Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Xmas Shitty Scenerios for

You Want to Be Vegan, But Life Gets In The Way. Here's How to Cope With Those Crappy Situations.

wedding planningThe holidays are coming, which means cuter clothes, yummy food and a boatload of BS from your relatives.

While most people get psyched at the chance to cruise the holiday party circuit, you’re having freakin’ heart palpitations just thinking about all the crap you’ll have to deal with – your mom’s remarks about your “strange plant diet,” sitting at your boss's carnivore holiday dinner or trying to pick food for your own parties without everyone in attendance talking shit about your dirty animal-rights-activist habits. Don’t worry, babe. We’ve got you covered for every shitty scenario in the book.

turkeyThe Shitty Scenario: You’re invited to a holiday dinner where meat is the main act.

We've all been there. How do you politely decline a pork chop without pissing off your mother-in-law or alienating your husband's boss? First of all, remember that it's not always necessary to share the fact that you've got some non-traditional eating habits. If it's Christmas dinner with your family, they probably already know this, but your new neighbors might not need the info. If you suspect that you might be wining and dining with a rack of lamb, make sure to eat some protein beforehand, load up your plate with veggies and side dishes and stash a snack in your purse. If you feel like it's appropriate - and won't insult the hostess - you may also want to volunteer to bring a vegan dish. Problem solved.

lunch mealThe Shitty Scenario: You’re in the cafeteria with thirty minutes to scarf lunch that will keep you going through the 5 p.m. meeting, but you don’t know what creepy shit is lurking in the food.

When faced with a buffet of suspicious-looking mashed potatoes, weird meat options and a quivering gelatinous dessert, your best bet is to identify the three safest-looking dishes and ask what’s in them. While the mashed potatoes may be cooked with chicken broth, the salads and bean dishes are probably safe. But when in doubt, always ask. (Did you know Chili’s cooks their steamed vegetables in butter? Because it doesn’t say so on the menu). If there isn’t a person in sight to answer your questions, here are your must avoids: soup (almost all are made with chicken broth), bread/baked goods (most have eggs) or anything with gravy.

planning The Shitty Scenario: You’re planning your wedding/birthday party/celebration shin-dig, and you don’t feel comfortable serving dead animals.

You don’t want to come off as preachy to guests, but you sure as hell aren't paying for factory farmed animals on your special day. Luckily for you, even the most traditional catering companies offer vegan options now, and it won’t leave your guests bitching about your uptight ass. If you want to go all-out, companies like Seedling Organic Catering in Los Angeles offer crazy-delish vegan food that will leave your peeps oohing and aahing. Think warm chickpea salads, Tuscan white bean soup, sweet corn, millet and brown rice croquettes topped with jalapeno tofu cream and olive tapenade, and a tart raspberry sorbet for dessert. Hear anyone complaining? Good, we didn’t either.

The Shitty Scenario: You’re starving, have less than ten minutes and all you see around you are coffee shops and convenience stores.

Don’t freak out. You’re in good hands. The cafĂ© will have a soy latte and some kind of fruit cup or granola bar, minimum. Starbucks has a number of vegan drink options (um, can you say Soy Mocha with no whip?) and their plain and multigrain bagels, granola bars and molasses cookies are all sans animal products. The convenience store, if you really luck out, will have a piece of fruit, pretzels or original flavor Pop Chips. For a real treat on a time crunch, sample 7-11’s vegan options. If you’ve landed your ass in the middle of nowhere, even licorice, Swedish fish and Clif Bars are vegan.

bitchy The Shitty Scenario: You’re at a party and a nosy bitch eyes your plate and says, “Oh God – you’re not one of those weird vegan people, are you? Where do you get your protein? And there’s no way you can be getting enough calories. I heard that it’s really unhealthy.”

For starters, don’t even think of going into how healthy your cholesterol levels are or how you’ve got so much ra-ra energy that you don’t know what to do with it. There are a number of diplomatic ways you can handle this, but our favorite? Smile politely, “Yes, I am one of those weird vegan people” and take a long look at her food. Then, if you’ve got the guts, look from her food to her ass. She won’t ask you about protein again.

What are your Bitch Tips for stressful holiday situations?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

quote of the week...

‎"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.
An occasional glance toward the summit
keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes
are to be observed from each new vantage point."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My pic...

Words I live by....

Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it. - Unknown

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Key West Photos

A great time was had in the Keys last month...lots of sun...and partying...cant complain there :)

Happy 3rd Bday to our newphew, Jude...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hog commercial...

timmys blog...

thought of the day....

You are what you are today, because of the decisions and choice you made yesterday.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Loves it!

World Premiere: 'Fly' Music Video featuring Rihanna

just a thought...

Michael Vick just signed a $100 million contract. The optimist in me hopes it's what he's getting paid to be torn apart by rabid dogs.

Friday, August 26, 2011

so doing this....

excited about the challenge this will bring :)

One of my faves....

Best Friends

this is a place to visit/adopt from for all animal lovers for and i went in Jan and is was a touching experience...not to mention Arizona is very close and absolutely beautiful!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Loves it!

Panda Presents! Fu Hu Celebrates His First Birthday

Tuesday August 23, 2011 04:30 PM EDT

Panda Presents! Fu Hu Celebrates His First Birthday

Fu Hu (right) and his mother, Yang Yang

Heinz-Peter Bader/Landov

Mom definitely approves of these presents – and don't mind if she tastes a few!

Young giant panda cub Fu Hu received lots of fun gifts to celebrate his first birthday at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo, and his mother Yang Yang (pictured, left) helped herself to the bamboo goodies.

Fu Hu, who was born last year on Aug. 23, also has a brother named Fu Long, and he was born on the same day in 2007! Both pandas were conceived naturally. The pandas have been on loan from China since 2003, and will leave Austria after a 10-year stay.

How to Love

Lil Wayne’s New Video Speaks to Issues Surrounding Molestation

Lil Wayne is occasionally called a genius in the Hip Hop world. And his recent video production for “How To Love” has really set some hearts on fire.
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The controversial video has been labeled harsh and the song itself has a deep meaning.

The Chris Robinson-directed clip tells the story of an abused mother, who unintentionally leads her daughter to relive her own vicious cycle.

“I have a daughter, Wayne has a daughter, and he really wanted to tell the story,” Robinson told MTV News. “We were talking about statistics of abuse in our community. We were talking about really telling this story for every young woman in the world.”

The video follows a mother who is beaten by her boyfriend all in front of the little eyes of her baby daughter. As the girl grows up, she visits her father in prison and as a young lady is molested by one of her mother’s lovers.

From there, the girl grows a little older to become a stripper and eventually a prostitute who contracts HIV.

The video has some very touching moments and some that make you cringe.

The director, even said the song hit home for him.

“For me, I think Wayne’s performance, we really showed him when he said these poignant lines, things that really connected,” the director explained. “The concept is more a narrative. It’s a story about two paths in someone’s life and how one small choice that you make can affect your whole life.”

Free falling...

Thats me!

Cool Capture: Blooming

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California Bans Tailgate 'Pet Shops'

Lawmakers in California are taking a big step to protect animals from greedy breeders. Landmark two-part legislation bans the sale of animals in any public venue, which includes attempts by breeders to meet buyers they have contacted over the Internet in a neutral location.

The law will, we hope, hinder puppy-mill operators, who often don't want potential buyers to see the cramped, crude, and filthy conditions in which the animals are kept. Undercover investigations of puppy millshave documented dogs with no protection from the heat or cold and no veterinary care while suffering from medical conditions such as crusty, oozing eyes; raging ear infections; mange; and abscessed feet from being forced to stand on wire cage floors. Investigators have also observed dogs who had gone "kennel crazy," frantically turning in circles in their tiny cages.

The new law also increases the penalties for animal neglect so that they are on par with the penalties for cruelty. And some cities in California are going a step further, such as Glendale, where the City Council banned pet store sales of dogs and cats. Of course, we can all protect animals from abuse in the pet trade by always adopting instead of buying.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Words to live by!

Shine like a star, dream like a child, fly like a bird. No rules. No limits.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


crazy to be checking my RSS feeds and seeing a blog pop up with MY pic on it :)

Check it out!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thought for the day

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Get it, Florida!.....Florida City Bans Pet-Shop Puppies

Florida City Bans Pet-Shop Puppies: "In a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, Lake Worth, Florida , became the first city on the East Coast to ban the sale of dogs…"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

HA! he got scared...Michael Vick Cancels on Oprah...

Michael Vick Cancels on Oprah: "Michael Vick's last-minute cancelation of his scheduled February 24 appearance on Oprah is all over the news, and the big question everyone's asking is, \"

Friday, January 28, 2011

New law for Rape...BS

The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape

Fri Jan. 28, 2011 3:00 AM PST
Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.
For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. (Another exemption covers pregnancies that could endanger the life of the woman.) But the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.
With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion. (Smith's spokesman did not respond to a call and an email requesting comment.)
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Given that the bill also would forbid the use of tax benefits to pay for abortions, that 13-year-old's parents wouldn't be allowed to use money from a tax-exempt health savings account (HSA) to pay for the procedure. They also wouldn't be able to deduct the cost of the abortion or the cost of any insurance that paid for it as a medical expense.
There used to be a quasi-truce between the pro- and anti-choice forces on the issue of federal funding for abortion. Since 1976, federal law has prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, and when the pregnancy endangers the life of the woman. But since last year, the anti-abortion side has become far more aggressive in challenging this compromise. They have been pushing to outlaw tax deductions for insurance plans that cover abortion, even if the abortion coverage is never used. The Smith bill represents a frontal attack on these long-standing exceptions.
"This bill takes us backwards to a time when just saying no wasn't enough to qualify as rape."
"This bill takes us back to a time when just saying 'no' wasn't enough to qualify as rape," says Steph Sterling, a lawyer and senior adviser to the National Women's Law Center. Laurie Levenson, a former assistant US attorney and expert on criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, notes that the new bill's authors are "using language that's not particularly clear, and some people are going to lose protection." Other types of rapes that would no longer be covered by the exemption include rapes in which the woman was drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes. "There are a lot of aspects of rape that are not included," Levenson says.
As for the incest exception, the bill would only allow federally funded abortions if the woman is under 18.
The bill hasn't been carefully constructed, Levenson notes. The term "forcible rape" is not defined in the federal criminal code, and the bill's authors don't offer their own definition. In some states, there is no legal definition of "forcible rape," making it unclear whether any abortions would be covered by the rape exemption in those jurisdictions.
The main abortion-rights groups despise the Smith bill as a whole, but they are particularly outraged by its rape provisions. Tait Sye, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, calls the proposed changes "unacceptable." Donna Crane, the policy director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says that making the "already narrow exceptions for public funding of abortion care for rape and incest survivors even more restrictive" is "unbelievably cruel and heartless."
"This bill goes far beyond current law," says Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), a co-chair of the congressional pro-choice caucus. The "re-definition" of the rape exception "is only one element" of an "extreme" bill, she adds, citing other provisions in the law that pro-abortion rights groups believe would lead to the end of private health insurance coverage for abortion.
"Somebody needs to look closely at this," Levenson says. "This is a bill that could have a dramatic effect on women, and language is important. It sure sounds like somebody didn't want [the exception to cover] all the different types of rape that are recognized under the law."

One More Reason Why Meat Is Super-Gross

One More Reason Why Meat Is Super-Gross: "What some insects are capable of is enough to make the horror film The Fly seem cuddly by comparison. In a study funded by the…"

Exactly why dogs deserve a 2nd chance :)

More Handsome than ever

January 24, 2011 : 12:11 PM ET
By David Dickson
Handsome Dan the Vicktory dog used to have a hard time making his wishes known. The old Handsome Dan would rather hunker down and hide from the world than ask for anything. Well, not any more. Lately he’s become so chatty and insistent when he wants something—or when he’s excited about something — that his parents Mark and Heather think they may actually have to teach him the quiet command. It’s a happy dilemma to be faced with, considering how shut down he used to be. The thing is, though, Handsome Dan really does have a lot to be excited about these days!
January 1, 2011, marked the one-year anniversary when Handsome Dan was officially adopted into his home (plus six months prior when he was their foster dog, per court regulations). It’s been a busy year for this celebrity of a dog ever since. One of the most exciting things for Handsome Dan this past year was when his new baby sister was born. Mark and Heather had a beautiful baby girl in April of 2010. They both explain that they didn’t quite know how Handsome Dan might react to a baby in the house. Handsome Dan is still bashful by nature. They wondered if he would be nervous around baby Josephine, especially when she started crying. Handsome Dan proved himself in no time, however, and took to her immediately. "He’s great with her," says Heather. That relationship has grown tremendously over recent months. Whenever Josephine takes a nap, for instance, Handsome Dan now insists on curling up in his dog bed next to her crib. He won’t budge until her nap is over. This big loveable guy has become quite the nanny dog to his new kid sister and loves cuddling with her on the floor, even when Josephine decides to tug his ears to show her affection. …
Handsome Dan has a lot to be thankful for, and he knows it. He has also managed to pay it forward throughout the year. Heather and Mark run a kenneling service, doggie day care, animal rescue group, and more. They specialize in rescuing and placing pit bulls, among other breeds. Handsome Dan has played a key role in teaching good behavior skills to several such dogs.
Heather and Mark seek out shy, fearful dogs in particular to help, which is how Handsome Dan used to act. Now his confidence is so much higher that he can help these other dogs work through their own shy hang-ups. After all, it’s much easier to find a great home if you’re not ducking behind the furniture whenever somebody new drops in.
Never one to forget his friends back at the Sanctuary, Handsome Dan has a particular dog he likes to stay in contact with as well: fellow Vicktory dog Little Red. He sends her care packages all the time, most often consisting of stylish clothing to help her stay warm. Handsome Dan needs to wear shirts and sweaters to keep cozy, and he knows Little Red is the same way. They have quite the long distance relationship brewing.
He made a special effort to pay it forward during the holidays (okay, with a little help from Mark and Heather!). Handsome Dan hopped onto his Facebook page and asked for Kong toy donations that he could send along to the local animal control center. The idea was that Handsome Dan’s family would host a Kong-stuffing party right before the holidays, freezing goodies inside the toys and then delivering them to the animal control center. In the end, his fans came through with such an enthusiastic response that Heather and Mark literally had to store the avalanche of Kongs in friends’ freezers throughout town. All told, Handsome Dan pulled in not only enough Kongs for every dog at the animal control center, but enough for every other shelter and rescue in the entire city. His fans also sent along beds, blankets, tennis balls, and monetary donations for the cause.
Wow. Did we mention he’s getting better at asking for things? Handsome Dan was afraid of his own shadow when he first came to Best Friends from Michael Vick’s estate. After all the love and care Handsome Dan experienced at the Sanctuary, then eighteen months later in such a loving home, those days are gone forever. He has most certainly hit his stride.
In truth, he may always hesitate slightly when it comes to experiencing brand new things, but the big difference now is that such hesitations no longer get in the way. He enjoys life and lives it up to the hilt on a daily basis. Mark and Heather continue to take Handsome Dan on regular adventure outings, both for fun and with their rescue efforts. He meets new dog friends, new people friends, and even gets to stay in touch with an old friend in the form of Cherry the Vicktory dog. Handsome Dan and Cherry were the closest of pals back at the Sanctuary, and they connected again just over a year ago when their two families wanted to let the dogs continue the friendship.
Bottom line, Handsome Dan’s days and weeks are filled with laughter, love, play time, and a family he can call his own. He has certainly found his happy ending. "He’s such a good boy," says Heather. "He’s my best friend."
Watch the Vicktory dogs 2011 video and catch up with these rescued dogs at the Sanctuary and in their forever homes!
Photos by Aleksandra Gajdeczka
Donate to help other animals like Dan get the help they need to find their forever homes.
Catch up with some of the other Vicktory dogs.

Hazel the pig at the Sanctuary volunterred at...touching

Ring in the new

January 20, 2011 : 6:25 PM ET
By David Dickson
Hazel the pig finally understands the mentality behind her favorite bedtime story characters’ pursuit of construction excellence. Straw, sticks, or bricks, she had never really experienced what it was like to sleep in a house all her own before. Now that she’s tried it, she’s never going back!
Meet the new kid on the block. Hazel, the newest pig at the Sanctuary, came to Best Friends when her family could no longer keep up with her needs. She’s quite the glamour-girl, certain to catch many an eye from the other pigs. For starters, Hazel has mostly white hair, a much rarer coloring among the standard black potbellied pigs. Yet even though she is sure to draw attention from the other pigs, it will be some time before she notices any of them in turn. Hazel suffers from mechanical blindness.
Mechanical blindness occurs when a pig gains so much weight that rolls of fat close in over the eye sockets and block out her vision. Hazel is basically wearing a blindfold created by her own body. This condition is more common among pigs than one might think.
Many people who keep pigs as pets don’t understand what pigs need to eat in order to stay healthy. In the past, pigs have come to the Sanctuary having lived on diets of everything from pizza to mac ‘n cheese. Hazel is not the first pig to arrive with mechanical blindness. Lucky for her, everything is about to change for the better.
She’ll get her vision back.
First and foremost, Hazel is now eating the same high-quality, nutritious food as all the other pigs at the Sanctuary. Her healthy eating plan includes lots of lettuce, other veggies, fruits and so forth (no pig pellets!). The food plan the pigs follow at Best Friends is meant to replicate what they’d eat in the wild.
As it happens, most new arrival pigs don’t know what to think of their food at first. Sure enough, Hazel acts suspicious around the greens. "Um, nice dinner decorations here, folks, but where’s the food?"
The caregivers have had to get sneaky with those veggies. They’ve been coating her lettuce and other vegetables with a thin smear of canned pumpkin and plain yogurt. That has helped Hazel during the transition. Before long, she’ll realize — as have all the other pigs before her — this is the only way to go. It doesn’t usually take long for the pigs to begin craving their healthier, more natural diets. With proper eating, the weight should start to come off. As well, Hazel will soon be heading out for regular walks with caregivers and volunteers. She’s only three years old so the extra activity should be quite the adventure for her.
To prevent liver damage, Hazel's weight loss has to be kept slow and steady. It’s a real balancing act, but one the pig caregivers have down pat. In time, Hazel will be able to bat eyelashes back at the handsome pigs who are already gawking from a distance!
The food at Best Friends is only one part of her new life, however. While the culinary experience hasn’t thrilled her thus far, the housing situation seems to more than make up for it. "She loves having a house," explains pig manager Yvonne McIntosh. Hazel slept under the stars at her previous home. She now finds the concept of a cozy structure to sleep inside, complete with all the warm straw and blankets she can root around in, to be better than she’s ever imagined. Given her new-found affinity for housing, pity the "Big Bad Wolf" who tries to come between Hazel and her new digs.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Back Again...

after starting the reading of the Happiness Project, I have decided to start up my blog again :) look for more from me in the new future!