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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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Scrapbook Saturday: Disney – Frozen

This week is some Frozen pages from Disney!

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Book Review: WPA Buildings

I love architecture and books that include lots and lots of pictures of really cool architecture are some of my favorites.  This book features WPA Buildings – buildings that were funded by the Works Progress Administration.  I’ve seen some buildings in this style before, so it was nice to learn some more about them and how they came about and some of the murals and details inside of them.

I received a free e-copy to review this book, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

In this fully illustrated, well-documented study, a historically underappreciated, uniquely American style gets its due. This survey explores the often-overlooked social impact of imposing government buildings in American cities, large and small, that were funded by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. It was The New Deal’s attempt to restore America’s self-confidence during the Great Depression. Art deco and modernism morphed into a style that broadcast the idea of the “new” and inspired civic confidence, as represented in structures such as the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC, and the Solomon Courthouse in Nashville. Eventually labeled WPA Moderne, this all-American streamlined classicism became the public face of an era defined by progress and a sense of security. An extensive chapter on the murals within these structures features elaborate, government-commissioned paintings depicting epochal events in US history and American citizens laboring tirelessly in hopes of a better, brighter future..

Throwback Thursday: David Cook 8/1/09

Headliner: David Cook
Opener(s): Green River Ordinance
Venue: MGM Grand Theater
Cost: $40

Setlist:

 

 

Book Review: One More Kiss

One More Kiss is the first book in a new “Band on the Run” series, so I am pretty excited after reading this first one that it will be continuing.  One More Kiss is about Matt (or “Matty”) Reed who was in a band and decided to take some time off from the band to do a Broadway show but when things didn’t go according to plan he ended up laying low in his home town while waiting for someone else to become the next scandal.  Matt moves in with his best friend Aaron and his sister Vivienne is moving in to the guest house.  The two once shared a kiss but both seem to be not wanting to bring it up and wondering if each other even remembers.  When Aaron has to head off to London, it leaves Matt and Vivienne alone together. Things start off friendly but end up turning into something more between them.  While the story did have some closure, it also left it open ended with a few storylines that need to be more explained as well opening it up for the rest of the books in the series.  I am not sure if they will continue to follow Matt and Vivienne in Matt’s next career move or if they may follow some of the other members in the band but I am looking forward to finding out and will for sure be keeping an eye out for when Book #2 is released.

I liked that this storyline seemed more realistic and was more focused on the off stage life than the on stage and on tour life (although I imagine this may come in to play in later books) and the relationship was able to happen more naturally than forced in a more fast paced tour setting.

I received a free e-copy in order to review this book. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Matt Reed was living the dream until a bad career move sends him back to his hometown for much-needed privacy. Instead, he finds someone he never expected: the woman whose steamy kiss he remembers like it was yesterday.

Vivienne Forrester finally has her life in order… until Matt moves back to town. She doesn’t want to think about the time she threw caution to the wind with him, but running into him everywhere, it’s impossible not to…​

Virtual Race: Run You Fools

Race Title: Run You Fools 5k
Distance:  5km
Company: Comic Con Races
Charity:   NA

Music Monday: Ed Sheeran Divide

Eraser
Castle on the Hill
Dive
Shape of You
Perfect
Galway Girl
Happier
New Man
Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
What Do I Know?
How Would You Feel (Paean)
Supermarket Flowers
Barcelona
Bibia Be Ye Ye
Nancy Mulligan
Save Myself

 

 

After releasing a few songs from the album, the entire Divide album from Ed Sheeran has finally been released, along with dates for a pretty extensive tour.  It took me a while to find the time to sit and listen to the entire CD so there were a few tracks that I have already heard people talking about (Galway Girl, Supermarket Flowers) before I had a chance to listen and I tried to go into it with an unbiased and open mind…

I am not sure there is any song on here I don’t like (although I think Supermarket Flowers is going to have to be a skip unless I feel like crying) and I usually put a mark next to each song on the track listing I want to single out as a favorite – but there were so many! This album is just so, so good and I can’t wait to see some of it live! Just a few more months to wait.

 

Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Part 4

Some more Animal Kingdom pages

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Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It

I was pretty pumped to read “I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It” because I could totally relate to the title.  Unfortunately I was expecting more about the friends in the computer than I got, although I could totally relate to almost everything the author was writing about since she is only a few years older than me.  Replace her Bette Midler online chat rooms with Hanson and you’ve got me. She even went to Oklahoma to meet up with someone she had met online – I do that yearly.  The book became more about her life and how technology played a big part in it than what I was expecting with more about the relationships and friendships she had made through the internet.  Jess is funny though, so I really enjoyed her dissection of twitter, facebook, instagram, etc.  We are both from Connecticut and both have engineers for Dads so when my friend thought that perhaps I wrote this book, she really wasn’t too far off.  The only difference is she is married and met her wife on match.com, and while I’m not looking for a wife I have tended to shy away from dating sites.  The rest of our lives do seem to parallel though so maybe I should give it a try….

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is tech analyst Jess Kimball Leslie’s hilarious, frank homage to the technology that contributed so significantly to the person she is today. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, her essays paint a clear picture: That all of us have a much more twisted, meaningful, emotional relationship with the online world than we realize or let on.

Coming of age in suburban Connecticut in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jess looked to the nascent Internet to find the tribes she couldn’t find IRL: fellow Bette Midler fans; women who seemed impossibly sure of their sexuality; people who worked with computers every day as part of their actual jobs without being ridiculed as nerds. It’s in large part because of her embrace of an online life that Jess is where she is now, happily married, with a wife, son, and dog, and making a living of analyzing Internet trends and forecasting the future of tech. She bets most people would credit technology for many of their successes, too, if they could only shed the notion that it’s as a mind-numbing drug on which we’re all overdosing.

Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 7/22/09

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s): Jesse James
Venue: Blender Theater
Cost: $34

Setlist: