Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sick :o(

Ugh, I'm sick. Nothing horrible like the flu (knock on wood), but sore throat and stuffed up. Two things that I really hate. But I am at my grandma's house till tonight and she practically has a pharmacy in her bathroom so I'm getting medicine regularly and practically drowning in orange juice...I haven't tried to sneak a coke yet.

Tonight I'm leaving to go see my mom for a few days. I'm excited. As many of you know, my mom and I are very close and she's become more like a friend than my mom as I've gotten older (but still my mom). I haven't seen her since her surgery in October so it'll be nice to hang out. She's actually sick right now but hopefully she got better medicine and is getting better. Being sick with bronchitis type stuff 2 months after major heart surgery is not good...so pray for her health.

Poor Quincy's had enough of the little kids though. Although when the one tries to pull on his eyelids, you can't blame him for running off and hiding behind the bed. He's going to be staying here at my grandma's while I go to NY to see my mom and then I'll come back get him and drive back to Atlanta...I think he's going to be super glad to be home.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmahanukwanzica!

Whatever you celebrate, I hope it was merry!

I personally celebrate Christmas, but it was never a tradition in my family to go to Christmas Eve service. I'm not sure why because we were always at church for everything else...every Sunday morning, every sunday night (if there was evening service) and every Wednesday night. Somehow the Christmas Eve service always got pushed aside. Of course, that was probably because we were never home for Christmas Eve and Day--we were always in Michigan at grandparents' houses and sometimes we were driving through the night on Christmas Eve. My grandparents aren't Christmas Eve service people either despite ALWAYS being in Church on Sunday mornings and evenings. It's so odd. I have been to Christmas Eve service a couple times in my life and I loved both times. There's a special magic in the air at church on Christmas Eve that feels special. I've noticed churches in my area having midnight Christmas eve services--even the non-Catholic ones. I think that'd be great--leaving the Christmas Eve service first thing Christmas morning. Of course, that wouldn't work if you do the whole santa thing since the kids are supposed to be asleep at midnight but I guess you could fix it saying he came a few minutes early...Or just go to the earlier Christmas eve service once you have kids. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the whole santa thing when I have kids. I don't have a problem with Santa, but it seems like a lot of work to lie to the kids lol...reassuring them Santa this and Santa that but then they find out it was all a lie? I'm pretty sure my family would freak out if I didn't do Santa with my kids...the main issue is making sure that if I didn't do Santa with my kids that they know to pretend at school and not ruin the childhoods of their friends and make their friends' parents mad at me ...

Ok, I've got to head out to my 4th Christmas...yeah...I'm going to do things differently next year. Maybe take off for the Caribbean or Hawaii...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mean

Ok, I know I'm not supposed to click on the ads on my own blog but how so I not click on this Tory Burch Sale ad?? rude.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Church

So for the past 8 1/2 months I've been floating around to different churches (there is at least one on every corner down here) and back in November just kind of gave up and settled with North Point because that was the easiest choice even though I really didn't like it. I take issue with show churches. Andy Stanley is a great man, but the church is run like a business and you can only volunteer in certain areas. Namely, if you aren't a professional music artist, there is no way you are going to be on the worship bands. Many of the members of the worship band are actually pulled from Nashville rather than the congregation. It is also such a large church (a grand total of about 23,000 people) that everything seems disconnected. Even if you do volunteer or join a small group, you are only going to meet a few people. Perhaps if you have children it's a different matter, but it's rather weak when it comes to singles. They even admit that because of it's size, there's only so much they can do. But after so many months of not finding something, I just settled on it.

Then the week after Thanksgiving, I got my mail one day and saw a pamphlet for this other church that was having a massive Christmas festival and as I looked through it, I noticed a Master Players theater group was performing and so I decided I'd look at the church--it's only a 15 minute drive which is closer than North Point. When I got to the church on that next Sunday, my jaw dropped because it was gorgeous. Classic red brick, Southern-style georgian plantation church (big tall steeple, ginormous white pillars). I then went inside to find the contemporary service and it is gorgeous inside and the service was so nice. Congregation involved in worship--student choirs, adult choirs, worship band and singers. The pastor is great--very Southern and I cringed when he said "ain't" and "nekkid" but he's incredibly wise. The church is called Johnson Ferry and today I found out they also have fitness classes during the week--Zumba and Kickboxing included (although I'm going to have to choose one or the other since they overlap). And I found out last night that just two blocks down from the church is a Pinkberry which was a great surprise as I wasn't aware they existed outside of California. It gives me hope that perhaps a Coffee Bean will be on its way before too long... The church also has 3 different singles small groups (co-ed unlike North Point) that I could go to--I think I'm going to the late 20s-early 30s group for singles who have lived in the real world and are young professionals. Another crazy thing is that I discovered that my uncle, who is a missionary surgeon in Africa for a lot of the year and in NC the rest, has spoken at the church a couple times.

I was really REALLY hating living here in the past couple of months--and now it doesn't seem quite so bad. I'm also putting law school off for another year though because I realized that I was trying to find something to get me out of Atlanta and back to a place I know and people I know and love. And then I saw this award from high school drama that I got senior year -- The Ruth Award, and that made me read Ruth, and a little synopsis of Ruth and I realized that I am here for a reason. Just because I'm impatient and that reason hasn't showed itself doesn't mean that being in Georgia is pointless...I just have to trust that God does have a purpose for me and I'll see it eventually (though hopefully soon). I've got to stop making decisions to meet my ends and start making decisions to meet God's ends. I miss CA and NJ/NYC terribly, but they are just places for which I'm going to have to settle for just visiting unless I feel that God wants me back in one of those places. I do know that if I had stayed in Jersey and not come to Georgia, I don't know where I'd be...I know that I would have left the church I was going to--I love them and they love me, but there comes a point when things change and opinions don't mesh and you've just got to move on. So I know that NJ is not in the cards for me again. I do not know if CA is, though. I do feel a pull towards the northern half of CA--I should say the central coast/bay area of CA, or to be a part of Hope Church that friends have started, but I'm just waiting on God. It's up to Him, not me. I not sure I see myself living in CA without a husband by my side, so it may not be for awhile...especially since I don't even have a boyfriend at this point.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I know I will be here in Atlanta for awhile longer...and luckily that doesn't seem like an awful thing anymore.

GPOYW:ADAAAAAAMMMM!!!

This is Adam and I. Adam is a good friend from college and he gets the honored position of being in the GPOYW because he just informed me a couple days ago that he got engaged! Yay! Congratulations Adam!!!!! Adam is also on his way to becoming an LA Fireman, so nice catch soon-to-be Mrs. Stafford!
This was taken in May when I went back to LA for a business trip (I tried to cut Brian's finger out of the picture):



...at least lately all the engagements/marriages have been my guy friends. Although that makes me sad because I tend to step back significantly from friendships with my guy friends when they get married unless I'm also good friends with the wife. And I do that on purpose just fyi. I have no right keeping a married man as a confidante (in my opinion).

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ha!




OMG, Kim! This made me choke on my diet coke! I come back into my office from over an hour of painful, mundane work in the conference room, turn on my computer, drink my soda, and see "Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition" staring me in the face. I can just see Kim sending this with either a)a look of pure joy of a child on christmas morning, or b)with a totally game-on serious face--and in either case she's chanting "must save the unicorns, play or the unicorns will DIE." haha I haven't gotten a chance to play the game yet, but I will.

This product does not bring me joy



I'm one of those people that uses high-end makeup...except for the mascara. Last Friday I had stopped into ULTA (where I go for hair products) and since I needed mascara I just popped into that aisle. Now, for the past year or so I've been using Cover Girl LashBlast (orange tube) and I absolutely love it. But I only use waterproof and they didn't have any in waterproof so I thought I'd give the Maybelline falsies a try. Now, I don't really need a mascara called Falsies because I naturally have really long eyelashes that magically curl upwards without the use of a eyelash curler.
I absolutely hate the Falsies mascara. HATE IT. I like each lash to be separated from the others and this mascara refuses to let me have it that way. It clumps lashes together for a fanned-out dollish look which bugs the crap out of me when it comes to my own lashes. I hate when lashes get clumped together. I've only used the mascara for a few days now but it's going in the garbage.

In happier news, I'm eating sushi for lunch right now. :) I love sushi and have been craving it for weeks.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

frustrated

You wouldn't think states would make it so difficult to figure out how to apply for a state tax id number...do they or do they not want money?

And, what if the business is already registered? Why the heck would I register all over again??

I hate government crap.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Click It.

Click here to join ebates - get some money back when you buy online.

Just Click, it you know you want to...


:o)

Seriously, join so I can get stuff for referrals.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Doppelgangers

They say everyone has a doppelganger. In case you don't know, a doppelganger (in modern times) is someone who looks exactly like you--even though you aren't related. It's a very strange phenomenon. Facebook recently had a doppelganger fad where everyone put pictures of their celebrity look-a-like as their profile pic (mine was Katherine Heigl, I wish I could have a different one though). Also, I recently saw an episode of How I Met Your Mother that was about doppelgangers. Although despite wondering what it would be like to come across your own exact look-a-like/doppelganger, it's supposedly an omen of death to see your doppelganger face to face.

Anyway, yesterday I went to church and I'm walking through the atrium and a girl and her father come walking out of the bookstore. The girl looked EXACTLY like my stepsister. Her hair, face, body structure, everything was identical. It was seriously the weirdest thing ever. And no it wasn't her because she's a good 18 hours away in Boston. I did a triple-quadruple take though because it was just so crazy.

Despite the omen of death, I want to see my real doppelganger. It would be beyond creepy is an uber awesome kind of way.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Blonde Has A Brainfart...It Happens Sometimes

I was having issues the first half of the day with processing things...made the HORRIBLE mistake of typing "NoCal" on an update and as a result, I've been hypothetically relocated from the Johnson's garage to their garbage. Evidently, 'NoCal' is a derogatory term to those living in Northern California. I personally don't think I should be held accountable though because a) I'm not from California so I really don't know these things, and b)I'm blonde...sometimes I have brainfarts. I'll get back on their good sides eventually.

Anyway, so that post had to do with needing to get something to the CA Secretary of State--and today...although turns out it wouldn't really make any difference time-wise. This is information that I found out when I had to call the Secretary of State's office for a status update. Let me start by saying this is not something you ever want to have to do. The people at the CA Sect. of State do everything possible to avoid actually having to speak to you and so they have this totally massive phone answering system that basically sends you on a wild goose chase from hell. I tried 9 different options, each one landing me right back at the beginning again and NEVER an option to speak to a human. Now, in most phone systems, if you push '0' they send you to an operator. So, after the 9th trip around the proverbial block, I pushed '0'...to which I got a pause and then something along the lines of "your selection is not a valid option." ...Clearly. So, I took a 10th trip around the merry-go-round, or helly-go-round--there's nothing merry about this particular carousel--and decided to shake things up and started pushing various buttons on the phone in a somewhat aggressive manner. BINGO! The phone went silent and then I hear "we're sorry you are having difficulty, please wait while we connect your call". hahahahah suckers! I know the secret! Meanwhile I got a woman who's first language is definitely not English who seemed annoyed that I would call and asked rather condescendingly if I'd checked the website. Where do you think I got the phone number? I wanted a different answer than the website gave me so I called. Don't get perturbed just because I managed to bypass that ridiculous never-ending computerized phone system.

Again, I apologize to Jess, Laura, and Kim (and Ashley although she didn't give me a hard time, or she didn't see it)...I will never defame the northern half of california ever again, even by accident.

Travel Thursday: West El Lay/WeHo/BH

I'm well aware that Los Angeles falls into that 'love it or hate it' view of cities. There are a lot of things to hate, and a lot of things to love. I personally fall into the 'love it' category. Actually, it's more like 'freaking completely LOVE it.' There is just too much to really go into detail on what you should do when in LA. And by LA I mean West LA, WeHo, BH, Santa Monica. I do NOT mean downtown LA, you will want to avoid that...and south central too. There are also bad parts of BH so be careful wherever you are. And just be warned, I know so many people have this glamorous view of Hollywood, but it's not. It's pretty ugly actually. They are working on it, but it's still not a pleasant site everywhere. Stay at Roosevelt if you can afford it--it's gorgeous (inside) and packed to the brim with Hollywood history...and a couple ghosts including Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift (Monty even plays his ghost bugle). Go to Santa Monica Pier and the Promenade, don't go to The Grove, get in and get out with graumans/kodak. Now, in this area there are a LOT of restaurants and cafes...you've probably heard of a lot of them--Katsuya, BOA, The Ivy, Urth Cafe. I haven't been to Katsuya, but I know one of the waitresses and the food is good and there are tons of celebs there constantly so if you want to see a celeb this is the restaurant worth going to. I've never been to BOA either but I love steak. Don't go to The Ivy. This is a restaurant you'll also find celebs at but it's also way over-rated and totally not worth the money. Urth Cafe is somewhat popular as well with the 'younger' celeb crowd--and the food is good. It is a vegetarian restaurant though so don't go if you want some carcass to chew on. And know that it is uber-crowded. These are all great, but if you want to know the best (well in my opinion) place to get lunch, it's The Farm of Beverly Hills. There is a chance of a siting but more importantly, the food is AMAZING. The caesar salad is the best I've ever had in my entire life, and then if you get chicken on it, it's the best chicken you'll ever have in your life. And they have some seriously good desserts--brownies and whoopie pies are especially good and they're my favorite. So if you don't do anything else in LA, go to The Farm. It's on North Beverly Drive in BH across from Crate & Barrel and next door to Coffee Bean (where you must get coffee).

Here's the whoopie pie (that I can practically taste just looking at the picture):


I've also had this, but don't remember the name, blackened grilled chicken wrap something:


Oh and Interior and Exterior Shots of The Farm (so you know what you're looking for):

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Things That Make Me Laugh



I'm not sure which is more funny, the "I'm Kim (the pretty one), I'm Kourtney (the smart one), and I'm Khloe (...)" or "We had to take our name off the Kardashian birth control...yeah they were skittles..."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cold

I am so cold right now...I can't get warm...

I'm about to try seeing if hot tea will help. It probably will until it's gone and then I'll be cold again. And I'm inside! Why am I so cold? And, by the way, I'm the only one in the office that is cold. Maybe I should go buy a snuggie for work.

On a similar (kind of) note, I saw that a company is making a Spanx-like product for the arms--It's basically a super tight, nude-colored long sleeve shirt. All I could think when I saw it was that it'd actually be perfect for my half-marathon in February. It may be in Florida, but it's at 6am in February so it's going to be freezing. But I can't wear just any shirt--it has to be nude colored so that the costume looks legit. And the CH'arms or whatever its called, is PERFECT. My only other option is over-the-elbow length evening gloves.

Must Have Monday

It's really cold in Atlanta today so today's must have is a cute warm coat (I personally love my black, Betsey Johnson pleated peacoat), a scarf, nice gloves (not ugly ski gloves, nice ones--I love my leather gloves from Coach--warm, well-made, AND pretty), and a hat. There are a lot of cute winter hats this year. My personal favorite in the knitted slouchy beret, and also the cute tiny-billed 20's-style hats. Please Please PLEASE don't wear the ugly elmer fudd looking hats...there is nothing cute about them (you know, the ones with ear flaps). Also, winter boots don't have to be ugly either--check out the SM Monti heeled snow boot or the Aquatalia Frostie wedge boot...or if you don't want a heel, the Cougar Stowe Storm boot is alright. I don't really need any boots yet, but I wish I did. :) You can be warm and still look good.

And shoveling snow in heels is a great workout, just fyi.

Friday, December 3, 2010

There are random things about Atlanta that remind me of LA (other than the traffic). For instance, there's a Counter Burger. Then there's Nordstrom and the fact that the interior of Perimeter Mall looks extremely similar, almost identical, to Santa Anita mall. And the other day I drove by an El Pollo Loco which I've only ever seen in Cali. Then there are the Christmas trees. In LA, Christmas tree lots are set up in parking lots from Thanksgiving to Christmas. And now I've passed 3 parking lot Christmas tree lots in Atlanta.

I want a real Christmas tree but I can't have one in the apartment...and if I could I wouldn't be able to get it and put it up myself. I think I'm going to stop at the tree lot and see what the absolute smallest tree they have is. I'm good with a 2 footer.

OTTGGLIFF

Oh Thank The Good Good Lord It's Finally Friday.

Next week I am finally going to get my car registered in Georgia...I have to...Come January 1 I would have to get my emissions checked. It'll be nice to not have to freak out anymore when I see a cop (they would not like my GA license with NJ plates).

I've been wondering the last couple days: What on earth got Julian Assange's panties in such a twist that he's an insanely bitter betty trying to wage war (in a rather immature, high school cyber bully kind of way) against the American government? He should be tried for international treason, and then drawn and quartered. It's not a free speech issue (hi, for one thing he's NOT AMERICAN). Free speech has limits--such as national (and international) security. Assange crossed WAAAAAYYYY over the line.

Also, my sympathies for Cleveland. I don't really follow basketball anymore but after seeing a picture of LeBron in his god-awful ugly jeep with royal-like embroidered headrests, I was rooting for him to get destroyed on the court last night.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FIFA is Annoying.

I love soccer/football/whatever you would like to call it. I've been on cloud nine soccer-wise ever since my team, West Ham Utd, utterly destroyed Manchester Utd in the race for the Carling Cup. Now, if you don't follow the Premier League, you don't know that West Ham is dead last in the standings whereas Man U is number one...and until the other day they were undefeated. My Hammers ripped that undefeated rug right out from under those horrendous red devils--what is that name anyway? I shall call them mannies (like male nannies). West Ham is just one game away from the finals...and should they beat Birmingham and go to the finals, they will most likely play Arsenal which would be great fun. With the exception of just one soccer-loving friend, all are Arsenal lovers so an Arsenal/Hammer final would take me back to jersey in maroon and blue.

Today however, has somewhat poked a hole in my ninth-level cloud as FIFA has announced the bid-winners of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. 2018 was pretty much between England and Russia. Well, let's just say, Wills looked pretty sad and I smell a Russian bribe (they did it at the Olympics, I'm sure they'd do it again...once a cheater, always a cheater). 2022 was between USA, Australia, Qatar, South Korea, and I'm missing 1 or 2. I was definitely not expecting the US to win the bid, we just had it in 1994. I was hoping for an Australian win (I would totally go). After the last week or so, everyone pretty much knew South Korea was out since who knows now if South Korea will even exist in 12 years. So that leaves...Qatar. yeah...that's the tiny country (half the size of Kuwait) connected to Saudi Arabia and just a short boat trip across the Persian Gulf from Iran. Qatar is also friendly with Iran and accepting of Lebanese Hezbollah. However, they are also friendly with America and Britain. Saudi Arabia hates Iran though so I don't think safety is a huge issue...unless stampedes of millions of people is factored in...and the whole summer temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It's just such a teeny-tiny country with possibly fatal temperatures...with no infrastructure for something on the scale of the World Cup. Granted, they have 12 years and a lot of money to build that infrastructure, but that many people in that little of a space is not going to be fun. I think the 2022 World Cup decision is going to be the one that finally backfires on FIFA...but I could be wrong...it is many many years away. Anything can happen in 12 years.

Travel Thursday: Alabama?

When I lived in SoCal, I drank Coffee Bean nearly everyday. Then I moved. Everytime I go back to LA or OC, I drink as much Coffee Bean as possible. Their vanilla lattes are, hands down, the best in the world. I missed them so much that my cousin Michelle, who lives within walking distance of heaven (Coffee Bean) in West Hollywood, sent me a huge canister of the vanilla powder. I apologize to all the others, but she is my favorite cousin...first she puts me in a movie and then she sends me CBTL vanilla powder.

Anyway, when I flew to Michigan for Thanksgiving, I flew into Detroit. I followed the signs for baggage claim and passenger pick-up, get on the escalator going down and then I saw a bright light shining down from heaven as I looked up and saw a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sitting just a dozen yards away from me. It was amazing. I'm pretty sure if someone took a video of me it would've looked like a little kid coming down on Christmas morning and seeing mounds of presents under the tree. Sadly, there is not a happy ending to this story as not even a week before I was laid up with kidney stones and therefore on a strict no coffee diet...so I didn't get my precious cup of coffee. Actually if there hadn't been a super long line and a need to get out to the car faster than asap I totally would've broken the no coffee rule.

Good future news though...come Christmastime I will be in the Detroit airport again and will be getting my coffee. Also, I found out yesterday that there is a random Coffee Bean in a small town in the middle of Alabama--and it is 2 1/2 hours away from me. You're probably thinking, who the heck would drive 2 1/2 hours to the middle of nowhere just for coffee? Well, me. I would. me. coffee. There's evidently an outlet center or something there too so ya know, I'll get my Christmas shopping done at the same time...that makes it more legit, right? :)

My precious life elixir the last time I was in CA:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Come Ride the Pink Pig



I know, "ride the pink pig" sounds something akin to "puff the magic dragon" but it really does literally mean "ride the pink pig." I keep hearing things about riding the pink pig down at Lenox mall so finally I googled it to find out what the pink pig is. Honestly, I had been pictured this giant pig that you climb up on and sit on and have your picture taken. Not so...it's a pink train with a happy cartoon-looking pig's head on the front.

The Pink Pig, original pig was named Priscilla, is a Christmas tradition in Atlanta dating back to 1953 when Priscilla was unveiled at some place named Rich's (founded by Mo Rich. That was his name...and Mo named his son Richard--so Mo Rich and Richie Rich) downtown. Well, nowadays, it's not exactly safe to set foot in downtown Atlanta unless you carry a gun, and Rich's closed a long time ago, so a few years ago the pig was resurrected and moved to Macy's at Lenox mall (the nicest mall in the area) in Buckhead (an insanely rich area). Porky (not the current pigs name, just what I'm calling him) only comes out for the holidays...which leads me to wonder some things...

1. How rich was Mo Rich? Was he as rich or richer than his son Rich Rich?
2. Why a pig? Other than eating ham at Christmas, what about a pig squeals Christmas?
3. Why a pink pig? Why not a red pig or a green pig...that would at least make the pig more Christmas-y...
4. Why are we riding a pink pig? Is it a Georgian tradition for kids to ride pigs at Christmas time?
5. Does the pink pig train ride like a real pig would run if some child was attempting to ride it (with bucking, fast sprints and turns and sudden stops)? Or does it just go in a circle at 3mph like other christmas mall trains?

Whatever the answers are, it obviously worked out well in order to have become a 57 year tradition even though the original store is long gone and the pig has changed hands and locations at least twice.

Fun Fact: The Pink Pig also plays an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. For a long time it was a segregated train, until one year, before any other stores, Rich's decided to desegregate not only the Pink Pig but the entire store. Martin Luther King, Jr. called it the greatest success in the civil rights movement to (that) date.

GPOYW



About a year ago with my friend Tegan at our friend Lisbe's going away party. First Lisbe went home to South Africa, and then a few months later Tegan went home to South Africa as well.

Here's another fun shot from that night:


...I would like to think that Pete and Simon did not plan that pose (on the right side). Well, actually, Pete probably had no idea what was going on behind him...