Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Get struck by lightning

I've been excited about this for a while, but after talking to Stacie earlier today, now I'm AMPED about my upcoming concert season! It starts next week! Here's the plan:

July 6 - Marc Broussard and GAVIN DEGRAW (see pic below)
July 14 - John Mayer AND Maroon 5
July 17 - John Mayer AND Maroon 5 AGAIN, but this time we get to meet Maroon 5!
July 29 - Barenaked Ladies

There's something about live music that's so amazing. Maybe it's the absence of studio production, maybe it's the proximity, maybe it's the way you can feel the music because it's being created so close to you. Maybe it's the nuances of a musician's movement as they belt out a song. I LOVE IT!

Brent and I are going to look at a condo tonight. It still pains me to know that the money we're shelling out for a condo could purchase a third-world country. Bleh... but I'm still excited about the prospect of owning a little piece of the Earth somewhere, even if it's technically shared by condos below and above me.

"I suppose that I could hold it in but you excite my every cell." - Gavin Degraw, Crush

Low point of the day: Feeling sick. I worked from home.
High point of the day: When one of my clients told me that she loves the results we're producing and ESPECIALLY the work I'm doing! :)

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Playing with this photo program again. Here is a picture of a praline from El Cholo, which strangely looks like a cat. Bizarre, huh? Posted by Hello

Technolo-Gee Whiz

Just testing out this new photo program. Here's a pic of Gavin Degraw and I.  Posted by Hello

I spent a couple hours today looking for a new blog "skin" and other fun things to do with my new hobby, like adding photos (see above). I LOVE this new skin - it just screams Nanette, doesn't it? Brent is floored that I figured out how to do these things on my own, given that I'm not so technologically inclined. Yay me! I was looking for a way to send photos directly to my blog from my camera phone, but I'm not that cool yet.

This weekend was nice. Brent is still feeling under the weather, so I got to spend a lot of time doing what I do best - shopping. I realized that I have more than two dozen skirts, therefore I decided to shop for some pants instead. There were some AMAZING sales at The Gap, Banana Republic and Anthropologie - all places where I'll only buy stuff on sale. A visit to those places and the mandatory trip to Old Navy resulted in some great purchases, including a pair of pants from Anthropologie that was normally $68 for the bargain price of $19.99. Rock on!

Low point of the day: Realizing that it's the last day of the weekend. Boo!
High point of the day: A wonderful lunch with an old friend, followed by some fabulous clothes purchases. :)

Friday, June 25, 2004

Letter to the ass hat who hit my car

Dear Ass hat,

Thanks so much for hitting my car while it sat in front of my house and I slept inside, leaving a GORGEOUS streak of white paint on my green car and a broken left rear tail light! That was very thoughtful of you to not leave a note and flee the scene. The little shards of paint and broken glass in the street were a nice touch, too.

I hope you sleep very well at night knowing that I'm going to have to shell out at least a couple hundred bucks to get it fixed. And don't worry about your karma - I'm sure this incident will only come back to you two-fold, maybe three.

Thanks again!

"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."
- William Congreve, "The Mourning Bride"

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Ch, ch, ch - changes

Today I was thinking about changes and how they can surprisingly turn out for the best. Let's talk about my current job, for instance. When I lost my job a few months ago, I wasn't necessarily worried because I'm very sure of myself and my skills, but there was still a part of me that didn't like being unemployed. I felt very bitter and betrayed, but after I started my new job a few months ago, I soon realized that sometimes bad things happen for a reason. I'm really enjoying my job, my clients, my co-workers, my responsibilities and everything new that I learn each day. Although my firm isn't known for being the "coolest" place to work, they definitely value their employees. It's a nice balance of the last two firms I worked at. The first one was so corporate that it was stifling. The last one was so out of control that it was difficult to concentrate. My current agency is a nice mix and I enjoy it. People work hard and appreciate each other. I don't feel a sense of competition or back-stabbing or ass-kissing. And that's nice. :)

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better." - King Whitney Jr.

Low point of the day: Sleeping alone tonight because Brent isn't feeling well and he's quarantined himself to the guest bedroom (which is actually very kind of him)
High point of the day: An enjoyable dinner with my co-workers at CPK tonight, including the new yummy peach lemonade :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I Spy a Pseudo-Celebrity

Does a kind-of-celebrity sighting count if you went to high school with them? On the way home from work today I saw a guy I went to high school with, who also happened to have a small supporting role as Jennifer Lopez' brother in the movie, Enough. He was also featured as the monsters that the Power Rangers fought and as an extra on Boy Meets World. Today, I saw him pulling out of a Carl's Jr.

Brent had a much better celebrity sighting today. On his way to lunch he saw Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy sitting outside his building on a planter in what seemed like a very serious conversation. Brent noted that it was strange because it was just like a scene out of Before Sunrise, or the upcoming sequel, Before Sunset.

This morning on NPR I heard about a reality show in which a Serbian politician drives around a cab all day, listening to passengers requests and concerns about the Serbian government. The few times I've been a cab passenger, I tend to ask if they've ever seen Taxi Cab Confessions on HBO. I probably wouldn't have any thought-provoking political questions for a taxi-driving politician, except for maybe, "Did your PR people put you up to this?"

Low point of the day: Getting up this morning after not falling asleep until 2 a.m. last night
High point of the day: My hip-hop class tonight. Dancing is the high point of my week!

"Well I never lived the dreams of the prom kings and the drama queens. I'd like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve" - John Mayer, No Such Thing

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Crazy go nuts!

So I've been toying with the idea of a blog for a while. The past 24 hours have been a bit wacky, so I thought this would be a good time for me to start one. I can't guarantee that my blog will be interesting, seeing that I sit in a cube for 8+ hours of the day, but I'll do my best. I also make no promises to spell correctly or use proper grammar - I worry about that enough during my day. :)

First wacky situation: Yesterday, I drove back with the top off my car after visiting my mom. It's a three-hour drive and I was rocking out to music as usual. I was in the fast lane and started to drive past an old white TransAm in the lane next to me. When I drove past him, he sped up to keep up with me and tried to get my attention to say something. I ignored him at first, but then turned to see what he was saying (in case he was telling me that my tire was about to fall off or there was a dinosaur chasing after me like in Jurassic Park). This guy in his 30s mouthed, "I wanna ::insert obscene gesture with fingers and tongue that I can't bear to repeat::" I started laughing in total shock; I sped up, he slowed down. I called my boyfriend and he started laughing, too, because I was cracking up. Very, very strange occurrence. I should have known that an old white TransAm with a NASCAR sticker on the back could hold nothing but a CRAZY pervert.

Wacky situation #2:
Today at work I looked over at my two African Dwarf Frogs, who usually live happily in a 2-gallon tank in my cube. All of a sudden some crazy Lord of the Flies madness broke out. Gatsby, the little frog who moved into the tank a month ago after the unfortunate death of Leona, started attacking Myron, the veteran frog who desires nothing but a docile environment! He was literally ripping Myron's skin off! I'm assuming (and hoping) that Myron was in the process of shedding and that's what Gatsby happened to grab onto. I started screaming and banging on the tank, "STOP FIGHTING! STOP FIGHTING!" Meanwhile, my cube mates and other co-workers run over to see what's going on. One of them yells, "He's dead!" while someone else says, "NO! He's moving!" All the while, I'm trying not to puke as I notice the 2" piece of skin hanging from my dear frog. They finally calm down after what seemed like forever. And while I ran into the kitchen to fill a Tupperware bowl with water to separate the frogs, Gatsby starts attacking again. Luckily a fearless co-worker broke up the brawling with my fish net and separated them. I'm going to keep them separate for a while until I can find a reputable couples counselor.

Third bizarre-o incident: We just got back from dinner and Brent noticed something across the street that he thought was a person. After closer examination, turns out it was a raccoon! We didn't think raccoons existed in West LA; we assumed the rent was just too high for them.

Low point of the day: Frog anarchy incident
High point of the day: Garlic chicken from Noodle Planet