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April 2011

Also In April

April is also the anniversary month of my sister's death. The 17th to be exact, and it's been three years now. There was much love posted back and forth on facebook, but honestly I barely joined in. Didn't feel like it at all. Grace and I texted to each other a bit about other things, our conversation basically started with "Don't go on Facebook today!" The thing is, I feel like I talk about Jen all the time, especially with my mom and often with Grace so one particular day is not as important as any other.

In fact, the day before, at a party for Kurt's volleyball gang, I was chatting with two of his friends, talking about family and how my stepdad is getting older and isn't so well these days and helping my mom out with that. One of them asked "Are you an only child?" and I had to explain that I was now. (Yes, I have two other sisters but we have different moms so I am my mother's only [living] child now.) It didn't make me emotional to talk about it with the nice guys at the party. It's a fact that Jen died and sometimes just reciting the facts is easy. Don't get me wrong, I cry plenty about her and I always will, I can't just put it all on one day. (No one really does.) It's like going to the cemetary where she's buried -- something I never do. She's not actually there so why go?

Ooh I sound grouchy. Well, I guess I am. Still pissed off that my sister died. It sucks and it's unfair and it makes me sad and hurt and cranky.


Excuse me, I have to go pet Bunny.

Speaking Of Adoption

Well, we haven't actually spoken of it in a while because no news is no news in the baby adoption department. I promise, if there were news, you'll hear it here first!

However, April is the anniversary month for when I adopted Bunny from the West LA Animal Shelter in 1995. I would have bought her a cake, but I know she's too picky. She likes ice cream better.

Bunny is perfect cat and I am so glad I found her all small and squooshy faced in the shelter. She's also a mighty good sleeper.




And she loves Kurt best of all. As do I!

Yay for Bunny!

Adios Bee Swarm

After two days, it didn't look like the bees were going anywhere and I wanted to make sure they found a good home. I called a live bee catcher and he promised and assured me that the bees would go to either an avocado ranch or an orange grove and they would have their own hive.

I video taped the very low-tech procedure. The Bee Man had short sleeves on and didn't get stung. He said bees who are swarming are not very aggressive.

Of course there were some bees who didn't make it into the bee box with the queen and they are flying around like crazy. The Bee Man said they will make their way back to their original hive (and hopefully won't be mocked for crawling back home.) Bee Man also said there were about 1000 bees. Small swarm.

So long bees! Happy to have helped with your new hiving!

Bee Swarm Day 2

The Bees have decided to stay another night. I know how tough it is to find good real estate in West LA. I'm sure their scouts are working overtime to find a new hive location. Hopefully it won't be anywhere near our house. Love the bees, but not permenantly.

Look how pretty they are all crowded together. How do they do that?


A Game of Thrones Thing I *Can* Blog About

After working on the original pilot in the fall of 2009 through spring of 2010 and not-really-blogging about it specifically, it's fun to just be a fan. Especially since 99% of what I worked on doesn't even exist in the new first episode/pilot due to recasting and reshooting after the show got a green light. My "fame" has now faded and I'm just another gal in line for the food truck.

HBO is doing a great food tie-in for Game Of Thrones. Tom Colicchio is creating menus from locations in the books and then serves the food (FREE!) out of trucks in NYC (last week) and Los Angeles (this week). Kurt and I went to today's location at Wilshire and Hauser and waited in line to get the grub.


The line moved quickly and the food was FANTASTIC! Seriously, that Colicchio guy knows what he's doing.

I opted for the sweet corn fritter and Kurt got the squab with black bread pudding. We both got the lemon cake dessert. I could have eaten seven more of all of it. The black bread pudding was especially savory and yummy and mmmm.


My camera's auto focus was drooling over Kurt's food and got a bit wonky.


The view as we left.


I'm probably going to track down the truck again on Thursday. Even if you have no idea about Game of Thrones, just go for the free delicious Tom Colicchio food!

You can see a bit more detail from Tom C himself about what we ate today:

Bee Swarm

Our neighbor called to tell us that a swarm of bees took up in our front tree. We looked out and lo and behold, there they were all snuggling up together for a good night sleep.


We are not concerned. I somehow remembered (in the brain that retains all random things) that when bees do this, it's only for a day or two at the most. So I looked it up and sure enough, they are just moving hives and while they chill out here, the scouts are out looking for a new spot to move into. Apparently the bees are full and happy and not really defensive unless you go and provoke them.

I hope they get a good rest and find their new home soon. You are welcome to our branch as long as you need it, bees!  (Anyone know of any spirit guide significance to a bee swarm?)