Monday, July 31, 2006

Someone please press pause!

The only relief I have looking at my "countdown to the wedding" clock is that for some reason it's off by one day. It's trying to steal a whole 24 hours from me, but that aint going to happen.

I can't believe it's only 33 days until the wedding. How did this happen? I'm still wondering where all the time went. Are you kidding me? For the longest time, it has felt like years away, and now all of a sudden Matt and I are trying to find time to get our marriage license. This is insane. Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so exciited!

I've been busy with last minute stuff. I went to the venue and figured out the menu for dinner. Now I just need to find time to get it all written down so we can send a check. It's going to be beautiful. I love the grounds and I think once we add all of our special and unique touched, it will look amazing. It's outdoors, so I'm praying for great weather. I don't want it too be too hot, but I also don't want it to be too cold. Hopefully, it will all work out perfectly.

All the invitations have gone out so that's a huge relief. We have had a few problems with a couple of people not getting their invitation and I'm hoping that will be resolved. (If you know you're invited, but didn't receive your invitation, please email and let me know.) We're getting a lot rsvp cards already and I had no idea how fun it is to get those back. It's such a gratifying experiance. My family and I put the invitations together ourselves, down to glueing on the rhinestone (go Lexie!) to threading the ribbon and tying it all together. There's something to be said for doing it yourself. Although it was time consuming, I have enjoyed planning everything. I couldn't have done it without my Mom. See, look how incredibly enthusiastic she is! She's my partner in crime and has this amazing knack for finding great deals and coming up with these amazing ideas. There is no way this wedding would be what it is without her. What a kick ass Mom I have!

It really bugs me when mistakes are made. I had ordered these white favor bags to have on the dessert table so that people can take some cake home with them. I had Matt and my name put on them with the date of our wedding. They came in today, and has some random date on there. It says something like 12.06.07. Um...yea, not even close. So I had to call the company up to tell them of their mistake and have them reprint and resend them to me. Now I can't cross it off my list. And that's my favorite thing to do.

I can't believe my crazy Greek family from London is going to be here on August 17th! Some are even coming sooner. And they're all staying at the Newport Hyatt. About 21 of them. If you know anyone staying in that hotel from August 17th-Sept 4th, you might want to tell them to move on down to the Marriott. Us Greeks can get loud and boistrious when we're all together. I can't wait to see them all!!! Oh, and by the way, there will be no breaking plates at the reception. The plates are rented so if you break it, you buy it. Sorry to be a downer, but you wouldn't believe how many people have asked me and I can just see everyone throwing their plates on the floor and then getting this astonomical bill for 200 broken place settings.

It's hard to believe that Matt and I are getting married in less than 5 weeks! I'm so excited! It's thrilling and scary at the same time. Not scary in a bad way, just scary as in "the unknown." We'll finally be shacking up together and that will be an intresting experiance for us. I've had my own place for so long now, it will take some getting used to. I mean, I have roommates, but I hardly ever see them and they pretty much keep to themselves. I'm sure it will be a learning experiance and something that we'll take day by day.

Whenever I think about the wedding, I always have one main scenario pop into my head. It's right before I'm about to walk down the aisle with my Dad...all the guests are waiting for us to make our entrance. My heart is beating a million miles a minute and I'm clutching onto my Dad's arms so tight that it looks like he might be wincing. I'm so full of nerves that I think I could pass out. Not nervous about getting married, just freaking out because THIS IS IT. It's finally here, and we're about to do this. It's all lead up to this, and now it's time.

Before we make our descent, I give my Dad a great big hug and tell him that he'll always be my first love. We're both fighting back the tears and my stomach is doing somersaults. Then it's time...

The doors open and everyone stands. I feel a million eyes staring at us but all I can see is Matt's face. His eyes guide me down the isle and washes away all my nerves.

Ok, you can throw up now. I know it's cheesy, but it's what I see everytime I think about the wedding. I'm so screwed because I got teary just writing it, can you imagine when I'm living it? As long as I don't fall into the ugly cry, I'll be ok.

Shame on you Mel!

I apologize for the lack of photos with this entry, but it won't let me download any. It's been messing with me for a while, and I'm getting a little irratated about it. Speaking of irritated...

I'm sure you've heard by now that Mel Gibson was arrested on Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu -- driving 87 miles an hour. TMZ states "the deputy who arrested Gibson was ordered to sanitize his arrest report to make it appear that Gibson's arrest was "without incident." In fact, The report states Gibson was abusive, violent and vulgar, and even attempted to escape.What you may not know is that he has been stopped for reckless driving two other times in Malibu but he was allowed to leave without a ticket or arrest. "

Are you kidding me? Mel Gibson? One of the few celebs that I thought was normal, down to earth and a respectable guy? Well, apparently, it wasn't the first time.

TMZ confirms that "approximately three years ago, Gibson was driving 74 miles per hour on Pacific Coast Highway, one mile from his house, when he was pulled over by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. Sources say Gibson avoided eye contact with the deputy during the stop and even though the deputy was suspicious of Gibson's sobriety, he let him go.

Approximately one year ago Gibson was stopped again, after driving 64 miles an hour on Pacific Coast Highway -- where the speed limit is 45. Sources say that Gibson was so cocky that he was on his cell phone the entire time he was detained by the deputy. Ultimately, the deputy decided to let him go without giving him a citation. "

What a jack ass!

And there's new information about Friday's arrest. I hope you're sitting down, because this shit is bananas!

TMZ goes on to say "the deputy who arrested Gibson was ordered by superiors to re-write his report and eliminate all references to Gibson's bad conduct and anti-Semitic remarks. Sources tell TMZ that Lt. Crystal Miranda told the arresting deputy that Captain Tom Martin talked to Sheriff Lee Baca who expressed concern that the explosive report might leak to the media and that it needed to be re-written in a sanitized form. "

Ok, that's pretty scandelous, but it gets even more crazy...

"Sources say Gibson, who was pulled over early Friday morning for allegedly crossing lanes at a high speed, told the arresting deputy that he was leaving home just after 2 a.m. and heading to his brother's house. The arresting deputy found a bottle of tequila in the car, 3/4 full, in a brown paper bag. Gibson told the deputy that the bottle wasn't his but, "I've had a little bit."

"Gibson, who issued a statement over the weekend, suggesting he was not of sound mind when he uttered the anti-Semitic tirade and engaged in abusive behavior, was not in fact "out of it." Sources connected with the case tell TMZ that Gibson was drunk but was in control of his senses. At one point at the Sheriff's station, sources say Gibson was "jumping like a monkey" on a steel cage and told the arresting deputy, "I'm not going to hurt you physically. I'm gonna hurt you. I'm gonna make you lose."

Whaaaaaa?!!! He's damn well lost his mind!

"The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, 'My life is f*cked.' Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. The report says Gibson then said, "I'm not going to get in your car," and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.

Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."

Ok, so are you freaking right now? How could he be so stupid? I almost felt sad for him, like poor Mel..he cant handle the pressure of being a celeb and needs therapy. But then I read the following. I will first say that I of course don't aggree with any of the following and am just putting it here for you to read with your own eyes, because it's OUT OF CONTROL! Ready?

"The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
The deputy became alarmed as Gibson's tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"
A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?"

As if the the anti Semitic comments weren't horrifyting enough...sugar tits? Really?

"Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how "f****d" he was and how he was going to "f***" Deputy Mee. Gibson was put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and after a few minutes tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants. Sources say Deputy Mee thought Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the booking cell and asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.

After leaving the bathroom, Gibson then demanded to make a phone call. He was taken to a pay phone and, when he didn't get a dial tone, we're told Gibson threw the receiver against the phone. Deputy Mee then warned Gibson that if he damaged the phone he could be charged with felony vandalism. We're told Gibson was then asked, and refused, to sign the necessary paperwork and was thrown in a detox cell.

Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson's rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too "inflammatory." A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff's headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson's comments would incite a lot of "Jewish hatred," that the situation in Israel was "way too inflammatory." It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004's "The Passion of the Christ," had incited "anti-Jewish sentiment" and "For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?"

So, of course he issued a statement. And here it is:
"After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the LA County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health."

Wow. What a dumb ass. I'm not buying it. Sounds like a band aid written by his publicist. Throw his pathetic loser ass in jail and let those guys figure it out.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Prince was married? and other goodies

Prince and wife Manuela Testolini Nelson are to divorce.

The pop superstar's lawyer, Alan Eidsness, has revealed that divorce papers for the couple were filed at Minnesota's Hennepin County District Court onMay 24. Prince, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, and Testolini, a former employee at the star's Paisley Park charitable foundation, were married for five years.

They tied the knot in 2001, in a romantic ceremony in Hawaii, with Testolinitaking the 'Purple Rain' singer's little know last name.It is the singer's second failed marriage. He was previously married tobackup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia (who was later engaged to Tommy Lee.)
The pair wed on Valentine's Day in 1996 and had a son who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare skull disease, and tragically died shortly after he was born. Prince and Garcia's union was eventually annulled in 1998.

Wow, I never knew that Prince was married twice and had a son that passed away. That's so tragic. Kudos to Prince for keeping his private life private.


In other news, it's amazing what some plastic surgery and a fake tan can make. Night and day. Yes, of course she's younger in the first photo, but there's no denying she had a litte something done here and there. I say why not?! She looks hot!


Ok, can someone please tell me why Carson Daley looks so fricken scary and gross. He's a skelator!

He's got the same bobble head syndrome as Kate Bosworth! Just plain nasty. Does he think he looks hot? He looks like he should be hooked up to some feeding tubes.

Give me a guy with a little beer belly over this any day! And what's up with the guy in the background? From the looks of it, he likes what he sees.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cool Down


With the heat out of control these days, the folks at "Real Simple" magazine have some good tips on how to cut heating and cooling costs.

Program your thermostat to turn heat down or air-conditioning up when you’re out. If your furnace is more than 10 to 15 years old, or your boiler is more than 20 years old, replace it with a model approved by the federal government’s Energy Star program (marked by rating stickers in stores). It will pay for itself in energy savings in 5 to 10 years.

Seal your house: Close the fireplace damper; install a timer (available at hardware stores) on the bathroom exhaust fan; seal ductwork.

Cool your home naturally: Open windows on cool summer nights. Use energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs (they emit less heat). Hang washing out to dry, and grill food outside. Install window awnings. Plant deciduous trees on the east and west to shade your house and cool it by as much as 20 degrees.

Install an Energy Star–certified ceiling fan (50 percent more efficient than others) and comfortably keep your home four degrees warmer in the summer.

Consider switching to a natural-gas water heater (which uses less than half the energy of an electric one), and turn the setting down to 120 degrees.Potential Savings: About $500 a year.

Green Point: If one household in 10 bought Energy Star–rated heating and cooling equipment, the change in greenhouse-gas emissions would be equivalent to taking 1.5 million cars off the road.

Lance is Gay

Lance Bass, the former 'N Sync heartthrob, reveals that he is gay, in an exclusive interview with People Magazine.

Really people, is this a shock to us? Who didn't know he was gay? Well, good for him for officially coming out.

"I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," says Bass, referring to bandmates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake.

"I didn’t know: Could that be the end of ’N Sync? So I had that weight on me of like, ‘Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it's bad.' So I just never did," he says speaking about his sexual orientation for the first time with PEOPLE.

"The thing is, I’m not ashamed – that’s the one thing I want to say," he explains of his decision to come out. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I'm just happy."

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Avril gets hitched

Avril Lavigne wed Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley on Saturday afternoon at a private estate in Montecito, Calif., a source confirms to PEOPLE.

At the outdoor, non-denominational ceremony, Lavigne was walked down the aisle by her father, John, to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” She wore a Vera Wang gown and carried a bouquet of white roses. The couple said their vows under an awning decorated with white flowers in front of 110 guests, including family and friends from their native Ontario.

Once the groom had kissed the bride, guests tossed rose petals at the newlyweds as they walked back up the aisle. After the wedding, guests were to be treated to an outdoor cocktail hour before the reception, including a sit-down dinner, under a tent on the estate. In contrast to the all-white ceremony, the reception will have a red theme, with centerpieces of red roses and other flowers.

That's a pretty girlie dress for someone that made a living wearing a tie and a wife beater while riding a skateboard in the mall and flipping off old people.

Survey Says....

THE 27 WORST FAMILY FEUD ANSWERS EVER

I've always been fascinated by groups of five people who try to guess what 100 randomly selected people have said for a chance to win $10,000, which they'll split between themselves before splitting it again with the government. Which will leave each of them with about $32.87 for their troubles.

The top 27 answers are on the board.

Question: Name a former President that most people would say is honest.
#1 Answer: Lincoln
Worst Answers: Nixon

Question: Besides San Francisco, name a city that begins with the word San.
#1 Answer: San Diego Worst
Answer: Seattle Question:

Name a slang term used for important people.
#1 Answer: V.I.P.
Worst Answer: Buddy Question:

Name something packrats have a hard time throwing out.
#1 Answer: Photos
Worst Answer: Corn

Question: Name something that might annoy a gardener.
#1 Answer: Bugs
Worst Answer: Not getting paid on time

Question: Name a reason a man might send his wife flowers.
#1 Answer: Anniversary
Worst Answer: Happy divorce

Question: Name a term used in football.
#1 Answer: Touchdown Worst
Answer: Fastbreak

Question: Name a special request people ask for when making a dinner reservation.
#1 Answer: Non-smoking
Worst Answer: A menu

Question: Name someone you wouldn't want to get a phone call from.
#1 Answer: The police
Worst Answer: Your son

Question: Name a classical music composer everyone knows.
#1 Answer: Mozart
Worst Answer: Julio Inglesias

Question: Tell me something specific you should drink a lot of when you're sick.
#1 Answer: Water
Worst Answer: Alcohol

Question: Name something you'd hate to find at the end of your nose.
#1 Answer: Pimple
Worst Answers: Lint

Question: Name the worst kind of shoe to run a marathon in.
#1 Answer: High heels
Worst Answer: Scuba flippers
Louie Anderson's Response: If it's up there... I'll be suprised.

Question: Name something a person wouldn't want living in their house.
#1 Answer: Relatives
Worst Answer: Mold

Question: Name a musician who goes by one name.
#1 Answer: Madonna
Worst Answer: Reba McIntyre
Louie Anderson's Response: Show me the strike.

Question: Name something you'd buy for more than a thousand dollars.
#1 Answer: House
Worst Answer: Pleasure equipment
Louie Anderson's Response: I'm afraid to ask what that means.

Question: Name something you think would be difficult about being a waiter.
#1 Answer: Taking orders
Worst Answer: Falling down

Question: Name something a woman would find in her boyfriend's apartment that would make her think he was cheating.
#1 Answer: Bra Worst
Answer: Used condom

Question: Name something a teenage boy can do for hours at a time.
#1 Answer: Video games
Worst Answer: Masturbate
Louie Anderson's Response: I knew somebody would say it.

Question: Name a unit of currency used in a country other than the US.
#1 Answer: Peso
Worst Answer: Ampere

Question: Name a reason why a woman might not want to kiss her boyfriend.
#1 Answer: Bad breath
Worst Answers: She doesn't love him that much

Question: Name something you do in front of your husband that you probably never did when you were dating.
#1 Answer: Undress Worst
Answer: Make out
Louie Anderson's Response: With somebody else?

Question: Name a complaint you might have about the pizza that was just delivered.
#1 Answer: It's cold
Worst Answers: It went to the wrong address
Louie Anderson's Response: And you just happened to be there?

Question: Name an animal many people are scared of.
#1 Answer: Snake
Worst Answer: Boar
Louie Anderson's Response: It's terrifying.

Question: Name something you need to play Scrabble.
#1 Answer: Letters
Worst Answer: Dice
Louie Anderson's Response: Where did you learn to play Scrabble?

Question: Name the age when a man might start to lose a lot of hair.
#1 Answer: 30
Worst Answer: 14

Question: Name the best month to schedule a wedding.
#1 Answer: June
Worst Answer: Summer

Carmen Electra Splits With Dave Navarro

In Touch has learned exclusively that after 2 1/2 years of marriage, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro have called it quits.

They "have amicably split,” says a rep for the couple. Rumors of problems in the marriage started back in March, but the couple continued to put on a happy front in public. At the time, Carmen told Access Hollywood, “Everything is fine. Look, I'm wearing my ring. If there is something wrong, I wouldn't wear it. There's no way I could run around town being fake. I'm a real person. We've been together for five years and there are going to be moments that are hard and we've had those. But he's my best friend. We are together, we are happy, it's all good.”

That's a bummer. I liked them together. I used to watch their show "til death do us part" on Mtv and they were actually pretty sweet and normal.

I guess another one bites the dust!

Pam and the Kid

According to US Weekly Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are set to marry on July 29 aboard a yacht near St. Tropez.“They’ve been close for a very long time and decided that now is the right time to take the next step,” her rep confirms exclusively to Us. “They couldn’t be happier about their future together.”

Pam made this post on her official website:
"I’m Getting Remarried!!!Yes. I’m finally getting remarried…it’s been a whirlwind…spontaneous but well thought through. Feels like I’ve been stuck in a time warp. Not able to let go of MY family picture…it’s been sad and lonely and frustrating….I’ve raised my kids alone in hope of a miracle. Well my miracle came and went. And came back and came back because he knew that I’d wake up one day and realize that I was waiting for nothing. I’m moving on…I feel like I’m finally free….I’m in love. I’m happy….I see the light…sounds dramatic but it’s true…..I know some women can relate to this….My children are getting older. They know the truth and they are strong, smart kids. They love their Dad. They love their new Step Dad who they’ve known for years…time will pass. Wounds will heal. Some people may never grow up. Actions speak louder than words….watch!"

So close!

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything and yes, I do feel like I'm neglecting you. Things have been so busy lately that I am having to schedule time to take a breath.

On Saturday we put the invitations together. We is my Mom, my sister Lexie, my auntie Andie and my cousin Sophia. It went great and we got done in good time. Some people thought I was crazy to buy inviation that required putting together, but it was so worth it. I love the way they turned out and think they look hot!

My sis had a yummy spread for us to nibble at and it was so great to hang out with my cousin (who lives in San Francisco.) She's only 19 but she's an old soul. One of those people that are just so wise beyond their years. She's very special to me and I was stoked to spend some time with her.

We all chatted about men, sex, religion, politics, the heat, the wedding..you know, all the usual. It felt a little bit like our own Joy Luck Club..but for Greeks. I feel so lucky to have these strong beautiful women in my family.

Althought the planning of this wedding has been pretty smooth sailing, I have to admit that I am feeling a little panicked. I guess that's just another word for stressed. We've been planning this wedding for a year and a half, and it's been a lot of hard work, long hours and attention to detail. But above all, it's been fun. Although I feel like I haven't got a good nights sleep in a couple of months...but that could have something to do with trying to fall asleep and remembering this or that and calling my work voicemail to leave myself messages for the next morning. Is that pathetic? It's just these past couple of days that have been a little bit on the rough side. Not that anything bad happened. I think it's because planning a wedding can be a full time job and while I'm doing that, I'm already working a full time job. And we're slammed with work right now, crazy slammed. So it's a lot on my plate right now.

But it's all good. I have a lot of help and support from my family and friends. Everyone has been great about pitching in. My girls helped me put together the favors. Yes, we did the favors from scratch, and I coudn't have done it without them. It was a labor of love. It helped that my sister brought champagne and snacks:) And Moe was a total rockstar. She drove all the way from Arizona for 24 hours just to get fitted for her dress and to help us out with the favors. I love that bitch so much!

I'm SO excited because this weekend is my bach. party and my best girlfriends and I are going to be flying to Arizona to party it up with my BFF Moe and do some relaxing, lay by the pool and..well...maybe other stuff. It's perfect timing because I think it will give me a chance to not think about the "to do" lists and all that stuff. I'm counting the seconds...

So all in all, I have been super busy and trying to find time to just hang out with my man and relax. It hasn't happened for awhile, and with the wedding 5 1/2 weeks away, it's not looking too promising. But it will all be worth it.

I just have one question. Why is my "to do" list is getting longer instead of shrinking?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Water or Coke?

I have a major diet coke addiction. I have at least one a day. I have it in the morning when I go to IHOP with my eggs. I also drink a lot of water, more water than diet coke. But I still feel like I drink too much soda. I've heard it does nasty things to your stomach, so I don't know why I love it so much.
My gorgeous Aunt Lia sent me this intresting email this morning and I am definetly going to try and ease up on the soda. Maybe instead of 7 per week, I will have 4 per week. Baby steps.

This is really an eye opener!

We all know that water is important but I've never seen it written down like this before.

WATER
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world population.)

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50%less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?


COKE
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would YOU like a glass of water or coke


Interesting Fact: Coke outsells bottled water by 20 times in the USA


Have you been watching "The Real World?" It's not all that great, but I still watch it out of loyalty.

This season there's a girl on there, Paula. She's crazy. She's anorexic, has an abusive boyfriend who put her in the hospital (who's she's still with) and when she drinks, she starts hyperventalating and talking like a 3 year old.

She has maintaned that her boyfriend went to anger management for his outbursts and that he's changed.

Well, it looks like things are still rocky.
The Middletown Press reports:

"Paula Ann Meronek, 25, allegedly bit her boyfriend several times when he refused to let her into their home early Sunday morning, police said. 'I think it was an argument that led to one thing then another,' said Cromwell Police Chief Anthony Salvatore. 'He attempted to keep her from the house. It got physical and we were contacted.' Meronek, who was arraigned Monday, was charged with third-degree assault, which carries a potential penalty of a year in prison. She is due back in court Aug. 11. No lawyer was listed in court documents. Her boyfriend, John Alyward, was charged with disorderly conduct. "

I think it might be time to go your seperate ways Paula. For both your sakes.

I pity the fool

Mr T has shed his signature gold chains because of Hurricane Katrina.

The 'A-Team' actor decided to get rid of his trademark chunky jewelery after witnessing the destruction left by the natural disaster. Speaking at a Television Critics Association meeting, he said: "As aspiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate."

Mr T - real name Lawrence Tero - also slammed celebrities who used the hurricane to promote their careers. He fumed: "I saw some, I call it 'sorry celebrities' who went down there for a photo-op. How disgusting."If you're not going down there with a check and a hammer and a nail to help, don't go down there."

Meanwhile, Mr T is set to star in new TV series 'I Pity the Fool' - a motivational reality show - which will air in October. He insisted, however, that there is more to him than rippling biceps. Mr T said: "Yes I am qualified to beat people up, but I am pretty intelligent. If you have been through something then that gives you an authority that you can speak on certain things. That's why people relate to me. I pull nopunches."

Mmmkay Mr. T. Whatever you say.

The TomKat/Suri Conspiracy Timeline

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is baffled by the mystery baby. How is it possible that there are no photos of her. None. Zip. Nada. Has this kid not left the house in 3 months? Is she locked in a tower somewhere?

TMZ has this great piece on the Suri Cruise mystery.

"It's been 86 days since the birth of Suri Cruise -- and about a split-second since the latest conspiracy theory about Hollywood's most elusive baby.

New rumors surface by the hour -- that Tom and Katie are holding out for a better magazine photo deal, that Scientology is involved in the mystery, that Suri doesn't even exist!So what has fueled the rumors? TMZ has created a timeline that may explain why Suri is becoming a national obsession.

Take a look at these pictures. On March 25, Katie, who was eight months pregnant at the time, looked ginormous. But then, on April 5, 13 days before she gave birth, Katie seemed to shrink.

And there's more.



These are the only images we could find of Katie post-pregnancy. And, of course, zilch on Suri. "


TMZ has some valid points. And if all that isn't weird enough, there are some items of curiosity on Suri's birth certificate. It just doesn't add up.

Where in the world is Suri Cruise?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Jennifer Vaughn?

Here's the new rumor....

JEN & VINCE: The Wedding's On! Brad's mom is invited - and so is his sister! When Brad Pitt's mom, Jane, answered the phone at her Missouri home in late June, it wasn't her darling son or the mother of his child, Angelina Jolie, on the line with an update on baby Shiloh. To her surprise, it was Brad's ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, calling with some exciting news -- and a very special invitation!

Jen told Jane that Vince Vaughn had proposed to her while they were in Paris and went on to ask her ex-mother-in-law if she'd honor her with her presence at the wedding! "Jane said there's no way on earth she'd miss it!" says an insider. "She's remained very close with Jen since her breakup with Brad. She says she still considers Jen her daughter." Jane asked Jen if she'd set a date, and Jen said it's still being discussed. But the insider says Jen told Brad's sister Julie, who's also invited, "I'd like it sooner rather than later."

Jen keeps her ring under wraps. With the engagement news out and her fiance working to get fit, why isn't Jen showing off the 9½-carat canary diamond that Vince, 36, presented to her with his proposal? Friends say it's because she and Vince are waiting for Brangelina's baby news to die down. The couple's daughter Shiloh was born on May 27, but Brad and Angie only moved back to Malibu -- just 13 miles from Jen and Vince's house -- on June 10, so they're still the talk of the town. And Jen has no problem keeping things that way."This is Brad and Angelina's moment," says an insider. "It'd be tacky for Jen and Vince to announce the engagement so soon after Shiloh's birth."

And Jen is in no rush to make an official engagement announcement. She told her pal, "I'll share it with everyone when I want to."Sorting out the detailsThere are still lots of decisions to be made about where and when the happy couple will say "I do," but Jen knows one thing: She wants this wed ding to be completely different from the $1 million beachfront extrava ganza she and Brad had in July 2000, which was complete with 50,000 flowers, a Greek bouzouki band, a Frank Sinatra impersonator and fire works. This time, Jen wants to keep things simple, spiritual and dignified."That's fine with Vince," says another pal. "He'll do whatever makes Jen happy. He joked that he'd wear a wet suit and tie the knot underwater if it's what she wanted."Jen's reply? "A tux will be fine!"

The couple are leaning toward having the wedding in Chicago, Vince's hometown -- and where they fell in love while filming their hit movie."There will be more of Vince's Chicago friends than Jen's Hollywood crowd," says an insider.But there will definitely be at least one A-lister in attendance."Jen's already asked Courteney Cox to be her matron of honor," says the insider. When Jen married Brad, she had two old friends as bridesmaids. But she and Court have become so tight in the last six years that Courteney's the one Jen turned to when Brad walked out. Naturally, Court's daughter, Coco, 2, who is Jen's godchild, will be her flower girl."I'm so happy," Jen told the first friend. "I really feel like this is the beginning of a new life."

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Who's that girl?

Who is this average, not particularly gorgeous or glamorous woman? She looks like the average jane out there in the world, right?

Guys-If you saw her in the club or walking down the street, would you do a double take and be instantly smitten? Would you devise a plan to win her over with some lame ass pick up line so that you could try and score her number, and then try to score something else?

Ladies-If you saw her would you think "I wonder what her secret to looking so good is?" Would you silently curse her under your breath for being so naturally beautiful and stunning? Would you mutter that she probably gets everything she wants because guys flock to her? Would you assume that men want her and woman want to be her?

Well, just who is this average lady running errands and going about her day???

It's.........



It's..............

Eva Longoria!

Well, it's amazing what a little make up and hairspray can do. This plain jane, who you wouldn't even give a second glace to, is transformed. Even when she's in "casual" mode seen here, she's still done up. At least it looks natural and not too over done.

Now imagine how amazing we'd look if we had our very own glam squad to get us ready every morning?!!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Wedding update

Where has the time gone? Yes, as lame as it is, this is my countdown clock. My Mom hates it. She says that it's like knowing when you're going to die. I'm not sure how that ties in with knowing how long until your wedding date...

It's now less than 2 months until the big day and I realize that most of the stuff I post has nothing to do with the wedding. I'm sorry about my celeb rants..I can't help it. I love celebrity life and all their drama, fashion etc. Ok, time to catch you up with the progresses we've made for the Kincaid/Cretikos wedding. I can't sleep at night thinking of what needs to be done still. Not major stuff, just loose ends. But those are the things that will drive me to drink. For the most part, I feel confident that everything is under control.

Almost all the bridesmaids have been measured for their dresses. Tina's is done and it's tucked away safely in her closet. Hopefully all the dresses will be completed by the expected date of August 10th. That will be a load off my mind. I would post a photo of Tina in her dress looking all super cute, but that's going to be a surprise.

"Let them eat cake" is this amazing bakery in Costa Mesa that has won tons of awards, including one of the food networks cake competions. My Mom is smitten and is insisting that this is the place that is going to make our wedding cake. They do incredible work and are really nice too. That makes a difference to me. I want to trust my vendors. Anyway, my Mom and I went to the cake tasting yesterday and words can't describe how incredible it was. Oh My Gosh! Ridiculous. I didn't know that cake could taste that good.

We picked two flavors out of their many to try. The first was Mango/Passion Fruit Cake - Butter cake baked with chunks of fresh Mango and filled with Cream Cheese, Blackberry and Passion Fruit Custard. Are you drooling yet? The second flavor that we picked was Moist Buttermilk White Cake layered with Lemon Curd, Fresh Raspberries in a Raspberry Mousse and Lemon Butter Cream. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It was out of this world. The flavors just popped and it tasted so refreshing and delicious. Although both were incredible, this one was the hands down winner. Do you see that cake there? That's ONE layer. Yes, there are four layers and three fillings in one layer. Heaven on earth!!

I'm telling you all this so that you make sure you have some at the wedding. Don't dismiss it like "yea yea, just cut the dang thing so we can get on the dance floor." No, you must partake in this almost too good to be true experiance. Trust me on this one. Save room for the cake.

I'm happy to have the limos booked, and more importantly, the bus. I have ordered a big, red, English double decker bus with an open top to transport my out of town guest (from London) to and from the wedding. It's going to be awesome! How kick ass are the photos going to be? I'm envisioning a photo with Matt, myself and our wedding party and everything is in black and white except the bus which will be in color. Wouldn't that be sic? I can't wait:)


Last Sunday was July 2nd and the UPS man paid me a little visit. 2 months before we get married.. Yup, I got 2 dozen roses from Matt!!! What an amazing man he is. They are gorgeous different shades and smell devine. I put them in these glasses instead of a vase so that I could put some on my desk and also share with Tina. Pretty Pretty!!!

It's amazing how getting flowers delivered to you can completly change your mood. I don't think anyone could be in a bad mood after that. There's something so great about being surprised. It makes you feel special and there's nothing bad about that:)

I'll post more about the wedding when I have more time. It's around the corner and I am just so excited!!! Soon I will be a married woman and begin a whole new life with husband. I can't wait!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you all had a great one.

This year was the last one that would take place in Elden Manor (sniff sniff) so I was a little on the nostalgic side. I've lived here for almost 5 years and I'll miss it. Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited to hopefully buy a house with Matt and begin our life together, without a doubt! But the sentimental part of me is sad to leave. So many good times. No, scratch that..amazing times! It's where Fi and I lived and became grown ups (for the most part) and did all those things that wanted to cross off our list before we turned 30 (for the most part.) It was the best and I'm feeling a little sad to say goodbye to it all.

We started off the holiday on Monday night. Shane, Fi and Eva came over to christen our new keg-o-rater. (well, Eva stuck to her sippy cup of milk..come on, I'm not an animal!) Matty loves it and if it had legs and could get down the isle, he just might propose to it.

It was neither an early night nor an alcohol free one. But it was great to just relax and chill outside drinking beers and chatting away. Eva was such a good girl that she went to sleep on my couch so that Mom and Dad could hang out. (Of course Daddy was drinking water for the second half of the night.)

On Tuesday morning, Matty and I woke up early to head down to HB to watch the parade. Because it's so crazy packed down there, we parked away from Main street and then rode our bikes in. My bike totally rocks. It's purple and has a bell. (It used to have a basket, but I'm not quite sure what happened to it.) It was hotter then hell in HB and like a dumb ass, I didn't put on any sunscreen. I was sitting in the direct rays for about 2 hours and got pretty fried. It's hard for me to burn, in fact I think it's only happened twice in my life. Well, make that 3 times.

After the parade we stopped by 7-11 and then went and bought fireworks (I can't believe sparklers are against the law now!) and then headed home. The peeps came over around 4pm and we enjoyed the afternoon together.

The kids threw down water balloons, the adults threw down beers. We had a yummy spread of the usual fanfare. Hot doggers, sides, veggies, chips, dessert, deviled eggs etc. I love my girls. Check out how hot they are!!! I wish Moe could have been there too! I miss that bitch!

Once the sun went down, the fireworks came out and we all oooh'd and aaaaah'd. Another 4th of July in the bag. I can't believe this marks eight years that we've all been friends together. 8 strong years of the Peppertree gang in full effect. Word! I couldn't ask for a more amazing group of people to share my life with. They are truly incredible friends that I'm blessed with. Oh, and what's a 4th of July celebration without the annual group photo? Our group was a little smaller this time since some peeps were unable to make it, but we still represented.

(I have been trying since yesterday to put a photo here, but it won't let me so I will put it in it's own post.)

Are things heating up?

A real couple or just good friends? It looks like a hotel that they are leaving... notice his hand gently on her back...

And what's up with the moustache? Are those going to make a come back? I hope not. It's very difficult to pull one off. There are less then a handful of guys that are able to do it. David Spade is not one of them.

But I think it would be cute if they are a couple. He makes her laugh, and there's nothing hotter than that.

baby time

Kingston Rossdale and Shiloh Joile-Pitt have a playdate. You can barely make them out, but you can see Brad and Gavin on the left and Gwen and Angelina on the right. So cute that they are all hanging out.

Reports state "The new moms were seeing sporting matching baby slings and Brangelina's babe Zahara was spotted walking!

The dads, Gavin and Brad, let the ladies have some bonding time and they enjoyed something a little more adventurous, jet skiing. And, of course, the little man Maddox was playing with the boys too.

Security in the compound was on high alert, according to reports. The estate was heavily guarded by officers on dune buggies, patrol boats and rafts, as well as dogs posted around the property's perimeters."

Oh to be a fly on the wall...

Monday, July 03, 2006

What a faker

We've all looked at magazines with gorgeous, perfect looking people and asked ourselves, "why can't I be more like that?" They have perfect hair, perfect boobs, perfect skin and teeth. It can be a little depressing sometimes. Until you realize that they have been airbrushed to death. In some cases, it doesn't even look like the same person!

Check out this great link: http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/

It will show you two magazine covers. One is retouched, the other isn't. It's amazing what they change with computers. Click on the photo and wait for it to load. Then you can look at every thing they changed. It's unbelievable what a difference it makes!

Nicolas thinks you're funny

Please look at my Godson. Please tell me he's not the most gorgeous kid you've ever laid your eyes on.

Look at the smile! He looks as if he's laughing really hard and that it's the funniest thing he's ever heard!

He loves his Mommy and Daddy and thinks they're pretty hilarious. He's growing so fast. It seems like every time I see him he's bigger.

He's such a happy kid. I can't believe how much he's changed from when he was first born. He's growing into that cute face of his! Dimitri and Courtney are such good parents and really have just slid right into their roles. What a lucky boy Nicky is!

Look how cool he is. He's just chillin' and posing. He's so down! And no one can rock a sweater vest like he can!

I love him so much and can't stop kissing him!!!

I need to come up with a word that combines Godson and Nephew. Any ideas?