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Let me Explain. No, there’s not time. Let me sum up.

I’ve been a bit busy lately.  Here’s what I’ve been up to the past 8 or 9 days.

Went to see an AWESOME high school production of Footloose.  My friend was playing in the “orchestra” (if that’s what you call it.)  Cheesy.  High School.  Great costumes.   Can’t beat it with a stick.

Baby shower for Kristi.  Aren’t they cute?

Kristi and Lindsey

Celebrated Kari’s 30th bday (a week early) with a surprise party at J2.  Check out these kids.   Cuteness abounds in my circle.

Beau and Macie mini-bowling
Beau and Macie mini-bowling

NKOTB, part deux.  This time, we did it up limo-style:

Limo girls in Larry's shed
Limo girls in Larry’s shed
shots at the pink house
shots at the pink house
We had 9th row seats
We had 9th row seats
The "Kids" Wore Illinois shirts for the encore
The “Kids” Wore Illinois shirts for the encore

Ran the FULL 5K for the first time.   Good thing, ‘cuz it’s Saturday. I’m READY TO RUN!

Wrote two stories for my class that I actually like.  They’re about Italian circus performers, naturally ;)

Met threebabies for the first time:  Clennon’s son Neil and Jacelyn’s twins Jacob and Dylan. I even held and fed Dylan, which is quite a feat for me because I’m not much of a baby person–and he was only 4 years old!

Took Roxie to get her shots.  And then to the Emergency Vet for the allergic reaction to her shots.   Her face swelled up like Will Smith in Hitch. It’s funny now, but I was too worked up at the time to snap a pic.  Damn!

Helped celebrate the birthdays of Scott and Kari

Caught about half of The Princess Bride, thus the title of this post.

And then everyday stuff like work and chores and running… I’m kinda worn out, but I cannot WAIT until Saturday.   Don’t worry–there will certainly be a 5K update very soon!!


2008: A Year in Review, Part 2

Welcome to the 2nd half of my year. I just realized that I probably should’ve done these in reverse chronological order, but whatever.

July–I took my blog public, making it a whole lot easier to remember what I did for the rest of the year.  I also started biking to work and we had Kristi’s Bachelorette Party Boat Trip:



August– I took two vacations this month, plus a Tour de Philo.  First up was my staycation and then a second trip to Nawlins for Kristi’s wedding:



September— I started running, became obsessed with Mad Men and reconnected with an old friend via Facebook.  We also had Bunco at Erin’s in conjunction with Philo Fest, but-unfortunately- I have no corresponding photos :-(


I do, however, have a photo of this thing that I found on my fence (I know you all needed to see it again)




October– was downright insane.   There was a crazy gas station incidentmy cat died, and I was involved in train accident on the way home from seeing Cross Canadian Ragweed in Carbondale.  To top off the craziness, this was the first year in a long time that I *didn’t* dress up for Halloween.  Odd.


And then there was the trip to Chicago to see the New Kids on the Block:




November– is always a busy month.  This year, I went to San Antonio for work. And had the usual Thanksgiving with the family.  Oh, and there was that whole historic election thing.

I also made a trip to Chicago for Nikki’s Big Ten Bar Crawl:



And attended my only (gasp!) U of I tailgate of the season




Family and friends of Ryann Smith held a benefit in Tuscola and raised a bunch of money. I realize that I haven’t blogged about Ryann at all.  She was born a couple days after Christmas with a rare birth defect called CDH.  She is a fighter.  Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers. If you want to know more, visit her caring bridge page:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryannsmith.


I also had Christmases with my Grannie Rich,  my brother, and the rest of my extended family.


(And, because I know you can’t get enough of me and firearms, here’s the infamous gun shot one more time…)



I spent my Christmas break lounging, watching movies (Marley and Me and Seven Pounds), reading (still making it through the Twilight saga… I’ll reserve judgment until I’m finished with all the books), and spending time with friends and family.


I rang in the New Year in Chicago, but failed to take a single photo.  Maybe I should resolve to be a better chronicler this year :)


Reflections on 2008

All in all, the year turned out pretty good.  In some ways, this is one of the hardest years I’ve ever had, but I’ve learned so much.   I’ve learned how to ask for help from those closest to me.  I’ve learned to say “no” on occasion and I’ve learned to enjoy myself in less-than-ideal circumstances. I’ve made some new friends, reconnected with others, and have spent more time with some of my family members than ever before.


This blog has really been a great outlet for me and I appreciate each and every reader, hit, and comment you all have given me.


Here’s to happiness and prosperity in 2009!

The Right Stuff

You know how the best part of riding a roller coaster is the ability to scream at the top of your lungs for no apparent reason?  That’s exactly how I felt attending the New Kids on the Block concert this weekend.  I’m almost embarrassed to say it, but it was a REALLY good time… and they put on an extremely entertaining show.

Like everything else, it was made even more entertaining by the people we were with.  I’ll post all the photos on my facebook and MySpace pages, but here are a few highlights…


We decided to don wigs and jam out to NKOTB the whole way there.  The toll booth guys loved us!

Erin: Best.Driver.Ever

Kari and Kim in their wigs

Kari and Kim in their wigs


We made t-shirts.  On the front it said: “Cover Girl” on the back, each of us had the name of one of the New Kids.  I got Joey, even though Donnie has always been my favorite.

Cari, Erin, Kim, Kari, Kelly pre-show

Joey, Jon, Donnie, Danny, Jordan

From the back: Joey, Jon, Donnie, Danny, Jordan


Like I said, they put on a spectacular show.  It was well worth the $90/ticket we paid.   They played all of their hits and a few of their new songs.  Joey and Jordan sang songs from their solo careers.  Once you got past the fact that 35-to-40 year olds were onstage singing hits from 15 years ago, it was really fun.  The crowd was soooo into it and I just kept thinking about how awesome it must feel for these guys to still play to such an enthusiastic audience.

Me, Kelly, Kari, Kim, Erin

At the show: Me, Kelly, Kari, Kim, Erin

It was great because even though the New Kids pulled out songs and dance moves from 15 years ago, they had a sense of humor about it.  At one point Joey said: “No need to fight over us anymore, ladies… It’s okay for 2 girls in the same group to like Jordan.”  Which was, of course met with thunderous applause.

opening number

the crowd goes crazy!!

the crowd goes crazy!!

They sang a couple songs on a rotating stage right in front of us

They sang a couple songs on a rotating stage right in front of us

Kim, Kari, Kelly, and I

Kim, Kari, Kelly, and I

The boys in white

The boys in white

The Boys from Boston--amazing encore!

The Boys from Boston--amazing encore!


We decided that the reason NKOTB was more fun this time is because a) we can now drink beer and b) we didn’t have our moms with us!  Judging by our post-show antics, maybe we did need some “adult supervision.”  Two noteworthy things happened.

1) We met Beau from Tila Tequila.

Kari recognized him in the hallway before the show.  We weren’t sure if it was him (I didn’t even know who he was), so Kim yelled “Beau” really loud.  He turned around and we all screamed like schoolgirls. Amazingly enough we saw him after the show and were able to snap this photo:

Beau, Kari, Kelly, Me

Front row: Erin, Kim back row: Beau, Kari, Kelly, Me

2) We unsuccessfully tried to get backstage.  And on the tour bus.

Erin & Kim trying to gate-crash. The security guard was not amused.

Erin & Kim trying to gate-crash. The security guard was not amused.

It was a super-fun trip.  With this group of girls, I’m not surprised we had a good time, but I was surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!