Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
She goes crazy only because she knows a dog will be running for the ball and she wants to run with them - she could care less about the ball.
Erik had this great idea to put a treat in the ball and throw it for her. It worked!!! Here is a video of her actually playing fetch & she looks like she enjoys it. Sorry, it is sort of shaky cam and somewhat boring.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This movie was absolutely horrendous to the point that we walked out of the movie. It made no sense, had all of the stupid Mike Meyers faces/innuendos, and was just awful. We asked for our money back but it was after 30 min into the movie. I'm probably writing a letter to the theatre to ask for our money again. It was beyond bad.
On a better note, I cannot wait to see these movies:
But what makes women different? Elda Di Re, a partner in Ernst & Young’s Personal
Financial Services group says she thinks women, even if they work, often still imagine that a “white knight” with money will come and carry them away. In anticipation, “they worry about having the right kind of clothes, the right kind of shoes, the right handbag.” Women also live longer and are more likely to die alone, than men. And Ms. Di Re agrees with the idea that they find conventional financial planning advice unappealing.
Around 40% of the women who participated in a study released today by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America said they found information on financial planning and investment either too complicated to understand or too boring to follow.
Solutions to this problem vary. Ms. Di Re says women should start paying more attention to their companies’ benefits. This goes for her own employees, too. “Every time I give out raises I ask: ‘Are you contributing to your 401(k)? Are you contributing as much as you can get matched?’ I am surprised by the answers.” She also recommends sitting down at least once a year and mapping out a balance sheet to figure out assets and liabilities, cash flow and net worth. Other financial planners have found women respond better to an entirely different format.
Ameriprise Financial tries to get women engaged by using fewer numbers and more emotional language. “It’s not just about finances,” says Elda Macias, director of market segment at Ameriprise. It’s about: “What do you want to do? What do you dream?” One tool Ameriprise uses is the “Dream Book,” a booklet given to women and couples containing questions like “If you could do anything, time and money aside, what would it be?”
“Men think about money like a river,” says Arika Larson, who runs a firm called Women Be Wise and helped Allianz with its focus on women. “It’s always flowing in their mind. Sometimes it’s just a trickle but they know the rains are going to come.” By contrast, Ms. Larson says, “Women think about money more like a lake. This is what I’ve got, this is how much I’ve got and if I give you some I’ll have less.”
**I've read finance books and I do not agree that women think some prince is coming to save them. Women think and feel differently about money in general. One big reason for women is that t scares some - all of the numbers/math/definitions of funds. They are worrying about other things like their kids & school. They will gladly give the finances over to a Husband if they can. However, some are completely different and have a firm grasp on finance. Suze Orman is one of the money masters and she says NO MATTER WHAT, if you have a husband who is a millionaire....the woman in the house should know exactly what the family finances are from the mortgage to the light bill. It is NOT OK to be in the dark about these type of things. I agree with Suze on that one for sure. ***
Friday, June 27, 2008
The California Air Resources Board announced today that they have developed a plan which will reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, from projected levels by 2020 or about 10% from today’s levels.
The report estimates that this means reducing state average individual carbon emissions from 14 tons per year to 10 tons per year. The long range goal of this plan is to reduce emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
According to the informal betting pool among scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado there's a 50/50 bet that the geographic North Pole will melt away completely this summer.
The ice had retreated to a record level in September when the Northwest Passage, the sea route through the Arctic Ocean, opened up briefly for the first time in recorded history.
According to the center's senior research scientist, Mark Serreze, specific weather patterns will determine whether the North Pole's ice cover melts completely, but the speed at which the projections for total ice loss at the pole have increased is really disturbing. With many scientists predicting just a few years ago that total loss would not occur in summer until at least 2050.
Big Green Purse explains in twelve chapters, how some seemingly insignificant decisions can make a difference, leading to bigger shifts in everyday habits and a cleaner planet. The book starts with easy to understand explanations of issues and concepts. MacEachern breaks things down, like the precautionary principle, chemicals, climate change, and air and water issues so that anybody can understand it, yet she doesn’t over-simplify things.
FALLS TILL THE FALL: A tour ship passed one of the four New York City Waterfalls beneath the Brooklyn Bridge Thursday.
The project, designed by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, consists of four man-made waterfalls around the city that will be on display until mid-October 2008.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Health Advisory: Wildfires
Smoke from wildfires in northern and central California is currently affecting air quality in the Bay Area. Air quality in portions of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, and Sonoma Counties is forecast to exceed federal health standards on June 25 and 26. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is advising residents in areas affected by the smoke to be cautious and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities. For more information about local wildfires, see the CAL FIRE website, and the USDA Forest Service. For general smoke and fire information, see our wildfire safety tips and CAPCOA’s Smoke Impact information and resources.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I have no idea what her problem was. She spent from about 730-9 staring out the window barking too.
Finally, she stopped and at about 1030 wanted to play with her toys. Maybe she was trying to tell everyone about her dog friend getting hurt. Who knows. What I do know is that it was annoying to listen to!
Finding dogs and people to bark out through the window
I think she thinks she is a cat. Look how depressed she is because I told her to stop barking.
Monday, June 23, 2008
The other magazines I get are Real Simple(love), Shape(I didn't renew), Domino(Why?), Us Weekly(Gasp! I did NOT renew this one), and Food & Wine(this one sucks!) Looks like the only one I really enjoy reading is Real Simple.
I am going to not renew the other ones when it comes time. Once the issue comes out, the magazine posts most of the content on their site anyway so what is the point of paying for a subscription!
auf wiedersehen Us Weekly
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The course was through Golden Gate Park. It was a pretty easy run and took us about 30 mins.
Me & Erik
20 Years of TNT!
Waiting for more finishers
"Lunch" was served after the race around 1030/11am
Yum-O. Asqew Grill was there to serve lunch
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Here is Evie hot this AM. I think she is playing dead.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Check out this funny pic of how she was sitting the other night. So weird sometimes.
Carl Pope, the executive director of the 1.3 million member group, will announce the endorsement at a joint press conference with the United Steelworkers union in Cleveland. The two organizations are part of a Blue-Green Alliance working to create American jobs and a greener economy.In an interview, Mr. Pope said that Senator Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, supports the “strongest set of positions that any candidate has ever offered” on the environment.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I find it mildly amusing/annoying when people 1)are in the back of the packed bus 2)dont get up early enough for their stop 3)PUSH through the crowd trying to get to the door 4)Stand there and yell 'back door' when really they should just step down to open the door themselves. I also love when people do that but we are not at an actual stop. That is the best.
Needless to say, I was sweating when I got to work.
Anyway, this is another way to SAVE. I took 3 books out and if I bought them at Borders, it would have cost me about $15 a piece. The library is on my bus route too so I just have to hop off, get my books, and get back on the bus to get home.
Also, on my way home from the library, I saw an interesting character on the bus. She was an old woman probably in her 70's. She had on a furry leopard print coat, her hair was frizzed UP, and she put her lipstick on all by herself - it was all around her lips. You know what I mean? Like how you put it on when you were 5? I know, I know - it is mean to say, she is old. But, it was a sight.
So many people attended the service including McCain, Obama(who sat next to each other), the Clintons, Dan Rather, Wolf Blitzer, etc. The journalists were on CNN too and they said that people are saying that this is how they felt when JFK died b/c Tim was such a great person.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The SF Macy's had the honor of hosting DAVID BECKHAM to launch his new Armani underwear ad & line to be sold at Macy's. Bailey and I left work early to go try to get a glimpse of him! We were probably 100 feet away from him. He literally spoke for 10 seconds and then signed autographs for people who had spent $200 on Armani clothes in the past week or something.
Hotness about to be unveiled
David will grace Union Square
(Me, Cristin, Lauren, & Jenn)
“His decision to completely change his position and tell a group of Houston oil executives exactly what they wanted to hear today was the same Washington politics that has prevented us from achieving energy independence for decades,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.
Click HERE to read the article about the flip flopping Republican.
The highlights of this article:
- President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to end a federal ban on offshore oil drilling and open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration, asserting that those steps and others would lower gasoline prices and “strengthen our national security.”
- The president’s move to end the ban on offshore drilling reverses his longstanding position on the issue. Together with the other proposals he laid out on Wednesday, it underscores how $4-a-gallon gas has become a major issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. A growing number of Republicans are lining up in opposition to the federal ban.
- The party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, used a speech in Houston on Tuesday to say he now favors offshore drilling, an announcement that infuriated environmentalists who had long viewed him as an ally.
- “This week’s flip-flop on offshore oil drilling by President Bush and Senator John McCain is nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices, and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits,” Mr. Reid said in a statement.
- In a speech to the United States Chamber of Commerce last week, Vice President Dick Cheney said, “We should hear no more complaining” from opponents of domestic drilling, whom he called “part of the problem.”
It will take all of my might to see a different show in NYC other than Hairspray when I am there next month!
People were saying 'Do you want me in this guys lap?" "Why dont you come back here and see how much room there is!"
Finally, we reached downtown and people started to get off.
However, I think the following people should NOT ride public transportation:
- FIDM students carrying their 'portfolios' and don't want them touched
- People who are clausterphobic
- People who don't want to be touched
- People who don't shower
- People who can't handle the stop & go of the bus
- People who get mad when it's raining and they get wet by someone's umbrella
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Drinking up to six cups of coffee a day may lower the overall odds of dying prematurely, mainly because it cuts the risk of dying from heart disease, a study released today suggests. But the study found that heavy coffee drinking doesn't cut your chance of dying from cancer.