Wednesday, July 22, 2009

my crap, i mean scrap room.

The post title is dedicated to Tony. ;-) He keeps on joking that my new office/craft/scrap room is going to be called my "crap" room. He even promised to get me a sign for the door. lol

So here it is. My own four walls that will, actually already starting to, contain my office. Or to my crafty buds, "my craft/scrap room". Crafting has taken a back burner. I hope to move it to the front burner very soon. :-) I know having my own space to decorate and do what I want with (within reason, of course) will get those creative juices flowing again. Even though I haven't scrapped in a long time, I do make cards every now and then, and I've also taken up playing with water colors.

I wish I would've gotten a shot of the closet as well. It has lots of shelves, conducive to storing a lot of craft supplies. lol Those craft supplies will be used.

I love my space. Loads of natural light as it's west facing and has two large windows, bamboo flooring, and as I mentioned a pretty kick-ass closet for storage. I was also gifted a piece of furniture for the room... A library card catalog! Yippee. It should arrive at the end of next week or so. I can't wait to get started. I will be emailing you all for some decorating ideas. Pam mentioned the color scheme at the Paper Source at South Coast Plaza. Anyone else have a color scheme they like, or some decorating ideas you like? All ideas are appreciated!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


That's how I feel. I really do.

Life has had a few twists and turns; however, I've come out relatively unscathed. A better person for it too. At least I think so. :-)

Sometimes I step back and can't help but smile. Life is good.

I. Am. Happy.

To top it off... We're buying a house (in La Mirada)! I've been sitting on this for a while, not wanting to post anything just in case it fell out of escrow. So far so good. We close this Friday, July 10th. We should have the keys by July13th. Very excited. Hoping sometime soon after everything has settled down, I can host a scrap/craft gathering. Which equates to a catch up session with margaritas. :-) Who's game?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yes, I know. I suck.

It's been almost five months since my last blog update. The blog post title says it all. Sorry.

Between Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, & this blog, you should all know my every move. lol FB has taken over my life. I'm addicted to the various apps. I dream of some of the games. That's pretty sad.

I need to unplug. Seriously.

But then, I'm afriad I'd die. (sigh)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

what's your beauty regime?

Ok ladies, and gents. I'd like to know your beauty regime, secrets, tips, do's, don'ts and whatever else comes to mind. I looked in the mirror the other day and was quite shocked at how many wrinkles have popped up.

Seriously. Mega wrinkles around my eyes.

Now, I'm not the kind to get frantic or stress over wrinkles. I want to know what you do to stave off time from showing on your face? I don't want to look like I'm 65 when I'm a very young 25, er, I mean 38. (Did you hear that dear BF? 38, not 39!)

Give it to me. I'm ready to soak in your knowledge.

We had an interesting, fun weekend. We saw a movie and did a self-guided tour of Olvera Street & Chinatown. Photos to follow...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

such a hard life... not!

This weekend passed by so fast. Unsure exactly what I did!

Friday evening we had planned on seeing The Wrestler. However we ended up having a longer than expected dinner at La Palapa del Mar in Long Beach. I had the pollo en rollado (Pan seared chicken breast rolled with prosciutto, spinach, red peppers & blue cheese, with mashed potatoes & grilled asparagus. Served with an apple raspberry reduction), it was pure deliciousness. All the flavors worked so well with each other. I'm not a big blue cheese fan either, but it worked. :) My boyfriend (BF) had the salmon (Served with grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes, lemon garlic butter sauce), he said his was good as well. I give their margaritas two thumbs up as well. Quite the kick, but not overpowering in tequila flavor either. Service was good. Our waiter was a bit odd though. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but my BF straight out said he didn't like him. lol They also have various musicians. When we were there they had an Andean band playing. It may have been Andes Trance, which is listed on their website. He was good... When he played Andean music. However, when he he crossed over to flamenco (or rumba catalana) which he did a few times, he didn't seem to have the right sound. He sang a few Gipsy Kings songs, but he didn't do them justice. Friday night was topped off with a new quiet beach walk. :)

Aren't weekends lovely when you can sleep in? At the same time, you lose half of your day doing that.

Saturday night we met my BF's cousin that was in town for a conference. We (I, BF and BF's mom) picked her up at her hotel in LA and drove over to The Stinking Rose. This was my second time to this restaurant and the bagna calda was a good as I remember it being. Bagna calda is their special appetizer. It's basically garlic cloves, oven roasted in olive oil and a bit of butter, with a hint of anchovy. They serve it with their focaccia bread. For dinner I had the gnocchetti. It was ok, not bad, but not outstanding either. The first time I was there I had the sea bass which was excellent. BF had the Forty Clover Garlic Chicken, but he made sure to ask if they actually used 40 cloves. Which they don't. His cousin had the meatloaf, she said it was good. His mom had the Baked Portobello Mushroom, she said it was quite delicious. We also shared a bottle of Mac Murray Pinot Noir, tasty. :) For dessert, we shared a wild strawberry cheesecake à la mode. And on the way back, I got a good dose of reminders to be thankful for what I have. We drove through the skid row area.

Sunday was another low-key day. We slept in. :) Decided to go for a ride on his bike, but unfortunately his back tire was flat. So we stayed in, watched more Charmed, slept some more, then made dinner. Excruciatingly difficult day, huh? To top it off, my BF prepared dinner for Monday night as well. :) Such a hard life I lead. :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

start breathing [edited]

Hola amigos y amigas.

I know I still need to share my Grand Canyon and China photos, but I just haven't gotten my act together enough to comb through all the photos, pick my favorites, Photoshop if necessary, then finally post. Doesn't that sound like a lot of work? Ugh. ;-)

Between my boyfriend and I we took approximately 4,700 pictures in China and another 600 at the Grand Canyon. Do you now understand my inertia? lol

I've kept myself busy. Small events, but fun nonetheless.

We recently planned a trip to Vegas that was derailed by snow. We weren't allowed over that first mountain right past Rancho Cucamonga. We were able to cancel our hotel and Cirque de Soleil tickets because of the snow. They were actually quite understanding. We were both surprised that both venues agreed to refund the charges. We figured Vegas is hurting enough that they don't want people not to go back.

I've also been playing a lot of Rock Band on the Wii. Can you say... "Addicted"? As in a major way. I've even been dreaming of Rock Band. Seriously. We've come up with all sorts of rock band names, most are pretty silly. Wii Roq is the one that's stuck. We must look pretty funny from the street. We all play the various instruments. Everyone, but my niece, shies away from the microphone. I personally like the drums, except my shin starts to hurt after a while. Gosh, I'm old. lol I like to read an online comic strip called xkcd. The comic "caters" to geeks, nerds, mathmaticians. etc... They have some pretty funny strips. This strip has been on of my favorites to far.
Besides Rock Band, I've also been reading. I finished Paulo Coelho's By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. It was good. I guess I had such high expectations after The Alchemist. Don't misunderstand me, this was a good book, just not what I expected. It's a story about love, destiny, being strong, resentment, and eventually speaking up for yourself and voicing what you want out of life. This book is in a triology with Veronika Decides to Die, which I read, and The Devil and Miss Prym. The Devil and Miss Prym comes highly recommended by a friend that's a voracious reader. I may give that one a try as well. Although, that's not making my current stack of books any smaller. :)

After By the River... I read, or should I say, listened to The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. It was read by Campbell Scott. The reading was a bit dry and monotonous. However, now that I read more about the author, this is his first non-detective novel. I assume the reader, Campbell Scott, may have read his other books which his tone would've been perfect for, but for this, it just didn't work for me. Other than that, the story was engrossing. It deals with the comprehension and "fallout" of the holocaust, and with illiteracy. I became a bit uncomfortable at the beginning of the book because it dealt with the relationship between Michael Berg & Hanna Schmitz. He's 15, she's 36. All through the book Michael's love of Hannah never leaves him. Even when he's older, he still compares all his partners to Hannah. Her scent and her command over him never leave him. The book comes together as the trial commences in part II of the book. The Reader was made into a movie (trailer link), which came out last month. I may wonder over to the theater to catch it.

Speaking about movies. We caught The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the movies this past week. I loved it. I don't want to say too much about it because you should go watch it. The basic premise is that a young boy named Bruno, a Nazi commander's son, befriends Shmuel, a boy in a concentration camp at Auschwitz, which is near Bruno's new home. Bruno asks Shmuel why he's always wearing pajamas. Such a cute innocent kid question, Bruno has no idea how high up in the Führer's army his father actually is. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Even made me cry a bit. Worth checking out.

To top off my Nazi reading/watching, we also caught Valkerie (trailer link). I'm not a big Tom Cruise fan, but he was decent in the role. It's the story of von Stauffenberg's attempt to kill Hitler and use Operation Valkyrie. I wasn't versed in Operation Valkyrie so it was a good action movie for me. I"m sure if you're well versed in the operation, it may not be.

When I'm not viewing or reading about Nazi's, I'm watching La Femme Nikita on dvd. Or should I say, I was watching Nikita. We finished watching the series a few days ago. While viewing it I vacillated between, "just kill her already!", or "I love Nikita!". Now that it's over, I miss the show. Waaaa! Although we just started watching Charmed on dvd. As a few of you know I really don't watch much tv, except for the various dvds we watch. We don't have cable... But we have alot of dvds. lol So I guess I do watch tv. :)

Also, this past Saturday I got together with a few scrapbook friends. Although, we don't scrapbook together anymore, we still hangout when the opportunity arises. We were reminiscing how long we've known each other, the various stages of life we've seen each other through, and the various highs and lows. It's amazing. This is one special group of women. We all got to know each other because of our love of scrapbooking. Since then a few have branched out and made a name for themselves in the industry or related industries. We've shared plenty of laughs, plenty of tears, plenty of phone calls, and plenty of memories. I'm honored to know these talented and funny women. I'm kicking myself because I forgot to take a picture. Here's an oldie but goody from our outing to The French General and Sweetpeas and Snapshots in LA in August of '06.
The book I'm currently reading, Reading Lolita in Tehran is very good. I started reading it a couple of months ago, but had to keep on putting it down for various reasons. Since picking it back up, I've become absorbed. There's a line in the book that reads, "A novel is not an allegory.... It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don't enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won't be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing."

What are you reading?