Thursday, May 22, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Today was no different. Well, I guess it was. I was 24 and not 10...as was every other woman there. But we were all screaming like we were 10 again. And singing...and screaming...and screaming some more. I made friends with a girl holding a hot pink sign. Yes, she got pointed at by Donnie! And I was standing right by her...so he pointed at me! He he he. My favorite was a girl behind me begging the NKOTB to bring back the stonewashed jeans!
I think one of the funniest parts was some of the moms had brought their girls (7-14 yrs) and they kept making comments like "What's the big deal?" and referring to the older women, "what are they doing here?" And when they began to perform, I think they were all suprised that these grown women could scream and party like they could. Although, most of them hadn't ever heard one of their songs before. They just looked at their moms like they were nuts!
They were great! I have added some of their music to my playlist for all of you to enjoy. Along with some pictures. It was raining and I couldn't see for most of the time, so there isn't a whole lot, but enjoy another New York minute.
That's how far back I was from the performance. Couldn't see a whole lot. But we could hear it all...
Thursday, May 15, 2008
But on a lighter note! David Cook's going to the finals! We are going to rally the votes for next week. I don't care if you haven't been a voter thus far, we need votes this next week! Yeah for a hometown boy going after his dream.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
But that's not the reason for this post. I have come to be very annoyed by David Archuletta, who cannot seem to sing anything original. Every performance sounds exactly the same. As an artist, he is very young and I'm not sure he's ready for such a huge thing as being the American Idol. Anyway. Simon said it all...
"It's like a chihuahua trying to be a tiger!"
I laughed so hard at this. It trumped any other wedding singer or drunk kareoke performance comment he has ever made! It was brilliant Simon. My hats off to your literary genius! Oh Yeah...and vote for David Cook.
I have also had several requests for pictures of David from high school. I only have a few good ones, and unfortunately People magazine has them right now. Crazy huh? Sometimes I'm amazed by it all, and sometimes it's a little sureal. But I promise they will get posted as soon as I get them back. Who knows maybe you'll get to see them in People first! Anyway, I don't think I'll get them back before the finale, since they want to be able to leak them first, but nonetheless, they will be posted eventually for all of you fans.
Monday, May 12, 2008
When we got married, we didn't have any knives. None. This made cooking hard, as you can imagine. Well, my dad received a set from a convention he went to and gave it to us. We had knives! Well, it's been almost four years and it was time for an upgrade. Not to mention the current knives had become more like saws than knives. Anyway, I found this fabulous set at Macy's during a one day sale. I have real knives!!! It made me so happy I had to take a picture and share it with all.
I have decided after our failure to much of anything in Utah, that we were going to live up life in New York City. I spent an entire day looking up everything that could possibly be free in the city and put it on our calendar. This doesn't include all the nature walks, museum tours, libraries, etc. This is an example of how exciting our July is going to be. There are plays, concerts, performances, movies in the parks, etc. We are going to have so much fun this summer, I can't wait! And the beautiful thing is, it's all free! I'm falling more in love with New York City everyday. If anyone's coming to visit, here's taste of things we can do!
So we've had a large black box of human bones sitting in a corner of my apartment for several months now. What fun it is to be a med student spouse! We get to house human remains. It did prove quite interesting. Those of you who have known me for a while know that I have always loved science and even wanted to be a doctor for a long time. So it wasn't too bad. But still a strange box to have in your house. Well, it's gone now. That particular class was over and so we had to give it back. But not before I snapped a few pictures of our house guests.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I enjoyed the fact that pretty much everything was free there. We made it to the Holocaust Museum, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Mt. Vernon, Arlington, Art Museum, natural History Museum, Native American Museum, Postal Museum, all the war monuments (Korea, WWII, Vietnam), all the presidential monuments (Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, FDR), White House, Capitol tour, Air and Space Museum, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court Building, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some. But we tried to do it all...at least all that we were interested in. I can't say that I'm a big fan of modern art...so we skipped most of that.
We Mt. Vernon. they've got a great tourist trap there. I wanted to buy everything colonial. We got to see George Washington's Dentures! They weren't wood. He never owned wooden teeth. I think they were worse than wood...They were steal. Talk about pain. They were steal cast with real animal and human teeth in them. They said that's why he always looks tight round the mouth in his portraits. He was fighting the steel dentures! Man. Before that, he had some of his teeth and had fake ones wired to the real ones. I'm so glad for modern dentistry. I can' even begin to tell you how glad I am for Novocaine and polygrip.
Other than that we loved the home. It was beautifully kept and had a magnificent view of the river. We saw the bed where Washington died, as well as his tomb. I didn't know this, but he never had any children of his own. Just step children and lots of nieces and nephews. Martha was a widow when he married her. And he was always too busy with the war and presidency to be at home much. Kudos to Martha for her love and dedication. There was a span of like 8 years where he was home only 10 days or something like that. But I gained a greater appreciation of what an amazing man he was. He gave his entire life to this country and creating a nation that he believed in.
Me hugging one of the few original trees from the Mt. Vernon plantation. George Washington may have hugged this tree! It's my first tree hugger picture!
The left picture is Bryant in front of George Washington's old tomb. He was originally buried here. But, in his will, he requested a new one be built because the old one needed repairs and was running out of space. So the right pictures is Bryant in front of the current tomb of George and Martha Washington.
I also loved Arlington Cemetery. What a humbling place. I found it strange that I was surrounded by thousands of graves, but didn't feel eerie or creepy. It was peaceful and respectful. We walked around. I can't believe the sheer number of graves there are. And I know this is only a fraction of those who gave their lives.
We managed to get to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier just in time for the changing of the guard. What discipline! A great way to show the respect for the soldiers who fought. There were also two Junior Highs who got to have a wreath placed in front of the tomb.
Here's JFK's grave and the eternal flame.
Bryant at the WWII memorial on a very rainy day! It was cold and wet, but we learned, very quickly, how to function under one umbrella.
Yes, those were actually for sale at the gift shop in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing...That pose is for Michaela. Sorry munchkin, I stole your signature pose!
So I've changed my mind about what I want when Bryant graduates medical school. I was thinking Jimmy Choos or a Kitchen Aid, but I think I'm going for The Hope Diamond now. It was fabulous!
This was Bryant's favorite. It's a completely flawless crystal ball. It weighed a few hundred pounds and you could see into your future...
Bryant in the unemployment line at the FDR memorial
This is for my father. His good friend was killed in the Vietnam War. I always remember him going into the memorial room at BYU and finding his name on the wall and then saluting him. So I found his name on the wall at the Vietnam Memorial.
Overlooking the second half of the mall...That's one mile to the Washington monument in the background! We're on the top of the Lincoln monument where MLK Jr. gave his speech.
That's as close the White House you can get, but there it is! What a beautiful place...
Outside a book store where two cardboard figures...I took an obvious dislike to one of them. Can you guess which one?
I loved this one...at the Library of Congress was one of the drafts of the Constitution. You can see where a delegate crossed out words and made notes about it. What a priceless document.
Outside the capitol after our tour
We had a fun night of playing Apples to Apples. I love this game. You quickly learn a lot about someone's personality and sense of humor by playing this game. Bryant was also reunited with Buford the Bee. Kristi and I found him while shopping at Wal-Mart for Valentines day forever ago. He's the best cuddle toy there is. It's like 3 feet tall and squishy. I love Buford!