My parents appear to have a new housemate.
This little guy has been living under the deck. We think it’s a gopher.
We weren’t wild about the concert being on a Tuesday but we’ve been denied several shows recently because we thought about them for too long and then they sold out.
I mean, we’re 30, people.
Late nights after early mornings followed by more early mornings are not in our bag of tricks any longer.
But we were sure glad we went. Because it was an amazing show.
It started out a little odd because they managed to “lose” one of their lead singers, Jade. She sings lead on a whole bunch of their songs so they were more than a little thrown off. And they don’t even have an opening act to cover for them so they began with a couple of songs from their piano player, Tay Strathairn.
Then the rest of the band trickled out and they played a few things but they would have to pause and consider what to play next whenever they finished a song because they, obviously, couldn’t follow their prepared set list. At one point, they even had us calling for Jade but she still hadn’t been found – she was in a cab in DC somewhere without a phone.
When she finally did arrive, she burst through the backstage door and leapt up on the stage – absolutely ecstatic to finally be there. Then they took a break, presumably to regroup.
They came back out with a rousing rendition of "Janglin'" You might recognize the tune from the 2011 Ford Fiesta commercial.
I recorded most of the song but not all of it – they went kind of nuts after they finally found their groove. It was AWESOME! Jade is the girl with the short dark hair on the right by the piano. She’s nutty and she only sings and plays random bits of percussion out of a basket of “toys” that sits on the stage.
They also had a few extra players in the wings. The first was an older guy playing a lap guitar – at least I think that’s what they were calling it. It looked like a steel guitar to me.
Later a sitar player joined them for "Desert Song." They must have had a 5 minute intro to the song wherein half the band sat down on the stage to join the sitar player on the floor. Just totally chill…
It's not the greatest video but I had to include it because I’m so proud of myself for figuring out how to flip a video.
The lead singer – Alex Ebert – jumped into the crowd about 3 times at various parts of the show. It was pretty funny. Once he got a girl in the audience to sing with him. Another time, he literally got into some guy’s shirt – with the guy still in it.
I really don’t think I’ve laughed and smiled so much through a concert. It was so much fun! Ok, I could have done without the exceedingly enthusiastic girl next to me. But we had a great time. Really.
One thing that we noticed on our way out that we couldn’t see from where we were sitting/standing during the concert was that the backdrop was the Emerald City.
Today, we have the honor of attending a rather somber event.
But it’s also a celebration of a brave American soldier – Staff Sergeant Edwardo Loredo, brother-in-law of very good friends of ours, Tara and Bob.
SSG Edwardo Loredo, Eddie to his family and friends, joined the Army after graduating Sam Houston High School in Houston, TX (it was a surprise to me to find out that he grew up in my home town). He became a paratrooper and was most recently assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He met his wife, Jennifer, our good friend’s sister, while in the service. After a tour in Iraq, he decided to re-enlist because the Army was his family and his life. He was deployed to Afghanistan last December and Jennifer followed (though she was in the North and he was in the South) in May.
On June 24th, one day shy of his 35th birthday, Eddie fell victim to an IED while deployed in Afghanistan. His wife, Jennifer, was unable to be with her husband. She did accompany him back to the States where he was honored at Dover AFB upon his arrival. He leaves behind a daughter, son and a step-daughter in addition to his wife and all the family and friends who loved him.
On July 13th, Congressman Ted Poe from Texas gave the following eulogy on the House floor.
But truthfully, I wish I could print the text of the beautiful eulogy that Bob gave for his brother-in-law at the service Monday night. There was such love, respect, and sadness for dashed plans for the future in his words. There was hardly a dry eye in the room.
Eddie is being honored with burial at Arlington Cemetery as this is published.
Please keep the Urbans and Loredos in your prayers.
Here is a link to an article published in the Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/military/7083608.html
Ok… I’ve established that I ♥ our new dresser.
But I have a few reasons.
a. it’s pretty but you knew that.
f. we were able to get 6 drawers of stuff for Will and 5 drawers and a basket of socks for me into 4 drawers a piece!
g. did I mention that it’s pretty and the finish feels like satin?
I’ll stop waxing poetic about the dresser soon. Truthfully, I took a lot of these pictures for my father-in-law.
Ok, we’re super excited for several reasons:
We like Guster and we like it when our friends come to visit.
Well, this reminded me of the video I took of them last time they were in town. Now, since I had to break down and join YouTube to upload videos through LiveWriter, I don’t have to worry about the file size anymore.
Acoustic “Jesus on the Radio”
Since the audio in the video kind of sucks and Will found the concert on the web, click below to listen.
Once we got everything all settled in the drawers, we put all the “stuff” back on top.
Sadly, my precious little pewter lamp (inherited from my Aunt Rosie – well, she was really my grandmother’s best friend) is absolutely dwarfed by the dresser.
The proportions are just all off.
Funny how one change leads to many others.
I went home a couple of weeks ago and went shopping with my mother – who can figure out space and proportion in her sleep – for a new lamp. HomeGoods to the rescue.
This is what I ended up with. I think it works but I’m not sure which is why the tags and the plastic are still on it. What do you think?
(yes, the shade is crooked. I dropped the finial as I was packing the car and left it in NJ.)
Next up – something to put on that wall.
I talked about this one:
Some progress was made that I didn’t document because it was fairly minor. My dresser from childhood was sitting in the living room just behind the shot above and it left which meant that the misplaced furniture could return to its home. That I guess would be Step 0.5.
The eBay pile might be growing as are the bags of magazines but progress is still being made.
Remember when we recaulked the tub? I had 2 tubes of clear caulk.
Or so I thought.
Do we see what that says?
We had 1 tube of clear and 1 tube of white. And I totally read it as 2 tubes of clear.
We could be done with this dumb thing but we have to do it again because I can’t read.
Today, I started taking a class online in hopes of being better positioned to get a job should our potential move to Denver actually occur.
It’s got a lot of videos in it and it’s a little weird but also typical for one of these courses.
The weird part is that he never stops “talking.” When the audio stops, his animated lips just keep right on moving.
It’s kind of creepy.
Did I mention that we signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon 10k (6.2 miles for those English distance types out there)?
I think I did.
We’ve done it before.
We even convinced Kate to join us again – though I do seem to recall that she instigated the first go around.
I’m scared of it.
You’re supposed to be able to run that first week of running as pre-training. Please… I’ve only run 4 miles at one stretch once in my life. Much less 4 times in one week.
But it is giving us motivation to up the running however. I’m currently fairly comfortable with about 3 miles at a 10 min mile pace.
The schedule is from Cool Running and found here. It’s the “beginner” training. I think I need “pre-beginner.”
If you want to know what a “fartlek” is, go here and scroll about half way down the page. I didn’t know either.
I got crafty with my present for Kate’s graduation – ok, I’m still not sure if graduation is the proper term. She’s still finished with her residency anyway. It involved my new love Etsy as well.
In looking for something that was interesting and different for my very deserving sister-in-law, I considered a lot of different things. There weren’t many things that I wanted to straight up buy so I decided to buy supplies (Etsy sells both handmade products and supplies for any number of different projects) and make something for her.
Basically – get crafty.
My original idea was to select a few and frame them. Well, when they arrived, they were all much smaller than I’d expected. So I had to rethink my project.
What I decided to do was to use a piece of mat board that I had leftover (from when I bought a whole sheet, had it cut into 4 16” x 20” pieces but only used 3 of them for the pictures over our bed) and make something of a collage.
Here’s my “cast of characters” if you will:
One 16” x 20” black frame, the 16” x 20” white mat board, Tombow removable adhesive, 3M spray adhesive, my Creative Memories picture cutter, and the x-rays, of course. I should have included a pencil and a ruler – preferably a yard stick.
Next I moved on to layout. First I had to decide how much white space I wanted to leave.
I decided on 3.5” all around with a 1/4” bottom weight (wherein you have 1/4 – 1/2” more border on the bottom edge of mat for a picture) and drew guidelines on the back of my piece of mat board so that I could begin to determine how I was going to lay out the clippings.
I used the removable adhesive to hold them in place while I determined which ones needed trimming.
Having the pictures more or less stuck in place as I worked made it easier to be more precise with layout and trimming.
After I was completely satisfied, it was time to turn the mat board over to begin for real.
The final steps: erase the bits of pencil that show between the pictures, prepare frame, and then put the whole thing together.
It seemed to be a hit. Kate plans to hang it over her desk in her new digs.
I’d heard of Etsy.com (can someone please tell me how you’re supposed to say that?) but had never really taken the opportunity to search around until I was looking for something very specific back in May. I started out looking for clear rhinestoned statement necklace to wear with this dress:
for Kate’s graduation dinner (something I’ll likely blog about soon though I’ll probably make sure she doesn’t mind first). I didn’t quite find what I was looking for on Etsy so I ended up buying this:
from David’s Bridal (FYI – bad idea to go to David’s on a Saturday in June – holy cow it was busy). But then I needed earrings. The “problem” was that the necklace, while perfect for my outfit, was clear rhinestones set in oxidized silver. I love silver and have a ton of it but nothing oxidized and I didn’t feel that typical shiny silver was going to go with the necklace. After perusing the mall only to find more shiny silver, I was off to Etsy again.
One of my favorite shops that I’ve found is Red Chair. She had these:
and another similar pair that were oxidized with 3 equally spaced dangly balls for sale (the picture is now gone from her store) but what I really wanted was the perfect combination of the two. Oxidized silver but only one dangly ball (I felt that the 3 would be too much with the necklace).
Well, one of the beauties of Etsy is that you can have conversations with shop owners if you perhaps like something that they’ve produced but it’s not quite what you’re looking for. So that’s what I did. I sent the woman behind Red Chair a message and asked what she could do for me. In the matter of 24 hours she had agreed to make the earrings – one ball and oxidized – for only $18!
As a bonus, she’s only in Takoma Park, MD so I received them super quickly. And they were perfection.
Here’s the whole look (though you can’t really see the earrings) with the whole fam:
While I was trolling Etsy for handmade jewelry, I was also trying to find ideas for a more personal “yay! you’re done with residency!” gift than what we’d already purchased (a map of the DC area, Not for Tourists – Washington DC, and the City Walks for DC card deck). In the end, I had a new project on my hands which I’ll describe tomorrow (Sorry, I had to explain my love for Etsy first.)