Friday, October 30, 2009
My boss called this morning. We were 10 minutes into the conversation, when she said, "Oh, I forgot to tell you - Artist X came in the other day to pick up some things. She said to me: 'It has made such a big difference since Carma started working with you. She is so pleasant to be around. She is always nice to talk to and has a wonderful rapport with the clients, artists, etc.....'"
Well, I almost had tears in my eyes. My boss added, "You don't know how much we [appreciate] you, but we really do."
Anyway, the point of this post was not to brag on myself, just to show that all it takes is a few heartfelt words to literally make someone's day brighter :-) as opposed to, "You Idiotic Moron!," which would not make it brighter.
In other news, I took VC for a private lesson at a gymnastics center yesterday, to learn how to do a back flip, as he wants to incorporate this into his "act" - His partner would be doing a toe spot and then VC would be flipping over.
I think he amazed himself at how quickly he was able to pick it up. This weekend we will have the sofa cushions laid out in the back yard so he can practice.
Our foyer tiles have already been covered with interlocking primary colored foam pieces in order that he can take advantage of the only place in the house that is two stories tall to practice his juggling. A couple of sofa cushions [temporarily] out in the yard and we'll soon have our own Big Top right at home! If your child has an interest, I encourage you not to fret about home decor (which is also why you will not be seeing many home decor posts on my blog), but to make it a space that they can practice in. They'll be plenty of time to re-decorate and bring out the priceless artwork (or in my case, handmade 'gems' ;-) once they are off at college, which for us is in only *gasp* 5 years!
[I'm hoping to be doing more daily slice of life posts such as this. I promise they will not always be as syrupy. Do they appeal to you or are you more interested in newsworthy/less personal topics of interest. I appreciate your input!]
Thursday, October 29, 2009
*I take copious notes for Boss as it is a lengthy message*
Me: "There was a message on the phone from Client X; he is so sweet, he even used my name when he left the message." (most clients see me as merely an extension of my boss and never bother to learn my name- so this was momentous!)
Boss: "I know. I left the message for you to hear." [Maybe she could have written me a note to that effect and saved me some writing? Our Bang & Olufsen answering machine does not leave the date and time of calls, because why would that be of importance??]
Boss: HE ISN'T GOING TO BUY THE PIECE!
Me: But he said it so nicely. He is always so sweet.
Boss: It's called Smooth, Carma. He's smooth....
Me: Oh. But I still think he's nice :-)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I was saddened to discover his many vulnerabilities, including low self-esteem, anxieties including OCD, and, of course, his addictions. His relationship with his frequent acting partner David Spade was rife with jealousy and competitiveness, and according to the book, David could be somewhat conniving and disingenuous in his relationship with Chris.
Therefore, I was not surprised when I saw that David Spade is now making money from a Direct TV ad that features vintage footage of Chris Farley from the movie Tommy Boy. You can watch it here: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8927769
I'd love to hear your thoughts - tasteless or amusing?
Now, a touch of irony:
I glanced over at the google ad on my blog yesterday and here's what I saw:
Learn to Use The Secret
Register for free online course w/stars of The Secret
On the upside, a least the online course would be much safer than the sweat lodge experience!!
Did anyone catch Bob and Sheri talking about bloggers this morning? I caught the tail end of the discussion on my way into work. Bob was skeptical, seeing newspaper journalists as more "legitimate" because they have degrees, vs. some [random person] at a computer. But props to Sheri for saying she would rather "wade through sewage than not be able to speak" (if freedom of speech on blogs was restricted.)
Which leaves me wondering where my blog falls in the news spectrum- more towards the sewage? :D
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and Lisa, who said, "They would be great Christmas cards but I would probably use mine to send out to my Sunday school kids."
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Alarm on night table goes off at this time:
Second "backup" alarm all the way across king size sleep number bed goes off at this time:
Yet, after hitting snooze a multitude of times, the actual time of getting out of bed is this time:
Pathetic! I've read that the time spent snoozing in between the snooze alarms is NOT productive sleep. And yet, I can't see to break this habit.
Have you ever wondered what algorithm is used to come up with the perfect amount of snooze time; why seven minute intervals and not five?
Unrelated topic (DWTS): Is Len extra harsh on Mya or what? Is Kelly a Drama Queen? Much as I want her to go far in the competition (and admire her for overcoming her struggles with addiction), when I see her whining over her sprained ankle and being taken off the hospital in an ambulance - an ambulance - the the Emergency Room??? I have to wonder what would happen if we normal folk showed up at the Emergency department for a twisted foot. Srsly, room filled with swine flu patients and this is a medical emergency????
Joanna - I won't go there.
Is anyone else unable to remove obsolete blogs from their google reader? I have tried several times to unsubscribe and yet they remain in the reader. Also went to the sites to "unfollow" from friend connect, yet they are still there - grrrrrr
P.S. Today is the last day to enter my flat greeting card/postcard giveaway!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here's the thing. I think that Matt & Ramona have dream jobs. Getting paid to banter and crack jokes with your own little radio "family" hardly seems like "work" to me! I'm sure there is probably much more to it, with behind the scenes show prep, speaking engagements, community events, etc. - Hey, possibly they are skilled performers, covering up for a radio family that is in reality as dysfunctional as our families. I don't know for certain. I doubt it. But for argument's sake: consider the show as you hear it.
Those of you who came of age in the 80's probably remember the line from Dire Strait's tune "♪ ♫ Get your money for nothin' and your chicks for free... That ain't workin' ♫" (Remove the chicks and you have the essence of a lot of these formulaic talk radio shows.)
Well, there I was thinkin' this, when Matt says to Bandy: "I've gotta pull this thing together. I need something to talk about (I'm paraphrasing) and then you hear him flipping through papers and he comes up with a topic!"
A couple jokes, lots of laughs, a bit of crude humor *cough* eggplants *cough*...I could soooooo do get into it!! Isn't that essentially what we as bloggers are already doing?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I came across some further details on abcnews.com that shed further light on the goings on inside the 120 degree sweat hut and the actions of Mr. Ray.
I'll quote directly from the source so you can see just how hideous the events inside the tent became:
"Survivor Beverly Bunn told The Associated Press that even while people were collapsing, vomiting and gasping for air, Ray, who was leading the ceremony, urged everyone to stay inside.
More than 60 people were gathered inside the tent hoping to cleanse their bodies. But within the hour people began to collapse and vomit, Bunn said.
While people were not physically forced to remain in the tent, Bunn said Ray would chide them if they wanted to leave, saying weakness could be overcome, according to the AP..........Bunn said the sweat lodge ceremony came after days of mentally and physically taxing exercises, including fasting, and in one game Ray played God."
Can you imagine being pressured to stay in the tent, vomiting and barely able to breathe????
And yet Mr. Ray says he is "determined to continue with his self-help ministry." If this is self-help, I'd hate to find out what he considers not helping!!
Anyway, just wanted to provide you with an update. And to think Oprah was endorsing this charlatan only 2 prior to the incident!
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Friday, October 23, 2009
If you guessed Bob Hope for the last post, you are correct! [However, once MB saw the Richard Nixon guesses, he thought those were also excellent!!]
Here's the second eggplant that MB was impressed with, can you guess why? Hint: Think like a guy.
I PROMISE this is the last of our look-a-like eggplant posts :-) (until next year's harvest)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
errrrrr.....not exactly. He was calling to ask me if I knew how to preserve something so we could list it on ebay and make big bucks LOL.
Here's what he discovered when he went to garden:
MB couldn't believe how much this eggplant resembled a dead celebrity. Any guess who?
[Unfortunately I didn't know how to preserve it, so it has already been consumed. Therefore, if you know how to preserve it, please don't tell me now as I'll get depressed :-( or maybe do tell me so when we find an Elvis eggplant next season I'll be able to list it!]
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
However, I am still finding the Sweat Lodge story very intriguing, especially now that it is being classified as a "homicide" investigation.
Why the interest? Because I, along with millions of others watched the guy at the center of the story, self-help expert James Arthur Ray, when he was one of the guests on Oprah's show about The Secret in 2007. Here's a photo in case you don't remember him:
On Oprah, he was slick as could be- spouting all his new-age mumbo jumbo. I watched the show with my natural skepticism, but it was hard not to get sucked into believing The Secret was more than a carefully orchestrated way to get you to buy into a theory that was not much more than a repackaged "The Law of Attraction" that has been in existence for years.
I noticed that audience members were hanging onto every word of these self-help gurus, almost worshiping them.
Fast forward to last week and reading about the tragedy at the lodge. It appears that 50 people paid $10,000 each to attend Mr. Ray's five-day "Spiritual Warrior" course which culminated in the sweat ceremony, during which the 3 (otherwise healthy) participants died. The setting was an accident waiting to happen- darkness combined with a likely lack of oxygen.
Ray's response to the press has hardly been remorseful and when one of his followers was interviewed he suggested that the deaths were "by choice" of the victims!!!!
What drives well-educated people to shell out $10,000 and put their faith in someone, albeit someone with good teeth, who is probably no more qualified than you or I - to take them to a "higher level" spiritually- and financially.
(One person we know who has definitely taken it to a higher financial level - Mr. Ray - who collected half a million bucks for a 5 day workshop!!)
What is missing in so many of our lives? What is it we hope to discover? Why is it that in a country where most of us have all that we will ever need, that there is so much unhappiness and emptiness that people are so easily taken in by someone of the likes of Mr. Ray who proffers the way to achieve what he calls true Harmonic Wealth® (so fancy he registered the term!)
I'm about as restless as they come, yet I hope to discover the secret on my own (and contribute the $10,000 to VC's college fund instead) :D
What about you?
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Monday, October 19, 2009
pssst "Hoda and Kathie Lee"
Kathie Lee has done this before and it totally irked me, but this morning - grrrrrrrr.....she was rude to my candidate for hottest researcher: Marcus Buckingham.
Seriously guys, this dude is a researcher, NOT a male model or dancer. NO ONE is rude to Marcus on my watch. nuh uh *shakes head*
Marcus was promoting his latest book, Find Your Strongest Life, which includes a study showing that those without kids are the happiest. Kathie Lee had to immediately jump in and say how much she disagreed. He went on to say part of the reason is that although kids give women a sense of purpose the kids are often not very appreciative.
We can get into a whole debate over this topic. And maybe we will, but Kathie Lee has got to remember to keep her trap shut when there is a guest on the show and let them speak before going into attack mode. She went on to express disagreement about her kids not being appreciative, prefacing it with, "I love you Marcus, but......."
Rude. Rude. Rude.
P.S. I have not used my cell phone today -phew! Also, enter to win 100 flat greeting cards here. Perfect for the holidays...
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I glanced at my phone and noticed that it showed 5 missed calls. I immediately assumed (correctly) that they were from MB and I called him back. (One thing you need to understand about MB is that he will call 5 times in a row for something as simple as seeing a local TV news anchor at the RenFest so I knew not to panic. )
Then as I was driving home the phone starts making an odd sound. I quickly pull it out in order to avoid another missed call, only to realize it is reminding me about the voice mails. This is exactly the reason I have suggested that MB and VC not leave me any voicemails - because I am unable to check voicemail, having forgotten the code. The phone is in MB's name so to get the code reset would require him to contact the cell phone company, which is always a production (on my part).
The good news is that I finally figured out what the guy with the lines coming out of his head represents - a voicemail! Am I correct? I thought it had something to do with speakerphone since one day I accidentally put the phone on speaker and then noticed that symbol. (can anyone tell me what the symbol of the arrow pointing to the phone stands for? much obliged.)
I am truly not an ignoramus (although that may be hard to ascertain - especially if you are a regular reader of my blog ;-), it's just that I have never made it a priority to learn how the phone works. It is a phone that I have in case I am ever stranded on a overpass at rush hour with people honking at me, cotton hanging out of my ear following surgery and a malfunctioning (dead) car computer (as happened several years ago).
Bottom line is that I need to get VC to change my ring tone, as I cannot hear the current tone while the radio is cranked up to:
(which is incidentally my blog theme ;-)
And secondly, remind the 4 people who have knowledge of my phone number not to leave me any voicemails!
There. That seems like a good fix. This is exactly why I told the guys at Verizon that I wanted one of those granny phones. I should have stood my ground :D My next phone WILL be a granny phone.
Although by that point we may have a phone plan outside of the "emergency plan" that will enable me to send pictures to my email. If I had had that function enabled today, I could have posted a picture of a guy with a rather large gut dressed in a skintight yellow superhero costume holding up a sign for the Halloween shop while jammin' to tunes on his i-POD. Note to self: pack camera on next grocery trip.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Should I be concerned?
photo credit: Adam Fick
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Trista needs to keep on having babies, because she is guaranteed a magazine cover every time she does. Here she is with her newest Blakesley (Blakesley?).
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Well, the brouhaha caused by that laughable Ralph Lauren ad has barely died down, and now comes word that the model in question, who is 5-10 and 120 lbs. has allegedly been fired for being too fat to fit into Ralph's clothing! sheesh!
I turned on the Today Show this morning just as Filippa was being interviewed by Ann Curry and was surprised to hear this.
C'mon Ralph, have a little common sense! This move is only begging for more bad press. [I'll need to pass on this info to a certain someone (no relation) who recently blew $700 on a Ralph Lauren belt.]
BTW, did anyone see Ann hug Bon Jovi not once but three times this morning? After the whole Brad Pitt face touching debacle, I thought she was going to be scaling back on the physical displays of affection! Much as I lurve the Today Show and Ann, sometimes I just have to cringe.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Last night at belly dance class, I got some very disturbing news...We were being put into groups of three to begin the practice for our next dance recital in January.
The instructor started calling out names and moving us around. I was totally psyched when I ended up in a group with two people I thought would be a lot of fun: one girl was someone I've become friends with over the last 5 months; and the other other was a teenager who seemed like she would be a good fit with us. We were all giggly and I was happy to be in this group since we would be training together over the next 3 months.
Then, dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn.....The instructor decided to do some moving around when she realized that a girl in another group had already been a "lead" dancer. She asked me if there was a chance I wanted to take over the lead of her group since I hadn't had a chance to lead yet. I shrugged and said I guess OK and we swapped groups.
Now, take a guess who I will be leading???
You guessed it.
The Belly Dance Diva (formerly referred to as 'Ariel') !!!!!!!
(who BTW is back to her old icy ways)
It is going to be a loooooooong 3 months.
And here's the clincher: Belly Dance Diva CAN DANCE WELL (wishing I could say the same for myself!) She towers over me and I am already envisioning us performing at the recital when she does a big swish and swishes me right off the stage...to take over the lead....
Will we ever become non-"sisters who despise each other in dance"? Stay tuned as the Belly Dance Smackdown saga continues....
Monday, October 12, 2009
Instead, prepare yourself for one of my more melodramatic posts.
First, I want to semi-gush because as you saw, VC looked the part and performed amazingly. Yet, as I watched him in action working as a street performer on Sunday, a part of me was dying as I saw the extremes he would go through to entertain in the hopes of earning a tip. It was literally tugging at my heart strings. But then I tend to be that way. My level of empathy for this kind of thing knows no bounds.
To earn any money, he was having to pull out all the big tricks, in spurts - which is incredibly physically demanding: a 5 club sequence to 7 ball jugging to 3 diabolos over and over and over. By the end of the day he was physically exhausted (and I was mentally exhausted!).
(zoom in on pictures to see the expressions on their faces- love it!)
It appeared that a few feathers may have been ruffled when other performers saw that his level of technical skill was on par with stage acts. What VC needs to hone is his performance skills. And that is what he is going to be learning over the next two months. To come up with a "schtik."
He is already beginning to learn how to work a crowd, having people toss clubs and balls to him and making corny one-liners.
Fortunately by next weekend he will have his juggling partner with him, which should take away some of the physically demanding stuff. Eight hours is a long day, and with a buddy they'll be able to do an act together, with lots of "filler" in with the juggling.
He can't wait for this to happen, and neither can I - because I know that he can't continue to work as hard as he did this weekend without feeling that he is losing a tiny bit of his self-worth. The mother in me wants to tell him that he his way too talented and classy for all this, but I'll bite my tongue, since it is something he enjoys, encourage him to take the physically demanding stuff down a notch and pray that it all works out in the end.
See, I told you it would be all melodramatic. That's how I roll lately....
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I am very excited about the cheeseball photos, because they show Utz Cheeseballs actually being consumed! Yes, you heard me right, being consumed :D
Here's Joy's Utz story:
No one but me is eating the pretzels. I'm going to be in pretzels for a LONG time. My great-grandchildren will probably find them in an heirloom box someday.
editor's note: Here's Eric in action. And, get this, he wasn't even aware of the great cheeseball experiment known as Project Cheeseball. Eric thought Joy had thoughtfully purchased some new snacks for him!
and a certain furry friend couldn't resist either...Bailey does a little investigating...
and can't resist the call of the Utz!
Thanks to Joy for brightening my Friday with some cheesy goodness!
Interested in participating in Project Cheeseball and introducing new readers to your blog? It's simple: Just send me a photo of you and the Utz Cheese Balls in a distinct location near you! I'll feature your photos and link to your blog. The 35 oz. barrels of Utz Cheese Balls are sold at your local Sam's Club, BJ's or Staples or are available for purchase online directly from UTZ or through Amazon.com.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
You will be relieved to know that, as seen in this 2006 photo, she does, in fact have a waist:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It works the same way only the requirement is that your "tweet" must be awesome. Nothing such as "I like Fall," "The kids are napping," etc.
Naturally, I headed on over to check it out. Here are a couple of actual "awesome" statements from today:
- I just deloused my daughter. Thought about eating them but resisted. F*ing Awesome!
- Clubbed a family of seals to death with my 80's cell phone.
- Made a manly sandwich (no greenery bullsh*t) and ate it in preparation of pure f*ing awesome.
- pulled off a scab
- washed my hands after i took a sh*t
and several "I joined BFA." (like that is awesome?)
Maybe I'm just getting too old for all this, but I don't need any more pressure to be something I am not. (Since the FTC is now regulating blogs, I'd better come up with a full disclosure statement: "I am not awesome" - so that you will realize that I am not qualified to judge awesomeness.)
As if I don't already struggle with coming up with something witty enough to put on Twitter, now, with this site, there is the added pressure of trying to be "awesome" - and to top it off- your BFA tweets are voted upon with a FA Value.
I'm wondering if this site will serve no other purpose than to encourage people to do stupid things. Most people who do stupid things do not need any further encouragement.
Speaking of which, did you read about the woman (Penelope Trunk, CEO and business professional) who tweeted last week "thank goodness for her miscarriage," only she didn't say it in those words, here's her actual tweet:
"I'm in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage. Thank goodness, because there's a f***-up 3-week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin."
This from a business professional...
Idiots such as Penelope, make me want to pull the plug and go back to my mundane life without publicizing my mundaneness. Some days I think that would really be f*ing awesome :D
...but then I'd miss you guys :-(
Monday, October 5, 2009
Whenever I visit the supermarket, I not only leave with a cart full of groceries, but also often a handful of free publications that I find in the racks near the door.
You'd be surprised at the various topics of interest. Recently I picked up one of the more "new agey" publications. It was one of those magazines with Vibrational Healers, Colonic Centers and Psychic Mediums advertised on the back pages.
Included in the magazine was an entire article devoted to creating your own drum. Apparently this is very healing and many also attend what are called drum circles. These include a naming ceremony, where according to the article, it is akin to "birthing a drum" and many people cry during the naming. When they leave they have "a real spiritual bond with their drum."
However, participants are not able to play the drums right away. It must dry for several days. One of the leaders said that "You learn even more from your drum as you watch it change and purposefully manifest itself into your physical world."
Is anyone seriously buying all this? or am I being a narrow minded cynic? Do I need to make my own drum? Would an epidural be required? Maybe my psychological and spiritual well-being could use a boost.
Have any of you ever attended a Drum Circle? Hmmmm....maybe this should be my next endeavor....
photo credit whiteafrican
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Back when I had "chickpea stewitis" I may have mentioned that I am a vegetarian. Occasionally I come across a recipe that I like to try (emphasis on "occasionally") Years ago, there was one of those Hovan stores at the food court at our local mall. I used to enjoy their vegetarian rolls, so when I came across a recipe a few weeks ago, I figured I'd give it a try:
Here's what you need:
4 large flatbread wraps (or thin bread, tortilla or pita wrap)
Herb Cheese Spread
- 6 oz cream cheese
- 1 tsp tarragon
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
Soften cream cheese and mix in all seasonings. Bring to room temp to use.
- 1 cucumber thinly sliced
- 4 oz bag arugula
- 1 ripe avocado sliced thinly
- 2 heirloom tomatoes each sliced into thin slices
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Warm flatbread in microwave for 20 seconds then lay out on kitchen counter. Using a spatula spread 1/4 of herb cheese on each flatbread. Then, leaving a 1-inch strip with nothing but cheese at one side, layer arugula, 3 slices tomato, 1/4 cucumber and 1/4 of the sliced avocado on each flatbread. Grimace at husband after he takes picture of you instead of close up of food making you look like a lollipop head on a stick from that angle.)
Season each with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Roll slowly making sure the 1-inch cheese side of the wrap is the last part to be rolled up.
Slice each roll.
Enjoy! (I need to work on my presentation a bit :D )
*I recommend cutting the amt of garlic powder and lemon pepper in half. I doubled the rest of the ingredients since we have big appetites. Also, mix the cream cheese mix really really well so there are no pockets of spices.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
(French toast charred while checking email)
with one simple flip.
And try to pull a "fast one" on finicky eater.
*it is NOT recommended that you try this at home ;-)