Monday, March 2, 2015

Time Out for Pie

Peggy and her Dad
Taking time out for friends is a thing that Peggy is really good at.  I admire her tremendously for her kindness and for her ability to be up for anything fun.  She has a crazy social schedule, so I'm thrilled when she takes some time out for me.

Double Cream Blueberry pie from Marie Callender's
I've found, as I grow older, that the best gift I get is when someone spends time with me.  I love being with my friends and family, and I don't see any of them enough.

Cutting pie is tricky
So, when you get a chance to take some time out of a busy schedule, share a piece of pie and some conversation, those are moments to treasure.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Concert Tee Day

Rick Springfield's Working Class Dog Tour Tee, 1981
Today is Wear Your Favorite Rock Band Tee Shirt day here at the office.  Later, we'll have cake for all the February birthdays.  Wearing funny theme shirts and celebrating birthdays are nice ways to end each month.

I began reflecting on some of the artists I've seen in concert through the years:

  • David Bowie
  • Sting
  • Rod Stewart
  • Three-Dog Night
  • The Moody Blues
  • Julian Lennon
  • A-Ha
  • Glen Campbell
  • Jackson Browne
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Melissa Manchester
  • Neil Diamond
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Rick Springfield
  • Men At Work
  • Arlo Guthrie

That's an eclectic list, isn't it? There may be a few more that I can't remember.  (Okay, there are probably quite a few more I can't remember!  I'm going to go out on a limb and say that some concerts are more memorable than others.)

I'm a big fan of a few of these, and remember attending a few of these concerts with friends who were big fans.  Some of the best shows out of the list?  David Bowie and Neil Diamond are among my favorites.  Their shows were terrific.

There are also lots of groups I wish I could have seen.  How about you?  Who have you seen in concert?  Who do you wish you could have seen?

Later today I'm going to go around the office and take photos of the concert tees everyone is wearing.  So far I've seen a few good ones... I'll be sharing with you next week, so stay tuned.

Have a terrific weekend!

Working Class Dog, 1981

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dinner and Theatre

Peggy and her Dad
My friend Peggy and I dragged her father, who is now visiting here from the frozen wastes of Ohio, to the theatre this past weekend.  We went to see the Whittier Community Theatre's current production of Johnny Guitar, which is still playing for the next two weekends (see my post of February 3, 2015).

Peggy's dad is a great guy.  He very cheerfully submitted to a dinner of hole-in-the-wall Chinese food.  

Actually, what I ordered wasn't too bad!  There was orange chicken and green beans.

Orange Chicken with green beans - yum!
For dessert there was a very deeply philosophical fortune cookie...

The ubiquitous Fortune Cookie
... because all fortune cookies are...

and hot chili sauce.
Chili Sauce - my favorite!
I love spicy foods.

But that's not the point.  I think the point is, going out for dinner and off to the theatre with friends is a lot of fun, no matter how posh.

Yours Truly at the Chinese eatery
In case you hadn't noticed, this tiny Chinese place we went to is NOT posh, but they serve decent, inexpensive food.

And it's fast.  We are always running late, and an eight o'clock curtain comes quickly sometimes.

Peggy and her father in the City's Center Theatre
We made it just in time to enjoy the show, and we did ENJOY the show.  Johnny Guitar was funny.

Really, really FUNNY.  

The principals of Johnny Guitar:
Jay Miramontes, Mallory Kerwin and Matt Berardi

It's also a musical, and the music was terrific.  We felt well entertained.

If you get a chance, y'all come on over to Whittier on one of the next two weekends and see this show!  Y' hear?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prominent Canadian Artist Fred!

Untitled, Dec 2014
Everyone is an artist at five years old, someone once said.  I suspect that's true of all of us, even you!

Fred is five and a half.  (Have you noticed that once you hit, like, 21, you never add the "half" any more?  Why is that?)

Fredrik, the balloon artist
My great nephew, Fred, is quite the artist.  I really enjoy his art, too!  I see the Lego and, perhaps, some angry bird influences in his work.

He recently had a showing at his home in Canada.

The Red Bird Bandit
I love the smile behind the artwork!
The colors are bold, the forms are simple, and the execution is quite striking.

What do you think?  I'd say it's Expressionism at its most basic.

Lego in Blue
When was the last time you put a crayon, colored marker, drawing pencil or some paints to paper?

Have you fostered your inner child creativity lately?

What are you waiting for?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sabrina's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Sabrina!
L to R: Carmen, Sabrina and Laura
One of the fun things we do as an office is celebrate birthdays.  We recently got together to tell Sabrina we are very happy she was born!  Oh, yes, we also had lunch!

Lunch was at a local eatery known as the Thai House.

Barbara and Carmen
The Thai House has really good Pad Thai and other yummy things for lunch!  We had a good time with all the ladies from the office.

I love these women!  They are beautiful, bright and very kind.  I enjoy spending my days with them.
Nikita, Ivy and Ana
Historically, it's only been the marketing ladies that got together for lunch, or sometimes the marketing and admin ladies.  However, we've expanded our group to include the planners and engineers.  That makes it more fun.

Say Cheese!
L to R: Nikita, Ivy, Ana and Veronica
Veronica recently announced she is expecting a baby in August!  She and her husband, Evan, are very excited about the news.  (I am too!  I love babies!)

Veronica and I hamming it up for the camera
I had a shrimp Pad Thai for lunch that was great.  You can see by our clothing that it's been fairly warm around here.  It's been a very mild winter.  The day we went for lunch it was beautiful, moderately warm and sunny.

Trying to capture the moment!
I always become the annoying woman with the camera on these occasions, but I can't help it!  I must have photos for this blog, you know.  I'm so happy that Barbara helped by taking some photos of her own.

Sabrina is a highly talented graphic artist.  She's also one of those truly, naturally funny ladies that just make you laugh.  I love being around her!

Hope you enjoyed your birthday celebration, Sabrina.  I sure did!
Happy Birthday, my friend!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jack the Cat and the Stink-Eye

Jack just hanging out 
My cat Jack is a funny guy.  He is very laid back and sweet.  He's so sweet and kind and funny I sometimes forget he's a cat.  (No offense to cats everywhere, but you know how bossy and opinionated cats can be!  They think they're always right and have an extremely high opinion of themselves.

Not that they're completely wrong.  Cats are pretty awesome.

However, every now and then, he reminds me who is really in charge of our household.

Like the morning Jack decided I needed to move to the couch because it was his turn to sit in the comfy armchair.

Stand Back!
Jack giving me the stink-eye
I got the stink-eye on that one, until I moved out of the chair! (Yeah, I'm a pushover!)

Phew!  I won't make that mistake again.  That's a rather scary expression. That's a "you know I could easily kill you with one swipe of my ittle widdle paw" expression.

Most of the time, my little Jack is content to be my sweet cuddle-bunny.  That's just fine with me. I have to remind myself that we all have occasional bad days, don't we Jack?

Jack in a better mood, smiling for the camera
I can't complain about Jack.  He takes pretty good care of me on a daily basis. He makes me laugh. I'm lucky to have him around.  ...And that stink-eye is rather effective when it comes to scaring away monsters and boogey-men!  

Wherever you are, Jack and I wish you a lovely weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

A sheep
photo from Wikipedia
Today marks Chinese New Year!  So, Happy New Year, everybody!

This year is either the year of the Sheep, Ram or Goat - I don't think anybody can figure that part out. So, I think you should be able to choose what works for you.  What do you think?

Enjoy your day!
Chinese symbols taken from the website: