Octoberfest 2011

Lets face it

Octoberfest is a great excuse for eating and drinking!

Homemade Gingerbread cookies

 

Homemade Pretzels

 

Cheese and crackers

 

Pickles!

 

Was it a brat or a cheddar wurtz?

 

German wine to wash down the food

 

Brat, Sauerkraut, German Potato salad, German Goulash

 

Fraulein Stee, Fraulein Vivian, Frau April and Frau Janice

 

The reason for the Octoberfest party..Chad's Birthday!

A good time was had by all.

We laughted

We drank

And we ate too much!

 

Auf Wiedersehen!

XOXO,

Janice

 

Me ? a Model… For White House / Black Market

Anyone who knows me….knows about my obsession with the  White House / Black Market clothing line.  Last year I was asked to model in one of their fashion shows.  Me?  You want me to model your clothes?  And from what you will see in the following videos, (click on the links) it proves I’m not a model.  {just a  dork}

Now for a little diversion,,, a Sneak Peek into My Closet,,,this is What I purchased This Week

Leopard skirt

Openweave dolman & Mocha corduroy pants

Double rectangle necklace

Leopard blouse

Circle pendant

long bauble necklace

faux fur cardigan

You had me at Hello!

Clothes I tried on and now lust for.

Taffeta dress

Will somebody please!

Give me an excuse to buy this gorgeous dress.

Menswear flounce dress

The Perfect work to dinner dress.

Ruffled wrap coat

Tre`Chic with a pair of black leather knee high boots.

Plum corduroy Jacket

Paired with the matching pants,,,a made in Heaven holiday Outfit.

Leather ankle boots

These boots work with Everything,,Nuff said!

X’s & Oooh’s

Janice

Window Shopping,,, Parisian Style

Ahh!,,,Paris,,, The most magical city in the world

   The window shopping here is off the charts.

 The Parisian have a style that is all their own.

You see it as you stroll the streets and gaze into the awe inspiring shops.

I’m going to be quiet now

 and let you gaze into the windows of a few gorgeous shops.

Look very carefully into the pictures.

The reflections tell a story 

 

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Tell me….What did you see?

XOXO

Janice

The Real Housewives of___fill in the blank saga continues??

   I live in Southern California  and have been a fan of the Bravo show the Real Housewives of Orange County from the very first season. 

  I was thrilled when more and more Real Housewives Cities Joined in the Fun,  Drama, and Craziness that seemed to unfold on the shows.

At first I viewed the shows the way that any good anthropologist would. 

   By examining and analyzing the way that different cultures

  grow, develop and interact with each other.

  Then reporting on what you have learned.

A few Good qualities that a anthropologist should  possess are…

1.  Is to be inquisitive about life and society. 

 2. Have the patience to watch how humans behave.

 3.  And to be non-judgemental.

No problem!

  I can do all of those things,

 but the being non-judgemental kind of takes all the fun out of it.

   I mean really…

 Who among us doesn’t like to critique?

But now with the suicide of Russell Armstrong, (Beverly Hills Housewives)  the whole world seems to be critiquing the Bravo Franchise Future.

~*~

I came across a poll today.

Is the Real Housewives show to blame for Russells suicide?

 52% say yes 48% say no

Do the producers have a moral responsibility to the cast?

  71% say yes..24% say no

Should Bravo cancel the show?

  48% say yes…52% say no

Does reality t.v. ruin relationships?

  85% yes…12% say no

Would you go on the Real housewives for $50,000?

  33% say yes..67% say no

Would you go on the show for a million dollars?

  69% say yes…31% say no

The past few months I have heard stories of how Teresa Giudice (New Jersey Housewives) and her husband Joe only made a combined income of $79,000 a year when the show first started.  And then filled for bankruptcy for 11 Million dollars a few years later…

How does this happen?

~*~ 

There are never ending stories on the internet about Bankruptcy, Divorce,  Foreclosure, and Death involving the Real Housevives shows. 

 Questions of

Is there a curse on anyone who dares be in the public spotlight by being on a reality T.V. Show.

I don’t know about a curse, but there sure seems to be a plague of Bankruptcy and Divorce with the Real Housewives…

~Bankruptcy~

  

Sonja Morgan ….. New York 

Alexis Bellino…..  Orange County

 

Teresa Guidice…  New Jersey

    Lisa Wu Hartwell …. Atlanta

Michaele Salahi ….. Washington D.C.

  

Lynn Cartin …. Orange County

~Divorce~

 

Vicki Gunvalson…Orange County

 

Countess Luann de Lessep….New York

 

Tamra Barney…Orange Country 

Camille Grammer….Beverly Hills

 

Sheree Whitfield…Atlanta

 

Nene Leakes…Atlanta

  

Lisa Wu Hartwell…Atlanta

 

Jeanna Keough…Orange County

 

Cat Ommanney…Washington D.C.

~*~

 And Honorable mention for being the next to  divorce?

~*~

Alexis Bellino…Orange County

Ramona Singer…New York

Teresa Giudice…New Jersey

Lynn Cartin…Orange County

Michaele Salahi…DC

~*~

What at first appeared to be a entertaining little show

 (that I admit I’m addicted to)

 about the lives of the rich and famous

 has turned into a bitch fest

 of people doing nothing more than trying to out do each other

by either suddenly becoming

 writers of tell all books

  singers recording really terrible music

designers hocking crappy clothes, jewelry, accessories

 wine or other alcoholic drinks

 they have put their name on. 

  WE watch them  spending all the money they have

 or don’t have on a lifestyle

 that is suppose to make us envious? 

~*~

I guess this formula works pretty well.   Just look at the top two  reality T.V. shows…

 Jersey shore

  A group of 20 somethings  that have been thrown together.  We watch them doing nothing more than hooking up…. drinking and looking for trouble.

Keeping up with the Kardashian’s

A dysfuntional family that loves to

 fight.. whine .. shop

and  frequent expensive restaurants and clubs 

while  one upping each other to hog the spotlight.

~*~

I don’t know about you…but I’m getting really sick of reality T.V.

   I’m tired of them trying to convince me I should lust for a life like this.  

Is this all just a Evil plan by the T.V Gods?

What do you think?

I’m sorry if I have upset anyone with this post

But think about it…

 is it really reality T.V when it’s scripted?

And Is watching a train wreck….Entertainment?

Makes me think about Captain Ron

It was a beautiful day to go sailing!

We set sail out of Channel island Harbor.

I want to learn how to Paddle Board…

How Cute is this couple with their paddle boarding doggie!

  I love the sun faded color of this house. 

 You would never guess that this beach is in Southern California.

 It reminds me a litle of the East Coast .

 Out at sea.

Sailing is a lot of work!

 

So, I’m just going to sit here and look cute…

 

Hey!…..If it’s good enough for Captain Dan, it’s good enough for me!

When you sail during the week,  you own the Ocean!

Our two Hour cruise is coming to an end..

Back towards the harbor we go..

There’s a show off in every crowd..

Back at the dock….and so glad that I didn’t get sea sick!

What is it about birds…that makes me think about Alfred Hitchcock?

XOXO,

Janice

&

Mr. Hitchcock

The Rednecks That Live Next Store

OMG!  I have new neighbors…… I think they are going to turn out to be the neighbors from Hell… 

  

Remember the movie    A Christmas Story?    And the neighbors… The Bumpasse’s with all their hounds running around making noise and getting into everything…My new neighbors are just like the Bumpass’es….only replace the hounds with kids…

The  Bumpasse’s moved into the neighbor hood the beginning of the summer, while I was vacationing in Europe…I was depressed as it was having to end such a great time…but then to come home and discover what has moved in next store…well….all I could do was..let out a big sigh!

  My daughter and her husbands bedroom is on the side of the house that faces the Bumpasse’s house.   My bedroom  (thank god) is on the other side of the house so I haven’t had to listen to them all night long while trying to sleep…

So…let me tell you a few of things that the Bumpasse’s have been up too.

The first weekend they move in I come home to find the Bumpass daughters on my front lawn selling lemonade…while at first I thought it was kinda cute,  it brought back memories of my kids selling kool-aid in the front yard…one big difference though…my kids didn’t scream at the top of their lungs….LEMON-ADE!!!     wait…scream… is putting it nicely….shrieking at the top of their lungs is more like it….like the sound of fingernails scratching on a chalkboard shrieking…. the youngest Bumpass daughter was running around on my front lawn…Shreiking   LEMONADE !  they yelled LEMONADE  at every person walking by…or any car driving by…. 

 And let me till you….Bumpass Fest went on for hours….

Then finally it was quiet once again..I went out to check my front yard…. they had packed up most of the lemonade stand….but they left their chairs in my front yard…I thought that was kind of odd till I took a look at their front yard…..It was full of furniture…couches…chairs…tables and tons of boxes…so my guess … they didn’t even miss what they had left behind.

Their yard still looked like that the next day…and they still hadn’t picked up what they left in my front yard…so the chairs were tossed  into the pile of stuff on their front yard..

My daughter has told me stories about how the Wife/Mother screams all night long at the husband…she even wakes up the kids at 2 in the morning screaming and telling them what a horrible father they have…the funny thing is…you never hear a word from the Husband/Father.??

This family never talks to each other…they scream every word!

Last night the daughters were digging in my trash…and pulled out a bunch of card board boxes that I had neatly put in piles to be re -cycled…the mother yelled at them to put them back…they did…but now the boxes were all over the street…I had to once again go stack the boxes in neat piles..

 Now… I know what you must be thinking….why is she being so annal about a few boxes….it wasn’t just a few boxes…it was about 20 boxes of all sizes…some of them big enough to put a washing machine or wide screen t.v in…so I was a little pissed off when I had to clean up the boxes….So….not only are they noisy neighbors they are trash pickers too!

So whats your guess…The neighbors from hell?… noisy Rednecks?..White Trash?….I think I will just refer to them as the Bumpasse’s….it seems to be a perfect descript

I believe in seeing the bright side of everything….so the good news is….I will have more to blog about?

P.S.  all is quiet on the Bumpass front today…..the Bumpasse’s have a boat. and I don’t see it in the driveway today…so that means they are wreaking havoc on a lake somewhere and terrorizing someone else today!        *Evil laugh*  tee hehe

XOXO

My Empty Nest

Sunday August 14th was the official first day of my

 empty nest.

I just had a thought….

I have never lived alone!

  How will I take it?

  Will I be afraid?

  Will I love it?

  Will I hate it?

  My daughter and her husband moved out on Saturday while I was spending Friday and Saturday with my boyfriend.    The boyfriend lives an hour and a half away from me,   It’s an hour and a half  if  traffic is moving …. if not it can take as long as 3 1/2 hours…. but hey… that’s life in Southern California!

So this is what I find when I returned home.

Nothing but a bunch of trash bags full of stuff to donate.

A few tears well up in my eyes and hit the floor as I start to ponder the quiet that has now fallen upon my once noise filled house.

I dried my tears…took a deep breath…and turned the page…begining a new chapter in my life.

I can’t help but wonder if the quiet will drive me crazy and force me to….

Or, will I be so bored it will cause me to eat junk all day.

I hope not….

Or will I work out too much, till I look like this?

Ditto… on the…. I hope not!

I think for now I will stay pretty busy with re-decorating my nest!

I have painting to do today…let the make over begin!

XOXO,

Janice

 

 

Grand Ma Ma is psychic

 It’s official!

My beautiful daughter is having a daughter, or as she announced to the world.

 “We are having a Pretty Pretty Princess”

I have been telling her for months now that she was going to have a girl.

   But she didn’t believe me.  

 Remember my ……..  Do it ducky style story?

 

 I kept buying pink flowers to prove my point.

 

I told my daughter that her baby wanted to be called Olivia. 

   My daughter has informed me that her baby will be named   Vivian.

Vivian at 20 weeks

Adorable already!

 

A week before my daughter found out for sure she was having a girl, I was shopping and  saw this cute pink  outfit…… Vivian said to me….Grand Ma Ma buy this for me….so I did….she already knows how to get her way! 

 

 And Grand Ma Ma, couldn’t be happier!!

 

XOXO 

Janice 

 

 

 

I have a Brain Itch…

I have a problem with sleeping at night, and I have had this problem for quite a while now.  The problem is…I can’t sleep because songs get stuck in my brain.

One of the terms for this condition is called  Brain Itch…the other name is…Earworms…YUCK!

The good news is 90% of us have had this happen to us at one time or another.  At first I thought it was nice to wake up singing a song every morning,  but over the years it has become a roadblock to being able to get a good nights sleep.

And in my never ending desire to be as as healthy as possible I did some investigation into the earworm/brain itch problem.  This what I found out.

Mainly Women have this problem……(Great I can’t do anything about that!)  

   Next comes musicians…duh!…( that makes sense.)

  Then comes people who are stressed….or tired…yep that’s me…or neurotic…

(OMG! do I need to worry about this too!)

Researchers aren’t sure why this happens.  But they think it has something to do with our auditory cortex.

  For some reason a song gets stuck in our brains that causes a cognitive itch or a brain itch.  The brain has a need to fill in the gaps in a song’s rhythm.  In other words…the brain kept singing the song long after the song had ended.

Then our brains like to scratch the itch by repeating the song over and over again until it is stuck in a unending cycle.  The old….. the more you scratch the more you itch problem.

Some researchers think that songs are like thoughts that we are trying to suppress.  The harder we try not to think about them, the more we think about it.

Others think that it just the brains way to keep it’s self busy when in idle mode. 

Now that I understand the problem….. how do you get rid of it?

The bad news is, there is no simple way of getting rid of the problem…..

 ( Great!… not what I wanted to hear.) 

   Once a song gets stuck in your head it might be there for a few hours or a few days…(I personally have an Adele song that has been running almost non stop for about a week now)…

Thanks Adele, you can stop now...

There are a few things you can try to stop the insanity.

1.   Sing another song.      ( I need to do this, because I’m really getting tired of what is playing in my brain right now!)

2.  Switch to something that keeps you busy like working out.  ( But I need to listen to music when I work out, how is that going to help?)

3  Make sure you listen to a song all the way through.  ( this drove Mozart crazy, people would tease him by playing a song half way and then stopping.  Mozart would come running into the room and finish the song)

4.  Turn off the music.  (easier said, then done)

5.  Share the song with a someone.  ( And then laugh like hell.. to yourself when you hear them  humming the tune.)

6.  Imagine the earworm crawling out of your head and then stomping on it! 

I’m sure there are many more cures than this.  I would like to know if anyone out there has a found something that works for them for their brain itch/ earworm problem.

But for now I will leave you with a few songs that have driven  me crazy…. I think number one  for most people is

…..It’s a small world after all…it’s a small world after all….it’s a small world after all…it’s a small..small…world…..

Beware, they look cute, but they are evil!

Number two that drives me crazy is….Stop…Stop…Stop all the music…give me time to breath….Stop… Stop… Stop all the music or I’ll have to leave……Maybe this is the name I should have  entitled this post…it does say it all….

XOXO

Janice

Top Chef Challenge,,,,with Chef Fabio and Lisa Vanderpump

This past Sunday I went to a Top Chef Invasion in Hancock Park, CA.  It was to benefit the glaad Organization.

  Being a Top Chef fan I knew I had to be there!  Especially since Fabio Viviani was going to be there, and when I found out that Lisa Vanderpump was going to be hosting the event, I knew I couldn’t miss it!

  I’m big a follower of Fabio because his restaurant Cafe Firenza is located in Moorpark, the town where I have lived for the past 25 years.   I’ve been to the restaurant many times, and took a cooking class at Cafe Firenza before Fabio became a celebrity Chef, known for his appearances on Top Chef.

*The adorable couple*  Lisa and Ken 

 The always charming, beautiful and witty Lisa,  is my favorite Real Housewive. 

Love You Lisa! 

The Event was held at a private home in Hancock Park.

A food station  from  Border Grill with  chef  Susan Feniger

   Susan was the first celebrity Chef I followed.  Love you Susan!

 

Some beautiful Macaron’s

I couldn’t resist the raspberry ones..Yummy! 

 

Time for the Top Chef Challenge with Chef Antonia Lofaso and Chef Fabio Viviani.

 With the help of these Ingredients,  both chef’s cooked with a time limit of 10 minutes to come up with something delicious

And The winner of the Top Chef Challenge   *Golden Whisk*

 Goes to Chef Antonia (smiley) Lofaso.

I call her smiley because the girl is always smiling

   Congratulation Antonia!

P.S.

 And the award for best shoes goes to ……. Lisa! 

  This girl knows how to rock a pair Louboutin’s!

And Honorable Mention goes to…this guy!

For his amazing boots.

P.S. Thank you Bravo

XOXO,

Janice