Happy anniversary, Brent.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Happy anniversary, Brent.
Posted by Nanette at 7:30 AM
Monday, May 30, 2005
Despite a couple detours (car troubles and getting lost), we made it up to Matt and Nicole's to celebrate Matt's double-masters graduation (congrats again, Matt!). Had a blast with lots of friends, including darling Baby Samuel, Mary and Mark. Memorable quotes from this weekend include, but are not limited to:
"Good day, sir....I said good day!" - Nicole's impression of Fez from That 70s show
Matt: "You're going to get deeked."
Matt: "You know, DQed."
Nicole: laughing - "As in Dairy Queen?"
Matt: "No, disqualified!"
On the way back, Brent decides to follow a sign leading us to San Luis Reservoir and Dinosaur Point. "There better be dinosaurs there," Brent says. "Live ones. And if they're on a break, they better just be off to the side smoking a cigarette."
For the record, there are no dinosaurs at Dinosaur Point. Not even anything in the shape of a dinosaur!
We also saw a documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom. As one reviewer noted, it's like Spellbound meets Strictly Ballroom. What's better than a bunch of New York 11-year-olds competing in ballroom dancing? Nothing! I wanted to adopt all of them and put them in my pocket; they had me in stitches. A couple of them were like 40-year-olds trapped in a kid's body! Definitely check it out.
"What's disco?" - Fez
"It's from Hell. And, not the cool part of hell where all the murderers are either, but the lame-ass part where accountants are from."- Hyde, That 70s Show
Posted by Nanette at 10:10 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Cashier at Rite Aid Pharmacy: Debit or credit?
Me: Debit, please.
Cashier: Any cash back?
Me: $40, if you have it.
Cashier: (smiling) Girl, I'm ballin' over here!
Me: Good to know...
I know firsthand that working retail can be boooooring. Glad to see someone enjoying themselves!
"Money talks...but all mine ever says is good-bye." - Anonymous
Posted by Nanette at 7:07 PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
- Cuban food, specifically roast pork and fried plantains
- Filipino food, especially my mom's cooking
- Coffee Bean's Vanilla Latte
- Banana pudding
- Cherry 7-UP
- Mashed potatoes
- Cream of Wheat
- Pasta, lasagna, raviolli - anything Italian
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad from California Pizza Kitchen
- Mac and Cheese (has to be Kraft!)
- White rice with eggs (over easy)
- Corn on the cob with mayonnaise
"We can outsmart those dolphins. Don't forget - we invented computers, leg warmers, bendy straws, peel-and-eat shrimp, the glory hole, AND the pudding cup." - Homer Simpson
Posted by Nanette at 6:25 PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
I'll try most foods at least once (unless it's spicy). I don't think I'm a picky eater, but you can decide for yourselves.
Stuff I Don't Like
- Bell peppers
- Spicy foods
- Tea (unless it's chai)
- Indian food
- Non-white rice
- Dark chocolate
- Garbanzo beans (although I do like humus)
- Meat on pizza
Monday, May 23, 2005
Celeb sighting - Coincidentally, this is another one for 24 fans. And perhaps fans of Dead Like Me, which I never watched. And that cheesey Nickelodeon show, Fifteen, um, which I did watch. On our way out of a yummy breakfast place on Melrose, we pulled up behind Laura Harris.
Paid-for celeb sightings - Last night we saw a musical called "Applause" with Brent's parents. It starred Jean Louisa Kelly (most notably as Rowena in Mr. Holland's Opus and currently on Yes, Dear), as well as Sheryl Lee Ralph and James Avery (the dad on Fresh Prince of Bel Air). The musical is based on the movie, All About Eve. I'm such a sucker for musicals - you could probably put singing paper bags on stage and I'd enjoy it. Not to say that last night was bad - it was tons of fun! (And brought out that little voice in my head that says, "Damnit, Nanette! You should have learned to sing and dance!)
Wedding update - Booked our wedding photographer today! So excited! Other than our reception, it's the first real vendor we've booked! Also got our first wedding gift! (Thanks, Matt and Nicole!)
Traveling - Going to see Matt and Nicole in Northern California next weekend. Matt's graduating with his master's from Stanford! Very exciting!
Celebrating - Only eight more days until Brent and I celebrate our 6-year anniversary of our first date! We've lasted longer than some marriages!
"Our dreams, and they are made out of real things like a shoebox of photographs with sepia tone loving." - Better Together, Jack Johnson
Friday, May 20, 2005
This is where Brent and I are getting married next year! We're so excited and I'm sure you can see why!
This is the entrance.
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This is probably where I'll probably throw my bouquet from. Or where Brent will do his Lord of the Dance dance.
Posted by Nanette at 10:33 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Since I stopped playing years ago (I think it was 1998 that I last played), I've always kept an eye out for an inexpensive mallet instrument. I came across the following on Craigslist...
It's a Musser Xylophone. I saw it a few weeks ago and when I learned today that it was still available, well, I sent the info to Brent. As of three hours ago, I'm the proud owner! It even came with mallets! Even though I haven't played in five years, I still remember all 12 scales (although I don't remember the actual names of the notes and I'm going to need a refresher in reading music). It's about three and a half feet long and in great condition. I've had a blast playing it. I have a bunch of sheet music from jazz band, along with some really nice mallets, at my mom's house. Once I get those, between Tivo, wedding planning and blogging, I don't know that I'll have time for work! Anyone know any full-time openings for a tv-watching bride-to-be who enjoys sharing her silly thoughts with the world and banging on a xylophone all day?
"In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is a magic xylophone, or something? Ha ha, boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder." - Doug, The Simpsons
Posted by Nanette at 11:25 PM
I hate to admit this, but I watched the Britney and Kevin show last night. As the title implies, it is chaotic but mostly because the footage is of Britney filming herself and she's a dork. Not a dork in a cool, lovable way, but a dork in a "stop making stupid faces and sounds into that camera or I'm going to shove it somewhere toxic" kind of way. And Kevin is just greasy, with and without long hair. I like that one of the bodyguards said, "I hated him the first day I met him. I didn't like the way he dressed, I didn't like the way he walked..." But I know it's going to turn out that the bodyguard gets to know the "real" Kevin and likes him after all. The theme music is also like something out of a Noxema commercial, as Brent pointed out. I don't know if I can handle another hour of that show next week, y'all.
"We all know what happens to celebrities when their time is up - rehab and then a stint on VH1." - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
Posted by Nanette at 7:35 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Lord, please don't turn me into a Bridezilla. Please!
"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
Posted by Nanette at 8:12 AM
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Last year we saw His Girl Friday, Detour and Chinatown. Last year they only did it once a month, but this year they're doing it every Saturday. (So all my out-of-town friends, be sure to visit on the weekend so we can take you.) Half of the fun is people-watching. Another big part is deciding what food to bring. We grabbed sandwiches from LA's best sandwich place, Bay Cities Deli. (Brent's going to kill me for telling you about that place, too...) Last night's film was The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the first Humphrey Bogart film we'd ever seen. Didn't love the movie, but of course, loved the experience.
"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges." - Gold Hat Bandit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Posted by Nanette at 11:00 AM
This is me on the phone. Shelby had called and asked what those Greek/Armenian grape leaves filled with rice were called. I didn't know. Do you?
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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
The mall is HUGE! More than 400 stores, a roller coaster, aquarium and wedding chapel! I had approximately 4 hours before I had to leave for the airport, so I made a decision to only go into stores that I don't have in Los Angeles. I must admit that it was difficult to not go into Old Navy, especially since that one seemed so clean and tidy compared to the always-messy versions here.
My mall excursion resulted in some earrings, a necklace, skirt and a pair of shoes. I bought some cute black ballet flats from DSW, which I'd always seen advertised on tv but never in person. I got some fun stickers for my Europe scrapbook for a huge store that specialized in scrapbooking supplies. I also had enough time to get a manicure. My last purchase came from the second kind of restaurant I'd open if I had the chance - P.B. Loco - which specializes in gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! (As you may recall, this is the first kind of restaurant I'd open.) I had the Yummer, which includes white chocolate peanut butter, banana & Nutella spread. I ate it on the plane and it was delic! You can check out more menu options here.
I think I met the most wacky folks on this business trip than ever before. It included:
- My shuttle bus driver, who is a physics major at University of Minnesota. He looked like Josh Groban.
- A cab driver who came over from Kenya after being offered a scholarship in high school. His sister's favorite show is Lost.
- A cab driver with a white mustache that had yellowed from all the cigarette smoke. He also kept chuckling to himself in a manner that was a little too maniacal for me. I didn't put my seatbelt on for fear that I'd have to flee the cab. Luckily this was the shortest cab ride of the trip.
- A very nice VW engineer from Germany. He has one of those cool U2 ipods and plays in an 80s/90s cover band. I couldn't pronounce his name.
- A woman who told me I looked Hawaiian
- Another woman who loved my last name and tried to guess its meaning. She also balked at the idea that I am planning to change it when I get married, but was reassured when I told her I'd use it as my middle name instead.
- A guy who told me he knew I wasn't from Minneapolis, whatever that means. I guess I didn't know the secret handshake.
From what little I saw, Minneapolis seems like a cool city, like a watered-down version of San Francisco. If you get the chance, you should go. Just be sure to learn the secret handshake.
"Just when you think that a person is just a backdrop for the rest of the universe, watch them and see that they laugh, they cry, they tell jokes ... they're just friends waiting to be made." - Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein
Posted by Nanette at 5:54 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
I've never been to Minneapolis before and just realized that the Mall of America is pretty close. I think I have five hours between the end of my event tomorrow and my departing flight. Muwa-ha-ha.
"I call it... Petoria. I was going to call it Peterland, but that gay bar by the airport took it." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy
Posted by Nanette at 9:14 PM
Monday, May 09, 2005
My weekend trip was tons of fun. (Thanks, Stace!) Maroon 5 was amazing, as always. These were our best seats yet. Third row, center, baby! The band has really come a long way. Last year they were opening for John Mayer, with a vinyl backdrop displaying their M5 logo. Nowadays they pack venues as headliners and have amazing lightshow backdrops. I doubt I'll ever see them perform at House of Blues again. (You can see pics here. The girl who took these was standing right next to us.)
On Saturday night Stacie took me to a fun little piano bar in old town Sacramento. Her friends were freakin' hilarious and the bar employees know Stacie by name. She's the "Norm" of the place. The place features two piano players at a time, playing requests such as "Brown Eyed Girl," "Sweet Caroline," and "Country Roads." (Stacie and I were probably the only ones who knew that last song, thanks to our 6th grade folk-singing teachers.)
Our wacky night included...
Stacie's friend, Mark, hamming it up after being pulled on stage and serenaded with a song about being a prison bitch.
Some of the boys get carried away.
Stacie getting serenaded. You have to look closely, but that's her sitting on the lap of one of the piano players. It was a riot!
Stacie, her friend Mike and I wondering what's going on.
It was a blast. I need to go out more often.
"It's like all you need to do is, like, you know, kick the piano and do it with your cousin, and you'll be cool forever." - Butt-head, watching a Jerry Lee Lewis video
Posted by Nanette at 10:47 PM
Friday, May 06, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
I just bought this Mother's Day gift tonight. I really want one for myself, too.
I just ordered these notepads from justJENN. I love them. You should get some, too. (I'm a bad photographer so this photo doesn't do them justice.)
The bird is back again tonight. Brent took a picture of it and I thought it was going to bitch slap him.
Ever wonder what I looked like as a little girl? No? Oh, well. Here I am anyway.
This explains why I will be a back-up dancer in my next life.
Posted by Nanette at 9:35 PM
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
We're not sure if it's the exact same bird, but it's got the same exact coloring - blue with white tail feathers, a white spot on its head and a band on its leg. The theory is that the cops who picked it up a few nights ago didn't take it to the shelter and just let it loose outside our condo. Brent actually called the animal shelter on Monday to inquire about the bird's status and they said there was no bird checked in.
Sunday would have been my father's 51st birthday. A teeny, tiny part of me wonders if the bird is my father, reincarnated. On the very off chance that that's the case, I really don't want to tell him that I'm going to be out of town the next few days. Can you imagine? "I come back to watch over you and you're LEAVING?!?!?" I know it's not really my dad, though. He would have come back as something much cooler, like a bass guitar or a basset hound.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one." - Albert Einstein
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Honestly, the biggest reason for this plea is the first rule in writing: it's important to know your audience!
For those of you whom read my blog and have blogs of your own, I'd be interested in knowing if you limit who knows about your blog. Do you try to keep it anonymous and if so, why? If not, why not?
Inquiring minds want to know!
"Superladies, they're always trying to tell you their secret identity. Think it'll strengthen the relationship, or something like that." - Lucious Best, The Incredibles
Posted by Nanette at 9:19 PM
Monday, May 02, 2005
I really didn't have a date with Brent as he had to work late, so I decided to be a good fiancee and not watch 24 without him. While I TiVo'd it, I worked off (hopefully) most of my Taco Bell with a little Dance Dance Revolution. One hour, 200 calories, and the equivalent of jogging 4.05 miles later, I am exhausted yet content. I made it to the third level, from light to standard AND scored a perfect 100 steps! I tried not to keep looking at my neighbors' windows in between songs, probably a good 200+ feet away. We have a balcony that blocks a lot of our living room, but I imagine the neighbors can still see the torso of some wacky girl jumping up and down as she scurries to hop on the arrows. Quite a sight, I imagine.
"The dance is tomorrow. She's a cheerleader, you've seen Star Wars 47 times. You do the math." - Neil Schweiber, Freeks and Geeks
Sunday, May 01, 2005
So for the past hour, we've been trying to figure out a way to get the bird, which may be hurt, some help and most importantly, the hell away from us, self-proclaimed bird haters. It has a band on its leg, so somebody must be keeping track of it. It made its way to the open-air part of our complex, but doesn't seem to be able to fly. It's now back to outside our door. Brent tried to call Santa Monica Animal Control, which was closed, so he called the non-emergency police number to see if they had any recommendations. Strangely, they're going to send an officer out, even though Brent made it perfectly clear it's not an emergency. Apparently it's a slow crime night in our town, which is fine by us.
Maybe they'll cuff the bird and take him to the pen. "So, what are you in for?" "I held some folks hostage."
UPDATE: Two police officers just came by, with official animal shelter gear in tow. They pulled out a special bag/sheet and scooped up the bird to take him to the shelter.
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie
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