Sunshine Day!

“I think I’ll go for a walk outside now the summer sun’s callin’ my name” – Brady Bunch

C’mon, I know you remember this…Just can’t be me, right? Right?

Ok, now that the hokey is out of the way, the real premise of SUNSHINE for this post is the wonderful, sweet and thoughtful Laura of LauraLohr.com awarded me my FIRST bloggy award – The Sunshine Award. Is she sweet or what? Laura and I have been bloggy friends for over 4 years now. Her Allie Kat and my Beans are only 1 month apart! She’s a great writer, photographer, Mom and I admire her determination when it comes to working out and running. I turned to Laura a lot last year when I was starting to get into a running kick (which has unfortunately died down). Anyway, it behooves you to check out her blog (wow, haven’t used that word in a while ;) )!

Thank you Laura for adding sunshine to my day :)

Now, I have to pass it onto 12 other bloggy friends. Thing is, I have been kind of out of it for a bit…I haven’t been good with keeping up w/all my old bloggy friends, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pass on the Sunshine right?

The rules for accepting this:
Put the logo on your blog or within your post (right click and save). Pass the award onto 12 bloggers, then link the nominees within your post. Finally, let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

So here goes – in no particular order…this might look familiar b/c I had an old post about “daily reads besides Tweets”…

Kim at MissZoot.com – This girl is just downright awesome. She has great design skills – she designed my old blog way back when. She has an awesome family (her NikkiZ and my Beans are only 1 day apart – sensing a pattern here? lol), great photog skills and does her share of running too…She and I both have a love for office supplies (pens and journals mostly for me). She loves Diet Cokes and Krispy Kreme donuts. We both love Harry Potter and she turned me to Twilight which turned to my Robsession/Edward Cullen love. I’m sure my husband won’t ever forgive her for that ;) She’s going through a tough time right now…send her some love…

Mona at MamaMona.blogspot.com – This is probably the only blogger I know in person…we went to High School together! Found her via FB and found out she also blogs. She has since moved to Egypt where she lives with her BEAUTIFUL family and she’s still as beautiful as ever. We share a love for all things Sanrio (Hello Kitty, Keroppi, etc.), accessories and LOST. She even has a LOST blog!

Y over at JoyUnexpected: Watched her boys grow into young men…her daughter turn into a beautiful little girl. She’s funny too! I also felt for her as she struggled w/her weight and Hashimoto’s. I felt her pain without feeling it, that’s how well she writes. She also has a great knack for photography.

Carrisa of andsosheblogs.com – Although she dropped me as her Twitter friend (boohoo… sad face), I still read her blog and her tweets. She’s comical, has great gift ideas, recipes and has a sick obsession w/bags – worse than mine :) She claims she’s shy, but I admire her for making it to BlogHer and meeting all the online friends she’s made in person. I don’t think I could ever do that.

Ree of ThePioneerWoman: Need I say more? Ok fine…Reading about life on the ranch makes me wish I lived on one and married a cowboy (j/k pDaddy!). She inspires me to take pictures, fiddle with Photoshop and even got the idea of homeschooling my kids in my head. Her cooking page is awesome and has great step-by-step instructions that I have yet to follow, but keep saying I will. I often have to wipe the drool off of my keyboard after reading her cooking page. And she has a whole “love story” going on recounting her courtship, dating and marriage to Marlboro Man. Did I mention she has awesome giveaways (mixers! DSLRs! giftcards!)?

MrsSoup I found participating in the same challenges as me, but she actually takes better pictures. She is just one of those where you can tell she has a kind heart and soul…Perfect Mommy material to her BabySoup.

Midwest Mommy: Hosts Totally Ticked Off Tuesday and has great giveaways on her review site (I actually won something for once!). She also has an addiction to school supplies (we should form a SS Anonymous or something). She takes pictures for her readers and I especially love it when they’re of license plates you have to decipher. She also has an uncanny way of incorporating her face into pictures – hilarious! She also just recently celebrated a milestone birthday – go wish her a belated happy one!

Stacie of Stacie’s Madness: Funny gal who went through hell to get her divorce finalized, but is now in a happy place with her new “friend”. She tells it like it is and isn’t afraid of what you think ;) Balls…this woman’s got balls. lol

Angie of SevenClownCircus (who I discovered via Stacie): I love participating in her “Wordful Wednesday” challenge (well, at least when I used to blog more regularly). I know that “Wordless Wednesday” was around for awhile, but I talk too much (no way? really? yes! really!).

Beth of ishouldbefoldinglaundry: Is another great read with a catchy name (b/c I, too, should be folding laundry) w/great pics. She hosts the “You Capture” challenge on Thursdays…gives you incentive and motivation to go out there and take them pics! Did I mention she’s cute and very preggo too? Can’t wait to see that cutie-pa-tootie when born.

JamieAnn: I still don’t know I got to her site, but I think from twitter?? She’s got a great sense of humor, she’s honest and is obsessed w/RPattz/Edward Cullen just as much as I am. Her advantage? He knows she exists, but not I :( She’s also a great friend…See this video? I was all kinds of teary-eyed! I’ll be making my donation to LoveHarder later today, how about you?

Rachael of PineappleBabble.com had me at “Hello”. Well, actually, not Hello…it was more this entry about her going to see New Moon at the midnight showing. It’s everything I wanted to say – IF I actually went to the showing w/some girlfriends…Seems I’m alone w/my Twilight/Robsession/Edward Cullen love in the real world. I LOVED this entry and have been hooked ever since. Helps that her Pineapple’s a cutie too :)

NEW MOON=NO; MICKEY & CO. = YES!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or simply don’t care (possible), “Twilight Saga: NEW MOON” comes out nationwide tonight at midnight.

I have 2 tickets to see it, but decided not to go and brave the Teen/Tween/Extreme TWIHARD Masses. I don’t think I have it in me to A) Park 5 miles away (b/c I’m sure it will be packed and B) Get there extra early to find a good seat. I’ve been getting my fill of all things TWILIGHT anyway w/their press tour and talk show tour.

My SIL and her family are here visiting from Texas and have graciously offered to watch the girls so we could watch, but A) They’re here visiting!!! B) That’s just rude that they’ll be sleeping over and we won’t be here to entertain them and C) They’re here visiting and we’re going to make them babysit? NOT!

Instead, we will go as planned to Disney on Ice with our girls and the Texans will sleepover and we’ll have movie night! I think that sounds more fun than dealing w/teens, raging hormones, sitting elbow to elbow, etc…I’ll either catch NEW MOON in a couple of weeks when the hoop-la dies down a bit OR wait for it on Netflix – which is the higher possibility. Do you know that the last movie we saw in a theater was a Harry Potter flick in 2007??? I think it was “Order of the Phoenix”.

Idiot

I’m probably late on this bandwagon too, but…

Who’s the idiot that leaked out Stephenie Meyer’s “Midnight Sun”??? From what I can tell of the PDF (which you can get from the link above), it was copyrighted in 2008…The entry from the author is from August 2008. It’s September 2009 – over a year later and still nothing new from the author (that I can tell from the website, anyway).

I finished BREAKING DAWN the other day and finished whatever was written of MIDNIGHT SUN and I am longing, thirsting for more! So, who’s the idiot that ruined it for the rest of us so that we may never see the rest of Edward’s thoughts/insights? To see how he suffered, why he disappeared and how he had inner conflict to fight thirst and love and ??? Ugh, I’d like to punch that idiot in the face if I could…thank you very much.
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For those who don’t know, MIDNIGHT SUN was written to be in parallel to TWILIGHT (the first book of the Saga). Only, it was from Edward’s point of view and not Bella’s and it is just as addicting.

Fame

(yes, I’m stalling my vacay recap. I’m so not wanting to sort through pics…)

So FAME. I wonder how people deal with it. I always thought/said that if I were to be famous, I hoped to just be famous in one country and not be some International phenomenon. For example, I would be ok w/being a big time celebrity in the Philippines, but definitely not Hollywood. Think about it, how many famous Filipino actors/actresses/celebrities are well known by non-Filipinos/Filipinos outside of the Philippines? How many do you know? How many know all the famous Hollywood movie stars – all around the world?

Take for example, you guessed it, Robert Pattinson. One day, he was just a random actor…got “noticed” (at least by some, including yours truly) as Cedric Diggory, but was still not thaaat big of a deal. Next thing you know, he’s taken on the lead role of Edward Cullen in “Twilight”…perfecting the role and showing the epitomy of a perfect man (so he happens to be a vampire too, so what?). Then BOOM – International Stardom. Poor guy probably can’t just eat in peace without throngs of fans and paparazzi all over him. I’m sure he can’t even go to any remote islands or even the Philippines without getting harassed (yes, the TWILIGHT SAGA is big there as well). Shoot, I know if I saw him, I’d try to bug him for a pic, if I had enough guts to actually go up to him, that is.

Anyway, see what I mean? If you were only a famous person in the Philippines, you could go elsewhere around the world, for the most part, without being harassed / recognized, but at the same time get your little niche in stardom…It’s like getting your cake and eating it too.

Aren’t you glad I’m not famous? People would probably think I’m a freak. That’s another thing, I would care too much what others think. I think if I were famous, I would be all up on the internet searching my name and trying to see what others are saying about me from Perez Hilton to The Buzz (filipino entertainment show) to CNN. Good thing things didn’t fall through 5 years ago when I was supposed to interview to be some News Anchor/Newscaster at one of the Philippine networks (story for another day). I’d probably be such a different person, but at least not a very recognizable one outside of the Philippines. I think I’d be a terrible celebrity and besides, I’m sure I’d be blushing the whole time while trying to act, especially with good looking and well known actors. If I were sure of myself, I’d try and beg to allow them to cast an Asian role (extra or supporting)…I know I’m in my early thirties now, but sometimes, when I really dress down, some say I can pass for a teeny bopper (remember the original 90210? They were all in their 20s and Gabrielle Carteris – who played Andrea Zuckerman – was in her 30s)…hehehe…Too bad I don’t recall any Asians in any of the books.

Anywho, I hope these celebs, especially the young ones, that become stars overnight, have a real good head on their shoulders. It would be sad to see Hollywood hit them hard and for them to succumb to the negative pressure and countless drugs and other crap so readily available (and affordable) to them.

..:: i really need to stop obsessing over the Twilight Saga cast…their overnight stardom amazes, startles and worries me…they are not the first, and i’m sure not the last, but still…i guess reading the books recently keeps them in my head more than others. their hold on the world, their fame in their youth leaves me in awe, but at the same time, makes me hope they don’t end up being a “child actor has been”. ::..

I’m a…TWIHARD…and a “Cougar”

I cannot believe it. Didn’t think this would happen. I kept saying that the whole “Twilight” Saga was just for Tweens and ridiculous. Then, I saw “Twilight” on the plane on the way to the Philippines by myself (for a week’s stay) in March and was all mushy and gushy.

I still didn’t think to read the books because, really, well, I don’t like Kristen Stewart – not as Bella anyway. Maybe she’ll be good as Joan Jett? But anywho…my goodness, it’s the total opposite for Robert Pattinson. I LOVE him as Edward! I don’t know if I’d feel the same way about him in any other character (he was ok as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire”), but man did he kick arse as Edward! Yes, I’m a “cougar”-mom…I <3 Edward!

I don't know if I would be this into the books if I couldn't picture Robert Pattinson as Edward, so yes, I think seeing "Twilight" first really got me reading it more and more. I bought "New Moon" as my book of choice for our vacation to the Philippines (this time w/the family). I thought it was thick and long enough to last me the duration of the 3 weeks. I was wrong. About one week in, I was done with it (I'm sure I would have been finished faster if not for, you know, vacation). As soon as I stepped foot into a bookstore on one of the islands we hopped to, I immediately stormed the Teen Fiction section and looked for "Eclipse". To my disappointment, they were out of stock – of all the "Twilight" books.

Once we got back to the city/mainland, I hit a bookstore again and to my delight, they were FULLY stocked of all the books and so, I ended up buying the whole set. "New Moon" was the only book I actually owned at that time so I didn't mind buying the whole thing.

We've been back for a week now and I'm already 2/3 or 3/4 of the way done with "Breaking Dawn". Jet lag's been helping me get my read on. That, and the fact that I literally have a hard time putting the darn books down. Like now, I keep wondering what's next and am tempted to read instead of typing up this blog. But, I figured that it's best I detach for a bit and work, do some chores and blog. I've gotten to the point that I'm feeling guilty of reading so damn much, but it's just thaaaat good! When pDaddy is about to come home, or come down the stairs, or wake up, I immediately put the book down. I feel like a boy going through puberty hiding his nudey mags from his parents! hahaha…

Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever read books this fervently before!