Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What about you? Where will you enjoy a summer vacation?
Monday, June 29, 2009
That's right, dinner.
N is a BBQ enthusiast. He's judged competitions and just purchased a smoker. And Saturday was brisket day. He began by arranging coals, hickory and pecan chunks in the smoker.
He applied his favorite rub to the brisket and put it on the smoker.
There were all sorts of gauges used to chart the smoker's temperature and the meat's temperature, not to mention the outdoor temperature. For the following 14 hours, he dilligently assessed and adjusted.
Meanwhile, I eventually woke up, went to work, came home, enjoyed some cocktails on the deck with friends and co-eaters, while N worked at perfecting dinner.
And perfect, he did. It was delicious.
But it wasn't just about the food, it was about figuring out how to make it well - unraveling the secrets to the right temperature, timing, smoking, rubbing and basting. So that he not only achieved a great end result, but created a solid process along the way.
What hobby or activity have you perfected a process for?
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Apparently, other people have told him that too.
So what famous person do people say you look like?
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Jonathan Cainer was our man. As fellow taurians, we trusted him to guide us through our daily lives.
I haven't checked out his site in years. But as I tried to drum up a question this morning, "What's your sign?" popped into my head. Which made me think astrology and I'm sure you can see how I got here.
Anyway, here's my forecast for the week ahead:
Challenge an old assumption. Question conventional wisdom. Be a little outspoken. If you get back a really good reason to accept what's being put forward, at least you will have removed the element of doubt. And if not? Then you'll know your suspicions are well founded. People only tend to go on the defensive when they inwardly recognise how vulnerable they are to attack. If you're talking, this week, to someone who is comfortable in their confidence, they'll calmly communicate that. If you stir up a sharp reaction, you won't actually make things worse. The right thing has to happen. Your courage can help make it happen. It's going to be an amazing month.
An amazing month, huh? I'm down with that. I'd like a little amazement.
How do you feel about horoscopes?
Friday, June 26, 2009
What is something about yourself that most people around you do not know?
I'm pretty much a what you see is what you get kind of girl. And most people would probably say that I'm "sunshiney." In fact, a college friend once told me that she ran into someone we went to school with and when my name came up, the girl said, "I can't stand Suzanne. She's so fake. No one is that happy all the time."
Funny reason to be disliked, huh? Anyway, I digress. Back to the point.
But if you really know me, you know that I've got a bad temper. I've been working on it for a long time. But unfortunately, it still explodes every once in a while.
Sooo...back to L.D.'s excellent question. What is something about yourself that most people around you do not know?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"Yes?" I replied.
"Do you know if this is Kathy Griffin's house?"
"Yep. It is," I said.
His face bloomed in a huge smile. He giggled, stared back at the house and said, "Oh cool!"
Then he slid off his biking gloves, removed his helmet and settled back into his bicycle seat for what looked like a long wait.
I kept on walking and wondered, what celebrity would you sit on your bike and wait for all day?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I'm done with my revision - for now. And the follow up novel is sort of moody. My main character is being very stingy with her story. I don't have pub work until tomorrow. And after answering all applicable ads for writing work, there are only so many walks a girl can take. I don't have the cash to go out and I've read every book on my shelves. So it's come down to some seriously shameful activities.
That's right, on Sunday, I watched six episodes of Charlie's Angels Season Two, back to back. Pathetic, I know. But that show was my childhood favorite. And any time I come across a re-run, I can't help but watch it.
What old TV show are you a sucker for every time?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
1. Q: What was your last random act of kindness? A: I gave a homeless man $5. Which these days, is a big deal.
2. Q: What have you shared lately? A: Food. I've been sharing lots of food with people.
3. Q: Who was the last person you complimented and why? A: B.S., for always coming up with good ideas on how to improve my life.
4. Q: Who do you pray for /send positive energy to? A: Lately the focus has been on Hurricane and Sofia, U.M., N's grammie, H's friend, A. But the list is so long.
5. Q: How do you plan to make someone's day better today? A: By smiling. It's amazing what a smile can do.
How about you?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Seven questions regarding the Seven Deadly Sins:
1) Pride - Q: What is your biggest contribution to the world? A: Stories. And, of course, my sparkling personality. (What?!?! The question is about pride.)
2) Envy - Q: What do your coworkers have that you wish was yours? A: More shifts.
3) Gluttony - Q: What did you eat last night? A: Tons of potato chips and a vat of onion dip. With beer.
4) Lust - Q: What really lights your fire? A: Kissing.
5) Anger - Q: What is the last thing that really pissed you off? A: An obnoxious guy at the pub who took my girlfriend’s seat and then wouldn't get out of it. I got a little Jersey on him.
6) Greed - Q: Name something you hoard and keep from others. A: I hoard food. But then I share it with everyone. Does that count?
7) Sloth - Q: What's the laziest thing you ever did? A: Stole these questions from Tricia Obrien so I didn’t have to come up with my own.
How would you answer these seven questions?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And she shined.
When she flipped out and threw a steak at her husband, I thought, "Damn. I wouldn't mess with her!" I cringed when she was hurt by a put down. I teared up when she cried out of frustration and held a gun to his head.
She was really good. And I was surprised. Not surprised like I thought she couldn't do it. Just surprised like, "Wow, I didn't know you could do that..."
Like years ago, when I went to see my boyfriend at the time play guitar. I wasn't expecting much, after all, everybody in LA wants to be a rock star or an actor or something. And that certainly doesn't mean they're any good at it. But his fingers worked that guitar so fast I couldn't follow them. He looked amazing up there on that stage, confident and cool, like he was born to play.
I stood there, shocked and thought, "Wow. I didn't know he could do that."
And that's one of the coolest feelings in the world. When someone takes you by surprise. Shows you a special piece of them that you didn't even know was there. And from then on, your perception of them is just a little different, forever.
When have you been surprised like that?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
At that point, I started to think about going home so I could cook the 8 lbs of mac and cheese for a party I'm catering today. But then Tom and Brendan (the guys who threw Thursday's beach party) came in and I got sucked into their malarchy.
And right as I was about to make my getaway, Wendy blasted onto the scene, without her cast. I couldn't leave without hearing her retell her superhero story. But then it was clearly time to go. So I bolted for the back door and found that my car was blocked in.
Maybe it was a sign. For about 15 minutes, I walked the pub yelling, "Does anybody have a black jeep wangler parked in the back? You need to move your car." And finally, somewhere around midnight, some guy let me out.
Now I'm up and ready to make some serious mac and cheese. I probably should have gone home earlier and gotten more sleep, but every time I tried to leave something else sucked me in.
What place or activity always sucks you in?
Friday, June 19, 2009
A guy at a register started laughing. Then he said, "I was singing it too! I couldn't help it!"
After reading your comments about bad movies, I thought about bad songs. Like "Glory of Love." Tthroughout the 80's, that cheeze laden ballad inspired tweens to drape all over each other at dances. In fact, I remember that power ballad playing as I did that slow dance sway thing with my 7th grade BF, BK.
And last night, every sappy word came back to me in an instant. What bad song will you belt out every time?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Mind you, it's not meant to be. But when Drew Barrymore leaps over a wall on a horse and shoots a man, dead center, in mid air, you can't help but burst out laughing.
And that's exactly what Waldo and I did throughout the entire screening many years ago. So, this weekend, when Bad Girls aired on HBO, I couldn't help but watch the entire film, cackling every time the Bad Girls shot up some creepy cowboy dude or blew up a bad guy's wagon.
What awful movie will you watch every time you notice it's on?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
And it worked for N too! After a 24 hour rice bath, the iPhone is up and running.
What crazy solution to a problem have you found online?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I hadn't ridden a bike since I was a teenager. I'm guessing 20 years. And you know what? It was just like riding a bike! Sure, I had wobbly moments, like when I almost hit a fire hydrant or when instead of using my brakes, I instinctively put my feet down to stop. But I didn't crash. Or fall. Or embarrass myself in any way.
It was really fun. And we rode past a marina and over canals and took in gorgeous water views.
What activity have you recently enjoyed after a long break?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The crowd danced to "Sweet Caroline," roared to "Coming to America," and sang along to "Song Sung Blue." Neil belted out "Forever in Blue Jeans" in a sparkly white Jazz Singer suit. And 25 years later, I can still picture the whole venue and hear that beautiful noise.
I loved it.
What was your first concert?
Friday, June 12, 2009
We had one sunny day. That was last Sunday. I drove with the top down, blasted music and sang down the freeway like an American Idol before entering the dark pub and serving drinks all afternoon.
H just told me that she's been tracking the weather and it looks like we may get some sunshine next Thursday. NEXT THURSDAY???
Something has gone awry in Sunny Southern California.
I am "dying for" a sunny day. What are you "dying for"?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
So...while we're riding the thankful wave, how about setting some goals? My goal for the next 24 hours is to easily transition all tables enjoying the Yankees vs. Red Sox game and the Lakers Finals to the party of 30 that's coming in afterwards. I'm aiming to close checks quickly, create happy customers, evade chaos and, of course, do it all with a smile.
What is your goal for the next 24 hours?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
In the same way I believe in prayer, I believe in giving thanks. So before I go to sleep or as I'm waking up or as I'm walking in the hills, I think about all the things I'm thankful for and say "thank you" for them.
This isn't about a god or religion. This about being aware when good things come my way and appreciating them. Because if I don't appreciate the good, I'm pretty sure the bounty will stop flowing.
That said, here's a list of ten things I'm thankful for this morning:
1. The fabulous critique my writing group gave me (and the fabulous group, itself)
2. Pub shifts
3. Long walks
4. Becoming a Fairy Godmother
5. Impending housesitting
6. My mom
8. My health
9. My agent
What are ten things you're thankful for?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sure they had lots of ideas about what to change and how to make it better, but overall, they think it's great. And this morning, I woke up all excited thinking about how I'm going to improve it before sending it back to my agent.
So what's got you all pumped up?
Monday, June 8, 2009
They've got pretty cool jobs. And there are perks. Like when we tell guys we meet that H and L.E.O. work at Fox Sports, their eyes get all googly like we just told them they'd won a date with a supermodel.
They work on the FOX lot which has lots of sound stages, production offices and a New York street scene which you'd probably recognize from commercials. It's always fun to visit.
What cool jobs do your friends have?
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Oh yes, last night N put on a clinic and thoroughly kicked my butt at Scrabble. He opened strong and battled steadily through the entire game, wrapping up the mockery with a final score of 284 to 205.
What an embarrassment. I want a rematch. Maybe after breakfast. ; )
What's your favorite board game?
Saturday, June 6, 2009
But his favorite was a song from a Jack in the Box commercial, "Mini Sirloin Burgers." He played it a zillion times.
Now that questionable commercial is stuck in my head. What jingle gets stuck in yours?
Friday, June 5, 2009
Don't get me wrong, it's pretty fun. Joking with customers, laughing at my mistakes, (Who dropped that burger?!?!) that's good comedy.
But for the last eight years, I've sat at my desk and written all day long. That's been my job. And before that, I sat at a desk in an office and wrote. And before that, I worked at a newspaper and wrote in that office. And before that, I freelanced and wrote all day at home.
I haven't worked on my feet, running around, since I shampooed heads in a busy hair salon in the summers between college. Five hairdressers, one shampoo girl. Lotsa time on my feet.
So how do you work? On your feet? At a desk? Running around? And how do you like it?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
When I binge on potato chips, they're always Lays.
When I buy toilet paper, it's undoubtedly Charmin.
I started wearing Eternity perfume as a big haired Jersey girl back in highschool. And I've been an Ivory Girl since there were toy boats in my bathtub.
Are you loyal to certain brands? Or do you mix it up? Buy what's on sale? Purchase a product because you're drawn to its pretty pink container? How do you roll?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I ordered salmon sashimi and a spicy yellowtail handroll. H ordered the same. C only eats cooked rolls. S enjoys cut rolls and K will eat anything.
Sushi is a funny thing like that. Some people freak over the idea of eating raw fish. Some people love it. Others will only eat certain kinds.
How do you feel about sushi?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Have I spun you in circles? Okay. Here's a good example of what I mean. Remember Scott Peterson, who killed his wife, Laci? When Diane Sawyer interviewed him and he cried and plead to get Laci back, Diane asked him what Laci meant to him. He replied, "She completes me."
Sound familiar? Well, of course, he heard it from Jerry Maguire. Because Scott Peterson was a sociopath and wasn't capable of his own real feelings, he would never understand what it truly meant to love someone. Therefore, he could only project what he thought he should say.
In light of the tough project, I'm going for a walk. Walking helps me to see a scene. By the time I come back down the hill, I'm usually ready to write it. Sooo...I'm going for a jaunt so I can spend some time inside my sociopath's head.
What do you do when you've got a tough project to work on?
Monday, June 1, 2009
What event has sidetracked you lately? And how do you plan to get back on track?