Friday, 30 October 2009
Mike started the evening with a few solo songs. The sounds he can make come out of a harmonica really don't seem possible...but yet, he does anyway. He truly captured a whole new appreciation of the harmonica for me. The audience was in awe.
Next Matt took the spotlight for a few solo numbers, playing a few old favourites like, "So Gone Now", "When My Angel Gets the Blues ", and a rockin' ,"Tell Me", in which I swear he did his damndest to break a string, but the guitar managed to escape it. Again, the audience was in awe.
After a short break, both marvels returned to the stage and they played several new tunes off the Piggyback album. The dynamic the two share is amazing. They had the audience laughing (I shall never be able to listen to "Livin' in Sarnia" again without thinking about french fries), and I think a large number wiped away tears during the powerful "Going Home". A standing ovation led to a soulful encore of "Ain't No Sunshine", and the only thing wrong about it all was it had to end. Thanks Matt & Mike for a fantastic performance!
Unfortunately, cameras weren't allowed during the performance, but I did snap a few shots after the show:
(Yes the one with me is cropped - purposefully so on account of my stature making me look about 7 months pregnant).
Great night ;) I'll catch up on the Thursday night shows over the weekend!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
-Friday my work week finally ended at 9:15pm and I joined Lana, Lori & Tracy at the 42nd Street Lounge. It's a great little spot to relax - very cozy, dimly lit, comfy chairs...great date spot, really. I'd suggest maybe not on a Friday night for an intimate date though, as the place was hopping! It was lovely getting to see my girlies again. Oh, and I've discovered a new favourite cocktail...A Love Affair martini. It really totally is.
-Saturday morning I was up early to scrounge some stuff together to head to the Brackley Commons to meet up with the scrappers for a day of crafting. I've really lost my crafting mojo and I was hoping to get it back. Turns out I really didn't pack a lot to work with... I did manage to start a 6x6 book to use as a gift for...someone?? I worked at that until I had no pieces left and then decided to pack it in. I arrived home, very tired, so decided to lie down for a spell. 3 hours later I woke up in the dark...it was pouring rain and very windy...so Chris & I just had a quiet night in.
-Sunday I had a lazy start - with a pancake breakfast, lots of coffee and a movie (The Pursuit of Happyness -- good flick...puts stuff in perspective!). Sunday night, Marco & Krissy joined Chris & I and Lana and her family at the Haunted Lowther Farm. It wasn't nearly as creepy as last year...and I really only got spooked once, thanks to Marco for grabbing at my ankles! I suppose it might have been because we had been there last year and knew what to expect. They put on a good scare though, for the unsuspecting!
-Monday was Day 1 of my 'staycation'...and I did next to nothing, and I planned it that way. I got caught up on a few blogs, played way too much PathWords on FB, and watched shameless daytime television (all after sleeping in to an embarrassing hour, that is). Do I feel a little guilty for 'wasting' my day? Nope!
-Today I joined Melissa & Amanda for a lunch at the Dublin. It was so great to see Amanda up and around! That girl had been in a major car accident in July, doing a big number on her back. She's lucky to be alive, really, and is doing so well. Glad to see it Amanda! Her positive outlook & attitude have undoubtedly aided in her mending...and I think everyone could take a lesson from her attitude! I hope you continue down the path of recovery, girl.
There you are - you're up to date! I have more plans to fill up the rest of my week...tomorrow my momma and I are having a girlie day, and Thursday is the big Matt Andersen show! Friday I'm going to take in the Rocky Horror Show being put on by ACT (starring the lovely Lana!), and then Saturday will be busy getting ready to scare the little hoodlets on Halloween night (they love it). Hope your week is going well!
Thursday, 22 October 2009
-I slammed my knee into the corner of the coffee table. Yes, that very same knee. It hurts. It hurts a lot. Stairs are a challenge. I work on the 2nd level of our building. The bathroom is on the lower level.
-my blueberries spilled inside of my lunch bag. My fingers are purple from trying to clean up the mess.
-I've been dealing with an issue at work for the 3rd day in a row, and have to go back to it again tomorrow (where I work, there should be a resolution with the same call). It's not even worth going into.
-I forgot to buy myself a new toothbrush (I'm not using the licked one; the travel one is a P.I.T.A. though).
Is there a full moon???
I can't wait for my staycation...why in Pete's name do I have to work so hard for it though?
Sooo, seeing as a few hours opened up unexpectedly this morning I figured I at least owed you all a post. So you get to hear how my day started. I do my very best not to generate a self-fulfilled prophecy...but 9 times out of 10 when my day starts off bad the rest of the day follows suit. So, herein, I'm opting to view the positive in this. I'm still not at work. I'm back in my pjs under a blanket with my favourite girl Ellen on the tv. I don't have to get ready to go - just slip my pants back on and I'm out the door. My outfit is already picked out, so no thought there. My lunch is already made. And today's early rise will no doubt aid a quick drift to sleep this evening to enable a similar wake up time and schedule tomorrow. And, tomorrow my nails will be looking lovely. Oh, and after shift tomorrow I'm joining Lana, Lori & Tracy after work for a cocktail. And at 9:15pm tomorrow evening my work week is over, and I'm embarking on a 9 day staycation...
Look at how I turned that all around!
Oh, and last night, I caught Zoe licking my toothbrush.
Never a dull moment.
Monday, 19 October 2009
After supper I then trucked on over to Bobbi's. Carolyn is home visiting so Bobbi arranged for a few of us to get together for munchies and catching up. I enjoy Carolyn so much - she doesn't mix words and says it like it is. There should be more people like that, if you ask me. It was great to see you Carolyn! Save travels back home!
I had to work all day Saturday, and then it was a quick trip back home to grab a bite and change to head to Summerside where we joined Darren's 30th Birthday celebration. There was a crew at the Heritage Pub for supper. We landed in time to share a bevvie and then it was onward to Darren's house. We had a fabulous time, and I think Darren was pleased. Thanks Melissa for organizing such a fun affair! There were munchies, Rockband, and even an acoustic guitar. We ate; we laughed; we sang. Good times!
Here are a few pictures from the party:
Darren's face made it on a cake, courtesy of Buns 'N Things Bakery! His famous "Call Before You Dig" picture is immortalized. Well, for a brief spell at least :).
And now we're back to Monday, fast and furious. I'm embarking on a week of night shifts, and then it's a week of vacation. The week is undoubtably going to C-R-A-W-L by.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
They played to a nearly packed crowd, and the audience was very courteous. I highly encourage you all to take in a show of either of theirs the next time they're in town.
Holy crap, am I really a fan of folk music? I never, ever thought I'd actually say that...but yeah, I think I am! There's so much depth, emotion and realism to the lyrics...and a story. It's always about the story, isn't it?
Well this ol gal is tiiiirrred...and it's cold in here... I can hardly wait to jammie up and burrow deep down into them covers...and I look completely forward to an unforgiving sleep in tomorrow......... Happy Weekend, folks! :)
What remains is a copy of the email exchange between Christopher and I:
Chris: "So, I don't know if you noticed, but I removed the ball of hair from the tub. It was so gross. I'll spare you most of the details with the exception of one. I think it had a heart beat."
Me: "I noticed. It reminded me of the Ring."
Chris: "Much more slimy than The Ring. The tearing of the strands while removing felt like I was killing it. So gross."
Me: "Thank you for coming to my rescue, then. xo"
Chris: "Oh man, I never thought that it would crawl up out of the drain under it's own power, undoubtedly wrapping it's stringy appendages around your legs, ultimately grabbing hold and pulling you through the drain. Likely a very long, painful death scene worthy of only the cheesiest of horror movies."
Me: "Yeah, but you know what they say - it's better to be safe than sorry."
My honey just has a way with words, doesn't he?
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
The setting inside the theatre was gorgeous - ambiant lighting and a very intimate setting overall. They had arranged chairs on the floor surrounding the stage, and on stage, several tables were set up in behind Matt. His special guests included Ian Sherwood, Thom Swift, the Hupman Brothers, Irish Mythen, Mike Stevens, and the NB Orchestra. His special guests sat at the tables on stage. He also had a family table where his mother, aunt & girlfriend sat, also on stage. The guest tables joined in for harmonies on several of the songs. It was very sharp.Prior to the start of the concert we were cautioned to remain as quiet as possible for the taping part of it. The room was mic'd everywhere...Lord knows what deep dark secrets were revealed! The neat part of the whole recording process was the opportunity to hear a 2nd take of any of the songs that weren't to the producers' satisfaction. As it turns out we only had 2 re-dos, one by Matt and one by Irish. Selfishly I was kinda hoping for more mistakes :).
The show was incredible...absolutely incredible! There were tears - Irish's "55 Years" brought everyone to tears, I'm sure. Matt's momma cried as he introduced her. She also made a ton of cookies for the audience. How special is that?? There were many laughs - Matt only forgot the lyric once - it just happened to be the 2nd attempt at a re-do on "Broken Man", but who's counting? The piercing ring of the fire alarm was also very memorable, especially when Irish began mimicing the sound. And, there appeared to only be one broken guitar string the whole evening long :). Thank you so much Matt, we felt truly honored to be part of such a special event!As luck would have it, Matt was also scheduled to be at Backstreet Records on Monday for a live jam. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to hear one more song so of course we planned our day accordingly. We got to the record store right on time, and the place quickly filled up. It's a tiny little store, so it didn't take long to fill, mind you. Matt played with as much passion and enthusiasm in a small room as he does when playing in front of a crowd of 400, though. He looked to the audience for suggestions, and was kind enough to fulfill our request for his cover, "Magnolia", one of our favourites that we've not heard live. It was fantastic :)
Irish Mythen & Mike Biggar were also at Backstreet, and they helped do some harmony on "So Gone Now", his final song. I'm pretty sure the whole room was in on the harmonies though, coming on the end of it. It was all kinds of awesome!
And of course he indulged us with a few photos :)
After the record store we walked up the street to Reggie's Restaurant (actually on Matt's suggestion!) and had a late brunch of bacon 'n eggs. It's very quaint - you order at the cash and pay for it. Then they yell at you when it's ready (just like home - heh).
We then decided to take a walk through the city - it turned out to be a beautiful day, and we needed to walk off that greasy plate! Saint John is a very urban city, but the older part of the city is quite beautiful. The old buildings have such character and are very picturesque. Here are some random shots as we walked the blocks:
Our final stop on our travels was the City Market (another suggestion of Matt's, btw!). It's a really cool spot with vendor booths of homemade gifts and international cuisine. While taking advantage of a very cool vantage point at the end of the market building at the top of the stairs overlooking the whole room, I noticed that Matt himself, along with Irish were also at the Market! See if you can find them :)
We then stopped at King's Square and sat for a spell on a park bench. It was a lovely day, indeed. Apparently while we were enjoying our warm, sunshiny walk through the streets of old Saint John, the Island was being pelted by rain showers. Sorry I didn't bring the sunshine back, folks.And it's now back to reality... The only thing wrong with my extended weekend was the fact that it ended. Well, that, and the fact that I'm swiftly running out of clean underwear on account of me completely ignoring the laundry pile because I was just too busy :).
Friday night Chris & I took a drive up to Summerside to join Darren & Melissa, Stacey & Tim and Darren's sister Kelly (her bf Aaron had to work) for trivia at the Heritage Pub. Oddly, at this location you have to pay to play! That's right, folks, $2 per person. Must be a Summerside thing (purposeful dig at S'side for Darren *wink*). We had a freaking BLAST! I was thrilled that I could actively participate in the trivia game, and feel I did the team proud with my firm knowledge of 80's music. Gracing them with my singing & all-out rockstar dance moves to Lou Gramm's "Midnight Blue" was an added bonus for them :). "Stop the Bus..." was only a half point shy of winning the whole thing...and we still consider ourselves WINNERS!!! By the time I finished facebooking the night's events it was nearly 2am before I got to bed.
An early rise on Saturday was necessary, as Chris landed us both tickets for Chef at Home at the Culinary Institute for the Fall Flavours Festival. Chef Michael Smith taught a cooking class. It
After the cooking class we stopped by Timothys for a delicious breakfast bagel & coffee, and then shopped around the mall. Afterward I headed home to construct a few birthday cards, and Chris headed out to his shoot for the Fall Flavours Festival.
Saturday evening was birthday central - being invited to two birthday events. We missed out on Tanya's birthday supper (sorry Tan *sad face*), on account of Chris' shoot, but met up with the gang for glow bowling afterward to celebrate. I hadn't bowled in a really long time. Collectively, we were all about par with our bowling abilities. Chris & Shane were fighting it out for top spot, with Chris sneaking by for a win after a few strikes. It was a fun, cheap night out! Oh, and kudos to Jared for donning his "Charlie Harper" bowling shirt. He really looked the part ;). After bowling we headed to the Ostridge's for a quick drink before having to head onward to our next destination.
This year, Bruce turns 50, so never one to let a milestone pass by, Lana went in cahoots to rig up a surprise birthday for him at the Winsloe Lions Club. Bruce tends bar there from time to time, so it was easy to get him there unsuspecting. Apparently it went off without a hitch. Congrats Lana! And sorry we missed the surprise, Bruce *sad face*. There was live music & dancing, and much, much cheer. Chris was thrilled to get the opportunity to jam with the boys - first starting on the base, and then moving on to the drums! I think everyone had a really good time. I hope Sunday recovery went well, Lana... *wink*.
Happy Birthday Bruce and Tanya!!
Sunday, we tore off to Saint John, NB for the Live CD/DVD recording show, starring the wonderful Matt Andersen!! That event was so special it deserves it's very own post...so read on for a continuation of our fabulous weekend.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
I'm beyond tired, and feelin' out of sorts. Could be that I'm coming down with something; hopefully, I'm just overtired.
Stay tuned :)
Monday, 5 October 2009
I can't thank Colleen enough, and I can't say enough good things about the Matt & Friends extravaganza that we were fortunate enough to witness last night. Killer, killer, killer show. I will recount the night, complete with photos, upon my return home.
Today we're going to head to Backstreet Records in Saint John, where Matt is playing a few tunes and signing a few autographs. We have to pick up his latest disc, so we'll have another opportunity to hear a few more songs, which is extremely cool. We won't have long to wait to see him again, either, with his upcoming show at the Confed Centre on Oct 29! Those of you who have not yet seen Matt play, consider this a weighty kick in the arse to get out and get your tickets NOW before they sell out!
I was just about to post this when Chris opened the bathroom door to tell me he couldn't figure out how to turn the shower on... He asked me to google it... Thankfully, we did find the answer, but the question posed leading up the answer sets it up quite nicely, and paraphrases basically the situation we found ourselves in, so I will quote it:
I just moved into a new place and it has this shower system installed. I feel silly for asking this, but where is the damn button that I press to make the water come out of the showerhead and not the faucet? I tried pushing it. I tried pulling it. I tried twisting in ways that if I were a shower system, i'd feel molested--but no. So to everyone out there, what are the magic words that I must utter for it to open sesame? Thanks!
Now that we've figured out that little task, I'm off to the loo... Happy Monday everyone!!!!!!!