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Posts from February 2014

This touched my heart...
A 6-year-old, Dylan wanted to help w/ funding and awareness for his Best Friend Jonah who has a rare liver disease, so he decided to write a book and sell it to raise $1million.  The book is called Chocolate Bar.  He's raised $750K so far.  Check out the video. You might want a tissue near by, it brought some Happy Tears to my eyes.How Sweet is this... SO SWEET!!  #sochocolatebar

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Oscar goes too..
Oscars Sunday Night on ABC 7pm w/ Ellen D. as the host. Here's a printable O-Ballot I ran across to get you ready for Movie fun on Sunday!  http://www.moviefone.com/oscars-academy-awards/nominee-winner/printable-ballot

Which movie do you think will take the Big-O home? I've seen 1 of the 9 movies up for a Big O. I'll be doing a lot of closing my eyes and picking winners w/ the ballot.  

First time this year the Oscars  will be streaming live for on mobile devices through WATCH ABC. WATCH ABC is available for subscribers to participating pay-TV providers online and through the WATCH ABC app on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. How to get set up click here!
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Don't know what you got until it's gone...

This rings true quite often during life.  Even the little things that we use each day, and take forgranted when they are not there.  Example: This morning I discovered my water heater died, so COLD SHOWER! I'm a huge HOT SHOWER GIRL... it seems petty to be upset about no hot water, especially when there are others in way worse conditions.  So then I felt guilty, and the Don't know what you got phrase popped in my heads as well as a this song. Anyone remember this?

Then I had the memory of meeting Cinderella when my highschool friend Wendy and I made a big sheet banner of their 'Long Cold Winter' album cover. Okay, she created that, I helped w/ the supplies and the fringe on the sides of the banner. We won and got to go backstage to meet Cinderella. They were all cool, but the drummer Fred, who made fun of my BIG HAIR, which my smart mouth commented about his being bigger. The rest of the band laughed about it.  Anway, it's strange how a cold shower can bring back fun memories/times, and also make you thankful when you get the warm/hot water back.  Be thankful for what you have while you have it! :)  Happy Friday Eve!
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Are you the next BIG ATX STAR?
CW is looking for a new face of ATX for their next BIG STAR!  Here's the 411 on Open Auditions this Saturday and more! Good Luck!

Option 1 – Open Audition

When: March 1st 11a.m – 4p.m.
Where: Hill Country Galleria – Outdoor Amphitheater
12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

The CW Austin Star works for the CW Austin for one year to cover everything Austin and Entertainment for central Texas. This role is an opportunity to get great experience within the television entertainment industry. The CW Austin Star helps cover events and promote The CW programming and digital platforms. Red Carpets, local events, national events, concerts, movie premieres, celebrity interviews are just a few of the assignments The CW Star will be given. They are the face of this central Texas television station. They will write, shoot edit and blog as well as star in spots and entertainment updates every day and report for The CW Austin’s sister station KXAN.


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This made me LOL...
Last night after a long day, I was watching Jimmy Fallon w/ Paul Rudd. I love them both!  Well, the did the 1st Tonight Show Karaoke Lip Sync contest.   This even made my honey Ted laugh.  Paul Rudd is the man of this.  Take a few and check this video out.  Too funny! Paul Rocks!!! 
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Another proud moment for ATX!!!

Yipee another cold front moving through, but at least the temps should stay above freezing.  Of course w the drizzly roads, traffic is not fun.  Be sure to take your patience. Thought I would pop in some  (Miranda) Dawn & (Chris) Hawkes/ATX to calm the nerves.  These two made a HUGE IMPRESSION on Adam Levine last night on The Voice, who they picked to be their coach.  Talented and cute... they have 'IT' to go far! SHOW SOME LOVE ATX for Dawn & Hawkes
They 'NAILED' the Beatles.. that sounds strange put that way... 'They ROCKED' the Beatles..still a bit strange.. How about they made it 'FANTABULOUS'...better.. anyway Here's "I Just Seen a Face" w/ some extra Love vibes during the performance for a bit extra  Love for this ATX Duo! 

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Deserves Oscar attention...

Last night I got a chance to watch 'Captain Phillips'.  I know.. about time! It was, and the movie was Way Better than I thought it would be.  Of course Tom Hanks was Brilliant in it as Capt. P, and his character extremely believable.  But the rising star that was shining was a limo driver turned actor who's up for a Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars this coming Sunday!  Barkhad Abdi plays Abduwali Muse, the lead member of a group of four Somali pirates who hijacked the cargo ship the MV Maersk Alabama in April 2009. Barkhad Abdi had interesting interaction w/ Tom while filming the movie...

"The first time Abdi met Hanks was the first time their characters meet on screen, as the hijackers storm the ship, and Abdi delivers the line to Hanks that pivots their characters' relationship: "I am the captain now." Not meeting Hanks prior, "helped the dynamics of the film and set the standard," says Abdi. "If we had met, I’d imagine the results would have been different. I had to scare him."  more..

I actually shed a few tears towards the end of the movie, even though I knew the basic ending of the story.  It definitely is a movie worth watching and deserving of it's Oscar attention...

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ITunes Fest 411...
During SXSW Fest there will be iTunes Fest at the ACL Live @ The Moody Theater.   There will be FREE live streaming of the performances, which is cool if you can't or don't win tickets in!
Here's some 411:
From March 11-15, iTunes Festival at SXSW is taking over ACL Live at the Moody Theater for five spectacular nights of live, free music including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD, and more to come.

Already registered for SXSW? Learn how to enter a drawing for your chance to win tickets to any of the shows here.

You can also stream the shows live or after the performances in the iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer. Or watch the concerts on your big screen with Apple TV—select iTunes Festival from the main menu or stream via AirPlay with the official app.

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Best one in Austin???

Tomorrow/Saturday is National Margarita day... heck why not make it National Margarita Weekend! :)
The Original Margarita
2 oz. Blanco tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice

Click here for more yummy recipes!  Where is the 'BEST MARGARITA in ATX?

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What the 'LOSER' gets..
The $80,000ish Goodie Bag list for Oscar 'Losers' in the Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress  and Best Director categories get this as a consolation prize. It includes everything from  Pepper spray, to vacations and even a hair transplant.. Click here for the list. I think this would help the sting of losing, especially w/ that vacation in Hawaii to get over the loss. It would work.
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