Since it was announced that Adele had to under go surgery on her vocal cords, Twitter, FB and all the social sites are blowing up on the cause of the surgery.Â The rumor 'CANCER'.Â Â This rumor has been squashed according to this:
According to Entertainmentwise, a rep for Adele said, "We would like to reiterate that Adele is to undergo surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal chord. All reports regarding any other condition are 100% false."
I's good that rumor isn't true. I hope she recoversÂ 100%, so we can look forward to more Adele in 2012!
2 cupsÂ packed light brown sugar
1 cupÂ granulated sugar
3/4 cupÂ milk (I use skim)
1/2 cupÂ Bud Light (in place of water)
1/4 cupÂ corn syrup
1/8 tsp.Â salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1Â 1/2 cups pecan halves
Heat sugars, Bud Light, milk, corn syrup and salt to boiling in a large sauce pan or heavy 3-quart Dutch oven. (I don't have a D.O, so I used a good size saucepan).Â Reduce heat to medium. Cook, about 35- 45 minutes,Â stirring just the top foamy bubbles (usually 15 minutes without stirring, but the Bud Light causes the mixture to foam up, so you have to be patient as it cooks down. It was about 45 minutes for me.) Once your candy thermometer reaches 236 degress take off the heat. Let it cool, in the pan, without stirring for about an hour. The saucepan is cool to the touch.
Add vanilla and the pecan halves. Stir together until well mixed, but still has a shine to it.Â It will be very thick, so stirring will build those arm muscles. Drop mixture by the spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand 1-2 hours, or until the candies are firm and no longer glossy and sticky.
Wrap each in wax paper or plastic warp, and store in an airtight container.
This is a perfect Halloween, holiday and anytime treat. :) Another Good Yummy Time w/ Bud Light!
It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011. She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments.
Ticket holders for all cancelled live dates will receive a refund from the point of purchase. We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused, and appreciate your understanding during this time.
The cancelled dates are: â
7th â Atlantic City, NJ â Borgata Spa
8th â Durham, NC â Performing Arts Center
10th â Nashville, TN â Ryman Auditorium
11th â Asheville, NC â Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
13th â Orlando, FL â Hard Rock Live
14th â Miami, FL â Waterfront Theatre
16th â Atlanta, GA â Fox Theatre
18th â Spring, TX â Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion 19th â Austin, TX â Frank Erwin Center 21th â Grand Prairie, TX â Verizon Theatre
This morning , in honor of the office Halloween party today,I decided I wanted to have fun w/ the makeup. I had a bit too much.
It's Zombie inspired, so I'm calling it..
'Zombie Groupie' ... or a REALLY BAD MAKEUP/HAIR DAY... or A HECK OF A MORNING AFTER LOOK!!
It was funny seeing peeps stare when I was driving in today. They were looking like they didn't know if I was dressed up for Halloween, or if I was a crazy woman. LOL... Little of both!!Â Of course 'Zombie Groupie's Favorite Tune'...
SO EXCITED!! Here's aÂ vid Perez just posted to tide us over!
Are you ready for November 18th?Â My honey Ted rolled his eyes the other night when we were watching something about 'Breaking Dawn Part 1'.Â All of a sudden, I went into the 'OH NO YOU DIDN'T TUDE', which isn't normally like me. I said,Â okay you can roll your eyes,Â You're not going with me to see the movie, because you will just bust on it ,and I don't want the experience to be ruined. I'mÂ EXCITED about it.Â He said heÂ was just kidding, he wanted to go with. He's read the books, and he wants to see the last part of the movies with me. He's seen all the other ones with me.Â Â For now, he's going to be my date...Â butÂ there's stillÂ 14 days... LOL...
Advice to guys taking your ladies for a date night... just refrain from any eye rolls or negative comments until she says something first.Â Especially, if she's a BIG TWILIGHT FAN! It's not fair, but it's safe to say if you do that, you will probably have a much more peaceful night.Â Maybe make a deal that duringÂ Sunday football, she has to return the favor. NO ROLLING THE EYES OR NEGATIVEÂ COMMENTS!Â Â Compromise isÂ good for a relationship. :)
Well, I would certainly eat a P.D creation. Not sure if I'd wear one?Â Paula Deen is working on a clothing line.Â Could be great holiday wear. Maybe have a bit of wiggle room after eating a big holiday dinner.Â Figure the lady who Rocks a stick or more of butter in just about every recipe, would allowÂ some comfort room. Have to wait and see what P. D creates.
-Â 10/27/11: Okay this wouldn't be a good career move, unless Lilo is moving to porn. Would you do this for $ 1 Million DollarsBe the next 'Fleshlight' sensation?Â SAY NO LILO!!
Lilo just wrapped up a 4 day photo shoot w/ Playboy magazine(Guessing she wasÂ balancing this out with her morgue community service work?) . Word is she gets close to 1 Million dollars for the pictures that will show it all! It's a way to pay the bills.Â A good way for her career?Â Hey if Kim KÂ Â Â Here's the story!
Wonder what herDadÂ Michael's Â new friends will think of his daughter's newest gig?
Cathy sent me an email this morning...Thanks for the advice.Â A few days ago, she asked me where she could take her unwanted gold & silver jewelry?GOLD AND SILVER BUYERS!!! (512) 276-1010
Check out how her 1st experience went?
âI took your advice and went to sell my gold last night at Gold and Silver Buyers in Round Rock off 620N inside the HEB. I got a BIG return. I canât believe I had so few items. A pair of 14 carat gold earrings, I had received as a gift 17 years ago, and I had not worn them!! As this time, I had a little gold mine in my closet! Thx! 4 the great advice. This money will definitely help me. U Rock!Â I just couldnât believe it. Thereâs a Chase Bank in the store, so I ran over to that ATM and deposited my money!!(I said that double Rocks) She said... âYES it does!â.
Toxicology results came back on the death of Amy Winehouse.
After initial autopsy resultsproved inconclusive, a coroner has determined that Amy Winehouse died from consuming an extreme amount of alcohol. The official ruling by coroner Suzanne Greenaway is "death by misadventure," and according to test results, the 27-year-old singer died with a blood alcohol level more than five times the drunk-drive limit.
Feel better soon going to Steven Tyler. He had a shower accident while on tour w/ Aerosmith in Paraguay.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tylerwas hospitalized earlier today, after taking a serious spill in a hotel bathroom in Paraguay, where his band was scheduled to perform. He was reportedly rushed to the La Costa medical center in Paraguay's capital city, Asuncion, after slipping on the wet floor of his hotel room's shower, suffering cuts to his face and knocking out two teeth.
Tyler spent almost four hours in the hospital, where doctors administered stitches, and affixed two dental implants to replace his lost teeth. He has since returned to his hotel to recover, after being discharged in "good condition," according to Reuters.
Due to Tyler's injuries, Aerosmith was forced to postpone tonight's concert until Wednesday (Oct. 26). They will, however, continue their tour, performing in Argentina, as planned, on Oct. 28.
Not great..Â :(Â The British Q awards, she had to cancel her performance, since her voice is still throaty sounding and congested.Â That was apart when she accepted her Q award. Fans are sending her tweets of good JuJu for her voice to recover 100% and soon.
Buy tickets now at one of the participating theatres below by clicking this link.Â Be sure to enter your city & state, along with "November 17" as the event date.
9:30PM:Â The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
12:01AM:Â The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
For the wedding of the year, we encourage you to dress up in your most fun wedding outfits. Break out the bridesmaids dress that you thought that you'd never see again...or even be a bride again for an evening.Â Gentlemen, tuxes and ties are more than welcome.Â We'll have special on-site experiences to make this a one-of-a-kind event that you can only find with AMC Theatres.
Tickets are only $20 for both films; $15 for AMC Stubs members who buy their tickets at the box office. This discount is not available online.
Walmart will be matching prices on all its products - even after the purchases are made. Shoppers who buy a product - whether on its website or in its stores - from Nov. 1 to Dec. 25 but then find the identical item for less at a rival later will receive a gift card for the price difference. To qualify, shoppers need to bring in the original Wal-Mart receipt and the local competitor's print ad. Gift cards will not be given out after Dec. 25. Click here for more of the story!
Will this make you shop Walmart more this holiday season?
Gift ideas for Lady GaGa fans-
Born this Way-Remix , Born This Way- Collection and the Monster Ball DVD are coming soon!
If you haven't checked out this hot hit Lady G video,Â 'Gagaween', take a break. Lady GaGa approved!!!
Thought I would stick w/ the candy Bud Light vibe since Halloween is just around the corner, and the Holidays. This would work for all of these occasions and just because you want some Bud Light Toffee!
Bud Light Toffee:
-1 cup of sugar
-1 stick of butter/margarine
-1/4 cup Bud Light
-1/2-3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
-1/2-3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (flavored kind is yummy too)
*You will need to whip out the trusty candy thermometer. Also have a large cookie sheet out and ready for the hot toffee. Best to prep before hand, because you really have to watch/ constantly stir the mixture so it doesn't burn.
1.) Heat the sugar, margarine/butter and Bud Light to boiling in a 2 quart saucepan, stirring constantly; reduce the heat to medium or a bit lower. Be careful the heat isn't to high (Bud Light tends to make things boil over quicker). Cook, around 15Â minutes, still stirring constantly until you hit 300 degree temp on the candy thermometer. You can test a small amount of the mixture in very cold water. If it separates into hard brittle threads, it's ready.Â Be careful not to burn the mixture. Watch your heat and keep stirring. Another way to build arm muscles
2.) Once you hit 300 degrees, immediately pour the toffee onto an ungreased large cookie sheet. Spread the mixture about 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle w/ chocolate chips (white chocolate chips/ butterscotch..maybe a mixture..whatever makes you happy) , and let stand about 1 minute/or until the chips are completely softened. Spread the softened chocolate evenly over the toffee. Sprinkle w/ pecans.
3.) Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour. I also put it in the refrigerator another 10-15 minutes, so the chocolate was completelyÂ cool/set. Break into pieces and enjoy. If you have some left, store it in an airtight container.Â It should last for several days tasting FANTASTIC! :)
HHHMMM...Â Yummy Bud Light Toffee made another yummy good time in my kitchen. Try it in yours! :)
This makes a small batch. If you want a larger one, I would at least double the ingredients. :)
Bud Light-Toffee was definitely a sure sign of a Yummy Good Time! HERE WE GO!!
The 'Longhorns' may be off this weekend, but there is still a bunch ofÂ good times going on in ATX this weekend. Traffic is expected to be horrible, especially downtown. Give yourself plenty of time to get around. Carpooling isÂ strongly encouraged if you are headed downtown, especially on Saturday.Â WOWÂ parking is also going to be a Bi-a---tch!!
I just confirmed my appointment for some dental work on Monday.Â Â I ran across this story, so I thought I would share. I'll have to ask Dr. Nussbaum if he would do this?Â A dentist in Alaska gave a ,7 foot, 300lb , Bengal TigerÂ a root canal on a tooth that was at least 3 inches tall. Here's the Story!
Neiman Marcus 2011 Christmas book is out. Might find something in there when you win the Powerball, which will goÂ up from $1 to $2 a ticketstarting in January.Click here to check out the ridiculous NM CB!
This pagehas a Top 10 Fav type list which includes $1Million fountain!
-January 18th $1 ticket goes up to $2... help Texas schools get more money
- The odds are suppose to be better for winning since they are going from 39 number drawÂ to 35
- The starting jackpots will be doubleÂ when they start from $20Million to $40Million
*You could toss this on your list too! The Victoria Secret 2011 Fantasy Treasure Bra.. $2.5Million.Â Their big November Holiday show Victoria Secret Model Miranda Kerr who's back after having a baby will be modeling it.Â I think I'd rather have Miranda's after baby figure than the Bra.Â Click here for the 411!
The items were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Puerto Rico and sold in various retail supermarkets.
Consumers can call 1-877-323-7374 for more information (KXAN)
Check out the new Barbie's available for the 2011 Holiday season. Some parents are upset that they could be bad influences on children, but they are only being sold on the Barbie Collectors website. Twilight saga collection is pretty cool. I'm digging the 'Vamp Barbie' too.
He passed away onÂ 10/31/93 at the age of 23 from a heart attack that was brought on by an apparent overdose.Â His final movie he was working on 'Dark Blood' never saw the light of day, until now , 'Dark Blood' is getting a re cut. Think you might see it if/when it comes out?
Remember thisÂ River movie.... what a talented hottie..
I was giddy to hear that my #1 on myÂ 'Fantasy Laminated List' would be in ATX during the Austin Film Festival. Johnny Depp is getting honored for all his talented hard work, his hotness is just a bonus.
Actor Johnny Depp will be in Austin for the Austin Film Festival! He will be our first-ever recipient of the Festivalâs inaugural Extraordinary Contribution to Film â Acting Award. Depp will also present Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson with her Award and be on hand for screenings of his new film The Rum Diary (based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson) and a retrospective of Edward Scissorhands with Thompson.
AFF is honoring Depp for his collective body of work, his contribution to the culture of film and, above all, for his recognition and support of the importance of writing and the value of the writer, made apparent by many of his film choices and working relationships with writers like Austin Film Festival alums Terry Rossio & Ted Elliot, John August, Peter Hedges, and, of course, Caroline Thompson.
He will be presented with the Award at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, 10/22, at the Austin Club at 12:15pm. Depp will also be presenting Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson with her award. Included in her numerous credits are two films featuring Depp: Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. This yearâs other award recipients are Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) and Outstanding Television Writer Awardee Hart Hanson (creator/writer/executive producer of âBones,â âThe Finderâ). The Awards Luncheon is presented by Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.
Depp will introduce his new film The Rum Diary at the Paramount Theatre on Oct. 21st at 7pm (which opens in theaters nationwide October 28th)and he will do a Q&A following the film. Joining him for the Q&A will be The Rum Diary writer/director Bruce Robinson. Robinson was nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for his screenplay, The Killing Fields. His other screenplay credits include, How to Get Ahead In Advertising, In Dreams, and Fat Man and Little Boy.
... With fellow award-recipient and screenwriter Caroline Thompson, Depp will also introduce a special retrospective screening of Edward Scissorhands at 9:45pm at the Paramount Theatre. Thompson will do a Q&A following the film.
Austin Film Festival Badges have priority admission to all screenings, followed by Film Passes, and then individual ticket holders. Badges and Film Passes may be purchased online here or at Austin Film Festivalâs Registration Office at the Driskill Hotel during the following hours:
Wednesday, October 19, 12:00pm â 11:00pm
Thursday, October 20, 8:00am â 11:00pm
Friday, October 21, 8:00am â 9:00pm
Saturday, October 22, 8:00am â 9:00pm
Sunday, October 23, 10:00am â 4:00pm
Individual tickets are sold 25 minutes prior to each film screening at the theater
Today makes 1 month until Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 hits theaters... NOVEMBER 18th!Â New pix have been released! Check them out. Â Makes me even more EXCITED to see the movie! You would think I'm in junior high again.Â Nothing wrong being young at heart. :)
This past Friday, I had a blast at the 1st Friday Texas Stars home game starting at the Bud Light Good Sport booth.Â Bud Light is rewarding designated drivers every Friday home game this season. I met lots of new friends, who made sure there was a Safe Ride Home plan in place.Â THEY ROCK!!!
MIX friend Yvonne, smiling BIG with herÂ FAV David Cook and her new FAV Gavin DeGraw backstage in Tulsa, OK. She travels alot to see DC.Â She's looking forward to seeing them in what she calls the 'Texas Tri-fecta'... Houston, Austin and Grand Prairie.Â She wanted me to pass this along, if you were looking to get VIP privileges like she did in Tulsa.Â Just click herefor DC VIP and hook yourself up for the Big ATX show at ACL Live @ The Moody Theater on Sunday October 30th. Fabulous treat for Halloween weekend.
Giuliana Ranci, EÂ News host, Â found out she has breast cancer whileÂ tryingÂ for a 3rd round of IVF Â to have a baby.Â It was caught at the very early stages, so after surgery and 6 weeks of radiation, beating it looks good.Â Â It's important to getÂ a mammogram, early detectionÂ isÂ ALWAYS better.Â IfÂ you feel like there is something wrong, butÂ don't go inÂ cause you can't afford it, there are many options to get help. I listed just a few below.Â Â
*Bill Clinton turned the Big 65 on August 19th , but had a post-B-Day bash over the weekend, at his charity event 'A Decade of Difference'. One of his favorite performers helped him celebrate. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Vv9uqB1g9vk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
President Bill's thoughts of Lady G's performance: "I thought, 'My God, I get Lady Gaga, and I will have a heart attack celebrating my 65th birthday.' "
Here's a tasty treatÂ that Rocks anytime.. tailgating...game time... holidays... a snack.Â The Bud Light just kicks it up a yummy notch!!
It was my 1st time making Peanut Brittle. Ted used to make it with his Grandfather when he was young, so between the 2 of us, we got our ' Peanut Brittle' candy making on...
Bud Light Peanut Brittle
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 teaspoon Bud Light
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 1/2 cups of sugar-1/2 cup of water & 1/2 cup of Bud Light
-1 cup of light corn syrup
-3 Tablespoons of butter /margarine
-2 cups (16 0z ) peanute the norm is the Spanish peanuts, but honey roasted rocks for a sweeter taste.
*Candy thermometer - This is really important to have. Ted went all over ATX looking for one.
Finally found one at Bed Bath & Beyond! He said he should have gone there first. Making the Bud Light Peanut Brittle:
-Heat oven to 200 degrees. Grease w/spray pam 2 cookie sheets. Put the cookie sheets in the oven to keep warm. This is important so the sticky candy will spread about 1/4 inch thick without setting up right away.
-Mix baking soda, 1 tsp of Bud Light and the vanilla and set it aside. Mix sugar, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of Bud Light and the corn syrup in a 3 -quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, once the candy thermometer reaches around 240 degrees it should be ready. Test it by dropping a small amount of the mixture intoÂ VERY COLD water. It should form a ball in the water and go flat when it's taken out. Then it's ready. (The Bud Light seems to cause the mixture to boil over easier, than if you were using all water. So make sure you keep an eye out it.Â Stir and lift the pan up a bit if it's looking like an eruption is goingÂ to happen.Â Be patient, it will turn into what you want! )
-Stir in butter/margarine and peanuts. Cook, about 13-15 minutes, stirring constantly. Once the candy thermometer reaches around 300 degrees Â it should be ready. Test it by dropping a small amount of the mixture into VERY COLD water. It should separate into hard, brittle threads. Watch carefully so this doesn't burn. Once it's ready immediately take it off the heat.Â Quickly stir inÂ the baking soda mixture until light and foamy. (The stirring stage to 300 with the peanuts will give your arm a work out. It will be thicker as you get closer to the 300 temp. Don't stop stirring. You can tag team the stirring like Ted & I did)
-Pour 1/2 of the candy mixture onto eachÂ warm cookie sheet and quickly spread about 1/4 inch thick with buttered spatula. Let them cool completely for about an hour.Â Then break into pieces and eat. Make sure you store in an airtight container, so it keeps a bit.
Ted was skeptical when we started, but the end result he enjoyed.. IT ROCKED in taste, crunch and chew! Bud Light creates another winner! Great for a football parties, holiday parties or just a snack cause you deserve it!
Enjoy your Bud Light Peanut Brittle.Â Sure sign of a YUMMY GOOD TIME. Here we go!!
Bud Light Peanut Brittle Round 1-4 check them out..
*Canât believe Iâm saying this but, Iâm a Bud Light Believer now! That peanut brittle was really very good! Thanks for sharing!-
*I tasted the stuff (Bud Light Peanut Brittle is THE STUFF) you made and it was awesome!-Co-bud Roxanne
This comes out of Canada. The game is geared towards Canadian teens andÂ to education in a fun way about birth control. Dubbed "Birth Control Brigade," the game challenges players to stop sperm from reaching a waiting ovum (and thereby stave off pregnancy) by selecting from a variety of contraceptives.. click for more
Workers, now trying to complete the final three flyovers bridges at the key highway intersection, will be pouring cement overhead on one of those bridges Saturday night. So, to protect those who otherwise would be beneath that work, the Texas Department of Transportation has several lane closures planned over a 14-hour period.
On I-35:* Northbound on the expressway will be reduced to one lane between Stassney Lane and Ben White from 1:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday.* Southbound on the expressway will be reduced to one lane between Oltorf Street and Ben White from 4:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.* The northbound access road will be just one lane between Teri Road and Ben White from 10 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday, then closed entirely at St. Elmo Road from 2:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. Cars on the access road will be detoured on St. Elmo and Woodward Street. All of which means that for about three hours in the middle of the night, northbounders will have only that detour and a single freeway lane to get by.
On Ben White:* The eastbound access road will be reduced to one lane between Congress Avenue and I-35, and closed entirely at I-35, from 3 a.m. to noon Sunday.
The $26 million project should be complete sometime in November, according to TxDOT.
Put âKelly Clarksonâ in the subject line and include the following:
AGE (must be at least 18 years old):
GUEST NAME, PHOTO & AGE (you may bring ONE guest with you):
Favorite Kelly Clarkson Song:
Why you are such a fan of hers:
Why should you be in the audience for this event:
The show is taping Thursday, October 27th in NYCâ¦You MUST be in the NYC area to apply for this concert.
The time is still TBD, so be sure you will be available ALL DAY before you reply for tickets. These shows do tend to tape in the Mid-Afternoon.
These spots will go FAST, so reply back soon!
Upon receiving your email, we will contact you with all of the final details, should you receive admission.
I got an email from Bridget sending me a heads up about a great way to get exerciseÂ and help at the same time. Check it out...
When Dan Ouletteâs wife lost her mother Paula to lung cancer in 2008, only three months after being diagnosed, it was devastating to their family. To honor his mother-in-lawâs memory he organized for three consecutive years a Free to BreatheÂ® event in Providence, R.I., where he lived at the time, to raise funds to support the National Lung Cancer Partnershipâs vital research, education and awareness programs.
At the end of 2010 Dan and his family packed their bags and moved to Austin, Texas and he has vowed to continue his mission by organizing the inaugural Free to BreatheÂ® Austin 5K Fun Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk and Kidsâ Dash on Saturday, November 5. He hopes to rally the community together to bring support to others and awareness to a disease that takes more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
Austin Residents Come Together to Defeat Lung Cancer
Inaugural Free to BreatheÂ® 5K Fun Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk and Kidsâ Dash November 5
WHAT: Register today for the Free to BreatheÂ®Austin 5K Fun Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk and Kidsâ Dash, a fun event for the entire family that
brings the community together to inspire hope and create change for everyone impacted by lung cancer. Together we can fuel the movement to defeat this disease, and help those diagnosed live longer, better lives.
All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnershipâs vital research, education and awareness programs.
"W.E." â short for Wallis and Edward, who are portrayed by Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy â tells Simpson's story through the eyes of a modern-day namesake who seeks solace from her unhappy marriage in the details of what in its day was considered the romance of the century.
Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) becomes obsessed with a Sotheby's auction of personal items that once belonged to Wallis and Edward, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The everyday objects â an engraved cigarette case, a martini shaker â become a sort of portal between the 1930s and 1998, the year of the real-life auction. In a testament to their enduring fascination, the sale totaled $23.4 million, three times Sotheby's original estimate.
A story about a bartender who got stiffed a tip, but had a note written on the receipt that she couldÂ lose a few pounds is the rumbles today. This is clearly not right. It's mean and hurtful. Unfortunately there are just some unhappy people in this world, who just want to bring others down. With the holidays coming, it's always good to brush up on what is considered a good tip for good service.Â Â There's a website www.lousytippers.com that has all the 411.Â Â This site suggests that you tip 20% or more for Good/Great service... 15% for average.. if it isn't that great, well not a big tip and a note why you didn't spread the money love to them.Â Only problem I have with the last one, should someone who gave you really crappy service get a tip at all?Â Â That isÂ the drama you canÂ have when presented the check.
Here's a a recommended tipping chart:Â Â I have found the bathroom attendant to be the most awkward. You may not have cash on you, but you need to use the restroom.Â Do you avoid going to the bathroom? Or stiff the attendant, who could make your next trip miserable? HHHMMM.. What do you think?
Listeria outbreak with cantaloupes is theÂ deadliest (23 deaths so far) in 25 years!Not very Happy news, but something to know a bit about. Here's the 411 from the CDC
It can take up to 2 months, after getting it in your system,Â for some people to show signs of it.
Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms.
The CDC has reported illnesses in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Colorado has the most illnesses with 34, while Texas has reported 17, New Mexico 13 and Oklahoma 11.
Word is Madonna is announcing her 2012 Tour on Halloween, Monday October 31st and this is an email that was discovered with tour dates .Â Click here.Â Â Â Â Â Guess we'll wait and see if this info is a trick or treat.Â
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/TTs-BmLOGWQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The un-diet drink for men. I'll have to test this out on Ted.Â So since their take is 'NOT FOR WOMAN', of course I want it now, since I'm being told it's not for me.Â Will you try it?
Brother of celebrity Omarosa murdered!Whether you are a fan or not of Omarosa. It's terrible what happened to her brother.Â He became the victim ofÂ a jealous ex-boyfriend. The story alsoÂ mentions what happened to her dad when she was 7 too.Â Might give some light to some of her actions at times.Â Thoughts go to her &Â her family.Â
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Working onÂ the video for her next single 'Marry the Night'..
Some of her 'Little Monsters' near the set tweeted some juicy tibits.Â Lady GaGa didn't mind. She even bought them pizza.Â Â (Perez Hilton)
Little Monster Tweets:
At the marry the night shoot. All the dancers are dressed up as ballerinas! No sign of gaga yet.
Just saw gaga briefly! Her hair is pulled back like a cone, similar to when she did gayle king in february+she has thick black eyeliner
The dancers are wearing different color leotards. One is aqua and another one is bright pink
Dina is back! Remember dina and pepper! She's in the pink
Just saw some MTN choreoâ¦ Lots of arm motions, fast movement. And Mark wearing leather pants +no shirts, girls wearing ballerina leotards
The security guard said the last scene involves Gaga in a bathtub and a little girl strapped to the table. Hmm who knows
If you didn't know, 3 Musketeers has switched up their recipe a bit to make it even more 'Chocolaty'. You have a chance to find out how much more tonight, between 6-8pm, for the big tasting at 'The W'! Click here for more on the 'Like-up' 3 Musketeers Happy Hour!
Big You Rocks to Susan, MichaelÂ ,Â DJ & the crew at Opal Divine's, Kathleen from BCRC and Tim w/ Personique! Hope your B-Day ROCKED too Tim!!
BTW: Kathleen from BCRC told me that 'Scare for a Cure' haunted houseÂ is just about ready for the scares and $ goes to local charities that helpÂ fight cancer.Â Click here for a Huge Scare. She said you can even make it 'Extra Bloody'. You will have to go to find out what that is. I don't want to ruin the SCARE for you!
Doesn't seem like folks are too upset that the iPhone 5 isn't coming out yet. The iPhone 4s goes on sale Friday 10/14, but pre-salesÂ hit 1 million just the 1st day it was announced.
Don't forget to add this new app to your iPhone...
They are doing away w/ separating the DVD and streaming videos with 2 separate fees and sites.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that Netflix would pull the plug on Qwikster, citing the confusion that would arise from having a separate, DVD-only offering. Qwikster and Netflix would have operated on two separate websites without integration between the two, requiring users to pay two different companies each month, maintain two separate profiles, and post any movie reviews twice.
"It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs," Hastings wrote. "This means no change: one website, one account, one passwordâ¦ in other words, no Qwikster." Click for more
Bud Light BBQ Meatballs are perfect for your next tailgate/football party or for dinner/lunch.
They go great with pasta, on bread as sub/sandwich,Â a pizza topping, on french fries with lots of cheese... They are YUMMYÂ and easy to make.Bud Light BBQ Meatballs
-1 lb. lean ground beef (ground turkey or chicken)
- 1/2 cup of skim milk
-1/2 cup of Bud Light (have a bottle/can handy)
-1 TB worcestershire sauce
-2 tsps Italian seasoning
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp mustard
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-1/2 tsp garlic powder (clove of garlic)
-1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
-1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
-1/4 cup of onion
-1/2 cup of BBQ sauce + 1 TB of Bud Light
- 1 cup of cheese
-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese to taste
*Want Spicy BL BBQ MBs ? Add 1/2 tsp Chili powder orÂ some chopped jalapeno peppers... Make them HOT BL BBQ MBs!!Â Double the recipe to have more for the party!Preheat oven to 350 Mix everything together (wash your hands and dig in).. roll into about 1 inch balls and place them in a greased 8x8 baking dish. (spray pam or olive oil) Pour the BBQ sauce over the top. Bake aboutÂ 1 hour, until the meat is no longer pink.Â Add the cheese and bake for another 5 minutes, until it is melted. Take out and let it cool for a bit.Â
Serve them up on pasta, as a sandwich, eat them by themselves... Whatever works for you.
They ROCK w/an ice cold Bud Light! :)
Besides more people around the area of City HallÂ w/ the 'Occupy ATX' protest/rally, the new parking meter times will be enforced.
They've been in effect for the past few weeks, but we have been given a grace period to get used to them. That is OVER!
The new parking meter hours are:
Thurs & Fri: 8am-Midnight
Saturday- (no longer free) 11am-Midnight
Sunday- Still FREE
These new hours apply to all street-side parking meters located between Cesar Chavez and 10th Street and from Lamar Boulevard to IH-35. All parking meters outside of this downtown area will have hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. As of now, one dollar can still buy you an hour of parking, with three hours still being the limit
YOU'VE BEN WARNED... PAY YOUR METERS & DON'T FORGET TO ADD MORE $ TO THE METER IF YOU ARE STAYING OVER 3 HOURS!!THE METER PEEPS ARE WATCHING AND WAITING TO ATTACK YOUR WINDSHIELD WITH A CITATION!!
Oh.. don't even think about doing this, or you'll be spending the night at the APD house! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/MhD30FUAEoM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
Tracy Reese, Alice + Olivia, Loomstate, Rogan and Alexis Bittar all created designer dolls sporting ensembles from their fall 2011 collections, and the collectibles (which made their debut on Fashionâs Night Out) are currently on auction to benefit the CFDAâs educational scholarship program.Â Check Barbie out
I got a heads from Ryann about some cool newbies attached with it this year. Check this out!
Containment: Zombie Shooting Gallery,where visitors will have the opportunity to exact revenge on the monsters who have terrorized them. Armed with paintball guns, the tormented will become the tormentors as they make their way through a contained maze and have their way with the House of Torment zombies.
Tomorrow/Saturday, October 8th marks the first ever House of Torment SCAREvenger Hunt. Armed with clues and cameras and dressed in their best zombie and monster attire, teams of up to 4 will be hitting the streets of Downtown and Central Austin for a scavenger hunt of ghoulish proportions. Entry fee is $10 per person and includes participation in the scavenger hunt, access to the Gattiâs Pizza after-party at the House of Torment, and a $15 House of Torment card that can be used toward tickets, Containment or the Scare Store. Prize packages will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well the winners of the costume contest. The SCAREvenger Hunt kicks off at 4:30 at Republic Square Park. Registration begins at 4:00 pm.More info can be found on the House of Torment Facebook page.
I was able to chat with The Script backstage before their show at Stubbs. TheyÂ are so cool, and yes their Irish accent gives them even more cool points. We chat about their music/album/tunes, some of the challenges fans have thrown out them via twitter, and Danny even rises up to a challenge with me.Â Check it out..
A Bangkok beautician is experienced in the art of 'Slapping'. She says a woman can get bigger breasta by her slapping technique. There is no need for surgery, when she could slap them bigger. She is also teaching her technique but to a select few.Â I think I'll pass.Â How about you?
Forbes Mag 2011 List of Entertainments Highest Earning Women...
Top 10 list 1.) Oprah- $290 Million
2.) Lady GaGa- $90 Million
3.) Bethanny Frankel (Reality TV Star) $55Â Million
4.) Gisele Bundchen- Supermodel $45 MIllion
5.) Ellen DeGeneres - $45 Million
6.) Judge Judy- $45 Million
7.) Taylor Swift - $45 Million (21 years old)
8.) Katy Perry- $44 Million
9.) Beyonce- $35 Million
10.) Danielle Steel- $35 Million
Kelly Clarkson's new albumÂ Stronger is out Oct 24th.Â She blogged today that there are several versions of this popping up. She wanted you to hearÂ 'THE REAL THING'.Â ...Â Check it out! Do you like it?
V-spot..Video on the spot.Â I like to grab my camera and catch peeps to see what they think about hot topics/currents events that are flying around. This V-Spot, I nabbed Hot Chelle Rae. I caught them after they performed for some of our MIX Friends w/ Benefits in the Four Hands Home Lounge. Check out what they had to say about the topics and a cool message to their fans.
(KXAN) - Austin Police DepartmentÂ launched its official Facebook page. The department said its goal is to inform citizens and businesses of public safety concerns.
Posts on the page will contain information about crime trends, descriptions of suspects, missing personâs advisories, crime prevention tips, positive departmental stories, and an opportunity to foster positive community relationships through modern social media.
Do you think it's a good idea for the APD to have a Facebook page? Will you like APD?
Here's someone you don'tÂ want to spend Thanksgiving with...
A woman who killed her newlywed husband and chopped and cooked his body parts over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991 is seeking release from a California prison.
Omaima Nelson, an Egyptian-born former model and nanny, is set to appear before parole commissioners Wednesday at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla where she has been serving a life sentence.
Nelson was convicted of murdering her 56-year-old husband William Nelson in a grisly killing that authorities likened to the fictional slayings of Hannibal Lecter.
Prosecutors said the then-23-year-old killed Nelson and likely plotted to steal from him as she had done with other middle-aged men she had seduced in the past. Authorities said she tied up her husband of less than a month, killed him and dismembered the body, churning his parts through a garbage disposal that neighbors said ran nonstop in the hours after the murder.
Authorities found some of Nelson's body parts stuffed in garbage bags and mixed with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. His hands had been fried in oil and his head boiled and stuffed in freezer, said Randy Pawloski, a senior deputy district attorney in Orange County who prosecuted the case and will argue against her release.
"She's tremendously dangerous," said Pawloski, adding that Nelson sought help from two different boyfriends to try to remove her husband's teeth and dispose of his remains to cover her tracks.
During the highly publicized trial, Nelson took the stand and said she stabbed her husband â a former pilot and convicted drug smuggler â with scissors while he sexually assaulted her. A psychiatrist testified that she confessed to cooking her husband's ribs barbecue-style and tasting them but later denied engaging in cannibalism. He said he believed she was psychotic when she killed Nelson.
Defense attorney Thomas Mooney argued his client was circumcised as a child growing up in a squalid section of Cairo, which made sex extremely painful, and was repeatedly raped and abused by her husband in the weeks after the couple wed.
Jurors found Nelson not guilty of first-degree murder, citing insufficient evidence of premeditation, but convicted her of second-degree murder. They also found Nelson guilty of assaulting a former boyfriend with a gun.
There's a lot of overcrowding in this prison, so she could get parole because of this factor too.Â That's scary!Â Never eat dinner alone with this lady. WOW!!
Â AppleÂ unveiled the iPhone 4S, a faster version of its best-selling smartphone that includes a virtual "personal assistant" you can talk to. And, for the first time, the iPhone will be available on the Sprint wireless network, as well as AT&T and Verizon.
The phone costs from $200 for a model with 16 GB of storage space to $400 for the 64 GB model. Both of those prices are subsidized by the cost of a 2-year wireless contract. The next-generation iPhone goes on sale on October 14. Click for more!
iPhone 4S is a "world phone," meaning it will be able to place calls more easily on wireless networks all over the world, not just in the United States.
Make an album.Â That's the plan for Kat Von D since her final break up with Jesse James. Kat gave the reason in a recent tweetÂ saying what her new book wouldn't have in it.Â Jesse 'Cheating' (OMG- that's unbelievable huhÂ )Â !Â Â Kat's take on the music industry:"I've been playing classical piano since I was six. So I understand the form, but it will be fun to be able to translate a message." As for her sound, Kat says it will be "more on the dark, more tragically romantic" side.Â "I think it's much like tattooing or the TV show or makeup, my clothing line, fashion. All those things, they're just different outlets to be able to be creative. So music, I think it's going to be one of those things." (hollywood)
Do you have Kat's album on your things to buy in the near future list?
The D-Word: DroughtÂ is a huge factor for folks in Africa.Â Speaking of drought....Did you hear about the 10 year drought in Texas?Â The way the weather patterns look Texas could have a worse drought than the one in the 1950s, which lasted 7 years. Let's hope this prediction is WRONG!
Yummy cool by Heather's Thingies,posted Oct 31 2011 3:06PM
I took a little ice cream break today whenÂ Cool Haus dropped by inÂ the parking lot!Â Ice Cream cookie sandwiches you create your own.Â Â Â I popped mine in the freezer for later. A Chocolate Cookie and Dirty Mint Chip Ice Cream sandwich. Of course I tookÂ a bite or 2 before it was freezer bound. OMG! YUMMY!Â Check it out on S. Lamar! Â Also ask about their traveling truck I ran into today.Â The extra cool thing is the paper they serve your Ice Cream goodieÂ in is made out of paper, edible and environmentally friendly. No paper/wrappers to toss out. You can eat it! Brilliantly Yummy!
Gene Simmons (KISS) and his girlfriend of 28 YEARS, Shannon Tweed, have tied the knot. That's the word before their 7th season of 'Family Jewels' kicks off.Â They tied it this past weekend.Â You can watch/DVRÂ the happy couple tie the knot on 'Family Jewels,' Oct. 18.
Would you wait 28 years to get married?Â I'm even more amazed they are onÂ Season 7Â of this show!Wonder if he'll whip this trick out during the Honeymoon.
Ted & IÂ hit the road over the weekend to Fredericksburg. My mission was to get some 'Sweet Potato Butter' and a 'Sweet Pretzel'.Â We got those and even discovered another YUMMY!Â We had the pleasure of meeting Martin & Angela Santamaria, the owners of Santa Maria Cellars in Fredericksburg. I bought a bottle of Muscat Canelli. It is very sweet and smooth.Â A fantastic after taste with no harsh burn going down.Â If you like Asti Spumante, you will love Santa Maria's Muscat Canelli.Â I also tasted the CabernetÂ Sauvignon. I'm not into Cab wine to much, because many times it's either too dry/ and or has that harsh,what I call the 'Wine Burn', when it's going down.Â Santa Maria's Cabernet Sauvignon blend was nothing but a full robust flavor and very smooth. I LOVE THAT TOO!
Check out what they have. The prices are good too, for a really yummy bottle of wine.Â Martin signed my bottle, which I thought wasÂ very cool.Â Perfect for a chill night, with dinner, holidays coming up. It would make great gifts!Â I really enjoyed it.Â Awesome wine right in our backyard. :)
If you are planning on cheering on your favorite team, whether you've got the 'Burnt Orange' spirit, the Cowboys fever, or you're like me sticking w/ her Bears threw thick and thin, and this season looks like thin for right now.Â Well,Â the Cool thing is Bud Light is the official Beer of the NFL, so that helps a bit with the sting of the Bears loss, or helps elevate some Good Times when they win.Â Here's a yummy and easy recipe that goes perfect with 'Your Game' & 'Bud Light'...
Here's the 3 main ingredients, Bud Light, your favorite sauce and a pizza crust.
The rest you can add/ subtract whatever you like.
Here's what Ted & I did..
Bud Light Pizza:
- 1/4lb of pepperoni diced
-6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 lb of hamburger
-1/4 cup of onion
-Â 14 oz of tomato sauce/pizza sauce (Classico Pizza Sauce Rocks) -bottle of Bud Light
- 1 TB garlic powder, oregano, thyme, black pepper, Italian seasoning (whatever your favorite seasonings)
- 2 cups ofÂ your favorite cheese- mozzerella- a mixture.
-1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
- unbaked pizza crust/ or already prepared crust (just shorter cook time) You can use whatever toppings are your favorite.. chicken/pineapple... sausage and mushroom..whatever you like. It's your Bud Light Pizza!! Alfredo Sauce rather than tomato.. YUM!! Preheat oven to 450 uncooked pizza crust/ directions w/ the already prepared one (375 usually works out well) Â
-Fry the bacon inÂ a skillet and place the bacon on a paper towel. Once it's cooled break into pieces. Pour the grease out except for a little bit aboutÂ 1 TBs in the skillet and add the onions, pepperoni and the hamburger (90-10) and Bud Light. (you can add any extra seasoning to the meat mixture you like. I enjoy garlic/Italian seasoning). While the mixture is browning, put the tomato/pizza sauce in a sauce pan and add 1/2 cup of Bud Light w/ the seasonings if you are just using tomato sauce.. garlic,Â thyme, oreganoItalian seasoning Rocks too. If you use a season pizza sauce that works too. Â Let it simmer.Â Remove the meat mixture from the heat and the sauce once it's simmered for about 10 minutes.
- Time to make the BL Pizza:Â Have the crust on a pizza pan/or big cookie sheet and put the sauce on it.... the parmesan cheese.. the meat mixture/veggies if you got them.. then a bunch of cheese on top! Bake! Once the cheese is bubbly, Golden Brown, it's ready to cool a bit then EAT!!Â Â THIS IS AWESOME! Give it a try for your next 'Football Game', 'Party/Tailgater' or even a yummy quickÂ dinner. It Rocks!!