Thursday, October 30, 2008

Progress Report

Okay, so I know that I've been MIA this week. It's because I've been in the middle of the freaking ocean all week. (And LOVING IT!) This day's been the best so far. We went on a horseback ride through the Puerto Vallarta jungle, and let me tell you... the pics are gonna be something to behold. It's killing me that I don't have the means to upload from here... but then, they'd probably charge me my firstborn child in order to do it (and, frankly... I'm kinda old to be giving up unborn children willy nilly like that). So, this is gonna have to do. Consider yourself teased. I'll upload pics on Sunday when I get home. Until then... this progress report will have to do.

So far, I've been ultra-brave and done super cool things like:

Get in the ocean. Yeah, I know. It doesn't sound like much. But I thought I was taking my life into my hands when I did it. And then... it turned out that I WAS taking my life into my hands. The waves knocked me on my butt and I could not get up to save my soul. It was hilarious. Until I was scared. Then I started to scream "HELP!" to my friends (who were laughing at me - don't hate them, I told you it was funny). Lucky for us all, my new friend Robert was there to save me. Phew.

I rode a water taxi. That's right. A water taxi. As in, little power boat that goes across the ocean to the other side of the beach. The first ride was actually... (gasp) fun. The second ride was... the opposite of fun. The water was a lot choppier by then. I was literally holding on to the boat for dear life and thinking "breathe... do NOT cry.... breathe.... calm down... do not puke... breathe... do not cry... no, really, don't do it... breathe..." the entire time. I made it. Barely. (My heart pounds (and my eyes well up) every time I remember it. Gosh, I'm such a sissy.)

Ate cold soup. Yeah, I'm not kidding. Cold soup. In the dining room. So far, the Strawberry Bisque was the funnest/coolest/most surprisingly delicious thing I've eaten.

And we have a lot of celebrity look-a-likes in our group, too. Mich and I are trying to snap pics so we can put them online later. Here's a teaser for that lineup:

Cloris Leachman

Bob (Robert Redford) ... okay, he's not Bob-like, in a hot way... more like in a disheveled "have you never done your hair in your life, and why do you insist on wearing so many denim shirts day after day?" sort of way

Barry Manilow (we call her... that's right... HER... Franilow)

Hulk Hogan

*Oh, and it's not like she's a celebrity, but since some of you do know her in real life... You can imagine what a double take I did last night when I saw someone who is a dead ringer for Judy Walton in the casino, smoking away. I pointed her out to Mich and we both giggled like little girls about it all night.

I'm telling you, cruising is the way to go. I'm LOVING it, and never want to come home. I've been truly amazed at how non-freaked out I've been about being on (and in) the water. It's been the most relaxing, enjoyable time of my life...

And that having been said, I've got to get off the computer and back to the flea market. I am digging the shopping. (What can I say? I yam what I yam...)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bon Voyage

It's the big day. I'm off to a more exotic locale, in... oh, about 40 minutes. And, just to show you all how funny my mom really is... I've copied and pasted a transposition of an email conversation we had this morning (while I should have been... you guessed it, packing). Do you see why I love her?

PS ~ I do also love this movie, Now, Voyager. If you've never seen it, you really should. It's a Bette Davis CLASSIC - one of her best. (Not to mention - isn't that white hat fabulous?!)

Mom: Laur, HAPPY DAY!! HAVE A GREAT TRIP!! On TCM they just said that this week in Hollywood - 1942 - was the release of Bette Davis in Now Voyager. Hmmm. Talk with you when you get back. Mom

Me: Hahahaha... That is excellent! Well, then, it's a good thing I'm not a sad, miserable young woman who needs to get away from her mom in order get some self confidence, now, isn't it? (All the same, I will be watching out for married men bearing cigarettes and magnolia blossoms.) Thanks, Mom. I love you!

Mom: Yeah, anybody with an accent, just walk on by... I've seen that type in the movies all too often!! HAVE FUN-FUN-FUN!! Mom

Me: But, Mom... (to be read in a whiney voice) What about Remington Steele? He had an accent, and he was a nice guy. Okay, sorta. :) So, how's this? Anyone that's Remington-like, I'll chat with. Spy and/or PI types are okay. But no cigarettes. And no married men. Deal?

Mom: Okay, I stand corrected. Totally be on the lookout for Remington. And don't be passing up an Cary Grants. I understand that types takes to the High Seas! Mom

Me: Oh, yes he does. And then maybe he and I could make plans to meet at the top of the Empire State Building, on Valentine's Day. We can drink pink champagne (I mean... Martinelli's) and it'll be the nearest thing to Heaven. (Please note that I did not include getting hit by a car on my way and/or losing my ability to walk. That way, he also gets to keep his money (he won't have to paint), here's hoping that his sweet little grandmother (who I'm sure to meet while at port) won't have to die and leave me her lacy shawl.) Oh, heck yeah, this is gonna be a SWEET vacation!

Mom: Well, just keep me posted - this could be interesting! The Henry Fonda types set sail sometimes, yep, I've seen it. And Fred Astaire, although I've always thought he was built like Ashley Wilkes, a short Ashley Wilkes, at that. But, in a pinch... Mom

Me: "A short Ashley Wilkes." ...I'm pretty sure I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. What's appealing about that? Blagh. Don't you worry, I'll be keeping an eye open. So. I. Can. Run. The. Other. Way.
A short Ashely Wilkes... Whatever. I'm pretty sure that Rhett was a traveler, too. Why can't I have Rhett?

Mom: No, no! I'm not suggesting Ashley - what Scarlett ever SAW in him! Fred - maybe, probably not, but the man could dance... You get points for that.

Me: Okay. Fred's a skinny little thing. But he IS better than Ashley. By leaps and bounds. So, okay... I'll look for Fred. If I can't find Rhett. Or Cary. Or Henry. At any rate, it'll be fun. And Christine's here now. I'm out...

Mom: Bill Murray, of course, sails. And he'd be VERY easy to find. He'd be strapped to the helm! Mom

Me: Hey, I'm just like Bob. I sail. I'm a sailor!

Mom: Two peas in a pod, that's you and Bob. Sailors!

Me: Baby steps, Mom. Baby steps. And with that... I'm really out now. I hope to be able to check in whilst on the cruise. If not... then know I love ya (and I'll be looking for movie stars while I'm on the cruise). Ta!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's all about me...

Sorry, kids. I know my birthday was 4 days ago... but it was truly an exhausting (in a wonderful way, but still exhausting) day, and I'm just now getting around to talking about it. I'm emptying my camera of all its pictures before I pack it up to take with me tomorrow... and I thought "ya know, I had an awful lot of good stuff this year... I should brag to the world about it". And so, I am. There are some seriously great things about being me... one of them is that I have the coolest friends and family IN THE WORLD, and they all seemed to get/give/make me the best presents OF ALL TIME this year. So, without further ado, and trying to keep to the order in which they were given... here's a little look-see of how good you've all been to me this year. :)

At the top of the list... this is what I got from my mom. How freaking amazing is this? It's my grammy's old cookbook - the cookbook she used when my mom was growing up. (I type with tears suddenly welling... Grammy would be so proud. She's who I get the easy crying from, bless her...)

And yeah, check it. Copyright 1950. 1950! ...Awesome!

And this, this is the apron that my cousin Julie made me. (That's right - MADE me.) It's pretty sweet, right? But what you can't see is... THIS THING IS REVERSIBLE. How awesome is that? AND it's fitted... it's a high-waisted FITTED A-line apron. WITH POM-POMS. Aaaahhhhh!!!! I love it!

Oh, yeah... and for the girl who loves to make lists (that would be me). Check it- an autobiography through lists. It's pretty awesome, it has pages for pets, best friends (I am currently accepting applications, for any of you who are trying to make the short list), places I've lived, favorite foods... Oh, this was a GREAT buy, Jenni! I love it!

And then, this... this was about the sweetest thing ever. I (gasp) worked on my birthday. I know, I know... I don't believe in working on my birthday. However, with the whole bank/FDIC situation at work, I no longer get paid days off, and since I do have a vacation coming up... I opted to work half a day. (I figured that if I worked at least 4 hours, I'd buy myself more spending money for when I'm in Mexico.) Would you just look at what Christian did to my cube? I love her... AND I love red. Oh, she's the best! (And, yeah, I know... what's up with the stickies all the way around my monitor? ...I love stickies. They are my brain, so my real brain doesn't have to think.)

Oh yeah, and this was one of my favorite parts of the whole day. Check the picture & quote from my daily calendar. Could Mary Engelbreit have been any more inspired? (The answer is no.)
And then, like decorating my cube and making me a cake weren't enough... Christian went ahead and got me THREE presents, too. (Have I not told you people how much I love her? Because I do.) She gave me a passport holder & luggage tags (because I needed them), a sweet photo album to put cruise pics in when I get back, AND ... a piece of Ireland. That's right. A PIECE OF IRELAND. Who knew you could buy Ireland?! (This is sooo much cooler than a star.) And Claudine... Claudine got me this uber cool purse. I'm calling it my Purse of Many Colors (too bad my name's Laurie and not Jo, huh?). Or my Prophetess Purse. Or maybe The Biblical Bag? ... I can't decide. Whatever you call it, it's pretty sweet. Check out that bright red stripe running up the middle... Oh, I'm in love with it.

The Big Hunks are from my boss, Robyn. Man, I do looooove big hunks. (Don't get me wrong, I do prefer a big hunk ala Christian Bale. But in a dark corner, on a late shift... a candy bar will do.) :)

Christine, my sweet friend who listens when I talk randomly about wanting things like a garlic press, got me this awesome garlic press AND garlic holder. Not to mention the pizza cutter (so I could make pizza with fresh garlic, and then cut it instead of tearing into it with my teeth) and this can opener that's pretty much... THE COOLEST CAN OPENER OF ALL TIME. Check out all its cool gadgets. I want to open every single can in my kitchen - or at least a bottle of Martinelli's. :)

And this... this is my cake. Isn't it swell? Christian, knowing my love of all things red (as well as my deep and abiding love for buttercream icing) made me this cake. It's red velvet with marshmallow flavored buttercream. Holy poo, it was DELISH!

I left the office at noon, and went to lunch with Jo and Maggie. It was pretty much... the best lunch ever. I'd been craving this Steak & Gorgonzola Fettuccine thing at The Olive Garden, and Jo was kind enough to take me there for lunch, where we got totally lucky and ended up with a waiter who understood my need for a bottomless Shirley Temple. Truly, it was the best lunch of all time. (And the company was pretty good, too.)
And on top of lunch... Jo got me a very elegant reed diffuser (that I could have sworn that I had a picture of, but I guess not... I can't find it) and this VERY COOL book. She found it in a book order form that her kids brought home from school, and they knew it was the way to go. She also made me this home-made card that makes me laugh out loud (we all know that I'm absolutely PHOBIC about wrinkles), so I'm gonna go ahead and post it for all to see. :)

After I left Jo's and I went and ran some errands and treated myself to... the most hideous and gaudy pedicure of all time. See below. My big toes have so much glitter on them that I hesitate to look down, lest I wonder who spilled the bottle of silver all over me. Egads. Yeah, this is not what I asked for... but I wasn't watching her closely enough, and... well... you know, there's a language barrier. So, me & my sparkly self are gonna be pretty much the hottest item on the boat. Oh, well.

As soon as I got done with the errands and the pedicure-that-wasn't-so-hot, I met up with Lizzie & Myra for dinner. We'd planned ages ago to go to The Cheesecake Factory, and boy howdy, was it delicious! We had Chicken Madeira all the way around (yup, all three of us ordered the same thing... it was pretty funny), and then split my two favorite cheesecakes for dessert. (Lemon Raspberry, always. And we tried the 30th Anniversary cheesecake, too. Holy poo, it was awesome!) Liz & Myra let me open my gifts (again... MORE GIFTS) over dessert, and they are truly awesome, because Liz got me super yummy lotion from Vicki's and My gave me a gift card to my favorite store (Barnes & Noble). There are some pretty sweet pics of us that night... but they're on Liz's camera, so they're to come.

Since Tuesday, it's been a slow trickle out of the birthday phase... but not to disappoint, I did get four (yes, FOUR) more presents today. (How awesome is that?)

Tiffany sent me this pretty hilarious card, along with a Wicked Witch (from Snow White) figurine/ornament, and some candy. (We all know how I like to eat candy.) I don't know what she's talking about with the card... For some reason, she thinks these black & pink plaid mary-janes are a bit much. Whatever... they're so the best $7 I've ever spent on shoes. :P

Beal sent me this pretty sweet box. Check out the cake pans (I do love how supportive my friends are in my new cake baking & decorating endeavors), but more importantly... check out the sweet Hot Wheels Beetle. Oh yeah, now that's friendship. (And again, the candy.... Mmmmmm, candy.)

Genevra Lynn sent me books, because she knows me so well. I'm SUPER EXCITED about all three of these books, two of them I've heard of, but I've never read any of them. Oh my gosh, I love that they came today, they're so going in the bag tonight... Awesome!

And my friend Jennifer sent me these LOVELY COOKIES. Seriously, you all have NO IDEA what you're missing out on over here. I L-O-V-E THESE COOKIES. They're the perfect mix of salt & sweet. They have cashews (YUM!) in the actual cookie, so the cookie's a little salty, in its thick soft and deliciousness... but then the icing is creamy and perfect and... oh, so delicious. She usually makes these at Christmas and my mom & and I fight over them... but, guess what? Judy's not here, so they're all mine. HEAVEN!

And that's not all, though I'm pretty sure you're about sick of it... so I'll spare you any more pictures, but I have so many fabulous friends and relations who sent emails, e-cards, texts, letters, cards and calls my way on my special day. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world to have so many wonderful, thoughtful people in my life! What I ever did to deserve any/all of you, I'll never know. Thanks for making my life so much more fun than I know it would have been without you. Each and every one of you bless my life in a way that is original to you. Thank you for loving me and for helping me along in the journey of my life. I love you - mucho, mucho!

Machines & Me... Never a Good Combination

Yeah, so... I'm bad with machines. I mean, B-A-D. For those of you who don't know how NOT technologically savvy I am, let me give you a couple examples.

1) I spent an hour a couple weeks ago trying to figure out how to load the two movies I bought (Dan In Real Life and You've Got Mail) onto my iPod. I couldn't do it. Not sure why, but I couldn't do it. So I gave up. And since I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow morning, I'm bumming that I couldn't figure it out. Now I'll have to sit in silence and eat my peanuts on the way to LA. It's killin me. But not as much as trying to wrap my brain around the iPod would be, so whatever.

2) I can't even figure out my vcr. That's right, kids, I said VCR. (Not dvr.) I have a vcr/dvd combo and when I wanted to tape Army Wives last week, I somehow got an hour of static. Not sure how I did that, and/or how to make sure it never happens again. I've only lived with a vcr in my house for, oh... 20 years now? And I cannot get a simple tv show to record. (I know, what is my damage?)

3) I was pretty sure that I BROKE the laptop night before last. When I went to turn it off, IT WOULD NOT TURN OFF. I was having a freak-out extraordinaire about it, finally unplugged the sucker, said a prayer of "please let it not be dead, please let it not be dead" (note to self... it wasn't dead... I couldn't turn it OFF - not couldn't turn it ON... idiot), and I pushed really hard on the on/off button until it went off. Yeah, it turns out that I'd accidentally hit an "update" button and the computer was thinking, not dying. Oh, geez.

Okay, so it's been settled. I suck with machines. We're pretty much... incompatible, machines & me. We have not been, nor do I think we will ever really be, friends.

That having been said, let me tell you about the voicemail message I left at my dentist's office last night.

But first, please allow me to recap the high points of Dr. Steve for you. The man has the most ridiculously (albeit (or would that be albethem?) hairless) muscular arms (I'm not sure if he waxes, plucks, shaves, or what... Jen's vote is that he's a competitive swimmer). He's an ex-marine (which you know, I think is HOT... to say the very least). He's single. He's a good Christian boy (I know this because his mother is his receptionist and likes to tell me stuff like that). He's a Republican (again, thanks, Mom, for the update). AND he's mad at the dentist who screwed my root canal tooth up (I now have two, count them, TWO cavities inside my cap, due to poor sealing or something like that - it's swell). You can understand why I love him. Oh, yeah... and he has a low rattley voice, with a touch of an accent (may be southern... may be just a twang... whatever it is, I'm a fan).

Soooooo.... all of that having been said about Dr. Steve... I've had an appointment scheduled to go to the dentist on the 3rd, which, well... I've been meaning to cancel (as I no longer have dental insurance, and besides, I'm a WUSS). So, I thought "I'll call when it's not office hours and I know that I'll just get the machine and I can leave a cancellation message". (Read above commentary about how bad I am with machines. That was NOT a good plan.) Well, I called, and... it was his own deep & rattley voice on the machine, asking me with that bizarre maybe/maybe not accent to leave a message. Of course, by the time it was my turn to talk, I'd been focusing on the deep voice and not on what I had to say. This is pretty much how it went...

Me: "Uhm... hi, this is (insert my full legal name here). I have an appointment on the 3rd that I need to cancel."

moment of silence

Me Again: "I'm .... uh .... not sure when I'll be able to come in, but I'll call and reschedule."

another moment of silence

Me, Yet Again: "Uh.... in a couple weeks, I'll call to reschedule."

yeah, I'm not kidding... MORE silence

Me: "Okay, that's all. Thanksandgoodbye." With the last four words breathed out in a high pitched squeaky rush.

Oh, good grief. I hung up and laughed out loud at myself. What am I, 13 and calling the cute boy from math class? No, sadly, I am a 34 yr old woman calling a medical professional to cancel/reschedule an appointment. Egads. I'm telling you... if I'd been there in person, I'd have been fine. It was totally the machine that made me so weird. Don't worry, I'll be fine (I would hope!) on the singles cruise. Fine. Just fine. Really... Fine. (A little positive self-talk never hurt anybody, right?) I'll be fine.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

6 Quirky Things About Me

Yeah, so... my sister-in-law, Brea, tagged me almost a month ago and I'm FINALLY getting around to it. (Sorry, Brea.) I'm ridiculously late, but here ya go. :)

1) I love cold water. Not ice water, mind you, cold water. It can be ice cold and I'm fine. I'm just not a fan of the actual ice. (Unless I have a straw. If I have a straw, I can deal with the ice. I just don't like the stuff hitting my teeth.)

2) I've been cracking my knuckles since I was 11. It's sad. It's disgusting. But it's true. I was sitting in Primary (Merrie Miss B, to be exact), in the old church, in the closet that was our classroom and Lori Adams was cracking her knuckles. I'd never heard that sound before, and I thought it was AWESOME, so I tried it. I got hooked quickly, and even though I can't stand that I do it, I still crack them almost every day.

3) I love a true-story movie. I'm an absolute SAP. It doesn't matter what it's about (horses, football, hockey, mad scientists, the civil war... anything), I love the inspirational story, the big swell of the background music, the sappy endings. Aahhhhh, those are good times.

4) My favorite dip? Green onion. I love it! A lot of people have never heard of it, or have never tasted it (thinking that the french onion dip is the only only onion dip out there). Oh, the green onion stuff is fantastic! I love it with potato chips, carrots, on sandwiches (instead of mayo). Oooooh, yum!

5) I can't sleep in anymore. It's tragic, but it's true. I've been waking up between 6:00 and 6:30 in the AM every day since... oh, 1987, pretty much, and I'm sorry to say that it's taken its toll. I have an internal clock that just goes off every morning. It's horrible. Sometimes I can get back to sleep, but the days of sleeping in until 9:00? Long gone...

6) I cut my own hair, and I always have. Almost exclusively. There was a period in my 20's when I had short (like a boy) hair for about a year, and I couldn't hack that (pun totally intended... I'm cracking myself up over here). And then, twice, when I had layers put in a couple years later. But yeah, since then... it's been all me. It's not always pretty, but at least I can get my hair cut the same day that I reach the point where it HAS to go. (And it's thick & curly enough to hide a multitude of mistakes. And I should know, because I've made a lot of them.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Turning 27 ... yet again.

You Act Like You Are 27 Years Old
You are a twenty-something at heart. You feel like an adult, and you're optimistic about life.
You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

You're still figuring out your place in the world and how you want your life to shape up.
The world is full of possibilities, and you can't wait to explore many of them.
What Age Do You Act?

Oooh, I'm in love with this test! (Little do they know that I'm actually turning 34 .... but who's counting?) 27, huh? That was a great year. I'll totally repeat it! :)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ya wanna know why I want a man like Rhett?

Because when he proposes to Scarlett and asks what kind of ring she wants, she asks for a diamond ring (a great big one). He promises her "the biggest and the most vulgar ring in Atlanta". And not only that, but that he'll "take to her New Orleans for the most expensive honeymoon that his ill-gotten gains can buy". Yummmm... He's absolutely sinful, isn't he? (And I love it!)

Friday, October 17, 2008

FFA: Gone With The Wind. Do you give a damn?

Uh, yeah. And I'll give a whole lot more than a damn, too, while I'm at it. I'll give you a full blown testimonial, in fact. Oh, how I love this movie. I also LOVE the book, but I met the movie first and it is one of the few movies that are based on books where I prefer the movie to the book. Not that the book isn't quite excellent. It really, really is. In fact, there's a lot more meat in the book. There's a lot more to the story than you get in the movie, and yet... I prefer the movie. Why? Because I love Clark Gable. (Oh, how I love Clark Gable. He's the 1930's equivalent to a combination of Hugh Jackman & Christian Bale, if you ask me. And we all know how much I love Wolverine & Batman... so that's saying quite a bit.) And if there was ever a role that was made for Clark Gable, it's that of Rhett Butler. Damn, damn, damn... he's a beautiful man, Rhett is. Both inside and out. I love him. I love his brash manner, his courage, his devotion to all things Scarlett (even though I personally think she's a pill and he could do soooo very much better), his honesty. I love his devotion to his Bonnie Blue, his kindness and mercy (that only Melanie ever seems to really see), and his relationship with the town harlot. Oh. My. Gosh. I love Rhett. I do. I can't help it. Watch this little clip and you'll see why I think he's the #1 Alpha Male of all time. Dudes, I so love him...

Other things I love about this movie: hating Scarlett, Mammy's red petticoat (again, I so love Rhett for buying it for her), Melanie's absolute & total goodness, the cinematography, thinking to myself that Ashley's parents made him into a sad sappy dope the second they gave him that sissified girl name, the score, the colors, the knowledge that the bodies in the battle field are real people (not computer generated), and that the fire's real too. Basically, I love everything about this movie. I love the story, the romance, the drama, the intrigue, the politics, the clothing... I love it all. Even the people who make me crazy... I love to hate them. Hands down, this is one of my favorite movies of all time (and not just because there's a swear word in it). If you haven't seen it, you must. If you have seen it, and don't love it ... you'd best not be telling me about it, because I'll have to call off our friendship. (Don't test me here, folks. I'm pretty serious.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1974 was a good year

Thirty-four years ago, I was born.
So was this Volkswagon Beetle Love Bug edition.
For those of you who don't know, I am in love with classic VW Bugs. I have wanted one for as long as I can remember. Few things make me as happy as seeing a classic car on the road, and the VW Bug is my classic car of choice. So, that having been said. And my birth (and the birth of this car) having been mentioned, I'd just like to put it out there... My birthday's in 13 days. And if any of you are wondering what to get me, I'll be more than happy to help you out. I'd love you more than anything (or anyone) if you'd get me a vintage VW in mint condition. My colors of preference are (pretty much in this order): kelly green, canary yellow, black, orange, red. Of course, if all you can afford is a rusted out piece, I'd take that, too. Maybe I'll get lucky and meet some muscle-bound man who'll help me put it back together. (Listen, this is my birthday wish. Don't rain on my parade. So what if muscle-bound men aren't really my type? This is my birthday fantasy and I'll play it out any way I please.) Please and thank you very much (for the car, not for allowing the fantasy - though that does make me happy as well).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Like Mother, Like Daughter

If there is a perk to working long hours and driving home in the dark these past few weeks, it is that I am almost always on the road at the tail end of an Arizona sunset. (Now, before you start to wonder & worry as to whether I took this pic myself as I hurried down the 101 on my way home tonight, let me break in and let you know that this pic is courtesy of google images. As much as Whitney is my hero for taking pictures while she's driving - since I was going 70 and (gasp) on the phone, I thought it best to NOT try to take a pic as I was coming home tonight.) Though I didn't take the pic myself, this picture is indicative of the sunsets we get here in the great state of Arizona. Almost every day of the year, our sunsets are AMAZING. And I'm always happy when I have a moment to stop for them. Every time I am able to sit and stare at the sun going down (even if that sitting & staring is done from behind the wheel of a car that I happen to be driving at high speed in an opposite direction from the setting sun), I am amazed at this wonderful world that we live in, that there is something so beautiful to be seen every single day. And I always, always, think of my mom when I see a beautiful sunset. Growing up, and even now, it's not uncommon for a phone call to come in from (or go out to) my mom's friend, Katy U., at dusk. The only words spoken are "Sunset Alert", and then my mom and Katy will hang up their phones as they go out to their respective yards to watch the sun go down. Many a dinner has sat (and... uhm... burned) on the stove while my mom watched the sun set from the side yard. As we got older, we'd watch the stove for her - or go out and stand with her. I cherish memories of standing in the yard, smelling the honeysuckle, and watching the sun go down with my mother. I'm a lucky, lucky girl that I had a mom who took time for sunsets, even when dinner was on the stove. Thanks, Mom, for making sure that we knew what was important to you, and for sharing it with us. I love you!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lovin the Red, White & Blue

I have to show you guys this cake... Yeah, it's not mine. It's Christian's, but it's SO FREAKING AWESOME that I have to show it to the world. As discussed previously, we're taking a haitus from cake class. This Thursday was the first week we weren't making cakes in... 2 months. As we walked out of work, Christine, Christian and I were laughing about how GREAT it felt to know that we weren't gonna have to wash any frosting tips out before we went to bed that night. Little did we know that Christian was gonna go home and watch the VP debate and then wax patriotic and create this red, white and blue beauty. Check it.
Isn't it awesome? I did a close up of the side so you can see how cool the basket weave was. She used the star tip for the weave, and look at those super cute little red & blue stars at the end of each weave pattern. Oh my gosh, she's a creative genius!

You know, I do love a good fire...

You Are Arson

No doubt about it, you have a serious destructive streak. You can't help it!

Sometimes you just get so frustrated with the world, and you have to let your aggression out

You have a notoriously bad temper. You are obsessed with getting your revenge.

You are obviously a pyromaniac, whether you realize it or not. It feels great to watch something burn.

Honestly, I was kind of surprised. I mean, I do love me a good raging fire, don't get me wrong. But I do have a penchant (and a past) of pinching what I think should be mine. Now that I'm a grownup, I only steal things like straws and ketchup packets at fast-food establishments. But I do have a history of taking all kinds of random things (brownie and lemon bar mixes from my grammy's pantry, super cool pens from my next door neighbor that I used to babysit for, and how about me stealing suckers from the little old lady in my neighborhood and then re-selling them for double the purchase price on the grade school playground? (cut me some slack, I was in 5th grade, and my parents didn't give me an allowance), oh right... and the time I took a six-pack of root beer out of my parents' room - drank it all in one Saturday afternoon - and when my dad asked who'd taken it, I set my brothers up to take the fall). So, while I'm not disappointed with the arson charges, per se... I am a bit surprised. I was really looking forward to something like "thievery". Oh well, maybe next time. It's not like these online tests can be counted on to be totally accurate every time...