Leavin' on a jet plane...

But we know when we'll be back again.

The past couple weeks have been CRAZY here in Nashvegas for John and me. Between work holiday parties, gigs, work, shopping and church events / meetings...we've been completely covered up.

We're finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel this week as we finalize preparations to head home for the holidays

Here's the plan as of today:

12/23: 6 p.m. flight out of Nashville, passing through Chicago on our way to Omaha. We'll land at around 11 p.m. Sometime between 11:30 and Midnight, we'll be on the road to the Richardson's in Sigourney, IA (3.5 - 4 hours depending on the weather).

12/24 - 12/26: Christmas and fun in Iowa.

12/26: Depart for the Petersen's in Nebraska (6.5 - 7 hours depending on the weather) in the afternoon.

12/27 - 12/29: Christmas and fun in Nebraska. We hope to take in "Meet the Fockers" with the Petersen gang if possible.

12/29: Depart for Sioux Falls (about 2 hours away) in the afternoon. If we can, we're going to try to hook up with Ronnie on our way there, too.

12/30: Hang out with Denice, Kenny, Shannan and as many friends as possible in Sioux Falls.

12/31: Get up really early to drive to Omaha, return the car and make our flight back to Nashville at 10:20 a.m. We'll get back to Nashville at around 2:30 in the afternoon. Then, John has a gig with Blue Mother Tupelo at 3rd & Lindsley. After that, we'll listen to a little Paul Thorn. Then, I'm heading over to The Basement to Jonell Mosser New Year's eve gig to help with her merchandise. It's going to be a CRAZY day.

We can't WAIT to see everyone.


Bluebird Cafe Annual Christmas Party

Monday night I went to the Bluebird Cafe's annual Christmas celebration. It was great. Met and saw some great songwriters: Michael Johnson, Nanci Griffith, Jonell Mosser, Vicki Carrico, T. Graham Brown, Lari White, Pat McLaughlin and more.

It was GREAT.

AND...our friend Rick Lonow (he plays with Crystal Gayle, Burrito Deluxe - formerly "The Flying Burrito Brothers" and tons of cool people. Great drummer.) was playing the skins with the band that was backing all the artists throughout the night. That meant that Ellen, his partner and our friend, was also there hanging out. Whoohoo.

One of the highlights of the night was getting to meet Michael Johnson and visit with him. I'd seen him play in Sioux Falls a couple times before we came to Nashville and really enjoyed it. (Remember "Bluer than blue" and "Give me wings"?) Anyway, he was great. Says he's going to be in Sioux Falls at the Nitwits Comedy club ...so watch for it!


Baptist walks into stolen keyboard

LA MESA, Calif. (AP) - A Baptist church music director who needed to replace equipment that was stolen days before a scheduled holiday performance is thankful for a case of good fortune. >>Read more at USAToday.com

He's finally tattooed

DuBOIS, Pa. - Ralph Bonebreak was born to be wild - in 1910. The 94-year-old DuBois man recently got his first ink at the Tainted Flesh tattoo parlor in his hometown. Bonebreak emerged from under the needle with a locomotive on his right arm and an eagle on his left. >>Read more at USAToday.com

Twins deliver twins at same time

ATLANTA - Two twin sisters are seeing double - or make that quadruple - after delivering two sets of twin boys Tuesday. The women were six months pregnant when they found out they were both going to have twin boys due on the same date - Jan. 1, 2005. >>Read more at USAToday.com

The Eye Has Spoken

CBS has renewed Survivor for an 11th and 12th season, keeping Jeff Probst off the unemployment line at least through May 2006. The 10th edition bows in early February. (TV Guide Online)




OK...my friend Linda had a link to this posted on her blog.
I thought it was pretty cool...but don't know how I managed to get a PG-13.
How boring is that?!

My life is rated PG-13.
What is your life rated?

Politician won't shake hands

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — No matter what the deal, don't expect this city official to shake on it. First Selectman Mark Cooper held a news conference Thursday to announce that he won't be shaking hands with anyone until flu season is over sometime next year. >>Read More at USAToday.com

Cat a little thinner after month long adventure

RICKARDSVILLE, Iowa (AP) - No one at the Bahl home noticed when their precious pet, Pierre, jumped aboard a truck making a furniture delivery in October. >>Read more at USAToday.com

Charlie's Web Site


The Sheen is off Fans of CBS' "Two And a Half Men" know that Charlie Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, is a helpless womanizer who's left a trail of angry women in his path. Well, on this Monday's episode, Charlie becomes the object of a bilious Web site, www.charlieharpersucks.com, on which his past conquests compare notes about him.

CBS has established an authentic charlieharpersucks.com site, which is a replica of the one that'll be featured on Monday's show - with show contests, FAQs and live message boards.

On the side of the opening page of the site reads a message, illustrated with a picture of Charlie's head super imposed onto a red convertible:

"Look Familiar? Beware of Charlie showing up in the rented red convertible with a gourmet lunch for a surprise picnic in the park. It will appear to be a very romantic gesture. But this is his typical third date. He is going in for the kill, ladies!"

The site will be up and running 12/10.


Satirist Jon Stewart's Book Named Year's Best

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Political satirist Jon Stewart's mock look at a political science college textbook "America (the Book), a Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction," was named on Sunday the book of the year by Publishers Weekly, the trade publication of the book industry.

The magazine said, in its issue to be published on Monday, that, "in a year defined by political polemics, it seems fitting that PW's Book of the Year be one in which the authors survey the entire political system and laugh."

The book is written by Stewart, the host of the "The Daily Show" on comedy Central with colleagues Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum. It is currently number one on the New York Times best-seller list.

Publishers Weekly said, "'America (The Book)' offers more than just humor, however. Beneath the eye-catching and at times goofy graphics, the dirty jokes and the playful ingenuousness shines a serious critique of the two-party system, the corporations that finance it and the 'spineless cowards in the press' who 'aggressively print allegation and rumor independent of accuracy or fairness."'

The book is filled with satirical jabs, including tips for TV news reporters including mastering the "reporter reaction shot cutaway. You've got half a second tops to overshadow your subject. Make it count.

In its annual review of the year, Publishers Weekly listed notable books in other categories ranging from sex to politics to religion but did not give them in order of preference.


Did you miss me?

Wow...where to begin?
The past week has been WILD.
I tried to post a couple things to the blog via e-mail, but they didn't come through. I'll have to report that to Blogger...in the meantime...here's some info to catch you up:

Monday, 11/29:
--Work - Prep for conducting usability tests at the end of the week; Prep for Webtrends consultant who arrived on Tuesday.
--Focus group observation after work.
--Anthony Gomes at Bourbon Street after the focus group. (Our friend JC from Sioux Falls plays B3 with Anthony. Johnny The Clock got to sit in. He rocked...as usual.) We didn't get home until 1:30 a.m. and both of us had to get up at 5:45.

Tuesday, 11/30:
--Work - Consultant for new web traffic servers (Webtrends) in for the first day of three. This new system, even at it's most basic use, is going to be 100 times better than our current system. And, after we've had time (6 months or so) to reconfigure a few things and put some new processes in place, the information is going to be 1000 times better.
--Practiced for Wednesday night's writers round w/JTC.

Wednesday, 12/1:
--Work - Day two of Webtrends Consultant; More good stuff...but my brain was mush.
--6 p.m. Writer's Round at The Commodore w/ Steve C, Cat and Johnny the Clock on percussion. It went pretty well. I played piano for two of my songs...adequately. (I guess I just have to keep doing it so I get better at letting my fingers do the walking in front of an audience!)
--Linda and Laura (friends from NFIB) came to hear the round and made my night!

Thursday, 12/2:
--Work - Day three of Webtrends consultant; More good stuff and a long list of things to do!
--Rehearsal - JTC had rehearsal in the AM for his gig with the Coasters, Drifters and Platters on Sunday. Then he worked the late shift at Grassmere.
--Arabella jewelry party after work. Mandy (NFIB co-worker)makes jewelry (it is really good). She has a "Christmas" shopping party each December to help people with Christmas shopping.
--Prime-time - When JTC got home we ate baked chicken and sweet potatoes while watching Survivor and The Apprentice. Then we turned in early!

Friday, 12/3:
--Work - I conducted the first day of usability testing for NFIB.com. We had NFIB members come in and observed them using the site so we could troubleshoot and determine areas to improve. Good stuff. Long day.
--Macaroni Grill / Jeffrey Steele - JTC and I took a trip in the new Element out to Opry Mills for supper at Romano's Macaroni Grill and a Jeffrey Steele show at The Gibson Cafe. We didn't get home until about 1:30. We were wiped out!

Saturday, 12/4:
--AM - Church meeting for me. Errands for JTC.
--PM - Went with JTC to pick up the rental van the band would be using to travel to Indiana Sunday.
--Night - JTC went to bed (he had to be out the door by 5:30 on Sunday morning.) and I went to the Bluebird to hear Bob Dipiero, Al Anderson, Tony Mullins and Leslie Satcher perform in the round. Wow. Incredible show. Got home around 2 a.m.

Sunday, 12/5:
--AM - Woke-up at 5 a.m. with JTC to send him off to Indiana. After he left, I went back to bed and didn't wake up until 10 a.m. Boy did that feel good. Then I ate some leftover tacos, talked on the phone with Jim and then Denice for a while. Watched some TV.
--PM - Had a songwriting appointment with Eric Dout. We wrote a fun 12-bar blues song called "Quit Your Bitchin'" You'll probably never hear it on the radio, but it sure was fun to write.
--Night - Believe it or not, I turned in at around 8:00 or so. My thought was to watch TV for a couple hours in the bedroom and then go to sleep. Well...I think I was asleep by 8:15. Boy did that feel good.

That brings us to today.
--JTC gets home around noon.
--JTC has BMT rehearsal tonight.
--And...I may just go to bed early again.

Hope your week was GREAT.
Catch you soon.