Step by Step

An opportunity arrived that I simply could not pass up: New Kids on the Block, my second favorite boy band of all time was coming to my neck of the woods. The first (and only time) I had seen them live was back in the summer of 1990 on the first stop of their “Magic Summer Tour” in Lake Placid, New York. Their opening act was Tommy Page (may he Rest In Peace). This time around, they were in Buffalo, NY with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, whom I’ve never seen in concert in my life. Made a weekend of it and went with my 67 year old mother, my 41 year old sister, my 22 year old daughter (who just recently found a love for NKOTB and was seeing them for her first time) and her fiancé. 

The concert exceeded all my expectations!

Boys II Men started things off with Motownphilly and did a medley of all their old hits. I started crying when they segued into One Sweet Day. They even picked up some guitars and played a couple of cover tunes, that I can’t recall the names of at the moment.

Then Miss Paula came on and did her thing, and let me tell you, she is a small woman! She looks tall on TV, but she’s definitely shorter than 5′ 4″!😂

Starting off with Straight Up, she wowed everyone with moves that she did in some of her early music videos. I freaked out when she did her “duet” Opposites Attract with MC Skat Kat!

Finishing off with her megahit, Forever Your Girl, she was simply divine.

And then the main event!

Opening with their newest hit from their Thankful EP, “One More Night”, the screams nearly tore the roof off the building. From there it just got better and better, doing hits all the way back to their debut album in 1986 and even a couple of Christmas tunes.

During “Tonight” they were at 5 different points in the crowd and I was so busy watching Donnie, who was on the other side of the arena, I didn’t know that Jordan was 10 rows in front of me until my mom pointed him out.

We even got a little strip tease during a wardrobe change from all the guys except Jon.

The highlight of my evening was seeing how totally comfortable Jon looked onstage performing. He was engaging, entertaining, dancing and smiling and having a great time. He has definitely come a long way. I saw a man comfortable in his own skin and with his lot in life.

Oh…did I mention the dad bods?

They finished off with Hanging Tough and it was all over. But it was a memory that will fuel my Patronus for the rest of my life.

Saturday, we took a trip to Niagra Falls. It was the first time I’ve ever been and I’ve lived in New York State nearly 30+ years. It was an amazing experience and I’m glad I had an opportunity to go.

I even got to ride The Maid of the Mist for an up close and personal view.

It was an amazing experience and one I can definitely cross off my bucket list. If you ever have a chance to go, do so. You won’t regret it.

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Had an idea…

Had an idea for a Harry Potter/Jurassic Park Crossover. I’ve read a couple and I think I want to try one myself. I’ve already scribbled some notes to myself. Just need to come up with a title!

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And now for something fun…

Which one sounds better?

Click to vote.

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Halo vs Call of Duty vs Armageddon


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Ten How’s


How did you get one of your scars? Scratching one of my chicken pox when I was younger.

How did you celebrate your last birthday? Dinner at Texas Roadhouse with my family.

How are you feeling at this moment? Pretty good.

How did your night go last night? I was so exhausted from work I was asleep before 11 pm.

How did you do in high school? I graduated.

How did you get the shirt you’re wearing? -sees she’s wearing a green PChop MDA shirt – Work.

How often do you see ur best friend? I haven’t seen her since the year before my grandma passed away. TOO LONG!!!

How much money did you spend last month? Wayyyy too much.

How old do you want to be when you get married? Been there, done that, got a crappy t-shirt, 2 great kids, a couple of cats and a mountain of debt.

How old will you be at your next birthday? 44!! DAYUM!!!


Your mother’s name? Vivian

What did you do last weekend? Worked.

What is the most important part of your life? The health and happiness of my family and friends.

What would you rather be doing? Sleeping.

What did you last cry over? A movie.

What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Chocolate

What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? A sense of humor as odd as my own, honesty and maybe a little bit of loyalty

What are you worried about? Money

What did you have for breakfast? Not a darn thing.


Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Yes…

Have you ever had your heart broken? Too many times. It’s made me jaded and bitter about relationships.

Have you ever been out of the country? Yes.

Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Yup.

Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend? Yep.

Have you ever had sex on the beach? Nope.

Have you ever dated someone younger than you? Yep

Have you ever read an entire book in one day? Yes.


Who was the last person you saw? Kayla, when I was checking out at EZ Scan.

Who was the last person you texted? The husband letting him know I was going to be a few minutes late picking him up at work.

Who was the last person you hungout with? My son.

Who was the last person to call you? My daughter.

Who did you last hug? Cindy, at work.

Who is the last person who texted you? My son.

Who was the las person you said “I love you” to? I hate those words.


Where does your father live? His current residence is Memorial Park Cemetery in Moberly, Missouri. :/

Where did you last go? PChop.

Where did you last hang out? PChop.

Where do you go to school? Graduated

Where is your favorite place to be? Home.

Where did you sleep last night? My bed.


Do you like someone right now? No

Do you think anyone likes you? Debatable.

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Sometimes.

Do you know the muffin man? The one on Drury Lane? I had tea and crumpets with him last week.

Does the future scare you? Considering who’s running the country right now and his actions on the other side of the world, I think that’s a definite HELL YES!!


Why are you friends with your friends? They make me laugh.

Why did you get a myspace? People still use MySpace?????

Why did your parents give you the name you have? I have no idea.

Why are you doing this survey? Because I’m a meme whore. 😀


If you could have one super power what would it be? Time travel.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, would you? Yes.

If u were stranded on a deserted island & could bring 1 thing what would you bring? A cell phone to call for help…duh!


Would you ever get back together with any of your exes if they asked you? Fuck No!

Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Yes.


Are you happy with your life right now? Somewhat. Do I wish there was a lot less stress and misery? Of course. But other than that, I think I’m good.

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Gone Way Too Soon

Thomas “Tommy” Alden Page, singer/songwriter/music exec- Dead at 46

Tommy Page 1970-2017

The first time I heard his music, I was a teenager in high school. I fell in love with his voice upon hearing “A Shoulder To Cry On”. I got to see him live when he was the opener for NKOTB at the start of their Magic Summer Tour in Lake Placid, NY in 1990. He was an amazing singer and songwriter and it hurts my heart knowing that he was in so much pain. I hope he is at peace, wherever he may be.

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Oscars 2017 Reaction.

The only word I can think of is “Awkward”.

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