Thursday, May 28, 2009

Honest To Blog!?

Last night when Matt was falling asleep on me in bed, I was talking about people that I admire and people that I look up to.

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

These Days - Nico

This is one of my favorite favorite songs that a friend introduced me to. It's by an artist called Nico. She used to be part of The Velvet Revolver and was a model and an actress. She passed away in 1988. The song is called "These Days."
I've been out walking
I don't do too much talking
These days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I've had A chance to
I've stopped my rambling
I don't do too much gambling these days
These days
These days I seem to think a lot
How all the changes came about my way
And I wonder if I'd see another
I had a lover
I don't think I'd risk another these days
These days
And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It's just that I've been losing
So long
I've stopped my dreaming
I don't do too much scheming these days
These days
These days I sit at corner stones
And count the time the quarter turns to ten
Please don't confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Holy Glee!

American Idol is dunzo! Kris won! Basically... Adam did too! I'm SO happy it worked out this way. I'm totally pleased. I got like 4 text messages overnight asking me if I was crying because Adam didn't win. I said "Heck no!!! I was stoked!" He doesn't have to release that horrid song "No Boundaries." Poor Kris... I feel for that boy. That song doesn't do any favors to his voice (or Adam's for that matter). I had a great time last night at my mom's house watching Idol. We really got a kick outta Kara showing up bikini girl!! I also loved KISS and Adam... even though I would have chosen Aerosmith over KISS. Oh, and QUEEN! You should have seen my face! My hands were over my mouth for like 2 minutes. Super big surprise. I'm sad Scott's duet with Billy Joel was cut. Apparently Billy couldn't make it. I took a pee break during Danny Gokey. Bleh. There were some GREAT moments last night and I wouldn't mind watching it again.

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

Something Catchy

A few hours ago I thought of something super cleaver for a title for my entry today. I can't come up with it now so I just went generic.

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

I Dance Around At Work

I've decided just to talk about really random things about me.

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

Jean Day!

Today is Jean Day at work. We donated $5 to the American Cancer Society (best cause there is and if i'm ever famous... this will be my charity) in order to be able to wear jeans. Great cause if you ask me! And... great reward! I actually rolled outta bed today and did my little "happy dance" with my jeans (very similar to Michael Scott's Jean Day Dance). Kinda a honky tonk-gansta prance.

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

Why I'm Ready For Summer... To Be Done

The temps are totally climbing here in the snow capital of the USA. It only took 6 months to not see a snow pile in my work parking lot. But, we made it! People come in from outside and say "Wow, it's a nice day" when it's about 60 degrees. Give it a few more months and people will be complaining that the 85 degree temps are about to boil their brains. Or, the classic "you could cook an egg on the pavement it's so hot!"

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

American Idol Experience

Alright people! Listen up! I have decided that during my September/October trip to WDW, I will people auditioning for AMERICAN IDOL!

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

Good Times...

Certain days, I wake up in bad moods, thinking bad thoughts, which in turn is a bad start to the day. Today was one of those days. Actually, so was yesterday. The day before that I woke up talking about Disney World with Matt so I was okay. haha.

Luckily, at about 4:30 today I got a visit from Barbara. She was working a promotion in Battle Creek which is only about 30 minutes away. Barbara got to see where I work and what I do all day. Then we left and visited Matt at work. We took about an hour to start a freakin' campfire and then ate pizza hobos and s'mores. :) Yummy!! Andrew came over and chilled with us for a bit too. Seeing her really brightened up my day. I miss having friends around! I absolutely love Barb and Liz because we're all very much alike. We can talk Kelly with each other and it's not odd at all. haha.

I met Barb and Liz back in 2005 when we all had meet and greets with Kelly Clarkson. It was Barb and I's first M&G with Kelly and Liz's 2nd. I think!? haha. I met up with them before the show so we could find our seats together. Our meet and greet was after the show. It was really fun to have them there when I first met Kelly. They saw me cry within just hours of meeting me. haha. Actually, they saw me bawl my eyes out!! :) Ever since then we've went to many of Kelly's shows together and have become quite close. Better yet, Matt gets along with them great and they adore him.

Here is a picture of us together last fall before we saw Kelly and Reba in Grand Rapids.

And this was us way back in 2005... just partying with Kelly Clarkson! :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Scuba Steve... Damn You!

Ever get in one of those moods to watch certain movies? Like, you start quoting the movie in your head for about a half hour. Certain quotes replay over and over in your head.

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?

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Monday, May 4, 2009

This Obsession...

It's time that I stop rambling on about Disney World on my regular blog. I think I should start a new one like Jill does. I'm sure there are people that could give a crap less about WDW and just wanna read about my random thoughts.

So, look out for a new blog i'm starting up today! I'll keep doing this one as well.