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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Little Caro and Jackie

Okay, my sister's name is really Yvonne but my nickname for her is Jackie. Don't ask why. I have no idea.

That might be coffee in front of me. Who knows? I do remember one of the most delicious and weird things my mom gave us for breakfast was bread and Parmesan cheese. It had to be the Kraft cheese in the green container. We would dip our bread in cafe con leche then into the cheese. OMG, so yummy.

Sure, that's weird but it's good. If I have the Kraft Parmesan cheese, I sometimes eat that now. I rarely buy that cheese anymore. And you can't use the fresh Parmesan cheese. It has to be the Kraft Parmesan cheese. Don't ask me why, it's just what it is.

Anyway, here is another adorable picture of us!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Home Tour ~ Carolyn's Room (well, it was)

I took these pictures before, my friend and architect, Dion visited. This was my blog/office/treadmill room. This little room is off the hallway. It butts up to the living room as well. This used to be a bedroom but, through the years, it seems to have become just a room. The people who lived here before us used it as a little girl's room.

Technically, it is not a bedroom because it has no closet. It does have a stairway to our walk up attic, which is great. But no closet means it is just a room. When we saw it, we had no idea what to do with it. We decided it would house the treadmill since the treadmill is huge and does not fit anywhere else but the guest room. Since we had this weird space, we decided it would go here.

Then I figured that I could also use it to throw in my stuff. I have a lot of stuff that Tom does not want out in the public areas. Probably because my stuff consists of toys and stuffed animals. He thinks I have too many. I wish I had more. I also figured that I could use this to put my blog review stuff as well.

I get a lot of stuff and it used to live on the dining room table when we lived in Sylva. I figured that maybe it would be better to have a place where I could stash things and photograph them. It has worked because our dining room table is no longer a place to stack things up but it is now a proper dining room table.

But, things changed. When Dion came and gave us ideas for the house, he proposed making an arch in the living room wall to the weirdo room. We said it would open up the space and we could create a little library or sitting room off the living room that will become a formal living room once we create the den/family room he is creating for us in the back of the house.

It is a really good idea. We saw how wonderful that would be. We could add built-in bookcases thus giving us a place for our crap and books. It would be a little room where you could go read or relax. Plus, that will make our tiny living room look bigger.

I have resigned myself to give up my room and move all my stuff into the office. I am doing that because I am totally selfless and such a wonderful person. That's how I roll.

The room has been changed a little now because I moved some of my stuff into the office and we had a chair we had to move into my room before our party. But, for now, it almost has everything in these photos in the room. I just wanted to share my photos before my room turns into our sun room/library in the future.

The entrance.

The door to the left leads to the attic. 

Of course I have a Stevie Nicks poster. I worship her. 

This Winnie the Pooh pencil original pencil drawing was given to us by our friend, Pat. 

This is my "Life in Hell" poster. It now lives in the living room but it was in my room. "Life in Hell" was a comic strip by Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. He had am office on Wilshire Blvd. decades ago. I was looking for the "Life in Hell" Christmas cards and the only place to get them were at his office. I went in to buy them and bought this poster as well. He signed it for me. This was way back in 1987. I absolutely love it and will always be around. 

This is my signed M*A*S*H script. It is signed by Larry Gelbart. A long time ago when I worked a museum in Miami, I wrote him to get a signed item for our auction. He sent me a script and a hat and other stuff. I thanked him and wrote how excited I was to bid on the items since I was a fan. He, being a wonderful man, sent me this script back. He wanted me to have it. I was thrilled. He was such a nice man because a few years later, when I worked at the Second Mile in State College, I write again and asked for another auction item. He remembered me and sent me one. He also said if I ever needed anything else to write him. When he died, I was very sad. But I have this little reminder of him.

Under that is my framed Day of the Dead print from my friend, Lizzy Falcon. She is wicked talented and when I saw this print, I had to have it. I love it. 

Next up is my treadmill. On my treadmill live my froggie friends, Xander and Oz. They keep me motivated when I hop on. Get it? Hop on. Okay, bad pun. Also keeping me company is Bruce in a 1984 Rolling Stone cover. 

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. This is probably my favorite show ever! I found this poster and had to have it. 

This picture is of me and my sister, Yvonne, in Costa Rica. I love it so I decided to put it up in my room. 

The other musician I worship is Tori Amos. I love her music! So she had to be included in my room as well. 

This poster was given to us at the Disney Social Media Moms event. I absolutely loved it. It was perfect for any social media geek like me. And, there is my favorite switch plate in the house. I love the movie, Jaws. I swear I have seen it at least 300 times over my lifetime. Every time it is on TV, I watch it and this has happened for over 30 years. 

These are my little toys, I love. Grumpy Cat, Winnie, a plush Kewpie doll and my Darth Vader bear! 

More of my favorite stuffed toys. Monsters, minions, sheep, a raisin and a flying monkey! 

This is Iven, who came from China. Tom actually bought him in China and gave him to me. Then some of you will recognize the Killer Bunny from the Monty Python show. Tom bought him for me when we went to see Spamalot in Las Vegas. 

I also have a table I use to put my light box when I need to take nicer photos than usual.

Light box supplies. 

These are the stairs to the attic. It's not creepy at all. It actually is a great place for storage. But there could be bugs and stuff up there. The stairs are skinny and weird so, god knows, I never go up there. 

This was my room. Most of the stuff will go into the office. A lot of it will not. I am not sure all my posters will survive the purge. But if we do build a den/family room/media room, then I am definitely making sure the posters go in that room. My toys will be living in the office at some point or maybe the guest room. The treadmill will be going into our giant guest room. Great for me, bad for the guests. But I don't want them too comfortable anyway. Yes, that's mean but that is how I am. I already use that room as my aerobic workout and yoga room, so it will be a good thing. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Crazy Weekend!

Wow, these past few days were a whirlwind.

Last week, I had to start prepping for our party. I had big plans but to accomplish those plans I needed a staff of four so I had to cut back on the craziness. I realized that my dream of throwing a small plate cocktail party was not going to happen. It is a lot of work. So I cut back on the menu and it went well.

But my crazy weekend started on Friday. My dear friend Dion came to visit. Dion is an architect. We met in the early 90's when he moved in next door to my studio apartment. We were neighbors and in a very short time, we became really good friends. He is one of my best friends ever. I also think he is like the brother I never had. We are that close.

I hadn't seen him in ages. He is also super duper busy because he is married and has 2 kids. He also has some projects in the Bahamas he is working on. But he took some time off to help us with our new house. Only a dear friend would do that and I am so appreciative that he took time off to come help us. Sometimes, not even family would do that!

In any case, he came on Friday and we went out to dinner and talked about our plans and caught up. On Saturday, we walked around the house and brainstormed about what could be done. I slipped away for to prep for the party and when Tom and Dion came back in, they already had this plan to add a den in the back, a carport, a pavilion and some other stuff.

My main concern is the  Master Bath. When we moved in, we had already planned to renovate that space. That is the priority but the rest is like icing on the cake. I may lose my blog room because another plan was to open the wall from the living room to my room and create another space. It makes perfect sense. So I am already planning to take over the office as my room. Sorry Tom.

Again, all this will depend on the budget and what we can afford. But Dion is so brilliant that he created a plan that we had never really thought of. I will also give Tom credit because he sees the value in what might be done. Me, I am easy like Sunday morning, so I go along. I just want a new bathroom.

After they met with our contractor and hashed it out, we headed to dinner. We went to the Ruth Chris Steakhouse in downtown Wilmington. I love downtown Wilmington. Every time I go I get to see the Battleship North Carolina. I am obsessed with it and I am not sure why.

I am so glad I was able to see my dear friend, Dion, again. It's always iffy when we will meet again but who knows. It is always funny to me that my best friends are people I rarely see but when I do, it's like we have never been apart. I felt that way when I saw my friends, Norma and Sonia, in February. And I have known them longer!

Sunday was crazy. We finished cleaning the house and getting everything in order. I cooked and even though I had prepped and planned, I still ran out of time. Again, it's tough doing a party on your own. But Tom was a great help but I should have cut down the menu a little more.

I was so busy, that I only took two pictures of my food. Sigh. By the time I could grab the camera, people had already started eating. It was nuts. So I let it go and tried to enjoy the party. I had met almost everyone before so I felt a little more comfortable. Plus, we invited our realtor, who was so great to work with. And we had our neighbors and our contractor and his wife as well.

Tom's faculty members are super nice as well. I ended up giving mini house tours since I noticed people wanting to go see the house and wouldn't. I gave at least 7 tours with different people. I was surprised how many people loved our stuff. And many people actually knew about Day of the Dead and commented how cool our collection was. We had a good time and I think it was a good way for Tom to start out the new job.

By the time everyone left, I was pooped. After standing for almost 2 days, my back was a mess. But ti was worth it. But next time, I need to manage my time better and be more realistic about what I can an cannot make. It's fun entertaining once a year. I prefer smaller dinner parties. I also prefer making elaborate meals to smaller cocktail food.

In the end though, it was a great weekend. We got a lot done, the party was successful and I got to see Dion.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Steve Sax and the Los Angeles Dodgers

Way back when, when I lived in Los Angeles, I was a HUGE Dodger fan. I mean HUGE. I loved the Dodgers and lived at Dodger Stadium during baseball season. The Dodgers were my obsession.

I grew up in the time when we had some of the best players ever: Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Dusty Baker, Pedro Guerrero, Kirk Gibson, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Mike Scioscia, Bill Russell, Rick Monday, Davey Lopes, Steve Yeager, Don Sutton and many more. This was the 80's. Now in 1988 the Dodgers did win the World Series and it was wild! I remember I worked in downtown L.A. And I was able to head down to where the festivities were. There were a zillion people and we celebrated! It was great.

One of my favorite players in the late 80's was second baseman, Steve Sax. I loved Steve Sax!! I had a huge crush on Steve Sax! As I was fixing up our office, I found this old picture and autograph from Steve Sax. I thought I would share it because why not. It brought back some great memories of my summers in Los Angeles. There are not too many things I miss about L.A. but going to Dodger Stadium is one of them.

I still bleed Dodger Blue!