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Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky to wed this weekend in Rhinebeck NY

[tweetmeme] I wasn’t invited to the Clinton/Mezvinsky wedding even though it’s up the road from my parents house in Rhinebeck, NY….  We will be down to spend time with my parents that day though.

The Weekly Re-cap: I showed you what I had for a 3AM snack and spoke about Mental Feng Shui.  We celebrated Miss Isabella’s 3rd Birthday!!  I told you about a study going on to track how many fireflies are still out there.  Michael & I attended the 5th Annual smAlbany Small Business Day and I shared a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

The Weekly New Season on TV: Project Runway Season 8

The Weekly Beverage: Raspberry Vodka & Sprite (made by Kristi Gustafson during her guest bartender event at Dale Miller to benefit Equinox, Inc. – They raised over $1,000!!

The Weekly Food: Pizza, Sliders Sweet Sausage and Leftovers!  (Real healthy huh?)

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to Musicouch.com Time Warner Corporation bought the rights to the Happy Birthday song in 1998. So now a single use in a film or TV program will cost around $10,000!

The Weekly Birthdays: Chantel Weckesser-Schultz, Nicole VanWagner, Heather Skoda, Jennifer Kappeller, Jerry Papandrea, Ed Lass, Debbie DeCicco-Fiore, Carla Rozman, Phil Russo, Lisa Naccarato Schatzel, Dan Hubbell, and Kevin RyanI hope you all had wonderful birthday’s!!  Leave a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.

The BMW K1300 GT backed up to my Yamaha FJR 1300AE

The Weekly Activity: We went to Dale Miller for the Equinox, Inc. benefit where Kristi Gustafson & Steve Barnes were guest bartenders.  (They raised over $1000!)  Our friend Trish and her son came to visit for a day of BBQ and hanging out in the pool.  We attended the Lia Car Show, as well as the smAlbany Small Business Day as VIP bloggers.  We rode out to The Factory in Ballston Spa with No Destination, and we test rode a BMW K1300 GT at Max BMW Motorcycles.  We had a VERY busy week!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter (some of them): ChesshireCat, Santino Rice, Tim Cronin, Rev. Alan Rudnick, Lydia Kulbida, Outspoken Media, Barkeater Chocolates, Merci Miglino, Sonja Stark, Lisbeth Calandrino, Dan Churchill, Larry Zimbler, Lauren Rose, and Squiggout.

LaDorka's National MS Walk 2009

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

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Cupcake image: http://www.allthingscupcake.com/page/9/?s=ote
BMW & FJR picture by Michael T. Henry Photography


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[tweetmeme] I have friends that send me all kinds of messages like this.  This one has many good lessons to remember.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
Mental Feng Shui

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

FIVE. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN! . . . When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. . When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY ONE. Spend some time alone.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart

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Image from: http://www.mosaikos.com/feng-shui/live-in-harmony-with-feng-shui.html

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Yesterday I posted my 200th blog post!
Unfortunately I wasn’t around to pimp it like I wanted to,
so check it out today.
It was a good post that I put more time than usual into.

So far we’ve talked about quite a bit.
You’ve gotten to know some of my very important people.
You’ve been lectured by me to watch for motorcycles.
You’ve met my dog Isabella.
There are so many more things to come!

At this point, my top 3 blog posts have been:

I Love A Good Heist

PLEASE HELP!  My Friend Needs Relationship Advice!!

No Longer With Us

Thank you to all of you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!!

My blog jumps around quite a bit.

What else should we discuss??
Do you have any favorite blogs I’ve written?

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200th Blog Post Image from: http://mariannsimms.blogspot.com/2009/11/fired-up-over-my-200th-blog-post.html

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My Mom

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my Mom.  We met at my birth.  (obviously!)  She’s one of the most kind-hearted people I know.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.  So… without further ado – here is my Mom.  :)

Name: Mom

Age: 69

Location: My house –> Dutchess County, NY

Hails from: Pennsylvania

Me, Mom & Dad with my Aunt Rita in the front. She's my God-Mother.

Relationship Status: Happily Married for 49 years

Children: 4 – 3 sons & 1 daughter

Occupation: Takin’ it easy & lovin’ it!  spoiling my Grandkids – both 2 & 4 legged

What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding the nearest couch

If you could spend an evening with anyone from history, who would it be? Jesus Christ

What do you miss most about your childhood? Walking to the brook and swimming with the neighborhood kids.

What’s a goal in life you have yet to accomplish? Getting to heaven

What 5 things in life could you not live without? My husband and 4 kids

What’s your favorite snack? Drumstick Ice Cream Cones (not the chicken variety)

What super power do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to fly without stepping foot on an airplane.

What is your favorite movie? Ben Hur

How did you meet Dad? By remembering that the quickest way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

What are your favorite flowers? I like roses, daisies, peonies, and gladiolas.
Author’s Note: Thank goodness she didn’t name me after any of the other 3!!!

Who was your best friend growing up? Patsy

What was your favorite subject in high school? Math – I still enjoy puzzles with numbers like Sudoku.

Who’s your favorite grandchild? Elizabeth, Anne, Katie, Sofia, Jacob, Frank & Bella.  (Bella’s my 4 legged grandchild)

Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been? Greece

The Sistine Chapel

Where was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? The Sistine Chapel

What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas – for a few reasons.  I love to see happy children, I like Christmas music, our Christmas mass is always nice, and Rose usually cooks Christmas dinner.

Mom & her Mother (My Grandmother)

Who’s your hero? My Mother was.  She had 9 children (I was the youngest), 30 grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren before she passed away at 102 years old.  (And she remembered ALL of their names!!)

What is your favorite song? How Great Thou Art

Where do you go for your favorite ice cream? Holy Cow

Mom & her sister Rita (my God-mother)

What would you like to know about my Mom?

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As some of you know, I love to go to yard sales / tag sales / estate sales / rummage sales – whatever you want to call them.  This past Friday I picked up a book called 101 Ways to Find God’s Purpose For Your Life.  There were lots of good points in this book.  Now I don’t want to turn my blog into a religious blog.  Even though I am religious, I don’t push my thoughts and beliefs on others except to say that the 10 commandments all boil down to the “Golden Rule” – Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

Anywho – this book does make good points.

#1 – Discover Your Strengths

“Think back to when you were a child.  What were some of your favorite things to do?  Did you care for injured animals, love to draw pictures, or delight in playing with friends?  Now think of the ways those traits manifest themselves in your life today.  Do you still collect “strays” – animals or people?  Do you express yourself artistically through decorating and creating?  Do you love to fix broken things?  Do you enjoy opening your home to family and friends?”

This got me thinking.  I do tend to collect strays.  I have always been one of those people who tries to be friendly to everyone.  I’m the one who tries to find the wall-flower or shy person and draw them into the conversation.  Sometimes it is more of a challenge than others.  I do tend to be that kind of friend that will drop everything to help a friend who needs it.   I never noticed until recently that people who do this seem to be a rarity.  The older I get the more I look around and notice that so many people seem to be out for themselves and couldn’t give-a-crap about the person standing next to them.  Where did common decency go??  It makes me sad.

Recently I had a friend tell me I need to learn to be more of a self-centered-Bitch.  Can you believe it?  In no way am I a door-mat, but I give too much of myself and then I end up getting my feelings hurt by those people I gave to because they show their true colors and don’t care about anyone but themselves.  Apparently I don’t fit into the take-take-take society that’s appearing all around me….

I always considered it my strength that I could help people.  Lately it’s turning out to be more of a weakness, but I keep hoping that will change.  I do have some friends that do appreciate all that I have to offer with my friendship, but I’ve also learned that many take it for granted.  In times of crisis you learn who’s a friend to value and who’s the friend who’s all for themselves.

What strengths, gifts and talents do you have?
Do you use them to help people?

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The Weekly Re-cap: You saw my Boston Self Portrait and Breakfast In Bed With Bella.  I told you about Holy Cow: The Best Ice Cream In The World and My Yummy Salad.  Bella’s friend Tequila came for a visit and I’ve had a couple sad days 😦

The Weekly Read: I’m really starting to miss reading… though a bought a couple more books at tag sales today to add to the pile I’d like to read….

The Weekly Music: Cryin’ Like A Bitch!!Godsmack (off their new album The Oracle)

The Weekly Downer: Being given the cold shoulder by someone I care about.  😦

YUM!!

The Weekly Food: Refer to my Yummy Salad Blog

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Honey is the only food that does not spoil.  Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologist and found edible.

The Weekly Birthdays: Brooke Bergin, Kate Birchenough, Jodi Hilbrandt Vosburgh, Mary Millus, Tara Kenny, Robert Ruggiero, Stacey Zakrzewski, Melanie Beale, Hildegard Pleva, Aimee Crump Coates, Andrew Pleva, Chris Stoppenbach, and Ivona Popowczak.  Happy Birthday to you all!  I hope you all had a wonderful celebration on your big day!  Tell me what you did to celebrate your birthday in the comments:)

Triple Crochet Stitched....

The Weekly Craft: I crocheted another scarf!

The Weekly Activity: Eating Village Pizza and walking Bella and her friend Tequila.  We also went to Boston for a few hours….  Oh, and I almost forgot – yesterday we hung Michael and Angela’s photo gallery up at Barista’s Espresso Cafe in the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, NY.  I’m sure I’ll mention more details about it in the future.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: I’ve barely spent any time on Twitter this week.  Who do you think I should follow??

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: ME! No seriously…  This Sunday June 6th 11AM-2PM (rain or shine) is The Stroll for Epilepsy – Dutchess to Ulster County at the Walkway Over the Hudson.  My Friend Marcus Molinaro and his wife Christy will be walking for their daughter Abigail Faith.  Please show your support.

Weekly Grand Totals: Number of times I’ve eaten at Village Pizza III this week: 2  (Hopefully we’ll get a chance to talk about that more next week!!)

The Weekly Hypothetical: If someone relied on you to do the same job for 2+ years and then with no explanation had someone do that job instead and gave you the cold shoulder – would you feel hurt?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: Why the hell don’t people return phone calls??  (In the business sense, not personal calls)

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OppositesConnect.com

About a month ago there was a write-up on All Over Albany about a new online dating site being developed called Opposites Connect.  The gist of the site goes off the premise of “opposites attract.”  I think it’s a brilliant idea!  The founder Larry Wilson is set to launch the site on June 1st.  If you sign up on the site now you’ll get a free membership for life.

Earlier tonight I stumbled upon the Opposites Connect Facebook Fan Page and started reading through the status messages.   They ask questions in their status messages such as “Heinz or Hunts?”  “Mary Ann or Ginger?”  “Partridge Family or Brady Bunch.”  The one that caught my eye though was this:  “What sticks out in your mind as the most memorable, intriguing, special moment of a recent date, or any date you’ve been on?”

LIAR!!

Well, as many of you know I have gone online and played the online dating game.  (And it’s funny that I call it a “game” because my profile always said “No head games!”  LOL!)  I have stories to tell, both good and bad.  I think the most memorable one was with a guy I’ll call Joe.  Joe asked me to meet him at Houlihan’s in Crossgates Mall for a drink one night after work.  (I LOVE Houlihan’s Guavatinis!!) We got together, had a couple of drinks and even ordered an appetizer.  Our conversation was okay, but it was kind of bland and I really didn’t find the guy super physically attractive.  Plus I HATE it when people lie.  (Always tell the truth!!)  Joe’s profile said he was 5′ 9″ – did he somehow think I wouldn’t notice that he barely came up to my shoulder?  (I’m 5′ 6″)  Fast forward a little bit – to when the bill arrived.  Joe dove for it.  Fine, I’m not going to arm wrestle and tear it in two.  I asked him to see the bill so I could at least pay half.  He insisted that he pay.

The Bill

I have male  friends who were participating in online dating around the same time and they always complained about girls who went out with them, got dinner, etc. and never called again and how they were going broke because of it!!  So, being the considerate gal that I am I thought it only fair that I pay half for two reasons.  One – I didn’t know the guy well and felt I should pay my own way.  I didn’t want to feel as if I “owed” him anything.  Two – Since I really wasn’t attracted to him and knew we wouldn’t be going on a second date – I felt guilty letting him pay.

After about half an hour of going back and forth about the bill I finally just gave up and let him take it.  Trust me – I argued.  I couldn’t let it go on any longer because I was honestly getting really annoyed.  If I had liked the guy prior to getting the bill, the back and forth over who was paying would have killed any shot of a second date because he was kind of a jerk about it.

Moving on – we walk out into the mall to say our goodbyes because I had plans and had to meet someone.  He said something along the lines of  “I had a really nice time with you – would you like to go see a movie this weekend?”  I told him that I thought he was nice, but I really didn’t think we were a good match and I didn’t want to waste his time.  Can you believe the guy had the _____ to say “Are you kidding me?  I just paid for your food and drinks and you won’t go on another date with me??”  The guy honestly looked like he believed I was into him and I owed him another date as if he bought a ticket for admission.  Can you imagine how annoyed I was at this point?  I think I told him something along the lines of “No, you’re not getting a second chance to make a first impression, and for future reference, starting an argument with a girl on a first date is NOT a good idea.  I made myself clear I wasn’t comfortable letting you pay – you insisted and I caved so you wouldn’t cause a scene in the restaurant.”

I have other interesting dating stories in my archives, but I’m curious what stories you guys have.  Since I think for the most part I have different readers – I’d like to hear your answer to their question on Opposites Connect’s Facebook Page.

“What sticks out in your mind as the most memorable, intriguing, special moment of a recent date, or any date you’ve been on?”

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Betty White & Robert Redford (at least I'm pretty sure it's him!)

Back in March when Betty White was on Larry King Live, Larry asked who was on Betty’s “to-do” list.

KING: What haven’t you done that you want to do?  Who is on your to-do list?

WHITE: My answer to that, my standard answer is always Robert Redford.   But that doesn’t get me anywhere.

KING: Have you ever met him?

WHITE: No, and I never want to.  I just want to enjoy it from a distance.  I would be panicky if I ever met him.  I’ve taken his name in vain for so long.

KING: You have to go up to Utah and he’s there.

WHITE: I know  He’s also in Santa Monica.

KING: He’s not – he doesn’t hide.  He’s public.

WHITE: I just don’t ever want to meet him.  It would spoil all the fun.  I want to fantasize and talk about him behind his back.

KING: I’ll tell you, he looks just as good as he does on-screen and has ever looked.  He’s aged very well.

WHITE: Oh, I – tell me about it.

It got me thinking – throughout my life I’ve heard people say things like:
I’d love to meet Bruce Springsteen.
I’d love to meet Sting.
I’d love to meet Eric Clapton.
I’d love to meet Sully Erna.
I’d love to meet Robert Pattison.
I’d love to meet Clint Eastwood.
I’d love to meet Vin Diesel.
I’d love to meet Duane “The Rock” Johnson
I’d love to meet Justin Bieber.
I’d love to meet Derek Jeter.
I’d love to meet Wayne Gretzky.
I’d love to meet Jackie Chan.
I’d love to meet Jennifer Aniston.  }
I’d love to meet Brad Pitt.              }  You can’t mention one without the other two….
I’d love to be Angelina Jolie.           }

Well my question is this:  what do you say to these celebrities once you’ve met them?  I don’t know what I’d ask them if ever I were in the situation to meet a celebrity I was in awe of.  I also worry that if I did figure out something to ask then, they’d be rude and/or do something to ruin their “perfect” image I have of them in my mind.

Betty White has the right idea.  She fantasizes about Robert Redford but she doesn’t want to meet him and “spoil all the fun.”

What celebrities have you met?
What did you say to them/ask them?
Did they say or do anything to ruin your view of then?
Or if you haven’t met a celebrity, who would you like to meet and what would you say to them/ask them?

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The Weekly Re-cap: You met my friend Katie and mourned my good friend common sense.  You heard about the parents sitting near me on the flight to Florida and we talked about being proud of our true age….

The Weekly Music: Kelly has some Sara Evans on  her iPod and I liked her….

The Weekly Downer: Leaving Michael and Isabella.  Being in beautiful warm weather without a motorcycle….

The Weekly New Show on TV That I Like: Romantically Challenged with Alyssa Milano (my birthday buddy!)

The Weekly Schadenfreude: The guy who set the bomb in Times Square.  Good thing he’s bad at building bombs (sigh of relief)

The Weekly Beverage: orange juice at the airport, yummy iced drinks in the sun….


Weekly Food: Burgers with sautéed mushrooms & Claussen hearty garlic stackers, McGriddle

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Each year DOGS kill more people in the US than Great White sharks have in the past 100 YEARS!


The Weekly Birthdays: Lyn Reilly Clements, Shane Allen, Kim Boresch, Dave Trombetti, Christine Reilly Shelton, Heather Rook, Mary Onufer, Megan Boyd, Steven Plac, and Peter Klein.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays filled with fond memories with family and friends.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you did anything special for your birthday.

The Weekly Craft:I’m still crocheting….

The Weekly Activity: Traveling

The Weekly Shoes: Flip Flops Galore!

Weekly Grand Totals: Time from Albany to Tampa – 3 hours 10 minutes

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you were married with kids and went on vacation (without your kids) would you be in bed early because that’s your routine, or would you be excited to stay up late because you don’t have a schedule?

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Betty White with the cast of The Golden Girls

Something occurred to me around the time of the Super Bowl.  At what point are we proud to be old?  I got thinking about it when I saw Betty White all over the place.  We all know her from The Golden Girls but that was 20ish years ago.  She’s been in many things – just check out her IMDB profile…  Recently she was in the movie The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.  She won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards.  (The press release from them was awesome!!)  Then she was in the Snicker’s commercial during the Super Bowl.  Next I was asked to join (back then it was still join – instead of “like”) the Betty White to Host SNL (Please?)! fan page on Facebook.

Betty White with Sandra Bullock in The Proposal

Betty White at the SAG Awards

After it was confirmed that Betty White will be hosting SNL, Larry King had her on his show Larry King Live for an interview.  (March 17, 2010)  Larry made a comment that Betty was 88 years young.  He said when you get to be that age you’re proud to say it.  Betty replied that she didn’t know where the breaking point was.  “at first you try to hide it and then you begin to brag about it.  Now I’m to the point of hello, I’m Betty White, I’m 88.

KING: How do you explain your longevity?

WHITE: Sheer, blind luck.  I’m the luckiest old broad that ever drew breath.

KING: Just luck?

WHITE: Just…

KING: No talent?WHITE: Well, I mean I think – I think the reason for the longevity is that people have generations – several generations have – have gotten to know me over the years.  So I’ve become sort of part of a – you know, you have relatives that you’re not thrilled with – sort of part of the family.

Later in the interview Larry asked her about her age again:

KING: Did you ever think you would be 88?  Or you don’t think about it?

White: I think I learned at my mother’s knee, we never thought age.  Everybody else is so age conscious.  You go for a long time – no, not wanting anybody to know how old you are.  And then you pass a breaking point.  I can’t tell you where that comes, where then you brag about it.  I don’t think – it’s my health and my energy that I’m so blessed with and so grateful for, that I’m busy being grateful for that, rather than worrying about how old I am.

Betty White on Larry King Live

I got a good laugh when Larry asked her about if she got “romantic urges” and then later said “Last night was terrific, right?” and then about a month later he and his wife are separated….

Betty White

This weekend is what 509,240 (at the time I’m writing this) fans of the Betty White to Host SNL (Please?)! page have been waiting for.  This Saturday night May 8th Betty White WILL be hosting Saturday Night Live.  I’m planning to set my DVR for it, but I’m also hoping to be able to watch it live from my hotel room while I’m on vacation.

I wish I knew at what point we’re supposed to go from “29 and holding” to being proud of our age.  I asked my Mother when she noticed it in my Grandmother and she thought it was sometime in her 80’s.  It’s almost as if she was thinking “I’m proud to be 97, I’ve outlived all those other people!

Hopefully one day I’ll be a bold, full of life, outgoing older woman like Betty and my Grandma 🙂

Have you ever thought about this?  Do you see it with some of the older people in your life?

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