Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

I had never tired Cocoa Puffs until last night. I was sampling the chocolaty cereal for dinner, of all things, after receiving a very high recommendation that I absolutely had to try it because it turns milk into sugary, chocolaty goodness once you reach the bottom of the bowl.

I've always been a huge cereal person (I love having cereal for dinner when I get a craving for something crunchy and ice cold milk- now soy- as much as I did as a child). Growing up, my favorites included Cheerios, Frosted Flakes (until my mother banned them because our pediatrician told her it contained too much sugar), Rice Krispies, and Muslix. Yes, I was indeed a child with sophisticated cereal tastes by liking Muslix, which contained a usually anti-kid combination of almonds, clusters, raisins, dates, and dried fruits.

However, I hated the raisins in there (I'll only eat raisins if they're covered in chocolate or in the form of white wine), so I would pick them out of my cereal bowl before pouring milk and would then proceed to place them back in the box. Much to my dad's amusement annoyance, when he went to pour cereal the following morning, he'd end up with nothing but a ton of raisins. :)

What were some of your favorite cereals growing up?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Getaways

Weekend getaways are the best, no? I love how even only two or three days away from the routine of everyday life recharges me like nothing else. Below are some pictures from my mini-vacation.









Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yippee!

So now it's really final: I mailed my application today. I personally took it to the post office during my lunch hour to make sure, absolutely sure, that it would arrive by the deadline (April 1st). It felt weird to see a culmination of hard work and studying packaged into one small manila envelope that will soon be on it's way to perhaps my future grad school...scary but exciting at the same time!

Since I won't be posting tomorrow, have a fabulous weekend everyone!

"Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance....He that shall walk with vigour three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe." -Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

At last!

I'm DONE done done done DONE with my grad school applications. Have I mentioned I'm DONE? I'm so happy/relieved/joyful/pleased/etc. that it's done and over with. Now the waiting game begins until I hear back from my schools. I hope I end up at the school with the better sports teams...just kidding. I'd be happy regardless of where I get in, as I love all the programs I've applied to.

Stay tuned for hopefully happy news in the future.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Seriously?

Starbucks has these really nifty "The Way I See It" blurbs written on the sides of their coffee cups that I enjoy reading. They're written by authors, talk show hosts, radio personalities, directors, and sometimes even customers. I was reading one the other day and was shocked by what I read:

The Way I See It # 51
Americans spend an average of 29 hours a week watching television - which means in a typical life span we devote 13 uninterrupted years to our TV sets! The biggest problem with mass media isn't low quality - it's high quantity. Cutting down just an hour a day would provide extra years of life - for music and family, exercise and reading, conversation and coffee.

- Michael Medved, author of Right Turns and radio talk show host

29 hours a week?! That translates to roughly 4.14 hours per day. Where do people find the time to watch that much television? Because I'd really like to know (I never have enough hours in a day to finish everything I need to do). And the invention of TiVo has only made things worse.

I'm lucky if I watch even 3 hours a week when my favorite shows are on (American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, which I often miss due to after-work activities). No wonder childhood obesity is increasing in this country...too much sofa time! That's precious time that could be spent at the gym. Or eating. Just kidding.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring...and it's certainly starting to feel like spring around here in sunny So Cal, though I won't rub it in too much because I know many of you who are back East and Midwest are still feeling the effects of Winter.

But hey, at least it's Friday (always a good thing). My fun and exciting weekend plans include finalizing my grad school application (due next week), attending a housewarming party, and resting.

For some reason, I find grad school applications, specifically writing the 'Statement of Purpose,' a lot harder than taking the GRE exam (crazy, right?). I have to squeeze so much requested information into three pages that figuring out how to say everything and what to cover is hard. I also tend to be a bit wordy when writing (a bad habit I'm trying to break), so the editing process is lengthy before a finalized version can be printed in all its glory.

My other weekend plans include getting a pedicure. I don't know how you sporty gals out there do it, but playing sports (especially tennis four times a week) wreaks havoc on my toes, resulting in blisters, chipped toe nails, and not-sunny-weather-ready tootsies. So I will get a much-deserved pedicure (only to probably see it become ruined again during Monday's tennis session). Oh well. It's the attempt that counts, right?

So with that, I bid thee all Happy Friday and hope you enjoy your first day of Spring, regardless of where you might be.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My GRE exam experience rehashed

For those who have been following this blog, I'm sure you're all aware that I'm THRILLED (and that's even an understatement) to be done with my GRE exam, considering that I was quite stressed out in the months (and days) leading up to it.

So how did it go? It went quite well in the end, even though halfway through the exam I was seriously questioning why exactly I wanted to pursue grad school since I'm positive grad school will make the GRE look like a piece of cake. I almost, almost, for a split second considered canceling my score because I thought I'd done so poorly.

A little background: the GRE test (aka evil) is designed to make you feel stupid. It basically "hones in" on your score and the level you perform best at. In other words, you get to a point in the exam where you answer one question correctly, but then miss the next one because you're not at that level, and it brings you back down to the level you're really at. Then you answer the next question correctly because you're back at your level. Then the next question is harder and you miss it. Then you go back down a level and answer the next question correctly. And on and on and on. So the test-taking experience becomes a seesaw of your emotions and intellect. You feel intellectually abused while taking the exam because you miss every other question. Not a good morale booster, right?

This happened to me during the Verbal section, where I was faced with words that I've never heard of and words that I probably (ok, most certainly) will never use during my graduate studies. I thought I had performed so poorly on the Verbal section that I contemplated canceling my scores, which would ensure that the grad schools I'm applying to will never know that I'd taken the exam or see my scores. However, neither would I, since canceling scores means you can't tell how you performed either.

Well, reason somehow crept in during that one split second where I was contemplating canceling my scores and I decided against that...so my test ended (after roughly 4 hours) and my score flashed on the screen. I had to actually blink (twice) to make sure I read the numbers before me correctly...because, ladies and gentlemen, I actually did pretty darn good! YAY! :)

But I couldn't really celebrate there...the testing center is uber strict:

-No gum chewing during the exam (which really irritated me because chewing gum while taking an exam helps me think, and this has been proven scientifically)

-If you need anything (i.e., more paper) you have to raise your hand and wait for a proctor...you can't get up and grab it yourself

-You can't keep your scratch paper after the exam is finished...not even to write down your scores so you can remember and report them on your application

-You can't have ANYTHING on you other than your ID...no pens, papers, cell phones, etc.

-You have to lock up all of your belongings in a locker

-You can't check your cell phone during breaks, talk to anyone, or refer to any notes

-You can't leave the building during breaks

-You have your photo taken prior to starting the exam

-Each time you leave your testing station or return to it, you have to sign in and out with your legal signature

-You have to eat your snack in the main waiting area under supervision (because heaven forbid I take some sort of pill that makes me smarter right then)

-You're on video take at ALL TIMES (hopefully not in the restroom though, ha)

Getting out of the exam was pure freedom...freedom I tell ya! It was the strangest (and best) feeling in the world to look around and realize I had absolutely nothing that I had to be doing at that moment. So what did I do? I pampered myself by getting a manicure. And after that, I again had nothing to do. So I went to Barnes & Noble to read for about 3 hours before meeting up for a celebratory dinner. And after about an hour of doing nothing but reading mindless gossip magazines (my bad vice after excessive coffee consumption), I was itching to be doing something, anything.

Yes, I know, it's a disease. Welcome to my world.

Aug 2015 Update: I've received several questions on what courses and/or books I used to prep for the exam. I took a course with Kaplan (there are different options; the one I did was a classroom/instructor-led course where I would go to class once a week), and then for self-study, I used the following:

For Verbal, I bought flash cards similar to these and these and basically memorized all of them (they contain the most common words that appear on the exam).

For Math, I used a workbook similar to this one. 

The one tip I have is, practice, practice, practice!  I did so many problems that when the time came to take the exam, I felt very prepared.  Please note that it's been 6+ years since I've taken the exam, so the exact materials I used are no longer available, but these recommendations are similar.  Good luck!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Since this day is synonymous with corn beef, cabbage, green beer, pinching, shamrocks (St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity), and anything green in general, I've decided to post some historical information on St. Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland. It's sad that the day has been stripped down to green beer since there's such a rich history!

The following information found below can also be found here.

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story. Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies. As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote: "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years. Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message. Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well). Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Eeek!

My test is in 24 hours...please say a prayer for me! :) It's a bit exciting because it means I will be DONE with the GRE unless I ever decide to go back for a second master's, which I most likely won't. But it's also a bit nerve wracking because the last official standardized test I took was the SAT test, which was years ago.

I was asked what my plans were tomorrow night to celebrate my exam completion, and I thought to myself that there would be nothing more appropriate than to make a big bonfire and burn all my GRE books. And flashcards. And note cards. And then dance around the fire, celebrating the fact that I'm done, haha. ;)

I'll post later this week how my 5-hour brain drain went. Have a wonderful week everyone!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Apprently common sense isn't so common after all

I just finished reading an online article that reported that Rihanna and Chris Brown are recording a duet together. Are you kidding me?! Now I’ve really heard it all, and I’ve heard quite a bit in my lifetime.

Per the article, which can be found here, "the pair recently recorded a 'sweet and sentimental' track that 'expresses the challenges of a love relationship,' according to the entertainment magazine People."

Um…yea…so I would also have a “challenging” relationship if I was dating someone who was physically abusive. And I wouldn’t address it by writing a song. I would address it by kicking his booty promptly to the curb. Doesn’t she realize that they don’t have a love relationship? They have an abusive, sick, disturbing, weird, strange, I-can't-wrap-my-head-around-it relationship. She needs to wake up.

I sincerely hope the duet tanks, for her sake. Seriously. Sadly, people are addicted to this kind of drama and will probably buy the single. I’m personally boycotting all of Brown's music (and hers too) until she starts making some better choices. After all, Rihanna is in the public eye and young girls might assume that her actions are correct given a scenario like this.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Coffee drinking etiquette

A recent trip to Starbucks and a discussion with a friend regarding coffee drinking etiquette inspired this post. In other words, I'm running out of good blog topics. Just kidding. Once I reclaim my social life after taking my exam (now 6 days away), I will have more amusing things to blog about.

I have come up with a list of what I consider proper coffee drinking etiquette, unique only to the world of Jasmin, of course. Enjoy!

1. When picking up your coffee cup to sip, you must do so with your pinkie pointed upwards (I do this all time time, though not on purpose...my pinkie just likes to sit up when I sip for some reason).

2. Stir your drink before you begin sipping...because if you don't, you'll be greeted by a hair-raising amount of sugar and syrup at the very bottom of the cup when you're almost done. Can you say sugar coma?

3. Never slurp, no matter how hot your drink is...this will elicit stares from strangers, and it's not nice to let people know that you're drinking something by the sounds you're making.

4. Never order a frou-frou drink if you're a man. This will cause us to question your manliness. For example:

Manly Man: I'd like a triple shot, black coffee...with no room for cream. (good)

Non-Manly Man: I'd like a sugar-free, two-pump vanilla soy latte, extra hot with extra foam and extra whip cream. (bad) If you absolutely insist on getting such a drink, have your girlfriend order it for you. Trust me. You'll thank me later.

5. On a similar note, don't have the urge to order a drink that's too manly just to prove something. I was in line at a Starbucks once and the guy in front of me ordered a Venti red-eye with 8 shots of espresso in it...I kid you not. I actually leaned in a bit while he was ordering just to make sure I heard correctly. For those unfamiliar with the Starbuckian way of life, a red-eye is basically drip coffee...and he ordered the biggest size (a Venti is 24 oz) and added eight shots of espresso to it. Yes, eight. I dubbed his drink an 'ulcer in the making.'

6. Know how to order properly...and I only say this because not doing so will render an incorrectly made drink, especially if you're at a really busy coffee shop and running late for work.

7. Always have a good friend around while enjoying your coffee, because some of the best conversations and ideas happen over coffee...especially around Christmas-time in a packed mall.

The End! :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Put on your dancing shoes!

"Dancing with the Stars" premieres tonight and I'm very excited! I became hooked on the show after my mother kept raving about it (she faithfully watches every season), and although I won't be home in time to watch (tennis lesson), I do plan on catching the premiere tomorrow by watching it online at abc.com.

I love the show because it showcases many things I simply cannot do:

1. Dance
2. Dance in high heels
3. Dance in uber sparkly, skin-tight, skimpy, you-call-that-clothing costumes (I'd have to suck in my stomach the entire time, and that alone takes a huge amount of effort, apart from the dancing)
4. Look happy that I'm dancing (i.e., look at me; this is soooo much fun!)
5. Dance without stepping on/tripping over feet (my own or my partner's)

Have I mentioned that I'm clumsy and can't dance?

In addition, as if the premiere isn't exciting enough, rumor has it that Melissa Rycroft ("The Bachelor" dumpe from this season; refer to my previous blog post) will be joining the cast as Nancy O'Dell's replacement, who had to drop out due to a knee injury. I think Melissa will do well given that she's athletic and was previously a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. More importantly, she has the sympathy vote on her side, considering that bachelor Jason Mesnick is probably the most hated (reality-tv) man in the U.S. right now. Although Melissa didn't walk away with the bachelor (and that's a good thing), perhaps she will win the coveted 'mirror ball' trophy.

After all, success is the best revenge.

UPDATE (3/10/09): I caught the last half-hour of the show last night (and Melissa's routine) and it was pretty awesome! I promptly texted my vote in her favor. Go Melissa! The icing on the cake was the audience booing any mention of the bachelor.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bah Humbug

I am not a fan of Daylight Saving Time this year. I didn't expect it to come so early, either. I wasn't aware that it was scheduled for last night until I received an email from my GRE teacher reminding the class to set clocks forward before going to bed last night. So I was quite cranky getting up this morning because I not only lost an hour of sleep, but I was also out late last night. Less sleep + getting up early = cranky Jasmin. Plus, I feel that today has been uber short, which is not a good thing since I'm trying to cram in as much studying as I can before my test (which is a week from tomorrow, eek!).

I leave you with some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time which I wasn't aware of. These were taken from an article which can be found here.

1. Officially, it's "daylight saving time," not "daylight savings time." But don't feel bad if you thought there was a final "s" on "saving"; far more people Google the incorrect phrase than the correct one.

2. Daylight saving time has mixed effects on people's health. Transitions into and out of DST can disturb people's sleeping patterns, for example, and make them more restless at night. Night owls tend to be more bothered by the time changes than people who like mornings, Finnish researchers concluded last year.

3. There's a spike in heart attacks during the first week of daylight saving time, according to another study published last year. The loss of an hour's sleep may make people more susceptible to an attack, some experts say. When daylight saving time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.

4. People are safer drivers during daylight hours, and researchers have found that DST reduces lethal car crashes and pedestrian strikes. In fact, a study concluded that observing DST year-round would annually prevent about 195 deaths of motor vehicle occupants and about 171 pedestrian fatalities.

5. A U.S. law signed by President George W. Bush in 2005 extended the length of daylight saving time by four weeks. It now begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March. It ends on the first Sunday in November.

6. Also in 2005, Kazakhstan abolished daylight saving time, citing negative health effects. The country's government reportedly calculated that 51.6 percent of Kazakhs responded badly to the time change.

7. Many other countries observe daylight saving time, but not all do so on the same day. That can create confusion for international travelers, business communications, and more.

8. Daylight saving can also cause confusion close to home. In March 2007, a Pennsylvania honor student was mistakenly accused of threatening his school with a bomb. He had actually called an automated line to get info about scheduled classes. Someone else made the bomb threat an hour later.

9. Two states--Arizona and Hawaii--and three U.S. territories--American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands--don't observe daylight saving time. Indiana adopted DST in 2006.

10. Local time determines when DST begins, so America's eastern time zone makes the switch before the rest of the country. This Sunday, cities like New York and Atlanta will be two hours ahead of the central time zone, instead of the usual one-hour difference, from 3 a.m. to 3:59 a.m. EDT. New York City will be four hours ahead of Los Angeles--instead of the usual three--from 3 a.m. to 5:59 a.m. EDT.

11. Daylight saving time was first used during World War I, as part of an effort in the United States and other warring countries to conserve fuel. In theory, using daylight more efficiently saves fuel and energy because it reduces the nation's need for artificial light.

12. The first American to advocate for daylight saving was Benjamin Franklin. He realized in 1784 that many people burned candles at night yet slept past dawn in the summer, wasting early-morning sunlight.

13. The effect of DST on energy use has changed over time and varies from place to place. Experts even disagree on whether DST still saves the nation energy. But so many people like to "spring forward" that it might be hard for officials to end the tradition, even if they determined it's wasteful.

Friday, March 6, 2009

My latest (non-food) obsession

I have a (bad) habit of "collecting" perfume: I find a scent I really like and buy it, and then a year later, not having finished that bottle, I stumble across another new scent that I like and absolutely have to have. Over the years, this has led to a collection of multiple bottles that are half used.

My current daily spritz is Betsy Johnson's self-titled perfume, which I love because it's not overly strong, but still feminine. Well let me tell you, poor Betsy went straight out the window as soon as I got a whiff of the new perfume below that is appropriately called "Flowerbomb," because it annihilates any and all other competition in the perfume market. It smells so good and like nothing else I've sniffed before (and this time I mean it...I doubt I will be buying another brand in a year because this one smells too darn good).

It's very rare for me when flipping through a magazine and sampling perfumes to find one that has such an effect on me. I tore out the magazine ad after getting a generous whiff of the sample and promptly looked online to see where I could purchase my latest obsession. Unfortunately, this stuff is outrageously expensive...not even Sephora carries it. At Bloomingdales, the largest size (only 3.4 oz, at that) costs $150 pre-tax. Yikes! What's in this stuff, gold? Oh wait, there's Jasmine in it...it must be worth it then. ;) And it's pink...how fitting is that, right? But, since I'm trying to be good and save money, I will refrain from buying it until after I receive my work bonus.

UPDATE: So the perfume is only $70 if you order it online via Amazon...dontcha' just love online shopping? :D

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cookie Monster I Am

It's that time of year again: Girl Scout cookie time! I always end up with about 10 boxes of cookies because girl scouts end up cornering me and asking me if I'd like to buy some while I'm walking into a supermarket. And they ask me so politely and with such pleading, hopeful eyes that I absolutely can't say no. I'm such a sucker for kids! Who knows what I'll end up doing when I'm a mother who has a daughter in the Girl Scouts (I'll probably buy all her cookies and end up being a very fat mama). And then, I end up going to a different supermarket a few weeks later where another set of girls are selling cookies. And finally, my neighbors have kids who are girl scouts so I can't possibly say no to them, right? That would just be rude.

This past Saturday, as I was frantically running some errands before an appointment, I tried to dart into a supermarket before the girls (who were camped outside by a table loaded with boxes) could see me. Of course, this didn't work too well (I could never work for the FBI; I'm horrible at being stealthy and I attribute this to my clumsiness). Before I knew it, I was purchasing 3 boxes (Thin Mints, Caramel Delights, and some new caramel type cookie) even though I had no cash on me (thank goodness for checks) and I can't eat the cookies until after Easter (no sweets during Lent). The girls were so adorable that I couldn't resist saying no.

Ok, so the cookies are super yummy too, but that's besides the point.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I Love Mr. Moviefone!

I’ve been studying so much at the same Starbucks that Mr. Moviefone (refer to previous blog post) now knows me. He has even started asking how the studying is coming along. I was there Friday night and he told me it looked like I was doing too much studying, since I was surrounded by towering stacks of note cards for words I have yet to memorize (the count is now at about 650 words). I have so many words floating around in my head that I wake up each morning and find myself thinking about a certain word that randomly drifts into my head. This morning it was the word 'chicanery' for some reason.

I think he felt sorry for me that I was spending a Friday night with note cards and books, so he gave me free tea when I went order which was really nice of him. Later that night, the Barista who works with Mr. Moviefone came up to me while I was studying and gave me two packets of these yummy mint chocolate cookies. So this made me ponder the following:

(a) I spend wayyyyy too much time at that Starbucks and stick out like a sore thumb,

(b) the Barista also felt sorry for me that I was spending a Friday night there, or,

(c) the employees think that I have no life apart from studying (which is true for the time being) and take pity on me, and that pity is manifested in the form of free cookies (which I'm not complaining about).

It could very well be (c) or all three of the above...I haven't quite figured that out yet. Or, as someone suggested, maybe they're just genuinely nice, ha. :) One thing I do know is that I will never frequent a different Starbucks ever again to study...the perks at this one are awesome. After all, there's no such thing as too much coffee or too much chocolate.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm so DONE with that show!

Those who know me know that I don't watch much television-- I don't have time at the moment due to grad school applications, work, and studying that has consumed much of my time. However, I do have a few shows I try to keep up on. One is 'American Idol.' The other is 'The Bachelor,' which I always watch Tuesdays, the day after it airs, online on abc.com.

I was super excited about this season of 'The Bachelor' because I followed Jason's journey last season with Deanna (he was runner up) and I thought he was a genuinely nice guy. Well, all that changed last night when I went online to find out the results of the finale before I watched the last episode...and let me tell you, it was such a twist and awful surprise when I read who he picked (but then subsequently dumped) that I no longer even want to watch the season finale.

I'm so disgusted that Jason would pull something like that. I can't stand the guy anymore. How could he do something like that on live television, and then offer no good reason for it? Disgusting. Have I mentioned disgusting? Yes, disgusting. If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about, keep reading.

Just to give you a little background info: Melissa, the bachelorette Jason originally chose on the season finale, is cute, perky, caring, giving, and fun. She and Jason seemed like such a good match for many reasons in addition to those I listed, and I was rooting for her because she comes off as a genuinely nice person with a big heart. I was so excited to discover Jason had chosen her.



Then (brace yourself 'cause there's always a twist with reality TV) 6 weeks later on live television, Jason dumps her for Molly because he says he can't stop thinking about her! Talk about a cop out! I was SO ANGRY. Deanna has nothing on Jason after what he pulled.

Molly, the bachelorette who was rejected on the finale, is cute, but I find her very cold...and I can't see her being a step mom to Ty. I feel that Jason is mainly attracted to the physical side of her. It's so bizzare to me that now they're together after he dumped Melissa.



Anyways, for a full recap that does wayyyyy more justice to this situation than my brief post ever could, click here to read about all the madness that ensued after the finale. And for an even more in-depth look at the mess Jason created, click here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spelunking through life, one spoonful at a time

I love ice cream. But not just any ice cream. It has to Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I love their creamy, homemade ice creams because:

  • their flavors are creatively named (i.e., Phish food, Chunky Monkey, Chubby Hubby)
  • they have 'free scoop night' once a year where you can stop in and get a free scoop of any flavor
  • they're environmentally conscious (I researched this aspect of the company for a marketing paper in college)
  • the cows they use for diary are not treated with any growth hormones
  • all their flavors taste yummy (my favorite is Phish Food). Yes, this is a proven, scientific fact in the world of Jasmin.
  • their napkins have cool little Q&As on them, like the one I got below a few days before starting my no-sugar Lenten fast

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Adventure #1
Q: What is a Ben & Jerry's chunk spelunker?

A:
Folks who tunnel through their favorite flavors to dig up the chunks.

Can you believe that a male friend of mine who is uber masculine, likes to chop wood for fun in his spare time, and has 'Rocky' theme music playing in the background while working out didn't understand the spelunker thingie? I had to explain it to him! Like, helloooo, it's from the movie 'Batman Begins!' Even I, as girlie and pink and frilly as I am, knew that. My friend will promptly be demoted to metrosexual with the ranks of Ryan Seacrest. ;)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Like, seriously Rihanna?

I'm shocked, shocked, shocked that Rihanna and Chris Brown have reunited. She is sending such a bad message to other women who are in abusive relationships. How much more will she tolerate before she realizes this is not a good relationship to be in? Love is truly blinding, if you even want to call it love in this case.

A recent picture was leaked to TMZ by the L.A. Police Department of someone who appeared to look like Rihanna, and it was not a pretty sight, regardless of whether or not it was her. It's still another battered woman who showcases the grim reality of domestic violence. I hope this will be last of Rihanna in the news for such a horrible incident, and that she recovers from this and moves on from Chris Brown.

Chris Brown Reconciling...and Recording
Ken Baker and Marcus Errico
Sun Mar 1, 11:31 pm ET

Los Angeles (E! Online) – Chris Brown has been doing more in Miami than reconciling with Rihanna. He's been recording.

E! News has learned exclusively that, in addition to riding a jet ski daily in the waters behind Diddy's manse, where he has been trying to patch things up with his girlfriend following their Grammys eve blowup, Brown has been laying down tracks for a new album.

Brown, 19, has been in Miami for about a week and has been recording late at night at Miami's famed Hit Factory studio. There has been no sign of Rihanna, 21, at any of the sessions.
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