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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

They're Back! 

Banana Combs are back?! Go figure...

Does that mean that big, permed hair is going to make a comeback, too?

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Friday, April 09, 2010

What Dick Found in the Fridge... 

Our friend Tom was over when Dick made the discovery.

He asked us if we have a history of drawing on our food.

We thought about it, and realized that we do!

Long Live Cartoon Squash Baby!


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Which Chow? 

Last night, I had dinner with my friend Alice the restaurant, "Chow" in Lafayette. It was very good.

I paid our bill with my credit card. When I got the receipt to sign, I had to giggle.

Typically, credit card receipts usually have "Customer Copy" or "Restaurant Copy" at the bottom. (so you'll know which copy to leave with the restaurant, and which copy to take with you.)

This receipt had **Chow Copy.** at the bottom.

So, which Chow is this receipt for? ;)

**Chow Copy**

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Sneaky Gays 

My gaydar has been broken for years - and now I have to worry about "Sneaky Gays?" I'm in big trouble. ;) I ♥ Glee!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chow on Board! 

I'm in Stockton, visiting my Grandma today. My Dad is here, visiting
too. :)

I was helping my Dad load some stuff into his trunk when I spotted
something that I hadn't seen in in many, many years. (at least 15

Tucked away in against the side of a crate that my parents keep in
their truck, I saw the instantly recognizable "Chow on Board" sign!

Way back in the mid-80s everyone had these yellow plastic signs stuck
on their car rear windows that said "Baby on Board!". I suppose the
idea was that people would drive more carefully if they knew a baby
was in the car in front of them. ;)

I think we found this "Chow on Board" sign at a local pet store. We
all thought it was hysterical. I think we kept it in/on our car for
several years.

I had forgotten all about the sign until my high school friend,
Christina, mentioned it to me a few months ago on Facebook. It had
been so long since I had seen it, I assumed it was long gone, never to
be seen again...

So, I was obviously pleasantly surprised when I spotted it in my Dad's
trunk today.

For the record, it still cracks me up. :)


Friday, March 19, 2010

Only in the Castro... 

Dick and I were walking on Noe Street in the Castro this evening, on our way to dinner. (Dinner at L'Ardoise! Mmmmm...)

As we were nearing the restaurant, we passed a jogger who was heading in the opposite direction. He was jogging at a good pace, and had his earphones in.

As he passed by, he said, "Cute Dress!"

LOL! Made my day! I was wearing a new dress that I had just bought last weekend.

Only in the Castro!

I love my neighborhood.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

The "Over the Shoulder Cat Butt" Gun 

Oh, dear. Noe is going to be so embarrassed...

Unfortunately, I turned off the camera before the very end. Right after I turned it off, Noe looked over her shoulder, and ever-so-calmly said, "Mew". :)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"The iPad" - Really? That's the best name you could come up with? 

worst. product. name. ever...



This just goes to show that sometimes all of those brilliant engineers and marketing specialists just don't see the whole picture.

I'm pretty sure you could ask any woman on the street what the first thing she would think of when hearing about a product named "iPad", and she would say: feminine hygiene product.

I can guarantee you that (at least before Apple's announcement this morning) no woman who hears of a product called "iPad" would think, "Fantastic, computer gadget! I must get one now!"

No. that's not how it works.

Just say the word "pad" and our minds go elsewhere - somewhere much less fun and exciting.

I haven't even looked into the new iPad yet. I still can't get past the name.

But I'll tell you this, seeing the headline that Steve Jobs calls the iPad “truly magical” and a “revolutionary device” has a whole new set of connotations for me now. :)

Note to Apple: make sure you include smart women into those important meetings when you name those new "must-have devices"!

It just may stop you from sounding like an imbecile.

"The New iPad! Now with wings!"

No surprise: the net has been buzzing with iPad jokes all day.

Here's just one article about Apple's big goof:

Apple's iPad becomes big fat ‘intimate’ joke

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Funny conversation on Twitter.... 

this made me laugh. If you know me, you know I love Costco! :)

(Bruce is my cousin, for those of you who don't know)

breyeschow: Waiting for the, "You need four new tires." call. (@ Borders)
about 2 hours ago

trinachow: @breyeschow i just got 4 new tires installed today at Costco. :) $70 off coupon through end of the month.
about 1 hour ago

breyeschow: @trinachow you and costco . . . tires, caskets . . . did you meet Dick there too ;-) Already at our shop doing some other work, but thanks.
about 1 hour ago

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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Day I got my Palm Tree Shaved... 

First things first, this was the status I put up on Facebook this morning:

Trina is so excited that her palm tree is getting a shave today. :) (and is realizing that this sounds like a metaphor for something else, which makes this sound much funnier than it actually is)

It's no surprise that the responses I got back were hilarious!

But, no, really... I had my palm tree shaved today!

Nice, pretty, shaved Palm Tree!

The palm tree that we have in our backyard is probably about 20 years old, and up until about a year ago when we had our backyard done, the poor thing was pretty neglected. Our landscape designers fell in love with the palm tree, and actually based their whole design around it.

At last, our Palm Tree felt loved. &heart; :)

We've been meaning to have it shaved for the last year or so, but never actually got around to making it happen... until today!

The trunk was full of "hair" from the base all the way to the top.

(from the web)
The "hairy stuff" is an accumulation of dead leaves whose leafbases have not fallen off the trunk. Removing the old growth is done solely for cosmetic reasons.

Our gardener, Ann Marie brings her crew to our backyard every 3 to 4 months. I go back and weed/trim every week or so just for regular maintenance.

Today, Ann Marie brought in a Palm Specialist to help her shave the palm tree. It was a meticulous process, and was so interesting to watch. They shaved the trunk sheet-by-sheet - each sheet was originally formed by individual palm leaf. They carefully trimmed each sheet just above the dead growth (as to not damage the live growth) then sliced it off at the base of the leaf stem. (bad description, and probably not accurate.)

The whole process probably took a couple of hours.

I'm so amazed, and so happy with the results. I love the color of the exposed trunk. It will change color (green in the shade, and light brown in the sun) over time, but I think the pattern of the trunk is so beautiful!

Here are some photos of the process:

Before - covered in hair, and wrapped with lights

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

CA Earthquakes and Sea Lions 

Dick and I were talking this morning about all of the recent earthquakes in Northern California this week. There were 3 (I believe) about 3.5 magnitude (or higher) earthquakes centered around Milpitas between Wednesday evening and Friday afternoon. Then, there was the big 6.5 earthquake that hit Humboldt County yesterday late afternoon.

Then, there's the Sea Lions. Hundreds of sea lions used to live on the docks around Pier 39. They all just kind of showed up around 1990, and have hung around ever since, becoming quite a popular tourist attraction.

However, most of them left very suddenly at the end of November. Scientists were baffled as to the reason of their sudden departure.

I figured the sea lions must have known something we didn't.

Well, it turns out that the sea lions appear to have all moved up to the Oregon Coast. Apparently, this summer's El Niño event along the California coast pushed up lots of food, including herring, anchovies, smelt and squid.

I mentioned that to Dick this morning, and he asked how the sea lions figured it out.

"Did they text message each other?"

Pier 39 Sea Lion: "FML. This place is full of gay people and tourists."

Oregon Coast Sea Lion: Come on up! Lots of anchovies here! FTW!


I'm still not convinced the move was all about the food. I still say the sea lions were on to something that we haven't figured out yet...

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Hilarious change of plans... 

Proof that I'm not crazy

Okay - so my Mom and I have a annual ritual of going to MacWorld together every January. We've been doing this since 1985 - unless I was living out of the area.

Everyone knows that MacWorld SF is always the first or second week of January, right?

I always register early - as soon as I'm notified that registration is open - so I can qualify for a free pass into the exhibit hall (which is the only thing I go for anyway).

Earlier this week, I found my email confirmation printout, and put it in my purse so I wouldn't forget to bring it with me (you need this to get your exhibition badge at the expo).

My Mom and I had planned to go today, Thursday.

When we spoke about it earlier in the week, we both acknowledged that we hadn't seen anything about it in the local news, but figured it was because Apple wasn't going to be present this year (a first) and because of that, there wouldn't be any special keynote speech or special announcements. I chalked it up to being low-key, and was going in with low expectations.

I'll even say that I decided to check on Macworld.com to verify the dates, since I hadn't seen/heard anything about the expo. The landing page didn't have anything, but it did have a list of the 2010 Eddy Award Winners (Mac World Expo award winners, which are announced at MacWorld Expo each year) so again, I figured they were being low-key.

I planned on meeting my Mom at 11:00 this morning for breakfast/lunch, then we'd head to Moscone together. I put a status update on my Facebook account, mentioning I where I was going. Right before I was about to leave out my door, a friend of mine (Thanks, Thuy-Anh!) told me that she thought it wasn't until February.

Now, this news didn't shock me, because I thought this whole lack-of-information-thing. I went back to the MacWorld.com site - still nothing, but I thought to look for a section called Mac World Expo 2010.


MacWorld 2010: February 9-13

there it is!

So, I chuckled, and called my Mom - who was already on BART...

"Uh, Mom... I just found out that MacWorld isn't until February..."



So, she decided to just come on over to my house. She hasn't been over in a while, anyhow.

Honestly, this was good timing....

Just last night, I started to watch an Oprah show that was talking about the new show called "Hoarders". I haven't actually seen the Hoarders show, but the footage of it that Oprah showed was enough to inspire me to do a big purge of the "stuff" that's cluttered in my upstairs (extra) kitchen.

Dick and I just did a big clothing/electronics purge this weekend. (10 bags of clothing - just from me) and a whole bunch of old electronics - including the first Tivo Dick had bought about 11 years ago!

So, we're in the purging mood, and who better to help out, than my parents!

My Mom suggested that I call my Dad (who is retired now, by the way) and have him come over to help (he loves to purge/clear out/organize).

Yep - big change of plans for the day, but I have a feeling that this day is going to become so much more productive now!

Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

transcript of conversation between Dick & Trina 

I just found out that Dick sent this out to his team, so I figured I can post it on my blog..

Unedited transcript:

I need a picture for a public Windows live blog.
I don't want to use my corporate drone pix - they are too stiff.
I need a basic headshot pic that looks like me, has some character, preferably smiling.
Can you find one and send it to me? Thanks!

Here are three for you to choose from
Do any of them work?

I like the last one (in Vegas, I think), except that there are horizontal bars going through my head :)
Can you photoshop those out? (Just the ones going through my ears)?

Here you go – it’s funny – I never notice things like that until you point them out. :)

Hm. Right ear (left from your pov) looks really weird. The top has a funny shape. Like I’m a mutant elf.

Trina: Mutant elf – check.
Pointy-ears – gone!
(sends new image)

Dick: Also – can you fix the red eye?

Trina: (sends new image)

Dick: Actually, I may end up using the one in the hat. It’s pretty good.

Trina: Dude. You’re killing me....

Dick: Imagine how my team feels.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Well, Cuss Me! 

I've decided that I'm going to take a cue from the "Fantastic Mr. Fox" movie (which I loved, by the way. You should see it) and I'm going to use the word "Cuss" instead of any actual 4-letter cuss words when I feel the need to use expletives.

I generally don't swear much at all (except if I'm playing Xbox), but every now and then, I do feel the need. :)

Some examples:

"Cuss Me!"
"Are you Cussing Me?"
"Don't Cuss with Me!"
"What the Cuss?!"

...and my personal fave...

"Cluster Cuss"

(seriously - go see the movie!)

Why am I feeling the need to say this now, when it's been 2 weeks since I saw the movie?

It's because I just got home after spending the last 3.5 hours of my life sitting in traffic! "Cuss ME!"

I left Stockton at 3:00 this afternoon - hoping to beat the fog and the traffic (or, at least most of it). No go. There was a really bad accident of the big-rig nature in Stockton, and it took me 1 hour to get out. It should usually take about 15 minutes.

By the time I was in the Bay Area, I also got stuck in regular Friday night traffic, and Bay Bridge craziness.

It was bad.

Under normal circumstances, even with a little bit of traffic, it should only take 1.5-1.75 hours.

Oh, and did I mention that I stopped off at Tracy to grab a hot chocolate from Starbucks? Oh, and instead of putting in my one shot of peppermint, they decided to put in one shot of espresso instead. I try to avoid caffeine in general, and the hot chocolate was already pushing it, so by the time I made the discovery that it wasn't right, I was already at the Costco getting gasoline. I drove back to Starbucks to have them fix it. Good thing. That wouldn't have been pretty...

But I digress...

With my new, cleaner, cuss-free plan, I do believe that this blog is now officially rated PG-13.

It may even be PG...

Who the Cuss knows?


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Muppets Sing Bohemiam Rhapsody 

Two great things that go great together...

Oh, how I love the Muppets!
They always make me smile. :)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kitten Ball!! 

Dick and Noe are playing "Kitten Ball" - in which Dick does the Heisman Pose and Noe does her best impersonation of a football. ;)

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Friday, November 13, 2009

The Case of "The Mystery Gift" 

A couple of weeks ago, right after Dick and I returned home from our vacation, Dick received a package in the mail (or was it UPS?). In it was a copy of the book "One Fantastic Ride".

Apparently, this book was just published. We had first seen it while we were in one of the Sports stores on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill while we were there in October. Dick picked it up, read through it a bit, and looked through the photos. He considered buying it there and then, but remembered that we were on vacation, and that it would add to the weight of our luggage.

I reminded him that the holidays were coming up, and that this would make a great suggestion. When we saw his family that night, we mentioned the book, and one of his sisters told us not to buy it.

We were home for only a day or so before he received it in the mail.

It came only in the cardboard box - no invoice with the sender's name, and no gift card. We figured one of his family members were really on top of things, so Dick emailed his Dad and his two sisters, thanking them, and asking which one of them sent it.

No one responded.

So, we figured, that maybe they forgot to respond?

I was exchanging emails with one of my sister-in-laws, Kathy, today, and remembered to ask if she had sent the book. She said she couldn't take credit. She asked Meg (Dick's other sister) and found out that she hadn't sent it either. Kathy suggested that perhaps her daughter, Adrianne had sent it to Dick, and to ask her.

I emailed Adrianne and asked her if she wanted to claim the title of "gift giver" but she said it wasn't her, either. She suggested that perhaps the publisher had just heard how much Dick loves UNC. :)

That made me laugh, because when I mentioned the book to my parents a couple of weeks ago, they suggested that maybe the school sent it to Dick because they know how much he loves their basketball team. :)

So, it's still a mystery. Dick has had enough time now to read the entire book, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Does anyone want to take credit as the mystery gift sender?

Thank you to whoever it was!

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

What Cats are Really Thinking 

Reeves posted this on his blog and I thought it was hysterical.

I can only imagine (and often do) what Noe would say to us if she could...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fun with Anagrams! 

A couple of weeks ago, Dick were having a slice of pizza at our local "Escape from New York" on Castro street. They recently put the frame back on the wall of celebrities who have left autographed photos for them. One of the photos was of our friend, San Francisco-based author, Armistead Maupin. The headline under his photo read "Armistead Maupin is a Man I made dreamt up".

I explained to Dick that "Is a Man I Made Dreamt Up" is an anagram for Armistead's name. People have been speculating for years that this is his pen name, not the actual name he was born with. After all, one of the main characters in his "Tales of the City" series is named Anna Madrigal, whose name is an anagram for "A Man and a Girl". (her character was born male, but had a sex change as an adult.)

Well, seeing as Dick's Father was Armistead's Junior High School English Teacher, it's safe to assume that it really is the name given to him by his parents, and that it just happens to make one of the best anagrams ever.

After remembering how cool of an anagram Armistead's name makes, it made us wonder if our names would convert to any interesting anagrams.

My cousin, Bruce, just led me to this site that makes anagrams out of names:


First I tried my full name: Trina Kristin Chow, which came up with:


...not thrilled with that one, so I tried just my first and last name and got:


that's a little more fun!

Not nearly as cool as Armistead's but it'll do. :)

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thunder & Lightening 

Last night, I woke up around 5:00am to the sound of very loud thunder. Next came the lightening, and finally, heavy rain. This lasted for about half an hour, and started up again around 8:15am.

The thing is: we hardly ever get thunder and lightening storms in SF. On top of that, I didn't think it was even supposed to rain this weekend, so the whole thing really took me by surprise!

I'll admit, I'm not a fan. I know some people (my Mom) LOVE thunder and lightening storms. Not me.

This morning, I went to my computer and went to all of my usual pages, including Windows Live. What I saw absolutely cracked me up! I literally laughed-out-loud!

I've always loved this little girl and her black kitty, but this morning, I love her even more! She feels the same way about thunder and lightening as I do! (and the kitty doesn't seem to be bothered at all!)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Mad Men" Yourself 

This is pretty fun.

Dick and I both enjoy the TV series, "Mad Men". Come to think of it, we really should finish Season 2 before Season 3 starts!

I found this site today:
Mad Men Yourself

It's part of AMC's promotion for the new "Mad Men" season.

If you watch the show, and know the characters, then you would know that two people in this scene are not actually regulars. ;)

Trina and Dick visit the offices of Sterling Cooper

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sing that Funky Music, White Boy! 

This afternoon, quite out of the blue, Dick started to rap....

For Gangs, Clubs
And Nations
Causing Grief In
Human Relations
It's A Turf War
On A Global Scale
I'd Rather Hear Both Sides
Of The Tale
See, It's Not About Races
Just Places
Where Your Blood
Comes From
Is Where Your Space Is
I've Seen The Bright
Get Duller
I'm Not Going To Spend
My Life Being A Color

Halfway through, I was staring at him, stunned.

I had no idea where this had come from.

...and yet, he just kept going!

The song is "Black and White", by Michael Jackson.

So, it turns out that one of the bands that Dick used to be in used to play that song.

Dick said he often sang the backup lyrics (he played keyboard).
However, for this song, the backup lyrics turned out to be the rap!

Who knew?!

I love it when I learn something new about my hubby!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brown is the new Black? 

I was just folding the laundry, and noticed that my pile had an usually large percentage of brown clothes in it.

when did that happen?

When did I start buying so many brown clothes?
Did someone tell me that Brown was the new Black, and I took them literally?

It's funny, because I used to wear mostly black clothing. I think somewhere along the line, I thought I should introduce some color into my life.

Apparently, I didn't go very far down the color spectrum!

Truly, I do own clothing with color in it, but apparently, I didn't wear much of it in the last week or so. In my defense, I started the laundry by doing a load of "darks" first, and this was the only load that I've folded so far.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Moustache March 

Yep, it's that time of the year again. (I was hoping he might forget.)
Let's see what happens this year....

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Monday, March 02, 2009

"I Don't Know Dick" 

I just had a friend invite me to join his network on LinkedIn. I have a LinkedIn account, but don't really use it much.

Anyway, as I accepted his invitation, I noticed a short list of names on the left side of "People you may know".

Lo and behold, one of them was "Dick Craddock".

Well, it turns out that I do indeed know Dick Craddock, so I clicked the "Invite" linked to have him join my LinkedIn network.

The next page that came up asked me "How do you know Dick?"

My choices:Um, none of these choices really apply, do they? I realize that LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so I suppose it would be inappropriate for them to have a "we dated" or a "we hooked up" option. I guess I could chose "Other", but that just seems to darned impersonal.

Now, I know that I've been with Dick long enough now to have heard all of the "Dick Jokes", but I have to admit, I still get the giggles when I read something like "I don't know Dick".

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day! 

(thanks to my Sis for pointing me to this site!)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sizes at Starbucks 

Most people who know me know that I don't drink coffee. With this in
mind, you'll hardly ever me utter the words, "do you mind if we go to

I took Dick to his dentist appointment in Union Square this afternoon.
We got here early, and I had a craving for a hot chocolate. (plus, I
have a giftcard for Starbucks.)

When we walked in, there wasn't a line, so I walked directly to the
cashier. I didn't have time to read the menu, so I just ordered:
"I'll have a non-fat hot chocolate in whatever size your medium is."

Now, I do know enough about Starbucks to know that they have wacky
names for their drink sizes, that I suppose everyone else in the
universe knows but me.

As we waited for my hot chocolate, Dick and I examined their coffee
size names: Tall, Grande, and Venti.

Dick laughed, recalling a movie he had seen that joked about the
Starbucks naming convention:

Tall = Large
Grande = Large in Spanish
The only size that doesn't translate into "large" is Vendi! Which, by
the way, IS the large size!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fun Billboard 

Just passed this fun billboard on i80 towards the Bay Bridge.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Prom Picture Poses from Hawaii 

I finally downloaded my pictures from Hawaii. I mentioned in an earlier post that we started doing goofy prom picture poses with our friends while we were all in Hawaii last week.

Here are a couple of good ones:

Trina, Christopher (our Gay Boyfriend) and Dick

...and here's my personal favorite

Reeves, Christopher, Shan, Dick and Omar

It's very silly, but very, very funny!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Prom Picture! 

For some reason, we started to do prom picture poses with our friends when we were all in Hawaii last week.

This past weekend was Dick's Company's Holiday Party. They always have a photographer, and everyone always looks mildly stiff and posed. Dick and I decided to throw in another Prom Picture pose to lighten things up.

Trina & Dick
Winter Ball 2008

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

My "Sideshow Bob" Plants 

The plants for our backyard were delivered last Thursday, and placed for inspection by the designers on Friday. Our contractor is taking a pre-planned vacation this week, so we're in a bit of a holding pattern until she returns.

The weather has been so nice lately, that I've been going out to the backyard, enjoying the peace and quiet. Even though the job is not finished yet (probably another couple of weeks, easily) I really enjoy looking at the plants, and visualizing the final product.

One of my favorite plants out there is called a Foxtail Fern. That's its standard common name.

I like to refer to it (or them, as we have 4) as my "Sideshow Bob" Plants.


It's the first thing that I thought of when I first saw them. It's as if someone took Sideshow Bob (from the Simpsons, in case you didn't know) and planted the poor guy in a pot up to the top of his head.

See for yourself:

Sideshow Bob

Sideshow Bob Plants

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Friday, November 07, 2008

An Oldie but a Goodie 

Paula just reminded me that Reeves had taken this picture of me and Dick way back in October, 2005. I don't remember what the exact circumstances of the photo were, but we were at an opening show at the Adler's Gallery. I also remember that it was the week before our wedding.

This picture makes me laugh every time I see it. It has got to be one of my favorite pictures of Dick ever!

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Natural Instinct 

Oh, this is very funny.

My Mom took this photo last week from the sliding glass door of her house, looking out to the backyard.

Her initial reason for taking this photo was that there was a hawk (yes, a HAWK) visiting her backyard.

Sure, that's interesting enough. We don't see many hawks in our backyards here.

But, the best part is that she captured the reaction of a squirrel upon seeing the hawk.

The poor squirrel instinctively flattened itself as close to the ground as possible, and froze there, hoping that the hawk wouldn't notice it.

Can't you just hear that poor squirrel thinking, "CRAP!"?

Don't worry - this story has a happy ending. The squirrel managed to get away by doing a slow army crawl across the patio without the hawk ever noticing.

apologies to any PG-13 and under readers for using the word "crap" twice in this post. I hope your parents will forgive me. ;)


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Like Mother, Like Daughter 

I came to visit my Mom and Dad this evening, and when I walked through
the door, my Mom and I immediately noticed that we unintentionally
wore matching outfits: orange, short-sleeved tops (of which we each
own exactly one of) and longish, light beige shorts!

Can't remember the last time this has happened, but it's very funny!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Size Matters 

Christopher is over for dinner tonight. He's been routinely working
out for more than a year now, and the hard work is paying off!

Dick and Christopher compared biceps tonight. Um, ......

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Monday, September 15, 2008

You just knew this was coming.... 

It was inevitable, and boy, did they do it right!

In case you missed it, like I did, (I was in Vegas, and not paying attention to TV) here's the opening skit from last weekend's Saturday Night Live. This is one heck of a way to open a season!

I heart Tina Fey.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Tina Fey for V.P.! 

I know I'm not the first person to come up with this comparison, but it is the first thing that I thought of when I saw John McCain's V.P. Candidate this morning.

Sarah Palin or Tina Fey?

The resemblance is striking. I'm just guessing that that's where the similarities end.

I'm also guessing that Saturday Night Live is going to have a field day with this! (I realize that Tina Fey no longer writes for them, but you gotta believe that they'll have her come in for a special guest appearance for this.)

Even funnier, a quote from my friend, Mike Gaines:

"I can't decide if McCain's VP choice is Tina Fey or Karen Walker"

"Hey, Poodle...."



Monday, June 30, 2008

Spotted Dick 

Dick has a colleague at work who is English, and recently came back from a trip to London.

He brought a can of "Spotted Dick" back with him to give to Dick.

I had never heard of it before, so I looked it up on the web today. Here's what I found:

(from amazon.com)
Heinz Spotted Dick Sponge Pudding in a 10.5 oz. tin. A lovely sponge pudding studded with raisins. Has the consistency of a rich moist cake. A favorite dessert amongst English school children - hence the silly nick-name!

Oh, there are so many things about this that strike me as funny. :)

I thought perhaps we should start a new collection of foreign grocery store products with our names on them.

We started with "Trina" soft drink, and now we have Spotted Dick.

A match made in culinary-delight heaven?

...or, maybe we have the makings of tonight's dessert?

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pedestrian Flags 

Paula took me around Downtown Kirkland (Home of Costco!) yesterday
afternoon. She pointed out these pedestrian flags that are kept in baskets on every intersection. The idea is that pedestrians should pick up a flag, hold it high and walk with it across the crosswalk every time they cross the street.


I only grabbed this one for a photo op, and didn't use it as it was intended. Now that I think about it, I really should've busted out into a double swing-flag routine (a la Skylarks 1983) all the way across the crosswalk!

Take It to Make it, Baby

Just found this link from the Seattle Times. It discusses the Pedestrian Flag program, it's moderate success (8.6 percent of the pedestrians participate in the program) and the new(er) flag design: a yellow flag with picture of a person carrying a flag.

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No Smoking at the Smoke Shop 

I was out and about with Paula this morning, and couldn't resist
taking this photo. Oh, the irony!


Monday, May 19, 2008

Where Harry Potter buys jewelry? 

Am I the only person who thinks that this should be the name of a
store in the Harry Potter Universe?

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

The 8's 

Ayumi and Paul

Last night, we spent a wonderfully fun evening with my friend, Ayumi, and her boyfriend, Paul.

Ayumi's birthday was on April 24th, and mine was on April 28th. This was a belated birthday celebration of sorts. I realize that I have several friends who are Tauruses (born between April 20th and May 20th). We must all be drawn to each other.

I turned 38 this year, and Ayumi turned 30. At some point in the evening, Dick mentioned that he was born in the Tiger (in Chinese Astrology). Paul said that he was, too.

That's when Dick started to put all the pieces together: People who are born under the same Chinese Astrological sign are separated by increments of 12 years. (there are 12 signs/animals in total.) We had made the assumption that Paul was not yet in his mid-30s yet, so that meant that he must be..... 24 years younger than Dick! (gulp!)

Ayumi and Paul acknowledged that Dick was correct, with Ayumi stating that she was dating "a younger man". He is 8 years younger than her.

Dick said, "Oh, well, Trina is 8 years younger than me!"

...and then we remembered that Ayumi is 8 years younger than me...

So, that means that each of us were born 8 years apart.

The coincidence boggles the mind.

BTW: both Ayumi and Paul are musicians and singer/song writers. We intended for them to come over afterwards to sing some jazz with Dick. However, we got sidetracked with Rock Band! OMG - so much fun. And, by the way, as someone who is not a musician, and who does not sing at all, it was SO cool to play with 3 other people who could all sing really well!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Moving Right Along... 

"Bear Left."
"Right, Frog."

I love a good road trip!

After flying into Kentucky, driving to Dayton, Ohio, driving through Indiana and into Illinois, today my sister and I are driving up to Madison, WI!

I haven't been to Madison in about 9 years. I can't believe it's been so long. I love that place. I lived there for two years, and have so many fond memories.

We'll be visiting Sal and LuAnn and their two boys. I'm very excited, as I haven't had the chance to meet their sons yet.

Whenever I take a road trip, I can't help but hum the "Moving Right Along" song from The Muppet Movie along the way!

(I love youtube!)

I haven't quite figured out if I'm Fozzie or Kermit.
I have a feeling that I'm the bear. I'm a little goofy that way. :)

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

I found Jesus!!! 

.... and he's on I-75 North, near Dayton.


Board Ferry? 

As we were leaving the Gap, heading towards the freeway, Skynet (our
GPS device) took us on a slight detour.

It took us down a narrow, windy road. We all thought it was odd, but
pretty, and we didn't want to question Skynet. (why would Skynet lie
to us?)

After a couple of minutes, we were by a river. Skynet told us to turn
left towards the river. The next thing it said:

"Board Ferry."


Board the ferry? That's hysterical!

When I say "ferry" what I mean to say is that it looked like a raft built by Tom Sawyer! (no kidding!) We didn't board the ferry, and instead turned around and found the freeway.
But, we couldn't stop laughing. I mean, come on.... that's hysterical!

Given the nature of our trip this evening, we kept laughing at all of
the other interpretations of "board ferry".

Board Ferry
Bored Fairy?
Board Fairy?


Um, this might be one of those instances where you really had to be


There's an elephant in the room 

We spent our first night at a Marriott Hotel in Kentucky by the
Cincinnati airport.

When we walked out to the lobby this morning, here's what we saw.
Apparently, we're missing the 4th District Republican Convention.

Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore....
... Oh, wait...


Thursday, March 27, 2008

You know you've been to Vegas too often when.... 

hmmmm.... I don't think this is a good thing...

This afternoon, Dick, Graham, Tiffie and I went across the street to Planet Hollywood, our favorite casino. Bruce turned us onto this place last year. (and I still thinks it's funny that it was my cousin, the pastor, who not only turned us onto the Planet Hollywood Casino, but also got the whole Chow Clan hooked on Pai Gow!)

We love Planet Hollywood's casino: they play great music (mostly 80s) have a nice atmosphere (bright, clean, and not trying too hard) and really friendly dealers. It was where we played (and won!) at Craps (Trina) and Poker (Dick) yesterday.

There were four Pai Gow Tables open when we arrived: two with $10 limits, and two with $25 limits. We managed to find 3 empty seats at the $10 table (My sister opted not to play).

We went through 3 different dealers while we played for just under an hour and a half. When the third dealer sat down, she looked at Dick and me, and asked if we were from New York. We said, "No, San Francisco", and she said, "Oh, that's right. I remember you two. You haven't been here in a few months."

Oh, my.

What does that mean when the dealer remembers you from your last trip to Vegas?


Now granted, we do tend to get chatty with the dealers at P.H., but still, the last time we came to Vegas was 6 months ago!

Perhaps that's our clue that we've been coming to Vegas too often in the past year.

Did I mention that Dick is coming back with Martin in a couple of weeks?
(but we're not addicted..)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pompous Tea 

get over your big, green self...

I'm here in our hotel room - the Signature at MGM Grand. (it's our third time staying here - we obviously love it.)

We just got back from breakfast, and I thought I'd treat myself to a nice hot cup of tea. Our rooms are actually condos - complete with a mini-kitchen: stove, microwave, fridge, pots, pans, silverware and china.

So, I popped a tea cup in the microwave to heat my water, and opened up the tea bag to put in it.

That's when I read the directions on the oh-so-shi-shi tea brand:

For the Perfect Cup:
Bring the freshest of waters to a boil. Cascade over a sachet of Rainforest Green and steep 4-6 minutes. Due to the delicacy of green tea, careful attention is needed to capture the full taste.

Can't you just see me rolling my eyes?

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

That which made me giggle at Church this morning. 

Now, that's just WRONG!

This morning, I attended Easter Sunday Church service with Dick and his family.

Most of you probably know that I'm not a Church-goer. I wasn't raised with any kind of religion in my life, and have hardly ever attended church services. I do respect everyone's right to their own beliefs, just as I have some spiritual beliefs of my own.

That being said, I've never been to Church on Easter Sunday. Going to Church has always made me a little uncomfortable, to say the least. I just try to do my best to keep my my mind open, and mouth shut (I don't sing or recite prayers). I always saw Church as a very "serious" matter - out of respect that this is something very important to so many people, and that it is something that I simply don't know much about.

This morning's service was very nice - It's a lovely Church, nice sermon, and a great organ, accompanied by a choir. Since it was Easter Sunday, most people in the congregation went up for communion. I stayed in the pew while the rest of the family went up.

As they were coming back into our pew, Dick's sister, Meg, passed by me, and whispered, (just loud enough for me to hear):

"Bones of the father, unwillingly given....."

OMG. Once it set in what she had said, I had to try really, really hard not to bust out laughing!!

For those of you who don't know, that's a line from the Harry Potter series. Actually, it's part of the spell that was cast in Book 4 to resurrect the Dark Lord. Again, wrong, but oh-so-funny!

Meg had sent me a message a few months ago that she had been one of the people chosen to hand out communion, during which you say "The body of Christ, given for you" (when offering the bread) then "The blood of Christ, shed for you" (when offering the wine). Anyhow, she told me later that in the middle of being up there handing out the bread, or offering the wine, suddenly, that line from Harry Potter popped into her mind. She told me had to concentrate really hard to make sure she was reciting the appropriate line when offering communion, rather than accidentally slipping into Harry Potter mode. It was all she could do not to laugh during the rest of communion.

Oh, I just love my sister-in-law. (both of them, actually, but Meg gets credit for this morning's chuckle.)

So, that's my Easter Sunday Morning Story.
Apologies if I've offended anyone. Certainly didn't intend to. :)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Some Lord of the Rings Humor. 

Fun with animated gifs!

Dick just found this:


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Update on Moustache March 

Um, yeah. Dick's really getting into this.

I don't really know what to say.

Be afraid.
Be very afraid.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

An evening at the Craddock-Chow house 

Editors Note: I know that I already posted 2 blog posts today, but this just happened, and there was just no way that I wasn't going to blog about this!

Apparently, it's been declared that the month of March will be Moustache March at Dick's place of work. Dick just sent this email out to a few of his fellow co-workers:

Me: Oh, by the way, next month is Moustache March
My Long-Suffering Wife, Trina: huh??
Me: Moustache March. A bunch of guys in the office grow moustaches.
Trina: Great! You already have a moustache.
Me: Actually, I have a goatee. Here’s what I look like in a moustache (shows Apple employee badge from 1986)
Trina: Do I get a say in this?

Dick, circa 1986

The funny thing is that the conversation that Dick wrote was pretty much verbatim of my reaction.

Oh, my. It's going to be an interesting month.
I'll keep you all posted.
(I just made him promise that he wouldn't grow out his bangs)

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Hattie Pinn 

Remember yesterday's post about the new web site that I launched called Hattie's Pins?

I got this funny email this morning from my friend, Andrew:

I knew that name rang a bell. The Schoenhut company (makers of wooden toys including Quacky Doodles & Danny Daddles) produced a series of simple dolls based on clothespins. They were called the Pinn Family. The mother's name was Hattie Pinn (there was also a Bobby Pinn, etc).

Isn't that funny?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Whole New World - a Follow-up 

Oh, my. This just keeps getting better.

Someone was clever enough to put Nick Pitera's recording over the scene from the movie:

If you haven't seen the video of Nick Pitera singing this (which I put up on my blog yesterday), be sure to watch that, too!


Monday, January 21, 2008

A Whole New World 

My cousin, Cheri, sent me this link last week. She and I are both Disney Animation Fans.

My initial thought: this guy has an amazing voice! He actually sounds like the voice who sang the voice in the movie! (which is saying a lot!) Which reminds me, the character of Aladdin was my first and only cartoon crush. I mean, come on, the guy was dreamy. ;)

Anyhow, watch the video. Turn on the sound on your computer, and make sure to watch it in its entirety. This guy really does have an amazing voice, so much so, that it may surprise you.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Honey, I'm home! 

This is a look that Dick has been sporting for the past month or so.

I call it his "Honey, I'm Home!" look.

I love it. It's got a 50s, Ward Cleaver thing going for it.

It's really all about the hat. Love the hat. Apparently, he's had the hat for several years, but hadn't worn it in a long time.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

One Foggy Morning 

This morning we woke up around 7:00, and when I looked outside, saw that it is the foggiest morning that I can remember seeing in our neighborhood in a long time. I drove Dick to the CalTrain station, and we went in and out of fog banks along the way.

It's One Foggy Morning, all right.

which is not to be confused with One Froggy Evening!

"hello, my baby, hello, my darling....

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Friday, November 02, 2007

The Muppet Matrix 

Pete just sent this to me, and I couldn't stop laughing.

This is all kinds of funny.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Shout Out to my new friend, Kelly! 

Over the years that I've been blogging, I often wondered, "Who's reading this?" I mean, I know certain friends and family read it regularly, but other than that.... who knows? The internet is one big, wide open door.

Yesterday, I received one of my most favorite blog-related emails ever. It made me laugh, and smile the entire day!

It was from a woman named Kelly, who apparently went to school with Dick (she was one grade younger than him).

Anyhow, her email opened with: I have never written an email like this, so bear with me. I went to school with Dick and Kathy Craddock.

This, of course, had my curiosity peaked.

But, it was the next couple of sentences that really got me:

Recently, our high school had a class of the 80's reunion. One of my classmates wrote me an email and said, " check out Dick Craddock's wife's blog; they sound like a fun couple!"

I LOVE that: "Dick Craddock's Wife's Blog". This completely cracked me up!

She told me that she started to read my blog after that endorsement, and found herself continuing to come back because she loved my "tips".

As a blog writer, it makes me very happy to think that someone who doesn't even know me finds my blog interesting and entertaining enough to return to. You just never know! I mean, sure, I find certain things worth mentioning, but I have no idea whether or not anyone else would.

Here's another thing that she wrote that just made me smile and laugh out loud:

So, what does all of this mean? Other than feeling like a weird stalker by returning to your blog........it has had the funniest effect on me. For example my husband and I were walking through an antique show a couple of weekends ago and I saw the oldest raggedy I had ever seen. I kept thinking "oh, I have got to tell Trina!" then I am like," OMG, you don't even know her!" It was funny and weird. I decided you just had to know about me! So finally I decided to write and tell you that I read your blog and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I love this. I love that she feels like she knows me, even though she's never met me. (and not in that stalker-kind-of-way!) I believe that I'm actually very careful about what I "put out there" into the world of the internet. I try to be careful not to put in anything too personal. But, I do like to share various musings and tidbits that interest or amuse me, and I know that my personality probably comes across pretty easily in my writing style.

I'm so glad that Kelly decided to email me to let me know that she's one of my blog readers. I love the connection to Dick's past, and the fact that I met a new friend in cyberspace.

The web is an amazing place.

"Hi Kelly!"

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The nice man fixed my cat! 

Several years ago, I bought this iron (I think) bronze cat statue for Dick for Christmas. It's an odd gift, but he loved it.

The cat stands on a small landing in the middle of our stairway. It gets bumped every-once-in-awhile by accident. Several weeks ago, I bumped it with the vacuum cleaner, and noticed that the binding between the cat's front paws, and the dish that it was holding was becoming loose. The next week, our contractor came over to start the bathroom remodel upstairs. He barely bumped the cat, and the dish toppled over. He was terribly embarrassed, probably thinking that that's not the sort of thing you want to have happen on your first day. I assured him that it was weakening already, and that he hadn't really done anything at all.

But, now I had a broken cat, and I wasn't quite sure how to fix it. Where does one bring a broken bronze cat statue? I didn't even know where to start.

Our plumber was here today, making some adjustments to the plumbing before the inspector comes. I noticed that he was working with a blow-torch for the copper pipes. Now, he's been here a few times to work on our bathroom, and we're on a friendly, first-name basis, so I thought I'd just put it out there....

I asked, "Do you think you could fix my cat with your blow-torch?" (What a funny question) He looked at it, saw how it broke, and said he wasn't sure if the copper would fuse together with the other materials, but he would give it a try.

Needless to say, he was able to fix my cat!

Thank you Mr. Plumber! My cat and I are much happier now.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I *need* this hair dryer 

My sister-in-law, Meg, sent me an instant message today saying: "The worst thing about being home from Vegas?"

...there were so many answers, that I didn't know where to start...

her answer: "My hair dryer stinks!"

It's true. Dick's sisters and I all noticed how fantastic the hair dryers at our hotel were while we were there. All I could remember is that they were ionic dryers, had a folding handle, and a retractable cord. But the best thing: we all had really good hair in Vegas!

Vegas Hair, Baby.

My hair dried quickly, it wasn't frizzy, and it was soft and smooth.

My hair dryer at home simply doesn't live up to this one. (the one I have is ionic.)

So, in a middle of a geeky-quest, I called the hotel and asked for the make and model number of the hair dryers in their rooms. (I know, that's really geeky!)

It all paid off, though: I got the info I needed!

It's the "Andis 80020 Ionic 1875W Ceramic Hair Dryer with Folding Handle and Retractable Cord"

I looked it up online, and found it on Amazon for only $19.99!

I think I *need* this new hair dryer for my new bathroom! :)

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