Merry Christmas Everyone!

25 12 2008

Merry Christmas! even from Florida!! Strange to be so warm on Christmas Eve, believe me.

I’m working on a Christmas Crazy post right now. But it might take a while. There’s a lot to sort through.

In the meantime, I’m giving you the Carptenters. This song came out right after my parents met, but before they were married. My dad would go to Montreal to see his sons, leaving my mom with her cousin in Toronto. This song really reminded her of her situation and she always told me when I was growing up.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. And I’m thankful that I either know you or you’ve found this blog. Thank you.


23 12 2008

I should be doing other things right now… actually this whole evening I had other things I should be doing… Like getting ready to fly to Florida. Packing, cleaning my fancy shoes for Christmas dinner and all kinds of other stuff. What am I doing? Surfing the interwebz.

And for what? Oh, new music. Well, it definitely isn’t new… Last Saturday at My Living Room we were entertained by some 50’s and 60’s “Golden Oldies.” Music I actually enjoy. We have a new jukebox, one of those psycho machines where you can download things from the internet via the jukebox. One of these days, Asshat will regret his choice. I guarantee it. Heck, he would have if he had been there Saturday.

So tonite, I checked out some old music and found a song I haven’t heard in a while…. a song that my mom used to have on 45RPM vinyl. I remember popping this tiny thing into the record player when I was little.

I’m actually excited for my trip tomorrow. I love seeing my parents. They really are stellar people. And within 24 hours of my arrival, my sister, NE and my favorite dog will be in the house. I can’t wait.

I still have one or two things to buy for my sister & NE, as well as my parents’ gift. I managed to convince my mom that I need to take the car on Wednesday morning for a few trips. And she agreed (first time ever now that they are living in Florida). Wow.

After I’m done buying things for mom & dad, my mom and I are going shopping for the dog and cat, C & D. We are buying C just treats, because D eats his toys. Not fair. My boy C rocks and he should have the best toys ever. So to make up for it, I’m buying D one of these:



NE might want to kill me, but D is such a cool dog, she’ll totally wear it for like 10 minutes. I’ll post pics if I can get ’em.

We’re also getting my super dog this doggy dental toy… I dunno, my sister said she needs it…

nylabone1And, same as last year, I’m getting D one of these. I’m going to go with red this year, if I can. She literally will have the squeeker removed in less than 8 hours. The stuffing removed within 16 hours and the rest of it torn apart, oh, by Christmas Night. I know it’s a small gift that gets torn to hell, but she has so much fun, and I thoroughly enjoy it.


And that will make my Christmas Merry. 🙂

Music is My Muse – 8

21 12 2008

Sooooooo… we all know my music tastes are pretty random… And today is no exception…

Last night, I had a discussion with the Mechanical Engineer about the post of country music that I did the other day. During our discussion, he made a request, which I turned down.  However, it seems he gets his wish, as the person he requested actually appears in this video. Check it out – I’m not telling you who it is. You’ll have to see for yourself.

I’ll be checking out some more of that artist’s music during my trip to Florida on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to it.

My research for the video above reminded me of a concert I went to a few years ago with the Camp Director & the Mechanical Engineer at Hartwood Acres. If you have never been to the free Sunday concerts at Hartwood, make a point to go next summer. They are FREE and every once in a while, you will stumble upon a gem of a band like this one.


The day after…

20 12 2008

Ahhhh… so last night was Shiver. And it was freaking awesome. I love those guys. And, in exciting news, the lead singer’s wife is pregnant! I’m so excited for them.

Yes, a bunch of people from my high school showed up and freaked me out. Yes, some old rugby folks showed up. Yes, I made Chachi and Anthony move up further in the bar after American Armada played. Yes, I was standing right up front with my friend Josh for most of the show. Yes, I did jump around a bit. Yes, I know all the words to 90% of their songs. Yes, I was almost involved in the mosh pit. Is anyone surprised at any of this?

Oh, and yes!!!!, I FINALLY got my Shiver tshirt. I actually got two of them, cause I’m so awesome, but I’m giving one to Chachi because he was the award winning DD of the night.

Seriously, Shiver sounded great. Even writing about the night, I’m totally thrilled. I can’t wait to get in my car to rock out to their CD. Which you should all buy, by the way. Personally, I find it absolutely perfect to get pumped up for a rugby game. Just sayin’.

Shiver CD

We actually left My Living Room and Chachi drove the Midgie over to the South Hills to Slapshots. Turns out one of my former regulars is the bartender there. Who knew??? We went there to see Mindbling, V_Rock and a few others. It was a drunken spectacle. Truly.

And in yet another stunning turn of events, my own friend, Cousin, was there at Slapshots. I ended up talking to him most of the time (sorry Mindbling & V_Rock!) which isn’t surprising. We go way back.

All in all, it was a fun, eventful, awesome night. I’ve decided I’m going to make more of an effort to see Shiver the next time they play. I need some more mosh pit time. Definitely.

Sick of being sick

18 12 2008

I’m freaking sick of being sick. Sick of being unable to keep anything but clear liquids and soup broth in my system. It’s been nearly a week now. Over a week if you take into account my previous sinus infection.

When you’re unable to eat and drink like a normal person, you just feel like crap most of the time. Not like yourself. Personally I kinda like feeling like myself.

I went to the doctor on Monday, and ended up at Passavant Cranberry for blood tests. I don’t know what the phlebotomist was doing, but I still have a really great bruise on my right arm from the blood draw. Hawt.

I ended up being told to go to the ER today for fluids… I was not happy about this, but I’m glad I went. I gathered my insurance card and other pertinent card type things, and a book and headed over to Shadyside Hospital’s Emergency Room. And I have to tell you, talk about quick service. I walked in the door at 3pm. I was pre-screened within 15 minutes and was in a room in another 15. I went through yet another blood draw (bruising tbd) and was hooked up to a fluid line and given something for nausea. And then I lay there, reading for about 3 hours…In a totally hawt hospital gown. Yup, they made me change.

It was not all fun and games. I don’t know about you, but I have a minor aversion to needles. And having that IV line stuck in my arm for over three hours really freaked me out.

They finally told me I have your basic stomach flu. I was sent off feeling much better, with a written medical excuse for all the work I’ve missed and with a script for more anti-nausea drugs.

I’ve managed to keep yet more chicken broth and cranberry juice down tonight. Tomorrow I get to add in yogurt! Woo hoo! I did however discover that the bandage they put on the IV line didn’t quite do a good job. Let’s just say I had to re-banage it and keep my arm elevated for a while…

Anyway, I’m feeling better. Thanks to Chachi and Anthony for checking in with me while I was at the hospital and afterwards. I appreciate it.

Shiver. Friday. Wahoo!!!!

17 12 2008

So as I’ve said before, this Friday my good friends, Shiver, are playing at My Living Room. I’m super excited to see them again. I haven’t seen any of them since right after Brufest when I saw Bruce & Jon at the bar.

It will definitely be a fun night. I might even get drunk enough to require my designated driver, who knows!!

To get you all in the swing of things, I’m sharing links to their website, MySpace and their songs… Go, look, listen…

And then meet at My Living Room Friday night. It’s a free show, it starts at 10pm and I guarantee a fun time. It’s My Living Room, after all…

Shiver website

Shiver MySpace


Be there!


17 12 2008

Anyone who knows me knows that I while I do have a big group of friends, I don’t have any one or two or three that I confide in or hang out with on a regular basis. Rather, I have many groups of friends. So many so that I can’t count how many. Not that I see or talk to any or all of them very much…I kind of operate in a solitary manner. I prefer it that way most times.

But I do have some good friends who have given me some solid info over the years, and who have always listened to me when needed. In fact, one of them gave me the song that helped me get this post together… KB. She rocks. She knows this.

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In the back of my mind, I have this list. A list of what I hope people think of me. It’s part of that “doesn’t everyone have a conscience thing?” I won’t go into what is on that list. If you truly know me, I probably answer your phone calls (bonus!!!), and that means that have known me for a while or you know me well. As such, you probably know my full range of offerings and craziness. And you still like me. So I thank you.

What I’m starting to realize is that the more I am myself – which is happening more and more lately – the more people take me up on my offerings of help as a listener, confidant, goofball,  carrier-of-heavy-things… All things I love to do and can do well…

I have some friends, a few actually, who are either going through some tough times right now or how have been… And I’m really glad to be here and help them as much as I can… Some of them take advantage of what I offer, there are others who don’t, but honestly I’m here for all of them. And I probably always will be. It’s in my nature. And I’m quite happy to do so.

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So while I am mad, angry and hurt that my friends, new or old, are facing tough times. I hope that I can always be here to help them. And I’m glad that those new friends would be there for me too. It’s quite exhilarating. Honestly. So to those friends thank you – first and foremost – and secondary, I am glad to be here to help. 🙂