Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our Anniversary

Ten years ago today, I married a knight in shining armor. Or perhaps he was a living saint. Whatever you'd like to call him, he married me for the person I was - warts & all. And trust me, there were, and still are, plenty of warts! Today's post is a tribute to ten years of marriage. It's had its ups and its downs, its good times and its bad times, its joys and its sorrows. But in the end, here we are. Ten years older. Ten years wiser. And ten years still married!

Poem adapted from "Anniversary Love Sonnet" by Joanna Fuchs
"When I Fall in Love" recorded by me and played at our wedding

Friday, October 15, 2010

Things: Installment 57

Coming down off the show high, well, I'm a bit of an emotional mess. I'm glad that it's over. I'm sad that it's over. I'm a little anxious to get on with the next project. I'm glad to have nothing to do. So that's what this week's Things Series is all about.

Things You Should or Shouldn't Do After Completing a Big Project
  • You should definitely enjoy a day or two of doing absolutely nothing. It's very cathartic!
  • You should enjoy a long-overdue Girls Night Out - i.e. margaritas and shoes for our bunch. (On tonight's agenda!)
  • You should not, under any circumstances, read sappy love poems in search of the perfect one for your anniversary card! You will, most certainly, get teary-eyed if not shed a for-reals tear.
  • You should definitely not say goodbye to one of your closest friends before he leaves for active duty. You are in no state to handle such things. Tell him to come back next week and try again. (If only...)
  • You should not avoid housework. Those dust bunnies have built megaplexes in your absence. They must be stopped.
  • You should not wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after dreaming about choreography. Enough already. You rocked it!
  • You should get crafty. I don't know about you, but a little ink on the fingers is good for the soul!
  • You should catch up on your long-neglected DVR. Your husband will thank you for freeing up the space he needs to record his very important cartoons.
  • You should definitely start working on your husband's anniversary gift. Particularly since you now know what you have to live up to in the expectations department!
  • You should do some laundry. The sniff test won't help you now.
  • You should enjoy time with friends. Kick back. Have a few. Chat. Giggle. Sing karaoke. You know, live a little!

Monday, October 11, 2010


That one little word sums up the entire weekend rather nicely. Two successful shows, a birthday, a surprise, and lots of friends and family. I am truly blessed!

Thank you to everyone who supported Side by Side by Sondheim in some form or fashion. Without each and every one of you, the show could not have been a success! Thanks to the other singers and accompanists who spent countless hours rehearsing. Thanks to Daon for your patience and tireless effort to turn us into Singers Who Can Move. Thanks to the behind-the-scenes folks for taking care of all the little details. Thanks to those of you who attended the performances or who, in absence, gave a donation. But most importantly, thank you to the spouses/significant others who loved and supported us through this tiring (and sometimes frustrating) process.

Aside from performing this weekend, I also celebrated another birthday. And on Saturday night, Derek surprised me after the show. For those of you who don't know Derek, he cannot buy a gift and hang onto it. It burns a hole in his pocket. So this year, he gave my gift to a friend to hang onto so he wouldn't be tempted to give it to me early. He (very easily) coerced friends and family to participate in surprising me after Saturday's show. Aside from a birthday this month, we will also celebrate our TENTH wedding anniversary. So he gave me beautiful roses and got down on one knee and proposed all over again. For those of you who know our original proposal story, this one was proper! *snicker* It was truly a very special evening.

Today, I've enjoyed a day of rest. I haven't done much of anything that I didn't want to do. Unless you count that trip to the DMV to get a new driver's license. *giggle* But that was actually pretty painless - in and out in 20 min. and that was AFTER going through the line twice because I neglected to complete a new form where they just about ask you what brand of underwear you wear. I even managed to avoid doing any household chores, though I should probably at least reconsider the laundry since I have no clean underoos for tomorrow. I kid. Kinda. *chuckle*

From the bottom of my heart, thanks, everyone! This was a spectacular weekend!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

What Show Week Does to My Blurfing

I'm pretty noidy about cleaning out my Google Reader. I know that comes as a shock to most of you! *snicker* Needless to say, most of this week, I've had more important things to do than read all of the blogs I follow. Here's what happens when I ignore GR for just two days....uggggh!

P.S. blurfing = blog surfing ... you're welcome

Friday, October 01, 2010

Things: Installment 56

Have you bought your tickets for Side by Side by Sondheim yet? And why not?! Hmmmm??? *wink*

Still in show mode. Oh my, oh my! am I in show mode! So, as promised, another week of funny things from rehearsals.

More Things Overheard in Rehearsals
  • Wow! Well ... THAT was a trainwreck!!
  • I'm glad you're singing this one!
  • Three against two, two against three. Who's on first?
  • She: Don't forget about cross-cross-down-pop. [Blank stares] We: But aren't we on the bouncy song? [pause] [uprorious laughter] She: Oh ... right. Well, don't forget that NEXT time!
  • Come on, don't give up!
  • Dammit, wrong foot AGAIN!
  • I'll save my cry for later.
  • And that, folks, is how you panic your choreographer!
  • You realize we've only had one rehearsal for each of our numbers?!
  • Okay, now I'm a little scared.
  • Again?
  • I can't even think straight.
  • How much longer?
  • Can we go yet?
  • Um. No. That was wrong. But you were wrong together!
  • I give that one a "meh."
  • You got it.
  • Keep going.
  • Almost.