Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Sticker Collection 2

I loved collecting and trading stickers in the 80s. I must admit that I do still collect them now and just bought 3 packs today - Snoopy, doggies and horses. I still have to put some of them in a book but might need to get a new one because the one that my friend Carolyn got me in the late 1990s is pretty full. This is my 1980s book. The Muppets and the doggies Christmas stickers are my favourite from these pages. For all sticker lovers - more posts on this in the future. What were some of your favourite stickers ?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Little House on the Prarie books

I loved my Little House series when I was a kid. I also have a few others. My brother and I watched the TV show but I always liked the books much better.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We still miss you, Buffy

Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of our special spaniel Buffy's death. We still miss her very much and think of her everday. She is sitting on the farm scene chair with her pet rock which was her favourite toy. She looks like she is in deep thought in the bottom photo. Some days when I'm feeling blue I picture myself giving her a big squeeze hug like I used to do often and this cheers me up. I hope that I get to see her again in the afterlife.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Duran Duran - NYC October 25, 2011

My brother and I really enjoyed this concert 2 weeks ago. The seats were better than I expected - 5th row in the bottom section towards the left in a section towards the left but not close to the stage. Those seats would've cost 30.00 more. I might have been willing to pay that if my brother hadn't wanted to come with me. I suppose we could've gotten tickets in seperate sections. Nah- I would've been cutting into my computer savings fund to do so. I guess that I got a little spoiled after the last 3 concerts of general admission and being pretty close to the stage.

My brother was happy when they did The Reflex, Notorious and Wild Boys, the latter being not a song of theirs that I really care for. I was pleased that the did Planet Earth, Is There Something I Should Know and Careless Memories. Mark seemed a little disappointed that they didn't do Girls on Film, nor did they perform Save a Prayer. I wasn't that upset about this but felt bad for the people who had either never seen them in concert before or haven't in a long time so if they liked these songs I'm sure they would've been disappointed just as I would've been if they hadn't done the 3 that I mentioned.

They did 7 songs from the new album. I like Leave a Light On and Before the Rain. Mark said that they should've only done 5. I didn't even have the new album yet. I ordered this a couple days after the concert. I usually buy the souvenir tour books at Duran Duran and Bon Jovi concerts but did not do so this year for either group. It was 35.00. I need that money for more important things now. Rio, my former #1 favourite song was last and right after the show I was already wishing that I could see them again.

Yes, I did look into getting tickets for Atlantic City but there were none available when I checked a few times. No way would I drive down there. I looked into options and taking a bus from NYC seemed the best bet. The Borgata just happens to be the place furthest from the station so I would've had to take a cab. It's probably for the best that this didn't work out because that Saturday was the day of the storm and power outage in New Jersey. I feel kind of embarrased for hoping that they will return to this area sometime next year so I can see them for one final time. This was the 8th time in 6 and a half years. The first was also at Madison Square Garden in 2005.

Someone spilled their beer on my jacket and my arm which was kind of upsetting. I've always been afraid that this would happen. I dislike the smell of beer. I tried to let this go but it was in the back of my mind a little during the first few songs. She did give me tissues to wipe it up and 5.00 toward the dry cleaning. I can sort of laugh about this a bit but it would've been nice if I didn't let it affect my enjoyment during those songs and also I was too embarrassed in the beginning to really get into the music because I was afraid that my brother would tease me alot about that. He is always teasing me which is annoying. He actually thinks that I have a crush on Simon LeBon. I'd rather him think that then know who it really is that I like in that group. I was using my binoculars alot, esp. on John Taylor. It was like being in the front row then. I wouldn't let myself use them as much at first though, also because of the shame issue.

I am so glad that I somehow found out about a presale for this event for WPLJ listeners. I forget how. This is why I was able to get such good seats. I haven't really listened to that station in a long time but I used to often. The 2 morning djs were on stage before the show. A group called Neon Trees was the opening act and they were on for about 30 minutes. I don't know anything about them. The one song did sound familiar.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Power Outage Experience

On Saturday October 29 at about 1:30 pm, our power went out because the tree on our neighbour's yard that should have been cut down ages ago started losing limbs and branches that knocked the power lines down. Part of the lines landed on my car but luckily no damage from the tree. I would have been really pissed off if there had been. We had the tree in our yard cut down a few weeks ago. I'm sure that branches and limbs would've fallen from that too.

It was awful being without power and heat for 3 and a half days. We were so cold. I moved the food from the fridge to the freezer section which helped keep it from spoiling. We did have to throw the chicken and turkey burgers away though. I saved our 18 containers of yogurt and other stuff. I don't think alot of this stuff would've lasted for much longer though. During the last power outage at the end of August we lost 80.00 worth of groceries. Maybe some of the items could've been saved if I had thought of the freezer idea then.

We still have not gotten our cable service back. They came out on Wednesday but apparently there must be something with our digital converter boxes because it seems like the neighbours have their service restored. The earliest that they can send someone to our house is on Sunday morning. It's awful missing out on my shows. My brother just says it's no big deal because tv isn't important to him but I bet that if he had to go without his computer for this extra time he would be angry.

I hope that everyone has been well these days. I know that it has been a while since I've been here but I have been thinking about you all and am looking forward to reconnecting with my blog friends soon. I am currently saving for my own computer so I will be able to spend more time at this and other sites. My brother still hates me using his so I get very limited time on it and lately even when I've had the chance I've had a bunch of other things to do. Have a great weekend!

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