Friday, September 15, 2006

Tears in Heaven

Today I went to the funeral service for a good friend and co worker of mine who just lost his dad this week. The service was very nice and I am glad I was able to attend to show my support as a friend.

I was listening to the radio on the way into work this morning before the service and the song Tears in Heaven came on. I thought it was fitting that I hear this song today knowing I was going to the service. Once again I love how music fits moods and points in our life.

This song was written for Eric's son who died as a young boy.

Tears In Heaven
by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings
Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
'Cause I know I don't belong
Here in heaven.

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?

I'll find my way
Through night and day,
'Cause I know I just can't stay
Here in heaven.

Time can bring you down,
Time can bend your knees.
Time can break your heart,
Have you begging please, begging please.

Beyond the door,
There's peace I'm sure,
And I know there'll be no more
Tears in heaven.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
'Cause I know I don't belong
Here in heaven.

Oh yeah ... 6 days till the concert.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A shocking confession...

I have not been to Starbucks or Seattle's Best in 6 weeks.

I must be ill. I have been trying to cut back on my spending as I used to splurge on paydays and stop at Starbucks, payday is tomorrow and I got to thinking about it and realized the last time I had Starbucks was when I went home to Washington.

I don't think I have ever gone this long without stopping, the barista at the one I frequent must think I'm dead, I'm surprised she hasn't called to check on me :)

Concert attire

7 days!

One of the things I look forward to with concerts is new clothes :) When I went home in August I was shopping with Mom and I found the cutest blouse and bought it when I got back home. I'd show a picture but when I went online to find it, it was gone so it must have sold out. Anywho, it's really cute it's dark blue and black and around the middle is a velvet corset with the ties, really cute and kinda girly in a
pirate-ish kinda way. Now I am searching for a necklace to go with it, it has more of a square neckline so it needs a necklace and the mannequin had a cute one when I saw the blouse so I figured I'd be able to find it at home with the blouse too right? Nope. I'm on the search for a necklace on some kind of a velvet-ish chain/rope/whatever that is either silver or black and kinda chunky. So if you find one let me know :) I'm debating over new cute shoes too, like low heeled black cutesy boots ... I love clothes!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Breaking Point

8 days until the concert!

I love when something is going on and then an appropriate song comes on ... today I am dealing with stress of the big project and not liking a co worker too much and had to leave at lunch today so I wouldn't kill someone then an appropriate song comes on the iPod.

Eric Clapton's Breaking Point. I've included the lyrics as this is appropriate for my mood today. btw, it's on his Journeyman CD =)

Breaking Point
by Jerry Lynn Williams and Marty Grebb

Well I just don't get it
Can't make the pieces fit
I might just as well forget it
But my heart won't let me quit

You say it's only a part of love
That's right
But I get a little worried sometimes
When I start to lose
Tired of holding it together
When I know I'm going to blow another fuse
I'm at my breaking point
My breaking point
I'm at my breaking point
My breaking point

Well you're never gonna get it
If you don't get up and try
Try and spread those wings around me
Honey let me see you fly


Maybe someday you'll recover
I can see it in your eyes
One more thing that you'll discover
That you'll finally realize

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

9 days to go!

9 days until the Eric Clapton concert ... I must say I am rather excited. It was funny how this all came about because I was talking to Jim one day about how there are some artists that I want to see and money wouldn't be much of an object, if I could do it without going bankrupt I'd pay just about any amount to see them ... and Eric Clapton was right at the top of the list. Fast Forward a few days and he finds out that Eric is playing in Detroit in Sept. No problem, I can drive 2 hours to see him, heck I'd drive 2 days =) Then we saw he was playing Chicago too, and usually when an artist is signed up for playing in Chicago and Detroit it means they stop in the middle too ... Grand Rapids. Sure enough he is and we got plans together for Jim, Paul, Jean and I to go and Jean offered her credit card to put the tickets on them so we could get them and Jim was in charge of tickets ... he got us 11th row on the floor!

Anyhow, the tickets weren't real expensive considering ... my limit for Clapton was about $300 and my ticket cost half of that, unless you add back in the new adorable blouse I got *lol*

So ... who is on your "must see" list that money wouldn't stop you from going? Besides Eric, my list includes:

Paul McCartney
Bob Seger
Elton John

Oh, I was also googling today and found this cool site with lyrics to most of his songs, check it out: Clicky

Monday, September 11, 2006

It must be hard being a cat

Yesterday I was taking some photos of some items to put on ebay and apparently Abbie got a bit bent out of shape about it ... that she wasn't getting the attention so she was "helping" me with the auctions.

First she got up in front of the camera and then gave me the 'look'

She finally got disgusted with me and stalked off waving her tail at me and "chattering" ... well apparently it was too much work for her because not 10 minutes later this is what I saw when I looked up from the computer:

A few more minutes later ...

Oh to be a cat :)

Countdown to Clapton!

For those that are on SS, you've no doubt seen my ticker counting down to the Eric Clapton concert ... today reality hit that the concert is 10 days away!

I am going with 3 other people and we have had these tickets since June, so now it's starting to feel "real" and it's 10 days away.

Friday night Jean and I were talking about the concert and how we had a setlist for Eric to play for us and we were hoping he'd hit a few of our favorite songs including Pretending, Layla, Bad Love, and White Room.

I did some googling today and found the set list from his concert about a month and a half ago in Helsinki, Finland and if he plays some of what is on this set list it's going to be an awesome awesome concert!

I've decided since it's 10 days to Clapton to do a daily blog about all things Eric. Today I will include the setlist I found online:


I Shot The Sheriff
Got To Get Better In A Little While
Old Love (with Robert Cray)
Everybody Oughta Make A Change
Motherless Children

sit down set
Back Home
I Am Yours
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Running On Faith

After Midnight
Little Queen Of Spades
Further On Up The Road
Wonderful Tonight

Crossroads (with Robert Cray)

Opening Act:
The Robert Cray Band

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Celebration on the Grand

I mentioned it in a previous blog, but here is some more information about Celebration on the Grand

Celebration on the Grand is an annual weekend celebration in September to celebrate all things Grand Rapids and to celebrate developments that have happened in the town. The Grand River runs right through downtown, hence the name :) Plus it's an excuse to get a hot dog or elephant ear ... both of what I had Saturday night!

It's a weekend celebration with concerts, activities for kids and a big fireworks display that is usually on the Friday night but since we got rained out they moved it to Saturday night.

The fireworks were great, a nice display of them to watch and then afterward Jean, Deb, and I went to listen to Foghat while Jim and Zach went home since Zach was falling asleep and I don't think he could stand to hang out with "old people" for much longer than he did :)

The weather was a bit chilly but not bad, just a change from the warm summer we have had, it felt like fall had arrived!

The final countdown

No I won't start singing that song ... it just on the radio right before I read Stacy's weekly blog challenge which is also a countdown, how's that for irony?

10 Things I wanna do before I die

10. Go to Australia
9. Go on a cruise
8. Get married
7. Have a baby
6. Visit every state in the union
5. Wear a size 8/10 again
4. Go to England
3. Own my own home
2. Get my college degree
1. Go on an Alaskan cruise

9 Places I last spent money
9. At a hot dog stand at Celebration on the Grand last night
8. Walgreens (prescription and other items)
7. Meijer (packing supplies)
6. Post Office (mailing ebay auctions)
5. Walgreens (more packing supplies)
4. Family Fare (snack attack!)
3. McDonalds (french fry craving!)
2. Cafeteria at work
1. Gas station

8 Sounds I routinely hear around my house
8. Abbie meowing at me when I get home from work
7. The a/c kicking on
6. The person that lives below me coming home and slamming her door
5. The phone ringing every weekday at 7pm on the dot (what good is the do not call list?)
4. The Microsoft Windows "welcome" when I turn on my laptop
3. Abbie "talking" the birds and squirrels that hang out on my deck
2. The TV
1. Abbie knocking something off the counter to play with

7 Real restaurants where I last ate out
(some of these are a few months back, I've cut back drastically on my eating out)
7. Applebees
6. Bennigans
5. Outback
4. Some chinese buffet place Jim took me to
3. Carrabba's
2. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
1. Skippers

6 Things I scratched off my To Do list recently
6. Put items out on eBay
5. Clean kitchen
4. Take out garbage
3. Do laundry
2. Refilled allergy med prescription
1. Organized photos into mini PS box

5 People I don't know who I'd like to hang out with
5. All of my Scrapshare Sisters I've not been able to meet yet (and those I have met I want to hang out with you again) =)
4. Elizabeth Dole
3. Eric Clapton
2. Kenny Chesney
1. Rosie O'Donnell

4 Songs that make me happy
4. Jack and Diane
3. Pretending
2. I want you to want me
1. Heaven is a place on Earth

3 Things I hate to do
3. Clean the bathroom
2. Take out the trash
1. Drive in the winter when it's snowy/icy

2 Things I'm really good at
2. Photography
1. Being a good friend/listener

1 Bad Habit
1. Procrastinating