Every Day Should Be Champagne Friday

Because bubbles are more fun.

Somyr Perry

Somyr Perry
San Diego, California,
March 28
I love champagne. Well, I love alcohol, in general. Especially when I'm having a bad hair day.


NOVEMBER 19, 2008 1:30PM

Celebrating Baby Corey Walking


 My auntie in Rockwall, Texas, sent me this photo of my cousin Jacob's new baby girl taking her first steps. Her name is Corey and I've never met her, which makes me sad that our family lives so far away from each other. But I'm sure grateful for the technologies,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2008 8:10PM

I Picked Up an Olympian at the Airport



Today, I met Andy Potts, a world-class triathlete who competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and finished seventh in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in October.

I picked him up at the airport to take him to a photo shoot because he'll be on the cover of… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2008 7:41PM

More Respect for Crazy Pet Owners

Last week, some extreme cases of the power of the human-animal bond caught my eye and made me think about how closely I'm bonded to my own pets.

On Nov. 12 a 68-year-old Chicago-area man lost his life in a house fire trying to save his dog. The ChicagoRead full post »
NOVEMBER 17, 2008 4:10PM

Hair Highlights and Carbon Footprints


Man, I feel like a woman.

I don't know why, but when I get highlights in my hair, I feel like a million bucks. I think I even feel skinnier, though that's clearly an illusion. But I always walk out of the salon flipping my hair around like a Breck shampoo commercial.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2008 3:34PM

'Wow!' Moments in Canine Stupidity

**The photos below are not for the faint of heart. If you get queasy seeing icky animal stuff, you are forewarned.**

I am a retired veterinary nurse and worked for about 14 years in veterinary hospitals before making a career change. I've seen some doozy cases of dogs getting themselves in… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 13, 2008 4:52PM

The Death of Print Is Freaking Me Out

Yesterday, a good friend from college called to tell me that he is out of a job. He's a reporter for the Bristol Press in Connecticut and not only is the paper laying off everyone, it is folding.

The Bristol Press is more than 100 years old, my reporter friend said.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2008 4:30PM

Who fixes it? Need advice from HOA gurus

There is some confusion within our HOA about whether repairing damage to a unit caused by a flaw in the foundation or slab is the responsibility of the homeowner or the association. 

Case in point: large, widening cracks appearing in the walls surrounding and adjacent to the fireplace have been… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2008 7:51PM

The Christmas Cactus Blooms!


Every year, I know the holidays are coming by looking at a very special plant in my backyard. I inherited the Christmas cactus from a colleague who was moving away. I'd never seen one before and it's unusually flat-shaped segments look alien. It was severely overgrown, wilted and full o… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2008 11:00PM

10,000 Gallons of Vinegar


10,000 gallons of vinegar ... that's how much vinegar I estimate I've gone through in all the years of owning a dog, cats and now, a potty-training toddler. The amount of peed-on rugs, carpet pads and linoleum isn't even measurable anymore. That's a test of true love, you know, wh… Read full post »


  In the throws of Southern California rush hour traffic, I took this photo from inside my car with my phone. (At the risk of a few "shame on yous," I'll admit I was in motion but it was the only way I could snap the photo before it gotRead full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2008 4:45PM

NASCAR Fans: Introducing the Shelby 427




Growing up, the unusual spelling of my name made receiving anything printed, embroidered or painted with my name on it super special. I didn't care if it was a Christmas ornament or my first bike ... if it had my name on it it wasRead full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2008 3:43PM

Proud (and Pretty) in Pink

Don't you want to be a NASCAR driver? Or a veterinarian? I asked the toddler about halloween costume possibilities. Cindebrella's a princess, mama. I'm a princess. I wanna be Cindebrella, the toddler replied.



The pink syndrome strikes early despite efforts to clothe them in the&Read full post »

My cat recently was seen by a veterinary ophthalmologist at a huge specialty clinic. 

The medical care and patient care was fine, but they sure don't cater to the clients, which I find to be an important component of health care, unique to veterinary medicine.

The wait time I experienced onRead full post »

Take a good long look at the onion that cost me $1.82. Seriously. 

Onion 002

Gas prices have fallen dramatically in San Diego County, Calif., from more than $4.50 a few months ago to $2.62 (as of yesterday at Costco). For commuters like me that's welcome bulk to our pocketbooks. 

Now I… Read full post »

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its warning about certain varieties of candy made in China that may contain the contaminant melamine.

(Remember the Menu Foods pet food recalls last year and the recent infant formula scare in China?)

The Web site MomsRisinRead full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2008 11:58PM

When a Chef Can't Hold a Knife

It took until just before his 37th birthday to break a bone. Fate decided to do it in a moshpit at a punk concert.
For almost two days he denied that it was serious despite the balloon-like appearance of his right hand--the hand that is his livlihood. That hand that brings home… Read full post »
OCTOBER 29, 2008 10:18PM

No Way Layaway

I'm not old enough to remember layaway. By the time I started buying my own stuff, credit cards were in vogue. Plus, there was a social stigma attached to layaway: it was for low-income people or for those who lived beyond their means.

Apparently, the layaway demographic has changed. Now… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2008 12:10AM

Exxon Valdez Acetone Spill

Will mothers ever learn to respect toddlers and their mischievous ways?

As I finished up the dishes in the downstairs kitchen, the 2.5-year old, who is upstairs, finds the bag of nail polish and acetone. Just like mama does, I'm sure she thought, I want to paint my teenails. I hear… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2008 12:03AM

Detailed Inspiration

There are those who are private; those who are social;  and some, like me, are privately social with a lot to say and not sure who to say it to.

It's only recently that blogs have held my interest; I'm a magazine girl first, an NPR fan second and a… Read full post »

August2008 006

I voted yesterday, as a permanent absentee voter, and one ballot measure really took time for me to think over. I'm aware that I live in California--a pioneer state--what California does, so does the rest of the country. So I feel a particular burden to make an informed decision. This siRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2008 5:35PM

It Took a Village

Today was a great day in the annals of California Homeowner's Assn. successes. With a lot of preparation and planning, a group of homeowners, in a community suffering financially, worked together to clean up a 100 yards of overgrown green space and creek bed that runs through the center of the c… Read full post »