This morning, I have decided that few things in life are better than this gal waiting on me whenever I exit a room (if I have closed the door and she can’t come find me exactly where I am).

This is Ruby moments ago, sporting her “ohhhhhh there you are!” face.

Do you or someone you know wear The Patch as your form of birth control?

This is important.  Please watch it.  Please.  And actually… while I’m at it… please reblog.  Please oh please reblog.  This needs to get out.

What you will learn in this video

  • Perfectly healthy women are dying, essentially from estrogen overdose caused by The Patch.
  • At least 2 Johnson & Johnson VP’s lost their jobs or resigned because of their knowledge of the high risks of this product and J&J’s unwillingness to do anything about it because of the profit gained from The Patch.

"NBC News has obtained private internal documents from Johnson & Johnson which suggest the company knew about an increased risk of death in connection with using the birth control patch, but put women in danger anyway. NBC’s Jeff Rossen reports."  (directly from site)

Image source.

Video source.

(Special shout-out thanks to Jenny for sending this along to her beloved girlfriends.)

This.  THIS!  This has to be my GPOYW as well because Carmine HAD just goosed Kate and Kate totally thought it was me for a hot minute.  That is my “giggle giggle oh my gosh, I swear it wasn’t me!” face.  Although Kate DID walk right up and put her backside RIGHT in my face before said goosing occurred.  So um… you know… you kinda deserved it, you slinky Californian, you!

scenes-from-my-hood:

happy wednesday.

this is me with what can only be described as RAGE on my face.

lindsay had just goosed me.  let’s blame it on that.

photo credit: danielle.

(this post was reblogged from kate-plus-camera)

Over the weekend, several amazing Tumblr ladies and I had multiple discussions about Tumblr avatars.  This was one of them.  (Poor Meg!)

It was also brought to my attention that my avatar doesn’t really look like me.  I mean, it does look like 2007-ish me, but correctly does not look like 2010 me.

So, I hope you’ll still recognize me as I come across your dashboards, lovelies.  Because this new avatar is here to stay for a while!

So… I got up this morning and the first thing I did was drink a tall glass of high-quality H20.
The second thing I did was place a phone call to attempt to land a part-time position to go with the Development Director position I have already accepted.
The third thing I did was communicate with my future husband about loving him.
The fourth thing I did was play with Ruby.
And the fifth thing I did was SEE THIS BLOG POST AND SQUEAL! 
Now, the sixth thing I’m doing is snagging Meg’s comment and reminding the internet world that I can refinish furniture — crappy, great, antique, new, you name it — and turn it into a work of art. 
So… ahem… cough cough… who wants to getcha some of these skillz?

So… I got up this morning and the first thing I did was drink a tall glass of high-quality H20.

The second thing I did was place a phone call to attempt to land a part-time position to go with the Development Director position I have already accepted.

The third thing I did was communicate with my future husband about loving him.

The fourth thing I did was play with Ruby.

And the fifth thing I did was SEE THIS BLOG POST AND SQUEAL! 

Now, the sixth thing I’m doing is snagging Meg’s comment and reminding the internet world that I can refinish furniture — crappy, great, antique, new, you name it — and turn it into a work of art. 

So… ahem… cough cough… who wants to getcha some of these skillz?

Many companies doing business in Africa will soon move their sites to a dot.africa domain, so Coca Cola in Africa may become cocacola.africa. “We think dot Africa is a more powerful brand than separate African country domains,” says Sophia Bekele, a Kenya-based Ethiopian, who is leading the project.

From the Economist: The “Africa 2.0” initative is bringing Africa’s smartest marketing brains together to promote a brighter image for the continent. (via quarterlifecoe)

Apple’s addition:  I spent a month living and working in Zimbabwe during the Summer of 2006.  There is not a single day that goes by during which my heart does not call out to Africa.  I love this news.  The beautiful people there deserve a kinder and more productive image.  For what that’s worth, they deserve a kinder and more productive existence.  Bravo!

(this post was reblogged from quarterlifecoe)

these are my essential truths of blogging

Because very recently, this space has begun to attract some new kinds of attention, I want to welcome my new readers (thank you for finding me interesting enough to hang out here for a while) with a little introduction of my own.

This is what you will find in this space.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

There are several tabs at the top of my page.  Each one represents a large part of me, and I tried to condense this blog into categories for easy perusing.  Here’s what you should know about each:

  • love.love.love.  This is the spot where you can discover bits and pieces of the most important man in my life, my Boo, my Jacob (though in this space and in real life, he goes by Jake).  He asked me on our first date in August 2008, and ours is not a love story with no bumps in the road.  However, it is a love story populated with him asking me to marry him in May 2010 and I can authentically say that is the date my life changed forever.  He loves me entirely for who I am, flaws, bumps, bruises and all and anticipates my needs before even I know what it is I need.  He is a rascal with the kindest, gentlest heart I’ve ever known and I cannot picture my life without him in it.  We don’t know yet when exactly we are getting married, but our Wigglypup, Ruby, and I just moved in to his home and that process has been one that neither of us take lightly.  We were both willing to do it, but ultimately I ended up being the one to give up my big-girl job and my big-girl life (that were three hours down the road) in order to come and be by his side (which is always where I truly belong).  I just accepted a new job, which fits in perfectly to our new life.  We are truly partners who believe in equality for all who choose to love and who are lucky enough to find it.  It is not an accident that this is the first tab on my blog.

  • making a home:  This is where I will store little tidbits of home decor and general home-y things.  Don’t be fooled!  I am not Little Miss Housewife and typically, in the home, I am the first to tell you I have no idea what I’m doing!  In fact, just this weekend, one of my fellow bloggy friends promised to teach me how to cook via the internet.  Yes!!!!!  I am a little bit obsessed with cleanliness, and by that I don’t mean “neat and tidiness” (though that’s important to my mental health too), but instead, I mean actual germ-free-ness.  I could probably be clinically diagnosed somewhere, though I’m pretty sure it’s not really that bad.  My philosophy about home-making is this:  It should be a reflection of who resides there, regardless of what that involves; It should be “green” and as environmentally friendly as possible, because we all make an impact on the world in which we live; It should be a place where one can go to feel at peace.  I try to create that for myself and my little family, but at times, I too fall short of this life goal.  It’s all about the process and, if I’m really lucky, a great end result.

  • wigglypup:  This is my-dog-turned-our-dog, Ruby.  She’s three years old now and I adopted her from a rescue organization in November 2007, with the help of one really great friend and the support of my always stellar then-roomie, Cassie.  (I also tricked Cassie into adopting Ruby’s sister, Bella!  Sneaky sneak!)  She has a tendency to get spooked by some loud noise and make a run for it, but we’re really hoping she’s grown out of that.  Whenever she has made a run for the hills, this blog community on Tumblr has been EXTREMELY supportive and has helped me to find her!  She is insanely perceptive, entirely too lovable and she adds unmeasurable joy to our life.  She weighs almost 60 pounds and she’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, however, I will always call her things like “little” and “precious” because she can squish herself into the tiniest of spaces and, trust me, you’d do it too if you met her!  She’s generally really friggin’ cool and she doesn’t get mad at me when I bring home stray animals to hang out with her for a while.

  • wellness:  This is a space where I talk about well… wellness.  Mine, usually, but sometimes other people’s as well.  I am 5’7” tall and barely weighed 100 pounds my entire life, until a misinformed doctor put me on a medication about a year and a half ago that was entirely horrible for my system (and was entirely out of the range of medicines I needed, though I didn’t realize it at the time) and I gained 50 pounds in about a 12 month time period.  I’m now in a place of working that off, and I can gratefully say 30 of those pounds are gone and I’ve been able to do that in about 4-ish months, give or take.  My general philosophy on wellness is this:  we are all responsible for our own health and we should be polite enough to respect the health needs of others.  If you catch me on a frisky day, I will virtually yell about people not properly washing their hands.  There is one essential piece of my wellness puzzle that I occasionally choose to share with this internet world.


  • fashion:  I am somewhat fashionably challenged, and I usually buy my clothes on sale at Ann Taylor Loft.  However, I love cowgirl boots and trying really hard to put outfits together that make me feel cute because, despite my constant struggle with the superficiality of this, I am better able to contribute to the world around me when I feel put together.  Some of my favorite things have been sent to me by people who read this blog and I am truly humbled.  I am no fashionista, but I’m a functional comfort-nista with a little bit of a twist.

  • mywings:  This is a dumping ground of sorts for all the many categories of my life that don’t fall into the others.  What you’ll find here are photos of goofy things my friends and I do when we get to spend time together, articles I might enjoy, quotes others have said that get my mojo going… or any smattering of things, really.  I really like hitching a ride on almost any experience life brings my way and you’ll probably get a good sense of that here.

  • myroots:  This is where you can read about my family and the place from which I came.  My family really is the root of who I am.  My Mom and Stepdad, my Dad and Stepmom, Mysister, her husband and their two ADORABLE children, my aunts, uncles, cousins (and another one who wasn’t there that day!) and all the little things that come from growing up in a small rural town in the South.  My favorite philosopher is my 80-something-year-old grandfather, Pop.  Everyone calls him Pop… and I mean everyone.  It is also no accident that this is the last tab on the page because the bookends of my life are My Love and My Family.

I want to thank you for stopping by.  For reading what you choose to read, and for having that occasionally be about me.  I recognize that blogging is narcissism, and this is mine.  Thanks for being who you are and for respecting me for who I am.

Welcome!

(this post was reblogged from kate-plus-camera)

P.S.

I officially accepted a new job in the Triangle while in Austin, and my first office orientation begins this afternoon.

Happy happy joy joy!

missjacobi asked: i know this isn't the first time you've heard this...

every time...EVERY time...i see your avatar pop up on my dash, i start humming "apple bottom jeansss boots with the furrrrrr"

favorite blog URL ever.

T-Pain and I thank you!  Though it isn’t the first time I’ve heard it, I hope it’s not the last.  So, thank you for sharing!

In real-actual life, it is rare to see me going a few moments without dancing.  I’m always walking around singing and shaking some part of my body or, at the very least, tapping my toes. It was my desire for my blog name to suggest that, so thank you for reaffirming!

I hope your day is stellar!