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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin World (Picture Post!)

To celebrate my 30th birthday this month, my friend Bethany was so sweet to take me to the Dallas Arboretum!


(Actually, there were three of us if you count B's unborn daughter!)


The Arboretum is doing a Fall/Pumpkin theme right now, which is quite the sight to see. It's really magical! Take a look:


Entrance Pumpkins


Pumpkin Path


Flowers and Pumpkins


Pumpkin Labels 


Very Orange Pumpkins


Pumpkin Vine


Jack O Lantern


D for Dallas


Pumpkin House


Pumpkin and Squash Circle


Rows of Pumpkins


Haunting Path


Intriguing Tree Circle


Pumpkin Love

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Celebrating 30 and 60 with the Concert of Concerts: Sarah Brightman!!

This month marks my mom's 60th birthday and my 30th birthday! So I thought it'd be a special treat for both of us to see one of our favorite musicians, Sarah Brightman, in concert this month because she was going to be doing a show right here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. I got some good tickets, and Mom came down to go to the concert with me and spend the night.

Here we are posing in front of my Halloween wreath (and Kaiser, of course, had to join):



Mom said, "Let's look at each other," for one of our poses, so we have a nice little shot here:




And I always like doing bunny ears, so here's my fave pose:




Now...onto the concert!!







While we were waiting, I could barely contain my excitement. Here's the view of the stage before the concert started:


A few fun facts about Sarah Brightman:

- She is the bestselling soprano of all time.
- She was the first Christine in Phantom of the Opera.
- She was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber for many years but is now divorced from him.
- Webber wrote the part of Christine just for Sarah Brightman and her lovely voice.
- In 2015 she will be the first person ever in the history of the world to perform a concert in outer space.


When the concert began, I totally lost my mind and had a "fan girl" moment. There she was! Mere yards away from me! This miracle of humanity whom I have adored for over a decade! SARAH! Singing! LIVE! How could anyone not be just crazy about her???



The acoustics of the place were perfect. Her band was spot-on. And the backdrops were mesmerizing. I thought I was in a dream!








When the organ music from "Phantom of the Opera" started up, I and about half of the audience nearly came up out of our chairs, freaking out. Even though she's 53 years old, she still (as Mom so eloquently put it) "hit notes that made your teeth rattle"! The audience totally erupted in cheers, whistles, and applause when she landed that final note in "Phantom." Woooooow!




I had no idea I could get that many goosebumps! **SIGH**




So, needless to go on about it, it was an experience of a lifetime. I'll close with a video of Sarah singing live from a previous concert so you can see exactly what I mean when I say her voice is AWESOME - make sure you wait until that note at the very end. Have a great week, everyone!



Thursday, October 10, 2013

John Lennon's Birthday

It's John Lennon's birthday. Happy birthday, John, wherever you are now! You were--ARE--truly an amazing soul.

I had the privilege of watching a documentary called LENNONNYC on PBS not too long ago. It was really, really cool, and if you want to learn more about John and who he was post-Beatles in his later years living in the US, then definitely check it out.

I'll close with some Lennon quotes for you to chew on as we remember this remarkable man:

"Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted."

"Love is a flower you've got to let grow."

"The more I see the less I know for sure."

"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal."



Monday, October 7, 2013

C.J.'s Top 10 Movies Countdown (#1)

I thought it'd be fun to share my top 10 favorite movies with you. These are the shows that I have to watch at least once a year or I'd go into withdrawal. So in no particular order, here is #1:







 If you missed #2, here it is.