Sunday, December 31, 2006

Christmas Party at the Ritter's

Gift exchange at the Fox & Hounds

The Sunday golf gang got together to exchange Christmas presents at the Fox & Hounds. Check out the slideshow!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

For the Friend Who Has Everything!

Trying to figure out what to get Uncle Harry? How 'bout a few rolls of personalized TP?

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Customer Service - Above & Beyond!

Ask anyone who knows me, I love gadgets and I love to shop. I do a lot of my shopping online, and have done so for years. I have had my share of disappointments, but, for the most part, I have made out alright.
This morning, while reading through the Popgadget blog, I ran across a product called Voltage iGlow, a self-illuminating hair gel. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I ordered three of the four colors of hair gel available. I also requested the most expensive shipping option, 1-2 day express.
Imagine my surprise when, not more than a 1/2 hour later, I got a phone call from Carlton (I think!) asking me if I wanted to take advantage of their special limited-time offer of "Buy 3, get the 4th free"! Not only that, but he also asked when I needed my order. I told him that I wanted it for a Halloween party next weekend. He suggested that he would ship it out first-class, saving me oodles of cash, and I would have it by the middle of next week! WOW! I can't ever remember such great customer service! If you have ANY need for glowing hair gel, please, visit Voltage iGlow and tell them Lisa sent you!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Our TV Debut

HGTV came and filmed a short segment about a couch that we own. Here's the video clip:

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"First Try"

If you haven't had a chance to view this gentleman's video blog, I encourage you to take a look! Note: The volume is a bit loud on occasion. Headphone users, beware!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Rev it up!

This week is Dream Cruise Week (unofficially) in the metro Detroit area. Saturday should bring about 40,000 custom and classic cars, along with over a million spectators. The Woodward Dream Cruise is largest single day car cruise in the world. It originated as a fundraiser for a kids' soccer team. According to the official Woodward Dream Cruise website,
The Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates the heydays of the ‘50s and ‘60s when Woodward Avenue was the heart and soul of cruising in the city that put America on wheels. Combined with music and fashions of the era, the Dream Cruise celebrates the nostalgia of bygone days in the cars that made them so special. The Woodward Dream Cruise is sponsored by a volunteer committee that coordinates the efforts of the nine host cities, the County of Oakland, media organizations, transportation authorities, corporations, small businesses and charities.

Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac is lined on both sides with magnificent classic and custom automobiles. It's a 16-mile long car show that is educational, historic and fun for all ages. There is no charge to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture that attracts over 1.7 million visitors, and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.

Ok, so that's the official description. I have lived along the route since the Cruise's inception, and except for the first year when I was out of town (but listened to the radio coverage), I have attended them all. I love to watch the cars rumble by, many still in need of a paint job, others polished to unbelievable shine, all much-beloved by their owners. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to admire the vehicles and swap stories. There is a pride that is palpable. We are The Motor City!

In 2004, I was no longer content to sit on the sidelines. I bought a purple, customized 1956 Bel Air Sedan Delivery on EBay and had it shipped from California. Firends and family thought I was a little nuts, afterall, why would a 42 year-old woman buy such a car?!
I look at these old cars and see the voluptous beauty and ageless grace, much like an older woman

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Vegas Baby!

OMG! The place is addictive! I've got reservations on hold for a trip in June with both kids this time. We're going to give the Hyatt a try. We had lunch there on our previous visit and when we saw the pool and beach there, we knew we wanted to come back for a stay.

Better than writing on the wall!

Many years ago we hosted a party after a friend's wedding reception. Our house was under construction, and the walls had yet to be papered in the entrance hall. I had the "genius" idea of handing out crayons to the guests. Some of the "art" they created would have been better suited to a bachelor pad, as opposed to a famliy home. We lived with the art for about 6 months before we papered over it. I would always cringe when my mom would stop by and stand in the front doorway, under the triptych of breasts.
This Genius Table would be ideal for those wild parties - if we still had them! Arash and Kelly +++ Genius Table +++

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


When I was 15 years old, I spent my days thinking about boys and parties, typical teen-aged things. I was not worrying about global strife and warfare. Times have changed for current teenagers. Here is a website created by a 15 year-old girl, wise beyond her years. Check it out. PEACE TAKES COURAGE

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Lake Las Vegas, here we come!

Sunday my husband, son and I are flying to Las Vegas for 4 glorious nights at the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas. Lake Las Vegas is about 30 minutes drive from the strip and is home to the Ritz and Hyatt resorts, along with the MonteLago resort. MonteLago is a nice little shopping and dining "village" with a casino and resort accommodations.
I visited the village in January and knew that I had to go back as a guest.
We had conisdered staying somewhere on the Strip, but the idea of leaving a 17 year-old to his own devices while we gambled was not an appealing thought. MonteLago will allow him to have some freedom without the ability to get into too much trouble, I hope!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Quick Meal

An entry in 43 Things entitled Learn how to prepare 10 excellent meals brought to mind a favorite menu that I found in a Pillsbury booklet. The menu consisted of broiled lamb chops, steamed asparagus, Zesty onion couscous and with Amaretto Strawberries with almond slivers for dessert.
Here is the recipe for Zesty onion couscous:
Serves 4
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup uncooked couscous
2 tablespoons diced green onion
2 tablespoons diced carrots
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (you can use any kind, really)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a 1 quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, melt the butter. Saute the onions and carrots over medium heat for about 5 minutes, add cayenne pepper. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

The Amaretto Strawberries were equally easy:
1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered, if large
1 small container vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon Amaretto
slivered almonds for ganish (maybe a 1/4 cup)
Mix yogurt and Amaretto and set aside. Spoon strawberries into individual bowls. Top with yogurt mixture and garnish with almonds.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

One Answer to Too Much Tech: Sorry, I'm Not Here

One Answer to Too Much Tech: Sorry, I'm Not Here
This article speaks to me! Currently, I own a cell phone with camera/video (which I never use), email and web browsing capabilities (which I very rarely use.) I probably make about 20 calls a month. I also own a Blackberry, which is stuck in a drawer someplace, which I bought to replace a dead Palm Pilot. I used my Palm daily, but I never got used to the Blackberry. We went for about a year without an answering machine. It drove our families nuts, but we loved it.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Crazy Shirt Folding - Google Video

Crazy Shirt Folding - Google Video
This is really very easy! I will never fold my short-sleeved shirts any other way again!

David Lebovitz Archives: January 2006 Archives

David Lebovitz Archives: January 2006 Archives
Here's a recipe for Cocoa Nib and Spiced Lamb Sausage Pizza. It sounds very different and I'm tempted to try this out on someone unsuspecting. I think if I told people what was in the pizza, they wouldn't give it a fair shake...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Let the projects begin!

Yesterday was my last day of work at the restaurant. My free time is seemingly indefinite. I've been working at various jobs for the past ten years after staying home with my kids for ten years. People think I will get bored, I know I won't. My house has been sadly neglected during my tenure and I am looking forward to getting it back to the source of pride that it once was. We're having a superbowl party, so I've got my work cut out for me. Nothing better than having a party to get things done around here! I can't wait!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


I'm not quite sure why one would want to use this email site, but it was kind of fun testing it out! I sent myself an email. I had to click on a link in the email and then I could "watch" the email being typed (hesitations, deletes, etc.).

Monday, January 09, 2006

Starbucks Economics - Solving the mystery of the elusive "short" cappuccino. By Tim Harford

Starbucks Economics - Solving the mystery of the elusive "short" cappuccino. By Tim Harford
I'm going to try this today when I go to work. I rarely buy Starbuck's, but I want to see their reaction to my order. I wonder how many others have tried this since this article came out.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Finding something black

Another work day, another mad search for black clothes to wear. If I were an organized geeky-mom, I'd have all of my blazers and pants in one area of my closet. Instead, I have to search through various piles to find something.
I'm not sure how much longer I'll last in this job.. Two of my managers are complete idiots.. and it doesn't help that they are about 20 years younger than I am.