- Potty training is an experience I’m never, ever going to forget. On one hand, seeing the pure joy from my son’s face when he “has to go pee” and then he ACTUALLY DOES (i.e. no running back and forth with multiple ‘false alarms’) is priceless. A “Yay!” comes out of his voice before he washes his hands, then it’s a hi-five with his dad and then back to whatever he was doing before. To join your child in that sense of accomplishment, regardless of what that accomplishment actually is, is a very cool feeling. It’s something, unfortunately, I haven’t really been able to share much with Rugrat as she lives to far away and I only see her a couple of times a year (although I helped her learn how to blow bubbles when chewing gum…so that was pretty awesome). Of course, with every success there must come some failure and frustration. In this case, the multiple trips to the bathroom “to go poo” were some extremely frustrating moments for me. Not so much on Friday night, but for three hours on Saturday morning it became (no word of lie) a trip every 10-to-15 minutes. I did my absolute best to NOT show my frustration to him, as he hadn’t gone #2 since Wednesday and was probably suffering from some kind of performance anxiety. I encouraged him…I sang to him…I let him read…I told him to relax and left the room to give him some space. It was rough. Of course, eventually that feeling of accomplishment finally made an appearance when it finally (FINALLY) happened. He was stoked…I was proud…and the next step in Ankle Biter becoming a big boy had been made.
- Last night’s finale of the Amazing Race was pretty awesome. I haven’t missed a season since it started. To me, it’s the only reality program that I’d seriously consider doing. No, wait…it’s the SECOND reality program I’d ever consider being on (the other being Big Brother, but I’m too old and too out of shape to appear on television all summer long). It’s not so much the teams, because I’m not really a huge fan of any of them this year. Rather it’s the race itself…travelling around the world to some absolutely amazing places and doing some amazing things. To me, coming in third would be an accomplishment in itself because that meant you would have travelled all over the world. In the end, Dan & Jordan pulled it off. I’m a little surprised, actually…but a couple of mistakes by the cowboys and the dating models pretty much gave it to them.
- Looks like the financing for the buyer of my house *might* take place this week. As I mentioned earlier, an offer came for my house and it was accepted. Of course, a few days later I was told that the “pre-approved financing” had not actually been approved. Well…the couple is still interested in buying and their financing looks like it’s already approved, they’re just trying to add a few bucks onto it for other things. I should hear something…hopefully good…by Wednesday.
I’ve been absolutely loving this season of Survivor. I realize that Russell is a huge asshole and a bully…I get that. But you set that aside and you simply must recognize and respect everything that he brings to the game. The strategy…the idols…winning when he needs to win…to me, he is the greatest player to never win (yet). I’m actually surprised he’s still in the game, to be honest. Fingers crossed, because I’ve got him in my Survivor pool at work.
- Sunshine’s birthday is this weekend. I think I’ve got an idea for a gift that I’m really happy with…it’s just something that I don’t know if I can pull off or not. If I can’t, it’s really gonna suck (although I think she’ll still be happy with the effort). Keep your fingers crossed, everybody.
- Oh, and because of the name of today’s post…
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Sometimes I drift off at work a bit. It’s not like I actually fall asleep or anything…I just let my mind wander. But sometimes on a break or during lunch I’ll hear or read something online that sticks with me.
What I usually do is just jot something down and then finish these thoughts once I’m home. Yesterday I was in not one boring meeting but TWO…hence I had some time to throw some random thoughts on paper.
And for whatever reason, people seem to enjoy my random take on the world…
1. Last weekend was extremely busy. With two nights spent with both Sunshine & the girls plus a movie out as a family plus friends coming over on Saturday night plus a birthday party on Sunday afternoon…my time spent with Sunshine seemed a bit rushed at times. I certainly don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, though…I love her girls and our friends are awesome people to hang out and talk to. I’m just looking forward to a slightly quieter weekend with Sunshine next weekend. Maybe a coffee date with a friend and maybe a hike or two…but other than that, just relaxing with my gal. I think we’ve earned it.
2. I’m developing a strange crush on Kate Gosselin. I know I know…she’s insane and a fame-monger and a total bitch (if you believe the tabloids), but her most recent make-over has finally won me over. I haven’t even watched her on DWTS but from what I’ve read she was absolutely terrible…and that’s okay with me. I don’t know if she’s deserving of being entered into my “Top 5″ list or anything, but I certainly have a crush on the woman. Maybe that’d go away if she opened her mouth, I dunno. So yeah…Kate, just stand there and shut-up. That’ll TOTALLY do it for me.
3. I’m an addict. It’s just a part of my personality. I was addicted to smoking…I’m addicted to cola…I’m addicted to food. I kicked the first habit but I’m having an extremely difficult time kicking the other two. After losing 12 pounds on my last “Biggest Loser” kick, I’ve since gained 7 pounds back (!!) and am really unhappy with my lack of motivation. So I’m starting up another “Biggest Loser” contest at work that begins on May 5th, and this time around I’m planning on going hardcore (for me, anyway). I mean, I did the whole “lifestyle change” thing and it worked a bit…but just never took. I’m hoping to get into good eating & exercise habits to the point that they become routine and not just easily dismissed after having a good week. I know Sunshine isn’t too keen on me trying an actual “diet” (at all…she feels it sucks and I shouldn’t be upset with losing 1-2 lbs per week), but I just feel it’s something I need to try. I feel as though I owe it to myself because I’ve never really REALLY tried to lose weight before (other than the weeks leading up to my wedding, but that whole episode of my life has been deleted from my memory). So I’ll be keeping track again on my blog because I really feel like I need the motivation of telling the world where I’m at…and that can be quite motivational. We’ll see what happens. Hell…I might even change my mind after a week. Who knows?
4. I want to own Avatar on DVD, but yet I *don’t* want to own Avatar on DVD. The mass appeal of this movie were the 3D effects, which were spectacular. The entire movie came to life on the big screen…it was an incredible visual experience even though the movie itself was just okay. So for as much as I enjoyed it sitting in an IMAX theatre, I’m wondering if it’s worth spending $25 just to watch on my 25″ television at home. Hmmm…
5. Ankle Biter’s potty training is going extremely well. Maybe it’s because the ex and I waited until he was a bit older (he’s 3 1/2 now), but the number of accidents have been a LOT less than I had initially anticipated. He’s going on Week #4 and is doing great. Other than an extremely unfortunate incident from two weekends ago (**shudder**), he’s been nothing but perfect with me so I’m really hoping for a great experience this weekend. I’m planning on going to a playground or two and taking him outside on his bicycle (weather permitting, obviously) and driving to see his grandparents, so my hope is that we go the weekend “accident free”. I guess only time will tell…but my fingers are crossed!
6. I might be getting an offer on my house today! I’ve only shown the house three times in three months, but the third time was a second viewing for a couple and my realtor is expecting good news. Of course, my father and I aren’t getting too excited as it might be a low-ball offer…but at least there’s a tiny bit of interest.
7. How paycheck-to-paycheck am I living? Well…$600 would clear me of immediate bill-collector debt and I can’t seem to find a way to get that taken care of. How sad is that?? I mean, I’m in a pretty good position overall…I only owe $300 on my credit card and other than my house and my car and my monthly bills, I’m only $600 in the hole. You’d think that’s an AWESOME position to be in, considering where the economy is right now. But I’m broke ALL the time and I’m always scraping by. At this stage, I’m totally willing to even sell advertising space on my blog (seriously…email me if you’re interested). Hell…if I thought I could make money selling sperm or by donating blood, I’d do it. It just sucks to be SOOOOO close to being debt-free, y’know? Bah.
I’ve been a fan of American Idol, on and off, since its inception. I was excited about Kelly & Ruben winning, but I wasn’t so excited about Fantasia and Taylor winning. I missed Jordin’s season, but I got to see David & Kris from beginning to end.
This year, though, has got to be the worst season of American Idol they’ve ever had.
Are there people who can actually sing? Sure…but there’s only one clear artist in the entire group. And let’s be realistic, folks…even Crystal Bowersox won’t sell a couple million records because her style isn’t “mainstream”.
But I’ll get into that later.
So let’s just quickly dissect the remaining contestants, shall we?
I’ll be honest…I like the guy. He’s a bluesy guitarist with a pretty decent voice and I can see a solid fan base for him going forward. Why? Because he’s different. Sure…the judges all say he’s “just another guitarist with a decent voice”, but how many bluesy guitarists are out there right now? John Mayer…Kenny Wayne Shephard…umm…yeah. So while he may never go platinum, he’s got the potential to corner a niche market that could keep him busy on the road for a very long time. Add in some good looks that make the women swoon and you’ve got a great future in the business. But is he a superstar? Oh heck no. The guy is a walking snoozefest.
This guy’s charisma (or lack thereof) makes Casey look like Jim Carrey. Having said that, he’s probably a good bet to make the final three. I don’t think his voice is that good and he rarely goes off song into anything truly original, but people seem to like him. A lot. His “I’m too shy to be charismatic” shtick has snowed-over the judges but I just don’t get it. He reminds me of a less-talented Danny Gokey. I honestly don’t see a big career for the guy. I mean, at least Chris Daughtry and David Cook were original enough in their Idol performances that you could sense their ability to have successful pop/rock careers. I really don’t get that from DeWyze. Sure, he can sing…but so can most people who are on this show. Nothing really stands out for him.
Ummm…how do I even begin to describe “Teflon Tim”? I’ve got one word for you: Sanjaya. Honestly…this guy is a singing waiter and I cannot believe he even lasted in the competition as long as he did before his elimination last night.
Pretty. That’s how I would describe Aaron’s voice. It’s not particularly strong, though, and he isn’t quite ready yet for the big stage yet. “Karaoke Boy” is how I’d describe him. He’s not really a lot better than any good singer you’d hear on karaoke night somewhere. He’s like a less-talented David Archuletta…and we all know where HIS career is right now.
This chick bothers me. Her voice when she doesn’t scream is just “really good”. And that’s the thing with her: when you take away the screaming big notes, you’re not left with much else. She started the competition as the “female Adam Lambert” but has fallen quickly in the past few weeks from that lofty comparison. She started off as a unique singer with massive potential and it just appears as though she’s going week-to-week singing very boring blasé songs in a safe effort to get votes instead of just being herself and risk it all. And it appears that every week she is defending herself by saying that she doesn’t want to be put into a “genre bubble”, yet she’s singing adult contemporary songs that just don’t seem to go with her look. I’m just confused by her and that bothers me. To me, she’s not being herself…rather she’s trying to win. I know that’s the goal, but I just don’t respect how she’s going about doing it.
“Big Mike” is my personal favourite. He reminds me of Season Two winner Ruben Studdard…and that’s a very favourable comparison in my book. In addition to the vocal ability, I think he’s got the most charisma out of the entire group. So what’s the problem with Lynche? His genre. Listen…solid R&B singers aren’t easy to come by but the genre isn’t breaking any sales records. You’ve got occasional standouts like this week’s “mentor” Alicia Keys, but she’s made a career relying on pop singles to help sell her R&B albums. I fear that Lynche, much like Studdard, won’t have much of a career even though he’s extremely talented and has all the tools.
Let’s face it…if Crystal doesn’t win this season then there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with the show. She is heads and tails above the rest of the competition in terms of overall star power and musical ability. People may have their favourites, but Crystal is far and away the best artist out of the bunch. The problem, similar to Lynche, is that I fear that her style wouldn’t do much in terms of selling records. She’s a new-age Melissa Etheridge, and I mean that as a big compliment. But for as much as I love listening to Bowersox sing, I just don’t know if I could listen to an entire album of hers. I suppose time will tell.
Add to these final seven (now six) some of the recently departed underachieving singers like Lacey Brown & Paige Miles, and it all adds up to one big ball of suck.
And what’s worse this year? THE ADVICE!! I won’t say that the judges are worse without Paula around because Ellen blows Abdul out of the water in terms of being an awesome judge. So no, the judge change isn’t the problem…the week-to-week advice is the problem that makes these average performers even worse. One week it’s “do something different and step out of your safe boundaries”…then the next week it’s “you changed around the song until it was unrecognizable…where’s the person we know and love so much?”
I’m sure I’m not alone in my thoughts on this season. Are there people out there who disagree? Am I just not seeing something in these singers that you see? What say you?
Okay…maybe that’s a bit harsh. Based on my job, I think I’m a geek.
Hmmm…still a bit too over-the-top? Well, I sit in a pod all day staring at numbers on my computer screen. If somebody described the job to me as their own, that’s what I would call them.
It’s funny because I never thought I’d ever find myself sitting here. I never thought I’d be the pod-person that was responsible for a multi-million-dollar portfolio of accounts.
No…I thought I’d be a DJ.
WHAT? REALLY?? Yep yep. From the time I was in seventh grade, I’d rush home to watch WKRP in Cincinnatti as it was showing in syndicated reruns after school. I didn’t particularly want to be Dr. Johnny Fever, nor did I think I could be Venus Flytrap. I really wanted to be Andy Travis…the program director. I wanted to ensure that the RIGHT music was being played to the masses.
Once I hit tenth grade I joined the high school “music club” (C.H.A.R. is what it was called, I think…it’s been so bloody long). The club was in charge of playing music at sporting events (ex: basketball games, volleyball, etc.) as well as for Friday night school dances (my speciality), King & Queen pageants, and any other event taking place that would require music be played.
Heck…during my senior prom when the hired band took a break, I popped in some music to keep the dance floor packed. And no word of lie, this song is what really brought out the most people. A sign of the times, I suppose…
I wanted to start my “career” as a DJ. I wanted to go into radio or broadcasting of some kind. My father, though, had other ideas. He told me flat out that if I wanted to go into broadcasting that I’d have to pay for it myself, but if I went to university to get a business degree he’d cover all of the costs. To a scared 16 year-old, the choice was pretty clear.
Once in university, though, I actually joined the campus radio station CHMA. I had a gimmick at the time…I was “the alternative to alternative radio”. Y’see, campus radio needed to play a certain percentage of “alternative music” (i.e. non-commercial radio music by unknown artists) but I thought most of it sucked. So my show…on an alternative radio station…was primarily well-known rock music.
At one point I even weaseled my way into being program director for six months. Don’t ask me how I did it because I vaguely remember even having that job to begin with!
During this time I started DJ’ing in bars. Mermaids & Legends were the two bars I played in the most. I was never a “master-mixer” or anything like that…I was simply a small-town DJ who got people dancing every night I played.
Once Rugrat was born, though, I realized that I needed to find a “real” job because I wasn’t making enough money at the time DJ’ing to support a family. So other than the occasional “one-off”, I gave up on my dream about ten years ago and here I sit…a geek in a pod staring at numbers all day. It’s funny how life can throw a curve-ball at you.
What about you? What was your dream job and how different has your life become since? How many of you are living your dream job right now?
I joined a basketball league thru work this past week. It was already three weeks in and is only 8 weeks long (plus playoffs), but I wanted to try to get some more exercise into my life without it feeling like exercise (i.e. work). I would have actually started last week but I had gone to visit Sunshine on Thursday night. This past Thursday night was a double-header…two games back-to-back. I scored one basket in the first game and three baskets in the second game, which is (no word of lie) four more baskets than the last time I played in a league…which was in seventh grade over TWENTY years ago. Needless to say, I was out of shape but played as best I could. When I woke up on Friday morning, though, it felt like I got hit by a bus…got back up, stood in front of it, and let it hit me again. But y’know what? It was a blast and I’m very much looking forward to doing it again next week (although only ONE game this time).
- There are some Simpson & Family Guy characters on the ledge in between my desk and the desk of a co-worker. They aren’t mine but I’ve got no issues with the ones that are there (Marge, Stewie, Homer, Krusty, Lois, Apu, and a couple of others). Somebody was talking to me the other day and gasped at what they saw. I swear on the life of my kids, I didn’t do this to Apu & Lois…
- Next weekend, Sunshine is coming down to visit me and we’re going on a “stay-cation” to Saint John & Fredericton. Basically, a “stay-cation” is a vacation where you stay in the local area. Anyway, we’re pretty excited as it’s going to be a full-day trip and we want to fit in as much as we can (#thatswhatshesaid…heh). We think we might also meet-up with fellow blogger & Twitter friend Miranda (her Twitter account here and her blog here) for coffee while we’re in her city. We’re totally open to tourism ideas and suggestions on what to see and do if you’ve got any.
- For this trip, I was asked by Sunshine to make a music playlist of “sing-along songs” and gave Paradise By The Dashboard Light as an example. I think I’ve got the playlist done, but I’m totally open to any other suggestions you may have.
- Every once in awhile, Sunshine and I will throw out a wedding reference or suggestion. While we haven’t specifically talked about it, we’re probably gonna end up getting married on a beach somewhere (at least that’s what I tell myself…lol). She raised an interesting question to me this past week, though…because we wouldn’t be inviting anybody and would just be having a quiet ceremony with the two of us, should we tell family & friends of our plans or should we just sneak off? Or better yet, would we just blog about it and/or tweet it the day we were doing it?