Thursday, December 30, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:12 PM
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
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.
Posted by Nanette at 6:24 PM
"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
Posted by Nanette at 7:49 AM
Sunday, December 26, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:58 PM
Friday, December 24, 2004
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:08 PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
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.)
Posted by Nanette at 4:38 PM
Sunday, December 19, 2004
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
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:43 PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
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
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.
Posted by Nanette at 10:42 PM
Sunday, December 12, 2004
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.
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
Posted by Nanette at 8:29 PM
Friday, December 10, 2004
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...
Posted by Nanette at 12:43 AM
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
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.
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
Posted by Nanette at 1:45 PM
Monday, December 06, 2004
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)
"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
Posted by Nanette at 11:49 PM
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.
Posted by Nanette at 8:16 PM
Sunday, December 05, 2004
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?
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!
Posted by Nanette at 1:53 PM
Thursday, December 02, 2004
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)
Posted by Nanette at 10:56 PM
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
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?
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.
"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
Posted by Nanette at 9:23 PM
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:03 PM
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 1:31 PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 10:52 PM
Monday, November 22, 2004
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
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Sunday, November 21, 2004
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Friday, November 19, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
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"
Posted by Nanette at 7:50 AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
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
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
1. General question, where is your favorite breakfast in LA?
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.
Posted by Nanette at 8:00 AM
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
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:22 AM
Monday, November 08, 2004
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.
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
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.
- 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 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
Posted by Nanette at 10:28 PM
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:40 AM
Sunday, October 31, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 9:46 PM
Thursday, October 28, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 10:03 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2004
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. :)
Posted by Nanette at 4:17 PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:54 PM
Sunday, October 17, 2004
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!
It may rain tonight
Perhaps like it did last night
Gotta close windows!
Did laundry today
Dirty clothing piled up
Now they are so clean
Posted by Nanette at 6:59 PM
Saturday, October 16, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:18 PM
Thursday, October 14, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 10:06 PM
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:31 AM
Monday, October 11, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 5:59 PM
Thursday, October 07, 2004
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
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)
Posted by Nanette at 9:19 PM
Friday, October 01, 2004
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.
Posted by Nanette at 11:35 AM
- 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
Posted by Nanette at 7:36 AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:33 PM
Sunday, September 26, 2004
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
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
Posted by Nanette at 7:08 AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 8:28 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:14 PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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
Posted by Nanette at 11:30 PM
Monday, September 13, 2004
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.
Posted by Nanette at 6:08 PM