Wednesday, October 29, 2008
From the blogger of all bloggers, Sarah I
What was I doing 10 years ago?
OK, so this was a crazy hectic time in my life! I was going to Southern Oregon University full time, studying Criminology, while working three jobs, yes three! Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 3-11, I was hold onto your hat the B.I.N.G.O Manager of the Arc, a nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Did you get all of that? B-15, B one five. I hung out with all of the gray hairs of Josephine county. If I die of lung cancer, now you know why. Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday I worked as the Part-Time Assistant Manager of The Limited. I loved that place more than life itself. I worked there for 6years, up until the day it closed, and I still keep in contact with almost all of the fabulous ladies I worked with. That is where I met my BFF Tee, who can fold a jean wall like no other lady I know, and I have pictures to prove it! And between all of that, if I ever had a free moment, I would provide respite care for families with children who were disabled. They can't just hire a normal babysitter to tend to a child who may be medically fragile or have behavior issues. I did all of this while living in Grants Pass, and driving every morning to Ashland for school.
What is on my to-do list?
What is NOT on my to-do list??
What are my favorite snacks?
Anything with chocolate! I don't see the point in wasting calories on snacks that don't contain that key ingredient.
What would I do if I were a Millionaire?
WOW, this could start some serious day dreaming. After the government took its share, and then I paid tithing. I would buy a house with wainscoting and beautiful hardware, and white cupboards, and a red kitchen, with rich brown furniture all from Pottery Barn (did you hear that Phoebe?) with themed kids bedrooms, and a soaker claw foot tub, and a yard with a pool, so all of the kids would hang out at our house, and a walk in pantry, and dark wide planked hardwood floors. See what you started? I need to move on to the next question before the self loathing begins.
Places I've lived.
Panarama City, CA
Canyon Country, CA
Grants Pass, OR
Central Point, OR
Jobs I've Had.
YMCA-Jr Camp Counselor
Alpha Tel-Com-Coin Collector
Geraldi's Deli-Sandwich Maker
The Limited-Asst. Manager
Respite Care Provider
Jackson County District Attorney's Office-Intern
Country Insurance & Financial Services-Insurance Agent
Mom-hardest dang job I have ever had!
My cute friend Allison tagged me a while ago, and all answers are related to what I watched/learned at General Conference, or my own spiritual thoughts.
I am... a daughter of my Heavenly Father, who loves me and I love him!
I wish....I would apply the teachings of the gospel more fully in my life.
I want....my children to grow up with a love for the gospel, and for their Savior, Jesus Christ.
I have....a testimony of the restored gospel and how it has the power to change lives for the better.
I hate....how negative I can be, when I am so blessed.
I fear...the unknown (and that Obama will become President).
I hear...the sweet sounds of the children's choir as they sang for all to hear 'I am a child of God'
I always...smile when I hear President Monson speak.
I usually...fall asleep during conference, but not this year!
I am not....going to forget the message to triumph in times of adversity, and remember that the Lord is always right their with us, in good times and bad.
I dance.....when the music makes my feet move!
I sing....when it is a song I like or when no one is around.
I never.....regret a moment, all those moments add up to who I am today.
I rarely.....read my scriptures with a specific purpose in mind, I need to work on that.
I cry.....whenever the spirit touches me, which lately, is often.
I am not always.....as good of a neighbor as I should be.
I lose.......opportunities to serve, when I think only of myself.
I'm confused.....by nothing really, life is played out exactly how we prepare for it.
I need.....to go to the Temple on a more regular basis.
I should....be reading my scriptures, rather than blogging.
I dream.....for a life filled with family and forever.
I tag for both.....big surprise Christine I.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Update: Check out the blog to the left FOOD FASHIONISTA, she has two spectacular reviews of the restaurant and opening soiree, with tons of descriptions and photos.
Yesterday was the 'by invitation only' opening of my brothers new restaurant in Los Angeles, XIV (14 in Roman Numerals), Steve is the Executive Chef, under owner and celebrity chef Michael Mina (this is his 14th restaurant, hence the name). It is a collaboration with SBE, which is a huge entertainment group, and Philippe Starck, who is a designer extraordinaire! The restaurants interior plays off of the XIV theme with a Louise the XIV, futurist feel. They have been working on this project for years, and Michael has had my brother in mind as the head chef since its inception. He knew that someone with that kind of ego could only fit right in in the Hollywood scene. So here goes the hope that my brother doesn't show up on trashy celeb shows like TMZ, or end up hooking up with someone on The Hills!! To say I am not so proud of him would be a huge understatement. I have a series of posts in the works that chronicle his journey up the ranks in the realm of chefhood. He has put in his time. He has also seen his fare share of celebrities and cooked for the likes of Trump, Prince Harry, Martha Stewart, and Snoop Dogg to name a few. But I will give more details later. This post is all about his latest venue. Tomorrow is the grand opening to the public, and as of today, they were over booked, and the reservations were filling up fast through the end of the year! Last night was all about the Wow factor, but the true test will be from those with a more selective palate. Steve has spent countless hours coming up with new and innovative food ideas to knock the socks off even the most snooty of food critics ie, Michael Bauer, for all of those that read the SF Chronicle! It truly is an art form, and I marvel every time I see or taste his food. Here is a photo recap of the star studded event. The majority of the celebs were from Dancing with the Stars, and The Hills, which airs on MTV, super diva Cher also made an appearance. Steve, I know you don't have time to read my daily ramblings, but if you ever do, we are so proud of you. All of your hard work has finally paid off, and you are finally reaping those rewards! Not that the huge paycheck isn't bad either, but now you will get the press you deserve. Thanks Michael for taking a chance on my little bro, he will not let you down.
Celebrity Chef Michael Mina
The red carpet and press lineup.
Audrina Patridge and Kim Kardashian.
Lance Bass and Toni Braxton.
Spencer Pratt, Kimberly Brandon, Heidi Montag and owner Sam Nazarian.
My brother Chef Fretz at the far right.
Pumpkin Dumplings-Stewed Cherries, Brown Butter, Sage
Dungeness Crab En Feuille de Brik - Avocado Creme Fraiche, Yuzu
White Chocolate Cube, Orange Blossom Cream, Coriander, Pistachio, Sake
Monday, October 6, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Ashy, and his best bud Marcus!