Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Not your typical night

Why was tonight different than any other night?

1. Brent totalled his car tonight when someone slammed into him while getting on the freeway. Thankfully no one was hurt, but his car is not doing so hot.
2. The guy who hit Brent (totally his fault, not Brent's) has expired insurance. It's a company car, though, so it should (hopefully) get paid for either way.
3. Brent came home, armed with these:
Awwww
to celebrate the 7-year anniversary of our first date! He had picked the flowers up before the accident happened.
4. We celebrated our anniversary at one of our favorite restaurants, Versailles. Mmmm...Cuban food!
5. After dinner, I was blocked in by a mini-van that refused to move. I managed to squeeze by and Brent heard the driver talking smack because I had honked at him. In a very non-Nanette way, I rolled down my window and yelled, "Asshole!" Brent gets a kick out of my very, very seldom roadrage because it's the antithesis of my typical cheery self. He says it's funny to see me wrapped in my mental coccoon that enables me to confront asshats. (Note: I'm highly aware of the crazies out there who are apt to pull a gun on my confrontational ass, so rest assured that I rarely pull stunts like that.)
6. Don't ask me how, but tonight I came across this. And I was literally in tears. It was the bottom right one that put me over the edge.

"If I saw myself dressed like that, I'd have to kick my own ass." - Happy Gilmore

Cinematic Endeavors

This weekend we saw the new X-Men movie. I enjoyed all the new characters they introduced and, of course, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I love the X-Men series of films and was pretty entertained by this offering, but this one left me with more questions than I would have liked. "Couldn't they have....?" "But what about that guy's powers? They should have..." Those questions don't stop me from recommending that you see the film IF you're an X-Men fan. And as Jodi thankfully pointed out before I saw the film, stay around for the scene that rolls after the credits end.

Last night we were invited by Brent's parents to attend a screening of A Prarie Home Companion at the LA County Museum of Art. The movie was directed by Robert Altman and had an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, John C. Reily and more. However, the storyline did not really engage me. In fact, I fell asleep during the first part of the movie. I've NEVER fallen asleep at a movie theater before! There were parts of the movie that I found very entertaining, but overall it just wasn't for me. I'm not its target audience, as illustrated by the movie's audience with the average age of 65.

"Abe, remember how excited I was to see the movie 'American Pie' that I didn't sleep the night before? And remember that scene where the guy has sex with the pie? Well, I don't. Because I fell asleep in the theatre." - Gandhi, Clone High

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I'm outting my husband

It's time that the truth be told. My husband....has a blog!

He's a fabulous writer. Strangely, that's what first attracted me to him. He wrote an opinion column for our college's newspaper, which I read and enjoyed regularly before we started dating. One of our journalism teachers even used Brent's columns in our classes as examples of great writing. Brent has a great sense of humor, is quite witty and has a way with words.

His blog is called "Things That We Will Need." It's a great example of how freakin' funny he is. And lucky me, I got to spend the rest of my life with him. His wit is a nice balance to my 12-year-old wackiness.

Visit his blog. Leave lots of comments. He already has one fan! The first of many, I'm sure.

"The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret." - Henry Youngman

Saturday, May 27, 2006

You've got questions, we've got answers

Thanks for all the questions!

Q. Why the hatred for spicy food? Is it a taste thing? Or a digestional thing? Because honestly? Spicy food rocks my culinary world, and I just simply cannot comprehend eating bland food my whole life ... - Jen
A. It's definitely a taste thing. I can't handle the reaction that spicy foods evoke in my mouth. To me, it's basically the equivalent of too-hot coffee. I physicially can't get past it. I also blame my mother as she never made anything spicy for us. My dad, on the other hand, LOVED spicy foods! Too bad I didn't get my tastebuds from him, huh? And believe me - my favorite foods are anything but bland. I'm a huge fan of garlic and vinegar and spices that don't make me sweat.

Q. On your honeymoon, were you spending money carefree, or did you ever penny pinch? - Rob
A. We discussed how we'd spend money on our trip shortly after we booked our travel plans. We realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and didn't hold back. We were pretty carefree with our money, which was nice. And we also had the benefit of plenty of gifts purchased from our honeymoon registry - enough to pay for all the excursions and meals for half our honeymoon!

Q. Why doesn't your husband ever comment on your blog? - Beautchous
A. He just did!

Q. What was your favorite band/singer as a teenager? Ya, yanno - those embarassing/awkward years. (at least they were for me when I listened to NKOTB *dies* lol - Brandi
A. The artists that immediately come to mind are Paula Abdul, NKOTB, Debbie Gibson and Milli Vanilli. Brent and I regularly discuss how stupid it was that people freaked out when they found out the "faces" of Milli Vanilli weren't the real singers. The songs were still good! Girl, you know it's true!

Q. If blind people wear glasses, why don't deaf people wear ear muffs? - Anonymous A. I've often wondered that myself. I don't have an answer, but some other folks do.

Q. Where & How did you and Brent meet? and did you know he was the 'one' right away? - Golightly
A. We met in college. We were both journalism majors. You can read a lengthy entry I did last year that tells the whole story. And I must have known he was the "one" right away because I said to my friend, "That's my future husband" before we even had our first date! I officially knew that he was the "one" when I realized he was the combination of everything I had wanted changed in my ex-boyfriends. Brent was the antithesis of cocky, stupid, selfish and shallow. Hard to believe that Wednesday is the 7-year anniversary of our first date!

Q. What kind of editing do you do? I'm interested because I'm a newspaper copy editor. - Tiffani
A. I'm a features editor for an online publication about online advertising. In a nutshell, I recruit our "cover stories" and take them from inception through publication. I enjoy my job and my co-workers are great! I'm really happy that I made this career switch. It's much better on this side of the communications fence. By the way, I interned as a copy editor at a city newspaper in college! My skills are a little rusty, but I'm workin' on it!

"The answer to your next question is "beats the hell out of me." - Daphne, Frasier

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Question Me

I got a fun, fabulous haircut last night that I'll share with you as soon as I get Brent to take a picture of it. In the meantime, let's play a game that I've seen on a few blogs, although the specific ones escape me now. It's called, "Ask Nanette a Question." Rules are simple - ask me a question about myself and I'll provide an answer in my next post.

Ready. Set. Go!

"If you don't tell me what I want to know, then it'll just be a question of how much you want it to hurt." - Jack Bauer, 24

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Look me in the "I"

As inspired by the lovely blogger Cheryl.

I am: a friend; a wife; a daughter; a sister; a consumer; a communicator; a writer; an optimist.

I said: “I love you” and they were the last words my dad heard from me (the same thing Cheryl said to her dad, too); "I do."

I want: to have a family; a happy marriage; comfort; serenity.

I wish: that everyone could see the fun in life like I do; for a smaller stomach and buff arms; for awesome baking abilities; that the next season of The Office was here; someone would watch scary movies with me.

I strongly dislike: egomaniacs; bitches; unnecessary confrontation; spicy food;

I miss: my dad; Love Monkey; Stone Temple Pilots.

I fear: birds; spiders; break-ins; failure; infertility.

I hear: a commercial for X-Men (woo hoo!).

I wonder: what my children will grow up to be like; if Brent is sleeping or just reading in bed; what I should wear tomorrow.

I regret: not taking better care of my body; not keeping in touch with old friends.

I am not: selfish; pessimistic; tall; boring.

I dance: with a funny look on my face.

I sing: in my car; karaoke (at home); to Brent; to my co-workers.

I cry: during every episode of Grey's Anatomy; when a parent dies in a movie (especially of cancer).

I am not always: happy; perky; right.

I made: fun cupcakes; sound decisions; great friends.

I write: to keep a record of my life; not often enough; to keep in touch.

I confuse: Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman; "affect" and "effect;" Brent (on occasion).

I need: to drink more water; to do laundry; a haircut (getting one Wednesday!).

I should: start saving more for retirement; return some emails; go to bed earlier.

I start: drafts of emails that I don't send.

I finish: every bite of cake; Brent's sentences.

I tag: whomever wants to do this.

"Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms." - Kahlil Gibran

How to annoy me in a public restroom

  • Talk to me while one of us in a stall.
  • Talk to someone (loudly) on your cell phone while you're sitting on the can. If you do this to me while I'm on the phone with you, I will hang up.
  • Wash your hands and then flale them around wildly to shake off the water. Shake 'em off over the sink. Quit dripping all over the floor.
  • Walk out without washing your hands.
  • Watch the paper towel you attempted to throw in the trash hit the ground, and not pick it up.
  • Repeatedly try to open the door of the stall I'm in. It's locked. Someone's in here. That someone has loudly said, "I'm in here!"

"Why, when you walk into a public restroom, is everything fucking wet? What happened, was there like a shaggy dog in there after a bath?" - Dane Cook

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Lazy Sunday (and Saturday)

After sleeping in past 10:30 each day this weekend, Brent and I loafed around the house a bit, trying to clean and organize our condo a little at a time. We worked on our wedding thank-you notes until my handwriting started becoming illegible.

Saturday night we redeemed one of the gift certificates we received from my bridal shower to enjoy a yummy dinner at a Kay and Dave's, a no-lard Mexican restaurant. I had a spinach salad with ahi, jicama and mango dressing. Shortly before we left Lori Loughlin and her family came in. Coincidentally I'd watched her as Aunt Becky in a Full House rerun a few hours before.

Today we tried a new restaurant in Santa Monica called Le Pain Quotidien, an organic French restaurant. Brent had a roast beef sandwich with capers mayonnaise. I had a chicken, mozzarella and pesto sandwich. The restaurant had a very rustic feel with high ceilings. Best of all - totally cheap! It's the kind of place we'll definitely revisit and exactly the kind of place we'd want to take friends visiting us from out of town.

While we've been enjoying these yummy restaurants, I have been trying to be more conscious of what I'm eating because I've been slacking in the whole eating-right-and-exercising department. After two months away from Weight Watchers, I rejoined on Friday. Hopefully I can get back on track and hit my goal weight by Fall.

"Wow, what a great diet. You lose weight by drinking beer." - Drew Carey

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A few more of my favorite things

Tide to Go pen - I had heard how awesome these were, but I found out firsthand just how great they are. We were at Brent's parents' for Mother's Day when I splashed my latte on my cream-colored sleeve. Brent's mom ran out and said, "You have to try this pen I got!" I tried it on the spots and they all disappeared instantly! I'm going to stock up on these for my purse, car, work, home, Christmas gifts...you get the point!

Flickr Toys - This site offers tools to allow Flickr users to have fun with photos. I made this motivational poster featuring my hottie hubby, as well as other fun mosaics like this, this and this.

New vocab - I'm having so much fun saying "my husband" and "Nanette [insert new last name]."

Summer hours - Our office is implementing Summer Hours. Starting the Friday after Memorial Day, if our work is done, we're outta the office at 1:30! (That's p.m., not a.m.) Woo hoo!

Laughing till I cry - Last night we celebrated South African Ballerina Jen's "29+1" birthday. We enjoyed chips, drinks and especially each other's company. And I laughed till I cried - literally. A picture of a cat and another friend of ours put me over the edge.

"Michael? Michael, Michael, Michael. Come here, come here, come here. Listen up everyone! It is the 11:23 exactly. The exact moment when you emerged from your mother’s vaginal canal." - Dwight, The Office

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I heart my blog readers

As my friend Tori mentioned recently, I've been lagging on my blog posting. Please don't feel unappreciated. I promise to start blogging lots more soon.

To show you how much I love you, check this out. (And make sure your sound is on, but not too loud if you're somewhere public.)

"In my sick way I want to thank you for holding my head up late at night. While I was busy waging wars on myself, you were trying to stop the fight." - Hate Me, Blue October

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Music to your ears

Anyone who's ever met me knows how much I enjoy music. I regularly attend concerts. I'm constantly looking for new bands and artists to add to my heavy rotation. And my 60 GB iPod is already half full.

So it's no surprise that one of my big wedding planning obsessions was the music. I spent hours and hours figuring out what music the string quartet should play, what songs we should use for the cake cutting ("Ice Cream" by Sarah McLachlan), garter toss ("Let's Get It On"), bouquet toss ("Ladies Night"), etc. I also compiled a list of music to play during dinner. To make it simple, I pulled together an iPod playlist in iTunes and took a screenshot to give to my dj. The guests raved and raved about how much they enjoyed the dinner music.

So, next time you need some good background music for a dinner party or just an evening home with your loved one, consider some of my favs:

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"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that ... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it." - John Lennon

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mum's the word

My beautiful mother

My mother gave me:
  • great skin
  • dark, shiny hair
  • a wacky sense of humor
  • the ability to pronounce the "w" in "drawer" when most others don't
  • my laugh
  • my hatred of spicy foods
  • my friendliness
  • and so, so much more!
Happy mother's day to moms everywhere!

"The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother, which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician." - Sydney J. Harris

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Google-y eyes

I love Google. I sing its praises to anyone who will listen. Gmail, the Google Toolbar, the new Google Calendar - I love it all! Occasionally I'll Google my whole name, my first name, my screenname, my blog, and occasionally I'll find something fun.

Last week I discovered that if you google my first name, "Nanette," my blog comes up as the fourth result! Out of all the Nanette's in the Google universe (5,860,000 results, to be exact), I'm fourth! First is Nanette Lepore (famous designer), second is Nanette Fabray (famous actress), third is a popular knitting blogger named Nanette, and then ME!

And remember the Tiffany frame fiasco I mentioned previously? Apparently the Google Finance page for Tiffany linked to that post under its blog section, so investors were led here to read that post. I doubt my comments impacted the stock price whatsoever, but it's freaky to think how much impact the blogosphere can have.

As for somewhat exciting news, I have an interview tomorrow morning with a major women's magazine to discuss what it was like for Brent and I to lose weight together! Hopefully the editor will like us and run our story along with some pics! Fun, huh?

For those of you who watched The Office tonight, did you enjoy the episode as much as jenn and I did? She and I have weekly, sometimes more frequent, gushings about each episode via email. I warned her that if I ever run into the actors who play Jim or Pam around town, which could very well happen, then I'm totally going to be the crazy, wacko fan that actors hate (gushing and gushing about how much I love them) and then I'm going to kick it up a notch by calling jenn on the phone and become the crazy, wacko fan who calls her friend so they can talk to the actor!

Tonight's episode was great and I can't wait for the next season!

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay

Monday, May 08, 2006

Weekend Review

Brent and I spent the weekend in my hometown of Visalia to show our wedding album to my grandfather as he was too sick to attend, visit with my family, meet Shelby's new boyfriend and hang out with my friend, Jill, visiting from Wyoming.

Here we are at dinner. (L to R - me, Shelby, Jill.) Shelby had a yard sale on Saturday, sold tons of stuff so she treated us to dinner and drinks!
Me, Shelby, Jill

It was prom night and we laughed at the prom-goers who stopped in front of a mini-storage place to take pics near the fountain. What did we do when we drove past a church with a fountain? We stopped to take pics, of course!
Jill, Shelby & I

We also played miniature golf, where I made two hole-in-ones!

Brent and I hung out with my nephew, who turns 1 in July.
Jayden
Jayden

Brent played with him and I thought my ovaries were going to burst! My husband (hee, hee - HUSBAND!) with an adorable baby is just too cute to handle.
Brent & Jayden
Brent & Jayden

One of the strange moments from the weekend was when my nephew's mom noticed he had a fever, so my mom tried to give him medicine. Unfortunately it was right after he'd had a bottle. My mom tried to use the dropper to give him liquid Tylenol, which somehow ended with him vomiting...all over my mom! Projectile vomiting! The baby seemed perfectly content and we all just burst into laughter. Luckily he was just wearing a diaper at the time, so none of his clothes were soiled. Can't say the same about my mom's clothes.

Sunday night I decided to use our ripened bananas and whip up some banana bread! Turns out Brent likes bananas, but doesn't like banana-flavored food. You'd think I'd know that about a man I've been with for seven years...

"Every time I typed my name it said 'diapers.' " - Dwight's complaint, The Office

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Increased blogability

The past 24 hours should be called "The Most Blogging Material Ever!"

First, our website with all our wedding pics is ready! Notice how different Brent and I look in our wedding photos compared to our engagement photos. (Thanks, Weight Watchers!) And again, much love to Next Exit for our amazing pics!

Second, last night Brent and I went to a gathering organized by Hilary where we met a bunch of bloggers. Great crowd with great peeps. We'd met a few of the bloggers who were there last night at a previous gathering, including Paul, whose second book, Lost Blogs, is coming out in a few days! How awesome is that?

Third, at a staff meeting at work today I reached for what I thought was my bottled water on the ground next to my chair. I drank it, looked at the bottle and thought, "Wait! I wasn't drinking Aquafina!" Then I asked my co-worker next to me, "Did I just drink your water?" Yup.

Fourth, Brent and I received a package today, shipped directly from Tiffany & Co, that was supposed to include a gift from Brent's parents' friends. I open it up to find a printed card with a note from the gift givers, a gift invoice indicating that it should contain a 5x7 frame and....a brand new Nokia cell phone, in the box with instructions and everything! I called Tiffany and their customer service rep is just as baffled as we are. She says they're going to do a UPS investigation. Her quote: "Rarely do we have issues with UPS tampering with a gift, but it does happen...although it usually isn't REPLACED with something else!"They'll call us in a few days to let us know what they found out. And they're sending us a replacement frame, regardless of what happened.

Lastly, I received a call tonight from my friend, Jill, whom I went to jr. high and high school with but I haven't seen in a couple of years as she lives in Wyoming. Turns out she's going to be in Visalia this weekend. Coincidentally, I was already planning a trip there this weekend! She, Shelby and I will have so much fun!

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan

Monday, May 01, 2006

What I've been doing instead of blogging

- Saw Stick It. We went in expecting it to be lame. It was lame, but it was a great lame! It's not called Gym*nice*tics!
- Went to a gathering of Knotties, local gals I met on the Knot, a wedding planning board. So much fun!
- Had dim sum, which was yum, yum. (Sorry, couldn't help it!)
- Took pictures of myself for the Flickr group, "Myself in the Mirror." Not quite as easy as it seems.
- Started wedding thank-you notes. We've been slacking in that department.
- Unpacked wedding gifts. Brent did an awesome job making room in the kitchen cabinets.
- Went to the gym for the first time since before the wedding. Nothing like a spinning class to put the stink on ya. I'm gonna be sore.
- Watched The Weather Man on DVD. So depressing and did absolutely nothing for me.
- Slept in until 11:30 on Sunday. It's with mixed emotions that I sleep my day away!
- Enjoying the married life.
- Thinking about my dad. Today would have been his 52nd birthday.
- Found out that all our wedding pics are ready! Woo hoo!

"Can you tell Joanne I'm going to do a real dismount?" - Haley
"Haley says she's going to do a real dismount." - Tricia
"Get off the phone!" - Joanne, Stick It