Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Underwater Dance Photography

Photo: Micheal Hobbs
As a Modern dancer, one of my dreams is to take part in a photoshoot of underwater dance and choreography. Who knows? Maybe 2011 will be my year of underwater dancing glory!       

During my search for galleries and photographers, I stumbled upon Toronto, ON Canada-based photographer, graphic artisit, and painter & writer, Greg Schilhab. His work is amazing! I couldn't stop going through his galleries. All of his work is wonderful but his underwater work is simply, a dream. I want to be a part of something like that. 

That's me! Photo: Micheal Hobbs

That is one of my dreams.  
So goes the hunt for a photographer a bit closer to the U.S. east coast, or maybe I might expand my horizons and go northward. What a delicious adventure! 

Schilhab's work is, understandably, copyrighted, so below I have a link to his site. Have fun perusing the work of this awesome artist (but no sticky fingers). Enjoy.

Greg Schilhab Photography  


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cafe Carolina - 'The Price is Wrong, Bob!'

One of my favorite lunch spots is Cafe Carolina. It has the best sandwiches, soups, salads, cupcakes, etc! My usual meal is either the half sandwich / salad combo with chips and a drink, or the Mac and Cheese combo. The Mac and Cheese combo comes with a container of Mac and Cheese; choice of a bag of chips or pretzels, a nice, yummy cookie; and a drink. The combo came out to be $4.88, exactly. I always walked in with the amount ready.

(Some of my friends like to call me "exact change girl", which I take as a compliment. At least I'm prepared.)

Upon my recent visit yesterday, I walked in and delivered my order with no hesitation: "I'll take the Mac and Cheese combo with chips, an M&M cookie, and a bottle of water. Please and thank you." I was met with a "change of menu" response stating that I had to choose between the chips or cookie. The icing on the figurative cake lies in the fact that the meal (now only Mac and cheese, cookie, and a drink) still came to be $4.88.


Why don't you just give me my own noodles to boil along with a block of cheese and a grater?! Anyway, I opted for the cookie, and left a nice grumble at the register. Unfortunately, it looks as if I won't be dining at CC much anymore. I'd rather not have a rip off for lunch. No thanks.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Betty White - Golden Girl

Photo: Lester Cohen ©
Today is Miss Betty White's birthday. I was first introduced to the stellar comedy of Betty years ago when my parents would watch Golden Girls. However, it wasn't until now, as an adult, that I truly appreciate the stellar series that is Golden Girls. A lot of that might have to do with the fact that I now understand the innuendos, jokes, and adventures of the ladies; specifically, that of Miss Blanche (played by Rue McClanahan). I absolutely LOVE this show! Between Lifetime, WE, and the Hallmark Channel, I can catch my fair share of marathons, which never get old. Each lady has her own distinguishing personality and brand of sense of humor that just adds to an excellent show. There's a great blend of drama and humor. Although the show revolves around four women, it's the kind of show I feel men can sit down and enjoy.

You know, I think I'm typically a mix of Rose and Blanche. In about 50 years I'll probably be more like Sophia. 4 to 6 days out of the month there's a possibility I'm more like Dorothy, though...

If you've never watched Betty and the ladies, you don't know what you're missing. What are you waiting for?    

Happy Birthday Betty White! 


Sunday, January 9, 2011

'What's Love Got To Do With It?"

When girls are young, they are often told that if a boy is mean to them (e.g.) pulls their hair, pushes them, pinches them, calls them mean names, etc., then that means, without a doubt, the boys like them. I imagine some (exaggerated) parental reactions as:

'Oh, honey, Josh called you a "doo-doo face" and pushed you down into the mud today? Hooray, you've found yourself a keeper!'

Horrible, I know. Fast forward to the adult life of a woman. >>>>>>>>>>

If a man treats a woman poorly either verbally, mentally, emotionally, or physically, are women still supposed to accept that treatment and those actions as symbols of love? Now, I know that there are plenty of good men out there that treat every woman in their lives like queens. But I also know that there are some bad eggs. I've met and seen a few myself. (Men, I also know that there are women out there who treat men badly.) However, my point here is that I feel there is an extreme societal double standard instilled in both males and females at such a young age that many people overlook, and just accept this type of negative treatment throughout their lives.

I believe this may have a lot to do with why some women stay in abusive relationships. If a man verbally berates a woman and attempts to shatter her self-confidence, making her feel he is the only one who does or will ever love her, why would she not stay? And why would she not believe that, in his own way, he truly loves her? If women are lead to believe, from their youth onward by those around them they trust and rely on, that mistreatment is just a different form of love, then they are likely to settle for less than they deserve. They also won't even consider looking for something or someone better. It's a tragic cycle that must be broken by encouraging women to know their worth, starting when they are young.



I've been saying for years now that I want a dragon. I obviously don't have one, or this would be a very different type of blog post. Anyway, said dragon would also have to have Sean Connery's voice. Otherwise, what's the point? My dragon and I would also need some type of connection.

Not like the kind of bond made in Avatar because that just creeps me out.

So I'm thinking a telepathic bond.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Worm is Turning

"The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on"

~William Shakespeare

Monday, January 3, 2011

Vent Blog (1/3)

I know what you're thinking:

"2011 just rolled in and you're already posting a 'vent blog'?!"

Well, I am currently plagued with germs and therefore I am channeling my inner Oscar the Grouch. Umph.


What is it with men adjusting their crotch/zippers when they walk out of the bathroom? Can't you finish that before you wash your hands? I've noticed that in public and work environments. If women walked out adjusting their bras, men would probably gawk in satisfaction. Pulling wedgies? Not so much, I bet. Just finish your adjusting and shifting, men and women, before you walk back into civilization. Thanks.

Let's be clear. I don't stop for cars when I'm the pedestrian walking, nor do I expect other pedestrians to stop when I'm driving. Pedestrians have the right of way even if they're strolling along the crosswalk enjoying the scenery.

I know that when you first start out driving it's a scary thing. You, behind the wheel of a 2 ton machine surrounded by other 2 ton machines steered by idiots. Yikes! But I really wonder what they're putting in driver education students' water these days. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't an 87 year old woman behind the wheel. I sat behind a driver's ed student today who took about 20 seconds to turn left in a small shopping area lot with no cars coming from either direction.

I really hate it when coworkers, who either don't work or get behind because they're too busy surfing the web, get their work divvied out to other workers to help catch up. Once or twice? Fine. So often I forget what my original assignment was? Not cool.

It's a rarity that I let my fingernails grow out; but when I do, I keep them pristine. I generally like them short. It makes typing on my laptop keys more fluid. However, it never fails that the day after I clip my nails, I always manage to attain a papercut under my nail. Ouchies!

If you go into a public restroom with the intent to 'launch a rocket', do everyone a favor and choose a stall at the end or away from other occupants. Obviously this is not always possible, but you should strive for seclusion since we're all going to suffocate anyway.

I can't stand pseudo-celebrities on Twitter who 'follower churn' just to build up their count.You're not that funny or interesting.

I loathe Rihanna's current hair color. It's as if Ronald McDonald threw up some 'red' Kool-Aid.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

*Rabbit Rabbit* 2011

*RABBIT RABBIT* Blogosphere!! Happy New Year! 

Here's to 2011 being a kick-ass year.

Best wishes to all in the new year.