Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I have been eagerly anticipating this movie since it was being filmed over a year ago. I finally got to see it today and...I loved it. It's about the cyclical journey of life. Everything changes. We love and are loved and death is an eminent part of life. We cannot love without death. I compare it to Forrest Gump, another fantastic movie. It is a history lesson, a love story, a comedy, and a tearjerker complete with big name stars (Shiloh makes her big screen debut) and even a boat! Oh and the infamous feather is now a hummingbird. Perhaps the main reason I love the movie is one of it's main not Brad, New Orleans!

It was fun watching the movie and seeing all the places we "visited". In the beginning of the movie there is a cemetery where the clock maker buries his son who died in WWI. My friend Jill and I were watching them set up that scene while we ate Quiznos for lunch...we acted all nonchalant like we didn't know what was going down. It looked so fake when they were putting it up under the huge live oaks complete with Spanish moss for effect. It looked more like a Halloween decoration in someone's front yard. We also sat outside the "house on Lake Pontchartrain" where Brad (a.k.a. Benjamin) took his father. We were right there when they were filming, hoping to catch a glimpse of such luck. (We would see signs that said "CCBB" all over and we would check them out. Their trailers were parked near my grocery store") We also tried to pick out the other places we recognized, City Park, the obvious French Quarter, St. Charles Ave, even the road Brad was riding the motorcycle on looked strangely familiar.

It was especially interesting to see the clips of our local newscasters reporting on Katrina, which was also incorporated into the movie.

Even if I didn't live here I would have most definitely enjoyed the movie. But I since I do live here, I feel as though I am a part of this movie, and I love it all the more. It was Brad's "love letter" to New Orleans and the people who live here. A nice tribute that I can enjoy anytime.

It's a must see, even if you wait for DVD. Kudos Brad...I see an Oscar in your future!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Blood type horoscopes?

Found this article interesting:

Can Blood Type Determine Your Personality? ~Natalie Josef

In Japan, blood type is used to determine one’s personality and temperament. Like astrology, the scientific community often dismisses blood type as an indicator of personality, but that doesn’t stop its popularity in Japanese women’s magazines, where blood type horoscopes are published. In Japanese video games, blood type is commonly a dimension in character creation. In fact, some Japanese might even be shocked if a foreigner didn’t know her blood type.

What Your Blood Type Says About Your Personality

Type O
You are the social butterflies. Often popular and self-confident, you are very creative and always seem to be the center of attention. You make a good impression on people and you’re often quite attractive. Organized and determined, your stubbornness will help you reach your goals. You make good leaders. Lovewise, O is most compatible with O and AB. Common career choices: banker, politician, gambler, minister, investment broker, and pro athlete.

Type A
Type As may seem calm on the outside, but inside, you’re filled with anxiety and worry. You’re perfectionists and often shy and sensitive. Usually introverted, you’re stable and thoughtful. You make good listeners and are sensitive to color and your surroundings. You like to be fashionable and are up on the latest trends, but never flashy or gaudy. You like romantic settings and often shun reality for fantasy worlds. A is most compatible with A and AB in the love department. Common career choices: accountant, librarian, economist, writer, computer programmer, and gossip columnist.

Type B
You can be very goal-oriented and often complete the ambitious tasks set before you. Outgoing and very charming, you’re good at reading people and providing support. Though critical of appearance (but not your own), you aren’t picky and are unlikely to dwell over the little things. Type Bs are impulsive individualists who often create their own path in life. You are very strong and optimistic. B is most compatible with B and AB lovers. Common career choices: cook, hairdresser, military leader, talk show host, and journalist.

Type AB
Not surprisingly, ABs can be quite dualistic, possessing both A and B traits. You may be shy and outgoing, and hesitant and confident. You often stand out from others, don’t like labels, and are nice and easy going. You are logical and determined to do things correctly. Usually trustworthy, you like to help others. You often speak in a serious manner. Your patience, concentration, and intelligence are admirable. AB can find a soul mate with any other blood type. Common career choices: bartender, lawyer, teacher, sales representative, and social worker.

I personally don't buy into horoscopes. They can be tailored to fit anyone. I am type A and I can find my traits in all of these, not just A.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Can anyone please tell me how to change my header?

I have been wanting a cute header. Mine is boring and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get a cute one without PAYING for it. Help if you can! I would greatly appreciate it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

YouTube sensation

I heard about this, and it is even funnier than described. Have you seen Shane Mercado dancing to Beyonce's Single Ladies? If not, click here! He's good!

Political correctness gone awry

Survey found on Fox News:

Do you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

For some people it's a dilemma: 21 percent say they feel obligated to say "Happy Holidays" -- incorporating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and, perhaps, the Winter Solstice or the Seinfeldian Festivus into their seasonal hello.
But they are still a considerable minority. A full 77 percent of Americans say they say "Merry Christmas," according to a FOX News poll released Tuesday.
Democrats (28 percent), urbanites (28 percent) and Northeasterners (25 percent) are among those more likely to say they feel pressured to use a generic "Happy Holidays" greeting.
On the flip side, Republicans (87 percent), regular churchgoers (82 percent) and rural Americans (83 percent) are more likely to say "Merry Christmas," the poll found.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Clown Car?

We were in the Quarter Saturday night and Chad couldn't resist taking his picture with this little Euro car. Mind you he is 6'6".

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's snowing!!

I know this doesn't seem like a big deal, but here in New Orleans it's HUGE!

my house : )

Outside the Superdome from Chad's phone

You are moving...get over it

Things I am hearing about my upcoming move:
-I hear you are moving to Virginia...that is great news! Why is this great news? Because I will be closer to Toledo? What difference does it make, you didn't come to visit me here what makes me think you will visit me there?
- Everything will work out, you will see. Hmmm, how so? You are one of those annoying "glass half full" people aren't you? Walk a mile in my shoes...then we'll talk.
-You will learn to love VA just as you have come to love LA. Congratulations! You have completely missed the point.
- Moving is part of Chad's job. Really, that hadn't occured to me before now!

Of course I am upset that I am moving, however that is not the issue. This issue is that I will have not one but two houses for sale and I will not be able to afford a third house (or my new car) until one or both other homes are sold. We have six months to do this. Most likely what will happen is my husband will have to move to Virginia (15+ hours away) by himself and live on base until we sell the houses. So that leaves me here in LA, with three kids, alone. I am not sure if I will be able to keep my job. I won't be able to keep the hours I currently work if I am alone. We definitely cannot afford that. Either way I am screwed. Do you see my point?
I don't handle stress well. I am literally on the verge of a nervous breakdown...throw Christmas into the mix and well you have a cocktail for disaster. Depressed doesn't even begin to cover it. So forgive me if I won't "get over it".
(Thank you for letting me vent.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What do my wondering eyes should appear?

A lizard hanging from an ornament on my Christmas tree...

My new favorite photo:

I just love spontaneous, quirky, artsy, off center she is so freakin' adorable!

Inspiring Cultural Curiosity?

While perusing through Parent and Child magazine, I stumbled across these:

...Middle Eastern Blocks made by HABA (who actually makes some really cute toys). Seriously? Who, other than someone of Middle Eastern descent, would buy these?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Get your monogram on!

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Perfect purse size mirrors

Checkbook covers

Travel tumblers

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I have six months to New Orleans. I am deeply saddened to announce that I am Portsmouth, Virgina (20 minutes from Virginia Beach). My first question: Is Virginia a red state or a blue state? and What the hell is in Virginia? We were hoping to stay here for at least two more years. Chad is currently stationed here in New Orleans and he requested a boat in Gulfport, MS for his next duty station (only 45 minutes away). He didn't get it. We pleaded our case that we already have one house for sale (for a year now) and we can't afford to have two houses on the market. This would be a HUGE financial burden. Apparently they didn't care. I never thought they would transfer us. It costs them money to do so. I just didn't believe it. I was in complete shock, as if someone had ran over my dog. I cried myself to sleep that night. I went through the 5 stages of grief:
Denial- This isn't happening.
Anger- I am NOT going! No F*&%ing way!
Bargaining- Do you think you can talk to someone? Certainly they have made a mistake.
Depression- I couldn't speak of it for a week.
Acceptance- When are we moving?

I didn't tell my parents for a week. I couldn't say the words. My dad was happy because I will be closer to him. My mom, not so much. I will be farther from her.
I know it is a part of the job and seems like no big deal. But it is a big deal. Especially when you have kids. I was glad to move out of Toledo, who wouldn't be. We are happy here and I don't want to leave. I have compiled a list of things that I will miss about living here and the things I will not. Indulge me if you will. In no particular order:

Things I will miss:
My house (it was our house, and only ours...I'm forclempt)
My neighbors Gene and Carolyn (they are the BEST)
Ms. Marissa (she takes care of Bryn, she's a Saint!)
Jill and Ella :( my dear friends
Chris and Debbie (Bryn’s Godparents)
My job (and all my work peeps)
The French Quarter
Maspero’s French Onion soup
Nonna Randazzo’s King Cake (I dare anyone to try and top it!)
The Spirit of New Orleans…it’s just something you have to experience.
The festivals
Mardi Gras
The weather
Endless things to do
Coffee Rani (they have my favorite sandwich)
Café DuMonde (mmm beignets)
Golden Flake Sweet Heat BBQ chips
Crawfish boils
The huge live oaks with the Spanish moss

Things I will not miss:
Having to drive a good distance to just about everything
My busy street
Mardi Gras (it’s a love/hate thing)
Having to change all our physicians (it took me two years to find good ones here)
Crime (I think we have the highest crime rate in the US)
LSU fans (they are almost as bad as Michigan fans, almost)

I have come to love this place. I am proud to say that I was a part of this great city, if only for four years. We are forever linked with NOLA and we will never forget it. We know the city so well we could give tours...and do to our guests from the North. I have experienced so much here and met some wonderful people and I am thankful for all those things. My daughter was born here, she is my little Southern Belle. My kids were raised here and this is all they know.
I am leaving a piece of my heart here...I may be Northern by birth but I am a Southerner at heart.

This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here

I love Christmas lights and every year I seem to add to my infinite collection. Target had a box of Philips 200 ct white lights on sale for $11.99. So I bought two of them. I figured I could always use lights. I put the two boxes on my tree and only made it half way down. I probably needed two more boxes. (Martha says to wrap the branches.) I took out my old lights and tried to connect them but much to my dismay they didn't fit. What?! The Philips plug has one large prong and one small prong. ALL of my other lights have two smaller prongs. WTF Philips!?! I had plans on watching The Grinch and letting the boys put their decorations on the tree. It was now 7:30 and I had to make the journey back to Target to get two more boxes. I get to Target and their light displays are practically cleaned out. I grabbed four boxes of 100 ct white lights and a bunch of other shit that I didn't need, $100 later I am home. My husband starts laughing. "I'm so glad I didn't do this or I would never hear the end of it!" What could he possibly be talking about? "White cords?" he says. NOOOOOOO! I didn't. I couldn't have, I read the box...didn't I? Nope. I got white cord. Curses!