following in my proud team in training tradition, erin signed herself up to race for the cause! you can donate to her online:


first she got a subaru like me, and now she's joined TNT - next thing we know she'll be moving to austin and eating vegetables all the time! heehee


we had a fantastic girl's night on saturday which led to a new self-instated rule. mollie is not allowed to ever drink two margaritas from mi cocina/taco diner EVER again. those things are lethal!


don't get between a donovan and her food. check out lucy's concentration in this moment...


now here's a side of steven colbert that i haven't seen before...

"I love my church, and I'm a Catholic who was raised by intellectuals who were very devout. I was raised to believe that you could question the church and still be a Catholic. What is worthy of satire is the misuse of religion for destructive or political gains. That's totally different from the Word, the blood, the body, and the Christ. His kingdom is not of this earth."

- Stephen Colbert, of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.


i am reading 'fast food nation' right now, so when i got an email today about helping to demand that mc donalds raises wages for farm workers, i was quick to respond.

its all wild, wacky stuff once you start digging into it and learning more.

click HERE and if you feel so inclined, take some action.

the 'purpose driven life' email devotional today was about getting your focus off of ME! and start thinking more about serving others daily. i know this is a tiny action, but if enough people take it, maybe... just maybe... we can make a positive difference in the lives of people we don't even know.


it's official!!


you know its insanely hot outside when you notice a bag of un-popped microwave popcorn in your car on your way in to work and think to yourself - it wont be hot enough in the car today that the popcorn will begin to pop, will it?

if you are now asking the question- why does mollie have a popcorn in her car anyway? you must not have ever ridden in my car. its full of surprises and at least 2 pairs of shoes at all times : )

also- i would like to confess that when the forecast is predicted to hit 105 degrees is NOT the best day to forget to throw your deodorant into your gym bag. i'm staying in highly air-conditioned environments today so as not to disgust my co-workers. ooops!


if i could splurge in any of the following categories- here are my picks....

office supplies - see jane work
workout clothes- lucy
furniture - design within reach
linens - dwell
stationery - kate spade by crane
handbags - michael kors

not to mention the fact that i'd get a personal trainer and a decent haircut.


as the npr nerd that i am, i was listening to 'all things considered' on my way home from work today. i was completely enraptured by an artist they were interviewing - his music was so amazing, i sat in my car in the driveway to keep listening. he is an argentine- born guitarist who grew up in sweden.

check him out - jose gonzalez. his new album on itunes- veneer - is really wonderful.


on the surface, it might seem to the average person that watching 'saved by the bell' re-runs in the morning is not a useful way to pass time at the gym...

but that person must have missed the episode this morning where zack and jessie run against each other for student body president.

their campaign slogans were AWFUL!

don't be testy - vote for jessie!
jessie now!
i back zack!

as i was laughing (hopefully just in my head) at the campaign commercial that zack played in algebra class, i stopped dead in my tracks when i saw his final campaign slogan:

"zack. why the heck not?"

um.... kinky... is there something you'd like to tell us about your apparent plagarism of zack morris?!


saturday night we had a reenactment of a photo taken circa 1992, roughly 15 years ago. make sure you look closely at the pic on the television screen for full effect.

kevin was trying his best to look as awkward as he did in 8th grade... and i think he was pretty sucessfull.


i just had this conversation on instant messenger with a guy who sat next to me when i worked at apple...

mark: you know what I miss?
mollie: ummmm?
mark: I miss that song you shared out of your iTunes
mark: "you're the best around... nobody's gonna bring you down... you're the best around"
mark: it was from Karate Kid
mollie: HAHAHAHA
mollie: the theme to karate kid!
mark: so missed!
mark: oh yeah, and we miss you too.

if you know the song he is talking about, i'm sure you will find that as humorous as i did.

people always say that you don't always realize the depth of impact that you can be making on other people's lives every day... its good to know that i have reached someone on such a soulful level.


no cute babies for you today... just a little political rant.

i just read my latest issue of sojourners (the best resource ever for a balanced, christian view of current events.... i know it doesn't sound possible, but it IS!).

this really chaps my hide:

Friday, the House passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over three years. But there's a catch. The bill (Estate Tax and Extension of Tax Relief Act - aka "trifecta" bill) would also permanently reduce the estate tax - an important source of federal revenue impacting only the wealthiest half of one percent of our nation's taxpayers, which also encourages billions in charitable donations.

In essence, House leadership decided it was fine to help an estimated 14.9 million workers making less than $7.25 per hour increase their average annual income by $4,400, as long as 8,200 wealthy people receive an average estate tax reduction of $1.4 million each (in 2011).

that makes me wanna barf. don't get me started on estate tax. i can't stand the idea of passing down wealth in general. i can give you my estate tax schpiel another time.

it is infuriating to me that the two are even tied together - that representatives are basically saying that in order to approve raising minimum wage for the lowest paid workers in the country, they also have to ensure that some brat gets her dad's millions after he dies, without donating any of it to charities or handing it over to the government.