When a million dollars is on the line you can't let anything fall through the cracks.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


This was my number at the casting call... maybe it will be my lucky number....

I think things are pretty much ready for tomorrow's activities. I am currently working on a video update for you all in preparation of tomorrow.

I went to the mall today to search for an attractive one piece swimsuit, a good fitting bra and a pair of shoes. I failed to find anything.

I think this whole survivor thing might be a bit overrated... but I will keep striving forward until I get over this dry spell.

I'm watching man vs. wild right now so maybe it will inspire me...


The photo above was taken yesterday (I think)

and this one below I just took.... If you look down toward the bottom you can see the hair coming off my leg.

I have to admit that it hasn't really bothered me too much just yet. I only have one more week to go and then I'll get it all waxed off to test my pain threshold. I think I'm looking forward to that the most.

Okay, I have to go to bed now so I can get up early to MAKE FIRE!

Gathering kindling for workshop.

Friday, February 27, 2009

It's all about the application photo....

When I applied to be on Survivor the application required an official passport photo...

Let's just say it took me two tries before I got it partially right.

Here's the first go at it...

This is not too bad but I'm doing something funny with my lip.. and the hair was a bit wind blown.... I decided that I wasn't too excited about it so I went for a retake... and this is what I got.

I think this is a bit better... as you can see this is the one I went with. The smile is good, the hair is so-so (but better than before)... do I look like someone who would stab someone in the back? I think so...

Actually I'm not sure if I would be the sort of person to stab someone in the back.... I have to start thinking about strategy amongst other things.

If you watched last nights episode you also know that every good survivor needs to learn how to survive on a restricted diet (Jerry was given the boot because his stomach wasn't doing so well.).

Jerry had a military background and seemed to be in pretty good shape but the beans brought him down.

Note to self - eat more beans and learn how to digest.

Today I am going to start working on eating different things... I'm going to eat Vietnamese food for lunch - I'm working my way up to bugs this weekend.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday Update...

One more thing about training....

Yesterday I wore the gold pointy shoes of death. If that's not surviving I don't know what is....

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Workshop Preview

I put this video update together on the bus ride home tonight. Tomorrow I've got an appointment with my doctor to get my arm checked, I'm going to gather more supplies for Sunday's workshop (kindling and wood) and then I'm going to work on my endurance in cycle class and cap it off by watching the next episode of Survivor Tocatins...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Survivor Hair!

I went today and got a brand new Survivor style haircut! Hopefully it's going to be perfect for that not washed look... a little messy - just in case I have a showmance (that's like a romance but specifically on a show) and my younger neurologist boy toy decides to run his fingers through my hair they won't get stuck.

Here is a video of the new style and an update on what's going on... I've started gathering kindling!

I'm sorry - there isn't a video.. there was a problem processing it... I will post another soon.

damn technology.....

Cellulite Control

Monday, February 23, 2009

Workshop review.

I'm still trying to get the video footage together from the workshop but here are a few photos.

This is Jordan our intern playing Jenga...

Here I am in front of our 34 story tower shortly before I accidentally made it fall to the ground...

I had some nice young ladies come and play Chinese Checkers with me...

I came in second place..

This is what my leg hair looked like this morning just before I started to work...

Not too bad for a little less than a week of not shaving.

Tomorrow at work we have a sexual harassment training session... I think that fits in perfectly with training! It will keep me in line with all those young men on the show.... I don't want to disrespect any of them with my wild ways...

Also on the training agenda tomorrow is getting a new Survivor Style Haircut! Something low maintenance but not so short that people think I don't like the boys...

One last note, I received the bugs in the mail today so were good to go in trying out new ways of eating... I'm trying to think of other ways to hone my mad survival food skills. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

I'll be back tomorrow with video (I promise!).

Sunday, February 22, 2009

One week down...

I will post photos of the workshop later. It was a small turn out but it was fabulous. I played chinese checkers, did some 3d puzzles and spent well over an hour playing Jenga.

Coming up next week I will be focusing on Survival Skills... I also have to get my haircut though so I will be figuring out a Survival friendly hairstyle that will look good after not being washed for 39 days... oh joy.

I think I need to go to bed now.

Thanks for checking in and have a good night.

Video Update.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Training continues...

Just a short check in to let you know how things are going.

I think I am finally adjusting to life without caffeine. Thank goodness!

Day two down in cellulite control.

This morning I was feeling well enough to go to the gym and work on my squats and lunges and take a spinning class. I also managed to get my butt into REI and buy magnesium for Survival Skill Sunday.

Things are looking good!

I hope you can all come by and work on game playing and puzzles tomorrow at the gallery. It will start at 1 and go until 4. Bring the kids.

Also, remember to check out the video toolbar at the right to see my latest escapades (or mundane ramblings) via You Tube.

Check back with you all tomorrow.

Here's Jeff Probst saying goodnight! Okay, maybe he's not really saying goodnight but you can imaging he is...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Survivor Update...

I am focusing on all areas of training... some are the basics - food, shelter, fire, and physical stamina.... others are not so obvious....

If I'm going to be on television I don't want everything hanging out all over the place - that's where my cellulite control program comes into play. Today I started wearing my Lytess Slimming Corrective Belt.

Basically it's a tube top for your tummy which is supposed to reduce the appearance of cellulite if you wear it over the course of a few weeks (six days a week, 8 hours a day)... I find it kind of comforting - like I'm getting a big hug from a piece of cheese cloth. We'll see if it works.

So... in case you didn't watch last nights episode of Survivor I'll catch you up... there was a challenge, you can watch it Here. The clip is about 9 minutes long... anyways, the lessons learned from this clip is that I need to get an attractive one piece swimsuit because I don't want them to have to fuzzy out my private parts too often and I shouldn't even think about wearing a bikini.

Basically Candace was voted out because she was the "cancer" of the group... Therefore I think I should work on those social skills a bit more.

Okay, I think that's it for today - if you're expecting more sorry.....

and to a stuckist you can suck it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I've ordered the bugs!

On Survival Skills Sunday (March 1st) I will be working on my outplaying skills.

On the show Survivor there are challenges every few days for luxuries and immunity in the game. At some point in the season they invariably have a challenge in which a contestant is asked to eat some sort of food native to the locale of filming. The first season in Borneo they ate grubs, in China they ate baby birds that were still in their shell etc... (don't get me started about when they had to drink cow blood...ewww).

I figure to up the ante when it comes to me outplaying my competition I should eat more "risky" foods.

Since I don't usually venture out of my comfort zone I'm going to start small by eating something like sushi - yeah, I'm sure you're probably thinking what in the hell is wrong with that girl that she doesn't eat sushi??? well, I've just never gotten into it. It's all in my plan to work up to the bugs.

I found some nice Crick-etts on Amazon.com that I will have at the gallery for everyone to try. I think they come in a variety of flavors such as salt and vinegar, bacon and cheddar and sour cream and onion. Yum yum!

Okay, that's it for now... I hope to have a video update for you all soon. I have a new laptop with fabulous video editing capabilities... now I have to get on Survivor so I can pay off all of my computer purchases.

Oh yeah, I'm still looking for boyscouts to teach me how to build fire. If you know of anyone hook me up! I like boyscouts.

Today in Training!

I will work on the following things today in order to become the ultimate survivor.

I will be working on my acceptance of a restricted diet (roughly translated to mean that I will follow my Weight Watcher points allotment for the day).

I am going to work on my physical conditioning (going to the gym and trying something other than spinning class).

I will also be working on getting along with others. The Northwest Flower and Garden Show is on and it's sometimes very hard to be nice to these people with their arms full of potting soil as they block your way to the elevator when you're trying to back to work after a long lunch.

Please grant me the serenity to become the ultimate survivor.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Video from the opening.

I'm still trying to get into the swing of things but here's a video I took at the opening on Saturday.

You're probably wondering why I want to be on Survivor.

That's a really good question. I think it comes down to two basic things. One, I want to be on television and two, I want to win the money so I can pay off my student loans.

Those seem to be good enough reasons to me.

Okay, here's an update... the video that I posted of myself earlier was taken yesterday in the conference room at work. It was during lunch, I had the headache of caffeine withdrawal... I Had to take a nap... yes - the lights were off, yes - you couldn't see me, yes - I'm not a professional... that's all I've got for now.

and yes - I'm feeling better.

Everyone get your puzzle face on and come down to the gallery on Sunday at 1pm to help me with my puzzle strategies. There will be snacks. If no one shows up I might cry - and we wouldn't want that now would we?

No caffeine day 1.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Change of plans due to lack of caffeine headache.

I am hanging out on the sofa tonight because of the lack of caffeine headache. I will have to reschedule my social interaction activities for a later date.

I'll have a video update later.

Caffeine, I loved you well.

Things are ready to go here... I have had my last cup of caffeinated coffee and am not looking forward to the lack of caffeine headache that is sure to arrive by 10 a.m.

I have switched over to tension tamer tea (that should help right?).

I have also officially stopped shaving my legs. When I get on Survivor I have to be used to adversity and challenges of all kinds including those challenges of a personal nature. It's just going to make me stronger.

Here are some before pictures for you.

My goodness my legs are a bit pasty... I think I might have to start tanning so I don't blind people once I get on the show.


I will be attending the Scholarships for Scholars event at the University of Washington 3d/4m department. I will be working on interacting with people of all ages and socio-economic status. This is the area that I think I need the most help in.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Welcome to Training!

I must admit that training is getting off to a slow start....

I have the day off tomorrow so I think I may get into it more then.

Coming up this weekend is Puzzle time with Jen. We're going to work on puzzles and strategies that will help me become the worlds best survivor.

Today I bought a GIGANTIC white board calendar that I will be listing out my training events and getting everything organized.

You all must remember I have to fit training into my life - that includes working 40 hours a week, working out at the gym, a FULL television viewing schedule and sleeping.

Things for you all to look forward to this week are my attempts to give up caffeine, the beginning of the growing out of the leg hair and practicing my social skills at an event at the University of Washington on Tuesday.

Remember to look out for video updates as well. If everything works as planned you can see them in the video bar to the right of the posts.

I better sign off now, I am trying to watch Survivorman and then I need to get my beauty sleep.

Until tomorrow! xo xo Gossip Gir... uh, I mean your ultimate Survivor - Jen

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009


Come and help me start the beginning of my training schedule with an opening celebration at Crawl Space on Saturday night.

We're going all out so if you have a date - ditch em! If you don't, you can come commiserate (or is that celebrate???) with me!

See you then!