Monday, August 30, 2004


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This is what Jenny thinks of Splenda.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

If shopping were an olympic sport, I think I'd have a shot... at least in the Bargainhunting category... I tend not to buy things that aren't on sale.

Jenny's a triathlete shopper too. Today she said, "if left unchecked, I would have a rice krispie treat maker, a bubble gum maker, a root beer machine...".

I can picture the Olympic story now, as told by Bob Costas...


"This young woman, from humble beginnings, started small. She bought an egg cooker and a tupperware container specifically for Pizza.

Soon, she couldn't stop herself from buying the Presto hot dog cooker and the soft serve ice cream maker. Every specialized small appliance and kitchen gadget drew her in, until finally, broke and with only a small narrow path running through her house, she was forced to sell it all on eBay and use plain old ziploc bags to pack her lunch.

Today she's back in top form to compete for her first Olympic medal in Specialized Product Purchasing. We go live now to Fokas for the gold medal round against France."

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Do people in cars think they have an invisibility shield around them? The other day I'm in the car, on my way to Wegmans, when I look in my rearview mirror and, WHOA! The guy behind me has his finger so far up his nose I thought he was going to hurt himself.


I don't think you need to read an online FAQ to know that you shouldn't pick your nose while driving.

He was a young guy too, the type you might THINK would be SOMEWHAT concerned with decorum and image, especially when surrounded by other cars... Nope... after he digs in his nose, he sticks his other finger in his ear. Seriously, what is someone thinking when they're doing this? If I'm desperate, I will at least crouch down and do the whoops-I-dropped-something move while I correct any cosmetic difficulties.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I'm still coughing and still an Olympics junkie, hence the lack of posts. I think Alexei was robbed of at least a silver on the high bar - the judging never seems to mesh for me...

I just watched Misty May and Kerri Walsh beat the Brasilians (sorry Yelli) to win the gold in beach volleyball - they won every game and every match throughout the Olympics - pretty amazing. And talk about a celebration... Between the butt cheeks and major displays of affection, I think that Beach Volleyball is going to be the new black.

Then, as if watching the medals ceremonies wasn't enough of a tear jerker, to know that Misty May recently lost her Mom and that her Mom's name was also Barbara, I was a sobbing wreck. I'm sure her mother is very proud.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

I'm sick. Coughing up a lung every couple of minutes. Stayed home yesterday and slept until after 5pm. Ya heard right! On the plus side, caught some of the Olympics. Yes, I am an Olympics junkie, there I said it.

Some Olympic Observations...

I thought Judo was highya-judo-chop! type action, but instead it was more like wrestling. I'm confused...

Soccer players have some serious stamina.

Andy Roddick about gave me an ulcer yesterday after blowing a 40-love lead, then 6 match points... to finally win his match!

Swimmers have very white teeth, likely from the super-bleaching-action of the pool water.

Michael Phelps gives Xtina a run for her money with the low-rise pants. Hubby insists his plumber crack must slow him down (but he's still winning gold, so I say, let the sun shine in!)

Swimmers win hands down for looking the silliest while preparing to compete.

Brendan Hansen (ths silver-medal-winning olympic swimmer) looks an aweful lot like a young John C. Reilly (the actor)

Oh, and what can I say about Sexy Aleksei, except... they should show more of him!!

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

I was a bit floored when Karlene posted a comment to my "Trilogy of Terror" post that there was another movie with a killer doll that had left a big impression on her as a youth. It's actually a Twilight Zone episode called Living Doll, in which a "Talky Tina" doll that comes to life and terrorizes the mean step-father of the little girl who owns her.


She tells him, "My name is Talky Tina and I think I hate you" and "My name is Talky Tina and I'm going to kill you!"

First reaction: Yikes! Second reaction: need to see that, then walk around saying scary things to hubby so no one else can hear... mwah hah hah! Then again, he IS CHUCKY.

What are the odds that Hubby and I would both be immortalized as evil dolls? Just proves we were just meant for each other. Let's just hope our kid isn't Seed of Chucky!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

My boy Jeremy Piven is back on the small screen, in the the new show Entourage on HBO. Unfortunately, he plays a slimey, rude agent. Between that and his role in Old School as an uptight nerdling Dean with ginormous glasses, I'm losing a little of the Pivenatuation I previously had. Looks like I need to rent Serendipity and old episodes of Ellen.

I love Entourage though, something a bit different. My brother is back out in LA to get his acting career going, maybe he'll be in the same boat too - a rising actor with family and friends soaking off him (he wouldn't mind this at all).

Monday, August 09, 2004

Through some odd discussion thread - as usual - I asked Jenny & Aaron if they'd ever seen the movie where a little tiki doll comes to life and runs around with his little spear, yelling "ay ay ay ay ay ay" as he tries to kill the woman in the movie... no glimmer of recognition...

The internet proved me not to be delusional... the movie, Trilogy of Terror, from 1975, stars none other than Karen Black. Turns out it's a bit of a cult classic. My brother called right then and I asked him, "remember that movie with the tiki doll...?" and he replied, "ay ay ay ay ay ay ay". Even though he was so small and should've easily been drop-kicked, that itsy-bitsy, biting, stabbing, freaky little tiki doll managed to scare the crap out of us.

The movie is now in my Netflix queue and I hope to be sharing the glorious cheesiness of it with J&A very soon.

PS - Aaron, you might not want to look at THIS LINK.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Gone to the Dogs

Why do people love dogs so much? They love you unconditionally, don't talk back and it's been scientifically proven that they are infinitely cuter than humans. A relatively new "Lifestyle" mag for dog lovers - Modern Dog - tries to use the most attractive humans to compete, but, alas, Pam & Paris' cuteness not withstanding, the puppies prevail.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

My favorite toy company, Leapfrog, just announced that they have teamed up with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide talking books about health to Afghan women. The books will allow the women who cannot read to learn also.

The snippet of the book I heard on NPR said, "Touch a picture that shows what to do with muddy water"... I couldn't tell what the answer was... Now I'm curious... Either way, it's a noble cause and I'm sure it will not only have an impact on their health, but I think the women will find it a bit fun too, as most Leapfrog products tend to be (I still chuckle when I think of Mya scanning her tummy, boop, boop, boop).

Monday, August 02, 2004

I heard a bit of an
interview on NPR today about
Avenue Q - a Tony-award winning
broadway musical - with puppets.
Think Sesame Street meets
Reality Bites.

I'm all about Muppets with Attitudes.


Sunday, August 01, 2004

Best Bite

So while I'm doing Top 10s... and my blog IS called Daily Bite (stemming from my love of food)... I should include my:

TOP 10 FAVORITE FOODS OF ALL TIME (order subject to change daily)

Pellegrino's Buffalo Chicken Sub

Love Hearts*

Vanilla Latte with Whip from Starbucks

Frozen Faux Ho's (Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls)

Double Double w/fries from In-n-Out Burger*

My Grandma's Italian Cookies (Chocolate Balls and Pizzelles)

Sesame Chicken from The King and I

Chicken Madiera from Cheesecake Factory*

Baked Mac & Cheese from Lolas*

Jamba Juice Smoothies*

*These represent items not available in Rochester, which is, to say the least, both a travesty, depressing, and behind my driving desire to travel west as often as possible and somehow, someway, someday, bring them to Rochester!

Honorable Mention:

Maggie Moos Ice Cream - a new ice cream place in Eastview Mall, has delicious ice cream, yummy mix-ins, and a delicious waffle cone, worth the money AND the calories! (My fave - Dark Chocolate with Heath Bar mixin)

Banana Laffy Taffys
- if I eat one, I will eat 20, they are dangerous!