When I showed my sister the video she said "Ummm....You just used your picture? Why didnt you use anyone else?" Looking back - I have no idea why I only used my picture. It seemed like a good idea at the time! It comes across as really conceited now that I think about it. Oh well lol. I love the video anyway :) You should def. make one! They're so much fun!
I cleared out about 3,000 + photos from iPhoto on my MacBook recently....
random/irrelevant pictures of my curly headed past that were just taking up space. During my "clean"-I found a lot of pictures I completely forgot about, and haven't taken a look at in ages. There are a few photos amongst the thousands that I want to share with you guys! They're all from my teenage years/high school.
I'm quite fond of each of these photos for different reasons:
My first job at Marble Slab
My first (and only) car...
97 camry woot woot! I purchased this bad boy in the fall of 2008. I haven't had a single problem with it! Such a good car. My entire family drives camry's - that look EXACTLY like this one. One glance in our driveway and you think we're a cult of silver camry driving wingbats. Seriously lol. Everyone who comes over, or picks me up from my house says "Do you have 3 identical camrys?" and I say "UGH..NO...mine is DARK silver, the other two are just silver" lol.
I love my car.
My Senior Prom....
(Have you ever seen me with long straight hair? Well....now you have lol.)
I rarely wear my hair straight, and for some reason I felt like doing it the day I graduated high school, and ironically Mia (who is a big ol curly head herself) straightened her hair too. I think we turned out pretty good :)
Mia and I both took part in our graduation ceremony. Mia sang the national anthem, and a beautiful song while I made some really really really corny speech that sounded just like one thats been recited in multiple films in the 90s. I remember losing my place half way through my speech and panicking. It was like a 15 second melt down in front of thousands....geeze it was terrible lol. I made a good and humorous recovery though - said something along the lines of "Of course this would happen to me. I should've seen this coming. Haha" Humor gets me a long way in life lol.
My speech was all about "following your dreams" and "being yourself' and " being a go getter in life" lol....geeze....i was so lame in high school . I was a pretty stereotypical peppy high schooler- I was in every single club imaginable, in AP classes, a varsity cheerleader, prom queen....I'm embarrassed of myself when I look back.
I invested so much into something that is sooooo irrelevant to the rest of my life. Ohhhhh well lol. High school will always make for a pretty good story.
I also took some time to mourn the loss of my once beautiful long curly locks while clearing out my photos....
::One last thing::
This weekend I will be unable to update my blog due to the fact that I will be out of town Friday-Sunday. In the event that I will not update one last time prior to this weekend (which is unlikely, but plausible) I hope you all have a very very safe and fun Halloween!!! I'll be sure to update you on all of my festivities as soon as I return!
ok ok ok - I'm sure you're thinking "Enough about you Jenna, lets get to the food already!!!!" And you're right. I've just been going on and on and on and on and on about me.....it's prime time to let the food, music, art, and gadgets speak for themselves.
Let us begin...
(1) KANYE WEST – RUNAWAY (FULL LENGTH)
I suggest you set time aside during your day to watch this entire film….it is absolutely amazing. Kanye is a musical genius and a true artist.
(3) BEN FOLDS Ft. REGINA SPEKTOR– YOU DON’T KNOW ME
BOBBY FLAY’S – BOBBY’S BURGER PALACE
NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT, PENNSYLVANIA
(1) CHECK THE HALLOWEEN TREATS FOR THESE UNWANTED TRICKS
"Even if you don't buy much candy all year, chances are you're buying it now to prepare for the Trick-Or-Treaters when they come knocking on Sunday night.
So take a break from carving pumpkins in the shape of Star Wars characters and focus a little extra care on those treats — at least two kinds of candy have been recalled in the last few days.
Nestle USA recalled bags of Raisinets in the 10 oz. fun-sized bag with a production code of 0201574 and UPC number 2800010255 sold at Target and Shop Rite all over the country because they may contain peanuts that could cause bad allergic reactions in some kids.
And the manufacturer of MegaPops has asked store owners to take all packages of its lollipops off shelves after it found metal bits in some of them.
MegaPops maker Colombina announced a recall of both 14 and 28 oz size bags of watermelon, cherry, orange and grape flavored pops, and the UPC Code numbers: 0 14272 10873 9 or 0 14272 10862 3. Look for the lot numbers: 1240695, 1209708, or 1209796.
"We are always guided by customer safety and satisfaction," said Carlos Gil, Colombina USA Vice President. "Using an abundance of caution, we are working with all our valued retailers to quickly remove the product from the shelves. We’ve also set up a special 24 hour hotline to answer any questions consumers may have," he said in a statement. (1-888-317-3686)
So how do you know when candy or other food products are getting yanked? Foodsafety.gov has a rolling list.
(2) THE NEW SCHOOL
“Chefs and seafood lovers rarely see eye to eye where fish is concerned. Diners, for the most part, want fish that tastes mild and comes cloaked in breading or slathered in butter.
But many chalkboard chefs prefer to serve more unsung species, which typically taste bolder than, say, a filet of sole. It's a way to keep things surprising, and to help staunch overfishing.
Well before the BP oil spill and the resulting temporary ban on commercial fishing in nearly one-third of the Gulf of Mexico waters, the seafood industry was already in dire straits, with six of the 10 most popular fish in the country off limits.
It's all rather grim news, but its net value is not to be overlooked: A lineup of undervalued fish has been making the rounds at high-profile restaurants across the country.
It's a smart way to introduce fish that are far from being household names to the dining public. Yet it can be a gamble: Big or small, brackish or open sea, these "chef selects" tend to taste like, well, fish (a taste that chefs prefer describing as "like the ocean").
"Nobody ever sends a steak back because it's steaky," said Tenney Flynn, the owner and chef of New Orleans restaurant GW Fins and widely acknowledged as the fishmonger czar of the Gulf region. "But when the more popular fish are being regulated, something has to come up to take their place."
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(3) A SUGGESTION TO THE MILITARY TO SLIM DOWN ITS POTENTIAL RANKS: GO VEGETARIAN
"Obesity affects many aspects of our society, and the military is no exception. But the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a solution to slimming down potential recruits: promote vegetarianism.
The committee recently wrote a letter to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offering free copies of its "Vegetarian Starter Kit." The group supports "compassionate and effective medical practice, research and health promotion," according to its website, and is against animal research and testing.
A news release included part of the letter from the group's nutrition education director Susan Levin: "It is not too late for the overweight young people showing up at your recruiting stations," she wrote. "Instead of turning away a quarter of your potential recruits because they are too heavy, why not arm them with information on how to improve their health? Then schedule them for a return visit at a later date."
The kit offers a three-step program to adopt a plant-based diet as well as tips on getting down to a healthy weight and staying there. According to the release, the cover shows an overweight man holding a cheeseburger looking at a reflection of his slimmer self in a military uniform holding an apple.
The number of people who are overweight or obese has indeed become a problem for the military. A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that from 2007 to 2008, 5.7 million men and 16.5 million women of military age were over the U.S. Army's enlistment standards for weight-for-height and body fat percentage.
The study said, "The implications of rising obesity for the U.S. military are especially acute given its recent difficulties in recruiting a sufficient number of new high quality service members in the midst of combat operations overseas."
While we're certainly not against a plant-based diet, the committee might want to suggest adding some exercise into the mix as well since, as we all know, getting rid of excess weight is best done by making lifestyle changes and adopting more healthful habits.
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(4) ‘BRING YOUR OWN RESTAURANT’ HOT IN HOLYOKE
“After 5 p.m., downtown Holyoke, Mass., is a ghost town. People used to flock to this part of the city to shop, see a show and grab a bite to eat. But the former industrial hub — once famous for manufacturing paper — has been in decline for the past half-century. More jobs are key to its revival, but some locals think sharing in a good meal could really help the city out.
On a recent evening, an abandoned gas station with a curb blocked by cement barriers is the meeting point for a group of people who appear to be pulling chairs and tables from the trunks of their cars. It's almost dark. Some boxes are set on the sidewalk; linens and dishes and food are pulled out; and what moments ago was an eyesore has been transformed into a popular place to eat. It's called BYOR. That stands for "bring your own restaurant." It's not quite an established venue, but the food is very good.
It's free to those who share. And the ambiance is unexpected, as the outdoor location keeps changing. People learn where BYOR is going to be via Facebook. In the mild weather, it's "open" every other weekend. No reservations required — just an appetite and some extra chairs if you have them.”
“This hybrid potluck began with a group of friends heading out to an art opening. They wanted to sit down to a nice dinner beforehand but weren't interested in the very few downtown restaurants open at night. So they temporarily opened one themselves. It was the first BYOR — along the canal opposite the gallery. And it grew from there, into something its "founders" never planned on.”
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(1) WORLDS LARGEST SUSHI MOSAIC
(2) SUSHI POPPER
Offal enthusiast Chris Cosentino, of the San Francisco restaurant Incanto and The Next Iron Chef, has teamed up with the zany apparel company Betabrand to create the first ever pair of pants designed specifically for eating.
Made in small San Francisco sew shops, these $100 "Gluttony Pants" have all the bells and whistles serious foodies need, including:
Three different buttons at the waist labeled labeled piglet, sow, and boar to accommodate expanding bellies.
A soft caramel canvas lined with burgundy-colored cotton and a dark khaki wash that might even hide food stains.
Sharp graphics, from the mind of Cosentino and illustrated by artist Jon Adams "that depict the life cycle of a glutton--from the miracle of birth to the final, agonizing moment before death by heart attack."
Lastly, they are "to [Betabrand's] knowledge the first trousers equipped with their own napkin."
[[Today’s video clip]]
For those of you who aren't very "Halloween Savvy" here is an overview video clip:
(1) SPIRITED HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES
(2) HALLOWEEN SEVERED CHEESE FINGERS
(3) WITCHES HAT CAKE
(4)HALLOWEEN CANDY FANGS