Tuesday, August 30, 2011

make me over

with summer winding down and fall lurking just around the corner ( although from the 90+ temps we've been having you couldn't tell)
I'm feeling the need to change things up around the house again.
Re-decorrange things if you will.
I generally switch out pillows and make things a bit more cozy around September but this year I'm itching to get a little more.....dare I say drastic?
We have done a few things as far as creating a 'workspace' in the kitchen, bringing down a bookcase and re-arranging the TV/ couch set up but I want more.

Like color more.
Specifically an apple red.
I don't know what it is about this color right now that is practically screaming at me but I am fired up and ready to re-vamp some things!
We have this not so cute bookshelf/catchall thing in our entry way and I have been itching to paint it.
It generally houses our keys, the mail, magazines in the middle and games in the cabinets.

I'm also thinking about changing the knobs as they are atrocious and have no aesthetic appeal whatsoever.
I just haven't had the time to get to the hardware store and choose a color!
What a trip that will be!
Babe has already agreed to my hare-brained idea(sucker!ha!) I just need to make the time and get to it.
I also am thinking about painting this bookshelf as well to "co-ordinate" if you will.

I don't need to be matchy-matchy but I like the idea of pops of color around the room.
So it would end up looking like this:

Perhaps a lovely yellow would work as well to contrast?
However, I'm sort of afraid this will pigeon hole me into some kind of strict color scheme for the room?
gasp! the horror!
staying committed to a 'theme' is super scary. (to me) so not sure I want to go that route.
But I need to do something to make this room POP just a bit more and ensure its some place we all want to hang out in!
Any suggestions?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Family Ties

Happy Monday y'all!
What a lovely and ridiculously HOT weekend!
I know back it East it was nuts preparing for the hurricane but here out west we were going through a massive heatwave.
106 at my house on Friday. After 5pm. No bueno.
But somehow we managed to make it through.
Friday morning Sweet Pea went to go meet her new 4th grade teacher and see who was in her class.
She was super jazzed because all her favorite friends have the same teacher as her and Babe says her teacher seems "fair but firm!" (his words)
So that makes me a happy Mommy.
Today she starts 4th grade.
This makes me a sappy Mommy.
I can't believe my little Pea is now in the 4th grade!
Great googly-moogly! 
Where has the time gone?
I digress.
We had a great "last weekend before school starts".
Friday we stayed up late enjoying a family "movie night" (read: Babe & Sweet Pea stayed up, I passed out around 10:45)
Saturday was Family Fish Fry day.
Every year the Dorsey family(thats us + my in-laws + all of Babe's uncles and cousins)
hosts some sort of family function, be it a picnic or fish fry - we try to get our semi-reunion on as a group.
It's kind of rad because there are SO many Dorsey's both big and small that it's a trip to see how everyone has grown up over the years.




I personally love it because my immediate family is tiny compared to them and I like how EVERYONE comes out to enjoy each other and get their eat on!
And eat we do. 
Like nobody's business.
I'm talkin Las Vegas buffet style when we all get together and at one point I lost count of how many people were in the kitchen.

But it was great to see how much love goes into the food preparation. 
The festivities took place in Northridge (read: Hades) and we spent most of the day alternating between eating, staying cool and keeping the flies away from the food.
No major accidents occurred until late into the evening and we were all getting ready to leave; my niece bumped her head on the door (no swelling or tears just a sad face that was cured w/ some ice) and then I somehow managed to gracefully slice my toe by stubbing the crap out of it on the walkway.
In the dark.
Sweet. 
I look down thinking "well there goes the nice paint job I just did" and lo and behold the shiny stuff I saw in the dark was actually blood.
Yaaay. 
So I hobbled back into the house to clean off my foot and get a band-aid.
Babe just shook his head like "how???" I just shrugged.
I'm genetically pre-disposed to hurting myself at random.
What can I say.
Minus that it was a FABULOUS day spent with lots of family, lots of food and many more giggles.

Can't wait until the next event!

and the beat goes on....my take on the 2011 VMA's

Last night I really felt all of my 32 years.
Not that I'm not fully aware of how old I am or that I am actually "old" per se, but that I am officially out touch with a few things.
Let me clarify: for a long time I thought I was a hip young mom.
I knew all the latest music, most of the dances and who certain artists were.
In short my "cool" factor was still in effect.
That came to a screeching halt yesterday evening as Babe and I sat down to watch this years "2011 MTV Video Music Awards".
Like most of my generation, I grew up on MTV.
I remember when it first came on (or when I realized that it was there), what types of shows were on 
('Yo! MTV Raps' anyone?) , what VeeJay's were on when and certain videos that were deemed "too hot" for them to play.
I was MTV.
And it was great!
Finally a place that showcased the kind of music that I wanted to see/hear while exposing me to different genres that I may not have known about otherwise.
However, somewhere along the way- it changed.
It evolved and "grew" into something that I no longer recognized.
Now - they don't even play videos anymore.
No, there's MTV 2 for that.
It's definitely a horse of a different color these days.
But back to last night.
Babe and I sat down to watch a bit of the 'pre-show' as I do like to see 'what the kids are wearing these days' and about 15 minutes in - we both realized we had NO IDEA who half of these people were!
Sure I know Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus but hello, I have a 9 year old. 
Of course I do!
But some of these other kids....not so much.
But we forged ahead to the 'big show' and were shown with every passing moment one glaringly true fact: 
We are no longer MTV's audience.
Definitely more Vh1 than anything.
While we enjoyed a few performances here and there (Beyonce was too cute w/ the belly rub) we realized that this type of awards show is kind of beyond us.
We just aren't that kind of cool anymore.
And that's okay.
I mean I'm not upset about it, but it was an interesting realization to come to in the span of 2 hours that I will never get back.
I think, part of me will always enjoy awards shows as there is something entertaining about them, however, I still have NO clue who most of those kids are, nor will I ever and nor do I care.
I just don't need to be the ultra hip mom who knows exactly who every teeny-bopper sensation is on the radio, TV or elsewhere.
I'm totally comfortable being a *ahem* dare I say "middle-aged" mama who still likes her hip-hop and pop music but is not so engrossed in what Whiz Khalifa & Katy Perry are singing that she embarrasses herself.
No, I'd much rather embarrass myself while listening to Frankie Beverly & Maze, The Gap Band, or better still - while doing "The Humpty Dance".
Now, that's music I can relate to!



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Practically Perfect - delayed post

catch up post!
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It has been a glorious week.
Our good friends, the Muhammad's, welcomed their first child - a baby girl into the world on Thursday.
She is beautiful.
My heart strings are being pulled in a most magnificent way.
But that's another subject.
We are so excited for them!
New life is always exciting and the timing couldn't be better.
New Mama Tenia celebrated her birthday the week before and lost her grandmother within a few days of that.
But with each loss of life comes a new one.
Welcome Baby Madison!!
I hoped to have a few photos but we didn't make it over there yesterday as they were just coming home from  the hospital and we wanted to give them some time to settle in and rest a bit.
Hopefully we will see them tonight as I made a delicious lasagna to make it a bit easier on them this first week home.

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Yesterday though, my Sweet Pea and I were treated to a lovely outing by my mother.
Tickets to see Mary Poppins live on stage!!
I was pretty jazzed about it being that I love the movie.
Oddly Sweet Pea has never seen the original (what kind of parenting am I doing?)
but was excited none-the-less to see it.
She does love a good trip to the theater.

It was the last day and we were very excited to spend some time with each other after a pretty hectic week
The show was FAN-TAB-ULOUS.
Seriously one of the best musicals I've seen.
The kid was all smiles the entire time and truly enjoyed the experience which just makes my heart happy.

The day was 'practically perfect' in every way.

Up next on our list.....Westside Story!!


Can't wait!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Long over due - the first year

I have been "writing" this post for almost a month! Normally it would take me no time to get back from someplace, post pics and get to writing but......things keep coming up.
And in all fairness to me - football is now back in session so my computer time is halved due to someone and their fantasy football obsession.
But I digress......
So we have been married for exactly one year!!
(Well one year, one month on Wednesday)
And it has been utterly, and without a doubt the best year ever.
We have grown so much as a couple over the past 12 months and things are only going to get better/more complicated/more interesting as we go along!
Now - I know you all don't want to hear about the mushy stuff right?
Y'all want to know about our Vegas getaway!
Well it was SUPER fun.
It was just the two of us and we had a rocking good time.
As you will see from the photos below we pretty much ate our way through the city.
And it was SO good.
We started our trip Friday morning - picked up the snazzy rental car (two door RED Altima) and hopped on the freeway.
Babe of course had the "master play list" - all songs from our dating years up to the wedding list and it was nice to just be able to cruise and listen to music.
While sometimes "singing" at the top of my lungs & doing awkward 'car dances' while he shook his head.
I love a good road trip and happen to think I'm a great car companion as I like to watch the scenery, speculate on the drivers all around us and make idle chit-chat.
road trip staple
Next thing I knew we were in Barstow and I ,of course, needed a potty break (read I wanted an ICEE) so we hopped off the freeway, made our stop, ran into the outlets real quick like and hopped back on the road.
The closer we get to Vegas the more antsy I become, by that point I've run out things to point out as there is NO scenery and the cars are either going super fast or wicked slow.
But the next thing I knew we were entering the city! Hooray!
We stayed at the Planet Hollywood Towers - one of the few non-smoking hotels in the city- and it was already a scene when we arrived. DJ playing in the lobby, pool party in full swing "kids" (read people younger than me) running amok with drinks in hand......
In a word.....I loved it.
We quickly hit the strip and headed to the "Lion exhibit" down at MGM and instantly our senses were overloaded with the lights, the sounds and all the "fabulous" people.

We watched the lions for a bit then walked back up the strip on the other side of the street to go see the water show at the Bellagio.
We also hit up Serendipity 3 for their famous frozen hot chocolate.
Totally worth the ridiculous price.

frozen hot chocolate. YUM
We went back to the room to "rest" ostensibly and spent almost an hour trying to decide where/ what to eat. By that time it was after 11pm. so we ended up at the 24/7 cafe at the Hard Rock where Babe had a delicious $5 steak and I had an overpriced but yummy burger.
The next morning we were up and at 'em by noon and headed down the strip to the Mirage to eat at BB King's Blues Club. YUMMMM.

fried pickles!


Fried dill pickles and baby back ribs that fall off the bone? Yes PLEASE!
We quickly headed back to the hotel as it was oh, a million degrees outside and I needed to get some pool time in before the sun went down!! (priorities you see?)

So Babe hit the casino and I hit the pool. Wow. What a study in social structure and mating.
Me and my 32 year old self claimed a lounge chair in the semi-shade and proceeded to watch the whole scene play out - but that is a whole different post.
Fast forward to that evening where the Hubs treated me to a "special anniversary dinner" - (read I had NO idea where we were going. only that it required him to wear a suit) AND a Cirque du Soleil show.
It was fabulous.
We dined on the 56th floor of the Palms Hotel at Alize.......ate the most amazing food and had a wonderful conversation about our life, our past, present and future.

Babe's lobster and tomato bisque

our "palate cleanser" a summer fruit sorbet

Babe's Waygu steak w/ a pinot noir sauce, broccoli au gratin, potato balls


MY filet mignon w/ a confit of potatoes and a cognac cream sauce


our chocolate souffle dessert!

There was even some hand holding and eye gazing happening. After dinner it was time for a show and after the show......well ya know. =)
We were leaving the next day , Sunday, and kicked the day off right with brunch at the Wynn. If you've never been I highly recommend it.

my dessert "options"

It's a bit like being at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in that there is so much to look at and eat you don't know where to start!
But the food is a-mazing......totally worth the money.
After that Babe encouraged me to hit the tables ( I don't gamble, I like my money right where I can see it - hanging in my closet) and I did.
When I do play, I only play roulette (I have a warped system) , black jack or the slots. So we hit the roulette table (min. $25 bet) and I placed two bets - black 24 and black and instantly won! I figured it was due to the fact that is was the 24th and our actual anniversary and black was a significant color in our wedding. Babe says it was pure "luck". I like my version better. And then I bet again & won, then again and won - he was incredulous. I only lost once and as soon as that happened I was done.
We were headed to cash out when he looked longingly at the craps table - I knew he wanted to play and have me roll so thats exactly what we did. I gave him the majority of my winnings and picked up the die.


winning! duh.
I guess I was on a roll (literally) as we picked up another couple hundred dollars there!!
As soon as I crapped out I was ready to cash out. We hit the slots one time and I picked up $11 and was ready to go!
All in all we had a FANTASTIC time together.
A much needed "lovers getaway" and I so enjoy hanging out with him. He's a pretty fun guy.
Think I'll keep him for awhile.





Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm not sure why I've been taking so long in between posts but it has been a minute since I've written anything.
I've been physically, emotionally and mentally stretched and stressed.
Working on getting it all back together.
My absence surely hasn't been for lack of things to say or topics.
It's just finding the time and energy after a long day to get it done.
Not to mention I've really just been hanging out w/ Babe & Sweet Pea in the evening's, trying to enjoy the last little bit of summer.
Although since we got FIOS about two weeks ago and Sweet Pea got a cable box in her room we haven't seen much of her.
 Before you start judging our parenting skills - she can only watch certain channels (thank you parental controls) and we've blocked her from buying any movies AND she's only allowed to watch for a certain amount of time.
It being summer we're a bit more lenient w/ the length of time she watches but in 3 weeks she'll be lucky if she gets in 30minutes!!!

We've also been doing some re-arranging of things around the house so that's been time consuming as well.
A lot of "hey Babe, do we need this in the house?" 
"Your college Biology & Physical Science book? Me thinks not".
So my "office" is pretty much a disaster area.
It's driving me nuts but I haven't had the time to really get in there like I'd like.....
Sigh.
I also have some "ideas" for making our home more "us" but once again.....time is a huge factor.
And then there is THE BBQ that is happening at the end of the month.
I've invited the whole world (or so my husband would like to imply) over to our house to celebrate the end of summer.
It's going to be EPIC I tell ya but there is a lot to do to prepare for it all!
So yeah - that's what's been going on in my world lately.
Not too much exciting but a lot is on the horizon......and I can't wait to share it all with you!!
 
Stay tuned.....

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