Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Finger" Fuds

Check out what Spike found today!!! Yummy fingers!!!

Seriously tasty cookies, made with the 1/2 Splenda 1/2 sugar mix. I cannot take credit for the ewwww factor, but this would be so me!

(We had a 5.6 magnitude, "moderate" earthquake this evening around 8:04 pm. I missed it, as I was in the car, coming home from the store. More to my liking, otherwise I'd be sleeping in my car tonite, waiting for the next one!)

I'm off to finish my own (boring) pumpkin shaped sugar cookies for work tomorrow!

Happy Halloween Bloggy Pals!

Target gargoyle commandeering my Starbucks and gourdy pumpkin MadRetz bot for me last year : .)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Shakin' My Groove Thang!

Post work on Friday, I had my hair dyed. I always feel like a different person after getting my hair colored. So happy to have bright hair again. Visited briefly with the Mad Monk, Orlando (the lovebird) and Elam (the cat) who had a run-in with a dog (unknown) and needed 20 stitches on his back paw and is sporting one of those annoying head cones, so he doesn't rip the stitches out, poor Kitty. Home again and attempted to do some art, but my muse has vacated the building.

Up early Saturday to get in a wog. Whoooohoo!!! I'm up to a minute and a quarter of jogging alternating with one minute of walking. Its getting boring again, so I only lasted 35 minutes and then hopped on the elliptical machine to finish my hour.

Drove to a not-so-local scrapbook store in search of supplies for this project created by Celine Navarro, who is one stupendous scrap artist. Still need some stuff, but I'm gonna be patient. I've spent way too much $$$ on scrapbook supplies lately, I think I need to freeze the credit card!!!

A quick trip to my favorite boutique, Target, netted me a cute black top for my highly anticipated trip to the city. My friend Homer* planned this hoppin' evening complete with French cuisine at Café Claude who's approach was in a dark alleyway.

That was only a little bit weird. The fud was exquis: Claude Mojito (I know, that's not very French), Maison salade, Escargot en Croute (YES, SNAILS), Porc au Miel, and zee pièce de résistance...Moelleux au Chocolat! Tres délectable!

We then navigated the Streets of San Francisco (well, the JoJo, or BooBoo, or whatever that GPS thingy is called, did) and arrived at our destination...the DNA Lounge (which is smaller than I remember, its been like 10 years since I was there last!) for this:

and the mini Bootie MashUp Lounge. For those of you who will be indoctrinated into the mashup genre upon reading my post, a mashup in its purest form, consists of the combination of the music from one song with the a cappella from another. Ideally, the music and vocals belong to completely different styles/genres generally considered to be incompatible, yet skillfully and artfully combined into a pleasurably euphonic hybrid. (Thank you Wikipedia!) For example: B-52's + MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT = Love Shack On Wheelz or KELLY CLARKSON + THE BREEDERS = Behind These Cannonball Eyes or GWEN STEFANI + FRONT 242 = HollabackHeadHunter. Wait, you can listen to an example here.

Oh, there was also a band called A Kiss Could be Deadly. Unfortunately, I missed most of the band's set, but I did get one of their cool skully t-shirts, and a button and a CD, all for ten bucks!

We danced and danced. In actuality, for about an hour, but Homer & I are old and had bedtime to consider, ahahahaha!!! OMG!!! I had so much fun!!!

Homer makes me laugh. I like it!!! : .)

*Not his real name : .)

Monday, October 22, 2007

I Guess I Actually Have a Personality

According to this test I saw on A Wandering Heart's blog:

Personality Types

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Personality Type

ESFJ - The "Supporter"
Temperament: SJ (Protector)
Primary Function: Extraverted Feeling
Population: 10% (6% male, 14% female)
Full ESFJ Profile >>
(description, famous people, careers...)

Extraverted Introverted



Sensing Intuition



Thinking Feeling



Judging Perceiving



Sunday, October 21, 2007

Wine Tasting and Artistic Insurrections

Wine tasting at Chateau St. Jean today. It was good! The weather was gorgeous! I brought a bottle of Fume Blanc home. Lunch on the grounds, which are really beautiful/peaceful. For dessert, had this great chocolate, milk with almonds and grey sea salt. (Vosges Chocolate, Barcelona Bar.) If you have a chance to try chocolate with salt, do it!!! Yummy!

I broke my favorite flip-flops and had to walk barefoot thru the grounds and thru a couple of stores until I found a very neon graphic pair of Airwalks that look like Vans. That was quite comical, walking barefoot, and I guess the kid print Airwalks too. It was pretty breezy and since we had a good rain and then beautifully sunny weather, I think things are confusedly blooming. It doesn't help that I'm allergic to every grass and tree pollen in the greater Bay Area so I'm having an allergy attack or caught a cold. I pounded some allergy meds and a ton of cranberry juice (VITAMIN C!) and I hope this blows over (haha, get it?) by tomorrow! really, I'm not whining, really...I'm not!!!

On the art front...Linda Woods and Karen Dinino of Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books fame, wrote a new book called Journal Revolution: Rise Up and Create! Art Journals, Personal Manifestos, and Other Artistic Insurrections. I was inspired to start yet another art journal...

This is the cover made with a Tim Holtz stamp, painted Thickers and cammo quilt fabric. I stamped on acetate and attached the acetate and fabric to the cover with brads.

The first page...I can't seem to get away from the heart/red/turquoise, black combination. I suppose I should try to bust out of this box. Especially since the book challenges you to not limit your expression and to create your own "artist insurrection!" I did use a technique on page 83 (I guess this means you'll have to buy the book if you're interested in knowing what the technique is : .)

Wanna See Something "Really" Scary?!

Gettin' Ready for HalloWEEN!!!

Me and Spike, my mummy dog! After coveting him for weeks, he finally went on sale @ Michaels. So I bot, I mean "adopted" him. He's completely house-trained and hypo-allergenic! The perfect pet!!!
I just LOVE him!!!

Spike really digs his Starbucks, just like his master! He gets all glow-y eyed!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Where's the Tooth Fairy When You Need Her?

I cracked a tooth. Guess how I did it...Recall my pez story ??? This particular tooth had already had a triple root canal. And then had the roots capped from the top because they were leaking. (That's when the golf ball sized cyst was sucked out of my sinus. Did you know that approximately 10% of the population has cysts in their sinuses that don't affect anything? But a golf ball sized cyst? Oh-kaaaay.)

The cracked tooth caused an infection that Dr. Chang tried to treat with antibiotics. They didn't touch it. Dr. Chang decided that he had to pull my tooth. But what was to replace it? A bridge or a titanium implant which also required a bone graft. Did you know that they use bovine, cadaver, or tricalcium phosphate to replace bone? Did you know that insurance does not cover titanium implants, nor bone grafts? Did you know that particular treatment costs around $6000? Phew!

So the tooth was removed on Wednesday. I got 6 anesthetic shots. Dr. Chang couldn't pull the tooth, so he drilled out the roots. I lost too much bone from the infection so I needed the bone graft. I'm happy to say that I didn't get any dead people or cows put in my mouth. I got stitches. I can't have dairy, refined sugar, or wine for two weeks. (So much for that wine tasting trip to Napa I was supposed to take today.) I'm taking antibiotics (again) and pain killers, and have to use a antibiotic mouthwash. Its a pretty bleu color. That's as nice as it gets. (Yicky taste!) To add insult to injury, I had to miss a couple of days of workouts!!! Sheesh!!!

I've been going to the dentist since I was 2. I've had caps, fillings, 5 teeth pulled, braces, 9 root canals, 6 crowns, not to mention the sucking of the cyst, the bone graft, two septorhinoplasties, turbinate reduction, and I wear contacts/glasses. I have the 6 million dollar head.

Can I stop having "NOs" and have a few "Yeses"? Can I stop taking pills? Can the rest of the year fly by uneventfully? What's the lesson here? Yeah, don't eat pez! LOL!!!

I did get the cool 360 degree x-ray of my head out of it. Pretty trippy! So appropriate and a perfect lead in to Halloween.