts underneath||Most of the time, not tucked in.|
|Paisley Shirts||Paisley was in with the new wave crowd as well as other cliques.|
|Black, collared shirts||Usually buttoned all the way to the top.|
|Shirts with zippers||Some of these had buttons as well. The zippers or buttons were put on the shirts in a way that it opened diagonally from the shoulder area. When opened the shirt would have this triangular shape flapping on your chest.|
|Laced Crop Tops||With bra underneath. If a white lace - white bra. If black lace - black bra. Still love these. |
|Hawaiian Shirts||Lots of flowers and loud colors... Aloha!|
|Rugby shirts||Colored sleeves with sweatshirt gray or white for the body of the shirt.|
|Black Rock Band T-Shirts||Same as below, just with the sleeves.|
|Sleeveless Rock Band T-Shirts||Headbangers unite! AC/DC, Metallica, Poison, Ratt, Ozzy. To name a few. I still have my shirts. Thinking that one day my kids will think they are cool. They will probably think I was lame. |
|T-Shirt Clips||They looked like a ring with a bar through the middle and you threaded the bottom of your shirt through them. I just tied mine so I didn't have to spend money on the clip. |
|Shaker Knit Sweaters||Shaker Knit refers to the type of stitch used to make these sweaters. If you saw Hunt for Red October, the dark sweater Jack wears is a shaker knit sweater.|
|Hang Out Oxfords with Big Belts to Cinch||With matching socks over stirrup pants.|
|Wearing collars up on polo shirts & blouses||3 words... Preppy...preppy...preppy!|
|Polo||Shirts with collars (collars usually worn pulled up) Plenty of colors to choose from - pastels were a favorite preppy color.|
|Underwear as Outerwear||As worn by Madonna, Annie Lennox & Cyndi Lauper. I must admit I have worn my share of bras as shirts. |
|Navy Blue Down-Filled Vest - Sleeveless||Winter, summer, spring and fall - this was in.|
|Blouse or Gown with Buttons||Also with feathers, rhinestones - usually tracing up and down one sleeve|
|Air Brushed Shirts||Saw lots of couples wearing these in High School with their mate's name on them. Couple of hearts, etc. LOVED this look. |
This Friday was a repeat. It sucks when your favorite shows are in repeat. I sat down to watch one of the only shows beside The Bachelor and Lost on Friday and it was a friggin repeat. I am so looking forward to this weeks episode.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised right.
Her character has been close to leaving before.
Her suicide attempt last season and now her character is married to crazy Dave.
I will be sad to see Edie go although now that her character is nice she has gotten a bit boring.
The rumor mills says....
In an upcoming episode, Edie finds out that her husband, Dave, is plotting to kill her and nearly succeeds. But as she escapes his plan, she is involved in a fatal accident involving a car and an electrical wire.
"What's better than winning an Oscar? I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope your all feeling as good as i am right now........."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Why would any insinuate that something "icky" is going on between Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. The fact that Miley needs to write in her new book Miles to Go, that it bothers her when people suggest there's something inappropriate about her relationship with her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. is just a sign of how warped people can be.
"The media has said some stuff about my dad and me being too close and too cuddly for a father and a daughter," the 16-year-old star says in the book. "For me and my dad it's not weird at all."
It is sad that pictures like this that are intended as art are made out to me some freaky relationship between a father and daughter. It truly sickens me that people have a need to create drama. Gross.
My dad and I used to hold hands when we walked down the street, that was just how we were. I am here to tell you there is nothing weird about my relationship with my father. We love each other, that is it.
Friday, February 20, 2009
More importantly I cannot believe that Oprah just aired the photo that TMZ has on their site.
Chotskies will not post this photo. If you NEED to see it you can find it online.
The picture is private and police evidence. It is hard enough that Rhianna has to go through this abuse so publicly but to have such a horrific moment spread throughout the Internet is despicable and disgusting.
"The publisher of the Twilight saga has relaunched the official saga website. TheTwilightSaga.com now includes customized member profile pages, photo/video uploading and sharing, discussion forums, chat and more!
Click on the link above to meet up with other fans from all around the world to gather and share in all things Twilight."
View my page on The Twilight Saga
Check it out, Catherine Hardwicke has a book dropping on March 17th. Because a Twilight Fan can never have enough Twilight.
here to read the press release on our movie page and here to read Entertainment Weekly's article. [Please note: I have not been able to find anyone who is accepting pre-orders for the book, but I will post a link as soon as I find it somewhere.]
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Finally, the day has come. I have been teasing with my very first Chotskies Giveaway, because I am so excited to host it.
My hints, when I first mentioned the contest were Vampires and keys. Do you know what it is???????
It's an amazing key chain from ChristyM113 on Etsy! To see more of Christy's craftsmanship come over to my review here.
Christy says on her Etsy site that these pictures don't do the key ring justice and I am here to tell you that this is true!! Christy sent me one and I was so impressed with the craftsmanship. The beveled glass and the thickness of this piece is amazing.
Let your keyring be a warning to those who might want to ride with you, that you drive like a Cullen!
Each keyring is made of two 1" x 2" pieces of beveled glass for a unique and sophisticated product. The text is printed in sharp white text onto black paper that has been treated with fine silver glitter. Each keyring is heavily soldered for a smooth, rounded edge and then embellished, front and back, with decorative bead soldering.
The phrases are even printed in "Twilight" font!
The heavy duty keyring chain is securely soldered to the keyring and will suffer much abuse. I have even dropped them onto a concrete floor with no effect at all.
Note - please be aware it's difficult to get a great shot of beveled glass... the photos don't do the key rings justice!
How to Enter: Visit ChristyM113 and look around. Then come back here and tell me which item you would love for yourself or someone else. If this question is not answered none of the other entries will count.
Deadline: February 27, 2008 by Midnight
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Monday, February 16, 2009
He is meeting the girls in New Zealand this week.
He knows Jillian is fun, funny, and easy to talk to.
He wonders if she is too independent for him.
His relationship with her is past the fun part but is there a romantic connection. He is looking for the passion to step up.
He knows Molly has beautiful eyes. He can stare at her all night long. He loved meeting Molly's family.
He is ready to talk their relationship to the next level.
He thinks Melissa reminds him of DeAnna and his Ex. He obviously has a type.
He thinks she is ready for a family and wondered if she had real feelings for her.
He feels there relationship has progressed and he loved their date in Seattle. He felt like a couple with her and Ty.
He is concerned about her family and that he wasn't able to meet them. He isn't sure if she is really serious. He wants to find out more about this in New Zealand.
So kids, New Zealand is do or die for these ladies. He is looking forward to his overnight dates with these ladies.
Jason picks Jillian up in a helicopter. She looks amazing and she is "floored". His reaction to her family, intensified her feelings for him. The look adorable as they throw themselves into each others arms. They are even dressed the same, plaid shirts and jeans and all, cute!
Romance is in the air and they stroke each others hands and tell us how great it is. New Zealand is truly beautiful.
They sit on a cliff, drink wine and she asks him to describe her. "Fun, gorgeous" he says. She feels attracted to him, and that they have a connection and that he gets her. She tells us that she is falling in love with him. He is still looking for passion. They stand no a cliff and he sees this as a metaphor for their relationship.
Jillian and Jason meet for their evening date at a local winery. He loved his date with her and he is excited to be around her and to see what happens next.
Jason asks Jillian how she feels about all of this and it takes her a year to respond. When she sees him she gets butterflies but when she isn't with him, she is ok too. She didn't expect that they would have such a connection. She loves it. She tells him she is crazy about him. She has never felt that someone is more meant for her than he is.
He is excited that she said that because he needed to hear that. She asks if he has something to give her and he pulls out the fantasy suite card. She asks if he could handle a whole night with her. Urmmmmm...ummmmm...she wants to see if they connect physically because it will be a long night. "Can he handle the fire?!"
Jason has incredible feelings for Jill. He thinks his family will get along with her better than anyone else. He thinks that he is falling in love with her. We get to see waaayyyy too much of their private time. Hello....soft porn on ABC at 8:30 pm. Jason and Jill spend a lot of time kissing and stroking each other. She has her legs wrapped around his butt and there is quite a lot going on. Ummm...I am blushing just watching them. Holy censorship ABC!
Jason meets up with Molly and they head over to bungee jump. They both seem ready to shit their pants. It looks wet and cold as they kiss and count down to jump. They are also dressed the same.
The fall and Jason screams all the way down. They dangle, hug and kiss. I give these people credit, I would never have been able to jump.
Afterward they sup something hot and some fruit. A bit different from Jillian lying on a fuzzy rug drinking wine on a cliff.
Molly comes with a list and proceeds to ask him a bunch of nonrelevant questions such as the food he would eat if he could only eat one thing and his favorite ice cream. "How can he propose to me if I don't know his favorite ice cream."
They meet up for the evening date and Molly tells us how nervous she is. Jason tells us that he adores her. He wants to see if she cares. He needs her to show him how she feels. Basically he needs her to jump his bones and wrapping her legs around him.
Jason tries to fish, by asking her some open ended questions. He feels that he has to pull things from her. He tells her about his observations on her family and how they seemed that they are reserved with their emotions. She says that is why she doesn't show her emotions but wants him to know that she is feeling it. She has a wall up and wishes she could be more showy.
Poor Molly, she can't help how she is. She tells him that she really feels that she is falling in love with him. It seemed tense until she said that. Light bulb or woody, Jason seemed more chipper after she told him that. She tells him that she wants to get to know him a little more.
Molly hands Jason a card that asks him to spend the night with her. He knew he was in for a good night. I think his suite was nicer so they probably spent the night there.
Jason is ready to see Melissa. He and Melissa run to each other and she does a Jillian by wrapping herself around him while he twirls around.
Melissa is really worried about the whole not meeting her family thing. They get to use Winston Churchill's boat around the lake. He says they have a lot of passion so he expects this day to be awesome.
They discuss the last rose ceremony and the emotions being high because of the whole heart break issue. He asks if it is worth it and she says "absolutely". They kiss and I really wish she would close her legs.
They are very comfortable together an he has no doubts about her but he needs to talk to her about her family.
Wow....they are in such a beautiful place. The hot tub and the view, nice!
He brings up the parent thing and he tells her that he would have loved to have met them. He asks her what she would tell them right now. She says, she would tell them that he makes her happy and she wishes that they could see how happy he makes her. He says that there is nothing her parents could do or say that would change his mind about Melissa. "I can love Melissa without her parents, but it could only go so far."
Jason waits for Melissa for their evening date only he isn't very dressed. She looks adorable in her black dress and sparkly heels and he has on jeans and a shirt.
On their date they discuss her parents and her brother. She talks to her brother 5 times a week and sees her parents 2 times weekly. She calls herself a mothers girl. She wants him to know how scared she was to tell him that he wouldn't be meeting her parents. She asks if it is a really big deal. She is sad when he tells her that it would have really liked to meet them but that he met her friends and that balanced it out. She looks ready to cry and he hands her the fantasy suite card. She says, "absolutely."
Jason is looking for that next step. He wants to see if he can fall in love with her. She wants to tell him that she loves him.
She tells him how scared she is and he says nothing is going to scare him. She tells him that she has never felt like this. She tells him that she is head over heels in love with him. He barely lets her finish before stopping her with a kiss. He tells her that she is amazing and he thanks her.
Jason tells us that he has completely fallen for her and that he has been for a long time. He already feels loved by her and having that in his life would be wonderful.
This week was one of the best weeks of Jason's life. He says they are all beautiful, all have huge hearts and he could envision all 3 of them as his wife. He has no idea who he is sending home.
Jason tells them that he is falling for all of them for different reasons. It hurts him that he has to break someone's heart.
The first rose goes to Melissa who looks adorable in her prom dress. The next and last rose goes to Molly. I had typed Jillian but had to erase it. I am actually shocked that he picked her over Jillian.
I think Jill is just too confident and strong for him. Jason likes to be the man, the main reason for someone's existence. He tells her not to doubt that he didn't have strong feelings for her. He never meet someone like her. Their lives are different. He tells her that he wouldn't be able to keep up with her.
She doesn't think her life is that different. She was hoping he would see how great their life could be.
He felt that they were on the path of "friends". She tells him that at the end of the day, you had to be friends.
She tells him of a dream she had with Ty and how it was the best dream ever.
He seems uncomfortable. He wishes he could just have said his nice words and she would have said thank you and walked. She has a need to tell him how she feels. She tells him that she has completely fallen in love with him. They hug and he walks her out.
At the car, they hug and she sobs into his arms. Jason is visably sad as she drives away.
Jason sits and cries. Is he sad that he had to break her heart or is he sad that he may have made a mistake? Only Jason knows.
Molly tells us that she found what she was looking for with Jason and this wasn't how she wanted it to end.
He tells us that sending Jill home was hard. He just wasn't in love with her.
It is interesting, the whole time he is saying, "one of you I will spend my life with, and I can't wait to introduce you to Ty" he was looking at Melissa. He turned to Molly when he said, "I can't wait to introduce you to my family."
Are the forums right? Is it Melissa? I can't wait to find out.