No, My First Name Ain't Baby....

....it's Janet. Miss Jackson if you're Nasty!



Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour.

Frankfurt, Germany.

Me, Samantha, Chris, Laurie, Ryan (and probably other really important people that I'm forgetting. Shar, were you there?)

It was awesome - to say the least! I remember Ryan and Chris just dancing all night. I'm pretty sure if I tried hard I could remember the distinct odor of sweaty Europeans. I remember laughing and singing and staying up so late driving home.

Now Flashforward.

Last night.

Rock Witchu Tour.

Dallas, Texas - American Airlines Center.

Me, Suzy, Janet. Again.

Janet and I are both eighteen years older now and we're both a bit chubbier but she worked it! The dancing was awesome. There was a lot of choreography from the music videos that was easy to recognize and made it so much fun!

Bryan was able to score tickets for me to the concert. His company has season tickets to EVERYTHING at the AA center and when the family he works for isn't using the tickets they offer them up to the staff. We've seen things from sporting events and the Ringling Brothers Circus to Blue Man Group and the Harlem Globetrotters for free - with parking passes. I know, it's a sweet perk of his job.

I was fresh off the disappointing news that New Kids on the Block (my first concert ever!) tickets were offered but they were playing on a Sunday, when Bryan called and asked, "How much do you love me?" I knew it was something good and I was RIGHT!

The concert rocked! An incomplete list of songs that I can remember:

The Pleasure Principle


What Have You Done for Me Lately

You Want This


Miss You Much

Come Back to Me

Let's Wait Awhile


Doesn't Really Matter


Love Will Never Do (Without You)

When I Think of You

All for You

That's the Way Love Goes

Black Cat

Rhythm Nation


She also played at least 4 songs I didn't recognize from her newer album as well. The costume changes were fabulous. And did I mention she danced her tail off? Aside from one of Bryan's co-workers who was extremely inebriated and one racy, S & M influenced song (yikes!) it was fun, fun, fun and brought back memories of my fellow 'Bergers.

Major points, hon. :)

5 Things Tag

Got tagged by my niece, Amanda :)

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:

1. Had a newborn daughter. Cara was born in August.
2. Was living in Taylorsville, UT
3. Working the over-night shift for First Security Bank in the balancing department
4. Had been married for two and a half years
5. Was nearly convinced that no one would ever hire me for a teaching position

5 things on my to-do list today:

1. Field trip to the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Ft. Worth
2. Jordyn soccer practice
3. Pick up Rx from Kroger all the way across town
4. Hook up replacement Dish Network DVR
5. Finalize details of Mock Election I'm in charge of at school on Monday

5 snacks I enjoy:

1. Marshmallow Popcorn
2. Lemon Poppyseed Bread
3. Chips and queso dip
4. Kit Kats
5. Brach's candy corn and pumpkins

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Pay off all of my parents and in-laws debt and bills
2. Pay off our debt
3. Travel Europe with Bryan
4. Take my kids to Disney World
5. Upgrade the living quarters and hire a cleaning service - Pronto!

5 places I have lived: (just five??? There's MANY more!)

1. Ft. Ord, CA
2. Ft. Rucker, AL
3. Heidelberg, Germany
4. Provo, UT
5. Arlington, TX

5 jobs I have had: (again I had to pick and choose...)

1. HYA Summer Camp Counselor
2. BYU Bookstore - Twilight Zone Cashier
3. Rustic Inn Motel - Moab, UT
4. First Security Bank - Teller/FSR/Balancing
5. 5th Grade Teacher

5 people I tag: (I can't remember who's done this one...)

1. Suzy
2. Samantha
3. Shar
4. Tobi
5. Gwen
...or anyone who want to!


The Orange Folder

This calendar is in Jordyn's orange folder. It's a way for her Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Mathis, to communicate with me about Jordy's behavior every day at school.

She made it through all of September with green smiley faces. But because I know Jordyn so well, I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop and, as you can tell, it seems it has.

Her first yellow face, on the 3rd was for being "disruptive at group time - out of seat being a dog." Sorry, but that cracks me up. It's very Jordyn-like.

The other, on the 8th, was a green face until at the end of the day it was crossed out and became yellow. This time Mrs. Mathis needed more room and wrote her note on the back that says, "playing with friends around her 'spanking' them. I asked her to stop, settle down & pay attention but a minute later she slapped Drew really hard on the bottom." We had to have the 'it's never okay to hit your friends' talk...

Jordyn is a ray of sunshine. I don't want to squash her personality or try to get her to fit into Cara's mold (although that would be a lot easier for me...) but trying to get her to understand that there are better times to pretend to be a dog - say, at the "home living" center - is difficult. She is very stubborn and head-strong (I haven't a clue who she gets that from...) and she does not handle being disciplined well.

It's a good thing she's so cute because it's pretty darn hard to be upset for long at this face.


My Top Five

Top 5 reasons why I haven't blogged recently...

5.) Teaching Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies to some awesome kids this year (1st 6 weeks done!)
4.) Rainbow Roses soccer
3.) Primary Program preparations
2.) Bryan's minor surgery in the nether regions - probably TMI...
1.) Did I mention teaching??

So tired... must rest... I promise to try a little harder to be a little better...