Sunday, May 30, 2004

hooked on Mentos
At the end of the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ they play the song "Don't bogart that joint" and there is a sound bite of a stoner guy going, "They say marijuana is a gateway drug, sure...a gateway to GOOD TIMES." Ha, I always laugh out loud when I hear that cause it's so stupid. Anyway, Mentos is my drug. I am addicted to those darn things.

sTivo on his "Mad Mento Hunt" found me some mini mentos. Yah, sTivo! I only wish they had better flavors. Anyway, they are so cute and tiny.. here's the mini roll next to the regular size roll, look how cute and small it is! Then the regular Mento, the Mini Mento, and the new "breath mint" Mento (not for the weak.)

Now I'm mento'ed out.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Writing on the wall
I had no idea it was a three day weekend. Is that why we are having visitors from out of town? I should really pay more attention.

For all of you who think I watch way too much tv, here's some proof that my brain isn't completely rotted... Here's the College Board's List of 101 Great Books. Turns out I've read 51 of the 101. I guess all those years of AP English in high school were good for something. Then because I was planning on majoring in existential philosophy - that's where Camus and Dostoyevsky come in. Course that was before realizing that architecture would pay my bills....uh not. Turns out I was wrong, and now I'm still broke.

Seeing as how it's a long weekend, I better get crackin' on the other 50 I haven't read. Ah, screw it. I'm just gonna watch Oprah on TIVO and eat coffee ice cream, instead. Ha.

(I've put the ones I've read in bold.)

College Board's List of 101 Great Books
1. Beowulf
2. Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
3. Agee, James - A Death in the Family
4. Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
5. Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
6. Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
7. Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
8. Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
9. Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights
10. Camus, Albert - The Stranger
11. Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
12. Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
13. Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
14. Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
15. Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
16. Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
17. Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
18. Dante - The Inferno
19. de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
20. Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
21. Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
22. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
23. Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
24. Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
25. Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
26. Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
27. Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
28. Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
29. Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
30. Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
31. Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
32. Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
33. Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
34. Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
35. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust
36. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
37. Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
38. Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
39. Heller, Joseph - Catch-22
40. Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
41. Homer - The Iliad
42. Homer - The Odyssey
43. Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
44. Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
45. Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
46. Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House
47. James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
48. James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
49. Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
50. Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
51. Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
52. Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
53. Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
54. London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
55. Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
56. Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude
57. Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
58. Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
59. Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
60. Morrison, Toni - Beloved
61. O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
62. O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
63. Orwell, George - Animal Farm
64. Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
65. Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
66. Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales
67. Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
68. Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
69. Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
70. Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
71. Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
72. Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
73. Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
74. Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
75. Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream
76. Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
77. Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
78. Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
79. Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
80. Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
81. Sophocles - Antigone
82. Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
83. Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
84. Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
85. Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
86. Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
87. Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
88. Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
89. Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
90. Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
91. Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
92. Voltaire - Candide
93. Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Harrison Bergeron
94. Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
95. Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
96. Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
97. Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
98. Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
99. Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie
100. Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
101. Wright, Richard - Native Son

**(Iam borrowing this post idea from BeaucoupKevin...)

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?
Well, well, well. Fantasia brought the "bobo" and so much more. Good for her. She was great. Diana's screaming got to me. She sounded like a cat being killed, still - those two truly were the best of them all.

I think that was really proven when they did the "parade of losers" and the old finalists came strolling out. Camille Velasco? Yikes. John Stevens? Yeesh. The big footballer guy? Ugh.

The best part of the show was when the dumb makeup artist was told to retouch "Barry Manilow" and she went up to the keyboardist, who happened to be black, thinking HE was Barry Manilow. What??!! I think even if you didn't know who Barry Manilow was, you'd still know that he's probably the nerdy white guy. All I know is this - Ruben Studdard sweats more than Mario Batali.

Monday, May 24, 2004

I'm gonna cut you
So I am cutting my newborn's fingernails and one, I can't see too well, and two, he's all wiggly - thus resulting in a bad situation... I cut off the tip of his finger. Since his finger is only so big it looks like a giant chunk! There is blood eveywhere and I'm screaming - still he doesn't really seem to mind tho. Ugh. Freaky.

But hey - those little baby fingernails are like freakin' daggers! I will never forget the day my boss came in to work with an eye patch - hello - what next a parrot on his shoulder and a pegleg? Turns out he was playing with his baby and she took a swipe at him and scratched his cornea with her mini dagger fingernail. NASTY! Thus the eyepatch.
So if I don't want to end up looking like an extra in Pirates of the Carribean, I have to bravely soldier on and keep trimming those little fingernails...

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Everyday is like Sunday
Well I ate my way through the Beverly Hills Farmer's Market this morning. We were early for a change and there wasn't much of a crowd, thank god. We bought kettle corn, and strawberries. We went for peaches, but they weren't all that. I also bought some yummy candied almonds at the French Creperie. However I passed on the Nutella crepe, but it was tempting. They guy in front of me ordered a crepe with lemon and sugar, now that sounded refreshing. They had fresh roasted corn which looked so darn good, but I passed it up too.

Instead we went with the usual, Mis Padres Chilaquiles. Damn. There is nothing better. Forget the frou frou versions at the restaurants, the regular old street vendor ones are the best. Yes I can make it myself at home, but it will never have the same flava.

If you ask me to bake you something, I'll attempt it. Tonight I plan to try my luck at peanut brittle for the first time. It was special requested by 30 Cent, and she said, I quote, "Make me some peanut brittle, but not too many peanuts." What the hell kind of peanut brittle is that?

now you're living in the lifline, we're moving ... so live and let live in love

Lately I have been discussing being a mommy with - well, my mother. Turns out she is hearing the same thing from the people she works with, that I am heard from people I know - and that is...."I am planning to have kids, I just don't have enough money saved up."

Here's the deal, that's fucking bullshit. Get this - YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ENOUGH MONEY. If you're saving up - do something else with your money like buy a Porsche, cause those things have a price tag, a kid does not. You can't plan or project how much it's going to cost cause there are too many curveballs in life. If you are living comfortably and not in poverty - you will make it, things will be fine.

People have been asking me what it's like to have a baby and the weird thing is, there is no possible way you can explain it. For all the bad times (of which there are many) the good times make you feel so incredibly loved that the bad times don't matter.

You can babysit the neighbors kids, or your nieces and nephews - but there is nothing that can prepare you for the feeling of holding your own child and feeling nothing but love radiating from them. It's the best feeling in the world, yet it is so hard to convince couples to take that plunge and see for themselves how totally worth it - it truly is.

If you don't want to have a kid cause you're not emotionally ready, I get that. But the money thing? Forget it.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Get jiggy with it

**Did anyone see the series finale of Angel last night? Zowie!

Have you watched this "i, Robot" trailer? Damn this movie looks good. It creeps me out, yet I can't wait to see it. I know fans of Isaac Asimov are all up in arms about it but who cares. I need to be entertained, and I love Will Smith, so there.

Well, I haven't been out to see a movie since I had the baby. And I probably won't get to either, but now there are options for new moms. In Santa Monica they have "Reel Moms Tuesdays" a special screening of new releases where the lights are slightly dimmed and the theatre is filled with all mommies and their crying babies.

Sound like a nightmare? Then you probably don't have kids. Ha! Believe me, a theatre screening of movies just for moms and their babies is way better then going to see a flick and being po'ed cause some moron brought their newborn to see Van Helsing. At least this way the mommies get to see a movie and the regular theatre patrons are spared.

I think I am going to try to go to a screening one of these days - I hear Shrek 2 is a hit!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Nothin's Gonna Change My Love for You
Thoughts for the day:

1. For lunch I ate a tortilla that was sitting on the seat of my car all day.

2. How is it that I know all the words to all the songs on (What's the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis?

3. My kid is learning to speak but it sounds more like a chicken squawking.

4. Jasmine Trias could be the next Glenn Medeiros.

5. That tortilla wasn't half bad.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Dr. Toof
When I was a kid I was so scared of needles that I would get my cavities filled withOUT novicaine. Now, after childbirth, I realize needles are no big deal. Having to give blood all the time, blech, let's not think about it.

So I'm at the dentist today and tell me if I'm wrong....don't dentist's offices usually play muzak? I mean like Celine Dion and shiieet? So why was I hearing "Dirty" by Christina Aguilera? "Sweat drippin' over my body.." SICK!

Anyway, the receptionist at my dentist is a moron. I think he might be "challenged," but there's no confirmation. I called this morning and I said:

Me: "Hi, may I speak to the doctor?"
Moron: "He doesn't get in til 9am."
Me: "Ok, I need to ask him something before I come in at 10am."
Moron: "Ok, bye."

Hello - the idiot didn't even ask me if I wanted to leave a message, or even ask who I was! This is only one incident in many that I will spare you from recounting. Ugh.

Then, THEN - like this story can get any better - I go to the dentist and CLEARLY the assistant is new - because everytime he asks her for a tool - she picks up something and hands it to him, and he says, "that's not it." EVERY....TIME. Nice way to put the patients at ease.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

ER minus George Clooney
My son is going through a new phase where he will cry when anyone picks him up, but stop immediately if I hold him. It sounds terrible, but it's a nice feeling. To know that you have the power to comfort someone so easily makes you feel very loved. It's nice to be a Mommy.

And so, speaking of being a Mommy, we had to take the baby to the ER Friday night. Now I don't know about you, but I am quite familiar with emergency rooms. I have been to them so many times over the years. I've been driven there, drove there myself, and been taken in an ambulance, on more than one occasion. So having to take my kid there didn't even phase me.

The only thing is - the waiting room is full of freaks and sickies. There was this one kid behind us that projectile vomited - thank god we had moved out of the way. There was this lady lying on her back with her legs straight up in the air, what the hell?- did she shove a cell phone up her a$$, who knows. Then there was this crazy homeless person who did not look well - and that didn't even have anything to do with her health.

The scariest thing about waiting rooms is thinking about what you might catch, just by sitting there. And damn does it take a long time. When I was a kid, I cut my hand and there was blood was spewing all over - and I still had to wait over an hour. Therefore this weekend, since my baby's problem was considered minor (to them, not to a worried parent) we waited over 5 hours. Ugh. Midnight to 5am at the hospital. Not where you want to be...

Thursday, May 13, 2004

I am....doll parts....

I read the Honolulu Star Bulletin pretty faithfully.

There is this feature article called "Neighborhoods where we live." Look closely at the picture of this couple and their baby. Click on it so you can enlarge it. Look closer, look a little closer... Tell me that isn't a frickin' DOLL in the baby stroller!!!!

Century Boulevard - We love it! Victory Boulevard - We love it!

Oh damn.

I told you he was my favorite.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

And I am telling you --I"m not no no

I'm no "psychic channeler" therefore I had no idea this was going to happen--LaToya is gone.


Me: I guess the only people voting for this show is 12 year olds and people from Hawaii.

The Message Boards: (yes I'm a nerd) People were upset that Jasmine didn't show a little humility at the end of the show. Granted, she was allowed to stay, which is a feat, but she must know that she is not even as good as those other girls, don't you think?

My sister in law: "HAWAII RULES!!!" (What does that have to do with bad singing?)

Kyle: "Jasmine better watch her back cause she's gonna start getting death threats" (just like the red headed kid. haaaaaa)

Figgy: Do you Paula Abdul's finger infection ran up her arm and into her brain? (It's official, I can't have kids...)

The Big O
On Oprah she was touting her new home magazine O at Home - I think it's to rival Martha Stewart Living. Course nothing can replace MSL - it has a warm place in my heart. Even if she goes to jail....

Anyway to pimp the new mag she showed the 5 things every kitchen must have. To me, they are only necessary if you are really love to cook. A normal person who hates cooking and does it out of duty doesn't need this stuff. So of course as obsessed as I am, not only do I have most of this stuff, but I already had it on my wishlist! I'm ahead of my time...give me my own damn show.

1. The microplane zester
Got it already. I use this alot actually so I must agree, it comes in handy. If you need fine shavings of cheese, or chocolate, this does the trick better than a grater. I make a Lime Cream Cheese poundcake for almost all occasions (usually my friends birthdays) and this thing is great for lime or lemon zest.

2. a Le Crueset® 16" Oval Serving Platter
It can go from the oven right to the table.
This I don't really care about. It's nice to have, but not necessary. A simple Corningware casserole will do the same and you can get like 5 pieces for the same price as the damn Le Crueset.

3.Santoku Knife
I totally agree this knife rocks. Ever since I bought it I don't even use the ceramic knives I bought from Japan anymore.

4. a set of four Chop & Chop Flexible Colored Cutting Boards
These are great especially since I am contami-phobic. I wipe my counters down with disenfectant every day.

5. Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet Maker
Yes I am buying this - since I don't have an income anymore, I decided to wait til I got my mypoints** gift certificate from Macy's. It's affordable, and quick. Plus I buy sorbet every week at Trader Joes, now I can just make my own.

So of course - as usual, frickin Oprah gave away all that shiet to the audience. Lucky bastards.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

She works hard for it honey
I thought Donna Summer was a crackhead but Figgy said crackheads aren't fat. Hmmm...anyway - I love her songs and I love "It's raining men" aka Ryan Seacrests theme song.

Diana DeGarmo
I have a feeling this girl is going to win it all. She's young, got a good voice and isn't scary like Chris Tucker.

LaToya London
She is good, but Simon was totally right - you don't see any of her personality when she sings. I think it's forgettable.

Jasmine Trias
Poor Jasmine. I hear she wants to move away from Mililani to L.A. My advice, Don't do it, man. In Hawaii she can be a SUPASTAH. If she moves here, she'll be a nobody.

She still scares me. She has a good voice but is totally crraazzyyy!!

Monday, May 10, 2004

**click on cake for larger image...

60 years
This week is my grandparents 60th anniversary. At King's Hawaiian Bakery they do photo cakes. So I stole Gram's wedding picture, (which is a whole other story of my grandma wondering where it was for two weeks...) the bakery scanned it, put it on an edible sheet of sugar and laid it on the cake - totally cool.

My Grandpa was shocked and amazed at such a sight. Course, when I took out my camcorder he was also shocked and amazed and asked me when that was invented. Hello - like 20 years ago.

My Grandma loved the cake so much she refused to cut the face part. I told her to nibble around their heads til only their eyes were left. haaaaaaa

Happy Anniversary old fogies.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Are you feeling my Timb's, my baggy jeans - My thug appeal
Shh.... Don't tell Kyle, you know how he hates my shoe obsession. Now I'm transferring it to my kid. I took advantage of the Macys weekend sale and bought my baby boy his first pair of baby Timbs. Aw, yeah - he's high steppin' now! He is small for his age, his foot only measure 3-1/2" inches right now, but he'll grow into them eventually. Check these out...

Friday, May 07, 2004

'Doo doo doo doo, doo-doo, do-Wah!'

No one loves Mentos more than me and sTivo. We should do a damn commerical for them. I heard Daiei in Hawaii was selling "limited edition" Apple Mentos and Grape Mentos. Hello. This is news. So I called my "people" and had them send over 4 rolls of each for sTivo.

Like a drug deal - I tied them to my front door in a nondescript bag. He came by this morning and picked them up. It seems like we are running a dope operation, little do people know, we are dealing Mentos...

So I never go outside, but when I went to check my mail - my own drugs were sitting there, tied to the door, sTivo left me a box of Cinnamon Mentos. What a guy. The box is better too cause there is 70% more and it doesn't have that "foil" aftertaste like the rolls have. Ew.

But you know what my FAVORITE Mentos are? The mini Mentos of course!! I should tell sTivo to go on a hunt for those things. Not only are the packages mini but the Mentos themselves are mini!! And you know I will buy anything tiny. Maybe I should just invent a shrinking machine, then this crap wouldn't be so intriguing to me....

Thursday, May 06, 2004

So no one told me life would ever be this way
God that song ruined the Rembrants life. Well Friends is finally over. I must say I'm glad, it was getting old, much like the Friends themselves. HA. That preview for the Joey tv show looked damn funny.

Joey: Who can beat 72 degrees in Los Angeles, I wonder what it's like back in New York?

His Cousin: It's 71 degrees.

Joey: Poor Bastards.

10 years of Friends is a long time. Course Kyle and I have been together for 11 years. Yikes. Time flies. And this weekend is my grandparents 60th anniversary. Now that is a long time.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

**sorry for the jacked up blog---my fault. I fixed it...

Mother's Day part one
With Mother's Day coming - Thanks to my cousin - I realized that I haven't done a Grandma blog in so long.

So my Grandma comes over every week to help me take care of the baby. I like it because I actually get to have adult human conversations and interactions. Course sometimes, she just confuses me more....believe it or not, she does not do drugs....

Me: So I can't believe how easy my pregnancy was. I'm very lucky.

Gram: Yes, not like the old days.

Me: Even tho I was against it, I'm glad I got the epidural - drugs can be really good sometimes.

Gram: People love marijuana.

Me: What?

Gram: It's very popular.

Me: What the hell are you talking about? I'm talking drugs as in the EPIDURAL, not marijuana for God's sakes!

Gram: Oh. Well, I hear people smoke marijuana for medical reasons.

Me: No shit, but we are talking about babies, are we not? God, what are you and Gramps doing on the weekends listening to Bob Marley and smokin' some doob?

Gram: I don't know what that means, but it sounds funny.

Me: I think you're high right now.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

One scoop
You know the saying, always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Well it's opposite for me. I WANT to be a bridesmaid, but none of my friends are ever going to get married it seems. I want to throw a shower. I love throwing parties and I'd like to throw a nice shower for someone. Even a baby shower, but that's even less likely than there being a wedding anytime soon.

I have a lot of ideas for shower food, and games and gifts. It will be nice...someday. And no I don't want to be a party planner. It's too stressful.

Changing the subject entirely - a friend's birthday is this weekend. And seeing how he lives far away I decided to buy a gift online and have it shipped. Oh how I love the internet. So seeing as how he loves ice cream - much like myself - I got a 6 pack of supposedly the best ice cream in Los Angeles - Dr. Brown's Ice Cream.

And get this, one of the owners is also a partner in an architecture firm - how weird is that? That could be my cream designer....Anyway, he is known for concocting unique flavors such as Strawberries, Sour Cream & Brown Sugar. Mmmm - tasty...

Don't fear the reaper
I don't know if you saw SNL this weekend - but there was a skit called Debbie Downer. Holy crap - iI can't even explain to you how funny it was. It was about this woman - played by Rachel Dratch - who has a negative viewpoint on everything - and she always says something depressing at inappropriate times. So they are eating breakfast at Disneyworld and she says, "It's official, I can't have children." Goddam I was laughing so hard - cause of the way she said it, not to mention the fact that the actors were totally cracking up the entire time. That is officially my favorite skit - after the one with Wil Ferrel - "more cowbell..."

In college, I hate to admit - Figgy and I sent a letter to Wil Ferrel his first season - kind of as a joke, but we really liked the cheerleader skit. Hello, he wrote back and sent up autograph pictures, We didn't ask for any by the way....

I have to dig that thing up and post it here on the blog. It's hilarious. Kyle came home and we showed him the picture and basically his response was, "God you guys must be bored..."

**Ha! I found the skit - courtesy of

Monday, May 03, 2004

Thin is in
Today's article on MSN is titled, "Is Work Making You Fat?" I freakin' laughed out loud when I read that. Not to mention, I choked on the cookie I was eating...

Good thing I'm not working right now. God knows THAT was making me fat. My favorite part of the article was where they were trying to give you suggestions on how to combat the fat -

The Copy Machine Workout. When you're running off a big batch of documents, don't just stand there while the machine sorts your reports. Do a set of lunges or march in place to get your blood flowing.

Who the hell is going to do that? You'd look like a goddam freak at the copying machine! I think people should walk to Kinkos and do that. That'd be hilarious.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Quaking in my boots
Good lord. Our electric bill will be sky high this month. It's goddam 98 degrees today. I can't handle this. I decided to try a new tactic. Instead of opening all the windows and letting all the hot air in - I closed all the windows and blinds so it's dark, and turned on the air. Not AC - just air. blech. I hope to god the baby and I don't suffocate and die in here. If you don't get an email from me, call 911....

Last night we hunkered down with our spoons and bowls of ice cream and watched 10.5 - the newest disaster movie. And it was just that. A disaster. I totally fell asleep. Growing up in earthquake central, I remember all the drills we used to have at school for when earthquakes happened. Basically get under a desk or stand in a doorway - cause those places will likely protect you the best. Meanwhile on this stupid movie people are just running around like maniacs.

One of the stars was John Schnieder aka Bo Duke from Dukes of Hazard. I kept waiting for him to jump into his car instead of opening the door. He is also known as "Superman's dad" on Smallville. A show so boring it was abandonded from my viewing schedule years ago. Speaking of earthquakes and Superman, I will never forget the Superman movie when there was an earthquake and Lois was buried alive in her car. That totally freaked me out. I was always worried that was going to happen to me.

Anyway - this movie was so bad. The use of models was so obvious I thought they could have done a better job. I was waiting for a rubber suited Godzilla to show up.

Face lift
This year - I'm a mother! That means I get gifts for Mother's Day, whohoo! My loving family gave me a gift certificate to the Murad Spa. This place is amazing. It's not like your typical spa, where you spend all day lounging - while that's good too - Murad is a medical spa - so all their therapists are trained in the philoposhy of Dr. Murad.

When I got there this woman passed me in the hall and she looked totally stoned. It was weird, but now I know why. The treatments are so theraputic they make you loopy. It was great. I started out with an hour long massage that was so incredibly painful - because of my history of bad carpal tunnel. But it was all worth it, I can move head now and I feel so much better. When I walked out of there I could barely stand, I felt just like the woman who looked stoned.

Then I went for a Vitamin C facial. I dunno, I felt kind of uncomfortable, facials scare me for some reason. And since this one was medical...yikes. The technician was all, "This may feeling tingly...almost itchy....tell me if it burns." Nice. This is supposed to be relaxing? Anyway in the end it paid off cause my skin looked way better, although I'm not sure if I'd do it again. They wrap you up in a blanket and they also do a paraffin wax on your hands, I know some people like that, I don't. If you don't know what a paraffin wax is, they put your hands into these plastic bags of boiling hot wax and granted, it does make your skin smooth, but yuck - it feels nasty.

Anyway, I feel GREAT today. Apparently people travel from all over just to go to this place. If you wanna give yourself a treat, I highly recommend it!!!