We had a GREAT time in the 105.1 The Buzz A-List Lounge yesterday with Hot Chelle Rae. The guys sounded great!!! They took a few minutes to update me on what's going on in their world. LOVE them and can't wait for the new album in November!!!
LA Reid called in to talk about tomorrow night's premiere of "X Factor" on Fox and we ended up talking about all sorts of stuff, including: How he discovered Rihanna and KNEW she had "it".....an Outkast reunion and new album next year....being "meaner than Simon"....and the biggest artist he let get away.....
....This video! If you're a long-time HP fan, counting the minutes until tonight's premiere, you'll probably relate to the lyrics! Haha!
Enjoy.....and if you go tonight to see Deathly Hallows pt 2, make sure you call in tomorrow to tell me how it was!
I don't know if peppermint tea would have helped with that massive traffic jam this morning, but maybe I would have been less stressed about it. It's worth a try, I guess. From Men's Health Magazine, 4 tips to help you get to work on time (or early)
Try these easy tips to shave a couple minutes off your morning routine:
Put your bedroom lamp on a timer
Set the light that is closest to your bed so it turns on when the alarm buzzes. When your eye detects an increased level of light, a signal is sent to the brainâs pinal gland. The gland then triggers serotonin, helping you to awaken.
Donât hit the snooze button
While it might be more satisfying to hit snooze and doze back off, thereâs no use wasting those extra minutes. The short amount of time between snooze alarms isnât enough time to for you to fall into REM sleepâthe kind of sleep that actually helps you feel rested, Gerard T. Lombardo, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at New York Methodist Hospital, told Menâs Health. It just makes you more drowsy.
Drink peppermint tea on your way to work
Peppermint tea has about half the caffeine as coffee and has been shown to improve concentration and performance. The scent of peppermint also makes drivers more alert and less anxious, according to a Wheeling Jesuit University study.
Buy a parking pass
The average commuter loses the equivalent of more than 6 days a year circling streets and spots looking for parking, a British poll found. Instead of wasting that time, shell out a few bucks to secure a spot in a lot near your company.
Duran Duran is on VH1 tonight, part of the Pepsi Superbowl Fan Jam and John Taylor took a few minutes to talk about that, Portland, the new Duran Duran album, and what he's doing for Valentine's Day. I wish we'd had more time to chat! Maybe when they come to the NW on their tour.
As if there weren't enough pressure on expectant moms & dads already, NOW we find out that you have to be extra careful about what you name your child, or you could end up with a little "handful" that throws tantrums at least 3x a day. Eek!
Do you recognize any of the names on this list as belonging to a troublemaker?
BIGGEST HANDFUL - GIRLS
BIGGEST HANDFUL - BOYS
LITTLE ANGELS - GIRLS
LITTLE ANGELS - BOYS
Children whose mothers used mobile phones while they were in the womb were 30 percent more likely to experience behavioral difficulties by age 7 than children of cellphone-averse moms. If the children started using cellphones themselves at an early age, the odds of behaving badly rose to 50 percent. The University of California study was based on a survey of 28,000 Danish 7-year-olds and their mothers.
Here's the full article. Scary stuff! I'm not sure I'm entirely buying the science on this one, but it's enough to make me wonder about what those cell phones are doing to OUR bodies & brains. Yikes!
I'll admit it. I am a HUGE geek for the Chronicles of Narnia. I've loved these books since I was a little kid and I am a huge fan of the movies. The third one, "The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" opens today and I got a chance to chat with the two stars, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes (they play Lucy and Edmund). They talked about: meeting the Queen, their most embarassing fan encounter, and if/when there will be more Narnia movies. Check out the interview below:
"Lucy" & "Edmund" talk about "Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" Narnia Kids
Have a cocktail and help fight AIDS tonight! Hotel Monaco is hosting a big Red Ribbon party that starts at 7pm. The fun includes Drag Queen BINGO, karaoke, a live auction, and more! Admission is FREE and includes complimentary appetizers from Red Star Tavern & Roast House! Of course, they will be accepting donations for Cascade Aids Project and $1 from each of these specially created cocktails will go to the cause as well:
* ROUGE â Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier, Campari and fresh orange juice shaken with fresh raspberries
* RUBY RED â Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka, Lillet Blanc, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup muddled with ginger coins and sparked with club soda
* VS SMASH â Hennessy VS, Grand Marnier, 10yr Tawny Port and lemon juice muddled with pineapple and dusted with grated nutmeg
Sounds yummy, doesn't it? Parties at Hotel Monaco are always LOTS of fun and tonight's soiree is certainly benefitting a great cause!
Hotel Monaco Portland, located at 506 S.W. Washington at 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, visit www.hotelmonaco-portland.com or call (503) 222-0001
1. Criticizing a nephew (or niece).
This is the toughest one for me. My daughter was always a model of civility, so little monsters make me nervous! This expert recommends that instead of announcing how you feel out loud, allow his parents to reprimand him. If they aren't saying anything, just politely pull them to the side and ask for a bit of help.
2. Bringing a smelly, inedible dish.
This is mainly so you don't end up being the butt of family jokes forever. If you can't cook, buy something to take!
3. Telling a scandalous family secret.
For every entertaining family secret, there are ten awkward, uncomfortable ones.....trust me, we don't really want to learn something scandalous about a family member, while we are trapped in a house for hours with them!
4. Arguing with your boyfriend/spouse.
This is another tough one. It's hard to hide your feelings!
5. Passing gas at the dinner table.
Did this really need to be on the list? LOL! I would think most people would be horrified to be the one who does this, but I guess there are still some outgrown frat boy types who think this is hilarious.
6. Having sex with a relative's man.
Once again, does this really need to be said? If you share DNA with someone, their man/woman should be off limits all year long, right?
7. Eating and running out the door.
Yes, you have another Thanksgiving to get to....or maybe your family drives you nuts.....but someone worked for a week or more to make this day special, so stick around and enjoy it a little!
I'm a little suspicious of anyone who is dubbed "man expert". I mean, really? Does such a thing even exist? haha! Well, on the chance that a man expert is more real than the tooth fairy or sasquatch, I will pass along his advice on what guys do not want you to give them for Christmas. It's interesting and makes sense....kinda. I'm still having a hard time believing that anyone does not like to get gift cards!
According to an author and "man expert", stay away from:
1. A gift card...to anywhere
Yes, men are functional creatures and we don't stand on ceremony. We like gift certificates...as a present from our cousin. Or coworker. But from you? Really? It's dangerously close to an envelope full of cash, which, even for us, is tacky.
2. Man jewelry
There are about 4,783 problems with this gift. Let's start with two. I don't like wearing jewelry. And I'll worry that you've outspent me and I'll feel guilty. Other than that, uh, thanks.
3. A wok
Unless your guy happens to be a chef, never get him something like a wok or a pancake griddle. It's a hint that lacks subtlety, and it's passive-aggressive. How'd you like it if I got you a vacuum cleaner?
4. Tickets to the ballet
Or the opera. Or that hot new interpretive dance troupe. I'm open-minded and I like trying new cultural experiences, but that shouldn't hijack my holiday gift. That's like you saying after dinner, "Okay, and for dessert, I'm serving you broccoli!"
5. A "coupon book"
You know the type. "One Free Massage!" "One Hour of Anything You Want in the Bedroom -- to Be Redeemed Anytime!" It's played out. And the coupons for sexual favors? Months from now, when you're not in the mood, do you really want us to "pay" you with a coupon? Paying for sex is called...well, prostitution.
6. Books from your favorite author
Let's clear up a big myth about book-giving: When you give me a book -- one you recommend -- I am doing you a favor, as you're asking me to spend 5 to 15 hours of my life on this chore. Books don't cost money. Books cost time.
7. Baby stuff
Whoa whoa whoa. If you're telling us that we're about to become a dad, this is not the way to do it. And if we're already expecting, this isn't the time or place for "Project Baby" homework. My gift should be about me. (That's not selfish, is it?)
It would take many sessions with a psychiatrist to decode this gift. Are you hinting we should take our relationship up a notch and travel together more? Do you want me to hit the road? Do you want me to get rid of my old baggage? Too much to think about.
9. Framed photos
Awwww. A cute photo of us skiing in Aspen. How'd you know that's exactly what I wanted? A handy rule of thumb: If something can double as a holiday card to our parents, we want as little to do with it as possible.
Let's be honest. The "gift of love" just isn't going to cut it. Sure, love conquers all, love makes the world go 'round, love's all you need, yada yada yada, but saying "Love is a gift" is like saying "Kindness pays rent." Give me something I can unwrap.
A new article came out last week that lists 7 things that women look for in a guy, whether they know it or not. Some of these ( like number 6) are kind of "no duh!", but others, like the one about us liking scars, are interesting!
1. Both Sides of Him Match
The more symmetrical his face, the more attention a man is likely to get. Studies have shown that Mother Nature makes the most beautiful people match both sides. In research, women are more likely to pick a man with a symmetrical face than not and figures show that people with symmetrical bodies usually lost their virginity much younger and have more sexual partners than their lop-sided pals.
2. His Look Matches Your Mood
Women go for different types depending on what she wants from a relationship at that time. In an experiment which allowed women to control the features on a computer generated face, they said they felt safer with men who also had a slightly feminine look.
3. He Walks the Walk
American human behavioralist David Lieberman says men who walk with a manly stride ooze sex appeal. He notes flexibility is what makes people look young when they walk and looking young is always a winner in the sexy stakes.
4. Beware of the Scar
Studies revealed that women find scarring on men attractive because they connect it with health and bravery. Non-Western cultures perceive facial scars as signs of maturity and strength - but researchers found that Western women also find facial scars attractive.
5. Others Find Him Sexy
University of Aberdeen psychologist Ben Jones and his team tested the impact that the opinions of others has on our perception of beauty. They were shown a video in which the same faces were displayed. Each man was being looked at by a woman smiling or one showing a bored expression. The women were more attracted to the men being smiled at, proving we are influenced by what others think. Men were given the same test but rated those who got approving female glances as less attractive.
6. He is Successful and Good Looking
Tests show that younger women rely more on physical attractiveness than older women who also take wealth, stability, power and faithfulness into account. This demonstrates the good sense of the older woman since studies prove that less attractive men are more faithful and loving than handsome men.
7. And... He Looks Like a Chimpanzee!
A study of the skulls of human ancestors and modern humans found that women like men with relatively short upper faces. Females liked males whose faces were more scrunched proportionately between the brow and the upper lip. According to a study at the Natural History Museum in London, men with similar facial patterns to chimpanzees, are most attractive. Maybe to Englishwomen!
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is such a lie. It doesn't feel good to have your stomach rumbling, while you try to choke down pieces of rice cake and tell yourself that you aren't really eating styrofoam packing material. It doesn't feel good to not have enough energy to ride bikes with your child because you've only had 300 calories that day (and are feeling guilty about that). It doesn't feel good to watch your friends enjoying chocolate birthday cake, while you try to pretend you are too full from the tasteless side salad with no dressing that you had for lunch.
I've been skinny at different times in my life. It was a constant 24/7 battle against my own body's life preservation system and it was exhausting.....and I was miserable. At some point, I gave up on being skinny and just focused on trying to be healthy. I couldn't wear size 2 anymore, but I felt SO MUCH better! I'll bet if you asked my family & friends, they would tell you that I became much more fun to be around.
I talked to Danielle Milano, MD this week about her book, "Skinny Is Overrated" and her visit to Portland this Sunday (more on that in a minute). Danielle has a clinic in New York that specializes in helping women live healthy lifestyles. The first step is realizing that your body is genetically designed to be a certain size. You may be bigger or smaller than what your body is designed to be and if you are, you probably feel tired, sick, irritable.....basically miserable most of the time. You're also setting the stage for serious health problems that could shorten your life and greatly affect the quality of it. Danielle's program has 10 basic steps to follow:
1) Stop drinking soda (especially diet soda....it confuses your brain and makes you eat more)
2) Exercise by walking every day (if you can do more, than go for it, but this is the minimum everyone should do)
3) Avoid all foods with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
4) Avoid all foods with trans-fats
5) Eat foods containing healthy fats every day (Yes to olive oil!)
6) Eat a green leafy vegetable every day
7) Reduce the starches (but feel satisfied by using more of the good fats)
8) Obtain enough Vitamin D through sunshine or eating oily fish such as sardines
Please come back to this blog post on Tuesday for the full interview, but in the meantime, be SURE to check out Danielle's book, "Skinny Is Overrated". Of course, if you go to Hotel Monaco on Sunday, you will get a copy of the book to take home.
She was really, really good last night on this duet with Jason Aldean at the CMA Awards. She's hinted that there are several duets on her new project....maybe Jason Aldean will return her favor? They sound good together!
Researchers say friendly people get less sleep. In fact, the more social you are, the harder it is to get to sleep at night. Makes sense, right? The more friends you have, the more full your social calendar is.... which means less time for sleeping. That's my theory, anyway. The researchers say it's something entirely different. Here's the article!
If you don't want to gove up your friends, you can always find outher ways to get to sleep at night....like listen to Coldplay!
According to this article, men are more agreeable at 6pm....women at 3pm....your boss at 1pm. Darn it, I missed my opportunity to ask for a raise today! I am going to start hiding at 3, though....only to emerge at 6pm, with my hubby's to-do list for the weekend! ;-)
Ok....I don't agree with all of these....and not all of them are "technically" questions....but some good advice here!
David DeAngelo, author of "Double Your Dating", has come up with a list of 10 questions a guy should never ask a woman.
First of all, a man should never ask a woman if he can kiss her. He says it makes a guy appear indecisive and immature and that most women want a "take charge" kind of guy.
Secondly, a man should never ask a woman if he can take her out on a date sometime, as she would like to be with a man who is a leader and in control, not someone who asks her permission to hit on her.
A man should confidently ask a woman out, by simply saying, "We should hang out... what's your number?" or tell her about a specific place he wants to take her to.
Thirdly, a man should never brag about the car he has or the kind of house he lives in, as it would seem like he is trying hard to impress her.
Women would be far more impressed by a man's material possessions if he does not mention them in conversation.
The fourth thing a man should never ask a woman is what she wants to do for the night, as she likes a "man with a plan".
The man needs to have a game plan before he calls her, so as to ensure that she will not be burdened with having to think about what to do.
Fifthly, a man should never ask a woman if she likes him, as this is one phrase that turns off a woman completely.
He should just assume that she likes him, and never ask the question, as it would look like he has no confidence.
Number six....a man should never ask a woman why she never answered his message, as one, it would show that he cared she did not reply back, and two, it would give her a guilt trip, which is seen as insecurity by women.
The seventh question that a man should never ask a woman how men she has slept with, as this shows that he is suffering from insecurity.
The eighth tip is that a man should never hint at a future date with a woman he has just met, as she not only wants but needs a guy who is somewhat of a "challenge", and will lose interest if she senses she has won.
The ninth tip is that a man should never end a phone conversation with a woman with a "next step", as firstly it would kill any spontaneity by being predictable, and secondly he would kill any chances of her calling him.
The tenth tip is that a man should never talk bad about a woman's guy friends especially if he hasn't met them and doesn't know her very well, as this is the fastest way for her to mark him as "insecure".
Love Halloween, but don't love running to every Goodwill, Hot Topic, and Wig shop in town to put your costume together? Glamour Magazine posted this list of 21 Halloween costumes that you can put together in 5 minutes! In most cases, you have everything you need already at home!
Some of my faves:
Halloween Costume Idea 1: Tom Cruise in Risky Business
What youâll need: a guys button-down, white tube socks and sunglasses
Why you should try it: Itâs a look from a totally iconic sceneâplayed by a totally hot manâand it'd look even better on you. Need we say more?
Halloween Costume Idea 4: Betty White
What youâll need: white wig, snickers bar, a sparkly sweater (go fish in grandmaâs closet!)
Why you should try it: At age 88, Betty White is hotter than sheâs ever been. One warning, though: People will crawl out of the woodwork to tell you how much they love her, so just brush up on your Golden Girls trivia before you head out the door.
Halloween Costume Idea 8: Lady Gaga in âTelephoneâ
What youâll need: caution tape
Why you should try it: Itâs easyâjust wrap yourself up! While everyone may be dressed as Gaga, we doubt theyâll pick this incarnation of the wacky songstress.
Halloween Costume Idea 9: a Tweet
What youâll need: white shirt with â140 charactersâ written on the front
Why you should try it: Because everyoneâs on Twitter (including Glamour, hello!), and the whole costume takes less time than it does to Tweet. Bonus points for writing your @ handle on the back.
OK...this pic really says it all. The firefighters were modeling shirts from Urban Retreads and ladies in the audience had a chance to buy the shirts right off their backs (all money went to the MDA). This one got a couple of ladies into a bidding war. EVERYONE got into it, with friends, relatives, and total strangers donating money to both of the ladies to try to help them win. We declared a tie and this pic was snapped when the two ladies got to see what was under the shirt they just bought! Priceless!
This granny was sitting next to my Buzz winners, carefully counting her money before the shirt auction. Sadly, the auction was just too rich for her blood and she didn't buy a thing.
Thanks again to my AWESOME Buzz Busy Mom winners for being so fun to hang out with! You could be one of our next Buzz Busy Mom winners. Enter on our contest page!
I'm a bit skeptical, but according to this article having artificial light on when it's dark outside is messing with our metabolism and making us gain weight! I can see how you might eat less if you couldn't see the food in front of you (food tastes way different if you can't see it), so maybe that is part of it as well? Check out the article and tell me what you think! Would you be willing to live in darkness to lose a few pounds?
This article in Marie Claire says that if you can get your date to hold a warm cup of coffee....or sit in a warm room, he will translate that warmth into warm feelings for you! Hmmmm.....at first, I was skeptical......BUT....then I remembered that my first date with Mr. P was at Huber's....and we had Spanish Coffees! Silly me, I had been giving the alcohol the credit, when it was actually the hot coffee that did the trick! Haha!
BTW....if you haven't yet been to Huber's for Spanish Coffee, you aren't a real Portlander...yet! ;-) Great thing for a date night....whether it's your first or not!
Overeating is the most expensive bad habit (when you factor in health costs associated with treating the diseases that come with obesity), but most eye-opening to me was the fact that my beloved morning coffee habit is costing me nearly $115,000 in a lifetime. :-( I wish I could quit coffee, because I could use that money!!!
What's your most expensive bad habit? Does this article make you want to give it up?
It's already time to start thinking about Christmas shopping and experts say this is going to be one of the hottest novelty gifts this Christmas....
Yes, this toaster prints a pic of Jesus on your toast. The inventor says he saw people spending thousands of dollars on half-eaten grilled cheese sandwiches with the Virgin Mary on them.....so, thought he would save you all that money by giving you the opportunity to make your own....you're welcome! ;-)
The inventor is working on Jerry Garcia toasters and Sarah Palin toasters for the non-religious.....I have a thing with eating anything that's looking at me, so I won't be buying any of them....will you? If you said yes, here's the link!
According to this story, researchers conducted four studies that revealed two types of consumers. In the first study, they asked female shoppers in a local mall to carry a shopping bag for an hour during their shopping trip. Shoppers were allowed to use either a
Victoriaâs Secret shopping bag or a plain pink shopping bag. After an hour,
shoppers were asked to rate themselves on a list of personality traits, including traits associated with the Victoriaâs Secret brand. Shoppers who carried the Victoriaâs Secret bag perceived themselves as more feminine, glamorous, and good-looking than shoppers who carried the plain shopping bag.
Ok....I have to ask because this is Oregon.....what about shoppers who carry their own green re-usable shopping bag? I don't feel sexier when I carry mine, but......I must admit.....I do KIND OF feel superior....Haha! There, I admitted it. Do you feel superior when you carry something? Tell me about it!
The worst kept secret in Hollywood was confirmed today....J-Lo & Steven Tyler will be the new judges on American Idol. Not sure why they waited so long to confirm or why they had to have a press conference to do it *snickers*, but finally, it's confirmed. What do you think? Are you more or less likely to watch? For me, it's never been about the judges, but more about the people competing....no effect on me.
A bit of a controversy is brewing around this online......many parents think her outfit is totally inappropriate for pre-schoolers....others say the kids won't even notice and the bit is cute! What do you think?
For years, we have heard that the fashion industry is indirectly contributing to eating disorders by hiring impossibly skinny women to model their clothes.....add Photoshopping to the mix and you've got a recipe for unrealistic expectations for what "beauty" is supposed to look like.
Well, the British Government is trying to do something about it. They are trying to pass a law that would require all airbrushed or photoshopped pics to carry a warning label.
I like the idea....but want to point out that we don't always need that warning label....sometimes the bad photoshopping speaks for itself! Check out some of my fave "Bad Celeb Photoshop" moments below....
Brad Pitt's head on what appears to be Justin Bieber's body! LOL
Eeek! What is wrong with Christina's finger?!!!
Dude, where's my belly button?
....and of course, Kara Dioguardi's famous rubber legs!
The hottest new gift for your dog this year is Puppy Tweets....How CUTE is is this?
Whenever your dog moves, barks (or just naps), the tag knows it and sends a WiFi signal to your computer which then sends you a Tweet. For example, a bark may generate a Tweet of: "I bark because I miss you. There I said it. Now hurry home." A quick run through the house could produce: "I finally caught that tail I've been chasing and?OOUUUCHH!" You can check in on your dog during the day, by following his or her tweets. I love it.....now they need to make one for cats!
Have you seen this Prince Poppycock guy on America's Got Talent? Sharon Osbourne calls him the "male Lady Gaga" and people are just freaking out over this guy....and as cheesy as his act can be, I do see why people like to watch him. Now you can see him in person, as "America's Got Talent" is taking their top 10 on the road! Closest show to us is Vegas, but what better place to see Prince Poppycock in all his splendor! ;-)
P.s. If you have not yet experienced Prince Poppycock, the video below should be a perfect introduction. ;-)
I do it and I'm sure you do, too.....snoop in the shopping basket of the person next to you in the grocery store. According to a recent survey, 90% of women decide in 10 seconds whether they would date a guy or not....after seeing what he's got in his cart! Top shopping cart turn-ONs include a bottle of wine and fresh fruits & veggies.....top date killers include beer, vodka, and ketchup! According to this article, they think the ketchup & beer guys are "lazy & stupid". I don't know if I agree with that (my man is a beer & ketchup guy and he's pretty smart), but I will admit to doing a bit of judging when I snoop on other people groceries!
No matter what channel you watch tonight, you are going to see:
* Apolo Anton Ohno
* Christina Applegate
* David Archuleta
* David Boreanaz
* Denzel Washington
* George Clooney
* Gwyneth Paltrow
* Kristen Bell
* Michael C. Hall
* Randy Jackson
* Ray Liotta
* Renée Zellweger
* Rob Lowe
* Tony Hawk
* Vanessa Hudgens
....and LOTS of other stars on the Stand Up To Cancer telethon. I hope they raise a lot of money to fight this horrible disease that has taken too many people we love. The streaming video will be available below, in case you want to check it out before you get home.
If you're like me, the most stressful part of Back To School is how EXPENSIVE the shopping is! A close second...the stress of getting your kid out the door on time! So I was happy to find this article online yesterday.....some interesting tips there!
The Night Before Stuff
1) Pack lunches and fill water bottles. Doing it when it's late and you (or the kids if they're able) are tired beats racing to do it when it's early and you or the kids are tired. Hot lunch family? Put notes in your calendar to check the balance on the lunch account a couple of times a month (if your school offers that service) or make sure you've got correct change, with reusable, labeled baggies or envelopes maybe for the littlest or less organized ones.
2) Choosing outfits ahead of time is a great idea, of course. It also never hurts to have them pick a back-up in case they are in a snit and have changed their mind when it's time to get dressed. That way, the potential ten-minute, "But I don't want to wear THAT today!" discussion can hopefully be tackled in two seconds with an, "Okay, here you go, then!" at-hand solution.
3) Check for any due library books, permission slips, homework to turn in, etc. and be sure they are all filed in the right kid's backpack.
4) Put the backpacks by the front door. You'd think they're too big to lose. You'd be wrong.
5) Have each kid put their shoes on top of their backpack. Put a sock in each shoe.
The Day Of Stuff
6) No electronics until everyone is ready to go. One kid gets ready early and turns on YouTube or a video game, and you are such a goner. Kids ready early may read.
7) Stick to the either/or rule: "Red jacket or blue today?" "Pigtails or ponytails?" rather than, "Which jacket do you want?" or "How should we do your hair?"
8) If they take any medicines in the morning, make sure they get put out on the table so they can be taken with breakfast. If you sometimes have to serve them toast in the car while you drive to school because you missed that window for a sit-down breakfast, keep a bottle or two of water in the car to wash down the meds. Favorite breakfast or energy bars are already stashed in your glove box, right?
9) Monitor their overall progress and help them stay focused on the task at hand. Give them both a ten- and five-minute warning before it's time to go.
10) Set the mood. Be mellow even if you aren't feeling it! I discourage any competitive racing in the morning, especially at the breakfast table. If I stay as calm and relaxed as possible, we are less likely to have upsetting and time-consuming blow-ups
In case you missed our hourlong chat with Katy Perry about fame, songwriting, boys and her very own Teenage Dreams, check out our Audio Vault to get the full skinny, straight from her cotton-candy flavoredmouth!
That's what the Indiana BMV says. Teens who have taken Driver's Ed classes are 4X more likely to get in crashes than those who did not take the classes. Some lawmakers say it might be time for an overhaul. Indiana's drivers ed program has not changed in the past 30 years.
I think they need to study a) older drivers (lots of factors involved in teen driving and crashes) and b) drivers in other states (there may be something wrong with the way driver's ed is taught in Indiana)
At least, that is what scientists say. Now, keep in mind, this is from a COMPLETELY biological point of view. It sounds like an interesting study, though. Here's the article, from the UK's Telegraph newspaper:
Scientists discovered that being able to pull off dance floor moves with the ease of John Travolta indicates strength and ability to produce healthy offspring
Researchers found that the men who women said looked attractive on the dance floor are actually physically stronger than those who are considered to have two left feet. This in turn indicates an ability to have strong children
Researchers recorded video clips of 40 heterosexual male students dancing to the drum track of the Robbie Williams song Let Me Entertain You.
They found those whose moves were rated attractive and assertive by members of the opposite sex were physically stronger than the others whose gyrations were below par.
Information about the participants' clothing, their looks and body shape which could have produced bias was disguised by getting them to all wear white overalls.
Hand grip strength was also measured, according to the study published in New Scientist magazine.
Twenty-five female students then viewed the videos and rated the dancers for attractiveness while another 25 judged their assertiveness.
Even after controlling for body weight there were strong correlations between strength scores and both perceived attractiveness and assertiveness.
Dr Bernhard Fink, an anthropologist of Gottingen University in Germany, said: "We already know women use static cues such as facial and bodily characteristics in their assessments of men.
"This study shows dynamic cues such as dancing ability might also be used to assess male quality in terms of strength and dominance â traits which eventually signal status."
The findings, also published in Personality and Individual Differences, show why uncoordinated men with two left feet and the dance floor prowess of Mr Bean can struggle to attract women.
It was Charles Darwin who first suggested dance was part of courtship rituals â something confirmed in nightclubs every weekend.
Did you hear about Katy Perry crashing the prom in Australia? She'd never actually been to a prom (she's been doing music professionally since she was 15 or 16), so when she was walking by and heard "California Gurls" playing, she decided to go in and join the party. The news story below has a clip of her singing & dancing to "Single Ladies".... BTW, love the new hair, Katy!
Back-to-school shopping can be expensive! (...and if you're like me, you aren't even done yet! Yikes!) The website, shopittome.com has been studying retailers patterns and they say there are specific "Savings windows" for everything and if you know WHEN to shop for certain things, you can save a lot of money. For example:
* For the biggest markdowns (41% off) on the most categories of boysâ clothing, Moms should shop on Wednesday.
* Discounts on girlsâ clothing items online average 36% off most days of the week, but shop on Saturday for bigger sales on casual pants (63% off) and skirts (47% off).
* The best day to save on boysâ shoes is Friday for discounts on average of 54% off. For girlsâ shoes and jeans, however, shop on Tuesday for the best price cuts (49% and 38%).
There is a LOT more over at www.shopittome.com
....and YES, there are best times to buy non-clothes items, too! According to smartmoney.com:
When to buy: During a holiday weekend.
Why: You'll find sales on select models all year long, but retailers bring out the big guns for holiday weekends, says Carolyn Forte, homecare director for the Good Housekeeping Institute. But don't worry about spending your Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends shopping for a new fridge â smaller holidays like Columbus Day and President's Day have their share of sales, too.
When to buy: During your pregnancy.
Why: Once you know your due date, keep an eye out for end-of-season clearances, recommends Alan Fields, co-author of "Baby Bargains." "If you're [newly] pregnant now, you know you'll be having a baby next summer," he says. "Well, right now, stores are closing out all the summer clothes." You can pick up newborn essentials like onesies for less than half price. (For more ways to save, see our column Oh Baby!)
When to buy: Hours before the curtain rises.
Why: How does a $25 front-row seat to the smash musical "Wicked" sound? Several musicals offer same-day ticket lotteries that offer up orchestra seats at inexpensive prices. If you'd rather not gamble on getting a seat, wait in line at the famous TKTS booth in Times Square. There, you can get tickets for hit musicals for up to 50% off. On a recent night, prime seats were available for "Hairspray," "Rent," "Sweeney Todd" and "Beauty & the Beast." (For the right times to drop by TKTS, and other ways to save, see our column A Midsummer Night's Dream.)
When to buy: Weekday mornings in September.
Why: By September, all the next year's models have arrived at the lot, and dealers are desperate to get rid of the current year's leftovers, says Phil Reed, consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. It's the prime time of year for incentives and sales, not to mention bargaining. "Any car that's been on the lot for a long time loses its value in the eyes of the car salesman," he says.
Heading to the dealership on a weekday morning also helps because there's low foot traffic, meaning you'll have ample time to negotiate and fewer people trying to buy the same car. The more demand, the less willing a salesman is to go down on price, says Reed. (For more, see our column Summer Car Savings.)
When to buy: December
Why: Most people assume that because everyone wants a good bottle of Champagne for New Year's Eve that prices go up during the holidays, says Sharon Castillo, director of the Office of Champagne, USA, which represents the trade association of growers in the Champagne region. But due to fierce competition among the Champagne houses, prices are actually lower during the holidays than they are at any other time of year. (For more on picking the right bottle, see our column Break Out the Bubbly.)
When to buy: Thursday evenings, six to eight weeks after an item arrives in stores.
Why: After an item lingers in stores a month or more, retailers start dropping its price to get it out the door, says Kathryn Finney, author of "How to Be a Budget Fashionista." These season-end clearances tend to be the same month that designers host fashion weeks (February and September) to preview the next fall or spring collections. So smart buyers can check the catwalk to see if any of this season's trends â say, leggings or military-style jackets â will still be hot next year, and then scoop them up on clearance.
Hitting the mall on a weekday ensures you'll get a good selection. "On the weekend, you'll only get picked-over stuff because the stores don't have time to restock," she says. By Thursday, most of the weekend sales have begun, but everything available is on the floor.
Computers and electronics
When to buy: Just after a new model is launched.
Why: When the latest and greatest of a product is released, you'll often see prices drop on what had previously been the best thing out there, says Tom Merritt, executive editor for CNET.
You've probably heard Neon Trees song, "Animal" on the Buzz....or on those tv commercials that make you want to visit Vegas...or a number of other places.....it's everywhere and incredibly catchy!
Neon Trees are here in Portland tonight to play the Dew Action Sports Tour and before they go on stage (10 pm tonight), they stopped by The Buzz to play their song, "Animal" and to talk about their music....their love of Billy Ocean....their random encounters with German nudists....how Jared Leto stays ageless & beautiful....Tyler's man-crush on Steve Carrell....and a lot more! Click below to listen. The song is at the end, but if you skip ahead, you miss one of the most fun chats I've had in a while. ;-)
This Saturday's Best Of Oregon Food & Wine Festival will include much more than delicious food & wine. You will also be able to hear 2009 Portland Music Award winners for Best band, Acoustic Minds. Jenni & Amanda Price are Acoustic Minds and they dropped by today to chat and play two of their brand new songs as a preview to what you can enjoy this Saturday at Best of Oregon! Click the link for more info. It's happening at The Reserve Golf Club and is a benefit for Doernbecker Children's Hospital.
Acoustic Minds talk Best of Oregon & Burning Man....and play two new songs!
Katy Perry's new project, "Teenage Dream" doesn't come out until the 24th, but everybody's already talking about one of the new songs that hasn't yet hit the radio. It's called "Circle The Drain" and is rumoured to be about her ex-boyfriend, Travie McCoy. If true....it sounds like pills, not cheating is what broke them up. The song definitely reminds me of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette and I think Katy sounds great with more of a rock edge (wish she would do that more).... would love to hear your thoughts!
Mary Roach makes me wish I'd paid more attention in science class. Her book about dead bodies, "Stiff" has earned me a few odd looks on airplanes, but it is one of the most fascinating and entertaining books about human cadavers that I have ever read. Ok, it's the only book about human cadavers I have ever read, but I can't imagine any science textbook being half this interesting or funny!
Mary has written a new book about the strange things space travel and zero gravity do to human bodies. It's called "Packing For Mars" and if you've ever daydreamed about space travel, it's a must read. Mary will be at Powell's tomorrow (August 12), talking about her book and answering your questions.....but first, I got to ask her a few questions of my own!
For a band with a HUGE hit song, the Script have been a bit M.I.A. this summer, hiding out in Ireland, working on a new project. Good news! Their new project is done and coming out Sept. 13! They put their first single up on youtube, so we could all listen before the CD is released. Click this link to listen!
What do you think? It reminds me a LOT of "Breakeven", which isn't a bad thing at all. ;-)
This almost takes the sting out of the Lakers beating the Blazers in the playoffs this year....Portland is a WAY more romantic city than L.A.! That's according to this article in Travel & Leisure magazine.
Got a birthday coming up? According to this article, you should be concerned if your guy gives you a gift card....and HAPPY if he gives you an appliance. It's an interesting read....would love to hear from some guys on this....is it true?
Flowers, Stuffed Animals and Chocolates
While certainly not the most original gift, men associate these items with safety. In other words, they are hard to mess up. Each one of these should be thought of as a simple token to express his interest in continuing to develop the relationship. These gifts are also the universally accepted way to say âIâm sorryâ whenever he screws up.
The man who buys clothing for his partner is climbing out on a bit of a limb. This requires him to know his partner fairly well; otherwise he will fail at getting her something she will be happy wearing. Many men see this as an opportunity to prove to his partner that he knows what she needs and understands her.
Sexy sleepwear is a whole other ball game beyond the skirt and blouse combo. This is his subtle (at least he thinks) way to introduce more intimacy into the relationship.
Jewelry is a commercially driven gift, made successful by the countless ads which tell guys that the way to a girlâs heart is through a small velvet covered box with a shiny thing inside. On the other hand, women do like jewelry, and this can be an opportunity to express his commitment to her (love), as well as the extent of his ability to take care of her (symbol of wealth).
Men place a great deal of importance on the expense of a gift, believing that the more pricy it is, the more it will mean. This is, however, based on the comparable wealth and level of sacrifice of the giver. In other words, a diamond ring from a pauper may mean more than the same ring given by a billion dollar tycoon. This is how some women can get the wrong idea â by gauging his intentions by the monetary value of the gift.
Women often misinterpret the meaning behind appliances as gifts. If the appliance is handed over in a brown grocery bag, then it may indeed be time to take inventory of the relationship. However, men are more utilitarian about gift giving, seeing the greatest value in its pleasure and usefulness, rather than sentiment and thought value. He may have bought the blender simply because he thought you needed it.
This is the guy who has either given up on the relationship, or has given up on trying to find his partner something she really wants. Either way, it shows laziness and a disinterest in getting to know her. This gift could be a red flag, unless it can be traced back to some creative thinking, such as a spa service, favorite book store, dinner for two, etc.
Sometimes a vacation package may come off as being slightly self serving, but it may also be a sign of taking things to the next level of commitment. For the married couple, a vacation may be his way of rekindling the flames by having her all to himself for the weekend (or longer).
Bono's back is better and they are resuming their tour tomorrow night in Italy. Fans (of course) are already camped out.....waiting...and they recorded two new songs that U2 did in rehearsal. The quality isn't that great....but if you're curious....click below!
p.s. The second on, “For Your Love—North Star”, keeps disappearing from Youtube....but if you keep searching, you may find it!
John Mayer did a private show recently and covered THE song of this summer....Katy Perry's "California Girls"....even though he didn't really know the lyrics....and didn't do the Snoop Dog part...it's still pretty entertaining! Check it out below!
Adam Levine told an interviewer recently that they will be doing this cover of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" on their upcoming tour, as well as a Tina Turner cover ("What's Love Got To Do With It")
If you haven't heard their version of the Alicia tune, check it out below...Adam sings the heck out of it!
Well, this is according to the 3000 British folks, who took this poll. I'm convinced the results would be quite different if Americans were polled. Speaking of which.... I'm a bit surprised that Lady Gaga did not make the list, yet a vacuum cleaner did?! Who else do you think should have been on here?
Top 100 coolest things on the planet
3. The internet
5. Aston martin DB9
6. Cadbury's chocolate
9. Mobile phones
11. Google Earth
12. Audi R8
14. GHD hair straightners
15. Bugatti Veyron
16. Nintendo Wii
21. Johnny Depp
22. New York City
24. Northern Lights
26. James Bond
27. Mini Cooper
28. Plasma TVs
29. Top Gear
30. VW campervan
31. Glastonbury Festival
32. Dyson vacuum cleaner
33. David Beckham
34. The Simpsons
35. Boeing 747 400 jumbo jet
36. Converse All-Stars
37. Michael Jackson
38. The Beatles
39. Las Vegas
40. Jimi Hendrix
41. The Harry Potter series
42. Pulp Fiction
43. Sex and the City
45. VW Beetle
46. Christian Louboutin shoes
47. Harrier Jump Jet
48. Cheryl Cole
49. Lamborghini Diablo
51. The Wonderbra
52. Ant and Dec
53. Quentin Tarantino
54. Clint Eastwood
56. Chanel No 5
57. Bang and Olufsen Beolab Speakers
58. David Bowie
59. John Lennon
60. The A-Team
61. Ray Ban sunglasses
64. Barack Obama
65. Johnny Cash
66. Calvin Klein underwear
67. Times Square, New York
70. The Fonz
71. Elvis Presley
72. Ferrari Enzo
73. Harley Davidson motorbikes
74. The X-Factor
75. Dr Martin boots
76. Muhammad Ali
77. Sean Connery
79. James Dean
80. The Matrix
81. Frank Sinatra
82. The Twilight Saga
84. BMW X5
85. Abercrombie and Fitch
88. Jack Nicholson
89. Jeremy Clarkson
90. Big Brother
91. Cosmopolitan cocktail
92. Diesel jeans
93. Michael Caine
94. Simon Cowell
95. Stevie Wonder
96. The Rolling Stones
97. Leather jackets
98. Dolce and Gabbana
99. Rolex watches
100. Rubix Cube
#10.) EATING FAST FOOD. Youâll start feeling the effects once your metabolism slows down. And almost anything you make at home is better for you than fast food.
#9.) DRIVING WRECKLESSLY. About a million people die from car accidents every year, and about 50 million more people are injured. And men tend to drive more aggressively than women do.
#8.) PLAYING VIDEO GAMES ALL DAY. Playing games on your cell phone while youâre waiting in the doctorâs office is one thing. But if youâre always tethered to your PlayStation 3 . . . itâs time to grow up.
#7.) LIVING IN A DORM ROOM. Not literally, but if youâre over 30, you shouldnât have Grateful Dead posters on the wall, pizza boxes on the floor, and empty beer cans scattered all around your apartment.
#6.) GETTING A TATTOO. This oneâs debatable, but AskMen.com makes a good point: If you get a BAD tattoo when youâre FORTY, you canât really explain it away as something you did when you were young and stupid.
#5.) BINGE DRINKING. Again, when youâre 22, you can blame it on being young and crazy. But thereâs a point where, if youâre binge drinking all the time, it starts to become an ILLNESS.
And if you havenât worried about it all yet, hitting 30 is a good time to start.
#4.) LIVING PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK. This oneâs easier said than done. But once youâre in your 30â²s, you need to figure out a way to save whatever you can each month and prepare for things like kids, layoffs, and health issues.
#3.) WORKING AT A DEAD-END JOB. If youâve been at the same job for five years and they havenât given you a promotion yet, they might NEVER give you one. So it might be time to look for a job where you can start climbing the ladder.
#2.) KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT POLITICS. In American demographics, the term âyouth voteâ means voters between the ages of 18 and 29. So if youâre over 30, youâre an adult who should know something about how the world works.
#1.) DRESSING LIKE A SLOB. It doesnât take much time, effort, or even money to dress like an adult. You just have to care about how you present yourself. And you have to realize that more is expected of you now than when you were 20.
This last weekend, The Best of Oregon Festival invited me to a preview of their festival in August......a dinner at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn. Of course, I said "YES" and I brought a bunch of Buzz listeners with me. We started out by boarding the brand new Double Decker PDX bus. You would not believe how many people were taking our picture (ok, ok....I know it was the bus they were taking pics of, but still....it made us feel like celebs for the day!)
Admit it.....you'll be watching the "Jersey Shore" season premiere July 29! It's ok....your secret is safe with me....as long as you don't tell on ME! LOL! Everybody's guilty tv pleasure/trainwreck is back....and here's a sneak preview of the new season.
BTW....I'm thinking of throwing a "Jersey Shore" viewing party. If you have ever been to one or thrown one, I'd love to see pics!!!
Did you see Lady Gaga on the Today Show this morning? girlfriend proved she can SING! Check out her cover of "Someone To Watch Over Me" before she gets into "Bad Romance"...amazing! I hope she does that when her Monster ball rolls into Portland August 19!
Yay! It seems I have good taste in tv shows and today's Emmy Nominations prove it (uhhhh, nevermind that I was kind of addicted to Celebrity Apprentice, ok) ;-)
Hereâs a select list of the most popular categories that were announced during the 62nd Annual Emmy Nominations this morning:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Good Wife
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY:
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
ACTOR IN A COMEDY:
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Matthew Morrison, Glee
ACTOR IN A DRAMA:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House
Matthew Fox, Lost
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA:
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM:
Dancing With The Stars
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Saturday Night Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
This is definitely going to be something special, so I'd like to have some cool, FUN people to enjoy it with!
The Best Of Oregon Festival (which is all about the BEST food & wine Oregon has to offer) has invited us for a preview of their festival! It's a private tour and tasting at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, which will include a fabulous dinner with wine right in the vineyards! Cool, right? It gets better.....Check out our ride to & from this fabulous event....the brand new Double Decker PDX bus!
...and SAVE THE DATE, August 14....for The Best Of Oregon Festival!
Seriously, they have the BEST wineries and restaurants in Oregon at this all day event at The Reserve Golf Club. The food & wine are both incredible, plus it benefits Doernbecker Children's Hospital! Get details and tickets HERE!! Tickets are $5 cheaper if you buy them now, so get yours!
1. Her friends arenât as friendly as they used to be.
âMaybe she told her girlfriends sheâs going to leave you, and the girlfriends have told their boyfriends and acquaintances,â says Py Kim Conant, author of Sex Secrets of an American Geisha. âAll of them pull back somewhat, because theyâre afraid youâll somehow sense from them that somethingâs rotten in Denmark.â
2. She ups her weekly workouts.
âIf your significant other starts to increase her visits to the gym or adds a new workout routine, it may mean that sheâs thinking of finding greener pastures,â says Tina de Lemp, president of B.Fit. âOften, women become lax with their workout schedules when theyâre in a satisfying relationship.â
3. Sheâs not having as much fun you-know-where.
âFor guys, sex without love is not a new idea,â says Patricia from Florida. âBut for a woman, itâs a big deal. Distance sexually means sheâs pulling away, as opposed to a guy who can enjoy it passionately with someone heâll never see again.â
4. Sheâs increasingly hard to reach.
âIf youâre playing voicemail volleyball with her too often, the fact is that sheâs just not that into
For guys, sex without love is not a new idea.
you,â according to Liz Kelly, author of Smart Man Hunting. âIf a woman really wants to reach you, she will go out of her way to find the right time to call.â
5. She gives you that little pat on the back.
âWatch out for this one,â warns Lisa Daily, author of Stop Getting Dumped. âA woman who pats you on the back while giving you a hug is indicating that sheâs uncomfortable for some reason. The bigger the pat, the more discomfort she feels.â
6. Her hug is a little bit off.
While weâre on the subject, Daily continues, âanother important sign that things may not be going well is the amount of contact during her hugs. Full frontal contact is good, but the one-shoulder hug could be a sign that sheâs distancing herself in the relationship. She may be pulling away, or getting ready to break things off.â
7. She stops criticizing you.
This one may sound counterintuitive, but, as Py Kim Conant says, âif she stops complaining about you leaving the toilet seat up, it may mean that sheâs given up on the relationship, and has no energy to put into further criticism of you. In fact, she may not even notice the toilet seat any longer, since her focus is no longer on perfecting you.â
8, 9 and 10. She puts you off, she makes you mad, and she wonât let you kiss her.
âRecently, I went out with a guy for a second date,â says Melissa from Chicago. âBefore this, I tried to give him all the tell-tale signs that I wasnât interested, but he persisted: He wouldnât stop calling, he wouldnât stop asking me out. So just to get him off my back, I agreed to go out one more time.
âDuring the date, to continue to show him I wasnât interested, I brought up every taboo subject I could think of, and tilted my views toward the radical side: feminism, politics, religion, marriage, etc.â, says Melissa.
âWhen he dropped me off, I very clearly leaned toward the door away from him, and hopped out of the car as soon as possible to avoid the terrible âgood night kiss.â After that, he finally figured it out!â My advice to my fellow single guys? Maybe take a hint and bail before things get that bad.
Colbie is one of the artists that Levi's asked to be a part of their "Pioneer Sessions". It's basically today's music artists, covering theri favorite classic songs. Colbie did the Blondie song, "Maria", which you can get for FREE here.
p.s. Make sure you check out the other artists and free downloads on the left....there's a few gems in there, not available on any of their CDs.
One of the vampires from the "Twilight" series was in Portland this weekend....Cameron Bright, who plays Alec, one of oh-so-powerful Volturi. On a side note, of all the Twilight vampires, I like the Volturi the best. They aren't the sensitive, emo-vampires like Edward. They are mysterious and a bit scary, as good vampires should be. ;-)
Anyway.....Cameron was in town to meet people and talk about Eclipse, which we did. He shared lots of inside info, like.....how the vampires and wolf pack have a healthy rivalry even when the cameras are off (knew it!).....what Robert Pattinson REALLY smells like.....the craziest request he has received from fans.....and why he LOVES the Twilight Moms!
Random observations....he has the prettiest blue eyes, it's a shame they put those orange contacts on them.....Canadians really are the nicest, most polite people on earth.....if you do something nice for someone famous (like bake them cupcakes), they actually remember it (and you) fondly.
I'm looking forward to seeing Cameron's work in "Eclipse"
Whether you are on a tight budget because of the economy....or because you are saving up for something special and need to be smarter about your money, you need to look into the book "10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget" . Great ideas in here, including 21 things you should NEVER, EVER buy new. Here's the list (but you should definitely read the book for more great ideas)
1. DVDs and CDs: Used DVDs and CDs will play like new if they were well taken care of. Even if you wind up with a scratched disc and you don't want to bother with a return, there are ways to remove the scratches and make the DVD or CD playable again.
2. Books: You can buy used books at significant discounts from online sellers and brick-and-mortar used book stores. The condition of the books may vary, but they usually range from good to like-new. And of course, check out your local library for free reading material.
3. Video Games: Kids get tired of video games rather quickly. You can easily find used video games from online sellers at sites like Amazon and eBay a few months after the release date. Most video game store outlets will feature a used game shelf, as well. And if you're not the patient type, you can rent or borrow from a friend first to see if it's worth the purchase.
4. Special Occasion and Holiday Clothing: Sometimes you'll need to buy formal clothing for special occasions, such as weddings or prom. Most people will take good care of formal clothing but will only wear it once or twice. Their closet castouts are your savings: Thrift stores, yard sales, online sellers and even some dress shops offer fantastic buys on used formalwear.
5. Jewelry: Depreciation hits hard when you try to sell used jewelry, but as a buyer you can take advantage of the markdown to save a bundle. This is especially true for diamonds, which has ridiculously low resale value. Check out estate sales and reputable pawn shops to find great deals on unique pieces. Even if you decide to resell the jewelry later, the depreciation won't hurt as much.
6. Ikea Furniture: Why bother assembling your own when you can pick it up for free (or nearly free) on Craigslist and Freecycle? Summer is the best time to hunt for Ikea furniture--that's when college students are changing apartments and tossing out their goodies.
7. Games and Toys: How long do games and toys remain your child's favorite before they're left forgotten under the bed or in the closet? You can find used children's toys in great condition at moving sales or on Craigslist, or you can ask your neighbors, friends, and family to trade used toys. Just make sure to give them a good wash before letting junior play.
8. Maternity and Baby Clothes: Compared to everyday outfits that you can wear any time, maternity clothes don't get much wear outside the few months of pregnancy when they fit. The same goes for baby clothes that are quickly outgrown. You'll save a small fortune by purchasing gently used maternity clothes and baby clothes at yard sales and thrift stores. Like children's games and toys, friends and family may have baby or maternity clothing that they'll be happy to let you take off their hands.
9. Musical Instruments: Purchasing new musical instruments for a beginner musician is rarely a good idea. (Are you ready to pay $60 an hour for piano lessons?) For your little dear who wants to learn to play an instrument, you should see how long his or her interest lasts by acquiring a rented or used instrument to practice with first. Unless you're a professional musician or your junior prodigy is seriously committed to music, a brand new instrument may not be the best investment.
10. Pets: If you buy a puppy (or kitty) from a professional breeder or a pet store outlet, it can set you back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. On top of this, you'll need to anticipate additional fees and vet bills, too. Instead, adopt a pre-owned pet from your local animal shelter and get a new family member, fees, and vaccines at a substantially lower cost.
12. Craft Supplies: If you're into crafting, you probably have a variety of different supplies left over from prior projects. If you require some additional supplies for your upcoming project, then you can join a craft swap where you'll find other crafty people to trade supplies with. If you have leftovers, be sure to donate them to your local schools.
13. Houses: You're typically able to get better and more features for your dollar when you purchase an older home rather than building new. Older houses were often constructed on bigger corner lots, and you also get architectural variety in your neighborhood if the houses were built or remodeled in different eras.
14. Office Furniture: Good office furniture is built to withstand heavy use and handling. Really solid pieces will last a lifetime, long after they're resold the first or second time. A great used desk or file cabinet will work as well as (or better than) a new one, but for a fraction of the cost. With the recession shutting down so many businesses, you can easily find lots of great office furniture deals.
15. Cars: You've probably heard this before: Cars depreciate the second you drive them off of the dealership's lot. In buying a used car, you save money on both the initial cost and the insurance. It also helps to know a trusty mechanic who can check it over first. This way, you'll be aware of any potential problems before you make the purchase.
16. Hand Tools: Simple tools with few moving parts, like hammers, hoes and wrenches, will keep for decades so long as they are well-made to begin with and are well-maintained. These are fairly easy to find at neighborhood yard or garage sales. If you don't need to use hand tools very often, an even better deal is to rent a set of tools or borrow them from a friend.
17. Sports Equipment: Most people buy sports equipment planning to use it until it drops, but this rarely happens. So when sports equipment ends up on the resale market, they tend to still be in excellent condition. Look into buying used sporting gear through Craigslist and at yard sales or sports equipment stores.
18. Consumer Electronics: I know most folks like shiny new toys, but refurbished electronic goods are a much sweeter deal. Consumer electronics are returned to the manufacturer for different reasons, but generally, they'll be inspected for damaged parts, fixed, tested, then resold at a lower price. Just make sure you get a good warranty along with your purchase.
19. Gardening Supplies: This is an easy way for you to save money, and all you need to do is be observant. Take a look outdoors and you'll likely find such gardening supplies as mulch, wood, and even stones for free or vastly reduced prices. Used garden equipment and tools are also common goods at yard sales.
20. Timeshares: Buying timeshares isn't for everyone, but if you decide that it suits your lifestyle, purchasing the property as a resale would be a better deal than buying it brand new: on average, you'll save 67 percent on the price for a comparable new timeshare. If you're new to timeshare ownership, give it a test run first by renting short term.
21. Recreational Items: It's fairly easy to find high ticket recreational items like campers, boats, and jet skis being resold. Oftentimes, they're barely used at all. As long as they're in safe, working condition, they'll make for a better value when purchased used than new.
Everyone is yawning today (or skipping work entirely to sleep).....could it have anything to do with all those midnight showings of "Eclipse"? Duh! ;-)
Last week, I had a quick chat with actor Billy Burke, who plays Charlie (Bella's Dad). We were supposed to talk about his music, but I HAD to ask a few Twilight-related questions, right? He talked about: his fave scene in "Eclipse", what Robert Pattinson is really like, the plans for shooting "Breaking Dawn", Charlie's glorious 80's 'stache.....and more! I hope you enjoy it!
p.s. interview with Cameron Bright (Alec of the Volturi) coming soon!
Everyone is talking about Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute on last night's BET Awards. There's no denying his dancing was spot on and AMAZING! Some people think his breakdown during "Man In the Mirror" was completely planned and done to manipulate us into feeling sorry for him. I prefer to think he was thinking about the words and realizing just how much of a change had to happen in his own life. I mean, that song has made me tear up many times, why would he be any different? I say real. Watch it and see what you think.
Lady Gaga busted out a brand new song, called "You & I", at Elton John's party last Thursday. It's kind of different from the stuff we're used to from her....but I like it!! What do you think? Check out the video below.
Missing Michael Jackson? Just turn on your tv this weekend, as EVERYONE is running tributes and specials. Here's a rundown on who is showing what (and when):
CNN: Michael JacksonâThe Final Days (Friday, June 25, 8-9 p.m.) CNNâs Don Lemon talks with Jermaine and Tito Jackson about their brotherâs death and drug abuse. Also on hand is Jackson crony Dr. Deepak Chopra and famed choreographer Travis Payne, who shares details about working with Michael Jackson on preparations for his âThis is It!â tour.
FUSE: Michael Jackson: The Inside Story (Friday, June 25, 8-9:30 p.m.) The bigger the celebrity, the more outlandish the conspiracy theories surrounding his or her death. This new doc examines claims (including those from Joe and La Toya Jackson) that Michael was murdered.
MTV: Michael Jacksonâs Top 10 Video Countdown (Friday June 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday June 26, 8-9:30 a.m.) MTV determines MJâs Top 10 videos based on the number of views each has received on MTV.com. The special features running text commentary, Jacksonâs VMA performances, and rare interviews he granted MTV.
MTV: Michael Jacksonâs Influence on Music (Friday June 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.) A compilation of videos featuring top music artists discussing Michael Jacksonâs influence on their work.
20/20: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.)
BET Awards 2009 encore (Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) Last yearâs awards, which aired just days after Michael Jacksonâs death, where host Jamie Foxx performed his own incredibly awkward Moonwalk.
Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (Friday, June 25, 1-2 p.m.)
Inside the Michael Jackson Mansion: Never Can Say Goodbye (Friday, June 25, 2-3 p.m.)
106 & Park (Friday, June 25th, 6-8 p.m.) The 106 gang devotes their âFreestyle Fridayâ to counting down Michael Jacksonâs greatest videos.
Michael Jackson History: The King of Pop (Friday June 25, 8-10 p.m.)
Michael Jackson: A Tribute (Friday, June 25, 9:30-10:30 p.m.)
Michael Jacksonâs Music Videos (Saturday, June 26, 6-8 a.m.)
Dateline NBC (Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.) The first hour of Dateline will include Michael Jackson coverage.
Michael Jackson Music and Memories (Friday, June 25, 11 p.m.-12 a.m.)
TV Guide Network
Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty (Friday, June 25, 7-8 p.m.)
Hollywood 411: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 8-9 p.m.)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (Friday, June 25, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday June 26, 12-2 a.m.)
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (Friday, June 25, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, June 26, 2-4 a.m.)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (Friday June 25, 12-5 p.m.)
Famous Crime Scene: Michael Jackson (Friday June 25, 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.)
Famous Crime Scene: Michael Jackson (Friday, June 25, 9-9:30 a.m.; 4:30-5 p.m.)
The Jacksons: An American Dream (Friday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 6 p.m.-11 p.m.)
Michael Jackson Video Retrospective (Friday June 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
VH1 Classic All Time Top 10 (Friday June 25, 5-6 p.m.; 11 p.m.-12 a.m.)
Our buddies, Rooney, stopped by before their show at the Wonder Ballroom tonight! We also talked about their new CD, "Eureka", what Spencer Pratt was like in high school, brides who wear diapers, the GaGa/Seinfeld feud.....and MUCH more!
More audio coming tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy this live performance of their new song, "I Can't Get Enough"
OK....as much as I LOVE my husband...I sometimes tease him by saying that the day he kicks the bucket, I'm hitting the golf course. ;-) Turns out.....that's a good strategy for finding a rich man to marry....according to this article, from Betty Confidential.
Here's an excerpt....click the link above for more!
3. Look For Millionaires Online: Want to hunt for a millionaire from the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of websites dedicated to hooking up wealthy men with eligible women. One of the best is Millionaire Match dot com, where a woman we interviewed met a millionaire she hit it off with on her third try. The site even has features to make sure your potential man is true, like their âCertified Millionaireâ status.
4. Hotel Lounges and Pools: Catching a traveling millionaire while he is relaxing grabbing a drink or some sun is a great time to start a conversation with your potential beau. Check out the Four Seasons, a favorite of millionaire locals and travelers in major cities, or find out what the top hotel in your area is, pull yourself up to the bar, order a drink and try to nab a millionaire before he checks out.
Read Sweet Sugar: Behind-the-Scenes at a Sugar Baby Party
5. Pals With Millionaire Men: There is nothing like a personal reference! Do you have a pal who met a great millionaire man and has a relationship that is chugging along? Donât be shy! Ask her to ask him if he has any single friends, and go on a double date. Being brought in by your pal and her man gives you instant credibility.
I follow Kelly Clarkson on twitter and got a tweet from her, inviting me (and anyone who could make it) to Larry's Lounge in Nashville for some karaoke fun. I don't sing in public (you're welcome), but I wondered what fun I was missing out on. Thanks to youtube, I can see I missed out on Kelly covering Kesha, Vanilla Ice, and Guns n Roses...good times!
Today (Friday, June 4) is National Donut Day and to celebrate Chef Thomas Dunklin wants to buy Portland a donut! Come into Red Star Tavern TODAY, mention the free donut promotion and get a FREE Red Velvet Donut. Limit one per customer. No purchase necessary.
p.s. Red Star is one of my FAVE restaurants in town......everything is yummy, so I'm grabbing one of these today for sure!!
Temporarily, that is. In case you didn't know, she wrote "Whatya Want From Me" when she was seperated from Cary....and then gave (sold) it to Adam Lambert, when she decided he could "sing it better than I could"
Hmmm...I think she sings it pretty well...and gives it a bit more emotion than Adam did (even though, I do love to hear him sing it)
She does have gorgeous hair and (of course), it's all natural, so SHE doesn't really have to do much to it. Those stylists in NYC say they can give you the same look for around $1200 A MONTH!! That's without extensions, btw....add an extra $1500 a piece for those.
If you want to try getting Blake Lively hair at home, here's how her Gossip Girl stylist does it:
Step 2: Root Cause
While hair is still wet, spritz roots with David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray. âThis beach spray isnât sticky and gives Blake a lot of lift at her roots. Then I lift her hair up with a Mason Pearson brush and blow dry the roots to create volume.â
Step 3: Make Waves
âAfter the hair is dry, Iâll take random, one or two inch-wide sections of Blakeâs hair and wrap them around a curling iron. I hold the iron vertically and wrap the hair around it, leaving about half an inch out. On the sides of the head, I wrap the hair away from the face. In the back, I wrap it in different directions so the hair doesnât become one big curl.â
Step 5: Bun Time
Using fingers instead of a brush or comb, pull hair back into a loose bun and secure with a large hairpin (elastics will create a dent). âBlake sits with the bun while sheâs getting her makeup done. These 30 minutes help the hair set and loosens the curling iron curls.â
Step 6: Extra Volume
âAfter I take her hair out of the bun, Iâll tease Blakeâs roots with the Mason Pearson. I lift the hair up and brush down once to add lift.â
You only have a couple of days to enter your dog in Portland's Next Top Dog Model contest! Last year's winners (pictured above) got all sorts of goodies, plus bragging rights for a whole year. This year's prize package is worth $1000, plus all of the finalists (and their families) get to go to a fabulous party on June 17 at Hotel Monaco! I'll be one of the judges and I can't wait! You only have until May 31 to enter, so hurry!!!
Askmen.com asked men what they regretted most about their younger years and topping that list.....not chasing the woman of their dreams! Hey! I thought I WAS my man's dream girl! ;-) Here's the top 10, in order. BTW....these would be very different if they asked women for their regrets...."not getting in a fight" would definitely not be on that list. Haha!
1. Not Going After Their Dream Girl
2. Not Spending Enough Time With Dad
3. Ignoring Their Health
4. Being a Workaholic
5. Not Sleeping With More Women
6. Getting Married Too Soon
7. Never Buying Their Dream Car
8. Never Getting Into A Fight
9. Not Staying In Touch With Their Friends
10. Not Playing A Team Sport
Someone sent me this article, which lists some of the craziest driving laws in the U.S.! How on earth did they come up with these? Especially the one about shooting whales from your car in Tennessee. Do they even HAVE whales in Tennessee? LOL!
Here are a few of the highlights:
In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
In Florida, if an elephant, goat or alligator is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
In Oregon, a door on a car may not be left open longer than necessary.
In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
I WISH cars could go over 60 mph with no driver! If they ever offer that as an option, I'm soooo getting it! Haha!
In all seriousness, Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to summer driving season and there will be a lot of extra drivers on the road, so be extra careful out there....
You know, I can see why people hated Russell on Survivor. Watching him at first, I thought he was the biggest jerk to ever play the game. Then as time went on, I realized that everyone in this game lies and tricks people. Some people are just better at it.....and Russell was QUITE good at it. So good, that when people finally realized he played them, they were so mad, they refused to give him the million dollars. He also found hidden idols with such frequency, the producers are now changing how they do the hidden idols, citing "The Russell Factor". Love him or hate him, this guy changed the game. After talking to him, I realized how easy it was for him to pull people in....he's actually charming and funny. I found myself inviting him to come to station to hang out and chat and drink beer. I don't even drink beer. That, my friends, is the Russell Factor at work. Haha!
I hope you enjoy the interview. He's clearly still a bit bitter that Sandra won. He explains why he didn't think she was a worthy opponent and shares some stuff that CBS didn't show us. He also talks about: How his wife felt about watching him and "his queen", Parvati... His regrets, as he was watching, at home, with his family....His new strategy, should he play again.....His secret for manipulating people easily......Which players he actually respected (surprise! Boston Rob is one of them).....oh yeah, and he thinks Sandra stinks and Colby is gay......you'll just have to listen to the whole thing to hear the rest. Enjoy!
...and thank you, Russell, for being so entertaining. I really do hope we see you on tv again....maybe on "The Amazing Race"? ;-)
I keep telling you the British are an ODD bunch of people!
A new poll of 1000 people in the UK just came out. Millions of people get injured during lovin' every year. Most injuries are not serious (though many are hilarious). Who would have thought the COUCH is the most dangerous place to get your groove on?! Seriously. It's soft, low to the ground, no moving parts....how is that possible?
Here's what the survey found:
Man, that Kristen Stewart must be one heck of a kisser! She's nominated TWICE for best kiss! Too bad Ken Jeoung is up against Betty White in his category. He had one of the funniest scenes EVER in The Hangover, but it does not get any hotter than Betty White right now, so it's probably safe to say, she's taking home the golden popcorn. You can watch the MTV Movie Awards on MTV, Sunday, June 6!
Here's the whole list of nominees!
BEST MOVIE (voting stays live throughout the 2010 Movie Awards ceremony)
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Amanda Seyfried â Dear John
Emma Watson â Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Kristen Stewart â The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sandra Bullock â The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana â Avatar
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum â Dear John
Daniel Radcliffe â Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Robert Pattinson â The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Taylor Lautner â The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Zac Efron â 17 Again
BEST BREAKOUT STAR
Anna Kendrick â Up in the Air
Chris Pine â Star Trek
Gabourey Sidibe â Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Logan Lerman â Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Quinton Aaron â The Blind Side
Zach Galifianakis â The Hangover
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Ben Stiller â Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Bradley Cooper â The Hangover
Ryan Reynolds â The Proposal
Sandra Bullock â The Proposal
Zach Galifianakis â The Hangover
Christoph Waltz â Inglourious Basterds
Helena Bonham Carter â Alice In Wonderland
Ken Jeong â The Hangover
Stephen Lang â Avatar
Tom Felton â Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The new Katy Perry song, "California Girls" was released on her website today. Is it just me or does it sound a LOT like Ke$ha's "Tik Tok"? Especially at the beginning of the track. Click here to listen to it!
p.s. love the blue hair, Katy! You look like some sort of superhero. ;-)
She's mad at Fox for cutting two minutes out of her performance, comparing it to cutting up an expensive painting to make it fit your wall. Fox says they had to do it to make sure Aaron Kelly had his final song. Do you think the extra 2 minutes were worth getting mad about?
First of all....Miley Cyrus' new one, "Can't Be Tamed". Hmmmmm....she won't be confused with Hannah Montana after this one. It looks like she might have used the same choreographer that Rihanna used for "Disturbia"....?? Cool wings.....but....the "adult" version of Miley Cyrus is a bit unsettling, yes?
To be honest, I haven't watched "The Simpson's" in years....but someone sent me this, from Sunday night's episode....a new "Tik Tok" video, starring the residents of Springfield. LOL!
....and, OF COURSE, Olivia Newton-John and Sue Sylvester (Glee) team up for the "Physical" remake from last night's "Glee"!
Did you see this article in Cosmo? 1 in 4 college women are addicted to tanning! Scientists say that your body gets physically dependent on the tanning rays and that if you try to quit "cold turkey", you may have withdrawal symptoms much like a smoker who is quitting would experience! Have you ever known anyone addicted to tanning? Are you a "tanorexic"? Here's the story link!
Rupaul called in to talk about the season finale of "Rupaul's Drag Race" (coming up on Monday, April 26). We ended up chatting about: Lady Gaga appearing on his show next season, the toughest part of being a drag queen, and how he dorked out when he met Adam Lambert.
BTW....if you know any drag queens, he's casting NOW for season 3. Details in the interview!
This woman and her daughter were kicked out of Disneyland Paris because she "looked too much like a princess" and they thought it would confuse kids. Ooooohh kaaaayyy.......first of all, she looks nothing like a princess....she looks like a woman in an old wedding dress....and if she wants to be the person that bored people in line make fun of, then whatever.....we need those people to amuse us when we have nothing else to do, right? ;-) Second....have you seen theoutfits they DO allow people to wear in Disneyland? I'm just saying that if they have a wedding dress rule, they should also have a spandex bike short rule. Third.....would you want to wear a wedding dress all day in Disneyland? If they would have let her be, she would have quickly tired of lugging all that material around and trying to cram it into the tiny cars for the rides. She would have been back at the hotel to change in an hour or two. That's my opinion, anyway....what do you think?
Really crazy Iranian guy? You really think the recent string of earthquakes world-wide is being caused by too many people gettin' busy???!! LOL! I swear, I thought I was reading the Weekly World News, when I came across this story. Seriously.....we just need a pic of Bat Boy sitting in some earthquake rubble....
Attractive women who snub traditional Islamic clothing to instead wear fashionable clothes and apply heavy make-up, caused youths in the country to âgo astrayâ and have affairs, Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi said.
The hard-line cleric said as a result the country, bounded by several fault lines, experienced more âcalamitiesâ such as earthquakes, the reformist Aftab-e Yazd newspaper reported him saying.
Five million should flee Tehran over earthquake fears: Ahmadinejad
Iran: British embassy staff 'played part in post-election protests' and will be tried
Iran arrests British embassy staff
Iranian doctors sentenced to prison for fomenting 'soft revolution'
Shannon Matthews trial: Oddball loner Michael Donovan and the 'Child on Board' car sticker
Iran's supreme leader orders sacking of vice-presidentIran is prone to frequent quakes, many of which have been devastating for the country.
"Many women who dress inappropriately ... cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes," he told worshippers at a Tehran prayer service late last week.
"Calamities are the result of people's deeds.
âWe have no way but conform to Islam to ward off dangers."
The Islamic dress code is mandatory in Iran, which has been under clerical rule for more than three decades.
Every post-pubescent woman regardless of her religion or nationality must cover her hair and bodily contours in public.
Offenders face punishment and fine.
But this has not stopped urban women from appearing in the streets wearing tight coats and flimsy headscarves and layers of skilfully applied make-up.
Experts have warned that a strong quake in Tehran, the Iranian capital, could kill hundreds of thousands of people.
Tehran province has nearly 14 million inhabitants, eight million of whom live in the city, which sits on several fault lines.
Earlier this month, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the countryâs president, warned at least five million Tehran residents that they should flee Iran's capital because it is threatened by earthquakes.
Mr Ahmadinejad said that more than two thirds of Iran's 74-million-strong population lived in urban areas.
"We cannot predict when an earthquake will happen. But if anything happens to Tehran province's 13.8 million residents, how can we manage that?" he asked.
The worst in recent times hit the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing more than 31,000 people â about a quarter of the population â and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
Earlier this year the hardline cleric led rallies from Iranian government supporters who denounced opposition students who burned photos of the country's supreme leader during protests in December.
"The issue has reached a point where the picture of Imam Khomeini is insulted," he said.
"They questioned things that are sacred."
He mocked opposition activists who "thought the revolution had been defeated".
The patron saint of butter and all things I should not be eating, Paula Deen, called in to talk about her new book, "Savannah Style", which is not a cookbook. It's a book about decorating and living Paula's Savannah lifestyle. Of course, I also had to ask about her rumored guest judge appearance on American Idol, if there is pressure for her to make her food "healthier".....and of course, BUTTER!!!
Love her! Listen to the interview below!
If you want to win a copy of Paula Deen's "Savannah Style", leave a comment on this blog! I'll choose a winner on Friday!
Kara Dioguardi....Colbie Caillat....and 3 other female celebrities posed nude for the latest "ALLURE" magazine. They look great, but are you cool with your kids seeing these in your "mom" magazine? Colbie says she did it show her young female fans that they should be proud of their bodies. Kara said, âThis shoot was less about beauty than about taking a risk, and showing people a side of me they never have seen.â
Here's a link to the actual article.
What do you think?
Colbie Caillat (who is the last person I ever thought I'd see naked. Ha!)
Kara Dioguardi (this all started with bikini girl, didn't it?)
I admit it. I was not always a Boston Rob fan. I used to consider him pure evil......then along came Russell, who makes Rob look like a good guy, by comparison. I was actually sad when Rob was "Russelled" via Tyson (idiot!) and Coach (lame!).
I talked to Rob about that when he called in. He is very smart....should have gone farther. Unfortunately, if you're only as strong as the weakest member of your alliance. I wouldn't want my success in the hands of Tyson & Coach, would you? Boston Rob did the best he could with what he had to work with and he talks about it below. He also gave us a HUGE hint as to what people will be going much farther in the game. Check it out!
Boston Rob talks about how he knew Russell was bad news, without ever seeing Survivor:Samoa
If you were ANYWHERE near the Rose Garden Friday night, there was no doubt a chick magnet was in the vicinity! As far as the eye could see....Sparkles and stilettos everywhere!!! Michael Buble was back in Portland and if you weren't there as part of one awesome girl's night out.....then you, like Patrick & I (and Mitch & Derek) were there for date night. :-)
Before the show, we went backstage to meet Michael. I had no idea what to expect. I had interviewed him (it's posted on this blog, in the archives), so I knew he was smart & funny, but sometimes, that smartaleckiness gets out of hand and you've got a John Mayer. haha!
Michael was actually quite nice and (unbelievably) humble. Good times!
Patrick & I, meeting Michael Buble backstage. He was SO much nicer than I thought he would be. He's no John Mayer! ;-)
Mitch & his partner Derek are HUGE Michael Buble fans, so they were quite excited to meet him. My camera & I were there for their big moment!
Adam Young of Owl City is excited to tour with John Mayer this summer....I really hope John Mayer doesn't ruin him, because he is such a sweet, nice......well, the word gentleman comes to mind...
I still remember hearing "Fireflies" for the first time last summer, at the Wonder Ballroom. I had never heard of Owl City, but they were opening for one of my fave bands on the planet, Relient K. I got the CD and couldn't stop listening to it....driving everyone I know a bit crazy (I tend to do that when I really like a CD). Seems like a lot of people were like me and couldn't get enough of that song. "Fireflies" is one of the biggest hits of the year. Adam Young is bringing Owl City back to Portland Saturday night for a show that sold out pretty much the day tickets went on sale. Adam called in this week to chat and I have to say he was every bit as sweet and kind as I had been told. Listen to clips below!
Adam likes to make up stories about the name, Owl City. Here's his fave
Thank you again, to Legend Homes, for letting me test drive one of their beautiful EarthSmart homes at Edgewater at the Tualatin! We wrapped up Saturday night with a house party! Artemis Catering worked their culinary magic with local, organic ingredients (yum!)....Stoller Winery provided us with eco-friendly vino.....and Jim Chapman, the President, of Legend Homes shared the whole story of why Legend decided to build these amazing homes. When you don't build homes for a living, you don't realize all of the little details and decisions that go into the house. These little decisions can either cost or save you big $$$$ down the road in your home. Jim explained all those details to us.....things like window placement to take advantage of the natural light outside (and to make you more comfortable in your home)....low flow water fixtures to save resources and save money.....special insulation that is blown into every nook and crevice to give you a nice airtight seal against heat and energy loss.....energy saving appliances.....solar panels to provide up to 1/3 of your own energy.....water-saving landscaping.....they thought of EVERYTHING! It's not just talk, either. Legend Homes guarantees that you won't pay more than 58 bucks a month for energy. Jim explains in the video below.
If you think about things like saving our Earth's resources....and of course, about saving your own money, you should really talk to Legend Homes about these EarthSmart Homes and Edgewater at the Tualatin. Jim and the rest of the Legend Homes folks are good people and they care about the same things you do. Here's a link....tell them you want more info about the $58 dollar guarantee I told you about!
Japanese scientists say they have found a cure for hay fever.....and it's a cell phone ringtone! They say if you hold your phone up to your nose and have someone call you, this ringtone will dislodge the pollen. Of course, people will think you have lost your mind (or at least forgot that you answer the phone with your ear, not your nose), but you know, when allergies are making you miserable, you will try and do just about anything for relief!
These same scientists also say they have a ringtone to help you lose weight.....and another to cure insomnia! If you want to hear what they sound like, click this link and listen to the BBC story. The hayfever one sounds kind of like an alarm clock....the others sound like cheesy 1995-era ringtones that came with your phone....but check 'em out and see if you think they will work.
I'm going to post a bunch of videos today. Later tonight, we are hosting a dinner party in this beautiful EarthSmart Home by Legend....fun! I can't wait to show it off to everyone. The great room downstairs is PERFECT for entertaining!
I'm still really impressed with the fact that EVERYTHING in this house saves resources and saves money, yet there is NO sacrifice in comfort. If anything, this house is way more comfortable and liveable than my own home. They've really thought about everything and have made it easy for you to live a super-green lifestyle by designing this home with things like low-flow water fixtures, solar panels, etc. Check out the videos below and go to the Legend Homes website for info on this remarkable community.
As you can see, the home and neighborhood are beautiful! I'll post videos from the party later tonight.
Here's another video from my tour with Vern, who explained why these homes are so much more eco-friendly than other homes. Every detail in these homes and the community was designed with a green, sustainable lifestyle in mind!
It was so awesome to wake up today in this beautiful brand new, EarthSmart home! Even though, we turned the thermostat down a couple of times (and I never heard the heat kick on), the house was nice and comfy!! I hopped in the shower, which felt so good. I can't believe the bathroom fixtures are water-saving low flow fixtures....plenty of water pressure, YAY! On my way to work, I checked out the neighborhood park......definitely going to explore that bike trail. How nice would it be to NOT have to drive your car on the weekends?!
The designer of this shirt says that whomever wears this shirt to a party will be the center of attention. I'm sure you will.....but I'm not sure it's all the good kind of attention, though. Haha! I see this as a shirt for the guy who would rather be home, playing "Rock Band" on his Wii.....or maybe for the guy who is just HOPING some hot girl will come up and ask to play a tune....on his chest. ;-)
What do you think? Awesome or awesomely tacky? Would you wear this to a party? If you would....here's where you buy it. Btw, they also have one with drums. ;-)
We are all settled into bed. It's cozy and quiet....incredibly quiet. I'm sure that's because of all of the extra insulation this house is blanketed with. They actually designed this house with extra spaces for insulation and let me tell you, you can DEFINITELY notice it. I was wearing a sleeveless dress tonight and when I took my coat off, I noticed that I wasn't cold at all (normally, at home, I shiver until I turn the heat up). In fact, we were actually quite warm, so Patrick checked the thermostat.....69 degrees.....that's several degrees cooler than what we are used to at home! We turned down the heat....a couple of times. We're still nice and cozy, yet saving energy!! I don't even have to wear my coat inside, like I often do at home this time of year....love that! This Cali girl HATES being cold. ;-)
When I took a tour of this house with Vern, from Legend Homes, he showed me how all that insulation allows them to do something incredibly energy-saving (that you simply can't do with most other homes). Check out the video below:
I still remember the day I started to care about the environment. I was watching the aftermath of Exxon Valdez accident. I actually cried as I saw the animals, struggling to hold on to life, even though their world had been destroyed by the careless actions of one human. It made me think about the things we do every day that affect our world....actions that may affect others at first, but eventually affect us, too. I'll blog more about these thoughts later....but I wanted to set the stage for why I am SO excited to do a "test drive" on one of these new EarthSmart Homes by Legend, in the brand new Edgewater On The Tualatin community. These homes were designed, from the ground up, to save resources, and to save the homeowner money! I will be moving in later today, but I sneaked out there, earlier this week to get a preview. Check out my videos below....and keep checking back for more videos and blogs from the house!
I just got back from NYC, where I was lucky enough to spend St. Patrick's Day with The Script! The video is a bit raw, but I had to use one of those little flip-cams that are much more easily smuggled into shows. ;-) I was even able to ask Danny a couple of questions in the Meet & Greet. Enjoy!
The Script doing "Breakeven" live!
...and the first song from The Script that we played on The Buzz, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
Danny talks about recording their new CD and coming to Portland!
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a band that you met when they were just starting out....achieve BIG success. I could not be happier for The Script, who stopped by our studios just one year ago, before they did a free show for us at Kell's. They were quite charming and funny as you'll hear in the clips below as they not only shared their fave songs, but also busted a few myths about the Irish.
Alex Band (former lead singer of The Calling) stopped by for a visit today and played us his new song, which was inspired by vampires (4 years ago....BEFORE everybody was on the vampire train) Check it out and let me know what you think!
Alex also talked about how his dad's job (horror film maker) got him fascinated with all things dark & creepy.
After chatting for 10 minutes this afternoon with Michael Buble, I can honestly say I can't wait to see him when he comes to Portland. I love that you can ask him anything and he will be completely honest. We talked about how he met his fiance (and how she was convinced he was gay).....his advice for Greg Oden (after dealing with the whole nude pics on the net thing himself a couple of years back).....why he LOVES coming to Portland....and more! I'll be posting more clips later today....but enjoy my faves below!
VH1 brought back one of my shows this week (besides "Rock Of Love", of course) ....UNPLUGGED! The Adam Lambert episode aired Tuesday, but if you missed it, you can catch most of it online. Here's an amazing version of "Whattya Want From Me"
My question is....would you want the kind of person this "bait" would attract?
This website sells fake atm receipts that you can write your phone number on and give to people you are interested in. They say the bait works like a charm and they even have a few tips to boost your chances of success! They recommend that you crumple it slightly and keep it in your pocket, so you can nonchalantly pull it out to write on. They also say that while it is tempting to make yourself a millionaire on paper, it will be be more realistic if you have a balance between $70,000 and $300,000. Check out www.customreceipts.com to give it a try.
According to this article in Cosmo, you can tell if a couple is going to make it by watching them closely while they are planning their wedding. One of the big red flags is if the bride refuses to let the groom choose the wedding cake! According to an expert wedding planner, the groom should be responsible for at least one part of the wedding. A bride that refuses to let him do anything is too controlling and selfish for the marriage to work. Here's an excerpt:
On the flip side, it's a positive sign when a bride takes the time to understand which part of the wedding is most important to her groom and then gives him full say in that area. A couple I worked with years ago â who happen to still be very happily married â serves as an example. He couldn't have cared less about the flowers, color palette, and hors d'oeuvres, but he was completely obsessed with the cake. When it came time for the tasting, the bride said, "Let's get whatever you want." Whether it's the cake, the photographer, the open bar, whatever, a bride who lets her almost-hubby have some say proves she's empathetic, and a guy who wants his taste to count shows he's not aloof â both necessary traits for the relationship to pan out
Do you agree? I let my husband choose our wedding cake because he cared more about it than I did. I also let him pay for it. ;-)
Other red flags to look for include:
The Groom Lets His Mom Call the Shots
The Bride Blows Half the Budget on Her Dress
The Bride Freaks Over the Groom's Bachelor Party
The Bride and Groom Fight in Front of The Wedding Planner
Lot's of eye candy....and laughs in this! My fave part is when Jimmy is outed for wearing Spanx! Haha! I also love how he mispronounces "Robert Pattinson"! If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you watch it for the surprise at the end.
I'll never forget the first (and only) time I visited a nude beach. I was new here.....just moved up from California. Having grown up in a beach town, I missed the beach soooo much more that I thought I would. My friends took me to a beach (can't remember the name) on the Columbia and we went for a long walk.....a really long walk.....and somehow, we missed the clothing optional sign....but we certainly could not miss the guy who had opted for no clothes that day! Being caught by surprise, I'm sure we broke the important "no gawking" rule...but did you know there are other rules of etiquette when visiting a nude beach? If you're planning a trip to Rooster Rock or Sauvie Island once the weather warms up....read & learn!
Leave your dog HOME! Dogs like to sniff strangers. Enough said.
Gawking is impolite. If you want to go to the nudist beach for a thrill, do everyone a favor and buy a magazine instead.
Ask for people's consent before taking their photograph nude.
If you're sunbathing nude in a secluded area, leave a bathing suit on a rock to let others know they are approaching an unclothed person. If you're uncomfortable having your suit out of reach, bring a spare.
On a wide open beach, position yourself in the open so you can see people coming and put something on before they get there if you need to.
Get dressed before you leave the nudist beach.
Be friendly, but respect others' rights to privacy.
Avoid sexual activity. It's illegal and offensive.
Advances of an unwelcome or unwanted nature are not acceptable anywhere, and especially at a nudist beach.
Be Prepared. Sometimes, the nudist beach doesn't have any amenities. Bring water, food, towel, sunscreen and anything else you need.
Keep the nudist beach clean. If you carried it in, carry it back out.
I first heard about author Joe Hill via Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. He was reading "Heart Shaped Box" and said it was really creepy (in a good way!). As soon as he said the words "It's about a rock star who buys a ghost off the internet", I was on the Powell's website, buying my copy. It was definitely creepy, yet full of dark humor and lots of rock-n-roll references. I loved it! So, you can imagine how excited I was to get Joe's new book, "Horns", about a guy who falls asleep after a drunken night....only to wake up sportin' a new set of horns...yes, on his head! Then people start confessing their deepest, ugliest secrets to him and he decides to use this new power to find a murderer.
Joe Hill is coming to Portland this Wednesday (March 3) for a reading/book signing at Powell's City of Books on Burnside at 7:30pm. I had the chance to talk to Joe about his new book.....rock-n-roll....which of his dad's (Stephen King) books made the best movies....etc! Hope you enjoy the chat below and I hope you can make to Powell's Wednesday night!
Joe Hill talks about "Horns"....his KISS obsession....his dad, Stephen King...and more! Joe Hill edit
If you think Dashboard Confessional's music is just for angsty teens....or when you've just gone through a horrible breakup and you need a soundtrack for drowning your sorrows in ice cream....think again! Chris Carraba writes some of the most beautiful, mature love songs (like "Stolen" *sigh*) that you will ever hear. The band can also rock with the best of them....something you might not know unless you look past the stereotypes and actuall go to one of their shows. Lucky for you (all of us, really), Dashboard Confessional is in Portland tomorrow night and there's still a handful of tickets available for their show at the Wonder Ballroom. Grab them and go! You won't regret it.
The guys stopped by last fall, right before their new CD "Alter The Ending" came out and we had a GREAT chat. Chris is actually a VERY funny guy.....he even pokes a little fun at his sensitive, emo-guy image in the interview below. I hope
Dashboard Confessional talks about their Jake's cheescake scam.....the most random place Chris has ever written a song....which of his songs get the most reaction from people...."Stolen"...."Hands Down"....and their fave new music discoveries!
Dashboard Confessional talks about the most ridiculous songs he has ever written....a Canadian guy in a thong who inspired a song.....Chris' ex-girlfriend's dad, who tried to run over him....the women who propose marriage all the time....and more!
Seriously....If I had a secret, the LAST person on earth I would tell is John Mayer. Haha! He's dishing on his ex-girlfriends in this new interview with Playboy's website. I'm a little disturbed that he's been hanging out backstage with Miley Cyrus, let alone giving her advice.....but to be honest, the nosy part of me loves that he's got no filters. Your office IT guy probably has the Playboy site blocked, but you can try accessing the full article here. I'll post the parts that won't get me in trouble below. ;-)
PLAYBOY: Is this the last John Mayer interview?
MAYER: No, though I have fantasies of it. And that doesn’t come out of pretension or laziness. It’s difficult for me to explain my life to someone without sounding like I’m complaining, which I’m not. I have no problem saying I’m in a bit of a strange time in my life.
PLAYBOY: Meeting girls is a headache? You have to explain that.
MAYER: I hate being the heartbreaker. Hate it. If I date somebody and it doesn’t work out, it’s another nightmare for me. I don’t like the way the odds are stacked. If I date nine more girls before I get married—which I think would be completely appropriate—that would be nine more spats of character assassination. I don’t equate sex with release, I equate it with tension. It’s given me a lot of pause. Somewhere in my brain it has probably really (messed) me up.
PLAYBOY: But who cares if people assassinate your character?
MAYER: I do. I just do. I consider myself a good guy, with the best of intentions. Anybody who has been in a relationship with me would stand by the fact that I’ve never been callous. I’ve never been a bad boy. I may have taken someone through the wringer psychologically, but I’ve never been sinister.
PLAYBOY: So you’ve lost the motivation of playing music to meet girls.
MAYER: If I was playing it so I could meet hot chicks, I’ve met hot chicks, quote unquote. If I was playing it to make a ton of money, I’ve made a ton of money. If I was playing it to be well-known, I am well-known. Once you put aside girls and money, it forces you to realign your motivation for being a musician. Now I’m not a have-not but a have. Which is interesting, because music has to come from a have-not sort of place. And there are many places where I have-not.
PLAYBOY: It seems as though you realize that celebrities who complain don’t generate much sympathy.
MAYER: I have never once said “I wish the press would leave me alone.” With Twitter, I can show my real voice. Here’s me thinking about stuff: “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could download food?” It has been important for me to keep communicating, even when magazines were calling me a rat and saying I was writing a book.
PLAYBOY: Who did that?
MAYER: Star magazine at one point said I was writing a tell-all book for $10 million. On Star’s cover it said what a rat! My entire life I’ve tried to be a nice guy. The best I ever felt was when friends’ parents would say, “John can come over any time. We love that kid.” When I date a girl and find out her friends approve of me, I love it. I love being liked! I’ve given microscopic dedication to doing the right thing, taking the high road, and all of a sudden Star magazine says, “He’s a rat.” I can’t tell you it didn’t give me that much more bloodlust to do what people thought I couldn’t do.
PLAYBOY: It sounds simple, but it’s not: Battle Studies is an album about love.
MAYER: Sure. It’s an album about love in this day and age, and at my age, 32.
PLAYBOY: What do you mean by “in this day and age”? There aren’t any references in the songs that would have been unclear 20 years ago.
MAYER: I’m a self-soother. The Internet, DVR, Netflix, Twitter—all these things are moments in time throughout your day when you’re able to soothe yourself. We have an autonomy of comfort and pleasure. By the way, pornography? It’s a new synaptic pathway. You wake up in the morning, open a thumbnail page, and it leads to a Pandora’s box of visuals. There have probably been days when I saw 300 (girl parts) before I got out of bed.
PLAYBOY: You talked before about being an underdog. What were you like at 16?
MAYER: I wasn’t paying attention in school. I would come home and play guitar, playing for all the moments I had that day when I couldn’t feel alive. I visualized I was a superhero with an alter ego: “By day, a gawky, zitfaced 16-year-old boy.…” I would sleep with my guitar because I thought it would make me play better. I had a 100-disc CD player in the basement, and I would load it up with Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell and Bill Evans and play CDs while I slept on the floor. Like somehow, by osmosis, the music was getting into me. It was the only way I could build enough armor to go back to school the next day.
PLAYBOY: How many hours a day were you playing?
MAYER: Three to four hours a day when I was in school, and in the summertime five to six hours a day. I wasn’t smoking cigarettes or drinking, and I wasn’t trying to hook up. I wasn’t going to parties. I remember being in my room when there was a party across town, sitting in my room and pretending I was at the party and playing for them. I remember saying to myself, If I have to sleep on a pool table every night on tour, I’ll do it. I always had that desire to be a rock star.
PLAYBOY: Were you one of those smart kids who hated school?
MAYER: I would act up and get sent to the dean’s office and talk to him as though I was an adult. “I’m not trying to upset anybody, sir. With all due respect to you and your staff, I’m just not supposed to be here. It’s quite difficult for me to sit in class, because I’m supposed to be a guitar player, sir.” I was very cocky. But from the outset, there was opposition. My parents were not the biggest fans, to put it diplomatically. I grew up saying, “You’ll see. I can’t explain it yet, but you’ll see.” Early in my career, when I was 19 or 20, I’d meet presidents of record companies and refused to give them my demos. I’d say, “We’ll see each other again sometime.”
PLAYBOY: So you can already imagine your future?
MAYER: This is going to sound odd, but sometimes I meet the 40-year-old me and say, “What do I do?” And 40-year-old me says, “Don’t do every scheduled interview. Go to the zoo instead. You’re going to be fine, you knucklehead. Stop overthinking what people say.” I’m trying to fold over time, to see it as a random-access hard disk where I can move to any point in time and change the way I see today.
PLAYBOY: What you describe sounds like a conversation between a father and a son. Can you talk like that with your dad?
MAYER: My dad is 82. I love him so much, but the way I communicate with him is by fixing his printer or the closed-captioning on his TV. These are the bonding moments we have.
PLAYBOY: Did kids make fun of the fact that your dad is almost 20 years older than your mom?
MAYER: No, they’d just say, “Your grandfather’s here.”
PLAYBOY: Is your heritage Jewish?
MAYER: I’m half Jewish. People say, “Well, which side of your family is Jewish?” I say, “My dad’s.” And they always say it doesn’t count. But I will say I keep my pool at 92 degrees, so you do the math. I find myself relating to Judaism. One of my best friends is Jewish beyond all Jews—I went to my first Passover seder at his house—and I train in Krav Maga with a lot of Israelis.
PLAYBOY: Were you one of those people who thought fame would be rainbows and unicorns?
MAYER: I had a conversation about fame with Jen [Aniston] before we ever really stepped out in public. She said, “Do you understand what this entails?” Two weeks later I had people outside my house. I was smart enough to know it would probably make me a salable item for the paparazzi. I knew I’d have to move to a home that had a gate. But that pearl of possibility that lives in your heart when you meet somebody you want to know more about has such a different molecular density than everything else that you have to pursue it. And I wouldn’t undo it, man. Because if it had worked out, I would have reaped the benefits. I would be sitting here saying, “What I have when I go home is the thing I’ve always wanted.”
PLAYBOY: Has Jen heard Battle Studies?
MAYER: Yes. I played it for her as the record was being made.
PLAYBOY: What did she say?
MAYER: Look, there’s a level of honesty in that record that probably made her uncomfortable, but I couldn’t let that change the way I wrote songs. There were moments when she said, “What’s that line?” Like, “That’s not about me, is it?” While I was going out with her she was on the cover of GQ wearing nothing but a tie. These are occupational hazards. When she heard Battle Studies she just wanted to be able to say “I want to know that you hold me correctly in your heart.”
PLAYBOY: What percentage of the album is about Aniston?
MAYER: I don’t want to say. I feel bad because people think “Heartbreak Warfare” is about her. I want to go on record saying it’s not. That woman would never use heartbreak warfare. That woman was the most communicative, sweetest, kindest person. When people hear the record, I hope the songs make them think about their lives, not my life. Like, when you listen to Coldplay, do you think about Gwyneth Paltrow? I don’t write songs in order to stick it to my exes. I don’t release underground dis tracks. [laughs]
PLAYBOY: You’ve rarely talked about Aniston. She has rarely talked about you.
MAYER: We just have a regard for each other’s feelings that is pretty intense. It’s been a deep relationship, and it’s no longer taking place at all. Have you ever loved somebody, loved her completely, but had to end the relationship for life reasons?
PLAYBOY: Did you send Aniston a copy of the CD after it was done?
MAYER: I’m very protective of Jen.
PLAYBOY: Do you still love her?
MAYER: Yes, always. I’ll always be sorry that it didn’t last. In some ways I wish I could be with her. But I can’t change the fact that I need to be 32.
PLAYBOY: Last June she was given an award from Women in Film. In her acceptance speech she pointed out that the titles of her films closely parallel her private life. Then she asked if anyone in the audience had “a project titled Everlasting Love With an Adult, Stable Male.” It seems as if she was referring to you.
MAYER: I imagine I’ve got something to do with that. Parts of me aren’t 32. My ability to go deep with somebody is old soul. My ability to commit and be faithful is old soul. But 32 just comes roaring out of me at points when I don’t see it coming. I want to dance. I want to get on an airplane and be like a ninja. I want to be an explorer. I want to be like The Bourne Identity. I don’t want to pet dogs in the kitchen.
PLAYBOY: That’s not so weird for a 32-year-old.
MAYER: Right. For a long time I was asking, “What’s wrong with me?” I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on therapy for people to say, “Nothing is wrong.” I had seen splitting up with her as akin to burning an American flag. Do you know what I mean? I considered myself a villain.
PLAYBOY: How did you feel like a villain?
MAYER: I felt as though I’d done something wrong and was going to be punished for it. When the media picked up on it, it was the worst fucking week of my life. I found notes at my front desk: “I work for Us Weekly; I’d like to talk to you.” I’m working out at the gym, and next to me on the elliptical trainer I see a woman I think already approached me and said she was with In Touch. But wouldn’t that be paranoid to think? I’m going insane. I haven’t slept. I’m about to go blind—you know the phrase blind rage? All I can remember is that I was about to lose my vision. My emotional tissue was about to tear. So after I left the gym I said “Come here” to all the reporters and paparazzi. I was on the verge of crying and also on the verge of punching someone.
PLAYBOY: This was August 2008, when you said you had ended the relationship “because I don’t want to waste somebody’s time if something’s not right.”
MAYER: It really, really upset her. I wanted to take responsibility for having ended it because I saw it as such an offense. But a lot of people felt I was saving face. This would serve to begin the period of my life I’m just exiting, when love made me feel guilty and people called me a rat, a womanizer and a cad.
PLAYBOY: What does the word womanizer mean to you?
MAYER: Well, wouldn’t a womanizer have dated more than two girls in two years?
PLAYBOY: You and Aniston got back together and broke up again in 2009. How many women did you sleep with in the eight months after the breakup?
MAYER: I’m going to say four or five. No more.
PLAYBOY: In 2006 you began dating Jessica Simpson, and the paparazzi started stalking you, turning you into a tabloid fixture. Certainly you knew that was going to happen.
MAYER: It wasn’t as direct as me saying “I now make the choice to bring the paparazzi into my life.” I really said, “I now make the choice to sleep with Jessica Simpson.” That was stronger than my desire to stay out of the paparazzi’s eye. That girl, for me, is a drug. And drugs aren’t good for you if you do lots of them. Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me.
PLAYBOY: You were addicted to Jessica Simpson?
MAYER: Sexually it was crazy. That’s all I’ll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm.
PLAYBOY: So at this point—
MAYER: Pardon me for interrupting. I love Jen so much that I’m now thinking about how bad I would feel if she read this and was like, “Why are you putting me in an article where you’re talking about someone else? I don’t want to be in your lineage of kiss-and-tells.”
PLAYBOY: You talked about listening to Miles Davis and Bill Evans in high school, but that’s not the kind of music you make.
MAYER: I make mainstream music. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures; I believe in pleasures. I know where I stand when I hear Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” or “The Climb”—which may be the best pop song of the past year.
PLAYBOY: It’s a little surprising that you like Miley Cyrus so much.
MAYER: I took a friend and his kids to see Miley Cyrus in Vegas. After the show I said to her, “That was fantastic. Fantastic.” I said, “Take $100,000, put it in a shoe box and bury it in your backyard.” I walked away thinking, That may be the strangest thing I’ve ever said. It just means put a little away. Have something nobody can ever take away from you.
PLAYBOY: Keep a secret fund in case you wake up at three a.m. thinking, Screw this, and you need to disappear?
MAYER: Exactly. That’s what I do with my blackjack winnings—I keep them safe and sound.
Drag the titles on the right over to the appropriate artist on the left, and you’ll be allowed to play a short clip of the song. I can tell you that “Alice” is by Avril Lavigne and "Her Name Is Alice" is by Shinedown.....but you'll have to figure out the rest on your own. ;-)
For Both: What foods get both men and women going?
1. Egg Mcmuffin: A bacon and egg Mcmuffin may seem like a very unhealthy meal choice, but for sex this food combination is very beneficial. It contains zinc which helps keep the woman lubricated and the ingredient that the man needs to produce semen. It also contains a B vitamin that helps trigger explosive sneezes and orgasms.
2. Ants on a Log (Celery, Peanut Butter, and Raisins): This is a great snack for both sexes.
Celery is packed with androstenone and androstenol; two pheromones that can help men attract women like the plague. Every time you crunch on celery these odor molecules are released that help to boost arousal.
Peanut butter, containing nuts with mono-unsaturated fats, are a well known source of arginine â an amino acid that helps produce blood flow. Men that eat healthy fat found in nuts are also known to have high amounts of testosterone.
Raisins are packed with lignans, which are phytoestrogens that balance womenâs hormone levels. They are also a source of antioxidant which helps increase blood flow down below.
Here I am.....blogging live from the Portland Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte.....
Patrick and I just wrapped up a pre-show backstage tour and I sent him off for a martini while I write a little bit about what we have seen so far. I hear the bartender makes a fabulous martini....I may not see Patrick again for a very long time. ;-)
The first person we met when we arrived was Jim Fullan, Director of Marketing for Portland Opera, who gave a few insights into this production. This opera, written by Mozart, hundreds of years ago, has a plot that could have been ripped from an episode of Punked.....two guys, decide to test their fiance's fidelity. They pretend to go off to war, only to sneak back in disguise and try to seduce the other guy's girl. What could possibly go wrong? Haha! I guess we will find out. Jim gave us the heads up that the plot is discovered in act 2.....and then, it gets really interesting.... I'm intruiged! Who hasn't wanted to test their significant other's faithfulness. Maybe today these guys would invent fake facebook profiles to run their scam, but the basic need to see if you REALLY know the person you're with has not changed over time...at all. This should be good!
I'll load the pics from backstage when Patrick gets back from the martini bar. The set is stunning! Imagine a giant disco ball, turned inside out....all the better for dancing in! In fact, I found myself wishing I could pack it up and take it back to the Buzz for us to host an artist lounge in.....I'm thinking Lady Gaga would LOVE to play this space.
Prop blackboards....."cosi de tutte" translated is "women are like that"......hmmmm, something tells me the guys plan backfires....
Orchestra pit pre-show
It's intermission....and everyone is here in the lobby, getting adult beverages....I am writing thoughts on the first half of the show....
First of all, I cannot say enough about the music. The music is by Mozart and it is brilliantly interpreted by the orchestra and actors. I am amazed that there are no mics. There is such power in their voices, even when singing softly. The actors' voices are finely tuned instruments and it is a beautiful thing to take in. I also cannot say enough about the comedy of the performance. Yes....comedy at the opera. Half of the fun for me has been to watch the facial expressions and the body language of the actors. Ryan MacPherson, who plays Ferrando, has some pretty sweet dance moves that had the gentleman behind me (along with most of the crowd) laughing himself out of his seat at one of the most crucial scenes.
It looks like the crowd is heading back to their seats.......I will blog more after the opera has concluded. I do want to say....in defense of the ladies, whose fidelity is being tested.....their men ditched them.....then, two just-as-handsome men started lavishing them with attention and giant boxes of chocolate......I'm not sure any of us could blame them. ;-)
Forget the beer & pizza....most of us will be munching carrots & celery while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. So says a research group, who asked people "What is your favorite thing to eat or drink at a Super Bowl party"?
I am a little shocked that chips & salsa is not on the list.....that is my MUST have at any Super Bowl party. What's yours?
The top 10 list of Super Bowl Sunday foods (according to NPD Group)
2. Potatoes (Must be all those potato chips)
3. Carbonated Soft Drinks
4. Total Salty Snacks
9. Pizza (should have been higher)
10. Tea (really? who drinks tea at a Super Bowl party?)
One of the hottest selling fashion items in England right now is shapewear for men. They are kind of like Spanx, but made for guys. The company that makes 'em, Body Max, says these will take at least an inch and half off the spare tire.....and make those man-boobs look like nice, firm pecs.....all for only 20 bucks. Too bad they are only available in the UK, because I think these could be HUGE here. *no pun intended* ;-)
Seriously, though.....check out the before & after action.
You guys would spend 20 bucks on this, right?
Josh Duhamel called in to talk about "When In Rome", which opens today! I was warned to NOT ask anything about his personal life.....but, he was so cool, we ended up talking (a lot) about Fergie. *Warning* He kind of spoils the movie's ending in the first clip below....BUT...if you didn't figure out that in a movie like this, Josh Duhamel WILL get the girl....you probably don't go out to very many movies. ;-)
Hopefully, we can get him in portland and in our studio one of these days. I definitely got the vibe that with more time (and perhaps an adult beverage or two), Josh would really do some talking.
You can see Josh on Ellen today....on The Grammy Awards Sunday....and in theaters in "When In rome"....he's everywhere.
According to a professional face reader (btw...doesn't that sound like a fun job?) YOU might not be on the career path that best suits you.....and all you need to do to find out, is look in the mirror. Check out this article below:
SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) â In todayâs tough job market, people can find their true calling by examining their own face.
Face reader Barbara Roberts, author of Face Reading: How To Read Anyone At A Glance (Roberts), says certain facial features make people adept at certain jobs.
Someone with close-set eyes, a narrow nose bridge, or a tall, wide forehead would do well in a computer/tech career.
Those with a widowâs peak or large ears would be highly successful in a music career.
Roberts says people meant to be interior designers or artists often have long, thin ears or fine hair.
Teachers, counselors, or anyone in communications usually have a rounded hairline, meaning theyâre great with people.
A ball on the tip of their nose means theyâre the âcenter of all newsâ and people often come to them with gossip.
Finally, those with thick hair and thick eyebrows â representing âphysical enduranceâ â are destined for outdoor jobs.
Did you see this Friday night? I was laughing out loud to hear Barbara ask Lady Gaga if she was half-man/half-woman. Really, Barbara? That's what you really want to know? If you haven't seen it, check out the interview below....it's both awkward and unintentionally hilarious. Poor Gaga! Hopefully, Gaga learned her lesson and will stay the heck away from Larry King and Nancy Grace!
Who knew that rock stars had excellent taste in reading material? Well, at least one does (actually, two, if you count Stephen Christian from Anberlin). Singer-songwriter, Jon McLaughlin recommended "The Time Traveler's Wife" to me a couple of years ago. He had just finished it and told me that it was one of the best books he had ever read. Of course, I went straight to Powell's that day and bought it. I read it in one weekend and it is one of those books that stays with you long after you have devoured the final page.
If you, like me, loved "The Time Traveler's Wife", then you'll probably be happy to know that the author, Audrey Niffenegger, is coming to Portland(Beaverton, actually) on Monday, Jan. 25. She released a new book last October, called "Her Fearful Symmetry". It's a ghost story and a love story. It's about obsession and relationships. It's darkly funny in places and is full of delicious little gothic details about the most famous cemetary in London (in which, Audrey has led tours). Audrey told me she didn't plan on making it into a movie, like "The Time Traveler's Wife", but you will see a movie in your head while reading it. Audrey will discuss and read from "Her Fearful Symmetry" Monday night (Jan. 25) at 7pm at Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing.
I talked to Audrey Niffenegger about "Her Fearful Symmetry" last October. Click below to listen.
Have you made a donation somewhere to help Haiti? Then you, my friend, are entitled to a bunch of free songs from artists like All American Rejects, Switchfoot, Ben Folds, The Decemberists, and more. 200 artists donated songs to this effort. Click the link below for more info on getting your free music! You can make a donation on the site....or...if you have already made a donation, go ahead and start downloading.
So your sweetie was "working late" and you want to know if he's telling you the truth? According to a "Human Lie Detector", it's easy to catch someone in a lie, because their body subconsciously gives them away!
Hereâs the list of things to watch for:
A change in the voiceâs pitch.
A change in the rate of speech.
A sudden increase in the number of âumsâ and âahs.â
A change in eye contact. Normally, one makes eye contact one-quarter to one-half of the time. If suddenly, at the convenient moment to lie, heâs staring at you or looking away, beware.
Turning his body away from you, even if just slightly. (Or placing objects in front of self in order to create a barrier of sorts â this could be paper, coffee cups, sugar dispensers, etc.)
Suddenly being able to see the white on the top and bottom of a personâs eyes, not just the sides.
A hand reaching, even if momentarily, to cover part of the face, especially the mouth.
According to the NYTimes, therapists are seeing more couples than ever before, who can't stop fighting about ....recycling!!! A lot of couples are also fighting over who is more eco-friendly. Crazy....unless, of course, you are married to Captain Planet, like I am. Seriously, he digs through the trash and gets mad if I throw away anything that is recyclable.
We're not as bad as the couple in this article, though. The husband won't even go to sushi with his wife anymore because she lectures the sushi place about the fish being sustainable, local, etc.
You have to read this article.
For some reason, I look forward to working out this time of year (rainy & yucky) a lot more than I do in the summer. I think it's because I feel so good afterwards, I don't mind the rain. Plus, I do love to relax in the sauna when I'm done and that feels sooooo much better when it's cold and nasty out.
I've been working out at Oregon Athletic Clubs (and have lost ten pounds...yay!) and I highly recommend it as a natural mood-booster, too! Here's what's in my workout playlist this week. If you've got some songs that get you going when you work out, email 'em to me! I'm always looking for new ones to mix up these lists a bit.
Have you seen this A&E reality show, "The Jackson's: A Family Dynasty". The season finale is Sunday and I have to say thsi show is nothing like I imagined it would be. They are so......normal. In fact, if you have brothers, you may even recognize your family at times in this show.
Cameras followed Michael Jackson's brothers as they prepared for a Jackson 5 reunion....and then, Michael Jackson died, which changed the whole direction of the show. Jermaine & Marlon called in to talk about the show & their memories of their brother, Michael. They also updated us on how Michael's kids are doing.....and confirmed that there is a LOT of unreleased Michael Jackson music, music we may be able to hear someday.
Check out the clips below:
Jermaine & Marlon talk about how Michael's kids are doing
WooHoooo!!! Eating bacon makes your baby smarter!!! That almost makes up for the no caffeine, no sushi rules. ;-) Sadly, eating bacon does not make US smarter....but maybe the world of science will keep working on that one. ;-)
If you're curious about how it all works, check out the article below (from the UK Daily Mail newspaper)
Bacon and eggs could help pregnant women boost their baby's intelligence
Women are usually given a list of foods to avoid during pregnancy and it is well documented that a pregnant woman's diet can affect her unborn baby.
Scientists have found that eating a plate of bacon and eggs could help pregnant women boost the intelligence of their unborn child
But the new study suggests that a chemical in pork products and eggs can help the baby's growing brain to develop.
Scientists at the University of North Carolina have discovered that the micronutrient, called choline, is vital in helping babies in the womb develop parts of their brains linked to memory and recall.
In a study of the effects of choline on the brains of baby mice, those fed small doses of choline while in the womb had genetic differences to those given large amounts.
Dr Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal, which published the research told The Telegraph: 'We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but [similar studies] are already making us rethink what we consider healthy and unhealthy.'
Other foods that contain a high level of the nutrient include liver, milk, chicken and nuts.
Previous studies have suggested that large doses of choline could help protect against heart problems
If you watch "Real Housewives of NYC", then you know who Bethenny is (remember that crazy bar fight of hers?!). Love her or hate her, you have to admit, this girl is HOT....and does not look 39 at all! She gives a lot of credit to the way she eats. She is a trained natural foods chef, who has been sharing her knowledge in 2 books to help us "unleash the skinnygirl inside each of us". Bethenny says we can lose weight with just a few simple tweaks to the way we eat. She called in today and shared a few of those tips. If you want to unleash your inner skinnygirl, listen below!
Bethenny explains how simplifying the way we cook & eat will help us lose weight!
3000 British people were asked "What's your biggest 'little pleasure' in life? I personally think that popping bubble wrap and getting a compliment from someone should be MUCH higher.....but at least they made the list! Did they miss anything?
Top 50 greatest little pleasures in life
1. A good night's sleep
2. Finding forgotten money in your pocket
3. Cuddling up with a partner in bed
4. Crying with laughter
5. Having a lie-in (anyone know what this is??)
6. Sleeping in newly laundered bedding
7. Getting a bargain
8. Making someone smile
9. Catching up with an old friend
10. Laughing at things that have happened in the past
11. Eating Sunday dinner with your family
12. Someone saying you look nice
13. Curling up on the sofa with a good book and a hot drink or soup
14. Discovering you've lost a few pounds
15. Breakfast in bed
16. Waking up thinking it's a work day and then realising it's the weekend
17. A random person smiling at you in the street
18. Looking through old photo albums
19. Eating a takeaway
20. First snow fall of the year
21. Singing your heart out to your favourite song in car
22. Having lunch with friends
23. Listening to a baby laughing
24. Having a massage
25. Reading a book or listening to your iPod on holiday by the pool
26. Playing in snow
27. Finding a pair of jeans that fit perfectly
28. Being chatted up
29. A girly-night in (Yesss!!!!)
30. A pampering session at home
31. The smell of freshly cut grass
32. Sitting in the pub with your friends
33. Looking at a baby asleep in a cot
34. Waking up in a room with an amazing view
35. Clothes shopping
36. Receiving a letter from a friend
37. Fitting into an old pair of jeans again after losing some weight (YAY)
38. Staying up all night getting to know someone special
39. Your mum's cooking
40. Getting dressed up for a night out
41. Watching a live band (If the band is good!)
42. Drinking a cold beer after work
43. Browsing in a secondhand book shop
44. Going to the cinema
45. Getting a new hairstyle
46. Your line being the quickest in the supermarket
47. The cold side of the pillow
48. Watching a DVD
49. Getting tipsy
50. Popping bubble wrap (this should have been way higher!)
If you can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep, here's a list of tips from "sleep experts". Some of them are kind of "no duh!" (like keeping your room dark & quiet). I did find the relaxation techniques pretty interesting, as well as the food tips (no more pepsi with lunch for me!)
According to a recent online poll, America's favorite American Idol winner is.....
Kelly Clarkson, who just so happens to be my fave as well. I probably would have put David Cook second, but I totally get that people love Carrie Underwood. What does surprise me, though, is that Taylor Hicks is more popular than Kris Allen (love him!) and Jordin Sparks (who has had several big radio hits!)
Kelly Clarkson (season 1) 32%
Carrie Underwood (season 4) 26%
David Cook (season 7) 22%
Taylor Hicks (season 5) 10%
Kris Allen (season 8) 8%
Jordin Sparks (season 6) 2%
Fantasia Barrino (season 3) 1%
Ruben Studdard (season 2) <1%
Btw....have you ever seen the video of Kelly Clarkson firing her guitar player in the middle of a concert? The video says this happened in Portland. That is definitely the outfit she was wearing at her concert @ The Schnitz.....but I don't remember the firing....maybe it was portland, Maine?
Ah yes.....one of my fave American Idols, covering one of my fave female artists. Kris Allen sounds great covering Adele's "Chasing Pavements". I just wish the idiot who was talking all the way through this video would have taken a breather and realized this was waaaayyy more interesting than anything he was saying. ;-) Haha! Sorry, but that is one of my biggest concert pet peeves.
Adam Lambert sat down with Fuse Tv for an interview that airs Monday night. In this clip, he talks about the famous Burning Man festival in the desert....where he first realized he was put on this planet "for our entertainment" ;-) Ha! Couldn't resist the cheesy pun there. Check out the clip below!
Scientists say that if you volunteer at least once a week, you are less likely to suffer from depression. If you're like me, you need all the cheering up you can get this time of year (no sun = Sheryl not as happy).
Kate Gosselin is sporting a new look for the new year......long hair! What do you think? I think it makes her look younger....and a little like Carrie Underwood (never thought that before). Great timing, too! When everyone is wearing your hair for Halloween, it is definitely time to move on.
Clearly, Mariah Carey was NOT planning on winning an award for her acting last night....soooooo, she partied....a lot...and by the time they announced that she'd won for her role in "Precious".......well....check out the video below. ;-)
Tonight is the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" and I have to admit I love this show. I love watching people take control of their lives and the huge transformation that happens when they do. It's also nearly impossible for me to eat junk food and watch this show. ;-) I don't think any contestant has shocked me more than Tara Costa, from last season. She lost over 150 pounds and looked like a totally different person when she walked into that finale episode. I had a chance recently to talk to Tara about the whole Biggest Loser experience.....why she couldn't lose weight before the show....little tricks she has learned to help keep the weight off....and what the NBC cameras don't show us on the show. I hope you enjoy the chat....and that it helps keep you strong in your New Year's Resolution to step away from the donuts and get fit!
P.S. You may have heard me talking on the air about losing weight since I started working out at Oregon Athletic Clubs. They really do have the best clubs in town, with a staff that can help you achieve your goals! In fact, I'm going to have them help me train for a marathon this year. You can still get a free month membership....click on this link for more info!
I guess this is one of those times it's good to be broke! Haha! If you can afford to splurge on a lobster dinner, New Year's day is the one day of the year you shouldn't....unless, of course, you want to have a cruddy year. ;-)
Chris Cornell gave us one of the best Christmas presents EVER....by getting back together with his Soundgarden bandmates. Yes....the rumors were true. The band is working on a new CD right now....and of course there will be a tour! That's where bands make their money these days....on the road, selling $125 tickets and $50 t-shirts. ;-) Sign up here for the latest updates....yay!
p.s. I had a chance to chat with Chris when he played the Crystal Ballroom last spring. Check out the video interview in the Buzz-a-vision section of this site.
All American Rejects got back together on New Year's Eve, too. Yes....they were broken up....briefly....right before Christmas....and right after a dinner fight between Tyson & Nick, but as you can see in the pic below (tweeted by Tyson), the two have kissed and made up....literally. ;-) AAR are together and planning a big tour for 2010.
Yes....every restaurant in town has a special NYE dinner tonight. Yes....every club in town is having a dance party of some sort. If you're looking for some different way to celebrate the last day of 2009, as well as a day off of work & school tomorrow, here are some ideas!
C'mon....you know tomorrow, you're going to break out those workout dvds you got for Christmas and start working on your New Year's resolution to get fit. I know. I've been there and will be working out right there with ya! ;-) So, why not enjoy one...or two...or many tastes of something you may not taste again until....well, Valentine's Day. Haha! Seriously, Pix has some truly mind blowingly good desserts and FREE is a really good price. You have to buy a glass of something bubbly (and yes, soft drinks count) at PIX tonight to qualify for one of the free Chocolate Buffet tickets. They will start handing those out at 11pm. Click the link and scroll down for more details!
I had these guys on my show, back when I was doing Celebrity Playlist daily. It was one of my favorite interviews because they were so fun...we were laughing the whole time! I tried to "stump" them by throwing really random suggestions at them and they turned everything I threw at them into something funny. In the show, improv teams compete against each other for points. You get to be a part of the show by shouting out suggestions for the scenes they act out. It's family friendly, tickets are pretty affordable, and they are doing several shows tonight at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm. BTW....if one of your New Year's resolutions is to be funnier in 2010, then you should check out their improv classes, by clicking this link.
Yes, they were a bit before my time (and probably yours, too), but who doesn't love a Beatles song or two....or many? When you see this show, you are reminded of just how many Beatles songs you love. I saw this on opening night (the same night the snow created the commute from hell) and I was admittedly in a bad mood when I sat down in my seat at the Keller Auditorium, but the vibe changed as soon as they started playing these classic songs. It was fun watching all of the people my parents age dancing and having a good time, but there were a lot of people my age & my daughter's age twisting and shouting right a long with them. Everyone left with big smiles and I decided there is no better cure for a bad day (or bad commute) than a large dose of loud Beatles music. Seriously. This show is all ages fun......and a MUST if 2009 left you with a need for some cheering up. :-) Tonight's show is at 7:30. Click here for details.
SEE A MOVIE!
Ok....this is highly unscientific, but according to my facebook friends' status updates, "Avatar" in 3D is a must see. I've been surprised at how many very different types of people are raving about this, too. I'm planning on checking it out myself this weekend. I've been seeing a lot of positive comments about "Precious" as well, though you are pretty much guaranteed a good cry. I can recommend "The Blindside" as a football movie that's really about relationships, so there's something in it for everyone. I want to see "Fantastic Mr. Fox", as I love Wes Anderson movies, Roald Dahl stories, and George Clooney. It's playing at the Fox Tower and getting some great reviews. Check out the trailer below.
GO TO HAWAII
Of course, if you want traditional NYE fun, like dancing and toasts of bubbly, then there are lots of parties all over town. Check out Willamette Week for a pretty full listing. My personal fave is the WXYZ bar at Aloft Hotel Cascade Station. They are right on the Max line, so you can party hop, then hop on the Max to ride out to Aloft, party some more, then take advantage of their AWESOME NYE package. 99 bucks for one of their very hip, very cozy rooms, plus champagne....PLUS, the chance to WIN A TRIP TO HAWAII! I've been to many events at Aloft and it is always good times with fun people. P.s If you want to stay an extra night and watch the Rose Bowl game on their big screens (or from the comfort of your room), they will give you a GREAT deal on the second night stay...59 bucks! Here's the link for more info! When you call the hotel, ask for their NYE Party package.
www.babycenter.com says "Twilight" had an impact on baby names this year. Isabella was the top name for girls, Jacob #5 most popular name for boys. Hmmmmm.....I don't see Edward anywhere on the list....ha!
Girls' Names / Boys' Names
1 Isabella / Aiden
2 Sophia / Ethan
3 Emma / Jackson
4 Olivia / Jayden
5 Ava / Jacob
6 Madison / Noah
7 Madelyn / Caden
8 Chloe / Logan
9 Lily / Lucas
10 Addison / Jack
11 Abigail / Matthew
12 Emily / Ryan
13 Hailey / Brayden
14 Mia / Caleb
15 Kaitlyn / Connor
16 Kaylee / Nicholas
17 Riley / Dylan
18 Ella / Michael
19 Zoe / Gavin
20 Peyton / Joshua
21 Layla / Alexander
22 Sarah / Benjamin
23 Avery / Liam
24 Mackenzie / Tyler
25 Hannah / Landon
26 Alexis / Nathan
27 Grace / William
28 Elizabeth / Mason
29 Kylie / Luke
30 Natalie / Evan
31 Alyssa / Andrew
32 Samantha / James
33 Taylor / Gabriel
34 Anna / Zachary
35 Arianna / Elijah
36 Isabelle / Owen
37 Sydney / Christian
38 Aubrey / Carter
39 Lillian / Daniel
40 Brooklyn / Cameron
41 Keira / Joseph
42 Lauren / Chase
43 Brianna / Christopher
44 Gabriella / Colin
45 Allison / Anthony
46 Claire / David
47 Leah / Isaac
48 Makayla / John
49 Audrey / Samuel
50 Maya / Max
51 Aaliyah/ Wyatt
52 Lila /Tristan
53 Savannah /Austin
54 Sophie/ Hunter
55 Kaelyn /Cole
56 Kayla /Cooper
57 Amelia /Jonathan
58 Charlotte/ Brody
59 Brooke /Dominic
60 Julia /Alex
61 Jasmine/ Thomas
62 Morgan /Jordan
63 Bailey/ Henry
64 Alana /Sean
65 Katherine/ Isaiah
66 Jordyn /Colton
67 Bella /Carson
68 Molly /Brandon
69 Reagan/ Parker
70 Lucy /Jake
71 Abby /Hayden
72 Victoria/ Ian
73 Cadence/ Julian
74 Megan/ Eli
75 Camryn/ Adam
76 Caroline /Aaron
77 Kennedy /Riley
78 Kate /Charline
79 Evelyn/ Xavier
80 Maria /Oliver
81 Carly /Sebastian
82 Callie /Blake
83 Paige /Miles
84 Alexandra/ Brady
85 Ashley /Devin
86 Liliana/ Nathaniel
87 Ellie /Justin
88 Gianna/ Jason
89 Makenna/ Levi
90 Gabrielle /Adrian
91 Sadie /Grayson
92 Jayden /Bryce
93 Eva /Robert
94 Ashlyn/ Nolan
95 Rachel /Micah
96 Alexa /Kyle
97 Katie /Josiah
98 Reese /Peyton
99 Jenna /Brendan
100 Jada /Eric
There are reports today that Brittany Murphy had recorded many songs over the last few years that were never released to the public....songs that may soon be released as (of course) some people are now seeing the $$$$$ to be made off a dead celebrity.
Having said that...this isn't an entirely a bad thing. Brittany Murphy was actually a pretty good singer. But then, you probably knew that if you saw "Little Black Book" or "Happy Feet". You may not have known about her collaberation with Paul Oakenfold a couple of years ago. It's a really cool song called "Faster Kill Pussycat". Check out the video below.
Some random videos have been popping up in the last couple of weeks of some of your fave American Idol contestants, spreading Christmas cheer! As we get ready for a NEW season of AI in January (yay), here's a few videos to enjoy from some of your faves
Danny Gokey does "O Holy Night"
(you might want to turn down your speakers just a bit....Danny totally goes for it in this)
Jordin Sparks & crew do I'll Be Home For Christmas "Chipmunks style"
Melinda Dolittle & friends "Jingle Bells"
In case you missed it, here's Carrie Underwood's Christmas special
He looks so....wholesome! This video is from his high school graduation.....back when he was a lot blonder (or is that more of a strawberry blond?) ....and much heavier....less theatrical....but he could still make the girls scream when he hits the high notes. Check it out!
Pat, Scott, & Jimmy from Train stopped by last week for a chat before they did a mini-concert for Buzz winners (You can see video in the Buzz-A-Vision section). We had fun talking about...."Hey Soul Sister" and how it was inspired by Burning Man, a naked-dancing-in-the-desert extravaganza that Pat has yet to visit.....Pat's bratty Christmas tantrum when he was a kid.....what the guys find most beautiful about women....Pat's big tv debut on CSI:NY (and what it was like to work with Kim Mardashian......and more! It was a fun chat. I hope you like it!
LOTS of pretty people in this one, including not one, but TWO of my fave Grey's Anatomy docs (McDreamy & McSteamy)....and if the trailer is any indication, it should have a great (FUN) soundtrack. Check out the trailer below.....especially the TaylorX2 "makeout" scene (which, I'm sorry, looks a little fake to me).
Yes, it's true. Seventeen year old Jon Bon Jovi was doing janitor duty at his cousin's recording studio, where Meco was there recording Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album (hey, back in the day, that was a pretty big deal! )
His cousin recommended Jon to Meko for the song "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and Jon got the gig. I'm sure he was pretty excited at the time, but you don't hear him bragging about it to his friends these days! LOL! When you listen to it (above), you'll understand why.
When you think of Christmas, certain things come to mind.....stockings by the fire....lights on the tree.....Ralphie & his Red Ryder BB Gun....but metal guitars & the voice of Rob Halford (Judas Priest)...?? Probably not so much.
Well, guess what....Rob Halford of Judas Priest LOVES Christmas music. Beneath all the leather & metal studs, Rob has a heart that is touched deeply by the messages of love & peace in the music of Christmas. He has actually been wanting to do a Christmas project for a long time. We chatted about that.....as well as his favorite Christmas movie....his fave Christmas present ever....and why he covered a Sara Bareilles song for this project. Listen below....and if you want more info on the CD, visit Rob's site at www.robhalford.com
Need to make room in the garage for somebody's shiny new Christmas bike? This is a chance to do that.....and help kids at Christmas!
Hotel Monaco Portland is conducting a used bike drive, December 14 â 20, to benefit the Community Cycling Center, an organization located on NE Alberta that collects donated bikes for underprivileged children.
Hotel Monaco (my FAVORITE place to stay in downtown Portland!) is providing you with an opportunity to rid your garage of unwanted bikes and give a gift to children in need this holiday season. I've got a couple that I'm dropping off tomorrow!
You can drop bikes off at the Hotel Monaco. If you are too busy or don't have a way to get them to Hotel Monaco (and you are located in the Portland and surrounding suburbs), simply call (503)417-3359 to schedule a pickup on Monday, December 21.
And as an added bonus....
People who donate bikes during this campaign will be entered to win the "Carless Vacation" package from the Monaco. As the ultimate escape for environmentally conscious travelers, the âCarless Vacationâ package includes:
â¢ Deluxe overnight accommodations
â¢ Reimbursement for Trimet MAX Light Rail passes between the airport and hotel
â¢ Access to the hotelâs complimentary bikes
â¢ A three hour âHistoric Downtownâ bike tour with Pedal Bike Tours
â¢ Two $10 vouchers for post-tour drinks and snacks from the sustainable kitchen of chef Tom Dunklin at Red Star Tavern & Roast House, adjacent to Kimptonâs Hotel Monaco Portland
Planning a Holiday party? Hopefully, this advice comes just in time!
Celebrity party planner Jes Gordon, author of the new book Party Like a Rock Star, shares 5 hostess mistakes that can turn a promising party into something lametacular .
TOP MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN PLANNING A PARTY
1. When it comes to invites, timing is EVERYTHING!
If you tell friends more than two months in advance and theyâll forget about the get-together by the time it rolls around. But wait until a day or two before, and youâll be stuck with just the few people who didn't have anything else to do. Jes recommends sending everyone the details about a month beforehand for a formal party and about two weeks before if youâre throwing a casual gathering.
2. Don't provide seats for everyone!
Offering less seats than guests means there will be more mingling and socializing. Plus, the party will have a lot more energy if some of the partiers are standing and walking around.
3. Keep the annoying guest and you wreck it for everyone.
'nuff said there!
4. Forgetting about the bathroom.
People tend to overlook this room when tidying up and decorating for a party. But almost every single guest will be there at least once in the night. Make sure all your toiletries are stashed away and the sink and toilet are clean. Jes also recommends laying out a few pretty hand towels and soaps on the sink. And light a few candles â that way guests wonât need to turn on the big light and see that you missed a spot....or two. ;-)
5. Taking on all food and drink prep yourself.
Jes recommends making a list of all of the goodies you want at your party, taking on the ones you can handle based on the size of your kitchen and budget, and asking partygoers to fill in the blanks. So for example, if you have a tiny stove, farm out the snacks that need to be cooked, and if youâre trying not to spend a lot, ask a few friends to bring vino.
According to website, www.thefrisky.com, these are the most over used words & phrases of the last decade! Ok cool kids! Time to invent some new ones! Here are the Top 25 words & phrases to avoid using next year....unless, of course, you want to be sooooo last decade!
Tweeted (as in âI just tweeted about thatâ)
âCougarâ to describe any attractive woman over the age of 35, who happens to be single, or any woman dating a man more than three years her junior.
The âcleverâ blending of two words to create one era-appropriate word, like âStaycation,â âbromance,â âMetrosexual,â âRecessionista,â and âBrangelina.â
âI just threw up a little in my mouth.â
Getting anything âon,â like âgetting my drink on.â
All IM- and text-inspired abbreviations: OMG, TMI, WTF, LMAO, ZOMG, and the granddaddy of them all, LOL.
âHot messâ to describe anyone a little attractive whose sanity â or outfit â is questionable. i.e., Juliette Lewis.
The shortening of words â which we are definitely guilty of â like âwhatevs,â âobvi,â and âtotes.â
âThatâs what she said.â
Seriously. Seriously? Seriously.
The word âamazingâ to describe anything that isnât actually amazing.
Un/Friended (as in âI friended/unfriended him on Facebookâ)
âDude!â (as an exclamation or a greeting)
âWhat a douche.â
âVoted off,â thanks, primarily, to the number of reality shows that vote
members off the island/out of the house/off the show.
Pink's on-again-off-again hubby, Carey Hart, got himself some new ink in Vegas. It's Pink's face....on his leg. Pink's friends say this proves Carey & Pink are back together for real......but.......her face is.....ummmm....dead!
Does this mean "til death do us part".....or being married to her is the death of him? I don't know! Take a look and tell me what you think it means!