Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.
Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
Have a great holiday season!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Anyhow, back to this new book. It was definitely an adventureto get it! I went to the store to pick one up and there were only 3 copies (all in hardback). I would have bought it but I didn't have the cash on me to buy a $22 book. I assumed they would have it in paperback for like $10 or something. No such luck. So I decided to go home get cash & go buy it at the Wal-mart by my house. Well of course that location didn't have it so I just went home, ate dinner, and went to bed. This morning I woke up early ran to the Spanway Wal-mart and bought it. I misjudged the time it would take me to get to work so I had 30 minutes to spare before I started. So...naturally I started to read. Like I said it feels like it's going to be a good book...and then it happened.
I went to lunch today and read 2 more chapters. Now I am hooked! GOSH DARN IT!!!! This Stephenie Meyer lady is a hypnotist I tell you!!! Only she does it with words! Making them all hypnotizing and stuff! LOL! I'll admit it, this book was not something that I was interested in reading at all. SCI-FI about aliens...but, alas I now will be reading into the wee hours of the night I assume.
The only negative...I found Twilight when all four books were already released. This book 'The Host' is only the first of 3 or 4 books. None of the others are out yet. UGH!!! What kind of mess have I gotten myself into now??!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Anyhow, our road trip to Forks for our Twilight mania, self guided tour was SO MUCH FUN!! I took tons of pictures. LOL! The drive over even felt like we were going into another world. The rainforest was beautiful (we took the more scenic route.) We went through Port Angeles. When we got to Lake Crescent it was almost surreal...the weather was beautiful but there was this weird misty fog floating through the mountains and across parts of lake. Once we got within about 15 miles of Forks the sun disappeared and were suddenly in overcast weather. LOL!! They don't lie about their weather over there. HAHA! When we drove through the town we stopped at Forks High School & snapped some photos. A photographer from 'The Olympian' found us & asked a couple questions, then he took our phone numbers & names so their reporter could call us later. HAHAHA! We went on to the Chamber of Commerce to pick up our maps to do the self guided tour. The lady there (Marcia) was totally fun. They have sweatshirts there and bumperstickers. They give you the Twilight packet which consists of the map, other attractions in Forks, and a long list of Twilight trivia. It actually has pretty good questions too.
So we drove all around and took pictures at the Outfitters (Bella's work), The Swan's house, The Cullen's, The police station. We went to the hospital and Dr. Cullen (the real life Dr. Cullen) came out & we got our picture taken with him. One of the hotels in town had a reader board that said "Edward Cullen did not sleep here." This town went all out! We did some shopping but didn't find anything that great. The Outfitters has the best stuff there I think or the Chamber of Commerce. After this is was off to La Push!! The Quileute resevation is very beautiful. First Beach & Second Beach are probably the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in Washington. I got lots of really beautiful pictures I can't wait to put in frames. Once we were done at the beach we were ravenously hungry!! We decided to go back into Forks & eat at Sullys Burgers. This joint has great burgers & shakes. Home of the "Bella Burger" and the "Twilight Punch". If you like pineapple on your burger you will love it!! The punch is really just strawberry lemonade but it's tasty!!
This was probably the most fun "1 day road trip" I have been on. Beth, Rosina, and I are planning on going back to La Push. Ok well not so much planning as actually going. We have a 2 bedroom cabin booked for 7/24 -7/26. Thanks so much to Ms. Beth's speedy-ness. I know after this movie comes out it will get even more crazy in that area than it already is. So we booked EARLY. I can't wait to go back!! This might be my new vacation spot. I LOVE IT!!! Soooo...all in all it was totally worth it for me to go. I think if you are as obsessed as I am you should take the trip. If you want to see pictures I should have them up on my myspace pretty soon. :-) Now comes the movie...I can't wait!!! This is my next event that I am pumped up for!! only 2.5 more days!!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Well...here we go. I am now officially taking a roadtrip to Forks, WA so I can...be one with Bella Swan & Edward Cullen. LOL! My friend Beth & I wanted to go as of about a week & a half ago maybe. I wasn't really sure if I would get the umph to actually go for it though. The two of us conspired together this morning via email, I checked the weather. Of course just like in 'Twilight' it is supossed to be gray but essentially a nice day. For Forks that is. Nothing we mossbacks from the northwest aren't used to already though.
So they say its about a 3 hour drive and I am totally justifying the LONG ASS drive by using my 1.5 - 2 hour commute to work everyday. I do think it will be completely worth it though. They have TWILIGHT TOURS!! It may be a retarded tour but, honestly, I wouldn't even have a clue what to do or where to go in Forks. How would I know how to get to La Push or the Quiluete Indian reservation? I may be from NW Washington but I can't remember a time in my life that I went to Forks. HAHA! The restaurant here has Bella burgers and Edward shakes and crap like that. There are stores with 'Twilight' t-shirts. I am curious if they'll be different than the ones they sell at hot topic & online. There are lots of people going to Forks now from all over the USA and the world for that matter. (It has been great for the small town of Forks and their economy.) The best part of this is Stephenie Meyer apparently used some actual names from this little town. THAT'S RIGHT!! There's a Cheif Swan. (I heard there is a Dr. Cullen running around there as well.) Apparently he gets asked for autographs a lot now.
Anyway...my "big" weekend plans consist of going to a tiny little town in the Washington rainforest to essentially find a family of vampires or werewolves?? Pretty lame. No but really I think it's going to be a blast to just put myself even more into this fictional but still very real backdrop of my favorite books and a piece of Washington I at least don't remember ever seeing. (Which is really sad considering I've lived my whole life here.) I'll even be a true tourist and bring my camera. I am sure I will write more on Monday about our roadtrip. I CAN'T WAIT!!! Maybe I'll even get a picture with Cheif Swan. :-)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So these books are my obsession...I can't really explain it to people because they always think I am crazy. That is until they finally get curious enough to read them themselves. From there it always turns around and they finally understand. LOL! It all started on the way to Italy. I had seen a couple of the previews for the upcoming movie 'Twilight' and thought to myself that looks like a movie I want to see. When we were in Las Vegas airport I saw a book by the same name and decided to read it on the plane. The ONLY breaks I took was on our rush to the next plane in New York and when I was eating. So, about 15 hours later, there I was in Pisa, Italy done with this book and not in possesion of the second book 'New Moon'.
If you have read these books I am sure you have barely been able to wait overnight to go buy the 2nd, & then the 3rd, & then the 4th books in the series. Well I went to find it in Italy and immediatley cursed myself for NOT BEING ABLE TO READ ITALIAN. HAHA! I hunted & hunted. Finally I found 'New Moon' (in English) in Sienna and bought it. I cursed myself then because I finished it in less than 24 hours and was empty handed again. Our last day in Italy I found 'Eclipse' in Lucca. Again I read this book on the plane from Pisa to London to Shannon, Ireland. I found myself in another country I was SURE it would be an easy book to find in Ireland since they speak English and all. I was correct about that and I tried to savor every moment of that last book since as far as I new it was the last one.
I thought that with the end of this book that I would relax and I wouldn't be quite so engrossed in these books. When I got home I couldn't shut up about it! I became a promoter for the entire book series. (Even though you only need to have people read the first one & then it's all over.) Sometimes I wonder how much money I am making for Stephenie Meyer & her family. LOL! I have now read Twilight about four or five times and the other three books I have read three times. I still have not let go of these books and I doubt I ever will. Not to mention there is suppossed to be another coming out now.
I have never been much of a reader at any time of my life. Only the books that we were ordered to read in school. It had been about 2 years since I had read any books actually. I think I personally have found the books that I will be able to pick up and read again for the rest of my life, at any time in my life. Last night my roomate & I even went to the South Center mall to wait in line to meet some of the cast of 'Twilight' the movie. I have never seen so many screaming, 15 year old girls in my life!! I have now recruited many, many more fans and I am so happy to share my obesessiveness with them too! SO!!! I want to HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THESE BOOKS! Twilight starts out somewhat slow but before you know it... BAM!!! From that moment on you are addicted. You have been warned...Enjoy every moment of it.