Thursday, December 27, 2007

To Tide You Over

Unfortunately I still feel as crappy as I did yesterday...but I was able to download half of my photos and post a few for you.

Here is Syd with her horse that was an early gift from one of Rebekkah's co-workers.

Here are the twins hanging out and looking cute.

Here are Maddy and Bow hard at work when we were decorating cookies.

More to come soon, I promise!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Snotville

I'm back....sniff...sniff...have a cold...cough...cough...feel like crap...got some great gear...sniff...will blog later....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday, December 24, 2007

Nice Outfit!

My sister-in-law worked on the new movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall earlier this year. Yes…most of it takes place in Hawaii, and yes…she got to live there for a few months! So lucky I know! I really wanted to go visit her, but I didn’t have any days to spare. Anyway, the trailer just came out, and I thought you’d like to check it out!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Giving has Begun

Yesterday Jen, Sam and I had our gift exchange and let me tell you I TOTALLY SCORED! I first got a hand made knitted scarf from Sam. It looks SO nice and perfect that it totally looks like it was bought in a store! It’s also the perfect length and thickness. I’m even MORE impressed because as some of you will recall I took a ‘beginning knitting class’ this past summer, and made that sweet hobbit pot holder.

I can’t wait to model my scarf in freezing Fortuna next week. I also realized last week that I totally blew it and didn’t officially ask anyone for a scarf this year! I mentioned it to my mom a week ago, so we will see if I get another one. My ones from last year are looking a little ratty…and I don’t think John likes me dipping into his scarf stash.

Sam also made Jen an identical purple one. I know most of you may think it is odd that I did not get the purple one, but my color tastes have changed over the last 10 years, and I am more keen to pink now days. Am I reverting back to a little girl? Should I be worried? Bring me a scotch! See? I’m still mature.

So I was originally going to paste myself into the photo of Sam and Jen, and not spend a lot of time making it look legit. However…it totally looks good and I hardly did anything to it!

Jen got Sam and I the CUTEST sewing kits to hold all of our sewing supplies! I’ve never seen such a cute/modern/young sewing kit in my life and was totally worried that I’d be suck with a dorky/old ladyish one like my mom has. Sorry to be so harsh mom, but I know you will want one just like mine after you see it!

Isn’t this better than a zip lock bag?

Even the handle is super cute!

Last night when I thought the gift giving was done for the day I received a package on the front door…and on the box it said Cheryl & Co.!! I could not believe it! First John accused me of ordering myself some cookies, and I had to tell him no way (as I was making cookies at the time).

Last year I tried a Cheryl & Co. cookie for the first time at work, and discovered the BEST COOKIES EVER! How had I not had one of these frosted pieces of heaven before? The cookies weren’t even in my department but I was able to steal about 3 of them. After that I sent out an email to some of you telling you that if you needed to get someone a gift and didn’t know what to get them, then get them some Cheryl & Co. cookies. I was really dropping the hint to my mom in hopes that she would order some for the family, but that did not happen. I guess I should have titled the email ‘IF YOU DO NOT BUY THESE COOKIES ONE OF YOUR DOGS MAY SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.’

Even though my mom did not get the hint, my friend Jaymie sure did! I can’t believe she remembered from last year, and that I have a whole box to myself, AND they all have frosting! There are even peppermint ones and chocolate mint flavors in the box. Both new flavors to me! I will be taking the ones I don’t finish with me to Fortuna, so if you are lucky, I might give you one. However I think I will just give my mom a bite and then make her beg for more. Christmas brings out the best in me. What can I say?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Decor

In-between all of the holiday preparation madness I was able to take a few photos last night around the house. Here are the stockings I made. I definitely didn’t think I’d finish them in time, but they were actually hung near the beginning of the month!

Here is our REAL tree:

Here is our FAKE snowman tree:

Sorry this is so short, but I must bake! On to the kitchen!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Tid Bits

How come I have never heard of the Apple Carmel drink at Starbucks?? I had two this past weekend and it is one of the best things I have ever tasted!!! Thank goodness it’s seasonal!

My good friend Molly received the Christmas gift I sent her last week. I saw it on Oprah’s favorite things and I knew she was the perfect person to receive the gift. She blogged about it here if you are wondering what it was.

Molly and Sarah also had their annual cookie decorating party this weekend too. Unfortunately I was not able to travel to Sacramento to attend it, but I think Sarah’s blog about it sums up what a success it was! (Plus you must see how creative they are with their cooking skills!)

I also found another LOST preview online, and this one looks much better!



Monday, December 17, 2007

Last Party

This past weekend I totally transformed into Christian from PR…in the fact that I was a sewing MAD WOMAN! Ok, so maybe I wasn’t as fast as Christian, but I felt like it at times. I of course waited until the last minute to work on my homemade Christmas gifts. Now I can’t list what they were as some of the receivers of the gifts do read this blog. So you all will have to wait. So sorry suckers. I was able to get them all done yesterday, even though it did take all day. I was pretty pleased with the results, and I do think my awesome sewing teacher Sam would have been proud.

Things have been so busy these last few weeks that I’ve really been behind in my normal holiday season chores…such as wrapping. However John ‘The Gift Wrapping Elf’ showed up yesterday and totally saved the day! He wrapped almost all of the gifts we have bought this year, which is a total first. I’m not saying that he hasn’t wrapped before...just maybe 10% of the gifts we buy. Needless to say I am extremely thankful for his help. I still have a few CDs to burn and some iron on transfers to make, but then I’ll be lookin’ good. Only 4 more days to get it done!

Saturday was more of a fun day than Sunday, as we went and saw No Country for Old Men…or is it Old Country for No Men? Whatever it was, it was really good. The main crazy guy was SO good! He totally creeped me out, (no, I’m not referring to his haircut, but that was also totally creepy).

In his defense, the movie did take place in the 80’s. There were only a few far-fetched items that happened in the plot, but they were minor enough not to drive me too crazy.

We also had John’s bosses holiday dinner at his house. It was pretty fun, and the food was really good, (they had it catered). We tried to show up fashionably late and were almost the last couple to arrive! Talk about a close call!

Once again, I think we were the youngest couple. It’s so weird feeling like you really shouldn't be there. I was just lucky I was able to hang close to John’s side in the beginning…I didn’t really want to chat with the rest of the ladies/moms.

It seemed as though whoever picked thee o' hor dourves was trying just a bit too hard to have unusual items…or maybe it was a little too fru-fru for me. Whatever the case was I wasn’t too fond of them...where was the guac? However…they totally made up for it in the dinner portion. They served prime rib and it was SO good. I rarely order prime rib, (because I’m cheap), but whenever I have it I always forget how much I LOVE it. I totally lucked out and got a great cut w/ a big solid meat center...unlike the poor bloke next to me who had a huge fat streak through the middle of his. But it obviously didn’t slow him down as he ATE THE WHOLE THING. So did the gentlemen to my left. This had not been the first time I had seen someone eat the FAT and all, so I wasn’t too shocked…ok I was! How can they chew that fat and get it down? EWWWW! I get nauseous just thinking about it!

My parents will be proud that I did eat some of my veggies. But the only reason I liked the veggies because they were SO sweet. I think they were coated in sugar, so I’m sure they were good for me. I actually think they were sweeter than the dessert!

I forgot to mention that there were two tables of guests. One main table and a smaller table in another room. I definitely thought we would be sitting at the smaller table, and I was actually a bit miffed when we didn’t, as I knew two of the couples sitting at that table. But instead we sat at the main table, one couple down from the boss himself! So I took that as a good sign. However they sat us man, lady, man and our spouses were sitting across from us…a total pain as I couldn't eat off of John's plate.

We actually wound up staying there until 11pm. I know! It was totally past my bedtime. I tried to make a few jokes about that, like HINT HINT I’m ready to go, but I think people actually thought I was joking! It wasn’t until I nodded off and my head fell and hit the table that I think people finally got the hint.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Dreaded Orange Toe

Growing up, I would look forward to December 24th every year. Nothing could beat going to bed at night and waking up to gifts magically appearing under the Christmas tree. I would wake up and slowly creep down the stairs to check the scene. I’d have to snoop as best I could without making it obvious that a bull didn’t come running through the living room.

I always loved how there was always something partially sticking out of my stocking. Just giving me the slightest glimpse of the goodies. Our stockings would always be filled with the best stuff, until we reached the bottom. What would be in there you ask? A lump of coal? NO WAY! You know I was always a good girl. It was actually worse than that! It was an ORANGE! Can you believe it? Like I wanted fruit on Christmas? Give me candy, cookies, or rum, but not an orange! It was always such a let down as everything I would take out of the stocking would get better and better, and then it would end with the orange. EVERY YEAR! I eventually figured out that it was my parents great tactic of taking up space, and as much as I hated it, it is kind of smart.

Until last month I had always thought hat I was the one who had the evil orange giving parents…until I sent out a simple Christmas survey to my friends. One of the questions was:

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

My answer: Oranges (in my stocking as a kid)

My good friend Maggie was nice enough to fill out the survey and send it back to me. All was normal, until I reached this question:

6. Favorite gift received as a child:

Her answer: I always loved my stocking. except for the orange in the toe EVERY YEAR!

COINCIDENCE? I DON’T THINK SO! Those Fortuna Co-op moms were totally pulling an orange scam on all of us young innocent kiddies! Admit it ladies!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I'll Save you Jack!

So I’ve found a few videos to share with you this week. The first one may not be for all of you, but for all of you LOST fans, here is the first trailer for season 4!!! I am SO excited! I really hope they do a recap episode before the season premiere though. I know a lot of stuff happened in the season finale last year, but I don’t remember what! Well I do remember that Charlie died and they made contact with someone on a radio, but that is about it.

Let’s hope they move it to a 9 o’clock time slot as well. As much as I love the show, I can’t stay up that late.

There are a lot of quick scene flashes in the video, so you will probably have to watch it in slo mo.

I also found this diaper changing video from America’s Funniest Home Videos. Even though the video is mostly of males, I know I would be right in there with them!


I’ve also received this following video from a few people, so I’ve decided to post the link. It’s the video on how well hotels clean their drinking glasses. SO UNSANITARY! I’m surprised they aren’t rinsing them out in the toilets!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tis' the Season to Par-tae

This weekend was my company’s holiday party. I had been looking forward to the party ALL year since it was so much fun last year. Last year they had a ‘casino’ after dinner, which was great. It had been a long time since I had gambled, and I forgot how much I loved it! At the end of the night they had a raffle for various prizes/gift cards. One prize was the birthday package that included your birthday off of work. I wanted it SO bad that I talked about winning it all night…and I did! Talk about luck! John and I made sure to take advantage of the extra three-day weekend, so we went to Tahoe. Of course I wanted to gamble some more! I had just started at the party!

This year the party was in Avila and they had hired a DJ and magician instead of having the gambling. I was pretty disappointed that I would be able to beat my co-workers at Black Jack, but it was still just as fun as last year.

How many of you have hairdressers that style your hair so perfect after you get your haircut? Well I learned last year to schedule my December haircut on the day of the party so I could take advantage of my hair lookin’ good. So I highly recommend that to all of you...be wise in the way of scheduling your hair cuts.

I also decided to get my eye make up done at Gottschalk’s. I had called Sephora, but do you know that they make up half of your face, and then instruct you on how to do the other half?? Have you ever heard of that? There is NO WAY I could match the work of a make up artist! Plus…how are you supposed to see what she is doing if you have your eyes closed? I could understand if you went with a friend and could watch them put the make up on, but who are they kidding? At least at Estee Lauder they just have a minimum purchase of two items. I think that is a way better idea to avoid people taking advantage of a free make over. Don’t you go to professionals because YOU CAN'T do it? Anyway my chick totally rocked, and I’m thinking about getting it done this weekend as well. (We have another party).

I was also lucky enough to find a new dress at the end of the week that even had red in it! What are the chances? As you can see from the photo I was also able to get John to agree to wear a matching tie. Look how nicely we match! It took maybe 10 YEARS before John would even fathom wearing something that matched. Let me tell you that I’m so glad he has matured!

The party started with cocktail hour, which was pretty good. The bartender however was a little slow. I kind of felt sorry for him because he was by himself, trying to serve maybe 80 peeps? I first ordered a cosmo (as he did not have the ingredients for a lemon drop). It was surprisingly good…well maybe that was because I couldn’t taste the alcohol! I later met up with another co-worker who tells me she got a vodka and cranberry and it was like 95% vodka! And she told me she didn’t even tip him! What the heck? I totally got the shaft! John told me that I should take off my sweater and bend over the bar to show him some goods…then maybe that way I’d get a stronger drink. I passed on that suggestion.

Here is Sam, myself and Jen pre-dinner:


Here is John and I. This is the best photo we had of the night, and look who stuck her big mug in it?? Yeah some random waitress! I tried to have Jen take another but somehow the camera got put on video mode and it didn't work. By the time we got it fixed, we had to dance. I'll just have to blur her out if I ever print it.

Right before our main courses were served the magician came over to our table to show us some tricks. I was totally lucky as he picked me to be his semi assistant! His first trick was awesome. He had me pick a book (out of two) and then he was flipping the pages towards me and then when he was done he told me to remember one of the words. Then he told John to pick an object in the room and to think about it. He said he wasn’t going to read our minds, but he called it something else. Anyway, he asked me how many syllables my word had and then asked me about the shape of the first word. I can’t remember the questions he asked John, but needless to say the guessed my word and John’s object!!!!!! I can kind of understand how he figured out mine, because he could have just memorized the words in the book….but John’s was the Exit sign! Totally random!

He also did some really cool card tricks. He was working with one guy at our table specifically and at a table next to ours this one guy kept yelling out different cards trying to confuse the dude, and let me tell you a fight almost broke out! Well maybe not, but it could have! The magician told the heckler to ‘Shut the F*%k up.’ And it totally bruised the heckler’s ego! So then the heckler started talking about meeting him out in the back parking lot. Pretty funny.

After dinner the dancing started and it was really fun. One of the hits with the crowd was when they played YMCA. The DJ had brought out all of the different village people hats as well. Who doesn't have fun when props are involved? I didn’t think John was going to make it on the floor for that one but then all of the sudden he shows up with a sailor hat and a bottle of wine! I was trying to get him to go set it down, as that’s not the type of impression I really wanted him to make on my boss, but it didn’t work. I later realized that I think he was just using that as a prop, because he wasn’t even drinking any white wine! What a turd.

I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t play many modern songs, which they didn’t…but they did play Sexy Back. It was an all female crowd until John came out and then proceeded to dance with each lady…including my boss! It was really funny.

I think the dancing only lasted an hour because there is a noise ordinance in Avila that it needs to be quiet at 10pm! Can you believe that one? It was such a bummer because everyone was really starting to get down and dance right before the DJ quit.

The night closed with the raffle where I didn’t win ANYTHING! I am SO mad. I was totally spoiled in winning last year AND winning one of the best gifts. Jen won though, so I was happy for her. She got a baking basket that had a ton of pink kitchenware. It was really cute. I’m hoping that next year they might have a few big gifts, but also have small amount gift cards for everyone. I think it would be nice if everyone got to leave with something. It was a major bummer coming home empty handed.

Even though the 'official' party ended, a big group of us headed down the street to the one bar in town, Mr. Rick’s. I was really surprised at how nice it was in there. For some reason I thought it would be totally scummy like The John’s Club in Fortuna. (Sorry non-Humboldt peeps, there is definitely not a website for the John’s club. Maybe I’ll get a photo of it when I’m home in a few weeks).

John and I played a round of pool and won, but we only played once because you needed 5 quarters to play. Who carried quarters around with them? I almost went out side and started begging for some change, but decided to pass. My boss and her husband were even part of the after party crowd! I was totally impressed…especially when we all left after midnight because we were so tired, and they were still going strong!

I can’t wait for next year! I’ll try to get the photos on ofoto this week, but until then, here are some of my favorite dancing photos:





This was a coaster that they had at the bar we went to after the party. As you can see I'm really proud to be associated with Humboldt. Who wouldn't be?


Sunday, December 9, 2007

I've got Mail?

Ever since I was a little kid, I have always loved receiving mail...and things haven't really changed in that regard. Receiving Christmas cards during the holiday season is just one more aspect that makes me love this time of year. Now with the invention of photo Christmas cards has made it even better! Can you believe it? I mean who thinks of these things?

Back in the day I couldn't wait until John and I were married so we could send out our own photo card together. There was no way I was going to send one out before I got the ring...I wasn't going to pull a move like Mona did on Friends to poor Ross. (This was also of course before the fact that I realized that you didn't have to be married to send out a photo card...duh). I would say within the first 24 hours of being engaged I was already planning out what our first Christmas photo card would be! (Let me know if you all want to see the 5 we have, and I will post them).

As more and more of my friends started having kids I received more and more photo cards with their children on them. Don't get me wrong...I love seeing my friend's kids, but I also like to see my friends! So any photo card I get that has the WHOLE family in it is my favorite. (Jayenna your card is awesome this year!) A couple of years ago, I was complaining to Rebekkah about how I like the family Christmas cards and not just the kid cards. So just for me, she sent the following custom card:

Isn't it realistic?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A, B, C, or D?

A good friend of mine recently told me that her daughter might have a learning disability. I told her how lucky she is that they are going to test her while her daughter is still young. Granted it totally sucks to have a disability, but one of the best things is to diagnosis it early.

I didn’t get diagnosed until I was a junior in high school…but even after I was diagnosed it didn’t make a difference. My school didn’t have any resources for students with learning disabilities, (only physical and mental disabilities). My disability is in language comprehension, and not really debilitating. So I was able to get by until high school…until I started taking multiple-choice tests. Talk about my kryptonite!! I would fail about every test I took…even though I read the book and did all the homework associated with the subject.

It wasn’t until my junior English teacher asked my sophomore teacher if I had the same type of test results in their class, which I did. Then they brought it to my mom’s attention and I was tested. Who knows if another teacher of mine would have noticed? What if I had never gotten tested? I knew something was wrong, but I had no idea what. None of my other friends had any problems with the tests.

I didn’t get any help until I went to college, where they actually had a center for students with learning disabilities. I couldn’t believe it! I received tutoring, extra time on my exams, and early registration. The tutoring really helped me with my English classes. The paper assignments were killers. I didn’t get much help with the multiple-choice tests…I just had to pray for Cs. I would study so hard and barely pass, while other piers would kind of study and get Bs. It was really frustrating.

In one class I had a history professor who gave his students the option of either a multiple-choice test OR an essay test! I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! I know most teachers don’t give essays because they don’t like to grade them, but I think maybe 5 students out of a class of 60 opted for the essays. Guess what I got in that class? A B!! Probably one of my only B’s in my general ed classes.

Let me just tell you that my history professor was definitely not the norm. I had THE WORST astronomy teacher…Mr. Fraknoi. (Isn’t that awful that I remember the name of my BAD teacher and not the good one?) This guy gave out all multiple choice exams and quizzes…BUT he gave out the SAME exact quizzes/exams EVERY YEAR. So when it came time for me to get extra time on my test, he threw a hissy fit about giving his exam to the disability center. He was so mad and wrote on the envelope that he was giving them his exam against his will and did not think this was right. Basically a bunch of crap. I guess he thought I would be able to sneak out of the testing room…tip toe over to the copier…and make a bunch of copies…because as you know, my goal was to take down the Fraknoi Empire!

Two other wonderful facts about him…he wouldn’t let any of the students take their tests home with them…and he even had a quiz where all the answers were option C. I remember changing one of my answers to a different letter, because I thought there was no way they could all be C’s. I also met another student who failed his class the first time, but retook it and got an A because he remembered all the answers from the first time. I mean if any teacher deserves and award it sure is him!

Most of the teachers I had were understanding of my disability. Granted it’s a pain to have deal with students who need extra time, but it’s also a pain to have a disability! I hope that teachers now days know what to expect when they have students with disabilities. I’m just thankful that I was able to find a major where my grades were not based only on multiple-choice exams…and that it was something I enjoyed and was decently good at.

This is why it’s so hard for me to believe people when tell me that they enjoy my writing on this blog. I thought people were just being polite, but then I heard it more than once. Now I’m slowly starting to believe it. Well I barely believe it. It’s like all your life you’ve had small boobs, and then one day people are telling you that you have the biggest boobs ever, (sans a boob job)! Would you believe them?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Wanted Dead or Alive


My friend Sarah made the graphic above as a birthday gift to her friend. I thought it was so clever that I’d share it with the rest of you!

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Time is Here!

Christmas is definitely in the air, and I love seeing reminders of it every day! Even though I've been in Christmas mode since the beginning of November, it's nice to have everyone caught up! I mean come on people! Tis' the mother grabbin' season!

Last week I went to my first holiday event of the season! I heard about a holiday boutique here in town from another blog that I stock, oh I mean frequent! The boutique was being held at a lady's home that was a little bit outside of town. I must say that Jen and I found it with no problem, however we heard that tons of people got lost! In fact I remember seeing some people pulling down wrong streets, and thinking that they were probably lost. Did I stop to help? No way! I just laid on the horn and yelled 'SUCKERS! I'M GOING TO BEAT YOU AND BUY ALL OF THE CUTEST ITEMS!' out the window. Ok so maybe I didn't do that as I do have some Christmas spirit. I did give the other drivers the benefit of the doubt because there weren't any streetlights around. I was just lucky to have a good co-pilot.

We knew we were close when Jen spotted the rays of a flash light up ahead with her eagle eye. As we got closer we saw this young boy, (no doubt the son of the household), out there waving the crazed shoppers in the driveway. You just know he was lovn' that job!

We parked and were then told, (by the man of the house), that a 'shuttle' would be back soon to take us up the rest of the hill! Jen and I looked at each other like 'you've got to be kidding!' Where the heck were we going? I was hoping we wouldn't be a part of 'Deliverance II: Christmas Shoppers in the Wild.' Luckily Ned Beatty was not our shuttle driver, so we were safe. The shuttle took us to this magnificent house. It was quite breathtaking and we weren't even there in the daytime!

We walked in and it was already a mad house with rich older women having the 'crazed shopper' look in their eye. One of the first places we stopped was at Lisa's jewelry, and let me tell you it looked even better in person! I could not believe it! I introduced myself to her as the blog stocker and she was very nice. Thank goodness! You never know how some might react. I guess it was good that I didn't look like a crazy person...just a crazy shopper.

There was so much to take in and so much going on. I wish I had photos to show you of the house, as I know my descriptions wouldn't do it justice. I do need to tell you that they had what looked to be like a craft room. On the wall were some cabinets with built in racks for wrapping paper and ribbons…along with family photo albums all neatly organized by year. Can you imagine having a room like that? They also had a gigantic chess set out in the back yard next to their pool. The decorating was amazing as well, and even though it was really nice and fancy, it still had the 'lived in' feeling. Or maybe that was the dirty underware I saw on the floor. Jk!

Seeing all of the different booths was very inspiring. It made me want to have my own craft business! But what would I sell? Aprons w/ the pockets sewn shut? Yeah those would sell like hot cakes! Any takers?

I bought these cute little holders that are for gift cards, and another gift for someone that I can't mention here on the blog.

Overall the stuff was really nice, but I have hard time buying things that I know I could make myself. This one lady was selling matching scarves and doggie jackets….for $55! Talk about over priced! Granted the yarn she used could have been pricey…but I know I could learn how to make those one day. (Sorry mom, you'll have to wait for those).

I'm so excited that the holiday season is upon us! I have holiday events every weekend in December and a few during the weekdays as well! Last year was my first really busy holiday season, and it was so much fun. I had John take down all of our holiday decorations last week from the attic, but were too tired to do anything with them! That is right…we are still recovering from Thanksgiving! But this weekend we got motivated and put up all the outside lights, got our tree up and decorated, (I) decorated our snowman tree, and I put out all of our other snowman decorations! I'll try to take some photos for you this week. I'm not sure how exciting they will be for you, but I've already had one request. Tis' the season!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

If Only

The other night on my way home from work I heard ‘Last Christmas’ by WHAM!, which is one of my favorite holiday songs. It instantly put me in a good mood and I continued to sign it when I got home. (Even though I only know 2 lines of the chorus).

John comes in the door singing PANTERA very loud an obnoxious. Granted the song probably sounded that way, but I was looking for a more peaceful tune like the one from WHAM!.

Our conversation went as follows:

“BABE! STOP SINGING THAT AWFUL SONG!’ (Yes, I had to yell because he was so loud).

“DA DUMMMMMM DA ZAPADULA DUMMMMM DA BOWWWW WOWWWWW”

“BABE! WE NEED TO BE SINGING CHRISTMAS SONGS RIGHT NOW!”

DOOOOOBEEEEEEEE SHOOOOOO DA DUMMMMM ZAPADULA

“BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABE!”

“RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE RAIN DEER…HAD A VERY SHINEY NOSE!”

“NO!! Not that song! The song from WHAM!”

“AND IF YOU EVER SAW IT…YOU WOULD EVEN SAY IT GLOWS.”

“BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABE!”

“Well I don’t know that song, why don’t you sing it to me?”

“No.” (By this point I was already too ticked off)

“Well at least give me the title.”

“Last Christmas.”

“LAST CHRISTMAS I GAVE YOU MY HEART...”

He totally knew it! I told him that was one of my faves and that he needed to download it for me. Then he tells me that he thought he already did last year. Whatever…I couldn’t remember.

So then he goes into our office to order me some gifts, (as I told him he needed to order them by the 30th. He is such a planner!) Two minutes later I hear the sweet sounds of WHAM! drifting out of the office along with John singing and dancing! I know deep in my heart that if John had been born 15 years earlier, was British, and had the chance to be a member of WHAM!, that they would still be touring as a threesome and John would be known as Johnny ‘Hot Pants’ Charles.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

You Know You Do Too

Last weekend when John and I went to Gus’ we parked behind a bright yellow Audi with the following license plate:

We were laughing so hard that I had to get a photo of to share with all of you! We didn’t see who the owners of this car were though. Who do you think owns it? Is there a retired porn star that lives in the area? Maybe it’s a sex therapist. I mean seriously! Who would have enough guts to have that on their car? Maybe it’s some single middle aged man lookin’ for a good time. I can't believe the DMV approved it! I bet they didn't get it. I doubt they would have accepted it if they did. For all these years I thought SLO was such a pure town…tisktisk. Oh how wrong I was!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fight Like you Live

Our thanksgiving really went off without a hitch…except that our house was a mad house! I'm just not used to A) big families, and B) being around a lot of kids. John told me that is how his household was growing up…always people over, always something going on.

I actually got off work early on Wednesday, can you believe it? I was in such shock that I almost had a coronary. It's the first day ALL year that I got off early. Granted it was at 3:30pm, but I'm not complaining! When I got home John and his dad were the only ones there. (Everyone else was at the hotel). John and I were able to make a few dishes in the quiet house and it was really nice and stressless. Having the family stay in a hotel was already showing its benefits! In less than 24 hours!

My plan for this Thanksgiving was to have as many dishes as possible already cooked BEFORE Thursday. Two years ago I had MAJOR stress in trying to use one oven for 4 dishes that needed to be baked. I was just hoping that my reheating theory would pay off.

The rest of the family, (John's mom, sister, bro-in-law, the 3 nieces, and one nephew), showed up around dinnertime. John's sister informed us that she HAD to eat by 5:30pm or her head would explode. We did not want to take that risk so we immediately headed to Bon Temps, (the local Creole restaurant in town). Dinner went ok, but the twins were awfully fussy. Big Guy told John and I that they normally aren't that fussy, and right after he said that I thought 'yeah right.' Then a split second later John said the same thing. We did learn however that the Big Guy WAS right, because that was the only fussy night the twins had.

Let me just tell you that I do not know how John's sister and bro-in-law do it! You all know how hard one baby is right? Imagine two!! At the same age!! It worked out well though because there was enough family to take over the kid duties. However the twins are in a very positive stage. Allie only wants to be held by John's mom and Chloe only wants to be held by her mom. So needless to say John and I didn't get to do too much holding. Do you think they might be over this phase by Christmas? I hope so!

On Thanksgiving morning John, Sarah, Maddy, Bow and myself headed to a near by park to participate in a fun run/walk! (It was either a two mile walk or an 8 mile run.) We met up with Sam, who ran the 8 miles, and also met up with Jen and her family.

Here is the crew before the start:
Our initial plan was to walk the two miles…but what happens when we start? Maddy and bow take off and decide to run! So John and Sarah ran with them, and I stayed and walked w/ Jen and her family. It kind of stunk that I couldn't walk with everyone, but I was not prepared to run! Let me tell you that it is something that I need to mentally prepare to do.

Here's an action shot of Maddy:

Jen and her family:

After we finished we decided to wait for Sam to come in. She did a really great job!

There was also this one runner who looked totally slim from the backside…but when he turned he had a HUGE beer belly! I had to get a photo because I had never seen a man with a belly like that in such great shape!

I had put the turkey in the oven before we left for the run/walk so it didn't have much time when we got back home. All I had to cook was the ham, turkey and gravy. It was GREAT! I could actually enjoy the day. Once the turkey was done we took it out and then put all the other dishes in the oven to warm up. I still can't believe how perfectly it worked out!

Here is a photo of the spread…along with some crazy man's eyeball.

This photo was actually taken BEFORE we ate.

It's quite similar to a photo I took two years ago. At least this one was AFTER we ate.

As you can tell the meal was a success:


I didn't really plan on any games or activities for the adults since I knew the kids would be entertaining…however the wii totally came in handy!

Here is a video of Maddy and bow boxing:


Here is a video of Auntie Jane and Maddy boxing:


Here's a family photo of the Cox's:
We didn't get any other family/group shots this year. I'm pretty bummed. I should have taken the initiative and done it. I'll have to do it at Christmas.

Here is one last shot. I thought it was too cute not to post!

The next morning everyone came over and it seemed like John's parents dog, Zip, had an accident in the back of the truck due to the ham carcass the Big Guy threw out in the back yard from the day before. Molly was hoping that Bonnie and Clyde didn't eat too much of it as well, since she normally doesn't feed them meat. We all then headed to the beach, (sans John and the Big Guy who stayed home to work on house projects). It was really fun at the beach, and I actually got a few good photos too.

Here is Sarah and Chloe:

Here is Molly and one of her babies Clyde:

Maddy was told to role up her pants so they didn't get wet. She listened really well!

Here's the whole family on the beach.

Here's a cute video of Chloe. She didn't realize I was filming her, and she kind of stops in her tracks when she realizes it.


I should have gone in front of them to get their faces, but I didn't want to get my shoes wet. Lame I know. I did get this portrait though:

Here is Sarah on the way back up the beach:

This has to be my favorite photo of them all. It was one of the few times I got to see Allie smile as well. I think I got 3 good shots of this too!! What a cutie! I think she takes after her Godmother.
We stopped off at the outlets in Pismo to do a little shopping while some of the kids took a nap. Before we headed home Molly decided to let her dogs out and Clyde totally had a diarrhea attack right on the sidewalk! I missed it, thank god, and only saw the aftermath. Molly was totally cursing out the Big Guy for throwing that ham out in the back yard.

That night we went out to Tahoe Joe's for dinner. My table was me, John, Molly, Maddy and Bow. I was a little hesitant about keeping the kids manageable, but the restaurant gave them each an etch-a-sketch and it kept them busy the WHOLE TIME! It was amazing! So if you have a kid(s) from 4-6 years old, get them an etch-a-sketch! The next morning Clyde had more issues in our garage due to the ham…but Molly tried to clean it, so that was nice. When Sarah and the kids came over she said that the Big Guy had a great story to tell from last night, and that we wouldn't believe it.

I guess Allison heard Zip barking in the middle of the night. (She was sleeping in the back of their truck). So Big Guy goes outside around 2:30am. He sees the bed of his truck is open and some guy standing next to Zip. The guy asks him if this was his dog, and he said yes, and then big guy got his dog. When he turned around the guy was gone! So Big Guy decides to put Zip in the front of the truck since she can now let herself out of the back. He goes back to the hotel and hits the hay.

The next morning he goes out to check on Zip. When he opened the door he almost got knocked out by a rancid smell. That is right...poor Zippy had another accident. So Big Guy had to spend the morning cleaning up the mess. Let me just say that I was really glad I did not have to ride in that car!


Right before the Cox's left I got two more cute videos of the twins. They were jumping off our coffee table. Here is Chloe first...she's a bit adventurous.



Here is Allie. She doesn't really jump, but does it matter? She's still super cute!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from the In-laws!


So I originally posted this photo BEFORE the niner game was over. I knew it would look lame to have it on here if they lost, but I was hoping that they would win... AND THEY DID!! IN OVER TIME!! It really was a miracle as Arizona had many chances to twin and blew it every time. All I have to say is that game was WAY too stressful! It brought me back in to the day of when the niners were good, and were always have crucial close games. I must have aged at least a couple of years today, and there was nothing riding on the game for them! However... 5 people in my work football pool got out, and the one person who didn't have any losses finally got her first one. So I am so excited! Now there are only 7 people left. I really hope I can win again!

Hope you all had a great holiday! My Thanksgiving entry is coming soon!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Football and Dogs

This past weekend my parents came into town for the holiday…well sort of. They are staying here until Wednesday and then heading up to San Jose to spend the actually holiday with my sister. Needless to say our weekend was pretty packed.

On Saturday we had planned to meet my parents at Cal Poly when they got into town. We had tickets to the last home football game and to the pre-game BBQ. We knew that the BBQ filled up fast and that we needed to get there early to guarantee a table. We call them to find out where they are and they tell us Soledad. So we figure they will get into town around 11:30am. So we head to VONS to get our turkey day shopping out of the way. At about 10:45 we get a call from them that they are in Paso. So to make a long story short, John and I had to start shopping like crazy people since our schedule had just been thrown off! I totally felt like I was on Supermarket Sweep! Although we weren’t going for any cash prizes.

The game was lots of fun! It was really nice that the Mustangs were leading 44 to 0 in the 3rd quarter when we left. They played IONA who came out from NY to play them. Before you start to think it’s a pretty long trip out here just for a football game, we heard that CP paid them $90K to come out there. So I’m sure it was worth their while. There were actually a lot of NY fans there too! You could totally tell they were from NY. Well they kind of looked like New Jersey dudes…wife beaters, gold chains, HUGE muscles, tan, and spiky hair.

When John was in the restroom one of the IONA fans was in the complaining that he almost got arrested for smoking and having an open beer container in the stands. John decides to tell him ‘that’s how we do it in California.’ I could just see John starting a brawl in the bathroom!

I also must say that my mom was a really good sport throughout the game since she is really not a football fan…any sports fan actually.

On Sunday my dad and John played golf while my mom and I headed up to Paso for the dog show. One of my co-workers has an Airedale terrier that is ranked the #2 terrier in all of the US. John and I went and saw him last year where he won Best of Show! It was very exciting.

This year we got there just in time to see the terrier group. Max (the Airedale terrier) did a GREAT job and got first in the group and actually got first. We then watched the herding group (to see the corgis of course), and then the toy group (to see the Papillion and pom pom). I took a few videos but I don’t think the quality would do their cuteness justice.

My mom fizzed out after the toy group so we left. I found out today from my co-worker that Max did not win Best in Show. I was really shocked, because you can tell that he is way more experienced than the other dogs shown. The judging is just too subjective for my liking. My co-worker said the judge doesn’t normally judge terriers as well. It would be hard for me not to be biased if I was a judge. I mean how can you say no to this face?

In other news…I’m almost done with my Christmas stocking! I really did not believe I would finish it before Christmas, but I am! I am really thankful for that! I mean how sad would it be for John to have a nice homemade stocking on the mantel, and there being a generic store bought one for me! No thank you! Next I just need to tackle my other Christmas gift sewing projects!

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve added a few new blogs to my side bar. I’ve had a few friends start them, so check them out if you have time! My friend Brianne just got married at the end of last month and has just started her blog. Actually she started out as John’s friend as she was one of his loan officers. She moved to the central coast w/ her then boyfriend, but had to move back a few months ago. We really miss them both, but are so excited that they started a blog. (I will post wedding photos soon).

My friend Jalene also started a new blog honoring her daughter that she had in August. She is a super cutie. I worked with Jalene a few years ago when I worked at the local PR firm.

Stephanie has one again attempted a blog. I talked her into one last January, but she never made it past 2 entries. Now that little Lucas has been born, we will see if she is more motivated. I’m a little concerned though because so far there is only three entries! Come on Steph! I know you can do it!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Are you 'In' or 'Out'?

Well? What did you think? Did you love it like I did? I am SO excited Project Runway is back! There was so much to take in that I don’t even know where to start!

(PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST EPISODE)

I really love and hate the first few episodes…love it because you get to see so many designs…hate it because there isn’t enough time within the hour to learn about all of the designers. As of now I only know one contestant by his name, and it’s Christian. (The youngest dude). All I have to say is that he reminds me of a young version of Santino! Although he seems he could be a bit funnier. However… what was that crap that he created?? That was one of the worst looking tops/skirts I have ever seen! And the judges LIKED it? Are you kidding me?

Let me say that I am SO glad he didn’t win. If he had won the first challenge, (like Santino), he would become totally unbearable! I was starting to doubt my fashion sense, (when they were bragging about his doggie-esqe jacket,) but I was relived when they awarded bald contestant #1 the winner. I loved that draping he did! He is definitely going to be one of the best designers. I mean he’s already designing for Hollywood peeps…you know he knows what he is doing.

I was totally surprised that Mrs. Earth Wind and Fire did not get the boot. What was that bushel of crap on the back of her dress? Maybe if she was designing for Bjork it would be ok, but not for Heidi!

I think the only reason she didn’t get alphfetweswianed was because the dress was made out of one piece of fabric…that impressed the judges. (Ok that was John’s 2 cents, and he was right).

So I must comment on bald contestant #2. did you notice that he was wearing a boring collared polo shirt? When they first showed him (for a split second), I really didn’t think I saw what I thought I saw. So I was going to give him another chance. Maybe that was his traveling attire? Second shot (a total of 3 seconds), he was wearing ANOTHER plain collared shirt! This guy looks more like a golfer than a fashion designer! Then John reminded me that he works in a museum! Where did they find this guy? Now I know why he didn’t get any air time!

I was totally surprised that this dress was one of the top ones:

That flower totally kills it for me, and the judges liked it! It looked tome like she was worried about making a plain black dress and decided to add the flower at the last minute to give it some flare.

How did this dress not rank low? It fits the model like a sac of potatoes! Totally unflattering! It looked a lot worse on the runway, because the main material was very stiff. I did like how she matched the red shoes though.

Most of the time I don’t notice the models, (that’s John’s job), and he pointed out to me how some of them were SO bad! There were a few that looked like they had never been on a runway before! John swore that one of them was even a man.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tonight is the Night

You all know what is on tonight don’t you?? PROJECT RUNWAY 4!!! After months, and months of waiting this glorious day has finally arrived! I really hope the casting was done well and got some genuine people on the show. A couple of crazies never hurt…I just don’t want a whole cast of Santinos. So tune in on BRAVO tonight at 10pm. Yes, unfortunately it's on at 10pm, so we will be taping it. So please don't tell me anything that happened. I might be able to watch some when I work out tomorrow morning, but it's not a guarantee. But PLEASE watch/tape it. You won't be sorry!

Note: I’ll do my best in blogging this next week in a half, but I can’t guarantee anything. Ofoto is having a 20% of sale that ends on Thanksgiving, so I’m frantically working on trying to get projects completed…and we will have guests for the next week starting on Sat. as well.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rock On!

This past weekend John and I cruised Best Buy to look for ‘Christmas gifts.’ (John used the Christmas gift M.O. to get me to go there…which worked…I’m such a sucka!) Well we were kind of going in there for that, but we were really looking to see if they are selling the guitar hero guitars by themselves (not with the game).

So we enter the store and the ‘greeter’ says hello/welcome to us. Do all of your Best Buys employ this position?? I can’t believe they actually PAY someone to greet you! I must say it is the WORST position EVER! I don’t even want to go into their store because I know that greeter is going to be there and force me to interact with them. It takes all that I have to not scream at the top of my lungs ‘STOP SAYING HI TO ME! I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU! And by the way…YELLOW IS SO NOT YOUR COLOR!’

It took me a little while to cool down from my interaction with the greeter, and while I was taking nice deep breaths I noticed a small crowd over near the video game area. John and I decide to take a look to see what the excitement is, and what do you know? There is a guitar Hero battle in progress! There is this little dude playing EXPERT level on the game and totally rocking! John and I just stood there with our mouths hanging open. We have just entered the medium level on our game and could not believe the pace of the expert level. All I could think is that this kid played the game A LOT and had to have had the song memorized. We totally did not blend into the crowd as well. It mostly consisted of teenagers, some punk, some rockers, and then us…and old, white, conservative looking married couple. Generation gap? What generation gap? We’re still cool aren’t we?

So this little rocker totally kicks this other chicks butt, and this new longhaired older kid takes the seat. One kids yells out ‘Do you think you can beat him?’ Longhaired older kids grunts and gets into position. They pick the song ‘One’ by Metallica and the battle begins.

Notes just stared flying by and their fingers were moving at a Kirk Hammet pace (real guitarist for Metallica)! The longhaired rocker was totally giving the little rocker a run for his money…but then the little rocker started coming back, but it was no use. Longhaired rocker totally dominated. By the end of the song little rocker’s mom was there and he had to leave. Such a sad walk of shame. (As you know longhaired rocker probably rode his bike there).

Then, this past week South Park’s episode was based on guitar hero!! (It rang a little to close to home since we had just gotten our game that same week!) The plot was that Stan and Kyle were awesome at the game and were going to perform in front of a live crowd (at a video game store), to try to get 1 million points. It was a very cleaver story, but I didn’t really buy it. Would kids really gather to watch other kids play the game? I guess so, as I was one of those kids at Best Buy 3 days later.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Worst Daughter Ever

I forgot my dad's birthday. Ok, so I didn't really forget it, I just got the days mixed up. Can you believe it?? I am TOTALLY blaming turning 30. I mean everything has gone down hill this year, and now it's my memory?? You've got to be kidding me!

His birthday was on Thursday but I thought it was on Friday. So Friday night after dinner I frantically call him hoping to give him some wishes. Then he tells me his birthday was yesterday! To make matters worse, we have another friend who has the same birthday, and as I'm calling my dad I tell John that he should give her a call as well. Then he tells me he called her yesterday, but didn't tell me! I then thought that maybe I had written it down wrong my my calendar...but nope! I had it right. So I really have no excuse except for old age.

So needless to say I feel really bad that I did not call him on Thursday. However I was early with my gift. But I don't think that matters. I am hoping that this mini photo tribute, (of some of my favorite photos), to my dad will make up for it!

My dad and my Grandma

My dad in high school

My dad in action

My dad doing his typical pose

My parents engagement photo

Family photo

A later family photo

My dad and I at a Giants game (cira 1984)

My dad and I goofing off in our hotel room in Hawaii.

My dad and I in Disneyland in front of the Haunted Mansion

My dad (much later) at another Giants game

My dad and I in Paris