Maybe he needs to lay off the snacks and share some with Jen. Or cut back on the salt. You're starting to look bloated, buddy!
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Maybe he needs to lay off the snacks and share some with Jen. Or cut back on the salt. You're starting to look bloated, buddy!
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Things are never easy with my family.
But I think by definition, families, and family gatherings, aren't supposed to be easy.
But this isn't an entry for griping.
This is the second year in a row that I've hosted Thanksgiving at my house, and I'm secretly hoping it becomes a tradition. Why? My cooking leaves something to be desired, but my dad is an awesome cook. Really. And when I say "Thanksgiving is at my house," I mean I provide dessert and appetizers, and he brings everything else. He brings the turkey, we throw it in the oven, and proceed to prepare the sides. He does most of the work while the rest of us munch on appetizers that I've prepared or that the family brought over. Then we all plop on the couch and watch football (didja know that the Cowboys and the Lions play every year on Turkey Day?). Typical, as far as how most families celebrate Thanksgiving, I'm sure.
This year I made a pumpkin spice pie. And no, it wasn't Sara Lee. It was chock full of ginger and allspice, cinnamon and egg whites, and 100% delicious. (I'd be lying if I said I made the crust.)
I also made some appetizers, and I'll make a note that one of them was...interesting. Some Southern cookbook recommended it, and it was awful. Just pure crap. But the garlic shrimp (courtesy of good ol' work) came out to.die.for, and sister's bf's contributions of fruit and veggie plates satisfied me.
Thanks to the tryptophan, I crashed on the couch embarassing early and woke up all fat and happy.
It was a pretty damn good holiday.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
It often bugs me when people ask, "So, what did you do this weekend?" in that smarmy tone indicating they knew I did nothing other than park it on the couch.
Well, my FOUR DAY weekend (I can hardly believe it myself, especially now that it's nearly over) was spent with enough time on the couch, yes, but also some time with family and friends.
And enough time to have a couple of reeelaaaaxing baths.
I created the following "recipe" based on one I read about in a magazine a while back. It's easy, and the best part about it is that I can pretty much guarantee you have the ingredients in your kitchen (heah, if I have 'em, everyone has 'em).
Scrub a Dub Dub
1 cup sea salt (table salt is fine, but sea salt's coarse texture exfoliates better)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup oats
1 tbs. vanilla extract (feel free to experiment--I used coconut)
2 tbs. pure maple syrup
Stir all ingredients together and slather on in the bath. For added benefit, use a loofah or washcloth to rub the mixture. Rinse thoroughly. The tub'll get a bit slippery, so be careful when climbing out.
Maybe I'll whip up a batch and share with friends; it'll harken back to when I used to make soaps as gifts... ;)
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Just some linkage that I thought was particularly worth a view or two.
I'm not an In-n-Out Burger fan, but if you are, you can start ordering like a pro.
Short on space at the ol homestead? Try one of these.
Thinga that make you go hmmmmm.
And in case you haven't seen these, do yourself a favor and learn a little bit. Because learning is half the battle.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Just when I thought I'd heard of everything...
(from sf gate)
50 Cent Plans Sex Toy Line
Rapper 50 Cent is planning to release his own new line of condoms and sex toys.
The star, who already has a clothing line and a range of energy drinks, is planning to branch out into the lucrative sex market -- even creating a vibrator that looks just like him.
50 tells GQ magazine, "I need to make a 50 Cent condom, and a motorized version of me.
"A motorized version of me will definitely have to be waterproof, so you could utilize it in the tub. A lot of them (vibrators) aren't waterproof.
"Blue is my favorite color, so it would probably be blue. But I don't know how big. I don't know if big is better because I'm not sure a man wants his woman playing with a really big dildo.
"But I want to do something like that, to create something that's popular and exciting sexually for women."
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
As promised, pix of the bedroom home improvements.
(Nightstands, lamps, and wall color are new, for the folks not on board.)
A better pic of the nightstands:
Next up, improvement wise: new hallway light fixtures that a) aren't dated, and b) brighten up the place!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
My friend Sarah starts listening to Christmas music seemingly halfway through the year. We always give her a hard time about it, saying her husband has no idea what he's in for. I think I need to tone down my laughter at her overzealous holiday spirit, as I downloaded Diana Krall's "Christmas Songs" from iTunes and, despite the weather being in the high 70s, am currently trying to picture a winter wonderland as I cozy up on the couch in my robe. It's really not even robe weather, and quite frankly, I'm roasting, but I figure Thanksgiving is this week and damn it, it should be cold outside. Yeah, I'll be crying the blues when I can't rock the Reefs outside, but it makes it hard to believe it's November when the weather is perfect for beach-going.
Tahoe, February 2004
In more holiday-spirit related news, I did some shopping yesterday, crossing mom and sister off the list, and sister was a double-whammy--I got her bday stuff taken care of, too. I made the executive decision not to exchange gifts with Matt this year, or at least until we see how kind Uncle Sam is to this homeowner. We tend to go all out on each other, spending wise, and the funds are currently tied up with home improvement-type plans.
Dad made the decision to have our company holiday party on a) a weekday, and b) sister's birthday. Yikes! It'll be my first attending as an official company employee, as we've not had one for several years now. I'm guessing by having it on a Thursday night he's trying to cut the cost, but he says it's the only December night available for our large group at his desired restaurant. At any rate, it'll be...interesting.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
I've left many a comment and email for friends, peppering my words with links that, in effect, cry out, "Save Our Show!" Maybe I should be saying something along the lines of "Save Us, Showtime!" as the pay-TV network has been the subject of rumors of a deal to air The Show (like there's any other?!). I, for one, would be willing to pony up the funds to continue to watch, and I'm certain I'm not the only die-hard out there. If I become too cheap, there's always bit torrrent, right?
I'm embarrassed to say this, but...
I'm currently watching R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet." And I'm into it. So much so that I TiVo'd chapters 1-8. How many friggin chapters are there?! I'll be waiting for the 9-12 section. Yes, indeedy. But! Why the white girl gotta be portrayed all hick-like?
Ohmigod, a rubberrrrr.
Thanks to the narration stylings (just pure crap) of the VH1 dude, I learned that the guy in the last scene of chapter 8 is not the same guy that was cheating on his wife...it's R. Kelly as the narrator, playing a NEW character! Ruh roh.
And in more TiVo action, Jason Bateman's all Smoky McSmokerson in the episode of "Punk'd" where he, indeed, gets punked.
WTF with the smoking, guy?
I love living in the Bay Area. We're always thinking thinking thinking!
Stay tuned for pix from my latest home improvement project. *cue ominous music*
Nothing with me is coherent anymore.
It's the lack of a vacation, I tell you!
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
('ad' post, be warned.)
i've never before watched anything religiously on fox.
not 'the simpsons,' not 'family guy,' not 'america idol.' nothing. i can count the number of times i've actually tuned into fox without removing my shoes to count--it's that few. why? they air dumb shows, period. the majority of programs they air are geared towards the idiots of america, which are increasingly becoming the average american, as far as i am concerned.
and it's about to get even fewer and far between.
fox is pulling the plug on the best show ever.
yes, it's only a tv show. but it's a SMART tv show.
now i remember why i looked upon fox with such disdain.
they're bloody morons.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
This whole not sleeping thing has really got to go. This is the second day in a row, on a weekend no less, that I've woken up at 6:30. While I've never been a late sleeper, it is kind of ridiculous given that I went to bed late and woke up several times during the night. At the risk of sounding incredibly immature, it completely blows.
I think I'm ready for some changes. This from a person who is typically adverse to change! So far "change" has only manifested itself in me mixing it up at the pedicure joint and getting a different color than I usually do. But! There are other things on the horizon. Yesterday morning I rearranged a bunch of stuff around the house. I keep saying all this is an effort to make the place "mine," but really I find it sad that after a year and a half I still don't feel like it's mine. There are lots of things I want to do here, but two-thirds of the "time, money, energy" factor are missing.
Am finished with the first season of "Six Feet Under." Rereading that, I make it sound like it's such an accomplishment, but it really just amounts to many hours sitting on my ass in front of the tv.
I went to the Bridge School Benefit last Sunday, and it was a blast! We saw Jerry Lee Lewis, Norah Jones, Los Lobos, Emmylou Harris, Good Charlotte, Bright Eyes and...Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. I purposely left Neil Young and CSNY out of that list, cause we split before they came on. They're not exactly my cuppa tea. I skipped last year but generally have been to at least one of the two shows every year since 1997, and it was good to see Dave's return. The fact that he performed with Tim left me absolutely speechless, as Angie and I have been dying to see them together (the whole 'Dave and Friends' tour didn't count cause Trey Anastasio et al were there). Why not tour the West Coast, Dave and Tim?!
On the debit card fraud front, my bank has temporarily credited me what the bastards stole. I know it's a matter of protocol, but it should be open and shut--I was at the bank in person merely hours after the thefts took place--how can I be in Eastern Europe and then California that fast? I received my new debit card Friday, and now comes the task of notifying the institutions (Netflix, 24 Hr Fitness) that keep it on file for automatic debits.
I love vanity plates that make me laugh:
I've seen this SUV around the way several times and it never fails to make me smile. I also tease my sister that someone took the plate intended for her.
(For the record, this is a second, yet lesser, version of this entry--the first one was gobbled up by Blogger demons.)
Friday, November 04, 2005
I typically spend a lot of time here
(in the car, duh) but today I feel like I did so more than usual. Probably because I blazed up the peninsula to go to my company's corporate office and ended up sitting in traffic for what seemed like forever. And if you know me, you know how much I dislike driving in general, and when you factor in traffic, it's a pretty good sign that I'll be in a bad mood. But! I wasn't. There was something about the weather that made me keep smiling and not really worry that I was feeling frustrated.
I am looking forward to this weekend--I'm going to the 49er game on Sunday! Here's hoping for another win. Two in a row seems awfully optimistic, though.
And! Another something good to look forward to! It's an HOUR'S WORTH of NEW episodes! It's about time, damn baseball!
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
It was quite the Halloween shindig last night! We had lots of good food (and to think someone was worried about the lack of!) and sweets. We even had a stew going! They made an awesome pumpkin pie, complete with freshly whipped cream, yum yum yum! (I like food. So sue me.)
Eminem showed up with
Kim the coolest chick in her pjs.
And I went as Cat in the Hat. Some of the cutest trick-or-treaters came by--Spiderman seemed to be the popular option this year. My favorite was one of mothers that came by with her daughter--she was dressed as Mrs. Potts from "Beauty and the Beast." Okay, so it wasn't homemade, but it certainly was cute.
I have to say it was one of the most fun Halloween evenings I've had.