Friday, October 31, 2008

William F. Austin Meets Nelson Mandela

Starkey’s founder and CEO William F. Austin had the privilege to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel Mandela during the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s most recent mission trip to Nelspruit, South Africa. Mr. Austin will be fitting Mr. Mandela with hearing aids in the future.

The mission was a success! Volunteers and Foundation staff fit 288 hearing aids. Starkey Hearing Foundation delivers more than 50,000 hearing aids annually through hearing missions in 86 countries. Since 2000, the organization has distributed more than 305,420 hearing aids to those in need around the world.

I'm so proud of my company! I love working for an employer who makes a difference in the world. It's pretty hard to top helping Nelson Mandela. Way to go Bill.

Happy Halloweenie!

Be Safe! Don't get run over and don't do any running over.

For you last minute men... clickety click here for a few ideas.

If it were me, I'd totally go with umbrella woman. Whoever thought of that is a freaking genius.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Sea that Died.

Oh my friends! The Dead Sea was pretty much incredible. It's my birthday in this picture. Don't I look younger? The mud probably helped stop the aging process entirely.

Floating in the Dead Sea for the first time is like learning how to ride a bike as a kid - you've got to get the hang of it. It was difficult to stand up after floating and we would find ourselves falling over on our sides, face first in the water.

We got a little out of control with the mud, but I think that's just what you do when you go to the Dead Sea. Fashion is out of the window and it's just all about having fun. And having fun is what we did. At the top of the page is my darling roommate Rebecca. She was a kindred spirit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's a 2 vitamin day

Every Monday, I open the bottle of my ginormous vitamins that I bought at Wal-mart and take out five and place them under my phone. Five vitamins all in a row. Five days of the week. I don't take vitamins on Saturdays or Sundays so hopefully the weekday gives me enough nutrients. But really, does it matter if you take a vitamin but eat a Happy Meal for dinner and then a hot fudge sundae with the best homemade hot fudge sauce ever for dessert? Probably not. And I digress.

So today, I only have two vitamins left. The fewer vitamins, the better. The closer I am to my weekend. We are only two vitamins away from the weekend people! Get excited!


לחיים(L’Chayim – To life)

Sometimes you read something and you just know it's something unique and that it makes a difference. That's how I felt after reading Brigham's blog. Maybe it's because I just came back from a trip that changed the way I look at a lot of things or maybe it's just because truth has a resonating force.

Check it out here.

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!”
- Carol Morris, Minnesota Author.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Holy Toast Batman!

You can get your very own Holy Toast maker here.

The Afternoon is a very funky, eclectic store that is close to my heart.

If you buy this toast maker, you could sell it on eBay for $20,000. Someone might fall for it. Let's keep this little secret between you and me ok? It's a fast way to make some cash.

While I think Holy Toast is pretty awesome, I would much prefer Holy Grover. Or Holy Miss Piggy & Kermit. It's more creative and a bit less sacrilegious.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"Prom is Wherever You Are"

21 isn't really that young...

Click here for a good review.

My review: I don't know, Jenny and I couldn't hear half the movie because we kept laughing and covering our eyes.

Recent Favs

My company. I should call up Delilah and ask her to dedicate a song to Starkey. Good people. Doing good things.
The book I read on the plane that distracted me from being tortured for 24 hours.

The Scott County DMV. I was literally there with no lines for 5 minutes getting my driver's license renewed. There are perks from living in a small town.

Starbucks new hot chocolate with a blend of 4 chocolates. I loved it before. It's even better now.
The new postcard stamps. A postcard is the new letter.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Little Munchkins

I'm Not that Kinda Girl

Why no posts yet about my trip you ask? Because I'm immobilized with anxiety over organizing these pictures into some sort of ordered pattern. But then I realized, hey, it's me, Marla. I don't have order. I have bursts of creative insaneness and I do things my own way.

Enjoy the ride my friends. Here it goes. If you are looking for order in your world, go find a boring blog about grammar or something.

I didn't notice this sign until after I walked right across the mud and moss and nearly killed myself. I slipped about five times before someone caught me. It was my very own While You Were Sleeping Kind of Moment. Except there was no goodlooking single person to rescue me. I was grateful however for the man who grabbed my arm and saved me from the mud and a broken back. At that moment I did not care that Bill Pullman was not by my side, however I really don't think he's that good looking anyway. The point = this man saved me and I can walk today because of him. Aleuia.

Here we are in Hawaii. I could not believe that somehow a plane ride that last 24 hours including travel time caused me to end up in a tropical place. I had no idea that Tel Aviv a) near the Mediterranean (I never said I got a A in geography) and b) that is was so gorgeous and hip! and c) that they had palm trees. When I pictured Israel, I saw camels and maybe a few cars.

We had a full day on the beach because of Yom Kippur. Everything closes down in the city (airports, hotels, restaurants, markets, even the internet at the hotel) so our tour had to begin a day later. It turned out to be a huge blessing because the plane rides and jet lag had done a number on me. The first day my head couldn't stop spinning and I had somehow developed vertigo. It felt like I was bobbing along in the sea. And not a good kind of bobbing. So while the rest of the people were busy body surfing in the Med, I was sleeping away my traveling hangover. However, I did get to go swimming later on and it was like bath water. Perfect. I was swimming in the freaking Mediterranean. I kept pinching myself and feeling so lucky that I was actually there. I realized, however, that I didn't need to pinch myself because the minnows would bite the dead skin off your feet. You think I'm kidding. It's actually a really expensive procedure in a salon somewhere but I, my dear friends, got a FREE fish feeding. I hope they liked my heels.

More to come. But I can't rush this creative unordered process so no operating on baited breath.

This is the outside of the women's bathroom. Clever huh. Those Tel Avivians have quite the sense of humor eh?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Look What Happens When I Leave the Country

1) My sister Reva had a beautiful baby boy.

2) Gas prices dropped drastically. The shock nearly caused cardiac arrest.

3) The last debate occured(cried myself to sleep over missing it).

4) While I was swimming in the Mediterranean, Fall happened and now is nearly over.

5) Chloe increased her vocabulary by 50%.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hebrew is Hard.

I just spent 20 minutes on the ridiculously expensive timed computer trying to figure out what the word for "new post" was in Hebrew. I finally figured out how to change the language and when I found that English was not an option on the menu, I went with Espanol. That was a bit easier. So here I am folks. Typing my blog, in Israel, after having a float in the Dead Sea and then slathering my body and face with slimy mud (pictures to come). I will have many posts on Israel when I return but here is the most important news below:

Welcome little Isaiah Richard! I hope you like Earth. It's been pretty good to me so far.

All my love, Marla

PS I can't wait to squish your little cheeks.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Be My Agent

If something happens to me in Israel**, someone contact these guys. I don't want to end up like Claire Danes in Brokedown Palace.

Seriously people. And if I am locked up in prison with rats and cockroaches and fleas, I ain't going to be this pretty, but.... I will have lots of traveler's checks with which to compensate you.

**Marla will be in Israel Oct 7 - 20.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Chloe's New Thang

Chloe: mumble mumblemumble
Marla: What?
Chloe: Shake your bootie.
Marla: Are you kidding me? Who taught her that?

The kid certainly knows how to shake it. I can vouch for her.

Shake Shake Shake

Shake your Bootie

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sometimes Temptation Wins

Clickety Click here to be won over.

And here to just indulge.

And how about here if you want a shock to your system.

PS Thank you dear sweet Kitty for showing me the link! I can't wait for my charms to come!