Sunday, September 30, 2007


Another quick update from our Florence hotel. This hotel is awesome, by the way. Its called Hotel David and its near the Piazza Michaelangelo (for those of you familiar with this city.) Ill provide a link and more thorough review of this place later.

A few quick observations after visiting three cities thus far.

-Italian teens arent afraid of making out, especially on buses and trains. Wowee!
-Italian women (and some men) wear a lot of pashminas, specifically wrapped around their neck over and over and over again. I tried it with the one I brought, and it definitely provides a nice buffer between the top of the jacket and the bottom of ones chin.
- I figured out most of the buttons I need on this keyboard, with the exception of the apostrophe, hence my awful punctuation throughout.
- Rome was a ton of fun, filled with old stuff that I surprisingly found interesting. Im not big into history, but I couldnt help but be impressed by the work of my people. I told Brent, "My people did a lot of cool stuff and helped shape the world as we know it today. What did YOUR people do?" Hee, hee.
-Siena is a cute little town. It POURED on us, but we had fun cuddling under our umbrella while avoiding splashes from the nearby cars and mopeds.
-Siena also had the most AMAZING pastries. Panforte is our new favorite pastry, with the traditional Sienese cookies a close runner up.

My allergies are bugging me a bit, although I am not 100 percent convinced its not a cold. Boo...

But today we are off to a NY Times-recommended bakery just down the street from our hotel. Cant wait!

Love ya all!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Buon giorno!

quick post from lovely siena. had a blast in rome. weather is starting to get a little cloudy, but the country is still gorgeous. the food is phenomenal and i am getting quite the workout. we have plenty of stories and pictures to share with you all when we return.

tomorrow we are off to florence, then cinque terre and finishing with venice.

wish you all were here!

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I'm in a bit of a haze as I'm quite tired from everything we've done today (5 loads of laundry, cleaning, trips to Coffee Bean, the pharmacy, Old Navy, GAP, Payless Shoes and other places along Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade). I got a bunch of great tees in black, white and red (totally on sale at the Gap - regularly $20, marked down to $7) because I'm sticking to a small color palette for light packing and easy mix-and-matching. I did such a great job with my packing, as did Brent, that we're able to limit everything to carry-ons. I'm ecstatic that we won't have to deal with checking anything. We may check a bag on our way back, depending on how many Italian purses and wallets I scoop up. We'll see.

I just checked the weather again and it looks like we'll get hit with more rain than I thought. I imagine it'll be a lot like the on-again, off-again rain we've been having here, which hasn't been too bad. Last night Brent and I just laid on the couch and watched the beautiful lightning storm. The thunder was also quite awesome.

Alright, my darling blog readers, now begins my official blogging hiatus. I'm off to the land of my ancestors. I'll probably make one visit to an internet cafe during our trip as I'm waiting to get confirmation on some museum tickets I booked, so you may get a drive-by blog post from me. Then again, I may just be too busy stuffing my face with gelato, twirling pasta on a spoon and having a "bene" time with my wonderful husband... but I'm sure you'll forgive me.


"I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this -- we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." - Hilaire Belloc

Friday, September 21, 2007

Rollin' dirty

Gotta make this quick, but I'm squeezing in all the blogging I can before we leave.

- Last night I checked out the weather for our Italy trip. It'll be raining in at least two of the cities we're visiting. It'll still be a fabulous trip, but this may throw a couple wrenches into my light-packing and laundering-while-there strategies. And perhaps it won't really rain, like they said it was supposed to here yesterday. I didn't see a drop.

- I IMed a co-worker, "I puffy <3 that." He sits behind me and ask aloud, "Nanette, what does 'puffy less than three' mean?" I had to explain that he just got another glimpse into my crazy, teeny-bopper-like mind.

- My boss' 6-year-old daughter came to visit our office recently. Apparently we have a mutual crush on Zac Efron (I know. It's awful. I felt like a dirty ol' woman when I saw him on Rolling Stone recently. And I'm fully aware that he likely plays for the other team...) She strolled past my desk, stopped and said, approvingly, "Cool desk." Yup, you heard it. I'm BFF with the 6-year-old set. Jealous?

Girls: Guy is totally crunching on you.
Josie: Do I want to be crunched?
Girls: By Guy? Oh, yeah.
- Never Been Kissed

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Che cosa è sulla televisione?

I'm getting loose ends taken care of before we leave for our vacation. One of the biggest things will be, as Brent termed, my "come to Jesus" with TiVo. I have to make sure I set it for all my existing favorites and the premieres of new shows that I'm interested in and that nothing will be missed while we're gone. I'll have to reevaluate my season passes and determine my priorities. Man, I wish I had two or three TiVos, like a friend of ours. Then again, she works for TiVo and has televisions and TiVos IN HER CUBE. How awesome is that???

Lucky for me I have this cheat sheet of premieres. It'll make things much easier.

I'm already quite into:
- Biggest Loser - I was inspired by the show while working out this week, thinking how awesome it is that they're able to make such wonderful transformations.
- Beauty and the Geek - I got into this last season, but this season looks even better. They're throwing in a beauty guy and a geeky girl!

I'm sad that I'll be missing The Office premiere, but I'm sure it'll be just as thrilling when I return.

I put our mail on hold, which was too freakin' easy thanks to this link that Shelby posted a while back. And I called my bank today to give them a heads-up that I'd be traveling overseas.

I've also been cramming for our trip by listening to the Drive & Learn Italian CDs, which teaches Italian phrases via songs. It's similar to the learning techniques used on Sesame Street. How else would I know the difference between near and far? So I've been running around the office and our place singing in Italian. I'll have to stop myself from singing the phrases to the Italian shop keepers and restaurateurs.

Three days left! Wheeeeeee!

"There are four kinds of business. Tourism. Food service. Railroads. And sales. And hospitals/manufacturing. And air travel." - Michael, The Office

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Commercial success

Have ya seen this? It cracks me up for so many reasons.

"I know it's a bit cheeky but, er, I'm a cheeky young monkey!" - Johnny, Naked

Monday, September 17, 2007

Let's face it

I didn't start wearing make-up until my late college years. Growing up my mom always told me, "You're too pretty for make-up. Only trashy girls wear it." Nice psychology trick that I'll have to remember when my future daughter starts asking to wear some. Hee, hee.

Inspired by Allie, I'm providing a look into my pile o' make-up. This isn't all my make-up (I have a gazillion lip glosses and other make-up that are probably past their expiration date), but this is what's in my heavy rotation.
My make-up collection

As you'll see, I have a lot of Benefit make-up. I'm a very loyal consumer.

- Benefit's Georgia - a peachy face powder. I don't use this too often, but it's nice to have.
- Benefit's Hoola - a really great bronzer. I like using this especially when I haven't been out in the sun for a while.
- Benefit's 10 - a highlighter/bronzer powder. If I could only use one make-up product for the rest of my life, this would be it. It's two shades of powder, side-by-side, a pink one and a bronzer. You wear them both at the same time and it gives the allusion of sculpted cheekbones. Most of the time I only wear this and some concealer.
- Benefit's Lipscription. One tube contains exfoliating beads, the other has a silky balm. They're great to use when my lips are chapped.
- Neutrogena's Lash Tint. It's designed for contact lens wearers - me! I don't wear it too often because I have black eyelashes and my eyes are super sensitive, but it's nice to have when I feel like need to focus on my eyes a bit.
- Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadows in Get Figgy (a brownish shimmer) and Towne Car (black, which I use when I want an eyeliner look).
- Almay eyeshadow made especially for brown eyes.
- Dermalogica's sheer tinted moisturizer. I don't use foundation, so this is a nice alternative.
- Benefit's Eye Bright - This is a pink pencil designed to lighten the area around the eyes. I use it in the corner of my eyes or right beneath my brow.
- Benefit's Oooh La Lift - This is a moisturizer designed to firm and lighten the undereye area. This works great, especially for my "allergy shiners."
- Revlon Superlustrous lip gloss in Toast to Shine - This is a very neutral color and not too sticky. It's great alone or over a lip pencil.
- Bobbi Brown concealers - Again, for my allergy shiners and other red spots.
- Benefit's That Gal - The most recent addition to my collection. It's a foundation primer but can be worn alone. I haven't used it often enough to give a thorough review, but I wore it on my cheeks in this pic and I was surprised by the nice glow it gave me.

I carry very little make-up with me at any given time - usually just a lip gloss and some concealer - but I do have a nice collection of fun make-up bags when I do need to carry more. And I typically carry my inhaler, tissue and Tide-to-Go pen in the bag.
Make-up bag collection

Almost all of these pictured are gifts, a lot of them from my pal justJENN. That Juicy bag is a recent thank-you from the lovely Wan, but it's so luxurious that I'm scared to carry it!

And as a quick added bonus, here are the fabulous products I use to keep my skin healthy. Again, I'm a very loyal consumer. It's all Dermalogica, including face washes, a refreshening spritz toner, moisturizers and other treatments. These are the travel sizes that I keep on my sink. I have larger sizes in the shower and stashed away when I need to refill the small bottles. Dermalogica is pricey, but I order my stuff for near-wholesale prices from
My Dermalogica stash

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Weekend highlights

We went with Josh and Jami to Downtown LA to Phillipe, the (supposed) birthplace of the French dipped sandwich. The place was packed with Dodger fans, but we managed to get our food with plenty of time to dine. We all enjoyed our sandwiches, although I did grab some Tum's on the way out in case the sandwich decided to bite me back.

After dinner we made our way to a nearby theater to catch the musical, Avenue Q. Think Sesame Street gone NC-17. I had heard so many great things about this musical full of puppets and un-PC lyrics. While I enjoyed the show and laughed heartily throughout, I think my expectations may have been just a little too high. I think it was mostly because, as Jami noted, the ending seemed a bit anticlimactic compared to the gusto of the earlier numbers. I'd still recommend seeing it, although I'm happy we were able to get discount tickets.

Brent and I hit the gym in the morning and then met Josh, Jami and their kids for some bike riding along the beach. It was the perfect day for such a ride, although my legs were already beat from the gym.

The night Brent and I had dinner at The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Mmm...pear cider. We were going to catch a movie, but we were beat and instead went home and were in bed by 11. We're ooooooold.

I picked up my latest knitting project, which I hadn't looked at in months. I was afraid I'd forgotten how to knit and I'd like to work on a scarf or two during our Italy travels. Luckily ol' muscle memory kicked in and I haven't totally forgotten how. I'll just need to refresh my memory when it comes time to start and end any new creations.

We hopped on our bikes and rode to the nearby farmer's market. And the entire way we cursed our sore butts from all the biking and working out the day before. But it was worth it. We picked up some delicious goodies and wonderfully fresh produce. We also enjoyed the people watching, as always.

We spent the afternoon watching 310 to Yuma. I typically don't like westerns or Russell Crowe, but I do love Christian Bale so I let Brent talk me into it. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. It moved along quickly, was action-packed and full of twists and turns. Brent was also quite pleased with the flick. And I even enjoyed Russell Crowe!

"That girl needs to take up knitting... or some sport where she can only injure herself." - Chad Danforth, High School Musical 2

Friday, September 14, 2007

Bits and pieces

Thanks for all the kind comments in my previous post. Your words meant a lot to me and touched me deeply. Wednesday turned out to be a very good day filled with good things. I joked that my dad was looking out for Brent and I.

And that evening I noticed that a framed photo I have of my dad, probably the last one we took of him, had shifted its placement a bit on the shelf it sits on in our living room. It's probably nothing at all and something that could have been caused by our typical moving around the condo, but I'd like to think it's something a little more ethereal than that.

In other news, our friends Nicole, Matt, Mary and Mark sent Brent his birthday present yesterday. He is now the proud owner of this lovely painting. Not only did he receive the painting, but it arrived in a lovely (or as Brent described, "over the top") gold frame. I had been warned by our friends ahead of time that I may not want Brent to bring it home, so its home is Brent's office for now. I told him he could put in our guest room, but he might get the most joy out of it there. He agreed. I'm excited to see it in person for myself, though.

Brent and I have been busy finalizing our Italy plans. Only nine more days till we hit the road! This is the first time that Brent and I have really been out of the country together (a day trip to Tijuana doesn't count) and the first time that either of us have been to Italy. I'm so excited about the sites and the food and the people and the shopping and the relaxing and the... EVERYTHING! I'm part Italian and can't wait to see where my "people" came from and how they live present-day. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!

"I look just like you! Only prettier... hey, I bet we even share brain waves! Are you thinking about Gelato? Cause I am!" - Robo-Brenda, Inspector Gadget

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

May 1, 1954 - September 12, 2003

Dad, Mom, me!

Four years ago today my life was changed forever.

I celebrate the joy and love and the outlook on life that he gave me. I miss him every single day, but I appreciate that he's no longer suffering the way he did the last years of his life. He's at peace in a place where he watches over me. Although I cannot see him or speak to him, I know he's proud of the woman I've become and the woman I'll grow to be.

"A sweet thing, for whatever time, to revisit in dreams the dear dad we have lost." - Euripides

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Be sure to look both ways before crossing

"Senior Mutant Ninja Turtles... Senior Mutant Ninja Turtles... Senior Mutant Ninja Turtles... Heroes in a wheelchair." - song, Robot Chicken

Monday, September 10, 2007

Candy girl

My favorite pop culture blogger, Whitney, at USA Today's Pop Candy chose me as the featured community regular today! I'm honored and all giggly about the entire thing! I adore that site and the people on it. I know I've referred to it on this site a gazillion times, but Whitney's site is the go-to place for all things pop culture. If you haven't checked it out, you should. You'll be hooked in no time!

*waving to the Pop Candy community who are visiting my site today*

Thanks for stopping by! Maybe you'll come back to my lil' ol' site again soon! I'll be happy to fix you a drink next time, or perhaps I can interest you in a cupcake or two.

"Community cannot long feed on itself, it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond: their unknown and undiscovered sisters and brothers." - Howard Thurman

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Weekend by the bullets

- Dinner at Josh and Jami's. I'm always amazed by how much their kids have grown in between our visits. And it was quite adorable to see 3-year-old Hallie help Jami bake halah. Jami is the queen of baking (I'm at "princess" status myself) and I know she's super excited that Hallie is as helpful as she is.

- I dragged myself to the gym. I've been slacking lately, but I'm trying to get back into my kick ass routine.
- We ran a few errands then attended the 30th birthday party of my dear friend Atineh.
Atineh & I

- The party was held at a swanky modern club in Downtown LA called the Blue Velvet Room. And Atineh instructed us to be sure to check out the bathroom before we left. What could be the big deal? Well, it's a unisex bathroom. Even with the warning, I was still surprised when I entered the room for myself. The sink area sits in the middle of the room and is HUGE. It features four motion-censored sinks and huge fake blue bonsai trees.

(I didn't take that picture. I already feel self-conscious enough snapping away, and I just couldn't do it in the middle of a bathroom with so many people nearby. Thanks to the magic of the internet, I didn't have to do it myself. Phew.) I'd like to go back and try some of the food. What we saw looked amazing.
- Two former co-workers of mine also attended the party. We were chatting about various foods and one of them asked us if we could eat only two cheeses for the rest of our lives, what would it be? My first immediate answer was burrata. I was stumped for my second answer. Brent noted that he might choose burrata, too, but he might go with feta instead. His other selection might be another cheese like sharp cheddar to balance out the softness of his first choice. He said it was a tough decision, one that he'd be thinking about for a while. And he's right - he was still talking about it today. How about you? What two cheeses would you choose if you could only eat two for the rest of your life?

- Brent and I strolled the local farmer's market, where we picked up some amazing produce. The weather was picture perfect and I enjoyed sipping on my tiger spice chai (a spicier, more flavorful chai) while people-watching.
- I spent the early evening at another baby shower for Wan. It was a beautiful event, filled with lots of pink (awesome!), friends and family and of course, love. It also featured yummy treats, a candy buffet, adorable gifts and games (two of which I won, including a group win with my other pals there - woo hoo!) And Wan is as radiant as ever!

"What's so stupid about naming a baby Usher?... Usher Jennifer Hudson Kapoor." - Kelly, The Office

Cupcakes in combat

I just heard that a new cupcake place is opening here in Southern California this Friday. It's a New York transplant called Crumbs. As if there isn't enough baked goods battling going on with cupcakery after cupcakery popping up, this one is reportedly just two blocks away from the infamous Sprinkles in Beverly Hills!

I want to see them battle it out on Beverly Boulevard, a la West Side Story. We'll have to do a cupcake toss to see who gets to be the Jets and who gets to be the Sharks. Call frosting or tails!

I wonder if Sprinkles' massive line will dwindle at all, at least on Friday. While I think Sprinkles is good, I don't go simply because there are plenty of other quality cupcake places in So. Cal that don't require you to wait in a line for 15+ minutes. So I'm not exactly rooting for Sprinkles. I'm claiming Switzerland on this one, at least until I get my grubby little hands on a Crumbs cupcake for myself.

It seems as though at least part of my hope of a chicken in every pot and a cupcakery on every corner is coming true!

"[on starting an all-male brothel industry] We should open one in every block, like Starbucks!" - Carrie, Sex in the City

Friday, September 07, 2007

Buy me some cupcakes and Cracker Jacks

Today is my co-worker's birthday. So I made cupcakes.
Pretty liners

The recipe is called "The Best Birthday Cupcakes" from "Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor."
Ingredients for The Best Birthday Cupcakes

I played around with fondant for the first time.

And put Brent to work, helping me decorate.
Hottie hubby helping

I think they turned out well. Oh, and did I mention that my co-worker looooooves baseball? A lot. He's a HUGE Dodgers fan.
The entire batch

I especially dig this one.

And this one. Brent hates baseball. He thinks it's lame. I agree. Hopefully my co-worker will have a sense of humor. If not, I'll gobble this one down before he gets too pissed.
Hubby's joke

They taste quite yummy, if I do say so myself.

Oscar: I can … help out if you need me.
Michael: I will use your talents come baseball season, my friend. Or if we box.
- The Office

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Riddle me this

Thanks for all the great guesses and comments, folks! That was fun to come home to!

Michelle, Cat, and dc (no link) were all correct. Honorable mention to The Daily Randi for her very close guess. And some linky love to WeeMo for being the first comment and requesting some sort of prize for that. Dahahaha!

I filmed an episode of a relatively new game show on Game Show Network. I don't know yet if I want anyone to find my blog by searching for the name of the show, which may already happen because I not-so-slyly titled my last blog post with the name of the show. You can find out more about the show here.

Coincidentally the contestant producer was the same one who cast me for my Pyramid appearance five years ago. My opponent today was really nice and a great player. The other players were lots of fun and we all had a ball cheering on the other contestants from the green room as we watched their live feeds. It was a very enjoyable time and the show's host was a genuine sweetheart.

I won't say how I did as I'm hoping you'll all tune in when the show airs and I don't want to spoil the surprise. (As soon as I know when that is, I'll let you know. But the new season starts airing next week so I imagine it'll be before the end of the year.)

And luckily I got to tape my show earlier in the day so now I have some free time to enjoy the rest of my day off. I had lunch with my hottie hubby and a sweet former co-worker of mine. Now I'm off to do some shopping, baking and more relaxing.

Oh, and if anyone in the LA area wants to audition on Monday at 1 p.m. (near Hollywood and Highland) and can take a day off of work next week if they make it through the auditions, drop me a line and I'll send you the info!

"It's his basement, it's his rules, it's his game show. The quizmaster of 72 Whooping Cough Lane, Ken Ober!" - Co-host, Remote Control (I loved that game, by the way.)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

That's the question

Anyone want to try to guess what I'm doing tomorrow? (Those of you who already know are disqualified from guessing.)

Some clues:
- I tried to study for it tonight
- I have to get up early tomorrow
- I'm taking the day off
- I had to buy some new outfits


Joey: Hey Mon, I got a question for you.
Monica: Okay, for the bizillionth time, yes I see other women in the shower at the gym, and no I don't look.
- Friends

Monday, September 03, 2007

Excuse for being late that starts with "N"? Ninja attack!

Last night Shelby and her husband Rob made a quick visit on their way back to Iowa. We went to Versailles for Cuban food, at their request (ahhh... I've trained my friends well). Then we came home and tried to stay cool on our patio with a few rounds of Scattegories.

Although their visit was less than 12 hours - including their few hours of sleep before their 6 a.m. flight - I'm still happy we were able to hang out with them. And each time I spend time with the two of them, I'm reminded exactly how much I like Rob and how perfectly cute they are together. There's no comfort in the world like knowing your best friend is blissfully in love with the perfect person for them.

This morning at 9 a.m. I knew it was going to be a scorcher. Google Weather said it was going to be 92 degrees. (I thought beach towns weren't allowed to get that hot? Booo...) I almost divorced Brent for not getting me out of the house soon enough. But he was understandably busy booking hotels for our Italy trip. It got too unbearable for him, what with the heat and me screaming, "I need food! And AC!" So he took me out for grub and shopping for some new clothes for a special event later this week (more on that in an upcoming post). I didn't find what I was looking for, so the hunt continues.

Then we went swimming in my in-laws' pool. They usually heat it for us as it's a bit chilly, but the extreme heat warmed it up just fine on its own. Brent had to drag me out.

We came home and thankfully our non-ACed condo was bearable. I've spent the past few hours planning some of the itinerary for our Italy trip. It needs some work, though, because as much as I'd like to, I don't think we can have gelato for lunch on one day and tartuffo for lunch the next. Well, we can, but I don't think that'll sustain me through the ancient Rome ruins like I need them to.

"I could catch a monkey. If I was starving I could. I'd make poison darts out of the poison of the deadly frogs. One milligram of that poison can kill a monkey. Or a man. Prick yourself and you'd be dead within a day. Or longer. Different frogs, different times." - Gareth, The Office (BBC)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Under the stars

Google Weather lies. It said it was going to be 70 degrees this weekend in Santa Monica. Liar, liar, I'm on fire. And don't get me started on how crazy the town is right about now thanks to all the So. Cal folks who have swarmed to the beach.

Oh, and I think I may have overdone it at the gym today as my arms are so shaky, it's hard to type!

Last night Brent and I went to our first (and unfortunately, last) screening of the year at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We didn't go at all last year because we didn't want to battle all the crowds now that the events are insanely popular, but we braved it last night to picnic under the stars. We ran into our friends, Bree and Leif, which was a very nice surprise! We would have loved to have shared a blanket if we hadn't been in the chairs section. (They were sans chairs.) Either way, I'm sad we couldn't make it work last night but we'll give it another try next year.

The movie they screened was "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" starring Joan Crawford and Betty Davis. Quite an interesting film, although Brent almost fell asleep at one point. My boss warned me that it was very campy and that we'd be laughing a lot (not at the delight of the film makers, I'm sure). She was right. I'm not familiar with either of the stars' works, although I've seen the Joan Crawford biography "Mommie Dearest" a gazillion times.

It was another nice, relaxing date night under the stars and above the dead.*
Waiting for the movie to begin.


*Not really on top of the dead. We sit on an open grass area next to the mausoleum.

"Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen." - Federico Fellini

Saturday, September 01, 2007


I have a fun-filled weekend planned, so instead of a "War and Peace" recap late Monday/early Tuesday, I'm going to try to break them up into more digestible chunks.

Last night Brent and I joined Jodi and her hubby at the Hollywood Bowl to see the LA Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky Spectacular. As we waited for Jodi by the Bowl Store before the show, Brent and I tried to snap a photo of ourselves. A passerby offered to take our picture for us. As we posed, we noticed she was aiming really high. After we saw the pic, we realized why:

At the Bowl Store, obviously

She thought we wanted to capture the Bowl Store in the background. No, we wanted just our narcissistic selves. Ha!

We got settled into our seats and noshed on fresh bread and burrata cheese. Have you ever had burrata cheese? Think mozzarella gone crazy - in a good way! So. Freakin. Delicious.

We enjoyed the performance, cuddling underneath the stars and trying to stay cool in the warm summer evening. They ended with the 1812 Overture (Brent's favorite), accompanied by the USC marching band ("boooo," as Brent noted). And the best part? Fireworks!

(You can hear me say, "All I'm capturing is smoke... oh, wait! There it goes!) And I had to stop recording because I realized I was missing out on all the fireworks glory.

Thanks again, Jodi, for a great night!

More weekend fun to come...

"Darn it, Debbie! You are not going to spoil my visit to Disney World! Now, I didn't say anything at 'It's a Small World' when you went on about low birth weight in babies or during the fireworks when you started talking about Feline AIDS..." - Lindsay Lohan during Debbie Downer skit, SNL