My Night with @joshgroban

Tuesday night I went on a date with Josh Groban. He was charming, he was funny and he sang to me. It was amazing. I think he and I really made a connection.

Along with the 5000 other people in the arena.

We’ll start back at the beginning. Josh has been to Omaha 3 times. And I’ve seen him each of those times, with my mom at my side. My sister was at two of them and CJ and my dad were at one.

This time, we debated because tickets weren’t cheap and we have to keep in mind our budgets, but we decided he was worth the splurge. I got us seats on the main floor, row 28 which is the 2nd to last row in the first section.

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We got there and took our seats. As we waited for the opening act to come out, I noticed a message they were flashing that said to text a question to Josh with our name and seat location and he would answer some during the show. I asked my mom what question she would want to ask and she said, “Ask him if he finds 66 year old women attractive!”

WHAT!?

Then she changed her mind and had me ask him what 3 things he would want with him if stranded on a desert island. I sent that in along with my question: what is your favorite Kanye West tweet?

This is freakin’ hilarious BTW and he actually sang some of it during the concert!

Just then the opening act came out and got the show started. It was a guy named Elew playing the piano. That was it. But it was awesome. He played it in such a unique way that I can’t really describe. He made piano rock again!

When he was done the crew began preparing the stage for Josh. My mom, sis and I had some snacks, chatted and tried to pass the time. At one point we heard the lady in front of us tell the couple next to her that Josh was going to come out and play on a stage in the center of the arena, which happened to be right behind us.

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AT this point, it didn’t look like a stage. It looked like the sound area. My mom butted in and said, “Josh is going to be performing right here?” They confirmed it.

Oh my goodness! Suddenly we had front row seats! My mom was all giddy and demanded my sis and I get our cameras/camera phones ready. The guy in front of us (who would now be behind us) asked my mom if she was going to start jumping up and down like a teenager when he came out. She said that she just might. We spent the next 10 minutes wondering where he was going to come out and turning back and forth from the front to the middle and back again. Then they dimmed the lights and the crowd roared. The area behind us suddenly raised up to a stage and sure enough, out came Josh!

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Seriously, the only thing between him and me was a row of chairs and a group of women (who I could have totally taken out if I wanted to – I’m doing P90X yo!). He sang right away and it was awesome. He also mentioned that he filmed a segment for the Dancing with the Stars finale the day before. (By the way, did you all know that Hines Ward won? Yeah, that’s right, the Steelers are winners no matter what they do! Booyah!)

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After a few songs, he ran off that stage, down the aisle and up to the front stage. He said that he wanted the show to be intimate and it was. He told stories and jokes. He is funny too. Whether or not you like his style of music, you have to admit that he’s a charmer. Let’s just say I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers in it (my grandma said that once about Kevin Costner after we saw The Bodyguard. I was horrified).

When it came time for him to read the texts, I got ready. I just knew they would pick mine because it was so witty and original. Alas, no. The first question was about how Oprah has impacted his career. He mentioned that he had actually flown to Chicago from Omaha and back again the night before to be a part of her final episode. The next question asked him if he could ride any animal, what would it be. Then the person went on to add they would ride a fire-breathing red panda. Since she took his answer, he settled on a Jabberwocky with a red licorice saddle and bubbles coming out of it’s butt.

You guys, my mom thought that was HI-LARIOUS! I mean she was guffawing. It was funny and the crowd loved it but you have to understand my mom. This is a conservative woman who thinks the word “fart” is uncouth. And she’s laughing about Jabberwockies who fart bubbles? That, my friends, is the power of Josh Groban.

The next question was about the Kanye tweets! But it wasn’t my text. Someone else had edged me out. GAH! The nerve! But at least it prompted him to sing us a few bars from the song.

After that he came down in to the crowd and said hi to people and chatted.

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Then it was back to singing on the center stage – right by me! Ha ha baby!

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Then he decided to bring some people from the audience on to the stage. First he asked for a couple that had been married a long time. He found one that had 25 years. The husband seemed less than thrilled to be there, which JG pointed out, but the wife was positively beside herself. Then he found a 10 year old girl and asked her up. Finally he called out for some single ladies. I got so caught up in the moment that I started jumping up and down waving my hands in the air and screaming. My mom had to remind me that I’m not single. Oops..ha ha. Sorry Ceige.

So it ended up with 7 people up on stage with him. He had the crew bring out couches, some wine for the adults and some milk for the younger ones. He sat with them and chatted. He even flirted a little with one of them. I have to admit I was a tad jealous. Then he sang a love song to them all and that finished the first set.

They came out for an encore and he sang “You Raise Me Up” which just so happens to be the song CJ sang to me at our wedding. I remembered then that not only was I married, but happily so and to an amazing man. I wished he was there to share that moment with me.

That ended the show and we all floated out to the car, high on the music of Josh Groban (and the down pour of rain).

Seriously, I think Josh is super talented and amazing. He’s also darn cute and charming. He has to be a new addition to my freebie 5 List. This concert, along with other recent events of the week have altered my list quite a bit. Here’s the new one ( in no particular order).

  1. Chris Hemsworth(the guy who played Thor. Hummanahummana)
  2. Derek Hough(I missed him on DWTS this season but hopefully he’ll be back next year)
  3. Hines Ward(he seems like such a gentleman and sweet guy – but he’s got the tough guy thing too)
  4. James Denton (he could come check my plumbing any day…Winking smile)
  5. Josh Groban (who doesn’t want someone who can serenade them while riding a Jabberwocky?)

And that was my intimate night with JG. I hope he comes back soon so we can do it again!

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A few months ago, thanks to a co-worker, I discovered the Wall Street Journal House of the Day. I will admit to being a bit of a voyeur. Yep, guilty as charged. It’s why I love reading other people’s blogs and why I like to visit friend’s houses. I want to see what other people are like, and how they live.

Confession time – when driving around at night, I will look in to the windows of the houses I pass by. No, I’m not a perv. What I’m really looking at is the decor. I want to see how people decorate! What color of paint do they have on their walls? What kind of furniture? How do they have it arranged. I am endlessly fascinated by this and always looking for ideas. I probably should have been an interior designer or something instead of in technology. So I have to satisfy my need for all things design by looking into YOUR windows! 😉

That’s why the WSJ House of the Day was so much fun to me. Here was a chance to look inside million dollar (and in most cases, multi-million dollar) homes and see what they are like. The site runs the gamut from modern to traditional, Victorian to country and everything else you can think of.

They even had an island one time.

And on this island was an AMAZING house. To be honest, I don’t even remember what the house looked like or what made is so amazing. I just remember that I liked it so much, I forwarded the link to my best Skype bud, Rhonda. She thought it was awesome too and we immediately made plans to buy it.

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It’s totally doable. The plan is that we will each pay save up $2 a month until we have the $7.5 million dollars to pay for it! That’ll only take us, well, the rest of our lives to do.

Then after we made the original plan, I got a raise so now I give $4 a month. We’ll be there in no time!

Over the months we’ve added some nice features to the island. We each have our own house. Like, duh. There is also a separate house for the guys. Sure, they will probably live with us most of the time but let’s face it, we all need our own space now and again and this way they can have their man cave.

 

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Being the nice people that we are, we bought a separate house for the kids too. That one will be full of toysand junk food and absolutely no vegetables, naps or grown up stuff allowed!

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Now, it wouldn’t be a true island paradise without our pets. They have their own place too. The dogs will have to figure out which one of the three gets to be the alpha. My money is on Samson. Then again, Sammie is a feisty little thing and somehow the small dogs always end up ruling over the big ones. Why is that anyway?

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In addition to homes, the island has horses, pools, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a movie theatre, an awesome beach and our own private jet. We have to have someway to get back to the mainland right?

Sounds pretty frickin’ awesome doesn’t it?

Don’t worry, you can all come visit us anytime you want! After all, we have a killer guest house! The only thing we ask is that you donate $2 per week that you’re here. How else are we going to pay the gardener, pool boy, housekeepers, chefs, personal trainers, stylists, nannies and dog sitters?

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I’ve posted before about Operation Beautiful and what a great movement I think it is. I also love reality TV (I know, I know…but some of it is good like The Biggest Loser, Secret Millionare and Extreme Makeover!). So I was excited to see this YouTube video that combines both! 

One of the contestants on the recent season of The Sing Off,  Peter Hollens, has done a remake of Lady Gaga’s new song “Born this Way”, and created a video supporting Operation Beautiful. How cool is that!

Go check it out! Every single sound in this song is made using his voice. It’s hard to believe!

The idea is to get the video viral to support both Peter and Operation Beautiful! I actually like his version better than the original. Shhh, don’t tell Lady G!

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Did you hear? The Packers won the Super Bowl! Which of course means the Steelers lost. You probably didn’t hear because they only show it on TV every 5 minutes. I for one had to really search to find the outcome of the game.

Ok, all sarcasm aside, yes, it was disappointing to see the Steelers lose and I was sad when I went to bed. But, I don’t mind losing to a team like the Packs. They’re a good team and I do like Aaron Rodgers a lot. Now, if we had lost to the Patriots, I would have really been ticked!

Despite how the day ended, the rest of it was great! We spent most of it at home watching pre-game coverage and coaching Isabella to say “Go Steelers!” Instead she would point to the emblem on my shirt and say “Steelers kites.” I guess they do look like kites. But the Pittsburgh Kites doesn’t sound very tough. Course, neither does the Arizona Cardinals or the New Orleans Saints but they manage to get by with it. Still, I’m not sure I could get behind a team named after a piece of fabric that haphazardly blows in the wind.

But, I digress. 

Around 4:00, we headed out to a Super Bowl party. Isabella was set and ready to go in her own Steeler kites shirt!!

No, she’s not squinting. That’s her game face. Or maybe that’s her “blue steel” (which would be appropriate). What can I say, she’s fierce!!

(By the way, the adorable Steeler bow she’s wearing was custom-made for her by Cindy from Tutu Your World. Cindy does great work so this is my shameless plug for her.)

Here’s Munchkin with her daddy (no worries, he does have a Steelers shirt on underneath the maroon one, otherwise I wouldn’t have let him leave the house).

We were among the first ones there, which was good. Gave Munchkin a chance to survey the lay of the land and get to know Sammie, another girl who’s just a year older.

Isabella was a little shy at first, but before too long she was running around with all the little ones. She was the youngest so there were times when she didn’t understand what they were doing or didn’t quite fit in, but overall I think she had a blast just running around the rooms! It was hard for me to keep up with her!

Here was my dilemma: I’m a pretty social person and really enjoy being out with friends. But I also really love the Steelers and wanted to focus on the game. On top of that, I had an active 16 month old that needed looking after. So I was torn about what my priority should be. Ok, not that torn. I mean, obviously Isabella is the priority, but that still left the other 2 things. So here’s what I did. The first quarter, I socialized and watched Isabella. The 2nd quarter, CJ watched Munch so I could focus on the game. At halftime, we went upstairs where it was quiet and both watched her (and the Black Eyed Peas who I thought did a great job). Then the 3rd quarter started and Isabella was getting crabby and CJ was tired and so we decided to head home. Fortunately we were DVRing the game so once we got home and put Munchkin to bed, I could pick up where we had left off and not miss anything.

It was probably better for me to see the ending in the privacy of my own home anyway, where I could sob in peace.

My Father-in-Law was nice enough to call and offer up his condolences though. He said something like, “Well they played with their heads up their butts but I’m still sorry they lost.”

Those tender words really helped to start the healing process.

Now football season is officially over and it’s time to concentrate on other things, like American Idol. Don’t you just love Steven Tyler? He’s like a teddy bear and a drag queen all rolled up in to one. Love it!

Stay strong Steeler nation, we will be back. We always are. We’ve won the Super Bowl 6 times, which is more than any other team in the NFL. That’s why I can be proud of my boys. Even though they didn’t win yesterday, they still made it there, which is more than 30 other teams can say. 

Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cross that goal
Pittsburgh Steelers, Like free wheelers, Roll, roll, roll
Bring us victory and joy will be supreme
And win more fame with ev’ry game
You Pittsburgh Steelers team
Go, Go, Show ’em how a team can fight
Go, Go, Fight with all your might
Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cross that goal
Pittsburgh Steelers, Like free wheelers, Roll, roll, roll
Bring us victory and joy will be supreme
And win more fame with ev’ry game
You Pittsburgh Steelers team!

 

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Road trip to Dallas

In case you haven’t heard – we’re going to the Super Bowl! Well, not me, but the Steelers are.  

One of the items on my bucket list was to go to a Super Bowl game. This would be a great one! Oh man, can you imagine? But, it’s not as easy as it sounds. You can’t just get tickets and go. Well, you can but only if you have a lot of money.

 Which I don’t.

One of the guys I work with had a shot at a Super Bowl package if the Patriots made it (which they didn’t – in your face Tom Brady! Now go get a haircut). For 10 grand, he and his wife could fly there and back with the team on their jet, stay in the team hotel, get 2 tix to the game, all access pass to the team locker room, attend the after party with the team and get unlimited amounts of chocolate raining down on you wherever you go. Ok, maybe not that last one but seriously, doesn’t that sound frickin’ awesome!

Picture it – me and CJ flying down to Dallas on the Steelers jet. I’m sitting next to Troy, putting conditioner in his hair. CJ ‘s conferring with Mike Tomlin, helping him decide which plays to run. Big Ben and James Harrison come over to join us for a drink. Hines Ward grills up some burgers and gives us all fashion tips. Then we land and head to the hotel where our room is next door to Ben’s (hey, someone’s gotta keep an eye on him making sure he doesn’t get in to anymore trouble).

The day of the game we all head to the locker room where CJ gives a rousing pre-game pep talk and I take pictures. Lots of pictures. We head up to our box seats and find that Jerry Jones is our waiter. Move it JJ, I want my hot dog as soon as it’s off the grill and not a minute later! The game is awesome and the Steelers beat the Packers by 3 points which makes victory all the more exciting and sweet. Everyone is hugging and Art Rooney throws C-notes in the air in celebration.

Back in the locker room, the guys are high-fiving, hugging and slapping each other and we get in on the team picture. We also get an autographed game ball. Everyone heads out to party it up and show Dallas how it’s done. The next day we fly home, passed out on the plane and snuggling to our championship t-shirts.

What? It could happen.

Or, I could get together with all my friends and watch the game the good old-fashioned way – on a high def big screen T.V. with lots of food and beer. Yep, that sounds perfect to me!

But hey, if anyone has some extra cash and wants to get me an early birthday present, I’ll take one of  these:

 Don’t worry – I’ll throw in the $70 for parking. Hey, it’s the least I can do.

 

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