Saturday, January 29, 2011

Romeo: Before & After

Obviously, Romeo is notorious for his shaggy little look, but it was time. I should be embarrassed to say that he hasn't had a haircut since {literally} last April. My sister and her friend came to visit and Romeo's hair was so long that he had begun to create his own little dreadlocks. I was devastated when his hair lady, Judith (and boy does he love her!) told me he would need a "shave" since he was so knotted up. AH! I felt like the worst mom in the world. I don't brush him every single day because I forget, and normally he's fine and snarl-free. Seriously, other than show-dogs, does anyone honestly brush their dog everyday? Besides, when we give him his baths, I can usually work the tangles out and he's good-to-go. I know in my post from last April, I said that we would probably not go back to Petsmart because it's so stinkin' expensive. I guess it's worth it, if we can maintain about 1 haircut a year! So we made the appointment.

Although this time, he didn't have dreads (yet) and his hair wasn't quite as long as last time he needed to get shaved, he was overdue for some grooming. He was looking like a little scrappy pup. We dropped him off this afternoon, and 2 hours later he was a new man! I have to say I do miss his crazy little bed head, but I'm sure it feels so good for him to have his 'Young Depp' hair out of his eyes.

He's almost unrecognizable, but I'm sure he feels 10x better! Do you like him better as a shagster or a clean-cut pup?


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Emergency Room Nightmare

The last week has been awfully challenging for Justin and me.. especially for Justin. Exactly one week ago, it all began.

After spending a regular Wednesday evening with our Shepherding Group, Justin had told me that wasn't feeling so hot. After group, we headed home, and I could tell he was a little 'off'. He ended up spending the rest of the night throwing up. Poor guy, I felt so bad for him. I assumed it was probably just something he ate, and he would feel better soon. He was sick all through the night and the entire next day. He almost never calls into work, so I knew he must have really been feeling nasty.

The afternoon, it continued to get worse. He had fever-symptoms and he started telling me about having really sharp pains in his stomach. After the pain kept hitting him about ever 5 minutes, I asked if we should go to the Emergency Room and he said "yes". I knew it had to be pretty bad, since he always seems to handle pain really well.

Lucky for us, the ER is literally 3 minutes from our place. We made it in, and the the room didn't have many people waiting, so we felt hope that we would get in to see a doctor soon. We checked in and waited. The woman at the check-in desk had gaudy blue eye shadow on, and the most chapped lips.. She was the perfect cliche for an ER Front Desk Woman. After about 30 minutes, we were called into an 'admission' room, where some dude asked him a bunch of questions, took a urine sample and sent us back out to wait some more. After about an hour of waiting, I asked Chapped Lips McGee how long the wait was, and that his pain was getting worse and more frequent. She waved me back to wait another 30 minutes. I asked her again, apologizing for seeming impatient, but trying to stress to her the level of emergency we were experiencing. She rolled her eyes and told me they "were full" and sent me back to wait. We waited. I asked again. We waited some more. Of course, waiting in an ER waiting room can drive a person crazy, but I was getting desperately concerned for my husband, who was barely holding on. 45 minutes later, we were called back.

We were put in a door-less room. Thankfully the thin curtain gave us an ounce of privacy. Justin continued to lay there in pain, everything getting worse. We waited some more. After waiting 2+ hours in the waiting room, it was hard to keep waiting, without anyone to even check on us or let us know that someone would be there in ___ minutes. 20 minutes later, a strange, older woman tromped into our room with extremely greasy/ratty hair, sloppy clothing and dirty boots on. I had no clue who she was, since she didn't bother to identify herself, but she had a clipboard. As if I wasn't even in the room, she just looked at Justin (who's laying on the bed, writhing in pain) and tells him she wants his insurance card. I looked at her and said, "Um, hi.. I'm his wife.. He is in severe pain and can barely speak". I gave her our insurance stuff, hoping she was actually legit hospital staff. Honestly, she looked next thing to a homeless person. I didn't trust her.

After 30 more minutes of waiting passed before I finally lost it. I stood in the doorway to our room, trying to flag a nurse down. There were about 4-5 people standing by the main desk area, talking and laughing. It wasn't so much the impatience, but the fact that we are suffering from an emergency and no one cared. We were both severely concerned, terrified something was really wrong, and no one was bothering to even acknowledge us.

I decided to go find someone, since Justin began moaning louder from the pain and I couldn't bear it anymore. I walked down the hallway, and approached the first person I saw - a guy - and said, "Please help me! My husband.. he's getting worse.. we need help! Please!!" The guy backed away from me with his hands up, as if I was a mental patient on the loose. Are you flipping kidding me?! He didn't respond, he didn't show any level of concern, and just walked past me. I began to cry and rushed to the next person I saw. It was a tall, very manly-witchy-looking woman with a look on her face like I was wasting her time. I wasn't even sure if she worked there. It looked like had a dirty t-shirt on, with a stethoscope around her neck. I started to cry, and pleaded for her to help, or help me find someone who can help. She responded: "MA'AM! MA'AM!! There's nothing I can do for you! What do you want me to do?!?! Only a doctor can give you meds!" I was shocked and floored that a person would react that way, (especially yelling at me!) in a situation of emergency. I remained calm, but still crying, and I continued to beg her for help. I was terrified! I told her I understood he needed a doctor, but something was seriously wrong. I asked her to just come to our room and make sure he was OK..anything! She moped her way behind me, as if I was telling her a boring story in a monotone voice. The woman looked at him, and continued to yell at me, "There's NOTHING I can do for you!" At that point, I began to seriously panic.

I stood there next to Justin, crying and shocked. I didn't know what to do. I didn't understand the point of an "Emergency Room", when we are ignored and completely disregarded as though we're just there for fun. I waited another 20 minutes, trying to comfort Justin, before I saw a nurse go into a storage closet. I went to her and asked if she would help...that something was wrong and it was getting worse. Not only did the woman roll her eyes at me, but she said, "yeah yeah yeah.. I'll be there in a little bit." Explaining this story in a blog doesn't even do justice. I felt like I was in a nightmare, begging for help, and everyone ignored me.

Finally, the rude storage-room nurse came to our room with a tray. I thanked her for coming and apologized again for appearing impatient, and explained how upset and panicked I was. I told her I was even more upset that the witchy-woman (a nurse??) was so rude and impatient with me, and we're desperate for help. With her back to me, and without even turning to face me, she stops preparing Justin's IV and says in the sharpest tone: "I don't know you, and no one is being impatient with you. I couldn't believe this woman. What was going on here?! I asked her, "I don't understand what constitutes an emergency, when we have been here for almost 4 hours and no one will help us!" She replied in here continued sharp, condescending tone, "People are unconsious. They are more of an emergency. They are more important. They. Are. More. Priority." Wow. I began to cry again, dumbfounded by the rudeness and professionalism of the ER staff. I really don't know how else to describe my frustration at that moment.

The woman carelessly gave Justin an IV and relaxant, as well as a pill for under his tongue to control nausea. Like the dirty-boots woman, she made attempts to talk to Justin, as if he's in any condition to have a conversation. Woman! Can't you see he's suffering?? Why would you ask him questions when I'm sitting 3 feet away?! Within minutes, he began to calm down and grow drowsy. I tried speaking to the nurse again, continuing to maintain my respect, while trying to receive an ounce of positive reaction from her. A smile.. some encouragement.. an apology.. Nothing. Just a heartless robot. It took a lot to not tell her what I really felt and thought about her and the entire worthless staff. The nurse mumbled a few things, still not bothering to identify herself (what is with these people?!). She finally looked at me and said something about Justin's urine sample.

Nurse: "Oh, did you give it to Ryan?" (as if I know who Ryan is!)

Me: "Ryan? Uhh..I have no idea? The guy who checked us in has it."

Nurse: "Well, where is it? Do you know where it is?"

Me: "Do I know where it is?? Are you kidding?" (I literally thought she had to be joking.)

She just walked out. She didn't bother to let us know that the Dr. would be in soon, nothing. I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs and shake her. Does it look like I work here?? Are you seriously asking if I know where my husband's urine is?! You have got to be kidding!

I wanted to be strong for Justin, as well as show unconditional patience and love for the outrageous people we kept having to deal with. After she left, I prayed some more with Justin, that God would allow me to see his plan, as well as give me some magical form of patience as I knew the night was just beginning.

Our rude nurse (was she even our nurse?) left, and not even 10 minutes later, Justin's pulse/blood pressure machine started to send of an alarm. Of course, I'm beginning to freak out, seeing his "pulse line" (is that what it's called?) dropping and shooting high. Of course, not knowing what it means, I began to panic. I tried to comfort him, though he was in and out of it. Another 15 minutes of the alarm going off, a mousy-looking woman comes in and hits the computer (Wow!). She introduced herself as the doctor and looks at Justin and in a baby-voice goes, "Who's got the CRUMMY TUMMIES???" She laughed. Because it was so funny at a time like this. She yanked the pulse-reader off Justin's hand and the machine continued to scream at us. She hit it a few more times and laughed some more, calling the computer "a worthless piece of crap". Great. I couldn't wait for this woman to examine my husband and begin help us after hours of waiting. Not.

The doctor continued to passively attempt to make jokes and asked if they "took his blood" (again, why are they asking me? I don't work here!). She left with no explanation.

Over the next hour or so, there were no signs of anyone. No doctor, no nurse, no witchy woman or shady woman with the boots. The machine continued to alarm. Finally some friends of ours came in to see how he was doing, give us some encouragement and pray with us. It was like a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by human beings that cared and tried to understand. The doctor finally came back, hit the computer a few more times and told Justin that it's just the "good ol' fashioned flue! Haha!" Wow. This wasn't the flu, and I knew it. By then, I was literally convinced that I was capable of running the ER myself as the head doctor and full staff. These people were a backyard circus act. I looked at the Dr. and said, "What about his appendix? What about internal bleeding? What about an ulcer? What about a scan..?" She looked at him and says, "Well, where's the pain again?" (So glad she had to ask that..). He explained it was all over, but occasionally on his right side. The doctor says, "Oh!! That's where your appendix lives!! Hahaha!" Oh my gosh. Ya think? I was just so thankful that Justin was still able to speak and was occasionally responsive, otherwise I would have been sure that his appendix had exploded or something worse. Our friends could tell what a nutcase the nurse was, and thankfully our friend Andy when to find a nurse to get some things rolling. The doctor continued to hit the computer and punch a "silent" button, which would silence the alarm for 1 whole minute. After she left to supposedly arrange a CT-Scan, we continued to push the button and manage the room since no one else bothered to.

Our friends left us with some amazing encouragement. Andy had said that the nurse he spoke with was our 'new nurse' and that there was currently a shift change - not like waiting 45-60 minutes before seeing someone was abnormal anyway. They encouraged me to be assertive and strong with her, although she seemed super sweet.

The machine continued to alarm, and I saw the Dr. walk past our room, so I grabbed her. I asked her to turn the machine off, if it's serving no purpose, or to identify why it was alarming us. She just replied, "Oh, just keep pushing the 'silence' button, even though it only gives you 1 or 5 minutes of silence, haha!" I said, "He's not even hooked up to the machine, which is why it's probably going off" as I lifted up the cord connected to his pulse and showed her the disconnection. What does she do? She hands me the other end and says, "Here. Thanks!" I was dumbfounded, again. What was going on!? Why was it, that our doctor thinks it's OK to hand me a random cord, and expects me to plug my husband into it, as if I work there and I possibly know how to do it?! I stood there with my jaw dropped, and she walked away.

After more waiting for someone to come get him for the CT-Scan, I went to find someone. Honestly, the entire night, no one came to our room to check on Justin unless I went to track someone down for help. How is this an Emergency Room? I approached the desk, where nurses were sitting and standing around, talking and laughing and debating over 'sugarfree gum'. I assertively asked for help, and reminded them of the scan he needed. Still, no one came for another 20 minutes.

Justin's new nurse was FAR nicer and better than anyone we had encountered the entire evening. She seemed to actually care, although she was impossible to find and she never checked on him when she said she would 'be right there'. They finally came to get him for the scan, in which he was gone for literally five minutes. More waiting. No doctor, no nurse. IV empty, machine still alarming.

I wait for 1 hour and 15 minutes before going back out to find someone. Our nurse told me it usually only takes an hour for scan results, so she would let us know soon. I went back to the room and waited another hour and 20 minutes. I went out again, trying to control my feelings (I was infuriated.) with the pure ridiculousness of the entire evening.

I saw the doctor sitting at a computer and other nurses just standing around laughing. A woman at the desk waved me back to my room and said someone 'should be right in'. Yeah. Right. 20 more minutes, and Dr. comes in.

Dr: "Well, it's Chron's Disease".

Me: "Chron's Disease? Is it for sure? Or just maybe Chron's? What is Chron's Disease??"

Dr: "Hmm..yeahh.. it's for sure. Sorry! Chron's is an intestinal disease. His intestines are inflamed. You can just google it! [smile]"

Me: "Google it?! What is it?! Is he OK??"

Dr: "Yeah, I'll get you some prescriptions so you can be on your way! Haha"

Before our incompetent, useless doctor - who just told me to 'Google' my husband's life-changing diagnosis - left the room, I stopped her and asked for more than just instructions to 'Google it'. My word. She gave me little information, telling me to schedule an appointment with a Gastroenterologist, laughed some more and left. It was now 1:45am.

Justin was shaking, freezing cold, so I cautiously went out to find a blanket for him. A man told me he'd bring one to our room, which he never did.

Waiting for 30 minutes was seriously a breeze. I was so used to it by then, that it was only normal for me to continue to wait and then track someone down for help. I went back out to the desk and asked the doctor, "Uhmm.. did you need anything else from me? I wasn't sure if you were coming back..? Or..?" She just replied as passive as usual, telling me she's getting our prescriptions to we could go. Whatever, lady. I asked someone else for a blanket, or tell me where I could find one. Again, I was waved back to my room. The entire time we were there, I felt like a total impatient nag. But I shouldn't feel that way at all! Every time I went for help, it would wait at least 30-45 minutes before asking for help, or reminding someone as if they completely forgot about us. I finally flagged down our nurse, who came in to give Justin more meds and Percoset. It wasn't a surprise to me that we had to wait another 1/2 hour before being discharged. Thankfully, she answered some questions for me about Chron's, since I honestly had no clue what it was or if it was fatal. She was nice, and helped me understand a little more. What was another 30 minutes of silencing a useless computer from alarming and waiting to go to home after an emotional and stressful evening?

The entire ER was dead quiet. I could hear the blood pressure computers screeching in other rooms, as well as ours. How can a hospital function like that?! I'm not talking a tiny little beep either.. It was the same sound as a school's tornado drill alarm.

Not even 5 minutes into our last 30-minute stretch, the inevitable happened.

I could hear a woman screaming - and I mean loud. She was directly outside our room, and the person with her kept peeking in our room, like we were a stinkin' science exhibit. I couldn't really see her, but I could only hear her screaming and yelling, "It hurrts..It hurrts..Oh Lord..Oh Lord..Aughh Aughhh.." Nonstop. She would scream/moan and then she'd hack a violent cough, gurgle and then spit. I was already pushed to my limit during the entire 7.5 hours of nonsense we had endured in that joke of a facility. Now, I'm listening to a woman on her death bed, just feet outside our curtain-door. I felt really bad for her. I have no clue where she came from, but all of a sudden she was there.

She was half on/half off a gurney parked in the hallway, and she lied there screaming and gurgling. I caught a glimpse of her, and she looked just like the grandma from Family Matters. Member that show? She moaned, screamed and gurgled every 3 seconds for the last 25 minutes of our wait. She sounded exactly like the infamous YouTube "Grape Lady". I'm not kidding. It's a miracle I didn't catch what she was hacking up. After listening to her for all that time, a nurse plowed into our room, randomly grabbing things and stopped to look at me. In a condescending voice she says, "We're out of rooms, ya know". I wanted to say: Uhh.. Sorry? If you would all do your jobs, I'm sure people would be in and out of this joke-of-a-hospital in less than 8 hours! But I didn't. Did she want me to feel bad that Justin was laying on a bed in a room? Did she think we wanted to spend hours and hours fighting and begging for help? The woman was finally placed in a room about a minute before our nurse came to discharge us to go home. Everything about the entire night was so backwards and so beyond unprofessional. A total joke.

When our nurse came back to discharge us, the papers she gave me said "possible Chron's". When I asked her about the solidity of the diagnosis, she said, "Oh, it's not for sure. They just think it could be since his intestines are so inflamed". Yeah, good to know that it's not for sure. It's good to know our doctor knew basically nothing and wasn't helpful in the least.

I am thankful, that in the 8 hours we wasted there, Justin was given 1 (5-minute) CT-scan, an IV and meds for pain. Do I believe that it's Chron's Disease, based on an idiot "doctor" who spent more time hitting the alarming blood pressure computer more than she acknowledged her patients? Hmm.. not so much. Justin's symptoms don't even match the symptoms of Chron's. Even my sister (who is a nurse at Mayo Clinic) can tell me that, and she's all the way in Minnesota.

We made it home around 4am. Oh, and by the way? Don't ever go to the St. Francis ER on Patewood. Duh.

After everything, we finally saw the Gastroenterologist yesterday. They put Justin on some antibiotics to test to see if it was all just a virus, or if there is something actually wrong. He had to get some more blood work and have some X-rays taken. He's feeling a bunch better. After we left the ER, he was told to stick to all-liquids for 3-4 days. That was pretty hard for him, since he hadn't eaten anything since Wednesday. He's doing OK now, though. Hopefully soon, we will hear results from the GI and whether or not they need more tests.

Honestly, all of the prayers and support from our friends and family has kept us going. Romans 5:1-5 has been a constant reminder to us as well. Hopefully it's nothing severe. We know God's in control. Don't stop praying..


Monday, January 24, 2011

Romeo Turns 2 Years Old!

I can't believe our little Romeo is already 2 years old! This year was definitely less eventful than last year. We took him to the Barkery Bakery downtown for some treats, and he pee'd and poo'd all over the floor (YES, he's pottytrained, little stinker!). I feel like he'll always be a puppy to me, because he's so tiny. We wanted to make the day extra special for him, so we celebrated with a new little sweater, a new toy and some yummy treats! Now that he's a "big boy", we've been talking about possibly letting Romeo have freedom to run around when we're not home. We're a little nervous still, just because we've always locked him up just in case. 

As you can see, he's wayyy overdue for a haircut.. He looks like a little scragglemuffin. He has hundreds of nicknames, but lately Justin has been calling him "young Depp"! Ha! I laugh every time.. Oh, little man, Happy Birthday!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Soundtracks: For the Love of Musicals

I'm not a huge musical buff, but there are a few that I definitely enjoy. I like The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, Moulin Rouge and Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I'd have to say my top 3 favorite soundtracks go to Across the Universe, Chicago and Walk the Line (musical-ish).

I remember when I first saw the trailer for Across the Universe. It was so intriguing and some parts almost looked weird. Basically, it's a movie with a plot based completely on Beatles songs. The whole idea was pretty cool and original. I'm not even exactly a HUGE Beatles fan, but I do like a lot of their songs.. I even like some of songs on the soundtrack more than some of the originals (don't hate me!). We ended up seeing it a couple times in theater and really loved it.

 Across The Universe
Featuring: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, T.V. Carpio, Joe Anderson, Carol Woods & Timothy T. Mitchum, Joe Cocker, Dana Fuchs, Secret Machines, Bono, Eddie Izzard and Martin Luther McCoy

Uhh hello! 1920's-era Chicago jazz? Yeah, baby! This movie totally kicked and the soundtrack kicked even more. The cast was perfect for the 2002 remake (originally 1975) and each song fits the film like a glove. This one's definitely on my To-See-On-Broadway list.

Featuring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Colm Feore, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs, Diedre Goodwin, Susan Misner, Christine Baranski, Rick Negron and Danny Elfman

Since I first met Justin, he's always been a huge fan of Johnny Cash. I used to hear his songs and think, "ehh..". Not my immediate preference. I think when I was little, his name always reminded me of money.. or.. cashews (don't ask me how I even knew what cashews were when I was little). It kind of became a tradition of ours to 'rock out' to Johnny on our late-night trips home from the beach.. a way to keep us up during the 3-hour drive. I've slowly grown to enjoy Johnny Cash more and more, and especially more since Walk the Line came out. Yeah, Joaquin Phoenix may have gone off the deep end (or didn't he?), but his performance as Cash was pretty incredible (Reese was amazing, too!). With all that said, I absolutely love this soundtrack.

Walk the Line
Featuring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Waylon Malloy Payne, Tyler Hilton and Shooter Jennings


Friday, January 21, 2011

New Shabby Amazingness!


Shabby Blogs finally launched their new site today and I feel like a kid on Christmas! Since I started blogging (15 months now) and hit the jackpot by randomly stumbling across SB, I seriously can't get enough.  New backgrounds, new buttons, new everything. I thought it was incredible before, but now it's even 10 times better.

The sweetest part about Shabby? Everything is {FREE}!

Cute little button!

Like my new look?


Monday, January 17, 2011

2011 Golden Globes

Another good year for fashion at the 2011 Golden Globes! I definitely have some favorites and least favorites. Since I'm a nerd who takes notes during my favorite award shows (since I was little!), it only made sense to share my likes, dislikes and highlights again - like I did last year for the 2010 Oscars.

The red carpet definitely showed us some new trends and also some really fugly decisions. How many times do I have to yell "What were they thinking?!" at my TV? I definitely wasn't a fan of Alexa Chung as she interviewed celebs arriving on the red carpet. She's cute, but I don't know if it's because she's new at it, or just awkward in general; Her manly voice didn't help, and neither did the dress she wore. She looked like a fashion-confused little person, wearing a boring, red, neck-high dress that she borrowed from her great aunt. Her choice of style definitely made sense to me, seeing as her "favorite" red carpet looks were all of my least favorite.

Alexa Chung in all of her.. weirdness.
Moving on..


Julianne Moore in Lanvin -- Not only did Julianne look frumpy and uncomfortable, but her lop-sided dress made it look like she had a giant arm-cast. Her middle-parted hair made her look homelier than she already looks, plus she is still needing to get a hold of some Crest Whitestrips. Ouch, sorry.
Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf -- I usually really like Natalie Portman. Right now she'es pregnant, so going with a 'flowy' dress was definitely a smart move. Just not the right dress. Sheeny pink with a big, gaudy red rose? Yuck! I did, however, like her makeup.
Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood -- I like Helena and her dark Tim Burton-inspired fashion sense. Of course, we can usually expect to get something crazy from her, but c'mon! Mix-matched shoes? Head to toe, her look was so unfortunate.. think, hideous bridesmaid meets 1991 exercise video instructor with extensions.
January Jones in Versace -- Usually she's really classy/cute, but this year? I was totally disappointed. I don't know what it was, but she didn't really look like herself.. she seemed off. Mostly, her hair and makeup made her look cakey and much older. I wasn't a fan of her cheap-looking dress either - especially with the invisible, built-in loin cloth. No no, January.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Mirad -- I am usually really excited to see what JLo's going to wear, but big MISS on this one. As much as I loved the white, the veil-ish cape ruins it all. What's the point? Her hair was OK, and I did like her makeup. Overall, forgettable.
Tilda Swinton in Jil Sander -- When, oh when will this woman make it off my worst-dressed list?? Her stylist must be blind. Doesn't she realize that it's OK to wear makeup (and that she desperately needs it!)?? And that hair! Doesn't she have any honest friends that care about her? I actually feel bad for her, not only for her terrible, washed-out, fashion sense, but also for her inability to read a nomination as it is. C'mon Tilda, saying "televisual" instead of "television" doesn't make you cool.
Michelle Williams in Valentino -- Can anyone say 1963 bedsheets?? I'm sorry, but she looked hideous. Her make up was very plain, very.. nice. I'm assuming she chopped her hair off for a role, but the dress? I read a description on NY Mag, that her dress "actually looks dusty". Haha! It does!
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace -- Not sure if Ange was tired or half-asleep, but her hair and makeup were some of the most drab I've seen by her in a long time. I was pretty surprised. I do think emerald is always a great color for her, but she looked so tired and disengaged. Who cares, I'll always be Team Aniston.
Tina Fey in Zuhair Mirad -- I truly adored Tina's hair, in fact.. I loved it. The dress was a whole new story. The color was good for her, but the dress is just ugly. I couldn't tell if it was silk or velvet, but either way, it looked super outdated. The fringe-inspired sleeves! Not the worst look of the night, but definitely not her best.
Christina Aguilera in L'Wren Scott -- At first glance, I thought she was Kelly Osbourne. I could barely even recognize her! Assuming she's preggo, her dress wasn't awful, but it didn't do anything for her and her bleached-out/burned-out hair. I noticed a lot of celebs (even guys) parted their hair down the middle. Blah.
Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab -- Did Scarlett go to her hair stylist and say, "Just gimme the alien-blowback style"?? Are you kidding me right now? She looks like she's bathed her hair in cement spray and hung her head out the car window. Her dress is pretty, but why choose a dress the same exact color as your skin tone? I couldn't help but yell, every time she came on my TV screen.

Julie Bowen in Tadashi Shoji -- This dress was by far, one of my favorites of the night. I'm always a sucker for ruffles (especially these ones) and the color was absolutely perfecto. Hair, makeup and accessories were spot on. Love!
Olivia Wilde in Marchesa -- I adored this dress! Olivia totally made herself look really effortless with her hair down, and classy makeup. The dress totally fit her. So beautiful!
Eva Longoria in Zac Posen -- Eva rarely disappoints on the red carpet. I've never really followed her as a fan, but her look was amazing! The open-back might have been the best part of the dress, but I loved the front too! Loved the black with her dramatic eyes. Totally appropriate for her, and totally gorgeous!
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein -- Holy cow, this might be the most beautiful I have ever seen Emma Stone. I think she's super cute, but she looked amazing on the red carpet. Her hair color with the dress color? Plus the open back? I thought she looked incredible!
Megan Fox in Giorgio Armani Prive -- I loved Megan's romantic look. Really classy and sweet.
Halle Berry in Nina Ricci -- A lot of people said she looked like she was in lingerie, but I thought it was great! I loved the "legginess" of the dress, with Halle's sexy-attitude spin on it.
Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham -- Sandra bang bang! She totally rocked the bangs with her flowing, nude gown. She looked fabulous! My favorite part was when she was asked what she was wearing and she responded, "a dress". Ha!
Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive -- Loved her plunging backline, I think she totally pulled this off. The front was a bit dynasty-influenced and I didn't exactly love the puffy shoulders, but overall, I really liked this dress for her.
Amy Adams in Marchesa -- Her gown totally fit her to a T! I loved the color especially. Her hair and makeup complimented everything really well too.
Maria Menaunos in Pamella Rolund & Kaley Cuoco in Katharine Kidd -- They both looked amazing! Maria's dress is probably my favorite of the whole night. I loved the color, the layers, so very simple-yet-elegent. I loved Kaley's wavy ponytail.. Definitely a lot more common on the red carpet over the past couple years.
I noticed a lot of the male celebs walking the carpet, looked a lot more scruffy and bearded than usual. For crying out loud, even Christian Bale (with his extremely long hair) practically looked homeless. No signs of George Clooney, Brad Pitt was barely seen, and Johnny Depp looked as dashing as usual.

A few of my favorite, best-dressed men:
Jake Gyllenhaal in Burberry -- Classic black

Robert Pattinson in Gucci - Classic navy

When I found out Ricky Gervais was hosting this year's Golden Globes, you can bet I was disappointed.

Ricky Gervais
I used to think the fangly-toothed little guy was somewhat funny, but the more I have heard his material, the more I can't stand him. He's bluntly rude and offensive - which some people find entertaining. I find it obnoxious and too far. Even Russell Brand, who's hosted MTV Awards shows in the past, is mega-offensive and crude, but I would rather tolerate him before Gervais any day. During the evening, Ricky made plenty of digs at celebrities, including a nasty remark about the head honcho of the HFPA. Word-on-the-street? Apparently, Ricky won't be allowed to host any more Globes, as well as can count on never receiving a nomination for his work in the future. Ouch. I did find myself laughing a handful of times, including his crack about the team who extreme-airbrushed the photo for the Sex and the City 2 poster, Hugh Hefner's age, and the fact that Cher is a has-been. Check out a video of a few of Ricky's attempts to be funny as the evening's host.

More highlights from the evening:

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Colin Firth in The King's Speech - Won
James Franco in 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Halle Berry in Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman in Black Swan - Won
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp in The Tourist
Paul Giamatti in Barney's Version - Won
Jake Gyllenhaal in Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey in Casino Jack

Nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Annette Bening in The Kids Are Alright - Won
Anne Hathaway in Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie in The Tourist
Julianne Moore in The Kids Are Alright
Emma Stone in Easy A

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale in The Fighter - Won
Michael Douglas in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield in The Social Network
Jeremy Renner in The Town
Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams in The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech
Mila Kunis in Black Swan
Melissa Leo in The Fighter - Won
Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Best Director - Motion Picture
David Fincher for The Social Network - Won

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network - Won

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network - Won

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network - Won

Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are Alright - Won
The Tourist

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire - Won
Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall in Dexter
Jon Hamm in Mad Men
Hugh Laurie in House

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama
Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men
Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy - Won
Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical
Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
Steve Carell in The Office
Thomas Jane in Hung
Matthew Morrison in Glee
Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory - Won

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical
Toni Collette in United States of Tara
Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey in 30 Rock
Laura Linney in The Big C - Won
Lea Michele in Glee

Best TV Series - Drama
Boardwalk Empire - Won
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best TV Series - Comedy/Musical
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee - Won
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

One of the funniest parts of the evening was when Justin Bieber and some other girl read the nominees for Best Animated Film. As the director for Toy Story 3 went up to accept his award, he looked at Justin Bieber and said, "Wow.. were you even born when the first Toy Story came out?? Haha" I love it!! As annoying as I think Justin Bieber is.. it's about time he upgraded his cheesy teeny-bop hairstyle, eh?

The King's Speech had the most nominations and ended up with just 1 win, The Social Network was up for 6, and left with the most: 4 Golden Globes! I definitely was disappointed that neither Inception nor Johnny Depp won anything. They actually deserved the recognition -- not ridiculously cheesy/annoying shows like Glee. Ew. Total bumski.

Movies on our To See List:
The Fighter
Black Swan
Blue Valentine
Social Network
127 Hours
Love and other Drugs
The Tourist

Photo Sources:
Just Jared / Buzznet
New York Mag

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