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Don’t you hate it when you can’t think of the name of something? I can’t think of the name of a movie I liked when I was a kid. I think it came out in the 80’s. I thought it had the Coreys in it, but I didn’t see it on Netflix under their names. It’s 3 kids, one of them is Asian I think, and they build a rocket and it goes up into space and they get picked up by aliens and then they have to get home. I think they aliens were kind of green and blobular. Can anybody think of the name of this movie?

Okay, I just found it online. I love the internet. I typed in “movie kids build rocket to space” to Google and got the answer “The Explorers” immediately. What did the world ever do without the internet and instant gratification? And it turns out it was Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, and Jason Presson. None of them are Asian, but one wears glasses. Here’s one of the aliens.

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Posted by on August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized



I used to think that spinning was safe. I can’t crash, get hit by a car, or fall over. But I can have my clip come unclipped and then my foot hit the floor, and the pedal go full speed into my calf, and then somehow have the other pedal hit the back of my other leg, I’m still not sure how that happened, and then still be in pain a week later. Here are my two big bruises. Ouch.

back of right calf, turning all different colors now

back of left thigh, where did those lines come from?


Posted by on August 31, 2010 in complaints


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First off I am going to give my friend A a pseudonym because I am sick of calling her A. So from now on she is Appelina (A-peh-lee-na). I don’t know why, she just is. And last night Hubby and I went to her place with her boyfriend (now known as Jacques instead of J) and of course Dottie to celebrate my birthday. We had bbq chicken with Jacques’ homemade sauce, which was very good, and green beans (healthy), baked potatoes, and garlic cheese toast (not healthy). Then we had cake and candy and ice cream and ice cream cake (leftover from lunch at mother-in-law’s house). Here is a picture of Appelina’s present to me. It’s a real tiny book! And as some of you may know, I like books. Thanks Appelina!!


Posted by on August 30, 2010 in birthdays


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This is just absolutely amazing! Except for the music, which is awful, but make sure you turn up the volume to listen to the commentator.

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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Uncategorized




How does this woman know what my kitties do? I laughed at the belly swing, my last cat used to do that. One of our current cats, Squeaky, has the flop down perfectly. Charlie is a good Linebacker and Prairie Dog.

From Everything Kitties, and also on I Can Has Cheezburger.


Posted by on August 30, 2010 in pets




Since my birthday fell on a Friday, I feel obligated to celebrate it all weekend. Last night Hubby and I ordered from Dino’s, my favorite pizza place. We got a pizza with pepperjack cheese and ricotta cheese on it. SO GOOD. Plus some salad and a bottle of sweet red bubbly wine from Trader Joe’s. I’m Jewish so I like my wine sweet. We also had red velvet cupcakes (my favorite) from this new cupcake place in Pasadena called Sugar Fix. The pics are on Hubby’s phone so I’ll have to add them later.

Tonight I went out to dinner with my mom, aunt and uncle, and my cousin who is in town for the weekend, and of course Hubby. We went to Firenze Osteria, with chef/owner Fabio Viviani from Top Chef!! I’ve never been to a celebrity chef’s restaurant before. It was really very good. Plus, the decor is very interesting. Here is one of the prints of an Italian statue. The picture is fuzzy because I took it from across the room and the light was dim. The guy in the statue is holding his horn.

Italian Art

We started dinner with some bread and a spread made from tomatoes, olives, garlic, basil, and olive oil. It was very good. Then we got a grilled veggie platter with burrata mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar. We also got a plate of speck (like prosciuto) with arugala and grilled peaches that was really good. I forgot to take pictures until it was too late. I got the butternut squash ravioli with homemade pasta and a cream/sage/butter sauce, and it was fantastic.

Tortellacci di Zucca

Then they brought me a flourless chocolate cake for my birthday. It was FANTASTIC.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

And then I got some Panna Cotta with strawberries and a sweet balsamic reduction. I’ve never had balsamic with strawberries or anything sweet, and it was surprisingly good, although my tastebuds weren’t really used to that combination. But I enjoyed it, although it was served in a goblet with an opening narrower than the base so it was hard to get the food out. I also got some coffee which were served in cute mugs.

Panna Cotta

Coffee in cute round mug


Posted by on August 28, 2010 in food and drink, me, outings


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My kitties gave me a birthday present!!

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Posted by on August 27, 2010 in pets