I got my new 2011 calendar today! So exciting! I love getting a new calendar every year and filling in birthdays and other important dates, and looking at all those empty, unscheduled boxes! So many possibilities! I can't be the only one, right? I don't think electronic calendars will ever totally replace paper calendars for me. Filling in my new calendar every January is just too much fun. *dork*

You know what I got to write in my brand new calendar for July? LeakyCon!!! I bought my registration today and it's marked in my calendar, so it's official! [livejournal.com profile] _lisalisa_ and I are going all the way to Orlando, Florida, to a Harry Potter convention that we're only marginally interested in, in order to see Darren Criss and the StarKids perform! It's craziness and I love it!!! :D

Also, if y'all remember back a few months, I was looking for volunteer ideas to fill up some of this extra time I have. Well, I think I've got it! 1n10 is an organization here in the Phoenix area dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth by providing them with tools and resources to improve self esteem and acceptance of who they are. I'm getting together with some other Adam fans this weekend to work on ways to help 1n10 with their annual fundraiser brunch and I've been talking with their staff about doing more regular volunteering and maybe even serving on the Board of Directors next year. I'm very excited about this! Filling up those empty boxes in ways that make a difference! \o/

So, what exciting things and important dates are y'all writing in your brand you 2011 calendars? *chinhands*
Disneyland tomorrow!!! I feel like that kid in the commercial: "I'm too excited to sleep!!!" *g* What can I say? I love Disneyland!

We'll be there until Saturday. I'm sure I'll be completely exhausted by, like, Thursday afternoon. Having that much fun is tiring! *laughs* But I'm also super excited about ringing in the New Year at Disneyland, as I've never done that before. AND, I'll get to see [livejournal.com profile] sabrinagb and [livejournal.com profile] editorzon! Good times!!!

Speaking of Good Times, [livejournal.com profile] _lisalisa_ completely and wonderfully enables and encourages my obsession with Darren Criss. Bless her heart. And, as my enabler and encourager she has jumped on board my ridiculous plan to go to LeakyCon in Orlando, Florida, next July where Darren and the Starkid Team will be performing music from A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel!!! There will definitely be field trips to Disney World and Universal's Harry Potter Theme Park involved! So exciting! :D

So, basically, I'm starting off 2011 indulging my inner 12 year old at Disneyland, and that theme will carry on through most of the year. Being a grown up is overrated. *g*

I'm not sure if I'll have the time to stop back in here before the end of the year, so, if I don't: be safe, be happy, and I'll see all you beautiful people in 2011!
OMG it's only Monday and this week is already completely CRAZYCAKES!!! Thankfully, it's mostly the good kinda crazycakes. (Although, if y'all can send some positive thoughts my way tomorrow around noon, I'd appreciate it. I'm having to deal with the ex-boss continuing to be an unmitigated jackass, so, you know, good juju would come in handy.)

Anyway, GOOD CRAZINESS!!! Let's talk about that some more! I've got a to do list that's about a mile long, and it all needs to be done in the next two days! Ahhhh!!! But just as soon as all those important items like "paint nails," "color hair," "buy lots of alcohol and chocolate snacks," and "OMG PACK FOR L.A." get crossed off my list, then it means that I'm finally on my way to L.A. for what is sure to be an AMAZING long weekend of DAMN GOOD TIMES!!! Eeeee!!! ADAM FUCKING LAMBERT!!!!! And DARREN CRISS!!!! And MONTE PITTMAN!!!!!!! And some of my most favorite people on the planet!!!!!! And glitter! And drinking! And doing fun L.A. touristy things! And laughing and talking and just having fabulously good times!!! Man, I cannot adequately state how much I need this trip right now. My mental health has been a tenuous thing lately, and I'm totally counting on just getting away, not stressing for a few days, and just having a damn good time in order to regain my grasp on my zen.

Like I said, SO MANY GOOD THINGS THIS WEEK! Like Adam! Who manages to wear the fuck out of a completely ridiculous pair of sparkly, zebra-striped pants. )

Also, I may not have mentioned this, oh, in the past 24 hours or so, but I'm completely smitten with one Darren Criss!!! *heart eyes* And I get to see him play this weekend! Twice! I may just die of the concentrated adorableness!!!

No, really, it may be too much presh for me to handle! )

So, since we're talking about faces that make me happy, I think it's been well established that Chris Colfer is all that is precious and adorable in this world and his face does, indeed, make me happy. BUT WAT IS THIS CRAZINESS??? )

There's also this picture of a nearly pantsless Tommy that Isaac tweeted this morning, but I just don't have words to talk about this right now. *g* Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves, though.

I've been reading tons of Kurt/Blaine fic. Like most new fandoms/pairings, there is quite a bit of dreck being posted. Thankfully, y'all have ME to wade through it all and bring you the good stuff! *beams*

Kurt/Blain fic recs )

Darren Criss sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! (Awesome Holiday Song of the Day) )

Ok, now that we have so many good things to roll around in, I'm going to go wade through my insane To Do list, and flail a bit more about L.A. IN TWO DAYS!!!!!! *bounces*
I've been in such a maudlin funk for the past couple of weeks, and it's really becoming rather tiresome. And then the past couple of days I've been so freakin' tired. I think I pretty much slept most of Monday and Tuesday. Which, hello, depression red flag, how are you doin? Ugh.

I am SO looking forward to next week's trip to L.A. A week away and doing things I enjoy with people I enjoy is just what I need to kick my ass out of this pity party I've been wallowing in.

Speaking of this trip, I'm highly amused that I have tickets to 5 different live music events over the course of 4 days! In fact, I have tickets to THREE SHOWS for Saturday alone! Haha! Like I've said, either we rock really damn hard or we are completely crazy! Either way, I love this amazing group of friends who enable these shenanigans! <333

Two of the three Saturday shows are for Darren Criss!!! )

Speaking of the adorable Darren Criss, I loved his scene with Chris Colfer in this week's Glee. Sure it was completely lacking in context, and just sort of shoe-horned into that episode, but I DON'T REALLY CARE! That scene was ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I'VE SEEN ON T.V. EVER!!! Just look at their wittle faaaaces!!! <333 )

I actually kinda liked this episode beyond just the Kurt/Blaine adorableness. I mean, really, Glee kids and cheesy holiday songs. What's not to love? I loved Brittany and her belief in Santa Claus and all the other Glee kids rallying to make sure she doesn't lose that. And I loved the scene with Coach Bieste. And Sue the Grinch! I'm still pretty MEH on the Rachel/Finn story line, but the rest of it totally worked for squishy, happy, holiday feel-goodness.

Not to be outdone on the ADORABLENESS factor, Chris Colfer makes my heart happy with his very existence!!! )

Ok, I have fic recs and some other stuff, but I think I've spammed y'all enough for one afternoon with the ridiculous shit that's brightening up my otherwise gloomy week. I don't know about you, but I certainly feel better about life now! *beams*

december

Dec. 1st, 2010 03:03 pm
Ok, really, I'd like to know where the hell 2010 went. Because it seems like just yesterday that I was at Gridlock, hearing Adam perform his own material live for the first time, and ringing in the new year with some of the most amazing friends on the planet. And then POOF! The year is practically gone.

Good news is there's a whole month left to squeeze every last drop of awesome outa 2010! Who's with me? *beams*

So far, my December is looking like this:

- Yummy Thai food with [livejournal.com profile] llandaffaz to catch up from her many travels and to plan our fabulous trip to L.A.!

- Decorating the house and putting up the tree with The Nieces, who are both finally old enough to get really excited about Christmas!

- A sure-to-be FANTABULOUS trip to L.A. with [livejournal.com profile] llandaffaz and Vivian (Roadtrip!!!) where I'll get to see my girls [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva, [livejournal.com profile] _lisalisa_, [livejournal.com profile] editorzon, [livejournal.com profile] azewewish, and [livejournal.com profile] sabrinagb (Hookers, I've missed you! *clings*)! There are sure to be shenanigans and damn good times had!

- Getting to see my boy Adam Lambert do his thing in his final two shows of this tour in L.A.!!! I'm expecting these shows to be AMAZING and for him to pull out all the stops for his hometown crowd. Also, I'm super excited about sharing these shows with some of my most favorite people! *loves*

- Seeing the uber adorable Darren Criss perform live! I understand that there are almost sure to be covers of Disney songs! I'm charmed already! *g*

- Seeing Monte Pittman perform his solo material! Monte is a musical genius and I'm thrilled to be able to catch one of his solo shows.

- Fangirls! All of these shows mean a convergence of sparkly and awesome fannish peoples! I'm looking forward to seeing some of the folks that I met traveling around the country this summer, and to finally meeting some of the ones that I missed before! Mi gente!!! <333

- Christmas! We have two little girls in the house this year, so, even though we're going low-key with the gifts, there will be no scrimping on the holiday cheer. Also...egg nog! :D

- Disneyland!!! The Nieces' Christmas present this year is a trip to Disneyland. So me, my mom, Rianna, Rhyan, and my sister in law (and any of y'all that I can cajole to join me *g*) will be spending four days, including New Year's Eve at Disneyland. Can't think of a better way to say good-bye to 2010 than at the Happiest Place on Earth!

So, what are y'all doing to wring all the awesome from 2010 in this last month? *chinhands*
Things what have amused me today:

:: This Kris Allen t-shirt! )


:: Don't even front. You know y'all want this penis chandelier in your foyer. *g*


:: His ridiculously adorable FAAAAAACE!!! )


:: This blind item made for some lulzy good times on my feed this afternoon. *laughs and lauhgs*


:: GLEE!!!!!!!! (I will have more to say about this later, but, the short version is, this show makes me happy!)


:: I bought tickets to see "Spring Awakening" when it plays here in January!!! This is very exciting to me! I also bought Disneyland tickets for our Christmas trip with The Nieces!!! (FYI: I'll be at Disneyland December 28th through January 1st, if any of my L.A. peeps want to join me for some magical good times in the happiest place on Earth! *beams*)


Oh, and I also made some yummy jambalaya for dinner!

Oh, one more thing! The Awesome Holiday Song of the Day! )

See? It was a pretty damn good Tuesday! :D
The awesome thing about being unemployed? Mondays don't suck nearly as hard as when you need to crawl out of a weekend and into a Monday morning at the office. Silver linings, man! :D

So, since I'm doing the non-suck version of a Monday, I'm gonna talk about sparkly things! *beams*

For instance, the lovely weekend I just had! On Friday I went to see The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 with V on the huge Cine Capri screen! I loved it! I was so damn impressed with Daniel's, Emma's, and Rupert's acting too.

On Saturday I went to Bruno Mars' show and he was AMAZING (just the way he is! *g*) No, really, he killed it. If you get a chance to see him live, I highly recommend that you do.

And then, to cap off a weekend of musical awesomeness, I was able to go see Jerrod Niemann's show last night and it was so much fun! (I'll probably make a post about the show later, but the short version was: damn good times!)

But, wait! There are even MOAR SPARKLY THINGS!!!

✶ The PTB at Glee recently announced that the Glee Live show will hit the UK in the summer with the full cast, plus Darren Criss (Blaine) and Chord Overstreet (Sam). Which is awesome, but since I'm not in the UK not particularly awesome for me. But, and this is the sparkly part, they also hinted at good news for the U.S. coming soon! I'm choosing to believe that this means another Glee Live tour in the U.S. next summer!!! *bounces* Seriously, this show was pure JOY and if it tours again anywhere within a reasonable air fare, I'm totes there!

✶ Speaking of shiny Glee related news, I got my tickets for Darren Criss's show in L.A. at The Roxy on December 18th!!! That's the same night of Monte Pittman's show, but since Darren goes on earlier, I think that with a bit of fancy driving we can totally make both shows. That's the plan, anyway. Two Adam Lambert shows, Monte's solo show, and now Darren's show!!! There will be so much musical fabulosity packed into this trip to L.A.!!!

NIN's remastered re-issue of Pretty Hate Machine is going to include a cover of Queen's 'Get Down, Make Love'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can preview the LP, including the cover of "Get Down, Make Love" at that link. Sweet jam on crackers, I need this in my life now!!!

This AMAZING fanvid of Adam Lambert set to Scissor Sisters' Filthy Gorgeous is one of the best things to happen in my life!!!! )

*fans self* (And, bonus!sparkle, I'm going to see the Scissor Sisters in April in Atlanta!!!!!!!!)

Debauched!Adam is my favorite! )

✶ So, Johnny Weir is judging that new Skating with the Stars show??? Gods, that show looks as if it's going to be painful to watch. But I sort of feel compelled by Johnny's sheer fabulosity to make some room for it on my DVR. *laughs*

✶ I had an awesome workout with my trainer this morning. But I'm pretty sure that if I don't get up and take some ibuprofen now, I may not be able to move soon. *hurts so goooood*
Ok, so just in case you've been living under a cozy rock for the past two years, let me just say that this job market truly sucks big, hairy, sweaty monkey balls. I've pretty much resigned my self to the fact that this situation is highly unlikely to change until after the first of the year. Even the few firms and companies that were hiring have put any of those efforts on hold through the holidays. So, what this means, other than the fact that my bank account is going to be a bleak wasteland for a while, is that I have a hell of a lot of time on my hands. And, quite frankly, this having nothing to do business is driving me INSANE! Seriously, I'm going nuts!

So, for the sake of my sanity and because y'all love me, I need your help! Suggestions, ideas, plans, projects! Give 'em to me!!! I've already contacted my local Pride office to volunteer, but they're sort of slow too until after the holidays. Other volunteer suggestions? Project ideas? Hobbies? TV shows to watch? Books to read? Origami instructions? OMG, anything!!! *desperate*

*deep breaths*

Ok, despite the above, or maybe because of the above, I'm really working on this whole "stay positive" mindset. Sparkling harder, and all that. So, here are some happy, sparkly things about my Wednesday.

✶ I decided to get back on track with the Take Better Care of Me Plan, so I got in touch with my trainer and we have an appointment for him to kick my ass a workout tomorrow morning! Also, I few months ago my SIL dropped my scale and broke it, and since I didn't have a scale, my mind somehow translated that into permission to not be accountable for my nutritional decisions at all. Not good, brain, not good at all! But, I've now replaced my scale and, as of today, I'm again journaling my nutritional intake. Accountability FTW!!!

✶ I was going to warn for TMI on this one, but, who am I kidding? This is me we're talking about! Anyway, I decided to treat myself to a new vibrator today! What??? This is totally a better plan for feeling better about my life than that half gallon of chunky chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer! Taking Better Care of Me Plan, indeed! *g*

✶ I'm making plans to go see the Scissor Sisters' show in Atlanta at The Tabernacle next April! I really want to see them and they aren't doing any solo shows near me, and a group of East Coast friends were planning on going, and I'm totes doing this as a show of faith that this whole job situation will be resolved in awesome fashion by that time! *nods* So, anyone want to come with? *bats eyelashes*

Adam's Acoustic Live EP drops on December 6th!!! *flails* I'm SO happy that we're getting an acoustic version of Aftermath!!! And Soaked!!! Also, the cover is ridiculously awesome!!! )
Today's happiness, let me tell you about it! *g*

First, last night there was this:

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Thank you, boys, for the epic degrees of fanservice you are dishing up on this tour. Please feel free to lick each other any time the mood strikes. *g*


And then there are the plans for N'awlins shenanigans in September that are underway! I managed to put all my lawyerly skills to bear and persuade [livejournal.com profile] azewewish to join me and [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva for said shenanigans. Or, you know, NOT REALLY. Because, really, she did not put up much resistance. *g* But, OMG, New Orleans, and Adam, and Adam and Tommy licking each others' faces, and Saints football, and Jeremy Shockey's abs and ink, and beignets, and ME AND MY GIRLS RAISING HELL IN N'AWLINS!!!!! I might be a little bit excited about this. *g*


And then there's all the World Cup related excitement. I, sadly, missed this mornings amazing U.S. win because I had to be in court. Nevertheless, GO USA!!! I hope those boys are celebrating properly, which, you know, should include lots of post-game adrenaline fueled sex. *g*

ETA:
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More awesome picspam of pretty boys celebrating (sadly NOT with hot, post-game adrenaline fueled sex) HERE. (Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] mistresscurvy.)


But the HAPPIEST part of today involves one adorable and ridiculously hot POCKET IDOL!!! KRIS!!!!!! Tonight! I'll be skipping out of work early to drive down to Tucson with [livejournal.com profile] llandaffaz and [livejournal.com profile] zoniduck. We plan on getting lost on the way to the Rialto (dear gods, I've never managed to make it there without getting lost and then accidentally finding it!), and then we plan on stalking accidentally running into Kris and the band (what? it totally could happen by coincidence! *g*), and then we plan on ROCKING OUR FACES OFF at the show!!! Good times, people, this is sure to be damn good times.
My laptop is ill. Very ill, apparently. My Computer Guy has told me that the prognosis is not looking good. He's still working on it tonight, so I won't know for sure until tomorrow, but I may be in the market for a new laptop. In which case, I'm really considering switching to a Mac. So, flisters, any of you Mac users? Any of you recently made the jump from PC to Mac? Anyone know whether I'll be able to keep all my music files if I switch or how I'd do that? Tell me all about it!

In other less than awesome news, Russell Crowe and TOFOG won't be touring this summer after all. This is the message he just Tweeted about:

Folks,
after much tooing and froing and an unavoidable changes in other responsibilities, I am very sorry to tell you that The Ordinary Fear of God will not be touring in August this year.
Sentimentally it would have been great to mark the tenth anniversary of when we first played in Austin, but in reality it's not as important as other things.
You will be pleased to know though that Alan and I have locked in for May next year. We will be touring for 4 weeks. Sorry to those that are disappointed but we will make it up to you next May. - RC


That sort of blows. For many reasons, including the fact that he was my excuse to get to Austin and visit [livejournal.com profile] annkiri this summer. But now, at least, I can stop putting the entire month of August on hold waiting for Russell to announce tour dates. And I know what I'll be doing next May. *g*

And, thanks to Adam, I will still get to see [livejournal.com profile] annkiri this summer as she will be joining me for his Houston show! Just doing my part spreading the glitter and loveliness for all. *g*

So, yeah, some craptasticness today. But THIS has definitely been my happy place:

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From here, with thanks to [livejournal.com profile] idiosyncratic for the link.

*bites lip*
Oh, man, I just enjoyed the most epically lazy Sunday! It was fabulous!

I did very little else other than read, watch baseball, make yummy fruit smoothies for lunch, and goof around with The Nieces. It was a lovely day!

I did do a bit of trip planning that didn't involve Glam Nation tour stops. Namely a long weekend in San Diego in early September for a family wedding. This would be little fun at all if not for the fact that the wedding is at a gorgeous resort (spa time!), there will be an open bar (drunk time!) and I'm thinking of taking The Nieces so they can have a day at Sea World (fun time!).

Also, when Diana's Grove came up in conversation with my mom, she remembered me telling her that this was the last year the Grove would be operating and said she'd really like to go for a weekend. I think this is truly awesome! She really wants to go! So we're making plans to go for the Feast of Persephone in late September. It's so cool to see her so excited about this! And I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to get back to the Grove one more time. <3

In all, this has been a damn good Sunday.

countdown

Jun. 7th, 2010 01:45 pm
33 days until my first Glam Nation show!!!! *flails*

I did all of my trip planning this weekend, booked all my flights, made all my hotel reservations. Which practically guarantees that they'll now announce new dates for L.A., Phoenix and New Orleans, and completely fuck up all my plans! *laughs*

But, as of now, this is what my July Glam Nation plans look like:

>> Saturday, July 10th: Louisville, KY, with a bonus Sunday visit with Carole and Jerry who I haven't seen in more than 3 years!

>> Saturday, July 17th: Denver, CO. I'm flying in on Friday night and staying through Sunday so that I can enjoy a nice visit in Denver. Any of my Denver flisters want to meet for coffee/drinks/general fangirling???

>> Friday, July 23rd: San Francisco, CA. My mom is going with me and we're going to spend the rest of the weekend taking in the city! I'm SO looking forward to this!

>> Tuesday & Wednesday, July 27th 28th: Costa Mesa, CA (OC Fair). Finally a show with MY GIRLS!!!! [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva and I will be going to both and [livejournal.com profile] _lisalisa_ will be joining us on Wednesday. I'm sure there will also be something fried on a stick, since it is a fair. *g*

>> Friday, July 30th: San Diego, CA. [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva will again be rocking this show with me, as will [livejournal.com profile] llandaffaz. Good times!!!

Whew! That's 6 shows in 5 cities in 4 weeks! Awesomeness!!!

The tour started Friday in Willkes-Barre, PA. I'm trying to resist the tour vids until after my first show (it's hard to do!), but I did enjoy the general flailing on my Twitter feed, and if these pictures are any indication, the show is AMAZING!

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Glam Nation: First Look )


Goddamn that looks FABULOUS! It needs to be July already!!!
I cancelled the trip to L.A. this weekend. While I have my voice back, or at least a gruffer version of my voice back, the hacking cough and burning lungs are still pretty much making me miserable. Traveling was just going to take energy I did not have. So, I'm staying home and working on the whole getting better thing. I'm bummed that I won't get to see my girls, but I refuse to start the long weekend with a pity party.

*sparkling harder*

:: I have tons of new books to read, including Lynn Flewelling's latest Nightrunner book, The White Road. Spending the weekend with Alec and Seregil is not a bad thing at all!

:: Today was Rianna's last day of first grade (holy smokes she's growing up so fast!). They got to wear anything they wanted to school for their last day. Rianna chose to wear a sparkly dress AND a feather boa!!! *loves*

:: I have fresh pineapple to eat later and I'm on the hunt for the perfect watermelon this weekend! Yummy summer fruit!

:: Since I was already planning on leaving work early today I came home anyway and I think I'm going to indulge in an afternoon nap!

:: I have NO plans for the weekend! The next three days are a blank canvass that I can fill any way I want to. *revels in the possibilities*

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? *curious*
Hello, Thursday! Damn, you got here quickly. I'm still trying to dig my way out of the chaos that 2 sick days created on my desk.

But I'm distracting myself with the pretty boys from Glee. Yesterday it was Matt Morrison's ridiculously lickable abs and today it's Mark Salling delicious ARMS!!! *bites lip*

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And, I'm also greatly amused by his gooftastic facial expressions. *g* )

These are apparently from Mark's recent GQ photo shoot. Dear media, please keep taking lovely pictures of the pretty Glee boys!

Speaking of happy-making t.v. shows, season two of Drop Dead Diva premiers on June 6th! This show is DELIGHTFUL and I can't wait to have it back on my t.v.

OMG, and about those t.v. shows that are back on my t.v., FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS IS AIRING ON NBC!!! I did not KNOW this until last Friday when it suddenly showed up on my DVR. How did I not know this??? Y'all have been slacking on your flist duties by not bringing this very important news to my attention! *glares* Apparently it started running the week before that, but since the space on my DVR was full, I didn't realize I had missed the first episode until I was half way through the second and COMPLETELY LOST! *laughs* But I caught got caught up, and oh my ra, I LOVE THIS SHOW! I can't wait to get to know the new characters, and Coach Taylor continues to be one of the hottest men on the planet and his wife is one hell of a fierce and sexy bitch! *loves and loves*

Ok, and while many most of you don't care, I'm still gonna flail a bit about Adam's upcoming tour. We finally have dates for his L.A. and San Diego shows. He's playing in L.A. on July 25th and San Diego on the 30th. Which means I'll now be flying from San Francisco (where my mom and I will be catching his show on Friday the 23rd and then sticking around the city on Saturday to do fun touristy things!) to L.A. on Sunday for his show that night and then flying home on Monday morning. It also means that I'll be missing Kris Allen's show here in Phoenix on the 25th. Sorry, Pocket Idol! I really DO want to see you play live some day, but, as everyone knows, Adam is a toppy bastard and a girl's gotta have her priorities. *g*

Sooooo, this is what that last week in July is looking like: my mom and I will fly to San Francisco on Friday afternoon for the show that night and we'll kick it in the city on Saturday, on Sunday I'll fly to L.A. for that show; I'll then be flying home Monday morning and going straight to the office; then I'm flying back to California on Tuesday afternoon for the two OC Fair shows, flying back home on Thursday morning; and then again (probably, as I haven't yet worked out these details) flying out to San Diego on Friday afternoon for that show, and then flying home on Saturday morning to be here for the Lady Gaga show that night! *tries to breathe* OMG this is insane! *laughs* But I can't wait!
Let's talk about ME! *beams*

First, work has been kickin' my butt, but despite the months of 10-12 hour days, I'm still feeling fairly positive about it. Yeah, I don't even know. But I'm having FUN doing my job again and that's pretty awesome.

Second, in case y'all didn't know this, I ROCK! *g* That's true for a lot of reasons, but at the moment I'm referring to me rockin' the Take Better Care of Me Plan that is still going fantastically, if imperfectly, well. Not only have I been eating mindfully and journaling all my food for over 2 1/2 months, but I've also managed to lose 27 pounds. I could definitely be more consistent with the exercise portion of the Take Better Care of Me Plan, but I'm working on it and, more importantly, I'm not beating myself up over the imperfections. So, um, GO ME!!! \o/

Third, I've been making some summer travel plans and other plans for Fun Things To Do this summer, and I'm super excited for what's ahead!

Summer Fun )

And, here are some other fabulously sparkly tidbits for our Friday:

>> Russell Crowe and his Merry Men singing Beautiful Girls:



This brightened my whole day yesterday! And, to make it even more fantastic, according to his Twitter, they repeated this performance on the Spanish Steps in Rome later that day! *loves and loves* Can we get those damn TOFOG dates now!

>> Photos from the set of Adam Lambert's music video shoot for If I Had You where he invited all of his magical friends to take part in the all night party a la Burning Man video. Cheeks! Cassidy! Alisan! Rahab! And practically all the Zodiac cast! Eeee!!! So many fabulous people! I cannot wait to see this video!

>> Meet Adam and do good! Charity auction of an Adam Lambert concert and meet & greet to benefit City of Hope. I'm SO tempted!
 Horchata + Coffee = DELICIOUSNESS OVER ICE!!! This is possibly the most fabulous drink combo not involving tequila! So good!!! *slurps*

 MOAR ADAM!!! The official press release on Adam's Glam Nation tour today included a second show in Orange County in July! I'm still hoping that we'll see more dates on the West Coast and maybe even in Phoenix, but until then I'm all for a second OC show!

 I have my plane ticket for L.A. weekend after next!!! I get to see my girls!!! And Creepshow!!! Man, it's been ages (or you know, since February *g*) that I've been in L.A. This trip is essential to my continued state of happiness!!! :)

 Um, my Twitter feed is currently singing "Arthur's Theme." *laughs* Nothing like a little virtual Christopher Cross to brighten you afternoon! You know it's crazy, but it's true! *g*

 Daughtry!!! Tomorrow night!
My list of accomplishments for the weekend is unfortunately much shorter than I would like it to be, but on the plus side, there was a mind blowing Muse concert, some much needed lounging about, time to do some reading, a kick-my-butt-into-next-week workout with The Trainer, and at least some marginal progress on the To Do List. I'm calling it a win!

Among the weekend highlights: I GOT TICKETS FOR THE LADY GAGA SHOW IN JULY!!!! *twirls* Floor tickets sold out within minutes, so I ended up on StubHub. My credit card took a beating, but I was determined to get those damn tickets! *g* (By the way, if anyone is interested in going, I may have a few extra tickets available. Let me know!) Lady Gaga!!! It's going to be insane! I cannot wait!

Speaking of awesome music-related happenings, it looks as if I'll be in L.A. the weekend of May 8th to see MY GIRLS *smishes* and to catch Ely Rise's Birthday Creepshow!!! Exciting! Thank you [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva! I am so ridiculously looking forward to hearing Ferras live!!! (And also might have made an mildly embarrassing high pitched noise when he re-tweeted my news about going. *facepalm*) I haven't even looked at the rest of the lineup, but I'm sure it will be fabulous! There's more info and tickets HERE.

In baseball news, I am pleased with how the D'backs have started the season. Brandon Webb craziness aside (seriously, Webby, you're mind-fucking yourself -- stop that already!), it's good to see them getting things done offensively. Speaking of finally showing an offensive game, the D'backs are currently leading the Pirates 15-4!!! That's what I'm talkin' about!

And, while an injury is never good news, Miguel Montero managed to fuck up his knee in yesterday's game so this means Chris is back behind the bag!!! So much YES to this! AND he hit his first home run this afternoon! Go Chris! (With the added bonus of this serving as a rather pointed eff-you to Faux-Mgr Hinch for benching him in favor of Miguel's bat!!! *evil laugh*) I'm hoping to be able to get out to the ballpark at the end of the month for their series against the Cardinals and Phillies and I'm super excited that I'll be able to see my bb Chris playing!!! *happy dances*

And then there's THIS. )

*swallows tongue* Jfc, Adam. Kill us why don't you.

Also, I have recs! Lot's of awesome recs! There's even some Jensen in here for my Supernatural peeps. *tempts*

For Your Entertainment )

Ok. I'm off now to make the most of what's left of this Sunday. I hope everyone's weekends have been made of just as much awesome as mine!
Ok, so the Universe was looking out for me today. Normally Twitter is blocked at work, so I check it on my phone during the day. But this week, my Blackberry has been a little bitch and I haven't had a network connection for the past three days. For some reason, though, our firewalls were down today, which meant I could get on Twitter and happen to catch the breaking news that ADAM WILL BE DOING A SHOW IN PALM SPRINGS NEXT MONTH!!!!

OMFG!!! So, yeah, ROAD TRIP TO PALM SPRINGS FEBRUARY 27TH!!!!!! [livejournal.com profile] _lisalisa_ and [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva are meeting me there! And we'll be meeting up with some other fans! And, and, AND!...ADAM!!!!!!! I am ridiculously excited about this! You don't even know! There's room in my car if anyone wants to join in on the glittery shenanigans! Just sayin'.

Also of complete awesomeness today, I snagged tickets to see Daughtry when they play Glendale in April!!! And tentative plans are in the works for trekking to New Orleans in April the weekend Cassidy is slated for his NOLA shows!!! Awesome music FTMFW!!!

And, since today is apparently not being done being awesome, I'm getting ready to escape the office for a bit to meet up with a friend who I haven't seen in just way too damn long.

Goodness abounds! *g*
So, it seems as if an army of contagions stealthily entered and marched through my home last night, because everyone in the household woke up feeling like various degrees of crap. Blerg.

Suffice it to say, I wasn't feeling particularly sparkly today. But then Cheeks tweeted a serious of shiny things and replied to one of my tweets and suddenly I'm sparkling harder! *beams*

Also, in reading coverage of the Prop 8 trial, this made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside: Ms. Perry, a 45-year-old child services professional who brought the case with her partner, Sandra B. Stier, 47, and a male couple, recounted how she had slowly fallen in love with Ms. Stier. “I remember thinking that she was the sparkliest person I’d ever met,” Ms. Perry said, drawing giggles from the packed courtroom. N'awwwww x a billionty!!!!!! ♥

I like the record that these attorneys seem to be developing, one that covers both the personal side of the issue and the quantifiable harms of having to endure this kind of inequality through the experts they say they're going to put on. This case is going to be all about the record developed. And even though the trial court case is just the first step in what will be a long process, I do wish the Supreme Court would not have put the kibosh on the live streaming. I have no idea what irreparable harms they were imagining, and, more than anything, what an amazing educational opportunity for this country wasted, man. *shakes head*

Anyway, back to more sparkly things, Cassidy Haley has announced some tentative dates for his upcoming tour!!!

Two things of note: first, holy sparkly disco balls, he's playing both Phoenix AND Tucson!!!!!!!! Eeeeee!!!!! Just so you know, Arizona peoples, I'm expecting to see y'all there! And anyone who wants to roadtrip-it down to Tucson, just let me know and we will make this happen!

The second thing, and [livejournal.com profile] coolwhipdiva and I must share a brain because we had this thought virtually simultaneously, he's playing a weekend in New Orleans! And you know we were just lookin' for an excuse a good reason to plan the 2010 Hooker New Orleans Partay Weekend of Ultimate Debauchery!!! What? Of course that's the official name! *g* April 23rd and 24th, bitches! NOLA! Cassidy! Hooker shenanigans! Let's make this happen!!!!

Also, I need an icon that says "Sparkle Harder." Who's gonna make me one? *bats eyelashes*
I, for one, am damn glad that it's finally Friday! What a week, man. *huge sigh* Actually, what a couple of months! The last third of 2009 has truly kicked my ass, and I'm more than ready to see the end of it and get on with 2010.

But there is much awesomeness afoot for the end of 2009! In less than an week I will be in L.A. for several days of holiday shenanigans with my girls including Disneyland, a WeHo version of "A Christmas Carol" called Gay Apparel, the Lady Gaga concert, and plenty of drinking, and laughing, and talking, and just hanging out being awesome, as we do! *g* I'm SO looking forward to it!

And then after Christmas with the familia, I'll be back in L.A. for New Year's Eve and the Gridlock party at Paramount Studios where ADAM LAMBERT IS HEADLINING!!!!!!! It's going to be off the freakin' chain!!! And how much do I love my amazing friends that I just need to toss out this crazy idea and they're all immediately on board to support my insanity??? Lots, I tell you. I love 'em lots! *mwah* We are going to have a blast ringing in the new year!

Also of the good this week, I settled one of my big cases yesterday!!! And the best part of this is that it gets me that much closer to closing a case with clients who are completely batshit crazy. Note to self: clients who insist that God has told them what their case is worth are only going to give you more problems than they are worth. Plus, they'll eventually get around to threatening you with a divine smiting. Step away from the crazy while you still can! But, the case has settled, and now we just need to deal with probate and then I can be free of the crazy and the possibility of divine smiting! So, YAY!

And for more immediate awesomeness: tonight I promised Rianna I'd take her to see The Princess and the Frog. I'm probably more excited about this than an adult should be, but it's damn time that Disney gives us a princess of color! And this weekend I'm determined to get my cards out, my holiday shopping finished, and some baking done! Go me!

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