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Scrapbook Saturday: Fat Ones

A couple of pages from Joey Fatone’s hot dog shop in Orlando, appropriately named Fat Ones.

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Chris Kirkpatrick at Super Mega Fest Comic Con

A few weeks ago our “boyband SOS” was alerted when we found out that Chris Kirkpatrick from *NSYNC would be attending a Comic Con in Massachusetts.  We not so patiently waited for the day to arrive and jumped in the car and headed the 1.5hours or so up to MA. We had pre-purchased tickets to get into the con and despite checking every day, Chris’ prices for photos and autographs were still “TBD”.  When we arrived, we headed straight over to his table, which appeared to have the longest line.  Quickly we found out this was because he was taking the time to chat and take photos with everyone for quite some time.  This wasn’t a problem because we knew that he would talk with us for quite some time as well!

It was $40 to get something you brought signed and $60 to get a signed 8×10 and a “selfie”.  Our group was 4 so we split in 2 and 2.  Christine and Casey went first and Casey has *NSYNC shoes (which I may have mentioned here before) that she wanted to get signed.  Then it was mine and Lauren’s turn.  I wasn’t sure what to talk to him about but had decided that any mention of an *NSYNC reunion probably wasn’t the best idea (since everyone was probably mentioning that to him!) so I opted to tell him congrats on the baby that he and his wife were expecting! He ended up telling me the complete story of how they had been trying for 3 years and how the baby was conceived.  We took our “selfie” and he asked me if my camera could make phone calls since everyone uses their phones for pics now.  Then I got a photo with Lauren and then Chris took a big group selfie of the 4 of us with him – and then announced the next photo would be funny faces – but got mad when Casey and Christine gave us bunny ears!

We then went to buy our tickets for the professional photo op with Chris and went to grab a snack while we waited for the time we were supposed to be back for the photos.  It turned out that we were essentially the only people doing the photo op with him (save for 2 guys who seemed to be doing photos with everyone and another family). It went quick but somehow it ended with him talking crap about Joey Fatone so of course I had to step in and defend and let him know Joey was my favorite which resulted in him yelling at me to NEVER say that to him again! hahaha.

Next thing we know we are outside and deciding where we should go for lunch and a car pulls up to us and asks us if we are going to eat… minutes later I am in said car WITH Chris and we end up having lunch with him. I honestly have no idea how it happened and we probably couldn’t make it happen again if we tried. But he talked about a LOT of stuff with us and out of respect to him I am not going to post it all over the internet. (Nothing really scandalous though – mostly sports and stories about “my man” Joey lol)  He did end up calling Joey and letting me say ‘HI’ though! 😀

I think we all may have a new favorite *NSYNC member now… Chris was incredibly nice and a lot of fun and if you have the chance to see him at a con definitely do it!

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Getting a Job as a Choreographer

Dancing is a wonderful activity. It can make you feel good and make you healthier at the same time. Are you someone who loves to dance every chance that you get? If this is the case, you might want to think about pursuing a career that will pay you to dance on a daily basis. There are a number of jobs that you can choose from. One of the most exciting and potentially lucrative careers in the field of dance is that of a choreographer. Craig Revel Horwood is an example of someone who made it big in show business as a choreographer. Here are some of the things that you can do to get started in the choreography profession.

1. Sign up for dance classes that are taught be a professional instructor.

It is important that you only receive instruction from a person who has been highly trained in the field of dance. It stands to reason that you will become a better dancer if you have an outstanding instructor. Do not be in a rush to find a dance class. Take some time and do some research about all of the various dance classes in your area. Make sure that you learn a great deal about who the instructors are. It would also be a good idea to choose a dance class that has a small number of students. This will help to ensure that you get an adequate amount of attention from the instructor.

2. Attend a school that will teach you the art of choreography.

Becoming a great choreographer will require you to know much more than basic dance steps. You will need to learn the subtle elements that go into any great dance routine. There is a lot of creativity when it comes to being a choreographer. Therefore, there are many elements that you will not be able to learn in a class. All great choreographers have a natural gift for what they do. However, going to school to learn about choreography will allow you to see how routines are created and staged with actual dancers. This will be valuable for you later when you are creating routines of your own.

3. Send a tape of your choreography to various producers.

You should allow people in the industry to see the work you have done. You might get hired by doing this.

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Year In Review 2016

Most expensive show:
As it has been for the past 4 years – Hanson Back to the Island event.  Not including BTTI, My2K Tour was expensive because of all the VIP packages.  Non VIP the most expensive was Carrie Underwood at $99.

Least (not free) expensive show:
Hanson at Alive at Five was $10.

Free shows:
Adam Lambert, Nate Ruess, Parachute, Javier Colon, Hanson (x10), Hop Jam

# artists seen: 88
# unique artists seen: 37
# shows seen in CT:   20
# of shows out of state: 18

Show farthest away: Hanson in Jamaica
Closest show:   Nick Fradiani
$$ spent on tickets:   $2,898.49
Miles traveled: 10,328.15

Top 6 shows of the year?
Jason Mraz June 21
Hanson July 14
My2K tour August 5
Carrie Underwood October 28
Hanson October 31 (Shows 1 and 3!)

Total number of shows in 2015? 38

First show of the year?
Hanson in Jamaica

First show with actual tickets:
Adam Lambert

Last show of the year?
One Tree Holiday

Most surprising show?
Dalton Rapattoni – mostly for the Fairfield School of Rock but Dalton was awesome too.
Or being the only one for VIP with Tyrone Wells!

Most disappointing?
Maroon 5 rescheduling shows with ours being the last one before Adam’s baby was supposed to be born and then at the last minute canceling it and not rescheduling it at all!

Farthest traveled?
1,867 miles to Jamaica

States attended shows in?
Jamaica, CT, NY, OK, FL

Venue most visited?
American Garden Theater @ EPCOT – 9x.

Band seen the most?
Hanson – 16 times

Best new discovery?

Bands seen this year that also broke up this year?

Friends made at shows?

Band members met?
Hanson x3, David Cook, Tony Lucca, Kris Allen x3, Parachute x2, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream, Ryan Cabrera, Stephen Kellogg, Tyrone Wells, Dalton Rapattoni, Tyler Hilton, Kate Voegele

Best souvenir from a show?
Although it wasn’t quite from a show – my MOEy trophy from Hanson &!

Longest time in line?
Probably Hanson in Stamford, we got there about 11am for a 5pm show? People driving by thought we were nuts.

Shows seen from the barricade [front row]–
Hanson at BTTI night 1, Hanson in CT, Kris Allen in Danbury, Jason Mraz, My2K Tour

Most shows in one month?
January – 4
February – 1
March – 5
April – 3
May – 3
June – 1
July – 3
August – 2
September – 1
October – 9
November – 4
December  –  2

Once again, October wins!

Most shows in one week?
10. Carrie Underwood and then 3 nights of 3 Hanson shows per night

Biggest crowd?
Probably the Hop Jam.

Any drunk encounters?
None that I can remember!


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Anti-Bucket List 2016


The “Anti-Bucket List” is an idea I got from Holly at that I’ve been doing for the past few years – things you did that year that you thought you wouldn’t do.  This year was tough for me and I’m sure there are things I am missing, but here it is.



2015 Anti Bucket List
2014 Anti Bucket List
2013 Anti Bucket List 

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Scrapbook Saturday: Tulsa Pt 1

Part one of the yearly pilgrimage to Tulsa, OK for Hanson Day Weekend.

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Review: Decluttr


Recently I was looking to get rid of some books and decided I would try out decluttr, as I had heard it was a pretty good site.  In order to have free shipping to send the items to the site, you had to submit 30 items, so I ended up going through my CDs as well to hit 30.  I ended up getting $13 for all my effort and it was completely not worth it.  If you are in dire need of cash and have a TON of free time to sort through all your things and scan barcodes, it may be worth it.  But for all the hours I put into it, to only end up with $13 (sometimes just $0.05 for a CD) I would have been better off putting in little effort, throwing everything into trash bags and dropping it off at a place like GoodWill.

After packaging everything and sending it in – they ended up not even paying me for one of the CDs because it was a “promotional” CD and unable to resale.  Did they send the CD back to me? Nope. They kept it.  Whether they tossed it since it couldn’t be sold or decided to sell it (or do whatever it is they do with them) instead, I don’t know, but that was pretty annoying.  I guess I should have realized it was a promo CD myself but it wasn’t obviously labeled as one.

In the future I think I will just donate to GoodWill, less effort and a tax write off.


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Gilmore Girls : A Year In The Life

I only started watching Gilmore Girls this summer.  I’m not sure why I never really watched it when it was on originally, I guess it clashed with something else I had watched at the time.  After all the hype about it coming back and a few friends talking about how obsessed with the show they are, I decided to give it a watch so from May through July I binged staying up as late as I possibly could to fit in as many episodes as I possibly could each night.  I jumped from Team Dean to Team Jess, but never really was Team Logan.  Then I found myself counting down the days until the 4 super episodes were released on NETFLIX.

The rest of this post will contain spoilers from the A Year In The Life episodes. Stop reading now if you haven’t already watched and don’t want to be spoiled.

Black Friday I headed down to PA to hang out with one of my friends who has been into Gilmore Girls from the start.  We watched Winter and Spring in the afternoon, Summer that evening and Fall the following afternoon.  Before starting we decided we did NOT want to know what the last 4 words were until they were said – which of course prompted her husband to look them up and we had hoped they would provide closure while still leaving things open for more episodes. Her husband told us that it would, but I’m not sure I feel any closure after watching.

I am still Team Jess.  I am still never Team Logan and I think that now I am on team I Hate Rory.  For most of the old series I was blaming Logan for everything but after watching these episodes I came to the conclusion that Rory is just a terrible person.  She has a boyfriend she can’t even remember (wtf was that about?) she is having an affair with an engaged man (and I was surprised Lorelei didn’t seem to care when she flipped out over the whole sleeping with a married Dean situation) and as someone who went to college next door to Yale for journalism (albeit as a minor) she failed at that as well.  If she loves writing and is such a great writer (debatable) why not start a blog? It is 2016. Everyone has a blog. I started mine so I wouldn’t forget how to write.  Rory easily could have made one about anything and see if any ideas she had on the blog could have been expanded upon for a full article at a major publication.  But she is at her core a spoiled white girl  and freaking lazy.  (And when you are trying to write an article on why people wait in line… and find a line that isn’t even a line but people are waiting on it… you don’t ask them why they are standing in a line not even knowing what it is for? HELLO!)

Anyway – the last 4 words were super frustrating and at first we thought that it was totally opening it up for another season but then we started working out what ended up being the “full circle” theory – Logan is the father and Logan is her Christopher.  Rich boy, can’t get him to settle down… and Jess is her Luke.  Will swoop in to make sure that she and the baby are taken care of.  I think that I am ok with whatever happens.  I’m Team Jess so I’ve made myself believe what I just wrote is what happened and I’m happy with that.  If more episodes show up, I’ll watch… but hopefully if that does happen the storyline will be what I want and I kind of doubt that now.

For now I’ll just spend my time working on Chilton Running Club races and trying to figure out their insane clues before each race.

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Florida Pictures!

Since I am lazy and don’t feel like uploading my Hanson photos again… here are links to *every* hanson photo I took the entire trip to FL on my Hanson site, Hansonstage:

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Try It Tuesday: Multi Color HTV!

I’ve done HTV (heat transfer vinyl) using only one color to make myself and others a few shirts, but for my trip to Disney for Halloween I decided it was time to move on to 2+ colors on a shirt!  My friend decided she wanted the witch hat and I opted to go for sorcerer mickey. (Both with a Hanson symbol, for good measure)  When I went to purchase the vinyl I realized that I could use GLITTER vinyl.  At first I was just going to use it for the stars on the mickey hat, but then decided, what the heck, let’s glitter all of  BOTH hats.  It looks amazing in person.   It wasn’t much different than just doing one color but you do have to be careful because it is not recommended to do glitter vinyl layered on top of glitter vinyl.  I had the shapes cut out of the sorcerer’s hat to make sure that the moon and stars would not be a problem.

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