Monday, November 30, 2009

Have yourself another dose

St. Petersburg Technological University professor, Yevgeny Mokslaev, has discovered a method in which alcohol can be converted into a powder to be packed into pills. Yes, alcohol pills. Potentially, you can have your choice of drink (or is that drug?) as the new technique can solidify any type of alcohol: liquors, wines, beers and cognac.

When first stumbling upon this story, I thought there is no way this will ever be legal in the US. How easily and obviously will it be abused? Right away I'm imaging alcoholics, suicidals and frat boys cheering in unison. Now, I am none of these, but I personally do not care for the taste of alcohol and the idea of poppin' a pill to get my buzz on doesn't sound too bad. Rather, convenient actually. So when can have my doctor scribble me up a prescription?

The concept of getting absolutely hosed by tossing back a few doses is still one that has not - should not and probably would not - been made. These pills apparently have weak results and tastes like candle wax. Its true usefulness lies in foods, where the alcohol pills could be used as some sort of garnish. Mokslaev says he prefers his in ice cream.

Read more here or here or here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Phabulous gift idea for the Reader

Crafting a Christmas list can be a tricky task. Of course it can be easy to scribble down all your material dreams in hopes St. Nick thought you were especially good this year, but if you're like me, you know the value in research and Christmas practicality.

One gadget that has caught my eye - and millions of others' - is the Amazon Kindle electronic reader. I love to read and the idea of thousands of titles at my finger tips definitely excites me, but with a $260+ price tag, I know it is an unrealistic wish.

However, with a little research, I found that the Kindle comes with certain features that not only are unnecessary for my use, but runs up the cost. For some, the ability to take notes and highlight certain sections can be helpful, as well as the wireless feature allowing you to download new books on the go. For me, the thrill is simply having a whole library available to me for joy reading.

So here I present to you Sony's version of the Kindle, the Digital Reader Pocket Edition. It costs about $100 less than the Kindle, mostly because of its more limited use (no note taking, and stores up to 350 books vs the latter's 1,500) and the requirement of uploading texts from your computer rather than having a wi-fi connection. Also, being the pocket edition the unit is a bit smaller, 1" x 4" x 6" compared to the Kindle's .35" x 5.3" x 8", so it might be more difficult for some to read. Personally, I do not see these as burdens, I will just be sure to prepare myself with several titles before enduring a long trip away from my computer (not likely). Besides, Sony totally makes up for the lack of bells and whistles by making it in PINK. Phabulous!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday is now Black Everyday

Happy Black Friday everyone! Although I absolutely love shopping and may have a slight problem when it comes to frivolous spending, pushing through tight crowds to get half off of something that no one would want anyway just does not sound like my ideal shopping experience. I'm the kind of person that will take their good, sweet time examining each item and appreciates not being rushed or pressured into a purchase (other than eBay, but that’s another excitement altogether).

So, rather than share with you the craziest slashed prices available at BestBuy until 10 a.m., I give you a website that offers top-of-the-line products at somewhat affordable prices, for a limited time. From red carpet suitable designer gowns to off-beat electronics, at Gilt Group there is potential to give all of your loved ones a gift to wow. The site releases a limited number of items each day and are only available for a certain amount of time. Things do sell out quickly, and this I have had to learn the hard way (we're talking Me&Ro Jewelry here).

Many items, although some more than half off their original price, are still rather pricey so their can be no accusations of being a cheapskate. I have done my research and the "actual retail prices" are accurate.
Another appeal of Gilt Group is that not just anyone can register to receive the deals, you need to be invited to join. In return, that person receives $25 off an order if someone they invited makes a purchase. You can also request to join, but you will be put on a wait list. If you e-mail me at, I will gladly send you an invitation and hope to reap the benefits.

I treated myself today - as any devout shopaholic would - to a Phabulous wool trench on GiltGroup. It was a bit of a splurg at $188 - an even $200 with shipping - but is much more swallowable than the orignial $490 price tag. Perfect for a winter in Denver!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm thankful for PIE

I am a complete sucker for desserts. No matter how much I have stuffed myself with the main course, I will not - can not - turn down something sweet. Because of my weakness, it is my duty at Thanksgiving to create the last morsel of food for the night: PUMPKIN PIE.

I've made a couple variations over the years - traditional, pumpkin cheese cake to name a few. This year I tried a new recipe courtesy of a Cool Whip ad called Turtle Pumpkin Pie and to date, this is the winner! What is great about this pie is it's Cool Whip base making it very light and delicate, perfect for after a heavy meal of turkey and three different kinds of stuffing (yes, three. All in my belly.) Here is the super easy to make recipe:

Turtle Pumpkin Pie
Prep time: 15 min + refrigeration
Serves 10

  • Graham cracker pie crust (the recipe I used called for a store bought crust, but I made one mixing 12 pulverized graham crackers, 5 Tbsp melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar. My crust was a little on the crumbly side so I suggest upping the butter amount to your consistency liking. Pack tightly into pie dish.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans, divided
  • 2 pkg. (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup nuts (I left out the nuts at this point because not everyone in my family cares for them, but I think they would add some nice texture)

Beat pudding mixes, milk, pumpkin and spices until blended. Stir in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with remaining Cool Whip, drizzle remaining caramel as desired and top with nuts.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Security Fail


As part of my job in PR, I add all our client's latest and greatest happenings to different online event calendars. These are the security codes from the Phoenix New Times, where it took me about seventeen attempts to guess the combination of "case sensitive" letters. I hope you can appreciate my frustrations.

West Philadelphia, born and raised

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Photos from the past, instantly

Photography is a hobby of mine and I just recently purchased a DSLR camera (Sony a200). I love it, but as with my past digital cameras, I almost never get prints of my photos. Oh how I long for some kind of Polaroid/digital hybrid where you can get the convenience of instant photos with the high-resolution of digital.

Well, this program doesn't really help with my problem whatsoever. But it is a lot of fun! Poladroid is a free, super easy, downloadable program that turns digital photos into less clear, slightly discolored Polaroid-like images. Now if I only had a photo quality printer that would fix my dilemma. Meanwhile I will enjoy the nostalgia.

Everyday Hero

Talk about a good do-er. This man amazes me. Dan Phillips of Huntsville, TX builds homes out of unusual recycled materials (by unusual I mean like a ceiling made of picture frame parts), teaches unskilled workers the art of construction and then sells the low-cost homes to people in need such as single mothers. Saving the earth, society and families all in one. And to top it all off, these houses are ADORABLE!

Check out the full scoop here.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Okay, so this one I haven't seen. is the new which was the new which was the new

Seems like people will never get tired of seeing...uh, this sorta thing.

you googled what??

My friends and I discovered these gems during one of our usual Scrabble and wine nights and has since become a hilarious game. The following are actual screen shots from my computer, no Photoshopping (except for cropping). You can see what I started to type in the search bar, and these are the most common results before actually hitting search. Should we be worried about what people are Googling?? Try it for yourself, it can become pretty entertaining whoever can find the strangest search.

Shes Got Talent

My music tastes vary from classic to alternative and indie rock, with some guilty pop-pleasures including Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, but I have to say that this performance by Imogen Heap is the greatest display of musical talent I have ever seen. This video has been a long time fav.

Damn I wish I could do that.
"Dance like the photo's not tagged,
like you've never been unfriended,
tweet like nobody's following."

Home is what you make of it.

I love this picture because of the two contradicting emotions it evokes. The pessimist in me thinks how sad that this little creature has made his home in garbage, but I am also inspired by his ability to adapt. Although I started a blog to better express myself, using song lyrics seems to be a popular way to relate to the blog community. So if I may:

"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need."- The Rolling Stones

I stumbledupon this picture here.

If you must know...

Trying to pinpoint the theme of my blog has been the downfall of my many, many blog fails. Rather than trying to figure out the point of all this, I'm just going to go with this one and hope that it finds its own purpose. I'm not one to post my emotions or personal life, and I never have understood people who blog like the diary is going out of style ( has. But that doesn't mean that personal lives shouldn't be kept personal.) Here you will find things that amuse me, words that inspire me or whatever else I feel like posting at that moment. It may please or offend you, and I welcome feedback.

The main reason I started this blog is because I am about to embark on the most challenging event of my short, sheltered life: moving from my native Phoenix to Denver. I really missed the boat by not taking the chance at a fresh start right out of high school, and now I don't have the luxury of meeting people as I would have in school. This is going to be one hell of a roller coaster for me, I hope you enjoy the ride!