Thursday, December 27, 2007
In my dazed state, I was incredulous that they would kill off the Bluto character from Popeye… Why would they do such a thing? He’ll no longer be part of the cartoon???? Who will battle with Popeye for Olive Oil's heart???
I then find out that it was Bhutto…the opposition leader from Pakistan.
Tanya's hard news database may be as dusty as mine…She thought they said that Joey Buttafuco was assassinated…
I need to quit getting my news from TMZ and Perez Hilton…
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
However, I received the BEST Christmas present ever...a Canon Digital Rebel XTi-10 MP. Craig couldn't wait and gave it to me early on the 17th.... It has not left my side ever since. Unfortunately for my dogs....it's been a very LOOOOONG week. Here are some of the highlights....
A visit to the wine bar quickly led to an antler struggle between Nadine and Jerry Lee
Obligatory "Christmas Pictures".....
If looks could kill... I'm wearing down Jerry Lee's patience. Too bad! It's his penance for being "rescued".
Nadine however, understands the importance of documenting her beauty...
My favorite picture of Kody....Tanya's baby boy.
So, I have quietly returned and can only promise that I will do my best to not wander away too far. Happy New Year to all!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Recently, I have found out that a friend has a family member that has been cheating on their spouse. I myself have caught them mid-clutch. This is a very good friend of mine, so I sat them down and told them what I had seen. They voiced their appreciation and pleaded that I keep them informed if I see anything or know of anything else.
Fast forward to today. Kevin, Tanya and I went out to do some lunchtime chores and on our way back, we spotted the love birds on the street mid clutch yet again… All of our adrenaline started to rush and three varied and muddled instructions could be heard in a scream type of crescendo as we worked out and got worked up over our “master plan”. Quickly, I darted back down the alley trying to interpret the different instructions screamed in my ear… Speeding around the corner while simultaneously rummaging through my purse for my camera is not something I would advise anyone to do. We swung around the block again as I yelled and then clumsily demonstrated instructions to Tanya on how to use my camera. The first time around the block we (me) panicked and drove by too quickly. We ended up with this shot. Hardly the scandalous picture we had in mind.
Due to our failure, we all started screaming out instructions again as we made our way back down the alley and around the block, braking with hazard lights flashing in all our covert glory. Finally heeding Kevin’s advice, we parked at the corner and took another picture. Not the best picture, but it will serve its purpose. I am still amazed that they failed to see my car awkwardly go around the block three times and stopping on the corner once as we very obviously snapped their picture. Love is blind…and deaf too.
I have left off the incriminating picture in the interest of my friend’s feelings. So, it appears that I will need to work on my detective skills just a bit more…. I don’t think I will be hired for my surveillance skills anytime soon….
Monday, September 24, 2007
So, today is Monday and the first day of my Basic Sales and Use Tax Auditing course. (I sense I have already lost some of you with this information) A 15-day, 120-hour course designed to teach me everything I ever wanted to know about auditing, but knew better than to ask. What was I thinking???? The second chapter of the Audit Manual is 86 pages devoted to the intimate knowledge of one form. Yes, that's right...86 pages, one form. Last week, I actually found myself nodding off in my cubicle as I tried in vain to finishing reading the chapter and to date, I have yet to complete it. You would think that by now, some clever State employee would have created "Cliff Notes" to aid in the prevention of self induced comas. But alas, no relief in sight.
Let it be known, I am a visual learner. So, 86 pages of instruction on how to complete a form is about as useful to me as carrying water in a strainer... I have retained nothing. However, in utilizing all my study techniques from college, I have carefully highlighted all the bullshit that appears to be vital in the hopes that the information will magically be planted in my head. And, as I look at the neon yellow lines of highlighted text on the page, it is apparent that my technique did not work; the osmosis has failed. On to Plan B...the appearance of knowledge. I'll just look like I retained the information., competent and confident... I just hope that I am not asked any questions or I may end up looking like this...
Wish me luck...I am going to need it!
Friday, September 7, 2007
However, it wasn't going as well as I had expected. Apparently, you are supposed to have plans on Friday evenings...this would explain why nothing worth watching was on... I was seriously started to contemplate watching "Sideways"...yet again. I decided to take one more look before I gave up....and there it was. The granddaddy of all chick flicks...."The Way We Were".
Now, I must add that I am not a fan of Babs...oh no. But for some reason, this is the one movie where I not only tolerate her, I love her. And though I have no interest in men of fair hair...Robert Redford sold me on this one... I went and got some tissue...I was going to need it. For two and half hours I laughed and cried; well, mostly I cried. It was a two and half hour release of emotion and it was fantastic. I forgot how much I love this completely sappy and sad movie. Thanks Babs and Bob for a great Friday night!
Friday, August 31, 2007
Recently, on my way home from the wine bar (I was working, not patronizing) I went through a sobriety check point. For flirting with the officer and not driving while under the influence, I was gifted with this parting prize....
Wind him up and watch him go.... He actually moves like he's a bit under the influence himself, but it's the thought that counts.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Our friends, Chef Bret and his lively wife Debora meet us at Fort Mason and away we went. For nearly 5 hours, we wound our way around, first drinking Pinot, then Chardonnay, then Cabernet. Around 6, we were half looped and in desperate need of food, so we decided to crash our dinner reservations early.
Debora and Bret had made reservations at La Folie, a charming French restaurant on Polk Street. Known for its Prix Fixe dinner offerings, it is city dining at its best. All the stress I endured that day was due to making menu decisions. First, you can go with a 3, 4 or 5 course meal. Then, there were five to seven choices within each course offering and some chef’s offerings not listed… I seriously thought about asking how much our bill would be if we ordered the entire menu…. I wanted EVERYTHING; we all did.
I finally settled on the five course meal:
Goat Cheese and Fourme D’Ambert Terrine with Baby Pickled Beets, Toasted Walnuts and Frisée Salad
The Seared Day Boat Scallop resting on Celeriac Puree finished with an orange beurre blanc
Baby lobster resting on English pea ravioli finished with a vanilla butter and toasted almonds
Seared Rib Eye with baby Chanterelle and Shitake Mushrooms resting on arugula risotto finished with shaved black truffle
Peach Melba incased in meringue with an Earl Grey Sabayon.
Craig had an amazing chocolate fondant that incased the most delicious vanilla ice cream.
We also were presented with two Chef’s amuses; one of Duck Soprasetta with a fingerling potato and Frisée salad and the other of “scrambled eggs” with fresh black truffles. They had a fabulous intermezzo of fresh cantaloupe juice and they finished off our meal with a Chef’s offering of sweet bites.
It was a great day and a wonderful way to end our evening. And with our bellies full of amazing food and wine, we made our way home and back to reality.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday came and I headed over to the bar after work. I was still a little tired from the late evening the night before so I picked up a four shot espresso on the way. THANK GOD!!!!! It was like a "people bomb" exploded in the bar that Friday night. We ran out of chairs, we ran out of glasses, we ran out of crostini, we ran out of patience and we ran out of steam. The worst thing was that we barely had a chance to drink our E.W. (aka employee wine). Sometime around 1:00 in the morning, Craig and I crawled home.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Damn, a Jerry Lee leg is in the background...I could photoshop it out, but I decide to continue.
This shot is NOT going to work. It's not too precious when I am forcing her headshot with my hand...
Finally, Nadine strikes a fierce pose and we get the "cover" shot..... Now, it is time to tackle my most difficult subject-Jerry Lee
Okay...so far, so good. This isn't the BEST shot, but at least he's cooperating....or so I think, so I pray.
He reverts back to his reluctant pose and now I am forced to behave in the worst "stage-mom" fashion...this little "project" is now an hour and 15 minutes in and I am 45 minutes behind in my schedule...
Why look at this, I have caught my darling in mid-sneeze... I will let the picture speak for itself.
And finally, a cover shot is capture and the project is complete. By the way, Dad (aka Craig) loved the birthday cards. I am already starting to think about what we will be doing for Dad for Christmas... Any ideas??
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I think it all started when my cousin and I threw a party for my aunt's 70th birthday at the beginning of this month. Throughout the entire day, I took pictures with the intention of posting them and running a narrative on the day's events. However, when I started to download the pictures and write the post, I hit a wall. And I have yet to recover... Maybe it's because it can be an emotional and frustrating task to write about family, any family...my family. And then I just couldn't get myself over the wall. So I avoided my blog altogether...kind of like taxes, balancing my checkbook or weeding the backyard. All things that I am quite proficient at avoiding.
Then, people started asking me why I hadn't posted anything in awhile... I thought to myself..."you actually read this, not out of obligation?" But with anything "somewhat" creative, you just can't force it. So, I wait for inspiration, a tipsy evening (like some alcoholic poet) or a life altering event that will thrust me back into my normal posting pace... Craig and I are headed on vacation this weekend to Lake Tahoe and I am sure that inspiration or something like it will be waiting for me. I hope.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
Can you name three things you consider yourself to be very bad at?
Here are my "skills" or lack there of.....
Good things: cooking, party planning, college (I loved being a student, lectures and studying)
Bad things: driving in reverse, making pie crusts (the art of the crust eludes me to this day....), running (unless someone is chasing me with a knife, it just doesn't happen)
Thursday, April 26, 2007
After work, I headed over to Target to pick up some items and the card. I couldn't find my ATM card anywhere, I had no cash and had left my credit cards at home (an attempt to curtail my spending which now, given my current situation, supports my original belief that a girl and her credit card should never be parted...). I then remembered that I had left my ATM card in the pocket of my jeans on Sunday. I also remembered that I had washed AND dried said jeans on Monday. Oh great! So, I left Target empty-handed and went to work out. After I got home I headed to the bedroom and that pile of clothing that I had just washed. There, still in the pocket, was my ATM card....curled up and slightly burnt (I dry my jeans on high heat) on the edges. It reminded me of a Shrinky Dink. The spender in me was thinking, "Nah, it's still good...maybe I can heat it again and flatten it out" After coming up with a half dozen ways to "McGuyver" my card, I opted to just order a new one.
I now had the task of dialing the dreaded 1-800 number to cancel the card and order a new one. After I had pressed a MILLION numbers into the phone, I finally got a live person. I explained that I had washed and dried my card and it was now out of commission; I needed a new one.
"You washed and dried your card? Why?"
Was he serious? Did he think I did this intentionally? I wanted to respond, "I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Do you know what kind of bacteria is on that card?"
However, my banking future was in his hands. I opted to be kind. I instead responded with, "I'm an airhead and I left the card in the pocket of my jeans." He laughed (mockingly, in my opinion). What a pleasure to know that I am providing entertainment...most likely to the entire Wells Fargo Call Center..
After going through the standard question and answer tango, he then tells me that he has cancelled my card and directs me to destroy it. Wasn't that the whole point of this call? I had already destroyed it. "Yeah, let me take care of that buddy. Buh-bye now!"
And here is the latest in Wells Fargo Shrinky Dinks.....
Monday, April 23, 2007
I love when I have weekends that can be marked by friends, fun and especially food. It was a rather lazy weekend and I quickly decided that the weekend would not include any demands on myself. I had my list (yes, I am a list person) going of all the things I had planned to accomplish over the next three days ( I have Monday off too). But, as I type this post, the list is less than half completed...(sigh).
On Friday, I left work an hour early to get a jump on the traffic and run a quick errand. As I pulled my car onto the freeway, I was met with a parking lot. What are all these people doing on the road at 3:30? Don't they work? They couldn't possibly have the same idea I did.... So, I settled in my lane with my right foot bouncing back and forth on the gas and the brake. Of course, all the people in the carpool lane were flying past me. I started to take a look into the cars to check out the passengers and noted one driver and the passengers....a baby in a car seat. That baby shouldn't count. The whole point of the carpool lane is to avoid two or more people driving solo. So, unless that baby has a license...that driver is really stretching the definition of a carpool lane and a passenger.... If that's the case, then my dogs should count as extra passengers as well. Add a letter to the Department of Transportation on my list...
After the stop and go traffic, I completed my errand and headed over to the wine bar for some much needed rejuvenation. As luck would have it, friends started to trickle in and soon Colin, Irene, Dennis, Mike and Gen had joined me. It was a fun evening of cheese plates, wine and laughter. I was having such a good time, that I completely forgot to pull out my camera...so, no visual of this evening.
Kody "jonesing" for our treats.....
Back home, I whipped up the parfaits and the torte. Since I have already shared the preparation of the parfaits with you, we can just dive right into the torte! So, to speak...
After the chocolate and butter have melted, remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in 3/4 cup of sugar. Add 3 large eggs and whisk.
Sift 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa over the batter and mix until just combined.
Pour batter into the prepared (recipe below) 8-inch cake pan. Batter will be similar to a thick brownie batter.
After the cake has completely cooled. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Looks like Colin can add writing a letter to the Riedel Glass company on his to-do list....
4 ounces of high quality bittersweet chocolate
1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for finishing
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom of pan with a round of wax or parchment paper. Butter the paper.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring until smooth. Remove bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs and whisk well. Sift 1/2 cup cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into the pan and bake in middle of oven for 25 minutes or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 5 minutes and then invert onto a serving plate.
Dust cake with additional cocoa powder after the cake has completely cooled. Serve with fresh whipped cream, gelato or coconut sorbet.