Thursday, June 29, 2006
So now we're back inside the house. Luckily, our house is built on a mountain so the water would have to get at least 40 feet high to even start flooding our basement, but others have not been so lucky.
I'm totally zapped of energy right now and don't have the mental coherence to blog much today, but I do want to mention that I managed to catch a little bit of The View this morning to see the aftermath of the drama that happened yesterday. I don't know why everyone focuses on Star being the bitch on this show when clearly it's that hard-core Republican Elizabeth Hasselbeck. If anyone should be terminated from this show it should be her. I can't stand her smug face or her Miss Know-it-all commentary. I think now that Star is gone, Elizabeth is going to be filling in as the one everyone hates on this show.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
No they haven't admitted it yet, but they might as well. Everytime they go out, they're with each other. And they always have that "we just did the nasty" look on their face.
Urmila honey, I know he's your stylist and all, and you're trying really hard to give me that "honestly, we're just really good friends" look, but Manish is ruining the sham for you. Not only does he look like he's wearing Michael Jackson's jacket from Thriller, he's still rocking the "we just did the nasty together" look on his face. Admit it girlfriend, you're BUSTED!
Monday, June 26, 2006
Have you been wondering where Gwen Stefani has been getting all those funky nursing bras from? I was. So I turned to my bible on mommy chic, Celebrity Baby Blog, to find out. Apparently, all of Gwen's nursing bras are from Agent Provocateur's new Maternity/Nursing line. The bra she sports in this photo is the leopard print one that costs $108. I've seen other photos of her recently where she's wearing the black one as well. Nice. Nursing bras have sure come a long way from when I was nursing my kids.
I agree, the price is steep for a nursing bra. I bet that's why she's wearing a dress that exposes it, so that either everyong can see her $108 dollar bra or so that Agent Provocateur can get the free advertising. I bet when she goes home, she slips into those comfy Bravados the rest of us wear around the house.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Is Mary Kate Olsen on crack? I can't even call her clothes homeless chic anymore because even homeless people wear better clothes than this. I'm gonna call this crack ho chic, because that's what she looks like, a 4 ft.-Cousin It-look-alike crack ho. The dress looks 10 sizes too big and 50 years old. And the flip-flops, I won't even go there. But LOL at the guy in the background with the WTH look on his face.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
From last night's interview with Anderson Cooper, I was happy find out that my favorite globe-trotting philanthropic super mom Angelina Jolie is human after all:
"Today I was breastfeeding, tired, and thinking, God, I really don't know how I'm going to get myself together to be thinking for this interview." ( from CNN Transcript of Anderson Cooper 360)
Despite her new mom sleep deprivation, Angelina managed to give a very good interview last night. When she first adopted Maddox, I couldn't believe someone would actually hand a baby to a punk rock girl who toted around a vial of blood, but she's changed dramatically since then. I think Angelina's blossomed into a really beautiful human being, inside and out.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
If these two ever appeared in a Bollywood film, the song lyrics would go a little something like this:
(The song would be sung to the theme of South Park's "I'm Super")
Big Gay Al:
I’m so sorry
my stomach-stapled wife
But I just can’t feel too bad for you right now.
Because I’m feeling
So insanely super
That even the fact that you can’t dress
Can’t bring me down
Sunddenly, gay background singers appear singing:
Yes he’s super and he’s proud to be gay
One day he'll come out of the closet and he'll swing it our way!
Big Gay Al:
Yes, I'm super!
So very super
Coz everything is super when you're gaaaaayyy!
While were on the topic, Tom Cruise is feeling super too, thanks for asking! Check him out in this video here.
I've gotta start dishing out less food to the kids to prevent leftovers in the first place. Our pediatrician has repeatedly told me that my expectation of how much they should be eating is much greater than their appetities but I never listen. I always feel like they are just going to starve themselves if they don't eat this one meal. I'm slowly reconditioning the way I think but it's hard, especially since I grew up with a mom who always insisted we clean our plates because so many children in this world are dying of hunger and it's such a "sin" to throw food away. (By the way, I never force my kids to finish their plates, I know that's wrong, instead I let them eat as much as they want and then eat everyone's leftovers like a human garbage disposal because I hate to see food being wasted). I know, I need serious therapy, but starting today I'm going to try my hardest to dole out less food to the kids, say "no" to leftovers, and say "yes" to pilates.
Monday, June 19, 2006
The best time to buy something at Babystyle is when they have a sale because everything is very expensive at regular price. I picked up this great bag there, The Fresh Stripes Un-Diaper bag. It's perfect for light trips and is one of the few bags I've seen that actually has slots for three sippy cups/bottles. This was really important for me, because I need to carry three Munchkin straw cups for my kids every time I go out and my Land's End Do It All Diaper Bag has stopped doing it all for me. It only holds two bottles, and the changing pad, which is located in the outside pocket, always mysteriously gets covered with cookie crumbs and crud. I always have to wipe it clean before I change a baby on it. With the Un-Diaper Bag, the changing pad is located in a zipped pocket inside the bag so it always stays clean. Plus, the entire bag can be wiped clean with a wet wipe or a bottle of Anti-Bacterial spray and a paper towel. It's a plastic coated canvas bag (it's laminated) with red pleather trim. Regular price was $85, but I got it on sale for $45. I didn't know this bag was sold out on the internet, they had tons on clearance in the physical store, but I did find someone selling it for about $12 on Ebay.
While I was in Babystyle, I also took a look at the latest "must have" celebrity diaper bag, The Gigi Shoulder Bag by Storksak. This is the bag that Angelina Jolie bought for baby Shiloh, and other celebs like Kate Winslet and Liv Tyler have also been seen carrying this bag. I liked this bag alot, it is a tote style bag that also has room for three bottles inside (for Maddox, Zahara, and Shiloh) plus has the added security of a zip top closure, BUT..... it's $198. I'm not spending that much on a diaper bag. Also, it has Teflon coating, and according to a post I read a while back on Aisha's blog, chickens died when they came in contact with Teflon. Who knows what effect it will have on humans? Ah, you know I'm just making excuses for not getting the Gigi, because if this bag was $45 I probably would have scooped it up. That Teflon theory probably has some holes in it anyway. The biggest deterrent to the Gigi for someone with my budget is the celebrity price tag of $200 bucks. But no biggie, I'm quite happy with my funky new plastic laminated bag. Red pleather rocks!
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Brangelina has arrived in the U.S., and TMZ has a clip on their site showing movers bringing in the crib baby Shiloh will be sleeping in.
I'm done having kids, but I think if I had to do it over again, I would love to get one of these cribs. Babycenter.com has a great deal on this crib, and they are shipping for free too. At $849, it is pricey, but it converts from a bassinet to crib to toddler bed and best of all, you can roll it through a standard doorway. So when the baby is ready to move out of your room, just roll the crib down the hall into the nursery. Or when the baby wants to move back into your room, roll her bed back down the hall and park it next your bed. Then hope she doesn't climb out and jump into yours.
We're going up to Boston this weekend and have to prepare to attend a wedding when we come back so postings here are going to be a little scattered. My Russian cleaning lady is driving me crazy. She usually comes over to clean our house every other week on Wednesdays, but since I'm not there and the husband is in Europe, I need to tell her not to come, but when I call her she hangs up the phone saying, "Me no English." I'm trying to get her son on the phone, he's the one I usually talk to when we have to make schedule changes, but I can't get in touch with him. She's a legal immigrant living here for the past 10 years, you think she could learn English already???? Damn. Well she's just going to have to drive up to the house and go back home when no one answers the door. I'd love to fire her and replace her with someone who speaks English, but first, I don't know if she will understand her termination request, and second, I think she's connected with the Russian mafia. I don't want to get in the bad with the Russian mafia. My neighbor found her for me and she is trustworthy so I'm kind of stuck with her for now.
On a side note, I hate kids music. I also hate that I accidentally found a channel on SIRIUS satellite radio devoted entirely to kids music, called Kidstuff. Compared to the crap they play on that channel, Laurie Berkner sounds like Gwen Stefani.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
I have to say I'm going to be relying on my Laurie Berkner CD's on the way up. My kids used to be okay with whatever we were listening to in the car, but now ever since they've been exposed to Laurie Berkner it's all they want to hear. My husband is more into "monk music" like Enigma or Depeche Mode and the kids are just not having any of that. They want to listen to We are the Dinosaurs, Marching, Marching over and over again. It's cute how each child calls her something different. My son, who is four, calls her by her proper name, Laurie Berkner, but my two year olds who are just learning to pronounce words properly have different names for her. Z. calls her "Lawie Burger" and H. just calls her "Bacon". I can understand the "Burger" from Berkner, but "Bacon"? She comes up with the funniest pronounciations for the words she learns. I don't care what she call it though as long as she doesn't scream for the 5 hour drive up there. The husband will have to listen to his monk music when he's in Europe.
The way People magazine was selling at the supermarket today you'd think the child of God was born. Shiloh, Shiloh, everyone wanted to see the Shiloh pictures. I finally got a copy of People and yes, the price of the magazine was worth it. The pictures are just adorable, could this family be any more beautiful? Little Shiloh inherited the best of both parents, her daddy's blue eyes and her mommy's gorgeous lips. If you haven't gotten a copy of People yet, you can see the full set by clicking on Vi's site HERE.
"Hugh apparently proposed during a holiday in Barbados and a source has revealed: “It was romantic: he went down on one knee,” before presenting Jemima with a sapphire and diamond ring."-Source
The only reason Jemima is not wearing the ring is because she doesn't want to be questioned about it.......by ex-husband Imran Khan. It's no secret he's not too thrilled about the prospect of Hugh Grant becoming a stepdad to his sons.
I don't know how long the Blogger fairy will be working tonight so I'll do a picture post while I can.
I just have to say I absolutely LOVE this dress. It's so cute and flowy and I love the color and the stones on it. I know alot of people are speculating that Reese is wearing this because she may be pregnant but I think she's just wearing it because it's comfortable. I think it'll be great for covering up my not so fab abs too.
So today, we decided to give the gym another shot. We decided to go at the same time together after an early dinner at 5:30 pm. The gym's babysitting room was open until 9 pm tonight and my husband said he would sit with the children while I work out for half hour and when I was done, I could sit with the kids in the babysitting room and he could go work out. Given our prior experience with our twins separation anxiety and the rude babysitters, we thought at least they wouldn't cry if they saw one of us in the room. My son is fine with staying in the room without us, but the girls, I guess it's because they're two years old, they act as if we have left them for good and are never coming back to get them.
So today we tried trading off watching the kids in the gym itself, and it worked! In one hour, both of us got a chance to exercise and the twins didn't freak out on us. When I was done exercising, I came to the babysitting room to give my husband a chance to workout and the kids were fine. No crying, no stress. They played nicely in the room and would occasionally come and hug me (probably to make sure I was real and was still there) and then would get back to playing with the toys. I also got a chance to talk to the babysitters in the room at the time, who were new. I asked them what happened to the babysitters that used to work here and guess what I found out? THE BABYSITTING BITCHES GOT FIRED! Apparently I wasn't the only one they were rude to. Since they were only high school girls with little tolerance for children anyway, they were replaced with babysitters who are actually mothers themselves or former daycare workers. Way to go gym manager! In fact I had such a pleasant conversation with these new sitters I asked them their schedule and now I'm going to start trying to use the babysitting service in the gym again. If I get my workouts out of the way during the morning, at least we won't be so crunched in the evening and my husband could get a chance to work out more often during the weekdays. The babysitter I spoke to, Eileen, said that as a mom of kids who've never been in daycare and are very attached, I should start off with daily visits at the same time and sit with the kids five minutes before leaving to workout. Then workout for 5-10 minutes and come back, gradually adding five minutes to workouts each day. I figure it works out because I was already only going 2 or 3 times a week for an hour each time, if I go daily and gradually build up to doing 30 minute workouts, I will probably get the same or even more benefits than now. Eileen was just a delight to talk to, and she's a mom herself so she was very helpful on giving me exercise tips and how to manage working out and balancing taking care of children. She's like my light at the end of the tunnel. Oh and bonus, I weighed myself today and found out I lost 3 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but I lost as much as a whole chicken. I guess I've been losing about a pound a week, I wish it could go away faster, but I'm told slow weight loss actually stays off longer.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
I've noticed a couple of changes since the first season. First of all, they have toned down the makeup ALOT, and they got rid of Mazz. They replaced her with a new Aretha look-alike called Jazz. The one thing that still remains the same, however, is the freaky stigmata on all their hands. The stigmata really needs to go.
I love it when lawyers send out cease and desist letters to people who just don't give a shit. Especially when those letters are coming from someone whose last name is Jollymore, I mean how can you possibly take a cease and desist order seriously from someone with a name like Nick Jollymore? I don't know why, but all I can see is Santa Claus (a.k.a. Jolly Old Saint Nick) writing this letter from the North Pole.
Gawker.com is one of the websites that refuses to take down an exclusive picture of uber-celebrities Brad and Angelina cooing over their newborn daughter Shiloh. People magazine paid alot of money for these photos dammit, almost $4.1 million, you should wait in line and buy Hello or People magazine if you want to see a picture of Shiloh, heaven forbid you get to see it for free on the internet.
I'm still going to buy the magazine when it hits the stands becaues I'm not satisfied by just one pic, but you can read about Gawker's litigation troubles with Santa Claus and sneak a peek of baby Shiloh by clicking HERE.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
The readers of D-Listed are having a field day trying to explain why Paris's face doesn't match her chest, but as someone who's actually had this disaster happen to them, I'll tell you what's really causing this mess: MAC Studio Fix foundation. I saw The Simple Life and Paris was using MAC Studio Fix all the time. The problem with Studio Fix is that it is loaded with titanium dioxide (a type of sunscreen) and is a nightmare for photography. Titanium dioxide reacts with the camera flash to make it look like you dunked your face in the flour jar. Don't let this happen to you, ESPECIALLY when you are planning to have professional photos taken. For a more natural looking foundation that won't react like this, try sticking to a liquid or creme foundation, with a light dusting of Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I personally swear by Face Base by Vasanti Cosmetics. It's a powder and foundation all in one like Studio Fix, but without the photo damaging effects of titanium dioxide. Just use your own sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunscreen underneath it to get sun protection.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Last week when I went to the beach, I was so glad I saw no one wearing this. I think the people who wear these kind of suits don't go to public beaches, they go to places like Ibiza or Saint Tropez on their private yachts. This bikini my friends, is by Chanel, and at $1,545 is the most expensive bikini in United States. So what do you get for paying over a grand for a bikini? Not much in material, but you do get a delicate necklace and waist band made of real gold. Chanel considers it to be so elegant it can be worn as an evening dress to a cocktail party (again, probably a party in Ibiza or Saint Tropez). If you're aching for this bikini, you'd better hurry. There are only four left in the whole country.
This is the second most expensive bikini, also by Chanel, available for $585. It's the "playful" logo bikini with little C's and hearts in different colors on it. I could probably see Paris Herpes in one of these. Also featured in this photo are the world's most expensive sunglasses by designer Moss Lipow. They are Ostrich and Alligator frames retailing for $3,800. I think anyone who pays that much for sunglasses is an idiot. I bought a pair of $5 Old Navy sunglasses last week and already lost them. I would die if I lost glasses worth $3,800.
Here's a sample of other "must-have" swimsuits for the rich and famous this summer:
For the desperate housewife trying to seduce the pool boy
When a Girdle meets Fashion Forms
This has nothing to do with bikinis, I just like to see Prince William in a Speedo. Polo anyone?
This I actually kind of like. It's cute and great for covering up a little bulge in the belly. But I'm afraid of what will happen to it once it actually touches water.
photo credits: style.com
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Here's some of the stuff I've eaten that would make some people want to barf.
- Pakistani Cow Feet Stew (known as Pai in Pakistan). Hey, don't knock it till you try it, Cow Feet are high in protein and according to my dad who is a doctor, qualify to be on the South Beach Diet.
- Cow Brains (known as Bhaija or Maghaz in the Middle East). I remember my Grandmother preparing these on Eid once, she removed all the veins and cooked it with some onions, garlic, turmeric, and red pepper. I was squeamish at first, but then after I tried it, asked for seconds.
- Alligator Nuggets. I ate these while out on an audit in Denver, Colorado. I think the name of restaurant was Papa Does or something like that. Sorry to sound like a cliche, but alligator meat tastes just like chicken.
- Octopus sushi. To some this may not seem fear factorish enough, but to me, I couldn't believe I was eating octopus. I didn't like it though, I won't go back for seconds on this one.
The only dish I refused to eat, along with my siblings who didn't have enough fear factor to manage even Pai, was Cow Tongue. Yuck, that was the nastiest thing I ever saw. My mom tried to disguise it the next day by turning it into a rice pilau dish and told us it was mutton pilau but we were not fooled. I am never going to eat tongue. I draw the line at something that used to be able to taste food itself. I also draw the line at a dish called Kat a Kut. It's supposedly the stomach and intestines of a goat or cow chopped up and fried with lots of spices to cover up the fact your eating entrails. Nasty.
So now that I've outed myself as a freak, what fear factor "delicacies" have you tried?
Here's a sample of the words these "proud" parents have to say about their kids:
"My kid only eats desi food"
"My kid asks for extra red pepper, it's not spicy enough"
"My kid has been eating spicy food since he was 8 months old"
"I don't need to make a separate meal for my toddler, he eats whatever the rest of the family is eating, even if it's spiced up your ass Nihari"
Or here's the best one:
"My kids don't have a problem with spicy food, they're desi" (Good for you, now pardon me while I find something non-spicy from the buffet for the Italians I gave birth to.)
It's not that I haven't tried introducing Pakistani food to the kids. They actually enjoy mildly spiced lentil curries and the non-spicy rice pilaf dishes I make for them. Their favorite Pakistani dishes are dal chawwal (lentils and rice), kitchri, mattar pulau, chicken pulau, and parathas (I buy the frozen ready made kind, you think I have the time to make these breads from scratch???) So I think it's fair to say they are giving the Pakistani cuisine a chance, but they like the spices to be mild to none. They do not like food to be spiced the way my husband likes it, food so spicy it makes your nose run. I've tried to feed them these spiced up foods, but they can't manage it, and after guzzling down glasses of water, refuse to eat it again. Then I end up having to make pasta and sauce (again) because they are still hungry. As long as I make the food mild, the kids will eat it, the husband will just have to deal with the hot chillies on the side.
Also, the kids deserve a break, they are only 4 and 2 right now, they have the rest of their lives to eat spicy food. Just because they are rejecting spicy chicken curry before they've entered pre-school doesn't mean they will never try it, or love it. My kids used to hate cheese and now they love it, tastes change throughout a person's lifetime, but certainly enjoying the cuisine of a culture other than your own doesn't mean you're a sellout. As for those "Super Desi Moms" (I'm sure you all know at least one), I used to let them get to me, making me feel like I seriously messed up because my kids can't manage a seekh kabob, but I brush it off now. If bragging about your kids' abilities to eat spicy foods is your high point in life then more power to you. My kids are already very picky eaters, I don't want to complicate my life further by trying to get them to accept chillies when it's not essential to their nutrition.