Wednesday, November 26, 2008


A couple weeks ago Spencer, Will, Amy and I went to Atlanta to see the Broncos Falcons game. We were able to do this because Dad and Paige kindly bought this amazing package at a silent auction. The package included an Infinity for us to drive for the weekend - and all the way to ATL! (looong) - three nights and two rooms at the Ritz-Carlton and tickets to the game at the Georgia Dome. We had a really good time, and Amy and I discovered the most amazing coffee ever: the coffee at the Ritz-Carlton.

Below is all of us inside the Aquarium.

The boys in the stadium in their Falcons gear.

Picture of the field - Broncos have the ball which means Cutler is in.

All of us after the game.

The final score - on the flat screens in the bathrooms. Go Broncos!

The boys at the top of the Westin hotel at the Sun Dial - the revolving restaurant.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Congratulations America. President Barack Obama.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Anne Pressly

Anne Pressly died in Little Rock tonight from her injuries from last Monday's brutal, vicious, and fatal attack. My prayers are with her and her family.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Arkansas Elections and Early Voting

It's election time again, and now more than ever, it's important for everyone to get involved. First, please note that Early Voting in Arkansas has begun. Details below:

• Early voting begins at 8am on Monday, October 20th and ends at 5pm on Monday November 3rd.
• The hours for early voting are 10am - 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.
• The location varies by county. Most counties offer early voting at the county clerk's office and some off-site locations. Check out your local paper for details.

If you have any questions concerning early voting, please contact the Arkansas Secretary of State Election Department by email ( or by phone (501-682-1010).

Also, besides the obvious offices we're voting on, there are five other issues on the ballot you might not be familiar with. The Fayetteville Flyer has a great page that breaks down these issues into terms that we can all understand and that will hopefully help you make your decisions. Note, even though this information is found on the Fayetteville Flyer's site, these are statewide issues and not specific to NWA.

Happy voting to all.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chile Pepper 10k

This morning Michele, her sister Mandy, and I ran the Chile Pepper 10k. The race was held at University Farms in Fayetteville at 7:45 in the morning. As I'm training for my half marathon in December, Michele and Mandy are training for theirs in November. It was Michele and my's first competitive race. And it was so much fun! I want to do one every weekend. We all finished, running the entire time. Michele ran it in 56 minutes and 11 seconds, averaging 9:03 minutes/mile and I finished (a little behind her) at 59 minutes and 37 seconds, averaging 9:36 minutes/mile.

For more information on the event visit the Chile Pepper Festival's Website.


Last weekend was my birthday and I turned 26. Yay. And thanks to my great family and friends, I celebrated for an entire week. The weekend before, Cole and I went to LR (and Hot Springs) and I was able to celebrate with my entire family - and eat my weight in good food and birthday cake. The weekend of my birthday, I celebrated with my friends in Fayetteville.

Below is Kim, Katie and me at z330 in Fayetteville.

Then, on my actual birthday Cole and I took a day trip to Branson to shop and eat. But, not before Cole surprised me with a red leather bag for my laptop, a rain guard/sunroof visor for my car - which he installed himself, and brand new floor mats. This is very exciting to me because when I got my car, the floor mats were the only thing I didn't like - they were pretty stained. And in Branson we found a Macaroni Grill on The Landing, which was a good end to my birthday.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I don't care who you're voting for, but all who vote should be informed. And these people, sadly, are not. It will hurt your heart to see that some people really think this way and are this uninformed, unintelligent and simply living in a different time. Wake up America. See beyond.

Happy Birthday CJRW!

Yesterday, October 15th, was CJRW's 47th birthday. So, of course we took advantage and celebrated with a very wonderful cake from our favorite - Rick's Bakery. For me, CJRW has been a wonderful place to work and more importantly, learn.

Founded in 1961, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods ad agency is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, with offices in Dallas and Northwest Arkansas. The agency also owns Jones Productions,one of the region’s leading film and video commercial production facilities. The agency has more than 100 employees and an estimated $84 million in capitalized billings.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Young and the Breathless

Thanks to my wonderful best friend Sarah P, I will be joining her and a couple other girls to compete in (rather, participate in) the Memphis Half Marathon on December 6th. Our team name is "The Young and the Breathless." I voted for "Are We There Yet?" since I'm pretty sure that's what I'll be screaming the entire way. I've really gotten into running these past couple of years, but as of recently, I'm officially "training." And it's hard work.

A half marathon is 13.1 miles total - my goal is to run the entire time. I want to set a time goal for myself as well, but I'm still thinking about what that might be (I hate to set myself up for failure). So far, I've run up to six miles at once - I've only done it twice but it's a start. I'm very proud of myself for my six miles, but at the same time I realize I have seven more to add to that.

I'll keep you updated on our progress and I cannot wait to post pictures of the race and let you know how we all did. And if anyone would like to come and cheer us on and then play in Memphis that Saturday night, please do - we want support, and I want a driving partner to Memphis!

Money Problems Hitting Home

As we are all aware, the economy has hit quite a slump and we are all fortunate enough to feel the effects. Just kidding.

As many of you probably know, Heba (my step-sister) is studying abroad in France until December. So, I am living at our house by myself. And in my efforts to save a little bit of money each month I've managed to cut my cable bill in half. First, I switched to a slower Internet speed as I only use the Internet to surf - so I figure I can afford to "slow down" a bit. Second, I did something I've never lived with before - I walked away from my expanded channels. So now, I only have channels up to 22. No E! or MTV. I feel it's a little spoiled and superficial to feel I need those channels. Plus I don't watch them enough to warrant the extra almost $30 a month. And I can watch them at Cole's house when I want. :-) I promise to let you know if I cave and add them back.

So, this gets me wandering - what are you guys doing to save money? Everyone seems to be saving money in such creative ways these days and I need more ideas!

Monday, September 29, 2008

U of A Tradition: The Senior Walk

As many in Arkansas know, when you graduate from the U of A your name gets added to the Senior Walk. Mine has probably been up for about a year now? But I had yet to go and find it. This weekend Sarah P and I made our way to campus to find each of our names for one last pat on the back on our completed college education. Thank you Kalen and Matt for being such lovely photographers.

Below are Sarah and I hovered over my name: Jennifer B G James. I'm not sure if my four names would have all made it.

Below is Sarah happily posing in front of her name.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bikes, Blues and BBQ Weekend

Bikes, Blues and BBQ Fest was in Fayetteville this weekend, and true to form it was a weekend of fun. Every time I walked out my front door - day or night - I could hear the constant hum of motorcycles everywhere! Also a bonus this weekend was Sarah's visit from (West) Memphis.

Kim, Sarah, Katie and I hanging out at Jose's Friday night.

Sarah and I having fun at Busters.

Maybe this isn't our best picture ever, but I had to post a picture of our oh-so-fun brunch at our favorite - Common Grounds.

Friday, September 26, 2008

McCain wins Friday night's debate!

Wait! The debate hasn't even taken place yet. But interestingly enough, a congratulatory banner and quote from McCain's manager appeared online Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Congratulations Mom!

Congratulations Mom on becoming an American citizen today! Today at the Clinton Library my mother was naturalized! Since she moved here in January of 1973 she has been a legal alien. She never wanted to give up her Brasilian citizenship. But now, dual citizenship is offered and she can have both. So, after much hard work and some traveling to Memphis, my Mom is now a citizen of the United States - and is also able to maintain her citizenship in Brasil.

Congrats Mom!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You tell me why it's important - because it most certainly is!

I've been thinking about this for over a week now. And my thought is that I would never want to use this blog as a place for a "rant." I want it to be an outlet of thought - whether you agree or not. If not, stop reading my blog. XOXO.

I was very disturbed to hear last week that someone thought that voting for McCain would be best for them because he would lower their taxes - that's it, he'd just lower their taxes. And his stance on everything else involved in the election doesn't matter because it doesn't directly affect them. Reasons being:

a. The war is over there, and not in our own backyard.
b. They are not a gay couple trying to get married.
c. And the abortion thing doesn't apply to them.

I have to say: they're wrong. I don't care who you're voting for. You're not thinking if you think this war doesn't have anything to do with us or affect us in every way - for many reasons.

Don't think because the war is being fought across the pond, that it's obsolete to us. And don't think that if we didn't fight it over there, that the war would be here. WRONG. We're fighting and being attacked because we bombed a country and a group that didn't attack us. Iraq, Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda did not attack us on 9/11 - Osama bin Laden did. And he is still out there, and our president is doing nothing to find him. Don't forget that - and don't forget we're fighting the wrong war. That is why we are now being attacked - over there.

This war costs the country and its citizens:
Per Month - $10.3 billion
Per Week - $2.4 billion
Per Day - $343 million
Per Hour - $14 million
Per Minute - $238,425
Per Second - $3,973

Don't you tell me for a second this doesn't affect you. Every time you fill up on gas, or pay taxes at the grocery store or see more taxes come out of your paycheck - don't tell me it has nothing to do with this war and that the war has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with you. And for eight years we've had a president who has made this war, his war. We have the power to change that in November. One nonpartisan analysis finds that with Obama's tax proposal - which doesn't call to raise your taxes - the rich would pay more, and the poor and middle-class (you) would pay less. Under John McCain's plan, the rich would pay much less than they do now, the poor and middle-class would pay a bit less, and the federal deficit would grow even more.

So, yes the war affects you. Greatly. And I support our troops, but I do not support this war, and I have not since March of 2003 when we first invaded Iraq. And according to Sarah Palin, we're about to enter Russia, Iran and God help us on all the other "possibilities" she sees.

As for social issues such as gay rights and abortion: just because you might not be a gay American looking for equal rights or a person interested in seeking an abortion for the many reasons women may do so (because Palin is against them even in the cases or rape and incest), doesn't mean that these issues or how they're dealt with don't affect you. Please, don't ever think that for one minute! The Republican party will preach about how they want less government involvement but two of their main goals is to overturn Roe v. Wade and to pass a constitutional amendment against gay marriage - bringing the government right on into your living room and bedroom. When you allow these things to happen - or elect those who will oversee it - you're giving government, federal and state, the power to make personal decisions for you. And you're fooling yourself if you think it will stop there. So, what do we have to do, sit back until our government turns into China and restricts the amount of children we can have? Then will you be interested in who our president is and the authority they will give themselves over our lives? It will never just stop with abortion and gay rights. There will always be a "next" topic, which could very much involve your lives directly.

There is no truth to the "shaking up Washington" that McCain and Palin are shouting from the rooftops. There is nothing they can do to shake things up in a land that is identical to what they preach now.

Here's what we don't want: We don't want your bridge to nowhere Sarah Palin, and we never did. We don't want your extremist religious beliefs pulling books off our library shelves or telling us what we can do with our bodies or whom we can marry. We don't want you "lowering" our taxes while in the meantime steadily increasing our already outrageous deficit. We don't want more unnecessary wars started while you float around the country calling it God's plan you hypocrite! We don't care for your drilling in Alaska while you tell us we need to be more self-reliant on energy! Way to drill the little oil we have, if any, while destroying the wildlife refuge and increasing the country's dependence on oil. Set yourself up with an alternative energy plan and then go back and tell you're an "adapter." Stop saying global warming isn't caused by human activity and don't ever undermine women again. How dare the McCain/Palin camp think that women could be so easily fooled into voting for them just because they placed a skirt next to John McCain.

Try again.

Make it tonight! Tomato and Cheese Baked Chicken.

Since I work for an ad agency that represents Tyson Foods, Inc., many, many food shots and recipes come across my desk and computer multiple times throughout the week, if not each day. As I was thumbing through potential recipes and food shots today I stumbled upon one called Tomato and Cheese Baked Chicken on Tyson's Web site. And I made it tonight, which of course I loved, but more importantly it got rave reviews from Cole as well - sometimes we don't always see eye to eye on what makes a good dinner! But, we both loved this one and I know it gets hard thinking of things to make for dinner each night and I love getting new recipes, so I want to share this with you.

You can click on the link above or you can follow my recipe below. Note, the recipe calls for Split Chicken Breasts, but I used Boneless Skinless Breasts as it's lower in calorie and carried by most grocery stores.

4 Tyson(R) Trimmed & Ready(R) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 container garlic herb spreadable cheese, 6.5 oz., softened
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed; drained
2 tablespoons green onion, sliced
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated (optional, I intended to use afterward but didn't)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with nonstick aluminum foil. Wash hands. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste; place in prepared baking pan. Wash hands. (I sprinkled with garlic salt and pepper and then browned each breast on the stove along with garlic for a couple minutes per side.)

2. Pat tomatoes dry with paper towels; chop as desired. Place softened cheese in small bowl. Stir in tomatoes, green onion and Parmesan cheese. Spread cheese mixture evenly over chicken. Wash hands.

3. Bake chicken 35 to 45 minutes or until done (internal temp 180°F).


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Oklahoma's Test Scores Better Go Up

In hopes of finding something fun and different to do on a Saturday afternoon, we ventured on over to West Siloam Springs, OK to the casino. Kim, Joe, Liz, Chad, Cole and I arrived around 5 that afternoon and stayed for an eventful four hours.

In little ole Oklahoma you must "ante up" each time you bet - each time you must pay $.50 - and it goes to the Oklahoma schools. Well, I did my part and contributed quite enough, as did everyone else. I won't call anyone out on what losers half the group was, but I will say Chad and Kim were definitely the big winners of the weekend!

It was a fun day - now the next couple of days will be realizing that my money is gone, gone, gone.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Watch out for hiding gas prices.

If you're like me, you pay for most things with your debit card. I rarely carry cash - I find I spend it quicker if I have it. Well, we just noticed today at the Shell gas station on Gregg Street in Fayetteville (AKA the White Oak Station) that the price per gallon is $0.09 less if you pay for your gas in cash! With debit/credit cards, the price per gallon was $3.57; however, when paying in cash, it was only $3.49! The prices were actually displayed on the gas station marquee. I never really pay attention because I usually get gas at Walmart.

So next time you get gas check and see if there is a lower price if paying in cash - it's probably worth a trip to the ATM. It's almost the same price difference between Unleaded and Premium! I've never noticed this before, but I'm sure it exists in other places as well!

Monday, September 8, 2008


The first Little Rock Razorback game was this weekend and it was kicked off in true Hog style. Again, Dad had his tailgating spot, and again we all showed up to join in the fun. The game would have been a "good game" if it had been against an SEC rival and not Louisiana Monroe (huh?), but it was just a little ridiculous that it came down to literally the last minute as we scored and won by one point! I didn't go to the game, but Kim and I held down the forts just fine and had just as much fun. Plus, we got a new cooler out of it!

Will and me at our spot. It's always SO GREAT to see the boys. They're constantly growing and changing, but they're always sweet.

Mom and Morie came out and had a ball - even Mom! :-)

It's my version of My Two Dads. Dad is manning the grill of course, and Morie is keeping him company.

Spencer and me - and his big red hat he purchased for $6. Spencer saw Jermain Taylor again tailgating. Last year, he actually hung out with him for a little bit. Will and I have decided he's a JT magnet.

Kim and I watching over the place while everyone went to the game.

Monday, September 1, 2008

It's all in the family.

Just when we thought the major issue of this year's Presidential election would be centered around the war in Iraq and gas prices, a nasty storm has been brewing over the nominees themselves. The circus might just prove to be about their own family lives more so than the shots they will no doubt take at their opponents. Obviously we don't know for sure, but it appears that a few of our candidates might have a little explaining to do.

Family Issue #1
I woke up this morning to what I thought was Christmas when I was told that Bristol Palin, the seventeen-year-old high school senior of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was pregnant. Then, I realized that I don't want to sit here and comment to you on the mistakes of a seventeen-year-old - as many of us have made mistakes. But, I also don't want to be persuaded into the line of thought that this should stay a private matter. Once you've thrown your own self and your family into the spotlight of the world, the Palin's must understand that this will be an issue and a topic. On paper, the right and responsible thing is being done. She's marrying her boyfriend, Levi (age and last name unknown), and keeping the baby. The question I will ask is this her decision to marry and is this couple even ready for marriage?

Also, we're told that McCain's camp knew of the pregnancy before he chose Palin for his VP - very good, since he had only met the woman once before. Apparently, this news is breaking in response to Internet rumors that Palin's fifth child Trig, who was born in April with Down's Syndrome, is actually Bristol's. I guess we'll have to ride this out and see. But, as rumors go - that's probably all this is. It's an interesting rumor since apparently Sarah Palin announced her pregnancy in early March (two months before she was due) - shocking most around her as she didn't appear to show any signs of being pregnant. However, this is probably due to the baby's Down's Syndrome. Also, Bristol went noticeably absent in school for several months due to what her family called prolonged mono. Maybe it was.

Bristol Paline and her youngest brother, Trig.

Family Issue #2
Ever heard of Kathleen Hensley Portalski? Not from Cindy McCain, you haven't. As Cindy calls herself an "only child" Kathleen tells of her feelings as a "non person" by Cindy's comment. The two women, Kathleen is around 11 years older, do share the same father, Jim Hensley, but did not grow up in the same household. Kathleen claims she only saw the man who she called Dad on Christmases and birthdays - presumably Cindy was around. Upon Jim's death, Cindy inherited the family estate and business, the beer distributor, Hensley and Co., and Kathleen says she only received $10,000. Cindy has yet to comment on the half sister whom, according to Kathleen, she's "airbrushed out of her life."

Kathleen Hensley Portalski

Family Issue #3
The Republicans are not the only ones who have some explaining to do. Although some people believe this man is lying - why because he lives in a shack in Kenya? - George Hussein Onyango Obama, who lives on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya, tells Italian Vogue he is Obama's half brother. Like Cindy McCain and her half sister, these two men share the same father, and he is apparently the youngest of Obama's five half siblings. Although they've only met once, Obama mentions him in his autobiography as a "beautiful boy with a rounded head." My question is: how is Obama talking about his "brothers and sisters" here in the U.S. during his speeches, but he appears to have no contact with his brother who lives in such poverty and crime-stricken conditions? I would like that question to be asked and answered.

George Hussein Onyango Obama

Like you, I do not know the complete history or story to these three issues mentioned above. But, they do seem like areas of concern. And as these three people could potentially be running our country and making decisions for the world, I believe they have an obligation to answer them.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The perfect brownie: found. Only if you like mint.

I have the most incredible brownie recipe for you - if you love mint, you will love this brownie.

Purchase your usual brownie mix and all the necessities you need for them. And a bag of Andes mints - whole or crushed. Either works.

You simply make brownies as you normally would. Once they're done, I usually let them cool for a little under 10 minutes so that they're still pretty warm. Then spread almost the entire bag (or the entire bag, depends on how much you want) of Andes mints on top so that they create a top layer. Then place in the refrigerator until the mint layer has cooled and hardened. This usually takes about 30 - 45 minutes.

And if you want to lighten the brownie a bit you can buy Duncan Hines brownie mix - they're the best anyway. You can substitute the water, oil and eggs with 2 tbsp of water, 1/3 cup of applesauce (in place of the oil) and one egg - or 1/4 cup of egg whites/egg substitute (the equivalent of one egg). This reduced fat version is on the back of the Duncan Hines box.

Less calories and I PROMISE you, you cannot tell the difference and they're fabulous. Then dump a load of chocolate mints on top! :-)

Yummy eating!

UPDATE: This recipe needs a more credible source than myself - thank you Jane Dennis for your yummy brownie recipe.


I've been told people cannot leave a comment unless they have an account. I didn't realize it was on that setting. I've changed it now to where anyone can post a comment.


Razorbacks! All kinds of Razorbacks!

The very first game day weekend brought a lot of fun tailgating, good friends, a disappointing game (sorry if you disagree) and a sighting of JERMAIN TAYLOR!

Friday night consisted of pre-partying with Katie, Elise, Liz and crew that lasted until the wee hours - I haven't had that much fun on a Friday in a while! Then came game day - and tailgating started at about 2 in the afternoon. Even though Katie thought we were getting out way too late! :-) Tailgating was fun and all over the place - and by the time the game started at 6, I'm pretty sure we all had our hair stuck to our skin and our make-up sweating down our faces. Wow it was hot. Seats for the game were good - thanks Michele - but the Hogs, not so much. We won yes, but we should have obliterated the Western Illinois Leathernecks and that was not so much the case.

Sunday consisted of hanging with the pups and seeing Mama Mia with Kim and Liz. It was good - DON'T take your male significant other. And we were the youngest people in the theater.

Going back to Jermain. Saturday night his pimped out, black Rolls-Royce just pulled up right behind Stir and Busters and parked on the curb. When I realized Jermaine was getting out of it, I flipped. I'm not a boxing fan - but I am a Jermain Taylor fan, and I have never missed him fight. I think he's fantastic and gorgeous and fantastic again! And he was so sweet. I asked if I could take a picture with him, he just smiled and yes "sure." I also of course decided to profess my love. Then he went into Stir, but not before I got a picture.

Kim and I post game and post tailgate at Busters Saturday night.

Kim, Elise and her two sisters, Erica and Jessica, and me.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Oh, it's on! Introducing Ms. Alaska!

Oh, it's laughable! Wow - forget about her oh-so-boring, irrelevant speech that had zero substance and sounded more like a high-schooler pleading with her fellow classmates to "please vote for me", but the woman isn't even qualified! The former mayor of a town of only 9,000 and Alaskan beauty queen - who participated in beauty pageants to earn money for college - probably spent more time prepping for her stint on the catwalk longer than she's served as the governor of Alaska. Telling Vogue magazine "They made us line up in bathing suits and turn our backs so the male judges could look at our butts. I couldn't believe it."

After running on a platform of "heavy reform" this governor has decided to (potentially) abandon her state - and promises - only 20 months after election. This only shows that John McCain's doubts about his presidential run have now turned into sheer desperation.

This is too good to be true.

So, I bet a majority of us can safely say that McCain has chosen this "surprise pick" in order to pick-up a few Hillary voters. Good to know that the McCain camp and the Bush administration can no longer shout "inexperience" in Obama's direction.

Besides the fact that she's a woman - and this is thought to bring many new faces to the McCain side - her supporters argue that she is "arguably the only candidate who has the necessary expertise to address the single most pressing issue in this election: gas prices. As Governor of Alaska, Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (America’s largest interstate organization), and a former Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sarah Palin can run rings around almost anyone when it comes to oil."

Well, puh-lease. This is like asking for a third helping of all the slop President Bush has served us for the past eight years. But, even with her looming inexperience, she is the quintessential Republican. McCain hopes she will claim the female vote; she's pro-gun, pro-life, and pro-family - whatever that means.

Go Obama!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fantasy Football!

As many of you probably know Cole is oh-so-into football. Subsequently, I've had football introduced into my life and I never thought I'd ever be this knowledgeable about it. Ever. And this year I've entered my first fantasy football league - and today was the day to draft. Today was also draft day for Cole and Kyle's league - so it was a big football day for us. Below is my team. Pretty nice, huh?

Donovan McNabb
Eli Manning

Running Backs
Marion Barber
Clinton Portis
Selvin Young
Ricky Williams

Wide Receivers
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Plaxico Burruss
Laveranues Coles
Kevin Curtis

Update: I've traded Kevin Curtis for Jabar Gaffney due to injury and that he might not play until October.

Tight Ends
Dallas Clark
Alge Crumpler

Defensive Teams
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants

Mike Nugent