Lifehouse Interview at Live in the Vineyard

After an amazing weekend discovering new artists, Live in the Vineyard closed with an amazing performance from Lifehouse.

Before the show, Chris had a chance to talk to them about awareness, great food, the upcoming summer tour, and their recent Live at 35 flights with Southwest Airlines while I did what I could to hold the camera steady.

After the interview we took the token selfie with the boys, because, we do.

Selfie with Lifehouse

Nice way to end the show.

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    Katy Tiz Interview at Live in the Vineyard

    What a treat. This afternoon Chris and I met Katy Tiz who you probably know from her hit song “Famous”, and more recently “Big Bang.”

    Get a sneak peak of her song “Bam Bam”, a great acoustic version of “Big Bang” and hear the brilliant chinwag with Chris Heuer about Grumpy Cat and her fabulous shoes.

    She was an absolute riot. Here is another video of her performance I shot, her song “Whistle.”

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      Melissa Etheridge Interview at Live in the Vineyard

      We had a chance to sit down and speak with Melissa Etheridge before her stellar performance at Sutter Home earlier today as part of Live in the Vineyard.

      Chris spoke with her about the need to keep hustling, the power that women bring to leadership and her new album, This is M.E.

      He also dove into her brilliant song that finished the album “Who Are You Waiting For?,” which was in essence her wedding vows to Linda Wallem from last year.

      She’s such an amazing soul, and her voice is as powerful as the first time I heard her sing some 25 years ago. What an amazing performer, what an amazing person.

      And she was gracious in allowing us do our traditional event photo, the selfie.

      Selfie with Melissa Etheridge

      We need more strong women in our life. Women like Melissa.

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        Wanted For Seduction

        Do you have any outlaws in your family tree? Did they rob banks like Bonnie and Clyde? Steal horses alongside Butch Cassidy? Or even sell alcohol for Al Capone during Prohibition?

        Not this fella. He is wanted for a broken heart (err, promise).


        I think the “wears small black moustache” description is a little off, but no matter. I wonder if they ever found him…

        This is part of a collection being indexed as part of our Ancestry World Archives Project – think I might have to dig in to see what other nuggets we can find.


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          Tracing Ancestors Through DNA

          I have always been a big believer in ‘eating your own dog food’ and knowing the products you represent inside, and out.

          I have been ‘consuming’ the trees product for years now, so I thought I would try the AncestryDNA test that combines DNA science with our online family history resource to predict genetic ethnicity to hopefully, help me discover new family connections.


          The AncestryDNA test analyzes your entire genome—all 23 pairs of chromosomes—and using autosomal testing, surveys over 700,000 locations in your DNA. We currently use samples from 22 different ethnic regions around the world that should provide information on where my ancestors came from, 100s or even 1000s of years ago.

          The test is super easy, just spit into the tube, mail it away and wait for the results to show up online. I should have the results back in 4-6 weeks and will post an update once they are available.

          Who knows, I may finally confirm—or debunk—that whole Castilian heritage thing.

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            Next Time, Buy The Floor Model

            Heuer and I were planning a small get together for Memorial Day and when we started cleaning the grill in prep for the party, noted the hood tents were rusted and crumbling and several areas of the grill plates were past the point of no return. We had to replace them.

            We headed to Home Depot, and after realizing we were going to spend almost $200 in new parts, decided to buy a new one instead.
            Supposedly, one hour to put together. We are on hour two and not done. Everything bent, just a little bit.

            When did IKEA start making grills?

            Let’s just say that I would totally buy the floor model next time. This, was not fun.




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              The Beauty and Serenity of Lake Tahoe

              I have spent most of my Winters in the North Lake Tahoe area – shredding the various hills, carving paths untouched by man and getting into snow ball fights with friends and family. Ok, who’s kidding, in recent years I have been sitting by the fire in the ski lodge with a pint of Newcastle and a good book (or my laptop) close by while I wait for my beloved to finish his carving of the hill (thanks to a set of knees that hate me).

              But anyway, I think we should start spending a bit more time during the Spring and Summer months too. The AdHocnium team stole away for a few days to work on our business plan for the new company (TBA), and I had forgot how spectacular North Lake Tahoe is time of year.


              The water is a bit chilly, but beautiful nonetheless, especially when staring at it with a lovely glass of Chardonnay in your hand.

              Day on the lake with @chrisheuer and @chloealexmayer #instacollage #tahoe #laketahoe #westshore

              We had a house in Squaw Valley, which was in the process of switching from a ski resort to a golf resort…

              Taking an afternoon stroll to stretch the legs and catch our second wind after day of brainstorming and planning. #squaw #squawvalley #laketahoe

              And maybe next year, I will be in better shape so we can actually hike, bike and swim instead of drink wine, read books and eat until our bellies were going to pop. Or, we can live a little and try to do it all…

              All I care about is that we spend more time here when there is more green on the ground than white.

              Oh, and about that company we are working on … we will have news on that soon. 🙂

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                Today I Take My Next Step, Into Our History With

                I have been looking for a new opportunity for the last couple of weeks, and those that know me, know that I am fairly picky in regards to where I choose to invest my time. I am excited to announce that I have joined as their Director of Global Social Media and Customer Engagement. The people I will be working with were a big part of the reason I ultimately chose over other the opportunities I was exploring (more on that to follow).

                It also feels like they respect (and encourage) a real work+life balance, which is something I really need to get better at.

                One of my goals is to connect the global community of amateur and professional genealogists at, both internally and externally, and I feel the work I have done growing Social Media Club over the last seven years has provided the perfect experience to be successful here.

                In addition to managing’s engagement strategy and social media channels, I will be working closely with Marketing, Product Management and Support to improve the service and its value for existing customers while helping more people find the joys of history through their personal family trees.

                I am, however, more then just a new employee. I started building my family tree years ago and have been an avid user for the past year and a half, which makes this an amazing fit. It’s a service I know very well, and for which I am already an evangelist.


                While there are still a few breaks in the lineage, it has been a blast to dig into the records and discover things like the town of Wellsburg, New York was founded by my 5th great grandfather, Abner Wells. It is a tiny little town in Chemung County, but it is our town, and I might just have to pay it a visit one day to stake my rightful claim. 🙂 I also found a long line of French relatives on my mom’s side who settled in New Orleans and probably explains the connection I feel with that city. Or it could have been the Pimm’s Cup, but I would like to believe it was the family history that drew me there.

                As the journey begins today, I am looking forward to meeting the members of my new community. If you aren’t already a member, I hope you might consider joining me and the millions of others who are exploring their family histories with me.

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                  SxSW ‘SARS’ Strikes, Again.

                  I was smart this year. We made sure we were asleep by 1am every morning, we didn’t get shitty each night, and we even ate better than we have ever done before. I was sure I got out of SxSW without coming down with a cold. It would be the first time in five years, but I was feeling good when we boarded the plane in Austin.

                  Three days later…it all kicked in. And it kicked hard.


                  Week one was filled with the typical Mucinex cocktail (part Sudafed, part Mucinex with a heavy side of Echinacea tea).

                  Change of plans ... hold the Bloody Mary, I'll have the Mucinex cocktail instead.

                  Week two came along and I wasn’t feel even the slightest bit better. It hurt when I took a breath, the pressure in my sinuses would not let up and I couldn’t get any sleep as the minute I laid down I would get into coughing fits that felt like my lungs were ripping apart. I paid a visit to the doctor and after listening to my lungs and feeling confident it was just a cold, I was told there was not much more I could do but to try and rest.

                  So I did. Totally out of character as sitting still for too long drives me nuts, but I knew this time was different, and with so many people I knew down with this crap, I didn’t want to take a chance of it lasting for weeks. I kept ‘hacking up a lung’, I consumed more chicken noodle soup than I thought possible and I rested.

                  Week three came and it was still hanging tough. Then I got what I thought was pink eye, so I went back in to see the doctor.
                  Seems the raging chest cold wasn't enough for my body this week ... I had to get pink eye too. FML

                  He listened to my breathing again, and this time, sent me home with a prescription for cough syrup, an inhaler and recommended special eye drops as it wasn’t pink eye, but the cold showing itself in a different body part. Odd. Those three items combined with more rest, chicken noodle soup and Sudafed finally did their trick and at the top of week four, I was finally feeling better.

                  It took another week for the cough to completely go away, but at least I was able to sleep and I was finally getting my energy back.

                  Not sure what else we can do differently to avoid getting sick after SxSW, except maybe not go to SxSW. Always an option I guess.

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