Sunday, December 30, 2007

What I Won't Be Doing New Year's Eve

File Under: Trips I Won't be Taking

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve. Still unsure what I'll be doing. I have a few options. Here's something I won't be doing and it's killing me. I have friends who are attending so I expect to hear all about it and I'm hoping they'll be so kind as to provide video from the event.


Two Special Performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2007, at 7 PM and 10:30 PM
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Belinda Carlisle and Rufus Wainwright ring in the New Year in Paris À Go-Go: New Year's Eve in Paris in two special performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Monday, December 31, at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Belinda and Rufus share the stage which is transformed for the evening into a French cabaret. They will both perform in French and English in a program that includes classic French pop songs of Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and others from Voila, Carlisle's first CD sung entirely in French, as well as a special surprise. Accompanying the elegant first-time pairing are top-notch musicians that make up a quintessentially Parisian-style band including Jay Bellerose (drums/percussion), Reggie Hamilton (acoustic bass), Fabrice Martinez (violin), Jean-Paul Monsche (accordian), Dave Palmer of Air (piano/additional sounds/music director/arranger) and Timothy Young (guitars). Sassy French dancers add to the electricity and elegance of the evening, capped by an unforgettable finale fantastique!

Sounds fun, huh?

Since I can't be there, allow me to share with you one of my favorite Belinda videos. This is the title track from her CD "Live Your Life Be Free," which was released in the fall of 1991. It did well in other parts of the world but didn't fare as well in the US. The videos that were released from this CD were the most creative ones she's ever done and this one includes beautiful men, great costumes, campy dancing, big hats and foreign language. Belinda herself once described this video as a "60's Christian Dior fashion ad on acid." Judge for yourself.

Happy New Year! Live your life, be free!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

File Under: Fa-la-la

Merry Christmas! Here's another clip from Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. Enjoy!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

File Under: Fa-La-La

Today is Christmas Eve. I'm off from work today. Nothing planned, I've got a couple stops to make. I've got two items to return to the store, I overshopped, apparently. Does anybody want a Duran Duran CD? I have yet to listen to the first one. I ended up with a page-a-day calender that I didn't need and won't keep because I always forget to pull the pages.

I know I posted a picture of my tree, but here it is, again, this time with presents under it. Yes, some of you who read this blog have something under the tree right now. :) See if you can guess which package has your name on it.

I'm also going to make time to watch one of my favorite Christmas shows - Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. Here's a clip from the show opening:

Campy and fun! Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

She IS Paying Attention

File Under: Friends

My dear friend Vahona is a HUGE Duran Duran fan. So much so that I thought I would test her by slipping a name into my previous post that didn't belong. That's right, I said "ANDY" instead of "JOHN" when referring to the two Taylors that I met but did not photograph at the CD signing. Congratulations, Vahona. You passed!


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Gnome meets Duran Duran

File Under: Gnome Adventures
Duran Duran is in town performing a show tomorrow night for a radio station. Tonight they did a signing at Best Buy. I went with Vahona and hilarity ensued. She loves them so and gets all giggly like a little girl when she sees them. It's sweet. I have never met them so she was excited for me, too. Gnome, who loves celebrities, jumped at the opportunity to meet them.

Not wanting to rock the boat, I just set Gnome down in front of Simon as he was signing my CD booklet.

Simon saw it and said "oh, is that a Gnome" and at that point Nick was asking to see Gnome.

Simon was entertained by Gnome and said "look, he's got my nose!"

At that point, Vahona chimed in "Well in that case we should get you a little red hat, too." Everybody laughed. And then it was on to Roger and Andy. I put Gnome away so they didn't get to play with Gnome. Next time.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ice Ice Baby

File Under: OUCH

Tonight we're on the eve of our third ice storm/freezing rain event in the past 2 weeks. I'm tired of this. I would rather just deal with snow. I don't do well on ice. Case in point, we had ice on Saturday. It wasn't too bad, I've seen worse. Cars were getting down my street which is a sign that it's not bad because I live on a side street so even without having been salted, the street wasn't a skating rink. Dan and I decided to go out Saturday night. He picked me up. We parked in the lot across the street from the bar. We got out, it was a bit treacherous but I was managing. We got to the street. It was fine. We got to the middle of the street - the median strip. He stepped on it and was fine. I took one step, lost my footing and first landed on my left knee, then on my hip. More embarrassed than hurt, I managed to get to my feet and scramble across the street before being hit by a car.

To add insult to injury, there was a drag show benefit happening at the bar. Bleh.

Dan and I left at about 12:30. I was dreading leaving the bar because I had to cross the street again. I made it without incident.

Tomorrow, freezing rain and ice is in the forecast. Bleh, again.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I Have No Taste

File Under: I'm tired of being sick

I think I'm finally over the hump with this cold. I've not taken anything in a couple days and my lungs haven't seemed to gotten any worse. I can breathe through my nose again. I'm still stuffy and I know I sound like I've got a cold. I can deal with that. What I can't deal with and am really upset about is the fact that my sense of taste and smell are out of sync. This became evident yesterday morning when I arrived at Starbucks for my morning coffee. I tasted it and thought someone had just poured me a cup of brown water. The only thing I could taste was what tasted like sour milk.

This morning, I hoped things would be better. They were not. My coffee still tasted terrible. I like coffee and I particularly enjoy my morning cup of coffee. But I don't like it when it tastes like dirty bath water.

On the plus side, I haven't been very hungry. I love that a bowl of soup (which doesn't taste very good either) fills me up.

As for my sense of smell, the worst thing is the smell of cigarette smoke. It just smells like death and it repulses me. I live with a smoker so it's been a very challenging few days.


File Under: Fa-La-La

Friday is the Holiday party at one of my work sites. I'm one of the main organizers of the event. Today, my coworker Sonny and I spent some time stringing big glittery ornaments on strands of dental floss. Is it wrong for the HR Coordinator to ask his coworker to help him with his balls? I think I don't want to know the answer to that. Anyway, she and I had a blast listening to music and getting the ornaments ready to hang. They were put on strings so that they can be hung from the ceiling of the party room. Afterwards we went into the room to hang them because we were curious to see how they would look. We were not disappointed, they look great. But what a mess. Because I opted for the assorted pack, some of them were very glittery. When all was said and done, we had glitter everywhere. I came home and looked in the bathroom mirror and found glitter all over my face. It was embedded in my sweater and stuck to my pants. When I changed out of my work clothes, I found that I even had glittery underwear. How in the heck did it get inside my pants? I did not grope myself. Is glitter so powerful that it can travel through clothing? Yet another one of life's mysteries.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Behold...The Tree

File under: Fa-La-La

Being home sick has it's advantages. Yesterday we had an ice storm. So, if I were remotely tempted to go outside, the ice falling from the sky helped me remain reasonable. Instead I stayed in and put up the Christmas tree. Okay, I had some help, I didn't do this all on my own but I deserve some credit. Not to mention I get points for moving furniture.

Let the Christmas fun begin!