Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Me as an M&M

It's me as an M&M! Create one on your own

Where in the world is Ron R?

Adoring fans are anxiously awaiting the results of the Oscar Pool and the tie breaker cannot be resolved until I hear from Ron R. All of the entries to my Oscar Pool were received from friends except the entry received from Ron R. I don't have an email address to contact Ron and am just anxiously awaiting and email from him with his tie breaker guess.

So Ron R, where are you?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscar Pool Results

I had a total of 4 entries in my Oscar Pool! :-) So one would think with only 4 entries that there would be a clear winner but alas, we have a tie. The entries received from Ron R and Don each had 8 correct guesses.

I have been trying to figure out a fair tie-breaker for the last 36 hours. I considered a movie trivia question but then thought there was no fun in that because the answer could be googled fairly easily. I then considered a question about my personal movie favorites but then thought that I was surely giving Don and unfair advantage because he knows me (perhaps Ron R knows me but I am not sure). So I have decided to settle it by choosing a number between 1 and 10.

I have taken a post-it note here on my desk and written down my selection. I request that Ron R and Don each select a number (between 1 and 10) and send it to me via email at or via AIM at jewellsinsea. Whomever is closest wins the prize, but both will receive full glory for their correct responses when I post the official winner and all of the results later today!

Good luck!

QotD: Ghost Writer

Vox Question of the Day: If you could write like one fiction author, who would it be?

I have always wanted to be able to write suspenseful creative tales.  I love to read a book when I am surprised by the next step for the characters or plot.  I would love to be able to pen tales like Patricia Cornwell or J.K. Rowling but think that by the time I actually finish a book it will be much more in the Chick-Lit genre and the stylings of Jennifer Weiner.

Monday, February 26, 2007

QotD: First Celebrity Crush

Vox Question of the day: Who was your first celebrity crush?

It would have been Tom Wopat as Luke Duke in the Dukes of Hazard TV Series. I dreamed of jumping through the window of the General Lee and riding off into the sunset together. Ah, to be 10 again!

Years later (1991) after the crush had faded a bit I saw him in an off-Broadway production and was totally impressed. He is a great talent.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

QotD: Best Day

Vox Question of the Day: What is your favorite day of the week?

Well I think that I would normally say Saturday. However lately my Saturdays have consisted of early mornings, labs, midterms and allergy attacks. It's kinda ruined Saturday for me. Once this final class is over I will be loving Saturdays again but until then my favorite is Sunday.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

QotD: But It Tastes SO Good!

Vox Question of the Day: What are your favorite weird food combinations?

My favorite weird food combination is adding plain M&M's to my popcorn at the movie theater. It's best when the popcorn is super buttery and warm so it melts in the inside of the M&M's.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Funny label

I found this label very funny tonight, maybe because it says Tip N Grind.

Wombat Warning

Hmmm... Makes me wonder if my brother Dave is near.

Oscar Pool Reminder

If you haven't had a chance to enter my Oscar Pool yet, please do so. I am giving the person with the most correct responses a fabulous prize and recognition on my website. It's your shot for fortune and 15 minutes of fame, don't pass it up! :-)

Won't be ruling the world

You Are Not Destined to Rule the World

You are destined for something else...
Like inventing a new type of cupcake.
You just don't have the stomach for brutality.
But watch out - because many people do!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

QotD: I'm Good.

Vox Question of the Day: What's your favorite blend or brand of coffee or tea?

My favorite coffee flavor of all time is a flavored blend called Yule Nog. It's a yummy combination that is best described as "Christmas in a cup" complete with the perfect blend of egg nog, cinnamon and nutmeg. It's a treat that I love but sparingly as to keep it special and unique.

My favorite blend of coffee for everyday consumption is Sumatra. It's bold and lively yet not too overpowering. Yummy!

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

QotD: I'm Good

Vox Question of the Day: What are five things you're good at?
  1. Cooking - I love to cook and am pretty good at it.
  2. Organizing - Activities, events, my thoughts, my work, I just love to keep it all in order.
  3. Keeping in touch - My brother added this because he is sitting here and said that I am good at this, I am not quite sure that I am as good as I could be.
  4. Making people feel comfortable - My mom added this one cause I can talk with anyone and make them feel comfortable, not to mention finding something in common with them.
  5. Diagnosing and fixing solving techie problems - I just fixed my brother's Blackberry and uploaded the backup I created earlier in the week from my laptop. I love being a geek.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

How Quirky Am I?

Your Quirk Factor: 49%

You're a pretty quirky person, but you're just normal enough to hide it.
Congratulations - you've fooled other people into thinking you're just like them!

QotD: Worst. Job. Ever.

Vox Question of the Day: What was the worst job you ever had?

After a day like today, I am partially inclined to answer: my current one! ;-) But that's just because it was a long, hard day.

It really was a bad job that I had three years ago. Well it wasn't a bad job necessarily because I really liked the work that I was doing but I HATED my boss. I was working for a hospital and answered to the Medical/Surgical and Critical Care Nursing Directors. I absolutely hated working for the Critical Care Director. She was difficult, unfair, self-absorbed, arrogant or in one word, a bitch. I don't know that I realized how miserable I was at the time but when I think back on it I wonder how in the world I lasted as long as I did.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Monday, February 19, 2007

QotD: Happy President's Day!

Vox Question of the Day: Ever run for office? (School, club, organization, politics, etc.) Did you get elected?

In high school I ran for Women's Association Representative and lost in the primaries. It was really quite a pathetic attempt.

In college I ran for student union Vice President and won. Some of my best college memories are from the year that I served as VP. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and many thing that have stuck with me to this day.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

QotD: What's a leap of faith to you? Have you ever taken one?

Vox Question of the Day: What's a leap of faith to you? Have you ever taken one?

For me a leap of faith is believing in something even when you have several indications that you shouldn't. It's following your heart when you really should be following your gut, your brains or the advice of loved ones. I have made several decisions in my life that I would classify as "leaps of faith" and some have turned out bad and some have turned out very well. You never know unless you try and sometimes you just have to trust yourself and JUMP!

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

QotD: What is one of your favorite poems?

Vox Question of the Day: What is one of your favorite poems? 

That is an easy one, it's The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost.

The Road Less Traveled
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

-Robert Frost

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Happy Chinese New Year

You Were Born Under:

You are solid, methodical, and you do things right the first time.
Even when no one else does, you always believe in yourself.
You tend to see the world in black and white, right or wrong.
A good memory and eye for details means you tend to thrive at near impossible tasks.

You are most compatible with a Snake or Rooster.

Friday, February 16, 2007

QotD: Who was your best (or worst) elementary school teacher?

Vox Question of the Day: Who was your best (or worst) elementary school teacher?

The best elementary school teacher that I had was Mrs. Joyce Eliason. I was in her 1st grade class and then later on when they did some shuffling of teacher assignements I was assigned to her 3rd grade class. That's right, I was lucky enough to have her twice. I learned a tremendous amount from Mrs. Eliason. She was fair and fun. I remember eagerly anticipating the school day to see what she had in store for us.

And for the record my worst teacher was Mr. (his first name has been replace in my brain by something useful I am sure) Romney. He was clueless, uninspiring and thought he could bribe us to learn and behave properly in class with Rolo's. I was in a brand new school that year and he made the transition even worse. He was the total opposite of Mrs. Eliason.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

QotD: If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

Vox Question of the Day: If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

I would choose Accelerated Healing. I would love to have the ability to heal myself and others.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I'm a Mac!

You Are a Mac

You are creative, stylish, and super trendy.
You demand the best - even if it costs an arm and a leg.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

QofD: Who or what do you really love?

Vox Question of the Day: Who or what do you really love?

I love a whole lot of things. I love my family, my wacky and wonderful friends my health and my independence. On a slightly more shallow note, I love Seattle, Grey's Anatomy, my iPod and burritos. :-)

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Vox Question of the Day

I have decided to begin answering the Vox Question of the Day on my Vox site. You can see my answers by following this link. There is also a link added to the side bar titled Vox under Personal Links.

Note: Link removed on September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Why I Hate Valentine's Day!

It's Valentine's Day, one of my least favorite day of the year. When I mention my hatred of Valentine's Day to others they are always taken aback. Perhaps it's because I seem like an unlikely hater of a holiday that celebrates professing love, after all I have been known as "sap on tap" for a number of years. :-) I love the essence of Valentine's Day. It's wonderful to celebrate the people in our lives that love us and we love in return. What has killed the *Valentine Spirit* for me is the pressure. There is so much pressure to be romantic that it can come across totally wrong and forced, and it's way too commercialized. Nothing says "I am clueless about you" like a cheesy stuffed animal, candy conversation hearts or a heart shaped box of chocolates.

I was able to verbalize my true feeling about Valentine's Day to a total stranger turned friend at the Laundromat tonight when I said, "I am a very loved person, I know that. I don't need flowers, candy or dinner in a crowded restaurant to have that fact solidified for me."

In that spirit I hope that wherever you are today and however you spent the day that you take a minute to remember the people you love and that love you in return. And go ahead and tell them you love them, but don't do it because it's Valentine's Day, do it as you would any other day of the year!

Happy V Day!

Saw this pic on the West Seattle Blog, which they got from Kelly. I got a close up view of the lighted heart on the WaMu tower when I was driving home on the viaduct last night just after 9 p.m.

Happy Valentine's Day Seattle!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

QotD: How have people mispronounced your name?

Vox Question of the Day: How have people mispronounced your name? How is it supposed to sound?

What a good question to answer as a Vox Question of the day answerer. My name is Julie Anne Black. It's pretty straight forward and doesn't often get pronounced incorrectly unless someone is trying way too hard or they speak speak English as a second language. Last month a clerk at the grocery store mispronounced my name after hearing another employee say it with a heavy accent.

My biggest problem is getting people to spell it correctly. It's 3 words, that confuses people (I get lots of Julian, Juliann, Julianne). It has lots of e's, that confuses people (When I do get them to put it in 2 words, 9 times out of 10 I get Julie Ann). But really it's not all that complex, so I am perplexed at times as to why all of the difficulty.

Originally posted on my Vox site. Full post moved here September 7, 2010 in anticipation of Vox's closing.

Slow SLC Media websites

I am just finishing up my lunch break at work. In my typical routine I ate at my desk so that I could check my RSS feeds and email. Primarily I wanted to get some additional information about the shooting that took place at Trolley Square in my hometown of Salt Lake City last night. But after 30 or so minutes of attempting to watch video of a news conference that happened over 30 minutes ago, I am frustrated beyond belief by horrible websites of the SLC news outlets.

I started off on the KSL website. I was able to find an article but when I clicked on the video player I received an error message and it only works with Internet Explorer. So I launched IE and pulled up the article and got a totally blank screen. I attempted a few additional times and got the same thing.

I then went to the KUTV website and was able to locate the video immediately from their main page. The player launched immediately and played for a few seconds and then stopped to buffer the feed. I thought this would work itself out for after a minute or so but to no luck. I gave up.

Next stop was KTVX website which I was able to find the link to the press conference immediately and it initiated playing an advertisement immediately but upon completion did not play the press conference.

I am so frustrated that I want to scream!

UPDATE: At 13:14 I was able to get the video to successfully play on the KTVX website.

Evile Alarm Clock

Don and I were discussing my freakish ability to sleep right through my alarm clock this weekend. I told him that I was contemplating an alarm clock with a vibrating disc attached that shakes your pillow along with the standard audible alarm. He suggested that I get the clock that "runs away and hides" so that you have to get out of bed to find the damn thing. I thought he was kidding until I saw such a gadget on Crave this morning.

Clocky is a bargain at just under $50.00. I am the first to admit that I am not a *morning person* and things that don't bother me once I am fully awake and functioning for the day really bug me in the morning. So I fear that if I purchased this clock and had the least bit of difficulty finding it that I would be compelled to throw it off my 3rd floor balcony.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Lotion Applicator Found

You may recall that earlier today that I was unsuccessful in my search for a lotion application tool. Well the search is over. I received an email from Don and Katharine's mom, Nancy, tonight and she found the lotion applicator on the Vermont Country Store website. YEAH!

Quotes of the evening

Jenna on her work day, "I am sick and tired of all things Canadian!"

Amanda Butterfield of KSL in a news story about the shooting at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City just called the people nearby "passerbyers" instead of passers-by.

Shooting in SLC

There was a shooting tonight at Trolley Square in my hometown of Salt Lake City. Details are still coming and uncertain at this point they believe a gunman is still on the loose. Scary. Story links below.

Shoot-out at Trolley Square leaves five injured, up to 3 dead

Shooting at Trolley Square

Oscar Pool

Think you can predict all of the winners at the upcoming Academy Awards? Wanna try? Well have I got something for you. With the help of fellow blogger Defective Yeti I have put together an Oscar Pool. From the link you can predict who you think with carry home an Oscar in all of the major categories. The person with most correct predictions will win a prize (and a good prize) and will get 15 minutes of fame on here on my blog. Good luck!

Don't forget... The 79th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2007. The official website is at

Monday Mutterings

I have been really bad at updates lately. I have read blogs in the past where the owner gives some lame ass excuse as to why they have been so lazy about updating and it just annoys me. So I am not going to tell you that I have been too busy with work and school and life to clean my bathroom let alone update my blog, instead I am going to share with you some of the things that have been rattling around in my brain for the last week or so.


I love music! I love discovering new talent/artists and immersing myself in a new album. I know that my taste in music is unique and not at all what one may consider *mainstream* but I did the whole "Yeah, I LOVE this song" crap in my teens and twenties. Nowadays I have realized just how annoying it is to listen to music you hate, just to be nice. Needless to say that once I find an artist that I love, I am incredibly loyal. I like adding to my collection and try to stay up with the latest and hippest stuff. I pride myself on the fact that I can pick out the majority of songs from the hottest TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "What About Brian" (e.g. the song used to promote the episode tonight is What About Everything" one of my favorites from Carbon Leaf's "Indian Summer" album). So I would classify myself a music fan and lover of good music. Yet I had absolutely NO interest in watching the Grammy Awards last night. It's commercialized crap! I don't know how else to put it. I have caught up with the Grammy news and highlights on the web and my thoughts:

  • Can someone tell me the difference between "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year." I thought that albums were records and visa-versa.
  • I am a huge fan of John Mayer. I love his music. My questions - Does he ever smile? and hasn't he earned enough to hire a stylist.
  • Christina Aguleria and Shakira need to do something about the frizz.
  • Although I loved it when introduced, I am totally over James Blunt's Beautiful.
  • Why in the hell was Al Gore there?

Thank God for iPods, iTunes, KMTT and friends that share music. Otherwise I may be relying on the Grammy awards to tell me what is cool and what is not and then my taste would certainly suck.


The greatest disadvantage to living alone is there is no one to put lotion on your back. I don't apply lotion everyday but when I do my back is neglected because there is no one around. This is currently the only reason that I would consider getting married so that I would have a legally obligated lotion applicator around at all times. And since that seems a bit extreme I have been looking for alternatives. I was complaining about this on Saturday afternoon to Don while playing pool and mentioned that Katharine had purchased a gadget that serves this very purpose and following a quick inquiry he learned that she had purchased it at the Vermont Country Store. I spent some time cruising their website yesterday afternoon and was unable to find such a gadget but I did find TONS of other treasures and many things that I didn't think they made anymore. It was so much fun to cruise through the pages of the website and reminiscent of the home I grew up in complete with toaster covers, chair cushions and Betty Crocker cookbooks. Some of the highlights included:

  • A hands-free dryer. I own a similar model that still works but is worn out. It was my mother's from the 1960's. I haven't known what I would do if it ever broke and now I know.
  • Tired Old Ass Cream. I think this is worth the try for the name alone.
  • Crack Care is a must try since I have tried nearly every product on the market for dry and cracked heals that plague me during the summer months.
  • Dippidy Do! Memories of my childhood and sponge rollers come flooding back.
  • Watch out Requip because you have a competitor with this Restless Leg Syndrome Cream.
  • Chair Pads for every chair in your home. These were impossible to find in Utah growing up.
  • Gauchos!
  • Electric Baseball! I always wanted one of these.
I don't know how I have survived this many years without the Vermont Country store! They have great stuff.


I am thinking about getting a pet. I think I can handle a fish or two. I have had great success with fish in the past. I continue to ponder this. I am not ready to commit yet. I will let you know if anything changes.


I watched the A Charlie Brown Valentine over the weekend. Although I have an utter hatred for Valentine's Day, I love the Peanuts gang and felt compelled to watch. It was annoying with Charlie Brown going on and on about "the little red haired girl" and Lucy being bossier and bitchier than usual because Schroeder didn't get her a Valentine again this year (somehow I am not surprisd). My love for the Peanuts gang wasn't able to overshadow my hatred of anything Valentiney.


I finished moving all of my subscriptions from Bloglines to Google Reader over the weekend. I like the features of Google Reader better than bloglines and it's quicker and easier to navigate the pages. I am working with some different services for clippings and links but haven't settled on one yet.


Don and I synced our music collections over the weekend. I spent some time yesterday adding music to my library and deleting duplicates. iTunes only automatically added 2,200 of the tracks, the remainder I am adding by hand and it's time consuming. I wish that iTunes had a feature that will automatically "hunt for audio files and add them to your library."


I think that the death of Anna Nicole Smith is untimely and sad. The news that anyone is dead at the age of 39 is sad and tragic. I was not a huge fan of Anna Nicole and in fact she bugged me. When her reality show was on E! a few years back I tuned in once and it was so amazing to me that someone could be so incompetent and ditsy. Let's face it, she was a trainwreck! And we all take pleasure now and then with observing a good trainwreck! Yet it is hard for me to feel sorry for her when the majority of her misfortune was brought on by herself. I just feel badly that her daughter is now motherless.

Oh and a note to the media.... Would you PLEASE stop treating this news like it's the only thing happening in the world. I am sick of the top-story placement and coverage from every possible angle.

It's a wonder they haven't designed a special Anna Nicole logo like they do for storms.


Okay enough for now. Have a good day!

Friday, February 09, 2007

The meaning of my nickname

Just in case you were wondering...

What Jewells Means

J is for Joyous

E is for Enjoyable

W is for Whimsical

E is for Enjoyable

L is for Lovable

L is for Liberal

S is for Sweet

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Yahoo! IM Freeks

What is wrong with the people that IM using the Yahoo! messenger service? I get more random conversation invitations from Yahoo! than AIM or MSN and they all turn out to be total weirdos and freaks.

Last November I chatted with a Yahoo! member that had found me though a Yahoo! group that we were both a member of. The conversation was primarily about cancer (the subject of the Yahoo! group) and I added him to my buddy list. Well he must not be very smart because within less than a month he must have though that I was interested in him in other ways (No I don't want to see your webcam). And in January he began sending offline message. I told him on numerous occasions that I appear online when I am available, I don't play the invisible game. But still the messages continued. So tonight I cut him off with the following conversation.

[22:41] freakshow: ur here?
[22:46] me: yes
[22:46] me: But you are still appearing invisible
[22:49] me: I am growing tired of your offline messages. They continue even though I have asked you not to IM me when I am not online. And you always appear invisible. I think I am going to block you.
[22:51] me: Well since you haven't responded, I have decided. It's over. You are blocked.

So, what the hell is wrong with the people that chat on Yahoo?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Two beers, no food

Drinking beer at happy hour with my boss, a.k.a. breaking the bizarre drinking laws in Utah.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Peace Like a River

I am listening to the "Haven't Heard Lately" playlist on my iPod right now. This is an Auto Playlist composed of songs that are rated 4 or 5 stars that I have not heard in the last 90 days. The song It Is Well With My Soul from Amy Grant's Legacy... Hymns and Faith Album just came on. This song is a medley of two popular hymns, It Is Well with My Soul/The River's Gonna Keep on Rolling. Lyrics:

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river attendeth my soul
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul...

You can tell someone you love 'em
From the bottom of your heart
And believe that it's the truest thing you've known
And even if you never break the promises you make
The river's gonna keep on rolling on

And if you haven't got a dollar
Not a penny to your name
Somebody's gonna miss you when you're gone
And even if you never find
Just A Little Peace of Mind
The river's gonna keep on rolling on

Keep on rollin' to the ocean
Keep on rollin' to the sea
Keep on rollin' 'till the love we need
Washes over you and me

God's love is like a river
At every turn and every bend
And faith in Him will turn your heart around
'Cause even though we sin,
There's forgiveness in the end
And the river's gonna keep on rollin' on

Keep on rollin' to the ocean
Keep on rollin' to the sea
Keep on rollin' 'till the love we need
Washes over you and me
Keep on rollin' 'till the love we need
Washes over you and me...

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

I took this CD to the hospice to play in the background while my great aunt was facing her final days. This is the track that was playing when she passed away on June 14, 2003. I listened to this song over and over again in the days right after her death.

The hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" has an amazing story behind it. It was penned by a man by the name of Horatio Spaffor who was a lawyer in Chicago and helped numerous others put their lives back together after the great Chicago fire of 1871 in which he lost his only son. After two years of hard work he decided to take his family on a vacation in Europe. At the last minute Mr. Spaffor was unable to leave and sent his wife and daughter ahead and planned to travel a few days behind them.

The ship, the Ville de Havre, with the women aboard never made it. Off the coast of Newfoundland, it collided with an English sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and sank within 20 minutes. Though Mrs. Spaffor survived (one of only 47 survivors among hundreds), their four daughters--Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie--were killed.

In the days following the tragedy Spafford penned one of the most beautiful hymns every written. The context gives the lyrics such greater depth and have always left me wondering how someone in the midst of such overwhelming loss can find peace like a river.

This song remind me of my Aunt Mary and how even in timing of her death she made a statement!

Desk Toys!

A potential vendor keeps sending me toys to win my business. It has not worked yet but mostly because I am not looking for a someone to run marketing campaigns. But, I am LOVING the new toys. I have always said that you should keep toys on your desk so you remember to not take it all too seriously.