Next time, I want to meet the Queen!


The other night, I was up getting ready for an outing.  OK fine.  I was getting ready to go to the Sir Elton John Concert!!  

Earlier in the day, I felt my late Grandma Carolyn around me.  She and I were best buds.  We would do everything together when I was a child.  We would have silly funny things happen to us all the time.  There are situations where you laugh and say…hmmm….only something that would happen to us!  This is where a lot of my self amusement happens to come from and I am really glad I can laugh about it!  Ironically, I was just laughing about her funeral the other day.  That is for another day as that would be too much amusement for one post….anyways….

My Aunt Mary and Gram helped me pick out an outfit.  I about died laughing because my outfit was so very perfect for this night.  Black leggings, black ballerina flats, and a sparkly little number as my top.  If you could imagine it:  every color sequins on the front of this outfit and it went down like a formfitting knit dress.  The sequins was only on the front of the dress and covered my shoulders to the bottom of the dress.  Immediately both my Aunt Mary and Gram said that was it!  So now my outfit was all set…now on to the hair and make-up!

Make-up was done in a few minutes then it was on to my hair.  I curled the whole thing.  I just got finished with my curls when I was trying to hurry and straighten my bangs.  I was running late per usual as I was working and doing things up until the time I absolutely had to leave.  So that is part of the reason I felt already over the place.  Well I started to try to clip the heaviest part of my bangs up so that way I could get the under layers.  The clip I was using snapped and flew across my bathroom behind my back and into the toilet.  What are the odds?  I didn’t even have to turn around because I knew right when I heard the “bloop!”  I simply shake my head.  I reach in and get it.  Disgusting, right? But I just kind of sucked it up and laughed.  It really was funny.  Totally something that would happen to me.  So I decide, skip the clip and press on…”how many more minutes left??  Oh crap 5 minutes!!”

I run out, spray myself with perfume and it was out the door.  I was meeting my family out before hand for dinner.  Now I just wanted to just point out that everyone in my family was dressed nicely except they weren’t dressed to meet the Queen!  They were in jeans and nice tops AND then there was me!  HA.  So we all pile in the car and head to the Coliseum.  We won’t go there with the humor of the ride…that is also meant for another post as well…..

When we arrive, traffic was not terrible although we were 2 hours early!  As we were walking up to the door I was approached by one of our local news stations…”I couldn’t help but notice you look like you might be seeing Elton John this evening… (you think??) …Would you mind if I got an interview?”  I was laughing so hard.  1st of all, I did agree and just as I did that everyone else in my party flew out of the picture!  Ironic part of this is that my Grandma Carolyn always told me that I needed to be on camera and that I reminded her of Katie Couric.  I just laughed and after this brief interview.  The interview can be seen at: (I am there about 1:20).  I called Aunt Mary and Gram and told them both to watch the news to see if my face made it there.  Low and behold I was on TV and not in a cheer uniform!  Not used to that!  It was really funny though. 

The only thing that this compared to, as far as excitement goes, is going to Disney for the very first time.  My eyes started to water, my heart started beating faster, and I was just so anxious to see him play!  

Needless to say, all of my expectations were met and improved!  The concert itself was phenomenal.  It was great and I will tell you if there is any moment where you can see him or he is passing through your town, just buy a ticket!  We were sitting in the nose bleeds, but it was just fine.  Sat with our beer in hand, singing a long, and it was an absolutely amazing performance.  Only thing that could have been better if Drunk Suzy in front of us would have stopped “trying to dance” and just enjoyed the show too!  Hey can’t win them all and she was having fun!  

Would it not have figured that I had to go to the bathroom during “Tiny Dancer”?  Yeah just again my luck.  On my way back, there was only a woman following me out of the bathroom when I just started dancing down the hall drunk off my one beer and excitement!  She totally understood and egged it on!

AND this is why this Queen is my FAVORITE Queen.  He sounded and looked good.  He had a very classy outfit and played for 3 straight hours ending with “Circle of Life”.  He didn’t shove any political, social whatever in your face as it was all about music.  Precious and wonderful music.  I think the only thing better would be if Billy Joel was touring with him still.  I really think that would have totally blown this concert experience’s roof off.  I have a new found respect for my favorite Queen.  I came out of there feeling like a Rocket Man…

Enjoyed family time, got dressed up, was on the news, had a great time, but next time I want to meet the Queen….who do I put this request in with??  Anyone know?! 

❤ The CatMan



Today was a great day! I got to be driven around like I was someone important and learn about my family history. We traced my father’s aide pretty far and right during the revolutionary war! I might be a Daughter of the Revolution! My family has been here longer than I thought. Heck! We might of come over on the Mayflower for all we know (oh man if so then I think I would laugh at the randomness of this discovery!) I also blocked a migraine without the assistance of caffeine right away and the sun was out!

I had a lot of discoveries today besides the afore mentioned… I am actually considering Cosmetology School in addition to all the other crazy things that I am doing! I think I can swing it and it’s only for a year or so and I would have to cut back on extra activities but by doing this, it will be something new and exciting. I think it would be something I might really love doing. My mom was really optimistic about it as well… That’s always a good sign! Now here’s to figuring out the logistics…

<;3 CatMan

(pic of one of my relatives tombstones! How freaky is it that she died April 8, 1852 and we found it April 7, 2012???)



OK I would be lying to you if I told you this was an amazing week.  There are some things that I say “why did I have to go through that, no but seriously?”  It’s like being caught off guard unexpectedly without a moments notice and yet you are still supposed to remain composed at the very moment to which this sneak surprise attack occurs.  Some times we might not know and others well….are pretty blatant.  Lessons learned…this was a rough week.  When dealing with a rough week that you wished it was over at Monday, just take everything in stride.

Tonight for whatever my heart, mind and soul cannot settle in…one last push before Easter Sunday?  Perhaps.  I suppose my hear is listening too intently to all that surrounds me.  Well what does it hear?  It hears music.  As I close my eyes, I curl up next to my computer.  I am comfortable.  I am alone.  It feels good to have some me time.  I feel like my mind needs to sort out the voices and such…you know when it just all gets to be too much and that adds to an already rough spot in the day.  I am almost comatose at the comfortable state.  For whatever reason, I am in the “remember this?” mood.  One where as weird as this sounds, I wish I was sitting around a campfire and just laughing about all the things we used to do as kids, as young adults and in contrast to our “big kid” lives how much has or hasn’t changed.  I wish I could say that this is a good mood (and it is a good mood, don’t get me wrong!) but it’s bittersweet!

I am emotionally carrying a lot right now.  Why?  Partly due to myself and my thinker, but the other part of me is feeling the depths of the scars and impressions people leave on me.  I feel their smears and fingerprints.  Heard of the term “life’s messy?”  I clearly remember them (I think the fish oil is working!)  I am forever changed because of simply meeting these people.  I have learned so many lessons and just over all how to live!  I learned how to be a confidant.  I learned what it was not to care what anyone else thought except to be myself.  I can think of a handful of individuals that if they would have never stepped foot in my life, I would not be the person I was today.  I feel blessed.  I feel so thankful.  These people whether they understood the amount of impact they had on me or not are the ones that made CatMan who she is today.

I have a friend that is dealing with a hardship of a sick grandparent.  This is a feeling that I know all too well.  I sit here not necessarily stunned as I have been through it.  It is a horrible and helpless waiting game.  You never have certainty of the moment but all you can do is hope you have the chance to say good bye.  This situation brought back so many wonderful ones of me getting picked up by my grandma and us playing card games and eating Taco Hell….or waking up for Saturday Cartoons while she made us pancakes.  Or my grandpa….oh my poor grandpa…we used to give him so much grief!  We used to lick our hands and make his hair look like a troll, or while he was relaxing reading the paper….flick his paper and startle him!  🙂  We weren’t ornery at all…Or Herb my pseudo-gramps…oh so many fond memories of assisting that old cuss.  So much laughter and fond memories.  It was all OK because Herb said so.

My only living grandparent I have left is my grandma (mom’s mom).  Since Herb passed (which hit me really hard) I have been trying to soak up as much time with the people who are important to me.  This really puts things into perspective.  My grandma is a saint.  She gave birth to 12 children she seriously is amazing.  She is a simply the best.  She would do anything for anyone.  She will pray for you if you need prayers and whether you have a lunch date or not she has one already packed because she is up at 4am and “couldn’t go back to sleep”  And her dog-dog, don’t even get me started there…sigh…that stinking dog of hers….and good ole grandpa and his pipe.  Their house always smelled of pipe!  That smell to this day just really makes me feel at peace…he was one that left this world way too soon.

I wish I would have appreciated them more when they were still around.  They were amazing people who simply  gave everything they had/have to enjoy our time together.  Grandparents are something so cherished.  And if you don’t cherish yours then you got issues.  They will always hold a special place in our hearts.

The “remember this?” mood is not as much fun being singular as usually it helps to have at least one person who has these persons or events in common with you then they could relate.  😉

Who is it that you cherish in your life?  Who is it that really made some fingerprints or smears for better or worse?  What fingerprints are you feeling from others…just something for you to acknowledge.

❤ CatMan