Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"I Think I Broke My Toe"

Monday night I was on my way to the leadership retreat driving a mini-van full (yes, mini-van) of IT men. On the drive my mom called and the following conversation ensued:

Mom (slightly crying): I have a problem, I think I broke my toe
Kim: What? How did that happen?
Mom: I dropped my computer on it. What should I do?
Kim: Put ice on it
Mom: I did
Kim: Well you can go to the Urgent Care and get an X-Ray
Mom: Will they do anything to treat it?
Kim: I don't think so


**Mom decides not to go to ER/Urgent Care but thinks she broke it**
**Kim gets off the phone, tells the whole van and laughs**


Fast forward 22 Hours


I am at Deena's house and am walking in the backyard and don't see a step. I swing my foot into and am in instant pain "I think I broke my toe". 18 hours later, it's confirmed. My toe is black and blue and I am in so much pain!


So how can my mom break (or almost break) her toe on Monday and I break (or almost break) my toe on Tuesday? I don't normally believe in karma but I'll tell you this, next time mom gets hurt I'm not gonna laugh.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Deena and Laura Show

I couldn't resist taking a picture of these two figures that were in our meeting room today. Deena and Laura were hotter. Great job!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Rude Passenger On Flight To Phoenix

Tonight, I was boarding the flight to Phoenix and the man in front of asked the captain if the flight was full. The captain turned around to go look at the manifest and I said to the guy "It's Empty". I said this because I was A17 and there were 2 people that had boarded in business select and it didn't look like there were even any B's at the gate. Here's the rest of the conversation:

Man: "I was asking the captain".
Kim: "O-K"
Captain (comes back): :The flight is empty"
Man: "Well, I guess I should have just asked the expert here"

Proof that the flight was empty:
(BTW: Love the guy catching my not so discreet photography)

What H1N1 Looks Like

Get better, Becca, Elizabeth and Joshua!!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sushi On Brand

I love Sushi on Brand in Glendale. The sushi is just okay but they have this awesome tempura called W.A.T. It stands for Whitefish Asparagus Tempura and it comes with a ponzu sauce for dipping. It's fantastic. I have been wanting to take David there for awhile and tonight we were in Glendale and decided to go. It was a great meal.

Sydney particularly enjoyed her dinner. By the end she was dipping her spoon into tempura sauce and licking it over and over. I couldn't help but crack up at her plate when she was done.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Noah's Bagels

I never eat bagles. Number 1 reason is because of the carbs and calories but generally I just never really want one. I had gone twice to the Noah's bagels by my house and both times I was so offended by the store manager (or owner) that I swore I wouldn't go back. She was rude to her employees and I felt treated them horribly. Her behavior did not warrant my rewards by frequenting her bagel store. (I have actually seen her around town a few times and been rude to her so she knows how it feels)

For the last week my regular Starbucks has been closed for renovation. This has led to me frequenting the Hastings Ranch Starbucks which is right across from Noah's bagels. I decided the other day to go in......I ordered an Everything bagel with reduced fat garlic and herb cream cheese (I just can't say Shmear) So good! I was very pleased that the manager was not there.


The next day.....return trip....this time with a Jalapeno Cheddar bagel and garlic and herb cream cheese. Excellent. I also picked up a Cinnamon Raisin bagel for David with reduced fat plain cream cheese. The manager was not there again.

And today......split a Jalapeno Cheddar bagel with a jalapeno salsa cream cheese with mom. The manager was not there again. (I hope she got fired or sold the business and is not simply on vacation)

Regardless, the bagels have been great but I am looking forward to the reopening of my regular Starbucks later this week. Too many calories for me.


P.S. This is not a PG craving (Don't even think it) it's a matter of proximity.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dell And Working Moms

Dell was recognized as one of the top 100 companies for working moms. Love that!

2008 Results

2009 Results

Happy Birthday, Rachel (Again)

We all had a great day celebrating at Disneyland! Love you!

Happy Birthday, Rachel!!!!

We love you and can't wait to spend the day with you at Disneyland!!!!!

P.S. I hope you had a nice anniversary. I was rooting for Miami for Kevin, too bad they lost.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sneaking The Blackberry And The Sweet Tea

I saw Sydney sneaking the Blackberry Curve and the Sweet Tea. She stopped drinking and then began a one sided phone call on the Blackberry. Next, she noticed the camera and the familar smile came out. LOL (P.S. I cleaned the Pearl lens after these shots)



Wow!

Reuters

Watch the announcement on CNBC here

Comment of the day brought to you from David: "Can you find out what kind of a deal you can get on new laptops?"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Surprise Gift

Yesterday, I received this surprise gift in the mail. It had no card and there was no return address or name that I recognized. I wonder who sent it? I started pondering this and after about 1/20th of a second came up with a real short list. Hint: Who Has More Fun?

After perusing through the book I found some great recipes that I can't wait to make and one very strong opinion.

Strong Opinion: I am so glad that when we visited Andrea they decided to serve Jambalaya and not "Hog Cracklin". Recipe for Hog Cracklin:

Ingredients:
40 lbs fat from hog
1/2 to 1 gallon hog lard
Salt

Steps:
Cut fact in 1/2 inch strips or 1/2 inch squares. Put in Number 15 or 20 washed black pot. Add lard and start to hear. When fat starts to fry cut dire down and fry for about 45 minutes or until small white blisters start to appear on skin. At this point take cracklin out and put on table to cool. When cool to touch, raise fire until lard gets 350 to 400 degrees. Put fat back in pot and stir until golden brown. Just before taking out sprinkle cool water 2 or 3 times. Take out before burning.

Braun-YOU ROCK.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

3 Kids, A Dog, Toys, Books, Sing-A-Longs & Their First Ice Cream Push-Ups





















They Are Still Birkenstocks...

This morning I on put on a brown suede pair of Arizona style Birkenstocks. I carefully selected this pair since I was wearing brown shorts and wanted to make sure I matched. About an hour later Sydney was playing with my feet and shoes and I didn't notice the switch.....Right foot had been replaced with a black leather Milano style (backstrap) Birkenstock.

On two separate trips out I proceeded to go to Starbucks, Costco, Michaels (twice) and the grocery store. It wasn't until a few minutes ago that I noticed. You want to talk about embarrassing? That is embarrassing.

P.S. My ankles looks either a bit swollen or deformed also, I wonder how many people (like me) saw and took a picture.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Collection: Dropped Items

First up? Diapers on Madre Street and Strawberries on the ground at Costco







Sunday, September 13, 2009

Great Morning At Disneyland!

You know, some trips are just better than others. We had a great day today at Disneyland! Love the picture of Sydney and David (although I wish David didn't look annoyed, he wasn't). So many good ones that this time I have to share several:



















Saturday, September 12, 2009

I'll Take Dasani


Replacement Pearl

A couple of weeks ago Ash was updating my phone and realized that it was in really bad shape. This is the phone that had fallen into the 400 degree oven and been dropped numerous times. A couple of hours later he had a replacement phone (his old Pearl) configured. Love the new phone! Love the fact that the pearl is smooth, Love the fact that it doesn't look embarrasing, Love that the screen is clear! Thanks, Ash!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I Am Such The Farmer

Pic 1: My first experience with a farm/ranch. This is my first steer, "Wado" before his unfortunate and unexpected demise. It's a sad story that I'll tell later.

Pic 2: My "real" farm/ranch. It consists of tomatoes, basil and scallions.

Pic 3: My "tree" farm in Farmville.

Pic 4: My crops and farm animals in Farmville (before the remodel)















Wednesday, September 09, 2009

For Joshua

The waiters at the Chili's in Sky Harbor airport like to get "cute" with their name badges. This one made us think of Joshua.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Best Fish Tacos

A few weeks ago, Dad found this great fish taco place in Monrovia. It is located on Foothill just east of Myrtle and it's called "Baja Mar Fish Taco". Wednesday and Sunday their fish tacos are 99 cents! They also have these fabulous roasted chilies that are on the side. They are so fricken good! Spicy, roasted and sprinkled with salt and pepper-they are to die for.

So if you are in the market for some fish tacos-try this place! Today I had a potato taco (also on 99 cent special) and it was also excellent. (I love potato tacos but rarely find places that have them).

Saturday, September 05, 2009

HCBC: 2009 Numbers (So Far)

Hmm...interesting results on the blogs written so far this year. Looks like 3-4 of us are pulling the most weight ;) (No pressure gals) BTW: I am hereby insisting that Andrea Braun changes her archive to the HCBC standard archive as it's a pain in the neck having to add hers up :)

Jane: 283
Champ: 276
Andrea: 276
Rachel Made Me Do This: 189
Queen B: 114
Diane: 109
Kfuj: 89
Ann: 79
Agent Dragonfly: 62
Abba: 59
Ruth: 56
Lospace: 19

Friday, September 04, 2009

Starbucks' New Message

"We don't just want to make your drink. We want to make your day. It's not just coffee. It's Starbucks"

Love this message!!!!! From, "The Way I See It", to great people watching, to great conversing with family and friends, to the best fricken Chai Tea in the world, Starbucks rocks.

I don't think my poor team is going to hear the end of the new Starbucks cup message. This is the message I want our customers to get too (Just about tech support, not coffee) There is no better way to approach customer satisfaction. Delight your customers, make their day by your service. LOVE IT!

There are only two things I don't like about Starbucks. (1) Liberal Agenda (2) Banned Cameras (although I just ignore that rule) and somehow I get past item 1.

And rest assured: It's better than QT, better than McDonalds, better than Christmas in a cup at Coffee Bean, better than Dutch Brothers, better than Dunkin Donuts.

P.S. Not really happy about the fact that this cup caters to coffee drinkers (yeah, yeah, I know it's called Starbucks Coffee) but don't sell the greatest drink in the world short.