2008 January | Somewhere in Middle America

I will be getting tickets to see them on tour, too, when tour dates are announced.

A new Counting Crows CD and a wedding in the same year. Joy!

I am so getting tickets to their reunion tour.

I missed them live the first time around (my parents, who must not have loved me as much as I thought, never took me to one of their concerts), and I’ll be damned if I miss them now, 20 years later.


My NKOTB history:

  • Donnie was my favorite, followed by Jordan. I never had a crush on Joey like so many other girls. I thought he was too young. (A funny observation coming from a 9-year-old.)
  • In 4th grade I choreographed a gymnastics routine to “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and performed it for my elementary school.
  • My childhood friend Meredith and I liked to pose in front of a life-size poster of the group that hung on the back of the door and take photos of ourselves posing with my pink and purple Le Clic camera.
  • I had their albums New Kids on the Block, Hangin’ Tough, Step by Step and Merry, Merry Christmas, which was probably the only Christmas album I ever owned.
  • I can remember watching their Saturday morning cartoon, which premiered on September 8, 1990 and lasted about a year.


Last night was the youth group’s annual Spaghetti Dinner & Auction, an event I have been planning for the last couple of months. This weekend I was at Temple with the kids from 2-7:30 PM on Saturday and 9 AM-8:30 PM yesterday. They worked so hard making banners and posters, creating centerpieces out of rainboots and giant lollipops (the event’s theme was “It’s Raining Meatballs), setting tables, and doing all of the other last minute preparations for the silent and live auction. I’m so happy to say that their hard work paid off. I thought the evening was a success, and I was told by a handful of the staff and several congregants that last night’s auction ran more smoothly and was more organized than any that they can remember. What an amazing compliment! Maybe I should reconsider a career in wedding planning… If I can run a fundraising event like the Spaghetti Dinner & Auction, I can do anything. Right…

And J and I were winners! We bid on tickets to Same Time, Next Year, which is playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse, during the silent auction and won $68 tickets to February 6′s performance for only $40.

After the event J and I went back to Rabbi L’s apartment for some Rock Band. I played drums on two songs, bass on a couple and even sang a few on level “hard.” If you need somebody to sing Wonderwall and Live Forever by Oasis, Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders, or Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at your next party or concert, I’m the woman you want. (OK, maybe not for The Pretenders song, but I do a fabulous rendition of the Gallagher brothers.)

LB, JB and I went to see 27 Dresses Friday night–and we all loved it. Katherine Heigl has so much going for her as an actress. She’s gorgeous in a “real girl” kind of way, wonderfully expressive, and has really excellent comic timing.

And how stunning does she look at her own wedding to musician Josh Kelley? Even in a questionable ruffled gown, she looks perfect.

I’m a little bit jealous.

I have a little bit of a history with Josh Kelley: When I lived in DC, a friend and I went to see him perform at a small club in Virginia. I think it might have been the Birchmere, and it was probably sometime in 2003. I’m not even sure if Amazing, his debut single, had hit the air waves yet. It was a standing-room-only type of place, and naturally we stood in the very front, smack in the center. My friends know this about me–I refuse to stand anywhere except front and center at a concert, and I will get to that spot even if I had to push my way through.

Anyway, after the show, we stuck around to say hi to Josh and get an autograph. Not knowing what to say to him (I feel so cliche telling actors or musicians how much I love their work), I decided to give him some pointers about performing live since he was new to the whole scene. I told him that during his set, he never looked down and made eye contact with anyone standing in the first couple of rows. He was always looking straight back, and the entire time, I was hoping he’d make eye contact with me at least once.

I’d like to think that because of my advice, he corrected this bad habit, which allowed him to win over more fans, sell more CDs, make a music video starring Katherine Heigl, fall in love, and get married.

Last week I ordered OrangeBeautiful‘s 3rd anniversary limited-edition print, and today it arrived.

I love it.

All it needs now is a frame and a wall.

Starbucks is experimenting with $1 coffees and free refills in the Seattle area. It’s a shame I don’t like their brewed coffee. And I don’t live in Seattle.

Actually, I’m quite content with my 20-oz. cup of Kwik Shop coffee for $1.19. Yes, gas station coffee. It’s no Dunkin’ Donuts (oh, how I miss you), but it’s good enough.

If somebody wants to buy me a collection of all white ceramic vases, I’d like this one from Rosanna (top left image).

I’d also like these numbered wine glasses,

and these dinner plates.

(via something old, something new)

First I need a kitchen big enough for a hutch.  But then I want this:

via design*sponge

Who knew.

As a nationally ranked runner and an Olympic hopeful, Delilah DiCrescenzo is used to being chased-but by other athletes, not by pop singers from Chicago. But, she said on Wednesday, she doesn’t mind the attention the chase has brought her.