jenepherre: (PATD Spencer No Waltzing my friend)
Hi all!

Thanks so much to everyone who left me birthday wishes or sent me v-gifts or e-cards or even just thought about me on or around my birthday Sunday (that pretty much covers everyone, right? LOL). I had a very nice day with my brother, sis-in-law, niece and 3 nephews complete with Baskin Robbins ice cream cake - my favorite! The three older kids sang Happy Birthday to me, which was *hilarious!* All 3 really know how to ham it up! LOL

I've been here in Virginia for about 4 1/2 weeks now and I fly home on Saturday. I really want to stay though!

It's been an eventful month - both good and bad - and I hope you all will forgive me for being scarce. I've spent a *lot* of time helping with my new nephew, who is now about 10 weeks old. He's the fourth child for my brother and his wife, and the other 3 are really a handful, so I've had fun playing with the adorable baby who coos and smiles at me while the parents wrangle the other kids. Actually, all 4 kids are pretty wonderful and I'm going to miss them terribly when I leave.

Events (other than the Panic At The Disco concert in DC on April 30th, which I never really did a proper post about and probably never will now, but it was fantastic!!!) of the past few weeks:

A few days after the Panic concert, I slipped on the stairs and badly bruised my ankle (I thought that was the worse injury at the time) and bruised/possibly fractured my tailbone. My ankle is fine now. My tailbone? Not so much. I haven't been to the doctor or anything - not sure they're much they can do anyway other than confirm whether or not it's fractured - but it hurts a *lot.* I'm fine if I'm just standing or lying down or (in most chairs) sitting, but going from standing to sitting or vice versa is excruciating. It hasn't slowed me down too much though.

We took all of the kids to see Speed Racer in IMAX. Not a movie I would normally care about, but watching it with the kiddos made it *so* much fun! They were literally dancing to the music that played over the end credits. It was so cute. :-D

My uncle - the one who had the brain aneurysm a few months ago - passed away about a week ago. I wanted to go to the funeral so badly - he really meant a lot to me - but there was just no way. My parents drove up to Idaho for it, but I stayed here in Virginia. My aunt was very understanding, of course, but I wish I could have found a way to be there that didn't cost close to $1000. If I'd been home in California at the time, I could have driven up with Mom & Dad, but... ::shrug:: That's the way it goes sometimes, I guess. My uncle did pass very peacefully at home in his own bed during his sleep, and we can't ask for much more than that, can we? It is a comfort to all of us to know that he's no longer trapped in a body that no longer allowed him to do the things he loved to do, or even the simple everyday things we all take for granted.

My internet time has be limited due to all of the above things, combined with only having an internet connection in one room of the house - a room you can't keep the kids out of no matter how hard you try. Heh. I'm not used to having to censure everything I read and view online. I've had to avoid porn and even most of the fanfic I usually read! It's been awful! Although [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia still hasn't posted any new bandslash, so I didn't miss anything there. Better get crackin' though, L. I'll be home in less than a week and I need new fic from you!!

TV watching has been non-existent. My brother doesn't have cable. Or satellite. Or even rabbit ears for his fancy widescreen TV home theater system. Can you imagine? I did see the movie Transformers though. With my 3 year old nephew shouting "Bumblebee" every few minutes. LOL But alas, I have seen no new episodes of Supernatural, nor have I seen Galeface's episode of Desperate Housewives. Though I heard his scene is really short? Hmmm.

It should come as no big surprise that I haven't kept up with my f-list at all. Happiest of birthdays to anyone whose birthday I missed. Hugs to anyone who needs them. High-fives (or my lame attempts at them - just ask Jon Walker haha) to anyone who has had happy, exciting moments.

It should also come as no surprise that... I think I had more I wanted to say, but I can't remember what... fairly typical of me really. If nothing else, I am predictable. ::lame grin::

ETA: LJ's spell-check:
bandslash     band slash, band-slash, bands lash, bands-lash, bounteously

YES! The bandslash should be bounteous!!! Please share links to your fave PATD bandslash stories from the past month or so! Any pairing. Porn preferred. ;-D
jenepherre: (PATD Me with Brendon at DC M&G Apr 30th)
Well, actually the pics are here: http://pics.livejournal.com/jenepherre/gallery/00035eqz

It's late (or early, rather) and I'm tired from taking care of the two youngest nephews all day Thursday and Friday... not sure how I ended up getting stuck with that, except that they both seem to respond to me, which is good, I guess. I do adore them. Anyway, too tired to actually post the pics in my journal, so you'll have to go to the above link to see them.

There are also random and mostly blurry Zack and Shane pics here: http://pics.livejournal.com/jenepherre/gallery/0003ed3z

I did have fun Shane-spotting. And did talk to him again briefly. He's filming some stuff for Black Gold along with all the stuff he's doing for Panic. Also met Eric (again) and Than from Black Gold, and they're both incredibly awesome.

My sis-in-law arrived sometime during Phantom Planet's set, but I was out meeting Eric and Than along with the super cool [livejournal.com profile] atorable. She and I met while waiting for the meet & greet and just happened to have seats almost right next to each other for the show. We went through the meet & greet together, squeed about the boys and hugs and talked about what pot flowers look like up close. It was THE BEST. ;-D

I have video clips too, but haven't figured out where to upload those yet, because they are glorious 640x480 and I don't want YouTube making them look crappy. Maybe I'll just upload to Sendspace? I don't know. Ideas are welcome.

On the downside - unrelated to the concert - I didn't go to NYC after all and didn't get to see Randypants in Antony & Cleopatra. Lois needed to stay home with her hubby after his surgery, and honestly - I was still recovering from the Panic concert anyway. Wren, my dear... I will have to find some other way to pay you back since I couldn't get you a Playbill. Sorry!

It's almost 5am here, and I should think about getting a little bit of sleep. More later, I'm sure. ::waves to [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia, [livejournal.com profile] celiarosalind and [livejournal.com profile] atorable and everyone else on her f-list::
jenepherre: (PATD Spencer profile smile)
I just got off the phone with Artist Arena, and they actually came through!! They just confirmed that I am "100% guaranteed" on the Meet & Greet list for the DC show, to make up for their fuck up in San Francisco. And [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia is on the M&G list for the Seattle show! YAY!!! Maybe Artist Arena is getting their act together, finally. I did point out to them that they misspelled words in their emails too. If you want people to give you money, you have to look professional and trustworthy, know what I mean?

Other good news about the DC show - BLACK GOLD WILL BE PLAYING AT IT!!!!!!!!!!! ERIC RONICK!!!!!!!! And hopefully Brendon will come out and sing the one part of Plans & Reveries with them! I can't wait! Next Wednesday!!!

Then on Friday, I head for NYC. See Randy in Antony & Cleopatra with Lois. Hopefully find time to go to Angels & Kings with [livejournal.com profile] celiarosalind (a mug shot of me in the same spot where Bdon was being silly/drunk! ::fingers crossed::). And do a little bit of sightseeing on Saturday before coming back to DC.

After all that... the big letdown. Nothing exciting planned after that. And a mega-huge credit card bill to pay off. But *so* worth it.

Having a lot of fun with my niece and nephews here. They are so much fun and so affectionate and so *smart.*

Ack - must go get dressed for dinner. We're going out to dinner for Dad's 74th birthday today.

P.S. - [livejournal.com profile] celiarosalind, I will email you after dinner tonight.

I'm here!

Monday, April 21st, 2008 12:16 am
jenepherre: (PATD Jon looking like a GQ model)
I got to Washington DC safe and sound last night (Saturday). However, my main piece of luggage... not so lucky. Still don't know where it is, and Frontier Airlines didn't return any of my calls today. No one was answering the number they gave me to call, so I left a couple of messages. They were actually supposed to call me after the one flight from Denver arrived today (where we had a layover yesterday), but that didn't happen. Hmmm. Luckily I did pack a carry-on with essentials and stuff like you're supposed to, but only enough clothes for a couple of days. And I just want my stuff, you know?

Sorry for the lack of communication for a couple of days, but... traveling. Yay! Best excuse ever. LOL Plus, my bro doesn't have a wireless network, so there's only internet access in the den. And it's cold in the den. And not terribly comfortable. But still... it's not like I'm stuck going to a Starbucks or other WiFi hot spot to get my email.

My 6 week old nephew is gorgeous and loves his Auntie Jen already. Of course. ;-) The other 3 kids all seem pretty happy to see me too. "Auntie Jen, which book should I read you?" "Auntie Jen, come see my gecko!" (The gecko is way cool, btw.) And happy squealing and repeating his older siblings words from the 3 year old. I've missed these kids so much. Haven't seen them for a year.

Not sure what else there is to say at the moment. Not going to try and catch up on all the PATD news tonight. But it was fun to see the guys performing "Valerie" for BBC Live Lounge. Jon on piano!!! Is that awesome or what? Not just playing around during an interview, but actually playing it for a song. Awesomeness.

Will catch up on emails and reply to the LJ comments I've missed over the past couple of days tomorrow. Right now... sleep is needed.
jenepherre: (PATD Brendon RockStar HCT 4-10)
So, the post-concert (and post-missing the meet & greet) blues are easing up a bit, and I decided to post my pictures. I kinda stopped looking at all the pics other people are posting, but I still suspect these are pretty typical. I did go through and remove most of the blurry ones, but there are still a few that I thought were worth posting despite not being perfectly in focus. There are a few pics of Phantom Planet, The Hush Sound and Motion City Soundtrack as well, but it's mostly Panic At The Disco. And although I really made an effort to get pics of all the Panic guys, the majority of them are of Brendon. You just can't take your eyes off that boy. He's got some unexplainable magnetic thing going on. Seriously.

Phantom Planet )

The Hush Sound )

Motion City Soundtrack )

Panic At The Disco )

I looked through the few video clips I did that night again, and I won't be posting any of those. They're all short little clips - no full songs at all - and none are all that great. Maybe I'll do better at the DC show. Although it's not that my camera wasn't capable of it - it's that my arms weren't. Ugh.

I sort of have little stories to tell about the show last Thursday, but... I don't feel like typing them all out. So let me just say that Eric Ronick is awesome - and TALL. And Shane Vald├ęs (or Valdez, take your pick) is so much hotter in person. No picture I've seen of him does him justice. And he's super nice. And no - I did not ask him about being roomies with Brendon or whether or not that shower pic really is of him and Brendon or anything. Which may have been part of the reason he was so nice and so willing to talk about everything from "The Making of Pretty. Odd." DVD (which he edited in only 3 days) to the fact that he's doing the whole tour with the band (lucky bastard).

Hopefully I'll get another chance to talk to Shane and actually get Eric's autograph on my Black Gold CD and get another chance at a meet & greet with Panic - the latter being something I'm currently fighting with Artist Arena about.

Oh! You can find my scans of the tour booklet here.

So, I'm off to the Washington DC area on Saturday, and will be out there until May 24th. For those who might be wondering, my brother and his family live near DC and I made plans some time ago to go visit them this summer. They just had a new baby about a month ago, and I can't wait to see the little guy. It just worked out well that Panic is doing their DC show while I'm out there. I'm also meeting [livejournal.com profile] llvoncan in NYC to see the closing night show of "Antony & Cleopatra" with Randy Harrison. And we're staying really close to the Angels & Kings bar, so I'm hoping to stop by there for a drink and a photo or something ([livejournal.com profile] celiarosalind - want to come with me?)... but I'll only be in NYC for about 30 hours, so we'll see. If any of my other east coast friends want to try and meet up while I'm out there, let me know.

Guess that's it for now.
jenepherre: (PATD TGG Portraits Animation)
HI! I should totally be in bed right now, but I was so close to having my new LJ layout done... I just had to finish it and get it up. Come look!

Beyond that, things are going pretty damn good. The depression is so much better than it has been in years. If only my body was in good enough shape physically to keep up with my mood... but I'm slowly working on that.

So... things going on with me, in no particular order:

  • I have to get bifocals. :-(

  • I am leaving in a few hours for Los Angeles. Will be staying with my uncle near Anaheim and going to the Panic At The Disco mini-concert on Tuesday that they're doing for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Yay!

  • I really need to color my hair. I wanted to do that before this LA trip, but it's not looking good, time-wise. Maybe I can do it at my uncle's house. Not ideal, but ::shrug::

  • Panic's new album - called Pretty. Odd. - officially comes out on Tuesday, and it is PHENOMENAL. Yes, I've already heard the whole thing. MTV.com has been streaming it since the 18th, and there are wonderful Panic fans who know how to rip that stuff. Thank you fellow Panic fans!

  • [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia - who is awesome - is going with me to see Panic on the first night of the Honda Civic Tour, which they are headlining. This is on April 10th in San Francisco. YAY!!!!!

  • I became an auntie for the 9th time on March 10th. Another nephew, making a total of 5 nephews and 4 nieces. Baby Samuel is perfect, of course.

  • I leave for DC (my brother's place in Virginia, actually) on April 19th and am staying until May 24th. Lots of time to get to know baby Samuel and get reacquainted with his wonderful siblings and parents.

  • While I'm in Virginia, I'm taking a little over a day to go up to NYC and see Randy Harrison in Antony & Cleopatra. Another YAY moment!

  • I put up ticker thingies for all these big events that are coming up on my profile page. I'm a dork that way. LOL


  • I know there's more, but that's all I can think of for now. Not much detail on some of those things, but I have no time! All of last week was crazy busy, and until I get back from LA Wednesday evening, this week will be the same. And really, if you think about it, I've got major stuff going on from now until I get back from Virginia toward the end of May. Isn't that awesome? I actually have a life!

    Well, better get to bed. Later all!

Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 02:34 am
jenepherre: (Disco Balls Rainbow)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Just think, that Mayan prophecy of the end of the world is less than 5 years away now! Whoo-hoo!

On a somewhat more interesting note...
  • 2008 is a leap year

  • It is the International year of Planet Earth, the Potato and Sanitation

  • The iPhone will be released in Canada (hopefully without that annoying "it's still 2007" error)

  • Bill Gates will step down from daily duties at Microsoft after 3 decades (I predict this will have absolutely no effect on the frequency with which my father blames Bill for every problem related to technology, commerce and the world in general)

  • Summer Olympic Games (XXIX Olympiad) will take place in China

  • The US will elect its 44th president (PLEASE VOTE!)

  • Due to the previous item,GEORGE W. BUSH WILL NO LONGER BE OUR 'PRESIDENT'!!!! That fact alone makes it a year to look forward to!

Lots of other things will happen too, I'm sure. More starlets will publicly make train wrecks of their lives. Hopefully the writer's strike will come to an end quickly. And it should go without saying that I want war to end and our soldiers to come home.

== AS FOR ME PERSONALLY ==

I'm going to spend 2 or 3 months with my brother and his family near Washington DC! This will mean that plans must be made for east coast fan gatherings and events. Tickets to Randy's play(s) must be acquired. And someone will hopefully volunteer to give me the grand (but affordable) tour of New York City, as I have never been there.

I haven't decided exactly when to go yet, but I'm thinking the earliest I'd arrive would be at the end of March. It really depends a lot on what events will be happening and when. Do I want to see Randy in Antony & Cleopatra in April? Or hope that he'll get a good role in Stockbridge in July (or August)?

Any ideas or advice for me? I'm spending 2 months - possibly 3 - out there for the express purpose of doing some sightseeing, meeting some awesome people and going to some fantastic events. This isn't like that 2 week trip I made with my parents back in May '06 where we had almost every minute of the trip planned out. I will sometimes have a car available to use for short distance trips, but for something longer I'll probably take the train or maybe rent a car if necessary.

Me, Kiley and BaileyThe only bad part of all this is that I can't take my birds with me. I could take them, as far as my brother is concerned. He doesn't mind having them at the house with me. But how would I get them there? Has anyone ever heard of taking 2 little parakeets on a cross country plane ride? Right now, the plan is for my other brother and his family here in California to take care of them. My sister-in-law was rather excited with the idea - giving her kids a chance to see what it's like to take care of pets without a long term commitment. Good trial run for them. But I'm going to miss my birdie babies.

Checking in...

Sunday, May 14th, 2006 09:40 pm
jenepherre: (Snoopy_DiffAnswers (Dont Take))
Hi all... still alive. Not kicking, but alive. Still have my nasty cold and my allergies are horrible, but I still think it's gorgeous out here in Virginia. Went to Falling Water as planned on Friday, but skipped the other FLLW house we were planning to see that day. I was just so exhausted after Falling Water, and my dad and brother didn't care one way or the other. I took almost 200 pics at Falling Water, but probably only 2/3 or so of them are worth keeping. Incredible place. I highly recommend it, and especially recommend doing the in-depth tour as opposed to the regular tour. You see more, you get to take pictures, and they give you time to take pictures. I'll have to put mine up on one of my sites after I get home and get them sorted.

One classic view for now (I'll have to try and erase all the people on the one balcony/patio thing... of course there was no way to get a pic without them there):



Not much else to tell. We were planning to do a boat tour up the Potomac for my birthday on Thursday, but it looks like the weather will be better on Tuesday, so we'll probably do it then instead. Just from Alexandria to Georgetown and back. Should be fun.

Might skip touring the Capitol on Wednesday though. Just not that interested in it, and I'm getting kind of sick of sight seeing.

Coming home on Friday... will no doubt be jet-lagged. Had no trouble when we came out here, but I think going back is going to be a lot harder. Um, as far as jet lag anyway. Other than that, it'll be nice to be home. Love it here, love my brother and his family, but I also love my own bed and my own computer and my nice, quiet home.

Hope everyone else is doing well. I'm still not reading my friends page at all, so I would have no idea. Pathetic, I know. (That also means I won't see any birthday wishes that get posted in any of your LJs... not saying I expect anything, but if someone were to send me b-day wishes, I'd want to know so I could thank them. Does that make sense?)

Must get to bed soon. Plus my sis-in-law wants the computer. Heh. Later!

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