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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Spooky Story....

I hope everyone has lots of tricks or treats up their sleeves... Tonight, I'm heading home and getting ready to piss Shadow off. She got her costume this morning (She's going as a Bat) and, while she spat at her paw cuffs, her ears got her a little intrigued. We'll see. I figure if she has enough catnip, she'll be fine, especially since she prefers this Zoom Around The Room Fat Cat! Catnip... I guess she gets herself higher than a kite so if it keeps me from getting bit - sure, why the heck not.

My father is flying in tomorrow night so I'll be cleaning the apartment and actually catching up on the TiVo'd spooky shows (anything with Ed & Lorraine Warren - the renowned ghosthunters in Connecticut - love it!). Now I'm not one to get super spooked, so you know if something resonates with me from childhood - it's a bit much for this blonde's mind. So, with that, I'll leave y'all with a bit of a Halloween story...

When I was around 8 or 9 (maybe younger, maybe older - dunno), we lived in Connecticut and my mom used to work at some fashion store, Trim Fashions. Besides remembering some denim jacket with a funky belt that I got then (hey - I was a fashionista early on - I told you my mom was a snazzy dresser), I remember there was a gal who worked there who somehow was related to the Warrens. I can't remember if it was a daughter, a niece, whatever - but she brought in a photo album once with pics from the Warrens investigations. There was a photo in there of a doll that was possessed and, this doll - man - that sucker creeped me the heck out. To date, I can never look at a Raggedy Ann doll the same. Apparently, it was possessed by some demonic energy or something, but who cares - it just scared me as a child and even now looking at that photo is giving me the heebie jeebies.
And tonight, I'll be a fraidy cat and sleep with the lights on.


*Photos of the Anabelle Possessed Doll courtesy of Warrens.net*

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

And Now Back To Our Normal Programming...

So, back to life in the land of the Rat...

Things have been hectic, to say the least - good hectic and bad hectic, but all in all, able to be worked out.

Update about a couple of rants:

Today, I resolved to be less of a cranky wench but I found myself too busy to really stick to that - temper flare ups left and right, but 'sall good. Plus, I'm never good around this time of year. October/November and April are bad times for me. Today would have been my friend Justine's 37th birthday - sadly, she never lived past the age of 19. On the 6th will be the anniversary of Nick's death. Yeah - so couple that around b'day time, and I'm kinda blasé about everything. I did, however, take some time to read something Justine wrote before she passed and that put a smile on my face this morning. However, the day went downhill from there. There are some people one just doesn't want to see in their inbox - and today I had a few of them (at the 9to5 inbox). I just don't get how people can be so condescending and, sadly, I can't set them straight. I hate politics sometimes. So, that set me off - and add to the mix this, that, and the other - all of which had to be done yesterday thankyouverymush and by the way can I... you get the pic, right? C.H.A.O.S.

Tonight I plan on heading to the store to pick up some candy for the kiddies as tomorrow is "give the kids lots of sugar days". Also, much to my amusement, tomorrow is "dress up the cat in a costume and piss her off day." Shadow will be assisting with handing out the candy - after the first or second kid attack, I think that will leave more candy for the candy jar and more kids screaming from the evil cat. (I hope the kids don't know about the whole "tell Shadow she's pretty and she'll be super nice" secret. That will cut down on my fun. I know - I'm a bad cat owner. I just love watching some evil little kid get swiped at by the cat because the kid wants to take candy out of her jar. Because everything in the house is hers, in her little fuzzball mind.) Sadly, I haven't really been able to decorate for the holiday, sadly, but with all that is going on at the 9to5, there's no way I could possibly find the time - the month of chaos has begun - and it started this week. My version of decoration - a plastic stained glass witch thingy. Yeah - I was super decorative - someone warn Martha Stewart.

So, as I will continue to be posting and it will be back to the regular posting schedule for that blog thingy - Na-Something ;) I can tell you that a good portion of it will be posts of the fluffy variety. Not that any of you mind shoes, clothes and lots of fun shoppy stuff - right ;)

Because if I have to think for 30 straight days, my brain will seriously go on strike.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me...

That was the JAM back in the day.

OK - on to business. I know I know - I promised to not be snarky today and I'm not. However, this isn't the fluffy feel good post. I need your help with something. Basically, I've checked my side bar - those little bars called Site Meter, Stat Counter, etc. and I noticed something that has me a tad disturbed.

I adore anyone who reads this blog, however, there seems to be someone showin' way too much blog adoration for me NOT to notice - and also prompting me to slowly back away and wonder if there is such a thing as a "blog restraining order". I know I'm thrilling *insert eye roll here* but not enough to warrant 1 hour 7 minutes and 49 seconds of marinating on this blog's archives again and again and again. W.T.?????? and all this specific blog activity comes from ONE ISP - who checks it two, three, four times daily.

I run a dictatorship over here, albeit it a benevolent one, and my opinions are my own and uncensored. So, IMO, this one cyber person is vereeeeeeeeeeeeee curious - so much so that I'm basically ready to put it out there to say "Hey - You - Buddy - Yeah You - I SEE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!"

OK - so, now that I'm spooked - I reach out to you my kind blog readers/blog holders - does anyone know of any good ISP tracking/blocking software because, clearly, extreme measures need to be taken. Or else I'm going to pull my hair out and start looking over my shoulder. And with these heels that I often wear, if I'm looking backwards, I might trip right on the leg of my pants.

Thanks in advance!!!

And to keep with the mood - Rockwell circa 1984 with "Somebody's Watching Me"...

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Now For the Fluff...

I told y'all I wanted to get a dog, right? My reasoning was that it would keep Princess Shadow happy. She'd have a friend to play with as she might be lonely in the apartment during the day. I don't want to get another cat as I think that might make her fearful of her position and spark jealousy, regardless of the fact that, as she is prone to show anyone - the world clearly is hers and we're all just here to obey her whims.

Yes, I've spoiled my cat and I'm paying for it now. I'm overcompensating for that year and a half that I left her up north while I was down here in Florida. Her new thing is when she's pissed, she will sit in front of me and rip whatever she can get her teeth on - just the other day she pounced on some PR research and next thing I know I hear "RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP". Ugh!

Anyways, I've threatened her with getting a pug dog to which her response was a swift hard bite to the hand and a pointed howl and hiss. NO dog than. Well, since I brought up getting her a friend to hang with all day - she's been really acting out of sorts - and here are two prime examples (with crappy pics but hey - it was all I had handy).

I did laundry on Saturday and didn't get to folding the laundry just yet - had it all on the dryer and what happens - Princess Fuzzbutt decides naptime is in order and I had to rewash everything.




Yesterday, I got up, went to the kitchen and did a couple things around the house. When I got back to my bed to snuggle under the covers for about 20 min. this is what I found.



Clearly - Shadow rules the roost. And clearly, I'm on punishment.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Stupidfication of America….

I’m not going to go on a political rant, don’t worry. My issue is one that might hit closer to home with everyone.

You know how Tim Gunn called today’s casual fashion, “The Slobification of America” – well I now am of the belief that we are now encountering The Stupidfication of America”. Hear me out, please.

Lately, I’ve been very angry – angry at a number of things, but one of my main issues is when I am not challenged, I’m dissatisfied. I don’t like running on autopilot and I think that my mind is going to rot if I don’t find something to spark it up. The other thing that sets me off is the sheer laziness of some people. We’ll call that the stupidfication part – people are NOT challenging their minds. I never wanted to be one of those people who said “Back in my day I had to …” but lately I’ve found myself wondering WTF. I’m thrilled that technology is evolving, however, wit h that people are letting computers do all the work and their mind is slowly burning out. People don’t listen to the simplest direction. People are focusing on “me me me” and not on helping other people. People are not challenging themselves to go that extra mile. Instead of giving life 110% of all they can, they instead give 50% hoping that others will make up the difference. Humans make mistakes, but when those mistakes cost us our dignity, kindness and ability to think – that’s tragic.

Now here’s three examples that really inspired me to write this post. They are recent (as in the past weekend) and, as my father often jokes “Did you leave them standing” as he knows I don’t tolerate b.s. or people who aren’t upfront. Be honest with me, I’ll be honest with you. A simple, “I forgot” is cool – I understand, but when you point fingers or then act like I didn’t tell you is when I set off. I am cognizant of what I say to people. I remember what came out of my mouth. If that did not get to your ears, you need to figure out within yourself why it didn’t register. If you don’t like the job – leave. If you don’t like working with people, find another profession. Simple, right?


I’ve gotten to be a nicer, kinder, Lys, but when my inner dragon is unleashed, often people are down on the floor (figuratively). I can look like a mean **tch and cut you with my eyes, even when I don’t mean to. That’s just how I’ve always been. I’ve learned more patience and tolerance over the past three years, but recently, I’ve found myself tested and at the end of the testing are people who don’t (a) care about their job or responsibilities; (b) listen; and/or (c) want to work. And I’m tired – really tired of it all.

So, grab that coffee and off we go!


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First case:
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I have noticed that the more and more I encounter customer service people, the less customer service one gets and the more attitude is prevalent. One prime example happened on a recent trip to the Orlando Sephora. I was there Friday night on the hunt for an atomizer. So, while wandering, there was a gaggle of help (around 7 gals) by the front displays, cackling like a bunch of hens – griping about their schedules, griping about coworkers, griping about other gossipy stuff and, by all appearances (and other trips I’ve made there), this seems to happen on the regular.


One customer needed assistance and do you think they could break from their riving conversation of “Ugh – I have so many hours” to help this poor woman – nope. I did. But, I am not getting paid by Sephora. I hated seeing this woman get flustered and figured, “pay it forward, Lys”. They continued to ignore other customers but whatever. Customers left. You would think that would stop the hens from clucking – nope. When I had a word with the woman ringing me up (and btw she was complaining about having to get on a register because there was a line of 5 people), I told her to get her manager.

Much to my chagrin (and annoyance), the woman ringing me up and sighing was the Assistant Manager and the lead gossipy hen was The Manager. The Manager’s reasoning for everything going on was “Sorry - We’re short staffed”. That pissed me off. I told her that she was way too up in everyone’s business gossiping with her staff to deal with those that really need help and, as a result, lost 4 customers in the deal who walked out and she SAW them walk out. Her response – she shrugged her shoulders. I told her she should NOT be a manager then, in my opinion. I told her that the amount of people she had on site was FAR from short staffed for a little Orlando store. Short staffed for Vegas, maybe or New York. Way too overstaffed for Orlando. *Note to self, call District Manager before I need to go in there again*. Don't tell me sorry when it's not sincere. If people apologize for something that is truly not their fault - I don't want an apology - just fix the issue, ya know. Insincerity - so not cute.

Now when you say, "Why do you care if you weren't the one being ignored." Simple - my thinking is this. Yeah, I'll correct someone but you know what - if it stops them from doing it to someone else and makes them think - oh wait - I better check myself, then good. You get what you give. You can rest assured that I was corrected when I worked in retail and in customer service - and I learned from it. And it registered in my brain that, perhaps, ignoring a customer is not good behavior.

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I go to the local Dunkin’ Donuts this afternoon to get my coffee for tonight and tomorrow morning since it’s a super early day for me. My order is simple: “Two large hazelnut ice coffees, 2 equal & skim milk in each”. Simple right – I had to tell her THREE times and then she insisted on taking the order, ringing in each item separately (including the equal and skim???), with annoyance said “Anything else?” and then insisted on payment before even ATTEMPTING to make it. Oh hell no. And then what does she do – ask me my order AGAIN twice while making AND had someone else (aka her counterpart) also ask me. I had to send it back THREE times for fixing and it was STILL wrong. I had to leave and tell the counterpart that they need to figure out how this is gonna work because if she took it from me one more time, I would turn into a massive **tch. The regulars would crucify them both – that’s for sure.

Now, I was kinder on her than her counterpart who had to make the ice coffee because it seems like the manager is new. However, how can you be a manager, running a shift and not know your product??? Here’s my rules I go by – if I have to tell you a third time, obviously there is something wrong with my simple explanation, or you just aren’t focused. And, normally I get set off and will correct someone immediately. Looking back, I could have been harsher but I was trying to be nice (and not glare!).

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Yesterday, I went to my leasing office to pick up my packages. I was excited because I get to make my house pretty and I get to look pretty. Fun, right? Well – such was not the case. First, I opened the door and found yet ANOTHER delay letter from the complex that now our breezeways would not be finished and we would be inconvenienced until Nov. 2nd. (This project involves a simple ripping up of the carpet in the breezeway, laying down a new one and possibly finishing the concrete on the first floor). This project has been going on for 3 weeks now and it was supposed to be done by Oct. 17. Now I like the contractor and all, but I noticed that his team is hella lazy and, from all appearances, could be dragging it out. Whatever – will deal with when I talk to the office. Then, I walked out into a monsoon of sorts – and it showed no sign of letting up. Therefore, I looked like a drowned rat – my umbrella was on my desk at the 9to5. Lots of good that did me – oh well. Still trying to keep positive. That’s when it really went downhill.

I get to the leasing office and notice that one of the gals is on the phone and the other is meeting with a prospective new lessee. Well, I figured in terms of costing my complex money – it would be better to wait in the OPEN office with the agent who was yammering away on a personal phone call than bug a person who was meeting with a potential new neighbor. What happens – the Gossipy Agent kept yipping and acted as if I was annoying HER from doing HER JOB. I could care less if you went to da club - I want my damn packages. I was patient and just stood there leaning against the door reading my messages on the blackberry. Well the other OCCUPIED leasing agent had to come into the office to help me because Ms. Gossipy Agent was STILL talking about her night at the club. The Occupied Agent then told me “Oh – just go in the room and get your package”. Hold up – wha??? You mean to tell me that just ANYONE can go back there and pick up packages and could, quite possibly, take mine in error and this is the leasing complex’s new policy. Oh hell to the naw. I’m paying almost $1,000 in rent – they better think twice. All while this is playing out in my mind, I had to keep hearing the intriguing story of how Gossipy Agent got trashed, didn’t have to drive blah blah blah. *start silently fuming – keep calm, Lys, keep calm*

I get to the packages and there are boxes upon boxes of packages everywhere. This was never the case before as management always kept a tight lid on things. With this new leasing company, there have been numerous complaints ranging from the attitude of the agents/managers, the contractors hired to beautify the place, the fire that took place (and the gossip of how they allegedly had an unlicensed contractor welding and that’s what set off the 3 alarm fire that put my apt. building at risk), how the crime rate is up because there is no security, how the security gates are STILL not working when we were told it would start working 3 weeks ago. Which, btw, inconvenienced all residents when we didn't get our letters on time, had to take time off from our jobs to come in during their hours (10-6) because the gates were going to be closed starting 3 weeks ago -newsflash - still not done. I say lock the procrastinators out - they've had 3 weeks (don't even think to call me cranky *LOL*) and on and on and on. The package room was just the straw that broke my back.

I went through the boxes, located 2 of mine and kept looking for the last one. That's when I saw a package from an attorney just tossed among the other packages. It was a small package which for all I know, could be a pleading or a settlement agreement or something of an important nature – and it was FedEx’d which means that it was important as I know that attorneys rarely FedEx things to individuals unless its important.


So, what did I do – let my inner **tch out and told Gossipy Agent to get off the phone, we had to talk. And, like a flood gate, the tides were rolling. I blasted her for just letting people in there to get packages – that this poor woman with the attorney package probably had NO idea because it’s not like the delivery men are super smart in our area – they forget to leave notes or they leave it on the wrong door. Her response – “When you sign that release, we are not liable”. I told her she was sorely mistaken – whoever signed for the package IS liable and god forbid that woman didn’t get her package. The attorney would hold the complex liable for non-delivery. She tried to push things off on UPS & FedEx and I told her to face the facts – UPS is beyond lazy but that isn’t the issue – this is.

Then Gossipy Agent got brave – she picked a fight, rolled her head like we were on the street and asked what I was angry at – bad move. Enough was enough. I was angry about a lot of things and much of it has to do with the complex. IMO, the complex is getting played by the contractors and, again the tenants are inconvenienced. I don’t CARE how pretty it will look – I just want my trash bin back (the contractors stole ours and have them filled with gravel of some sort) and they will more than likely have US pay for it. Not to mention the host of other complaints I have (and have expressed) i.e., we don’t get 48 hours notice as required by law that the complex wants to enter our apartments (we get notice at 6/7pm and they always want to come in around 8/9 a.m. the next day or, even better, they forget and my pet needs to be locked in the bedroom for their safety (because – she might be vicious *insert eye roll*). Not to mention that it takes months to get maintenance work done (I don’t feel an OUNCE bad about the dryer knob now), their incompetence cost me 3 months of electric bills of $150 + PER MONTH until they fixed the air conditioning (I threatened to deduct it from the rent - sad that is what it took for them to get off their arses), their maintenance people are lazy and just don’t step up. Looking back, I started to feel bad for blowing up but it has been a long time coming.

You know – I am all for a person with a backbone, because I’m pretty strong willed and can recognize (and respect) people who stand up to me – but there comes a point when people think they are in a club or it’s some sort of thing where I need to put them in check. Needless to say – this gal and I – we ended on somewhat amicable terms however, she better keep herself in check – or next time I will really blast and she won’t like it one bit. There was no reason for Occupied Agent to leave a prospective tenant to help me with packages when Gossipy Agent could have gotten her lazy be-hind off the damn phone (and, supposedly, it was WITH the manager – yeah ummm right). I do not care if it is 4:00 on a Saturday – work is work.

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But really what it boils down to is this – people need to realize that when you are working, your working. You are not getting paid to warm a chair, warm a spot on the floor, etc. Pay attention to your jobs, go that extra mile for your customers, your boss, etc. - give a little bit more of yourself. Or, you might find yourself on the receiving end of something not so nice. Now, don't say "But Lys, I'm not paid for blah blah blah". Well, you're not paid to be human either, but when you ignore customers when you are plainly not busy (which sends the message of "Do you even exist? Shoo. I have better things to do - like nothing"), not listen to someone (which sends the message of "What you say doesn't matter") give attitude when one was not initially given to you (which sends the message of "You are bothering me") etc. - be prepared to get it back. You can set the tone for someone else's day. And, when your negative attitude sets someone off - don't get all pissy when they give it back to you tenfold. Because, after all - you might need that wake up call - at least to wake you up from being on autopilot.

Rant tis over. Back to the fluff tomorrow, pinky swear.


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Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Meme About.. My Home???

Shoe Addict had a Meme of a different sort which I thought was kinda fun to do. As I haven’t really spent much “me-me” time with the new apartment and really appreciate it like I should, I think today is the day to have a little fun time and look around the place.

1. What kind of SOAP is in your bathtub right now?

Surely you jest. There is no bar soap in my house, but I do prefer shower gel – so, in my shower is a virtual Sephora/CVS and I believe variety is the spice of life. So, with that leading the pack, of course, is Principessa Fresh Fiore, SJP Lovely, Philosophy Coconut and Pumpkin Pie, and Garden Botanicals Pumpkin Ginger

2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator?

Nope – I should have because I love watermelon. But I'm very cautious with buying fruit from a grocery store - too many times of getting sick when it's supposed to be fresh. My stomach is a tad sensitive.

3. What would you change about your living room?

It needs a good vacuum and I’d love to get rid of the two boxes by the couch from my move – 8 months ago!

4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty?

Clean – I got new jars from Southern Living that needs be set up today which had to be washed (cartons can house tons of unsavory things) so the dirty dishes are in the sink.

5. What is in your fridge?

An extra DD Iced Hazelnut Coffee, various cheeses (cheddar, blue cheese, asiago and some Irish cheddar), butter, some maple smoked bacon, asparagus, pumpkin spice beer, pumpkin pie (hey – I like pumpkin), eggs, onion rolls, liverwurst (shoot me ‘k *LOL*), water, wine, various condiments and Barefoot Contessa marinades, chai tea mix, onions (making homemade French onion soup this weekend), lemons, limes, apples and various other stuff which I know I’m forgetting.

6. White or wheat bread?

Neither – Rye (Preferably from Too Jays Deli - too many trips to the deli with my Aunt Maddie as a child helped with my preference for deli ingredients)

7. What is on top of your refrigerator?

A Panini grill, espresso, coffee grinder, phone books (don’t ask). Above that - a full wine rack.

8. What color or design is on your shower curtain?

None. I have a glass door (and the only design is Shaddy's nose prints on the bottom of the glass during her "Momma - hurry up I want a cookie" morning tirades).

9. How many plants are in your home?

None. Shadow would eat them. I want a lemon tree for the patio though.

10. Is your bed made right now?

No. It’s going to be stripped today so why make it if I’m only going to wash everything.

11. Comet or Soft Scrub?

Neither. Scrubby Bubbles (and the automatic shower cleaner is a godsend)

12. Is your closet organized?

I’ll get to it! Promise (yes, the answer is no but I do have every intention of organizing it - just need some front open shoe boxes from Ikea and Orlando's Ikea doesn't open until Nov. 15th).

13. Can you describe your flashlight?

Black with a yellow trim and I think it needs batteries.

14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home?
Glass mostly unless it’s ice coffee. I’m not going to empty the DD or ‘Bucks cup into a glass. ‘c’mon now.

15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now?

No. But now that the idea is out there…Perhaps after I finish that other ice coffee.

16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered?
No garage –I do have a laundry room and it’s cluttered with Christmas decorations. Workin’ on that too.

17. Curtains or blinds?

Blinds but I will be getting curtains as soon as my month of hell is over.

18. How many pillows do you sleep with?

2 and I have an additional 2 on the bed – I guess you would say 4.

19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night?

Nope – unless Shadow acts really spooked and then I just leave the hall entry light on or the bathroom light

20. How often do you vacuum?

When I remember or have time. I guess I should do that today, huh?

21. Standard toothbrush or electric?

Electric toothbrush (it was free - like the automatic shower cleaner! Thanks BzzAgent)

22. What color is your toothbrush?

White.

23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch?

Porch no - entrance to the apartment, well I did – somehow we lost all our welcome mats in the apartment complex’s thing of “we’re fixing your breezeways”. BTW – that was supposed to be done 2 weeks ago. I should go talk to the office – they are holding a few things in the office for me anywayz. The HSN stuff arrived.

24. What is in your oven right now?

Oven racks

25. Is there anything under your bed?

Boot boxes and perhaps a dustbunny or two. Don't know if Shadow put any of her toys under there. It's possible.

26. Chore you hate doing the most?

Folding and putting away laundry and cleaning the toilet.

27. What retro items are in your home?

Retro?? This is a new complex – nothing retro here. However, retro items I personally have, a little tea set I used to play with as a child at my grandparent's house, a rocking chair I got from my dad that my Nana gave my parents and various furniture I was handed in my parent's divorce.


28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office?

No – wish I could. Does the dining room alcove table count?

29. How many mirrors are in your home?

A lot. One in the living room, 3 in the bathroom and two mirrored closets in the bedroom.

30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home?
Does change count? If so, those are hidden at the bottom of my empty purses (Hey – any thieves planning on hittin’ the apartment – you might find a dollar or two – and a big attack cat who will bite your ankles – beware).

31. What color are your walls?

White. Can’t paint them *sigh*

32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home?

Does Shaddy the Attack Cat count? If so, yup.

33. What does your home smell like right now?

Spiced pumpkin from the air freshener

34. Favorite candle scent?

Too many – hazelnut coffee, lilac, apple pie, pumpkin, cranberry, vanilla…

35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now?

None.

36. What color is your favorite Bible?

Black

37. Ever been on your roof?

Nope – but if someone’s on my roof, I’ll be able to hear it.

38. Do you own a stereo?

No – I have been meaning to get one.

39. How many TVs do you have?

2; one in the bedroom and one in the living room.

40. How many house phones?

3 phones, 1 phone line which, btw – I never answer

41. Do you have a housekeeper?

No – but does Shaddy the attack cat count? She takes care of any stray bugs that might wander through the pipes (Damn Florida)

42. What style do you decorate in?

Mine! Lots of teal-ish blues and browns, antique looking pieces, but it’s all my style – I wouldn’t know how to describe it in decorating terms.

43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints?

Solid, preferably.

44. Is there a smoke detector in your home?

Yes – the apartment complex put in 3 – maybe 4. I need to look around more.

45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip?

I pack quick so I'd grab Shadow and toss into my suitcase a change of clothes & shoes, jewelry, the little tea set from my grandfather’s house, Shadow’s favorite toy, pictures of my family and friends as well as pics of my friends Nick & Justine who passed and a frame of the poetry that Justine had made before she died. I'd grab my purse, suitcase and Shaddy in her carrier and off we'd move. Things can be replaced. People & pets cannot.

OK – those that want to play along, feel free – let me know how you do…

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Mall of Millenia - Someone Needs to Buy You A Clue...

The Stage Is Set For Orlando Fashion Week


While Jimmy Choo may have stole my heart, the Mall of Millenia stoked a fire they may not enjoy. Grab your coffee and, if you so desire, a biscotti and relax while I rant please. Jimmy Choo gets the love in a big way, the Mall of Millenia Management - notsomuch.

Prior to attending the Jimmy Choo reception, I remembered I must RSVP. In talking with the gal at JC, I was clued in as to the mall event. Apparently the mall event was now taking place at 6 and JC would start at 6:30. The gal at JC told me to RSVP to the mall management ASAP. OK - thanks for thinking of me.

I call the mall and talk to this *cough* receptionist with a 'tude. I told her that the gals at JC told me to make sure that I call to RSVP for the mall thing Thursday night and asked nicely, "What is this about" and told her that this is the first I heard about it. Apparently Receptionist/Gate Keeper aky Witchy thought I was "uncouth or something" because Witchy snorted and said "Oh the event tonight is for V.IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.P. only. You can attend the events for the public on Friday and Saturday". OK, thanks but I can't attend those - I have to work on Friday during the day but whatevs. Then I asked how my client X was left off the list as his publication gives press to a number of Millenia stores and he uses their clothing in photo shoots. Her response "Well, he would not qualify as VIP". The venom from her was thick. First Public and now my client. WTH?? OK, fine. Whatever - I'll make a mental note to tell him later about Witchy. Then, Witchy added fire to the mix when she said "But you can attend Friday and Saturday and I'm sure you will have fun at your little Jimmy Choo event tonight". WTF - Little Jimmy Choo event?? What is with this witch's holier than thou attitude. Even worse, did this Mall of Millenia EMPLOYEE think that she's a pseudo Kelly Cutrone (publicist who cut an interview with Anna Wintour). Kelly at least knows how to act - this one is a total perpetrator. She MUST be kidding. Whatever - I decided to just go the JC event and I would deal with everything later.




This is a pic of the "VIP Reception" that was so "V.IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.P." held in the center court of the mall, in front of Victoria's Secret, across from Tommy Bahama, Brios and the Cheesecake Factory. Yes, right where Santa will be appearing in a month. While I do love the layout for the mall, I think perhaps they could have made it more "memorable" and less "Tiffany does a Mall Tour". While I don't want to come off as an uber snob, but I'm about to - we have some super stylish people in town and, apparently, the Mall of Millenia forgot that those that are in the fashion know need to know about Fashion Week (not necessarily me -but my client's mag should have been notified). As is often the case with Orlando, locals need not apply and it seems that the event or the "VIP List" was strictly for those who seem to have no idea of what fashion or fashion week entails (Hell - go to the 'net people - check out LA Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week - you get the picture). It was like some of those boring social events you might see in Orlando Magazine. I saw more "Mother of the Bride" fashions than I can count and perhaps 5-10 true fashion forward folks were in attendance (and to quote a friend of mine - they must have been from the City (aka NYC)). Here's a question - who the hell wears a FULL LENGTH GOWN to a Fashion Week event. Someone call the Go Fug girls, please.





Now here is why the gate keeper was so snotty apparently. She wasn't guarding Anna Wintour but apparently Nina Garcia. Nina Garcia - the Fashion Director of Elle Magazine an Project Runway Judge. Sorry for my un-up close photo, but I wasn't V.IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.P. and could only view on the 2nd floor.


Whatever - I laughed about it - talked to a couple mall employees about earlier who told me that the management office is normally great but they do have this witch answering phones and she's an uber snot apparently. (You don't say!) They told me to call the mall management to discuss my concerns and were in agreement that this event was being handled badly. (Again, you don't say!). Then, I see someone go to the podium and it's Nina Garcia speaking. So, not only is she signing books on Friday from 1-2 (don't most people work during the day who actually READ her book - Mall Mgmt??? DOH), but the mall is making sure they got the most for their $$$. In addition, they are making her tour the mall to the various high-end boutiques AND *gasp* she is hosting the "Afterparty" at the *wait for it* Blue Martini - A MALL BAR whose main claim to fame is it's Ladies Night on Wednesday and various radio station events. Nothing memorable and most of my friends tend to favor the real clubs downtown, not at a club at the Mall.



I hope to God that Nina Garcia got paid VERY well, because seriously - an afterparty at a Mall Bar? I can see her going back to NYC recounting the details of her trip to the Land of the Rat and the socialites gasping in horror "You had to host an afterparty at a mall bar - how horrid". Seriously - the Mall of Millenia took tacky to an entirely new level.


On my way to the JC reception, I dropped by Chanel (but that will be a different post), and then I decided "Fug it all - I'm just gonna relax and laugh at the tackiness of it all" and trotted down to JC. As I'm heading down to the reception, across the way I see a posse of people flanking someone in a gray dress - yup - it's Nina Garcia. She seems adorable enough, but she was flanked better than the President. She had security, an assistant (evident by holding her mineral water), a publicist (evident by clipboard), a Mall employee in a black suit with name tag (aka tour guide), and the daggone Mall Shutterbug. NO other media allowed apparently. Nina swooped into Dior and then her people flanked the door while she held an audience with the manager in there. Then it was off to St. Johns, Chanel & all the other high end boutiques for her. Now, from what I observed and know, apparently there wasn't a media presence on Thurs. night outside of a shutterbug from the mall. I'm sure that was an oversight of the publicist who handled that but I could be wrong. They could be controlling the media on this. Perhaps I'll see the selected pics in Orlando Magazine and other publications, but their people should have been there for accurate reporting. Nothing in the Orlando Sentinel outside of the announcements (but again - I question that because their fashion writer was extolling the virtue of a fanny pack - no, I'm serious. Again - horrified)


This is my annoyance. Orlando is already portrayed in a sad light - we have the most murders, we're full of tourists who can't drive, we have an influx of crime and the malls now are apparently the "go-to" place. IMO, this could have been done SOOOO much better and with a touch of class. However, apparently the Mall team has not a clue of what a real fashion week entails. For them to put together such a tacky event made me ashamed to admit that I live in Orlando let alone that I shop at what was supposed to be a classy establishment. And, apparently not everyone got the memo re: the receptions because JC told me that they were all required to have them. Tiffany's kept their doors closed like they do at 8:00, Gucci apparently wasn't conforming to mall orders and the Chanel reception was "ok" but their salesgirls need to tone it down a bit.

I still love the Mall Stores, however, Mall of Millenia Management can kiss my be-hind. And next time, the Mall should watch a video or three of how things REALLY are done during Fashion Week. Or hire a real team who knows how to execute something so grandiose.

*Photos courtesy of Lys' Blackberry*

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Jimmy Choo In Review...

Lots to tell you about what happened yesterday at the Mall of Millenia soiree, however, I know you are all dyin' to know what happened at Jimmy Choo. That review is posted over at Fashionista+ and you can read it here. I promise to give you ALL the dish in a little bit about everything else and I won't hold back... promise - but now I need to head to the dreaded Florida Mall for an emergency item (pumpkin carver at Williams Sonoma for something at the 9to5) and I promise to not leave a detail out. Pinky swear.

Oh - and you ready for this - I did not buy ONE thing at the Mall at Millenia - not a thing. You shocked about that - I sure as heck was!

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Is That My Name There On That List...

I'm so excited. Your gal has been invited to a super swanky Jimmy Choo reception this evening at the Millenia Mall in honor of Orlando's Fashion Week. Yes, I know, I am as shocked as you - not just at the fact Orlando is hosting a "Fashion Week", but that Jimmy Choo has deemed me Choo Worthy.

First of all, I have never tried on, let alone worn Jimmy Choo - just admired from afar. I dropped by the store last week when I was window shopping (and violating the Neimans restraining order, but shhhh - that will be our little secret) and met one of their lovely sales gals who invited me to see the new lines they are having brought into the Orlando store. Plus, I get to have a couple cocktails, try on a couple pairs of shoes and just see what happens. All proceeds from this evening are being donated to a cancer charity (I wonder if they have a $10 keychain??). Both times I have been in that store, the customer service representatives have put some of the other high priced stores to shame (i.e. Chanel, LV & Dior). The people at JC have been super helpful, attentive and *gasp* nice.

In Orlando, the salespeople at Chanel wouldn't even acknowledge my existence when I was ready to buy something (I walked out), LV either stalks you with an attitude because they have to work or outright ignores you all together. Dior hasn't been the same since my gal S. left. While I normally love the Orlando Gucci, one time this dork there asked my father to leave for having a coffee (btw the guy is no longer there and my dad actually SHOPS at that Gucci, but whatevs) but when I wandered into Jimmy Choo, not only did the sales lady offer to hold my coffee so that I could actually TOUCH the shoes (Chanel - take a memo), she also inquired if I wanted anything - if they could get me anything from the back, etc. When I am ready to partake in a Choo Purchase, Orlando's own Jimmy Choo store will be "on the list"

So, I'm going to amend my list from the CLs & Manolos to include Jimmy Choo in the mix. Because, after all, I am an equal opportunity shoe fondler.

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Ch-Ch-Changes with A Bit of Link Love...

Well, things are a-changing over here at Just Because... and I will be revising, updating, adding, etc. links to the side bar, removing some that just aren't *there*, etc. as well as expanding the whole cash back area (lots happening behind the scenes - updates coming just in time for holiday shopping - patience is a virtue). The changes will be happening both here and at Fashionista+.

If you want some link love, feel free to email me at justanothagal (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll visit.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Utter Randomness... 7 Mo' Times...

Thanks to Kalisah, my brain is on overdrive thinking of 7more random things that I might want to actually put out there. Now let me say it took me forever to really rack my brain (what little of it is left) to post this lovely, so go easy on me please...

The Rules
1. Link to your tagger and post the rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random and some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of post and list their names.
4. Let them know they were tagged by a comment on their blog.


So - here we go

7 More Random Things That I Had to Disclose and You Might Not Want To Know

1.) You know, it's amazing how life's lessons learned while young stick with you - both consciously and subconsciously. My mother had me in dance class when I was a child - tap, jazz, ballet, baton. My Saturday mornings until I was 12/13 were spent at a dance studio. I continued with my baton stuff when I was in high school and was one of those characters twirling on the football field and competing on the weekends. Was I any good - eehh, possibly, but that's another post for another day. However, I learned some things that I noticed recently that have still stuck with me - I will often stand with my feet in some ballet inspired position with one of my feet pointed out, the other one grounded for balance. I can twirl on the ball of my foot with no issue and keep walking should I have to turn quickly. And, when I am resting, I noticed that I often point my toes. Friggin' ballet & modeling class. And no, I will not post the pic of me as a tap dancing bee.

2.) My first job, besides a brief stint at Lane Bryant during a couple months in the summer, was McDonalds. It was there I learned an answer to one of life's eternal questions: Never date twins.

3.) One of my fave ways to destress while mindlessly cleaning off the TiVo is to play one of the computer video games like "Diner Dash" or "Feeding Frenzy" for a little while. Sure, it's rotting my brain, but I'm not fuming about whatever pissed me off earlier in the day. Trust me, the world will thank me for it.

4.) Drink of choice: depends on what you have. I prefer a Captain & Diet Coke most of the time, but since I drank those way too much through college and have a bit of a tolerance, Baileys over ice also does in a pinch. Wine is a taste I just recently acquired (2 years and counting). Beer, notsomuch. However, if you come to my house, you will see a fully stocked bar. I don't necessarily drink the stuff - just mainly collect it to be a good hostess.

5.) Speaking of cocktails & all things Morgan - during a couple trips to Canada, I learned how to successfully smuggle extra Morgan into the country (and this is the good stuff - the dark rum that they don't sell in the US - Captain Morgan Private Stock is close but no banana). Tip: It involves cleavage, lots of flirting and a cute customs boy. Don't even attempt if you have a girl at the customs desk. Same with a cuban cigar *oops - did I say that??* Hey - any customs people that might be reading this - avert your eyes and beware of the blonde with the cleavage!

6.) Yeah, okay - I grew up in Mass, but I'm still a Philly girl at heart - and that involves all things Philly, including Philly Sports! Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, and Fliers - I will sit at a Red Sox game and root for the Phillies, even if I was with my dad. Meowmix wants me hung for not having any Patriots love. Bruins, I rooted for ONCE and in my defense, I was drunk and with A. & Meowmix. My family and friends up north will brand me a traitor - but, not for nothing, hey, at least I am a loyal wench.

7.) I have no tact. None, nada, nil. Now, I'm a gentler, kinder Lys than a Lys you might have met a few years ago. To demonstrate: during a cable theft sting Meowmix & I had to work in I want to say Lowell or some town near Lowell, Meowmix and I were told by one irate wench who tried to take my parking spot that Meowmix was the nice one and I was the $*tch. It was a parking spot - deal, right. However, if I think someone is full of crap, I tell them. And I can't sugarcoat it. I don't mean to offend - I just do. I'm a work in progress. Rest assured I'm trying, but I still get spoken to about it (again, and again, and again - I just don't have a tolerance for b.s.).

Now here's where it gets to where y'all might slap me silly. I'm supposed to tag 7 people. SOOOOOOOOOOOO.. NYKat, Michelle, Hotfessional, Sarah, Reese, Perfectly Plump Preppy, and *drum roll* Ana... If anyone else wants to play along, let me know :) Hey - I never said I really followed the letter of the law (in this case rules).

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Time to Put Up or Shut Up...

Well, I've decided what I want for my big ticket item. Forget Tiffanys (well, I will drop by but the consensus seems to be "eeeehhhh"). I've decided that my big gal purchase won't be that Gucci bag I've been coveting or the Cole Haan bag that's ready to take a restraining order out on me. It's going to be a great pair of shoes. My guess is that it will be either the Manolo Mary Janes or a pair of Christian Louboutins. I've been feeling them up way too often when I trot through Neimans or Saks and I think it's time to either put up or shut up.

So I have started the CL/Manolo fund. Before I can purchase, however, I have to pay down the credit card, stop robbing Peter to pay Paul and finally finish up the emergency fund. I'm guessing I'll be able to get it completed prior to Grammy time. (And to wear a pair for the actual trip to LA for Grammys - priceless).

Will keep you updated as it progresses. Now I need to go find some ticker bar somewhere (or perhaps just a bar).

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Clue A Gal In Please...

Okay - before any of you shoot me, I need your assistance with understanding something. I'm about to commit the utter fashion SIN, but I turn to you for some sort of explanation/ reasoning/ or just to yell and tell me "WTF is WRONG with you".

Outside of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Legally Blonde revival, seriously - what is the draw of Tiffany & Co.? I really do want to know and understand. From their website, I see a few, imo, overpriced silver pieces that I like, but nothing that I WANT, if that makes sense. I haven't been in the Millennia Mall store since it opened and don't know if it warrants a field trip. Sure the little blue box is pretty and all, but pretty much it comes with a bigger price tag than if you bought something similar at another jeweler.

So, comment me and clue me into something I'm obviously missing. Perhaps it's because I never bought anything there nor had exes gift me anything from there (there was never a Tiffany & Co. in W. Mass). I'm thinking about perhaps buying myself something nice in the jewelry realm next year. Should Tiffany & Co. be on the "consideration list" and why?

Thank you in advance.

~She who is CLUELESS about Tiffany & Co.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Tale Of A Gal And Her Mocha...

Picture this...

After a long day today, and a so-so case of the blahs, a trip to Barnes & Noble was in order. I wanted to pick up Wicked, browse through the magazines and, perhaps, grab a Toasted Marshmallow Mocha (if you haven't tried it - you must!). I miss losing myself in the pages of a good novel - time is just never there for me to really get into a book. So, I figured tonight was a good excuse.

I get home, finish dinner, curl up on the couch with my Venti Toasted Marshmallow Mocha and my new shiny green copy of Wicked and...


Wait for it...



Wait for it...



Wait for it...



I SPILLED THE TOASTED MARSHMALLOW MOCHA ALL OVER MY OFF WHITE RUG!!!!!!!

So far, I have gone through 3/4 of a roll of big Brawny towels and one of those Woolite pods. I think I got most of it, however, I'll see more in the morning. Sadly there isn't a ton of lighting in the living room. Shadow even came over to supervise, quickly stuck her paw in some mocha spot on the rug I hadn't gotten to yet [her way of saying "Momma - you missed a spot" perhaps?] and proceeded to give her seal of approval at how well the mocha was made. I'm glad she got to enjoy it. I was able to get 4 sips before I spilled ALL of it everywhere. ***sigh*** Anyone have any suggestions for getting any residual out of the carpet??

The book... that can wait for later - when I can handle a book and a coffee at the same time.

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Obsessed With: Sephora's Croc Brush Set


Sephora is just so thoughtful. They sent me a lovely email for my birthday (Nov. 4th - mark your calendars - the big 3.6. *ahem* I mean 2.9.) in which they are giving me a gorgeous Bliss butter. How sweet and, of course, I can't be rude and should consider buying a thing (or three). In their email they sent along with my pre-birthday gift, I saw something that had me drooling at "hello"...

Look at this brush set. It just screams to be adopted and it is perfect for my new Bronzy/Pink or Bronzy/Teal look bathroom (it's a work in progress!). H
ave I ever mentioned I'm a total sucker for a good cosmetic brush?? And, much like a good set of tweezers, I find that I often lose them only to find them when I am not looking, especially when it comes to eye shadow, smudge, liner, etc. brushes. Case in point - I just cannot find my new Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush. It's gone *poof* nowhere to be found (perhaps I should look in the bottom caverns of my purse - I heard there are items that can be scavenged among the mounds of change).

I'm afraid of all the other fun stuff I'm going to add to my cart. I just wish they carried Principessa. I'd be in some serious trouble then.

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Have You Ever...

Gotten on an elevator all by yourself, go to press the floor number and go to stand (in my case the back corner) and, after a minute or two, notice that you are Not Moving whereby you realize, like a dunce, that you FORGOT TO PRESS THE FLOOR NUMBER??

My mind is mush, people, MUSH!

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I Feel Like a Teenager Right Now...

My parents will tell you that when it comes to music, and artists I like, admire, etc., if presented with the opportunity, I will wind up meeting some of them. This was never more evident than at the age of 4, I went tearing backstage to meet Tony Orlando & Dawn. I personally don't remember that, but my dad often says that is when they knew somehow I was going to work in entertainment.

When I was 12, I wound up meeting a huge (for me anywayz) 80s pop group *cough cough* [can't reveal the name but their hit song had "CRUSH" in the title] *cough cough* and wound up carrying on a friendship that lasts to this day. When I worked with the Junior Achievement newspaper in my area, I had the entertainment beat and I was lucky to score some great interviews which included Expose, LL Cool J (my mom actually reprimanded him out for using the name LL when he called the house), and an invitation to attend a national dance show to interview some dancers on that show (I can say it AIN'T American Bandstand or Soul Train) which led to many more opportunities and the amount of people we met at the show was huge. Plus, at the show is where I learned PR and found my passion. Plus, I've met many freestyle/dance artists and worked with some great ones, so I know I'm very blessed. Thankfully, I am not very starstruck when I meet people. I've rarely been rendered speechless unless when I met Sully from Godsmack (he's very intimidating in person - at least to me) or Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (I couldn't speak to them - they are legends, but I poked Reese & MB going "OMG!"). I've seen the good and bad side of entertainment, but hey, entertainment pr is my passion.

Ok - so back to the title explanation. Last night, I sent an email to Orfeh, the singer who plays Paulette from Legally Blonde: The Musical, congratulating her on her success on Broadway and told her that Or-N-More was one of my favorite groups from back in the day. Now here's the kicker, shocker of shockers, she wrote me back - not her people, not her web mistress - her. Moi - rendered speechless. And she's genuinely nice.

I feel like I'm 12 again.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

OhMiGod, OhMiGod You Guys!

All week I have been unable to get this song (and soundtrack) out of my head (thanks MTV) but they just started posting this on YouTube. As I'll be transferring my Tivo'd copy to DVD (if I can figure out that daggone DVD recorder) this weekend, my neighbors will want to kill me, I'm sure. This isn't much of a "show tunes/musicals" community. And, of course it's too nice of a day to leave the windows closed. Eeeh - they can survive a little Elle Woods (and my off key singing), I think.

You can check out the performance of "OhMiGod!" here.

One of my other favorites, "So Much Better" was also posted. As MTV is disabling embedding, here is the link to that one.

Finally, there is "Bend & Snap". As this is from a Broadway on Broadway event, here's the video:



I think a trip to NYC is in order, and soon.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

I Had To Have It...

Like Sarah Jessica Parker says, "I had to have it" and I finally bought COVET - my new signature scent. It's different than Lovely in many ways but its something that truly is moi. I like to change perfumes every so often and I've been sniffing this one since it was released as I was hesitant to purchase it. Just wish the price was lower - ouch!

Now I have to find a good purse size atomizer - the bottle is a tad clunky and my purse is heavy enough. Any suggestions?

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Something To Ponder...

Tonight as I was picking up a gift, I dropped by the new Tuesday Morning near the Millenia Mall (home of uber swanky stores i.e. Dior, Gucci, Neimans, interspersed with Macy*s, Bloomies, Williams Sonoma, etc.). So its a pretty upscale shopping area here along with Ikea, DSW, Super Target, etc.

The sign greeting me upon entering Tuesday Morning:"No Weapons Allowed In Store"

Are you flippin' kidding me?? *sigh* Buddy Dyer and the Orlando PD need to get their collective butts whipped into shape as our crime rate obviously is not declining. The store management is obviously hoping that the criminal element will see the sign and go "Hold up. I need to go put my [insert weapon of choice here] back in the car"

Welcome to Orlando Folks!!

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HSN Done Did It Again

Look at the time. G'head. Yell. Scream. Smack me upside the head. But I'm not totally to blame.HSN has Colin Cowie on again.

It's only Oct.18 and that man has me thinking about how to decorate the Xmas tree. Here's the kicker: I threw out the tree during the move. Guess I need to make that the first purchase, huh??

I wonder if there's a rehab for overdecorating??

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Yay or Nay: Betsey Johnson Silhouette Charm Necklace...

I picked this up the other day at Macy*s and I'm still on the fence - To keep or To return?? It reminds me of something that is very S&TC inspired and unique, however I don't know if it hits the heights of tacky.. what say you??

Betsey Johnson "
Silhouette Charm Necklace"


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Larry King - Journalist? Surely You Jest...

We'll get back to the fluff in a bit, promise - I'll even make this a three post day.. but I am heated and on a soapbox of sorts...

Riddle Me This: What. The. Heck. does Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and Mitt Romney have to do with JOEL OSTEEN?? I watched Larry King Live last night (well the last 45 min.) and, while I don't really talk about politics or religion much on this blog, last night I sat there watching Larry King interview Joel and Victoria Osteen and slowly my blood went from simmer to boil.

Like I've said before, I'm not a super fan of the TV preacher phenom., mostly because of my family's dealings with Jim Bakker back in the day. I'm very skeptical about that whole "send money" brouhaha that preachers tend to employ. As I was raised Catholic, I've been leery of the Church due to their refusal to confirm me because my parents wouldn't use the daggone envelopes for tithing. I believe in tithing, however due to the Catholic Church Confirmation Catastrophe of 1988, I've taken to making my tithing to charities that I believe in and support such as St. Jude's Children Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and some cancer, AIDS and burn charities. I feel that God knows and is cool with my decision. I'm not going to support a preacher who drives a Rolls, has a fancy schmancy house that the church pays for, etc. That is just not me. However, some time ago, I happened to catch Joel Osteen on TV and liked his message. I've read his book and, in my opinion, he's pretty good. And, get this, he didn't ask for money during his telecast. That floored me. So what if its gospel lite - for church on Sunday mornings, I watch Joel Osteen and, until the Catholic Church and I get on the same page, I'm content with that.

Before I get all preachy (which I'm far from), I have to say this: Larry King - WHAT THE HECK??? I know the TV market thrives on ratings. I know inflammatory questions are the cheap shot to get a quote which could invariably be taken out of context. However, I don't understand how asking Joel Osteen his thoughts on Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is relevant to today's world. I don't understand how it's relevant to the promotion of his book. I also don't understand the logic behind your attempt to get Joel to talk about Mormonism or even Mitt Romney. I know Larry has a personal interest in Mormonism and, in part, Mitt Romney's possible Republican nod (don't even THINK I would EVER vote for that cat - No Way No How). From what I've heard, Larry's umpteenth wife is Mormon.
What I don't get is how does Joel Osteen even FIGURE into anything on Mitt Romney? What Larry King SHOULD have asked is Joel's opinion on ALL of the candidates, not just single Mitt out.

Well, you can gather that Larry King is not my favorite. I will watch on Thursday for the Bill Cosby show to see if he asks Bill the same hard hitting questions then Larry King Live will be BANNED from my Tivo. I wonder - if Larry King had the Speaker of the House on, one might guess his line of questioning could contain "Ms. Pelosi: What is your view on Britney Spears? Do you think Paris Hilton found God in prison? Do you think Mitt Romney will win the presidential election?" blah blah blah...

Basically, the interview left me with a bitter view on Larry King Live and CNN in general. Journalists are supposed to be unbiased and not perpetrating their own agendas. Clearly, Larry King does not follow this process. And, for that, I have lost any and all respect I had for Larry King. Clearly, in my opinion, after watching the roadshow I saw last night, I think Howard Stern might have a bit more integrity...

You can watch some of the interview if you like
HERE.

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Ripped From The Headlines..

And in my county no less *sigh* Look at what was apprehended in Seminole County - a giant gator...13 ft. long and about 1,000 lbs. That's one big Birkin bag. I swear - this is why a gal must never swim in a lake in Central Florida - you don't know what the heck is in the water.

OK - before one gets all crazed on me for my insane desire to turn this supergator into a nice bag or a few pairs of shoes, keep in mind that it is allegedly responsible for the disappearance of several dogs in the area around Lake Monroe. You can read about it here.


Now back to our regularly scheduled blog fodder...

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