Skip to main content

Our Mammoth Day Part #2--The Big Surprise!

If you've already ready the first part of the mammoth day, then here's the rest of the story. So where were we? Oh, right.
Fro-yo in hand, hubs and I are trying to figure out what's going on in downtown Chattanooga that's causing roads to close, people to scream, and parades to happen. American Idol, that's what. Apparently, one of the top 3 contestants on American Idol, Lauren Alaina, is from nearby. All the commotion was because she was back in town, Fox camera crew by her side, to perform. Even though I haven't caught an episode in a while it was all pretty exciting and I got caught up in it!

This may be as close as I get to anyone famous so I needed to enjoy it! The weather was gorgeous, Lauren sang, and I was a happy camper. I was also pretty full from the 5 pounds of fro-yo in my belly. A walk along the river was the perfect solution. 

This particular park had some funky attractions. Really. Just ask my husband, the talented drum player:

He can play upside-down pots like nobody's business. I couldn't resist posing with "Blue Boy" the giant blue rhino. Could you?

I wanted to drive home in one of these cars but I guess they're not allowed on the interstate? Weird. 

After a crazy day I was in the mood for some quick and easy food, and this really hit the spot: corn tortillas with baby spinach, mozzarella cheese, corn, and salsa. Microwaved for a minute so it was all melty and gooey, perfect!

Have you ever met anyone famous?
You mean standing really really far away from an American Idol contestant doesn't count? Fine. My stepmom used to work in a salon in a really high-class hotel in Hawaii and celebrities would come in all the time. I got to meet David Boreanz (Buffy/Angel) and when he left I kept the ketchup and mustard containers he left behind. For years. 

Do you watch American Idol?
Sometimes I do, every couple of seasons I'll get really into it. This round, not so much. But I'll watch this week because I could be in the background, woo-hoo!


  1. I've been watching American Idol so I would have been super excited to hear her sing! I've never "met" anyone famous, but I shared an elevator with Chris Brown and Rihanna in LA and I sold shoes to Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich when they were in Calgary filming a movie together. Believe it or not, Keri was 18,000 times more beautiful in person than she is on TV!

  2. Those corn tortilla creations look yummy, I'm going to have to try that.

    That's exciting that you saw an american idol performance! I haven't kept up with the show because I have an annoying rotating work schedule, so I'm often working when regular shows are on and can't ever keep up.

    An no, I certainly couldn't resist posing with the giant blue bull!

  3. Sounds like a really fun day!!

  4. Sounds like such a fun day and the weather looks beautiful there. It is so nice to enjoy the outdoors this time of year. :)

  5. I met a really, really famous movie start when I worked at the UCLA Medical Center, but I can't say his name. I know, no fun!

    David Boreanz is super, super hot, but after he cheated on his wife he got a little uglier.

    You should have take a picture with you riding the Blue Bull :)

  6. You can never have too much Fro-Yo! Looks like you guys are having a blast in Mammoth and I need to find myself a set of public upside down pots! It's a pleasure to follow my first follower and looking forward to your posts! :)

  7. How fun! I've actually been watching this season, which is weird because I haven't in a couple years.

    That easy dinner looks awesome. Do you just randomly come up with these great ideas?

  8. What a fun day! I dont watch american idol, but that would have been exciting to see.

    The tortillas look yummy!

  9. I haven't watched American Idol the past few years, but I definitely would have had to stop to check that out. How exciting!

  10. That is SO cool, I have been following American Idol this year so I think that is super exciting. What perfect timing for you to be there :-)
    Looks like a gorgeous day too.

  11. A long time ago I worked in Customer Service at a Major Credit Card Company. Suckiest job ever and I give props to anyone that works in CS but anyway one day Leonardo DiCaprio's assistant called about his card! Thats kind of like meeting a celebrity. Oh and me and two of the girls that I work now think we are the funniest people on earth so call ourselves celebrities. Does that count too? HAHA!

  12. hahaha that's hilarious about the ketchup & mustard containers! LOL!

    I used to work at a high-end hotel in Connecticut and I got to check in all the Celtics (at the time...the only one who's still on the team is Paul Pierce) so that was awesome!! I was shaking haha.

  13. Ive met a few famous bands back in middle school annnd thats pretty much it I think? so jealous of your weekend! ;)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  14. Newer waqtch American Idol.

    Have seen Clint Eastwood in San Francisco and Burton Cummings in L.A. But didn't meet them.

  15. When I was in New York after Christmas, we went to a bar in Brooklyn and I saw Julia Stiles and got a picture with her. Very cool!

  16. I've watched maybe one episode of American Idol. I'm not into the reality show compitions like that (outside of The Biggest Loser). Plus I'm not a fan of 99% of the music they feature on the show. But it's still fun to know that there have been a few finalists from my area on the show!

  17. That's awesome! I don't watch American Idol (except sometimes to watch the first few humiliation episodes). Very cool.

    I've never met anyone famous. Sad stuff.

  18. Those tortillas look so great! I want to try then right now!!

  19. what a Saturday!!! I could not resist posing with the blue ox either hehe

  20. I used to live in Santa Monica so I saw famous peeps all the time. My favorite sitings were Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon (they're both TINY in person), and Dylan McDermott (so HOT!).

    Nope. Not an America Idol fan. But the Bachelor?? Count me in!

  21. I don't watch American Idol. I think I saw one season, but it got old for me. I like crime shows. :-)

    I had a drink with Leonardo diCaprio once. Many, many years ago.

  22. Dude I loved David Boreanaz on Buffy and now on Bones. I would have kept those containers too. LOL I have mostly spotted people, but I did go see Ryan Gosling's band in CA and holy cow he was so close to me for three hours and somehow I resisted the urge to molest him. My mom was super disappointed that I did not spot any celebs when I went to NYC... she didn't get that you just don't make a lot of eye contact on the streets.

  23. I haven't really "met" anyone famous...but I did sit next to Zack Galifianakis (from the Hangover) during the Toronto Film Festival! Couldn't really talk to him but he maintained his funniness and definitely entertained the audience.

    And no, I stopped watching Idol several seasons back. I have no time for TV anymore! Glee doesn't count.

  24. I quit watching Idol several years ago. I love the blue rhino on wheel. As far as famous people hmmm I met Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Meg Ryan once in MT.

  25. David Boreanz?! I would have died!! I've never really met anyone famous, but I'm sure if I ran into him, I wouldn't know what to do with myself.

    I did watch American Idol for the first few seasons, but then it got kind of boring for me.

  26. i once gave johnny mosley, a pro skier a shoulder massage. random story. but i think that counts!

  27. I used to watch Idol all the time and write a live blog during the episode. But after Adam Lambert's season I totally lost interest. This year I turn it on but only listen while doing other things.

    I can't even list the famous people I've met. Working in Disney World at a popular attraction, I had my fair share of them come through. I can say that Lindsay Lohan was a nightmare even in 2001! And Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is AWESOME!! Also a favorite was Katey Sagal from Married with Children. By far my favorite is Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel. I just adore her!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Are You a Salty Sweater? The Truth About Sodium and Running

Before I started running regularly, I did my best to avoid salt. After all, if you want to lose weight you're supposed to reduce sodium, right? Here's what the American Federal Government's recommendations for sodium intake (as of January 2011)

-if you're 51+ years old, black, have hypertension, kidney disease or diabetes, you get 1,500 mg. each day
-if you're a healthy adult, you get 2,300 mg. per day. A teaspoon. 

Now most of the time, I don't have an issue with this. Salt isn't used too much in my cooking, and I avoid a lot of common processed foods filled with sodium. When I do indulge in a salty meal, usually from a restaurant, I get the associated water weight gain and bloating. So I'm happy to stick to my meeting my 2,300 mg. requirements each day.

And then...summer arrives. If you're running in high humidity, you sweat. A lot. It's not pretty, and you're draining your body of electrolytes like sodium. On my long runs, I take precauti…

DIY Treadmill Desk

Working from home has its perks. Sure, my social interaction skills are deteriorating rapidly and casual dress Fridays now include those old ratty boxers and that one race shirt with the hole, but I also get to enjoy things like eating lunch at 10:30 because I feel like it and deciding where I want to work. Like on the treadmill.

Between working at my desk all day, using my computer for fun and then sitting on the couch watching television most nights for an hour or two, it's safe to say I sit on my ass a lot. And yep, that's not so great for you. Even though I work out 6 days a week, I hate that I spend easily 75% of my waking hours sitting.

On a whim, I asked Tim if he could build me a treadmill desk. I've seen these massive contraptions to make treadmill desks, but they basically transform it into a full-time desk, and I still want to use my treadmill for running (sans desk) as well. Magic carpenter man took a few measurements and brought me in a prototype by lunchtime.…

I Wanna Play! My 7 Links

I've been loving the "7 Links" Posts circulating the blogging world lately, so when I was tagged by Holly at Rust Belt Runner I couldn't wait to participate. Without further ado, here are my Seven Links...

Most Popular Post: Aside from giveaways (and we know why those are popular), one of my most read and commented on post was about my Weight Loss Journey. It got so much attention, it deserved it's own little tab at the top of my page!

Most Controversial Post: My post Good Person > Good Racer was possibly the most controversial. I talked about my own experience racing with my husband, and whether or not it is racer etiquette (or just plain rude) to pass someone when you planned on running together. Lots of differing options in this area!

Most Helpful Post: One of my earlier posts was titled What's Worth It, and recapped some running extras and whether or not they're beneficial. I go so much great feedback on products like foam rollers, compression sock…