Thursday, December 25, 2008

It's Official!

Clay Aiken... Broadway Star!

Yesterday he got his framed caricature installed at Sardi's. That's the Big Apple equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

While Matthew Blank of Playbill News says...

"American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken, who currently portrays Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot, was honored Dec. 23 with a caricature that now adorns the walls of the famed eatery Sardi's.

So where's the picture???

Let's see if you can pick it out from the plethora of artistic renderings below.

And before 'those of you' most likely to be reading this blog chuckle... remember that there are actually SOME people out there (like the vast majority of the world's population) who may not actually know! LOL

Click on a thumbnail to see if you're right!

Heh, that was fun!

But I am just SO proud of him!... as this is an honor reserved for only a very select few.

And I am also moved to tears (with an exuberant smiley face) by the way he signed it...

Finally I'm first at something...

For further interesting details and FAR more enlightening information, please check out the following blogs:

**The ConClayve

**Carolina Clay

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas With Love

As Christmas Eve dawns... I just want to take a moment to wish all of my family and friends, old and new, a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.

The video is a couple years old... but the message is timeless. The soundtrack is fairly timeless as well. So Enjoy! And again, Merry Christmas... with love.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Present...

So this Christmas will be a little bit different from Christmases Past. Not that I haven't spent the holidays alone before because I have... But those were in the years where my children would sometimes spend the holidays with their dad and I always knew I'd have them here again with me the next year. And so, I pretty much would just use those times as opportunities to sit back, relax, listen to some music, watch a few videos, all the while thinking of everyone else hurriedly bustling with last minute wrapping or stocking filling and drowning in the mess of Christmas Day clean up, etc, etc. And well, to be totally honest?... I rather completely enjoyed it.

This year, not so much.

So why? What makes this year different???


So yeah, ok, I'm partially kidding here kids... However, this blog IS called Clayigraphy, so it's, afterall, rather obligatory that I mention that fact. And, for sure, it hasn't in ANY way assisted in helping to get me out of this seemingly endless holiday funk. So there you go.

But the REAL truth is... this year I just really kind of miss the mess! Not that there ever WAS much of a mess after we got through all the "Barbie" years, so I guess that's not really it. Or maybe I just miss the traditions. The Christmas Eve Disney movies... or decorating the tree to Amy Grant (which I think in 2004 became the compilation which we now lovingly call "Amy Aiken")... Or hiding Christmas gifts in the most clever places until they could be wrapped secretly in the basement, very late on Christmas Eve after the girls had gone to bed(even when they were teenagers) because everyone knows that though there isn't a Santa Claus, there STILL really IS. I miss the challenge of tiptoeing into their rooms and setting out those packages of jamies and slippers next to their beds without waking them up (though I'll bet sometimes I did, and they just never let on)... I miss the anticipation of their excitement when I was finally able to fall into bed. And I guess most of all, I will miss all of those maticulous and well organized little piles of stuff on Christmas morning. *sniff* I guess I trained them well.

But now, they each have their own wonderful, new little families... and I couldn't be more grateful for that!... but they are so very far away. And so I told them "No, please don't spend your money to travel out here this year"... and "Shoot, my vacation time is all used up!"


Christmas Future: Let's don't EVER let this happen again!

In the meantime... I made this Christmas Card. Which is something I probably wouldn't have had time to do otherwise. So see? I guess there is always somehow a bright side...

So now, I'm gonna sit back, relax, listen to some music and watch a few videos. Here's one for starts...

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Twelve Days Till Christmas... Redux

And though I realize that THIS one doesn't really have anything to do with Christmas...

It sorta does...

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

An Early Christmas Present for Daryn and Jon...

So, I guess this is Jon and Daryn's song now...

Her daddy sang it at their wedding which I guess pretty much solidified it... especially since while they were dancing they realized they didn't even have one yet!.. and so decided this one would probably be as good as any...

And then they asked me if I could make one of "those montages"... and use this song.

It seems to take me a long time to do these things. Daryn and Jon were married in July, so let's see...

Dilemma: I had another idea for a song. So which one do I use? I mean I really love them both! The second one maybe just a teentsy bit more for sentimental reasons... but she prefers the first. And I suppose it was HER wedding...*sigh*

Isn't it amazing all the different things you can do with the same pictures...

Can you choose?

Luckily Daryn and Jon never, ever check my blog, so I think I'm still good to go on a Christmas present... or two.

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