Six Words or Less

March 31, 2008 at 9:38 pm | Posted in 20 Something Bloggers, Blogosphere, Family, Friends, Just for fun | 12 Comments
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You now have to do something you may not do often. Well, at least I don’t do it often, but that is me. You must think about nothing but yourself for the next few moments. Now think of words that describe you and only you and who you are.

Not that easy is it?

We are such complex beings. For me it was very hard to come up with just six descriptive words, I wanted more, but that is not the challenge.

I was asked by Britini to do this great little game. It is a meme to describe yourself in six words or less. I really tried to think hard on this and it kept coming back to the two same thoughts.

“Surrounded by love, given all needed.”

Obviously, I am very blessed. I have a Hubby who would literally do anything if I needed it, family who love and support me, and friends who keep me motivated and keep me laughing. I literally want for nothing. Yes, I have my bad days where the world does not seem fair, but I do have it really good. God has blessed me. I am so thankful.

What are your six descriptors?

Lessons Learned

March 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Posted in Church, Family, Friends, Fun Times, Music | 21 Comments
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Last night me and two girlfriends went to go see one of our favorite shows, RENT. I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway during our Christmas vacation, so seeing it done by the National Tour was a must as well. With that show it does not matter if you sit in the 3rd row or the 103rd row, it is so touching and meaningful every time. There is something so amazing about seeing it in real life that keeps Rentheads all over returning again and again

Anwar Robinson of American Idol fame is currently playing Tom Collins, and he was amazing. It is so great to see different interpretations of the script as well. They actually added some descriptive dialogue. I wondered why they did that. I would imagine it would be helpful for people who just happen upon the show without any prior knowledge of the plot. But for those of us who know the entire show pretty much word for word, it caught us off guard.

The Rentheads obviously held down a ton of seats. There was a lot of mooing in the house. And it does not matter where you see this show, when Angel makes his performance for Today 4 You, it is always a huge crowd favorite. Kristin Alexander Griffith portrayed Angel and he did it very well. Props to a guy who can jump five feet down a ladder in six inch heels.

Of course it was as emotionally stirring and heartwarming as it always is. Anwar’s rendition of I’ll Cover You began my sniffles and it continued all the way through the finale. I tried to hold back because I can’t really see well when I cry, and I didn’t want to miss a second of the show, but there was no going back. Amz had to leave and get us some tissue and I am indebted to her for keeping me from leaving the performance hall without a streaked face.

For me, no one will ever compare to Anthony Rapp or Idina Menzel playing Mark and Maureen, but this cast did well. Of course the whole of the show reigned true to Jonathon Larson’s vision. It never ceases to amaze me how we all relate to such different characters, even when we see them portrayed by such different people.

For me, I will always relate to Mimi and Mark the most. Mark is the epitome of a person who longs for his own community. I have always shared his sentiment because like him, when I was away from my extended family all of my life, I chose to cling to those who I made into my adopted family. My parents were the only children who chose to leave the town in which they grew up. My cousins all grew up literally in my grandparents’ back yard. We were the grandkids who were only seen on Christmases and an occasional summer. We were never able to be there all the time and experience full time grandparents. So, like Mark, the people who I chose to be friends with became my family. The same thing happened for me when I left for college. Hundreds of miles away from family I clung to people who became important to me. Even today I am closer to my selected friends than I am to most family members. It is not just a matter of geographic location, but of allied and non-allied thought, of shared ambition, and of mutual respect. My ultimate fear is to be alone without my “family.” Like Mark, I am afraid that at the end I may be standing alone with only my digital pictures of good times past. This keeps me motivated to remain highly in touch with those I love. Any time I am in the car I call someone significant to me who is far away. I must remain connected to those I love, no matter the miles.

Mimi’s story is also something I can strangely relate to. No, I have never been (or plan to be) a junkie stripper, but her story reminds me of what I could be without a God and family and friends who have loved me and supported me throughout my life. I am so thankful to so many people who chose to teach me right from wrong, instruct me in self-respect, and at the same time allow me to choose my own path and trust me to make the right decisions. Without those things I would have most likely been just like Mimi. Alone, addicted, dying from my past and searching for someone, anyone who could love me.

The whole story reminds me that I am a very blessed person. I have never had to struggle to eat, to live, to remain healthy. I have never had to feel ostracized, hated, or ignored. I have never felt the abandonment or the fear of sickness or homelessness. I have never had to watch those I love die in a way in which I could bring them no comfort.

It also serves as a reminder to those of us of faith. One of the most gut-wrenching moments in the entire show is when the priest throws Collins out of the church and calls him an awful name because he cannot pay for Angel’s funeral. Unfortunately, this is the way the church is portrayed, though it is not inaccurate. Our churches have become a place of judgement, of standard. We choose who we let in and who we accept without looking at what service and hope we can offer those who come to us in their time of need. I think the church as a whole is so caught up in taking a stance on what they are against that they forget that they are the ones who are supposed to be there for everyone who is hurting, who is lost, who is searching. It is a reminder to those of us who want to show a God of love that we have a lot of ground to make up to a lot of people. We have so many wounds to heal, so many people still to accept and to love. If you feel ostracized by the church or by Christians in general, I implore you to find a church who will love you, lift you up, show you hope, and love you for who you are and not how you can suit up and show up on Sunday morning. The things that matter are that God is a God of love and we are all his children and He wants us all. I am sad that it took a musical to remind me of that, but it did.

RENT should open up your eyes to a whole new world of people. People who may be different from you,  believe different things, live different lives. People who all happen to be sharing this earth that God gave us. It is a reminder to love everyone, even those you may not feel you can relate to or understand them. I think it is surprising where we can find love and someone we can relate to.

“To being an us for once, instead of a them.”

That is one of my favorite lines in the whole show. We all just want to feel love, accepted, and respected. So many problems and conflicts of this world could be resolved if we could just stop seeing people as a “them” and allow them into our lives and become an “us.”

525, 600 minutes.

I only hope I am doing the best with mine.

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The By-Products of Insomnia

March 30, 2008 at 8:44 am | Posted in 20 Something Bloggers, Blogosphere, The Others | 14 Comments

I love finding new bloggers. It is so great to see what other people are reading and what they are enjoying. Last night I had a raging bout of insomnia and couldn’t seem to simmer down when I got home (we’ll blame it on the almost-ugly cry during RENT last night. More on that to come). I hopped around from blog to blog, going on the recommendation of some of my own blogging friends and I continue to be amazed at the amount of really great blogs out there.

Confession: I tend to only read and land on women’s blogs for some reason. I realize we are monopolizing the blogosphere and I do have some great blogs by men that I have found through 20 something bloggers, but the vast majority of what I read is by women.

Why? Because they inspire me to try the things that interest me, to be a better person, to see things from a different perspective. So, since all of you gave me some great recommendations that I happily surfed through last night, I wanted to give some more lovely ladies some link-love. Some I just found in the past few weeks and some I just found last night!

UPDATE: I stand corrected ladies (and gentlemen), I am now a manblog reader. I found Benjamin via a 20sb forum discussion where we were defending the “In a relationship” bloggers in a debate about single vs. coupled bloggers. I am so impressed and delightfully surprised to have found him. He will be the first man in the Google reader and the blogroll. It is high time. Go give him a shout-out. Way to go Benjamin, you converted me. Go get converted ladies!

Now, on to some more lovely ladies.

Chickbug lead me to these lovely ladies:

  • Michelle from Gooseberried – we share a big devotion to 20sb.
  • Auburn Kat – she is in the starting over phase and I can relate to her so much.
  • Just Jamie from This Is Me Now – I am really excited about continuing to read her. She wrote an amazing post about losing a loved one in Iraq and the movie Stop Loss. Go read it. I am making plans to go see the movie today. Or I think I am, I am not sure I can handle it. I will go without Hubby, of course, I know he does not need to see it. The nightmares have finally stopped, fingers crossed.

Through Jimaie Marie, who I love because her playlist rocks, led me to:

And finally, some that I adore and have recently found.

  • Are You Willing to Change? – anyone who spends her weekend running a 5K has my respect and she is a Georgia girl and us Grits have to stick together.
  • Devon from FanFrickingtastic – this girl is awesome. I started reading her last week and she has yet to disappoint.
  • Tara from Tied Together With A Smile has been so encouraging to read. She just returned from alternative Spring Break where she went to work with children with AIDS. Mad props.
  • I found Britini and Teri through the Blog Party and I feel like I have so much in common with them both!
  • Dana and her friend Danielle are also new finds from the block party and I love reading them both. Dana is a fellow 20sb who keeps it very entertaining and Danielle has the most adorable daughter Eliza, and her product reviews rock.
  • Courtney from Word Perv is also a good read. I immediately loved her dog stories. We both have similar dogs named for flowers and her stories about Daisy ring so true to me.
  • Katelin from Gorgeous Footprints in the Sand is a SoCa girl who keeps me up on all the entertainment stuff.
  • Ashley from Our Little Apartment gives great environmentally friendly tips and she is inspiring me to going back to be a vegetarian – almost.

Thanks ladies for all the great reads. Now Go. Give them comments. Tell them you came by. Tell them how great they are. Really.

What??!!

March 29, 2008 at 11:29 am | Posted in 20 Something Bloggers, Blogosphere | 9 Comments

I was doing my read through my blogroll/Google Reader today when I came across one of my new favorite finds, Underpaid Princess. She has been so kind to bestow some blog love my way with this little ditty:

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So I am so excited to get to hand out this little honor to some of my favorite bloggers!

So, in no particular order (other than the random lists in my mind) here are some of my favorite and yes, daily reads:

Check out all of these lovely ladies. Their blogs range from political discussions, deep thoughts on just being, life in college, life across the ocean, and so much more! You are sure to be entertained!

In fact my whole blogroll rocks, and if I have missed you and you would like to be added, just drop me a reminder! I am not the best at being on the ball with adding my new finds!

Happy blogging!

Just For Fun Friday

March 28, 2008 at 10:40 am | Posted in Fun Times, Just for fun, Movies, Music | 19 Comments
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It’s FRIDAY! In preparation of a fabulous weekend I wanted to give you a few things to smile about before we all head off to get on with our lives.

This weekend the countdown is officially over, what countdown you say?

RENT!

In T-minus 36 hours me and a few of my best lovlies will be enjoying a great show!

I have been singing along to my Ipod in preparation in for it all week. Isn’t it amazing how you sound so incredible with the music turned up so loud?

In honor of a great show and Just For Fun Friday, here is one of my favorite songs from RENT. Actually it is probably my 3rd or 4th favorite, but I would like to keep it PG!

If you do not feel something when you watch this you need to check your pulse.

Apparently there are a ton of other Rentheads out there.

Also, a little fun movie fact for you: The guy with the dark curly hair sitting by Joanne is an original Newsie!

Your favorite RENT song? Do it!

Have a great weekend everyone!

My Own Version

March 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Blogosphere, Just for fun, Music | 20 Comments
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UPDATE: You guys rock! I am so glad you all share in my music mania. Thanks everybody for playing! I will do another installment very soon since it was so much fun! 

~Picture me dancing to my bonus song~

Going on the brilliance of Michelle  and in anticipation of a great weekend, I wanted to have my own version of “Don’t forget the lyrics” with some of my favorite songs.

So, have a go at it! No cheating ( i.e. Google, lyric searches) and give me the missing lyrics, the artist, and the title of the song in the comment section.

Play, it will be fun! For all of you lurking just reading this is your time to jump in and let me know who you are!

For now, just answer one song and then if we get stuck we will open them back up tomorrow!

Good luck!

1.  You can draw the Queen of Diamonds boy, she’ll beat you if she’s able. You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet.   The Eagles. Desparado. Guess by Underpaid Princess

2.  Don’t wish, don’t start. Wishing only wounds the heart. I wasn’t born for the rose and the pearls. He could be that boy, but I’m not that girl. I’m Not That Girl from the Broadway Musical Wicked. Guessed by Jenamie.

3.  I need to go shopping, these shoes are all wrong. Just look in my closet not a thing to put on. I wonder how these jeans make me look from behind? Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind by Kellie Pickler. Guessed by Tara.

4.  Then the fire fades away, but most of everday is full of tired excuses, but its too hard to say. I wish it was simple, but we give up easily, your close enough to see. Other Side of the World by KT Tunstall. Guessed by Krisitn.

5.  I was so lost back then, but with a little help from my friends, I found a light in a tunnel at the end. Now your calling me up on the phone so you can have a little whine and a moan. And it’s only because your feeling alone. Smile by Lily Allen. Guessed by Sandy Mc.

6.  Remember when we were such fools and so convinced and just too cool. I wish I could touch you again. I wish I could still call you a friend. Who Knew? by Pink. Guessed by Jess.

7.  Gonna quit my job and move to New York. Somebody told me that’s where dreamers should go. Gonna quit my job and move to New York, tattoo my body with every Broadway show. Vegas by Sara Bareilles. Guessed by Meg.

8.  Some girls are all about it. Some girls they love to let it fly. Some girls can’t live without it. Some girls are born to make you cry. Girls of Summer by Aerosmith. Guessed by Sandy Mc.

* Hint – It is by Aerosmith*

9.  What ya got if you ain’t got love? The kind that you just want to give away, its OK if you open up go ahead and let the light shine thru. I know its hard on a rainy day, you wanna shut the world out and just be left alone. So Small by Carrie Underwood. Guessed by Dana of Just Talk.

10.  I could write my name by the age of three, and I don’t need anyone to cut my meat for me. I’m a big girl now, see my big girl shoes. It will take more than just a breeze to make me fall over. Overboard by Ingrid Michaelson. Guessed by Bri.

11.  How can you connect in an age where strangers, landlords, lovers, your own blood cells betray? What binds the fabric together when raging, shifting, winds of change keep ripping away! Rent from the Broadway Musical RENT. Guessed by Megan.

12.  I believe in fairy tales and dreamer’s dreams like bed sheet sails and I believe in Peter Pan and miracles and anything I can to get by. Fireflies by Faith Hill. Guessed by Chickbug.

And the bonus question:

**** You know me, or you think you do, you just don’t seem to see. I’ve been waiting all this time to be something be something I can’t define.

So let’s cause a scene, clap our  hands and stomp our feet or something. Yeah something. I just gotta get myself over me. You know me or you think you do, you just don’t seem to see. I’ve been waiting all this time to be something be something I can’t define. The First Single by The Format. Guessed by E.P. of Stylish Handwriting.

Randomness

March 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm | Posted in 20 Something Bloggers, Blogosphere, Just for fun | 18 Comments
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Sleepy Jane tagged me and I heart her so this is for her!

 Ten Random Things About Moi’.

  • Before I go to bed I must drink a glass of water, flip my pillow, and straighten the sheets. I am fully aware that this is a compulsive behavior.
  • When I do sleep I must either a) be on my side with a “huggy” pillow or b) be flat on my back with my arms over my head. Strange, I know.
  • When I was little I was obsessed with The Sound of Music and I was convinced that the Von Trapp family came to live in the woods behind my house when they fled Austria and the Nazis. I would go looking for them on a weekly basis.
  • When I was seven my Mom had me try out for a talent show. When I was performing in the show the music to my song malfunctioned and they left me standing on a stage, in a spotlight, in front of thousands of people, for a good ten minutes while they fixed the sound system. I still to this day hate to be in front of an audience alone.
  • If I could choose one celebrity and only one to be with, it would be Christian Bale, always Christian Bale. Any other Newsies fans out there?
  • When I graduated High School I was given a full ride scholarship to the state school of my choice- which I turned down. Hmmm.
  • I love Starbucks, but I don’t drink coffee.
  • My dad wanted to name me Ramonda Lynn, but my Mom refused for fear that I would be called “Ramada Inn” by mean classmates.
  • I must take two showers a day. Again, obsessive compulsive I know.
  • One time my aunt tried to set me up with a guy from her church and he turned out to be my third cousin. Talk about weird!

Consider all of your lovely selves tagged!

OK, that is ten things about me that you probably could have lived without knowing, but I know that you are all just dying to know random stuff about me or else your day will not be complete. (Extreme sarcasm – of course!)

Two Months Five Days

March 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Posted in Friends, Fun Times, Movies | 25 Comments

Until . . . .  

Oh, you want to watch this, I am sure.

Finally, we learn Big’s full name. 

I am obviously a Charlotte.  Who are you?

Top Ten Favorite Google Searches

March 25, 2008 at 9:36 am | Posted in Advice, Blogosphere, Tech Gal, Thoughts | 13 Comments
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To those of you who found me via random Google searches, this is for you.

10. Army Girlfriend- I am no longer one of these, nor am I an Army wife. I am not strong enough for such a role.

9. Her First Stockings – I have no idea how you got here, you must be very desperate on a search for something. But then again, if you googled ‘her first stockings’ you obviously have way too much time on your hands. Might I suggest you go volunteer somewhere?

8. Real Ways Get Husbands Come Home – I am sad for you if you need to google a way to help you get your husband to come home. Might I suggest a good counselor?

7. Celtic Women Fiddle- please, no more email about how great The Fiddle Girl from Celtic Women is, I simply said she was ahemm, sassy.

6. All the children walking home past the factories . . . – If you like Gabe we should talk. He rocks.

5. Katie Herzig and the one who played oh tike – I have no idea what you were looking for with that one, she has no song that resembles that line, but see number 6.

4. Slutty Little Sister – wow, go away, NOW!

3. Little Girls in Bra- No, REALLY, Go Away. Don’t come back. Ever!

2. When do Brittany’s Puppies Start Teething- I don’t know and I don’t care and I have no idea why you would either. You are sad and I am now not only afraid for her children, but her dogs as well. See Number 2 & 3.

And my favorite Google Search Is:

The one where you ask for me by name.

1. (Tipp)ical Thoughts – so glad you found me, now might I suggest Bookmarking people? Or subscribing in a reader? It really would save you SO much time!

It’s a Small World After All

March 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Church, Friends, Music, Random Thoughts | 8 Comments
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Sometimes it is a small world after all. The song is true. The whole concept of the Six Degrees of Separation is very intriguing to me. That is the philosophy that we are all connected in someway through six “links” of people. This theory states that if I wanted to meet the Queen of England there is a person who knows a person who knows a person who knows a person up to six people who can personally introduce me to the Queen of England. I thought the world was too big for something like that. But then I watched this Dateline NBC episode where they choose six random Martina McBride fans and challenged them to get to her for a personal introduction in six people or less.

And all of them did it! It was crazy!

I had my own slight six degrees of separation/it is a very small world moment yesterday.

Hubby and I were sitting in church waiting for the service to start when I looked down toward the front and saw a guy who resembled Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers. I knew it was him immediately. My dad only gets excited for two things. 1) Auburn Football and 2) The Statler Brothers. If you don’t know who the Statler Brothers are you did not have Country Music Television in the 1980’s. They were the most popular all-men ensemble of their time and we watched their videos and listened to their music all the time.

I immediately texted my dad who was at another church across town to tell him. He was excited and it took all of my self-control not to bug him for an autograph after the service. But, I didn’t even though my dad would have loved it!

Anyway, later that night I decided to youtube some of the Statler Brothers videos to show Hubby who they were and why my dad loved them so much.  The video that I remember the most vividly is the one where one of the guys gets married and all of the bridesmaids are the girlfriends of the other guys. Cute huh? I can remember what the girls wore, who was with which guy, and vaguely what they look like.

I start to watch the video OH MY GOOOOOODDD!

I recognized one of the actresses in the video! I know her personally. In college I used to be her nanny for her two little girls for years and now we go to the same church and I see her all the time.

AND SHE NEVER MENTIONED IT! Now thinking on it though, why would she?

She sang back-up for a major rock star on his world tour, won countless beauty pageants, was a cheerleader for a Super Bowl winning team for years, and was featured in the Sports Illustrated swim suit edition in her day. So why would she not mention The Statler Brothers?

It is now all in perspective. But still, it was the craziest thing, that I, as a little girl watched her in a video over and over again and years later would meet her and never know until this weekend.

I realize this is a tad bit strange, but just let me have my moment of “wow!” I realize it may not sound like a big deal, but this is a pivotal moment from my childhood which has come full circle. That is so amazing to me!

It is such a small world.

Here is the video: she is the bridesmaid who gets out of the car and is “with” the guy with the beard. If nothing else the 80’s fashions are hilarious!

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