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Little ol’ me? Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who To Follow on Twitter? Yes, say Network Pittsburgh polls.

26 Mar

Network Pittsburgh is a great site for useful resources on, well, networking in Pittsburgh!

They have local news, blogs, event promotion, and more, but they also have polls and contests.

For those of you who do not know, I am proud to announce that in 2009 I was voted “Best Blogger in Pittsburgh” and in 2010 was voted, “Who to Follow on Twitter 2010″ in the Individual competition. The Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, who I “tweet” for, was #2 in the “Who to Follow on Twitter Business/Org Edition.”

*Patting myself on the back&

Please, friends – follow my personal Twitter account @BuellaMarie

Follow the Arthritis Foundation at @AFWPA

And NOW ANNOUNCING a NEW official “Glitzburgh” Twitter account @Glitzburgh – please Follow us!

Don’t forget to check out @NetwkPittsburgh, too!

Thanks, please keep on reading!

~ You can also become a fan of mine on Facebook – Ashley Marie Boynes, Writer … and/or of Glitzburgh (page under construction ~

TGIF, and have a great weekend!

Pittsburgh is Going to the Dogs this Weekend! ~ Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association Dog Show … and my Furry Friends <3

26 Mar

Make no bones about it, Pittsburgh’s going to the dogs this weekend! (And yes, I’m going to cram every canine cliche into this piece as possible. Watch me.)

The Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association is hosting its annual Dog Show, which includes Dog Fair, Dog Show, Membership Meeting, and Awards Ceremony, at the Pittsburgh David L. Lawrence Convention Center on March 27th and 28th, 2010.

I would “woof” (translation: love) to go, but since I cannot, my pups and I are quite bummed. I am a true doggie-lover and have always wanted to attend a dog show. My two canine companions are LucyLoo Pugbum, a 6-year-old Pug and Brussels Griffon Mix, and Miss Maggie May, a 2-year-old purebred Pug. (I also have two Parakeets, Gus and Gaga, who I call my tweethearts, but whom my boyfriend lovingly refers to as “decorations that make a mess.” That’s neither here nor there, but worthwhile to share, I think.)

Anyway … The WPKC show is open to the public and would be a great family event, or a fabulous day/weekend excursion for any dog or animal lover! Here’s the details that I’ve pulled from their website, http://www.wpka-inc.org

  • Dog  Show is open to the public.  The admission fee is $9.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 4 years to 12 years.
  • Doors open at 7:00am and conformation judging begins at 9:00am.  Best in Show is judged at approximately 5:00pm.
  • Obedience trials are judged at the same time as conformation each day.
  • The show on Saturday, March 27 is a complete dog show resulting in a Best in Show award.  The show on Sunday, March 28, is also a separate and complete dog show, which includes the same dogs as those entered on Saturday for the most part.  However, a different judge on Sunday judges each breed.
  • The judging times for each breed on Saturday and Sunday will be available on our websitewpka-inc.org any time after Monday, March 22, 2009.

FYI, I do not want to “bark up the wrong tree” or “ruffle anyone’s feathers” (yes! 2 points! dog AND bird analogy. Way to tie it all together, Ash!) by promoting a rival event, but if you live in the Slippery Rock area, there is also a Going to the Dogs Beef and Bones Fundraiser Dinner on March 27th that I mentioned in a blog post yesterday. Additionally, this weekend and next week there will be “Dog Pictures with the Easter Bunny” all around the Pittsburgh area. Call around to local pet stores, indoor dog parks, groomers, shelters, and photographers, or search the web for info!

My pups attended a Pug and Small Dog Meet-Up “Spring Fling Party” at K-9 Kingdom in Wexford this past Sunday. It was for pugs and pug mixes and they had a blast. So, even though I can’t make the Dog Show in Pittsburgh this weekend, I still got my doggie fix for the week.

If anyone goes to the WPKC Dog Show, PLEASE post photos and share comments about it – I’d PAWSitively love to hear how it goes!

I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of my dogs. Lucy is the pug mix, Maggie is the pug. (No more corny animal puns, I promise.)

PS: Just for fun … If you have a “mixed breed” (or, if it is PC to say, a “mutt) there are a couple of neat things available right now:

Pedigree is promoting a MUTT CENSUS – info here. http://www.muttcensus.com/

Also, here is a Dog Genealogy Kit that you can order to find out the true heritage of your furry friend: http://www.wisdompanel.com/

Sarah Palin: the New Kate Gosselin?

26 Mar

TLC  has announced that it will air 8 episodes of a reality television show/documentary series called, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”


The former Vice Presidential candidate will begin filming this summer in her home state and is being paid a rumored $1 million per episode. Gee, is that all?

Do you think it would be worth it? I think people will watch. TLC may have hit another ratings jackpot.  Love her or hate her, she is undeniably entertaining, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way, and even when she doesn’t mean to be at all. She has charisma, is sometimes slightly humorous and self-depreciating in a charming way, and is easy on the eyes. Plus, we DID put up with Jon and Kate Gosselin for years, and, somehow, Jersey Shore on MTV has a following….so you never know. There may be a train wreck in store. Or, it may be the beginnings of 2012 candidacy…which may or may not be one in the same. The price tag on her documentary series reality show is a bit much in my opinion, but my guess is TLC and Discovery Networks won’t mind with all of the exposure the show will surely get.

Saturday Night Live and political pundits alike will have a field day as Palin explores the beauty of Alaska for all of us to see.

Hey, maybe we’ll even see Russia from her porch!

Tiny Fey – the question is, are YOU ready?

The Year of the Cheating Heart (Talking to you, Tiger, Jesse, Reggie…the list goes on…)

26 Mar

South Park did a spoof on it. It is a “Hot Topic” on The View almost daily. What, you ask?

Famous leading cheating men. (See their ‘sex addiction’ spoof here. Mature content. But funny.)

There’s been political scandal after political scandal – John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and Elliot Spitzer to name a few.

There’s been celebrity breakups all over the news, fueled by men cheating on their significant others — most recently, David Letterman, Tiger Woods, Jesse James, and, now, possibly Reggie Bush.

Sure, it’s also the year of the IDIOT man, too (Chris Brown, anyone? Kanye West? I’m sure I’m forgetting others, lol!) and the “alleged” idiot men (Ben Roethlisberger, anyone? Sorry. I’m a diehard Steelers fan, but guilty or innocent, he puts himself in one precarious and irresponsible situation after another. but the whole “wandering eye” thing in particular has been taken to a whole new level of disrespect, and, if you ask me, a whole new level of pathetic.

Is sex addiction real? Sure. Is it an excuse for every time a wealthy or famous person cheats? No.

Are some of these mistresses’ tales just paid-for tabloid fodder without a grain of truth? Sure. Are most of their claims true, though? My guess is that it’s very likely.

Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, many men are prone to stray, anyway. Add money, power, and fame into the mix and the whole situation just becomes the proverbial recipe for disaster. The always-growing egos and endless sense of entitlement that these people in the limelight face can’t make it easy to resist temptation. However, I do not think that fame and celebrity gives anyone a right to balk on their moral code of conduct. It is so disrespectful!

And these people aren’t having one slip-up. For many of them, it’s woman after woman. Sometimes, there’s even some babymaking involved. Always, there is a scandal involved. What happened to commitment, loyalty, trust, respect, and common courtesy? Can Cheetah Woods redeem himself? Can Jesse James really claim that he TRULY LOVES Sandra Bullock?

As much as I envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous, I do feel bad for some of these women. No one deserves the heart- wrenching shock that an affair can bring. It is like these guys have blinders on; blithely ignoring the feelings and emotions of their partner. To me, it is heartless, and, above all, inconsiderate. Humiliating. A disgrace to their loved ones, a tarnish to their image, and I believe that this type of behavior makes a mockery of solid and loving, committed, and healthy relationships.

After all, in this country we idolize celebrities. But just because the stars are screwing up doesn’t mean all men are so-called sex addicts with 10 mistresses and BlackBerries filled with naughty text messages. Additionally, I’m sure there are women out there, too, who are involved in these types of scandals. (There’s either not as many … or they simply are a little more crafty about not getting caught.)

Either way, to me, it boils down to this. For one, these men are jerks. I mean, cheating on America’s Sweetheart? With a risqué tattoo model? Really? (I mean, I have 3 tattoos, but to me, Sandra is just the epitome of sweetness, class, and grace.)  Sandra Bullock seemed SO genuinely in love with Jesse James….and in turn, everybody loves HER. And cheating on a Swedish Supermodel? Umm….golf club wielding or not, what hope does that give the rest of us normal girls? Now, I hear (as-of-now) unconfirmed reports that Reggie Bush may have been having an affair while dating Kim Kardashian, who, despite being famous for nothing, I adore. Are these rumors? Regardless, they HAVE indeed, split, or are at least taking a break. John Edwards has a baby to his mistress while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. That’s classy. Sanford calls his “other woman” his “soulmate”….that had to make the woman he vowed his life to feel just fabulous! It’s all such a shame.

These women need to focus on loving themselves first, picking up the pieces and moving forward. I just hope that this type of behavior doesn’t become a trend. While infidelity exists in all walks of life, its one celebrity fad I don’t want to totally infiltrate the mainstream. If people are unhappy, why cheat? End the relationship, part and go your separate ways, and THEN – and only then – go do your own thing. It’s a lot less painful than “having your cake and eating it, too” … with 5, 6, 7, or 12 different women. (Tiger.)

What do you think – something in the water these past few years?

** Have you heard the Reggie Bush / Kim K. rumors? Do you think that it is true? What about Jesse James’ alleged 3 more mistresses coming forward? Happy that Tiger is returning to golf?  Which breakup/affair is the worst and/or most shocking to you? I’d love to hear your comments! **

Happy Google Day from Pittsburgh

26 Mar

Bring Google Fiber to the ‘Burgh!

Celebrity Encounters of Mine … A Slideshow.

26 Mar

I’m learning the hard way that I can’t embed a slideshow into WordPress from Webshots. Well, I’m sure you can. But it IS 2am and I have to be up for surgery at 5:45.

So here, check out the LINK to the slideshow for now. If it doesn’t work – PLEASE let me know!

“Celebrity Encounters” – a slideshow of my various encounters with celebrities both super-famous and not-so-famous.

PHOTOS: http://entertainment.webshots.com/album/552194928YhssbV

SLIDESHOW: http://entertainment.webshots.com/slideshow/552194928YhssbV

Leaving the Runway … [SPOILER]

26 Mar

I’m appalled that Anthony from Project Runway got the boot tonight! His demeanor was utterly charming and he was always so upbeat.

The judges criticizing him for always using a similar, simple, silhouette, but he designed beautiful, feminine, and ladylike dresses that I feel most women would love to wear.

Is there any reason they are keeping MILA around with her space suits and color-blocking? WE GET IT! I mean, I think that her taste is too costumey, comic-book-ish, and too “out there” for the general public … yet it is too simple and subdued for the likes of Lady GaGa. (Some great analysis on her work this evening, here)

I am truly bummed that Anthony is leaving. He was so entertaining and talented; and I actually liked his dress tonight. Looks like I’ll now continue to pull for Seth Aaron. (Emilio is pretty good, too.)

Michael Kors was PMS’ing this evening, though, if I do say so myself. In fact … I think the whole judging panel was acting like someone stole their sunshine away.

Poor Anthony.

I’ll leave you with his words of wisdom:

“JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE CROWN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T BE THE QUEEN.”

Words to live by.

What do you think? There were a few outfits WAY more horrendous than his designs! Check out his online portfolio here.