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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
9:27 pm - More dress up fun!
As you may have figured out, I am a big fan of costumes and dressing up. It's one reason I love acting so much. One of the biggest venues for this kind of passion is cosplay. I haven't gotten into this world yet but I have lots of friends who have, and they have definitely made me excited about starting. Well today I found this contest that would give me quite the motivation to start ;)

I would go crazy with all the possibilities.
I could go simple/safe w/ a Snow White
or a dreamy genie
or a sassy Cleopatra

It can be intimidating to start but why not give it a chance. You might find a new fun passion!

current mood: hopeful

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
3:22 pm - A prayer for loss
On Father's Day a (semi) family member suffered a great loss. She lives in Alaska w/ her husband and 2 sons (7 & 5), and they were landscaping w/ a tractor they had rented. The boys weren't allowed near it while it worked but they had finished so her husband let the boys ride back w/ him. On the way they hit a bump and the 3 were thrown off. The youngest was run over and they rushed him to the hospital but he died in surgery. It's so sad.

Then today I saw a blog contest that mentioned different prayers and asked people to write about one of them.

I decided that the Prayer for Hope was perfect for this tragedy.

A Prayer for Hope

Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I fell helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.

I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future.
I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness.

Some say that the sky is at it’s
darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.

I pray to be filled with your light from
head to toe. To bask in your glory.
To know that all is right in the world,
as you have planned, and as you want
it to be.

Help me to walk in your light, and live
my life in faith and glory.

In your name I pray, Amen.

A tragic loss like this isn't something that's easy to understand or accept. It's very easy to blame God, but if we pray for understanding and hope, it does get better (I speak from personal experience).

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, October 15th, 2011
5:36 pm - Halloween fun!
This time of year thoughts turn to costumes and masquerade fun. So the time to pick a Halloween costume has come. I'm rather picky about what I dress as. It has to be unique, flattering, not overly sexy and easy to move in as I like to wear it when we go to the Harvest Party at our church. So that makes picking my costume a bit trickier...

At the blog Two of a Kind Working on a full House there is a giveaway to win a free costume from HalloweenCostumes.com

After looking at the site I'd probably go with one of these 3

Elite Enchanted Princess (aka Cinderella)
I guess I'm still a girl at heart ;)

Viking Goddess
Striking and more coverage than most warrior princess costumes

Far East Empress
I love the colors and think an orient outfit would be fun if done right

I was not compensated for this post but it does enter me into the giveaway. The opinions are my own.

current mood: creative

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010
9:28 pm - A winter hello
I made this Christmas card w/ Shutterfly and I love how it turned out! The colors were perfect for this picture (one of my favs) and it was oh so easy to make! Plus you can share it easily online.
Holly Frame Christmas 5x7 folded card
View the entire collection of cards.

Disclaimer: By sharing this I will receive $25 of Shutterfly credit but the opinions are my own. I was not paid to say them.

current mood: complacent

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Monday, May 18th, 2009
3:19 pm - More winnings!
Well I've been winning more prizes in the past couple weeks. Yesterday I found an envelope from K102 FM in a pile of mail and it was a $50 gc for Panera Bread. I do recall entering an online drawing for that one :) Otherwise there were the 2 movie previews (though I could only go to one), and a WI trip that sadly didn't work timewise. So here's what I can recall of my past winnings (last 2 years)

Free Sonic jr. breakfast burrito (as of 2 minutes ago...)
$50 Panera GC
Angels & Demons preview (didn't go)
Star Trek preview (2 tix)
Trip to Circus World Museum WI (didn't go)
high chair
Trip to NY (pending)
box of Ferrero Roche chocolates
coupon for free Mars candy bar
coupon for free Mars candy bar
box of Glade products
Pop up Christmas Book
$10 Toys R Us gc
Free Taco Bell taco
$25 cash
free M&M's
Shutterfly book (8x8)
Tide retro t-shirt
Shutterfly book (8x10)
2 fandango movie tickets

current mood: satisfied

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
4:28 pm - Wow!!!!!!
Umm it appears that I may have just won a trip to NY....

"Congratulations! You have been selected as Grand Prize winner, pending verification, of the Allure 2009 Readers’ Choice Sweepstakes. If verified as a winner, you will receive a trip to New York City to the W New York Hotel, complete with treatments at the Bliss49 Spa."

This is legit (I remember the contest, and it's no hoax)...and just a few hours ago I won that highchair (see little_lubbers) and was so excited as I've never won anything that large...

Wow, just wow....

current mood: bouncy

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
10:51 am - Meme
Fun quiz - 3 answers to each question, unofficially tagged by frogsandtoads

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vervetmaki, kalki, walabi

current mood: busy

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Thursday, June 19th, 2008
4:27 pm - Father's Day and Feed My Starving Children
I have done non theatrical things in the past weeks too. Saturday morning I went to the Eagan location of Feed My Starving Children for a work event. 35 of us volunteered there for 2 hours, packing meals for third world countries. I really enjoyed myself a lot and it was very self-fulfilling. I also love that it is a Christian organization and after we finished they prayed over the pallets we filled. My job while we were there was to heat seal the bags and then pack 36 bags in each box. It was a physical job, but I really enjoyed it. I was hoping to post the pics of the group in our hairnets, but unfortunately they aren't currently on the server, so I'll try to get them up later;)
When I got home I saw that Troy, his dad, and Trent had been hard at work and demolished all our front stairs and began framing for the concrete pour. Unfortunately we'll be in SD for a wedding this weekend so it will have to wait another week, and I'll keep having to use the back door as that first step's a doozy.

Sunday we went to church and then to Troy's parent's place for a lunch of yummy BBQ'ed ribs:) Sadly Sam & Karin were still under the weather so they and Travis didn't come. Gideon was sad he didn't get to see his cousin, but it also meant he had Nana and Papa all to himself;) Along with the ribs we also had a potato dish, fruit salad and turtle ice cream cake for dessert. It was tasty.
We didn't see my family that day as my Dad was really busy so last night (Wed) we met them at the Texas Roadhouse (great steak and BBQ place) for dinner, and went back to their place so Troy could help move the fridge (as they finally got new flooring in the kitchen), and I tried to keep Gideon out of mischief as cupboards and such were emptied for the renovation.

Well tonight I'm off to have dinner with the ladies from church (once a month we meet at a central restaurant and chat, this month is a Ecuadoran place), and since McCain is in town I better head out early as it may slow down my bus (plus there's a noon Twin's game today).

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, June 16th, 2008
3:18 pm - A few plays and a reward
I've been meaning to write about a few things that have happened the past couple weeks and so when I opened my Gmail and saw an email from Shutterfly saying that since I'm such a loyal customer they are giving me a free 8 x 8 book, I decided that's a good of a reason to update as anything else.

I've saw two plays in the past month: The Pirates of the Great Lakes (at Lyric Arts) and Sherlock Holmes the Final Adventure (at Park Square). The first I saw because a friend of mine from Cats was the costumer and a couple of us went to see it and then catch up afterwards. The play was not very good but the cast was good and my friend Mark's costumes were great. It was more fun to hang out afterwards;)
Sherlock was another story. I was really excited about seeing it as it featured my favorite character Irene Adler (Carole Nelson Douglas does a great spin off series about Irene which is one of my favorites). So my friend Joy and I decided to try and get rush tickets for last Thursday's show. Thanks to my handy dandy TomTom GPS (honestly I don't know how I lived without it!) we made it there 45 minutes before curtain. The way rush tickets work there is you get there and wait in a special "rush" area and 10 minutes before curtain you can buy the leftover tickets for $15 (originally $33) but you have to have cash. So we were the first in line and while we chatted and waited we talked a little bit about the Curator at the U who is in charge of the Sherlock Holmes collection they have (one of the world's largest actually) and wondered if he had seen the show yet. Then lo and behold he walked in (as the MN Chapter "The Norweigian Explorers" came that night since there was a Q& A with the cast afterwards). It was fun to chat with him as he is good friends with my dad (who also works in the special collections at the U in case you didn't know) and I missed chatting with him since I no longer work there. We had a nice chat about various Sherlock topics and such and then noticed it was 20 minutes to curtain. The manger came over and told us that they had 2 tickets available that we could buy for full price and thereby avoid the chance of no rush tickets being available. It was only 10 minutes till they would sell the discount tickets so we decided to chance it and wait. At 10 minutes to curtain, nothing happend, and we didn't want to lose our places in line so we just waited and finally at 8 minutes to curtain the manager told us to go to the ticket window to see what they had left. I was first in line and when I requested my ticket, the clerk asked if I wanted this ticket that was sitting on the counter. I thought she meant for full price and was confused but she handed me the ticket and said "next." Apparently a larger party had a cancellation and just gave the extra ticket to the box office and said to give it to the first person in line. So I got a free ticket!!! Very cool! I actually traded seats with another person (so she could sit by her date) and while it wasn't quite as good a seat, it made sense and it was my way of "paying it forward."
The show was great (set, actors, costumers, everything) and the Q&A after was very interesting, though we left early due to the fact I had to get up and go to work the next day. It was a bit funny to see the actors being grilled by experts on the field, but for the most part they had done their homework:)
I love that theatre! This is the 4th or 5th show I've seen there and I am rarely if ever disappointed. You really should check them out!

Hmm this post is getting long so I'll split it into two (as I need to deal with some work stuff now), so I'll tell you about my weekend later.

I enter a bunch of online contests and Subway has a Get Smart Promotion going on with an online instant win game. I've won two free bags of chips at Subway and today I won two bags (yep out of 3 spins 2 were winners). I hope my Subway doesn't give me grief when I redeem them...

current mood: busy

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Friday, June 6th, 2008
2:23 pm - Ahhh!
I am slowly going insane! Something supposedly to do with the humidity and turning the air on at work is cause the building to creak non-stop! I'm sitting and my desk listening to the ceiling creak and groan. I feel like I'm in an old merchant ship or something. I'm surprised I'm not sea-sick. I hope the next couple hours go quick or that this finally stops! :(

I just went to get some Advil (giving me a wicked headache) and the consensus at the watercooler is that this is due to the large amount of wind battering against the building (we are on the 34th Floor). This is not good news as it means this will likely happen a lot the way things are going...

current mood: frustrated

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
3:21 pm - One Word only
from purplecamels


1. Where is your cell phone? outlet
3. Your hair? frustrating
4. Your mother? amazing
5. Your father? close
6. Your favorite thing? chocolate
7. Your dream last night? intense
8. Your favorite drink? juice
9. Your dream/goal? happiness
10. The room you're in? Library
12. Your fear? heights
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? MN
14. Where were you last night? couch
15. What you're not? brassy
16. Muffins? banana
17. One of your wish list items? duplex
18. Where you grew up? Anoka
19. The last thing you did? invoices
20. What are you wearing? clothes
21. Your TV? used
22. Your pets? kitties
23. Your computer? necessity
24. Your life? content
25. Your mood? fine
26. Missing someone? sister
27. Your car? runs
28. Something you're not wearing? makeup
29. Favorite Store? Target
30. Your summer? Soon
31. Like someone? yep
32. Your favorite color? purple
33. When is the last time you laughed? recently
34. Last time you cried? yesterday
35. Who will/would re-post? frogsandtoads

current mood: busy

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Monday, May 19th, 2008
4:00 pm - Monday Mystery...
Well I am officially done with Cats now (just performances I'm still a big fan), and I'll post later about how the weekend went, but today before lunch I had something mysterious happen...

At work I have a set of 3 vertical drawers that I can lock my personal belongings in. The bottom one occasionally has a can of pop in it, and today I decided to have my Coke for lunch. When I unlocked the drawer I saw the can of Coke in there and some papers soaked in what looked like cola, like the can had somehow leaked. I picked up the can and it felt lighter than usual, but there weren't any drips or punctures or anything like that. I couldn't tell where the leak had come from. At lunch I was curious to see what happened if I opened it and when I did it appeared to still be pressure sealed (hissed and everything). I thought that was odd because if it had been leaking over the whole weekend you would think that it would be flat. It didn't look or smell odd, and other than having a centimeter or so missing it seemed to be fine...
I also checked the drawer above that drawer but there wasn't any moisture in it, and it would be impossible to spill something outside of the drawer and get it inside...

So it was alone in a locked drawer, but it wasn't leaking when I looked it over...any ideas what happened?

current mood: confused

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
12:07 pm - Recording artist? ;)
For those of you who don't know, the Praise Team I sing on at church has been experimenting with some original songs written by PT (praise team) members (no I haven't written one yet). Anyways, the response we've gotten has been very positive and so we decided to make a CD. Last night was my turn in the recording studio, and it was quite the experience! We decided it would be best to hire someone who really knows what they are doing to help us make this and several people happen to be good friends with Ben Kyle of the group Romantica who has his own studio.

So I drove to his house (slight confusion in finding it but I made it, though I'm more determined than ever to get a GPS/TomTom), and Carleen (another vocalist) and I recorded our tracks. We both do background vocals on two songs so she recorded a song first and then I added my part in. I had no idea how hard it would be. First of all the way you sound when you hear yourself live is very different than how you hear yourself when recorded, but this was even worse. You are there and stripped bare. It's a bit intimidating, especially when you are trying to stay on pitch. I had to make sure my entrances and cut-offs matched Carleen and that I didn't have a different rhythm than the lead singer (Roger) who had already recorded earlier last week. I have sung these songs numerous times both at practice and in the services, but the way the 3 of us sing is that we constantly change things up and try new things, so each time is different. So while I know the songs I had to really pay attention to what both of them did and try to match/adapt to it. Plus at one point they decided I should sing a completely new part so I was making it up as I went! Tricky stuff.

So we recorded that first song and then decided to break for dinner. We got pizza from Davanni's a thin crust white pizza with chicken, very very good!!!) and chatted for a little bit. This was ~8:30pm, so I had no idea how late we would go...never expected to go till 11:30pm! So after our break we started in on the next song, which went a bit smoother (better ranges for us I guess), as we had fewer pitch issues. Carleen again recorded first and like the previous song I sat in the booth and observed her and discussed direction and such with the others (Ben, and Brian and Kristin both leaders in this project and composers of several pieces, just not the ones I sang). It was interesting as sometimes the intercom was on and we could talk with Carleen, and other times we discussed things amongst ourselves. Ben was very nice when he critiqued (the Irish accent also helped) but it made me wonder what they said when I was singing and the intercom was off...

After many many takes (and some cut and pasting when a note just wasn't working) I finally was done except for one last phrase, and by that point my sense of pitch was quite diminished. It wasn't that I was that flat, I just couldn't hear the difference at that point;) So I decided that enough was enough and I raised my eyebrows, curled my toes, and sang from the roof of my mouth (none are good technique but when desperate it will do in a pinch), and finally my last note was recorded and I was done!

So in mid to late June the CD is supposed to be done:) I certainly learned a lot doing this and my respect for recording artists has definitely increased. It is not as easy as it looks!

current mood: tired

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9:37 am - A meme now and a real post later today;)
Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in LibraryThing.
The rules:
Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your tbr list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey*
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre* *

A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife

The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo

A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible

Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and sensibility*
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park*
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels*
Les misérables

The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes
The God of Small Things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey

The catcher in the rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

(I'm sure there are others I'd like to read, but I didn't take time to research the titles I didn't recognize)

current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
2:09 pm - Busy weekend
I'm hungry again. I had a really good lunch but the metabolism of a hummingbird (due to all my cat activities?)...and there are no b-days or leftovers at work. Drat! Well while I debate about heading down to Au Bon Pain (bakery) for half price treats 3-4pm I'll tell you about how my weekend went.

Thursday was the official preview of Cats (for the few who haven't heard I'm doing the musical Cats with the Heritage Theatre Company in Maplewood May 2-18
http://www.heritagetc.com/showinfo.html, please come!) and while it still was a Dress Rehearsal, it went really well. I had a bunch of theatre friends there that night and they loved it:)
Friday we had a great crowd and it was really fun to perform for an appreciative audience. I wish I could say the same of Sat evening...the crowd was dead and didn't really know when to clap, so their were some awkward pauses at times. We also had a mini crisis as one of our "leads" Rumpleteaser was stuck out of town and trying to make it back to the show in time for her big number (Mungojerry and Rumpleteaser). We weren't sure if she would make it back in time, so we had a contingency plan just in case where we would just skip that number and hopefully just move on. Thankfully she made it partway through the first act and in plenty of time for her number. Whew!
Sunday Troy came (Gideon was at his parents) and it was fun to introduce him to my friends. Next Sunday after the show we are having a BBQ at the music director's house and Troy and Gideon are hopefully coming. Gideon did come for a little bit at our Wed Dress Rehearsal, and he wasn't too sure about the person who sounded like mama but looked nothing like her...

It's been a lot of fun and all the work we put into the show is really paying off. The costumes we made look amazing http://picasaweb.google.com/musicalsguru/Cats
(one audience member was sure that we had rented them from Chanhassen Dinner Theatres), the others not as much (the costumes story is really long and a post in itself)! The dances are finally memorized and people have more confidence to interact and improv during group numbers. The audience has really been great after during our meet and greet times. I've posed for lots of pictures and we even had a little girl (3-4 years old) who came in a home made costume (green lei for a tail and little arm and leg warmers). It's really fun to talk to the kids that come as they are just star struck;) Some the cast even stay in character and roll on the floor or bat at tails and such. It's really fun.

I'm really glad to have a few days break as my skin needs time to recover from all that makeup. Most of it comes off with no problem, but my eyeliner and freckles/black nose are really stubborn and take a lot of rubbing so get really raw:( Still this has always been my dream to be in this show! I'm loving it, and I hope you'll come see:)

Oh and lastly, my daily commute has been icky as Nicollete Mall is closed for construction for ~1 month. So that means my bus stop is not an option. I can either ride to Hennepin and walk back or get off on 2nd and Marquette and walk from there. I chose the latter as it means I don't sit on the bus as long (though in the afternoons I don't always get a seat), and it made me explore the skyway systems and as a result I found some tasty treats on my way to the office (that's how I learned about the place I had lunch at today Ah Sa Wan). However it also means that my new stop has no bench or shelter, and the bus usually stops for a few seconds before racing off, so I chase it to no avail...hopefully today's rain doesn't make my ride home too icky:(

current mood: busy

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Monday, April 21st, 2008
1:32 pm - Cats and busy life
Sorry I haven't updated in forever. I'm so busy and rarely home. If I'm not at work or asleep then I'm usually at practice...

I have managed to fit a few other activities into my busy schedule like house shopping. We are looking to buy a duplex with our friends Mike and Brenda, and while we aren't ready to buy just yet (we have some projects to finish before we can list our houses) we have started looked and even walked through a house two weekends ago. It was a great location but a little too small for our needs. Still it's fun to look:)

I went jeans shopping on Sat and was very frustrated. We went to 3 stores (Kohl's, Express, and Gap) and I tried on ~20 pairs, and only 1 pair fit and they were $60 (no sale or anything). I wanted to cry. I know some people don't think twice about spending that on a pair of jeans but I just couldn't do it! So I went home (not empty handed as I got a new red bag to carry my stuff to work) and found a pair in my size on ebay for half the price (NWOT even)! Hopefully they'll come by Thursday so I can wear them to work Friday for an event we have.

This week at work is the employee appreciation week so we have perks every day. Today we had a brunch of eggs, bacon, bagels, muffins, and fresh fruit, and tomorrow is my Aveda Juut massage! I'm so excited about that! I really need it!

Practice is going well and we are considered off book now and tonight we actually get to rehearse on the stage with a set (before now we've been using an off site rehearsal space). So that will really change the feel of things. We had a full run through on Friday night but we were missing ~4 leads so it made it feel very unfinished. Thursday last week we had a dance practice (4 hours) and we worked really hard trying to polish things. I am feeling pretty good about the choreography and as a result (and because I'm shorter) I get to be the in the front in the group numbers:) Unfortunately while we were practicing one actress slipped and fell and broke her wrist! She'll be able to be in the show, but it was pretty scary.

My coworker also fell and broke her wrist a few weeks ago, so she's been out on sick leave as it required some surgery. So please be careful; I really don't want to hear any more of my friends have broken their wrist. Two is plenty!

This week will be busy with rehearsals and Sat I need to paint my costume. Quite a few of us weren't very impressed with our costumer's skill so we're painting/dying our outfits ourselves. So far they are looking great, but I haven't been able to do mine yet. I also need to style my wig and add a few color streaks to it. I'll post pictures when I'm done:)

Okay, I best get back to work.

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
9:35 am - Busy life (the theatrical portion)
I haven't been updating much because I'm rarely home and things have been busy at work. I'm sitting eating my FREE Jamba Juice (I chose Berry Topper w/ Immunity Boost but they are free today 6am-10am) so since I don't want to spill on any papers I'll quickly update you on things.

A few weeks ago (Mar. 12th) I went and saw Drowsy Chaperon at the Ordway with my friend Joy. It was soooooo much fun. I can't recommend it enough! It's a musical about a musical. It takes place in a man's apartment and he is trying to tell us about his favorite old musical The Drowsy Chaperon (from the 20's). He plays the record and the show comes to life in his studio apartment. The best part was how he would frequently "stop" the recording to tell us about the actors or story or something. My favorite scene was when he actually sang along with the actress (like no of us ever sing along with a recording) ;) It was a very talented (yet small) cast with only 4 chorus. There really wasn't a traditional lead (the apartment guy had the most lines and stage time, but really only sang the finale) and it was really an ensemble show. A couple of the Broadway cast came on tour including Georgia Engel best known as Georgette from the Mary Tyler Moore Show and as Amy's mom on Everyone Loves Raymond! It was so cool to just see her singing and dancing in front of my live:)
It was a short show (only two hours) and didn't have an intermission (that actually worked into the storyline as the guy kept saying how he hates how you get so wrapped up in this imaginary world and then the curtain drops and you hear tourists complaining about long lines at the women's restroom;) So he just talked for ~7 minutes (and ate a breakfast bar) and the show went on.
I laughed soo much as it was a not mean satire. he really loved the show, but he could still say that it had flaws and such. It was lovingly mocked. The songs are great, but you have to see it live. That's where the fun lies. Just to give you an idea of what it is like, the show starts with the stage black and you hear a man saying how he sits in the dark theatre before a shows starts and prays "Dear Lord in Heaven, please let it be good..." ;)

Anyways as you know I'm kinda doing this show, Cats, so I'm either at work, sleeping or at practice. We rehearse 4-5 nights a week, so I rush home from work, eat a quick dinner and play with my boy, then head off to practice.
Things are going well, but I can't believe how little time we have left (less than 3 weeks!) and we have a lot to do. There's been a bit of confusion over costumes and such as we need to provide parts of them (the unitard and wig if we want one) but they haven't told us our colors (each cat is given a specific look and color pattern) so I'm planning to order mine this week so we have enough time to get them and get them painted! It's mostly a lack of communication breakdown. I finally took things into my own hands and hopefully it will work out!

I should really get back to work, so I'll write more later

current mood: content

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Monday, March 31st, 2008
8:58 am - So guess what this klutz did this morning
So this morning I was getting ready for work and chasing my son with a Kleenex (he's had quite the runny nose this weekend) and I ran into my husband's 35 lb dumbbell! Ouch. I directly hit the top of my left foot. So now I am at work with my foot elevated and wrapped in plastic and a cold pack. I don't think it's broken, but I may have dented the bone. Boy am I good or what? Oh and yes I do have practice pretty much every night this week:(

Yeesh, talk about timing...

It's after lunch now, and my foot is much better. I'm trying to stay off it as much as I can, but it doesn't hurt as much and I got my shoe back on so swelling is minimal. So I think the worst is over though I'll likely have a nice bruise soon...

current mood: in pain

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Monday, March 17th, 2008
10:04 am - My weekend and Cats
Friday after work I drove to callbacks where they had us tap first (too bad I couldn't find my tap shoes) then do a sultry dance to Macavity and finally they had me do some difficult ballet port-a-bra Victoria stuff. That used muscles I hadn't used in years! For those of you not trained in ballet port-a-bra is when you stand on stage and slowly lift you leg and do arabesques and such. It takes a lot of muscle control (which is why mine are mush now), and we did this for 15-20 minutes. After all that we sang some of the songs and then they released us and said they'd call those cast by Sunday. I went home and soaked in the tub for awhile;)

Sat. Gideon was very much mama's boy. He had quite the tempertantum while I was showering and was quite clingy. A friend of mine (Shanta) from theatre dropped by to pick up some maternity clothes, and Gideon was pretty well behaved but a bit ornery. He has a canine tooth coming through, so that added to things. We did get him down for a nap, and then I left to go to a party with some gals from work. We went to a coworker's house and played DDR and Wii all afternoon/evening. It was a lot of fun and a good way to get to know some of the ladies from work. By the time I got home Gideon was asleep and he hadn't been happy to wake up from his nap and learn I wasn't there.

Sunday I didn't need to sing on praise team so we slept in a little and went to sunday school. The class I visited was talking about the faith of Mr. Rogers and we watched a documentary on him. He is a very interesting man and much more than I had realized. It was definitely interesting to see how much they used music on the show. I remembered the songs and such he wrote but they had some very talented musicians!
After church we had lunch at Urban Harvest with some friends and then tried to get Gid to nap (w/out luck) while we watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. It was a cute movie and Gideon liked it so much he asked for more when it ended. However we needed to get to Troy's parents to celebrate his mom's birthday. We got there and had dinner and hung out a little while then headed home (put a sleeping Gid in his crib) and watched the show Dexter (we just started watching this on Sundays and it is good, creepy but good). Then we went to bed.

Oh I forgot to mention that Sunday I could barely move as my muscles were so sore! Oh and that I got a call and was offered the role of Etcetera. She is a kitten who is the Elvis-like cat (Rum Tum Tugger's) biggest fan, so I'll be playing the teeny-bopper/groupie. It should be a lot of fun and I have a bunch of friends in the show so I'm really looking forward to it:)

current mood: sore

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Friday, March 14th, 2008
2:31 pm - Stage 2!
So as you know last night I had an audition for Cats. I was very happy to run into a bunch of friends from former shows, and it was great to catch up:)
I thought it went well. It wasn't the best I've ever done, but it was solid. Well they agreed because today I got a call (that's almost a post in itself as I was expecting them to call my work phone and they called my home phone, but luckily Troy was still home so I got the message) asking me back tonight to dance and tap! So off I go again:)

Thanks for your support and prayers.

current mood: giddy

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