Random Updste: On Tour

Last year, my college roommate, Blair, and I had the luxury of touring the mid-west to see Bruce Springsteen. I mean, if by touring, you know I mean to Louisville and Chicago along with our home cities. We really get around.

But it was good, great actually, as the shows were different in each city. And for us, it was money well-spent and a great weekend escape.

There are two artists I’d go almost anything to see – one is Bruce the other is U2.

So, as luck would have it, U2 is touring this year. They’re coming to Cleveland – and with the pre-sale codes, we could have gotten $500 standing room only in-front of stage tickets. Blair and I discussed it. We were really too old to have to stand for all that time and the idea of having to defend our space seemed like too much. Blair doesn’t like crowds all that much and I am not sure I like people all that much. Instead, we opted for seats. And got amazing seats off the side of the stage. They were not cheap. We got four not cheap tickets. It was more than my monthly mortgage payment. We decided we couldn’t tell the guys how much we spent.

And then, the band announced tickets in Louisville. At the last minute (the day tickets went on sale) we decided we’d try for tickets there. I mean, with The Diva having a condo there, we have a free place to stay so it’s almost like a free show. Again, tickets more than my house payment were purchased.

Hangs head in shame.

So my big vacation plans this year, apparently another mid-west tour of America and stadiums this summer.! :)

05. April 2017 by grace
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Tyler Goes Home

Tyler has been back in Australia for the last month – his mother hasn’t been doing well and was in the hospital. It was serious enough to make Tyler head home and just be with his parents. His mother, Mum, has he calls her, is finally home from an extended hospital stay so I asked him how it was going, being the primary caretaker and all that.

The idea amuses me greatly, since Tyler has never really had to be in a role like this before and he is rather oblivious to the needs of other people.

He said his mother was quite demanding. The whole thing was exhausting to him.

I was even more amused.

“I would prefer to be the one being waited on, I think.” he said, not seeing how funny it all was.

03. March 2017 by grace
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The Bear?

I was talking to my mother yesterday, telling her about the audible.com new series on TedTalks, called Sincerely X, and asked her if she knew about TedTalks. 

Her response: “Is that that bear?” 

I put my head down and tried to conceal my laughter. I don’t think I did a very good job. 

02. February 2017 by grace
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In The Mix

“Where’s your mixer?” my mother asked. She was over my house, standing in the kitchen, her hands on her hips, disapproving on my organization. She had come over to make mashed potatoes for the holiday meal. Her recipe was one where you make them the day ahead of time and cook in the crockpot. Cream cheese was involved. 

They are heaven on earth.

She asked again, “Where’s your mixer?”

At one point in my life, I had a hand mixer.

At this point in my life, I had no idea where it was.

With the total kitchen remodel, I think it probably got lost in the packing and unpacking of everything.  I walked over to my purse, pulled a $20 out of my wallet and told her it was at the nearby K-Mart.

Of course, she gave me a disapproving look with a heavy sigh. 

20. January 2017 by grace
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I think it’s fitting that today My iPhone randomly played “Eve of destruction” as I was heading into work.

I didn’t even know I had that song on my iPhone.

Happy Friday. Gonna be a long four years.

Hope we don’t die.

20. January 2017 by grace
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22. December 2016 by grace
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Text Message of the Day: from The Diva

Teague is barking at water bowl, it had water but I guess he only drinks fresh water. I filled bowl and he looked at me in that “look what I have to deal with glance ” and drank his water.

Pretty picky for a dog once on death row.

13. December 2016 by grace
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It’s Thanksgiving here in the US. The turkey is in the oven. The mashed potatoes are cooking in the crockpot. There’s brussel sprouts. Cranberries. Stuffing. Pies galore.

Here, we celebrate things we are thankful for. Ironic that we can also celebrate the American Consumer consumption of Black Friday – where there are deals too good to pass up for all your Christmas needs. And, thanks to the Internet, we don’t even have to leave our houses.

And that, my friends, is probably a good thing no one has stuffed we will be after dinner.

Here, along the shores of Lake Erie, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is smaller than years past. People couldn’t make it into town are due to illnesses or work schedules. And with my mother still being homeless, she was not up to the big fancy feast. Initially I was promised this holiday to have an hosted at my house. Even bought new dishes and bakeware My mother decided to give it away to another family member, forgetting that she told me I could host it. I know there are bigger issues in world than empty promises so I let it go. My mother makes no apologies, such is the Diva way.

Anyway hope you guys all have a lovely long weekend if you’re lucky enough to have one. Remember what’s important – friends, family, love tons.

24. November 2016 by grace
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How About Those Results

My typical, boring routine is that when I get home from work and and I finally have the chance to sit down in front of the tv, with a dog on each side of me begging for belly rubs, is that I like to watch The Daily Show, recorded from the night before. But this past week, I’ve been so broken-hearted and unable to watch. All related to our new President. Truth be told, I’ve been unable to watch or read anything regarding the election results. And just when I thought I was getting better, word came on the Cabinet choices.

I looked for a rock to crawl under for the next four years. When that wasn’t available, my blanket and pillow were.

I’ve been unable to sleep. I’ve lost my appetite. I feel sick, but am getting better, day by day. So long as I don’t check out cnn.com and any news tv show.

Its just so … I struggle with the right words. It’s not that I am a sore loser. I think its that I cannot seem to comprehend how many people think behavior like that – from the angry tweets to the hate aimed at people – people of disability, of different religious view, of different background, of different skin tones – seems to be ok for so many Americans across the country.

If its not ok, I don’t get that people think they can pick and choose the good parts of a candidate and ignore the ugly.

And sure, we can ride out these next four years – the sun is still going to rise each day. I get that. But still, I feel like this is an embarrassment for us on the global stage. Most of all, I think I am heartbroken for the future of the Supreme Court with the pending appointment and any future ones to come. What will happen to gay marriage? What about Roe V Wade?

One of my grade school friends, before the election, said that she didn’t think the world was ready for a female leader. I know she was just reciting what he husband had said. I listed off the other countries with a long history of female leaders. India. The UK. Germany. She seemed in shock and managed to rationalize that it might be ok for other countries but not for her. I am sad for her daughter, who might believe that she is less because she was born a girl. I am sad for all the girls here, who have been shown that rude, cruel behavior by a man doesn’t mean that he is unqualified to be a leader.

I am not sure what the answer is for me in the days to come. Some of my friends, whom I have the upmost respect for, have taken a break from social media – mostly Facebook. it’s too much of a drain on them emotionally. I felt my heart lighten upon hearing that. Its not a bad idea. Still, I know that ignoring it won’t make this problem go away. It won’t make the polarizing country any better even if it makes mine slightly less noisy.

So, If you need me any time soon, I will eventually come out of hiding under my blanket.

14. November 2016 by grace
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Happy Fri…

03. November 2016 by grace
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