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I’ll Tell You My Dirty Little Secret

I know it’s not Guilty Pleasure Friday, but maybe, just maybe, this little confessional couldn’t wait.  As many of you know, I’ve been a busy bee at work with inventory, which means I’m living nocturnally at the moment, hence the later postings.  But I’ve been preparing.  When someone works the hours of 4pm to 3am and 7pm to 5am, it throws off your sleep schedule!  So, I’ve stocked up on guilty pleasure TV to watch when I get home and I’m wound up, or when I wake up at 2 in the afternoon still tired!

Ok, little known fact about me.  *cough*  I used to be in Show Choir.  It’s not something I would normally admit.  Truth is, for all the time I spent wishing I was in it, the glitz and glamour that is crusty hairsprayed hair and scratchy sequin costumes is not all it’s cracked up to be.  Someday I’ll tell you all about how the director said I ruined his show when I got my hair cut.  True story.

For now, I’m enjoying a little blast down memory lane while watching GLEE.  Yep, there, I’ve admitted it.  I started watching GLEE.  The completely over the top TV dramedy about a show choir at Mt. McKinley High.  The newly reformed “New Directions” Glee Club is full of misfits, misfits who just happen to sing their asses off.  The key performers are Rachel, the mildly annoying, goody-two-shoes, up and coming starlet played by Lea Michelle, who’s been doing lots of interviews lately and is sometimes made fun of for her impeccable posture during said interviews.  It really is kind of unhuman.

Then there’s Finn, the football quarterback/lead male vocalist?  Finn is your all American guy who can’t ever quite decide if he’ll suck up the popularity contest and actually stay in Glee, even if it means getting slushie dumped all over you.

You can’t not take notice of Mercedes, the show’s other stellar singer find!  She’s a young Beyonce’/Jennifer Hudson kind of gal!  I don’t understand why her clothes have so many neon stripes going on all the time, but I’m no fashionista.

And my other favorite is Kirk.  Kirk is kind of the stereotypical gay kid character, but I really like him anyway.  He’s hilarious.  I think my favorite moment is when he helps lead the football team to victory by getting them to dance and loosen up.  It’s pretty awesome.

Still don’t believe me that you should probably watch Glee?

If that video alone doesn’t excite you, then let me introduce to you quite possibly my favorite character on the show:  Sue Sylvester.  Played by Jane Lynch, a favorite actress of mine, Sue only wears Adidas track suits and she coaches the school’s money-making Cheerleading team, the Cheerios!  For years, Sue’s been on top of the teaching world because her team always wins and her group gets pretty much all the funding.  (Their uniforms are dry cleaned in Europe!)  Now that Will Schuester, the Spanish teacher, took over Glee Club, these kids are giving Sue a run for her money.  But she is no easy villain to back down.  Listen to these hilarious clips of Sue’s plans:

Aren’t you already just a little bit hooked?  Don’t you feel that hours spent surfing YouTube videos all about this cast is time well spent?  I do.  I’m now a “Gleek”.

If you’ll excuse me, I have Season 2 to pick up from the library.  What guilty pleasure got you going this week?

The Witkins Von Trapp Family Sings

     Hello Again and Merry Christmas to you all!

We’re back live at Jess Witkins’ Happiness Project to proudly report that Jess did in fact have a holiday!  It was short and sweet, much like her new haircut, but filled with family and fun.

The festivities began at the end of the 10 hour workday of pure, extreme shopping madness.  I ran around the store, wrapped several presents, put some shoe boxes away, worked in fine jewelry for awhile and denied one man a $2000 price adjustment on a 1/2 carat diamond necklace cause he saw a sign for a 1/4 carat one for less.  Yah, I’m just mean like that.

All was improved when the night began as date night!

Joe and I went out for italian at Eduardo’s and got the sausage, prosciutto, and goat cheese pizza.  It was yummy.  We were nice and full as we headed downtown to Riverside Park and walked the Rotary Lights.  The Rotary Lights are a BIG deal in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Since 1995, the Rotary Club has partnered with roughly 100 some volunteer organizations to decorate Riverside Park with Christmas lights and displays.  Each group hosts a Christmas tree along the park’s sidewalk, plus all the real trees get lights and there’s lots of action-packed and twinkling set ups, including a totally galactic looking light tunnel you can drive through, lights synched up to music, and LIVE reindeer outside Santa’s house.  It’s a beautiful tradition and Joe and I to go each winter.  Admission is just a bag of canned goods and food items for our town’s food pantry!  You can drive or walk through the lights and this was our third time going.

Here are some of the shots I took on our walk.  *Note the first two shots are of the same spot.  It’s where the lights change to music.

Saturday morning was Christmas Eve and we drove to home to my parents to celebrate.  We went to church, then to my brother’s for dinner and present opening.  I got many a book title on my ‘to read’ list which was wonderful!  Now the tough decision is which one to start first?  Anyone else having that problem?

The best part of our Christmas was later in the evening when somehow, with little effort, my honeybee Joe (a musician) picked up a guitar and managed to get my entire family to form a band and choir singing what began as Christmas songs, then Manamana, and then several Beatles songs.  He had the guitar, and we scrounged up some djembes, maracas, claves, and a tambourine (my given instrument!).  If you’re not familiar with Manamana, here’s a fun video to enlighten you:

Now, you should know, my family doesn’t normally sing outside of church.  I don’t remember us gathering together to sing carols on our own, yet everybody joined in!  Not just joined, we rocked out!

Actual Photo Captured of the Witkins Von Trapp Family Singing

So that was my Christmas party.  How was yours?  What have you been up to while I went on my blog hiatus?  Don’t forget to tune in Friday for another Milestone Party/New Year’s Bash with the Life List Club, the HOTTEST resolution club in town.  Bring your glow sticks and wear sequins, baby, it’s gonna be a party!  And we’ve got prizes to giveaway!!!  I know, the presents just won’t stop!

*So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu*

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