Sunday, April 30, 2006

Power-ful nap and the OTHER Angie Dawn...

Alright, so it's getting late and I'm just now starting my posts.

You may be wondering why. Well, the past few days I've just been so tired that it's been a little crazy... Today was no exception. I went shopping and ran errands today more than I have in probably 6 months. LA is so hard to get around that I rarely buy much outside of groceries.

Today I went to Costco, Target, Best Buy, Cold Stone, Weinersnitzel, and the Japanese grocery store. It was a lot. When I got home, I was so sleepy that I started my nap on the coach around 6 PM... at some point, I moved my sleepfest into the bed and stayed there until 7:45ish. This is definitely an interesting occurance as those who know me well know, I do not take naps during the day. :-) It's pretty much a rule for me.

I think though that thing that made it possible today was the eye mask I've been using. It's something that I'm teaching myself to wear before our upcoming trip - to shut out the light on the plane. Usually I take it off in my sleep and toss it, but lately, I've been keeping it on a little more... hopefully, by the time I'm on the airplane, I will have mastered the art of keeping the thing on while sleeping. :-)

Also-- an interesting thing popped into my e-mail box today. I have a Google Alert set up for articles that appear with my name in them. Today, an article appeared about about the other Angie Dawn... there are actually quite a few of us out there, but this story was particularly intreging.

The thing is... around 6 months ago I was picking up a prescription at Walgreens and was given one more prescription that I was expecting. At the time, I didn't think much of it, but I did ask the pharmacist to please not fill partial prescriptions for me anymore. (The prescription was the second half of the prescription). When I got home, I discovered it actually wasn't mine. There is another Angie who lives a few blocks from me in Santa Monica...

...And this story that appeared today in the LA Times is about her - the other Santa Monica Angie.

:) Angie

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Saturday afternoon.

It's Saturday at almost 1 PM. I just got home from my workout with my new trainer Arclight in LA. This is a special sort of movie theatre where you have assigned seats ahead of time and greeters to show you to your seats and make sure all the guests are quiet during the show. It's a pretty cool deal.

Anyway, back to the movie... so Hard Candy is essentially about a girl whose best friend was killed by an internet pedifile stalker. She tracks the man down & at first it seems that he seduces her as well. In reality though, she has other plans in mind and attempts to castrate him, among other things. It was incredibly suspensful and eerie. Most of the movie occurs in the man's home and almost all of the action the audience sees takes place between the man and the girl.

Overall, I liked it and although it is very entertaining, I think it brings up an extremely important issue that is facing everyone today. That is the problem of internet predators. Although I started using the internet near its birth, I was in high school then and this was even a problem that I faced on some level from time to time. I can't even imagine what it must be like today. It was interesting to see a child turn the tables on her stalker. If you're looking for a suspensful movie, I'd give it a try. But, watch closely because everything isn't exactly as it seems.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Jessica Simpson Shoe

Wow, I made an interesting discovery today... Jessica Simpson has her own shoe line. She really is making the most of her fame!

And, there's no doubt about it - for the price range of shoe she's selling in, they're cute. For more details, check out another blog I will be updating called

The Jessica Simpson Bonnie in Pecan

Weekend Update...

The next few weeks will prove to be some of the most interesting that I've had in a while.... stay posted for those updates...

But for now, this weekend is shaping up nicely. Today, I woke up early and had an interview. It went pretty well... so we'll see what happens. The position is for an internet marketing manager. It would allow me to continue to develop myself and my business, while also working for a company.

Tomorrow, I've got my 2nd personal training (weight lifting) session with Katie. I'm *really* looking forward to it! The only down side is that the appointment is at 10 AM and it's across town... so I'll be getting up early again. Tomorrow night, it looks like I'll be going to an comedy group show that begins at 10 PM. I'm excited, but definitely a little nervous that I may run the risk of falling asleep. :-)

Sunday should be relaxing. I'm hoping to make it out to the farmers market.

And, the countdown is on for Italy - it's less than 2 weeks away! I've got to start picking out my clothes that take up the smallest room. BoRyan and I are going to be sharing ONE backpack for all of our things - for the TWO weeks that we'll be gone. You can definitely believe that I'm a little nervous about that.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Wonderful Wedge Shoes & Espadrille Sandals

Starting today, I am going to be writing product reviews for the big shoe of the season: The Wedge.

I've started a new blog that will specifically host my reviews on these shoes. Today, I evaluated the Michael Kors Bleeker Wedge.

Be sure to stop by and say hello at!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Dr. Phil

So, in case you thought you saw me on the Dr. Phil show today, you were right! Here I am with Emily watching 3 troubled teens.

Barbecue and such...

Well, it's almost that time of year again - time for the Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. It's called the "Super Bowl of Swine" and 90,000+ people travel to the Mississippi River to get their taste.

I previously lived within walking distance of this mamoth eating event... so you may be curious as to why it's on my mind now that I'm in California. Well, apparently Memphis was thinking of me today because today I received a brochure from Corky's in Memphis- detailing all of the different barbacue packages that I can order and have delivered via airplane in dry ice to my apartment in California.

Here's the online version of their store. If you call in to 1-800-9Corkys and say "Elvis is alive," you can get 10% off your order. :-)

This sounds fun, but I'm always a little reluctant for a number of reasons...
  1. When I worked at FedEx, I got around a 50% discount on any orders - and I could use my own FedEx shipping account with 75% off shipping to mail the order. (I would send ribs as a gift for my out of town friends when I got these discounts)
  2. In Memphis, they actually sell frozen Corky's at the grocery store, or you can buy it hot from a drive through window. This is even true for the MEM airport - you can have Corky's there, or they'll give you frozen Corky's that's prepackaged for your plane trip. All of these options are cheaper.
  3. I always feel a little guilty ordering from Corky's... since the ribs that you HAVE TO try in Memphis are actually at Rendevous. Check out to see the different options available from Charles Vergo's Rendevous.
You may wonder what's so special about Memphis barbecue. Well, I'll tell you - they have an entire tradition built around the stuff... options like dry ribs vs. wet ribs.... cole slaw with mustard instead of mayo... baked beans... white bread... and last but not least, sweet tea. Yumm!

Luckily, with FedEx in Memphis, they're able to share their tasty goodness with the rest of the world. If you do try it, be sure to share your thoughts!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Working out with a trainer...

With my trip to Italy just around the corner, I've started going to a personal trainer. Yesterday was my first session, and I can feel it today!

My trainer is a good friend from back in Oklahoma. She moved out to Los Angeles a little before me...

Working out with Katie was great - I was able to go with her to a private gym.... I rode the bike, lifted weights, did sit-ups and more.

To book your own personal training appointment, e-mail Katie at I'm including her photo below... it's from a new postcard she printed up.

Friday, April 21, 2006


Alright, it's been a few days... here's the latest:

Dr. Phil was fun. We were able to go to 2 tapings... the first was a mother who beats her children and is completely mentally ill. The second was "out of control teens." The first girl drank too much, the second had lots of unprotected sex, and the third tanned way too much. The tanning girl helped us to score a goodie bag of sunscreen, so that was fun. The experience overall was a little surreal. Dr. Phil looked a little like a corpse to me... just because he was so perfectly made up and he looked to have a little make up on. That and it's not every day you expect to see him, so it was definitely an odd feeling. The other odd thing was that the show staff warmed us up just like any other show would do... we were dancing and clapping - then the woman who beats her kids came out. It was a little too early in the morning for such a fast mood swing. I know that everyone in the audience must have felt it. I also felt a little guilty for seeing the people in person... its one thing to be removed from it by watching TV, but when you're in the second row... it feels like you're on the 'help judge this person' committee during a therapy session. But seriously - it was a great time. :-) The shows are supposed to air sometime in May I believe.

Good news! My neice finally returned this morning after running away almost 3 weeks ago. I have a big sense of relief to know that she's home and safe. I'm not sure of exactly what happened to her, but I look forward to her getting her life back to where she wants it to be.

Here's the link to her Amber Alert that came out before she was found.

Monday, April 17, 2006


Hi all... just a quick note to say that I'm going to be in the audience of a Dr. Phil taping tomorrow. Stay tuned for an update.... :-)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

Easter has finally shown up in a somewhat normal light today. In the past, I have often felt like someone's playing a joke on me Easter morning. It's like April Fools + 15.

For example, one year when I tried to go to Easter, the directions that I had to the church were wrong. I ended up driving around rural NY until it was time for church to be over at which point I finally found the church. Two years ago, I arrived to church just slightly not feeling so great from the night before and low and behold there were no seats left in the church... so I was forced to stand during the entire ceremony. It was painful.

Anyway, rather than throw myself back into some sort of self torture routine, I had Easter my way this year. Last night, I baked 24 Easter cupcakes: 7 yellow with coconut, 7 purple, and 8 pink with sprinkles (one 1 I ate before frosting if you're a math person...). I topped them off with super cute sugary egg and bunny decorations.

Then, today I went for brunch at Ocean Avenue Seafood in Santa Monica. There I had Eggs Benedict, shrimp, pain au chocolat, and most importantly - 2 mimosas!

I must say that Easter worked out much better this year - Happy Easter! :)

Saturday, April 15, 2006


Talk about a stressful past 2 weeks.

I'm definitely going to have to learn be less empathetic... or maybe I need to move somewhere farther away... but these past 2 weeks have just been nuts!

The quick summary (excluding the things I've probably forgotten) includes--
  • One of my close friends had to go to the Emergency Room and called me on the way there because he was lost and needed directions -- in another state
  • One of my favorite cousins had weight loss surgery
  • My 16 year old neice ran away from home and still hasn't been found
  • A family friend is having serious health problems

As a result of these things, my family is also all shook up. It's taking a lot of patience to stay calm and collected.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Another brush with customer service...

My Sony Viao has always had problems, despite how cute it is. A week ago, I submitted a help request to the site because my DVD drive has stopped working. I was told that Sony outsources its extended warranties and that the person wasn't exactly sure which company I should contact for help.

Today, I gave it a shot and tried Sony's 1-800 #. It worked, sort of. Apparently Sony can service their own computers... It was strange though. The customer service person asked me a series of questions to see what I had tried to repair the computer myself. The one question I said no to was if I had done a recovery of my computer. It went a little like this:

Operator: Have you tried to fix the computer?
Me: Yes.
Operator: What have you done?
Me: I restarted it and I tried multiple DVDs.
Operator: Did you perform a recovery?
Me: No, because I don't have a DVD drive, it wasn't ideal. I'd just like to send it in.
Operator: Did you do a recovery?
Me: No.
Operator: We cannot send in your computer until after you have done a recovery and we can do that on the phone.
Me: It's so difficult to perform things on the phone. I'd just like to send it in.
Operator: You must do a recovery before you send it in. If you haven't done it, I can help you do it over the phone. Otherwise, if you have done a recovery, I can just make a note that you have in the system and then I can mail you a box to send it in. That's if you have done the recovery. Do you understand?
Me: Yes.
Operator: So, did you perform a recovery of your computer on the system? If so, I can mail you a box to mail it in to be repaired.
Me: Uhhh.... I guess so???
Operator: Thank you. I've made a note that you did perform a recovery and I'll mail you a box to send the computer in for repair.

What is the world coming to when the help desk operator asks you to lie just so she can do her job?

Cool donation site

I found a great site today that I think you should look at. It's called Donors Choose and it allows people who want to give money to education to interact directly with the teachers who are in need of funding.

A teacher submits a project with a description, location, project cost, and % of low income students at the school.

Here's a sample proposal:

Words, Words, Words!
San Francisco, CA
subject: Literacy
grade level: High School
% low income: 32% ?

cost to complete:
21% funded

I teach at a high school in San Francisco that sends nearly all its students, 91 percent of whom are of color, to college.

One big push lately has been to teach SATish vocabulary words directly to boost their college test scores and to enhance their formal writing.

This year, all my 100 tenth graders will learn 500 SAT vocabulary words! We're about 70% there right now. And the success rate so far is high: About 90% of students get A's and B's on their comprehensive weekly quizzes, which require remembering all the words from August!

But because our Humanities Department budget is limited, we don't have money for dictionaries. I want my students not to be afraid of dictionaries. (And our school doesn't have enough computers, so the students can't go to

I'm asking for enough funds to purchase 14 paperback dictionaries, one for every two students in a class.

Thank you for considering my proposal!

The cost of 14 copies of The Merriam-Webster Dictionary for this proposal is $137, including shipping and fulfillment.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Healthcare - bah!

I'm starting to have negative feelings about *everything* related to health care. On top of my old insurance company's latest antics, I had a less than desirable experience at my new dentist today.

When I signed up with Blue Cross last month, I went ahead and splurged for the dental care too. Since moving to California, I've been paying out of pocket... which translates to slightly less cleanings per year.

Anyhow, the entire experience was fishy. The place is called "Santa Monica Dental" and when I made the appointment, I wanted to be sure that it wasn't some weird group practice, so I found their web site online. The website featured a young woman dentist with a challenging last name. I assumed that's why she went with the generic name. When I called to make the appointment, I found out that today, I would only be having an exam and that I'd come back again for a cleaning. That was odd, but hey - I've never had my teeth cleaned in CA before.

When I arrived this morning, I wasn't sure that I made it to the right place because the name on the door was a man's name. When I finally made it back to the room, I noticed that the office wasn't that clean or well kept. The sink had dried "water" around it and the wallpaper was peeling off the walls. Then, the hygentist came in... he took EIGHT x-rays of my teeth - four of them were with my fingers holding the little films in place in my mouth. I have never had more than four x-rays at a dentist AND I have NEVER had my hands in the photos.

Then, the "dentist" came in. She was about my age with a nose ring, dyed blond hair, designer jeans and cowboy boots. She is NOT the woman from the web photos. (Before this next part, keep in mind that before moving to CA, I have had regular cleanings and received tremendous praise at the dentist for my entire life). First, she found that I had no cavities - that's good. I rarely ever have them, so that's nice. Then, she told me that I have developed gum disease and that it's probably starting to cause bone loss in my teeth and that I can't just have a normal cleaning - I'll need a deep cleaning where they inject you with novicane and scrape your teeth under the gums. Yeow - this is new!

Then, she continues to tell me that I should get invisiline braces to straighten my bottom teeth and that she can refer me to her boss who does invisiline braces. Interesting thing - I actually had a consultation for invisiline back in TN. The dentist there told me that I'm not an ideal candidate, they probably won't work on my teeth, and that they're twice as expensive and take longer anyway. Interesting. When I told the SM dentist that I couldn't afford them right now, she was a little irritated. She even told the hygentist, "I told her she needs this, but she won't do it."

Then, she told me that I should have my tiny TINY tiny little wisdom tooth removed. It's the only wisdom tooth I've ever had and it just grew in about 3 years ago. My 2 honest and reliable dentists (one in OK and one in TN) have both told me that there is no need to have it removed. It's tiny and it's not touching anything... and it would be way more trouble than what it's worth to take it out. When I told them SM dentist that I might consider having it removed at a later time, but not right now, she told me that I am compromising all of the teeth around it.

Then, she told me that I really need to have my teeth whitened at the office. Interesting, but my two dentists (OK and TN again) have told me time and time again that if I WANT to have whitening, that I should do it at home myself with a kit from the grocery store. They have told me that this gets very close to the same results, but costs $20 instead of $500. They have always told me that if I really want my teeth to be whiter, that I can come in, but they don't recommend it. When I told the SM dentist that I can't afford this right now, she said something to the affect of, "but you need it." Yeah, I need it like a new car...

Then, the receptionist came in to discuss my insurance with me. The "deep cleaning" the dentist recommended wasn't covered under my insurance and would therefore cost me an additional $500 to have my teeth cleaned. What a surprise. So of course, I just said "Nope, I can't do that right now. It will have to be a normal cleaning for the $5." She told the hygentist who was a little shocked.

I then asked the receptionist if I would be making an appointment for my cleaning - she said, "well, if you can wait 5 minutes, we can clean them today." Uhh... so much for what they told me on the phone.

The cleaning experience wasn't my most positive either. While I was sitting in the chair, I was thinking, "I wonder why more men don't clean teeth" and then I realized why I would prefer not to go through it again myself... he was incredibly rough with me and his hands were just too big.

As I left the office, I paid my $5 and saw the dentist who would no longer look me in the eyes because she was so annoyed. I'm glad however that I didn't listen... I've never had a sketchy dentist experience before, but I will mark this down. It felt much more like I went to a used car lot than a dental office.

Did I mention that I never actually met the dentist whose name was on the door???


Thursday, April 06, 2006

New Handbag Site -

I haven't posted much the past two days because I've been working on a new site that you've got to check out! It's called and it's a great place to find great designer handbags at the best prices available!

I'm selling the latest designs from the following collections:
  • Calvin Klein Collection
  • Furla
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs
  • MICHAEL by Michael Kors

Every handbag has a 110% price guarantee. If you find your bag at a lower price, the price will be beaten by 10%. In addition, you'll receive free expedited shipping and free returns for up to 365 days.

P.S. Feel free to pass this message along to anyone you think might have a taste for great handbags - and be sure to check out!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Malibu afternoon

Late lunch today at Howdy's in Malibu... stopped by the beach on the way back--

Liver pate

Today I decided to search the internet for "foods high in iron." I occasionally hear that I should eat iron-rich foods, so I thought I should know what to be looking for...

This is the first list that I found:
Fish Paste
Liver Pate
Liver Sausage
Shrimps canned
Sardines canned
Tonge Ox
Pilchards canned

After reading this, I almost decided that it wasn't worth thinking about... But luckily I found another web site that was a little more bearable:
Baked Beans
Baked potato with skin
Bean Burrito
Ground beef
Whole Wheat Bread

Anyway, the first list was just so gross that I had to share. :-)

Friday night reflections...

Last night was great-- Thanks to all of the random event e-mail lists that I'm a part of, I scored two free tickets to the Hollywood Improv last night. It was great, really fun... good food, good drinks, and 5 funny comedians. My favorite comedian was Kyle Cease...

Today, I woke up and found out from my friend Paul that there's a new web site promoting Memphis, so I knew that I had to check it out... it's called MyMemphis.TV and it contains interviews with people who now call Memphis home. I recognized or know roughly half of the people on the site from my time in Memphis; my favorite person to see was Roxanna - an old friend from FedEx.

Well, I'd better get back to my plan of taking over the world...