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Listful Thinking (48/365)

I spent the most of yesterday lost in my online world – from re-organizing my blog (now you actually get snippets of the kinds of blogs I follow) to playing It Girl in facebook (hence the status about forgetting how fun these games can be) to reading Listful Thinking.  I then rediscovered some of my iPad games – Bakery Story and Fashion Story.  Quality time with my online life? 90%.  Real human interaction? 10%.  Meaningful human interaction?

Next question please!

Today was another stay-at-home day and I can feel myself getting a little bit antsy.  Any moment now, the questions that come for me during really dark days.  I can feel them at the edge of my brain.

But then I remember how I giggled while reading Stephanie’s blog and suddenly I thought of resurrecting something I’ve stopped doing for a couple of years now – a gratitude journal.  So here’s to a new endeavor – since I can’t get everything that I want, I’ll be thankful for what I have.

So here are the things I have been truly thankful for:

  • My friends – Leo, who I shared most my best memories in Intelenet with; Jenn, Art and Anthony for taking the time to ask how I was doing through various media (Anthony and Jenn texted, Art caught me online on facebook)
  • Time – because Friday was the first whole day leave I had taken in a while.  No, taking a half day leave does not allow you to rest.  Especially when you go on leave in the afternoon and spend the morning in the office and your half day leave turns into a one-third leave instead.
  • Paddy – for letting me spend time with Harry, my second fictional soulmate (the first one would be Hayden Lane from Jude Deveraux’s Remembrance)
  • Endurance – because now I can actually run 3k in under 30 minutes (Endorphins, you suck)
  • Elton John – for releasing Your Song, the most beautiful song ever written.  I’ve even loved all the remakes (Ewan McGregor’s in Moulin Rouge, Casey Abram’s in American Idol, and that weird, red-headed kid in Glee Project).
And so here’s to the most beautiful song written…

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live
If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a travelling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss
Well a few of the verses well they’ve got me quite cross
But the sun’s been quite kind while I wrote this song
It’s for people like you that keep it turned on

So excuse me forgetting but these things I do
You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue
Anyway the thing is what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

“Your Song”
Elton John

Oh, and to Mr. D (also known as so many other names, none of which shall be mentioned here)… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Blessed Be…

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And We Say Goodbye to Maggie May (38/365)

I don’t think I’m used to not going to work anymore.  When I stopped working so long ago, the first few days were truly amazing… then they begin to blur until you couldn’t even tell when one day ended and the next one began.  Carmen (from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) was right when she said ‘you could get used to almost anything.’  I got used to not working and now I’ve gotten used to the exact opposite of that.  Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – but I have to admit, having a 4-day break is so right on so many levels 🙂

So here I am, trying to catch up with my writing, doing my best to make up for lost time.  I owe you a lot of stories, I know.  So let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

First and foremost, let’s talk about the last American Idol elimination.  On a slightly non-relevant note, I can barely remember when I last wrote a post, which probably means it’s been too long since the last time.  Last week, we said goodbye to Paul McDonald, the eccentric performer with the unbelievably white teeth.  Based on performances, I understand why it was him.  His rendition of Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock and Roll was, as always, amusing and interesting and different.  But it wasn’t astounding.  As Brian said when we were talking about this, Paul’s number paled in comparison to those the others gave.  Personally, though, I knew Paul was not going to win American Idol.  He’s too unique to be truly appreciated.  He’s one of those artists that people don’t usually get.  And, this week anyway, I guess they didn’t.

It’s too bad, really.  I was waiting for him to sing something from Sting.  He has the perfect voice for it, don’t you think?  Or something by Rod Stewart, like Have I Told You Lately – one of my all-time favorites, by the way – or For the First Time, a song that still wants to make me cry every time I hear it.  But I guess I’ll never hear that now… Unless he decides to make a cover of it in a possible future album.

There was Rihanna, in the middle of things, singing her new single California King (Bed).  I liked the song – I even took the time to look up the words and downloaded it to my very quickly growing library of songs.  I loved Rihanna’s red hair – I still believe in my heart of hearts that red is meant to be my natural hair color 🙂 But for most part, it was the other things in her act that caught my attention.  I loved her dancers, with the white curtains and the contemporary moves.  I miss dancing – I don’t think I’m particularly good at it, but it is something that I really enjoy.  I loved the story they told.  Then there was that guitarist who did the solo.  Talk about hot, man.  Then I realized the reason I enjoyed looking at him so much was because he reminded me of Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia (yes, I had to look up the correct spelling of his last name).  I saw him in Love and Other Drugs and he did totally nothing for me.  That and that movie kind of bored me to death after the first 20 minutes.  Someone tell me if it’s worth another sitting – preferably longer than a third of an hour this time.

A part of me wishes Hailey had been eliminated.  For some reason, the two remaining girls in the competition have begun to bore me.  I loved Lauren during the auditions and when she did Life’s a Climb, it was a good performance.  But she bores me.  Hailey, on the other hand has a performance record that could only be described as bi-polar.  When she’s good she’s really good but when she’s not, it makes me feel like I’m watching a really, really big wannabe on stage.  I love Hailey’s voice, but she annoys me to the depths of my soul.  I don’t connect with either girls, which is really sad.

Jason Lusk’s rendition of Bridge of Troubled Water was so good, it almost made me like him.  Almost.  That’s the operative word.  I still don’t.  What I do want to do every time he goes on stage is to put a big afro wig on his head, pour him into a dress and introduce him as Patti LaBelle or Chaka Khan or Aretha Franklin.  The dude’s even got the Mariah moves (watch his hands) and I burst out laughing.  Every.  Single.  Time.  Last week, I saw him differently – still comically, but no longer with disdain and obvious dislike.  It was such a novelty, having someone who could sound like Luther Van Dross and Angie Stone in the same song.  Respect.  That was what he got from me after last week.  He does, albeit still very, very annoyingly existent, deserve to be there.

Second to the last, I want to say something about Stefano What’s-His-Name.  Singing End of the Road is not something you hear every season.  And, yes, he did the song justice.  I’m very happy about that.  I liked what Jennifer told him – “You’ve got to stop singing to stay and start singing to win.”  That sounds like something I would say during session.  

And, of course, there’s Casey Abrams.  I won’t say too much because I will start sounding preachy – it’s a little too obvious that he’s my favorite.  Of all the genres, jazz is the one that takes me to a different world the fastest.  His version of Nature Boy made my heart soar and ache all at the same time.  

So many times when I truly enjoy what I hear, I close my eyes and let the music take me to where it will – Nature Boy did that.  My soul flew to New Orleans, to a dark, sophisticated lounge, to a scene from Moulin Rouge where everything is so alive and so big it almost seems it’s bursting at the seams.  At the same time, however, it made my heart ache because it made me realize that I missed singing so much.  When I sing, it’s one of the two times when I feel most alive – it doesn’t really matter whether I sing on stage, or in the theatre, or in a church; it doesn’t matter if I’m singing alone, or with a band, or with a choir.  

I dare you to guess what the other thing is. :p

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Of Sessions, Slippers and Replays of Idol (32/365)

Today was a good way to end the week =p  I spent the day in session in RCBC – I’ve gotten over last week, I think.  Or at least that’s what I’d like to believe.  Anyhow, as I told my class, I only really wanted two things – for them to learn, and for us to have fun.  I’d like to think that both happened 🙂  Was it a perfect grade?  Of course not.  Do I feel bad about it?  No, I don’t 🙂  I had fun today.  I had a good group and it was a great day.  The biggest challenge for me was running a 3-day session in 8 hours.  And to think, prior to this, I thought running PHS for two days was already cutting it close.  But, in the end, it was possible.  Hard, but possible.  I was exhausted at the end of the day, but I don’t think I would have exchanged it for anything else.

Today was a good day, from beginning to end – and, if you really think about it, it isn’t over yet (Chris is here and we’re watching Tangled).  I started out with 6 songs in the shower, as usual.  Here’s my list for today:

  1. Pass You By, Boyz II Men – It was really the video, not the song, that first caught my attention.  I am, however a real fan of Boyz II Men.  They have this one song entitled “Fallin'” that somehow has still manage to elude me (and it’s been nearly ten years that I’ve been looking for a copy).  Maybe this year I’ll get lucky 😉
  2. I Need You Here, Color It Red – “You gave me hope and gave me tears though I could never blame you/I’m calling out but no one hears/I wish it could be true that you would stay/Oh a love like yours would come my way…” I FINALLY got a copy of this (thanks, Iggs, for thinking of searching for it in YouTube).  I was in high school when I first heard it – can you imagine how long ago that feels?  And I never thought of asking my cousin for a copy.  To think he used to play bass for Color It Red.
  3. Knocks Me Off My Feet, Stevie Wonder – Corny as it seems, but it’s the chorus that’s stuck in my head.  “…Oh I don’t want to bore you with it/Oh but I love you/I love you/I love you…” This is such a classic love song.  The funny thing is, I almost never hear it sung whenever I go out with my friends for a night of singing.  Sometimes it makes me wonder why.  It probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t really have a lot of male friends… and most of my male friends are only biologically male and, deep in their hearts, would really rather be girls =p  But to hear this song sung to you… That must be such a treat.
  4. Just My Imagination, Babyface and Gwyneth Paltrow – Such an easy song to listen to.  Every time I hear it, I start swaying to the rhythm and, before I know it, I’m singing along.  Although it’s really about a love story that’s only a reality in someone’s head, it doesn’t really leave you feeling sad and depressed.
  5. Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars – Bruno Mars has become a phenomenon this year.  I heard somewhere that the songs he writes are songs he would want to sing to a girl.  If I were that girl, I’d never leave him.  Have you heard his songs?  Have you really listened to the words?  It’s to die for! “…And when she smiles/The whole world stops and stares for a while…” Who wouldn’t want words like that written about them?
  6. Earth Stood Still, Lee DeWyze – Lee DeWyze, my favorite American Idol winner so far.  I’ve posted the lyrics to this song in a previous post if I’m not mistaken.  His new songs are so pretty – I’ve heard Earth Stood Still and Beautiful Like You.  They’re such sweet, feel-good songs that makes you want to fall in love all over again.

I am amused in the fact that all six of my Shower Songs seem to have a common thread (side note: Who is this guy singing in tonight’s elimination episode of American Idol?  I think he used to be contestant because Ryan Seacrest keeps saying he “came home to Idol”.  Talk about sexy.) – previous lists seem to have at least one  song that stick out like a sore thumb.  I’m amused to see that today’s list didn’t have any.  It’s all in theme this morning.

So I went off to session, spent 8 hours enjoying there and realized, by the end of the day, that I had lost all feeling in my toes.  Unfortunately, I had left my slippers in the office, thinking I was going to end at 5 pm and would have time to go back to the office, drop off my things and change my footwear.  Unfortunately, at nearly 6 pm, I was just about to leave RCBC and I really couldn’t face the thought of having to get out of the car, go inside the building, ride the lift to the 4th floor and exchange my shoes for slippers.  So, for the second time in this entry, thank you, Iggs, for waiting for me and bringing my slippers down, saving me from any further pain.  I owe you so much for today =p

Thanks to that, I didn’t have to walk to Solaris on my own (because we all know what happened the last time I tried doing that) and was able to get a ride right away.

I’m ending the day with watching a couple of American Idol replays (Top 9 Performances from yesterday were awesome, but I still think Casey Abram’s rendition of Your Song last week was the best.  Needless to say, I cried while watching.).  I still don’t know who got eliminated because I feel asleep while watching the elimination episode.  Chris and I finished watching Tangled – a film that i LOVED, by the way.  It’s theme song, I See the Light, is a previous post.  A couple of contestants are beginning to annoy me (Jason Lusk and the Stefano guy) and I wish they would just get eliminated already.  I am, on the other hand, beginning to get attached to Casey Abrams and Paul What’s-His-Name (Casey because he’s such an artist and Paul because he’s such a performer).  So all of that, plus eating comfort food (pizza and hot wings from Yellow Cab) with Brian and Chris, makes for a really, really good night.

Oh, and Fujitsu closed.  So today was a good day.  This week is a good week.

So let’s hope for another one like it next week =p

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Drama, Drama, Drama (24/365)

For the first time since last Thursday, I actually feel like I can sleep through the night without waking up at 3:00 am.  Although obsing Bing is not as stress-free as obsing most people, it still gives me a couple of days before I have to go back and run the last day of PHS with Fujitsu.  Don’t get me wrong – I love my class – but the stress is just killing me.  And when I say “killing me”, I mean it.  Last Thursday, I bought my favorite sandwich from Starbucks and couldn’t even eat half of it – I ended up giving it to Arthur.  You have to understand, though, when I’m running session, I rarely eat because I have really bad nerves, but when I can’t even appreciate a Grilled Ham and Three Cheese Sandwich, something is definitely wrong.

But today, I feel better about things – probably because so far, I think my class is going okay, I’m 75% done with the PHS final assessment, and will not have to worry about whether my participants are actually learning something from me and whether they like me or not for another two days.

Also, very recently, I realized that Lee DeWyze is releasing prettier songs than David Cook.  Remember how big of a crush I had with David Cook the year he won American Idol?  Well, he turned out to be a disappointment because one of the first things he did after winning season 7 was do an ad for Sketchers.  How poppish – talk about selling out.  Anyway, I caught Lee DeWyze in last week’s elimination episode (which I will talk about more in a while) thought the song he sang was nice.  So I ended up looking up what’s in his new album and found this.

We fell asleep under the stars
And you woke up in my arms
And the rain and the rain and the rain
Was falling down trickled off our finger tips, oh oh

Felt like the earth stood still when I kissed your lips
I get chills chills chills just thinking about this
You were melting into me
And I was melting into you
It was the kind of moment that only time could kill
It was the perfect day, the day the earth stood still
The day the earth stood still

Another night goes by
Without you by my side
Oh and I dream and I dream and I dream
That we’re back, that were back to where we were
Take me back to here we were

Felt like the earth stood still when I kissed your lips
I get chills chils chills just thinking about this
You were melting into me
And I was melting into you
It was the kind of moment that only time could kill
It was the per

Do you ever think of me when you’re lying there alone?
Do you know, do you know what I’m going through?
Cuz I cant seem to let it go, and I wonder if you know, if you know…
That a part of me is still waiting for you…

Felt like the earth stood still when I kissed your lips
I get chills chills chills just think about this
You were melted into me, and I was melting into you
It was the kind of moment only time could kill
It was the perfect day, the day the earth stood still

Earth Stood Still

Lee DeWyze


So anyway.  That elimination night on American Idol… I am SO glad that Brian recorded it!  We all know the contestants for this season are REALLY good and REALLY young… but as with every season, there is that one that you get attached to and root for and feel so deeply for if and when he gets eliminated.  For the Season 7, I got attached to David Cook – not because of his very popular version of Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby, but because of what he did during their Idol Gives Back episode.  Wearing a white jacket, singing “Innocent, he then holds his palm up to the camera as the song ends and on it are the words “give back”.  Loved that.

For Season 8, I liked Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.  I hated Adam Lambert – although, if I had to admit, if American Idol was truly based on talent, he would have won.  Danny Gokey was inspiring when he sang Rascal Flatts’ What Hurts the Most.  Kris Allen, I just really liked since the beginning.  Very simple, very different from Adam Lambert who was perpetually screaming his head off on stage.  I even remember posting “…Wants Kris Allen to win but will understand when he doesn’t.”  And then he won.  I was two for two.

Last year, I originally rooted for Crystal Bowersox because I was bowled over by her rendition of Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason.  Then I heard Lee DeWyze’s version of Owl City’s Fireflies and my loyalty transferred to him.  In 2010, I was three for three.

This season, I have two favorites – Scotty McCreary, the 16-year-old with the big, deep voice, and Casey Abrams, the 20-year-old singer who is such an individual there’s no denying who he is.  Last week, I gasped when it was announced that Casey Abrams was in the bottom three.  I baffled when he was left in the bottom two.  I was appalled when Ryan Seacrest announced that it was Stefano, the boy who could not sing with his eyes open, who was safe from elimination.

As with all other eliminations, Casey was given the chance to sing for his life.  Less than a minute into what could have been his final performance on the show, the judges waves to the band, signaling that the music should be stopped.  Less than a minute after he started singing, Casey Abrams was told by the judges that they were using their one save on him.  He burst into tears.

And so did I.

Talk about drama.

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