Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I didn't go anywhere in 2009.....very unusual for this Wanderlust....I didn't even make it to Vegas, despite the many mini-vaycays I planned throughout the year. I'm going to do my best in 2010 to visit either San Fran, Chicago, or NYC. Maybe I'll look for work related seminars in those cities... hmm...
Besides all of the fabulous (such a stereotypically gay word) U.S. cities, I'm dying...DYING to go back to London. I'd love to see my blogger friends Mark (and his hubby, Eiain) in their quaint little village....or have a spot of tea with Mr. Potter (Anthony, not Harry) and talk about poppycock, bangers & mash, and practice my Cockney English on the locals.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Funny thing is, I actually thought I'd been keeping this thing alive for at least 5 years. I have to admit that my posts for the year have really been pitiful. Earlier in the year, I had planned on writing something at least once per day....but "life" really got in the way of blogging this year. Looking at my stats, it's no surprise at all that my readership has dropped off...significantly.
2010 is a year filled with changes for sure...I'm planning on getting to know the true sense of the word DISCIPLINE. More fitness, more writing, more photography, more spending time with friends, more financial control... and less fatness, less boozin, less bitchin-n-moanin, less excuses, and no more laziness.
On January 1, 2010, I will rise from my bed, in a golden aura of Clarity & Conviction ... and I will proclaim to the world:
Behold... I am Reborn !
Monday, December 28, 2009
Dinner was a success, many thanks to the help of my 2 daughters and the fine folks over at Trader Joe's, for providing me with a D'lish pre-cooked ham. It was finger looking good....as was all of the other dishes and the MANY cakes and pies my family brought.
This year, with everyone's personal economies in the virtual toilet, we kept Christmas simple and kept the spending to a minimum. Normally, my Xmas tree is drowning in presents, but not this year. There wasn't much under the tree, and that was just fine with us all. The true gift of Christmas is getting to spend time with loved ones that you don't get to see very often.....and of course, eating lots & lots of savory, buttery, fattening foods....and then going back for seconds.
Christmas Day was pretty much a suck-fest....I sat around in jammies all day...didn't shower til evening...read a book, and watched too much TV. I also felt extremely lonely. I guess the day before was such a stark contrast; a house full of loved ones, laughing and reminiscing on Xmas Eve, yet on Xmas Day, it was just me and an empty house.
The following day was Boxing Day, and Jim & Lyle hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the occasion. OH EM GEE....the man knows how to decorate....His tree had me stopped in my tracks, outside his house's front window. I really wish I had taken my camera for some stealth pic taking. The entire house and yard were decorated beautifully!.... I didn't stay long, but I have to say that Jim & Lyle have some really nice friends that I enjoyed chatting with. I firmly believe that you can always tell a person's character by the friends that they keep.....and Jim is such a character.....Har !
I took all of last week off, so getting up early today was a bit of a struggle. It's a short week though, and the workplace is ghost town...[More time to read blogs!]
Now, I'm looking forward to ringing in the new year and saying Adios to 2009!
Hope you all had a Very Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Earlier this evening, I took a walk around my neighborhood. I was really impressed with how creative some of my neighbors got decorating their homes this Christmas. I became a voyeur; mentally taking decorating notes... and actually getting a little jealous of some of my neighbor's casas.
In my next home I MUST have the following: dark wood floors, a bad-ass foyer, and a big-ass mantel...oh, and a bitchin' English garden would be nice.
Every year, I buy myself a "special" ornament. Well, I've been a damn good boy this year, so I treated myself to the 2 Polonaise ornaments above. I bought our Xmas tree last week, but it only has white lights strung up. Tomorrow, the tree gets all dolled up.
Funny thing...when I finished stringing it with lights, I took a step back and was impressed with how simply pretty it looked... with only white lights. I thought about leaving it bare, but a week has passed and I have since come to my senses. I'll post pics with the tree all done soon.
I'm in the mood for some Bing Crosby now!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Seriously, I just don't understand how 2 people sitting directly across from each other could go almost an entire meal without speaking to each other. When they did speak, it was in hushed tones, so that the homo checking them out all night couldn't make out what the hell they were saying. So frustrating!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
So, I took my 2 youngin's to Downtown Disney (free parking....woot!) to watch Disney's A Christmas Carol (in 3-D!). I loved it. This movie is not for young children. It was a little dark and I actually jumped in a few scenes. Jim Carey, whom I don't care for much (as an actor), was brilliant, voicing many of the characters.
The 3-D effects were...well, awesome! When it snowed, it actually appeared as though the snowflakes were falling into the theater. Loved the 3-D glasses too...they're very Ray Ban-ish....Maybe I'll sport 'em the next time I visit The Abbey.
I brought my camera to Downtown Disney, to capture all of the Disney Christmas Decorating Magic, but I totally forgot about it....Bah!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I recognized the song & dance from the young man at my door step this morning, because it was identical to the one that duped me years ago. I was scammed into signing up for a magazine subscription, which never materialized. I even paid up in full. I was young, dumb, and full of....(rum?)
Here, before me, stood a young man with manners that would make his mama proud, wearing oil/grease stained khakis, a khaki colored button down shirt, and a necktie that had a Christian scripture embroidered on it...I'm a heathen so I couldn't tell you from what testament or book it was from.
Our conversation went something like this:
Marcel (the Christian con-artist): Good Morning Sir...hope you're doing well, on this fine morning.
Fabulous Me (squeeeeezed into a size 32 pair of slacks [I know, I couldn't believe it either] whose button was leaving a permanent mark on my belly, yet at the same time, lifting & shaping my under-developed butt cheeks into a somewhat perky booty): I'm running late for work...what can I do for you?
Marcel: Blah, blah, blah, lies, lies, lies....I took a 2-hour bus ride just to get here...I'm trying to straighten out my life and become a better man...I only need to sell 20 more subscriptions and I can pay for my college tuition.
Moi: A 2-hour bus ride? Where were you coming from?
Marcel: oh, uh..L.A....Downtown L.A., Sir.
Me: L.A. is only 20 miles away....that must have been one long bus ride...What college are you attending?
Marcel: Yes Sir, it was a long ride. Well, I'm not in college right now, but like I said, only 20 more subscriptions and I'll be set.
I could have continued to interrogate this young man, just to see how tangled up he'd get, telling his lies, but my patience were wearing thin and I had a job to get to. He continued to press the hard sell, but I cut him short and told him that I wasn't interested and wished him luck. His face dropped and he then asked for a donation. Yeah, like I didn't see that one coming.
He left my doorstep, none the richer.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
You may have already heard about this, as it's a little stale news, but anyway, check out this link to a tragic story that proves that monsters still exist in the world.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I just want to let you know that I am one blessed bitch, to have you as a friend. You've seen me shining at my best, and you've also been there to pick me up & dust me off, whenever I've taken a tumble.
You're my biggest cheerleader, and I can never thank you enough for all of the support you've given me over the years. Your MANY daily phone calls to my workplace is a welcomed distraction to the chaos that's currently ruling my life.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my hair had fallen perfectly into place. It never fails, I only have good hair on days when I'm either going to work, or staying in for the night.
Driving in to work, I couldn't help but sing Amanda Lepore's anthem: "I don't know much about clothes, but my hair looks fierce"! ....because it did.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last Halloween, I made the mistake of buying way too much chocolate (the good stuff too), and hardly any kids showed up. The last family that came to my door had about 5 kids with them, and let me tell you, they scored... big time. As they walked away, one of the kids said to his parents "Let's come back to this house again next year".
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thanks for making everyone's lives a Living Hell.
P.S. : the above pic has absoultely nothing to do with this post, (which isn't much of a post in itself...more of a rant), I just like it...and I'm a little envious of that troll's booty.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Have any of you used a Ouija before....if yes...what happened?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
What a HUGE let down. Yes, the movie was good and it had its moments of suspense...but the best part(s) of this movie were the last 10 minutes. It was a little too slow moving for me. I kept yelling (mentally) : "Come on Spookies...do something!"
On the plus side: there was more comedy in this movie than I expected, and the male lead was pretty easy on the eyes (and he had nice big feets!), and the final couple of scenes were seriously intense. I do recommend this movie...just don't be a sucka like me, and fall for all the hype!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I'm not exaggerating when I say that he spent the ENTIRE movie on the phone.
What the? ...Who the? ...How the?
I went to the movie with my Boo (Paul) and 2 dear friends (Chris & Tim). Tim has big balls. Tim has VERY big balls. I say this because he was wearing extremely tight shorts and no chonies. I kid, I kid.....Tim has big cojones because after the usher left and the chatting resumed, Tim actually turned around and said "excuse me, would you please stop talking during the movie?" The talking stopped for a little while.
Maybe next time I visit this theater, I'll bring my taser with me.
Friday, September 25, 2009
A few years ago, when he used to work for the same company as his wife does, he brought her 75 roses on their wedding anniversary.
Many of the coworkers complained that he didn't bring them any roses. Every year since, he brings in 75 roses and distributes one rose to everyone in our department. It really classes up my dreary gray cubicle (please disregard the vase it's in).
I asked him for a white rose, because just like me, it symbolizes purity...He snorted.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Hmm...methinks "Tony" was trying to rip me off. Then when I asked "Maria" about pricing, I was told $550.....WTF??!!...Nearly $600 for a glorified tune-up? Now it sounded like Maria was trying to rip me off too.
I called around other dealerships in the area, and Sho'Nuff, I found a dealership that only charged $390....(but with my 15% off coupon, the total damage was only $332).
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I remember that ugly day so clearly. I had just started a crappy accounting job with a food distributor. When I got the call that Lauren was being admitted into the hospital, I told my boss why I needed to leave. She asked me (with a look of disgust) how long I was going to be gone for. I should've quit on the spot, but I gave that witch 3 more weeks before I finally quit (with a 4 hour notice).
I drove to the hospital, fighting back emotions and choking down tears. Her mother & I didn't want to show any signs of panic or fear, since diabetes is something an 8-year old really doesn't comprehend.
When I walked into that hospital room and saw my little one sitting on that bed, drowning in a sea of blankets, I just froze in the doorway. She smiled at me, and in her little voice, said "Hi Daddy"....beaming at me with that same smile that I still catch glimpses of today.
I bent over to hug her, but instead, fell on top of her and just lost it. I began to cry uncontrollably.
I cried for all of the birthday cakes she would be denied, for all of the needles she would come to know, for all of the life adjustments she would have to make, but mostly I cried for this Innocent having to suffer this damn disease for the rest of her life. Her mother had to stand me up and remind me that I was going to scare Lauren if I didn't get a hold of myself.
We know that diabetes is NOT a death sentence, and Lauren is very much in control of this disease and not the other way round...and that is exactly why every year, on this date, we celebrate Lauren kicking diabetes in the ass.
Happy (kicking) Diabetes (in the ass) Day, Baby!
Daddy is so damn proud of You!
Monday, September 7, 2009
One of the restaurants that I want to check out is Trader Vic's. I loves me some tiki tiki. It was closed when I got there and didn't open until 4:00 pm. Boo!
Finally, I went on a hunt for Tim Gunn, at the FIDM campus, but he was nowhere to be found!
I used to work across the street from the Staples Center, and now I don't recognize the streets that used to be so familiar...and that's a good thing!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
A good milestone, yes...but I feel like I should've reached this point much sooner. I blame sheer laziness for taking so long to spit out 500 posts. Well, laziness AND a memory that's beginning to betray me. There have been countless times when a stellar post idea pops into my head (usually while I'm in bed, late at night) and I forget to write myself a note to remind me in the morning.
For example, there was something that I really wanted to write about this week, and I remembered what it was yesterday afternoon, but during this morning's drive to work, I was trying to recall what it was about, but I just couldn't! Anyhoo, enough whining about my aging mind.
Thanks to all of my loyal readers for reading this babble. Please keep coming back for at least another 500 posts!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
But then things turned ugly... I was eating lunch with 4 coworkers in the caf, and really enjoying my sandwich, when I realized that I had just bitten into a huge ass piece of gristle. So, now I was faced with 2 questions:
1. How do I EAT this piece of fat without puking, or
2. How do I get rid of the fat without being noticed
Inside my head, I was freaking out....the gristle tasted so nasty & greasy. In one smooth move, I put napkin-to-mouth and casually spit the chunk into the napkin and hid it between my legs. When I pulled the bread back to inspect for more fat, I was disgusted to see more gristle just waiting for me to chow down on. So glad that I had enough smarts to check for more fat before finishing the samich. I really didn't want to repeat that experience.
It's funny, when I was a kid, I loved it whenever my Mom made pork chops....I loved it because, I would always ask family members for their pork chop's strip of fat. I ate it with such delight....Now, the thought literally makes me gag!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sidebar: Is it just me, or does anyone else get a gay vibe from Mr Downey? Ever since I saw him in Less Than Zero (a big time favorite of mine), I thought that there was a very good chance that he may be g-a-y....but not just because of what he does in that movie to score some dope, but more because of other clues that I've sniffed over the years.
Whatever his sexual preference may be, I'm truly happy that RDJ's career is alive & kicking.
This past weekend, I finally got the chance to see the movie Gods & Monsters, starring Sir Ian McKellan & Brendan Fraser. The movie is from 1998 (yeah, I know), and after watching the movie, I started to wonder: did Gandalf, I mean Ian McKellan ever NOT look old? I actually think he looks older in this movie than he does today (I'm guessing that it's due to the power of makeup)...On the serious tip, if you haven't seen this movie yet, you need to check it out!
Here's a synopsis:
The story of James Whale, the director of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, in the time period following the Korean War. Whale is homosexual and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine. Set in 1957, James Whale, had long since stepped back from the glamor and glitz of Hollywood. A stroke triggers once buried flashes of memory of his life in Dudley, his film career, and, most influentially, the trenches during the Great War. Haunted and lonely, he recounts many of his experiences to his muscle-bound gardener, Clay Boone. Despite the divide that exists between them, their friendship develops. Reliant on his sternly disapproving housemaid, Hannah, the flamboyant director whose time has passed sees himself slipping away, unable to stop the decline, and indulges his fantasies by coaxing Boone to model for him.