100 Acre Personality Quiz
29 November 2006
Below is the post from The Official Wiggles Website regarding Greg's decision to stop performing. Thank you for keeping us all in the loop with such detail as we can now properly wish Greg to get well. The website said that this posting is official as of November 30, 2006 - they are ahead of us in time so I guess you could say I am posting the future... and as The Wiggle's would say "Beauty Mate" ~
30 November, 2006
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26 November 2006
He came down Thursday and arrived alittle before noon. This means that I did not get to see Santa come down Broadway so if anyone was able to watch the end of the parade, will you please tell me which Santa we had this year!! I missed it - though I tried to hide my disappointment. Three hours and forty-five minutes dedicated to the parade viewing and I missed the finale!!
We moved supper to later in the evening so we had snacks around noon. So we sat around and ate junk, basically, while we caught up. Come to find out they all came down carrying a cold with them! Needless to say I am not real happy since I have two little people who will probably be ill within the next two weeks... but hey, you can't be mad at family just because they have colds.
That night we all ate a nice Thanksgiving dinner that my mom made - it was fabulous. Later we had pie and vegitated for the rest of the night. I had to sleep in Sami's room since my brother and s-i-l had my room. It was odd not being able to sit here in my pjs and post the daily events. Plus, the bed in Sami's room isn't that comfortable and she has a habit of waking up, seeing me and singing the "Mama" song. Granted, it is the cutest thing ever but not so much at 3 a.m.!
Friday, we all get up and head out to Walt Disney World - of course! I took them to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Dave told me something that I thought was funny. He said "Do you remember how you used to run around and tell all your friends that your brother was a cop? I go around now and tell everyone my baby sister works for Disney!". I had to giggle at that... along with tons of thank yous he kept saying. He hadn't been since we were kids, literally kids. I think the last trip we made was about twenty years ago!! We got home kinda late, had supper and all toddled off to bed.
Saturday we were supposed to go to The Art Institute of Tampa where my neice, Amanda, wants to go to school for culinary arts. Dani and I were going to tag along so we could see the Art college (literal art since she is a fabulous artist) but she wigged out at the last minute. She decided that it was too scary and she didn't want to go. Since she wasn't going I wasn't going to leave Mom home with both the girls considering I drug her all over Disney creation yesterday. Dad went with them and we decorated the house for Christmas. It was fun. After we finished and had lunch, Dani and I went out to Michael's and then Books A Million for a Peppermint Bark Mocha and light reading. She loves going to get Manga books so she can get inspiration and half the time she ends up getting a "How To Draw Manga" book... there are like 40 in the series. She saves up her allowance for them and at least once a month we toddle over for her latest installment. I got plain bags to decorate for my Christmas gifts I am handing out to my cast. I've been drawing the Mickey Ornament on them and writing "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" in red and green. I really like how they are turning out. I have completed 8 and have 22 left to go!
Like I said earlier, they went home today. Once they left, around 8 a.m., we commenced to cleaning up everything. All sheets, towels and clothes came down for washing and Mom & Daddy went out for their traditional Sunday morning breakfast. While they were gone Dani and I pulled the leaf out of the table and cleaned up for Mom. I then came up here, uploaded my pictures, checked my email and ran out of time for blogging - hence the late message tonight. I did manage to find time to check out my favorite sites and then take care of the three S's before running out the door to DRC.
All in all, it was nice... but it is also nice to be back to normal. Now, I am gonig to go and curl up in my nice comfortable bed and get some sleep. Hopefully I won't wake up several times over the course of the night to use my inhaler or tell Sami to go back to sleep... we'll see.
Be good poppets and I'll see you soon!
22 November 2006
20 November 2006
By Andrew Gans and Ernio Hernandez for Playbill.com
Will Chase, who was on Broadway this past season in the short-lived Lennon, will head the cast of the new Broadway-bound musical High Fidelity.
Chase, according to press notes, has been cast in the role of Rob, the "record store owner who knows almost everything about pop music, but almost nothing about how to hang on to a girl."
Additional casting for the romantic comedy, which is based on Nick Hornby's novel, will be announced at a later date.
Will Chase has starred on Broadway in Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. He was also part of the star-studded concert version of The Secret Garden.
As previously announced, High Fidelity will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Boston before landing on Broadway in fall 2006.
Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity, White Christmas) will direct the new Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and David Lindsay-Abaire musical take on the Nick Hornby novel, which was also a film. Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum — the team behind the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q — will produce the new work.
High Fidelity follows the story of a record store owner (and constant Top 5-listmaker) who — when things in his current relationship go sour — revisits his former relationships to find where he went wrong.
The 2000 film reset the Hornby story in Chicago (rather than England) and starred John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor. The musical will be set in New York.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers) will pen the book with music by composer Tom Kitt (Laugh Whore, Debbie Does Dallas) and lyricist Amanda Green (For the Love of Tiffany, Up The Creek Without A Paddle ).
The world premiere pre-Broadway production will play an out-of-town tryout engagement, Sept. 26-Oct. 22 at the Colonial Theatre as part of the Broadway Across America – Boston series. The show will then begin previews on Broadway in late November and open in early December at a theatre to be announced.
"The wit, humor and humanity of Nick Hornby's characters and story naturally lends itself to musical treatment," according to songwriters Kitt and Green. "It is a socially acute contemporary love story about people who are obsessed with, and define themselves by pop music and culture. The hero's life is a soundtrack and the big moments are songs."
Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz) will choreograph the musical. The design team for High Fidelity features Anna Louizos (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).
Tickets for High Fidelity at the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street (near Tremont Street) in Boston, MA are available through Broadway Across America - Boston at (866) 523-7469. For more information, visit the website www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
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19 November 2006
Doesn't all this sound like fun? Wait until you read all about the PFT test that I get to take... you'll wish you were me! So much for my Year of a Million Dreams.
The "nurses" will even wheel you out to your car if you've eaten too much.. the best part is that Arizona State Board of Nursing is threatening a lawsuit against them!! Get over it - go check out the Heart Attack Grill website and have a good giggle... and be sure to thank them for the wallpapers I put up for y'all.
17 November 2006
Normally we go to the bookstore or walk around the mall or curl and watch a movie that she picks... lately we have been watching Ghost Whisperer - really great show!
Today is a completely different ordeal all together!! In the next hour, I am going to run up to her school and surprise her by taking her out. Then, we are going to go and play at DisneyQuest and I have tickets to tonight's 6 p.m. performance of Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba... I've only taken one time before Sami was born... it was around this time actually... and she loved it and has been begging to go back. I got a set of tickets Wednesday night and didn't tell her. She will be so surprised - I can't wait!!
15 November 2006
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14 November 2006
Another exciting day at the DRC today. I had to go to another Leader about one of their cast members.. actually, they came to me and I had to give an honest answer about their behavior. Later on that cast member invaded my personal bubble and hissed to me about ratting them out. Yeah, fun. Does the blue badge mean nothing to you, moron!?!
Then I had to sit with an order taker who needs to be a magic maker. Personality my foot is all I have to say. I actually told this cast member that we work in an "On Stage" area so I suggest that he find a character with a more inviting and personable tone. I also suggested that this one go and get a pixie dust refill. It all feel on deaf ears - can we say "Retrain or Retire".
Met with the DRC Leader and explained my ten year plan. He seemed very excited and supportive. I mapped it all out for him and he gave me some quiet praise. It was nice but I must say that calling our meeting a Meet and Greet was kind of silly since I have met with him on numerous other occassions.
Upside of silly meeting - got to chat with hot reporting guy in the office. Hadn't been able to run into him for a few weeks since our Meet and Greet, which him lasted three and a half hours... yeah, baby. We talked about our kids and just stuff in general. Was kind of hoping he would wander down to my neck of the woods and ask me out - has yet to happen but I do have Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust so we'll see.
I saw a shooting star on the way home tonight! It was the coolest thing and I made my wish - I know it will come true because that is the kind of girl I am.
Love to all and be good poppets until I return... headed to bed now because I could fall over from exhaustion. Remember: It's a bright big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day!!
13 November 2006
Well, MK has been nominated this year in the Verve Weblog Awards!! Twice even!! Though I don't know him personally I can say that he is truly talented and deserves to win. So if everyone could please pop on over and vote for him, that would be fabulous.
The page is here, so just click away and follow the directions. Let's be good poppets and award the great MK as he so richly deserves.
Walt Disney focus of new biography
BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A new biography about Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, is set to offer readers an insight into the iconic U.S. cartoon animator.
Within the more than 800 pages in "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination" by Neal Gabler, Newsweek says that the biographer details Disney's tumultuous relationships with his employees and wife, while also disproving several rumors about the creator of Disneyland.
The biography reportedly tells the tale of a man who created Mickey Mouse as a symbol of his defiant individuality, yet found himself disinterested in his carton creation after it was mellowed for mass production.
According to "Triumph," despite having fallen into a depression over the corruption of his creations, Disney never stopped trying to offer the best product to his fans.
"We're making corn," he is quoted in the book as saying to an employee. "Let's make it the best we possibly can. We're trying to please people."
Such shocking revelations are nothing new to Gabler, who previously offered intriguing ideas in his best-selling work "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood," said Newsweek.
12 November 2006
Groban's 'hands on' approach in the creative process of "Awake" is reflected in several Groban penned and produced songs along with musical contributions from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dave Matthews, Glen Ballard, Eric Mouquet, John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) Marius DeVries, David Foster, Imogen Heap and Herbie Hancock.
"Awake's" 13 new songs including the just released first single, "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" show the Grammy nominated Groban's tremendous growth as a vocalist, producer and songwriter since he first appeared on the musical landscape.
"I learned from touring that my fans are really open-minded, musical, intelligent people and I feel like they want to come on this new journey with me. The music still sounds like it's coming from my heart and my soul and my voice. That is always the most important thing to me. My goal on "Awake" was to create the music and find the best people to help me create it," commented Groban.
With a lineup of stellar producers including Marius DeVries, Guy Sigsworth, Glen Ballard and David Foster, the album contains songs in Italian, Spanish and of course English. An early stand-out, "February Song" with Josh on keyboards came to the 25-year-old Los Angeles native on a sleepless night. “I wanted to write a song that melodically and lyrically represented the craziness I felt in that moment in the dark dark space. I walked over to the piano and it just came to me in a half hour in the most magical way."
Additionally, Groban recorded a suite of two stunningly haunting songs where he harmonizes with longtime idols Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The first song, the Groban/Dave Mattthews penned "Lullaby" is sung a cappella and the follow up, the South African song, "Weeping" which Josh first heard on a trip to South Africa. "The musical tapestry of the country and their heated history, the honor of meeting Nelson Mandela and visiting schools in Soweto was totally inspiring. And, it was a dream of a lifetime for me to sing with Ladysmith in the studio. I've loved them from the moment I heard Paul Simon's Graceland."
Josh Groban burst on to the international music scene in 2001 with the release of his self-titled debut album featuring the hit single, "To Where You Are." His follow up CD "Closer" with the smash hit "You Raise Me Up" brought enormous success to the young singing sensation. He has made scores of television appearances beginning with Ally McBeal and continuing with countless performances on Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, The Today Show, two PBS specials, the Superbowl, the Oscars and the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics with an audience of over 2 billion people. His first PBS Special went on to become the No. 1 selling DVD of 2002. On the touring front, Groban started out his now legendary 40-city concert tour (which sold out in a record breaking 20 minutes) and then went straight forward to a two year arena tour across the US. A Josh Groban tour for 2007 is expected to be announced shortly.
Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Al Roker anchor coverage of the 80th annual procession in Manhattan, which is slated to feature appearances by Gloria Estefan, Julie Andrews, Barry Manilow, Sarah McLachlan, Hall and Oates, Cheyenne, Ciara, Diana DeGarmo, Chris Brown, Renée Fleming, the Jonas Brothers, Josh Kelley and Darlene Love. Also: character balloons, marching bands, clowns and 33 floats.
There are 12 days left until one of my favorite events of the year happens - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!! One year I will take the girls to see it live but for now, we will watch it in our comfy clothes piled on the couch. Thanks to About.com for the information on how to view the parade like a seasoned pro!
Event Details, Viewing Locations and Tips, and More
Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® has kicked off the holiday season in New York City. More than 2.5 million people line the streets every year to see giant balloons, floats, marching bands, and waving celebrities (while 44 million more tune in to the NBC TV broadcast).The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® features more than 10,000 participants, along with fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons. In 2006, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Macy's is promising new balloons, floats, and other surprises to mark the occasion. You can expect to see Snoopy, Pikachu, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and many more. Performers will include the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York City Ballet.
See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® will start at 9AM on November 23rd, 2006 and end at approximately noon. Planning to view the parade in person this year? Here's what you need to know. Parade Route:The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® begins at 77th Street and Central Park West. It proceeds to Columbus Circle along Central Park West and turns onto Broadway. The Parade then marches down Broadway and turns west on 34th Street, just past Macy's Herald Square. The parade finishes at 7th Avenue.
From Central Park West: The west side of the street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle and on the east side of the street from 70th to 65th Street.
Columbus Circle: The west side of the street.
Broadway: Between 58th and 38th Streets.
34th Street: The south side of the street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.Keep in mind that here is no public viewing or press access on Broadway from 34th to 38th Street. On 34th Street from Broadway to 7th Avenue, limited viewing is available on the south side of the street only.
Make sure you get there early if you want a good view. The crowd starts to form as early as 6:30AM for a sort of informal pre-parade street party. Stop for donuts and coffee and have breakfast al fresco while you wait. Macy’s advises people to leave folding chairs at home. They become cumbersome when the crowds start filling up the sidewalk. Don’t forget to dress warmly. November in New York gets pretty chilly after a couple of hours outside. Layers are always a good bet.
If you’d rather stay inside, you can watch the parade live on NBC from 9AM to 12 Noon.