We will return to Disneyland on Sunday. New Year's Day.
I hope I'm not too hungover.
In spite of being in such a bah-humbug mood this year, I really ended up having a wonderful weekend. It was a crazy week of shopping, since I did it all last week, but I got it done. On Wednesday night, we got really lucky and were able to get tickets to a show in our neighborhood that has been sold out.
The Troubadour Theater Company, or The Troubies, put on an annual holiday show at The Falcon Theatre. This year it was Little Drummer Bowie. I was dying to see it, as I love David Bowie. I've only seen one of their show before which was It's A Stevie Wonderful Life, which was hilarious. They parody a well-known holiday story as a musical with songs based on the artist. I laughed so hard that I'm surprised I didn't pee in my pants.
On Friday, we headed up to Solvang with the dogs. We got a late start and the town shuts down pretty early. We were really hungry, but all of the restaurants were closed. So, we put the dogs in their crates in the hotel room and went to a nearby Native American casino for food. It was pretty crowded as the Brian Setzer Orchestra had just finished a show.
We got up early on Christmas Eve morning and had a nice breakfast, then walked around Solvang with the dogs. Of course we indulged in Aebleskivers, a Danish treat. Basically, it's a pancake ball covered in raspberry jam and powdered sugar. So delicious!
Solvang shuts down at 2pm on the day before Christmas, so we were back in the car and hitting the road around 3. We got back home just in time to hit the Griffith Park Light Festival, a drive-by holiday light display put on by the Department of Water and Power every year.
I'm hoping to upload those photos soon! There are some photos here.
After dropping the dogs off at home, we took in a quick meal at an Asian buffet and headed over to our neighbors' house for their annual Christmas Eve shindig. It was fun and I stayed way too late. I also had a little too much holiday cheer and was admittedly a bit buzzed when I went to feed Ren's cat and wrap Eric's gifts. Oh yeah and first I had to go buy some wrapping paper. So, I got to bed around 4am. Eric was snoring away already and Santa had visited!
We slept in and took our time opening gifts. We each got an out of print book for each other, ones we'd had as kids that we missed. Neither of us had any idea we were doing that, so it was pretty cool. Christmas Day means going to the movies for us. We actually went to two films, two of the most politically incorrect movies out in theaters right now: The Ringer and Jesus is Magic. I enjoyed both of them.
Since we'd had Asian food the night before, we went to a Jewish deli for Christmas dinner. Since Hanukkah started the night of the 25th, we also lit the menorah and exchanged a gift. It was a bummer to go back to work on Monday. I was exhausted.
The holidays continue on for us with five more crazy nights of exchanging gifts. I'm working this coming weekend, so I have the next two days off. We really missed our Thanksgiving trip to Disneyland, so we are going tomorrow! Good times.
Thanks to everyone who shared their holiday traditions with me. I enjoyed reading about them. I hope to have more links to photos soon.
For one thing, we are secular and celebrate the holidays in fairly non-religious ways. Our families live very far away and most of our friends head out of town. Also, due to my job, I don't get the standard time off, unless I put in a special request that gets approved. I have today off because I always have Friday off. I'll be back at work on Monday.
Some years I put up a small, artificial tree that I enjoy decorating with ornaments, many of which I've had since childhood.
Typically, I ask for Christmas eve off from work and am lucky to be off again this year. We like to go to Solvang, a Danish town a couple of hours northwest of us. (For anyone who saw the movie Sideways, [I haven't yet!] it takes place in and around Solvang). Anyway, we usually spend the 24th walking around the town and window shopping. This year, we are actually going up there later today, with our three dogs, and staying the night. We found a pet-friendly hotel and thought it would be a fun overnight get-away. That way, we can get in plenty of window shopping tomorrow and get back home early in the evening.
As for the night before Christmas, there are a few more traditions. A couple of our neighbors have a party each year that coincides with the arrival of the Magical Christmas Caroling Truck (no, I not kidding!) in our neighborhood. Everyone heads outside to enjoy the festivities and then return to the party for more merriment. After that, we usually build a fire in our fireplace and watch the A Christmas Story marathon. I usually go to bed first, but set my alarm for some weird hour, like 4 or 5am. Eric will put my gifts out after I'm sleeping. I get up after he's gone to sleep and put his stuff out. We really like trying to surprise each other.
After opening gifts on Christmas morning (or afternoon, depending on how late we sleep!), we usually go to the movies. My recommendation for this year is Jesus is Magic, the Sarah Silverman film. It just seems appropriately wrong somehow! Or is that wrongly appropriate? After the movie, we'll try to find somewhere to eat. I think we often end up at an Asian restaurant.
In addition to the Christmasy type stuff, we light the menorah as well, exchanging gifts for eight crazy nights. Many of those nights are silly little things like dreidels or chocolate coins. I've been pretty scroogey and bah-humbuggy this year, but now that I'm not so sick, have done my shopping, and have a couple of days off from work, I'm feeling it a bit more. I'm really looking forward to Solvang, Christmas eve with the neighbors and Christmas day with Eric. I pick up Hanukah candles today.
I won't even get started on New Year's Eve though. Now that drives me crazy! I find it to be so overrated and my expectations always outweigh whatever I end up doing. We actually have a couple of cool ideas this year and if something good pans out, my attitude may change.
So, anyone want to share their holiday traditions with me?
1. Did you have a new year's resolution this year?
Yes and I did not keep it. And I'm not telling what it was.
2.Who kissed you at midnight?
Eric. I probably kissed him though.
3. Does it snow where you live?
No, thank goodness!!!
4. Do you like hot chocolate?
Yes, especially with a bit of peppermint extract and lots of marshmallows!
Or with rum. Lots of rum.
5. Have you ever been to Times Square to watch the ball drop?
No, but it would probably be fun. Just too cold. New Year's Eve tends to be a bit of a letdown for me because I build it up too much. I've had some good ones though.
1. Who was your Valentine in 2005?
2. What did your Valentine get you?
This is terrible, but I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it was a dvd, but I don't know which one.
3. When you were little, did you buy valentines for your whole class?
I don't think so, but don't really remember.
More important than Valentine's Day, is that Eric and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in February '05. It happened to fall on the same weekend as the Academy Awards, which we usually have a big party for at our house. So, we booked a restaurant and held an Oscar/Anniversary party for about 100 guests. It was a blast!
(Oh yeah, and we saw Duran Duran in concert that weekend and were given a new car--Scion xB--as a gift! So, February was probably the best month!)
1. Are you Irish?
Not that I officially know of. There is a lot of Western European lineage in my genes, so maybe a little, but not enough to count!
2. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?
I do because I work with kids and know I'd get pinched! I wear a green and white bracelet that someone made for me that is sentimental.
3.What did you do for St. Patty's Day in 2005?
Went to work, ate some dinner, probably watched tv. I have no idea, but know I did not do something celebratory.
1. Do you like the rain?
Nope. I detest it usually. I'm happy to live in a place that rarely has rain.
2. Did you play an April fool's joke on anyone this year?
Probably. Remember, I work with kids. I don't remember anything specific. (Do you see a trend with my memory?)
3. Do you get tons of candy on Easter?
No. I don't celebrate it. I do buy jelly beans and Peeps for myself though since I love those and they are on the shelves then.
1. What's your favorite kind of flower?
2. Do you like the spring?
3. Finish the phrase: April showers bring may flowers, what do May flowers bring?
4. What would you think of as a spring color?
Pastel green, pastel blue, yellow, pink.
1. What year did you graduate from school?
High School: 1988
2. Did you go on any vacations last June?
No. We were supposed to go to a family wedding in Philadelphia, but Eric got very ill and couldn't travel.
I did attend the L.A. Film Festival though, which was lots of fun for 10 days.
1. What did you do on the 4th of July?
I worked during the day.
That night, I went to the Hollywood Bowl for the annual 4th of July with fireworks show with a group of friends.
I was a little sad because we usually go to Mammoth Lakes with the dogs for 4th of July, but couldn't this year. I hope we get there next summer.
2. Did you go on any vacations during this month?
Yes. I went to a conference in Niagara Falls, NY, but also took a couple of days to visit friends in Ithaca and Lewiston. I also went to Comic Con in San Diego, something I do every year.
1. Did you do anything special to end off your summer?
I went to a couple of concerts and took a class.
2. What was your favorite summer memory of '05?
Visiting with college friends in New York.
3. Do you go swimming a lot in the summer?
No, but I do like to swim.
4. Do you go to the beach a lot?
No and I love the beach. We didn't go even once last summer. Boo! My favorite local beach is Westward Beach. It's quiet and beautiful. I enjoy hiking up and around Point Dume.
1. Did you attend school/college in '05?
2. Who is/was your favorite teacher?
Ms. Shaw, my 11th and 12th grade French teacher.
3. Do you like fall better than summer?
Here in Southern California, fall is often an extension of summer. I like both. I do miss the autumns of the Northeast.
1. What was your favorite halloween costume ever?
Wow! I love Halloween and getting dressed up. My favorite costume ever was a sock monkey. Eric and I made costumes and they were a big hit. We used them a couple of times.
2. What's your favorite candy?
At Halloween, candy corn.
3. What did you dress up like this year?
I had 3 costumes! For work, we did Peter Pan and I was John Darling.
For a zombie ball I went to that weekend, I was dead Raggedy Ann.
On Halloween night, I was a bottle of ketchup. (Eric was mustard and our dog Rusty was a hot dog).
1. Whose house do you usually go to for Thanksgiving?
Most years, we go to Disneyland on Thankgiving. This year we went to Eric's mother's since we were back East for his 20th year high school reunion.
2. Do you like stuffing?
Yes, usually. I'd rather not have oysters in it though.
3. What are you thankful for?
Being alive and relatively healthy, my husband and family, friends, my dogs, good live music, the internet.
1. Do you like Christmas?
It's okay (see previous posts).
2. Have you ever been kissed under mistletoe?
3. What do you want this year for christmas?
World peace would be nice, but is unrealistic.
I want Eric to like his gifts.
I'd love a new camera, but don't really need one, so that's just selfish.
4. What's the best present you ever got for Christmas?
As a kid: Charlie's Angel's tree house, Weeble's Marina, Bionic Woman board game.
Last year was hilarious because Eric and I bought each other the exact same juicer for Xmas!
5. Do you like cold weather?
Love bites, my ass.
I know she's pissed off because her mom left her alone for the holidays, but geez! I feed her, I coo at her (oh, maybe that's the problem?), I pet her, I wiggle that feathery thing on the long stick in front of her (cats like that, right?) and what do I get?
Hissing and biting!
Ungrateful feline! Luckily, I don't believe in cruelty to animals or I'd let her starve!
Maybe I smell too much like my dogs.
Ren, if you are reading this...I am totally kidding. I would not not feed Audrey. I'm sure she'll settle down a bit soon and we'll rekindle that bond we once shared for 10 minutes. : )
It's a little green Starbucks tote bag with a travel cup and a package of coffee. I know, I know, I've had a beef with Starbucks lately, but I'm a sucker for a tote bag, especially a cute little tote bag I can use for work.
As for my snarky co-worker, well I gave her some snark right back later in the day.
Happy Annoyingly Expensive Pain-In-The-Ass Time of Year or whatever you like to call it. I'm going to take a nap.
Well, aren't I just Miss Mary Sunsine today? I guess I just have a bad case of the Mondays!
(okay, I just watched Office Space when I was home sick last week. I keep hearing that chipper woman's voice in my head today!)
We saw Nickel Creek at The Wiltern last night. They were great. Just fabulous musicians who build a great rapport with the audience. My only complaint was the 7-foot tall giant who was sitting in front of me. I am not exaggerating, in fact I may be underestimating his height. He was at least 7-feet tall. Luckily, I was on the aisle and was able to lean out and even take a couple of photos.
Seven Things To Do Before I Die
1. Travel to New Zealand
2. Get out of debt
3. Get in shape
4. Travel around the continental U.S. in an RV
5. Publish a book
6. Make another film
7. Learn how to use Photoshop proficiently
Seven Things I Cannot Do
1. Carry a tune
2. Accept a compliment graciously
3. Finish most things I start
4. Wake up without snoozing my alarm clock
5. Speak another language fluently
6. Get into the "holiday spirit" this year
Seven Things That I Admire in Others
3. Sense of humor
Seven Things I Say Most Often
5. No f--kin' way!
6. Off!!! (to my dogs)
Seven Books (or Series) I Love
1. Harry Potter (all 6 so far!)
2. The Secret Garden
3. The Catcher in the Rye
5. Travels With Charley
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Seven Movies I Have Watched Over and Over Again
1. Empire Records
2. The Sound of Music
4. A Christmas Story
5. Sing Blue Silver
6. Shaun of the Dead
7. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (okay, I know that's 3 movies...)
Seven People I Want to Join in Too
6. Anyone else who wants to
7. Yet anyone else who would like to
In spite of my illness, I did go out Tuesday night. I've had tickets to see Barenaked Ladies for a long time and couldn't miss it (no Jerry, not real naked ladies!). They played the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which is a very strange concert venue. I bought floor seats, in the center section, thinking it'd be good. I was so wrong. The floor barely had any slope to it and we were far enough back that I could not see at all! I am absurdly short, but had worn big shoes to compensate and that still wasn't cutting it.
Luckily for me, the show was not quite sold out. I noticed some empty seats in the upper section and figured I'd rather be further back and able to actually see, so we headed up there. It was great. I could see the whole stage and I got to sit. Now, I am not one to sit at shows. I'm usually up and dancing my ass off, but being sick, I was probably better off taking it easy.
The show was great. I've seen BNL many, many times. In fact, the first time I saw them was almost 10 years ago to the day. They are on a Holiday Tour right now, the stage complete with fireplace, stockings, a Christmas tree, and Santa Claus. Along with many of their regular songs, they sang holiday covers and originals as well.
Outside the venue were big signs stating, "NO PHOTOGRAPHY!" I nearly got busted for my camera by security going in, but the woman checking my purse was a bit daft. I had my camera, which isn't small, in an inside pocket in my bag. She was feeling it, saying, "I feel something here...hmmm...is it an iPod?" She then looked and said, "Oh, it's this makeup case. Okay, go on in." So, I snuck some photos using my new telephoto lens. My camera doesn't have a great zoom, so Eric got me the lens and it worked well.
I got some pretty decent shots, considering I was in the upper back of the place. More can be seen in my BNL flickr set. The band was "on" and seemed to be having a good time. The set list was great (apparently picked for the night by Jim Creegan, bass) and included "King of Bedside Manor," "The Flag," and "These Apples," a few songs I really didn't expect to hear. The concert didn't cure me, but helped me forget feeling so shitty for a couple of hours.
Back to bed for me. I have a virus to fight off.
I guess I should get me one of these. Especially if I end up going to work tomorrow.
There's a new 30-second movie parody with bunnies and it's wonderful. Check out A Christmas Story.
None of my haiku quite compare to these wonderous Peep Haiku.
If you'd like to see the better of two photos my dog Rusty took with Santa this year, click here.
Okay, here's the link for the not-so-good photo with the better Santa who looks like he's choking Rusty!
One bright spot in my weekend has been the discovery of the joy of frozen Peeps! I was clued in by a couple of co-workers last week, so I marched out and got some festive Peeps (snowmen and Christmas trees!) and stuck them in the freezer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the results are wonderful.
Freezing the Peeps is a way to get the stale Peep consistency, but much faster. You get a somewhat crunchy outer layer and a soft, but not as gooey, inner layer. Yumtastic!
I'm going to have some chicken soup and go back to bed. I just can't seem to get enough sleep.
P.S. Possibly only one of my readers knows about this, but the "lost" PSP was found today...by me. We were about to write it off as gone though. I'm glad we found it, but now I have to think of something to buy him for the holidays instead of just a replacement!
What I wanted to say was it's the time of year when our opportunities for free film screenings multiply. As the year comes to an end, the studios want their films out there for Oscar® consideration.
Last night we saw King Kong. Since it hasn't opened yet, I'll reserve comments and any reviews for a later date.
A total non sequitur, but one of my co-workers just totally burned me. He was talking about a conversation yesterday and referred to it and I said, "Well, I guess I was not listening to you because I don't remember that." He said, "Well, Jodi, it seems you don't listen a lot, but you sure do chip in all the time!"
So true, so true. I am an ass.
Why is it that only about 50% of the various stores I've been to for the aforementioned beverage (5-6 total) bother to put on the red sprinkles? Also, if your perky barista is going to "get something started" for me before I get up to the register, why is it that the six people in line behind me get served before I do???
I will note that one of your locations in Los Feliz has the friendliest staff, the best service, and the most consistency with the drink-making. I will try to take most of my business there.
I just don't think I'd experience these same frustrations at Dunkin' Donuts. Oops, there I go again with my assumptions. You'd think I'd learn by now.
It’s the return of TEN QUESTIONS FOR JODI!
This time though, we have structure and rules!!! This time it’s called “Either/Or” and the only rule is that you have to pick one. You can’t say NEITHER but you can qualify your answer. You COULD say both if you felt like it though.
1. Vanilla or Chocolate?
The first question is the easiest!
2. Left or Right?
Okay, this one is a bit tougher. I immediately thought hand dominance, but then thought it could be related more to politics, etc. Hmmm...
3. Batman or Superman?
4. Sun or Rain?
Sun, sun, sun!
I'm just not a fan of rain, or any precipitation come to think of it.
5. Cold or Hot?
Again, this is a tough one. It depends, but I can't say that.
6. Tea or Coffee?
Generally, I prefer tea, but have been on a real coffee kick lately. However, I can not make coffee for myself, so if I'm left to my own devices, there is only one answer.
7. Hogwarts or Durmstrang?
8. Fire or Ice?
I've been known to have a little pyro in me.
9. Monkeys or Dogs?
Dogs...I mean...BOTH...you did say I could say both!
10. Comfort or Style?
I've been trying to kick my haiku obsession, but it just isn't working. I wrote several for/about various co-workers today. I have a problem.
My title obviously has nothing to do with this entry. It just happens to be one of my favorite quotes from The Muppet Movie, which was excellent as a midnight movie last Friday, by the way.
I made an ass of myself today. It provided some humor for a few co-workers. I'm sorry, but if someone steps out of an elevator with a big wreath, complete with packages, on their head, I think that warrants an outloud "wow!"
I obviously don't have much to say.
I guess I'll just go bowling.
Who is Dianna?
Sister, friend, mother and wife
I miss her a lot
She is manic now
Awake all night, sleeps all day
May she find peace soon
He is Earl's younger brother
He makes me giggle.
Okay, this is what my blog is devolving to. Haikus. I got on roll and was cranking them out last night. Eric joined in and it was almost a competition. The above one is a variation of the one I shouted out from bed...I just couldn't stop (I can't remember the original).
Cosette is our dog
She has a wart on her snout
She is getting old.
Little Guy is soft
He likes to snuggle with me
He needs a diaper.
See? I think perhaps my brain is so tired and full that I can only blurt out thoughts in these 17 syllable poems. Not sure they are worthy enough to be called "poetry" though. Oh no, here comes
It is time for lunch
I don't want to socialize
I wish I could nap.
Aaron in Thailand
Happy Father's Day to you
And little Rayluk
As the festivities progressed, there was this odd feeling I started having (no, not from the wine...that's a good feeling!). I shared some glances with Ren and Ms. S, knowing they were experiencing some of the same thoughts. This happened more frequently after a couple of guests arrived late.
Most of the women at the get-together seemed to be in their mid-30's to early-40's, near as we could tell. The event location was in a fairly new development 20-some miles north of L.A., where the houses on every precious street are one of three models. The competition with the Christmas lights has clearly begun, but that is another topic.
Anyway, I think in many ways, the three of us city girls lead quite different lives than most of the women we met. I'm not saying we're better and I'm not judging, but I'm just observing. For one thing, we all have full-time jobs. We're married or engaged, but none of us have children. Two out of the three of us enjoy and have a talent for cooking.
There was something "Stepford" about a few of the other women and their practically identical houses, their inability to cook a meal for their children, and their involvement with The Girl Scouts. Everyone was very nice and a few were quite funny. It was fun to share some laughs, but I am still struck by how different are the lives we lead.
I almost felt like a kid at a party my Mom was hosting. I can't put my finger on it, but I'm wondering if the other women are more mature and if we are childish. Or are they "older" for their age and are we are "younger?" I don't know and I guess it doesn't really matter. I just found it interesting.
I do have a long, odd day ahead of me.
10:00 am: I'm going to a meeting for a film festival I'm involved with promoting.
1:00 pm: Caryn's funeral.
6:00 pm: Toluca Lake Holiday Open House. This is an annual tradition. Rusty will get his photo taken with Santa, once again.
11:55 pm: Midnight screening of The Muppet Movie at the NuArt Theatre! Good times!
Work is stressful.
Asshats making bad decisions.
Too much paperwork.
I'm going to a funeral tomorrow.
A funeral for a woman only two years older than me.
I have no clue what to wear.
It's December already.
The "holiday season" is now in full swing.
I'm not in the mood.
I don't want to hear your damn jingly bells.
And I'd rather not listen to Christmas tunes on the office radio.
I'm tired and cranky.
I need a nap.
I'll settle for some caffeine. A peppermint mocha may be the pick-me-up I need.
Off to the coffee bar, I suppose.
Please open at least one store in the Los Angeles area. Preferably in Hollywood or the east San Fernando Valley, but hey, anywhere would be fine. It doesn't make much sense to me, especially considering how prevalent Baskin-Robbins and Togo's are in the region. All three are under the same brand!
Sure, Starbucks may be a bit intimidating. Yes, we have them on practically every street corner and even multiple locations in single shopping centers. However, in light of lean economic times and factoring in the vast number of unemployed entertainment folks that live in L.A., I personally think you'd do a fine business. Good coffee for a low price.
I'm sure my letter will be treated like others before mine and I'll just be informed that you have no plans for expansion into the Southern California market. I'll just have to enjoy my fill during my brief time here on the East Coast.
P.S. Please don't tell me to just buy your coffee and make it at home. I can't make a good pot of coffee to save my life, even if I use your brand.
Eric was definitely one of the youngest looking guys at his reunion. The fact that he has a full head of hair probably helps in that department. Not to mention the dye job. Oops, did I just mention that? I was amazed by the range of women. Some looked just fine. Others, primarily because of hairstyles and style of dress, seemed far older than 37-38. And then there were the ones who were just trying too damn hard to look much, much younger than we all knew they were. Some of them were downright scary.
I still have a few years before a 20th reunion, but it got me thinking about it and whether or not I would even go. I moved around so much and went to so many different schools that I certainly won't have the experience of knowing anyone since kindergarden or even 10th grade! I went to two high schools in two different states, so was only with my graduating class for 11th and 12th grade. Not only do I have the expectation that I won't really be remembered, I fear I won't remember people. I've been contacted by a classmate through Classmates recently and I honestly can't remember him or how we knew each other. I sent a nice (I hope) email to ask him how we knew each other.
Will you recognize me? Call my name or walk on by?
Today I am especially grateful for Peppermint Tastykake Kandy Kakes. Not only do I love Kandy Kakes and peppermint, but these are covered in dark chocolate which is also a favorite of mine. Yum! We can get a few types of Tastykakes occasionally in the L.A. area, but we can never find quite the selection you can here in Philadelphia.
If anyone is reading this, Happy Whatever This Day Means To You!
No good celebrity sightings at LAX while waiting to board our plane. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. I did however notice Mike, the Southwest Customer Service Supervisor who is often featured on Airline, at a desk in our terminal. I hesitated quite a bit, but then went up and told him I really enjoyed the show. He seemed really happy about that and was quite friendly. He said they just wrapped their third season and are trying to get picked up for a fourth.
On another subject, we got to truly test our new Slingbox, a device that allows us to watch anything on our Tivo through a high-speed internet connection. So, we just watched tonight's My Name is Earl, which was hilarious as usual. It seems that almost every episode has a supporting actor who I know. Tonight it was "the guy with the robot legs," as Randy called him. I knew Cameron Clapp shortly after his accident. I don't even know if he remembers me and that really isn't important. I remember him and am inspired by what he has accomplished.
This post is made up of such unrelated thoughts. My brain feels jumbled. I only had an hour so sleep very early Tuesday morning and then raced around to get to the airport. I did sleep some on the plane, but feel like I'd better get some more.
Next entry will most likely be posted from the Philly area.
Anyway, I'm making three lists of things "to do," "to pack," and "to buy" for my trip. 24 hours for now, my plane should be departing. ACK! So much to do, so much to do. If only there was a way to get out of work early, but it does not look like it will happen. Especially if I can't get a grip and focus.
There was still one thing that I really wished this phone would do which was have the ability to have distinct ringtones for various callers. Well, tonight I discovered there is a way to do that!
Oh Ren, I do have Duran Duran as your ring tone. But only because it's "Late Bar," a song about "an all-night party." I'll come up with something better for you, I swear (since I can make ringtones out of any mp3).
I will arrive in Philadelphia late Tuesday night, a night where the low is predicted to be 30 degrees! The high temperatures are predicted to be in the 40's until next Monday when they go up to the low 50's. I'll take the weather here, dry as it is, any day.
We've been out of plastic storage bags for weeks now. I keep meaning to pick some up. If only I could located them in the supermarket.
I do wonder though about this name. It reminds me an awful lot of a group a couple of friends are part of that is called Spaghetti Cake. (You can check out that website for an actual recipe).
So much to be done before flying away next Tuesday. Shopping for some warm clothes, haircut, laundry, cleaning the house, and hopefully seeing Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I get pretty worked up before travelling (but don't quite prepare like Im_a_gaijin does) and probably won't sleep much before so I should be able to get everything finished.
I'm definitely not ready for the December holidays. But, I am looking forward to a few things we always do like the Toluca Lake Holiday Open House featuring the Magical Christmas Caroling Truck, Christmas eve in Solvang during the day, and the annual party at our neighbors' house that night.
Fa la la la la...blah, blah, blah...
I did have one celebrity sighting at the screening (of someone not involved in the project). Alan Cumming was sitting in the same row where we sat. I really ought to start bringing Ren along to the Egyptian. First, Ron Perlman and now, Alan Cumming. Next thing you know, I'll see Alan Rickman there and if she is not with me, well...let's not go there.
- Matthew McConaughey-the U2 concert. We were waiting to give our tickets and he came by, in his leather pants, to ask the ticket-taker where to find his entrance.
- Ron Perlman aka Hellboy-Egyptian Theatre, Attack of the 50 Foot Reels screening. He starred in a film that was made by a kid. Apparently, he's a family friend.
- Brigitte Nielson-ArcLight Hollywood (best cinema in L.A.), a place where I regular see celebs.
- Paul Reubens-ArcLight. Okay, this one probably doesn't really count as I purchased a ticket to see him do a Q&A following a screening of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
- Giovanni Ribisi-this morning on the sidewalk outside Cheetah's, the strip club that is very close to where I work. There's a film shoot that's been going on for a few days now, causing some problems with parking.
- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York-charitable visit (I'm assuming) to my place of work today. I was able to view her from across a room. She's very pretty, tall, and thin.
I also have a bad habit of thinking someone is a celebrity and they aren't. One time, I had Eric park the car and follow a guy with me in Santa Monica because I was convinced it was Jerry Seinfeld. It so wasn't Jerry Seinfeld.
I'll be going for sure. If you're in the area let me know if you'd like to join me. Carpooling is the best bet. I'm also going to look in to possibly taking the Gold Line. The only downside to doing that is that I probably can't bring Rusty like I usually do.
As is typical for us, we got on the road much later than planned. We left L.A. at 2 p.m. in an attempt to make it Oakland for the 7 p.m. ceremony. Luckily, we hit very little traffic and were able to drive very fast most of the way. We parked, changed shoes, and made it to our seats by 6:55. The event didn't even get started until nearly 7:30, so we were more than fine. We knew quite a few the other guests, which made it even more fun.
The party was winding down around 11:30, so we got back in the car. Initially I thought we'd just drive through the night and arrive home around 5 or 6 a.m. The reality of the situation was that we were pretty beat, probably bottoming out from all of the sugar we had consumed. We stopped for some protein and regrouped. The best choice seemed to be getting some sleep and driving home in the morning.
There was a Motel 6 at the exit where we ate, so we got a few hours of sleep there. We made it back by 1 in the afternoon on Sunday, just in time to get some stuff done around the house. Eric had an obligation later in the day and I met up with some friends for coffee. I even managed to get some laundry done so I have clothes for work this week.
So, another whirlwind weekend. I'm sure I'll be struggling this week as I recover. There are a few photos on my flickr site, as usual.
Anyway, I always try to be a good citizen and vote. My polling place varies, but is usually in the auditorium of the elementary school up the street. It has also been in a nursing home lobby, a couple of churches (doesn't seem right somehow), and even a neighbor's garage. Today, however, it was in a hookah bar. The locale was recently a coffee shop, but has a new name--Amsterdam Cafe--and a giant hookah on its sign. It doesn't look like they were quite set up for smoking yet, but maybe that was to make room for the voting stations.
Only in California. And maybe Turkey or India.
- My Mom-11/5
- Good friend Ren-11/9
- Best husband Eric-11/11
- Our American Eskimo dog Cosette-11/13
- My parents' German Shepard dog Rex-11/16
I got Ren's present tonight. Well, part of it. The part I didn't have yet. I can't say much as she occasionally checks in here!
On Eric's birthday, we
I can't believe Cosette will be 13 years old on Sunday. She's been with us since she was an 8 week old pup! I'd like to say she's not showing her age, but she is. Besides having cancer earlier this year (which she recovered from nicely), she seems to be losing her hearing a bit and she definitely naps a lot more. There's also a hideous wart growing on her snout. Luckily, I don't really see any physical problems with her in terms of mobility.
I haven't seen Rex for about a year and a half. I think he's turning 7. Being a bigger dog, he is having some hip problems. He is a dark, menacing-looking dog who is a big softy and sweetheart. I grew up with German Shepards as a young child and have fond memories of one named Heidi. I hope to see Rex (and his "sister" Jetta) again soon.
Even though her birthday was a few months ago, I still "owe" my buddy Cheryl who deserves to be celebrated as much as anyone else on my list. I have not forgotten and am going to surprise her one of these days with something very belated!
Tower Records on Sunset, March 1996
(It doesn't feel like it's been over 9 years since that day!)
Since 3D is having a bit of a popularity resurgence, it's not surprising that there is a 3D part on the new Duran Duran Live From London DVD that I picked up last night. Even cooler though, is the easter egg of the full anime video that played during their shows. (Enter '16' while on the main menu).
I finally got all of my photos from the past week's adventures uploaded to my flickr site. Go there to see my various Halloween costumes, lots of dog photos, farm photos, West Hollywood Carnaval photos, and of course U2. So much went on last week, it may just be easier to let the photos do the talking. I guess the only "events" I didn't get photos of were the two haunted yards we visited before going to West Hollywood on Halloween and the Paul Reubans Q&A at Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
I think I need a nap.
I have 143 unread emails in my Inbox (no, that does not include spam, I get rid of that before downloading my mail). I have 183 photos from Halloween and 300 from the U2 show to sort through. I'm hoping to get caught up on all of this by the end of the weekend.
In many ways, I'm hoping it's a low-key weekend. I don't have too many definite plans, just something really cool for Sunday night (thanks Ren!) Between now and then, I'm going to vote for not doing too much. We'll see though because Eric may have other things in mind.
I'm not sleeping...oh no, no, no...
Two themes had overwhelming prominence in my life for the last few days...Halloween and dogs. Yes, shocking I know. Usually it's just dogs. I will eventually have photos posted on my flickr site, but I've had little time to download, choose, crop, upload and label. I'm in the process. I hope to be done by the end of the week.
I've been having a lot of fun since last Friday, but it is taking its toll. Fatigue is soaking my brain, squeezing my eyeballs (ew!), and finding a resting place in my bones. I'm doing battle with caffeine and chocolate until I make it to this Friday when I will sleep and sleep some more.
I'll leave you with a few tidbits from the past few days:
- I had 3 Halloween costumes this year--zombie Raggedy Ann, Michael Darling from Peter Pan and a ketchup bottle.
- Richard Blade is a really, really nice guy and a dog lover. His wife is very cool too.
- Don't wait until October 30th to go to the pumpkin farm. No more pumpkins.
- Our department kicked ass at work, once again, winning an award for our trick-or-treating booth (like we did last year!). We go all out and it pays off.
- I like wearing slippers to work.
- If you are not wearing a costume or are smoking a cigarette, don't bother coming up to my house on Halloween for candy.
- We learned that Rusty was a babe magnet at the West Hollywood Carnaval. Lots of half-naked women came up to pet him. Most were women anyway, near as we could tell.
- We are definitely going to see U2 tomorrow night, the night we can go. I was able to trade my tickets for pricier, better-in-many-ways seats. And I didn't have to pay the difference. I'm so excited as I've only seen them live once, back in Philadelphia in 1987 with my gay boyfriend.
I left work on Friday and went straight to Target to get the rest of my costume for Monday. We're doing Peter Pan and I'm John Darling, one of the kids. I already had glasses, an umbrella, and a hat, but needed to get a nightshirt and slippers. So it's done, it's easy and yeah, I get to wear pajamas to work!
I then headed over to see the first performance of Twisted, "a terrifyingly hilarious experience in suburban lawn art," by The Fright Gallery. Eric did some video work for the show, so I've seen the set evolve and some early rehearsal. It really has come together and the audience had a great time. If you are in the L.A. area, this is a fun, free thing you can do this weekend.
We ran home and had a quick bite to eat before heading over to CIA for this year's Puppet Slam, put on by the L.A. Guild of Puppetry. There were a lot of fun performances, including several by friends of ours.
Now I'm waiting to be able to put the laundry in the dryer so I can sleep. Tomorrow we have a picnic, which is a potluck, meaning we have to get stuff to take, followed by another evening at CIA for The Zombie Ball, a charity event benefiting the National Search Dog Foundation, a cause I can get behind. The night may end up being capped off with a fashionably late appearance at a Halloween party some friends are having.
Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour!
Looks like I'll be needing that extra hour of sleep since I'll be up early Sunday morning for the Walk for Paws with Rusty. I didn't even bother to do any fundraising since we just recently did a charity walk. I'm planning to get involved with part of the organization that the walk is benefiting, so I want to participate and just make a personal donation.
After the walk, we are heading up to Faulkner Farm (finally! I've been dying to go!) to visit the pumpkin patch, go on a hayride, etc. We are supposed to be getting a break from the cloudy, overcast weather this weekend. I'm hoping for good sunshine at the farm so I can take some nice photos.
On Monday, I'll lots of Halloween fun at work. Since I work with kids, we get to be really goofy. After work, we'll give out candy for a bit at home, then head to West Hollywood for the annual Halloween Carnaval. It is always a blast with outrageous costumes and people. We are possibly going in our ketchup and mustard bottle costumes and taking Rusty in his hot dog costume. The official website is discouraging pets though so we'll see.
The U2 tickets I have are for Tuesday night, but I'm desperately trying to trade them for Wednesday's show as we have tickets for another event on Tuesday night. I've posted a trade requrest to craig's list and a few other places, but no takers yet.
I apologize if you have read this far, hoping for some witty commentary or insightful information. I'm really boring myself and beginning to see double due to fatigue, so I'm going to call it a night.
And on a totally unrelated note, why do people think it is okay to microwave fish at work? C'mon people! The whole office stinks and you can't use the microwave next without having your lunch taste like fish.
I complained and was told I could go eat my lunch elsewhere.
1. Ok, say you were having a dinner party and you could invite any 5 (living and real) people in the world, who would you invite?
-Leonardo da Vinci
-Capt. Jack Sparrow - got to have at least one drunk!
This is a very hard question for me as I am a somewhat picky eater AND a people pleaser. I can only imagine the stress. I wouldn't want to serve things guests don't like or are offended by. Yikes, the pressure! I think I'd have to go one of two routes. Either I'd just do a barbecue (and include some things like veggie kabobs and burgers) or have a Chinese food meal catered. There are lots of options with that cuisine and almost everyone likes it.
5. What would the centerpiece on the table be?
An unscented candle or candles.
6. What kind of music would you play?
Something mellow and not too loud so we could converse. Maybe something like Pat Metheny.
7. Say all your guests were shy, what would you say to spark a conversation?
That would be a big problem, as I can be shy at times myself. I don't think I'd have to worry about that, but say that I did, I'd ask if anyone has read any good books lately.
8. What would you serve for dessert?
Fruit tart, marshmallows to toast (if I went with the barbecue), and mint chocolate chip ice cream, just because I like it.
9. Let’s make it dinner AND a movie. What movie would you suggest?
Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog. It is a beautiful and compelling documentary. It is mostly observational without being too judgemental. I think it is a fascinating look at what happens when man crosses the line with nature. It would be great for creating ongoing discussion.
10. I see you need to get yukky candy for your trick or treaters, what do you think you’ll get that you won’t eat but won’t make kids hate you?
Something sour. Kids like that stuff and I don't.
I don't like eye stuff. Frankly, I can get really freaked out by eye stuff. I know I could never wear contacts and luckily to this point, my vision has remained really good. I detest going to an eye exam more than anything. That puff of air to the eye nearly kills me. I've had a couple of eye injuries that required medical attention. Not fun.
One was getting powdered laundry detergent in my eyes. I got it rinsed out of one completely before going to the E.R., but there was a little in the other. As the doctor explained, laundry soap dissolves protein and the eye is basically protein, so...yeah...ew...I only suffered superficial burns, luckily, but had to spend the rest of the weekend in the dark, not watching tv or reading or anything. Eric read the paper to me, which was very sweet and then I just slept a lot.
Another time, I suddenly started seeing tons of floaters and some flashes, indications of a possible retinal tear. I went to an eye doctor who did horrible, terrible things to me in order to figure out what was going on. I can barely think of the experience without getting nauseated. I've blocked most of it out, I think, but in the end everything was fine.
Eric made me watch this short documentary called Ocularist. It is fascinating that realistic prosthetic eyes can be made, but I really don't need to see the guy taking molds of eye sockets. Come on, I don't. I'd forgotten about the squishing-the eyes-with-the-thumbs scene in 28 Days Later until watching it again the other night. And yeah, there's that eye scene in Kill Bill 2.
I have a strong stomach for lots of things. I see all kinds of stuff at work that would bother many people. I've observed surgeries and even an autopsy. But, please, oh please keep me away from eyeballs. Ick!