Friday, May 23, 2003

The Friday Five:

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use?
Colgate Total, the paste, not the gel. It seems to have the best flavor to make your breath really clean, and it really makes your teeth feel slick.

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer?
Charmin Ultra. It really is the softest toilet paper there is. Although we typically by quilted Northern at Sam's Club because it's cheaper.

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear?
Anything that's on sale. Of course, Sketchers and Steve Madden's are great if I can find a deal, but I don't have a problem with Payless or Target shoes. They all look the same, and since I'm always looking for the next great black shoe, it's better to spend less than $20 then to pay $50+ for shoes I'll only wear for a while.

4. What brand of soda do you drink?
Diet Coke. Sometimes I'll go with Diet Dr. Pepper for a change of pace, but Diet Coke's my staple. I just don't like the sticky sweet after-taste that non-diet sodas have. And Diet Coke has a better flavor than Diet Pepsi.

5. What brand of gum do you chew?
I rarely chew gum, but Extra is what I usually buy. The flavor lasts longer and it doesn't leave that sticky sweet after-taste of non-sugarfree gum. That new Eclipse brand is pretty good, but you go through those Chiclet-type pieces much quicker. Of course, I love those little bubble gums, but the flavor lasts like 2 seconds. I just chew those when I can to keep my bubble-blowing skills intact.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Do you know what I love about reality TV? It just keeps on coming!

I was very sad a few weeks ago when Survivor ended. It was one of the best ones yet, and even though Rob who deserved to win didn't, I wasn't too upset about the ending. And while I was wondering what I'd do without it, I realized that the Bachelor season finale was just a week away, and I had something to look forward to. And of course, American Idol was on three days in a row.

So now that American Idol is over (yay, Ruben ... although I've loved Clay since the beginning), and the Bachelor: After the Rose (or whatever they called it) is done -- Jen was much too nice to Kirsten after hearing all the crap she said about her -- I wondered what I'd watch.

But lo and behold, the Amazing Race is coming back on next week. Of all the reality shows, this one is by far my favorite. I can't wait to see the new contestants. That's the funny thing about these shows: you always feel like you know them. In conversations with your friends you say things like, "Can you believe what Rob said?" "What was Jen thinking wearing that?" Like these people live on your block or something.

So I'm still in reality mode. Of course, Extreme Makeover is still on. Everytime I watch that show, I think of things I could get done on my body. But then my husband says no. And after realizing last night that they have to spend 6-7 weeks away from their family, I just couldn't do it. Who wants to spend that much time away from their kids? Spouses maybe, but not their kids!

Anyway, this blog is starting to sound familiar. I think I've written about reality TV too much. Time to go get a "real" life!

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Last night we ended up going to a different place for dinner ... the Citrus Grill. Really great food. The weather was awesome so we were able to sit outside.

The reason for the switch is that we tried to go to the Abbey, but it just didn't seem very cozy. Maybe because of the high ceilings and the massive amounts of light that came through the stained glass windows. Maybe it was the loud sounds of our shoes as we walked on the hardwood floors (very reminiscent of walking into church late during prayer). Maybe it was the fact that we waited for 10 minutes and never saw a hostess. When I peeked around the corner, I saw one waitress and one cook. We decided it was best to try someplace else. We had a great dinner and went home stuffed.

Today, my husband kept talking about what a great birthday he had. I think he was happy that I secretly got his family to come over so he could share his birthday cake with them. Have I mentioned how extremely close he is with his family? I'm just glad he had a good time. He doesn't ask for much, which makes me want to do even more for him.

Like today, I just got him, in the words of Hallmark, an "Encouragement" card. He's been really stressed about the classes that he's taking to become an elementary school teacher. I think he's just burned out by school. He got his MBA last December, after working full time and going to school for three years. When he got laid off last year, he decided to pursue his dream to be a teacher and has been taking an accelarated teaching credential program. It's a 9-month program, so he'll be done soon. But this one particular class has him doubting his abilities. When he read the card tonight after coming home from class, he called me Wife of the Year. Here I am trying to make him feel better and he gives me a boost in return.

That's why I want to do more for him. Of course, I do get caught up in my own everyday battles in life and sometimes take him for granted. But I'm trying to work on that. Hopefully I'll be more successful than not.



Tuesday, May 20, 2003

It's my husband's birthday today. We're going to go out for a nice dinner, just the two of us. We're going to a new place we've never been to (not that we're that adventurous to begin with ... we typically eat out at the same places week after week), so I'm pretty excited.

It's a place called the Abbey. It's a church that's more than 100 years old, that was transformed into a restaurant. I'm interested to see how pretty it is inside, especially because it's supposed to have the original stained glass windows. It seems kind of pricy so hopefully the food is good.

After dinner, my husband's family is coming over to share some cake that I made yesterday. He doesn't know about it, so I hope he's surprised. He knows his sister will be here to watch our daughter, but the rest of them will come over later. I had to hide the cake in the back of the fridge behind some tortillas and a few cans of soda. But dumb me, I left the egg beaters in the sink, so I'm sure he knows. He's always doing stuff to figure out what's going on for his birthday.

At least he was surprised by his gifts. Or he seemed to be at least.