This! Is American Idol

I am coming to you live from my big, blue, bloggy chair.

And This! Is American Idol.

The top 9 perform their own choice of song this week as long as it is a popular download on iTunes. [whatever that means.]

ANOOP DESAI – “Caught Up” –  Um, I’ve never heard this song and I’m not too impressed with Noop Dog’s version of it. And, if you ask me, he looks all-caught-up in that jacket-and-chain-thing. Sorry, Noop. It doesn’t work for me dawg. – Randy is torn. Kara compares the performance to a dare from a group of frat guys. Paula calls him a balladier [wow. that’s a new word] and then stumbles all over herself talking about signature blah blah blah, Simon calls it “a complete, utter, mess” and says the performance gave him a headache.

MEGAN “I’VE DROPPED MY LAST NAME” JOY – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” –  [Wow. That’s A LOT of jewelry.] I’ve never heard of this song either. Again, not at all impressed, but I am so happy that she is not doing the shimey. – Kara mentions the words wrong & song & choice, Paula doesn’t like it, Simon says the song was boring, indulgent and monotonous, and Randy agrees with the other three judges. [Megan, girl what is with all that crap around your neck forpetessake].

DANNY GOKEY – “What Hurts The Most” –  [Oh, this should be good! Come on Danny-Boy]. Love it! Love him! Oh Danny, great song choice and great job! – Paula likes it, Simon calls it his best performance [YES!], Randy says ‘he brought it crazy with the vocals’, Kara says he moved everyone in the room emotionally. [And I am standing and clapping like a crazy person].

ALLISON IRAHETA – “Don’t Speak – [Oh, I love this song, but it seriously looks like something crawled in her head and died. What is that pasted on the side of her head?] Okay. Aside from all that is going on in her hair and the white shoes which I’m pretty sure is a no-no before Easter, I think she is doing an okay job. It’s just okay for me. – Randy mentions that the performance is a little rushed and goes on to ask, “dude, i’m not, you know, what are you wearing, what is with this outfit?” [You took the words right out of my mouth, Dawg], Kara says the performance was a little forced, Paula likes the guitar and loved the performance, Simon is smirking and mentions that her outifit looks like it comes from the Adams Family. [Just pull me up a chair, I would fit right in].

SCOTT MCINTYRE – “Just The Way You Are” – It’s just Scott and the piano. He is brilliant at the piano. I love it!!!  His best performance by far. – Kara said he made some smart decisions with the song choice and the piano and she LOVES  his new look, Paula admires him and liked the performance, Simon says it was his best performance by a country mile and calls him “a different Scott,” Randy calls it one of the best performances of the night.” [YEAH, SCOTT!]

MATT GIRAUD – “You Found Me” –  Is it just me or did America get it ALL WRONG last week placing him in the bottom 3? [Never heard of this song. Is it me or is he right in the middle of the audience? Oh, he is.] This song is quite different from anything he’s done before. Its just okay. – Paula is not impressed and didn’t like the song choice, Simon calls it “very put on and uptight,” Randy is not impressed and neither is Kara. [Shoot Matt, I really like you!]

LIL ROUNDS – “I Surrender” – [Yikes, that dress is a bit tight!] Lil has an impressive set of pipes for sure. I like it but it almost sound like a few of her notes are going flat. Again, it is just okay. – Randy is still complaining about song choice but says she sang the song really well, Kara is going down dramatic lane again – puhhllleeassee, make her stop, Paula liked it and Simon calls it “similar to a wedding performance.”

ADAM LAMBERT – “Play That Funky Music [WhiteBoy]” – [Praise the Lord he has the hair out of his face again this week and he is showing off that great smile!] In the words of Randy Jackson, this song is “off da hook!” I LOVE IT!!!!  My favorite performance of his and so far, my favorite performance tonight [sorry, Danny!] **Rewinding the DVR to watch it again because It was THAT good!” – Paula [who looks like shes about to lose one of the girls out the top of that dress!] loves it!, Simon calls it original, Randy says, “he worked it out!” and Kara liked it!

KRIS ALLEN – “Ain’t No Sunshine” – [My other favorite]. He’s at the keyboard this time and DANG! this cat can sing like a bird. I LOVE IT! Chills. Chills. and more chills. That was FABULOUS! – Randy says it was creative, Kara talks about artistry and loves it, Paula says it was his best performance and Simon said the arrangement was clever and liked the performance. **Rewinding to watch it again. And again. And again.** Wow! Just wow.

Great Finish.

Bottom 3 – Noop Dog, Megan and Scott

Best Performance of the night – Kris and Adam

Next Up. Dancing With The Stars (I swear the DVR is the best invention of my time!)

What I Learned In Jail

As I was thinking back on my week and the few odd things that I learned, it occurred to me that I had what some most would call a boring week. For that reason, I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I learned in jail.

Because around here we like to push the envelope.

I say it all the time people. This blog is about so much more than just entertainment.

It is important to note that before beginning the internship at the jail that ultimately changed my career path, I was a sheltered 22-year-old know-it-all.

Or, at least, I thought I knew-it-all.

My first day in jail proved otherwise. Looking back, I have to laugh about that first day five years. It was a real eye-opener.

1. I learned that grown adult men inmates enjoy taunting young 22-year-old know-it-all students.

2. I learned that ‘a grill’ is not the thing on the front of your car. Nor is it the thing on your deck that you fire up to make burgers.

3. I learned that sometimes the correction officers can be as unruly as the inmates. (ahem!)

4. I learned that when left to their own devices, inmates can make some pretty creative shanks.

5. I learned that a walkie-talkie can be a life-line.

6. I learned that hand-cuffs will only open one way, and more importantly when practicing the handcuffing-in-ten-seconds technique on my defense tactics partner, it is typically a good idea to make sure you have them facing the right direction. (Ouch!)

7. I learned that a busted head during a basketball game among inmates is probably not an accident.

8. I learned that some inmates will. never. learn.

9. I learned that inmates will bet on anything. The gender of a certain counselor’s unborn baby paid three packs of noodles back iin 2002.

10. I learned that once an inmate gets out of jail, he could possibly be hired at a fancy restaurant to prepare the salmon that has the patrons raving.

11. I learned that you should never eat food prepared by inmates because in all likelihood they are having pushup challenges in between stirs of the beans.

12. I learned that the forensic unit is an interesting place to hang out.

13. I learned that every inmate is someone’s child.

14. I learned that even a small town has its share of crazies.

How about you? Ever learned anything in jail? If so, I’d love to hear about it! This is only a sample of stuff that I learned during my time in jail. Believe me there is tons more.

Head over to Musings of a Housewife for more things that folks have learned this week.

Meeting My Needs

If you are one of my eight loyal blog fans, you know that I have a loving relationship with my friend, Google. In fact, since I started blogging, our relationship has blossomed.
 
Today, I consulted Google for some amusing information which will hopefully provide some interesting blog fodder. I typed in ‘Julie Needs.’
 
Here are, according to Google the top 20 things that I need.

1. Julie Needs – Your Help! Welcome To the World Headquarters for Save Julie: Campaign 2000. We’ve come to know and love Julie on so many levels.

  • ‘know and love Julie on so many levels’ – I love that!

2. Julie Needs – Your opinion.

  • You know what they say about opinions. Everybody has one.

3.  Julie Needs – A boyfriend.

  • Michael Phelps. Check.

4.  Julie Needs – a new pair of shoes.

  • No commentary necessary. (Or 2 or 10 pairs.)

5.   Julie Needs – An Early Start

  • Probably could happen if I went to bed sooner. 

6.  Julie Needs – a good home and; she needs it ASAP.

  • I already have one. Thanks.

7.   Julie Needs –  coffee

  • I’ll pass on the coffee, but if you happen to have an ice-cold Dr. Pepper, you could pass that right to me.

8.  Julie Needs – more friends.

  • As a matter of fact, I have plenty of friends. And, they are fabulous.

9.  Julie Needs – one more qualification to complete her Junior AKC hunter title.

  • Um hello, what is a Junior AKC hunter thing and why do I need it? The only thing I hunt for is my sanity.

10  Julie Needs – prayers and good vibes.

  • Not so sure how much faith I put into good vibes, but I’ll sure take all the prayers I can get.

11. Julie Needs – Your help.

  • And a massage too while you’re at it.

12.  Julie Needs – A new camera.

  • I actually have a great camera, but I love new stuff.

13.  Julie Needs – to work on her parenting.

  •  Because I just couldn’t let this one go, I visited the link. Julie Cooper, whoever you are, you shouldn’t let that sweet little Marissa get to you like that. In the words of a famous author (I can’t think of his name at this moment,) ‘There’s no such thing as a strong-willed child, only weak-willed parents.’ Clearly, this author has never met the likes of Marissa. Or my sweet, Alex that matter. Ahem!

14.  Julie Needs – high fiber content

  • What?  Believe me, I have no problems in that arena.

15. Julie Needs – a patient family

  • Can I get an amen?  At all times, I have at least one little person needing something YESTERDAY.

16.  Julie Needs – to go for cotton styles with a bit of structure rather than anything too flimsy like chiffon, which clings.

  • Believe me, with a muffin top like mine, chiffon is the last thing I want to pour myself into.

17.  Julie Needs – your prayers now more than ever.

  •  Seriously. I think God Himself is speaking to me through Google. 

18.  Julie Needs – a bath because she is muddy.

  • Um, it’s too cold to get muddy today. Could somebody let Mother Nature know its March already.

19.  Julie Needs – to discover “key facts, people, and objects” in her

  • In her what? Go ahead, I’d love to know.

20. Julie Needs –  a breakdown between the VPV and Manufacturing Budget.

  • If it involves numbers, you better believe she will need more than a breakdown or there will be a bigger disaster than the one you have now.

If you’d like to head up the Justice for Julie campaign, please apply in the comment section.
 
There you go.
 
A little list of things that Julie Needs.
 
This little walk down ‘Julie Needs’ Lane is proof that no matter what, things could always be worse.

Let’s Talk About Fashion

If you are visiting here from Big Mama’s Fashion Friday, I’d like to welcome you to my humble abode. I’m so glad you are here. Before I get started though, I should let you know that I am playing fast and loose with the whole ‘Fashion’ part of this title. The truth is I am a stay-at-home mom who no longer has any idea about fashion or all it has to offer.

When I was employed, and you know, receiving a pay-check, I pushed high-end fashion to the limit and went to jail each day decked out in the best that Kohl’s and Goody’s had to offer.

Or Wal-mart and Target.

I enjoy looking nice and orderly but quite frankly, when your knocking around town in your minivan with a three-year-old in tow, its hard to get past the comfort of the yoga pant and t-shirt. (Oh yoga pant, I do love you so!)

It would be a sad state of affairs if I returned to work today because I would have no idea where to start to get my closet in tip-top fashion shape. I have some good-church-clothes that could get me started, but aside from that, I’d probably have to call in the fashion police.

The only thing I know for certain is that I would not be jumping on the scarf  band wagon. I don’t get the whole scarf thing. Its just another thing to deal with during my already hectic day and if I’m being honest, I can’t stand the thought of something hugging my neck like this.  I doubt seriously I could even tie the scarf properly. 

I just don’t understand the appeal of the scarf. If you happen to be one of the thousands of gals who enjoy a scarf, you should totally ROCK ON! Each to their own I guess, but quite frankly, the scarf just doesn’t appeal to me. If it takes a scarf to be in fashion, you know where I’ll be. I’d much rather throw on some bling.

But enough of that rant.

I am hoping to visit McDaddy in May and would love to arrive at his 6-month vacation locale looking fabulous and flirty in a new outfit. I thought it might be fun to let ya’ll join me on my shopping extravaganza as I try to find just the right outfit to knock McDaddy’s proverbial socks off as I step off of the plane.

Let’s start with this little diddy that I found at Macy’s. The whole thing just screams cute to me. And, the best part is that it looks oh. so. comfortable.

I also liked this, and this.

Next, I headed to Target where I found this cute little number

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although if I’m being honest, I can’t see me dragging two kids, two car-seats, half the house and my lap-top through customs dressed like this.

Just keepin’ it real.

My last stop was the Mart of Walls. I’m sad to say that as hard as I tried, I came up empty handed. If you happen to be one of the thousands who destest Wal-Mart, may I just say that Wal-Mart is a fine establishment. There’s not another place on the planet where you can get your taxes prepared, your nails done, your hair cut, your tires rotated, a check cashed and a Subway sandwich all in one stop.

Sam Walton is was the man. I donate to his empire weekly. I’d donate even more though if he started offering these fabulous shoes that I may or may not have displayed in last week’s fashion post.

What can I say? I love me some cute shoes.

Thanks for stopping by Inmates. For some real fashion advice, you should head over to Big Mama’s place.

Just So You Know

Just So You Know is a monthly letter to my boys. As I was composing the post, Stevie hopped up beside me and asked what I was doing. When I explained that I was writing a letter to him and Alex, he asked if he could write a letter to me. His letter to me is at the bottom of the post.

I am truly a blessed gal.

———-

To: My Sweet Sons

From: Your mama

Date: March 27, 2009

Re: Just So You Know

Dear Boys:

It has been a really L-O-N-G month for us. We battled ear infections, sinus infections and rounds and rounds of medicines. I am thankful that you are both well and healthy now.

I am so proud of the way both of you are handling daddy being away. I know he misses you so very much. This month you received a special package in the mail from daddy. When you opened it, you found a book and a DVD of daddy reading the book to you.

You also enjoy talking to daddy on the web-cam each evening. I am thankful that we have that option. It isn’t the same as having him here at our house, but its better than just talking to him on the telephone.

I love the way you guys are playing so well together. It is the way life was meant to be and nothing gives me more joy during this rough time than to watch the two of you play well together. So thank you both for getting along. It makes my job SO! MUCH! EASIER!

Dear Stevie:

Wow. The time seems to be flying by. You are so much like your daddy, sometimes I wonder if you have any of my DNA at all. You are reading everything in sight and one of your favorite things is to send daddy an e-mail. I know it makes daddy very happy to receive e-mail from you. We are both so very proud of you for doing so well in school. It doesn’t seem possible that your kindergarten year is almost over.

I appreciate you being such a great helper to me while daddy is gone. I could not have asked or ordered a sweeter little boy. You have always been so easy to parent. I am blessed to be your mama and I’m doing my best to do everything with you that daddy would do if he were here.

You were so proud of the poster you made for daddy in Sunday School. It made me cry, but I appreciate the fact that your SS teachers took the time to think of you and to make this special poster to help you count down the weeks until daddy can be back at church with us. Each week you place a red star on the poster that signifies one more week in this six-month journey. The stars have some of dad’s favorite activities on them. The red star on the poster in this picture says “loves to ski.” Some of the other stars say things like: loves to go off-roading in the jeep; likes to work in the garage; likes to go camping with me and Alex; loves chocolate chip cookies; watches extreme 4×4 on TV; likes to play the drums; runs sound at church; and likes to go for walks out the road.

I love you sweet boy. You make me proud to be your mommy!

Love, Mom

Dear Alex:

YOU ARE FULLY POTTY TRAINED!!!!! Yeah, I am so proud of you! You are such a big boy and I appreciate you doing such a good job on the potty. Just one thing. We don’t really have to go around telling complete strangers that you have on big boy CARS “draws” Mkay. Thanks. Telling them you wear big boy underwear would be more appropriate.

[I do have to say that you crack people up every time you say it even if it makes me want to cringe!]

You have also learned how to unhook your car-seat by yourself. This wouldn’t be such a big deal except that I have trouble unhooking it at times. You never cease to amaze me big boy. You are rough and you are tough. One of my favorite things is to watch you build a wall full of pillows only to crash it down like a bulldozer. You never tire of this and sometimes you use items not so easy to budge. It will be a miracle if I make it through the year without a heart attack. You push safety to the limit everyday.

I shake my head in amazement everyday wondering how two boys with the same parents, raised in the same house can be so different.

Just so you know… it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all if you stopped having temper tantrums. Seriously, we should be way past that by now. As much as I love you, your tantrums had me at the end of my proverbial rope several times this month. I literally start praying out loud to get your attention, because I am tired of the spankin’ spoon threat other method. When I do that your eyes grow wide and you look at me like I have lost my mind. I really think you get it. One afternoon this week after I prayed for patience and understanding, you looked at me and asked if “God and Jesus have moustaches!” I almost chuckled out loud and was thankful that your temper took a turn and it got your mind on something else. [I say thank you, Jesus!]

You have this thing where you pick a “toy of the day.” You typically carry the toy around with you all day and even want the toy when you go to bed. You typically pick a car and it is usually one from the movie CARS. Other days, you choose a stuffed animal like “Bluto” which can be seen in the picture below.

While I was emptying the dishwasher one morning this week, you brought me the Goofy book and asked me to “turn daddy on, please.” It made me smile and minutes later I saw this…..

Then, one minute after daddy finished reading the book, you hopped up in my lap and we read it again. As much as I miss your brother when he is at school, I am thankful that you and I get to have one-on-one time everyday. You are growing up so fast. I love watching you learn from Stevie! I’m glad you are mine, sweet boy!

Love, Mommy

 

———– This is Stevie’s letter to me.

Dear mommy:

I had a grate time at toy’s R us win we got my monstr jam ds game fun, fun, fun that’s just fun!

me & Alex love you! i like u because you take me to school i like school!

love Stevie

Thursday Thirteen – “G” This Is Fun

It’s Thursday. And here at Inmates that means another fabulous Thursday Thirteen.

As I make my way through the alphabet each week, I am one week closer to McDaddy returning home from his six-month vacation.

Away we go.

1. Gifts – I love gifts, thanks.You could give me any of these and put a smile on my face.

2. Grace – God gives us freedom through grace. We did not earn it, do not deserve it and cannot repay it. It is free.

3. Germany – I happened to take German in high school and college because I didn’t want to be like my friends and take French or Spanish. And because, you know when I got older it would benefit me so much. Foolish decision. But it did come in handy when McDaddy and I visited Heidleburg, Germany. (I spent the better part of 30 minutes tweaking this picture because it was so friggin’ small!)

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4. Goldtown – Our lovely little church. We are blessed to worship with such a great group of people.

5. Garlic Breadsticks – Love them. Especially when sopping up Spaghetti sauce at the Olive Garden.

6. Groom – I could not let this opportunity pass me by. McDaddy was a handsome groom. This picture makes me smile and is a reminder of the happiest day of my life.

7. Golf – Sorry, but I just don’t get it. Looks like the most boring sport on the planet to me. I’m not even good at the Wii Sports golf game.

8. Gymnastics – One of my favorite olympic sports. I secretly wish I had the grace of Shawn Johnson on the balance beam or the power of Nastia Luiken on the vault.

9. Google – If you spend any amount of time around here, you know that I heart google. I consult him frequently.

10. Gynecologist – You may recall I visited the gynecologist recently with my three year old, newly potty trained little boy in tow.

11. Garage – If McDaddy had his way, we would have a five or six car garage. I wish I could make it happen for him.

12. Gamble – I enjoy gambling. I can rock the nickel poker machine like nobody’s business.

13. Gondola – When we were planning our European tour, the gondola ride was one of the things I was most looking forward to. I was sure the gondilier would sing that tune, “When the moon hits the sky, like a bigga pizza pie, that’s amore,” instead, our gondilier talked on his cell phone during the entire ride.

The Sounds Of Motown

The kids are in bed.

The lights are dim.

The house is quiet.

And this! Is American Idol.

It’s Motown week  and I have high hopes for an exciting show.

[What in the name of pete is Paula wearing?]

Let’s kick this thing off.

MATT GIRAUD – “Lets Get It On” – This happens to be McDaddy’s ring on my cell phone and I *heart* this song. He’s at the piano and I LOVE IT! He is very talented. *Chill bumps* Sing it, brother. Matt is one of my favorites. This cat has an unbelievable set of pipes.  — Randy likes it and says “he worked it out!”, Kara is impressed and calls it a solid performance, Paula says he is respectful of the melody [whatever that means], Simon calls it a brilliant choice of song and calls it a “cool performance.”  Yay, Matt!

KRIS ALLEN – “How Sweet It Is” –  He is jammin on his guitar again this week. Two words. AWE! SOME!  [Paula is out of her seat] This guy can really perform. Good song choice. Great vocals. Beautiful performance. — Kara says Kris did everything right. [and he did!], Paula says he has a infectious personality and calls his last note brilliant, Simon calls it smart and suggests he start to believe in himself and says its all about self-belief, Randy says “its all good, baby!”

[Simon and Ryan have their weekly vocal tryst while Kris stands there waiting patiently. Did I mention I think Ryan is a cutie patootie?]

SCOTT MACINTYRE – “You Can’t Hurry Love” – [Dear Lord, what is with the pink pants? Does poor Scott even know he is wearing pink pants?] Can I just say that I admire Scott so much. He is fantastically gifted behind the piano and after eleven years of piano lessons and full vision, I have a tough time plucking a song out after all these years. I’m not sure Scott has what it takes to make it to the end, but I think he’s doing a good job. The end is better than the beginning and he had a BIG FINISH! — Paula likes it and says the beginning was really nice, Simon makes some rude comment about “how much more can I take?” and calls his performance cheap [Simon, I don’t like it when you get ugly], Randy calls it a hotel performance and says it wasn’t the right song for him, Kara likes the tempo, but doesn’t like that he took liberty with the melody. [huh? whatever.] Scott just mentioned that he did not know until 10 minutes before the performance that his pants were pink. I REALLY hope he is kidding.

[Who is the gal in the green dress behind the judges and what is she doing?]

[Paula and Simon spat back and forth about tempo, song choice, etc. and Paula pulls out crayons and coloring books for Simon to keep himself occupied throughout the show]

MEGAN JOY – “For Once In My Life” – [What happened to her last name?] I love the big band sound. Hate the dress and those dreaded tattoos, but I think Megan is beautiful. I am thankful she grabbed the microphone and is walking around the stage. She still did the shimey thing. I hate the shimey thing. Pretty good vocal, if I can get past the mess that isthe shimey, the tattoos, the flower in her hair and the horrible dress.  —- Randy is not impressed and calls it a “train wreck,” Kara says the song was “all over the place,” Paula says the performance was confusing, Simon calls it horrible and advices her to fire whomever is advising her.

ANOOP DESAI – “Oh, Baby Baby” – Noop Dog made a good song choice and did a good job on the vocals. His performance didn’t blow me away though. — Kara says overall he did a pretty good job, Paula is going on about phrasing and delivery, Simon calls it a “great vocal” and suggests that he work on his showmanship, Randy wants more energy but liked the performance.

MICHAEL SARVER – “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” –  He’s jammin. Is it just me or is he screaming?  He had a GREATBIGFINISH! I liked it!  — Paula calls it “Las Vegas Loungie,” [are you kidding me?] and then starts stumbling all over herself, Simon says he “couldn’t wait for it to end!” He goes on to say that Michael is only participating in the competition and has no chance of winning [Simon, you need to take the ugly off], Randy says the song was “too big for him,” Kara is talking about artistry again… who are you as an artist… blah..blah..blah..  [I totally disagree with the judges on this one and think that Mikie has a great smile!]

LIL ROUNDS – “Heat Wave” – Lil is the best female singer on the show in my humble opinion. I hope she does well. Ewwww, the whole Motown hair doesn’t do a thing for me [or her for that matter], but as always she is BRINGING! IT!  I do think she is screaming in places and Simon just sold Michael down the road for screaming. — Randy says the beginning of the song was torture [WOW!] and is not impressed, Kara says it was the wrong song, Paula says she owned the song, Simon says the song didn’t give Lil “a moment,” but goes on to say that Lil is one of the best singers on the show.

ADAM LAMBERT – “Tracks In My Tears” – [I’m still trying to get the whole Ring Of Fire Thing out of my head. His hair is out of his eyes for once. I already like it better and he hasn’t sang the first note. Geez, he has a handsome face and I don’t think I ever noticed that before.] Oh boy is doing the song with a cello, an acoustic guitar and a [bongo?] drum. A totally different performance than last week. So much better than last week. — Kara calls it one of the best performances of the night, Paula likes the clean look [Can I get an AMEN!] and calls Adam exciting, Simon calls it the best performance of the night and says Adam summed up everything they have been trying to say tonight, Randy calls his performance unbelievably hot and says “Its da’ bomb!” 

DANNY GOKEY – “Get Ready” – [My pick of the whole bunch] Let’s do this thing, Danny-Boy. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!  — Paula calls it a first-class performance, Simon says it was clumsy and amateurish, Randy says he has a dope voice and Kara calls it good, but not great [BOO! HISS]. Go Danny-Boy, Go!

ALLISON  IRAHETA  –  “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” – I like this performance and think it is by far her best vocal. Is she really just 16 years old? — Randy calls her one of the dopest singers this season and says it was blazin’ hot, Kara calls it amazing and says the performance was “from God” [whatever that means], Paula calls her awesome, amazing and beautiful, Simon calls her a survivor and says it was one of her best performances. [I think I said that earlier].

GREAT WEEK.

Bottom 3 – Megan, Scott, and Michael.

Going Home – Megan

Best Performance – Matt G.

That’s a wrap!

A Time To Reflect

This is Week 5 of the You Capture blog carnival hosted by Beth over at I Should Be Folding Laundry.

Each week Beth presents a new challenge and this week’s challenge was reflection.

This picture makes me smile.

Head over to I Should Be Folding Laundry for other YOU CAPTURE pictures.

A Random Act Of Kindness

This weeks’ Works For Me Wednesday’s post is very special to me. If you’ve spent any time around the hallowed halls of Inmates, you probably already know that my dear, sweet hubby is deployed. We’re about one third of the way through the six months of misery and everyday presents new challenges, both mentally and emotionally.

I’d be lying if I said it was easy.

We have a lot to be thankful for and I know that. I’m thankful for the web-cam. I’m thankful that McDaddy can call us everyday and I’m thankful that even though he is out of the country, it may be possible for us to visit him.

I’m also thankful for all of the prayers, cards, and encouraging words I’ve received over the past eight weeks.

This past weekend, I made the daily trip to my mailbox expecting to find bills, an Oriental Trading catalog (why do they send a catalog every other day?) and perhaps another friggin’ credit card transfer offer (I hate those things!). Instead though, there was a package for me, from a sweet bloggy friend that I have never met, Allison from A Slice Of Heaven.

I opened the box to discover a sweet message from Allison that included the words “pick-me up during this difficult deployment.”

Oh! My! Word! Internets!

I started to cry. I smiled through the tears when I saw all of the Dr. Pepper stuff looking up at me. In case you can’t see the picture, there are Dr. Pepper playing cards, Dr. Pepper lip gloss, a magnet, a mouse pad and a candy jar full of ‘candy poppers.’

Words cannot express how special I felt. Just knowing that someone I have never met “thinks of me constantly” is such a sweet feeling. And not only is she just thinking of me, she went to the trouble of purchasing a “little package” full of products from the Dr. Pepper Museum which just so happens to be my favorite beverage.

Allison’s random act of kindness has blessed me tremendously.

I want to repay Allison for her kind gift. Because of that, I plan to practice some random acts of kindess and I’d love for you to join me.

A random act of kindness can be something as simple as giving up your place in the grocery store line or filling a box full of goodies and sending it to someone you have never met.

If you’d like to perform a random act of kindness this week, you could try one of these….

— Give up your place in line at a fast food restaurant just because.

— In the drive-through, pay for the order of the car behind you.

— Send someone a card to let them know you are thinking of them.

— When God brings someone to your mind, pray for them, right then and there.

— Be kind to a telemarketer. (ahem!)

— The next time you go to the grocery store, call someone who doesn’t drive and ask if they’d like to go.

— Fix a yummy dessert and take it to your neighbor.

— Send someone flowers to let them know you appreciate them.

— Write a hand-written letter to your grandparents.

— Take donuts into the office at your child’s school.

Allison (my Dr. Pepper twin), you made my week and I appreciate you thinking of me. Your box of goodies made me smile in the midst of a really bad week. And that WORKS FOR ME! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Visit We Are THAT Family for other things that just may work for you!

Let’s Just Call This Things I’ve Learned!

I have little sanity and a wee bit of patience left this morning thanks to the strong will of a three-year old. For that reason, I’m just going to get down to bloggy business and hope like heck my day gets better.

What I Learned This Week is a bloggy carnival sponsored by Jo-Lynne over at Musings of a Housewife. You can learn all kinds of cool stuff over at her place on Tuesdays (and everyday for that matter). Oh, and in case you didn’t know it, she designed this place for me. She is an awesome blog designer!

Cathy from Desperately Seeking WordPress did some work on ye old blog yesterday and hopefully was able to fix the whole text-wrapping-around-pictures-and-buttons-thing, so I’m anxious to see if it works now. (Why yes, I believe it is fixed!)

I learned that I am having a difficult time staying afloat these days.

I learned that it is never a good idea to use an ink pen to open a cellophane wrapped package of soap because in all likelihood the pen will burst all over your hands.

I learned that when a gas pump offers a car-wash and secret code for the wash, one should not automatically assume the car wash is free. In fact, you may be very surprised to discover the car wash will probably cost more than $5.00.

I learned that it is never a good idea to use the automatic car-wash because your car could get scratched. (Sorry, McDaddy! I thought having the van washed would make you happy! Really, I did!)

I learned that a minivan equipped with a DVD player can be a valuable bribery tool after a shopping trip.

*wiping tears* I learned that hearing the song ‘From This Moment’ by Shania Twain as I write this post is likely to cause tears to fill my eyes because that is the song McDaddy and I danced to on our wedding day. (McDaddy, I miss you so much and there is nothing I wouldn’t give to dance with you at this moment!)

I learned that a random act of kindness from a bloggy friend whom I have never met in real  life can bring a smile to my face in the midst of my deployment angst. Thanks, Allison @ Slice Of Heaven for the box of goodies. You can’t know how special it was to open my mailbox to find the package waiting for me.

That’s all I got, folks.

Thanks for stopping by!

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