Monday, September 29, 2008

Alice Cooper Psycho Drama Tour - Yeah, I was there!

I have way more pictures than this, but I'm trying not to overwhelm you. There are more on my Facebook if you happen to know me in that way. There are even more on my computer, but that's just way too personal.

Here's Max with some "Dirty Diamonds" that Alice threw from the stage. Max fought big, scary rock and roll men to get that! He's my hero.
This part made us cry...

Notice our seats got better...
I tend to rush the stage a little at concerts. I can't help it! It's probably genetic though, because Max did it first. He was right up to the barricade at least ten minutes before Corina and I made our move.

And here's how we all looked at the end of the show. Splashed with blood! Alice Cooper's daughter did that to us. Incredible...
And finally, here's Corina rocking out to School's Out. I love this video. She actually shudders while watching him! Such good reactions.


I have to get up in 5½ hours for work, but it's really hard to go to bed after a show like that. I'm tired, but I'm also still really excited!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Alice Cooper Concert Day, Featuring Eric Singer!

Today is the day! In fact we're leaving in just a couple of minutes for the Alice Cooper concert. Yay!

This afternoon the kids got their Alice Cooper makeup on. We had somewhere very special to go.


They look awesome!

Here we are at the front of the line for the Eric Singer meet and greet. (He's Alice Cooper's drummer, don't you know.)
Corina and Eric Singer. He complimented Corina's makeup and asked where her seats were for the show tonight. He also reminded her to wear ear protection. Very thoughtful.
He also chatted with Max about the show and was super nice.
When he stood to get his picture taken with me, I realized I was way too tall for him. I towered over him. Because I'm so freaking nice, I kind of hunched down a bit so he wouldn't feel so little. See? I'm thoughtful too!
We had a picnic outside the arena, hoping to catch a glimpse of Alice. Of course that didn't happen. He's likely at Paradise Canyon anyway. We were hanging out with the sound guys, and they said he never comes out to talk to people. Oh well. We'll see him tonight.
And now we're heading off to the show. YAYAYAYAYAY!!! I'll report back tomorrow.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Stuff about my family and dogs and Alice Cooper

And nothing about New Kids! (Except that sentence.)

Corina says, "There were boys playing outside of the house, and Max was one of them. They caught a dog, and we called the animal shelter. They came and picked the doggie up. The dog was nice and fuzzy."
Max is playing trumpet in band at his school this year. I was very excited when he signed up for band, because I was a total music nerd in school. Music cool person, I mean. We've been having lots of fun practicing together - him on the trumpet and me on the violin. It's lovely!
Our very big news of the week is that tomorrow we will be at the Alice Cooper concert! Yay!!! We bought those tickets about six months ago, so it has been a looooong wait.
In the afternoon we're going to a meet and greet with Eric Singer. He's Alice Cooper's drummer. Max wants him to sign his Rockband drumsticks. I don't know if that's dumb or not.
I'm going to do my very best to meet Alice/Vincent and get pictures. I'll see how well my groupie skills have held up over the years.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm Good to Myself.

I have been dealing with some emotional trauma for over five months now. I’m finally ready to open up about it.

When New Kids announced their tour, I had a big decision to make. There were two choices:

1. Go on my own to the Edmonton and Calgary shows, and buy the 5 Star VIP packages which are not cheap.

2. Take the kids with me so I could share the experience with them, because New Kids are something they’ve grown up with. And of course we’d have to get general admission tickets, because no way can I afford that many 5 Star VIPs.

As the ultimate sacrifice, I chose option #2. Since then I’ve been so torn up about it. I want the kids with me, but also…VIP! I thumbed my nose at VIP!

Here’s what VIP includes.
A ticket in the first 10 rows.
Pre-show party. (!!!)
Meet and greet – that means BACKSTAGE, thanks.
Also a bunch of other stuff, but those are the ones that really matter to me.

Even though I bought my tickets for both shows the very second they went on sale, I didn’t even get floor seats. They were selling out so fast! Did you know they sold out two shows at the Air Canada Centre in like 5 seconds? True story.

So. In my secret New Kids club I can’t tell you about, the girls have been talking about their 5 Star experiences, and it’s killing me. Last night I actually cried about it. I cried. TEARS! I know...I even surprised myself.

And tonight I decided to be awesome to myself and to be totally financially irresponsible. I went ahead and bought 5 Star VIPs for all three of us for the Edmonton show. I did! We’re going to hang out backstage with Donnie! YOU MUST BE SO HAPPY FOR ME!!!

I put my general admission tickets up for sale on Ticketmaster. Hopefully I can find someone to buy those and at least get that $300 back.

I feel like my head is going to explode. This was a big night.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Great Schlep

Did you Americans know you're the assholes of the universe? It's true. Even Sarah Silverman knows it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Notes from a skinny girl.

Overcompensating - Making excessive corrections for fear of making an error.

This article was in our little Lethbridge Sun Times paper. It’s not any different than any of the other articles (or tv interviews or radio interviews or college class discussions) I keep coming across on this topic, but it’s the one I’m using right now as my example.

It starts like this:“Here’s the skinny on using ‘real’ women in advertisements: it’s good for advertisers and great for consumers.” They write that women have started believing if they can’t fit into a pair of size zero jeans, then they are not beautiful. (A skinny bashing article, in other words.)

Important to note here – I wear size zero jeans. Well, not always. Sometimes I wear a size two. Basically though I’m saying this article is about me, and women like me.

(Caution - picture is bad for consumers and advertisers)
Also important to note here – I eat and I am healthy. My set point for weight happens to be lower than most women’s. That’s okay. It’s also okay that yours may be higher than mine. We’re all okay. Kumbaya.

Dove, Nike, and Wal-Mart have started the trend of using ‘real women’ by featuring not-so-skinny models in their beauty and fashion ads.”

Waaaaaaaaaaaaait. Real women. REAL WOMEN. They use that term a few times in the article, and it’s only the millionth article to do so. I’m sure many people skip over that like it’s nothing, but I’m a size zero, remember? So apparently I’m not a real woman. All women are real then except those who look like me? What the hell is that? That’s how women now support one another and try to make each other feel good about their bodies? Does that really make sense? You are reading a blog written by a fake woman. Maybe that means I’m a ghost. Or I have a secret peen.

The article mentions a Quebec retail chain that had ads featuring young, thin girls. They ended up pulling the ads because they decided the girls’ images were “unsuitable”.

Gah! How is that okay? How is it okay to tell all those young girls that their bodies are not suitable? Those are their BODIES! How dare anyone call them unsuitable? I can’t even find the words to express my disgust with that.

Here’s the thing that bugs me. Rather than embracing our bodies in general and saying they’re all beautiful and kumbaya and all of that, the new trend is to say all bodies are beautiful *except* that one type. Why? WHY??? How is that any better than saying all bodies are beautiful except the fat ones? Why do we always need to have the one group to pick on? Maybe could we just be accepting of all people, regardless of BMI, and please please please QUIT OVERCOMPENSATING. It's a sign of low intelligence. Your stupid is showing, stupid.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

People I've been compared to in the last 24 hours

I wish. I WISH.


Sort of. I could see that.
Pat Benatar! She looks like my mom, and I look like my mom, so...I shall now hit you with my best shot.

Kids just came home. I hid behind my coat and got them to feel my head first. I was easing them into it. I peeked out a little bit so they could get a glimpse, and then finally I took the coat down.

Corina turned SO RED.
"Noooooooooooo! Mommy! I told you not to do that!"
And then she hid her face from me.

Max laughed and couldn't look at me.
"No! I didn't want you to do that! I want your long hair!"

And there you have it.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I don't hide behind my hair anymore.

Did you know I've always hidden behind my hair? It's true. My hair has been my shield for many years. I truly felt like people couldn't get to me or know me because my hair protected me. I know it doesn't make any sense, so shut up.
(I love this picture!)
All year I've been prepping for this. See how I prepped? Baby steps.
HOLY CRAP LOOK WHAT I DID!
There's nothing to hide behind now, sir.
I am exposed. Now you can get to me. Now you can know me. Or maybe I'll just build a different kind of wall around myself...we shall see!
Goodness gracious...

Don't say mean things.
(Anyone want to count my ribs in that one picture? Sick.)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Toronto NKOTB Concert

I admit I have spent the last...well, MANY hours watching YouTube videos of last night's New Kids on the Block concert at the Air Canada Centre . It was the very first show of the tour, but my shows aren't until November. (Why oh why did I move away from Toronto? Three shows, they get!) I refuse to wait until November to see what they're doing. Of the 2539 videos I've seen so far, this one is my favourite.

Things to watch for:
Joe is wearing the happy face jacket!
The fact that the concert is one huge singalong. Adorable.
Important-est is at 1:55. Donnie and Danny do THE BEST DANCE EVER.



Sigh. Only two more months to wait.

Ashton Kutcher

I realize Ashton Kutcher's personality is...well, a little much. But his face is lovely, isn't it? Look at that.
Here's the thing - lately, whenever I see Ashton's face, I pretty much only see Max in it. I think we now know what Max is going to look like when he grows up. He's going to be HOT!

No wonder all the little grade six girls keep asking him on dates.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I scare children without even trying.

I'm still just getting to know my students and their awesomeness. Yesterday I was standing near a grade three boy I shall call Bruce. (FOIP! Ack!) Bruce was quietly working, and then suddenly he gasped and jerked back. I looked down at him to see what was wrong, and he was looking up at me with a terrified expression on his face. And then he said, "You're a witch!"

Pardon?

"Your fingers are too long! You look like a witch!"

He was genuinely scared of me.

HA!

My fingers are kind of long. Good thing he didn't see how long my toes are or he might have peed his pants.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Kids on the Block - Games

This is what we do nearly every day in our house, so here's a glimpse for you, lucky! We're pretty much professional dancers. Believe it or not, we do our own choreography. (I'm pretty amazing at around 3:15, for instance.)

We're especially proud of our Jordan dance starting at 4:10 - all arms and legs. Woo hoo! I bet you can't even tell that we aren't Jordan.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

One of those tag things.

Lesley tagged me, and here I am being a good sport.

The rules:
A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question.
B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz.

1.How many songs are on your iPod?
I don’t have an iPod. I did use iTunes for the first time last week though. I bought New Kids on the Block’s new album The Block, and you should too.

2. What music would you want played at your funeral?
Probably some really fun, upbeat music to keep my kids from crying too hard. Maybe some New Kids.
In case you are in charge of my funeral, here’s what I really want. I want to be buried in a really cheap, plain box. Like cardboard! And I want there to be a bunch of markers available so everyone who loves me can sign my cardboard box, sort of like a cast. You can draw pictures on it too if you really want. Now everyone who has read this has an obligation to ensure it happens.

3.What magazines do you have subscriptions to?
None. I read my newspapers and magazines online these days. Save the trees! That’s what I always say. Always.

4. What is your favorite scent?
Coffee is pretty good, but my kids are even better – especially when they need a bath. Nothing like good Max and Corina sweat.
(Most hated scent – freshly trimmed toenails. *gag*)

5. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it?
Clothes, a house in my neighborhood, more clothes, and many hotel rooms and flights to go to every show on the tour that is about to begin…

6. What is your theme song?
Funky Cold Medina?
Or maybe Close To You by New Kids…

7. Do you trust easily?
Ha! HA! Ummm…no. HAHAHA!

8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?
I think way too hard before I act. I think so hard that sometimes I never get around to acting. (Unless I’m mad, in which case you should watch out. I’m sorry!)

9.Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Not really. My life has been pretty sweet lately.

10. Do you have a good body-image?
Sure, but it may not be accurate. I tend to think I’m a bit overweight and big-boned, but then I see pictures and I’m confused who that scrawny girl is. I also think I’m taller than everyone. EVERYONE.

11. Is being tagged fun?
This was the most fun I’ve had in at least 15 years.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
Google Reader, which is the best thing ever. Also Facebook, Perez Hilton, newkidsnetwork.ning.com, www.nkotb.com, and a secret, invitation-only New Kids site that I can’t tell you about!

13. What have you been seriously addicted to lately?
Some of you have noticed it has been a big New Kids year for me. It’s not my fault! They went and reunited on me!
So…New Kids. Chemical-free products. And my butt.

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Smart, lovely, way prettier smile than I could ever hope to have…

15. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
I’m listening to The Right Stuff, so it’s in there right now. Before that I’ve had Twisted off the new album stuck in there.

16.What’s your favorite item of clothing?
I got new, super-dark jeans that are perfect. Love them.

17. Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy?
Sure?

18. What would you do if you see saw $100 lying on the ground?
Depends. If I was alone, I’d keep it. If I was with my kids I’d pretend to be a good person and we’d try to find who lost it.

19. What items could you not go without during the day?
Shower and makeup, computer, mirror. I’m vain, as if you didn’t already know that.

20. What should you be doing right now?
Pedicures with Corina like I promised. I’ll do it right now!

I tag every person who reads this, because I am so in love with you all.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 (The Mother of All Posts...)

April Winchell, the girl who is stealing my heart, had the most amazing post today. You MUST go read it.

"If you’re offended by anything you see here, or you think it’s too soon, or you knew someone who knew someone who almost died that day, or McCain was already over his wife when he picked up that hag Cindy in a bar, I don’t know what to tell you. Start with the man in the mirror."

Here's a quick look at some of the horror:

They weren’t blown up. They were escorted!
Come on, it was fun! God even gave them corsages.

Anyone have any idea what the hell this means?

NEVER FORGET YOUR NAME.

Hey all you dead guys checking your Facebook in heaven? Wait for us, ok? kthxbai


And so on...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Kids on the Block. Again. (I know...I can't stop.)

My boys are doing so well!
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
THE BLOCK
DEBUTS AS #1 POP ALBUM
THEIR FIRST NEW MUSIC IN ALMOST 15 YEARS DEBUTS AT #2 OVERALL
ON BILLBOARD TOP 200


The Deluxe Edition of the album holds the #1 spot on iTunes Album Pop Charts and #5 on the iTunes overall chart with their new single, “Single” featuring Ne-Yo already jumping into the top forty on the iTunes Pop Singles Chart.

There's nobody more excited than ME about this reunion, but even I would never have guessed they'd have this much success. I'm so proud of them!

Monday, September 08, 2008

New Kids on the Block made a funny

I've watched and read approximately 4200 interviews with NKOTB since this whole reunion thing started. I swear, if I hear "You guys aren't exactly 'kids' anymore" or some other brilliant variation on that, I'm going to eat my eyeballs. AND I WON'T EVEN COOK THEM FIRST.

They got it again in an interview with USA Today. ("You guys are neither New nor Kids.") Wow...amazing observation, and no one else has caught that yet. Journalism awards for you!

“You don’t think of the Beach Boys as boys, right?” says Jordan Knight, 38, sitting with his bandmates in a hotel suite after wrapping a promotional appearance. “Are the Eagles flying around?”

“Garbage isn’t garbage,” says Danny Wood, 39.

Garbage isn't garbage. True story.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I Love This Video!

This is some crazy NKOTB fans. At 50 seconds, Donnie kisses a fan on the lips. I thought that was so sweet. But at the end, at 1 minute 35 seconds when she's asking if anyone got a picture of Donnie kissing her on the lips - oh my. I love it! The best is when she starts laughing, but she also sounds like she's crying and maybe having a little breakdown. It's adorable. I totally get it.

Corina is famous!

Well, she's pretty sure she is, anyway. She's definitely adorable.

NKOTB's Baptism

This picture keeps making me giggle...especially Danny. (Second from left, of course.) I'm so glad they're all LDS now. Keep an eye out for them in your ward as they tour North America this fall!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Block

I may have mentioned previously that New Kids on the Block have reunited and turned me back into the crazy person I was when I was a teenager. (All their fault. I take no responsibility.)
The new cd, The Block, is out now. Did you wonder if I love it? Well I doooooooooooooo!

When we brought it into the house, Corina and I stood in front of the cd player together. A big moment. I held the cd in my hands and at first I couldn't even bring myself to open it. It has been SO LONG since I last opened a brand new New Kids cd, and I couldn't believe I was finally doing it again.

After a moment of silence, and with appropriate reverence, I gently and lovingly took the wrapper off and opened the case. Beeeeeeeeeautiful pictures inside. Pictures that can make girls cry, even.

And then it was time to listen. Okay, I admit I'd already heard all the songs because I'm very sneaky, but I had never heard them in the proper cd format, and I tried to only half-listen those times so I could really enjoy it the real time. This time, the real time, I listened intently and I adore the whole thing. I've been listening for about 7 hours straight today. Yay!

I did something today I've never done before. My very favourite new song, Close To Me, wasn't even on the cd. Nice way to make me cross, Donnie! Turns out that one is only available if you download the entire cd from iTunes. So guess what I did! I learned what iTunes is, and I downloaded the cd. After that I learned how to...burn it? Is that what it's called? Anyway, it's on a cd now. I feel so young and hip.

What a glorious, New Kids-filled week!

Oh yeah, new job is good, I like kids, teaching is cool, blah blah blah.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

First Day of School

Big day today! Corina started grade two. Max started grade six, which means he's at the middle school now. And I started actually having children to work with at my school, which is much more fun than the adult meetings of last week.

This morning all three of us woke up at exactly 5:44. We aren't sure why that happened, but it did. Max got back to sleep, but Corina and I just stayed up and got ready really early. Here's my beautiful Corina, all ready for school way too early in the morning. Look how pretty!

Here's my big boy Max at a more reasonable hour.
And here they are pretending to be heading out the door to school. We weren't really leaving yet. We didn't even go out that door, and they aren't wearing shoes. We're fakers!

We all get home pretty near the same time as each other at the end of the day, which is really nice. We all had exciting stories to share, but Corina won the prize for most exciting.

"Mommy, we have to watch CTV news tonight, because I'm on it! The guy asked if he could watch me colour, and then he watched me colour for SO LONG!"

Here's my superstar's newscast. There's a great closeup of Corina's face while she's colouring, and then a lovely closeup of her hand. Good job, Corina!


Max's best story is that there's a kid named Judas in his class. JUDAS. Wha???

My best story is that I wore new, very dark jeans to work and now my legs are blue like corpse legs. I'm never going to wash my legs again!