Whine. Whine. winewine. Whine.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Whine. Whine. winewine. Whine.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
No, we are searching for that one tourist stop, the perfect roadside stand or statue or icon that will really define our quest for the perfect MFT and Lulu trip experience. Like the biggest ball of twine. Or the largest frying pan. Maybe Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox, this troll or Alligator Man. You know - those attractions that were like magnets to us as kids on our endless summer vacation roadtrips, wistfully watching them whiz by the car window as we sat in 'the wayback' seat of the station wagon- because of course, Dad would never stop for the really cool stuff....(not sure how all that alliteration willfully got whacked in there....but you get my point). Something that we could pose beside, giddily clicking snapshots to capture the moment!!!
So imagine our excitement when we saw that the world's largest ALBINO REDWOOD TREE is located in Big Sur!!! And yes, we know that technically it would be a whitewood tree but so what? A bona fide roadside attraction, just where we were staying for the weekend - huzzah!!
We stopped in the little store attached to the resort for directions to get to the world's largest albino redwood tree, although, we scoffed a bit at our own question - surely this attraction should be easily recognizable! After all, the logo for the resort has a large white redwood-shaped tree carved into the sign swinging outside the store. One would have to assume....
So we walked down the stairs behind the store that lead downhill to the resort campground. Hearts beating in anticipation, we looked at the campers all around, in their tents and their campers and their campfires and campchairs (we were in Campville, as opposed to Whoville) and wondered why they weren't hand in hand, dancing around the mighty Albino, doing a campville polka? Where in fact, WAS the ART???
Oh, there's a sign! The ART, the ART!!!
At......a stump. A redwood stump. Granted, a large stump, but a stump, nonetheless. MFT and I turned to look at each other - she said, "I don't get it" and I said, "Does that lady in the store realize that the campers here in campville have a big Albino redwood campFIRE going???"
Ok - the stump isn't really the albino part - it's the host of this party. Apparently, albino redwoods live off the roots of other redwoods, and it really just looks like a big shrub. A big white and brown shrubby bushy tree.
We were completely disappointed and letdown. It's as if the largest frying pan turned out to be a small, used cottage cheese container that was a bit melty from the dishwasher.
Maybe Dad knew something after all.....
MFT: More men should get pedicures - it would make their shoes fit better!
Lulu: Mormons should get more pedicures?
At the swanky beachside seafood restaurant:
MFT: Oooo, that last swallow...(of wine) I can really taste the honey.
Lulu: That's why I don't like onions.
Lulu: You can really taste the oniony sauce? Didn't you just gargle that wine to get the onion taste out of your mouth? Isn't that what you said?
MFT: Yes, that wine DID have a fine oniony finish.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Our friendship works because we find ourselves endlessly amusing.
We were in Big Sur for a few days, did a drive-through on Pebble Beach and now we're doing the holiday weekend tourist shuffle in Monterey with many many tourists. We take our act on the road again next week, appearing for a day or so in Carmel, and then heading back north for the end of the week. T-shirts in the lobby! Oops. Wrong show. Although we did see some hipsters in Big Sur who were old enough to have been roadies for Jim Morrison .....but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Gorgeous scenery, great food, interesting people, pictures to come in the next few days so you can see for yourselves. All is good.
Except that we seem to be having some hearing issues.
It started with a trip to the mall for some clothing staples (ok, I left my underoos in the dryer at home - I was trying to get in one last email for work, Mr. Lulu started yelling that we had to leave for the airport right NOW if I was going to get a seat inside the plane, I had to jump on my suitcase to close it and accidentally squished my glasses...you get the picture). So off to pick up some undies and maybe a light sweater and oh look! They have some scarves to help us cover our heads as the wind blows our hair back in our non-convertible!
Lulu: Oh, that scarf looks nice! You're draping it like it's a Muslim head covering though...
MFT: No, it's cotton.
MFT: The scarf. It's cotton.
Lulu: Okaaay... ???
MFT: Cotton. COTTON! It's not muslin.
(A few minutes, later, as we enter the grocery store)
Lulu: Damn, I forgot to get a cardigan at the last store! (insert Midwest twang here)
MFT: Again? Well, they have cards here.
(As we're trying to get out the door and on the road to Big Sur)
MFT: Do you have the time?
Lulu: No, I'm fine.
(As we're driving)
Lulu: Do you need some chapstick?
MFT: Yeah, do you have any handy?
Lulu: No, not candy - chapstick. Do you need some?
Oh, well, maybe some more champagne and Fran's chocolates will help.
Patriotic pictures tomorrow and MFT says hi! (She's too busy working the numbers on her sleepnumber bed to blog tonight - maybe tomorrow.)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Reading for me, is like breathing. I have to read. MUST read. Cannot-go-a-day-without-the-printed-word - type of obsession.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
And that title doesn't have an exclamation point after it. I'm not saying, "Travel RULES!!!" I'm actually offering up some helpful observations and tips as we head into the traditional vacation season. If you fly for work or fun this season, here are some road warrior handy hints (said with a bright shiny snarky talk show hostess smile and tone after just having gotten off a plane)......
Monday, May 11, 2009
My mom's legs.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
- ...Have gotten up earlier (why??)
- Sweep /Clean / Dust / Vacuum the house (didn't I just do that about two weeks ago????)
- Wash the windows so I can see through them (can't I pay someone to get up on that 84-ft ladder and fight the 90 degree heat to do that???)
- Clean out three year's worth of magazines (what if I find out that I desperately need that healthy recipe from ummm you know where - that one magazine? - you know the one.)
- Clean out the refrigerator (Ok, I did do that - stinky is stinky)
- Purchase new cubbies / base for office/studio on sale (with money saved, make extra mortgage payment)
- Clean out office /studio, reorganize all craft / art supplies
- Put on sunscreen and stay out of the sun (Duh)
- Skip the alcohol and cut out the salt (Again, why?)
- Got up at 8:30 am
- Swept the room with a stern look, willing the dust away
- Opened the windows to get a clear view
- Restacked the magazines very neatly
- Put cubbies and base together - solo, with tools and everything - with money saved, bought some cute tops for MyfriendTeri and Lulu trip (like $37.59 will get me that much closer to owning the house, Ms. Sooozie Orman??)
- Cleaned the fridge
- Putting on sunscreen and a hat, taking some chips and salsa and a vodka tonic to sit in the sun and read new magazines off the top of the clean stack.
- Creating new mess in studio, to add to disorganization
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Yesssssss! MyfriendTeri and I are taking a trip to recreate the famous Thelma and Louise roadtrip!
Actually, here's what we're really going to do, with apologies to Callie Khouri….
Whilst on a short week
end getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Lulu flies out to visit myfriendTeri. Due to the incriminating circumstances, needing to take a vacation, they make a run for it but are soon followed closely by the authorities their Blackberries, including a local policeman roaming gnome who is sympathetic to their plight. The federal authorities, work police, however, have less compassion and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives hot chick friends. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths in the trying times of finding the perfect pair of summer shoes while eating at great restaurants and staying in precious B&B’s down the central coast of Mexico California.
Whilst on a short week
So if anyone has ideas for us on places to stay/eat/shop, please pass them on. Pictures and blogs will ensue along the way....promise!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Ok, I can't carry a note with a co-signer, so please don't imagine me singing the tune and no, that wouldn't be my choice for a stripper name - but I'm posting some cool pictures of the storm clouds that gathered over my house last night while the weather guy was freaking out on TV - Tornadoes touching down! Hail and lightning! Rain and flooding! It all missed us but I snapped a bunch of pictures to capture the moment.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Bitsy Creations made me some new ads so I can get the word out a bit further about my etsy Sandbar - you should take a look at her store. Thanks Bits!