Saturday, September 29, 2007

Joining Jeff at the Zoo

Last night I attended the National Zoo's "Escape to the Wild Side..." event. The key speaker was Jeff Corwin from Animal Planet. I must say he was a great speaker. He has a lot of wonderful stories and was very funny and poignant.

The zoo is one of the best things about living in the DC area, I've always loved animals and have visited many different zoos. The National Zoo is definitely one of the best. Course I'm a bit partial to pandas so my opinion might be a bit biased. :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

JK Rowling Book Reading

I will again be travelling up to New York, this time in October. JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, will be doing a book reading/signing next month. I found out late last week that I won tickets. As a huge fan of the books this is an incredible opportunity and I am very excited to say the least!!

Elton John's AIDS Foundation Benefit... aka Hangin' with Mr. Cooper

The reason I was in New York this week was to attend the annual (althought it was my first time going) benefit dinner for the EJAF. This was a really great evening. The best part of which was that I finally got a chance to meet someone I'd been wanting to meet for quite awhile. The host of the evening: Anderson Cooper. I must admit I was quite nervous, Anderson is truly an extraordinary person, but I finally got a chance, and the courage, to walk up and introduce myself. He could not have been nicer. We shook hands and he was very sweet and seemed genuinely appreciative when I told him that I really enjoyed his show and his book.

The rest of the evening was very nice, and seeing KD Lang perform was a big treat. She has an amazing voice. The foundation does some amazing work to help both those suffering from HIV/AIDS and their families, but also works very hard towards prevention and education. It was definitely a worthy cause and I'm glad I was able to help support it.

Back in New York... first up Jeffrey Toobin's new book

I was back in New York this week to attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit dinner. More on that later, but first up was Jeffrey Toobin's Book signing. He was first interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper. Following the interview was an audience Q&A. It was definitely interesting hearing Jeffrey's take on the nine men and women who sit on our courts highest bench. I haven't read the book myself yet, but I've heard it's gotten great reviews. If you're interested in law and politics, you may want to check it out. Below are a couple of pictures I took. Yes, I know the second is just of Anderson, just thought it was a cute picture.

Genesis Turns It Back On!

Phil on stage. Photo taken from there tour programSunday night I went to the Genesis concert in Washington, DC. It was incredible!! I've seen Phil in concert before, but not Genesis. Personally, while I hate crowds, I do love concerts. There's something about being there in the middle of all that energy that really is amazing.

Rehoboth Beach

My family and I spent the last few days of August in Rehoboth Beach, DE. We had absolutely gorgeous weather. I love being near the water, I am an aquarius after all. :) Hearing the waves crash and feeling the sand be washed out from under my feet are two things I love most about being on the shore. Course I am about as pale as a human can get... so I burn to a crisp in seconds, but so what! ;)

Zoo trip

Hi there,
Have a lot of catching up to do! First up is the photography class I was taking. It's finished a few weeks ago and I have to say I learned a lot!

One of the last things we did was took a trip to the national zoo, one of my favorite places. Here a few pics: