Wednesday, January 31, 2007

First RCT Appearance

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday, April 7, 2007
7:30 p.m.
Courtyard Theatre, Plano (Ave. H & 15th St.)
Tickets: $29 adults
Tickets may be purchased through a company member
or by calling the RCT Box Office 972-690-5029
Box Office Hours M-F 10am-5pm

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Audition Opportunity

One of my theatre friends is the Vice President of Production for Kaufman County Civic Theatre and he has asked me to post the following audition notice.

Auditions for “Bye-Bye Birdie” will be held Sunday, February 4 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and Monday, February 5 beginning at 7:00. There will be a dance call and call back auditions Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00. Auditions are by appointment only.

Anyone wishing to audition must prepare two musical numbers consisting of a ballad and one up-tempo song. A piano accompanist will be provided. To make an audition appointment for February 4-5, email ellir75@sbcglobal.net or call 972/693-5774.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Making My Way

Whew, things are starting to pick up. That means fewer home-cooked meals for Derek without strategic planning. And it spells the end of weekday free time of any sizable measure. But all in all, I'm pleased with where it's all headed.

I'm officially the paid soprano section leader at Lake Highlands UMC. This was a difficult decision to make because it meant saying goodbye to my own church family, at least for an undetermined amount of time. However, I'm excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. And the director is excited about the new directions she can take her choir.

Unofficially, I'm one of the soprano soloists for the Irving Chorale's upcoming concert in which they will perform Rutter's Mass of the Children. This piece has never been performed in Dallas. And it combines both adult & children's choirs and soprano & baritone soloists. It's fab-u-lous! I hope you will all mark your calendars for March 24th to hear this stunning work!

I'm officially a member of Repertory Company Theatre for the 2007 season. This is very exciting as I am guaranteed at least one role, as well as singing chorus when needed. They have a terrific season lined up, and I'm excited about the roles I may be able to play.

There are some other things in the pipeline, like the possibility of playing Sarah in Guys and Dolls and one of the sisters in The Mikado. This will be a busy year, but I feel like I'm finally making my way, finding my place.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dad Update

Dad had his first post-op appointment today since being dismissed from the hospital. It went really well. He had the staples removed from the incision. And his surgeon is very happy with the progress that dad is making. The extensive bruising he has experienced this time is a normal side effect of the blood thinner they prescribed for this knee replacement. It can cause soreness and does make you look like you've been through the ringer. However, it will not impede healing in any way. Dad starts physical therapy on Monday. He can also switch to a cane for stability if he feels comfortable doing so. All in all, it's a terrific report. Thanks for your continued prayers for his speedy recovery.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I received this story in an email from my aunt. I found it very touching. And a terrific reminder for all of us that actions, indeed, do speak louder than words. I hope you enjoy the story and feel compelled, as I did, to share it with others.

Breakfast at McDonald's

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called "Smile." The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway, so I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around, I smelled a horrible "dirty body" smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman close to me, he was "smiling." His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, "Good day," as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, "Coffee is all, Miss," because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Thank you." I leaned over, began to pat his hand, and said, "I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope."

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, "That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope." We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in "my project" and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, "Can I share this?" I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn: UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS - NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

If you think this story has touched you in any way, please send to others.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Who Knew

Who knew dogs liked cigars?! Dori dug these out of Derek's briefcase. He brought them home from the sales meeting in San Diego and was so looking forward to having them.

I'm home this afternoon after the furniture delivery. Finally, after several thwarted attempts, the delivery company was able to deliver the sleeper chair.

I'll spend the rest of the afternoon doing something productive, though I haven't decided what that will be. I have to make a casserole for a friend. But the plans haven't gone beyond that.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

It's Raining, It's Pouring

This has certainly been an interesting week for weather. It's still cold (maybe in the 40s??) but not cold enough for any of the rain to freeze. And quite frankly, I'm glad b/c I've gotten some much-needed errands run. Woke up early w/ the dog today, so I headed off the grocery store to beat the Saturday crowd. Now I'm getting some scrapbook gifts finished up since I'm going to see the two recipients in the next few days. Derek's in San Diego at Stryker's National Sales meeting so this is the perfect opportunity to get those books done. Who cares how long I'm holed up in the scrap room, right?! Dori is enjoying it b/c she can snuggle in on her bed & still be with me. And I'm even double-tasking by listening to tracks for some upcoming projects. Meanwhile, the rain continues to fall as it has been all weekend. With such perfect weather, I just might have to take a break for a nap.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Dad's Home

Thanks for all of your prayers while my dad was in the hospital after his knee replacement surgery. He came home today. Yesterday's "scare" turned out to be a whole lotta nothin'. He was just a little queasy. Had some high-powered drugs & slept the rest of the day (probably overkill on the drugs). Anywho, he was dismissed a little after lunch today. He's now at home resting comfortably & doing very well. Feel free to drop him a card or give him a ring. I'm sure he would welcome either.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Longer Stay?

The last two days have been a little rough for dad. Got an update from mom both this morning and this afternoon. Dad's pain management had been clicking along really well until late yesterday afternoon. Then it hit him like a freight train and didn't let up until late this morning. We surmise that the nerve block from surgery wore off. And he had backed off on his pain meds b/c he hadn't needed them. So the cycle of pain got started before the newest rounds of meds kicked in. And if any of you are familiar with pain cycles, you know that once you let the ball roll that it's tough to get it stopped. But thankfully that finally came to an end this morning. But about lunch, he got sick to his stomach. We hope that it's simply a reaction to all the Tylenol and pain meds. At any rate, they got the vomiting stopped and he's now resting comfortably. We're not sure whether this will delay his dismissal. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

How Do They Do That???

A friend of mine sent me this link. It's a very interesting online "game," if you can call it that. If anyone can explain to me how this works, I would be much obliged. Check it out for yourself.

Winter Chill

The winter chill is still here & expected to hang around most of the weekend. We're under an ice storm warning until late tomorrow--or is it Sunday now? Anyway, they're anticipating freezing rain & sleet sometime tomorrow.

This morning, however, we awoke to mostly clear roadways. That was a welcomed surprise. A big hoorah to the TXDOT, city, and county crews who worked early into the morning covering bridges, ramps, and overpasses with sand and de-icing materials. That made the morning commute a breeze for everyone.

I'm supposed to sit with dad tomorrow so mom can work at least one day this week. She was supposed to go to work today. But with the inclement weather headed her direction in the late afternoon, she was debating whether to overnight again in Paris and take a fourth day from work. Haven't talked to her since midday yesterday. So I'm not sure what she decided to do. If dad gets dismissed tomorrow, she likely won't go to work anyway. But I know she'll appreciate a homecooked meal & a clean house. So I hope to be able to do those two things before they arrive home tomorrow. This is all assuming either one of us can get where we're going.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

New Theatre Possibilities

It's official--I got my invitation to join RCT today. This is an exciting opportunity. It's a foot in another door. And certainly the potential for doing some great stuff in the coming year. I'll keep you posted as I know what shows I'll be doing. Interested in RCT's season? Check it out.

Old Man Winter

Well, the weather forecasters were foiled again. No one anticipated the deep freeze that blew in overnight. In fact, a few days ago, they forecasted temps in the 40s today. It hasn't gotten out of the upper 20s. And we awoke to freezing and/or floating precipitation, which in Rowlett translated to sleet most of the morning but amounted to snow west of downtown. Streets in the neighborhood looked like this early this morning:


If the streets in my neighborhood look like this, you can only imagine what the bridges and overpasses looked like. (Though I wouldn't know b/c I wasn't stupid enough to get out.)

Now that traffic has driven through, the neighborhood looks like this:


I would say that's an improvement. Most of the major roadways have also thawed. But the bridges and overpasses are still covered in ice. And with temperatures still not above freezing, that's not expected to change.

I didn't have to get out today. My office, for all intents and purposes, was closed today. My guess for tomorrow is that we'll likely be open, though we may be delayed if road conditions do not improve overnight. For the most part, it's stopped precipitating and it's not supposed to do much more today or tonight. Then again, the forecasters were way off on this storm, so I'm a little hesitant to believe them. Just have to wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Today, I've taken advantage of being home. Have all of the house cleaning done. Yeah! I can now enjoy the rest of the free day.

On another note, mom called this morning and said dad is doing great. He was already clean, dressed, and sitting in a chair when she got to the hospital. He hasn't had morphine since last night--just oral pain meds. And he's now on the CPM machine. Looks like he's still clicking along for a Friday dismissal.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Prayers for my Dad

My dad had knee replacement surgery this morning. Everything went perfectly fine, and he is now settling in to his room. The doctor expects to release him on Friday, barring any complications between now and then. Mom said dad is alert & doing well. Cards and phone calls are welcome. I will post visitation information very soon. Continued prayers for his speedy recovery are much appreciated.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Weather Delays

In a way, it's nice that today is a holiday & I didn't have to go to work. Regardless, we likely would have been closed due to the icy weather anyway. But it was nice not having to get up & then get the phone call midway through the morning get-ready routine to find that I didn't have to get up after all. Not sure whether we'll be delayed tomorrow. Haven't been out or seen the afternoon news to know how much has melted from the roadways. It was treacherous this morning, that's for certain, after an overnight coating of light rain.

But the weather has put a kink in quite a number of things I had planned today. My furniture is not being delivered (and I'm still awaiting the phone call to reschedule). I didn't get to have lunch & run around with mom. Can't get out & get the grocery shopping done. Had to cancel my voice lesson.

On the upside, I've been inside all day. So I've finally gotten all the Christmas decorations down & put away. Have a major portion of the laundry done. Got started on the vacuuming. Reorganized the drawers in the kitchen after my new organizers arrived this afternoon. Put on a pot of soup to share with the neighbors.

So all in all, a cold & icy day has been pretty productive.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Why Do I Always Have to Have a Story?

So, had the RCT audition yesterday. Sang one of my old standards simply b/c I was too lazy to spend the time on a new piece. Besides, these people hadn't heard me before, so an old standbye didn't really matter. They had an interesting set-up. Everyone in one room, do your thing, and wait for callback announcements. So I waited all afternoon and didn't hear my name. Maybe I was too legit, I decided. Plenty of other opportunities to sing elsewhere. Went home & made plans to just hang out today.

So, today, I'm working on taking down Christmas decorations in preparation for new furniture...and simply b/c it's time for all that to go back to its happy home. Mind you, when I do housework, very rarely do I bother to get up & get dressed. So in usual fashion, I'm working in my pjs. Took a break to watch last week's Grey's. Derek brings me my cell phone but he'd ultimately missed the call. I didn't recognize the number. Then a voicemail pops up. It's RCT calling to see where I am?!?! Huh. Next thing, the phone rings at home. So I actually get to talk to the girl at RCT. Told her I would have to get ready before I could head that way & it would be at least an hour before I could get there. Ultimately, I quickly shower & hit the road. They're in the middle of the dance audition. Head lady says, stand up there & watch. See how much you can pick up. Great. So I stand up & watch. Looks pretty simple. Ultimately, one of the dance instructors teaches me the first bit of the dance. I was surprised that I actually picked it up pretty quickly--in about 5 min. Got one run-through & then got to sing again. The lights go out. So I get to sing without accompaniment. Fun.

Anyway, we'll see what happens. Should get a results letter next week.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Long Weekend

Whew, I was busier than I wanted to be this week. Had a voice lesson on Monday, where I prepared for tomorrow's audition at RCT. Had a board meeting on Tuesday at which I discussed my duties as webmaster for the group. Made dinner for the neighbors last night. Supposed to have gone to the Safari Club dinner & auction tonight, but the weather keeps us in & eating leftovers. Actually, that's okay since I need rest for tomorrow's audition. Tomorrow's busy with the audition & then the opera. Sunday's church. And I'm supposed to visit the Pikes sometime in the late afternoon/early evening. Somewhere in all of this, I need to get the Christmas decorations down, especially since I just got a call that the chair I ordered for the formal living room will be delivered on Monday. Naturally, the chair is supposed to go precisely where the Christmas tree currently stands. But the delivery date couldn't be more perfect since I'll be home on a work holiday. What am I doing writing this post? I need to get busy!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Odds-n-Ends

Had a nice weekend, albeit kinda busy. Saw one of my theatre friends who is currently abroad with the military. Had a nice visit & people-watching jaunt at North Park. Funny how you can pick up where you left off with some of your friends...like they never left. Only have two like that. Kinda scary to think they know me that well.

Anywho. Also enjoyed celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday. She and David had people over. So it was like a housewarming & birthday party all rolled into one. They have a lovely house. And it was great to get to meet some of David's coworkers. You can tell they're a great team & really enjoy working for DPS.

Bought furniture this weekend. I finally caved. Derek's new big screen is moving from the office/game room to the family room. It's been my rule not to have a tv at the center of the house (i.e. the center of attention). But we found a great piece of furniture that will disguise the tv so it's not screaming at you when you walk in. So in a few weeks, we'll be doing the great rearrangement. Current tv & armoire are moving to the formal living room, where I'll also be getting a new oversized chair. And the new armoire will house the big screen & all its junk (i.e. game systems, etc.) next to the fireplace. I'll post pictures when it's all said & done.

Things in the singing department have been quiet since Christmas. That was intentional. I needed time to recover. Now things are getting back into full swing. Got a call from the Presby church to come sing some this month. Have to coordinate & see if that works out. Also have the opportunity to sign on as a paid singer at another church, but until that's official, I won't say much more. Have a company audition this Saturday for a local theatre. Worked on audition pieces today. The theatre's doing some great stuff in the next six months. So I've jumped off the fence & decided it's worth it to join the company if asked. We'll see how that goes.

Got started on part of the resolutions for this year. Ordered drawer organizers for the kitchen. I hate not being able to find things in the utensil drawers!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law Olga. Hope you have a great day!

Family Time

An ordinary evening might look like this at our house too.

Now That's Something I'll Get Behind


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Reminder: Do Not Call Registry

REMINDER...11 days from today, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. These calls will count against your minute usage.

To register all of your phone numbers, including your cell phone, go to the National Do Not Call Registry. Registration is simple. It took me less than 5 minutes. Your numbers are then on the registry for 5 years. Imagine 5 years without hearing from a random telemarketer...priceless silence!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I Resolve to:

It's officially the new year: I had to work. And thus, it is time to make the laundry list of things that may or may not come to pass but certainly give good benchmarks for another year of self-improvement. Without further delay, in 2007, I resolve to:
* be more patient
* ask nicely rather than nag incessantly
* get organized (i.e. clean out those stupid closets & the garage)
* file weekly
* finish the half-finished home improvement projects
* catch up on some long-neglected scrapbooks
* get in shape (i.e. watch less t.v./walk the dog more often)
* read at least 5 classics
* audition for more shows than last year
* spend at least 30 min a day singing
* buy a piano

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007

My wish for each of you:
May your footsteps set you upon a lifetime journey of love. May you wake each day with His blessings and sleep each night in His keeping. And as you grow another year older, may you always walk in His tender care.
From A Gift of Love for a Special Daughter page-a-day calendar