Sunday, December 31, 2006

New York Fun Day 2006

It was a bright and brillant Saturday for 2006's New York Fun Day. We enjoyed some brunch at Yura & Company then headed to the Macy's windows with a walk up 6th Avenue to see the ornaments and get up close and personal with some tall wooden men. We braved the crowds to enjoy the Saks snowflake light show and then saw the Rockefeller tree. Doc and I recreated our picture in front of the Swarovski Star. Then Jewel mentioned we enjoy some dinner at Vnyl which was highly enjoyable. Our Fun Day culminated in the New York Pops Holiday concert at Carnegie Hall. It was a great time all day with friends, food, and the joys of New York tourism.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Park Avenue Singing

Last Sunday I went with Netter and Claire to the Park Avenue Tree Lighting and Carol Singing. The Brick Church on 92nd street pipes out organ music and all the neighbors come out and sing and then the spruce trees along Park Avenue from 98th to 46th street are lit. It was a perfect evening and about 450-500 of my neighbors braved the cold and sang their hearts out to such traditionals as Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, and Away in a Manger. We had a great time and I will definitely be a participant next year.

Friday, December 08, 2006


Winter has arrived in New York with a vengence! With wind chill, our thermometer reads 9 degrees fahrenheit. That's blasted cold!

Every year I have to reacclimate myself to the wintery conditions of this city. It can sometimes be a painful and lengthy process. Today is the beginning of that ardudous experience.

Here's to hoping my radiator is on full blast when I get home tonight.

Monday, December 04, 2006

A Night with the Goos

One amazing thing about living in New York is the availability of seeing some amazing live shows at fantastic venues. This past Saturday night was a night I have waited a long time to enjoy. I spent the evening with Claire listening to the melodious rock anthems of the Goo Goo Dolls. I have been a fan of this band since high school when they broke out with the hugely popular Name. I bought the tickets about 3 months ago and it has been a long time waitin'.

The Goos put on a fantastic show and played quite a few of their 'older' hits like Iris, Black Balloon, Dizzy, Broadway and then a few of their new tunes from Let Love In. The lighting was not over the top and the sound was really clear. Love me some Johnny Reznick. If only he was about 6 inches taller but I could overlook that important fact since he is a now sober rock 'n roll guitar playing demi-god.

Friday, December 01, 2006

My Apologies to Joani

Joani...I'm sorry for making you paranoid that your talented and independent oldest daughter could have possibly been laying in the streets of New York mugged and otherwise injured. I'm sorry that I don't have a home phone. I apologize for not being at my desk this morning when you called to check that I was still alive. Overall, I ask for your forgiveness for not realizing I needed to call Moocher and you back when my cell phone battery died during our conversation late last night. I didn't realize you would start imagining terrible things that happened to me. I promise to be more aware of my cell phone battery power and will change my voicemail at work to include the option to dial the operator and have me located.

Thank you for caring so much that you were willing to track me down when the standards options were not working.

Big hugs to my Joani!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

It's About the Shoes

On the train this morning I seemed to be fixated on people's shoes. At the 59th Street stop I could only see the feet of those waiting on the opposite platform. I found myself trying to guess if the people attached to the shoes were tourists, cops, executives or teenagers skipping out on chemistry class. Normally feet ensconced in sneakers would belong to tourists or young mothers but here in Manhattan sneakered feet could belong to executives, assistants or filming crew.

I used to be a strictly black flats type of girl but seem to embraced the joy of the heel regardless of the fact that I generally tower over most of the Manhattan public. That must be why I spent the most money ever on shoes two weeks ago. Aren't they beautiful?

My obsession with the shoes must explain why I am constantly taking pictures of people's shoe clad feet. Or maybe it was just because I needed to waste some film or memory card space. I guess I need to do a little more self-analyzation to figure it out.

Any guesses whose feet these are?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving in CT

Friday afternoon I hopped on a train to hang out with Claire in the "CT". I arrived and immediately requested a trip to Target to begin the trip on the right foot. I proceeded to load up on essentials and some early Christmas shopping. We indulged in a great meal at Outback Steakhouse where I ordered my customary Alice Springs Chicken. Yum!

Saturday morning Claire and I lounged before the onslaught of the Thanksgiving festivities at the Restauranteur's home. I got the easy job of playing with Princess K while the rest of the adults cooked, cleaned, set the table and washed pots and pans. It was a great meal and fun to be with a family even though it wasn't my family for the Thanksgiving festivities.

Today Claire and I attended her ward and enjoyed two hours in the Nursery watching and playing with 6 kids ages 2 and 3. I'm rarely around kids nowadays so playing with the younglings was fun at least for the first 30 minutes...after that I just got a headache. After grabbing some lunner I took the Metro North train back to my lovely abode. All in all it was a great time in CT.

Luckily I will be seeing Claire this weekend because we are going to enjoy the Goo Goo Dolls at the Hammerstein Ballroom then venture to Park Avenue for the Christmas tree median lighting.

These are some pics from my time in CT, including the "driveway" lined with geese of the Restauranteur's home...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

It's That Time Again

It's time again for the joy of the holiday season to wrap its comforting spirit around the world. A couple of days ago I saw the greenery rising on the Waldorf Astoria as well as the trees lining Park Avenue's medians being lit up. There are so many times during the year that I love to watch the city transform. Seeing the lights, garlands, trees, stars, and store windows almost come to life with the holidays is so exciting! The one downer is the fact that it gets really, really cold during this time. Luckily I have a plethora of coats to choose to wear.

My first Christmas in the City was really hard because I was still going through the trauma of moving to New York. I needed a pick-me-up really badly and one of my bestest friends, Doc delivered it to me. We took one Saturday before Christmas and did all of the cheesy touristy holiday things. There is a reason that the busy season for tourism is the months of November and December. Doc and I went to the Rockefeller Tree, Macy's Windows, got hot chocolate in Central Park, did a little shopping on 34th street and basically soaked in all of the holiday cheer. Every year since we have conducted our New York Fun Day to remember why we love New York and how the city comes to life with the holidays.

This year we are revving up New York Fun Day especially since Doc is traveling from the great golden way to our famed city. We'll hit all of the main attractions but we're going to choose great new restaurants to enjoy and have invited Dancing Queen and Jewel to come also. The more the merrier! The conclusion of New York Fun Day has become my holiday tradition. We all go and enjoy the New York Pops Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall. We get to sing "White Christmas" at the end. Who could ask for anything more?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Italy Here We Come...

Last night Netter came over to finalize our Italian getaway. We opted to go in February to save some dollars and so I would only need to use 3 vacation days. The great cities of Rome and Florence will soon be graced with our presence.

Italy was always lower on my list of places to go and see in Europe but the lure of gelato and warmer temperatures in February changed my mind. We are taking a train from Rome to Florence to enjoy the amazing art that is available for view there. I like taking trains because it allows for us to view the Italian countryside. That aspect of my trip to Central Europe was great because you got to see the parts of countries that you wouldn't if you flew over them.

Art found in Italy was also a big draw to spending beaucoup dollars to head to Rome and Florence.
During my art history studies in college, Italian art was one of my lesser favorites; but now the thought of seeing Michaelangelo's Pieta & David, the Duomo's Dome in Florence and the masters like Boticelli, Fra Angelico, Raphael, DaVinci and Caravaggio is making me become a giddy school girl.

During the cold days of New York's February and in celebration of Joani's birthday on the 17th of February I will be enjoying the sights, sounds, food, and overall atmosphere of Rome and Florence. The countdown to take off begins now. Only 86 days to go. Yeah!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Object of my Vanity

Everyone has things they consider their best features. I have two things that I love. Okay, three finger nails, eyes and hair. In ranking order, my hair blows the rest out of the water. My hair has always been thick, shiny and soft. As my object of vanity I take particular care with my tresses.

This past weekend, my friend Claire came to visit. She happily brought her scissors to whip my strands back into shape after they had become dull and lifeless. Getting my hair cut is probably one of the most relaxing and self-esteem boosting activities. I constantly make Claire play with my hair because it calms and soothes me. She did an excellent job on my cut and I truly appreciate that she allows me to pay her with food from Ottomanelli's.

It has been about 3 days since the cutting of the coiffure and already I have been compared to Audrey Hepburn twice, probably due to my fringe bangs and the wide patent leather head band I am wearing today. As you can see our resemblance is striking...

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Next Love of My Life

I have been automobile-less for over 4 years now. It is strange because I love and adore driving and especially, road tripping. I think I must be currently going through car withdrawal because lately most of the spare time on my hands has resulted in searching the internet for vehicles.

I have narrowed the field to four potential choices and one "in my dreams" option for my future car. I would appreciate feedback based on the appearance and functionality of the cars in connection to my personality.

And the nominees are...

The 2006 Honda Accord - a reliable staple of the car industry. It is durable, versatile and enjoys numerous Car & Driver awards.

The 2006 Volkswagon Passat - remains a fixture of Volkswagon and the older sister of the Jetta. It has functionality and a spunky exterior.

The 2006 Audi A4 Quattro - a cousin to the Passat has a bit more power and European flair.
The engine is powerful and obviously I could go offroading in the snow.

I would gladly throw all of these options out the window if I could have the beautiful...

2006 Volkswagon Touareg (a.k.a. My Dream Voiture) because it is big and safe; not to mention absolutely gorgeous.

Now I just have to plot my strategy for getting my next pair of wheels. Unfortunately it doesn't look to be in the near future since Manhattan is still the love of my life. Oh well...a girl can dream.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Weather Appropriate Coats

I love coats. I was recently mocked by Netter and Doc for the sheer number of coats I own. I am proud to say that I have a total of 8 different coats in my closet. Each of these coats has a specific function in the goal of staying warm and dry. Some are for temperatures in the 50s, others the 40s or 30s, and then two special ones keep my blood warm when it hits the 20s or below.

Each year around the end of October a cold spell hits this great city that forces the masses to pull out their wool, shearling, leather, etc. coat out of mothballs as well as a scarf, hat and gloves. The funny thing about this moment in time is that it virutally puts the kabosh on going back to wearing a light jacket. Once that warmer coat goes on, it doesn't go away until mid-April regardless of the current temperature.

Case in point...yesterday it poured over 3" of rain in Central Park. A warmer coat that would also keep you dry was weather appropriate. Today, however, is sunny and going to climb to close to 70 degrees. Do you think the people of New York kept their warm coats on the hanger and elected to wear a light jacket? Of course not. On my 3 block walk from the subway this morning I saw many, many people sweating while wearing their wool coats and scarfs. I am a cruel, cruel person because I laughed in the face of their folly. Hee hee.

My words of wisdom for the day - decide your attire after watching the morning weather report. It can save a whole lot of unnecessary sweat from dripping off your forehead.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Examples of Endurance

A huge congratulations to Doc for her accomplishment in finishing the 2006 New York City Marathon. She went the distance of 26.2 miles on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon. I think she deserves at the least a standing round of applause. Congrats Doc!

I, along with Netter and Shopping Queen fanned the cheering section of 5th Avenue to cheer on all the runners. It was almost an emotional experience to witness the determination to achieve a common goal - to finish the race.

Over 37,000 people from around the world were on the same path and striving for the same result. I think it would be pretty amazing to see that kind of dedication and endurance to achieve a common goal within the whole of society. Just think of all the good that could come from acting as a unit to endure to the end.

Another congratulations to Doc and Makepeace, my co-worker, for their fantastic accomplishment. Who knows, maybe one day I will complete a marathon. It would probably happen while I was sleeping though. :)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Musical Conversion

A couple of weeks ago, I found two co-workers talking about music in the ladies room. They were exclaiming their love for The Fray. Being the music connoisseur that I am, I piped in with some bands that were comparable and in my opinion, better than The Fray.

One of my co-workers said she would go and do a test run via iTunes to see if she liked the bands I recommended. On Monday she called me to tell me that she really enjoyed the three musical groups. Being the kind-hearted person I am, I decided to enact a musical conversion by offering to burn CDs full of some of the best music ever.

The CDs were full of three amazing bands:

Top songs: Chocolate, Chasing Cars, Grazed Knees, Run & You're All I Have

Top songs: This Is the Last Time, Bend & Break, Crystal Ball & Everybody's Changing

Top songs: When You Sleep, Further, Will You Wait Here & Can't Explain

I also had another musical conversion with the above bands when I introduced them to Supplier. I burned him music to take on his business road trips and he rocked out all the way to Long Island and back. Nothing like good music on a road trip.

With the success of these two conversions, I now feel like I have the tools to convert the world around me to the joys of these three bands. It doesn't hurt that they are all good looking young men and speak with an accent. And let's face it...semi-good looking men turn out to be REALLY attractive once you strap a guitar on or give them sticks to pound on drums.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

And So It Begins

There is only one good thing about "falling back" in time for the conclusion of Daylight Savings Time. That one thing is the extra hour of sleep I get for one night out of 364 nights a year. The rest of the so-called benefits of standard time are slim to none because now it begins to get dark way too early for my mental and physical health.

Dusk falls on the city at around 4:45pm. Where am I usually at this hour - sitting at my desk located next to a window at work. I get the opportunity to watch the darkness creep up the sides of the Waldorf Astoria and Chase Buildings. Lucky, lucky me.

This is why Arizonians and Western Indiana residents have it right - they refuse to buy into the government's mandate that allows for retail owners to benefit from additional daylight hours for their consumers. Next year, the daylight hours start earlier and end in November. Talk about depression after the candy overload of Halloween.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Non-tourist Touristy Attractions

My good friend, Francais, from high school hung in New York this weekend. She came with a group of young married mothers to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. Luckily, I rescued Francais from the cramped quarters of a 5 person hotel room. Instead she trekked up 4 flights of stairs and enjoyed a pull out couch and Cheerios in the morning. Now that's friendship!

Unfortunately for Francais she was dragged by her compatriots to all the touristy parts of NYC via the red double decker bus. I was her only salvation and held responsible for giving her an appreciation of the non-tourist touristy attractions here in NYC. These attractions generally involved food choices because any guest of mine is prohibited from tasting food from a chain restaurant like Olive Garden, Applebee's, or T.G.I.Fridays. We did indulge in a little sparkler appreciation by going to Tiffany & Co. Since I had never been there, it was considered a non-tourist touristy attraction.

This weekend will see the triumphant return of Doc and Shopping Queen to the city that never sleeps. The best thing about having these two fantastic people back is that I know there will be no trekking to Times Square or my other least favorite place in New York, Chinatown.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fruits of My Intelligence

Today is a special day. On this day the fruits of my intelligence brought me cold hard cash. I earned a $44 return on my $100 investment into this year's office football pool. I chose 10 of the 13 winners in this past week's poll to win. Yeah for me! I beat many enthusiastic and highly involved football fans currently in the pool. They asked me how I did it and assumed I had assistance in choosing the winners. Unfortunately the victory stemmed completely from my intelligence and intuition.

Needless to say, now my favorite professional sports team is the New York Giants. They demolished the Dallas Cowboys in Monday night football and sealed my victory. Love me some Tiki Barber. If possible I would take Tiki to a nice lunch at Haru in Midtown to show my appreciation. It's the least I can do for my $44 ROI.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Bad Hair Day

The telltale sign that I'm having a bad hair day is if my bangs are pinned back and my hair is in some kind of a messy bun or ponytail. A bad hair day starts with the time available to prep in the morning while not being late to work. I woke up almost an hour late so I washed my hair and then promptly braided it because there was no time for blow drying. This is another indication of a bad hair day...if my hair is braided when I enter the hallowed doors of my employer. Hence, right now my bangs are pinned back and the rest of my crimped hair from braiding is pulled back. A bad hair day echoes throughout all aspects of life and for the rest of your day.

Just thought I'd share with the masses that I am definitely having a bad hair day. Hopefully I can regroup tomorrow morning and come to work with the bangs bouncing and the rest of my hair sleek, straight and shining.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Was I Rude?

I bought lunch at the lovely deli down the street. I got the grilled chicken sandwich special which includes a soda. I also bought a 1/2 lb of potatoe salad. I didn't want the soda so when I got to the checkout I tried to negotiate a lower price on the salad if I forfeited my soda. The nice lady behind the register said, "No, baby." Then she told me, "You can choose any soda in the case, baby." My negotiations tactic didn't work, but I suddenly got really annoyed that she called me "baby" not once, but twice. I told her in a pleasant voice to please not call me "baby." She gave me a snotty look and said, "so sorry MISS."

My question it rude to ask people to refrain from calling me by an endearment? I know I look young and have a youngish voice; hence, most of my adult life has included strangers calling me either cookie, sweetie, hon, cutie, etc. I've learned to take this as complimentary. Today I snapped and couldn't handle being called "baby." The snapping could also stem from the fact that she didn't give me the discount on my potatoe salad.

Planning the Next One

It has been exactly six months since my return back to the US from a fantastic trip with Netter to Central Europe. We rambled through Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. One of my favorite things we did was take a segway tour through Budapest at the suggestion of Shopping Queen. The Budapestians were very intrigued by our little machines.
As most of my friends know (especially Netter)...I'm a planner. I like to plan and know what is on deck for the future. Hence I have started to plan the next one - vacation that is. It has been established that Netter and I need some one-on-one time with the beautiful men of Italy. So earlier this week I checked my favorite
travel site to find the perfect trip to see Florence, Rome and Venice. Unfortunately the time frame Netter and I have chosen is not available for pricing and booking. Oh well, patience is supposedly a virtue. Right now I'm practicing it until I can plan the next vacation extraordinaire with Netter to the luscious beauty of Italy.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The DVD Recorder Saga

About 3 weeks ago I purchased a Sony DVD Recorder because my VCR went belly up when I tried to record the BYU v. TCU game for Big Lug's birthday. I waited another week or so before trying to set it up amongst my other electronic equipment. The good people at Sony had sent along a pretty picture of all the cords and plugs needed to hook up the recorder to your cable box and television. I used those trusty three prong cords because the pretty picture said that was what I needed. After about 25 minutes of trying to get the whole mess of electronics to work, I called Big Lug to talk me down from throwing the stupid machine out my 5th floor window.

Big Lug was driving on I-69 towards to Chicago when my frantic phone call came through. I figured if anyone was going to help it would be him since I was doing this whole project for his 30th birthday. In my frustrated voice I told him that the machines were not working and I couldn't figure out why since I had followed the pretty picture directions implicitedly. Big Lug, in his calm and patient voice, proceeded to direct me in the proper way to hookup the recorder. The most amazing part of this saga was that Big Lug had no pretty pictures, manuals or even the equipment itself with which to direct me. He did it all from his vast knowledge. Luckily we didn't get frustrated with each other while he directed my hands. This is a huge step for us because in the past we would have ended up throwing rocks at each other. Remember the badminton and ping pong, Big Lug?

The saga didn't end with the hookup. I finally had a spare 3 1/2 hours to record the football game yesterday. I changed the record mode based on the lenght of the game to insure that it would fit on one DVD. Well I had to leave about an hour into the recording and came back to no sound coming through the television. While I was trying to figure out why there was no sound, the recorder promptly stopped recording at the beginning of the 4th quarter because the DVD was full. WHAT?!? How could it be full? So what do I do? I called Big Lug while he was driving towards Detroit to help me figure out why there was no sound and if I should re-record the game so it fit on one disk. Again, the patience and wisdom of Big Lug helped me to record only the 4th quarter on another disk and figure out how to finalize both disks so they would work in a standard DVD player.

This birthday project saga is finally out of my hands as the FedEx package with the two DVDs (both with pure sound coming out) has left my office building. I must give props to Big Lug for talking me down from the ledge a couple of times in my quest to master the DVD recorder. Now I am ready to take on any BYU games I might be asked to record. The moral of the DVD Recorder saga comes from the timeless words of G.I. Joe..., "knowing is half the battle."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Happy Anniversary!

On this day, many moons ago Big Lug and Liver entered into eternal wedded bliss. I remember the day like it was yesterday. A clear blue sky welcomed the newlyweds as they emerged as a marital unit from the Mount Timpanogus LDS Temple. It was slightly windy but not enough to ruin the beautiful effects of Liver's dress, hair and make-up. She was gorgeous and Big Lug was looking debonair and suave.

Happy Anniversary you crazy kids! I hope you have another year of marital joy because I'm counting on you to continue to be my standard for a 'good' marriage. Love you both!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Why is it such a shock...

It never ceases to amaze me that most men display shock when I join into a conversation about sports and actually have something to contribute. Why is it so rare for a woman to have intelligence about the sports world?

To be fair, I did work with retired NBA players for about 3 years. So for those years, I ate, drank and breathed basketball; especially "classic" basketball. Also, my childhood was full of watching games with my brothers and father on the family room couch. In order to be a part of the family sports enthusiast "team", I had to know the ins and outs of sports - lots and lots of sports. This training as well as attendance at professional games and actually playing the sports have developed my knowledge. I am not shy about sharing this knowledge even if it might emasculate the males around me.

I guess I will continue to read shock on the faces of men when I give a statistic or insight about sports. Luckily, most of the time that shock often transitions to admiration.

I must acknowledge and give gratitude to my family for helping increase my coolness level with men because they forced me to watch ESPN's SportsCenter over and over again just in case we missed something in the first viewing.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The NYC Irritation

I absolutley adore New York City and this past week has reinforced that feeling because of my time with Donny as Gaston in Beauty & the Beast, watching the Top Ten from So You Think You Can Dance? throw down serious dance moves, and enjoying the gorgeous Fall weather. Generally I have nothing but good things to say about this city that never sleeps. Today was not one of those days.

It gets somewhat annoying to have to carry everything you buy around this city. The good old days of stuffing purchases in your car are long gone. Today I really missed those days. I bought screens for my apartment windows to enable my windows to be open to diffuse the heat pouring out of my radiator. Screens are bulky and heavy. Of course, I also felt the need to purchase a hand mixer and cleaning supplies. This only caused the bulkiness to increase and for my fingers to start to lose circulation as I walked the 6 blocks and two Avenues to my apartment. Then it was up the four flights of stairs to my apartment. Needless to say, I was a tired, annoyed, and somewhat sweaty person when I got home.

Luckily two things saved me from keeping the annoyance around. The first happened when I got home with my massive amount of bags. I put the screens in the windows, rehung some curtains, then cleaned the bathroom and set-up my new DVD Recorder/VCR combo. Some of these activities would be drudgery, but for some reason they just reinforced my happiness that I have my own apartment. I enjoy everything about living on my own except for chatting with my former NYC roomies Doc, Choreographer and Yoga Master. Luckily, I can still keep the connection of good friends while enjoying a one bedroom apartment all to myself.

The second thing happened when I took a walk to pick up some DVDs for Big Lug's birthday project. On my way down the four flights of stairs, my good friend SueBelle called me to chat. She "walked" me all the way to Best Buy and back; which is a round trip of 22 blocks. It is so great to hear from friends that you haven't talked to in awhile. It made me feel connected in this vast world and often crazy city. Even though SueBelle doesn't live in NYC, she is still close to me through the joys of cell phones.

New York City can be hard to deal with sometimes. Thankfully, those times are few and far between. I know that my family, friends and independence make up for lack of a car to stuff groceries, window screens or new shoes into. Although, having a dog to come home to would make everything a little brighter here in this city that never sleeps...but I promised Joani to wait until I can offer a doggie room to roam. So until I can get a sheltie of my own, I will just have to look at pictures of my Macy.

Isn't my Macers pretty?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Donster Strikes Again

He's baaaaackk! Donny Osmond, the unofficial face of the worldwide Mormon community, is now playing Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Netter and I decided to sneak a peek at the latest Mormon in Manhattan on Tuesday night. Somewhat to my surprise, Donny was fantastic as the narcissitic, evil doing Gaston. Props to you Donny and welcome to the Manhattan Mormon community. I hope you enjoy your stay with us.

If you happen to be in New York and want to enjoy an animated movie brought to life then stop by TKTS and pick up some discount tickets to watch the Donster strike the Broadway stage again.

Happy Birthday Big Lug!

It's belated but still heartfelt - Happy Birthday Big Lug! Growing up, October 4th has always been cause for celebration in our family because of the Big Lug's birthday. Unfortunately, I haven't been in the same state as Big Lug for his birthday in many a year. So here is my best wishes for another stellar year and many happy returns...except for the DVD I am recording for you of the BYU Cougars triumphant victory over the TCU Hornfrogs.

I think you're fantastic Big Lug and I'm grateful to be your sister. Hugs and kisses (the purely sisterly kind)!

Big Lug and Joani celebrating a BYU victory in October 2005

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Quintessential Disney

Today's the day that the quintessential Disney classic, the one that brought them back from animation obscurity, the one that taught young children to dream again, the one that had people hiding in theater bathrooms so they could sneak in and watch the movie again and again (okay, maybe that was just me) comes out on a Special Edition 2 Disc DVD set. To what movie do I refer you ask, it must be The Little Mermaid. I have had this date marked in my calendar for months because the Disney vault was finally opening to allow this timeless piece of cinematic magic back into the hands of its adoring public.

Could there be any other movie to bring the joy and laughter back into our souls? I don't think so.

Monday, October 02, 2006

My Mormon Mets Curse

I attended three Mets games this season and each time the Mets lost. I'm beginning to believe that I am a bad luck charm for the Mets based on their record when I am in attendance at Shea Stadium. I was offered some postseason tickets to the Mets but for the good of the team decided to not take them. The sacrifices I make for professional athletes. :)

Last Friday was the latest opportunity to reverse the curse when I attended a game with a bunch of friends in a box suite at Shea. We had a great time eating the free food, taking pictures with the Mets mascot and overall cheering the Mets to another loss. I hope next year will be a clean slate for me and the Mormon Mets curse will be eradicated.

Pictures from our Suite on 9/22/06:

Artiste & CA Lady

EQP & RS Secretary

Netter, Me & Super Bowler

Thursday, September 28, 2006

BYU Cougars Invade Boston

A couple of weeks ago, Netter, Dancing Queen, Jewel and I traveled up to Boston for the BYU v. Boston College Football game. We left on Friday so we could have the fun experience of sleeping in a hotel that smelled like fish for no apparent reason.

Saturday morning, we enjoyed the Tailgate Party where we all purchased last season's BYU apparel. Luckily Joani had supplied my "Y" shirt and pom poms prior to the game. Unfortunately, I didn't take her up on her offer for a hat/visor so I had to buy a hat from the picked over apparel.

One thing I learned is to take public transportation as much as possible when attending an event with masses of people. We had some difficulty obtaining parking for our rented Jeep Liberty because Boston College is not very welcoming to its visitors. Being the resourceful NYers that we are...we flagged down a taxi to take us the 2 miles from our parking space to the stadium.

All in all, we had a great time in Boston. The one way to make the trip better, would be if the Cougars hadn't lost in double overtime. At least it gave my white skin some more time to tan.

Here are more pictures from our sojourn in Boston:

Truly, Truly Outrageous

This morning, I watched two episodes of the timeless cartoon classic, Jem! She is truly, truly outrageous. I decided to NetFlix the first season of this cartoon series to relive the magic of my childhood years. Much to my surprise, in the first two episodes Jem tackled some serious issues like failing eye sight, world hunger, and the importance of caring about others. Who knew Jem was such a humanitarian?

It was a lot of fun to sit in my living room and sing along to the theme song as well as revert back to a nine year old who never missed an episode. One year for my birthday, Joani gave me a fashion plate stencil set of Jem and the Holograms. I spent hours upon hours creating outfits for the most "outrageous" girls.

My joy of Jem was not only apparent during my childhood but my adulthood also. My former roommate Choreographer bought me a Jem shirt for Christmas. Now that is true walk into Anthropologie and buy a t-shirt with an 80s cartoon icon.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Beautiful People

Ever since yesterday's feather boa sighting, I have noticed the people around me instead of remaining in my NYC bubble. There are a LOT of good looking people walking the streets or riding on the mass transit system of Manhattan. Am I the last person to realize I am surrounded by beautiful people?

For instance...I stopped into my favorite deli to pick up some food for a late lunch today. Normally I won't eat a ton if it is late in the day, but there was the most gorgeous guy ordering from the hot foods that I just had to get a heaping helping of baked macaroni and cheese. This food selection was made purely so I could stand next to his beautifulness and hope it would transfer to me via osmosis. Unfortunately, I think the only result from my experiment is I had to eat really nasty macaroni and cheese.

Therefore, I will resolve that next time I see a beautiful person I will smile at them because as the new television show 6 degrees (on ABC Wednesday nights after Lost) teaches, "the person you pass on the street could become your best friend." And, a girl in the big city can never have enough friends, especially if they are part of the beautiful people club.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Fuscia Feather Boa...

Today I left work 15 minutes early because I was babysitting this evening. This means that I took an earlier train with new people on the train. One of these new people was a woman sitting in front of me and to the left. She was wearing a fuscia feather boa. Not a tasteful fuscia feather boa, but a long, ratty feathered, bright fuscia boa. Normally on a late Saturday night I wouldn't be too shocked by this choice of accessory; but a middle aged woman wearing business casual attire and a fuscia feather boa going uptown on the 6 train at 5:35pm is a little out of the ordinary.

Anyone else had any crazy mass transit people sightings? I'm sure this won't be my last unusual accessorizing sighting.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Newest Family Member

I would like to welcome the newest member to the Family. My bro Coyote purchased a beautiful new storm gray 2006 Nissan Frontier. I don't think Coyote has christened the truck with a name as yet. If it were up to me I think I would call it "Bubba". No particular reason, but it just sounds right for a stormin' Frontier.

Congrats on the new purchase little bro. I look forward to taking "Bubba" for a spin when I return to the homefront for Christmas.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Smoothing Shine Milk

Biolage makes this incredible, fix any hair problem, stying product called Smoothing Shine Milk. I have naturally wavy/curly hair in the back and underneath with straight as an arrow hair on top and the front. (Thanks for those genes, Joani!) This miracle product is able to bring the two styles together while making my hair shiny and frizz-free.

I have never been one to use massive amounts of styling products in my hair. In fact it wasn't until I cut off all my hair during the great destruction of 1999 that I started using fancy things like pomade and volumizing mousse. It seems strange that I never embraced the world of hair care because I have always been obsessive about having clean hair. I MUST wash my hair everyday. I would leave campus at lunch during high school to go home and wash my hair if I woke up late that morning. That is how much I was obsessed with my hair.

Now, I can recommend to the masses of woman who suffer from curly in the back and straight in the front hair to go to the local salon and pick up some of this miracle product called Smoothing Shine Milk. Heck go a little crazy and buy two!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Equal Opportunity Auntie

I have the cutest niece and nephews ever! In the interest of spreading their cuteness to the world I have some photos for their adoring public.

My Brother Punkin' with his Blake-ster in their true BYU blue

The gorgeous Julia and her two brothers, Jimmy & Kenny

Blake, the Happy BYU Boy

Honestly, could these four kids be any cuter!?! I feel like I have a high reputation when I decide to start reproducing. But I do come from good genes based on how my brothers, sister and I ended up. Take a look...
Big Lug, Me, Punkin', Coyote & the Moocher

Okay, so here is the true likeness of my siblings and I: