Wednesday, March 31, 2010

To Anonymous

Okay, and to everyone else that missed the wish list today.

Sorry. They're a lot of work actually. And I was having far too much fun with Tad yesterday and today to get around to it. It'll be back in full force next week. Thanks for the little comment that makes me realize how much people love it.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

American Idol - Top 10

Tad and I are enjoying some jellybeans during Idol tonight. Maybe that will make me like the performances more.


This week's theme is soul and R & B and our mentor is Usher. I'm pretty "meh" about him.

Siobhan is up first. She's singing "Through the Fire" by Chaka Khan. I actually never liked this song. Ouch. Rough spot. There's definitely one spot in the song that's hurtin' her. Hubby's making faces. Randy said it was a little all over the place, but he still loves her anyway. Ellen said it wasn't her best, but she still loves her too. Kara is saying the same thing. Simon said it was all over the place. He's the only one who's making sense to me tonight. He didn't gush and give her warm fuzzies when she didn't deserve them.

Casey is singing "Hold On I'm Coming" by Sam and Dave. It totally suits his style. Tad stopped when he heard the guitar. He said he likes him. I have to agree. Randy loved it. He called it a perfect selection. Ellen said he's consistent, but that it felt a little generic. She still likes him though. Kara used her fancy music speak to blab for awhile without saying anything. Simon thought it was his strongest week.

Big Mike picked "Ready For Love" by India Arie. I like it. Not sure I love it. It was good though. Maybe I'm just bored. Randy liked it even though it wasn't exciting. Ellen said it was beautiful. Kara loved it. Simon said he felt like he can finally take him seriously as an artist.

Didi is up and singing "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." Gotta get it out: I don't like her hair. It's too flat on top. Now the song... I like it, but don't love it. She sounds good. But I like her voice anyway. Randy said the whole performance flat-lined. Ellen said it was dramatic and not her best. Kara said she's lost her way since Hollywood week. Simon said it was over the top.

Tim is singing "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker. He really can sing. I don't know if I'd ever buy anything from him, but he does have a decent voice. And he sounds good tonight, he's just not terribly exciting. Tad says he's good. This is the kid who liked Allison Iraheta, so I can go with his taste. Randy didn't love it. Ellen said it was a tough song and wasn't sure why he chose it. Kara said he took the soul out of the song. Simon laughed at Tim laughing when the judges don't like him. And didn't really judge him besides that.

Andrew's turn. He picked "Forever" by Chris Brown. I'm not a Chris Brown fan (stupid woman-beater), but I like this particular song. Andrew is doing it acoustic. I LOVE it!!! It's better than the original for me. Tad says, "Great." Listen to the kid. He's right on this one. Randy said Andrew is back. He called it his best performance in a long time. Ellen said it was amazing. Kara said it was a giant leap in the right direction. Simon said it was miles better than where he's been the last few weeks. Then he called him boring.

Katie is singing "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin. Hubby's eyebrows went up when he heard she's singing Aretha. She sounds good, but I'm a little bored. I don't think this song is doing her any favors in the "stay young and relevant" area. Randy said it was one of the best vocal performances of the night. Ellen thought the vocals were great, but wished for a more current song (told ya). Kara called it one of her best performances. Simon thought it was "pretty good." He thought she came over as cold.

Lee picked "Treat Her Like A Lady" by The Cornelius Brothers. He made Usher "wow" in rehearsals. He sounds REALLY GOOD tonight. But I'm already a fan. He looked a little more natural and comfortable up there tonight. Randy said it was the best he's heard him in weeks. Ellen said it was unbelievable and probably his best so far. Kara called it amazing. Simon said this was the night his life might have changed forever.

Crystal is singing "Midnight Train to Georgia." She put down the guitar and decided to play piano this week. She sounds good. And she actually looks like a girl this week. But I liked Andrew and Lee better. Randy said it was another great performance by her. Ellen said it was a great performance. Kara said the risk paid off. Simon said the song choice was sensational, but she was uncomfortable with the piano.

Aaron is last tonight. He picked "Ain't No Sunshine." I LOVE this song. LOVE IT. I like it, but I don't think I love it. The idea of it made me want to vote for him, but the actual performance didn't. haha Tad says he was good, but he was falling asleep so I'm going to go with a little boring. Randy said it was alright. Ellen made another age joke. She called it a good song choice. Kara liked it, but didn't love it. Simon said it didn't make him jump out of his chair.

Alright... bottom tomorrow... Didi, Tim, and maybe Katie again?

5 Things...

Oh I had quite the adventure yesterday. We met up with sis and family to go fishing. So here you are...

5 Things About My Fishing Adventures
  1. I got some SUN. Like, my shoulders are a bit crispy. Now I have to get rid of the funky tan lines. :/
  2. We saw two rattlesnakes. Real life freakin' rattlesnakes! That's two more than I ever need to see outside of a zoo again. My oldest nephew spotted the first. It was only seven or eight inches, without a fully formed rattle. My brother-in-law killed it. (THANK GOD he was with me at the moment.) His belly was big so we figured he had just eaten. Later on (with the head chopped off and buried, and the kids standing back) my sis squeezed out his meal. He had eaten a mouse. It was stanky! The second one was nowhere near the kids. He was about a foot and a half below my bro-in-law and I in between some rocks. I hauled butt outta there. The other grown-ups got close enough to count the rattles. Seven. And I heard him shake his tail. I could do without hearing that sound ever again.
  3. Tad came home with me. Yay for spring break and a few nights at my house!
  4. Michael caught one fish, but it got away later. Same thing happened to him yesterday! haha
  5. Our youngest nephew is three. He calls fishing "bishing." It's funny. He also LOVES it. And is pretty fearless. It's a little frightening really.
And there's my adventures! I really ought to take a picture of my crispy shoulders for you. But I doubt I'll get around to it. For now, be comforted knowing that I have pictures of the snake's meal, but I didn't post them.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Coolness

Monday Coolness is back! With a video I've watched three times because I'm easily amused.

Have you seen those Old Spice commercials that are super random? It's that guy. On Ellen. He gives a nice interview (wow, he's pretty cute) and is pleasant and all. Then Ellen makes him recite the commercial for her. It might be even funnier than the commercial itself. If you want to get straight to that part fast forward to about the 3:00 mark.

So whether you enjoy the commercial, or the eye candy, happy Monday.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lazy Sunday Ramblings

A rare Sunday post. Because I feel like it. And some of the adventures of last night should be chronicled...
  • We had people over at our house for the first time last night. We got the UFC fight. It wasn't a lot of people or anything, but it was still fun.
  • I made some KILLER food for the fight. Seven-layer dip, which everyone loves. Hubby decided that if you don't then you must be a terrorist. I made some bacon-wrapped sausages which I could totally eat more of right now (except I'm not wanting to be in the kitchen at the moment). And some jalapeno poppers. Homemade. Amazing. Hubby might have me make more later because he loved them that much.
  • Georges St. Pierre won his fight. In his little shorts. I'm going to start a fan club for those little shorts he wears.
  • We made a late-night run to get some more beer. My bro-in-law and our cousin laughed at us short Mexican girls trying to run and jump to touch the aisle signs. (I failed.)
  • My cousin and I did some slug hunting. She had my flashlight and I had a big thing of salt. I've seen a ton of slime trails in my yard, but no snails. Well last night we saw THE BIGGEST FREAKING SLUGS I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! No joke. They were fat and disgusting and I think they were mutant slugs from outer space. So we hunted them. And salted them. And screamed when we saw one that was honestly at least six inches long. And FAT. (And no I'm not lying, and it wasn't a drunk hallucination. Hubby saw it and will corroborate my story.) He's dead now. Along with at least thirty others we found.
  • Upon getting our paper this morning I cracked up at all the salt spots. Apparently I was a little generous with it.
  • Hubby is going to take me to buy snail poison tonight.
  • I learned sad things about people and had one of those moments where it's not always nice to be right about someone.
  • I have been wanting more party food all day. But it's all gone. The men ate all of it. I'm surprised there was no licking of plates involved. Seriously.
And that's my Saturday. Now I'm off to make a list. I'm going to need snail poison, salt...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to...

... my cousin Josh!

(If the pic looks familiar that's because I used it in January for his brother's birthday.)

That little blue-eyed heart breaker on the right is Josh. He's 17 today!!! Which means he'll be an adult next year... and I don't think I'm ready to deal with that...

Josh has always been a cutie. The kid had a girlfriend before he even started Kindergarten. And girls have always swooned over those blue eyes. Of course the fact that his mom raised him to be an awesome young man totally helps. He's considerate and sensitive (not in a bad way, but definitely an improvement over most high school kids!). Some girl will be lucky to date him (once she gets past his mother and me, haha).

I have extra birthday love for Josh because he had to get his wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. :( Happy birthday Joshy! Love you!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Photo

Been awhile since I did one of these, huh? Moving and dreading the process of uploading pics will do that to a person. Or a blog.

Anywho, I have a picture of my house!

I love it. This was taken last week and the amount of green on those front trees has exploded! You also can't see my tulips. Oh wait, that's because that was the very day that some TURDS picked my two that were blooming.

Love the black trim on my house. Love my front porch (where I sit and watch the turds who walk by now). Love my three-car garage (although hubby loves it more). Love my kitchen. Just love the house!

Are you feelin' the love? Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to...

my dear Steeeeven!!!

So sadly I have ZERO pictures of us together (we need to remedy this my friend!). But I love this one of him. So I stole it so you could see how adorable he is. :)

I met Steven when he was a freshman and FPU and we worked for the phone-a-thon together. I thought, "He's a cool kid." Then I found out he knew my cousin Micah (also a freshman). Then we ended up in ballroom together.

AND WE DOMINATED!!! haha (En-cha-cha-lada, Steven?)

Seriously though, once you meet Steven, it's impossible to not love the guy. He's genuine, positive, and super sweet. He always has a smile and a witty remark. Plus he has some pretty sweet photography skills. Seriously, go here on his blog.

So Steven, happy birthday! I love you to pieces! (And we need to get on top of our baking date!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday Wish List

Wow, it's been awhile since I made a wish list, hasn't it? Well, here comes the home stuff. I told you it was coming. Today, seating.

I am in lust with this purple leather chair. Isn't it FABULOUS? Hubby told me I could have some purple in our room so this baby belongs in there. Of course there is the problem of that ridiculous price... (via Crate and Barrel)

This is pretty stinking cute too. This would be for my living room. If I could get hubby on board with an armless chair. He prefers chairs you can kind of fall into. Target actually has a LOT of cute accent chairs right now. (via Target)

This is precious!!! It's a phone desk!!!! Because, you know, phones used to have these things called cords. And those cords didn't allow you to walk around the house like we do now. Wooooow. (haha, you love my sarcasm) I would totally repaint this. And maybe put it in my sewing room. (via paintedturtlestudio on Etsy)
This is pretty much what I want for my couch. Gray. Love the chaise. Hate the price. If anyone is getting rid of a gray couch, or knows someone who will recover for cheap, call me! (via Crate and Barrel)

Wingback chairs make my heart flutter. And while I don't plan on navy in my living room, I still wouldn't say no to this one. (via Pottery Barn)

Another armless one. Just in case hubby doesn't like the prints I have picked out. But not this light. I'd go a darker aqua. Mmhmm. I gotta plan in mind for my living room... (via lunarloungedesign on Etsy)

There ya go! The first of probably many house-related posts to come. I finally uploaded pics so expect to see my super cute house later this week!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

American Idol - Top 11

So tonight is Billboard's #1 songs? Meh. I like sticking with one artist/group better.

I'm so sick of Kara already. She needs to GET OFF Simon. Seriously. Even as they're walking out she has to be pushing him like a high school girl flirting with her crush. Can anyone say "desperate?" Actually, all the interaction at the beginning tonight is getting on my nerves. Preeeety sure I'm interested in the singing on the show, not the lame-o interaction between Seacrest and the judges.

**VOMIT** Really?! Miley Cyrus as a mentor?!?! I would feel insulted right about now if I was a contestant. My finger is itching for the mute button until someone steps up. And WTF is she wearing?

Okay, finally starting somewhere...

Lee is singing "The Letter" by The Box Tops. He sounds fine and all, but I'm not enjoying the song choice. I don't know the song, and I'm just not loving it. Randy loved it. Ellen compared him to a favorite pen in an analogy I couldn't actually repeat and do it justice. Kara loved him. Simon thought it was corny.

Paige picked "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins. Hubby laughed because he hears Phil Collins and thinks of South Park (don't bother asking if you don't get it). Is it just me or was the beginning rough? Hubby is with me on that one. The breathy voice doesn't work out there. The whole thing is a mess. And I don't think that's just because I haven't been a fan. Randy said it was "honestly terrible." Ellen told her how stunning she looks and decided to let Kara and Simon do the music critique. Kara called it the worst vocal she's heard from her. Simon said it was all over the place. I'm totally irritated by all the people booing the judges. Because let's face it, SHE WAS NOT GOOD TONIGHT AND THE JUDGES ARE ONLY SPEAKING THE TRUTH.

Tim is singing "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen (also done by Dwight Yoakam). When they mentioned he was singing Queen before the break I whimpered. I'm always afraid of people doing some classic faves. Hubby laughed at my whimpering. He's not screwing it up. And he has some pretty good stage presence tonight too! But it's almost like a crooner version of the original. It's good, but doesn't get me all hot and bothered. Randy said the vocals were boring. Ellen said it felt corny and pushed too hard. Kara said it was "Zac Efron and 'Hairspray.'" Then she decided to be a biotch and pretty much told him he has no business catering to the audience with hand-grabbing and such, "like he's already made it." Simon called it pointless and silly.

Aaron's got a crush on Miiiley. Aaron's got a crush on Miiiley. haha AND A HUNDRED POINTS TO ME!!! When Ryan said at the break that Aaron was singing Aerosmith I totally called that he was singing "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing." TOTALLY called it. He sounds good. It's a much softer version than Steven Tyler's. Possibly borderline country (I can't remember who sang that version at the moment). It's still good though. Randy said it wasn't perfect, but he liked it. Ellen said it was a perfect song choice and said he was amazing. Kara said it was the best song choice of the night. Simon said it may have been a little old-fashioned, but that there's zero chance he'll go home this week.

Crystal chose some Janis Joplin (not surprised). She's good, but I almost feel like she would be better suited in hippie times. She's not my style, but she's good. Hubby said she's predictable. Randy shouted and said she's a star. Ellen said it was great, but we're still missing some personality. Kara blabbed on without being too helpful. Simon loved it.

Big Mike is singing "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Michael Bolton. Oh wow. He's my fave so far tonight. This version is something I would consider playing at a wedding. Love, love, love him. Randy didn't think it was his best vocal, but still loved it. Ellen said he has a great voice and she loved him too. Kara said it was technically good, but felt overindulgent. Whatevs drunky. Simon said it was almost too much.

Andrew picked "Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. He's good. It's not terribly different than the original. But he's working the stage a little, which he doesn't do when he has his guitar. I like it, but I wouldn't say I love it. Randy said it wasn't good. Ellen said it wasn't enough to get people on board. Kara referred to the Paula song AGAIN. Simon said the arrangement was bad and he ruined the song.

**EEEEE!!!! Glee commercial! I cannot express how excited I am!**

Katie is singing "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie. I actually like the song even though I don't like Fergie (seriously, how did she land Josh Duhamel?). She sounds pretty good. I don't love the chorus as much as I enjoyed the first verse. She seriously has a little bit of country to her voice. I like her, but I want to hear her do some country. She could possibly pull of Martina McBride. Randy liked that she picked a younger song. Ellen called it her best performance. Kara liked it and thought she should stick with pop (I disagree). Simon is also thinking country would be more her niche. Nice to know the smart judge is thinking the same thing I am.

Casey is up. And he picked "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. I was kind of hoping for some Bon Jovi when Ryan mentioned the 80's. He sounds pretty damn good tonight. I do think that rock needs to be his thing. And I think he needs to cover some Bon Jovi for me (haha, can you hear hubby's eyes rolling?). He earned a little sigh tonight, but only a little one. Randy said he did it well. Ellen called it the best vocal of the night. Kara said he's on another level (in a good way). Simon said it was like an 80's cover band. I do agree that he didn't change it much, but it was still a good vocal.

Didi decided to sing "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt. She kinda reminds me of Megan Joy, but better. She sounds really good. I say good song choice. And she's doing pretty good at the whole stage presence/using the stage thing. Randy liked the idea of it, but thought it was pitchy. Ellen didn't think it was the right song choice (whaaa?). Kara felt like she was playing a character. Simon said she was screeching. Um, seriously, was I listening to the same performance? Hubby commented on how the judges keep going back and forth on all their comments.

Siobhan got the top spot. Last performer is always a favorite. She picked "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. Hubby's got some standards for her to meet because he likes this song (wow, I didn't know that). First of all, her hair needs to be tamed. It's distracting me. Hubby's take: "Not bad." He's not loving it. The arrangement is still very disco-y to me. Not really doin' it for me. She sounds good (of course), but it's not my favorite. Aaaand predictable "killer note" that will make the judges swoon. Randy loved it. Ellen loved her. Kara said she loves that Siobhan expresses herself. And fussed over the note that I called predictable. Simon said she wasn't as good as she has been before.

So, who should go? Paige. Hands down. She's failed to impress more than anyone else right now. Who's likely to go? I'd love to say Paige, but she seems to have a fan base somewhere. So we'll throw Tim and Didi under the bus this week. Only because Tim wasn't super exciting, and the judges were pretty harsh on Didi.

Talk to y'all tomorrow. It's time for LOST! It's the episode we've been waiting for... *eeeeeeee*

Happy Birthday to...

my mother-in-law (well, step-mommy), Michele!

So seriously, Michele is the cutest person ever. I don't think there's anyone who doesn't like her. She's always excited to see us and we totally feel the same. She puts up with dad and his outdoorsy hunting escapades (I feel ya there, Michele). And she's just a sweet, genuine person.

So happy birthday Michele! Make sure dad takes ya somewhere nice!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday to...

... the most wonderful man in the world, my hubby. (haha, promise not to get too sappy on all of you)

Some of you know Tim, some of you kind of know him, and some of you just know of him as "hubby" from my blog references.

I'm pretty sure I've talked before about how perfect I find my husband (all women should feel that way about their men). He's so manly. He hunts, he wrestles other sweaty men... wait, that didn't sound right...

Then of course there's the fact that he's a big kid sometimes. Like when he got his Nerf machine gun for Christmas. And couldn't WAIT for the boys to stay the night so he could attack them with it. I'm not sure if he's turning thirty-one or fourteen today.

And then there's the fact that I know he's going to be an amazing dad one day (Wolverine claw and all in this picture). I love watching him with Tad.

Happy birthday honey. I love you. (And sorry I have to interrupt the birthday festivities with a pesky interview today.)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

American Idol - Top 12

Okay, so they're doing Rolling Stones this week. And I'm just gonna jump in.

Big Mike - "Miss You" - He sounds good. And he looks like he's having fun. Randy loved it. Ellen said it was the way to start the night. Kara liked it. Simon thought he sang it well, but the dancing was corny.

Didi Benami - "Play With Fire" - This is a good son. I think she sounds good. There were a couple parts where she didn't sound perfect, but overall I like her a lot. Randy called it one of her best performances. Ellen thought she was great. Kara liked it. Simon called it a "solid" performance.

Casey James - "It's All Over Now" - Okay, I really like this song. He sounds good. It seems like it's totally his style. Randy loved it. Ellen made a gay joke and I cracked up. She thought it was fantastic. Kara called him a rock star. Simon thought it was like an audition and he didn't "use the stage."

Lacey Brown - "Ruby Tuesday" - I like her voice. And I mostly like her doing this song, but there were a couple spots that were a little rough. Still good, but not great. Randy was "pleasantly surprised." Ellen was meh. Kara was "fifty-fifty" on it. Simon said it was okay and told her to stop "over-thinking" her performances.

Andrew Garcia - "Give Me Shelter" - Another good song. This is probably one of my favorite ones by the Rolling Stones. He sounds good, but I don't know if he wows me tonight. Randy called it pitchy. Ellen thought it was his best performance yet. Kara didn't feel a connection. Simon thought something didn't connect. He's in the middle, but hopes Andrew is still around next week.

Katie Stevens - "Wild Horses" - Hubby joked that there's no way she actually knows who the Rolling Stones ARE. She is a young'n. She sounds pretty good. She's got a seriously big voice and it fits the song. Randy thought it was a strong performance. Ellen thought once she got into it she sounded amazing. Kara liked it (I think?). Simon thought she chose the right song.

Tim Urban - "Under My Thumb" - He's playing his guitar. That seems like it makes him better, or at least more confident. I like him. He's not outstanding or anything, but I still like him. And I'm kinda digging the arrangement (but I enjoy some reggae). Randy "didn't get it." Ellen said there was nothing wrong with it, but it didn't wow her. Kara keeps referring to Ellen and Randy as "the guys." It's bugging me. She said like it or not, he made it his own. Simon said it didn't work.

Siobhan Magnus - "Paint It Black" - She actually picked my all-time favorite. The beginning of the song was weird for me. It was... music box-y or something. Then she switched and went closer to the original. I like it now. I still don't love it, but I do like it. Which is saying a lot for how much I like this song. And she has a great voice, I will give her that. Randy said it was hot. Ellen said she stands out "like Snooki's poof." I cackled. Kara compared her to Adam Lambert. Simon called it the standout performance of the night.

Lee Dewyze - "Beast of Burden" - GREAT song choice for him. I think his voice is perfect on this song. I actually love it instead of just liking. Randy thought it was one of his better performances. Ellen liked it a lot, but expected a little more. Kara just said that he's growing each week (so she liked him?). Simon said he's holding himself back and hasn't had "a moment."

Paige Miles - "Honky Tonk Woman" - I'm not a fan of her, but she actually sounds really good on this song. I still don't think I'm a fan, but at least now I feel like she deserves to be in this. Randy liked it. Ellen said she has great star quality and sounded great. Kara liked her (again, I think). She's been handing out backhanded compliments. Simon said she still hasn't connected.

Aaron Kelly - "Angie" - Just have to throw in: what's up with his hair? Not diggin' it. That said, he picked a good song. And he sounds pretty decent. I'm just not a fan so I'm not super into it. Randy liked it. Ellen thought it was a great song choice and said the performance stood out. Kara said it was powerful. Simon said it was the right song.

Crystal Bowersox - "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Okay, she sounded pretty stinkin' great. As soon as Ryan said she was singing this song I figured she would do it well. She's legit. Randy loved it. Ellen said she added personality and she loved it. Kara agreed that she loosened up and she was easy to watch. Simon was meh.

Ummmm... so Tim maybe? Or Didi. I'm not sure who's going home. We shall see tomorrow.

5 Things...

I have a few minutes so y'all get a blog today!

5 Things On My Mind Right Now
  1. I love my house. Sure there are things that need to be done (cleaning out gutters and other such fun things), but I don't have crappy druggie neighbors. And I have tulips out front! They're adorable!
  2. I am loving the weather the last couple days. When I pick up the kids today, I won't need a sweatshirt! Hello sun, I missed you a bit.
  3. I'm kinda freaking out about the job fair on Thursday. There were a buttload of pink slips delivered to teachers in just about all of our surrounding districts this week. I'm trying to stay positive, but it's getting difficult.
  4. I tackled Tad's room last night and I'm almost done. Now I just wish he could stay here as much as he did last year.
  5. It seems like EVERYONE around me is pregnant. Plenty of the blogs I follow have announced pregnancies or even showed off their newborns. A friend from church regularly updates her Facebook with how her pregnancy is going. Our old neighbor from the apartment just found out she's pregnant... the list goes on. I even see tons of pregnant strangers when we're out! It's giving me some serious baby fever and I think hubby may be a little worried. But don't expect any announcements around here. We have a house to take care of and I need a job.
Happy Tuesday. I'm off to unpack some more before we get the kids today.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hello There

Guess where I am???

Yup, totally writing from our house!!!

It's not done. We've got a LOT of unpacking to do. And I need to get mom's sewing machine over here so I can start curtains. And we're having people over in just under two weeks! All this is just to let you know that I may not be around much this week. Unless we happen to be amazing and get a whole lot done.

So stick with me. I'll post when I get the chance. Hopefully I'll get a picture up for you by the end of the week. Because I really do love my cute house.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

American Idol - Elimination and Our Official Top 12!

This is the last American Idol blog I'll write from the apartment!! Wooooo!!!

So we get our official Top 12 tonight. And for the group number we have a Michael Buble song. It's not as cheesy as some of the group songs have been. But don't get me wrong: we have plenty of cheese.

Ryan just announced the theme for next week. Rolling Stones. That could go wonderful for some and awful for others. But that's next week. On to the eliminations...

Didi is in. I'm okay with this.

Siobhan is in. Meh. She has grown on me a bit over the last couple weeks.

Paige and Katelyn were called down together and were told only one was in the Top 12. I'm crossing my fingers for Katelyn. Aaaand I don't get my wish. Paige is in, Katelyn is going home.

Now they're switching to the boys. Ryan called Tim, Todrick, Lee and Casey. Casey's safe. Wow, Tim is in too. They waited entirely too long to say who was staying between Todrick and Lee. I think I was having a heart attack on the floor. But Lee is in. Yay!

It wouldn't be a results show without filler. Here's the filler portion of the night. Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre singing "Tell Her About It" while they both play piano. I did like them last season, so I won't complain much.

Back to results. Crystal got called up, she's in.

Big Mike is in! Yay!

Lacey's name was called next. She's in.

Next up was Aaron. He's in.

The boys it's down to are Alex and Andrew. I might die if Andrew doesn't make it in. ANDREW IS IN!!! *whew*

The girls left are Katie and Lilly (holy cow, I thought they would both be in!). Hubby thinks it'll be Katie, he guessed her at the beginning of the show. Katie is in. Because America loves the little kids. That's dumb. I don't love Lilly more than some of the others, but she was totally more interesting than Katie.

So there ya go. We have two children for America to vote for. My guess is they'll stick around because of the amount of mothers who probably see them as adorable.

See ya next week, when I'll start the Top 12 AT MY NEW HOUSE.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

American Idol - Top 8 Boys

Look at me, I have some time to watch again! There are still some boxes to pack so that will be happening during commercials.

Randy needs to SHUT UP. He's already annoying me just during the intros.

Lee Dewyze is up first, singing "Fireflies." I don't know this one, but he sounds good. I hope he stays around for the Top 12. Randy said it was a strange song choice, but he made it work. Ellen liked it. Kara said he made the song better with his interpretation. And she will not leave Simon alone. She needs to lay off the spiked drinks. Simon said he didn't have a moment.

Next up is Alex Lambert. He picked "Trouble." I remember someone singing this for auditions. And I think I liked it better then. I don't think Alex has the right voice for it. At least he looks A LOT more comfortable on stage now. Randy said it was a good song choice, but he wasn't wowed. Ellen said he's getting better every week. Kara said he's still too stiff. Simon said he's still concentrating too much.

Tim Urban chose "Hallelujah." LOVE this song, but mostly love it by Jason Castro. (You know that's the best one, right Heather?) Tim's version is pretty decent. He sounds good, but I still like Jason better. And I think I figured out who he reminds me of. A less pretty Zac Efron. Randy thought he did a good job. Ellen ran up to hug him and told him he was fantastic. Kara liked him. Simon thought it was a smart choice.

Yay, it's Andrew Garcia!!! He's singing "Genie in a Bottle." Normally I would be worried, but I'm totally not with him. I LOVE IT!! I am dancing in my seat (on the floor in my mostly empty apartment). Randy said it didn't work for him (and was greeted with a lot of "boos" from the audience). Ellen liked it and said people will love it. Kara said he peaked early so he's having a hard time. Simon said it felt desperate. I think the judges are poopy.

**Iron Man 2 trailer!!! Love ya RDJ!**

Casey James picked "You'll Think of Me." Let me just *sigh* right now. I love this song. Yup, he sounds good. Although I think I'm irritated now and not sure I can crush on him. Because for some reason he reminded me of a jerk I dated while he sang that. Hmmm... I still like him. Randy called it safe. Ellen thought it was great. Kara said she's "kinda back on the Casey Train." She's lame. Simon said it was sincere, but not quite his best.

Aaron Kelly is singing "I'm Already There." Second song in a row I've heard live by the original singer/band. I go to a lot of country concerts. Okay, DID NOT LIKE the beginning. I think he started too low. He seemed to struggle. The chorus is a bit better, but not wonderful for me. Randy thought it was good. Ellen thought it was a tough song for him. Kara didn't think the song was relevant to who he is as a singer. Simon called her out (which was hilarious). He said it wasn't a great vocal, but he had a good amount of emotion.

Todrick Hall is singing Queen. Hmmmm... "Somebody to Love" is one of my favorites by them. I'm not positive I like it. His voice is fine, but I don't like his version. Randy liked it and called it one of the best vocals he's heard all night. Ellen liked that he changed it. Kara said the singing was good, but said it was almost too dramatic. Simon said it was good in parts. He said it showed him more as a Broadway singer than a recording artist.

Big Mike is last and he picked "This Woman's Work." GREAT start. I gasped when he started. I cannot help but get a dopey grin when he sings. He's so good on stage and he sounded great. Randy liked it so much he didn't even make sense. Ellen said it was beautiful and called him the one to beat. Kara was in tears. Simon called it the best performance of the live shows this season.

I don't know if I can make a pick with the guys. My picks to go home (based strictly on person preference) would be Todrick and Alex Lambert. I'm afraid Lee might not have been great enough tonight though. So I guess we'll see.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

American Idol - Top 8 Girls

Okay, I actually have time to watch this tonight! Even though Comcast is being a butt face and not recording my other show for me right now. I wish there was another affordable option...

So Katie Stevens is first, singing "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson. She sounds good, but kind of average. Randy thought Kelly's version was better. Ellen didn't "feel" it, but liked the song choice. Kara talked about how she doesn't know who she is as an artist. Blah blah blah... Simon wasn't impressed.

Siobhan Magnus picked "House of the Rising Sun." She sounds really good tonight. I'm not sure if I'm a fan or not, but I like this performance. Randy loved her. Ellen loved it. Kara loved it. Simon actually didn't.

Lacey Brown is singing "The Story." She sounds good. I think better than last week. It seemed more her style. Randy called it her best performance in a long time. Ellen loved it. Kara said is was a brilliant choice. Simon liked it.

Katelyn Epperly is singing "I Feel the Earth Move." The song is major elevator music to me. She sounds good, but I'm just not a fan of the song. Randy said there wasn't anything special about it. Ellen wasn't sure it was enough. Kara said it felt like she was just going through the motions. Simon compared her to a lounge or restaurant singer.

Didi Benami picked "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac. I like this song. And she sounds pretty good. Randy thought it was a whole lot better than last week. Ellen liked it. Kara called it one of her favorite moments of the season so far. Simon loved it.

Paige Miles sang "Smile." Not good. I'm really not sure why she picked this song. It's rough. Randy said it didn't work at all. Ellen said it wasn't the right song. Kara called it all wrong. Simon thought it was a horrible choice.

Crystal Bowersox picked "Gimme One Reason To Stay Here." She sounds good. That's really all I have to say. Randy said that she's what the show is about. Ellen called it best performance of the night. Kara thought it was a great song choice. Simon is positive she'll be in the Top 12.

Lilly Scott sang "I Fall To Pieces" by Patsy Cline. Meh. I don't really love it. Hubby definitely doesn't love it. He just busted out with a loud, "NOPE." Randy liked it. Ellen loved it. Kara thought she made it current (I have to disagree). Simon called her brave, but said it didn't have a wow factor.

Soooo... going home. Paige? Unless she's got a huge fan base who doesn't care how she sounds. But I would pick her to go. Maybe unfortunately Katelyn or Didi.

And with that, I'm going to plot to kill Comcast. Because apparently our receiver has gone to SH*# again. AGAIN. I'm going to be giving someone an earful.

Happy Birthday to...

My mommy!!!

It's a pretty big birthday this year... I won't come out and say how old. But it's a big one. And as far as anniversaries go it would be considered the "golden anniversary." Sorry for tattling mom. :)

We had a party the other night. Small, just some really close friends and family. But it was great. She loved it. And I gave her the big top secret project that's been in the works for over a month now. Bonnie and I put together an album with notes and letters from everyone we could get them from. I talked to old youth pastors, church interns, kids from church, people from work, family... we ended up with a decent amount. And mom cried.

Anyway, happy birthday mom. I'm glad you loved your party. And your gift. The people involved aren't even close to the total amount of people who love you. Now I'll go get Tad to complete your special day. Love you.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to...

My father-in-law, Rick!

Have I mentioned before that I have some pretty sweet in-laws? Rick and Michele are the cutest. And Rick has this "rule" that if you don't call him and tell him happy birthday on his day, he won't recognize your birthday for the year. He totally doesn't do that, but it's funny to listen to him give us a bad time.

Happy birthday Rick! Glad I'm your favorite daughter-in-law.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Heads Up

I have two posts scheduled for the week. Not sure if I'll get more than that up. Because it's officially moving week!!!!

So we'll see. If I'm not around I'll update you with everything next week.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Photo


I'm insanely busy today so no big updates for you. Just a picture I took last Friday when I picked up Tad. We had the tail-end of a storm moving out and it made for a nice picture. I love the reflection in the puddle.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

American Idol - Elimination

Wow. Did NOT see the girls coming tonight.

Guys that left were John (saw that one) and Jermaine (good, I wasn't a fan).

Girls were so not what I thought. Michelle and Didi were left standing together. I called Didi... and Michelle left. Haeley and Lacey were left standing together. I thought Lacey... and it was Haeley.

But Michelle was too pretty anyway. She made me feel less attractive when I watched her. haha

American Idol - Top 10 Girls

I didn't forget last night, I just didn't get to it. So here we go.

Crystal Bowersox: She sang something by Creedence Clearwater. I liked her better than last week. She sounded better. Randy loved her. Ellen said she has "pure, raw, natural talent." Kara loved her. Simon called her a "really serious artist."

Haeley Vaughn: She picked "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. I still like her. She was cute. She sounded alright, but it wasn't great. Randy didn't like it. Ellen said she didn't feel connected to the song. Kara said she still needs time to "strengthen her instrument." Simon called it a mess.

Lacey Brown: She sang "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer. Loved that song in high school. She sounded a lot better than last week, but it sounded like there were still some issues. Randy said it felt like karaoke. Ellen thought it was adorable. Kara liked it, but said she needs to step it up. Simon was pretty meh.

Katie Stevens: She picked "Put Your Records On." Aaaand I think she was wearing my shoes. Or maybe the expensive version that my Forever21 ones are a knockoff of. Anyway, she sounded good. She has a good voice. Randy liked her later in the song. He kind of rambled. Ellen said she still needs to sound a little younger. Kara agreed. Simon just didn't sound convinced of anything.

Didi Benami: She sang "Lean On Me." Honestly, I'm not a fan of that song. But she sounded good. I like her voice. It's a little different. Randy didn't like the song choice (he's using that one a lot this season). Ellen loved her voice, but didn't love the song choice. Kara said it wasn't good. Simon said it was all over the place.

Michelle Delamor: She picked "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed. She sounded really good. I liked her better than last week. Randy didn't like the song. Ellen said she did a lot with the song and liked how she changed it. Kara said it was her favorite of the night. Simon liked her too.

Lilly Scott: First of all, her dress was cute. I'm not sure I could pull it off, but I liked it. She picked "A Change Is Gonna Come." She was good. Some of it was a little weird for me, but still good. Randy loved how unique she was. Ellen said she was "just a fan in a seat watching an amazing performance." Kara said she had her first "moment." I'm having trouble taking this woman this season. Simon thought it was good, but he wasn't crazy about it.

Katelyn Epperly: She sang "Scientist" by Coldplay. She played piano too. I really, REALLY liked her. Randy liked it. Ellen thought it was too slow. Kara "kind of loved her." Simon thought it was a smart choice and it was a million times better than last week.

Paige Miles: I love that she still likes to color. I do too. :) She picked "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson. I liked her, not quite loved. Almost, but not quite. Randy liked it, but wasn't in love with it. Ellen loved it. Kara managed to make it about her and made me want to vomit. Simon said she didn't pick the right song again.

Siobhan Magnus: She sang "Think" by Aretha Franklin. I was pretty good. The beginning was a little off. Although she did do a great job hitting some of those notes. Randy said it was "dope." Ellen loved it. Kara was semi-speechless (thank God). Simon thought there were parts of the song that were "terrible." But he liked her and called her "interesting."

Going back, I've already semi-forgotten about Lacey and Didi. So they'll be my picks for tonight. I'll update when the eliminations are posted.


This will either end up really long and boring, or shorter than I meant because it's harder to say than I thought it would be.

Kids today are wimps.

I could leave it at that, but I won't.

First of all, the term "kids" doesn't even refer to the under-14 bracket anymore. There are people in their twenties acting like kids. There are people in their thirties acting like kids. People have this ginormous* sense of entitlement. Where the heck did it come from?

I work with kids in various situations. There are kids who have hundred dollar phones. They have designer clothing. Their parents jump at the mention that another kid doesn't like theirs. I have kids who have zero chores. There are kids who do everything regardless of how much it costs. They get cars at fifteen because they need to practice on the very car they will drive when they get their license at sixteen.

Sports teams get trophies for EVERYTHING. There is barely a first place anymore. Now if you showed up on time and wore your uniform right you get a trophy. Kids have full blown graduations in sixth grade now. Their parents are getting them LIMOS.

What is this doing to them? Will their parents keep supporting them forever? Will they give up after one failed job interview and decide that their only solution is to live off everyone else? What will they do when they *gasp* get a bad grade and mommy isn't there to bully their teacher?

I'm just really disillusioned sometimes. It's frustrating knowing that when I get my own classroom I will have countless overprotective parents and weak children.

There are going to be challenges! You cannot have a picture perfect life with only sunshine and rainbows. You WILL have to pay bills. You WILL have your heart broken. You WILL make mistakes. But guess what? That's how you become the adult that you're meant to be.

So quit whining.

*Um, were you people aware that "ginormous" is apparently a recognized word? Firefox and Blogger are telling me that it's fine. Hmmm...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday Wish List

Aahhhh moving. We're attempting to pack over here and it's hateful. So to keep myself happy I've been playing with ideas for the rooms in the house. Have I mentioned I get a SEWING ROOM?! It's going to be the girliest room in the house. Seeing as how hubby won't be hanging out in there, I think I can get away with it.

My mom bought be some adorable pink damask yesterday to cover my chair with, and now I'm drooling over stuff on Etsy, so let me share.

I love this aqua with my pink damask. And I love this print. Not sure what I would do with it, but I love it. (via daffodilhill)

This pink metal crate is so cute! Yes, the paint is wearing away in spots, but that makes me love it more. I can totally throw fabric or magazines in here. (via SacValleyTreasures)

This clock makes me happy. I'm a little hesitant about throwing yellow in with the aqua and pink. Hubby may or may not have thrown the words "Easter egg" around last night. But I'll throw some gray in, that will make it better, right? Anyway, this clock is fabulous. (via tracygarciadesigns)

This is a print for the wall. I kind of have a thing for birds right now. (via LuckyBluebirdArt)

See? More birds. This one kind of combines my colors so I think I need it. (also via LuckyBluebirdArt)

This is cute. And would look nice on the wall also. (via hijirik)

Love the song, love this print. It would also look cute with the one above. (via Tessyla)

There's actually a ton of stuff on the site that I loved, this is just a small amount. And mom and I went to Home Goods yesterday and I found a birdcage/candle holder that I have my heart set on now. If any of you so choose, you could email/Twitter/Facebook hubby and tell him I need it. :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

American Idol - Top 10 Boys

So it was supposed to be the girls tonight, but Crystal was sick or something. So the boys are taking their turn. I'm okay with that. They're doing Billboard hits again.

Big Mike: He's singing "This is a Man's World." He has great stage presence. He sounds good too. But I already knew he would be one of my faves. Randy loved him. Ellen said that everyone now has to try and top him. Kara loved him (is it just me or is she sitting superclose to Simon tonight?). Simon loved him too.

John Park: He's singing "Gravity" by John Mayer. He sounds a hundred times better than last week. I don't know about great though. I wouldn't be upset if he didn't make it too far. Randy said he wasn't as good as the original. Ellen wanted more feeling. Kara said she didn't get a connection from him. Simon said there was nothing to get excited about.

Casey James: *sigh* Just had to throw that in. He's singing "I Don't Wanna Be" by Gavin DeGraw. Playing his own guitar. Hotness just went up a few points again. I love a man with a guitar. I like it, but I don't know if I love it. He's pretty - he needs to sing pretty songs. haha Randy loved it. Ellen loved the song choice, but thinks there's a little stiffness still. Kara thought he "took two steps backward." (And she is leaning on Simon, has she busted into Paula's old stash?) Simon thought he turned into a bar singer trying to be a rock star.

Alex Lambert: Seriously, can we do something about that mullet? He's singing "Everybody Knows" by John Legend. He sounds better. And looks waaaay more comfortable. Even hubby commented on how much better he sounds. Randy said it's a huge improvement. Ellen went with the banana analogy again. She liked him. Kara said everyone is rooting for him. I honestly think she's on something tonight. Simon said it was a million times better than last week.

Todrick Hall: He's singing Tina Turner? He took "What's Love Got To Do With It" and slowed it down. It's honestly a little boring. He sounds good, but I'm already bored with it. Randy wasn't happy with the arrangement. Ellen didn't think it was the right song. Kara thinks he's "crazy, all over the place." Simon said "move, but don't sing." haha See why I probably won't watch after he leaves? Who else will say stuff like that?

Jermaine Sellers: I don't think I like him. He sounds like a flippin' girl in the interview before his performance. He's singing "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye. I don't even know the song so I hope he wasn't hoping to be current tonight. I'm bored. Randy liked it better than last week, but said it wasn't a great performance. Ellen didn't really like it and she was struggling to say so. Kara said he's always doing too much. Simon said that they're frustrated and disappointed because he "waters down the songs."

**Gotta throw this in. I HATE that Randy calls Ellen "E." Her name is TWO syllables, there is no reason to shorten it!!!**

Andrew Garcia: Come on Andrew, bring it! He's singing "You Give Me Something" by James Morrison. His voice is good, but what is up with these song choices tonight?! Pick up the pace a little guys! That said, he does sound really good. Randy didn't like it. Ellen liked him a lot. She repeated that the problem is that he set the bar so high with his Paula Abdul song. Kara agreed that that's the problem. Simon said it's frustrating because he can't seem to choose a song.

**EEEEEE!!! Clash of the Titans trailer!!!! I am SO going to see Sam Worthington in 3D!!**

Aaron Kelly: He's singing "My Girl." It's not current, but at least it's recognizable. And he sounds really good. I'm not a fan of the little kids typically, but he's good. Randy liked him. Ellen thought the song wasn't the best choice, but liked him. Kara liked it. Simon didn't like it.

Tim Urban: He's singing "Come on Get Higher" by Matt Nathanson. He sounds a hundred times better than last week, but how could he not? I like this song and he doesn't sound bad. Randy said there was nothing special about it. Ellen could see him on Glee, but said there's no charisma even though he's adorable. Kara didn't like it so much. Simon said it was a huge improvement. He said he listened to the criticism and was more relevant.

Lee Dewyze: I really like him. He's singing "Lips of an Angel." I gasped a little. I am LOVING HIMMMM!!!!!! I like his version better than the original. The original is a little whiny for me. Randy LIKED it (his emphasis). Ellen said there was passion and intensity and it was a great performance. Kara thought it was a big improvement. Simon said that vocally he's "head and shoulders above everyone else." But he needs to be confident. I agree that he looks scared right now.

Okay... so John isn't great. And you need to be great. Tim seems pretty weak still, but apparently some pics of his six-pack are floating around the interwebz so those might just save him this week. Jermaine isn't my favorite either. I'm almost ready to pick up the phone for Lee! He was my favorite, I might just be crushing.

Girls tomorrow night. Another blog then.

5 Things...

The big topic of conversation is the move right now. We're excited. Tad is VERY excited. So it was kind of obvious what I would write about today.

5 Projects We're Looking Forward To At the New House
  1. Staining our dining room table and chairs. I'm also going to recover the seats on them. Hubby's actually pretty excited about it too.
  2. Refinishing our storage/buffet/cabinet. It needed it when we got it a couple years ago. But it wasn't bad so it wasn't a priority. I really kind of want to do it a funky color...
  3. Making a headboard. We don't have one. I have tons of options running through my head at the moment and have to pick one already.
  4. Making curtains. For pretty much every room. I'm excited about this more than hubby. I'm having fun browsing fabrics online and trying to pick colors for each room.
  5. This one's only a possibility, but I'm kind of hoping to build a loft bed for Tad. I want one because it will open up some floor space and I want him to have plenty of room to play. The only tough part would be that anyone who stays the night (I'm lookin' at you MP) would be sleeping in it instead of a normal "grown up" bed. So it's not for sure yet. That and I haven't actually built anything like that before. Hmmm...
There will be lots of little projects too. I'm recovering a desk chair for my sewing room. And I'm going to paint or refinish the table that my sewing machine is on. Not to mention getting some shelves up.

I swear I won't turn this into an interior design blog. I'm not an expert at all, just really super stoked.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to...

My littlest nephew Anthony!

I love this picture. He likes to say, "Cheese" and get squinty-eyed.

He's three today. Hopefully he'll leave the terrible twos behind with this birthday. Because his second birthday totally triggered a little bit of bad behavior! But even though he's constantly snot-faced, and often causing trouble, he's still a darn cute kid. And I still love him, especially when he's yelling for his step dad when he's in trouble: "Mikey!" haha

Happy birthday Anthony!!!