Friday, January 31, 2014

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

I have a few vices....one of which is a total and complete love of Law & Order.  

I will watch any Law & Order, at any time, regardless of how many times I have seen it, or which one it is...Law & Order


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
(My fave...I admit...the tilt of Vincent D'Onofrio's head, Jeff Goldblum's piano playing, sigh)

Law & Order: Trial by Jury
(Does anyone other than me think it is odd that a lot of this cast is now on Blue Bloods??)
Law & Order: LA

or
Law & Order: UK
I record many of the episodes so if I am disappointed with something on the tele I can have something to watch (ok Chopped is always a "winner, winner, chicken dinner")

As we sit, and you here the classic gavel drop (duh duh), Henry will say "I think that we have seen this?"  I say, "No, I don't think so." and there we sit, watching.  Halfway through, Henry will say--you are right, I don't remember this at all!!  There is something nice about routines.

We were having our usual dinner on Friday night at Italio (think Chipotle for Italian food), and Henry says, "The oddest thing today.  I kept hearing a sound.  It sounded like the gavel on Law and Order.  I looked everywhere.  I thought maybe it was outside...someone doing construction.  It is so annoying!"

I looked at him in astonishment.  "You really have no idea what it is??"  "No," he said,  "it really did sound like Law and Order, you know the duh duh at the beginning."

I started laughing.  Henry, it is my text sound.  Were you texting me?  I checked my phone--during the afternoon alone he had texted me 12 times, much less all of the other texts that I got.  Thank Heavens, it was not a phone, he would have listened to the Raymond Burr theme song every time it rang.

Perhaps that explains why my phone is always on vibrate!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Flashback to flashback diner!

As a follow up to our hideous experience at Flashback Diner in Boca, there was an article in the paper from the health department that they had to stop sales due to food temperature violations.

This probably happened while people were waiting for their orders to be delivered to the table.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

La de da

In 1978 I went to work for Estée Lauder and began the adventure of a lifetime.

The movie of the year was the always hysterical Annie Hall.


There are so many classic scenes in this movie, but the lobsters will always be a favorite.



...or the bumper cars...



or Marshall McLuhan ... Ahh, I digress.

The reason this is important is that everyone wanted to be Annie Hall...or at least dress like her.  Layering was the way to go. Shirts and vests, and floppy hats.  It was great.  If people could layer their clothes, why not their fragrances...enter the introduction of THE NEW ROMANTICS by Estée Lauder.


This was a new concept for the company and involved the introduction of three independent fragrances that were developed to work together when you layered them:  Pavilion, Celadon, and White Linen.  Only one remains, as the concept was ahead of it's time and still remains elusive today....the clear winner was White Linen.

My clear favorite was Pavilion.

Why did I go off on this tangent you ask??

Well, in sorting through stuff preparing for our move in February I found soap.  Not just any soap--that's right, Pavilion Soap.  It was so precious I did not want to use it and then have no more, so I saved it...for 35 years.  
I have to say that I think it has held up much better than I have. It was nestled nicely with a bar of Azuree (quite simply the best soap ever).
Still unable to tear open the cellophane--I regifted the 33 year old soap.  Won't someone be excited when they receive it!!

I was going to title this Saver or Hoarder, you be the judge!! but I did not really want to hear the answer.

Let's see what I find next.....


Happy New Year!!






Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON

At this time of year, everyone seems to be obsessed with shopping (although since I am in retail, I could be biased).  Gifts seem to get harder and harder, because, lets face it, most of the people we know have everything and want for nothing.

Finding something special is hard to find.

Surprising me with a gift is unheard of...that being said...

Henry gave me a nutcracker!


Isn't he the cutest?

I thought the "m" stood for Merry and then he opened his mouth...

Out of the mouth of this babe came...




HENRY and HENRY and HENRY and a few I LOVE YOU CATHI M&Ms
that's right--it is his little face on that M&M

What did Henry have to say about his culinary mastepiece?

You guessed it!!


 ...and, diet be damned...I did...
down the rabbit hole!





Monday, December 16, 2013

A TALE OF TWO DINNERS

Two dinners.
Two nights.
Two extremes.
Morton's and Flashback Diner (the name speaks for itself).
Two things that I never thought would be said in a restaurant.

First to the General Manager of the Ft. Lauderdale Morton's:

"Would it be possible for you to ask the gentleman at the next table to quit watching porn on their phone?"

Second to the General Manager of the Flashback Diner at 9:15 prior to receiving our food (we arrived at 7:15)--did I mention it was an omelet?

Henry said:  "You do know that I have no intention of paying for this meal, should it ever arrive."

I am sure Henry will be thrilled to know we are going to Flashback Diner for Christmas Dinner--hopefully, they have begun cooking it now!!

Sometimes simpler is better.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SMILE...YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA

Most of you reading this blog, remember Allen Funt and his show, Smile...you're on candid camera!

Before Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, we would gather round the TV and belly laugh over some of the hysterical things done on the show...below is one of my favorites, for those of you a little younger the item in question was called a typewriter, you punched the keys and a key swung up and hit the ribbon which hit the paper.  It took alot of skill to hit all of the keys with the same force so that they all looked the same.  If you watch mystery shows from years gone by, you will see them look for a typewriter with a key that is a little off, or they will recreate a letter by looking at the ribbon (impossible).

http://www.yourememberthat.com/media/2316/Flying_Typewriter_on_Candid_Camera/ 

OK, this was one of my faves, then there was the bowling alley date...oh, the laughs.

I have not thought of this show in years...until tonight.

Henry and I went to visit a new Vitamin Store, one of his favorite places (although he does not believe in vitamins).

I am wandering around looking at everything, when I spotted the lotion section...and we know I love lotions of all types.  I check them all out and make the decision of which one I will try.  I put my hand under the pump and pressed down--as I watched the bottle projectile spew a giant stream of lotion directly into my crotch.

I did not move. I actually looked up at the ceiling for the camera and Allen's voice saying

SMILE...YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA

I'm baaaaaccck!

 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE...

I know you are probably thinking that this blog is about the fact that you have not seen anything from me in the past year...but no, it is not.

I am constantly amazed that virtually every place you go there is a television.  Fine restaurants now look like bars, with TVs in every corner (at least in the bar).  Are the TVs supposed to be conversation starters?  We certainly cannot talk about the books that we have read, because no one reads anymore.  

We went somewhere the other day to eat and of the twelve televisions to choose from we could play games one of them and they brought game consoles to the table.  What to do, interact with someone and play a game with them, or keep playing on my phone with my game friends.

All right, today we spent the day with Katie and the boys...

We had a fun day...shopping and eating.

For dinner, we went to Rocco's Tacos where we watched them make their delicious Guacamole at the table.  This thoroughly fascinated Jack, Seth did not notice because he was playing a game on Henry's phone.  Between the phone play on my right, and the TVs celebrating Danika Patrick and Michael Jordan, a good time was had by all.

I thought the bombardment of media could not go to an additional level...but, I had to go to the restroom.  Yes, grasshopper, there is a moral to this story.

As I sat down on the toilet, I looked straight ahead to the delightful framed picture in front of me.  It was then that I realized that this was not a picture, but a framed TV showing The Three Amigos, and I was able to have Chevy Chase serenade me from seat height. 
Has it gone too far????  Or is it just my imagination.  I did think it was nice of them to add closed captioning.

It is indeed a Brave New World.

By the way...I am back...