Music - 2008 favorites

So, as I mentioned, I really don't make best of/top 10 lists. But this year, why the hell not right? I listened to a lot of new music this year and these were the ones I found myself constantly returning to. Here it is.

The Black Keys, Attack & Release
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
Gossip, Live in Liverpool
The Kills, Midnight Boom
King Khan and The Shrines, The Supreme Genius…
Mudhoney, The Lucky Ones
Jay Reatard, Matador Singles '08
Times New Viking, Rip It Off
TV on the Radio, Dear Science

These came out in 07 but I am lovin em in 08. It's my list, I make the rules.
The Black Lips, Good Bad Not Evil
Kanye West, Graduation

There were a few songs that I absolutely COULD NOT get enough of this year:
Gnarls Barkley - "Little Better" from The Odd Couple (some day I will write about how this song totally and completely describes me)
Magnetic Fields - "California Girls" from Distortion
Jay Reatard - "An Ugly Death" from Matador Singles '08
Tilly and the Wall - "Too Excited" from O

live favorites:
Black Lips @ Detour fest
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ The Hollywood Bowl.
Ray Lamontagne @ The Wiltern (have never been to a show in LA at a venue so big that stayed so quiet)
Jay Reatard @ Echo
Spiritualized @ The Hollywood Bowl (technically this was the same show as Nick but they were so.fucking.amazing that they get a separate listing)
TV on the Radio @ the Wiltern
Kanye West @ Nokia

2009 To Do List

ok, so I didn't exactly complete everything on my '08 to do list. But I did not do too bad either. So, I have a lot that needs to be done, might as well make a list for '09 right?
  • Finish the living room. (buy a chair, rug and do up the south wall)
  • Complete 4 classes (I've already signed up for 3, now I just need to take and finish them plus one more)
  • Photo Albums (need to do one per month)
  • Finish the dining room (get a new hutch dealy and west wall)
  • Start the bedroom (everything - if you want to donate anything let me know)
  • 12 new restaurants
  • 12 books (that sounds easy but it's been really difficult to get much read the last couple of years) (or I guess you could think that sounds really hard in which case I love you)
  • Find myself Los Angeles print or t-shirt (this is left over from my old list and I don't have any room for anymore t-shirts so I think it needs to be a print)
  • new tattoo.
  • not gain back any of the weight I lost, if you don't count the last two weeks of '08.
  • hydrate
It's kind of a daunting list actually. Will have to baby step it . No problem!

Before I die:
Have some will power and say no to things that I know are bad for me - it's a long slow process

Stop multitasking and just do things one at a time - I actually think I am making some improvements here

Heading home

Waiting to board at DFW.

Wild life at the mall in Dallas



Unsupervised children

Road trip

We're in the car and heading to Dallas

Home made beer

Christmas breakfast of champions

Guy makes the family pancakes. His mother documents it. I document both

Merry Christmas, please print this.

Dear dear friends / acquaintances* / work friends* / parents of kids we really like a lot / family / significant others of the aforementioned* / randoms,

In our ongoing effort to not do shit this year save global resources we will not be mailing Holiday cards but would like to wish you a very:

Merry Christmas / Joyous Thursday / Happy Hanukkah / Merry Oatmeal Muffin Day / Happy New Year / Happy Birthday to Tiger Woods / Merry Kwanzaa / insert your reason to drink here / Jubilant Write to a friend month.

Seriously though - Hope you and your family have a great holiday, no matter which you choose to celebrate, and a safe New Year and a fantastic 2009!

with love and sass,
Cindy, Guy, Boris, Caesar, Eva.

*but we still really like you

Guy wins.

Guy Vaughn had a huge come from behind win in the late rounds to overtake his sister and dominate his parents and loving wife. These actions will not be rewarded come Christmas morning when Guy finds coal in his stocking.

Chicken foot

Passed the pigs before dinner and now we're satisfying the Chicken Foot

Pass the Pigs!

A Christmas Eve pre-dinner game of Pass the Pigs

Duck party!

Soon this will be dinner

Michael and Claire

Claire gets some Christmas Eve Eve belly rubs and poses for the camera


Guy and Claire share a moment before we go out for dinner.

When in Rome

Err, Texas - do as Texans do and go to Walmart!

Guy loves me

Guy wraps his own gift to help me stay sane.

Merry Christmas to me

Thanks to Gloria "the master wrapper" Vaughn for taking care of wrapping my gifts to Guy. It's the best gift she could give me.

Houla leaves me for a man

APPARENTLY my lap and a glass of wine isn't enough to keep a dog happy. She leaves me to share a red couch with Guy

There's a Houla on my lap

Houla Vaughn loves to sleep on a lap, especially in front of the Christmas tree with a glass of wine. Oh wait, that's me!

The Vaughn family and friends are engaged in a serious card game with serious drinking and I chose to be a dog bed instead of card player tonight.


The view from the plane.

Holiday travels - the airport

Waiting at LAX with a few hundred strangers. Everyone is wearing their patient hats though. Lots of runny noses. Ew, germs.

Sweet sweet 405

You can always count on the 405 to be crowded. The rule in the Vaughn household is that you can't be upset if there IS traffic you can only be pleasantly surprised if there isn't.

It actually isn't too bad tonight, we're averaging about 30 (yeh I know that sucks but not for the 405). I just wanted to test out a new blogging app.

Target has its own definition of "well"

In case you can't read the sign it says "eat well, pay less" and in
case you can't see the food below it - hot dogs and some other frozen

Now. I try not to judge when I see people buying this stuff at grocery
stores and feeding it to their growing children, really I do. I mean
people have their reasons for doing what they do (and sincere
apologies if you happen to be feeding this stuff to your kids or your
selves) but Target suggesting that eating this food product nonsense
is eating "well" is totally ridiculous. I mean what in fuck's name
could they mean by well in this case? A LOT? "well" as in you're fat
and your gut is well off?

I'm just sayin. I don't like the sign.

Full disclosure. I eat hot dogs. I eat hot dogs at appropriate hot dog eating occasions (baseball games, holiday BBQs, with Bobby "likes hot dogs" Sherman.) I would never claim eating hot dogs is a good idea if you care about your health and eating "well."

this blog in happies

ok, so I just spent 45 minutes writing down some things that bug the shit out of me, and there's nothing wrong with that, I felt like it needed to be said. BUT - I do feel like I should balance it with some things that I like

- red cars (wee little red cars that fit in a pocket)
- babies that eat carne asada
- TiVo
- Organization
- Our bed. (soooo comfy)
- Kittens
- Google Reader
- texting - so convenient
- laughing
- keyboard shortcuts
- going to bed freshly showered which is what I am going to do RIGHT NOW. good night

This blog in peeves - you say I'm anal like it's a bad thing?

I was listening to Adam Carolla the other day and he was doing his This Week in Rage segment and it got me thinking about how some of the fabulous girls I work with have (half-jokingly?) requested a list of things I don't like. So I figured why the hell not. I actually started writing this today in meeting while some little weasely motherfucker was bugging me. Surprisingly, I couldn't really think of that many things. Email me if you can think of anything that I left off. (if you don't have my email address then you obviously don't know enough about me to suggest something for the list).

- Little paperclips. I can.not stand little paper clips. Unless they are on YOUR desk. YOU can use little paperclips all day long and I couldn't care less. I really don't mind the ones that are coated and colored but then what the fuck am I am gonna do with ONE little cute coated paperclip. No thanks. Use them to cheer up YOUR desk.

- Size Medium without a large or a small. - Note to restaurants worldwide - you CANNOT have a medium if you don't have a small and a large to go with it. We were at a place the other day and the person in front of me ordered a small and the cashier said "Our small is medium sized" - WHAT?? NO! impossible. If you only have two sizes they are small and large. If you have three sizes they are not medium, large and extra large (and BTW no one needs to be ordering an extra large ANYTHING)

- People that judge others for being "different" - ok, this was the one that drove me over the edge with weasely guy. He works in a creative environment and is talking about someone we work with and how she has a screw loose and she's "definitely different" snicker snicker chuckle chuckle. I just replied with "Thank God" - I mean if you're going to judge at least save it for something worthwhile. So that was just a vent, not really a peeve. Thanks for indulging.

- 20 different fonts or styles in one email. Ok, sometimes shit gets fucked up in the whole Rich Text to HTML to whatever email conversion, but in general, your emails should be one font, same size. OH - and no overuse of italics and underlining or "emphasizing" words with quotes. Especially professional emails for crying out loud. I'm also not a huge fan of daily quotes in your signature but it's not enough to make the peeve list. Oh wait. I guess it just did. how 'bout that.

- People that walk into a room and ask "are we having fun yet" - same weasel, different day.

- Not being observant enough to know how to correctly spell the name of the people you work with every single day. Like if you HAPPEN to work with a Kristen AND a Kirstin don't call them both Kirsten or Kristin. Pay attention. Really is that too much to ask? It's a matter of respect really. OH and I don't work for Mattle. Or Hotwheels. and I don't work with Warners Brothers. I work for Hot Wheels at Mattel with Warner Bros. Fucking hell, Joe Regis would be proud. Oh and Sheila is Sheila, NOT Shelia (every single time Shelia?).

- Random work things that are purely for the girls I work with - per their request ;)
---clean out your keyboards - don't leave evidence of your lunch for the next person who has to use your keyboard
---make sure your papers are stacked all together before you staple - don't staple shit all out of whack.
--- be on time. to meetings. with deadlines. be on time.
--- have fun, don't take shit too seriously or personally.

- Mail. I hate mail. Man, I do not ever need to walk to the mailbox again. I would so be down with just a weekly mail delivery.

Firsts - a doggy

I am constantly reminded of my first dog because his name is one of the random security passwords for a site that I frequent. Yapper. I probably shouldn't tell you that, now my security could be breached. Damn. His name was Yapper. You know why? He yapped. He was a little dog. Black. Brown maybe. I really don't remember very much about him. I remember that my mother gave him to me and that was the last time I ever saw her. I remember he wasn't housebroken. I remember being 4/5 years old and thinking it SUCKS to wake up in the middle of the night to get a snack and step in dog shit. I remember being thankful that it was just a little dogshit - because after all, he was just a little dog. What I don't remember is kind of disturbing. I don't remember ever walking him, or watching my father walk him. I don't think he EVER got housebroken. I don't remember him ever not yapping. Mostly though I don't remember what happened to him. I remember moving and he didn't come with us. But I really don't remember if I was upset about it. Weird. I wonder what happened to him. I would like to think Yapper was adopted by our neighbors, given a yard and a nice house with soundproof walls for his new family and a Kong that was half the size of his body and he wasn't intimidated AT ALL by it. Hopefully he bit someone if they were mean to him. Hopefully he got a better name, like Gus or Rocky. I wonder if he fathered little Gusorrockys? For sure we didn't get him fixed if we couldn't even walk the little fucker. Man, I hope he was a he. Yapper would be a terrible name for a girl.

baby steps update

Update - ok it's been two months since I made my baby steps list. And one of my problems is that I do things for now. I have a hard time committing things to memory and actually acting on my goals. So, in other words, I made the list and forgot all about it. Let's recap the list and see if I got anything done.

Before Dec 31 2008
Finish the living room art project - CHECK! and I love the way it looks. Bought most of the items on Etsy and received one donation from a friend. thanks friend.

Go to the gym for 11 straight days - no. BUT. I am THINKING about going tomorrow.

Go 3 weeks without coffee (hah! only 4 more days and I am there!) - check. more or less. It's been like 3 months since I officially gave up coffee and have 2 -3 cups a week now. better!

Maintain or improve my current weight. (ok, obs I want that number to be lower. baby steps) - That's a CHECK motherfuckers! hah.

Before Sep 28 2009
Find an awesome Los Angeles TShirt or Print - hmmm.. man so glad that I gave myself a year for that one. It's not easy.

Get a new tattoo - working on some ideas and stashing away a dollar here and a dollar there so when the time comes it won't seem like a major expense.

Before I die
Have some will power and say no to things that I know are bad for me - it's a long slow process

Stop multitasking and just do things one at a time - I actually think I am making some improvements here

not too bad.


Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Lately I feel like I'm always waiting for something. A friend that is late. A friend that goes to a totally different place entirely so is really late. Lunch.

Right now I'm waiting for a doctor. I was early but she's late. What's crazy is that she's doing a c-section that as of 2:45 had not started yet and they said she would be here by 3:30 which is just crazy to me. I guess they don't take very long?

In a couple of hours I will be waiting for my chiropractor.

I really think one of the best ways to show you respect someone is to show up on time. Yeh yeh we're all busy and maybe there was some random act of nature or unusually bad accident that made you late but in general you should know how long a drive will take (assume there's traffic) or how long the shuttle will take from one building to another or what time you'll need to feed the dog.

I am ridiculously far from perfect but you can count on me to be on time. Sometimes I even TRY to be late and I still seem to get places early. Maybe there's some universal understanding that says when it's acceptable to be late and I just didn't get that email? I think the only time is when there is a party and you don't care about finding a seat. I happen to dislike parties so I like to get places early enough to find a good seat for the whole night. Just another example of my laziness I guess.

Yeh right now I'm just killing time and exercising my thumbs while I watch my BlackBerry fill up with emails I can't do anything about.

Speaking of being far from perfect I am really tired of narcissisists. Get over yourself. When you have to constantly tell the world how hip or cool or hot you are it just reminds everyone that you're not.

I don't know what song is playing on the Muzak but I kind of like it. It's some weird artist that has probably performed on the View but it was kind of catchy.

Now it's Madonna on the Muzak, there's a Kabbalah center down the street from my dr's office do you think Madonna is there right now?

Once I had a gyno appt (annually, get over it) and the dr had to rush TO a c-section and I didn't like that so much either.


Michael Jackson telling me it don't matter if I'm black or white. Thanks Mike.

Don't know this song but this guy loves me just the way I am.


Traffic is most definitely the lamest thing about my great city. It's
eightafreakinclock at night and we're going 3 miles an hour

I'm not judging, but

Ok I guess I am judging. But with the economy being in the shitter and
the media talking about a recession is it really a good idea for the
credit union to suggest taking out a loan for (mostly) cosmetic
medical procedures. More power to you if these are the things that
are important to you but why don't you try saving a nickel or two in
your piggy bank for your facial rejuvenation instead of taking out a
freaking bank loan.

Firsts - a beginning

hey I know! I'll start another list. I do like lists. What OCDADDDYSLEXICEASILYDISTRACTED35YEAROLDWOMAN doesn't? This one will also help the problem of not being motivated (I would think). It's actually something I started a long time ago. And by started I mean I wrote two entries, never posted them then forgot all about them.

The first time I ever thought about writing:
I was sitting on the floor (facing the tv, much like now)
My grandmother's typewriter was on the coffee table (much like now)
I was probably 7, MAYBE 8.
Writing an autobiography.

I can literally remember wanting to write, getting excited, turning on the tv, setting up the typewriter, sitting down and not having a single clue what to write. (much like....)
I do remember that I wrote something about my dad not being able to keep a job and my Uncle Al being an alcoholic. I think I got maybe 3 sentences in before giving up. Or maybe Solid Gold was about to start. Either way, that autobiography never happened. It's never too late to write about your family's failures though right? Maybe tomorrow.

Yeh, it's almost December - what of it?!

We're finally putting away the Halloween decorations. We like them. I
would leave them up year round if they didn't require dusting.


That is what I want to SCREAM at this fucking (and no iPhone I don't mean ducking) woman who is screaming at her mother in a restaurant who is sitting no more than 8 inches from her. She's like 10 feet from me and you know how I know it's her mother- BECAUSE SHE'S SCREAMING AT HER. And not like yelling she's just a loud talker. A really fucking loud talker. I can tell you all about how she hates the way her mom changes her baby's diapers and how she hates the way she doesn't make her son wash his hands and how she doesn't have Sarah's address to invite her to a party and how her baby has diarrhea. Fuck, yeh I know there's a virus going around, but if I didn't I sure would have now. Fuck. She just said it's a pain in the ass, literally. Cackle cackle cackle.

My dinner partner isn't here yet so I have a long night ahead of me listening to her say "KAY SUH DE YUH"


Fuck me. Another margarita please NOW.

Quote of the year

"we have a smart and moderate president elect who's african-american and has a beautiful family and who hung out with punk rockers when he was in college? it's like waking up and finding out that every crappy top-40 station in america is now playing tv on the radio and the bad brains"

from moby's 11/14 facebook blog

Yay for cookies

3 lbs of chocolate chunk "gourmet" cookie dough sitting on my desk
taunting me. I wonder if Guy will make this for dinner?

Mmm curry

What is wrong with this picture?

5 pieces of celery
Zero cashew butter
Must. Improve. Portion. Distribution. Hmmph.

Writing Class, Fail.

So, yeh. I'm not feeling the writing class. It's all done online, which obviously I love, but the feedback was all so, ummm, positive. It was way too sugary. AND - I'm not going there to find friends. People were sending me comments about how they are also lazy so maybe we could help each other out and keep each other motivated. No. Sorry. If I wanted some new best friends I would start a reality show looking for some thankyouverymuch. I went there hoping to get motivated, but I just got annoyed. And believe me it is WAY easier to annoy me than it is to motivate me and I run across those situations daily so I don't need to add another.

I do need to find some motivation though. It's hard - I've been busy. Busy sitting on the couch watching the election results. Busy syncing my Zune. Busy hosting Halloween game nights. Busy dealing with majorfuckingdrama at work. Busy thinking about what other classes I can sign up and not finish (sewing I believe could be next on that list, possibly followed by photography at Samys, and then maybe knitting just to really waste a good hundred bucks.) Maybe if you are reading this you can volunteer to send me writing challenges. That would be fun. For you.

ok, gotta go get busy on my laundry. Fold fold fold.


Update: another good reason not to make top 10 lists, I made the original WIP list back in July and half those bands I don't even listen to now. huh.

Since I was ridiculed many years for only putting 1 album on my "top 10" list I have not made another list. I felt totally justified in proclaiming that Sophtware Slump was so good that it woulda been THAT much better than whatever I could have made 2 - 10. I felt it was a strong statement. Other people, my husband, didn't agree. So whatever. I figure no one gives a shit what is on someone else's top 10, they just want a reason to tell you what's on theirs. The only reason I ever look at someone's list is to make judgements (come on, we're being honest right?) and (less likely) look for new music. If I see something on a lot of lists I may seek it out...

but today as I was rocking out in the car, I figured that since I have a whole tag for "lists" I should use it! And if I make an evolving top 10 list during the year come January I won't have to struggle to remember what I liked and I will already have my list so that you can judge me.

here it is... (I think I was just inspired to make another list; reasons why I have comments disabled)

in alphabetical order by the second letter in the first word:

Jay Reatard, Matador Singles '08
Kanye West, Graduation… it came out in 07, but whatev. I’m lovin it in 08.
The Black Keys, Attack & Release
Gossip, Live in Liverpool
The Kills, Midnight Boom
Times New Viking, Rip It Off
King Khan and The Shrines, The Supreme Genius…
Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
Mudhoney, The Lucky Ones
newest addition in bold

huh, couldn't come up with 10. I'm sure I forgot some. Don't hate. It's my list. You don't have to listen.

the list will evolve assuming something else I like comes out this year, updates in bold. I have high expectations for the Jay Reatard Singles, Clinic and, Spiritualized

I accidentally just broke a girl's heart

We never answer the phone. I happen to think Caller ID is one of the top 5 inventions of the last 15ish years (along with TiVo, HD, Smart Phones, and Online Banking) and it allows me to know when I can ignore the call. So, the other day we get a message from what I assume was a nervous telemarketer with poor reading skills and just deleted it without thinking. I noticed that it was a real phone number though and not blocked or an 800 number which I thought was odd. Just a few minutes ago I noticed the same number pop up and the girl - even more nervous this time - left a message like this

Hi, uhh, this is ______, and I am calling from, uhh, Califo, California and I am looking for, uhhh, Guy Vaughn. It's not, uhh, anything, I , uhhh, just, uhh, am looking for my father who's named Guy Vaughn....

at that point I was so startled but I didn't want the poor girl to go on wondering so I just answered and said "Hi, uhh, Guy Vaughn lives here but he's not your father" - man - HARSH. I wasn't trying to be mean, I was just so fucking surprised. She was clearly disappointed and uncomfortable and I said "I'm sorry" and she said "It's ok" and hung up. I wanted to call her back and apologize and tell her that I've looked up my father and mother too and thought about calling them. I wanted to tell her how courageous I thought she was and good luck with her search. I felt terrible.

But then...

I wondered, man - what if it IS Guy? can you imagine. She sounded sorta young... like coulda been in her teens. Maybe I should have him call her? omg. can you imagine. A search on white brings up 6 Guy Vaughn's in California, but our phone number isn't listed. Did she PAY to find it? Wow... I am totally not going to be able to sleep tonight. Can we really just assume he isn't her father??? you just never really know right?? can you imagine.

Of course, Guy is out of town so I am processing all of this on my own. Calling him. Hold on. Ok, not sure where he is, so I am just going to keep assuming he needs to call her and figure all this out.

oh shit, I think I just found her on Facebook.

Fuck it, I'm calling her

She was really nice. It's not Guy Guy.... hope she finds what she is looking for. good grief. I need a drink and to go to bed.

I need a new nail salon

So, my current preferred nail place is just too far. It's in Santa Monica, which is only like 6 miles away, but considering I live in Los Angeles and there is probably 750 nail salons between here and Santa Monica there is no real reason to go all the way up there, unless I am meeting Nancy for breakfast, but that's only like half the time. And I'm not talking Main St Santa Monica (south)- I go allll the way up to Santa Monica blvd and 4th Street (north-ish) - so not only is it far, but I usually end up parking wayyy the hell up in one of the 3rd Street Promenade structures. Bad. But I've been happy enough with their service so I make the trek. But today I am reconsidering. I get that the economy is in the shitter and business is probably way the fuck down for businesses that offer what some people, although not me, would consider non-essential.

In the 25 minutes I was there I had to say:
No, I don't want a 10 minute shoulder massage
No, I don't want extra buff
No, I don't need extra hand massage
No, I don't need extra foot massage
No, I don't want hand paraffin
No, I don't want foot paraffin
No, I do not like all this upsell bullshit
Yes, I am sure.

Looking for recommendations close to home to have one.

Writing Class, lesson one

So I have a friend that is taking a photography class and is loving it. And you may know that I really enjoy the picture taking so I looked into his class but quickly realized that taking a photography class would require GOING to a photography class, as in leaving the house, as in getting off of the couch, as in it's fall and will probably start getting cold (altho I did just buy a really cute jacket) and do I really want to drive all the way to Santa Monica after work once a week for 6 straight weeks - the horror. I didn't want to totally give up on the idea of taking a class though and noticed the same people offered online classes. Sweet. Stay on the couch and still feel productive when I can manage to squeak out 20 minutes of motivation. Sooooo anyway, I signed up for a beginning writing class... I've taken a bunch of writing classes and thought a beginning one would be good and not too demanding (I would imagine?) and hopefully get me motivated!

ANYWAY - I figured since I was asked twice about why I haven't been posting (am totally feeling the love btw - thanks bitches!) that I would go ahead and post my writings from the lessons. I hope to continue this but I reserve the right to get lazy and not post, be a total flake and not post or think the assignment was lame or required some personal information or experiences that I don't want to share, and not post.

Lesson 01
Go to Discussion Area 1 and introduce yourself by writing a paragraph that tells us:
Something about you.
What you hope to get out of the Beginning Writer's Workshop.

(yeh - not very demanding, I know - but it's lesson 01 - what do you want? btw you should see some of the frightening replies. here I go judging again. bad cindy)

by: Cindy
Hi everyone… I am 35 and have a great husband, some pets and an awesome job. My awesome job consumes most of my time and all of my energy. I love to write but many years ago had a terrible experience with an ex-boyfriend reading my journal which contained some seriously personal thoughts and things that could have been very hurtful to people if he chose to share what he read. I signed up for this class hoping to find some motivation and start writing again. I also have absolutely no focus and am very easily distracted – I walked away from this 3 times, went to check my email twice and sent two IM's – so I guess I am also hoping to find some focus through motivation. I also love run on sentences and writing in all lower case, but those are mostly because I am lazy. Oh yeh – I am also lazy. Lesson 1 – check!

side note, i just decided that all blogs should be called blahgs. as in blah blah blah...

At the end of the blog...

The other day I was listening to a friend at work talk about how annoyed he gets when people say "at the end of the day" - I added that I also didn't like when people said "When all is said and done" - I'm watching some terrible reality show right now and someone said "At the end of the day you have to look out for number 1" I just decided I hate "look out for number one" more than the other two.

I have some others that really get under my skin and annoy the shit out of me, usually when I am sitting in a meeting listening to people who like to hear themselves talk.

- get under my skin
- look at something "holistically"
- at the eleventh hour
- FRANKLY (that one usually gets said with a snippy tone or elevated voice
- ANYthing sports related. We're not a football team for fuck's sake
- once in a blue moon


Guest Blog - Sometimes I wonder...

I received this yesterday in an email and felt it was appropriate as a first "Guest Blog" post. Technically, it's an email, not a blog. But thankfully I get make the rules.

by Anonymous Blonde
Sometimes I wonder...

Why is it so hard for the women [at Mattel] to flush the toilet. I wait to see if floaties come back up don’t you? It's the polite thing to do.
Why do they put such a huge roll of toilet paper on that wheel anyway? Don’t they know it wont spin and you fight to tear off one sheet at a time for like half an hour?
A bathroom experience really shouldn’t be that frustrating. I'm just sayin.

Nick Cave news. omg. omg. omg

FUCK YEH! So, without seeing even a trailer, I have already determined that The Road is going to be my favorite movie of the year and will probably get into the Top 5 (behind Pulp fiction and fighting for placement with Goodfellas, LA Confidential and Purple Rain) and since it was a John Hillcoat film I sort of assumed Nick Cave would, at the very least, be on the soundtrack. Soooo happy when I read the news that he'll be doing the score, that is going to be fan-fucking-tastic. I can't wait.

So to recap the awesomeness that Nick fans have to look forward to in the coming year:

1) The Road w Nick score source
2) Reissues - make that Deluxe Reissues! says who?
3) A new book! Now I just need to finally finish the last one! If it's on the internet in Canada it must be true

yay. I win.

Sailors are the new pirates.

So if you have spent more than say, 3-1/2 minutes with me you know that I use expletives. A lot. What can I say, I am a product of my environment – I grew up in Lawndale, Carson, San Pedro, in a totally white trash family complete with drugs, Thanksgiving Day fights concluding with brother 3 trying to hit brother 2 in the head with a hammer (did I mention they were grown men and bro 2 was my father?), and unemployment/welfare checks. So yeh. I swear. Usually I just think it’s part of my charm, but sometimes I think “fuck, I really need to cut back.” Knowing this is nearly impossible I think I have a good solution – Talk like a Sailor Day. We already talk like pirates once a year and that's getting a little tired honestly, talking like a sailor isn’t really a stretch right? And it’s for EVERYONE, all ages, all occupations, everyone. Little Jacob running around after the soccer ball screaming “oh shit, why the fuck do I have to pass the ball to HER?” or James asking his financial planner "HOW THE FUCK CAN I RETIRE IN A MARKET LIKE THIS" without anyone getting offended or all uppity. Get it all out in one day and the rest of the year people can go back to judging.

- No offense to actual sailors, I love boats.

Baby Steps

Everywhere I click lately it seems that people are making lists about all the ways they are going to improve themselves - maybe that fucking terrible movie (not that I saw it) The Bucket List got people to thinking...maybe I just happen to be clicking on lots of pre-midlife crisis blogs... maybe it's the screwed up state of our country and the uncertainty of where we are going to be depositing our pay/unemployment checks. Whatever the hell it is it inspired me as much as I can be inspired lately. Some lists are before I die lists, some are before I turn ____ age. But I need little goals.

I actually started writing this two weeks and was hoping to come up with some more, but I've never been won those people with "goals" - like I said, baby steps.

Before Dec 31 2008
Finish the living room art project
Go to the gym for 11 straight days
Go 3 weeks without coffee (hah! only 4 more days and I am there!)
Maintain or improve my current weight. (ok, obs I want that number to be lower. baby steps)

Before Sep 28 2009
Find an awesome Los Angeles TShirt or Print
Get a new tattoo

Before I die
Have some will power and say no to things that I know are bad for me
Stop multitasking and just do things one at a time

Day 7

Day 7 Detox

The headache is gone! Yay! AND I have tons of energy. Unfortunately Guy is also gone so I'm basically bouncing off the walls and needing to figure out what I can do with all this energy!

Yesterday was the hardest day of the detox, went to a kiddie birthday party where there was a ton of tasty food (so I was told) icey cold beers (it was HOT) and cake! I did good though, I had a piece of chicken that I am pretty sure was "safe" and stayed away from everything else. I'm actually pretty shocked that I've been able to stick with it, wonder what's gunna happen in 2 weeks when I'm done. Oh I've lost 7 lbs. So there.

Bounce bounce.

Day 4

Day 4 Detox.


(Day 5 has started much better)

Day 3


Day 2

Detox Day 2 9/23 Tuesday 1 drink, 1 headache
Today was not an easy day. The Headache set it around 10:30, 11-ish. The insanity that is my Inbox was also out.of.fucking.control and it just made for a rough day. I really need to be drinking more water. I want a cup of coffee so so bad I can hardly stand it. I think approaching this whole “detox” thing as a challenge to myself was totally the way to go. Only 19 days left. (and really, I’m not going the whole 21 days because we’re going camping the last 3 days of it, but I don’t need to admit right now that I am already giving up, do I? no.)

THE Drink
Steamed veggies (the worst steamed veggies EVER btw – do not, I repeat, do not get the steamed veggies from the El Segundo Whole Foods. Terrible)
Brown rice
Chicken breast
Lettuce and cucumbers
Sliced turkey

I’ve been in bed since 7:15. It’s 7:55 and really just want to go to sleep.

AND I was just reading another random blog and it was all about how the author isn’t going to be so negative or judgmental and is going to try and focus on the positive things in life. At least I think that’s what it is about, I didn’t actually read it.

Can’t believe it’s only day 2. Feels like a week.

Day 1

Day 1 9/22 Monday 1 drink

Day 1, no major mishaps and everything seemed to go smooooooth. I was reminded by the evil* Dr Patrick that chili – even vegan chili – is made with tomatoes. DAMNIT! Oh well. There’s always tomorrow. Totally felt really good today, tomorrow the headache is going to set it for a couple of days I would imagine and I need to stock up on more snacks because I was reminded today by Tina that I need to “keep my mouth busy” (huh huh) so that I don’t crave sweets.

The Drink
Red Potatoes
Green tea
Water (not nearly enough water)

*Dr. Patrick is not evil.

Day 0

9/21 Sunday

Tomorrow I start a detox thingy that is GOING to last 3-weeks (or 21 days, or 504 hours, or 30,240 minutes, or if you like really unachievable goals it’s 1,814,400 seconds – I do love the internet). I say GOING to last because damnit I am totally going to get through this. In the grand scheme of life 3 weeks is soooo nothing. It’s going to be tough – no caffeine, sugar, wheat… it’s really just a super healthy way of eating that I should be doing anyway along with some probably really nasty tasting drink that has all of the vitamins I am not getting because all I ever eat is coffee, sugar and wheat. (yes, I consider coffee a food). Hmmph.

In the spirit of a good kick-off I HAD to go out with a bang, so today I had a huge coffee along with a donut and then a very small serving of a very salty chinese fast food dish accompanied by a super tasty carbonated and caffeinated soda. I think we’re having skirt steak for dinner along with some yummy wine and finishing up with some dark chocolate. So basically, every single thing I have eaten today will be off limits for the next almost two million seconds. Easy! Right.

A quick list of things in my diet that I can’t eat:
Red Meat (only during week 2 do I have to stop all meats)
Eggs, dairy
Things with added Sugars. Bah.

Piece of (sugar-free) cake!

oy, I just realized Guy is going to be out of town for most of week 2, really smart planning on his part. I'll have to work extra hard to find things I like and can prepare myself that aren't frozen mac and cheese dinners!

If it's September we're going to Pomona!

Pretty much every year I try and make it out to the fair. Basically if you've been to one fair you've been to them all and nothing really changes except the prizes evolve into the most current licensed hit (Hannah Montana) and the shopping expos get the lastest As Seen on TV must-have (ShamWOW!). Knowing this does not stop me from wanting to go.... here are some pics of things that can be seen and done at the fair. See you there next year!

A lot on Eva's mind

Eva is wondering when the last time there was 8+ scoreless innings on Colorado and why all of the televised football games are games she doesn't care to watch. Oh, she's also curious about when she's going to be introduced on Boris and Caesar's blog.

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Thursday morning thoughts

1) wow, it's already Thursday. (wow, it's already September. wow, I'm already 35.) shit.

2) I have a headache.

3) I'm listening to the Mattel webcast about the new safety standards -- it's exciting stuff really. They just said that if you don't work for Mattel or haven't been invited you should log off or leave the room because the presentation is privileged.. I dunno, that made me laugh. Altho it is kind of fancy that we webcast.

4) I really don't "Love Lucy" - If I explain this comment I will have to kill you. See point 3.

5) Man, it is really not easy to make a toy. We do have cookie socials and half-day Fridays but fucking hell, they get earned.

Suffering through the first hour of the MTV VMAs

I am questioning the decision that someone at MTV made to have Rihanna open the VMAs

WAIT, is that a White Stripes song? wtf.
She is just not a good performer.
This song sucks.
Those are totally courtesy applause.
Oh good, she’s gonna come back later.

Russell Brand is totally reading, he shoulda memorized.

I am totally not on board with the new set up – the room is too small, you can see backstage, the logos are out of scale to the small room, the cameras are too close.

Jamie Foxx says “Wake Up!”. And I say How?

Jamie Foxx says “Give it up for Rihanna and that outfit” – he must like thighs.

PREDICTION: Oh, Katy Perry is totally gonna win.
ACTUAL: Britney

Why would you put the camera on someone who is about to be told to leave their seats?

Britney believes in God?

Holy shit – this show is sucking ass.

Football score check: commercial

There is a commercial on about 18-25 year old voters and how they are under represented, I should not be watching this

Umm, except Demi Moore just came onstage, and she’s old.

Good Christ, why would you let her walk onstage without a mic?

Paying the bills: Chris Brown just won, but he didn’t specifically thank Guy, or anyone else.

I wonder why the speeches are so short and how they can do that for other shows

Why the fuck is Russell Brand talking so fast?

The Jonas Brothers playing on a fake stoop? WHAT THE FUCK.

I wonder if they provided all that neon to the kids or if those kids actually own that shit

Whoever the hell is singing Like A Virgin has a terrible voice and camel toe

Football score check: Chi 7 – Ind 6

Oh – Kaba Modern and Fanny Pak are doing a dance off! That should be pretty sweet

Oh I guess that was Katy Perry. She needs better shorts and a voice coach

I am literally becoming angry watching this terrible show.

Oh huh, here’s Michael Phelps. He’s totally over exposed

Leona Lewis shoulda been singing earlier, she has a nice voice and no camel toe

Bleeping bad words in songs does not make for good tv

I think the small room is really making this show bad.

Lindsey needs a bra and to learn how to read

Wait – they aren’t gonna show the dance battle?? Damnit.

Best Dancing in a Video
PREDICTION: Pussycat Dolls
ACTUAL: Pussycat Dolls.

There is a lot of God thanking tonight

Football score check: Chi 12 – Ind 6

Commercial: When did Ballys become Bally?

I think I have figured out that MTV is intentionally making this show bad, it’s the train wreck factor, they know I can’t change the channel because I need to see what is next.

I do not know who Paramore is

More neon

I am not missing anything by not knowing who Paramore is

Time for dinner! Yum!

Playlist, Shuffle all, from Chicago to LA

I have decided this is a good activity when I need to kill time and don't have the mental capacity for things like reading. Man, I am tired.

The Buzzcocks - Oh Shit

(Huh, maybe not a great song for a flight. Man it's loud at this seat. I need better headphones)

Holly Golightly - So Far Up There

The Flaming Lips - Superhumans

(Why does it smell like dog food on this plane?)

The Rolling Stones - Lies

The Flaming Lips - The

(Srsly, already with another FLips song)

AC/DC - Girls Got Rhythm

The War on Drugs - Coast Reprise

Thee Headcoats - Beach Bums Must Die

Pixies - No. 13 Baby

Mercury Rev - Hudson Lines

Dengue Fever - Laugh Track

Dead Kennedys - Saturday Night Holocaust

!!! - Infinifold

Swans - We'll Fall Apart

Outkast - Speakerboxx: War

BRMC - Heart + Soul

Queens of the Stone Age - Tension Head

Reatards - Make It Fit

Groove Armada - Madder

(The movie they are showing is Speed Racer, not a good movie and a really bad movie on a 13" screen where you can't appreciate the colors)

KMFDM - Achtung!

Reatards - I Want Sex

(Repeats so far, Flaming Lips, Reatards. Not too bad- Dirtbombs is probably coming up)

I shit you not, I did not make this up:
The Dirtbombs - Fire in the Western World

The Chieftains - The Foggy Dew

Swans - Failure

Stereophonics - Just Looking

Jeremy Jay - A Place Where We Could Go

MC5 - Miss X

Holly Golightly - Lifering

(Um, ok big, hairy guy is totally infringing on my space.)

Bongwater - Great Radio

Holly Golightly - Too Late Now

Patsy Cline - Faded Love

T.Rex - The Motivator

AC/DC - Walk All Over You

I'm gonna read now.

I'm back

Mudhoney - This Gift

(Man, my back is killing me, big hairy arm guy is all up in my space and it's making me sit all funky)

(They are passing out water, I recently read that airplane water is some funky recycled nonsense, gross-and they're just pouring it into people's existing cups, rim of the water bottle picking up airplane mouth nastiness from the cup rims! Yuck)

Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow

The Who - Guitar and Pen

Jeremy Jay - Lunar Camel

The White Stripes - Go

(Ok so it's 1:08 pacific time, I thought Guy said I got in at 3 but that just can't be - 2 more hours on this plane, fuuuuuuuuck, my itinerary is in the overhead, sometimes being trapped in the window seat sucks, maybe I should start sitting in aisle seats)

Spiritualized - Good Night Goodnight

Bratmobile - Some Special

68 Comeback - Little Pig

David Bowie - It Ain't Easy

The Gories - Telepathic

Gonna read some, totally bored.


Home now.

Proof reading did not happen.

Me being me

Even after a 12 hour travel day I still have it in me to wonder about a hotel that has hard wood floors and a steam shower serving food on a tray like this. Maybe they're being ironic. I would be more impressed with bamboo though.

Hey! ho! let's go.


Rock N Roll HoF

A stop on the way!

Breakfast of champions

Hitting the road after a stop at Panera

Detroits vs Tigers

Tied in the 3rd

Shawarma yumminess

Just finishing lunch with our friend from Dodge.

Hot Wheels Road Trip - Detroit Stop, part 2 - BBQ!

After a short break and a shower we headed over to Hot Wheels Collector Joe's house where his wife had prepared an awesome spread of carne asade and chicken for us. Oh and beer and margaritas! yum.

Here is a link to some pics from the evening.

Hot Wheels Road Trip - Detroit Stop

SheilaAnn and I didn't really leave the retail trailer for the event but I managed to get out and get a few pictures. The link is here in case the slideshow doesn't make you happy:

We're heading out to dinner now, Collector Joe is hosting a BBQ. I'm thinking there is going to be some TASTY food there!


Sweet GTO

Hot Wheels Employee Picnic and Road Trip kick off

From a few weeks ago...

Hot Wheels Road Trip night 1!

It's actually almost 2 weeks into the Road Trip but I am just now joining, so it's day 1 for me.

today was a travel day, - we had a lot of luck with the flights being on time! Only on the one hour ride from Chicago to Detroit did I have to deal with OUT OF CONTROL children and hairy-arm guy... Got to the hotel and went out for dinner - a lot of places are closed on Sundays here so we ended up Chelio's - Chris Chelios' Chili place. Food was ok... nothing great. mmm fried chicken. it was sweet!?!

The girls talking about techonology

He's not amused with me.

I am totally amused with me.
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me and a tired Hladek.
One of the collectors, Joe, came out for a beer.
good night now!