Kisses+Disses : Dancing + Veggie Dogs


It started yesterday in the kitchen. JD found soy hot dogs at Trader Joe’s and vegetarian chili and offered to make me a chili dog. I haven’t had one since I was 10 years old. I did a dance in the kitchen (a mix of the Running Man and pelvic thrusts and waving my arms in the air) as a way to show my excitement. JD asked me to stop because if this was my reaction every time he discovered a new meatless product, he’d be deterred from future purchases.

You want to know what I said? No? Well, I’m gonna tell you anyway: Only happy people dance…and happiness always trumps discomfort…specifically my happiness, and your discomfort…but don’t tell your mom I said that. And then I continued dancing as the smell of grilling hot dogs from the outdoor grill filled the air.

This leads me to another installment of Kisses and Disses

This week’s DISSES go to…
*People who tell you not to dance. Oh, Internet, dance like you won’t be tagged on Facebook. (Do I get negative cool points for being cliche?!)
*My birthday. It’s in three weeks. Feel free to send condolence cards.
*People who talk in third person. It’s the strangest thing. Ever. Why would a person refer to herself by her own name? Jasmine loves to roller skate and Jasmine told you she dreamed of owning a silver boombox!

This week’s KISSES go to…
*Smart Dogs veggie hot dogs. They’re just as tasty as I remembered as a kid, just without pork getting in the way.
*The Running Man. In case you need a tutorial, you can find it here.
*Los Angeles. Every time I shoot in the city, I feel alive and fall deeper in love with urban grit. I’d kiss the ground in LA if I wasn’t afraid of catching an incurable disease, but I’m happily content photographing love along the star-filled streets.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Life with Kaishon

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I think your dance sounds fantastic. I wish there were hidden cameras that captured it so JD could post it on facebook and we could all smile!

    Happy Friday!

  2. Dorie

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    My three year old daughter talks in the third person and it drives us crazy.

  3. EpicDanger

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    For the record I gave my self shin splints at WPPI from throwing down the Running Man to hard and often! Yep I’m that awesome!

  4. Ivona

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Well hello there fellow Aries! =) Happy early b-day to us both and all other Aries readers! (I’m March 22nd)

  5. Heidi

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I’m guessing JD just says that stuff to get at you, when really he loves your crazy dancing and would miss it if you stopped. My husband thinks my dancing is weird, but he loves it just the same. 🙂

  6. Renee Swanson

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    You linked the running man video!!!!! Yessss! Your posts always make me smile! Just what I needed this morning!

  7. anous

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    you should do a happy dance on the next shooting star video 😉
    <3 LA, wish we lived closer, that city is too gorgeous for photoshoots.

  8. Jennifer Beitchman

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Veggie Dogs are great! Morningstar Farms used to make veggie hot dogs that were far superior but they stopped making them for some stupid reason. I’m still hopping they come back (and just in time for summer!) An awesome way to have a veggie dog? With hummus and pickles. Its sounds weird but its SO good!!! And yay for JD for helping find new and awesome veggie products! I assume you’re familiar with Gardein products? SO good too! Veggies unite! We rule after all!

  9. Jasmine*

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    @Jennifer: Morning Star veggie dogs were recalled due to a manufacturing mistake. I agree though, they were the bomb and the best on the market! 🙂

  10. Angie Roach

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Hope you, JD & polo are safe today as well as all your friends and family.

  11. Tanya De Leeuw

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Jasmine, your effervescent happiness is evident, even in your writing! Thanks for sharing the joy of living! Have a great weekend!

  12. Jennifer

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    For a minute I though you were going to post a video of you doing the running man…but that video was awesome!

  13. Sara S.

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Did you hear that Morningstar Farms will no longer be making Veggie meats??? Yup it’s true. I keep hoping they change their mind…

  14. Sarah Danaher

    March 11th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    happy Friday to you, too!

  15. Brooke

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’m a little afraid to click on the running man video. 🙂

  16. Shannon Karczewski

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I think our birthdays must be very close. Are you an Aries? Not that I put a lot of stock into that, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that at all.

    P.S. I’m feeling very much like I’m your newest stalker. But not in a scary, hide in your bushes kind of way 😉

  17. Kristen Werden

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:14 pm


  18. Shannon Sorensen

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    "I’d kiss the ground in LA if I wasn’t afraid of catching an incurable disease…"

    lol hilariously true!

  19. Laura Stricklin

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    THANK YOU!! I have told people all along, dancing is good for the soul! Even the bible quotes, "A time to dance". Dance away sista!!!

  20. Dani Leigh

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    OMG! I am laughing so hard right now!! LOVE the video!!

  21. Ashley Swallow

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Ashley really like your Kisses and Disses blog series! I just couldn’t help myself! Much love J*.

  22. Monica B

    March 11th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    That video was awesome. going to add those moves to my office dance parties 🙂

  23. Cara

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I never used to refer to myself in the third person, but now mommy does it all the time when mommy talks because Jessca does not understand YOU/I/WE yet. Blergh!

  24. Laura Voisine

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    My first J* comment ever: I LOVE "Kisses and Disses"!! (It only took me a year to post a comment. Better late than never though!).

  25. brianna

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I know EXACTLY the dance you speak of. poor jd.

  26. Em Heizer Photo

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    George likes spicy chicken!

    (SNORT) We are sick.

  27. Emily Heizer Photography

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    My birthday is on the 24th. I shall be turning OLD. Another year closer to DEATH. You can send condolence cards this way too peeps. Yelch. When did birthdays stop being fun parties and turn into funerals and announcements that we are getting O-L-D-E-R? Ew. You already have my sympathies Jazzie.

  28. Damara

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Love love veggie dogs! Except for the bubbling over a fire!

  29. Kathy

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Oh man, the Running Man is the ever. Especially when combined with the Cabbage Patch!

  30. DeAwna

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    LOVE Smart Dogs & I don’t actually know if you’re vegetarian or vegan, but if you love animal free food, you HAVE to try Daiya cheese too! We’re vegan and have been looking for a decent cheese replacement for years… one that really melts… and we finally found it at Whole Foods last summer. Def check it out, the mozzarella is amazing!

  31. gladys jem

    March 11th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    hahahahhaha. oh jasmine, you crack me up.

  32. Meghan

    March 11th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Smart Dogs are my favorite!! I stumbled across them in a Whole Foods Market once and fell in love! I really like the way your website is set up with the magazine layout, so creative & fun! I’m very glad I stumbled across this, the kisses & disses made me smile! 🙂

  33. Kristin Nicole

    March 11th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The mental picture I have after reading this is truly hilarious!

  34. MartaV

    March 11th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    A silver boombox? You totally crack me up. And it is so weird when people talk about themselves in the third person. I just stop reading it when they do. Oh how I wish we had a Trader Joe’s here. Next time I get to Seattle I will add one more thing to my grocery list for there. Have a great Friday!

  35. Jackie Lamas

    March 11th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    totally had to share that Running Man video! When all else fails the running man always makes everything sooo much better!

  36. Sarah

    March 11th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I am soooo good at the running man! And my birthday is also in 3 weeks. Mutual condolences.

  37. Kate Douthwright

    March 11th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    No one can stop me from doing a celebratory dance because I do them on an hourly basis. Wave your hands in the air, wave em like you just dont care!

  38. Jessica

    March 11th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Jasmine, wait until you have kids and you find yourself talking about yourself in the third person so much you don’t even know who you’re talking about anymore!

  39. Katelyn James

    March 11th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Ohhh how I love this….and you. Kisses and Disses are brilliant…..I feel like I relate to at LEAST one kiss or diss every time you post! brilliant I say! brilliant!

  40. Melissa Cramer

    March 11th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Ha! I wondered if you were an Aries. We’re the best of the zodiac, in my humble opinion. 😉 I’m turning 40 on April 4th… and I’m pretty sure this will be my best year yet!

  41. Yohanna Jessup

    March 11th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    You make me laugh! Plus that running man video is rad : ) Thanks for the spirit behind your sharing. Kisses to you!

  42. LEOLAK

    March 11th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Too funny…thanks for the laugh today! No condolence cards on bdays…that’s when you really should dance like it’s nobody’s business! =) Happy Weekend!

  43. Gina Meola

    March 11th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Bahahaha. Love you

  44. Malinda Warder

    March 12th, 2011 at 2:54 am

    The link to the dance tutorial is off the chain!!!! I think maybe one of your clients should have a running man dance off at their reception!!!

  45. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    March 12th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    LOL this is all too funny! Smart decision on not kissing LA 🙂

  46. Brittani

    March 12th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Rock on yo. =) You DO that running man. =)

  47. Jon Draper

    March 12th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    So this doesn’t have anything related to this post.. but I just wanted to let you know i’ve been sitting and reading this blog for the past 4 hours.. including things i’ve already read before because there is so much to be learned here! Thanks so much for sharing everything you do! I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say it means a lot. I just blogged about you as one of my inspirations! Thanks so much!

  48. JennP

    March 12th, 2011 at 6:11 am

    You need to try Loma Linda ( also called Worthington’s) Big Franks. I’m a vegetarian and it’s simply divine! You can find it at almost any grocery store in Southern CA.

  49. Jessica Sweeney

    March 12th, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I really love spicy veggie dogs. Masks the fake meat taste a bit.

  50. GingerMurray

    March 12th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Oh my gosh, Jasmine… I LOVE making my husband uncomfortable when I dance. I also love making him laugh, because he secretly (and not so secretly… because he’s laughing), thinks I’m funny when I dance, so I will dance away. Yes I will!
    Secondly, I shall look into these Smart Dogs. As of a year ago, I started trying to eat only pescatarian (do you know what that is? :)), or, free range/humanely raised meat. So I am excited for these Smart Dogs you mention. There will be times when I smell a hot dog, and think, "ARGH, I want a hot dog!!!"
    Thirdly, I love your Kisses and Disses, because they make me laugh.
    Fourthly, thank you for telling me that sometimes people might not just like me (Escalate)… I MIGHT have my first hater… which means I have "made it"… right?? 🙂 Haha. Have a good weekend!
    And JD, come on now…. do a little dance…;)

  51. Columbus GA Photography

    March 12th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    One of my favorite things are home made chili hotdogs. One day when I retire I will probably open a hotdog shop. I make some mean dogs.

  52. s h e r r y

    March 13th, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Bahaha. You are hilarious. Yes, Jasmine. Keep on dancing!!

  53. Juli L.

    March 13th, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Too funny! Good for you…dance, dance, dance!! Gotta love the vegi-dogs too. 🙂

  54. Holli True

    March 13th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Haha!! I love it!! I was talking with Kevin Sturm the other day about third person bios on websites. I don’t like them! We all know we wrote our own bio section, why would we talk in third person? 🙂 Too funny!

  55. Rich Park

    March 14th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    keep dancing! clearly JD asks you to stop because he wants you to dance more. also, you’ve made me so curious what a veggie hot dog tastes like! how can soy taste like pork?!

  56. Lloyed Valenzuela

    March 14th, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Running Man…ohhh i danced that when i was a kid to the tune of Ice Ice Baby:)

  57. Nathalie Mazo

    March 14th, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Big Franks = yummy veggie dog bliss. You’ll eat like 5 in one sitting… cause I do!! 🙂

  58. christina {simply modern}

    March 14th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    hahahhah love the video!! i remember the running man, this takes me waaaay back!

  59. Odalys Mendez

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Oh that video just made my day! And… we Aries are just the coolest 🙂

  60. Danielle

    March 15th, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Try Tofu Pups. The hubby and i like ’em better than Smart Dogs. We get them at Whole Paycheck. Yummo!

  61. Ashley

    March 15th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Love, LOVE Smart Dogs!
    Here’s another option: do "Pigs in a Blanket". They are soooo yummy and are the epitome of American Comfort veg food.
    Here’s what you do…
    1. cut the smart dogs in three pieces
    2. wrap each piece in a crecent roll
    3. bake at 350 until golden brown.
    4. serve with dipping sauce! My fave is spicy mustard, or organic ketchup from Whole Foods!
    We have those every year as an appetizer for Thanksgiving! Enjoy! 🙂

  62. Brooke

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve been a fan of those trader joe veggie dogs forever and I buy them out when I go to trader joes, seriously I buy ALL of the ones they have in stock that day. If I don’t… I won’t get them b/c apparently EVERYONE buys them out when they go! It’s a vicious knock down drag out in the grocery store to get those precious babies! They are just THAT good!

  63. Brooke

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    They ALSO have veggie CORN dogs! Same deal… people fight ove em!

  64. Audrey Smit

    March 17th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Oh could we possibly share a birthday?! What day? Anyway, I took note of the condolences card you requested for the occasion…..I might just not follow your request, and you’ll have to forgive me 😉 xoxo

  65. Jenna Danelle

    March 22nd, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Your Birthday is supposed to be HAPPY! AND it’s worth celebrating! And now, I must go find some of those hot dogs cause they sound scrumptious! Oh, yeah, and dancing when happy rules! I often embarrass my hubby by doing the *happy dance* lol.