Saturday, November 27, 2010

Is it wrong?

Is it wrong of me to not want to embrace others peoples joy right now? Is it wrong of me to not want to congratulate people when something good happens? I feel like life has dealt me such a shitty hand right now, that its hard for me to see everyone post about how happy they are or how thankful they are... Yea yea yea, I get it, its that time of the year. But still!?

Its a hard time for us financially right now, and it just sucks. I need to move, and cannot do so because have no money saved for a deposit or anything anywhere. I know that no one will let us move in with no deposit, and no first months payment.  So I'm stuck until probably tax time unless some kind of miracle happens...

I guess by then I would be alright and be able to finally be happy for others. But right now, I feel like a scrooge and a Grinch, and honestly I don't care.

Eventually I will get over it.

But don't be surprised if you dont see any grateful / thankful posts for a while. Maybe I will turn around before Christmas.... But, I am not saying for sure.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving was yesterday, and I hope everyone had a great time with their family and friends. If your like me, you have lots of family and had more than one dinner! I had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at my sisters house on Wednesday, then I had Thanksgiving dinner around 3pm at my aunts house (who was also at my sisters the day before), and then after that went to my in-laws.  My mom was at my sisters and my aunts. My sister had to work daytime on Thanksgiving so thats why she had it early. Then on Thanksgiving evening, she went to her soon to be in-laws. Thanksgiving night I also went to my in-laws with my husband, who unfortunately, had to work through both dinners I had gone to LOL. He was Finally able to eat at  his parents - although, I brought him a plate from my aunts house.

At my in-laws I saw a friend of the family who I haven't seen since Christmas - got her number and plan to keep in touch were the same age just about, and its nice talking to her. Played some games including my favorite - Mexican Train Domino's.  I love that game. I have no idea how to play regular domino's, but Mexican Train - easiest game ever lol. I lost. Thats nothing new tho!




Anyways,  I posted about recently starting school. I just finished my first lesson and scored a 95% on the test. I only missed one question. LOL It sounded like a question of opinion - not a fact lol. Oh well, I learned for next time. So far, I am starting off on the right foot!




Did anyone go Black Friday shopping? I would love to hear what you got! I know there was some great deals, and I wanted to go shopping, but bills came up, and just didn't have the money to. I plan on shopping next year! Maybe if I can find a good deal I will shop on Cyber Monday :D But its gotta be a really good deal!



Now, I have a question for all of you.
What do you do to earn some money during the holidays? I know we are all different, and all have different things we do in our non-blogging time, so share if you can.  I would love to know!


Ok. I am off to study. I want to get through the next lesson within the next few days. I am so excited!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Favorite Road Trip :D

My favorite road trip was when my husband and I drove to Vegas in March of 2008. We were going to Vegas because we were getting married. We planed it all out, had family and friends going, and my husband even has family out there - so that was nice to meet folks I didn't know yet. I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and a drive to Vegas is about 5 hours. So we had a long drive ahead of us. I was expecting a whole lot of desert and nothing fun, but turns out there is lots to see - well, after you get out of the Valley that is. There was areas that were hilly and covered in cacti. There were small little towns that I never knew exsisted. Some kinda cute, some kinda scary in how small they were.

I found out that gas is majorly expensive in these small towns - mainly because they realize they are just about the only gas station for a few hours. I wish I knew that ahead of time, I would have saved more money out specifically for gas LOL.  After that gas station, there was openness, and as we were (slowly) getting higher in elevation, the air got cooler, and it felt soo good! I am originally from Ohio - so it felt nice. Reminded me of home. We eventually got to Kingman, Arizona - which is the last major city in Arizona before you start to head out towards the Hoover Dam. Its about 30 miles away from the Dam. It looks nice there. Mountains, and its not as big as Phoenix. Probably gets cooler in the winter time. Would be nice to move there - however far away from my family in Phoenix.

When we were getting closer to the Dam, we saw a road that was blocked off that went off in a different direction. We found out later that was the bridge that just recently got finished that bypasses the traffic on the Dam. I saw how high that was, and let me tell you - I would NEVER go on that bridge. Way too high for my taste! I have a slight fear of heights, and I could not ever go on that bridge. You would have to go at it while I am sleeping in order for me to be OK. LOL.

We had to stop at a checkpoint before the bridge, to get a check of the car - I guess security? They were stopping some people and actually searching their car. When we got up to the window, he asked for ID and I showed it and he let us go. Woo hoo!  So we are climbing up and up and up the hills. And were getting closer and closer to the Dam, then we get stopped in some traffic! Yay! Were at the Dam!!!! We decided to drive across the Dam, and then stop in the parking garage on the other side and walk on the Dam. It was awesome - my only thoughts were OMG, they filmed Transformers RIGHT HERE!!! LOL I know- I am a major dork!
It was cool at the Dam. It was amazing, awesome and just breathtaking. If you have not been there, you definitely need to go!

 
 


After the Dam, we kept on trucking. Not too much longer now until the hotel! Yay! Probably about 30-45 min. So excited at that point. We got back on the road, drove past a park for Lake Mead - we decided to go back and view it. The park and the lake was so pretty also! I have never been on any kind of a road trip before, so I was soaking it in :D  We got back on the road (again) and started driving. Before we know it, I see the Pyramid!! I screamed - babe! Its the Luxor!!! Then we see all the other buildings, and wow, its pretty. It was daytime when we traveled. We couldn't wait till night time to see how pretty it all is.


We get to the Hotel - and wow. Never had anyone come out and get my luggage for me, and give me first class service! It was great. We stayed at the Plaza Hotel. Its one mile away from the strip - right there at Fremont Street. Night time came, and OMG! Love the lights, the glitz!




Of course, we had a great time in Vegas. We lived like rockstars for a week. We got married, had a great reception with family. Then the rest of the week was drinks, gambling, so much fun. Saw some shows. Went to some great buffets! Went out to eat with some family to the "local" casinos. So much fun.


Stage where local performance acts would perform for Free!
For us - Fremont Street was the best. Seeing the original hotels/casinos from the "original" strip. I loved it. It was so much fun.











The original cowboy! How cool!!!!!

 If you have never heard of the Fremont Street Experience - you definitely want to look it up! It is an Amazing light show.. Crazy cool!


Then the road trip back. I hated leaving. I wanted to stay forever! But, I know that all good things must come to an end. Back to the real world. Back to work and responsibilities. Fun lol.

It was a great trip. And when we go back to Vegas, we plan on driving again. Not only is it cheaper, but its fun. And you don't have to worry about walking through a body scanner or getting a pat down LOL.




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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review of Noah Jones upcoming album "...Featuring"

I received an advance copy of the new Norah Jones that is on its way to be released. Most famously known for her song "Come Away With Me", Jones is releasing (on 11/16/2010) a new album called "...Featuring". Its a compilation album, from 2001 to 2010 of all the duets, cameos and collabs. These songs span the musical spectrum like none I have seen before. I had no idea she did songs with artists such as Outkast, Talib Kweli, Ray Charles and even the Foo Fighters. I had no clue!  


She is indeed the most diverse artist that I have come across!

...Featuring is a star-studded collection of Norah Jones' collaborations spanning her entire career.  The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.  




"A lot of the people on this record are people I've worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries," says Norah. "Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together."






I loved her song Come Away With Me. But had no idea that she crossed so many genres.  This album is so soothing to the ears. Its another(!) that I wouldn't ordinarily buy on my own. I am priviledged to have been able to review this album. Thank you One2One Network! I really appreciate this, and every other opportunity you give me!





OK, so now for the songs. I am really going to do a run thru of every song on the album!  Some of the songs are her personal projects/bands.


1. Love Me - The Willies. Gives me an old feeling. Like....  I can imagine her sitting on top of a piano singing this number. Its very smooth. Very oldies sounding. And very relaxing. One way to start the album. Definetly caught my attention. In a good way.


2. Virginia Moon - Foo Fighters feat. Norah Jones.  When I first heard this, I was in my car driving, and had no idea who was singing with her. The male vocal is so soft. When I got to a stop sign and looked, it said Foo Fighters. I said OMG! I could not believe the vocal was his. However, now that I am listening to it now, I can see him singing this. Its so soft, and not what I am used to from Foo Fighters.  But I love it. I wish I would have heard this song before now. I could really use this as a lullaby for a child to go to sleep to. Its a really soothing song. I love it. One of my Favorites.


3. Turn Them -  Sean Bones feat. Norah Jones.  The first sound I hear I swear is a harmonica. If not, then I wanna know what it is. It sounds cool LOL. This song is another soothing song. Could easily fall asleep to. I love the acoustic guitar in the begining. And then get s a bit faster. Pretty good. No complaints from me :D


4. Baby its cold outside - Willie Nelson feat. Norah Jones.  Yupp, its that song! "I really cant stay (baby its cold outside). Ive got to go away (but baby its cold outside)..." Yupp. Its that one. I love it. It has an antique feel to it.  Its really good. 


5. Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson. Has a country western feel. I don't know who Sasha Dobson is, but I am sure that she is a country singer. Its interesting. I think my dad would like it more. I am not too into country. So its not my fav. But is good.


6. Ruler of my Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band feat. Norah Jones. Another with an antique or oldie feel. Its really good tho. I have nothing to complain or nothing to dislike about it. Love how it feels. I can envision her standing in a smokey club, guys drinking their gin or whiskey, and her with an old style microphone on a small stage, band behind her. Really good song.


7. The Best Part - El Madmo.  Interesting sound. Different. But if you have read any of my previous posts, you know I like different. I love love love love love this song. Cannot say it enough. Love the sound, the feel. Everything. Amazing. Def one of my Favs. 


8. Take off your cool - Outkast feat. Norah Jones. This is an interesting combo right here. But you know what - it works! And it works really well. I love the sound these 2 make together. One of my Favs.


9. Life is Better - Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones. When I first saw his name - I instantly thought his old song Vivrant Thang and thought, Q-Tip and Norah!? But its a good combo. Has a good beat. Wonderful Vocals. I really like it. 


10. Soon the New Day - Talib Kweli feat. Norah Jones. I love it! Def one of my Favs from the track. I love the beat. Her vocals on the song are great. I am a fan of hip hop, and this song has my heart :D


11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle and Sebastion feat. Norah Jones.  Its an interesting song. Older feel to it. Definetly not what I would normally listen to. But its smooth, and I like that.


12. Here We Go Again - Ray Charles feat Norah Jones. I like the feel to this. Makes me happy. My husband loves Ray Charles and loves this song now too. I simply have nothing more to say about this song. It makes me happy. Maybe the beat does more, but it makes me happy. 


13. Loretta - Norah Jones feat. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.  This is a live song from 2004. Its definelty interesting. Its definetly a country song. Another my dad would like more than me. But the vocals are very pretty!


14. Dear John - Ryan Adams feat. Norah Jones.  I like the piano in this song. Its another song that gives me more of an oldies feel. Very soft, could easily help me sleep if I am having troubles. Its very relaxing. Actually, the whole CD is relaxing!


15.  Creepin in - Norah Jones feat. Dolly Parton. OMG! I love it. Even tho its Country. Its really good. I cannot wait to let me dad hear this song. He will love it. He has been to Dollyworld, and is a big fan of her music.  Its a fun song. I like it. 


16. Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock feat. Norah Jones. Another oldies - smokey room, guys drinking whiskey, and her with a microphone. I love the feeling it gives me :D


17. More than This - Charlie Hunter feat. Norah Jones.  I like the beat. I know - I am all about the music and the beat of a song. To me, thats the most of what makes a good song. I love her voice in this song. The entire song is very smooth. I love it. Def One of my Favs. 


18. Blue Bayou - Norah Jones Feat. M. Ward. Southern Feeling. Interesting song tho. Is a calming song. Not alot of instruments. Guitar I hear easily. Not sure what else is in there. Maybe another guitar? I like how simple the song sounds. 






I really love this calming album. I plan to listen to it whenever I need to calm down or relax. Or whenever I just want to feel good. Its a feel good album. No depressing songs really. Doesnt take you for an emotional rollar coaster ride like some songs do. 


I recommend this album to everyone. 

Pick up a copy and listen! You will love it!  Click here to pre-order the album 
And check out Norah Jones official site







Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Great BlissDom Conference Package Giveaway

One2One Network is kicking off a great contest/giveaway! I am so thrilled!  This huge Bliss filled contest is probably the biggest I have seen so far (I haven't been a member for more than a couple of months, so there could have been bigger before).   One2One is going to be giving away conference passes to three, yes! I said three (3), lucky One2One bloggers for Blissdom'11 in Nashville, TN Jan 27-28! There are three levels of prizes, and all include a full conference pass valued at $399!!!! Oh, em, gee!!! Can you believe it?!

I have yet to go to a conference, and in all honesty, just found out there was conferences for bloggers (women bloggers specifically) in the past few months! I know, I learn late apparently. I would love the chance to go and learn more about the business, learn more about how to make it a business, and connect with other bloggers that I can learn from! This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me. And so, I am entering this contest. I am not working, so really cannot afford to go on my own. So to win this would be incredible for me!

If you do not know ( like I did not know until I read about it ), BlissDom is the premiere conference for women who find and express their bliss by publishing online. Speakers and panels feature the best blogging, public relations and social media pros gathering to mentor new and old friends alike. ---- I could benefit so much from this! As a relatively new blogger, I would love to learn from these pros! I could learn so much, expand and broaden my horizons! It would be the best win ever!

This is Blissdoms most exciting year, more incredible content, events, networking and surprises scheduled than ever before! This sounds like so much fun! This years mantra, in my opinion is amazing, is Think Big. Be Bold. Create Your Bliss. BlissDom'11 is designed for everyone - newbie or maven!


Ok. So for the package giveaway details:
GRAND PRIZE - Full conference pass (includes Wisdom Workshops), 3 nights at the Opryland Hotel, AND Airfare/travel to the conference (up to $500)!!! $1500 Value!!! Omg! Omg! Omg!

First Prize - Full conference pass-includes Wisdom Workshops, 2 nights at the Opryland Hotel.. $800 Value. Still  OMG!

Second Prize - Full Conf Pass includes Wisdom Workshops. $500Value. Still amazing!


Check out the details, and what is necessary to win by going HERE


I am really excited about this -- I hope I win :D
Good Luck to All who enter!

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