Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Ways to Help Haiti

I posted last week on ways to donate to help Haiti, and here is yet another way that's easy, because if you're like me, you probably go through a lot of tennis shoes throughout the year and have a few you could donate. If each person reading this blog donates just 1 pair of shoes, that will be well over 100 pairs of shoes! :-) And I'm sure I have a few readers who lurk and don't follow, so let's just make it 150 pairs. ;)

Sports Chalet is accepting gently worn shoes between now and Sunday, January 31st at any of their stores.

For more info, see the ad below or click here.
To learn more about Soles4Souls, please visit


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

To all you fabulous women out there...

I received this forward which I simply must share:

Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater- give her sperm she will make a baby, give her a house she will give you a home, give her groceries she will give you a meal, give her a smile she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what she is given. So if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit...


Monday, January 25, 2010

It reminds me of Juicy Fruit

I didn't watch the SAG awards this year, but I loved loved LOVED this dress that Diane Kruger wore to the awards...sometimes a little bit of color is better than that staple little black dress.

Off I go to watch The Bachelor online at It's my weekly must-see show that I cannot sacrifice, despite being so busy. There's nothing quite like watching 25 botox'd, face-lifted, lypo'd, catty women fighting over one guy. Who do you have pegged as the winner?


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Apparently, this is what my dancing looks like

Hello everyone! I am swamped with grad school stuff, so sadly, I won't be posting much this week, but I simply had to post this.

A friend sent me this video and I was told that this is apparently what I look like when I dance. So funny that I had to post this. Perhaps I'll try these moves out the next time I'm out dancing.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Just Me 'n My Microbe

I am spending my exciting Friday night with a fuzzy green microbe. Yes, I lead an exciting life. For my graduate epidemiology class, we are studying various infectious diseases and the role they have in public health.

To make class more entertaining, the professor gave us each a different disease to study, but in the form of a fuzzy stuffed animal microbe that we got to keep. Microbes ranged from H1N1 (Bird Flu), to HIV, to tropical diseases such as Malaria (which I received, though my fuzzy green microbe is more formally known as Plasmodium falciparum).

For those science teachers or nerds out there like myself who would like to purchase similar items for teaching or educational purposes, microbes can be purchased at

I leave you with a picture of my fuzzy Friday night date (both the stuffed form and the real, microscopic form).


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help Haiti

I'm back after an ugly bought of sickness! My 2010 is not starting out so lovely. Luckily, I feel so much better than I did on Monday...I ended up missing most of the work week.

Two things:

1. The post before this one on recycling Christmas cards has been updated to include a program started by a reader of this blog, Marcia. She emailed me the details of her program, which I added to the post, so please take another peek below or click here to be directed to the page. You will feel really really good once you've dug out all your holiday cards that you had intended to throw out anyway and packaged and mailed them to help either good cause. I know 'cause I mailed mine this past weekend. :-)

2. Please please PLEASE help Haiti. The country was devastated on January 12th by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Officials are estimating anywhere from 100,000 to half a million are feared dead. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Americas: about 80% of the population is estimated to be living in poverty, and most Haitians live on $2 or less per day.

Below are organizations you can donate to:
* Red Cross
* Red Cross via text: Donate $10 by texting Haiti to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill.
* Doctors Without Borders
* YĆ©le Haiti
* Partners in Health

And, of course, please pray for the people of Haiti and all affected by this tragedy. Prayers are needed as much as monetary donations.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Recycling Christmas Cards

I thought this was a great idea to post on my blog.

If interested in recycling your Christmas cards, St. Jude's Ranch for Children is accepting the card fronts until February 28th. More information about this program can be found below or by clicking here. A friend of mine mailed hers two years ago and it cost less than $2.

Recycled Card Program History
Over thirty years ago, wishing to show our donors appreciation for making St. Jude’s Ranch for Children possible, the idea was conceived for turning the previous year’s Christmas cards into "new" cards for the coming season. The recipients were so delighted with their unique "thank you," they requested the children sell them the special cards. And so, the St. Jude’s Ranch Recycled Card Program was born.

Since then, the Program expanded to include all occasion greeting cards…just about anything that starts with a used greeting card front. People from all over the world have sent us their used card fronts!

The children participate in making the new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive "green" holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of "going green".

The ongoing support for the Recycled Card Program has been overwhelming! The Program grew and soon we were receiving over one million cards. We temporarily suspended the Program while we redesigned the process to more efficiently manage the increased production from the increased volume.

To Donate Cards
Cards may be donated by sending them to:

St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005


One of my blog readers read this post and sent me information about a similar program she started that also accepts Christmas cards, as well as all other types of cards, year-round:

A card-recycling program was recently establisehed to benefit the children at the Schwartz Center for Children in North Dartmouth, MA. Donations of used holiday and all-occasion greeting cards (except photo cards) can be sent to:

Cards for the Kids
P. O. Box 70113
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

You may send cards year-round (non-smoking environment only, please), and the program will re-purpose them as part of a fund-raising project. As the website for the Center is being updated, any questions or inquiries can be directed to:

So start piling up those cards and sending them to one of these two organizations, peeps! :-)


Thursday, January 7, 2010

2009 Year-in-Review

2009 was a year of both fun adventure and craziness, but I survived and enjoyed my travels, triumphs, and tribulations.

Began studying for the GRE for two months. My coffee consumption tripled during this time.

Saw my favorite musical, The Phantom of the Opera, for the third time. That music is timeless!

Took my dreaded GRE Exam and did pretty darn well.
Finalized my grad school applications.
Celebrated by visiting Santa Barbara for a weekend get-away.

Tried SUSHI for the first time, and that did not go very well.

Visited Portland for my cousin's college graduation, which was held at a beautiful winery.
Was accepted into my top choice grad school (much shrieking commenced upon opening the letter of acceptance).

Went to Las Vegas with friends.
Saw Josh Groban in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which was a dream come true!

Went to San Francisco to celebrate the 4th of July!

Visited one of my best friends (left, below) and went around various cities including Alexandria, Georgetown, and Washington D.C.

Visited NYC and attended the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, where I salivated while watching Rafael Nadal (one of my favorite tennis players).
Started a new corporate job.

Started grad school, and therefore attended my first-ever football game at my new school. I am now a die-hard Bruin! ;)

Went to San Diego for the wedding of a friend from high school.

Visited Mammoth and stayed with friends in a cabin, and rung in the New Year with some good food and bubbly!


Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my fabulous followers, both those that leave me comments and those that are readers! I always enjoy receiving comments. :)

I hope you all had a safe New Year's Eve and that your 2010 is filled with peace, good health, and much happiness!

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