Thursday, May 31, 2007
At the age of 4 the Drachenberg family emigrated to the United States.
She collects vintage platform shoes and designer clothing.
She makes a cameo appearance in HIM’s music video for “Killing Loneliness”.
She was exposed to the arts at a very young age which led to her love for the works of Beethoven.
She speaks fluent Spanish.
She is obsessed with photos of downtown L.A.
She skateboards to work.
Her favorite band is Motly Crüe and their song “Starry Eyes” is why she had stars tattooed on her face.
She gave her first tattoo, a Misfits skull, at the age of 14 and was hired into her first shop at the age of 16.
She is accomplished in portrait and realistic art with an empasis on black and gray scale.
She appeared on TLC’s Miami Ink and will be opening her own tattoo shop, L.A. Ink in spring 2007.
Here are some examples of her work:
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
For example, as much as I have fantasized about having a threesome (what girl hasn't) I can't imagine actually being in a relationship with multiple people at the same time. I even have a hard time casually dating more than one person at a time. It could be that I am easily confused and would have a hard time remembering who said what but I think that it is more that I feel like I am betraying someone.
Which is why I have never understood the lure of cheating. I have read many articles that say that men cheat because of the physical release and that it isn't an emotional one. If that is the case, why aren't they whacking off in the shower and keeping the fidelity in their relationship?
Being a woman, I think that for women it is more of an emotional need. You feel ignored, unimportant, that you aren't being fulfilled emotionally so you go and find the guy that makes you feel beautiful, special and important. I am certain that there is the rare woman that cheats for physical needs too. Probably their husband/boyfriend doesn't satisfy them the way an old flame did so they run back to the old flame to get that need fulfilled.
What is the lure of cheating? I don't get it.
I see the pain, misery, anger, hatred, mistrust and the devastation that it causes. If you are planning to cheat or even if it is a spur of the moment thing and you end up cheating on your significant other what brings you to that point? Is it a lack of morals or a lack of strong character that people succumb to? Is it an overwhelming desire that you are unable to control? Is it knowing that you are "getting back" at your significant other because they did something to hurt or anger you?
Have you ever been cheated on? How did it affect you? Were there any positives that resulted from being cheated on?
Have you ever cheated? Was it worth it?
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Go to Wikipedia, type in the month and day of your birth, and then list 3 events, 2 births and a holiday that fell on that day. Here are mine:
Holiday: World Food Day
Birth: 1854 Oscar Wilde (Irish writer)
Birth: 1977 John Mayer, American Musician
Event: 1916 Margaret Sanger founds Planned Parenthood by opening the first U.S. birth control clinic.
Event: 1922 The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney & his brother, Roy Disney.
Event: 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis between the United States & Cuba began.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Sometimes I wonder if people can see right through me. I wonder if they can see me better than I can see myself. People always say that to know who you really are, you have to strip off the layers (like an onion or as Donkey in Shrek would say - a tasty parfait) to the real person who is underneath. But what if there isn't a person underneath. What if the layers are the only things that make you who you are?
I haven't ever been able to peel down all of the layers to get to my authentic self. How far do you have to go? It seems that I won't ever figure out who I really am. There are a lot of things in my past that I hide from. Many of them I don't even remember as I was quite young. Do I have to go that far to find my authentic self, and if I do get that far, what will I find? A quivering mass of terror cringing in the corner? A girl ready to come out of the dark into the light?
Never getting through all of the layers frustrates me. I want to know who I am. I want others to know who I really am. Sometimes I feel so artificial like I am made of plastic (unfortunately not in the shape of Barbie). If anyone can tell me how to peel the layers and get to my authentic self I might just have to buy them a Frosty.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
He is the youngest of three sons and has Polish ancestry.
His nickname as a child was "Lattice" because of his unique hairstyle.
He graduated from Brown University as a playwright with honors in 2002.
His TV career began in 2002 as an intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Since then he has appeared in several films including Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson & Laura Kinny; Duane Hopwood starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He appeared in Jarhead & had a supporting role in The Holiday. He had cameos in For Your Consideration & Dreamgirls.
You can currenly hear his voice as Sir Lancelot in Shrek the Third.
Prior to his current TV role he appeared on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, American Dad (as a squirrel), and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
He was recently featured in People Magazines's Sexiest Man Alive issue of 2006.
You can currently see this weeks HDH appearing in the hit television comedy The Office as Jim Halpert.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ John Krasinski
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Me: When did it become popular to not wear pantyhose with heels?
Co-worker: I have no idea. It has been a while.
Me: It seems like celebrities started this trend. It doesn't make sense.
Co-worker: Why not?
Me: Because when I wear my heels with no pantyhose my feet get all sweaty and by the time I get home they smell like butt.
Co-worker: Me too!
Me: Maybe we can figure out a way to stick our feet out of the car window while driving to air them out so that we don't choke to death on our own stank.
Co-worker: Yeah, why don't you work on that.
Monday, May 21, 2007
1. I was adopted by my father when he married my mother. He is the only dad I have ever known. I did call my biological dad when I was 14 and had a conversation with him. He acted like he had always acknowledged me and it really upset me because I knew he was lying and never talked to him again. I have two half-sisters and I met one when I was pregnant with Devon.
2. My mother was going to name me Heather Dawn until the night before I was born. She said she was in the hospital and I just didn't feel like a Heather Dawn, so she named me Rachel Heather instead.
3. When I was 4 years old I was at my grandparents cabin and they were making home made ice cream with an old fashioned churn style freezer outside. I leaned over to watch and slipped on the wet wood and hit my face against it right below my left eye. I still have a small scar. Devon has a scar in the exact same place from running into the keyboard storage area of a desk when it was open.
4. I had a mole on the back of my scalp that bothered me so I went into the bathroom at work and cut it off with a box cutter. It didn't even hurt.
5. I tend to get tired of cars really quickly and average a new (to me) car about every two years.
6. My first kiss was under a bridge on Gasoline Alley (a kids attraction where you ride in small 4 person cars on a metal track and can stop and start at will) at Knott's Berry Farm. I was 12 and on vacation with my dad visiting his friend Bill and his family. It was Bill's 16 year old son Jimmy that I kissed.
7. I HATE cooked vegetables. I love salad and can eat fresh veggies from the garden but if you cook them, I won't eat them. I do eat potatos but they are a starch, not a vegetable. I eat maybe one ear of corn a year doused with butter and salt.
8. I have really short, stubby toes. Funny Girl has really long toes to match her long feet and my 2nd toe only makes it to the knuckle on her toe. I grow my toenails out to the edge of my toes to make them look longer.
Friday, May 18, 2007
It has been an interesting experience for us to try and decide what we were going to have done. We couldn't agree on a matching design because although we get along great we have different tastes and styles.
We decided that instead of getting matching tattoos that we would each choose our own and then add the infinity symbol to signify our that our friendship is eternal.
For a long time there has been a design that I saw and absolutely loved. I saw in on the programs that they hand out at church and it is the logo that they use for the high school ministries. It is intricate, yet simple at the same time and incorporates different Christian symbols. Every time I look at it I am fascinated.
This will probably be my last tattoo and will be on my upper back. I will have it placed low enough that it won't be visible when I am wearing clothing that I wear to the office.
The only thing that I haven't decided on is the placement of the infinity symbol. I might put it at the bottom of the other design or right below it as pictured.
If you look at the design you can see a torch, a fish, a cross and a halo (some people see a stylized angel too).
I am really excited to share this experince with Funny Girl and to have a permanent reminder of our friendship. Because we will be friends to infinity and beyond.
Sidenote ~ Sorry, I couldn't resist to quote Toy Story.
P. S. You can see a picture of what Funny Girl is getting here.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Every time I tell someone what my favorite snack food is they either get a look of pure disgust or like it is a fantastic idea that they have to try so of course you will have to let me know what you think.
I take a Salt & Vinegar potato chip ~ Lays Stax is the best because they have a very intense flavor. Then I place a chunk of Extra Sharp cheddar cheese on top and also add a thin slice of Hickory Farms summer sausage. I eat it in one bite and chase it with a swig of ice cold Diet Pepsi.
Man it is tasty. Of course if I can't get the Hickory Farms summer sausage then I use pepperoni instead. Ninety percent of the people that I have convinced to try it absolutely love it. I bet if you tried it you would love it too.
Would you ever try this? What is your favorite strange snack to eat?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
He attended Hollywood High School, where he was Student Body President.
He went on to the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity, majored in psychology and minored in architecture.
He was bachelor number three on an episode of The Dating Game prior to starting his acting career.
At the start of his career he made guest appearances on shows like Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H*, Kojak, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Starsky & Hutch and had a small recurring role on The Waltons as Reverend Matthew Fordwick.
Right before his major break in television he married Nancy Morgan and had 3 children: Carly, Tyler & Jason. They divorced in 1996 and he remarried in 1999 to Amy Yasbeck and had one more child, Stella.
Before they married Yasbeck had played opposite HDH as his wife in 2 movies and an episode of The Bill Cosby Show.
In 1977 HDH received his big break and shot to major stardom playing Jack Tripper, a single ladies’ man and culinary student who lived with two female roommates. He pretended to be gay to keep the landlords appeased over their living arrangement. Threes Company continued until 1984 and is still in syndication today.
After the end of the sit-com HDH appeared in a few movies including Problem Child 1 & 2 and many made for TV movies. He also did guest appearances in shows such as Ally McBeal, Scrubs & Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In 2002, he made a comeback with the family sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
On September 11, 2003 he became ill during rehearsals. He was taken across the street to the hospital , where he died hours later in the same hospital in which he was born.
He passed away on his daughter Stella’s 5th birthday from an aortic dissection caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
After his death many movies and TV episodes were dedicated to his memory including Bad Santa, a Scrubs episode, King of The Hill, as well as the entire season of 8 Simple Rules.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ John Ritter
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I had a bottle of nail polish in my purse, whipped it out and quickly painted my toenails whilst sitting on the privy doing my business.
A woman sat down in the stall next to me and I am sure probably wondered who in their right mind would paint their tootsies while tinkling.
That would be me.
I have done some other odd things in the bathroom at work. I flat ironed a friends hair for a night out and have done a mini-spa on a cancer survivor to brighten up her day.
These things were done when I was finished with my shift but because I live 30 minutes away from work it isn't productive to drive home, do these things and then turn around and head back into town.
When I worked at a convenience store in the early 90's I caught people having sex in the bathroom. I found used condoms and dirty panties.
I have also heard one person pleasuring themselves in the womens bathroom where I am currently employed.
Monday, May 14, 2007
I was absolutely shocked. I totally wasn't expecting a Bluetooth, especially one that matches my phone.
Funny Girl had taken Devon shopping on Saturday and had asked for suggestions and I really didn't have any. I wanted to tell her to get me the Casino Royale DVD but I didn't want to know what I was getting so I told her that anything was fine.
When they returned I asked her how much I owed her for everything and she refused to take any money or even tell me how much it was. Now I know why.
Devon was really excited and wanted me to use it right away. When I told him that it had to be charged he looked crestfallen.
Later that day we were heading out to Rico & Don's house for Mother's Day dinner and enjoyed barbecue chicken and all the accoutrements that go along with it. On the way there I tested my Bluetooth and left a message for Funny Girl asking her how it sounded and calling my mother to wish her a happy Mother's Day. I never reached her so I left a message. I did end up sending flowers as well.
All in all I had a fantastic day spending time with friends and family while Devon had a great time playing baseball with the other kids along with the occasional game on the Game Cube and loads of fun throwing Snap It's on the ground.
On the way home while listening to Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire on cd I couldn't help thinking to myself how incredibly blessed I am.
I have friends who love me and willingly spend considerable money on me to make sure that my Mother's Day is celebrated with penache.
I have friends who invite me to spend the day with them and their family because to them, I AM part of their family.
I have a friend who always send me a Mother's Day card because she hasn't forgotten the day that I surprised her with her card and gift even though her daughter lives in Canada and no one else made an effort to make her feel special. I wanted her to feel as special as I know that she is.
I have a mother who was as happy receiving a phone call as she was receiving a gift for Mother's Day because she knew that I couldn't afford to send her something in the past.
And I have a son who loves me more then I can even put into words. He never fails to remember a holiday or birthday and goes out of his way to make sure that I receive something, even if it is just a pretty rock that he has found and a letter letting me know how much he loves me.
I am truly, truly blessed.
Friday, May 11, 2007
2. I am taking Devon and two of his friends to see Spider-Man 3 tonight. I have 6 free movie tickets so I am taking care of the tickets but the kids have to bring money for their snacks. You should have seen how quickly they ran to ask permission when I invited them. It was hilarious.
3. I am getting together tomorrow with two of my best friends, Anne & Funny Girl. This is the first time in months that we have gotten together just the three of us. Well, the kids will be there, but you know what I mean. Life has just gotten crazy, especially for Anne, and it is hard to get together.
I will be making pulled pork sandwiches which means that I have to defrost one of my Boston butt pork roasts today and toss it in the crock pot at ButtCrack AM tomorrow morning.
4. Mother's Day is on Sunday. I got my mom a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com and am pretty sure that she will buy a book with it. We are both voracious readers. I asked her if she would rather have flowers or a gift certificate and she chose the latter. I might still send her flowers too.
5. I was invited over to a friends house to celebrate Mother's Day with them. Rico & Donnie are having their families over and wanted me to be there to celebrate too. I am so blessed to have friends that always include me on the holidays. It sucks being alone or not having lots of people around to celebrate stuff.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
After attending boarding school HDH went to Georgetown University for two years and then transferred to and graduated magna cum laude from the Warton School at the University of Pennsylvania witha bachelor of science in economics in 2004.
While at boarding school HDH turned to modeling as mom would only paid for tuition and HDH had to find a job to pay bills and other needs.
HDH has been on the cover of magazines and also gone down the fashion runways for Versace, Marc Bouwer and Thierry Mugler along with doing campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Sassoon Jeans.
HDH hosted the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 1997 but gained fame in 2003 when featured in Born Rich, a documentary about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's most affluent families.
Was a featured guest-judge of Project Runway Season 3.
In 2006 HDH appeared in five episodes of her father's reality program.
She reportedly paid $1.5 million for a two-bedroom apartment at 502 Park Avenue.
In the September 2006 issue of Stuff Magazine , HDH named Joaquin Phoenix as a "big celebrity crush," and described Christian Bale as "a sort of Adonis".
She had been offered to appear in The Bachelorette , but she declined.
She does not consider herself as an 'heiress' and does not like being compared with Paris Hilton.
Currently HDH works as vice president of Real Estate Develoment and Acquisitions for her fathers organization.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Ivanka Trump
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I still sucked my fingers even into elementary school. I remember in third grade we always had to put our heads down and be quiet after recess for a minute or so before class would start. It would be dark and I would stick my fingers in my mouth. I didn't want anyone to see me do it, but it was still my comfort.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I have been really tired lately. Like more tired than I should be even working and doing everything that I have to do.
I went to the Doctor and they took several vials of blood to check me for anemia and thyroid issues. I found out from the phlebotomist that I have wide, flat veins. I would say that it sounds like it matches my ass but my ass isn't flat. It is wide but shapely. I have what is called an onion booty or a ghetto booty. Both terms have been applied to my ass.
I bought my airline tickets for my trip to Seattle in July. I have no idea why I can get a flight to England for the same price it costs me to fly into Seattle. Why the hell are the tickets so expensive? I got a great deal and spent less than I ever have before on tickets but they were still $369 apiece. Is it because there are no low cost airlines flying there that also fly to Chicago or Detroit? I would gladly travel to one of those hubs to save a couple Benjamins but I am always stuck flying American, Northwest or United. I usually spend between $400 to $450 per ticket so I shouldn't complain.
Oh well, it is worth it to see the fam damily. It will be nice to be there in the summer instead of winter. I usually go for the holidays but I want to be outside more and do more things.
I am hoping that while I am there that I get to meet some bloggers that I read like Egan and Sizzle. I am sure that there are more but my mind is drawing a blank. So, if you love me and want to meet me when I am in the great Northwest, let me know and I will see what I can do.
Living in Michigan isn't where I thought that I would be at this point in my life but I gotta tell ya, May is a kick ass month in Michigan. The trees are bursting with leaves and the blooms on the trees are so thick it looks like a painting. The sun is shining and the grass is lush. Well, all the grass except for in my yard. My yard is lush with dandelions. I try every year to get rid of those bastards and they keep coming back.
Anyway, back to May in Michigan. The smell of freshly mown lawn tickles my nose and always lifts my spirits. It is wonderful to know that another dismal winter has passed and that God willing there won't be more snow for another 6 months.
I am off tomorrow because I have to work on Saturday. We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a food day so I will be bringing my "famous" Spanish chicken dish. It is easy AND delish. Well, not as easy as chips and salsa but you know what I mean.
I am behind on my shows on TiVo. I didn't get home last night until 11:30 pm because I was over at my friends Rico & Don's house. We hung out, had dinner and watched American Idol. They have a gorgeous house and I feel so at home there. I might just get rid of my house and go live there forever. It sure would save me on my monthly bills, that's for sure.
I haven't been motivated to get my spring cleaning done. It is frustrating because I want my house to be clean and tidy but it always seems that I am behind. Having a nine year old who doesn't understand the concept of putting clothes in the laundry or putting dishes in the sink doesn't help at all. But I can't blame him for everything. I am not the neatest person in the world but I am trying to improve. I need to have another game night at my house so that I have the motivation to clean everything.
I wish I had a pillow. I want to take a nap. Sorry for the rambling post.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
His father is a physicist and his mother is an educational consultant.
He was a member of the school band as a French horn player.
He was subjected to considerable harassment from some of his classmates as he was the only Jewish student.
He admits to smoking heavy amounts of marijuana as an undergrad.
HDH held numerous jobs, including contingency planner for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, contract administrator for City University of New York, puppeteer for children with disabilities, construction worker, caterer, busboy, shelf stocker at Woolworth's, and bartender at a local blue-collar bar, the Franklin Tavern.
He moved to NYC in 1986 to try his hand at the local comedy club circuit but didn’t get on stage until 1987.
He began using his stage name by dropping his last name Liebowitz and changing the spelling of his middle name.
In 1991 he began hosting Comedy Central’s Short Attention Span Theater.
In 1993 he was a finalist to replace David Letterman who was leaving NBC, but Conan O’Brien was hired instead.
Later that year he developed his own show on MTV that became an instant hit. It was the first talk show on MTV and the second rated show behind Bevis & Butthead. It was later cancelled due to poor ratings as a result of having a 2:00 AM timeslot in most areas.
In 1998 he released his first book Naked Pictures of Famous People.
In 1999 he began hosting The Daily Show on Comedy Central and has won a total of nine Emmys as either a writer or a producer.
He married long-time girlfriend Tracey McShane in November 2000 and had their first child Nathan Thomas in 2004. Their second child Maggie Rose was born in 2006.
In 2004 America (The Book), a mock high school history texbook which ended the year as a top 15 best-seller.
In 2006 HDH hosted the 78th Academy Awards.