Friday, June 27, 2008
Last night I went to see the French film, Priceless, with my movie buddy and college roommate.
It was a fun movie, but this actress, Audrey Tautou, (starred in Amelie) is seriously too skinny! The scenery in Cannes was beautiful though. Made me want to pack my bags and hop on a plane there today! I love foreign films. They don't ever live up to Hollywood standards and they don't seem to care! Foreign films, for the most part, are just enjoyable fun that too many people overlook. I think it's the subtitles that scare most people away. French films especially have additional benefits to me. They help me brush up on my French. I need a lot of brushing up though! Anyway fun time and, before the movie, we went to a yummy Italian "Thursday nite hot spot". We tried a RED prosecco with our meal. It was cool, refreshing, different and it stained our lips and teeth! We looked like mini#2 after he got into magic markers a few months ago.
It looks like we're off to the beach for a few days. Mr. Pink's uncle has offered us his beach house for a few days (FREE!) so I've got to get back to packing so we can leave tomorrow. Two weekends away. What a treat! Have a nice weekend!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
1- Boy George (this photo was circa 8th grade for me when I went to his concert with 5 other girls. BTW, I smelled pot for the very first time at this concert coming from seats behind us.) was denied a visa to come to the U.S. to start his first U.S. tour in years. Due to pending legal issues in UK. Poor Boy (girl, whatever he may be). Can he still sing "Karma Chameleon" with feeling? If Rick Springfield can still sing "Jessie's Girl" I guess anything is possible.
2- On the flip side, lovely Martha has been denied a visa to go across the pond to the UK for some function, opening, party...not sure. Should have researched further prior to posting. She's a convicted felon. And she can't vote! But, hey she still has a JOB and billions to entertain herself with this summer. Can't feel too sorry for her.
3- Amy Winehouse, aged 24 and so talented, has been told she has emphysema due to various smoking devices/substances she partakes of lately. 24! I think her "people" are trying to say this isn't true. If it is, girl get some help. Like yesterday. For years I kept waiting for the news to announce Robert Downey Jr.'s death. Now I think of her. If Robert can overcome his demons, anyone can.
That's all I've got today. Minis are acting normal for a change so no good stories to tell!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday afternoon my mom and I headed out to Southpark Mall by ourselves. If you are into Lacoste these days, check out their sale! I bought two shirts for me for a steal ($32.99 and $35.99), but come on they're simple short sleeve t-shirts. That's not that much of a steal is it? If you're looking for men's polos, they're on sale now for $55 (regular $80). Stock up or buy for Christmas. My mom and I were saying too bad we didn't save all of my brother's and my childhood Lacoste shirts when they were then IZOD.
Next, and I've seen several blogs post about this sale, we found some good deals at J. Crew.
I bought the minis some shorts and belts for next year. I don't feel bad at all about buying J. Crew clothes on sale. They're classic and won't go out of style. Of course, mini#1, who loves his GAP madras shorts, told me he didn't really like the madras belt I purchased. ?! He'll learn to like it. I promise. Here are the seersucker shorts I got:
So after these two stores and a couple others we needed to cut our shopping trip short. We were worried that Pop (my dad) might be a little frazzled with his two mini grandsons. We weren't too far off base. Ok, got to go. Big storm about to come through, but, more importantly, The Bachelorette will be coming on soon! Go Graham or Jeremy. Can't decide who I like best!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Hell's Kitchen This show amazes me. One, because I love competition cooking shows, but two because I'm fascinated that chef Gordon Ramsay somehow manages to yell, scream, curse at the hopeful competitors and, amazingly, they never argue back and always acknowledge his requests with a polite,"Yes, chef". What's his secret? I, on occasion, have been known to scream, yell and not curse (yet!)at my minis, yet I rarely get an immediate "Yes, Mom" from either of them. And they always argue my requests! I will stay tuned to take careful notes from the great chef.
Tori and Dean- Home Sweet Hollywood Last night was the premiere of the new season of this Hollywood couple's reality show. They've left their Inn (B&B) and headed back to Hollywood. I probably shouldn't condone people leaving spouses to shack up, divorce, remarry and start a family. However, these two really seem happy. Who am I to question their pasts? It appears they made bad decisions and now have a second chance at happiness and it's evident. They have normal problems yet seem to truly enjoy each other and the lives they're creating for their family. She's funny. Likable, too. And, again, this show does not require me to exert any extra brain power to watch. I even sympathize with them...2 kids in 15 months. I guess it's yet to be determined if a 4th season will materialize. If so, I won't be surprised if it resembles the above mentioned show "Hell's Kitchen".
What mindless TV are you watching these days?
Monday, June 16, 2008
1- My chef crush- Aussie Curtis Stone. Love watching him on "Take Home Chef". I now dress up for the grocery store in hopes that he finds his way to NC and into my kitchen. He is so likable!
2- My news crush- Anderson Cooper. I almost named mini#2 Anderson. The reason I like this guy is because he is always impeccably dressed. His mama, Gloria Vanderbilt, taught him well.
Gotta love a man in a fine suit. Moreover, if you've ever seen him outside of his CNN comfort zone, he is surprisingly FUNNY. Really funny. I caught him co-hosting with Kelly Rippa one day and he was seriously cracking me up.
3- My music crush- John Mayer (or I could have said crush younger than me). I love this guy's voice and guitar playing ability. He's a little arrogant, but that's for Jennifer Aniston deal with, not me. He could sing "Your Body is a Wonderland" to me anytime.
4. My good daddy/husband crush - Tim Mcgraw. Mr. Pink started liking country music a few years back and I actually agreed to go to the Faith Hill/ Tim Mcgraw concert in ATL. Such a good concert. I almost felt like we were invading on their privacy though! True love and both were looking good.
5- Hot actor crush- Gerard Butler. Ouch. Too hot and has an accent (Scottish), too. Loved him in "PS I Love You" and couldn't wait to take mini#1 to see "Nim's Island" when I heard he played Abigail Breslin's dad.
Is this a good list? Who's your crush?
Friday, June 13, 2008
1. What were you doing ten years ago? I was working in Atlanta full-time, planning trip after trip with Mr. Pink when we had the time, the extra money, and zero minis. We were about to go to San Francisco and Napa Valley this month 10yrs ago.
2. What are five things on your to-do list today? Go to the pool. Go to the grocery story for the 15,000th time this week in attempt to buy something MIL will eat! Did that sound ugly? Read some of the giant book at right for book club. Rent dvd for tonight. Permanently separate my minis from being in the same room. Ever. Again.
3. Snacks you enjoy? Popcorn, hummus (I'm making my own now!) and pita chips, brie and reduced fat triskits, water (don't really enjoy, but it's replacing my chocolate these days), and I don't know what else. Trying NOT to snack.
4. Places you’ve lived: Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, Smyrna, GA (Julia Roberts' hometown just north of downtown ATL), and NC city I'm in now.
5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire? Party like it's 1999 (wait that's over), buy more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw, travel, pay off my house, buy a vacation home somewhere in France (I'm thinking Brangelina-ish). Maybe I'll help a few relatives out, too.
I tag anyone who wants to play or, if you want, take one of the above and answer in my comments!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Nothing beats a hot Krispy Kreme and I'm proud to say that Krispy Kreme originates in North Carolina! So Happy National Doughnut Day. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Bobby's Pimento Cheese
4-oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 mayonnaise (I used Hellman's Light)
1/2 tsp House seasoning (equal parts salt, pepper, garlic powder to make 1/2 tsp)
2 to 3 tablespoons mashed pimentos (approx all of 4 oz jar)
1 teaspoon grated onion (don't skip this part. I used my zester to grate.)
cracked black pepper to taste
With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients
and beat until well blended. Yield: 2 1/2 to 3 cups.
I'm a whole grain bread girl these days, but you can't beat pimento cheese on white bread.
Enjoy! And pray I don't melt my southern self in the heat today!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Today was uneventful, but I did have to pick up mini#1 so he and I could go to the dermatologist. In hind sight not the best idea to schedule our appointments simultaneously. However, it was a good idea to drop mini#2 off at the pay-by-the-hour daycare center in our town before these appointments. MIL is just not able to watch him yet. Anyway, mini#1 has a mole in a very strange place that appeared to be growing. I'll spare further details. Being the worry wart, we went 8 weeks ago to have examined. We went for his recheck today and I had my yearly all over check. In the examination room Mini#1 exclaimed "I don't want to see you naked!" I exclaimed, just as excitedly, "Don't worry! You won't!" I covered myself (clad in underwear) with the paper sheet and waited for my turn with the doc. It went ok for both of us. Mini#1 busied himself with a magazine so as not to be embarrassed by his mother. Let's just say next year I'll make separate appointments. He's getting too big for joint appointments. That was our first and our last. It's kind of ironic. I had just noticed in the waiting room a mother and her teenage son walk in after us. I was happily chatting to mini#1, wearing his mouse ears he had made for a class play today, when I saw this teenager quickly sit in a single chair without a nearby chair for his mother. She sat across the room without exchanging any dialogue with her son. I was so sad for her. I was sad for me and for what may come. I almost whispered to her "Is this what I have to look forward to?" but I remained silent. I didn't want to disturb them or give any ideas to mini#1. I'm sure he'll figure it out soon enough that mom isn't always going to be his buddy. I'll enjoy this time now and hope that it doesn't happen to me any time soon. Mini#1, I think will remain my buddy. Mini#2, I see rough times ahead! He's stubborn! Do others mothers worry about this change in parent/son relationship?
Just now mini#1 and I went on a walk and he talked NON STOP about this story they read today in class about the Titanic. It was precious. He was so excited to share with me. I think I was smiling the entire walk! I hope he never stops sharing his days with me. I wish days like this would last forever and ever and ever.