April 28, 2011 (updated)

The top six performed last night on  American Idol and it was a great show.  The obvious best performance was from James Durbin.  Jennifer Lopez hit the nail on the head when she said “He has not blown one week!” and it’s true, he’s consistent.  In fact, his performances keep getting better.  I started the show this year an instant Lauren Alaina fan and I still am, but now I think I want James to win, sure would like to see them both in the final.

Jacob was part of my prediction to leave last week, well he didn’t, but I’m going with the same prediction for this week.  He’s certainly a great performer, but his voice just isn’t hangin.  I plan on updating my post tonight to let you know.

Lauren did a really good job tonight, she pushed her voice and it made for a better performance.  Scotty also pushed his voice and had a great performance as well.  Lauren and Scotty also did a very nice duet.

Casey sang “Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll),” no surprise here, but he started the tune with one hand on the mic and the other playing a ditty on the high-end of the piano, very nice.  Haley had a solid performance and she and Casey had a pretty good duet.

The worst performance of the night by far was the duet by Jacob and James.  Apparently the producers made them sing “I’m Into Something Good,” it didn’t look good and it didn’t sound good either.

That’s all for now, until tonight…

UPDATE: well, Jacob was saved for another week and it was…Casey that was sent home.  He took it really well and his last performance was a lot of fun to watch.  He went into the audience a few times and kissed at least a dozen girls.  At the end he walked up to Haley and sang his final line “you are mine,” very sweet.

April 27, 2011

Got all caught up on The Event last night, wow, wow, wow…the show is very exciting, dramatic, part mystery and at times very depressing.  Does anyone know if it’s coming back in fall 2011?  If you haven’t seen it yet or stopped watching…click here and start watching!!  Good TV!!  I mean, who doesn’t want to watch aliens attempt to take over the planet and watch as a few good and bad humans try to stop them 🙂

April 26, 2011

I had a Love & Logic moment last night and I must share 🙂

I have two boys (4 an 20-months) and I get then ready for bed at the same time.  The oldest (Ben) is supposed to go to the bathroom and get into his pjs while I change the youngest.  I’ve always told Ben if he gets ready when I ask that he can share in his brothers story time.  Well, Ben decided to play last night and not get ready.  He was still in his room playing when I finished story time with his brother.  Ben started to cry when he realized his consequence.  I told him that it was a bummer that he missed out because he decided to play instead of getting ready.  Of course I do understand, I felt bad for the little guy.  I told him that maybe tomorrow night he should choose to get ready and then he can share in brother’s book time.  He thought that was a good idea and the crying stopped.  I’ll let you know how it goes tonight.

UPDATE: Ben got into his pjs very quickly tonight, in fact he was ready before the baby.  Happy ending for me on a couple counts and I never rasied my voice 🙂

April 22, 2011

oh boy, American Idol was interesting last night…the bottom three were predictable (Jacob, Stefano and Haley).  Haley was the first sent back to the couches…and it was Stephano who said goodbye unfortunately.  I think he knew it was his time, he had that knowing smile on his face, probably a smile to cover the severe disappointment.  I’m not that sad about his departing, since I know mostly these three will all be gone in the next couple of weeks

David Cook performed his new single (“The Last Goodbye”) last night and it was awesome!!  David explained his continued efforts to support research (after loosing his brother) in brain cancer.  He’ll be the DC Honorary Chair in this years Race for Hope DC.

Also Katy Perry performed, well not live anyways, according to E News she taped her performance (with Kanye West) last week due to her laser light show.

Almost forgot to tell you, James Durbin was really crushed about Stefano’s departure.  Tears fell when he heard the news.  After Stefano got out his last note, of his fairwell song, James grabbed him and swung him around.  Pretty cool sight.  When everyone else joined them on stage James stepped back and allowed his buddy Stefano the spot light and everyone’s attention, classy.

April 21, 2011

Wow, American Idol was awesome last night!!!  My fav performance of the night…James Durbin, he did Muse and he rocked it, see it here, most powerful performance of the season!!  Everyone did a really good job, however a few contestants didn’t get rave reviews: Scotty, Haley and Jacob.  Hate to say it but probably Haley or Jacob are going home tonight.  I have to say though that Haley grew on me tonight.  I think she gave a very heartfelt performance.  I’ll let you know tomorrow who is sent packin.

April 20, 2011

I saw the coolest show last night.  First I’ll tell you that I studied dance from 4th grade through college.  Dance took me a lot of places and sometimes I wonder if I could have made any kind of living at it, but I gave it up in my early twenties.  I now have a husband and a couple of kids, so no regrets.  The show is on E, called The Dance Scene and it shows some of the realities of being a dancer.  If you’ve enjoyed shows like So You think you can Dance or Dancing with the Stars than Dance Scene is a much watch show for you!!

Dance Teachers are a rough crowd, I was not surprised at all in how she treated her dancers.  The show brings back a lot of memories, not all bad either.

Do you have something in your life that pushes you past your endurance or what you think you could do?  Some of the most rewarding and enjoyable moments in my life have been when I’ve dared to try…hmmm, interesting

April 19, 2011

The snow is gone, thanks for visiting, now stay away 🙂

Watched the coolest episode of Fringe last night, they took us into Olivia’s consciousness.  It was strange in the parts where zombies began to chase them.  At one point they found someone they were looking for, but when they opened the door they became a comic, sooo cool!!  If you watch Fringe and haven’t yet watched the end of this episode, skip to my next section because this is your SPOILER ALERT!!!…There was a strange guy in the comic with a large X across his chest.  He damaged the zeppelin they were in and jumped out, so strange.  When Peter asked Olivia about the stranger, after they rescued here and returned to non comic/outside Olivia’s consciousness, she said something like, I don’t know, but I think he’s going to kill me.  What, gosh I love this show!!!

So right now I have a book I just started reading that is waiting for me in my family room and in my iPad I am in the middle of two books.  Why do I do this?  I know these books are all different and I seem to be drawn to the different books at different days or time of day.  I don’t like when I read three books at a time because it is an added pressure.  I mean trying to remember three books at one time is a little silly.  Do you ever do this?

Yesterday the boy I watch before school was having a grouchy day and he wouldn’t play with my son (both are 4).  My son kept trying different things and didn’t get discouraged, but my hackles went up.  I talked to my son later about what happened.  I told him it was ok to stick up for himself and be honest with the boy.  He seemed to relax when I told him that he deserved friends that were nice to him and he could tell this boy that he wouldn’t want to play with him anymore if he continued to be mean.  I thought about the whole thing later and was amazed, although we often talk about being polite, we haven’t (until now) started to talk about how to stick up for ourselves.  This is certainly an area where I want to guide my son, interesting the things that you don’t automatically talk about.

August 18, 2011

It’s snowing, urggg, my poor lilac buds 😦 I want to cry, but I’m holding it together, for now 🙂 I’ll let you know if the buds survive

Went to a book sale on Saturday at my library, what a bargain!!!  I got 4 books for myself and two for my boys and spent $3.  Do you know when your library has its book sales?  I have to say I am a frequent library fiend, I usually make weekly visits.  My own books at home were feeling neglected, just sitting there and never getting read.  So my current plan is to stay away from the library for a few weeks, we’ll see how I do.  I feel withdrawal coming on.

I’ve almost finished writing my first book.  I have at least 3 more chapters to write and several read thrus to do but I can tell I’m close.  Recently I finalized, in my head, the rest of the series.  It is amazing how the ideas are in your head and then plop, you pick them right out.  I’ve heard from authors how characters tend to write themselves and I am having the same experience.  I love it!!!  Over the next few months I hope to tell you about my attempts at getting published.  I already know the epublisher I plan to approach first.  I know my chances of getting published and seeing any income from my writing is low, but the process so far has been very rewarding.  I’m interested to see how I feel 6-months from now.  I don’t plan on sharing any details about my plots, but I will tell you all everything else.

April 15, 2011

If you have preschool aged kids I highly recommend co-ops.  You get to know the teacher, the other parents and kids and they get to know you.  It can be a very rewarding experience to be very involved in your child’s school.

Paul got kicked off American Idol last night, I’m sad to see him go.  I very much enjoyed his performances, but I didn’t see him winning, so I guess he had to go sometime.  More importantly Kelly Clarkson performed her newest hit: “Don’t You Wanna Stay”—a duet with Jason Aldean.  Wow, Kelly’s awesome!!! At the link they are performing their hit at the CMAs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyUZQodw_wY&feature=fvsr  check it out!!!

Also more important than the elimination last night was the trailer for Cowboys and Aliens, you can check out the trailer here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409847/ this movie looks awesome!!!

April 14th, 2011

Well I did get the leaves out of one corner of my garden in the north-west corner of the yard.  But there is still a lot of leave removal to do 😦 and of course I didn’t make it to the weeding or trimming of the perennials.  I hope to have these first three tasks done in the next week, my fingers are crossed.  What I did get yesterday is a sub burn, oh my, when will I learn???  Please remember to wear your sun screen when you are out this spring!!

American Idol, wow, another week of great performances.  I don’t know how america is deciding this year.  One thing this season has reminded me is how beautiful Jennifer Lopez is, wow, no wonder people magazine gave her the honor: http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2011/04/13/jennifer-lopez-people-most-beautiful-cover-hair-makeup/

After American Idol is a new show Breaking_in with Christian Slater http://www.fox.com/breakingin/ it’s really funny

The in-laws arrive today.  I know what you’re thinking, wasn’t your mom just in town?  Well she was, they tend to come in pairs, not sure what that is all about.  But actually my in-laws are really great, I’m very lucky, but wish me luck anyways 🙂