My Modeling Debut is Now Online!

Personal photo of make-up/lashes

Personal photo of make-up/lashes

I had my first modeling “gig” in May of this year, and now it’s online! While I was working for my previous employer, American International Industries, I was approached to be their “model” in a couple of How-To videos for their Ardell and Andrea eyelash brands. Needless to say, I agreed and it was a great experience! We filmed two videos: one for strip lashes and one for individual (extension) lashes. You can view both of them at

Me on the set - May 2008

Me on the set - May 2008


Dog Retrieves Severed Child’s Foot

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A family dog from Russellville, Alabama, recently retrieved more than its owners ever bargained for. It brought home a severed child’s foot, and a desperate search for the child that it once belonged to is under way. Searchers have been unable to locate any other remains of the child and police maintain that there have been no reports of killed, maimed or missing children in the rural Alabama town.

According to the CNN article, investigators do not have any indication that the child is alive. Searchers will be returning to the same woods in hopes that a decomposing scent will be strong enough for cadaver-sniffing dogs to pick up on. In the meantime, the foot will be subjected to forensic testing to determine the race and gender of the victim.

EPA Won’t Limit Toxic Chemical in Drinking Water

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The Environmental Protection Agency has decided there’s no need to rid drinking water of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that has fouled public water supplies around the country.

EPA reached the conclusion in a draft regulatory document not yet made public but reviewed Monday by The Associated Press.

The ingredient, perchlorate, has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at high levels that some scientists say could interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental health risks, particularly for babies and fetuses.

The EPA document says that mandating a clean-up level for perchlorate would not result in a “meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction for persons served by public-water systems.”

The conclusion, which caps years of dispute over the issue, was denounced by Democrats and environmentalists who accused EPA of caving to pressure from the Pentagon.

“This is a widespread contamination problem, and to see the Bush EPA just walk away is shocking,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate’s environment committee.

Lenny Siegel, director of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight in Mountain View, Calif., added: “This is an unconscionable decision not based upon science or law but on concern that a more stringent standard could cost the government significantly.”

The Defense Department used perchlorate for decades in testing missiles and rockets, and most perchlorate contamination is the result of defense and aerospace activities, congressional investigators said last year.

The Pentagon could face liability if EPA set a national drinking water standard that forced water agencies around the country to undertake costly clean-up efforts. Defense officials have spent years questioning EPA’s conclusions about the risks posed by perchlorate.

The Pentagon objected strongly Monday to the suggestion that it sought to influence EPA’s decision.

“We have not intervened in any way in EPA’s determination not to regulate perchlorate. If you read their determination, that’s based on criteria in the Safe Drinking Water Act,” Paul Yaroschak, Pentagon deputy director for emerging contaminants, said in an interview.

Yaroschak said the Pentagon has been working for years to clean up perchlorate at its facilities. He also contended that the Pentagon wasn’t the source of as much perchlorate contamination as once believed, noting that it also comes from fireworks, road flares and fertilizer.

Benjamin Grumbles, EPA’s assistant administrator for water, said in a statement that “science, not the politics of fear in an election year, will drive our final decision.”

“We know perchlorate in drinking water presents some degree of risk, and we’re committed to working with states and scientists to ensure public health is protected and meaningful opportunities for reducing risk are fully considered,” Grumbles said.

Grumbles said the EPA expected to seek comment and take final action before the end of the year. The draft document was first reported Monday by the Washington Post.

Perchlorate is particularly widespread in California and the Southwest, where it’s been found in groundwater and in the Colorado River, a drinking-water source for 20 million people. It’s also been found in lettuce and other foods.

In absence of federal action, states have acted on their own. In 2007, California adopted a drinking water standard of 6 parts per billion. Massachusetts has set a drinking water standard of 2 parts per billion.

Facebook Group Against New Design Reaches 1 Million Members

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A Facebook group called “5,000,000 Against the New Version of Facebook” has reached a membership of 1 million, and it shows no signs of slowing down.  It has already attracted 1/5 of its planned membership and according to Herald Sun, the group is expanding by 200,000 members per day!  The group, and others like it, only represent a very small fraction of the Facebook’s 30 million members.  The organizer of the group, Adam Stanborough, said that the “growth of the group goes to show how many people disapprove of the new changes.”  He also added that “Facebook did not ask the users first regarding the changes, which in my mind would be marketing’s first job if there was to be such a mass overhaul of the website.”

Kate Middleton Discos the Night Away

Prince William’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Kate Middleton, roller-skated in a sparkling green halter, yellow hot pants and hot pink leggings for a good cause. She and other volunteers skated at a roller disco in London to raise money for a new surgical ward at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford.

The fundraiser was a personal cause for Middleton, because the new ward will be set up in memory of Thomas Waley-Cohen, her friend from Marlborough College.

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Swiss Restaurant to Serve Meals Made With Human Breast Milk

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The owner of the Storchen restaurant in the exclusive Winterthur resort will improve his menu with local specialities such as meat stew and various soups and sauces containing at least 75 per cent of mother’s milk.

“We have all been raised on it. Why should we not include it into our diet?” Hans Locher, who has become Switzerland most controversial restaurant owner, said.

Mr Locher attracted the attention of the leading media of the German-speaking world this week after he posted ads looking for women donors, who will receive just over three pounds for 14 ounces of their milk.

He said: “I first experimented with breast milk when my daughter was born.

“One can cook really delicious things with it. However, it always needs to be mixed with a bit of whipped cream, in order to keep the consistency.”

The food control authority in Switzerland was initially confused by the apparent loophole in local legislation regulating the use of human milk and it was not clear whether Mr Locher could actually be banned from serving his specialities.

“Humans as producers of milk are simply not envisaged in the legislation.

“They are not on the list of approved species such as cows and sheep, but they are also not on the list of the banned species such as apes and primates,” Rolf Etter of the Zurich food control laboratory said.


33-Year-Old Woman Poses as H.S. Cheerleader

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A 33-year-old Wisconsin woman (they sure seem to be popping up in the news lately!) has been accused of stealing her 15-year-old daughter’s identity so that she could join the cheer leading squad for a local high school.

Wendy Brown, who has a history of identity theft, told the county’s circuit court on Friday that she did it to obtain her high school diploma and live out a missing part of her childhood.

Before her true identity had been discovered, Brown was able to partake in cheer leading practices and a party at the coach’s house.