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Happy Jersday! New Season Premieres Tonight…Jersey does South Africa…AND Deena Making an Appearance in Pittsburgh!

5 Jan

Happy Jersday!

 

Season 5 of MTV’s Jersey Shore premieres tonight.

Twitter is abuzz with anticipation of the wildly popular reality show returning for its newest season.

In other Jersey Shore news, the next season is reportedly going to be filmed in SOUTH AFRICA!

Also — cast member Deena Nicole will be making an appearance here in Pittsburgh at World of Wheels on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 1pm-5pm.

The World of Wheels will be held at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh on January 27-29.

Hopefully, Deena is on her best behavior….

Psssttt…rumor has it that Snooki may be getting her own spin-off. That being said, other Jersey Shore cast members have also been rumored to be involved in spinoff projects; but none yet have ever come to fruition.

Your Time Is Now – Attend the 2010 Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women: October 14th, 2010

25 Sep

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 14th, 2010 from 7:30am-5pm – you won’t be sorry! The Pennsylvania Commission for Women and Governor Ed Rendell are presenting the annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Join 5,000 women as they come together for this awesome event, held this year in Pittsburgh.

The conference features a multitude of esteemed keynote speakers, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities, and always draws a large crowd of diverse, independent, and empowered women from all walks of life. At this year’s event you can learn about building up your resume and partake in mentor match services. You can attend a career fair, learn how to build your leadership skills, and even learn how to utilize social media to build your brand!

One seminar teaches mothers how to raise happy , healthy, balanced, and joyful children in today’s world, which so often tends to dwell on negativity. Another will tell you how to take your small business from a home-based or independent company to a larger, scalable enterprise.

Come, learn about money management, negotiation skills, planning for retirement, and “reinventing your life” – it is NEVER too late to make a change! Also, make sure to sit in on “How to Take Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others” – – something EVERY woman needs to learn about!

The Conference will also feature a session for young women – junior and senior high school girls, and, of course, the Keynote Luncheon.

There are some amazing keynote speakers at this year’s Conference. Keynote speakers at the event include Ellen Alemany, Kelly Corrigan, Eve Ensler, Jessica Herrin, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, and Tory Johnson. They all have impressive resumes and diverse backgrounds, and will surely be entertaining, interesting, and enlightening – not to mention, inspiring! Ellen Alemany is chairman and chief executive officer of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and RBS Americas. Kelly Corrigan is the author of “The Middle Place,” a memoir about that sliver of time when childhood and parenthood overlap, which spent six months on The New York Times bestseller list. Her most recent book, “Lift,” is written in the form of a letter to her children and weaves together three true stories of adults willing to chance terrible loss in search of the joys of raising a family, and also created a video called, “Transcending.” Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer and activist. She is the award-winning author of “The Vagina Monologues,” which has been published in 45 languages and performed in more than 130 countries. Jessica Herrin is the Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot. She is also a serial entrepreneur, who previously co-founded WeddingChannel.com. She’s been recognized for her passions, skills, and accomplishments by Oprah’s O Magazine, Fortune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, InStyle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and more! Dr. Mae C. Jemison is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies. She was also the first woman of color in the WORLD to go into space, when she worked with NASA and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Tory Johnson has worked for ABC and NBC news, and now is a consultant on Good Morning America. She also has her own company, “Women for Hire,” and has published 5 books, one of which was a New York Times Bestseller!

Other reputable and intriguing speakers include Governor Edward G. Rendell, Marjorie Osterlund Rendell, Diane Holder, Sally Wiggin, Deborah Acklin, Jennifer Antowiak, Karen Marchi, Mary Anne Papale, and many, many more! (View an entire list at: http://www.pagovernorsconferenceforwomen.org/2010-speakers.htm)

Tickets are still available! Order online by clicking here!

There truly is something for every woman – and for any men who wish to get an insight to the world of women! Whether you’re a mom, a career woman, neither, or both, ladies, you should treat yourself to this day of fun, education, and networking at the PA Governor’s Conference for Women!

Find them on Facebook here.

Follow then on Twitter at @PennWomen.

Visit the Official Website, here: http://www.pagovernorsconferenceforwomen.org/

See you there!



AC2010 – The Furries are in Pittsburgh : So What Is Anthrocon?

27 Jun

The Anthrocon gathering has once again made its home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year.

So what IS Antrhocon, you might ask? If you’ve heard of, “Furries” then you’ve heard of Anthrocon.

According to their official website, “Anthrocon is the world’s largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters.”

The website goes on to explain the 2010 Anthrocon event: “We are a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. This Summer we will convene at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, from June 24-27, 2010 for workshops, panel discussions, an art exhibition and a dealer room, and much more! Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do.”

So what is a “Furry?”  A Furry could be as simple as a person dressed up in a costume similar to that of, say, Mickey Mouse or Chuck E Cheese, or wearing cat ears and a cat tail. However, some of the costumes are far more advanced and lifelike, looking more like, for example, the werewolves from Twilight.

Some of these “Furries” take their lifestyles to the extreme, actually “becoming” the animals. Have you ever seen the people who have tattooed tiger stripes or leopard spots from head to toe, or sewn in cat whiskers in their cheeks? Yes, they could be furries or may have started as furries. However, it doesn’t always have to be so extreme. According to their website, an “anthropomorphic” person or someone who may attend Anthrocon may just be a grown-up who still digs cartoons or stuffed animals.

Usually people will dress as characters who represent some of their own traits. One fellow….er…creature?…who I saw being interviewed was a sort of husky/monster like animal named, “Nokki”, who, said his costume represented himself, because, like a husky, he liked being outdoors, enjoyed being cold, and also was very loyal to people. On the other hand, some furries will not talk, because, of course, animals do not speak.

Some of you may be wondering if this has to do with fetishes. Well, for some, yes. There are people who have a “furry fetish” for “sexual” reasons….and, we won’t go there. This isn’t that type of blog. There are other people for whom this lifestyle and this “hobby” is purely, 100% innocent. They are educated, normal people who work completely legit day jobs and live completely healthy lifestyles.

This may be hard for some of us to imagine and may even ‘raise a few eyebrows’ among conservative skeptics who may view the behavior as “sick” or weird. And the Anthrocon association has an answer to that:

“Why would someone like this be into cartoon animals? Isn’t that unusual?” If we look at the world around us, however, we will see that anthropomorphized animals are an integral part of our culture. We use them to represent our political parties. We talk to our dogs (and some even imagine they talk back, though in their own way). We put a tiger in our tank. We cheer for mascots—anthropomorphic animals dressed in team uniforms—at our favorite sporting events. Our casual observer may simply be unaware that it is only in the last forty years that cartoons and cartoon animals have been relegated to the world of children. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and their ilk were once targeted primarily to an adult audience, their productions filled with innuendo and biting political satire. Fans of anthropomorphics today simply have not forgotten those roots. The average Furry fan is cast from the same mold as the science fiction or sword-and-sorcery fan; all of us imagine strange and thrilling worlds and try to picture ourselves living in those worlds.”

It may still seem odd to some of us, but, then again, think of all of the other conventions that have become a BIT more socially acceptable to us: Star Wars conventions, comic book conventions, Harry Potter conventions, and even now the  Twilight and True Blood obsessions where not only kids but even grown women will dress up like vampires and host or attend Twilight or True Blood viewing parties.

Is THAT healthy and normal – and who is to say?

For those wanting to know more about the “Furries” and AC2010 – you can follow their goings-on via Twitter by following Twitter hashtag #AC2010. There are also photos online at Flickr, here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/anthrocon/

Also, Pittsburgh’s very own “Burgh Baby” blogger went on a Furry-Hunt of her own and has a fabulous photo album filled with pictures – and she’s seeking names of many of ther furries, if any of you can help her out! View HER photos, here http://www.flickr.com/photos/30399149@N07/sets/72157624359234356/

Also you can learn more about Anthrocon at http://www.anthrocon.org

It’s interesting to think that this is not only the country’s largest convention for fans of anthropomorphics….but also the WORLD’S largest furry convention…and that they  have chosen Pittsburgh as their destination more than once. I’d tend to wonder why, but, then I just remind myself of all that Pittsburgh has to offer, and my own question has been answered.

7th Annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women to be held in PITTSBURGH this year!

11 Jun

The 7th Annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women is going to be held right here in Pittsburgh this year!

Early registration is available until June 13th and you can get more information online at http://www.pagovernorsconferenceforwomen.org.

The event is October 14th, 2010 at the David L. Lawerence Convention Center – and you can follow them on Twitter @PennWomen as well as joining them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

And ladies, get this – if you want to be a part of this fabulous event full of empowered women, esteemed guests, and inspirational speakers, you can do your part by joining the social media street team! Contact @PennWomen on Twitter or email me at glitzburgh@gmail.com for more information on how to sign up now!

It’s sure to be a wonderful occasion for all involved – and it isn’t every year that this unique event is held right here in Pittsburgh, so be SURE to take advantage of it in 2010!

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/