Saturday, April 9, 2011

American Idol: Good-Bye Pia.

Good-bye Pia! Randy's mad. J-Lo is practically in tears. Steven Tyler is outraged at America's voting techniques / or lack there of. The world is devastated. I am not. Let me explain. (Side note: remember learning about onomatopoeia's in school? Perhaps this was my main reason for not liking her. Her name sounds too similar.Pia .... onomatopoeia ... say it !)

Beautiful voice. Celine Dion like. A little Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey like. A very ballad worthy voice, no doubt about that. Maybe even "Diva" like. But I think "Diva" like was the problem. For me anyway and maybe for America. You've got to be careful of the way you portray yourself while being a contestant on a show where people vote for you to stay each week. You can't act like you've won it before you have, it just doesn't sit well with people. (I think James Durbin should be careful for this very reason).

I've noticed that some websites (ie. People) are saying that perhaps Pia lost because she is a woman, and that it's a man's world and a man's show to win. Not very likely. If you look at the past Idol winners, it's been 5 men and 4 women. That's not hugely uneven at all. And if a woman were to win this year, it would be tied. Grasping at straws much?

The way I see it, it's one of two things. Even though Pia had one of the best voices this year (maybe even thee best), she either didn't connect enough with the audience, or like in previous years, people are just assuming their favorites are safe and aren't voting.

Pia's gone. Go Paul McDonald !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thou Shalt Learn To Sew!

There are just some things that people aren't meant to do in life and for me, it's sewing. I don't think I've sewn a thing since my grade 7 class and even then I didn't create anything that spectacular. My oldest son Will joined army cadets recently and was issued his uniform last night at 9:30 p.m. so he would have one to wear today to the Remembrance Day ceremonies. Along with the the uniform, they gave him 4 badges that had to be sewn into each sleeve. Well! I was up until midnight trying to get those suckers on there. Along the way, I thought of a few alternatives such as using a staple gun, super glue or a glue gun, or just making it really simple by leaving the stick pins in that I used to hold the badges in place. I wonder if they would have held that against my son. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with that. After all, they did wait until last minute to issue his uniform. The good news is (after hours of pricking my fingers and numerous choice words) I got the little buggers on without too much difficulty about 12:30 am. I did however make one mistake and sewed the top part of the sleeve to the bottom in a small area. No biggie. Nothing that scissors couldn't be fixed with a quick snip with a pair of scissors. Overall, I give myself an "A" for effort and a "C" for the end product. I think I can still file myself under the "good mom"category and that's good enough for me.