Saturday, May 30, 2009

Good News!

...I have a new blog topper! You've probably already seen it by the time u read this :)

I polled a few people to see if it was a good idea. Here are the responses:

Gwen Stefani wants to roll around on it. Strange and un-hygenic, but positive.
These cupcakes didn't say much, but they're glow is for sure the equivalent of a thumbs up.
Willy Wonka didn't make much sense, but I'm counting his comment as approval.

Wonka:"Well, well, well, two naughty, *nasty* little children gone. Three good, sweet little children left."
Penny:"...sooo...Is that a yes to the topper?!"
And last- It made Jasmine go to sleep...I'm not counting her vote....
Final Stats
Yes: 3
No: I said I wasn't counting Jasmine!...Okay! Fine! She's gets 1/2 a vote.

Friday, May 29, 2009

"I'm on a boat, don't you EVER forget!"

Today, life SUX!
Is anyone else PISSED about their life right now?!
We need something to lift us out of the dark pit of despair and self-loathing(or the pit of your close friends and family hating you) and, as the Southern Baptists would say, find some salvation!
SO- I want you to grab your swim trunks, and your flippy floopys, and come with me ON A BOAT!

If they could just see us now!

Oh, the HORROR!!

In the research for my book, I looked into lots of New Orleans ghost/monster stories. I thought I had seen all I could see- I had seen the worst of the worst- The fiery pits of hell....
but NO!
THIS scared the S*&^ out of me!
I warn you- This video is not for the faint of heart!

A day in the life of a Sucre Bunny, Part 2. from Sucre - Founder - Joel Dondis on Vimeo.

Penny: *forceful whisper* SHHH!! SHUT UP!! Come hide under the bed with me! It will hear you!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jason's Birthday!!

Today is Jason's B-Day, and I made him some cupcakes!!
I started last night - I used a vanilla cake recipe from Southern Living Magazine, and it worked VERY well --they also made the whole kitchen smell like vanilla!
In the 1970s oven! This oven is the reason I can't make French Macarons. When I get my own house- they will be the FIRST thing I make!!!
I have an obsession with the silver foil wrappers these days--and they're the cheapest ones, so it works out well! yay!
Here's me packing them in my sister's cupcake carrier!
I did the icing in the fashion I invented called cupcake "kisses". You just put icing in a bag and cut a large hole the squeeze the icing on and lift straight up. Comes out looking like a Hershey Kiss!
I brought them to Jason at work- I was just gonna drop them off in the front office, but the very sweet secretary talked me into bringing them to his classroom. I was in super casual clothes cuz I had a meeting with my grad school counselor today, but He was so happy--so it was worth it!! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Maverick: "Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby."

One of my bestest friends, Cora, went Kayaking the other day, and she took along her wingman!
She told me the cutie's name when I saw her a few days ago, but now it's abandoned my head, so- for now- I'll just call him Cuteness! (His shirt says 'Wingman'!!)
Here he is in his life jacket!
Safety First!
Please keep hands and paws inside the car at all times!

He's just TOO adorable!! It's killin me!! :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Macaroon Withdrawl

As I've shared before, I am in love with the puffy sandwich cookies - French Macaroons.
The patisserie/chocolaterie 'Sucre' in New Orleans that makes these cookies along with other confections is one of the locals in my WIP.
It's also a daily occurrence for me to go onto the Sucre website and pine for all that I cannot have that day.
I wish I could make macaroons at home, but my oven is from the 70s and macaroons are too tempermental- they would drop.
However- I CAN watch the pastry chefs at Sucre make theirs and prepare for my baking future :)

Sucre - Macaroon from Sucre - Founder - Joel Dondis on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

This is from 'Playboy After Dark' during the years when they still used words like, "Cats", and "Heavy". Seeing a younger Hugh Hefner is always a surprise to me cuz I have a picture of him burned in my head from 'The Girls Next Door' as an old man sitting on his bedroom where he hoards things and refuses to marry Holly Madison...In this he's still with Barbie Benton(who I found out from GND is the CREEPIEST decorator EVER!).
I love their dances though. If I could go back in time, I'd go to LA in the 60's and dance like that!!
I loved seeing 'The Grand Funk Railroad' on here cuz it reminded he of how much I love their sound and ...of course...those Cats have some Heavy Outfits!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Critic Inside

I have strep throat...but I will finish my edits before Monday...

I think the hardest thing to do as a writer is to overcome the voice inside that says you won't be as good as the writers on your bookshelf...but I think they probably felt that way too...
"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." ~Sylvia Plath
“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught,” - says Walt Whitman.
"You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair the sense that you can never completely put on the page whats in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.
' - Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I don't know what that means, but I LOVE it!

Today I feel...
like I would have loved to see the Beatles in concert,
like there's nowhere safe to step,
like I miss the old Britney Spears,
like I'm strolling around Paris in the rain,
like I wish I had the gumption to wear a wedding dress as amazing as Christina Aguilera's,
like I wish I was here,
like I wish I could sleep as easily as BB does,
like I wish I could take out all the suckers,
like I should have Jasmine Macaroon's crazy comfortable life,
like I should own this Galliano,
...and this one,
like I should be at this bar/grill in New Orleans,
like this macaron tree was made for ME,
like I want a balcony overlooking the French Quarter,
like I want this chandelier
PISSED that I wasn't invited to the set of 'Marie Antoinette',
like I need this record player--AND this dress!!
absolutely enamored with Anthony Hopkins,
like this cute New Orleans bar is one of my fav buildings I've seen for a while,
like I want this retro-inspired bathing suit,
like the only thing that could make this day good is a Saint-honoré rose-framboise

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My teacher is awesomer than YOUR teacher!!!

Mr. G is an high school drama teacher in Australia.
-and like Michelle Pfeiffer in 'Dangerous Minds',
He seeks to inspire the children.

To see more Mr. G, check out the show 'Summer Heights High'

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

OH, It's Ladies Night, and the Mood is Tight!

On Saturday, Brit Brit, Anna Banana and I went to Fitzgeralds to see 'Where Vegas Lies'.
Here are some highlights of the par-tay!!
Say 'Hola!' to the entrance ice cream cone stamp!
BB- "My drink tastes like a fruit rollup!!"
Anna- "Ur welcome for the genes!"
Chris and BB- "Yeah, I fuc#%ed a pigeon!"
BB- "...but Pen Pen, I'm Brit Brit, let's make out!"
Anna Banana- "Penny! Ur awesomeness is blinding me!!"
Chris-"BB, Do I look sexy?!" *listens* "...well...that's pretty much all that matters.....right?!"
PenPen- "Designated Driver!!!" :)
scary wall art
BB and the fat lady!
BB dances with random person--We had to review the pics to remember who he was :)
...still don't know....