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I'm a habitual line crosser that believes everything happens for a reason, but life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances, you just have to live life to the fullest. Laugh as much as you can, spend all your money, tell someone what they mean to you, tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, love the ones who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, pig out, smile until your face hurts, be a flirt, stay up late and fall asleep watching the sun come up, don't be aftraid to take chances or fall in love . . . and most of all live in the moment, If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. No one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What I'm getting into in the new year

I've never had the "lose weight" new years resolution.  I've done more life style changes.  For example, last year, my resolution was to kick my caffein addiction and I did.  This year, I decided that I was going to try and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.  However, now that I'm going to Brasil, I decided to add this to the mix, this program requires lots of drinking water and will help me shed some extra pounds I have gained this year, I saw a picture of myself today from not even a year ago and I could fit into my size 26 designer jeans and I want to be back at that.  I know that this huge flex in weight back and forth this year has been due to a lot of stress the past year and I need to just take better care of myself, so this is what I'm planning on doing from now until I go to Brasil and after tonight, I am not having more than one drink a day (I love my vino, sorry). Check it out: http://www.annsdietsecret.com/?t202id=2498&t202kw=superfood03

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Making a Target Run
Getting super excited to buy tickets for Brasil!
love taking late lunch breaks and jogging with my dog, when you come back the afternoon just flies by!
Is happy to have a new heating system in my office

Monday, December 29, 2008

loves the new Lexis commercial with the pony

Thursday, December 25, 2008

We re under the mistletoe, well this is awkward, oh no I forgot I'm delicious

Sunday, December 21, 2008

True Friends . . .

are people who:
 - drive an hour to have dinner with you
 - who make you feel as though there is nothing they would like better than to spend time with you
- make you feel important and good about yourself
- bring out the best in you and make you want to be a better person
- like you for your strong points and accept you for your weak points
- you can have good conversation with
- who respect you and value your friendship
- you can go long periods of time without speaking and then pick right back up where you left off
- will take you on your birthday to get birthday cake and hot chocolate coffee even though the weather is horrible outside
- remind you when things are tough, that you have every right to feel the way you do, and remind you that "you will get through this"
- will get drunk with you, and when someone tells you, that you're being too loud, they tell that person "oh relax"
- has your back on the good days and the bad
- knows when to be the good cop and when to be the bad cop
- lets you know when you're being too hard on yourself
- Goes with you to see Mama Mia even though she hates ABBA
- Is there for you even when they're busy, or sick or have family in town or just plain tired
- knows when to be there for you and when to give you your space
- reminds you on bad days that you're "brilliant" 

This past year has been a very challenging year, full of lots of changes.  The silver lining in all of this, is that I have been fortunate to be shown time and time again, how lucky I am to have such dedicated, intelligent, beautiful, funny friends that work hard and play hard.  I have been so blessed to have these people in my life, who remind me to not take life too seriously. 
Welcome to the Family Bella! http://ping.fm/nA51v

Picture-a-day 12/20/08

Double-fisted in the Vault

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Picture-a-Day 12/16/08

How a Twenty-Something Decorates for Christmas
about to do something crazy . . . and by that I mean go to two different parties in two different cities, first Mangia with AG people and then Jen's bad-A B-day in SA
Happy to find out that Rangers currently trail Celtics by four points in the title race. Keep up the good work Celtics!

Ways to be a "Do-Gooder" at Christmas

Love Hollywood Glamor

Monday, December 15, 2008

Nothing like cuddling up on a cold winter's night with someone who loves you unconditionally, even if that someone is your puppy dog :)
Ready to go home, it's cold outside!
Who orders Rudy's BBQ and doesn't get the creamed corn . . . that's the best part!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Just realized that I have two more True Bloods I haven't seen yet! I thought I had see them all.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

is 'bout to go work out, run some errands and then get ready for more Christmas parties, this 12 days of Christmas stuff is kicking my ass
Not sure which is more enticing at Starlight tonight: open bar or the hot guys from Latin Works Got a soft spot for creative guy
Not sure which is more enticing at Starlight tonight: open bar or the hot guys from Latin Works Got a soft spot for creative guy

Friday, December 12, 2008

love showing up to work and not having phone calls to return

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Might have to skip the Xmas party at emos, the party at lanai is hard to walk away from
'bout to go do a little pump session and then get ready for my party! I love dressing up!
Just discovered the "Post Secret" Books and I can't stop reading them!

Beware of the Doghouse JC Penny Commercial

My friend Susan Arenella sent me this. Pretty funny- and very creative of JC Penny.


Click on the Beware of the Doghouse link if it doesn't automatically bring you there.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Attn: all TriSigma's check your facebook or my blog email me at kfwarnerlaw@gmail.com for an invite if you don't already have access

Attn All TriSigmas

In light of Kristen Faudree's death, many of us were talking about how unfortunate it is that we do not see each other as often as we like. As a result, those of us at Kristen's memorial service decided to start setting something once every month or so. I know that many of you do not live in San Antonio (including myself) but I wanted to include everyone I still kept in touch with in some way, in case at some point you are in town and would like to meet up. Please forward this on to anyone that you know who wasn't included. We will be meeting Dec 21 at Madhatters for Brunch and bottomless mimosas at noonish Feel free to contact me if you have any questions Thanks, Katie Warner

Just saw the trailer for Powder Blue and can't wait for it to come to the Theaters!

Colbert Advent Calendar for Dec 10

Thinks Insomnia is Overrated
Stood On Congress tonight and watched the snow fall, very cool sight to see

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

When the tapas run out there is nothing like wholefoods to satisfy the hunger ...should I have the tortilla crusted salmon or the mahi?
Half Way Party at the Austonian and then on tohttp://ping.fm/Knxix
had a migrane

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dan Dyer and Marmalakes @ Momo's Tonight!
Just finished doing the majority of my Christmas Shopping while on a conference call, I'm not sure which I like better, multi-tasking or the World Wide Web!
nothing like a littleW reckx-N-Effect Rump Shaker to get you Motivated on a Monday

Sunday, December 7, 2008

definitely in the mood for some Citizen Cope or Chambao
party at zilker moontower
Just finished taking sake to the dog park now on to putting my aluminum x-mas tree together, I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty bad ass
Forgot how much fun guitar hero is!

Friday, December 5, 2008

leaving the Do512 party and gonna to catch up on some True Blood like it's my job

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Colbert Christmas Advent Calendar Dec. 4


John Oliver On the Mumbai Tragedy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Watching Twilight will make you want to fall in love all over again
watching a twilight of twilight, vampire is so vogue right now

Zilker Park Trail of Lights

I usually go to this with my friends who have kiddos and I take my dog, we take coffee or hot cocoa with an added surprise or if it's hot we take a bottle of champagne and put it in the back of the stroller, fun for the whole family :)

Dec 7

6:00 PM

Zilker Park


The Zilker Park Tree Lighting is an annual event that ushers in the Holiday season and marks the opening (a week later) of the Trail of Lights Festival. First-time participants are often overheard exclaiming in wonder "I thought it was going to be a real tree!" The tree is actually one of Austin's famous Moonlight Towers strung with a spiraling canopy of over 3500 lights. The tree lighting event features food, music, and other festivities.

Other Activities Include:
One favorite activity under the tree is spinning. Grab a partner or two or three. Stand under the tree, look up, and spin around and around.

Operation Blue Santa:
Bring any unwrapped toy appropriate for ages 12 and under and/or cash to the Blue Santa "Giving to Others" tent at the tree lighting ceremony.

While Zilker Park is closed to private vehicles during the Trail of Lights, for the Zilker Tree Lighting just follow the long line of cars to the designated parking areas within a short distance of the tree. Be sure to come early!

Doggie Pictures with Santa at Lofty Dog

Dec 6-Dec 7

12:00 PM

403 W. 2nd Street, ATX
Lofty Dog

Come to Lofty Dog Dec 6th & 7th from Noon to 4pm for Pictures with Santa.
Proceeds to benefit Austin Dog Rescue.

Support High Education for Low Income Kids

Coffee for Education
Dec 5-Dec 27

Texenzas, JP's Java, Caffe Medici, Little City, Hot Mama's, Bossa Nova, Genuine Joe, Flipnotics, Sodade, Texas Coffee Traders
Joleen Sanborn

Buy a mug, get free coffee for a week! Benefits East Austin elementary school.

Do you buy coffee at any of these fine Austin establishments?

Texenza Coffee (10 locations)
JP’s Java
Caffe Medici
Hot Mama’s
Bossa Nova Genuine Joe Flipnotics (2 locations) Sodade Little City Texas Coffee Traders If so, consider buying a super-cute, holiday-themed mug created by a student from UT’s Elementary School in East Austin. Coffee for Education benefits The University of Texas Elementary School’s nurse’s office and medical supplies. The fundraiser brings a select group of independent Austin coffee houses together to raise money for The UT Elementary School in East Austin. UTES provides exemplary education to a mostly low income and minority population of children. The school is distinguished by its innovative teaching methods, giving these children an outstanding education. To support these children and the school, just stop into a participating local coffee house to pick up your Coffee for Education mug. The fun holiday art on the mug was drawn by one of UTES’s very own students. Each mug also has a handmade gift tag that is personally signed by a student - SO cute and a GREAT gift idea! Mugs will be available for purchase December 4th through Christmas and are only $15 each. Early buyers will also receive a FREE cup of coffee DAILY for one week when they bring their mug into one of the participating coffee houses during the week of December 7-13th. 100% of the purchase price will benefit UTES. In the spirit of Christmas, this is truly a gift that gives.

Cobert Advent Calendar Dec 3

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Good Cheap Red Wines

They are priced about 15-20 dollar range

Poggio San Polo... yummy --- I had the Rosso Di Montalcino... very


Catherine Le Goeuil--- Coate du Rhone

Guidobono---- its a Nebbolo grape

Altesino-- any of them

Rosso de Altesion is highly recommended

Allegrini... yummy... any of theirs.


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Colbert Christmas Advent Calendar Dec. 2

Need a new fabulous Hair Stylist?

Ask for Henry de la Paz at the Corey Michael salon, tell him Katie sent you, he is great!
I'm back from Thanksgiving break. Now you have something to be thankful for!
For Information on Kristen Faudree's Memorial Service this Saturday, go to katalinatx.blogspot.com or email me at kfwarnerlaw@gmail.com and I'll send you an invite to view

Information on Kristen Faudree's Memorial Service

Kristen Faudree's Memorial Service

Event Info
friends of Kristen
Time and Place
Start Time:
Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 10:00am
End Time:
Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 11:00am
St. Mary's University Assumption Chapel
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX


St. Mary's University Assumption Chapel to help celebrate the life and memories of our friend Kristen Faudree.

Attention Dog Lovers

XMAS Bash Benefiting the SPCA/RSVP for FREE drinks on the Do512 Tab!

This Friday Do512 is teaming up with Cuatro’s and 512 Realty to kick off the Christmas party season with a bash benefiting the Austin Humane Society. A $5 donation at the door will get you a free drink, free appetizer, your name entered into a raffle with drawings every hour, free live music from Flatcar Rattlers and just the pure satisfaction of doing something good for your furry friends. And of course, Do512 has your back as always. RSVP and get yourself on the Do512 tab, good for free drinks while they last!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

just finished taking Sake to the dog park and now taking care of some errands that need some much needed running ;)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

catching up on my tv watching :)

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love breakfast tacos from Teutehuacan, eating at all my Houston fave's before I head back to Austin

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bout to go for a run and then to Cafe Express, Yum!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bar hopping in LAX and I don't mean the club in vegas

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone has a good turkey day!
love taking a morning run on the beach, drinking a blueberry pomegranate latte from Coffee Bean and now walking on the beach to clear my head, I want to bring the beach back with me to Austin

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Capitol Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll

 Capitol Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll
Dec 6

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Sing-Along, Capitol Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll

Capitol South Steps, Congres Avenue and 2nd Street District 
Lacy LaBorde 

Join the Downtown Austin Alliance and KUT Radio 90.5 for for the Holiday Sing-Along, Capitol Tree Lighting and Congress Avenue Stroll!

The festivities, which are free to the public, begin at 6 p.m. on the Capitol’s south steps. KUT’s John Aielli will host the Holiday Sing-Along, leading the crowd in a chorus of favorite seasonal songs to set the mood for the tree lighting.

As the clock chimes 7 p.m., the countdown begins to the lighting of the Capitol tree and the brand new Congress Avenue Holiday Lights, brought to you by Austin Energy!

Revelers can view the tree and new lights from every vantage point during the Congress Avenue Stroll from 7-9 p.m. Congress Avenue shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late, offering special activities, offers and refreshments to visitors. A diverse array of Austin musicians, including Golden Arm Trio, The Invincible Czars, McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra and the Super Sonic Soul Squad will entertain shoppers.

The Austin Farmers’ Market will also join in the festivities, temporarily setting up shop across from the Capitol grounds from 5:30-9 p.m. And 2nd Street District merchants and restaurants will be open late for shopping, strolling, food and fun!

In keeping with the season’s spirit of giving, KUT 90.5 and the Downtown Austin Alliance are coordinating a special food drive with Caritas of Austin. You can help Caritas help others by bringing non-perishable food items or monetary donations to the base of the Christmas Tree on the Capitol Grounds.

Parking is easy and available for just $3 all day at the AMLI on 2nd parking garage (entrance on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets). Park your car, then take the ‘Dillo to the Capitol!

is Hungry Like the Wolf

Help Win the War on Poverty

President-elect Obama will have historic opportunities to bring hope and dignity to millions currently suffering from poverty and preventable diseases, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS.

We can make a difference by showing our support for an Inaugural affirmation of Obama's pledge to fight poverty and preventable diseases worldwide, and for an FY2010 Presidential budget request that puts the U.S. on track to meet Obama's historic commitments to the world's poorest people.

I just took action with ONE and you can too, here:


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Can't stop laughing at "A Colbert Christmas" I wish all holiday specials were this great!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Remembering Kristen Faudree

Encouragement, Remembering & Praise.

Dearest Friends and Family,

Kristen Won her battle with cancer today, at 6:05 am - Nov 22

Please pray for this beautiful loving family.

The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.

One more trial behind me, still undefeated, woohoo

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Is stressed about trial ad, but excited about wine and cupcakes at House Wine and VIP for Digable Planets
Please Pray for Kristen Faudree http://ping.fm/gDaL6

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Please Pray for Kristen Faudree

I'm writing this to ask for extra thoughts and prayers for Kristen Faudree.  Im sure most of you are aware that she needs them right now more than ever!  If you any of you don't already have it, here is the website posting her news and support:
Please Pray for Kristen Faudree http://ping.fm/oirML
Is working on her trial notebook

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

prepping for OAG Trial Ad.

Friday, November 14, 2008

hates being in a crowded room with a screaming child... Will somebody get the kid a happy meal!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nothing like the open road & satellite radio to give you perspective

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

you say I'm crazy? I got your crazy ...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I love this weather it makes me want to be outside all day and snuggle all night

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ready to bounce around from party to party tonight, I have to admit I feel a little bit like a celeb tonight, I'm not gonna lie ;)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I had hope, I believed yes we can, and now I can say yes we did, we as Americans have voted for change despite the fact that so many said it couldn't be done, this night is the first time in a long time that I am proud to be an American
Have lost the ability to concentrate at work, I have election on the brain, it's time to beer me, and if you haven't voted yet, it's time for you to Barack the vote and then come party with me at the Driscoll Hotel
Get out and BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Texas tech must die, this is bullsh#^ and a freak yet tragic accident, damn raders, I don't even want to look at the bcs ranking tomorrow

Friday, October 31, 2008

just enjoyed a plethra of seafood! God I love Boston, on to getting into my catwoman suit and ready to party!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Day in the Life of Joe the Republican.

Republican Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffee pot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised. All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor. Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joes employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune. Its noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to. Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.

11 Halloween Treats under 100 Calories

Just Voted! I was surprised there was no line! If you haven't voted, go out there and get your vote on. It's great, don't knock it 'til ya try it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Hey, pants, why should I have to put you on one leg at a time? I'm not like everybody else."
Just Click it: http://ping.fm/vlOuV

Sunday, October 26, 2008

wondering what she's going to do now that Mad Men is over :(

Friday, October 24, 2008

Just finished a massive multimillion $ settlement and ready to drop it like it's hot!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

check this out, f-ing hilarious! http://ping.fm/Ik0sy

Monday, October 20, 2008

Early Voting 101

Today is the first day to vote, and tonight we kickoff early vote with a rally at Victory Grill! U.S. Senate Candidate State Representative Rick Noriega will be in town for our early voting kickoff, with live music by W.C. Clark.Early Vote Kickoff RallyMonday, October 205:00 - 8:00pmGuest Speaker - Rick NoriegaLive Music - W.C. ClarkVictory Grill1104 East 11thToday is the first day that you can vote. Tens of thousands of new voters in Travis County are expected to cast a ballot, and with your help, we can make sure they know how and where to vote. The other side is already playing dirty tricks. They are trying to deceive voters and spread misinformation about the voting process.A false rumor is going around by e-mail telling people that if they vote Straight Democratic Party, they must also cast a vote specifically for Barack Obama in order to have an Obama vote registered. THAT IS FALSE! If you vote straight ticket, you are voting for every Democrat from the courthouse to the White House. If you have questions, visit the Texas Democratic Party website or call 472-8683. This e-mail shows how far the other side is willing to go to keep you from voting for whom you want. You can empower others and ensure Democrats win. Vote Early- Record numbers of voters in Travis County are expected. You can avoid lines by voting early. Please vote early during the early voting period as line will be come longer as time goes on. We have even put together a map listing all of the early vote locations so you can find the one closest to you!
Volunteer- Over 30,000 people registered to vote in Austin between May and October. That means there are 30,000 new people we need to talk to and let them know about our great judicial candidates, state representatives, county commissioners and more. Your help is needed, so please sign up to volunteer online or come by 1107 N. I-35 and make a difference today.
Donate - Your financial support is vital. Every dollar we raise goes directly to talking to voters on the phone, online, through mail, and at their doors. Every dollar helps and it's never too late to donate to the Travis County Democratic Party.
Talk to Your Friends - Tell your friends to vote early and help out. Tell your friends they can vote straight ticket. Tell them why it is important to vote. Talk to the people you care about, about what's at stake. You are the most powerful advocate that your friends and family members know.
Curb the Deceptive E-mails - In order to curb this deceptive e-mail circulating around Texas, please tell all your friends to look at the following visit this special website.
Help on Election Day- The Travis County Elections Division is expecting an 80% turnout in Travis County. We need your help on Election Day. Vote early, and consider spending part or all of Election Day with the Travis County Democratic Party.Early Vote starts today and ends on October 31. You can vote at any early voting location in Travis County. Make sure you vote early and then please assist us on Election Day or before. With your help, we will Turn Texas Blue!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Been tailgating all day with the saketini, now I'm enjoying my Longhorns and Red Sox win win win, let's keep it up boys!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Most Polite "Fuck Off"

True Story a friend told me, after a one night fling, she finds the next morning on her bedside table a note that says:

Andrina -
It was great meeting you, but I have to go...its about 6am. Had a great time with you tonight but I actually have a girlfriend. If I didn't, I'd be wanting to see you again. I realise I've been pretty stupid and a bit of a dick, hence my fucking off! I'd want to see a lot of you. Thanks for a great night. Bill x

This is SO funny! Use your mouse to open the windows, click on the red
phone, the door, the trash can, the photos, etc.... lots of hidden
treasures! LOL! Enjoy!!!


What: Barkitecture 08 ( 2nd Street District)When: Saturday, October 18, 2008 12:00 PM Where: Barkitecture2nd Street Warehouse District Austin TX 73301
Barkitecture O8 is a charity event being held in the 2nd Street Warehouse District downtown Austin on Oct 18th from noon- 5 pm.
There will be a silent auction for designer doghouses where local artists & architects build doghouses. All auction proceeds go to local dog shelters and rescues.
to see last year's entries: http://inspiredaustin.com/blog/2007/10/barkitecture-austin-2007-photos/
Try the LINK again. And Yes you can bring your dogs to walk around & check out the doghouses

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Obama/Mc Cain Tax Calculator

See what you would pay in taxes under each administration:
Joe the Plumber Exposed:
Ha, ha. Turns out Joe is registered. http://bit.ly/1uqwy9 But name is misspelled. Ergo if voter registrations were purged he would be off.

Last Titanic survivor sells suitcase to pay bills

From CNN Story Highlights
Millvina Dean was rescued from sinking Titanic aged 2 months
Dean's artifacts, including a suitcase, are expected to sell for about £3,000
Sale intended to raise cash to pay for nursing home fees
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LONDON, England (AP) -- As a 2-month-old baby, Millvina Dean was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat from the deck of the sinking RMS Titanic.

Titanic survivor Millvina Dean pictured in 1998.

Now, Dean, the last living survivor of the disaster, is selling some of her mementos to help pay her nursing home fees.
Dean's artifacts, including a suitcase given to her family by the people of New York after their rescue, are expected to sell for about £3,000 ($5,200) at Saturday's auction in Devizes, western England.
Dean, 96, has lived in a nursing home in the southern English city of Southampton -- Titanic's home port -- since she broke her hip two years ago.
"I am not able to live in my home anymore," Dean was quoted as telling the Southern Daily Echo newspaper. "I am selling it all now because I have to pay these nursing home fees and am selling anything that I think might fetch some money."
Dean's items form part of a sale by Henry Aldridge and Son, an auction house that specializes in Titanic memorabilia.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the key item was a small wicker suitcase that was filled with clothes and donated to Dean's surviving family members after the disaster.
"They would have carried their little world in this suitcase," Aldridge said Thursday.
Dean also is selling letters from the Titanic Relief Fund offering her mother one pound, seven shillings and sixpence a week in compensation.
In 1912, baby Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean and her family were steerage passengers emigrating to Kansas City, Missouri, aboard the giant cruise liner.
Four days out of port, on the night of April 14, 1912, it hit an iceberg and sank. Billed as "practically unsinkable" by the publicity magazines of the period, the Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all of 2,200 passengers and crew.
Dean, her mother and 2-year-old brother were among 706 people -- mostly women and children -- who survived. Her father was among more than 1,500 who died.
Dean did not know she had been aboard the Titanic until she was 8 years old, when her mother, who was about to remarry, told her about her father's death.
She had no memories of the sinking, and said she preferred it that way.
"I wouldn't want to remember, really," she told The Associated Press in 1997.
Dean began to take part in Titanic-related activities in the 1980s, and was active well into her 90s. She visited Belfast to see where the ship was built, attended Titanic conventions around the world -- where she was mobbed by autograph seekers -- and participated in radio and television documentaries about the sinking.
The last American survivor of the disaster, Lillian Asplund, died in 2006 at the age of 99. Another British survivor, Barbara Joyce West Dainton, died last November at 96.
Aldridge said the "massive interest" in Titanic memorabilia shows no signs of abating. Last year, a collection of items belonging to Asplund sold for more than £100,000 ($175,000).
"It's the people, the human angle," Aldridge said. "You had over 2,200 men, women and children on that ship, from John Jacob Astor, the richest person in the world at the time, to a poor Scandinavian family emigrating to the States to start a new life. There were 2,200 stories."

Telling a bad economy to go 'scoot'

From: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/15/scootergirls/
In the middle of a financial crisis, is it wise to start a new business? Arlene Battishill did. Scott Jagow talked to the entrepreneur about the challenges she's faced starting her company right now.
Arlene Battishill (center) and Scooter Girls (Suzie Lechtenberg)
More on Jobs, America's Financial Crisis
Scooter Girls online
Scott Jagow: I've been tooling around LA a bit, talking to people about their economic situation. I met a woman named Arlene Battishill. She works for a homebuilder. And, with good reason, she's worried about losing her job. So this summer, she came up with a backup plan -- her own business. It began when her niece graduated from college and bought a scooter.
Arlene Battishill: And the next thing we knew, we're like, well, she has a sister, she should get a scooter too. And that makes them the scootergirls. And I'm like, wait a minute, scooters . . . Hooters on Scooters! And I'm like, YEAH, that's the hook -- Hooters on Scooters.
Now, before you jump to conclusions, Arlene might be on to something. Her new company, Scootergirls, does mobile advertising. A bunch of women drive around, in scooter formation, wearing company logos.
Battishill: Who isn't going to notice all these great-looking girls traveling in a pack of 20 or 30 of them driving down La Brea or Santa Monica, and yes sex sells, we get it, we understand it, and we're all strong women, and we're going to use it to our advantage. But we're not going to exploit anyone, that is not what this company is about.
OK, so there's the concept. And in a bad economy, companies are looking for ways to cut advertising costs, so this might just work. But isn't it a terrible time to start a business?
Battishill: You know what, I have to expect I'm gonna lose my job. So what am I going to do about that? You either let it happen to you and be a victim in this economy or you say, "I'm not going to be a victim."
But the money's a bit of a problem. Arlene couldn't get any credit at her bank, not even a company credit card. So, she cashed out half her 401k to buy 30 scooters and hire more women. The money's so tight, she's basically running her company on the barter system.
Battishill: For example, we have some scooter mechanics that their car broke down. They can't get to all the other jobs they're doing. So I've lent them scooters so that they can get around and they're going work on our scooters in exchange. We have a printing company, who he wanted a scooter, so we gave him a scooter and he's doing all of our printing for us exclusively.
Arlene's being pretty creative, and she's certainly determined. But there's no guarantee her business is going to make it, and Arlene could lose a lot. For her young niece, Cherie, the original Scootergirl, this is quite a leap into the real world.
Cherie: I think yeah, the economy's bad, but everyone has something else to offer and you know, I'm like my aunt, I'm not going to take no for answer. And sometimes that's all you can do is make things happen for yourself and do it by yourself. You know what I mean?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008 - Poverty

Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

One Issue, Thousands of Voices

Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.

What is the aim of Blog Action Day?

First and last, the purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a discussion. We ask bloggers to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue.

he blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue.

By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue.

Out of this discussion naturally flow actions, advice, ideas, plans, and empowerment. In 2007 on the theme of the Environment, we saw bloggers running environmental experiments, detailing innovative ideas on creating sustainable practices and focusing audience’s attentions on organizations and companies promoting green agendas. In 2008 we aim to again focus the blogging community’s energies and passions, this time on the mammoth issue of global poverty.

Mass Participation

From the smallest online journals, to huge online magazines, to EU ministers, to professionals and amateurs, Blog Action Day is about mass participation. Anyone is free to join in on Blog Action Day and there is no limit on the number of posts, the type of posts or the direction of thoughts and opinions.

I have decided to focus on my experiences with global poverty, both here and abroad.  From the children I worked with in the Ranchos in the Mountains of Central Mexico, to the clients I have had who were victims of sex trafficking or political asylum, to this sweet homeless child I met in desert of Morocco, that I just wanted to adopt and bring back with me . . . . these are experience that have changed me and I will never forget them.  However, unless your career focuses on poverty, as Americans we seems to forget about this issue from day to day.  If you're in Austin, a day doesn't go by that you don't see a homeless person begging on the street, but even when it's in your face, it's as if it escapes your mind once the light turns green and your on your way and on with your day.  In times like this when the economy is bad, and everyone seems to be struggling, it's hard to find expendable income to contribute to those less fortunate.  But also in times like this, we should remember that even in the worst of times, how much more fortunate we are than those who never go a day without wondering if they will have the basic necessities: food, clothing and shelter.  I ask you, to remember this even with the economy the way it is.  If you can't donate money, donate some can goods, if you can't donate something tangible, donate your time.  If each of us help just a little bit it can go a long way.  

Obama Baracked the House!

Warnings About Straight Party Ballot

With early voting about to begin and the November 4th election day approaching, misleading voter information is being circulated to confuse Democratic voters and cancel out straight Democratic Party votes.  

This is a crucial time for you to make your voices heard by voting the straight Democratic ticket. I urge you to carefully review the information below which outlines the correct procedure for voting a straight Democratic ticket:

When you mark "Straight Democratic" then cast your ballot, your vote will count for Barack Obama and all the Democratic candidates, including all congressional, state and local Democrats on the general election ballot.

NOTE: A separate vote for an individual candidate is required only in a special election (e.g., Senate District 17)


If you do not wish to vote a straight party vote, you must mark each individual candidate for whom you wish to vote, and then cast your ballot.



Additionally, carefully read the review screen after marking your selection and before casting your ballot. If you have any questions at the polls, ask an election judge for assistance. Visit our Voter Information page for more information about deceptive voting information and review your rights as a Texas voter.

I am confident that together we can overcome deceptive GOP messaging and vote our Democratic candidates into office from the court house to the White House!   

Watching the debate
Is thinking that Kharma is gonna get that Meter Maid Cop who gave my scooter a ticket for an expired meter in the pouring rain . . . bastard!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

love the champagne and strawberries sake martini at maiko

Monday, October 13, 2008

"If it's called The USA Today, why is all the news from yesterday? Busted!"

The Perfect Detox

This is a great one, because you can still eat food. It is not as harsh on your body and you don't feel as though you're going to pass out. In addition to this, you should try to drink 8 glasses of water (if you get tired of drinking water, you can infuse fruit with the water or drink herbal tea as a substitute) and take a multivitamin.

am: protein shake with fruit (breakfast)
+ 3 hrs: granola bar
+2 hrs: medium size salad with lots of veggies, chicken, cheese (lunch)
+ 2hrs: 100 calorie bag of popcorn
+2 hrs: fruit
+ 1 hr.: yogurt
+2 hrs: grilled chicken and veggies (dinner)
+1 hr: no sugar added fudge pop

Looks like a lot but is only about 1300 calories or so it keeps you full and un-cranky ;-)
Just cut off 5 in. of hair, courtesy of Henry de la Paz, and I must say I look pretty, pretty, pretty fierce

PIctures from OU Weekend

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Where: The Gingerman
Time: 4-8
If you have a dog and like to drink come out, it should be a good time
doesn't want to have to drive back today because she's having too much fun

Saturday, October 11, 2008

leaving the w and on to house of blues
celebrating with maggie and cristina longhorn victory like it's our job!
Got my party boots on, my flask filled full and ready to watch the longhorns kick some sooner booty ...Gotta love ut/ou weekend

Friday, October 10, 2008

On my way to party town!

Funny Stuff

Have fun watching Sarah Silverman canvass for Barack in "the Great Schlep" at http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/dafdd1aa7b
While at http://www.funnyordie.com/ also check out "Paris Hilton Get Presidential" and "the Financial Crisis Explained."

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