Thursday, November 29, 2012

awkward and awesome // 11.29.12

Awkward:

- the amount of spam comments I get everyday. Anyone else having this problem?

- running up the stage steps and getting the toe of my cowboy boot caught under the step and tripping, managing to barely regain my balance before reaching the stop, only to stumble headlong into our photographer...not my shining moment

- reading emails on my iPod at rehearsal 'cause I thought no one was around, only to look up and see a friend politely waiting for me to finish so they could ask me a question. I felt like a Typical Teenage Device Addicted Jerk. Anyway. Being more careful from now on.

- handing Mr. Burton his costume. Which wouldn't be awkward, except that he's a wonderful homeschool dad who's always dressed very nicely...and the costume is a purple jumper with an orange shirt and fleece hat with braids. Hey, I wasn't the one who came up with the idea. I just do as I'm told. :P
- sitting here like a nervous wreck refreshing our theater troupe's website in anticipation of the announcement of our next show...but already knowing deep down what it will be, and that it will actually most likely be announced tomorrow *wry grin*

- my director and our stage manager both left their scripts at home. For dress rehearsal. Unprecedented. So they borrowed mine. Glad to be of service!

Awesome:

- ordering five soundtracks off Amazon (you can get them cheap if you buy used CDs and then rip them to your computer) and getting two in the mail on the same day. Into the Woods and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Just waiting on Evita, Annie, and Lion King Broadway.

- my preschool class. They just are.

- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. A new favorite that I was introduced to by the lovely Heffington girls. The movie is adorable, and now I have the soundtrack on repeat. "Impossible! for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage. Impossible!..." Really a lovely find, with some wonderful songs. I think I have most of them memorized already...

- feeling helpful and productive at work, at church, at home, at rehearsals. I like being available for people, and especially since I've come to realize over the past months that people like to be around me (not just me liking to hang out with them), I've just come to enjoy being a servant more. :D

- PERCHIK HAS A SONG!!! Who knew, right? My bad for not ever listening to original show soundtrack, just the movie. Perchik SINGS! Totally made my day. It's called "Now I Have Everything", and just confirmed a hundred times over that someday I want to play Hodel. *grin*


- hanging out at our church friends' farm for the day, processing venison, chatting and watching football. Oh, and playing with their adorably cute hunting puppies.

- Raspberry hot chocolate. Mama bought this hot chocolate sampler thingy in Sam's that had all these different flavors. Some have been pretty good (like the Double Chocolate, or Caramel), some are okay (White Chocolate), and one I haven't tried yet (Warm Oatmeal Cookie - *seriously*). But when I tried Raspberry for the first time the other day, it was AMAZING. Now I can't get enough :D

- meaningful conversations about real things with people you care about. Because iron really does sharpen iron, and when we are seeking the Lord, and we share our journey with others, we are blessed.

And closing with two pictures of my baby sister, because no post is complete without her *grin*

Saturday, November 24, 2012

saturday morning daybook // 11.24.12

Date... November 24, 2012
Starting time... 8:39am
Mood...restful, anticipating the day
Outside my window...cool, brisk autumn day. 
I'm thinking...about the fact that I have college friends in town and I'm not going to see any of them
I'm currently reading...Answering the Guy Questions by Leslie Ludy
I'm listening to...Christmas music! "Step, step into Christmas..." *grin* Tis the season, peoples!
I'm wearing...jeans, white t-shirt, brown sweater, my beloved jicaro necklace from Nicaragua
I'm looking forward to...TECH WEEK. I'm serious. It starts tomorrow and I'm going a little nuts just waaaaaaaiting for it. And I'm not even acting! This is what theater does to you, folks. Be warned.
I'm hoping...that UVA and Clemson manage to win their games today. We shall see.
Yesterday, I...sewed, and sewed, and sewed, cleaned the house after my cousins left, then went to town for supper at Revolutionary Soup and then to the Paramount to see Miracle on 34th Street
I'm hungry for...Lumpkin's waffles. Yes, I'm specific.
The song stuck inside my head is..."Do They Know It's Christmas?" by that 80s group Band-Aid that they wrote during the Ethiopian famine. Still not sure if I like the song, but it tends to get stuck in my head. "And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time...the greatest gift they'll get this year is life..."
I love...the fact that I'm in bed right now, and I don't have socks on, and that my quilt is super cozy.
I loathe...stink bugs. They get in my fabric and then everything smells like cilantro. 
This week, my goal is...to be a focused and helpful...helper to MaryAnne and Mrs. Nalle during tech week, to keep my patience, and to be wise.
Did I meet last week's goal?...Considering that the last time I did this was September of *last year*, and my goal that week was to turn in my homework on time, I will consider that accomplished.
Picture(s) of the Week...at the theater last night:


not sure why Daisy went down on her knees :P My sisters were also at the movie, but in a different section. :D

Ending time...9:07am

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thankful

"Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the Creator triumphantly raise!
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us
Who guides us and leads to the end of our days.
His banners are o'er us, His light goes before us
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light!"

photo by aftphotography.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

off to massachusetts

"If you say, 'Come with me off to Massachusetts', then to Massachusetts we will go/We will buy dishes there, maybe even two sets/Buy the finest china then we'll dine awhile on crepes suzette..." - Little Women the Musical

So yes, we did go "off to Massachusetts" last month. And yes, it was my second time in less than four weeks. It was a little spur-of-the-moment, because even though we'd been planning to go for months, we did call the trip off for Hurricane Sandy - but after neither our town nor Boston got hit very hard, we left anyway after a 12-hr prep period. Gotta love a spontaneous 14-hour drive! Haha.

We stopped in Hershey, PA on our way up and toured the inside of Chocolate World. We also drove past Allentown, PA...which for all my Bye Bye Birdie (and Billy Joel, as Nana so aptly pointed out) fans has special significance :D




It was neat taking my family around downton Boston and showing them the different spots I had visited previously with Jess and Lily, although sadly the ducklings were covered up for some kind of maintence.





We spent two nights in Cambridge, and then two nights at lovely home up in Rockport - owned by a college friend of my parents. It was beautiful, and Rockport is *picturesque*. The house was large too, about 100x larger than our immigrant flat in Cambridge (inside joke - it wasn't *that* small. but close.) so we could all spread out. Rockport has streets and streets of classic touristy shops, and since it's the end of the season, everything was reasonable priced - so us girls had a little shopping spree. :) The ice cream shop was closing the next day, so they were giving away their "inventory". That means free ice cream for everyone, our kind of deal. *grin*




the picture on the left is for Brianna - showing her that you can live in the North and still be Southern. Except that the Confed flag up in MA probably means something different than it does down here :(

While in Boston we drove out to Minuteman National Park and Lexington and Concord. Minuteman has a *wonderful* visitor's center presentation - the best I've ever seen - so if you're ever up there, GO. Truly. And all the historic landmarks and exact locations of certain events left me with a sense of awe. Standing at the spot where a young minuteman fell, and contemplating that his death helped give me the life I'm living now. We are directly linked. He was willing to sacrifice his life for generations he would never meet. It made me want to be a better steward of my freedom. Would I lay down my life so a future generation could live better than I did? Even if I knew that not everyone would appreciate it? Powerful.






We also visited the Alcott family home in Concord. *pause* *insert annoucement* If I ever leave this state (other than my upcoming jaunt to Colorado for a year or so), the only place I would ever consider moving to was Charleston, SC. Now Concord, MA has been added to that list. *end annoucement* It's that sweet and lovely.




The house was charming. After watching all those Little Women movies a couple years ago (I just recently found out there's a 1970 version that we didn't watch - gahhhh!), I felt like I'd already been in Orchard House before...because, kudos to those set designers, they copied it almost exactly. Especially in the 1994 version. And it wasn't till after we'd left the house that I realized I did not take a picture of me with the house. I have pictures of the house, so does Maddie, but not with anyone in them. WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!?!?! Historic moment. Whateverrrrrrrrr. But I will savor my picture-less memories. And dream of moving to Concord - the only Yankee town I'd consider calling home. *wry grin and smirk at Brianna*
Orchard House. The real thing.

We ate Panera four times on our trip. It was just the only place we knew, loved and trusted in all the foreign territory *grin* Which led to hilarious text conversation about two days after we got home (note: I was texting from Dad's phone while he was driving, dictating to me *grin*)

It had been a long day and I don't think our joke went over very well. Oops. Hehe. Anywayyy...

The baptism, the whole reason we went up in the first place, was sweet. It was a priviledge to participate in, and I pray that little Lily will grow up to be a beautiful woman of God, attune to His will.




We were home by early, early Monday morning...so a good five day trip. And then Dad and I picked up and left for a short three-day trip to Colorado just a few days later. More on that in the next edition of Jo's Crazy Break Year Adventures.

So that was our family excursion up north! Exciting times.