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Friday, July 30, 2010

Hot or Not? Andy Garcia

Has a WHOLE week really passed? Truly? Unbelievable. 


Welcome to Mummy Mayhem's weekly Hot or Not


Well, last week Matt Damon well and truly took home the "hot" title. Very popular lad that he is with all of you. ;) 


This week's choice, Andy Garcia, came to me when walking past a jewellery store at my local Westfield. I saw a print ad of him selling watches or something. I'm not sure, because I was so taken with his good looks! (Oh wait - I found the pic. It WAS watches.)


Granted, the photo was no doubt airbrushed to death, but who cares? I've always thought Andy Garcia has that something special. He's quite magnetic on screen or something. I first really noticed him in When A Man Loves a Woman with Meg Ryan. And, of course, who could forget his role in The Godfather Part III and Oceans Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen? Of course, he isn't as young and thin and wrinkle-free as he used to be, but then, neither am I. ;) 


What do you think? Is Andy Garcia hot, or not?




Jodie

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kids Say The Darndest Things Don't They?


My friend, Jo H, emailed this to me the other day (thanks, Jo!). I thought it so funny and wanted to share it with you. As they say…kids say the darndest things.

1. A nursery school pupil told his teacher he'd found a cat, but it
was dead. 'How do you know that the cat was dead?' she asked her pupil. 'Because I pissed in its ear and it didn't move,' answered the child innocently. 'You did WHAT?' the teacher exclaimed in surprise. 'You know,' explained the boy, 'I leaned over and went 'Pssst', and it didn't move.'



2. A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes later......
'Da-ad....'

'What?'

'I'm thirsty. Can you bring a drink of water?'

'No, you had your chance. Lights out.'

Five minutes later: 'Da-aaaad.....'

'WHAT?'

'I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water?!'
‘I told you NO! If you ask again, I'll have to smack you!!'

Five minutes later......'Daaaa-aaaad.....'

'WHAT?!'

'When you come in to smack me, can you bring a drink of water?'



3. An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, 'How do you expect to get into Heaven?' The boy thought it over and said, 'Well, I'll run in and out and in
and out and keep slamming the door until St Peter says, 'For Heaven's
sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!''



4. One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, 'Mummy, will you sleep with me tonight?' The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. 'I can't dear,' she said. 'I have to sleep in Daddy's room.' A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: 'The big sissy.'



5. It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children's sermon. All the children were invited to come forward. One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the minister leaned over and said, 'That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter Dress?' The little girl replied, directly into the minister's clip-on microphone, 'Yes, and my Mum says it's a bitch to iron.'



6. When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower. She said, 'Mummy, you are getting fat!' I replied, 'Yes, honey, remember Mummy has a baby growing in her
tummy.' ‘I know,' she replied, but what's growing in your bum?'



7. A little boy was doing his math homework. He said to himself, 'Two plus five, that son of a bitch is seven. Three plus six, that son of a bitch is nine....'
His mother heard what he was saying and gasped, 'What are you doing?' The little boy answered, 'I'm doing my math homework, Mum.' 'And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?' the mother asked. 'Yes,' he answered. Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day, 'What are you teaching my son in math?' The teacher replied, 'Right now, we are learning addition.' The mother asked, 'And are you teaching them to say two plus two, 
that son of a bitch is four?' After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered, 'What I taught them was, two plus two, THE SUM OF WHICH, is four.'



8. One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, '... and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, 'The sky is falling, the sky is falling!' The teacher paused then asked the class, 'And what do you think that farmer said?' One little girl raised her hand and said, 'I think he said: 'Holy Shit! A talking chicken!'' The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.



9. A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, ‘I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter.' Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, 'I'm Jane Sugarbrown.' The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, 'Aren't you Mr.
Sugarbrown's daughter?' She replied, 'I thought I was, but my mother says I'm not.'



10. A little girl asked her mother, 'Can I go outside and play with the boys?' Her mother replied, 'No, you can't play with the boys, they're too rough.' The little girl thought about it for a few moments and asked, ‘If I can find a smooth one, can I play with him?”



Just today, my 3yo was watching me try on a dress in the change rooms at Myer, and he suddenly said, “Mummy – you look like a hooker.” “A what?!” I asked. He kept saying, “Like a hooker.” I kept asking, "Are you saying 'a hooker'?" and he was quite insistent it was not a hooker. We finally settled on a "hooger". Although, I have no idea what that is either, but he seems to think it means something very nice! When I exited the change room, another woman looked at me and said, “I was starting to wonder what sort of home this child was being raised in!” How embarrassing.  

How about you? What sort of stuff have your kids come out with? Or what stuff have you heard other's kids say?

Jodie

Ask Mummy Mayhem - 'Borrowing' Baby Names

The other day, the incredibly lovely (and pregnant), Ami of Puff Pieces, wrote a post about searching for baby names, and how she had found a name she loved for a girl. 


Only problem? She discovered the name when her husband told her about his work colleague's young daughter...with that very name. 


I asked Ami if she would like me to put the question on Ask Mummy Mayhem. Here's a snippet of what she wrote:

"So here’s my question. How far removed from someone do you have to be to use the same name? Obviously we would never name our kids the same as their first cousins or the same as our closest friend’s kids, because they would all spend lots of time together, and let’s be honest it would be pretty bloody confusing for all if there were 2 Streeter kids a couple of years apart with the same name.
But what if you don’t spend alot of time with someone whose child’s name you love? Let me explain it in the current situation that’s happening for me.
I was 85% maybe a little bit more sure that I was set on our girls name. Then hubby came home and was chatting about a work colleague who had bought their 12 month old daughter into work and how cute she was. As soon as the child’s name left his lips I was in love. I immediately thought that’s what I want to call my daughter. It’s so beautiful, and a little bit different, but still a proper name, if you know what I mean.
The problem? Well I think hubby is a little worried about using the same name as his work colleague because he sees the guy everyday and because his daughter is still very young. I, on the other hand don’t see any problems with it as our families don’t spend anytime together.
I do worry a little bit about looking like we’re ‘copying’, but ‘copying’ in a good way I think! Hubby mentioned that maybe if it had been on my list from the beginning then it might be different, but I didn’t think of it until he said this little girls name. My response was that you usually don’t think of names until you here them, or read them somewhere. Well that’s how it was for me anyway.
So, as always, what do you think? How precious are you about your kids names? And how far removed from someone do you think you have to be before it’s ok to borrow steal their baby names?!"
I think this is such a hard decision to make. First of all, if you don't have a personal relationship with Hubby's work colleague, then probably some day you won't be in touch with him and his wife at all. Therefore, if you don't take the name, that would hardly be worth giving up a name you love for nothing!

However, I absolutely see where Hubby's coming from. It might be kinda embarrassing to turn up to work having named your baby the same name as his colleague's child. But who knows? Maybe they would be flattered?

I'm not very helpful on this, am I?

Well - that's what the Mummy Mayhem community is here for. Can anyone help Ami? What should she do - just go for the name or find another?

And don't forget - if YOU have a problem for Ask Mummy Mayhem, just email me. I can keep your identity private if you like. ;) All the details on the RHS column of the homepage. 

Jodie

Sunday, July 25, 2010

So, What's On Your Mind?


Seeing that I'm not sure I have a real blog post in me right now, I figured I'd tell you what's on my mind at the moment, and ask what's on yours?

I tell you – I couldn’t be a blogger who continually posts “controversial” posts (even unintentional ones) because it would just be too darn exhausting!

I am so tired after the recent events on here these last few days. So much so in fact, I just don’t think I have a blog post in me for tonight.

But I will tell you what’s on my mind instead: the loss of friendship.

I've had friendships end before - but in a more natural, gradual kind of way. We've grown apart or one of us has moved interstate, or we've gotten busy and, because we didn't have a close friendship in the first place, eventually the catch ups don't happen anymore and that's that. 

I did end a friendship in my early 20s once, without much explanation to that person (I just stopped calling etc) because I was tired of this girl trying to embarrass me and my friends in front of people who meant something to us. (The breaking point for me was when she brought up my very average TEE (Tertiary Entrance Examination) score in front of my very intelligent and straight-A student Hubby - who was my fairly new-ish boyfriend at the time. When I discussed it with him later, he said, "I don't care what score you got on your TEE. I think you're very intelligent," and I fell even more in love with him. ;) )

And there are the friends who, although were like family to Hubby, I and the kids, just stopped keeping in touch. But that's probably a whole new blog post sometime. ;) 

But I can't say, until now, that I've ever had a friendship disintegrate so quickly over a difference of opinion, and (some unintentional) hurtful comments; but that's exactly what happened to me during the process of writing my post on blog comments the other day. Although our friendship wasn't exactly strained by the post itself, the post was the catalyst for what came next. In short, my Twitter pal and I disagreed and said some hurtful things, and are no longer "following" each other. (I know - we're SO high school, right?) However, we have sorted things a bit via email, and I would say we are now OK-ish. (It will take some time to get over the pain of the weekend.) But I guess what has surprised me is how quickly it went from good to bad. Pretty much over a 12 hour period. Less even.  

Is it because it's the online world? It's so easy just to shut someone out of your life if you choose to when you don't have someone's mobile or home phone number, and the best you've come to "seeing" each other, is by looking at their avatar most days. I saw someone tweet a blog post the other night (my apologies for not remembering who - and if it's yours, please put your hand up and include a link!) asking something along the lines of, "Are online friends really your friend?" or similar. I'd like to know what people think of that. 

I like to think they can be. I guess it's when you start taking things to email or DMs on Twitter and letting that person in a little more and giving them a little more of you that makes all the difference. And then you meet IRL and friendships can form from there. I find it kinda annoying when my real life friends poo-poo the idea that you can have 'friends' online. I often get the whole, "But they're not really your friends." But I admit - I think of a lot of my blog and Twitter pals as 'friends'. Is that wrong? In my mind, the friendship is just a little different, that's all. 

But anyway, that's just what's on my mind at the moment. What's on yours? Talk about anything you like. I'm not fussed. 

Jodie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hot or Not? Matt Damon

Howdy all. Time to lighten up the blog again and welcome you to this week's Hot or Not where we choose a well-known man and ask if he's got it, or doesn't?


Last week, Adrian Grenier received more of a lukewarm response than I imagined he would. You are tough critics readers! Not to worry Adrian - I'm sure you won't ever be short of admirers. ;)


I threw out a request on Twitter last night for some suggestions for this week's Hot or Not, and the winner is..... @NomiePT for choosing Matt Damon. Thanks lovely Nomie! (Thanks to all those who tweeted suggestions - I'll be keeping them on file for the future. ;) )


Actually, I've been thinking about Matt Damon for a while now. Not in some creepy I've-got-a-crush-on-him kinda way - I just thought he's a good contender for Hot or Not, because he's not, in my mind, one of the most obvious first choices, if you know what I mean.


I was never really particularly enamoured by Matt until he started doing the Bourne Identity movies. Hello! I like a bit of a tough guy - so yes...I think he definitely has something.


I also LOVE that he's not in to the whole paparazzi/gossip thing. Think about it: you rarely read about his personal life in the mags, do you? He seems like a down-to-earth family guy. Me likey. Oh - and the Ocean films - fantastic.


I found this clip for a movie Matt has made with Emily Blunt called The Adjustment Bureau.





Yeah - I have no idea what's going on in that film either. 


But we're not here to discuss movies...we're here to vote. So - is Matt Damon hot, or not?


Jodie

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blog Comments Can Be A Double-Edged Sword



Inviting comments on your blog can, at times, become a double-edged sword, as one blogger recently found.

One of the most satisfying elements of having your own blog, is the ability for the reader to comment instantly and give their view on your work straight after reading your post (should they choose to). For writers who have had works published in magazines and newspapers only to date, it must be somewhat frustrating at times – mustn’t it? -  not knowing how their readers have responded to it. That is, not until a reader writes a letter or an email to the author/publication in response to the article (if they are so inclined to do so). So, how great that now, a writer/blogger/whatever you want to call yourself, can now get instant feedback, with a click of a button (and perhaps the typing of a word verification)?

Likewise, how wonderful is it as a reader of a blog, to be able to express your opinion on the post you’ve just read, straight after reading it? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I read an article in a magazine, and the author’s thoughts I either agree or disagree with passionately, and I immediately want to add my two cents worth on the subject. I convince myself I’ll sit down and write a letter/email that night, and then, I’m suddenly off busying myself with chores or Brothers & Sisters comes on tv and before too long the need to write a response has faded and I don’t do it.

I love that when reading blogs or websites that welcome comments, that I can instantly speak my mind right then and there.

Of course, in relation to comments, there’s also a downside. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment when someone reads something that they particularly disagree with, and with their nostrils still flaring from the anger within them, harsh words are penned/typed and before you know it, a comment (or sometimes a whole blog post) nastier than a toilet is left for the unsuspecting author, and for all the world to read.

I’m all for expressing one’s self, and I believe that everyone has a right to their opinion. However, I don’t believe that there is ever a time when you need to resort to name-calling or nastiness to get your point across. Unfortunately, some do this (and almost always under the pseudonym of ‘Anonymous’, funnily enough). Doesn’t it tell you something, that if you can’t put your name to your opinion, whatever it is your writing is probably highly inappropriate? Quite frankly, there are just some things that don’t need to be said. (The only time I agree with using ‘Anon’ is if you are commenting on a sensitive subject and you don’t want your partner/family/friends finding out!) Once, on another blog, a commenter replied to a comment I had made, calling themselves “Up Yours Jodie” – which, to be honest, I found quite humorous. I don’t think all bloggers/commenters would feel that way; and I would have preferred that person had given their real name, just as I had done when making my comment. For the record – I just ignored their reply. ;)

And comments like these are for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, people who make these comments have short fuses and just can’t help themselves (I’m not saying that makes it ok – more a lack of self control). Often, they’re looking for some sort of attention – a way to draw readers to what they have to say. That’s why ‘trolls’ exist. They are there to cause trouble. If that’s the case, then if those commenters don’t have one already – they should start a blog and say it there. But if they do have their own blog, and choose to reply there, they should refrain from putting others down whilst getting their point across.

Quite frankly, if you don’t like what you’re reading – don’t read it.

For the most part, the blogosphere is filled with good-natured, respectful people (both those who blog, and those who read and comment). But occasionally, someone comes along and upsets that balance, and that’s unfortunate, because it can have devastating consequences for a blogger.

I was asked a few weeks ago via my own comments on my blog what I thought about The Real Sydney (as she goes by – or TRS as she’s often referred to) finishing up her blog, Get Real recently. Get Real was a fairly new blog, which quickly became incredibly popular over the last 6 months or so since it was established. It was shut down recently by TRS due to a number of incidences where TRS was hit with, by her own description, snarky and/or nasty comments in relation to a few things she had posted. (Her blog has since been taken off public access, hence I have not linked back to it.)

I’m not going to go in to too many specifics here, as I can’t link back to any of the final posts that TRS wrote and it would take me a long time to give you the complete background (not to mention that I was not directly involved), but in short, what triggered TRS’ decision to shut down her blog was a comment on her second last post, made by a woman called D*. TRS was trying to raise funds for D (due to illness in D’s family), using her blog to do so. However, soon after posting information about D and her family, TRS received an email from someone she did not know questioning D’s authenticity (after finding information that related to D on the internet), even referring and relating it to this post I wrote recently about the blogger who posed as a cancer victim – who was found to be a scammer. Basically, the person who sent TRS the email and her mother’s group had discussed what they thought were “inconsistencies” in D’s story, questioning whether or not D was telling the complete truth about her circumstances.

I believe, in good faith, TRS then sent D a private email, explaining the issues raised in the email she had received, and attached it so D could read it. D obviously took offence to this, and posted a rather long, out of context public comment on TRS’ second last post on Get Real, titled Randomlicious (where readers were invited to post about anything they wanted to).

Now, if you post a comment on someone’s blog out of context, then I believe what TRS did next was unavoidable. She posted everything. The email she received, her email to D and D’s subsequent email back to her (which, it seems, D sent after making the comment on the Randomlicious post) and a final email that TRS sent to D expressing her disappointment with D’s decision to post the comment on Get Real.

Now I know that some in the blogging world may have been upset with what TRS did. Some believe that D’s cause should not be questioned, and by posting the information on her blog, TRS is highlighting information that could potentially threaten future monies raised for D and her family. (Even though, strangely in my mind, it was actually D who raised the information publicly first with her comment on TRS’ blog. TRS stated in her final post that she had no intention of making the accusations public on her blog, and no one would be now the wiser had D not posted that comment. One might argue that D wanted to be very open about everything, or, it was simply a case of “she protesteth too much”.)

Can you blame TRS? Don’t you think, had you received such a (highly detailed) email yourself, you would, at the very least, question the facts? Especially after reading about J – the women who faked cancer and a coma? Admittedly, had I been the one in TRS’ shoes - I’d have done the Exact. Same. Thing.

Quite frankly, where money is at stake from people generously giving their earnings for a certain cause, if there’s even a whiff of indecency going on, the appropriate thing to do is check those facts and make sure it’s all above board. (Which seems to be what TRS was attempting to do.) Too much is at stake. I could never promote a cause that had even the slightest hint of possible fraudulence about it. (It should be noted that D’s cause is also publicised on another, major Australian blog. The author of that blog seems to not be buying in to the accusations against D, as was evidenced by her reply to a tweet I made to her on Twitter recently asking if she planned to comment on TRS shutting down Get Real (TRS was a long-standing and well known commenter on this author’s blog, and had also supplied this author with a Guest Post of her own, prior to starting Get Real). Her reply to my tweet was simply: “Who?”

And whether D is telling the truth or not (she disputes all accusations made in the email sent to TRS, and I can’t tell you the answer to that one) what D did, in replying to TRS’ email in the form of a public comment on TRS’ blog, was, in my opinion, inconsiderate and wrong. If someone sends you a private email, isn’t it common courtesy to reply to that person privately, and not use his or her blog as your own personal soapbox to air your opinions/make a response? Random post or not? If people like D do this, and get away with it, no one will trust that anything they write in a private email to someone is safe or will be kept private. What a shame that would be.

At the end of the day, this was the final straw for TRS. Her foray in to the blogosphere – even though incredibly successful in once sense (her Randomlicious post alone attracted close to 700 comments), unfortunately also left a bittersweet taste in her mouth about the blogging world. I don't blame her, and I wish she hadn't let it get to her because she is obviously a fantastic communicator that people really relate to, but I believe she will be back in one way or another down the track.

I’m sad to say, no doubt TRS won’t be the last blogger to end her blogging days in the same way and for the same reasons.

I read a post recently that asked if a blogger needed to have thick skin in order to blog? I believe the answer is: yes, it most certainly helps. But even the most thick-skinned of people are not immune to nasty, spiteful and/or inappropriate comments. TRS is a good example of that.

I implore all commenters to think before they click PUBLISH. It’s more than ok to disagree, but at the end of the day, if you couldn’t say what you want to in person to the author of that blog, don’t say it at all. Or if you feel you can’t keep your own emotions in check when writing your response, best let sleeping dogs lie and shut it down without commenting.

But that’s just my opinion.

Jodie

* I have kept D’s complete name out of this post, as I can’t link back to her comment on Get Real.

Monday, July 19, 2010

When The Cat's Away...


I was so tired yesterday. 

Whenever Hubby goes away, I find it difficult to get to bed early. I don’t know why that is, but it is a universal problem I’ve heard – wives or husbands staying up late whilst their partner is away. At least, that seems to be the case within my circle of pals anyway. I doubt that I got to bed much before 1am most nights - and due to an energetic and enthusiastic 3yr old, was up pretty early most mornings.

So I think the moment Hubby walked through the front door, I just wanted to sleep. I didn’t. But I really wanted to. I did have the earliest night I’ve had in weeks last night though – in bed by 10.45pm. I had a whole 8 hours of sleep. Amazing.

The other thing that happens when Hubby goes away is my diet immediately falls in to a decline. By diet, I don’t mean I’m “on a diet” – I mean that I stop eating well-balanced, healthy meals.

This is partly laziness on my part. I’m so tired of cooking meals every night - often two meals; one for the kids, and one for Hubby and I (because, quite frankly, the boys’ tastes are just too bland for my liking most days) – that I get all celebratory by going all simplistic in my approach to eating, by cooking poached eggs for dinner, or eating pizza out or even just some toast will often do (with or without the canned spaghetti). Better still, I’ll often pick up some Thai takeaway for myself.

It’s also partly that I crave a bit of greasy, deep-fried something-or-other for a change. We have a fairly good diet here in the Ansted house. We mostly steer away from pre-packed foods (but not always), and we cook most of our food from scratch, using lots of fresh ingredients. (But don’t imagine it’s like a Masterchef kitchen around here – not quite.)

Although I will sometimes take the kids down with me from our not-so dizzying heights of healthy eating, I do try to make sure they, at least, keep the basics of fruit and veg in their diet - which is more than I can say for myself.

For example, the first Thursday night Hubby was away we headed to the food court at the local Westfield shopping centre. I had KFC that night, as did the 8yo. The 3yo had McDonald’s and the 6yo had a mixture of salmon and avocado sushi with a side order of KFC chips. (He was the only one whose food choices remotely bordered on the healthy side.) However, I did make sure that on our return home, they were offered some healthy fruit and yoghurt. I, on the other hand, ate a little fruit myself…well, that’s if passionfruit cheesecake from The Cheesecake Shop counts.

However, after a few nights of these particular eating practices, the most annoying thing happens: I start to crave good, wholesome, healthy, home-cooked meals again.

Bummer.

After 11 nights of not-so-great meals, I was back in the swing of things and made a yummy meal for Hubby’s return last night: Meatballs with Rigatoni. It was delicious. (I’ve been neglecting the old recipe blog as of late (as well as my Family Movie Reviews one), but I will endeavor to put the recipe up on it in the next couple of days. (The kids and I saw Toy Story 3 on Saturday afternoon too, so I’ll review that for my movie review blog!) Stay tuned.)

Anyway, this can only be a good thing though. I've got two months to go until my 40th birthday, and if I want to be fit, fabulous and forty for that (and I do) then I need to get a move on, and forget about KFC and cheesecake. 

By the way – Hubby had a wonderful trip. He was cycling (over 100kms a day) with some pals and catching some stages of the Tour de France. Lucky him. He’s talking about going again next year. Hmmm. I think the kids and I might join him next time though. Imagine the food I could consume there? Croissants, cheese, wine….yum.

How about you? Do you sleep when your partner is away? What about food? Do you go for simple and easy like me?  

Jodie

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hot or Not? Adrian Grenier

Welcome to Mummy Mayhem's weekly Hot or Not. Each week, we check out someone well known (actor, sportsman, singer etc) and decide whether he has the "hot" factor or...well, just doesn't.


Last week I put to you Tom Cruise. I expected, considering Tom's couch-jumping ways etc in recent years, that some of you may have lost the "hot" vibe for Tom. But it was nice to see that a number of ya'll still thought Tom had what it takes. Seems there's not much argument that the characters he plays are hot..it's just his personal life is, well, somewhat weird - hence, a little off-putting at times.


Seeing that Hubby is away at the mo, I've been indulging in a little tv/DVD viewing. I'm a big fan of HBO's Entourage. Just love it. Its very slick, and I love all the guest appearances (and the character, Ari Gold is just..gold). Hubby bought me Season 4 for Christmas. Unfortunately, I'd already seen it. He only returned it a couple of weeks ago, and came home with...The Fixer. (What the?) Well, actually, it was sold out. But I got lucky. Not only were there plenty in store the other day, but on special as well. ;)


In Entourage, Adrian plays the "star" attempting to conquer Hollywood. He really fits the role. I heard that prior to the show, he didn't really "do" tv. Well thank goodness he changed his mind, huh? And as my friend, Mardi, recently said: his eyes are amazing. (Not that I didn't notice, to be honest.)


I pretty much watched Season 5 of Entourage in one week, and then I heard Season 6 is coming out this month (in about a week from memory. I'd Google that for you, but I'm a bit lazy. Sorry). Hence, the timing is quite appropriate.


Here's the trailer for Season 6 of Entourage





Adrian is not only an actor, but he's also an activist. Here's a clip I found the other night which shows Adrian talking about the threat of tuna becoming extinct:





So, what do you think? Is Adrian Grenier hot, or not?



Jodie

I'd Just Like To Thank...

I received three lovely blog awards recently. I'm as pleased as punch!




As I have been very fortunate to receive the first two awards previously, and passed them on, I'm going to be a bit of a rebel and just take this opportunity to say a couple of things.

Firstly - A huge THANK YOU to.... 



The very gorgeous Thea over at Do I Really Wanna Blog? who passed on the The Versatile Blogger Award to me. 



And the lovely Shelly over at Tropical Mum who passed on the Circle Of Friends Award to me.

Thank you so much ladies! I really do appreciate it. 

Please check out both blogs. These gals are gorgeous and their blogs are AWESOME!


I also received this gorgeous award from Michelle over at Mummy From The Heart (isn't that just a gorgeous blog name?) and I'm so thrilled.  




Michelle gave me this award as I'm one of four of her fave blogs at the moment. A HUGE thank you to you, Michelle. I may pass this on soon, so look out for that! 


Secondly, I'd just like to say how happy I am that I recently (and rather belatedly) discovered my Google Reader. I've been reading and discovering a lot more blogs as of late, and I'm looking forward to getting to know all you beautiful bloggers out there I've 'met' to date, as well as getting to read more of your stuff! (Which is really what The Versatile Blogger Award is about - introducing blogs you've recently discovered, or bloggers who have recently discovered your blog.) Some weeks, I may not get to as many of your posts as I'd like to, but that's only because I have a busy life around here at Chez Ansted - especially with school holidays at the moment and Hubby cycling around the French Alps as I type this. (I know. He owes me BIG time.) But I will get there, because I love reading them all.  


So, a BIG HOWDY not only to all my fellow bloggers, but also to ALL my fabulous Mummy Mayhem readers (bloggers or otherwise) out there. If I could give you ALL an award, I would, so instead, please accept my gratitude that you're popping in here. 


THANK YOU!


Oh, and...please - come back later this morning for this week's Hot or Not?


Jodie