yes, it's only been 8 weeks since my breakthrough haircut and here i've had to already had a touch up/trim. i did go a bit shorter than the first also. i really love it! and i also had a breakthrough revelation on what my hubby's halloween costume will be. in 10 months. that gives me enough time to get it done. so excited! but i'm going to try to not tell anyone what it is (but i think i'll give sneaky clues), which will make it so awesome when it is unveiled. i'm not even going to tell joe. he's just going to have to trust me, like he already does. i'll just hand it to him in a paper grocery bag, and he'll wear it. stoked! it shouldn't even cost very much. i can't believe it's not even new year's eve and i'm planning a halloween costume. okay, yeah, i believe it.
this christmas, i got all the toys i wanted. an 80g ipod classic, a nintendo ds with brain age games, and a razr cell phone. i didn't specifically want a razr, but i did want a new phone. with the hard shell on it, i really like it. getting my hair cut tomorrow. yeah! merry christmas and happy new year!
okay, sorry, reader, about the hiatus. from saturday to thursday morning i was completing a marathon of 1692 pages. i finished the twilight trilogy which i couldn't put down except for sleep. i've been dreaming about good, humane vampires all week. vegetarian, shall we say? (ha ha, shannon.) i challenge any and all of you to pick the books up and try to put them down. so yesterday, i returned, yes, returned the 2 latter books. being hardbacks and costing me over $35 of my hard-horded cash. i'll re-buy them in paperback. i do have another fabulous girls' trip to save up for this coming summer.
okay, real quick synopsis of the ladies' ornament exchange. late night. presents. passing, passing, passing. eating. devotion. singing. word scramble. wrestling over mike & ikes. marshmallow stuffing. bubblegum chewing. present wrapping. cookie stacking. bible reading. card writing. driving home.
shannon's gift. i need to get to her place when she comes home to take pics. i gave shannon a vampire hunter kit. pre-used. complete with a mallet, 3 stakes (2 new, 1 used), a rosary bracelet, a cross, and a vial of holy water. authentic. before the ladies' O E, i drove to one of our many catholic churches. they were having some rehearsal thing with their spanish-speaking congregation. i looked totally gringa and totally nervous. a nice lady was coming out of the restroom and asked me if i needed something. i showed her my little bottle and said i needed some water. (i couldn't bring myself to say it). i followed her into the auditorium and she pointed at the font at the front, on the stage. yikes! i pleaded with her. 'can you do it for me?' so she took my little bottle and went up their and bowed and crossed herself, dipped in the font, bowed and crossed herself again, and brought it back to me. i thanked her profusely, walked out and then ran gleefully out to my car. ~~ ps, shannon how did you like it?
so my gal and i exchanged gifts the other night at the ladies ornament exchange (hilarious story). she gave me a book (luv the books) she had told me about called 'twilight'. all i remembered was something about vampire romance, but that it was really good. all this is even funnier when you know what i gave to her. that was friday night. saturday morning i sat down with my fresh new paperback and submerged myself into a fantastic guilty pleasure adventure. oh to be 17 again and your boyfriend have an unquenchable blood thirst... read it yourself if you want anymore. i finished the 500 page novel by sunday night during the survivor reunion show. so good i have to (HAVE TO) go to books-a-million (millionaire club member) to buy the next 2 books - immediately. here's the kicker. i was searching the web for the titles of the next 2 books, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but an upcoming movie, and a familiar face in the role of boyfriend, dear. (it is christmastime, you know) shannon, i sincerely hope you didn't already know this, because i love springing happy news to you. robert pattinson may not be a name that you would immediately recognize, but his should be a face you've cried over (at least, i have) literarily (you know, like literature) and cinemagraphically. for he is none other than:
yes, that is cedric diggory. which i consider a perfect casting. the girl i remember from zathura and the land of women (didn't see, any good?). i guess she'll be okay. a little too perfect for the role of bella, unless she really plays the klutz card. as for the ladies' party and my gift to shannon - i have all week to tell more stories. sit tight. ~~ goodbye ennui!!!!
i don't know what's wrong with my writing flow lately, but i think it's been suffering from a bit of ennui. christmas is on its way. we have a ladies ornament exchange tonight from 8-midnight. i'm so excited to give 2 of my gals their gifts. one of which is just shy of extraordinary. stoked! ~~ ps lily is chuck's mom!?!?!?! ~~ pps for those you you to whom this has any meaning: i found trevor garvey.
yeah, so i was down and out monday and tuesday with food poisoning. check the expiration dates on refrigerated foods the day you buy them. you think they're fresh at the store, but... blast you, buitoni alfredo sauce! a couple phone calls and i realized that i am missed. thanks!
so i started watching wonderfalls, a series from 2004. created by the same guy who created pushing daisies. incidentally, lee pace (pushing daisies) has a role in wonderfalls. though his over-tousled hair makes his face look a little disproportionate sometimes. i really like this show. i don't love it, but i enjoy it. so i found the inspiration for ned, the piemaker. it's this character, eric. very cute and has similar dialogue and sweetness of the beloved ned. check it out if you can. this pic is for shannon to enjoy. if she likes 'pretty boys' like she says i do.
netflix!!! not only do the movies come in the mail, but i can watch them on my computer! why does it take me so long to do stuff, you say? well, about 10 years ago i invested in a new music technology. the latest, greatest thing in portable music. it was call mini-disc. i spent $300 on a recordable mini-disc player. about the size of a walkman, but it used very small floppy disk - looking things to store music. then, what do you know, before i'm even done paying it off, it's obsolete because mp3's took over and were all the rage. i just got a cell phone 3 years ago. dish tv 8 years ago. a dvd player 5 years ago. dvr 1 year ago (maybe). and now, netflix. ps, i think the ipod is coming this christmas. mom, please still give it to me even though i know. ~~ yes, my mommy and daddy bought me (a 30 year-old) my first ipod. they also pay for my cell phone. i would feel like a loser except for the fact that the cell phone actually saves mom and i tons of money on land line phone bills, which is now moot because we both have flat-rate long distance. mom, please don't take away my cell phone.
sylar has his powers back. nikki and nathan are possibly dead. but they can always come back with some back door escape and an injection of peter's blood. peter may have the virus. does he? adam is buried with hiro's father doomed to live forever in a coffin. maybe in 500 years there will be a flood that will unearth the coffin and he'll escape. maya is still hanging around doing nothing good with her power.
and just in case you forgot, i did indeed meet sylar.
the latest additions to the guest list for fx are: (drum roll, please) young anakin skywalker, jake lloyd dead like me star, ellen muth monkeywoman, mary votova aaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnd, (duh duh duduh!) our favorite mind-reading cop, matt parkman, greg grunberg!!! and if you watch heroes like you should, that should excite you. ~~ off to rent the complete series on dvd of dead like me and wonderfalls. why wonderfalls? never seen it and lee pace, aka the piemaker, was in it. ~~ i heart ned
i was shocked and delighted to see school of rock alumn, mike white (aka the real ned schneebly), in pushing daisies last night. it did air (at 9 pm)!! it also guested molly shannon. unfortunately, ned schneebly (not his character's name in the pd episode), did not live very long. neither did seinfeld nemesis, banya (not sure of the spelling). 'it's gold, jerry! gold!'
oh, ned (the real, pushing daisies, ned. pie-maker ned), why did you tell chuck you killed her dad????? this does not bode well.
so i did some shopping this morning at my 'blah' place. walmart. i did get some deals on dvd's. and i don't buy wrapping paper. i buy brown craft paper and masking tape. between the 2 - $3. it gives an old fashion post office feeling and i don't feel bad when all that paper gets tossed. do you know how long it takes to wrap a million dvd's? okay, maybe not a million, but it feels like it!
i must say, last night's episode of chuck was really good. heroes brought it, too. i'm down to being sick of only half of the wonder-less twins now that sylar (my close personal friend) offed one last night. there will be no pushing daisies this week due to some special on abc that night.
last wednesday, i went with two friends to see august rush. as much as i love (luuuuuuuuuuuuv) johnathan rhys meyers (above), i just feel unsatisfied with the movie. it's a weird music-spawned version of oliver twist in which always cute and believable freddie highmore plays evan (august rush) lost in new york searching for the parents (meyers & keri russell) he never knew. the worst is robin williams, looking like u2's bono, as the seemingly caring, yet ultimately malevolent fagan character. you absolutely hate him and wish he would get run over by a subway train, arrested violently or at least punched out by smokin' meyers. but no, he gets to spend his last moment of the film underground, playing his harmonica and continuing his life of exploiting the musical talents of 'poor orphans and runaways' (a ragged army, without a leader...). like a symphony, at the climax of the film, there's evan/august conducting an orchestra. his music has, as he said from the beginning, drawn his parents to him and to back each other whom they haven't seen since the one night they met 12 years ago. they don't say a word, just standing there watching their son (she knows, he doesn't) and little evan feels it and turns and sees them together - somehow knowing that they're his parents, though he's never seen them before. the end. no resolution. no flash forward. i need more info, people!
it was like biting into and chewing the most delicious toasted sandwich with melted havarti, bacon, avocado and a pesto mayo and it's warm with crisp bitter greens on a buttery croissant, and then: 'whoops, spit it out now. you've had a taste. that's all you get.'
the satisfaction is in the conclusion: the swallowing, as it were. and this movie sorely misses that last, important step.
my latest acquisition. i've never seen the whole thing and i just read in entertainment weekly that this is the best restored version out there. here's the kicker. i bought it on amazon.com. it was $20. if you sign up for an amazon.com visa, you get a $30 credit. so i just got this for free. no, i won't be using my amazon.com visa for anything else. so excited, except that i have to wait until after christmas to enjoy it. shannon, maybe we could have a silent movie night...
okay, i think i did pretty good (or well, if you are picky) yesterday. i didn't go crazy. no breakfast, dinner, and just a small wedge of onion pie for supper. 2 bites each of dementhe-ed chocolate cheesecake and pumpkin pie supreme. both my semi-homemade creations. get your copy of my recipes in time for christmas! today i went shopping with mom, but not at 5 am! more like 8 am. best buy, jo-ann fabrics, payless, ross, tj maxx, books-a-million. that's it. i think i spent $100. $50 on 2 new pairs of jeans for me. not getting them altered. the last pair was a nice pair of abercrombie jeans from tj maxx. longs. i took them to get profesh altered and she made them too short. now i have to cuff them to make varying degrees of capri pants. annoying. so i got some nice dkny's and a pair of bandolino's (ever heard of them? not me. but they fit nice.) i'm so over the super low rise pants and having to hike them up all the time. i'm a woman now, making my own decisions, branching out. i think a nice flattering (and muffin top controlling - not that i have that problem, the low-rise jeans create that problem.) mid-rise will suit me just fine. so nice to have more than one pair of jeans for church now. to some of my possibly more traditional church-going audience - jeans are my uniform for life and my church is quite casual. it is florida and all. going to start back up with the exercising to be toned for that reunion in june. lord, help me. maybe i can stick with it. just 7 months! i can do that. thanks for reading. and if you made it this far, kudos!
doesn't that adam sandler song come to mind??? my rents are on their way with my bro right now. i've already prepared, but not baked, the onion pie. trust me, it's fa-bu-lous. also on the docket: chocolate cheesecake with mini andes candies in it oh so easy and oh so delish mashed potatoes suped up stuffing
if any of my 3 responding audience wants any recipes, let me know. i bought some pomegranates and i love them. like eating rubies with little crunchy centers. it's nice to know that they are sooo good for you, too.
my grandmother is doing much better now, and living back in her house.
aren't you loving my animated avatar? no one says a thing. i change her every day.
so 10 years ago, i bought a humongous wool sweater in england at this cool little shoppe. i've only worn it like, twice because it is so huge. (so why did you buy it?) it was the '90s, you know grunge and everything was so oversized. i was trying to figure out what to do with it, because i want to wear it. i thought, maybe if i sew in new seams with yarn and cut off the excess, but i was afraid of it unravelling. what to do. what to do. then it came to me: shrink it in the wash! it's wool. wool shrinks. so saturday night i set out to do just that. i put it in the washer on hot and watched the entire cycle. i shoved a key into that slot thingy to keep it running with the lid open. then i put it in the dryer. i was hoping to felt it, but it kindof got half-felted. not that it's weird or anything. so it's really close now, but a little boxy. so i might go ahead and take it in a little more. but it's still scratchy. maybe too much work for a sweater, i don't know. i'm hanging on to it because of the memories, but i'd still like to wear it.
i made this sweet kitty the other day. designed her myself. but she needs a name. i have a lot more of this material to make more kitties. you don't even want to know what this material is leftover from. okay, i'll tell you anyway. a friend of a friend (and fellow dctalk fan) is getting married and said glue friend was throwing a lingerie shower for her. which is why i found myself sewing loincloths this past week. said kitty is made from the leftovers. i know i have very secretive readers, but now is the time to pipe up and suggest names. i implore you.
yesterday i took dot to the first of 3 appts. at the dentist to correct her state of disrepair. she came away with a pulled tooth, a pirate tooth (stainless steel crown), and a couple fillings. next visit will be another pulled tooth and a couple fillings, then 2 weeks later, she'll have a spacer (like an anchored behind the teeth retainer) put in. thankfully, there's no damage to her adult teeth. so she'll be able to outgrow all this paraphernalia in the next 4 years or so.
ps worst thing i've seen all week: high school musical on ice. oh no they didn't!
thursday: *take dot to the dentist for cleaning (i already knew she had cavities and told them 3 months ago. *they schedule work for dec. 12. friday: *dentist office calls to tell me he won't be there dec. 12 and they'll re-schedule for february. (!) not acceptable, i tell them. okay, i'll have the office manager call you back. *i call a different office and they can get me in on monday, and do the work. yippee! monday: *we go to a lovely office, beautiful. he tells me that he cannot do the work needed for her. i have to take her to a pediatric dentist/surgeon. great. no general dentist would be able to do what needs doing. *now i am heart-broken for her and mad as heck at the yahoo who wanted me to wait another 4 months and couldn't just tell me that he can't do it. *i am also out $200 because the insurance won't cover a second visit/cleaning/x-rays. ever heard of second opinion? *i cry. *i call the ped. dentist he had mentioned, they are not taking new patients. i ask them for a name of another ped. dentist. they won't give me one. call your dentist back and ask them for a referrel. jerks. *i call the new dentist back. she says, do you have a phone book? yeah, thanks for nothing. *i call another office. they can see her tomorrow AND start work. sigh of relief. thank you so much!!!!! *i get home to a message, 'i just need to ask you one more question.' *i call back. *i checked with your insurance, if we do the consult and the work on the same day, the insurance won't pay, so we'll just have to schedule you for the next day. *ARRGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! *by the way, our original dentist office still has not called back on the reschedule.
in a matter of six days, we will have gone to a dentist 3 times. make that 4 times in 7 days. so sick of this and how many times is the school going to let me check her out early???
some anonymous red power ranger that i'm not familiar with. the sad thing is, there are several power rangers i would be familiar with. :(
erik estrada - sigh. really depressing
jason mewes - aka the jay half of 'jay and silent bob'
helen slater - the legend of billie jean is one of the best 80's movies. watch it!
tara strong - cartoon voicing (double sigh)
michael winslow - mr. voice effects from police academy.
and that rounds it out for now. i'm super psyched about helen slater and soup nazi. hope more get scheduled, though. i would think that the writer's strike would provide more temporarily out of work actors for this sort of thing. maybe......
so tink turned me on to facebook and i love it! i'm a vampire and a werewolf and i can sucker-punch and drop-kick people all the time. and they like it! i shanked my bro and my bff in one day! awesome! spent hours with me mum today, cleaning dot's room. what a pack rat! i have no idea where she gets it from (me). hugs and bites!
my last halloweenish image until next year. sorry, i've been a little sick lately and not in the mood to try to come up with something funny and original for my blogster. the blogmeister, blogatony, blogman, bloggerific. anyway, having a feud with the dentist that wants to wait until my child's teeth rot out before trying to fix them. i'm not waiting 4 months for you to fill in cavities that you've already known about for 3 months!!! fuming...
and just so you know, there weren't really witches in salem in the 17th century. they just moved there later. and there is a secret school there. just like hogwarts. whoops! that's the antihistamine speaking.
i whipped up this new cutie yesterday. it is a small pouch that is big enough to hold essentials. and for us girls that means, lipgloss & a credit card. i put a pocket inside that fits your license, and visa. the straps have a generous endowment of velcro for adjustability. i love my anti-fanny pack hip pouch. and i plan on making more. i got this material as a remnant at jo-ann's and it was $.84!!!
finishing off my halloween costume, and i pricked my finger. again. you know, why do we put our fingers in our mouths? suck out the drop of blood. weird. anyway... can't be a vampire because i hate how blood tastes so metallic-ey. can't imagine that as being my only life-sustaining, well sustenance. gross.
i just found out that jk rowling intended dumbledore to be gay. infatuated with his rival, that evil wizard and boyhood friend, grindelwald. very disappointed.
however, daniel radcliffe, (harry potter himself) is not gay. it's just speculation based on his pics in details magazine. just because a guy bare chests it in a leather vest in a men's magazine does not make him gay.
and it does not look good. although, now that they've finally started listing the guests, i will be checking in every day. so here are the first 3 guests: erik estrada (CHiPs) michael winslow (police academy) tara strong (Timmy Turner's voice, Fairly Odd Parents)
last year they had a ton of guests, so i will update periodically. i hope it gets better, because this group is uber-lame.
i know you are not watching this show, but it is pretty funny and fills in that 30 minutes before 'biggest loser' comes on. this week was especially funny with nick substitute teaching at a high school whose mascot is the savage, and it's a caveman. here is nick having a confrontation with grokgrok. he did say he liked a woman with a brow you could set a champagne flute on. takes the term apeknobs to a whole new level. tink, i know you're probably going wild, but try to control yourself. this particular caveman is actually better looking as a caveman than without his prosthetics. hard to believe? have a look-see...
it's not that i have way too much free time on my hands. it's just that i'm really good at wasting time on my projects. i made these bleeding candles by dripping red wax down the top of white candles. the potions bottles contain 'eye of newt', 'frog spawn', and 'pygmy loch ness'. the eye of newt and frog spawn are really just whole mustard seeds and the loch ness is a little dinosaur toy that b gave me. i printed the labels and then stamped them with some brown and green ink pads, mod podged them on and even sealed the corks with wax so hopefully no one will try to open them. are they creepy enough?
my battle with the energy drinks is not going well. i was dead to the world until i broke down and had one about 20 minutes ago. now my keyboard is about to catch fire from how fast i'm typing. if you can, read this really fast and pretend like it's me talking and not stopping to take a breath. tink, i mailed your very belated birthday box last week. call me when you get it, but before you open it. it's a tradition that my mom and i have. you probably won't get it until tomorrow or thursday, though. postage is a real, well, you know...
this past week marked the fifth anniversary of ben's death. and the second anniversary of me finding out about his death. i don't know which part was worse. well, yeah, i know which is worse. next month he would be 32. and that's all i'm going to say.
tonight, i watched a movie. 'year of the dog'. it starred molly shannon and also that really ugly guy from ricky bobby. it was weird. it was sad. it was strange. and it ended with not much of a good, hopeful ending. there was no romantic or petmantic (work with me) solution by the end. and there was a lot of stuff left to wonder about that was slightly referred to, but not addressed by the film. boring stuff, like her arrest, therapy, etc.
as opposed to 'must love dogs', a more commercial, formulaic, romantic comedy that really works and ends good. who doesn't like john cusack?
so my pick stays with feel good slightly more mass audience friendly. sorry, this does not apply to all movies, just to sad, depressing movies that have a very small target audience. i was already a little lonely and depressed. i don't need to watch a movie that amplifies those feelings. i need one that makes me feel a little better at the end. a good cry, not a confused, sort of sad cry.
okay. if you're not watching, i'm just droning on and on about some tv show. but if you are watching, you know that 'pushing daisies' is the best new show on. it's only had 3 episodes, but i love it even more at the end of each new show. and i think, 'okay, i can't like it any more than i do now'. but every week i'm proved wrong. if you're not watching, you are missing out!
today did not start out great. in fact, it started with last night being really bad. (no comments, cheri) i had to get up at 6 am. that almost never starts a good day. i had to get b to school early for a field trip. i came back home to fix my curly mop (on my head). then i made sure that my m-i-l could watch my son whilst i went to a business meeting. 'what?' you say, 'you don't work.' this is true. but i had an appointment with a woman who owns a high end boutique decor store. i met with her to show her my faerie dresses. (pics in a previous blog entry) i took my 3 completed ones and also brought with me my baby hats. she loved my faerie dresses and said she'd put them up on consignment for $80. $80!!!! the hats she would sell for $20. am i dreaming? someone actually likes things i've made and wants to sell them in their '$100 for a burlap pillow' store?!?!?! $80!!! yea!!
i said i wasn't making a costume for my daughter. we ordered a witch costume from a website. we got it yesterday. it is soooo cheap. i don't know what that fabric is, but you can see through it. so i broke down and spent $4 on some fabric, ribbon and dye. a little salt and hot glue later and...
i cut the sleeves off the sweater and ribboned them back on. i fabric painted the spider webs and hot glued the buttons, tulle, ribbons & $1/yd fabric onto the dress we already had. you can't tell, but i did dye the dress black. it was stark white.
an even trade, don't you think? poor jack. he's really sweet and smart. but he runs from me when i call him and he is desperate to get at the chickens next door. meanwhile, their dog comes over to poop on my doorstep. i don't know what to do. he needs to run. he has terrier in him.
my new favorite time of year. i made this sign for my front door. do you love it? seriously contemplating the hair chop. lovin' these hour long office episodes. and after episode 2 of pushing daisies - i love it even more. i hope it lasts, it could be my replacement for gilmore girls. off to the dollar store.
i'm trying to streamline and get rid of clutter. one way is to scan my old photos and have a website put them in a permanent album. this is great, except that the site keeps getting worked on and i keep losing unsaved pages!!! agh!
as you may know, i got my hair cut about 2 weeks ago. after i paid, i felt a little guilty about my tip $4, after i said how i liked my hair. this is the picture i showed her of what i wanted. she said it was dark, but she thought she knew what i wanted. i should've left right then? this is what i ended up with. 'i think i love you' as much as the next guy, but i don't think i love this look. at least i don't look like danny bonaduce. still, and i'd like some input on this, i wonder if i should just go and get it cut all off so it really looks like my last posted pic. what do you think? if not, i'll be stuck with cute pigtails for a long time.
okay, it looks more like (exactly like) this. which would be great, IF IT WAS 1994!!