Sunday, July 29, 2007
I'd like to say a huge thank-you to my sponsors, everyone who's left comments for me tonight, everyone who has read along, everyone in the IRC chat , and the blog explosion radio people for keeping us awake!
Tallulah Jane says goodnight!
As a song I know would say, this blogathon is a half pony half monkey monster that I made to please you.
I think "impending doom" is my favorite phrase.
I'm totally losing my voice- mostly from singing along with the radio. My hair's still kind of wet, and I'm basically a mess. Bed is going to ROCK.
Thing I'm looking forward to about vacation #98752- several places there sell the BEST chocolate croissants EVER.
Thing I'm looking forward to about vacation #98753- Japanese TV!
We turn on the soap operas, and make up our own stories!
One thing I'm really looking forward to is seeing the new Nemo musical at Animal Kingdom.
A clip, of course!:
Big Blue World:
I'm surprisingly awake for it being 6:30am!
I work front desk at a hotel, and last week, our computer totally crashed. Yes, the computer that holds all of the reservations. The computer that tells me EVERYTHING- it was all gone!
We still have printed copies of everything, but you can't begin to imagine how much there is to go through. I spent a solid 5 hours on Friday typing in reservations that had been made all year, and still didn't get close to doing them all. It's crazy!
The hardest part is not being sure how many rooms you have sold. Are we sold out? Overbooked? Still have a lot of empty rooms? There's no way to tell until we get the reservations sorted back out. NOT fun, to say the least!
My job does have its amusing points, of course. One of our favorite passtimes is making fun of the names on reservations. On Friday when I was typing up the giant stack, I had one for a man named Peter Johnson. I was like "Wow, why not just name the kid Penis and get it over with?" My manager had one for some people whose last name was "Hottubbe". Seriously?
I'm trying to think of some amusing work stories to tell, but my brain is blank at this hour! Do you think my manager would be pleased if I called her at 5am to ask for blog ideas? I bet she would!
Ah- just remembered one! For Halloween a few years ago, we decided to prank the maintenance guys with various Halloween decorations. One thing we did was use fake blood to put handprints all over the maintenance room door. The only bad thing was that they wouldn't wash off! No matter how many times they painted over it, reddish handprints would fade back through. Everyone on the 5th floor probably thought the hotel was haunted by some ghastly murder victims or something.
Ah, good times!
And because this song is playing on the blogathon radio, which prompted a discussion of this episode...
And just because it makes me laugh EVER time:
And now thanks to the radio, I'm singing Take Me Or Leave Me, quite loudly.
I think that this may be the first time I haven't made it all the way round the blogathon webring during the thon!
I haven't posted a video in a while, so here's one of Rachel Brice, one of my favorite dancers:
I think she is 50% snake and 50% awesomeness.
Just 6 posts left! Hopefully at least one of them will be good!
Singing the Elephant Love Medly along with Blogathon radio. So sleepy I'm starting to think that my speaker is really Ewan McGregor, and am tempted to make out with it.
$1000 to the first blogathonner that gets Ewan over to my house to wake me up for some hot Scottish lovin!
4 hours to go! That's just 8 posts! I'm planning to go take more silly photos as soon as I can.
Hopefully I'll get around to posting the video tonight!
Excuse me, but there are flowers on my head!
Can I eat them, perhaps?
Flowers confuse me!
Do they make me cute?
Flowers make me...wistful?
This is my "serious supermodel, baby!" face.
Cracking up at the hilarity of it all.
Going to go take some pictures to amuse myself- after that I may take a quick shower to wake up!
A bit of pimping this time for some of the sites I've been reading:
Jaynee at Something Simple Art is posting links to various Etsy shops. It makes me want to shop! I've never really looked around Etsy much, but there are some seriously cute things there!
Blogamel's blog is just great in general- lots of fun!
Kteachone has been posting the occasional HP trivia- fun! Plus, I just like looking at Snape on her page.
That's it for now! I'll try to post more later!
Starting at 3am, I'll be posting silly photos. Any requests? I'm pretty much shameless at this point.
This is #1 in a series of "my favorite things" from around my house.
A few years ago, I worked for a courier company. Part of my job was picking up boxes of things (x-rays, urine samples, patient records, etc.) from various doctors' offices, and delivering them to the hospital lab.
One day while I was in a doctor's waiting room, waiting for them to get their stuff together, I saw these maps on the kid table. The idea was to color them, but I thought it would be fun to use to keep track of which states I've been to, so I grabbed one, and stuck it in the crate I used to deliver stuff.
Of course, I forgot about it when I got to the hospital, so along with the usual specimens and documents, they also recieved one map of Henrietta and her missing chickens. Oops.
I was even more amused the next day when it was still there at the hospital, waiting to go back to the doctor's office. I remembered to keep it in my car this time!
As you can tell, I seem to have missed most of the northern US so far. Minnesota is just outlined, not colored in, because I've only been to the airport there. (Kindly explain how Minneapolis is a logical layover on the way from Missouri to Mexico?).
I'd like to hit all 50 eventually! (Except maybe Delaware, which I'm pretty sure doesn't actually exist.)
I just finished doing a video post, but it's taking its sweet time uploading, so I'll be posting it at 1am instead.
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting so far!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I've been wondering- Do you guys answer your phone every time it rings? I'm a big phone ignorer, probably because I hate talking on the phone in general. If I don't recognize the number on the ID, I don't answer. I occasionally don't answer even when I do know who's calling, either because I'm busy doing something else, or I'm just not in the mood to talk.
My mother, on the other hand, never misses a call. As soon as the phone rings, she dashes to it. She could be naked and getting ready to get in the bath, but she'll throw on a towel and go talk to someone.
What do you do?
I'm trying to decide what to do next- put on some upbeat music and dance around, doing some house cleaning for a while, to get really awake? Try the video blogging thing again? Take some photos? Explain, in detail, how I feel about all things Harry Potter?
What would you most like to see?
If you're a fellow blogathonner- what has been your favorite topic that you've posted about so far?
Can you imagine not having internet? I can't even fathom it! So much of my daily life involves being online! Crazy!
I am so stuck on things to write about! I've exhausted my favorites from YouTube, I'm not feeling inspired to take any photos... now would be a great time for suggestions if you have any!
In the mean time, I'm off to make that tangerine snow cone now!
Most frozen Mexican dinners are AWFUl, but I gotta say, for $1, this one doesn't suck!
I'm curling up with my Plate o' Food (or an incredible foodlike substance!), and an old episode of Sex & the City.
I'm feeling tired again- it's that halfway through the 'thon thing where I always start to get a little tired. 11 1/2 hours still to go!
I'm headed upstairs to make some dinner- hopefully food will wake me up!
Because it's fun to laugh at others, here are 2 of my recent embarassing moments!
I'm pretty hard to embarass- I really don't mind making a fool of myself in public. These two things, however, happened in the same WEEK, which I found somewhat impressive.
1) My mom just had her 50 year class reunion, and they hired me to make a little slideshow featuring the yearbook photos of each member of the class, and where they are now. I had my laptop hooked up to a projecter, so that it would put the image from my computer directly onto a big screen.
I got my laptop all hooked up and ready to go, and then they decided they were going to eat dinner before the video, so I just left it hooked up.
I forgot about my screensaver.
My screensaver scrolls through all of the photos on my computer.
A room full of about 100 people were treated to 200 of my personal photos, on a giant movie screen before I noticed.
Thankfully, there weren't any REALLY embarassing ones in there- just pictures from vacations, hanging out with friends, various dance performances, etc. At least I wasn't naked or something. But still, havig a huge room full of strangers looking at your photos for like half an hour, without knowing? A little blush-worthy!
I just hope that they all realized that it was an accident, and not me saying "I have you all as a captive audience! Look at ME while you eat! ME ME ME!"
2) Annie, who works the shift after mine at the hotel had just come into work. As I was getting ready to leave, we were having a conversation that somehow turned to moles. (the skin thing, not the mammal.) She mentioned how she once thought one was a tick, and tried to pull it off, to which I replied "Oh, I try to pull off my cats' nipples all the time, because they feel like ticks!"
Of course, at that moment, a pizza delivery guy walked into the lobby.
The entire bit of conversation he heard?
"I try to pull off my cats' nipples all the time!"
He nearly fell over laughing. All I could say was "Wow, that was a BAD time to walk in on that conversation!"
We can never order from Dominos again.
It's now a few minutes away from 8pm- the halfway mark! Congrats to everyone who is still going!
I sent a request in to the Blog Explosion blogathon radio for them to play Skullcrusher Mountain, but I doubt they will- they seem to be playing songs that people actually know. So, I'll do my best to post Skullcrusher (BEST SONG EVER.) in my next post!
Oh, forget that- I'll just add it to this post!
I love this video because some person actually took the time to illustrate the song! Very cool!
I've traded in listening to the blogathon radio show for Pandora.com, which is pretty awesome- you put in songs and artists you like, and it builds a radio station of similar music. For each song it plays, you can rate if you like it or not, so it eventually learns what you like pretty well. And it's free!
A few pictures of Tallulah and I watching the rain earlier today-
Right after this one, my face got licked.
One from our cat nap early this afternoon-
Note that she's trying to blog for me in her sleep!
I forgot that today's Satrday, so no Daily Show or Colbert Report after all- sad!
My boyfriend stopped by to keep me company during the blogathon-
My other boyfriend, John Stewart, will be on tv in a few minutes, so I need to get this post together quickly!
You know, if I weren't raising money for MSF, I'd me blogging for the Charity to Fund the Care of Mrs. Potatohead The Multiple Amputee. If you're here via my link on the DIS, you've probably heard of her. If not, allow me to introduce you to her noble struggle!
There's an awesome store in Downtown Disney called Once Upon A Toy. One whole room is filled with potatoheads and potatohead parts, and they have a deal where you can stuff a box full of parts for a set price. Much fun!
Unfortuatly for Mrs Potatohead, while I got her all sorts of neat things like a Mary Poppis hat, Ariel hair, and a Mickey head balloon, I forgot some important things.
Like feet. And another arm. And ears. And a nose. Etc.
One of my main missions when I go back in October is to buy things to complete her!
Needless to say, she's a little grumpy about her neglect.
(You can't quite tell, but her thumb is up my nose!)
Potatohead related violence!
So, let us remember today, as we blog to feed the homeless, save the kitties, and give kids books, that there are also potatoheads in need! Poor, neglected potatoheads counting on us for hope for a brighter tomorrow!
It is, however, fun to steal their accessories!
I think this is my favorite one- I call it "Getting my ducks in a row."
The video post is on hold for now- the parts that I shot turned out way too dark, and then my video camera battery died before I could film more! Hopefully later tonight!
Coming up in the next post- more photos! Sillyness ensues!
4 of my crushes that you could probably guess:
4 crushes I have that you probably wouldn't guess:
Alan Rickman (Well, okay, you already know that one from the earlier video post! Or if you've been to my MySpace lately.)
Dave Salmoni- he hosted a show on Animal Planet where he slowly integrated himself into a herd of lions. HOT! (I also totally had a crush on Steve Irwin.)
Who do you dig that's a bit unusual?
Random note- they're playing "If you wannabe my lover" by the Spice Girls on the blogathon radio cast right now, and I'm finding it hard not to dance around. This worries me a bit!
I bought these shoes at Target a few weeks ago, only to get home and discover that there's a ridge in the fabric back at the heel that makes them super uncomfortable! I still haven't gotten around to returning them, though.
My neice has a similar pair, an claims they get very comfy after you wear them for a while. I'm not sure if I want to deal with breaking them in, though.
So- vote! Keep the shoes? Return the shoes? Their fate lies with you!
1. Journal and/or Moleskine notebook
2. Cell Phone
3. Lip Gloss
4. Something to read
7. Credit & Debit card
The dumped out contents of my purse. Click here to see this photo on Flickr with notes about each object!
Congrats to my fellow Blogathonners to making it 1/3 of the way through! Just 16 hours to go!
I thought I'd post a few "Top 7" lists. I collected ideas for them over the last few weeks, so I could fill them out today.
7 Cities You Want to Visit
Bleh! This is one question where just picking 7 is HARD! Can I add Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, Rome, and and and….!
4. Buying scrapbook supplies (I never seem to get around to actually using them, but I’m awesome at the shopping part!)
7. Travel planning!
7 Favorite Places to Visit/Spend Time
1. Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay
2. Beach by Luau Cove at the Polynesian Resort
3. Sitting area on the 4th floor of the Wilderness Lodge lobby, especially with one of the giant fudge brownies from Roaring Forks. Yum!
4. Adventurers Club! (See previous posts!)
5. Anywhere in the woods, especially on horseback
6. Used bookstores, libraries, and new bookstores! Anywhere that the books live, basically.
7. At home, in bed, snuggling with the cat. I have hermit tendencies, and she’s a good catnap buddy!
7 Experiences You’ve Had That Many People Haven’t
1. Bellydancing on a flatbed trailer in front of a large crowd of people, some of which were dressed as pirates.
2. Petted a white rhino
3. Acupuncture- Have you ever had needles sticking out of your face?
4. Skipping 1st grade
5. Going “underground” at the Magic Kingdom into the utilidors. Okay, so thousands of people who work there have done that, but not the general public.
6. Having a passport photo that I actually like!
7. Actually guessing a detail of the 7th HP book that was TOTALLY random. (I don’t want to post what it was here to avoid spoiling people who haven’t finished reading yet, but I’ll answer in the comments if you want.)
7 Things You Can Do That Most People Can’t
1. Speak some Swahili, Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin, and Italian
3. Answer pretty much any question involving Disney World
4. Make snow-cones in my kitchen
5. Quarter time pas de bourre with full time glute squeezes! (Yay, Salimpour dance format!)
6. I can *almost* do the splits. Let’s count that, since I’m running out of things!
7. Quote almost any episode of Buffy
7 Things You’d Like To Learn/ Study
1. Ethnic dance
4. I’d like to know more about architecture.
5. I’d love to study poetry
6. Roman riding/trick ridig
7. I wish I had a better grasp of mythology
7 Things You Want
1. A beach house
2. A tattoo
3. An iPhone
5. A lifetime WDW annual pass
6. Every season of the Simpsons on dvd
7. A 7 night cruise!
7 Songs You Love
1. Skullcrusher Mountain- Jonathan Coulton
2. Proper Hoodidge- Amon Tobin
3. Late Night Radio- David Grey
4. Not Fire, Not Ice- Ben Harper
5. Johnny Depp- Amy Anne Band
6. Fidelity- Regina Spektor
7. Bif Bam Boom- Coltaire K
7 TV Shows you Watch Regularly
1. Daily Show
2. Greys Anatomy
3. Anthony Bourdain- No Reservations
4. Colbert Report
6. BBC World News
7. Man, this is a hard question! I don’t watch that much TV! What else do I watch? They’ve canceled pretty much everything I watched! For #7, I’ll say Great Hotels, since I watch it pretty much whenever it’s on, even though I don’t think they make new episodes anymore!
7 Books You Love
1. Still Life With Woodpecker- Tom Robbins
2. Stardust- Neil Gaiman
3. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban – JKR (Yes, all of the HP books really, but I think this is my favorite. Or maybe Deathly Hallows. Either way!)
4. Without Reservations- Alice Steinbeck
5. Tales of a Female Nomad- Rita Goldman Gelman
6. Watership Down- Richard Adams
7. Dangerous Angels- Francesca Lia Block
7 Things You Wish Still Existed
1. Buffy! (in non-rerun form. Although the new comics are something, at least!)
2. Gilmore Girls
4. Good Saturday morning cartoons. (Eep, this is all TV so far!)
5. Atari. Mmm, those were some good games. Pitfall!
6. The Dodo Bird
7. Um… the ozone layer?
7 Causes You Care About
1. Campaign for access to essential medicines!
2. AIDS awareness & prevention
3. Care for victims of natural disasters
4. Care for displaced people, refugees, returnees, etc.
5. Gay Rights
6. Animal Rights
7. Education in general… Americans are painfully ignorant!
7 Things You Dislike
1. Chinese food
2. The sound of silverware hitting teeth
3. People with nothing to talk about but gossip/other people
4. People who drive giant gas-guzzling SUVs, despite being single, childless, and without plans to drive anywhere but around a city.
6. Rude hotel guests
7 Superhero Powers You’d like To Have
1. Ability to kick ass in heels
2. Flying! No more silly coach seats on planes without enough legroom!
3. Ability to speak and understand all languages
4. Ability to draw anything, and have it turn out well
5. Mad singing skillz
6. Mastery of multiple martial arts
7. Ability to learn anything in seconds, like in the Matrix
7 Things You Spend a Lot of Time Doing
2. Reading travel blogs
4. Hanging out with my cats
5. Planning future travel/vacations
6. As of today- blogging!
7. Taking photos
7 Things That Make The World A Better Place
1. Coffee drinks
2. Nonstop flights
4. Tallulah Jane
6. Johnny Depp
7. The Blogathon, of course!
I have a few more to post, but I want to take photos to go with them, so they'll be coming up soon! Feel free to answer any or all of these in your blog, too- just leave me a link so I can read it!
Also- we've passed $99,000 in total Blogathon donations! AWESOME.
I hate when I’m watching TV on a channel with a scrolling news bar across thebottom, but only everseem to catch the last bits of each headline. Things like*:
“…is believed to lead to mental illnesses like Schitzophrenia, experts say.”
“…of organizing dog fights.”
“…four gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo”
“…flown to the International Space Station”
Which of course leaves me wondering…. WHAT leads to mental illness? What if it’s something important, like snow cones, or nutella? What about gorillas? They’re not flying gorillas to the international space station, are they?
(*These are actual recent examples.)
The half hours are going too fast to keep up with now!
Still doing some house cleaning, listening to Blogathon Radio, and now eating a banana snow cone. Yummy!
I promise a post with more than three sentences of content at 3pm! Even if I have to resort to taking pictures of my cat.
If I can ever get around to, you know, washing my face and such, I'll do a video post! Any requests?
I've been making my way around the Blogathon webring, but the ring is a little screwed up, so I often have to click the "prev" button several times to actually get to a new site.
I'm surprised how many people signed up but haven't started yet. I know that there are a fair number of people doing the B-Schedule, but I don't think that there are THAT many.
I think I'm going to set my cell phone alarm for 20 minutes, and go snuggle with the cat. Not quite a nap, but maybe just closing my eyes for a few minutes will help the tiredness!
This is so odd- I'm used to being sleepy at the END of the Thon, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've been sleepy at the beginning!
My original plan was to post one of my favorite YouTube videos ever 5 posts or so, but since it's 12:28 and I have NOTHING for this one, I'll stick one in here!
I've been hooked on this song lately, plus Alan Rickman is in the video! And he dances! I want to have his deep-voiced babies.
Was that too much info? Maybe?
Schwanns sells boxes of pre-made grilled cheese sandwiches that you just pop in your toaster.
The picture on their website looks like this:
The actual finished product, however, looks more like this:
The thing is, I have NO idea why I buy these, let alone eat them! I make an awesome REAL grilled cheese sandwich. These are basically the cheese equivalent of a pop tart. And it's not like making a real grilled cheese is THAT much effort. Somehow, however, the novelty of being able to pop one of these in the toaster and undeniable laziness on my part means that this is the lunch that I'm eating as I type.
To compound the lazy factor, I snapped the sandwich picture with my camera phone, just because it's easier to upload to flickr from the phone. I need to work on this whole lazy thing!
In happy news, it is now almost noon! That's 4 hours of Blogathon over already, just 20 to go!
I went out to get the mail a few minutes ago...
They left the mailbox open! Nice one, mailman!
My only mail today?
AWESOME! I'm a HUGE HP fan- can't wait to read this!
For now, I need to go snuggle Tallulah- she seems to think this whole Blogathon thing is taking too much attention away from her!
If you haven't had the joy of visiting the club in person, here are a couple of videos to make you feel like you're there!
My favorite show at the Club is the last one of the night, the Hoolpa. (Hoopla!) It always ends with "When the Saints Go Marching In", complete with personalized verses for each member.
(This video is black for the first 20 seconds or so- looks like someone left the lens cap on! But it's a great Hoopla, so I'm posting it anyway!)
A personal favorite- the Mailman Song!
Yup, you're going to be walking around today singing "I am happy, I am gay, sometimes I come twice a day... Im your mailman!" Hah!
Next: Hathaway Browne sings the Masochism Tango:
The sound is a little off-sync with the picture, but Hathaway is hot, so I can ignore that.
And, let's close it out with the All-Purpose Theme Song!
My only regret is that I couldn't find any videos of the random hanging out and interactions that go on in the main salon in between shows. That's by far the best part, and the funniest!
I've been so busy posting all morning that I've hardly had a chance to surf around the Blogathon ring! I think I'll set off to see what everyone else is saying now!~
Today is a great day because besides being Blogathon, it also marks exactly 90 days until my Halloween Disney World trip! I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to this trip- we've been planning it since February! I'll be going with my friend Kelly, and meeting up with Katie, who lives near WDW, and we'll be attending the Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom, on top of various other shenanigans. Who could ask for more?
In honor of the upcoming trip, I thought I'd post a few of my favorite photos that I took on my last Disney trip in January!
In no particular order...
This one is from the new Expedition Everest coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's my new favorite ride- I love going off to see the Yeti!
Part of the China pavilion at Epcot. One of my favorite things about Disney is hanging out in the World Showcase at Epcot, talking to people from around the world. One of my most surreal vacation memories was standing in Italy with an Italiand and a Moroccan, conversing in French. Now that's multicultural!
A view of the Beach Club Villas, where we're hoping to be staying in October. I stayed here for a couple of nights in January, and totally fell in love with this resort. It's a 5 minute walk from Epcot, and the main pool covers more than 3 acres. Plus, the pool bar has drinks available in buckets!
The Yakoose! He "hangs out" on the wall at the Adventurers Club at Downtown Disney, one of the most imaginative places you'll ever visit. It's part bar, part improv comedy, part insanity, shaken and served in a decorative monkey head shaped cup. The setting is that it's always New Years Eve, 1937, and the club is doing it's annual membership drive. You'll see the same basic cast of characters every night (Pamelia Perkins- club president, Hathaway Browne- dashing club aviator and ladies man, Emil Bleehall- junior adventurer visiting from Sandusky Ohio, etc.), but the cast switches around so that the person you saw as the club's maid last night may be Samantha Sterling, daring adventurer, tonight.
I was going to hunt down a few Adv Club videos to post, but it's already 10:28, so those will have to wait for the next post!
From MSF's website, since they say it better than I can this early ;)
"Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 4,700 aid assignments. They work alongside more than 25,800 locally hired staff to provide medical care.
In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides essential health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting.
Through longer-term programs, MSF treats patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS, and provides medical and psychological care to marginalized groups such as street children."
A few examples of what your donations can provide:
$15- A month of clean water for refugees
$35- Two high-energy meals a day to 200 children
$50 - Vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics
$70 - Two basic suture kits to repair minor shrapnel wounds
Infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children
A sterilization kit for syringes and needles used in mobile vaccination campaigns
A medical kit containing basic drugs, supplies, equipment, and dressings to treat 1,500 patients for three months
When you live in a country where things like clean water and basic medical care are taken for granted, it's hard to picture what it's like elsewhere in the world where the simple everyday things just don't exist. There are places where thousands of people die from things like the measels, just because they don't have access to the drugs that will prevent it.
One of my favorite parts of what MSF does is their campaign for access to essential medicines.
Of the estimated 40 million people currently infected with HIV, 28 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease has orphaned thirteen million children. Drugs are available now that make it possible to live with HIV much better than in the past, but in most of the developing world, where they're needed the most, they simply aren't available, or are too expensive.
Malaria kills between 1 and 2 million people every year. The most vulnerable are young children in remote rural areas, pregnant women, and refugees. Malaria hits poor and rural communities more than any other disease. In some regions, malaria has taken on epidemic proportions. This is mainly the result of armed conflicts, mass population displacements, economic crises and climatic changes. Unlike HIV, malaria CAN be cured, although some strains are becoming drug resistant.
Both of these diseases are focused on by the Access to Essential Medicines campaign. MSF is working to make the drugs to treat HIV, malaria, and other life threatening diseases available to people who need them. They've made it possible for people who would be dead otherwise to go on living normal lives.
I planned to say a lot more about MSF, but this is already quite long, so I'll stop here for now!
I do want to share another YouTube video here- This is Part 1 of Angelina Jolie's video diary from a trip to Africa, where she saw exactly the sort of conditions that MSF is working to improve.
I'm incredibly inspired by her- while other celebrities are out getting arrested for drunk driving and falling in and out of rehab, she's making a difference by bringing issues like this to the attention of the public. I read her book about her work with the UNHCR earlier this year, and I was amazed that her first trip to Africa with them was when she was 25- the age I am now. She also looks eerily like me on the cover.
Finally, here's a beautifully done 45 second AIDS awareness video put out by MSF:
Coming up in the next post- something cheerier, I promise!
Funny enough, I hardly ever get around to doing any parts of the dvd except the Awakening.
I tried to find it on YouTube, so that you fellow blogathonners could wake up, too, but the best I could find was this preview version:
One of the few Blogathon tips I have to offer- every few hours, take about 20 minutes to be totally away from the computer. Go outside, stretch, walk around the house, anything that puts you somewhere other than where you're spending your blogging time. It helps a lot!
In my next post, I'll be writing about the charity I'm blogging for today!
Other upcoming plans for today: I'll be sharing some of my favorite photos from my Flickr account, as well as posting a few of my favorite videos from YouTube!
It took almost 10 minutes just to get my 8:30 post to publish. I'm not sure if it was my internet being slow, or Blogger being slowed down by all the extra blogging this morning. I restarted my laptop, just in case it was me, so while it's doing the whole restarting dance, I'm blogging from my regular computer instead.
A huge Thank You to my first sponsor! If you're a blogathonner, leave me your link in the comments, and I'll pimp your site :).
I'm amazed that Blogathon as a whole has raised almost $90,000 so far, and we've only just begun!
My name is Crystal, I’m 25, and I live in Missouri with two cats, three fish, and two birds. I work front desk at a hotel, I bellydance, I travel, I take pictures, and I read, a lot.
If you’d like to know more, visit my 100 Things List http://www.lovemanythings.net/about.html which I actually wrote during last year’s Blogathon! And, of course, stick around- who knows what kind of things I’ll spill as sleep deprivation sets in?
In all honestly, I don’t have a lot of plans for what I’m going to write about today. If you have a question you’d like to ask, or a topic you’d like me to write about, leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to get to it!
My one real plan this year is to try to take photos all day, and post as I go along.
To start out, here's one I just snapped of the new pink flowers in my back yard. I promise the photos will get more interesting later! (Or, you know, maybe not.)
My worries last night about not getting up in time today ended up totally wrong. My cat, Tallulah, took it upon herself to wake me up every 2 hours between midnight, when I went to sleep, and 6am, when I finally gave in and woke up. I tried to fall back asleep until about 7, when I finally gave up. The extra hour of awakeness has come in handy for making a few template changes on my blog, though, so it's not all bad. It does suck that I'll be awake an extra 2 hours, though! Blehh! So much for my plan to wake up at 7:55, roll over in bed to the waiting laptop, and post!
If you're here via the Blogathon webring, or just aren't a regular reader of my blog, I'll be doing a quick introduction in my next post, when I'm actually awake enough to type!
Good luck to everyone participating this year! May the caffeine be with you!
Friday, July 27, 2007
I'm really hoping that I make it out of bed at 8am to start! I've managed to start even earlier in past years, so I'm sure I'll be fine. It's getting to bed at a decent hour (since I'm used to going to sleep at 5am or so!) that will be the hard part!
Still taking suggestions/questions for what to write about tomorrow- leave em in the comments! :)
Saturday, July 21, 2007
A few photos from my trip to buy Harry last night:
I was running late and got to Wal-Mart around 11:45pm, just as they were wheeling out the books.
Very blurry photo of the line. I was actually quite surprised- I came to this Wal-Mart to get book 6 when it was released, and there were only about 20 people there. This time, there were over 100 people in line in front of me! (Keep in mind this Wal-Mart is in a town with a population of 402!). I had originally planned to go to the party at Barnes & Noble like I did for book 5, but my ears hurt like crazy going to Springfield, and it would also mean an hour and a half in the car to get home before I could start reading. (Plus at least an hour of waiting in line!) By getting it at Wal-Mart, I had it in my hands at 12:05...
Just before grabbing my copy. Once they let the line start moving, it flew!
The picture at the top of the post was taken just before I paid- 12:16am! I would have been out faster if I hadn't been silly enough to get in the checkout line behind someone who had a cart full of groceries! But I had fun talking to the two women behind me (one of whom looked EXACTLY like Katherine Heigel.) I was a little paranoid that some idiot would flip to the back chapter and shout out the ending to the store, but nothing happened. Whew!
I finished reading this afternoon (I had planned to read straight through, but I gave in about halfway around 6am, because I had taken in so much information that I thought my brain would explode!). I'll post about the book itself sometime soon- I want to wait to avoid spoiling those who haven't read it yet, but also to recover from the emotional exhaustion of the story. There were parts that made me incredibly happy, and parts that broke my heart. A lot to go through in one day.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I thought I'd take a minute to set up a post here where you can all help me out by leaving comments about things you'd like me to post about! Ask me a question or suggest a topic, and I'll do my best to answer it! Plus, I'll think you're nifty.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Blogathon in a Nutshell:
1. What the heck is a Blogathon?
A blogathon is kind of like a marathon, but with words instead of steps. Each year, bloggers sign up to earn money for the charity of their choice. The rule is that you have to post at least once every half hour, for 24 hours. Things get a little crazy after a whole day of blogging, but it's a fun way to raise money for things we care about!
2. So when is it happening?
This year's Blogathon will take place July 28-29, from 8am-8am Central (6am Pacific). There is an alternate sabbath schedule available, if "Schedule A" conflicts with your beliefs, or is otherwise not possible for you. I'll be doing the regular 8am-8am schedule. Yes, *I* am getting out of bet at 8am! That alone deserves your support, does it not? (Sponsor Me!)
3. Which charity are you blogging for?
I'll be raising money for Doctors Without Borders (Medicans Sans Frontiers) again this year. (Sponsor Me!)
They're an amazing, Nobel Peace Prize winning charity that provides support in the form of food, shelter, clean water, and medical care to refugees, people who are victims of natural and man-made disasters, epidemics, etc.
The following video sums up MSF.
Warning- it can be graphic in places.
4. What does my plege go towards?
A few examples:
$15 provides a month of clean water for 50 refugees.
$35 provides two high-energy meals a day to 200 children for a month.
$50 pays for life-saving vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics.
5. How do I know that my money goes to the charity?
At the end of the Thon, you'll recieve an e-mail providing you a direct link to Doctors Without Borders's donation site. You do not send any money to me or the blogathon- it all goes directly to the charity.
However, if you want to sponsor me, but are not comfortable donating online, you can give me your donation directly, and I will donate it in your name.
6. Do I have to pledge by the hour?
Blogathon has the fab options of either sponsoring a set amount per hour (such as $2 per hour I blog, so $48 total), or a set donation (such as $10 total).
7. I'm a little tight on cash. Is there a minimum donation?
One reason that I love Doctors Without Borders is that even one dollar goes a LONG way. There is no minimum donation- you're free to pledge as little or as much is comfortable for you.
8. Will doing this good deed make me famous among millions?
Almost! I'll be posting thank you's to my sponsors on my blog during the event, so everyone will know just how awesome you are!
9. Have you done this before?
I've done the Blogathon every year that it has existed- I'm quite proud! This will be the 6th year, I believe.
10. Does this kind of charity fundraising actually work?
Last year, we had 285 bloggers complete all 24 hours, and raised a total of over $100,000. Go team us!
11. Sounds like fun! Can I do it, too?
Sure can! Sign-ups are open at http://www.blogathon.org/
The more, the merrier!
12. How else can I help?
I can always use frieds online to talk to during the event! Myspace messages, comments, e-mails, etc make me happy! I'll also be accepting questions an topics from now until the blogathon ends- ask whatever you'd like, an I'll post about it!
13. Hey, what was that sponsoring link again?
I'm glad you asked! All you have to do is Click here to pledge!
14. Hey! I have questions that weren't answered here!
See the Blogathon FAQ, or just ask!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Disheartening is being in the Target shoe aisle and hearing the lady next to you show a pair of shoes to her friend, remarking "Wow, look how ugly these are!", and looking over to discover she is pointing to shoes that you own.
They were talking about my "Ellen shoes"!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I've always assumed that I'd take a whole year off to travel the world at some point in the semi-near future. I knew it would cost a lot, but I never technically did the math.
However, a couple of weeks ago, I was reading a book about a family that spent a year traveling, and when they discussed their food budget, I thought it would be interesting to figure out what it would cost to travel for a year.
I added it up as if I had an average daily budget of $50 total for food, lodging, shopping, etc. (Which is cutting it low, I'm sure. Of course, in many places I could get by for less than $10 per day, but in others like Paris and Beijing, it would cost much, much more than $50)
Somehow, it has never hit me before that even if I was only spending $50/day, a year of traveling would cost $18,000.
More than worth the cost, I'm sure, but where the heck do I get $18,000 when I still owe $12,000 on my car?? And yet, I can't keep putting the traveling off forever! I'll never be as young and free of responsibilities as I am now. And yet those very qualities keep me away from my dream.