Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
All the contestants were amazing, but Brooke White, Micheal Johns and David Cook were my favorites by far. C and I were super into Brooke this season and tonight was no different. I think we were two of her biggest fans at AAC. Oh, and I also actually really like Kristy Lee Cook. She did a beautiful tribute to all our men and women in uniform. With all that is going on in our daily lives it is easy to forget all that these people do for us on a daily basis, but they are the reason you and I are able to wake up every morning in the land of the free and home of the brave. We are truly lucky!!
Since today is Monday, C and I returned home and could not resist watching The Hills. I am actually a bit annoyed with this season and the characters, but obviously not so much so to quit watching. Tonight was a bit better than last week and everyone seemed a bit more down to earth. C sent me the following information earlier today and I thought you all might enjoy these numbers:
How much does MTV pay the stars of its smash unscripted series The Hills? Lauren Conrad earns $75,000 per episode-and that's a fact that has left some of her series co-stars seething, a new In Touch Weekly scoop claims. "The only reason LC gets paid more than anyone else is because she demanded in her original contract that no one could ever get paid more than her." "The salaries are based on who people care about watching more," says a mole. "If you bring drama, you'll get more money." Fashion forward LC is expected to earn $1.4 million for the complete fourth season of The Hills. Let's see how much her cast mates earn. Heidi Montag: $65,000 per episode ($1.25 million per year); Spencer Pratt: $65,000 per episode ($1.25 million per year); Audrina: $35,000 per episode ($665,000 annually); Whitney: $20,000 per episode ($380,000 per season); Brody: $10,000 per episode ($190,000 a year); Lauren "Lo": $10,000 per episode ($190,00 for The Hills Season 4); Stephanie: $8,000 per episode ($152,00 for Season 4); Frankie: $0.
Why did I not go into reality TV???
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The piece is tempera and gold leaf on poplar panel and was painted between 1350 and 1360. The entire upper background of the work is covered with this gold leaf and is rich in its' nature. The subject, just as the title suggests, is that of the crucifixion. Christ is upon the cross with Mary to his right, Saint John to his left and a donor kneeling at the lower right of the cross. Christ, the main subject of this religious work, is prominently at the center. His body is held to the cross by three nails; one through each of his hands and then a single one holding both of his overlapped feet in place. These feet rest upon a block of wood at the bottom of the cross's mound. From His feet scarlet blood flows down the mound and onto the earth beneath Him. The color scarlet is often seen to represent sin, so like any religious painting the artist added deep symbolism into this work. The blood and the S-curve of Christ’s body (which is created through the V his limp arms form as they try and hold up his dropping body) help the viewer gain a true sense of the Savior’s suffering. These attributes also serve to connect the viewer to their Savior.
Mary and Saint John the Evangelist have also been prominently placed to both sides of Christ; they too are holy. Mary, Christ’s mother is at his right. She is dressed in a blue robe adorned with gold trim on its edges and a red garment appears from under her hooded robe which hides her hair and feet from the viewer. Her face is full of sorrow as she tilts her head away from her dying son and her eyes are squinted and droop downward to add an even greater sense of emotion. Mary’s left hand clutches a piece of her robe as her right hand makes a three finger hand gesture towards her son. Saint John, who is at Christ’s left, also captures the viewer’s attention with the gesture his arms and hands create. As his head looks up towards the Savior his hands are clenched together and his arms form a circle up in the direction which he gazes. He is dressed in a light blue robe and has a salmon colored, gold trimmed, shawl which is draped around his body and over his right shoulder. Saint John’s feet appear from under his robe, but they, especially his left, have not been rendered very naturalistically and they point upward and almost create a floating effect.
The Clerical Donor kneels to the right of the mound which the cross sits upon. The cleric's hands are crossed over his chest and his eyes are barely open as his head is slightly tilted up towards Christ his savior. He is dressed in a black and white lined robe and white, long sleeve under garment also barely appears. Compared to the other three figures the cleric is dramatically smaller in proportions. His head is about half the size of theirs and though he has a prominent place in the piece he is minuscule proving that proportion was not nearly as important as subject to the artist.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I feel quite foolish and embarrassed by this.
Eagerly awaiting your Sage Advice,Rough Around the Edges
Dear Rough Around the Edges,
The problem here is that people don't seem to understand that when attending a party, a Guest must bring a Gift for the Hostess—not something intended to be Part of the Meal. (Unless, of course, the Hostess specifically asks you to bring a dish, i.e., for a Pot-Luck.)
While sometimes people bring Wine (and a Nice Bottle of Wine, if you know Your Hostess enjoys Wine, is a fine Hostess Gift), this Wine need not be served at the Party. If the Hostess really wants to serve it, she may, but it's Our Practice always to thank the giver profusely and put the Wine away for Another Time. Why? Well, what happens if Several Guests ALL bring Wine? It would be Very Awkward indeed to choose between them... whoever's Wine isn't served first will probably worry that the bottle they selected wasn't Good Enough, etc. And what if the Wine Someone Brought doesn't go with the Meal You're Serving? So it's always Safer to put it away for later. (Say something like, "Oh, this is lovely! Thank you! I've already decanted a Burgundy to go with Dinner, but I can't wait to try this!")
Guests who do Go Ahead and Bring Food, especially when they've been told it isn't necessary, are actually Being Rude (even if they have the Best Intentions). If someone invites you to Her Home for Dinner, she's going to have already Planned the Entire Meal, from Hors d'Oeuvres to Dessert. If she's just spend several hours Slaving Away over the Meal, it's terribly, terribly presumptuous of you to show up with Some Random Dish, expecting the Hostess to Serve It! Even if Your Pecan Pie always draws Raves, you should Leave It Home, Dear Reader, unless it's a Pot-Luck. Maybe the Dessert the Hostess has planned won't be quite as good as Your Pie, but you'll just have to Suffer in Silence.
What this Boils Down To is really a question of what the "Can I bring anything?" / "No, thank you," conversation really means. Since a Gift for Your Hostess is obligatory, you really can't ask if you should bring that—you simply need to Bring It, Period. Therefore, we don't think you Need to Ask at all—just Bring a Small Gift. (We mentioned Wine above, but there are tons of More Creative Options—pretty Vintage Cocktail Napkins, a book you think Your Hostess would enjoy, etc.) When we are asked, "Can I bring anything?" we interpret this to mean, "Is there anything you need for the party, along the lines of Dessert?" Some Hostesses probably will just say, "No, thank you," but we think it's best to Be Clear (especially if you've invited one of those Pecan Pie-Pusher People) and respond with something like, "No, thank you for asking, but I've just finished planning the meal and I've got everything Under Control." To sum it up, Dear Reader: Don't Ask; just bring a Hostess Gift that is Not Intended to be Part of the Meal. If you do ask and are told no, then you should ESPECIALLY not Bring Any Food—just a Hostess Gift, as always.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, cup up and undrained
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, undrained
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can corn kernels, undrained
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
Shredded cheddar cheese and Sour Cream (optional)
In a large soup pot over medium heat, combine ground beef and onion; saute until beef is brown (drain off fat). Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat.
Serve in soup bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese and sour cream if you so desire.
Makes 6 servings.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
They really work for the upcoming season. Especially the first as yellow seems to be the color to wear when the temperature drops. While on the topic of these pretties I could not resist including the one bag I regret not purchasing:
I honestly do not know what I was thinking summer of 2006, I mean does this not scream Lilly? I guess my mind was on my two Catherine bags. They really were two of the best purchases I have ever, ever made. Such is life!
PS: Hooray for Team USA Gymnastics! God Bless America!
So shop away ladies...it sure beats watching the underage Chinese gymnasts win the gold! Oh, also on another happy note my Gossip Girl Season One DVDs which are not released until tomorrow arrived in my mailbox today. I feel like such a celebrity getting items before they are officially released!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Temple rises quickly through the ranks of the Republican Party’s fundraising elite, navigating a treacherous community of lobbyists making deals for dollars, gossiping staffers, and child-like senators, to be appointed the highly coveted position of Finance Director for the Republican Senate Campaign Committee. Her every waking moment is spent convincing the über-rich and ultra eccentric to hand over the cash money green and, in the process, she learns everyone’s secrets. Temple knows which senators can be manipulated by baked goods, which donors are most likely to pass out drunk at dinners, which chiefs of staff are still “in the closet” and, unbelievably, which senators are actually good people, behaving with integrity even if no one is watching. She is envied, adored, respected, feared, and most of all needed as a fundraiser.
From the outside, Temple’s life looks like one fantastic party, but on the inside she’s tired of dating the wrong men and sleeping on the office floor. Her successes are measured in dollars, all of her status is derived from the politicians she knows personally, and all of her friendships stem from her career. But with her entire identity so wrapped up in D.C., can she walk away from it?
Party Favors gives a deliciously witty peek into the secretive world of political fundraising in D.C. Written by a former Director of Finance for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the novel explores the very real truth that favor means you owe, winning won’t save you, and, ultimately, you will be betrayed.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
The plan of the homes at Delos is unlike that found at Olynthus. The main feature of the home was a peristyle courtyard; in other words there are fancy columns that surround the courtyard which allow light and air to enter the main work area of the home (Berlin 25 October 2006). In some homes large, marble statues were also found in the courtyard which emphasized the wealth of the Delos community and the fact that there were no constraints as to how one displayed their wealth (Berlin 27 October 2006). Another aspect of the courtyard the stands out to any viewer is the mosaic floor that cover the foyer floor.
This style dining room was unique to Delos and the Hellenistic period. As stated previously, it did have more then one entrance which leads to the conclude that furniture could be rearranged (Berlin 25 October 2006). This way it was possible to not block the multiple doorways and use the floor space (just like our living and dining rooms). The room is likely the dining room because it is the largest room and was decorated with flat panels that were painted to look like stone veneer (Berlin 27 October 2006). Also, though little kitchen wear exists (it was made of metal) the little we have found was found in these larger rooms or just off them. The homes at Delos offer one a glimpse into a world where wealth was displayed and the people were eager to project themselves as people of class (Berlin 27 October 2006).
Berlin, Andrea M. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis. CNES 27 October 2006.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Upon entering a house, one would step into a paved courtyard that always faced South (Berlin 23 October 2006). All the other rooms in the home were arranged around this central courtyard area (much like some homes today!). There was a large room off the courtyard that was also accessible from the street. Since the town of Olynthus lacks any sort of business district the street access/entrance and objects found here-weights and scales- indicate the room was used as some sort of workshop or shop. Business was conducted here and the people of Olynthus had easy access to their businesses. An andron, or dining room, was another room off the courtyard. The door to this room was off center so that seven couches could be placed up against the walls of the room; these couches were where guests and the home’s owners would lay and eat their meals (I guess laziness could be blamed on our ancient ancestors). However, like any modern room these rooms were not without eye candy. Not only were the walls painted, but there was also often a mosaic floor which again only further indicates it was a special purpose room (Berlin 23 October 2006). The figures of mosaic were arranged in such a way that when lying on a couch they always appeared right side up.
Several clay pots and drinking vessels have also been found in various androns in Olynthus (Berlin 23 October 2006), again only further indicating that they were used to dining. The finds in the homes at Olynthus allow an archaeologist to draw conclusions about spatial usage which further helps one understand classical personal life.
Berlin, Andrea M. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis. CNES 23 October 2006.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Mother also found this adorable Vince sweater coat she picked up in chocolate brown for her only child. I own nothing at all like this piece so it is a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. I also think the weight will be perfect for Dallas as I can wear it as a coat in the Fall!
While on the topic of Fall clothing I could not resist including a few more of my favorites. The above dress is from the beloved Tory Burch. I love the classic cut (so Jackie is it not?) and the big enamel buttons are a nice, added touch. I am definitely considering making this mine during Partner's Card.
I also have fallen in love with the Fall Lilly collection. I went into the store in North Park last weekend and would buy every single piece I saw with the exception of one. They did not do a good job of making the items look as good as they are on the website. I mean this season is just as good as it was back in Fall of 2001. It is simply adorable! I like how there are numerous classic pieces one could wear to work. If you live near a company or signature store do consider popping in, but only if you are ready to write a BIG check!
I would also like to inform you all that C and I made our hotel and car arrangement for the Fall Lilly sale AND "OMIGOD" we bought our Legally Blonde tickets today!