Greatest Concert Never


Hey blog world! On radio station 97.5 K-Rock’s Facebook page they posted a picture of the lineup for their “Greatest Concert Never”. Basically that’s their dream concert lineup. I thought this would be a neat idea for a blog post so I’m going to do my greatest concert never lineup!

Friday:

6PM: Brad Paisley

7PM: Reba

8PM: Alan Jackson

9PM: Dolly Parton

10 PM: George Canyon

11 PM: Joe Nichols

 

Saturday:

6 PM: ABBA

7 PM: Chris De Burgh

8 PM: Elton John

9 PM: Weird Al Yankovic

10 PM: Manafest

11 PM: Barenaked Ladies

 

Sunday:

5 PM: Spirit of Newfoundland

6 PM: George Jones

7 PM: The Beatles

8 PM: Queen

9 PM: Taylor Swift

10 PM: Simon and Garfunkel

What’s your Greatest Concert Never lineup? Tell me in the comments, or blog about it if you have a blog!

Hope For The Future


Hey blog world! One of my best friends and a fellow blogger Emma wrote a post titled “Hope For The Future” in which she wrote about her plans for the future. I thought I’d do the same. This is what I have planned for my future.

For my education I want to go to MUN (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and I want to study both music and education there.

For a job I know it may sound a little ironic because I myself have a special need but I want to become a Special Education teacher. I have a huge spot in my heart for individuals with special needs. They’re the most kind, caring and compassionate people I’ve ever met! I would love to spend every day with them and teach them.

As a side project I would also like to start a musical theatre company for people with special needs. St John’s has many incredible theatre groups (Best Kind Productions, Atlantic Light Theatre, Spirit of Newfoundland etc) but what we haven’t got is one specifically for people with special needs. We don’t get as many opportunities as our neurotypical (normal) peers to showcase our talents so I think this group would be a fantastic idea! They’ll get their chance to finally be in the spotlight and show the province what they can do.

I’d also like to do a bit of travelling. I’m a big country music fan (the older the better in my opinion) and have always wanted to go to Nashville and see the Grand Ol’ Opry and Country Hall of Fame. I hope to maybe get to go there someday! I also hope to in the future maybe travel to L.A. That’s another place I’ve always wanted to visit. I’d love to try surfing (I heard California is a great place for that) and take in a live taping of “The Doctors”.

Family wise I’d like to get married to a nice guy who will accept me for who I am, treats me right and makes me laugh! Looks aren’t everything in my opinion. Good looks are nice but I focus more on the inside. For kids I’d like to adopt two. Hopefully I’ll live long enough to see them grow up and to meet my grandkids as well.

What are your future plans? Tell me in the comments!

#IceBucketChallenge


Hey blog world! The new viral phenomenon is the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS (a.k.a Lou Gehrig’s disease.) People pour a bucket of ice water over their head and donate money to ALS. They nominate 3 more people to do it and they have 24 hours to do so and if they don’t within the 24 hours they have to give $100 to ALS. I love to watch #IceBucketChallenge videos because I love seeing people get drenched with ice water and it’s for a good cause. Today I’m going to show you my favorite Ice Bucket Challenge videos.

Kathie Hicks, Peter Halley and Paul Bugge: I work for these three lovely people. I was so excited when Kathie put their video on her Facebook! I couldn’t wait to see these three get drenched! Unfortunately that didn’t happen. They put a very classy spin on the challenge. I still enjoyed it. I thought it was a neat idea.

Charlie Sheen: Still no ice water over the head. What did get poured over his head however was $10,000 in cash which he said he would be donating to ALS! I think this is the first nice thing Charlie Sheen has done! Good for him!

Lady Gaga: Like a boss! She didn’t even flinch when she poured the water over herself. Ice water is freezing so I was amazed how she was able to keep that straight a face and not even move a muscle when she doused herself!

Kermit the Frog: Kermit is my favorite Muppet! I loved watching him take the challenge.

Verne Troyer: He too does a spin on the challenge. California was going through a drought so he improvised and got cold milk poured over him. I thought that was funny! It must have been quite sticky though.

Do you have a favorite #IceBucketChallenge video? Have you done the #IceBucketChallenge? Tell me in the comments!

The Name’s The Thing


Hey blog world! Today’s daily post (which youl can find here) is “The Name’s The Thing”

Have you ever named an inanimate object? (Your car? Your laptop? The volleyball that kept you company while you were stranded in the ocean?) Share the story of at least one object with which you’re on a first-name basis.

A lot of musicians have named their guitars. Willie Nelson has Trigger, Hank Williams Jr. has Bocephus etc. I wanted to give mine a name too. This took a lot of thinking. One day in French class we listened to the song “Layla” by Eric Clapton. The next day as I continued to think of a name for my guitar I thought back to the day before and thought of how nice a name Layla was. I looked at my guitar and actually thought it kind of looked like a Layla! I thought the name suited it so I went with it!

Have you named an inanimate object that you own? Tell me in the comments!

Ji-Ga-Zo


Hey blog world! I love to do jigsaw puzzles. It’s a fun way to challenge my brain. On Monday night I got a brand new one! It’s called Ji-Ga-Zo. I thought I’d do a review of it here.

Ji-Ga-Zo is a really neat jigsaw puzzle from Hasbro Ji-Ga-Zo. Ji-Ga-Zo is Japanese for “Mosaic”. It’s a 300 piece puzzle. What I really like about it is that it’s not like all other ordinary puzzles that you put together once and are through with it. This is a puzzle you can do over and over again because you never get the same picture! The 300 pieces are all the same size and shape and they all fit into each other. They are each a different shade of a sepia like color and on the back of them they have a color and a picture. The color and picture on the back help you to follow the special directions to create your Ji-Ga-Zo. You can assemble the pieces in an infinite amount of ways to create a mosaic like puzzle of whoever you want! I started with the pre-programmed Rich Uncle Pennybags 001 (the disc that comes with the puzzle comes with 6 pre-programmed Ji-Ga-Zo’s) then once that puzzle was complete I took a picture (I take a picture each time I complete a puzzle to preserve it), disassembled the puzzle and using the same 300 pieces I created Peter Halley 002 and this morning I again used all those same pieces to make one of my favorite musical theatre characters. Mark Cohen from “Rent” 001. I find it amazing how 300 pieces of puzzle can have that many possibilities!

This is how it works. You take a picture of whoever you want (This is the picture I used to create Peter’s Ji-Ga-Zo Peter pic) then you insert the disc that comes with the puzzle into your computer and upload the photo you’ve taken onto the disc. You then crop it and adjust the contrast and zooming until you have the picture you like. With this one I cropped the girl out of the pic and zoomed in on Peter’s face. Once you’re happy with your picture the program will generate a special printable icon map 003 that shows all the images on the backs of the pieces and which way to turn them and where to put them in order to assemble your puzzle and get the picture you want. Once you’ve printed it out you follow the icon map and assemble your puzzle and in an hour or so you’ll have your picture in Ji-Ga-Zo form!

Ji-Ga-Zo puzzles take about an hour or so to do. At times it’s a bit confusing and it’s slightly complicated but it’s a lot of fun and the end result always looks really cool! I definitely will not be bored again with this puzzle! I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it! If you got a Ji-Ga-Zo puzzle set who would you turn into a Ji-Ga-Zo? Tell me in the coments!

Camping Trip


Hey blog world! Earlier today I got home from Butterpot Park. It’s a really pretty park where you can go camping. My mom, dad, niece and I were there since Sunday. We all had a great time!

Our site got lots of visits from animals! We saw birds, squirrels and today just before we left we saw a bunny rabbit! I love animals so I was very pleased to see all this wildlife!

Because we were packing up and getting ready to go and didn’t have time to have cooked dinner (a traditional Newfoundland meal of roast beef or chicken, salt meat, cabbage, turnip, potato, carrot and gravy) on Sunday we had it on Monday and had a bunch of our relatives over! I thought it was nice that we were able to get together at the campsite and enjoy a meal together. Speaking of relatives my aunt, uncle and cousins got the campsite next to us and spent a few days up at Butterpot with us! I thought that was great! Especially since my new baby cousin was with them! He’s adorable!

We had a lot of barbeque for meals when we were camping. Hamburgers for supper on Sunday and last night, hot dogs a few nights ago and steak on Wednesday night. Barbeque is delicious! My favorite thing to eat on the barbeque is hot dogs. Steak is really yummy on the barbeque as well. My Mom buys angus steaks from walmart and they taste amazing when they’re barbequed!

We went for a walk on Monday night (I think). We went around the park. I’ve been doing a lot of exercising this summer to try and stay fit so I’m glad I was able to get that bit of exercise in during the camping trip. I nearly sprained both my ankles tripping over potholes but other than that I enjoyed it.

We wound up getting a lot of mist and rain. I was looking forward to spending a lot of time outside reading “Les Misérables”. I did get to spend a fair amount of time doing that on Sunday and Monday but Tuesday and yesterday there was a lot of mist and rain! I spent a lot of time in the tent. I was comfy laying on my sleeping bag but it would have been nicer to be outside. Oh well!

I took my laptop along with me to watch movies. When it’s battery died or was close to death my niece and I would have to take it to the bathroom to charge it. The first time we tried we saw outlets on the wall next to the bench where people can lay their things while they shower. We plugged my laptop into the charger and the charger into the outlet and nothing! The outlet must have been broken. We had to charge it by the sink! I felt really awkward sitting on the sink with my niece watching movies waiting for my laptop to charge.

Speaking of my laptop my favorite part of camping was definately every night when my niece and I would put on our pj’s and get all snuggly in our sleeping bags and watch “The Andy Griffith Show” together. She’d never experienced the joy that is Mayberry before so I was thrilled to get to introduce her to Andy and all his friends! I looked forward every night to getting all cozy and spending time in Mayberry with my niece. It was a very sweet bonding moment for the two of us. My niece really liked it so I’m even more thrilled that the bonding will get to continue! One night after two episodes of Andy we watched a bit of “Rent” together. She’d never seen that before either and I was glad to get to introduce her to that too. Mark is her favorite character and she loves “Tango Maureen” and “Another Day“.  It took us a few days but today we finally finished it!Watching those with her and seeing her smile, laugh and enjoy herself put a big smile on my face!

At the campsite to our left we had some very rowdy neighbors. Quiet time was 10:00 but they mustn’t have understood that! The first night we were there they were watching “Big Brother” and even though there is a rule saying music should only be audible on your own site they clearly didn’t get that because I could hear the show loud and clear from inside my tent. Every other night they blasted Kixx Country. I love that station but I wasn’t very fond of it during the camping trip because it kept me up! The people in the site were being quite loud as well so it was difficult for me to get some sleep until they finally quieted down! Other than them and their disturbances I got some pretty good sleep.

I had a wonderful time in the great outdoors with my family but I must admit it’s nice to be back home again and sleeping in my own bed tonight. It’s even nicer that I get to go back to work on Monday! I can’t wait to get back to Spirit of Newfoundland and tell Peter Peter Halley, Kathie Kathie and all my co workers about my trip! Do you like camping? Why or why not? If you do do you use a camper or a tent? Tell me in the comments!

Duet Again


Hey blog world! Last night I went out with my Mom and Grandpa to see my 12th Spirit of Newfoundland production. “Go Duet Yourself”! Some of you may remember I saw the show last summer (I wrote a post about it which you can see here). I loved it so much that I had to come back and see it a 2nd time! I’ve been working at Spirit and while I immensely enjoy my job it was nice to get to take a little break and be in the audience.

The appetizer last night was a summer citrus beet salad. I’m not sure what kind of dressing was on it. I think it was a vinaigrette of some sort. Whatever it was it made me pucker! Even though it was sour it wasn’t too bad. I quite enjoyed the salad. Shortly after the main course came. We had the choice of either screech barbequed chicken or stuffed cod. I chose the chicken. It tasted awesome! I loved the screech barbeque sauce! It came with carrots, a baked potato and peas in a pod. I wasn’t too fond of the peas but the carrots and baked potato were great!

While waiting for the show to start I completed an item on my bucket list! Limes were always an interesting fruit to me. I wondered how they tasted. It was on my bucket list to try one. Last night I did! My glass of cranberry juice was garnished with a lime wedge so I thought that since it was on my bucket list why not give it a try! I’m proud I did it and can now tick it off my list but I won’t be eating one again. It was very sour! It made my face pucker! I actually thought that maybe limes would be sweet. I was dead wrong there! Later I saw Peter Halley Peter Halley in the hallway. I had something for him so I got it and went out to see him. What I had for him was a copy of my most recent children’s book. A sequel to my “Circles” book called “Circles 2: How Relationships Change”. Peter is in this book so I decided to give him a copy. He was very pleased with it! I was glad he was! In fact he sang a little about it LOL! He noticed I had two copies and when I told him the other was for Darrin MartinDarrin to give to his kids he brought me backstage to find him and when we got backstage Peter sang “Leah’s written another book and I’m in this one too!” I thought that was pretty cool. Darrin wasn’t backstage like Peter had thought. Sheila Williams said he was in the bar so off we went and sure enough there he was! I got a hug from him! I really liked that. I gave him the book and he really liked it. I hope his girls will too! They are the biggest and most important critics after all! I then told Darrin how the Autism centre is using my first “Circles” book and we had a little chat about Autism. After that I proceeded back to my seat. Unfortunately on the way I got quite the startle! When it’s close to show time a bell is rung to let people know to return to their seats. I have sensory issues with my ears and loud noises hurt my ears and frighten the daylights out of me! That’s why I wore earplugs to the show last night. They didn’t quite work for the show bell. Just as I was close to it it rang! Even with the earplugs in it was very loud and scared me! I needed a few minutes to calm myself down and catch my breath when I got back to my seat.

When the show started Peter and Shelley came out on stage. It was time for rehearsal and Sheila and Darrin weren’t there. Peter decided to call Sheila and get mad. It didn’t work. He was being so nice in fact that Shelley had to give him a smack LOL! Sheila tried to hide it but eventually the truth came out that she was at the movies with Darrin. In the original show last summer they saw the Batman movie “Man Of Steel” but this time their movie choice was really funny! The new Cameron Diaz movie “Sex Tape” LOL! Another hilarious thing about the phone call was that Sheila suggested doing a “50 Shades of Grey” dinner show instead of the Duets one LOL! After Sheila hung up on Peter they decided to start without her. Peter and Shelley sang the “All In The Family” theme song. I love hearing them sing that! They do it really well! Then Sheila finally showed up and talked for a while. After that they did “Summer Nights” from “Grease”. That was awesome! Then they did some TV themes. “The Jeffersons” which is my favorite TV theme so I was thrilled to hear it! I had such a blast dancing and singing along! Also they did “Laverne and Shirley“. That was fun!

I keep a little pack of Kleenex in my purse just in case and was quite glad I had them on me last night! I didn’t think I would but I cried! When Sheila and Darrin sang “Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong” from “An Officer and a Gentleman” it was beautiful! So much so that I shed a few tears. They really flowed during Peter and Shelley’s duet of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore“. It too was absolutely beautiful and I cried even more!

Later in the first act there were a few celebrity impressions. We got to go inside one of Frank Sinatra’s recording sessions. Frank (played by Peter) was recording from New York I think and his duet partner Julio Iglesias (played by Darrin) was recording from Barcelona. I loved the accents they both had. They sounded so cool! They sang “Summer Wind“. With both the accents it sounded awesome! Here’s a picture of them 031. Sheila Williams did a spot on Anne Murray 034! I couldn’t get over how incredible she was and how she sounded pretty much exactly like her! She sang “Daydream Believer” and it made my heart so happy! That’s one of my favorite songs and it puts a big smile on my face every time I hear it! Last night was certainly no exception. Then she did a duet with KD Lang. Remembering last time I knew what was in store when KD came out. I was thrilled to see Darrin as her again! It’s so funny! Also he looks great 035! Poor Darrin didn’t seem to be enjoying himself playing a girl though LOL! I could tell that by his face. Also he shouted for help once during the song LOL!

To end act 1 they did some duets by families. Some of my favorites from this part were “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ol’ Days)” by the Judds ( I looked at my Grandpa while singing the line “Grandpa tell me bout the good ol days” and he smiled. I did too.), “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Monday’s” by the Carpenters and “Wake Up Little Suzy” and “Bye Bye Love” by the Everly Brothers. Then they sang a parody of that song which was written by Boomer Stamp. He’s the drummer for Spirit that writes the parodies they sing in their shows. This parody was called “Bye Bye Grub”. I clapped my hands, sang along and laughed during this song! It’s really funny! My favorite part is “Bye bye grub, bye bye chicken leg, hello Jenny Craig I think I’m gonna die, bye bye my grub goodbye.” LOL!

Then it was desert time. Before I had mine I went over to Erin Winsor’s table and spoke with her for a bit. Erin is a lovely lady who I’ve seen perform several times and just like Mary Poppins (whom she played in the Theatre St. John’s production of “Mary Poppins”) I think she’s practically perfect! We talked about the show, my camping trip next week, school etc. When I told her I wanted to be a special needs teacher she said I’d be really good at that! That made me happy. She also really liked my idea to start a theatre group for people with special needs. That made me happy too! After our conversation I got a hug! That was awesome! Going back to my table my cheeks hurt from smiling so much! Desert was a piece of screech cake with a dollop of whipped cream and some screech caramel sauce drizzled on the plate and some blueberries. The cake and caramel sauce due to the rum were quite strong but they were really yummy!

During act two there were even more celebrity impressions! Peter and Shelley were Kenny and Dolly 061. Just like last time Peter wore a stocking over his face LOL! He looked so funny! It must be difficult to sing with that thing over his face! He did an excellent job of it though! Shelley was a terrific Dolly as well. Darrin and Sheila got to be Rod Stewart and Tina Turner 066. They sang “Hot Legs” which is my most favorite Rod Stewart song so I was extatic when they sang it! I danced in my seat and sang along to all the words! They also did “Proud Mary“. It sounded very nice when it started off as being sung slowly and later in the song when it picked up and got faster that was awesome! Sheila’s dance moves were really cool!

Sheila told the audience about a country duet song where the man did all the singing and the woman just sat there. She picked someone out of the audience to get to be said woman. She came up on stage and Peter came out dressed like a cowboy and serenaded the lucky lady with “Hello Darling“. I thought it was very sweet and that Peter did a wonderful job of singing the song. I also liked how they put her picture up on the projector screen under the heading “Loretta Lynn”.

One of my favorite duets from act two was Paul Anka’s “Having My Baby” sung by Peter and Sheila. It was hillarious! Especially when Sheila smacked Peter LOL! She smacked him when he sang the line “The seed inside ya, baby do you feel it growing”. He rubbed her belly a bit during this line and she got mad thinking that he meant her belly was getting big!

They did a few duets to tribute artists who had passed away. Sheila and Shelley did a bit of “The Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston. It sounded so pretty! Then Shelley sang “I Will Always Love You“. I was trying not to cry! It was very pretty too and Shelley sang it with so much emotion. Next Peter and Darrin sang “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” (the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme) as a tribute to Earl Scruggs who had passed away. At different points during the song they stopped singing and pointed their mics at us so we could fill in their blank. I knew all the words! I had fun giggling, clapping and singing along. When the band played a little instrumental bit at the end of the song I thought it sounded marvellous!

To end the show they sang “Time Of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing” and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf. Both those songs were awesome! It was a great way to end off the show. When it ended I stood up and gave the cast a very well deserved standing ovation! I then remained standing to sing “Spirit of Newfoundland” with them. It’s a beautiful song and I always look forward to hearing it at the end of each show. Then they gave a few shout outs to their friends in the audience! I was lucky enough to be one of those people! Peter told the audience that I was there with my family. After those everyone stood to sing “Ode To Newfoundland”. Then it was time to go. It was a fabulous show! I had the time of my life and I owe it all to Peter, Shelley, Sheila and Darrin!

Before I left I wanted to get pictures with the cast. After waiting for a while they all came out and we got our picture! duets cast Don’t we all look stunning LOL! After getting the picture I spoke with Shelley and Darrin for a while. I told them how I made the sports page in the paper! The CBS and area newspaper The Shoreline. Last Saturday Special Olympics had a softball training camp and the group picture we took made the Shorline’s sports page! Shelley asked me if I was good at softball and I said that I’m ok at it. It was my first time so I’m only a beginner. With time I’m sure I’ll improve! I told Darrin that we’re trying to get some teams started. We only had 10 people show up and we’re looking to find more. He then told me about a few of his friends with cerebral palsy. One of them has gone on to be a teacher! That was amazing. It really goes to show that you can do anything. A few minutes later Darrin said he had to go. He needed to get up early to go to a gig in Gambo. As a joke I asked him if he was going to take the bus. It kinda went over his head at first but when I asked if he got it he thought about it for a while then it clicked. In their ABBA show Shelley sings a parody of “Fernando” about her taking the bus to Gambo. I was glad he eventually got it. As I was coming down off the stage my cheeks were once again in pain from smiling so much! As I said above the show was fabulous and it made me so happy!

Then it was time to go home. During the drive in the car I asked my Grandpa what he thought of the show. He really enjoyed it! He thought that all the singers were incredible! Sheila Williams was his favorite. He found her really funny. He called her a case LOL! He also really enjoyed the Everly Brothers songs and “Bye Bye Grub”. I was glad that he enjoyed himself. I did too. It was even better the 2nd time! I strongly reccommend seeing this show. There’s a lot more dates left during the summer! Go to their website for more information on this show and the others they are running during the summer (“ABBA: Gotta Get The Scoop” and “Skeets, Snobs and Peppermint Knobs“(I’ve seen both and they’re incredible! Click their names to read the reviews I’ve written of them))! Have you seen “Go Duet Yourself”? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments!

Leah