Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chapter 7 and Elliott Yamin

I just finished writing chapter 7.  It's all about the third trimesters of our pregnancies.  It brought back a lot of great memories, like my pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome.  Boy was I being sarcastic when I said it brought back great memories like my pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome.  That wasn't a great memory AT ALL!  My hands would fall asleep all day long.  They'd go numb while I was driving.  I could barely lift a slice of pizza to my mouth.  

I was retaining a serious amount of water while I was pregnant.  Now that I'm 6 pounds away from my "goal weight,"  I don't mind saying I put on way more lbs. than the average pregnant lady.  It was so fun being pregnant.  I ate anything that wasn't nailed down.  

Anyway, back to more serious things at hand - no pun intended.  I've been trying to finish this chapter all day long but have heard news about this terrible earthquake in Chile.  I also heard that Elliott Yamin, former American Idol contestant, is tweeting live from the scene.  Apparently he was in Chile for a gig.  And from what his tweets were saying prior to the quake, it was a really bad gig.  That aside, CNN and ABC have been contacting him as their source on the scene.

My cousin Kelly and I were just wondering what ever happened to Elliott Yamin.  We even joked that the guy walking into the Subway shop where we were eating lunch WAS Elliott Yamin.  Clearly, it was NOT.  Because Elliott Yamin was in Chile for a crappy gig that has now turned into a pretty serious news casting gig.  If you're on twitter, follow him @elliottyamin

One day you're eating a sandwich talking smack about a guy, the next he's your primary news source for a catastrophic world event.  You cannot make this stuff up.


ps-That's some SERIOUS dental work, wouldn't you agree?


Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow and Thermals.

There is a serious amount of snow on the ground where I live.  I just love it.  And truthfully, it doesn't inconvenience me all that much.  Unless, of course, I have a show scheduled on the day it snows so much.  Which I did.  But we moved the show.  Because even if we risked life & limb to drive down to south Jersey in our van in these treacherous conditions, you very likely would not have.  So it was decided.  Tonight's show at The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ has been moved to Friday, May 14th.

The thing that is going to be so cool about this show that has now been moved to May 14th is that it will be in a REAL record store.  It is to music what an old time soda shop is to ice cream.  This store actually sells vinyl records.  I'm not just saying records because I'm old and can't get used to the fact that we've moved onto CDs...I mean MP3s.  I say records because they actually sell real vinyl records.  We will NEVER be able to do a live, in-store appearance on iTunes.  I mean, yes, they can beam us in and stream it live on iTunes.  But you know and I know, that's not the same thing.   

I think the band will sound really good in a store that sells vinyl records.  If we could have been a band in the 70s, putting out vinyl records, I'm sure it would have been fun.  We will probably burn the live show onto a CD and sell it to you in the store that sells vinyl records.  It will be an intimate and rare live CD, and the show will be like nothing else currently on our tour schedule.  Afterward, maybe we'll go out for ice cream to an old time soda shop.  I bet we can find one on my iPhone.     

Enough about that.

Let's talk about the thermal shirts we just got into stock.  It's cold out.  So buy one of our new thermal shirts.  They will be available online as soon as our new website launches (and that will happen within the next few weeks).  But for now, you can buy it here, direct from my blog.  Our friend, Stephen Kellogg, posed in the shirt for us.  That was really nice of him to do.  I personally think Stephen Kellogg is extremely handsome.  Seriously.  Look how cute he is.  Anyway, this blog is not about the objectification of our friend, Stephen Kellogg.  It is about gray thermal shirts.  And if you purchase one today, Sibby will be the one to fulfill the order for you.  The band equivalent of a vinyl record store or an old time soda shop.    


Now I've got a book to write.

See you around the internets,

ps-I said vinyl a lot of times in this blog.  Duly noted.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Book is Due!

I hate deadlines.  But someone has paid me to write a book.  Typically when someone pays you to do something, and you've already taken some of that payment up front, they're likely to give you a deadline.  So I now have one of those.  Deadlines.  It's breathing down my neck like Godzilla in a really bad channel 9 afternoon movie from the 70s.

So I'm writing.  The book.  I'm not blogging.  Even though @lizbrooks keeps telling me I need to blog.  I keep telling her I can't blog right now because I have to write a book.  If I'm blogging right now, it means I'm cheating on the book.  And I have already accepted partial payment for the writing of this book.  Nobody pays me to blog.  Are you following my logic here @lizbrooks? 

The book is about the simultaneous pregnancies my partner Sarah and I expereienced, and the eventual births of our children, the most amazing things that have ever happened to me in my entire life - Thomas &  Kate.  I'm not going to blog the whole story here, since I am writing a book about it, at least to the best of my ability.

I can tell you that Thomas turned one on February 1st and his sister Kate turns one tomorrow (2/24).  I can't believe we all survived it.  That first year was pretty hairy, believe me.  If you've ever had a baby, imagine trying to write a book during the first year.  Now imagine two babies instead of one and writing the book.  Now imagine @lizbrooks pressuring you to blog with two babies instead of one while you're trying to write a book.

Don't get me wrong.  I love @lizbrooks.  And I love that she loves my blogs.  But I actually have a book to write and a cake to bake for Kate's first birthday.  So I'll blog more in a few weeks, after I hand the book in.  

See you soon....

Thomas & Kate at one year, photo by @thisisdevon