Sunday, July 30, 2006

Antsy on a log

Someone pressed "pause" instead of "play" this morning. Usually my weekends fly by, but today has been the longest...day...ever. I'm not complaining, it was just so strange.

And I'm feeling antsy. Don't know if it's the long day that's making me antsy or all the caffeine I've had today (a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf vanilla latte and two Coke Zeros). I feel like I could or should go run six miles. I've already cleaned most of our condo, including sweeping, mopping, scrubbing and organizing.

We made a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond to spend some of our wedding gift certificates, but I forgot to bring at least one of the gazillion 20% off coupons we have scattered amongst our house so we didn't get anything. We went shopping for Brent's dad and brother's birthdays, both of whom are this week. His dad's is tomorrow, his brother's is Tuesday and Brent's is Thursday. We'll be celebrating tomorrow night at Jiraffe, a nearby restaurant that we've always wanted to visit but haven't yet. Hear that? It's their meyer lemon soufflé with sautéed blackberries and blackberry sorbet calling my name.

"You know, Dick, when life gives you lemon, just shut up and eat the damn lemons." - Harry Solomon, 3rd Rock from the Sun

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Change it up

A belated-but-super-awesome birthday gift from one of my new besties:

One shirt

It features a Velcro face of Julius, with all these fun personalities you stick to his face. Sort of a wearable Mr. Potato head!

I wore it to work on Thursday and my co-workers seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. "Make him a pirate again!" "Give him the gold tooth!" "I wanna see the glasses!" And the best comment: "I'm trying not to cross the sexual harassment line, but your shirt keeps changing! I'm looking at the monkey, I promise!"

"I am so used to being the bad boy. I am so used to fighting corporate that I forget that I am corporate, upper management. They hooked me up with an attorney to protect me. You can’t be too careful about what you say. Mo’ money mo’ problems." - Michael, The Office

Thursday, July 27, 2006

"I do" boo boo

Brent and I are officially married. Wait. What?

Around the time that we should have been receiving a copy of our marriage certificate, we were instead sent a letter informing us that our officiant (aka Brent's dad) had "transposed" two of the lines on the license. He had mistakenly put his address on the same line where he was supposed to put his name, in addition to his name. The county is very particular about marriage licenses, so we had to resubmit.

We resubmitted a few weeks ago, and today I called to confirm that it'd been processed. And it has! Nearly 4 months after our wedding day we are official. Now I can get a copy of our marriage certificate and finally change my 11-letter Italian last name to a much shorter and easier-to-pronounce-and-spell 6-letter last name. (I'm keeping my maiden name as my middle name.)

To celebrate I decided to enter one of our photos, taken by our groomsmatron Nicole, into an amateur wedding photo contest on Shutterfly. So go here and vote! The prize isn't exciting, but I thought it'd be fun to enter and see what happens.

"Don't know. The name on the marriage certificate is 'Arlene Machiavelli.' That's a fake. We've all just been calling her 'The Bride' on account of the dress." - Edgar McGraw, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Guilty music pleasures AKA How I lost most of my blog readers

Songs I really like
Justin Timberlake's SexyBack
Christina Aguilera's Ain't No Other Man
Buckcherry's Crazy Bitch
Nelly Furtado's Promiscuous
Pussycat Dolls' Buttons
John Mayer's Waiting On The World To Change

Song I kinda like
Paris Hilton's Stars Are Blind

Songs I hate
Jessica Simpson's A Public Affair
Rihanna's Unfaithful
Daniel Powter's Bad Day*

*I liked it the first 2,000 times I heard it.

Michael Scott: You people are jerks. Imagine if you had left Stevie Wonder on the floor of that bathroom instead of me.
Phyllis: Oh, we wouldn't, we love Stevie Wonder. - The Office

Monday, July 24, 2006

This weekend...

After much research and stressing, Brent bought a car on Saturday - a very nice Toyota Camry Hybrid. I particularly enjoy the dual controls on the AC, so it can be 65 degrees on his side and 70 on mine. We also dig the Bluetooth feature that enables the driver to make hands-free calls through the car's audio system.

We made a trip on Saturday to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, a much-hyped cupcake bakery. I had a vanilla cupcake, Brent had pumpkin. We also bought some for Brent's parents. I liked my cupcake, although it may have been a bit too sweet. I don't know that it was worth the 15-minute wait in line or the special trip across town, but I might partake again if I'm already in the neighborhood and if the line isn't nuts.

Last night we saw Gnarls Barkley perform. The opening act was Peeping Tom, whose frontman you may remember as the lead singer of Faith No More. You may also know their song "Mojo." Gnarls Barkley was awesome. They came out dressed as doctors and nurses - all 13 members of the group. Brent, who doesn't get out to nearly as many concerts as I do, really enjoyed the show. If you have the chance, definitely check them out. I want to put CeeLo in my pocket - he's just so cute and lovable. Does that make you crazy?

"You need something you want to embrace to help you put on a smiley face." - Smiley Faces, Gnarls Barkley

Friday, July 21, 2006

A Friday photo

My hottie hubby and I last weekend.

Brent and I

"Looking at cleavage is like looking at the sun. You don't stare at it. It's too risky. Ya get a sense of it and then you look away." - Jerry, Seinfeld

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My new favorite shirt

I'm wearing this new shirt today. I hope an emergency doesn't occur, because unfortunately I'm all talk and no action. I don't know how to break dance and I left my cardboard box at home.

I'm eyeing this shirt for a future purchase.

"Funny! Funny! I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with a man whose favorite t-shirt reads 'Seattle Hooter Inspector!'" - Frasier

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Er, um, wha?

Is it bad that on random occassions my car's AC vents have been spewing cold frost/gas, like a chunk of dry ice has been thrown in the vents? It's happened a few times, mostly on my way to work after I've driven a fairly short distance on the freeway. It doesn't smell, it's definitely cold (not smoke) and it stops as soon as I turn my AC off.

I need to take it to my mechanic. Perhaps he'll tell me it's a portal to the North Pole! Or maybe not.

UPDATE: I called my mechanic this morning to see about bringing my car in tomorrow afternoon. I described the problem and he immediately said that unless the AC is not as powerful as it used to be and/or isn't as warm as it used to be (and there's no smell from the frost/fog coming out), then it's just a non-harmful temperature reaction like Nez pointed out in the comments section. My mechanic said it's the same sort of reaction that a frost-free freezer has when you open the door. He said to just watch it closely and if the air pressure/condition starts to change, then I should take it in.

My mechanic is awesome. I've been going to him for 5+ years. He always does a great job and doesn't talk to me like I'm a stupid girl. Having driven lots of old cars that would constantly breakdown I know more about engines than the average gal, and I'm always comfortable with his diagnostics and repairs.

“ 'Yeah we had to replace the roof on your car, it resented the rest of the car, so we replaced that. Also, there was a tiny unicorn in your exhaust and he was jumping and poking holes in your exhaust, and he was shitting in your filters as well. So we had to get that out of there.' Wow, thank you very much. I did not know that there was a tiny mythological animal jumping around in there … that’s very dangerous." - Dane Cook

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Icy hot

One night in the fourth grade, while staying over at a friend's house, we hung out in her parents' spa. Feeling a bit overheated, I decided to jump into their pool. My friend panicked, screaming, "Don't do it! You're going to have a heart attack!" She was convinced that the sudden temperature changes would cause my heart to explode! Obviously my heart didn't explode. And my friend and I laughed about that incident throughout junior high and high school.

I had tucked that little story in the back of my mind until today, when I left my chilly office to be faced with the polar opposite heat outside. For a fleeting moment I was sure my heart would burst. I took off the oversized sweatshirt I keep at work and braved the heat in my tank top, heart intact.

"The arctic has no respect for fashion, Vince. You know, never take the tundra lightly. It can drive a man insane." - Howard Moon, The Mighty Boosh

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sketchy

As promised in my previous post, here's the caricature of Brent and I from this weekend's wedding. He definitely captured my cleavage (va, va, va voom) and Brent's smugness/boredom (of the artist, not of the wedding).

Brent and I


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"Earlier this week, the FBI released this sketch of the Unabomber. Shortly afterward, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 'Weird Al' Yankovic." - Norm Macdonald, SNL

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Weekend Wrap-up

Friday we saw Pirates of the Caribbean. I'm indifferent about my thoughts on it, but Brent was definitely not impressed. He was nodding off.

Saturday we had breakfast with Josh, Jami and Hallie at The Firehouse in Venice. Here we spotted the dad from One Tree Hill. That evening we attended the wedding of my friend Randie.* I typically tear up at weddings (especially when the bride comes down the aisle), but I'm usually not a big crier. However Randie's 8-year-old son was involved in the ceremony and when he read his vows to his step-dad, I lost it. It was such a touching moment and I was floored by the love and beauty of this new family. In addition, Randie hired a caricaturist to sketch guests. He captured Brent and I pretty well.*

This morning we braved the heat and attended the nearby Farmers Market to pick up some heirloom tomatoes, which Brent used to make dinner tonight along with some fresh bread, mozzarella and basil. We also had breakfast there. I had a crepe and Brent had a breakfast quesadilla from a sausage booth. Brent was asked at least 5 times by passerbys where he got his delicious-looking breakfast.

I just finished baking some cupcakes* with my new tins as it finally cooled down enough in our condo to not be too miserable with the oven on. I guess I can't complain too much. While it was 80 degrees here this evening (around 7 p.m.), my mom was dealing with 98 degree weather in Central California. Ugh.

*Pictures coming soon

Lloyd: My widget says it's 96 already.
Ari: What the fuck's a widget? Why are you sitting like that? Seriously, what, are you sitting on a butt plug? - Entourage

Thursday, July 13, 2006

My hilarious hubby

Me: So you're calling in sick?
Brent: Yup.
Me: Whatcha gonna do? Just rest? Work from home?
Brent: I'm going to get Cameron and his dad's car. We're going to come pick you up, go to lunch at a fancy restaurant and tell them I'm the sausage king.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Coke head

When I started doing Weight Watchers last July, I quickly realized that I was going to have to give up my Coke habit. (As in Coke Classic.) In the grand scheme of things, I probably didn't drink that much Coke, but when we went out to dinner I'd easily have a couple refills. And for the record, McDonald's Coke is the BEST. COKE. EVER. Maybe it's the fatty straw, maybe it's the carbonation, maybe it's the added crack. Whatever it is, it's good.

Since I don't like diet drinks, I pretty much stopped having any sodas at all. That is until I found Coke Zero. One of my former co-workers turned me onto it. At first I wasn't a fan, but I slowly came around. It really doesn't taste diety, much more like Coke Classic then any of the other non-calorie Coke versions. And I don't ever finish them, even the mini-bottles that I occasionally buy.

Once I realized that I hadn't had a Coke Classic since July, I decided to see how long I could avoid it I wanted to see if I could go a year without it. And I did! Last night at my birthday dinner I decided to break the dry spell and have one, even though I wondered if it would be the first taste of a Coke Classic binge. You know what? It was really sweet! In fact, it was too sweet! I did finish most of the glass, but wasn't in the mood for refills.

I'm going to see if I can go another year without it. I'll happily have my Coke Zero.

P.S. Dear Coke Gods, please don't take Coke Zero off the market. It's the only diet drink I like!

"Hey! Come back here. I ordered a Diet Coke. Not this generic and fizz-free soft drink that looks like a prop on some first-run syndicated TV show." - Jack Wilde, She Spies

Birthday pics

First, here I am on stage Saturday night. Please note the boa (recycled from my bachelorette party) and the glow bracelet (party favors). They gave me confidence, along with a shot of Buttery Nipple (the drink, not the body part).
Me on stage

And in typical fashion, my name was butchered.
Manette

Here's the cake we got last night.
Mmm, cake

And here's some of the fabulous loot I scored. Shelby got me the cupcake tins I wanted! Brent got me a massage, along with my first-ever "Wife" card! Click on the photo to see more notes and descriptions.
evening

This was one of my best birthdays ever! Thanks, everyone!
"When I die, I want it to be on my 100th birthday, in my beach house on Maui and I want my husband to be so upset that he has to drop out of college." - Roz, Frasier

Monday, July 10, 2006

Yes, I'm REALLY 29!

Although I've been celebrating my birthday since Thursday, today is the actual day. I'm 29 big ones!

This morning I woke up to a lovely rendition of Brent singing "Happy Birthday." Last night we celebrated with his parents at Monsoon Cafe (home of yummy banana tempura).

Saturday we spent the day with Shelby and her boyfriend, Rob. We went to the Dodgers/Giants game in the afternoon, had Versailles for dinner and then off to Karaoke at Boardwalk 11 in West LA. I braved a version of Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer." (Pictures coming soon.) I was going to follow that up with Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" with some of my ladies as back-up, but I wasn't able to get my request in early enough. My friend Sharon did No Doubt's "Just a Girl," which was awesome! It was much more enjoyable than the spoken word lady who did a freaky version of "Mr. Roboto," among others. And don't get me started on the guy with the Dr. Seuss hat and cane and the theater girls who sang a song from Wicked.

Tonight Brent and I are going to Maggiano's, which we'll follow up with a much smaller version of our wedding cake (Raspberry Lemon Dream) from Susina.

Mmmmm, cake!

"I don't like the whole blowing the candles out ritual... blowing their germs all over the cake. If I want to catch something on my birthday. I don't want it to be from the cake, if you know what i'm saying..."- Craig Ferguson

Friday, July 07, 2006

Karaoke krazy

Tomorrow night me and 18 of my closest friends are celebrating my birthday with some karaoke. While I'm a pro at the home game Karaoke Revolution, I've never done karaoke in public. I have no idea what I'll sing, although I do have a feeling that Jessie's Girl or Journey's Don't Stop Believing might make its way into the mix. And Josh has offered to be the official photographer of the not in exchange for my night dragging him onto the stage, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of pics to share. (Be thankful it's not video.)

My questions for you:
1. Have you done karaoke before? Did you enjoy it?
2. Do you have a favorite song to sing?
3. If you haven't done it, what do you envision your signature song would be?

"It's true, I'm having a party. I've got three cases of imported beer, karaoke machine, and I didn't invite Michael." - Jim, The Office

Thursday, July 06, 2006

justJENN is justAWESOME

I had lunch with Jenn today. In addition to the always-entertaining conversation and that "I've known her forever" feeling, she gave me early birthday presents!

The first was this lovely handbag:

The second was this freakin' delicous lemon bundt cake!!!

Because Brent and I really shouldn't eat the entire thing, I decided to share some of it with my co-workers. (I saved a piece for Brent, of course. Lemon cake is his absolute favorite.) They went on and on about how yummy it was. And how awesome my friend is for making it for me. We were in baked goods bliss.

Thanks, Jenn! This was the perfect start to my birthday celebration!

"It's a cake! I know! Thank you! Thank you very, very much. (whispering to other woman, indignated) There's a hole in this cake!" - Maria Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

My weekend at a glance

- Attended Andrea's wedding in Visalia, in which I returned the favor of being a bridesmaid. It was really hot, so Brent wasn't in the mood to take tons of photos. Here are a couple, though:
Andrea's wedding
Purita & I

- Hung out with my nephew, who turns 1 at the end of this month! He's learning how to walk or in his case wobble. It's cool to see how much he resembles my dad!
Jayden

- After Andrea's wedding, we headed up to No. California to hang out with Matt, Nicole and Mark. We checked out Downtown San Francisco, where we had yummy cupcakes from Miette in the Ferry Building Marketplace. I had a gingerbread cupcake to die for!
- We saw Superman Returns. The movie itself was great (awesome storyline, great cast), but Brandon Routh is Super Hot and worth the price of admission alone. Nicole and I agreed that we would have paid to watch him stand there for two hours. Definitely one of my new favorite superhero movies. I liked it more than Spiderman. And the classic theme song is awesome. As Brent pointed out, thankfully it wasn't remixed by someone like Kanye West. They kept it as its original, powerful theme.
- This afternoon we're heading to Josh and Jami's for a 4th of July BBQ filled with lots of 2-year-olds. Always a fun time!

"Gods are selfish beings who fly around in little red capes and don't share their power with mankind." - Lex Luthor, Superman Returns