Monday, September 29, 2008

Quick Jane, Hide!

Early this morning before the sun got up I started to hear thunder in the distance. By 7:30 am, the electrical storm was right above us, sending shivers down my spine with each clap of thunder. Heh, it is such a novelty here in Southern California to have thunder and lightning, we get all excited to spy some lightning through the sky. I'm sure those in the south would call us sissies for getting spooked each time a little thunder rolls around.

Mary Jane has never heard thunder before, and although she was nesting safe and sound in our bed, there was one clap of thunder that sent her straight up into the air and tearing off down the hall in a panic, searching but not finding a place that she thought would keep her safe. For the rest of the morning she just followed me - from the dresser, to the bathroom sink, to the kitchen. It's scary Jane, I know! But kind of fun too. Sorry, she is a bit blurry in the picture below, she kept moving her head to try to listen better for the next rumble. Sweet Jane! You're ok now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Welcome?

Nellie and Pearl are out of the box to say hello! So are all their other pumpkin head friends and gobliny ghouls. What's that you say? There's still something wrong? Oh my, our summer weather still is not gone.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sweet Friends

New kitchen artwork! I have had my eye on several of Emily Martin's prints over the last few years, and these two were always at the top of my Black Apple wish list. I already had the frames, mat board and hardware, so putting these together was a snap. I think these compliment my kitchen very nicely, or better yet, they are an awesome distraction from the charming (*cough*) wood cabinets I have, from 1970. The finish is lovely you know, reminds me of... plywood. Sucks to rent. You know, I bet if I painted the cabinets white, they wouldn't even have a clue. But that would take some serious motivation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Change In Season

In less than a week it will be the first day of Autumn. I have sworn to myself that I will not bring down the box of fall decorations until that day, however I am itching. Today was a blustery day, the wind howled and the fog rolled. Weird. Sometime over the weekend Summer started packing up her swimsuits and beach towels and Autumn hopped on the train, on her way for her visit. I didn't even notice her getting ready to go until I felt her vacancy.

I have fought the idea of Autumn coming for weeks now, but for some reason it seemed ok today. To celebrate my mental achievement (and why the heck wouldn't I want any reason to celebrate anything??!!) I indulged in a pumpkin spice hot coco and decided that is was ok to move on. Heh, I am really good at justifying rewards. I guess I just have an attachment to Summer that is really hard for me to let go of.

Next on the achievement list: I also started making my Christmas gift list. Aack!! I know, I know, but seriously, time flies and I want to be prepared. I know Erika and Krista have already started working on their ideas. Billy and I are going to be in Austin for Christmas this year, which makes gift buying at the last minute an impossible feat. I'm thinkin' a lot of handmade goodies this year... we'll see.

Every Autumn I take a trip up to San Francisco to stay with Chelsea, but I don't know if it is going to happen this year. Bravest Chelsea has had yet another knee surgery and hasn't even been up to SF yet since June. She's been out of the blogging world completely and I dearly miss her whitty posts. Is it going to happen this year Chels?? Are we going to miss out on our tradition?? Please say it's not so!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lookin' Good for Jesus

I was standing in front of the mirror in a bathroom in Fantasy Land. Next to me, a girl of about eight is dressed in a Ariel ensemble, complete with a three foot neon red wig. With arms raised above her head she meticulously smoothed the loose strands of her wig when she looks up at me in the mirror and says with an attitude of absolute bliss mixed with a sigh:

"It's a wild day, isn't it?"

I said "Well, yes, it is a wild day."

"I like your outfit"

"Oh, Thanks" she says, and with that she turns and glides out of the door with a swish of her long red hair.

I couldn't believe no one else was around to witness this, and I looked back in the mirror and just laughed out loud.

This weekend has been a whirlwind of events - eating out, eating out, Disneyland, eating out, the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues, eating out, and more eating out. I don't want to eat out anymore, I want vegetables!!! I love when Brian and Heather come to visit because it means fun! And doing stuff out of the norm, because a visit from your brother and sister in law means you gotta splurge a little. Like this Sudden Death Brownie that we ate at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney. My way of justifying it was that we walked around Disneyland all day. What a way to celebrate all that exercise than with Sudden Death. Heheh.

I'll tell you what else is out of the norm. The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues. There is nothing like participating in the most pathetic attempt on record of a bunch of stiff old white people be-boppin to the moves of a black Gospel choir. They must have been laughing their butts off at us. We all had two left feet, we couldn't even all clap on beat and we looked absolutely ridiculous trying to participate in the show. We were a sight to be seen! I don't think I'd go back.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Love Letter

I received a letter from my best little friend, Ethan Bonham, in the mail yesterday. What a wonderful surprise! Seeing my name written by his little hand, just melts my heart! Thank you Ethan, I love you too! All my love, Aunt Georgia

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tagged

Back in the beginning of August Krista had tagged me - and no I didn't forget, I just am a little slow.

Q: What is your favorite quotable line from a movie?
A:
Harry:
"
What's her last name? I'll look it up."
Lloyd: "You know, I don't really recall. Starts with an S! Let's see. Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson?"
Harry: "Maybe it's on the briefcase."
Lloyd: "Oh, yeah! It's right here."
[He reads the manufacturer's name, which is Samsonite]
Lloyd: "Samsonite! I was way off! I knew it started with an S, though."

If you don't know what movie this is from, oh man.

Q: Who is the most famous person you’ve talked to?

A: Um, I don't recall ever talking to anyone too famous - the closest I can get is the lead singer from Dogwood. Years ago we were on the same airplane as the band, flying from St. Louis to San Diego. After we all got off I ran after them through the Jetway and when I finally caught up with them, completely out of breath, I had magically forgotten whatever clever introduction I had rehearsed for in my head to say for the four hours I sat there burning holes in the back of their heads. What a complete retard.

Q: How many bags/boxes of potato chips are consumed at your house per month?
A: Maybe like a half - I don't eat any form of potato chip, but since I am married to The White Boy Salsa King, we do eat a lot of tortilla chips.

Q:What foreign food dish do you prepare from scratch and serve?

A: We make tons of foreign food from scratch. I am not a big fan of cooking with processed food at all. I won't even buy canned chicken because I would rather cook it and season it myself. One of my favorites I make from scratch is a
Emeril Lagasse Fettuccine Alfredo that I make my own sauce for, complete with heavy cream and shallots. Another favorite is Szechwan Beef, of which I also completely make the sauce myself.

Q: What is your favorite section of the supermarket?
A: That would be the beverage aisle. Beverages are my luxury. Good-for-you juices and fizzy bottled lemonades. Love 'em!


Q: What was your high school team’s mascot and what were the school colors?
A: Panther, Red, Black and White.

Ok, now I need to tag someone.
Heather C! and Big Dino! You guys are it!


On another Note I finished The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls late last night. What a memorable memoir that was. Growing up with such selfish parents was an incredible feat for Ms. Walls and I would highly recommend reading her story. After I finished the book I read part of an interview online that someone had done with her and she described that she believed that every person had an "age" that they could attribute their lifelong behavior and demeanor as most like. She thought her mother's lifelong behavioral age was at about 4 years old. Looking back at my reading I couldn't agree more, especially when she would do things like sneak bites of candy bars as her children were digging through trash cans at school to find food their only meals. My favorite thing about this book is that it does not leave you with a sense of despair. The whole time as I read I was rooting for the kids and for them to develop strong enough drives to leave their parents and become successful. At the end I was so proud to have been able to share in their lives. Great book.