Friday, February 27, 2009

Lovin' Marilyn

...sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together - marilyn monroe

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Google This.

What's the last thing you Googled?

I was just about to type something in then laughed out loud when I realized the last thing I Googled was:
"mattress over head"

Too easily amused.
Much too easily amused.

And should Googled be capitalized? I never know.

Thundering-Lightning-Rain Fogging!

As the weather outside is currently does bring back a "fond" memory:

One time...
at DePauw University...
We had a week of extensive tornado warnings/threatening storms (yes, threatening: this is so you understand these were no ordinary storms). Since we didn't have access to our basement senior year, we e-mailed the housing department about what we should do in the future to protect ourselves.

And Mike "Help-us-not-can't-remember-his-last-name" wrote back these words of wisdom:

"Fit as many of you as possible in the bathtub, then cover your heads with a mattress."

THANKS, DePauw University, thanks.

Living Stronger.

So today's started out pretty...well, just not good. You know, one of those days. They happen to everyone and it would be easy to dwell and sit back and let the bad day take over. But then I peaked into my gmail inbox and realized I need to chill and appreciate and laugh at the "bad" things because nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

From: Jimmy Fowkes
Subject: A Note from Jimmy Fowkes
To: "Joe and Peggy Angel"
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 3:42 PM

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Angel:

Thank you for supporting my LIVESTRONG Challenge campaign last year. Your generosity means a lot to me and all the people who benefit from the work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). Because of your support, Molly and I raised over $44,000 (the most we’ve ever raised)! We were both honored to have over 240 people join our team last year.

I had my latest MRI scan last week, and it’s clear! Currently, there is no evidence of cancer in my head. Right now I’m in the middle of my junior year of high school. I’m currently taking six classes: Junior English, Junior History, Advanced Algebra, Spanish 4, Art 1, and Film Studies. I have also been prepping for the SAT and getting ready to apply to colleges. Some of my top choices are: Stanford, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz.

On top of all that, I have also been taking driver’s ed. After I’m done, I’ll be able to take my test and get my license (so for everyone near Portland, watch out, ‘cause Jimmy Fowkes is out on the road!).

This year, Molly and I are hoping to raise $50,000 for LIVESTRONG Challenge and the LAF . Now that my intense treatment is done (I’m still on low-dose oral chem
otherapy), I’m planning to get back on the bike and ride the 45-miler with Molly and my dad at the 2009 LIVESTRONG Challenge, which will be in Seattle on June 21st.

I am very proud to be entering my fourth year of fundraising for the LAF. It’s a privilege to work with such a great organization. I have also been thinking about why I have been doing the LIVESTRONG Challenge every year. Cancer is not just a national but a global priority. Thousands lose their lives every day to cancer. In the last four years, over thirty m
illion people have died from cancer worldwide. That is roughly equivalent to the population of California. Imagine everyone in California – men, women and children – dying from a disease. It is now more important than ever that we push for a cure for cancer.

Like Lance, I believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. Thank you again for your support. Molly and I hope that you will join us again in 2009, as we are very proud to have you on our team. To donate to our 2009 LIVESTRO
NG Challenge campaign, go to:


Jimmy Fowkes

(Molly, Jimmy and ol' Willie in Austin last October)

Sweet Sound of Spring.

Yesterday marked the official first day of spring for me.
The Cubbies had their first spring training game and added one W to their book. I know a lot of people do not believe spring training counts, but I couldn't disagree more. It all starts now. Now is when I will be reading every article, cutting out pictures, altogether, spending too much reading about this team that I love so dearly. I'm not "calling" any World Series Champs, but I would like to call at least making it to the play-offs again and winning one game. Just one.

This year will be different. Mark DeRosa will no longer be at second base on Wrigley so I'll to figure that out. However, I won't take this out on you and I'll figure out a way to move past this - though it won't be easy.

So until Opening Day at Wrigley Field on Monday, April 13 - here's to some solid spring training and Go Cubs Go!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

One Quote Can Say It All.

Phat Tuesday.

Aside from the fact, it's National Pancake Day - meaning free flapjacks at IHOP! Ever wondered why today is really called 'Fat Tuesday'? Thanks to M, here's the answer:

Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The day is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from "to shrive," or hear confessions), Pancake Tuesday and fetter Dienstag. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I Fancy Bad Jokes.

• So how is the elevator business treating you?
Oh, it has its ups and downs.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ryan Started The Fire

This video encompasses two of my favorite things: Billy Joel and "The Office."

Friday, February 20, 2009


My obsession with WORDS leaves me speechless.

BUT I must share a fact I learned today and never realized:

the only word in the english language with all vowels and in order: facetious.

Marinate that, why don't cha?

(Knowledge credit goes to The Liz)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

'ello, Saucy Minx.

As I was crossing the street towards the EL station to head home for the night, I realized that we walk on the sidewalk similar to how we drive. We head where we are going on the right-side of the sidewalk. Which naturally, got me to thinking...which side of the sidewalk do they walk on in England? Is it the left, similar to their car traffic or do they take the American way of walking on the right-hand side? Is there a proper sidewalk ettiquette that all worlds follow? If so, what is it? Have we adopted it as our own? How curious!

Yep, these are some of the life-changing thoughts I think while trying to cover as much of my body with material to protect it from the brutal wind that was today.


For the people with too much time on their hands,


You provide the entertainment we need to get through each day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Before The Snuggie...

You thought the Snuggie was the perfect invention, apparently before the Snuggie, there was the SLANKET. The blanket that does the same exact thing, but I'm guessing their marketing campaign clearly wasn't as strong.

Especially because it featured this photograph.

I am actually currently snuggied and loving it. You know you're jealous.

I'm a Dog Person.

Even after this video, I'm still a dog person, but it's "cute."

I Want His Dance Moves.

This guy takes music just as seriously as I do...and I totally appreciate it.

Happy index fingers!

My Life is Blessed

...because of this website....

I wish I was the genius behind the site. FML.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Case and Point.

So it's been a while, but while browsing different Bucktown menus, I found a major typo.

It's a SANDWICH, not a sandwhich.

No excuses, Jane's Restaurant.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yup, Sure Is Real Life...

Case and point why I hate the dentist...

This poor child. Yet I can't disagree that I won't videotape my children when they are "coming back to life" post-medication.

I Invented Penelope.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Too Much Information

So the latest Facebook craze is to share 25 random things about you...I stayed in on Friday night and found myself typing too much information into the "notes" section of the site. I thought I might as well share them all now, seeing as the Super Bowl is boring me at the moment. Really, I'm just excited for the hour-long "Office" that's on afterwards!

1. i can't believe i am actually going to attempt this, but that's what being "old" and staying in on a friday night means.

2. my story-telling skills are lacking, but the effort during the telling is not.

3. i prefer to write in all lowercase letters because capital letters make me feel like someone is yelling at me.

4. i hate being in front of the camera, but love being behind it.

5. i think new year's eve is the most overrated holiday of the year, but it would be the ideal night to get married.

6. i never hit the snooze button.

7. i can do a mean impersonation of "gus gus" from cinderella.

8. i don't really understand fashion "trends" and hope to stay this way.

9. i know what the secret to a good life is.

10. whiskey girl.

11. my itunes is never not on shuffle.

12. i could live on cereal and mac n cheese.

13. i probably care too much, but that's not going to change.

14. i love the #14.

15. i'm obsessed with eminem and i wrote my senior thesis in college on him.

16. dog person and trying to figure out a way to own my own english bulldog.

17. i should have been the youngest sibling. instead i'm the oldest, yet my brothers know more than i do.

18. i get aggravated when the car in front of me has their blinker on, but doesn't turn or change lanes. can they not hear the clicking?

19. i don't like throwing parties because i'm always afraid no one will show up.

20. still trying to understand why people are so consumed with themselves rather than worrying about the bigger problems.

21. i have never left the country, but desperately, desperately want to asap (desperately).

22. i always dance like no one's watching.

23. i wanted to be a cartoonist growing up and often still think about it and doodle.

24. walking elephants down the middle of NYC at 1 in the morning during the middle of the week was quite possibly one of the coolest experiences of my life.

25. i'm shocked you took the time to get to number 25 so thanks. now go grab a beer.


I dislike commercials in which babies talk.

It's creepy.
Please don't do it.
Just stop, E-trade, just stop.

How I Love My Brother

Lord knows, there are only a gazillion and seventeen reasons I love my youngest brother...the conversation we had yesterday morning while I was at my parents' house is merely reason #232398 as to why:

me: What were you watching....ooooo trivia!
brother: Want to make cookies?

It's like we totally ignore the words of the other, yet somehow always come to the same conclusion of our amazingness.

It's tough being so blessed, but somebody's gotta do it!

Elizabeth Who?

So I received this e-mail this morning...not sure who sent it to me, but I'm pretty sure they had the wrong e-mail address or this is just a spam mail dealio. Either, it made me giggle.

Hi kayligh please don't play my game blue bear Is behind the tv if you play my game I will know you know you are not sepposed to play it so don't bye!:)(:
Sent from my iPod

I'm definitely not "kayligh," but poor girl's not allowed to play blue bear anymore! Such a shame. And they wonder why kids' creativity is going down the tubes...