Yes, it’s March Madness in the Carolinas and it’s craziness. No one actually works this week..just stares at brackets all week. So last year I filled out a bracket. As a joke. Because I do not ever and I mean never watch college basketball. I did pretty good on the first round but that’s about it. I filled out another one Monday for this year for the pool at work (although just for fun) and also was invited to Jane’s pool and guess what, ya’ll?? I’m tied for first place after 8 games. I’m 8/8! Woot! I’m sure it will all slide downhill at some point but for now it’s kinda cool!
Archives for March 2007
Ya’ll. Come on, when is this season going to get better? I was very excited to be on the big stage last night for the Top 12. Finally felt like AI again. Those weeks from 24-12 were brutal. So here’s what I think of those that I can remember:
Brandon: please go home. you sing well, but not THAT well. you were unoriginal and you forgot your words, dude.
Melinda: you melted my heart, brought tears to my eyes. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.
Blake: yikes. kind of cool arrangement. props for doing something original but the voice wasn’t good this time around. too much emphasis on the music instead of the voice.
Chris S: not. good. his voice was great, but he butchered that song. i could barely tell what it was
Phil Stacey: decent. middle of the pack though, nothing inspiring.
Chris Richardson: simon was right, horrendous voice tonight. heather and i keep saying he sounded like a bad justin impersonator.
Lakisha: fantastic. what else can you say about her. she’s such a pro.
Gina: i really liked her. good voice, good performance but she’s forgettable for some reason.
Stephanie: she did really well but i kept waiting for the tease to be over and the good part. but it never came. so a little let down although her voice and performance was actually good.
Jordin: wow. i’m impressed. i literally rolled my eyes when she was sitting on stage hoping she wasn’t trying to do a fantasia thing. but it was really great. not sure if i agree she’s on melinda’s level though.
Is that it? I’m forgetting 2 people.
OH! Sanjaya. Ya’ll, what is up with him? He sounded HORRIBLE. My theory on him is that all the little girls like him..you know why? Because of High School Musical. He looks like one of those guys. And you know how much 13 and 14 year olds LOVE that movie? You know how much TIME 13 and 14 year olds have to do nothing but vote for 2 hours? So, yeah, I don’t think he’s going anywhere, but please let’s hope he does.
And who else….
Oh! Haley. Yeah, so I really liked Haley last night. You know, she was off pitch A LOT and she forgot words. But you know, she finally sounded like she wasn’t on broadway and like she actually belonged in 2007. So, you know, good for her. She reminded me a good bit of Katharine McPhee last night in her look.
So I ended up NOT going to see Footloose last night. I was on the way to Pizza Hut to get dinner and I realize I keep complaining about being gone from home and here I was going to a high school play with a 18 year old for no good reason. It was something I could give up. And in the end, it was a good decision. I got the house cleaned up, got to spend time with the family. I opened the paper today to a picture of it and had a twinge of regret that I didn’t see it but I’m sure I would much more regret walking around a dirty house today and the guilt that I was gone ANOTHER evening. I completely understand that I need time away from the kids. But they were gone Friday night and part of Saturday, I literally been gone all day Sunday, all day Monday until 7pm and then today they were at school, and will be at MILs until almost 9pm tonight and tomorrow night I have to work overtime as well. So I don’t know, it just seemed like too much. Some days I just need time at home going nowhere. And Scott was off so we were all together. With his crazy schedule, we don’t get that on a regular basis. I don’t know I keep trying to work out why I didn’t go to a high school play, so moving on….
After-work deal last night was kinda boring. The guy from out of town talked nonstop about Russia and alcohol. I literally couldn’t get in a question the whole time. So I stayed for about an hour and half and then left.
We went to Home Depot and Target last night. Got a 9′ red umbrella for our back porch, which I happen to be sitting under at the moment in 80 degree weather. It is fab.u.lous. I’m so glad warm weather is coming back. Not that it’s been terribly cold this winter but I love Spring and Summer.
Today I went to the gym during my lunch hour. I actually felt pretty good about that time of the day. There was hardly anyone there, I still had some energy yet I wasn’t dragging straight out of bed.
Tonight I think I’m going to see Footloose at my old high school with a couple girls from the youth group. I hear these plays have gotten pretty fancy so we’ll see.
So Scott went to the dr on Thursday. His collarbone is still broken. He cut down one of our trees in our front yard the Saturday before last and it made it pretty sore. The dr said if vigorous activity made it sore, then it would probably hurt for the rest of his life unless he got surgery. So Scott said either do it right away or wait until the fall. He is going to Turkey for his mission trip the day after Easter so they need to do it like yesterday. He was supposed to hear something back about whether workman’s comp would wait until the fall but I don’t think they’ve called us back yet. So it looks like Scott will be off work for another 2-3 months this year.
So I met with my editor friend and she showed me the layout of the magazine coming out. The one of me by myself is on the front and two different ones of me and the girls are on the inside along with an article. Should be coming out right around Easter so only a few more weeks!
I’m still keeping up with AI although it is not nearly as good as last year. Not that there singers that aren’t as good, but the competition is just not as good. Melinda and Lakisha are clear front runners along with Blake and for some awful reason Sanjaya is getting a lot of votes and I think that everyone is just getting mad at that. I am hoping that Blake wins myself. Melinda will do fine with AI as well as Lakisa. I would really like to see a guy win and do well from AI. We have yet to see that. And I think Blake is original enough that they can’t fit him into some mold they want. He is just original. And very pop so it seems like a good fit. So we’re at the Top 12 tomorrow night and let’s hope Sanjaya goes this week!
So here it goes again, getting out of the habit of posting. So let’s see..since I last wrote. I spoke to the friend and we’re still friends and he wasn’t totally accepting of my ideas but didn’t reject it either. So besides that, let’s see. I went to the gym Wednesday. Hurt until Saturday.
Thursday the girls went to the 2 and 4 year old checkup. Emma was 90% in height 42″, 75% in weight 37 lbs. Lexi was 85% in height 37″?, 70% in weight 30lbs. Both were healthy. He was impressed with the progress Lexi had made in her speech. I requested a hearing test for Emma and she passed. Scott said it was cute because she didn’t want to raise her hand anymore when she heard the beeping so she just told her to tell her when she heard something. Scott said the next time Emma said, “I hear something” in that little shy voice of hers. She’s so cute. So both had shots. Emma had to get 3 in her arm. Poor thing. She was a trooper and just sobbed into my shoulder. Lexi howled at the one she got in her leg. Emma had a bright red face and warm temperature by the end of the day but besides that handled them fine.
Friday night the girls went with his sister to his mom’s house and I cleaned after Scott went to work. I took an hour break to go out with the youth to do their “taking it to the streets” deal. It ended up being really quiet I think because the high school had a play going on.
I stayed up to watch One Night with the King. It was a decent movie. Good to see the story of Queen Esther on the screen. The Bible always comes to life and I can always understand it more when it is acted out like that. And at one point I actually cried thinking of the courage Esther had to approach the King when she knew it may cause her death and she did it for purely unselfish reasons. And I liked the chemistry between Xerxes and Esther. It was interesting how they brought out it more like a love story than I thought I had read. Anyway, it was worth seeing.
So Saturday we didn’t wake up until 11. That was nice. And then ILs came by and we all went to lunch. Not really what I had planned, but it was ok. Scott left for work and both girls took a nap when we got back. Heather and I watched The Departed. Horrible language but great movie. Really good. I see why it was Oscar-worthy. Saturday night we went to Mom’s and had dinner. And then Sunday we went to church and then spent the rest of the day meeting with the youth council. The girls stayed between our parents houses while we were gone. Which I hated since today I am at work all day. I feel like I haven’t seen them much. But they are at school right now anyway.
So I will be meeting a coworker today that I’ve worked with for several months but have never met. He is Russian and says the craziest things. He is hilarious. I think people are prepared to see money at our meeting just to see what he may do or say. And we’re all going out for dinner after work so I will be home late tonight. I feel like I need to take the day off and just do stuff with the girls. I mean, I’m home but never really doing much with them. Sometimes I take moments to read to them or paint with Emma or play play-doh or swing them. But all in all, my attention is on my work. And then in the evenings, family plans or church plans seem to take precedence. I guess it all works out but I just have to get out my frustration.