Yup, thats me. 2008 has proved to be a wild and woolly year for me so far. We got through Christmas, then took off for Fall 08 Fashion Week in January/February. Then had South by Southwest (in my backyard in Austin, but regardless, gone for a week) in March. Then went to the Beauty Editor for a Day with Glam in early April, back to NYC. Then May has been a whirlwind - A week in Toronto at the b5media HQ, then 4 days in Los Angeles to attend and speak at the Total Beauty Blog Summit, and then last, but not least, my BFF Suzzann was here for 5 days and just left this morning (*sob*). Dare I say it - I have no more trips on the schedule. The last two times I said that I got slapped with (great!) trips. But I am super grateful for all the great opportunities I have had this year, but it has left it nearly impossible to blog. Im doing my best to keep up with my beloved eBeautyDaily, but even that has been challenging this year. It is shocking to me that it is almost June, almost halfway through 2008 - but its been a blast for sure. Opportunities that I would have never dreamed of.
My darling Zoe graduated from 8th grade last week and is moving into Rudder High School next fall. Yowza - I wish I could slow time down a little. We have made it through the spring and have 8 bloodhound/australian shepard puppies and 7 of the cutest kittens you have ever seen. Mom is in Colorado finalizing things with Grandpa’s estate. Must. water. plants.
Ok so Im going to make a renewed effort to get back to some personal blogging - this post being a pitiful kick in the ass to get started. Someone poke me if I dont update regularly, ok?
I hope this is real, that’s all I can say. Although the fake part is pretty darned funny. Found via 50 different web sites today. Funny.
I spotted this article from the NYT in my reading about Heath Ledger this past week, and it caught my eye: “Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night, I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going. He said he took two Ambien pills, which worked for only an hour.”
Then I saw this yesterday on Fox News about how Jack Nicholson had warned Heath Ledger about Ambien:
The 70-year-old Oscar winner was dining at the Wolseley restaurant in London when a photographer told him about Ledger’s death.
After saying, “That’s awful,” Jack added “I warned him,” and refused to elaborate.
Later, at the premiere of his new film “The Bucket List,” Nicholson reportedly said he “warns people about Ambien.”
“I almost drove off a cliff once. I don’t take sleeping pills but somebody said ‘take this, it’s mild.’
So these two things really hit home with me. When Marshall was in the hospital recovering from MRSA, and after he got home, he was not able to sleep at night. His sleep patterns were completely reversed. They had him taking Ambien a little at the hospital and then sent him home with a prescription. It was a very strange drug. It would help him sleep for an hour or so, but then he would wake up - I don’t know - a little disoriented and crazy. He tried taking a larger dose, but the same problem. It didn’t help him get any more sleep, but just made his behavior a little more odd. Marshall doesn’t react that well to some drugs - Morphine REALLY makes him crazy - so we sort of wrote it off, but got him a prescription for Lunestra instead. Mucho better. Since then, I have told several people to stay away, there is something most odd about what Ambien does to you, and I’ve heard similar stories from others.
There is another interesting testimonial at Yahoo! Answers telling a similar tale. And you can do a little Googling for plenty more stories like ours. I guess the moral of the story is that even when you are prescribed something that is seemingly *safe* - check it out. Learn more about it. You would think that with our stringent FDA, that takes decades to release *safe* drugs, that things like this wouldn’t get through, but they do. Politics, I’m guessing.
Ive read this a dozen times before, but it’s funny how really frighteningly appropriate things come through your email box (or into your life) at just exactly the right time. Man, I need some coffee with a friend right now. And maybe to grind a few pebbles into sand.
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee..
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in fron t of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightl y. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand i s everything else—the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students r aised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”
To help out the hubby:
This is the Flip Video Ultra, in PINK, of course. This is a small video camera that can take up to one hour of video and easily transfer it where it needs to go (YouTube, AOL Video) in minutes, rather than hours. I can keep it in my purse all the time and be ready for great candid videos, instead of missing great stuff because I’m not lugging around the DV camera. It is a mere $149 at Amazon.
This is the 80 gig classic iPod. Although the touch iPod is cool, I just want the classic. I have resisted getting one of these, because I just don’t travel around too much, nor do I feel the need to have my tunes with me constantly. Everyone in our family that needs portable tunes has an mp3 player. What I want this for mostly is videos and podcast downloads (FREE ones…lol), and for learning how to maximize my multimedia exposure, and so I can help teach other folks how to do the same. Plus they are cool. Suz says so (*mwah*). $228 at Amazon.
I would love a new watch, but I can’t find one. Well, except for that pink Aquaracer Tag, and this TechnoMarine Pink Ceramique but I’m not a proponent of spending that much money on a watch that I will wear day in and day out, through cow shit, boating, digging in the dirt and doing dishes, so I’ll keep looking. Maybe I’ll find something reasonable for my birthday - but for now, my old Wenger is working great. I am way too picky about watches. Oy.
And with the BRAND NEW ULTA right down the road from me (YEAH - now we need a SEPHORA in town to compete - please, Sephora??), an Ulta gift card would be MOST appreciated! Now, if only MAC would come to town so I didn’t have to drive to Houston. In my wildest dreams. And, as always, a gift certificate to my beloved TJ Maxx would be awesome. I am assuming they have their credit card security handled. If you are worried, thankfully there is a store right down Hwy 30.
This is the AeroGarden Pro - this grows my kitchen herbs year round. I need this because our Texas dirt and minerally water sucks for growing stuff, and I am not a green thumb - try though I might. Herbs are expensive as crap to buy from the store too. Plus its cute and would bring some much needed greenery and life into this dark house. BB&B only carries the regular one, I would like the Pro version - I think it is a little bigger and worth the $10-20 more. Bigger IS indeed better. $169 at Amazon.
Let’s see - what else. I need an external hard drive, as my laptop is already running short of gigs, but thats pretty dull for Christmas stuff, plus I want to buy that locally so I can return it easily when it croaks on me. And there is my truck. I think I need about a $2000 gift certificate from the Chevy dealer for new shocks, new door opening/locking mechanisms and a new windshield. And I would like to paint it black.
Hopefully that gives you some good ideas, and at least some of it can be classified as business expenses. Yeah, I love my job.
(dance) I NEVAH win anything. Never. Well, I won $150 in a bar contest once, but I don’t really count that. Much to my surprise, I won a drawing from BlogHer, and just got this sumptuous looking cookbook from none other than the American Cattlemen’s Association! Eat mo beef - YUM!
Pity I am working my way through Jenny Craig at the moment, or I would be having that scrumptious looking steak taco there on the cover for dinner tonight. Soon, though - soon.
|Your EQ is 140|
50 or less: Thanks for answering honestly. Now get yourself a shrink, quick!
51-70: When it comes to understanding human emotions, you’d have better luck understanding Chinese.
71-90: You’ve got more emotional intelligence than the average frat boy. Barely.
91-110: You’re average. It’s easy to predict how you’ll react to things. But anyone could have guessed that.
111-130: You usually have it going on emotionally, but roadblocks tend to land you on your butt.
131-150: You are remarkable when it comes to relating with others. Only the biggest losers get under your skin.
150+: Two possibilities - you’ve either out “Dr. Phil-ed” Dr. Phil… or you’re a dirty liar.
[9:13:34 AM] Marshall says: What does Momma want for our anniversary?
[9:13:36 AM] Christina Jones says: (party)
[9:13:47 AM] Marshall says: this is a BIG one…5 years! WOOHOO>>
[9:14:02 AM] Christina Jones says: a trip to vegas and to win enough money to buy me a $10,000 purse knock off ($250)
[9:17:09 AM] Christina Jones says: truly for our anniversary, I want us to get something traditional - for whatever anniversary it is (looking now)
[9:17:17 AM] Christina Jones says: (hoping its diamonds)
[9:17:18 AM] Christina Jones says: LOL
[9:17:22 AM] Marshall says: LOL
[9:17:34 AM] Marshall says: hoping its the “gun” anniversary
[9:17:40 AM] Christina Jones says: (rofl)
Marshall sent this picture of an alligator (allimagator = our pet name) found at one of the refineries this week:
On the bright side, our hotel room is just dandy. No mold, mildew or anything else. The carpet was definitely laid circa 1970, but it has been very freshly cleaned. The beds are comfy and I imported a coffee pot and snacks - Noah and I are living large! Exclusive photos of the Sandhiller to come. I BARELY have an internet connection though, so I am doing what I can when I can. Oh yeah, and we almost got tornado-ized yesterday, but it veared off just before it got to us. Praise the Lord!
Well, this may be my last interaction with technology for the next 8 days. Surely not. Surely I will be lucky enough to have internet at the Sandhiller Motel in Wray. Wray is where my mother is from, and is a teensy weensy farming town in the Northeastern corner of Colorado. No mountains here, just miles and miles and miles and miles and miles of wheat and corn fields. Which is lovely - I really do love going to Wray, and haven’t been in several years. Wray was named the “best home town in the U.S.,” 10 or so years ago, and these days their claim to fame is, well, a little nasty - they have tours to watch the prarie chickens “do their thing” during their mating season in the spring. You have to get up and out at 3 am to see this event though, so no one I know has witnessed it yet. We are going to Wray for Mom’s family reunion on the family farm - we have had many a good time there, no doubt - I really am very excited!
So, we are staying at the Sandhiller - this is the finest motel in town, and one of about two, possibly a third. The Butte, which is the only one I have ever stayed in, has cinderblock walls and really is more like a prison cell than a hotel room. But I love it. I just spotted a review of the Sandhiller at Yahoo:
My best advise to you is to buy a camper with a kitchen and save yourself the aggrevation by NOT doing business here. The rooms are nasty with dirty carpeting and old mold smell. When renting weekly, maid service is NOT included in the fee. On the restaurant side, the only safe meal to order is a steak. Anything else is poorly prepared & totally inedible. Too bad as there are too few places to eat in this little burg.
Hee hee - obviously he doesn’t *get* the charm of Wray. Pity. My cousins and I all adore this town. I am looking forward to staying at the fine Sandhiller myself! I am moving up in the world, getting to stay there instead of the Butte! There isn’t one photo of the Sandhiller on the entire internet, so I will be sure to make that my goal for the week. Although they claim to have internet available, I have had so many hard times getting online at MUCH more posh hotels, that I am not holding out much hope here. I hope and pray that I will not be technology-less for 8 days, but its a distinct possibility. So please don’t think I have fallen off the edge of the earth, I have just slipped into another dimension - one without computers, cell phones, Twitter, b5media or even too much beauty. I hope I can bring some of all of that to town tomorrow. If you REALLY need to reach me and my cell isn’t working and I have no internet (pleaseno), the number to the hotel is 970-332-4134 - give me a ring!
Oh, so I don’t forget - b5media hits the New York Times again tomorrow - but you can check it out now, right here. Go b5! Have a great week everyone, if I don’t see you (*eek*)!!!