Go get em boys! Make us proud of our city!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
My dad actually introduced me to the song. It's about a daddy/daughter relationship and is going to be the song we dance to at my wedding (I know, I am spoiling the surprise for some of you!)... This is the touching story:
Steven was trying to work, but it was time for his two adopted 4-year olds to get baths. So, feeling preoccupied with wanting to work, he rushed to get the girls bathed and in bed. Meanwhile, the girls only wanted to play with their daddy and dance with him in their princess-inspired costumes. Steven tucked them in and shut their door, and immediately after doing so remembered his 21-year-old daughter and how the years where she was young like that had flown by...
You may need a tissue for this one.
Friday, March 28, 2008
If you have 10 minutes to spare and you're a fan of Detroit, watch this video -- Detroit Documentary. It discusses a bit of the history on the city and features interviews with Detroit natives Lilly Tomlin and Keegan Michael Key (from "Mad TV") and former Detroit mayor, Dennis Archer (come back, Dennis!).
Watching the vid conjures up images of my great-grandparents who first settled in Detroit around 150 years ago -- coming over from Greece, Ireland and Germany on "the boat." There's something eerie, yet comforting about seeing all the images from the past and hearing people talk about Detroit as it was years ago. Very cool.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My dear friend estrellabella10 did a rockin' blog post on the Downtown Hoedown, coming to Motown May 9-11 and got me all excited for the sunny concert season to arrive. The Hoedown is a fabulous event put on by country station, WYCD and is sure to be a yee-haw of a good reason to spend some time soaking up the ambiance of downtown Detroit. And who knows, maybe the giant Red Wing boot will make an appearance yet again!
It's going to be a fantastic line-up (if you enjoy country music, that is), so get git yer cowboy/girl boots and head downtown!
Sunday, May 11th
Check out WYCD's Web site for the entire line-up. And get ready for more posts about the other hot (and FREE) Detroit summer concerts to come (Rockin' on the Riverfront, Electronic Music Fest, Tastefest, Jazz Fest, OH MY!)
Ya'll better come to Detroit now, ya hear?
Monday, March 24, 2008
My fiancé and I moved into Mt. Vernon Estates subdivision a month ago. This is our first home and we have just had an absolute ball getting acquainted with our neighborhood of fresh faces and places.
We were fortunate enough to purchase the house due to a slowing housing market in Michigan; however, a lot of folks in our area haven’t been so lucky. Many people have lost jobs due to the declining auto industry and families are struggling to pay bills and purchase groceries. Home foreclosure rates are at an all-time high in the nation, and Michigan – specifically the metro Detroit region, has suffered tremendously.
It breaks my heart to see foreclosure announcements on the front doors of beautiful homes in my neighborhood and families with young children suffering due to tight economic times.
As a passionate citizen of my state and city, I feel like it’s my duty to bring some sunshine to the area. I also know an ice cream block party hosted by Edy’s could be a fantastic opportunity for our local media to focus on something positive happening – one thing our area is in dire need of.
It’s hard to meet people when snow covers the ground and chills the air. I would like to use the ice cream block party as a way to celebrate the much-anticipated summer sun and create a forum where our community can discuss what we can all do to help our neighbors in need.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
So, I'm curious...What's the story behind this spring treat anyway? Leave it to me to do some research to find out... I had no clue how much information was out there until I started digging. I don't even really like the taste of PEEPS much, but after looking through an assortment of Web sites, I'm inspired to buy them in massive quantities so I can eat them, squish them, put them in the microwave, use them for art and perform science experiments on them!
I learned a plethora of information on the PEEPS Web site. Here's some points I found of interest:
- Peeps were born in Bethlehem Pennsylvania in 1953.(How ironic it's "Bethlehem" considering the Lenten season and religious origins.)
- The amount of PEEPS chicks and bunnies consumed at Easter could more than circle Earth’s circumference.
- The number of PEEPS chicks, bunnies and other shapes made each day could make a path from the factory door in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the state of Maryland.
- It would take approximately 172 MILLION PEEPS bunnies end-to-end to circle the moon.
- Over 70 million PEEPS chicks lined up beak-to-tail are needed to reach from New York City to Los Angeles.
- If you had 8,000 PEEPS bunnies, and you stood them in a straight vertical line, you could reach the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago.
- In the early 1950’s, it took 27 HOURS to make one PEEPS chick. Today it takes six minutes!
- PEEPS chicks and bunnies come in 5 colors. Yellow chicks are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, and white.
- Each PEEPS chick has 32 calories and 0 grams of fat.
What is really amazing are the contests dedicated to preserving the little marshmallow critters -- from the Washington Post to the Baltimore Sun, media get downright PEEPalicious this time a year. My local fave is the Ann Arbor News' annual diorama contest. Check it out and prepare to be amazed!
And while you're at it, don't forget about YouTube. Just type in PEEPS and prepare for video splendor -- there are countless parody vids showcasing the little chicks (Star Wars Revenge of the Peeps, Peeps Jaws and don't miss my fave -- "Office Peeps" -- a. mockumentary on the 90's classic "Office Space.")
Hope you had a wonderful Easter, PEEPle! I'm PEEPin' out for tonight.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
'Love thy neighbor' signs are punishment for pair
March 20, 2008
When counseling didn't work, a judge said he'd "try some embarrassment" on feuding Clawson neighbors.
Troy District Judge Michael Martone sentenced two men Wednesday to 250 hours each of community service, to be spent walking the sidewalks of Clawson with signs that read "Love thy neighbor."
Now, if only more judges were like this, our tax dollars wouldn't be spent on jail time for silly reasons!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The other Tava flavors include Tahitian Tamure (tropical fruit/ tangerine/ lime) and Brazillian Samba (passion fruit/ pineapple/ lime). Kind of nerdy names if you ask me, but the flavors taste good and for this artsy type of audience, they seem appropriate.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I don't know about your personal beliefs, but this situation has really helped me to understand the true power of prayer... thanks to those of you who kept her in your thoughts.