Wednesday, 31 December 2008

On the verge of 2009



I have never been big on New Year's Eve. For some reason, there has always been something negative or life altering that has occurred at that moment when the clock chimes twelve. I do not plan resolutions or changes. I do think about how quickly the year has flown by and if the next will do the same.

Last night, I watched the History Channel's first two episodes of the The Seven Deadly Sins, good by the way. Interspersed were commercials for next weeks barrage of Armageddon Week shows with their climatic conclusion being about all of these cultures, religions, prophecies about 2012. Yes, I am intrigued. Then, I began thinking, "So what if there were only about four years left?" That thought alone makes me want to take more risks in my life. Live on the edge. So what if it is just hype and crazy talk, though I have always been obsessed with end of the world stories. Why do I live so close to the straight line? Okay, so sometimes my line wiggles a bit, but I want to blow that baby askew. My daydream of when I am old is to be able to sit around a wax nostalgic about all of the wild adventures that I had as a youngin'.

Maybe this year, I will look forward to the New Year. Perhaps, I will take time to make a few resolutions. Not the mundane ones like to lose weight or exercise more often, no, exciting visions should be on that list. A bike trip in another country? Hiking some gorgeous trail that I have read about in National Geographic Adventure? Walk across a few states and camp along the way? Those may be slightly out of reach, but you get the idea.

We walk up to the pub tonight for libations and to be amidst other folks in the celebrating. I suspect that my mind will be racing with ideas. I suppose I should be excited about the prospects of a whole new year to live.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Too Much


This is my new favorite pic of me. And to think, I was only drinking water!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Blah

Sorry that I have been MIA. Holiday shows have been kicking my booty. Five acts for me total, then a late night show too. We have been sold out though so that is awesome. I am just tired and queasey, even though I had no alcohol. I decided if I were feeling that way, I should just balance it out and have a few drinks this evening. WooHoo! Yeah, I don't follow any good reason, just tard reason...

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

BURLESCAPADES

If you want something fun to do this weekend or next! Dancing girls reminiscent of the 40s and 50s, aerial aecrobats, comedians, magicians and puppets!!
visit www.lannies.com to get tickets!
Check out the Westword article too
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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Holiday food

We are going to play it low key this holiday, basically just the husband and me. Christmas afternoon, we'll be joined by a friend. I think Sam is going to run to work to bring another friend food who has to work the night shift. I am trying to create a menu that will satisfy all of our tastes and be yum too! Sam and I are going to hit the grocery late tonight to score the rest of the ingredients that I am lacking.

So far we'll have:

Seven Spiced Cornish Hens (already have the birds)
Stuffed mushrooms
Either Shrimp n Grits or a Spicy Shrimp nacho app that I make on single chips
Fresh baked French Bread


I'm working on figuring out my veggie dishes now. I have an orange asparagus that is good, but Sam doesn't really like asparagus and I'm not sure if our friend does either.

other possibilities

Cheese plate with candied pecans and fruit
Scalloped Potato Gratin
Stuffed peppers
Corn Soup

And I found this recipe that looks mmmmm

And of course, cocktails!!!
Fresh whiskey sours
Egg Nog
Micro-brewed Chocolate beer, if we can run there and snag some!
Varied beers and other concoctions

have you done it?

stolen from v8grrl

It's a shame because as I was going through the list I noticed how many places the husband has been...damn him.

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity ...
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis ...
10. sang a solo ...
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris ... just what are all of those French lessons for?
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france ...
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked ...
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon … a 10k is the closest that I have gotten so far
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset ... both
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise ...
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors ...
35. seen an amish community ...
36. taught yourself a new language yes but not fluent
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied...(agreed) it's not much money, but I'm satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person ...
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo's david in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa ...
45. walked on a beach by moonlight...
46. been transported in an ambulance ...
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris ...
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling ...
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check....shhhhhh
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar ...
72. pieced a quilt, but not finished
73. stood in times square ...
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london ...
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle ...
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book, but have published reviews and stories
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper ...
85. read the entire bible .. I was raised Catholic...enough said
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating ... i am a vegetarian!...yup...hence the reason I'm vegetarian
88. had chickenpox ...
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous - quite a few ;)
92. joined a book club..
93. lost a loved one...too many
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee...stupid bees

Monday, 22 December 2008

Only on the Wank!

A friend of mine just sent me this email. This is only something that could happen back home!

After driving around for 45 minutes looking for the DMV in Algiers (which was right under the bridge as everyone said it was) I left the Wank only to accidentally drive through a tag only lane. I had to drive back to the west bank and stand in a line for 30 minutes to pay the dollar in order to not get a ticket (Which is $26, btw, and totally worth paying to not go to the West bank toll tag office.)

Of the FIVE people I asked directions to the DMV, only one actually know were it was. None of the others admitted to not knowing and sent me on a random chase around the westbank. There was a kind man who ran a gas station, who although he was unaware of the DMV existence, offered me a beverage called Chelada while I was pumping gas. "It is very popular in Mexico"

There was an actual sign on the gas station window. My picture unfortunately cuts off the refreshing pieces of lime that it is served with. If I hadn't told you about the lime, you may have found the drink distasteful. Attached is a picture.

Friday, 19 December 2008

hOliDayS



I want to make whiskey sours for Sam and me for Christmas. I think I'm going to use Ina Garten's recipe for fresh whiskey sours. They just look super yummy. I will more than likely do a seven spice cornish hen for Sammy too.

I made a pretty decent broccoli and veggie creamy soup yesterday. I also baked a spaghetti squash and picked out the insides to make something tonight.

Sam is going to tape a show for a private party tonight. I can go too, using our second camera, but I don't know if I feel up to it. I have just been under the weather this week and need to be recovered for these crazy rehearsals and holiday shows next week. They are paying $100 for videoing tonight. That will be nice. We'll see if I make it down or not tonight.

Oh, and I just got an email from someone I was trying to set up an extra practice with. Lo and behold, I wasn't told rehearsals got changed. These are the things that irk me. Like changes to a routine in a group number I'm in. I didn't even know they had gotten together to rehearse, much less change steps. Changes and I'm always left in the dark. Odd ball out, always. Breathe in, breathe out. Not really, I guess this is what happens when there is a big show with lots of people, numbers, acts. Just too much at one time, I think. Plus, I think my hotmail account is going whacky. It will all be fine once shows begin next Friday. Calm thoughts. I'm getting too old to be doing this much.

I am on a raw smoothie kick lately and raw chilled soup kick too.

How boring am I?

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Sew, sew, sew


I have been a sewing fool. Aprons, food pieces, skirts, props...all for the holiday shows that begin next Friday. The apron, though, I love it and will more than likely use it to cook with because I'm a dork like that. I also have been slightly under the weather, but have meds and am feeling good now, yaay! Damn snot and such. I think just constant practices, sewing, work and stressing have finally taken their toll. I have a feeling that my extra activities will be coming to a stall next year, or just a crawl. I need to create less stress in my life. Though I LOVE the performing, all of the preparations and time are quite tiring and stressful. I am just going to have to take on less. Plus, I love to sew, but not under time constraints or deadlines. It seems too much like a job when things are required in time lines.
Next year is going to be more relaxation and free time. Maybe one show a month, two if I stretch myself. No more derby. Work done in my own time limits, to an extent. I have let all the things I have enjoy slip away. I don't like that. And, my health has suffered from pushing through so much this past year. Time to take care of me and enjoy activities, not make them a job.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Bye, bye Bettie



You were an icon of a lifetime. You will be greatly missed, but truly live on forever.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

The Clockettes


Silent Butterfly Photography

It's a group shot of some of us gals with individual insets, hehe. I think it came out super cute!

Holiday dress.


So, I just bought this vintage dress on ebay. I couldn't help it; I was hypnotized by it. Plus, it was only $14.99!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Winter gardening

So, I am experimenting this winter. I just got done potting some small veggie and herb seeds. I put them on this winding wine rack/cabinet thing we have that is in our kitchen by our sliding glass door. Now, I just wait and see. Some of the seeds that I used were old, so if there is no budding in the next two weeks or so I will know they are bad and try some new ones that I have. If it works, I am thinking of making a bench/shelf type piece to put in the large open area there. Right now, I am just concerned about my nose-y dogs and my dirt. They love to nose around, and when sprouts come up, well they like to taste. ~frown~ This is why I chose the steps going up the wine rack for perches right now. Well, let's cross our fingers and see if I can get yummy-goodness during the snowy winter months too. The goods: dill, parsely (old seeds), basil (old seeds), peppers (two kinds of old seeds), spinach, cherry tomato. Let the experiment begin.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

If you are in the Denver area this weekend


We are collecting for two families. Proceeds from the specialty drinks and donations go towards giving Christmas to two families who are less fortunate.

100x good luck?

On my way to put some mail in the outbox around the corner, I found a $1 bill fluttering down the walk. Does this mean that I'll have 100x good luck? Haha.

I have been busy sewing and crafting for our holiday shows. I am making skirts for our group roller skating routine. My weekends are pretty crammed with practices and shows. A few of us are in five numbers, five. Whew! That is a ton of choreography to learn and costumes to make! I am excited about all of it.

I wonder when I will find time to do Christmas shopping or decorating. As usual, I have no idea what to get the hubbin'.

I am hoping to post some cool new recipes that I have been experimenting with lately. I tried anasanzi beans. They have fewer calories per serving than regular red, black and chickpeas. They are sweeter in taste, though, than the others. I hope to acquire a few new cookbooks. When I was visiting with my friend back home, I found she had the most awesome collection of cookbooks. It was like my porn. ~drool~

Monday, 1 December 2008

A simple joy

I just paid off the only credit card that still had a balance. Whoot!
Now, I just have a small amount of student loan debt to pay off. Sweet.