Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I Left my Heart in San Fransisco

"I'm going to squish you like bug!"  Not the most warmest of welcomes I've received in my life.  But what was I expecting from a homeless lady with a twitch in her eye? Well, what can you do? I believe when you're in love you take the good with the bad, because no relationship is perfect.  I remember when I first fell in love with the City by the Bay.  I was about seven years old when my family was in the city for a conference.  I remember staring up at the tops of buildings in awe, looking into store windows, completely unaware of the homeless people who seemed to to reaching for me, my mother frantically swatting them away like flies, and piercing into their strung-out souls with a look of death.  The moment I knew I wanted to live in the city was when we walked in Nordstrom in San Fransisco.  With it's four-story gold circular staircases, I watched the way people walked, and how they lived made we want to be apart of their world.  As I got older, the love for the city was changed into a more mature understanding, and a slight humorous appreciation for the locals. 

While I was giving a guided tour to a few of my suburban friends, with a pep in my step, I saw a haggard, old homeless woman walking toward my group of friends.  Telling them to look down, she continued to walk faster toward us.  With a quick slip of her dirty flip-flop, and a smack to my face, "I'm going to squish you like a bug!" she said.  The residue from her flip-flop left a large dirt print, and a look of shame on my face.  I was completely unaware as to why my city and I had had our first fight.  I was quick to forgive this time, but now more aware than ever the shifty turn a city has to offer.  After a period of time you can become desensitized to these freak acts of aggression.

After a long day of shopping with my sister in the blistering summer heat of San Fransisco (a high of 65 degrees), the only thing that could possibly make the day more perfect was a Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks, and of course, a show.  This was a true test of the city life.  As we were sipping our Venti drinks, a skinny, pale man started to walk around in circles.  Strange, but not completely abnormal.  He continued on until apparently got too hot.  So he took off his shirt, then his shoes, socks, pants, you get the idea.  We decided either he was high, or was listing to the song "I'm Too Sexy for my Shirt" and took it to heart.  Either way, we just sat there until our drinks were gone, and so were his clothes.  Unphased by what happened, we were just ready for more shopping.

Oh San Fransisco, how I miss you.  But we will meet again soon, in a week's time.  That's right.  The House of Brockman is jet setting to the sunny state of California, where dreams do come true; well at least before the recession in 2006.  We will only have $20.00 in our pockets, but getting ready to pop some tags in the city.  Can't wait.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

House of Brockman the Soap Opera

We all know good new spreds quickly, but what travels even faster, is gossip.  There is nothing better, and more enjoyable than a scandle shared between friends, or enemies.  Believe me, I have plenty of dirt.  From unfaithful husbands, to daughters who just can't say no, to mothers with drinking problems.  All I can say is these are the "Days of Our Lives."  Wouldn't life be more exciting if it were more like a soap oprea?  The opportunity for endless drama and being blindly unaware we are the causes for our own unfortunate issues.  Even better, what if your life were like a spanish soap opera filled with passion, and pinatas?!  As the music soars, we are caught in a passionate moment that ends just as quickly with the discovery that our enemy has just come back from the dead for a third time.  What would "The House of Brockman, The Soap Opera" be like?

This week on House of Brockman:

Phone rings.Emily: Hello? Hello?  Is any one there?
Emily hangs up the phone; phone rings agian.
Emily: Hello?  Who is this?  Is any one there?
Hangs up the phone.  A loud knock sounds at the door, and a baby starts to cry.  Emily, starteled walks to the door.
Emily: Who is it?
Chris: Babe, let me in. I left my key!
Emily : You scared me!
Chris:  Sorry.
Chris gives Emily a quick kiss.
Emily: Did you just call here?  Because some one called twice a few minets ago, but no one said anything.
Chris:  No,  I was on my way home.
Phone rings agian.
Emily: You answer it.
Chris: Hello?
White noise.
Chris: Who is this?  Hello?  Stop calling here! Leave my family alone!
Chris hangs up the phone.  Phone rings agian.
Chris: [yelling into the phone] Stop calling us!
Voice on the phone: I'm coming for her..
Phone hangs up.  Ominous music soars.  Chris and Emily look at the baby.

To be continued....

Ok, so maybe that's a little more dramatic than what our life is really like, but what are soap operas for anyway?  They're for a good piece of drama and gossip.  But in our real lives the word on the street, particularly Cary Street, is that House of Brockman will offically have an office to continue in building the House of Brockman name.  Our first Interior Design office!  We are going to be located inside Urban Interiors at 3422 W Cary St. Richmond, VA.  We will be providing our clients with an array of design services for any budget.  We will be working by appointment only.  We are very excited to continue to expand the House of Brockman.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kelly Green and Tan

March 2nd is a very important day! It is my birthday as well as Dr. Seuss'.  In the spirit of Dr. Seuss, I was reminded of a few of my favorite books, "Oh the Thinks You Can Think," "There's a Wocket in My Pocket," and of course, "Green Eggs and Ham."  "Green Eggs and Ham" is a book about possibly one of the most annoying sales persons ever written, Sam I am.  He gives every option and idea possible, with disregards to any health code regulations, as he harasses  his victim into eating his potentially moldy eggs and ham.  The lessons learned?  Maybe our mothers were right to never talk to strangers;  Nancy Regan's campaign "Just say NO!' may not always be affective; and keep an open mind and you may be surprised!  
Sam I am is at it again!  Who knew he was an interior designer as well as a culinary genius?!  He is trying to convince his friend about the color combination kelly green and tan.  
I do not like kelly green and tan,
I do not like it Sam I am.
Would you like it here or there?
I would not like it here or there;
I would not like it anywhere.
I do not like kelly green and tan,
I do not like it Sam I am.
How about on a chair?
 There's no way you can compare.

I do not like it on a chair,
 I do not like it here or there,
I do not like it anywhere!
 I do not like kelly green and tan,
I do not like it Sam I am.
What about on the drapes?
I would rather eat rotten grapes!
I do not like it on the drapes,
 I do not like it on a chair,
 I do not like it here or there,
 I do not like it anywhere!
I do not like kelly green and tan,
I do not like it Sam I am.
A throw! A throw!
There's no way you could say no!
NO! NO! NO! 
I do not like it in a throw,
I do not like it on the drapes,
I do not like it on a chair,
I do not like it here or there,
I do not like it anywhere!
I do not like kelly green and tan,
I do not like it Sam I am!
  I know!
How about with the lamps?
I would rather deal with cramps,
 than ever look at those ugly lamps!
I do not like it with the lamps,
  I do not like it in a throw,
 I do not like it on the drapes,
 I do not like it on a chair,
 I do not like it here or there,
I do not like it anywhere!
I do not like kelly green and tan,
I do not like it Sam I am.
You do not like it, so you say.
Try it!  Try it, and you may.
Sam, if you will let me be,
I will try it, you will see.
I do not like kelly green and tan,
 I do not like it Sam I am.

Say!  I do like kelly green and tan!
I do like it Sam I am!
I do like it with the lamps,
 I do like it on a throw,
 I do like it on the drapes,
 I do like it on a chair,
 I do like it here and there,
 I do like it anywhere!
 I do so like kelly green and tan.
Thank you! Thank you, Sam I am.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

And the Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Free Give-Away!  Congratulations to Chantal who was the ONLY person to guess all five questions correctly!  Here were the correct answers:

1.  While on a trip to New York City, Chris sung a duet with a top Broadway performer.
When Chris was in high school he was in a super awesome choir that was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  While they were there Chris sang a duet with  Jenny Powers who played Meg in "Little Women" on Broadway.

2.  Emily was once attacked by 50 ducks who were after her loaf of bread.

When I was in college I went on a date with a guy in my group of friends.  After stopping by the grocery store for a cheap loaf of Wonder Bread, we walked to what was known as the duck pond.  Many people went there to feed the ducks, but I had never been there before.  We got there and decided to sit on the ground and throw bread to the ducks in the water.  Bad idea.  The ducks swarmed us and it was insane chaos!  There were ducks on my lap, poking me in the back, pecking at my jeans, and taking whole pieces of bread from my hands.  There had to be at least 50 ducks!  Sorry about the poor quality of the picture, it was taken on a very old flip phone when camera phones were super cool to have.

3. Emily and Chris took a sushi making class together and now hate sushi.
Chris and I never took a sushi making class together.  Chris loves sushi and I hate it.  I hate fish and any other kind of seafood.  It just grosses me out and the smell of stinky fish sickens me.  But Chris, being from California, loves him some sushi!

4. Chris once had a telephone pole fall on his head, and it gave him temporary tunnel vision.
Chris and a group of friends were volunteering at an animal shelter where they were doing some yard work.  A telephone pole had fallen down, so like any group of teenage boys, they decided to move it.  To get it out of the way they had to lift it up and over a rather large obstacle.  They all lifted it up, but as it was going over, it slipped and fell right on top of Chris' head.  Like we said, he had tunnel vision, but he also got a concussion, and slight memory loss for a little while. 

5.  Emily had the pleasure of meeting Britney Spears (pre-crazy Britney) backstage at a concert.
The truth is, I hate Britney Spears and I always have.  At my 12th birthday party one of my friends got me the "Oops I Did it Again" album.  I listened to it when my friends would come over, or I would take it to my friend's houses to listen to.  I wanted them to think I was cool because I had a Britney CD.  But truth be told, I've never liked her voice and she's always annoyed me.  So, sorry all my friends from back in Elementary School and Middle School.  I lied.  I've never liked Britney Spears.