Grapefruit, Scrabble, and Stylish Ice Cubes

I feel it is my duty to warn you about Grapefruit and its connection to having babies.  By all accounts, grapefruit is really great for you.  It helps your body recover from fevers, alleviates insomnia,  is a great source of vitamin A and has even been used as a holistic treatment for Malaria.  When paired with protein, it can trigger weight loss and appetite suppression.  Turns out, there are rumors/studies/people sayin’ that it dulls or voids birth control!!!  I hope I wasn’t a grapefruit baby!!! (I wasn’t.)


Don’t quote me, and do your own research.  I’m not trying to get sued for blog-fraud.

Speaking of food, have you ever read that book “Eat This, Not That?”  It really blows my mind.  Not to put any restaurant on blast, but Cheesecake Factory is really putrid.  Example:  Cheesecake Factory Bistro Shrimp Pasta 2,819 calories.  That is like 819 calories more than what a normal human should eat in one full day.  I mean, look into that.  In fact, they are on the bottom/worst of the categories for almost ALL listed in the book.  Even their kids meals are bad.  1,800 calories for a Kids Fett Alf.  New slogan:  Cheesecake Factory, encouraging childhood obesity, and maintaining thru adulthood, one entrée at a time.

Not to make this blog entry all about foods, but they do list a few remedies for when you’re feeling…not yourself.  For example:

When you’re stressedeat eggs, drink wine and chew gum but steer clear of coffee.

When you’re feeling sadeat salmon, garlic and dark chocolate, stay away from white chocolate.

When you want to boost your metabolismeat chile peppers, yogurt and coffee.

When you’re sick eat kiwi, honey, olives and drink rooibos tea.

When you’re trying to be smartereat sardines, garlic, steak, carrots, ground flaxseed and bananas but ew not together.

Moving on!

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, I would sincerely recommend you download the Words With Friends app.  It’s more or less scrabble that you can play with the contacts in your phone, or creepy people you don’t know at all.  The only reason I’m bringing this up is to brag, aduh.  Look at these numbers I pulled, and at 7:55am no less.  Barely awake, but making killer plays.  Go me.

I was shopping at the Limerick outlets on Saturday, and came across the coolest little shop Le Chef.  They had great little kitchen knick knacks and trendy salt and pepper shakers, chocolates, and free samples of yummy jams/dips.  I found these, and they are so neat!  Random, I know, but they’re were too great not to share.

Here is the link in case you want to purchase any of these 🙂

Today’s music comes from Arcade Fire, who are playing at Bonnaroo this year!

listening to 01 The Suburbs by Arcade Fire on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying #musicmonday

and a lil extra something for you from the Oscars last night.  If you wanna see how I did on my guestimations, check my Today, Today blog for my predictions!  Here is Dido singing the original song from 127 hours.  Beautiful song!

listening to If I Rise –  by Dido & A. R. Rahman (From the movie _127 Hours_) on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying #musicm


xoxo shu


Biebs, Angry Birds, and Three Day Weekends

I love three-day weekends and decided I’d like to have one of those every weekend.  Question being, would Tuesday eventually end up being just as awful as Monday?  Or would I relish in the extra day off and get some quality R&R?

Friday night we had a “goodbye to Gillian’s gallbladder party.”  We cooked low fat foods and drank wine (although she couldn’t partake.)  Decided to take pictures of the food and the friends for the hell of it.  Move over Food Magazine, it’s the Skiles Blvd kitch.

Good times!

I finally saw the Justin Bieber movie in 3D on Saturday.

I wish I could say this was the one of the dorkiest things I’ve done, but let’s be serious.  Honestly, that little kid is really amazing and his dad is hot.  I wish I had video taped it, but at the end of the movie during his performance of “Baby”  approx 15 small children (girls) were dancing and screaming like they were at the sold out Madison Square Garden concert venue.  It was so cute and slightly unexpected.

Seriously, how hot is his dad?  This picture doesn’t even do him justice.  He’s fo sho a dime piece.

Only problem with a Justin Bieber movie is, he’s only 17 years old and hasn’t had much of a story.  The real juicy stuff (like his parent’s unplanned teen pregnancy leading to their split when JB was only 10 months old) was only touched upon briefly.  There isn’t much of a story besides raw talent + youtube + USHER = sold out Madison Square Garden.  His crew seems like a great group of people who work hard but have a ton of fun.

Overall I give the movie a B+, not that my film critiques carry much weight.

Also, if you live in the PA area and you haven’t tried Harvest in Glen Mills yet, run there.  Their whole gig is basically using local farms fresh/in season ingredients to make their dishes.  90% of the menu is under 500 calories except for a few splurge items that are marked as “for the fatties.”  Just kidding, there is just an asterisk.  I had this hazelnut goat cheese and cranberry spread with toast and cranberry jam plus an assortment of pears and harvest apples.  It was, so good.  No complaints in the app department!  For dinner I had chili that was OOTW.  That stands for out of this world, it’ll catch on, lol (who invented that?)

This little girl really has a great perspective on life and marriage.  Heard on the Elvis Duran show this morning — seriously, check it out:

What We Talked About – Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.

Speaking of little girls with youtube videos.  This girl is great as well.  Covering Lady Gaga’s new single Born This Way, this 10-year-old girl’s piano skills leave room for improvement, but she’s a great singer!

Had an interesting trip to Barnes and Noble today.  I’m sure I looked like a total creep taking pictures of random things and not actually buying anything, but what can you do?

First thing on my Christmas list next year:  The Sitch’s workout video.  Is it me, or does his stomach kind of look like the one from Alien when something is trying to get out?

You know who’s ab workout I really want?  Octo-mom’s.  How in the hell do you recovery from this:

alsdkfjlaskdjfal;kdj ew.

Moving on to way cooler, less grotesque things.  This dad really is the greatest dad ever.  I’m sure by now, you’ve all played Angry Birds.  Well, this dad decided to make an Angry Birds CAKE for his son’s 6th birthday.  Not only did it look amazing, but was a fully functioning game.  Check it out:

Today’s music comes from the Wiz Khalifa.  I feel the need the clear his name after Black and Yellow; the obnoxious, unfortunately catchy Pittsburgh Steelers anthem.  But he’s truly redeemed himself with this one,  it’s pretty “fresh to death.”

listening to This Plane by Wiz Khalifa on @Grooveshark: #nowplaying

After much time in Barnes and Noble today, I sincerely recommend these three albums:

Black Eyed Peas – The Beginning

Just because they can’t perform live, doesn’t mean they aren’t great producers and master of the sine wave.  Specific tracks I’m digging:

listening to Whenever (Album Version) by Black Eyed Peas on @Grooveshark: #nowplaying

listening to Just Can’t Get Enough by Black Eyed Peas on @Grooveshark: #nowplaying

Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Good Summer Jam featuring Damian Marley   listening to Liquor Store Blues Ft. Damian by Bruno Mars on @Grooveshark: #nowplaying

This one has B.O.B and Cee-Lo Green.  Can’t really be bad.  listening to The Other Side by Bruno Mars Ft. Cee-Lo Green & B.o.B. on @Grooveshark: #nowplaying

deadmau5 – 4×4 = 12

Please be in a techno, dance, workout mode when you check this out. listening to 4×4=12 by deadmau5 on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying

and from the old album: listening to Ghosts n Stuff (ft. Rob Swire) by deadmau5 on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying

OK that’s it for today,

xoxo shu

Summer Planning, Irish Folk, and Good Tunes.

With Valentines day in the rear view mirror, the next holiday on the line-up is none other than St. Patty’s day.  Although I don’t identify with the ginger heritage, our New York native Channon has invited us into the city to get crazy with the Yanks.  Since the holiday falls on a Thursday this year, we’ve taken a few days off to relax in the city that never sleeps.  

I’ve never really been a fan of New York City.  On paper, the city has all the things someone like me would love to have.  A great music scene, opportunities, shiny things, and endless PinkBerry yogurt shops.  BUT, as mentioned before, I have an immense fear of bums.  I don’t blame them for living in NYC.  If I was a bum, I’d probably walk to California, but I get the appeal of the Empire State.  Cheap food, lots of people crazier than you are, and street artists for entertainment value since you can’t afford cable.  But you hear all these stories about crazy bums pushing people in front of subway trains and just being crazy.  No thanks.

So anyway, really excited to frolic with the sole-less day walkers to the Irish pubs in my green T.  Leave suggestions for best Irish pubs in the city 🙂

I came across these waves on a website called  In leu of the 65 degree weather today, below are some pictures of the most beautiful waves….ever.  For some reason, I just fell in love with these pictures.  Enjoy:

Are these places real life?!?!?!?!?!  Can’t stop looking at these, just love every one of them.

Moving along, please remember this:  Fireworks in urban areas are a bad idea:

I’m on an Eminem kick.  Which I know is probably weird to hear, but his passion for his music and insane hatred for his ex-wife is very powerful!  Doesn’t hurt that he was just announced as one of the headliners for Bonnaroo this year.  Here is a song off of his album Recovery.

listening to 25 To Life by Eminem on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying

There are two other bands that I’ve been meaning to share.

First, a band called Stateless.  Here is there song Bloodstream ❤ listening to Bloodstream by Stateless on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying

Secondly, a little country to livin’ up the day.  listening to If I Die Young by The Band Perry on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying


xoxo shu

Family, Toy Shops, Coffee and Insomnia

Hey everyone!  I realize it’s been five days since my last blog post, but it’s been a whirlwind week/weekend. 

I went to Catonsville, MD to visit my sister.  Right down the street is Ellicott City.  Such a cute, charming, little town.  My sister owns the Bean Hollow coffee shop right in the center of the town.   Below are a series of pictures from the town/shop/nephews etc.  I never realized how hard it is to take pictures of a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old.  Constantly in motion!  But I did realize that the Canon Rebel EOS is not the camera for me.  Very unimpressed with some of the shots, but picked the best of what I took!  Take a look:

This is my sister’s roaster/inside the Bean Hollow
McKinley’s face enjoying some peanut butter.
Took the boys to Mumble and Squeaks Toy shop.  Such an amazing place.  Very Harry Potter-esque including a crazy, toy-loving shop keeper.
Kid loves Thomas.
Literally the best version I could get of the three of us.
My sister as a 26 year old.  So cute!
Can’t get enough of this face.
Kodi trying to fix the Wii remote that was covered in yogurt and thus was not performing its best…
Love my sister’s house!  The overall feel of the house is cozy, warm and rustic.  I adore it.

Kid’s are seriously hilarious.  Though I don’t want any right now because I love sleep, they are so much fun to hang out with.  Kodiak told me that he doesn’t like to sleep in socks because his feet get really hot at night.  He said “Yea and when my feet get sweaty, I wake up and I’m not sure if its them, or if I peed the bed by mistake.”  Hilarious. 

McKinley is only 2 and seriously hard to understand.  You have to speak his language, and if you don’t, it’s a series of trial and error.  He has trouble with his K’s but no problem with YES, STOP, and MORE.  He told me that he had bad dreams about mama ghosts and baby ghosts.  I guess when you sleep for 10 hours at a time, you have room for some crazy dreams. 

Another highlight of the weekend was our car ride to Carrabba’s for dinner.  After we stopped at the toy shop, the boys asked me to put on some Carrie Underwood.  This is Kodiak’s most favorite music artist.  He has a picture of her hanging above his bed.  Leah asked him what other kinds of music he likes and his response was priceless.  “I like country, but when I’m in a bad mood, I like rock and roll with a smooth beat.”  Listening to them sing along to the Play On CD was soooo adorable.

They also had an interesting wake up routine.  Kodi came into our room at 5:30ish wearing this on his head:

I wish I could have taken a picture, but I was comatose.  He assured me that he tried to wait until “the 6’s” to come get us, but that McKinley was hungry.  He read him a book and tried to get him to go back to sleep for a little, but couldn’t.  Although I appreciate the effort, I was less than thrilled to be awake haha!  It was still pitch black outside!!

All in all, I hope my kids are as well-behaved as these two.  They listened, went to bed on time, shared with each other, and were just sweet boys.  I adore them both.

This morning, I got to thinking about the Snooze Button.  I very much have a love hate relationship with this feature.  Got me wondering who invented this button that causes me so much stress?  Is that extra 9 minutes really worth the trouble?  Do you set your alarm for 6:30 full well knowing, you have no plans to get out of bed before 7a?  Aduh, we are all guilty of that. 

Who to blame:  I DON’T KNOW!  The lack of information on the web about this snooze feature leads me to believe that no one wants to take credit for such a morning crusher. 

Moving on, I realized this weekend that anything that is a baby is pretty much automatically cute.  You may think, there are no such things as cute caterpillars?  Wrong.

Watched the Grammy’s last night, and loved it!  The musical performances this year were stellar.  My favorite was John Mayer/Norah Jones.  Looks as though my boy Johnny May is channeling his inner pirate with that goatee and those long locks, but as I’ve said before, he can do no wrong in my book.

Country music stars Lady Antebellum cleaned house last night.  I mean, I love myself a good country song, but isn’t that what the CMT awards are for?  Shocker of the night:  Esperanza Spalding as best new artist!  She was the one person in the category who I had not heard of.  Is JBiebs grammy worthy?  Probably not at this point.  But Mumford & Sons?!?!  Amazing new band!

So after that, today’s music comes from the best new artist Esperanza herself.  She is a jazz musician from Portland Oregon.  I guess as far as jazz musicians go, she’s very talented.  I just don’t dig the jazz vibe as much as the next “cat.”  But take a listen for yourself:

listening to Precious by Esperanza Spalding on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying #musicmonday


xoxo shu

Leaving you with a childhood memory from now on courtesy of 🙂

New Hobbies, Bad Jobs, and Returned Mugs.

I am looking for a new hobby.  

All in all, it seems as though I miss my college years, even the class part.  I miss Mr. McCall’s class about consumer behavior, but Fhari Unsal’s PowerPoint presentations about international business can take a back seat in my sweet memories folder.  

My crafty friend Amy has agreed to take a crochet class with me.  Any requests for blankets/scarves or full knit PJs?  When I looked up crochet projects, I actually got a little more excited for the class, though I’m not sure how one can learn to make these things within a 4 class time constraint.

I’ll most likely stick with pot holders and perhaps an afghan or three.  Oh, and def. one of these:

what is that? hahahahaha.

My next project will either be Calligraphy, French, Piano Lessons, Stained Glass, Sign Language or perhaps Photography.  I really just wrote out that list so I can remember what I wanted to learn about, not because I thought you’d care at all.

I dream of a life full of classes, art, free time, unlimited money, time to blog, and a well-rounded existence.   Really the key to a happy life (in my book….blog) is always be positive, tryyyy not to complain, choose your battles and always have something to look forward to.

Question for today:  What would you really love to learn to do?

Speaking of office antics (we weren’t though), you’ll never guess what happened on Monday.  A friend sent me an email asking me who returned the infamous stolen mug.  I told her “no one had” and went on a mini rant about Lindsay Lohan.  She said…wellllllll……it’s in the dishwasher.  I sprinted into the kitchen, and sure enough, BOOM! There it was sitting in the dishwasher with fingerprints and salted crumbs stuck to the side of the cup (I suspect they were pretzels and I suspect the person will be surprised when special victims unit detectives Benson and Stabler come for them because I’m a victim here and that mug is special.)  How infuriating!  After I tried to publicly embarrass the thief by postering the office with their indiscretion, they slip it into the dishwasher without telling me!  At least I have it back.  Grateful:

Crazy?  Yes crazy.  How do you sleep at night mug thief?  Jokes on you, I lick the handles of all my cups now just in case.

Despire this minor hump in the road, I really love the people I work with.  There are several quirky people that keep the day moving along, and then some all around great friends!  What makes me more thankful for my job?  These jobs:

Translation on the side:  “Life’s too short for the wrong job”

Love this campaign!

On to the video for today — GLEE.  How great did they do with Thriller?  Watched it twice….ish.

Today’s music comes from my main squeeze Johnny May_er.

listening to Assassin by John Mayer on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying

Another added bonus — my friend Dan Mills teamed up with videographer/photographers Chris Lavigne, Sasha Israel and Justin Muir to make an amazing music video — great tune — talented boys and gal!

Enjoy whippersnappers,

xoxo gossip girl shu

Some 6p sunset pictures from yesterday via the bluRiPhone.  I also included a picture of an owl.  I didn’t take the picture or see this owl in person, but I just like owls and think it’s cute.

Q tips, Packers, Movie Releases and Amos Lee

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!  The big game on Sunday was very exciting! 

I followed Tosh.0’s rules and didn’t state my opinion about the game to anyone based on the fact that I really haven’t paid any attention to the past 44 Superbowls.  I’m not even really sure if Super Bowl is one word or two.  But, I did get to watch the whole thing at work, resulting in a $12 bartending shift.  I can now afford that concentrated dishwasher detergent I have been saving up for.

I really kept getting confused for the first half of the game though.  The TV’s we have at the bar in Carrabba’s are far from HD.  They are the kind that weigh a buck sixty and wouldn’t fit in any shelving unit made prior to the 00’s.  I fear they will fall out of the ceiling and create total devastation to the bar structure.  But as a result, the Green Bay Packer’s uniforms appeared black and yellow to me. Wiz Khalifa has burned these two colors into our brains as Pittsburgh (which I think is unfair.  Bee’s are black and yellow, among other things > the Steelers.)  I knew the Packers would win the Superbowl because Ben Roethlisberger is an “alleged” rapist.  I’m sure God watches football and can’t allow a creeper to win endorsements and the glory that goes along with a Superbowl championship.  And he had problems getting ladies before……yikes! 

But on a serious note;  Why do the Black Eyed Peas insist on performing live?  You guys are so cool when we don’t have to watch you scream your songs in public.  I like that you tried to distract us by throwing in a bunch of people in white suits on the field, and then pushed out USHER to save the day, but I’m embarrassed for you.  Do I respect the fact that they didn’t lip sync during the halftime show?  Maybe.  But let’s all agree that lip syncing would have saved us the pain of that performance.  You too Christina Aguilera.  Why is that everyone always messes up the lyrics to the National Anthem?  PRACTICE.  Get a teleprompter.  Or be worth what you’re being paid to sing it.  Kna mean?

In case you missed the BEPs — Here is the video

I saw Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s movie “No Strings Attached” on Saturday night with a few girlfriends.  I must say, very cute!  However, I think I have a better ending.  Natalie, if you’re reading this, have your people call my people.  We’ll film it for the DVD release haha!

I came across this and thought;  this has got to be the #1 most broken warning guideline of ALL time.

So I’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately.  Came across this amazing calendar of movies coming out over the next year.  Some of these look SOOO GOOD.  Bradley Cooper’s movie Limitless is where he finds a way to access 100% of his brain power looks intense (they say the average american uses around 30%, except for me of course, I use at least 55%.)  And Matt Damon’s new movie the Adjustment Bureau looks great too!  No trailers on here but descriptions and posters.  Check it out.

The Only 2011 Movie Calendar You Need via @geekforever

Lastly, it brings me great sadness to announce I have given up the search for my mug.  After postering the office with these:

No one has come forward and confessed their thievery.  I will now assume Lindsay Lohan came into our office and stole it.

Today’s music comes from Amos Lee.

His new album was just released on Jan 25th — is called Mission Bells.  I haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire album yet, but as expected, the first listen has left me feeling OK.  Soulful and good for light listening, but not very many really deep songs if that makes sense.  This album is a little more twangy/country-style than the past three, and lacks the good “catch” song that breaks hearts (ie: Colors, Arms of a Woman from past albums), UNTIL the last three songs of the album listed below.  Great!

He will actually be in the Philadelphia area this April at the Merriam Theatre (which I haven’t been too!)  There is more info on his website about this singer/songwriters 4th studio album, check it out:


listening to Learned A Lot by Amos Lee on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying #musicmonday

listening to Stay With Me by Amos Lee on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying #musicmonday

listening to Violin by Amos Lee on @Grooveshark:  #nowplaying #musicmonday

xoxo shu

Nerd Post

So last night I got mad at myself.  I updated my iTunes and found this “Ping” feature slash musical social networking site.  It is unreal.  I was furious because, I should have invented it.

If you are unfamiliar, here is a link where Apple walks you thru the features/premise of the website. More or less, it is a social networking site that runs directly thru iTunes and links you to musicians sites.  There is a “newsfeed” feature that runs along the side of screen with new music and tour updates from the artists that you marked as “liking.”  You can also choose six bands/musicians to represent your musical taste.  Got real nervous when I realized that the last six songs I downloaded where….uh…..not very consistent with my overall music taste.

Note to self:  do not indulge in guilty pleasure music on iTunes now that it’s tracking your every purchase and announcing it to your “followers.”  Does this mean I’ll be deleting my Justin Bieber songs?  Hell no, that little kid can sing.  I’ll just be purchasing them thru another method haha!  They should really have a “self checkout” option in Barnes and Noble to avoid the embarrassment of buying the CDs of past American Idol winners, show tune soundtracks, and fifteen year old pop superstars.  You know those cashiers are judging you based on your purchases.

I was going to include a video of a virtual tour thru PING, but all the ones online were just a bunch of nerds videoing from the lockers they’ve been stuffed in.  So just go check it out on your own.

WordPress has opened me up to a whole plethora of new websites that I hadn’t heard of.  My favorite being Stumble Upon.  I’m still trying to figure it out, but it looks like you just hit “discover” based on the things you’ve marked that you are interested in stumbling upon, and BOOM, takes you to a website it thinks you will be interested in.

First website — love it.  Here are a few pictures that appear to be photoshopped but are NOT.

Success!  I love these pictures!

I could literally spend hours on this website just hitting “stumble” and refreshing the page!

I saw a commercial for this on TV last week and instantly looked up the website.  I mean, is this real life?

Not really much to say about that.

Anyway, I tried another baking trial run tonight.  Whatever excuse I need to wear my Vera Bradley cooking apron and waste 5 hours of my time 🙂  Check it out!

Today’s music comes from singer/songwriter James Morrison.  He pretty much never tours in the US, so if you see him in your town, make a point to check him out!

James Morrison – Precious Love

James Morrison – This Boy

xoxo shu

Photog, Lucky Googling, and Snow Pics

My good friend and amazing musician Dan Mills named his most recent album, Fiction in Photographs.  (Obviously need to plug-in a shameless….well plug.  At you can download the entire album for free.)  I got to thinking today how interesting of a concept that really is.  There have been times I’ve taken a picture and looked back on it and thought; what was captured in that moment wasn’t at all what it was like to be in that moment.

For example.  This thug shown below is actually just my grandmother.  She doesn’t really get into bar fights or steal.

I just spent the better part of an hour looking for another example only to come up short!  I guess I’m more of a non-fiction in photographs kind of girl.  Or just better at masking my real truth when the flash strikes.

Something I wanted to explore today was the Google “I’m feeling lucky” button.  What is the purpose of this button?  Why would I want to feel lucky on an internet search engine?  I think I’m more of an “I’m feeling like you should just tell me the answer to my search so I can get on with my day,” sort of girl.

But alas, I’ve explored and I don’t get it.  I put in my own name and hit the I’m feeling lucky button and got some other Ashley Shuey’s facebook page. And while her children are cuties, it is not me.

Ashley Shuey Dellaposta

Next I entered my second favorite thing to talk about besides myself, TOSH.0  This led me to a great clip of a weatherman with a sweet word slip.  Check it out.


Next I tried out just plain “Awesome.”  AND what I found, actually was pretty awesome.

This website: popped up.

Features products such as:

A picnic set for wine!  so great!

Next, I googled “funniest thing ever” and got this youtube video that has sparked over 5 million views.  And it is pretty hilarious.  Check it out.

And lastly, I put in “hilarious.”  Please enjoy these signs courtesy of Google.

This one is a little conflicting:

Don’t want to miss this amazing deal:

Ha, this intersection must be in Jersey:

haha, Ladies please contain yourself.

Don’t forsee this being a problem:



Oh wow, just another way for people to waste their time 🙂

So, below are some pictures from the Blizzuricanerainestorm of 2011

Today’s song comes from two great artists!

I saw this band at the Roo, and they were amazing!  This song sounds like it should be in a car commercial or something.

Temper Trap – Fader

The second song is actually Ben Kweller doing a cover of a Smashing Pumpkins song!

Ben Kweller – Today

Happy girl scout cookie month, and black history month too.  Also did you know that twins have the exact same finger prints?  Creepy.

xoxo shu

Today, today.

Just going to start off with a Tosh.0 quote to get things moving.  I really do look forward to Tuesday evenings at 10 p.m. to watch this dork-turned-talk-show-host make commentary on the ridiculous videos that youtube has to offer.

Is he a flaming racist and extremely sexist?  Absolutely, but at least he hits all races/sexes/types of people to keep it fair.

“Women can do anything that men can do. Except math, chess, running, jumping, lifting stuff, fixing things, making money, hockey, surfing, driving, making decisions, being tall, taking out the garbage, tipping, fishing, being funny on purpose, reading a map, listening to good bands, writing, running the country, overseeing standards and practices, inventing anything important, or being fun to hang out with.”

Well, I caught up on the DVR last night and realized how much I love myself a bad TV show.  Or even a bad movie.  I heard this saying comparing bad things to pizza.  Even when pizza’s bad, it’s still kinda good.  That is how I feel about movies and TV shows.

I can’t bear to watch the Academy Awards show in its entirety, but love to read the mags the next week with all the ugly/gorgeous dresses and who won what award (so I know which movies NOT to see.)  It always seems that the movies that win the most awards turn out to be my least favorite movies of the year.

For instance the Hurt Locker and Black Swan.  Can’t even get started on either of those.

So this year I decided to predict the winners in every category (that the network will actually televise.)  Here they are, let’s check back later in Feb and see how I did.  My winners will be in the color green because green means go.  And it also means money, which these actors will be getting more of as soon as they win.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception”
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres


  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Film Editing

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Music (Original Score)

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

  • “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

I haven’t even seen half of these movies, but this is my humble opinion.

So I got to thinking about Valentines Day today.  February really came out of no where!  This year, I am spending the holiday with my two favorite men; my nephews McKinley (2) and Kodi (6).  People always freak out about this holiday.  All the bitter folk will claim that it’s a “Hallmark Holiday,” made up for the sole purpose of boosting greeting card sales.  The hopeless romantics will put so much pressure on the day, that it will turn out nothing like they’ve expected and end in disappointment like New Year’s Eve.

Regardless, I think it’s interesting how the color of roses has come to mean many different things!  In case you are unfamiliar, here is the breakdown via a VERY reliable, legit, rainbow-colored website called

Black Roses signify Death (aduh)
Coral Rose conveys desire (noted.)
Lavender Roses symbolize love at first sight and enhancement these exist?
Orange Roses indicate enthusiasm, desire and fascination
Pink (Deep) says Thank You  ok but be careful.  Because a shade lighter and all of a sudden you have a sweet gladness for the person.
Pink (Light) Rose conveys admiration, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy and sweetness see?
Pink Rose carry the message of happiness, gracefulness and gentleness
Red Roses symbolize sincere Love, Respect, Courage & Passion 
Red (Dark) Rose reveals unconscious beauty
Red (Single) means “I Love You”
Red & White Roses together signify unity
Single Rose in any color expresses simplicity and gratitude
White Roses express Purity/heavenly, secrecy, silence, innocence and charm
White (Bridal) Rose symbolizes a happy love
Yellow Rose with Red Tip indicates friendship falling in Love

So please take these important rules into consideration when selecting roses. 

Anyway, We’ve always said that my friend Jay looks like Todd from Wedding Crashers.  Finally, after all these years of anticipation, he has put his picture next to Todd’s.  You guys be the judge.


I’ll leave you with some music from American Idol season 3 finalist Jon Peter Lewis

Jon Peter Lewis – If You Dont Mean It

xoxo shu

P.S.  My friend Sandy at work introduced me to a new blog mainly centered around healthy eating and an active lifestyle.  I def love how she fell into the blogging world and now it is her full time job!

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If anyone has any other suggestions for new and fun blogs to read, I’m always looking for more 🙂