Thursday, September 23, 2010

Let's Get This Party Started!

Welcome to the sign of Libra!! Today marks our month long celebration. Libras, arise!! To usher in our special time, there was an amazing harvest moon in the sky this morning. Now, if I could only figure out a way to celebrate my birthday without actually getting older...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

One Wild Week

Last spring, Mark and I attended a German trip fundraiser that Cam was involved in. One of the Fairport High School acts that performed that night was the high school comedy improv troupe, Downstage. The kids were just hilarious and very entertaining , and at the time I thought, "Wow, Annalisse would really love this!" So, when auditions for Downstate were taking place this week, she hemmed and hawed and tried to decide if she wanted to try out. Of course, everyone she asked said she should because of her quick wit and funny sense of humor.

The Downstage troupe is composed of 10 kids, and this year there were three slots available. On Monday, she and many kids went through the first round of auditions, and afterwards she was so excited about the prospect of joining the group. On the second day of auditions, although she wasn't required to, she auditioned again so she could, in her words, "make sure she got noticed." Then, Tuesday night, we waited and checked the website for Wednesday's last round of auditions (callbacks). She screamed and jumped around when she saw her name on the callback list, so we got ourselves ready for Wednesday.

After Wednesday's callback, she felt that she had a really good shot. The current Downstage kids with whom she auditioned gave her great feedback, and led her to believe that she was a really strong contender. The next step was that she would hear if she was selected by Wednesday night. The rumor was that they would visit your home with the news if you made it.

As it happened, we were in and out on Wednesday night, so did not get a visit. At 8:30pm Mark and I went our separate ways: him to pick up Annalisse at crew, and me to pick up Cam at SAT prep class. Around 8:40pm I got the call: the Downstage kids had "rushed" Annalisse at the end of crew practice telling her she "made it." Much to the dismay of Annalisse's coach, there was jumping and screaming and crying all around.

We are so proud of her! I think this will be a great experience for her with a really nice group of kids. Traditionally, they've done a lot of stuff together and spend a lot of time "bonding," so it's nice for her to get to know yet another segment of the large high school population. She probably sums it best in one of her Facebook posts this week: "I officially LOVE high school!"

You go, girl!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Many Updates, Little Time

Boy, that was a long stretch since my last post! The blog drought was not for lack of news, but for lack of time. There's been a lot going on in preparation for the kids' return to school. Just between you and me (and all the Internet universe), I think I'm one of the only people who, in a way, dreads the start of school because of the busyness, rushing and academic pressure involved.

On Wednesday, September 8, at 5:30am, we were off an running. After a summer of staying up late (and getting up really late), the kids were surely suffering by Thursday afternoon when they both fell asleep after school. When I got home from work on Friday it was the same scenario, and out of pity I let them sleep until 5:30pm. Let's hope they start to re-balance the sleep/school time as we enter the second week.

Before the "magic" day, though, there was school supply shopping and our neighbor's annual backyard movie night featuring old reels from the 30's, 40's and 50's (and probably the 60's). This year it started to rain just as the first movie started, so we didn't stay long enough to enjoy the old favorites like Jiminy Cricket and Johnny Appleseed. Still, it was good fun!

Perhaps the most exciting news of all is that after a year-and-a-half
on borrowed time, and three months since the (timely) demise of our Dell PC, WE FINALLY GOT OUR MACBOOK PRO!! Of course, it's never a good time financially for that sort of thing but since Cam returned from his job at camp and Annalisse is done with all her vacationing, I was really feeling the pinch of not having access to a computer at home. So, I spent all last weekend getting our new "toy" settled and even hooked up the wireless printer that we got for "free" with our purchase. I absolutely love it! (A snarky aside: Even though Mark is a System's Engineer he knows zilch, nothing, nada, about PCs and home networks. Good thing I love technology and consider myself a tehno geek!!).

Sometimes, when I'm so busy, I remind myself that there will come a time when the kids are grown and I'm not working full-time when I will have SO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS that I can watch and read whatever I want...and dream of days when I was busier!