Ah, that was refreshing! Why is it that if you drink a glass of water really quickly, it makes your head pound more? Hopefully it will help in the long-run.
So--my birthday! It was lovely, thank you all for the well-wishes. The hubby planned a karaoke party for me, which I found very sweet and thoughtful. About half of the attendees dropped out for various reasons, but that was fine with me, because I'm not sure if I mentioned it before or not, but I'm not a fan of big crowds. We ended up being a party of seven for dinner, which was just the right size, if you ask me.
Dinner was at Gordon-Biersch and was very tasty! I had lobster and shrimp tacos and a lemon drop martini.
|Gosh, I love him!|
|That's my sister giving the family smile to the camera there, on the right.|
Karaoke was just across the street from the restaurant, and we headed over right after it began. The Indie on Main only started hosting karaoke about a month ago, but WOW! What an awesome place to sing! Aside from the fact that practically every one of the 20-30 bar patrons takes a turn at the mic (leading to a long wait between turns), this is one awesome venue. Swanky decor, comfy seats, and the music is pumped through speakers onto the street in front, so passers-by can hear each performer loud and clear. If the purpose of karaoke is to make you feel like a rockstar, this place gets it right.
|Has anyone EVER looked this cool sitting in a bar? I doubt it.|
I sang "Who Will Save Your Soul", a duet of "Love Shack" with a stranger (the hubby gets stomach cramps at the mere idea of singing in front of strangers), and "Valentine", which I dedicated to my scaredy-cat hubby in the cheesiest fashion possible.
|How could I not dedicate a song to this handsome hunk of a hubby?|
As much as I enjoy karaoke, I get really scared right before I go on, and my brain starts to go a hundred miles a minute. All of a sudden, there is not enough alcohol in the bar to calm my nerves.
Did I pick the right song? What if I can't hit the notes now? I am going to look stupid. What do I do with my hands? Should I dance around? I'm definitely going to look stupid. Oh God, it's my turn, don't puke don't puke don't puke...
But as soon as I'm up there, I remember that I'm actually a really good singer, and the crowd is always very encouraging. By the end of the song, I'm generally making ridiculous hand gestures as I prance around doing a dance that is akin to something my three-year old son would do.
Then by the time I leave the stage, getting high-fives from the crowd as I make my way back to my seat, I'm ready to grab the book and pick out another song so I can do it all over again.
Though it's not the best movie, Duets did a great job at portraying the excitement that is karaoke. I don't make it out nearly often enough since I have a toddler and all, but every time I do go, I get the bug and want to go all the time. I had an offer last night to join a band, which I've always wanted to do, but I don't think I could manage band practice/gigs around the hubby's work schedule, since it's so erratic. Maybe when the kid gets a little older. Oh well!
So, now that the birthday is over and done, what have I got to look forward to? I guess Autumn, then our California trip in December are really the next big highlights of my life. Hopefully things will calm down around here soon and I can get back to a more leisurely life, and a more regular blogging schedule. I feel like I've been going a million miles a minute, and the first thing that always gets neglected seems to be my blog! Sorry, but whatareyagonnado, right?
I'm off to hopefully catch a few zzzzzs before the kid wakes up from his nap. Trying to nap myself is usually a guaranteed way to wake him up, so wish me luck!