Saturday, September 30, 2006

Memories

Recall it as often as you wish--a happy memory never wears out.

Next to Godliness

As much as I hate chores, cleanliness really is next to Godliness...and once it's all said & done, it really does make you feel better! As you can imagine, very little house cleaning has gone on since the appendectomy. You think Derek will do it? HA! He's supposed to vacuum this weekend, but I'm not holding my breath. Though, I must give him credit, he did pick up clutter yesterday. And that in itself made the house look better. Never mind all the clutter got put in boxes & scattered about the house. haha

Thus far today, I've organized the master closet, sorted the mounds of laundry, done several loads of laundry, put several weeks worth of clean laundry away, cleaned the kitchen, reorganized the pantry, and watched this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, which was a really good one for those of you who missed it (but you can come to my house & watch the DVRd copy if you want to catch up). Still have dinner to make for us & for a convalescing friend. I'm a little tired, but there's still lots more to do to get all caught up on a clean house. I doubt I can get it all done in one weekend, but it's something to shoot for.

Tomorrow, I'm taking a break to leave my little brother a "welcome home" gift--he gets back from the honeymoon on Monday. Don't worry, I won't be too mean. All of the messes will be relatively easy to clean up! But he's going to know that I paid him a visit since his best man wouldn't let me paint up the going away vehicle. And in the evening, I'm saying goodbye to a dear friend who's leaving for a year-long tour of duty.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Involuntary Stop Along Roadside of Life

The question I get asked every day, "how do you feel?" While I appreciate everyone's concern, I'm getting kinda tired of answering the same question over and over again. It's been three weeks since the appendectomy. The pain is officially gone. If I get tired, I feel my side, but it doesn't hurt...if that makes any sense. I wouldn't even classify it as an ache. I just feel it, as simple as that. So...all in all, pain free. I wish I could say the same for the fatigue. While I have several more hours in me than I did even a week ago, I still cannot make it through an entire workday, church service, rehearsal, trip to the grocery store...blah, blah, blah. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm always on the go. So needless to say, the fatigue has put me on the sidelines of life...sniffing the pretty flowers that usually whiz by at mach 10. And I'm not used to seeing the flowers, much less smelling them. While I'm not necessarily complaining about what was likely a much-needed respite from a dizzying schedule, I'm not accustomed to being forced to take said respite. My rest periods are very different from the one of the last three weeks. I usually still have things to do & places to go about three days a week. And I don't require a nap every day. So...now that I'm going nowhere, taking naps every day, and avoiding anything that requires me to lift or handle 10 lbs of resistance...I'm a little anxious to have things back to normal, to feel like myself again, to be able to go an entire day without having to rest.

So...how do I feel? Restless. Simple as that.

My Wish

I hope that days come easy and moments pass slow
and each road leads you where you want to go;
and if you're faced with a choice and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window;
if it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.

More than anything, more than anything,
My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to;
your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.
You never need to carry more than you can hold;
and while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.
Yeah this is my wish.

I hope you never look back but ya never forget
all the ones who love you in the place you left.
I hope you always forgive and you never regret,
and you help somebody every chance you get,
oh, you find God's grace in every mistake,
and you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, more than anything,
My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to;
your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.
You never need to carry more than you can hold;
and while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.
Yeah this is my wish.
--Rascal Flatts

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Silence is Golden

A true friend is one with whom you can share silences as comfortably as conversations.

To my friends:

Thank you for sharing my silences.

Love, me

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Congrats to cast of Kiss Me, Kate

The Dallas Theatre League announced the nominees for this year's Leon Rabin Awards. The cast of Garland Summer Musicals' Kiss Me, Kate received the following nods:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical: Christine Cunningham
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Musical: Blake Davidson
  • Outstanding Music Director: Larry Miller
  • Outstanding Set Design - Musical: Kelly Cox
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Buff Shurr
  • Outstanding Production of a Musical: Kiss Me, Kate - Garland Summer Musicals

Winners will be announced on November 13.

Thought for the Day

Love is like a pebble dropped on the smooth surface of a lake. It ripples outward in perfect symmetry, caressing everything in its path with reflected glory.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Last Chick Leaves the Nest

Mom & Dad officially have an empty nest. The last chick flew the nest yesterday. The wedding was truly beautiful. The bride was radiant, the groom was handsome, the decorations were breathtaking, the music was fabulous, the family was happy. Here are a few photos to enjoy. There are literally hundreds, and these are photos from only one of the professional photographers.
If you're interested in seeing more photos, leave a comment & I'll send you a link to the Snapfish photo album. But be prepared to sit for at least 30 minutes to view them all.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Seriously

Grey's Anatomy. Two words familiar to every woman in America. Two words that make every woman in America giggle with glee in the presence of anyone remotely interested in hearing about the latest episode. Two words that strike fear in the hearts of every man in America...because he knows he loves the show, too...seriously. Probably the biggest show to hit television in the last five years. By far the biggest thing to hit my television in at least that long. So why do we all love it so much? This article does a superb job explaining exactly that. Seriously

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Prayers for Baby Pike

Anthony Jacob Pike, son of Jennifer (Willingham) and Timothy Pike, was born by emergency c-section at 7:41 a.m. this morning, weighing 3 lbs 11 oz and measuring 17" long. Jacob, as he is called, was born at 30 1/2 weeks gestation. Yep, another friend has had an early delivery. He is doing well thus far, in the NICU at Presby Dallas and breathing with the help of a CPAP when last I saw him this afternoon. Mom is likewise doing well, just a little worried about her new little guy. Please keep the Pike family in your prayers as they have six long weeks to wait for little Jacob to grow and develop into a happy, healthy newborn who's ready to go home.

Road to Recovery

Had my post-op check-up yesterday. Incisions are healing well. Still dealing with post-op fatigue and lack of appetite, both of which are to be expected. Those should resolve in the next two to four weeks, according to Dr. Bell. I still have restrictions--no running, no lifting over 10 lbs. Otherwise, I am free to do whatever I feel like doing. Honestly, the fatigue is the most frustrating. I have about five to six hours of "good time" and then I have to take a nap. I am fortunate to work for a terrific group of people who have been so understanding during my recovery. I'll be working half-time as long as necessary. I go back for another post-op check-up in four weeks. I'm hoping everything has resolved by then. In the meantime, I'm significantly cutting back on activities in hopes that speeds recovery. I've really done too much over the last two weeks.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Proud Day for Big Sis

It's hard to believe that my little brother is old enough to be out of college much less a graduate of the DPS Academy. Today he made his big sister proud when he accepted his oath of office, marched across the stage, and officially became a public servant. My brother has grown into a handsome and honorable young man that I'm proud to call both brother and friend. The citizens of Texas have gained a very special addition to the ranks of those committed to serving and protecting. Congratulations, David, I am so proud of you!









It's official!





A little smooch for Olga





Proud parents







and a proud Granny, too!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Another One Down

Last night's show was nothing short of breathtaking. Those of you who didn't come see Sweeney Todd really missed a rare treat! Some of the best talent in Dallas gave their best performances ever. The Meyerson was about three-quarters full and it was a night not soon to be forgotten.

Today, I'm home recovering. Adrenaline got me through the show. Surprisingly, I wasn't the least bit tired when the show finished. Today, on the other hand, I'm feeling the exhaustion that adrenaline kept at bay. I, however, do not regret doing the show. All of that work...hours of rehearsal...I was going to do the show if it killed me! Besides, my surgeon said I could. And I did.

Now...it's a laundry list of things to prepare for. I leave for Austin tomorrow. My baby brother graduates from the DPS trooper academy on Friday. Hard to believe six months has come and gone already, though I'm sure he would disagree. Next week, I have an audition for solos in the next Chorale concert. Lots of ear torture for everyone, I'm afraid. Next weekend, baby bro gets married & I have some music to learn. There's a reason he hired his sister to sing...and it's not so I can embarrass him!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sweeney Todd Simply Thrills

By LAWSON TAITTE / The Dallas Morning News

W hat musical is wittier than Guys and Dolls and scarier than The Phantom of the Opera? Why, Sweeney Todd, of course.

The tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street, who escapes banishment and returns to London seeking bloody revenge, is literally thrilling, guaranteed to give you goose bumps and cold shivers. But Stephen Sondheim's lyrics tingle with some of the greatest sick jokes to grace any stage – in perfect and constantly surprising rhymes.

It's going on 30 years since Mr. Sondheim's most ambitious theater piece first debuted on Broadway. Last season's New York revival, which just closed, took the minimalist approach, dispensing with the chorus and even an orchestra. (The actors all had to play instruments.)

Lyric Stage, usually based in Irving, has invaded Dallas with a semi-staged concert version, which was reviewed at its Monday dress rehearsal. This one takes Sweeney Todd to the max. An orchestra of symphonic proportions and a huge cast fill up the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with waves of enormous sound.

You'd expect a concert version like this one, conducted with subtlety and polish by Jay Dias, to caress and sometimes overpower the ear. The pleasant surprise is that stage director Cheryl Denson has given the show a lot of visual appeal, as well, with the cast and chorus freely moving about on multiple physical levels. Her actors catch us unawares with very detailed and intimate psychological interaction.

This production, the only public performance of which is tonight, has one extra special asset, Julie Johnson as its anti-heroine, Mrs. Lovett.

The most giddily enjoyable moment in any good production of Sweeney Todd comes at the end of the long first act. Sweeney has just slit his first throat. His doting landlady, whose shop offers "the worst pies in London," gets an inspired idea of making good use of all that surplus flesh on the body.

In Lyric Stage's version, you see the thought springing into Mrs. Lovett's head as she tries to get her plan across to Sweeney. Ms. Johnson and her Sweeney, Greg Dulcie, turn the whole thing into a series of jokes in which they try to top each other with their witty suggestions.

On Monday, Ms. Johnson lost her place in the song for a moment and actually managed to turn that into a part of the performance without breaking character.

Actresses playing Mrs. Lovett have occasionally equaled Ms. Johnson in sly humor. I doubt that any of them, though, has ever had as rich or as free a vocal sound. Phrase after phrase echoes in the sumptuous Meyerson acoustics with a richness that just sneaks up on you.

Indeed, the singing all around is strong and melodious. Dara Whitehead Allen and G. Shane Peterman are superb as the young lovers, and Jackson Ross Best Jr. as Pirelli (the rival barber) and Michael J. Ross as Tobias (his assistant) do virtuoso work.

Accompanied by a full orchestra such as this one, Sweeney Todd calls to mind classical pieces from Carmina Burana to Wozzeck . A mere American musical comedy isn't supposed to be this intricate or this powerful.

But this one is.



Sunday, September 10, 2006

Quickie

Very quick list of updates

My brother passed a big test this week. He's now officially down to his last week of trooper training before officially receiving his badge and service weapon. Congrats, bub, we're all so proud of you!!!

Truman Price is doing well. He's gaining weight, recovering from his latest surgery, getting to spend valuable snuggle time with mom and dad, breathing very well mostly on his own, and overall making terrific strides. We all hope this feisty fellow goes home sooner than anyone anticipates.

My twin cousins Ben and Sarah Logan and my second cousin Emma Guerrero all turn one year old today! Happy birthday, guys. (Where has the time gone???)

Sweeney Todd
is going exceedingly well. If you are able to come to the show, I cannot encourage you enough. It's going to be phenomenal! I managed to make it through half of yesterday's rehearsal. I'm very tired and sore today, but I have most of today to recover. I hope to go tonight, but yesterday was pretty tough. Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome back. I'm still hoping to sing the show on Tuesday.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Slow Recovery

It's now been 48 hrs since surgery. I naively thought I would feel really good today--that yesterday would be the worst day. Wrong. The real pain from the surgery itself is being realized. Have I mentioned I have a low tolerance for pain? That's probably why we caught the appendicitis so early, but it doesn't make me a very good recovering patient. I'm thankful the doctor sent me home with a prescription for pain pills! This is going to be a much longer recovery process than I anticipated. I'm a lot more tired than I thought I would be. So I'm taking it one day at a time. I do plan to go for some part of rehearsal tomorrow. My mom is planning to go with me (she's also an RN). I hope to make it through at least half of the 5-hr rehearsal. It's a full orchestra rehearsal. But I'll simply go as long as it's comfortable. Thank you to everyone who's called, sent cards, sent flowers, sent food. Derek and I really appreciate it. I hope to see you all very soon. Meanwhile, I'll keep you up-to-date on the recovery process as I'm spending a lot of time with the laptop these days.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Unexpected Bump in the Road

Yesterday was an interesting day. About an hour after I got to work, I started having pain in the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. It progressively got worse and I had waves of nausea. I went to see my doctor around 11 because I had this sneaking suspicion it might be my appendix. Ran a bunch of tests at the dr's office that weren't immediately conclusive. Went back to work to await results. Got a call about 2 that my white count was elevated which was cause for concern given the other symptoms I was experiencing. My doctor referred me to a specialist & I immediately left work for that appointment. The specialist strongly urged me to have a laparoscopy to determine the source of the pain & infection. I immediately was admitted and was in surgery about an hour later. My appendix was inflamed and was thus removed. I'm now at home recouperating. While I don't feel great, nothing compares to yesterday. Needless to say, I do feel better. I'm just uncomfortable at this point but hope I feel more like myself by tomorrow. My doctor has cleared me to sing Sweeney Todd next week, and I can return to rehearsal when I feel well enough to do so. I hope to go tomorrow evening but will likely not go back until Saturday.

Monday, September 04, 2006

8 Days to Panic

The holiday weekend has officially come to an end for me as I get ready for bed and the start of a new term at work and the last week of rehearsals. It was a restful weekend in the sense that I got to do what I wanted to do. While I should have spent a better portion of the weekend in the music room, instead I spent it catching up with friends. It was so great seeing & talking to them--some of whom I haven't seen or talked to in literally a few years. Time just gets away from you so quickly. I did get some rest...not quite as voluntarily as I would have liked. Ended up with a migraine & was forced to sleep it off. Just have the residual today. Hopefully it will be completely gone by tomorrow morning. Stress and lack of sufficient sleep are big triggers for me, so needless to say, I knew this one was coming. Just didn't know when. The next week will be crazy, so I suspect I won't have time to post again until the weekend. I'll let you know how the show is going. Thus far, my assessment is that it's gonna rock...if we can just get off book!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Holiday

Finally, the holiday weekend is here. I'm very much looking forward to it. This has been a very long week. Long rehearsals. Completely exhausted after each. Bad allergies. Ozone days. Migraine likely imminent. Lots of rest is in order for the weekend, well, in the sense that I plan to get more sleep. I still have lots to do--music to memorize, friends to see, etc. I have the house to myself, so theoretically I'll get everything done. Derek's gone to the ranch to play host for my brother's bachelor party. It's opening weekend of dove season, so just imagine a bunch of gun-toting boys celebrating the end of singledom.

In other news...A sad turn of events overnight for Truman Price. Yesterday, his parents had a conference meeting with the team of doctors on Truman's case. It seems that the little guy has suffered two major brain bleeds. Generally, these kinds of bleeds cause significant brain damage, though there really is no way of knowing just how severe until Truman grows older. Aside from this sad news, the doctors also reported that sepsis has set in as a result of his intestinal issues. Needless to say, little Truman is very sick and is still in need of your prayers. Please remember the entire Price family. This news has come as quite a blow.