It's been a week now since I have been "working".
I've been very busy and quite tired from my activities. I have been running around town doing all kinds of stuff. But I am officially unemployed and therefore not "working".
I was supposed to be, or so I thought. I was going to jump right onto another show, the day immediately following my last day on the show "Addicted". I found out at 6:45 pm Tuesday that things had changed and I wouldn't be working, which was more or less fine with me. I was exhausted from the job and could use a few days to get things in order.
So I figured that I would be working this week starting Monday, so I didn't bother with pursuing unemployment or making "work" calls.
Cindy decided to make a last minute weekend trip to NYC to see a friend of hers whose house had been devastated by Sandy. She had a ticket that was going to expire soon, she hadn't been to NYC since we left 09/10/2001 and I was going back to work the next week (or so I thought) so there was a window of time element as well.
She ended up having an amazing time but Skye and I missed her on several levels.
Portal Gallery Cookie Cookoff
We were already set to attend this party/get-together/fundraiser/etc. which included the first annual cookie cook off, but we had yet to decide on which recipe(s).
Cindy would have done her best to limit it to one and I would have compromised with 1 each.
Cindy wasn't around so....we decided to do 2 recipes each, with one of the rules of the contest being you have to have at least 2 dozen cookies.
8 dozen cookies, that's a lot of cookies
My facebook posts tell the story, ...sort of, to a point...
after plowing through 3 magazines devoted entirely to Holiday Cookies, going through hundreds of recipes and versions thereof, I spent the better part of today driving around Atlanta for the very specific ingredients called for to create our works of art to present at the "CCC" (cookie cook off contest!) for the Ho Ho Ho xmas show, http://www.facebook.com/events/127589250723973/, I finally get home, only to realize the house we're subletting has but one funky looking cookie sheet.
More shopping in the AM
So Skye didn't realize we didn't have enough vanilla extract for the cookie recipe, guess what I didn't realize I had, after running off to the market ?
My wallet, luckily I had enough change in the car
I'm becoming a Cookie Monster and not the fuzzy, grumpy yet adorable sort
we've got the smoke alarms going off, as we're opening the windows to air the place out, the neighbors with more than a little concern, ask if we're trying to escape
Needless to say the kitchen got a little messy.
We were a little late to the party and I was so exhausted from the day and just in general that we didn't end up staying that long.
We had fun and I got to see friends that I camped with at Burning Man which was awesome, but we went home pretty quickly. And because we'd been tasting our own cookies all day, neither of us felt very up to tasting and judging any more cookies.
But we would still have the mess at home to contend with and Cindy was flying in the next day. It's a good thing she had gotten to see what real devastation looks like...by comparison our mess was almost inconsequential.
This is a video Cindy sent me, from near her friends house in Rockaway.
Actually the manic day was Sunday, I also decided to cut my hair and quickly shave before the party which added to the madness on Sunday as well as the clean up on Monday.
We raced around, giving the kitchen a nice deep clean, something it needed even before cookie whirlwind came through. In fact the house ended up being the cleanest, most organized and put away since we moved in.
On top of that we decorated the front of the house, something we hadn't done since our house in Oregon, probably 10 years ago.
Skye did the lion's share of the decorating while I primarily handled the inside.
The re-using of the Jack-O-Lantern was my touch, I must say.
I can be anti-capitalist and anti-consumption much of the time and a big part of that is how the scale has been tipped, but that is another story, another blog..etc.
That said I am a fan of consumer loyalty and have been a loyal customer to a few brands in particular.
I have been practicing Brazilian Jiujitsu off and on now for over 15 years. And for all of that time I have owned only Howard Combat Kimonos.
I have known Howard Liu from the beginning of my training. He also was a student under Rigan Machado.
So it was quite a big deal for me to switch to a Vulcan Gi.
Part of it was convenience, I needed a Gi pretty much immediately, another was just to try another brand out, ( I still have and love my Howards), and another important aspect was a loyalty to my home away from home and my X-3 Sports family.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
One brand that I've been far too loyal to over the years is Red Bull. We parted ways last July but I started drinking them on our last road trip and started over doing it on the last job so, as of this Monday I am caffeine free.
Sorry Red Bull, got to hand in my "wings"
Speaking of loyalty. I am and always will be a Laker fan. Its the only sports team I follow. I grew up on Magic, Kareem and "Show-time"
This year has been a series of disappointments to say the least.
I never liked Mike Brown as a choice for the Lakers coach and even though D'Antoni seemed like an improvement, I was more than a little skeptical with his decision to push his face-paced offense with this team. Granted having Nash and Blake, our starter and back-up point guards, out with injuries definitely will affect this, but still.
We'll see how it turns out.
In the mean time, Kobe hits another milestone,
Kobe Bryant 30,000 Points
At 34 years and 104 days of age, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in league history to hit the 30,000 points, joining Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as one of five players to reach that milestone. Congratulations Kobe!