Idol Thoughts: My Faves from Last Night’s Idol

For a few years now I’ve been blogging about my experience watching American Idol – some years I talk about it more than others. Last year I think I only mentioned it once but I watched the whole season eagerly. This year I only flitted through Hollywood round (ignoring the auditions altogether as they are my least favorite) but now that we are into the Top 24 I thought I’d start giving you guys my two cents (you know, when I remember).

This year I’ve already found a few contestants that I am excited about and ready to root for and was glad they made it into the semi-finals. This afternoon I watched the Top 13 guys perform (which means I didn’t get to vote) and I have to say there was a lot of great performances – like I’m actually sad that so many people will be going home this week.

I genuinely enjoyed 6 performances, found a couple others pretty good but not really my thing – and only downright disliked two. Not bad.

Here are my 5 favorites (in order somewhat): 

reed grimmReed Grimm is crazy. Like bouncing off the walls ape shit insane crazy. He oozes Star Quality to me though like he is literally just filled from head to toe with music and when he performs I just believe it, you know? He is possibly my favorite contestant right now. He is the Casey of Season 11, always delivering a surprise performance and his rendition of Moves Like Jagger … moved me. Move over Adam Levine, I think Reed Grimm did it better. Plus he’s from Wisconsin so you know I gotta root for him just for mentioning cheese curds last night!

Creighton Fraker was another contestant that seemed nearly off his rocker but delivered an amazing performance that got me excited about this season. His voice is just gorgeous – he sang Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” which seemed pretty risky to me, but it was GOOD and I think that kinda says everything. I think he’s one of those guys who could sing the phone book and it would be good. Every season has one.

phillip phillipsPhillip Phillips I noticed early on in Hollywood Week and I’m a big fan. He is a major front runner for me – he sang “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins which could have been the nail in the coffin for me because I HATE Phil Collins’ music something fierce but Phillips’ performance of it was awesome. I love his voice and he is just so sweet.

colton dixonColton Dixon has weird hair but a great voice and I love watching him perform. I was a fan of his last year and was disappointed when he didn’t make it through so I was really glad to see him back this year and even make it into the semi-finalists. I thought he did a great job last night performing Paramour’s “Decode” – I’m not  familiar with them but I enjoyed his performance a lot.

jeremy rosadoJeremy Rosado really surprised me. For some reason when I listen to him talk, I just don’t expect much out of him musically – but then he started singing Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” which again, I thought was a weird song choice, but oh my gosh, it was beautiful. His voice is just stunning and I really enjoyed the performance. I’ll be interested to see what songs he performs next if he makes it through.

So this week America will vote in their Top 5 guys and Top 5 girls and then each of the judges will get one wild card vote each to form the Top 13 contestants. These guys would be my Top 5 – and just for fun, my wild card vote for the guys would go to Aaron Marcellus. He performed the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” and I really enjoyed it – I also thought he seemed like a really great guy watching his video before the performance. He and colton and Jeremy were honestly neck and neck for me so I’d be thrilled if he makes it through so that I can see more of him.

aaron marcellus

Are you following Idol this year? Whose performance was your favorite last night?

Top 10 Pictures from February

It was a good month for pictures overall. Despite an absolute onslaught of cell phone snapshots, I did get some stunning pictures of the kids this month and couldn’t narrow it down to just 5 – so here are my 10 favorite pictures from the past month (in chronological order)!

Egg-cellent Quiche. on 365 Project

First a picture of my very first quiche – my friend Anne taught me how to make it and my husband could not stop raving. That reminds me I should really make him another one soon!

extra: Snuggle time. on 365 Project

This picture of BB and I snuggling was not easy to take but so worth it. She just looks so gorgeous and it brings back cuddly memories now!

CHEESE. on 365 Project

This smile just makes my day. We’ve been having our battles this month but I am so proud of my smart, clever boy and I love listening to his stories and watching him play.

A Beauty Shot. on 365 Project

This is my new standard Beauty Shot pose for BB – I have a million of them now and they all make me swoon.

extra: her new hat. on 365 Project

And then the candid shots of her just being adorable and moving a mile a minute. Only a camera can slow down these moments that are zooming by so fast!

who needs beds? on 365 Project

Speaking of cell phone snapshots with low lighting, this picture may not be very high quality but it makes me swoon all the same. I love looking at my children while they are sleeping, so peaceful and perfect.

extra: JUMP! on 365 Project

This picture makes me laugh – she was having so much fun “jumping” around while waiting for big brother at the bus stop. She is just a barrel of fun!

Snow Day! on 365 Project

We got just enough snow the other day to get out and enjoy the fluffy white stuff for awhile and she was in her glory. She is fascinated by this snow business and cannot get enough.

A beauty shot. on 365 Project

Okay, seriously, I’m melting into a gooey puddle of mommy love here. She’s killing me.

extra: Studiously ignoring me. on 365 Project

And then with the attitude and the completely ignoring me and yet still… love.

So yeah, still a LOT of BB pictures but also some great ones of MM and even a picture of food. Not bad – and hey, to be fair, I spend like 75% of my day with BB and only BB and she’s gorgeous so it’s kinda bound to happen.

[Here are my Top 5 Pictures from January]

Idol Thoughts: My faves from last night’s Idol

For a few years now I’ve been blogging about my experience watching American Idol – some years I talk about it more than others. Last year I think I only mentioned it once but I watched the whole season eagerly. This year I only flitted through Hollywood round (ignoring the auditions altogether as they are my least favorite) but now that we are into the Top 24 I thought I’d start giving you guys my two cents (you know, when I remember).

This year I’ve already found a few contestants that I am excited about and ready to root for and was glad they made it into the semi-finals. This afternoon I watched the Top 13 guys perform (which means I didn’t get to vote) and I have to say there was a lot of great performances – like I’m actually sad that so many people will be going home this week.

I genuinely enjoyed 6 performances, found a couple others pretty good but not really my thing – and only downright disliked two. Not bad.

Here are my 5 favorites (in order somewhat): 

reed grimmReed Grimm is crazy. Like bouncing off the walls ape shit insane crazy. He oozes Star Quality to me though like he is literally just filled from head to toe with music and when he performs I just believe it, you know? He is possibly my favorite contestant right now. He is the Casey of Season 11, always delivering a surprise performance and his rendition of Moves Like Jagger … moved me. Move over Adam Levine, I think Reed Grimm did it better. Plus he’s from Wisconsin so you know I gotta root for him just for mentioning cheese curds last night!

Creighton Fraker was another contestant that seemed nearly off his rocker but delivered an amazing performance that got me excited about this season. His voice is just gorgeous – he sang Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” which seemed pretty risky to me, but it was GOOD and I think that kinda says everything. I think he’s one of those guys who could sing the phone book and it would be good. Every season has one.

phillip phillipsPhillip Phillips I noticed early on in Hollywood Week and I’m a big fan. He is a major front runner for me – he sang “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins which could have been the nail in the coffin for me because I HATE Phil Collins’ music something fierce but Phillips’ performance of it was awesome. I love his voice and he is just so sweet.

colton dixonColton Dixon has weird hair but a great voice and I love watching him perform. I was a fan of his last year and was disappointed when he didn’t make it through so I was really glad to see him back this year and even make it into the semi-finalists. I thought he did a great job last night performing Paramour’s “Decode” – I’m not  familiar with them but I enjoyed his performance a lot.

jeremy rosadoJeremy Rosado really surprised me. For some reason when I listen to him talk, I just don’t expect much out of him musically – but then he started singing Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” which again, I thought was a weird song choice, but oh my gosh, it was beautiful. His voice is just stunning and I really enjoyed the performance. I’ll be interested to see what songs he performs next if he makes it through.

So this week America will vote in their Top 5 guys and Top 5 girls and then each of the judges will get one wild card vote each to form the Top 13 contestants. These guys would be my Top 5 – and just for fun, my wild card vote for the guys would go to Aaron Marcellus. He performed the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” and I really enjoyed it – I also thought he seemed like a really great guy watching his video before the performance. He and colton and Jeremy were honestly neck and neck for me so I’d be thrilled if he makes it through so that I can see more of him.

aaron marcellus

Are you following Idol this year? Whose performance was your favorite last night?

Nightstand: February

What's on your nightstand @ 5 minutes for books It’s time for another installment of What’s On Your Nightstand, a monthly blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies at 5 minutes for books. Time to answer the burning questions:

“What are you reading? What have you read recently? What are you planning to read next? What books are currently on your nightstand either literally or metaphorically.”

Books Read This Month

When we last nightstanded, I was reading Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery which is all about Anne’s life as a mother. Although I missed having Anne as the central character, it was fun getting to read about the antics of each of her children and also read about Anne’s thoughts of motherhood and marriage, something I could obviously relate to. We’ve now come full circle and though I plan to continue reading her other books, I was also ready to put them down for awhile and focus on other books.

I also read These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner, which my book club discussed last week. I really loved this book. Though it was a bit slow to get into initially (mainly due to the dialect and the main character’s poor grammar early on), this story really sucked me in. One part Oregon Trail meets the Arizona Territories, one part epic love story that rivals Scarlett and Rhett, one part coming of age story that follows our main character from a young, naive girl of 17 to an experienced mother and housewife approaching her thirties. – see my book review -

Currently Reading

Right now I’m reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, a spur of the moment choice that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. To be honest I was just looking for something short but it is also considered a classic which didn’t hurt. I am enjoying this murder mystery though at times it’s a bit much. One of the characters in particular recalls a past event that is quite heartbreaking to read about. But it’s a very short story and I’m already nearly done after having really just started it a couple of days ago – and I have to say I’ve found the writing excellent and the story fascinating.

Coming Soon

So the only book that I can say for certainty I’ll be reading next is our March bookclub pick, My New American Life by Francine Prose. Here’s a brief description from goodreads:

“Set in the aftermath of 9/11, “My New American Life” offers a vivid, darkly humorous, bitingly real portrait of a particular moment in history, when a nation’s dreams and ideals gave way to a culture of cynicism, lies, and fear. Beneath its high comic surface, the novel is a more serious consideration of immigration, of what it was like to live through the Bush-Cheney years, and of what it means to be an American.”

If I have time I’m also hoping to read Pies & Prejudice, the next in the mother daughter book club series by Heather Vogel Frederick that I’ve become a bit addicted to!

So what are you reading right now?