Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birthday Wish List…

 

In four days, I will be another year older. In four days, I’ll wake up and be 36.

Thrilling.

I’ve had a few people ask me if there’s anything specific I want, but truthfully haven’t given it much thought. Until now. I feel fairly lucky just being able to have what I currently have, so anything else, would just be the cherry on top of this awesome cake that is my life.

Fish tank:        
I’ve written about my passion of fish tanks in the past, and since I feel pretty settled into my house, I think it’s time. I don’t need something huge, certainly don’t need that big 100-gallon tank back from my Dad, but perhaps a tabletop/desktop tank with a couple of fish would be fine. Maybe a trip to the pet store is in my near future.

Kitchen/Cooking Items:  
I’m in desperate need of glass bowls for my kitchen. I have a set of plastic, but sometimes, it’s just not in plastic, that I want my leftovers. I’m also in dire need of a second medium pot. I have one that I use almost every time I cook, but sometimes, I need a second one that same size. And while I’m on the subject, maybe I’ll just take two new medium pots and put the one I currently use, in with the camping stuff. Decisions, decisions.

Master Bedroom Décor:    
The Master Bedroom and the Spare Bedroom are the two rooms I haven’t spent time finishing. It drives me nuts, because I know I could be so much more in love with my bedroom than I already am. I would love to have a new bedframe. Something that takes my bed a little bit more off the ground would be nice. Putting some wall décor above our bed would complete the room, just haven’t decided on what would be perfect there. I’ve been waiting to get a new bed frame before putting stuff up because I’m not sure how the headboard will be placed. I suppose I just need to dive in and do it.

That’s enough. I could go on and on about other things I’d like to have that would decorate my house, but I have other things to do today, so this is where I’ll stop.

Enjoy your Saturday.

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monkey Business

It’s time for another big commercial shoot. This time, we’ve got six different spots we’re shooting. And there’s a different animal in each spot.

A few days ago, we had them all out at our ranch for rehearsal with the talent. Such a fun day. I can’t really say much about the spots until they’ve been aired on broadcast television, but I can tell you that they’re going to be hilarious.

I tried to talk SS and Squid into coming out to see these guys, but having to show up to work that day was more important to them. Whatever. Everyone has their priorities. ;-)

During some down time in the rehearsal, I allowed the Poodles to have a tea party. They like fun too. And look very impatient while waiting for me to bring them their tea…

 

Speaking of Poodles…. Did you watch Conan the other night? If you did, then you saw our Golden Retriever sweating while the very best Mini Poodle in the whole world was shown to him. I make no comments on the outfit. Or about the fake boobs.

Poor Udon!

 

I promise to share the spots as they air, but something tells me you’ll know when you see them.

Oh! One more thing. Don’t forget the Super Bowl is only a few months away. It’s almost time to start shooting those commercials. Can’t wait!!

 

Song for Today

Sometimes, there’s a song that plays on XM, that just tugs at my heart with no plan of letting go. Today was one of those days. Heard this on the way to work this morning. Apparently, it’s an older song of his, but I’d never heard it until this morning.

   

I saw it in her eyes
When I was sayin' goodbye
That girl, she ain't gonna be alright
'Cause I could tell
She'd be goin' through a livin' hell
And I wouldn't be there by her side
And Lord I felt so bad as I sat and watched her cry
Thinkin' I was movin' on and she was barely gettin' by

Look at what I've done to her
Look at how I made her feel
I gave back her heart, the broken part
She got the raw end of the deal
And look at what it's done to me
You gotta know it tears me up
I gave it everything I had, and
Lord, it just wasn't enough
And hurtin' her like this seems so wrong
Yeah, look at what I've done to her
Now she's alone

I saw her out last night
And she was havin' a good time
That girl, it looks like she's doin' fine
But then I saw a man
Walk up and take her by the hand
And I, oh God, I almost died
And then it hit me, she didn't really need me
I just sat there for a while, until I finally smiled

Look at what I've done to her
Look at how I made her feel
She's found somebody new
And look who took the time to heal
And look at what it's done to me
You gotta know it tears me up
To have walked away from the love we made
And just leave it in a cloud of dust
And now it's got me thinkin' maybe I was wrong
After all the things I've done to her
Now she's strong

I walked up and said hello
She said, "It's good to see ya
But hey, I've gotta go"

Look at what I've done to her
Look at how I made her feel
She's standin' tall, she's got it all
Got the world at her heels
And look at what it's done to me
Look at how it makes me hurt
If I could go back now
I swear somehow
I'd find a way to make it work
Ain't life funny
Now I'm the one alone
Look at what I've done to me
She's gone

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The day my life changed forever.

October 5th, 2013.

One year ago, a mechanic walked up to me with the keys to my car, and politely told me that my car was driving straight again. I was thrilled, and probably showed a little too much excitement. Perhaps that’s what sparked the next conversation.

SS: (handing me my keys) “So, is there a Mr. Nascar?

Me: “Ha. No. There isn’t. There used to be, but he wasn’t smart enough to hold onto me. So no. There is not a Mr. Nascar.

SS: “Can there be?

Remember when I said Fuck the Norm? Well, it’s worked out amazingly ever since. I left my guard up for as long as it needed to be up, and eventually brought it down.

It’s been an entire year, and I don’t want to hurt him and bury him in a hole. I can stand to be in the same room with him for longer than 30 minutes at a time, which brings the grand total of people I can do that with, to SEVEN. I’m proud to be seen walking around with him, and live for the moments when he chases me through a parking lot with a basket full of groceries. We create our own fun, and I think that’s what I love the most about him.

My Dearest SS: You were there to help give me that push I needed to move out on my own. You were there to wipe away the tears when I got the news StepDad was dying. You were there to comfort me when things went bad at work. You provided a strong shoulder, when all I expected was a hand. You’re an amazing man, and I’m extremely grateful every single day, that we have found each other. I love you.

Here’s to many, many more…..  Mug

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vegas Weddings

Vegas. The Entertainment Capital of the World.
A place for gambling, drinking, prostitution, crime, love, bright lights, fancy shows, and weddings. Not the kind of place I ever imagine getting married, but that’s one of my favorite things about America. Anyone can get married any way they want. And it’s totally okay.

Smile

Over the weekend, my favorite cousin got married. After a few years of dating, they finally decided to do it. And since not everyone in the family could go to France, they decided the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, was close enough….

The photographer that was provided by the venue, wouldn’t follow them around town to take photos at the various locations they had in mind, so I broke out the D90, and down the strip we went….

They were greeted with smiles and well wishes for the future by just about everyone we passed.

SS and I jumped in for a few pictures of our own…

Then we stopped for drinks….

And then this happened……

SS was given the garter. I was given the bouquet. I know what this is supposed to signify, but SS and I are so far from entertaining the idea of getting married, that people just need to simmer down. It’s something that could be in our future, we won’t deny that, but trust me when I say It’s nowhere in the near future.

In all the times I’ve been to Las Vegas, I’ve never been to the New York hotel to ride the rollercoaster. So, this time we made sure that happened. And it was sooooooo awesome!! I highly recommend you do it if you’re ever in Vegas.

Until next time….

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Catching up…

 

1.  Summer. It’s officially over tomorrow, and I didn’t once go camping. I’m disappointed about that. So, in a mad dash to rectify that, Sis, RJ, and I jumped into the car and drove around looking at several different camp sites within a 50 mile radius. We found a few places that seemed promising, but most of the places we were actually interested in, were shut down or closed due to extremely high fire danger. Apparently, they don’t trust people in the outdoors with campfires during a drought.

2. Vegas. Since camping was a bust, we decided a different weekend getaway would suffice. One of my favorite cousin’s is getting married in Las Vegas. So, a Vegas trip is in our future. Our very near future. Like, this weekend future. It’ll be the first time SS and I have been there together, and it’ll be the first time I’ve ever gone with my Sis. I’m anxious. Can’t wait. The last time I was in Vegas, I hung out with this guy….

3. Food. A few months ago, I received a waffle iron as a gift. Since I’ve never even used a regular one, I was a little apprehensive about using a different type. But, they tasted like waffles and everyone ate them, so it didn’t matter. Score!

4. TV. Regularly scheduled television is back, y’all! This week is the beginning of Premier Week, and I’m so happy! Like, doing the Happy Dance kind of happy.

CBS…..

ABC…

NBC…

 

Hope everyone has a fabulous week……

 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chase Bracket Prediction

Since everyone is filling out their Chase predictions, here’s mine…

I want to be given credit when my choices win.

Starting out with the 16 drivers in the chase, I’ve narrowed it down to the eight I think will make it to the Eliminator Round, followed by the four I think will race for the Championship.

To be clear, I’ve chosen Jeff Gordon to win the Championship. Who you got?

 

Rowdy Nation

It’s Chase Time!

It’s time for the Sprit Cup Chase to begin, and as usual, I’m showing my support for Kyle Busch.

Let’s take a look at this new chase format. It might be easier for many to follow, since it’s similar to the way other sports do their championship finals, but for some, it’s confusing. Let’s try to make it a little less confusing….

The first round (Chicagoland, New Hampshire and Dover) will be called the "Challenger Round." If a driver in the Chase Grid wins a Challenger Round race, the driver automatically advances and their points will be reset to 3,000. Only the top 12 in points after the Challenger Round remain in championship contention.

The second round (Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega) will be called the "Contender Round." Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in the Contender Round, the driver automatically advances and his/her points will reset to 4,000. Only the top eight in points after the Contender Round remain in championship contention, and all then will have their points reset to 4,000.

The third round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix) will be called the "Eliminator Round." If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in the Eliminator Round, the driver automatically advances and his/her points will reset to 5,000. The top four in points after the Eliminator Round remain in championship contention, and all then will have their points reset to 5,000.

The final race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway will now be referred to as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. To win the Sprint Cup title, be the highest finisher at the end of the race among the four eligible drivers, and you will lift the Sprint Cup.

Got it? Make more sense now? Good.

 

Who you got?

 

 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Hanging Memory

Circa 1994.
Sophomore in high school. Sitting out on the front porch with StepDad, just talking about life. The view wasn’t spectacular, mostly because the houses across the street made a better wall than window when trying to see the mountain ridge behind them. There was often a police officer that sat across the street during rush hour, hoping to catch the speeders that blew through our neighborhood. They often did that to avoid the crazy traffic on the main street one block over.

We talked about boys. We talked about driving. We talked about how to use tampons. We talked about cooking. And eating. And we talked about dying. I can remember the conversations as if they were yesterday.

He always spoke of Santa Barbara as if it was the best city on earth, which is why his ashes were spread there. Sitting on the balcony of a hotel room that overlooked the beach, was his favorite thing. And the only thing that made it better, was when he was there to celebrate July 4th.

Since Independence Day (and anything remotely related to ‘Merica), was his favorite, it only seemed fitting to make sure a part of him rested peacefully, inside an American flag. This necklace, holds the remaining ashes that weren’t scattered in the water of Santa Barbara.

And it will hang in my house, ever so perfectly, at the top of the clock that used to hang in his.

 

 

I miss you, StepDad. And now I’ll have you here with me forever. xoxo

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our weekend houseguest

We’re babysitting this fabulous little guy this weekend. You probably know him from that TV show Heroes (and a million other commercials), but we know him as Lestat. He’s a 5lbs Pomeranian that is full of spunk! Even at his old age.

Here’s to a long weekend! Enjoy yours. xo

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday

I’ve been sitting in front of this blank screen for over thirty minutes. I begin to type something out, and then I think I don’t need to write about that, and erase everything, bringing me back to the same blank page. Frustrating.

I guess it’ll just be a What’s up Wednesday, kind of day.

a. It’s been six months since StepDad died, and this past weekend we finally had his memorial. His wish had always been to have his ashes spread out in the water of Santa Barbara, so that’s exactly what we did. He will forever be able to watch the girls in bikinis.
RJ was StepDad’s favorite grandchild, so it was very important that he be present. I hope that spreading his ashes into the water gave RJ some sort of peace with it.

 

b. I love these guys…. (you too, Squid!)

 

c. I’ve started thinking about moving out of state. Just so sick and tired of living in SoCal. The constant traffic everywhere you go, just makes my blood boil. It shouldn’t take 30 minutes to drive 15 miles, but it does. When I need to run down the street to the store, it becomes a 30 minute chore because of all the people/cars/horribly timed traffic lights. I’m just over it all and need a change. I need to move somewhere that isn’t in a constant rush. Somewhere that does things a little slower. I’ve gone so far as to throw a dart at a map to see where I should go. Unfortunately, Texas isn’t anywhere near where I want to end up. So, I’ll keep looking.

 

d. The new 2015 NASCAR schedule came out yesterday. Doesn’t really affect me much. The California Fontana race hasn’t changed, and since I watch all the rest on TV, I’m good with the schedule. Since we’re talking about NASCAR, let’s give a little credit to how well Jeff Gordon is doing. Great to see him back in Victory Lane. Again. (Better than Jimmie Johnson!) And hopefully Tony Stewart will be back to racing for the 2015 race season. (fingers crossed.)

 

e. SS and I went to our first wedding together. It was so much fun. His cousin got married at the top of a beautiful cliff that overlooked the entire Los Angeles valley. They spent a pretty penny on it, and it was nothing short of amazing. So glad I could be a part of it.

 

f. I jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon and did it! There’s video evidence. Don’t feel like putting it on YouTube just so that people can see it on here, but it’s on my Instagram feed if you want to check it out. The water was cold, so pardon my reaction.

 

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear Boss#1: You’ve been amazing while Boss#2 has been gone. You’ve fought for me time and time again. And I appreciate it. It doesn’t go unnoticed, I promise.

Dear Pur Water Filter: Even though SS has made some adjustments to you so you won’t spray all over my kitchen, I still hate you.

Dear Jeffy: I miss my car buddy. When SS and I were at your house that day to pick up the compressor, I wanted to stay and watch/help you work on the ‘stang. Maybe I can do that soon? For a bit? I just miss doing car stuff with you. It was always fun and I don’t do that stuff anymore.

Dear Trainers headed to Palm Springs: Be careful. It’s hot out there right now, and you’ve got a lot of work to do with that Boxer of ours. Be good to him. And keep him cool.

Dear Sis & Squid: I had such a blast last weekend with our cousin in town. I’m happy you guys were able to hang out and it was a family event. Twice! Great times. Now we do it one more time next weekend when the rest of the family is in town. Yay.

Dear SS: I’m anxious to attend our first wedding together. Although I’m unsure about what to wear, it’ll be fun. We’ll have a blast and remember it forever. xo

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weeds.

Did you watch this show? It was on for EIGHT seasons starting in 2005.

I had never even heard of this show until I met SS. He once mentioned it to me when I told him I watch Orange Is The New Black, and when I asked other people about it, everyone knew what I was talking about. Was I living under a rock? Just because I hadn’t had the Showtime channel in years, didn’t mean I shouldn’t have at least heard about it. But I hadn’t.

So, I went ahead and watched the first season. Immediately, I was hooked. The cast was fantastic. Hilarious even. I can definitely understand why this went so many seasons. It’s great.

I went ahead and downloaded all eight seasons, and right now, I’m just about to finish season SEVEN. I know it’ll be over soon, but I’m not ready for that. I’m not ready for Nancy Botwin to leave my living room. She’s too entertaining.

-Until next time….

Monday Activity

It’s Monday once again, and that means it’s time to do something fun.

Today, we went Bowling. RJ wanted to get out of the house, so out we went. ‘Twas fun. Wasn’t crowded, which is my most favorite thing about going on a week day. Once he goes back to school, we won’t be able to do that. Drat.

Looking forward to doing something next week that doesn’t cost half my paycheck.

Friday, August 1, 2014

When I start to complain…

…I have to remember this….

 

Sounds like life to me.
It ain’t no fantasy.
It’s just a common case of every day reality.
Man I know it’s tough
but you gotta suck it up.
To hear you talk you’re caught up in some tragedy.
It sounds like life to me.
-Darryl Worley

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let’s Talk NASCAR

 

This year has been interesting. Ups. Downs. Penalties. Suspensions. And we’re only half way through the season.

Denny Hamlin: Whoa at the penalties handed down to Hamlin and his #11 FedEx team. For me, it’s hard to believe that the problems weren’t noticed in any of the pre race inspections, but who the hell am I to talk? I miss things all the time. Just not when it comes to my job. I’d like to see Hamlin come back and kick ass the rest of the season, winning several more races, but let’s face it, that’s not likely. Especially when KB is in the way. ;-)

Mark Martin: He’s going back to Roush! I’m so happy to hear this. Roush is exactly where Mark belongs. I hated when he left there in 2006. It felt wrong, but because I liked Mark, I supported his decision. I even bought memorabilia that proudly displayed the Army #01 logos. When he moved to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, I was disappointed. I’m not a Hendrick fan, and so thus began my search for a new favorite NASCAR driver.

Jeff Gordon: This boy still has it. Especially at Indy. I remember back in 1999, when I was living in Corpus Christi, TX, Jeff Gordon and his #24 Dupont car showed up at a gas station. The X and I had been driving around and it caught our attention. The X made a u-turn, and we went to check it out. I wasn’t into NASCAR then like I am now, but I do remember thinking it was kind of strange that he didn’t have a huge crowd around him. In fact, we were the ONLY people at the gas station, not getting gas. It was weird. He signed the photo of him he was giving out, and we went on our way. Maybe people didn’t like him back then?

Carl Edwards: Leaving Roush Fenway Racing. All I have to say to that is IT’S ABOUT TIME, CARL! For several years now, I’ve wondered what has become of Carl Edwards. I support him because he drives for Aflac, and we provide Aflac with the duck, so naturally, when the duck is with Carl, we’re fans. However, now that he won’t be playing with the duck, I’m not sure how much support I can show for him. With the latest talk being about him moving to JGR, I can’t help but feel like I have to support him. Hopefully we’ll see some great things from him next year. Hopefully.

That’s it for today. More NASCAR later.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear Boss#2 : You’ve been gone for a month. I hope you’re enjoying your overseas vacation. We kind of miss you around The Ranch, though. Hurry back.

Dear SS’s Daughter : You go back to Arizona tomorrow, and I’d be lying if I said I was happy about that. Oh how I wish you lived here with us. ;-)

Dear Pur : I dislike your faucet filter. It’s annoying.

Dear Sis : I totally get that you want to move out of Cali. I hate it here too and want to move. I just wish you weren’t thinking about going NOW. I can’t move now, so that makes it so much harder to think about going through my every day life without my only sister. And it makes me want to cry. I will still support wherever you decide.

Dear SS : You’re a good sport. About everything. Thank you.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Workout: Part 2

Ever since SS and I finished the June exercises we were doing, I’ve felt a little off. Like something is missing from my every day activities. It’s weird, considering I didn’t really enjoy it. I more or less looked at it as something I had to do. It was just another thing I had to get done every day.

Sis is in full exercise mode because she’s tired of being overweight. I don’t have that problem, and my skinny size 3 jeans prove it, yet I still feel like I need to do something. While we were out of town this past weekend, I did a bunch of running. We ran up hills, and down hills. We ran in dirt, and on sidewalks. We ran, and ran, and ran. On vacation. And it felt great. The air was clean and not full of Los Angeles smog, so it was easy to just breath through the pain and keep going.

Now that I’m back home and SS’s daughter is going back to Arizona this weekend, I can get back into a normal routine. It’s so hard to keep a routine when all I want to do is play in the pool and hang out at the beach……

 

Here’s to a bunch more exercising! And maybe the loss of a few more pounds. (Like I really need that…)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pur Water Filter–Product Review

When we moved into this house, I was buying case after case of bottled water, much to SS’s dissatisfaction. I took one with me everywhere I went.

A few months later, I finally gave in to SS’s constant nagging about bottled water, and we bought a Pur Water Filter. For the first few days, it worked wonderfully. No complaints. And SS was happy.

Fast forward to a few weeks later. This is what the water looks like when we turn the faucet on…. (water leaks out the seal). *It’s important to know that SS has had to tighten the black sleeve they gave us a number of times, but it still leaks out the sides. There’s no more room for tightening.

 

When we flip the little switch on the side to change the water to filtered, it sprays out all over the place like this….

It’s annoying. I hate it.

Pur Water Filter. Never buy this. Unless you want water all over your counters and walls.

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