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Sick but colorful

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I have been so sick.  I think I have the black plague.  It just wont go away!  I have been sick since about the 2nd week of January.  I’ll have a day or so where I think, “hey, I think I’m getting better” and then usually that night I’ll get really insanely sick again and cough all night.  I’m not even sure I have any lungs now.  I’ve been coughing so hard my throat is raw and I sound like…..a frog…a really scary, craggy, next to dead frog.  I haven’t been able to do anything creative and I’ve been barely able to read or focus on anything for long.  I don’t want to try to make a card either because I don’t want to contaminate all my craft stuff and I really don’t think anyone would like a cute card laced with Black Plague cootie glitter.  But, I always seem to find a way to do something art/craft related.

I introduce you to Colourlovers.com

I found this a while back actually and didn’t realize it.  I have a twitter account that I still am not sure what to do with or why I have it at all…. but I was messing around with the design of my profile and they have this thing called Themeleon.  I clicked on that and was taken to this website which is part of the above mentioned “colourlovers” website.  They have some really cool designs to use as backgrounds and really nice color palettes.  That must have been in the fall because I had this neat fall leaves design going on.  I decided it was time to change that to something more springy but at the moment it seems to be broken. I hope they will fix it soon. Anyway, I ended up clicking the header that says “Colour Lovers” and went to the main website and there I stayed….. playing with digital paint for a very long time.

So there are these 5 blocks of gray.  I can play with the rainbow thing until I find a color I like and click to set it and move to the next square.  After I have five colors chosen for my palette I name it.  It is then available to use to color designs by me or anyone else that is a member.  People can “love” your palettes and your designs and leave you nice comments.  Also, if you happen to use a color that no one has named yet, you get to name it and it goes in a list of “your colors”  I have a ton of colors.

I really enjoy creating palettes and designs using inspiration around me like music or a pretty fabric bag.  I get creative with the names also.

I usually watch the Voice and American Idol but this whole week I have missed all shows because I’ve been so sick.  I was able to listen to the American Idol performances on Youtube and I was inspired by Jessica Meuse’s performance of Call Me by Blondie.

I really love her because of her COLOR.  The pink she has in her hair is a color I love.  Then she added some blue as a sign of her support for Autism Awareness and that is another color I love.  National Autism Awareness Month this year began on Tuesday, April 1 and ends on Wednesday, April 30.  Show your support by sporting some blue.

I don’t know how she pulls off those colors in her hair but she does.  I know if I tried it I would just look like a clown.

I designed this palette inspired by Jessica Meuse.

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Color by COLOURlovers

And here is where I applied those colors to a striped pattern

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Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers
I can create my own designs using shapes and lines they have available or I can color designs other people have made. I am so glad I found this creative outlet for times like this.

Oh, and I did enjoy her singing.  I have listened to that video about a hundred times.  Nearly all the performances from Wednesday night were very good and I keep playing them all.  I really think they should just quit right now and just make them all Idols.  I really hate the eliminations.  It always makes me cry.

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NaBloPoMo again

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I signed up for NaBloPoMo yet again since my goal is to blog every day for as long as possible throughout this year.  It is amusing to me that NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month but you can sign up any or every month.  The idea is  that you will improve your writing skills the more you write and read other blogs.  So far I have made it through January and February.  February was not a good month for me as far as my blog writing.  I was sick for most of February and my family has proven to be very proficient at passing germs around like a volley ball.  With my health issues I always get anything there is to get…. except money.

Well, this month the theme is “Whether” (or Weather) and I think I might actually use this prompts this time.   I wasn’t much interested in the theme for last month (Relative) so I never used any of the prompts.  This months prompts seem to be a little more interesting asking questions with comparisons.  I guess we shall see.  So here goes!

Thursday, March 1, 2012
How do you feel about uncertainty? Is it exciting or scary?

Both, depending on the cause of the uncertainty but mostly it is nerve wracking.  When it comes to my health it can be very scary.  Waiting for test results is always tortuous.  Waiting for a baby (especially if you don’t know the sex) can be very exciting but things could also turn out to be scary if the baby isn’t healthy.  My son travelling to New Mexico with his school for the Academic Decathlon is both exciting and scary to me.   I know he is smart and will do well but he is also naive.  Never knowing when and where the next school shooting will happen is terrifying. There are unstable people of all ages out there in the world just waiting to “lose it” and we can never be prepared for that.

Oh, and I have to add, waiting to see who makes it through to the next round of American Idol is extremely nerve wracking!

The thing is, nothing in life is certain.  Life is certainly never easy either.  There are always going to be things that turn out bad or just not the way we wanted it to, but life goes on.  We can’t stop living because of all of life’s uncertainties.

Crazy TV watcher

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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.

Music in my heart

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I’m addicted to music.  I listen to music all day long.  Lately I’ve been listening to older music and loving it.  I just love the Beatles.  A friend just told me about a website called Upchucky.com. The name of the website does not make me think of music but I won’t say what it does make me think of.  Anyway, it is a music site where you can pick a time and listen to the music from then.  It was great.  I clicked on the 60’s and the first song was “Hey Jude”.  I listened to that for a long time today and then took some cold medicine and took a huge nap.  I’ve getting sicker now.  My son passed it on to me and I’ve been coughing my brains out all day.  I couldn’t miss American Idol though.  That is the only thing I watch on TV.   I loved today’s show.  I love it when they get to the big stage and they can sing what they want to sing.  I like almost all of the singers and it is hard to select only one as a favorite.  I was glad to see they brought Jermaine Jones back but I still like Heejun Han the best.  I just love his personality and of course, his voice.  I’m curious to see what happens tomorrow.

My son Jared is in the newspaper today.  There is a large picture at the top of his team (in blue shirts) studying at the Academic Decathlon.  Jared is up  at the top – the skinny one with glasses next to the blond girl that is facing the camera.  Of course they misspelled his name but he doesn’t seem too upset about it.  I still can’t believe my BABY is that big.   He was always crazy smart but when he was little it was much more noticeable.  What is frustrating is his grades are not very good.  He just coasts along and does the least he can get by with.  He told us one day that he only had to do 70% to pass so why work harder?  I just wanted to choke him.  I was always the type that got upset if I didn’t get a perfect score and where I went to school  79% was a failing grade.  His scores at this competition prove he is capable of so much more!  He brought home 5 1st and 2nd place metals in various subjects, in addition to the one for the team, and there were a lot of kids there from all over the state!  I am hoping this thing will help him see how much farther you can get by doing your best.  He got a $1000 scholarship and since he is a numbers man and is already crunching the numbers on how much college is going to cost him, I think he might start trying to do better.  Next stop is New Mexico and I think he’s hoping to snatch up a little more money for college.

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Today was a payback day…. for having such a good day yesterday.  That happens a lot with fibromyalgia.  Yesterday I did a lot of walking around, shopping and going to restaurants.  I felt great all day but this morning I woke up tired.  I couldn’t concentrate and could not get warm.  I ended up going back to sleep and slept till after 1pm.

I did talk to my sister a long time today.  My sister makes me so happy.  It never fails, when I feel bad or down, I call my sister and she perks me right up.  I miss her so much.

I laid down for several hours and then just got up to watch American Idol.  Some of the cuts they made broke my heart.  Especially after they made it through after their performance and then they had to go back and make some more cuts.  I was really surprised that they cut Candice Glover.  She was really, really good!  I mean, if she had an album I would buy it!  I think they made a mistake.  Candice has a killer voice and I’m just going to sit back and wait for her to reach full glory.

Okay, tomorrow is going to be a better day for me.  I’m going to rest up and get ready to tackle the day tomorrow.