Jan 17

Sweet Treats I Have Loved

  • Brownies
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Cheesecake
  • Donuts
  • Hy-Vee Premium Donuts
  • Dunkin’ Donuts S’mores Donuts
  • S’mores
  • Whitey’s Chocolate Peanut-butter Revel ice cream
  • Ande’s Mints
  • Whoppers
  • Spree
  • Smarties
  • Anything caramel
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Jan 05

Characters in the new murder mystery dinner party I’ve written

  • Sir Yale Kristof Oratorio – Winner of 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award~~Hollywood Producer and Director Sir Yale Kristof Oratorio is one of the most feared and revered persons in the Industry. He is known for his obsessive commitment to excellence and tyrannical control of the minutest details not just in his movies but on the entire film set. Rumor says he once ordered a caterer to be executed for failing to provide enough sesame seeds on his bagel. Nobody actually killed the guy, but he never catered in Hollywood again. His latest movie, Try & Die 5: Keep on Trying, hit number one the first weekend it was released and stayed there for three weeks, pushing his lifetime earnings well over a billion dollars and already garnering Oscar buzz. Sir Yale has hinted that the movie he currently has in production will be the pinnacle of his success and his farewell gift to the industry before he retires.
  • Alison Andretti – Top female director and producer in the U.S., Alison is known for being fast talking, hard working, tough as nails, but with a soft heart. Her most recent film, To Bridge The Space Between Us, was the movie that knocked Try & Die 5 out of the top spot. Alison is quickly making her way to the top of a very male dominated industry and not everyone likes that. But she has a quick smile and has always said that her motto is “Kill them with kindness”.
  • Craig Daniels – The star of the Try & Die movie franchise, Craig Daniels is everything a movie super spy should be. He’s suave, cultured, and can kill with more than just his looks. Although he had some success in years past, it was his breakout performance in the first Try & Die that garnered him a People’s Choice Award, which was followed up by an Oscar for Try & Die 2, Try A Little Harder, and nominations for each film since.
  • Dexter Mascherada – This self-made studio mogul learned Hollywood from the ground up and knows every facet of the industry, plus he is good to the people who work for him. This has made him one of the most popular directors in Hollywood over the last decade. Known for the lavish spreads he insists upon for his cast and crew, and extravagant gifts for his movie stars, Dexter is the epitome of the hard working, down to earth guy who happens to be a millionaire.
  • Ephraim Joaquin – Although he was raised in Southern California, Ephraim prefers to play up his international heritage to demonstrate how worldly, sophisticated, and intelligent he is. His striking good looks carry most of his movies, as the large majority of them are done in Hebrew or Yiddish with English subtitles, something he has the luxury of doing thanks to his earnings and Oscar for his first English speaking role in The Silence Speaks a Thousand Words.
  • Fiona Plie – From Broadway to Hollywood, Fiona has danced her way into the hearts of movie viewers everywhere. Her lithe and nimble steps and classic beauty belie the steely will that has forged her career. With a body as strong and flexible as her mind, Fiona is known for doing all of her own stunts, even going as far as learning martial arts to star in Sir Yale’s 2010 action flick Backlash Baby.
  • Gracie Encanta – Considered by many to be a modern day Marilyn, Gracie has long been type-cast as the ditzy bombshell, a role which she doesn’t seem to mind. She’s beautiful, flirtatious, and not above using her charm to get the things she wants. Her string of ex-personal assistants tell a different story though, of a dark fury hidden behind her stunning looks. And Sir Yale once hinted that he fired her from his movie Crazy Daizey when she proved too crazy for his standards.
  • Heather Sunshine – Heather inherited her fortune when both hippy-minded parents died in a tragic tuba accident on the set of Band of Misfits, one of Sir Yale’s first directorial attempts. Although he never claimed responsibility, the director made sure that Heather would never need to worry about money after that. Since then Heather has found a permanent place in Hollywood’s society where she considers herself “an influencer with a conscious”.
  • Ison Yu – Celebrity blogger and professional gossip Ison Yu makes his living by turning up the secrets stars don’t want revealed. Some celebrities hate him for this, but enough of them try to ingratiate themselves to him that Ison is able to keep tabs on much of the Hollywood scene. He often shows up at celebrity events, movie sets, and even private gatherings without an invitation, knowing that most people won’t question him.
  • Jennifer Goodhouse – She’s everyone’s favorite girl next door. An actress from childhood, Jen has grown up filming Sir Yale’s action comedy movie franchise Dandy Candy. The latest (and rumored to be last) installment, Dandy Candy 8: Gumballs of Steel, did poorly in the theater but Jennifer didn’t let it get her down. She went on to star as Craig Daniels’ love interest in Try & Die 4: Try, Try Again which got her an Oscar nomination and a star on the Walk of Fame.
  • Steven Sebold – Reality TV host Steven Sebold has spent the last year trying to make the leap onto the Silver Screen but has so far only landed small parts, and all of them thanks to his family connection to Sir Yale. His youthful good looks and boyish charm make it difficult for fans to take him seriously in roles such as “Rich Cousin #1” in Try & Die 3: Try As I Might. However, rumor is that Steven is up for a part in Alison Andretti’s upcoming film Softly Rings the Workman’s Hammer.
  • Tony Zamboni – Hollywood producer Tony Zamboni is brusque, fast talking, and Italian to the core. His quirky superstitions, (for example, he insists on eating spaghetti with gravy and wearing checkered socks to bed before every opening night,) keep the general public thinking of him as fun-loving. But those who work closely with him will tell you that Tony is ruthless and calculating, with a heart as cold as ice.
  • Valentina Vergucci – Fashion designer to the stars, Valentina has dressed all the hottest celebrities. She is known for her use of flamboyant colors and unusual fabrics, such as the orange burlap dress that Heather Sunshine wore to the Golden Globes last year. Valentina got her start designing costumes and hit gold when she won a design Oscar for Sir Yale’s 1930s period piece Canary College. For good or bad, her crazy looks for the red carpet are here to stay.

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Dec 31

Games Available At My House if You’d Like to Play Games for New Years Eve

  • Blokus
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Careers
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Rhino Hero
  • Uno
  • Taboo
  • Poker
  • Monopoly
  • Scrabble
  • Scattegories
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Puzzles
  • Charades
  • Farkle
  • LIFE
  • Survivor card game


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Dec 25

Christmas Present For My Nephew Aidan

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Dec 23

My Christmas Celebrations This Season

  • 12/14- Leadership Christmas Potluck at work
  • 12/16- Annual Family Christmas Party
  • 12/17- Caring Tree gift party at work
  • 12/17- Gift Exchange Reunion
  • 12/23- Christmas with my kids
  • 12/24- Christmas Eve morning breakfast
  • 12/24- Late night Wrapping Party
  • 12/25- Christmas with the family
  • 1/5- KAC Christmas party
  • 1/19- Directors Holiday party

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Dec 10

Christmas Songs I Hate

  • Blue Christmas — specifically Elvis’ version
  • Do They Even Know It’s Christmas?
  • Christmas Shoes

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Nov 19

My Favorite Ornaments on my Christmas Tree (which yes, is already up)

  • Sycamore leaf
  • Lifeguard
  • Bird
  • Cubs World Series Champions
  • “Hope”
  • L made out of pearls
  • Shepherd’s crook
  • Blue/gold, purple/gold wisemen set
  • White teddy bear of buttons (gift from Aunt Edie)
  • Wooden shoes (gift from Michelle)
  • Blue/silver snowflake set
  • Adornments
  • Alaska totem pole (the one that started my habit of buying ornaments for places I visit)

Absent from list: All my childhood ornaments and those from Caleb’s childhood, as they have never been found after a move several years ago. 

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Oct 02

Every Day Heroes

  • People who hold the door for people behind them
  • Drivers who stop and let pedestrians through crosswalks
  • Parents who don’t give in to temper tantrums from their kids
  • Strangers who understand why parents aren’t giving in to their kids
  • Grade school crossing guards (especially in rotten weather)
  • People with beautiful handwriting who create those chalk sign boards
  • The folks who “leave a penny”
  • Grown children who care for elderly parents
  • Teachers, educators, child care workers
  • Friends who treat your children like their own
  • Soldiers, police officers, firemen, paramedics… all those Heroes who put the good of the many before the good of the few

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Sep 26

Things I Actually Said to My Son When He Was a Kid

  1. (At age 2) “Put down that crowbar”
  2. “You’re the best kid ever. Except for Jesus.”
  3. “Don’t be on fire.”
  4. “Go chainsaw nine more people and see what happens.”
  5. “Call your dad and tell him he has to come home because I’m stuck to the carpet with a fishing hook.”
  6. “No, it’s not an umbrella. But it is a raincoat.”
  7. “Good thing you’ll be filming it when you light your friend on fire. That way they can use it as evidence at the trial.”

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Sep 21

My Favorite Survivors So Far (Not counting Jeff Probst since he isn’t a player but is obviously the best Survivor ever)

  • Cirie
  • Stefanie
  • Boston Rob (although I hated him the first two times)
  • Cochran (call me… seriously)
  • Tina
  • Makayla
  • Russel Hantz (for real)
  • Rob C
  • Rupert
  • Ozzy (especially the first time)
  • Malcolm (sealed forever by the triple idol play)

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