Archive for May, 2010

Please Stand By

We are experiencing technical difficulties…please stand by.

In other words, I woke up to the sad fact that my laptop has turned into a hockey puck. Yup, dead as a doornail. Joe thinks it’s the hard drive.

Now, if there was a “perfect world” for having a busted computer, this would indeed be it. I have access to Joe’s computer when he’s not home and my iPhone and iPad when he is (I’m typing this on the iPad). We have a full backup ready so I didn’t lose any pictures, music, movies, programs, files, etc. The iPad and iPhone were both just recently synced. We’re just back from a vacation and have no plans to travel anywhere else for months so I don’t need the laptop “with” me (which I wouldn’t need anyway…we specifically got the iPad for vacations so I wouldn’t have to lug the laptop). So as inconveniences go, this is little stuff.

However as cool as the iPad is, it’s not ideal for travel blogs yet…the WordPress software for iPad doesn’t yet allow for pictures the way I need it to work. And it’s a moot point anyway because my pictures are all on the dead laptop (albeit with a backup in cyberspace). So the last day of our travel to England, and the adventures of the day we went home will just have to wait.

Depending on how long we’ll have to wait for the laptop to be fixed, I may skip ahead in time and write some regular (picture-free) blog entries and then backtrack to do the last days of travel…we’ll just have to play it by ear. But this way you know what’s happening.

Sorry about that.

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UK Trip 05-02-10: Concert Day at the Royal Albert Hall!

Does anybody besides me have a mental list of the most exciting moments of their life? Our wedding day in 2002 was (and probably always will be) the #1 most exciting thing that ever happened to me, followed closely by the day we got engaged in the year 2000. Seeing all four of the Monkees perform together in 1989 was ‘up there’ as well (if you’re coming in late, I was a big ol’ Monkees geek from the mid-1970’s into the early 1990’s), as was our very first Sing Live concert in Orlando in 2007. My 5th most exciting moment was last year at our Sing Live 10th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall, simply because it was the biggest audience any member of Sing Live USA had ever seen as part of that chorus (2000 people, maybe?) and, let’s face it, it was the Royal Albert frickin’ Hall, people! But I have to say that being a part of the Night of 1000 Voices has worked its way ‘up there’ too, because….wow. Just…wow.

The alarm was set for 6am but I had Read more…

UK Trip 05-01-10: Big Rehearsal Day

Today was our big rehearsal day, with almost everyone involved in the show. We woke up at 9:30am (we didn’t set the alarm – heavenly!) and met the rest of the American contingent in the hotel lobby at noon.

We took the Circle Line train to Kensington Station and walked the block or two to Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall. As we walked, we met up with some singers wearing royal blue Sing Live polo shirts – they saw our green shirts (the home color for Sing Live Orlando – each Sing Live group has a specific home color polo shirt that we sometimes wear for concerts but it also helps to differentiate us during a group rehearsal) and said hi. As we continued on our walk to the Town Ball, we passed Read more…

UK Trip: To be continued…

I have SOOOO much to say about the past few days, but so little time to say it. I’ve kept notes and took as many pictures as I could and will continent the blog after we get home on Tuesday night. Thanks for reading!

UK Trip 04-30-10: Changing of the Guards, Westminster Abbey, Sweet Charity

Ah, how could I ever forget the joys of the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum hotel. The set of 2 thin, teeny tiny towels that are divided between the bathroom and the closet, the crunchy toilet paper, Read more…