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Harry Potter Heaven

As many of you know, I have been waiting for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open for approximately 3-4 years or since they announced it. Universal’s pushed back the opening date a few times, and each time my little heart gets sadder. Finally, it opened as a personal birthday present to me, merely one week after I turned too old to pass for a legit HP fan. No worries, I am still planning to go in July, and I will enjoy every second and probably take 1000000 photos for Dennendore. I can’t remember the last time I got so excited about something that I watched a poorly done ABC special on it. Anyway, I am going to melt in the heat as I drink butter beer, go on rides, and enjoy Hogwarts. You should be jealous.

Unless, that is, you’re over 265 pounds. The “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride cannot accommodate anyone over 265 pounds, but it also has to do with body shape (as in if you’re tall and weigh that, it might work out). The cars just can’t handle obesity very well. Other rides at Universal have some seats to handle larger people, but this ride is not one of them. All rides have some sort of weight restriction no matter where you are, so now you might have to go on a diet to enjoy the ride. People are complaining, but really, the park can’t have everything fit to everyone. So beware before you head out there!

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Today in News

Today in news:

  • Don’t talk crap about your boss to Rolling Stone, you will get fired. Re: General McChrystal “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.” Good judgment, General.
  • BP is still the worst.
  • There was a 5.0 earthquake up north in Canada, further convincing me that the world is ending. My friend felt it in Boston, and Jenn’s family probably felt it at home. That reminds me, time to get prepared for hurricanes.
  • USA WINS! They’re moving on to the next round and playing Saturday against Ghana at 2:30 ET. There are a lot of attractive men so maybe that will lure you to your television to support the US? See more of Interview Magazine’s lovely shirtless photos of our team here.

Young Love

Oh to be a teenager again with no privacy in sight! I don’t miss that. No one is standing over my shoulder as I write this, and I like it that way.

These two teenagers were caught by Google Earth cameras sharing an intimate moment kissing behind a bush. While they tried to hide their affection from their parents, now the whole world AND their parents know. The girl’s mother finds it hilarious, and quite frankly I do too. Way to go, young love.

World Cup Party!

The World Cup’s month of madness began on Friday, and it will go until July 11. Who are you rooting for? Do you have your own bracket? While I don’t know that much about the individual teams, I understand soccer and have to root for America… even though Jenn and I believe that Italy might have the most attractive team. While you might be streaming it from Univision at work all week, take the weekend to throw yourself a little watching party-ideas below!

Base the food you will serve on the countries you are watching play. If you’re watching a USA game, I recommend serving some classic American dishes. Personally, I would serve an American beer like Bud Light for the beer drinkers. If you’re watching other countries, pick a beer from there! For those who want something sweeter, I would make these Watermelon Cocktails- refreshing for May and all sorts of American!

Cube a 7.5 lb watermelon
4 teaspoons superfine sugar
8 ounces silver tequila
12 basil leaves
12 mint leaves
2.5 ounces Cointreau
6 cups ice

Place 24 cubes on a lined baking sheet and cover. Freeze for an hour. Puree the rest of the watermelon and add the sugar. Strain it into a bowl. Muddle the basil, mint, and tequila before adding the Cointreau and watermelon. Shake in cocktail shaker with ice and pour into a glass with watermelon ice cubes in it.

For food, start out with some chicken wings and cheese dip or spinach dip. These appetizers are always a crowd-pleaser. Grill up some hot dogs, hamburgers, or make some barbecue- ribs, bbq chicken, brisket! Serve corn on the cob, baked beans, and mashed potatoes on the side. If you need more, go for a mac n cheese. Dessert should definitely be some apple pie! All the best stuff is American (duh). Celebrate the World Cup with this brisket recipe:

  • 4 pounds lean beef brisket
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pour liquid smoke over brisket. Rub with onion salt and garlic salt. Roll brisket in foil and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Place brisket in a large roasting pan. Cover and bake for 5 to 6 hours. Remove from oven, cool, and then slice. Put slices back into pan.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, ketchup, butter, water, celery salt, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir, and cook until boiling.
  4. Pour sauce over meat slices in pan. Cover and bake for 1 more hour.

I’m not really 100% sure what else to tell you to make for other countries… but just run with it.

Douchelord of the Day

There’s two today because I am feeling soooo down.

Oh hello NCAA. You get this title also today for screwing over USC, my lovely alma mater. Okay, so there was some shady stuff happening, but was it really necessary to punish us by rescinding a ton of scholarships, wins (the OU/USC Championship Bowl Game namely), money, and we’re out for two post seasons in football? They said USC had “a lack of institutional control, impermissible inducements, extra benefits, exceeding coach staff limits, and unethical conduct by an assistant football coach.” I think USC is appealing all the charges from football, which are basically based around Reggie Bush’s performance from 2004 on… losing all our wins while he was around? That makes me extremely butt hurt, so the NCAA is definitely the douchelord of the day. I am still hoping that these next 2 “rebuilding” years might mean that we’ll be back in fighting shape when we’re allowed to move on to bowl games again. Anyway, I am crying. My coworker just gave me a tissue to wipe up my tears.

Foursquare Day- 4/16/10

Foursquare Day South Florida is an event tomorrow that features deal for the people who use the Foursqaure social media application. #4sqday feels a little silly to me, but I take pride in being the mayor of my gym, grocery store, office (aka “Your Mom’s), and Dunkin Donuts (okay, not too proud of that one… the coffee addiction is really getting disastrous). The whole idea is that four squared= 16, so 4/16 is Foursqaure Day, just like 3/14 is “Pi Day”. Though Foursqaure is not quite as mathematically impressive, the concept is interesting especially because people are offering up discounts for patrons who use the app.

Specials like 20% off the bill at One Burger, 20% off at The Globe, free dessert at miniBar Miami, and happy hour from 4-8 at Brickell Irish Pub are just a smattering of the options offered. I think I might make an evening of it with a stop at The Globe and One Burger, where I have wanted to go for ages!

Check the Foursquare Day Miami website for more details and specials for tomorrow!

I love Jane Lynch (and the fact that she is NOT afraid to be herself) and the show Chelsea Lately, so watching her on it is just even better— watch the video HERE about “sneaky gays”.

Speaking of gay people, I am extremely disheartened to learn that Constance McMillen still will not have a prom. While I am glad the judge ruled that her First Amendment was violated, I am disappointed in Mississippi. Please read more about the decision at  Cnn.com.

I’m a Published Blogger!

My first two articles, more to come!

I’m A Legit Bahama Mama (no, I did not name it this!)

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Autotune Can Suck It.

Using Kathy Griffin’s favorite phrase, I think autotune, and especially lip synching, can “suck it”. Auto-tune is an audio processor that corrects pitch in performances, but it can also be used to make it higher or lower. It is especially popular in R&B, and T-Pain is a huge fan of it. In case you didn’t notice at the Grammy Awards Sunday, he is a really really big fan… so much so that the Jamie Foxx/T. Pain song, “Blame It” was absolutely not live. Honestly, they weren’t doing a very good job of lip-synching either.

After stunning live performances by Lady Gaga and Elton John, Beyonce, Pink, and Lady Antebellum (though they could’ve used autotune too), I thought this was a serious downgrade. In fact, I wouldn’t be opposed to a rule at the Grammys, which are supposed to be “the” awards show for music, that you have to sing LIVE. It was disappointing to me that they allowed that performance, or lack thereof. They just walked around, lip-syncing horribly after Pink was twirling in the air while singing LIVE. They just Ashlee Simpson-ed themselves. Remember when she messed up on Saturday Night Live and her track was playing in the background? People went nuts, booed her, and made fun of her for years. However, no one seems up in arms about Jamie Foxx’s clearly bogus “performance”, when it actuality it is the same thing, except an even bigger music showcase this time.

I can understand the need for backing tracks and auto-tune on rare occasions: if you’re sick and expected to perform anyway, and well, that’s about it. For me, I think if you’re expected to perform live, then you should. I don’t go to a concert to listen to their album that I can hear on my iPod (cough Britney Spears’ Circus tour). I pay the big money to hear live, real music. If you can’t sing live, then maybe you shouldn’t be a singer.

Hypotrichosis Is a Real Word

Real Word of the Day:

Hypotrichosis- inadequate eyelashes

Apparently, this is now a medical condition rather than just a beauty issue, which I find interesting. If you watch TV, surely you watched a Latisse commercial with Brooke Shields. This product that lengthens your lashes treats hypotrichosis. Since I thought this seemed… interesting?? I looked it up on the trusty internet and started with their site. I understand the desire for eyelashes for those who lose them in health circumstances, but why do you need a prescription for this stuff? Is it really that big of a deal? Well, apparently it is a big enough deal that you have to find a doctor who diagnoses you with hypotrichosis so you can use it, and it will grow you new eyelashes with some side effects, such as possible eyelid skin darkening and browning of your irises. So basically, what I understand from all this is that a) you have to see a doctor if you don’t like your eyelashes now and b) your blue eyes might turn brown if you use it. If I had skimpy eyelashes, I don’t think I’d use this product… fake eyelashes, mascara, and an eyelash curler are probably cheaper, easier, and less scary in the end. So for all you sufferers of hypotrichosis, I hope you find the best option for you and don’t waste a trip to the doctor for this sketchy product.

I wrote my first articles yesterday for my freelance gig, and I will post links when they’re up so you can read them! This week’s weather has been beautiful so far, but it’s supposed to rain all weekend. Blech. I am getting really excited- Jules and my parents will be here in exactly two weeks from tonight! I am trying to plan what to do while they’re here, but since I don’t even know the city that well it is challenging. I tried to go to the Farmers Market in the Mayfair near us, except that the hours advertised are incorrect because… it wasn’t there! So that was a bust entirely, but I went to the library finally and opened my card and took a peek around it. We went to dinner in Brickell at Balans last night with my cousin Lauren. She works for Kimpton Hotels (The Epic to be precise) and comes down for work sometimes. It was great to see her and enjoy a dinner with a familiar and comforting person! She and Robbie just got a four and a half year old puggle, Buddha. I can’t wait for her to hang out with her cousin Jules very soon!

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