Sunday, July 31, 2005

Amazon woman

Last night Brent and I celebrated birthdays with his family at a delicious Italian restaurant called Il Grano. The table decided on the price fix menu, which included 5 courses and a dessert. Since Brent and I have been doing Weight Watchers for the past month or so, my stomach was not ready to handle all that food at once. After the fourth course, I thought I was going to explode. But I had to keep eating because my tastebuds couldn't remember having such a delectable meal. And the dessert, oh lordy, the dessert. It included puff pastry squares sandwiched between slices of apricots and a lemon filling (mascarpone). The lemon filling is EXACTLY what I want in our wedding cake, so I'll have to send my future cake baker there to research.

After we had finished our meal, my stomach made it very well known that it was not happy with me. As a result, I woke up at 7 a.m. this morning after passing out in a food coma last night. With all my extra time this morning, I started to thoroughly clean our condo. I also spent some time on Amazon and bought some books. My purchases included Couldn't Keep It To Myself by Wally Lamb, Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner (one of my fav. authors), and A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (another fav. author, wrote About A Boy).

Yesterday Brent and I woke up early to attend our first homeowner's association meeting. Much less drama than we had anticipated due to past recollections of HOA meetings, and surprisingly quick. We then drove to Brent's cousin's house to spend more than three hours poring over books of wedding invites. (She sells invites for a living.) We narrowed them down into final choices and finally agreed on a style, color and wording. It was exhausting, but lots of fun. We should have them in a few weeks.

This afternoon I'm going to meet one of my many Jens (former co-worker Jen) for lunch, shopping and pedicures. Couldn't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

"I'd be the worst possible Godfather. I'd probably drop her on her head at her christening. I'd forget all her birthdays until she was 18. Then I'd take her out and get her drunk. And, let's face it, quite possibly try and shag her." - Will, About A Boy

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Stick it to 'em

On the way to work, I saw a homeless guy and another guy who may have been homeless but was wearing a polo shirt and khaki shorts fighting on the side of the road. And I think they may have been fighting over a 6-foot stick. Or maybe one was trying to hit the other one with the stick. There was lots of kicking and punching. I thought about calling the police, but it looked like someone was pulling over to stop them....I hope.

I had the weirdest dream the other night. It was a combination of the movies Saw and Batman Begins. People were being forced to help someone hurt others, via Saw, to lure them to a place where a cult made them hallucinate, a la Batman Begins. I was kidnapped and taken somewhere, where they used a taser-like device on my skull to get me to freak out. I was able to mentally fight it, though, but had to pretend like it was still working so they wouldn't find out. Very, very weird.

Speaking of weird, anyone seen those bizarre-o Burger King commercials with the rock band dressed like chickens, for the new chicken fries? I thought it was supposed to be a parody, but it's not.

Rockstar:INXS... did NOT see that elimination coming! I was very happy to see Marty do the encore, though. He's my fav.

"Remember, when you're with me, it's the only time you're not the strangest person in the room. So go ahead, get weird with me."- Ally McBeal

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

To sleep, perchance to dream

I'm tired and I need to get up at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow to make some calls to the East Coast on behalf of one of my clients. I don't remember what 4:30 a.m. looks like. I think it's dark. And streets are made of cheese. Oh, wait. That's America in "An American Tale."

I'm not going to bed until 11, though, because I'm watching Rockstar: INXS, anxiously awaiting Marty's performance. And hoping that JD sucks because he seems asshat-ish.

"Yeah I shoot quail, you got a problem with that?"
"Not so much as I do with your wardrobe, or your general point-of-view of the group. But fuck it, let's shoot some birds, I'm psyched!" - Wedding Crashers

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Aunt Farm

My brother's wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy today! His name is Jayden Victor (middle name after my late father). I won't get to see him in person for a couple weeks, but my mother can't stop raving about how cute he is. Can't wait!

Here's my mom and Jayden.

"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults." - Peter De Vries

Weight a minute

Yesterday was my weekly weigh-in at Weight Watchers. Imagine my happiness when they said, "You lost 5 pounds!" and slammed a bookmark on the counter as my prize. This week's weight loss is a great victory, especially since I didn't lose any weight last week thanks to all my fabulous birthday celebrations.

I wanted to workout yesterday, but the only way I could keep remotely cool was to sit perfectly still on the couch with the fan pointed on me. The thermostat inside our condo read 84 degrees at one point. Bleh.

Perhaps we'll go swimming at Brent's parent's house today. If I swim some laps, I'll kill two birds with one stone: exercise while keeping cool.

"Driver, turn up the heat, there's a nip in the air back here. [looks at breasts] Oh, make that two!" - Karen, Will and Grace

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Hurt So Good

Um, I don't think I'm necessarily supposed to be sore after a "pure relaxation" massage. Nor am I supposed to have bruises. But I am. And I do. (And yes, I know that this intro ignores all the proper grammar boundaries.) The strange thing is that I'm ok with it. I told the masseuse that I liked stronger-than-not massages. Apparently he heard,"tenderize me, please."

I was pretty sore from an intense workout Tuesday night. After he started, we figured out that my muscles were storing a lot of lactic acid from that workout. He could tell that my muscles were tight and sore before I mentioned it. I had to tell him a few times to ease up. However, most of the time I was on the cusp of telling him it was painful but didn't because it was a good pain. He did this funky chicken-wing massage move where he bent my arm behind my back while massaging my back. My arms are sore as a result. He massaged the front of my shoulders while I was lying face down and I have these clusters of dot bruises from that. I feel much more limber, though, and maybe even a few inches taller. He recommended that I get myself somewhere warm to help my muscle pain. My first thought, "Ya mean Los Angeles?" Nope, a sauna, jacuzzi or steam room. I went with the steam room, but only for a while. I can only enjoy a good clean sweat for so long.

Speaking of sweat, it was very difficult to dress for work this morning. It was soooo hot in our condo, but it's always freezing in the office. Unfortunately, earmuffs and flip-flops don't really go together.

"Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair. Or fuckin' beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Till then you've got a lot more punishment in store. So stand it like a man, and give some back." - Al Swearengen, Deadwood

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I have a headache THIS BIG

I have a headache. (Not as bad as the guy in the x-ray probably did, though.)

I need a massage. Good thing I'm getting one tomorrow night. My birthday gift from my future in-laws. They're awesome.

"I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large women." - Westley, The Princess Bride

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Silence is Golden

Last night I saw Rachel Yamagata and Ray LaMontagne in concert. I've seen Ray perform previously at the Troubador, which was great, but last night was freakin' amazing. First, Rachel opened the show with her Tori-Amos-meets-Fiona-Apple haunting voice. Her between-songs chatter was hilarious. She told a story about leaving their San Diego show and driving to LA on the tour bus, only to realize 20 minutes outside of LA that they had forgotten Ray in San Diego. Ray's set was unbelievable. Most of his songs are ballads. At times, it was so quiet in the theater while Ray was playing to the 600+ crowd that you could hear a pin drop. (And I'm not just saying that! You really would have been able to hear a pin drop if someone had dropped one!) Ray's rock songs were awesome, too. His encore was a ballad called "Can I Stay?," featuring just him and his guitar. It was so great that I was holding my breath in anticipation. Each note and lyric was more amazing than the previous. I'm really at a loss for words to describe the show. Highly, HIGHLY recommend seeing him if you can!

On a totally unrelated note, this morning I solved the "Mystery of the Strange Banana Smell in my Car" that I started to notice a week ago. The smell wasn't overpowering, just present. Turns out that it was a couple bananas that had fallen out of my grocery bags in my trunk. They weren't totally black, but they definitely weren't yellow. Luckily I live and work in coastal climates and not the 100+ weather in the nearby valleys.

And lastly, I received my driver's license photo yesterday. The picture turned out pretty well. Not as cute as my babyface 16-year-old pic, but I'll take it.

"So lay with me in your thinnest dress. Fill my heart with each caress. Between your blissful kisses whisper, 'Darling, is this love?' " - Can I Stay?, Ray LaMontagne

Monday, July 18, 2005

In a nutshell...

Highlights from this weekend include:

- Betting on horses at Hollywood Park (didn't win), followed by a free Coolio and Tone Loc concert. Not my fav. concert ever, but still lots of fun. Those boys cuss a lot.
- Saw my first street walkers ever on the way home from the concert. I thought they were just on their way to a club, but then I saw them bent over and talking to men in cars. Apparently Inglewood is the place to go if you need some paid-for loving.

- Dim sum in Monterey Park. Yummy!
- Long afternoon nap induced by sodium-filled dim sum.
- Attempted to obtain Wicked tickets again. Got there two minutes too late to enter lottery.
- Saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Really enjoyed it. Dark and very different from the original, which I loved. The oompa loompa's songs were hilarious.

- Another attempt at Wicked tickets. Got there in time, but weren't chosen in the lottery. Gonna try again next weekend.
- Strolled the Santa Monica Farmer's Market for the first time. Got lots of pink gerbera daisies, fresh strawberries and exotic fruit.
- Saw Wedding Crashers. Freakin' hilarious. Kinda long (two hours), but would still recommend.
- One of my best celeb sightings yet: Dennis Quaid! He was with his really pretty fiancee.
- Took another nap. (I love weekend naps!)
- Had a long-overdue visit to the gym. Hurt so good.
- Long-overdue visit to Trader Joe's.
- Made a delicious omelette for dinner with spinach, fat-free mozzarella, topped with a bruschetta spread from TJ's. Quite a yummy masterpiece, if I do say so myself, from someone who rarely cooks. And best of all, it all was part of my Weight Watchers diet!

"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Allan K. Chalmers

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Belated Birthday Blast

Last night I was picked up by Tori for a "surprise" night out, which turned out to be dinner with most of the "gals" at PF Changs. We had such a great time (and another meal of Weight Watchers be damned!). Our waiter was freakin' hilarious! Tori told him it was my birthday celebration. When he brought out my birthday dessert, he set it on the table, said, "Cue the music" to an imaginary person on the side. And then he proceeded to loosen his tie and say, "I'm not really your waiter" and started a mock striptease! We were rolling with laughter! He propped on leg on our booth and started dancing. He grabbed the waist of his pants and pretended to rip the entire waiter outfit off in one swoop. He said his stripper name was "Rattlesnake" and he was about to bite to me! It was the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.

Our laughter stopped after dinner, though, when Tori and I proceeded to walk to where she had parked the car. She said to me, "Didn't I park here?" as we looked at the street filled with workmen. DOH! Apparently we read "No Parking - 8 pm to 4 pm" as "No Parking - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m."....just like a lot of the people on the street who also got towed. We ran into them at the police department when we were proving that the car was Tori's. They really should have just said "No Parking" for the entire day. That's whack, yo.

By the way, if you search for "nanette" on google, my blog is the SECOND SITE on the list! Whoa!

"Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts,bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads--they all adore him. They thinkhe's a righteous dude." Grace, Ferris Buehler's Day Off

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Oughta (not Outta) Be In Pictures

Anyone watching the RockStar: INXS show? I'm rooting for Marty (probably because he reminds me of Scott Weiland from STP), Deanna and Jordis.

Lots of potentially good movies coming out soon. I'm excited about quite a few, including:

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory - Despite its lack of songs like the original, I'm still very excited. It features yummy Johnny Depp and is brought to us by the fabulous Tim Burton. I think we're going to have to see it Friday, opening night.

Wedding Crashers - Ain't nothing wrong with some Vince Vaughn and Owen "Butterscotch Stallion" Wilson, especially featuring weddings, my subject du'jour.

Must Love Dogs - LOVE Diane Lane and REALLY love John Cusack.

Times like this I wish I was working at the movie theater again, minus the stale popcorn, minimum wage and polyester uniform.

"Snozzberry? Who ever heard of a snozzberry?" - Veruca Salt, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Monday, July 11, 2005

Monday, Monday

Thanks for all my birthday wishes! I had a great day, which included a picnic and park visit with our friend Josh and his daughter Hallie. Ain't nothing like seeing a park through the eyes of a 16-month-old. Our picnic featured Bay Cities Deli sandwiches (no Weight Watchers on my birthday, thank you very much). I later napped for a couple hours and then we joined Brent's parents for dinner where I was carded before they poured my champagne. I actually do get carded quite often, but I thought it was particularly funny on my birthday.

Brent didn't get the Wicked tickets, but we're going to try again next weekend. This time both of us will go to double our chances.

Brent's parents gave me a gift certificate for Burke Williams, which I will happily use on a nice, relaxing massage and perhaps a facial. We're also looking into getting me a nice little digital camera.

Oh, and by the way, I think my license picture will turn out ok. After the DMV employee took my pic, she and another employee saw it and said, "OH! That's a good one!" We'll see if they were right when it arrives in a few weeks.

I'd be more witty and entertaining, but I'm tired. Looks like it'll be an early night for me, for once.

"When was the last time you were decently kissed? I mean, really, honestly good and kissed?" = Guy Patterson, That Thing You Do

Sunday, July 10, 2005

They say it's your birthday...It's my birthday, too!

Today is my 28th birthday. And I woke up at 7:15 a.m. Is this a sign of things to come? Does this mean I have to eat dinner at Denny's no later than 4:30 p.m.? Will Brent and I have to start calling each other "mother" and "father"? I hope not. In actuality, I think I woke up early because of my allergies.

My first birthday present arrived Friday from Jenn! It was a really cute tote bag, pictured below (from Jenn's crafty site, where you can order one of your very own). She filled with some fun snacks. So unexpected, so cute and so fun! Thanks, Jenn!

Brent is going to wake up in an hour to go wait in line in an attempt to get tickets for one of today's Wicked shows. The show is only running here in LA for a couple more weeks and it's completely sold out. However, they do have a day-of lottery for tickets that they release the day of, probably leftover cast family & friend tix. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I really love musicals and this one looks awesome. And if Brent doesn't end up with tickets, he has back-up birthday gifts planned - perhaps a new digital camera or something from here .

We finally saw Batman Begins last night. It was pretty long, but I really enjoyed it. Christian Bale couldn't be any dreamier. Um, am I the only one who didn't know that he is from Wales and has an accent?!?! According to IMDB trivia, this movie has no fewer than nine actors from the UK and Ireland playing Americans including, Christian Bale (Wales), Michael Caine (England), Liam Neesom (Ireland), Gary Oldman (England), Cillian Murphy (Ireland), Tom Wilkinson (England), Linus Roache (England), Gerard Murphy (II) (Ireland), Sara Stewart (Scotland). Whoa! By the way - Cillian Murphy - also quite dreamy.

"Whatever is thepoint of all those push-ups if you can't even lift a bloody log?" - Alfred, Batman Begins

Thursday, July 07, 2005

This and That

First, my thoughts go out to all the Londoners impacted by today's tragedies. I e-mailed a couple co-workers I had met in our London office when I was there in March to make sure they were all ok. They are. I also checked in with one of my fav. bloggers, Mrs. Mogul. She's ok. I hope the guilty parties are caught and more than adequately dealt with.

On a totally unrelated note, I've seen a lot of my fav. acts in concert, but just the other day I was thinking of folks I haven't seen yet but would really like to: Sting, Jack Johnson and Beck. So on a whim I looked up Beck on ticketmaster today and saw that he's coming to LA in a couple weeks. I found someone looking to get rid of tickets on craigslist. I'm awaiting confirmation from a craigslist-er who said they are still available. Oh, did I mention they are PIT tickets! Freakin' awesome! I'll be praying to the concert gods tonight.

As I mentioned yesterday, Brent and I attended our kick-off Weight Watchers meeting tonight. Starting tomorrow we'll be trying out their Core Program. If that doesn't work, we'll try the Flex Program, which we've done previously. The Core Program just seems like a better fit for our lifestyle. We had our "last supper" at a diner tonight (hey, I had a birthday coupon for a free entree!) It'll probably be a while before I have a jack and mushroom burger with a side of sweet potato fries again.

Tomorrow I'm also altering my life forever in a different way - I'm getting a new picture taken for my driver's license! I've had my original picture, my baby-faced 16-year-old yay-I-just-got-approval-to-rule-the-world picture. The same one that's garnered me compliments from bouncers and retail clerks alike - "Wow! That's a great pic!" Ah, those were the days. Hopefully I'll still be proud of my picture. I'll be praying to the photo gods tonight, too.

"When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it." - Bernard Bailey

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A Lifetime Original

Hil tagged me with a lifetime meme. My answers below.

10 years ago: I had just graduated high school and was preparing to move to San Luis Obispo to attend Cuesta College.

5 years ago: I had just moved to Los Angeles to start my illustrious public relations career.

1 year ago: I started a new PR job and was about to turn 27. (My birthday is this Sunday!)

Yesterday: I worked, ate, researched wedding stuff, blogged, went to bed.

Today: I worked. I went to hip-hop to shake my groove thang.

Tomorrow: I'm working and then Brent and I are going to attend our first Weight Watchers meeting. Technically, it's not our first as we did the program a couple years ago, but we're getting back into the swing of things tomorrow night with a fresh start. Oh, and hopefully I can fit a workout in.

5 snacks I enjoy: pineapple, kettle corn, gelato, Skittles, and bananas with chocolate sauce

5 bands that I know the lyrics of MOST of their songs: Maroon 5, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Gavin Degraw, Teitur

5 things I would do with $100,000,000: Upgrade our condo to a very expansive house. Travel. Buy new cars for Brent and I, all my family and friends. Plan the ULTIMATE wedding where you'd ALL be invited! Support lots of cancer charities in my father's honor - or start my own!

5 locations I’d like to run away to: London, Hawaii, Alaska (how was it, Jen?!?!), Bahamas, Italy

5 bad habits I have: I say "you know" and "whatnot" too much. Too non-confrontational. Don't workout enough. Don't drink enough water. Not returning e-mails fast enough.

5 things I like doing: Knitting. Going to movies. Dancing. Spending lots of time with Brent. Planning my wedding (well, I like it so far).

5 things I would never wear: Nothing, as in, I'd never wear "nothing" at someplace like a nudist colony or like this guy that Brent saw in Venice this weekend. A moo-moo. Curlers in public. Daisy Dukes. Thong bathing suit.

5 TV shows I like: Arrested Development. Beauty and the Geek (just finished watching the finale. Richard turned out to be loveable and Chuck got a little annoying). Real World (every season I tell myself I won't watch...but I do). 24. Blow Out.

5 movies I like: Beauty and the Beast. Office Space. Napolean Dynamite. Love Actually. Sixteen Candles.

5 famous people I’d like to meet: John Mayer (he's the only one of my 5 fav. singers/groups listed above whom I haven't met yet!), Dave Grohl (I think he'd be so much fun to hang out with), Anthony Kiedis (I read his biography while I was in Europe. That guy is NUTS!), Tony Blair (because I should probably include someone other than a musician, plus I like his accent), Jennifer Weiner (an author that Hil also mentioned. She's one of my fav. authors).

5 biggest joys at the moment: My condo. Brent. My mom. My friends, especially Stacie, Shelby and Andrea. My upcoming concerts.

5 favorite toys: Laptop. TiVo. Brent. My new cooler/boom box that Nicole just gave me! My xylophone.

5 People to tag: Kiki, Jen, Cheryl, Mindi and Joz.

"You see, you're in for a long lifetime of, "And you went to Harvard?" Accidentally give the wrong amount of change in a transaction and it's, "And you went to Harvard?" Ask the guy at the hardware store how there jumper cables work and here, "And you went to Harvard?" Forget just once that your underwear goes inside your pants and it's, "And you went to Harvard?" Get your head stuck in your niece's doll house because you wanted to see what it was like to be a giant and it's, "Uncle Conan, you went to Harvard?" - Conan O'Brien

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Man in the Honeymoon

Brent and I registered at Crate and Barrel a couple months ago. We didn't choose that many items because 1) we bought a lot of stuff when we moved into our condo in September and 2) we were planning to register at Bed, Bath and Beyond for stuff that Crate and Barrel doesn't carry. Tori mentioned that a friend of hers registered for her honeymoon, something I'd heard about but hadn't really considered...until recently. I've done some research and informal polling, and all signs point to yes. We still have our traditional registry for anyone not comfortable with buying any items off a honeymoon registry (e.g., breakfast in bed, romantic picnic, helicopter tour of the Hawaiian islands). I'm sold, but Brent isn't. I think he's starting to come around, but I think he needs a little more input. That's where you, my readers, come in. What do you think? All the non-virtual friends I've polled agree that, given our lifestyle and living situation (i.e., I may need a melon baller, but probably not) that a honeymoon registry is a viable and sensible option.

You can see a sample honeymoon registry here.

"Sorry I'm late. I just got done taming a wild honeymoon stallion for you guys." - Napolean Dynamite

Monday, July 04, 2005

What I Did During My 4-Day Weekend

Matt, Nicole and Mark visited us this weekend - the most houseguests we've had at once! Saturday night we took them out to experience Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary. While we usually see classics during Cinespia, like His Girl Friday, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Chinatown, this weekend featured a different sort of classic - Pee-wee's Big Adventure!

Brent probably knows all the lines to the movie and it was a blast being part of such an interactive audience. The stars at night... are big and bright.... (do it!) ::clap, clap, clap, clap:: deep in the heart... of Texas! And prior to the start of the movie, they broadcast a message from Paul Reubens himself!

This weekend also included a BBQ and meals at some of our favorite Los Angeles restaurants. This morning we had breakfast at Broadway Deli on the 3rd Street Promenade. While we were there, Mark, Brent's friend from college with a HUGE appetite (and an unfair lean physique) ordered two of the same breakfasts - a total of four pieces of french toasts, four eggs and four sausage links. They brought it out to him on two plates and when he piled them onto one plate, at least two of the surrounding tables took notice. One woman nudged her friends in disbelief and another man's eyes bulged at the site of the pile of food. We were rolling in laughter.

Here are some pics from our Cinespia adventures for your viewing enjoyment.

From left to right, Mark, me (all bundled up because I was FREEZING), Brent, Nicole, Matt

Mark, Nicole and Matt

"There's a lotta things about me you don't know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand. " - Pee-wee

Friday, July 01, 2005

Free Friday

My office has a fun summer program that entitles each employee to one free vacation day a month during June, July and August. Today is my July day and I'm spending the first part of the day with household chores - laundry, cleaning, etc - in preparation for our out-of-town guests arriving tomorrow. The second half of the day will be more fun, with a haircut (I'm in desperate need), a pedicure (also in desperate need) and shopping at Target!

It's hard to believe that it's July as we're still experiencing "June Gloom," which is a cloud cover that blocks out the sun for most of the day and makes it really hard to get out of bed as the grey makes it feel really early. And living near the beach results in June Gloom mixed with a marine layer of fog. I think I'll do a dance for the Sunshine Gods.

"So dont stop, get it, get it until you're cheddar header. Yo, watch the way I navigate." - Feel Good Inc., Gorillaz