Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
QUICK QUIZ! Who wore it best?
This picture was taken by hooking the camera up to a light fixture. Please notice Michael with a look of torture on his face as he shields his eyes from the sun. Michael and Einstein have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes it's more of a hate-hate.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
If you can't tell, a single man lived in this house before us. He was very fond of light blue. Either that, or Home Depot was having a sale. One of the extra bedrooms is also painted this color.
Master Bathroom after:
And last but not least, HOME before:HOME after:
Have a great holiday, everyone! May your Thanksgiving be full of family, football and flavorful foods!
Friday, November 20, 2009
About the movie - no movie in this series is hoping for Oscar nominations. I don't think anyone is arguing that this is the deepest film of all time, so I get it that the critics have harsh things to say. But to me, taking the movie for what it is, I thought it was really good - much better than Twilight. It was a lot of talking and building (and tearing down) of relationships and not a lot of action, but I didn't mind this at all. I can see how people wouldn't enjoy this, but it's my cup of tea. I still think I can convince Michael to go see it with me. The acting was much better than it was in Twilight. There was less lip chewing, less dramatic pauses and more laughter. "New Moon" was exactly what I wanted it to be: teen love and heartbreak and fantasy escapism at its best.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Would you rather, for your 30th birthday, go to EXOTIC, WONDROUS EUROPE? or the super bowl?
Let me paint the picture for you, so you might better understand the question.
Would you rather stay inside the United States, a wonderful country, but one that - face it - you've spent quite some time in? Engage in online wrestling matches over hotel rooms that are overbooked, and because they have marked up their prices 10,000%, you can only afford ones that are a tad bit shady. Get stuck in traffic on the way to the game. I'll give you this - the game would be great. Good fun. (But Heavens forbid the Colts lose!) Even with a victory, you have maybe 6 hours of enjoyment, only to return to the parking lot of bottle-necking lock-down to sit for another 2 hours hoping to get out of there. One day.
The glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Blissful strolls down the canals of Venice. Laying out on the black rocks of Grecian beaches to be warmed by the sun. Eating olive spread and authentic Italian, all accompanied by fine wines. Gazing introspectively at old churches and architecture. Wearing hats like these:
I think you already know what my preference is. You might even be able to guess Michael's. It is, I suppose, his birthday. And I do imagine there might be a slight price difference between these two trips.
But you can't take it with you, right? And you only live once, right?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Then, on the final morning of exhibiting, Judy and Fred surprised me by arriving at our booth! They were pretty sneaky since they didn't have badges to get into the hall. Good thing I was at the booth at the time and not roaming around the exhibit hall, foraging for handouts and freebies. (You can never have too many pens, luggage tags or bite-size Snickers candy).
We got back into Phoenix around four. All I wanted to do was see my Hubs, but Alas!, it was not meant to be. He was working the ASU game and was likely not to be home for several hours. So I hopped in my car and met up with some friends for Lyndsey's birthday!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
That night we went out with friends to Blue Martini up at City North. It was all decked out with Halloween decorations, and everyone there was dressed up. I made my Octo-puss-in-boots costume earlier in the day. My six extra legs were made of panty hose, wire hangers and newspaper. Michael didn't have time to get a costume together, so the group decided he was Tom Cruise. I actually think he looks more like Jake Gyllenhaal. What do you think?
As hard as it may be to believe, people, the above are pictures of two different people! I know, they look the same! It boggles the mind!
Here's a picture of the whole group. From left to right, we have Amy (a cat), Jaye (a ceiling fan), Derek (Facebook), Erik (a GhostBuster), plus me and Jake...er, Michael. Lyndsey also was there, but she left before this picture was taken. Here she is as a pirate in the 'girl shot' with all of our pretty martinis. As you can see, boots were a hot commodity this Halloween. Sorry Jaye, but I did hear that ballet flats will be the thing this Thanksgiving. You're always one step ahead of the curve.
In other matters, I have a neighborhood watch tip for all of my (two) readers out there. Get to know your neighborhood before you try to go on multi-mile runs at 5:20 am. Master the road system during daylight hours instead of running when it's so dark outside that you can't even tell which direction is east from the rising sun.
Today I got lost while running, if you hadn't guessed. I'll try to make a long story short. Basically, the curving roads got me. And the fact that tiny suburban house-packed roads kept their names as they rounded 90 degree turns. This is unusual for me, a girl who's been running in the meticulously mapped-out grid system of downtown Scottsdale for a few months. Eventually I was running north when I thought I was running west. I kept looking to the left, hoping to catch a glimpse of a major boulevard when I was in fact running away from it.
After passing the thirteenth street named Desert Trumpet or Desert Trail or Desert Tracks, and after forty minutes of running, I gave up. I was exhausted, feeling like I'd never escape, and worried that I would be late for work. I searched for another sign of life at this pitchblack o'clock hour of the morning. I think I scared the bejeebus out of a man in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. With tears in my eyes, I explained that I was new in the neighborhood and couldn't find my way back to that major Blvd. His wife then came out ("Dave, what is it?") and heard me too. After giving me a big hug and a "It's alright, dear, we live on the biggest set of cul-de-sacs on the planet," they offered to drive me out to said boulevard. So they took me, a mile out of their way. While telling me that I really do need to start running with a cell phone and reassuring me that it was very easy to get lost in all those streets of the development.
I asked if they'd had this happen a lot. "No, it's usually just lost children and dogs." Great, I'm the social equivalent of scared kids and lost puppies.
The moral of the story is, there really are great people out there. People who are willing to help others, even others who are sweaty and quasi-emotionally unstable. I was so grateful, in this world full of wackos and jerks, to have the one person I turned to be a person so thoughtful and sweet. I'd like to think that maybe there are more of this second kind of person in the world. That we only hear about the awful ones more often in the news, but that they are in the vast minority. That if I had asked Dave's neighbor for help that he would have done the same thing that Dave did. I'm going to try to be a Dave in my new neighborhood.
Wow. This got pretty deep for a post originally about cutesy Halloween costumes. Thanks for reading.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Whew! It has been a long day. My parents, JP, Shannon and Kai all came over to help us move. You don't realize just how much stuff you've accumulated until you have to move it to another place. It seemed like it took forever just to get it all loaded into the U-Haul. But unloading was easier, and consuming beer and wings at the sports bar across the street with the fam was the easiest of all. My back hurts, my fingers are sore, I'm fairly sure I smell bad, but we're here. How exciting! I keep looking around and muttering "Our house." I don't think the Hubs minds.
On Friday we went to seeWe had four tickets, so we invited my parents (who were in town, obviously) to see it with us. We had great seats on the ground level. Really, that musical is my favorite. Every single song would come up and I'd think, "'Think of Me', yes, this is my favorite of the songs." And then "All I Ask of You" or "Music of the Night" would begin, and I'd think the same thing. They're all so beautiful and haunting.
I leave for Indianapolis on a work conference on Wednesday, so I'll try to post my pictures from Halloween before then. Have to keep up with my 11 Goals in 101 Days to blog twice a week!