Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dexter Ice Cream

"See a Dexter-Themed Ben & Jerry’s Flavor. Back in June, graphic artist Jon Defreest brought us all Ron Swanson's favorite ice cream. Now, with season six of Dexter beginning in a little over a month, he's bringing us Dexter Morgan's preferred flavor: Miami Slice. Body parts included."


Bike People?

Are any of you out there 'bike people'? We are possibly moving office (keep your fingers crossed). This means the new office will be only about 4 miles from our condo. I have walked and biked the course before (since it is right next door to where we go to Happy Hour frequently). I was thinking that I would LOVE to bike to work (at least 3 times a week, if not every day). The only problem is I only have a 1 speed beach cruiser. I LOVE my cruiser, but it is not fit for the HILLS that we live on. I thought I would try and get some suggestions from some 'bike people' as to what I should be looking for. Do I need a mountain bike or a road bike or just a cruiser with gears? Do I need something new or would a used garage sale bike do the trick? I don't know for sure that the office is moving (my boss is hoping to sign the lease tomorrow), but I thought that I would at least throw the questions out there and see if I get any type of response.

Top Marching Band Pregames

College Football: Power Ranking the Top 25 College Marching Band Pregames

Why is Michigan's Pregame #1?

When putting together this list I was looking for "Game Time" and lots of "Rah-Rah" and Michigan can do it all with one formation and one song; and everyone in the stands goes nutz.

Emerging from a tunnel near the fifty yard line, the Michigan Marching Band hops onto the field, forms the letter "M," then marches from west to east blasting "Hail to the Victors" while all one hundred thousand plus in attendance sing along.

It's the most powerful sight in all of college football.

The original article (and the other 24 teams) here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hype Video

Mike Martin's University of Michigan 2011 Hype Video ft. Pop Evil

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Lions?

I had posted earlier this month about one of the kids I went to school with being traded from the Raiders (where he was the last 4 years) to the Patriots. I just saw an article this morning that said Chris has now been signed by the Lions. At least he is closer to home I guess...

Detroit Lions Sign Chris Morris, Release Greg Niland

The Detroit Lions signed center Chris Morris on Wednesday. To make room on the roster for Morris, the Lions parted ways with offensive guard Greg Niland.

Morris is a former Michigan State Spartan who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He spent the first four years of his career in Oakland and played for the Carolina Panthers in 2010. This offseason he was with the New England Patriots until recently being released.

Morris appeared in only four games last season and only five games in his rookie year. In 2008 and 2009, he played in all 16 games each season and made 10 starts in '09. He only started in one game in '08 and didn't start in any of the 10 games he appeared in during the 2007 season.

The rest of the article here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

New Statue

New Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue for Disney California Adventure Park Unveiled at D23 Expo

In a presentation at the D23 Expo today detailing the upcoming Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park, Imagineers Ray Spencer, Lisa Girolami and Coulter Winn unveiled a very special piece of this new area.

How does this statue help tell the story of Buena Vista Street?
It is a young Walt Disney as you would have seen him when he just stepped off the train from Kansas City in 1923, arriving in California to pursue his dreams. The street is set in the time period between 1923-1937, the time when Walt arrived and subsequently innovated, risked and created the studio that is the origin of all that The Walt Disney Company has become. He is located on the ground, not on a pedestal or planter, so that he is accessable to guests – “one of us.” Early Los Angeles (Buena Vista Street) is Walt’s land of opportunity and dreams at this time, and metaphorically it is for our guests as well!

Tell us what is going on in the scene depicted in the statue.
Walt has just arrived in California from Kansas City, and as he looks around in wonder and optimism, the world is his oyster to realize his dreams.

The statue is also an amalgam of young Walt and early Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse – although not created until after Walt’s arrival in Los Angeles – was, according to story, created on a train and was part of Walt’s travels and his muse, and is a fitting travel partner.

The rest of the article here.

Buena Vista St

I enjoy California Adventure even without Mickey at it, but this will be AWESOME once the update is complete:

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and Bob Weis, Executive Vice President, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering, just took us back in time to 1920s Los Angeles, with updates on the upcoming Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. Imagineers have worked hard to transport guests back to the Los Angeles that Walt experienced when he first arrived in California. Read more at Disney Parks Blog: http://bit.ly/nxOQTu

Birthday Yogurt

I have been getting so many AWESOME surprises in my email today... A new email came in from menchie's this afternoon.

For your birthday, you have a free yogurt (up to $5 value) to use between today and 9/25/11 on your card.

Just show your card or tell your mix master your account number on your next visit to use your birthday gift.

Your birthday gift will automatically be used before any earned Menchie's Money in your account.

YUMMY! I am sooooooooooooo excited for my yummy, free yogurt! Don't worry, we will for SURE be taking them up on this offer :)

Too Much Missing...

We got another reminder in the mail yesterday... DISNEY MISSES US SO MUCH, IT IS SCARY!!!!

Don't worry Mickey... WE WILL BE THERE SOOOO SOON!

400 Hummers?!

Rita has about 400 migrating (and some resident) hummingbirds on her property in July and August. Set in Sedona's "red rock country" it becomes easy to see why the Hummingbird Society will hold its first Sedona Hummingbird Festival in August, 2012. Wow--red rocks AND hummingbirds!


Okay, you may think I am lame, but when I see a contest or giveaway I ENTER. It hasn't always been like that. Of COURSE I have ALWAYS loved free stuff, but I haven't always entered contests. My old thinking was 'I never win, why waste my time?'. This changed about a year ago when Ryan and I won a FREE TRIP TO COSTA RICA! The trip was through Dole. We were notified back in October or so of last year, but didn't get our hopes up in case it was just a joke or spam.... but it wasn't! And since then my thinking about contests has shifted to 'Someone HAS to win, why couldn't it be me?' Which leads to me my post this morning.

The last week or so I had been putting entries into a contest that Beardowear was having. They had teamed up with beepart and were giving away $75 to beepart's store. The entries were easy (you just had to post on Facebook and put the two company's names in the post). This morning I woke up to an email that said:

""Beardowear wrote: "This was indeed the lucky one!! Congrats.. send us your email through the site and we'll put you in touch with beepart!" ""

It was in response to my entry from yesterday that said "Last entry for Beardowear and beepart... Maybe it is the lucky one :)"

HOW AWESOME!! Beardowear even has me listed on their website as a winner :)

Check out beepart's website when you get a chance, because they have SOOOOO many AWESOME vinyls that it is going to be VERY hard to stop at just $75 worth :) AND PS - THANKS TO BEARDOWEAR AGAIN FOR PUTTING ON THE CONTEST!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Labor Day - Cheboygan Brewing Co

Don't miss Labor Day Weekend at the Brewery. Extended hours, live music, and apps from Black Mountain Lodge Saturday. Crawfish Boil and $2 beers on Sunday, yes Sunday! Hope to see you there.

Unfortunately we won't be back for this, but if you or anyone you know is in the Cheboygan, MI area --- CHECK IT OUT!

White Hummer

So yesterday I posted about 'liking' Perky Pets (the company that makes a lot of the hummingbird feeders). Well, now that I 'like' them, they appear on my 'News' on Facebook. With that being said they posted some pictures this morning of an Albino Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in Staunton, Virginia. I have never seen one of these before! It almost looks like something FAKE.

Check out more pictures of it here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wieners Racing

Check out the racing wieners :)

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PS Note the brown one barking the whole race

6'7 (Buckeye Diss)

The lyrics made me chuckle, so I thought I would post them under the video :) [Excuse the language]


Verse 1:
Excuse me Mr. Pryor, I ain't talkin' Richard
Ya 40 time is good, but my quicks are sicker
Wolverine Militia, 16 is the Commissioner
You don't wanna start him up, Denard'll just finish ya
So misunderstood but what's the world without dilithium
2 b*tches at the same time...Posey and Chekwa
I got these girls twisted cuz they open when you twist em
I never met Terrelle but (think) they should trade him to the Pistons.
If Sparty is little brother then the Buckeyes are her sister, Notre Dame is their cousin and I think you get the picture
And you know Justin Boren he weighs more than a glacier,
It's "all in" the family values, I'm of no relation
No matter who is buying the rings in Buckeye Nation with the Grey and Scarlett diamonds bought a 5 game suspension, we got that old money what? Buckeyes are just funny nuts, every time they go to bowls OSU is just runner ups
I don't feel like I've done enough, the Free Press has been under cut but I keep with the flow like Im underfed, hungry for some wonderbread? I'm hungry to put the last seven years to rest ..under bed
(6'7'8' bunch)

Verse 2:
Ok I lost my mind, Lebron is somewhere in Miami,
think I'm gonna get tatted up what you don't understand me,
TP got a new whip and that ish ain't a Camry
but hoes gon b hoes now tackle Boom Herron
Just talked to the sweatervest, told him he better get the players english tudors, Maurice practice on your predicates
Swear man I be seein' through these boosters and these regents, Bucknuts think they He-Men, Pow pow the end
Call it self-defense and yeah we need some defense,
6 true freshmen playing in the backfield in some sequins

Verse 3:
We need to get our weight up, we need to get the haters off our back and fade, after I leave Columbus I go get some vaccinations
World's biggest toilet bowl, evacuation
Feel like I'm engaged in character assassination
But everybody steals and kills...and worships Satan
TP is convenient right inside Ohio Stadium where they lead in all types of minor violations.
Call me crazy, call me abrasive
Don't call me sick, I'm contagious
Like a Kanye joint, we're aMAIZEn
More than bold, we're brazen
More than hot, we're blazin'
More than 110,000 fans in the stadium
(6'7'8' bunch)

Verse 4:
Worst journalism in the nation but we're caging them
Detroit to Ann Arbor, plagiarism
Grab Drew Sharp by the face and i'm erasin' him
beat him like it's practice time...investigation
They need to put Drew and Mark Snyder on probation
stick them in a jail cell and film the copulation,but they need a smaller lens or magnification

Back to the buckeyes
All you do is point fingers and call names, named our coach cHOKE like you do in bowl games
Yeah you beat the Razorbacks and the Duc
ks, won seven straight who gives a shucks, every dog has his day and your time is up
Just win 15 straight then you'll catch up.

Verlander: Cy Young and MVP?

Justin Verlander: Cy Young and MVP?

If an artist were to carve a Mount Rushmore-like sculpture depicting the most beloved Detroit athletes of the past 25 years, it would probably look something like this: the Lions' Barry Sanders, the Red Wings' Steve Yzerman and the Pistons' Isiah Thomas.

If you're wondering where the Tigers are, well, join the club.

Outside of an unexpected run to the 2006 World Series, there really hasn't been much Motor City baseball to care about since the "Roar of '84" -- and yes, some of us still call it that.

However, with Justin Verlander's dominance in five of the past six seasons, Detroit not only has a new local legend to adore but the face of Major League Baseball.

I don't say that just because he's the Cy Young front-runner. He has a realistic chance to become the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to win the top pitching award and league MVP.

The rest of the article here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bell & Slurpees

I asked my mom before Vegas if she used her bike bell lately. She said that she hadn't, so she would bring it and give it to me :) Ry and I painted it this morning and put it on my bike. We ran out of the spray paint right after we finished, so good thing I have all of the accessories I need :)

PS While we were on our bike ride along the beach we came across the SLURPEE MOBILE! We got a few little free ones and coupons for FREE Slurpees - how awesome!

Night Shots

And a trip to Vegas wouldn't be complete without shots of the crazy lights on the strip at night. We really only had our camera the one night (Thursday night it wasn't charged and Friday night we went to the Cirque Du Soleil show and we couldn't bring it), but I think Ryan was still able to get some awesome shots.

I think we watched the water show at the Bellagio every night though:

The Eiffel Tower:

The Strip (from where we were staying):

Bally's (where we stayed):

Pawn Stars

While we were in Vegas Ryan wanted to be sure we went by the pawn shop from the History Channel's Pawn Stars. We made time for it Sunday before we headed back home. None of the guys were there, and no one was taping, but I guess it was cool to see the actual store (FYI - It is A LOT smaller in real life than I thought it would be). We had to stand outside and wait to get in (so that they didn't have too many people in there at one time), but it really wasn't too long of a wait on a Sunday morning. It wasn't the highlight of the trip, but at least we crossed it off the list of 'things to do'.

Grand Canyon

Okay, I know I still have to finish posting about our Vegas trip from last weekend, so here goes.

On Saturday we took a bus tour to the Grand Canyon. It was quite the excursion. We left the hotel at 6:30am and didn't get back till probably 9pm. None of us had been to the Grand Canyon before, so it was AWESOME to see. We also all decided that although the bus ride was LONG, we would much rather someone else drive it than us :) Ryan took TONS of pictures while we were there, so to get the full effect you may have to click through the album here and here, but at least this gives you a good oveview.

Oops, maybe Ryan shouldn't have sat next to me... I have to entertain myself somehow when my hubby is sleeping :)

My padres on the bus:

We stopped at a couple strange stops to and from the canyon, so any photo opt, you KNOW I am there:

You tend to go a little crazy when you are on a bus for that long:

Sign shots:

Oh yeah, and the Grand Canyon shots (with us in front of it, of course)!

And on the way back we drove over the new Hoover Dam bridge. Although we didn't stop, the bus driver did slow down enough to let us take a few pictures of it (most didn't turn out too stellar, since it was night time, shooting through a window, and on a moving bus), but it was still amazing to see it:

Wiener Nationals

Yesterday we went down to Qualcomm Stadium for the 15th Annual Wiener National Races in San Diego :) One day Ryan and I will have our own Walt to race. Ryan took some rapid fire shots of a few races, so he is going to make them into animated pictures (sort of like flip books) so we can see the movement, so be on the look out for them soon. Here are a few of the top pictures.

The rest of the pictures are in my Facebook Album here.