A Bouquet of Newly Sharpened Pencils

I have a friend who has a similar favourite romantic comedy as me. We both love “You’ve Got Mail”.  Actually, we’re both Nora Ephron fans in general. But we love “You’ve Got Mail”. A while back, we’d gotten together to watch the movie and ended up just quoting the entire thing the whole way through and giggling and sighing like school girls! It was awesome.

While I was in Tulsa last year, in the Fall (update coming soon), she’d tried to send me a little gift! It somehow never came through. Last night I had a lovely time with some friends here in Los Angeles. We ate yummy food and watched a movie. Our hostess had rented two movies, “Get Smart” and “Kung Fu Panda” and we were trying to decide which one to watch when my friend showed up…

She showed up with that little gift for me. They were little “happy birthday” pencils, all sharpened, and wrapped in tissue paper. I looked at them and thought, “How cute!” And she waited… And then it hit me! A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils!

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address..”

…says Joe Fox to Kathleen Kelly in an email when they first start emailing at the beginning of the film.

So that got us girls talking about romantic comedies for a long time, listing our favourites, and laughing and giggling about screen kisses, comparing versions (“Pride & Prejudice”)…  And in that conversation, “The Wedding Singer” came up. So our hostess said, “I’ve actually got ‘The Wedding Singer’!” And that is what we watched. She’d rented an action and an animation, and we ended up watching “The Wedding Singer”.

…all because of some silly sharpened pencils.


My First Night At The Theatre Since…

I am at the theatre. My birthday present!

It is my first night at the theatre since leaving my job as Associate General Manager at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, Canada.

Ryan is sitting beside me reading the program and just commented on the prolific nature of the man who is about to entertain us.

I just witnessed a staff member flaunt her status by bringing her coffee into the theatre. The usher followed her and said that she wasn’t supposed to and she flashed her staff laniard saying, “I won’t spill it or leave it behind!” Oh, really. Way to make everyone else feel like second class citizens Ms. Staff Member.

I’m excited though. I love the theatre. And this is an exceptional little space filled with about 300 seats. Procenium. It is filling slowly and the anticipation is mounting.


World Class Fitness In 100 Words

From CrossFit.

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.

Thanks to Emma.


My friend Amy was right.  It’s STEE-via.  Not STAY-via.  This will be a hard transition for me since I’ve been calling it STAY-via since 2004. 😉

A while back, the FDA was just about to make a final judgment on whether it’s a supplement or an additive.  Or both!  According to US News & World Report.  And they finally did!  According to MSNBC.  Stevia is now safe to consume!

I’ve been using this herb a lot recently because I’m zeroing in on my weight goal and I’m getting pretty serious about it.  Also, even though I’ve never liked licorice, I’m one of the lucky few who doesn’t mind the aftertaste.  I use it in yogurt, coffee, cappuccinos, and a few months ago I made a zero point hot chocolate with it!  I’ve also made cookies, cakes, and other lovely contraptions; but that was a few years ago. Continue reading


A film that Ryan worked on a while back has been nominated for an Oscar!

It’s called “The Garden”. Here’s a few links:

The Garden Website
The Garden IMDb

Ryan worked as an online editor on this film. Also, a friend of ours, Jack Maatman, worked as an assistant editor. The director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, is someone that Ryan’s worked with on several projects.

We are very excited for him!!