Friday, April 24, 2009

That's What You Get!

I realized I haven't really blogged about the drama going on during The Women! Well, the truth is, there really hasn't been any, until now! I know there is a huge grin spreading across your face as you read that last sentence! Ha ha ha! Well, let me dish about it. This happened, oh, I'd say, Monday? It's not important. So we've been rehearsing and trying to get our lines down so we can do the play faster and get it down to two and a half hours long because no one wants to sit for three hours. Well, after one of the run throughs, the director and his wife (who plays Sylvia) sat down and decided that the play was too long and we needed to cut some lines from the play. Everyone got their lines cut. Relief and fear crossed my mind at the same time. Yay! Now I don't have so many lines to remember! But, oh crap! Now I have to remember not to say those lines! So any way, one girl got really, really upset because her moment got cut. So she threatened to quit the play if our director didn't put the scene back in. Oh, my heck, I thought. I am the star! If any one should go all diva on them, it's me! Oh, I'm not being serious. But for crying out loud! She was all like, I am really busy, they called me and asked me to do that part. If I had wanted to audition for the show I would have! And blah, blah, blah! Wow, her sense of entitlement was quite astounding. We open tonight, people. What kind of a person would do that to their cast? Well, the next rehearsal, the scene was put back in. So whatever. I don't think she should have gotten what she wanted for behaving in such a way, but it's not my call. I'm having too much fun, to let her get me down.
Apparently, I have really bad tan lines. The director asked me to get a tan to try and even them out. I have never ever done that, and I had never intended to until I was asked to by a director. So I went and got a tan with my friend on Wednesday. It didn't work. The girl suggested that since it was our first time, we just do the half time, so we did. We should have gone the whole 15 minutes. I don't look any different. Still as farmery as ever. Ah, well. She also said it would take a few times to even out my tan lines. I guess I could have gotten the spray tan, but they only last ten days at the most.
I get to play a rich girl in this play. I have servants and get to wear fabulous clothes from the 1940s. The jewelery is simply marvelous. I sparkle in the lights. It's incredible! When I get the pictures from the theater, I will post some. This play is a wonderful comedy about rich, spoiled women and in the end, I get to put one over on a couple of them. Marvelous!
Last night was the invited dress rehearsal. When the show was over, the director had tears in his eyes. Wow. Come see this play.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Last Good Thing About This Part of Town

Last night, I went to my first Fall Out Boy concert! I took my sister for her birthday, and my friend Nicole came along because I can't seem to do anything with out her. It was amazing! It was their "Believers Never Die tour part Deux". The first band to open was Hey Monday. I had really only heard one of their songs (it's on my play list), but now I really like them. The lead singer is really good. We missed half her performance, though due to getting in the line later than I wanted. Then came Cobra Starship. After getting our T-shirts, we waded into the crowd to try and get closer to the front. Emily is tiny, so every time some people pushed through the crowd to get to the front, she would just go along for the ride. She ended up on the second row (lucky!) Nicole told her later, "You fit where we don't." And it's true. After getting her butt slapped by a ten-year-old, and Emily was beyond getting back, we decided to move to the back where less people were. Besides, there were these two tall boys standing right in front of us, creating a wall that if I stood on my tip toes, I could kind of see. They kept looking back at me, too. It was annoying. They could have been more polite and let the tiny people go in front of them. We stood behind them during Metro Station and All Time Low. But I wanted to see who I came for and not have to deal with those idiots. So we moved to the back by the sound booth and I had a really nice view until another blankety blank decided he would stand in front of me too. I wanted to throttle him. I wanted to throttle a few people that night. After the concert was over, Emily wanted to get her t-shirt and CD, so Nicole and I waited for her until some security person very rudely kicked us out. So we waited outside the front doors. I almost went ballistic when another security guard asked us to go home. Seriously, what's their problem? I'm not leaving my tiny sister at "The Great Salt Air"! I was fed up. I felt bad and apologized, but enough already. Then, they tried to get us to leave again because they wanted to pull a truck up to the doors and load everything in, but I wasn't going to go far. The security guy I kind of blew up at was really nice and let me back in the venue so I could wait for Emily there. He was nice. I shouldn't have been mean, and I really didn't mean to be. She was almost done when I got there, so I really don't know what the big deal was for every one around us. Geesh! But I got to see my favorite band play live and I am so happy about it. It was fabulous! They started the concert with Disloyal Order of the Water Buffaloes. I can't remember the exact order of the songs, so I will go by albums. They sang America's Suitehearts; I Don't Care; What A Catch Donnie; She's My Winona; Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown On a Bad Bet; (Coffee's for Closers) from their latest album; A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me"; Sugar, We're Going Down; I Slept With Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me from the Corkscrew album, This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race; Thriller; Thanks for the Memories from Infinity on High; Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy; The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes; and Saturday from the Take This To Your Grave album. They also sang their "Beat It" cover. It was so much fun. I can't wait until they come again, but we will have to get there way earlier because I am short! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sugar IVs All The Way, Baby!

Today is Easter! Bring on the candy! If you don't know by now, here is the cold hard truth. I am an addict. My drug of choice? Candy, candy, candy! I even have withdrawal symptoms when I get too much stress, and I don't get my fix. Let me think. Like the little boy who is jumping up and down, digging his elbows into my legs crying, "Mom! Maaahm!" It makes me crazy. I want to like zone out and move to another dimension or something. So like most good girls, I don't drink, smoke, or do crack-cocaine to escape, but the sugar high, the flavor in my mouth at the time, turns on that relax and it's all okay, nobody is going to make you gouge your eyes out now feeling. You know what else makes me want to crawl in a hole and dye my hair purple? When they don't get what they want, and they wail. It's bedtime now, but do they want to go? Of course not. Thank the Lord in Heaven Above (and I really, really mean this!) that I have my husband. He can deal with them. And he does it really well. School is back in session tomorrow! Yippee! They've been on spring break since the 6th and I am so glad it is over. I will have some peace and quiet again! Happy Easter every one!
Sorry, that wasn't a very happy post. Let me tell you what a great day we really had. Our Easter celebrations started yesterday. My mother decided to have a party. She never does that. It must be the Grandma in here coming out. She needs an excuse to see them and any will do! ;) So Riley played soccer at noon and then off to Grandma's. Uncle Ben gave us a lesson on the Easter Story of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection. Then we dyed eggs. After that, Grandpa was going to hide them for the kids to find, but the boys wanted to do the hiding. So the grown-ups did the finding. It was funny. Then Mr. Jones took his eggs and hid them for the boys to find. They loved that! Then dinner and cookies. So much fun and so much sugar. I'm going to gain 10 pounds!
The Easter Bunny came last night and hid the kids' candy-filled eggs. I've decided our family is small and I don't need to divide up the entire bag. I mean, the Easter Bunny doesn't need to give us so much candy (sorry little believers!). Any way, So Mr. Bunny, hid 35 eggs, and brought the kids their own double pack of peeps (grossest candy ever!), plus a squirt gun and two movies for the whole family. That Bunny is nuts. But the kids went nuts and loved every second of it. We had our traditional Easter breakfast of cinnamon rolls (Rhodes dough is awesome!) after the egg hunt. Sugar in the morning and sugar all day is the Easter motto! So any way, choir practice was at 11:30, so I have no idea what happened while I was gone, but apparently no one ate lunch (when dinner time came, Kaleb said, "What about lunch?"). Church was kind of nuts. I sang in the choir, but I could tell the kids' sugar highs were letting down, and they were not happy to be at church while it was happening. But the talks were wonderful and I love to sing in the choir even when I screw up! Ha ha ha! Pretty sure it was me, any way. Then we grilled hamburgers and ate lots of candy. I got a little sick. I'm good at that. Addiction - remember. Don't know how to stop. Someday, I will O.D.
Here are the pictures!

Dying eggs at Grandma's. Actually, I think he is eating one. :)

Riley and Great-Grandma!

Zach hides an egg!

There's an excellent place to hide one!

Grandpa found one!

Mr. Jones finds an egg.

Auntie Em searches the backyard.

I found it!

Where did Dad hide that egg? Hint: Look above Zach's head!

Robin egg lipstick = Delicious kisses!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I Used to Waist My Time Dreaming of Being Alive

I woke up this morning to the sound of birds chirping outside my window. It was a lovely sound. Mr. Jones came over to kiss me goodbye before leaving for work, and I said to him, "I had a bad dream." As he braces himself to hear which of our children died in a horrible, fiery car crash; with my eyes still closed, I say "I couldn't find the shoes I wanted." He erupted into laughter. "Well, I went shopping, and I went to the store where I had found the sandals I wanted. They weren't there. So I asked the sales lady if they had them, and she said, 'That was from our Spring line. We've moved on to summer, sweetie.' I started to cry, and I went to leave the store. Some 300 pound man tried to stop me from leaving by sitting on me. Some man I'd never seen before came to my rescue and told him to get off me. I was going to pay for the stuff I had in my hand and he didn't need to freak out the customers!" My husband said something about how on the totem pole of bad dreams, that really wasn't one. He said, "It was as if I had said, 'I had a really bad dream last night--I totally couldn't find one of my shoes!'" Clearly, he doesn't understand my need for the perfect pair of sandals. We are so going shoe shopping on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Nothing More Than Feelings

Well, now that it's not two in the morning I can talk about my feelings. Talking about your feelings when you aren't coherent is a very bad idea. Trust me. There is a reason writers make people get drunk in their plays, books, movies, etc. Drunkenness turns off the filter a normal person would use to keep themselves from expressing their deep and inner most thoughts. Why do you think confessions of love are usually done in a drunken stupor? It makes sense.
So anyway, about my feelings. Beauty and the Beast is over, and I am not entirely all the way sad. I have The Women to focus on, so I suppose that is why. I miss seeing every one I liked. I miss being hit on by B.J. It's always nice to know you have options!;) I miss hanging out with the ladies and gossiping about how annoying certain people were being that day. I miss watching a certain plate dance like a wild fire during the last two shows. But I am enjoying playing World of Warcraft with my husband again. We played all Sunday until we had to go to Grandma's party that evening. Of course we listened to conference, too, but I am one of those people who look at conference as a vacation from church. It is a day I don't have to teach primary and I can do whatever I want. We played WOW last night too and it was fun! I guess I am back to being a WOW addict. I have two weeks before The Women starts and I intend to enjoy them.
My next project following The Women is hopefully Thoroughly Modern Millie. Auditions (for me) are in the morning on the 25th. I have been learning to tap dance just for it. I don't know if I am doing very well, but I don't have to choreograph the numbers. I just have to do them, so I hope I can get decent by the 25th. Pray for me. I will need all the divine intervention I can get.
Sunday, while I sorted the laundry after getting home from Grandma's, I watched the movie Say Anything for the first time ever. I bought it a long time ago and just never got around to watching it. It's an excellent film. A great love story. The lesson in the movie is don't listen to your dad when he tells you you've fallen in love with a drifter/looser type guy. Follow your heart and you will be happy. Especially if you're used to getting what you want and having money. You will definitely be happy. But I like movies like that because they aren't realistic. They allow us to escape into a fantasy world where bills and electricity aren't important. If only. And I love John Cusack. I have ever since he made me laugh in Better Off Dead. Also a classic.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Backstage Bedlam!

Here are some more pictures of us back stage! The show is now officially over. I will miss everyone so much. Especially Gaston. He's nuts. You know who else was really cool? The guy who did the beast's make up. Loooved him!

Here's Gaston and the Silly Girls. Not sure why we had four (originally five, but one got pregnant and dropped out). But it's cool. Four is more fun for Gaston!

The Beast and my favorite napkin!

Here he is! The make up guy I love so much. If I wasn't married, I would totally go on a date with him. He has a twin! Yep, that's the only reason I would go on a date with him too. Because twins are awesome. (I'm rolling my eyes now.)

Here I am in my plate with out the plate costume. The Beast is looking beastly and I just look hot! When I blog past my bed time I write things that don't really make a lot of sense. You'll have to forgive me.

Here is Lefou, my favorite napkin, Maurice (Belle's father), and a villager who is actually Maurice's daughter in real life! What an awesome play we were in!

One of the silly girls and the lady with babies! I should tell you now, I really do know their names. I just don't want to tell the world who they are because I believe in respecting others' privacy! Ha ha ha! Who am I kidding? Well, that's just who I am this week!