It's been an odder year than usual, Halloween-wise. I haven't posted any verses from Sweeney Todd or any of my usual Halloween poems or anything.
I haven't done my Halloween baking (I'd fully intended to bake a black velvet cake).
No pumpkin carving (yesterday would have been the perfect day for it).
It's just been . . . Odd.
We do have a fodder shock this year. Yay!
Somehow, I think Geo and I had sort of anticipated celebrating this year with a wee one. Alas, that did not happen.
Although . . . This past Sunday was "Superhero Sunday" at church. All the kids were encouraged to come as their favorite superhero. One of our 4-year-old boys came as Clark Kent changing into Superman. With the hat and the glasses and the Superman shirt under his white shirt and tie. It was adorable.
( Baby stories behind the cut )
George and I both participated in a little activity for the grade school kids, too. The children's minister had a group of us dress up as Bible heroes (and heroines). I chose Rahab, because ever since I discovered that she is part of the lineage of Jesus, I've found her story quite fascinating. (It also told me that God can use anybody to get things done.)
And in an unrelated costuming event, George and I did dress for a costume party.
So, you know, an odd year.
Tonight we go to some friends' house to help with trick-or-treat, then new epi of Show!
And on a final note, we were very blessed to be missed by the worst of Sandy. One power blink. That was it. No downed trees, no flooding. Hallelujah!
The azaleas have exploded with color (with some still to come). The dogwoods have bee gorgeous (we need to see about nurturing the ones in our own yard, as they seem to be struggling).
The Good Friday play went well last night. I hope it was an encouragement and those who came got out of it what they needed.
I'm a little at a loss as to what exactly to do for the new person coming to our house. It seems like there's so much preparation that I don't know where to start, and I have no time to figure it out. (Pardon me while I freak out just a wee bit.)
( The Good Friday play )
I'm going to DC tonight with a local drama reviewer. She has an extra ticket to a show, and she offered it to me. Free ticket, transportation, press night, and noshes. Why not?
( St. Patrick's Day Toads )
George made waffles for breakfast on my b-day, and we ate out at some of our favorite restaurants over the weekend. For my b-day dinner, we checked out someplace new, The Silk Mill Grill, which is in a building that used to be a parachute factory during WWII.
Geo gave me S5 of N3. From Mother and Daddy I got some spending money and a sweater. From my MiL, I got a little spending money and a nice mug.
Saturday was a lazy day, and people in, in the early evening. (Also, there's a new cajun place somewhere in town. George brought in red beans and rice for dinner. Yummy!)
Sunday was church, lunch at Giovanna, and nap time when we got home.
( Birthday shout-outs )
Saturday night was the "dinner theater" dinner/wine pairing/theater that was supposed to be held last June. I played the waitress in "The Philadelphia." George was also in this piece. He got to play "Hollywood producer" and I got to snark at him. It was fun. Got some very nice feedback on my character, and on the event in general. (Other scenes performed by other actors were "Sure Thing" and portions of "Beyond Therapy."
Sunday was our turn to teach the four-year-olds, then later Geo and I were the child care for the introduction to our church class for potential new members. Ten kids ranging in age from teen to 3. Six of the ten were siblings, four of those siblings were boys. Add to that the fact that there was nothing of teen interest for the teens to do (other than wrestle with siblings), and it made for an interesting hour and a half.
( Church plays are always an interesting experience )
Blessed Good Friday to those who commemorate it.
Tonight is the Good Friday play I've been working on. I'm very excited and praying it's a blessing.
The parents are here for the weekend, too.
This means, of course, that I won't be watching SPN live tonight. My insta-reaction will have to wait. Just FYI, in case you're interested.
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( This way to the thinky . . . )
See, I'm directing a one-act play, Mountaintop, for Good Friday service. Now, I've directed this play before, years and years ago . . . about 16 years ago, actually. Geo and I were engaged at the time. And thankfully I've still got my script with a few notations in it. But it's been a long time since I've directed anything on my own on this scale, and as I'm going through the script again, I keep hearing Jensen's advice (as passed on to him by the late Kim Manners) that the most important thing for a director to do is do your homework. Be prepared. I know this is key to being a good director. Be confident in what you're doing and in the choices you're making, and be prepared. And when Jensen said this about his first directing gig, I agreed with him wholeheartedly.
I just find it really amusing that he's in the back of my mind as I'm putting my production notes together.
Also, I'm very keen on playing a role in this play. Which means I'll be directing myself. Which is something I've done before on solo stuff, but not something I've done before in a full-scale play I'm directing. So . . . that should be interesting.
I've been watching videos and reading articles about Suzanne's funeral. I miss being home in Ohio so very much. And I'm so proud of my home church for being the hands and feet and serving and comforting the community and the family and all the way they have.
( It was pretty impressive. )
In an effort to start looking up, I think I might try to post on a regular basis little things that make me happy or make my life easier. Things I'm thankful for. Accentuate the positive and all of that.
And we're planning on going to see Tangled today, so that should be fun, right?
Also, funeral and procession arrangements have been released.
I wish I were home right now.
Hopefully I'll have more up-beat news in the next day or so. Attended an interesting meeting last night that hopefully will give me the opportunity to be in a full-scale theater production again.
Hope everyone else's 2011 is off to a good start.
We left Thursday. Travel was reasonably smooth, though there was snowy travel in the mountains in Maryland. No surprise there.
( Christmas Eve )
( Christmas Day )
( December 26 )
Then came back Monday.
A warm thank you to smalltwndreamer and luvwinchesters for the v-gifts. They came at a much-needed time. Thank you to just_ruth for the card. It arrived yesterday. And I've already thanked Izhi for
And that, in a nutshell, was my Christmas weekend.
( I miss my home theater. )
We have a light dusting of snow this morning. It probably won't stick around long, but at least it's an indication that Christmas is in the air. It's strange to be hearing on the radio how other counties are under winter advisories and schools are on delays and such. I look out the window and think, "This is hardly anything, let alone worth a school delay." It must be for fog or visibility or something.
Last call for Christmas cards. I expect to be in the office by myself today, so I'm going to try to get those finished--or at least well started.