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The above photo was taken with my Lensbaby 2.0 last week after part of the prize (that came with my new website from BluDomain) arrived. Yum, yum, gimme some!

I ended up with a desperately-needed open weekend to catch up on orders and proofing. Last Monday when I realized I'd finally have a Saturday afternoon free, I called my hair-stylist to beg for an appointment. I hadn't been in for a cut and highlights since MARCH. Not pretty. Thankfully Nicole picked up the call herself and squeezed both me and Todd in between two other appointments she had at the end of the day. She was beginning to think I was either dead or pregnant again (same difference?)...

Anyhoo, we showed up yesterday and quickly took our places in the back corner next to the DVD player. We never go in without being armed with a stash of "Blues Room" episodes. Once we got the boys settled in, I looked up to see Nicole styling a girl's hair while being videotaped. I pointed it out to Todd and we both assumed 'wedding videographer'. You could just feel the nervous energy in the salon while he taped though. A few minutes later, the girl left the chair and the camera followed her out. Nicole came up to say "hi" and we asked her what was going on.

Wedding? Ha! It was freakin' MTV filming in the salon! Apparently one of Nicole's clients "won" the right for "My Super Sweet 16" to film her party Saturday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall. (I say "the right" because apparently MTV doesn't actually pay for anything. You just get the privilege of them documenting the big event for you and 500 of your closest friends.) While -I think her name was- Cher (go figure) was getting her hair done, it seems the local radio stations got wind of the MTV-connection and all hell done broke loose, hence the nervous energy we had sensed. One station was requesting that their listeners crash the event. Another DJ was offering to pay any price for a ticket if anyone was willing to part with it.

Nicole had no idea when she worked us in that it would be Music Television central all up in there. But a benefit of our brief brush with celebrity? She had so much glitter and sparkles on her hands after Cher departed, that Todd left the chair looking quite festive.

I doubt we'll be on any of the footage shot yesterday — but you never know. Nothing makes you feel older than having two kids and watching a 16-year old flitting around worrying about face-time on MTV. But I guess I might as well be a grandparent to that generation. Then again, I passed on the "sweet 16" party altogether, and instead asked my grandmother to fly me to Kansas City so I could watch Brian Bosworth play against the Chiefs. I wouldn't have related back in the day anyway, I suppose.

Last but certainly not least...October is going to be here before you know it, and you know what that means... This year will be the fifth annual event and we've raised over $26,000 to date. Can't wait to blow those numbers out of the water, so stay tuned here (and there) in the upcoming days for information about the 2006 event!


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