When I got home from work last night, I noticed that the house was completely dark....Hmm...I opened the front door and was greeted with a chorus of "SURPRISE !!!" from my 2 daughters & 2 of their friends. My girls had made me a cake and decorated the dining area. I knew something was up from the many calls I received throughout the day asking when I was going to be home, or if I could take my time coming home...but I was expecting a cleaned house or maybe dinner waiting for me. I really was surprised.
Here are some pics of the cake and the hilarious decorations:
Today is the birthday for a few of my personal friends...friends like: Elijah Wood, Joey Fatone, Sarah McLachlan (we're the same age), Stevie B (my favorite Aquarian blogger), and Jackson Pollock....click here to check out a fun Jackson Pollock website where you get to create your own masterpiece, using your mouse.
Oh yeah, today's also MY BIRTHDAY.
It's just after 10:00 am, and I've already received so many text messages, emails, phone calls, and comments left on my Facebook & MySpace pages. I really can feel the love. Many thanks to all of you that have sent me Bday wishes!
On Saturday night, I had dinner with Paul & Martin Gore (of Depeche Mode) at Pane E Vino . Well, technically Paul & I weren't seated at the same table as Martin, but we were sitting at LEAST 20 feet away from each other...and he was with a group of about 12 other unworthy slobs, but whatever, I'm telling the grand kids someday that I had dinner with Mr. Gore. In case you're wondering what he wore, he had on dark skinny pants and a long red plaid jacket that was pleated at the bottom...very macho, yes.
I tried to snap a few photos of him, but we were all dining al fresco, so the shots came out crap. Paul had to remind me a few times that it was my turn to bottom I was staring too much. Had Martin been sitting in a better location (his back was to me...rude I know, and he was crammed in between people on both sides). I may have gone up to him to beg for a photo...and a lock of his hair.
Anyhoo...dinner was really good (portions weren't crazy like many Italian restaurants). After dinner, we checked out a few bars in WeHo. We even checked out Rage, and for the first time, I wasn't disappointed. It was 80's night ...the music was great and the crowd was fun...young, but still fun.
A nice relaxing weekend...The low light was me finally taking down Christmas at my house. The last of the ornaments were finally wrapped, boxed, and stored away in the garage. The highlight of the weekend was getting to spend time with Paul...but our time together always seems to fly by way too fast.
This morning's drive in to work was a hellish experience. A little rain falls from the sky and suddenly people lose chromosomes. There was one bright spot though...I was driving next to a woman who was a dead ringer for Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley). She had the hair, the white blazer, the lanky build, and from the way she was yelling into her phone, she had the attitude as well.
Oh how I miss Absolutely Fabulous...I think I just might honor the show by drinking some champers tonight.
I really try to limit how much I talk about the workplace on this blog, but I ain't got a thing to write about today, so I'll gossip about a coworker.
I really like the people I work with. My only complaint would be that they're just so quiet. No one really talks on the phone (to friends, tricks, or relatives)..it's very business like here. Such a foreign concept to me. If I need to make a personal phone call and don't want the surrounding neighbors to hear about my latest prescription refill, I'll usually call from a conference room.
Anyhoo....this morning, coworker A was talking to coworker B about how badly his wife manages her money and how wasteful she is. He really cut into her character and attacked her level of taste. He went into a very detailed description of all of the "crap" gifts she bought for the family this Christmas. I couldn't believe how cruel he was being to her. He even asked coworker B if he's ever heard the phrase "the fool and his money are soon parted?"...well, according to A, that phrase was coined specifically for his wife.
It's really sad that he'd slam his own wife like that in front of all of his coworkers (he has a very loud, booming voice, sits at the far end of our office, but we all heard him). A coworker that sits directly next to me sent me an email asking me if it was ok if he threw the first punch.
I'm really glad that I didn't buy him that fruitcake for Christmas, afterall.
I don't know much about Reverend Al Sharpton, and I never really knew his stand on certain issues, namely, gay marriage. So, I was pleasantly surprised to read about a speech he gave last Sunday at the Human Rights Ecumenical Service in Atlanta. Now if only he would have spoken out say back in October...nonetheless, here's a snippet of what he had to say (Story courtesy of Page One Q)
Rev. Al Sharpton slammed major faiths for using their resources and power to pass California's Proposition 8 while showing indifference to issues affecting Americans such as poverty, social inequality and economic sabotage. The Church, he said, was silent until California affirmed marriage rights for its same-sex couples.
"There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people's bedrooms and claim that God sent you," Sharpton told a full house on Sunday. "It amazes me," he said, "when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being [relegated] into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners."
"I am tired," he went on, "of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they're preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade...We know you're not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California--when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [accused Ponzi scammer] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren't there you had nothing to say.
"But all of a sudden, when Proposition 8 came out, you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we're going to step in the rain with you."
"Adultery broke up more marriages than gays did," he added, revealing that a member of his family was gay and dismissing the notion that gays were a "threat" to marriage.
The Reverend also warned against playing politics with civil rights. "[Social conservatives] will start with the gays but they will end with everybody else," he said. "If you give the Pat Robertsons of the world the theological right to condemn some, then you give them the right to condemn others."
On Friday night, I FINALLY got to meet a local celebrity blogger, Greg, from A Life in The Day blog fame. Greg invited me to join himself, his really sweet boyfriend, CM, and a bunch of their friends to watch a midnight viewing of the movie, Xanadu. I haven't seen this movie since, well, since I was VERY young and forgot just how GAY it was. The movie, as a work of cinema , is pretty crappy (with gawd-awful special effects), but the experience of watching it with a group of rowdy people (and friends) made the experience so much fun.
I think Greg was being hit on while we were standing outside the theater (right in front of CM too...the nerve!), before the movie began, but I'll let you read all about that on his blog...Of course, I left the camera at home, so we're just going to have to have another blogger meetup so that I can document the experience on digital film. Thanks for the invite Greg (and tell CM I said hello).
Saturday night I got my sushi fix at Aki Sushi in Long Beach...for real, the baked salmon roll was D'lish (and huge)...I also ordered the "Seal Beach Roll" which sorta tasted like a garden salad with a whole lotta Krab (yup, with a K). I made 2 cosmos for myself later that night that were sheer perfection and then put my old, tired butt to bed early (kinda nice for a change).
Sunday was the usual running errands, Target shopping for misc supplies, washing my dirty chonies, etc, etc....I was supposed to take down Christmas (including the still-very-green-and-fresh-tree), but I guess that'll just have to wait until Valentine's Day...hey, I'm really busy.
... Well, I finally got my head screwed on right and the pity party vacation is ovah! Time to get back to business and blog my little heart out. First order of business was to overhaul the look of the blog ...I wanted something fresh & clean, like my bung hole!
I'll add a legit post about the weekend or some other thrilling event in the morning. It's gotten late here and I'm in need of a shower.
I'm taking some time off from the world of blogging. I have too many things going on in my personal life at the moment that require my full attention.
This was a difficult decision for me to make, as I love this this venue of self expression. I just don't want to subject my readers to all of the negative thoughts that have taken my mind hostage. I'm feeling really down right now...I've never been in this kind of head space before. I'm usually quite resilient and am able to weather the stormy seas, but this time around, I need a little break to get my head screwed on right.
The clown has been killed, but stay tuned cuz this fool has 9 lives, and I will definitely be back soon.
I hope you all had a good New Years Eve...mine was spent entirely alone. I've never been alone on NYE before, so it was a very unfamiliar, unwelcome feeling...boo hoo, poor baby...ugh!
Be well everyone, I'll be keeping up with your blogs, so blog on my friends!