Derek & Heidi's first vacation together

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Derek waiting for the shuttle at Dulles

Derek & I had a blast! We got tickets to the Grahm Norton Show with Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne,Ricky Gervais and Olivia Newton John as the guests.We were so excited,but the real excitment came while we were at Dulles airport waiting to board our flight.My celll phone rang and it was a woman named Liz from the Graham Norton show saying they would like for me to be on the show.When you apply for tickets to the show and get them,they send you an e-mail asking questions.The first was what was a lie either you told or someone else told you no matter how big or small,the second was what is your favorite party story to tell and the third what song turns you on.I told them my favorite party story about when I was an alcohol engineer in New Orleans,I volunteered to get hypnotized along with 11 other people for a comedy show where I worked.

The hypnotist told me that when he tapped me I would think about my favorite rock star and think of a song,well Ozzy is my all time favorite so when he tapped me I saw the sheet music to Bark At The Moon in my head.He then said when he tapped me again I would become that star and sing the song I was thinking of,well as I was singing with all my heart he snapped his fingers and said now sing it in Chinese....My friends said Heidi you sounded like you were Chinese! I had friends and strangers coming up to me for about 2 years asking me to serenade them in Chinese LOL!

  After I got off of the phone with Liz my stomach was in knots and I was shaking,I said to Derek OH MY GOD!!!! What do I say to Ozzy? What the hell is Graham going to make me do? Honey I said, I need a beer! So we went to the airport bar I drank a few we boarded the plane and off we flew.

I was a nervous wreck til I got to the show! It was awesome I will never forget it as long as I live.Going back to London after being there just this past March was surreal enough,but with the love of my life and Grahm Norton and Ozzy to boot? WOW! We got to the studio and they brought us back stage.They took myself and the others they chose to tell thier story for a test run in the chair of doom,had us sign release forms and sat us and the people with us in a reserved section of the audience.Oh we did see Ozzy & Sharon arrive while we were still backstage in the commissary.The taping started when it was almost over they had us run backstage and tell our stories,unfortunately not all of us got on and mine was never told all I got to do was get in the chair say rock & roll OZ and I was flipped,but it was still a once in a lifetime deal!If you get BBC America look for me on the show,there is also a clip on youtube.

  If that weren't enough when we left the studio after the taping. A girl asked me if I got Ozzy's autograph I said no,she said well he will be at his book signing tomorrow night at HMV in Piccadily Circus,so we stayed an extra day in London,got one of the 300 wristbands,bought our book and finally we got to meet the Prince Of Darkness himself,got him to sign our books shaked his hand and exchange a few brief words.We also bought him an early birthday card you have to see it it is in our pics,we are sure you can spot it! The next day we were off to Paddington Station to go to St.Austell,Cornwall to visit my adopted Cornish mum & dad Brian & Lorna Stephens.And our four legged sister & brothers Dusty,Benji & Sparky. I have been a pen pal of dads for about 2 years and spent time with them when I went to England back in March,so I was very happy to se them again but espescially to have them meet Derek.

They took us to alot of pubs.we saw the gorgeous countryside,got to play snooker at one of dads clubs and Derek got to walk in the Moores.We also went on the beer tour at St.Austell Brewery,that I strongly reccomend! LOL

  We also visited Auntie Roma dads sister in her beautiful village of Megavissy by the Celtic Sea.We ate Cornish Pasties,drank beer in the pubs and shopped.Derek bought me a beautiful promise ring in one of the antique shops.It was the best vacation ever! We spent our first 3 days in London then 4 with mum & dad and our final 2 days back in London,I wish we had more time there we both love it,how could you not?London has this magical & exciting vibe and when in Cornwall you just expect to see a fairy fly by.I am always sad to leave there,but find comfort in knowing we will return.

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Derek waiting for the shuttle at D…
Derek waiting for the shuttle at …
And were off!
And were off!
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT!
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT!
Daybreak somewhere around Ireland,…
Daybreak somewhere around Ireland…
Our reflections on the tube
Our reflections on the tube
National Gallery
National Gallery
Human statue at the Gallery
Human statue at the Gallery
I LOVE HARRY!!!!!
I LOVE HARRY!!!!!
50 P to PEE!!!! LOL
50 P to PEE!!!! LOL
The Birthday card we gave Ozzy
The Birthday card we gave Ozzy
Everyone waiting for Ozzy at HMV
Everyone waiting for Ozzy at HMV
The Ozzman cometh!
The Ozzman cometh!
Fu@#$ng Awesome!
Fu@#$ng Awesome!
Me taking a pic of Derek taking a …
Me taking a pic of Derek taking a…
Tony Ozzys assistant
Tony Ozzy's assistant
Right after Ozzys book signing we…
Right after Ozzy's book signing w…
Back @ Terminal 5 waiting for the …
Back @ Terminal 5 waiting for the…
The Queens Way? I guess Ozzy & I …
The Queen's Way? I guess Ozzy & I…
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