Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bobby McFerrin

Most people think of one thing when you mention Bobby McFerrin: "Don't Worry, Be Happy". That's a great tune, but Bobby is so much more than that. Last fall when I heard that he was going to be at Gallagher Bluedorn I couldn't wait to get on the horn and order tickets, the first day they were available! These were the best seats I've ever had for a show, (well where I didn't have to look around a very large lesbian anyway!!). 2nd row orchestra on the aisle. When the usher sat us she even comment on our luck.

The show was amazing. It was more than amazing but I can't seem to come up with a better word right now. He started off with some of his original work, sounds that are so Bobby McFerrin. When you are listening to a cd it's easy to forget that there is no fancy mixing, no special audio effects, but when you are looking right at him you are reminded it's all just him, only him. As the show went on he started to involve the audience. He sang Bach while asking the audience to sing Ava Maria over top. He invited people up on stage to do interpretive dance to his improv, he asked people to come up and sing with him. At one point he asked about 12 singers to come on stage. He ended up with more like 30. For me there were two song he did that were especially incredible; Drive from Simple Pleasures and Blackbird from The Voice.

The Simple Pleasures CD (actually I think I had the tape) came out in 1988, I was 15 years old. I fell in love with his music instantly, more so the tracks other than DWBH. I remember laying in bed one Sunday night late, I was listening to my walkman, my radio walkman, with the antenna up. I would run the dial slowly up and down, fm & am, just listening for anything off the beaten path. Remember I was 15 & I bet there are a few of you out there that remember how hard I worked at being "off the beaten path" around that time. Anyway, I remember one night coming across Bobby McFerrin in concert on a Public Radio show. He did Blackbird that night. I remember thinking how unique his sound was and how badly I wished I was there, in that theater, watching that show. Twenty one years later I finally got to be the one sitting in the theater, watching him live.

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"It's really the act of singing and being there in the moment when music is made that I love most." -Bobby McFerrin 1/21/09

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


You know I didn't need it. I didn't need to be reminded that I'd made the right choice. But on the other hand I think a little reaffirmation is good for the soul. Like a little pat on the back from yourself. That little voice that says "See girl, I told you this was the right thing to do!".

And she's always right you know, that little voice. Her name is Candy. Doesn't everyone name their alter? Am I sharing too much? Have I been watching too much United States of Tara? Are you keeping up with me today?

Anyway I got that today. And once I realized what it was, it made me smile.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You have to check out this posting:

I laughed out loud, seriously. I'm not just saying lol, I actually did LOL!!!! And I hope the "golden girl version of Thelma & Louise" is ready for the throw down. I heard today that they were going to put down the cross stitching and get serious about quilting! Gotta love multi-crafters!!

Mo & I are really into this quilt thing. Even if it only last long enough for me to get one done I'll be happy. I had so much fun cutting out my stuff last night. I did manage to get one panel put together before my machine started making a horrible racket. I guess you have to oil them. Who knew? It's not like I needed another "hobby" to fill my "free time". But you can never have too many irons in the fire. You know my theory, if you aren't feeling stressed you aren't working hard enough. If you aren't feeling stressed you don't have enough going on in your life. You can sleep when you're dead!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I'm restless today... I've been messing with my blog, never quite getting it to where I want it.... Messed with some photos but got nothing monumental.... I tried to go outside earlier, even though the weather is much improved from last week it's still too cold to be out there long... I've got tomorrow off (due to the Holiday) and am just wishing I could go in and work (what the hell is wrong with me??). I hope tomorrow feels more productive than today. Here's a photo of Stella from last summer....

Maybe that's it, maybe I need some sunshine?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What would you risk your life for?

What would you drive through a blizzard for?

I've never seen as many cars in the ditch as I did today. And not just in the ditch but upside down in the ditch. A few years ago Tom & I drove to Chicago a day or so after a terrible ice storm and I remember seeing all the cars still in the ditches from a day or two before. This was different because many of these cars still had their engines running & their tires spinning. At one point we were routed up the exit and then back onto the highway because of a semi that was across the road. Thankfully we had a very experience driver at the wheel! And had no real trouble ourselves. Other than the strange smells, I don't know what that was all about.

So I guess unknowingly we risked our lives for a camper. I know, initially it doesn't seem like it would be worth it, but it's a heck of a nice camper and we got a great deal! I'm super excited!! It was in wonderful condition. Now I'm even more ready for spring!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

thoughts of spring

Font funk

I'm in a font funk. I love fonts, but I hate what I have. Sometimes a serif, sometimes not. Sometimes traditional, sometimes funky. But lately I don't have what I want. It might be helpful if I knew what I wanted I suppose....

What are you favorite fonts?

Ok just one quick Sully picture... he loves this chair but he just isn't going to fit in it pretty soon. He is up to 40lbs. 3 months and 40lbs.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Feminist Lesson of the day

No, this has nothing to do with the Darwin awards. No, I don't recommend anyone try this at home. My entry way lights were burned out. It is too cold and snowy to bring in the ladder and the ceiling is too high to reach by just standing on a chair. So I'll admit I had to improvise. Waverly helped me change the light bulbs and also thought to snap a quick picture (that's what i get for teaching her to use my little camera). I asked what she learned from this. Her reply:
"you don't need no stinking man." Amen to that sister. I've taught her well!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Beginnings

This morning during church I was installed as an elder. I'm very excited for this opportunity to serve my church as a member of Session. During the installation one of our traditions is for all current and past elders & deacons to come forward and lay their hands on the member being installed. What a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by my church family like that. To feel their support and love for me.

Also tomorrow is the first day of my new job. After eight years in the cash area I'm moving back into the default world, this time in Loss Mitigation. I'm very excited for a new challenge!

This morning Kevin asked me if I was nervous about tomorrow. I'm not really but I really haven't thought about it that much either. I think I've said this before but I'm finding that I don't put a lot of excess thought into things lately. Last January one of my New Years resolutions was to stop over thinking things. I think I may have over done it, lol! (Leave it to me to over achieve on that one.) I think though, what I've cut out is all the unnecessary over analyzing that I use to do in my head (might be the meds too). I must say, it feels liberating and I certainly feel like my life is on the right track. So obviously my recent decisions have been good ones. (oh wow. I just realized, am I over thinking by hashing this out on line? oh goodness! is this like a hypochondriac that doesn't know they are a hypochondriac they just think they are really really sick all the time???)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My baby is growing up!

They say in the summer on a quiet evening you can actually hear the corn growing. Well around here it's never quiet. Never. So you can't hear Sully growing but you can certainly see it. I swear I came home from work on Thursday night and he had grown in the 10 hours that I had been away!

These two pictures were taken just 33 days a part. He loves that chair (thank you Waverly for giving it up to him). But when he sleeps there now his legs hang off as does one side of his face. I looked at him just last night and noticed that his puppy face was quickly changing into a big dog face. It is bitter sweet.

Unphotographable - The BK lounge

This is a photo I did not take. While waiting in line at Burger King drive thru I saw a live trap set up along the wall, up next to the bushes. It was baited with french fries.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

a little bit of Sully

As if to say "Love me Waverly. Even though I eat your Barbies."

As if to say "I'm not afraid to make a statement."

As if to say "I've no time for silly pictures. Where is my Sarah?"

The creative juices are back!

These are 9x9 pages and will go in the back of my slice of life album for 2008. I love this layout! I plan on using it for my 2009 slice of life book. I've decided I'm going to do either a 1 or 2 page layout for each month therefore not restricting myself to one particular day. Genius I know! (Gosh I should burn these pictures to a disk for Shari!)

These are 12x12 pages. I borrowed the left page layout from splitcoast. I think it was a sketch challenge. Then I just pieced together all the pictures on the right. I love this paper! I just picked it up at Michael's over the weekend, K&Company maybe? It was hard to look at these pictures all morning, while the wind was blowing and the temps were in the single digits.

This was just a quick page for the Girl Scout album. Wav & I are each going to do pages with the same pictures and put them in side by side! I can't wait to see her take on it.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


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I have officially finished my 2008 Slice of Life book! If you'll recall at the beginning of 2008 my goal was to take a picture on the 3rd day of the month, every month, and scrapbook that picture and whatever may have been going on that day. I did pretty good, I only had to cheat a couple times but I fessed up to it in my journalling. I tried to keep the layout consistent yet fun. I seemed to keep up better during the first part of the year, working on typically two months at a time. When it got down to the wire in December I had four months to do but I finished them up, including a title page tonight.

I'm very pleased with this project and have every intention of doing it again in 2009. I'm going to try to be less ridged this time (with the date and layout), therefore I will have less guilt when I have/want to cheat! I even picked up a new 8.5x8.5 album for 2009. I have a few empty pages in the 9x9 2008 album that I'm going to fill with other random 2008 events here in the next couple days (i'm on a roll!!!) so watch for those shortly!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Hard to believe 2008 has past us by already! We got together with some friends & family last night to ring in the new year. The 2009 glasses were a hit! We had some great snacky food, danced a little, drank a little & played a few games. I kicked ass at Taboo(loudly too!) but completely sucked at Mad Gab, Monique was the Mad Gab queen! I think everyone had headed home by 11:15pm (cuz we are all old!). Tom & I cleaned up and then my family sat together on the couch and watched the ball drop. Wav was proud of the fact she stayed awake!

We have had the best lazy day today. I dug into my desk drawers and cleaned them all out. It was fun to sort through some of the mementos I've collected like our Holiday letters from 1996, 1997 & 1999 (Those made me cry) and a bunch of great recipes that I need to try!

I hope you all had a relaxing day and here's to a fresh and fabulous new year!!!!