Friday, June 19, 2009


While peruising my calendar I realized that my three days off for fourth of july come just two work days before another day off.....

So I decide.....sweet I'll take two vacation days and score a 6 day vacation for only 2 days of vacation time.

Before submitting my vacay days to my boss I checked my Activities Calendar and just realized that, of course- on one of those two days I have planned a big dance for my residents.


Vacation Dreams Obliterated.

For now anyway - its coming though - mark my words.

In other news... A local radio station is giving away front row tickets to the NKTOB concert which I had hoped to win...

That is until they released the rules of the SUPER FAN SCAVENGER HUNT

They've posted a list of 50 vintage NKTOB items that must be presented during business hours between Mon and Wed of next week. Including bed sheets, lunchbox, all five dolls, posters, buttons, stickers, jackets, video tapes, etc.

The only thing I have left of my new kids hysteria is a couple of trading cards, tapes, and a recording of me at age 7 singing their songs. I checked ebay for many of the items- and sure they're posted but I would probably end up spending twice as much as a I would on a two-pack of mediocre tickets and still wouldn't be assured that I would receive the items in time - mof I'm pretty sure I wouldn't.

Not that I can even find anyone to go with me at this juncture anyhow. How sad would it be if I went alone......

Pretty pitiful huh?

Also ---

Ohio weather is sucking right now. It has rained everyday and when its not raining the air just hangs like a wet blanket. Its going to be 93 degrees outside today.

But at least its Friday.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

NKOTB and Me?

Last night I had a dream. I dreamed that I went to the NKTOB reunion concert and it was awesome.

This may seem inconsequential to most.

And lame to even more of you.

But I woke up this morning with the realization that if I don't go to their concert a week from this Saturday at Riverbend - I'm really going to regret it.

Many of you may also feel the way that I feel- if not about NKTOB then maybe about some other band - but for those who do not ... let me elaborate.

I was among the youngest age group that obsessed over the New Kids on The Block. Sure, I caught on at the tail end of their popularity- but being very young I didn't recognize the time period lapses between their tapes being released, or which tape came out when, or that the older girls were moving on to Bush and Nirvana and the boy bands of the 80s were fading into oblivion.

I did recognize that there was a group of very cute, oh-so-cool boys that were singing love songs that I dreamed were just for me --- and that was doubly true--- no triple true, when Joey sang . (He was my favorite---though now a grown woman I would much sooner go for Jon or Jordan)

My girlfriends and I used to watch VHS tapes of their concerts and pretend that we were really there. If a girl got pulled up on stage and one of our boys kissed that girls cheeks, we giggled and wondered what it would be like to be that girl.

I had t-shirts and giant buttons and water bottles and dolls - all NKOTB themed.

And I may or may not have made out with a tape cassette cover with Joey's picture on it- don't judge me.

I loved me some New Kids on the Block.

Then their No More Games CD came out and they lost their sparkle to me. Gone were the cute, clean cut, romantic boys that I fell in love with. In their place were guys, who were becoming men, and had outgrown me. All I had left was my walk-man and worn-out tapes of Hangin Tough, Step-By-Step, and their self titled debut which was my personal favorite.

Oddly enough though I didn't leave them behind when they left me behind. As I approached junior high and began dating and having my heartbroken, I would pull out my old tapes from time to time and wondered why no "real life" boy treated me like the boys treated girls in their songs. I also wondered how come there were no groups like NKTOB now that I was a teenager -- and it wasn't but two years later that N' Sync and Backstreet surfaced and as the popularity soared I realized I wasn't the only girl who must've felt that way --- but those groups never made me feel the same way NKOTB did.

They were my first loves. Their songs were the songs that made me realize as a little girl; that someday I would have a boyfriend and would be in love. But they also remind me of my sweet innocence- because at that time having a boyfriend meant cheek kisses and notes and carrying my books for me at school ( I'm not sure that ever happened irl to ANYONE) and maybe pulling me up on stage at their concert --- after all what boy worth calling my boyfriend wouldn't have concerts?

I was an NKTOB fan at my youngest and purest and the pure fan craze that I felt for them when I was under the age of 10 - is something that I've never experienced again in my life.

The fact that when I have day dreams about going to their concert and could easily see myself feeling the same way now that I did then - like I can't keep from screaming and wishing with all my heart that one of those guys will spot me from the stage and pull me up to serenade me as we step- touch dance in front of millions of other girls, before he kisses my cheek and helps me back to my seat --- (did I mention I'm still about 7 years old when I invision this?) only adds fuel to the fire --- I HAVE TO GO THIS CONCERT!

I never got to go as a little girl and if I don't go now and they split up again (which is nearly inevitible---they can't really think their new songs will sustain them- its their old songs that have fans flocking to their concerts..amirite?) I will have missed my chance all over again.

So why don't I just go buy tickets?


Lawn Seats are very affordable - I could buy tickets for me and my broke friends.

But I don't want lawn seats.

(They don't pull girls on stage from the lawn! j/k...or am I?)

I want to be as close as I can be. I want to feel the energy and get carried back to that time in my life gone-by. I want to actually be able to see the guys and NOT on a jumbo-tron.

Problem is one ticket will cost over $100. Not a problem for me ... but none of my friends will be able to pay that....if I bought their ticket I would have spent over $200 for NKOTB tickets and I'm not sure in even my fan-crazed state I can justify that for a group that hasn't had a hit in over a decade.

I'm thinking of offering to pay half for a friend if she buys the other half---I just called her---she's off today and still sleeping so she wasn't super receptive to my call but we shall see.

Ok...I'm done obsessing - for now- but I'm going to that concert one way or another.

I owe it to my 7 year-old self.

But I'm curious- anyone else out there have a band or celebrity that they still obsess over --- another New Kid in the Blockheads?

I promise---after this post---I can't judge you!


Mrs. Joey Mcintyre

(What do you mean he has a wife and child?!?!??!)

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Time Beauty

I've started getting back to my roots lately.

No I didn't go brunette at the salon on Thursday.

I mean that I've begun to rediscover beauty on a budget. That's right gals...I've been filling my cart at Target, Wal-Mart, and CVS...and I'm not ashamed. Matter of fact, I've found some pretty awesome products lately that make me feel like a swanky, sunbathing, sweetheart for next to no cash.

The Loot:
Organix Coconut Milk Self Heating Coconut Oil: I don't usually go for the smell of coconut but this Organix line smells like's like coconut mixed with butter rum and I love it. The product its self is pretty awesome too. It heats in your hands when applying thus opening your hair cuticles to really penetrate. My hair was so soft and shiny after my shower- I couldn't keep my hands out of it!

Speaking of Organix.....

I hear that this instant repair treatment is the Bees Knees....problem? I can't find it anywhere! I've been to two different Targets, 2 Walmarts, 2 Walgreens, a CVS and an Ulta and none of them carry it! Short of buying it online - anyone know where to find it? Is it in your stores?

Skintimate Cream Shave Extra Gentle Soothing Petals: Smells so soft and pretty and left my legs unbelievably smooth. Also works amazingly on bikini line and even better? A little goes a long way so it will last forever!

Neutrogena Clean Replinishing Shampoo: Pure and simple smells soapy and lathers wonderfully.
I have very thick and color treated hair so I only wash it about every three days- this stuff gets the job done!
Fekkai Marine Summerhair Beach Waves: Ok- so not technically a drug store find....but I stumbled across this product at Ulta today and could not resist. It smells super summery and is noted to create sexy waves while protecting your color from the sun. I haven't put it to full use yet but I'll report back. This stuff reminds me of the John Freida Beach Blonde Wave Spray that was discontinued years ago but smells a hundred times sunnier. I hope it lives up to expectations!

Hask Henna n' Placenta w/ Olive Oil: I know it sounds gross but it lives up to its claim to moisturize and Nourish dry, chemically treated hair.

I'm really into my hair right now if you can't tell. It's finally getting to the lenght I want and my stylist took me to Barbie blonde proportions this time and I don't want the sun to strip me- what can I say...I'm a Leo .... I love my mane!

Speaking of my hair.....
Phillips Teaze Brush: I'm a southern girl at least when it comes to beauty.. I like me some big hair...this brush will help me to get there!

Hawaiin Tropics After Sun Body Butter: I mentioned last post that I love lotion well this is my latest obsession. Its "after sun" lotion but I use it after every shower - it makes me feel beachy all day- even when I'm at work- I love it!

Hawaiin Tropic Sunkissed Berry Lip Gloss: I was sick of sun burned lips so I picked up this gloss. It has spf and tastes like berry gummy bears plus it leaves a slick of strawberry color on my lips and shimmers in the sun!

Caress Evenly Gorgeous Body Polish: It has scrubbies in it and smells so rich. I like to use polishers in the summer to brush off any peeling I may accumulate.

Ugh...I know I can't help it...I'm tannarexic.

Finally...this last item isn't technically a "beauty" product but I've heard a ton about it and I finally gave in....

That's right I gave in to the hype and picked up Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. I'm looking forward to giving it a go. I've decided its time to give myself over to bridal booty camp and am looking for ways to begin to widdle and tone. This is the first step.

Well that....and giving up fast food.

But hey, one step at a time.

Nighty Night!