As promised…

I had to compress the file after all…check out my girlie doing her performance. She is the base on all the stunts. You can even catch a glimpse of me being a base on the right hand side when the two girls go up. I am so proud of them. They were awesome…

Auld Lang Syne

We all celebrate New Year’s in one way another…some getting blacked out by as much alcohol as they can consume, others lighting fireworks in their cul-de-sac with their buddies, one or two times trying to find the right person to plant one on when the ball drops, or a few where you stayed home & lit sparklers with the kids while dancing in the New Year. If you hadn’t guessed…I have participated in all of these New Year traditions. Of course they have been spread throughout the years. But all the while there was THAT song playing in the background!! You know…that “old acquaintance” song that most of us only know a couple of words to. I’m talking about Auld Lang Syne people and it’s about time we all get a lesson on what they are actually saying and what the heck it means. If you are a smarty pants and already know the meaning and all the words…Stop Reading I guess. I don’t need a critic LOL!

OK so here it goes:

Now without translating every dang word…I am going to give you the gist!!!

The song title translates from old Scottish dialect meaning ‘Old Long Ago’ and is about love and friendship in times past. The lyrics convey memories of relationships and how some of those may have wandered over time. It also means to me that even with distance there can be amity…for the sake of ‘Old Long Ago’.

What a great lesson for us – human creatures walking around trying to co-exist with other people as they enter in and out of our lives. Especially as a Military Family Member, this can come in handy when we have to let some of the people in our lives go, respectfully. Ok some of them I just wanted to go away. :o)

I hope everyone has a Fabulous 2009…I know we will!! Catch you next year :o)

One-Hit Wonders

So I peeped into my Myspace page today and my music playlist started up (the same one I have on the blog) and I just love my music. But, I listen to it often (usually when I am cleaning), so the songs were itching me and that prompted me to go on a mad search for oldies but goodies slated from my younger years. You would not believe how many I found and how many times I caught myself talking out loud to the screen. Outcrys like…”Oh my gosh, this song rocks!!”…and…”How could I have forgotten that one??”…and so on. OK so I was busting out in song, too, here and there. The kids were wondering what was wrong with me I’m sure.
But NOW you must swing on down and sway to the right to check out my latest and newest additions. We’re talking from Tracey Ullman…

to JJ Fad

to The Cardigans.

SWEET…reminiscing on new OLD jams are always fun!! Love me some one-hit wonders!!

Columbus Day brings Good Times!

So it has been a hot minute since I have blogged. Honestly, last week was pretty lax and it was nice to be able to stop moving long enough to enjoy myself. I went with the girls last Sunday to get our much anticipated pedis with our “Charlie”…George’s Battalion Commander, Steve. He’s Sheila’s husband (God I miss her)!! He gave us all a treat and took us to Cocock’s (they do mind boggling nail art on the tiniest of toes). It was nice to have all us chicas in one room without being related to an FRG event. Check us out…Thanks Steve!!

Moving forward, George had a four-day weekend for Columbus Day and so he decided to take Friday and play golf with some work buds while I went to a pre-planning lunch for our Halloween party coming up in the company. But the best part of that day was that afternoon…Saige came home with a smile like no other!!! The votes came in and Woot Woot…..Saige Isla is Lester Middle’s new Vice President for the 08-09 school year. I am so proud of her and I know she will do wonders for the school and her peers. I knew she had it in her. Way to go baby girl!!

Saturday, the hubby had a softball tournament during the day and once he got done we decided to go off base to the “touristy” spot they call…

That’s right…American Village! It’s funny because I wonder if that’s the equivalent of Chinatown in New York?? Either way, we’ve been there several times since we have lived here but not recently. That is where the Okinawa landmark Ferris Wheel is located. Saige loves taking pictures of it, so here she is posing with it instead.

There’s a Japanese movie theater in the “village” that plays movies in English as well as Japanese but for a heftier price than on base. I was intrigued by the movie poster outside advertising one of their coming attractions. The star of the movie looks totally American right? She’s not…she just LOOKS it. I’m not a fan of the movie industry assuming every actress needs to look white or something. Weird…

Anyway, we ventured into a store called “American Depot” that houses all kinds of American items (new or used) and let me tell you the prices are through the roof no matter what the condition. They do sell the everyday Japanese tshirts with my favorite American phrases translated. LOL. It cracks me up to see what they think we say…

Next we went into Jusco…it’s like a mini mall with a department store, grocery store and several clothing stores all in one. When we walked in, JD ran up to stand next to the display…it had Spiderman on it what can I say!!

It was a nice night and there was some good family bonding happening there.

Sunday, we headed on down to the Oktoberfest Brunch and got to listen to a German band that had flown in to perform some traditional music. JD and Teage were swinging and twirling their napkins in the air screaming “Riya Riya Riya”. It was a riot. After our tummies were full, we went to burn it off at Wago Land (see one of my first posts about this place). I had to take a pic of Teage though….he was having too much fun!!

With all the family time that was had, George and I decided to take the night and do something adult-like. There is a Deal or No Deal game show they put on here by the Air Force. They do their best to re-create the actual show…down to the “Lucky Cash Ladies” who happen to be just women that are part of the military community. Not a bad gig I guess…

They run three games and in between do prize giveaways and such. It was fun…of course we didn’t get called up for the actual game, but I was asked to come up and do something for a prize giveaway (not knowing what the prize was). This is what I had to do….

That’s right…I had to dance in front of about 250 people the YMCA song. George missed the actual photo-op of the famous letter formations, but he did manage to get the awkward part in the middle of the chorus where I had to ad-lib some moves in a hurry. It was quite humerous and the best part of it all…here was the prize!!

A tank top and a light-up USA hat. Awesome!!

Finally, Monday was spent splitting off and doing a girl’s day with Saige and George hung out with the boys. When Saige and I came home, my little man was all cleaned up with a new haircut. He looks so big all over again….

Those lashes are still as long as can be though…I could just kiss him all over.

So there’s the update…sorry it took so long. P.S. Here’s the proof about the over abundance of vending machines I was talking about!!

Love ya!!!

Date Night & odds n ends!

Last night we had our “date night” which we try to do at least once a month. It was nice…we went out to dinner with some good friends and then off to see ‘Ragtime’ the musical put on by the local community theatrical group, Pacific Okinawa Players (POPs). We went last winter to see Aladdin, JR and that is where JD said he needed to be on stage asap!! We are still waiting for the next children’s production so he can audition. They only do about 4 or 5 a year, so we are patiently waiting!! Anyway, here’s a pic of us at dinner on the water…

And then this happened….what is the obsession with my husband lately. They just “can’t seem to quit him”. Damn that brokeback mountain in El Paso LOL!! It seems a little odd that George would let TJ be the man in this relationship (notice the hands and shifty hips on the hubby hee hee)!!!!

So it was off to Ragtime…where George’s unit Chaplain played one of the leads, and my girl Amanda played in the ensemble (she sang in almost every song). She is a classically trained opera singer and does it like nobody’s business. Here she is in costume with a couple of the other performers. She is on the right hand side…

It was quite enjoyable and the talent was exceptional. I wish to one day actually see a Broadway musical…somebody make that happen please!! :o)

So I have one piece of culture that is so commonly known if you live here, but one that I think the family and friends would be interested in knowing. The Japanese are straight up funny about their drinks in restaurants. If you order a tea or soda at any food establishment..they are miniature. I mean TINY!! And you would pay about 300 yen for one of these (about 3 bucks). No refills!!!! Anywhere!!!! So I took a pic of what a supersized drink looked like at the Japanese McDonald’s…

Looks like plain old medium to me, right?!? OK…now you’re really gonna trip out. So about every 5 feet on any given street off base there are soda vending machines. And I’m talking every 5 steps. And I also mean 3 vending machines grouped together. But anyway, for a mere 100 yen (or one dollar) you can get this…..

So this is the size of a Monster…way bigger than the 24 oz bottled drinks you can get at your local 7-eleven (oh how I miss 7-eleven and circle K). Weird right?? They have these sizes in any kind of drink you could want…sweet tea, fanta, water, this gatorade like drink called aquarius…the list goes on! Thought I’d share one of the easily forgotten facts about living in Okinawa.

And lastly, we went to brunch this morning and they had a pond out front with koi fish in it. Teage was impressed and wanted to get in I think. One of them even tried to jump out of the water to say hello. Had to take a pic of my biggest and littlest enjoying the scenery…

Once we got home…JD wanted to be the Joker. I told you, theater is in his blood. Saige was the makeup artist for him. Scare Me!!!!

Well, until we meet again…Love ya!!!

Who’s That Girl?!?!

So I got this from my girl Farrah…just amusing and I’m saying WTF??

I am an Obama girl, but I could care less who you vote for as long as you vote!! Check out the “Don’t Vote” video on Perez Hilton. It’s coming up so soooooooon! Rock the Vote….people!


So, another year of the VMAs has come and gone and I have to say…it was enjoyable. I liked the performances overall. It was nice to see Pink do her thing…man that chick has a slammin body. Aguilera did her little post baby debut (having a striking resemblance to Britney with that hair and outfit), Kid Rock brought it down with my one of my favorite summer songs, and even Paramore did a fabulous job via Whiskey-a-Go-Go. Just wondering about those pants…

There were, of course a few things that were bothersome. Like why does Rhianna always have to perform twice? I mean she’s cute and all, but dang. We all know there’s a pool of hungry musicians that could have strutted their stuff just as well as she did. Give someone different a chance MTV. Another disappointment was Kanye’s performance. He’s losing steam for me. His self-righteousness is annoying enough…now we have to listen to songs that sound like brainwashing techniques. I can’t!!!

The only question I really have is….Who the heck is this guy?? And why does the back of his hair have to do that??

I mean I get it…he’s British and we need someone that isn’t too invested in the American pop culture phenom (which I think covers everyone famous in America, right?). But what was he saying? I couldn’t catch 60% of his ramblings. The other 40% was pretty funny I guess…I have to assume there was no correlation between the two percentages. His purity ring jokes…or just sex jokes overall, were becoming a nuisance but that’s no different than Chris Rock’s jabs at previous VMAs. The VMAs are meant to be filled with raunchy attacks on celebrities. Remember this…

Gotta love Chris Rock!!
Lastly, I have to comment on the anticipated return of Ms Britney. I really wanted her to perform for us so that we could have the whole “compare and contrast” really going on, but I understand she isn’t trying to rush the inevitable. So my comment is quick and painless Britney…you looked healthy and sober!! You showed everyone that you could bounce back from being high and chubby. Thank you for giving us the visual again. You were bringing sexy back girl!

So, that is my report on the VMAs and I’ll be awaiting next year’s awards with the hopes for some Ne-Yo, Eminem, Jordin Sparks, and of course B Spears performances. One last thing…who thinks this guy is just the most adorable thing….? I do!! McLovin all day long!!

See you next year…