Friday, June 26, 2009

Impact

Facebook sure makes breaking news travel fast. Mom and I just got to her house and I sat down thinking i'd see what is up with all of my friends. Every ones status said the same thing "RIP MJ." I didn't really think it could be what I was hoping and praying that it wasn't. My hands started shaking and I jumped up to grab my mom and bring her into the living room before I turned on the tv. As soon as the news started a picture of Michael flashed on the screen. It was true. Mom and I just stood there in shock. I could tell both of us weren't breathing at that point. Then we both just lost it. We held onto each other for dear life it seemed. Crying. My mom being the strongest person I know seemed to come up with the perfect thing to say while I wept.

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

You Know You're From Michigan When...

Today, there is a severe weather alert for St. Joseph County. Why? It's hot. It's about 92 degrees but could feel like it's 99 degrees. To my readers in Florida this may seem like nothing but up here it is abnormal. We only get this hot for a handful of days out of the summer. Our summer temps are normally in the 80's. The hot weather actually becomes headlines of our newspaper.

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

Fashion... My Passion

A downside to being a married grown up is having less money to spend on yourself. I miss getting a paycheck and being able to sock some away and then spend the rest on cool stuff. What I really miss is buying clothes. There is a high that I get when I find a new jacket or a cool purse. That high goes away when I have to walk out of the store empty handed though. Go figure. I just wanted to look online and tease myself with all of the amazing things I want. I feel like sharing those things with my readers. Maybe someone will feel sorry for me and send me a check. haha!
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.
Eeeeeks! Fun 50's flower dress with pockets! Only $58.00 at Urban Outfitters! Oh, how I pine. I absolutely love bright printed dresses with character. This totally screams Isaac Mizrahi. My life hasn't been the same since he left Target.

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!

Wanting

Last night I got to use my friends new mini HP laptop. It's super tiny and also... super adorable. Matt and I are thinking of getting one. So, that way, we can both be on the computer at the same time and we'll have one that might actually run properly. Our computer right now is the POS Dell that I wanna hit every single time i'm on it. Sure, it's partially my fault because I have about a zillion photos stored and i'm sure The Sims 2 (which I never play) doesn't help either. The computer is just getting old and is crappin' out i'm afraid. I wouldn't mind paying just under $400 bucks for a nice new tiny computer. What i'd REALLY like is a Macbook but we all know i'm not getting that when i'm going to WDW and getting an AP this year. haha.

If you haven't seen the HP minis you should check 'em out. They are pretty interesting!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Social Networking Issues

Lately, i've noticed that people are using social networking websites to "vent" about things and let people know what is going on in their lives. Now, before you get all, "But, Stacey! You do that!" on me...let me explain.

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

Learning To Like It...

I've recently taken up running as a means to feel better about myself and to be more "active." The doctor told me that I need to start watching my weight and start exercising. I've had asthma since I was a child and when my mom went in for an appointment I asked her if she would see if he could give me a script for a new inhaler or if I need to come in since it's been a while since i've needed to use one. Remember... it's been since my junior year of high school that I was actually active. Apparently, the doctor laughed and shook his head when my mom said that I have taken up running. He said he'd look at my charts and I'd need to give his office a call.

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

Pet Peeves

Anyone have any pet peeves? Stupid question, huh? Lately my pet peeves have been accelerated for some reason. Everything is bugging me to the max.

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

We're going "UP!"

Matt and I saw the new Disney movie "Up" tonight. And............ it was amazing!

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!