Sunday, March 29, 2009
We had the Tarms, the Yus, The Wus and then me and 3 other lonely onlys from the Southbay. So good to see everyone..and all their kids. Two of the families had 2 kids and one had one...so it was a big group. I think we had a table for 15...crazy.
Here are some food shots...
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Everyone at my office or at least all the cool ones all have metal water bottles. Apparently, plastic is bad for you and can seep poison into the water. Yeah...wow? So...I guess plastic is no good..so metal is the way to go.
In my research for the best one...there are two. SIGG and KLEEN KANTEEN.
Here is a SIGG
Here is the KLEEN KANTEEN.
So the difference is the SIGG is made from a single piece of spun aluminum while the KK is made from a single piece of food grade stainless steel. Peeps say the SIGG is bad because the there is a lining inside whereas the KK is straight up SS. But..the SIGG is made in Switzerland and is waaay "cooler" and more arty farty.
I think I am going to go for the KK for the simple reason it is bigger. The KK comes in a 40oz and the largest SIGG is only 32oz. Plus I like stainless tell better.
So we shall see....who knows. I dont really need one...so it may be a while before I actually get one. Gotta save!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Alpha Media Shutters Blender
Co-CEO to Leave, Magazine's Editor to Head Maxim
By Nat Ives
Published: March 26, 2009
The April issue of Blender out now will be its last.
The decision, delivered to Blender staff in a meeting this morning, came as part of broader changes that also included the departure of Alpha co-CEO Glenn Rosenbloom and the integration of editorial staff for Maxim and Maxim Digital.
The remaining CEO, Stephen Duggan, said in a company memo that the company was closing Blender with great sadness. "Since 2001, Blender has provided unmatched music coverage and entertainment news in its unique voice to a profoundly dedicated audience of music enthusiasts," Mr. Duggan wrote. "We are particularly grateful to the sales team and to the tremendously talented editorial staff for their hard work and commitment to Blender."
Joe Levy, who was editor in chief at Blender, was named editor in chief of the combined Maxim editorial operation. Jim Kaminsky, Maxim magazine's editor in chief, is leaving the company. Ben Madden continues as group publisher. Jay Woodruff, editor in chief of Maxim Digital, was named chief content officer at Maxim. After the changes, Alpha will continue to employ 134 staffers.
Alpha, the former Dennis Publishing, has endured a series of difficulties and hard choices since its acquisition by Quadrangle Capital Partners and magazine-industry veteran Kent Brownridge in August 2007. The new owners punctuated the $240 million deal by immediately closing Stuff magazine, a sort of laddie shopping title.
But the recession and other factors complicated their plans. Mr. Brownridge, who'd come back from retirement after a long career at Wenner Media, lasted only a year as CEO before the co-CEOs took over. "It was a company that needed tremendous restructuring, which quite frankly took a little longer than I anticipated," Mr. Brownridge said as he gave up the CEO post.
By the end of last year, Quadrangle was seen negotiating with its lenders, including Cerberus Capital Management, as it struggled to make debt payments.
Alpha tried to build Blender's circulation, pushing its paid-circulation guarantee to 1 million from 800,000 at purchase. But copies distributed to public places such as waiting rooms grew the fastest, from 13,000 copies in the second half of 2007 to 100,000 a year later, according to company reports with the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Paid subscriptions fell 8% to 768,000, while newsstand sales declined 18% to 44,233.
Ad pages at Blender also plunged 31% last year and another 57% from January through April, according to the Publishers Information Bureau and Media Industry Newsletter. Monthlies as a whole, by comparison, sank 12% last year and another 22% through April. Ad pages at Maxim fell 11% in 2008 and 37% from January through April.
Mr. Duggan's memo to staff blamed the global financial crisis but said the company would persevere. "Alpha Media Group is weathering the current economic difficulties, and we are confident that with the changes we are implementing, the company is in the strongest position possible to continue moving forward," he said.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Anyways..here are the goodies!
How it looks on my night stand....
and me looking oh so sexy.....
Saturday, March 7, 2009
A friend of mine was selling these for her hubby so I got a good deal and well I know I should NOT be buying any more shoes...I just had to get these babies....MORE SAVING from now on!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
the waffles were EXCELLENT....so crispy and light...just deelish!
My dessert plate...creme brulee was too sweet, the mango pudding was not good, the white chocolate apricot thingy in the back top left corner was not good...the best thing in this pic is the small tart you see on the bottom left. Coconut Macadamia nut tart....soooo yummy!
We all then headed to tea station for some drinks and chilling....we had kids so they had a strawberry snow ice! YUMMY!
My throat was buggin me so I had to Chrysanthemum tea...
I have my two FREE subs..Maxim and M&F. Then I have some collection of Heavy Hitters courtesy of my homey, John J. A new issue of SOLE Collector came in...also have an issue of VICE there...which if you have never read you need to. It is awesome and such a great mag I tells ya...and I have been reading Gus' book Every Hand Revealed for a while now...
Gotta love female DJs...love em love em love em....