Sunday, January 30, 2005
After sleeping in, Brent and I would ride our bikes down to the Omelette Parlor in Santa Monica to really enjoy the clear blue sky above. Following a yummy breakfast, we'd bike over to the artLA show, look at some contemporary art and say, "We could do that!" or "Wow! That's freakin' amazing! There's no way we could do that!"
When we got home, we'd try to watch a movie from Netflix, but I'd be too tired and need to take a nap. After my nap, I'd make Italian-Style Wedding Soup and get ready to go see Ray LaMontagne at the Troubadour.
As it turns out, I had the perfect Saturday yesterday.
(Editor's note: Ok, not as perfect as this Saturday, but very nice nonetheless.)
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli
Posted by Nanette at 10:57 AM
Shelby and I
This pic is from last weekend when she came to visit. For those of you who don't know me, Shelby is one of the main characters in the story that is my life. She and I have known each other since we were 6, we don't go more than a week or so without talking to each other, we're going to Europe in March and we'll absolutely be friends foreva.
"When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy." - Anonymous
Posted by Nanette at 10:50 AM
Friday, January 28, 2005
1. How do I get rid of the bullet on my 100 Things link under my profile (to the right of the screen)?
3. Can I add some code to my template that automatically makes the links I post within my entries open to another page? Currently I have to manually enter target=blank on each link to get them to do that.
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Posted by Nanette at 6:12 PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Maroon 5 announced their headlining tour to their fan club today! They're performing throughout California and tickets for the club on sale tomorrow! I've been running around the house, calling my concert buddies (Stacie and Shelby) and strategizing for our plan of attack. I think I'm going to two shows - one with each of them since I can only get two tickets for each show. Given the upcoming wedding, I have to limit my concert outings a bit. (Notice that I said "a bit"?) But woo hoo for the concert season! I'm seeing Ray LaMontagne this Saturday and Marc Broussard next week! (Hey, I got my tickets pre-engagement. No guilt for these shows!)
Now if John Mayer would only hit the road again...
Posted by Nanette at 10:50 PM
"Pinky, you give a whole new meaning to the phrase, 'counter-intelligence.' " - The Brain, Pinky and the Brain
Posted by Nanette at 10:33 PM
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Me: Pop-pop (that's what I call my grandfather), I got engaged!
Pop-pop: That's wonderful! Look, have the wedding in Visalia.
Me: (a bit taken aback) Um, actually, no, we're gonna have it here in Los Angeles.
Pop-pop: Whatever. It's your day.
What the?!?!?! It's actually quite funny. It just threw me off a bit.
I talked to my mom tonight about some wedding stuff. She's freakin' hilarious because she has no idea what her role is supposed to be in the planning process and actually, how the planning process works at all. I attribute a lot of that to the fact that she's from the Philippines and didn't have a real wedding. She and my father got married at the justice of the peace. In a funny twist, he was almost arrested for marrying her because he was AWOL from the Air Force base when he left to attend the ceremony. I digress...
Tonight she asked me if I was going to have my brother walk me down the aisle. I told her no; my brother and I aren't close. She asked if I'd have my grandfather walk me down the aisle. I said no (and not because of the conversation above, I promise!) I said I'd like to have her walk me down the aisle. (How cutting edge and hip is that?!?) She and I are really close and I think this would be an awesome way to show how much she means to me. I told her that I'll dance with my grandfather at the wedding, in place of a father/daughter dance. As we were both thinking of and missing my father, we couldn't help from crying. She said that my dad missing my wedding and not being able to walk me down the aisle was one of the first things she thought of when the doctors told him that he had less than a year to live back in 2002. There was even a point shortly after his diagnosis that I seriously considered having a small, last-minute wedding just so he could be there. We didn't end up doing that, obviously, but I did consider it.
My mom and I take comfort in knowing that although my father can't be there with us, he'll still be watching over me and enjoying our day along with us.
Posted by Nanette at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 23, 2005
I started my 100 Things list in the car on the way to Santa Barbara last weekend. I hadn't finished it prior to our arrival, which turned out to be a good thing because my life actually changed that weekend (as you'll see in #6). For your viewing pleasure, I present my 100 Things list.
- I'm left-handed.
- I'm 5"4".
- I majored in journalism, with an emphasis in PR.
- I'm a PR executive and can honestly say that I really, really like my job.
- I met my now-fiance Brent at college. We were both journalism majors.
- We got engaged on January 15 at 4:30 p.m. It was amazing. I cried.
- I was voted Most Friendly in the 8th grade.
- I was voted Most Likely To Become A Solid Gold Dancer in the 5th grade.
- I was a contestant on the Pyramid game show. I won $2,300. Donny Osmond was amazingly nice!
- When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer.
- I also wanted to be a news anchor.
- And a radio d.j.
- I was born in Albuquerque, NM on an Air Force Base.
- I'm from a little town called Visalia in Central California.
- I've seen Maroon 5 at least seven times.
- I've seen John Mayer at least six times.
- I've seen Gavin DeGraw about seven times.
- I used to be allergic to shellfish. I outgrew it and started eating it when I was 16. Shellfish is now one of my favorite types of foods.
- I'm 1/2 Filipino and 1/2 Italian.
- I started playing trumpet in the 5th grade.
- I switched to French horn in the 8th grade.
- In high school, I learned to play the vibes, marimba and xylophone.
- I played vibes in jazz bands and won awards for my soloing at all our competitions. (Note: this was likely because judges were just impressed to see a vibist as they are rare.)
- I could play the vibes with four mallets (two in each hand)!
- I don't like going to the dentist.
- I've seen the movie Beauty and the Beast at least 30 times.
- I've never caused a car accident.
- I've been dating Brent since May 31, 1999.
- I've never been out of the country - Tijuana doesn't count. (I am, however, going to London and Paris in March.)
- I love live music.
- I hate birds.
- My dad died in Sept. 2003 of colon cancer.
- I think about him every day.
- My grandmas also died of colon cancer.
- That means I'm at risk.
- I wear glasses.
- I should wear contact lenses because I have a condition called kerataconus.
- I love my condo.
- I call my grandfather "Pop-Pop."
- My parents got married 2 1/2 weeks after they met. Love at first sight!
- I have one brother.
- He's about to have his first child, making me an aunt.
- I love 80s music.
- I was an extra in a movie.
- I belong to three fan clubs - John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Harry Connick Jr. This is how you get the best seats at concerts!
- I have three friends (Stacie, Shelby and Andrea) whom I've known since I was 5 or 6.
- I was my high school's mascot - the trailblazer. I hated it because people pick on mascots while they're in uniform. (No one knew who the mascot was.)
- I was president of my high school band. Yes, I went to band camp. No, I didn't play the flute.
- I have bad allergies.
- I also have bad asthma.
- I tan easily.
- I wish I could sing.
- I love learning new things.
- I love my TiVo.
- I love kids.
- I wish I were 5'7".
- I don't like to gamble.
- My mom does.
- Jon Bon Jovi was my first crush ever.
- I hate it when cabinets are left open.
- I love meeting new people.
- I can speak Pig Latin.
- I can also speak Gibberish (but can't find a good definition of it online).
- In my next life, I will be a back-up dancer, graphic artist, commercial actress or studio musician. And petite.
- I love Target.
- I'm perpetually optimistic.
- I have two frogs in a tank at work.
- I hate cats. Hate them!
- I like dogs, especially small ones.
- I really liked New York.
- However, I love Los Angeles more.
- I don't like to drink.
- Having said that, my name is on the wall of a bar in San Luis Obispo called Tortilla Flats for drinking a tequila shot with the worm in it.
- I love dancing.
- I love scarves. Now I love knitting them.
- I wonder what happened to old friends.
- I want to learn about wine.
- I wish I were a runner.
- I lock my car doors when I see a passenger because I have a fear of someone trying to car jack me - even if I'm driving 45+ miles per hour.
- I loved Full House.
- And Punky Brewster.
- And Jem.
- I have an addictive personality. That's why I can't read the Harry Potter books or scrapbook. I'll immerse myself so much that I'll never leave the house.
- I haven't read the Da Vinci Code.
- At this point in my life, my mom is more like a sister than a mom. I like that a lot.
- I want to be a stay-at-home mom some day.
- In college, I worked at a place where I pierced ears.
- I also sold sporting goods.
- And became an expert on leather goods.
- I also worked at a record store.
- And sold housewares at a department store.
- I love candles.
- I love puns.
- My 8th grade typing teacher is my hero. Without her, my life would not be the same today.
- I talk really fast.
- I don't drink enough water.
- I like spinning at the gym.
- I love reading.
- I love blogging.
- I like making lists.
Posted by Nanette at 9:59 AM
Friday, January 21, 2005
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Posted by Nanette at 6:25 PM
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Coincidentally, I was reminded of a celeb encounter I had a few years ago - one of my all-time favorites. I was at the annual NHL All-Stars/Celebrity hockey game where teams made up of a NHL players and celebrities compete to raise money for charity. Michael Vartan was one of the celebs! (I loved and still love him, especially in Never Been Kissed. Very excited about the upcoming Monster-In-Law.) In between one of the periods, the teams were warming up on the ice by skating in laps around half the rink. Michael was skating on the side nearest my seats. My friend and I got really excited and decided to run down to the first row for a closer look. As we stood there, a couple guys standing behind us started screaming, "Michael! Michael!" because they apparently were friends of his. He looked over at them, recognized his friends, smiled and then got a strange look on his face because my friend and I were waving really frantically with big, goofy smiles on our faces. I'd like to say that's the only time I've made a fool of myself in front of a celeb, but it's not. (More on that later.)
What's been YOUR best/worst celeb encounter?
"Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the net, it looks like very soon everyone on earth will have 15 Megabytes of fame." - MG Siriam
Posted by Nanette at 11:53 PM
If I had the day off today, I'd do the following:
- Sit and stare at my ring all day. (Oh, wait. I'll do that anyway.)
- Ride my bike.
- Eat sugarplums and hold hands (a la Elf).
- Earn lots of points on Blog Explosion and Blog Clicker.
- Finally figure out my plans for world domination.
Another time, I suppose.
"The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed." - Sebastian RN Chamfort
Posted by Nanette at 7:37 AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Still no details hashed out yet. We're enjoying the warmth and euphoria of the engagement for now.
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"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give -- which is everything." Anonymous
Posted by Nanette at 10:43 PM
Monday, January 17, 2005
After my massage, I was presented with an envelope that contained a hotel room key. I found the room, which had a note indicating that we were spending the weekend there and a map leading me to where Brent was waiting. He was there, all dressed up, on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Then he proposed! I squealed with happiness (and then cried from joy, too). We had dinner at a great restaurant that night and continued to have the most enjoyable weekend ever. The resort was AMAZING! We had breakfast via room service on our private balcony yesterday morning and enjoyed being pampered via a turn-down service at night (they brought us slippers, bath salts, turned down our beds and turned our television to the jazz radio station).
All in all, everything was wonderful, Brent is brilliant and I'm thrilled! I've posted some pics below. (They're out of order - they should be in reverse but I posted wrong and am too lazy to fix.)
*We haven't set any dates or anything, but I'm pretty sure we're not getting married in a chapel/church, as my title might suggest.
"He's wonderful. He's brilliant and we're getting maaaaarried." - George's hallucination of 6-year-old Annie at dinner in Father of the Bride
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Friday, January 14, 2005
I had a 6:20 flight up to San Jose for the meeting this morning (read: had to get up at the god-awful hour of 5 a.m.). As our flight approached SJ, the captain said that the airport was suffering from a power outage and really thick fog so we'd have to circle for a bit. After circling about an hour and a half, they decided to divert us to Oakland. We ended up being a little late for our meeting (thank goodness our flight was originally supposed to get us thre two hours before our scheduled meeting). Consequently, the flight I had on the way back this afternoon was delayed about a half hour, but no big deal. However, after leaving the airport parking lot I noticed that my car was drifting to the right a bit. And then it got worse! I pulled over and low and behold - a freakin' flat tire! I call AAA, the driver arrives a half hour later. He looks at my tire and says, "It needs a special key to unlock the wheel cover." I tell him that my mechanic said it can be opened with a normal tool (screw driver, jack hammer, I don't know...) He insists it can't be, so I call my mechanic who can't recall off-hand what the deal is with my car. We decided to take it to him to see if he can figure it out. We arrive at the mechanic's (after getting lost on the way there, mind you). He looks at my car and talks to another one of his mechanics who worked on my car previously. That mechanic says, "Oh, you just need a screw driver." My mechanic offers to change my tire, while the AAA driver is apologizing for not figuring it out on his own. Needless to say, this was a crazy day and I'm thrilled to have a few days off. I probably won't blog this weekend as Brent and I are hopefully heading to Santa Barbara for a relaxing weekend. More tales to come, I'm sure, as it's never a dull moment in Nanette's life.
"No I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD." - Jake, The Blues Brothers
Posted by Nanette at 7:05 PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares has a great premise: a top chef spends a week at restaurants on the road to failure and whips them into shape. And he doesn't hold anything back. If he watched me make my dinner the other night, he would have had a fit.
Brent made a lovely dinner of tofu, garlic and other stuff on a bed of rice. It looked like this:
Mine, on the other hand, was composed of this:
Yup, Fruity Pebbles (the special Fiesta edition, no less) and tater tots. All I can say is that I was in the mood for a cereal dinner. I told ya I'm a kidadult. (And thanks for the cool cereal bowls, Nicole!)
"Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks." - Lin Yutang
Posted by Nanette at 10:27 PM
Sunday, January 09, 2005
I have sooooo much to blog about but I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to do it until now. I may have to break this up into separate entries to make it easier to read and digest.
Because there are so many movies out that I want to see, I scheduled a movie day with a friend of mine yesterday. We saw Phantom of the Opera around noon and then Spanglish around 4 p.m. I've never seen two movies at the theater in one day. (Although, I may have done that when I worked at a movie theater in high school, but I don't recall any specific instances. I digress...)
I was so looking forward to Phantom. I've seen it on stage three times. In a nutshell, my pros and cons:
- I really enjoyed seeing the emotions of the cast close-up. Even with good seats at the live theater (I was in the 8th row once), it's still difficult to capture the facial expressions.
- I thought the casting was great. Raoul was really good looking and had a great voice. And this was the best Phantom I've seen. I read some feedback that they thought he was too young, but I really liked him. (Perhaps too much. See my comment under cons below.)
- I have all the songs memorized so I was able to sing along in my head.
- The opening sequence was really powerful.
- They gave more backstory about the Phantom's character and how he'd become what he had.
- Someone in the movie theater (I'm assuming mentally disabled) screamed out during one really quiet scene that features a musical box with a monkey on it, "Hey monkey!" It was freakin' hilarious. (Note: monkey screaming boy likely not included in all screenings of this movie. But I could be wrong.)
- As mentioned above, I really liked the Phantom. I thought he was hot. In the stage version, I always felt pity for the Phantom but never actually rooted for him. In the movie I was torn between he and Rauol. The Phantom looked pretty damn good with his mask on. So what that he lived in a creep lair beneath the theater? Christine could have gotten some air filters, maybe pick up a few things from Pottery Barn - ya know, liven up the place a little bit. Anyhow, it was a different experience for me than what I think the director had intended.
- Some parts dragged. Granted so do some in the stage production, but at least then you have that connection because of the live experience. In particular, the scene where Christine sings in a cemetery was way too long.
- Something was missing. Don't know what it was, but if I had to compare the movie versions of Phantom to Chicago, I'd have to say that Chicago was better.
"Anywhere you go, let me go too. Love me, that's all I ask of you." - Christine, Raoul in Phantom
Posted by Nanette at 10:30 AM
Saturday, January 08, 2005
1. Did you make plans before last minute this year?
2. What were your plans?
I spent a quiet evening at home with Brent, watching tv. (Actual photo shortly after midnight here.)
3. Have you ever sprung for a New Year's party at a club/restaurant? If so, where?
Nope, but I'd like to someday.
4. Drinking this year. In excess, in moderation, not at all?
Well, I actually wanted to drink. (I rarely drink, for those of who don't me.) I wanted something sweet, but was also in the mood for wine so Brent went to the store to get us some Muskat wine (a very sweet wine). They only had one kind of Muskat, which we didn't like after we bought it and got it home. Therefore, my drinking was very minimal.
5. How were you feeling New Year's day?
Pretty good, happy to have the day off.
6. Rose Parade. Still interesting, played out, or a tradition that will never die?
I think it's still interesting, but that's 'cuz I'm a former band geek who still gets excited about bands in parades. I'm hoping the parade is a tradition that will never die because all the floats look so cool. I was joking with Brent about camping out in Pasadena next year to see the parade in person, which I doubt we'll do. Just sounded fun at that moment.
7. Rose Bowl. Game worth watching, or just a good excuse to rub our sunny (then) weather in the face of Michigan fans?
Well, I'm not a football fan so I don't watch but I know lots of people enjoy it, so I wouldn't take it away from them. And yes, it is a good excuse to rub the sunny weather in their faces. :)
8. What resolution have you made that you have no intention of keeping? Um....er...well...I got nothing.
Posted by Nanette at 8:04 PM
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Take a minute and go check out the Best of Blog awards here. Go vote for jozjozjoz here if for no other reason than I said so. She's a really nice chick, a fellow blogger on blogging.la and funny. Pleeeeeeeeeeeease.
"I feel sorry for men who don't knit, they lead empty lives." - J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Posted by Nanette at 11:35 PM
Monday, January 03, 2005
As noted in Hip Clicks today, some folks are vowing to read 50 books in 2005. I may give it a try myself. At first glance, this seems like a lofty goal, but I'm actually reading 2-3 books right now. The books I'm reading now include Bee Season, Stitch 'N Bitch, Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The goal breaks down into 4.16 a month, which I might actually be able to do. There are nearly a dozen on my shelf that I have to read, too. The Santa Monica library is also pretty close. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
And because I'm the world's biggest consumer, time for my latest product plug. A co-worker got this product for her team called Peace of Mind, described as follows:
When the world closes in on you and your head feels a size too small, apply just two dabs of Origins mind-clearing formula on the back of your neck, temples and earlobes. You'll feel a tingling sensation as pressure, tension and tightness begin to melt away.I tried it. I loved it. I bought it. I use it. Three times today. At work. It's very soothing yet it also makes me alert. I use it on my temples. I didn't realize until I looked at the Origins site that there's an entire line of these products. Even gumballs! Stress-relieving gumballs? That's like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, isn't it?
By the way, I've added headlines from USA Today's Life section on my page, on the bottom right corner. Don't know how long I'll keep it up. Just thought it would be cool to make my site dual-purpose. Get some of your wholesome Nanette goodness with a side of crazy entertainment news.
I was commissioned to knit a scarf for a co-worker. I finished it this weekend and gave it to her today. I also wore the one I made for myself that inspired her request. (I've been meaning to post pictures. Lazy...) Both scarves got rave reviews! Tomorrow night I may attend the local knitting group at a nearby coffee shop. Does that mean I'm hip now?
"I'm with it. I'm hip. Well, don't look at me like I'm friggin' Frankenstein! Come here and give your father a hug." - Dr. Evil, Austin Powers
Posted by Nanette at 10:59 PM
Sunday, January 02, 2005
I also love the Pillsburry Doughboy/Got Milk commercial with the Russian family, but I can't find a download of it. If you've seen it, you'll definitely remember it. If you haven't it, hopefully it's still airing. I've only seen it twice, but through the magic of TiVo I was able to watch it again and again. I was laughing so hard that I was almost in tears.
Posted by Nanette at 11:24 AM
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Moving on... I suppose it's about that time to make my resolutions for 2005.
1. Get healthy - This is a long-standing resolution I've had since I can remember. But this year it's actually going to happen! I have a trip to Europe to prepare for, which means lots of walking. What fun is it to trek around London and Paris if I'm out of breath? None! Also, I have my 10-year high school reunion coming up. Eeek! And perhaps a wedding of my own. ;) (No, nothing's been "asked" yet. But it'll happen soon, I'm sure.)
2. Ride my bike more - This is somewhat related to No. 1, but my motivation behind this is to actually use my cute bike more and take advantage of the fabulous bike trail that is literally blocks from my house.
3. Keep knitting - I started doing this a couple weeks ago and I'm loving it! I'm almost done with my fourth scarf!
4. Learn to crochet - Brent's gonna teach me. He's hip that way.
5. Learn to cook - I own a kitchen. I might as well learn to use it. This also ties into No. 1.
6. Stay in touch with friends - This includes friends I already keep in touch with AND friends that I haven't spoken with in a while.
7. See lots of concerts - This isn't really a resolution because it's something I already do. Oh! Wait! See lots of local concerts. That's what I'll try to change.
8. Keep blogging - I'm very happy that I started this in June 2004. It's been lots of fun and a great way to keep up my writing "chops," as they say. I've become more observant of my life and the world around me. And it also keeps me in tune with my journalistic side, you know, the area in which I got my degree? I also hope to blog more than I have been.
9. Get promoted - I'm on the right track, but I gotta make sure I keep doing what I'm doing to keep climbing the corporate ladder.
"To change and to change for the better are two different things." - German proverb
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