Monday, January 31, 2011

and the crazy continues.

Jumping on the blog quickly to say HEY! And HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND? And HOLY SHIT, WE ARE GETTING MORE SNOW.

It’s true. Really. Here, please enjoy the forecast I just read online:

A brutal double-whammy will strike Connecticut this week, bringing 4-8 inches Tuesday morning, and a thrashing of weather Wednesday with the potential of an ice storm or up to two feet of snow.

Oh, and it also said this:

This will be a major weather event, and the most significant storm of the season thus far.

So, you know, that’s fun.

In other news, my first rehearsal went great last night. It was just a script read-through, but it was the first time everyone came together, and it was great. Our next rehearsal is scheduled for tomorrow night, but, well, see above. Tonight we have a production meeting, so I must run out the door now. Please do enjoy this picture of the icicle hanging off my house. I am obsessed with this icicle. I really think I will be sad when it snaps or melts (HAHAHAHAAA as if anything will melt here ever again, in this fozen tundra!)

Note part 1: I am sorry this has become a weather blog. But I have to talk through my feelings, otherwise I’ll lose my mind.

Note part 2: MORE. I’ll lose my mind more.

Friday, January 28, 2011

in which I try to get a grip.

I’m glad some of you enjoyed yesterday’s post. While at lunch today with my posse, we noticed that snow was falling ONCE AGAIN. I threatened to end it all with a plastic knife, just so I wouldn’t have to walk back to work in the never-ending flakes, but my friend Dwayne talked me off the ledge.

I obviously need to get a grip, since there are still a couple of months left of winter. And while a girl can wish that all of the snow is over, it just doesn’t look like that’s going to be true (if the 10-day forecast is at all accurate).

SO, yesterday I was emailing with my friend Jen. Our mutual friend, Shawna, who we both used to work with, moved down to North Carolina a few years ago. We decided that, instead of blowing a couple hundred dollars on tickets to go see Billie Joe Armstrong in American Idiot, we were going to put that money towards plane tickets to go visit Shawna in March. Rumor has it, it’s in the 70s in North Carolina in March. And that sounds pretty darn delicious right about now.

Speaking of Rumors, I have a cast! The second night of auditions on Tuesday went great, and I am SUPER happy with the group I have. It’s made up of some new people that I’ve never worked with before, and others that I have. We have our first read-thru of the script on Sunday night. Can’t. Wait. Plus a production meeting on Monday night. So we’re definitely gearing up now.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

PS I really encourage you to read the poem about the snow that my blogging pal Elizabeth wrote in yesterday’s comments. I only wish I wrote it myself.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

in which I tell the weather to go [bleeeeep] itself

OK, I apologize for the crassness of this post. But I simply cannot take it anymore.

Please enjoy this, my photo essay on last night's snowstorm, which dumped yet another 12+ inches on my fair state.
Because, you know, the storm we had 24 hours prior to that wasn't enough for this week.
Rumor has it, there's another one coming on Monday.

As you can see, even Jimmy is over it.

So, snow, go [bleeeeep] yourself. I am offically breaking up with you.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

here are two things that make me LOL

First off, I hate saying "LOL." People use it way too much, many times when they are most certainly NOT laughing out loud.

However, here is a quick post to direct you to two places that are literally making me LOL these days:

"Rahm Emanuel's" Twitter feed. HILARIOUS:

And a website I'm pretty sure I'm the last person to discover but if you haven't, seriously, check it out:

I know, I know, this post is lame. But I'm still in the middle of auditions, so give me a break. Off to the second round in a few.

PS Jane announced to her teachers and her class that I'm having a baby. WTF? I am NOT having a baby. But of course the teachers were giddy when I went to pick her up today. I nearly died when they asked me if I am expecting - I mean, I know I need to lose 10 lbs, but I didn't think it was THAT obvious. Anyway, I had to do some hasty damage control. So that was fun.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

and it begins.

love this show so much. I tech directed it about 15 years ago, when I first became involved in community theater, and then I was in it five years ago. It is one of my absolute favorite comedies and I am so excited to have the chance to direct it.

That said, I'm quite nervous about auditions tonight. I am hoping and praying that some great talent walks through the door. The whole show relies on who shows up tonight and Tuesday night. No pressure, right?

Can't. Wait.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I am very stylish.

It's pretty clear that I am a very stylish person. If only you could see me now - snow-caked boots, my sweater-jacket I wear at least twice a week, jeans that I haven't washed in at least four wears, and a Gap t-shirt - holy shit, I am basically Carrie Bradshaw right now.

So it makes sense that I have been given a "Stylish Blogger Award." DUH. I know many, MANY people who try to emulate my harried, exhausted, working-mom look, but, you know, it's not as easy as it looks. You have to EARN these eye bags, friends.

But in all seriousness, I was pleased as punch to get this news from the lovely and talented (and Pearl Jam-obsessed) (not that there is anything wrong with that) Shannon over at Thumbin' My Way:

Recently I got a surprise… I got a stylish blogger award. I am passing it on to you because I love your blog and want to get it read by even more people. See my recent post for the list with your blog on it!

So here are the rules for acceptance of the award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

There is a button that goes with the award. Click on mine and copy the properties into your own blog.

xo, S
I "met" Shannon through reverb10, and hers is one of several blogs I became addicted to through that project. She's an honest and very often hilarious writer, and I suggest you check that girl out!

SO, without further ado, here are five recently-discovered bloggers that I think are pretty awesomesauce (and I found them all through reverb10):

Check these ladies out - you won't regret it! For reals.

Now, as for sharing seven things about myself - remember, way back when, I started that 100 Things project? And I got up to 20 things and then bailed? Well, instead of seven things, I am going to share five things about myself, to rev up my 100 Things project again. Here are numbers 21-25 (you can read previous entries here, here, here and here. Because I know you are DESPERATE to find out more about ME.)

21) I met Greg on a blind date.

22) On that blind date, I told him he was very luck to be with me because "Surivor" was on.

23) I was never very good at dating.

24) I truly believe that if people had to describe me in one word, that word would probably be "sarcastic." This is not a good thing, although very true.

25) I think salsa is one of the best things ever invented. I work it into my meals practically every day. Frankly, there have been times I have spooned it straight from the jar - I am very classy like that. I just had some with a few mini quiches I heated up for breakfast. I am obviously a health-nut. (See #24)

Thanks again, Shannon! You rule!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

it's just that I'm so tired.

I really, REALLY don't want this blog to revert to its previous whiny, complainy incarnation. But it's just that this week hasn't been my favorite. Remember way back on Monday when I said I haven't been sleeping? I continue not to sleep. I continue to be sick. Oh, and we had this big ice and snow storm yesterday. And another one is coming on Friday. Work is busy. Really, it's work that makes this a busy week, but since I don't talk about work, I really have nothing else to say.

Here is a perfect illustration of my week so far:

This morning, I got up at 5:30 a.m. so I could leave for work at 6:30. I had to be in by 7:15 and I didn't know how the roads would be (because of the aforementioned ice). I rushed around, got ready, got Greg up, Jane up, fed Jane, got her dressed, strongly suggested Greg make coffee, he did, got myself a little to-go cup, grabbed my bag, my keys, my coat, and headed out the door.

It had really warmed up overnight (to about 30 degrees) so the ice wasn't too bad. I was thisclose to my car when - you guessed it - I fell ass over teakettle, spilling coffee everywhere, soaking my dress, tights, boots, gloves...yeah. So I raaaan back inside, changed into an entirely different outfit, checked to make sure my back/neck/head wasn't broken, and rushed out for the day, completely frazzled and cranky. (However, I did make it to work on time. Go me.)

So yeah. That's been the week. Hope yours is better (or at least you're having fewer falls!)

Monday, January 17, 2011

monday ramblings

Hello, all!

I don't have much to report today. I have succombed to the nasty bug that got Jane and Greg over the past couple of weeks. I've been high on Sudafed all weekend and been sleeping badly. That stuff makes me completely wired and I cannot sleep when I'm on it.

Yes, as you can see, not much to report. I have today off because of MLK Day, which is good, because otherwise I might have taken a sick day. Except, truth be told, I wouldn't have taken a sick day, because I save those for when Jane is sick or I have a stomach bug or whatever, and then everyone at work would have been mad at me because I was hacking and coughing all over the place. I suspect this will be the case tomorrow, anyway, because I have to return then and this is a super-busy week so there's no room for sick days (unless, as previously noted, I am puking. Or Jane is.)

Oh man, this post is terrible. Did anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? It was particularly exciting because both my television boyfriend Don Draper (oh, fine JON HAMM) as well as my Hollywood boyfriend Mark Ruffalo were there. Ricky Gervais was fairly outrageous, which is why I usually love him, but he was uncomfortable to watch a lot of the night. Something about totally making fun of people right to their faces, and not in a loving way. Just in a mean way. I know, he said he would be that way and people should've expected it, but it made me feel yuck. Although I did laugh a lot. So there's that.

I will conclude by saying this weekend is the one-year anniversary of when we started potty training Jane. Holy shit, that was a bad weekend. So even being sick and loopy now beats the hell that was last year this time.

Um, yeah.

Friday, January 14, 2011

weekend update.

So, today when I went to pick up Jane at daycare, the rest of the class was playing some sort of game, and Jane was sitting by herself on a chair, not looking thrilled. I asked the teacher what was wrong, and he said that just moments ago, they all went to the potty, and she fell asleep whilst doing her duty. So he thought maybe she just needed to sit down for a while.

I think "tired-to-the-point-of-falling-asleep-on-the-potty" is a good way to describe all of us over here, so we are particularly thrilled that it is Friday. This weekend is a low-key one, and once again, I plan on keeping my laptop closed until Monday morning (although, I will once again cheat by checking in on Twitter and FB on my BlackBerry - such an evil thing.)

Here's the plan for the next 72 hours:

Saturday: We have yet ANOTHER birthday party for one of Jane's daycare peeps. This one is taking place at a local ice cream joint, and I just checked their website to see what they do for kids birthday parties. Well, apparently they are themed, and I have epic fears there are going to be dress-up characters there (Jane hates all dress-up/mascot-like characters). So we'll see how that all goes. In the meantime, I haven't RSVP'ed for ANOTHER party she was invited to for NEXT weekend yet - girlfriend is way more popular than I am, that's for sure.

Sunday: Nothing planned, except for the weekly trip to my mom's for dinner. Probably a laundry, chores, bookstore-visiting kind of day.

Monday: We have Monday off for MLK Day, so I will be using that time by sending Jane into daycare and doing prep work for Rumors auditions. I finally received my scripts (huge YAY) and now I need to read through and choose segments that the auditionees (auditioners?) (people who are auditioning?) will read at auditions which begin next weekend ohmygod.

What are YOU doing?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

snow day

Have you heard? It snowed mega-amounts last night and today here in the Northeast. We got somewhere between 20-24" 'round these parts. There was so much snow that work was actually canceled today! This has happened, like, one other time in my 10 years at my place of employ. I still had to do a couple of work-related things (deadlines do not stop for snow, people!) but otherwise it was a very lazy day, full of reading, watching TV, and, yeah, shoveling (for Greg. I didn't have to shovel at all! This NEVER happens. In fact, I am usually the one who shovels. But for some reason he was super-antsy and he did it ALL which was AWESOME.) So I had time to take some pics of our day. Enjoy!

Monday, January 10, 2011

manic monday

OK, let me talk you through the craziness that was last night/this morning.

So, as you know, Jane is absolutely horrible at bedtime. She totally hates going to bed, fights it with everything she's got, leaving us all a wretched mess by the time she actually goes off to dreamland. In short, it sucks.

Well, yesterday she didn't have her nap, so by the time we were at my mother's house for pizza last night (a weekly tradition), her eyes were already at half-mast. Sure enough, she fell asleep on the way home, and I managed to transfer her to her bed, with her only waking up to sing a half of a verse of "Old MacDonald" and then she promptly fell asleep again. AN HOUR AND A HALF BEFORE WE USUALLY START ATTEMPTING TO PUT HER TO BED.

WELL. You can imagine the sheer thrill of having all of that excess time to myself. I was so psyched! And since I was offline (except for my BlackBerry) all weekend, I couldn't use the time to bounce around online, so instead, I cranked up my heating pad (I pulled a muscle in my back earlier in the day) and started to read.

Yeah. So I fell asleep around 8:15, partying rock star that I am. I woke up around 9, with a back that was ON FIRE from the heating pad. Turned that off, started to read again, and then fell asleep for the night around 9:15. Lamesauce.

And even though I woke up a few times throughout the night (standard for me), I got way more sleep than I normally do, which is why I don't understand how I overslept by AN HOUR this morning. OMG. I cannot remember the last time I did that. So we went through our usual morning rush, and I was about to head out the door when we decided I should take Jane into daycare instead of Greg, because we realized that my brakes were dead this weekend and Greg was taking my car in, and he didn't want to drive her to school in my brakes-free car. (I actually realized my brakes were dead a LONG time ago, but that's another story for another day.)

As I pulled into daycare, I realized that, in all the rush, we forgot to feed Jane breakfast. (You may send my Parent of the Year award any time.) So it was off to Dunkin' Donuts, where Jane stretched out eating a doughnut longer than anyone ever has in the history of humankind.

I FINALLY dropped her off and went off to work. And that was my manic Monday morning. Happy week to you all!

PS Shutting down my computer for the weekend was great. Really. I'm already planning to do this as much as possible every weekend. You should try it too! You won't believe all the free time you'll have.

Friday, January 07, 2011

weekend update. also, logging off.

Well, internet friends, as I promised several times during reverb10, I am going to attempt a digital sabbatical. This weekend, I do not plan on turning on my computer at all. Just typing that sentence makes me twitchy. I seriously think I'm addicted to my laptop. But the problem is, when I'm staring at this screen, I'm depriving my loved ones of my wonderful company. : )

So this weekend, I'm logging off. But of course I have already found a way to cheat - I will be checking in on FB and Twitter once or twice a day. Baby steps, you know?

No major plans this weekend. Looking out the window at the snow tonight, and may watch the new Wall Street movie. (Side note: I saw Catfish last night. Weird movie, but worth seeing. Some people (you know who you are) think it's a real documentary. I, however, do not.) I need to hit the grocery store and Target, and we're getting together with friends tomorrow night. Oh, and I really need to de-Christmas-fy this house. It's starting to get depressing, and I think my Christmas tree might burst into flames.

So yeah. I know you're totally jealous of my plans. What are you doing this weekend?

Thursday, January 06, 2011

photos + my show + dance class = update!

I thought I'd share some pics from my New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Relaxapalooza. I think we can all agree, without any hesitation: both events were clearly rockin'. Dick Clark would be proud.

Guess what?! I have a stage manager for Rumors! Whoo hoo! My lovely and talented friend Missy will be cracking the whip as SM for my upcoming show. Plus, it looks like scripts are finally on their way, and I sent out the audition notice tonight - they will happen January 23 and 25 - can't wait to get this thing GOING!

As for Jane's dance class, well. Yeah. Last night sucked. See, for the past few classes, Jane goes in all excited, but then decides she wants to go home way before it's over. The teachers have told me that she has fun when she participates, but she also spends time running around on her own. Last night was the same thing. She came out about 15 minutes early, so I suggested I go in with her to finish it off. She barely paid attention to the teachers, yet pitched a fit when I told her we had to leave. She loved doing the freeze-dancing activity, but didn't want to sit still when they were working individually with the teachers on dance moves. Honestly, she's a disturbance to the rest of the class. The teachers are being very polite and not telling me this to my face, but I'm sure they are thinking it too.

I have some theories about what is happening. I think she is the only girl in class who isn't home all day with mom or grandma. I pick her up from daycare around 4, rush her home to change, rush her to class by 5 - it's a complete frenzy. I'm sure she's picking up all sorts of negative energy from me. She's been particularly clingy lately so I don't think she likes going from not being with us for 9 hours or so right into another hour of not being with us.

On the other hand, I DO think she enjoys aspects of dance class. So my plan right now is to take her out for the rest of the year, and then maybe in September start up again, except do it on Saturday mornings, when life is a little calmer (usually). So that's that - for now.

Stay turned for news tomorrow on the digital sabbatical I plan to take this weekend!

Monday, January 03, 2011

and, we're back

After my lovely 10-day break from work and wearing big-girl shoes, I was back in the office today. I must admit, yesterday I did feel like it was time for all of us to get back into our regular schedule. I was a bit - dare I say it? - bored. But as I sit here, zombie-like, on my couch, dreading the bathtime/bedtime routine and realizing that I will have to get up even earlier tomorrow if I want to get out and exercise before work, I am ready to go back to my life of leisure. It doesn't help that I am recovering from a stomach bug, and feel incredibly dizzy. (No I am not pregnant.) (It sucks, when you are in your child-bearing years, that if you are sick, people give you knowing winks and smiles, when, seriously, they should back off because I'M SICK, yo. Not with fetus.)
But I digress.

Tomorrow night I have a theater board meeting where I hope to get some questions answered regarding the show I'm directing this winter. I'm antsy to get going, but we need to secure the rights and get the scripts before I can officially post an audition notice. I'm really anxious to do this!

I admit, this post isn't very exciting. But I said I would blog more, so this is what you get on this rather unispired evening. But here's a pic of the pups to make it all better.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

oh, hello 2011

Oh, hello 2011! Nice to finally see you!
I pondered blogging yesterday but then I would have felt this inner pressure to keep doing every day to see if I could blog 70, 80, 90, 100 days in a row - and I don't need to put anyone through that. You guys OR myself. So I took a much-needed day off yesterday.

Since I've been spending so much time being reflective around these parts, I didn't really have a chance to say how much I've enjoyed this week off of work - 10 days is a good, long time to be absent from the office, and we've had lots of fun - from the festivities on Christmas Eve and Christmas, to day trips to UConn to see the horses, cows and sheep and Newport to visit the beach in the winter - plus lots of down time just hanging around, watching TV, reading, napping. Oh, and we shoveled our way out of the first big snowstorm of the year. Yesterday we hosted Relaxapalooza - a New Year's Day party I plan to make an annual event. Super low-key, snacks and desserts, lots of friends and lots of laughs. Not a bad start for a year in which my most important resolution is to have fun, huh?

Here's some pics from the past week. See you soon!