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Today I volunteered at St. Jude's Children's Hospital

on January 14, 2010 - 4:48pm

I have been volunteering for St. Jude's for the past year and I never get tired of it. It is a wonderful place for children and families to go for treatment. I have been helping out in the library for the past 6 months, which I really enjoy. We are trying to get all the books re- cataloged into the computer system to make it easier and more efficient for patients to check out books. Outside the library is a common area for kids to gather and just hang out. There is a jukebox too. Most of the time the patients are playing whatever music they like. Unfortunately, I have never heard any of Josh's music coming out of it. Someday I will venture over there to see if any of his music is on it. The thought has occurred to me that I could bring my own ipod and earphones though. Perhaps I should but then again, I don't want to seem unavailable to the patients or their families. I'll just have to see how things work out.

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Josh is a rock star in his own right...

on January 8, 2010 - 9:57pm

Last nights performance was really rocking. I mean, I have never seen such an all out effort to open a game and honor our country. Only someone like Josh Groban could have done that and he did it beautifully. I thought it was very ingenious to combine a rock band with pyrotechnics and Josh's voice along with the Air Force flying overhead. Talk about bringing in the Wow factor. Great job Josh.

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Ho Hum... tapping foot.

on December 15, 2009 - 6:20pm

So I went ahead renewed my membership, but now they won't let me access the boards with my old username. They want me to create a new username and I don't want to do this, because I have already established myself on the FOJG boards as suzypooh - not suzypooh1 or whatever else. My friends will get confused if I change it now. I sent a need help email and hopefully they will get this problem fixed, but in the meantime, I am stuck not be able to access the boards. Darn it. I hope they get this problem fixed soon. I really don't want to lose my username over this. In times past, when I renewed I always kept my old username no problem. the system just remembered me. Don't know what this new systems problem is... still tapping foot. Disappointed I can't get into catch up with my friends.

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Well I'm back in here finally.

on November 27, 2009 - 6:12pm

Don't know why it took me so long to get back into my journal section, but glad to be here again. So its black Friday. I have only participated with such a ritual one time and vowed I would never put myself in harms way again. Today, I did price checking to purchase a mattress and boxspring set for my middle son. Took me most of the day and I finally ended up at the first place I thought about going. Just goes to show, I should always go with my gut instinct on matters like this. It would save lots of time and frustration. Wish I could have been with my family in Dallas for Thanksgiving, but thankful for my immediate family being all together here in Memphis. So this is kind of strange, because I don't see any of my earlier post from when the site was redone. Thought all that would have stayed, but it looks like we are starting over.

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12 Hours in a Noreaster

on March 2, 2009 - 3:13pm

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Living in Memphis means unpredictable weather patterns and lots of sinus infections. Yesterday, the snow began to fall in a steady stream of white flakes. A few minutes later, I looked out the window and it was a full blown blizzard outside. In just under an hour or so, we had several inches of snow on the ground. Unheard of in Memphis. Usually we are lucky to get a couple of inches once or twice a year - just enough to make a little snowman before it melts away.

This reminded me of the time two years ago, when I went with my friend to a Josh Groban concert in Verona, New York - February 2007. Yipers! The Noreaster blew in on the same day I was trying to fly. Needless to say most flights were cancelled, but I was rerouted to JFK. Lorraine picked me up late in the evening. We drove for a couple of hours on icy roads and finally decided to stop at a Best Western. The next day there was at least four feet of snow to tramble through on the way to the car. We continued our trek through icy storm, frozen windshield wipers and a few spin outs. God forbid we should have to potty. Of course we did. Finding someplace to stop that was open presented a huge challenge getting in and out. There were stranded cars to manuever around and snowploughs to creep behind. The snow was so thick at one point, we couldn't hardly see the semi we passed on the side of the road. What does this say about being a devoted fan? Either that we're totally crazy or suffering a serious case of Grobanitis. Lorraine and I laughed at ourselves for being crazy enough to think this was at all possible, but something about the Grobanitis either gave us the strength to go on or made us completely delusional. Probably a little of both, but we finally made it there.

I'm not a big drinker, but I sure could have used a stiff one after going through twelve hours of driving in a Noreaster. Alas, the place was dry as a bone. It was a casino of all things without a drop of liquor available - only non-alcholic drinks. Forget that - who wants to pay good money and not even get a buzz? Give me a bottled water and jacuzzi. I'll survive. The rest of the week went well. The concert was wonderful. All our devotion paid off. We had a close encounter with Josh in the hallway. Very brief, but it made all our hard earned efforts worth it. It continued to snow. Finally, on the very last day we were there - the sun came out and melted a lot of snow away. We drove home on clear roads with memories to last a lifetime.

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