Sunday, August 28, 2005

Mary Poppins...

So, I rented Mary Poppins the other night and watched it before going to bed. It was kinda nostalgic and I even lied on my stomach with my legs and feet up and hands under my chin watching, laughing, (even humming the songs...I didn't want to appear uncool in front of the dog, being an Older adult now).

Stupid, but I remember liking the imagination the movie gave me. I wished that every picture I would place on the floor and jump on/in I could be like Mary Poppins and her friends. I even sang the song in my head if I had to take medicine as a child,(maybe my mom helped even singing..."A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, medicine go down..") but it never tasted better :o((! And I have to say that I was unable to clean my room with the snap of my fingers...No matter how hard I tried.

Well, I went to sleep happy and content singing (in my head)

"Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious

Maybe I should say that when someone at work is killing me! 'o)

Thursday, August 25, 2005

digging for ??? And girls night...

Okay, so I know all I've been blogging about is my dog, but since it's just been him and I he's pretty interesting to watch. So I gave him a treat, and he likes to sit on the edge of the bed and munch on it. But today, he went to the pillows and started to mock dig to "hide" his treat from me so I wouldn't touch it. It was quite funny. Than he started barking at either the pillow or his treat to tell it to not move. I loved it.

So, of course I thought it funny to get the camera and take some pictures and he poked his head out to see what I was up to! This was the look!

What are you gonna do! There just so damn cute. I can hear my friends and family saying that I need to get a life or something in reference to my patheticness (did that make sense?)

So Sunday night some of the girls came over to have some dinner, wine, dessert (yummyyy) and get some hair and makeup stuff together for the wedding.

First, we got kinda gourmet and had some artichoke that my mom taught me to make (soo easyyy, there's hope for me yet), Caesar salad, home made bruschetta (I'm still eating it by the way ana), garlic french bread with melted mozzarella cheese, white and red wine which didn't go the way we intended it to.

Than we took a break from know so we could enjoy dessert. So, we decided it was time to do some hair and makeup on me. Ana took to getting my hair straight...see picture below.

Aren't I crazy for putting this up?

Than I took one later on that evening so you could see the hair straight and the magic that ana's hands have in them!

Normally, I have crazy curly hair that sometimes has things in them. During this straightening of the hair ana found the white hair? Holy crap, I've never had one before. NOOOOOOO> so of course we took a picture of that on Denise's shirt so all could see. My first white hair.

Do you see it? D's finger is pointing right at it? It's short so ana said maybe its from wedding planning...(right...)

Well, I have bored all of you to death but I'll write later.

love love...and for dessert we had vanilla ice cream, pastry shells filled with vanilla pudding, creamy whip cream and fresh strawberries along with strawberry sponge cake served with creamy whip cream and fresh strawberries. And yes, we ate it all! Oink Oink

Thanks to the girls for dedicating their time and tummies for a fun night.

Da rambler

Saturday, August 20, 2005

We're sad and looking for one of our "pack".

So Matt went off to Rhode Island for work. siggghhhh. Me and the dog are pretty sad, cause we haven't been without him over 4 years (for me, 1 year for Mookie). So not only am I looking outside for Matt, so is his doggie "son". Daddy is his alpha male.

I'm such a baby. I actually cried all the way home after dropping him off at the airport. I realized how much I do enjoy him being at home. Even if he is always scolding me for a messy house. (yes mom, he like you is always on my butt for turning off lights, folding my clothes..etc..)

Well, here's to the next couple of weeks without him.

The Rambler and her sad looking doggie!

Friday, August 19, 2005

a Day of Rest

Again, I try and I try to spend my days off doing something productive but yet my head stays stuck in a pillow with massive amounts of drool coming out of my mouth onto the bed. It's now about 3 pm and I'm just trying to get my crap together.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A happy Dog!

So, I have to blog about this great treat for your dog. If you have one and it's "crazy" like mine, this treat can guarantee you anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of hours of "quiet" time. Prior to me giving this treat called "the Flossie", I had just come home from work (with nothing too dramatic), and he was doing marathon sprints around our home, up and down the hallway, around the couch several times, and for fun he thought why not jump in and out of the bathtub a zillion times. (That won't wake the neighbors downstairs!).

Coming home from work is supposed to be winding down time, and with a dog that's so excited to see you and needs to show you how much of a tough dog he is, it can be unpleasant sometimes. I give him one of these things (not all the time, cause I don't always have them), and he goes off to wherever he wants to have no one disturb him. Matt and I joke he becomes like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. The flossie is like Gollums obsession for the ring. Sometimes, when he's really into it, he is on his back and the flossie is between his paws and he's gnawing on it that way! (dogs, so funny)

Well, I'm sure some of you don't want to read about a dog all night, so I'll end this here. Mookie parked himself outside on the lanai in the dark. I can hear him chewing.

Peace and Quiet,


P.S. Maid of Honor talked me down from eating a Milky Way bar today. She told me I could eat a little of it, but after talking I felt better and put the candy bar down and walked away....THANK YOU ANA!

Monday, August 15, 2005


Today at work, I and my staff were called thieves by a woman, her husband and their 7 year old daughter. This is how my days starts.

First table of the day. They eat, pay their bill and leave. Busboy finds a wallet on table. No problem, guests leave things all the time. Even their own children which happened 3 nights ago. Busboy runs after them but can't find them on the street, comes back up and gives the wallet to the server to give to the manager. Before that happens the guest come back in! The bartender smiles and walks over and tells them they left a kids wallet on the table. 5 minutes later with the father having spread his kids money on the bar table he is yelling at me that there was more money in there and wanted to know what I did with it?

Excuse me? You left YOUR wallet here, I didn't steal it, as I think of a calm way to speak to him.

"Sir, we just found your wallet, and the busboy ran after you as soon as he found it, but couldn't find you on the street."

"Well, tell me where half her money is?" he sternly responds.

"I don't know what your implying but my staff this morning are some of my most trusted staff!" I say professionally and with confidence.

His wife pipes in...

"That's pretty sad that you have a bunch of thieves working here and you consider them your most trusted staff!"

It was kinda like a car crash. You want to look away, but you can't and everything seems to happen in slow motion.

"I'm sorry you feel that way ma'am but anyone could have gone to your wallet before we even got to the table to clean it, I'm not sure what you want me to do?"

" I want you to give me my money back!" she retorts. I almost see horns poking through her bleached blonde hair.

"How do I know what money was in there to begin with?" I ask her.

"Are you calling us liars?" she hisses now. Time to get the bigger guns of the restaurant, my assistant general manager.

We go through the same thing with my AGM as they did with me, and they got the same type of actions from him as me.

"How many busboys do you have working right now?" she practically spits in his face.

"One, ma'am." he says nicely.

"Than it's obvious who took it than isn't it?" I could not believe she said that.

The AGM and I started pulling apart the booth that they were sitting in and the parents sarcastically say to each other

"Right, our daughters money is going to fall out and be under your booth!"

My boss turned to her and told her we were just trying to help them find her daughters "missing" money. With that they started to walk out but not without telling a lady at another table to hold on to her purse tight, because we were a bunch of thieves!

And how was your day?

Saturday, August 13, 2005


I work in a restaurant as those of you who know me know. And we are in the heart of Waikiki and I get to meet the most interesting people. Some nice, some not so nice and some I'm not quite sure what category to put them in, oh yeah and there's the your stupid and obnoxious category.

Today was one of those stupid and obnoxious category days. I was working the retail shop register today (cause of course one of my staff members did not show up!) and this one man kept saying our rivals name in regards to >>>

"Too bad, you don't give a military discount like {rival}?"

Almost hoping by saying that I will give it to him. So, because he wasn't specific, I say to him,

"We do give a military discount in our restaurant for dining!"

Big smile by me. Think of gleaming teeth if you can. Usually the normal ones stop there.

The man kept up.

"No, I mean for your t-shirts, like {rival}" Did you have to say their name again?

"Oh, sorry, but hey these $5.00 t-shirts your getting is still a really good deal considering their usually $24.00, betcha {rival} doesn't have that?" says me, with the smile becoming less gleaming! Now, I've gone and said their name.

"I guess your right, but weird that {rival} does both and you guys don't!"

I did everything I could not to throw the shirts at him and call him a cheap f--ker. He pays for his items totaling $15.21 (with an original price of $75.00). My chipper personality had disappeared by then and he tried to reconcile by making small talk about them just coming to the islands. I smile back and say

"How nice"

As he and his family are about to leave, he sends his daughter back in for a job application and jokes about getting a employee discount. Those five dollar shirts would be like two dollars he exclaims. I didn't have anymore energy to fight and say that our discount doesn't work on these insanely low priced t-shirts. I just smiled and got his daughter an application and as they walked out the front doors, he told her, loudly so I could hear,

"Cool, you could work here OR {rival}!"



Da Rambler

Friday, August 12, 2005

One thing down....10 million more to go

Today was wedding dress shopping day!

First I woke up, got out of bed (and mind you not one drop of grouchy), showered, (the least that I could do) and met up with my maid of honor, Ana. We started with coffee to get us going, sat and chatted and mapped out the day's events.

I proudly showed her (more like she checked it while I was getting coffee) the bridal binder which had been filled out, ideas about the wedding inserted, to do stuff crossed off and complete. We were going to go and feed her bosses cat cause she was house sitting, but decided since the first shop was near us, we'd head there.

About 1 1/2 hour later or more, we found THE dress. Called mom for seal of approval and arranged to pick her up after work for the OK stamp. Even bridesmaids dresses were found, which was great! The list of to-do's is getting shorter.

We ate lunch, more like inhaled the sushi and ice cream for dessert. (yikes ladies, don't worry!) and had decided before lunch to check out this floral shop we both heard of....Well after such a tiring meal, we opted for a nap back at her place in the most comfortable bed I have ever been in. When people want optimal napping/sleeping time, go to her house. I drooled once my head it the pillow.

So, naptime over, we speed over to pick up mom and down to the dress shop to meet up with my sister and good friend. I love the seamstress lady, she's so nice and actually laughed at my stupid jokes. (not everyone does, so it was nice to be appreciated.) Put the dress on and mom's loved it. 50% down and the day was done.

So, big load off my mind!

Military style working out for me being created by maid of honor lies ahead.

Hope my cousin fares well with her dress tomorrow! Good luck Leigh!

Happily ever after,


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Crap spam comments????

So, I just started getting "spam" comments from anonymous bloggers for ads. Commercials per say for music, cheesecake, parenting???? What's that about. So, I have made it not available for anonymous commenters for a moment to hopefully stop it. Anyone else have this problem?

Diets suck but they work!

So, since I announced my wedding in December, I took drastic measures and had a big talk with myself. Time to put the crap stuff down and start eating healthy stuff. I can't tell you how many times I have started, stopped, restarted, restopped. But for some reason my wedding has become a huge motivation to lose these totally unwanted pounds and get back to some normalcy for my body. (it's been a couple of years but I can do it)

Anyway, the good news is that it's been 2 1/2 weeks and I have lost 10 pounds (give or take a few) and I'm not letting up yet. I have actually reintroduced my body to vegetables/fruits and water on a daily basis rather than a monthly thing. I haven't started exercising yet, but that's coming in
September when work slows down. (cause that's enough exercise in itself).

My only indulgence is on Starbucks Mocha Frappacino and Maple Oat Nut Scone (or Blueberry) every day. I have "replaced" it as one of my meals. And it keeps me from bingeing on chocolate which has been a favorite eating bad daily habit of mine. I know if I knocked it off I could help myself better but I figured it's what keeps me from going over the edge.

Well, here's to a skinnier Rambler for her wedding. Man it would be nice to not be called "fluffy" (as my best friend says to say instead of fat).

love love y'all!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Today, this title signifies my abilities of yesterday. I think in everyone's life (many times over for some) you have a day where you just can't get your crap straight. Your normally the go to person, but today you have become the NOT to go person. It's almost like watching a train wreck, cause you can see yourself but you can't stop yourself. Or rather start yourself.

Yesterday, I hit my bottoming out level of energy and when I got to work, all I could do was move extremely slow in order to do what was needed to be done correctly. But, I feel that this type of behavior is allowed quarterly. (Monthly might be excessive and you could get the Slacker title permanently).

Well, that's all my slacker motivating self can muster up for a post today so you all enjoy your day.

Da Slacka (Rambla)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Difficult people

I know I just blogged about taking things slower and maybe things will be clearer to you as to the actions of others....but today was just not one of those days.

I'm generally a nice person. (so I've been told, but than again...) I go out of my way to make sure others are comfortable, enjoying themselves and relaxed. I don't ask for the world but a simple thank you would be nice! What's sad is that it doesn't amaze me anymore. It shocks me more when someone goes out of their way to say those words that seem non-existence in some's vocabulary.

The bad words were working in overtime tonight in my head. All the while keeping a smile on my face so as to not alarm the staff that I wanted to take one of their heads off or a guest who was so cheap I wondered why they didn't just go to McDonald's which seemed more in their financial budget.

Well, here's to two days off....gotta enjoy them while I can.

sorry for the nastiness...

Grumpy Rambler

Monday, August 01, 2005

Slow it down

In today's times, people are always on the go, in a hurry to get to this appointment, get to that appointment. No one really has the time to be behind the slow person or help the slow person or be tolerant of the slow person.

I was at Starbucks the other morning for my daily mocha frappucino and maple oat nut scone and happened to be behind a man that was a little slow.

I started thinking in my head when the man asked for juice slowly and opened his two hands full of pennies that I must be on candid cameras. (Hello, why get juice in a coffee shop dude! I have my money ready, how about I go first and than you can go?)

My first thought was he was a bum that found some money and wanted something to drink. I started to get antsy because we (the rest of us in line) all figured he probably did not have enough money and he didn't know where he was or what size drink he wanted. I shifted my feet for a second and looked at the employee helping him. Poor starbucks man, wonder how he'll handle this one. Starbucks man was so nice and joked with the "bum" in a friendly way and said

"let's count these and see if you have enough so we can get you some juice."

The "bum" who had a slur went for his pocket and got our a wallet. I realized than that he wasn't a bum but some poor guy that probably had a stroke or something and was just trying to live life like the rest of us. He pulled out cash instead and gave the nice starbucks man the right amount, got his juice and went on his way. I felt real stupid for judging so quickly and thought how nice the employee was not to treat this man any differently because he was taking his time.

The message here folks is to slow it down and when you do you might actually see things a little more clearly. (I hear that song 'I can see clearly now the rain has gone...' or something like that)

Okay deep enough for me tonight. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Da Rambla!