Saturday, June 30, 2007
I truly thought that posts about play practice would be a daily thing, but so far I haven't felt like it. Mostly because we don't get home until after 10 and I'm dead exhausted. Let's see... how to sum it all up... The average age of the actors in this show must be around 19, so I'm usually swinging between feeling young and being a part of them or feeling like I'm way too old for this shit. I'm holding my own with the singing, but it's the dancing that's kicking my ass. I'm come home some nights feeling like I'll never walk right again. By Thursday, my feet are just plain crippled! And it's so hot in the auditorium! You just stand there and sweat and then have to go stand way too close to other people who are just as sweaty. It's a charming society! All that said though, I am having the time of my life. This has been a terrific way to spend the summer. And the kids are loving it too. They have a much less physical job to do than I, but their part is much cuter than mine. This show is going to rock and EVERYBODY BETTER COME! July 26th - July 29th. No excuses!
I have an agreement with the man around here: I clean up all the body fluids (barf, etc.) and he cleans up things that are dead. Yesterday, when I went to change a load of laundry, beside the dryer was a chipmunk who had seen better days. I only took the briefest of looks before I ran out, but he was basically drawn and quartered. And the man is not here. I scurried across the street where I found the kids and three friends and explained (probably screaming) about the problem. The five of them bucked each other up, grabbed shovels and took off. About five minutes later, they all came out of the house screaming, but the job was done. Their descriptions of the poor creature were way more than I could handle, (especially the parts about the maggots!) The deceased was bagged and taken out and the boy didn't barf, but came very close. They even cleaned up the floor. My heroes! As a reward I built a fire and they all got s'mores.
The boy leaves for Boy Scout camp in the morning for the week. One week from today the man will be home. How will the girl and I survive this week with just the two of us? Stay tuned!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
We went to see the new Fantastic Four movie yesterday and here's the news: It's a pretty good movie. We really enjoyed it. It's surprising since the first movie was SO terrible. Most people won't give this movie a chance based on the first, but I say give it a try. It's certainly not the best comic book movie ever made (the first "X-Men"), but it's not the worst ("Ghost Rider"). I've read the reviews and they are not glowing, not in the least, but I'm sticking to my guns here.
But there were two things that I didn't like. First, they gave you almost the entire movie in the ads and previews. Almost every cool shot or snappy line in the movie was played out before the movie ever hit the screen. They gave too much away. The second thing is that NOT ONCE did the Surfer say "To me, my board!" and that really irks me, because I love that about him. There were two times when it would have fit in perfectly and I sat there holding my breath waiting...waiting... no. Very disappointing.
You've got to understand the the Silver Surfer is my favorite comic book character. I didn't know squat about comics until I started dating the man and we started our weekly trek to Parma to buy comic books. Parma. That was the closest comic store around. We went there every Wednesday; that's when new books come out. Spending all that time around comics and traveling to acquire more, I got a good education in DC versus Marvel, who the writers were, the artists, the best story lines. Comic books are everywhere in this house. Barely a surface exists without one on it. You know the little fact that you are never more than 3 feet from a spider at any moment in your life? In this house, it's spiders and comic books. Okay, you get the idea. Anyway, with all the this reading material around, you can't help but pick them up. And consistently, it's always been the Surfer that I enjoy reading the most. How can you not like a guy with the Power Cosmic and who looks so cool?
I was really worried that this movie would blow it by him in some way: Give him a squeaky voice or a terrible temper, maybe not make him shiny enough. But he is perfect in this movie (except for lack of the catch-phrase.) But I promise, it's not just the Surfer that makes this a watchable movie. It's an all around better piece of work than the first.
In other news, I won $2 on a scratch card yesterday and then I won a BINGO on "National Bingo Night" winning a $5 Quiznos gift card. I'm surprised the man hasn't skirted me off to Detroit yet with this hot streak!
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Opps! Too grown up. Hang on, I guess it should actually be this guy:
No, no, no. Too young. Must be this guy:
Oh yes! There he is- My Donny Osmond! "The Donny and Marie" show Donny. The guy who made my little schoolgirl heart go thump thump thump! Singing, dancing and wearing purple socks. And how many pairs of purple socks did I have? You'll have to ask my mom, but I think all of my socks were purple at one point. I didn't embed the video (out of courtesy to you who may not have lovely childhood memories of Donny Osmond) but if you'd like to see some of the show, this was the best clip I found. There's even ice skating! I loved when they would skate on the show!
I had this album and played it until it was worn out. I'm so pleased that I found this shot of the front and the back of the album. I remember staring at all those little pictures on the front!
I had this one too. *sigh* It's just too much!
All of this does relate to summer theater, because we are doing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" which once starred the aforementioned Donny. * Big sigh* But I didn't know that when I heard that was the show that summer theater was putting on. We rented it so we could see what it was like and if we wanted to try out. The movie starts, these smoky doors open and out he walks and I scream (or pretty close to a scream) "That's Donny Osmond!". I scared the kids with this outburst and then I was pretty much jelly for the whole rest of the movie. The man has aged ever, ever so well.
Okay, that's not the best picture, so instead you should watch this and see him looking quite yummy. I should mention that I had the same reaction when Donny was in Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" video, the screaming reaction that is. Those first loves are hard to get over I guess!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The awards ceremony was this morning and the kids got a ton of stuff. The girl got recognized for being in the spelling bee, being on safety patrol, National Physical Fitness Award and being on the honor roll every quarter since 3rd grade. That's 16 quarters people and only eight 6th graders did it.