Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Minnie

We got a new puppy... and she's a rottweiler. Before you go, "Oh no, those are bad dogs!" Just wait a second.

She's super sweet, calm, good with people... (even though she did growl at Joe Daues...) and I love her. She was so scared her first night... I tried to comfort her in her kennel-- good thing I have short legs!

As many people know, Jim had a rottweiler, Jasmine, for 12 years. She was such a good girl. She broke a lot of people from their fear of rottweilers, and I just know Miss Minnie will, too.

She's going to be a big girl!

Funny things about her: she is always at your feet. She doesn't even go on a leash right now because she is always nearby. Of course, we won't take her out in public without one-- that's just around our yard. I took her to work last night because of the ice, and she just stayed under my desk the whole time and followed me to the make up room. She was a good girl until I left her alone... then she started whining.

She is so clumsy. She doesn't walk very well on our wood floors.

She loves water. She won't stop drinking it.

She howls. It's pretty funny until it's 3 a.m.

We got her on Saturday, so this is just day four. She's really come out of her shell, and I can't wait to share more Minnie stories! OH, the name came from Jasmine. We used to call Jasmine, "Jazz-minny"... so we thought our next one would have to be named Minnie.

One more note-- this is the worst time to get a dog. Seriously, snow is not good for potty training.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pastiche is Closing FRIDAY

I'm sad to announce that Pastiche will be closing on Friday.

Owner Carla Stine posted a message on this blog, saying that the store will be closing on the 23rd @ 5 p.m.

Between 4-5 p.m. there will be a small party to celebrate the new chapter Carla will be taking! Stop by and wish her well.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jim covers Obama's Inauguration!

Jim is covering the inauguration in Washington, D.C. You can catch a glimpse of what he's doing on KY3 or by clicking here.

He says he's having a good time, but he's ready to come home! I think a lot of people don't realize what hard work it is (especially for an old dog like him!)

He had to get up at 3:30 a.m. today to catch the train into D.C... then he has to lug the camera all day. He called last night to complain about back pains, though he said it was pretty cool to be there for the historical event.

I asked him to pick up an Obama buttom for the kids (I like to say that sometimes), but he said he probably won't have time. See, this is what I'm saying... you don't really get to enjoy an event when you're there for work. Plus, you're not with your friends or family, so that just makes it seem even more work-y.

And now, I won't get my button.

(**If you want to watch it live, go to**)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Check out Lillyella!

A lot of people already know about, but I was trolling the internet a while back, and came across lillyella, thanks to fellow blogger, Mitch and Winnie!

Anyway, lillyella is where you can find delicate, earthy, feminine, and beautiful handmade jewelry...and it's all very affordable!

I just made my first purchase and received my necklace and earrings in the mail on Saturday...

Look at how beautiful the necklace is! I love the drop down earrings. I thought both might "pop" on air without being overly-poppy. But, you know what I really liked? The thank you note from the person behind lillyella--Nicole!

Anyway, the necklace and earrings made their debut Sunday night. It's funny how the green in my shirt made the necklace seem more green. I just think it turned out swell. I will be ordering from her again!

Check her out! Nicole is from Ohio, and she has so many more items for sale. If you decide to order anything, let me know!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: You have to see it!

I work in news, yet I live in a cave. I had no idea about the great reviews Slumdog Millionaire was getting... or the awards... or even that it was out!

I would blame it on having the perpetual cold and flu, but in reality, I'm pretty bad at keeping up with what's going on in the entertainment world.

Nonetheless, you have to go see the movie. It's playing at The Moxie (indefinitely)... last night, they said the movie couldn't have come to the theater at a better time-- I guess that's the nice way to say "the economy sucks."

The movie is about a slumdog (street kid) in India, who gets his chance to be on India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"-- he gets so close to winning the game, but game officials think he cheated because... how can a slumdog know all of those answers? You go back through his life to see how he knows what he knows.

1. The soundtrack is freaking awesome. MIA is on it-- and she worked with "India's Timbaland" for the music. SWEEEET.
2. It won 4 Golden Globes, including Best Drama
3. It's directed by Danny Boyle (also did Trainspotting)

ANYWAY, all of the shows were sold out. If you go, get your ticket early.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I'm getting a new sissy!

Now that everyone (who needs to know) knows,
I can share some good news.

My brother-in-law is getting married!

The Van Dillen men. Good lookin' bunch, right? (Susanne Priedohl)

He and his girlfriend, Tiffany, got engaged on Christmas Eve. At last check, they're planning a Spring 2010 wedding. I can't wait!

One of my fave reception pics (Jeffrey Sweet)

Boy, they are going to have some really tall, athletic kids. Both played college sports, and both are super cute, fun, smart, and amazing.

Congrats to them!

Now, the question is...
will Jim's sister, Erika, be the 2011 wedding?
If we keep looking as hot as we did on my bachelorette party,
I don't see why not.

Sassy! Erika, Me and Tiffany

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Check it Out: The Park Central Library Blog

The Park Central Library has a blog. Check it out!

You can find out all the free-happenings going on at the P-R-K. Plus, we have background info on all of our musicians, artists, performances, free movies, kids entertainment, etc.

You can also read about those mysterious things you've never understood at the library: what's coolcat? how do I use the self-checkout? what's print management?

I contribute to it, it's helpful, and it's awesome. It's not common practice to see Greene County library staffers blog about what's going on!


Check it out:

PASTICHE is closing

I first fell in love with Pastiche when I had to buy a purse for a fundraising event. It wasn't for me to use... it was going to be sold in a silent auction.

I thought, "Oh, no! What kind of purse can I get that will show a lot of personality but won't cost a fortune?" I thought I was in trouble... I pictured everyone donating really expensive Louis Vuitton bags or something, and then there'd be my crapola-one.

Oh, the horror.

Well, I thought... why not support our local stores? I had never been to Pastiche before... and I was so pleasantly surprised when I went inside. I ended up buying a little handbag that had been remade from a rice flour bag. It was so original, and I think women living in Cambodia made it (fair trade, of course.)

The best part was that it only cost about $20, and it was something truly unique! The woman at Pastiche even bagged up the purse so beautifully... I wanted to keep it. Anyway, I don't know how the auction turned out, but I was pretty proud of my little handbag...

Now, I'm sad to say Pastiche is closing.

My friend, Shannon, told me about it during Art Walk. She bought a candle there for $1, and it was so cute! So, I went in there yesterday and bought some furniture. I was sad to be buying it from them, but truthfully, I was also pretty excited about the deals. I wish I would've gone in there more and bought stuff so they wouldn't be closing. Depressing...

Pastiche will close its doors in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can find everything for 50% off or more. The store is at the corner of Jefferson and Walnut.