Hello Blogland!! I am so glad this week is almost over!! Work has been pretty tense all week. I’m sure you’ve all heard on the news about “Sequestration” and furloughs for government employees. Well–it’s ONLY Department of Defense employees getting furloughed-the rest of the government employees are not affected. I am one who will be affected. I’ll have 22 unpaid days (1 per week) between now and September 30th. It’s a 20% cut in pay and contrary to belief I do not make the big bucks AT ALL (I make significantly less than I would do what I do for a private firm) PLUS– the hubster is also a DOD employee so we ae essentially getting a 40% pay cut in total. But hey–still got a job so it is what it is~! Tensions are high here and my co-workers are all in a tizzy. I’m pretty peaceful–when the hubster was laid-off for 18 months we were able to get my. We don’t have an expensive lifestyle, thankfully.
On to happier stuff! Thanks to all for the encouragement over my bucket list!! I’m hopefully purchasing the turquoise cowboy boot tonite with some birthday loot!! I hope they fit!!
I’ve been a HUGE American Idol fan since the first season. I even went to see them on tour–the year Carrie Underwood won. I was a Bo Bice fan, though. And I’ve gone to see Elliott Yamin (my all-time fav idol!!) in concert-which was amazing as this guy has such a throwback soul voice!
I’ve been watching the auditions and last night I picked my pony in this race. Not the best singer, not the prettiest or most marketable but dang this gal is REAL!! She’s her own unique person and not a cookie cutter generic singer like so many others! She is proudly flying her freak flag!!
This girl is FEARLESS!!! She played the drums and sang an original song during Hollywood Week. Last night she came out and wowed with an emotional “Circle of Life” from The Lion King. She got a standing ovation and brought Nicki Minaj (judge) to tears. Here’s a link to her performance: Zoanette Circle of Life. Will she win Idol?? I doubt it–but she has so much stage presence and charisma that I hope someone will recognize it and put her on the stage!!
The Diva has decided that, in an homage to her Mexican heritage, that the theme of her birthday extravaganza shall be Tropical Latin!! Think beaches, Sambas and Rio De Janiero!! I’m glad it’s not until May because she is expecting quite the blow-out!! I’m thrilled to hear of all the furry guests that plan to come!!
Here’s what I wore Wednesday. The skirt started it’s life as a too big $2 Leslie Fay circa 1990 dress. It had an empire waist that was so full it looked like you could gestate a baby elephant under it. A bit of seam ripping and sewing and it’s a skirt!!!
Skirt-Thrifted, Top-LandsEnd/Thrifted, Cardigan-Retail, Boots-Retail
Today I wanted to be bright and colorful even if everyone at work is gloom and doom!! I did decide I need to shorten the skirt a bit as I about killed myself tripping over it!!
Skirt-Thrifted, Top-JonesNewYork/Thrifted, Sweater-Thrifted, Boots-Retail
I’m off to slobber over my Aussie TV Boyfriend Keith Urban!! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back Sunday!! Hubster and I are going to a swanky hotel for a marriage retreat this weekend!!