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Jan, 2011

James Ellroy, A Bus & A Screw Top Bottle Of Wine
“Good evening peepers, prowlers, pederasts, panty-sniffers, punks and pimps. I’m James Ellroy, the demon dog, the foul owl with the death growl, the white knight of the far right, and the slick trick with the donkey dick. I’m the author of 16 books, masterpieces all; they precede all my future masterpieces. These books will leave you reamed, steamed and drycleaned, tie-dyed, swept to the side, true-blued, tattooed and bah fongooed. These are books for the whole fuckin’ family, if the name of your family is the Manson Family.”

I recently had the unique experience of touring around the City of Angels in a bus with legendary crime novelist and screenplay writer, James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, Blood’s A Rover). Ellroy served as docent for this tour of famous murder sites in our fair city and to say it was interesting would be an understatement. We also were fed cheese and wine, so interesting and satiating. 

Ellroy is a character, himself, eccentric and brilliant and in Hollywood, this means you get your own tv show. The purpose of the bus tour was for Ellroy to pimp his new show on the I.D. (Investigation Discovery) network: James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons. It is described by Ellroy as a “Wildy Wicked Weekly Show written and hosted by the ‘Demon Dog of American Literature'”. Yes, Ellroy hosts and yes, he really does use that much alliteration in real life. I shant shit you shivering sheeps as I am no blundering blogger but beguiling at best. (I don’t know what that meant, but it’s all I could come up with right now. I’m no Ellroy. Sorry.)

Ellroy – tall, huh?

If you like Ellroy, if you like old school crime, if you like the noir stories of Hollywood yesteryear – then you should check it out.

James Ellroy’s LA: City Of Demons premieres on Investigation Discovery on Wednesday, January 19 at 10pm with possibly the most interesting episode upfront – “Dead Women Own Me” – where Ellroy tells the dark and deeply personal story of his own mother’s murder when he was only 10 yrs old. Fascinating story. Fascinating guy.

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Jan, 2011

Pocoyo Giveaway for National Bubble Bath Day!!
Did you know that this Satrurday, January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day?!! Heck yeah! How do I celebrate, you ask? Full up the tub with hot water, pour in your favorite bubble bath, put on the outfit yo mama gave you and jump in! If you’re a gorwn up, enjoy a magazine or a favorite book and if you’re a kid, enjoy your favorite tub toys… like a Pocoyo toy!

Pocoyo is an award winning preschool animation series that originated in Spain and is now here in the States on Nick, Jr and PBS. My daughter, Aubrey, was in love with Pocoyo even before the American shows came out, as we discovered him on YouTube last year when she was two. She even wanted a Pocoyo party for her 3rd birthday but she didn’t get one because there wasn’t any merchandise in the States yet and I wasn’t about to pay $50 dollars on Ebay for a Pocoyo table cloth and 8 plates. I’m a good mom, but I’m not THAT mom. Geez.

Anyway, to help spread the word about National Bubble Bath Day, I’m giving away a Pocoyo bath tub toy figurine (the one in the center of the photo below) and a 14-day Premium Pass subscription to Pocoyo’s online virtual world, www.PocoyoWorld.com

The bath figurine is appropriate for children ages 18 months and older and can be purchased at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at www.ToysRUs.com.

To enter the giveaway, just perform any or all of the following entry steps below. None are mandatory, but you should leave a separate comment for each one. Entries will be received until Monday, January 17 at midnight and winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Enter by:

1) Following my blog on GFC
2) Follow me on Twitter
3) Tweet this giveaway & leave the Twitter URL in a comment: “Enter to win a Pocoyo tub toy & 14-day Premium Pass to www.PocoyoWorld.com on FunnyYellowMom’s blog: http://tinyurl.com/2a69tdq #giveaway
4) Post this giveaway link on your Facebook wall: http://funnyyellowmom.blogspot.com/2011/01/pocoyo-giveaway-for-national-bubble.html

I was not compensated for this post and all opinions expressed here are my own. I didn’t even get a toy. So there.

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Jan, 2011

Happy New Year!
Celebrating another year of friendship: Amy, Sheri and Jennie

Happy 2011 Everyone! I know it’s cliche to say it, but I can’t believe 2010 is over. 2010 had a bit of a rough start for me, but it ended well and 2011 looks better than ever!

My friend, Jennie, is a great planner and executive coach and she gave me two simple exercises to help get in the right frame of mind for the new year.

First off, choose a word that you would like to set the tone for 2011. Just one word. I chose “GROWTH”. Pretty self explanatory and it covers all areas of my life, both in career and personal relationships.

Secondly, a list! Many people make to-do lists, but we often forget to take the time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished. The end of the year is a great time to make a “Done” list! Here are some of the highlights from 2010:

– Aubrey turned three, started preschool, learned to swim and is 99% potty trained!! 
– Formed a relationship with a new talent manager
– Booked the most college shows ever (personally) off of a regional NACA showcase
– My sit-com pilot was selected as a top 5 finalist in the MAPID TV Pilot Shootout Contest
– Attended my 20th high school reunion and felt pretty darn good about myself
– Found and hired a nanny that doesn’t appear to be a total nut case
– Headlined my first comedy club shows in Asia (Hong Kong)
– Joined forces with Wendy Liebman, Jennifer Rawlings and Judy Gold to form The Mom Squad comedy tour (coming soon to a club or theater near you!)

2010 was what I would consider a slow, difficult year but after looking at this list, I feel a little better about the things I did accomplish and it definitely helps me feel ready to move forward… GROWTH!

Here’s to an amazing 2011! May your new year be filled with happiness, prosperity and joy!

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