Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tootsie Tuesday--March 30th

I decided last week to stop talking about sports on Tuesday as I really do not have a lot to say about the subject. I am a major hockey fan (LETS GO DEVILS!) and I started to follow football and baseball when David and I started dating, but in reality I am not a hardcore sports fan like him. So why write about something that I really do not have a passion for? Therefore I will stick to Kayfabe Mondays, Things I Love Thursday, and Fun Fact Friday.

Then I started to think...what can I write about on Tuesdays? I KNOW! MY BROKEN FOOT!

In case you have not seen my other posts or following me on Twitter or Facebook, my full time job is a school teacher in the Jersey City Public Schools. When I was laid off from my part time job at Saint Peters College, I decided to do lunch duty at my school since the pay was the same.

Let us fast forward to March 4th. I have lunch duty with the 4th grade class that I assist with for Math and Language Arts. Since it was a cold day, I decided to keep them upstairs and have recess in the classroom. 11:20am--the time I take them down to the cafeteria. Now when I escort students anywhere, I walk backward. Why? Main reason--to make sure everyone is there and that they are behaving correctly. As I was walking backward, I tripped on something and twisted my body and down I went. Of course some of the students laughed and others helped me get up and I said to the students who laughed "When you get hurt, and I see it, I am going to laugh myself until next week." I walked down the stairs slowly as can be because I could not put all of my weight or any weight onto my left foot. I knew something was wrong. I got the students down to the cafeteria and the teachers I work with told me to go to the nurse and that they would watch my students. I hobbled my way upstairs, called the accident into workers compensation, and called my mom to come get me to take me to the urgent care center.

About 3 hours later I was in a fiberglass splint to reduce the swelling in my foot and I broke the 5th metadarsal, which is the pinky toe, also known as the Jones fracture. I guess it is a common fracture. Anyway, I was placed on a mandated staycation. On March 16th, the splint was removed and I got a hard walking cast. It comes off on April 6th and then we will go from there.

So, how has it been? IT HAS BEEN HORRIBLE! I have the worst cabin fever ever. There is only so much reading, word search puzzles, and interwebs a girl can do. I miss my students. Yesterday was my birthday and it felt like any other day. Due to the rain, my foot has been really sore and throbbing lately so I have been sleeping a lot and keeping it up a lot. I missed Phoenix due to this and I am hope that I do not miss any of my other scheduled adventures with David.

Well, that is what is up in a nutshell. I will write again next Tuesday to let you know the diagnosis.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Kayfabe Monday--March 29th Edition

Before I go into my feature for today, I would like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to well..ME! Also add in Michael P.S. Hayes.

So last Thursday, Vince McMahon had a few choice words to say to Acorn Online concerning TNA Wrestling. Here is what he said: Speaking to Acorn Online, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon rips TNA for its struggle to make any sort of impact in the ongoing "Monday Night War" with his company's RAW telecast.

Notably, McMahon explains that TNA offers a dated product--"pro wrasslin'"--that is not compatible with the expectations of the modern WWE fan.

"We’re in different businesses," says McMahon. "We’re in the entertainment business and they’re in the ‘pro wrasslin’ business. It’s different markets. When they moved to Monday nights they threw the kitchen sink at us and only did a fraction of our audience. It doesn’t speak well for the type of product they’re trying to present with the tawdry, blood-soaked action. I don’t think that’s what the culture wants these days.”

McMahon adds that his company, which is "woven into the fabric of America," represents a true family affair.

Says McMahon, "If you look at the audience for our live events you will see fathers and sons and mothers and sons and brothers and sisters. This is something an entire family can go out and enjoy together. It’s a lot like baseball in that respect." (Credit source: www.nodq.com)

Now let us break down each of these points:
1) Vince McMahon mentions that TNA offers "pro-rasslin" while WWE offers "entertainment". Back when I was young, my brother and I watched World Class Championship Wrestling and NWA which then turned into WCW for PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. That is one of the main reasons why I watch TNA today--the nostalgia of watching wrestling with my brother. If I want to be entertained, I have Gossip Girl, Heroes, Gilmore Girls, 90210, Melrose Place, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Food Network.

2)Vince thinks that the American Culture does not want what TNA offers. Hmm..well if that is the case, why is WWE's ratings in the tank every week? Also, does WWE even listen to what their fans want to see? If they did, I think Wrestlemania 26 would not be as boring as it is right now.

3)That WWE is "woven into the fabric of America"--What fabric is that? It took close to 30 years to get professional wrestling out of the carnival sideshow where it started. Also, he speaks about "family values" and the type of audience that is in the arenas nowadays. Does he not realize that his best days of ratings and merchandise was when the Attitude era was around? I love how he tries to forget that.Another point brought up by Eric Bischoff-- Vince McMahon, the guy who wanted his son-in-law to perform a sex act on a dead body, asked Bischoff to make out with his wife AND daughter, owns a boat called "Sexy Bitch" and wanted Bischoff to promote "Hot Lesbian Action" on his show but yet calls TNA "tawdry". Can we all collectively say HYPOCRITE? Also, maybe WWE is trying a more "family friendly" style because the former CEO, Linda McMahon, is running for US Senate. Everything is a end-game and the end-game is that Vince is trying to get his wife into political office.

Finally, I hope Vince realize that COMPETITION is good for the economy of the United States as well as the professional wrestling industry. TNA Wrestling started seven years ago and they still have a lot of growing to do but it appears to me that Vince is scared. If he wasn't why would he mention TNA Wrestling? Why would they be in his mouth? I think TNA Wrestling did what they wanted to do--and that is start a war.



Friday, March 26, 2010

Fun Fact Friday #4--March 26th Edition

Thanks www.weheartit.com for the picture!

Here is Fact #4 of me

#4: For the longest time, my favorite fruit was strawberries. I would eat them a lot. About 8 years ago, I had some kiwi strawberry juice followed with a cupful of strawberries. I broke out in the most disgusting hives I have ever seen. I thought it was my laundry detergent or something, so I switched my detergents. The next day I had the kiwi strawberry juice with the cupful of strawberries and guess what--got hives again. I went to my doctor and had a battery of allergy tests and somehow I developed an allergy to strawberries. I now have to be very careful with anything that has strawberries around it. It sucks.

Another fact for you--MY BIRTHDAY IS MONDAY!!! Did you do any shopping yet? If not here is my Amazon wish list: Danielle's Super Fabulous Wish List

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Things I Love Thursday--March 25th Edition

Thanks for the picture Jacque!

What I am so in love with this week:

--Its David's Birthday today! He turns 32 years old today. Listen to this sweetness: he wants to wait until I AM BETTER to celebrate HIS birthday. He told this to his friends and while I did protest it, it is still plenty yummy.

--This video:

--Look at this Yummy Goodness: National Flags Never Tasted So Good (Thank You Charade for sharing this!)

--All of the Alice in Wonderland inspired photo shoots due to the success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, especially this one--Alice photo shoot

--That Shannen Doherty is on Dancing with the Stars!

--That my Rated R Superstar, Edge, is back and looking yummier than ever...here is a picture I had the pleasure of taking:


--These tights! I want them...now!

--That I have exchanged emails through Facebook with the one and only CHERIE CURRIE of the Runaways! David went to her book signing for me last week as some of you saw the post and took videos of the discussion. I asked her if I can send her a copy of it and she said YES and that she is looking forward to it. Love, love, love!

--Rediscovering the greatness that is the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack. Yes I am talking about the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes!

--These quotes from Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz: 'Who cares what other people think?'--Sally from Peanuts, 'Never give your heart to a blockhead.'--Peppermint Patty from Peanuts, 'The world can't come to an end today because it is already tomorrow in some other part of the world!'--Lucy from Peanuts.

--That my blog is now in Google searches simply because of my broken foot! Met two new friends--one is in Texas and the other is in NYC, well more like Brooklyn. Maybe my Tuesday writings should be about my broken foot? What do you think?

--That I have all of this free time to read, write, nap, or chat! Granted sometimes I go stir crazy and whine, but I am enjoying my time off.

--This salad my mom makes for me every day for lunch. It is just so nummy! It is mixed greens with cucumbers in a creamy italian dressing. I know it sounds very boring but it really isn't!

--This hair color! Wish I could do it but alas being a teacher you have to maintain somewhat of an innocent image:

--My birthday is in 4 days!
What are you in love with this week?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Update on Foot + Birthday

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has wished me well in the recovery of my broken foot.

Right now, it has been one full week since my foot was placed into a traditional hard cast. I got a few signatures and decorated it a little. I "walk" on the heel of the cast and make sure to keep my toes up. I am using crutches. On April 6th, the cast comes off and my foot will be x-rayed again and then I will go from there.

What sucks about this whole thing is the fact that I am going stir crazy being in my house all the time. There is only so much reading and surfing the internet a girl can do. This weekend is the Phoenix trip that David and I were supposed to go on, but with this cast it would be just a big hassle. Luckily enough I found people to buy my portion of the tickets for events we were going to. Only problem was the flight. He convinced United to refund the flight but Delta was not having it. So sometime in April I have another bill to pay besides cell phone bill and credit card bill. Yay.

Also my birthday is in 6 days! Have you done your shopping yet? If not go here: Danielle's Wish List

I have also decided to not do the Tackle Tuesday blog anymore. I watch sports but not a rabid fan like my fiance' for example. Maybe I will be a Tunetastic Tuesday or something since I am more into music anyway. What do you think?

Hope all is well in your world!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Birthday! 7 Days! Yes!

Hey there..want to let all of you know that my birthday is in 7 DAYS!
Cards, e-cards, expressions of love is much appreciated. Also if you want to be very bold...send a gift! Go through my Amazon.com wish list: Danielle's Amazon Wish List for Heart, Mind, and Soul

Hope your Monday is going marvelously!

Kayfabe Monday--March 22nd Edition

Right now, there is a Monday Night War going on...yes I am speaking about TNA Impact vs. WWE Monday Night Raw...but there is another show that is also spanking BOTH of them in the ratings--CW NETWORKS'S GOSSIP GIRL.

See, everyone is so concerned that WWE did a 3.74 and TNA Impact did a 0.8, but Gossip Girl averages 5 million viewers a week and IS NOT REPLAYED anytime on the CW Network. If you miss it, you have to wait until it is posted on Hulu which takes days. WWE Raw is replayed by Mun2 on Wednesdays, USA Network on Saturdays at 2am, Telemundo on Sunday at 4pm. TNA Impact is replayed on Thursdays on Spike TV, even though Dixie Carter said it would not be. So why bother watching TNA Impact on Monday night when I can catch the replay on Thursday and the same thing for Monday Night Raw?

Both TNA and WWE need to realize that if they want their ratings to go up, STOP DOING REPLAYS. I know that this is a short blog this week, but sometimes short and to the point is the best way to go.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Award--The Happiness Award!

Are my eyes deceiving me? What is that in my email? A BLOG AWARD???

I started this blog at the end of February and after only 22 posts, I received an award? My heart is filled with lots of love and fuzzy feelings right now. Thank you Cait for the delicious award!

So here is the award:

and the rules of the award is to give it away to 10 friends and I have to make a list of 10 things that make me really happy. (Love this...if only EVERYONE can spread more happy in this world, the world would be so much better I think.) Here it goes:

What Makes Dani Happy?

1: Sleeping in on the weekends with one of my dogs and/or David by my side.
2: Starbucks Venti Vanilla Chai Latte + fruit and cheese plates.
3: Starting and finishing a book.
4: Puppies!
5: Jenny and Blair on Gossip Girl, Silver on 90210, Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls.
6: Teaching my students something new.
7: Hello Kitty inspiration.
8: Anything from Vegetarian Paradise 2.
9: Getting texts or phone calls from friends I haven't heard from in a long while, especially from my Dallas Star.
10: Cartoons, especially Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes

Now here are my 10 friends that make me happy. Always with inspiring words, lovely and delicious pictures and are awe-inspiring!

1: Gala Darling
2: Jacque
3: Renea Hanna
4: Rasha
5: Dee
6: Marcus Dowling
7: Miss Lucille
8: Cait
9: Samantha
10:Dani Hampton

Hope everyone has a good start to their work week, while I am resting a broken foot!


Friday, March 19, 2010

It's St. Josephs Day Everyone

Happy St. Josephs Day!

What is St. Josephs Day you ask? Well let me tell you--In Sicily, where St. Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron Saint, and many Italian-American communities, thanks are given to St. Joseph ("San Giuseppe" in Italian) for preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. They promised that if he answered their prayers, they would prepare a large feast to honor him. The rain did come, and the people of Sicily prepared a large banquet for their patron saint. The fava bean was the crop which saved the population from starvation, and is a traditional part of St. Joseph's Day altars and traditions. Giving food to the needy is a St. Joseph's Day custom. In some communities it is traditional to wear red clothing and eat a Sicilian pastry known as a zeppola on St. Joseph's Day.

Upon a typical St. Joseph's Day altar, people place flowers, limes, candles, wine, fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads, and cookies (as well as other meatless dishes), and zeppole. Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter. Because the feast occurs during Lent, traditionally no meat was allowed on the celebration table. The altar usually has three tiers, to represent the trinity.

Since today happens to be a very beautiful day, I say go out, enjoy a zeppole, wear red, and enjoy!

Fun Fact Friday #3--March 19th Edition

So here is a new fact for you:

--I still have all of my old 80's cartoon action figures ranging from He-Man and the Universe to Thundercats to my Brenda doll from Beverly Hills, 90210 (it is autographed by Shannen Doherty!)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Things I Love Thursday--March 18th Edition

This is what I am loving this week...here is this weeks TILT!

--The Food Network Drinking Game (Thanks Dee! http://saysdee.blogspot.com/2010/03/week-in-review-week-ahead_14.html) especially with the Alton Brown Rules.

--The Runaways will be in theaters on Friday!

--Jamming out to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in anticipation for The Runaways.

--That my lovely fiance' David went to the book signing of Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by Cherie Currie and got me the book as well as a personalization. Look:

--St Josephs Day and eating St. Josephs Zeppoles!

--Lady Gaga's new video "Telephone": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVBsypHzF3U

--Reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff and finally having the message make sense! It should be recommended reading by all! Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living. It is so good...

--That my package from Penny Threads came in today! Filled with lots of yumminess..except I had to give away the Twizzlers as it is strawberry flavoured. All is well though. Can not wait to try everything!

--Spring is in the Air! Birthday in 11 days! Speaking of which here is my Amazon wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/3LPE04IHXWXJK

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Update on Broken Foot

I know I know...Tuesdays are for Tackle Tuesdays, but I want to give you an update on my broken foot.

I went to my doctors today and after 10 days of splints to reduce the swelling in my foot, I am now in a traditional hard cast. Anyone want to come over and sign it? It is removed on April 6th and then a new x-ray will be taken and we will go from there.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kayfabe Monday--March 15th Edition

Hello there true believers of kayfabe!

So in about two weeks, more like 13 days, Wrestlemania 26 will happen in Phoenix, Arizona and I am not that excited. Originally I was going with David but due to my klutz factor I fell and broke my foot. Now I know that arenas and hotels and airlines have to make adjustments for me, and while that sounded so nice, I just did not want to deal with rude ignorant people. Plus getting around is kind of hard at the moment. I am healing nicely though and the constant pampering is a plus. But that is not the point of this article...the point is--why am I not excited about this years Wrestlemania.

When I went to my first Wrestlemania, it was Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit. It was the first big trip that David and I took. It was the first time I was traveling on an airplane without my family. I was EXCITED. The lights, the pyro, seeing friends from the internetscope, all that. Now there was some drama, but name a trip that does not have its drama.

Wrestlemania 24--in Orlando on my birthday weekend. Need I say more? I got a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY chant at the TNA Impact tapings, I saw my friend Paul who I have not seen in a dogs age, finally got to Universal Studios and it was the best trip ever.

Wrestlemania 25--HOUSTON, TEXAS. Granted it was a week after my birthday but it was still huge. Opening day weekend, HBK vs. Taker, sightseeing a lot, and experiencing the greatness that is TEXAS food.

Now this year...and it is just eh. Even before I broke my foot, it was just eh. The only thing to really see is the countryside and I am not a big countryside looking kind of girl. There was the excitement of Alice Cooperstown Restaurant, but considering I am meeting the man himself in April, those winds kind of stopped. Then you have the card:

HBK vs. Taker 2: Um, it is not going to hold a candle to last years match. We all know that UT is retiring in the future and Shawn usually takes time off after Mania anyway. Big whoop.

Edge vs. Jericho: this match can be on any other PPV. It just seems lackluster.

Money in the Bank match: I will only be happy if Christian wins as he deserves it.

Shomiz vs. Black Knight and White Shadow: Again, who cares.

I remember growing up that Wrestlemania was HUGE. Now it is just another pay per view. Even the Hall of Fame is blah at best. I just hope next year in Atlanta, the status of Wrestlemania will be restored.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Fun Fact Friday #2: ABC's Of Me

Got this idea from http://missrashamarie.blogspot.com/2010/03/abcs-of-me.html and figured why the heck not.

A is for Age: I will be 32 in 17 days from today!
B is for Bed Size: I have a Twin Size tempurpedic bed.
C is for Chore I Hate: Dusting
D is for Dog's Name: Hudson and Sweetums
E is for Essential Start Your Day Item: Ice Tea
F is for Favorite Color: Purple
G is for Gold or Silver: Silver
H is for Height: I am in the middle of 5'7"-5'8"
I is for Instruments I Play: Clarinet, Flute, and Drums
J is for Job Title: Teacher by Day, Professional Maker of Mayhem by Night.
K is for Kids: I teach...that is enough.
L is for Living Arrangements: House with my parents.
M is for Moms Name: Phyllis
N is for Nickname: Dani, Joisey, Tink, Bunnystar Mopkins
O is for Overnight Hospital Stay: Ankle surgery when I was 16 years old.
P is for Pet Peeve: Stupid ignorant people, the phrase "cool beans"
Q is for Quote from a Movie: Caroline: Don't let people stand in your way. They're just people. like you and me! Well, maybe not like you. I don't know if I have ever met anyone like you before. (From Untamed Heart)
R is for Right or Left Handed: Right handed.
S is for Siblings: One older brother
T is for Time I Wake Up: Since I am out of work for 6 weeks due to my fracture foot, I wake up around 730am.
U is for Underwear: Yes please?
V is for Vegetable I Dislike: Spinach
X is for X-Rays: Teeth, left ankle, left foot, chin.
Y is for Yummy Food I Can Make: Anything involving cereal and apples.
Z is for Zoo Animals I Like: Polar Bears, Monkeys, Penguins

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Things I Love Thursday--March 11th Edition

What am I hearting this week? Granted it might not seem like a lot due to the pain of a broken foot, but I am still loving lots of things...like....

--This quote:

--Flowers starting to bloom!

--Yay the beginning of Spring!

--"Video Phone" by Beyonce' featuring Lady Gaga:

--Rediscovering the greatness that is JAY Z:

--I want this couch:

--Chocolate Pudding with Chopped Walnuts

--That I won Penny Threads giveaway! I can not wait for my goodies to appear!

--Getting a new fiberglass splint for my foot. I hope the swelling has gone down though.

--Panda Bear Gloves...oh yes these will be mine...http://www.redvelvetart.com/accessories/mittens-mypandaheart

So I ask..what do you love this week?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tackle Tuesday--March 9th Edition

As I sit here with a broken foot, this story I read just made me go "what were you thinking?" Look at what I put in bold in the article followed by my comments in parentheses:

MIAMI -- Free agent Jason Ferguson, a veteran nose tackle most recently with the Miami Dolphins, has been suspended for the first eight games of next season for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on Sunday that the discipline was handed down late this week but could offer no further details. Ferguson was also suspended for violating NFL drug policy in 1999(you would think that this would have smartened him up...but no....), sitting out four games after an anabolic steroid showed up during a urine test.

The player's agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not return a call Sunday seeking comment.

Ferguson was sidelined with a season-ending quadriceps injury in November and underwent surgery a month later. The 35-year-old had been in on 23 tackles in nine games for the Dolphins last season. Coach Tony Sparano called him a "heck of a player" at the time of his injury.

A Dolphins spokesman, Harvey Greene, said Ferguson remained a free agent and had not signed a new contract.

"We won't comment because he's not officially on our roster," Greene said. The team has not said whether they planned to re-sign Ferguson for next season.

Ferguson was drafted in 1997, playing eight seasons with the New York Jets and three with the Dallas Cowboys before joining Miami in 2008. He has 325 career tackles.

Ferguson tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine in 1997
(so first suspension then again 1999 and now again...dude does not learn his lesson). During his 1999 suspension, he passionately denied taking steroids, saying he used a dietary supplement, which he would not identify, but that contained no banned substances.

"People are thinking I'm a drug addict or something like that, and that's ridiculous," Ferguson said at the time. "I read bottles and I know steroids. I didn't take no damn steroids."

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

Why did I mention the broken foot again? Easy--I am not a athlete and I am "roughing it" meaning I am taking the proper medical care. Will I miss work? Most definitely but I am getting paid A LOT LESS than these guys are. If someone who is getting paid significantly less than you are and can afford to be out of work for close to 3 months and is missing out on her livelihood, I think you can as well. I am just saying...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Kayfabe Monday--March 8, 2010 Edition

In honor of Womens History Month, WWE has produced this video: http://www.wwe.com/content/media/video/vms/divas/2010/february22-28/13629750

For those of you that know me outside of the Internetsphere of the world know that I am a major fan of Women's Wrestling. It seems that true womens wrestling is on the upturn as there are companies forming in the United States that showcase just that--WRESTLING. Companies from Shimmer Wrestling in Illnois to Womens Superstars Unleashed in the Northeast to La Lucha Femil in Mexico and now Wrestlelicious, people are starting to take notice...FINALLY.

Unfornuately, there are still the opponents of it, the "anti-feminism" viewpoints of wrestling.

I made these two videos to get people to watch TNA Impact on Thursday nights on SPIKE before the big move to Monday nights. I will admit I used the "sex sells" policy in them but I want you to take a look at them:

One of the comments dealt with Awesome Kong that said and I quote verbatim "yeah.....Awesome Kong is an obese ugly knockout and she will knock you out...WHEN YOU LOOK AT HER B/C SHE IS THAT DAMN UGLY" Instead of looking at her skill, her training (she is originally from Japan which womens wrestling is revered) and her ring psychology and went straight for her looks. As the old cliche' says "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." but that is not the point of this blog.

Why is it that when we watch men wrestle it is all about skill, talent, ring psychology, where he was trained and so forth but when it comes to women who wrestle it is all about how big her boobs are, how her makeup is done, and who did she sleep with to get to where she is. We as a wrestling community need to be equal when judging who we like and who we do not like--not based on looks but based on skill. Until we do that, it seems that womens wrestling will never be in the same spotlight as mens wrestling in the United States.

As always I welcome your thoughts.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Fun Fact Friday #1

Fun Fact Friday #1: The foot that I fractured on Thursday is the same foot I fractured 15 years ago..Well more like the ankle but still.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Things I Love Thursday--March 4th Edition

Ahhh the beginning of Spring...let me be the first to welcome to the lovely month of MARCH when snow begins to melt, trees begin to bloom, weather starts to warm, and my birthday all encompass. Now let us move on to this weeks TiLT!

On this Thursday March 4, 2010 I heart....

--The fact I was laid off/terminated from Saint Peters College: Okay I know what you are thinking "You are happy that you were fired?" and the answer is YES. While SPC will always be in my heart and I still have lots of love for my alma mater (Got my bachelors and masters degrees from there), working 12 hours a day was really taking a toll on my creative spirit and energy. I come home at 330pm now and have practically the entire day to do what I want whether it is writing, doodling, taking a nap, or playing with my dogs. I love it a lot!

--Found out this yummy news from Gala Darling back in February--DARIA IS COMING TO DVD! I added it to my Amazon wish list which can be found here--http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/3LPE04IHXWXJK

--Another thing from Gala: She has a new header on her website and she included my phrase TWO THOUSAND AND AMEN in it. It made me all fuzzy and warm on the inside.

--Marathons of Silent Library on MTV. Wish I was 28 years old so I could be a part of it. What is this show I speak of? It is a Japanese game show. Object of the show--everyone gets a card and if you get the card that has a skull and crossbones, you have to do a punishment. If you do the punishment and your team stays quiet, since you are in a library, you get money! First round is $300, second round is $400, third round is $800 and final round is $1,000. Except for the final round, all three rounds have 3 punishments. They finally started using girl contestants!

--My favorite new drink which is Pomegranate juice and seltzer water. It is great when I am craving a soda yet it is good for you! I also add pomegranate juice to apple juice for a refreshing juice cocktail.

--Editing my Netflix list since I have lots of time now for movies!

--Working out my finances with David who is very savvy when it comes to money.

--Getting a week reprieve of sports fandom.

--Warm apple slices with raisins, walnuts, and honey. Nice healthy dessert!

--Getting diet ideas from my favorite chef Alton Brown

--That my phenomenal fiance' David calls me to just say sweet dreams.

--My broken foot. Why would I love that you ask? All of the constant attention!

So what are you loving this week?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Awe Wednesday--March 3rd Edition

I got this great book called The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder by Jill Badonsky. To copy the product description from Amazon.com, it states and I quote verbatim--A playfully practical guide that’s a refreshing twist on the revered Farmer’s Almanac, The Awe-Manac provides daily forecasts and directives to help readers make life more creative, amusing, gratifying, and extraordinary—every day of the year! Through 365 days, readers are encouraged to think more brilliantly, laugh more often, make art or write creatively, and simply add a lot more “awe” into daily life.

Brimming with Jill Badonsky’s colorful, whimsical art, and filled with fun features like “Soul Vitamins,” “GlumBusters,” “Daily Toasts,” and “Doses of Mirth,” The Awe-Manac will be an enchanting “companion” throughout the year—a perennial guide that invites its readers to find the joy and amusement in every day.

Just to let everyone know, I am starting this Wednesday feature from the very first journal juju I wrote--on January 1st, 2010 in my paper journal.

So on January 1st, I wrote in my paper journal this "There is no way I can anticipate all the good things that are going to happen this year."

Today's Aha-phrodisiac is this: Write a list of why I write. Well this is why I write.
--To release any angry thoughts.
--To release thoughts going on in my mind
--To remember important info
--To collect moments
--To collect memories
--To feel creative
--To make myself feel better
--To keep my degree of English in motion
--To keep my friends who read my online journal in the loop
--To keep my muses happy

That is all I can come up with. So why do you write or do art? If you do not at this moment, would you want to? Why?

Your Daily Soul Vitamin: I write for the same reason I breathe--because if I didn't, I would die."--Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tackle Tuesday: March 2, 2010 Edition

Baseball season is in full effect and with talks of injuries and who is starting and when; the use of steroids and family members building graves for their loved ones, it was nice to see this story:

Joe Torre, Sandy Koufax chat

Source: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The story line was a simple one: two guys from Brooklyn talking baseball.

Joe Torre invited Sandy Koufax to visit with him and talk about their lives playing a game as a way to raise money for his Safe At Home Foundation to combat domestic abuse.

But the Dodgers manager didn't think the reclusive Koufax would come.

"Sandy's not comfortable with this stuff," Torre told his wife, Ali.

Only Koufax did show up.

"It gave me goosebumps," Torre said of the sold-out crowd of 7,100 at Nokia Theater, which included the likes of Ron Howard, Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall and Jon Lovitz and raised more than $750,000.

"Where'd you go," sportswriter T.J. Simers asked the 74-year-old Hall of Famer Koufax, who retired from the game at the age of 30 and was returning for one of his rare public appearances.

"I went home," Koufax said, later explaining that it was something his grandfather taught him that has kept him out of the limelight.

"Your most precious asset is time," Koufax said. "Spend your money foolishly, spend your time wisely."

And the reason he came back?

"Joe Torre," Koufax said.

"It's about friendship, a very special friendship," said Torre, 69, of Koufax, even though the two were never teammates.

Both talked of the moments that made them. For Koufax, who had a 36-41 record as an occasional starter until 1961, it was Gil Hodges telling him he'd have to go eight innings after two pitchers missed the plane for a B-team spring training game.

Koufax decided to ease up on what had been an uncontrollable fastball to be sure he made it the eight innings, which he did, without allowing a hit.

"A lightbulb went on," said Koufax, who would go on to pitch four no-hitters in his Dodgers career.

Torre, a former National League MVP almost certain to be named to the Hall of Fame for his managing career, spoke of how it all turned around for him at the age of 55 with the 1996 Yankees after he'd been fired by Atlanta, the New York Mets and St. Louis.

He'd been the No. 4 man on a list that saw Tony La Russa, Davey Johnson and Sparky Anderson all say no.

"I knew I was going to find out if I could manage," Torre said.

At least they are some baseball players out there with a heart....

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kayfabe Monday--March 1, 2010 Edition

As the world knows, a lot of professional wrestlers have their own demons to face. They are still human beings. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, steroids, mental illness, or anything in particular--they are still human beings

On November 13, 2005, the wrestling world lost one of the most charismatic and skilled professional wrestlers the world has ever seen--EDDIE GUERRERO. I still can not watch any videos featuring him as tears start to flow. I remember sitting in my house with my old desktop; David and my brother sitting in another room watching a football and all of the sudden I screamed out "EDDIE GUERRERO DIED!" Both of them rushed into the room I was in with the jaws in their hands. It was something we did not want to believe. But after reading reports, it was tragically true.

Wrestling shows around the United States did the right thing by hosting ten bell salutes as well as memorial shows. One of the websites I go to frequently--www.NoDQ.com posted this video and I feel Combat Zone Wrestling did the right thing.

What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts.

In other wrestling news, as most of you are aware, Hurricane Helms, Paul Burchill, and Maria Kannelis were cut from the WWE on Friday February 26th. Let the cuts begin! I predict Hurricane Helms and Paul to be in TNA on May 27th while Maria goes on and promotes her music career. You can listen to a preview of her single "Fantasy" here--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_APuPkYpryM

Personally I like Mickie James' single "Are You With Me?" better, and I consider myself a rock and roll girl. Here is Mickies' single:

As always I ask your thoughts--which is better at singing Maria or Mickie James? Until next Monday...remember...