Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Friday 3/24/17

What's up, Wednesday?
I'm linking up with everyone over at The Flynnigans for the latest installment of  what made me happy this week.
(Guess I should have read the host pages before putting mine up - doh de doh de doh!
I edited this like 5 times because I'm a dork!)

I missed out on last week's post because a co-worker had 3 days off and when she's gone, I do her work (and very little of my own in the process).  Let's just say I now completely understand why she drinks!   I was exhausted when I got home Friday night and just wanted to lay on the bed & hear nothing louder than a cat's purr.

1.  3 Generation Girls Night Out (see previous post)

2.  Seeing the expressions on people's faces when they see us carting around a skeleton in holiday themed clothing.....
This is Chuck.  He does a lot of stuff with us!
Here he is in Tractor Supply.

3.  Sitting in the barn at my sister's house and listening to the horses eat breakfast, 
with 2 cats demanding attention.

4.  Exploring antique stores.

5.  Warmer days.

6.  An adorable tiny squirrel that I see under my bird feeder (the little booger moves to fast for me to get a pic) It looks like a tiny squirrel but runs like a chipmunk.  So stinkin' cute!

7.  RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 beginning tonight!

8.  Getting my butt back in the gym after a couple crazy weeks.

9.  Seeing those little FitBit explosions when you go over goal for the day.

10.  Lastly - my health.  

I added the last in because we got some not-happy news last weekend.  One of the moms from the studio passed away at 44 years old.  She'd been diagnosed with cancer about 2 years ago - I can't remember if it was uterine or ovarian but we all wore teal butterflies in her honor at one of the first competitions of that season and last year's recital theme was Dancers against Cancer.  I saw Renee maybe 3 months ago and while she was still driving, she needed a walker and had teared up when she told us about the latest in her long line of health issues.  

My thoughts & prayers go out to her husband & kids (Ashley is only 13 or so and the son is younger) and all the rest of her family. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Belated St. Pat's Post

We had our annual 3-generation St. Patrick's Girls Night Saturday night.  

We are such party animals!  We all piled into Linda's truck and went into Tractor Supply to get some stuff for one of Laurie's horses, then out to dinner at a steakhouse.  Then we went back to Laurie's, played a couple games, then sat up til 3am watching Dr. Pol on Nat Geo.  
Although we were aghast & amazed to watch Mom chug the last 1/3 of her green beer!
I had Angel do my makeup.  I'd never curled my lashes before or wore winged liner until that night.  I know she doesn't have any special face wash to get that stuff off, I tried with my usual stuff and I closely resembled a raccoon and/or Alice Cooper afterward.  I've never seen her look like that, so she's just magical, I guess.  
All of the dogs know who the treat-giver is!   
 I thought this was cute.  Goldilocks Webster went and checked out niece Lisa on her air mattress, covered in a fuzzy blanket.  Apparently it was too soft.  He checked out Jack's blanket on the floor.  It was too hard.  So he went over & settled on Angel's back - it was just right!   

Sunday I was up way too early because I heard Jack roaming around and I didn't want him going potty in the house (because he's occasionally an asshole like that) then I crawled back into my sleeping bag, hoping to catch some more zzz's.  But I started feeling guilty and thinking that the horses were starving because I always go out & feed for Laurie when I'm there.  So I was up at 7:30am, heading out to the barn. 

Angel had to leave for work while we were fixing breakfast, then the rest of us went into town to this really cool antique store called Past Tense.  They have a Halloween section upstairs and a Christmas section in the back, year-round.  Of course I got pulled upstairs. I didn't see anything that really grabbed me at first.... then I saw this awesome chandelier.  One of the arms is broken, but it's gorgeous wrought iron... and it was only $38!!  
 It's going to look fantastic in my cemetery with battery op candles, hanging from a tree. 
 I really like these steampunk-ish skulls. 
This King Neptune ornament is a nod to my Navy days.

Everyone started to scatter after that, but I went with Laurie to take the dogs for a walk before I left.  It was glorious to be out in just a hoodie, walking in the sunshine.   

Did you do anything fun for St. Pat's?


Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!

Even tho the crocuses in my front lawn have already come & gone, I still see juncos (winter birds) at my bird feeder while robins bop across the back yard.  I'm pretty sure Mother Nature is either bi-polar or just a menopausal bitch. 

Here's my yard last Friday.  
Sunday morning sunrise at my sister's house. 

We had our annual 3 generation St. Pat's Girls Night Out this weekend, but that gets its own post!


#atozchallenge theme reveal!

Drumroll, please!

Actually, in my posts for this year's April A to Z Blogging Challenge will be a lot of drums.....and shredding guitars.....and hair.  A whole lotta hair!   

As in hair bands!  

I've chosen to showcase my favorite 80s & 90s hair band music. 

I was fortunate enough to grow up in the era of MTV - back when it was a new concept and actually played, you know, MUSIC, 24/7.  I was a sterotypical kid, who would rush home from school to turn on the TV and lose myself in music videos all afternoon. 

And as my husband can attest - I sang along to each and every one of these as I posted.  Funny how you can remember all the words to a song from 25 years ago, but forget what you just went into the kitchen for....

So expect a TON of Def Leppard, who has been my favorite band since my freshman year in high school; Cinderella, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen.  
All the good stuff!  

Come along for the ride!
The train is leaving the station April 1.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dance Force 2017, round 1

Saturday was the 1st competition of Team DOS's season!

I call this post "round 1" because we'll be at Dance Force again in May.  We were originally planning on going to a different comp last weekend, but they cancelled due to not enough entries.  So the owner of the studio registered at DF at the very last minute.  The only thing is that they have rules against solos competing at 2 regional comps, so she had to find yet another comp to take the solos to. 

Dance Force this time was held just outside of Flint, which is about an hour away.  Half the team or so (us included) opted to stay at a hotel much closer to the venue.  Doors opened at 7am and the last awards were at 9:20pm.  There was no way I was going to drive home after that long of a day!
TeamDOS traditional pre-comp prayer circle

The videos for 4 of her 5 dances are up on YouTube if you want to watch them.  I grabbed some screenshots of my favorite parts.  Alas, my phone ran out of memory halfway thru tap, so it isn't on YouTube. 

Scoring consists of gold / high gold / platinum based on points and then an overall placing. 
The judges were really tough this time.  
We usually hear a lot of platinums during awards, but there were a whole lotta high golds this time and even some plain golds - those have been few & far between in the past.  
"Clue" - production
So glad they changed that part ^^^ she was supposed to do a back walkover, then do a toe-touch jump off the table.  But they don't have time to lock the wheels on the table so it would roll a lot.  Plus she almost fell off way too many times. 
L to R -
Miss Green, Col.Mustard, the Butler, Miss Peacock, Miss White, Miss Plum & Miss Scarlet.
All those hairpieces were sewn into their hair so there was no chance of them coming off!
"Girl Power" - hiphop line
High Gold / 1st place overall
One of the other moms sat with some friends who belong to another studio.  She told us that they were appalled at this dance!  They said they'd never pay money for their kid to dress like this and definitely not to do a dance like this!  WTF?  Guess that's why their kid goes to a boring studio that only does modern / contemporary dance,
Beyonce is apparently too Thug-Life for them!
Anyhoo.  I think DOS is getting a well-deserved reputation of bringing out some kick-ass hiphop routines. 
She got thrown again. 
"Final Song" - Senior Small Group Jazz
Platinum / Division High Point in Jazz
(Angel's far right)
Far right again. 
This however, is *not* Angel!
"Where Feet May Fail" - Senior Small Group Lyrical
Platinum / Division High Point in Lyrical
(Angel's on the left)
3rd from the right, in front.
Angel with her flexed foot (eye roll)
"They Don't Really Care About Us" - Teen Small Group Tap
Platinum / Division High Point in Tap / 3rd place overall
(2nd from left)
I'm bummed that my phone cut off right as they were lining up to do a really cool hand-clapping segment.  I think for the next Dance Force, I'm going to take my regular camera to record.  There won't be any worries about running out of memory and hopefully will get a better video anyway.  I just won't be able to AirDrop the video to everyone.  And I'll make sure I chose my seat better.  More in the center of the auditorium, especially during production!

So now a small break before the next one!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Friday - 3/10/17

1.  TeamDOS first dance competition of the season tomorrow!
(more excited than happy)
This is most likely Miss Angela's last year at Dancers Only Studio.  
It's been her second home for 10 years now!
2.  That Miss Angela is able to get her own costumes, accessories, etc together on her own so all I have to do is go home after work and load up the car.  Life is good!

3.  That the DOS family has learned that calm & harmony is maintained in the dressing room by moms pretty much ignoring their own kids.  Sounds weird, but the girls are less likely to snap at a non-parent and when they ask for help.  The younger girls learn quick, by watching the older ones, that they can grab any mom for help with putting on eyelashes or even showing off a new skill.  So much less stress when there's no arguments!

4.  Being able to afford said competitions and all that goes with it (OMG, the $$$!)

5.  Seeing the next wave of crocuses pop up in my yard.
The orange ones seem to pop up first, then the white and finally the purple. 

6.  This face

7.  Not being affected much by the wind earlier this week.  I have coworkers who still don't have power in their homes!   And that my huge old maples in the front yard only lost smallish branches.
Today's useless trivia - 74 mph is classified as category 1 hurricane winds.  We were getting 68 mph gusts across lower Michigan.

8.  Robins.  And while I have not seen any red-winged blackbirds, I've heard them!  
Both mean springtime around here.

9.  The Love Shaque Kitty Committee
Is it possible to be a crazy cat lady when you also have a husband & kid & dog?

10.  Speaking of the dog - he's dumb as a rock, but I still love him and most of the time he does make me happy.

Feel free to send good mojo to TeamDOS this weekend - it's also their first time doing a production!  A production is an extended routine with a set & props and different styles of dance.  Imagine the board game Clue put to dance!   This particular competition allows recording from the audience, so look for all the dances up on my YouTube channel late Saturday / early Sunday night.   OK, not all.  6 of them!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Monster Jam Ford Field

(this is also my test clickable link for the A-Z Challenge post just because it's my most recent post)  Hi!

Saturday night was our yearly trip to Detroit to see the Monster trucks!  
Renaissance Center & People Mover track  

Quick rant - I should have known it was a bad idea to agree with Randy wanting to leave at 5pm to get there at 7pm!  First, Angel & may-as-well-be-my-kid Brittany had to dink around at the mall.  Then Angel had boyfriend drama and didn't even start to get ready until 5.  Then Randy chose to actually stop and get some food.  So we didn't even seriously get on the road until after 6.  There's a good 35-45 minute drive on a good day (meaning light traffic) into Detroit.  Then add in all the sold out Monster Jam traffic, plus a Michael Jackson tribute and all of the other usual Downtown Saturday night goings-on...there was no hope of finding any parking anywhere.  Me & the girls ended up jumping out of the car and Randy never did make it into Ford Field.  He just drove around and then sat at Wayne State University until I texted him we were coming out.  This is the second time this has happened.  We all know we need to leave a lot earlier in order to get a place to park that's not 100 miles away.  

Moving on. 
Since it was over halfway thru the racing when we finally got to our seats, I'm not sure what we missed.  I heard mention of a wheelie competition, but whatever it was, some of the trucks were pretty beat up before freestyle started!

Slinger - used to be Gun Slinger, not sure why they changed the name. it still has the same cowboy on the side. 

Hooked - he was getting some big air in the jumps

Joey Strong 
(or something like that - it has to be a locally sponsored truck because it's not on or in the souvenir program)

Grave Digger
Surprised to see him freestyle so early in the pack - he's usually one of the last ones to go.  You know, saving the best for last type of thing.  He had an awesome run and won the freestyle.

Stone Crusher

Gas Monkey Garage

Fluffy - I was excited to see this one, he's sponsored by comedian Gabriel Iglesias, who I really like. But was mildly disappointed when I finally did.  He appeared to be running in slow motion.  I was surprised to see him try to flip (see the smashed front end?) because he sure wasn't going very fast! This was about the best air he got, too. 

El Toro Loco - hit the ramp with one front tire so he spiraled out into the arena - very cool!  He was getting some serious air.  He rolled during the racing and lost one horn, lost the other when he crashed at the end of freestyle. It was funny to watch the driver carry the horn almost as big as him across the arena to the pits. 

War Wizard -  his whole back end was gone.

Scooby Doo.  Lost his nose during freestyle!  

Saigon Shaker - first time I'd seen this one.  Pretty cool. 

Avenger - the driver is a local guy so it's always fun to see Avenger.  And the truck had been a '57 Chevy for a couple years so I almost didn't recognize it, even tho we walked by the 'Team Scream' semi out back that they haul it in. 

Lucas Oil Crusader - did a kick-ass flip!   (you can see Scooby Doo back there where he flipped, then bounced on the back tires and landed half in the shipping container)

Max D. - was very disappointed in his freestyle run and I'm sure the driver was even more so.  He jumped one dirt pile, bounced badly and cartwheeled onto his roof.  Done in less than 20 seconds. Max D usually gives a really good show. 

So note to self... for 2018... #1. buy tickets as soon as they are released.  We had good seats but they could have been better.  I prefer to be on the "home" side of Ford Field, but the entire second & third bowls on that side, along with the suites were all covered, so some remodeling must be going on. And #2. make sure to arrive early!  The ideal lot is directly across the street from Ford Field and as soon as you come out, you're practically on the ramp to northbound I-75.  

I can't believe we didn't get any family selfies this year, we always do!  Oh well. 
Do anything fun this weekend?