Thursday, December 30, 2004

Bleh

Remember when I mentioned I was sick last week? And remember when I hoped it was only a 24-hour thing? Well, turns out that I'M STILL SICK! My sore throat turned into a fever and then severe chest congestion. I went to the doctor on Tuesday, who took all my vitals, listened to my lungs and said the only thing she can determine is that a bunch of mucus is just stuck in my chest (but not bronchitis - my lungs sound clear). She prescribed something (an expectorant) to break all that up and clear me out, which in turn has resulted in coughing fits and episodes of excreting substances from beyond the grave. (Seriously, something from the medieval period, I'll venture to guess.) Another strange result of this sickness is that instead of sounding like a cartoon character (i.e., Mickey Mouse, Dee from Dexter's Lab, etc.), I sound like Kathleen Turner. "Be a good little girl and fix Mommy another martini, won't you?"

Brent has been really great through my prolonged yuckiness. He's been off of work this week (lucky bum) and has been a fabulous house husband. He's been cleaning, grocery shopping, taking me to lunch and all sorts of other lovely stuff. Last night he made some yummy fish dish complete with a yummy French apple tart and vanilla ice cream. He even cleaned up the kitchen when he was done while his lazy, ill girlfriend sat on the couch and knit while watching tv. My friend, Miwa, and her boyfriend, coined the terms, "Boyfriend/girlfriend-of-the-Year material," which Brent and I often use. When he does something really cool (like buy me a new chick lit book because he saw I had finished one the night before), I call that Boyfriend of the Year material. With all the great stuff he's been doing on his week off, I'd like to officially nominate him for Boyfriend of the Millennium!

I applied for my passport today. It's a lot of pressure getting ready for a picture that you'll have to use for the next 10 years! I really like my driver's license picture, which is now 11 years old. I'm just waiting for the day the DMV requests that I get a new picture. I suppose I can't look 16 forever. (Or can I? Muwa-ha-ha!)

"I am not 'of a certain age,' Niles. I am smack dab in the middle of 'not a kid anymore.' I won't be 'of a certain age' for another ten years." - Frasier

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Top 6 movies of 2004

As 2004 comes to a close and 2005 fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to do a list of my favorite movies from 2004. I was going to do a Top 10, but when I started creating the list, I realized that I couldn't come up with 10 worthy enough to be in a Top 10. I may have had a complete list of Top 10 had I gone to all the movies I wanted to see (i.e., Ray, Sideways, etc.), but for now I present my Top 6 movies of 2004, in no particular order, also featuring a memorable quote from each.

Napoleon Dynamite - If I had to choose a No. 1, this would be it. It gets funnier every time I see it. Every character is hilarious and if I were still in high school, I would SO learn the last scene and perform it at the annual talent show. As a matter of fact, my friend, Nicole, from Northern California and I made a pact to learn the choreography and perform it next time we see each other! Damn, I better start practicing. "Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills..."

Garden State - Yes, Zach Braff is dreamy. Yes, I want Natalie Portman to be my friend and go shopping with me and wax philosophical over afternoon lattes at some little-known coffee shop somewhere. But those aren't the only reasons I loved this movie. It was a bit depressing at times, but it was still heart-warming. "Oh... guys? Don't stay in here all day. I had to take the batteries out of the carbon monoxide detector; it was beeping all night."

The Incredibles - What's better than seeing how a superhero has-been makes a comeback? Not much. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be laughter. Or sleeping. Maybe shopping. That's the ticket! I could BUY my way out of dangerous situations! "Supermodels. Hah! Nothing "super" about them - spoiled, stupid little stick figures with poofy lips who think only about themselves. Feh! I used to design for GODS!"

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Jim Carrey was good. Seriously. I never liked him more than I did in this movie. Kate Winslet was awesome. And the movie was really cool, visually. "Wish me a happy Valentine's Day when you call. That'd be... nice!"

Shrek 2 - I liked this sequel more than I did the original. I laughed. I cried. I turned green with envy. Get it? Green? Like Shrek? Is this thing on? "If we ever need an expert on licking ourselves, we'll give you a call."

Kill Bill: Vol. II - There was ass-kicking. And then more ass-kicking. And then when you least expect it, MORE ass-kicking! And then a crazy oh-my-god-she-did-NOT-just-do-that-oh-wait-she-DID moment. Whew, I'm tired. "I'm a killer. A murdering bastard, you know that. And there are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard."

If I can get the creative juices flowing, I'll try to gather some other Nanette's-best-of lists for ya.

Straighten up

It's pouring outside, as it has been all night, so it feels a little strange to write about a new flat iron for my hair considering I don't really do my hair when it's so rainy out. But I've been meaning to write about it for a while, so here goes. As I've mentioned many times on this blog, I'm the world's biggest consumer. If I see something new, chances are that I'll want to try it. I'm even impressed by new packaging on old products. Quite pathetic, I know. Naturally, when I saw this new flat iron, claiming to be able to flat iron wet hair, I had to try it. I finally tracked one down (at a Rite Aid, actually, on sale for $25, I think - much cheaper than it's listed on drugstore.com.) On days when I actually do my hair, I usually blow dry it and then use a straightener on it - my hair isn't stick straight, it has a bit of a wave to it. I tried this new iron a few times over the past week and LOVE it! It takes less time than drying and then straightening and makes my hair really shiny and a lot straighter. I've gotten lots of compliments when I've used it. So if you deal with unruly hair, try it out. (Vidal Sassoon, feel free to contact me to discuss endorsement deals.)

"Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope." - Pete Holiday

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Truly Outrageous Christmas


It's official. I'm 7 years old. I got the DVD set for seasons 1 and 2 of Jem, one of my favorite cartoons growing up. Brent was so kind to indulge in my childish fantasies by purchasing them for me. I've already watched five episodes of the first season. Coincidentally, Brent also enjoys being 7. One of my gifts to him was this doll of one of his favorite Simpson's characters, Disco Stu.

My mom came down to LA and spent Christmas with us. We joined Brent's family last night and had a really nice dinner - stuffed ourselves silly with Polish food at a restaurant called Warsawa. This weekend Brent and I also saw Blade: Trinity (lots of ass-kicking, but still a crappy movie. Loved Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds, though) and Life Aquatic (long, but very funny).

I've spent much of my free time over the last week finishing the scarf I posted about a while ago, as well as starting and ending another fun, fuzzy scarf. I bought some more needles and yarn tonight. I hope this chilly LA weather keeps up for at least a little while longer so I can wear some of my creations.

In other news, I found out last week that I may be able to extend my London/Paris vacation in March by spending a few days working in our firm's parent company's London office! Not only will I get to enjoy life as a London tourist, I'll get to see what it's like to be part of the working masses! I'm already envisioning myself running around the London office with a list of words for everyone to read off because I love the sound of British accents. Of course, those visions are accompanied by visions of them deporting the crazy Californian girl for disrupting their work day. London will never be the same.

"And these days, I wish I was six again. Oh make me a red cape, I wanna be superman." - John Mayer, 83

Friday, December 24, 2004


Merry Christmas Eve!

You've got G-mail

If you don't have G-mail, I just received six invitations so leave me a comment with your address (or e-mail me, if you know me) and I'll be happy to send you an invite. As I've mentioned before, G-mail is awesome and life-changing.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Attack of the viruses

I started feeling yucky yesterday and as I should have expected, had an awful night's sleep and woke up this morning with a fever and sore throat. I'm hoping it's not strep again and I'm hoping that it's just a 24-hour virus that'll be gone by tomorrow morning. It's no fun being sick. And the worst part was probably while I was a bit delirious and trying to sleep last night, I had 12 Days of Christmas and the Rock Me Like A Hurricane (AC/DC) stuck in my head. Poor Brent had to come in and turn the jazz station on so I could try to get myself to sleep.

Speaking of viruses, our home computer has been under siege for the past 48 hours from a nasty spyware virus. Luckily Brent was able to fix it. He's a handy guy, that one.

I better get to bed and pray to the Health Gods that I'm ok tomorrow. Maybe I've been cursed by that guy from the Netherlands (see last post) with some voodoo spell for not responding to his e-mail.

"She would rather light candles than curse the darkness and her glow has warmed the world." Adlai Stevenson, Eulogy of Eleanor Roosevelt, November 7, 1962

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

What the...

I got this weird e-mail in my work in-box today. I have no idea why anyone would think I have any idea about travel agents. I've never worked on a client that would allude to that. On occasion I get e-mails about patients wanting more info about their diagnosis and conditions (despite the fact that I simply represent medical devices; I'm NOT a doctor), but this takes the cake. Check it out:

Dear Nanette,

This may be a funny request, but I found your Email-address by reading an article on the site of Bloomberg. My wife and I are big fans of the U.S and we want to visit New England in the fall of 2005.(foliage)

We want to travel around by escorted bustour. However it is difficult to make such a tour by Dutch travel agencies. Now I wonder if you can give me some (email)addresses of travel agencies in the U.S. who offer such tours, so that I can directly contact them.

I would be very grateful.

Many kind regards,
(Signed by some guy from the Netherlands.)

Sunday, December 19, 2004

A Very Long Post

This was a nice weekend. Friday night we saw "A Very Long Engagement", which starred Audrey Tautou from one of my favorite movies, "Amelie." A Very Long Engagement was good, but kinda long. The plot was a bit complicated because of the numerous characters and as Brent pointed out, a lot of them had mustaches so that added to the confusion. And coincidentally, A Very Long Engagement seemed like A Very Long Movie at 134 minutes. But I recommend it and I especially liked listening to all the French as I look forward to my trip to France in March.

Brent and I haven't really been to the movies lately. The last one we saw before A Very Long Engagement (which has A Very Long Title, doesn't it?) was the Incredibles. There are a lot of movies in the theater and about to come out that I want to see. They include Spanglish, Blade: Trinity (can't help it - because of Brent, I now thoroughly enjoy watching Wesley Snipes kick vampire ass), Lemony Snicket's, Closer, The Life Aquatic (this is high priority - gotta see this soon!), and The Phantom of the Opera. And don't get me started on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton together again! Trivia: it's the fifth movie they've made together.

On Saturday, my friend, Jen (one of many Jen's I know, by the way) and I took a knitting lesson from a woman we found on Craigslist. Brent had taught me last year, but I had forgotten and thought it might be nice to take a lesson from someone else to avoid stabbing Brent in the eyes with knitting needles, overcome by frustration. (Not that I would, but better to be safe than sorry. We always hurt the ones we love, right?) Alison, the woman who taught us, was really great. If anyone in the LA area (particularly Westside) wants to learn, I highly recommend her. More info here. And her ad is correct - we were knitting in less than 2 hours! I'm currently working on a scarf and this is what I've finished so far.


Warning: as my knitting progresses, you'll likely be blessed with more pictures of my handy work. And another warning for friends and loved ones: if I get good enough, you may be blessed with Nanette-made knits. Just smile and pretend you love them, ok? :)

Today I went with Jami to a sample sale, which didn't produce any fun finds like my Coach shoes like the last sample sale. But I got to hang out with Jami and her adorable daughter, nine-month-old Hallie. (Seriously - she's the world's cutest baby. I'm not kidding. Really.) We also had some yummy Hawaiian food for breakfast from a place called Rutts. Ain't nothing wrong with rice for breakfast.

Alright kids, I'll give you a topic. Alias' move from Sundays to Wednesdays after Lost is a highly anticipate event (at least in my house...ok, at least for me.) Discuss.

Today's quote is for Brent, the world's biggest Karate Kid fan.

"This is a karate dojo, not a knitting class. You don't come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem." - Kreese, Karate Kid

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Coffee catastrophe




It's late, so here's the shorthand version of an event from today.

  • Woke up this morning.
  • Chose outfit to feature cute new Coach shoes (see previous posts).
  • Left for work.
  • Called co-worker to see if she wanted drink from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. She said yes.
  • Got two drinks from CBTL (one for me, one for her).
  • CBTL employee offers drink carrier.
  • I said yes.
  • Get to car, open door, notice that one coffee cup not so secure in drink carrier.
  • Set carrier down in passenger seat to secure not-so-secure drink
  • One drink topples over, spilling mass quantities of steamy, latte liquid into passenger seat.
  • First drink knocks second drink out of carrier, resulting in a pool of coffee on seat so deep that Baywatch is asking to film an episode in my latte lake.
  • Expletives screamed.
  • Shoes inspected. Shoes are OK!
  • Jeans, cream-color sweater and passenger seat are not ok.
  • Call co-worker to tell her I'd be late as I'm covered in liquid.
  • Quickly drive the few blocks home.
  • Clean out car, change clothes. Leave for work.
  • Stop at Ralph's to pick up Febreeze, upholstery cleaner and towels.
  • Remember that new mobile car wash making first appearance at work!!!
  • Arrive at work, pull out sticky parking card.
  • Talk to mobile car wash man. Request shampoo of seat.
  • Car wash complete. Pay man.
  • Man says, "I pulled A LOT of coffee out of that seat!"
  • I smile on the outside, but curse myself on the inside.

That's a whole latte craziness.

"Since I just got promoted, I just thought you two should know - I take my coffee with a little milk, two sugars and a lot less of your bullshit." - George, Dead Like Me


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play

So I went to my first sample sale today, which I believe is just designer stuff sold really cheap. Why they're cheap, I don't know. Maybe they're damaged. Maybe they're not really popular. Maybe they were hanging out with the wrong crowd. This particular sample sale included a lot of Von Dutch (which I even knew was sooooooo 5 minutes ago), Ralph Lauren and some other "labels" I wasn't familiar with. I've never been a "label whore" and into "designers," unless you consider Paul Frank a designer. In my hometown, it was a big deal to have anything Esprit or Guess (neither of which I ever had). This particular sample sale also included some Coach items, which I've always admired but never owned...until today. I bought these shoes because they're really cool looking (even though I tend to hate logo-fied stuff) and very comfortable. Oh, and about half the retail price. The picture doesn't do the shoes justice, really. They're fabulous and I love them. I'm going to buy them dinner, take them out to a movie and then take them home to meet my mom. Luckily her feet are about three sizes smaller than mine (thanks, Dad, for my size 10 feet despite the fact that I'm only 5'4"). Tangent story: my mom likes to put her size 6/7 feet in my size 10 shoes, walk around giggling and saying, "Look, I'm playing dress up in my mom's shoes."


happy, happy, joy, joy

"Can I pull of mysterious and perky? Keep in mind, I will be wearing different shoes." - Claude, Less Than Perfect

Monday, December 13, 2004

Get out!

The latest LA Insight from LABlogs.com. I'm a little late with it, but better late than never.

1. Favorite outdoor shopping area?
I really like the atmosphere of the Grove, but it doesn't have that many stores - so I'm gonna say the Promenade in Santa Monica.

2. Favorite outdoor dining patio?
Maybe C&O in Venice.

3. Favorite outdoor mode of transport (bike/walk/skate/run...)?
I like my bike so much that I have to choose that mode.

4. Favorite outdoor lounging spot (park/beach/yard...)?
My balcony. I was out there on Saturday during the 80 degree weather, lounging and reading. It was really nice and best of all, I don't have to go far at all.

5. Favorite outdoor scene in LA (pretend you are taking a picture, set it up)?
Venice Beach - ya got great chacters like Elton and Betty (scroll down for a description and a link to part of their cable access show), not to mention the tourists (native and foreign) and the crazy outdoor runway guy at that one leather store.

6. Favorite outdoor hike (urban or mountain)?
Sorry, I've never really been hiking.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

If I were a cartoon character...

this is what I would look like!




I didn't like the picture of me that I had in my blogger profile, so Brent drew a cartoon character version of me! I love it! (And I hope you do, too...)

Brent is amazingly talented! I'll have to find some of his other pictures to display on here. You'll be awestruck if you haven't seen his work yet.

Random stuff

A few random thoughts on a Sunday night.

Yesterday was crazy warm - 80 degrees! I posted about it on blogging.la, so be sure to check it out. I joked about a heatwave in Los Angeles when I bought my first coat a few days ago, but I didn't mean for it to be a prediction. I was going to get some more Christmas decorations, but it just seems weird to shop for holiday stuff in flip flops. We did get a poinsettia at the store tonight, so the holiday spirit is creeping in slowly but surely.

Did anyone see the "John Mayer Has a TV Show" show on VH1 last Thursday? Freakin' hilarious! (And I'm not just saying that because I like John - he's really funny.) Check it out on re-runs if you get the chance.

Speaking of musicians, I have a few concerts lined up that I'm VERY excited about. On Tuesday night, I'm going to see Sara Bareilles (also known as Sara B.) She's like the lovechild of Alicia Keys, Sarah McLaughlin and Tori Amos. On Jan. 29, I'm seeing Ray LaMontagne, the seemingly long lost brother of Van Morrison. And I just found out about Marc Broussard's show at HOB on Feb. 4. Yay for live music!

Last night I went to a really fun party at my friend, Tori's, place. I love it when people are into the holiday spirit. And I really love it when people are such good hosts, like Tori. She kept the drinks and laughter coming.

Today Brent and I went to the Bazaar Bizarre. Despite my not feeling "hip" enough to attend, I bought two really cute bibs for two of my co-workers at work who are pregnant - one with a boy and one with a girl.

Here's the one I got for the one having a boy because the mom loves cats. The bib is yellow but it's hard to see in the picture.




And here's the one I got for the baby girl. It's pink, but it's hard to tell in this photo.




The Bazaar Bizarre inspired me to be more crafty, although I don't think I'll be taking another sewing class. I'll probably take a knitting class, though. I need a hobby.

"Think of it as a hobby. Something you do to relax. You're an 'assassination enthusiast.' "
Jim Byrd, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

A Picture Share!

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera
Moblogging brent

Friday, December 10, 2004

And the award goes to...

Tonight was my company's holiday party, which was tons of fun. I actually received an award tonight (one of five or so given out, as voted by my co-workers) for being the most helpful/dependable at my firm. Cool, huh?

In other news, I posted on blogging.la tonight. Check it out.

I'm really tired, so no fun quote and not many fun Nanette-isms tonight. Maybe I'm not so helpful after all...

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Auntie Nanette

My mom called me yesterday at work and said, "Hi Auntie Nanette." I didn't really hear her and went on with the conversation. "What's going on?" I asked. She said, "Didn't you hear me?" "Huh?" "Auntie Nanette." "What the? Oh.......... Chris (my brother) is going to have a baby. And you're gonna be a grandma!" I've mentioned on here before that my brother and I don't get along at all. But I am happy for him, I guess. I don't know that he's ready for a kid, but who ever is? He already has a 3-year-old step daughter.

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Anyhow, I had brunch with some of the blogging.la folks last weekend. That was pretty cool as they were all really nice, although I have to admit that it was kinda weird to meet people in the flesh that I've known only as online personas.

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In preparation for my London/Paris trip next month and because it's been so chilly here in Los Angeles, I bought my first coat ever yesterday. It's very similar to this one:



Growing up I always had jackets, but never coats. I'm very excited to wear this, although knowing my luck, Los Angeles will probably have a heat wave now.

"You'd better be careful with that coat... You'll start a war!" - Kramer, Seinfeld

Monday, December 06, 2004

Now featuring

Ok, kids. I did a little exploring and playing around with my blog tonight. I've been wanting to add some of these new features for a while, but didn't get around to doing it until now.

The updates include:
  • links to my favorite sites
  • links to my favorite blogs
  • new names for my "recent posts" and "archives" sections
  • a section to feature my blogging.la posts
  • a guestbook (which I may delete if no one uses it)
  • a guestmap (so I can see where all of you are)
Enjoy!

"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better." - G. C. Lichtenberg

Yay!

I was exploring some helpful info on blogger.com today and find out how to "moblog" - blogging with my mobile. I can send pictures (like the test picture below) and/or text to directly to my blog if I'm not at a computer. Rock on! What this means for you, the two people who read my blog, is that now I can send fun pics and blogs while I'm on the go. Fun!

By the way, the test picture below highlights the multitude of liquids I had on my desk today: one water bottle and TWO containers of coffee. (One from the morning and one as a late afternoon break.) I was wired, needless to say.

A Picture Share!

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera
Testing moblog

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Brrrrrrrrrr

Latest LA Insight from LABlogs.com.

1. Do you own a winter jacket?
Nope. I have a leather jacket, but have only worn it twice since I've lived in LA.
2. Do you like the winter mountain sports? Skiing, boarding, sledding, snowshoe, etc...
Well, I tried skiing once and liked it, despite my desire to give up halfway through the lesson. I'd like to try boarding.
3. Big Bear, Mammoth or other?
Never been to either. When I skied, it was in Tahoe.
4. Favorite hot drink?
Chai Tea.
5. Heater setting?
Right now it's not on. Brent has to try to light the pilot without blowing up our condo.
6. At night, more blankets, more pajamas, more heater are all of the above?All of the above once we get our heater turned on. For now it's more blankets, pjs and my carring around a space heater from room to room.
7. Do you go out and enjoy the cold or bundle up and stay inside?
Bundle up and stay inside.
8. Cold temps. Stay for a while or bring back the 70s?
Bring back the 70s!

Santa hits Tinseltown

My blogging.la post for your viewing enjoyment.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Vicious Re-cycle

The gate into our parking garage at home is on the fritz, so our garage hasn't been secure for the past few days. We found out tonight that one of our neighbors had two of their bikes stolen, which were not secured. That in itself is sad, but get this... whoever took the two bikes left the crappy bikes they were riding! Our neighbor was laughing about her misfortune. She said, "Who would want to take a 10-year-old bike?" Brent told her... "Someone with a 15-year-old bike."

Luckily, our bikes were securely locked (isn't that an oxymoron?) on this. Since our bikes are so new - I've riden mine less than a dozen times - we would have been LIVID if they were taken.

"Well, you have a sweet bike. And you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you're like the only guy at school who has a mustache." - Napoleon Dynamite (to Pedro)

Not my fault!

Just because Courtney Love is hanging out with me (notice the bag?) doesn't mean I'm to blame for her bad plastic surgery. Gross.

Photo from A Socialite's Life, a very entertaining site.


yikes

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Chili cheese lies

As much as I'd like to think that my life is amazingly interesting, I'm well aware that it's probably not. However, I do have friends with some pretty funny stories that I may need to share on occasion.

My first example is something that happened when my friend, Stacie, came to visit recently. She was working from my condo while I was at work, but decided to take a break and walk to the nearby liquor store for a snack. Hanging outside the liquor store were a couple of guys, one who approached Stacie and had the following conversation.

Random Guy: Do you have $5 to ride the bus?
Stacie: No.
Random Guy: Ok. How about $3?
Stacie: Wait a sec...I thought you just asked for $5.
Random Guy: Well, I wanted the $5 to ride the bus...
Stacie: But now you only want $3?
Random Guy: Ok, it's $3 to ride the bus. The other $2 were for chili cheese fries.
Stacie: ... (laughing)... ok, I'll give ya $3.

I'd like to say this would only happen in LA, but I have a feeling that there are needy folks across America telling more of these chili cheese lies.

The Cereal Life

Today I saw this story and almost lost my mind in excitement. Ironically, I was snacking on dry Fruit Loops when I read it! That's how much I love cereal, especially for dinner. Reading the article, I had visions of my own LA-based franchise and my everlasting sugar high. Landscapin' the front of the restaurant with Fruity Pebbles, hangin' out with the boys (Cap'n Crunch and Toucan Sam), telling all the English tourists, "Cheerio(s)!" My restaurant would be successful because I'd have so many Lucky Charms. Of course that'll never happen, but that's Life.

"Oh, I miss those days with Mary. Breakfast in bed, lunch in bed. Cleaning the sheets... cause there's food in the bed." - Dick Soloman, 3rd Rock from the Sun


Move along, little doggie

I posted a sad doggie story at blogging.la last night. Go check it out.

Thanks!


Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Under pressure

Before my boss knew that I was a blogger, she asked me to become a blog guru, as it relates to our industry of public relations, and send an overview of helpful blog information to our staff. I had been asked to do this last month, but I was taken aback by all the information and speculation and guidance there is out there for applying what I do to the gazillion blogs in the blogosphere. However, today Merriam-Webster Inc announced that "blog" was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year, forcing me to finish my e-mail overview to distribute to our staff tomorrow. The pressure! I've just completed it, though, so the pressure is somewhat relieved. I mentioned in my e-mail that "Trying to sum up in one e-mail what blogs are, their many uses and the 'rules' associated with them is like trying to corral two dozen three-year-olds into a Ford Escort – virtually impossible." Hopefully, I'll still come off as our resident blog guru.

And thankfully I was able to relieve a bit of that stress with an oldie but goodie. Enjoy!

"When I had that, there was too much pressure to use it. All I want out of life is to be a monkey of moderate intelligence who wears a suit. That's why I've decided to transfer to Business School." - Gunther the Monkey, Futurama

Sunday, November 28, 2004

I'm in with the "in" crowd



I was recently chosen as one of the new bloggers for blogging.la! This site includes various bloggers who post about the wild, wacky and thought-provoking events/trends/happenings in the Los Angeles area. It's actually part of a larger network of sites called metroblogs. Lots of big cities have sites like these now, but it's not so easy to get in as a blogger. I had to go through a timed obstacle course, including a race carrying the Atlas stone, dodging tennis balls, and preparing a feast with blogs as the main ingredient a la Iron Chef.

So when my friends, like the one I saw this week while I was in Visalia for Thanksgiving during his hiatus from medical school, tease me about my "internet site," not only can I post info on here for my immediate readers to see, it has potential to get spread much wider. Much, much wider. Those cross-dressing, porno-watching, Swamp Thing-kissing, prostate exams stories don't seem so secret anymore, do they? I kid!

Please note that I'm not supposed to cross-pollinate my posting, so at least twice a week you can count on my directing you to my blogging.la posts, in addition to my posts on this site.

In other news from my jaunt home, I had a little incident on Friday night. I sat in bed, around midnight, reading a book of short stories. I was having a bit of an asthma attack, but had left my inhaler in Los Angeles. I remember my dad telling me that sucking on ice cubes can help an attack, but half a dozen cubes later, I was still wheezing pretty badly. It was nearly 1 a.m. After calling the local Walgreens to ensure they were open, I ran out of the house clothed in my gray Cal Poly sweatshirt, my flowered pajama pants I made in my sewing class and vowed never to be seen in public in, and some brown striped flip-flops - I was definitely a vision of loveliness. I jumped in my car and hoped that my windshield would defrost faster. I arrived at Walgreens, still wheezing, only to find that the only asthma medication left on the shelves were the inhaler refills for Primatene Mist. Ya can't use the refills without the main inhaler! I asked the pharmacist if that's all there was, but thankfully was told that the Primatene tablets were kept behind the front counter. I think she could sense the panic in my eyes and my breathing. I get to the front counter, where I was greeted by an 18-year-old clerk who wanted to flirt.

"So, you went to Cal Poly?"
"Yes. I'm looking for Primatene tablets!!!" (trying not to panic as panic induces worse asthma attacks)
"Did you graduate?" (with one eye brow raised and his best hey-baby smile)
"Yup. Journalism degree. In 2000." (read: I'm way too old for you.)
"Nice. Total is $13.83"

I grabbed my tablets, made it home, and was breathing easier shortly after.

"There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language." - William Osler

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


reeeeeeachhhhhh........ Posted by Hello

As I mentioned in my Nov. 12 post, I took a ballet class taught by my old roomie and dear friend, Jen. Well, what I didn't mention because I didn't want to spoil the surprise is that a group of us took it because Jen was going to be part of an article about adults taking ballet as an alternative to the gym! The article was published last week, but we didn't find it until today. That's me in the brown top and pink pants, struggling to reach my foot while the graceful Gumby next to me makes it look so easy. :) You can see another picture, as well as read the article here. This was written by the AP, so it was picked up in a few papers across the nation. Fun, ain't it?

"When I dance, people think I'm looking for my keys." - Ray from Everybody Loves Raymond

Monday, November 22, 2004

Happy Holly Homemaker


Posted by Hello

I did something a little weird tonight: I cooked. (GASP!) Tonight I was inspired enough to make a salad with lettuce, dried cranberries, glazed walnuts, gorgonzola cheese and red raspberry vinagrette. That was just the starter! Then I made angel hair pasta with a ground beef and tomato sauce! And you know what I'm doing right now??? BAKING COOKIES! (Yes, they are the store-bought ones that you just break apart, put on a sheet and slide in the oven.) Regardless, I actually spent time in the kitchen. Tomorrow night I'm making this to bring to our company potluck Thanksgiving celebration. Someone's gotta take over for Martha while she's in prison, right?

[pulls out an aerosol can] "What? Is this cheese? How are you going to clean up the kitchen with cheese, Shake?" - Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Picture this

Brent took pics of our condo today to show his mom, who won't be able to see our place until January, so I thought I'd post them on here for my friends who haven't made it over to our new place. They're out of order because I was being lazy. Enjoy!

futon in guest room/office Posted by Hello

giant bed! Posted by Hello

barstools Posted by Hello

balcony Posted by Hello

living room Posted by Hello

view from giant bed Posted by Hello

me chillin in the guest room/office Posted by Hello

living room Posted by Hello

Friday, November 19, 2004

Crazy-go-nuts over here!

Too....busy...to....blog...

Must...do...lots...of...work...

Will....blog...soon...


Thursday, November 18, 2004

To tree or not to tree

I'm starting to get into the Christmas spirit and it's not even Thanksgiving! Last night I turned on the Christmas lights on our balcony, which we keep up all year long. I lit some candles, including a new one I just got from Pier 1. I bought it because it smells like cherry Jell-o. And somehow the combination of the warm glow of our lighting and the cherry Jell-o scent reminded me of Christmas. (I've never equated cherry Jell-o to Christmas before...)

My biggest dilemma at the moment is whether or not I want to get a tree for our condo. On one hand, I like the idea of decorating it with white lights and gold bows and having a place to put all the presents, but on the other hand, I don't like the idea of dealing with pine needles as an addition to all the other stuff that collects on our floors (i.e., my hair and red fuzz from our shag rug) and having to figure out how to get rid of the tree after the holiday season. It's also nice to think of a tree enjoying its life in the woods as nature intended rather than on a tree stand in my condo. And is it really worth the money? Trees were freakin' expensive when I last bought one about 6 years ago - I'm sure they're even more outrageous now.

"They can't evict you on Christmas! Then you'd be ho-ho-homeless!" - Simon in the movie, "Go"

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

I'm a bad friend

I have a bad habit of letting too much time go by in between conversations with friends. Last night I got a call from my oldest friend, Andrea. It was the first time I'd spoken with her since March (which was over instant message, so that doesn't really count) and prior to that in September 2003, at my dad's funeral, which she unbelievably flew across the country for. (She lives in the Washington D.C. area.) We've known each other since we were 4 and usually don't let so much time pass in between visits, but somehow we both got caught up in being adults and doing adult things like working, buying condos, going back to school and dealing with families.

I think these scenarios are common with lots of folks: there are the friends you have and don't talk to for awhile, but when you do, it's like you were never apart (such is the case with Andrea). And then there are other friends whom you don't talk to and things kind of fizzle out. That's NEVER my intention when it comes to making friends and meeting new people, but that sometimes happens.

Tsk, tsk. I promise, right here in front of all of you readers, that I will keep in better contact with my friends! I actually have a couple more that I need to track down. I'll make it my mission to do so before Thanksgiving because I can't think of a better way to start off the holiday season.
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation." - George Washington

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Weekend recap

I got bored again so new template with new picture - even though I'm not blond like the girl in the cartoon.

I saw a couple celebs this weekend. Yesterday at Bay Cities Deli we saw Randall Batinkoff, who I knew best from "For Keeps" but was also in "School Ties" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movies. Last night while we were getting dinner at the Promenade, we saw DMC of the rap group, Run DMC. He's the one with the glasses, although he wasn't wearing them last night. He was in the full black outfit, complete with hat, though, so it was really easy to identify him.

Today Brent and I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Didn't buy anything, but had fun people watching. And we didn't touch anything, but we felt dirty regardless. I got to have a soft frozen lemonade and a churro - yum!

I saw Bridget Jones on Friday night. Very cute, but as some of the reviews pointed out it was more of a remake than a sequel. But I'm not complaining - ya can't go wrong with Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Continuing the romantic comedy/Colin Firth/Hugh Grant theme, I made Brent watch Love Actually with me on Saturday. That movie is so warming.

"Girls love musicians, don't they? Even the really weird ones get girlfriends." - Sam in Love Actually

Friday, November 12, 2004

First meal of the day

Today's LA Insight from LABlogs.com is all about breaking the fast.

1. General question, where is your favorite breakfast in LA?
John O'Groats
2. What do you order?
The applesauce or pumpkin pancakes
3. There is great Mexican food in LA, where do you go for huevos rancheros or a breakfast burrito?
I don't really eat those - sorry.
4. For a quick bagel or donut, where do you stop?
Hmm...I don't really eat bagels or donuts very often. I guess Winchell's for donuts.
5. Any greasy spoons that you brave or would like to?
We tried Norm's a couple times, but the food isn't great and we don't necessarily fit in with the oxygen-tank elderly crowd.
6. Over priced breakfast?
We haven't tried it yet, but I'm betting that Lemon Moon is probably over-priced.
7. Coffee, tea, or juice; where is the best spot?
Panini Coffee in Marina Del Rey has the best chai tea, but I don't get over there very often. Coffee Bean is my coffee place of choice.
8. You have guests from out of town, where do you take them for an overall great breakfast?
John O'Groats, although we just tried a place in Santa Monica called Blueberry, which was pretty good.

Butterfly in the sky...

...I can go twice as high...take a look...it's in a book...Reading Rainbow

As I mentioned in my last post, we took Brent's mom out to dinner for her birthday. We went to a hip restaurant called Crustacean. While we were there, we (or Brent, actually) saw the "evil guy from Karate Kid 3." For those of you who don't know, Brent LOVES Karate Kid movies. He can recite lines and probably tell you who the third guy from the left when they walk into the mall was (not that I know that they even walk into a mall in any of the KK movies). But even better, we then saw LeVar Burton, former host of Reading Rainbow and Kunta Kinte from the Roots mini-series.

Last night I took a ballet class that my friend, Jen, teaches. Man, that girl has more grace in her left pinky than I've EVER had in my entire life! It was great to watch her do what she does best - she's a great dancer and a great teacher. Some other friends were there, too (Tori, Angie and her roommate, Katie) and we enjoyed the class so much that there's talk of taking it again. It was a really great workout - I can feel the wrath today in my out-of-shape body.

"Of course, you don't have to take my word for it." - LeVar Burton

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Hairy situation

I just don't get it. I hardly blow-dry my hair and I wear it up a lot of the time, but somehow we always end up with my hair all over our condo! I love our fake hardwood floors, but they're light and my black hair shows up so much. Sigh...I guess there could be worse things in life, so I'll quit complaining.

Tonight is a great TV night: Lost, The Bachelor, Wife Swap. Thank god for TiVo. We're going to take Brent's mom out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. Yay for nice restaurants!

I'm keeping this post short. I gotta go to work and do the deeds for da' man!

[talking on the phone] "And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire." - Milton Waddams, Office Space

Monday, November 08, 2004

It IS easy being green

I got bored. I changed my template and my profile pic. I may change them again.

And to keep Nicole busy at work, I present.....some of my favorite sites!

OddTodd.com - He's the funniest unemployed guy I don't really know.

Homestarrunner.com - I used to check this site all the time, but it's been a long time. I still love it, though, especially the Teen Girl Squad cartoons.

BoingBoing.net - I blame Brent. I check this site all the time now. Damn him. Edit: Sorry! Had the wrong link. The correct one is up now!

OldNavy.com - Come on. Ya know ya need some new pajamas for your upcoming jammy jam.

LABlogs.com and Blogging.la - I realize you're not in the LA area, but these are still good reads.

Craigslist - Again, the LA version. I like the discussion boards and the missed connections. Oh, those poor lost souls who actually believe that the hottie they saw at Borders will read Craigslist, too.

Hip Clicks via USAToday - This woman is hilarious!

Ok, Nicole. I hope this helps your days go by much faster. When all else fails, page yourself on the intercom and see if anyone recognizes your voice.


Friday, November 05, 2004

We are family

This week's Los Angeles insight from LABlogs is fun. See my responses below.

1. How far do you live from you family? I'm three hours south of my hometown, Visalia, where my family lives.

2. How often do you see them? When my dad was ill, I was up there everyother weekend. After he died, I went about once a month, but now that we've been so focused on our condo I haven't been there for a few months. I'm going back soon, though. Probably Thanksgiving.

3. Do you have a large or small family? Small. Mom, Dad, bro, me, grandfather, uncle. Everyone else is in Sac or other places.

4. Are family gatherings something that you look forward to or dread? I hate to admit it, but I dread it. I don't like my mom's family much. They're really unfriendly and sometimes even mean. I love seeing my grandfather (on my dad's side), though.

5. What kind of support to you get from your family? Well, I consider mybrother estranged. I don't like him for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of the way he reacted to my father's illness and death. So, I get and give no support to him. I hear a little about what's going with him through my mom. My mom is very supportive of both my bro and I - she's an amazing, amazing woman.

6. Have you adopted any local family, either because you or they are from out of town? Brent's parents have adopted me. They're a great family-away-from-family.

7. Who do you love more, mom or dad? Ha, just kidding. What did you learn from your mom?

  • Gay men make great friends.
  • You don't turn on the light - you "open" it.
  • You don't turn off the light - you "close" it.
  • Just because you don't think your mother has an accent doesn't mean that your friends can understand her.
  • Slippers are not only articles of clothing but weapons for spanking.
  • Bingo isn't just for old people.
  • Always tip waiters/waitresses very well - if they deserve it.
  • Don't be afraid to complain (although I find that it's better to do it nicely - people are more apt to give you what you want.)
  • Computers are only good for one thing - playing solitaire.
  • It's ok to buy something at a cosmetic counter to get the free gift.
8. What did you learn from your dad?
  • The Three Stooges are cool; so are Laurel and Hardy and Bugs Bunny.
  • Puns are fun.
  • You need to periodically check the oil in your car. And the water. And the air in the tires.
  • It's ok to be silly with your friends, even when you're adults.
  • Men can and SHOULD be romantic. (Every year he celebrated the day he and my mom went on their first date.)
  • You don't have to be over-protective of your children if you trust their judgment.
  • Getting in trouble at work/laid off/fired isn't the end of the world.
  • It's ok to "fight the power." (He ran for local office once, which I thought was really cool even though he didn't win.)
  • You can make a difference in your community and your country. (He was VERY active with his veteran groups and very proud of his military service.)
  • Dads should help their daughters with moving, auto repair, cooking lessons and sometimes....boys!
  • It's ok if you don't get A+ (not because your dad never get A's) as long as you tried your best.
  • Musicians are cool, especially bass players!
  • It's ok to like wacky music. For instance, I just found this last night and I think it's my new favorite song.

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates



Thursday, November 04, 2004

I see London, I see France

I still can't believe these election results. Right now I'm happy to be a Californian amongst fellow Democrats, but not that proud to be an American. Why would America keep an asshat monkey who has kept us in a war for way too long, among other crimes against humanity? And don't get me started on the 11 states who voted to ban gay marriages! Free your mind, people!

On election night I was taking out my aggression on a pair of pajama pants in my sewing class. I actually started sewing! With a machine and everything! It's too early to tell if this is something I'll want to invest in, but I'm liking it so far.

Today I booked my first international trip. Shelby and I are going to London and France in March! (Sorry, Brent - we'll honeymoon somewhere international, I promise!) Shelby is going for two weeks and I'm meeting her there for one. Now I need to learn some French. How do you say, "I'm from Canada"?

This weekend I'll be vacationing somewhere a little closer to home and at this moment, my heart. Good ol' San Luis Obispo! I've only been back a few times since I graduated from Cal Poly so I really look forward to the opportunities to see my college town through adult eyes. Brent and I are going to have a blast showing off wacky attractions like Bubble Gum Alley, as well as some of my/our favorite restaurants (Firestone's, Splash - technically in Pismo Beach, and maybe even Margie's, if our stomachs can handle it).

"Hey, buddy," this guy says. "America...love it or leave it!" And I go, "What? And be a victim of our foreign policy?" - Barry Crimmins


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

I voted!

I just got back from voting. I feared long lines, so I got there right when the polls opened (7 a.m. - ugh). I'm still registered at Brent's parents' address, so my polling place was in Cheviot Hills. I was the youngest person there, not counting the kids on the scooters who were there just to hang out. It was in a resident's garage. And instead of poking out chads, they gave us these little ink-stamp things that filled in the little circles, like an SAT test. Sorta like bingo dobbers! (My mother would be so excited!)

Now comes the waiting. I doubt we'll know by the end of tonight because I'm sure something crazy will happen in at least one of the states, like the ballot box was abducted by Bat Boy or the polling places are stuck in a strange space-time continuum hiccup. Don't know why I assume it'll be something sci-fi...it just sounds cooler that way, I guess.

"The ballot is stronger than bullets." - Joseph Schumpeter

Sunday, October 31, 2004

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood

We took our first neighborhood bike ride today because it was too gorgeous out to resist. It's great being so close to the beach. We rode down to the bike path that goes from Santa Monica south to Redondo (maybe further? I have to look into that...) This was the first time I'd taken my lovely Paul Frank bike for a spin since we moved here. Once I learned the bike path etiquette, I had fun ringing my little "I love my bike" bell and saying, "On your left" as I passed. It was especially fun with the little kids who had bells, too, because then they'd ring their bell.

Brent's mom got us a crock pot and I made our first meal in it. We made a recipe I found online called Philippine Chicken, which included water, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and a whole cut up chicken. I cooked it for 4 hours and served it over rice. It was very yummy, if I do say so myself, and I look forward to making more meals. I'm especially looking forward to making meals before I go to work to have it ready and waiting when I get home from work. Rock on!

It's really windy outside right now. It's creating weird creaks in our heater and shaking our window shades, but I'm enjoying it. I like crazy weather (rain, thunder, wind) if I'm not out in it. I like bundled up inside, all nice and cozy, while the world outside goes just a little haywire. Just a little - not a lot.

"Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous." - Leanardo DaVinci

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Shame on me

I'm a bad blogger. And I'm vowing to be better. I think about my blog at least once a day, but I often feel like I don't have anything compelling to say. When interesting things happen in my life, I think, "I can blog about that!" However, nothing too interesting is going on. I'll see what I can do, though.

Apparently I took the short bus to sewing class. I think I'm the furthest behind! People were starting to sew and I was still pinning and cutting! Granted, I'm making two pieces at once (top and bottom pajama pieces), but I'm certainly kicking myself for not starting off with something smaller...like a scrunchie. Or a coaster. Or a napkin. When/if I finish those pjs, I'm gonna wear them ALL THE TIME! To my wedding, to the upcoming workplace holiday party, to YOUR house! Watch out!

We're dressing up tomorrow for work. I'll try to take pics because I think my costume is fun. I'm trying to convince Brent to dress up as Napoleon Dynamite, but he won't do it. He has the "Vote for Pedro" shirt from the screening we went to and all he'd need to do is add a blond curly wig and glasses.

The upcoming elections are making me nervous. There was an article yesterday about the potential for a tie. It said, "A freak tie result in the U.S. presidential election could mean the House of Representatives would choose the next president, a scenario that would favor Republican incumbent Bush. But since the Senate would decide the vice presidency, Bush could end up with Democrat John Edwards." Apparently there's a 3.25% chance of a tie. Yikes.

I'm going to vote and wear my "I Voted" sticker proudly. You should, too. When else is it cool to wear stickers?

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Rockin' steady

As I contemplate this week's concert binge, all I can say is amazing, simply amazing. Marc Broussard at the Roxy on Thursday night was freakin' AWESOME! Marc Broussard is a relatively little man, but has a HUGE voice!

Stacie and I met the lead singer and bass player from Blue Merle, the opening act. I really enjoyed their show. They're Counting Crows meets Coldplay meets Dave Matthews. One of the best parts of their performance was how much they seemed to be enjoying it. They said, "We just finished our first album! You ALL should do a first album because it feels GREAT!" I'd like to think I'm pretty enthusiastic about everything I do in my job, but if I could literally rock out while pitching the media, writing press releases and meeting with clients - well, that would be surreal. So definitely check out Blue Merle's site site and hear a few of their songs.

At Gavin's show at the House of Blues on Friday, he was fabulous, as always. I'd never been to a show with such a big group of friends (we were with a group of 9). It was cool to see how other people enjoy shows. Stacie and I were rocking out while others were soaking it in. Stacie also managed to get us VIP access to the third floor. Although it didn't get us better views of the stage, it still up-ed our cool factor. :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Sew, sew, suck your toe all the way to Mexico

Sewing is a sport. And I'm going to petition to get it added to the next Olympics. There is special equipment required: tracing wheel, seam ripper, bobbins, etc. There is a set of rules: the fabric has to face a certain way because of the grainline and because of the nap, be sure to put the pattern pieces near the fold, blah, blah, blah. And of course, there are the entertaining characters, much like the WWE (formerly known as the WWF). There's one woman who I'll just call Too-Much-Info Ingrid (TMII). By the end of the three-hour class, I knew WAY too much about her, as did the rest of the class.

But I did have fun and I will go back. I may have to get a different pattern and fabric before the next class though because apparently I chose a difficult pattern with an even more difficult fabric. I may have to save the pajamas once I've built up my skills.

On a different note, here are some things I did today that you probably didn't:

1. Traveled 600 miles.
2. Traveled under the ocean.
3. Rode a nifty little invention in San Francisco called the Bart.
4. Cleaned your condo because Stacie is coming to visit.
5. Almost got the smackdown from airport security because the combo of your umbrella and cellphone in your bag looked suspicious.
6. Missed a flight.
7. Thought you wouldn't get home until 10 (instead of 6).
8. Got on a flight after all - home by 8.
9. Fell asleep on the plane (twice) and hoped you didn't snore, fart or talk in your sleep.
10. Ran out of interesting items to make a complete list of 10.

I'm tired. Going to bed to rest in anticipaton of Concert Binge 2004 - the Reunion Tour.

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Red Auerbach

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Celeb-rate good times - come on!

The celeb sightings continue! Today at dim sum Willem Dafoe walked right by our table! I was so excited, yet managed to contain myself. I love him! Maybe I'll see some more celebs at the upcoming concerts.

Brent just hung this huge mirror above our couch and it looks AWESOME! It's a really great addition. Good job, B!

I went to pick up supplies for my sewing class today. Didn't realize fabric was so freakin' expensive! I hope the pajamas I plan to make turn out ok.

And I'm back to my little Honda Del Sol. Switched the Jeep Grand Cherokee with my mom. I drove it today and felt like someone out of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I have a whole new perspective of my neighborhood since I'm so low to the ground.

Time for some haikus!

RAIN

It may rain tonight
Perhaps like it did last night
Gotta close windows!

LAUNDRY
Did laundry today
Dirty clothing piled up
Now they are so clean



Saturday, October 16, 2004

I Spy a Celeb at the Hardware Store

When Brent and I go out, I like to request from him some celebrity sightings. Not that he has any control over it, but it's certainly fun to ask. Today was a good celeb day. We went to the Bev Center to get a mirror from Z Gallerie. First Brent pointed out John Henson, who is actually a pretty minor celeb, if I must admit. But then we went to OSH and Brent pointed out an even better celeb sighting: ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jimmy Smits!

I just woke up from a nap, and I'm still really tired. I feel like I could sleep another couple hours, but that's just going to throw off my sleep cycle. And my mom is going to be here in about an hour, so I should probably straighten up a bit.

"Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up." - Anonymous



Thursday, October 14, 2004

My name is Nanette and I'm a concert addict

Props to Mimi/Christina for having extra tickets to Gavin's show next week. (Read here for my previous post about not getting tickets before it sold out.) I was able to talk Stacie into coming down for the show, as well as attending the Marc Broussard show the night before. Hee, hee. I'm an enabler. Stacie and I are co-dependent. AND WE LOVE IT!

Brent and I went grocery shopping, or to the "market," as he likes to call it. As part of the deluge of coupons sent to us for being new homeowners, we used our nine or so coupons for free stuff at Ralph's. It was like a mini-version of Supermarket Sweep. "Where's the Sara Lee mustard?!?!? WHERE IS IT?!?!?! What about the 9 oz. Glade spray?!?!? FIND IT!!!" I think Brent is going to start making me wear a blindfold when we go shopping because I gravitate toward things too easily. "Oooohhhh.....shiny!" "My mom NEVER let me have Goober peanut butter/jelly when I was a kid!"

Speaking of parental units, Mom is coming this weekend. We're heading to Versailles for yummy Cuban food on Saturday night and out for dim sum on Sunday. YUM! Maybe some shopping, too. :) I miss my mom. She's a wacky, older version of me. People gravitate toward her. It's amazing to watch.

"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
- W.R. Wallace

Yum!

Brent and I hung out with a 12-foot man eating plant last night... sort of. We saw the stage musical of Little Shop of Horrors at the Ahmanson theater downtown. Very good (I love musicals), with a different ending than the movie. Boy, those people sure can sing!

Before the show, we had the world's BEST cheeseburger from Pinot Grill. While we were eating it, before the show, during intermission and after the show, we couldn't stop talking about what a great burger it was. The sad thing about it is that it was simply fresh ingredients that made it taste so yummy. We'll definitely be going back, even without another show to see.

"Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks." - Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

Monday, October 11, 2004

Warm it up, Kris. I'm about to. Warm it up, Kris, 'cuz that's what I was born to do!

The condo is officially warmed! Thanks to all our friends who helped us celebrate Saturday night. (And a tip for condo/apartment dwellers: let your neighbors know you're having a get-together so they don't freak out about peeps coming in and out of the complex. We let our neighbors know and they were appreciative.)

As a result of all the fabulous wine we got as gifts, Brent and I must start to actually learn about wine. I was thinking about getting Wine for Dummies , but I literally (and literary - HA!) have at least 9 books to read before I can buy other books. Maybe I can find a Saturday class about wine.

Speaking of classes, don't know if I've already mentioned this on here, but I'm taking a sewing class that starts next week! I'm so excited! Maybe I'll ask Santa for a nice sewing machine if it turns out to be a hobby I can actually stick with.

I've found these checks, but I still have a couple packs to go before I need new ones. Maybe all the checks I've been writing for our mortgages and utilities will deplete my supply so I can justify getting the Hello Kitty ones. They're SOOOO cute!

By the way, if you have a wishlist on Amazon.com, I'd love to know. I'm sure it'll make things easier come Christmas time! I have one, which I haven't added to in a while. Just go to Amazon and search for my full name.

Don't know if you noticed the counter on the bottom of my site. I put it up in September. Thought I'd share these interesting stats about my blog:

50% of my viewers are first time viewers. The others are returning visitors.
My busiest time is 1 p.m.
My busiest day is Monday.
My total page views since Sept. 8 are 602.
I've had 20 page views today, including 12 unique visitors and 6 first time visitors.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

i wanna publish zines
and rage against machines
i wanna pierce my tongue
it doesn't hurt, it feels fine

- Harvey Danger, Flagpole Sitta




Thursday, October 07, 2004

Muwa-ha-ha


Evil Nanners Posted by Hello

Thought I'd add this photo to my profile. And if you know me, I don't do anything normal if I don't have to. Evil Nanners is fun, isn't she? This photo is from last year, shortly after Brent was "Evil Brent" for Halloween. His version of "dressing up in costume" was wearing a mustache with his normal clothes. The next day I tried the mustache on and voila! Evil Nanners!

For all my out-of-town readers, this Saturday at 6 p.m., send your karma to LA for our condo-warming party. I'm sad you can't be there, but you CAN be there in spirit!

Time for my occasional music/household product/television programming plugs:

Since I'm so excited for the upcoming Marc Broussard concert at the Roxy, I'd like to recommend his latest CD, Carencro. It's great. Y'all should get ready...to rock steady.


Swiffer Dusters
are fabulous! I got some the other day and just ran around dusting stuff. Lots of fun....seriously! "Swiffer Dusters have the trapping power of Swiffer® in a fluffy, go-anywhere form. Swiffer Dusters use thousands of soft, fluffy fibers that can change shape." Gotta love FLUFFY! OOOH! Just saw on the site that it can be made to puff up! I'm gonna have to try that!

As for my take on tv:

Still watching Lost. At least once an episode I get chills.

Wife Swap is like a train wreck: you don't wanna look, but you have to!

"TV is chewing gum for the eyes." - Frank Lloyd Wright






Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Confessions of a teenage drama watcher

I admit it, I watched Laguna Beach on MTV, a reality show that's promoting itself as the "real Orange County." It follows around these Laguna Beach teens and documents the drama that is their life. What a harsh life, being able to throw a formal party in a hotel room at $700 a night, thanks to mom and dad, I'm sure. Ok, I'm not jealous, I'm not bitter. Just a little amazed. I can't make any promises, but I'm going to try my best to stay away from this "reality" show.

Brent and I went to a wedding this weekend, with a traditional Chinese dinner reception. Never thought I'd try jellyfish. Tasted like cold noodles. Afterwards, we went dancing at a club in San Francisco. I haven't been dancing in forever and I miss it dearly. I used to go practically once a week in college. Granted, I was 19-21, with a lot more stamina and apparently a lot more tolerance for stupid people. Why ya gotta bump into me? I was dancing here first.

As an update to my mom's trip to the Philippines, well, she hated it. She actually cut her trip short because it was so freakin' hot and humid. And she couldn't stand all the traffic and the way people drive. She said they don't pay attention to the lines on the road. (She's coming to visit me in LA next weekend, home of crazy traffic. Ironic, huh?)

Mike: Look, we're gonna spend half the night driving around the Hills looking for this one party and you're going to say it sucks and we're all gonna leave and then we're gonna go look for this other party. But all the parties and all the bars, they all suck. I spend half the night talking to some girl who's looking around the room to see if there's somebody else who's more important she should be talking to. And it's like I'm supposed to be all happy 'cause she's wearing a backpack, you know? - Swingers (1996)

Friday, October 01, 2004

LA Music Scene

Two posts in one day! I just couldn't pass up the chance to answer this week's "8 is Enough" from LAblogs.com.

1. What's the best venue in Los Angeles for live music, and why?
This is a hard one because I like smaller venues like the HOB that tend to be general admission, but I tend to be distracted by the jackasses pushing to get to the front or the girl dancing next to me who keeps whipping her hair around and hitting me. (Not my concert buddies, mind you, but the crazy drunk girl I inevitably end up next to). This happened last week at the Troubador when I saw Maroon 5, where I was literally three people from the stage, but those three people kept holding their cameras above them to take pictures.
I like the larger venues with assigned seats (like Universal Amphitheater and the Greek) but only if I have really good seats.
2. What's the worst? Staples and Dodger Stadium if I have bad seats. Outdoor venues can be bad because people tend to smoke (cigarettes and some Mary Jane), which is really gross.
3. Where do you go most often to catch a gig, and how often? I've probably seen the most shows at HOB on Sunset. There I've seen Jurassic 5, Maroon 5 (a couple times) and Gavin DeGraw (with and without Maroon 5).
4. What L.A. band, DJ or performer would you walk over burning hot coals to hear? Probably Maroon 5. I've seen them 7 or 8 times, and even joined the fan club to get better tickets.
5. What's that playing on your MP3 player/car stereo, home audio system or tinny computer speakers right now? I sound like a big ol' dork, but right now it's Maroon 5. In my car I have been going back and forth between 106.7 (KROQ) and the new hip-hop channel, 93.5.
6. Who's the most overrated musical act in Los Angeles? Don't know.
7. Who's the most brilliant? Maroon 5. :)
8. Who are the three greatest Los Angeles bands/DJs/musicians of the past 50 years - and why? Uhhhh..... well, STP is technically Orange County, but they're close enough so I'll say them, Maroon 5, and.... I'm at a loss for the third. I'd say No Doubt but they're from OC, too.

LAX and me: BFF 4-eva

Tonight Brent and I are going to Northern California for a wedding this weekend. This will be my third flight within a week - technically my 5th, if you count coming and going. Not bad for a girl who has always been the least-traveled person in her circle of friends. I thought last night was the perfect time to get some "real" luggage. I went to Marshalls and as soon as I started browsing their rolling carryons, all my luggage expertise from my retail time at Leather Loft in college started flowing. Examples include:

- It's better if the extending handle is covered by some fabric and zipper to ensure that it doesn't get caught on stuff or banged up if you ever have to check it.
- The piece should lean back a bit while it's empty because once you pack it full of stuff, it'll lean forward. If it starts straight up, it'll probably fall forward once it's full.
- A great feature is the zipper that allows a piece to increase in size - it's perfect for when you take a trip and end up with some souveniers for your journey. There's more roon in your bag!
- Look for high numbers of denier (based on a standard mass per length of 1 gram per 9,000 meters of yarn). It's like a thread count for luggage. 120 is bad. 600 is great!
- When unzipping luggage, pull the zippper pull away from the luggage. It makes going around the corners of the piece a lot easier.
- Look for luggage that has wheels like rollerblades. They make it easier to maneuver the crowds at the airport, as compared to the thicker, chunkier wheels you may find.

And you thought buying luggage was boring.

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Mommy wow, I'm a big kid now...

Just got back from a business meeting in Northern California, my second within the last week. It's funny how face-to-face meetings with clients make me feel like a grown up. Talking about goals, strategies, tactics - basically how we can do what we do best to make our clients look the best. My favorite part of the meetings are listening to our senior execs turn on their expertise and go to town. I'd drop my jaw if it wouldn't look so silly. I just want to soak in all their knowledge, thinking how cool it would be if I could transfer it to my brain like files on a computer. The best I can do is absorb as much as possible rather than let it go in one ear and out the other. Not that I haven't been motivated before, but I feel a sudden surge in energy and enthusiasm (yes, MORE enthusiasm) and I'm anxious to get things rolling.

Ok, did I sound like a big ol' corporate geek or what?

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Richard Bach

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Walking in LA

It's Sunday night, technically almost Monday morning. I love my job, but do I have to go back to work tomorrow? Just one more day off, pleeeeeease.

Stacie and I enjoyed Maroon 5's concert Thursday night, although we're starting to feel a little old. We stood from 4:30 to 10:30 and endured crazy (annoying) M5 fans, but had a blast nonetheless. And as an added bonus, Stacie got the celeb sighting I promised her. As the show started, security ushered in Jessica Simpson, hubby Nick Lachey and Ashlee Simpson up to the VIP area. They later came down into the stairwell near the stage for a closer view of the show.

Brent and I walked down to 3rd street last night. It was a nice stroll. We saw Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which was ok - a little too long.

And to end this entry, I'd like to give a shout out to my sweetie. He's been really great around the house (installed new locks, assembled our bike rack), as well as a great son to his under-the-weather mom. He made sure that his parent's house is wheelchair-friendly as his mom is having surgery on her leg tomorrow. Yay Brent! :)

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 23, 2004

High 5!

I'm feeling much better. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes.

Tonight Stacie and I are seeing Maroon 5, including a pre-show meet & greet and early entrance into the venue. Yay! They're holding a fan-club-only show at the Troubador to benefit one of their friends with some severe health problems and large hospital bills. Glad to be able to help out. Hopefully it won't take me more than an hour to get from work to West Hollywood at 3:30 today. Everyone pray to the traffic gods for me, ok?

Brent and I watched a premier on ABC last night for Lost. It was really good, actually. Brent pointed out that he may have liked it if it were on HBO instead because it probably wouldn't have the sci-fi stuff that ABC included and it would be all about the people. I agree, but we still enjoyed the show.

My mom is currently in the Philippines, returning Saturday. This was an interesting trip for her to take because 1) she hasn't been back since she left in 1975 2) she hasn't flown anywhere since that original trip 3) she's taking my grandmother back to live her last days out with family there 4) my mom is going to see/meet her siblings' children and some of THEIR children. I told her to stay out of the jungle because they kidnap Americans (they do!), not to carry a lot of cash, and to bring me something cool. :)

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body." - Oliver Wendell Holmes




Tuesday, September 21, 2004

License to ill

Well, it turns out that my illness is strep throat. No fun, let me tell ya. The doctor looked at my tonsils yesterday and said, "Bad." They did a quick culture and test to confirm that I indeed have strep. I'm now on a penicillan schedule of every 6 hours, which means I'm waking myself up at 4 a.m. to take it because there are rules about taking it on an empty stomach and other stuff that requires an abacus and an accountant to get it figured out.

Luckily Brent has been an awesome nurse. He hasn't complained about my being sick, other than, "You better stay the hell away from me!" :) He slept in another room Fri - Sun and has been taking Airborne to boost his immune system.

I had to let everyone at work know that I was staying home because of strep, so I hope I just didn't give them all a license to use my illness as their own. "I think I caught Nanette's strep." HA! My doctor said I can only give it to people if we're sharing food and drink, which I never do with co-workers. :) Nice try, buddy! It'll be especially funny if it comes from a co-worker who I never work with.

"You have a cough? Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax--tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough." Pearl Williams

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Sick-o

Don't know how or where I caught it, but somehow I got sick. I started feeling crappy Wednesday night, a little worse on Thursday, and by Friday I was full-blown ill. If I hadn't had three afternoon meetings scheduled, I would have called in sick. Instead, I went to work, suffered through chills and fevers (and the same time) and managed to even lead one of the meetings. So when I got home, I crawled into bed. Brent was kind enough to go to the store for some meds and a new thermometer (lost the old one in the move). You should have seen Brent's eyes bulge as he watched the temperature go up to 102.4 degrees. The meds helped a bit, as did the ice cream (it's feed a fever, starve a cold, right?). I thought I was ok this morning, but I had a 100-degree fever about an hour ago. Not a fun way to spend my weekend, damnit. I really wanted to catch Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Wimbledon, and even Mr. 3000. I'll pray to the health gods tonight that I can get better and perhaps go to the Rose Bowl flea market tomorrow morning.

Fever-induced delirium can cause strange thoughts. Last night while I tossed and turned in bed, I thought about how they had to get rid of everything in Velveteen Rabbit when that little boy got sick. I thought how sad it would be if they got rid of my 600-thread count sheets because I "germed them up."

Alright, I'm off because I think my Tylenol Flu (Nighttime version) is kicking in.

"One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick."
- Rabbi Harold Kushner

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

It's happening

I overslept this morning. Instead of hitting "snooze," I turned my alarm off by accident. Luckily I woke us up in time for Brent not to be late on the third day of his new job.

I should have known that this was an omen of things to come. As I drove to work, I got lost. I've been driving the same route for about two weeks now,yet somehow I turned on the wrong street and ended up lost. I found my way back, but I was late to begin with and ended up even later. No big deal, actually - just a strange way to start a day.

The weather has finally cooled down a bit, so we're able to cook in our condo comfortably. Tonight was our first homemade meal. Brent had an exhausting time at the supermarket and I went to hip-hop class, so we made a gourmet meal of ... Top Ramen. :) We may try spaghetti tomorrow.

If I feel inspired enough, I may try to make this. Doesn't it look yummy and fun?

And ladies and gentlemen, it's finally happened. Gavin DeGraw is making it big and as a result, his upcoming HOB show is sold out.... and I hadn't bought tickets yet. :( I was trying to stay away since I have a mortgage to worry about now, but the tickets were only $17.50 and I was getting ready to purchase some, with Stacie's persuasion. Now they're selling on ebay for $150 a pair. Booooo! There goes my well-kept secret.

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems." - Arthur O'Shaunessey

Monday, September 13, 2004

My dad

As I mentioned in my last post, yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of my dad's death. In tribute, I give you just a tiny fraction of some of the things I miss about him, as well as a couple pics I felt like sharing.

  • Describing to him, over the phone, strange noises coming from my car so I could get his potential diagnosis and take it into my nearby mechanic to have it fixed, confident that I had an idea of what was wrong. In college, there were a few occassions when he took a day off of work to actually drive to SLO to fix my car himself.
  • Knowing that he was there to take care of my mom.
  • His wacky political views. His were A LOT different than mine, but it was fun to see how he followed politics. Sometimes he was a smart man; other times he was a bit nutty but still lovable. As I try to follow what's going on with the upcoming election, I often wonder what kind of nutty things mydad would have to say now. Perhaps he'd say things like, "Bush isn't stupid. He's just nervous and reads things incorrectly."
  • Educating him on how things worked. I would have loved to talk to him about the loan process now, comparable to how it worked when he bought his house back in the day. He would have been floored by the crazy paper work we had to do, not to mention the price of our condo.
  • He would have done all sorts of stuff for us when he came to visit, like he did when I had my apartment a few years ago. "Dad, will you install this mirror?...Can you hang these pictures, too?... You can take down that wall and install a solar-powered movie theater? COOL!"
  • Taking him to all the different types of ethnic foods here in LA. In Visalia, we didn't have Indian, Cuban, Greek, Thai, Polish or Indonesian food. It's taken me a while to warm up to a lot of it here, but my dad would have LOVED to try any and all types of food.
  • His crazy observations about LA. "There sure are a lot of Amish people here," he said as we drove through a very Jewish neighborhood.



My dad playing taps in the Honor Guard. Posted by Hello