Tuesday, November 29, 2005
"And it will fall out as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore, you will provoke another; and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others" - Sir Thomas Moore
Posted by Nanette at 10:22 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Those big blue eyes are to die for!
Uncle Brent also had some quality time with him.
At four months and 18 pounds there's a lot to love, but I got plenty to give.
"Hello, I'm Dr. Harad. I'm going to be delivering your babies. And by the way, I love Fonzie." - Dr. Harad, Friends
Posted by Nanette at 8:11 PM
Friday, November 25, 2005
Please stop attacking Brent with the cold/flu/congestion or any variation of that. This is the second year in a row that Brent has been sick on Thanksgiving. And he'll be the first to admit that he's not a good sick person. He's a bit of a wuss and complains and complains and complains. However, I still like taking care of him and he enjoys being taken care of - but leave him alone!
Dear Collar Bones,
Thanks for making an appearance during tonight's workout. It's been a while since I've seen you and you've been sorely missed. Perhaps you were hanging out with my shoulder muscles, which also made a cameo tonight. If you happen to see my triceps, please feel free to invite them to come out and play, too.
Dear Holiday Sales,
Please stop calling out to me. I need to be shopping for other people, not myself! I don't really need any new skirts, shoes, perfume, CDs, jewelry - so leave me alone! I don't care if you're on sale! I don't care if you're limited edition, limited quantity and make me the hippest girl on my block. I don't need you. At least, that's what I'll be telling myself between now and New Year's.
Dear Thanksgiving vacation,
If there is any way possible to extend yourself another few days or so, that would be great! I'm not ready to go back to work. I have books to read, movies to see, gifts to buy, and a sick fiance to take care of.
"George Michael was getting ready for school when he came across a box of love letters he'd written, but never sent, to his cousin Maeby. One letter, titled "If you weren't my cousin," was particularly incriminating." - Narrator, Arrested Development
Posted by Nanette at 11:26 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post some things I'm thankful for - some serious and some playful.
I'm thankful for...
- Brent - everything about him and everything he does
- Sex and The City reruns
- This blog and my fabulous readers
- My mother and the support provides me
- Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf vanilla lattes
- My loving future in-laws
- Live music
- Our condo
- My health
- Bay Cities Deli turkey sandwiches
- Old Navy
- My blog friends
- My non-blog friends
- Polka dots
- My sense of humor
- My new nephew
- Lost, Grey's Anatomy, The Office
Posted by Nanette at 6:49 PM
These look more like Elmo than a turkey, but oh well...
Tiny cupcakes that look more like donuts than cupcakes.
Nutter Butters waiting to be assembled into Turkey Cupcakes tomorrow.
"Turkey lurkey doo and Turkey lurkey dap. I eat that turkey then I take a nap." - Adam Sandler, Thanksgiving Song
Posted by Nanette at 12:10 AM
Monday, November 21, 2005
"The tasks are done and the tears are shed. Yesterday's errors let yesterday cover; Yesterday's wounds, which smarted and bled, Are healed with the healing that night has shed." - Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
Posted by Nanette at 9:57 PM
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday we had cake tastings across Southern California. We started at a little place in North Hollywood called Jacqui's. She gave us a list of cake flavors, which we paired with various cake fillings. She put them together and brought them out as huge pieces to taste. They were definitely yummy, but we didn't have anything to compare it to. I think I was already full by the time we left. Our next place was Porto's in Glendale, a very popular bakery with amazing desserts but lackluster wedding cakes. They tasted like bad sheet cakes. After a couple bites we knew it wasn't for us. We then moved on to our third place, Susina Bakery in the Hollywood area. The owner was really nice and brought out two really delicious pieces of cake - one chocolate and one vanilla/berry. We have another flavor that we want to taste, but have to have her make it ahead of time. I think we're going to have to visit that bakery/cafe again for lunch and other yummy treats. Lastly we went to Rosebud Cakes in Beverly Hills. By then, we were absolutely STUFFED and delirious from all the sugar, but were on a mission. We tasted nine (yes, nine) various flavors there. We have three more tastings next weekend.
It's sad to realize that the dreams I had as a child of eating ice cream all day or living in Willy Wonka's factory where I could stuff myself full of sugar probably wouldn't be the best thing ever.
Here are some of the leftovers we took to Brent's parents.
In our sugar-induced stupor, we saw Walk The Line. I was really excited to see this film, which is strange because I've never been a Johnny Cash fan. I think the trailers just made it look so appealing. Oh, and I'm a big fan of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. I think I enjoyed the movie. I have to say "think" because Brent and I spent the last half of the film pissed about how hot it got in the theater. He complained, but it didn't change. It was seriously a good 15 degrees warmer than it should have been. I tried to concentrate on the movie, but was definitely distracted. I think the movie had really great performances, which featured the actual voices of the actors, not dubbed. I think the storyline was interesting. I think that without the stifling heat of the theater that I could have been easily consumed by the film. I think that movie theater sucks.
Speaking of heat, it was 82 degrees in Los Angeles today. There's something strange and maybe even wrong about wearing flip flops, skirt and tank top just a few days before Thanksgiving.
"The fool that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well." - George W. Thornbury
Posted by Nanette at 5:08 PM
Friday, November 18, 2005
aka Jim Caviezel. I am sad I didn't get to see the hottie Count of Monte Cristo up close and personal myself. My "celeb" sightings consist of people like Beth from the Real World at Banana Republic. Bleh...
Posted by Nanette at 12:04 AM
Thursday, November 17, 2005
I imagine that Atineh is going to become more of a regular reader of my blog. Last night the rest of the gals kept referring to things I've mentioned on here (e.g., the time my mom thought college girls we saw while shopping were hookers, my review of Just Friends, etc.) that Atineh hadn't read. And then we joked about things that I hadn't written about on my blog, just to throw her off.
I love nights like that - dining and gabbing with a bunch of gals about boys (no more lunch dates, Tori!), clothes, vacations, Atineh's Dave Navarro sightings (lucky!), jobs, nothing at all, till the wee hours of the night. Ok, until 11...we are working girls, after all.
"Women need women friends. Take my wife. We used to fight all the time. Then she started hanging out with this nice gal down the street. Got her into weight lifting, ladies' professional golf, home repair, now I get my Saturday nights to myself while they lock the door and play board games in the basement. Yep, we got a perfect marriage all thanks to her special friend." - Kenny, Baby Blues
Posted by Nanette at 7:06 PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Brent and I didn't discuss our expectations before the movie, but we learned at the end that we both were pleasantly surprised. It was actually one of the funniest comedies I've seen in a long time! We laughed throughout the entire thing. The casting was ideal - Anna Faris, as a nutso pop star was a definite film highlight. And the relationship between Ryan Reynolds' character and his brother was PRICELESS!
If you like to laugh, DEFINITELY see this movie. If you don't like to laugh, then, um, why are you reading this blog? Hee, hee.
Oh, and one of Ryan Reynolds' upcoming movies looks really hilarious, too, on the description alone: In order to win the favor of his dream girl's family, a young man (Reynolds), who is a cognitive therapist specializing in non-violent communication, accompanies her tough-as-nails brother (Dwayne Johnson, yes, as in the ROCK!) on his police beat. I couldn't have handpicked a better duo.
"Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society." - William Makepeace Thackeray
Posted by Nanette at 10:52 PM
Monday, November 14, 2005
After the AAA driver arrived, we were too late for the movie so we grabbed a bite to eat, wandered around the Promenade and then left. Brent realized that he had no cash, nor did I, to get out of the garage. I figured the parking garage cashier would just send us a ticket (I've seen them do that before). When Brent told the cashier we had no cash, she asked if we had an ATM card, which we assumed meant they took ATM cards. "Yes!," we said hopefully. She replied, "Great! Park your car in the spot back there and run across the street to the ATM!" We were dumbfounded, yet amused. So we parked, Brent ran to the ATM and we were able to get out of the parking garage, now known as the "Vortex of Wackiness."
"It seems every week the Simpsons go through a situation like this. My suggestion is to just ride it out, make the occasional smart-aleck quip, and next week, we'll return right to where we were, ready for another wacky adventure." - Lisa, The Simpsons
Posted by Nanette at 10:59 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2005
- if I'm the only person who hadn't seen Say Anything until today. I'm a shame to John Cusack fans everywhere.
- how long the Choxie tiles I just bought will last in my pantry.
- why there were sooo many people at the gym this morning at 10 a.m. Don't people sleep in anymore?
- if I can find more $1.50 yoga capris at Old Navy. I thought they wrang me up incorrectly, so I went back and asked the cashier. The customer he was helping laughed at me, as if to say, "You fool!," but according to the cashier, the pants were on clearance and that was the price. Maybe I'll use the 10% off from the survey and get them for $1.35!
- why chai tea is sooo damn yummy.
- when I'll breakdown and finally get an iPod. I saw the new video iPod today and it was awesome! I'm tired of all the CDs scattered in my cube and in my car.
- when I'll freshen up my grammar skills and re-learn how to use commas correctly.
- what the hell Fox executives were thinking when they decided to cancel Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential. If they dare cancel 24, I will go Jack Bauer on their ass.
- how long it'll take me to finish the Chronicles of Narnia - I just started.
- if Walk The Line, Aeon Flux and Match Point will live up to my expectations. (We got tickets for a preview of Match Point at LACMA - woo hoo!)
Lloyd: "Hey my brother, can I borrow a copy of your 'Hey Soul Classics'?" J-Man: "No, my brother, you have to go buy your own." - Say Anything
Posted by Nanette at 10:23 PM
I know, I know - it's part of the larger ploy to get me back into those establishments, but I have no shame. Bribe me, baby!
"Zero. Then I asked you, name a time when people usually go to bed. You said, of course..."Night." Our survey said..." - Richard Dawson, Family Feud
Posted by Nanette at 2:45 PM
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Exactly 5 months until Brent and I get married!
You may now resume your regular blog reading.
"Oh, that's so cute! You're just afraid that because you're a woman you're gonna do something stupid, like buy that time-share or not realize that your husband taped over our wedding video with soft-core cable porn." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy
Posted by Nanette at 9:08 PM
Monday, November 07, 2005
Friday: Brent and I went to the UCLA exhibition basketball game against the Canadian champion team. The highlight of the game was during UCLA's "trash time" (i.e., they were up something like 65 to 40) when they put in this 5'7" guard. The crowd went nuts! I told Brent, "You'd think this guy had 'special needs' or something. Why is everyone so excited?" He explained that this player probably tried out for the team, as opposed to being drafted like the other 6'8" players on the team. And that this may be the only time he gets to play all season. It was seriously like a scene in "Lucas."
Saturday: Shelby came to town! After we hit the gym (Shelby is also in bridal slimdown mode as she prepares for her maid of honor role - she's lost 30 pounds and looks FABULOUS!), we met up with Josh and 19-month-old Hallie for lunch and a stroll down Venice Beach. Hallie was in rare form - she started out very, very shy and quiet, but something flipped the switch and she turned on her charm with lots of impromptu hugs, giggling, singing (Itsy Bitsy Spider, Old Macdonald) and high-fives.
Sunday: Shelby and I got pedicures and then hit Old Navy and Banana Republic as we're both shrinking into smaller clothes. Lots of $19.99 sale jeans at Gap, by the way! I would have gotten some if they weren't exactly the same as the pair I was wearing. Then we saw Shopgirl, 104 minutes of pure enjoyment, minus the lady behind us who over-reacted to every line - "Oh my god!" Brent, Shelby and I agree - Shopgirl was everything that Lost In Translation should have been. It had an amazing soundtrack and it was so easy to love all the characters. I think I'll invite them all over for dinner, maybe a game of Taboo.
By the way, as much as I love the holiday season, I'm already sick of Christmas music. It's not even Thanksgiving!
"And now, in the spirit of the season: start shopping. And for every dollar of Krusty merchandise you buy, I will be nice to a sick kid. For legal purposes, sick kids may include hookers with a cold." - Krusty the Clown, The Simpsons
Posted by Nanette at 6:58 PM
Friday, November 04, 2005
Me: Hey, just called to say "hi." (wanting to be sly and not like "Hey! You never acknowledged the flowers!")
Stacie: Hey! How's it going?
Me: Did I catch ya at a bad time?
Stacie: Nah, I'm in the car on my way from Phoenix to Flagstaff.
Me: Um....when did you leave for Phoenix?!?!?
Stacie: Today around 2.
Me: Uh, so ya probably didn't get the delivery I sent...
Me: I sent you flowers.
Stacie: OH NO!!!
She's going to have a friend drop by to pick them up, if they're there. And she'll be back on Sunday. Even if she doesn't ever see them, I'm happy that she at least knows I sent them. In this instance, it's the thought that REALLY counts.
"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose." - Hada Bejar
Posted by Nanette at 7:35 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
For those of you who have been fortunate enough to visit the state of island paradises:
Which island(s) did you visit?
Which island was your favorite? Why?
What was your favorite activity/activities?
Any restaurant recommendations?
What about hotel recommendations?
(You can e-mail responses to me if you don't feel like commenting...)
I promise that answers to these questions will result in a very happy blogger who will post plenty of beautiful Hawaiian honeymoon pics in April/May 2006 for your viewing pleasure.
"You folks are from Hawaii and you came to L.A. on your honeymoon?" - Sheriff, Quick
Posted by Nanette at 10:55 PM
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
And lastly, Brent and I planned to go the gym tonight. He came home to find me napping on the couch. He woke me up and even though I wanted to go back to sleep, skip the gym and veg out, I got my very sleepy butt up and dragged it to the gym for a pretty good workout.
Sometimes the numbers don't mean much to me; it's the winning of the daily battles that keep me going.
"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau
Posted by Nanette at 11:01 PM