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Happiness in 64 Colors

I've always been a sucker for crayons.  LOVE them!  Example.  For my 30th birthday, Cammi gave me a Pretty Princess coloring book so I bought a brand new box of crayons to go with it.  I took them with me on the airplane when I went on a trip a few weeks later and pulled them out to color.  The looks from the other passengers were a trip.  My family was mortified.  I had a blast.  Anyway, I'm totally bored at work today (token work day... I have 2 conference calls and then I'm outta here!) so I've been browsing the blogs I have bookmarked.  I found this quote on one of them and I just loved it, so I had to grab it and post it here.  Crayons are awesome.

Robert Fulghum : Maybe we should deCrayolavelop a Crayola bomb as our  next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with their imagination.
Doesn't that sound like so much fun?  Okay, note to self... buy a fresh box of crayons at Target today while running errands. 64 colors, with the sharpener built in :)

Merry Christmas to Me!

WOOHOO!!!!! (Yes, multiple exclamation points, but this totally deserves it!)

My Christmas present has arrived a few days early.  Yes, at long last, I have a closing date for my condo.  I think I actually managed to call them (as part of my regular bi-weekly harassment) at just the right moment to get the very first closing slot for my building.  NICE!  So, my first walk-thru is on January 13th and I have a final walk-thru and then close on January 24th.  I'm only 4 weeks out!  Well, I just had to post my joy publicly... Now to email my mortgage broker with my date.  (Picture me doing the happy dance now ;) while on a conference call, of course.)

Pictures of my soon to be home (well, it's my sister's, but aside from the appliances, mine is pretty much identical.)

Happy dance... reprise ;)

DM Rules!

Okay, here I am, late at night, and so absolutely and completely giddy in the aftermath of the most fabulous concert EVER that I just HAD to sit down and post about it.  Tonight was the long awaited Depeche Mode concert.  While I know that there Pc080022are those who would disagree with this statement, I'm going to make it anyway.  Depeche Mode is the greatest band in the WORLD!!!!!  LOL.  (for those who  know my buddy Jim, picture me saying that in his voice... that's how it comes out in my head,   They've totally regained their concert-master status with me.  I have to admit, last year I had put Linkin Park into top concert slot after seeing them in two very excellent shows.  After tonight, however, their short-lived reign on top of my list of favorite concerts came to a very definitive end.    So... Stephanie, Rachel and Amber met me at the Patriot Center where I had arrived early along with my trusty camera.  I knew from previous experience that the security check would consist of checking my purse only, so ladies, you all know where the camera went :D  I think it will take a few weeks to get rid of the bruise it left, however.  In any case, I refuse to own up to the number of photos I took at the Pc080072concert... let me just say that I drained both of my camera batteries in the process, and I wasn't even using the flash!  I think I got some great shots, though, considering that I kept the flash turned off.   All I can say is, thank goodness for digital!  But enough of that... back to the show!

Dave is still my all time favorite performer.  Love the charisma!  He sounded great, too... they look the same now as they did when I first saw them in concert um... let's just say it was a long time Pc080155ago and leave it at that, shall we? 

The setlist:

> Intro
> A Pain That I'm Used To
> John The Revelator
> A Question Of Time
> Policy Of Truth
> Precious    
> Walking In My Shoes
> Suffer Well
> Damaged People
> Home
> I Want It All
> The Sinner In Me
> I Feel You
> Behind The Wheel   Pc080145_1
> World In My Eyes 
> Personal Jesus
> Enjoy The Silence
> Somebody
> Just Can't Get Enough
> Everything Counts
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> Never Let Me Down Again
> Goodnight Lovers

Anyway, it was an awesome setlist... I loved every single song they played, and they had some killer arrangements.  They could have played for hours without running out Pc080160of concert-worthy material, but they played my all time favorite (World in My Eyes) along with Steph's (Personal Jesus) and Amber's (Enjoy the Silence), so we all left happy.  I wish my second camera battery hadn't died in the first encore... Goodnight Lovers was awesome... they way they all gathered together at the end to take a bow made me just hold my breath and hope that it isn't the last time I see them on stage.  I've been a fan for over 20 years, it can't stop now!!!  Long live the Mode :D

(And, in case you missed the first link, here are the best of the photos I got at the show.)


Okay, just a little something funny in honor of the snow that's supposed to come tonight.  May it be bad enough to get us out of work tomorrow and light enough that they can clear it up in time to drive to the Patriot Center for the DM show :D





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