Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Daily Note: December 31, 2008

Bromance? Brarf. That show was terrible!! The only redeeming quality was the one gay contestant who was all, "Ew, this place is DIRty. This is nothing like The Hills. Where's Lauren Conrad?" Amen brother, my thoughts exactly.

The City, however. Wow. LOVED IT. All the drama with Jay and Alex? Loved it. Olivia? Loved hating her. Erin? Love her. Staring at Whitney's never ending skinny legs? Loved it like I love a train wreck that I can't tear my eyes away from. Watching Kelly give motherly advice to Whitney? Loved it. Officially my new favorite show.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Daily Note: December 29, 2008

How do you spell excited? T-H-E C-I-T-Y.

It starts tonight. Be there. Or be square.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Daily Note: December 26, 2008

Well, it's been a weird 9 days trapped in the house with all this snow. We had a merry Christmas and I hope you all did too. Since I've been pretty much slowly dying of boredom over the last week or so, I have very little new to say. For this reason, I offer you a photo summary of my time.

Here I am on the first day of snow, thinking that frolicking in a winter wonderland is fun. We walked up to the video store and rented a few movies to watch while we were snowed in.
A day or two later and the boredom had really hit. We started posing Maurice in various pieces of furniture for entertainment.
Then it just kept snowing. And snowing. And snowing. On day two or three we took this photo of the front of our house.Our backyard:

A few nights ago our neighbor's bamboo on the right side of our yard was so laden with snow that I worried it would break our fence. Jeff went out in the dark with a broom and beat the crap out of all the bushes to get all the snow out. I don't know if you can tell, but he's almost knee deep in snow.
Once we'd officially seen pretty much every movie at our neighborhood rental store, I shifted to cooking to keep me entertained. We made chicken and dumplings from my America's Test Kitchen cookbook.

Christmas morning:
The egg scramble and Early's Sausage special ordered from Tennessee (a Culver family tradition). Below that is a photo of me with my prized apple skillet cake from Jacques Pepin's fast and easy cookbook.Family photo war. My brother and my Mom and I all taking pictures at once:
Sitting down to breakfast:Our most exciting present (from my parents)- A new flat screen tv! I know... we're spoiled. But my parents have a weird obsession with their new flat screen tv and felt it was necessary to buy us one.
So that's about it. I was supposed to make a fancy dinner for me and Jeff last night but we were both too full and lazy. So... countless episodes of What Not to Wear, a marathon of House, and many, many bowls of chex mix later, the snow seems to be melting. I think we might actually dig our car out today and - gasp - drive somewhere other than our neighborhood.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Daily Note: December 21, 2008

For CHRIST'S SAKE! The snow will not stop and I'm going totally crazy. We had to cancel our big holiday party last night (after I already baked 2 dozen cupcakes) and today I didn't get to see my friend Heidi on her birthday because of the snow. I spent the ENTIRE DAY in my pajamas (after showering I actually put them back on) so I know I shouldn't complain but seriously! All I've done today is flip channels aimlessly and stuff my face with leftover cupcakes. Thankfully the giant batch of chex mix I made for the party never got unearthed from our basement freezer because in order to get to our basement you have to go outside (read - I'm too scared of our slippery snowy stairs to the basement to go get the chex mix I so desperately want). In even grosser news, Jeff and I ate tater tots for dinner. Nothing else, just tater tots. And yes, we had plenty of other, more nutritious options.

Happy Birthday Heidi! Sorry Mother Earth is such an asshole.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Daily Note: December 17, 2008

Sometimes when I log into blogger to write a post, our home computer automatically logs me into Jeff's blogger account without asking me for the password. Jeff has a businessy (ie super boring) blog where he talks about charts and graphs and how much he loves them. When this happens I often think of how funny it would be for me to write a post pretending to be him. My post would say something like:

Graphs are hella awesome and I think business is "the business". Sometimes when I'm shaving I like to pretend I'm Santa Clause and say "ho ho ho" to myself in the mirror. Woooooooooooo!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daily Note: December 16, 2008

Apologies for the long absence. I've been super busy and keep thinking I'll upload some pictures to share our holiday party outings as well as our near death snowstorm-driving experience on Saturday night. But in combination with being super busy I am also incredibly lazy. So, no pictures. Instead of giving you actual content about what I've been up to, I feel that I need to share something I found on tv last night:

Drama High = the best tv special ever. This two hour special was put on by 20/20 and follows the making of a high school musical (not the lame ass movie, but a REAL high school musical). The musical in question was The Wiz. Having more than one personal connection to the concept of high school musicals, I was beyond sucked in. I hearted it so much that I (gasp) decided to keep watching it even when I knew the season finale for The Hills was starting. Because here's the deal - 20/20 doesn't rerun their specials 24 hours a day for 5 days like MTV does.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Daily Note: December 12, 2008

As predicted, my hair looks significantly less awesome today. I had a mini freak out this morning while blow drying my hair that I had accidentally acquired a fashion mullet. But I took a deep breath, stepped away from the blow dryer, cooled down (literally) while eating breakfast and then tried again. The second blow dry attempt significantly reduced the mullet factor and I think it's pretty good today. I wish I could fast forward a week to when I fall into the haircut-groove. Or better, keep a pocket sized Emilio in my bathroom to blow dry my hair with the round brush every morning.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Daily Note: December 11, 2008

I got my hair cut tonight and I must say I'm feeling pretty fucking great. My hair has been looking beyond terrible for at least a month, with horrible grown out layers and a halo of frizz framing my face. On Tuesday I finally got that panicky, desperate feeling I always get after going like 5 months without a haircut and called Emilio to see if he could fit me in. He asked about my availability and I told him I could be there in 5 minutes (I was all kinds of desperate). Sadly, I had to wait 2 days, but it was totally worth it. I couldn't decide whether to go short or invest in the long look that I had accidentally cultivated by lack of regular maintenance. I told him to treat me like I was on What Not to Wear and that I was at his mercy. I thought for sure he'd cut it short, but he decided to keep it long and give me lots of layers and thinned it so much there was a small dog's worth of hair on the floor when he finished. I seriously feel 5 pounds lighter. I thought I'd blog about how hot I feel right now so that tomorrow, when I'm trying really hard to blow it out to look the same as it does right now and it's not working, I can relive this glowing feeling. I'd take a picture and post it if my face didn't look so much like a piece of greasy pizza right now.

Oh and also, on the way home from my haircut I caught myself singing along to Greenday's 'Time of Your Life' on the radio. I had sung the whole first verse (loudly and with passion) before I was jolted out of my reverie. Self awareness suddenly flooded the car and I shouted out loud, "Are you seriously singing along to Greenday?!" Then I angrily switched the station.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daily Note: December 10, 2008

I just realized that I've been wearing my underwear inside-out all day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Daily Note: December 9, 2008

Our house is so festive right now it's ridiculous. It's like Christmas exploded all over our house. Or like Sandra Lee used my entire house for one of her giant, themed "tablescapes". Every time I walk in the door I'm hit by a wall of gold, silver and fir. It's suddenly very easy for me to see how some people can spend thousands of dollars on holiday decor. I feel like all of our decor when looked at individually is very classy, but I am starting to wonder how many classy decorations you can put in one room before it starts to look not-so-classy. The truth is though, that I don't care. Part of me wants to go totally overboard. I've been to Target like 10 times in the last week and every time I find an excuse to visit the seasonal aisle. Mostly, I really want to get a tiny Santa suit for our cat. Or at least reindeer antlers. Like this (only better because my cat isn't ugly like this one):

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Daily Note: December 7, 2008

I have company coming in 15 minutes for a dinner party but I can't motivate myself to change out of my yoga pants. Do you think they'd notice if I just kept them on?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Daily Note: December 6, 2008

Best day ever. After sleeping in, Jeff made us his breakfast special - homemade egg mcmuffin sandwiches which I was able to eat in bed while reading my book. Then we headed to the Hunter Tree Farm to pick out our Christmas tree!

Then we headed to Fred Meyer for a tree stand and skirt. Sadly, we didn't buy a tree skirt because they only had heinous ones with big pictures of Santa on them. In better news, I did have an awesome photo shoot in the seasonal aisle.

After Fred Meyer, we had grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch, I finished my book and napped (I wasn't kidding when I said best day ever). And then, as if the day couldn't get any better, we had my brother and his girlfriend Emily over for dinner. I made flank steak, garlic and rosemary smashed potatoes and sauteed greens. For dessert, we baked off the M&M cookie dough I made last night at a holiday cookie baking party. I was too busy stuffing my face to take food photos, so this part of the day is not documented. With the help of my strapping brother (and his strapping girlfriend) we were able to move furniture around to get the tree into the house. Here we are decorating.
I'm not sure if you can tell, but I'm pretty pumped to be decorating my very own tree. My brother was slightly less pumped, but after 2 giant cookies and a glass of wine, he chilled out a little. He kept hanging ornaments in a big gross cluster and then saying, "Umm, Emily, I think you put these ornaments a little too close together".

Also, these photos don't capture the Charlie Brown Christmas music playing in the background that added to the greatness of the night. After the family left, we had a self directed photo shoot in which Jeff used his extremely long arms to take our picture. Jeff is a foot taller than me and before the invention of the digital camera, 90% of our vacation pictures were taken in this manner. At least 80% of these photos have Jeff's whole face and my forehead OR my face and Jeff's chin. Here's the shot where he was able to get both of our heads in the shot. Taaa daaaa!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Daily Note: December 4, 2008

Alright. So I totally fell for the romance and loved the chemistry between Bella and Edward but every single time Jasper would enter the picture I got the giggles. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t meant to be funny, but wow. Also, I’m pretty sure he got confused and thought that Edward Scissorhands was a vampire. I spent an unhealthy amount of time on Google images looking for the perfect pictures to illustrate my point, but had a hard time finding a really good one of Jasper. This was the best I could do:

This photo doesn't really do the comparison justice, but it'll have to do. Anyways, aside from some horrible casting choices in the Cullen family, I still walked away with a major crush on Edward. I went to the movie with my friend Heidi who also read all the books. Our post movie debrief went a little like this:
Jill: I feel like the actress who played Alice looked more like 30 instead of 17.
Heidi: What about Edward? He’s older. Probably like our age.
Jill: Actually, I already looked and he’s only 22.
Heidi: Seriously? But he had wrinkles on his forehead?!
Jill: It’s true. He’s only 22.

Thoughtful silence

Heidi: I’d still do him.
Jill: Me too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Daily Note: December 3, 2008

Well, my dear readers. Tonight is the night. I have a date with Edward Cullen at 7:00. We're meeting at the Meridian 16 Cinemas.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Daily Note: December 2, 2008

Deep thoughts about shallow things:

1. I only caught a few minutes of the Britney special, but wow. Thankfully, I'm pretty confident that they'll be running it all day, every day for the next two weeks at least, so I'll be sleeping easy knowing I haven't missed my only chance.

2. Jeff was in the room at 10:00 so I couldn't watch The Hills without mass ridicule. He finally left at 10:16, but by then I couldn't follow the complex plot twists that the show had taken during the first 16 minutes. Kidding! About the plot twists, not about missing the first half of the show.

3. I saw a preview for The City and I wish they sold advent calendars for it. I'd like to open a tiny window and eat a crappy piece of chocolate for every day that takes me closer to the premier of that show. Two words - baited breath.

4. Bromance? As much as I love Brody Jenner, I'm feeling a little lukewarm on that concept. Although perhaps it's aimed a little more towards the males 15-21 audience and less to the married, nearly 30 year old women demo.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Daily Note: December 1, 2008

Holy shit! It's December! Where does the time go?