Daily Archives: February 29, 2012

Romantic Re-Writes


I was sick and in bed most of the day.  I woke up and thought OMG American Idol is coming on soon…. and my next thought was OMG I haven’t posted anything on my blog yet!!  I’m doing NaBloPoMo, which is short for National Blog Posting Month where you are supposed to post every day during the month.  So I started writing at the same time I was watching Idol.  As soon as it was over and I sent my post I kept thinking….. why do I feel like I’m forgetting something????  Then it came to me!  Oh yeah!  I have a guest post for you guys for Leap Blog Day!

Marianne from webandofmothers.blogspot.com wrote up today’s post!  Click here to read the other blogs that are participating.

When Donna asked me to guest post for My Garden Blue, I was so honored! A talented writer had sought me out to share my alcohol-infused voice of irreverence and ineptitude. Not one to shirk my responsibilities, I carefully reviewed Donna’s blog in order to fully appreciate her niche. That’s when I got really nervous.

Donna is kinda crafty.

And romantic.

And she reads more than just People Magazine.

Oh crap. I am the kind of person who outsources her kids’ projects to family because I’m bad with glue. My husband and I show our devotion to each other not with romantic love notes, but rather by getting up from the couch during Dexter to microwave some popcorn. Worst of all, the only book I have picked up in recent memory is my Weight Watchers Guide to Eating.

I am a blog embarrassment.

Still, I trudged on. I had made the commitment. I was a woman of my word. So I asked Donna if there were topics she preferred. She kindly suggested a story on how I met my husband. My palms got a little sweaty and I wondered if I should fabricate a nobler version of reality. In deference to editorial integrity and pitiful first-meets everywhere, I opted for truth.

I met my husband at the Old St. Pat’s Block Party in Chicago (as seen on TV’s Oprah). My girlfriend and I were three sheets to the wind when another over-served attendee approached. He smiled at us, nodded his head, and asked bravely: “Hey ladies. Want a bratwurst?”

That’s right. My future husband, father of my three children, charmed me with an offer of sausage.
Since that fateful day, I have suggested to Joe that we twist the tale a teensy bit and tell our kids we met at church (which isn’t exactly a lie…the church was right there). He remains quite comfortable with how our first introduction went down. No creative license necessary. End of story.

I’m not sure what this tale reveals about me or our relationship. Despite our inauspicious start, we are pretty happy with how things played out. We get along well. We like to golf and watch Pawn Stars. He cooks, I clean. He kills spiders, I handle the parent-teacher conferences. He saves the city from disaster as a Chicago fireman, I save my children from killing each other.

A match made not in heaven, but rather at the western gate of the Chicago Loop.

(If you are interested in reading more from Marianne, please visit at either webandofmothers.blogspot.com or her Chicago Parent Magazine blog, Failing with Gusto (link to http://www.chicagoparent.com/community/failing-with-gusto).

Crazy TV watcher


That’s me.  I can’t believe this.  I am one who NEVER watches TV.  I always have so many things I want to do that I can’t just sit still.  When I go to the movies I just keep thinking of all the things I could be doing.  I haven’t been to the movies in quiet a while.  The best movies to watch at the theater involve space, planets, and spaceships!  I loved watching Star Trek movies at the theater.  I am really more of a music person.  I actually have a really hard time typing “theater” without reversing the er at the end.  I am more of a “theatre” going person.  There is this little place downtown called the Empress Theatre where you can go watch plays, listen to great music, and watch some fantastic dancing of various types.  I would much rather go there than sit and watch a movie.

Anyway, now that American Idol 11 has started I am addicted!  Of course my TV is connected to a computer with media center and that computer is old and has issues.  I had completely forgotten how to even use it so I had to ask one of my kids for help.  When something goes wrong they are like Scotty on Star Trek who has to fix the engine or get weapons or shields back online before everyone dies.  American idol was about to come on and they were back there clanging around and changing out spark plugs or something.  I was about to freak out like the Tasmanian Devil if I didn’t get to see every minute of the show, including the 5 minute introduction that is the same every time.  That is how bad I am.  Now my kids get the TV all set up on Idol nights well before the show comes on.  They mute the TV and give me both controllers before taking off to their rooms.  One controller is for the TV and one is for the media center on the computer.  I think there is another for the toaster too.

This is actually the first season I have ever watched on TV.  In the past I have waited until it was all over and watched the highlights on youtube.  Sometimes I watch it years later.  This past winter I watched Season 10 first and then I watched season 9 in bits and pieces on youtube.  When I heard season 11 was starting I decided to actually tune in this time on TV.  The auditions are a little boring but the actual show just started yesterday and it was great.  There are so many great singers and so many of the ones they cut were great too!    I was like a guy watching a football game shouting “what!?!” or “oh, come on!”….at the TV.

There is this little guy named David Leathers that is 17 (but looks like he’s 12) and sounds like a young Michael Jackson.  He is amazing but he didn’t make it into the top 24.  I know there has got to be more ways to “make it big” for these great young people than American Idol.

Last night I watched the 13 guys sing and they are all really good.  A few of them I didn’t like as much but it wasn’t because they weren’t good; They just sing music I don’t like.  Funny thing though is I really like HeeJun Han but he mostly sings R&B/Soul type music and I really don’t like that type of music at all.  He just has this smooth voice with a bit of a rasp that I just love.   For his audition, when he said he was going to sing “How am I supposed to live without you” by Michael Bolton I thought, “oh gag” but I loved it!  He just adds something more to it that wasn’t there before.  I did end up voting for him though but there are several others that I would hate to see get booted off the show.  Like Jermaine Jones!  He has an awesome deep voice and sings with such emotion.  There is also Phillip Phillips, Creighton Fraker, and Colton Dixon.  There are so many great talents to choose from!

Last night I watched each person sing and just had to vote for my favorite HeeJun Han!  When he sing Angels he gave me goosebumps!  Although, his reason for choosing that song (at the end of the video) was what really got me.

(for some reason my post got cut off here and I have to rewrite the rest.  I’m really not happy with wordpress today.)

Well I can’t remember what all I wrote about the girls but basically they were all really good except Bambie… I mean, Baylie Brown.  She is a beautiful girl with her boobs cinched up tight in this pink gown but her singing wasn’t good.  Her notes here off and it sounded like bad karaoke.

I voted for my favorite Shannon Magrane but it was a hard choice because there were so many talented girls!

Tomorrow will be rough because they will be making a lot of cuts.