Thursday, July 30, 2009

Weddings and the 80's

This is our latest wedding. It was a very fun experience all around, and I think Jon and I are really getting the hang of working together. It's nice when it flows, and usually, it flows.

In other news...on Saturday night, I'll be hosting karaoke at a very awesome 80's party that you can come to. It's at Beef O' Brady's around 9:30, $5 at the door. But the best part: you HAVE TO BE IN COSTUME. Which means everyone there is singing and drinking and all dressed up, which is typically hilarious. So, get a costume, bring $5, and party like it's 1987.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Trivia Rundown

For anyone who is interested, here is my schedule, with brief summaries.

Monday Nights: 7:30 at Buffalo Wild Wings...this game is called 7 on the 7s. There are 7 rounds of 7 questions, with a bonus question at the end, and the questions are shown on the televisions. I also read them out loud. With this game, I have a little more freedom, because of the technology. Prizes are 100 free wings for 1st place and 50 wings for 2nd and 3rd. We give a bucket each round for the high scorer. It has a t-shirt or hat, BBQ sauce, some sort of glass, and some other doo dad. On the first Monday of the month, prizes are $50, $25 and $25 in cash.

Wednesday Nights: 8:00 at Beef O' Brady's...this game is Trivia with Carmen. It has 5 rounds of 11 questions, plus a final round. Rounds are themed: Music, Movies, Sports, Current Events, and one random round a night. Prizes are $15 gift certificate for 1st place, $10 for 2nd and $5 for 3rd, plus winners are pictured on the website

Thursday Nights: 8:00 at Beef O' Brady's...this game is Pop Poker. Each team is given 5 playing cards. There are 4 rounds of 8 questions, and they are all pop culture related. If a team gets half the questions right, they can return a card and draw another. If they get the most right in the round, they get a wild card. After 4 rounds, the highest poker hand wins. First place gets a $15 gift certificate, and second gets $10. Afterwards, we have karaoke, and the most entertaining performance gets a $5 gift certificate.

I love it when my friends, or people who just read my blog, come to my games. I hope I'll see you there!

*All locations in Hickory, North Carolina.

Mutant Corn

I shucked this corn and found a teeny tiny baby corn in there. The baby corn was delicious, but the big one wasn't very good at all. I thought it was interesting enough to share. That is all.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weddings and Trivia

So, Jon and I just got back from a real whirlwind of a weekend. We shot a wedding in Charlotte, and it was actually very fun, although terribly exhausting. I took the picture above, and I was impressed, so I'm sharing with you! Also, we went to Ikea!!! I'd been waiting for months. It was overwhelming, and hard to manuever, but pretty everywhere you looked. Once we get the pictures finished, I'll post a link.

Also-geez-I forgot to mention...

I'm hosting trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings! Yes, BWW, the biggest and busiest hang out spot in town. Monday nights at 7, starting tomorrow.

We are so fortunate to make all of our money doing jobs that we love, and created for ourselves. We are blessed.

Also, working this wedding with Jon was smoother than ever. We are starting to read each other better than I ever thought possible. I love my husband more and more every day. And, btw, we're getting so much closer to being able to have a tiny Eckard around. I'm so excited about that.

Matt kept Bertha while we had the wedding. Bertha LOVES Matt. He's part of her pack, because he hangs out with us all the time. She has a special whine she saves just for when he comes over and doesn't pet her fast enough. This was the first time I've ever picked her up that I didn't think she was totally desperate for me. She was pretty content with her Matt, who takes her every where and spoils her as much as we do. She's a happy dog. Thanks Matt!
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Michael Jackson (sheesh)

OK-first, let's ignore the fact that I haven't posted in weeks. I will briefly say that I've been going through this self discovery period in my life, and it has been wonderful, and I have learned much about myself and the way I interact with the world. I will be much better for it. However, it was mostly introspective stuff, not things I care to post for the, let's just be content with skipping the blog coverage in the last few weeks of my life. A lot has happened, but I want to talk about Michael Jackson.

Don't get me wrong. Thriller (album, not just song) is perfection. Really, it gives me goosebumps, every time I hear it, though out my whole life. And it came out when I was 1, so believe me when I say 'though out my whole life'. Simply put, the world was given lots of beautiful music by this man. say that Bad was his last good album would be pretty right on. And that came out in 1987. My sister, who is of legal drinking age, was born in 1987. So what has he been up to since then?

Well, In 1993, when I was 12, allegations of child molestation began to surface. Also, reports from his own camp that he bleached his skin in some silly contraption. Oh-and he married Lisa Marie Presley. That was weird, right? Then Debbie Rowe, a plain jane nurse? Just to have a couple of kids through some convoluted process that everyone was confused about, then he divorced her. And do you remember when he dangled his baby over the balcony? And kept his kids faces covered at all times? And had at least 12 surgeries so that his face looked more alien than human? And then the second round of child molestation...and the shocking verdict of "Not Guilty"? And how about his very public running out of money? Come on...the man who owns the Beatles songs, plus royalties to all of his own? Remember when he said that his only spending money came from the sale of llamas from his ranch. And geez-he spent millions on a ranch, turned it into an amusement park, and named it Neverland! And do remember on that documentary when he said that he should be able to share his bed with little boys? Jesus Juice, anyone? Did we all forget what a nut job this guy was?

In this weeks Time, there is a photo timeline, and you can actually see his face melting and warping as the years go on.

For the last 2 weeks, there has been the stupidest media storm about this man. After 2 weeks, I still can't go more than 3 channels on the TV without seeing his alien face. And even with all this going through my head...even with my dominating thoughts about him my whole life being simply that he is a nut job...I find myself stopping on those channels, and listening to "Billie Jean" one more time.

But believe me when I say I am disgusted by this. Mark Sanford is a lucky, lucky man. Perfect timing for an affair, if you know what I mean.

But, I was able to swallow it all, and accept it. I figured it wouldn't hurt anything if we are all left with a favorable impression of the man. That's so clearly what this is all about...a huge media blitz so we only remember the music, and not the crazy. And then Al Franken had to open his big, stupid mouth.

"I am here because of the disgraceful and the despicable way some elements of the media have tried to destroy the legacy and image of Michael Jackson."

"You have had other entertainers that have had issues in their life. But you [the media] did not degrade and denigrate them...Show the same respect for Michael and Michael's family that you showed Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley."

"I don't think the media understand who Michael was. I don't think they have any cultural significance."

He's upset because the media didn't kiss Michael's behind enough? Are you kidding me? Has he not been watching TV? There hasn't been this kind of media frenzy since Princess Diana died. That man is infuriating, infantile, and out of touch with reality.

Now, you're probably all "Come on, Carmen, the man made 'Thriller'." I know. I covered that early. I love that album. Now, you're all "But he had a hard childhood...child abuse." I know. But happiness is an inside job. We are responsible for making our lives livable, and for grasping happiness. This man had limitless resources to help himself. And instead of seeking therapy, or finding some good way to channel his pain, he publicly went insane. Then stayed that way for years. I do not have it in myself to mourn for him. You do not take your pain, and then turn it into pain for others...for countless little boys...and assume that is alright. You do not get to do that.

And that memorial service was disgusting. Oh boy-I wish I could have won tickets! Isn't that weird, people, to "win" tickets to a funeral?

Vomit, vomit, vomit. I wish this brainwashing of the public to remember him some certain way would end. I will remember that he was a crazy, child molesting, alien faced musical genius. I hope you will join me in this memory.

On the other hand...this is probably exactly what the man would have wanted. He always wanted people to talk to him, and he didn't seem to care if it was good talk or bad talk. So, here I am, feeding right into that. I'll stop now.

On other is swell, people. I've made a conscious decision to spend at least 95% of my time being happy. It's already had a great effect on my life. At some point, I think I forgot that we could pick our thoughts, and that thoughts are what make us feel certain ways. Once I remembered, I just started picking good thoughts. I like it.