Monday, October 31, 2011

Facial Hair That's Fun to Wear

When Halloween falls on a work day it kind of takes all of the fun out of it.  Corporate America, for the most part, doesn't have a sense of humor.  If it did, you would see gremlins, goblins and a stray Elvis in the building.  I would totally go to work just to see that!

So, I brought my own version of fun Halloween costumes for the office to enjoy.  Chocolate Mustaches!  Wilton has a candy mold that is the perfect excuse to crave the manly mustache.  While it may not be gremlins, goblins or Elvis they are still fun.  Plus, it ties in nicely with the beginning of Movember tomorrow.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Give Yourself a Christmas Gift

A co-worker of mine sent me an email of ads you'll never see again.  However, thanks to the Internet, we can see them all the time!  And laugh at them.  Or gawk.

Advertising people are genius.  Or stupid.  I have friends in advertising so I'm not going to judge them.  I am a marketing person so I get why some people (me) will buy a product (glitter face paint) that is not needed.  Advertising has done wonders for our economy and a lot of damage to my pocket book.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Might Lose It

All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.
All work and no play makes Julie a dull girl.

I might need a vacation.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Population Control

In case you do not have medical insurance and birth control pills put a burden on your wallet I suggest using IKEA.  It doesn't cost a thing to walk around the store and let other people's children dart in front of your cart, wipe their snotty noses on the merchandise, and act like little demons.  IKEA is the solution to population control.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Never Ending Monday

It seems like I am living the actual Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day".  I wake up and it is the same thing.  EVERY.  DAY.  However, my never ending day is a Monday.


I might kidnap Punxsutawney Phil, steal a truck, and drive off a cliff.
Or maybe I'll just wait for Friday and hope it all gets better.

Monday, October 17, 2011

What Would Conan Do?

I’m a huge fan of Conan O’Brien.  He wrote one of the best episodes of “The Simpsons” ever (‘Marge vs. the Monorail’) and can make people laugh with a single look.  His comedy mixes a clever use of one-liners, silent treatments, and lanky dancing that only he can do.

I recently watched the documentary about his life between “The Tonight Show” and “Conan”.  He did a comedy tour: The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.  While the documentary does show clips from his tour it actually shows a side of Conan that is not often seen.  He likes to have fun, cares about his employees and fans, and is passionate about what he does. 
So it got me thinking, “What would companies be like if our bosses were like Conan?”  If corporate CEOs put their employees and clients before themselves I’m pretty sure our country’s rebound from the recession would be going better.  If our leaders cracked a joke or thoroughly enjoyed going to the office maybe employee retention would skyrocket.  If everyone at our companies were passionate about what they did maybe productivity would be the envy of other countries.

Not only am I fan but I’m also a believer.  Team CoCo all the way!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ruining the Fantasy

Talking with a girl friend on the phone yesterday we were discussing men.  Specifically, we were discussing Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler.
She said she would like to spend her days with Matthew and I countered that I'd prefer to spend my days with Gerard.  However, we both agreed that neither of them should actually talk when in our presence.  It would totally ruin the fantasy.

I was having this phone conversation while at work (we were waiting for the project manager to join the meeting and were killing time).  So, from my end of the conversation all you heard was, "Agreed.  Men should never talk.  It ruins everything."

My male co-worker looked over at my desk when I said this and gave me an annoyed look of "I can hear you".  So I shouted back, "DON'T EVER TALK! YOU'LL JUST RUIN EVERYTHING!"

I am still giggling uncontrollably.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Le Sigh

I made the horrible mistake of looking at American Airlines' miles program deals yesterday.  I saw that I could go to Paris in the month of October on my saved up frequent flier miles.  I'd only have to pay taxes and fees (about $50). 

DE-PRESS-ING!  My schedule doesn't allow for me to pick up and leave right now.  I know patience is a virtue but I was not blessed with that fruit of the spirit.  My immature self was egging me on, "JUST GO!  You aren't getting any younger and it is a great deal!  Think of all the relaxing, sightseeing, and French speaking you could do!"  My immature self is a jerk.

My mature self said, "You have responsibilities to tend to and you can't leave.  The airline tickets may be cheap but you'd have to pay for a hotel and the euro is still stronger than the dollar.  Just wait until you are financially in a better position to go."  My mature self is a jerk, too. 

Good thing my passport has expired.  If it hadn't I might be typing this post from Paris.  C'est la vie.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don't Try This At Home

Have you heard about Amber Miller?  She's the woman who makes every person on the face of the planet look like they aren't doing enough.  She ran the Chicago marathon before giving birth a few hours after crossing the finish line.  Don't believe me?  Then read this.

Kudos to Amber for being "I am woman, hear me roar" but she's making the rest of us look bad.  I think I'm doing good if I brush my teeth before lunch time.  Even if I did run a half marathon I'm not sure I'd want to squeeze out a baby right after it.  I would prefer to get a massage, pedicure, hamburger, and nap.  In that order.

And you know her beautiful daughter, June, is never going to live the whole situation down.

Mom: June, for the hundredth time, go clean your room!
June: Mom, I'm tired.  I'll get to it later.
Mom: Do you want me to tell you about tired?!  Try running 13 miles and then squeezing a 7 pound watermelon out your who-ha!  Now, GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM!
June: OMG!  You are so dramatic!

Just in case you were wondering "who-ha" is a technical term. 

Poor June.  She's going to have to live up to a lot.  Maybe if June runs a full marathon then builds a house with her bare hands before breaking in a wild mustang will her mom get off her back about taking the easy route.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Skinny Butt Cakes

My mom is a true artist.  Her works are masterpieces and also taste YUMMY!  I'm pretty sure the Statue of David does not taste great and I have seen the Mona Lisa.  She is not edible.

I honestly don't know how my mom does it all or how she gets the cake so out-of-this-world dang good because she doesn't eat sweets.  Her skinny butt has never tasted one of her cakes.  I'm pretty sure she is breaking a law of physics somewhere.
Little Mermaid ... tiers are strawberry with vanilla filling, chocolate with chocolate ganache filling, and banana with peanut butter filling.

Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar

Top layer was reserved for the birthday boy who tried to eat the entire car before giving up and going to play with friends.

Birthday girl is named Reagan which required the Republican reference of elephants.

Snowman is made out of rice krispie treats.

Super Hero cake with the birthday boy (made out of fondant) dressed in a cape.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quick Dish: Squash Frittata

I don't know about you but I love saying the word "frittata".  I put a hard E in the place of the I and spit out the Ts.  "FREE-TATA"!  Almost makes it sound inappropriate.  Which is probably why I like saying it.

I made a squash frittata for a dinner party a few weeks back.  I bought the squash at the farmers market that morning and had the rest of the ingredients in the fridge.  A very simple dish that looks and tastes great.

Spray your baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray.  Slice up the squash (I used the green and yellow varieties) and layer the squash.  Make sure you salt every two layers.  I did it by color hoping the various layers would show when cut but it didn't work out that way.  Oh well.  Still tasted delicious.
 
Mix together eggs (five), cheese (cheddar, asiago, and white cheddar), and spices (garlic, parsley, pepper).  Pour the egg mixture over the squash.  You can also mix the squash with the egg mixture and then layer the squash.  But that gets messy and I didn't want to deal with a mess right before a dinner party.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the eggs are set.  Let it cool a bit before cutting. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Part 2: Lousy Larry

Another story in the saga of Lousy Larry. 

Lousy Larry had a "heart condition".  I use the quotation marks because whenever it suited him Lousy Larry stated that he needed to have a "procedure" done that was going to be really major.  And, in his opinion, the doctors would probably recommend that he needed to have open heart surgery.  So he would need to take a day or two off.

Riiiiight.

Amazing that even though Lousy Larry had a serious "heart condition" it never deterred him from ordering several burgers from McDonald's or the unhealthiest thing on the menu at any given restaurant.  Lousy Larry should be called Fred G. Sanford.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shout Out: Sweet Firefly

As I was getting my hair did on Friday I over heard a lady in the chair next to me talking about her shop opening up the next day (Saturday).  Being the nosey person that I am I asked her what she was talking about.  Patti was thrilled to tell me about her ice cream shop opening a few doors down from the hair salon.

So, again, being the nosey person that I am I stopped by the shop on Saturday to sample the goodies.  The shop, Sweet Firefly, is located in II Creeks shopping center in Richardson.  Stopping by on a Saturday is ideal because the Farmers Market is going on and the shops are hopping.  And the line at Sweet Firefly is long. 

The shop has seating outside which was crowded by the folks who already had their treats and were enjoying the amazing weather and prime people watching.

Inside, the line of customers eagerly gaze at the menu board and watch the staff behind the counter prepare the orders.  Opposite the ice cream line there are jars filled with all sorts of candies and chocolate covered goodies.  It is your one-stop shop for delicious cavity inducing treats.

But the one item that made it easy for me to decide to give them a “Shout Out” is the availability of shaved ice.  I have not had a good snow cone since moving to Dallas.  Plus, they carry the flavor ‘Tigers Blood’.  This flavor has nothing to do with Charlie Sheen but has everything to do with my childhood days of standing in line at JJ Snow Cones burning the bottom of my feet while I hoped and prayed that I didn’t melt before I was able to get my precious ice and syrup concoction.  And Sweet Firefly brought all of those fun memories flooding back.  I honestly felt like a kid in a candy store.
I love the mason jar light pendants!
Additionally, the grown up in me is looking forward to spending time hanging out at Sweet Firefly.  The shop offers WiFi access and coffee.  I did not sample the ice cream this time but there is a vast array of flavors.  Patti said they have a dairy that makes the ice cream specifically for the shop.  The prices are quite reasonable, too.  Patti and her team are continuously looking for ways to make customers happy and to ensure repeat clientele.  I honestly think Sweet Firefly will have an avid following of people who want to relive their childhoods and create those same memories for their children.