Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
So last weekend, I hosted not one, not two but three parties. Back to back. Yep. Thanksgiving dinner was planned but then I had two families from out of town show up in Austin. And then they came over.
Honestly, it was a lot of work but it was nice to see them.
But what happened after they all left was bad. One of my guest wanted to use our network to connect to internet. So instead of going the regular route and asking us for our password, he decided to locate our router, read the serial number on it and directly connect to our router.
And then he changed the password on our router.
I repeat. He freaking changed the password on our router. And forgot to tell us. Then he left.
Saturday morning I woke up and found out that NOTHING worked! None of the computers could connect to the internet. Not the iphones, not the Wii, not the XBox. Not the cable TV. None of my computers even recognized each other.
Five years of setting up home network all gone. Down the drain. All because of this freaking moron who thought he was being very smart. Argh!!!
Can you tell I am super duper mad? Good thing I don't own a gun.
This has to be the worst guest experience I have ever ever had!
So what do you think? Am I over reacting? Should I ever allow this man in my house? What would you do?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I wish you all a very very happy Thanksgiving!
I am very thankful for all my bloggy friends. I hope all of you have a wonderful time today.
Today I am hosting a Thanksgiving party. The menu goes thus:
Green bean casserole
Stuffing with veggies
Stuffing with Ondele sausage
Yams with praline crust
For dessert we have:
I better get started.
Question: What are you having for thanksgiving? If you are making something, can you share the recipe?
Posted by Scriber's Web at 8:12 AM
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
So recently I lost some weight. Which is a good thing. Unfortunately, I have very few clothes that fit me. Pants and skirts keep falling off. My jeans keep falling off and I did not have a belt that could hold them up.
This weekend, I went for clothes shopping. Of course as soon as I told my friend, she wanted to go with me. I told her I needed 2-3 outfits that I could wear in New York. And I did not want expensive clothes since I am planning on losing 10 more pounds.
Since I am planning on going to New York, my theme was black, black, black! Black pants, black dressy shirt and I have a ton of accessories that will go with it.
On the eventful day, I picked up my friend and we went to some inexpensive clothes stores. She has a great fashion sense and picked outfits for me and asked me to try them out. Much to my disappointment, they were grey, grey, grey! All of them! I told her I never wear grey. Perhaps a red dress?
Nope. So I tried the dresses on and they were great! Definitely something I can still wear after I lose some more weight. And she promised me that the construction workers in NY would definitely be whistling at me. Ah OK.
When I came home, I tried the dresses again with tights and boots and accessories. Ha. I have too much time sometimes:) My hubby told me that I was never ever going shopping without my friend A. because the clothes I gravitated towards were "not too trendy". While at first he was surprised that I bought all grey (I don't think I ever wear grey) he loved how I looked in the dresses.
I have to admit, lately, I've been gravitating towards clothes that are shaped like a bag. But... I am ready for a change. A makeover. I am not a granny yet! I am proud of myself regardless of my age and size. I can work it baby!
So... I am thankful for my friends who reintroduced me to fashion. And remind me that you can be beautiful regardless of the size and age.
PS: BG, If you are reading, apparently in NY the trend is to wear simple colors with a ton of accessories. Colorful ones.
Question: Have you ever had a style makeover? Did you like it?
Sunday, November 14, 2010
This Wednesday, I am going to New York! Yeah! I am so excited.
There is something very electric and magical about New York city. I've been there numerous times and every time I go, I am shocked and riveted by the energy in the city. When you are there, you feel like you are part of something very exciting and very exclusive.
So my plan is thus. Leave Wednesday and spend two days in Manhattan. Then go to New Jersey to attend a wedding. It is going to be a jam packed vacation. Full of fun, family, fashion and food.
So my question to you is, have you ever been to New York city? Do you have any recommendations for me?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
So the last post, I wrote yesterday and then forgot to click publish. I guess I messed up Nablopomo but oh well. Life goes on.And so what if I did not post yesterday? I'll post twice to abuse my poor dear readers.
Bad news first. I did not win any prize. Oh well. I should have made more of an effort instead of just throwing a bunch of ingredients together. And I showed up 30 minutes late. I rarely show up late for anything but things happen.
When I went there, the first thing I noticed is the number of really serious chilli contenders. There were all kinds of chillies. Mine was plain beef chilli. "Only beef?" I got asked over and over again. "Yep. Only beef."
The guy next to me made 2 chillies. 1 was a veggie one with Tofu and all kinds of vegetables except corn "Since corn is not really a vegetable and I dislike it intensely". Okey Dokey. The other chilli he made had beef, veal, pork, venison and God knows what else meat. It was good! He did not win a prize either.
My friend Diane, the one who forced me to do this, made a pork and beef chilli. Then she did something extra. She had all kinds of garnishes. Like avacado, sour cream, scallions, chopped onions, cilanthro, cheese, etc. etc. etc. She certainly gets an A for effort! And she did get a 3rd place prize. I am so happy for her! Her chilli was the best in my opinion.
I have to say, everyone was so super good with their chilli and made such a great effort. There was this guy who marinated brisket and pork for 2 days, smoked it, chopped it up and then made chilli out of it. He also used 6 different kinds of peppers. His chilli was spicy! He won.
I think I was the only one who had "only beef" chilli. And ground beef at that too. I would give myself a D minus for efforts. But I had a great time!
Now what should I do with the leftover chilli?
Posted by Scriber's Web at 8:30 AM
Sometimes you take control of your life, plan things and do them. Other times, things just happen and you find yourself doing things you never really envisioned doing.
Today I find myself committed to making chilli for a competition. With at least 9 other contestants. At a very popular restaurant in Austin.
How did I get myself into this? Why did I get myself into this?
As far as recipe goes, I don't have any. Usually I just start dumping stuff in a pan. And add tons of spices. I prefer to go from the left of my shelf rack to the right. Everything goes. And then I just smell the chilli to see if it is right or not.
Needless to say, I am in huge trouble today. There are some serious chilli makers and then there is me.
I'll keep you posted.
So what are your plans this weekend?
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
So yesterday I got a phone call. I don't get very many phone calls so I was surprised. When I answered, I heard this.
Congratulations! You have just won an all expense paid vacation to the Caribbean! Please stay on hold while our representative is available. Once again congratulations!
Seriously. This was wrong at so many levels.
If I had won something so big, would I get an automated phone call? Nope. The only way I would believe this is Ed McMahon showed up at my house with big balloons.
And who gives away all expense trips to peeps but cannot find an actual person who can make the call?
Who buys into this stuff?
So I did some research and found the following terminology.
Phishing: Scam via email.
Smishing: Scam via sms or text messaging.
Vishing: Scam via phone.
Who comes up with these terms?
Question: What kind of offers that are scams have you received? Do tell!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Yeah! And it is November already! Time certainly flies!
Yesterday for Halloween, I was too lazy to dress up. We weren't out anywhere. Just distributing candies. I could have opted out but being the drama queen that I am, decided to wear a green dress. And then slather myself with a green facial mask. I called myself the green monster as I greeted the kiddos at the door.
We had numerous fairies, angels, snow white princesses and even a frog. One boy about 12 and much taller than me came dresses in regular clothes. I laughed and told him that I cannot give candy to kids taller than me so he had to perform a trick. He had to sing or dance. Or anything to show case his talent.
So he squatted down and started barking like a dog. LOL. He got an extra candy.
I on the other hand started getting itchy as the mask started drying. What seemed to be a good idea at that time, turned out not that great at all.
At one point, a little girl said to me, "your mask is drying. Is that the mint mask?" So I knew I had to pass on the candy bowl to the hubby and went for a shower.
That's what happened at my Halloween. How did yours go?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
This weekend I had oodles of fun! On Saturday, I attended an encaustics workshop to learn new techniques. My instructor Mazarine is simply fabulous and I highly recommend her! Am planning on attending another session with her next week if I can work out some car issues. You can read more about the fabulous class here.
Some more pieces I made...
This one with a real blow torch! Yeah!
And coming to terms with simplicity! This was my favorite piece!
On Sunday, I met with my fabulous 12X12 women! Bublacious Nikki hosted the get together. I wish I could say that I actually painted during the get together but I really didn't. I watched with fascination as Niki drew and then water colored a fabulous piece! You can view her artwork here. I have to say that having no talent to draw, she was fascinating! I could simply watch her paint forever!
I also met for the first time Kathleen McElwaine. She is a well known local artist who takes local transportation to go to work and paints! On the bus! Or the train! Shame on me for complaining that I don't have time to paint! When you love to draw and paint, you can find the time and the place. During our session, Kathleen painted a small orange blob. At least that is what it looked like to me. And within moments, transformed into a longhorn! I promise to post a photo soon. I was so very fascinated and green with envy! What in the world am I doing hanging out with these talented artists?
Oh well. I had so much fun!
So what did you do this weekend?
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Today I am going to take an encaustics workshop. I'd been planning on doing this for a while but yesterday everything fell through and I did not have a car. So I canceled it. I was disappointed of course. Haven't done much encaustics due to the heat.
But late last night, things magically changed and I had my car back. So off I will go. The class is about drawing encaustics paintings with an Indonesian tool called Tjanting. Never heard of it before which is why it sounds even more exciting!
I'll post the results good or bad tomorrow.
The piece I've posted here was done a while ago. It is titled broken dreams.
So what are your artistic plans this weekend? Anything exciting?
Friday, October 8, 2010
For those of you who noticed I was gone for a while, here is an explanation.
It's been a while since I got my annual health check-ups and for some insane reason thought I'd get them out of the way. The fact that some doctors refused to prescribe me simple medication such as nose sprays for allergies simply made things ultra annoying for me. So I scheduled appointments and went to them.
In case you are worried about me, I am doing great! I am cancer free and have no major diseases so all is well. But...
Here is what my allergist told me:
Him: I see that everything is inflamed and you have allergies!!!!
Me: Really? How awful! What a surprise! Can I have the following prescriptions for my allergies?
I did try to slip in some muscle relaxants etc. but that did not fly at all.
BTW... my allergist has a dog and brings him to work everyday. How cool is that? If I had a dog, I could take my dog to my allergist! Very cool!
Next I had my boobies checked. And boy was that a very interesting experience. I like the clinic and they have fabulous magazines. Like the shown above. Upon arrival, I was asked to wear a lovely robe. I was wearing a dress that day so wore the robe, kept my undies on and off I went to my magazine. Soon I was beckoned by the nurse.
Nurse: Why are you not wearing pants?
Nurse: WHY ARE YOU NOT WEARING PANTS?
Me: Umm... I did not know I was supposed to.
Nurse: YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!!
I want to really slap you right now but you are going to handle my boobies and photograph them thus I must be nice to you. Sorry!
So she handled my boobies and took photos of my boobies all the time reprimanding me. I bit my tongue and let her place my boobies just here and pose just that way for her to take my boobie photos. I knew better than to argue with her. I am kinda smart like that.
I did find it very very ironic that someone who was handling my boobies was reprimanding me about not wearing pants. Who would have thought?
Of course there was the intimate appointment with my doctor who examined my brit-brit parts. What you ask are brit-brit parts? Those are parts of a woman's body that most women cover up and don't generously share with others. Unless... you are Brittany Spears or Paris Hilton in dire desperation for publicity and show up panty-less in a dress and let anyone and everyone view it and of course photograph it.
So for my brit-brit examination, I had to undress and wear.. paper clothes! Yeah! Paper shirt and a paper skirt! Of course there were no buttons or draw strings you silly you! I asked the nurse if I could just have a blanket to cover up and dump the paper and she said Nope. They wanted me to cover up so I felt comfortable.
I would never ever be comfortable in paper. And it was white and blue paper! How dull! How unstylish! Ugh!
I tried to convince her but made no headway at all so relented.
All I have to say is that there were flash lights, strobes, needles, music, tongs, accessories and lots of activity in the brit-brit region. It was like a 70s disco party. Without any fun.
And that's all I have to say about that. We shall never ever speak about this again.
Suffice to say that Scriber's brit-brit and boobie photos are now available somewhere on the internet.
And I am hiding.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Where did September go? It just flew by for me.
Between well checkups and my new diet, the month simply flew by. Plus I am currently sharing my laptop with my son who is studying for a test so have not had much access to my laptop. Weekends included.
I continue to dabble with art. It is hard to do encaustics in summer but I've been painting and sketching. Yep sketching. More like doodling but oh well.
I've signed up for a project called the Sketchbook project. Here is some more info about it in case you are interested in participating. They will exhibit the sketchbooks in 4 US cities and one of them is Austin. Yeah!
Also, I am planning on taking some more encaustic classes in October. So I look forward to that. Here is information about that.
So what have you been up to?
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Lately I've been on a healthy living phase. While I love my chicken fried steak and fried onions, here is what really brought this on.
Due to all the daily critical stuff I had to do the last year for work, I had to cancel and re-cancel my medical appointments. Things such as annual check ups and such. Now that things have kinda settled down, I scheduled some appointments to get it over with.
But... nature was vicious to me. The day I took a day off from work and had 3 Dr. appointments, Hermine attacked Austin. I drove in pouring/pounding rain to attend these appointments. I scrambled. My doctors had warned me that if I did not come for regular check ups, and cancelled all the time, perhaps it was time for me to see someone else.
In other words they were telling me to show up or get dumped by us.
So I braved the Austin traffic in the nasty weather and went for the appointments. The first one was with an allergist. And an actual freaking mobile home fell of its trailer and landed in the middle of the highway. There was a house on the highway. Even I could not believe this story. Can you imagine telling someone, sorry I am late but a house fell on the highway. Who would believe me?
Anyways. The next appointment was with my general practitioner. I was late, late late. Road were turning into rivers and there were waterfalls everywhere. Who would believe that there was a waterfall dumping water on the road? No one.
So after being chastised by the Medical receptionist for being 20 minutes late, I was rushed into a room and before I knew it, they were taking my blood pressure. It was off the walls. Typically, I have very low blood pressure so this sent them in a panic mode. "Are you stressed about something?" they asked. That's when I wanted to smack them. Yep. Instead I put on my frosty look and said, "have you looked outside? I saw 12 accidents on my way here and had 4 near miss accidents. I was reprimanded for being late as soon as I got here. Would you be a tad stressed under those circumstances?"
Le sigh. I hate doctors and medical peeps. They are rude, rude, rude.
Of course all my results came back and everything in my body is whacky. Everything off the charts. So I have to get more and more test done again. Ugh!
Nothing serious but a series of "let's rule this out" kinda stuff. Not fun at all.
So I am trying to be very very healthy this week. Hopefully all the results will come back normal. But I am still blaming Hermine for creating such havoc on my body. And depriving me of my favorite foods.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So here is what happened this weekend. I was supposed to go to my close friend's boy friend's birthday bash. I was excited about it and even made 50 pieces of tandoori chicken. Then there was some miscommunication between me and my friend and I ended up not going at all.
And I deeply hurt her feelings and disappointed her.
I felt like a total dirt bag.
Fortunately she is kind and generous so forgave me. But I just felt bad about myself.
Have you ever been in a situation where you unintentionally hurt someone?
Posted by Scriber's Web at 7:30 AM
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
During the rain storm that lasted for days, I saw something red in my backyard. It was pouring outside so I grabbed my camera with the macro lens to see what it was. Yes I often use the macro lens as a magnifying glass.
Much to my surprise, it was this lovely flower. I don't know what it is. I certainly did not plant it last fall. Probably a few years ago and it never flowered. Love surprises from nature!
Since it was pelting outside, I grabbed an umbrella, scissors and darted outside to rescue the flower. Yesterday I took photos of it with my iPhone and various apps. The top picture you see is taken by an app called CameraPlus. It is free and offers numerous features.
This one is taken using an app called Hipstamatic. I think I paid 1.99 dollars for it. Cool effects. Right? The only thing I need to figure out is how to make this larger.
For this one I used an app called CamZoom another free app. But could not get it to focus for some reason. Oh well...
So anyone know the name of the flower?
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Rain, rain rain! Hermine is unleashing its power over Austin. Over the last 30 hours, we've had over 12 inches of rain. Flash flood warnings, overflowing creeks and road closures. Schools are starting late or closed. The weather men are hyperventilating. My backyard is submerged in water and there is a little creek flowing through my kitchen garden. But that is small potatoes to what is really happening here. Roads are turning into creeks. And stupid people are trying to drive through them.
The rain has been relentless. Pouring and never stopping. Yesterday, I saw this trailer home that was being transported slip and fall on the road. Commute was not good at all.
Well.... Off too work I go. Commute is going to be bad. But I'll make it. Stay dry wherever you are!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
So that's how I spent yesterday afternoon. Work Party! We had yummy food from Chuy's and then went on a boat. It was simply awesome.
I considered taking my real camera but did not want to lug it around. Plus this month, I want to play around with my iPhone Camera. Took the previous shot using an app called Camera Plus. Love how blue the sky looks!
And here is another one...
We are trying to jump start the long weekend! Tomorrow, I get off at 1:00 pm! How awesome is that!
What are your plans this weekend? Anything exciting?
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I am back from my faux trip to Paris! Good news is that I wasn't abducted by aliens this time.
I seriously need to come up with better excuses when I take a break. Oh well. I actually considered to stop blogging but I realized how much I love my bloggy friends and the bloggyland! So there... here I am again.
This month, I am going to play around with my iPhone camera and share the images with you. Needless to say, I am completely addicted to my iPhone. The apps, the games, the camera! Ooh la la.. they make me weep with joy. I am so addicted to my iPhone! And the worst thing is that I am spreading the virus. Le Sigh!
I missed you my bloggy friends!
Trick Question: What is the worst excuse you have made up for being a slacker?
PS: Here is another version of the "Eiffle Tower".
Friday, August 13, 2010
It is not everyday that you get an email from a friend that says this:
We're moved now! The new address is #### Rue Tolbiac, #### Paris.
We've got a guest room now so you're welcome to stay with us when you visit Paris next.
How are you?
E & D
How are you?
E & D
Yikes! How lucky am I?
So I am off! I am running away to Paris. Not sure if I will blog much.
Stay in touch!
PS: That is my story and I am sticking to it. At least my excuse for not blogging lately are not as lame as the last time.
PPS: If you have ever considered running away from home, you should read this book.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Last night I had the strangest dream.
I dreamt that I was fast asleep in my bed when in the middle of the night, someone broke into my bedroom. This guy had a deep deep voice and was very intimidating. He had a look of authority. Like a cop or FBI or even IRS. He told me that he wanted to ask me questions about an acquaintance of mine. Somehow the way he said it assured me that he was not there to steal, murder or rape. Just on some very top secret government mission.
I really didn't want to respond. What could I say? That she is a fun gal to hang out with? And that's all I know about her?
I was terrified. I don't lie and did not want to.
That's when Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp came to rescue me.
And then... I woke up.
So obviously when I woke up, I tried to do online research about the interpretation of the dream. But no luck. What kind of dream analysis does not recognize Brad Pitt?
So today I am going to order this book.
Dream Dictionary : An A to Z Guide to Understanding Your Unconscious Mind
Anyone have recommendations? What do you think my dream meant? And have you had a strange dream that you can share? Do tell!
Friday, July 23, 2010
One of the best places to eat in Maui is a restaurant called Mama's Fish House. Located in Paia, this restaurant not only offers breathtaking views but also the freshest and tastiest food.
While in Maui, this experience is not to be missed. Sure it is expensive but if you are on a vacation and want to eat at one good restaurant, this IS the place to go.
Open air and everyone has a view.
What I really liked about this restaurant is that there is beauty everywhere. I have to say that I took at least 200 photos while I was there. Remember the benches photo I posted? That is from this place. They have connections with local artists who provide flowers, wood work etc. I'll be publishing some more photos in future.
My hubby ordered some sushi. The fish was fresh, fresh, fresh. I personally don't like sushi. Why would you eat raw fish? But lots of people do and I definitely can take a bite.
Hawaian fish with caramelized onions. Yummy! My hubby and his brother loved the other fish!
The only criticism I have about this restaurant is that it is not vegetarian friendly. If a vegan shows up there, may God help them. My sis-in-law is a vegetarian. But being a world traveler, she is very flexible and accustomed to going to restaurants where they have very limited options for her.
But me being me, asked the waiter if the chef could prepare a vegetarian dish for her. There was nothing on the menu for her. He said that he would ask the chef. I seriously thought that the chef would cook up some pasta or something for her. The solution that the chef came up with? Children-menu grilled cheese. That, in my opinion, was seriously lazy of him. How hard is it to cook up some veggie noodles? Or spaghetti. Or simply fix a garden salad. But nope. Grilled cheese it was.
And how much did they charge for the grilled cheese? 35 US dollars. Yep. Yep. I kid you not. Of course they did not tell us how much the grilled cheese would cost ahead of time. It would have been too tacky. But we got quiet a surprise when it popped up on the bill.
So to my vegetarian readers, go there after you eat food. They have plenty of desserts and great drinks. The atmosphere is to die for.
I can't wait to go to Maui again so I can eat there!
If you are going to Maui, here is the best book you can find.
Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook