Monday, November 24, 2008

Just Another Saturday Shooting

On Saturday my 16 year old primary and I pulled into the parking garage at Southcenter Mall. We were going to see the movie Twilight when suddenly swarms of people began exiting the mall. I looked around and almost instantly knew there had been another mall shooting. The police were quick to arrive and the whole area was put on lockdown. We couldn't leave the parking structure while people around us ran for safety.

The picture above is of the 16 year old victim. A lot of reports are surfacing saying the incident was gang related. That may be true, but it's important that we remember the victim was a child and regardless of his history or whether he antagonized the shooter, he did not deserve to be shot and shoppers should not have to be surrounded by gunfire on a Saturday afternoon.

Incidents like this always lead to a public outcry supporting stricter juvenile sentences. I would challenge those individuals and resources to be placed in mentorship / preventative programs.

Hiedi and Spencer Elope... and tell Perez Hilton before their family

In the cheesiest move to date, Heidi and Spencer have become Mr. and Mrs. Pratt. Sometimes girls can be so dumb! BTW, I love how Us magazine had exclusive pics less than 24 hours after the ceremony. There were no family or friends present and it appears as if Heidi told Perez Hilton of the nuptiuals before letting her family know. Either she's preggers, they've been offered a Newlyweds spin off, or they break up in less than 9 months. I'm curious to see what happens!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bronx Mowgli... I kind of like it!

I know it's going to be blasted but I think Bronx Mowgli is an addorable name:-)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Maybe Boyfriend is on to Something.

So Boyfriend is mildly obsessed with this workout "lifestyle" called P-90X. It's basically a series of DVD's you do in your home. I've never really been a big fan of any TV based workout and I may have made fun of him on numerous occassions.
However, celebrities our coming out of the closet and swearing by the P-90X program. Poppy Montgomery recently lost 70 pounds doing P-90X. She was able to drop all her post baby weight in 9 months. Everyone's favorite 90210 alum Jennie Garth aslo swears by the program. Maybe behind the faded sweatpants, black crew socks, and geriatric New Balance shoes boyfriend's in the know with hip workouts. Who would have thought:-)

I but Gucci's not happy about this

Madonna broke a cardinal rule last night when she showed up at a party to celebrate Gucci's launch of the Tattoo Heart Collection wearing a Luis Vuitton dress. That is the ultimate snub to Gucci...

I just don't understand the Madonna infatuation anyways. She's an obvious narcisist and I don't understand why people make such a fuss over her. Her relevance as an artist really skipped my generation. I was introduced to Madonna during her "Western" phase.... Enough said.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Miley Cirus Might be the most Annoying Person Alive

Please watch this clip and then I dare you to name a more annoying celebrity.

Why Are Celebs Always Rushed to the Hospital?

Winona Ryder was recently rushed to the hospital via paramedics. Is it just me or does it seem like celebrities are always being transported to Cedars via ambulance.

Yikes! That's Scary Stuff

Is it just me or are fans becoming increasingly creepy. Poor Jennifer Garner is pregnant with her second child and has to file a restraining order against a "fan" who sends her threatening messages and follows her to her home saying he needs to kill her as a human sacrifice. Appearantly he follows her around the country. I couldn't imagine how terrifying that would be.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Umm... Are you serious?!?!

So the woman who owns the building where I rent is a... very hands on manager. aka incredibly nosy and slightly controlling of her residents. Anyways, this weekend I received two voicemails from her stating she had something "very serious" to talk to me about, and she is "gravely concerned." Her second voicemail stated she needed to speak with me and she was upset she had not heard a response back. (BTW this woman still operates with a pager and calls from blocked numbers. The only way to get a hold of her is to page her and wait for her blocked number return phone call)

I was at Boyfriends all weekend and did not have her pager number. Her voicemails had this accusatory tone and left me wondering what I could have done wrong. I went through every scenario in my head from leaving the oven on and causing a fire to playing my Britney Spears CD's too loud while getting ready for work in the morning. I was really anxious over the situation and did not want any landlord/tenant issues.

I returned to my apartment and paged her. She calls me back and says "I need to speak to you about a very serious incident that occured." My first thought was someone was attacked in the building and this is a safety related call to notify residents. "Ivy were you home friday night?" - Ok safety theory out the window, mom-style interrogation begins. I respond with, "Ummm no Janet(nosy owner lady) I was away most of the weekend." Her reply- "Well, I received a very serious report that there were two cars parked outside your window at 1 a.m. and they were playing loud music and smoking weed. The police were called twice until the people left. Your boyfriend was identified as being there."

I was in disbelief. At this point she wasn't really asking me if it could have been Boyfriend. She was pretty much telling me that's what he was doing. I was almost laughing as I told her I was with Boyfriend Friday night. That could not have been him because he was asleep! I then went on to explain that he's a federal agent and that could not have been more out of character for him. She asked me if I was sure and I had to repeat that I was 100% sure that was not him. I said my boyfriend is 5'7" wears glasses and is African American.

The closest thing to drugs Boyfriend has experienced is Zipp Fizz before workouts. Furthermore, I wish could remember a time he was up at 1 am playing loud music!

She then asked if he was living with me... Umm she's leasing me a STUDIO apartment. "No we are not living together Janet." "Does he drive a dark blue sedan with a University of Virginia sticker?" "Umm... yes he does." -Is this like building servailance? What is going on?

"Janet his car was not at the building Friday night and the sticker is in the back of his car so there is no way someone could have seen the sticker on his car parked in the lot." (The spaces are back in only). "Well, I'm not saying he was there. I feel much better knowing he wasn't. My source told me he's been parking in the spaces reserved for leases and could you ask him to park on the street?" Me-"Sure that's not a problem" Just for the record the parking space she's referring to has never been parked in and is the spot farthest from the building. At my building tenants prefer street parking because it's closer to the building. It's actually more convenient for him to park at the farthest spot than the street, but whateves.

She called me back later and said she felt much better knowing that I wasn't bringing "that" to the building and she would call her source back and let her source know it was not my boyfriend. She said it was late and dark and they probably a mistake because it was soo dark out. I asked about his car being identified and told her I thought that was very odd considering there aren't too many UVA graduates in the Seattle Area. She said her source gave her the car description regarding parking. Umm... ok. I told her I had every intention to be a good neighbor and if someone had a concern I was more than open to listening to it. She said she has not received any complaints yaddy, yaddy, yaddy but Friday night her source was concerned for his safety and could smell marijuana through his windows. Umm... that must have been some powerful weed to waft through the car windows into the triple pain bedroom windows, but whatevs. That piece of info did tell me it was the neighbor next door who is super odd.

Still- Could you get any more stereotypical. Also, Boyfriend lives his life with such integrity that it was insulting and borderline infuriating that someone would make an accusation like that. Haven't we moved past this form of racism and profiling.

It WAS Uncool!!!!

Ok- there is still a lot of hoopla in the media regarding Jennifer Anniston's recent Vogue interview in which she says it was very "uncool" of Angelina to give a public interview saying her and Brad Pitt fell in love while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith and she could not wait to get to work everyday. Jennifer and Brad were still married at the time and they were acting in a movie Jennifer Anniston was co-producing. Technically she was Angelina's boss.
Obviously not all relationships work out and people choose to divorce and cheat for various reasons... However you have to be honest enough with yourself and others to admit what you did was wrong... The ends do not always justify the means. Tori Spelling spoke about her adulterous affair that ended in marriage and she came clean saying what she did was wrong and selfish and people were hurt because of the actions she and Dean chose.
Angelina and Brad are very lucky that the worst thing Jennifer Aniston has said about them is the way they began their relationship was not right and it was "uncool" or inconsiderate to speak out about how the relationship began while Brad and Jen were married.

Fallen Officer's Memorial Banquet

On Saturday Boyfriend and I attended the Fallen Officer's Memorial Banquet. The event raises funds to support the family of an officer who was killed in the line of duty. I was really unsure of what to expect. I kept asking Boyfriend what to wear and I wondered if the event would be a celebration or a more somber reflection. It turned out to be a lot of fun! The law enforcement community is really strong and I'm glad he's able to part of that comradere.

A lot of heroism is expressed for the men and women who are killed in the line of duty. I think it is important to recognize their sacrifice however, I also think it's important to recognize that their families pay the ultimate sacrifice. Spouses are the ones who have to pick up the pieces and move one with an abscence in their life. Children have to grow up without a parent. It felt good to be part of an event that recognizes the heroism of the families who have to move on after tradgedy.

The event featured live and silent auctions and we were really into the bidding! They had the cutest golden retreiver puppy that I wanted sooooo bad! Boyfriend vetoed that idea.... however I am making headway in my quest for a puppy. Our conversations have gone from:

"No Ivy we can't get a dog. You can get a dog but I'm not taking care of it. I don't want some foofy dog. I want a man dog!" -Boyfriend

"Boyfriend! I don't want to get a dog if you're not going to love the dog too. I really really really want one." -Me

Now we're talking about when the right time will be to purchase our pup!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jason Mraz!!

Boyfriend and I went to the Jason Mraz acoustic show on Monday and it was so much fun:-) I was surprised by how many screaming girls were in the audience! It was like being at a more grown up 'NSYNC concert. Thanks again pumpkin!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Why is Madonna Dressed like Shredder from the Ninja Turtles?

I guess she's looking at Rocco's toys for costume inspiration!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pretty Impressive

Yesterday boyfriend took another step forward in his career. I was so proud of him! He's worked incredibly hard and has patiently maintained his focus while working towards his goal. He's pretty impressive.

I was excited to go out an celebrate! I surprised him with a dinner at Canlis. It was fabulous. It was the best fine dining experience I've had to date. Everything was exceptionally prepared and tasted delicious. The staff provided first class service that had a hospitality vibe and did not feel pretentious. I loved it!

It's a great value for a special celebration!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Are you serious!??!?

There's a city in Florida (a battle ground state) called Deerfield Beech. This city is predominantly African American. Anyways, at 6:15 this morning there were over 400 people waiting in line to vote... Inside they found ONE voting machine!

Are you serious?!?! This cannot be happening in 2008. Appearantly there was also an individual at the door telling people that if they registered as a democrat they needed to go to a different location to vote. Some people in line said they had received phone calls that said democratic voters were supposed to show up to the polls on Wednesday instead of Tuesday...

Obvs that blatant sabatoge is probably done by a radical and neither party should be judged by their radicals... but come on!!!