Thursday, September 26, 2013

Houston Aquarium--Shark Week


So I got the opportunity to visit the Houston Aquarium during 'Shark Week'. I have actually never been to an aquarium before so I was super excited. It was a great learning opportunity to see the different types of fish. I actually saw a blue catfish that was massive:
Here fishy fishy... There was this massive eel that at first I thought was just a log in the tank until it started to move. Each type of fish was grouped within its family/species. I got the opportunity to touch a stingray and I was freaking out the entire time. There was one there that was splashing all of the participants around the pool.
this one matches my carpet
The sloth...or is that an eel
It's Dory from Finding Nemo!!
What's Shark Week without an actually shark...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saint Arnolds Brewery


Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Texas based brewery that is right here in Houston. St. Arnold's was started 19 years ago and has recently flourished to a craft beer delight for those who lose IPA's and home brewing. The tour guide was the owner and founder himself of the St. Arnold's which was a awesome delight.
To here from the founder himself how St. Arnold's came about was amazing. We toured on Saturday so it was available to walk the entire area and see the big barrels. The tour guide explained the process and whats the difference between the beers out there in the market. I also learned that the brewery is named after a saint and not just a made up one. St. Arnold is not well known but he did spread the word to drink beer instead of water, I believe this is because you we less likely to die from dysentery.
For eight dollars you got four tokens and a souvenir glass to try some of the different beers the brewery has to offer. I tried Santo and Weed Whacker; Santo is a dark beer that had a very smooth taste to it, not bitter after bite. Weed Whacker however was not my cup of tea, Lawn Mower is the light version of Weed Whacker. My friend got the Oktoberfest beer which has hints of cinnamon and apple I believe in it. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend everyone to visit.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Photogenic vs Telegenic

I must confess..I'm not that photogenic in my opinion. I have taken a mini class with Kim of Exquisite Coaching and learned what was my best angle to not look like a 12 year old (hint hint..that's why I try to stay towards the center and have full on frontal photos). I say this to state that late last year and before my bout of influenza I participated in a tv commercial on a whim. I did it more so to say that I had done something and check it off my list. I also learned through my pageant career that I am not the focus of the commercial and merely a seller of a product. Below is a photo and video from the same shoot, you be the judge. Here is another promo I did last year for Miss Florida USA sponsorship package. I really had to mentally prepare for the fact that this was not about me and more so about the product. So all in all I think this post was more about remember that everything is not about you.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pageants and Politics

One of the many benefits of competing is that a pageant contestant must stay up with current events. More importantly they must know where they stand on certain issues. Now we all know that everyone does not agree on every issue and that is what makes America great. If everyone was the same it would be boring. So whether you are a liberal, conservative, or honestly don't care. As a pageant contestant you must be ready to answer the hard hitting questions. I myself am a political junkie and I proudly say so. I like to know what is going on in Washington so that unlike those who only get there information from television or family. I can put together my own opinion on the subject and be comfortable about it. I believe everyone should come to their own opinion and not let others decide for you. I was lucky and my parents never talked about their political affiliations while I was growing up and we do vary on what we believe. Had they chosen for me when I was younger my views would be different. Every pageant girls and those alike should remember this scene right here.
Many were upset about what she said. But I believe the biggest problem isn't that its more about how she said it. Yes she spoke her mind, but she went on the offend some of the members of the panel with her harsh criticisms. Unfortunately being a pageant queens comes with the responsibility as to know when you can and cannot speak your mind. One must always remember not everyone will agree but as long as you do your best to not offend anyone you should be able to pass the interview section with flying colors. One of my favorite pageant contestants and excellent interviewer Miss Arkansas 2011 Elise Neal
Elise was given a very controversial question during Miss America that year and handled it like a pro. The audience feel in love with her even if they did not agree with her stance on the issue. Between Elise and Carrie you can see the monumental difference in how each contestant answered her question. If you are a USA system contestant I believe you can learn a lot from the America system in terms of interview and on stage question. These girls go through a 10 minutes interview with the judges instead of a 2-4 minute interview in USA. This means that the contestant has to know what she is talking about and be committed to her stance on issues. So if your looking to compete in any system, the moral of this is to know thy issue and know it well. You never know what kind of question you will get.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Houston Aquarium--Shark Week


So I got the opportunity to visit the Houston Aquarium during 'Shark Week'. I have actually never been to an aquarium before so I was super excited. It was a great learning opportunity to see the different types of fish. I actually saw a blue catfish that was massive:
Here fishy fishy... There was this massive eel that at first I thought was just a log in the tank until it started to move. Each type of fish was grouped within its family/species. I got the opportunity to touch a stingray and I was freaking out the entire time. There was one there that was splashing all of the participants around the pool.
this one matches my carpet
The sloth...or is that an eel
It's Dory from Finding Nemo!!
What's Shark Week without an actually shark...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saint Arnolds Brewery


Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Texas based brewery that is right here in Houston. St. Arnold's was started 19 years ago and has recently flourished to a craft beer delight for those who lose IPA's and home brewing. The tour guide was the owner and founder himself of the St. Arnold's which was a awesome delight.
To here from the founder himself how St. Arnold's came about was amazing. We toured on Saturday so it was available to walk the entire area and see the big barrels. The tour guide explained the process and whats the difference between the beers out there in the market. I also learned that the brewery is named after a saint and not just a made up one. St. Arnold is not well known but he did spread the word to drink beer instead of water, I believe this is because you we less likely to die from dysentery.
For eight dollars you got four tokens and a souvenir glass to try some of the different beers the brewery has to offer. I tried Santo and Weed Whacker; Santo is a dark beer that had a very smooth taste to it, not bitter after bite. Weed Whacker however was not my cup of tea, Lawn Mower is the light version of Weed Whacker. My friend got the Oktoberfest beer which has hints of cinnamon and apple I believe in it. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend everyone to visit.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Photogenic vs Telegenic

I must confess..I'm not that photogenic in my opinion. I have taken a mini class with Kim of Exquisite Coaching and learned what was my best angle to not look like a 12 year old (hint hint..that's why I try to stay towards the center and have full on frontal photos). I say this to state that late last year and before my bout of influenza I participated in a tv commercial on a whim. I did it more so to say that I had done something and check it off my list. I also learned through my pageant career that I am not the focus of the commercial and merely a seller of a product. Below is a photo and video from the same shoot, you be the judge. Here is another promo I did last year for Miss Florida USA sponsorship package. I really had to mentally prepare for the fact that this was not about me and more so about the product. So all in all I think this post was more about remember that everything is not about you.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pageants and Politics

One of the many benefits of competing is that a pageant contestant must stay up with current events. More importantly they must know where they stand on certain issues. Now we all know that everyone does not agree on every issue and that is what makes America great. If everyone was the same it would be boring. So whether you are a liberal, conservative, or honestly don't care. As a pageant contestant you must be ready to answer the hard hitting questions. I myself am a political junkie and I proudly say so. I like to know what is going on in Washington so that unlike those who only get there information from television or family. I can put together my own opinion on the subject and be comfortable about it. I believe everyone should come to their own opinion and not let others decide for you. I was lucky and my parents never talked about their political affiliations while I was growing up and we do vary on what we believe. Had they chosen for me when I was younger my views would be different. Every pageant girls and those alike should remember this scene right here.
Many were upset about what she said. But I believe the biggest problem isn't that its more about how she said it. Yes she spoke her mind, but she went on the offend some of the members of the panel with her harsh criticisms. Unfortunately being a pageant queens comes with the responsibility as to know when you can and cannot speak your mind. One must always remember not everyone will agree but as long as you do your best to not offend anyone you should be able to pass the interview section with flying colors. One of my favorite pageant contestants and excellent interviewer Miss Arkansas 2011 Elise Neal
Elise was given a very controversial question during Miss America that year and handled it like a pro. The audience feel in love with her even if they did not agree with her stance on the issue. Between Elise and Carrie you can see the monumental difference in how each contestant answered her question. If you are a USA system contestant I believe you can learn a lot from the America system in terms of interview and on stage question. These girls go through a 10 minutes interview with the judges instead of a 2-4 minute interview in USA. This means that the contestant has to know what she is talking about and be committed to her stance on issues. So if your looking to compete in any system, the moral of this is to know thy issue and know it well. You never know what kind of question you will get.