Saturday, March 22, 2008



three new posts have been added to my environmental blog: END SECOND HAND SMOKE. check em out!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


i am starting a new blog called "end second hand smoke" that focuses on global environmental issues and solutions to environmental problems. i will continue to maintain this personal blog but invite you to suscribe to my new blog as well as i am sure you will find the content interesting and important. please read my introduction below:

ABOUT ME AND MY INTENTIONS: although i love blogging about my work/whereabouts/photography, my main concern and passion has and always will be our environment. i'm creating this blog as an attempt to identify, educate and hopefully help solve ongoing environmental injustices which occur daily on this planet. it's about time we accept responsibility and correct the damage we've done. i hope you join my crusade and help create the social/political/environment changes we so desperately need. we all caused these environmental disasters (or "stresses" if you want to feel less of a villain), therefore we should all make an effort to lessen the harmful impact we place on our earth.

ABOUT THE NAME: i am calling this blog "end second hand smoke" because i view air, water and land pollution as second hand smoke -- harmful vapors and chemicals emitted by polluters, consumers, businesses and the government that we are being forced to ingest. how long are we going to allow them to contaminate us???

HOW YOU CAN HELP: at the end of each article i post that addresses a particular envionmental issue, i will post ways you can make a difference. i am hoping YOU will make an attempt to contribute to the cause because i certainly will be. by posting productive counter-actions, i hope you will realize the vital impact they have on society. if you need further proof that one person can make a difference, go watch Norma Rae. that movie ALWAYS inspires me. :)

"This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." ~Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish Indians


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

mom's visit, san diego and 3.5 celebrity crushes in 2 weeks

my mom visited me for 9 days. despite me being sick for the entire time, we had a lot of fun. here's what we did...

saturday: ate lunch with rick. took my mom to get coffee then my mom and i slept. a lot.

sunday: ate lunch with hal in santa monica then drove to san diego where we spent three days in mission bay. i took a lot of photos at pacific beach of and from crystal pier. it was neat to see the same area i was in for the first time four years ago. it's interesting how you perceive an area if you've only seen briefly and then to go back to the same area and see it from all sides -- you see it in a new light.

monday: we went kayaking in the ocean at la jolla and saw sea lions (we were probably were a little TOO close to them...) and leopard sharks and dolphins!! san diego feels like a state away from los angeles. actually, being in san diego feels a lot like being in florida or virginia beach. i really like it there. lots of awesome shops and restaurants along the main streets. there's more of a beach town vibe there than in venice or santa monica, maybe because the people in san diego seem more laid back and the traffic doesn't suck as badly.

monday night: we saw the foo fighters at SDSU!! :)

tuesday: we bypassed the gaslamp district because my mom isn't into shopping and went to midway to see the giant kissing statue and military ships. we ate lunch overlooking the bay and wandered over to the maritime museum gift shop (that is located on one of the ships). we stopped at the flower fields in carlsbad on our way back home but they weren't in bloom yet. however, the employees in the ticket booth still tried to get us to buy a ticket to see nothing for $5 (1/2 off ) and tried to convince us to buy a season pass to the fields. but who needs to see a field of flowers more than once??? i wonder if people actually buy season passes there.

wednesday: we saw the foo fighters again (night 1 at the forum!!) and my mom got to meet my boss james.

thursday: my mother, rick and i went to a taping of the craig ferguson show -- amy sedaris (one of my faves!!) was the guest. we ate sushi and walked around hollywood & highland.

friday: my mom got to meet my boss dave!! :) and we went back to hollywood. it should be noted that during my mom's visit, i beat her and rick at scrabble numerous times.

saturday: went to our favorite beach in malibu... but it was pretty windy and cold but we saw dolphins.

sunday: i begrudgingly went back to the beach and was glad i did because it was a beautiful, hot gorgeous day for the beach.

all and all, a fun time!! :D

last week also marked the end of my 3.5 celebrity crushes in 2 weeks spree...
1: nick hexum at the las vegas show 2/22
2: dr. drew at the celebrity rehab reunion show taping (look for me and rick in the audience!! the reruns are being shown on VH1 now) 2/25
3: DAVE GROHL x2!!!! 3/3 and 3/5
3.5: BONUS: amy sedaris at the craig ferguson taping, woo woo!! 3/6

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

HAPPY 3-11 DAY!!!!

yes, it's a national holiday for 311 fans....

311 at muhlenberg college
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.

i couldn't attend the festivities in new orleans this time around (unfortunately), but check out my tribute.

311 - freak out
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.

Monday, March 10, 2008

over 47 million Americans (over 16% of the population) are without health insurance... and i'm one of them. :(

my myriad of drugs:
perk #321 of being a freelancer: unlimited sick days.
i couldn't imagine sitting in a cubicle surrounded by green phlegm-infested tissues for 8, 9, 10 hours. no way.
disadvantage of being a freelancer: no health insurance unless you buy it yourself.

so i've self-diagnosed myself with bronchitis and i've been coughing my brains out for the past two weeks. this started out as a cold i caught from my boss james and has progressed to whatever-it-is-now. and i don't know if it's because i have a deviated septum or what, but i have not been able to taste or smell for a week now. i am refusing to go to a doctor because i don't have health insurance and i don't feel like paying $100+ for antibiotics, so i am taking amoxicillin that rick's parents brought back from mexico. (they sell 58 or so tablets of amoxicillin in mexico for $30... too bad the united states is a greedy bastard and makes us pay an arm and a leg for the same products other countries sell at afforadable prices).

here's what bronchitis looks like:
i am also attributing this bout with bronchitis to the poor air quality in los angeles... thanks LA!!

if you're a smoker, expect to develop chronic bronchitis... one of the many guaranteed side effects you are paying for with each cigarette. (which is why i will never understand why the facts alone are not enough for people to quit smoking, my mother included). but i regress... as i watch shopgirl for the umpteenth time.

P.S. it also should be noted that while i was sick i threw too many tissues into the toilet (because i felt bad throwing them all away) needless to say the toilet got clogged and impatient me had to try to flush it one more time and the water rose over the seat and spilled onto the floor, covering our little bathroom floor area with 1/2 inch of water. luckily it wasn't enough to reach the carpeting but it was enough to make the downstair's neighbors' ceiling leak. so the toilet fixed itself and my mom ran out to buy a mop because we didn't have one and i managed to break the mop within 5 minutes of using it. don't ask me how. i just snapped the part that connects the mop to the stick. rick felt bad and told me he'd deal with the mess and picked up a mop on his way home. my boyfriend loves me. moral of the story: ever notice how much dust a tissue makes??? that can't be healthy to inhale in between nose blows.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

2x THE FOO!!!!


night 1 at the forum was amazing!! (although i'm still jealous that night 2 got to see the foo perform their "darling nikki" cover). i had purchased pit tickets for myself and my mom and rick and had three seats that i sold to aldrin, his friend zac and my boss james. every one had a really good time!! :) my mom, rick and i were front and center at the small stage which worked out perfectly because we weren't looking forward to getting squished in the pit. i wish more concerts were able to produce the same format of having a runway from the main stage to a smaller, second stage for the more acoustic songs. i took some QUALITY video clips of dave grohl singing "but honestly," "my hero" and "everlong." (check em out!! the links will take you directly to my youtube posts) and some really good photos:

taylor hawkins:nate mendel and dave grohl:
chris shiflett:
dave grohl singing "everlong:"me and my mom outside the forum:
before the show, we got free tee shirts from star 98.7. you can find these pics of rick, aldo and zac on star 98.7 photo gallery:aldrins:

Tuesday, March 4, 2008



the foo fighters concert was AMAZING!! no concert horror stories here!! everyone was really chill (quite an ecclectic crowd!!) the guy behind me was pathetically irrating at times but at least he didn't grab me by the throat. he'd yell "YAAAAA, FOO FIGHTERS!! #1!!" at the top of his lungs. then he'd start yelling "CURT COBAIN!!" for no reason.

foo fighters put on an AMAZING show and they went all out with this tour. there was a runway to a circular pit which later revealed itself to be... A MINI STAGE complete with a drum kit!! the stage actually lowered from the ceiling and it was in the area where we had seats (behind the pit) so it worked out nicely. great view!!

i bought a davy grohlton band tee (as seen in their "long road to ruin" video). they're out-of-stock at the online FF store so i was happy they were selling them on tour. however, i'd love to know why girls' tees are $10 more in person as opposed to the online store and also $10 more than the guys' shirts whose longer length actually requires more fabric. i just don't get it.

SDSU's cox arena is HUGE!! and the school is pretty massive too. walking around on campus made me wish i chose to go to college there (or at least somewhere warmer than PA, hehe) but the distance between buildings would definitely make it harder for me to get to class on time. i barely made it on time as it was!!

here's the 3/3/08 set list:

Let It Die
Times Like These
Learn to Fly
Cheer Up Boys, Your makeup's running
This Is a Call
The One
--a Zeppelin riff interlude--
Stacked Actors w/a massive drum solo
--all march to the smaller stage at opposite end--
Skin & Bones
My Hero
Cold Day In The Sun (Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals)
But, Honestly
Everlong (started solo on the small stage and finished in full band back on the main)
Monkey Wrench
All My Life
Big Me
Long Road to Ruin
Best of You