Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 28th

December 28th by Petunia21
December 28th, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Another person DONE with the Christmas Season!

Cheesecake Factory's SkinnyLicious™ Menu

Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

Shiitake Mushrooms, Green Onion, Ginger, Garlic and Water Chestnuts Sauteed with Mushroom Soy. Served with Crisp Lettuce Leaves

Note for next time. Although these were VERY tasty, this "Mushroom soy" I suspect was Teriyaki
and was super sweet (aka, sugar).  I woke up feeling hung over and had a headache.  I must learn to ASK the waiter about whats in my selection. 

The School of Essential Ingredients.

A "heartbreakingly delicious" national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life.
Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect...
The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian's soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.
Shannon always gets me such amazingly thoughtful gifts. This year, was no exception. She thought this novel was right up my alley, and after reading the back, I have to agree! I can't wait to bust it open!

Stella and her bone

Stella and her bone by Petunia21
Stella and her bone, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Santa Claus left Stella, my honorary niece, a squeaky bone under our tree this Christmas. Last night when the family popped on over for a visit, I was finally able to show her that Santa left a little something.

Its amazing when you can see a dog's expression. Stella LOVED the squeaky bone. You can tell by her short bursts of excitement that she would let out (in my very small apartment).

Mom had told me that she carried the bone in her mouth the whole way home. Its about a mile walk.

"That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown"... My heart is FULL.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chili Chocolate Cherry cookies!

Seriously Good EATS!

Magazine Subscriptions

2 things have been happening in my life recently. 1) I have been collecting "Coke Rewards" for say the past um... 3 years. and B) I have been working on a Vision Notebook. I've been ripping pictures of things out of catalogs and store ads, even printing out screen caps from my computer, and cutting and pasteing them in my "Vision Notebook" which is a spiral drawering pad filled with various catagories... fashion, hair/make up, my dream home, kitchen, places I wanna go to. People I admire. So on and so forth.

The reason I've been using the above mentioned ads, catalogs and screen caps is because I don't actually have ANY subscriptions to ANY magazines. And for some strange reason, there is not much to pull from out of B's ESPN or Sports Illustrated magazines.

So I figure its time to put some of these built up Coke Reward Points to good use. I have "screen captured" the finalists in my selection. The larger featured magazines are weighing more in my favor. I have enough points for a few magazines, but wanted to get some that were going to be Petunia friendly.

Whole Living, is a huge contender for me, since its about eating whole foods.  Whole grains, fruits and veggies. It does not consist of processed foods out of a box, can or simple sugars.  So this might be ideal since its on the harder side to find recipes sans white flour or sugar. (Diabetic cookbooks tend to simply feature more artificial sweeteners such as Splenda which I don't eat either).

I feel like a "home" oriented magazine would be ideal since now, B and I are "in the beginning stages of looking for a home to buy"... Now if only I'd stop getting the sweats every time I look at those multiple listing websites.  But this is the direction of our future, so I want a magazine that suits my taste and helps me see whats out there so I can dream big.

And Oprah is... well, she's just Oprah.  I certainly admire her for her altruistic tendencies, and the light that she brings to causes and issues that are important to her.  She seems to surround herself with people who are in the know. I would imagine she has a huge support system. As my therapist says, powerful people are supported.  So I'm trying to find the support I need.

What magazines speak to you?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Best response to one of my gifts

This is the sweetest video taken from one of my oldest friends' daughter. I made her a little kitty cat ornament. Her reaction was why I wanted to give gifts from the heart this year! Thanks little A for making it all worthwhile!

Ugly face, cute head wrap

Ugly face, cute head wrap by Petunia21
Ugly face, cute head wrap, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Me, showing off a my new head wrap that Mom and dad got for me. I kinda love it! And I already got major compliments for it!

Dec. 26th

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downsized_1226011653.jpg, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I guess some people don't F*ck around. Christmas is OVER for one of my neighbors!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree!

Now that we're in LALA land for Christmas, my tree has never had so much goodness underneath! I'm glad my parent's box arrive so they could add to the decor :)
I almost wrapped up paper towels and the toaster, just to stick them under the tree too!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Golden butternut Squash soup

Sadly... I really did think twice before I threw this out.

I'm still not sure how this has been living in my cabinets... where WAS I in 2007???

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guacamole anyone?

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Wacky Wai-o-Tapu
New Zealand's Ngakoro Loop Track is tucked into a sci-fi-like landscape with exaggerated earthly elements bubbling up from the depths, with years of volcanic activity backing its embellished appeal. The Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland (that's their name, not ours, though we couldn't have said it better) presents green lake water with steamy pots of sulfur, the Champagne Pool, with a fizzy carbon dioxide surface that resembles a glass of bubbly, and mud pools, where the frothy muck turns to a "paint pot" when iron compounds push upward. It's the kind of surreal setting you'd expect from a Tim Burton film. 

I want to go see this, just cause it looks like a huge vat of my favorite avocado-ee goodness!

Christmas Home Tissue Topper

I'm so excited that I finally finished this tissue topper... 
this morning! 

I got the pattern months ago, but was busy churning out other crafty holiday things for others. I was really trying to make something for my home this year, and I'm really pleased with the turn out!

To me, nothing says holidays like plastic canvas and ornaments :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Love this article! I literally cut and pasted from another website... just saying!

12 Things Happy People Do Differently 


12 Things Happy People Do Differently
by Jacob Sokol of Sensophy
“I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed.  I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live - that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.”
-Dan Millman

Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness.  These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.  (Check out her book The How of Happiness.)
I want to honor and discuss each of these 12 points, because no matter what part of life’s path we’re currently traveling on, these ‘happiness habits’ will always be applicable.
  1. Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness.  And that’s without having to go out and buy anything.  It makes sense.  We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  2. Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism.  No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it.  She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life.  People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous.  If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority.  Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out!  If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made.  What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place.  If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an older version of yourself.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain.  (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.)  Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.  What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness.  How extraordinary is that?  Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on.  A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin.  Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
  5. Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.  Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely?  WHOA!  There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with.  We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable.  Forrest Gump knows the deal.  It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan.  It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
  7. Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.  You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion.  When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system.  You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.
  8. Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still.  It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task.  Action and awareness are merged.  You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional.  You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing.  Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
  9. Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
  10. Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force.  Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere.  When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing.  Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
  11. Practice spirituality. – When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever.  It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists.  Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”
  12. Take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected.  Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft?  Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Purchase Orders

Purchase Orders by Petunia21
Purchase Orders, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

The joys of my job. These are Purchase orders that I have been given. They need to be filled out... by hand!

Remember Petunia, when you said you wanted to work on your handwriting? You're welcome.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Breakfast! by Petunia21
Breakfast!, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I'm really excited about this breakfast.

Breakfast for me can get kinda boring. My usual breakfast is:

1) Left over pancakes from Sunday (especially if I have yoga in the morning)
2) Hard boiled eggs (if I'm on the run)
3) Frozen fruit & yogurt Smoothie (if its the summer time)
4) Oatmeal
5) Omelet
6) Yogurt with date paste and Ezekiel cereal on top for a granola-y crunch (can only have this when I actually have some organic Greek yogurt in the house)
7) Whole Wheat cereals.

Hmmmm... not too bad of a selection, come to think of it, but I guess I don't normally "get" to have waffles or English muffins, or biscuits.

The Husband spotted these Ezekiel English muffins in the freezer section of the supermarket. I almost hesitated cause well... they were NOT cheap. But I remembered how I do feel like breakfast is one of those meals that I just circulate around and around, and what about a little mix up!

So I literally throw the entire unbroken English muffin from Freezer to toaster oven. About 5-7 minutes later I burn my hands while taking it off of the rack and using whatever is on the counter (usually the back of B's coffee spoon, will break them open (still using my hand so my fingers keep getting burned)

I then top with a little bit of jelly that is made of just the fruit itself, and sweetened with some other sort of fruit juice, a nice glob of nut butter (in this case, Almond butter, but I have used peanut butter in the past)

And I am one happy camper, along with my cup of Joe.

Now as I type this up, I think how this cold be fun to do a cinnamon toasty vibe or even a peanut butter and dark chocolate chip thing for a desert.

Monday, December 12, 2011


I don't know how I went 31 years without giving mine a proper massage!

Thanks Amanda

Thanks to Amanda, I have learned something new and exciting... You might now be able to see what it is... but its great for me!

I love this coat

My dream house will be complete with a closet devoted to amazing coats that I wanna own.

Walking on Sunshine, on a very Rainy Day!

9 years of payments for THIS educational loan!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Word Clouds

I "created" these what feels like forever ago... 

... and when I say "create", I meant, put all the words I wanted into a text box on a website and out spit these clouds.

I found this website through my cousin's blog which explores social media for marketing.

I was going through a big art exploration phase trying to figure out what I'm meant to do next in life. I do adore the color combinations!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I'm completed 2 Chelsea Handler books so far.  And by complete, I mean, I've listened to 2.

This woman... kinda fascinates me. I'm not sure why. She's sort of appalling... she's outrageous and obnoxious.  I do know why... she makes no apologies for who she is. She's confident and never doubts herself or her abilities.  From the stories told, she was born that way. She has this "Why the f*ck not" attitude, and I'd like to be more like this.

The first book I listed to was "Are you there Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea." She narrates this book and tells tells from growing up, summers in Martha's Vinyard and trips to Costa Rica with her father later in her career.


The next book I listened to was "Lies That Chesea Handler Told Me"... which is narrated by the people who write the the stories.  Kinda funny, again, she's just so over the top.

But on all accounts, people in Chelsae's life love her. She's totally generous to those she loves despite being horrible. Playing jokes, big lies.

All and All, these are both pretty entertaining to listen to on any drive and and out of work. Especially while sitting in LA traffic!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pat a Pan

Nothing says "The Holidays" like a tortured Renaissance holiday song...

So naturally, I LOVE the song!

My favorite is just how it keeps building up.......

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Whole Wheat Stuffing

Whole Wheat Stuffing by Petunia21
Whole Wheat Stuffing, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I know that Thanksgiving is supposed to be about the turkey... I mean family... I mean gratitude...

I have to be honest... for me, its about the Stuffing. And ONLY about the stuffing.

Last year, I had to fore go stuffing because I had begun the process of cleansing my body of all grains, white sugar and flour. It was quite hard for me to smell the Stove Top and stay clear away from it. But I did.

This year was gonna be different. I didn't want to miss out, but decided that I didn't have to succumb to the crap that's in prepackaged stuffing mix (albeit extremely tasty!)

I took a loaf of this Whole Wheat seeded bread from Whole Foods and cut it up into cubes. I thew it in the oven and toasted the pieces. They I let it sit out for a day or two to get nice and dry. Then I sauteed some celery and onions (bought that already chopped from Ralphs, a little luxury for me) and threw in some sage and marjoram, chicken stock and into the pot went the bread.

It wasn't Stove Top, it was a heartier version. The bread remained dense, but really it turns out for me, stuffing is really sage and marjoram.

This will be a repeat offender for the coming thanksgivings. I might add some ground pork and mushrooms too since I don't think the husband ate any of mine. No sense is not catering to my own desires for the future :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Glade by Petunia21
Glade, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

This stuff is the shit!!! And covers it up too... just saying!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider by Petunia21
Hot Apple Cider, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Man, nothing can bring fragrance to a room like Hot Apple cider, stewing all day while you are hitting the appetizers, main course, and desert.

I love making this because I literally put a gallon of apple juice in the Crock pot the night before. Throw in 2 cinnamon sticks, about 8 clothes and a star anise.

Some people will put the spices in a little bouquet garnish but I in the past just let the little guys float. This time, I added 1 nectarine to the pool... but studded the nectarine WITH the cloves... so no floaters! It was really neat, and easy and reminded me of some clove studded orange thing I made in elementary school... I can't seem to remember what the purpose of said ornament was (I'm gonna have to ask my mom now).

The apple juice totally sweetens this cider up but if its not sweet enough, go at it with your sugar of choice.

Keep the Crock pot on low throughout the entertaining process to keep the cider piping hot

.... could go for some now!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkish Apricots

downsized_1114011510.jpg by Petunia21
downsized_1114011510.jpg, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I'm kinda obsessed with these things... just saying. They feel sweeter than anything I put in my mouth these days. I bet they'd make a good cheesecake.

i can easily eat 10 of these a day... that would pretty much be 10 proper apricots... without the water, which is a key factor in stuff making you full...

when these are gone... I need to stay away from Fresh & easy for a while.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sassy, confident and sexy

 I found this turtleneck dress at, an online store that I've been shopping at since I found my bikini this summer.  (Most of the things I buy are made in the USA!!!)  I fell in love with this outfit because I pretty much wanted to be this girl. Sassy, confident and sexy.

I bought the dress.  I rocked it out the other day at our Thanksgiving Work potluck.  Now... feel like I COULD have shown more attitude and sass... but I'm new to the office, and I didn't want to freak out the girl in my office that I asked to take this photo.  If I did, I would have not stood in front of that horrible yellow garish light. I would have put both arms on my hips to extenuate my curves... and I would have showed my full face if not for massive fly away hairs that the back lighting highlighted.


But... I love the dress. Nuff said.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Birthday K

Pumpkin Cheesecake by Petunia21
Pumpkin Cheesecake, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Today my little cousin Karisa turns 25... WTF. I remember when she was born... I was 6. I remember the shirt I was wearing when I was holding her...

Well, Happy Birthday Little K. For you, I baked this cheesecake in my beautiful Emile Henry pie plate that I got for my wedding from Josh and Kelly.

It's been packed away hidden from our "just joking" almost move back to NY. It was in the "we're only gonna be here for 6 months" box that I could do without for... 6 months. Almost 2 years later, I fished it out of a mis-marked triple packed box in a box in a box. Fun!

I'm really excited because this was the first time that I made a cheesecake in something other than a spring foam pan. It turned out really well. I baked at just 1 hour in a water bath. It's creamy and sweet (using dates that I just threw into the food processor along with the other ingredients).

Ok... I didn't make this for Little K's bday. It was just a fun reason to post this picture :)


Sunday, November 20, 2011

One Day

I remembered today 7/8ths the way through the current book I was reading, why in fact am obsessed with Historical romance Novels... The sex... and the inevitable, MANDATORY happy endings!  When titles such as  "Rules of Surrender", "Rules of Engagement", "Rules of Attraction" and "In My Wildest Dreams" etc... let me spoil you, oh 4 readers... the governess ALWAYS ends up with the Prince/Lord/Duke or Viscount. There is no doubt. Its kinda a rule...

Not the case with other popular bestselling books.  And this is usually why I stay away from anything hard hitting... You won't see me sitting under an umbrella on a Dominican beach with the Kite Runner, or sitting in a coffee shop with The Song of Salomon, or curled in the nook of my couch with Marlee and Me.  Its just not gonna happen... (was on edge after book 4 of the Harry Potter series!)

Its no different than Romantic Comedies never willing Oscars... Its always the hard hitting movies like Precious or Boys Don't Cry that land those statues in glass cases or over fireplaces. 

It was suggested to me by my friend Anne that I read David Nicholl's "One Day" rather then paying the $5.25 to see Anne Hathaway at my local theater.  I put the book on reserve and announced to Anne that I was number 356 in line for the copy at the LAPL system...

Fast forward 8 months and I finally got my copy.

Anne and I read such "Chick lit" fiction such as Emily Giffen's Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a few other titles.  Not always as predictable as the historical romance genre, I can usually pin point at least 1/2 way through the book how it will end...

But I didn't get that feeling until day 5 of book reading with fewer than 40 pages to finish... I won't give the book away.  This is no fairytale. Nuff said.  And I hate feeling anything other than elation. I get enough feelings from watching Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

Let me not give you the wrong impression... I liked the book.  It was nice to dance for a week outside my comfort zone.  The premise of the book was cool too... It takes place over 20 years on July 15th St. Swithin's Day.

Some of the book takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland and having been there, it was fun to be able to feel transported a bit.  Especially to Arther's Seat :)

I'm gonna try my hand next at  Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series.  Another suggestion from some pretty awesome women :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thrilling Holiday Season


I only wish my mom could come with me.  I'm not sure who's gonna want in on this deal with me, but I bought 2 tickets :)

Lacey Pumps

Madden Girl Mellony Pump

I want these... I want a place and or event to wear these to...

I need to build an outfit around these...

Maybe Christmas :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


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1117011101.jpg, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.
I got a french manicure last night for the beginning of the holiday season...using the UV ray light and some gel polish...

I would imagine that this shit is NOT good for you, but damn... I'm in in love with my hands! (Especially while in downward facing dog at 7:00 am on a Thursday.) It makes me smile.

I mean, the worst that would probably happen is poisoning... or my finger beds falling off... no biggy!

I had Anna (my manicurist) paint the white lines REALLLLLLY thin to really make them look the real whites of my nails.  I'm in love :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who am I?

DSC_0056 by Petunia21
DSC_0056, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.
One Day, by David Nicholls, page 252 when describing Dex's new girlfriend Sylvie:

Serenity and drunkenness don't really go together and safe for the occasional glass of champagne or wine with dinner, Sylvie doesn't drink alcohol. neither does she smoke or take drugs or eat red meat or bread or refined sugar or potatoes.

Um... this pretty much is me... with the exception of French Fries.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fun Snack

Fun Snack by Petunia21
Fun Snack, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Always fun to bit into a red bell pepper at 6:00 to this colorful surprise!

So many components! What does it remind YOU of?

Big Pumpkins

Big Pumpkins by Petunia21
Big Pumpkins, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

I would love to think that I prayed to my Fairy Godmother, that this pumpkin would turn into a house in my adorable neighborhood.

Or a high paying, short work day job complete with magical benefits, 401k, job security and flexibility!

Or a winning lotto ticket that would afford me time, money and reason to travel around the world!

Man, I love magic pumpkins!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Seriously big cookie

Seriously big cookie by Petunia21
Seriously big cookie, a photo by Petunia21 on Flickr.

Its that time of year again when cookies and candy and sweets OH MY are on the brain.

I just passed our reception office and like clockwork sit 2 big plastic jack-o-lanterns filled with candy and chocolate. I spent 5 minutes or so sniffing the mini "fun size"-d bag of m&ms and Twixts.

I "stepped away" from the pumpkins. Note to self... stay AWAY from Reception 'til January.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rain on my parade

It is a cold, rainy day in Los Angeles. The first proper rain of the fall season.  The kind of weather where you find your hand reaching for your warmest sweaters or tutlenecks.  "Don't forget your scarf!" my beloved told be before he headed out.  It'll be cold at night when you come home. Ohhhh yeah.

I pulled out a long sleeve shirt, full pants, and put on my black leather boots that can withstand the rain.  My purple umbrella and raincoat were both waiting for me in my car. Not the smartest thing since I pass through many unprotected entrances and carports before I come to my own car.  I keep my work bag, lunch bag, and purse close as I can to ensure the huge droplets of rain stay away from my important papers.

The dive to work is hideous.  The first rain of the season brings out the most panicked drivers. We all know that a few months of oil build up is about to mix with the rain. And its really coming down.  But I don't mind. I'm listening to my newest book on tape, Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey.  And this sh*t is funny!

I run into work. Despite having my raincoat on now, and using my umbrella, the umbrella isn't really big enough to carry my monstrosity of an ensemble (again, Lunch bag, work bag and purse... good thing it wasn't a yoga day).

I fix myself a cup of tea (having downed already 2 cups of coffee this morning) and enjoy the sullen gloomy weather, all bundled up at my desk, work work working.

My tummy grumbles, and even though I packed a lunch (leftover brown rice pasta and new england clam sauce & steamed Brussel sprouts) the weather is just screaming for Turkey Chili from our stage cafeteria.

I suit up and walk across the studio lot ducking under any breezeway and awning that I can fine.  The rain is taking on a diagonal directions so my pants are getting wet. My thick rubber heals are protecting my feet from puddles, but I'm still careful where I stand.  Racing into the building and giving the umbrella a few shakes out of respect for the venue, I run to the counter...
            ... they are out of turkey chili

They offer up chicken noodle... but I didn't feel like picking out white flour noodles out of my soup.
They offered up Tomato Bisque, but confirmed with the lady that they do indeed use white sugar. I turn around, defeated. My head hanging low. I make my way back outside, shooting up my umbrella.  I am sad. I almost want to cry (I know, it sounds retarded). The pounding rain on my umbrella really feels fitting of my gloomy disposition.

"you still have yummy clam sauce leftovers!" my inner self reminds petulant Petunia.  And my inner self it right.  I still do.  Turkey chili will have to wait for another day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Little Bit Wicked, and a Little Bit of Relief.

Living in LA, as a freelancer means, well, from one job to another, you're commute is bound to change.  And with commuting for me usually means... traffic. Traffic. TRAFFIC.

My worst commute was The Valley to Santa Monica.  Man, I'd come home just, rip shit mad.  Road Rage was a very real factor in my life.  Then, I found books on tape.  Cue the angels.  The books usually took me to a far away place and certainly away from the 405 parking lot.  It usually only took me about 1 disk to get attached to the plot, and then, I would just listen, and drive.

My favorite author to listen to is Maeve Binchy.  She doesn't read her own books, but most of them take place in either Ireland or Greece, or Italy.  Between Maeve's words or the narrator's accents, I would drift away to a special 'happy place', and my hands would loosen around the the steering wheel.

By the time I reached my parking spot at home, I usually "had to" wait in the car for the chapter to end, or a good place to stop.  But the point was, I would enter through the threshold to meet my beloved with a much different attitude.  (Sometimes, I would HOPE for more traffic... shhhhhhhhh!). 

Another fun series was the Shopaholic books from Sophie Kinsella.  Again, the English accent helps, and the light fun content was enough to distract.  Nothing truly though provoking here.

My last and current job has kept me 2 years 'steady' with the same commute... which, is a Medium sized commute if we were playing the 3 Bear scenario. 30 minutes or so on and off the brakes to get to work, 17-25 on the way home.  All of 5.1 miles.  Luckily I don't usually come home feeling like my temper had rocked off the Richter scale from the freeway.  Summers were so great, but now that the kiddies are all back in school, commuting has gone back to sucking medium suck.  Stop and go for all of 5 miles just sucks.

Enter, Kristen Chenoweth.  My friend had mentioned that she heard that Kristen's book, "A Little Bit Wicked (a play on her developing the role of Galinda in Wicked on Broadway".

Turns out, Ms. Kristy from Broken Arrow, OK also narrates her book so I ordered it from my library and waited, and waited, and waited... I finally got the notice that it was my turn :) I think I waited a few months. So long, that I forgot that I ordered it until I got the email.

The minute I popped it into my cd player in the car, I was ADDICTED.  She is so freakin cute, entertaining and enchanting.  The experience as a whole was so delightful. I can not rave about it enough.  She is honest and funny, and the alliteration is amazing.  I finished disk 6 today... and I was so sad.  Its over. Done. Blah.  But I did make a copy of it, so I can throw it back into circulation when I need a pick me up!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oven to Table Classic

I want this pot... ok, lets face it. It would appear that I want EVERY pot that Le Creuset puts out, but thing is is... I love to cook! And each pot throws me into some fantasy world where I'm surrounded by friends and family and there is something "stewing" on the stove of my fabulous kitchen!  This color is "aubergine" which in most other parts of the world is eggplant.

In my fantasy today, meatballs are stewing on the stove with merengue playing in the background, while B has football on the big screen. A pleasant Sunday.

Stems of happiness

As a special treat for... being me (!) I have been picking up some relatively cheap Trader Joe's flowers to brighten up my apartment and life.

These are the last 3 weeks worth of flowers make my apartment oh so cheery :)

Week 3

Week 3

This Week's Flowers
Week 2

Week 1
Week 1