Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Google Wednesday

Today's post is in honor of the concert I attended this weekend with Kassidy, my BFF and her daughter and another friend of mine and her daughter.

Do you know him?



Justin Drew Bieber born March 1, 1994 is a Canadian pop-R&B singer. His performances on YouTube were seen by Scooter Braun, who later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with Usher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher, and then to a recording contract with Island Records offered by L.A. Reid.

His debut single, "One Time", was released worldwide during 2009, and charted within the top 30 in over ten countries. It was followed by his debut release, My World on November 17, 2009, which was certified platinum in the United States, which at the time gave Bieber the highest debut by a new artist in the year, and made Bieber the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His first full studio release, My World 2.0 was released on March 23, 2010 and has since received similar success; debuting at number one and within the top ten of several countries and was certified platinum in less than two months of release in the United States. It was preceded by the international hit song, "Baby"


I should say the concert was okay. It wasn't over the top great, but it wasn't the worst concert I had ever been to. The highlight of the evening was looking over at Kassidy and the girls, watching them in awe as their idol danced around and struted his stuff (grabbing himself one too many times for my taste). For in that very moment I felt like a Mom would did something wonderfully giving for their child. And I can honestly say, it was all worth it to hear how giddy she was about the whole thing.

As of today she's still telling everyone about the concert.

Score.

While I don't think his music is the best, it isn't horrible either and I must say he has a few catchy songs. I did catch myself singing with him from time to time.

There were three opening acts, which was kind of strange. I've never been to a concert where that was the case before. The best and final opening act was Sean Kingston. I found myself singning and screaming more with and about him than I did with Justin Bieber. But again, I'm not a giddy, hormonal 11 year old.

I'm just me. And just me did a wonderful thing for a child who hopefully one day will appreciate the deepth of my love for her.

Happy Google Wednesday!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Swamped

I'm emotionally and physically swamped these days.

Brief re-cap:

Lauren moved home. She's been great. She's trying to find a job but in the mean time she's watching Kassidy and a friend during the day while we're at work. She starts college in the fall and is even thinking of trying out for the basketball team. Love that girl.

Kassidy is at our house for the summer. It's been challenging because we all know how difficult the pre-teen years are, but I hope she knows we love her and are here for her.

Work has been crazy. In fact I'll be logging off of here in a minute to log into work. Lots of overtime in the next month...ugh. But I'm blessed to have a job, so I will not complain.

LW is great. Busy as well. He just got home from a camping trip with some friends, so I'm anxious to hear how it went. He's sleeping right now!

Wedding planning is coming along. I'll post all of the details as they start to be nailed down.

I'll do my best to get better at posting. My life has been about the kids lately and I'm so high strung that I can't keep it all organized very well!

I will say I took Kassidy to the Justin Bieber concert last night with some friends. The girls had a blast. The adults...well...we were there to support our girls love of this baggy pants wearing, kid who I thought was 12 but is really 16. HA

Have a great week everyone. Stop back in for Google Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Google Wednesday

This week I Googled....Dr. Sheldon Cooper.





Because seriously he cracks me up...like no other human being can make me laugh! I am completely and utterly obscessed with that TV show (The Big Bang Theory); although not to the point of how obscessed I am with Roseanne....not yet anyway. Heck I own the first four seasons of Roseanne. After that is when it started to go down hill, but I still loved the show anyway.

But I digress.

If you can believe it, Wikipedia even has information on the fictional TV character!!! Love.It.

Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons.

A Caltech theoretical physicist, Sheldon is Leonard Hofstadter's (Johnny Galecki) roommate and colleague. They live across the hallway from Penny (Kaley Cuoco).


Sheldon is distinct for his overtly intellectual personality: he is calculating and cynical, he exhibits a strict adherence to routine, a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm and humor, and a complete lack of humility; these characteristics are the main sources of his character's humor and the center of a number of episodes. He has been described as the show's breakout character.

Jim Parsons's character is named in honor of actor/producer Sheldon Leonard.




Every week I tune in just to see what new, zanny, brainy, wild, weird, t-shirt he'll have on. It's not like I find him attractive, though he does have this midly attractive, geeky aura about him...I just find him breath takingly funny. Like in an "OMG he's a nut" funny. In fact I even have LW watching the show....and that says a lot because he loves crime drama more than comedy. Score.

I'm sad it's off for the summer, although the re-runs still manage to keep me entertained....which isn't difficult to do with the summer line up that is typically on TV.



Seriously if you have not seen this show, now is your time to catch up before the fall line up begins in a few short months. Season Four here I come!

Monday, June 14, 2010

More Senior Pictures

Here are a few more of Lauren's senior pictures I'd love to share with you. Remember they are unedited. I definately need to find a way to edit them so I can print more! They are all just so amazing. She's just absolutely beautiful.

Enjoy.










Google Wednesday

Today I decided to Google the word IRREGARDLESS.

Irregardless is an informal term meaning regardless or irrespective, which has caused controversy since it first appeared in the early twentieth century. Most dictionaries list it as "incorrect" or "nonstandard".



I choose to Google this word because I am tired of people using this word when there really isn't a meaning to the word. Why can't people say regardless instead of irregardless??? Is it really that difficult? Who in the world would have thought that irregardless meant anything different than regardless?

So many questions.

I did find that the Merriam-Webster online dictionary says, at the very end of the definition of irregardless, to....Use regardless instead.

Go figure.

So which do you prefer to use?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Graduation - Senior Pictures

Back in May we traveled to Surprise, Arizona to watch Lauren graduate from the Willow Canyon High School.



I've already blogged about it so I won't bore you with the details....I'll just share the pictures from her graduation with you. She was so beautiful and we couldn't be more proud of her.

Here Lauren is with her boyfriend Craig.



Here is Lauren with her little sister Kassidy.



Here is Lauren with her Mom and Dad (LW).



Here is Lauren with me, Kassidy and Dad. It was a windy day thus the reason for my messed up hair!



And here are a few of our favorite senior pictures she had taken while we were there. These are unedited as the studio does not put the edited, touched up, pictures on the CD. I need to figure out how to do that on my own! I need the right software for that.








I could devote a rather large post to her senior pictures because I honestly loved them all. I'll post some more a little later on, as I love sharing!

Enjoy.

Google Wednesday

I'm starting a new series called Google Wednesday, because I swear it seems like I'm always Googling something every week!!!! So why not Google on Wednesdays? Hum.... Plus my blog could use a little humor. It was getting a little drab.



Today's Googled word/picture is.....



Tell me....how do you pronounce this niffy gadget??

I'll wait while you think.....

See I was watching the TV show "Till Death" the other day when this very question was asked, all because Joy (the character) said it wrong. However, I had to laugh because I too pronounced it just as she had!

I Googled it and sure enough it's pronounced WHEELBARROW not WheelBARREL. So what in the world is a BARROW?

The term "wheelbarrow" is made of two words: "wheel" and "barrow." "Barrow" is a derivation of the Old English "bearwe" which was a device used for carrying loads. Because the word "barrow" is not in common use in English today, many people incorrectly substitute the word "barrel" in place of "barrow" as this seems to make more sense (possibly because the cavity in a wheelbarrow resembles a half-barrel) even though it is not a correct etymology.

Who knew? I spent all of those years thinking it was barrel, never even once thinking it could possibly be anything different. Perhaps I have never even written the word down or seen it in print.

Tell me how many of you honestly knew...without peeking....that it was a wheelbarrow????

Spill it.

Running hates me!

I bombed big time.



I was on this running high for the last two, maybe three months. I was doing okay. Not impressed with my time, but certainly it wasn’t anything to turn your nose up at. Then it came time to run 4 miles. My body shut down and said “Woah, what in THE heck are you doing?” My legs gave out and I just gave up.

So I stopped running.

For now anyway....

I’ll go back to running but honestly, with all of my heart, I don’t think I’ll do a half marathon this year. I’ll try to bust out a couple of 5ks, maybe even stretch it to a 10k, but I’m not pressing my luck.

My body hates running and my mind can’t find the enjoyment in it. I tried. I just failed big time. I wish I could explain what my body was thinking. Perhaps I was just frustrated that my feet hurt, or my legs couldn't go long enough. Or perhaps it was all mental....or just plain boring to me. At first I loved it. But then it got old. I suppose my attention span is not that great when it comes to my stamina.

So over the weekend I decided I needed a change with my body and my attitude. I went back to the gym and I feel amazing. I feel like THAT's what I have been missing. Running never gave me the high that I get when I walk out of the gym....sore, tired, sweaty...but incredibly fulfilled.



Perhaps things will change and I'll return to running once I've mastered my goal at the gym, but we'll see. For now I’ll focus more on the gym, less on running and see if I can find whatever it is my fitness brain is looking for.

It all remains to be seen!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Birthday

Today is my 37th birthday. It seems crazy to think that I even reached my mid-thirties! I remember thinking my Mom was old when she was in her thirties. And now look at me. I’m 37. I have a nice house. A great fiancĂ©e. Two beautiful to be step-daughters. Wonderful friends. A good job. Good health. All around, I have a pretty awesome life.

There are few things I can complain about that have happened in my life, because I honestly believe everything happens for a reason.

My only sadness today is that for the third year in a row I didn’t get to hear the sound of my Mom’s voice wishing me a Happy Birthday. She was always the first phone call I would receive on my birthday. And sometimes, if she was in a goofy mood, she’d sing to me. It’s those moments that you will never be able to erase from my memory. There are some things I will never ever forget.

So today, as I fear I’m no longer aging gracefully (HA), I sit back and remember the good things that have happened in my life. And that’s when I truly realize….I am blessed beyond words.