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Retail Therapy

September 10, 2008

I was a mess by the time I left work yesterday. I was tired and cranky and stressed out. David and I stopped by Target after work to pick up a birthday present for my little sister, who turns 13 TODAY!!! David was nice enough to be patient while I looked through clothing (and found NOTHING worth trying on) and shoes. Oh, shoes.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought Target shoes, because the quality is really not there. Sometimes they look nice, but they’re either uncomfortable or unflattering once they’re on your feet. I have big feet, and when a shoe can make it look small and dainty, I will pull out my credit card on the spot. There were several shoes I tried on that made my feet look like elephant hooves. UGH.

I’ve been digging the menswear trend that’s been around for a while, especially in shoes. I never thought I’d find something worthy at Target. But I did! I walked around in these shoes for a while. I’m not 100% sure I’ll keep them, because they’re not the most comfortable, but for now, I own them. And buying shoes is the best cure to a bad day. Oh, and when you add shoe-buying to a hot Caramel Macchiato and an evening on the couch watching Heroes while cuddled up with your fiance… well then you have a mood-enhancing combination strong enough to make you face the next day.

So, they’re not really all that practical, but I can’t help but like them. They were only $30, and that might be worth it to keep them. Plus, they’d be perfect for a potential Halloween costume.

Sweet!

August 27, 2008

So, I have tons of stuff to update and lots of pictures to share, but this is just too cool not to immediately blab about.

My mom’s house might be on HGTV! Someone contacted her realtor about potentially using her house for a show called Hidden Potential. I don’t exactly think her house needs a lot of renovating, but I imagine that a lot of cool stuff could be done with it. The HGTV people are coming on Thursday to take a look and see if they can use her house. That would be so awesome!

Oh, and if you know anyone looking for a really expensive, but really beautiful house, check it out!

Daddy!

June 16, 2008

My dad is pretty awesome. I’ve always been Daddy’s Girl. I have more in common, both in looks and personality, with him than my mom. We’ve had our unfriendly moments, but for the most part, we get along great.

We have close to the same sense of humor. We’ll laugh at anything. I remember one year, when I was in college, I told him this joke:
“Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because seven ate nine!”
He laughed for minutes on end. We laugh at everything, but we’re not too quick to come up with witty responses. My mom and Samantha have that part covered. He and I are usually a step behind.

I get more of my features from him. I’m the only one with brown eyes to match his and my hair has the same texture as his (NOT A GOOD THING). My dad is kind of my hero. He came over to the USA when he was 17. He finished high school and college here and worked hard to give us a great childhood. He is now high up on the corporate ladder and he did it thanks to hard work. I find that to be amazing.

My sisters and I spent most of the day with him, watching his movies and looking at pictures from Iran. They were incredible. And he’s serious about trying to take us there. He wants us to meet our relatives over there, and especially our Great Grandmother.

After that, we walked to Jacobus Park to take some pictures with the new Canon 870IS camera he just got. We had a little too much fun!

After all that fun, we went to Hector’s for a yummy dinner on their patio. And got attacked by a water balloon. I kid thee not. We got drive-by water ballooned. My dad and one of the waiters went running after the truck, but couldn’t get a license plate number. Too bad. I didn’t even know what happened at first. It didn’t soak anyone, but it splashed our table and the table next to us. Ridiculous! I did some stupid, obnoxious stuff in my teen years, but never anything like that. 

We went back to my dad’s place and watched the Tony’s for an hour. Samantha took me home at 8:00 so I could finish watching them with David. My family wasn’t too into it. David and I had a lot of fun squealing over people we recognized and have seen on stage before. And now of course, we want to go to New York City to see some of these shows. If you’re interested, I would recommend checking out some songs from Passing Strange or In The Heights, both very new, and bold musicals.

My dad tells me he really enjoyed his Father’s Day. And that’s what it was all about!

Happy

June 2, 2008

I had a great weekend. Completely superfantastic. I couldn’t stop smiling last night while laying in bed. Normally I stress about waking up early, going to work, all the housework to be done, wondering if I forgot to do anything important, etc. But last night, I couldn’t even think about that stuff. I was just consumed by happiness and love. There was no room in my brain for negativity and it was such a fantastic feeling.

Friday night David and I went out to Osteria del Mondo with our double-date couple Chuck and Lisa. We had a great dinner from the Downtown Dining Menu. Between the four of us, we tried everything on the menu and trust us, you can’t go wrong! David and I both tried a new wine and I felt sophisticated while drinking my Soave and eating my veal chop.

We didn’t want our night to be too fancy-schmancy, so afterwards we went to Silk to spend the rest of my economic stimulus check on strippers and booze. David and I couldn’t stay out late, but we had a great time watching three bachelors get used and abused on stage. The pole work wasn’t mind blowing this time, but there were a few awesome moves. I don’t really know why we go here, but after a couple drinks it always sounds like a fun idea.

David and I had to call it an early-ish night so we could get some sleep for our early morning rehearsal (at 8:00!!) for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for The Warped Cast. Despite being so early and suffering a slight hangover, I managed to have fun. The people involved are so crazy, how could I not?

Nevertheless, I was glad to get out of there and get home to take a warm, hangover reducing shower. Originally we had planned to go to the Milwaukee Art Museum but I worried that my headachey self wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I should. Plus it was so nice out, we just had to get outside. We went down to the Third Ward and shopped at Broadway Paper (love it!!) while waiting for our table at Swig, another restaurant participating in Downtown Dining.

I actually ordered off the regular menu, in an attempt to stick to my diet, at least until dinner. I did try something new from them, however. I got the black bean cakes and the peppercorn crusted tuna. Both were great! David and I both were amazed at how delicious the black bean cakes were. We will probably order that one again!

After we were done with our leisurely outdoor lunch, we wandered the Third Ward. I finally got to go into Anthropology. I was in a little heaven. Everything was so pretty!! I didn’t bother to try anything on. I’m trying not to spend much money on clothing until I lose more weight. I don’t plan on being this size forever!

We also browsed Downtown Books and picked up a couple of copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to use for our show. I would have loved to wander all afternoon, but I had to get to my friend Lauren’s graduation party and still have time to get ready for dinner. We could only stay for an hour, but it was nice to see her and her family and her daughter who is getting so big!

After that we went back home and got ready to go out to Polaris (the rotating restaurant) with Sandy and Jeff, David’s sister and her husband. They are just back from a vacation in Paris and Berlin and we had to hear some of the stories. We had a wonderful meal, certainly the best one I’ve ever had there. And we had great conversation. We talked about travel and their trip and we talked about all four of us going to Disney World next year for David’s birthday. No, none of us are five years old.

I ordered the Strawberry Brioche dessert. It was SO GOOD. OMG! Flaky pastry with some sort of strawberry preserves and whipped cream. I knew it would send me into a sugar coma, but I risked it and ate the whole thing.

I was feeling tipsy on sugar and cosmopolitans by the time we left, but it was the perfect way to walk into a theater to see Sex and the City. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. In fact, I really enjoyed myself. Part of the fun of movies, especially one like this, is to imagine yourself in the characters’ shoes (and oh, the shoes!), so it’s no surprise to me that I spent half the movie crying and the other half laughing. If you liked the show, I think you’ll like the movie.

Despite what I thought was a lame ending, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And apparently it had a similar effect on David, because we got all shmoopy and hugged and kissed and talked about how we want to share our lives together and he’d never be nervous or scared or think twice about marrying me. It was sweet. 🙂

Sunday we slept in. I love being able to sleep yourself out. We got up and started getting ready to play Scatterball with some friends. This game is kind of like dodgeball and I’ve also heard it called Survivor. You get a group of people and a bunch of (SOFT, nerf-like) balls and a big open area. In our case, an area of Lake Park. Then you try to throw the balls at each other and hit people. If you get hit, you have to sit down, but you have to pay attention to who hit you, because when THEY get hit, you can get back up. If you catch their ball, they have to sit down and can’t get up until you get hit. In order to win, you have to hit everybody. It’s really a lot of fun and it was the perfect day for it.

Everyone brought some food or drink and between games we’d sit under the shade of a tree and eat, drink, and chat. Leila and Samantha, my sisters, and Leila’s friend joined us a little later. They were good! Leila actually participated! She is always sitting inside on the computer. It was good to see that her legs still worked.

After the game broke up and people started heading home they wanted to hang out at the beach for a while. David went home and I walked down to Bradford Beach with the girls. We all sat on the sand and enjoyed the sound of the water. Samantha and I played Tic-Tac-Toe in the sand and talked about all sorts of things. It was so nice to spend a relaxing afternoon with my sisters.

They dropped me off at home and David and I started making dinner. We planned to go over to my dad’s house to watch Iron Chef America because our cable was acting up. Paul Bartolotta was the challenger and he was taking on Mario Batalli. Paul Bartolotta is from Milwaukee and his Bartolotta restaurants are wonderful, including our favorite Milwaukee restaurant, Bacchus. To make things even more awesome, one of his sous chefs on the show was Adam Siegel, the head chef of Lake Park Bistro and Bacchus!

Bacchus was having a viewing party event that I wish we could have gone to. Chef Adam was recreating the whole five courses and there were TVs to watch the episode! Whenever we watch Iron Chef we always wish we could try the food. And we could have!! For $85 a person including wine. A great deal in my mind, but a little more than we could afford right now. The secret ingredient was rice and all the dishes on both sides looked fantastic. Batalli won, but only by one point in each category. Good job Bartolotta!

We came home and got ready for bed and cuddled and held hands until we fell asleep. This may not seem like a spectacular weekend to everyone, but between the beautiful and sunny weather and all the quality “us” time David and I got to have, it was near perfect.

Look Good Naked

January 4, 2008

Lifetime Network is evil. Now they have Carson from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy telling non-perfect women that they’re beautiful. I watched it for about 2.5 minutes before tearing up. It’s called “Look Good Naked.” He says all the things that David says to me all the time. Damn you Carson Kressley for making money off this.

 Nikki Blonsky (of Hairspray fame) is now doing a Lifetime movie about a fat chick? Sad!