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Be Inspired

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Guess what I just used?

Do you remember those? I'm in the library studying for a finance exam. For the last few days I've had to use "regular" pencils because my mechanical ones have no lead. Well I've been going back and forth between three because two of them have a really good eraser and two of them (one without a good eraser) had nice points. Well as I've been working these problems, my tips kept getting worse and worse. I didn't think about the idea of sharpening the pencil until just now when it got really annoying to try writing. Ok so you may think that's weird but the truth is that my mind is so far removed from the idea of sharpening a pencil that I didn't consider it until it was necessary!

Well anyway, that lead me to write this post b/c the sharpener I used - exactly like the one pictured above - looks like something that should already be in a museum. And then I got to thinking about how, before I was "cool" with my mechanical pencils back in middle school, we used these things:

Ancient huh.

I can already imagine the day when my kid looks at one of these (<---) and asks... "Mommy, what's that!?"
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Laughter is Good for the Soul

The Children's Bible:
In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one╩╝, but I think He must be a lot older than that anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud coat. Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston.

Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable. God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti.

Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother. One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of the New Testament. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn, too, because my mom is always saying to me, Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say 'yes'). During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyway, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.
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Spring Break 08

It's been over a week and spring break is officially FAR gone. *tear*

I'll be okay.

Now that I'm back to reality and I have a little more than a month to get my grades up (yes I'm a slacker to the tenth degree) so you gotta bear with me. I finish exams at the end of April. So until then, a post a week is my contribution. This one doesn't count for this week btw.

Off to do some work. I have an exam tomorrow. TTYL! Oh, and enjoy the pics. Hilton Head is beautiful!
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If I was famous

I would be a hustler. For example:


= $ for Randy Jackson
((this is just my assumption because I never really
saw his contract dudes and dudettes))

Now correct me if I'm wrong. But I can't think of the last time I (or anyone else I know) got paid for my (their) name to appear on a billboard or headline... or anything. I've watched this show at least 3 or 4 times and if his name wasn't in the title of the show, I wouldn't know he had anything to do with it. According to my friend Wikipedia, he's the producer. But does that even mean he puts in hours on the set? PLUS, how many producers have their names as part of a show title? Exactly. Well whatever he does, imma bet that he's gettin p.a.i.d. for it just because he's Randy Jackson. I mean can I get paid for just being [Mademoiselle M]?

Well class, in conclusions: If I was famous everything would be "[Mademoiselle] presents..." as long as it was cool in my eyes and paid money. Lucky for my would-be future celeb competitors I don't want to be famous. I just want to be a prosperous and financially savvy diva social entrepreneur kicking butt in the community. I'll have to find some other way to charge the world for my presence.

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Spring Break Update


T-4 days until spring break starts
... and a few more until I leave with Monsieur N for our ROH-man-tick getaway!

I know I mentioned previously that I was going to go on a cruise with Mademoiselle V and her beau but she opted out since the beau couldn't take part in spring break activities (he lives and works in Tennessee) so she is going with some friends to Puerto Rico. I on the other hand, can't deal with the spring break craze. I don't do long nights of partying, drinking with strangers, or dealing with drunk friends and strangers. I just.don't.

Well Cancun and Puerto Rico are out of my budget anyway... remember getting the money straight in '08! ...and the cruise turned out to be at least $200 more expensive during that week, obviously because that's a popular week. So I started doing some searches for Florida - Miami Beach, South Beach, etc - which didn't excite me because I don't want to around any Girls Gone Wild type scenes. It's just not me. I'm an old lady you know.

So I was super duper excited when I found the perfect option for me and Monsieur N: Westin Hilton Head Island Hotel.

Beautiful right!? And the best part yet, it is only gonna cost us $139 per night for the two nights we are staying there! Thank goodness for travel websites.

I start work in July which means that I won't be able to go to Barbados or Trinidad yet again this summer. So I need - I mean I NEED - to see some beach in my life. And while I may not get in the water ...I have this "thing" about US beaches... I can have some peace of mind by sitting out on the sand listening to the waves.

Oh and we're road-trippin it. Monsieur N and I always enjoy ourselves when we ride together so it should be 8-9 hours of fun!

I'll tell you how it was, my loves :)
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Just another Wednesday night.

Uhh.. what's the deal with TV. No Cashmere Mafia for the last two weeks. You rope me in when I was most vulnerable (no Grey's + no Ugly Betty + no Samantha Who = state of depression) and then you STOP? Ugh.

So now what do I do?

I just gave myself some hair-apy. I've had my hair straight for the last several weeks - easier than the wash and go during the cold winter days. But I'm starting to miss that crazy frizzy hair of mine. So I took a break and pampered my hair and scalp. MMmmmm. It smells so good right now!

And now I'm watching the beginning of The Big Give because I didn't wake up in time from my nap on Sunday. Can I just say that I'm a sucker for an emotional story. That means I was BALLIN when the team of two guys presented all that money at the block party for a woman named AJ with two kids whose husband was shot. Now I'm watching the initial meeting they had with her and I'm getting all teary eyed.

Anywhoo. So we've established that The Big Give is a great show that I can consistently watch -I know my girl Oprah won't let me down - but what else do I have people?! Nada. Nothing. I mean, I've even started getting tired of watching Law and Order Criminal Intent. Me? Tired of Criminal Intent? I woulda never thought.

Oh. Back to the topic of giving big. Not only am I a sucker for an emotional story, I'm also a sucker for non-profits, programs, and people dedicated to giving back to the community. To whom much is given, much is required. Just waking up to another day is a blessing and it should never be taken for granted. Plus, my ultimate goal in life is to start my own non-profit.

Well last night I went to a fantastic event called the District Sample Sale, otherwise known as "The season's most fashionable event." Too cute right!? Well the Labels for Love charity was created to raise awareness for women and children causes. A friend of mine from high school who I haven't seen in forever-ever invited me (her mama started the charity) so I went to see her and see if I could find some goodies.

This is how it works. You pay for your ticket prior to the event b/c they sell out so quickly. There are even VIP tickets which get you a full hour of "preview shopping" and a goodie bag. Now this aint no party-favor goodie bag. It's got fantastic samples of hair products, a small bottle of vodka, a t-shirt, and gift cards to select boutiques and spas and it weighs like 4500 lbs. After getting your goodie-bag (for you VIPers out there), you stop by the bar for a glass of wine or champagne. Then you make your way past the DJ and down the stairs where you start shopping away!

Yesterday's event was their fourth. Previous events raised $11,000, $12,400, and $17,200 for worthy causes. That's what I call giving big.

Unfortunately, I am so focused on havin my money straight this year that I didn't buy anything. Plus I didn't see anything that I needed (i.e. work clothes for July). The few things that I liked but didn't need were either not in my size or out of my guilt-free price range. But I definitely will be at the Fall 2008 District Sample Sale on September 9th with a wine glass in hand, ready to shop my work-related stress into oblivion - of course all while staying within my financial means.
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