Friday, February 26, 2010

Quick, lend me a gown - I'm going to the Academy Awards

Every year as I settle in with my bathrobe, my trough of popcorn and liter bottle of Mountain Dew to watch the Academy Awards on TV I think to myself, "Why aren't I there?" What do those beautiful, rich, thin celebrities have that I don't have?" I mean besides good looks, money and a small ass? Well, I'm about to find out, since the nice people at Kodak, who are sponsoring the Oscars, have invited me to be their guest in the Red Carpet bleachers and to attend the viewing at the El Capitan theater afterward.

That's right, people -- apparently you don't need a Judith Leiber bag or a size-0 gown to hobnob with the stars. Well, technically I won't be anywhere near the stars, I'll just be frantically screaming their names from up above in the bleachers. But I did have to pass a security check to be approved for admittance, and I'm just grateful they didn't see those overdue library books or that shrine to Bradley Cooper in my office, the one with the burning candles and the statue made out of my tears and clumps of hair.

So look for me in the crowd on Sunday, March 7. I may or may not be the one wearing the bathrobe.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

I quit my job so there

I quit this job on Monday, and today is my last day. So maybe it wasn't the smartest thing considering the economy and I don't have anything solid lined up except for a couple of freelance gigs and the fact that Rigel just signed on for a full-time job, and Kira needs braces and the dishwasher's making a funny noise and we promised Kiyomi tennis lessons and the kids' college fund consists of sixteen-dollars. Oh wait, make that fourteen -- I had to borrow a couple of bucks for coffee the other day.

But the company is going through some changes, at least the part I worked for, and I felt like it was the perfect time for me to make a change, too. Also, this June would have marked three years with the company, which barring the twelve years I had my own design studio would have been the longest time I spent at one job. The shortest? Forty-five minutes. It's never a good sign when halfway through orientation you're composing your resignation letter.

The upside is that I'll have time to do more things, like actually visit friends and call people on the phone instead of the usual annual email. But I guess the biggest reason for quitting is so that I have more time to do things like this:

That's Kira and Kiyomi's lunches today, bento boxes consisting of Japanese croquettes, sliced vegetables and rice with a seaweed Pokémon tattoo.

I can't wait till they get home from school so they can see the matching outfits I crocheted for them out of shredded bath towels.

That's right -- goodbye workforce, hellllooo obsessive, hovering, overbearing, too-much-time-on-her-hands mom. Why do I get the feeling they'll be begging me to get a job.

The rest of you should just lock your doors and try not to answer the phone.

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P/S - I used these for the tattoos. I didn't cut them out myself -- I'm not that crazy. Yet.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

This day just keeps getting weirder: The Knack's Doug Fieger has died

This has been a really strange day for reasons I won't go into here, but now I just read that the lead singer of The Knack, Doug Fieger, has died of cancer. He was only 57. For all of you infants out there who don't know who The Knack is, they had one of the biggest hits of the '70s, a song called My Sharona. I suppose next you're going to tell me you've never heard of leisure suits or mood rings, either.

I remember this cover of the single -- it made me want to toss my bra and run out and buy a white tank top (okay, and a couple of other accessories too.) Once again, for all you kids out there, a 'single' is a 45rpm record, which is what us old people used to buy when we didn't want to buy the entire album. We would take it home and play the music on our wind-up gramophone when we weren't watching the 'talkies.'

I remember listening to My Sharona over and over again -- it had one of those catchy beats that just got you up and moving and also had the added benefit of driving old people completely insane. And isn't that what great music was (and is) about?

RIP Doug Fieger. Thanks for a great song, and some great memories.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

The Book of Mila Kunis

My interview with actress Mila Kunis is in the current issue of Genlux magazine. When I told people I was going to interview her the question I got most often was, "Who is Mila Kunis?" and "Does this mean you'll be able to pay me back the $20 you owe me?" To answer the first question, Mila currently stars in The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington but you might know her from That 70's Show and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The answer to the second question is, "No, and as your mother I'm deeply offended."

I've never had an interview subject get upset by any questions I've asked -- I thought for sure Kim Kardashian would bolt when I brought up O.J. Simpson but she was open and candid about the whole thing -- but Mila got pretty agitated when I brought up something about her I had found online. It involved her audition for "That '70s Show," and was a story about how she had lied about her age. All audition participants were required to be 18 years old, but Mila was only 14 and told producers she was going to be 18 "on her birthday," not specifying which birthday. She got the part despite having misled them, and her creativity in gaining the audition was said to have factored in to her being cast.

Personally, I thought it was a pretty awesome story and was thinking to myself how I was going to start telling people that I turned 30 "on my birthday."

Well, when I brought this up let's just say Mila wasn't congratulating me on my fine internet research skills. She said, "Alright, look -- I'm putting an end to this story right now!" and proceeded to tell me how sick she was of hearing it, what an old story it was and how she's been asked it for years and how she wished I was dead.

Okay, I made up that last part, but she was pretty hoppin' mad and my habit of beating a dead horse didn't help any when I then asked her, "So, is it true?" She kind of breathed a is-this-freaking-interview-over-yet sigh and then she said, "I didn't say it wasn't true." I finally left it at that because who needs Mila Kunis pissed at you? Not me.

I did find out she shops at Target and likes to sleep in, though, which makes her alright in my book.

You can read the interview and see all the awesome photos here.

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