July 30, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

I love Tim Burton's insanity/artistry and had a decently long Nightmare Before Christmas fascination period.

That said, I had NO idea that he was working on a screen version of Alice in Wonderland, but I just happened upon this clip a sec ago.

The pairing of Tim Burton with Alice in Wonderland is a no-brainer, and if that's not enough to get you to want to see it, let me just say this...Johnny Depp.

Check and mate.

I'm SO in - can't wait to see it.


July 28, 2009

Fringe Benefits

Here's a quick little video showing how to cut your own bangs (I've been doing it wrong) and also how to make a quick updo.

Fringe Benefits

Enjoy :-)


July 27, 2009

A Lovely Day Spent in San Diego

I think lighthouses have a great mystery and adventure to them.

Saturday we set out to see one our closest local lighthouses, about an hour away, in San Diego County. We hit a tiny bit of traffic on the way - which is always the case since everyone wanting to enjoy the pleasures to the south (beaches, La Jolla, Sea World, Legoland, San Diego, Mexico) are all hanging out together on the I-5 South. Not a big deal. Traffic was slow, but moving. Good enough.

We finally reached our (my) primary objective of Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

One minor (or could be major to some) glitch: Signs are posted everywhere stating that "Animals must remain in cars." It's summer, folks, and that's not really an option. H, the best daddy in the world, volunteered to stay back at the car with "She Who Cannot Be Trusted," and my mo-in-law and I trekked up the hill to the lighthouse.

First of all, the panoramic view of the ocean was amazingly beautiful. It seemed like you could see not only the San Diego Coast, but the entire county. The Coronado Bridge was clear as a bell, and you could really appreciate the San Diego Skyline from that vantage point.

So, onward and upward we climbed to the lighthouse. Even though there were quite a few people there, I was still able to get some unobstructed views for pictures. I was also happy to be able to use my new (to me) Polaroid SX-70. The Polaroid prints are dreamy and vintage looking, and that's right up my alley.

After leaving the lighthouse, H was hungry and wanted to spend the rest of the day at Seaport Village - a great idea! He suggested that we stay for a few hours in order to miss any northbound traffic home.

Seaport Village is a great place to hang out. There are always vendors, fortune tellers, balloon artists, Henna artists and musicians, as well as shops and restaurants for everyone.

Oh, just so's ya know - San Diego Burger Company has awesome burgers. It's a definite "don't miss."

After having our lunch/dinner/coffee/cookie/ice cream and walking around the shops and harbor, we called it a day and came home tired and happy.

Another great weekend wrapped up in the memory box.


July 17, 2009

July 16, 2009

Eat Like a Monkey

Okay, before you mock me, just be open to the fact that this could come in handy someday - when you're distracted, when you're really, really hungry, or when you're just not feeling strong enough to rip that stem open on your na'ner. So, watch and learn, and feel humbled by our animal brothers.

Nice jammies, dude.



July 14, 2009


Hollywood - home of the stars and where dreams come true. Okay, so the film crews have abandoned her lately for cheaper locales, but it doesn't matter. Hollywood will forever spark excitement at the mere mention of her name.

Sunday we decided to go on a mini-adventure to Hollywood. I wanted to get a good picture of "the" sign - you know which one - and then I wanted to go to the Walk of Fame.

My navigator (H) found an awesome vantage point for the sign. (Thanks, H) I swear you could throw a rock to it - okay, I couldn't (I'm a spaz when it comes to throwing), but any normal person could.

For those who have never experienced the twisty, windy, very narrow, I'm-sure-the-next-curve-will-be-fatal turns of the Hollywood Hills, trust me - it is not for the faint of heart, or puss drivers (which I will not admit to being, but...). We made it, though, and it was so worth it. Here's my shot, folks.


After getting my shot, and checking out the tourists (that was worth the trip in itself), and gawking into the limousines that I was SURE contained movie stars (not), we ventured back over the same road, stopping ever-so-briefly to trespass (the absence of "keep out" signs spells "w-e-l-c-o-m-e" to me)- then down into Hollywood to check out the Walk of Fame.

Not disappointing.

Saw a crowd in the distance, and I figured out (after H told me) that it was Michael Jackson's star. Great location, by the way! Go Michael!

The fans have not forgotten him and are still coming in droves to pay their respects to their fallen idol.


We did a little more strolling around, gathering stars and looking at the amazing architecture that only an historic L.A. has to offer.

(Need I say more?)

Then as the sun blazed down on us unmercifully, we called it a day.