Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
tomorrow, saturday september 27th, BUSYTOWN the musical opens its colorful doors at imagination stage in bethesda. the show runs through november 2nd, and if full of lots of color, fun and music for kids of all ages. please let me know if you're attending one of the shows, i'd love to say hi afterwards.
and for all of you wondering but too afraid to ask: NO...that is not a giant pez dispenser. it's lowly worm. duh.
the incredibly patient cast of BUSYTOWN: (l-r) tiernan madorno, don casey, me, lowly worm, emily levey (driving the pickle car), sara brunow, mj casey (driving the banana car.)
huckle and lowly. aaaaaaand...sorry huckle looks freaky. it just happened.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
and the winner is....
AMY THURSTON!!!congrats, amy! this magical picture is the only one i could find...from way back in high school!!! i'm glad you spent your day in pursuit of this honor...even leaving your kids sitting at school, on the curb waiting for you, as the number clicked closer and closer to that number 20,000! the victory and the gift package are both yours.
#19,999 & #20,001 are still being worked out...more details to come on those 2! but for now, and rightfully so, the focus is on today's big winner! it's your day to shine, amy thurston! thanks for choosing to shine on The MAnderson Report!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
now - on to the matter at hand. if you scroll to the bottom of this blog page, you will see a counter that, depending on when you visit, is increasing somewhere OVER 19,500 - ticking ever so closer to marking my 20,000 visitor. originally, for those who were helping me, i had set a somewhat lofty goal of attaining that number by the one year anniversary of the manderson report...back on august 17, 2008. we all know now that i didn't make it...and i'm ok with that, as i knew it was going to be a stretch going into it. but it was EFFORT that counts...and everyone around me were real champs in helping me try!
but now - that 20,000 visit is in sight...and that is cause to celebrate. and to make the climb to that milestone even MORE interesting...i'm putting out an offer that you can't refuse. the 20,000 visitor to the manderson report will get a super-special care-package put together with my own 2 hands! there are some surprises i started collecting back in august when i set the 20,000 goal...and some others that have come along since then. there will also be additional little trinkets once i know who the winner is. and for those of you who really want to win, there will ALSO be a fresh batch of "matt's super secret trail mix of amazingness" - or, what some of you have come to know as "matt's crack." (MINDS out of the gutter, people.) for those of you who have no idea what i'm talking about, trust me...the magic is worth the visits.
and finally, to make the fight to the top THAT much more fun, there will be BOOBY PRIZES for #19,999 and #20,001.
once the winners and "winners" are known, i will post pictures of the care packages before they are sent out! so start visiting....and getting your friends and family to visit. the more you visit, the greater your chance of being our lucky winner!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
let's start our list:
1. "BUSYTOWN" the musical opens in 2 weeks with previews!
HERE. (the $10 shows are sept 23 @ 11:00am, sept 24 @ 10:30am, sept 25 @ 10:30am and sept 27th @ 12:30pm or 3:30pm.) let me know if you end up coming to one of the $10 shows! i'd love to say HI afterwards!
2. i had a VISITOR!
ok. honestly. she didn't really come to just see me. and after she arrived, i learned she really came to see the backstreet boys at wolf trap in vienna. but nevertheless...in august, one of my favorite people ever came to visit the greater DC area. shannon west! shannon and i met here in northern virginia, and then she decided that she was going to head back home to utah to close to her family or whatever. but every so often, she shows up out east here, and we have a crazy good time whenever she does! i think i've said it before, but shannon is one of those people who reminds me how life is SUPPOSED to be lived: enthusiastically, passionately, and always for 'the dream'. although i was pretty busy with life and jobs while she was in town, we did have a chance to go on one of the technologically advanced people movers that i used to give tours on...and, like any good shannon west visit, we had a chance to go eat dinner at rio grande cafe in ballston. (which, truthfully shannon, i don't really dig all that much...but i'm always happy to go for YOU!) when shannon is around, there is never a dull moment...and you'll soon notice that life takes on a sparkly, glittery glow when she is near. all i can say is stand as close as you can and hope some of it rubs off...because she knows what this thing called life is all about!
a shot from rio grande.
another shot. both shots are shannon REFUSING to motorboat. and although i wanted her to, i appreciate her sticking to her guns and not giving in. sadly, i think she'd be really good at it. but that's an arguement for another day...3. i took a quick trip to GEORGIA!
labor day weekend, i hopped in a car with the nelson siblings, drove 11 hours south, and hopped out on the front step of carlos and heather gonzalez in newnan, georgia! heather knew i was coming...but it was a surprise to los. and his reaction was priceless. (confusion...sheer and utter confusion for about 5 minutes.) there were no plans...and it had been a year since i had been down to visit, so the kids were bigger, the house was new, and the relaxing was in full swing! the gonzalez family is right up there on my list of 'favorite people' - and i'm glad we got the chance to hang out in 2008. it means our streak is alive and well...and i'm looking forward to 2009! plus - i got the chance to introduce them to cajun trail mix from sam's club...which can, will and did change their lives...like it has changed mine! enjoy some pics from the trip!
rehearsal well under way. please notice the rehearsal 'lowly worm' character/puppet (with the blue head) in emily's hand, center stage.
an 'art shot' of lowly and the girls.
mj gives the banana car a try.
tiernan hands don the cheese.
then she goes to help emily out of the pickle car.
the rest of these are amazing on so many different levels....for so many different reasons. enjoy!