Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cupcake Time!

So this weekend I might make some more cupcakes,
and hell maybe the weekend after that!
Any takers? :)

There's Something About...

Yes, I believe I could use one of these right about now. Thanks.

OMG FYeah Pizza!

Doesn't this just look delightful! I love it!
Hello Kitty Pizza-Bites

Word of the Day 6/30/2010

Wellerism (noun) : an expression of comparison comprising a usually well-known quotation followed by a facetious sequel

Example Sentence: My father's favorite Wellerism is "'We'll have to rehearse that,' said the undertaker as the coffin fell out of the car."

Did you know?: Sam Weller, Mr. Pickwick's good-natured servant in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick PapersK, and his father were fond of following well-known sayings or phrases with humorous or punning conclusions. For example, in one incident in the book, Sam quips, "What the devil do you want with me, as the man said, w[h]en he see the ghost?" Neither Charles Dickens nor Sam Weller invented that type of word play, but Weller's tendency to use such witticisms had provoked people to start calling them "Wellerisms" by 1839, soon after the publication of the novel.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Don't you just love it...

When the one you love gives you a rose...

... and it's just because he was thinking of you

There's Something About...

The smell of old books
I simply love it!

LHHS Dance Camp

6pm today we start *drum roll please*..... DANCE CAMP!
This year we probably be having over 20 kids... compared to the 12 we had last year. (Yes, YIKES!) So Annette & I decided to split the kids by beginners and more advanced-dancers. Realistically Annette will have like 15, and I'll have the rest, but no fear right Annette!? (Right!)
Now I have to think of what exercises I want to teach/go over/redo/etc.
Of course plies, tendus, kicks/battements, coupe/passe, but I want to extend to degage, rond de jambe (en dehors & en dedans), and piroettes!
This is going to be a fun 3 day dance camp! Woo-hoo!!!

Word of the Day 6/29/2010

Chary (adjective)
1 a : discreetly cautious: as* b : hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risksc : slow to grant, accept, or expend

Example Sentence: "And in causes both small and large, controversial and less so, he was never chary about voicing his convictions." (Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2010)

Did you know?: It was sorrow that bred the caution of "chary." In Middle English "chary" meant "sorrowful," a sense that harks back to the word's Old English ancestor "caru" (an early form of "care," and another term that originally meant "sorrow" or "grief"). In a sense switch that demonstrates that love can be both bitter and sweet, "chary" later came to mean "dear" or "cherished." That's how 16th century English dramatist George Peele used it: "the chariest and the choicest queen, That ever did delight my royal eyes." Both sorrow and affection have largely faded from "chary," however, and in Modern English the word is most often used as a synonym of either "careful" or "sparing."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

#98 DZP - Avatar

#98: Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
Well I got my "A" done! I finally watched Avatar!
Gawd I LOVED this movie! I can't believe it took me so long to see this. I went over to Dad's place and watched in on his huge-ass TV with surround-sound and it really turned into the movie experience... pretty much Awesome!!

“Avatar” was the much-hyped, long-gestating James Cameron project that spotlights a war between desperate humans and the Na’vi, natives from an otherworldly planet called Pandora.

A paraplegic ex-Marine named Jake Sully experiences what it’s like to walk again as his consciousness is uploaded into the body of a Na’vi avatar. Screw that–the guy does more than walk. He runs for miles, jumps off cliffs, climbs enormous trees, and rides on the back of magnificent winged creatures. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Besides all this, the film has a serious Buddhist slant: “Everything is connected.” In “Avatar,” that idea is as literal as it gets. As the Na’vi stride through Pandora’s forest, their bare feet light up the ground beneath them, a visual representation of this idea. Trees are spiritual kin to the Na’vi. They are tall, noble extensions of the rainforest-like planet and form a kind of all-encompassing exoskeleton. The ends of the Na’vi’s long ponytails have strands that are in constant motion; they’re alive with a certain energy and literally tie together with those of the flying beasts to create a kind of symbiosis.

(thank you Eric Melin for your review!)

Word of the Day 6/28/2010

Sepulchre (noun)
*1 : a place of burial : tomb
2 : a receptacle for religious relics especially in an altar

Example Sentence: "The distant noises in the streets were gradually hushed; the house was quiet as a sepulchre; the dead of night was coffined in the silent city." (Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit)

Did you know?: "Sepulchre" (also spelled "sepulcher") first appeared in Middle English around the beginning of the 13th century. It was originally spelled "sepulcre," a spelling taken from Anglo-French. Like many words borrowed into English from French, "sepulchre" has roots in Latin. In Latin, "sepulchre" is "sepulcrum," a noun that is derived from the verb "sepelire," which means "to bury." "Sepultus," the past participle of "sepelire," gives us -- also by way of Anglo-French -- the related noun "sepulture," which is a synonym for "burial" and "sepulchre."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Melody Said It The Best

Melody Garot's Baby I'm a Fool

...and that's just how I feel.

This Weekend's Action Forecast:

Sleep till I can't sleep no more. :)

I'll take that for dinner :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

On the iPod Today... Airplanes

I could really use a wish too...
Airplanes by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams

Word of the Day 6/23/2010

Chatelaine (noun)
1a : the wife of a castellan : the mistress of a ch√Ęteau*
1b : the mistress of a household or of a large establishment
2 : a clasp or hook for a watch, purse, or bunch of keys

Example Sentence: "Leah sets aside her artistic career to become the perfect Swiss wife, mother and chatelaine of a massive estate." (Publisher’s Weekly, September 22, 2008)

Did you know?: The original chatelaine's domain was a castle or fort, and the chatelaine's duties were many. To complete them, she certainly needed keys. In the 18th century, the word "chatelaine" (borrowed from the French "ch√Ętelaine") took on an additional meaning in English that alluded to this: the word came to be used for a decorative clasp or hook from which chains holding a watch, purse, keys, etc. were suspended. These popular accessories evoked the bunch of keys the original chatelaine had worn of necessity.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day 6/20/10

As it was the same day I was coming home from Vegas, and my mother leaving for China that same night... my father wasn't up to celebrating being a father...

Just checking up on the Tumblr, and I spotted one of my favorite movies, and it truely reminds me of my father. I love you dad! I've pieced together disparate facts from your lifetime of fantastical tales and legends of epic proportions, and I will continue them to my children's children too.

"Have you ever heard a joke so many times you’ve forgotten why it’s funny? And then you hear it again and suddenly it’s new. You remember why you loved it in the first place. A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal." — Will Bloom, Big Fish

It Takes Courage...

#6 DZP: The Best Years of Our Lives

I saw this movie in hopes that this classic will help me forget the pain of Mother Nature, and check me into happy-feelings.

At the end of World War II, a soldier, a sailor and an airman return to their home town of Boone City and must re-adjust to the society they had left several years before.

Al Stephenson was a banker before joining up. He is older than your average war veteran and gets home to find that his children have grown up and faces the difficult task of re-establishing an intimate relationship with his loving wife. At work, Al is promoted but now finds it difficult to be the hardhearted banker he seemingly once was.

Fred Derry was an Air Force Officer and Bombardier but realizes on his return that he has no marketable skills and finds himself in his old job at the pharmacy working as a soda jerk. He also finds that he had married in haste and that his wife, whom he'd only known for a few weeks when they married during his flight training, isn't quite as enamored with him now that he's out of uniform.

Lastly, there is Homer Parrish who lost both of his hands in a shipboard fire. He's become quite adept at using the prosthetics the Navy has provided him but resents the pity he sees in others eyes. He had hoped to marry his childhood sweetheart but is no longer sure he can burden her with his own physical limitations.

All three men become fast friends and with Fred Derry's marriage falling apart, he finds himself falling in love with Al's daughter, Peggy. In the end, all three finds ways to move forward with their lives.

#10 Complete!

For my birthday & also for the Great West Truck Show, the gang and I took off for Las Vegas!! (hence why I haven't been posting a lot lately)

Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to make me suffer for being a woman for a bit, but it's all good. I still made the best of the trip, and it was still a fun and great trip!

For the GWTS, the company took home 5 trophies!!!! Truck #135 took 3rd in Interior. Truck #139 took 3rd for Best Combination (truck and trailer), and all 3 trucks took Best in Fleet! So proud!!!!

Also another perk to the weekend was staying at the Caesar's Palace.... it was AWESOME!!!!! So when I had to stay indoors and rest up, those rooms were the place to be! We did hit up the casino areas, the forum shops, and also hung out poolside at a cabana at the Apollo pool!

With being sick & hating my "womanly-moments", I didn't take too many pictures, but hopefully I'll be getting copies of the ones Alex and Sharmin took.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I am....

Word of the Day 6/17/2010

Asperity (noun):
1 : roughness
*2 : harshness of manner or of temper

Example Sentence: When asked to make a contribution, Roger glared and said with asperity, "I gave at the office."

Did you know?: "Asperity" has had a rough history. It came to Modern English through Middle English (where it was spelled "asprete") by way of the Anglo-French ("asprete"), and ultimately derives from the Latin word "asper," which means "rough." Not only is "asper" the source of "asperity," but it also underlies the English word "exasperate" (in fact, you can see "asper" nestled in the midst of that word). Although it is far less common than "asperity" and "exasperate," the word "asper" itself is still occasionally used in English, too -- it functions as a synonym of "harsh," "bitter," or "stern."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Baby Kitty :)

Gawd isn't that precious!
Booboo needs to hurry up and just get one!!


I want this now...

7 Years Ago...

"Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon." David Assael, Northern Exposure, It Happened in Juneau, 1992

Everyday I sit at my desk at work, and wish I still can hear your voice answering the phone or dispatching your drivers. And when I'm in bed, I wish I could still see you next me, pushing my hair out of my face and petting my scalp with your nails. I still hear all your bracelets, and Jackson Browne playing in the tape deck. I only hope to be as great as a woman in my lifetime as you were. You were taken from this world too early. I love you and miss you. I'll talk to you again soon.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpiller

I would LOVE to make this!

I used to love reading this book as a child, hell I think most kids my age did too.

Dippin' Dots!!!!

Who has ever had dippin' dots and not love them!?!?
I remember having them in Honolulu, Hawaii with my Auntie Debbie and I thought they were just plain genius! Yes, they can get messy if a couple dots fall out of the bowl... and once melted they get all over the place, but they're still AWESOME!


Gravity can not be held responsible for people falling in love. — Albert Einstein

Word of the Day 6/15/2010

Edify (verb): to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge : uplift; also : enlighten, inform

Example Sentence: "There's nothing like a film festival for renewing your faith in the medium, in the possibilities of movies to surprise, delight and edify us." (Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 1, 2010)

Did you know?:The Latin noun "aedes," meaning "house" or "temple," is the root of "aedificare," a verb meaning "to erect a house." Generations of speakers built on that meaning, and by the Late Latin period, the verb had gained the figurative sense of "to instruct or improve spiritually." The word eventually passed through Anglo-French before Middle English speakers adopted it as "edify" during the 14th century. Two of its early meanings, "to build" and "to establish," are now considered archaic; the only current sense of "edify" is essentially the same as that figurative meaning in Late Latin, "to instruct and improve in moral and religious matters."

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Tower of My Dreams

I wanna make #87 happen so bad!

So Stoked!

My Birthday is coming up soon :)

Word of the Day 6/10/2010

Ambuscade (noun): a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise; also : the persons so concealed or their position

Example Sentence: "They were apprized of the ambuscade by one of the flanking party, before the Indians fired upon them…." (George Washington, letter, August 4, 1756)

Did you know?: "Ambuscade" derives from Middle French "embuscade," a modification of an Old Italian word formed by combining the prefix "in-" and the Latin noun "bosco," meaning "forest." This is appropriate, since many such surprise attacks have involved the attacking force hiding out in and emerging from a wooded area. "Ambuscade" has not changed in meaning since General Washington’s day, though nowadays we are more likely to use its synonym "ambush." That word actually took a slightly different path to English -- via Middle English "embushen," from Anglo-French "en-" ("in-") and "busche" ("log" or "firewood") -- though the two words ultimately share a relationship.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I'm Not Afraid...

Reading Along....

In order to finish my 50 new books in (now less than) 986 days, I got a chance to read some more of Handler's 2nd book after the Game 3 Laker game. And I swear I just passed out after one chapter! I tried to stay awake for another chapter... but nope... the eyeballs wouldn't have it!

Kobe Bryant - The Kloser

“Can of whoop ass? Open.”

Happy Birthday Dad!!!

I love you Dad!
(he looks like Jerry Garcia Santa here hehehe)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Love to be Here

WooHoo 50 Posts!!

Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji, Japan

Go Japan!!

On the iPod Today... Alejandro

Lady Gaga's Alejandro
gawd this makes me laugh!

DZP #6: My Plans

10 Classic Movies I Plan to See
And I’ve never seen any of them… sad but true…

•The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946
•A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951
•The Heiress, 1949
•Rebecca, 1940
•Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
•A Tale of Two Cities, 1935
•To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962
•Little Women, 1933
•The Birds, 1963
•Citizen Kane, 1941

Any thoughts...?

These Makes Me Smile

My Birthday Louis!

#66 Off the Bucket Complete!

As a birthday gift from my grandmother, we went out to South Coast LV and bought the beautiful Tivoli GM! That store is wonderful, and the people there are delightful!

I loved everybit of that experience and I love my Gma for giving it to me!

Word of the Day 6/8/2010

Obstreperous (adjective)
1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : clamorous
*2 : stubbornly resistant to control : unruly

Example Sentence: On her first day of substitute teaching, Joanna expected to encounter a classroom of obstreperous teenagers, but the students were mostly well behaved.

Did you know?: The handy Latin prefix "ob-," meaning "in the way," "against," or "toward," occurs in many Latin and English words. "Obstreperous" comes from "ob-" plus "strepere," a verb meaning "to make a noise," so someone who is obstreperous is literally making noise to rebel against something, much like a protesting crowd or an unruly child. The word has been used in English since around the beginning of the 17th century. "Strepere" has not played a role in the formation of any other notable English words, but "ob-" words abound; these include "obese," "obnoxious," "occasion," "offend," "omit," "oppress," and "oust."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

On the iPod Today... Billionaire

I'm LOVING this song!


#42 Off the Bucket Complete!

Yes, I went to a LAKER GAME!!!!
I got tickets for game 2 of the Finals, match up with Boston Celtics.

Couldn't sleep the night before, and was very giggly up until game-time... then I practically went nuts!! Alex and I had a BLAST! It was such an AWESOME game (even tho the Lakers lost) , but that was the closest I've been to my loving Pau Gasol! (special thanks to my mom for loving him too)

So before the game, we went across the street to the Nokia side, and hung out at the Bud-center, and watched people shoot hoops (some were pretty good!) So then we got inside, and went crazy on all the merchandise we could find! (we had lots to shop for)

But I can't put into words the fun I had that day! Both Alex and I were completely exhausted, that we went into an early coma after eatting dinner. So happy birthday to Alex & I!
And bring on game 3!!!

Word of the Day 6/7/2010

Balletomane (noun): a devotee of ballet

Example Sentence: Balletomanes across the country eagerly bought tickets to the famous ballerina's final performance.

Did you know?: If you suspected that "balletomane" originated with the idea of a "mania" for ballet, you are correct. What you may not have guessed is that the language that inspired English speakers to borrow the word in the 1930s was Russian. "Balletomane" derives from the Russian noun "baletoman," which in turn combines the word for "ballet" ("balet") and the suffix "-man," from "maniya" (meaning "mania"). The English words "mania" and "ballet" did not, however, come from Russian. ("Mania" comes from Latin and Greek, and "ballet" comes from French and Italian.) "Balletomane" is therefore somewhat unusual, both for its Russian origins and for the fact that it does not follow the more traditional "-phile" model for words meaning "someone who likes a specified thing."

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Laker Nails

Got the Nails done for Game 2!!! So Stoked!!!