Coloring outside the lines…

19256457-mmmainThe list is out for who will be speaking in Cleveland and it is a list like no other. There aren’t too many celebrities, unless you count former Heisman winner, Tim Tebow….but, there never are many Hollywood celebrities at Republican events. Claiming your conservatism in Hollywood gives you an automatic black spot in that business. Truth.  So, maybe not the quasi celebrity apprentice type show that some had hoped for or expected but definitely one that is coloring outside the lines.

On the list to speak are a former model, an astronaut, a football player, a businessman, an oil man from my great state, the first openly gay speaker at a Republican convention (which should be a huge headline) and a lot of former associates and family members of the presumptive nominee!  The list which looks fairly fresh in perspective and outside the political norm to someone on the sidelines like me, is already being picked apart by the media…here is one example…. Ahhh, the media.  You people are fun to watch!

Notably missing are former Republican party nominees, (Mitt Romney and John McCain), former Republican Presidents (Bush 41 and 43), and some elected officials who would typically speak because they were in contention for the top spot. I can understand their frustration this election year and why choosing to boycott the event makes them feel better? Justified?  Like they are making some sort of statement….But, the theater geek in me simply wants to break out in song with ‘do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of angry men’…Love me some Les Miserables!

I do think the “unconventional” list of speakers is certainly more representative of the movement taking place across the country on both sides of the aisle.  It will be interesting to compare the two party’s conventions and speakers – considering one side has embraced (well, sort of) the candidate from outside the political establishment while the other did not.

Here is a link to the list.

 

Odds & Ends

So, here’s what I know.  We are headed to Cleveland in less than a week and I am kind of freaking out for lots of OBVIOUS reasons. Or, maybe because we just returned from a long weekend in Chicago and traveling on airplanes is not my favorite thing to do…never mind we went to a special wedding for the girl next door and nothing says you are old than when the children you watched grow up go and get married.  What a gorgeous event, this wedding.  The ceremony was held at the Saint James Chapel.  Simply breathtaking.

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And, was followed by a reception at the Field Museum.  THE FIELD MUSEUM.  Oh my goodness, who gets to party with the dinosaurs.  Seriously.

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It was such a beautiful evening and everyone stopped to take pics in front of the museum with this view!

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Then we headed up to the tent for a happy hour.

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Before heading into the museum for dinner.

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I mean, just look at those gardenias, peonies, hydrangeas and ivy combined with the navy blue cloths and chairs and china!! Simply stunning!!  How many times have I said that in this post?

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Wow. Just Wow!  We were so so honored to be included in this incredible…over the top…celebration for a special family friend.

Next up- Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

So many questions…oh my goodness, like who will be the VP pick?  Who is speaking? Are the delegates REALLY plotting a coup to Dump Trump? How many different groups will be protesting?  Most importantly, what to pack!  At least, I know the Oklahoma delegation has matching navy blue blazers with an Oklahoma patch sewn on…so, there’s that.  I also know the Doobie Brothers are scheduled to play at the opening reception which is worth the trip in itself for someone my age, haha.  There are also some fun side events and BBQ’s that we’ll be attending.  Secretly, I hope to catch a glimpse of my favorite journalists and politicians who will be there either reporting or spinning.  So, while the Senator is doing his delegate thing, I will be stalking members of the media and snagging pics of all the crazy- cause you know it’s gonna be there!

Happy Monday!

 

Cleveland 2016

We’re going to Cleveland, Ohio next month,  home of LeBron, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

I have never traveled to Cleveland before, or anywhere in the Buckeye State, so I will happily check that one off the bucket list of state’s I have never seen.  But, here is the kicker.  My husband ( the Senator..well, now former Senator ), is an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, which means I get to go with him as a guest and will be in the big arena when the GOP nominate’s their candidate for POTUS! Seriously, as crazy as this sounds, I am super excited to be there. I am also a little nervous due to the impending threats of protestors, riots, and terrorism.  However, this is a part of history in what has been a wild and crazy election cycle and I can’t wait to witness all that will go down that week and write about it. Am I crazy, or what?