Monday, November 29, 2010

Go Ask Alice

I love Alice in Wonderland. and I have to wonder why others FREAK OUT when you say Christian and Alice in Wonderland in the same breath. I have to question those people and say, do you know Alice in Wonderland was written in the 1800's, not 1969.

I also want to say do you know what the culture was like in the mid 1800's? They did not have TV, Wii, Xbox, dvd or movies. Back in those days people had to use their imagination to have fun.

For entertainment people would tell stories or riddles. They would play simple games like how many words can you think of that start with the letter M. Telling stories and riddles has become a lost art. I feel sorry for all you adults who have to be so in control of every little thing in your life. You can't have fun watching or hearing the story of Alice in Wonderland.  Having an imagination must be scary for you. Jerry Seinfeld used to say his tv series was "about nothing." The story of Alice in Wonderland was about nothing. It was JUST A STORY.

Maybe people get upset because the caterpillar is smoking a hookah. So what. It the old days in the middle east people used the hookah to smoke a sweet tobacco. Even here in America at one time smoking a pipe was social acceptable. There is also talk of Alice eating mushrooms. I eat mushrooms, do you? Does every mushroom have to be of the psychedelic kind?

Another problem is Alice in Wonderland is, NOT "traditional"according to some Christians. I am glad I am not stuck, never changing because of tradition. It used to be traditional to beat you kids for any minor offense.  Just because something is traditional does not ALWAYS mean right or good.  I am tired of traditionalist telling me I am the wrong kind of Christan because I don't do this or that.
I can see how some people would believe that tradition is comfortable. The unknown is very, very, frightening indeed. 

In a way before I became a Christian I was like Alice, wondering around, nothing made sense. I did not understand what was going on around me.  I kept trying to get "home", but I was lost in an underground world. I felt alone. Christ changed that for me.

By the way I LOVE the song White Rabbit by Jefferson airplane. If you go chasing rabbits!

Get over yourselves you Alice haters. I will go and have fun. You can stay in your boring lackluster world.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

On The 8th Day of my Vacation

On the 8th Day of my vacation I woke up and looked at the clock. It said 5:30 am. I thought to myself still half asleep, it seems pretty light outside for 5:30 am. I deiced to go back to sleep. I couldn't. Come to find out It was 7:30 am! My clock had stopped.  MaMajane can you believe I slept that late? 
I got a cup of coffee and went to my computer. I checked in with my friends on facebook.

My dad came over and we took a printer and some other old electronic stuff to be recycled. Than it was off to Karna's Sassy Lass boutique. It was fun. I bought 2 bracelets. My friend Dixie was there.

Then it was off to lunch with part of the family. It was good seeing everyone, especially my oldest nephew- SS. SS lives down south by JD, not in the south like Mrs.F.  SS wanted to go to a new hamburger joint in Bookside. When me and my dad arrived the rest of the family was there. The restaurant was PACKED.  The family said lets go to Emilys. Oh NO. NOT EMILYS next to the hospital, that stupid restaurant smells like Kaiser. I kept saying lets go to The Counter. Nope- it off to Emilys. Once I got past the hospital smell,  it was ok. The hamburger was almost $10.00. What a rip off. It was good, but not great by any means. I get a better hamburger in Gunpoint for $5.00. Anyways it was fun hanging out with SS.

Me and my dad went to say Miss Sunshine and her boyfriend Honk. We only stayed a few minutes. I am very happy Miss Sunshine found someone. Miss Sunshine has a sparkle in her eyes. God bless her. I was kind of hyped up because of all coffee I drank at Emilys and I had garlic breath. Oh well. Honk  seems pretty down to earth. I hope they live happily ever after.

Next stop the Junk store. Dad bought stuff. Dad loves junk stores. He is like a kid in a candy shop.

I came home and made dinner. My gig a low was obsessed on the potatoes I made last night. Change in menu again. Left overs. GG-GP took the dishes out of the dish washer and refilled it. He said I worked really hard on dinner the last few night so I should have a break. How kind that he noticed.

To make a very long story short me and my gig a low came into a small amount of money. So after dinner I bought a new TV online. The TV in the living room keeps scrambling, so you hit the side of the tv and the picture comes back on but it is squiggly. That old tv was on its last leg. I got a great deal on the new television- half off. We may be homeless, but we will have a new tv darn it. This will be our first new TV in 15 years. The old tv was an "open box" from sears. It has done well all these years.

Did I tell you the dishwasher we bought on Craigslist works like a charm? I love it!

All of our stuff is wearing out.

After dinner I went to the import store. I bought stocking stuffers for my gig a low and GG-GP. I think I am pretty much done Christmas shopping now.

I can't believe this. I am turning into a vampire like my gig a low and GG-GP. Look how late it is and I am still awake. Maybe I will sleep all day tomorrow.

7th day of my Vacation

On the 7th day of my vacation I woke up. I got a cup or coffee and looked at the TV's that were on sale on the internet.
I put up blow up Santa. He is so cute! I love blow up Santa.

I really didn't do that much.

My Dad, GG-Gp, "A", JD come over for thanksgiving/Birthday dinner. We had ham, cheese potatoes, super easy Waldorf salad, crescents, and condiments. The garlic stuffed green olives where a big hit.

The most exciting news is JD has a new job as a SECRET AGENT for some unnamed US government agency.  Our first 007! JD is going to Europe for 11 days with "friends" on Christmas day.

"A" is super buffed, Ripped and has a 6 pack.

My gig a low bought me a micro-fiber, memory foam bathroom mat. I LOVE IT.
GG-GP was so kind to bring me flowers and card with a present in it.

JD and "A" gave me a beautiful card that says:

Know what makes you so great? You've got this attitude that says "there's plenty of love to go around"  If someone needs a little mothering you do it, I'm lucky to be one of the those someones who learned from you, laughed with you and been welcomed by your good and generous heart. you make the world better just by being in it"
love JD and "A".

The card brought a tear to my eye.

Friday, November 26, 2010

ON the 6th Day of My Vacation

ON the 6th Day of My Vacation I woke up. I got a cup of coffee and went to my computer to see who was going to have what for sale on Black Friday.
I did  housework. BORING.
I did some prep work for tonight dinner.
I did more housework.
I fix a turkey breast with stuffing for dinner.
I set the dining room table with the Blue Willow china my dad bought while he was in the Korean War. My table looks beautiful. I love blue and white.
I wrote my blog about Thanksgiving-rough draft.
Over all a very boring day.

I am thankful for my family, friends and doggies. I am thankful that my dad is around for another Thanksgiving. I am thankful to God and all he has blessed me with. I am thankful I can go to a grocery store and have 1000's of items to pick from. I am thankful that I live in America. I am thankful that you and I have the freedom of choice (that applies to everything.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fond Memeorie of Thanksgiving Rough Draft

When I grew up we had big family Thanksgivings. Usually about 22 of us. There was always a "kids table" and an "adult table." When you graduated to the adult table it was a big deal. Even when I did graduate to the adult table I rebelled and sat with the "kids" they were more fun. The adults were to drab in their conversations. Some of our family's children were favored and ALWAYS sat at the adult table. All the rest of us noticed.

There was nothing that would divide our family more then lumpy gravy. Lumpy gravy had the giblets and gross turkey organs and neck in it. I dreaded that gravy all year. The smell when both my 1 and 2 mom would cook the extra parts was putrid. One day when I was about 14, when we all sat down for dinner, I took a stand. I proclaimed loudly " I do not like lumpy gravy, I think it is gross." My dad got REALLY mad. How dare I say something like that. After all lumpy gravy is a tradition and you don't mess with tradition. I heard some quiet voices backing me up. PART OF MY FAMILY IS BACKING ME UP!

The next year I started my campaign against lumpy gravy in July. After months of hounding, my 2ed mom make two gravies. One lumpy gravy, one not lumpy gravy. That pissed my dad off again. Us non-lumpy's were called whiners and told we were screwing up thanksgiving. We did not care, our gravy was smooth as silk. The following years we would divide up and sit according to lumpy or non-lumpy. The kids table became the non lumpy gravy table. We were happy with our non-lumpy gravy, mash potatoes, stuffing, black olives and sweet dinner rolls. The turkey was always over cooked and tasted like sawdust. I thought that was the way turkey was suppose to taste. We had green peas and cheese every year because that is what one of my brothers liked. We had haystack cookies. I loved haystack cookies.

Raider Mom reminded me of the Thanksgiving day I told one of my nephews that mushrooms grow in cow poop.

When I got my drivers license a whole new Thanksgiving world opened up. We broke a family tradition again. Instead of sitting around with the family all day doing nothing except watching tv and sleeping, me and Raider mom went to Tower Records. When I told my family me and Raider Mom  where going to Tower Record, my family said there is no place open on Thanksgiving. I said oh yes there is, Tower Records. It was open every day of the year from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. That started a tradition for me and Raider Mom and anyone else who wanted to go.

Every year I got stuck doing the dishes. I hated doing the dishes. 

I would always make an appearance at MaMajanes house. That is where all the action was. Some how it was always fun that MaMajanes house.

Thanksgivings just have not been the same since my 2ed mom died in 2004. The family has each gone their own way. MaMajane and my foster family have moved and each gone their own way. 

I miss those boring thanksgivings with the family.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

5 Day Of My Vacation

The first thing I did on the 5th Day Of My Vacation is I woke up. I got a cup of coffee and went to my computer to see what was going on in the world. Most talk was about Dancing with the Stars. I have never watched it.

My sweet friend and I went to see the movie "Burlesque". THIS IS NOT A CHRISTIAN MOVIE! I know you are surprised. The plot was your typical Boy meets girl, very predictable, stupid in fact. The singing and the dancing was fantastic! Cher's song was a show stopper. She is incredible after all these years! Christina Aguilera can really belt out a song! The movie had 4 G D words I don't like that. One f word.  Usually I will walk out after 3. The movie showed a Nakie (naked) man bun. I haven't seen a cute little buffed butt like that in years!!!heheh. I like the gay lead. I forget his name. He seems really comfortable in his gayness. He must be a real one. Overall me and my sweet friend like the movie because of the singing. My sweet friend was making me laugh when she talked about these young girls and their hard bodies. This one dance in the movie the burlesque dancers had on these ittie bitty skirts make out of piano key fabric. My sweet friend said "it would take the whole piano to cover our butts." I laughed so hard. I told my sweet friend to speak for herself! We had a great time .

Than we decide to go to Whole foods to pick up a few things. It was as if Moses had parted the red sea. Drove right up, got a place to park, got what we needed and got out. There had to of been 10 million people shopping. We were very lucky.

I came home, and started to cook dinner when I noticed that the little adapter thingie (that hold the blade) was missing from my food processor. I looked high and low. No where to be found. GG-GP had done the dishes and he said he did not remember seeing it. My worst nightmare.

I had to go dig in the big garbage "toter." I pulled the toter to my yard and dumped it over. Piece by piece I sorted through the garbage. I will spare you the gory details. Nothing.  I looked in the recycle toter and someone (not mentioning any names) put a full bag of garbage in the recycle toter. I pulled the recycle toter on the lawn and dumped it out. I looked back in the toter to see if I had got everything out. There at the very bottom of the recycle toter was my food processor adapter. Praise God! Now it was 5 pm. I had to change my clothes and take a shower after digging in the garbage cans.  To late for Lasagna. Side note to Lila, I switched and had Mexi-Cali tonight, we will have lasagna on Saturday.
Dad came over for dinner and we watched Survivor. It was just a recap. Bummer.
I had a good day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

On The 4th Day of My vacation

On the forth day of my vacation I woke up. I went to my computer with a cup of coffee to see what was going on in the world.

I went to WinCo to do some major grocery shopping. I was so happy the grocery store was not busy. I must of beat the rush. Come home put the stuff away (BORING)

I went back out this time to Walmart to pick up a few things (even more boring)

I put together GG-GP birthday present together.
I started on A's Birthday present

I started organizing Christmas stuff.

It is my gig a lows birthday today so I played secretary and filed a pile of paid bills stubs, invoices ect. My gig a lows love language is works. 

I made him a birthday dinner. Here it is

Chicken cooked in homemade whole cranberry sauce
Homemade scalloped cheesy potatoes.
"native" bread.
Mix Berry pie

He opened his birthday present  - Slippers-It is what my gig a low wanted!

My friend Lila asked about the menu. Yes I make a menu and stick to it. I take the meat out of the freezer, that makes me committed. It makes my life so much easier if I have a menu. I hate obsessing about what am I going to fix for dinner tonight. Here is the basic menu for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow Night - Lasagna, "native" bread, green salad
Thursday - Herb turkey breast,  homemade potato salad, stuffing, carrots
Friday - Apricot glazed- ham, Waldorf salad, MaMajanes super yummy potatoes, mini croissants, pumpkin pie, strawberry cheese cake (we are celebrating our birthdays and thanksgiving with my dad and the kids)
Saturday - Mex-Cali cornbread casserole
Sunday - leftovers :)

3ed day of my Vacation

On the 3ed day of my vacation I woke up. I checked the internet to see what is going on in the world. MaMaJane has a new facebook page. She has been and always will be the coolest mom ever.

I went out to breakfast with a friend. I was suppose to have "sour dough flapjacks." I think they forgot the sour dough starter. The pancakes where not fluffy or bubbly. The pancakes had no taste. The coffee was mild (boring coffee). It was really good to hang out with my friend. But I don't think I will be returning to this restaurant.

Juan come over to put our dishwasher in and fix the front gate and the back gate so the doggies don't get out.

I went over to my dads and picked him up, On my way over to my dad's I noticed that my bike rack was wobbling around.  I started praying that my bike rack would not fall off on the freeway.

Thankfully my bother was at my dad's house when I arrived. My pin lock had falling off and the bolt was loose. My bother fixed the bolt. Then me and my dad went on the hunt for a new lock. We went to REI and Any Mountain, I found one at Any Mountain,  The price tag said 21.99. The cashier said oh thats mis-marked it is 25.99. I said the price tag says 21.99. Ok already- she gave me the 21.99 price. Then my dad wanted to take me out to lunch. I said Dad I am not hungry I just ate breakfast. My dad insisted. So I got a kids meal buritto.

My Dad and I went to Walmart. They had canned chicken broth for .50 can. I took my dad home. I cleaned the other half of the dinning room.

I went all out last night and made TV dining. My gig a low and GG-GP had some sort of meat product and I had something that resembled an extra large chicken nugget.

We could not use the new dishwasher because we did not have enough dishes.

I made up my dinner menu for the week.

I finished watching the American music awards. I like the Black Eyed Peas the best.

That was it.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Short Shorty Story

I keep forgetting to tell you this short Shorty story.

Shorty was doing a word search on the overhead to help her students find the words. One student raised their hand. Shorty called on the student. "Ms. Shorty, why do you have witches hands?"

The end.

2 day of my Vacation

The first thing I did on the 2ed day of my vacation is I woke up.
  • I did the laundry
  • Me and my gig a low got my dad's truck
  • We drove down to California Canyon
  • We got the dishwasher.
  • We stopped for breakfast in Wisteria. They had homemade cream cheese pumpkin muffins and extra strong coffee! I loved it.
  • We took the dishwasher out of the truck
  • I cleaned half of the dining room
  • I took the truck back to my dad's
  • I posted Raider Baby's photo here on this blog.
  • I made homemade butternut squash soup from scratch for dinner. We had cinnamon raisin toast to accompany our soup. 
I hope there are no cockroaches attached to the dishwasher. My gig a low said there are no cockroaches in California Canyon. I told my gig a low that cockroaches, mice, rats and bedbugs don't care how swanky the neighborhood is. They do not discriminate between rich people and poor people. I made him leave the dishwasher outside over night just in case.

My cell phone has a dead battery and my charger is in the classroom. Great.

Raider Baby Photo

Do you remember when Raider Baby was born? Look how fast she is growing. She is adorable. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

First Day of My Vacation

On the first day of my vacation - I woke up. I checked whats going on in the world on my computer. Today is Sis's Birthday. Happy Birthday Sis.

My sweet friend took me out to breakfast for my birthday. She let me pick. I wanted to go to the hole in the wall. It is in the back of a strip mall in Rolling Hills.  This little cafe has been in Rolling Hills for years. They have signs hanging on the walls that say things like "If you haven't been served in 30 minutes you probably won't be served at all."  It was packed. We had to sit at the counter. I had the "Tuesday Special" on Saturday, eggs and french toast. This little hole in the wall has the very best hash browns.

We attempted to go to some holiday boutiques. We could not find one, we were a week early for the other. So we stopped at an antique store. They where having a "Vintage Christmas"

I think I must of been a little shaky after about 8 cups of coffee. I found this very cute red truck ornament. I promptly dropped it and it broke in 1 million pieces. Oooopps, I guess I just bought it. The owners said it was ok, not to worry that it happens all the time. I told my sweet friend it was time to get out of there.

I got home and the phone rang. It was my dad. He just got home from the hills. He had a truck load of firewood. So I went over to his house and unloaded the truck load of wood. It had been pouring down rain. It smelled fresh outside. It was cold and windy. I loved it. I told my dad to go in the house and get some rest.

While I was unloading the wood I was thinking I love this kind of work, compared to house work. House work boring- working outside happy. I loved the smell of the wood, I loved working hard. I loved being outside. My 2 mom used to call me her "country girl," ( that was a compliment) I think she was right. I am misplaced.  It took me about an hour but I gotter' done. I was happy to help my dad. I went home.

Me and my gig a low have been looking for a new dishwasher. Ours has stopped working. So I have been looking on Craigs list. I found one today. We are suppose to get it tomorrow. I will have to cut church to go get it. My gig a low email the pastor to tell him we would not be at church. Kind of like calling in sick I suppose. I see the ad is still up. I hope it works.. You never know if your going to get taken when you buy things on Craigs list.

I cooked a pot roast for dinner with all fixing.

My gig a low and I watched the movie "Goonies."

It was a good day.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blow Up Santa

My x Mormon friend is getting ready to have her annual Christmas party. I said to my x Mormon friend, no kids at the party this year right? She assured me no kids. We will see.
my oath:
  • I will not get attached to any gift I get. 
  • I will act mature and not have a melt down if someone takes my present! I PROMISE.
  • I will not be annoyed at the people who are drunk and out of control.

I am already thinking about blow up santa. At 12:01 am Nov. 26 he is going up in the front yard. I love blow up Santa. Thanks to MaMajane and Sis, I will be able to keep up with the Jones'es! I can't wait to tell that _____ that I got a blow up Santa that was way better then hers! Deep in my heart I want her to tell me her blow up Santa did not work.

Thank you MaMajane and Sis for the gift that keeps giving!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shorty's House

The other day me and my sweet friend were driving around looking for "holiday boutiques." One lead us right into the street where Shorty lived. Of course I had to show my sweet friend where Shorty grew up.

As we drove down the street all the awful memories started pouring back. It was as if we were approaching a hunted house at the end of the street.

Me and Shorty's mom did not get along. She thought I was a bad influence (who me?)  I was about 13 years old at the time. I decided to get revenge. I went in to Shorty's mom's bathroom medicine cabinet and flushed half her birth control pills down the toilet. Poor Shorty got her ass whooped for that one. I told Shorty's Mom I did it. Didn't matter, Shorty still got a beating.

Dear Shorty,

I still feel very bad about that one. I want to cry even now. Not that I messed up your mom's menstrual cycle, (or sex life) I feel bad that you were punished so severely. I am so sorry Shorty.

Your life long friend

Ps Remember you promised to come back to California in June.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Marimoto - Napa Part 2 the Food (Update)

Karna and I went to "Marimoto - Napa." The world renowned Iron chef who became popular after the show Iron Chef on the food netword.

This food review will be as if we were judges on the original Iron Chef show.

Chairmen- our first judge is Karna. Karna is a famous crafter and socialite. (applause)
Our next judge is RQ.  RQ is a writer of a blog that is read from people around the world and she is also a socialite. (applause)

Now that the formal introductions are out of the way we can get down to business.

Amber our server brings us our first delight. A non alcoholic - Pomegranate spritzer!

Karna- It is refreshing. I would like to get this recipe.

RQ -The soft pinkish color draws you to the drink. The liquid seems comfortable in the glass. The drink has a slight amount of foam that makes it enticing. On top of the foam there is a mint leaf and pomegranate seeds that resembles the head of a dragon. I have to agree with Karna, the drink is refreshing. Like ying and yang. Not to sweet not to sour.

Next Amber brings us our appetizers:

Karna gets the Soft shell crab roll - deep fried soft shell crab, asparagus, tobiko, avocado, scallion, spicy sauce.

Karna- this is fabulous.

RQ gets the Rock shrimp tempura – spicy kochujan sauce, wasabi aïoli.

RQ- this dish was worth driving to Napa for.  It had a perfect balance. Fire and ice. The wasabi aïoli flavor was very soft,  sweet and beautiful like the dance of the snowflakes in the Nutcracker ballet. The flavor of the spicy kochujan sauce was like a sexy flamenco dancer, alluring and captivating. The flavors danced all over my pallet. The shrimp was breaded, light and fluffy like a cloud,  that had a hint of sweetness. This dish came with a dill sauce that was very good. This appetizer was revolutionary.

Amber brings us our main course the chefs lunch.

Karna had -Angry chicken lunch – grilled chicken thigh, shishito pepper. Vegetable tempura and bleu cheese sauce, sushi and salad.

Karna- This is chicken with attitude. Not to spicy. The rice seems to absorb the flavors of the chicken. Vegetable tempura is very good. The salad was very good. The sushi was the best she had ever had. Karna has had sushi from all around the country and from fine restaurants in San Francisco. Karna says the other sushi she had could not compare to the freshness and perfection. This is no safeway sushi.

RQ had the Beef teriyaki lunch – beans and carrots sesame seed. Vegetable tempura and bleu cheese sauce, sushi, tofu miso soup. RQ requested fully cooked or vegetarian sushi as it is not her forte.

RQ - I gobbled the sushi down like a pelican trying not to taste it. (boooo from the audience) I have to say the rice was tasty and the presentation of the food on the plate was a masterpiece. The cold egg "omelet" sushi reminded me of a little mini sumo wrestler on my plate, he would fight me on the way down. (boooo, hiss) the cooked tuna sushi was tasty.  I would be tempted to try this raw. My plate had fresh thinly sliced ginger that tasted like Christmas. The vegetable tempura was light and airy. There was carrots, okra, a leaf and some peppers. It was way to salty for me. It tasted like the ocean, but there was no bitter after taste in your mouth. (people screaming  BOOOOOOOO) I could not really taste the blue cheese that was at the bottom of the bowl. The soup was an unfortunate choice. The flavors where not compatible. I absolutely did not like this one at all. (people are screaming for me to get off the stage.) The Beef Terriyaki made me forget about the rest of the dishes on the lunch plate. It reminded me of a ride back in time on the luxurious orient express, in all its glory.  (cheers from the audience) The meat was perfect. The Terriyaki glaze sparkled like a star at night. The sauce was sweet and tangy. This was melt in your mouth divine. All is redeemed. 

After our table is cleared Amber brings us dessert.  Ice Cream Sandwiches. 3 squares about 3x3 each.
One chocolate, one peanut butter,  one lime ginger.

Karna - I like the lime ginger ice cream sandwich the best, so I am going to eat it last. These are very good.

RQ - The peanut butter ice cream sandwich reminded me of a peanut butter milk shake in a square.  It was rich and creamy. It had a very light peanut crust. Eating this one brought forth fond childhood memories, like a day without school. The chocolate ice cream sandwich tasted like sour milk. Much to my disappointment I have to say I am going to have to minus points for this one. (booo) The best ice cream sandwich was the lime ginger. The crust was delicate lace and spice. The ice cream was fresh and exciting. It was like walking through a tropical rain forest. Karna was right. The ginger lime ice cream sandwich was a blue ribbon winner.  It was an honor to eat it.

Combined total points of the restaurant ambiance and food
Karna - 10
RQ - 9.5

Marimoto wins!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Iron Chef Part 1

Yesterday, I went the to the world famous Iron Chef's restaurant. "Morimoto." I had been a faithful fan of the original TV show Iron Chef from Japan- English dubs and all. The premise of the show was a Iron Chef and a Challenger Chef.  The Challenger chef picked 1 out of 3 Iron Chef to compete with.  The "chairman" would give the chefs a secret ingredient. The ingredient was unveiled at the beginning of the show with much fanfare. 

The two chefs would compete to create a masterpiece with the secret ingredient within 1 hour.  I became a fan of  Masaharu Morimoto almost instantly. I loved to watch Morimoto cook with grace. He seems to have a good sense of humor and be a little rebellious. I thought he was the best looking Iron Chef.

The judges on the show were stiff society foodie types.  When they would review the dishes their words were poetic or sharp cutting words.  Once in a while they had a celebrity  judge who didn't know what to say other then it was good, or I didn't like it.

In early September I heard that Chef Morimoto opened a restaurant in Napa. I called my friend Karna who loved the original Iron Chef tv show as much as I did. We made reservations. There was a 6 week waiting list. It was worth the wait.

First of all the restaurant was beautiful in its design. Simple, elegant, earthy, fung shui-ish. It seemed as though the decorators built their theme around the sketch of the dragon. The tables where made out of beautiful wood. The restaurant was open and spacious.  Twisted wood adorned the walls in the restaurant. If you use a little imagination you could see how the wood on the walls could resemble a dragon. It was beautiful and peaceful.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Cranky Mood On Friday

Dear Malinda,
I was cranky because it was the first Friday of the month and you know how I hate the pandemonium. You do too as far as that goes. On top of that you know who broke hospital rule #1 first thing. When I called that person out about it, that person argued with me. Then Miss Sunshine started in. That's why I made myself a badge that said CRANKY. It was my polite way to tell everyone to BACK OFF.  My day started to turn around when my x Mormon friend pinched me on the butt..hehe. She is so bad! Me and Miss Sunshine made up, and you were there to cheer me up and agree on how people should treat each other. I hope things go ok for you this week. Let me know how Bookstone is treating your dad and let me know if I can do anything to help. Remember family first always!

Quit the Bottle

As you may know, I have quit the bottle... dyeing my hair. All my co-workers thought I was nuts. They said they are not ready yet, they still need their bottle. It just cost to much money and time. Did I worry about the consequences - no. Until the other day.

I went to the makeup counter. This young skinny beautiful 20 something year old girl with flawless skin said to me "this is what we have for mature skin." I looked around to see who she was talking to. No one else around. Stunned, I said to her, do I have mature skin? Then I remember how old I am. Oh, yeah I guess I do have mature skin?" come to find out, I am "mature." (although many people I know would argue that point.) I don't feel mature. This whole mature skin thing got me so upset I left her counter.

I wondered around the makeup department in a daze. I am mature... I am going to have to get back on the bottle. I don't like this "mature" thing. Along the maze of makeup counters I saw a very young man, with flawless skin.. He said can I help you? He appeared to be flamboyantly gay in his speech and mannerisms. Oh what a relief I thought. I bet he will understand the head on crash I was just in.

So I told him my story of the young girl at the makeup counter across the way. He was so sympathetic and sweet. I wanted to adopt him. He reassured me that my choice to quit the bottle was the right one. Come to find out he did not work for the department store I was in, he was a make up artiest from the make up company. He gave me a complete make over to cheer me up. Wow, I looked fabulous. But it was 8:30 pm on a Thursday night. I thought to myself I guess I will just have to sleep in this make up.  I drove home happy about being "mature" and not being on the bottle.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Our Father

 Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus tells us how to pray and my interpretation.

This, then, is how you should pray:
 Our Father in heaven,  How blessed am I to have a great dad. It makes it so easy for me to except God as a male figure and to pray to a "father in heaven" My dad is strong and loving father who never gives up on his child.  So it is simple to transfer those principles to my God. I think of so many of my friends who were abuse, neglected or never even knew their father. How hard it must be for them to think of a father as a positive influence.
hallowed be your name, The hallowed part is a reminder to respect God. Don't forget to respect God when you pray.  Names where important to God. Every name in the bible gives you a little clue about the character of the person your reading about. God and Jesus changed peoples names sometimes depending on what was going on in their life. Or sometimes their names stayed the same. I love all the Jehovah names for God in the old testament. Here is my favorite Jehovah-Rapha  - God is my Healer.
10 your kingdom come, The kingdom will come, are you ready? what about your family and friends?
your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.  Does that mean I have to be passive and except things the way they are? No, I do not believe so. You might hear people say Oh, its Gods will that person has cancer there is nothing we can do about it. I don't believe that. Does God want people in heaven to have cancer and suffer? The bible tells me no. No pain, no suffering, no tears in heaven. Why would people say it is Gods will and just accept it? Yes, there is and will be suffering, and Jesus suffered in the end. Can we closer to through suffering?   God can heal people through prayer, medical professionals and/or death. God's will is for people to come to know him.
11 Give us today our daily bread.  It is ok to ask for our daily needs, it says so right here.
12 And forgive us our debts, In our American society we learn to blame everyone but ourselves. Sometime we screw up and need forgiveness, we should ask God to forgive us and ask our loved ones, co-workers, whoever to forgive us. People do not know how to react when you fess up to doing something wrong and asking forgiveness. It is almost fun to watch their reaction. The catch here is you have to mean it, not just say it.
   as we also have forgiven our debtors.  In turn we need to forgive others. We can pray for help. This is a hard one. I am still mad at my dad's x girlfriend, the braless wonder. It is stupid to hold on to that. I know it. But I do. On the bright side I have forgiven the guy who called me a F****** female dog at the corner liquor store.
And lead us not into temptation everyone's temptations are NOT the same, it is not always sexual. It can be greed, drugs of any kind, to much food so on. Pray to have strength NOT to fall into temptations hands.
   but deliver us from the evil one. The "evil one" only has power over us if we say ok to our temptations. Then he will use what ever we have done to mess with our heads.  The "evil one" will also play those cd's in our heads like "your not good enough, you are weak, you can't do it, your a loser" so on. God can deliver us from strongholds, or just plain evil if we ask. Sometimes one bad thing after another just happens. Maybe you have done nothing wrong and it is a test. Pray for help and ask your friends or loved ones to pray with you. 

Ok Now What

First I caught Giants fever. Then there was the Halloween parties, They were both SO much fun. Then I went to watch the Giants world series game at the golf course with my co-workers, the Giants won, it was a big party! Next came the elections. I love watching the elections. Yesterday the Giants parade. Half our staff was gone.(do you think they went to the parade?) My teacher tuned the parade on so the students and the staff could watch it on tv. The students went wild yelling LETS GO GIANTS, LETS GO, FEAR THE BEARD, TIM-a . It really surprised me how much these students were into the game. They must of caught Giant fever from their folks. This was all very exciting. Now today it is back to everyday boring life. The truth is I need to be where the party is at.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


So yesterday one of my co workers Kylie says hay RQ lets go out drinking and watch the Giants game. You know I am all for that- except the drinking part. So we invited everyone we know down to the local golf coarse where they have a sports bar.

We sat down and reserved two tables. Kylie had her Giants shirt on. We both had just recently become Giants fans and we agreed we like the social aspect of the game, not really the game itself. Really I was just looking for some excitement! I also like the Giants because they were the underdogs and self proclaimed "misfits"

Next thing we know, the place was packed, we had the best seats in the house! The place was a buzz with people and activities. We would bang the table -bang, bang, bang bang bang, LETS GO GIANTS LETS GO! Then everyone else started. The place was rockin! We started yelling FEAR THE BEARD and TIM-A (doing our best south park impression) It was so much fun!

After what seemed like forever the Giants got a home run. Everyone jumped up and started screaming and high 5ing and dancing. It was crazy. When the Giants had their last ups, one of my new friends was off her chair almost hiding under the table, she said she could not take the tension and pressure of the game.

The GIANTS WIN- The crowd goes crazy! Dancing, jumping, yelling, Singing, clapping, hugging, banging the tables, crying, everything. Here in the bay area we needed something to celebrate. The Giants brought everyone together. Everyone was happy. It got our minds off all our problems for a few hours. On my way home people were shooting fireworks, it was like the 4th of July around here. People were out dancing on the streets celebrating!

So when I got home I called my dad and asked him if he wanted to go down to ATT park to celebrate. He said maybe next year. Then Shorty called to say how home sick she was especially now. I told her to fly out on Wednesday and we could go to the "ticker tape" parade. (I don't know how they are going to have a ticker tape parade when no one has ticker tape and the windows in most of the "new" building don't open. Maybe they will stand on the roofs- Maybe people will use shredding???) Shorty said she could not make it. DARN IT.

Anyways it was a great time! Thank You Giants for givings us something to celebrate and be happy about!