Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today my father, Michael Stephen Adams, would have been 63 years old. I know that it's always going to be a difficult day for me to get through. I just hope that eventually I'll learn how to celebrate him on this day better. Today was hard as it was because I didn't feel well at all. So needless to say I didn't honor him in the way that I hope to on this day.
Today we are reflecting on the too brief but very incredible life your dad lived. We know how much you both must miss him because we know how much we do. Your dad was a true individual, not prone to be persuaded by views that were not his own. He loved learning, life, music, sports, teaching, experiencing new things...but mostly he loved your mother and the two of you. He probably would love Lucas more than anyone or anything else. We cannot look at a picture of Lucas without thinking of your dad and what he didn't live long enough to enjoy. We like believing that he is aware and very proud of his girls and now his little grandson. We send all of you our love and hugs, today and every day...but especially today.
Gail and David
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Gina Elise has been dubbed “the calendar angel” by America’s deployed troops, who have flown seven American flags in her honor over military bases in Iraq. The California Jaycees Foundation and the California Junior Chamber of Commerce selected Gina Elise as 2007 “Outstanding Young Californian”. The "Points of Light" Foundation in Washington, DC has honored this project for exceptional community service. Gina Elise’s nostalgic pin-up calendar is drawing lots of attention to Veterans’ health care, while at the same time honoring the four-year military service of her late grandfather. Gina Elise inscribes personalized messages of appreciation on the calendars and posters to thank the Veterans and troops for their service to our country.
In 2009, The "Los Angeles Business Journal" publication and its members honored Gina Elise as "VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR" at their annual "Women Making A Difference" awards ceremony. This annual event recognizes the work of influential women in the community. Gina Elise has raised substantial funds for Veterans' and military hospital programs that care for our Vets and active duty military.
Gina Elise's project, that supports hospitalized Veterans and deployed troops, has touched people around the world. A military unit in Iraq painted Gina Elise's pin-up pose, in camouflage uniform, on a wall at the military base to help boost morale for the troops. An army medic, who recently returned home from Iraq, painted Gina Elise’s pin-up pose on his newly purchased motorcycle, to honor her work for Veterans. A traumatic brain injury patient in a Veterans hospital who had not spoken for a month, saw Gina Elise at his bedside and slowly began to answer her questions. Gina Elise hopes that the public will honor our brave ill Vets and injured troops by making a visit to a VA or military hospital to express appreciation to these men and women who have sacrificed so much in their service to the United States."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am happy to announce that I joined the gym, LA Fitness today and even set up a one on one session with a trainer tomorrow afternoon. She politely told me today that she was going kick my ass and that I probably wouldn't like her very much after it... Hmm..I'm a little nervous now but I know that it will be good for me. Wish me luck!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Ok, wow.. I just got home from mailing a box at Kinkos and there was valet parking there!!!!! Ridiculous, right?! And the line for it was actually long! So dumb! Of course I did not get in it, instead I drove like maybe 10 feet past the Kinkos and found plenty of street parking that didn't even have meters. I didn't even have to pay to park. Why oh why do those people think they can't handle parking their own cars?
Valets were established in the Middle Ages. A valet is a gentleman's male servant. The valet performs personal services such as cleaning and preparing his employer's clothes, running his bath and perhaps shaving his employer. The master of any great house had his own valet, and in the very grandest great houses, other adult members of the employing family would also have their own valets.
Valets learned the skills for their role in various ways. Some began as footmen, learning some relevant skills as part of that job or by performing valeting tasks for his sons before they had a valet of their own, or for male guests who did not travel with a valet.
Traditionally, a valet did much more than merely lay out clothes and take care of personal items. He was also responsible for making travel arrangements, dealing with any bills and handling all money matters concerning his master or his master's household.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
"It’s the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it’s the little differences that make them interesting."
Friday, January 22, 2010
So I've been in San Diego with my sister and nephew all week and it's been absolutely amazing just to relax and be with them. You are probably thinking, what does she need to relax for? She just went to Jamaica for about a week?! Yes, while that is true and all, I still don't feel like I ever get enough time with my family and that is one of the main reasons why I moved to LA in the first place. I love hanging out in their living room watching TV, playing with Lucas and chatting with my sister. We love playing scrabble against each other on our computers. There really are no words to describe the unconditional love that I feel whenever I am with them. I mean, who could resist spending time with those two over there in the picture?! : )
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Aubrei, Mark, Drea, Mike, Dave and me in Vegas
Meagan, Leslie and I in Miami.
Most of the Phoenix crew: Kiley, Daniel, Monique, Stacy, Pat, Dave, Aubrei, Mark and I.
Atalaya, Dave, Stacy, Aubrei, Mark and I on New Years Eve.
Lindsey, Tracy and I on another New Years Eve! I heart them so much!
Courtney, Alyson, Katen, Meagan and I at this years Homecoming.
So, I've been thinking a lot lately about my friends and what they all mean to me. I have many close friends in Phoenix and it's definitely going to be hard being away from them but I am sure that they'll be visiting me in LA soon. I'm really sad and nervous about being in LA and not having these amazing people around me. They get me through the rough days and they make the good times even more memorable. I mean, it takes awhile before those solid friendships can be formed so I'm not expecting anything to happen instantly in LA. I am grateful to have two awesome roommates and I have no doubt that we'll become fast friends.
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born" -Anais Nin
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
From time to time I'll blog about my favorite musicians, here we go with my first one: the oh so talented and gorgeous, John Mayer.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This evening I took my 7 month old nephew, Lucas, on a little hour-long walk around his neighborhood. It has been raining here in San Diego pretty much all day yesterday and today but it finally cleared up enough this evening for us to go outside. He loves being outside and I could tell he needed a change of scenery. It was super windy so I was a little nervous about being out with him. Once we got near the ocean, it was even windier but he seemed to really get a kick out of my crazy windy hair and watching all the trees blowing. He was laughing up a storm! Ha ha, no pun intended!
"There is no experience like having children. That’s all. There is no substitute for it. You cannot do it with a friend. You cannot do it with a lover. If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children" -Mitch Albom; Tuesdays with Morrie
Monday, January 18, 2010
Elizabeth Gilbert recently released a new book called "Committed", it's the follow up to "Eat, Pray Love." I did enjoy this first novel but not as much as most people did. It really didn't inspire me like I thought it would. I am hoping to enjoy "Committed" a lot more. That's what makes for a good book in my opinion-one that will inspire and teach me in someway. I want to feel smarter/better for having read the book in the first place. Of course not all books I read turn out that way but most of the time, I am still glad that I read them.