yahoo! is a sinking ship

i've had a yahoo email since way back when yahoo was still the #1 search engine on the internets. after years of fairly smooth service, i haven't been able to get into my yahoo mail since friday with absolutely no help from yahoo and no acknowledgement anywhere on yahoo's main site.

for a business who's barely keeping itself above water nowadays, why the hell isn't anyone at yahoo doing fucking anything about this? this morning i finally found a my yahoo blog post where the "official" yahoo mail dude left an innocent and naive "happy thanksgiving" where so many other people have been leaving comments about how they haven't been able to log in to their mail either. this fool has been M.I.A. since wednesday!

who thought it would be a brilliant idea for all of yahoo to take the entire thanksgiving weekend off? are y'all really alright with leaving your customers in the dark on what i am sure is one of the busiest emailing weekends of the year?

this is why people love google. this would NEVER happen with gmail - those little google elves work around the clock to make sure shit like this doesn't happen. no wonder yahoo has been digging its own grave over the past few years! if this is the way they treat their customers i'll be surprised if they have any left after this weekend! i already switched all of the newsletters i could remember getting in yahoo over to my gmail.

seriously, fuck you yahoo


holiday cooking classes @ blue ribbon

Seasonal Selections: Contemporary Christmas
Monday, December 22, 2008
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Chef Vanessa Johns-Webster
$95 per person

Looking for a Christmas menu that’s a little different? We’ll stray a bit from traditional dishes with our menu by introducing a new element of sophistication and elegance while maintaining the familiar seasonal flavorings that make the Christmas table a traditional celebration in its own right. This class will arm you with recipes that will please your whole family and teach you how to prepare an incredibly delicious feast that will make your Christmas bright. Wine pairing suggestions will be discussed and tasted with each course.

for more information and to register, click here

holidays @ iconGrill

yum yum

bacon anything is the bomb!

skillet street food's bacon jam

LOL - i had to

she put this up herself okay - to go straight to the action, fast forward to 2:28


Bill and Melinda Gates go back to school

would you want to live there though?

CNN.com: 25 best cities to find a job

hahaha - this headline

CNN.com: I never sold my soul, Bush says

wish list '08

my wish list this year is pretty simple and straightforward - gift cards galore please! i'm like rachel from friends; kinda picky, hard to shop for and notorious for getting rid of things unworthy of my closet or home. so to make things real easy for my friends & family, here are some of my favorite places to spend money, starting off with the places who need things way more than i do. i'll take care of bringing home the creature comforts i want and need with my own $$$...

favorite charities - would LOVE a donation in my name (or meatball's) to these wonderful places! and FYI the bill & melinda gates foundation is my favorite of all, but they don't accept individual donations.
Seattle Humane Society
Dress for Success
United Way
Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation
Seattle Aquarium Society
Northwest Harvest

favorite stores (local love first)
snowboard connection
whole foods
barnes & noble
banana republic

a few favorite brands
casual industrees
cubannie links

gift card to kim ricketts book events for an upcoming cooks & books or words & wine
tickets to UFC 94, my dream fight GSP vs. BJ!
tickets to the nutcracker
suite @ the four seasons seattle for a night or two - romantic getaway in the city, hayyyy
surfing lessons
long skateboard
spa services @ gene juarez


i like it

for my fellow bulldog parents

owning a bulldog is no joke! between vet bills, special food, special toys and a water bowl the size of lake washington, we have spent a pretty penny on our little meaty.

today we stopped in scraps dog bakery at 2200 Westlake. i think this is the only pet store in town that keeps XXL doggy clothes in stock, as well as a vast selection of natural bones (bullies can't have rawhide - the fake stuff) and natural dog food (meaty is allergic to the crap at petco) bully moms & dads please keep this place in mind, cuz we all know we will go to great lengths to provide the best to that wrinkly face!

a teddy bear suite at the fairmont olympic!

Teddy Bear Suite
November 25 (7 pm - 8:30 pm)
November 26 - December 26 (10 am - 7 pm)
Designed by Kevin Bradford, a Seattle-based interior and event designer, and brimming with dozens of fluffy teddy bears, the Teddy Bear Suite welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the holiday season. Take holiday photographs, read one of the teddy bear-themed children's books and enter to win tea in The Georgian. Donations taken at the Teddy Bear Suite benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

See the teddy bears and more at the 2008 Holiday Season at the Fairmont

thank you maya angelou

i just finished letter to my daughter by maya angelou. this is maya's collection of essays on lessons learned, challenges faced and blessings counted - and meant for the daughter maya sees in every woman. i am a big fan of short reads (my attention span is at an all-time low and i can't read too much on the bus before getting naseous.) because of this, the messages weren't lost on me. thank you maya, it's an honor to have received these letters.


never again

this past week (as if i wasn't busy enough already) i was a co-chair for the united way campaign at work. local businesses hold these campaigns during the holidays to raise funds for the UWKC.

i was real pleased with how much our staff raised this year, especially with how tough the economy is right now. it's pretty inspiring!

however, i would just like to put this on the record. trying to rally a staff and create fun events to motivate them to give back is like pulling teeth! some people are so negative, miserable and horribly socially awkward. i really felt like it was living in an episode of the office - ugh!


share your holiday memories with downtown seattle!

i got mad love for DSA, Seattle Magazine and The 5th Ave. Theatre...there are some amazing people at all three organizations! please support:

Share your memorable holiday moments captured in photos for all to enjoy in this giant rotating display, viewable from the KING 5 Holiday Wonderland in Westlake Park. Photos will change daily and will be displayed from November 28 to December 30 beginning at dusk.

Visit downtownholidays.com to begin submitting your photos, there is no limit on submissions. Photos submitted by December 5 will qualify for the “favorite photo” contest and be entered to win dinner for two at Boka Kitchen + Bar and two tickets for the December 19 performance of the classic roof-raisin’ musical hit, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

to bring inspiration & innovation to every husky in the world

PSBJ.com: Nike in $33.8M deal with University of Washington


beauty ball @ high maintenance - nov 21

thank you seattle picks

Don’t forget to save the date for the 6th Annual Beauty Ball at High Maintenance Skincare Studio.
Get an advanced skincare analysis, an express glow facial, a fruit peel, and of course, no ball would be complete without flawless makeup applied by the professionals. Plus, there are drinks, food and gift bags—need we say more?

What: 6th Annual Beauty Ball at High Maintenance Skincare Studio
When: Friday, Nov. 21, 10 am–7 pm
Where: 1706 Bellevue Ave.
Call: 206.322.6939
Cost: $30 with a reservation (recommended), $50 without
Visit www.highmaintenanceskin.com

another one bites the dust

PSBJ.com: Washington CEO magazine folds, acquired by Tiger Oak/Seattle Business magazine

you know i love to simplify

real simple.com: 40 Ways to Simplify Thanksgiving

volunteer opps for the holidays

click here to see a list of united way's volunteer opportunities for the holiday season.

we may be watching our wallets this year, but what you do with your time can be so valuable to families in need!


follow the obama administration as they transition to the white house and make things happen!


for the foodies - cooks & books f/andrew carmellini at tavolata

When it comes to urban Italian food in Seattle, chef Ethan Stowell’s thriving Belltown spot Tavolàta, comes to mind. So, when news came that famed New York chef Andrew Carmellini was coming to Seattle to promote his new cookbook, URBAN ITALIAN: Simple Recipes & True Stories from a Life in Food, well – let’s just say it was a no brainer!

Join us, Wednesday, November 19 for a Cooks & Books dinner with Andrew Carmellini and his co-author and wife, Gwen Hyman, at Tavolàta (2323 Second Avenue). Award-winning chef Ethan Stowell will be creating a multi-course Italian feast inspired by the recipes found in URBAN ITALIAN. Dinner begins at 6pm and cost to attend is $100/person (excluding tax and gratuity), which includes all food, wine, and a signed copy of the book. Reservations are required. Please call Tavolàta at (206) 838-8008 for reservations.


speedy gonzalez

i've always been hesitant to order shoes online, since sizes vary so much with each brand and frankly, each shoe. but after many unsuccessful shopping trips around the city, i decided to risk it and get both of those beautiful grey boots you see below online, at zappos.com and endless.com.

less than 24 hours after placing my order, both pairs were waiting for me in my lobby. tight! that's how i like it! thankfully both pairs fit perfectly - but i was most happy at how quickly both zappo's and endless filled my orders. take note!


my presents to myself

report signaturemadden girl

the best part is...these together add up to less than what i was planning to spend on one pair! holleration



this freakin idiot could've made so much money in a commemorative issue! that's not just ignorant, that is a blatantly stupid business move. good luck staying in print son! knowing the way print media is headed, you'll be lucky to make it long enough to cover President Obama's inauguration!



drowsy chaperone at The 5th - special downtown offer

Work Downtown? Play Downtown!

$20 ticket offer
(Reg $76)

2 day offer – Get a $20 ticket for performances
Tuesday, Nov 11th at 7:30pm
Wednesday, Nov 12th at 7:30pm

Show your pay stub or business card at the box office to receive this special offer to the show the Seattle Weekly calls “A Broadway sensation…the perfect musical!”

*$20 ticket available 2 hours before showtime (7:30 curtain). Valid for employees in zip codes 98101, 98102, 98104 and 98109. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Limit 4 tickets per person. Cash only, per availability.

sick! and cute!

thank you around the way girls

the real housewives of atlanta

i get my cable back and this is what i've resorted to LOL - the real housewives of atlanta. my two favorite lines so far:

"your haters are your motivators"

"you a low-budget bitch"

i'm about to use those in daily conversation!


Humanity First Walk - tomorrow

Please support my girl Sara Ahmed...

Dear supporters of HUMANITY - Please make take five minutes of your time to make an online contribution to help support my efforts for a great organization that is providing sustainable assistance to those affected by disaster.

This week it has been proven that when people come together they can make a difference and create real change. A little goes a LONG way, it's a fact! https://walk.humanityfirst.org/

COME OUT AND WALK THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!! If the weather is bad - think about the people whose homes have been devastated by disaster and had to live outside. The Humanity First Walk-a-Thon is THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH AT 11:00am AT GREEN LAKE PARK. WALK - Registration starts at 11:00am will begin at 12:00pm around the lake.
WHERE - We will meet at the Northeast Entrance, near the Community Center. https://walk.humanityfirst.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering with: set up and registration.

CONTRIBUTIONS - donate online today! https://walk.humanityfirst.org/


can't stop won't stop

the most incredible

double damn!

$59 -- Vegas: MGM Grand at Lowest Rate We've Seen (!)
Source: MGM Grand Las Vegas


$49 & up -- American Cuts Fares Over the Holidays
Source: Travelzoo/American Airlines

for too long, we were excluded from the american dream...

obama ran so we all could FLY

thanks to my girl sara ahmed

jacob i'm getting work done i promise

this gives me goosebumps!

CNN.com: World leaders congratulate Obama

still so freakin happy

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
-President Barack Obama


real talk

this is so amazing. i'm having a hard time putting words together right now. i am so happy to officially say President elect - Barack Obama!

putting all of the issues aside and focusing on the humanity of it all - this is the first time a presidential candidate has been able to engage and empower so many different kinds of americans. isn't that where the essence of our country lies - in its diversity? barack obama gives so many individuals from so many different backgrounds the hope that their voice is being heard on a macro level. his campaign rallied young folk like myself to vote - and to CARE about voting - in a way that's never been seen before.

he is the first candidate i have ever been truly proud to call 'my' president. thank you for embodying the change so many people need to see. i am so excited for what's to come.

this is the best headline EVER! YES HE CAN


i am so unbelievably happy! to a new day

so excited...so nervous



CNN.com: Obama's grandmother dies after battle with cancer

VOTE! and get free coffee at starbucks

What if we all cared enough to vote?

Not just 54% of us, but 100% of us?

What if we cared as much on Nov. 5th as we care on Nov. 4th?

What if we cared all of the time the way we care some of the time?

What if we cared when it was inconvenient as much as we care when it’s convenient?

Would your community be a better place?

Would our country be a better place?

Would our world be a better place?

We think so, too.

If you care enough to vote, we care enough to give you a free cup of coffee.

Come into Starbucks on Nov. 4th, tell us you voted, and we'll proudly give you a tall cup of brewed coffee on us.

You and Starbucks. It's bigger than coffee.


see you there

the right stuff

travelzoo is the BEST

$21 -- They're Back: See New Kids On The Block in Tacoma*
Top 20 deal - sells out quickly!
By Travelzoo Staff

Considering the buzz surrounding their reunion and recent album, we were amazed to even find tickets available to see New Kids On The Block at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, especially with tickets starting at only $20.

After releasing their first album in over 10 years and selling out shows on their current tour, NKOTB have been busy entertaining new and old fans alike. With hits from the '80s like "Hanging Tough" and "Please Don't Go Girl," and selections from their recent album The Block, this show has something for everyone.

The best part is, you can get Lower Level seats for just $20 (reg. $50.50) to the show on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8PM at the Tacoma Dome.

Click here for tickets and more information. Enter the code SINGLE in the box marked "Travelzoo Ticket Offer" and select the number of seats you would like from the drop-down menu.

happy thanksgiving, love salty's