So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

2008. It was a great year. In no particular order I:
  • turned 31.
  • knocked out 4 more classes toward my degree.
  • got engaged to a blogger.
  • met another blogger and gained a friend for life.
  • saw my brother get married.
  • added another stamp to my passport.
  • got my first male lap dance.
  • moved to the beach.
  • went to quite a few funerals.
  • paid off my car.
  • acquired a dog and adopted a cat.
  • saw a lot of California.
  • took the 1 from northern Cali aaaaaall the way back to Oxnard.
  • conquered the Disney trifecta: Disneyland, Downtown Disney and California Adventure.
  • saw a lot of movies.
  • got my tineh poneh picture on Cute Overload.
  • got asked by a couple websites for permission to use my pictures.
  • quit the gym.
  • saw a non-white male get elected president.
  • saw females running in presidential/vice-presidential positions.
  • went to Michigan for the first time.
  • rode a quad alone for the first time.
  • saw Britney pull it together.
  • gained a lot of weight.
MORAL OF THAT STORY: Happy New Year! I can't wait to meet you, 2009!!!


TMI Tuesday

1. Last week was "The Most Wonderful time of the Year", but what are your favorite 2008 memories?
I would have to say getting engaged, my trip to Berlin with BFF & Co. and cohabitation with a boy for the very first time. Oh and probably my brother's wedding.
2. What is the best thing you learned in 2008?
That I am a superwoman. I can go to school part-time, work full-time, keep a household and still manage to party like a rock star and travel the world.
3. On a scale of 1-10, how good was your 2008?
I would have to go with a ten here. Getting engaged was about the coolest thing to happen to me so far and no one in my immediate family died so I guess we're 2 for 2.
4. What is your wish for 2009? What is your wish for someone else for 2009?
My wish for 2009 is that the first half of the year isn't ruined by wedding planning. My wish for someone else in 2009 is that you meet Mr. Right. I will just have to assume that person knows I'm speaking to her.
5. Where was the first place you ever passionately kissed?
I couldn't tell you. But I look forward to only passionately kissing Buzz for the rest of my life.
Bonus (as in optional):Do you make New Year's resolutions? What is/are yours for 2009?
  • Lose 40 pounds by my wedding
  • Clean up my sailor mouth
  • Brush my teeth before bedtime
  • Quit smoking dope
  • Hike more
  • See more movies
  • Read more books
  • Get my cumulative GPA up to a 3.0
Questions are from here.


Movie Review Monday

For what seems like the last several months I have been seeing the trailer for Yes Man and each time I would say "I'd like to see that." Well the time finally came and we made it to a matinee which we entered free courtesy of a Christmas gift card. Buzz and I each got $100 worth of movie entries so be ready for a steady stream of reviews.
It always bums me out when comedians feel the urge to go straight and serious to prove they can act. Tom Hanks going from Bosom Buddies to Philadelphia (and like every movie after that forever). Jim Carrey going from Ace Ventura Pet Detective to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Will Ferrell going from Anchorman to Stranger Than Fiction. Okay, so those were all solid examples of great, serious movies... my bad. What I was trying to get across, though, is that I love these guys because they bring the funny.
Do you guys like Flight of the Conchords? Murray is Jim Carrey's hilarious bank boss that loves a theme party more than anyone else ever could. Zooey Deschanel - an Elf alumnus so naturally I love her - is the prerequisite love interest in a romantic subplot. She's a super cute Katy Perry lookalike that lives her life somewhat spontaneously and randomly and she gets to show off her pipes yet again in an interpretive band named Munchausen By Proxy. Did you know she has an album in real life? But I digress...
I laughed a lot at Yes Man. Most of the chuckles arose from absurd silliness that requires suspension of disbelief but it was funny nonetheless. It's nice to know there is still a place in cinema for cheesy comedy. The 80s would be proud.


Boxing Day Haiku Friday

Buzz and I were hosts
We made Christmas Eve dinner
Meat pies and brie soup
Grandpa had been sick
And later that night, he fell*
He was just too weak
Opening our gifts
Without the grandparents there

*Don't worry, Grandpa is feeling better now.


Christmas Hotness

Could it be on Christmas morn,
An "HNT" resembling porn?
Rocking my dog's blinged out collar,
Come on y'all, let's hear a holler!
Yes, this was a Christmas gift
Giving the boys' trousers a lift.
Wishing and hoping oh so badly
That they could be my leather daddy.
Sorry boys, don't be mistaken...
This girl's heart's already taken.

Happy HNT & Merry Christmas
Now get off the internet and kiss your family.


Workin' On Xmas Eve

MORAL OF THAT STORY: I have eaten twenty four tiny chocolates in anticipation of Christmas Eve. Now that it's here, and I'm at work... it's a little anticlimactic.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. Fuck all that "happy holiday" noise. It's Christmas. So I said it, so it shall be done.


Pop Culture 101

While I haven't technically finished this book yet (I've got a couple pages to go), I thought it was worthy of a book review. I also wanted to prove to you, loyal blog readers, that I am currently keeping on schedule with my book-a-week goal. I'll do anything for praise.
Anyhoo, Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs is basically a bunch of random essays about different aspects of pop culture like porn, serial killers, music and film. From what I understand, Chuck Klosterman used to be a writer for magazines so this book reads a lot like something you'd get from Entertainment Weekly or Rolling Stone only with more expletives.
It has been entertaining for the most part and I've definitely had my share of laughs but a lot of times I feel it's a bit... pretentious? Is that the word? Like... this guy has a lot to say about a lot of things and drops a lot of names and big words in the process a la Kevin Smith's Clerks. But? He's from North Dakota so he has that average Joe feel to him. I dunno. The book was on the Buy Two Get One Free table at Borders. I bought it. I read it. I enjoyed it. Ultimately, though, it should be designated as a bathroom reader for those sporadic trips that require you spend some quality time on the porcelain throne. You know... make it last.


Weekend Wrap Up

  • Christmas should actually just be called "Cookie" because that was all I ate and baked this weekend and will probably be all I eat for the remainder of the month.
  • Buzz is carrying on a family tradition of meat pies that has lapsed for the last couple years and he spent most of last night pounding meat (that's what she said).
  • Rolled out sugar cookie dough is harder than it appears. After three hours I came away with approximately one dozen good looking cookies in the shapes of snowmen, candy canes, snowflakes and gingerbread dudes.
  • How many football games can occur in one weekend? Good. Lord.
  • Julie Andrews is simply magnificent in The Sound of Music.
  • The closest I got to shopping this weekend was going to the market. Malls be damned.
Only three more days 'til Cookie!!!


Ode To The Santa Float Haiku Friday

A cavalcade of
Police cars and fire engines
Traveling up my street
Santa on his sleigh
Pulled by nine tiny reindeer
Shouting "Ho ho ho!"
I got all choked up
A staple of my childhood
Oh, sweet nostalgia


Reading For Pleasure!

I actually started One Good Turn on the flight back from Michigan back in October and never really picked it up again until the fall semester ended. I had read Kate Atkinson's Case Histories last November and I really enjoyed it. One Good Turn is the author's second fiction book starring Detective Jackson Brodie as the lead character. Once again she takes a half a dozen stories that seemingly have nothing to do with one another and ends up weaving them up nicely and neatly together by the end of the novel. I guess some would say this book is a character study and I doubt they'd be far off base. For me, I just like a good page turner and this happens to be one. I would recommend it if you are into murder mysteries that aren't utterly cliche. Atkinson has a fabulous ability to tell a good story and she has a fantastic sense of humor. It's taking all my will power to not run to the bookstore to purchase the hard cover of her third Brodie installment: When Will There Be Good News? So... Santa? If you're reading...


When A Stranger Comes Calling

Last night while I was doing my laundry I was surprised by a knock at the door. In my family, we don't generally just drop by even though we all live within a 5-mile radius of one another. And friends? Well they just don't come by unannounced. That's just the way it is in cold-hearted California I guess. Anyway, I stared out my peep hole and I saw that there was a clean cut looking gentleman on my stoop. I thought twice and then figured "What the hell, it's before 8" and I opened the door.
What I was greeted with was an unusual undulation of vowel sounds that I could only assume was this gentleman trying to communicate with me. When I cocked my head to the side like a confused canine, he repeated the same multi-syllable, unrecognizable word. After my deductive reasoning kicked in, I realized he was asking for a person by their last name. I told him there was no one at my residence with that name and he seemed genuinely befuddled that I was the one opening the door at Apartment A.
What I found most amusing about his befuddlement was that he announced to me that he worked for the City of Ventura. I'm not exactly sure why that justified him coming calling at my door. Then he asked, "Sorry your first name?" And I replied "Randi" as that is my first name and then he in turn cocked his head at me like a confused canine waiting for me to supply my surname. I supplied it, not sure why, but then wondered, if he wanted my full name why not just ask for it?
After convincing him I'd lived there since June, the stranger then departed, apologizing for taking up my time. After a quick shake of the head I returned to my housekeeping duties. I didn't think anything of this particular encounter until I told Buzz about it and he suggested the gentleman may have been scoping out our apartment to see if anyone was home, that way he could rob us. Hmm... I never thought of it that way.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: Either I'm naive or my fiance is paranoid.


Take 5 Tuesday

I thought I'd try a new meme today since TMI Tuesday is a bit risque. So these questions are from here.
  1. 5 things on your Christmas wish list.
    PS3, Guitar Hero, that my folks love their gift, that we show my man a good time since it's his first Christmas away from home and that my nephew isn't the devil that day.
  2. 5 things on your tree, (if you’ve put one up yet.)
    Home-made Wizard of Oz ornaments, balls dating back to my first Christmas, new ornaments for Buzz and Kiyah, white lights and a Santa on top.
  3. 5 of your Christmas traditions.
    Advent calendars, baking ricotta cookies, making pizzelles with Ma & Gran, playing Secret Santa with the family, Christmas morning in our pajamas.
  4. 5 things you like about Christmas.
    Carols, decorating, traditions, presents and extra QT with friends and family.
  5. 5 things you don’t like about Christmas.
    The pressure, the early merchandising, the dudes ringing bells outside of the market, so many damn treats everywhere and rude folks at the mall.
It's hard to believe Christmas is only 9 days away and I've only just started to feel festive. The weather has finally shifted from mid-80s to low 40s and 50s. There is snow on the mountains. Christmas shopping is done. This is my last "traditional" Christmas since next year I will be married and we'll be celebrating with my husband's family. Ha. Husband. I hope all of you are feeling the Christmas spirit. Better get off your ass and finish shopping.


Weekend Wrap Up

Jury duty on Friday is lame. I spent the whole day reading Kate Atkinson's One Good Turn. I like it a lot. It did not, however, keep me entertained enough to help me avoid falling asleep and snoring in my chair. I hope someday someone finds a way to make jury duty effective and efficient because as of right now it is a huge waste of time and energy.
This weekend was one of those weekends that we didn't do anything highly significant but we got a lot done. Saturday was Christmas shopping. I am pleased to report I didn't lose my shit once at either Costco, Target or the mall. That in and of itself was so monumental we decided to join my brother and his wife for a celebratory dinner. Actually we were celebrating the end of the semester and my stellar grades but still. The restaurant we went to was referred to us solely because of the margaritas. My lord were they strong. I rarely get a good buzz on (ha, that's what she said) but this margarita took me to happy town in an instant. Not willing to let a good thing end, we went to T.G.I. Fridays afterward. I can say for the record their pomegranate margaritas have nothing on the ones they serve at Latigo Kid in Agoura Hills.
Sunday was seriously kick ass. We were busy and productive and didn't even have time for lunch. We got presents wrapped, the house clean, the dog washed... I mean we couldn't have done more than we did. But we did! I baked delicious cookie bars and Buzz made Miss Kitty his neighborhood famous carne asada tacos. She's going for surgery after all. It could very well be one of her last meals.
You know, I never realize how busy I am when school's in session but now that it is out I feel so relaxed. Like I have so much time to do whatever I want. It's a good feeling.


Jury Duty Haiku Friday

His name is Barkley
Just like Big Bird's puppy dog
He was a surprise
I hold down the house
And my Finance takes notice
Then he spoils me so
So I say thank you
By getting good grades - Two Bs!
And walking his dog


Hump or Dump?


Please see the poll on the right of my blog. If this was your formerly ink-free "fuck buddy" and he came home with those tattoos... would you hump him or dump him?

This will be in lieu of a new post tomorrow. Just in case you were wondering.

School's Out For Winter!

UPDATE: Grades were posted. 2 Bs. 95/100 on my 5 page paper. Average grade? 86.

I'm not exactly sure where to go with today's post. My semester officially ended yesterday when I handed in a 5 page paper written entirely in Spanish. I got a B on Monday's final so that was awesome. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I have until January 20th to chillax. No homework. No reading of text books. No papers to turn in. No tests to study for. No group projects to stress out over. It's such a fantastic feeling.
Winter break is just the right amount of time to be off school. It's only a month so you feel like you're getting a breather but it doesn't seem too long. By the time the three month break of summer is over I'm anxious to get back to school but not at all ready for the huge change of my daily schedule. Wait, did I just say I was anxious to go back to school? I sure did.
That makes me wonder, when the 6 classes and a capstone I have left are over, what the hell will I do with all my free time? I never liked school. I love learning but I never liked the rigidity of classes and tests. Now after 12 years of off and on, part-time college attendance, I can't imagine my life without it. Go figure.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: La universidad me ha convertido en un estudiante por vida que habla espaƱol.


TMI Tuesday

1. Do you consider sexy underthings a present for you or your partner?
No, dude. Seriously that stuff is fun for like two seconds but ultimately the goal is to let the boobies be free, not to bind them up in corsets and under wires.
2. What are 3 characteristics of "your type"? Have your best relationship(s) been with your type or when you have gone against it?
Three characteristics of "my type" used to be: Spanish speaking, bad boy, and utterly unattainable. That totally didn't work out for me. Now I'm with my fiance who couldn't be further from "my type" and it's the happiest I've ever been.
3. What is on your Santa list this year?
All I really want for Christmas is to see my nephew get excited over his presents. And? Guitar Hero.
4. Generally speaking, who has historically had a higher libido, you or your partner(s)?
I'd say it was pretty equal up until Prozac happened. Now, I'll do the deed but I don't necessarily have the drive for it. Feel me? Good times! But seriously I love the secks.
5. The unsculptured female bush seems to have passed from fashion. What about men, do you think they need to trim and shave "down there"?
I would go ahead and say I prefer the manscaping over having Buckwheat in a scissor lock twixt the ol' thighs.
Bonus (as in optional):What are a few of your favorite things (both sexual non-sexual)?
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

As for sexual? Well that's for me to know and Buzz to find out.

Questions are from here.


POST #700

Mine & Buzz's First Christmas Tree

It's finals week... I really don't have much to say.


Bathtub Party Haiku Friday

School is almost out
One more test and a paper
Then it's Christmas break
Need to get a tree
Buy some stocking gifts and stuff
Last minute shopping
December's busy
Oh Nine before you know it
So little time, man!


TMI Thursday

1. What are your turn-ons?
Intelligence, sense of humor, good teeth

2. What are your turn-offs?
Poor hygiene in general, liars, flakes

3. Not counting your turn-ons, what's the best trait a person can have?

4. Not counting your turn-offs, what's the worst trait a person can have?

5. What's your biggest pet peeve?
Waiting, whether it be for a traffic light or a guest to arrive. I don't like it.

Bonus (as in optional): Describe your best and worst experience.
Best experience: Being proposed to.
Worst experience: Finding out I was being cheated on.

Questions are from here.


He Ain't Heavy

He's my brother...
Big Sister, Little Brother

So this picture was the only one I could find where Curtis has facial hair and his glasses on. The reason I bring it up is because I never really thought we shared similar features. He's more long and thin and Ichabod Crane-y and I'm more... well... "sturdy" yet soft.

For a school project I had to dress up like a dude so I threw on some jeans, a collared shirt and cowboy boots. Grabbed Buzz's old denim ball cap with the hunting dog motif. Figured I was good to go. My hair's short so I'm halfway to masculine already. Had a classmate put a mustache and beard on me with some brown eyeshadow and a blusher brush and voila!

I'm my brother.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: I'm either a pretty man or a handsome woman.



Babe in a beer glass
It was BFF's hubby, Babe's birthday on November 28th.
Not only did I forget to call, I forgot to give a blog shout out.
I would like the record to show that I love Babe very much.
I am a terrible friend and deserve to be strung and quartered.

Happy Birthday, Britney!

Support your local Britney and buy her new album.