Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Monday...

... I'm not really sure what more there is to say... lol.

I had a fantastic weekend with Shelley at the weekend scrapbook retreat.  I was amazingly productive and got so much done.  I had nearly three full days of focused scrapbook and crafting time, in which I completed more than I have in the past year combined (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but not too much) and also ate an absurd amount of fruit.  I understand that it's an inexpensive catering option for our hosts, but a fruit tray at every meal is insane.  On the plus-side, no one at the retreat will have scurvy.

We came home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and I got to spend a fantastic evening with my husband to round out the weekend before Monday rolled around.  We got out of the house and visited the Las Vegas Foodie Fest - a collection of food trucks and bad 80s cover bands.  I had a tasty, tasty crab cake sandwich and some truffle oil-infused fries.  Oh, so good.  :)

And, now it's Monday.  Nothing happened, nothing is GOING to happen.  Tomorrow I have plans of checking in at school and participating in an online video-conference dealing with literature and the new Common Core Standards.  Granted, these two things together will not comprise an entire day - but I suppose if I'm feeling really ambitious, I can go to Costco as well.

Wednesday is going to be the big day.  I'm going to see my doctor for my back-to-work checkup.  I had to wait a full 30 days before they would do the bloodwork and release me back to work.  If all is well, they'll let me go back!  For possibly the first time in my life, I am looking forward to work...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Creativity abounds!

In about ten minutes, I am leaving for Primm (a tiny pretend town, er casino) on the state line of California - about 25 miles away.  My friend Shelley and I are having a girl's weekend at a scrapbooking retreat.  I am soooo excited.  I'm finally going to sit down with the photos from the past 18 months and create scrapbooks from the wedding, honeymoon and some random trips that we've taken. 

There are a few scrapbook challenges that I'm going to try to take part in, maybe win some sort of amazing prize... I'm not crazy creative, so I don't know about winning, but I know I'm going to have an amazing good time.  I went to this same retreat two years ago in it's infancy and I've heard that it's grown a bit and become more organized and all in all, more fun.  I love fun, I love crafting!

So, while I'm only having a pretend post today, there it is:)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Musings on Rock Stardom

**Normally I'm not a YouTube person, but for this post, I've added some videos so you can listen to the music I'm talking about.  Most of it, you may know, but it's fun to listen to it while you're reading about it.**

Last night Mike and I went out for dinner and Maroon 5's catchy "Moves like Jagger"

came on the house stereo.  That started a conversation about rock stardom and the concept of being a rock star.  He told me that it never fails that at least once a year he had to explain to a student or two that no matter how awesome a rapper was, or how hard they managed to party, they still wanted to "party like a rock star".   Even Lil Wayne, deep down, wanted to be Mic Jagger. In recent years, no single artist has been banned from an entire chain of hotels, nor have there been rumors of trying to remodel one's hotel room with a chainsaw.  No one has managed to drive a Ferrari into a hotel swimming pool, no one has made national news with their rock star party attitude. 

Even rock stars want to be rock stars.  Since the beginning of rock stardom, artists and bands have sung songs hoping that simply singing about their love of the rock star lifestyle would help them catapult into the upper stratosphere of the music world.  When I was young, I remember my dad playing Dr. Hook's "Cover of the Rolling Stone" 

... which, while silly, mostly talks about how awesome it would would be to be a rock star.  I remember thinking the song was really embarrassing when I was young.  The mention of a girl named "Cocaine Katie" seemed almost obscene, but now, in looking back, I realize it's not as bad as I once thought it was. 

Then, as the years go on and the rocking becomes harder - the hair bands get into it and Twisted Sister  throws their hat into the ring with "I wanna rock".

This came to mind because it's used in the show "Rock of Ages", which, by the way, is awesome.  (this music video is entertaining on multiple levels, watch it if you have a few minutes).  I find this funny, because in looking back on it, hair bands were notorious for rocking and being the true definition of a rock star.  Despite this, these guys wanted to spell it out and make sure that everyone KNEW that they wanted to be rock stars.

And my final entry in the "I want to be a rock star" category - is actually Nickelback's song "Rockstar"

in which the chorus says over and over "I wanna be a rock star".  Not only is this hilarious because they, at this point in their careers, can truly be considered rock stars - they've sold millions of albums world wide, but they add an extra layer of it in the video.  For those of you that haven't seen it, or don't feel like watching it, it's simply a series of people lip synching the lyrics to the song.  Good enough, right?  Because "we all want to be a big rock star", as the song says.  But, they up the ante by throwing in a few actual rock stars (Kid Rock, Gene Simmons, etc) claiming that they too, want to be rock stars.

Ok, so, honestly, this post was about as useless as they come... but I think it's just funny how we all think of "rock stars" - and how even the rock stars want to be bigger than they are.  So - does any one else know of any "I want to be a rock star" songs?  If I get enough, I'm defiantly making a playlist!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dogs and God


I wanted to post this on my blog because it's soooo sweet. It reminds me of my Paris and Lily dogs.

A new identity

Today, somewhere between my house and UNLV and Biltmore, I lost my wallet.  UNLV and Biltmore are probably the two worst places in Las Vegas to lose one's wallet, short of a crack den.  I was really excited because I was going to UNLV to pay my tuition deposit for law school.  Oh yeah, I said it, law school.  I haven't made a huge announcement, but I'm starting night school in August.

I went to UNLV to pay my deposit, had to show the gal my driver's license and then was on to Biltmore to sign some papers for some students.  Then I had to go to the post office.  When I got to the post office, I had no wallet.  Just an empty purse. Of course, I was heartbroken.  I called some people, I went back to look and nothing!

Not only was this sad for the obvious reason, but it was also sad because it killed my lunch and mani/pedi plans with my friend Jessica.  I went home and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too difficult to report everything lost.  My biggest fear was the DMV.  The Las Vegas DMV is notoriously horrible and I'm happy to report that I don't have to go there. I was able to report my license lost and print a temp from home.

My credit cards were more of a hassle, calling everyone individually.  I have to try and replace my CCSD ID card tomorrow... other things can't be replaced until my new driver's license arrives next week. 

But, for now, I'm off the grid without wanting to be off the grid.  I don't have a photo ID, credit card or anything.  I had a nearly impossible time going to the bank and getting cash out of my account.  I wanted to buy some things at the store, but thought twice about it because I didn't want to have to go to the bank again.  I'm going out of town on a girl's trip this weekend and am incredibly nervous.  Will the hotel let me check in?  Can I use Mike's credit card when I check into the hotel?  Ugh.  Hopefully this works.  Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My first post

Of all of the things I've done, I've never blogged before.  Maybe it's just one of those things that seems like a page from a bad Lifetime movie... woman begins blogging and the next thing you know, she's involved in an international crime syndicate based on internet fraud.  Actually, that doesn't' seem like such a bad idea.  Not the crime part, or the internet fraud part... actually, mostly just the international part :)

Mostly I want to have a blog because there are a number of scrapbooking contests that require it.  Damn those silly rules.  So, I'm going to have a blog to enter the contests!

I'm not going to go back to the beginning and chronicle my life from birth until now.  Rest assured, as the title implies, it is a life in progress.  I like the idea of that - like a work in progress.  It's not perfect - yet.  We are working on it.