Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Modern Streetcar Named Desire

I have been watching reruns of the TV show 'Modern Family'.  I love the quirky comedy and no laugh track.  Thank GOD for no laugh track.

Recently, I caught myself laughing out loud at this episode.  Eric Stonestreet (plays the character Cameron Tucker) is no Marlon Brando but, Lord help me, it is hilarious.  In case you don't know, Stella is the name of the family dog that ran away. Cam and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) are looking for the dog in the neighborhood.

Monday, December 9, 2013

How Do You Gingerbread?

I had my annual gingerbread cookie decorating party at my house last week.  I didn't have the party last year since my street was being repaved and there was no where for guests to park.  Little did I know how much people enjoy the cookie decorating party ... until you don't have it for one year.  Oh, the event is also a girls night.  Sorry, guys, you aren't invited.

This year I had my mom help out and she baked all the cookies while also helping prepare the food for the evening.  This year's party had about 20 people attend and it takes quite an effort to pull off of an organized party for 20 people in my home.  So, big thanks to my wonderful momma.

One of the things I wanted to do this year was have centerpieces for my table.  I expand my table so it'll seat 12 and put all of the cookie decorations and icing in the middle.  To make it more festive I added these:

The greenery and battery operated lights were bought at Hobby Lobby for $5.  The mason jars were gifted to me by a co-worker, the plastic fruit are from last year's Christmas tree (Christmas fruit tree ... get it?!), the plaid ribbon is leftover from the wreath hanging on my front door and the blue ornaments are from my blue and white Christmas tree decorations.  I had three on the table so it cost me $15 to make the centerpieces.  I like how they turned out and added a bit of festive decor to my simple house.

The party is promoted as a "Naughty Gingerbread Party".  Meaning, I don't expect anyone to follow any set cookie decorating guidelines.  I want people to be creative, get wild and enjoy fellowship with fun loving ladies.  I'm posting a few wholesome photos as the others I took, while hilarious, are not suitable for my PG-13 (and sometimes R-rated) blog.
Always good practice to decorate cookies on plates as the lip of the plate allows you to go crazy with sprinkles and glitter. 
Gingerbread ladies have perky tatas.
Upper right gingerbread folks: mom carrying drooling (and peeing) baby in a harness.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I leave this week to head down under.  Specifically, Sydney and Melbourne.  For three weeks.

Three weeks of no email, no phone and no work.  I can hardly contain myself!

Plus, I'll get to spend time with one of my best friends in her neck o' the woods and explore a community in another country.  I also have an arsenal of books that were gifted to me to enjoy on my trip (I have already finished one).  And ... it is summer in Australia.

I just witnessed Icepocalypse 2013 in Texas.  No thank you.  What the ice storm of the year allowed me to do was:
  • write this blog
  • clean my house
  • do my laundry
  • prepare the luggage so I can throw everything into it
  • write several to do lists
  • eat the food in my fridge and pantry so I don't have to throw it away before I leave
  • watch movies 
  • read by the fireplace
  • go to bed early
  • sleep in
  • edit a promotional video  (I initially wrote promo video but when I was editing the post and it looked too much like porno video.  I don't edit those.)
  • get caught up on work stuff
  • snuggle with my soft, fuzzy cat
  • slow down and enjoy the moment of being in one spot
  • be thankful that it is summer in Australia

Saturday, December 7, 2013

'Tales of a Female Nomad'

I recently finished Rita Golden Gelman's book 'Tales of a Female Nomad'.  It was life changing.  I laughed, cried and was invested in the book because, like Rita, I love to experience other cultures.  Plus, I like her moxie ... she's got some real cajones.

If you are looking for an entertaining but educational experience I recommend you read her book.

Rita started her nomadic life after realizing she wasn't living the life she had dreamed.  This book, while it tells tales of interesting adventures, is more about a person recognizing their dream and pursuing it.  She conquered fears, lived spontaneously and knew her life style would always be flexible.  She educated herself in other people's cultures and molded herself into their communities.  It is a beautiful story that breaks down international barriers and stereotypes.

I'm preparing to go on another international vacation trip and Rita's tales make me excited to push through my self-imposed boundaries.  In her book, Rita mentioned about saying "yes" whenever people invited her to do things.  I did that for one year (a few years ago) and it was the most fun I had in a long time.  Not sure why or when I stopped saying "yes" but its time to pick up the habit again.

I'm incredibly thankful to my friend Rachel for giving me Rita's book and being as passionate about Rita's journey/message as I am.  The book is now traveling on to one of my friends.  Who I keep pestering to get a passport.  This book should encourage her to do just that.