Archive for July 2009
I got to ride in Carmen’s new car today. It seats seven people comfortably and has all the bells and whistles. I think my favorite feature is the backup camera display on the rear view mirror. Fancy!
“Sun and Moon” is one of my favorite songs from Miss Saigon. Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman from the original London cast perform it in this video.
P.S. I would have posted a video of Shannon Tyo and Chris Peluso here from Sunday’s performance except cameras and video recording devices are expressly prohibited. =P
We went to bed really late on Saturday, on account of Kurt-a-palooza. Though I only had a glass and a half of Sangria (and didn’t partake of any shots), I woke up miserable on Sunday. I had severe chest pain, had difficulty breathing, and was wheezing at times. My body, particularly my sides and ribs, felt like I’d been pounded by a mallet. I had a pounding headache. I really wished we didn’t have to go anywhere, but I didn’t want our $80 in theater tickets to go to waste.
Even though I already know the story, I still wanted very much to see Miss Saigon performed. We had a little bit of time before the show so we stopped by Brian’s grandparents’ to fix some problems that grandma was having with the computer.
We were 30 minutes early, but the parking lot was already full. We had to park almost by Gander Mountain. I don’t think the long walk helped matters any. Even with my sunglasses, the brightness seemed to make my headache worse. I had a hard enough time breathing when standing still, by the time we got to Century II, I was almost hyperventilating.
Our seats were pretty good, all things considered. I’m glad I had my eyeglasses, though. I don’t think I would have been able to see facial expressions without them (since I’m nearsighted). Some of the dance numbers needed to be more polished, but the singing made up for it. My favorite songs were rendered beautifully. Overall, the show was great. If I wasn’t already familiar with the story, I would have been bawling. As it was, it made me cry.
We were initially going to find Jimbo after the show but, since I was feeling so miserable, Brian and I decided to go straight home after the show. We had some errands to do also that we had planned for that evening, but all of it got canceled. As soon as we got home, I took off all my clothes and went to bed. I woke up just in time for True Blood, our favorite TV show.
We noticed that this happens to me after parties at Sunny’s house. We were thinking I might be allergic to dogs, with the exception of Molly since she is half poodle and poodles are supposed to be hypoallergenic. However, this doesn’t happen to me after playing with Miyagi and Mac and Viva at the Phelps’. We also thought that maybe it’s the Sangria, but I’ve had the Sangria before and it’s never had this effect on me.
Brian thinks I might have asthma. He says that people sometimes develop it when they get older. I have no idea what I have. Whatever it is, though, I have a hard time functioning and I am really miserable when I’m in this condition so we were decided I should go to the doctor and ask.
The problem that I have is that, most of the time, I’m already well by the time I go to the doctor so it’s hard for them to figure out what’s going on with me. Today for instance, I tried to get in to see Dr. Thomas, but he doesn’t have an opening until Thursday. I’ll be completely recovered by then.
I also do a good job of self-medicating. I still have some Codeine leftover from when I was sick back in March. Whenever I get this way, the Codeine usually helps. I think part of why I was having trouble breathing and my head hurt so bad is that I had phlegm stuck in my chest and in my sinus cavities. This morning, I woke up with my nose running like a faucet. Snot that was really thin and watery was just coming out with no way for me to stop it. I had to grab a shirt that was nearby to wipe my face and blow the rest of it out. That seemed to make me feel better. Also, the wheezing is mostly gone today. I think that’s mostly it. I just needed to loosen the phlegm that’s trapped in my chest.
The chest pain is pretty much gone, but I still can’t take deep breaths. When I do, I hear a little wheezing. At least there is no wheezing when I breathe normally, unlike yesterday. Brian and I were so scared yesterday that we really thought about stopping by the ER on the way home. We are too cheap, though, so pragmatism won and we decided that he just needed to get me home and in bed. Besides, I survived the last episode I had just like this one. Although, Brian is seriously contemplating taken life insurance out on me. LOL.
I really hope I make it to 40. I’d like to at least have a Ching-a-palooza party.
Sunny and Scott throw the best parties. Their parties always have a theme and they always go all out. Kurt-a-palooza is a party they hosted in honor of our friend Kurt, who turned 40 on Friday. Since Kurt’s favorite meal is breakfast, they decided that it would be a pajama party. Although, Sunny made it perfectly clear that it’s a PAJAMA party and not a what-you-wear-to-bed party. That way, people like Brian (who don’t wear anything to bed) don’t show up naked.
The enormous breakfast spread Scott prepared was quite impressive. They had everything from bagels, English muffins, and waffles to fruits to build-your-own-breakfast-burrito to sausage biscuits and even various varieties of cereal. There were at least two different kinds of hashbrowns. I only got to try one because I didn’t see the cheesy hashbrowns in the crockpot. They look like the ones you get at the Granite City brunch buffet. I mostly just had a bit of the hashbrowns, a couple of sausage links and some bacon strips. I was too busy playing Rock Band (more on that later) to think of food. Looking back, I think I should have had seconds.
Brian said that the sausage biscuits made by Jen (Vic’s Jen) were fantastic. She bakes the sausage into the biscuits so, not only do you get sausage in the gravy, but you also get bits of sausage with every bite of biscuit. The individual cereal boxes also doubled as decoration, as Sunny and Scott scattered extra cereal boxes all over the house. Like I said, they like to go all out.
You can’t have a birthday party without a pinata!
Going back to the pajama theme, some people were party poopers and showed up in street clothes. Supposedly, they go to bed naked and didn’t want to have to go out and buy pajamas. Luckily for me, I used to be a pajama person so I own several pairs of PJs and lots of gowns. The only thing I had to do was find something that still fits because I’m twice the woman that I once was. Brian, who owns a few nightgowns himself, had planned to show up in one. He has outgrown his nightgowns, though. They were all in medium and he probably fits a large now. He said I can have his nightgowns. LOL.
Since he couldn’t wear any of his gowns, he wore lounge pants and a t-shirt (the Heineken shirt that Sunny gave him). So his attire was more like street attire, but he actually lounges around the house in that stuff. Though, he takes everything off before bed (Brian sleeps completely naked).
You can’t have a Kurt-a-palooza party without a rock band, so Dan brought his Rock Band game set up so we could all play. Sunny got a real kick out of having four boys in pajamas playing Rock Band in her basement.
Brian and I had never played Rock Band until that night. It is so much fun. It is more fun when you have a full band, but Brian and I figured that we could play even with just the two of us. The nice thing is we won’t have to fight over who plays what because he prefers to play bass guitar and I prefer to play the drums.
Here’s video of the guys playing Rock Band. The song is Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Brian is on drums, Brent is on bass guitar, Dan is on lead guitar and Shane is on vocals. Dan is the only person who can play on “Expert” level. Everyone else plays on “Easy” or “Medium” at best.
This one is Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) by the Offspring. Shane is on drums, Brent is on lead guitar, Brian is on bass guitar, and Jenny is on vocals.
Go to our Blip.TV channel for more videos of us playing Rock Band.
We had to replace the ottoman with a folding chair after this because Shane had sweat so much playing drums that he got the ottoman wet. LOL.
Kurt-a-palooza was such a blast. It was past one o’clock in the morning before we knew it. Please be sure to check out Sunny’s blog for her take on the evening’s festivities. She took tons of pictures also.