Anoop "Caught Up." What the H was that?? I hated every second of it. 5 of 10
Megan "Turn Your Lights Down Low" Not a great song choice. I liked it yet I didn't. 5 1/2 of 10
Danny "What Hurts the Most" The only down thing I can say is, I hate Rascal Flatts more than just about any other band out there. Can't stand them. However, Danny did a great job tonight. Love his voice and personality! 8 1/2 of 10
Allison "Don't Speak" She looked cute and sounded pretty good. 7 1/2 of 10
Scott "Just The Way You Are" His best yet. It was very nice. 7 1/2 of 10
Matt "You Found Me" I love Matt's voice. This was an odd performance but not horrible. 7 1/2 of 10
Lil "I Surrender" Not so much. 6 of 10
Loathbert "Play That Funky Music" blah blah blah...SCREEEEEEEAM SCREEEECH. 3 of 10
Kris "Ain't No sunshine" Wonderful. Beautiful. Excellent!! 9 1/2 of 10
All the judges look better than any other week. The girls aren't overly made up and Simon isn't in a cheap looking tshirt.
All the Idols look pretty great as well.
Footage of the kids visiting Detroit with Smokey Robinson and Barry Gordy. Cool.
Matt "Let's Get It On." AWESOME! Started behind the piano then worked the stage. GREAT job!! His falsetto is wonderful. He kicked it! 9 of 10!
Kris "How Sweet It Is." Woo hoo! Played the guitar and I loved it! He's adorable and he picked a great song. 8 1/2 of 10
Scott "You Can't Hurry Love." I didn't like it much. I was afraid he was going to slow it way down during the whole song. He started it sooo slowly, but sped it up to make it kind of fun. He's SUCH a sweet guy and can play the piano, but I didn't care for this song from Scott. 6 of 10
Megan "For Once In My Life." I actually think this was a good song choice, even if the judges hated it. I didn't like the backup singers AT ALL. I liked the jazzy take on it. She looked beautiful. 7 1/2 of 10
Anoop "Ooh Baby Baby" Snoozefest. It was OK. 6 of 10
Michael "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" Band was too loud. The song was OK, but not Michael's best yet. 6 of 10
Lil "Heat Wave" Kinda shouty and a few off notes. Lil can sing, for sure, but I didn't like this that much. 7 of 10
Adam "Tracks of My Tears" NOT loving his look...slicked back hair. I didn't love it, nor did I hate it. He didn't scream or screech so I was happy with that. 7 of 10
Danny "Get Ready" LOVED it. 9 of 10
Allison "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" I love this girl! She did a great job! 8 1/2 of 10
My bottom 3: Scott, Michael, Anoop My top 4: Danny, Matt, Kris and Allison
Could my assessments get any more boring this year??
Ryan wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day and says maybe after a few pints this show would be really fun. lol
Michael "Ain't Goin Down Til the Sun Comes Up." Wow...quite the undertaking. That is a FAST song! He spends the entire song sounding out of breath. But, he's not doing a bad job. It just doesn't show his vocals, which he does have. 6 of 10 (He sassed back to Simon. He broke my number one rule! I would never vote for him.)
Allison "Blame It On Your Heart." A great performance! She is great on stage and her voice sounded less strained this week. She got a little out of breath a time or two, but otherwise, a good showing. 8 of 10
Kris To Make You Feel My Love VERY pretty. I loved it. For some reason, even though it was slow, it wasn't boring. 8 of 10
Lil "Independence Day." Big song! Not loving the verses, but she picks it up with the chorus. Definitely not as good as I thought she would do. 7 of 10 (Sass back. Stop it! Plus, Simon kept calling her Little instead of Lil. Dork!)
Loathbert Ew. 5 of 10
Scott "Wild Angels." I liked it better than last week. But I am still not a big fan of Scott. 7 of 10
Alexis "Jolene." I love her voice, but this version was not my favorite. Still, I give her 8 of 10
Danny "Jesus Take the Wheel." After the first part of the verse, Danny hit it! I loved the 2nd half. 8 of 10
Anoop "Always On My Mind." He finally showcased his voice. 8 of 10
Megan "Walking After Midnight." Oh, I liked that! I just love Megan's voice. And she looked really pretty. 7 1/2 of 10
Matt "So Small." Awesome! I love Matt and his piano playing self! 8 of 10
Well, I was a little scared going in to Opry night, but overall, I liked it!
My bottom 3 would be: Adam, Michael and I guess, Lil. I think Michael will go home.
Big announcer guy calls the judges one by one..they appear from the stage complete with back lighting!
Ryan is back in an ill-fitting suit.
Ryan chats up the judges...Simon announces double elim tomorrow. Cue the Michael Jackson montage as the Idols will sing Michael's songs tonight.
Lil sings "The Way you make me feel" Baby got back, that's for sure. I was quite bored. She didn't do much for me, but then I'm not a huge Lil fan. She CAN sing. I'm just not into it. 7 of 10
Scott sings "Keep the Faith" I don't like his pouffy hair. (Art Garfunkel, thanks for that, Joyce.) He's playing the piano which I love. I don't know the song, but he did an OK job. 7 of 10
Danny sings "PYT" His high register is very nice. He starts slow, making me nervous. Then breaks out and I love him even more than before is that is possible! Sounded awesome!!! Why were the judges so hard on the dancing. I've seen MUCH worse in previous years. Oh well. I loved every second of it! 9 of 10
Michael sings "You Are Not Alone." I was a little worried about Michael, but this was really nice, sweet and soft. He has a great voice. I liked him a lot even if the song was a tad boring. 7 1/2 of 10
Jasmine sings "I'll be there." Nothing extra special, but not bad. 6 of 10
Kris Allen sings "Remember the Time." Kris plays his guitar. Yay! He is just as cute as can be! Great song for his voice! 7 1/2 of 10
Allison sings "Give In to Me." I don't think I know this song. I don't like her as much as I did last time. She is good but it hurts me when she sings because it sounds like she is straining so much. 7 of 10
Anoop sings "Beat It" Didn't like it. He cracked his way through that. He is fun on stage, but no. 5 of 10
Jorge sings "Never Can Say Goodbye." Eh...not so much. 5 1/2 of 10
Megan sings "Rockin Robin." Love this girl! There is just something about her voice. Fun performance. Love her voice!! 8 of 10
Loathbert sings "Black or White." Um, ick. 5 of 10
Matt sings "Human Nature" Love Matt and his piano. He hits some great high notes. 8 of 10
Alexis sings "Dirty Diana" She is just fun and I love her voice. 8 of 10
Overall, it was a fun night. I was pretty generous with my scores. Must be because I am in a good mood! :)
MY bottom 3: Adam, Jorge, Anoop Who will probably go home: Jorge and Allison or Jasmine
OK, I had to post this video, too. This is part of my Idol interview with my kids tonight. I post this one because it talks about Loathbert. It also cuts off in a weird place because my memory card ran out.
Almost 3 weeks later and I'm finally getting around to introducing you all to our new family member. This one I didn't have to give birth to.
Meet Mr. Wiggums Von Beauregard.
We've plunged back into the world of pet ownership. It's been about 5 1/2 or 6 years since we had a dog and I was really itching to get one. So, 3 weeks ago today, actually, I started looking online for a dog. Our local animal shelter didn't have any photos listed but our local ARF had some dogs listed online. I saw that face and had to have him! He was already named Wiggums and was listed as possibly being a mix of American Bulldog and German Wire-haired pointer. Or something like that. I knew we needed a sturdy dog because, let's face it, our children are both clumsy and rough. A little bitty yapper dog wouldn't do.
I kept pulling his picture up and showing Bubba and the kids. I emailed it to Bubba. I begged hinted. The next day, Monday, I texted Bubba. He'd already checked into it and ARF did not adopt on Mondays but he got an appointment at 1pm the next day.
By about 1:15 the next day, we had our dog! He was $95. (Thank you tax check! Hello, more economy stim!) I didn't have any problem paying that since ARF is a good cause and also it's better than paying hundreds for a breed dog. I have nothing at all against breed dogs. I just can't afford one, that's all.
Bubba spent an additional $40 getting his car unlocked since he left his keys in the car then headed over to the school to pick up the kids.
Wiggums promptly barfed in the car.
Dog food, dog bowls, dog toys, dog leashes, dog brushes = even more economy stimulation. (What recession?)
Housetrained. Yay! No running around cleaning up piles and puddles.
Doesn't beg (too much) while we are eating. He'll watch us cook. He'll stand right in the way. When we sit to eat, he sniffs. His head is as tall as our kitchen table so he could grab and run if he so chose. But, once we tell him to sit, he finds a spot and sits/lies until we are done.
Is not mean at all. We once owned a dog straight from the Devil himself so this is just amazingly wonderful.
Sheds white hair EVERYWHERE.
Slobbers. A lot.
Ear-splitting loud bark when he needs to go outside.
Rendered into immobile dead weight once he is asleep meaning he often steals my side of the bed and leaves me with a postage stamp sized area of bed on which to sleep.
Snores almost as loud as, if not louder, than Bubba.
He's gone through about 8 rawhide bones, one of which was a rather large one, already.
So, anyway, the very next morning, less than 24 hours after we got him, he got off his chain. And then I died. After resuscitation, I ran out the front door as Bubba went out the back, and I saw him standing across the street. And there was a car coming. Now, you know on TV when a character sees something ominous about to happen and that thing DOES happen, only in slow motion? Yeah, that was almost how it went. I could just see him getting splattered all over the street. I called him once and he just trotted across the street all nonchalant-like. Dang dog.
A few days later, he got off his chain AGAIN. (We've since remedied the problem but not before it happened approximately eleventy times.) Bubba wasn't home so Brianna and I were outside trying to catch him which resulted in me standing around crying, yes, literally, as she chased and eventually watched as the neighbor caught him. Quite easily, I might add. Dang dog.
Wiggums has inserted himself into the family well. He loves for the kids to brush him (it's one of their daily chores, now), he's decided that he does like ice now and comes when he hears the ice dispenser on the fridge, and he has commandeered the new couch(es) which have now had to be covered at all times because of the HAIR. My lord THE HAIR! He likes for me to blow air on him from my hair dryer and will plop his butt right onto my feet as I am drying my hair to let me know he is ready. He often goes with Bubba to pick the kids up from school and spends lots of time upstairs in Brianna's room sleeping on her bed.
Yep, he's officially one of us.
First bath, during which he would only look away.
Note the string of slobber hanging from his mouth.
Where he stayed while Braelyn was sick.
Brand new pillows!! Dang dog.
He is NOT Bubba's dog. Nuh uh! No way!
P.S. The Dyson we now own to combat THE HAIR!
Brianna and I were getting a lesson in Dyson use. I SWEAR I was listening.