Thursday, December 31, 2009
The year had a crazy start. After living in two different cities for 6 months of our married life, I could finally move from LA to Nashville and be with Guy. Why did we separate? I thought I had a touring gig as a backup singer, but that ending up being a bust, and Guy wanted to start working with his band Harlott (based in Nashville).
Everything worked out though. I had my cousins and JQ to keep me company, and I started hanging out with Lorn and Bryan from YouTellConcerts.com. Those guys took me under their wings and let me be a part of their brilliant idea - a video concert review site where the fans give the review.
Before leaving to Nashville, the guys asked if I'd be interested in being the Nashville correspondent. I agreed, and it has been the best past time ever. Nashville has been great to me. I've met a lot of great people, seen some killer shows, and I have a lot of journalist experience under my belt now. Many sites have posted our videos, and I think 2010 is going to be YTC's year.
I've also started helping out with editing artist interview videos for one of Premiere's shows, "Aftermidnite." My new friend Robin and her "Entourage" have been so helpful. They welcomed Guy and I in with open arms and have shown us how this fair city works.
Now for the real fun stuff! Harlott! Guy's band is doing great. They've played in some of the more popular clubs and bars in Nashville(Mercy Lounge, Exit/In, Springwater), and they've even toured a bit (Arkansas, North Carolina). They were a big hit at Farm Jam 2009. :) They recorded their album at the famous Blackbird Studios owned by Martina McBride and her husband (thanks to our friend Leland). So 2010 brings the album and, hopefully, more touring.
Of course, things can't be perfect, and the worst thing that has ever happened to me happened this year. My dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I can't tell you how painful it is to get that news. Life just stops and there's nothing you can do, but pray and hope. Suddenly, all the success doesn't matter anymore - only family and friends (those you love).
But no more "sad trombones" (as Masa would say), all the prayers are working. Dad is responding to the chemo, and it's killing those cancer cells. Dad looks great and is active. It's been great spending more time with them this year. We live 10 hours away, so I've seen them every break I get.
My work has been supportive in letting me work from their house when I can. I love my job and my coworkers. I feel very blessed.
My cousin, Emily, had a beautiful baby boy, Marcus, this year. Guy and I got a gorgeous niece as well. Jami, Dru and Brody added Tessa to the family. We got to meet Tessa in October. We went to Nebraska. I saw my first Nebraska game. Nebraska lost, but it was still fun. Well, despite the raging hangover caused by a night of espresso vodka shots with Guy's friends. YIKES! :)
Speaking of hangovers, we are going to a big party New Year's Eve party with fake snowfall, huge video screens, and DJs. I haven't had a drink in a while, so I'll be a cheap date :) Yeah, I'll let you know how that goes.
Wishing you all a blessed, happy, healthy new year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tonight is CMA night, and yes, I'm going to the awards and some sweet afterparties thanks to my hard working, connected friends. Lucky me!
I can tell JQ loves it here, and I can't wait until she comes back to play some shows. Michael seemed to have had fun, which means a lot to us, because he's a super hard worker and deserves a little party time.
Guy has been having fun too, whether or not he chooses to admit it. He like pretending like he's a Country star. Quote: "Get me some sunglasses and a cowboy hat. I'm gonna do some interviews."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Since your vibes are so great, please extend some to a little boy named Connor (my co-worker's boyfriend's son). He's going through a delicate surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his stomach on Friday.
Monday, October 5, 2009
"I get these ideas (like a shirt that says 'loser' or 'talk to the hand')" - Jack Black (Orange County)
If you know me, you know that I always come up with ridiculous ideas that might be popular and fun, but are usually pretty silly. I never actually do anything about them, and eventually someone else comes up with it and makes money off of it.
When I moved to LA in 2003, I was working as a temp, and a co-worker and I came up with the idea for a show. It would be like The Office (only the British version was out then), except a real reality show. Temps would go through a series of tests, obstacles, interviews, etc - competing for a good paying job at a television studio. We wrote a treatment and everything, and sent it to the Writer Guild for copyright. Wouldn't you know it, The Apprentice came out a couple months later. You're fired!
I gave BiddingBride.com an honest effort, and still have that site up and running - I just don't do anything to promote it (I really should).
Then there are silly ideas, like my Spice Girl pool find. When we lived in Encino, we had a pool, and had parties all the time. We also lived right near the 99 Cent store. We needed a pool game to play, and I had my heart set on buying 5 sets of Spice Girl action figures. I wanted to throw them all in the pool, and five people would have to dive to the bottom and find one of each. The first person with a complete set of Spice Girls wins. I'm sorry, but I still want to play that game. Guy talked me out of it. Bastard :)
He has agreed to my "We Are The World" Recording Party though, so I'm pumped about that. Every person has to pick a part out of a hat. Throughout the party, people have to go into the studio and sing their part over a karaoke track. A few days later, all participants receive an MP3 of our wonderful rendition of We Are The World. Now, that's a keepsake to cherish forever.
Most recently, I've been coming up with ideas for the Electro craze. How about Electrapella?
Yup, acapella electro. Suddenly choirs are cool, right? Um...riiiiight?! A nice electrapella number would be great for that show GLEE.
The one I came up with yesterday is pretty hilarious: Elektrobicz (the K should be backwards or something). It's an exercise dance class held in the dark with awesome lighting (yeah, lasers and glowsticks and shiz) - a DJ spins and there's some raver leader of the class teaching us sweet moves. A good way to catch up on your music and exercise. Someone get Dim Mak on the phone.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I went to bed really early last night, and am now up at 3:00 AM, just thinking - waiting for time to pass or morning to come. Then, I realized - it's 9-11-09. Actually, time is racing by. Eight years.
Eight years ago, I was eating breakfast in Nahant, Massachusetts, across the water from Logan Airport with one of my roommates at the time. That's when I found out about the first plane. It was on the way home, listening to the radio when the second plane hit. The announcers were clearly watching the news, describing what they were seeing. It truly struck me when I heard a male host's voice change, where I could tell he was on the verge of tears.
We got back to the house, and watched the footage in silence. The mailman was walking the street, making his deliveries, and we invited him in. There was a sense of unity, even though we were all broken.
I called home, and talked to my mom who was shocked, yet calm. She told me to just have faith and pray. Really that's all we could do. As facts came in, the guys I lived with were pissed and wanted to enlist.
It was a horrible day. Eventually, I was emotionally drained, and made my way to bed to sleep it off. Isn't that the best escape?
The next morning, it was so quiet. The skies were still, but it was a beautiful day. People drove a little slower, and looked each other in the eye in passing. Subtly trying to comfort each other. I was sad and mad at what happened, but yet thankful for my country. It's easy to say you know how lucky you are, but when someone tries to take away your happiness, then, it's all made very clear.
I wish it never happened, but I believe we all did the best that we could individually with the situation. I didn't give them a victory. In the long run, they didn't scare me. I took it, and turned it into something that made me stronger, and I think a lot Americans did the same.
I'm going to try to go back to bed now, and I'll say my prayers, not only for my family, but for everyone who lost their life in this tragedy (and its repercussions) and their families. I'll pray that it never happens again, and to continue to make us better humans - loving, peaceful, happy, and healthy.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
However, instead of planning the next Backstreet Boys roadtrip, we were now talking about planning families, our work benefits, and the best mortgage options. After a grown-up brunch, we went for a drive. Yes, a drive.
I remember being so bored as a kid, and bummed beyond belief when Mom and Dad wanted to take us on a drive. No destination in mind, just drive and look at houses. I'd cover my face, being completely embarrassed at the slow speed my father was going, hoping the person behind us wouldn't beep. Now, I wish I could go back in time and appreciate those drives. Sometimes, my parents would walk through the Open Houses held at mansions in Newport, R.I.
As we cruised around a gorgeous community, we thought about doing the same.
I heart a good drive.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thank God I have Guy and some awesome friends here in Nashville to help get my mind off things.
We spent the holiday on the rooftop of Grahamn Central Station downtown. Wynonna Judd performed and the fireworks were beautiful...despite the downpour. It was definitely a unique and fun experience.
We finished the night at 12th & Porter, jamming to my new favorite Nashville band, Sterling Y. And then, we danced to Coach vs. Kase. I was pretty disappointed to find out that Justin Kase isn't a fan of LMFAO, but I still adore Coach & Kase. Besides, they'll still kiss LMFAO's asses when they come to town, and there's no way to stop what's about to occur when that album drops on July 7th.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day. God Bless America! God bless your pretty little heads. Don't forget about those prayers.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I love Michael. One of my earliest MJ memories was when I slept over my cousin's house, and my Uncle Bobby rented "Thriller." I didn't want to seem like a baby, so I lied on the floor facing the TV hoping nobody would see that my eyes were actually closed. I was petrified!
I remember being super excited about the "Black or White" video coming out. There was so much hype, and it seemed like the whole world was tuned in waiting. You could almost feel the electricity. It was awesome how the video itself actually portrayed that unity MJ brought that night throughout the US (and the world!).
MJ was a lover of unity and peace. There was some unusual behavior, but he didn't have a normal life. Our 'normalacy' is based on the experiences we have through interaction while growing up. MJ's interaction was with coworkers, fans, and a family of fellow musicians who were jealous or expecting Michael to reach the next goal.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
fuckin DAYVE MATTHEWS
the weed smoke.
wow, that guy was hammered.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Last night, we went to a benefit for a local label guy who lost his house (and almost his life) in the tornado last week. My new boyfriend played. I call him "Country Guy." His real name is Jason Michael Carroll.
Tonight, I'm covering the Rites of Spring with Q-Tip, Santigold, and T.I.
Tomorrow - Duff McKagan's Loaded! So much going on!
Monday, April 13, 2009
On Saturday, I watched hours of "The United States of Tara." Quite Funny!
And yesterday, we celebrated a fabulous Easter with friends. I wonder if Bret Michaels was the main subject of everyone's Easter. The anticipation of the Rock of Love finale was too much for this girl to handle.
I may not have been dead on with my prediction, but at least Taya was in my top three. See January 4th post for confirmation.
Friday, April 10, 2009
We ask ourselves. Did Kanye really write this? For some reason, I don't think Kayne would use the word "douche."
From Kanye's Blog:
SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOUTH PARK! I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY EGO THOUGH. HAVING THE CRAZY EGO IS PLAYED OUT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE AND CAREER. I USE TO USE IT TO BUILD UP MY ESTEEM WHEN NOBODY BELIEVED IN ME. NOW THAT PEOPLE DO BELIEVE AND SUPPORT MY MUSIC AND PRODUCTS THE BEST RESPONSE IS THANK YOU INSTEAD OF "I TOLD YOU SO!!!" IT'S COOL TO TALK SHIT WHEN YOU'RE RAPPING BUT NOT IN REAL LIFE. WHEN YOU MEET LITTLE WAYNE IN PERSON HE'S THE NICEST GUY FOR EXAMPLE. I JUST WANNA BE A DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AM. I NEED TO JUST GET PAST MYSELF. DROP THE BRAVADO AND JUST MAKE DOPE PRODUCT. EVERYTHING IS NOT THAT SERIOUS. AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A BITCH THIS TYPE OF SHIT WILL HAPPEN TO ME. I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I'M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE BUT I'M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. I'M SURE THE WRITERS AT SOUTH PARK ARE REALLY NICE PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DRAW MY CREW. THAT WAS PRETTY FUNNY ALSO!! I'M SURE THERE'S GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THIS... THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW IT'S ME!
As I always say: "You know you've made it once South Park makes fun of you."
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This is the actual song:
And I memorized it:
You can dress a sauce packet on the Taco Bell site now. This is my sauce packet depiction of my friend Jennifer Quiroz.
Seriously, It would be so rad to be able to tell people that you are responsible for writing the witty phrases on Taco Bell Sauce Packets.
Help! I can't tell where I am. It's dark and I can hear laughing.
I'm taking the day off. See next packet.
At night the sporks pick on me.
I'm in good hands now.
This space for rent. Inquire within.
Will you scratch my back?
Can I drive?
Polly want a taco?
The road to mediocrity is littered with empty ketchup packets.
Mild sauce...the new ketchup.
The official sauce of Taco Bell.
Live life one sauce packet at a time.
Warning! You're about to make a taco very happy.
Nice palm. I read a great deal of pleasure in your future.
My sauce is a honor student at Taco State.
I'm just doing this between films.
Open quickly...I'm burning up in here.
If you throw this, would it be a flying saucer?
Willing to relocate.
Will you marry me?
Why order a taco when you can ask it politely?
When I grow up, I want to be a waterbed.
My other taco is a Chalupa.
Save a bun. Eat a taco.
Single hot sauce seeking friendship, maybe more.
Not to be used as a floatation device
You had me at taco.
Do you add sauce left to right, or right to left?
IM A HOT T R U 2?
Use your stomach, not your mind.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I know I said I'd put up the Roadtrip to Nashville video, and have yet to do so. BUT, I think this video will be easier to edit, and should be up soon.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I thought that I should reach out and formally thank you for your help in getting my program to Trevor. After a few months of staying in touch with him, he found a spot for my show on one of the Premiere/XM channels. However, I credit you for pointing me in the right direction from the beginning. Getting my package to him etc. It's probably small to you. But it's big to me.
And Mama raised me to say Please, and Thank you. You rock! And if I can ever do anything to return your efforts, write a letter of recommendation, or anything else let me know. You have 5 new allies on Capitol Hill. So consider it your key to the city. And let us know when you are on the east coast.
much thanks to you
The Capitol Hill Blues
Rock the Vote Radio
Thank you so much for this email. It truly brought tears to my eyes, and is one of the most rewarding emails I have ever received. I'm "just an assistant," but it's nice to know that what I do does help in some way.
I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on the show, and your success!
And his reply:
again you rock,and I will echo that in my future conversations with Premiere.
In school, I had a rival who was "just someone's assistant" Sean P-diddy Combs". But he turned being an assistant into a springboard, by speaking up for himself! just a little FYI
Just feels good :)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
"Strange" was my favorite out of the selection, and it was the first played. It had a nice modern rock feel to it that could be attractive to a younger generation of Country fans, and maybe some crossover listeners as well. Now is the time to get a song like that out there, while CHR and Hot AC fans are finally giving Country a chance thanks to one Taylor Swift! The lyrics were great too. Definitely something that could be enjoyed by the whole family.
The last song they played had a cool Classic Rock hook that I loved, but it didn't switch up as much as "Strange." The other songs were good - but didn't stick out. They were geared toward the classic Reba fans, which works. Typical Reba is still the bomb diggity! Gotta keep it real - and she does.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Scalla sent me this, knowing that I would appreciate such an event. I damn near wet myself laughing. Fabulous idea!
That's not a religious figure enjoying a snack, that's a man with a Snuggie! (Screenshot from video on Snuggie's official site)"Blankets are okay, but they slip and slide, and when you need to reach for something, your hands are trapped inside," laments the TV commercial for the Snuggie--the blanket that comes with two arms. Never has "lying on the couch" been made so convenient as it has since the product's arrival on the market. And just when you thought you and your new best friend were relegated to the confines of your own home, an event slated to take place soon in Los Angeles can bring Snuggie-wearing booze-enthusiasts together, out in public.
The 2-Armed Blanket, Booze, & You: It's the Snuggie Pub Crawl
The SnuggiePubCrawl.com Team is hosting the first-ever Snuggie Pub Crawl here in our fair city. The "Team" is not affiliated with the blanket-makers, just very fond of, it would seem, drinking while covered--but not restricted--by a blanket. And why not? If at the very least, it will make for some fun photo ops of people assembled in cult-esque robes moving from bar to bar (think SantaCon).
They haven't set the date yet, but plans are underway. You can sign up to be a part of the cuddly insanity, and as they encourage, "even though it's just a blanket with sleeves, we're sure that you'll enjoy a winter evening spent drinking with friends and the Snuggie." Winters being what they are here, and the warming effects of alcohol considered, you might want to dress light under your Snuggie. Proceeds from the event are going to help care for orphans at the AC-Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania, which rescues orphans from the streets of Tanzania whose parents have been victims of HIV and TB. Donations will go directly to providing food, clean water, clothing and schooling for these children. (Perhaps they could use Snuggies, too?)
In other news - the Kaufmans are having their baby boy right now! Sources tell me he will be named Alexander Warren Kaufman. I shall call him A-Dubs :)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Now forward, change the answers to suit you and pass it on.
It's really hard to only use one word answers.
Be sure to send back to the person you received it from!
Where is... your cell phone? coat
Your significant other? desk
Your hair? up
Your mother? adorable
Your father? generous
Your favorite thing? love
Your dream last night? nothing
Your favorite drink? soda
Your dream/goal? sing
What room are you in? office
Your hobby? concerts
Your fear? boredom
Where do you want to be in 6 Yrs? mother
Where were you last night? Josh's
Something that you aren't? hungry
Wish list item? money
Last thing you did? email
What are you wearing? blue
Your pets? saved
Your life? happy
Your mood? decent
Missing someone? always
Your car? tiny
Something you're not wearing? earrings
Your favorite store? dollar
Your favorite color? purple
When is the last time you cried? month
Who will resend this? Colleen
Where do you go to over and over? work
Five people who email me regularly? friends (Is this a trick question?. I thought we could only use one word)
My favorite place to eat? Mexican
Favorite place I'd like to be right now? Florida
Four people I think will respond: trick (Again...geez!)
Friday, February 13, 2009
What does Rambo do when we are gone? Run around? Try to jump on top of the fridge to get his treats? Steal my hair ties and hide them? I wish he'd lint roll his hair off the furniture and my clothes, or do the damn dishes.
When we get home, he is so tired. He either pops out from under the couch - eyes all red and sleepy, or we can't find him. Where is he? This only happens when the bed is made; He finds his way under the covers so he's just a lump on the bed under the blankets. FOUND YOU - LITTLE RASCAL FLATTS!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
So here's a series of strange coincidence: As the Jane's Addiction song goes: "Been Caught Stealing, Once When I Was Five." I was five when I first got caught, weird! The next and last time I was caught stealing, I lifted a bunch of Jane's Addiction CDs (hmm...odd correlation).
Obviously, this was before I had the option to download from Napster or burn a copy of a friend's CD. I didn't get caught with the Jane's CDs though. No alarm went off, so I went back in and snagged a couple copies of a Mariah Carey release. The alarm went off, and I motioned at my friend to "GO, GO!" She peeled off in the yellow Volvo. (AKA...THE LEMON) We were some wack-ass fugees. Ooo La, La, La!
Moral of the story...you shouldn't steal -especially music, or orange Tic Tacs. That shiz will haunt you for life.
Monday, February 2, 2009
For some viewers Sunday in Arizona, Super Bowl XLIII was briefly XXX.
About 10 seconds of pornographic material interrupted the Arizona Cardinals' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers for some Comcast cable customers watching Tucson's KVOA-TV telecast of the game, according to the Associated Press.
Apparently, only those Comcast subscribers watching the game in standard definition -- as opposed to high-def -- saw the inappropriate scoring drive.
Both KVOA, which said the telecast was clean when it left the station, and the cable company are conducting investigations, AP said.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I have an hour worth of ridiculous road trip footage that I need to edit. I've been trying to use the editing software on Guy's computer, but it's very new and different to me. I promise, I'll get a segment up this weekend.
Things to look forward to in the road trip episodes:
- In and Out of Vegas in an hour or less
- Goofing around in the Grand Canyon
- Road Trip Games: such as, The Dirty Alphabet Game and Vocal Warmups
- Pappy and his crystal ball on Route 66
- And my personal favorite...having dinner at a Mexican restaurant next to the Days Inn, observing a middle school birthday party doing the Cha Cha Slide on the dance floor. Random and weird. (Totally reminded me of the time on the Magic Carpet Time Tour when John Foss and I crashed a high school prom in the middle of nowhere. God, we were ballsy.)
So far I'm liking Nashville, except for the fact that our pipes froze in our log cabin yesterday, which meant no shower for me.
I went to see Celine Dion on Tuesday. It was great. I worked my "concert gypsy" magic and scored a $10 ticket and walked my way to the floor. You know how I roll...and then brag about it. :)
Tonight, Guy and I are going to see Reel Big Fish.
Okay, I need your opinion:
Should Guy and I move into a High Rise Apartment Downtown (this is probably the only city we'll be able to afford one in) or should we go for a cottage type apartment?
Comment, and let me know...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I'm not going to lie...it's freakin' cold- and I've been sick the entire journey, but it's been fun none the less. I'm currently losing my mind because I haven't been able to check email since I left. Just checked it. Apparently, Mary has a very important project for me that needs to be done ASAP, and she hasn't been able to get in touch with me. Thank God for Michael and the reps. Hopefully, my computer will show up tomorrow.
Well, Guy's getting annoyed with my blogging, so I gotta get ready. We're going to drive by Graceland today. We woke up this morning with raised upper lips and a craving for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Weird.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I wish Lady Gaga was big during my wedding. If you went, you know that I had string quartet versions of Guns N Roses, Elton John, and Queen playing before and during the ceremony.
PS. I've made myself sick stressing out about this move to Nashville. OMG - 2 days!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
So, here's my projection for Rock of Love 3 "winner:" Kelsey