Sunday, February 27, 2005
They also could have called it the Uglies, because I really didn't like any of the dresses. They were plain, unflattering and.... what the heck was with Scarlett Johanson, especially her hair?
Whew...now that I've gotten all of that all of my system, let's move on.
The official Nanette-and-Shelby-take-Europe countdown is winding down. Less than four days and we're outta here!
I have a 6:45 a.m. flight tomorrow to San Francisco, which means I have to be at the airport by 5:45, which means I have to leave here by 5:15, which means I have to get up around 4:45, which means I should stop writing very poor sentences and get to bed.
"Dawn French, your question for ten pounds in coins. What is the capital of England? Is it a: London, b: somewhere else, c: somewhere else entirely, or d: a worm?" - Jennifer Saunders, French & Saunders Live
Posted by Nanette at 8:57 PM
Friday, February 25, 2005
While I was in Houston, there was a tornado warning. The rain was falling horizontally because of the wind. I had a Nigerian cab driver with the thickest accent and the funniest stories.
Lastly, I have a very bad stomach ache. Bleh. I don't think I have food poisoning. I had a hard-boiled egg this morning, but Brent did, too, and he feels fine. I also had a little bit of coffee, a muffin, and some chips. That's it. I wasn't hungry at lunch. I'm hungry now, but I don't think I should eat. Bleh.
"You probably don't think that I can force this towel down your throat. But trust me, I can. All the way. Except I'd hold onto this one little bit at the end. When your stomach starts to digest it, I pull it out. Taking your stomach lining with it. For most people it would take about a week to die. It's very painful." - Jack Bauer, 24
Posted by Nanette at 8:25 PM
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
On a no-way-related note, I forgot to mention a pseudo-celeb sighting I had this weekend - Elizabeth from season 2 of The Apprentice. Brent and I sat next to her in a vegetarian restaurant in Culver City. I dreamt I saw Vin Diesel last night, only to wake up and realize that wasn't true. Oh, maybe I'll see some celebs at the airport today! I'll have to keep my eyes open.
Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported as funny inflight announcements:
There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane..."
After landing: "Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."
As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"
Once on a Southwest flight, the pilot said, "We've reached our cruising altitude now, and I'm turning off the seat belt sign. I'm switching to autopilot, too, so I can come back there and visit with all of you for the rest of the flight."
Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us here at US Airways."
Monday, February 21, 2005
Some of the things on my rainy day to-do list include:
- Planning for upcoming Europe trip - only 10 days left!
- Knitting - I've been slacking. I started one scarf a few weeks ago.
- Watching Big Fish - how apropos as there is enough water outside for big fish to happily swim through. I saw this movie in the theater and loved it, so I rented it from Netflix. Last night we watched Van Helsing. There's something to be said for liking the movie just because you like the actors (Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale), but there's also something to be said for the plot. I give it 2 out of 4 stars. If nothing else, rent it to admire Hugh's hunkiness and Kate's awesome hair.
- Continue reading French Women Don't Get Fat - I consider it homework for my Europe trip and motivation for the upcoming wedding
- Eat only a couple more of the delicious lemon sugar cookies Brent made last night from a mix we got at Williams-Sonoma. By the way, these aren't the ones Brent made, but aren't these adorable? Kinda pricey but so cute!
- Laundry - boooooring
- Wedding site visit - Brent and I looked at two places on Saturday and are checking out another place this afternoon.
- Workout - I may have to do one of my workout videos because I don't feel like trekking out to the gym in this weather.
- Sit and stare at the rain.
- Update my MP3 player. Time to put some new songs on there.
"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain - do you know which philosopher said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she's just a big pair of tits." - David Brent, The Office
Posted by Nanette at 9:56 AM
Saturday, February 19, 2005
It's early Saturday morning and I think the lightning and thunder have subsided, although the rain is still presenting itself. Sounds like rollerskates on the roof, but maybe that's just me.
"Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats Ho!" - Lion-O, Thundercats
Posted by Nanette at 9:03 AM
Posted by Nanette at 8:53 AM
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Me: You mean, Blog Explosion and Blog Clicker?
Brent: Yup. I just don't get it.
Me: Because everyone in the world should know about my blog and my wacky existence.
Brent: Um, ok...... why does everyone else use it?
Me: They're selfish.
I'm kidding, of course! Sort of...
"The joy that isn't shared dies young." - Annie Sexton
Posted by Nanette at 7:11 PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
What do you do with old magazines? I have six, yes six, subscriptions and those bad boys are piling up fast. I've been taking them into work to try and share the joy with my dozens of female co-workers, but is there something else I should do with them?
Do you sleep and/or shower with your jewelry on? I can't stand wearing jewelry while doing either. I took a nap with my engagement ring once and kept waking up because I was afraid I was squishing it (not that my diamond is squishy, mind you).
What was the best wedding you ever went to, and what made it so great? I ask as Brent and I are starting to delve into our planning.
Do you have a favorite healthy meal/snack? Something quick and easy? I've been eating bananas with a little chocolate sauce on them lately.
Are there any musical artists I should know about? I'm always looking for new stuff to listen to. I tend to like 2o-something-singer/songwriters a la John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard, as well as raspy, kick-ass females like Joss Stone, Rachel Yamagata, Fiona Apple.
Any cool online stores you'd like to share?
Posted by Nanette at 6:44 PM
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Posted by Nanette at 6:03 PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
- don't answer the phone. He'd then have to come upstairs. But then he might worry about me or worse, get mad. I didn't want to spend Valentine's Day in a fight, no matter how slim the chances of that happening.
- tell him my mom just called and is about to call me back so I have to wait because something sounded wrong. Again, that might just worry him.
- tell him I twisted my ankle and he had to come upstairs. I'm clumsy, but clumsy enough to sprain my ankle in the 10 minutes since we'd talked? No, too suspicious.
- tell him I couldn't find my keys and therefore couldn't lock the deadbolt. He'd buy that AND he'd come upstairs because neither of us wants to lock only one part of our door.
He was very surprised when he came upstairs to find me, along with the following:
And our dessert
Brent, an authority on sushi, said it was some of the best he'd had. And the strawberries were delicious, too.
Sorry, I just couldn't let Valentine's Day pass us by with no celebration. My name is Nanette and I'm a romance-aholic.
"The only abnormality is the incapacity to love." - Anais Nin
Posted by Nanette at 8:05 AM
Monday, February 14, 2005
I was looking for Valentine's Day illustration to post here, but I came across these cards and thought you'd all get a better kick out of these instead. You can find these e-cards and send them to a friend (or enemy) from here.
And because I'm sure there will be lots more talk of our wedding as it approaches, I had to post this:
Sunday, February 13, 2005
The Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese - Also at grilled cheese eating contest.
Jeremy Piven - Shopping at a store in Santa Monica on Main Street. I was in a car outside. My fiance pointed him out through the window.
Greg Kinnear and Jessica Alba - Brent saw them at yesterday's UCLA basketball game (not together)
After the grilled cheese eating contest, we came home to find a visitor on our balcony: a headless bird beneath the table of our bistro set. Brent and I both hate birds, but Brent really hates birds. Ya know how they say people can move cars stuck on top of other people when they have enough adrenaline in their systems? Well, I usually wouldn't come near a headless dead bird on our balcony (especially one covered in ants like this one was), but something in me snapped. Maybe it was the look of fear in Brent's eyes. Maybe it was the trembling in his voice. Maybe it was him hiding, crouched in our kitchen. I grabbed a dustpan, covered it in a trashbag, went out and scooped the bird over the edge of our balcony and into the foliage below. His resting ground is now a pile of ivy. Perhaps his head is also there and they're reunited at last. And I hope that freakin' bird doesn't decide to haunt us.
Brent said that if he hadn't already, he would have proposed right then and there. Mind you, Brent is by no means a wuss. This bird incident has just guaranteed a life's worth of bug killing from Brent. Birds are to Brent as bugs are to me. Yuck!
"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost." - Arthur Ashe
Posted by Nanette at 11:03 AM
Friday, February 11, 2005
Best Friend - Andrea. We met when we were 4 years old. Since then, I've developed additional "best friends" that include Shelby and Stacie and of course, my fiance Brent.
Car - The first one that was mine? It would be the Datsun my parents bought from their friend for $1. He wanted to give it to my parents, but my parents insisted on paying something for it. Strange, I know.
Date - I saw Disney's movie, "Beauty and the Beast" with a guy named Jeff. He was 19, I was 14. He had to hang out with my parents more than me for a few months before they let him take me out on a date. And then we had to double with his younger brother. We went to an Italian restaurant where my date had accidentally dressed identical to the waiters. We kept teasing him to "get back to work" and for a minute there the staff thought he might have been one of theirs. There wasn't a second date. We just hung out as friends after that.
Enemy - There was a really mean girl in elementary school named Janey. She was so mean that people pretended to be her friend so she wouldn't be mean to them. I hated her and had visions of kicking the crap out of her, but never did it because I was a very good girl.
Funeral - The father of one of my parent's friends. I think I was 12.
Gamble - Putting myself through college.
Heartbreak - Probably my high school sweetheart, Ryan. We dated for 3 1/2 years and broke up when I went to college.
Intoxication - My senior year in high school while visiting Ryan at college. (He was a year older).
Job - Not including baby-sitting, I'd have to say the awesome shaved ice stand that Shelby and I worked at when we were sophomores in high school. It was the best job ever! We were outside, flirted with cute bag boys from the nearby supermarket, slipped free shaved ice to the homeless (ok - Shelby did that) and watched a track coach chase down a guy who had tried to steal steaks from the supermarket.
Kiss - I was 14. He was 15. His name was Joe. We were in my parent's pool. I was wearing a Batman t-shirt over my swimsuit.
Love - Ryan, from high school
Movie - For some reason, I want to say the Care Bear Movie.
Nickname - Nanny. Since then, other nicknames have included Nanners P (that's my rap name), Nettie, Nantucket, Banananette, Nan, Nanet-tay, among others.
Overnight - At Andrea's. I remember her threatening to kick me out if I didn't play dolls or something like that. Andrea, you were kind of mean, now that I think about it! Punk! (You know I kid. Sorta.)
Pet - We had a German shepard when I was little but I don't remember him. For a while we had lots of cocker spaniels, then we got into basset hounds. Bassets are sooooooo freakin' cute!
Queer Experience - I got nothing.
Road Trip - My family drove to Colorado to visit friends when I was in the 4th grade.
Speeding Ticket - Yikes. I've only had two in my life, but I got them within a month and a half from each other, right before and after my 18th birthday. My parents were livid and to this day, it's the only "bad" thing I ever did as a teenager, according to my mother.
Time - I'm a lady. I will not divulge those details. :-)
Unchaperoned Concert - My parents never took me to concerts because there weren't any nearby. My first concert (without my parents) was Harry Connick Jr. in San Francisco, 1995. My friend, Mark, took me.
Visit to Another Country - Next month! London, Paris and Amsterdam with Shelby!
Westward Migration - Well, I've always lived on the West Coast. Technically my move from Visalia to San Luis Obispo may count.
X-Ray - Aside from the dental ones, I had a sprained knee once that they x-rayed.
Yoni Tree - No freakin' clue what that is.
Zombie Movie - The original Dawn of the Dead! It was the only scary movie that ever gave me nightmares. The recent 28 Days Later was also freakin' scary.
Posted by Nanette at 10:12 AM
Thursday, February 10, 2005
"Best Use of Crafts and Short but very Sweet Blog Postings" - Jenn from JustJENN - You are a fabulous person! Thanks so much for your help figuring out how to layout my new blog template picture and for the lovely handmade items I ordered from you. (Note to readers: pictures and more explanation of my purchases at a later date...) And I always look forward to your posts. They're often short yet profound - kinda like Yoda!
"Best Solution to a Blog Nightmare" - Hil from SuperJux - Thanks so much for providing the solution to allow my links to automatically pop-up in a new window! My loyal readers (all two of them) and I thank you! Keep up the fabulous posting on your site and don't worry, your prince will come (whether he arrives on a JDate horse or not).
"Best Blog Inspiration and Cool Chick I Know From College Who Also Blogs" - Jen from Quarter Life Crisis. Your blog add-ons have inspired me to make my blog a better place. I heard of Blog Explosion because of you. (By the way, are you using Blog Clicker? You should. You can surf BE and BC at once!) Note to my loyal readers: Did you notice the new feature on my blog? (Hint: it's on the right side. Be sure to click on it.) Again, Jen inspired me to try the feature. Jen, can't wait to see ya at your wedding!
"I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either." - Jack Benny
Posted by Nanette at 7:00 PM
In other news, Brent and I are discussing our wedding plans. I'm joking about eloping while Brent's joking about us coordinating a flash mob for our wedding.
I'd continue to attempt to be witty and funny in this entry, but I'm really tired. I think I'm going to crawl to the nearby Coffee Bean. Therefore, I leave you with a couple funny quotes I received in an e-mail yesterday.
"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner." - Lynda Montgomery
"Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks' notice. There should be severance pay, and the day before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp." - Bob Ettinger
Posted by Nanette at 7:54 AM
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Ok, I admit it. I bought it because of the packaging. ::as I hang my head in shame::
It's so cute! They come in 4-packs in little plastic containers that are frosty but just see through enough to see the fun colored concoctions inside. The package even includes a ribbon handle and a fun little charm!!!
I'm in no way advocating drinking, but if ya gotta drink and you're a girl who likes girlie things, try them out. I'll post about the other flavors after I've tried them.
"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." - Anna Freud
Posted by Nanette at 6:38 PM
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Yesterday Stacie and I saw The Wedding Date, starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. I thought it was well cast but absolutely under developed. Things would happen out of the blue without any supporting back story. I would say that it's a renter, if you're at all interested in seeing it. And if nothing else, Dermot Mulroney was hot.
Today I watched one of my first films from Netflix, Mona Lisa Smile, which I really liked. It made me think about how life has changed so much since the 50s. A woman's role isn't what it used to be. (Thank God!) The cast was great and it was a definite girl-power movie.
"There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature." - Stephen Stills
Posted by Nanette at 9:30 PM
I read on Marc Broussard's message board (and you can believe everything on the Web, right?) that John Mayer was at Marc's Friday night show at the House of Blues, but I didn't see him as he was probably in the VIP section if in fact he was there. (The was freakin' amazing, by the way. Marc is an AWESOME performer and has such great stage presence. He so obviously LOVES what he does.)
There's nothing worse than a missed celeb sighting! Ok, I take that back. There are other worse things: broken bones, no job and a bad haircut.
This weekend, however, I had Brent with me and my celeb sighting karma was much better. He, Stacie and I were eating lunch at Real Food Daily in Santa Monica. Brent pointed out Jason Lewis as he was leaving a meal he had eaten alone at the counter.
Whenever my friends from out of town visit, we like to try to find celebs for them because that's one of the many cool things about Los Angeles. Sometimes they'll even see them on their own. After we dropped Stacie off at the airport this morning, she called me before her plane left to tell me that she just saw Julia Stiles.
Obviously not everyone gets as excited by celeb sightings as I do. But it's kind of like the world's biggest game of Where's Waldo?. Ya never know when you're going to pee next to Kevin Spacey (as Brent once did at a movie theater), literally bump into Brandon Boyd from Incubus (as a co-worker recently did) or pump gas next to Henry Winkler aka The Fonz (as Brent did a few weeks ago).
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted by Nanette at 8:44 PM
Friday, February 04, 2005
Thursday, February 03, 2005
People are ALWAYS messing up my name! ALWAYS! I can understand it with my last name as it's long and Italian, but my first name? Not really that hard. It's Nanette, but people seem to create these wacky versions in both print and in conversation. These include but are not limited to:
- Nannette (this is very common - peeps like to add an extra "n" in the middle)
- Natalie (what the?)
and the most wacky one, which I've gotten a few times over the phone:
They always spell my name wrong on my paycheck! Look at what it says: "Drew Fairy." Last week, it was "Screw Carey." - The Drew Carey Show
Posted by Nanette at 6:57 PM
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
What year was it? 1994-1995
What were your three favorite bands or musical artists? Boyz II Men, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow
What was your favorite outfit? I seem to remember a flowery dress I liked to wear. I wore it in my senior picture.
What was up with your hair? It was actually a lot like my hair is now – long and straight because I’m trying to grow it out.
Who were your best friends? Stacie, Shelby, Andrea and my boyfriend at the time, Ryan
Where did you work? Mann Movie Theaters – Sequoia Cinema I, II, III, to be exact. Shelby and Stacie worked there, too!
What did you do after school? Band practice, hang out with Stacie, Shelby
Did you take the bus? Nope. I was driving myself to school in a myriad of cars: my dad’s Ford truck, the car my parents bought from their friend for $1 (it also had holes in the floor, allowing you to see the road below. Not exactly a safety feature), my mom’s Mazda MX3
Who did you have a crush on? I was in my third year of dating Ryan, so I’d have to say him.
Did you fight with your parents? No, my parents and I got along pretty well. They were really cool.
Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on? Jon Bon Jovi! I’ve loved him since I was 12.
Did you smoke cigarettes? Nope. Never have.
Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack because you were too nervous to find your locker? I think I used a locker in the band room. Or I just lugged them around. I never got an official locker in high school. Wasn’t convenient.
Did you have a clique? My circle of friends, who were all in band. Stacie, Shelby, Jill…
Did you have "The Max" like Zach, Kelly and Slater? At lunch we always went to this place called Sam’s Pizza. Its biggest draw was its 3 slices of pizza and a small coke for $2! We loved dipping the pizza in ranch dressing, too. (As gross as it may sound, it was really good!)
Admit it, were you popular? I was popular amongst the band kids. I wouldn’t say I was popular overall, but I was probably well-liked amongst my classmates.
Who did you want to be just like? Um, maybe all the kids who got into Cal Poly, SLO right out of school. I wasn’t accepted right away.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A psychologist.
Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now? Married. I’m almost there – got engaged last month!*Courtesy of Hilary, who apparently got hers from Such a Pretty Face, who got hers from someone else. The blogosphere is a very incestuous group. Feel free to take this survey and post it on your blog, too!
Posted by Nanette at 7:37 AM
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
"I rode the exercise bike this morning for an hour and a half. If it was a real bicycle I would have been in Belgium by now." C.J. Cregg, The West Wing
Posted by Nanette at 7:42 AM