Due to my absolute lack of blogging lately, I have a lot of things to share. These are all things that I originally planned to dedicate an entire post to, but that just is not going to happen. So, here are the Cliffs Notes!
My mom, sister Nen & friend were in town the weekend before we went on vacation. We typically shop, eat & drink sangria when they are here, so it was a treat to do something different this time! Million Dollar Quartet has been calling my name for some time & we all went to the Apollo Theater (where my amazing friend is the GM) to see it. It was so much fun - everyone gets involved and sings, claps & even dances around. It's a pretty incredible story about the night of 12.4.56 when Jerry Lee Lewis (my favorite in the show!) Johnny Cash, Elvis Pressley & Carl Perkins got together for an impromptu recording session & the awesomeness that ensued. Go see it!
Next Up: OPRAH!
Finally! My mom & I have been wanting to go to Oprah for YEARS! It finally worked out & I was able to surprise her with tickets! She was having a bad day & said that this definitely cheered her right up :) My mom & Petey Quiche came to Chicago at the tail end of our vacation, so when we got back I was able to hang out with my mom again! Yay. & so soon after their last visit (see above). The taping was a classic Oprah show - updates from past memorable guests. Some were sad, all ended up happy. I am surprised that I didn't cry considering the tears were falling yesterday while I was watching from my sofa! When Stephen Paletta, the winner of Oprah's Big Give, came on the audience was surprised with $1,000 Visa cards to start our own foundations via giveback.org. Now I WILL write a separate post about that.
I need to take a screen shot of my mom & I together in the audience. This is one that a friend posted on FB. The girls that sat next to us in the THIRD row (hello bright yellow & pink!) were really sweet.
Okay, moving on to concerts...
A few days after the Lady Gaga concert, we were back at the United Center to see BON JOVI! Livin' on a Prayer (and Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard) is one of my first favorite songs that I remember & that wasn't something we sang in music class. My friend Micki & I would listen to it over and over... Bon Jovi is hot & so was this concert. So glad I was able to check him off of my concert list!
So far for this spring/summer we have tickets to see: William Fitzsimmons (go see him. seriously), Ray LaMontagne, Maroon5, Carrie Underwood, some 80s bands (ask my husband, I can't remember!), Zac Brown Band & Kenny Chesney. To name a few ;)
And finally (because this post is getting waaaay too long), St. Patrick's Day!
The Chicago River is dyed bright green every year on the weekend of the St. Patrick's Day parade downtown. You can see the difference in the middle row - the beginning of the dye & after (love me some Shamrock Shake!). It was my first time going to this parade (the South Side Irish Parade was an entirely different experience..) & we had front row spots. It was freezing, but we huddled together & really enjoyed it!
There! I have set a goal & schedule to help me blog more regularly, so thanks for hanging in there!