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26 June 2009 @ 12:43 pm
Had to post. Shaun and I were just talking about this!!

How many people does it take to break the Internet? On June 25, we found out it's just one -- if that one is Michael Jackson.
Raul Orozco's portrayal of Michael Jackson as the Twitter fail whale

Jackson's death caused Twitter outages, as portrayed by Raul Orozco in this take on Twitter's fail whale

The biggest showbiz story of the year saw the troubled star take a good slice of the Internet with him, as the ripples caused by the news of his death swept around the globe.

"Between approximately 2:40 p.m. PDT and 3:15 p.m. PDT today, some Google News users experienced difficulty accessing search results for queries related to Michael Jackson," a Google spokesman told CNET, which also reported that Google News users complained that the service was inaccessible for a time. At its peak, Google Trends rated the Jackson story as "volcanic."

As sites fell, users raced to other sites: TechCrunch reported that TMZ, which broke the story, had several outages; users then switched to Perez Hilton's blog, which also struggled to deal with the requests it received.

CNN reported a fivefold rise in traffic and visitors in just over an hour, receiving 20 million page views in the hour the story broke.

Twitter crashed as users saw multiple "fail whales" -- the illustrations the site uses as error messages -- user FoieGrasie posting, "Irony: The protesters in Iran using twitter as com are unable to get online because of all the posts of 'Michael Jackson RIP.' Well done." The site's status blog said that Twitter had had to temporarily disable its search results, saved searches and trend topics.

Yanked this from CNN.com.

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25 June 2009 @ 10:09 pm
Taken from CNN.com:

Michael Jackson, the show-stopping singer whose best-selling albums -- including "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" -- and electrifying stage presence made him one of the most popular artists of all time, died Thursday, CNN has confirmed.
Michael Jackson, shown in 2008, was one of the biggest pop stars in history.

Michael Jackson, shown in 2008, was one of the biggest pop stars in history.

He was 50.

He collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center.

Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said an autopsy would probably be done on the singer Friday, with results expected that afternoon. Video Watch crowds gather at Jackson's hospital »

"Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of color," the Rev. Al Sharpton said. "To say an 'icon' would only give these young people in Harlem a fraction of what he was. He was a historic figure that people will measure music and the industry by."

Jackson's blazing rise to stardom -- and later fall from grace -- is among the most startling of show business tales. The son of a steelworker, he rose to fame as the lead singer of the Jackson 5, a band he formed with his brothers in the late 1960s. By the late '70s, as a solo artist, he was topping the charts with cuts from "Off the Wall," including "Rock With You" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Video Watch Jackson perform at a 1988 concert »

In 1982, he released "Thriller," an album that eventually produced seven hit singles. An appearance the next year on a Motown Records 25th-anniversary special cemented his status as the biggest star in the country. Timeline: The life of Michael Jackson »

For the rest of the 1980s, they came no bigger. "Thriller's" follow-up, 1987's "Bad," sold almost as many copies. A new Jackson album -- a new Jackson appearance -- was a pop culture event. iReport: Share your memories of Michael Jackson

The pop music landscape was changing, however, opening up for rap, hip-hop and what came to be called "alternative" -- and Jackson was seen as out of step.

His next release, 1991's "Dangerous," debuted at No. 1 but "only" produced one top-ranking single -- "Black or White" -- and that song earned criticism for its inexplicably violent ending, in which Jackson was seen smashing car windows and clutching his crotch.

And then "Dangerous" was knocked out of its No. 1 spot on the album charts by Nirvana's "Nevermind," an occurrence noted for its symbolism by rock critics.

After that, more attention was paid to Jackson's private life than his music career, which faltered. A 1995 two-CD greatest hits, "HIStory," sold relatively poorly, given the huge expense of Jackson's recording contract: about 7 million copies, according to Recording Industry of America certifications.

A 2001 album of new material, "Invincible," did even worse.

In 2005, he went to trial on child-molestation charges. He was acquitted.

In July 2008, after three years away from the spotlight, Jackson announced a series of concerts at London's O2 Arena as his "curtain call." Some of the shows, initially scheduled to begin in July, were eventually postponed until 2010.

Rise to stardom

Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958, to Joe Jackson, a Gary, Indiana, steelworker, and his wife, Katherine. By the time he was 6, he had joined his brothers in a musical group organized by his father, and by the time he was 10, the group -- the Jackson 5 -- had been signed to Motown. Watch Michael Jackson's life in video

He made his first television appearance at age 11.

Jackson, a natural performer, soon became the group's front man. Music critic Langdon Winner, reviewing the group's first album, "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5," for Rolling Stone, praised Michael's versatile singing and added, "Who is this 'Diana Ross,' anyway?"

The group's first four singles -- "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" -- went to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart, the first time any group had pulled off that feat. There was even a Jackson 5 cartoon series on ABC.

In 1972, he hit No. 1 as a solo artist with the song "Ben."

The group's popularity waned as the '70s continued, and Michael eventually went solo full time. He played the Scarecrow in the 1978 movie version of "The Wiz," and released the album "Off the Wall" in 1979. Its success paved the way for "Thriller," which eventually became the best-selling album in history, with 50 million copies sold worldwide.

At that point, Michael Jackson became ubiquitous.

Seven of "Thriller's" nine cuts were released as singles; all made the Top Ten. The then-new cable channel MTV, criticized for its almost exclusively white playlist, finally started playing Jackson's videos. They aired incessantly, including a 14-minute minimovie of the title cut. ("Weird Al" Yankovic cemented his own stardom by lampooning Jackson's song "Beat It" with a letter-perfect parody video.)

On the Motown Records' 25th-anniversary special -- a May 1983 TV extravaganza with notable turns by the Temptations, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson -- it was Michael Jackson who stopped the show.

Already he was the most popular musician in America, riding high with "Thriller." But something about his electrifying performance of "Billie Jean," complete with the patented backward dance moves, boosted his stardom to a new level.

People copied his Jheri-curled hair and single-gloved, zippered-jacket look. Showbiz veterans such as Fred Astaire praised his chops. He posed for photos with Ronald and Nancy Reagan at the White House. Paul McCartney teamed with him on three duets, two of which -- "The Girl Is Mine" and "Say Say Say" -- became top five hits. Jackson became a Pepsi spokesman, and when his hair caught fire while making a commercial, it was worldwide news.

It all happened very fast -- within a couple years of the Motown special. But even at the time of the "Motown 25" moonwalk, fame was old hat to Michael Jackson. He hadn't even turned 25 himself, but he'd been a star for more than half his life. He was given the nickname the "King of Pop" -- a spin on Elvis Presley's status as "the King of Rock 'n' Roll" -- and few questioned the moniker.

Relentless attention

But, as the showbiz saying has it, when you're on top of the world, there's nowhere to go but down. The relentless attention given Jackson started focusing as much on his eccentricities -- some real, some rumored -- as his music.

As the Web site Allmusic.com notes, he was rumored to sleep in a hyperbaric chamber and to have purchased the bones of John Merrick, the "Elephant Man." (Neither was true.) He did have a pet chimpanzee, Bubbles; underwent a series of increasingly drastic plastic surgeries; established an estate, Neverland, filled with zoo animals and amusement park rides; and managed to purchase the Beatles catalog from under Paul McCartney's nose, which displeased the ex-Beatle immensely.

In 1990s and 2000s, Jackson found himself pasted across the media for his short-lived marriages, the first to Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie; his 2002 claim that then Sony Records head Tommy Mottola was racist; his behavior and statements during a 2003 interview with British journalist Martin Bashir done for a documentary called "Living With Michael Jackson;" his changing physical appearance; and, above all, the accusations that he sexually molested young boys at Neverland.

The first such accusation, in 1993, resulted in a settlement to the 13-year-old accuser (rumored to be as high as $20 million), though no criminal charges were filed, Allmusic.com notes.

He also fell deeply in debt and was forced to sell some of his assets. Neverland was one of many holdings that went on the block. However, an auction of material from Neverland, scheduled for April, was called off and all items returned to Jackson.

Interest in Jackson never faded, however, even if some of it was prurient. In 2008, when he announced 10 comeback shows in London, beginning in July 2009, the story made worldwide news. The number of concerts was later increased to 50.

Seventy-five thousand tickets sold in four hours when they went on sale in March.

However, when the shows were postponed until 2010, rumors swept the Internet that Jackson was not physically prepared and possibly suffering from skin cancer.

At the time, the president and CEO of AEG Live, Randy Phillips, said, "He's as healthy as can be -- no health problems whatsover."

advertisementJackson held open auditions for dancers in April in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II
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22 June 2009 @ 11:33 pm
I was very sad to watch the Jon and Kate plus 8 tonight. I don't usually watch the show, but of course I hear about everything in news and tabloids yadda yadda...

Still it was so sad to have it confirmed. Those little kids are adorable and I do think both Jon and Kate are great parents. Yeah Kate is bitchy sometimes, but who wouldnt be with 8 kids running around. I actually stopped watching that show b/c I saw how Kate would get with him and although I too was quick to chastize her the truth of it was that I often treat my husband that way and the show made me realize it. I didn't like that so I stopped watching. I'm a coward and I know it, but that's the truth. I would be lost if Shaun decided to leave me. As much as I bitch and moan about him, really he's the jelly to my jam! I don't know how Kate does it, but I feel bad for them both and of course the kids.


What I did get from watching TLC is that I like the show Cake Boss. hahaha.... such talent, so funny! Wish I could afford a cake from those people.

So I learned tonight that Mandy Moore was born in Nashua, NH (about an hours drive from me) and that Mr. Tupper who invented and produced his tupperware is from Berlin, NH. I used to live a short ride from Berlin! Neat-o!! Everyone knows Adam Sandler is from Manchester, but did any of you know.... one of the head writer's of Saturday Night Live is from NH, Sarah Silverman the comedian is from NH and the guy who created the comic strip "Archie" based on his schoolmates in high school (in Mancehster, NH) of course is from my homestate. We just kick out the funny ones around here. Too bad I am not witty enough to cash in on the dough. I think Linds could be though! love that bitch!

Not much else going on. Workin' alot. Seems like I worked all day today. I worked the overnight last night, got off at 7:00am. then I was back here for 3:00-7:00pm then gone for 4 hours and here I am working the overnight again. It sucks. Even the guests noticed I have been here all day. I was here when they got up for breakfast, back from their meetings and work and then when they were heading to bed. Sad... I know.
Off to do some work I suppose. G'night!
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21 June 2009 @ 05:25 am

I have a blog at blogger.com and although I have only updated it a few times I feel like I am cheating on my 6+ year relationship with my LJ. Shame on me. =(

By the way... http://tee717.blogspot.com/ 

Today is Father's Day. I am going to visit my Dad this morning I think. I will take Kaison so Shaun can sleep in since he has the day off. Granted he has only worked 3 days so far at his new job at Brazo where he was hired by his college Chef/instructor, Chef Hollihand(?) but still, he has been working hard. He likes to point out that he works in a kitchen with 6 other women. If he keeps in up he will be single and have cause to ask one of them out.

Ok, back to Father's Day... if you recall, or need to be filled in, on Mother's Day Shaun did not buy me a card, a gift, dinner, or even wish me Happy Mother's Day. Not once. I waited 24 hours midnight to midnight to hear him just say it and he FAILED!! It was an awful day for me. Shaun wished my own mother a happy mom's day, and his but he neglected the mother of his child and wife. I was very upset and cried to my own mom about it. I yelled at him a little, but more importantly I broke down in tears and I'm pretty sure he felt awful b/c the next day out bank account was dented and he had a new Nintendo DSi with games and accessory pack waiting for me as a gift. Not exactly what I wanted, but whateve. I knew at least that he had heard me.

Well, I can't decide if I should give him a does of his own medicine and not say anything until maybe tomorrow or just give him the gift and card I have stashed in the bottom of the entertainment center.  Of course I am thoughtful of the holiday, but it doesn't mean I am not still bitter towards him about last month.

Guess we will see how it plays out.

My work schedule sucks this week.... b/c Shaun so abruptly started his new job. (He started the same day he was hired) I had to make some adjustments to my schedule for child care reasons, but Selina had made plans with her friends and couldn't quite fit in the changes so Brianna was nice enough to cover 4 hours for me last night which I will be making up Monday afternoon. I get out Monday morning at 7:00am after working the over night, then I am back at 3:00pm in the afternoon for 4 hours and later will return Monday night at 11:00pm to work the over night. Sucks, I know, but actually I was thinking I will just crash in the hotel between 7-11pm and get a little nap in. If I go home there is no way I will be able to go to sleep, plus the commuting will take time. So I'm just going to hang out in a vacant room.

My mom was however merciful enough to stay home yesterday and offered to watch Kaison!!  I was so excited to sleep (Since I hadn't in over 28 hours) that I couldn't at first! I had to take some Tylenol PM! But then I was out for a good 9 hours! mmmmmm..... sleep!

Not much else has happened recently... Working the over nights and spending the days with Kaison. Sometimes getting in a little sleep. That's about it.

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16 June 2009 @ 11:34 am
11 June 2009 @ 11:10 pm
I learned today that when mama cries, Kaison cries. hehe....

I dropped an unopened soda can on my foot today and it hit just right and I yelped out in pain and cried for a minute. Shaun came to my aid as my dutiful, but unhelpful hubby and at the same time Kaison who was in his room playing (which has the kitchen, livingroom and part of the hall between us) cried when he heard me crying. His crying of course was what made me stop and worry about him rather then my foot, but when I stopped crying he stopped crying and waltzed out to come find us. It was really cute! Just had to post!

I got a few minutes of Kaison walking all around Toys R Us a few adys ago! I know I said I would post more pics and video, but I can't really firgure out how to do it. =/
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06 June 2009 @ 08:34 am
Pulled this from www.textsfromlastnight.com  (new fav. website by the way. I recommend.) this made me laugh really hard. Had to share...

(480): The producers of Marley and Me owe me about $5 million. That's the dollar amount of embarrassment compensation required for making a 24-year-old male cry publicly on an airplane while sitting in the middle seat between a gorgeous babe and a guy with a do-rag

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31 May 2009 @ 07:36 am

I feel obligated to post for some reason.

I went to the school to kiss my $$ goodbye, but discovered that one of my classes only had 2 people signed up for it so it was cancelled not to mention they do not help you with financial aid there (weird huh) and I would have to pay my classes in full up front. I def didn't have that kind of money to shell out right then. So that was a bust all around anyway.

Wednesday I am going in to Hesser college to see what they have going on. I don't know if I want to go that road, b/c their on line classes are through Kaplan which is super expensive. I will still hear them out though. Hopefully iw ont get sucked in by the excitement of taking a few classes. Their classes are 8 weeks, but I think they are long days to be so condensed. I don't know if I want to do that again. haha... funny I'm talking myself out of this.

In other news Kaison is supposed to see the GI specialist this week. I got a phone call on my v.m. about having to reschedule him b/c the dr.s schedule has changed though. My poor baby. I think we need to go back to the soy. I tried putting him back on regular milk and he is constipated again. I don't think he is lactose intolerant, but I do think too much dairy is not working out in his favor. I reeeaaalllllllyyyyyy don't want to put him back on the laxative meds. they didn't seem to help anyway. The change in his diet did though.  last night I thought we were going to end up in the E.R. with him. He was screaming and withering in agony from the pain and his little tummy was rock solid. Knock on your desk right now.... that's how his tummy felt. =( I was nearly in tears and Shaun was really frustrated I think out of feeling helpless too. While we were driving to the hospital Kaison fell asleep so we turned around and last time Shaun texted me he was still sleeping. My poor baby. It was awful If you just touched him he would arch his back and stretch his whole body. And his sniffling and sobs... so heart wrenching. I hope no mommies have to see that.

Work is going ok. Just realized that my pay checks have been wrong and I am missing pay. Probably going all the way back to when Jill first got here. Instead of taking 70 minutes and converting it to 1 hr and 10 minutes she scales it to 70/100 which equals just 42 minutes resulting in my missing 28 minutes of pay (usually OT) per paycheck.. And in overtime the little bit here and there adds up! So I'm trying to get to the bottom of that mess. Selina (who was the one to realize the mistakes) has tried to bring it up and hasn't gotten anywhere with it so I wrote jill an note and copied both the pay stub and time cards I could get my hands on and left it for her. I requested my past time cards to check against my stubs too. I doubt she will give them to me, but we'll see.

So yesterday I went to bed around 4:30pm (I have to be up at 10:30p the latest to get to work on time) but at 8:00pm Shaun comes in the room and turns on the Magic/Cavs game and trys to tell me to move over and then turns the fan to himself and proceeds to move around in the bed and be an insensitive ass!! I asked him why he needed to be in our room for the game while I was trying to sleep and he told me he was recording 2 movies on the DVR already so he couldn't watch reg. cable! WTF so that means of the 2 of us, I am the only one has a job and yet I need to sacrifice the little bit of sleep I get for you to watch a basketball game?!?!? Then when I was trying to argue with him in my tired aggravated sleep he had the balls to argue back!! calling me unreasonable and over reactive!! ugh!


Of course I ended up getting up a little while later b/c Kaison was screaming so I guess it mattered little, but still.. so inconsiderate ya know?! And he says I am in the wrong!!

moving on b/c this makes me angry...

Saved my brothers in-laws $920.00 on their hotel stay at the WDW Hilton. Got them my Hilton employee family rate. That was cool. Felt good about that one. Even though my Visa was charged in the reservation process. *figures* Hilton said to book the reservation and have them call back and switch to their card, which they did but not before the deposit was charged to mine. I'll be lucky if I see that $90.00 again.

I guess thats about it for my entry. I should go find some work to do.


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26 May 2009 @ 05:34 am

I don't have a valid reason why I do not post more often. I'm def. at the computer long enough! I'm at work for another hour and a half then off to the school to choke up the little bit of money I have. Summer classes start tonight! woo! If you don't know already I am working towards my nursing degree and although I do intend to move to Florida this summer I will be taking a few pre-reqs on 1 is on campus and then this fall/winter/spring I will take on line courses through the same college although I intend to reside in FL this winter! Unless I happen to get squished into the nursing program this fall at GBCC then I would postpone the move b/c it's a hefty wait to get into nursing programs right now and if I could get in i wouldn't want to pass it up!

This past Saturday my mom, Shaun, his friend Bobby, Kaison and I went to the purse place in Derry, NH!! I scored 2 cute purses and Shaun found a hockey jersey he has been looking for which was lucky cause it was some random item the guy happened to have and Shaun talked him into selling it. lol!

We had lunch at a benihana style Japanese place and tried to hit up the $1 Old Navy sale, but of course the store was a mad house and stripped of all ladies flip flops. damn it.

Other than Saturday life has been dull. I did some yard work with my mom this morning and some errands with Shaun.

Kaison is doing good. Actually he is doing great!! Since I changed his diet he is pooping pretty regular now and I'm thinking I may not have to take him to Dartmouth to see a specialist! =)

I have had a few interviews for day jobs that went well, but there are loads of people looking for jobs right now so I am not getting my hopes up to high. My overnight audit job has been keeping me plenty busy lately anyway.... working 12 & 14 hour shifts... ugh. Pretty sad when I think my 8 hour shift is a short one! At least I get more days off during the week.

That's about it for me. I'm off to visit with Annette!!


Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
20 May 2009 @ 12:32 am

Today was a pretty crazy day for me and Shaun! Phones going off all over the place! Appointments being made, boats being sold, job interviews, shopping.... sheesh!!

Here's the story. Shaun put his boat for sale on craigslist for $850 obo. It was a nice little set up, 12' boat, trailer, engine, accessories to go with it blah blah  . Shaun got it for free last year from a kid who couldn't keep it and was leaving the country so basically it was a guaranteed profit if sold. Well! The calls and e-mails started POURING in immediately!! He ended up selling it for $700 to the first guy who showed up but he also got a government job lead and interview out of the deal! The guy who bought it's wife is in charge of the Strafford County Complex culinary depts. so the guy gave Shaun her personal line and he called and has an interview in the a.m. It would be a sweet score since it's down the street and probably good pay! Which is good cause it gets me the eff out of here faster!!!

Well i have been putting in for part time jobs as well just to rake in the $$ faster and sure enough I have 2 interviews lined up now too!! One is for a Dr.s office at Pease. It's 8 weeks of full time work while the regular M.A. is on maternity and then PT until we leave! Sounds good to me!

I also had just put in over at a new Target store opening since they are probably more flexible about hours and sure enough they called too.

So the guy came over and got the boat and Shaun and I left for some lunch at Hibatchi (one of those places where they cook in front of you and blow huge flames on the range top and flip their spatulas around... it was good. I love the fried rice at those places!! mmmmmmmm!!!!!!

As we were poking around in Toy R Us for a new nose bulb sucker thing for Kaison my phone rang again and it was work. OT tonight baby!!! I NEVER get OT anymore so I was all over it! Of course that meant I had to cut my day out with the boys short to go home and catch some sleep, but it's all good. I won't be thinking of how tired I am tonight when I get my check next week you know?!

So for me all this excitement in one day is a bit much. Tomorrow will be equally as busy but at least tomorrow night I can sleep for the whole night in my own bed!!! yay!

Florida.... I can almost taste you know!! =P


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