Archive | June, 2004

Hair Brained

30 Jun

After nearly TWO WEEKS of trying to contact the amazing hairdresser I met at the Veil Fitting Party, I finally nabbed her today. I had left two messages, and had been calling multiple times a day, unable to leave more messages because there wasn’t an answering machine. I admit I felt like a bit of a stalker, but seriously, she impressed me that much.

Well, finally, today, she picked up. I hesitated for a minute because it completely caught me off guard. Thankfully, she is taking new clients (I had to wonder b/c she hadn’t returned my calls), and said that their answering machine was broken and they had been out of town, so that is why I couldn’t get a hold of her.

The bad news is that her shop is in Sparks, meaning it’ll be about a 20 minute drive in the wrong direction, adding at least 40 minutes to my drive when I go see her. But I really think she’ll be worth it. She’ll be highlighting my hair in July as a trial run (so excited for the three colors she mentioned she wanted to do, one of which is Honey — how can Honey be bad?!). I’ve also booked her to come do my hair and makeup on the day of the wedding. She can actually come to the church to do everything, which will make my day a lot more relaxing.

As for what she charges? That’s a darn good question. The cost of the highlight is actually less expensive than my current hairdresser, but she says that we’ll have to discuss what I want for the wedding before she can name a price. “I’m really bad at charging people. I just did a wedding 2 weeks ago and still haven’t charged them.”

Hmmmm…. So perhaps if she is bad about charging, her services will be free?! One could only hope…

And on a different note, I found this link today that recounts another bride-to-be’s feelings on bridal boutiques making brides feel like bloated whales. I’m not alone in this, people!

Happy Anniversary

29 Jun

Happy 41st Anniversary to my parents! I can only hope JB and I will have as many years together. Congratulations, love birds!

Small Town, USA

28 Jun

We finally had a fun weekend again, after two weekends were consumed by moving. JB and I ventured to Petaluma, CA this past weekend, which is in Sonoma County just 32 miles outside of San Francisco.

The city wasn’t anything like I expected. I thought it similar to the other Bay Area cities I had frequented, but it was totally the opposite. It is a little country town that is incredibly charming, historical, and easy going. Petaluma one of the oldest cities in California, and it is one of those places where time just seems to pass more slowly. The area is famous for their eggs, and JB and I have decided that we’re going back for their annual Egg Day festival in April.

But I digress. We we ate a lot of eggs at some incredible little breakfast nooks, went to a museum (many pictures of eggs), enjoyed the music of numerous accordian players, I did the polka with the cutest little old man with a handle bar mustache, we went to a cheese factory, drove through winding country roads, and just all around relaxed. It was just what the doctor ordered. Small town, slow, relaxed living.

We stayed with an old friend of JB’s, who got married 2 months ago. He and his wife were a very fun and warm couple, who felt like instant friends when I met them. On Saturday, we went to see a Giants game in Oakland, and wow, was it a great game. We had seats that were four rows behind home base, and the game went into a very exciting extra inning.

On the way home yesterday, we stopped by to see my brother and his family. It was so fun to see both of my nephews and to relax out on the patio with my brother and sister-in-law. My 3 month old nephew, Luke, is growing like crazy, and Jack the 3 year old is a never-ending source of energy. JB and I had fun spinning Jack in circles, then setting him down in the grass and telling him to run. Tehe.

Now my sights are set on the long weekend ahead. It promises to be just as enjoyable.

Where Were You When

24 Jun

It has been a not-so-newsworthy week, so I’ll fill the dead space with the following:

The Questions:
1. Where were you when you heard that Ronald Reagan died? At the rental car agency in San Diego. We were completeing the transaction for the car when I looked at the TV behind the desk and saw the CNN headline that he had died.
2. Where were you on September 11, 2001? I was in a meeting in the GM World Headquarters in downtown Detroit. My recollection of that day is here.
3. Where were you when you heard that Princess Diana died? It was Labor Day Weekend, and my parents were visitng me at my university in Southern New Mexico. I remember watching the funeral with my parents and my roommates.
4. Do you remember where you were when you heard Kurt Cobain had died? Nope. Was never really a Nirvana fan.
5. Take one for The Gipper: What’s your favorite flavor of jelly bean? Ummm…. This one is a bit random. I guess I’d say cherry.
6. Where were you when Magic Johnson announced he was retiring from the NBA due to AIDS? No idea. Not a big basketball fan.
7. Where were you when Reagan was shot? Maybe I should just stop this exercise now.
8.Where were you when the Challenger exploded? I can answer this one! I was in Elementary school, and remember watching it on the TV in our classroom.
9. Where were you when the 0J verdict was announced? I don’t remember that, but I do remember where I was the day they arrested him. I was working at a country club in Albuquerque as a swim coach, and remember my boss, the head coach, talking about how bummed she was because she had always liked OJ.

Hope I didn’t bore you to tears with that one. I promise that I’ll get some good blog material this weekend.

Once again, questions courtesy of Krisalis.

Alcatraz Sharkfest

24 Jun

**Warning: Mom and Dad, you may want to skip this entry.**

My nemesis beckons. Last year, I signed up to do the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim (where you swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco) with my brother. After four months of diligent training, I got sick right before the event and had to back out. Believe me, I haven’t heard the end of it from my brother.

But I have a chance to redeem myself. My brother and I have signed up for this year’s race, which is July 11. I got the pre-race e-mail today, and here are some choice exerpts for you:

Congratulations on your entry in the 12th annual Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim, scheduled for Sunday, July 11th, 2004. You will attempt the challenge which only one Alcatraz prisoner – John Paul Scott – successfully completed. Of course, Scott was discovered the morning after his escape on the rocks near Fort Point. He was taken to an Army hospital in the Presidio, where he was treated for shock and hypothermia before being returned to the island prison. Both the Anglin Brothers and Frank Lee Morris made it off the island, but were never seen again. Their fate remains unknown. Be prepared for the experience of a lifetime!

This swim has been timed to take advantage of the currents, with the start timed to catch the tail end of the flood tide. As you begin your swim, the tides will be slack. As you progress towards Aquatic Park, a slight ebb tide kicks in (sweeping you right, or west, toward the Golden Gate Bridge). There is a stronger ebb channel along the entrance to Aquatic Park. Kayakers will direct swimmers about 200 yards east of the entrance to Aquatic Park to take advantage of the strong ebb current along the waterfront. Don’t be fooled – Even if the water surface appears calm, the tides are always present. Swimmers who aim directly for the entrance will be swept toward the Golden Gate. There will be support boats and kayaks stationed west of the entrance to Aquatic Park to collect any swimmers who miss it.

If you start to get cold and can’t think straight, you are experiencing mild hypothermia and should make the choice to end your swim. Full hypothermia may result in death. Don’t be ashamed or hesitate to call it quits early. If you decide it’s just not your day, stay put and raise your hand. Yell to get the attention of an escort, and you will be picked up.

If you drop out and do not go through the finish chute, be sure to check-in with an official at the race finish to notify us that you are on the beach. We don’t want to have to launch a search and rescue unless someone is truly missing in the water.

We look forward to watching you make the Ultimate Escape on July 11th!

From the waiver form:
I acknowledge that this athletic event is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain,
facilities, temperature, weather, condition of athletes, equipment, vehicular traffic, actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, spectators, coaches, event officials, and event monitors, and/or producers of the event, and lack of hydration.

They make it sound kinda scary, don’t they?!

Get To Know Your Web Neighbors

22 Jun

Participation instructions as follows:

Copy the questions and post on your own webspace. Include a link back so I can read your answers. Change all the answers so they apply to you, and watch another silly meme hurtle through cyberspace, riding the wave of the interweb.

01. What time do you get up? Now that I’m commuting (ugh), I’ve been waking up around 6:45 am. I already miss the days when I lived 5 minutes from work and could sleep until 7:30.
02. If you could eat lunch with one person, who would it be? JB. He works really far from my work, so we can’t hook up for lunch during the week. My brothers both have regular lunch dates with their wives, which I think is very enviable.
03. Gold or silver? Gold, though I have a host of beautiful silver Indian jewelry that I adore.
04. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? (cringe) 13 Going on 30
05. Favorite TV show(s)? It used to be Friends and Sex and the City, but both have been recently killed. There really isn’t one particular show that I follow now-a-days. JB and I really don’t watch much TV, as we enjoy spending quality time with each other and the Black Dog Club.
06. What did you have for breakfast? An Atkins breakfast bar. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. I then followed it with some coffee, as I was having trouble staying awake on the drive to work this morning.
07. Who would you hate to be stuck in a room with? Someone with really bad body odor.
08. What is your middle name? Lynnette. And no, I’m not kidding. My family has a strange tradition of people going by their middle names. Really screws up computer forms and telemarketers.
09. Beach, City or Country? Beach, beach, beach! When is my next beach vacation?! Oh yeah, it will probably be our HONEYMOON this Fall. Yeah!
10. Favorite Ice cream? JB has been buying Starbucks ice cream that is to die for. But on a regular basis, I’ve been eating the low carb stuff, which lets me get my ice cream fix while watching my figure.
11. Butter, plain or salted popcorn? As much as I love popcorn, I honestly can’t remember the last time I had it. Damn you, Atkins.
12. What kind of car do you drive? Mmmmm….. My 2000 Trans Am Ram Air. I absolutely LOVE that car.
14. What characteristic do you despise? Dishonesty. Simply ask The Man Now Known as The Ex.
15. Favorite flower? Eek, a question I have been grappling with while deciding what flowers to have at the wedding. I like Stargazer lilies, roses, and daisies.
16. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? The French Mediterranean. White sandy beaches with people speaking French…
17. What color is your bathroom? Green and blue.
18. Favorite brand of clothing? Does Costco count?! I buy a lot of casual clothes at Costco, but also favor Eddie Bauer and Talbots.
19. Where would you retire to? I’d be happy here in Northern Nevada… Perhaps we’ll be rich and be able to own a house at Lake Tahoe!
20. Favorite day of the week? Saturday, of course.
21. What did you do for last birthday? My last birthday is a very special memory. JB and I had only been dating a few weeks. He delivered flowers to my office, and then that night, we went out to dinner at the Atlantis Oyster Bar. We then rode their glass elevators to get a good view of the city, and played air hockey in the arcade.
22. Where were you born? Albuquerque, NM. “I must have made a wrong turn back in Albuquerque.” (Famous Bugs Bunny quote.)
23. Favorite sport to watch? Call me crazy, but I love to watch swimming. I’ll get to watch all kinds of swimming during the summer Olympics. When I was a swim coach, I used to make my swimmers watch the Olympic swimmers with me to learn technique.
26. What fabric detergent do you use? Costco’s Kirkland brand.
27. Coke or Pepsi? Coke. Where I’m from, anything carbonated is referred to as Coke.
28. Are you a morning person or a night owl? I used to be a Night Owl, but professional life has ruined that for me. I’m not really a morning person, but I can’t seem to sleep in past 8 anymore.
29. What is your shoe size? 9.
30. Do you have any pets? Three black dogs, known as the Black Dog Club. There is Heidi the Rottweiler, Shadow the lab/shepherd mix, and Tucker, the lab/border collie mix. I sing a great song to the tune of Three Blind Mice, but my version starts with Three Black Dogs…

Meme courtesy of Krisalis.

Home Sweet Home

21 Jun

I’m back from another weekend of hard work. Ack. Give me back my fun time! Luckily, the next three weekends promise a lot of fun. More on that later.

The weekend started out with a Veil Fitting Party at the shop where I bought my bridal gown. When I first got the invitation for this party, I laughed, thinking it was extremely goofy. I then started thinking…. You know, I have no idea what I’m going to do with my hair, jewelry, or veil, so I decided to give it a try.

I had the first appointment, and they ended up having a hair dresser there to give ideas on hairstyles. I seriously think I found a new hair dresser, because the woman was amazing. I then put on my dress with the fancy up-do hairstyle, found some jewelry, and a veil. I’m all set!

And one side note… Guess what the shop that made me feel like a beached whale was serving at the Veil Party?! COOKIES. Can you believe them?! I’m proud to report that I didn’t cave into the urge to eat a cookie.

The rest of the weekend was consumed with the final unpacking, moving, cleaning, and a garage sale. We sold a lot of my belongings, and it was hard to see most of it go for the price of $1. You wouldn’t believe how much someone can debate over a $1 item, too. After the sale, we loaded up both of our trucks with the left overs and took them to the Salvation Army.

I’m now completely unpacked, and except for a few pictures that need to be hung, everything is in its proper place. It’s a good feeling. It was a ton of work. But it has been oh, so worth it. Seeing JB every day makes all of the hard work over the past few weeks worth every minute of sweat, dirt and heavy lifting.