Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Belated Birthday Pictures

So I finally got around to getting those pesky pictures from Kings game when I took the Jakeman for his birthday. Enjoy!

If you look closely it reads - HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY JACOB! I'm such a cool mom.

Thats Jacob realizing they just said his name over the loud speakers.

Darn - I wanted that one to come out the best.

You bet your ass we wore these hats throughout most of the game. It was a group effort.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tidbit from the Hockey Game last night

Just a little something until I can post something worthy. This is a little conversationI had last night with some guy while waiting to go into Staples Center. Gotta make a note that I ended up going alone because the person I invited got sick then the back up had to work late.

This guy is about late 30's.

Him: Hi
ME: Hello
Him: Whats going on?
Me: Oh, nothing, I'm trying to see if I can sell my extra ticket, since my friend couldnt make it.
Him: So you are a big fan huh?
Me: Yeah, pretty big I guess.
Him: Damn, pretty and a hockey fan. Where were you when I was single?
Me: Probably in high school

His friend started laughing. I walked into the arena and lost them. I wasnt trying to be a bitch, I was just being funny. I saw them later waiting for the Metro and then again on the Metro. He kept looking at me but never once approached me again.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Just Random Updates

For as much as I dont have much to do, I have been damn busy the past few days. Mostly because I've been looking for an apartment. Damn apartment hunting, seriously. I found this place I love but they want a lot of money like in 3 days, I just can't do it without selling an internal organ or my child. So I may have to let it go - darn it.

So my new job - I'm a recruiter right? I'm supposed to hire people and I hired someone! I was so excited, I called him last week and offered him the job and he accepted and today - he didnt show. Bastard. I called him and he told me that his mother had a relapse of cancer and he couldnt leave her - how do you get mad at that? Seriously. How-without sounding like the bitch that I can be? I told him to call us when she feels better to see if an opportunity is still available. Ugh.

Talked to the Rockstar not too long ago. Its funny how you miss people's voices. I also called Kelena over the weekend and chatted with her. Somehow both conversations ended up on Harry Potter, which is cool since I saw the last movie.

I have to figure out how to spice up this blog, its getting kind of dull. More tweaking to come I guess.

Started to read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (the book previous to The DaVinci Code). I'm at the part where they found out what was stolen from the basement.

Ho Hum....

Friday, November 25, 2005


Or the extra day off to some this may be old news but I just stumbled upon it - therefore not new to me! Tom Green posted his cell phone number on his website because he lost his mind. I called and his mailbox was full, so I paged him. We shall see if it works.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


Thats what time the turkey was done for tonight's feast. Amazingly enough, that is not the record in our family for the latest we have had Thanksgiving dinner - I believe it was 10:30pm a few years back. Also an interesting note was that my aunt and cousin's didn't show due to car problems and so 4 people got to share a 22 pound turkey.

Leftovers anyone?

See - I added things

Just killing time until the turkey is ready. I added some stuff on the side and probably more to come.

Happy Turkey Day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Monday night I went to see Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The movie itself is so good – I swear every time I walk out of a Harry Potter movie (and subsequently buy them on DVD) I want to sit down and read the book. But this movie is so dark – on occasion I hid behind my sweater. PG-13 is an understatement. So yes, the movie – awesome, but what made it even better was watching it at Grauman’s. The majesty of the theater is, well, majestic.

Rating: Full price

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

RIP Ugly Dog

Man this dog is fugly...but still...RIP.

Monday, November 21, 2005

A Dream Come True!

Mark your calendars people!!! Yours truly will be riding the zamboni at the LA KINGS game on Monday, March 20th. Its going to be a sell out because we are playing Colorado.

I cannot express how excited I am about this.

Typical Monday

Had a pretty crappy week last week in the attitude department - mine not everyone else's. Don't know why - just the way it was. So just got tidbits for you since I had to drive in from Ridgecrest this morning and I'm freaking ass tired.

Going to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire tonight...WOOHOO!

Got myself a South Park Character - you can create one for yourself too - click HERE.

Here is mine, rather tame, but my personality still shines through.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Look at me! I'm playing with HTML!!!

Ok - its more like copy and pasting but none the less! BTW - this is my favorite CD at the moment. I may be behind the times, but I'll be damned if I dont just freaking love this song.

Got Nothing

I don’t have anything of particular importance to post at the moment – working on a featured reader, just waiting for the picture.

I’ve been doing all this blog research and have found a few blogs I have actually become a fan of. I’ll be revamping the page with new links and such next week – stay tuned!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

OMG - I can't wait!

Please tell me this movie will go into superfast production because I, for one, cannot wait!!

Got it from E!Online:

ICE ICE BABY:: Per trade reports, Will Ferrell and Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder in talks to star in Blades of Glory, a comedy about two male figure skaters banned from solo competition who team up for the pairs competition at the Olympics.

Could not have said it better myself

From a new reader - ya girl!

Breathless - for a few reasons

Howdy Ho people!

What a Wednesday night! Ever wonder why the nights that you figure are going to be lowkey are the ones that end up being the most entertaining?

After work I went to Target to buy the Jakeman a belated birthday present since we are having a belated birthday party for him this weekend. Since the toy section is RIGHT next to camping, I opted to check out the camping gear for an inflatable bed. A few nights ago, when I was sleeping on the couch, I got such a horrible back pain that I really couldnt sleep. I've had to sacrifice my favorite pillow to use as extra cushioning. Anyways, I opted to buy the twin bed in hopes to not feel so cramped in the morning. Spent more money I thought possible at Target and went home to make dinner. By the time I was all done with dinner and such, still had about 30 or so minutes left until LOST started. So I decided to open up my new bed and get it set up. Now this may be such a girl thing to do butI didnt realize it DIDNT come with a pump. Thats right - no pump. All the pictures had pumps, nowhere on the box did it say *Pump not included. Now I had a dilemma - do I go buy a pump or start blowing? My first instinct was to use the hair dryer but I'll be damned if it didnt say right on the instructions not to use the hair dryer - I must admit, I am a rebel but if the thought crosses my mind and I immediately see something to the contrary, I tend to take it as a sign. Bicycle pump didnt do my any good - so au natural I went. It didnt take me as long as I thought it would - I took breaks while we watched LOST and South Park to blow it up so not to shabby.

Come on now - Scott, I hope this episode redeemed the series for you. Answered some questions for me and I thought it was pretty damn good. I can't wait for next week and the reunions - Rose/Bernard, Sun/Jin, Kate/Sawyer...found this LOST theory that seems interesting. Who knows if its crap, I just like getting sucked into the madness of it all. I got to work early and missed Kevin and Bean's recap of last night's episode. Darn.

Last night had to have been one of the funniest episodes ever of SP. It was called "Trapped in the Closet" - Stan went to take a personality test with the Church of Scientology and they said that for a nominal fee they can cure his "depression". So he pays the fee and goes to take a reading of his phenoms (or something like that) - it registers through the roof and the heads of the Church of Scientology believe that Stan is the reincarnated spirit of L. Ron Hubbard. When they go to Stan's home and try to get him to lead their church they explain their beliefs and during the whole "story" they put a disclaimer up that said "SCIENTOLOGISTS REALLY BELIEVE THIS". Let me add that John Travolta and Tom Cruise where there trying to recruit Stan and after Stan insults Tom Cruise's acting, he locks himself in Stan's closet. The rest of the episode was a running joke of getting Tom Cruise to "come out of the closet" - eventually John Travolta and R. Kelly join him (the whole R. Kelly "Trapped in the Closet will be another post shortly because I just heard of the latest chapters). In the end - Stan refuses to be the leader of the C.O.S because its a scam and the congregation (that has gathered on his front lawn) starts saying that they are going to sue him for talking bad about the religion. So Stan dares them (the camera) to sue him and the show ends. In the credits, everyone's name was either John or Jane Smith. CLASSIC!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Movie Review: SHOPGIRL

I forgot to tell you that I went to see SHOPGIRL last night. Should tell you what I though of the movie – BORING!
MAYBE if I had read the book I would have understood it more.
MAYBE if I had not been tired I would have enjoyed it.
MAYBE if it wasn’t so slow I would have liked it more.

I don’t understand how Claire Danes is getting rave reviews for her portrayal of Mirabella – she did about the same thing that she did in My So-Called Life” lots of looks and shy smiles. The best parts of the movie were when Jason Schwartzman gets into the picture. But these scenes were few and very far in between. On a certain level it was cute (like I how flip-flopped there?) but most of the picture I was waiting for it to end. And let’s not get into how creepy Steve Martin came across; I kept wondering how much plastic surgery he had.

Final Rating: RENTAL or Saturday Afternoon on TNT

Just Killing Time

Until Lost tonight...Ok Scott - hopefully tonight's episode will redeem the show for you. I, for one, cannot wait. I almost went to a friend's house to relish in it, but I shall head home and see it with the roomie via TiVo...I've learned to hate commercials. So in the spirit of killing time, I have a couple of things for you guys.

Killing Time Point Numero Uno
I saw this on another blog and thought it was kind of cool. I'm sure you've seen it before, like in an email that is forwarded to death throughout your companies. Here goes

If you are near to this picture, Creepy Scary Old woman is on the left and the Good Housekeeping model is on the right. If you view it from a distance, they switch places!

Option 1 - Squint, really. They switch places

Option 2 - Do save as on the picture and then use the zoom on some picture program. So much fun.

I feel like its one of those pictures that you would stare at when you were at the mall - I always pretended I saw whatever was there because I NEVER saw it. But I see this!

Killing Point Numero Dos

Alright - what is my favorite President doing?!?!

He gave the Prime Minister of Japan a Segway. A SEGWAY!! These were supposed to be the next best thing about 5 years ago (even more I suspect). Is he trying to revitalize the market by having the Japanese Prime Minister break something while riding this thing. I can see it now - the PM will fall and the Japanese will blame America.

Killing Point Numero Tres

In an effort to stay on top of breaking news - I was watching Good Morning America this morning andt they were talking about this 37 yr old woman who married her son's 15yr old best friend. And the kicker is that she's pregnant! The best part of the whole story is when they interviewed the grandmother. I cant figure out how to link directly to the video of the grandmothere - this is as close as I got. Do yourselves a favor and watch it-its one of those interviews that you can see the thought bubbles over the grandmother's head saying "Why is she asking me such a stupid question?"

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Holy Crapola!

So my last post - the Mr. Happy Crack thingy right? Never thought I'd get two posts out of it...but what do ya know! Please read my little email conversation that I swear has made me giddier than Michael Jackson at a Boy Scout jamboree (oh stop it).

Sidney Crackstein <> wrote:
From: Sidney Crackstein
To: Melissa
Subject: [My Misadventures of Life] 11/15/2005 08:50:08 AMDate: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 08:54:59 -0800 (PST)
Melissa:Thank you for the nice words regarding our mascot Mr. Happy Crack. And since we are shameless media whores, we would like to reciprocate by offering you a free Mr. Happy Crack tshirt.Please provide your, um, size and fashion nirvana can be yours. Keep up the great work and please feel free to gush over Mr. Happy Crack any time you please..........wait that didn't sound right.
Crackily Yours, Sidney Crackstein,
Agent/Bodyguard for Mr. Happy Crack
--Posted by Sidney Crackstein to My Misadventures of Life at 11/15/2005 08:50:08 AM

----- Original Message -----
From: Melissa
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:40 AM
Subject: Fwd: [My Misadventures of Life] 11/15/2005 08:50:08 AM
WOOHOO!! Free shirt! If this actually exists - I'll post a picture of me wearing it on the blog: my size is so where are you sending it to?


----- Original Message -----
To: Melissa
From: Mr. Happy Crack" wrote:

Melissa, it's Sidney here. That address thingy is a minor detail but I guess it would make things easier if we didn't have to guess where to send it. Care to provide an address to the bodyguard of a cartoon mascot? You'll also recieve a free personally autographed picture of Mr. Happy Crack. See Melissa, you thought this was going to be just another Tuesday.


----- Original Message -----
From: Melissa

Ok here goes -

555 Main Street
Lost in Angeles, CA 90210
(yes I gave him a real address)

You got my name, just put that sucker in the mail, I'll be looking forward to it. So do you get a lot of blog mentions?


P/S Yes my day totally got better and you bet your ass this is all going on the blog.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mr. Happy Crack

Read on for more information about this interesting tale.
I'm still giggling at the ad campaign.

Blog, Blog, and More Blog

The new position I am recruiting for within my company is a blogmaster and I’ll be damned if I’m not more confused about being a blogger now than when I started. I have been going through resumes and blogs for different candidates trying to figure out who to weed out and who to keep and I’ve found my top four – that was Friday. It is now Monday and I have 10 more resumes/blogs to review for my meeting tomorrow. In doing this, I have opted to research other company blogs to see what information they are putting out, in trying to find these company blogs I have come across countless of articles on blogging. I’m blogged out. Articles on BlogSpotting, Making money off your blog, and the new marketing tool: the blog. Don’t get me wrong, I knew all this before I started but dear lord there is so much information out there. Maybe its just too much for a Monday morning – that might be it.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Just some observations....

Just a few tidbits from my walk across the street to the 7-11…

1) If you are going to go commando, please for the love of all that is holy – do not wear jeans with big holes so that we know you are going commando.
2) Screaming into the sunset and flashing the drivers on Sunset Blvd is a good thing to do – especially if you are a man dressed as Joan Jett.
3) Let me ask – is today see a homeless man pee on the street day? Because I just saw number 2. And I thought the first one was a treat!

Noooooooooo... Really? You Don't Say!

I didnt need a poll to tell me this.


We have all been guilty of being one at one point or another in our lives. My dad cracks me up that he is the worlds best tourist. I fondly remember a trip to the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala. The beauty and the spectacular architecture was enough to take your breath away – as was the fact that my dad and I climbed every single ruin – just plain breathless and close to succumbing to the state of unconsciousness. We were part of a tour group and the last temple was supposed to be the best one the problem was, however, that the excavation had not yet been completed and so they tied ladders (yes, wooden ladders) to trees (yes, the green things) with ropes to allow the tourists to climb to the top to get the breath taking view. Oh yes, you too have seen the breath taking view from the top of the temple – didn’t you know? Did you see Star Wars? At the end, when Princess Leah gives Luke, Chewy, and Han Solo the awards – did you see the jungle with the stone tops popping through? You betcha – that was our view after about a 20 minute climb. My whole favorite part about that climb was that my dad left the video camera on…so you see the camera crashing into the ladder or the tree, hear my mom complaining, and then hearing my dad say something like “Aye Dios mio! La camera!” Which translated is “Oh my God, the camera!” But I bet you figured that out my smart following.

So this morning, since I parked on the side of the street where you have to be gone by 8am or you reap the wrath of the “Parking Enforcement” police AND it was a holiday (have you hugged a Vet today?), I got to work at about 8:15am. In my wisdom and need for sustenance I opted to walk to McDonald’s for a sausage mcmuffin with egg and found myself with – you guess it, TOURISTS! At 8:15am? Don’t these people sleep? Well, sleep in at least? They had the cameras, fanny packs, and shirts from amusement parks – they were standing out louder than a drag queen in church. I remember working at Universal and just being floored by people and their all out tour de force to have a great time AT ALL COSTS! Its no wonder I’ve never actually had a vacation, when I travel and use “vacation time” its to go do something somewhere else…most likely a wedding. Ahh, tourism – the economic force that keeps certain cities otherwise in the red – floating comfortably in the black. So to see people pay good money to come see where I live and where I work, it’s a little mind boggling at times. When an out of town friend or family would come and beg to go to Universal or Citywalk my first reaction was to go “UGH” – why? Because I worked there!!! I usually bit the bullet but it was funny that they would be excited about the tram ride and taking pictures while I sat back and talked to the tour guide about the party last weekend. But I digress – I had great times at Universal, on of the best was at a Christmas party when Scott and (cough) came with me and a friend of mine gave us a special backlot tour which involved the boys going INTO the Psycho house. Yeah, no thanks, I’ll happily freak out in the car with (cough). Back to the tourism thing – so I always find it funny to see people taking pictures of places I work and I realize where I am. People come to see my home, my place of business – dare I say…me? Ok not me, but there are some fetching pictures of me with a group of Japanese girls that loved me when I jumped in their group shot at Universal a long time ago.

Speaking of Kodak Moments, saw a homeless man peeing in an alleyway when I was walking back from McD’s this morning. Yet another reason to get a camera phone.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


I know what I'm going this weekend! Let me know if you'd like to join - looks like I'm going on Sunday.

LOST and Dying Plants...

New episode of Lost last night and wowie…its wasn’t mind blowing and since I had my suspicions as to who was going to kick the ole bucket, it didn’t come a big shock. HOWEVER in finally allowing myself to go on to the message boards –there is a theory a brewin’ that I’m all over. I need to stop. But it was good, oh so good.

As funny as this sounds, even though I’ve been down here for about 3 weeks or so, I’m finally branching out and being sociable. I kind of have, but for one reason or another I’ve been rather reserved about going out after work and having fun. Maybe because I feel guilty that I’m the one down here and my son is up with his dad – I don’t know (see, who needs therapy, I can do this myself). I have plans to go bowling with Sophia again tonight AND I have a shopping list of things to replenish at the apartment. Finally, other than doing the dishes, I’m feeling useful.

Celebrity Sighting –
I saw Mark Moses this morning putting mail in a mailbox on the corner of Whitsett and Moorpark. Mark Moses plays Paul Young on Desperate Housewives. When I told my mom she said “ Did you ask him what was going to happen to his son?” My reply “No mom, I was DRIVING! Plus my window still doesn’t work.”

Plant Update
Talk to the Jakeman this morning and I told him it was his job to take care of my plant since my mom told me that she used piece of string to wrap around all the leaves and stems to make sure they are standing up. Somehow I think he will do a much better job than her.
Me” Jakey, I have a job for you.”
Jakey: What is it?
Me: You are in charge of my plant, Grandma isn’t doing a good job.
Jakey: What do I have to do?
Me: You have to water it, put it in the sun for a little bit, and then talk to it on occasion
Jakey: Talk about what?
Me: School, what you did that day…whatever you want
Jakey: Will it talk back?
Me: No *(Made a mental note never to show Little Shop of Horrors to my child until he is about 10yrs old)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Plant Killer!

For 6 months or so, I managed to keep the beautiful plant that I had received when I started my new job at the squadron alive. My mom has had it for 3 weeks and its on its last legs.

I just spoke with her and she wanted to tell me that it wasn't doing very well and that I needed to "be prepared". Doesnt that suck?

All I Got

Yeah kind of quiet on the homefront today. Left work early after someone pulled the fire alarm in the building – made my way to Target in search of some storage drawers but the place looked like it had been ransacked, so no drawers = no organizing. Got home and made dinner – it came out surprisingly good. I’m actually always surprised when the food comes out better than just edible. If you know me, you know my lack of cooking skills - somehow watching all that Food Network with Jacob has worked. I made Beef Stroganoff – I giggle when I say it because it sounds dirty. Hung out on the couch and watched Arrested Development, My Name is Earl, and the Office – then I started my new “catch up on this show on DVD” quest – NIP/TUCK. Holy Crap! I was speechless and couldn’t tear my eyes away from the first episode.

Happy Birthday to my little brother. I had to do the math that we do every year to figure out how old you are. Penguin – I’m proud of you, not because you forgot my son’s birthday (ARGH!!) but because of the life you have made for yourself and your family. Love you all – give them my love. Especially Missy – and tell her to smack you in the forehead for me. You may be bigger than me but I’m still your older sister! Until I hit 35 then I’ll be doing the switcharoo that Tia Lucy does with dad.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

For Scott

I feel so special! Who knew I had that much power with someone I didnt give birth to. Things are good - had a date last night nothing like Taco Bell and watching TV to bond people. Actually it was nice because I was a bit down since Jacob was gone and tired from the long weekend.

I was listening to Kevin and Bean this morning and they were talking about people having sex with inanimate objects. My question is why most of the callers were guys? I mean seriously – are you that horny you just cant use your hand? I heard about a car tailpipe, a watermelon, between the mattress and box spring, a roll of bagels…I formally apologize to Peggy for that little rant.

Also I had a little bit of a revelation, I bought some pointy toed shoes for my pimp costume and I loved them. Now I put my other boots on (with a square toe) and it just doesn’t have the same feel. I heard or read somewhere that once you get into the pointy toed shoes, you never really go back and I’m finding this is true…what do you think Scotty Poo?

As for voting – hmmm I’m all about taking down Ah-nold but I don’t know if my residency is going to pose a problem. I’m registered in Kern County and since I can’t drive up there to vote…I’m still going to try. Have to find a polling place around here and go show my little card. I’m sure it won’t be that hard since it seems like a majority of people around here hate the Govenator. I have no interest in seeing 50-Cent’s movie. I’ll eventually watch it on VH1 like I did Eminem’s movie. But yes, I’d like to avoid the gang conflicts as much as possible.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Medieval Times Pictures

Here are some pictures from Medieval Times - I cant for the life of me find the camera from the Kings game, I have to look harder, even if it means actually cleaning out my car.

My mom after the soup incident...

Jacob and his soup...even at 4 he's more coordinated than my dad.

$20 my ass! See - I can have the memory of the night with my little $4 disposable camera.

Look at my kid pay attention...awwww


You can say it - we make quite the pair huh...


I saw John Tesh this morning at the Starbucks and I'm still not sure if I should be excited that I recognized him.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Jakeman has left 3 and entered 4...

Yup, yesterday was Jacob's birthday and boy do I have a story to post! I will post the weekend festivities and then post pictures later, because I know that procratination comes really easily to me and since the memories are fresh - its better to do it now. By the way, there is the slight chance that my brother is reading this and realizing that he forgot his nephews birthday. I wonder....

Par-TAY weekend...I first have to tell this story that Shannon loved about Jacob and yes this will be a fairly Jacob-centric post but since crap always happens to me, I hope it will be fun to read.

This was the plan:
1) Drive up Thursday night and do laundry
2) Drive down Friday late afternoon and spend the night at Shannon's
3) Kings game Saturday afternoon
4) 8pm Medieval Times show
5) Spend the night at my uncle's house
6) Have my parents take Jacob back home (they were going to drive down for Medieval Times)

***Side note - I needed to remember to bring back my pillow that I had left up there a couple weeks ago and bring back a Harry Potter movie that my friend had borrowed...I remembered the pillow and forgot the movie, I managed to call my parents before the drove down to bring it with them, and like a dumb ass I forgot to get it from them. Its no wonder I make TO DO Lists for everything***

On Friday, before we headed out of town, I wanted to go buy little birthday party hats to wear to the hockey game so we go to Kmart to get them. I tell Jacob before we enter what we are getting (its a little trick that sometimes works - as you will soon read). I grab the bag of hats and Jacob starts grabbing other party stuff, like plates, napkins and such. I tell him that we are only getting hats for the hockey game, he doesnt get it (or doesnt want to) and holds on to the stuff even tighter, like for dear life. My child typically doesnt cause a scene sooooooooo this was kind of bewildering to me. There we are and I'm trying to calmly get the party stuff back to put it on the shelf. Not a chance, I go to grab for them and they fall on the floor, he accuses me of taking them out of his hand (duh) and I put them back on the shelf. Now he's standing there yelling AT ME about getting the party stuff. I decided to save some dignity and decided to leave - preferably with the child but that wasnt working out very well. In front of the photo "lab" with the photo guy there, he starts yelling (oh yeah, YELLING) at me about getting the plates. If you have ever heard kids scream - they have this ear piercing squeal that sends shivers down your spine. I have kind of gotten used to it - the photo guy on the other hand was caught off guard. So finally I pick Jacob up forcibly remove him from Kmart. I take him to the car and strap him in his car seat. As I walk around to the driver's side, this lady looked at me like I was evil - I just looked at her and said "The parent always needs to win". She looked at me with this look I'm still trying to figure out. As we are driving away, he starts apologizing and then says "I don't know what came over me" Yeah...gotta love it. I tried very hard to keep from breaking out in laughter. We didnt go back but did end up buying then before the hockey game - which he tried to pull that trick again and I walked back to put the hats back and he immediately apologized - gotta love the power!!!!

Hockey Game
Got to the game late because of the aforementioned party hats. We got to our section and I passed out the hats. I loved that the two guys behind me wore the hats for the majority of the game. It was so much fun - I had arranged it so they would announce his birthday and put it on the jumbotron and he freaked out. It was so cool. Kings game back from 2-0 to win in a shut out, great hockey afternoon all the way around. To Scott - no Mike...darn it.

Medieval Times
I have to admit, I was a little leery about taking the Jakeman to Medieval Times for dinner, but it can be a crapshoot with kids - but holy shit it was AWESOME! I had shown him the website and clicked on the videos to prepare him and it worked. The party crowd was my parents, Jacob, Sophia, Sophia's friend Nicole and moi. You have to get there so early and I was nervous about the whole short attention span, we nearly lost him a few times but he held on. My dad bought him a little wooden sword that he kept sticking in his pants. I swear it was as funny as it sounds. So we sat with the Green Knight - who is the dirty, smelly, disgusting knight. Gotta love it. We sat down and soon the festivities began.

THE BEST MOMENT OF THE NIGHT: They were about to introduce the Green Knight and its tradition to bang your soup bowl on the table to welcome him into the arena. So my dad goes to get his soup bowl to start banging - what he failed to notice was that the soup had already been served. Oh yeah, all over himself and my mom. It was hysterical. She thought it was pretty funny.

In cheering for the green knight - we found him to be arrogant, cute, and sexy; especially when he would stick his tongue out. We had to endure the attitude all night and it was fun. In case you have never been or heard of Medieval Times - there is a little story involved - where the King's brother is killed and they have to have contest to find out who the best knight is to take over. Midway through the show the wizard has a vision that the brother was betrayed by someone. Remember, how I mentioned that Jacob had seen some of the videos? Yeah, he's screaming - THATS THE BAD GUY, THATS THE BAD GUY, when they were talking about something else. Then I asked him how he knew and he looked at me and said "The Internet" Great, I wonder what else he's going to pick up from the damn internet. I have to say that he loved it - when I post the pictures you will see just how much he was paying attention. He was sitting on my lap when the jousting and hand to hand combat started and he was dodging and mumbling words of encouragement. I'm telling you - awesome.

After the show, the Knights came out into the "nightclub" to mingle with the fans. I took a picture with the green knight because hello - he was our knight. And so Sophia, Nicole and I were chatting and then this blond gal goes up to our night and starts flirting with him. We wondered if there were knight groupies - figured probably but she was full on wanting the green one. She would giggle, toss her hair, went to get her picture for him to sign - it was shameless and WE needed to do something about it. So we did a little p-blocking. You guys can figure that term out. Its not like WE wanted him, but it really needed to end. I took a picture of Nicole and Sophie with the green knight and he had to ask her to move away because she was crowding the picture. I was laughing too hard that by the time I took the picture, she had walked away. We'll have to see if you can see her in the background.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Time to Reminisce

Every year, usually around your birthday or the holidays, you look back to see how things have changed. I’ve just started to look back and see how much my life has changed in the past 16 months. I was in a relatively happy marriage (relatively because things could always improve and nothing is ever perfect) living in a small town that kept me content but I was never happy in. Now I’m a divorced single mom living back in LA. I remember my brother making a comment on his blog a while back about how truly the decision to change your life really does rest in your own hands. You can chose to hide behind excuses but those are excuses not to do what you really want to do, out of fear, retribution – whatever. Ok, that last part was either his or mine, it’s a little blurry. But its true, in a snap of your fingers, you can choose to have a life you want or settle for something else. And living in the desert, I felt like I was settling for a life that wasn’t mine.

A lot of people would make remarks like “Why would you want to sit in traffic for hours on end?” when I first started talking about moving back to LA. Honestly, I don’t mind the traffic, just gotta know how to work it. I can get to and from work in about 25 minutes. Takes me 10 minutes by streets to get to the freeway, jump on the freeway for about 10 minutes because there is no straight road into Hollywood except maybe Highland but that can get just as jammed up, and then another 5 minutes from the freeway to work. In the morning I have Kevin and Bean and in the evenings I have Tom Leykis. Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up in LA and makes all this acceptable for me, I don’t know. But sometimes, there are things that just make it worth it.

Like this morning, as I was walking back from getting my coffee at Starbucks, I passed by some trucks that were setting up to film a tv show or a movie – its such a different world than what I’ve gotten used to but the funny thing is that I’ve never felt more at home. When I walk out of Starbucks I see the stars on the ground, like that of Walt Disney, walk by the Erotica Museum (which I still have to check out one day out of sheer curiosity), and dodge traffic as I run across Hollywood Blvd, and it feels so surreal yet homey. I always sort of felt out of place in the desert – felt like I was missing out on something and now just walking through some filming I feel like I’ve regained it – is that odd?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Damn the Virus!

Not only have I started to reorganize my roomie’s place but I’ve managed to accidentally download a virus on his computer. Let me explain the gravity that this holds in the homestead…the man is compulsive – in a good, cute, loving way. For example – I went to his place and we had an “Entourage” marathon – I had gotten up to get something to drink and we needed to change the disk, so since I was up I offered to do it…the answer was no. I jokingly asked if he just didn’t want me touching his fancy schmanzy DVD player and the answer was yes. Now not only am I allowed to use the remotes but I’m allowed to change DVD’s freely. I also figured out the TIVO thing and don’t bother deleting anything I just watch.

Back to the virus – so I went to a website I had gone before to get HTML codes for my MYSPACE profile. All of a sudden, pop up windows everywhere, I tried closing them but they kept popping up. Roomie is an early bird and so when the anti virus popped up, I closed everything and let the computer do its thing. Next morning, I told him what had happened. He wasn’t pissed so I figured that was a good thing. The next night, the computer was running some anti virus thing I didn’t even bother logging on. Ok, following night – all seemed to be fixed so I logged on to Yahoo and BAM! The anti virus thing pops up again – this time the roomie was still awake but in his room reading so I went to get him. I jokingly asked him if I was banned from the computer and he said no, but to lay off the porn site…yuk yuk.

P/S I just finished watching FIREFLY the series, which is what the movie SERENITY is a continuation of and WOW! I mean WOWIE WOW WOW. People, rent it buy it, have parties for it. It was such an awesome series, I loved the movie and so I wasnt surprised by how much I liked the series but it was still funny, poignant, and just all around great.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Animal Style!

I've never ever had "animal style" anything at In and Out and today I tried the "animal style" fries. HOLY COW! Ever have those "How have I lived my life so long without this" moments? Yeah that was me during lunch.

Try it, trust me - JUST TRY IT....

What the hell is wrong with me?

I got home last night and immediately started to cook - then I cleaned for about and hour and a half?!?! I actually reorganized a closet for the roomie that was driving me nut. How anal am I that I actually refolded his towels. Anyways, that was my Monday exciting huh?