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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.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

a little gelato before volleyball never hurt
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How to Domestically Experience Another Country's Culture - Host an Exchange Student


Nothing compares to actually getting on a plane and traveling to a foreign country to experience the culture. However, in between your international travels there are ways that you can continue to learn about other countries without even leaving your neighborhood. I have had the privilege of volunteering with a group call Education First that helps match foreign students with host families. Below is some information about the organization and how you can get involved:

What is EF Foundation for Foreign Study?

EF Foundation is a non-profit high school exchange organization that works with

30 different countries to bring students to the United States, as well as send

American students abroad. Our students come with their own spending money,

are fully-insured, and spend a semester or an academic year. The students live

with non-paid host families while they attend local American high schools.

What are the responsibilities of a host family?

Host families must provide room and board and a loving home environment for

the student. One or both host parents must be at least 25 years of age or older.

Our students don't have to have their own bedroom, but if they do share a room it

must be with a child of the same gender who is at least 12 years old. EF

Foundation places students in all types of families and communities - single

parent, empty-nesters, big cities and rural areas. We just ask that the student is

treated as a family member, rather than a guest in your home. Families who can

provide room, board, and a loving home for a student will qualify to host!

How old are the students? What nationalities are they? How are they

chosen for your program?

Our students are between the ages of 15 and 18. They attend your local high

school and fully participate in regular classes and extra-curricular activities as an

American student would. Our students come from all over the world - from South

America to Scandinavia, and as far away as Asia and Australia. We have EF

offices in each country from which we bring students.

Our students are thoroughly screened by our foreign offices prior to acceptance

onto the program. They must pass an interview in English and complete a

lengthy application including recommendations, a timed essay, academic

transcript, and short-answer questions related to their family life at home. Our

foreign offices also judge students based on academic motivation, maturity and

realistic program expectations.

Can we choose which student we would like to host?

Yes! You will have a local coordinator called an IEC (International Exchange

Coordinator) who will help match a student to your requests. If you're searching

for a particular nationality, hobby, or age for your student, your IEC will work with

the Recruitment and Placement Manager in the Boston office to find student

applications fitting your requests. You then will have the opportunity to read

through several applications to find which student best matches your family.

Are host families paid?

No. All of our host families are volunteers. They agree to host because they are

passionate about student exchange and they want to bring a different culture to

their home and community. However, host families are eligible for a $50.00 per

month tax deduction per student.

Do we have support if there is a problem?

Your local coordinator is there to support you and help you to work through any

potential problems. Our coordinators are experienced in counseling host families

and exchange students, and know how to handle problem situations. If your local

coordinator is unavailable and you or your student needs advice or support, the

Regional Coordinator is also available to help and counsel on a local level. The

Boston office is your final support option if your local support network is

unavailable. During regular working hours, you are always able to reach our

Boston staff at 1-800-44-SHARE. If there is an emergency situation that occurs

after working hours and you need immediate assistance, there is always a

Boston staff member on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help deal with the emergency.

If you are interested in hosting an exchange student or would like more information, Contact me today!
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Monday, July 27, 2009

MOMENT OF TRUTH: "It's all fun and games till someone loses an eye. Then the game
becomes 'Find the Eye.'"
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Vote Austin Most Dog-Friendly City!

Beneful, just launched www.WagWorld.com, a Web site for all dog lovers to tag dog-friendly places on a map. Between now and September 20, whichever cities have the most tagged spots will be announced as America’s top 10 most dog-friendly cities. If you have a minute to check out the site, tag a few spots and possibly share it with other dog lovers you know to help put Austin on the map!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Check out my baby brother on the Genghis Grill commercial http://ping.fm/29lkq

Thursday, July 23, 2009

looking forward to happy hour and then volleyball tonight

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

the avg person spends 19 minutes a day on facebook - do you use more or less?



Austin Habitat for Humanity’s HYP group (Habitat Young Professionals) has raised approximately $40,000 of a $60,000 goal to build the 2009 HYP House (the 2nd HYP House in the history of Habitat for Humanity-the 1st was also an Austin HYP venture completed last fall). In partnership with sponsor TruWest Credit Union, this house will be an extra-special milestone, as it will also be Austin Habitat’s first-ever LEED-H certified green home. The build will begin in late summer 2009. Austin Habitat is inviting community partners to contribute to the balance needed to reach the build’s goal of $60,000. We are so close… and you can help us to get there! Contributions of cash are welcome, but we are also extending an invitation to members of Austin’s celebrated construction industry to participate as partners in the project. All In-Kind partners will be acknowledged as a sponsor of this milestone home for Austin Habitat, regularly acknowledged as a national leader in the construction and design of sustainable, green, affordable homes. Opportunities to participate in HYP House builds included.

Cash sponsors are fantastic, but equally valued are In-Kind donations of materials and/or labor for which are greatest needs are as follows:

- Foundation (materials and labor)

- Electrical (materials and labor)

- Plumbing (materials and labor)

- HVAC (materials and labor)

- Insulation (materials)

- Drywall (materials)

- Driveway/sidewalk (materials)

So say you want to help… but you don’t have lots of cash… and you don’t have access to construction materials. All you really need is the desire to help HYP Change Lives. We have created a brief fundraising guide [attached!] designed to give an office, an organization, a church group or just a group of friends some simple ways to raise money for Austin Habitat and HYP. The little bits add up… $20 per person in a 60-person office will pay for the insulation in the HYP House.


1. GIVE gift a cash gift here - every little bit helps. Choose "HYP Build 2009" in the drop down menu

2. MOTIVATE get your office or organization to help sponsor the house through one of the simple attached fundraising suggestions

3. CONNECT put us in touch with your In-Kind materials or labor contacts (home builders, contractors, retail establishments, etc)

Please contact Brooke Rogers or Julie Smith with Austin Habitat – jasmith@ahfh.org / 512.472.8788 x 417 with questions or interest.

Thank you.

Brooke Rogers

2009 HYP Chair



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Excited to go to Mozarts with my cousin, Aliexcited to go to Mozarts withmy cousin, Ali
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Excited to listen to some Jazz at the elephant Room
MOMENT OF TRUTH: "Providing health care to the uninsured is a job killer, while not providing health care is merely a people killer."

Describes Me to a "B"


When I stand up for
myself and my beliefs,
they call me

When I stand up for
those I love,
they call me a

When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts
or do things my own way, they call me a

Being a
means I won't
compromise what's

in my heart.
It means I live my life MY
It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.

When I refuse to
tolerate injustice and
speak against it, I am
defined as a

The same thing happens when I take time for
myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish.

It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I 'should' be.

I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!
So try to stomp on me, just try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me.
You won't succeed.

And if that makes me a
bitch ,so be it.
I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.

B - Babe
I - In
T - Total
C - Control of
H - Herself

B = Beautiful
I = Intelligent
T = Talented
C = Charming
H = Hell of a Woman

B = Beautiful
I = Individual
T = That
C = Can
H = Handle 'anything'

Ready for the weekend . . . and it's only Monday morning
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

happy to learn how to redirect visitors to a new site, if you want the easiest way, check this site out: http://ping.fm/d3r1X now enough of the dorky stuff and on to dinner with friends before the weekend is done!
just a lazy Sunday

Friday, July 17, 2009

Putting Wines to Test . . . More expensive isn't always better

the issue of the taste of cheaper wines. Can a cheap wine taste as good as an expensive one? Some inexpensive wines were taste-tested against some that cost three times as much, proving that it is possible to make savvy money-saving selections at the wine store.

Spec's President John Rydman has tasted the most expensive wines in the world, but he says it is possible to find wine that's as good, or better, for just a few dollars per bottle.

"A lot of these people are drinking the label," he said, "and we're more about the juice than we are about the label."

His advice? Look for lesser known wines from the same region as their pricier counterparts.

A Chateau Margaux Bordeaux sells for $270 per bottle, but the wine from its neighboring vineyard is $30.

"It's the same grapes, the same soil," Rydman said.

Another stunner were some Italian Pinot Grigios that were almost identical -- the Santa Margherita is $19 while the Monte Campo is about $7, $12 less.

"If you want to buy the label, it's there," Rydman said. "If you want to buy the flavor, you buy Monte Campo."

A Ruffino Chianti costs $21, but for just $6, even self-proclaimed wine snobs love a wine by Levata.

Overall, it really does pay to ask an expert. There are some wines that are practically identical to another, but they can be cheaper because they're bottled in a different Italian town.

"Most people would never know the difference," Rydman said.

In a blind taste test conducted at Whole Foods, a $6 "365" Brand Merlot was compared to a $15 Keltie Brook. Also, a $5 Harthill Farm Chardonnay was compared to a $15 La Crema.

"They're both very similar in their taste," Whole Foods wine expert Cody Lincicone said.

All three taste-tasters chose the $6 Merlot over the $15 one.

"I preferred the cheaper of the red?" taste-tester Gerda Gomez said. "I'm surprised!"

Taste-tester Anna Gray was of a similar sentiment.

"Wow, I was tricked!" she said.

Two out of the three taste-testers chose the $5 Harthill Farm over the $15 La Crema.

"It's amazing," taste-tester Melodi Weinberg said. "I like it so much better."

Taste-tester Gomez, who picked the expensive wine, said the two were similar.

"If I knew the price," she said, "I'd go with the cheaper one because it was close!"

excited to see Music Man tonight at zilker

Thursday, July 16, 2009

couldn't be interested in the BBQ at the dos equis party last night and now I'm jonesin' for a BBQ sandwhich like no other, any suggestions for a good one that doesn't require me leaving the bubble?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On my way to a castle
is excited to see Jen and David, it's been too long!

Friday, July 10, 2009

RT @jonray RSVP list for The Fader party at Speakeasy is irrelevant. They are all out of wristbands. Total crap. 1st come 1st serve. No thanks.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

RSVP for the next Fader Party this Friday! http://ping.fm/iXI3X

Monday, July 6, 2009

Jonesin' for a e-cigarette

Sunday, July 5, 2009

is craving caldo de cana and doesn't know where to find some, it's such a tease when you see that sugar cane in the grocery store, what do people use it for other than that? how do you cook with it?
"..but the thing is, after a while, you just wanna be with the one that makes you laugh." -satc

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Had fun celebrating the fact that the Brits won the silver metal against a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males who didn't want to pay their taxes

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

iPhone miraculously started working again, I'm back on the grid & it feels so good!


Do Not Struggle, Young One Your Blood Shall; mccain