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Fun Girls and the Fighting Irish…

As the More is More Mom®, I am all about…….more fun at my first girl’s weekend ever! Sure, over the years Chuck and I have been away for a few days here and there (furniture shopping in North Carolina was my personal favorite, though I am not quite sure Chuck would agree). For years we’ve had to divide and conquer between hockey games, golf tournaments and gymnastics meets. But in 20 years of marriage and 18 years of motherhood, I have never before left my family (not that they wouldn’t have enjoyed a respite).

I guess it’s just that I’ve never viewed my family life as something to take a break from. While I may do an awful lot of hollering, I would have never wanted to miss a single, solitary moment. When my fabulous friend Elena invited me, and a bunch of my favorite girls, up to her lake house for two nights of girl fun, I admit I was hesitant. But I’ve got teenagers now. If Nick isn’t playing golf, skating, or hanging out with the fellas, he’s watching a movie with his girlfriend (lights on in the basement, PLEASE!). Amanda is a busy High School student. She goes to football games, the show or hangs with her girlfriends watching movies and making s’mores at a bonfire. Chuck and I merely provide refreshments or transportation. My people don’t actually need me for that, so I said; YES!!


Of course, more of everything is always better…especially luggage! Four girls on a road trip in our Yukon XL (I am even all about more automobile). Duffel bags, hanging bags, tote bags, make up bags, shopping bags and multiple coolers, stacked to the ceiling of the cargo area, spilling out over the third row. It is quite likely that we brought more wine than shoes. I could barely sneak a peak out the rear window. Good thing I practically have a trucking license.

On the agenda upon our arrival; Spa-ing, cocktail-ing, dining, cocktail-ing, girl-talking (even headstand-ing) until the way, wee hours.


Saturday it was time to get our game faces on. Even though I scarcely know the difference between a first down and a touch down, I was pretty psyched about the big game. Really, does it get much more exciting than Notre Dame vs. Michigan? There’s nothing like tailgating Fighting Irish style! We had sub after sub after sub from our favorite place, Augustino’s Rock n Roll Deli, and to wash it down…. A little bubbly!    


What a game, and the half time show wasn’t bad either. Who knew that the Michigan Marching Band was a Lady GaGa tribute band? Sadly it wasn’t ND’s day, but it certainly was ours, because we squeezed in a little more tailgating fun. After 8 hours on campus it was time to head back to the house and put on our jammies. What better way to end the day than with an appetizer buffet, a glass of wine and a little…Hot Tub Time Machine? (a MUST SEE for anyone that came of age in the 80’s, with the iconic John Cusack).

I must say my first ever girls weekend was a smash hit! What could be better than more time with girlfriends you love, more laughs, more fun and more memories?



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It Had To Be……Harry Connick Jr. on American Idol!!

This season American Idol has been a real sleeper….until this past week!

I am completely stuck in a time warp. You know of my complete and utter devotion to Donny Osmond. I have loved him forever, and we are fellow Sagittarians.

As the More is More Mom®, I love all kinds of music and musicians. My favorites being, in no particular order; Michael Jackson (he is the King of Pop, so you’ve got to give him that); George Michael (Wham rocks! But, who needs Andrew Ridgeley?); Morris Day (for the Minneapolis sound everyone else goes with Prince and his talent, but not me, I go Morris, with his naughty personality and fantastic delivery, every time); Elton John, the Bitch is Back (we’ve seen him once in concert by himself and he was amazing), Billy Joel, Only the Good Die Young (we’ve seen him twice with Sir Elton and their dueling pianos….once at Wrigley Field!); Frank Sinatra, for his musical styling’s; Bobby Darin for his silky, melodic voice; and of course Dean Martin for his rich baritone. But I think my second true love is Harry Connick Junior……

Chuck and I first met Harry Connick Junior (not for real, but metaphorically speaking) when he scored one of our favorite movies When Harry Met Sally (okay, it was probably my favorite movie, but as a young man in love Chuck said all the right things and agreed that it was his favorite movie too.). In fact, his version of the classic standard, It Had to Be You, is “our song.” We’ve seen him three times in concert, and he’s always been fantastic. What I love about Harry, besides his musical talent and his quirky good looks, is his amazing sense of humor and timing. I’m a sucker for smart, clever and funny….everything Harry is. He has impeccable timing and a way with a phrase.

Harry was unbelievable with the final five on American Idol. I venture to say that he was the very best guest they’ve ever had (and Quentin Tarrantino and Jamie Fox were pretty darn awesome last year). He did an amazing job creating the arrangements for all of the contestants, especially Big Mike, Crystal and Lee. I totally don’t get it though….how did Casey not go home? He was awful!

So last night, I was totally psyched that Harry was performing. While he’s great, why did he think that And I Love Her was an exciting and enthralling selection, even if it is on his new album? That is such a “B” side song (for those of you youngsters that haven’t ever played a 45 recording, like we did in the olden days on our phonographs, the “A” side is the popular single, and the “B” side is the boring song that doesn’t get any air time.). If you want to serenade your wife, do it at home, not on my time. Harry must know he’s not an amazing singer, he’s a stylist! He should have wowed us with a big band musical sensation, because he is sensational.

I know I’m getting old, because even though Harry’s song choice wasn’t very exciting, he still always delivers, and if he had sung the phone book he would still have been way more entertaining than Lady Ga Ga. Give me an old fashioned crooner over a freaky performance artist any day of the week…..especially if it’s Harry Connick Jr.!

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