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Happy Mother’s Day!

Seems like May is chock-full of holidays!  Today I’m celebrating Mother’s Day far away from my own mother, Alison, but I’m thinking of her just the same!  Happy Mother’s Day to the funniest. . .

Turkey legs at Animal Kingdom.

Fiercest. . .

Mom as the "Acid Queen" in "Tommy" back in the day. Photo: Manoa Valley Theater

    Most amazing mother around!

Mom and me on a boat!

Hope you’re having a great Mother’s Day!  xx


Happy Chinese New Year!

Photo credit: imdhuston.org

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Today is the first day of the new lunar year, according to the Chinese calendar.  I’m a big lover of astrology and the Chinese zodiac because they are really fun and interesting- regardless of how much stock you put in them!  According to a recent poll, though, about 30% of Americans believe in astrology, so I guess a lot of you do put some stock in the stars.

If you’re unaware, today marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, a peaceful year with a focus on family and home.  Diplomacy and security are the words to remember this year as you deal with others.  This is the year to pinch pennies and learn to live with less, because next year (The Year of the Dragon) should be somewhat chaotic.

For those born in the year of the rabbit, this should be an especially lucky year for you (Rabbit people are lucky anyway).  I know that both times it was my zodiac year, I had some of the best luck ever!

The rabbit statue is one of the 12 Chinese Zod...

A rabbit statue in Kowloon Walled City Park in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Image via Wikipedia

One of the best things about Chinese New Year is the massive celebrating that happens.  When I was a kid back home in Hawaii, this was one of my favorite times of year.  I would stuff my face with dumplings, light firecrackers until I couldn’t hear my own thoughts, and dance along while watching the Dragon Dances in the streets.  If it was a very lucky year for me, I would get a couple of red envelopes with money in them, which I would immediately spend on candy.

Jackpot! Photo credit: hellokittyjunkie.com

I could reminisce for hours, but I won’t.  I’m going to try and find a CNY party near me and hang out by the dumplings!  Have a great day everyone, and here’s to a new year!

Do you have a CNY story?  Share it in the comments!  What are you hoping for in the year of the rabbit?  Let me know- I love to hear from you guys!  xoxo

My December (or Why I Didn’t Write)

You know, I started this blog over a year ago to discuss many things, but also to document my crazy life.  But that’s the thing with having a crazy life:  sometimes it’s too crazy to write about!  Don’t believe me?  Well, I’ll tell you about the  other things I’ve been doing that have made me too busy to write this month.  (Excuses, excuses. . .)

So, I didn’t write because. . .

“I was reconnecting with friends at the theatre.”

My friend, the beautiful Erin Wegner Brooks is currently on tour with the musical Young Frankenstein, and they came through Orlando December 1st.  Some friends and I got together to watch her, and even got a backstage tour afterward!

Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reunion: Iriann, Me, Erin, and Tyler

“I was trying to get on TV.”

Photo courtesy Andre D. Brown

Ever year, Disney films performances for its Christmas Day parade just a little bit in advance.  So, early this month, I joined the Encore! Cast Choir to sing with America’s Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho.  Did you see me Christmas Day?  Yeah.  I thought not.

“I was helping plan an epic party.”

Work hard, play hard, right?  That’s what I like to think.  So, last year when my friend Terennce had the amazing idea to throw a dance party for other Entertainment peeps, I was definitely on board.  The 2009 party was such a good time, we decided to do it again this year.  Expectations were way high for us, but I think we pulled it off.

Party planning committee: Me, Alex, and Terennce

The best part?  We had a surprise guest!  My old buddy Bruno Mars was in town for a show at House of Blues, and he came with a friend of ours to check out our happenin’ fiesta.  I was wearing monster heels, so I took the prize opportunity to make him feel like a major shorty- which I hadn’t been able to do in YEARS.

Me: "Way to ruin our reunion photo, nerd." Him: "That's what you get!"

Jingle Ball 2010 was definitely a highlight of my December.  But there’s more!

“I was hanging out with my family.”

Mom, Dad, and Little Sis’ flew in from Hawaii to hang out in the theme parks.  Which were absolute INSANITY this time of year.  I spent a week hopping from park to park- in between working!  I also finally got to go into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a guest (I’m busy!) and go through the queue line for the Forbidden Journey ride.  It was the business!

Hoping I get sorted into Slytherin by the Sorting Hat.

So, can’t you see how many other things were going on?  Isn’t it completely plausible that I might have taken a quick break?  Oh. . . who am I kidding?  I was just being lazy most of the time!  I promise to do better in the coming year.  Hopefully, I’ll have more amazing experiences to share with you.  2011, Here I come!

Happy New Year, everyone!  How was your 2010?  Will you be making any resolutions for 2011?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a safe NYE!

Merry Christmas!

A mother plays the guitar while her two daught...

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I hope you’re all enjoying family and friends today.  I’ll be vegging out with my fam (they’re visiting from Hawaii this week!) as we recuperate from Theme Park Madness.  I’ve spent more time walking around Disney and Universal this week than I have maybe in all my 3 years in Florida.  (Help me, please!)

While I know it’s not Thanksgiving, I’d still like to list a few things I’m thankful for on this Christmas day.  Bear with me, because this might get a little corny.  Ahem.  Here goes:

1.  Family- mine is driving me crazy, but I’m so glad they’re here to do it.

2.  Cold weather-  something about it makes it feel more like Christmas.  Being from Hawaii, I feel like I never really got into the spirit of the holiday until I could bundle up and drink hot cider.

3.  Wine-  helps with aforementioned family insanity, and just makes celebrating a baby’s birthday waaay more fun.

4.  Friends-  I’m just gonna go all out and say that I have the best ones.  Ever.

And finally,

5.  This blog-  I’m so glad I have a tiny spot on the interwebs to reach out to you.  It has made all the difference this year to have an outlet, and I’ve had an amazing time.

What are you thankful for on Christmas (not Thanksgiving)?  Also, do you know how on earth all those other bloggers manage to post AND have productive lives during the holidays?!  I still haven’t figured that out, so I’ve been silent the last week or two.  Not to worry, I will be throwing more craziness at you soon. xoxo

Music Monday: Mariah Carey

"Photoshop? What Photoshop?"

Dum dum dum! Thanksgiving has come and gone, so I don’t feel quite so guilty about playing Christmas music now. But, to be honest, I play it year-round. It’s my favorite music to do vocal warm-ups to (strange, I know), and while I don’t have a favorite song, many of my favorite songs are Christmas staples.  Which is strange, because I’m not a huge Christmas person.  Go figure.

In any case, today’s post is just in time for Noel.  Earlier this month, Mimi released her second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You.  This is another collection of classic carols, plus a new song, “Oh Santa!”

Peep the video (I said “peep” because it’s 1994 up in here today.  You know, in honor of Mimi!):

Is it just me, or is the Yuletide version of Outkast’s “Hey Ya?”  I’m obsessed.  ICE COLD!

So,  do you agree that this is a new jam?  Will you put “Oh Santa!” on your Christmas playlist this year?  Let me know what some of your favorite Holiday songs are in the comments!

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