Thursday, December 31, 2009
2009 has been probably the best and worst year that i've had in my life thus far. I've gotten to do so many things that I never ever thought would be possible. I have lots of people to thank for my amazing experiences this year and i'm very blessed for having these people in my life.
I think the reason that I haven't been as vocal about all of the exciting events is simply because there has been a shadow cast over it all that I can't seem to push away. Lots of worries, insecurities, and downturns have bubbled up in the past year. Made lots of mistakes and saw others make some of their own. These "exciting events" I speak of are seriously what kept me moving the entire year. What made me not give up totally and just say "to hell with it."
I've recently been thinking about what "social networking" has done for my life. I've met a lot of cool people and made some new friends. Lots of my experiences this year just wouldn't have been the same without the help of Facebook and Twitter. Not gonna lie about that. But, even then, I don't know that these websites have done me a whole lot of long-term good.
Maybe, just maybe, I don't need these, somewhat petty, social networking websites to keep me moving.
I'm using 2010 as a jumping point to figure out who the heck I am. Because... guess what... I have no idea. I don't even know that i'm totally secure with my life currently and i'm unsure of what the future holds. So, I got to thinking... if I don't know who I am... what am I showing the world via Twitter and Facebook?
There's a good chance that i'll be cutting back in 2010. Cutting back on clutter. I think clutter has totally messed up my mind and I really can't get any powerful thinking done if i'm worried about what i'm going to talk about to lots of people that barely know me. Sure, I may have been friends with tons of these people in high school but I really don't know anything about who they are now and quite frankly... I don't much care to let people Facebook stalk me and "think" they get what i'm about.
I cut back on the use of my phone and i'm thinking that may have been a mistake. If people really want to talk to me they'll call me... or text me. If they don't have my number... they will ask for it or I will ask for theirs if I feel necessary. I'm ready to interact with people with of real flesh and blood.
To those of you who wish to stay in contact with me (if and when delete my Twitter/Facebook accounts) shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can keep in touch that way or via phone.
Friday, October 30, 2009
The last time I updated was right before Disney World with my mom to blab about how excited I am about the new Sam Cooke movie that they are making. I'm totally still excited! I actually talked with some people about it in the last month just to spread the word.
In the past month i've participated in American Idol Experience at Disney World and Sturgis Idol here in town. Both great experiences and I took a lot from both of them!
I sort of skipped talking about my American Idol Tour extravaganza because it was just so much to talk about. I can sum it up for you now though for those of you who are unaware of what happened. Mom and I went to the American Idol Tour show in Grand Rapids, MI and met Michael, Matt, and Allison outside before the show. I talked to Matt for a little while and before I knew it... he invited us backstage after the show for the after party! Talk about a great experience! I got to meet all of the "Idols" in a fairly chill environment and get pictures with them. It was perfect for us because this was our favorite season of the show since Kelly's. I was walking on air for about a week after that. Check out my Facebook or TwitPic account to see pictures!
I also saw Kelly Clarkson on her summer tour twice... Indy and Allegan. I absolutely can't see this chick perform enough! She blows my mind every single time just like she did when I watched her on AI. The fan club kinda dicked us over this year when it comes to tickets but I still had the most amazing time. I'm not a fan of outdoor venues simply because the sound isn't that great and I like a more intimate setting.
Luckily, I was able to get VIP2 tickets... 3rd row for the Detroit show. I took my friend Ryan with me and we drove up to Detroit to Liz's house and stayed there overnight. Liz had a meet and greet that night so it was exciting to hear about her experience meeting Kelly for the fourth time. The show was just... amazing. My favorite show not counting when she toured with Reba (it can't be beat) hands down. I was absolutely blessed again and got a meet and greet for Chicago's show so I got an extra ticket in like 15th row last minute and went to Chicago with Barbara and Liz.
We went to Kelly's back up singers' show in Wrigleyville because we're huge fans of them. I got to eat at Lucky's Sandwiches too! It was on Man v. Food (like.. my favorite show) and Adam Richman did the challenge there. :) At the Jill and Kate show basically the whole band was there... including Kelly! We got to walk around and mingle with them (while slightly intoxicated on my part... terribly drunk on Barbara's) which was a dream come true. They are all SO friendly!! During Jill and Kate's set they brought me up on stage to sing and play tambourine to my favorite song of theirs... TEXAS! Kelly was in back of this tiny little bar recording the whole thing so I sang to her and made her smile from ear to ear. It was freaking amazing! I was just hoping that after a few drinks I wouldn't totally suck at that tambourine but I kicked ass if I do say so myself! Barbara drunkenly talked to Kelly about bubblegum vodka which was the most hilarious convo i've ever heard I think. We got to give the shot glasses to Kelly, Jill, and Kate as well... which was something that we've been trying to do for a few months now. So amazingly epic!!
The next night in Chicago we went to the show where I had a meet and greet. I walked up to Kelly and she goes "Stacey! Hey!" and then proceeded to tell everyone that I rocked at the tambourine the night before. I should have said, "Girl, you remember that? You were pretty drunk!" haha!! We thanked me for the shot glasses and said that her, Jill, and Kate were talking about wanting to do shots with us next time. It took everything I had not to scream "holy shit are you serious?!" haha! What's great about meeting Kelly is that she's a totally chill person and there is no pressure to say the "right thing." I got a couple of pictures with her and we said our goodbyes. That night during the show Chris and Cory (band members) spotted me and made it known they saw me. It was pretty awesome... :) After the show we went outside and talked to Chris and Aben by the buses for a while. Barbara, Liz, and I always say how we're just as excited to see the band as we are Kelly. They work so hard and deserve a lot of credit for being away from their families for such a long period of time.
Now, i'm back in Sturgis and it basically sucks. It's rainy... cold... windy... and the exact opposite of Florida. haha! The next exciting thing coming up isn't until... actually... I don't know. Gonna have a boring life for a while I have a feeling.
If anything happens interesting i'll let you know ASAP! BYE FOLKS!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Although, this morning I got on Twitter and Paste Magazine posted that right now there is a Sam Cooke biopic being penned. The film will be based on a biography written in 2005.
I grew up listening to Sam Cooke. My mom had this old American Bandstand video tape that I used to watch almost every single day growing up. I still watch it even now! Basically it shows performances from some great rock 'n' roll performers from the 50's and 60's. Of course I had my favorites and Sam Cooke was one of them. When I would get to Sam's performance of "You Send Me" i'd sit ridiculously close to the television and swoon everytime he did his little lip biting thing. Sam had the silkiest voice i've ever heard. He sang the heck out of absolutely anything. Sam had such amazing control over his voice.
Still to this day no other male singer can compare to him. His ability to stand perfectly still on a stage and still be totally captivating is what makes him stand apart from the rest.
Sadly, Sam Cooke was murdered in 1964 when he was only 33 years old. The way his death played out has been speculated for years. It seems as though no one really knows what happened and who was to blame. I just hope they play this off well in the film.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Of course, I was freaking out.
I got to work and told Matt to go over and check on her head and make sure she was okay. He called me up right when he left her house and said she definitely needed stitches. Of course, my mom was resisting going to the hospital or the doctor. She'd ignore anything Matt or I said to her. I think Matt really scared her when he said stitches was the only option.
It was last resort time... my brother, Chris. I called him to let him know what had happened and told him that he was the only person she'd even think about listening to. So, he finished up what he was doing and went over there to drag her to the doctors. Meanwhile, I called the doctor's office up and told them what happened and they said to bring her in right away.
Turns out, my mom had a huge V-shaped gash on her head. She really clunked it hard! It's about 2 inches on each side. 10 stitches total. Mom is totally afraid of needles so I was really worried about her. She said she did really well and it didn't even hurt as bad as she thought it would. The doctor commended her for keeping a towel around her head. But, he did say that she should have called someone (DUH!). We're pretty sure that she has learned her lesson now and if she ever feels sick or dizzy... she's gotta call one of us so we can come over and check on her. She's a very active person but she IS 62. Anything can happen from a head wound.
I'm just glad she's okay. She's my mommy! The only parent I have. I gotta make sure she's safe at all times. I love her.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Don't Come Around Here No More"
Paula Abdul - "Cold Hearted"
Janet Jackson - "Rhythm Nation"
Busta Rhymes - "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"
Madonna - "Rain"
Foo Fighters - "Learn To Fly"
Aerosmith - "Cryin'" and "Crazy"
Reba McEntire - "Fancy"
And now the ones that changed the way I looked at music videos forever... the cream of the crop.... the top of the heap.
The Cardigans - "Love Fool"
- This song and music video is one of the big reasons i'm so in love with pop music today. I grew up listening to mostly country and oldies. I remember watching mtv and thinking that pop music was so cutting edge and brilliant.
TLC - "Waterfalls"
- Wow! I don't think i've seen one music video more times than i've seen "Waterfalls." I was obsessed with TLC at a young age (six-ish) because of this music video. The meaning was so much deeper than I could ever understand but nevertheless it meant the world to me and I used to sing this song (incorrectly mind you) and annoy the heck out of my mom.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - "Last Dance With Mary Jane"
Because I was so young I didn't understand what was going on in the video really. I just knew she was a dead chick and he was in love with her. Then he let her float away. My second favorite music video of all time.
Michael Jackson - "Scream"
- I kept thinking "how are they doing that?" while I was watched this as a kid. I still think that now.
Michael Jackson - " Black Or White"
-To me this is the best music video ever made. Nothing will ever top this. I remember actually sitting in front of my tv screen as close as I could... feeling my eyeballs bug outta my head.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson IS an icon and always will be. Dead or alive. His talent flew above everyone but always seemed to land perfectly and touch so many of us in so many different ways. His music brought families together. Bridged generations. Michael was able to take a simple idea and make it an artistic masterpiece. He could even take the most complicated of situations and break it down so anyone could understand and feel it on a personal level.
Mom and I sat down and started talking about what he meant to us. My mom right away mentioned the family tradition of dancing to Black or White at each one of her children's weddings. Scott's was first. I was only 4 and I remember watching my brothers bust a move on the dance floor in front of everyone. They knew the entire routine it seemed and it made the entire reception break into applause. That performance is iconic in my family. At Chris' wedding I requested Black or White in secret and both Chris and Scott got up there again and did the whole thing. Finally, at my wedding our DJ had remembered me telling him the "Black Or White" story and he called my brothers and I out onto the dance floor and for the first time all 3 kids grooved to probably the one song we all know the words to.
I remember looking through pictures as a kid and seeing my brother Chris' MJ outfit. He had the red coat, glove, pants, and shoes. Then there was a picture of him and all of his friends dressed up in the same exact outfit. Of course, I remember when it was cleaning weekend with my mom and we'd pop in Michael Jackson and dance around like freaks. I remember when they would play the making of Thriller on mtv and vh1 and i'd get so freaked out of Michael's eyes at the end. No horror movie could scare me but that entire music video had me wanting to pee my pants.
Most of all I remember being on road trips with Matt and we would listen to Michael non-stop. "Our" song was "Man In The Mirror." We'd replay that amazing piece of music over and over. Screaming our favorite parts. We'd both be so damn happy as we listened to his music. It's like our problems just didn't exist anymore. I wish it could be like that all the time.
Even though Michael isn't physically with us anymore his music will carry on for eternity.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Back in the day (and by "day" i'm referring to when I was about 10)... I hated summer. I was basically an only child what with only having two older brothers that didn't even live in the house anymore and there were no neighbor kids my age to play with. Summer meant that I became a hermit and did nothing but sit inside my baby-sitters air conditioned house. She would make us go outside for "play time" in ridiculous temperatures. I used to just sit in the shade and do nothing because if I played in the sun I would turn into a puddle of sweat. Sweat attracted mosquitos. And, mosquitos LOVE me. I remember just waiting impatiently for outside time to be over with so I could go back in and lay on the living room floor where it was nice and cool.
Now that I am an adult and have to deal with Michigan winters... I adore summer and will never take the heat for granted again. As much as I hate sweating my tush off at night, I hate even more having to put on 2 pairs of sweats , socks and slippers, a t-shirt, a hoodie, and sometimes gloves just to be able to fall asleep without shaking. The older I get the more I dislike clothing. The more I dislike dealing with layers. I also strongly dislike snowy roads and lack of sunshine. I need sunshine! I get depressed easily and sunshine is my endorphin that gets me all high on life.
In conclusion, i'm moving to Florida. Not now, obviously, but at some point. I need to be in warm weather that makes me sweat my ass off instead of freeze up completely.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I'm really obsessed with this jacket. I love jackets anyways but this one in particular is awesome. It's from Urban Outfitters and is about $140.00. I never spend that much on a jacket but if I tried it on and loved it a lot i'm sure I could pull myself together and fork over the dough I'm really into faux leather and military styles right now. It's easy to pair with a soft, flowing, flowery summer dress and hard black shoes.
The colors of this dress really appeal to me more than the style. I can't even say if the style would look good on me but I know the colors would look good with my skin and hair. The stupid model is really skinny so of course she doesn't look pregnant in it like I might. haha. $98.00 at Urban Outfitters.
Oh, wow! CUTE cropped bomber jacket from Urban Outfitters. I love cropped jackets anyway but make it faux leather with cool sleeves and we've got a super winning piece. It just looks so sleek and fun.
Okay, so, I love swimsuits. I love retro styles. Put the two together and I go gaga. This is also from UO for $68.00 and is available in navy blue. Even though I already bought a new bathing suit from Vicki's I still want a new one piece that will minimize my hips. This could be it! If I had the extra spending money!
If you haven't seen the HP minis you should check 'em out. They are pretty interesting!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I've seen so many people talk about really really personal things online. Things that are normally meant to be kept between small numbers of people and within the pages of autobiographies. I feel awfully uncomfortable when people talk about their recent break-ups via Facebook. Stating that they feel so terrible and want to kill themselves. I've even seen someone write a note on Facebook about the break-up... telling the whole story and letting everyone read.
There are way too many people out there who are only friends with you on Facebook because they want to "spy" on your life!!! Like I said... there are things that should be kept truly personal in your life. Things that no one else should know. By releasing too much information you are opening yourself up for rumors to start. People like to embellish on information that they find out and create new spins on stories.
I'm not a person that just blogs about how my marriage is going, family drama, or my deep dark secrets. It's weird!! I'm a pretty private person and I only open my life up to a select number of people. That number basically being my husband and my mom. I really doubt people would want to get on AIM with me and hear me vent about things. Bleh. Borrrinnggg. People who are able to just vent should be careful who they release information to. But, hey, what do I know? haha.
Bah... another week at work. Can't wait to visit my big big brother because he just got a motorcycle and I wanna RIDE! I also cannot wait until it gets warm enough to go to the dunes with my friends and family! Wooo hoo summer!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Well, I never called his stupid office because I wasn't going to deal with someone that didn't want to deal with me such i'm such a "silly girl" for doing exactly what he told me to do. I've just been running and doing my best. The first week was tough. The second week was tougher. For me, it's all mental. That is where my problem comes in. I just think about how tired I am and how much I hate running. haha. I've always hated running but here I am making myself do it. I even spent $100 on a new pair of running shoes. Actually, my first pair of running shoes. I pretty much love the shoes but I didn't like when my Achilles tendons felt like they were burning like none other. Apparently that happens when you change shoes and your body gets used to them. *shrug*
At the end of the month i'm doing a 5K at Binder Park Zoo. I will be doing a lot of walking still but I think it just might motivate me to get better at running. I just might be crazy for doing all of this....
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My number one I think is people that eat/drink loudly. I can't stomach it. I hear it and I want to smack them really hard. I can never eat in quiet with someone. There needs to be background noise or I will lose my effing mind. The worst is the "smacking" sound. I have a relative that does that in the worst way. I think he does it or attention or something.... so people don't forget about him since he can't open his mouth and talk like he would be doing if he weren't eating. I also don't like my mom's classic thing... smacking her lips after she takes a sip of pop and goes "ahhhh." Sometimes she even follows that up with "good and cold." Especially when she is talking about a drinking fountain. She always wants us to figure out how "good and cold" it is!
I also can't stand when women wear pants that are too small for them and get the "muffin top." Basically, it's hip chub hanging over the sides. Sometimes it's also stomach and back chub if the chica is big enough. I've seen REALLY skinny girls have muffin top though. They just can't come to terms that they went up a pant size or two. Trust me ladies... you'll look better if you buy the right size.
Next up is pet peeve of mine that doesn't effect me any really but I just hate it with a pure passion. It's the use of the word "swoll." What the fudge does that mean and who in the heck came up with it? Okay, ladies and gents, it's not a real word so just stop using it. I keep hearing people (mostly men) say "I'm out getting my swoll on" or "I'm looking real swoll today." Most of these guys are chubby little freaks or skinny toothpicks that are in no way fit. To all you IDIOTS who use that word (can you tell I hate it passionately?) you sound special ed... not special.
I have many other pet peeves... I promise you that. When I think of more maybe i'll post a "Pet Peeves 2."
What are some of your pet peeves?!
Oh... FYI... even SPELLCHECK recognized "swoll" as not being a real word. Thank you.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
To sum it up, it's about an older gentleman that loses his wife whom he was very fond of. They both had this dream of going to "Paradise Falls" all their lives. He decides that instead of going to a nursing home he is going to lift his house with balloons and float to Paradise Falls to fulfill his promise to his wife. In the midst of this, a cute little boy scout tags along on accident and the true adventure begins.
There was a part that within 10 minutes I was bubbly and bawling... then laughing for a brief moment... only to then start bawling again. This movie is SO intelligent in its writing. The comedy sometimes reminds me of The Office. The way "how" something is said is more important than the actual word itself. I haven't laughed so much in a movie in a long time.
So, go see "Up!" You will LOVE IT! I promise!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I realized that I am a person who likes to surround myself with 'dynamic' people. I love strange people. I love people that are out of the ordinary. Folks that are very passionate about something. I love people who tell stories... even if they are phony. There is absolutely no room in my life for people that live their lives by the book. I know too many of those people and I just don't think that I can handle many more. I fear that i'll end up like them if I'm surrounded by them.
By 'dynamic' I don't mean 'outgoing.' In fact, I actually like subtle personalities. It's more fun to peel away at what they like and dislike when it isn't perfectly obvious right away. Quiet folks usually intimidate me and I intimidate them right back because I tend to be outgoing one on one. I become very inquisitive. I LOVE knowing about people. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I don't really know where i'm going with this but i'm just saying that if you have a good story... i'd like to hear it. And in turn, I will share a story or two with you.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Last night after work I went out and bought shoe insoles for my old tennis shoes that I found in my mom's closet. And yes, I went jogging. Of course, I didn't jog as much as I did walk and gasp for breath but still... good effort. This weekend i'm going to buy some new running shoes I think. I have fairly flat feet and need something with good support. Tonight i'm going out again but just briskly walking. I can't overdo it otherwise i'll be in so much pain I won't want to go anymore.
I started running because I saw a picture of a girl who was my size when we were in high school together. Normal sized curvy girl... like me. Well, she looks really toned and trim now. I'm totally envious. Apparently, she took up running and dropped some weight. My goal is my hips. I have BIG hips and would like to minimize that as much as I can.
Back to work I go!!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This weekend I walked in the parade for the bank and had a BLAST. It was cold and windy but we still had tons of fun. Kris threw out beach balls at first while Andrew and I were on candy duty. He ran out of balls within the first 2 blocks so then started stealing our candy and chucking HANDFULS at like single children. haha. It was hilarious. I also made a dork outta myself by RUNNING down the street because I thought we had to merge to the other side so the kids on the right wouldn't get any candy. Turns out we were merging right and I ran for nothing. haha.
If you can't tell... my latest obsession is Zachary Quinto. In case you're not aware... he plays Sylar on "Heroes" and Spock on "Star Trek." I have just a miiinnor crush on him. haha! Apparently i'm obsessed with dark haired boys currently. Zachary Quinto... Adam Lambert... Zac Efron...haha! :)
Last night, Matt and I watched a movie called "Hard Candy." Quite an intense movie! Basically, Patrick Wilson's character is a pedophile and he meets up with Ellen Page's character who is a 14 year old girl. They end up going to his house and he learns that she set him up and knows all about his "problem" and then proceeds to torture him. It's fan-freakin-tastic! I love psych thrillers and this is a good one.
Oh my gosh..... "The Flame" just came on the radio at work. SCORE!
Tonight is the finale of American Idol Season 8. I'm bummed. Very. This has been my favorite season since season 1 with Kelly. I don't want it to end. I LOVE having something to look forward to every Tuesday and Wednesday. What the heck will I watch now?! I think Adam is going to have an amazing career no matter what happens. He really is brilliant and unique. A talent like him doesn't come on Idol often. I'm actually pretty surprised Kris ended up in the top 2. I never would have put him there. I think Allison or Alexis Grace should have had his spot. Kris isn't bad by any means but I just don't see that certain spark about him that makes him worthy of the American Idol crown. No matter what i'm going to be happy with the outcome because Adam made it to the top 2 and that's all I wanted this entire season.
On top of losing Idol... Fox gave us a taste of what could be my new favorite show, Glee. It's basically about a show choir that has a lot of potential within the very different characters. Sadly this amazingly brilliant show will not even be airing until the fall. BUMMER!
Gotta go scan some work. Then i'll probably be busy fudging around on Twitter and looking at pictures of Adam Lambert. :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
As a child I hated dogs. I was terrified. I thought all of them were out to get me. The only dog that I ever trusted prior to 13 years of age was a Newfoundland that I rode at a garage sale when I was 5. The dog was a gentle giant. It was owned by an Asian family and there was a girl just a few years younger than me living there. She told me that I could ride the dog. After about 5 minutes of bravely touching it... she pushed the dog down so I could hop on. And off I went around the garage. haha :) It was my first memory of LOVING a dog. I still want to own a Newfoundland some day and name it "Bear" after the dog that I loved so much as a child.
When I was about 13/14 I developed a binge eating disorder. I started to create really weird food rituals and combinations.... standard for those with an eating disorder. Even though i'm not haunted by the illness currently, I still enjoy some of the foods that I ate on a midnight binge. They may sound weird to you but to me they are delish. I don't eat them often in fear that it would trigger bad memories but when I do I can kinda laugh about how silly some of my combinations were. One being cheese and ketchup sandwiches. Yes, cheese singles and Heinz ketchup. I've learned to be able to detect crappy ketchup and find only Heinz suitable. I also loved cold green beans (from a can) and ketchup. As a child, my mom would bring me a few cold green beans when she would cook them and it became a favorite memory of mine. I now find cold green beans with ketchup kinda gross but I always dip my cooked green beans.
Up until about a year ago I couldn't wink with my left eye. My entire family would make fun of me for it whenever winking would come up and so I decided to train my left eye. I now have a strong enough muscle to wink. It's definitely not sexy but at least I can do it.
I still sleep with my baby blanket and my teddy bear, Mr. Doctor Lion Bear. My Aunt Arlene gave me the blanket when I was born and my teddy bear I ordered from Ritz with just a few bucks and a couple proofs of purchase. I'm glad Matt still has his Rocky Raccoon... I don't feel so dumb. Better yet, he thinks it's cute. :)
I've been a video game nerd since I can remember. My brothers were much older and had Atari and the 'old' Nintendo. I used to mess around with it when I was like 3 or 4 and think I was hot stuff. By the time I was 8 I could beat Mario Bros. on Nintendo NES. I've been fascinated with many games including Zelda, Mario Party, Mario 64, Tetris, Paperboy, and i've also been known to kick some major butt on Street Fighter.
Okay okay okay... back to work I go. To do what.. I don't know.
Friday, May 15, 2009
My day just started great because of Jean Day alone. On top of that I had a great night last night. Kris and I went to Coldwater and went out to dinner. Despite a little occurrence that threw me for a loop (won't go into details) we ended up drinking beers and eating good food at Buffalo Wild Wings. Of course, I had a veggie burger and not their famous wings. I'll admit, the beer tasted better than the burger but I was also kinda full still from eating dinner with my mom a few hours earlier. Then I did the worst thing ever... I broke the seal. I held it as long as I could at the restaurant. But ended up going pee twice within 15 minutes, one of those times being right before we left to head home. The drive home is about 30 minutes. After 15 minutes we were in Bronson and I realized I needed to pee again. But, it wasn't so bad that I couldn't stand it so I thought "I can wait 15 minutes... no biggie!" Keep in mind that between Bronson and Sturgis there is NO WHERE to stop. After about 4 minutes of thinking "no biggie" it became a HUGE biggie. It was what my family calls "American Idol pee."
On my way to Chicago with my family to see the first season of American Idol Tour... I drank a huge cappuccino and in between this long stretch on the toll road I had to go pee so badly that I started crying. My family now declares that the worst that they have ever seen someone need to go potty and now call it "American Idol pee."
Kris and I finally made it into Sturgis and then to my house and as soon as I walked in the door I threw my crap down and darted for the bathroom. I was a happy camper after that. hahaha! :)
Tomorrow I am walking in the Michigan Week Parade for the bank. Represent! haha! I'll basically just be hogging candy in my pockets for my niece.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
As much as I have grown to love Michigan summers in the past few years I know that I have so much more waiting for me when it's all over.
This fall I have quite the packed schedule. And that is JUST how I like it. Especially when it is all paid for in advance.
Starting in August i've got my first Kelly Clarkson concert of the year in Indy. And, hopefully around this time Rooney will be touring as well. I've saved like 3 or 4 vacation days to use for numerous Rooney shows. Then in the 2nd week of September i'm taking my mom and nieces to Grand Rapids to see the American Idol Tour. Six days after that i'll be driving to Allegan to catch Miss Kelly Clarkson once again. Only 2 weeks after that I will be in Walt Disney World for a week! PHEW! Once Kelly wraps up her fair dates she is doing some international touring and the will be in the States for a fall/winter tour. Of course, i'll be snagging more tickets to shows around here for that tour as well. I mean, what other option do I have? NOT GO?! Psh!
I will admit though, i'm looking forward to days at the dunes with Barb and Liz. We have WAY too much fun together and I totally miss that.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Of course, it's not exactly the REAL American Idol television show. It's called "American Idol Experience" and it's a new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You basically audition to perform in a replicated version of the real American Idol show. You have to do two preliminary auditions before you get chosen for one of the six "preliminary" shows in front of an audience. Then if you win your show of 3 people, you get to move on to the finale show in the evening. If you win the finale show, you get a "front of the line pass" to one of the real AI auditions. Pretty cool, huh?
This weekend I put together a list of songs i'd sing best from the official song list. Disney requires you to sing one of the chosen 100ish songs that they have approved. They tell you to have a few back up songs just in case your top pick has already been chosen for the day. No doubles!
Colors of the Wind - Disney song
Part of your World - Disney song
Our Song - Taylor Swift
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Black Horse and a Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Express Yourself - Madonna
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benetar
I Feel The Earth Move - not sure what version they are referring to... many artists
Last night, I sang most of the songs karaoke or with my guitar for my mom and Matt.
Right away, my mom said, "why don't you have more country on that list?" Typical of my mother. haha. She definitely sees me as a one trick pony. She says country is what my voice was made for. I totally agree with her but the country choices suck big time. They are all cheesy country ballads that I dislike. Mom also says that Disney is the other genre I fit well. I agree again. When I sang the more "rock" songs for her... she said "you sound just fine... but I just don't see you doing that sort of song." Anyway, she left the house and I was discouraged.
Matt came upstairs and said, "sing Donna Summer again." So, I did and he loved it. He said "Hot Stuff" was his favorite and thinks I should sing that with "Our Song" as a backup. He also made a very good point about singing a Disney song. He said that he would pick "Colors Of The Wind" for me but with a Disney song you are trying to tell a story and in AIE you basically have a cropped 90 second version of the original. He said it would sound funny if I started to tell the story and then was all of a sudden at the end. It made sense! My husband is smarter than I gave him credit for!
I am going to perform maybe 5 songs of the list for my brother and sister in law and see what they think suits me and the competition best.
Anyone out there have any opinions?!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
There are only select movies that I feel this way about often. Normally, something trips me off during the day and I feel like I HAVE to watch that movie as soon as I possibly can.
Big Daddy - This is one movie that I think I can quote scene by scene. Cute kid. Cute script. And I adore whats her names voice. It's so squeaky and cute.
13 Going on 30 - It's such a feel good movie. I've found that many guys love this movie and will openly admit it.
Goodfellas - This one comes up about once a month if not more often. It's such a well made movie. It's one of the only 2+ hour movies that I don't get antsy watching. It can hold my attention... and that says something.
Empire Records - This goes down in history as my all time favorite movie. Kids work in a record store and are trying to save it. They are all messed up in their own way. It's brilliant and should be re-released. End of story.
Lilo & Stitch - Another feel good movie that makes me cry at the end for no reason at all except for the fact that it's totally happy and wonderful. Makes me feel good about life.
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth - Eeeek! Most amazing thing ever! I love memorizing all the facts. I love watching his family and friends talk about him with such love. Another movie that makes me shed a tear a couple of times. When I hear him say the dedication to Disneyland... I lose it because his voice sounds just like my dad.
Super Size Me - Morgan Spurlock is a freakin' genius.
Friends - I know it's not a movie but I often find myself wanting to watch Friends. Normally it's during a really bad day. I can just pop in "The One With All The Resolutions" and laugh instantly.
Any of you have movies that you feel you are subconsciously addicted to?
Link to Disney World blog: http://disney-nerd.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 4, 2009
So, look out for a new blog i'm starting up today! I'll keep doing this one as well.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
When I was a senior in high school, two of my good friends and I were talking about partying and the typical high school social scene. I embarrassingly (and somewhat proudly) admitted that i'd only been to one "party" in my life and it actually was a graduation party that provided alcohol. My friends laughed out loud at what I had just said. They gave me a sure-fire "yeah right" look until they realized that I was dead serious. I said "what, you think I party or something?" They replied "well, we heard you were a big party girl at one time." My jaw DROPPED. I had that kind of reputation? A party girl.... ME?!
I was petrified of parties and any sort of social gathering that didn't involve a round of Catch Phrase. The only "party" I went to was a cast party where it was all theater geeks that were just like me. haha. I'm the girl that has never vandalized anything, stolen anything, smoked anything, passed out or thrown up from drinking, and never ever snuck out of my house. My God! What would my mother think of me if I had!?!
I really really liked who I was in high school and who I am now. Not much as changed except for the fact that I think i'm even more freaked out by parties. I've somehow become more socially awkward. I think that is because i'm not in college and i'm away from large groups of people my own age.
Last weekend, a friend of mine wanted me to go to a bar with him at 11 at night. While going out and doing something sounded fun... I would have had to face a few fears/worries of mine. I would have had to go out after 11 pm which is just weird to me. I'm normally in my PJs watching Freaks and Geeks at that time of night. I would have had to go to a bar. I've only been to a bar once in my life and that recently... but before I turned 21. I sat there awkwardly sipping on water. I just have a fear of bars and the type of people that frequent them. I don't like being around drunk strangers so I don't think the bar scene is for me. On top of that, I would be going somewhere without my security net... Matt. If at anytime i'm ever anywhere that I don't want to be (normally a social situation) or around people that make me nervous, he just swoops in and makes me feel like i've got someone that understands me. Definitely a comfort thing.
My hope is that i'll break out of this FEAR fairly soon. It won't happen quickly and it won't happen easily. I know that my good friends want nothing but the best for me and wouldn't ever let anything happen to me and I think I just need to trust that. So, if you ever see me out in public doing something "daring," please applaud me. It takes great effort.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
One mother is an ivy league stay at home mom and makes her children live structured lives. Their entire day is scheduled... even fun. She is planning for her children to be "model citizens" and is doing everything necessary to make sure that happens.
The other mother is kinda...well.. trashy. She never cleans and never really disciplines her teenagers. That is why one of her daughters got kicked out of school. They all look like total trashy hoes that will never come to be anything. Hey, i'm being blunt. There is like a water line of pubes in the bathtub. So gross.
The switch didn't go well for the uptight mother. She was clearly disgusted by the negative children and the teenagers didn't like her much back. They kept walking out on her, blowing smoke in her face, and cussing her out up and down. Really classy young women, ya know?
This episode made me really think about the future of our youth. Every once in a while there is something that makes me really wonder. At work today I saw this 16 year old kid throw an empty pack of cigarettes out of his car window. That's just disrespectful and lazy! I could feel my fists tighten and I ACTUALLY, SERIOUSLY, wanted to walk outside, grab the litter, and walk over to the douches car and hand it back to him and tell him to clean up his freaking mess. Grrr!! He made me so mad! I hope all kids aren't like this now. I really hope that HE is not the face of our freakin' future.
Parents... raise your kids well. Do your best. Don't give up on them. Teach them right from wrong. It's something that is super simple but I think that so many parents now are forgetting the basics. Don't try teaching your kids rocket science and don't tell them what college they are going to be attending at the age of 5. Let them be themselves but help mold them into successful and happy individuals.
At Epcot, my absolute top choice would be Sunshine Seasons. And that is the best quick service dining in all of WDW... not just for breakfast. I've only gotten breakfast here once but they had a good selection of sugary goodness as well as regular, warm breakfast fare. I think it's convenient to haul butt to Soarin' right in the morning and then hop over to Sunshine Seasons to grab a bite to eat.
World Showcase also has quite a few pastry options. Remember though, that this works best if you start your day later or don't mind eating "breakfast" after you're already in Epcot. 11:00 a.m. is when World Showcase technically opens. Some quick service restaurants will not be open for dining until 12:00 but if I do remember correctly, the "bakery" type places are open right away so you can grab a pastry and some coffee while you enjoy your stroll through the countries. My top choice would be Boulangerie Patisserie in France. It has great setting and if you get there right when they are open for business, you can sit outside when it's nice and quiet.
If you're out for coffee in WDW... well... good luck. haha! Unless you don't mind really bland, watered down coffee... i'd steer clear. That is, of course, unless you know where to find the good stuff. In Epcot, Fountainview Cafe has some latte and cappuccino choices that will mask the nastiness of regular WDW coffee. The Writer's Shop and Starring Rolls at the Studios also have more than just plain coffee. But the absolute cream of the crop is Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort. You can get AMAZING kona coffee at the Poly. Just another reason why Poly guests are so darn lucky.
The only place in the Magic Kingdom that I would suggest would be the Main Street Bake Shop. I have to stop here every vacation to grab a cheese danish. MmMmMm. The line will probably be long and you probably will get hit in the ankle with a stroller but it is all worth it when you get that sweet goodness. :)
Animal Kingdom's breakfast choices are actually quite large if you want a sit-down restaurant. The one quick service place that sticks out in my mind as being pretty awesome for breakfast is Harambe Fruit Market. You can get lots of fresh fruit here which I think is pretty cool. As far as the Studios goes, i'd say that your best bet is Starring Rolls. I just think that the Studios lacks in quick service dining options and I wouldn't waste your time looking for scrambled eggs that actually taste good. When it comes to quick service in all of WDW... stick with the basics.
I'm a big fan of WDW table service breakfast! I normally do one restaurant per trip. A lot of people really love Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom. Well, i'm going to have to disagree. I've done dinner here twice and breakfast once. The service was slow every single time and it was just so darn loud all the time. Two characters actually avoided our section on our last visit to Crystal Palace and we were there for over an hour and a half! In replace of CP, i'd advise going to the Polynesian Resort which is just a monorail ride away from MK. Hit up Kona Cafe!!! Get a pot of kona coffee and some Tonga Toast. This is my favorite breakfast on property. The service is great and you get to be at the amazing Polynesian Resort! Get the earliest reservation you can, eat your meal, and then take the monorail to MK.
If you have any questions on breakfast at WDW just drop me a line and i'll be happy to help!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Often times, I miss the stage so much it hurts. For so many years it was my life. I didn't do anything else except rehearse and perform, rehearse and perform. Every season, year after year. It was the only thing I knew how to do right! I think it still is.
I remember my very first musical I ever did... Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. My brother, Chris, was Joseph and I was "Mrs. Dan," a wife of one of Joseph's brothers. I got to dance more than i'd ever danced in my entire life. That was the best part. I was only 12 at the time but you probably would have never known it. I look back at pictures and think I look 23. "Joseph" was my first lesson in 'how to behave in theater.' I cried more that summer than I probably had my entire life but it was worth it. Drama is drama!
Once I got to high school I threw myself into the theater scene. I didn't do plays until my junior year but I did the winter musical every single year. Freshman year... I got chorus. Every freshman gets chorus and I've never heard of anything different. Even if you knock every senior out of the park... you get chorus. We did "Hello, Dolly" which I totally hated. I didn't enjoy myself much because I didn't get to do much. I stood around in an itchy dress just dying to get noticed.
Finally, sophomore year, I joined the Chatie Choir and through that I got my voice heard and started to make a name for myself. I had to work extra hard because I didn't have any siblings or parents that the directors knew. Even if a person was awful, the directors still managed to give them a decent role because their parents were known around town or they had "famous" siblings. My sophomore year our musical was "South Pacific." Now, it's not the best show... i'll admit that. The parts are kinda crummy and the music is very repetitive. But, I had the BEST time. I actually got understudy for the lead, Nellie! THIS IS UNHEARD OF! Someone other than a junior or senior even being considered for a lead! Just craziness at SHS! Information got leaked a little later that they actually "wanted" to cast me as the lead but couldn't because of the "rule." I didn't care. A great friend of mine got the part and she totally kicked major butt. I got to be a lead dancer and I LOVED it. Best show of my high school career. There wasn't a ton of pressure and I really connected with the cast.
My junior year came and we did "Brigadoon." Again, I don't think it's a great show and I definitely think you should never see the movie... bad bad bad. My friend and I felt very confident that we would get good parts this year since we had the feeling that we were the "up and comers." As much as I loved the lead part, I really really connected with the supporting female lead, Meg Brockie. She was kinda the town tramp lookin' for love in all the wrong places. I knew after doing my "Meg" audition that I was fit for that role and that "Fiona" just wasn't right for me. I had a pretty good time doing Brigadoon. I had to learn a lot of lines for the first time and also learn an accent. Challenging but very fun! To this day I like looking back and watching my performance from Brigadoon.
Senior year... the big one... the one we had all been waiting for. Since I was in the 8th grade I pulled for the high school to do the same musical... year after year after year. I begged and pleaded with every director that this would be the perfect final musical for our senior class. The talent was there and I could cast the whole thing out perfectly. My DREAM role was the lead, Princess Winifred. I practiced this part for YEARS. I knew every song COLD. Sadly, due to the directors taking a turn for the worse and hating me because of some summertime drama, I did not get my dream part. My big fat mouth cost me that role. I ended up getting cast as a lead, though... Queen Aggravain. She had more lines than any other part but didn't have the spunky personality that I loved about Winifred. The Queen was a mean, cranky woman that didn't want her son to get married. Who would have thought that my favorite musical turned out to be somewhat of an awful experience. Just way too much drama.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I did to two "plays" in high school. Fall play of my junior year was "Fools." SO MUCH FUN! That was a great experience. I didn't have a great part or anything but the cast was awesome and we all had so much fun with such a funny script. Then in the spring of my junior year we did "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" which is actually more of a musical. Didn't have a great time doing this... i'll be honest. It was unorganized and the cast just didn't fit. I made a pretty fat Lucy.
In the future I hope to do more "modern" musicals. Lord knows SHS couldn't do anything that wasn't written after 1940. My dream role now is the lead in the AMAZING musical, Spring Awakening. If you haven't heard it... you need to. It's breathtaking. Totally scandalous and fits me like a glove! If Kalamazoo Civic does it someday I may just have to quit my job and find a new one that will work around my show schedule because I HAVE to be in that show.
Well, hope you enjoyed reading all about my life as a theater geek. More to come...
Friday, April 24, 2009
My first WDW trip was in November of...'97? I was in the 4th grade. When my dad was alive he always said he wanted to take me to Disney World. That was his big dream for me. Sadly, my dad passed away when I was 6 and he never got to take me to WDW. My mom saved up enough money by the time I was 9 to take me to what would soon become my favorite place in the whole wide world. The trip was totally awesome. I was still pretty young and don't remember a ton now thinking back on it. I remember loving Horizons (RIP) and Spaceship Earth. I wanted to walk around the "countries" in Epcot all day. That was just the coolest. "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" became engraved in my brain forever. The spinning clowns in Spectromagic scared the crap outta me. And, of course, I met Mickey Mouse for the very first time and it was seriously "magical."
Every trip since then has been totally different and totally awesome. In '01, my mom and brother took me and we also went to Universal Studios for the first and only trip I probably will ever make there. Bleh. It didn't compare. This was the year that I was afraid of everything. I wouldn't do almost anything at Universal and I wouldn't do Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom. Then in '03 and '04 I went with Campus Life and had great experiences. We only went to Magic Kingdom for one day both years. The very first year was cool because I got to show two of my friends around the park and then the second year my brother and sister-in-law were there vacationing at the same time so I got to spend the day with them. 2005's trip was my junior year and I got to get outta school for a week and make all my friends super jealous. The only bad part was that I had to miss my junior prom to go. The day after my high school graduation I hopped on a plane with Matt, my brother, and sister-in-law, and headed to WDW for a week. I didn't even go to my senior grad bash! During my entire graduation I couldn't even be sad about leaving high school... I was going to WDW in 12 hours! haha! This trip was Matt's first trip and I was SCARED. We were engaged at this point and he had heard me talk about WDW for 2 years and I was so nervous that he would not "get it." I really didn't know if I would have stayed with him if he didn't. Luckily, our first ride was Spaceship Earth and about 5 minutes into it he looks over at me and says as if he is 5 years old, "This is so cool!" I started to choke up right then and I knew that everything was going to be okay.
Post HS trips consisted of my AMAZING honeymoon in 2007, an anniversary trip in 2008, and my first mother/daughter trip in September of 2008. No trip will ever top my honeymoon. It was so freakin' crazily awesome. It was one dose of magic after another. Cast members really went out of their way for us and made us feel so special. Every day was just perfection.
I've been so blessed to be able to go so often and I never take a single day at WDW for granted. The minutes that i've spend at WDW are among the very best of my life. It is the only place that can make me forget about everything wrong in the world. I don't believe in a lot of things in this world. I have "lack of faith" in most areas of life. But, at WDW, I seriously and honestly believe in magic. I SEE it. I FEEL it. Being there isn't like being anywhere else.
Please don't judge WDW if you've never been there. Don't think it's just a place for kids. Don't think it's only for families. Just... don't think anything. haha. JUST GO! Trust me... you will not regret it! :)
-Dreaming of Disney
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Alright, i'm thinking of making a second blog in which I just talk about American Idol. I understand there is only a month of it left but that means I have like 10 days worth of Idol postings. I just don't feel like flooding my personal blog with Idol crap. Yes, I will admit it's mostly crap. But, it is the highlight of my week (so sad) and i'm proud to say i've watched the silly show since season one.
Let's talk about last night. Tacos at mom's house. So good! We both squeeled like little girls while watching Adam Lambert shake it on Idol. Wait, I wasn't supposed to talk about that show... crap. It always comes up! Anyways... I had a very strange dream last night that I decided to go to college. I was walking on this old campus to my first class. I didn't even know where I was going but I was a walkin'. I had to ask a few people where my class was and by the time I made it there I had totally missed all but the last 2 minutes of it. The teacher told me not to give excuses and he said maybe I should find myself a class that I actually would get to on time. Ouch! After that I just got frustrated and went out looking for my family so I could go home. I'm thinking that maybe this dream was showing me my insecurities as far as college and a real social life goes. Stupid dreams.... they're always right.
Today is Thursday. This means that it's Matt's 2nd shift day and my mom will pick me up from work so we can spend some quality time together. Normally, we end up eating dinner together and watching a movie then she takes me home so I can sit on my butt and watch The Office. I used to watch Grey's Anatomy but this season has really bored me to tears and I just have had zero interest in watching. Plus, now that The Office time has changed, I only catch the last half hour of Grey's and that is just not worth it to me. Maybe tonight I will make more video installments of me playing the guitar and singing. I've had a few song requests so I think i'll do my duty as a friend and make a few videos. :)
I can't think of anything really interesting to write about right now. I'm sure i'll come up with something glorious later.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'll warn you all now... I ramble. A lot. I'm really good at it too. I type in the same style as I speak (minus all the profanity). I have quite the potty mouth but I will not be sharing that with all of you. No need to make myself sound uneducated! haha!
Wanna know what you're in for?! Let's take a look at my likes...dislikes...abilities...hobbies...etc.
Likes: American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, Rooney, Disney World green olives, ice cream, makeup, my family, my hubby, my doggy, tom collins, and vegetarianism. This list is so short. But, I don't wanna give away everything. ;)
Dislikes: People that complain, Overthinking (which I often do), Mushrooms, people who speak without knowledge, when clothes shrink, fad diets, party kids (and adults), and people who use the wrong "there" in a sentence.
I'm officially a blogger. Just one of "those people." :)