Tuesday, June 28, 2005
However, our 3rd Street Promenade adventure did result in a C-list celeb sighting - Jerry from last season's Bachelorette.
This morning, I woke up with an immense itch all over my skin. I scratched my arms to the point of bruising. The itching subsided, but then I got to work and it started again. It ebbed and flowed throughout the day, but at about 3 p.m. I noticed that my skin was turning blotchy in addition to itching. I ran into my boss' office, told her I had to go home and take Benadryl, which knocks me out. I got home, took my meds, and thankfully after a two-hour nap woke up itch-free. I have no idea what happened. No new detergent or soaps, no strange foods, no bug bites. I wish I could take my body into the doctor for a complete overhaul. An Extreme Health Makeover would be nice.
Brent made it all better, though, when he came home with two surprises for me - Karaoke Revolution (first edition, which completes my collection) and a dozen donut holes! That's definitely Fiance of the Year material!
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli
Posted by Nanette at 8:41 PM
Sunday, June 26, 2005
We hung out all weekend and I got to experience firsthand the Andrea-Purita phenomenon. They are the Shelby-Nanette combo of the East Coast. They finish each other's sentences, they giggle a lot and they get in lots of trouble. Lots of fun, those girls, especially over a steak dinner with a bottle of wine (and a strawberry daquiri for me).
I saw my grandpa this weekend. Is it just me or does everyone's older relatives (parents and grandparents) always try to give you tons of stuff when you visit? I left my grandpa's with cucumbers, a cactus and Capri Sun. Apparently that visit was sponsored by the letter "C."
"Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do." - Kahlil Gibran
Posted by Nanette at 10:03 PM
Friday, June 24, 2005
"...baby steps get on the elevator... baby steps get on the elevator... Ah, I'm on the elevator." - Bob Wiley, What About Bob?
Posted by Nanette at 1:09 PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
I watched Beauty and the Geek tonight. It really is a great show. I have a love/hate relationship with Richard, the nerdiest geek of them all. He is simultaneously entertaining and really annoying!
I skipped hip-hop tonight because I'm lazy. I am going to try to make it to a 6 a.m. spin class tomorrow morning. Maybe I'll have better luck with a pre-work workout. Someone please feel free to kick my butt. I need to get into shape!
"Bingo, man, bingo. 7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk." - Hitchhiker, There's Something About Mary
Posted by Nanette at 9:43 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I've been tagged by Hil who asks what my current six favorite songs are (in no particular order). I've included links to an Amazon page where you can scroll down and listen to clips of most of the songs:
1. Who is he (and what is he to you) - Bill Withers (Marc Broussard does an amazing version of this in concert, which I don't have)
2. Gavin's Song - Marc Broussard (There's no link to this song on his Amazon cd page.)
3. Wonderful Night - Fatboy Slim (I'm considering using this as our wedding party introduction song)
4. Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz (It's on one of the ipod commercials right now. Really catchy!)
5. Better Together - Jack Johnson
6. Feeling Good - Michael Buble (pure coincidence that two of my songs are about feeling good)
Posted by Nanette at 11:55 PM
Posted by Nanette at 11:49 PM
Monday, June 20, 2005
But he started feeling bad again in September 2002. He underwent another surgery to exam his intestines and low and behold, not only had the cancer come back, it had come back with a vengeance. In fact, they gave him anywhere from "one week to one year" left to live. It threw my family's whole world into a tailspin. I began coming come to Visalia (three hours from my home in Los Angeles) nearly every weekend. I moved in with Brent and his family and applied the money I was using for rent to help my parents fix up their house, something my dad had wanted to do but was derailed because of his illness. When my dad was in the hospital off and on for the next year, Brent and I, along with my mom when possible, picked out new linoleum and carpet and painted all the rooms. I, of course, also spent many hours with my dad in and out of the hospital. At one point there was an incident where my dad was suffering from stomach pain, this time caused by a rubber tube that the surgeon had left inside him!
On Friday, September 12, 2003, my team of co-workers and I had given a presentation to our client. Upon returning to the office around 4 p.m., my boss told my teammates and I could go ahead and leave early because of all our hard work on the presentation. I was all packed and ready to go to Visalia to visit my family for the weekend, so I hopped in the car and started the three-hour trip directly from the office, thankful that I had a chance to beat the increasingly hectic Friday night traffic. I arrived home to find a strange warning on my parents' door, warning smokers that there was oxygen in use in the home. I walked in and found my dad, hooked up to oxygen and gasping for air, my mom on the phone, trying to get a hold of the doctor. I told my mom, "Dad looks really bad!" She knew he wasn't doing well and that's why she was on the phone with the doctor, but spending so much time with him, she was unable to really gauge how bad he was doing. I gave my dad a hug, he hugged me back and I told him that I loved him. My mom joined us in the living room, and all of a sudden my dad stopped breathing. His eyes stared straight ahead, open, but he wasn't breathing. He just stopped. My mom started screaming, I grabbed the phone and called 911. The operator tried to walk me through CPR, but at this point, it was too late. He was gone. No more suffering. His decline was over - from the vibrant father and husband to a shell of himself who couldn't eat (he spent more than a year fed intravenously), had lost more than 100 pounds (he went from resembling John Goodman to, well, smaller than me), and didn't know what day (or year) it was. That day will always remain in my head, every detail, including what my mother wore, the fact that if I hadn't been allowed to leave early that day that I wouldn't have been there and only my mom would be there (I had only been home for 15 minutes before he passed away), and how I couldn't eat for days.
Cancer is a shitty, shitty disease. It took my father way too soon. He was only 49.
Posted by Nanette at 8:34 PM
Friday, June 17, 2005
- hair and make-up artist
We're really close to getting:
- string quartet
Still gotta work on (among other things):
- My dress (I'm scared to look.)
- My girls' dresses
- Rentals company
- Shoes and accessories
- Guests' hotels
I'd say I've got a pretty good chunk of the planning done, given that we still have almost 10 months to go. I'm still really enjoying the planning process. And Brent is getting very good at saying, "Yes, dear. Whatever you want."
We're going to Jen's wedding tomorrow, our first one since we got engaged. So excited! Everyone go wish Jen a happy wedding! (Ok, you don't have to, but it'd be nice! If you don't know her, tell her Nanette sent ya!)
"I had to go to Greek school, where I learned valuable lessons such as, 'If Nick has one goat and Maria has nine, how soon will they marry?' " - Tourla Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Posted by Nanette at 7:01 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2005
The island question led to an in-depth discussion of who would make it on the island. At first, we determined that they had to be good looking. John Mayer? King of the island (although we did agree that he's not necessarily the kind of guy who'd make your jaw drop walking down the street). Gavin Degraw? Totally on the island! Jack Johnson? Check! Josh Kelley? Yup, although I maintain that he reminds me of Jason Schwartzman. Jason Mraz, Damien Rice and Marc Broussard? You bet. Ray LaMontagne? Um....well....his songs are amazing but he's not really "hot." He looks like Kenny Loggins from the 70s, including the full beard. So then we decided that there could be another part of the island where the boys are heard but not seen. I dubbed it "Audio Island." There, the boys play their wonderful, dreamy music but are hidden behind the foliage. You hear them from your boat as you're sailing by. Along with Ray, Teitur is on the island.
Perhaps I can serve as Mr. Tattoo on that island, welcoming all the new arrivals. "There's your guitar. There's your piano. I'm your muse. NOW COMPOSE!"
Anyone else who should be admitted to the island?
"This fantasy is rated PG. We're under age." - Fozzie, Muppet Babies
Posted by Nanette at 10:47 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Me: We're only a few blocks from the beach.
Me: If a tsunami hit the California coast, we're at risk, aren't we?
Brent: No, we're too far from the ocean and we're uphill.
Me: But that Sri Lanka tsunami went inland really far.
Brent: I promise, it can't happen.
Fast forward to tonight. Brent arrives home...
Brent: Don't panic.
Brent: Don't panic!
Me: Why would I panic?
Brent: You haven't heard? There's a tsunami warning...for the California coast. You haven't seen a warning on tv or anything?
Me: What?!?! No, I'm watching a recorded program on TiVo. Damn you! (while laughing) You promised this wouldn't happen.
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Key
Posted by Nanette at 9:23 PM
Monday, June 13, 2005
The show was awesome, although maybe not as good as Friday's version of Marc's show. Still enjoyable nonetheless. And now I have a vacation day to look forward to tomorrow, which may or may not include reading, spinning, shopping and lunching. Tough life, I know.
"God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass. We are your humble servants. Please give us the power to blow people's minds with our high voltage rock. In your name we pray, Amen."- Jack Black as Dewey Finn in School of Rock
Posted by Nanette at 12:15 AM
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Saturday, June 11, 2005
I put up a "missing" sign on my tank that read, "Missing: One frog. Goes by the name of Myron. Last seen on 6-8-5. If you have information, please see this desk ---->" Sympathetic co-workers, aka my resident detectives, continued to examine the tank in search of signs of foul play. Then one of them noticed something and said, "Hey! I think that might be a bone!" I took a look and low and behold, I saw one bone hidden amongst the rocks. And then a second. And then some skin. Myron had not been kidnapped. He died and I didn't even noticed. I wasn't able to give him the proper burial at sea like his girlfriend, Leona. I'm very saddened by the loss of Myron. And I'm especially saddened knowing that I probably didn't see him the other day like I thought. It was probably the reflection of Gatsby, the other frog, in the hexagonal tank. I'm a bad mother. I can only hope that Gatsby doesn't suffer a similar fate, especially without me noticing.
My emotional pain turned into physical pain today. I slammed one of my middle fingers in our bedroom closet door. Brent heard the commotion and came in to find me in the fetal position on the bed, crying hysterically. My fingertip turned purple, swollen with little broken blood vessels. Brent kindly brought me ice. At this moment it's much better, but very sore. Sometimes I think I need to coat our house in foam padding. I'm such a clutz.
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike
Posted by Nanette at 11:12 PM
Thursday, June 09, 2005
crowd echos - Hi Nanette.
The crowd nods their head in agreement, sympathizing with my plight. They've been there, too.
I try to stay away, but I have a dealer who is always pushing his product on me. His name is Los Angeles. He offered me shows like Maroon 5, John Mayer, Bon Jovi...
The crowd gasps!
Bon Jovi! I know!!! There's no way I could just say no to that! I tried to quit cold turkey. That worked until Ray Lamontagne came to town. I tried to gradually ween myself, but....
Someone in the audience hands me a tissue.
but then Marc Broussard announced his tour! He's coming to the House of Blues Sunset Strip this Friday AND Sunday! And....I bought tickets for both shows!
My sponsor tries to pry the tickets from my hand, but I hold on firmly.
I can't help it! I love live music! I love dancing! I love singing along! And the only live music I experienced growing up was what I played in concert and marching band!!!
Playing your own live music just isn't the same!, someone shouts from the crowd.
Exactly! So, I'm going to the shows this weekend. And then I'm going to promise to stop going see live music for a while! I'm strong! I can do it!
The crowd starts with a slow clap. One by one, they all join in.
Um, at least until Ray Lamontagne and Rachel Yamagata come to town next month.
"Reality can be beaten with enough imagination." - Anonymous
Posted by Nanette at 11:15 PM
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
On the way home tonight, I was again the first in a line of cars to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Same street. Different crosswalk. SAME PEDESTRIAN! She recognized me and instead of staring with a look of attack, she stopped in front of my car, stared (in a creepy manner), and waved and smiled at me like I was her long lost sister. Anxious to get her out of the way (and fearing that a swarm of locusts was about to attack my car), I half-waved back. As she started to pass the next car, I pulled away - completely freaked out!
God IS running out of extras in my life and now he's decided to cast me in a horror flick!
"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed." - Michael Pritchard
Posted by Nanette at 6:26 PM
Oh, and if you want to read more about Jake Ryan (aka Michael Schoeffling), check this out.
"Why do you think you're a dork? I don't think you're a dork. I don't think Mom thinks you're a dork. " - Jim Baker, Sixteen Candles
Posted by Nanette at 6:15 PM
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Rock on, my blog readers. Rock on!
"Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G. K. Chesterston
Posted by Nanette at 8:08 PM
Monday, June 06, 2005
1) Total Number of films we own on dvd:I'm too lazy to count but if I had to guess, probably 35.
2) The last film I bought: Um, can't remember.
3) The last film I watched: At the theater, Monster in Law. At home, we tried to watch Say Anything from Netflix, but the DVD was broken.
4) Five films I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
- Love Actually - I can watch this over and over again. I love how the all the separate stories tie together. And Hugh Grant's dancing isn't bad, either. Update: Props to justJENN for pointing out the Hugh Grant dancing link. Meant to include that in my original post - it's good Netiquette.
- Napolean Dynamite - Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
- Sixteen Candles - Two words: Jake Ryan. "Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I'm like a disease."
- Beauty and the Beast - I saw this movie on my first date ever. While I haven't talked to that date in nearly 10 years, I still love the movie!
- Office Space - "No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It's not that hard: Samir Na-gheen-an-a-jar. Nagheenanajar. "
Since the last meme I tagged people with didn't really get executed, I'm tagging all of you, so feel free.
"When guys are persistent, it's romantic, they make movies about that. If it's a woman, then they cast Glenn Close." - Ally McBeal
Posted by Nanette at 9:05 PM
Sunday, June 05, 2005
102 minutes of Monster-in-Law
45 minutes of Wheel of Fortune on PlayStation2
1 bike ride through Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Marina Del Rey
1 turkey sandwhich from Bay Cities Deli
30-minute ride in a convertible
1.5 hours at IKEA
45 minutes at Target
1 really cute brown, white, green rug
yummy roasted pork Versailles
8 rounds of Karaoke Revolution
Take all ingredients and mix it all together. Cook over one Saturday and Sunday. Serve with a side of laughter.
"On the moon, the weekend has advanced beyond your wildest dreams. Weekends now take up the entire week, and jobs have been phased out accordingly." - Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Posted by Nanette at 10:42 PM
Saturday, June 04, 2005
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." - Winston Churchill
Posted by Nanette at 1:21 PM
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
And instead of sitting in front of my desktop computer in our second bedroom, I'm sitting with a laptop in the living room in front of the tv. That's because I came home from the gym tonight to find a laptop with a big red bow. Brent and I had been talking about buying a new laptop and he took action and got one!
My tv viewing tonight included Beauty and the Geek, which was surprisingly entertaining. The "geeks" weren't that geeky, and the beauties weren't all that dumb. Let's hope it'll stay entertaining through the rest of the season. Now I'm watching Dancing with the Stars. I didn't think I'd watch it, but I have to give it a chance - probably because of my recent viewing of Mad Hot Ballroom.
It's been a while since I've plugged my favorite products. Some of my recent find include:
Loreal Tanning Towelettes - Up until a couple years ago, I was a sun worshipper. I didn't think twice about spending hours in the sun or frying my hyde in a tanning booth. However, I've seen too many leathery old women and realized the errors of my ways. I still spend time in the sun, but probably a quarter of the time I used to, if not more. Anyhow, this year I've tried a few different self-tanning products, mostly on the recommendations of others. I had tried the Neutrogena Build-A-Tan, but I didn't rub it in well enough and ended up with splotches on my feet and legs. After seeing the awesome results my boss was getting, I tried Loreal Tanning Towelettes and love them! They're easy to use (even for clumsy me), and I ensure I don't end up with splotches on my feet and nails by moisturizing a little first. The results look very natural.
Bath and Body Works Island Hot Spot - I bought this stuff to prep my skin pre-self-tanning. It's an exfoliating scrub that gets warm when it comes in contact with water. It smells YUMMY and doesn't leave a film on my skin. This stuff is my favorite part of my showers!
Carnation Creme Brulee Creamer - When the grocery store cashier scanned this item, she looked at me, wide-eyed, and said, "Have you tried this?!?! It's sooooo good! I thought we were out of this! I'll have to get more!" I bought it during a lunch break and when I got back to the office, I made a pot of coffee just so I could try it. This stuff is amazing! I love creme brulee and I love cream in my coffee, so this is a match made in heaven! It's a special, limited edition and I can't find a link to a pic - find it in the refridgerated creamer section.
"Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton
Posted by Nanette at 11:25 PM