Friday, August 28, 2009

It's Finally Friday...

Oh, wait, I did that already. Last week. Sorry I haven't had much to update about this week. It's not that I've been so busy, it's just that things have been pretty status quo and there haven't been a lot of "highlights". What are ya gonna do?!?

School's going good for me, good for Lyric and good for Jazz. Except for the bus not picking up Jazz twice this week, it's going okay.

Maybe something wonderful and exciting will happen this weekend and I'll have something to blog about!

I will be having a giveaway next week - not sure what day yet, so stop back for the details!

Friday, August 21, 2009

It's Finally Friday

Hey, all my loyal readers (and guests!) thanks for stopping by on this rainy-ish Friday. This week was a busy one around the Random House. I started back to school on Monday with my Chemistry class. it's sort of a do over but more of a do different. It's the chem I need for nursing school, but they have revamped all the Chem classes and renamed them. This one is more basic and geared directly towards those going into an Allied Health field. Should make it a bit easier (for me anyway). The teacher seems cool. I'll keep you posted.

I also have Microbes and Society. Or is it Microbes IN Society? either way, it's kind of like a continuation of Microbiology, which I loved (let's not talk about having to take it twice) so it should be pretty cool as well.

And to round things out, I have Non Western Literature. The first book we have to read is "Red Sorgum" by Mo Yan. I haven't started it yet (shh, don't tell the teacher) because I'm currently reading "The 19th Wife" but I plan to start it this weekend.

All in all, the classes are going smooth and slow. I'm sure in a few weeks I'll be freaking out about something, but right now it's all good.

My kids start backto school on Monday. Jazz is in 5th grade, Lyric is 9th. High school that is. I'm feeling a little better about it. I can't stop time so I figured I better just jump in with both feet and enjoy it. Jazz is in the band and Lyric is planning to be in the fresh/soph fall play. They are both in Girl Scouts and dance. And that's about enough on my (our) plate for this fall.

I put the "New Moon" trailer up at the top of the page. I also tried to put up the "Californication" trailer/teaser, but I don't know that it is working right.

For those of you that don't know- Rick Springfield will be doing a guest appearance (4 episodes) on "Californication" this season. It's on Showtime, so I won't get to see it right away, but I will for sure be buying the DVD next summer.

That's all I got for now...stay tuned for more fun stuff.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Wisconsin State Fair Experience

Yes I went to the Wisconsin State Fair. Yes I went with hubby and the girls. Yes my mom and best friend meet us there. Yes I got to see Rick Springfield. Yes I had two semi serious meltdowns. yup, me, meltdown. Hard to believe right?!? here's what went down.

We got to the fair in decent time. We headed in. About the same time we got there, Lynn and her mom got there. I needed to find them to get the extra ticket for the show. We found Fisher's brother fairly quickly. The boys headed off to do whatever it was they wanted to do. The girls and I headed off to find Lynn.

That was actually pretty quick. we hung out and talked for a few minutes and then Lynn headed in while I went to get something to eat. Kelley called to let me know that they were there and at gate 8. The girls and I started walking in the direction I thought we should go (I did have a map afterall) and got to a gate. It was the wrong one. I called Kelley and she gave me some more directions to where they were. It seems we had gone too far.

I called Kelley again and told her I had absolutely no idea where they were. She then asked the guy working there for some help. After a few non helpful directions, he finally said "the tunnel exit". AHA! that sign I had seen. We finally found them about the time that Tyler Hilton was starting his show.

Everybody took a quick potty break and then we headed to the grandstand. Since my girls were going to sit in the grandstand and the rest of us were on the ground, I wanted to make sure that both girls had their phones. I couldn't find Jazz's in my purse, so I threw a little hissy fit by turning my purse upside down and shaking everything out. Then she proceeded to tell me that she had taken it while I was in the bathroom. Nice! Anyway, my mom and Kelley picked everything up for me (thanks!), asked me if I was ok (not really!) and we headed into the show.

Tyler did a great job and I will be looking him up on itunes soon. Rick did a great job as well. My mom's camera batteries were dead and it was killing her that she couldn't take photos so she kept taking my camera and Kelley's camera and going up front.

Later in the show, Rick came out for Human Touch and ended up walking right behind us on our seats. He used my mom's shoulder to steady himself and after the show she said, "How much you wanna pay to touch my shirt?" LOL I love my mom.

Anyway, we had a nice time. Fisher had a great visit with his brother. And Jazz said after "I forgot how much I like Rick concerts!"

Here's a few of the better photos from my camera.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I signed up to be a tester for this site, and they are allowing me to share the code so you can check it out as well.

By visiting Pocketville,, and entering the voucher code below, your child can purchase items for their virtual pet at the Pocketville Pet Supplies Store:

Voucher Code: B9GX8NUDYS
Valid for 250 Pocketville Tokens

Please note that the voucher code expires on September 30th, 2009 so make sure to take advantage of this fun offer while it lasts!

If you do try this out, please come back and let me know what you think. Jazz won't get to try it for a few days yet due to a busy schedule, but I'll be posting about her thoughts soon. Also, feel free to share the code above with friends you think may be interested.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

photos of NYC

Here's a few photos to start you off....

Lyric and AW in Times Square

View from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Plaza)

Lyric and her future husband, Kevin Jonas

This was our first stop in the city, a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall

Lyric in front of The Dakota
Don't worry, I've got lots more photos to share. I took about 250 and Lyric took about 50... so you better stay tuned

Monday, August 10, 2009

NYC - actually mostly Manhattan...

We got back bright and early Saturday morning from our wonderful week in New York. We saw and did so much, I had to make a list so I wouldn't forget anything. I'll have photos to share soon, but here's the quick once over of what we did:

Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center
Ellen's Stardust Diner
St Patrick's Cathedral
Time Square
Central Park
The Dakota
Columbia Univeristy
Grant's Tomb
The only free standing House left in Manhattan
Apollo Theatre (Lyric sang on the stage)
Grand Central Station
Harlem Market
Planet Hollywood
Madame Toussauds
Build a Bear (got Jazz an I heart NY bear)
Top of the Rock
United Nations (International territory!)
St Paul's Chapel
Ground Zero
South Streeet Seaport
"In The Heights" (broadway show)
Strawberry Fiels
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long filming their new movie
NBC Studio Tour
Trump Tower for Lunch
John's Pizzeria
Ellis Island
Statue of Liberty
and lots of Shopping!

More details and photos to come soon.