Thursday, April 30, 2009


GREAT JESUS!!!! Have you seen this Disney movie "earth" I took my nearly 5 year old to see it yesterday, and I regret it. Probably 70% of the movie is just animals eating other animals, actually eating baby animals. Tigers eating baby elephants, polar bears eating baby walrus', sharks eating seals, and the piece de resistance the slow motion cheetah chasing down and catching some kind of baby gazelle it was all carnivorous all the time. I don't know what they were thinking. There was a small portion that was the beauty of nature but it was considerably out weighed by the carnage.
My daughter's comment when I asked her if it was to scary, was "no just sad".
I give "earth" two thumbs down. Don't go see it with your young children.
I can't imagine who thought this level of violence meritted a G rating.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

No Cancun! Dumb Swine Flu!!

Sadly after many months of planning we have had to abandon our trip to Cancun because of the swine flu. With a small child risky travel loses it's appeal completely. It's not like I was all that risky to start with, after 9/11 I canceled my honeymoon in Europe. I got married September 23, so in my defense it was still early days, and we weren't sure what was going on. Still I know another couple that got married the same weekend and they still went on their honeymoon.
Anyway, I digress. The trip I want to complain about canceling is this one to Cancun. At first I wanted to believe that the swine flu was just nothing, but with each day it became more and more difficult. Finally, when all those kids in New York got sick after spending spring break in Cancun, I had to admit the trip was off.
I know I should just be grateful that we are all healthy, but I really like margaritas and laying by the pool, a lot. Oddly it's like this trip was jinxed from the word go. First we were scared about all the drug/gang violence, and when we finally got comfortable with that situation, this one surfaced. It's like my twitter update said "we were never meant to be".
All of this is by way off an excuse to explain why I haven't posted in several days. I've been busy getting flight fees waved and trying to find another time share available, and co-ordinating with the other family we were going with. But now that that it is all done, you have my full attention. I'll just pretend that this Coke is a margarita and the computer desk is the pool.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mama Mia

I don't know what my problem is lately, I'm just not that excited about my musical comedies these days. I saw Mama Mia at The Pantages last week, and it was fun and all but I just couldn't get that into it. The cast and music were great, I think it's just me. Maybe The Drowsy Chaperon ruined me for all others. I loved that show sooo much!
Anyway, I'm giving musical comedy another chance with Back to Bacharach and David tomorrow night so hopefully that will pull me out of my funk. I'll let you know how it goes. Conveniently, it's at The Music Box just around the corner from Cafe Wa S, so I'll get my chance to listen to the piano music in the bar.
Wish me luck

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Earth Day

I'm keeping it green every day by arranging my life so I drive as little as possible. As a side benefit it keeps a little green in the pocket too. I'm lucky enough to be able to work less than a block from my house. My daughter's schools (oh yeah she's at two till kindergarten starts in the fall) are both walking distance from our house. Sometimes I do have to pull the kid in a wagon, but I hardly emit any carbon.
I know this isn't possible for everyone, but I would recommend it. Tonight we walked to the school open house, then walked to dinner with neighbors and then walked home.

Course, my husband drives 45 minutes to work, each way. So we probably just break even. So I'll keep using my clothe grocery bags, composting, and all the rest. In the hopes that it makes up for it a bit more.

Happy Earth Day
FYI I'm pretty sure Earth Day is on April 22 in honor of Eddie Albert, it's his birthday.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's All In Black and White

Here's a list of great Black and White movies. If you know me you know I love old movies. So, here's a list, off the top of my head, of must sees.

Born Yesterday-this is the original with William Holden and Judy Holliday
My Man Godfrey-Carole Lombard and William Powell
His Girl Friday-Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Sullivan's Travels-Veronica Lake and Joel Mcrea This is directed by Preston Sturges I think I'd recommend anything from him.

Anyway, this is just a mini list please add to it in the comment section. I'll revisit this topic from time to time as movies come to mind that I love.
OOOH The Thin Man, Bringing Up Baby,...So many I'll never run out.

Dining Out-Ivan Kane's Cafe WA S

Ivan Kane's Cafe WA S (that's not a typo, that's how they write it) is fabulous. I went the other night and everything was wonderful. I had the bacon wrapped dates, the gorgonzola salad, escargot, and bouillabaisse. Don't worry, I was sharing with my dinner mates. Every single thing was amazing and I don't even like dates. Even the bread, served in a paper bag, was spectacular.
They also have a piano player on a revolving dais. I thought he would be playing jazz standards, like they usually do, but he played great versions of Cold Play, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and the like. I was there early, but they have a bar and I'm sure it would be fun to hang out and listen late into the evening.
The decor is eclectic but beautiful. There are multi levels and chandeliers on the floor. You have to see it to believe it. I asked what was in the site before and the hostess told me Shwab's pharmacy of Hollywood fame. I'm not sure about that since I'm pretty sure that was on Sunset, but whatever.
In short I highly recommend this place.

Ivan Kane's Cafe WA S
1521 N. Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oprah Oprah Oprah

Well, after several weeks I think I'm free to spill the beans on my near miss with the Oprah show. Three weeks ago, the Oprah show contacted one of my neighbors, after coming across some blogs she wrote about our neighborhood block party, chili cook, and all the other stuff we do. I tell ya this community building stuff really pays off. Anyway, the Oprah shows idea was to pick four neighbors to exchange furniture for a recession version makeover show.
Guess what...they didn't pick me. BOOO!!! SO just as I was not on the antique roadshow several months ago, I will not be on the Oprah show in a few weeks. Though you can tivo it and look for me in the background. Oh Yeah I was loitering all over the place, so much so that I became the unofficial PA on the shoot.
The crew was so so nice. Oprah really knows how to pick em'. Janet and Nathaniel(I think they were producers) were adorable. Peter Walsh the declutter guy was really funny, and Nate Berkus was crazy friendly. Nate actually came over and introduced himself to me. I even got a few of his decorating secrets.
All and all It was great not being on Oprah, I highly recommend it, especially since you don't have to obsess about what to wear, or how your hair looks.
I'll update this post when I know the air date.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Another exciting BlogHer giveaway

Three nights at the Chicago Sheraton. Check it out at Z recommends
I don't know if you've looked into rooms in chicago but they ain't cheap. So why not take your chances and try to win. I definitely am.

60 Riverside Drive

OK Why do they always use an awning over a door that says 60 Riverside drive when shooting in New York? I have never been to New York, but is Riverside Drive, something special?? I think I've seen it in like a million movies and I know I just saw it on 30 Rock. If anyone can explain this to me please comment. If not keep your eye out for the awnings, it could be some kind of conspiracy or alien message....

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Will the Real Mommy Blogger Please Stand Up

Mommy bloggers have been slapped with so many labels who can keep track. Are we Borgs, petty infighters, altruistic do gooders, or just ceaseless whiners. Really I don't know, probably a combination of all of them. In the last few days though I think we have shown that we are universally about family and when push comes to shove supporting families in need.
Sure, it's entertaining to complain about the trials of parenting, house cleaning, working and trying to maintain a relationship with our spouses. This week, however, when one of our own had the worse possible happen, the passing of a child, we all dropped what we were doing and did what we could to support the Spohr family. 100's of blogs posted about their beautiful daughter, Maddie, asking for donations to March of Dimes, in her memory. In less than 24 hours over $10,000.00 was donated. Many have volunteered to walk in the March of Dimes, country wide. When the Spohrs site went down due to excessive traffic, mom bloggers stepped up and got it moved and running again in one day.
So whatever they say about us, they better hope, when the you know what hits the fan, we're on their side.
To donate to the March of Dimes or walk for Madeline Spohr, please click here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Please donate in her memory

One of my fellow bloggers at LA Mom's Blogs, Heather Spohr's baby daughter, Maddie passed away this evening. It is so sad. The only thing I can think to do is ask for you to donate in her memory. Her family is asking for donations to the March of Dimes in her Memory. Here is the link to her blog where you can donate
Thank you,

My New Baby

I am finally going to have another baby!! I know you're thinking, but what about all those promises I made about never having another baby??? Well, I am not actually the one carrying this one. The Real Mama is my dearest friend. She has just finished her first trimester and now I can tell everyone I want. She even managed to make it a boy so I can have one of each. She really is a good friend.
It's amazing how much I've forgotten in the 5 years since I was pregnant. All the crazy test names, and hormones, and procedures...It's all a blank. I don't know how much help I'm going to be drawing a complete blank, but I'm making up for it in excitement.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Oprah today

I just watched today's Oprah. She had on a whole mess of "mommy bloggers" and just straight moms and the star of the new show, In The Motherhood. They were all talking about their experiences as mothers. How no one had told them how hard mothering was going to be, and when they found out, how alone they felt. Most of it was funny, and the usual conversation, for me anyway, when any group of moms gets together, and play who is screwing up their parenting worse.
What I thought was strange was how they all kept saying no one talked about these things. How they felt so alone in their ineptitude. That was not my experience at all. All the moms I know sat around, basically from day one, and said "wow, this is hard. I can't bath, I don't sleep, nursing is difficult, and much much more. I never felt alone in the crappy mom and grooming department.
I don't know where these women live but I'm grateful, it's not in my corner of Los Angeles. I don't think I would have made it without all my girls/moms backing me up. They were everyone from my closest friends to a stranger I happen to sit next to in the sand box.
So make sure you get out there and spread the truth...Motherhood is what it is(and by is what I mean is a hellish gulag of indentured servitude) and showering will just have to wait.
Los Angelista just made an excellent point on twitter, about how they should have turned the conversation from poop to advocacy. You know what might make it easier for mothers, socialized childcare, longer maternity leave and oh about a hundred other things the gov'ts of many other countries provide.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

My mother recommended the new HBO series "No 1 Ladies Detective Agency". She has read all the books, and loves it. I gave it a try last week, and really liked it. It's set in Botswana, Africa, and is about a women detective, played by Jill Scott. I am dying to go to Africa, so I love getting a weekly peak. Check your local listings.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Guest Blogger

Tomorrow I'll be the guest blogger on Mar Vista Mom. I need someone to follow around the farmer's market and tell me what they're making with all the things they buy. So if anyone is interested let me know. Otherwise I will be forced to descend on some poor unsuspecting creature.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Missed It By That Much!!

Well, I'm still not at liberty to say what the big deal I've been teasing is exactly. But I can tell you I will not be doing it. And the "It" was appearing on a MAJOR tv talk show, in fact, "the" talk show, if you can read between the lines. Some of my nearest and dearest, however, will be appearing, and I am sooo excited for them. I am a bit relieved too. I could just see me making a total spaz of myself on national TV. So at the very least we are all spared that embarrassment.
When I am able I will spill all the details. In the meantime, I am OH so disappointed!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I just might get to be doing something really cool, thanks to Mar Vista Mom. I won't know for sure for a few days but as soon as I know I'll tell you all about it. I'm soooo excited I can barely contain myself. Stay tuned