Thursday, April 30

Thankful Thursday

This week I'm thankful for good friends. I am such a lucky girl to have these amazing women in my life! Thanks for a great night gals! Love you!
(If any of you managed to get a picture of me without 6 chins I'd appreciate it if you could send it my way- thanks!!!)

Tuesday, April 28

What a compliment!

I had an amazing English teacher this semester. She came highly recommended by Ben and Lyn so I registered for her class and found a kindred spirit. She's British, sassy, opinionated and brilliant! I actually enjoyed going to her 8:00 class. I learned so much more than writing in her class.

I e-mailed her about an assignment the other day and added a simple thank you for a great semester note at the end of the e-mail. This was her response-
"Thanks for being the sensible student who gave me the courage to keep teaching."

WOW! I was humbled by her comment. I guess I hadn't thought about how greatly the students effect the teacher. I'm going to be a lot more aware of my presence in a classroom and what I'm contributing to the class environment.

Thursday, April 23

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for~
  • Being done with two of my classes. I only have my accounting final to go! (Which may kill me, btw)
  • Escaping reality for a few hours with Rae and Meg on Saturday
  • My piece of cake final in HR. (although if I had known it was going to be that easy I wouldn't have spent hours studying)
  • Visine Allergy eye drops
  • Anoop and Lil getting kicked off American Idol (Yes, I know it's shallow)
  • Amazon's super fast replacement of my damaged order- there's nothing better than good customer service.

Wednesday, April 22

Wolf Pack Wednesday!

I'm not really starting Wolf Pack Wednesdays, the title just fit this picture that was just released. I'm seriously thinking about becoming Team Werewolf-

Saturday, April 18

How to have a fabulous afternoon

Location, location, location! You must start with a fabulous location-
YUMMY!!!!

Then you must have an amazing guest list-
(please note the very fashionable accessories, they are essential for the gathering to be a success!)

Ok, this one isn't from today but I didn't take one of Meg today so I picked one of my favorite Meg pictures to post.
Meg's Munchkin
That is all you need for a fun, very entertaining, laughter filled afternoon. Thanks girls!!!! Love you!!!

Friday, April 17

Beyond belief talent

Yes, I'm still obsessing over Blue October.

The violinist for Blue October is named Ryan Delahoussaye and I am in awe of him. During the concert I saw him holding a violin under his chin, playing the mandolin and keyboards at the same time and singing back-up. I could have watched him all night. I can't even begin to put into words how talented he is. I've done a little research and it turns out that he's classically trained and plays the violin, mandolin, viola, keyboards, tambourine, vocals and I even saw him play a xylophone during Blue Does. After having seen him work his magic live I'm much more aware of his amazing presence on every Blue October track.

I've tried to find a clip that shows the unbelievable talent of Ryan and I finally tracked one down. This is PRN from Argue with a Tree. It's not the best quality but it is the best one I could find. And yes, he does have horns (they are not there anymore- he has a full head of hair).... just ignore that little trait and be awed by his talent.

Food for Thought Friday


Breakfast
When you need alone time do you have a favorite spot you like to go to?
This isn’t hard for me since I live alone- all I have to do is go home.



Lunch
What is your favorite GUM, STORE BOUGHT COOKIE, and SALTY SNACK
Gum- Spearmint Stride
Store Bought Cookie- Pepperidge Farm Mint Brussels
Salty Snack- Chips and Salsa

Dinner
Do you speak any other languages?
I used to speak German but I haven’t kept it up so most of it is gone.

Midnight Snack
Have you ever been on TV?
Sadly yes.

Thursday, April 16

I must remember to breathe!!!

I think I held my breath through this whole thing. This movie is going to blow me away!!!!! Rumor has it that the release date has been moved to July 15th- 2 whole days sooner- YAY!!!!

Susan's Got Talent

You know that saying- never judge a book by it's cover? This video clip from Britian's Got Talent proves it 1000 times over. Oh my goodness!!!



Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent
by dwarthy

Thankful Thursday



This week I'm thankful for~

  • My Dad giving up his seat at Wicked so I could sit on the second row- I am so spoiled!!!
  • Spending Easter with my family
  • Spending Saturday afternoon with Mom
  • People who cultivate their God given talents and then share them with the rest of us.
  • Easter candy
  • Lunch with the girls for Amanda's birthday
  • My internet being reconnected
  • PF Changs Shrimp with Candies Walnuts- yummmmm!!!!
  • Being finished with my HR presentation
  • Eyebrow wax

Wednesday, April 15

Reconnected...

And it feels so good
Reconnected 'cause we understood
There's one perfect fit
And, sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited 'cause we're reconnected, hey, hey

Everyone sing with me!

My internet was off for 6 days and I realized one thing- I am addicted to being connected!!! (not that it was a real big surprise) I told the Comcast guy I was going to kiss his feet. I think I might have scared him ;)


Friday, April 10

Food for Thought Friday

Breakfast
How are you going to celebrate Easter this year?
I’m having lunch with my Grandmother in Logan and then going to Bonnie’s house for Easter dinner.


Lunch
What is your favorite Easter tradition either currently or as a child?
Coloring Easter Eggs and Easter Egg hunts

Dinner
What is your favorite Easter treat?
Cadbury Cream Eggs, Cadbury Mini-Eggs and stale Peeps

Midnight Snack
What does Easter mean to you?
Easter is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, April 9

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for-

  • Music- whether it's jamming out to Blue October or being inspired by the Mo Tab or relaxing to William Joseph- I love music! It is such a gift!
  • The fact that I only have 2 more Wednesdays from you-know-where! YAY!!!!!!
  • My friends- the ones that live in my computer and the ones that show up at my office just to say hi. They help me get through the day.
  • Nate hooking me up with an advanced reader copy of Shannon Hale's new book. Books just make me happy!
  • Ibuprofen, benadryl and zyrtec

Tuesday, April 7

And so it begins...

the red, itchy, puffy, eyes
the swollen glands
the sore, itchy throat
the ringing ears


I love spring, really I do!


Where's my benadryl????

Monday, April 6

Musical Monday

I'm still riding high from the Blue October concert last week so of course today's Musical Monday is one of their songs. I actually had a different song in mind for today's post but as I was driving home from work the sun was shining and the sky was bright blue and this song was playing on my I-pod and so now it's stuck in my head- it's called Blue Skies.

I first heard this performed at the Breaking Dawn concert in LA. It's such a great song, it just makes me happy when I hear it.
This is what Justin had to say about Blue Skies-
"Blue Skies, also for my daughter. Being a dad is weird and it's amazing. Cause if you're not with them, you...you miss them like nothing else. And Blue Skies is my normal, you know, approaching normal, it all ends with Blue. She brings me to where I am now, losing weight, getting healthy, slowing down the drinking, really talking to my shrink and stuff a lot. And just trying to stay as healthy as possible, so I can be the best role model for her possible ... I remember, I was on the road with Stephenie Meyer, and I played that song for her and she was like, 'oh my god, I'm gonna cry!" And that's when I knew because Stephenie Meyer was a mother also, of three, and she is such an amazing lady and a good friend. We really hit it off, and it was the first person I got to talk to that had a baby. And that was my age. So we connected big time, and she thought that Blue Skies was just amazing. So I look at blue, I think about Blue when I play that, and it's just, I wanna dance with her. I wanna pick her and just dance. And it's my happy song. It's for her."
-Justin, 2009

The lyrics are here if you're interested.

Friday, April 3

Food for Thought Friday


Breakfast
If you could live in any home on a television series, what would it be?
Monica & Rachel's apartment on Friends



Lunch
What did you have for dinner last night (Thursday)?
Chips and Salsa

Dinner
If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?
Georgia ;)

Midnight Snack
What is your favorite flower?
Peach roses (which is so weird for me because roses are so girly and I’m not like that at all)

Thursday, April 2

Blue October, Baby!!!


Tuesday night was the long awaited Blue October concert. Amy got there super early and staked us a prime spot in the very front of the line so once I got there all we had to do was wait. (She also snagged a meet & greet with them- lucky girl!) We hung out for a couple of hours in the line and chatted with the people in the line. The line got pretty long because the concert was sold out. It went all the way down the block-

Luckily we were at the beginning of it!!!

Shelly, Christy, Amy and I


Once they opened the doors we claimed our spot right by the stage.






Look how close we were!!!!!! Squeeeeeeeee!!!


The opening act was a group called Ours. They were ok. I won't be buying the CD but I've heard worse. I always feel bad for opening acts. They have to know that they are not the reason we are there and that we're just tolerating them until the main act takes the stage. I was really glad when they left the stage and the stage transformed into this-

Did I mention that we were really close?!?!
Here are just a few shots from the show. Some of them I took and some of them are from Christy.









Justin, Justin, Justin!!!I can not believe what an amazing concert it was!! I am blown away! The whole band is super talented- WOW!!!!!! I was in awe of them.

Justin was a phenomenal performer. He was one of those performers that you just can't take your eyes off of. He draws you in and makes you feel every emotion that went into writing and performing the song. It was beyond description. It honestly was the best concert I have ever been to.



I'm thinking about becoming a groupie...

C.B. and Ryan

Matt

Wednesday, April 1

Best Concert EVER!!!!

I'm still gathering pictures so I can write a post about last night's concert. It was an amazing night!!!!

While you're all waiting on pins and needles for my concert report I thought I'd share one of my favorite songs of Blue October's new album, Approaching Normal. It's called Jump Rope. This song was written for Justin's little girl and it's a perfect guide to life.



Remember how you used to say
You couldn't wait till tomorrow for a brand new day
And no fuss when you had to ride the bus
You just add a little blush
To paralyze your school crush
Now you're older and the weight is on your shoulder
Make the world a little colder
No more hidin' in the old day
Be strong, don't give up hope
It will get hard


Life's like a jump rope


Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
Cause it will get hard
Remember, life's like a jump rope
Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Cause it will get hard



There'll be a bump there will be a bruise

There'll be alarms and there will be a snooze
There'll be a path that you will have to choose
There'll be a win and there will be a lose
And you gotta hold your head up high and
Watch all the negative a-go by
Don't ever be ashamed to cry
You go ahead!



Cause life's like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Remember, life's like a jump rope
Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Come on, woo!




I want to tell you that everything will be okay
That everything will eventually turn itself to gold
So keep pushing through it all
Don't follow, lead the way
Don't lose yourself or your hope


Cause life's like a jump rope(Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah)

You stomp your feet so hard you make it pound
Raise you back up to the top
And now we're never coming down
Up down, stop your feet spinning round
Clap hands to the rhythm and you slip down
Stomp your feet so hard you make it pound
Raise you back up to the top
And now we're never coming down



Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Remember, life's like a jump rope
Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Cause it will get hard(Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah)
Life's like a jump rope
Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
Woah, cause life's like a jump rope

Here's a video of Jump Rope from the Las Vegas concert~