Sunday, April 29, 2007

Weekend, categorically

Brent was sick all weekend, so we took it easy. Here's what I saw, ate, bought and visited.

Watched
20/20 special on transgender children - I was happy to see the parents who were so supportive and understanding of their children, but I was close to tears when the children described the bullies and taunts from other children.
Aeon Flux - I loved the cartoon version on MTV years and years ago (remember Liquid Television on MTV? Sooo cool), but the film was lame dash o. It couldn't keep me awake. Post-nap Brent confirmed that I hadn't missed much. Too bad, so sad.
Flushed Away - This movie was adorable! Great story, great cast, and it was hilarious.

Ate/drank
Hansen's Diet Soda - Tangerine Lime - I typically don't drink "diet" sodas, but I gave this one a shot. It didn't taste diet-y at all! I'll have to try out other flavors. (Recommend some if you've tried and liked them.)
SoBe Lean Diet Cranberry Grapefruit - 12.5 calories never tasted so good.
Quaker Mini Delights - Cinnamon Streusel - This product cracked me up because at 90 calories (not 100 calories), it reminds me of that scene in There's Something About Mary with the hitchhiker who wants to create 7-minute abs instead of 8-minute abs. What about 6-minute abs? Does this mean we'll soon see 80-calorie packs? Then 70-calorie packs? Seriously, though, these were soooo good! And cute! Who doesn't like food that's cute?
"Pie" that turned out more like a crumble - I tried to make my first pie. Turned out more like a crumble. The crust ended up soggy. Jenn told me a trick for the ready-made crust, so I'll try that next time.

Bought
Present for mom - I won't see my mom on Mother's Day this year, but I found a great gift for her. Her birthstone is peridot.

Pants - I intended to buy new jeans, but the selection is slim (no pun intended) as warmer weather approaches. I did find some good deals on pants at Gap and Old Navy. And then I ordered a pair of jeans online, which should hold me over for a while.
Hello Kitty cookies - Seriously, how cute are these? Cookie + Hello Kitty = cute. Go ahead and check my math.
Hello Kitties

Visited
The gym - Got my fifth workout in for the week. Boo ya!
Jenn - She and I got together for coffee. I gave her some Hello Kitty cookies, she gave me cute chocolates. Treats for everyone!

"He doesn't want another place to live. He likes it just fine where he is, in Hello Kitty-ville." - Simon Camden, 7th Heaven

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hey good lookin, whatcha got cookin?

Brent and I have spent the past couple of weekends planning our some meals to cook for the week. We've been doing this for a few reasons. One is to avoid the "What's for dinner?" ping-pong conversation (I don't know. What do you want? I don't know. What do you want?) Two is to save some money. (Although some of the ingredients are surprisingly pricey. Thyme? It's freakin' expensive!) Three is to assist in our weight loss goals.

Here are the six dishes we've done over the past two weeks, with my review. Some of them we'll definitely do again. Others we may not. Keep in mind that these are from a Weight Watchers-friendly site, specifically for the version of the plan we're doing called Core.

Mexican casserole - This was soooo good and relatively simple. It was even better the next day as lunch.
Crab cakes - In theory, this sounded great. In execution, it was way too much mustard. I also didn't have any fat free mayo, so I used fat free sour cream. Eh. Brent liked it, but I don't know that I'll be making it again. I do, however, want to incorporate more crab into my diet. Mmm...
Shrimp scampi - We did this last Thursday night. Because that's the night before my Weight Watchers weigh-in, I decided to forgo the past portion and instead served it on salad. It was good, but I realized that the shrimp I bought was already cooked. Therefore it turned out a little tough, but still yummy. Hey, I'm a novice in the kitchen. I'm bound to make mistakes!
Garlic lime chicken - We made this last night. Brent liked it, but I thought it needed a lot less lime and a lot more garlic. It also turned out a bit dry, which could have been because my mother-in-law gave us a family-sized crock pot. I have a feeling this recipe was designed for a smaller pot.
Chicken sandwiches - We had this tonight on wheat bread. I've fallen in love with my crock pot. I just poured in all the ingredients this morning before work and came home to find it ready and waiting. I used four boneless chicken breasts, and added a little more water to compensate for the large-bottom crock pot. It also reminded me of a Filipino dish called adobo.

I'm curious, dear readers. Do you typically use recipes or do you have a large reserve of tried-and-true dishes that you know by heart? Or do you not cook at all?

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

All the cool kids are doing it

So the first time I heard about Twitter, I thought it sounded lame. Who has time to do mini-posts about every little thing throughout their day? And shouldn't at least 8 hours of your day be "I'm working"? But I spent a portion of today at work editing a piece about this online phenomenon, and I'm conflicted to admit that I'm intrigued by the concept. I looked at various Twitter pages and wondered what motivates people to participate and post random thoughts and occurances (called Tweets) on more of a micro level than typically longer blog posts.

So I'm going to see for myself what the appeal is. I'll consider it research for work, especially as social media is an ever-growing trend that I know I'll continue to cover. Maybe its appeal will fade for me, but I'll try it out for a while and see what happens.

You can see my Twitter page here. One of my fav bloggers, Mrs. Mogul, is doing it, so I already have a friend! If you're already Twittering or decide to try it, consider adding me as a friend so I can keep up with your Tweets.

"Stop squawking, you twit!" - Violet Beauragarde, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

All around the world, same song

Brent and I are trying to decide where to go on vacation this year.

We had talked about Japan, although Brent has already been there. He thought I'd love it because I love Japanese food and, hello, it's the home of cute, cuddly things like Hello Kitty. He also speaks some Japanese and we'd be able to get around somewhat easily. The more I think about it, though, the more I'd rather go somewhere that neither of us has been. (Brent has been to Japan, Spain, UK and France. I've been to the UK, France and Amsterdam.)

We talked about Italy, but we're not 100% sold on it yet. We found some great deals via Costco Travel, but the flights within the required dates for the packages are so expensive. Perhaps we'll have to look into a wider date range.

We've also considered places like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Ireland, Scotland, etc., but nothing seems to be beckoning us yet.

I know there are places I don't want to go: India, Africa, Russia, neither of the Poles. And while I don't mind the idea of some physical adventure, I don't want to end up as a story on I Shouldn't Be Alive.

Perhaps I'll just spin the globe and pick a random spot.

Any advice? Have you traveled somewhere unforgettable?

"Here’s my card. It’s got my cell number, my pager number, my home number, and my other pager number. I never take vacations, I never get sick, and I don’t celebrate any major holidays." - Dwight, The Office

Sunday, April 22, 2007

By the power of Greyskull!

Friday night we saw Hot Fuzz, from the creators of Shaun of the Dead. At the risk of overhyping, it was honestly one of the funniest movies I'd seen in a long time. I liked the intelligent humor, as opposed to toilet jokes. The cast was great, including quick appearances from some of my favorite British actors (*cough - Tim from the British Office - cough*). I highly recommend it.

We spent a lot of Saturday doing some long overdue spring cleaning. It feels soooo nice to have a sparkly clean place! And that night I joined a bunch of my gal pals to celebrate a bachelorette party for two friends. We started with dinner at Citizen Smith, a Hollywood restaurant/lounge/bar. Dinner was delicious (mmm...mac n cheese...)

Then we moved on to a dance club called Garden of Eden. I ran into a couple of my co-workers, we got some free drinks from Budweiser promoters (too bad none of us really like beer) and we danced until we were pooped.

This morning Brent and I joined Josh and daughter Hallie for breakfast. After breakfast we decided to swing by the nearby farmers' market. We had to move our car, though, as we didn't want to get towed from the restaurant lot. I saw an open spot across the street, so I crossed and then stood in the open spot while Brent pulled the car around. Just as Brent pulled out of the lot, this old woman pulled up to the spot I had been saving. I told her my husband was just about to pull in. Then she started yelling at me! "You can't save that spot! It's highly illegal!" I explained that my husband was right there, seriously 50 feet away. She continued yelling, "You need to move! You are being outrageous!" "Are you really going to fight me on this?" I asked. Then I said, "You really think I should move? Honestly?" She continued to curse me. So I stepped out of the way. If I had enough for a running start, I might have kicked her in the face. (I kid! I kid!) But I also didn't want to risk having Crazy Lady key our newish car. And lucky for her I'm not an asshat who would do that to hers.

So with my confrontation behind us, we moved on to Farmer's Market. Hallie decided she wanted to try the pony ride, having never done it before. She waited in line and then hopped on a horse. As the line of ponies started going round and round in circles, Hallie promptly looked at Josh and said, "Daddy! Get me outta here!" Josh consoled her by telling her that it was almost done. Each time she came back around, her voice got more and more freaked out. We all tried not to laugh. Then the ride ended and Josh quickly hopped in to get her off the pony. She later told us that the big horse behind her tried to eat her shoe. Poor kid. I don't blame her, though. I was never one of those girls who liked horses.

Tonight I tried out a Weight Watcher-friendly cookie recipe (turned out ok, although way too soft and not nearly the 48 cookies as claimed in the recipe). We also made a WW-friendly meatloaf, which turned our pretty good. Instead of a loaf we separated it in muffin tins for easy portion control and to make it easy for leftovers.

We also planned for four other meals this week, including a potential meal to host my in-laws this week. I'm an awful daughter-in-law as I have never made dinner for them in the nearly 8 years that Brent and I have been together. Tsk, tsk.

And last, but not least, check out this promo the upcoming The Office.

"Beat it. This game is for mature players only due to violence, exaggerated mayhem, and old-lady kicking." - Clerk, Adventures of Jimmy Neutron

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I <3 Etsy

Etsy has been a bit of a mystery to me. I think it's a great concept and an awesome way for independent merchants and crafty folks to find a following, but it's not as intuitive or user-friendly as it could be.

Having said that, I think I figured out a way to find stuff I like. I saw some fun items at the bottom of the main page. I clicked on them and then added them to my favorite items/sellers. Then I clicked on the link on the seller's profile to their favorite items/sellers. Turns out that if I like someone's products, they tend to like other sellers who sell similar products. They also tend to like other fun, cute, Nanette-ish items.

Here's the link to all my favorite items/sellers (so far). And here are some products I particularly enjoy.

This t-shirt
A cute way to get a leg up
I should have had this at the beginning of all this dental work I'm having done. It's how I felt most of the time. Sad and injured. And I do love sugar.
This pendant is so nice. I want to take it home to meet my mom.
Have I mentioned that Brent loooooves Mr. T? No, seriously. Absolutely loves him. Imagine my delight when I found this. We may have to adopt Little Mr. T.
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." - Douglas Adams

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Through the ages

Let's open up the Nannersp vault, shall we? (Click to enlarge)

My brother and I. I think I was about 4 here.
My little bro and I

Freshman year. Proud to be a former band geek! Also, I'm wearing the glasses that belonged to my great grandfather. They were really cool - 14K gold! I wore them until my noggin got too big. Apparently my great grandfather was wee, or at least smaller than a freshman girl.
Band geek extraordinaire

My high school senior pic
My high school senior pic

College, junior year. This is the picture that convinced me to revisit the shorter do recently.
Sporting the bob

As Brent once noted, I never look the same in pictures. If I had ever gotten into acting, I could have been the female Lou Diamond Phillips. I could play all sorts of ethnicities and roles. Dahaha!

"Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive." - Ingmar Bergman

Monday, April 16, 2007

That's what she said

Jen put her journalism degree to good use recently when she participated in an interview-a-blogger game. I volunteered to participate in the game and will now put my years in public relations, crafting ideal responses to questions from the press, to good use.

1. What character from The Office do you most closely identify with and why?
My first thought is to say Karen as I'm "very exotic looking" because my dad was a G.I. (my dad met my mom when he was stationed in the Philippines). Other than that, I'll say Pam because she gets along with (almost) everyone, she has a very creative side and a great sense of humor. I'd like to think we have a lot in common.

2. If you could go back and talk to your 7th grade self, what would you tell her, knowing what you know now?
I would tell 7th grade Nanette that despite all the stupid guys she'll date, she'll find an amazing man who will make her immensely happy. I would also tell her to make healthier eating decisions because although she'll be able to eat three Twinkies and a Pepsi for lunch and still be a size 7 for a while, it'll catch up to her. Lastly, I'd tell her to floss more and not skip dental check-ups because root canals are a bitch.

3. Name something that Brent does that drives you crazy (and not in a good way, like crazy annoying).
Brent's new hybrid car gives you a rating each time you drive, using the speed at which you drive to determine if you are getting good gas mileage. As a result, Brent drives quite slow now as he strives to get the best rating (excellent). Slow, as in 30 in a 35 zone, as in 60 on a freeway with a speed limit of 65.

I grit my teeth as cars zoom by us and I bite my tongue, imagining how mad I get when I'm driving and stuck behind a car like ours. But I know that he's doing it to maximize exactly what a hybrid is designed for - great gas mileage and reducing environmental impacts of cars. Also, when he did speed up on the freeway earlier this year, he ended up getting a truly unfair speeding ticket so I'm not surprised that he's not willing to step on the gas more. I suppose that it's shown me how much of a lead foot I am, but I still get anxious and crazy annoyed when he's in the driver's seat.

The strange thing I just realized is that when we both drove home separately from a friend's house Friday night, we got home at the same exact time. So either my speeding and his slowness somehow evens out in the end or he drives faster when I'm not in the car with him. Hmm...

4. Would you rather be forced to eat five-star spicy Thai food without a glass of water, or sit in an aviary filled with hundreds of birds for an hour?
I'd choose the aviary, for sure! While it's not for lack of trying (I tried a jalapeno-flavored pretzel piece from a co-worker today, and a Flamin' Hot Cheeto last week - both with similar oh-my-god-this-is-way-way-way-WAY-too-hot), I'd much rather deal with the annoyance of birds than the physical pain of spice.

5. Cupcakes or cookies?
As much as I love making and eating cookies, I'd take and bake cupcakes any day. They're so cheerful, enjoyable and longer-lasting, not to mention so fun to decorate.

Great questions, Jen!

"Am I being mean to Dwight? I don’t know. I did just make him run around the building, and I have no intention of timing him. This isn’t even a stopwatch, it’s a digital thermometer." - Pam, The Office

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A singer in a smokey room, a smell of wine and cheap perfume

It's amazing how slowly the 5-day work week crawls by compared to how quickly the 2-day weekends fly by.

Friday night we hung out with Josh, Jami and Baby Brendan. (Hallie was at the grandparents'.)

Saturday we hit the gym, lounged around the house and then went for some Korean BBQ. We're always hesitant to do Korean BBQ because what's the point of paying someone else to let you cook your own food? The dinner was delicious, although pricey for the amount of food we got.

Then we joined a bunch of my friends for karaoke to celebrate the 30th birthday of my friend Sharon. Once I managed to down a martini (poison apple was the flavor....mmmm...), I had no problem grabbing the mic. It started with a couple of duets (Beyonce's Crazy in Love, then Journey's Don't Stop Believin) and ended with a large choir of us singing and dancing to Kenny Loggin's Footloose.

And I was particularly excited to meet a blogger pal of mine, Crissy, at the karaoke gathering. She mentioned that she's sad when I don't update my site daily. It's always flattering to hear that anyone actually looks forward to my silly musings.

Sunday morning Brent and I planned some dinners (this, this and teriyaki burgers with seasonings brought back from Hawaii by Jenn) for the rest of the week and then took our list to the grocery store (or "market," as he and his parents refer to it).

I was in a baking mood, which happens when I go more than a few weeks without it, so I whipped up my favorite new chocolate chip cookies recipe. (This is the same recipe I used for my Office visit thank-you.) Turned out quite yummy again, if I do say so myself. I also figured out how to use my digital camera's extreme-close-up function.

Extreme cookie close-up!

I ended the weekend with some quick online shopping on my favorite etsy seller's site. I bought two pendants from her previously, which I wear all the time, so I added a few more to my collection. They're fashionable yet affordable - my favorite combo.

"I get this feeling that time's just holding me down. I'll hit the ceiling or else I'll tear up this town." - Kenny Loggins, Footloose

Friday, April 13, 2007

Alive & kickin'

I have not forgotten about the blogosphere, dear readers. I've just been very busy with:

- my volunteer tutoring gig, especially as my responsibilities with the organization have increased a bit.
- recovering from dental work, including two (yes, TWO) root canals
- dying from last night's The Office. We had to keep rewinding because we were laughing so much and missing the next thing the characters said.
- trying to increase my amount of exercise.
- losing a little more weight (down 0.6 lbs. this week. I'll take that!)
- helping yet another of my closests friends plan a very last-minute wedding. I'm excited to know that the year and a half spent planning my wedding resulted in a treasure trove of wedding information for my other friends.
- enjoying voicemails from certain 3-year-olds, telling me how much they loved the marshmallows I gave them.

"Apology not accepted. Because it wasn’t even necessary in the first place." - Andy/Drew, The Office

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

PC Load Letter? What the fuck does that mean?

The Movie Meme, stolen from Jodi.

1. Name a movie you have seen more than 10 times.
Beauty and the Beast. I stopped counting around the 30th time.

2. Name a movie you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Chicago.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
John Cusack. Yes, please.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Tim Allen

5. Name a movie than you can and do quote from.
Office Space

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Chicago

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Chicago

8. Name a movie you would recommend everyone see.
Amelie. If you've seen that, then I recommend Barefoot in the Park.

9. Name a movie that you own.
Lots, but I'll name an obscure one - Spice World! Come on, it was cheaper to buy it then rent it. ($2!)

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Mandy Moore. Uh-huh. I said it!

11. Have you ever seen a movie at a drive-in? If so, what?
Tons! I think my favorite drive-in movie experience was in college with my roommates Wyatt and Jaime. We put a couch, upside down in the back of Wyatt's truck. Jaime hid underneath the overturned couch, so we only had to pay for two of us to get in. Hey, we were poor college kids, remember?

12. Ever made out in a movie?
Nope.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it here previously, but I haven't seen any of the Godfather movies. I also haven't seen Schindler's List.

14. Ever walked out on a movie?
Yes. I think it was How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Big Fish. It was too soon after my father passed away.

16. What was the last movie you saw in the theater.

Blades of Glory.

17. What is your favorite/preferred genre of movie.
Romantic comedies. I'm also a big fan of ass-kicking movies, like 300 and Blade.

18. What is the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Secret of NIMH and/or The Dark Crystal.

19. What movie do you wish you'd never seen?
The Weather Man. Luckily that was a rental, not something I paid theater-prices to see.

20. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
UHF

21. What is the scariest movie you have seen?
The original Night of the Living Dead gave me the most nightmares. 28 Days Later was pretty freakin' scary, though.

22. What is the funniest movie you have seen?
Jackass Number 2. I cried from laughter. And I almost vomitted.

"A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later." - Stanley Kubrick

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Wickedly romantic weekend

Thanks, everyone, for all your kind anniversary wishes!

Instead of spending hours and hours traveling to our anniversary weekend get-away, we opted to spend it at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington hotel in nearby Pasadena, which is where we stayed on our wedding night. It's an absolutely stunning hotel. And they brought up a complimentary bottle of champagne for us during our first nightly turndown service, which was a nice surprise.

After a yummy Italian/Greek dinner in Pasadena's Old Town on Friday night, we spent the end of the evening in the hotel's dimly lit bar, relaxing while sipping some cocktails and listening to a laid-back lounge singer.

We had a great dinner Saturday night at the hotel's restaurant called The Dining Room. We enjoyed the tasting menu, a 5-course meal not counting the amuse bouche or the pre-dessert. (Pre-dessert? Yes, a dessert BEFORE the dessert. Oh, if life could always be this decadent.) In addition to all the amazing courses, we enjoyed a bottle of champagne that Brent's parents had sent to our table. We drank the entire bottle, which is something we've never done before because Brent and I are not big drinkers at all. Seeing as how we didn't have to drive anywhere, we made a happy exception for this case.

At the end of the meal we learned that my in-laws had called the restaurant before we arrived and arranged to take care of our entire dinner bill, as their gift to us, in addition to the champagne they sent over. Despite our objections, they insisted on picking up the tab for us. My in-laws are awesome.

We had hoped to spend some time lounging by the hotel's pool, but the weather had other ideas. We thought the thick clouds would eventually part to reveal the sun, especially as it's usually quite warm in Pasadena, but that wasn't the case. So Sunday morning when Brent suggested I take a look out our room's window, I quickly glanced out and proclaimed, "Yup, still yucky." He sounded surprised and told me to look outside again. How I missed this the first time, I'll never know:
Giant bunny

Sunday night we saw the musical, Wicked. Although I didn't really like the book, I had heard great things about the musical interpretation. We were able to score kickass seats because of a pre-sale, so we enjoyed an up-close view. (8th row, baby!) The musical was intense and the actors have amazingly powerful voices. I highly recommend seeing it if you have an opportunity.

We ended our weekend with a stop at Susina, the bakery where we bought our wedding cake. The flavor we had at our wedding (lemon raspberry) is special order, so we picked up a few pieces of our second-runner-up flavor, Berry Blossom. We dropped some off at my in-laws and then took the rest home to enjoy for ourselves. This was in place of the top tier that many brides and grooms save for their first anniversary. I couldn't fathom the idea of year-old cake, so we went for the fresh stuff instead.

Lots of fun stuff packed into a few short days. I'm tired just writing it.

"They say that your wedding day goes by in such a flash that your lucky if you even get a piece of your own cake. I say that's crazy. I say let them eat cake. Margaret Thatcher said that about marriage. Smart broad." - Michael, The Office

Thursday, April 05, 2007

My schmoopie

Jenn and Jodi came over tonight so we, hardcore fans, could enjoy the new episode of The Office together. No, as Jenn's husband asked her, it was not a season premiere or season finale. It was "just 'cuz." That's how we roll.

It was a nice way to end my workweek. My office, owned by a foreign parent company, doesn't give us Martin Luther King Day or Presidents Day off, but we do get Good Friday. Go figure. I'm not really complaining, though. It happens to be the weekend of our one-year wedding anniversary. (Sunday, April 8th is the actual date.)

We're leaving tomorrow to spend a nice romantic weekend away, just the two of us. But I'll leave you with the story of the wedding gift I received from Brent. Some brides and grooms exchange gifts on their wedding day. It was a romantic gesture in which we were happy to partake. I gave him a Kenneth Cole watch. He gave me a digital camera.

I was happily surprised to find pictures on the camera when I turned it on. Here are the photos, a series of drawings that Brent took with the camera:

Photos 1, 2 and 3

Pics 1-3


Those photos are easy enough for most people to understand. However, as I showed my family and friends these next photos in the series, they didn't understand them right away:

Photos 4 and 5

Pics 4-5

The thing is that I understood those two drawings instantly! (The drawings depict "sew" and "mulch." Get it? Sew = so, mulch = much.)

This is because Brent and I click together so well, which isn't that surprising, having been together for nearly 8 years. I understand his sense of humor, his thought process, his approach to life. I love every single bit of it.

Although I have heard that it can often be a trying time for many newlyweds, this first year of our marriage hasn't been difficult. We are both in very good places in our lives and with each other. We spend so much of our time laughing together. We appreciate our past and look forward to our future. And I'm so thankful that we found each other because I can't imagine anyone else making me as nearly as happy as he does.

Eye heart him sew mulch.

(You can see the last two photos in the series here.)

"No, don’t call me a hero. Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs, and get a distress call from the commissioner, and take off their glasses and change into capes, and fly around fighting crime. Those are the real heroes." - Dwight, The Office

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Frankie says relax

You ever have one of those days when you wish you could have stayed in bed? Or at least push the pause button during a hectic situation so you could have a moment to catch your breath? That was me at work today. Not a bad day, just a very frantic one.

I was looking forward to relaxing at a screening we were supposed to see tonight of an upcoming Andy Samberg movie. However, by the time we got there, they had filled their quota for the 29-year-old demographic so they turned us away but gave us a voucher for free tickets to another movie. We decided to see Blades of Glory instead, which I'd been looking forward to. I wasn't expecting the best movie ever, but I did have high hopes because of the cast. Sadly, I left happy that we hadn't paid for it. It was a silly movie, which I can usually enjoy, but this one didn't do it for me. I was hoping for something hilarious like Anchorman, but it was more lackluster like Talladega Nights.

All was not lost. I ended the night with a hot vanilla (steamed milk and vanilla) from Coffee Bean. A nice, not-so-stiff drink that feels like drinking a hug. Mmmm....

"I'm gonna punch you in the ovary, that's what I'm gonna do. A straight shot. Right to the babymaker." - Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Weekend friends and family

Brent and I spent the weekend in my hometown for Shelby and Rob's hometown reception. They had their intimate wedding ceremony in February, and this weekend they came back from Iowa to celebrate with a larger group of friends and family.

It was a nice, casual reception with delicious food and enjoyable company. And, of course, Shelby had that beautiful, bridal glow.
Best Friends Forever

We also got some time in with my nephew. That kid cracks me up. We played with bubbles, trucks, stuffed animals and tons of other toys. He grabbed my hand and placed it on the door handle when he wanted to go outside. He's not scared of dogs the least bit, but when you place a bug on his hand, he freaks the hell out. (And I don't fault him for that. Bugs are gross!)
Sneaky, sneaky


Sly

I miss him already.

"I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world. " - Peter Ustinov