Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Autographs:  check.
They were both very nice and personable.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant


In line for the meet and greet before the Pet Shop Boys concert.
The Majestic - downtown Dallas

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Fortune Cookie Was...Part 2

So, was my lucky star shining today?  Here's how the day went:

I did my taxes (hello, small refund), did the laundry, made chicken enchiladas for lunch with Todd's homemade tortillas, made chocolate chip cookies for dessert, did the dishes, was jonesing for a soda so bad - went to the store, bought sodas and filled the car up with gas, watched a PBS show about Selfridges department store, watched part of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, had another chicken enchilada for dinner, trimmed my fingernails, watched The Walking Dead, and now I'm going to bed.

Yes, my lucky star was shining today - it was a good day.  Not good enough to need to be warned about three months in advance by a dessert, but the normal, everyday sort of good that I'm most thankful for.

Tortillas and enchiladas
The bedroom is calling (really just including this because we spent a crapload of time cleaning it and going through all the drawers a couple of weekends ago (where does all that junk come from and why is it so easy to stuff it away in a drawer and so hard to chunk it later?) and I forgot to upload the photo then)

The Fortune Cookie Was...

This reminder popped up on my calendar this morning:

"My 12/30/13 fortune cookie said to remember this day 3 months in the future - my lucky star is shining."

Here's to hoping that my lucky star is Sadalmelik and not Wormwood.  I'll let you know at the end of the day.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Night At Home

40-clove garlic chicken (thank you crock-pot) for dinner and Jet-Puffed toasted coconut marshmallows for dessert.  Now, do we watch Walking Dead or Cosmos first?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

18 Years

Eighteen years ago today we were introduced by friends at Riscky Rita's restaurant in the Stockyards.  So far we've outlasted the friends and the restaurant.

Happy Anniversary Todd.  You are my love.

New York, April 2011

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bad Dream

Woken up early by a bad dream. Made me think of the countless times as a child when I would do the same and start to call (quietly at first so as not to attract the monsters), then yell across the house for Mama who would come to comfort me.

Which also reminds me of the countless times I would wake up and call ( quietly at first so as not to attract the monsters), then yell across the house for Mama, and when she came to my bedside I would say "I'm thirsty." and she would bring me a glass of water (instead of slapping the shit out of me and saying what the fuck is wrong with you?!).

I love you Mom.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Infinite And Unfathomable Wonder Of The Universe

"There are more things in heaven and in earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Hamlet (1.5.167-8)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Ross Perot Museum Of Nature And Science

Yesterday Todd and I took Mom to the Ross Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas.  It was the first time any of us had been there, and we had a great time.  I highly encourage you to plan a visit if you're in the area.

What I learned that will stay with me the longest was this fact that was written on one of the benches:
"The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of his or her life."

A unique exterior, and the inside is a lot of fun too

The Future Is Now

I attended a conference for work a couple of weeks ago.  It was hard to concentrate when all I could think about was how much the giant lights in the hotel's meeting rooms reminded me of Logan's Run.

"Lastday, Capricorn 29's.  Year of the City:  2274.  Carousel begins."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looks Amazing - The Grand Budapest Hotel


A Wes Anderson film with Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton (hooray!), Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Adrien Brody.

Disney Trip 2013 - Epilogue Part 3: Orlando Air Quality

Nah, I'm just kidding.  That last one was my last post about the trip - hope you enjoyed it.

I'm ready to write about something else now.  Who wants to finance the next vacation?   :)

Disney Trip 2013 - Epilogue Part 2: My Disney Experience

Along with the Disney Magic Bands I wrote about in the last post, we also used the My Disney Experience website and app before and during our trip.

The website is a free to use portal where you can link and view your reservations, tickets, make fast pass selections, create to-do or wish lists, connect with friends who will be traveling with you, make dining reservations, and discover everything there is to do at the parks and resorts.
The My Disney Experience website

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Disney Trip 2013 - Epilogue Part 1: Magic Bands

So, you may have seen in earlier posts these colorful bracelets that we and other people are wearing:

Blue for Brett
Green for Todd
These are Magic Bands.  They're currently being tested by Disney for some resort guests.  There's an RFID chip inside that uniquely identifies each Magic Band.  They are used for:  hotel room keys, tickets to enter the park, fast passes, purchases (if you choose), reservations, etc.  They're also used in conjunction with photos taken in the parks by Disney photographers, which are everywhere.  Any time you get your picture made, say in front of the castle, at a meet and greet with a character, in front of the giant sorcerer's hat at Hollywood Studios, etc., you simply tap your Magic Band to the photographer's pad afterward.  Then your done.  During your trip, or when you get home after your vacation you can go online and review all the photos that were taken, and pay to download only the ones you want.

In addition, many gift shops at Walt Disney World sell optional accessories in several flavors:  Magic Band covers (sleeves which envelop the entire band to give it a different appearance), "sliders" that are like big character charms that fit over the band and frame the Mickey on top, and "MagicBandits" which are small character charms that plug into the empty holes on the wristband.

I was going to make this a longer post, but just watch the video at the end - it shows all the Magic Band features.

About Last Night

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve, and even managed to stay up this year!  Thank you Shenny for the amazing champagne - I can't rave enough about it.  Alas, it is no more *hic*.

Chilling in the sink

Tiny bubbles.  Does anyone remember the Don Ho show?  :o)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Times!

Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, and Veuve Clicquot = my New Year's Eve.

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year's Eve, and that your next year is better than your last!

Continuing on the theme from my Christmas posts (here and here):
New Year's Eve 2000 - London Eye
New Year's Day 2001 - London New Year's Day Parade

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 8

Today's our last day - our flight leaves at 7:25pm tonight.  Woke up exhausted - lack of sleep the night before last and our very late night combined with the long day yesterday has taken it's toll.  I'm pretty zombie-ish and focus on getting packed and ready to go.  I'm accused of ruining our last vacation morning.  Words are exchanged.  It takes us a few minutes to work through it, then we're good again.

We head downstairs to the airline check-in stand beside the hotel entrance.  We check our luggage and wait for the bus to Animal Kingdom.  One of Todd's favorite rides, Kali River Rapids, was closed for refurbishment this week.  A plus of having to shift the trip by two days is that now it's open and we can ride it before we leave - I got us fast passes a couple of days before using the My Disney Experience app (still more on that later).  As an added bonus, Jackie is going to meet us again today to spend a little time before we have to leave.

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 7

Saturday, December 14th.  Today is our only full day at Disney's Hollywood Studios, so let's get going!

The park opened at 9am to the public, but today was an Extra Magic Hours day for resort guests.  That meant that people staying on-property in a Disney hotel could get into the park an hour early at 8am.  We decided to take full advantage of this and slept in.

We did manage to get up and get going early enough to walk past all the people waiting at the gate and make it inside the park by 8:45, which was more than enough time to ride Rock 'n' Roller coaster and get in a 5 minute line for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  Check, and check.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is such a sweet ride.  Launching 0-60mph in under 3 seconds, zipping through 3 inversions in the dark, flying by and through lit up neon signs, all while Aerosmith cranks out of speakers by your headrest - not to mention how smooth the ride is - this is a perfect roller coaster!  I could ride it over and over again if the line wasn't long.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 6

Friday the 13th and we're off to the Magic Kingdom.  Holly and Brian got all of us nice matching t-shirts, with each of us being one of the seven dwarfs.  I'm Dopey and Todd's Grumpy.  Hmm...is there a message there?   :o)

In the back row:  Bashful, Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Sleepy.  In the front:  Happy, Sneezy.  Photo courtesy of Sleepy, I mean Brian.


Here's the un-cropped photo from Printemps in Paris with the chandelier Christmas tree.  The date was December 22, 2000, not 2001 as I had previously captioned.  I've corrected that post.

That winter we spent Christmas in Paris, and New Year's in London.  Someday I may write about and post photos from that trip.

Thirteen years ago this week....

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 5

Epcot today, and surprisingly few photos.  We spent the morning and early afternoon riding a few rides with Brian, Holly and the kids, then Todd and I split off around 3pm to explore the World Showcase.  One of the things I'd always regretted from past trips was not spending time really exploring the different national pavilions of the area, so we made it a priority this trip.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Just In Time For Christmas

Some time before Thanksgiving I posted this on my Facebook page, as I'm sure millions of other people did.  Needless to say the responses I received to the post were underwhelming (as in none).

It seems the Thanksgiving twerky was to no one's liking.  I thought it was hilarious.  So naturally when I heard about the following this morning I felt I had no choice other than to create a reminder to look it up and post it to my blog when I got home.  Just a heads-up before you click on Continue Reading - what follows is not for the squeamish.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:  chickenbear.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 4

An early start today - going to the Magic Kingdom.  Jacob has an appointment to transform into a pirate and join the Pirate's League, and Katie is going to get princessified at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique.
We got there early enough to watch the opening ceremony at the front of the park

Saturday, December 21, 2013


I figured out how to link the videos so they can be made larger and the resolution can be increased.  I'm going back now to update other videos in the blog.  No more tiny, crappy movies for me!  Bwah-hah-hah!

To celebrate, here are videos of a guy in see-through pants, the coolest doughnut shop bathroom on the planet, and a fountain spitting on kids.  Enjoy.

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 3, Part 2

I totally forgot to put the videos up in the last post.

I also forgot the first thing we did when we got to the Magic Kingdom for the Christmas Party.
I also forgot my New York hat.  I just can't let it go, I'm sorry.

In the Town Square Theater at the front of the Magic Kingdom, you can now meet and greet and TALK to Mickey Mouse!  This was too cool to pass up, so even though we felt a little old and foolish, we had to meet Mickey.  It was kinda magical.  Check out the video of the people in front of us below.

Disney Trip 2013 - Day 3, Part 1

I stopped making notes this morning, so the photos are going to have to guide me now.  My last entry was:
OMG it was good (plus the one I had didn't have all that crap on top)
Bay Lake Sunrise:  4 Orange Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Sprite.
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