My dream about Tek…not what you think!

November 21, 2012

Recently I have stressed over what to do about my hair.  I love that it is long, but it’s getting dry and the ends are splitting.  I am going to be getting a haircut very soon…most likely within the next few days.

So last night, after taking Nyquil, I fell asleep and the following dream happened…

I was walking down the street…a beautiful small town New England street where the houses are far apart and the autumn foliage was in full color.  There was a horse farm coming up and I walked over to watch the three beautiful horses in  the field. 

While  standing under an oak tree, leaning against the brown wooden fence, I watched a chestnut horse galloping freely while two white horses were at the far end of the field talking to each other.  (Well, I couldn’t hear it, but what else would they be doing?)

Any way…along comes this guy.  He walked over to me, leans against the fence next to me (our elbows were touching) and said, “I love watching them too, it’s so relaxing.”  I smiled without looking at him and said, “Yeah its wicked relaxing.”  Then I decided to look over at him with my best flirty look, because I liked his voice, and nearly fell over!  HOLY SH*T…JASON F’n VARITEK!!!

  Wait…Jason F’n Varitek just walked over to me while I was watching horses and said he found them relaxing too???  This is just too strange, I must be dreaming I thought.  I pinched my arm and it hurt, therefore it wasn’t a dream. 

Jason asked why I just pinched my arm and I told him because I thought it must have been a dream.  He laughed and said I wasn’t dreaming, he really was right there with me watching horses.  He explained that since he retired he has enjoyed life a lot more.  He has pursued things that he is passionate about and a lot of those things have nothing to do with baseball.   OH!  Alright, well that makes perfect sense, I thought.

We were chatting about horses, Autumn in New England and then my hair.  He said he loved my hair, but could see why I was stressing.  He took my hand and said, “Come with me, I know exactly what to do.”  So hand in hand, Jason (f’n) Varitek and I walked two blocks to a hair salon.  (I didn’t notice the name of the salon when I walked in.)

Jason and I walked past the few hairdressers and clients in the salon toward the back where the hair sinks are.  All the ladies lit up when he walked in and greeted him with smiles and kind words. 

Jason F’n Varitek walks into a hair salon and nobody thinks it’s strange.  But I had pinched myself, so I wasn’t dreaming…right???

Any way…Jason leads me right to one of the hair sinks and tells me to sit.  He then goes in a backroom and comes back with a salon cape for me to wear.  (Red with blue Red Sox “B” all over it.)  He tells e to lean back in the chair and puts the water on.  I hesitate, “Uuuumm…Jason…that’s sweet and all, but shouldn’t one of the hairdressers be doing this?”  He smiles a huge Cheshire Cat smile and says, “I am the hairdresser!  Remember when I told you I was pursuing things I was passionate about?  THIS is what I love doing the most!”  And with that he started washing my hair.  He told me he was using a magical shampoo and magical conditioner to keep my hair from breaking and becoming damaged.  He then brought me over to his salon chair, cut the ends of my hair and styled it beautifully.  Honestly, my hair has never looked THAT gorgeous before!

When he was done he gave me a hug and sent me on my way.  (I think I had a date that night and with the magic of Jason F’n Varitek, I now looked fabulous.)  As I was walking out his wife Catherine was walking in.  She gave me a hug and told me my hair looked amazing.  I told her it was her hubby’s doing.  “Isn’t he amazing with his hands.  I LOVE when he washes my hair!” she said.  “Yeah, that was pretty cool.  I had no idea this was his passion though.” I said.  “Well I would have thought when you walked into the salon it would  have given it away.” She laughed.  “Oh, I never even looked at the name of the salon.” I replied. 

COSME-TEK’S SALON

I woke up this morning laughing.  This was one of those dreams that felt so real.  Oh well, I guess if Tek ever decides to own a salon, COSME-TEK’S SALON would be a good name!  😉

Also…I need some magic done to my hair ASAP!!!

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15 years ago….I got married!

June 6, 2012

Fifteen years ago today I got married.

Nobody protested, nobody was outraged, nobody was outside the castle holding signs of disapproval  saying, “You’re Going To Hell” while I said, “I DO!”  Most importantly…there were no laws preventing me from getting married.  (Yes, I got married in a castle…hello, I’m a princess!  Moving on…)

 

I was a 20-year-old woman who had dated my 23-year-old man for a year and a half.  I was 18 when we started dating; he was my first real boyfriend.  (And my first for a lot of things…but that’s another story.)  We were a couple in love…eeerrr…in a committed relationship…uuummm…I was pregnant with his baby… by law that was all we needed to get married.  Well, being a heterosexual couple over the age of 18; THAT was all we needed.

 

We got engaged in April 1997, the day before Easter, and married 7 weeks later.  It was such a fast whirlwind of an engagement that I didn’t have time to get anxious or turn into any sort of Bridezilla, or truly THINK about what I was about to do. I was in love…or what I perceived as love at the time.  We’d broken up a couple of times over the year and a half courtship, but doesn’t everyone?  We were expecting a baby in November, which changed us both for the better, I have to say.  THAT we were honestly ready for, the “till death do us part” bit we were not as ready for.

 

Six years later we were happily divorced. 

We became part of the statistic. 

Yes, we were the 50%!

We were Occupying Divorce! 

 

At 20 and 23 years old respectively, what the hell did we know of the world?  What did we know of love or long-term relationships?  We were young and in love, but knew NOTHING about life!  How is it that two knucklehead kids could easily get married and nobody bats an eyelash, but two people in a committed relationship for 10, 20, 30+ years are still unable to legally wed each other simply because they are the same sex?

 

Marriage is defined as a commitment between a man and a woman! 

YEAH, THAT WORKED OUT WELL, EH?

 

Let’s redefine marriage with the following rules:

 

  • You must be in the relationship for 5+ years
    • “Breakup time” resets your clock back to zero.
  • You have to know your partner like the back of your hand
  • You must live with the person for at least 2 years.
    • As part of your 5+ years
  • You and your significant other need to be FRIENDS!
    • Sounds strange, but think about it…when you’re old and the sex has faded into the past…you’ll want a friend at your side.

 

Man and a Woman…Woman and a Woman…Man and a Man

 

LOVE + COMMITMENT + FRIENDSHIP = MARRIAGE

 

I am pleased to see the definition of marriage is changing throughout the country, albeit slowly, with my home state being the first to legalize Same-Sex Marriage.  If you don’t support Same-Sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same-sex!  Honestly people, it’s just that easy!

 

For 8 years now, Same-Sex marriage…and Same-Sex divorce…has been going on in Massachusetts and LO AND BEHOLD, the sky hasn’t fallen!  As a heterosexual woman, it has had zero effect on me.  It has had the same effect on me as every other marriage that has ever happened EVER…which is ZERO!  The only marriage that has ever had an effect on me was my own.  (Well, both my parents got remarried, which obviously had an effect on me…one positive, one profoundly negative.)

 

So, as I reflect on what took place 15 years ago today, I wonder why I was permitted to get married without question or hesitation, but people in committed relationships, for years…decades even, are still not permitted to get married in certain states.   I can’t wait for my grandchildren to look at me and say, “Grandma is it really true that same-sex couples couldn’t get married when you were alive?”  My answer will be something to the effect of, “Yes, sadly it is true.  But there was also a time when women couldn’t vote, people owned slaves and believe it or not, there was no electricity!  Times, people and laws have changed a lot over the generations.  All I want for you, my little love, is for you to find happiness, friendship and your own personal bliss in the life partner you choose.”

 

It should be noted that my ex-husband and I are actually pretty good friends now and have raised our amazing daughter together for the past 14+ years.  A lot has gone on between us, and marriage was not meant for us, but as parents…we rock!

Pie In The Sky

November 15, 2011

So we’ve all heard of Pie In The Sky, here in Boston….wait….you haven’t?  Oh!  Well, to be quite honest, neither had I until today.  I am on twitter (@IrishRedSox77 look me up) and saw a tweet from @BostonTweet about a flash mob-style sing-a-long to “American Pie” outside the Pru at noon.  Well my office building is adjacent to the Pru, so I figured why not go out and see this on my lunch break, right?

At noon I ventured out and saw 2 HUGE apple pies and a group of smiling people all wearing the same black t-shirt from Boston.com with a slice of pie on the front.  One of the ladies in the pie shirt asked a coworker and I if we wanted to sing at 12:30 with them.  Sure, why not, right?  (my coworker declined and headed back to work)

So in the half hour I had to wait before singing with this lovely group of people, I first learned the song: which was Don McLean’s, “American Pie” with alternative words, then got talking and trying to figure out what I had just gotten myself into.   Turns out I have “gotten myself into” a wonderful organization with people who are passionate and caring!

PIE IN THE SKY BOSTON:  (taken from their website: PieInTheSky.org)

About Pie in the Sky

More than a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings — Eastern Massachusetts’ free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically ill.
Each November since 1993, Boston’s best restaurants, bakeries, caterers and hotels donate thousands of pies that over 500 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. Each pie costs $25, providing a week’s worth of hearty home-delivered meals to a Community Servings’ client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer.
Corporate donors provide financial support and donations of in-kind services. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our pie sellers and volunteers, $.92 of every $1.00 raised in 2009 went directly to feeding Community Servings’ clients.
Rest assured, when you support Community Servings through Pie in the Sky, your contribution goes directly to our neighbors in greatest need — homebound individuals and families struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

History of Pie in the Sky

In 1993, members of the restaurant community — who lost many friends and colleagues to AIDS — conceptualized and launched Pie in the Sky. Knowing how food can improve someone’s emotional and physical well-being, Pie in the Sky was an ideal way for Boston’s chefs, caterers, and restaurateurs to support Community Servings’ clients. As our mission has expanded to serve people struggling with any life-threatening illness, our friends in the restaurant community have stood by us. Through their generosity, Pie in the Sky is now the World’s Greatest Bake Sale — raising 15% of Community Servings’ private fundraising revenue! We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support and encourage you to frequent their establishments.
If you’re looking for a wonderful cause and some delicious pie, check out PieInTheSky.org and buy a pie, or send one as a gift this holiday season!
To the Pie In The Sky volunteers, keep up the great work!  Thank you for letting me sing with you today!  xoxo

My ‘Dear John’ letter to the 2011 Red Sox

September 29, 2011

Dear 2011 Red Sox,

 

The spring was cold and raw. The way we started was rocky, but I believed in you when you didn’t seem to believe in yourself.  I stood by you and encouraged you in that cold, raw spring until slowly you came around and seemed to believe in yourself…dare I say, in us. We were going to make it through this cold, raw spring, and have a bright future together.

 

The cold, raw spring turned into a beautiful warm summer.  Our rocky start was a thing of the past. We flirted, we laughed, and you gave me tokens of your affection and did everything in your power to prove to me how much I meant to you.  I believed in you, and you believe in yourself, and together we both believed in us! We spent the beautiful warm summer in a state of absolute bliss, without a care in the world.

 

The beautiful warm summer gave way to the crisp chill of autumn.  Our blissful summer seemed to end abruptly.  I believed in you with all my heart and soul, but you….YOU stopped believing in yourself….in us.  We are here with the crisp chill of autumn around us, pondering what went wrong, why the bright future of the spring and summer ended in a single autumn night.

 

This relationship that started on rocky ground is over.  I gave you my love, my life and all I believed in, but you, all you gave me heartbreak when all was said and done.   I believed in you, but it wasn’t enough.  You didn’t believe in yourself…in us.

 

Dispiritedly Yours,

 

~Jenney (and all the true members of Red Sox Nation)

 

PS: I need the cold New England winter to forget about what you’ve done to me, but when the snow starts to thaw, call me.  I think by then my heart could be healed enough to possibly see you again.  xoxo

 

New Songs on 7/18/2011

July 19, 2011

There were too many to post to twitter, so here are the songs I got 7/18/2011.  I will post a complete list of all the songs I have later.

Artist Song
P!nk  F**king Perfect
Lady GaGa Born This Way
Lady GaGa Paparazzi
Lady GaGa Alejandro
NKOTB Tonight
NKOTB cover Girl
NKOTB Mega Mix
Reba McIntyre Survivor
Reba McIntyre Fancy
Bon Jovi Who Says You Can’t Go Home?
Bon Jovi Never Say Goodbye
Bon Jovi It’s My Life
Bon Jovi Bed Of Roses
Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory
Bow Wow Wow I want Candy
Kim Carnes Betty Davis Eyes
Juice Newton Queen of Hearts
Miley Cyrus Party in the USA
Annie Lennox Walking on Broken Glass
Annie Lennox No More ‘”I love you’s”
Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Dixie Chicks Travelin’ Soldier
Dixie Chicks Cowboy Take Me Away
Wreckers Leave the Pieces
Wreckers My, Oh My
Janis Joplin Piece of My Heart
Janis Joplin Mercedes Benz
Janis Joplin Me and Bobby McGee
Simon and Garfunkel Cecilia
Paul Simon Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
Brad Paisley {Feat Alison Krauss} Whiskey Lullaby
Big & Rich Holy Water
Big & Rich 8th of November
Josh Grobin and Celine Dion The Prayer
Andrea Bocelli Con Te Partiro
IZ Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World
Alanis Morissette Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette Not the Doctor
Martina McBride This Ones For The Girls
Martina McBride In My Daughter’s Eyes
Tha Clancy Brothers Whiskey You’re the Devil
Tha Clancy Brothers Courting In The Kitchen
The High Kings Will Ye Go Lassie, Go
The High Kings Black Velvet Band
The High Kings Rocky Road To Dublin
The High Kings Wild Rover
The High Kings The Little Beggerman
Stevie Nicks Landslide
Meredith Brooks BITCH
Lisa Loeb Stay
Lisa Loeb I Do
Nickleback Shakin’ Hands
Guns ‘N Roses Live and Let Die

Boston knows how to throw a party! THANK YOU BRUINS!

June 20, 2011

Wednesday June 15, 2011 was the day {or should I say night} my Boston sports victories became a complete set.  Up to Wednesday night I had seen all of my beloved teams win their respective championships, but Lord Stanley’s  elusive Cup was the only victory I had never seen.  Until June 15th!  I have now been witness to TEN BOSTON VICTORIES in my life, and I’m only 34….I plan on viewing MANY more!!!!

*For those of you scratching your heads, here are the Championships I’ve seen.   {also note I come from a family of crazy/dedicate sports fans}

Boston CELTICS: 1981, 1984, 1986 and 2008

New England PATRIOTS: 2002, 2004 and 2005

Boston RED SOX: 2004 and 2007

Boston BRUINS: 2011

THE ROLLING RALLY TRADITION IN BOSTON:

It all started with the 2002 New England Patriots  winning the Super Bowl  for the first time EVER!  Patriots fans went generations without ever seeing the Pats win the Super Bowl!  {my 4 grandparents lived and died and only ever saw the Celtics and Bruins win their respective championships.}

*The thing about Boston/New England sports fans….we’re diehard, loyal and slightly crazed about our teams in good times and bad!!! 

To honor the Patriots and to let the fans say, “Thank You,” to the team,  Boston organized a parade which started at the Hynes convention center and rolled through the streets of Boston on a mile and a half course.  The players, coaches, owners and their families boarded Boston’s famous Duck Boats for the parade.  The “Rolling Rally” as Mayor Menino dubbed it, was a huge hit with the fans.  So much so, that when the   Patriots won again in 2004, there was another “Rolling Rally” in their honor.

2004 was also the Red Sox first “Rolling Rally” as they snapped their 86 year losing streak, and brought the World Series trophy home to Boston for the first time since 1918!  This time the Rally started at Fenway Park, rolled through the streets of Boston and through the Charles Rivah!  {where they keep the infamous “Dirty Water.”}

2005 Patriots get another Rolling Rally.  {trust me, it never gets old!}

2007 Red Sox Rolling Rally number 2.

I believe it was because they were feeling the need to be like the “cool kids,” the Celtics won their first championship trophy since 1986 in 2008, and got a “Rolling Rally” of their own.  The Celts parade started at the TD Garden, {“Tha Gahden” if you’re from the area} and proceeded through the streets of Boston into Copley Square along a 2 mile route.

So 3 out of 4 Boston/New England teams had won their championship, the eyes of all turned to the Bruins.  Over the past 5 years, they had gotten progressively closer to “The Cup,” but lost in heartbreaking series year after year.

In the 2010/2011 season, “B-lieve in Boston!” became the mantra of the Bruins fans.  “We want the Cup!” chants could be heard throughout the 2011 playoffs from the Boston faithful.  At one point the  “Why Not Us?” question, made famous by the 2004 Red Sox, was being thrown about.

*It should be noted that when a Boston/New England team does well the fans throw the words, “we” and “us”  about to describe the teams accomplishments, but when the team is doing poorly the words, “them” and “they” are used.  So the “WE Want The Cup” would have been “THEY lost the Cup” had things not ended as they did.  “Why not US” would have been “THEY lost again.

WE DID IT! WE WON THE CUP!

The Bruins are finally getting their “Rolling Rally!”  I geared up for the Bruins parade and then the Red Sox game that night.  😉

I met up with 2 friends to watch the Rally roll through the streets of Boston.  This was my first rolling rally.  {I’d watched the others on TV} We all met at Tha Gahden and listened to the players and coaches get the fans riled up.  The Duck Boats filled with players, staff, owners and families headed onto Causeway Street and thus began the “Bruins rolling Rally” through Boston.  Lord Stanley’s Cup was in the first boat along with Zdeno Chara and company!  My friends and I then got on the T and headed to Copley Square where the end of the rally would be.

The photos below will show you how amazingly AWESOME it was!  I was also at the Red Sox game the next day when the Bruins “Rolling Rally part deux” took place at Fenway Park!

OK, I’ve yammered on enough…enjoy the photos!  🙂  {Thank you to my friend, Paul for some of the pix}

NKOTBSB at Fenway! Part 2…singin’ in the rain!

June 13, 2011

So after eating dinner at b.good on Mass Ave, the crew and I headed back to Fenway Park!  Gates had been open for about half an hour by the time we got back, but the concert wasn’t slated to start for another hour or so.  We all hung out at the top of Section 18  {the section right behind home plate} See how cute we all are….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather forecast  for the Boston area on June 11, 2011 was for “scattered showers.”   Well, as we had all been wandering the streets of Boston all afternoon, the umbrellas went up and came down, back up then back down, but nothing to write home about, just a little periodic rain.  If this is what was in store for us, we’d be just fine.

My date for the show was the lovely Krystle!  {she was a last min addition because my original date bailed on me.}Thanks for being a GREAT replacement, K!!!!  🙂

There was a tweet sent out for all audience members to be seated by 7:00pm.  I didn’t personally see this tweet, but there was a buzz about it going throughout Fenway.  So just after 6:30pm, the crew broke off and went our separate ways to our seats.  Krystle and I got to our seats only to discover we had an obstructed view of the stage.  Booooooo!  BUT….if you recall from Part 1…..have tiara, will travel!  PRINCESS PRIVILEGES to the rescue!  {ok, some really nice lady hired by the event coördinator to help people with our predicament.} Krystle and I got “upgraded seats” to right behind home plate! {Dear Theo, can these tix work for Sox games too? No? Just wondering.}

SPEAKING OF THEO….

While standing behind Section 18, the girls and I saw Theo Epstein walking by with his wife to their seats.  {one can only presume a luxury box.}  So I said, “Yaaaaaaay Theo!” and he smiled and waved at us. Then I said, “Yaaay Mrs. Theo!” to which she giggled and waved to us.

OK, back to the story….

Joey McIntyre introduced a children’s choir who sang a few songs.  He got emotional when he introduced them because when he was a child, he and his sister Carol were part of this group.  Jordan Sparks was the official opening act and did a lovely job.  Then there was about 20 mins while we all waited for NKOTBSB to take the stage. Mayor Menino came on stage and talked about how much NKOTB have done for Boston over the decades and thanked them and BSB for their dedication to music in the schools.  The mayor’s mic kept cutting out, so we didn’t get all of what he was saying, but the gist of it was YAY NEW KIDS!  Then the crowd went NUTS as Donnie Wahlberg’s younger brother MAHKEY MAHK took the stage to say a few words!  Gist of his speech; My brother is my hero and without him I would probably still be in jail.

Over the PA system the “Starting Line Up” was then announced and from the Red Sox dugout all 9 members of NKOTBSB came running out and lined up on the first base line decked out in Red Sox jerseys! About 15-20 feet from where Krystle and I were standing!  🙂  Here they are in the Sox jerseys on stage…

 

The photo below is where we were for the concert.  You can see Mark Wahlberg on the screen to the right of the NKOTBSB banner.  {you can also see the poor security guard who has seen me at Red Sox games, but didn’t know what the hell to make of me at the concert.}

The show was now underway!  Both bands performed together then NKOTB left and  Backstreet Boys delighted the crowd.  Up till this point, there was no rain at Fenway.  THEN one of the nit-wit Backstreet Boys…I don’t know which one….noted the lack of rain and said how “lucky” we all were.  BSB left the stage and New Kids took the stage…so did the rain!  Now this was not a little bit of rain that came down for the next 2 hours, this was the ‘where-is-Noah-and-his-boat’ type of rain!  SOAKED to the core within 15 minutes!

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

I’m pretty sure that after realizing NOBODY was taking cover, the New Kids and Backstreet Boys just accepted the rain like the rest of us and made the best of the situation.  Throughout the remainder of the concert, particularly at the end, various members of each band took a running start and launched himself down the newly formed slip and slide.  As you can see from the photo below, taken by my friend Shelley before the concert, the stage was shaped perfectly for a slip and slide!

Joey McIntyre at one point said in his adorable mock-Boston accent, “Oh my gawd! I caught pneumonia at the New Kids concert at Fenway Pahk…and I don’t give a sh*t!” He then went on to say in the same mock-accent, “And I don’t care!  I missed a week of work, and I don’t care!  Are we gonna let the rain stop us? HELL NO!”  and the show went on!  Joey even decided to dance on home plate {right in front of us} and I yelled, “I LOVE YOU JOEY MAC!” at the top of my lungs!  Turns out there was a reason I was a good cheerleader back in the day…I’m loud!  He turned to me in the middle of singing, “Tonight” and pointed at me!  EEEEEEEKKK!!!!  {the girls around me patted me on the shoulder and cheered for me}  *takes a bow*

The concert was amazingly fun!  Brought us all back to our preteen/teen days when life was much simpler!  Yes, daughter of mine, life IS simple right now!  Trust yo mama!  😉

Here are 2 photos of Joey singing, “Please Don’t Go Girl” which nearly had me in tears!  Thank you to Krystle for these photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both bands performed fan favorites and were very interactive with the crowd.  There were quite a few costume changes as well as quite a few lack of costume moments.   For the last number the boys of NKOTB took to the top of the Monstah in Celtics jerseys.  {The boys of BSB came out in Miami Heat jerseys…really???}  Here are all the NKOTBSB atop the Monstah in the pouring rain.

Overall this was such a blast from the past, fun-filled night!!!  Thank you NKOTBSB for putting on an amazing show!!! I ❤ NKOTB 4-EVAH!!!!  😉

NKOTBSB at Fenway Park! Part 1…pre-concert.

June 13, 2011

I was a HUGE New Kids On The Block fan back in my preteen and early teenage days!  Convinced I was going to be the future Mrs. McIntyre, I used to practice signing my name JENNIFER KATHERINE MARGARET McINTYRE!  {back off, I was 12!} 😛

Fast forward to 2011 and New Kids On The Block announced they were going to be performing at my beloved Fenway Park with the Backstreet Boys.  As noted in my previous blog post, I met Jordan and Danny the week before the Fenway concert, so now I had my sites set to meet Donnie, Jon and my old heart-throb Joey!

THE PLAN: Get to Fenway early, find the tour buses and possibly meet one or more of the Kids and/or Boys.  {apparently the BSB had been tweeting their locations at previous shows and telling fans where to meet them, so this was ‘stalking with an invite’ as it were.}

I was the first of the group to arrive at the Park, at about 1:00pm, and being the diehard Red Sox fan that I am, my natural instinct is to go to the Red Sox Nation entrance at Gate C.  I walked up to the security guy and jokingly asked if Red Sox Nation members could get in early this way.  He smiled and said no.  I asked if I could go in real quick to get a look at the field and stage, and again  no…with a smile.  Not one to be deterred…and having a lot of time on my hands….I stayed at the entrance chatting with 2 of the security guys.  One guy, Ed, was telling me about the concert at The Gahden the week before and said even though he wasn’t an NKOTBSB fan, he had enjoyed the show.  I stayed there for about half an hour chatting with the security guys and waiting for my  five friends to show up.

Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood walked from the field of Fenway to the stairs that lead to the Green Monstah right by the entrance I was standing at.  “Donnie, can I get a quick picture with you?” I asked.  “Let me go up here and do this, but stay right there and when I come back, I’ll get you.” Donnie replied.  “Ok, thank you! Hi Danny!”  I said with a HUGE smile as Danny and Donnie were walking up the stairs.  I also told Donnie that I had tweeted him earlier in the day.  He asked if he had replied to me, I said no, and he gave an adorable sad face and said sorry before walking out of sight.  Now as all this was going on, the security team was placing barriers up to keep the crowd at bay. { My sassy lil self could stay where I was because I had established the fact I wasn’t a crazy fan. We’ll call this my “Princess Privileges.”}  I turned to Ed and said, “He’s not coming back is he?”  Ed laughed and said, “Probably not.” but let me stay where I was.

Well about 10 minutes later we heard screaming and shouts of ‘I LOVE YOU DONNIE’ mixed with ‘I LOVE YOU DANNY!’  Guess who was coming back down the stairs?  OK, so they HAD to walk back this way. There was literally no other way to get back to where they needed to be.  What were the odds Donnie was going to remember telling me to stay right there?  As it turns out…VERY GOOD!!!!

He came over to me and gave me a HUGE hug and kissed my cheek!  {I accidentally kissed his neck….for the record, he has REALLY soft skin!} Then we took this photo…

“Thank you SO MUCH! I am so excited to see the concert tonight! Good Luck!” I said to him and then he was off.  While this was all going on, Danny was standing about 15 feet away chatting with one of the road crew guys.  I tried to get his attention, but  my “Princess Privileges” had apparently expired and I had to go on the other side of the crowd barrier.  Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!

About 10 minutes later my girls started showing up.  Once we were all assembled, we all walked around the Park and found the tour buses.  One of the BSB, Brian Littrell, tweeted that his wife, Leighanne,  would be in the parking lot behind Boston Beer Works, promoting her handbag and clothing  line in her custom trailer, and he might be there to meet fans. So the six of us headed down there to potentially meet Brian.  Now as an NKOTB fan, I could appreciate the “OMG What if he IS there?” comments my BSB fan friends were making.  I laughed because if we were heading down to potentially meet up with Joey, I’d be beside myself.    Turns out the Brian wasn’t there, but Leighanne was a doll and their 8-year-old son was quite the little showman as he promoted his momma’s handbag and clothing line.  You can go to wyleebags.com for more details about the line.  Keep up the great work, Leighanne!  🙂

We walked back to Yawkey Way and stopped in the t-shirt shop which was now only selling NKOTBSB merchandise.  Five out of six of us got t-shirts of the band we grew up with.  Here are 3 NKOTB with 2 BSB fan girls!  AKA, some of the BEST ladies I know!  {not just because of their NKOTBSB fandom!  😉 }

After the shirts were purchased, we headed over to Tequila Rain because we heard there were I ❤ NKOTB signs there and other free goodies.  I went in and scored 6 “I ❤ NKOTB/BSB” wristbands and a few “I ❤ NKOTB” signs from KISS 108.  {they didn’t have any “I ❤ BSB” signs for some reason.  :-/}  Here I am at b.good, where we went for an early dinner, with my “I ❤ NKOTB” sign and new NKOTB t-shirt.  I’ve entitled this photo “FAN GIRL.”

 

NKOTBSB at Fenway

June 6, 2011

Good things come to those who wait!  We’ve all heard it throughout the course of our lives, but personally I think 23 years is a bit long to wait for the good thing(s)!

It all started in 1988 when I went on a field trip with my dad to Canobie Lake Park.  He was a Boston Public School teacher and took me on various field trips throughout the course of my childhood.  There were three other teacher’s daughters on the trip as well, so we all hung out that day.  I was 11, two of the girls were 12 and one was 14 or 15.  In the photo below, I am the one on the right too shy to smile {or look at} the camera.  {Yes, I used to be shy…I’ve overcome this malady}

That summer, the two 12 year olds and I spent a lot of time together down the Cape.  They got me into makeup, big hair and NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!  They were older than me and “city girls” {Boston and a suburb of Boston…I was a country bumpkin being from Holliston} so therefore…they knew everything and it was cool no matter what!

My New Kids On The Block obsession was like most girls in the late 80’s early 90’s.  I was going to grow up to be Mrs. Joey McIntyre while other friends were going to marry other members of NKOTB!  I knew EVERY word to EVERY song they EVER sang!  My father took me to 6 NKOTB concerts where I screamed like every other NKOTB crazed teen girl.

**SIDE NOTE: I took my daughter to a Jonas Brothers concert last summer….BLESS MY POOR FATHER!!!  I now understand why he said “no” to going to EVERY concert.

When I was in my early teens, my bedroom walls had New Kids On The Block posters floor to ceiling!  {Joey McIntyre had one wall all to himself} Every Saturday morning I watched the New Kids On The Block cartoon which had the voices of the “Kids.”  My stepfather bought me a 6 pack of 6″ diameter buttons of  the “Kids” as well as their logo.  My parents, aunts, uncles and friends got me every NKOTB shirt, bedding set, curtains, book, poster, etc!  Of course I owned EVERY VHS video and watched the “Hanging Tough” one so much it broke! My mother had to get a new “Hanging Tough” tape because I had taken up the  “OH MY GOD MY WORLD IS OVER” attitude  for the day and a half I was without the sacred tape!

My New Kids On The Block mania lasted till I was about 15.  I grew out of my obsession right about the same time they stopped touring.  It was a mutual break up of sorts, we all just grew apart, but had some great times together.  Over the years when I  hear a New Kids song, I  smile.  Nostalgia is a wonderful feeling.  My daughter knows some of the songs too and we’ll  sing along when we hear them.

Now fast forward to 2011…New Kids On The Block will be performing at FENWAY PARK with the Backstreet Boys!!!!!  TWO of my childhood passions  together for one day only!  My inner 12-year-old came out as soon as I saw the announcement!  I MUST GET TICKETS TO THIS!!!  I posted my desire to go to the concert on facebook and my former sister-in-law said she wanted to go too because she loves Fenway and the Backstreet Boys! So, I got tickets and we are now going together!

**SIDE NOTE: I do know who the Back Street Boys are because I was a DJ when they were big, but I am too old to have been crazed over them.  S-I-L is 9 years younger than me, so she is crazed about BSB just as I am about NKOTB!

SATURDAY JUNE 4th, 2011:

My friend, Danielle, turned 30 and a bunch of us celebrated her Bday at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.  We have a routine when we go to Fenway because we all go so often.  Get there early, hang outside Fenway till they let us in chatting with Michael, the sausage guy, then go up to the top of the Monstah to watch Batting Practice, after that go to the bullpen to watch the pitcher du jour and catcher warming up, finally we go to our respective seats.  Some days….like Saturday…there is a player fan photo session for half an hour where you get your pic with a Red Sox player.  {we sprinkle that in accordingly}

Here are some of the Diamond Dolls at Fenway on Sat.  {A few don’t like to be in photos}

We walked into the bleachers rather than going to the top of the Monstah because we knew BP wasn’t going to take place, but we wanted to watch the pitchers working out.  {all the pitchers not just the pitcher du jour}  When we got to the bleachers we saw a camera crew filming 9 guys in the field.  I don’t know who it was, but someone said, “Oh my gawd! That’s New Kids and Backstreet Boys!”  WHAT????  Wait….WHAT???

The Fenway Park NKOTBSB concert was a week away and they were shooting promo shots and video.  {If I am correct, this will all be shown at the concert next week.}  So, here we are up in the bleachers and NKOTB are right below me.  My inner 12-year-old came back!  “EEEEEEEKKK!!!  LOOK JOEY MAC!!!!  HOLY COW!!!!”  {or words to that effect}

After the photo/video shoot wrapped up on the field of Fenway, they all went to the dugout  for more video and photos.  {Like I said, I’m sure it’s all going to be shown on Sat at the concert.} So, we all went down to the bullpen to hang out for a bit before heading over to get a fan photo with Red Sox player, Drew Sutton. When I saw it was tome to go over for the fan photo, none of the girls wanted to come with me.  😦  Well fine! I’ll go by my damn self!  So me and my damn self started to head over to Gate D.

**SIDE NOTE: There are time frames, etc, for when you can/can’t walk through Fenway, so this part of the field trip was not supposed to happen.   My theory in life is “KEEP WALKING UNTIL THEY TELL YOU TO STOP!”  So I did and they didn’t.   ANY WAY….

As I was walking to Gate D {behind 3 security members} I noticed cameras and video cameras.  Something was going on in the halls of Fenway as I approached.  HOLY COW!!!  I was walking in on part of the NKOTBSB photo/video shoot.  So I hung back at the entrance to the area {to the left of the home plate concourse before Gate D where all the Red Sox logos throughout the years are}and took out my phone to snap this pic….

I mean really….WHEN was I going to get THIS close to a member of NKOTB in my life? This was SO cool to watch!  I know the pic is kinda fuzzy, but my heart was racing and my hands trembled.

A group of guys {on a Fenway tour of sorts} walked through quietly so I joined in on the tail end.  As I got half way across the photo/video shoot this big {and I mean HUGELY BIG, GIANT} man told me to stay put because they were going to take a video and didn’t want me to trip on the cords.  {ok, so he was huge and very sweet!}  🙂

Where did he have me stop? Right in front of JOEY FREAKIN’ McINTYRE!!!!! *swoons*  I am now standing 10 feet from my childhood crush.  To the right….Jordan Knight! Jordan smiled at me and said hi. I quietly said hi back. I looked at Joey and he winked at me.  Yup! That was almost the last thing that ever happened to me.  “How did she die?” “Joey Freakin’ McIntyre winked at her and she dropped dead on the spot!” “Sad, but at least she died happy.”

I made an attempt to take a photo of Joey while I was standing there, but as you can see, my hands were shaking too much.  The next photo I attempted to take was of Jordan.  It came out better, but my hands were still shaking.  WTF I’m 34 not 12!!!!  OY!

I remembered I had my actual camera with me {in a brief moment of clarity} and tried to take a less fuzzy photo.  Again, with my hands shaking like I was suddenly struck with some debilitating disease, the photo is a little fuzzy.  But here is Joey, Jordan, Jonathan and one of the Back Street Boys.

So, after my inner 12-year-old got to be mere feet from her childhood heart-throb, I continued walking to my final destination….through Gate D and onto Yawkey Way to see Red Sox player Drew Sutton.  Here is the proof photo of Sutton and I.

After the photo with Sutton, I was eager to get back to my friends and tell them about my adventures with NKOTB!!!  I walked back into Gate D and was intending to walk down the ramp which leads to the concourse, but my new BFF, Mr Giant Security, told me I couldn’t walk down the ramp.  He said they were going to be doing more “shooting” for the video.  I asked if I could stand along the side and watch, he said yes.  {seriously, as big as he was….JUST AS SWEET!}

So I watched as the New Kids On The Block along with the Backstreet Boys walked up and down the ramp at Gate D.  When they were walking back the first time Donnie Wahlberg was right next to me so I said quietly, “Yaaaaaaay Donnie!” He looked up and said, “Hey what’s up?” with a smile! I said, “I’m looking forward to going to the concert next week. I’ve been a fan for over 25 years.” He said, “That’s so cool. Thank you!”  Then they walked down again and this time back Joey looked at me and I said, “Can’t wait to see you in concert next week.” He said, “That’s awesome! Thanks!” *swoons*

Here are all the guys getting ready to walk down the ramp…

After they walked up and down the ramp at Gate D of Fenway, they were all in a group on Yawkey Way waiting for further instructions from the film crew.  I walked over like I was meant to be there {Remember my theory.KEEP WALKING UNTIL THEY TELL YOU TO STOP!} A different member of security was there and told me I couldn’t get any closer to the New Kids or Back Street Boys, so I hung out with him for a bit and chatted.  We were talking about the concerts and the Red Sox when Jordan Knight came over to us.  I told him I was a fan and couldn’t wait for the concert next week.  He said it was awesome that I was still a fan after 25 years and agreed to take a photo with me.  Now keep in mind he was all happy smiles right before I took the photo…

After I looked at it on my phone I looked at him and said, “Really?”  He laughed and simply said, “Yup!” and walked away.  Danny Wood came over next and again I gave him the fan-girl speech and he agreed to a photo as well.

I had told him I loved NKOTB and would love them forever before I took the photo.  after the photo I asked him to get me Joey Mac and told him I would love him forever if he did.  He smiled and  said, “You already said you loved me/us forever though.” I said with a grin, “OK, I will love YOU forever and a day if you get Joey over here for a photo!” So he walked over to Joey and as he got to him, the video people told the crew to move onto the next location.  “Step to the side please.” security said and the New Kids and Backstreet Boys with their entourage walked past me.  Joey and Danny looking at me as they walked.    Next thing I knew, someone had their hand around my elbow and was saying, “Well, get walking.”  It was my security friend pushing me into the entourage.  As we all walked down the concourse I was walking next to this kid who I recognized as a BSB but wasn’t sure of his name.  I put my arm around him and said, “I am so excited for your concert here next week!  I hope you guys have a great time and good luck with everything!”  A different security guy came over and said, “Miss don’t touch the Backstreet Boys.”  He said, “Nah dude, it’s ok.” Then I said, “Oh Honey, I won’t hurt him, relax.”

**SIDE NOTE: I am pretty sure there is a personal security guy for each member of the bands as well as general security for them.  Their entourage was flippin’ huge!

As we all walked and chatted, I noticed Joey looking back at me while talking to Danny and they were both smiling.  Here I am thinking I might actually get a photo with him, but alas no such luck, as they all went into a cordoned off area.  This is where my NKOTBSB journey came to its end.

When I finally made my way back to my girls I was shaking and nearly speechless! I told them this story and found out from Aislinn that it was Brian of BSB whom I was chatting with.  {He’s a lovely guy, and now I know his name}

Good things come to those who wait!  We’ve all heard it throughout the course of our lives, but personally I think 23 years is a bit long to wait for the good thing(s)!  Here is 11-year-old me and 34-year-old me…

….a lot has changed, but deep down, I will always LOVE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!!!!!

Jenney’s First mp3 Playlist

May 13, 2011
SONG ARTIST
Womanizer Britney Spears
Wind It Up Gwen Stephani
We Run Sugarland
Walk It Out Unk
Waka Waka {This Time For Africa} Shakira
UP! Shania Twain
Toxic Britney Spears
Tik Tok Ke$ha
The Thunder Rolls [Long Version] Garth Brooks
Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind Kelli Pickler
That Song In My Head Julianne Hough
Tessie Dropkick Murphys
Take Me As I Am Sugarland
Stupid Girls P!nk
Stronger Kanye West
Spanish Lady Celtic Woman
The Sky and The Dawn and The Sun Celtic Woman
Shortie Like Mine Bow-wow Fet. Chris Brown
She’s A Hottie Toby Keith
She wolf Shakira
Right Round Flo Rida
Raise Your Glass P!nk
Poker Face Lady Gaga
Orinoco Flow Celtic Woman
My Way Frank Sinatra
Mr. Boombastic Shaggy
Money Maker Ludacris
Mockingbird Toby Keith
Mo Ghile Mear Celtic Woman
Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Shania Twain
Love Game Lady Gaga
Love Drunk Boys Like Girls
Lose Yourself Eminem
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action Toby Keith
Let It Rock Kevin Rudolf
Kiss Me Through The Phone Soulja Boy
Joey Sugarland
It Happens Sugarland
It Ain’t Me Babe Reese Witherspoon & Joaquin Phoenix
I’m Shipping Up To Boston Dropkick Murphys
I’m On My Way The Proclaimers
I Wanna Love You Akon
I Run To You Lady Antebellum
I know You Want Me {Calle Ocho} Pitbull
Hotel Room Service Pitbull
Hips Don’t Lie Shakira
Hey Ya! Outkast
Halo Beyonce
Gypsy Shakira
The Green Fields Of France (No Man’s Land) Dropkick Murphys
Good Girls Go Bad Cobra Starship
Gold Digger Kanye West
Get Up/Levantate Pitbull
Genevieve Sugarland
Gasolina Daddy Yankee
Forget You! Cee Lo Green
Flowers On The Wall The Statler Brothers
Feel Like Makin’ Love Bad Company
Dulaman Celtic Woman
Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) Shania Twain
Dead And Gone Juston Timberlake and T.I.
CRAZY BITCH Buckcherry
Circus Britney Spears
Captain Kelly’s Kitchen Dropkick Murphys
Candy Man Christina Agulera
Boom Boom Pow Black Eyed Peas
Blame It On… Jamie Foxx and T-Pain
Blah Blah Blah Ke$ha
Baby Got Back Sir Mix-a-lot
B.O.B. Outkast
American Soldier Toby Keith
Already Gone Sugarland
All The Above Maino
All I Do Is Win DJ Khaled
Ain’t Going’ Down Till The Sun Comes Up Garth Brooks