8 ~ Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
2 ~ Mr. Deeds
5.5 ~ Lord of the Rings: TTT
7 ~ Star Trek: Nemesis
1 ~ The Transporter
6 ~ One Hour Photo
6 ~ Goldmember
8.5 ~ Signs
6.5 ~ Bloodwork
5.5 ~ Vanilla Sky
5.5 ~ Monster's Ball
7.5 ~ Interstate 60
7.5 ~ Escape From New York
4.5 ~ Elvira's Haunted Hills
4 ~ K19
6 ~ The Bourne Identity
5 ~ Halloween (8?)
7 ~ Men In Black 2
8 ~ Minority Report
6 ~ Scooby Doo
4 ~ Undercover Brother
7 ~ The Sum of All Fears
8 ~ Insomnia
7 ~ Star Wars, Episode II - Attack of the Clones
9 ~ Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
4 ~ Snow Dogs
1 ~ Gosford Park
6 ~ Spiderman
6 ~ Jason X
3.5 ~ Murder by Numbers
7 ~ Panic Room
7 ~ Van Wilder
5 ~ Ice Age
4.5 ~ The Time Machine
2 ~ We Were Soldiers
7.5 ~ Blackhawk Down
7 ~ A Beautiful Mind
5 ~ Hart's War
4 ~ Collateral Damage
2 ~ Mothman Prophecies
7 ~ I Am Sam
:: Monday, June 30, 2003 ::
The Scrapbook Expo
There was a question about the Scrapbook Expo, so just so people know, it's like any other "convention" type function. There was one large room that had many vendors with individual booths selling scrapbooking items. That is the only part that I went to and it took me about and hour and a half to go through it. If I had more money... well, I would have taken a little longer, probably, but I was TRYING to be good... unsuccessfully.
In addition to vendors, they also had workshops that you could attend. I did not attend any, but I know that some were "cropping" workshops where you could learn how to use different types of techniques, use different products, get ideas, etc. The workshops all cost money and I didn't really have time for that. Plus, I'm a "lazy" scrapbooker. I know some people who spend HOURS on a single page, but while I like making them look great, I also don't have the luxury of that much time. I try to find balance between quantity AND quality. This weekend I kicked out about 7 pages of Hawaii... that was impressive for me, but with my new toy, it was a little easier and less messy! I left the tools out, though, so I plan on trying to get a little done daily starting tomorrow. Tonight is my last massage (I'm going on a budget, darn it) and then mommy's house.
I fixed 'em! All of this time I didn't know that anyone was commenting... I just figured everyone bailed on me. hehe But, apparently Blogger's new system interrupted the way that the counter worked and now they are fixed. Comment away, my friends =)
last year we were jet-skiing from March on, but this weekend was our first foray out into the Bay with our jet-ski this year. It was a beautiful weekend and we hit Mission Bay both Saturday and Sunday and my cousin and her friend joined us on Sunday. We also got FRIED. That's the last time I stray from my usual Coppertone 45 SPF to some "other brand". OH boy! We look like lobsters, but we had a hell of a great weekend. YEA! No drama! YEA! No stress! This was an absolutely wonderful weekend. From Friday at the Expo, then dinner at a Pub in Little Italy downtown, then scrapbooking, movies, & jet skiing (and way too much junk food!!!) all weekend long. I hope this is a good sign for the summer!
...was a success! At first I was feeling really guilty about how much money I spent on this AWESOME little machine, but the Xyron 900, I soon found out was WELL WORTH what I paid. Oh the freedom of not having to use glue sticks and 2-way glue and get my fingers tacky. This is the best thing that happened to scrapbooking... ever! I love it! I recommend it to anyone who scrapbooks. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it! I wonder if I can get some commission for my glowing recommendations? heh Anyway, success.
even though I've been TOTALLY sucky about getting my scrapbooking done, it doesn't mean I still don't love scrapbooking and today I get to go to the Scrapbook Expo in San Diego! yea! I was going to go on Saturday, but then we planned this jet skiing trip, so I thought I would just skip it, but then I said screw it and told my boss I'd like to leave early today. Hopefully it will be cool and I might see some good ideas. Hopefully I won't spend a bunch of money!!!
Last year, I posted links to "other people's letters" found/collected/etc and two days ago I ran across another site thanks to Six Different Ways. SO I thought I'd link to it and to my post with the other 6 or so sites I had found before. But, alas it was not to be. The site "300 love letters" seems to have some sort of issue with the server and has been yanked, darn it! If it comes back, I'll definitely post it... otherwise, go back and check these out. It's sort of interesting in a voyeurish way.
Here you can read some letters from as far back as the civil war and I also ran across this one recently. Not quite the same as these were meant to be published online, but still "other people's letters". This site has some famous letters from historical figures.
or... well, the late movie review. I meant to write this on Tuesday, but I think I was babbling about other crap. Anyway, last week I watched Amelie. Granted it was at home on my little screen, but I really enjoyed it! I didn't really know what the movie was about, but I had remembered seeing the ads while it was at the movies. I also didn't realize it was in French, but I don't usually mind subtitles as long as I'm not tired. This movie was silly, but FUNNY! I definitely recommend it if you don't mind reading your movies. Don't expect a blocckbuster, it's just a cute movie about a silly girl doing and thinking some silly things, something of a love story and if you love garden gnomes, you won't wanna miss it. I'm going with my commonly used 6.5 on this one.
Tyler's dad emailed me about a comment he had left me, but I'm not seeing it, so my comments must not be working right, darn it! But, he did tell me about the 4th of July and watching fireworks with Tyler. That is one family who will not ever have the same kind of 4th of July that they had the last 18 years with Tyler. I guess one way to look at it is that watching fireworks, while it will never be the same, will always be a reminder of him (and his love of explosions) for them and maybe it will be for me, too, now. It feels good that I can be someone that they feel comfortable sharing memories of Ty with. I hope you see one hell of a firework show this year, Tyler!
I am just not having a good day. Mr. San Diego and I had our first "fight". We've had arguements and disagreements and I've been psycho, but we've never screamed at each other and had a real fight. I hate it so much and we made up, but I'm jus so upset. There is nothing, no house, no nothing more important than us and I don't ever want anything to make us fight like that again. I'd rather not buy a house than fight. But, on top of all of that and even though he was so mad last night. He just kept asking me "what should I do tomake you happy?" It's like he'll do anything for me and no one in my life (with the exception of my family) has ever given me that. I feel like this horrible person. He is so good to me and I'm never satisfied and I let things that shouldn't be important get to me. Everything was okay after that, but this morning I got upset about another matter and right now I just feel like shit. We have the greatest relationship and I am so lucky and it scares the hell out of me that anything can make me so angry and even more so that HE can get that angry. I just feel really depressed. Plus, I'm not going home tonight because I have a hair appt so I'm staying at my mom's place and that just makes the whole thing worse. This is not a good day.
You can find a nice picture of the Sacre Coer (Coeur) here or even here!
I don't know where to get real nude pics of Arnold Schwarzenager. Sorry.
Spongebob Porn? FREAK!
I'm sorry to break the news to you, but Warner's Pure Electricty Bras are no longer being made and are incredibly difficult to find. Warner's says "sorry, they didn't sell well" which WE all know is bullshit.
Infield Pictures. First of all, you need to decide WHICH Infield you want pics of, then use Google, type in the name of the track and use the "images" feature to search.
Jen is a Freak. DUH!
Sailing is when one is on a boat, typically a "sailboat", and the boat is on the water and typically the person on the boat is responsible for ensuring the sails are properly placed and moved in order to best make use of the wind to propel the boat. Or something like that. Look it up in the dictionary ifyou don't know what the hell sailing is. Dork.
planethotwheels.com. Umm, just type "www.planethotwheels.com" into the address bar of Internet Explorer or whatever program you're using to browse. It isn't necessary to SEARCH for it... geez.
Ah. The meaning of Crimson & Clover. Here is the answer I received:
'That's the No. 1 asked question (with "Crystal Blue Persuation") of the website. Tommy said there's no hidden meaning of "Crimson & Clover." "I was describing feelings using colors," he said. "It was a common practice among songwriters in the 60's." '
So, there we go. An answer, albeit a lame one and not what we really wanted to hear, but it's an answer.
I don't know who Robert Sausage is. Sorry.
The Dogs in Snow Dogs are named: Sniff, Yodel, Nana, Demon, Diesel, & Scopper.
You can find a lot of info and merchandise on Jimmie Johnson at both www.jimmiejohnson.com and www.nascar.com. I don't know if they have pint glasses, but I'm sure about to find out since I collect those babies! Wheeee!
Yes! K-Mart is having a special Collectors Days for Hot Wheels Collectors. Each store will have a minimum of 6 cartons of the newest assortment of Hot Wheels® vehicles. Events will be held beginning Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29. Contact your local store for the time and day of their event. I'd put in a link to info, but you have to be a registered member of www.hotwheelscollector.com to access the info. Go there and register if you'd like more info.
Naked Everquest Fan Fair? I can really only say one thing: WOOT!
My whole blogging "experience" has really shifted since the departure of Tyler & Kathleen. I think there was time there that I focused a lot more on writing about things for other people and using this to keep in touch with my new "bloggy" friends, but now I definitely feel like this is my personal journal to record my life FOR MYSELF. Obviously I share it with people and I have a couple of friends out there who read it and that's cool, but it just seems different.
I'm definitely glad that I have finally been able to maintain a journal and for OVER a year! That, in itself, is amazing to me. While I was in the obsessive Blogging mode it was really fun to keep up with the people out there who I met, but after Tyler died and Kathleen and I had the big falling out, it didn't have the same draw as it did before. I used to worry about my stats and check and see who was reading and fiend on comments and now I just like having a place to record my thoughts. But, you're still welcome to read 'em =)
As I mentioned earlier in the month... someone else tried to buy "our" house and as I suspected, they backed out, so we're putting an offer in AGAIN. The lady's realtor is such an ass that he's making it difficult. On top of the fact that they somehow think they should get top dollar for a house that will probably take $25k worth of work to even bring it up to code! bastards. Anyway, we're going BACK again tonight to look at it with the seller's realtor and then we'll either put in another offer or resubmit the one we sent before. Can you say frustration?
Can't believe I haven't posted since Wednesday. Life has just been busy.
The weekend was full of get-togethers. After a party in a bar on Friday night, we cleaned our house up and had my cousins over for dinner and beer on Saturday night and then my daddy came over Sunday and watched the race with us. (not commenting on race) So, in lots of ways it was a great weekend, but apparently when I have a hangover I'm just really bitchy. I need to stop doing that. Mr. San Diego was just in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday and I yelled at him about not doing enough with the house stuff and just "waiting and seeing" which I am not a "waiter and seer" I'm a doer. The funny thing was when my dad showed up and we were talking about house stuff, he said, "well, people who really want something are persistent, those who just wait to see what happens don't usually get what they want." (no coaching by me, I swear!) Mr. San Diego asked him if i told him to say that. heh My dad was all happy that we were on the same page. He really digs it when our "connection" shows. Dad and I have always had some weird psychic connection that we know when one is coming or we think the same things or take the same side in discussions. We just are close. Can't IMAGINE what made him buy me that fucking cheap-ass, never to be used, dollar store make-up compact for Christmas... that was too weird. Whatever.
My pictures from Hawaii came out GREAT! They were just in low quality on that darn website, but alas I did NOT get them all scrapbooked this weekend as planned (did I mention the hangover from hell?) I'll do it this week, though.
Sex and the City started last night and it just didn't really move me like in the old days. I still like it and ther is just this one last season, but I think the quality of the 2nd and 3rd seasons has just been lost. We'll see where it goes, I guess. I still see a lot of truth in some of the "thoughts", though. You know, I just really miss Six Feet Under. Darn it... I hate WAITING!
Okay, back to work. I'm doing employee evals today. I'd really like to be doing about 5 hours under the covers, snoring loudly in sleepy bliss, but alas and alack, it is just not to be. *SIGH*
I'm excited! I got an email from Photoworks today that said my pics are ON THE WAY! I am looking forward to making my Hawaii scrapbook... I'm going to jump ahead and do it this weekend instead of waiting and doing it in order (I'm still on May of LAST YEAR!) The only bummer is that I looked at my pics online and I HOPE that the real ones came out better than they look because most of them looked dark and sort of grainy. I'm wondering if I screwed up and had them in my suitcase at one of the airports. The Hawaiian airports use high powered x-ray machines for your checked luggage and it will ruin your film. I'm not going to panic until I see 'em in person and I know that at least a few came out pretty good! Really want to get my scrapbooking caught up, though. It would be nice to ALWAYS get to scrapbook the new pics as they come in, but I don't want to neglect the old stuff. I just need to sit down and focus more. At least I PUT mine in albums, right?
I'm still trying to find out the elusive details on what the heck Crimson and Clover means. Apparently I'm not the only one because I'm getting quite a few hits for others searching for the meaning, too! Not having a lot of luck, though, and when I went to the Tommy James Official Website, there wasn't really any info there, either. Again, why can't I just have everything I want, anyway?
I'm trying to find a photographer for my wedding. The thing is, as you should know by now, I'm a damned cheapskate. I don't want to spend over $1000 for the photography. I may have gone higher had I not decided that the place/food was just going to have to be a little more expensive than I wanted. What I REALLY didn't want was to invite friends and family to my wedding and then ask them to WORK! SO, I went with one of the cheapest places I found, which was also the one I really wanted, but it's still a lot more than I had originally planned to spend. This brings me to the photography problem. I was prepared to go higher on photography because it's important to me, but now I just don't have the money for it.
I found one photographer that I can work with to get a package that starts at $695, but will probably end up costing me about $100 and I LOVE his work. What I saw of it was really awesome. BUT (isn't there just always a but?) he won't book that far in advance unless you booka package starting at $1895! Phooey! If I wait until 60 days before, I may end up screwed. I understand why it is the way it is, but it just makes me say "grrrr".
There are others that I have spoken to and I'm not giving up yet, but so far, while I can get packages at the cost I want, the style and quality of the photos have not been exactly what I'm looking for. I'm just not sure what to do about it all. I guess you could say I'm in a quandary. I'll keep looking for now.
The thing is that while I'm surfing blogs, I sometimes run across some that I really enjoy. SO, I save those and go back to read them a time or two or twenty until one day, I realize, "Hey! I really like this site!" and then I come over here and post it for you. So was the case with Greg at Geese-A-Plenty. I like his writing style and anecdotes. Enjoy.
So, do you think perhaps turquoise is just not a hip color for 2003 (hmm...or 2004, since the wedding is next May 22)? I have been looking at bridesmaids dresses for my person of honor (I can't bring myself to say MATRON) and we have decided on turquoise... that PRETTY BRIGHT turquoise blue color, not the washed out pastelly crap color. But in looking at STYLES of dresses, I have not seen a single turquoise dress. But, we care not! She'll be getting her dress made anyway, so we can pick any fabric we want and it's a tropical theme, so bright colors will look very nice. So there! Yes, I am sticking my tongue out at the fashion police! It could be worse... my favorite color is yellow.
In looking at this post, I wonder if the word "hip" is still able to be used in 2003... I've already been told repeatedly that I'm not supposed to use "RAD". But, I haven't received any formal instruction in the word "hip".
The thing is that about 3 months ago there was this little bump on my lower inside right leg. It seemed weird, hurt if you pressed on it, but otherwise, mostly unobtrusive. It was a little pink so I was worried that it might be an infection of some sort. SO I head to the doctor after a week and he tells me that I most likely cracked the outer layer of my bone and that the lower layer is pushing up against the crack and making the bump. Watch it, take Ibuprofin, and wait. So, I did. about 4 weeks later a second bump sprung up and I headed back to see my MD.
Let me say that I LOVE my doctor. He totally rocks and he usually knows whats up, so I'm believing him, but now that I have two bumps I'm a little more concerned. Because of my concern, he sends me for an x-ray and tells me don't worry.
About 4 weeks later, a third bump has now appeared. I call back ol' Dr. MD and ask him about my x-ray. He said the report said all looked normal and I said, "then how come I now have three bumps?" He then says, okay, I'm sending you to the Orthopaedic Specialist.
Today was my appt with the specialist (and I got to look at my own x-ray, which shoed nice straight purty bones) who siad, nope, it is NOT the bone. It's in the tissue and he doesn't know what it is, but let's watch it and wait.
I am soooooooooooooo damned frustrated. I don't want to wait, I want to know what the hell is wrong with me and make it go away already! The Mr. Specialist MD says that the next step if they don't go away is to have an ultrasound on my leg to see what the soft tissue looks like. So, I gotta call my regular MD and talk to him about this. I feel... displeased with the medical profession today.
Guess I forgot about the ol' blog today. But, whoa... there's like the new publishing system up here and it's freaking me out. I don't want to write a bunch and then it doesn't work! I'll be back tomorrow with something to bore you with =)
It's happened! Vinny! You definitely called this one. The Italian Job is a GREAT movie! We both LOVED it. While the actions were extraordinary, they weren't so over the top that what happened was totally unbelievable. What was unbelievable was that there was finally a movie I really enjoyed and which is getting an 8.5 on my biased movie rating scale!
The cast was fantastic, I loved the story, the action was exciting, there was humor, romance, camaraderie, etc and not a single moment was I thinking "is it almost over?" even when I had to REALLY PEE BAD! If you enjoy heist flicks/books/etc, if you like action movies, if you like Marky Mark and/or Edward Norton and/or Charlize Theron and/or Seth Green, etc etc you must see this movie. I do realize that this is a remake, so the story didn't take a whole lot if imagination, but kudos, it was fun!
Okay, I don't know how scientific this is... it's just a Jenn theory, BUT I think that every time you lose 20 lbs, you should go off of your diet (not go crazy mind you, but take some time off from being as strict) for two weeks. Then when you start back up, the weight comes off fast again because it is a shock to your system. I made this all up, but it IS based on me, so maybe it's true... who knows?
I am feeling extremely cranky. Actually the day started out okay, but work drives me nuts and Mr. San Diego is sort of on my nerves and on top of all of that, last night we found out someone else made an offer on "OUR" house. Like I said, the way I see it is if it doesn't happen it wasn't meant to be, so I'm not totally freaking, but I am a little sad, because it doesn't look good. Apparently the offer was for more money than ours is. However, who knows what those people know? If they get the inspection and see all the shit wrong, they might back out, so we are still making our offer. I asked Mr. San Diego if he had sent the documents back to our realtor and he said "no, I'll do it today". That just pissed me off because I spent the last hour trying to buy him fucking HotWheels online and he can't take a couple of minutes and fax the document? Grrrrr I'm just venting. I'm sure he'll be on top of it, but I just feel all cranky about screwing with the stupid Hot Wheel Shop... it is the biggest pain in the ass to buy these things. I'm keeping one of them to sell, so THERE! Okay, I'm done whining for now.
I'm not sure if I mentioned that we had found a house that we loved, but then discovered there were a zillion problems with it. Since then we've looked and looked and found nothing that even compared. So, last week I did some research and this weekend we went back to visit the "perfect" house and have decided that we are willing to put the many thousands of dollars worth of work into the house. We're putting in an offer on it this week. I'm nervous, but excited. I've felt all along that if it were meant to be, it would happen, so I'm trying to continue holding on to that philosophy. It really is a great house even with all of the problems we've found. Now I just have visions of carpeting and paint chips and tile dancing in my head! Depending on what our agent recommends today, I think we are going to come in a little low, but agree to do all of the necessary work. Anyone want to make donations? You'd be shocked at the cost of a new septic system... I was. Yikes! But, I'm ready. I so love this house. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Last Friday Mr San Diego and I attended a timeshare presentation so taht we could (hopefully) get free airfare and hotel to Vegas (we got Hawaii, of course. Darn it!). When they realized I was already experienced in the time share-y world, they didn't pressure us and gave us our gifts and sent us on our way (whew!). During the presentation, though, one of the questions they asked was what is your "Dream Vacation". Mr. San Diego said he just got back from his - he'd always wanted to go to Hawaii. I couldn't really think of one. I threw out the African Safari because I've always wanted to do that and it's so costly that I have no idea when it will ever happen, particularly now that I've got me a guy and soon will have me a house. But, whatcha gonna do?
The thing is, I took my "Dream Vacation", too. When I did that 8 week road trip across the US, that was it. That was what I always wanted to do and truthfully, I'd do it again in a heartbeat if the opportunity to do it was there. It's such a huge country that I could do the same amount of time and see all different things! I guess my point here is that I already had my dream vacation and I'm only almost 35. Being a traveller, does this mean that the trips I have to look forward to, will never compare? So far, that's been the truth. I guess I'm being stupid, because like I always say, "it's what you make it". Maybe I just need to pretend that each new experience is the "Dream Trip". I dunno. It's just something I was thinking about.
So what do you think of this Sammy Sosa business??? I heard that this morning and while I personally don't care for baseball, I was horrified. All of these fans who cheered him on to his home run records?!? How can anyone believe him now? I hope they do x-ray those donated bats, although he probably wouldn't have donated a bad bat. This must be a real disappointment to all of his fans. I'd be pretty devastated if I found out Jimmie was cheating... of course he'd never do that, so no worries there!
Apparently the OFFICIAL announcement is due on June 13th, but it looks like California Speedway is FINALLY getting a second Nascar date: Labor Day weekend! Oh yeah! I'm soooo jazzed. When I heard the rumor on the raido this morning I yelled out loud in excitement. It doesn't enter the schedule until 2004, but that means two races here in Southern California next year. Honestly, I think Labor Day weekend is sort of too hot of a weekend for Southern California, but what the hell, we'll take it!
Why do you think I still miss people who are no longer in my life even when they did things to hurt me? Am I just that dysfunctional? I feel like I should be able to forget someone who could so easily hurt me. But for some reason, I find myself often thinking about a few people in my life who were once important (or at least had the potential to be), but who instead of becoming what I expected, hurt me badly. It seems so stupid on my part to feel sad about the loss of someone who obviously didn't care about me, but there ya go. I must be nuts.
As I was updating my template with the movie info down below, it occured to me that the last several movies have been rated a 6.5. I find myself wondering if it's me or movies just are lacking somewhere right now. What happened to the movies that you walked away thinking WOW! I mean, where are the Pulp Fictions of today? Even a Forrest Gump could be appreciated or (I know many disagree wtih me on this one) my favorite, Armageddon! Why aren't there any movies that are really great. I think the last movie I saw that I really thought was great was How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and even that was only a 7. The Harry Potter movies are up there above 7, but I'm just really feeling like the movies are taking us for a ride. Can we get a stellar filmmaker, here?
Well, by now everyone should have seen Matrix Reloaded, right? So I can do my little reviewy thing. We saw it while in Maui and both had the high expectations that everyone did. One thing I wish I had done differently would have been to re-watch the original one just to remind me what was up, because while I was watching reloaded, I continually asked myself “umm… did I know about that?” or ”Was that talked about in the last movie?” The answers were all yes, but it’s been too long since I saw the first Matrix, darn it.
As for Reloaded, I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it; I just liked it. You definitely need the first one for background, but it was a good movie. I just feel like they REALLY overdid the fight scenes and WHOA, what was up with the party in Zion??? Was that an orgy or was I imagining things? Wow
Really, though, I think the fight scenes were a little long and drawn out and we saw all that in the first movie, so why act like it’s a big deal now? MOVE ON. But, I give ‘em a 6.5. Good, but when compared to the original, lacking.
As for movies, in general. I really really want to see The Italian Job. I also have not yet seen X-Men 2, which is on my list, but again, I want to watch the original again first. I also think that Bruce Almighty looks pretty funny. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to see some of these flicks soon!
I finally got to sit down and watch me some nascar and Jimmie got wrecked after hitting some mixed oil and water on the track. He was really kicking some ass, too and then that happened. Apparently if I watch a race, he wrecks. I f I miss it, he can win... whatever. I was so bummed I rolled over and took a nap instead of watching the rest of the race. But, to cheer me up, here's a pic of the car he drove when he won the Winston. PURTY car.
For any of you who are familiar with those Nigerian emails offering you great wealth, you might want to take a peek here! HAHA I thought it was a riot. I'm thinking of sending the link to the two Nigerians I'm have been negotiating with over the last three months. Yes, you read me right... These clowns are extremely amusing to screw with. I haven't been able to get pictures yet, but I'm working on it! hehe Corresponding with them is much more entrtaining then just deleting them =)
As much as the beginning wasn't working for me, Six Feet Under really got pulled together for a stellar season. There were definitely parts of last night's episode that I didn't like, but there were others that were so poignant that I was in tears. I started tearing up about five times throughout the show. I really hate when a season ends.. now we have many months to go until it comes back. It's such a wonderful show with incredible characters. It's kind of funny that as much as I couldn't stand Lisa and kept hoping they'd kill her off, I was sad when they finally did find her body. I think about all of the things I would like to see, but the next season is so far away, I guess I'll just wait on that. I have to really give kudos to the writers and directors and actors of this show. If you aren't watching it, you're really missing out on some amazing television.
Saturday we finally made it to the Ren Faire in Devore. This is the Southern Faire that used to be held in Agoura but for the last some 15+ years has been right here in the San Bernardino area. Up until about last year and sort of the year before I was a total Faire Geek. I went EVERY weekend... every day that faire was open. I was there. Yes, I realize I am announcing to the Blogosphere what a geek I am, but I'm okay with that. I was (no, I still am) a member of The Guild of the Distilled... only the best damned guild at southern faire! Okay, it's not exactly and OFFICIAL guild, but we had a hell of a time back in the day =)
Faire can be a really awesome experience. It is TOTALLY one of those things that is what you make of it. I know people who have gone and come home saying how much it sucked. I'm incredulous because while I'v e had days at faire that were way too hot or I had a bad experience, Faire in and of itself, does not suck.
Besides the "beer and boobs", faire offers a wonderful array of delicious foods, there are a lot of shopping opportunities, as well as games, and you are constantly being entertained by not only the sit-down shows, but the characters wandering about the faire, too. It is an experience that I think everyone should make an effort to experience at least once and it can be fun for everyone from adults to the little ones. I can't guarantee that the smaller faires that one finds in other parts of the country will give you the same experience, but again, you get out of it what you put into it (much like anything else in life). So, try a Ren Faire: try an ale, eat something new, put a garland on your head and by all means, wear a costume if you can! Eat Drink and Make Merry!
That said, Mr. San Diego and I had a nice time even though it was very hot this Saturday. We're trying to be budgety so we brought our own beer. You can really only do this if you have a place to put it, but luckily I have a friend who owns a booth so I keep my goods at her place. We hooked up with a friend of mine and her girlfriend who were dressed mundane, which was unusual, but ok. Mr. San Diego and I were both in costume, of course, and damn if we didn't look VERY cute! haha We didn't do a whole lot as we arrived late, but we spent some time watching the Troll in his garden, watched a funny juggler comedian show, ate an orgasm (this is a chicken pita with only meat and sauce... I coined the name Orgasm years ago and even though the employes at the booth don't know it was me who started it, they still use the nickname Orgasm for a chicken pita with no veggies), and walked around seeing everything and drinking beer. Fun time! I wish we could have made it earlier in the season though, when it was cooler. But, hey, I was in Hawaii!
We still haven't found a house, but there are a couple we want to look at. I'm still in love with the first house we liked. Making it hard to like anything else.
Mr. San Diego has nixed the small immediate family only wedding ceremony, so we're back on to a regular wedding, including ALL of my huge ass family, so with wittling, I'm at 105 invitees at the moment and I am going on Friday to look at the place I think I want to have it at. It's going to be pricey, but my mom has decided she must help, so I figure if we get the place and the food, she can do the cake and the flowers. That just leaves me trying to scrape together the cost of a photographer. I can't believe what these photographers charge, though! I'm going to have to really do some searching to find someone that does good work but doesn't charge a fortune. It blows my mind that they get $1250 for 5 hours of work and 200 4x6 proofs. Excuse me? That's ridiculous. you have to buy the picture you want ON TOP OF THAT! Screw that... I'll figure something out. I want professional photos, but not at that cost. There has to be some middle ground somewhere and I'm determined to find it!
I fell off the Weight Watchers wagon for my vacation. It was a planned move, but then I extended it through last week! hehe I'm starting out fresh today, fully back to being motivated and excited about it. I did gain back 2 pounds, but I'm not really worried about that. This time I'm setting a goal. I would like to lose 15 pounds in the next 8 weeks. That's actually less than 2 pounds a week and I think I can do even better than that! Wish me luck!