Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Game of Cat and Mouse

For some reason, my little Conor loves to climb in any box she can find, no matter how big or little, and also to be the center of attention.
Of course, that means game night really rings her bell (yes, she has one on her collar). Silly kitty.

Opening Night!

In case anyone is wondering, we made it out alive!
Opening night had a few technical glitches, such as a valley-wide power bump, but all-in-all we felt pretty good about everything. Now we have opening night jitters out of the way and can have a blast up there!
I even got some beautiful roses:-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Nunsense opens tonight!

Everyone come see the show! Invite all your friends and family! Even if you don't like theater yourself, tell people who do!

Host: Murray Arts Council
Dates: Tuesday July 28, 2009
Thursday July 30
Saturday August 1
Tuesday August 4
Thursday August 6
Saturday August 8
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm (doors open at 7)
Cost: $8 (12 & under, 62 & older - $6)
Location: Murray Park Amphitheater
296 East Murray Park Lane
Murray, UT

Once you park, you will follow a short trail by a little creek (I think the northwest corner of the lot), into the woods, that leads you to the amphitheater - it really is quite lovely!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Anything You Can Do...

When your AC isn't working, do you call one of your fix-it-guy friends or just have at it yourself?
Of all times for me to get all gung-ho, "I can do this!" I mean, the AC is something I could really screw up.
Regardless, it was 11:30pm and I would wait no longer. I pulled the cover off and first thing I encountered was a button. Hmm...hark, a button...I shall push!
Upon said pushage the purr of the miraculous AC fired up. What satisfaction in drifting off to dreamland with the cool air streaming and your pride beaming!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Smart Cookie

My favorite cookies in the world are at Smart Cookie.
If you haven't tried them, you need to - Lemon, Almond, and Sugar cookie bliss!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Friday evening I had an intense session with the trainer before heading off to practice more for the "tap-dancing nuns" number. Fresh out of water, I decided to fill up my Super Big Gulp cup at the closest 7-11. I asked the cashiers if there would be a charge for the water, knowing that they never charge for filling your own cup with water, but wanting to be honest just in case policy has changed. They, of course, said no but that there would be a charge for the cup. The following conversation ensued:

Me: "I brought this cup in with me."
Man 1: "I didn't see you bring in the cup."
Me: "Are you serious?" (I really thought they were joking)
Man 2: "I didn't see you bring it in either."
Me: "Are you kidding me?"
Man 1 & 2: "No, you didn't bring that cup in."
Me: "Ok, well look - here is the dent from where the cup has been sitting in my car and I can show you the puddle outside of my car from where I dumped out the warm water to refill it with cold."
Man 1 & 2: "Well next time you need to show us the cup, but we still don't think you brought that cup in here with you."
Me: "So, do you want me to pay you then?"

You can tell when someone does and doesn't believe you and they most definitely think I am a thief.
Naturally, the next day, I stopped by the same 7-11 on my way to rehearsal. Man 1 was working with a line of 5 or 6 people at the register, but I SHOUTED as I entered, "I'm bringing in a refill cup!" As I walked out, not even waiting in the line, I just shouted, "I just filled it up with water!" He nodded and said, "Thank you."
The lesson I learned? The people at 7-11 like annoying, loud people more than honest, quiet people. I just wanted a super big gulp of water!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Clothes B.O.

I was rehearsing the other day, sweating profusely - the fire department could us me as a hose - and I caught a whiff of this stench. My first thought? "Oh no, I forgot to put on deodorant!" In as sneaky a manner as I could, I sniffed the pits - nope, good. I sniffed the shirt - nada. I sniffed the feet (I'm flexible) - nothing! Then I remembered thinking my gym pants weren't quite dry as I had pulled them out of the dryer that morning. I bent over and sniffed the pants - GUILTY!
Seems the smell of mildew-y laundry can cause the same kind of wretched odor as "au natural" proponents. Blagh.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Crocodile Tears

Do Crocodiles even cry?

Not the point. I am a girl. I cry. I hate being vulnerable enough to cry.

I struggle with the fact that I am not a stone-hearted, tearless individual. I somehow gauge "how I am doing" with how much I am not crying. But what's the big deal?

I have never cried at a movie. I pride myself on this. But seriously - isn't it better to be in touch with your emotions and feelings and let it out? Or does my lack of water-emitting over fake plots just mean that I have more control over my emotions?

I have several times gone stretches of at least a year without crying. What kind of a game am I winning with that?

Recently, I've wanted to cry a lot - so I do, I let myself cry. Yet the second someone else sees me or asks if I'm ok, I apologize profusely. But why? I've even got myself so psyched out about crying that half the time I want to I can't! But I'm a girl, I'm human - I should just be allowed to cry!

I hate having this internal conflict. I'd like to say I'll cry more, but this vulnerability is not something I'm willing to accept yet. And seriously, "crying face" is probably God's greatest reason for us not to cry :-)

Monday, July 13, 2009


I am back!
Alaska was amazing. Canada was amazing. Seattle was amazing. That pretty much sums it up :-)
I saw: Whales, Porpoise, Starfish, Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Ravens, Deer, Bunnies, jumping Salmon, and the usual wildlife.
I ate: Salmon Berries fresh from the bush, crab (keep in mind any kind of seafood is adventurous for me), the best filet mignon of my life, more bread and butter than any human should consume in one week, too many peanut M&Ms to count, lots of Canadian chocolate, a five-course dinner every night, a virgin drink called a "Virgin Kiss"...and I'll just stop there cause we all know food is endless on cruises.
If you have any other questions, ask away! I'll post a few more pictures of us people when I get one where I am not one of the whales :-)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Leave of Absence

I will not be blogging again until around July 13, but you bet your bottom dollar it will be a good one! Leave lots of comments for me letting me know how you are going through withdrawals :-)


I had two identical cups on my desk - one full of M&Ms and one full of water.

I reached for some M&Ms and instead found my hand submerged in liquid...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hugs & the "Get Off Me" Pat

A friend takes you to a new group of people and you play games together for an evening. As you are leaving, everyone gives their farewell hugs....then they all feel obligated to hug you awkwardly. Why do we do this?

But when then do you break the initial hug barrier? I had two new people hug me at church on Sunday - not just once, but several times. I love a good hug, don't get me wrong - I just wonder what makes a person initially cross that line.

I especially love the "get off me pat" - aka - when you are done hugging someone, there is always a pat, whether on your behalf or the other party's - someone always gives a good pat to signal the end of said awkward embrace. Not that there's anything wrong with that. :-)