Friday, December 30, 2005

2005 Meme

While surfing the blogosphere tonight I stumbled upon the following meme and had to do it myself.

1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before? Started planning a wedding. Lost nearly 30 pounds.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Most of them.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My brother's wife and a close blogger-friend jenn.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no.
5. What countries did you visit? For the first time I left the U.S. to visit France, England and the Netherlands!
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? The only thing I can think of is a new car. Other than that, I don't feel like I'm lacking anything. And I'm not lacking a car; I'd just like a newer one.
7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Jan. 15, when Brent and I got engaged.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? My weight loss.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not cooking more than I did. :)
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Thankfully, no.
11. What was the best thing you bought? At this moment I'd have to say my iPod, but that technically was from my mom and Brent. Perhaps all the smaller-sized clothes.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Brent's. He never ceases to amaze me.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Hmmm....President Bush.
14. Where did most of your money go? Probably the house, planning the wedding, and new clothes.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Planning the wedding, needing smaller clothes and my new nephew!
16. What song will always remind you of 2005? Gorillaz' Feel Good or anything by Black Eyed Peas
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? HAPPIER b) thinner or fatter? THINNER c) richer or poorer? RICHER
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Kept in better touch with long-distance friends, sleep, reading books
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Laundry :)
20. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve? I think we're going out to dinner and then having a nice quiet night at home.
21. Did you fall in love in 2005? Yes, even more in love with Brent.
22. How many one-night stands? None.
23. What was your favorite TV program? If I had to choose one, I'd say Grey's Anatomy.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Um, no.
25. What was the best book you read? I didn't read as many books as I would have liked so I can't remember too many.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Damien Rice, Michael Buble and Jack Johnson
27. What did you want and get? An engagement ring :)
28. What did you want and not get? Tickets to see John Mayer's Trio, and KROQ's Acoustic Christmas
29. What was your favorite film of this year? Probably Shopgirl
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Had a picnic lunch, a nap and then dinner with Brent's parents
31.What one thing made your year measurably more satisfying? Our lovely little condo
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005? It evolved from trying to hide my fat to choosing fashionable outfits that showed off my new svelte figure
33. What kept you sane? Brent, as always
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Hmmm...I think Jennifer Aniston is pretty awesome, as is Gwen Steffani. Harry Connick Jr.'s reaction to Hurricane Katrina was amazing, too.
35. What political issue stirred you the most? Perhaps the Terri Schiavo debate.
36. Who did you miss? My dad
37. Who was the best new person you met? Loads of new bloggers
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005. It's important to stand up for yourself and make yourself heard.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart." - Better Together, Jack Johnson

Top 5 Posts

As 2005 comes to a close, I thought it might be fun to take a look at my most popular posts of this year based on number of comments. It's interesting to see what got people's attention and some of the milestones of my life this year.

When Brent and I Got Engaged - 18 comments
My 100 Things List - 17 comments
Debating Honeymoon Registery - 15 comments
My Dad's Battle with Cancer - 14 comments
Our Engagement Photos - 14 comments

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Memoirs of a Movie Review

Since I'm just not good at movie reviews, I'm limiting my review of Memoirs of a Geisha to five words:

beautiful
intense
captivating
powerful
entertaining

Having seen it, I'm sad I never read the book. Oops! I just made the review 15 words. While I'm at it, I'll add that the movie makes me wish I could still wear my blue-colored contact lenses.

"Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. " - Jacqueline Bisset

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ring the alarm and I'm throwing elbows

I've lowered my level of tolerance for stupid people. I'm not sure how it happened. I'm usually quite patient and non-confrontational and perhaps even let people walk on me a bit more than I should. However, something must have clicked in me and I've been getting more and more pissed at stupid people.

For instance, early last week I went to Target to finish up some holiday shopping. As I was walking back to my car, I noticed a Suburban pull into a compact spot, or should I say, two compact spots, which coincidentally were right next to an open full-size spot. I stood there in disbelief and shook my head at the Suburban driver as I watched him park. Parking in compact spots when you're obviously not a compact (and when there are non-compact spots available) is so not cool, especially when even tiny cars like mine have a hard time getting in and out of spots next to the non-compacts in compact spots. A few weeks ago we were in a parking garage and walked past a Range Rover that had just pulled in to a compact spot. I said loudly to Brent, "That's not a compact car!" He replied, "Um, the driver's window is down. They heard you." "I know! They should hear me!"

Yesterday we saw an afternoon showing of Munich. There was a huge line outside the theater for the movie. When they started to let the line in, a couple women cut right next to us to get in line after having just bought their tickets. Brent asked them what movie they were seeing, but they ignored him. As one of the women passed me to get in, I said loudly, "Thanks for cutting!" She tried to pretend not to hear me, but she did. Then I ran ahead of her as we climbed the flights of stairs to the theater. I walked slowly in front of her. I heard her sigh. She tried to get around me, but Evil Nanette was already revealed, so I kept moving in front of her, keeping in her way. I made it seem like it was coincidental because there was a pretty large crowd moving up the stairs, but it wasn't. Then when they opened the other door for the theater, I was sure to move slightly to the left so as to block her rapid entrance. Brent witnessed the entire thing and we both rolled with laughter once we settled in our seats. I'd like to think I was enforcing the bad karma she earned - she's a wanker to everyone who waited patiently in line, therefore she deserved to be messed with.

By the way, I thought Munich was ok. It was way too long, although I did enjoy Eric Bana's intense performance. The ending left a funky taste in my mouth. New Yorker-reading Brent was able to point out little nuances in the film (the guy who eventually becomes prime minister, the various terrorist organizations characters referred to in passing, the guy from Amelie, the housekeeper from Sex and the City) that I otherwise wouldn't have gotten. Hopefully I'll enjoy Memoirs of a Geisha more tomorrow night.

"Munich can't decide where to end, so we get six or seven possible finishes, exhausting." - Michael Booth, Denver Post Critic

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy Chrismahannakwanzakah

I made out like a bandit this holiday season. Presents include (but are not limited to, in case I forgot any): my video iPod, my new cell phone (technically not a gift, but we'll count it as one since I got it during the holiday "season"), Karaoke Revolution Party from Brent (combines Karaoke AND Dance Dance Revolution; also includes Gavin's "I Don't Wanna Be"), a gift certificate for Sephora, lip gloss, tons of DVDs from Brent, an iPod case/arm band for my workouts, a Transpod (a charger that enables me to listen to songs from my iPod through my car stereo), tons of candles, Burberry perfume, a music trivia game called "Riff," money for our 401K (from Brent's parents), really, really cute Paul Frank slippers, and a gift certificate for one of our favorite restaurants.

We visited my family in Visalia, three hours north of here. I didn't think it was possible, but my nephew got even cuter since I saw him at Thanksgiving. On our way there and back we enjoyed the SNL Chronic of Narnia skit, which NBC posted for free download on iTunes. We also enjoyed all three podcasts of The Ricky Gervais show. Any podcast that includes "Monkey News" is the podcast for me.

"Parked in our seats movie trivia's the illest! 'What Friends alum starred in films with Bruce Willis?' We had the dope facts, it was scary. Everyone stared in awe when we screamed Matthew Perry!" - Chronic of Narnia

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Bridging the Old Navy Gap with a Banana

All roads in my life seem to lead to Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic. For instance, during our office holiday party last Friday, a co-worker asked how this year's party compared to last year's. (He started in mid-2005.) I told him that if last year's party was Banana Republic, then this year's was the Gap - not the highest quality, but still very enjoyable. And he understood exactly what I meant.

When Brent and I tried a new restaurant a couple of weeks ago, I said it was the Old Navy of fancy restaurants - trendy, sufficient quality and very reasonably priced. He countered about the quality of the food and we agreed that it was the Gap of fancy restaurants.

We're still working on booking our honeymoon. Brent has found some hotel packages and was trying to explain our options to me. We went round and round with my not understanding his explanation. And it all came down to these options: starting at the Old Navy of hotels for half the honeymoon and ending at Banana Republic (to balance out the cost of the Banana Republic hotel), or staying the entire time at the Gap hotel.

I think I'd care more about politics, sports, wine and cars if they just put it in terms of Gap Inc.

"Bush did some things you could never get away with at your job. When Bush started his job, there was a budget surplus. Now there's like a $70 trillion deficit. Now just imagine you worked at the Gap. You're closing out your register and it's $70 trillion short. The average person would get in trouble for that. Then he started a war? Now just imagine you worked at the Gap. You're $70 trillion behind on your register and you start a war with Banana Republic because you know they're selling better tank tops than you. So now you've got employees bleeding all over the khakis. Then you finally take over Banana Republic and you find out they never made tank tops in the first place." - Chris Rock, Chris Rock: Never Scared

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

There's still hope for SNL

I've read about a recent SNL skit a few times but only had the chance to watch it tonight. It's freakin' hilarious! Go check out the Chronic of Narnia.

Monday, December 19, 2005

iPod People


If you need me over the next few weeks, I'll be attached to my computer while uploading all my CDs to my fabulous new 60GB video iPod, the Christmas gift from my mom!

It's hard to believe that I waited this long to join the iPod people, but it was definitely worth the wait.

In addition to all the MP3s I already had on my computer, as well as the dozen or so CDs I uploaded, I purchased some videos from the iTunes store because I just had to check out the video capabilities. My first purchase was Harry Connick Jr.'s "I Only Whispered Her Name," and then some that I'd enjoy watching at the gym while getting my heart rate up - Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" (the one with Christopher Walken), Black Eyed Peas' "Lumps" (even if everyone but me hates the song) and Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe" (so I can really scare Ryan, the drummer, the next time I run into him at the gym).

While I was busy playing with my new toy tonight, Brent was plenty occupied with his new phone, which he used to snap the photo of me. Ed note: I'm not wearing a blue neon earring. It's silver, with a funky glare from the flash. My new phone should be arriving this week. I've never been so gussied up with new gadgets!

"So Phyllis is basically saying 'Hey Michael, I know you did a lot to help the office this year, but I only care about you and oven mitt’s-worth.' I gave Ryan an iPod!" - Michael, The Office

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Happiness Is... (Weekend Edition)

  • A sighting of Ron Howard and his brother, Clint
  • A stroll to the Promenade to avoid the hassle of parking
  • Great sales at the Gap, including $68 pants for $19.99
  • Finally seeing Chronicles of Narnia, having just finished the book and avoiding all trailers, teasers, reviews, etc.
  • A holiday party at my friend, Tori's
  • Catching up with lots of friends at above party
  • Making plans to see lots of movies (i.e., Pride & Prejudice, The Family Stone, Memoirs of a Geisha) with above-mentioned friends during the holidays
  • Sleeping in until 11 a.m.
  • Two really good workouts at the gym
  • Finishing six loads of laundry
  • My new cell phone, which is scheduled to arrive this week
  • Looking forward to a 4-day work week and a 4-day weekend

"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy." - Cynthia Nelms

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Now That's What I Call Music

I have some new CDs in my heavy rotation. The first is John Mayer's live CD, Try!, featuring his blues trio. It's definitely not your cookie cutter John Mayer. I read recently that he's trying to break out of his pop/swooner image and wants to bring blues to the masses much in the same vain as Eric Clapton has. If that's his goal then I think he's on his way. I haven't had an opportunity to really evaluate all the songs, but I've enjoyed what I've heard thus far.

The other CD I'm really digging is a compilation CD I got from Target a few weeks ago called "Sound Response." The CD is no longer available online, but I think there are some copies left in the store. Proceeds from the CD go to Hurricane Katrina aid. In addition to awesome live songs from artists I already know and love (Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Velvet Revolver, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper), it features a couple new artists who definitely appeal to me. The first is Annie Stela. She's got a very haunting voice, similar to Sarah McLachlan. The second artist I've checked out because of this compilation is James Blunt. His song, "No Bravery," is featured on the CD. I picked up James' entire album shortly after I bought the compliation. He has a single, "You're Beautiful," that I haven't heard on the radio yet but as I understand is starting to get lots of airplay. You can see the video here. (He's really easy on the eyes, too.) I'd describe him as the lovechild of Damien Rice and Tracy Chapman. He's apparently blowing up in London and is starting to become very popular here. Jen also mentioned James Blunt on her blog today, too. And wouldn't you know it - I JUST missed a Los Angeles show with James Blunt as the opener for Jason Mraz.

"Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through." - Breathe Through, Annie Stela

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Lying in bed just like Brian Wilson did

So much to blog about...

Friday we saw a screening of Match Point, the new Woody Allen film starring Scarlett Johannson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, the hottie coach from Bend It Like Beckham. Based on the trailers we were expecting a younger Fatal Attraction, but it wasn't. It had a great storyline with some unexpected twists. The movie was also very intense, sexually.

And as you may have seen from my earlier posts, we spent Monday at Disneyland. We had an awesome time. My favorite part? The fireworks show, followed by a fake snowfall. The fireworks were REALLY COOL! I don't think I've ever seen a better display. The Haunted Mansion with the Nightmare Before Christmas makeover was great, too. The most surprising thing? All the little girls dressed like Disney princesses! Some even with a crown! (There was one little boy we saw dressed as Buzz Lightyear.) Apparently all the cool parents let their kids dress up.

Last night we saw Barenaked Ladies at a little venue a few blocks from our place. We met some co-workers, along with Josh and Jami, for dinner first and then did the short trek to the show. (Yay for avoiding parking jams!) BNL was really great, even if they didn't play "Another Postcard" or "Call and Answer." Apparently BNL bassist Jim Creegan lives in Santa Monica! Hopefully I'll run into him someday as I've had such good luck running into musicians I love. Fellow blogger Hilary was also at the show and wrote a nice little review, too.

"Some chimps in swimsuits. Some chimps in Jackboots. Some chimps in hard hats. Some chimps who love cats. I've got some shaved chimps; that's chimps devoid of any hair. I've got depraved chimps dressed up in women's underwear." - Another Postcard, BNL

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Close Encounters of the Groupie Kind

While Brent and I were at the gym today, he came over while I was on the eliptical machine and said, "I think that guy over there is the drummer from Maroon 5. Or maybe just some guy I've seen here like five times so now I think he looks familiar." Not expecting it to be Ryan, the drummer from one of my all-time favorite bands, I casually strolled by. It was him. I tried to be non-chalant, but I think he saw me see him. I continued with my workout, ending in the free weights area of the gym. A couple minutes after I started with the weights, low and behold, Ryan comes up and starts working out right next to me. When I see celebs out and about, I never say anything. I don't want to invade the little free time they probably have. However, he was standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME! I'm a fan club member, I've seen them perform probably 10 times, I have "Maroon 5" as a search term on my TiVo. I had to say something! I turned off my MP3 player and they were playing Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" on the gym music system. It was a sign! I REALLY had to say something!

I asked, "Are you Ryan?"
He smiles and nods, "Yes."
I point to the ceiling, indicating the music of his band overhead, "Is this weird for you?"
He smiles and says, "Yeah."
"Oh, but you're probably used to it, huh?"
"Well, yes, but only in certain settings."
"Ah, I see. Hey, how's your shoulder? Are you getting better?" (He hurt his shoulder like a year ago and hasn't been playing with the band.)
He gave a big smile and said, "Yup! That's what I'm doing now."

He left the free weights area shortly after, but started to come back just as I was finishing up my reps. We smiled at each other once more before I gushed to Brent how excited I was to have that chance encounter. I almost didn't say anything because although the gym was virtually empty, I'd hate to draw any attention of any nearby teeny-boppers. Brent was sure to point out that I AM the teeny-bopper.

"We are not Groupies. We are here because of the music, we inspire the music. We are Band Aids." - Penny Lane, Almost Famous

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Alarmed About My Clock

If $5 for an alarm clock seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Who knew that Target sold time warp machines? 9:J5? That's not a time - that's something out of a funky time/space continuum where trees grow upside down, cats bark and the water is polka-dotted. Looks like I'm going to have to take a quantam leap to the returns line.

"The thing is, Adam, time travel is like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guidebook, you've got to throw yourself in. Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers... or is that just me?" - The Doctor, Doctor Who

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Girl on Girl Action

There was a girl in front of me in spinning class tonight who had the most amazing body. She had really buff arms (but not body builder gross), a tiny waist and buff legs. On top of that, she had really great hair. After spinning, I lifted some weights while I waited for hip-hop class to begin. (Yup, I did a 2 1/2 hour workout tonight. I'm tired.) I saw the girl from spinning about to start her arms routine and I was so tempted to ask her about her regimine, but I had to get to hip-hop. I think it could have been weird. She looked like the kind of girl who gets approached a lot. The men around me in spinning were definitely checking her out.

Sometimes I think I check out girls more than Brent. I'm always pointing out parts I'm envious of. "She has awesome arms!" "Did you see her tiny waist? No fair!" "Ugh, I want a flat stomach like that!" He probably doesn't mind, though, as it's me giving him permission to check chicks out.

"Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin' there, there's 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?" - Hitchhiker, There's Something About Mary

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Retail Tales

Friends tease me about the numerous jobs I had in high school and college. Thought it'd be fun to take a trip down memory lane.

Shaved-ice Stand: I worked here with Shelby. It was a little cart outside of a grocery store where we endured the crazy Central California heat (105+ degrees). I enjoyed tasting all the shaved ice and flirting with the grocery store bag boys. They were cute!

Movie theater: I started here in high school (Shelby and Stacie worked there, too!) and then transferred to a franchise where I went away to college. I ate way too many Hot Tamales, Sour Patch Kids and popcorn. I remember joking with our manager when Disney's Pocahontas came out that I should dress up like Pocahontas to promote the movie. We'd do anything to get out of wearing those annoying polyester vests.

Leather Loft: This retail chain is no longer in business, so I can refer to it by name. It's not my fault they're out of business, by the way. I got this job from a roommate who worked there. I worked at this store off and on throughout my entire college tenure. We sold leather purses, wallets, jackets, bags, luggage, etc. I can tell you everything there is to know about leather - the quality, the grains, the finish, how to take care of it. The best part about this job was the folks I worked with. My manager was the sweetest ol' man named Noel. He was in his early 60s and passed away unexpectedly one night. No one that close to me had ever died before. It was an intense time and I was so sad when he was gone.

Accessories store (found in malls everywhere): This is where I got my first managerial experience. This is also where I met Jen! I pierced ears here (the youngest - 2 weeks old, the oldest - a 60-something mall security guard). I probably spent half my paycheck at that damn store!

Sporting goods store: This place was so much fun to work! I was a cashier and all the sales guys were really nice, like a bunch of brothers. I lived in a really great house nearby, so we'd have lots of parties there. Sometimes the guys would plan parties at my place and I'd be the last to know, but it was totally fine with me. "Hey Nanette. I hear there's a party at your place tonight." "Huh? Um, ok!"

Housewares department of a regional department store: The only good thing about this place was the employee discount, which applied on top of the sales price. I had virtually no training. I couldn't answer questions about bread makers or tea kettles or skillets. And they'd put me in the department by myself. What I remember most is my co-worker who was arrested for charging bread makers as returns to her department store credit card account, and then spending it in other departments. They took her away in handcuffs and then she had the nerve to come ask for her job back! Crazy!

Music store: Although it wasn't quite like the crew at Empire Records, I did enjoy my short stint here. I got paid to talk about my favorite hobby - music! Everyone there was pretty melancholy, though. I guess that comes with the territory. Part of my job requirements included selling Ticketmaster tickets. I can't believe I was a pawn in Ticketbastard's game!

I left the music store to go back to the Leather Loft after they offered me a manager position. I stopped working retail when I started writing for my college paper, which took up tons of time. (18 stories in 10 weeks was the requirement. I think I ended up writing 25.) My retail gigs taught me a lot about dealing with people (sane and crazy), problem-solving and fake smiles. A fake smile can go a long way, especially when someone is screaming at you about a bread maker.

"Studies show that more information is passed through watercooler gossip than through official memos, which puts me at a disadvantage because [picks up water bottle] I bring my own water to work " - Dwight, The Office

Monday, December 05, 2005

We're THIS many!

I crammed too many clothes in a load of laundry tonight, resulting in a load filled with static. While folding the clothes, I mentioned to Brent that we should turn the lights off to see the static lightning bolts. He looked at me like I had just opened a treasure-trove filled with gold bars and Mr. T memorabilia! He'd never heard of the see-static-in-the-dark trick. (Ed. note: I'm from a small town. We ran out of things to do.) I turned off the lights and Brent marveled in the little lightning bolts. "Did you see that?!?!" he yelled. "That's so cool!"

We're taking our childhood tendencies to Disneyland next Monday and we couldn't be more excited! (Thanks for the tickets, Nicole!) The last time we were there was probably in 2001. I'm so excited to see the fireworks, have some fritters and mint juleps, and ride all the fabulous rides! Yup, we're THIS many and I have plenty more examples to prove it.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." - Isaac Asimov

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Keeping Up With The Joneses

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Brent and I can now host an at-home version of Fear Factor. Last night at Target he picked up the Jones 2005 Holiday Pack (on clearance), including the following flavored sodas: Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, Turkey & Gravy, Wild Herb Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. It also includes a serving spork, moistened towelette, and wine list.

We tried the Pumpkin Pie last night and as Brent noted, it tasted like ass. (No, we don't know what "ass" tastes like. We're just assuming.) He tried the Cranberry tonight and said it was fine, like a regular soda.

Hopefully this Taste Bud Russian Roulette won't last too long. Luckily our taste buds now have something to look forward to because today we decided on the bakery for our wedding cake. Now we just have to decide on what yummy flavor(s) we want.

"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." - Samuel Johnson

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Number Crunches

Even though I basically had 2.5 pieces of cake today at our cake tasting, I still managed to easily fit into a smaller size pair of jeans. I'm now officially down 2 sizes since I started Weight Watchers five months ago, the same size I was when I graduated college five years ago.

I just had to share. You may resume your regular blog cruising.

"Weight is a glanduar thing, as well as an emotional thing." - Louie Anderson

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Pimpin' Payless

After someone compliments a piece of my clothing or an accessory, I have a habit of just blurting out where I got it - sometimes disclosing how much if I got a great deal. When I became conscious of this habit, I tried to stop. Recently, however, I've gotten a kick out of doing this with some of my newest pairs of shoes. A conversation from today:

Co-worker (after strolling by my cube): Nanette! Did you get those shoes from JCrew?
Me: Um, no, actually....Payless!
Co-worker: Are you serious?!?! I've been drooling over a similar pair at JCrew and they're like $250!
Me: I think I paid $20. Actually, I think I got them during the buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, so they were probably $1o.

I have another pair that I bought from Payless recently, similar to these (which I may need to get now that I've seen them). I get so many compliments about them! Instead of feeling bad about telling peeps I got them from Payless, I take pride in removing the stigma associated with that store. I don't always find cute shoes there, and they often require a day or two of breaking in before they get comfortable. However, once in a while I'll find some really cute versions of trendy shoes that would otherwise cost me $75+ for a fraction of the cost. I do like to invest in some quality shoes, like tall boots I'll wear year after year or my yummy Coach flats, but it's nice to have a bunch of shoes that I don't have to love forever - just like for a while. I've also come across some fabulous shoe finds at Target.

P.S. Thanks for all the get-well wishes! I was pretty sick Tuesday, with the bulk of it hitting me Wednesday. I feel much better today. Hopefully that'll be the extent of my illness for the holiday season. Oh, crap. Did I just jinx myself again?

P.P.S. I saw Rent. I enjoyed it, but wasn't that impressed. I think I would have liked the stage version much better.

P.P.S.S. I have some new CDs I hope to review here soon.

P.P.P.S.S. Remember how cute it was in junior high to end your notes to friends and crushes with lots of post scripts? I think I'll start a new trend and start doing that in e-mails to my clients. I bet they'll LOVE that!

[Rachel reads note attached to shoe] "Dear suckers, do you really think I would hide presents under the couch. P.S.: Chandler, I knew they'd break you." - Friends

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

How To Jinx Yourself

After taking care of your fiance and his cold for five days, think to yourself right before you go to sleep, "Wow! Good thing I didn't get sick!" Fast forward a few hours to wake up miserable with a stuffy and achy head.

"And it will fall out as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore, you will provoke another; and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others" - Sir Thomas Moore

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Cutest nephew ever!

My Thanksgiving included lots and lots of quality time with my nephew Jayden.

Those big blue eyes are to die for!
LOVE his big blue eyes!

Robes never looked better

Uncle Brent also had some quality time with him.
Uncle Brent

At four months and 18 pounds there's a lot to love, but I got plenty to give.

"Hello, I'm Dr. Harad. I'm going to be delivering your babies. And by the way, I love Fonzie." - Dr. Harad, Friends

Friday, November 25, 2005

Doe, A Dear

Dear Brent's Immune System,

Please stop attacking Brent with the cold/flu/congestion or any variation of that. This is the second year in a row that Brent has been sick on Thanksgiving. And he'll be the first to admit that he's not a good sick person. He's a bit of a wuss and complains and complains and complains. However, I still like taking care of him and he enjoys being taken care of - but leave him alone!

Nanette

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Dear Collar Bones,

Thanks for making an appearance during tonight's workout. It's been a while since I've seen you and you've been sorely missed. Perhaps you were hanging out with my shoulder muscles, which also made a cameo tonight. If you happen to see my triceps, please feel free to invite them to come out and play, too.

Nanette

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Dear Holiday Sales,

Please stop calling out to me. I need to be shopping for other people, not myself! I don't really need any new skirts, shoes, perfume, CDs, jewelry - so leave me alone! I don't care if you're on sale! I don't care if you're limited edition, limited quantity and make me the hippest girl on my block. I don't need you. At least, that's what I'll be telling myself between now and New Year's.

Nanette

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Dear Thanksgiving vacation,

If there is any way possible to extend yourself another few days or so, that would be great! I'm not ready to go back to work. I have books to read, movies to see, gifts to buy, and a sick fiance to take care of.

Nanette

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"George Michael was getting ready for school when he came across a box of love letters he'd written, but never sent, to his cousin Maeby. One letter, titled "If you weren't my cousin," was particularly incriminating." - Narrator, Arrested Development

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy (almost) Turkey Day!

Tomorrow Brent and I are heading up to Visalia to see my mom and my nephew. I've requested that instead of a turkey, which my mom doesn't like anyway, we have some of my mom's yummy Filipino food. I'm sooo looking forward to it!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post some things I'm thankful for - some serious and some playful.

I'm thankful for...

  • Brent - everything about him and everything he does
  • Sex and The City reruns
  • This blog and my fabulous readers
  • My mother and the support provides me
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf vanilla lattes
  • My loving future in-laws
  • Live music
  • Our condo
  • My health
  • Bay Cities Deli turkey sandwiches
  • Old Navy
  • Sephora
  • My blog friends
  • My non-blog friends
  • Candles
  • Polka dots
  • My sense of humor
  • Perfume
  • My new nephew
  • Lost, Grey's Anatomy, The Office
  • TiVo
  • Cheese
"You can't have Thanksgiving without turkey. That's like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas." - Joey, Friends

Gobble me up!

They're assembled! Did you know a group of turkeys is called a rafter?

Turkey for me, turkey for you

For the potluck we're having at work tomorrow

A 3D Turkey

These look more like Elmo than a turkey, but oh well...
Gobble, gobble

Tiny cupcakes that look more like donuts than cupcakes.
Little cupcakes

Nutter Butters waiting to be assembled into Turkey Cupcakes tomorrow.
Turkeys in Waiting

"Turkey lurkey doo and Turkey lurkey dap. I eat that turkey then I take a nap." - Adam Sandler, Thanksgiving Song

Monday, November 21, 2005

Before & Almost After

Thought I'd post some pics of Brent and I that illustrate the progress we've made with our new healthy lifestyle. This pic is from a friend's wedding about a year and a half ago:



He can no longer wear the blazer he has on in this pic. He's swimming in it now!

This picture is from a couple weeks ago at a dinner with his parents (please ignore the funky lighting on my glasses):

almost after

Crazy, huh?

"The tasks are done and the tears are shed. Yesterday's errors let yesterday cover; Yesterday's wounds, which smarted and bled, Are healed with the healing that night has shed." - Sarah Chauncey Woolsey


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Cake Walk

In theory, a day consisting of meals of cake would be the best thing ever. In execution, not so much.

Saturday we had cake tastings across Southern California. We started at a little place in North Hollywood called Jacqui's. She gave us a list of cake flavors, which we paired with various cake fillings. She put them together and brought them out as huge pieces to taste. They were definitely yummy, but we didn't have anything to compare it to. I think I was already full by the time we left. Our next place was Porto's in Glendale, a very popular bakery with amazing desserts but lackluster wedding cakes. They tasted like bad sheet cakes. After a couple bites we knew it wasn't for us. We then moved on to our third place, Susina Bakery in the Hollywood area. The owner was really nice and brought out two really delicious pieces of cake - one chocolate and one vanilla/berry. We have another flavor that we want to taste, but have to have her make it ahead of time. I think we're going to have to visit that bakery/cafe again for lunch and other yummy treats. Lastly we went to Rosebud Cakes in Beverly Hills. By then, we were absolutely STUFFED and delirious from all the sugar, but were on a mission. We tasted nine (yes, nine) various flavors there. We have three more tastings next weekend.

It's sad to realize that the dreams I had as a child of eating ice cream all day or living in Willy Wonka's factory where I could stuff myself full of sugar probably wouldn't be the best thing ever.

Here are some of the leftovers we took to Brent's parents.



In our sugar-induced stupor, we saw Walk The Line. I was really excited to see this film, which is strange because I've never been a Johnny Cash fan. I think the trailers just made it look so appealing. Oh, and I'm a big fan of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. I think I enjoyed the movie. I have to say "think" because Brent and I spent the last half of the film pissed about how hot it got in the theater. He complained, but it didn't change. It was seriously a good 15 degrees warmer than it should have been. I tried to concentrate on the movie, but was definitely distracted. I think the movie had really great performances, which featured the actual voices of the actors, not dubbed. I think the storyline was interesting. I think that without the stifling heat of the theater that I could have been easily consumed by the film. I think that movie theater sucks.

Speaking of heat, it was 82 degrees in Los Angeles today. There's something strange and maybe even wrong about wearing flip flops, skirt and tank top just a few days before Thanksgiving.

"The fool that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well." - George W. Thornbury

Friday, November 18, 2005

Jesus is Brent's Homeboy

Brent went to the UCLA basketball game tonight and sat behind Jesus...
aka Jim Caviezel. I am sad I didn't get to see the hottie Count of Monte Cristo up close and personal myself. My "celeb" sightings consist of people like Beth from the Real World at Banana Republic. Bleh...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Oh Yes, It's Ladies' Night

Last night I had a lovely dinner at Angie's house, along with Atineh, South African Ballerina Jen (now with Kung Fu kicking action) and Tori. We've known each other for nearly 5 years as we all worked together at a PR firm back in 2000. We've since gone our separate ways workwise, but we manage to keep in touch (along with Miwa and Liz). Collective picture of all of us at a past gathering here. We like to take turns hosting brunch/lunch/dinner at each of our places. It was Angie's turn to show off her new digs and let me tell ya, Martha ain't got nothing on Angie. Between her fashionista decorating (Pottery Barn, eat your heart out!) and her decadent homemade Italian dinner (bruschetta, baked ziti and tiramisu), we had an absolute blast.

I imagine that Atineh is going to become more of a regular reader of my blog. Last night the rest of the gals kept referring to things I've mentioned on here (e.g., the time my mom thought college girls we saw while shopping were hookers, my review of Just Friends, etc.) that Atineh hadn't read. And then we joked about things that I hadn't written about on my blog, just to throw her off.

I love nights like that - dining and gabbing with a bunch of gals about boys (no more lunch dates, Tori!), clothes, vacations, Atineh's Dave Navarro sightings (lucky!), jobs, nothing at all, till the wee hours of the night. Ok, until 11...we are working girls, after all.

"Women need women friends. Take my wife. We used to fight all the time. Then she started hanging out with this nice gal down the street. Got her into weight lifting, ladies' professional golf, home repair, now I get my Saturday nights to myself while they lock the door and play board games in the basement. Yep, we got a perfect marriage all thanks to her special friend." - Kenny, Baby Blues

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Laugh In

You ever set the bar low for something, expecting a mediocre outcome, which then results in something much better than you anticipated? That happened to Brent and I tonight. We went to a screening of Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart. Although I'm a pretty big Ryan Reynolds fan (he's yummy) and I've always enjoyed Amy Smart, I don't know that, based on the trailers, I would have chosen to see this movie in the theaters. I may have considered it for my Netflix queue. For those of you who aren't familiar with the inner workings of the movie "biz," they often hold screenings for movies to either obtain feedback from the audience to tweak the movie, if necessary, or just to create a "buzz." Tonight was the latter.

Brent and I didn't discuss our expectations before the movie, but we learned at the end that we both were pleasantly surprised. It was actually one of the funniest comedies I've seen in a long time! We laughed throughout the entire thing. The casting was ideal - Anna Faris, as a nutso pop star was a definite film highlight. And the relationship between Ryan Reynolds' character and his brother was PRICELESS!

If you like to laugh, DEFINITELY see this movie. If you don't like to laugh, then, um, why are you reading this blog? Hee, hee.

Oh, and one of Ryan Reynolds' upcoming movies looks really hilarious, too, on the description alone: In order to win the favor of his dream girl's family, a young man (Reynolds), who is a cognitive therapist specializing in non-violent communication, accompanies her tough-as-nails brother (Dwayne Johnson, yes, as in the ROCK!) on his police beat. I couldn't have handpicked a better duo.

"Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society." - William Makepeace Thackeray

Monday, November 14, 2005

Parking Unstructured

Brent and I tried to go to Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang at the 3rd St. Promenade on Sunday night. We were running late, so in our hurry to get out of the car after we parked in one of the parking garages, Brent closed his (locked) car door and realized the car was still running. I waited near the car for AAA while Brent waited at the garage entrance. A man in a Porsche parked while I was waiting. He went to the Promenade and came back to find me still waiting. He asked if I was stuck and I explained what Brent had done. He mentioned that his fiancee had done the same thing recently. We started chatting about wedding stuff and he asked if I did any research online. I said yes and he asked what site. I said, "The Knot!" He laughed and I asked if his fiancee was on The Knot a lot, too. He said, "No. My company is the WeddingChannel.com and The Knot is our rival. Everyone always says 'The Knot' when I ask them that!" I laughed and tried to explain that I had visited his site! We chuckled and he left. (Based on his Porsche, I'm assuming that he's pretty high-up at the company, if not the owner.)

After the AAA driver arrived, we were too late for the movie so we grabbed a bite to eat, wandered around the Promenade and then left. Brent realized that he had no cash, nor did I, to get out of the garage. I figured the parking garage cashier would just send us a ticket (I've seen them do that before). When Brent told the cashier we had no cash, she asked if we had an ATM card, which we assumed meant they took ATM cards. "Yes!," we said hopefully. She replied, "Great! Park your car in the spot back there and run across the street to the ATM!" We were dumbfounded, yet amused. So we parked, Brent ran to the ATM and we were able to get out of the parking garage, now known as the "Vortex of Wackiness."

"It seems every week the Simpsons go through a situation like this. My suggestion is to just ride it out, make the occasional smart-aleck quip, and next week, we'll return right to where we were, ready for another wacky adventure." - Lisa, The Simpsons

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I wonder...

  • if I'm the only person who hadn't seen Say Anything until today. I'm a shame to John Cusack fans everywhere.
  • how long the Choxie tiles I just bought will last in my pantry.
  • why there were sooo many people at the gym this morning at 10 a.m. Don't people sleep in anymore?
  • if I can find more $1.50 yoga capris at Old Navy. I thought they wrang me up incorrectly, so I went back and asked the cashier. The customer he was helping laughed at me, as if to say, "You fool!," but according to the cashier, the pants were on clearance and that was the price. Maybe I'll use the 10% off from the survey and get them for $1.35!
  • why chai tea is sooo damn yummy.
  • when I'll breakdown and finally get an iPod. I saw the new video iPod today and it was awesome! I'm tired of all the CDs scattered in my cube and in my car.
  • when I'll freshen up my grammar skills and re-learn how to use commas correctly.
  • what the hell Fox executives were thinking when they decided to cancel Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential. If they dare cancel 24, I will go Jack Bauer on their ass.
  • how long it'll take me to finish the Chronicles of Narnia - I just started.
  • if Walk The Line, Aeon Flux and Match Point will live up to my expectations. (We got tickets for a preview of Match Point at LACMA - woo hoo!)

Lloyd: "Hey my brother, can I borrow a copy of your 'Hey Soul Classics'?" J-Man: "No, my brother, you have to go buy your own." - Say Anything

Feed-back to Back

Apparently the word is out that I'm the World's Biggest Consumer. Last weekend while shopping at Banana Republic, I was randomly chosen for a customer survey, resulting in 10% off my next visit. Today at lunch Brent and I were randomly chosen for a customer survey, which gives us a free appetizer next time. After lunch today we stopped by Old Navy, where (do you sense a theme here?), I was chosen for a survey, giving me 10% off next time.

I know, I know - it's part of the larger ploy to get me back into those establishments, but I have no shame. Bribe me, baby!

"Zero. Then I asked you, name a time when people usually go to bed. You said, of course..."Night." Our survey said..." - Richard Dawson, Family Feud

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

We Interrupt This Blog...

...to bring you this special announcment:

Exactly 5 months until Brent and I get married!

You may now resume your regular blog reading.

"Oh, that's so cute! You're just afraid that because you're a woman you're gonna do something stupid, like buy that time-share or not realize that your husband taped over our wedding video with soft-core cable porn." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy

Monday, November 07, 2005

Weekend Warriors

Friday: Brent and I went to the UCLA exhibition basketball game against the Canadian champion team. The highlight of the game was during UCLA's "trash time" (i.e., they were up something like 65 to 40) when they put in this 5'7" guard. The crowd went nuts! I told Brent, "You'd think this guy had 'special needs' or something. Why is everyone so excited?" He explained that this player probably tried out for the team, as opposed to being drafted like the other 6'8" players on the team. And that this may be the only time he gets to play all season. It was seriously like a scene in "Lucas."

Saturday: Shelby came to town! After we hit the gym (Shelby is also in bridal slimdown mode as she prepares for her maid of honor role - she's lost 30 pounds and looks FABULOUS!), we met up with Josh and 19-month-old Hallie for lunch and a stroll down Venice Beach. Hallie was in rare form - she started out very, very shy and quiet, but something flipped the switch and she turned on her charm with lots of impromptu hugs, giggling, singing (Itsy Bitsy Spider, Old Macdonald) and high-fives.

Sunday: Shelby and I got pedicures and then hit Old Navy and Banana Republic as we're both shrinking into smaller clothes. Lots of $19.99 sale jeans at Gap, by the way! I would have gotten some if they weren't exactly the same as the pair I was wearing. Then we saw Shopgirl, 104 minutes of pure enjoyment, minus the lady behind us who over-reacted to every line - "Oh my god!" Brent, Shelby and I agree - Shopgirl was everything that Lost In Translation should have been. It had an amazing soundtrack and it was so easy to love all the characters. I think I'll invite them all over for dinner, maybe a game of Taboo.

By the way, as much as I love the holiday season, I'm already sick of Christmas music. It's not even Thanksgiving!

"And now, in the spirit of the season: start shopping. And for every dollar of Krusty merchandise you buy, I will be nice to a sick kid. For legal purposes, sick kids may include hookers with a cold." - Krusty the Clown, The Simpsons

Friday, November 04, 2005

She loves me, she loves me not

My friend Stacie had been feeling under the weather, so on a whim I ordered flowers online on Wednesday to be sent to her yesterday at her home in Sacramento. I hadn't heard from her by the time I left work, so I called her.

Me: Hey, just called to say "hi." (wanting to be sly and not like "Hey! You never acknowledged the flowers!")
Stacie: Hey! How's it going?
Me: Did I catch ya at a bad time?
Stacie: Nah, I'm in the car on my way from Phoenix to Flagstaff.
Me: Um....when did you leave for Phoenix?!?!?
Stacie: Today around 2.
Me: Uh, so ya probably didn't get the delivery I sent...
Stacie: Delivery?!?!?!
Me: Yup.
Stacie: No...
Me: I sent you flowers.
Stacie: OH NO!!!

She's going to have a friend drop by to pick them up, if they're there. And she'll be back on Sunday. Even if she doesn't ever see them, I'm happy that she at least knows I sent them. In this instance, it's the thought that REALLY counts.

"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose." - Hada Bejar

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I wanna go to Haaawaaaaaaiiii

Brent and I need to book our Hawaiian honeymoon soon. And by "soon" I mean "yesterday." However, we're a bit overwhelmed by all our options. We want to enjoy the tourist attractions, but also want to just relax like they do in the Corona commercials, replacing the Coronas with girlie umbrella drinks.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to visit the state of island paradises:

Which island(s) did you visit?
Which island was your favorite? Why?
What was your favorite activity/activities?
Any restaurant recommendations?
What about hotel recommendations?
(You can e-mail responses to me if you don't feel like commenting...)

I promise that answers to these questions will result in a very happy blogger who will post plenty of beautiful Hawaiian honeymoon pics in April/May 2006 for your viewing pleasure.

"You folks are from Hawaii and you came to L.A. on your honeymoon?"
- Sheriff, Quick

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

NSV 4 ME

Today I had a few of what Weight Watchers refers to as Non-Scale Victories (NSV). First, the skirt I wore turned out to be too big and kept shifting around my waist, almost completely backwards. The blazer I wore today used to be big enough to wear and look fashionable, but not big enough to button up...until today. I buttoned it and wore it proudly, even if no one realized it but me.

And lastly, Brent and I planned to go the gym tonight. He came home to find me napping on the couch. He woke me up and even though I wanted to go back to sleep, skip the gym and veg out, I got my very sleepy butt up and dragged it to the gym for a pretty good workout.

Sometimes the numbers don't mean much to me; it's the winning of the daily battles that keep me going.

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 31, 2005

A-muse-ing

I listened to some songs off of Dave Matthew's latest album and got to thinking. It must be hard to be married to or date a famous musician. As the musician's muse, I bet there's a lot of pressure to ensure that you keep the romance alive. Ya can't really nag him about picking up his socks or not doing the dishes, otherwise you'll put him in a sour mood and he'll only write angry songs. Ya have to be sweet, kind, loving and affectionate. There should be the occasional plate-throwing fights, otherwise we won't get the syrupy sadness like that of Damien Rice. For the most part, though, ya gotta be nice.

These are the random thoughts that go through my head as I clean the house while listening to DMB. Stay tuned for thoughts while listening to Stone Temple Pilots and organizing the junk drawer.

"If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come." - American Indian Proverb

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Them's Good Eatin'

While I try to ensure that all my meals are yummy (otherwise what's the point in eating, right?), I've had some especially yummy meals lately.

Thursday night I had the pleasure of hanging out with Tori, Lynn and South African Ballerina Jen at a relatively new Los Angeles eatery called "Nook." I had the sauteed brown rice bowl with oven dried tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots and tofu. Jen ordered the same thing but with chicken. I also added a poached egg. Not only was it extremely delicious and filling, but it was almost 100% Weight Watchers friendly (minus the sautee-ing)! I also tasted some of Tori and Lynn's dishes, so I can easily say that there are plenty of mouth-watering options. We split the chocolate banana bread pudding, which the waitress described as "life-changing." I may have to agree. I'll be taking Brent to Nook soon.

After the gym Saturday morning Brent and I went to the Omelette Parlor in Santa Monica to enjoy one of our new favorite breakfasts: steel cut oatmeal with strawberries, bananas, raisins and walnuts. It's an edible hug, comforting us from the inside out. As long as we don't get pooped on by a bird while dining in the back patio (it happened to Brent once), it's a very enjoyable meal.

This morning we ventured over to the Lazy Daisy Cafe. We'd previously enjoyed turkey burgers there and were excited to try their breakfast. We both ordered the bruschetta eggs - roma tomatoes, olive oil, garlic over an egg and toast. It was the perfect amount of food and tasty to the last bite.

Tonight we joined Brent's parents for the most amazing meal of them all at Cucina Paradiso. Brent and I split grilled polenta with mushrooms for our appetizer. I then had a lemon chicken and Brent had steak. We split a chocolate banana tart for dessert. Thankfully before we left to meet his parents tonight I had just completed an hour and a half of Dance Dance Revolution, so I don't feel too guilty because our food was sinfully delicious!

"B.A., going up to a traffic cop who's writing out a ticket for your van, and eating the citation right in front of his face, absolutely falls under starting trouble." - Amy, The A-Team

Diaper Doody

Saturday night Brent and I jumped at the chance to babysit the always adorable Hallie, the daughter of our "married friends" Josh and Jami. (After Brent and I get married, I'm assuming we won't be calling them our "married friends" anymore since we'll have joined the club. I guess we'll just call everyone else our "single friends.")

Josh and Jami enjoyed an adults-only night out on the town while Brent and I enjoyed all of Hallie's 19-month-old traits. While Brent was trying to catch the end of the UCLA game, Hallie had fun grooming him. She thought nothing was funnier than Brent wearing one of her barrettes. She also had a blast brushing his hair.

Brent gets a makeover

The best part of all was when I was putting her to bed, she specifically asked for Brent. When he came in the room, she said, "Brent!" and then, "Diaper!" while pointing at hers. We were in hysterics that she was requesting that Brent change her diaper. He tried to get out of it, "I don't think that's what she said." I replied, "Ya can't get much clearer than that. She looked at you, said your name and pointed to her diaper." Kids say the darndest things.

UPDATE: Um, so I talked to Josh this morning. Apparently when they woke up and changed Hallie on Sunday morning, they discovered that.....we had put the diaper on BACKWARDS! I thought it looked a little high in the back, but to me it made sense because adult underwear is bigger in the back and smaller in the front, so we assumed a kid's diaper would be, too. Josh and Jami got quite a laugh out of it, thankfully. Looks like Brent and I will have to find some parents' manuals before we pop out any kids of our own.

[after smelling the Sex Panther cologne] "Ugh... it smells like a used diaper... filled with... Indian food!"' - Veronica Corningstone, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Think Tank

To encourage more comments, Brent says I should write more about what I think rather than just what happens to me.

I think:
- people who make sex noises while Spinning are weird, especially when they're right behind me
- a long overdue haircut can make me feel fun, fabulous and fashionable
- scary movies are the perfect excuse to cuddle with loved ones
- candles, avocados and novelty slippers are the world's best inventions
- people should NOT make negative comments about the food that someone else is eating (e.g. "That has so many preservatives!")
- that it's ok I under-tipped a waitress for the first time last weekend because we had to wait more than a half hour after she cleared our plates to get the bill
- you'll get much better service in retail, especially if you are trying to get a problem resolved, if you kill them with kindness
- cinnamon and pumpkin scents = holiday season
- the upcoming People's Sexiest Men issue, in my opinion, should include Wentworth Miller, Patrick Dempsey and Harry Connick Jr.

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." - Buddha

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

You got your moxie in my chocolate! No, you got your chocolate in my moxie!

A couple nights ago while Brent and I were watching TV a commercial came on for some chocolate called "Choxie." The ad was vibrant, featuring themed-rooms and models to represent the various flavors.

Me: Wow. Looks like someone is using Target's advertising agency.
Brent: No kidding.
Me: This looks just like a Target commercial. Mmm....that chocolate looks yummy!

Just then the commercial ended with the big red Target logo.

Brent: :::bursts into hysterical laughter at our observation::: Well, they found their target audience.

Apparently Target is launching its own brand of chocolate called Choxie, with crazy flavors like Chile Limon Truffle Tiles, Chai Tea Truffle Temptations (YUM!!!), Artisan Truffle Tiles, and Ancho Chile Chocolates. I'm really not a big fan of chocolate (read: ok, I SAY I'm not a big fan of chocolate but apparently I am). Pairing that tidbit of my psyche with the extreme consumer in me (i.e., I'll buy anything that's shiny, striped, or polka-dotted), they had me at "hello."

Sunday, November 6 they'll be having an in-store tasting for Choxie. If you need me, I'll be running through the aisles on a sugar high.

By the way, have you ever seen this awesome site? They posted about Choxie yesterday (but I promise I didn't read it until after I decided to post about the same topic!) I keep forgetting to add it to my blogroll. I think Hil and justJENN have mentioned it previously.

"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies." - John Q. Tullius

Monday, October 24, 2005

Get in my belly!

Behold my nephew Jayden! He's three months old and so chubby! Tons of fat bracelets and anklets. I just wanna gobble him up. I need to go visit him again, but this photo will have to hold me over in the meantime.

"What guides us is children's response, their joy in learning to dance, to sing, to live together. It should be a guide to the whole world." - Yehundi Menuhin

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Weekend - The Sequel

Thought I'd continue discussing our weekend adventures with a pictorial.

Yesterday Brent brought these home from Whole Foods:
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This morning we made one of our almost-weekly trips to the lovely Santa Monica Farmer's Market, where we had yummy omelettes and the BEST organic Tiger Spice chai. We bought some great tomatoes, nectarines, oranges, basil and strawberries.
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Then we went to David's Bridal where I ordered my dress and shoes for Andrea's wedding (July 1, 2006). The zipper on the dress I tried on got stuck and they had to cut the zipper to get me out!

We dropped by IKEA with the intention of just looking, but left with bags full of stuff. The same thing happened at the new nearby Target. (By the way, I love new Targets - so fresh and so clean!)

We already owned these frames from IKEA, but bought pics to go in them for our bathroom.
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"Money talks...but all mine ever says is good-bye." - Anonymous

A Picture Share!

Our #1 bike thief suspect, caught red-pawed on our balcony looking at my bike!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Barenaked Eyebrows

This morning Brent and I bought tickets to the Barenaked Ladies show in Santa Monica in December. They are great live, and we got pretty good seats.

I met my friend Eric for lunch and a movie while Brent attended the UCLA game. We saw "In Her Shoes." I had read the book, so I was a little skeptical about the movie as the book version's almost always better. However, the movie didn't disappoint. They cast it perfectly and it flowed nicely. And let me just say that old people are funny.

I then headed over to the mall where I had my eyebrows threaded for the first time. I'd heard about a new Indian salon called Ziba. I've given up on waxing because of the scabs and even plucking had left me scabbed. I told the threader (if that's what I should call him) that I had never done it before. I asked to have my brows and lip done. Well, he started with my brows and it was so freakin' painful! My eyes started watering and as always when someone messes with my face I started sneezing. When he was done with my brows, he warned me that he was going to do my lip next. I asked, hopefully, "Will the lip hurt as much as the brows?" He nodded, "It'll hurt more." I think I left nail marks on the chair. I have to admit, though, that it was worth it. I don't have any scars or scabs, like the results of my previous hair removal adventures. And my brows and lip look great!

"You remember the Mona Lisa? That dreadful woman with no eyebrows who wouldn't sit still?" The Doctor, Doctor Who

Friday, October 21, 2005

Weight and See

I haven't posted about my weight loss victories lately because I've been on somewhat of a plateau the past few weeks. However, I was very happy at my weigh-in this morning when I discovered I lost 4.4 pounds, down to a total loss of 22.2 pounds! Granted, some of that may be due to the freakin' colonoscopy this week, but I'm not going to look a gift horse (or colon....ew, I know) in the mouth.

In other news, I ordered my fabulous wedding shoes this week. They're very pretty. I'll tell ya this much - I didn't order these, even if the dancing queen in me was tempted:

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Apparently these flashing shoes are big with the prom go-ers. If they had goldfish in the heel, I might have been tempted.

"Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine. You gotta hold the frame." - Johnny, Dirty Dancing

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

**Insert Witty Colon Pun Here**

Today was the big day - had to have my first colonoscopy. Brent, who plays nurse quite well, took me to the hospital. I was a little scared when I walked into the pre-procedure room to find rows of curtained rooms. The woman in the next curtain cubicle was moaning in pain, and I think I heard someone sobbing quietly. "Oh great," I thought. "What the hell did I get myself into?"

After reminding myself that I had to fight to get this done, that I demanded it, I calmed down. I had a really nice Filipino nurse who reminded me of my mom. She joked with me as she took my blood pressure and temperature. Then it was time for the surprisingly worst part of the whole thing- the insertion of the IV into my arm. The nurse tried to insert it near my wrist, but she had a hard time finding my vein. The pain, coupled with my own mental freakout as I started to think about my dad, resulted in my bursting into tears. The nurse had to call someone else over to help, while apologizing for making me cry. I tried to tell her I was just being emotional, that it wasn't her fault. The other nurse came over and said that my prep last night may have "dried" me out a bit, making it difficult to find that vein. So they went with a vein near the bend in my arm instead.

After that, it was all a piece of cake. Seriously. They wheeled me into another room. Joked about "knowing their shit," hooked me up to some oxygen and monitoring machines, and the next thing I know, I was back in the pre/post-procedure room. I don't even remember them giving me the anesthesia. Damn, that stuff is good. Oh, and the doctor said everything looked normal, so I'm all good.

When Brent took me home, I was definitely hungry, so we stopped at Koo Koo Roo to pick up some food. I nibbled a bit, then we came home where I slept for a couple hours. When I awoke from my nap, I was still pretty groggy, but nowhere near as bad as I would have expected. And best of all, I have peace of mind... at least for five more years.

"Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away." - Indira Gandi

Monday, October 17, 2005

It Wasn't Not Funny!*

You know what's not fun? Not eating.

*Anyone know what my blog title is from? After 14+ years, I STILL use that quote!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Weekend Round-Up

Why do the weekends always fly by so quickly?

One of my favorite type of cinema experiences is seeing a great indie film. Luckily we live just a few blocks away from an indie theater. This weekend we saw The Squid and The Whale, a strange yet endearing story about a family dealing with divorce. It had some shocking moments and it was cast perfectly. I really do enjoy the not-so-Hollywood perspective.

As I mentioned previously, Brent and I spent Saturday volunteering at a PR event. The experience was really great. We mostly focused on some basic PR tools - leveraging events, identifying the appropriate reporters/editors, the best way to reach out to those editors. I'd like to think that the advice we gave to those four organizations will get them on their way.

Today I finally took Brent up on his offer and joined him on a short jog. I ran further than I expected, but still have a long, long way to go. I won't be working out for the next couple days because I'm going to be busy prepping for sunshine, rainbows and butterflies - also known as a colonoscopy. Although I'm technically too young to have my first one (according to guidelines I should wait until I'm 36), I'd rather deal with a little bit of pain to have peace of mind and, if worse comes to worst, deal with any potential problems now than have to go through a fraction of what my dad and grandmother did. In preparation for Tuesday's visit to sunshine land, tomorrow I won't be able to eat - just clear liquids. So if I leave a grumpy comment on your blog tomorrow, you'll know why. A hungry Nanette = an irritable Nanette.

"Oop... I almost forgot. I won't be able to make it fellas. Veronica and I trying this new fad called uh, jogging. I believe it's jogging or yogging. it might be a soft j. I'm not sure but apparently you just run for an extended period of time. It's supposed to be wild." - Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fully Engaged

My photographer sent me some "teaser" pics from our engagement photo session. We get the proofs next week. Thought I'd share a few of my favorites here! (There are a couple more in my Flickr page - the little block of pictures on the right side of this page.)




"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." - Minor White

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ryan started the fire!

You know you're from Los Angeles when you overhear someone say, "I was up late last night working on my house" and you automatically think they are somehow involved with the Fox show House.

One of my client's products is going to featured on an upcoming episode of Grey's Anatomy. A co-worker of mine and I keep joking that we'd be happy to hand-delivery the product to Dr. McDreamy.

Brent and I just signed up to volunteer at a really cool event this weekend. It pairs PR professionals with non-profits who can't afford to hire a PR person or agency team. We're going to meet with four non-profits for 75 minutes each to brainstorm ideas on how they can increase their visibility. I'm really excited, and Brent and I get to work together! I've always wanted to use my PR skills to volunteer for a non-profit, but I've never been able to commit enough time. This is a perfect way to help four organizations at once!

Random question: anyone have suggestions for a good concealer and/or potions to get rid of under-eye circles? I'm trying to wear my contacts, but now I have to take care of the under-eye circles I have (from my allergies). Someone at work thought I was sick because I looked so tired, even though I wasn't! There are a few Benefit products I may try out, but I figured I'd poll my two readers first.

"I went to all sorts of funerals as a child. My uncle's a mortician. Lovely man. He's offered to do my make-up for the wedding." - Daphne, Frasier

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Weekend Update

Yesterday I bought some fabulous new knee-high brown boots (on sale at Robinsons-May), a smaller bra because apparently when you lose weight your boobs shrink (which is fine by me), and some yummy vanilla soap and lotion from Bath and Body Works. This is what happens when Brent leaves me alone for a few hours. By the way, according to signage Bath and Body Works is finally opening an online store.

Today we saw A History of Violence. First, I love me some Viggo Mortensen. Second, the movie was pretty good. It's REALLY intense, emotional, gory and includes quite a racy sex scene. Not your standard Hollywood fodder, I'll tell ya that.

I was thiiiiis close to making cupcakes today. I've been craving them, especially since Hilary has been baking up a storm and posting pictures of her yummy creations. I want to make some yummy diet cupcakes that everyone on Weight Watchers talks about. You take any cake mix, add a can of diet soda and bake as directed. I've made them once previously with chocolate cake and diet Coke and they were delicious. I want to make a lemon mix with either Diet Mt. Dew or Diet Sprite and use Fat Free Cool Whip to replace the frosting. Hopefully I'll have to time to do that this week.

"Don't spit on my cupcake and tell me it's frosting." - Judge Judy

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Blogging about blogging

Sometimes I crack up when I'm surfing various blogs, especially ones I don't think anyone else I know reads, only to find other bloggers I regularly read posting comments on those sites. It's almost like running into someone unexpectedly at your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant. "You like this place, too?!?! Don't they have the best daiquiris?"

I also get a kick out of seeing blog posts about topics I'd write about, especially when I haven't yet. Current example: Fiona Apple's new CD, Extraordinary Machine. I've been listening to it since they started streaming it on MySpace.com. We also saw her a few weeks ago, where she performed the title song. I went to buy the CD Thursday at Target, but they aren't carrying it! I tried to go to Best Buy Thursday after dinner to buy it, but I arrived after they closed. I finally got it last night. You can read reviews from Jen, KVB and Kiki. I love the album and so do they. That's like running into someone unexpectedly at a concert. "Wait! You're the Bakersfield/Seattle/DC chapter fan club president? I'm the Los Angeles chapter president! Awesome!"

So, obviously I recommend her album. My favorite songs are "Extraordinary Machine" and "Tymps." I also recommend checking out her site, especially the video section for a clip featuring her producer's kids. Go to "video" and click on Week 4. So cute!

"If there was a better way to go then it would find me. I can't help it the road just rolls out behind me. Be kind to me or treat me mean. I'll make the most of it I'm an extraordinary machine." - Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Nobody Loves Me, It's True, Not Like You Do

My civic duty is done for the year. Today I was removed from the jury panel because one of my family members was a victim of a crime similar to the one in the trial. I had almost forgotten about the incident as it was 13 years ago, but when other jurors started discussing their experiences as crime victims I remembered what had happened. It's a really long, convuluted story and I don't know that I'm comfortable discussing it here.

Something interesting to note is that after the defender and prosecutor introduced themselves to the jury, they were sure to note that this case, as most real life cases, are NOTHING like the cases on LA Law, Boston Legal, CSI, etc. I read recently that many lawyers have had a difficult time in their cases because of the popularity of shows like CSI. Jurors want more crazy-sophisticated evidence. They want witnesses confessing on the stands. They want lawyers to yell at the witnesses. I can only imagine.

In other news, I ordered my wedding dress today! I was holding off as long as possible because I was in between sizes, but I was able to fit into the smaller size as of today. Yay for non-scale victories!

"I've never seen my sister this happy, Ian. If you hurt her, I'll kill you and make it look like an accident." - Nick Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Monday, October 03, 2005

How To Piss My Neighbors Off

Remember how Brent's bike got stolen Saturday? Well, we just heard from our neighbor that one of their bikes was stolen tonight! Their bike was on the same sort of bike rack as ours, but was locked with a U-lock. By the way, Brent found this online - a recently discovered hack that enables asshats to easily open padlocks.

We're both filing reports with the police department and I'm strongly considering creating flyers to take around the neighborhood to warn people of the rash of bike thefts while possibly obtaining more information from anyone who might have seen someone riding bikes out of our (gated) garage. We brought my adorable Paul Frank bike upstairs to our patio to keep it safe. I hope the asshat(s) who stole the bikes die a slow, painful death filled with shards of glass, battery acid and Nickelback.

"The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough." - Bede Jarrett

Court Is Session

Today's jury duty involved a lot of sitting around, staring at walls, reading books, a little online time and coincidentally, a co-worker of mine. We broke for lunch and after we returned, we waited around a bit and then were asked to go up to a court room a few stories up. There, I was one of the (un?)lucky folks called to the juror's box as part of the first 18. It was so late in the afternoon when we started that we have to go back Wednesday for Jury Selection Process - The Sequel. Quite a cast of characters in the jury pool. Wish I could say more, but I'd hate to be the first person to go to trial for perjury on a blog. I will tell you about this strange conversation with a fellow juror.

Her: "Are you Native American?"
Me: "No. I'm Italian and Filipino."
Her (excited): "OOOOH! I thought you were Native American because your hair is so straight, shiny and coarse!"

Just for the record, my hair is straight, shiny but NOT coarse!

(explaining how he left the SuperFriends) "They *said* it was some sort of budget thing. But *I* think it's because I complained that they were always pairin' me up with a white SuperFriend, like I was gonna start super-lootin' the minute they weren't watchin'. And you think I named *myself* Black Vulcan? Hell, no! I used to go by Supervolt. 'Black Vulcan' was Aquaman's idea. And I said, well, maybe we should just call you White Fish." - Black Vulcan, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Jury's Out

Guess who has jury duty tomorrow? A part of me is dreading it, but another part of me is looking forward to it. This is my first time and I have to figure out how to keep myself occupied. I was going to knit until I read that we're not supposed to, I'm assuming for fear that someone is going to stab someone else with my bamboo needles. It's a shame because I bet I could finish an entire scarf while I was there. Well, here's to catching up on some overdue reading - I think I have at least six books on my shelves that I have yet to read.

Last night South African Ballerina Jen and I saw Just Like Heaven. The movie itself was enjoyable (love me some Mark Ruffalo). I wish I could say the same about some of the audience members. Damn 13-year-old girls in the second row literally screaming and laughing hysterically at parts that weren't funny, applauding where no applause was necessary. Granted I was probably obnoxious as a teen, but not in public - only in the comfort of my parents' or my friends' homes.

The rest of our weekend include a lovely dinner with Josh, Jami and their too-cute-for-words daughter, Hallie, who now recognizes me and says "Nah-NET!"

Brent and I worked out twice. I'm starting week two of the Buff Brides program and I think I can already see a difference in my arms. I didn't lose any weight last week, but I have high hopes for this week.

Did anyone catch SNL last night? I went to bed early and missed it. Was Steve Carrell freakin' hilarious?

[on using gym equipment] "I always hate having to use the equipment after these huge buff guys who move, like, the entire rack of plates. Then I get on, and move two plates, you know like: CLANK! CLANK! 'I'm the two plate guy!' CLANK! CLANK! 'Anyone wanna spot me?' CLANK! CLANK!" - Brian Regan

How To Piss Brent Off

Sneak into our communal gated garage sometime between 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Somehow open the combination padlock that secures his bike to our bike rack by a cable. Take the bike that I bought him for his birthday last year, leaving the cable (uncut, by the way). Continue to be a property-stealing asshat whose karma is definitely tainted by this incident. Hope you don't get hit by a bus, like I'm hoping for.

"What a crazy world we live in! Trying to treat addiction as a legal problem, and trying to treat criminal misbehaviors using guns as a medical problem! Beam me up, Scotty. Ain't no intelligent life down here." - Julie Cochran

Friday, September 30, 2005

Blog It Like It's Hot

The weather has been so freakin' bi-polar lately (pun intended). One day earlier this week it was sunny, but not hot out. From out of nowhere came a 2-minute downpour of rain! And then it went away, revealing a sunny, clear sky. It had been getting a little chilly at night. We started closing our balcony door to keep it from getting too cold. However, last night was sweltering! I couldn't believe it! I paced around the house in a zombie-mode, complaining to Brent that we should have gotten a ceiling fan installed in the living room like we've been considering. He told me to quit pacing as I was just making myself hotter. We sat on the couch, trying to play our new "We Love Katamari" game, too lazy to actually get up and get our portable fan. I gave up and went to bed. Luckily we have a really good fan in our bedroom, so I slumbered comfortably.

Oh, by the way, I got shot in the face today. No, really. Ok, it was a shot, injected into my face. The zit I complained about two weeks ago? As of this morning it was still there and not any better. I know, I know - perhaps too much info. You can stop reading now if you'd like. I was able to get into my doctor's office this morning and she determined it was beyond zit-dom and more in the land of cysts. So she referred me to a dermatologist, who I was miraculously able to get into this afternoon. There, I was presented with options (cream, shot, nothing or a combo of all the above). I opted for the shot (directly into my face). The bump is significantly smaller and I'm significantly happier.

"Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while." - Kin Hubbard

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Lock It Up

When Brent locked his car from the outside with his key instead of locking it from the inside before closing the door...

Me: "Why didn't you lock it before you closed it?"
Brent: "I'm a puzzle...wrapped in an enigma..."
Me: "wrapped in bacon..."

"I'm never gonna get used to the 31st century. Caffineated bacon? Baconated grapefruit? ADMIRAL Crunch?" - Fry, Futurama

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Happiness Is...

An Awesome Show: Thursday's benefit for Hurricane Katrina was one of the best shows I've seen! Hosted by Tenacious D, the show started with Fiona Apple. She performed three songs - two which I'm assuming are off of her upcoming album and "Fast As You Can" from her last album. She was really great and it seems as though she's changed her singing style a bit. Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age singer) and Jessie Hughes (singer/guitarist in Josh's other band, Eagles of Death Metal) took the stage next and totally rocked (even though Jessie scared me a little bit). The show also included stand-up from Sarah Silverman and David Cross. Tenacious D also rocked, of course, but my favorite performance was Dave Grohl. I've always thought he'd be really cool to hang out with, but now I REALLY think he'd be cool to hang out with. He did an amazing acoustical set - just him and his guitar. He performed an unreleased song called "Skin & Bones," which an audience member guessed before he even started performing. Dave laughed and yelled at him, "How did you know?!?! Boot-legger!" He also sang a really cool song about when he lived with the two guys from Nirvana about how WEIRD they were. During Tenacious D's performance he came out to play drums for them, but Josh Homme had thrown all the drumsticks out to the audience after his set. Dave played the drums with his hands while looking around the stage for sticks. Just then two separate audience members threw the sticks they had caught back up on stage. Dave got em and played the MOST AMAZING DRUM SOLO EVER! Truly unbelievable. The show ended with all of the performers (minus Fiona) in a jam session - a very awesome finale.

A Great Weigh-in: This morning I was happy to learn that I lost 2.6 pounds this week, bringing my 12-week total to 17.6 pounds!

Another Sneak Peek: Our florist got married today, coincidentally, at our venue. He invited us to check out the set-up (and his flowers) before his guests arrived. We did and I was taken aback by how BEAUTIFUL his centerpieces were. They were tall with a fall color palette. I'm so excited to see what he does at our wedding.

An Awesome Meal: Tonight we treated ourselves to a very yummy dinner in Chinatown at one of our favorite restaurants, Yang Chow. Slippery shrimp, Szcheun beef and Yang Chow fried rice - delicious! To keep ourselves from indulging twice, we dropped off the leftovers at Brent's parents'.

A Movie about Roller Disco: Saw Roll Bounce last night. Entertaining, but definitely a renter.

A Clean Condo: We've been organizing cabinets and closets so our place has been in disarray for a few weeks. We did a thorough cleaning tonight and are currently sitting in tidy bliss.

"Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life." - Burton Hills