Archive for January, 2009

The Ick Factor

January 30, 2009

Design*Sponge posted this yesterday and I just have to pass on the genius.  It’s kind of gross but none the less, GENIUS.  And it’s for a good cause.  Check it out:


“these reusable anti-theft lunchbags from ‘think of the’ are designed to make your sandwiches and snacks look moldy, hence deterring co-workers or roommates from taking a bite. a little icky? yes. hysterical? totally. click here for more info. (5% of all purchases will be donated to ‘freedom from hunger’).” – Design*Sponge


How awesome is that?


Domino Magazine Closing It’s Doors

January 28, 2009


I can’t believe this is happening!  My mom will vouche for me when I say that I look forward to every months edition of Domino Magazine, especially recently.  I true find it inspirational for all the areas of my life and will be sad to see it go.  I’m glad that I’ve keep so many copies and now in 35 years, maybe be rich when I sell them (trying to make light of the situation).  Read the following press release from today:

Condé Nast Folds Domino

The Web site will also be discontinued

Jan 28, 2009

-By Lucia Moses

“Condé Nast made the long-expected decision to close Domino, the publishing company’s three-year-old, hip shelter magazine. The March issue will be the last. The editor and publisher, Deborah Needleman and Beth Brenner, will leave the company. Some staffers are expected to be placed elsewhere in the company.

The Web site, also will be discontinued.

In making the announcement, company president/CEO Chuck Townsend said the decision was purely based on the softened economy, which has already claimed a handful of other shelter books. This year through February, Domino’s ad pages tumbled 51 percent to 22 percent, per the Mediaweek Monitor.

Launched in 2005, the title achieved a rate base of 800,000. But observers have said that in addition to the hard-hit housing market, the title had some difficulty explaining its positioning in the marketplace.

Earlier this month, Condé Nast handed the title to publishing exec Bill Wackermann to oversee, in addition to his current responsibility for Glamour and the company’s bridal books.”

Fellow bloggers comment on what a loss this is at OhJoy! and Design Sponge.

Hostess with the Mostess

January 26, 2009

I LOVE PARTY PLANNING!  One of the blogs I follow is offering FREE ADMISSION to this event.  I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to go, but I couldn’t pass up the amazing opportunity!  I have three guest tickets so if you don’t want to sign up, let me know and you can come with me.  I signed up for the 6:30 to 8:30 one so we’ll have to leave right about work NEXT THURSDAY.  Let’s try to make it work people! Let me know if you wanna join me! Or, sign up for yourself!


“In honor of Awards Season and the location of this event, we’re (Hostess with the Mostess) doing an “Old Hollywood Glam” theme and will be sharing tons of fun ideas for hosting your own “Red Carpet” bash at home with friends. Of course there will also be yummy food & drinks, along with a cocktail demo from Chambord’s mixologist! (Side note: Since the theme colors are red, white, & black – a lot of the decor ideas & drink recipes could easily translate for Valentine’s Day celebrations as well.)

There are 2 available time sessions: 6:30-8pm & 8:30-10pm. Registration is now open and the event is free, but space is limited, so please make sure to reserve your spot online! (Must be at least 21 to attend.)

la_hiphostess_2Also, Check out Hostess with the Mostess and get inspired!

Moving Weekend!

January 26, 2009

This weekend we moved out of our first apartment.  We packed everyday after work last week, except Wednesday (LOST takes precedence) and we were able to pack up everything but our cleaning supplies and a few clothing items.  When we got off work Friday we grabbed SBUX and pulled an almost all-nighter.  Taking into account that we would need at least 3 hours of sleep to function the next day, we went to bed at 4:00 AM!  Alex woke up at 7:00 to pick up the UHAUL and I rolled out of bed at 7:30 and finished up a few things.  The kitties had a tramatic experience as we were putting everything in boxes, but I’m sure they’re fine now. Chris and Amber we up bright and early to help us too and we got the majority of it in the UHAUL before Debbie, Wil, my Dad and David showed up to help. 

The funniest part and hardest part of the day was getting the entertainment center out of the office.   It’s going to Chris and Amber but being stored until they get a place.  We built the unit in our apartment and didn’t realize what a hassle it would be to get down the stairs.  It took Chris, Alex, Amber, and our Neighbor to get it down the stairs!  Watching my willing neighbor get his face smashed between the wall and the unit was pretty entertaining and it was nice of him to have a sense of humor about the whole thing considering he wasn’t planing on lifting any heavey furniture that day.

Once we laoded everything we headed to our many drop off points.  C&A to their storage unit, Me and Al to my parent’s house to drop off the fridge and a few other items, And then to Crisa’s.  We arrived at about 3:00 and had to unload all of our stuff and then load all of her stuff that was going to storage.  Luck for us, she had already purchased a storage unit so we just had to drop everything off.  So everyone but Crisa, Amber and I went to the unit to unload everything.  Crisa, Amber and I had the joyful task of moving everything back into the garage and putting all the bedroom stuff in the bedroom. 

Alex called about 7:00 and asked if we wanted to hit up the spa at the Lopez’, yes please.  I think we had about 6 people in the spa and really enjoyed just soaking and talking about life.

Went to bed that night at about 10:00 and didn’t wake up completely until 9:30.  Yesterday, Sunday, we put together out room and Alex’s office, went grocery shopping and cooked dinner.  Oh, and watched Lord of the Rings.   Then it was off to bed at 11:00 and up this morning at 6:15… still managed to get to work late, but I guess that’s what living out of boxes will get you.

Pictures to come and much more exciting news too.

Have a blessed week!

White House Fun Facts

January 23, 2009

Directly from the White House!  okay, just from, fun facts about our nation’s presidents:

  1. Before he became president, Lyndon Johnson was a teacher at a small school in South Texas.
  2. Before he became president, Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton University.
  3. Only one president was a preacher — James Garfield.
  4. Did you know that William Howard Taft is the only President who served as both President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
  5. President John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his collection of essays, Profiles in Courage.
  6. Both George Washington and Jimmy Carter were farmers before they became president — President Washington was a planter and a farmer at his home in Mount Vernon, and Before he was President, Jimmy Carter ran his family’s peanut farm in Plains, Georgia.
  7. Before he became president, Barack Obama was a U.S. Senator. Before that, he was an Illinois State Senator, and before that he was a community organizer in Chicago.
  8. The President’s personal office is called the oval office. Any plane he flies on is called Air Force One, and any helicopter is called Marine One.
  9. The “S” in Harry S. Truman’s name isn’t short for anything. The President was named after both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shippe Truman and Solomon Young. The initial honors them both.
  10. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place in Philadelphia — where the bell now-known as the Liberty Bell rang out to call the city’s population together on July 8, 1776.
  11. On July 9, 1776, General George Washington gave an order for the Declaration of Independence to be read to his army.
  12. In the early part of the 19th century, a network called the Underground Railroad, which received its name in 1831, helped escaped slaves gain freedom. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped 300 slaves gain freedom during the 1800s.
  13. The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship resulting from the diplomatic relationship between the United States and France.
  14. President Lincoln owned only one home during his lifetime — in Springfield, Ill.
  15. President Jefferson spent more than 40 years designing and building his home in Charlottesville, VA known as Monticello. The President admired classical architecture and incorporated this style into his home.
  16. President Jackson’s estate outside of Nashville, TN was known as the Hermitage.
  17. President Richard M. Nixon was offered a position as a player’s representative to the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1965. He declined, stating that he was needed in politics. Nixon served as President from 1969 to 1974.
  18. George H.W. Bush played first base on the Yale University team that twice reached the finals of the College World Series.
  19. Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, could often be found keeping a perfect scorecard while watching baseball games in the presidential box.
  20. In 1915, Woodrow Wilson became the first President to attend the World Series, where he and his fiance, Edith Gault, made their first public appearance since announcing their engagement. The President insisted on paying for his own tickets.
  21. In 1787, just four years after the end of war with Great Britain, 55 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to replace the Articles of Confederation. The Constitutional Convention led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on September 17, 1787.
  22. On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.
  23. The first day Congress conducted business under the Constitution was April 6, 1789. On this day, members of Congress counted the votes of the electors, who unanimously elected George Washington as the nation’s first president.
  24. In order to amend the Constitution, three quarters of all states must vote in favor before the proposed amendment becomes law.  

WOTD: Moo Point

January 22, 2009

I love FRIENDS.  We own 4 of the 10 seasons and counting.  In the spirit of that, Alex sent me  this today and it made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with you.  So this one is for all you FRIEND’s watchers out there:

1. moo point
a cow’s opinion, it doesnt matter
Joey: All right, Rach. The big question is, “does he like you?” All right? Because if he doesn’t like you, this is all a moo point.
Rachel: Huh. A moo point?
Joey: Yeah, it’s like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.

Classic Joey.  Enjoy your day!

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

January 21, 2009


This weekend while in Seattle Alex and I stumbled upon  For those of you who know us, we are huge fans of Jimmy Fallon.  Most of our time at BIOLA was spent watchign the Best of Jimmy Fallon on SNL, so hearing that he’s going to be doing a late night show was pretty awesome.  He’s already getting a head start by launching blog where he posts nightly webisodes!  He has pictures, polls, and other activites for you to participate in on his site, so go check it out.

Late night with Jimmy Fallon starts March 4th.  Jay Leno is moving to 10:00 pm, Conan O’Brein to 11:00 pm, and Jimmy will be coming on after that!

Obama becomes the Next U.S. President

January 20, 2009


Rick Warren gave the invocation which in my opinion was moving, humble, and inspirational.  He spoke of the joy of the African Americans for this president to be elected.

“Today… we celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States,” Warren said. “We know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.”

 And he asked for God’s watch over our country, for the president’s courage and humbleness as he leads our nation.  According to CNN, “Many liberal activists opposed the choice of Warren to deliver the invocation, largely due to Warren’s outspoken opposition to gay marriage.” 

I’m glad Rick was able to “move on” from this point and focus on the main point, that everything we are, every duty and task we are given is a gift from God.  Amen.

Obama is sworn in


In Other news…

Obama’s team takes over the White House Website.  Looking pretty awesome! Check it Out.


VanZeyl Family Photos

January 14, 2009

Sometime ago, (not too long ago I hope) I shot my family the VanZeyl’s. I’ve blogged about my cousin Jeannemarie before so now you’ll get to see a few of my favorite ones from a shoot with the whole family.

dsc_1122dsc_1243dsc_1149dsc_1171dsc_1253dsc_1273dsc_1104dsc_1304dsc_1327After the shoot, we went for Starbucks, where I shot this gem… oh Austin.


how do you tie that scarf?

January 14, 2009

I’ve been home sick the last two days and haven’t been blogging, so I thought I’d leave two blogs for you to check out. This one is inspired by my friend Bree.  She recently transfered to the school I work at and has been coming to school looking very cute, everyday (but what else is new).  I noticed that on cold days she was always wearing a scarf.  But here’s the thing, the scarf laid perfectly flat against her, wasn’t bulky or too skinny; just right.  And to top it off, it was hung around her neck in a way I’d never seen before.  After three days of staring at her scarf I finally asked, “Bree, how do you tie that scarf?” She laughed and then showed me the following steps:

1. Fold scarf in half and drape over your neck.

step 12. Grab the loop side.

step 23. Grab ONE of the fringed or un-looped pieces and pull through the loop.

img_22364. Take up the loop again.

img_22405. Twist the loop around once.

img_22396. Stick your hand through the bottom of the loop and grab the OTHER fringed or un-looped piece.

img_22417. Pull through.

img_22428. Fluff and pull to your hearts delight until it looks suitable to you.

img_22519. Look cute and Enjoy! Photoshoot anyone?


Thanks Chonky!