Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tonight instead of my Randy-ism I counted times he said his new favorite word "swagger"-three. I also liked DiaGuardi's outfit and earrings but that is about the only nice thing I have to say about her. Paula's necklace and earring ensemble-I LOVED IT and wish I knew where to get one. We also got to learned about the term "artistry" from DiaGuardi "It's when a person takes a song, that everyone has heard a million times, strips it down and does something to it, gives it their own twist. " Right. How damn metaphorical-basically that is a cute word to tie up what the judges have said for all those years you weren't on the show which is, "make the song your own." Thanks. (Wow I am being mean tonight). The other thing that I have had it with? Ryan telling America they cannot vote until the show is over. WE GET IT! I mean it's been seven seasons. If there is some moron sitting home dialing during the show and not getting an answer isn't this just more fun? No need for instructions.
Anoop: Wow. I mean I don't even know where to begin. And I am a huge Anoop fan, but wow. Him singing Usher is the equivalent of Archa-loser last year singing Chris Brown. Here was the comment I loved by my fave judge, "To sing Usher you have to go up in your range-and then you just did what he did." What the hell does that mean? That is a contradiction. Argh. The best thing is how much Paula hates Kara. Even if Paula agrees I swear she says the complete opposite. Then Anoop got a little annoyed and said "Well I want to be R&B." Sorry Anoop-you are not Brian McKnight.
Megan: They put the mic stand there so maybe she would stand still. No such luck. Another night subjected to that awful movement. I am angry that she made it this far and Alexis, who was so much better, is home. I never really got the "unique" sound to her voice unless by "unique" they meant "sucks."
Danny: Sorry Marrah, I love you but you and I totally disagree. I heart Danny. There is really not much more to say. I leave greatness alone.
Alison: So after she turns around and faces the mirror when hair and makeup are finished, does she feel that their interpretation of what she should look like is acceptable? I mean it is bad enough her hair looks like what would happen if Ronald McDonald became a transvestite, but did we have to make it look like Pat Benetar gone wrong? I really would have loved her to do a Kelly Clarkson song because I think she is just like her voice wise. All in all she was really good.
Scott: Only a true Billy Joel fan would realize that was not a new "look"-wardrobe purposely was trying to recreate the Billy of yesteryear that graced the Greatest Hits album. That was done on purpose. I also love how Scott said he was going to be true to himself and play the piano. I feel bad. Ever since Paula made that dumb comment he feels the need to justify his sitting behind a piano. That's OK Scott, we understand and hope Paula does too, if you are shelving your MC Hammer moves for yet another week.
Matt-Thankfully he went after Scott to borrow the same leather jacket. Matt went out to sing The Fray, my mom's new favorite band. I love this song, hated the Idol self created mosh pit around his Casio. So dumb. The judges ripped him a new one, even though I thought he did a really good job.
Lil-She sang "I Surrender" and I think she will be surrendering. This poor girl cannot catch a break. Nothing she does is good enough. On a side note-dropping some Idol knowledge on you-this song was done by Kelly Clarkson first season. It is also a song that I sing awesome in the privacy of my car-like very private. I even make sure I drop Preston off to school as to not scar him for life. And really, can they stop filming this girl from the back? She is not "lil" back there (props to Mel on that one). Not that I am either, so I feel for her. Her kids are beyond adorable and when her little girl just hugged Randy I got a little teary myself. I would love her to bust out "Single Ladies." She is amazing when she sings upbeat songs. I want her to stay around a bit longer.
Kris-I am going out of turn I know. Work with me here. And it's my blog. (I know I am way too bitchy to be writing tonight). He was good. I did not think it was the most amazing song I have ever heard. Personally I was kind of bored. Not James Taylor bored, but almost.
Adam: OK, seriously. Tonight I have had it. ENOUGH with the Adam Lambert Variety Show. This guy belongs on a cruise ship. He should have tried out for America's Got Talent and been judged by the Hoff and gone to Vegas. I mean he thinks he is untouchable. Thanking the band???? It was s bit much. If I were Ricky Minor I would have thrown my baton at him. I mean I get saying a nice "Thank you to the band." But it was like he was so awesome and the band adapted to his arrangement....AHHH. Comparing him to Steven Tyler? Not so much. Danielle made a good point-why when one of the other contestants does something different they are chastised? And in my opinion he screeches.
My pick to go home: Megan. I cannot deal with one more week of the spastic movements.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Today we had a really busy day. I took Preston to Friendly's and many of you commented on my Facebook status that you too have an undying love for that place. Fribbles are so good aren't they? Then it was off to our once a month Wal-Mart trip for staple items. I am not a fan of their meat or produce (other that bananas and maybe grapes) and my favorite grocery store here closes on Sundays (we are down South now) so I will have to made a trek to Ukrop's this week. Preston scored a cute little basket with construction vehicles on it for his bedroom. Then we hit Target to pick up new toddler bedding for his bed. The one from last year I thought was getting a bit faded so it was time for a new set. Let me tell you-the one I got today is the first "toddler" sized bedding where the quilt is a quilt, not as thin as a receiving blanket. I put his bed together and he came running in to tell me, "Oh it's so cute Mommy!"
Preston is loving the neighborhood kids. They all seem to love him too. They are all older than him but just love when he is outside. I did meet one girl today whose son is about 9 months younger so it looks like I will have some playdates in the future. Here is Preston's face when he is told it is time to end the day:It is hell getting him inside. He loves being outdoors. And here is the dude showing off his new bedding!
Have a great week!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This was an exciting trip for the Idols to Detroit and the four fans in Starter jackets waiting for them. Please that is not a shot at Detroit, just so sad that there were seriously like four people outside the local answer to 7-11 waiting for them to show. Then Smokey came to the Idol mansion to give his advice. One thing I LOATHE is the staged "impromptu" group song that correlates to the theme of the week. Are we to believe that the Idols all sat around (with that eerie piano player again who just plays and plays and plays) and they all belt out a perfect Motown tune and when finished all high five and fist pump as if they are that amazing to get the harmony and melody right the first time? Right...and my ex might pay child support next month.
My count for the night was how many times DiaGuardi said "artistry." Three.
The Randy-ism "Dude you set it off on a tone." Now I am not even really sure Randy knows what this means. If anyone wants to take a gander at that one....
So the night started off with Matt signing "Let's Get it On." He is awesome. Totally always thought he had a great voice, but he was really really good! Although if he busted out with the Shaggy version and sang "Mr. Boombastic" I would love him even more. (On a side note did anyone feel really let down when they found out Shaggy really does not have that Jamaican accent? So disappointing. It was akin to the whole Milli Vanilli thing for me). Anyway, my favorite comment for Matt was Randy who stated, "This is what I love about tonight." I totally didn't get this either since Matt started off the night and there was nothing to compare it to. All that happened prior to Matt was you walked out. Whatever. Paula also told Matt he was comfortable behind the piano and away from the piano...as opposed to Scott who Paula feels truly needs to stop using that piano as a crutch. (Hint of sarcasm)
Kris-What was with the Jean Valjean prison numbers across his shirt? Pretty awful. I thought he was o.k. tonight. They want him to have "swagger." That word totally gets me thinking about that "Paper Planes" song. Which you all know I love.
Scott-Seriously was the person dressing him also visually impaired? Give the poor guy a break-those pants were God awful and he should get to give someone in wardrobe a beat down. They left Lil alone tonight so figured they would screw with Scott. Unfortunately for Paula, the stage crew did not hook lines to him and have him fly off like Peter Pan across the stage. What they could do to satisfy Paula's need for Scott to perform for her, is hook his piano to one of those flying stages a 'la Tommy Lee in Motley Crue's "Same Ol' Situation" video. Let him fly high above all the tweens in the audience. (Speaking of videos who remembers videos? I really miss MTV and Kurt Loder). I love Scott and hope he goes far in this competition. He, like myself is also single and looking for that perfect "fit." Rock on Scott.
Megan-For the love of everything holy-does anyone else watch her dance and think she looks just like Baby's sister from Dirty Dancing doing that end-of-summer routine before Johnny and Baby bust on stage? She is just the worst dancer and tonight the worst singer. You know you sucked too when randy starts off with, "Ok so you know I have mad love for you right?"
Anoop-I can't not love this guy. Other than needing an eyebrow wax, Anoop is totally awesome. I was also digging his jacket and think a smaller one would fit nicely in Preston's wardrobe.
Michael-Nice guy but it is time to go Mikey-boy. You might of saved yourself if you sang TLC's "Ain't to Proud to Beg."
Lil-Smokey totally used the "You can sing the phone book" line the judges love but I must say I don't care what the judges said she ROCKED. She looked the part, dressed the part and sang the part. I am not quite sure why they were so harsh on her tonight.
Adam-Elvis sings Motown. They love Adam. They love his artistic spin but when it comes down to it, I don't know what his album would be about. He is like a variety show. That is why I think Broadway would be the way for him, of course I don't know how they would close up the massive earlobe holes, but that would be for the make up people behind the scenes at Wicked to contend with.
Danny-I really don't have a lot to say other than you guys know where he is placed in this competition for me. He is feeling no pressure right now. He is not getting the boot and if he did for some reason the judges would save him at this point. Danny and his spectacles are sitting pretty.
Allison-Wow. Seriously this girl is growing on me. She had no business being in the bottom three last week. The only problem she had tonight was agreeing to wear the white pleather shrug. She was insanely good. I feel like that last line sounded like something DiaGuardi would say.
My pick to go home: Michael Sarver. Megan is probably safe for only one more week.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
And here are some pics of Preston exploring.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Today we had to do our annual hat shopping for Preston for new summer hats. Children's Place and Janie and Jack came through again for us! I also scored an $8 button down from Janie and Jack for next year. This was also a monumental weekend for Preston because he got to wear his Crocs and we all know Preston's obsession with Crocs, which are also great for his wide pudgy feet!
It looks like this is just passing weather for now-we are going into the 60's and possibly 50's this weekend, but at least I know we are heading in the right direction! Have a great week everyone!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Randy-ism "You know what's funny dude?" No Randy we don't. Because Randy never tells us what's funny. He says this and then I wait for what he thinks is funny and he goes-"I was totally feeling it." So basically he means-you know what's funny? You did not suck like I thought you would.
Ok let's critique-now I am not that funny tonight and I am extremely exhausted and this is my third post in three days so I apologize for being off my game.
1. Von-Ok so he starts to sing, belts out three notes and I turn to my mother and say, "He totally reminds me of Clay." The "appalling" red sneakers, the nerdy look, the funny faces. What does Simon say-"You remind me of Clay." See this is why I should be a judge and not Kara since she makes me want to stick Q-Tips so far into my ear I puncture ear drums just so I don't have to listen to her! Argh!
2. Taylor-She was not memorable. Kara told her she had "issues." This was also used by her later in the show. I gather this is her answer to "pitchy." She is trying way too hard.
3. Alex-I mean this whole performance was right up there with Norman Gentle, but he was cute and had a good sense of humor.
4. Arianna-For the love of everything good and holy. She sang Abba. Now Emily (Seamus' mom) loves Abba and remember when Gigi was busting out her rendition of Abba on the blog? Yes well Gigi should have sang tonight and her little two year old voice would have rocked the house. Unlike Arianna. Once again Simon totally stole my joke by saying her song the "Winner takes All" was ironic.
5. Ju'Not-First off this guy looked like a skinny version of the Notorious B.I.G. Second he was wearing that awful leather Members Only jacket. Third I don't like the name as a contraction. I am sure his name is Junot. No apostrophe. As he was singing I am thinking "Ju-NOT should sing ever again." That horrendous KC & JoJo rendition of "Hey There Delilah?" Really? And the judges loved it! Might I remind them of Jamar (Danny's BFF with the face jewelry) who rocked this song during Hollywood week and was dumped for the likes of Ju'Not and Norman Gentle. Wow. Wow. Wow! Ju'Not also shares Randy's love for gigantic, hideous mall kiosk chains to wear around one's neck.
6. Kristin-who looks like a slightly bizarre Mena Suvari. I love how Kara tells her she is not "feeling the outfit." Says the pot in the sparkled leotard. One thing Kristin has felt is a dentist because she has the most gorgeous teeth I have ever seen.
7. Nathaniel-Meatloaf. See post from Week 1. I have so many issues with every Meatloaf song. I still don't know what he won't do for love and this song is about fifteen years old. I thought I really sucked at dancing until I watched Nathaniel. I suddenly feel as if I should sign up for DWTS. Totally go and hang out with Tom Bergeron.
8. Felicia-This is the one that got called back because Joanna Pascuiti was kicked off the show. So Felicia is the American Idol Season 8 booty call-not good enough until they need someone and there is no one else around. I mean to be honest I prefer her over Joanna who was still crying twelve years later about being cancelled as Little Orphan Annie and already had a failed record. And did you catch this girl's baby in the audience with the Vote for Mommy T-shirt? OMG! So adorable.
9. Scott-Two things-one I hate audience participation clapping. It should be prohibited. Second I never knew that the lyrics to this song were "Listen to the Mandolin Rain." In fact I don't know what I thought the lyrics even were. Which reminds me of the King of Queens episode where Doug thinks the words to "Tiny Dancer" are "Hold me close, I'm Tony Danza." Hilarious. Scott is sailing through.
10. Kendall-she is really cute wearing Paula's dress in yellow. She said her mom picked it out. Too bad Kendall did not pick out her mom's outfit and could have saved her from wearing a silver pleather jacket on national tv.
11. Jorge-I liked him! The crying! Oh Jorge! It's funny they told him to lose the accent, now they want it back. It sounded weird that he talked without an accent. It's like when Dr. House is at the Emmy's and talks in a British accent, because he is British and really Hugh Laurie and not Dr. House.
12. Lil Rounds-She was very good. I mean really awesome and did sound a bit like Mary J.
So I think Lil and Scott are cruising through. As for the third it is a toss up between Felicia and Von. Probably Felicia. We shall see!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here is the difference between VA and NY. In NY before the snow falls the plows have put down enough sand to replicate a beach and enough salt to guarantee a dirty car for months. Then the plows come every single hour. So far there has been no plow here. My parents are the only ones who shoveled their driveway so I am dying to watch everyone attempt to get their non-SUVs out of the driveways tomorrow. Second they had about 210 people to clear the roads here versus 4500 just in the five boroughs. Preston who was not super into snow last year had a blast today. I have put together a slideshow to memorialize this event since if there is snow here it totals a dusting to an inch or two and we were told this never happens! I mean there was some dude in the store yesterday buying four gallons of milk. That was a little much-we are not going to be stranded for a month.
Here is our Snow Day! I was going to do a slideshow but the images were too grainy so I picked my faves from today. I took gorgeous pictures (over 60 with lots of Preston) and I have an album for those in New York coming on Kodak.
The view from our third floor. That is the creek that runs through the backyard.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I agreed to do the couples dinner-meaning my friend, his wife and this guy who we will nickname X. X was someone who had job security, liked his family, no issues with my status as a single mom. So far so good right? I saw a grainy Facebook profile picture while I know my friend showed X all my pictures on my profile. He still wanted to go out so this was a good sign. I stressed over my outfit, jewelry got my eyebrows waxed that day. And then there was the meeting. We met, made small talk and were all seated at the table.
I applaud myself for trying. I also think I am not good at showing signals to someone I may be attracted to. I feel I have been out of the game so to speak for so long! I really don't want to do Internet dating because frankly it frightens me. I feel maybe now that I am starting a new job I will meet more people and maybe that special person. Is it that hard to meet a really nice person, willing to love not only me but this?
(Must give credit to Aunt Melski for the shirt-and apropos too)! There was someone else I had been interested in, but I guess my signals were not all that apparent. Hence why I decided to go on this date. Maybe I need the straightforward tactic like I used to use in my pre-marriage days? Ok the date was not a total disaster-it got me out there again. So I am proud of myself for that alone!