Thursday, July 29, 2004

If I had a million dollars...

If I had a million dollars,
I'd pay somone to punch my mortgage broker in the face.

More details later, but long story short, our mortgage broker may very well cost us this condo. And if that's the case, well, hell hath no fury like Brent and Nanette scorned. We'll know more tomorrow.

On a lighter note, Brent and I just got back from the Bare Naked Ladies concert. Very fun. :) (Although Shelby was unable to attend, she was there in spirit!)

And I just got this pic, which was taken when Stacie and I met Maroon 5 at a meet-n-greet a few weeks ago. Fun, huh? :)


Stacie and I with Maroon 5 Posted by Hello

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Getting to know me

Stacie sent this to me, so instead of e-mailing it, I decided to post it on here. Feel free to send me your answers. :)

1. FIRST NAME:  Nanette
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE/ANYTHING?   My name was inspired by my aunt's name, Nene.  
3. DO YOU WISH ON STARS?  Only on shooting stars
4. WHICH FINGER IS YOUR FAVORITE?  George, aka the pointer finger on my left hand
5. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?   A couple weeks ago because I miss my dad 
7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?  Deli-sliced turkey
8. ANY BAD HABITS?   I've been skipping the gym too much
9. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF?   Maybe my Fresno State Marching Band CD?
10. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?  I’d wanna be best friends with me! :)
11. ARE YOU A DAREDEVIL?   Sometimes
13. DO LOOKS MATTER?  Probably
14. HOW DO YOU RELEASE ANGER?  Quiet time    
15. WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME?  Brent’s arms (Cheesy, but true)
16. DO YOU TRUST OTHERS EASILY?  Probably too much
17. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD?  Probably my bike. I hoped it would be my homemade slip-n-slide, but apparently garbage bags aren’t made to be used as slip-in-slides.
18. WHAT CLASS IN SCHOOL DO YOU THINK IS TOTALLY USELESS?  Hmm…probably math. I actually wish I would have paid more attention in school because Brent seems to remember everything anyone ever taught him, especially about history and geography. I’m a goof that way.
19. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?  I have this blog. Does that count?
20. DO YOU USE SARCASM?   On occasion, but more often I tend to be silly.
21. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT?   Not willingly, but I’ve been to some concerts with some pushy SOBs
22. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GUY/GIRL?   Smart, funny, quirky, named Brent
23. WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES?  Nanners P, Nantucket Latifah Pitchfork, Bananette, Nettie, Nanook
26. DO YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE STRONG?  Physically, no. Emotionally, I'd like to think so
27. SHOE SIZE?  10
28. HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE?  I had 4, but they’re all gone
30. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE YOU SENT THIS TO, TO SEND IT BACK?  If you're reading this, send me your answers!
31. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?   Dramarama's “Anything, anything”
32. LAST MEAL YOU ATE?   The Gigi Salad at the Palm downtown. (just got back from an expo and had lunch with a client). The salad has avocados, string beans, shrimp, vinaigrette. Very yummy!  
33. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?  My boss, to give her a recap of today's expo
35. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?   Not really. I KID! Of course I love her!  
36. HOW ARE YOU TODAY?  My feet hurt from standing for 5 hours. I’m not used to that since I stopped working retail.
37. EYE COLOR?  brown
38. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?  Unfortunately, yes
39. SIBLINGS?  One brother                                                 
40. FAVORITE MONTH?  March (nice weather)
41. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR?  My birthday!  
42. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT?  Yes, because I haven’t asked someone out since I met Brent
46. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?  Don’t have one
47. FAVORITE SMELLS?   Fresh-baked cookies and clean babies
48. FAVORITE FOODS?   Sushi, and Cuban food from Versailles
49. FAVORITE SOUNDS?   Children giggling
50. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?  Losing someone you love
53. FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?   I like Riley, Audrey and Madison for girls. For boys, I like Logan but Brent says a boy named Logan would probably get beat up. LOL!

Monday, July 26, 2004

happy, happy, joy, joy

I'm so excited about moving into our new place that I think I could easily explode. I'm so excited that even the initial cleaning before we start moving our stuff in sounds fun. And if I think about stringing some lights on our patio, choosing a bed for the guest room and what shades of towels I want, I think I'll burst.

Brent and I went furniture shopping this weekend and remarkably, we're still together despite the tension of trying to agree on shades of wood, paint colors and fabric versus leather. I think we've come to a calm agreement for our future decorating endeavors. We checked out a bunch of different places this weekend: Levitz, Ikea, Restoration Hardware, and our personal favorite: Hotel Surplus Outlet. I'm kidding about loving that last one. It was AWFUL! It had an ax-murder-"go-on-without-me"-RUN!-RUN! vibe. Very scary, even at 1 in the afternoon.

I'll be the first to admit that I love shopping for clothes. But ever since Brent and I found this condo, I've shifted my focus on household items. Instead of hanging out in the Target's shoe department, I find myself in the housewares, kitchen and bath section. It's kinda weird being an adult, but lots of crazy fun. :)

"My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia." Dame Edna Everage

Low point of the day: My hair was a little frizzy.
High point of the day: We did a presentation to one of our clients, and afterwards our firm's president told my boss that the team did great, but that "Nanette was fantastic!" Yay!



Friday, July 23, 2004

Condo pictures

Below are some pics from our condo, which we took yesterday during the inspection. They're not in any distinct order and they're decorated with the current owner's items, but I just had to share. :)


another pic of our bedroom Posted by Hello

Part of our view from the balcony Posted by Hello

from the living room into the kitchen Posted by Hello

the bathroom Posted by Hello

View from the living room  Posted by Hello

Kitchen Posted by Hello

Part of the living room Posted by Hello

House pics!  Posted by Hello

Sunday, July 18, 2004

(Insert witty title here)

Below are some pictures from my recent concert binge. I'll post more soon.  We met Maroon 5 at last night's show and should be getting our pic with the band via e-mail.  
Anyhow, we had a really great time. We were in the "pit" for the Marysville show, so we were really close to the stage. Last night we were basically in the 8th row, stadium seating. I think Stacie, Jen and I had definite "moments" via eye contact with the Maroon 5 and John, especially. ;) I kid, kind of.
Brent and I are both getting very excited about decorating the condo. I think we've decided on a color pallette for the living room, but have not yet decided on the rest of the rooms. The living room and kitchen walls need to stay white because of the vaulted ceilings (too hard to paint), but we plan to incorporate color in other ways. Stay tuned. :)
I found a new Web site today with some cool stuff. Definitely check it out. Oh, another cool site is here.  Don't know if Brent and I can agree on anything from there for our condo, but I'd certainly love to try.
I don't want to go to work tomorrow. Anyone want to volunteer to go in for me?
"Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?" - Edgar Bergen

Low point of the day: It was kinda humid today.

High point of the day: Hanging out with Stacie before she left today. Thanks for visiting! 


Adam and Maroon 5 in Marysville Posted by Hello

Adam from Maroon 5 in Irvine Posted by Hello

John on the big screen in Irvine Posted by Hello

Stacie and me waiting for the show to begin Posted by Hello

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Gotta run

I've got a tons of stuff to do before heading out to the airport for a flight to Sac. Gonna see John Mayer and Maroon 5 tonight. Yay!

Anyhow, the latest is that Brent and I made an offer and it was accepted! We couldn't be happier, although Brent keeps threatening to vomit. He'd be like that with any place we bought, though.

Last night after work I drove by and just parked outside the complex for a minute. I just sat there, enjoying the neighborhood. A nearby building has white christmas lights in their bushes and it's very cute. The front of our building was a bit lit from the hallway lighting, giving it a subtle glow. I didn't want to stay too long because my license plate has my name on it and I'd hate for the guy we're buying it from to see me and decide not to sell it to us because we're stalking the place. Just me being paranoid. :)

Ok, gotta get back to work and finish packing for me trip! Yay!

Tuesday, July 13, 2004


I'll make this fast because I have a lot to do today, but I wanted to make a request for all two of you readers (you know who you are!) to start praying to the house gods for us because Brent and I made an offer on the condo I talked about below!!! Our offer is being presented today, so by the end of today we may very well know:

1) Our offer is being accepted
2) We're getting countered
3) We're losers and they are insulted by our offer

Because this place is soooo lovable, there are at least 3 other offers for "well above" the asking price. Booo! But we've made a good offer to keep us in the "game," as my realtor says. We had to write a letter to accompany the offer, telling the seller about ourselves, our hopes, our dreams, our aspirations, our shoe size. And because Brent and I get paid to persuade people with our writing, we're hoping our letter will convince the seller to choose us. :)

More details later...

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Go Nanette! It's your birthday!

Yesterday was my 27th birthday and Brent made it an absolute dream by giving me this!!!!!!!!!!!

My bike! Click for larger photo Posted by Hello

Isn't it fabulous?!?!?! It includes: distinctive Julius Red paint and graphics, front and rear pin striped fenders, coordinated accent color components, "I Love My Bike" bell and a custom cargo basket. And because Brent didn't have a bike and I don't want to ride around by myself, we bought him a bike to celebrate his birthday early (August 3), so now we can ride together! I tried to talk him into the boy's Paul Frank bikes (See the bottom two bikes here: but he wasn't having it. I had a choice between two bikes: the one I got and the pink Paul Frank bike. I liked the pink one, but it had a skull and cross bones rather than Julius the Monkey. I'm very happy with my choice. :) There's apparently a bike trail that goes from Culver City all the way down to Venice Beach. Maybe we'll try that next Sunday.

After we got Brent's bike today, we scoped out a bunch of open houses. We found one that we are in "strong like" with in Santa Monica. Very, very cute and charming, but Brent thinks it's a tad small. We're going to look at it again tomorrow with our realtor to see what he thinks in terms of value. It's two bedrooms, one bath, a cute balcony, vaulted ceilings, really cool open kitchen, cute view and only seven units. I can see us living there, biking down to the beach, having friends over for dinner. Soooo cute! Wish us luck. :)

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Short but sweet

As an update to my last entry, I DID make it to spinning, but was too pooped for yoga. Maybe next week I can find the energy to make it through both. I just got back from hip hop and it was fun, as always. I'm realizing that it may be difficult to make it to the gym as often as I'd like while Brent and I are condo shopping, but I'll try my best to make it there.

Last night's show at HOB Sunset Strip was tons of fun! I'm not sure if I'm going to attempt to attend the Saturday performance in Santa Monica or not because I have a feeling it's going to be mobbed since it's a free-for-all. I'd rather not spend my birthday weeding through a mob, but we'll see - after all, it IS for Gavin. His latest song was #2 on the countdown of a radio station tonight, so I'm a little sad that I can't keep him as my best-kept secret. Oh, well. :)

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

Low point of the day: I'm SWAMPED at work! Absolutely SWAMPED!
High point of the day: Catching up with an old friend :) I highly recommend you do the same thing. It's like taking a time machine.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Rants & Raves

Gavin at meet & greet table Posted by Hello

Saturday night's concert with Marc Broussard and Gavin Degraw was rockin! I had a great time, especially with Tori. This was my second time seeing Marc and he just grooved like tomorrow was 2099. And Gavin....well, Gavin was fabulous as always. Tori and I had some great luck with our view - we were at the top of the step near the bar on the right side of the stage, so we were probably 15 feet from Gavin - great view!

I do, however, have a couple pet peeves about my fellow concert goers that I'd like to point out. They didn't ruin my experience at all, but they were still irk'some nonetheless.

- Crazy drunk girls who kept screaming at the top of their lungs with blood-curdling yowls...while we were waiting for Gavin to start. He wasn't even on the stage yet! And it turns out that two of these four girls were actually right in front of me when I saw Gavin at the Independent in SF a few months back. One of them was a 6' blond who insisted on taking lots of pictures of Gavin in SF, hence blocking my view for a lot of the show. How is it that I always get stuck behind the Amazon women with the Marge Simpson hair-dos? Why????

- Old drunk ladies who insist on cutting to the front of Gavin's meet-and-greet line to get Gavin to sign their "titty" or "ass." Seriously, if you're pushing 40 and you're hanging out at these concerts, asking for the headliner to sign a part of your anatomy, that's just sad. SAD! Yes, I know I'm pushing 30 and probably older than most at these concerts, but I'm not subjecting them to beer breath and demands to move over so I can throw myself at the singer. Class, people, class.

Again, I had a blast at the show and am looking forward to tomorrow night's show at HOB Sunset Strip.

Last night Brent and I went to the top of a Culver City parking garage to enjoy a 360 degree view of Southern Cali's numerous fireworks shows. It was such a cool site! At one time I counted at least 13 different fireworks shows! Nearly all of the eastern horizon was covered at one point, and then the nearby Culver City High School show started. I was joking with Brent that next year we should rent a helicopter and just fly above the city. Then I started thinking about the great view my dad must have from his point of view. I can say that 4th of July was one of my dad's fav. holidays. He used to go nuts and buy tons of fireworks. And the past couple of year's before he got sick, he really liked volunteering at the Amvets fireworks booth. He was such a great man, and I'm going to change the topic before I start crying...

I'm happy to have today off from work. This morning we woke up at almost 11 a.m., which was a good and bad thing - good because if I were working, I'd be getting ready to pick a place for lunch, bad because a lot of the day had already passed us by. I took a quick trip to the nearby Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for a dulce de leche blended (yum) and then 7-11 for some cheesey mags to read by the pool (US Weekly and Allure). I spent a couple hours by the pool, soaking up some much-needed rays (wearing sunscreen, of course). That's the bad thing about a full-time, 9-5 job - sunlight becomes a luxury.

I've been lacking in the gym department lately. I think I've been in a subconscious mourning period since I had to break up with my trainer. I'm going to get serious again, starting today. I just discovered that my gym has added an 8 p.m. spin class on Monday and Wednesday nights. I always have a hard time making it to the 6:45 class, so this will make things much easier at least on Mondays. I'm a faithful hip-hop class goer on Wednesdays at 8, so I won't be making that class. I'm going to try the later class tonight, and if I'm up to it, yoga at 9. I don't know if that's ambitious or suicidal. :)

Low point of the day: Um, today's been a good day thus far, so no low point to report!
High point of the day: A couple hours by the pool.

"Even if I never see another day with you, I hope you know I appreciate you." - Marc Broussard, Blue Jeans

Gavin on stage Posted by Hello

Friday, July 02, 2004

Banana Billboard

Garfield Posted by Hello

I'm not an opponent of product placement, but the other day I stumbled across the craziest advertising space ever - a banana! The sticker above, which I couldn't get a really clear picture of, was on my banana peel. The sticker says, "See Garfield The Movie." Chiquita sold herself out for a piss-poor movie! What's next? Ads for Apple iPods on my apples?

Brent and I found ourselves a realtor today! (Thanks, Josh & Jami!) It's a nice feeling to know we have an expert on our side. Hopefully, we'll soon have an over-priced condo to call our own!

And can I get a "hell ya" for a three-day weekend? Too bad Brent's getting over bronchitis. Actually, that is good timing because tomorrow I'm going with Tori to see Gavin at HOB Anaheim. The concert season begins early! And I just found out that Gavin is going to be performing at an in-store appearance in LA on July 10th, my birthday. Think I can get him to sing Happy Birthday to me a la Marilyn Monroe?

"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." - Mark Twain

Low point of the day: My car is dirty, needs to be washed...and I'm feeling lazy
High point of the day: Finding a realtor