Friday, May 18, 2007

Dinner with friends

So, we rehearsed most of the day yesterday. It was exciting and fun. It was new again, so that was great.

After we got back home, Phil, Gina, Haley, Stephanie and I decided to go grab something to eat. We started to walk up to Sunset when one of the AI cars screeched to a halt next to us. We looked up and in the car Sanjaya mashed his face up against the back seat window. We all chuckled. That kid is crazy. Anyway, the driver offered to drive us up to a restaurant, so we took her up on it since we're all lazy. We piled into the car and we start driving and I notice that Sanjaya is holding his mouth. I asked him what was wrong and he said that when he pressed his face against the window, he bit his lip. We all laughed really hard.

Anyway, we decided on a restaurant called Merabelles. It's this quaint little restaurant that has been there for like 40 years and the food was really good. We all piled into a table and ordered drinks. The group that hung out last night hadn't gotten to see Sanjaya and Jill, so we caught up with what was going on in their lives...obviously big things are coming to Sanjaya.

The food was really good and we all talked about the upcoming tour and how great it was to be back together. It is unbelievable how great it is to hang out with contestants when we are no longer contestants...stuff doesn't get read into and it's just cool because you can be just friends. That's the best part about being back - just hanging out and doing music with friends. Phil bought two entrees because he wanted to try both of them. So, naturally, I helped him eat his 2nd dish....it was this pasta dumpling stuff that was freaking incredible.

Apparently, the restaurant's owner's wife was a big fan, so they let us know they were giving us some free desserts, so that was really cool. Stephanie was tired, so she decided to walk back. Sanjaya being the gentleman that he is offered to walk her back to the hotel, so when the desserts came, Jill packed up one to take back to him. Sanji really is a great kid, as I've said about a hundred times - but for real, he really cares about other people.

After we finished eating, it was a nice little jaunt back to the hotel. I had eaten too much, so it was good to walk some of that off. We came back to the hotel said goodnight and I promptly went to bed.

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chris,

It's awesome that you are having such a wonderful time! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to see you all on tour..it's going to be amazing!

melissa said...

Good Morning Chris~

Thank you for sharing with us. It sounds like you are having a great time.

Sanjaya does seem like a great kid. As Diana Ross said, Sanjaya is love *grin*.

I love hearing the stories about you hanging out with the others from the show. I love that you have all become such great friends.

I can't wait to see you and all the others in the Philnale

Angell said...

Chris - thanks for sharing that moment with us.

You're always reminding your readers that stars are people too - and yes, you are stars - and it's great to hear about the "non" performing side once in awhile.

Good luck on tour - and I hope to see you in Toronto.

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing all this with us! Its very interesting to read.


Cant wait to see you guys on tour :)

Laila said...

That's cool you got to see Sanjaya! I love Sanjaya I can't wait to see you all at the finale next week and on tour! :)

CH Truth said...

merabelles?

My wife has a cow named Merabelle. In fact she took Merabelle the cow with her to Los Angeles a few weeks back.

You should ask Haley if she remembers taking a picture with a cow named Merabelle from Minnesooota.

My wife said Haley was very sweet and genuine and was happy to take the picture. Here is a link to the picture.

http://www.coldheartedtruth.com/reality/index.php?blog=3&title=haley_and_the_cow&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

What? you were expecting a real cow?

Chelle said...

Who is Jill? Did I miss something? Obviously! LOL!

ChrisSligh said...

Jill is Sanjaya's mom.

Chris

Toni said...

Hi Chris,

Sounds like fun! I can't wait for the finale and the tour!!!!

Um, who's Jill?

Toni

CH Truth said...

hmmmm... The first link didn't work?

Haley & Merabelle

sandmoran said...

Do tell Sanjaya
we hope his lip is ok
bless his sweet lil' heart.

Pasta dumpling stuff
sounds yummy...what was in it?
and that free dessert?

We want the details
what are you going to wear?
is Sarah with you?

Diva Las Vegas said...

Sod it, Chris.

Just when I perfect the art of taking digs at you over at TWoP, you go and learn how to blog to a wider audience without offending half of them.

So that’s me off your case.

Best of luck to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Chris - dude - don't go eating so much that you gain back that weight you're losing right now!

Seriously, sounds like you guys are having a blast. Tell them all we said "hi" and we love them.

GG45 said...

Thanks for the story, Chris--that was a treat! and hey, a little stroll always makes things calorie neutral... enjoy the kinship.

Anonymous said...

Chris,

Would it be too much to ask you to give Chris Richardson a hug for me?

Chas

Anonymous said...

Chris...saw you on TMZ....you are the cutiest thing that smile gave me the biggest grin!!!!!

Have fun and take it all in!!!!!

Your Kindred Spirit

HstryQT said...

Glad you can have some stress-free time with the bunch. And it's great seeing that Sanjaya's in such high spirits!

I'm with Sandy - what will you be wearing? A paisely shirt? Paisley looks great on you!:)

gg45 I have a message for you on the "In Rehearsal" post, pending Chris' approval :D.

Lori

bmorebamma said...

lol sanjaya seems to be such the ham ,yak yak yak hamming it up for everyone. now that everyones to gether lets hope that the crazyness has gone on empty .lol or is way pass it's expireation date. lol

Anonymous said...

Yippie skippy - I just purchased my ticket (main floor) to the tour at the Bi-lo Center.

Food, fun and fellowship is a mighty fine recipe to happiness (especially with free dessert).
Keep it up, Chris!

Mistie

Anonymous said...

WHAT DID SANJAYA AND JILL SAY AT THE RESTAURANT??????????

Cathy Storms (seestorms) said...

Cool stories...It feels like we are right there with you. Thanks & keep the stories coming...

Anonymous said...

sanjaya and stephanie = romance? :p

Anonymous said...

what kind of things are in the works for sanjaya?

Anonymous said...

do you like waffles?
yeah we like waffles!!

blake lewis + chris sligh = <33333

ChrisSligh said...

Stephanie has a boyfriend - Sanjaya's gesture was simply platonic...he's jut a great kid.

And it's not my place to tell you exactly what is happening for Sanjaya (or anyone else for that matter) - I don't want to steal anyone's thunder. I'm just telling you that I'm pumped because you are going to see several break out stars this season.

Chris

xangelglitterx said...

HEY CHRIS,
THIS IS WAY COOL THAT YOU ARE UPDATING US ON THE INSIDE SCOOP. HEY LOOK CLOSE BUDDY I'M A WAVIN IDOL TICKETS @ YA.. OH YEAH MAN GONNA GET A GLIMPSE OF THE SHOW. MAYBE IF I'M LUCKY I CAN BE A CELEBRITY ON TOUR WITH YOU ALL. (TRYING MY BEST TO IMPRESS YA) IF NOT LETS JUST SAY I WAS LUCKY TO GET THE CHANCE TO BE THERE. (FRONT ROW SEATS SMILING WITH A GREATFUL HEART.) YOU ALL ARE COMING TO MY TOWN. IF YA LIKE WE CAN ALL HANG OUT AND I'LL DRIVE ( GOT A TOWN N COUNTRY VAN WITH TV TOO.) WON'T BE IN MY PART TILL AUG 23. BUT I'D LOVE TO SHOW YOU ALL AROUND ROCHESTER, NY. NO NEED TO WALK THE STREET HERE. GOT GREAT PLACES TO EAT AND STUFF.ANY WAY DO THE IDOL PALS READ YOUR BLOGS??? HAVE THEY MADE ANY COMMENTS ON HOW THINGS ARE SINCE THEY LEFT AI?? THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO SHARE WITH THE FANS AND FRIENDS> CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR THE AFTER IDOL NEWS. TELL THEM ALL WE WISH THE BEST FOR THEIR FUTURES.OK CHRIS I AM EXPECTING ONE GREAT SHOW SO WARM UP THOSE PIPES MAN. I'M IN YOUR CORNER.
P.S. LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME SO I CAN POLISH UP THE VAN.GETTING READY FOR YA HERE.

PEACE & LOVE

ONE LOVE..............

risalea said...

Ok somehow I missed the Thursday blog. Yesterday was a crazy day...I'm retiring from teaching this year and had to go turn paperwork in after school. And then I think I collapsed from sheer exhaustion. LOL

How fun to see all your friends! Sounds like you're having a blast. Sanjaya does sound like a gentleman, and what an admirable trait as his young age, especially.

Thanks for including us in your Hollywood adventure. We love being a part of it through your words. Risa R.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Chris. I don't think you understand how much I enjoy hearing little stories like this. So have you been able to see Blake or Jordin yet?

Cathy Storms (seestorms) said...

So are we going to be lucky enough to see you perform both Tuesday & Wednesday or just on Wednesday?

Nicole Wilson said...

augh!!!!
i am just so excited!!!

you and i are friends on facebook. i should invite you to the new group for myself and my roommates... the "i'm going to the American Idol Concert" :o) you are, right?
we know some of the same folks from North Greenville, etc...

we already got our tickets for the Greensboro show. so freaking excited!

blessings... camp out in Colossians!

Nicole
Raleigh, NC

steve-o-meter said...

Hi all, we finally got the Fro Patro tour T-shirts up!

Fro Patro T-shirt

Diana said...

I am so psyched that you're going to continue blogging through the rest of your AI experience!!! I've missed reading your blogs over the last week or so. I find it so interesting to read about what you guys are doing, aside from competing on the show! Can't wait to see what you all have in store for us!!!

Anonymous said...

will sanjaya be on I love NY 2?!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a blast...

just listening to the Ipod on shuffle and I know you like Muse...have you heard the band Dredg? they are kind of in the same vein as Muse...

just wonderin....

kara said...

It is so great to hear about your experiences! It makes you all so much more "real" than just a someone we all see on TV each week. Very fun to hear all about it!

Maria Haxton said...

OMG!!!!! I LUV CHRIS SLIGH. I wish he didn't get voted off. i voted for him like 50 times every day. i love you chris:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us an inside glimpse into behind the scenes life of the Idols. Your blog is much appreciated! Best of luck to you and all the Idols this season!

Nique's Nana said...

Kay, the 'Fro Patro' design is awesome - good job. Gonna get me a t-shirt, cup, button and another sticker for my car.

Nique's Nana said...

Kay,

Are the t-shirts supposed to have the guy (Chris) standing with the mic? I didn't see that on the t-shirts.

steve-o-meter said...

Nique - we took the little guy off :-)

Marleybone said...

I'm glad this reunion of friends has been so much fun for you! It must be wonderful to enjoy each other without the constant stress of competing.

Could you ever imagine a year ago that this would be happening? I'm always fascinated at the difference a year can make. Faith plays such a big part in that. And each year will get better and better for you, I predict. But enough of that, as you have been through a lot and need to enjoy the moment.

vivian from missouri said...

glad for in "inside glimpse"---nice to be back with friends and working @ something you love. Enjoy it all and take care of yourself.

EttaCandy said...

Chris,
This is the coolest. Really. You're taking your fans on a trip inside one of the biggest shows on TV. You're also letting us experience a little of the excitement of being on the ride with you. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I know you are getting some excellent advice on how to handle the media and the blogging and all of that, but I can't help but notice the Big Man Upstairs is your #1 advisor and counsel. It shows in everything you do. You can't go wrong with His advice!

As has been said, enjoy every moment. Take it all in. You won't pass this way again...

Peace,
Christine

rosalee said...

So, Chris, how do you like the new Fro Patro merchandise? The stars in the design were put there to pay homage to your CD.

I thank you in advance for answering (LOL)

Tawny said...

I somehow missed yersterday's blog but I'm glad you're having fun being back with your friends. So is Richardson back to being your personal trainer? lol I loved hearing you talk about that before, "Run faster!" too funny.

I didn't buy tickets for the tour yet because the presale ones weren't too great so hopefully I'll find something good tomorrow.

Kay, I saw the link with all of the Fro Patro merch, love it! :D

Love & Hugs,
-Tawny

Alexis Jacobs said...

Sounds like things are going great out there in LA. I find it humorous that they just gave you free desserts. Here in Raleigh you would have had a free meal. haha

Can't wait to "see you" next week with teh rest of the gang.

lmac said...

1. Why are you guys bff's with Sanjaya and his mom all the sudden?

2. Where is that thing about The Hill stars, the paps, TMZ, you getting attacked for some reason, and the clubbing?

3. It isn't clubbing if you aren't drinking? Yeah it is, dude.

4. Are you just not a big drinker or does it have to do with being a christian? 'Cause my whole family is irish catholic and we're big drinkers.

5. Can you go tell Blake that Lucy Mcaahn says hi? Oh and tell him to beatbox the coronnation song next Tuesday. Then smile and nod when Randy gets pissed, and then beatbox a response! Oh and you can also give him an irish blessing from me!!

Thanks bro!

Anonymous said...

Chris I talk to HelloKittyOYOYOY who has videos on Youtube.com and if "Cake" Chris R. + Blake do not like them I can ask HelloKittyOYOYOY to take them off. HelloKittyOYOYOY is pretty cool and friendly and would probably do so if asked. Thousands of people see them on youtube.com and they are parodies, but if Chris R. and Blake are bothered by them I will ask HelloKittyOYOYOY to take them down for them. I think HelloKittyOYOYOY also makes the cartoon gifs of Chris R.? I don't know if they have seen the videos or if Chris R. has seen the cartoon gifs of himself? But it never hurts to ask HelloKittyOYOYOY, who is pretty nice.

Lulu said...

sanjaya is sexy! <33 tell him that for me please!

said...

I noticed you said you were a good kisser on your americanidol.com profile. is sanjaya a good kisser too? I want to know!!!!!! :(

ChrisSligh said...

Since I haven't kissed him I wouldn't know.

Chris

said...

well duh I should have known that lol. =] who's he kissed?

steve-o-meter said...

Chris....I about spit....

TOO HILARIOUS!!

Radkca said...

I AM SO EXCITED! I just found out you are going to be coming to my town! The origional list of tour sites had the closest one at over 3 hours away on a work night. But now you are scheduled for the town I live in and I am so thrilled! Woo-hoo!! - See you in Sedalia!
Love,
Radkca

lmac said...

Sanjaya is such a cutie patootie, amiright? Smartest AI contestant ever!

Did you tell Blake I said hi? What else did I want to ask you...OH yeah, do you think Chris Rich will be on 'The Hills'? That would be awesome. Oh my God, I can't wait for Sanjaya to be on Ny2!

the 700 club=the suck. please don't go on there again, chris!

Oh yeah, like Blake's never seen the show...so I think he doesn't over analyze. Do you think that was essentially better for him? I know you're a fan of the show, maybe you over thought some things? Was that your downfall?

What happened to Brando? TELL BLAKE I SAID HI.

Randy is sooo annoying nowadays! God, dawg.

Okay, Jordin talked back to Simon, I think he hates her.

give sanji our love!

Michael said...

Good to see your back to your old self.

Best of luck with the tour. Have an awesome time.

Michael Ryan Christian

Anonymous said...

i wish everyone would stop asking you about "cake" and sanjaya. i'd be pissed. of cours what do you expect from teen girls with their weird fantasies.

bmorebamma said...

hey steve 0 why did ya take the little guy off that was sooo cute. btw ,mr.sligh i don't mean to start trouble but these sanjaya fans are nuts like you are supposed to know what he's up too 24/7 enough already as far as iam concerned my patience on this one is running on E = empty.( oop's looks like i have found a new one) lol

Anonymous said...

Sligh I have a question....

...Is Sanjephanie real?

ChrisSligh said...

Guys, Stephanie has a boyfriend back home, the last I heard. Don't go crazy just because Sanji was a gentleman. Sanjaya is just a great kid.

Chris

Anonymous said...

phil=hot
chris sligh=awesome

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
Chris I talk to HelloKittyOYOYOY who has videos on Youtube.com and if "Cake" Chris R. + Blake do not like them I can ask HelloKittyOYOYOY to take them off. HelloKittyOYOYOY is pretty cool and friendly and would probably do so if asked. Thousands of people see them on youtube.com and they are parodies, but if Chris R. and Blake are bothered by them I will ask HelloKittyOYOYOY to take them down for them. I think HelloKittyOYOYOY also makes the cartoon gifs of Chris R.? I don't know if they have seen the videos or if Chris R. has seen the cartoon gifs of himself? But it never hurts to ask HelloKittyOYOYOY, who is pretty nice."

who wrote this? Is that you Mark?

Hello Kitty

shadow25 said...

I am a fan of Sanjaya's. Also yours. It seems you all are great friends and I think thats great of course. But.....be honest, is Sanjaya a mama's boy?! I'm just saying....you mention Sanjaya being with his mom, Jill, a lot. Do kids under the age of 18 have to have a parent/guardian by their side or if they choose to. Like going to dinner for example, was his mom needed there?! haha. It just got be wondering thats all. I love your blog BTW, especially as of late. No drama, no nothing. I think you all seem to like each other. But from the looks of it, there does seem to be a disconnect with certain contestants. That makes sense I guess.