Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Taste of Pop Culture in My World

We have some fun things to catch up on!

Tuesday night, my sister and I took our mom to the Celine Dion Taking Chances concert at our big hockey arena in Nashville. Seriously, that place is huge! We had pretty great seats on the front row of one of the balconies. I'd say 95% of the seats were full, and I was surprised at how many men were there. Then Celine came on stage, and I could see why the men might not have minded their women dragging them there. Celine has a pretty great body. I mean, if my legs look that good when I'm in my 40s and have had a kid, I'll be a happy girl. If I can find a reason to wear a short sparkly dress and stilettos to show them off, that'd rock, too.

In all seriousness, I've never been an avid listener of her music, but she's pretty mainstream when it comes to pop culture so I wasn't surprised that I recognized most of the songs she did. The woman really can hold out an impossibly high note for a ridiculous length of time. She's got some serious spunk, too. She ran around the stage. She danced. She busted some moves that I know I am no longer flexible enough to pull off. Her 360 degree stage had treadmill belts built in so that she could be moved down it while she held out a note or walk on it and not really go anywhere. It's hard to explain, but it was cool.

She had dancers all over the place at times. She disappeared into the middle of the stage to change outfits about 6 times. As for the outfits? Wow. I wouldn't mind having a few of them myself. Not that I'd know where I could pull off wearing them, but still...

All in all, mom was tickled to death that she got to see her live and insisted that we need to start going to more concerts. We had a lot of fun and left feeling entertained. Celine even had a guy do an opening act of impersonations of musicians and actors that was pretty terrific. He had us cracking up for 30 minutes. In the end, it may have been the best present we could have given mom... and enjoyed ourselves.

Last night after a meeting for the community board I sit on at a local non-profit, I went with my family to this awesome little polynesian restaurant we have in town. It's a little pricey, so we only go once a year around the holidays. Before my pop pop died in 2000, the extended family went to celebrate his birthday each December. We found that we still needed an annual Omni Hut fix, so we keep going back. It's a delicious special treat each year.

Next up, I have read the first two books in the Twilight series this past week. I really felt like I needed to be in the pop culture loop, so I got the first two for Christmas and picked them up. My opinion so far? Honestly, I like them well enough that I've ordered the second two online to read. However, I don't know that I feel compelled to join in all the hype about them. Don't get me wrong, I like them just fine. I haven't closed them and abandoned them like I have with plenty of books in the past. There's nothing inadvertently wrong with the writing (but I have found quite a few typos, which always irritates me because someone got paid to edit the thing and missed things!). I just am not on board with all the fuss.

Maybe I'm a tough critic when it comes to books about mythical characters. I feel like J.K. Rowling is one of the most talented authors of such a genre out there, so it's hard for me to not compare other work to her Harry Potter books. These definitely in no way compare to Harry Potter in my opinion.

Plus, sometimes when I've been reading, I keep thinking, "Ok, let's move it along." It seems like some things are unneccessarily dragged out. Plus, I currently have mixed feelings on how a teenage girl can be so in love she wants to give up her soul. I know it's fiction, but still... I'll come back to all of this once I read the other two and can offer a more concrete opinion. These are just my thoughts so far.

I've actually read a LOT the past few months. I keep meaning to make a list of everything I've read for you guys in case anyone wants to know what I'd recommend. A lot of it has been guilty pleasure reading, but that's always a good thing, right?

It is unusually cold in TN. Today the high is 24 and the low is 8, with windchills around -10. This doesn't. happen. here. I wore 3 layers on top and my new running tights under my jeans. I figured I might as well get some use out of the tights! I also splurged and got some Starbucks at lunchtime. Yum!

Oh, and registration for the Chicago marathon opens on Feb. 1. This is for real about to happen. I may have to start running slowly in a few weeks, but I'm hoping to be back to normal within a few months so that training for this race can start off with a bang in June. Heck. Yes.


Jennifer Burgett said...

Are you doing the Tom King this year?

Eric said...

I guess is extremely cold in a every corner of the USA

Sarah said...

OK, yeah, the second Twilight book made me want to tear my hair out. YOU ARE 17 YEARS OLD EAT SOME BEN AND JERRY'S AND GET OVER HIM. It also seems like Bella is a really poor role model for young women, but that's a whole 'nother issue.

However, the fourth book? Freaking a-ma-zing. So don't give up on it :)

Joy said...

Hi Melanie! I'm just saying "hi" and that I'm still out here in Internet-land!
And, I'm totally reading the "Twilight" books too!!

aron said...

the 3rd and 4th books are the best ones!!! definitely dont stop :) they are awesome!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast at the concert!