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Friday, July 18th, 2008
11:11 pm
Card

I was really happy with the card that I found for Fanny's shower. It's very me and I wanted to share. 

The front of the card reads, " Just thinking about how much joy your baby will bring you makes me want to have a baby soon too. But probably not." The inside just says "Congratulations." I thought it was funny, but I hope Fanny doesn't think it's sad in light of the circumstances. 

Just got an email that Jenny Lewis has a new album coming out in September. Very excited over this!

I managed to finish the schedules only half an hour past deadline this week. I even took fifteen minutes to eat. Friday's have been bad this summer. 

Picked out the kitchen tile at Home Depot. I hate that place. I get stressed from the moment I hit the parking lot until about an hour after I leave. Nothing ever seems to go right.In particular the flooring department sucks. They usually have one clueless person in the department to help everyone. It's a busy department and that means lots of waiting around. It took about an hour and a half tonight, which means we got out of there in record time!



Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
8:42 pm
Presents and stuff

I just finished buying Fanny's baby shower present. I am really happy with what I picked out.

1. A gift card to Target, where they are registered. I thought it would be better, so they can get whatever else they end up needing.
2. A sundress with a matching cardigan and bucket hat from baby gap. Ridiculously adorable!
3. Books- Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny and Guess How Much I Love You ( box set with stuffed bunny) 

After the shower, Julie and I are going to hang out at The Americana. She still has not seen it. I am also going to get to see Amelia! Julie is not bringing Amelia to the shower, but we are going to pick her up from Julie's mom's house after. I have seen recent pictures and she's huge! It's hard to believe that she was so small just a few months ago. 

Something I forgot to write about...last week, while I was frantically trying to get the schedules done on a friday afternoon, I received a phone call from Brian Grazer's personal assistant. Grazer's son, Riley, is working at Jurassic Park during the summer and I had scheduled him, when he was supposed to be vacationing in Hawaii for the month of July. It was a very weird call to get! Now, I am getting all of these emails from the assistant, "From Brian Grazer's Office." She was very nice and it wasn't a big deal at all, I just thought that it was pretty funny. 

Today. I finally got to see the carpet in the Glendale house. It was installed last Saturday, but I had to leave for work before it was finished. It is super plush and looks great. I know the place isn't finished, but it's starting to look it. I am ready to move in now!

Spotless and Nicolette are now integrated. We have not separated them in over a week and it seems the fighting is gone. Nicolette loves to bump heads with them. Spotless stands really still and let's her. Although, he has this "please don't hurt me" expression. I just hope this new bliss doesn't get ruined with the move.



Current Mood: happy
Monday, July 14th, 2008
1:43 am
Need To Vent!!!

I just went to evite to create an invitation for our August Book Club meeting...when I got to the site, I noticed that there was an evite for Fanny's Baby Shower. The shower is this Saturday!!!!!!! I did not know about this, otherwise I would have made sure to get the day off of work. At this point, it is doubtful that I will be able to switch with anyone. I can either leave the shower super early or call in sick to work. No good options here. Missing the shower is not an option. I am totally pissed off right now.

Saturday, June 14th, 2008
8:06 pm
Weeki Wachee- A Dream Realized!


I need to give a little back story to this one....when I was eighteen, I left Bard college and spent the rest of the year at home, just working. David was my only friend that had stayed local. At that point, he had decided to delay going to college and was working a bunch of odd jobs. He has since graduated from Yale Law school. Anyhow, David and I used to hang out several times a week and would often go to bookstores. One evening, we were in the humor section and came across a book called, "The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste." I am not sure why, but the book just struck us as being absolutely hysterical. We sat down in the bookstore and flipped through it for about an hour, laughing so hard that we were crying. The best part of the book was the section on the Weeki Wachee Mermaids! David and I decided right then and there that we needed to see the mermaids! Today, I realized that dream!

Weeki Wachee Springs was a two drive from Winter Haven, but worth every minute! We got a late start and threw in lunch at Cracker Barrel. Yes, my morals can be bought by their chicken dumplings! We finally arrived at shortly before two, with the place closing at four. Luckily it was small.

We saw two shows. The first was with the mermaids of yesteryear. This was a special show, where past mermaids come out once a month to volunteer to perform old routines and such. We just happened to be here on the day that they perform. The oldest mermaid was seventy-seven and the youngest was fifty-three. They ate and drank underwater. They performed routines to "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Thanks For The Memories." As the mermaids perform they breathe using special hoses and it just looks ridiculous! It was delightfully cheesy! This show had kind of a nice tone to it, because obviously the women love performing and have fond memories of their years at Weeki Wachee. They introduced themselves before the performance and imparted the sentiment that you are never too old to be a mermaid again!

The second show was with the current mermaids...Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid." You would think this was an obvious choice, but apparently they have done other stories in the past, including "Alice in Waterland", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Mermaids in Space." The space one is where the "Fly Me To The Moon" routine came from! 

"The Little Mermaid" took cheese to a whole new level. It was a musical and it had a section where the mermaids were dancing to disco music. The lyrics were cringe worthy. At one point, the main character consults a Sea Turtle, who is her best friend, to help her find the sea witch. The turtle was scary and just out of place in the story. The costume was faded and torn. It looked like it had not been updated since the park opened. Actually, a general observation about the park...the whole place looked like it had not been updated since it opened. Everything weathered and run down. The curtains in the mermaid theater were torn. 

The best part of the show was the sea witch. She was loud and obnoxious. She even jumped out to scare the audience as people were leaving the theater. 

I left the park thinking how awesome it would be to be a Weeki Wachee Mermaid. The place was everything that "The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste" promised and a ton more. I have hyped it up for the past twelve years and it well exceeded my every expectation!



Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, June 13th, 2008
8:31 pm
Cypress Gardens- Day Two
Today we visited Cypress Gardens, which is right next door to Marc's grandparent's house.  Cypress Gardens is an old Florida attraction that closed down for awhile and was renovated. I never saw it before, but as far as I can tell, they tore down some of the gardens and added some really tacky carnival type rides to revitalize the place. 

We got there kind of late and most of the shows were already finished for the day. Among other things, we missed a pirate show, a water skiing show and an ice skating show. A lot of the stores were closed or closed early and the park was nearly completely empty.

One of the best things happened right off the bat. We went into the Christmas store, which had a display of Santa's around the world and through the ages. The santa's were not all that exciting, but the elves were the best. They moved in very slow motion and had demonic features, crazy eyes. They were doing stuff like sawing wood and hammering toys together. They were just plain creepy. So creepy that we had to take a ton of pictures and video tape them for youtube As we were doing this, several other people commented on the scary elves!

We spent some time tasting Florida wines and picked out some for Marc's grandparents. 

The neatest thing in the garden's were giant topiary animals. I have never seen such large topiary. My favorite was a giant rabbit with glasses, but they also had a snail, a peacock, ducks, a snake, swan, lady bug, cardinals, et... The snail reminded me of The NeverEnding Story! We ran around taking pictures of all of the animals. 

The rest of the garden was sort of a swamp walk. I saw my first wild gator! I was standing on a bridge and saw a baby gator swimming in the algae. It was well hidden and I would never have noticed it, if it had not been swimming. I was way more excited that I should have been over a little gator! We saw a giant Banyan tree and a lot of pretty flowers.

We played air hockey and Marc actually beat me in a game. I'm still sick! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

The ride section was large...a large disappointment. We went on one wooden coaster and it just hurt! I slid and banged me knees the whole time. That did it for us. Most of the rides gave the impression of being second hand carnival cast offs. They also had a water park, that we steered clear of.

I got ice cream that turned to soup in minutes. It's been hot and humid. I actually love the heat and humidity!

The last part that we saw was their nature walk. The first thing on the walk was two resident alligators. One of the gators is an actor and he played a crocodile in one of the old Tarzan films! As we walked away from the gators, we heard some rustling in the bushes and noticed a whole litter of ferrel kittens. They were tustling and playing. So cute and so dangerously close to the swamp and wild gators! We also saw Wallabies,a panther and Cavies. A really weird assortment of animals. We went into a butterfly aviary, where we thought we saw two butterflies, until we realized it was one reflected in a mirror! We left right as it was turning to dusk and the mosquitoes were getting ready to eat me alive!

We saw Marc's Grandparents and Father for dinner. We have discovered it's best to visit them in short spurts for all around. A good chunk of the evening was spent watching golf, so we took off and played ping pong in the club house. The medicine is kicking in and I am feeling much better today.

Current Mood: okay
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
8:18 pm
Florida!
We are finally here in Florida...but it has not been an easy past few days.

On Tuesday, I went to work and had a sore throat. I went to occupational heath for some medicine and was sent home. I went straight to the doctor and she performed a rapid strep test. The results were inconclusive, so she gave me a throat culture. The problem is, she thought that there was a good chance that it could be mono. If she had told me this a few month ago, I would not have been surprised. I have had mono before and I am experiencing some of the same problems, except I am not overwhelmingly tired. The throat culture results were supposed to have come in today, but I found out that they will not have them until Tuesday. At the moment, my tonsils are so swollen that it hurts to eat and they are covered in disgusting white lesions. Not fun at all! I was told to go ahead and start antibiotics, treating it as if it was strep. I really hope it starts kicking in and I feel better.

Last night we took the red eye to Orlando. It was a long night, but everything went very smoothly. I get paranoid when flying, always expecting to encounter problems. I didn't sleep, that was the only "problem."

We met up with Marc's, Brian and we all drove to Winter Haven. Originally, we were supposed to be staying with Marc's grandparents, but his grandma has been having health problems, so we are staying in a hotel. I actually prefer staying in a hotel! We went to The Outback for dinner and sat around catching up with his grandparents. I forgot how much Marc's dad likes to joke around. I like Brian, but in some ways it's getting to be a bit much. He also has lost a ton of weight, but loves to talk about food. I mean every conversation seems to somehow go back to food. It was funny at first, but now it's driving me nuts. It's day one!

I am hoping that I will update as the trip goes along. Here is what is coming up...

Tomorrow- Sunday- Family visit. We are hoping to hit Weekie Wachee Springs and Cypress Gardens.

Sunday- Sunday- Cruise! We will be going to Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti and the Grand Cayman. Activities include River Tubing, Horse Back riding and swimming with Sting Rays!

Sunday- Friday- Disney World!!!

Seems like it's going to be a really fun trip.

Other news... We had our book club meeting last Saturday. Only Dawn and I were able to make it. But we had a nice lunch and chatted about books. Hopefully we will see our book club grow over the summer. 

I also got back in contact with my old friend Jeremiah. This was a total surprise and a nice one. He found me through myspace and shot me an email. Myspace has been great for meeting up with old friends. I have also used it to get back in touch with many high school friends that I have drifted apart from.   

I am reading the newest Tom Perrota novel and really enjoying it.

Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
1:38 am
Belinda's Party

Forgot to post about this...

On Wednesday night. I went to Kristi's Mom's 50th Birthday Party, AKA " Bel's Fifty and Fabulous." She threw herself a cocktail party in her backyard.

First off, there is no such thing as a tame Belinda party. She is crazy and her friends are just like her. Generally, I am very shy when meeting new people. You can't be shy at a Belinda party. It's like being thrown in a shark tank. You just get over it really fast and adjust. 

I spent a majority of the evening talking to "The Bitches." These are a group of women that Belinda vacations with every year. They had tee-shirts made that say, "Bitch 1", "Bitch 2", "Bitch 3" and "Bitch 5." It attracts a lot of attention, although I don't think that attracting attention could ever be an issue. 

The party had about forty women, ten dogs, loads of alcohol and one man. The guy was the chef and he was under strict order to stay in the kitchen! I had Belinda's newest puppy on my lap the entire night. About ten of the people from the party were heading to Texas the next day to celebrate Belinda's birthday at a ranch. Kristi is kind of quiet like me, so I can't wait to hear her stories when she gets back. I am hoping to see her tomorrow or Tuesday. If I don't see her then, I might not see her until next spring, when I am planning on going to Washington for her Vet School graduation.



Current Mood: Eh
1:24 am
 This morning I was alerted to the fire at Universal through a bunch of phone calls and cell phone messages. I was supposed to have been at work today, but I called in sick. I am in tomorrow, so I will get the scoop then! 

Last night, we did the "Relay For Life" event. It is a twenty-four hour event, where participants walk around a track to raise money for The American Cancer Society. My friend, Shannah, was the chairwoman for her Jaycee group, so we participated as part of their group. We had the 12-2am time slot. We didn't really walk at a fast pace, but we managed to go a little over six miles in the two hours. I haven't been exercising, so it made me sore. This was the primary reason for calling in sick. I had forgotten to request Sunday off and we got home super late. It was also emotionally draining. The event has something called they Illuiminaria, where you can buy a bag with a candle in it for someone who has died or survived cancer. We got one for my mom and one for Marc's stepmom. The bags lined the entire track, hundreds of them. At first, I tried looking for my mom and Susan, but I couldn't find them. Then I just started to get overwhelmingly sad, looking at all of the names and how some were personalized with pictures and messages. It got to me. and I was spent by the time I hit the bed. I slept until noon today.

Saw Indiana Jones and was really disappointed. That was the script that they held out for??? Really???

On Saturday we spent nearly four hours at Home Depot. We had to pick up the flooring that they are going to install on Wednesday. We thought they were going to bring it, but it turns out that it was our responsibility to get it to our house. Of course, we don't have a truck, so it took three trips. Also. Home Depot did not have our order prepared, so it was a lot of waiting around. Communication was terrible. We decided that their motto should be, "Home Depot, you can do it, We won't help." 

Current Mood: cranky
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
8:15 pm
 This morning I brought Spotless to the vet and my appointment was delayed an hour. A couple came in with their cat, who was dragging it's hind legs and unable to control it's bladder. The man was holding it in the blanket. It was a cute, fluffy calico.It turned out that they needed to put the cat down. I was waiting in the reception area, when the woman came out hysterical. The man came about five minutes later, crying. It was awful. I have had to put two animals down and it was among the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. I felt really bad for them. When I brought Spotless into the exam room, I could see the body of the cat on a metal table to the side. It wasn't in the exam room, but the room is partially open to the back area. It was a bad start to the morning.

Spotless is doing a little better. He lost about a pound, but some of his Kidney function is almost normal. He is still technically in renal failure, but not doing too bad. I need to bring him back for another blood test in August. When Spotless was being held at the vets, I came home to grab a book and let Nicolette have the run of the house. She loves to attack Spotless. The first thing she did was run out and look for him. When she didn't find him, she started howling and acting as if she was concerned. When I brought him home, she ran up to him, smelled him and bumped heads with him. I think she may have missed him!

Home Update- The flooring for the upstairs bathroom has been started. Initially they thought that we might need to rip out the tub, but it's stable. Tomorrow they are going to finish the job. Hopefully we can tile it next week. A guy came to measure the kitchen counters. Next week, the hardwood floors go in. It's very slowly taking shape!

Back to the cat thing...on Sunday we went to brunch for Marc's birthday. My mom's best friend, Nancy, came along and we gave her a book that we had bought for her at the UCLA Festival of Books. Nancy is basically a stereotype of the crazy cat lady. She must have at least twelve cats and volunteers at a cat rescue. We found this book that a woman wrote from her cat's perspective. It seemed silly, but a good gift. We had the author sign it. The cat's name is "Chloe Ann." On the way to brunch, I was looking at the book and it turns out that the cat's original name was "Penny." My mom's name was Penny...kind of a freaky coincidence!

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
10:10 pm
General Update
The home remodeling has been moving along a little better. The kitchen cabinets were installed this week. The kitchen looks amazing. I cannot believe this is the same place I grew up in. It's totally different. Goodbye 70's! Not only does the kitchen look beautiful, it's also has a lot more functional space.  This was a huge step in the remodeling process, but there is still a ton of work to left to be done. All of my days off have been dedicated to getting the house ready and I am drained.

No news on the car front. I have my name in at three dealerships. The first one to find me a Metallic Grey/Package five Prius, gets the sale.

Work has been getting to me. We are short staffed in the office and everything is busier. The schedules are always more difficult in May due to summer training and extra special events. It seems like I am getting info late and am constantly revising. I was extra stressed on Friday and a complete bitch to everyone who crossed my path. Today, I apologized to as many people as possible. 

Tomorrow we are going to brunch for Marc's birthday. It's the first family birthday gathering that my mom won't be at. It's been making me sad. I have also been having terrible anxiety dreams involving my mom. I rarely have dreams that I remember, but I have had about five this week. I have woken up hysterically crying with each one. This has lingered with my throughout the day, making things hard.

Later this week, I am going to Kristi's mom's 50th birthday party. Kristi is in town for about a week, so I am sure that I will try to squeeze in some extra time with her. On Saturday/Sunday I am doing the "Relay For Life" event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. My friend Shannah is the chair for the event. I have known about this for over a month and I really have not done anything in the way of fundraising. It's important to me and I need to get going on it. 

I finally received the paperwork to have my mom's mortgage changed to my name. This is huge, because it has been a nightmare dealing with my mom's estate. On Friday, we finally have an appointment to meet with my mom's broker to have her stocks transferred to my name. It hasn't been such a big deal, because I am on my mom's checking account. Our bank knows the situation and when her monthly dividend checks come in, I am able to put them in her account and draw from it. It will be easier when it's all in my name and we can close out her checking/savings accounts. 

Marc and I went back to The Americana last weekend and I am still blown away by how nice it is. This time, I got to check out the new Barnes and Nobel. Not only is it huge, but the third floor has an amazing view of the complex. I bought summer clothes at J. Crew. So happy that Glendale now has a J. Crew and Anthropologie. I also checked out H&M, which I had heard good things about. I don't get the hype. It was a massive store that sells a lot of cheap and mostly ugly clothes. It's like IKEA for fashion. The place was packed with teenagers and the impossible to navigate. No thanks! We also ate at the Jewel City Dinner. I had a mushroom Swiss dog...not as good as Pinks, but a cute place. 

Finally got my hair cut and colored. It has more blond in it than I had expected, but it looks good. The salon didn't book the correct amount of time for my appointment, so Vanessa had to stay late to finish me up. We were alone in the salon for about an hour and I stayed while she closed up. Vanessa is the only reason that I still go to Orpheum. I love how she cuts my hair and she makes me laugh.

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
10:42 pm
Amelia

Tonight, Fanny and I drove to Santa Monica to visit Julie in the hospital. When I saw Amelia, my heart completely melted. She is adorable and so, so small! She looks a lot like Daniel. She kept clenching her fists and making kitten sounds. Honestly, I completely fell in love with her. I can't wait to spoil her and take her to Disneyland when she gets older. I never really liked kids before, especially babies, so this was a completely unexpected reaction. I think it's because Julie is the closest thing that I have to a sister, so Amelia is family. Plus, I was overcome with happiness for Julie and Daniel.

Julie is doing ok. She is bleeding a lot and may need a blood transfusion. Mostly she is in pain and sleepy, which led to crankiness and a major meltdown. I think she will feel a lot better in a few days. She seemed to relish giving us the gory details of her labor. No kids for me thanks!

This was the first time I have been back to a hospital since the morning that my mom died. It was a little difficult, luckily not the same hospital. However, the main entrance, was also the waiting area for surgery. I saw people worried and crying. I am really glad that we were visiting Julie for something positive. I needed this!



Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
6:04 pm
Julie!!!
 About an hour ago, Julie had her daughter and I was the very first person that they called! Mother and baby are doing great and they still need to pick a name. It's between Amelia and Samantha. I hope they pick Amelia! I didn't expect to be, but I am beyond excited about this. I have had my cell phone on for days, in anticipation. I had no idea that it would be such a long, drawn out process. I have had over a hundred text messages from Julie in the last couple of days.  I can't wait to actually meet the baby.

Today was filled with stops and starts. I had to be in Glendale by eight to meet the kitchen contractors. It was supposed to take about five hours, but they finished in less than three. They showed up on time and were super nice. They also helped me set up the spare refrigerator in the garage. It is very weird to see the kitchen completely empty with big holes in the walls. It's has thirty years of dirt in certain places!

The plumber was supposed to show up between 9-1pm. He still had not shown up when the kitchen guys left, so I called the company to give them my cell number. I was told that he would be there around one, but he would call when he was on his way over.

Fanny picked me up for lunch and we had Japanese.  She has been having a rough year too, so it was good to talk and catch up. Her pregnancy is finally starting to show! We are hoping to visit Julie later in the week.

I was back at one and the guy didn't show until almost three. The repair would take about two hours, plus he had to pick up some parts. I had a salon appointment in the early evening, so I didn't have the time to wait while he fixed it. Now, he has to come back...although, he gave us ten percent off, since he was so late. This is a good thing, because the upstairs bathroom is turning into a costly nightmare!

I ran a few errands and got home...checked my email...the salon had sent an email asking me to confirm my own appointment. Apparently the receptionist never wrote it down. This was an hour before I was supposed to have my appointment. I called and they had the time already filled. If I had known earlier, I could have stayed to have the bathroom fixed. I was livid! I have since calmed down, but an hour ago, I was livid.

Totally off of the subject, the Survivor finale was fantastic. It was one of the best seasons, filled with so many unexpected blindsides. I loved it!

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, May 10th, 2008
7:08 pm
I Have Antlers!

I was just posting on Book Crossing and I noticed that I have been gifted with Antlers! This was so nice and it has made my day! I have no idea who the anonymous BC's might be, but it was such a sweet surprise. 

This morning Marc and I stimulated the economy. We basically used our entire stimulus check (and then some) on new glasses. We each got prescription reading glasses and prescription sunglasses. It wasn't the most fun way to spend the money, but it was necessary. I happened to pick shades of lavender in both pair. They are both very different from my current glasses, so I am excited about my new look!

I went to our third book club meeting, where we discussed "Covenant with a Vampire." We also managed to get a few more group members. We are expanding!!! Dawn is going to look into creating a website for our group and we are hoping to establish an official bookcrossing zone. I still need to do my first wild release. I am a little bit hesitant with trying a wild release. I kind of like knowing that my books are going to someone who wants them. I love doing RABCK! I need to give up control and try a wild release. 

Julie is still in labor and as of this morning, she is still at home. Yesterday, she fell down the stairs in her house and tore a ligament in her ankle. Her husband called an ambulance and they took her to the hospital. The baby was ok though! A very scary situation.



Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, May 9th, 2008
12:15 am
Really cool, if it works...

As anyone who watches TV knows, Universal has recently launched a big push towards environmentalism. "Green is Universal." We get email and audix updates on changes the company is making to become more green. One of these changes, caught my eye today. It was about junk mail and a company called Green Dimes. 

I have been desperately trying to reduce the amount of junk mail that my mom received. I have called no less than forty catalogs and I cannot even begin to count the number of charity solicitations that have some through. Really, there is an organization for EVERYTHING! 

So, I decided to check out the green dimes website to see if it might be worth. I signed up and it looks like it might be a good deal. I can list all of the junk mail and they will make the calls for me. I am loving this! Not sure if it will work, but for twenty bucks, I am willing to give it a shot.



Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, May 8th, 2008
6:52 pm
Quick Update

Something happy for Mother's Day...My best friend is currently in labor! Julie's baby has decided to come a few weeks early for Mother's Day!  I have been on the phone with her all day, as she is still at home, not quite ready to go to the hospital. Apparently the doctor gave her the option, but she decided to stay home until the contractions got worse. This is all very exciting and I have my phone close by for any updates.

Monday night, we had a fantastic book crossing meet up to celebrate Otakuu and Six4Paula's trip to California. Also in attendance were Inksmudge ( who made beautiful place cards), Scout-Finch, Beteljooz, Misstree and Mrtree. I laughed so much that my stomach was still aching the next day! It was extra special meeting Otakuu, she gives the best hugs! I am definitely going to try to make the 2009 New Zealand Convention a reality!

Buying a new car is proving to be difficult. I have decided that I want a package five, metallic gray Prius. Currently, the demanding is far exceeding the supply. I have two dealers looking for me. They can pre-sell the car to me, but they can't officially do it until they have the car touch US soil. On Tuesday night, I had a dealer in Glendale tell me that my car was at the port and to make it mine, I would need to sign the contracts. The earliest that I could get there was Wednesday night and someone else had already signed the paper work. Grrrrrrrrr!

The upstairs bathroom has more damage than previously thought and will require more extensive work. The kitchen is being demolished on Tuesday.



Current Mood: chipper
Monday, May 5th, 2008
12:04 am
Stagecoach 2008

Yesterday I went to the Stagecoach music festival. It was a ton of fun and I will definitely be back in 2009. A few thoughts...

1. Excellent people watching. Seriously, probably the best people watching that I have ever encountered. Country music fans are crazy, especially the people who did the onsite camping.

2. Dierks Bently is hot! I have a new celebrity crush.

3. Taylor Swift didn't disappoint. She was adorable live and performed all of the songs that I was hoping she would.

4. Stagecoach is the week after Coachella. It's basically the same thing, with different music and much cheaper beer. I went to Coachella a few years ago, but it seemed like Stagecoach was twice as crowded.

5. I never thought it could be possible, but I ate too much BBQ. They had a BBQ contest with about thirty companies giving samples of their BBQ. We bought ten tickets to try samples, but the samples were more like entire plates. I ate until I simply couldn't eat anymore...so good!

5. Next year, I am wearing pink cowgirl boots. This is non-negotiable!

In unrelated news...I saw the new Americana mall in Glendale today. It's really impressive. Glendale now has J.Crew, Kielh's, Anthropologie and a whole bunch of cool stores that I have never heard of before...It has a park area, a trolley and Belagio esque fountains. It's very similar to the Grove, but I think it's prettier. I think I am wooed by it enough to not be concerned about the traffic it's going to bring. I am sure that I will bitch about it  in December though!



Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
8:07 pm
Amy Nudged Me!

I received a nudge from Amy and it made me realize that I had not posted in a very long time! Hi Amy!

A ton of things have happened...let me try to hit the highlights...

Glendale Home- We have still not moved in. The place is requiring a lot more work than we had initially thought. We are hoping to move sometime within the next 6-8 weeks. One of the biggest thing is the discovery of termite damage in the upstairs bathroom. We need to completely replace the floor. Not fun!

New Car- I have been shopping around for a new car. It am trying to decide between a Civic Hybrid and a Prius. Any thoughts?

Friends- Kristi and Kevin visited in March. I wrote this in my last post, but what I didn't write, is later that week I went out with Kristi's family for Tepanyaki. Kristi's cousin, Dusty, was the rose queen this last year...I dinned with the queen! kind of silly. I also had breakfast with Dene and Paul. I met their new baby, Sierra. Sierra was adorable and she didn't cry once! I have had coffee a few times with my high school friend, Kahlil. Reconnecting has made me happy. He's funny and gets me thinking creatively. Marc and I also had dinner with my friend Shannah and her husband, Brian. I had not seen Shannah in eleven years! She is the chairwoman for a relay for life event in May. We both signed up to walk in it.  Julie's baby shower turned out great, with minimal problems. She got so many presents that I think they need a bigger house. Seriously, the baby is set and is going to be very well dressed! As much as I bitched about it, I had fun planning it with Fanny. I have also discovered that babies are a lot of fun to shop for. I can't stop buying baby presents for everyone.

Family- Marc's family visited a few weeks ago. Here is the break down.

Tuesday- I picked up my fifteen year old nephew, Dillon, from the airport. We went to the Body World's exhibit. He held a human heart and thought it was cool. We took him to dinner at PF Changs and teased him, since he didn't know how to use chopsticks. I want to mail him some to practice with.

Wednesday- Marc's mom (Charlotte), her boyfriend (John), Marc's Brother ( Michael), Michael's wife (Michelle) and my niece, Morgan all arrived. We had tea at the Huntington and walked around the gardens. In the afternoon, we went on the Warner Brother's tour. The tour was great, we got to play on the sets of ER and Pushing Daisies. I walked inside the Pie Hole!

Thursday- Universal Studios. The kids did the indoor sky diving.

Friday- Disneyland...both parks, all day! 

Saturday- Morning spent waiting around for Michael and Michelle. We ate with them and then they headed to the airport. We took Dillon shopping and to the movies. The Ruins was awful...although I suppose anyone reading this could have told me that!

Sunday- Dillon had never been to a zoo. We took him to the LA Zoo, which was packed! The reptile house is closed due to renovations,. It had been awhile since I had been there. In the evening, we took Dillon the the airport.

Book Stuff- I went to the LA Times festival of books on Sunday. I bought a lot and got a book signed by Gina Nahai. I have gone to my second book club meeting and the third is set for the tenth of May. I am also arranging a meet up for the 5th, which is when Evelyn and Paula are visiting California. I am especially excited for this one!

I think those are the big highlights. This Saturday I am going to the Stage Coach Festival!!!! I get to see Taylor Swift!!!! I have been excited over this for months and it's finally here. Yippee!!!!



Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
11:50 pm
Kristi and Kevin

Kristi and Kevin are visiting this week from Washington. I had dinner with them and they kept me laughing the entire time. They were both exactly what I needed. I wish they lived closer!!!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
7:57 pm
Facials and Remodeling
This evening I went over to my mom's house to check the progress of the remodel. Most of the house has it's first coat of paint and the colors that we picked look better than I had imagined. Here is what we picked, all Behr paint..

1. Stable Hay- Downstairs living/dining room/ kitchen and the stairway/upstairs hallway

2.Silver Service- Master Bedroom

3. Cool Melon - Second bedroom ( The office/reading room)

4.Indian Paint Brush- Downstairs Bathroom

5. Yellow Brick Road- Upstairs Bathroom

It looks really, really good. Sunday, we picked out the carpet/tile/wood for the flooring. Saturday, we finalize the kitchen remodel, which is pretty much an entire overhaul- cabinets/counter tops/sink/et...The designs that we have seen so far, look great. The window coverings still need to be measured and picked out. We are replacing them in the whole house. I am still overwhelmed, but I can see it pulling together.

Sunday morning, I had a facial. The esthetician, convinced me to upgrade to an acne facial, since my face was so broken out. I never had bad skin, until a few years ago. It's frustrating! It's extra bad now, because of all of the stress. The acne facial was very painful for a majority of the hour it took. I felt like she was rubbing my face with sand paper.Two of the treatments were peels that were almost unbearable. She also used an electric pulse to kill bacteria. I left with what looked like a really bad sunburn. It looked bad enough that I got several comments. Today, it started peeling...really peeling...peeling all over. I almost called in sick to work, because it looked so bad. I think most of the peeling is done and the redness has started to fade and now I can see a huge improvement. It was totally worth it. I need to remember this for when I need to go back for another treatment in three weeks!  

Spotless is now living with us in Pasadena. He used to be submissive and terrified of Nicolette. The tables have turned. Spotless refuses to back down and it's making her nervous. The good news is there has been very little drama, only a little bit of hissing. If I had known that it would be this easy, I would have brought him over here when my mom was in the hospital.

Current Mood: Itchy
Monday, March 10th, 2008
8:13 am
Susan
I just got off the phone with my father-in-law. His wife, Susan, passed away this morning. She had been battling cancer for as long as I have known Marc. Even though I only met her twice, I am really sad by this news. I knew it was coming, but it doesn't make it easier, especially so close to my mom.  
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