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jodycakesRT @UnderbellyHOU: It's a whole, beautiful new day. For you to eat lunch in! See you here for a Goat Dumpling/Fireman's #4 combo benefiting HFD?
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culturalbaggage@jodycakes Lots of people have listened to Led Zeppelin IV while baking.
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jodycakesToday's baking soundtrack - Led Zeppelin IV - it's time to rock and roll this week...
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CathyWMDAAfter 4 glorious days of #winetasting in the #WillametteValley a #detox is definitely in order ;)
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I love Improv Everywhere – they ROCK!

Their latest project was called Subway Yearbook Photos.

Basically, they told everyone who got on the 6 train in NYC that they were hired by MTA to do a yearbook. How fun is THAT?

I bet being set up on there was totally fun. Of course, some people where a bit hesitant but once they saw others getting into it and having fun with it .. they sat down to get their yearbook picture done too.

Here’s a video of the project:

6 Train, Car 9 — September 6, 2009 — 3:30 PM


You have to go to their site and read the rest of it. I love this and would have LOVED being a part of it even more.  I can totally see some of my photographer friends doing something like this.

It’s not YOU .. it’s ME

I don’t mean it in the way YOU think I do … really ;-)

Actually – what I mean by the title is that I need some fresh blog reading material.  I have a ton of them in my Google Reader that I cruise each day, but with summer coming I feel like I need to do a little spring cleaning and instead of adding furniture or doing a re-model, I think I’d just like to bring in some fresh opinions/outlooks/stories and/or voices.

I need some new words to rattle around in my head … because … as we always say here on WMDA … it’s cheaper than therapy!!

friendsmopedSo … with that being said …

  • Who are you reading right now that makes your day a little brighter?
  • Who makes you laugh?
  • Who makes you want to buy a scooter and ride it with a gaggle of your friends and a dog?
  • Who makes you feel a bit more introspective?
  • Who makes you want to be a better person?
  • Who is your guilty pleasure read?

Come on!!

… share your love with a fellow blogger sistah!

I need a hook up!

Keeping Strong and Healthy

When times are difficult (like they are now) one of the first things to go “other than the mind :) ” is the immune system. In an effort to keep myself from falling victim to the flu (or worse) I was looking for a few tips to keep myself in shape both physically and mentally. Here a few simple tips that I came across that make so much sense:

1) Get enough rest – try to sleep at least 8 hours a night. I broke that rule when Lexi came home… WOW I wish my new “Therapist” wanted her 8 hrs of beauty sleep :)

2) Eat enough – and I don’t mean head to the nearest “grease pit” for nutrition. Eat plenty of well balanced meals along with foods that boost and support a healthy immune system. There is an extra bonus to this one as well… the waistline stays in check :)

3) Make sure to take your supplements. Talk to your Dr to make sure that you are taking what is best for your system. I found out a couple months ago that I was severely anemic and needed to change my overall routine up big time. I cannot tell you what a difference that made for me both physically and mentally. I had no idea how much I was starving my body of what it needed. I am convinced that this change has really helped keep me healthy when so many around me have been sick.

4) Laughter. “This one needs no explanation”.

What are some things that you do to keep yourself physically healthy??

Our Hurricane Ike Refugee

So when Hurricane Ike was getting ready to put it’s feet on land, our very own Jody was already on her way here to Los Angeles for a mastermind planning session that she had planned for quite some time. She met up with the ladies of Where’s My Damn Answer for some photos and videos before she headed up to Ojai for her conference and then returned to visit with our family on Sunday for a sleep over.

Well as most people who sleep over will tell you, we have an awesome time sharing our patio with our friends. The wine pours freely and friendships are cemented in time on the patio. Everyone who walks out there says it’s like a “secret garden”. In fact, when Jody was moving … we shared MANY patio moments and often joke that we need more patio time.

Add being worried about what’s going on at home and searching the internet for the latest news to the comfort and safety of patio time and you get: plenty of surfing the web, sipping great wines, listening to music, looking up old lyrics, giggles and silliness.

This is just a snippet of little things that go on when we shut the doors to the rest of the world … drink some wine … act silly … and enjoy our friendships.

ENJOY … I’m sure you’ll be cracking up like we were … even without the wine it makes me laugh now!


Patio Time with our Hurricane Ike Refugee from Kristy Nuttall on Vimeo.

A Recipe You Have to See – The Dream Omelette

My son Kyle showed me a site today that you have to check out if you’ve not seen it.  I had never heard of The Onion, but will be checking in regularly for a good laugh.  This site does the news and other TV features in a way you have never seen.  It looks pretty real, but as you listen, you realize it is a wonderful parody of real network news and news magazine shows.  Here is a cooking segment on the Dream Omelette – the recipe “came to the featured chef in a dream”.  I hope you get as much of a kick out of it as I did. 

Chef Cooks ‘Dream Omelet’ From Recipe That Came To Him In A Dream

Karen

P.S. Also check out the segments on the “Californians Gather to Celebrate the Annual Wildfire Tradition” and “Cosmopolitan Institute Completes Decades-Long Study on How to Please Your Man”. 

The things we do for kids …

Now I’m singing “The things we do for love kids” – haha.Zac turned 13 today – yikes. He was in trouble so we didn’t do the BIG party with a ton o’ kids this year.  He wanted to take five other teenagers paintballing and then do a sleep over.  Instead, we decided to make it a family birthday dinner (not officially a party – haha). My sister-in-law was here helping me get the MLP jewelry line ready to sell at shows last November and we were all talking about fun things like tp’ing a house.  Zac’s friends had recently threatened to egg our house and we were explaining that a good old fashion tp is just clean (somewhat) fun but that when you do things that could damage property it was a totally different thing.  Zac said it’d be funny to saran wrap a car and we thought it was a funny thing so Renee said she’d come down and we’d do that for his birthday.We invited our neighbors over to hang out with us for dinner and cupcakes (thanks Jody – they rocked).  After our friends went home, all the kids got ready to go tp their house (three doors down).  Of course, I had already gotten the adults a little lit :: gasp :: after four bottles of wine and then we split a bottle of port with yummy chocolate – OMG.Lisa is pregnant and went home a little early.  Chris and their three year old son stayed with us for a bit longer.  They have a baby girl in the oven – due in Sept. and we keep joking that they should name her Esmerelda.  It’s a GREAT name and we all want to call her Ezy – haha.::Back to the action in the story::Renee and I proceed to make little tinfoil letters to spell out a special message to them.  Unfortunately we didn’t make the Smart N Final run to get the industrial roll of saran wrap though :-( … so we only did a little wrap job on the car.  We put trash bags over the wheels of Chris’ car, tp in the tree, forks in the yard and our special sign.  We thought it’d be fun to do leprechaun foot prints, but didn’t feel much like doing it when the time came (and the wine set in – haha).  The kids had a BLAST and every time a car would come the adults would play up the drama a bit and whisper … freeze hide behind something – hahahah.  It was quite comical really and something I will NEVER forget.  We told the kids that they’d be cleaning it up in the morning and they had so much fun that they said that was totally fine with them (although they didn’t have to because Chris did it for them – haha). That morning when Chris went out to get the paper, he said to Lisa, “what teenager did we piss off“?  Then they saw our clever sign – haha.  They came out to look and see if anyone else got tp’d … and saw Zac tip toeing out to see if they had been discovered yet – hahaha. I’m sure paypack will be a bitch with them as their kids grow up too … but it is all in good fun and it was great to see the kids learning what is ok to do in fun and what will damage the property of someone’s house, car, etc. toilet papering Esmerelda was here