Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dinner and a Movie

I started watching TBS's Dinner and a Movie back in 7th grade.

The basic format of the show is that they pick a classic movie and prepare a themed dish to go with it.

Here are some examples:

The Breakfast Club Sandwich- The Breakfast Club
Jane Fondu- Monster-in-Law
Pecan someone your own size pie- Sleeping with the Enemy

I remember being little and watching the show and thinking I want to do that when I grow up.

Watch a movie then during the breaks just do bits about the movie.

I still think it would be an awesome job.


Now back when I watched the show the hosts where Paul Gilmartin and Annabelle Gurwich.

After a bit of googling I see that Paul is still on the show but there is a new lady.

Paul and Annabelle were the ultimate I don't know if I'd like any other woman.

I also found out that Paul trained at Second City.

I haven't watched this show since like high school.

When I get home I am going to make a point to tune in.

I even remember the theme song "Beans and cornbread had a fight.."

Also there's a cookbook available!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Pocket and Crumpet!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Posters in the Mall

I am on book 4 of the Pretty Little Liars series.

I'm pretty sure they are meant for teens but I don't care the writing is hilarious.

Jo told me it was a T.V. show and I can't wait to see it.
Why didn't I think of this movie?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Sell me on an iPad"

People on the cruise ship and in life love coming up to me while I'm using my iPad.

They smirk and in a super condescending voice always say the same thing:

"Sell me on an iPad."

Guess what Shmoehawk I don't have to do anything you want me to do.

Back up with that bad attitude and get out of my face.

The bottom line is you either can't afford an iPad or don't want to spend the money on it so just leave me alone.

I'm reading or doing work and you want me to stop what I'm doing and show you the million functions an iPad offers just so you can end the conversation by saying things like:

"Yeah but I bet a new one is coming out really soon."

"My laptop is pretty small and way cheaper than that and does the same stuff."

Or my personal favorite:

"It's just a big iPhone."

I also love when people don't believe my iPad facts.

"I don't see a keyboard." They say "How can you type emails?"

Since I'm reading I just look up and respond "The keyboard pops up."

And then they literally give me a look like they totally don't believe me and I have to get out of whatever I'm doing and show them the little keyboard and then they go "Oh."

The other day I was looking through a woman's magazine and a man came up to me and said:

"I knew it those things were only for woman."

What a Shmoehawk.

Bottom line if you use the phrase "Sell me on a iPad" you are not cool enough to own one.

iHop Holiday Christmas


I'm a sucker for any seasonal food promo.

Right now I really wish I could gorge myself on holiday pancakes at iHop.

Honestly I'm a sucker for any type of promotional food advertisement.

Big Foot Pizza
Lasagna Pizza
Rockband Taco Bell Box
And who could forget the White Castle Brief Case.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Update: Michael C. Hall & Jennifer Carpenter

It was only 7 months ago that wrote this and today I get the shocking news that Michael C. hall and Jennifer Carpenter have filed for divorce.

I am so saddened by this.

It's really going to throw things off for me when I watch the show now.

I guess there no longer driving to the set together or having lunch or even talking to one another.

So sad.

I have to know what happened.

What went so wrong that they couldn't fix?

I need to know who's side I should take.

I don't want to take sides I love them both.

You guys please get back together!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Private Karaoke Booth

I was hurring through the Miami Dade Mall last week searching for Christmas presents for Jeff when I bumped into this little booth in the middle of the mall.

My mouth dropped when I realized it was a personal karaoke booth that spit outs a cd of the songs you have sung when your finished.

In my mind this little booth is what is going to take me to heaven when I die.

I contemplated going in and singing my heart out but I only had 30 min. left in the mall and decided to not spend it selfishly.

Although I did try to justify it to myself when I thought

"I mean my parents would love a cd of me singing for Christmas...right?"

Clif Bars

I am loving Clif Bars at the moment.

My favorite flavors are Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownie.

They fill me up more than those little Quaker Oats granola bars do.

I don't do well with keeping a lot of snacks in my cabin so lately I've just been buying 14 Clif bars per cruise (one for every day of the week).

In writing this blog I went to the Clif Bar website and they have all these other flavors I've never seen in stores before: Cookies and Cream, Cool Mint Chocolate and Spiced Pumpkin Pie!

Where can I find these magical flavors?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Karate Kicking a Piece of Wood

My whole life I was under the impressions that karate chopping a piece of wood in half was nearly impossible.

I thought it was something only ninjas and samurais could do after dedicating their lives to the practice.

The other day I was watching Little People Big World and Zach took one karate class and by the end broke a piece of wood in half with his foot.

I didn't realize this was something one could learn how to do after an hour.

I have now made it a personal goal of mine to accomplish this feat and I want Jeff to video tape me doing it and then I want to put it on the blog.

It can't be that hard right?

Charlie Brown Christmas Album

I downloaded the Charlie Brown Christmas Album the other day in the hopes that it would give my cabin a more Christmasy feel.

It worked and the album is really great.

Also Jo and I listen to it while we play our new favorite game BANANAGRAMS!

My friend Adal gave Jeff and I this game a while ago and we are just now getting around to playing it.

Ninja Ornament

My Mom sent me a picture of the ninja ornament I got her from Japan.

It tickles me every time I see it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tim Riggins #33


For years people have told me to watch Friday Night Lights.

Well Jeff and I finally got around to watching it and we love it.

It has the football drama Jeff loves and the high school love triangle drama that I can appreciate.

My favorite character on the show is Tim Riggins.

His Mom left him and his brother when he was little and his Dad is flakey so he and his brother live alone in a house with a pool.

WHO HAS A LIFE LIKE THAT?

He can literally do anything he wants whenever he wants to.

Of course the downfall is that he doesn't have a family to lean on during tough times but I mean he's a good looking guy who lives in a parent free house with a pool!

How tough can his life really be?

Well according to the show pretty bad...seeing that Tim's trying to overcome alcoholism.

In high school I knew this family that consisted of 3 kids, 1 girl and two boys.

They had a mansion and their parents owned a construction company.

Word on the street was that their parents were separated but both still worked at the business.

Every time I went over to there mansion there was never a parental guardian around.

The Mom would literally pop in for two seconds grab something and leave.

They did whatever they wanted whenever they wanted.

At one point during the school year one of my guy friends was having problems at home and literally just moved into their mansion.

No questions asked.

I found them all so fascinating.

I remember one time I came over to the mansion and they had all these people over and were having a B.B. gun fight indoors.

I immediately took cover and just watched them all thinking "You can't play with B.B. guns in the house!"

But of course they could.

They could do whatever they wanted just like Tim Riggins.

Eat a whole cake for dinner, sure.

Play video games on your parents huge flat screen in there bedroom till 3 am on a school night because their not coming home anyway, why not.

Construct potato guns in the kitchen while ransacking your garage for loose parts from one of your Father's model cars, everyone does that right?

While I was on a rant telling Jeff about the mansion kids he turned to me and said "You do realize you're an adult now and can do anything you want right?"

"What do you mean?" I replied

"I mean you keep saying how all these kids could do whatever they wanted because they didn't have parents around. You're an adult now you don't have parents around." He replied.

"But it's different Jeff imagine being able to do whatever you want when you're 15!" I said.

Of course I would never want to grow up without my family!

My parents are my greatest supporters!

It's because of them that I had such a successful high school and college career.

Because they actually said "No" to me when I wanted to stay out till all hours of the night.

Because they didn't let me do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted to.

Even as an adult I can't do whatever I want when I want to.

Most people who have that mentality I have found are really selfish.

So thank you Mom and Dad for not leaving me to fend for myself as a teenager in a house with a pool.







Coffee Adventure

Jo and I went on an excursion to a coffee farm in Costa Rica.

The bus ride was 4 hours long!

I knew Jo and I were meant to be best friends because of our shared love of Real Housewives of any city.

The bus ride included a tour guide but we sat in the back of the bus, pulled our my iPad and watched RHW D.C. the whole way there.

The coffee farm was so much fun!

We had a blast.
Here's me raking the beans so they could dry.

Jo loves coffee so I was really happy to accompany her on this adventure.

As soon as we got to the coffee farm however all the Central American men could not stop hitting on Jo!

It was crazy how many of the guys who worked on the farm came up to her and asked her for her email, which I guess is the international way of asking for her phone number.

We quickly renamed the adventure "How Jo Got Her Brew Back" paying homage to the classic chick flick "How Stella Got Her Grove Back" a story about a woman in her mid forties who travels to the Virgin Islands and meets a sexy native half her age who sweeps her off her feet.

In "How Jo Got Her Brew Back" Jo a young, beautiful American travels to Costa Rica to find the perfect cup of coffee and instead finds a tall glass of water named Adolfo.

Above is a picture of her and Adolfo the gentleman who begged her for a kiss on the cheek.

We were literally on the tour bus to leave and our tour guide Esteban came on the bus and asked Jo for her email!

It was such a fun girls day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year I usually eat too much of my Mom's green bean casserole!

I miss it and my family!

Happy Thanksgiving Blog Readers!

Thanks for visiting my site!

Oprah's Favorite Things 2010

I've only seen the Oprah show maybe 5 times in my entire life.

Why?

Because its on at 4 in the afternoon.

Who is home at 4 in the afternoon?

I played sports my whole life and never got home from school till after 6pm.

Every job I've ever had ended after 5pm.

Who are these people who get to watch Oprah?

I've heard about Oprah's infamous "Favorite Things" episodes over the years as they've been parodied numerous times.

However I had never seen it...until this year.

We were allowed to get off the boat last Friday in L.A. for one night and I was in my hotel room at 2am and they replayed Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things 2010.

"This I got to see." I said to myself and tucked myself in bed.

The episode started off with O standing in what looked like a completely different studio.

It was grey and dreary and she was wearing an dowdy grey dress.

She informed the audience that the theme of the show was going to be about meditation.

She asked how many people in the audience mediated and a few people raised their hands.

"Hmm..well this simply isn't going to do." O said then things got really quiet and awkward.

Then out of now where she ripped her dress off revealing a glittery red gown and the audience started going BONKERS.

The grey dreary set was raised into the air revealing a Santa's Workshop themed Oprah set.

"It's my ultimate favorite things episode" She screamed as I saw a grown man fall to the ground crying.

Throughout this entire rouse my mouth was complete agape.

It was such a hilarious/ amazing transition that dare I say it knocked my socks off.

With every gift I found myself putting my hands on my cheeks and exclaiming "OH MY GOSH!"

It really was so much fun to watch.

And it looks like this was the best favorite things episode of all time: diamond earring, diamond watches, 3D 54" flat screens, and a 7 day cruise vacation!

The episode ended and I was exhausted from gasping so much then they showed clips for the next days episode.

O films two shows a day so what happened was audience members were being bussed in for her second show of the day and they see all these people stumbling out of Harpo studio carrying giant gifts and they know they just missed her Favorite Things episode.

So the new audience members get settled and O surprises them by having a 2nd Ultimate Favorite Things episode.

I nearly fell out of my bed!

The audience goes bananas.

I was really sad I wasn't able to catch that episode but I heard everyone got a new VW 2011 beetle.

Amazing!

That episode I caught is probable the last one I'll ever see.

I think it was a good one to go out on.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I am fascinated by woman who don't get their hair wet in the pool or ocean.

They just kinda splash around in water up to their thighs and then get back out.

Anytime I'm near a body of water all I want to do is dunk my head under and swim around pretending I'm a mermaid with my long, wet hair trailing behind me in the water.

How do those woman do it?

Glamour Shots

I've wanted Glamour Shots since 1996.

I had no idea they were still around until I was walking through the Miami Dade Mall and I came across one of their boutiques.

"Jeff they still have Glamour Shots!" I exclaimed and Jeff laughed.

"Why would you ever want them?" Jeff asked.

I know that Glamour Shots are cheesy but there is something so fantastic about the idea of having a personal photo shoot.

Every time I come across a photo booth in a mall I drag who every I am with into them.

I think I would make a great model!

The last time I had a photo session was for my senior pictures and I barely wore any make-up and didn't really put time into picking out my outfits.

I think I am long overdue for getting some pictures of myself done.

Actually I think I'm finally ready to take some head shots.

Does Glamour Shots do head shots?


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mailboxes

I am fascinated my mailboxes that are shaped exactly like the house they stand in front of.

I never even knew such a thing existed till I saw one on T.V.

Apparently anyone can get one made.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pozole

I'm currently in Acapulco eating a bowl of pozole.

Although I'm used to spelling it posole.

My Mom makes a mean bowl of posole and I was so happy to see it as a special on the menu today because it made me feel all warm inside.

Mom's has a little more kick to it and I prefer hers but this Mexican posole is pretty darn good!

It really hits the spot.

Also I want my parents to know they it was served with sliced onions, radishes, lettuce, tortilla chips and a bowl of limes.

Eating it made me think of home!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Secret Obsession: Martha Stewart


I love Martha Stewart.

I'm obsessed with her, her magazine and her T.V. show.

I secretly have been buying her magazine on my iPad and it was only until recently that Jo said "Why do you have all these Martha Stewart magazines on here?"

"No reason!" I replied and quickly snatched my iPad back from her.

I dream of one day having a home that is as beautiful, warm and cozy as the pictures in Martha Stewart Living.

I envision throwing a fantastic annual Halloween party in which I replicate every recipe and decoration in the special edition Martha Stewart Halloween Handbook.

My Thanksgiving and Christmas displays will be impeccable and my husband and children will look at me at say "You are the best wife/mother in the world!"

And lets not forget Easter when I'll whip up a batch of Martha's hot cross buns and fill my clear flower vases with jelly beans.

In my mind all of my Martha dreams WILL HAPPEN.

It is not a matter of "if" its "when".

I will be her.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Funny Pics from Alaska

At first I thought this dog was a person.

This sign also caught my eye.

My Dying Wish

I've put a lot of thought into what my dying wish would be and I've decided that it would be to see a live performance of Red, White and Blaine with the original (and only) cast.

I watch Waiting for Guffman every few months.

It is one of my favorite movies of all time.

In high school I stumbled upon it at a video store and rented it and my parents and I died of laughter.

After watching it I rented Best in Show and A Mighty Wind and quickly declared Christopher Guest as my favorite director.

Till this day Waiting for Guffman is still my favorite Guest film and I never ever grow tired of watching it.

I have this day dream that I'm sick and lying in a hospital bed and a nurse pokes her head into my room and tells me the hospital has a little surprise for me.

They help me out of bed and I carefully walk into a room and there in front of me is a stage.

I sit down and Bob Balaban cues the orchestra to start the overture and then shortly after Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest and Parker Posey take the stage and start singing Covered Wagons.

It seems like the kind of thing that could only happen if I was sick and dying although I've often wondered how much it would cost to ask Christopher Guest if he would put up a production of Red, White and Blaine for say my 30th birthday party.

A few days ago in the buffet Jo and I met a passenger who said he lived down the street from Eugene Levy and it made me thing maybe I'm getting closer to this dream becoming a reality.



Monday, November 8, 2010

He Did? Jared the Subway Guy

I was reading and watching T.V. yesterday when a commercial for Subway came on saying that Jared had recently completed the New York Marathon.

"HE DID?" I exclaimed in shock.

I couldn't believe it.

I've always been a little obsessed with Jared the Subway guy.

I love Subway and I love knowing I'm not eating bad when I indulge there.

Jared always pops in my mind when I enter Subway.

I remember once I was at the local gym in high school and I was on an elliptical next to two older woman who weren't really doing the elliptical.

You know those women who just quick start but add no resistance and then don't understand why they aren't loosing weight.

A commercial for Subway came on starring Jared and one woman turned to the other and said "I don't care how much weight he lost he still looks like a nerd."

I remember thinking "How rude!"

Bravo on the marathon Jared!

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Snacks

Jo cannot stop talking about Pop Chips and how they are going to dramatically improve her life once she gets her hands on some.

Mexico and the Caribbean is not the place to go searching for your favorite snack.

They don't have it.

But I love that Jo is always so optimistic.

We'll be in a swamp in the middle of Central America and she'll look over at me and say with a big smile

"Do you think we'll be able to find Pop Chips today?"

And I sadly have to be the one to tell her "No."

"Do you think the ATM in Cartagena will dispense American money?" She'll ask.

And again I have to be the one telling her "No."

"I just like to stay optimistic!" She says back.

Poor Jo she's been talking about Pop Chips ever since Jillian Michaels said they were her favorite snack and gave everyone a sample bag.

I also love Pop Chips and have been eating them since I was in Hawaii but they are tricky to find.

This Thursday Miami day is devoted to us finding them for Jo.

She says she's going to buy a life supply.

Another snack I've been buying in bulk whenever I can are Be Kind bars from Starbucks.

They are delicious.

However I have no idea how much one cost individually.

I'll buy my usually grande latte which is around $3.95 then I'll hand the barista 3 be kind bars and she looks up from the register, smiles and says

"That'll be $21.99."

I keep meaning to ask the real price.