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Complex Mother's Day

Sunday, May 09, 2010



To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
~ Maya Angelou

There was never a Hallmark card for my mother on Mother's Day - the poems and sentiments never fit, so I made my own cards to suit my mother. Mom was a complex, complicated, fierce, and passionate woman. She struggled with depression all of her life and was either very present and loving, or closed off into a world of her own. She was full of life and suicidal.

Mom surrounded herself with beauty; she was an artist, a writer, and a master gardener. She loved to travel and filled the house with art from around the world. She was also a passionate social activist, bringing her children along to Civil Rights and Anti-War protests to participate in taking action against wrong. She laid down in from of trucks to protest the building of a nuclear power plant near our home, as she felt that nuclear power was very dangerous.

When I was suspended for wearing a black armband and lowering the school flag half mast after Dr. Martin Luther King died, she marched herself right into the principal's office and had him retract the suspensions for all of the children who protested the school's lack of respect for his death.

Mom's relationships with my father and us children was volatile: warm and loving, resentful and angry, fiercely protective. Our family was 'dysfunctional' in the traditional sense, but it was MY family and I have deep love and appreciation for both of my parents. They dealt with their own hardships the best they could and raised us to the best of their abilities.

When I began my journey into parenthood, I wanted to be the perfect mother because my mother was not. It didn't take long to discover that parenting and perfect are not synonymous - not even close. The best gift we can give to our children is the knowledge that we are all human, we make mistakes, say stupid things, and have slip-ups. We try, we learn, we grow. Life is about exploration, not perfection.


Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
~ Alice Walker




I miss you, Mom.

  
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WATERMELLEN 5/13/2010 8:53PM

    I'm 33 years older than my daughter and early on began telling her when something went wrong in her life not to worry because she had 33 years to achieve perfection, just like me! She thought that was hiliarious at 3 -- figured out early that she was never going to "catch up" and of course that I was far from perfect -- and quoted it back in her Mother's Day email to me!!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/12/2010 12:44AM

    What a nice tribute to your mother. Some of those descriptions could have referred to my mother as well. When my son was born 37 years ago, my mother came out to Colorado to help me for a few weeks. She had to return to Washington for a scheduled court date for leading a demonstration on the beach. My mom passed away the day before Mother's Day 5 years ago.

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MEOWMAMA3 5/11/2010 9:48PM

    Powerful, powerful tribute! Some of those descriptions could have referred to my Momzo but I wasn't up to the emotions of the memory reruns.... I love the story about the suspensions and activism. In 1965 Momzo was the treasurer for the local chapter of the NAACP much to the chagrin of my father, the Republican, ran for State Representative (and lost). They soon divorced..... but I do have a photo of him posing with Tricky Dick! lol! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/11/2010 7:28AM

    What a lovely tribute to your mom!

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MARYMAC45 5/10/2010 6:12PM

    Parenting is much harder than any of us think, especially when we are young. We all strive to be the perfect parents. How fast we learn how difficult it is. If you don't know when your children are young, you certainly do when they become teenagers. Our parents are products of their environment. They do as their parents did. However our parents were, we all love them for their efforts. None of us are perfect. Most did the best they could. Dealing with depression is a whole other story, not of their choice. God knows it does affect us, but they did the best they could. Thanks for posting.
M

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/10/2010 5:51PM

    Yes, we do start that journey into motherhood thinking we can improve on the past. And then we get there and realize it just is not that easy! I admire your courage to state it like it is. I really do not think that most families are "hallmark" families.

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~MISS_TEA~ 5/10/2010 1:21PM

    Thanks for sharing! I can see her great qualities in you! I am glad you got them!

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PENNYAN45 5/10/2010 10:52AM

    This was a poignant piece. Most of all, I appreciate how you recognize your mother's imperfections as well as appreciate her finer qualities. You love her and you forgive her.

You are among the fortunate few who have been able to reconcile their feelings for their mothers.

I am sure that has made you a better mom, yourself.

You are so right - there is no perfection in parenting. In spite of our best efforts - we will still hurt or disappoint. And we are always learning.

I also loved the quotes you included - at the beginning and at the end.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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PS Thanks so much for your encouraging words on my blog yesterday.

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STARLASUE 5/10/2010 7:36AM

    Yup- this resonates with me too. Hallmark just could not peg Moms like ours, could they? But you know, they gave us strengths and insight that we would never have attained otherwise. Missing my Mom too.

I also miss my dear m-i-l. She was my best friend, mentor and teacher. She WAS the warm, fuzzy, insightful, inspired, Hallmark mom! :-)

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IUHRYTR 5/9/2010 9:55AM

    I am sorry about your loss. Days like this one seem to emphasize the void we feel rather than the happy memories. But it is the memories that sustain us. For you, though, today is a day to enjoy and have fun. Happy Mother's Day! -- Lou

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LMB-ESQ 5/9/2010 9:52AM

    Beautiful! Your mother sounds like a real marvel. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 5/9/2010 9:43AM

    Wow..this sent goosebumps all over me..my mother was the same in many areas..and when my father died at 9..she really withdrew from life..never knew what to expect plus being the only child..they were scary and strange...this was so well written and I can feel all that you wrote...thanks for sharing and blessings to you . Hugs

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LN7777 5/9/2010 8:40AM

    Great blog!! You said what I feel about my Mom. You have a gift for writing. Hope you have a Happy Mothers Day. emoticon

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Stella's Mother

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A sweet family with a child in my class, gave Stella to me when I was going through a tough time.



Stella started out a little black puppy, so at first, I thought she would be all black like her mom, Lady. It turned out that she is the beautiful silver of her grandmother. Last week, I was talking to Lady's 'mom' about how lively and endlessly energetic Stella is. She told me that Lady had finally started to settle down at 7 1/2 years.

Yesterday, when Lady's 'mom' dropped her daughters off for rehearsal, she told me that she had been at the vets all day. She had discovered a lump under Lady's throat, and when she gave her her spring short cut, she discovered swollen lymph nodes all over her. The vet confirmed that she has lymphatic cancer. Lady only has about 4 more months of life left. The oldest child is Dorothy in the play, and is enjoying being the star (and she IS a star), so her mother has decided not to tell the children until Monday.

I guess what was finally slowing Lady down was lymphoma. I am so sad about this news, for the family and for Lady.

  
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MARY1313 5/10/2010 1:14AM

    Oh No!!!! I am so sorry about this. I know you heart is just broken, for the pup, and for the family too.

I'll add everyone to the prayer list. Poor Poodle.

Mary

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/9/2010 8:59AM

    I have to relate our experience with canine lymphoma because it might be useful to you and Stella's mother's owners.

Almost 2 years ago, we discovered lumps on the neck our miniature schnauzer. We were pretty sure about what it was and the vet confirmed our fears. He mentioned a canine oncologist and though we hadn't much hope, we decided to give it a shot.

The oncologist said that there was an aggressive "Wisconsin" treatment that was being tried out. It was successful in providing a couple of years life extension in about 10% of the cases (remission), and complete cure in about 1% of cases.

It involved 6 month's of chemo treatments, and was fairly pricey. Roughly $6,500.

It's horrible to put a price tag on loved ones, but that's reality. We decided that the dog was less than 4 years old and we owed it to ourselves and him to give it a go.

We made the weekly trips (they tapered off over time). He bore the treatments well. He was "down" on treatment days but by the next day, pretty much his usual self. His characteristic schnauzer beard and eyebrows fell out, but otherwise there was no visible indication of the treatment.

Except the lumps went away!

Hardly daring to think it, let alone say it aloud, we both thought he was actually getting better.

We now have in writing from the oncologist, a letter stating that he appears to be one of the 1% who experienced a complete cure.

I realize the circumstances are different. Stella's mother is older. I don't know how early the problem was detected. There are many, many issues to consider. But I wanted you to know about our experience to help shape the choice.

I wish the very best possible outcomes for all involved.

Alex

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STARLASUE 5/9/2010 8:16AM

    Awww I will send Lady some healing energy to help her be more comfortable. And prayers for her an her family as they face her transition.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/9/2010 6:35AM

    So sad but think of all the good things she brought too! STELLA!

We wait every day for something new to happen to Oscar since he developed SARDS. The blindness is only half the problem but we enjoy every minute.
Janet

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ALYSSA891 5/9/2010 12:13AM

    :( I'm so sorry! I completely understand what you're going through right now since my dog just got put to sleep two days ago. It was completely unexpected and I never got to say goodbye to him. I'm tearing up now...

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~MISS_TEA~ 5/8/2010 11:37PM

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LN7777 5/8/2010 10:55PM

    Oh,,That is so sad. Made me go give Rigby a hug.

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MEOWMAMA3 5/8/2010 7:13PM

    How very sad, it just has to remind us to savor every moment we have with our beloved families and friends, furry and otherwise. I pray that their family will be ok and that Lady's days will be full of love.

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0309COOKIE 5/8/2010 4:38PM

    Oh, how incredibly sad. I will remember Lady and her family in my prayers.

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LMB-ESQ 5/8/2010 4:03PM

    I know how she feels. My Kimmie has cancer also (not the same cancer). I hate it. The big Monster. I'm taking Kimmie to Ohio State this upcoming week. They have a lot of clinical trials for dogs with cancer there. Maybe they can help Lady too? emoticon

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CINDYHOUGHTON 5/8/2010 1:00PM

    I can only imagine the pain. They become so much a art of us, it is hard to imagine life without them.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/8/2010 12:55PM

    Oh Chris, I am gonna emoticon emoticon.That is so heart wrenching these poodles we love like our children are just so special, sometimes I think they should be put in a category of there own. I never knew much about them,then Curly came along and I am forever hooked line and sinker,they are the best,in my book of dog breeds. I will send positive,prayer wishes to you all and maybe a miracle will happen,we can only pray and comfort emoticonyou all. emoticonTake Care,Sparkfully,Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/8/2010 12:47PM

    Our beloved dogs: we love them so much and grieve so terribly when they leave us.

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FRITZANDMOOGE 5/8/2010 12:42PM

  I am so sorry and I hope for peace for Lady's family

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IUHRYTR 5/8/2010 12:40PM

    As a life-long dog owner I can relate not only to the joy and companionship they bring us but also to the pain of their suffering and passing on. Let's pray for Lady and the family as they go through this difficult time. -- Lou

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BEMORESTUBBORN 5/8/2010 12:39PM

    This is heartbreaking... Years ago, I rescued two stray doggies. Those boys filled my life with joy, laughter and unconditional love. Because of their history, their time on earth was far shorter than it should have been. One died unexpectedly from massive heart failure one May morning. The other developed tumors all over his body, his rear legs began to fail and his mind started to follow. When each died, a little piece of my heart died with them and I miss them even though many years have passed since...

My heart goes out to Lady's family and to all who love her...

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VALERIEMAHA 5/8/2010 12:37PM

    Oh, that just makes me so sad. LIFE! in all it's mystery and fierce beauty.
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Dress Rehearsal...AHHH!!!!! Performance... WOOT!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Opening night was fantastic! They all shined, especially the leads. After months of hard work and a week of intensely hard work, they gave one of the best performances ever.

The photos are from dress rehearsal. The Younger Group (1st, 2nd, 3rd grade teacher) took the photos for me.

I don't know how many performance photos people may send me. Here's the downside to directing a play.... the director NEVER sees the play. I am back stage all of the time, helping with cues, costumes, props, sound effects, etc. The only time I get to watch from the audience is when I am running rehearsals, and of course, that is not the same thing,

So here are some of the photos the Younger Group teacher tooK:




Dorothy, Uncle Henry, Auntie Em



And the dreaded Mrs. Gulch



Looking into the infinite with Professor Marvel



Dorothy meets Glinda and the munchkins



If I Only Had a Brain



Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Man.



And they all meet the Cowardly Lion.



At the gates of the Emerald City



Clip, clip here, clip clip there ... spa day in Emerald City.



If I Were King of the Forest...



Dorothy enters the chamber of the Great Oz. The head had moving lips and eyebrows, with 2 puppeteers operating it.



The Wicked Witch gazes into her crystal ball..



The summons the winged monkeys.



Dorothy summons the winged monkeys.

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The Clifton Opera House where we are having our show.

We had a great time this evening. But now, my feet are aching, my eyes are drooping, and I am ready to crash! So, I'm off to bed so I can be rested up for tomorrow's matinee.

  
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STARLASUE 5/9/2010 8:18AM

    Looks like a fantastic night!


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LN7777 5/8/2010 10:53PM

    Wow!! Looks like you did a great job. I love the costumes : ) emoticon

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TKADEEPBREATH 5/8/2010 7:59PM

    Wow!!! This is so very cool. The pictures are great and how exciting to be a part of a project like that. Both you and the kids gain from such an experience. Isn't it interesting how those that teach probably learn as much as they share. I think that's wonderful. Hope you have a great Mother's Day!!

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PENNYAN45 5/8/2010 7:47PM

    I am so happy for you that all your hard work and dedication paid off! The photos demonstrate all the work that went into the costumes and the set decorations - and everything looked fabulous!!

You can take a nice break now - and just bask in the afterglow of this huge accomplishment!!

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MEOWMAMA3 5/8/2010 7:09PM

    Encore, encore!!!!! Fantastic costumes and props! You guys did it up right! You may rest now, fearless leader!!!! Bravo!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/8/2010 1:19PM

    It looks wonderful!!!!!! I'm always amazed by what kids can achieve given the right teacher!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/8/2010 12:48PM

    I'm (almost) speechless at YOUR endless talent and creativity and service and skill. YOU are amazing Chris...look what I almost missed in my absence!!!
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WATERMELLEN 5/8/2010 12:46PM

    OH MY: sets, costumes, and above all the actors look marvellous! They will never forget this opportunity and who knows where it will lead them in the future.

Do hope your parents also step up to the plate!!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/8/2010 12:03PM

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Actually, I knew it would be great - in my earlier blog, I was very frustrated with parents who couldn't even do a little bit to support their children in this big endeavor. The children who are my leads are some of the best actors I have ever taught and 20 year experience directing musicals have proven that they rise to the occasion and perform beautifully. I have gotten very relaxed about how they will turn out.

Today is our final performance. It is a 2:00 matinee, and we have to have the theater cleared out and cleaned up in time for the bluegrass musicians come in to set up at 5:00. It will be a pinch. I have asked all parents of the cast to pitch in to make short work of striking the set and cleaning the theater. If they actually do, we can make short work of it. If they are slackers, I'm going to have a problem. Last year, they were wonderfully helpful. Keeping my fingers crossed that they will be again.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/8/2010 9:45AM

    I told you it would be awesome! emoticon Glad to hear it went well and the pics look awesome!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/8/2010 9:11AM

    Well done, ma'am! You deserve a rest & a medal.
I'm so happy it turned out to be a good experience.

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RASTUS55 5/8/2010 8:52AM

    The Wizard of Oz is my ALL TIME favorite movie!!! Everything looked wonderful!!! I wish I could have been there I know I would have just loved it very much. Your efforts shined through!!! Kudos to the kids and their fine Director!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/8/2010 7:32AM

    Congrats! The pictures are wonderful!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/8/2010 5:42AM

    Congratulations for a hard job well done!

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KATIEGLEN012 5/8/2010 2:53AM

    emoticon I knew it would be!!!!! It looks fantastic!

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0309COOKIE 5/8/2010 1:34AM

    That is some production! Costumes are adorable and props are great!

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IUHRYTR 5/8/2010 1:00AM

    It is obvious the hard work that has gone into this production. emoticon to everyone on a emoticon effort and to you for staying sane. :) -- Lou

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CELLOSONG 5/8/2010 12:20AM

    Congrats on your first performance! How many more shows do you have?

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~MISS_TEA~ 5/8/2010 12:12AM

    Oh how fun! I miss being in the theater world. Maybe some day in the future I will get back to it. Love the pictures :)

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MARY1313 5/7/2010 11:53PM

    Wow!!!! The costumes are AWESOME!!!! They look the parts for sure and I followed the story exactly, just by the pictures. this is one of my favs. I remember one of the worst arguments my Mom and Dad had was that he wanted to watch a new western movie that was on and Mama wanted us to be able to see the Wizard of Oz for the umteenth time. We got to see it too! LOL

Thanks for sharing. Roll over, you're snoring!!!!

Mary

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/7/2010 11:47PM

    Hello Chris! I bet you are sleeping like a rock ,much needed rest. emoticonfor sharing this,the pictures of the costumes is just so fantastic, I bet in reflecting back it was well worth the time you and the others put into it and you should be proud as well as the kids and parents who watched them perform. I hope you take lot's of time resting and taking it easy and more enjoy the simple things in life. Have a healthy happy and rewarding and fun weekend you have earned it. emoticonSparkfully,Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Dress Rehearsal...ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Well, today was our first dress rehearsal, we have another dress rehearsal so the alternate cast gets to rehearse as well.

It was a frustrating day.

To start with, one of my cast members, not a lead but with an important part, told me he couldn't be in tomorrow's (opening night) performance. When I asked him why not, he said his aunt was having surgery. I told him I hoped it was nothing serious, and he said it wasn't- her legs were hurting. No, he wasn't going to be at the hospital, but he couldn't get to the performance. I told him I'd pick him up and take him home (grinding my teeth wondering why at least one of his parents wasn't coming to see him on at least opening night). "Well," he said, "We have a concert for my sister." Honestly, I'm a patient person, but at this point, I was seething.

I called his mother and had to leave a message on her machine. I told her that it was important for him to be there, I'd help with transportation, please call me back. I expect I sounded cranky - I certainly FELT cranky. When she called back, she told me that her mother's sister needed vascular surgery, her mother (not her) was going to be there, but she had gotten her daughter tickets to a concert two months ago when she didn't know yet when the play was going to be. The date for the play has been on the school calendar since when? The BEGINNING of the year! Plus I have been sending notes home about timelines, costumes, etc. since February.

The day started off bad, and kept on going. I have been sending notes home since two weeks ago, that costumes had to be at the theater on Monday. On Monday, I sent notes home reminding people who did not send their children's costumes in to have them in on Tuesday. On Tuesday, I sent in notes to have them in on Wednesday. Yesterday I sent notes in telling them that they absolutely had to have them in today because it was dress rehearsal. Paper notes, and emails each time.

3 children still came today without their costumes, including the child who said he couldn't be here on opening night. Now, these are not complicated costumes. We made the complicated costumes. This was a request that went out before spring break so people could shop at Goodwill for the odds and ends they needed. Green shirt. Yellow shirt. Brown pants. Black pants. Black shirt. How complicated is that to work out?

Then we had a costume crisis during the show - we came up short one flying monkey and one winky costume. Tears back stage. After the dress rehearsal, I went over my production notes and found that one child who was on stage as a flying monkey and a winky had not told me, on multiple occasions when I double checked who needed what costume, that he planned to be either of those parts. He just took the costumes assuming he had those parts. Oh, and he was one of the children who didn't bother to show up with the necessary costume pieces.


What are people thinking?????

That said, the leads had their lines memorized and were doing a lovely job acting, as was much of the supporting cast. Their singing was great! The sets and props look wonderful.

After rearranging the prop table for tomorrow's dress rehearsal, organizing materials, and cleaning the theater, I had to drive to the next city to purchase another long gossamer grey scarf - one of the two I had purchased disappeared. I have dancers swirling around Dorothy and Toto with the grey scarves for the tornado, so the second one is pretty important. Then I went back to the school and printed and folded 200 programs. Tonight I need to repair the costume malfunctions from today's dress rehearsal, including hot glueing 9 pairs of sunglasses back together, sewing tails back on, and glueing the scarecrow's straw so it doesn't fly all over the stage tomorrow like it did today.

Okay, I don't usually rant, but I needed to today. I feel better for having had a chance to. Now, I can get back to work on the repair jobs.

  
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MARYMAC45 5/7/2010 5:44PM

    You are such a dedicated teacher. I know that some children get no support at home which makes your job that much harder. I have sisters who are teachers and I salute you for your hard work. It can be a tough job. Good luck! I look forward to the pic!
Mary

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/7/2010 12:41PM

    You are so patient! Yes, you are! Break a leg - and please share pictures...

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MARY1313 5/7/2010 12:35PM

    OMG this is why I am not a teacher. I would have been very snippy with that uncaring parent. sheesh. People are only concerned with THEIR wants and needs, not even taking into consideration their children's hard work and your hard work.

I know I have heard that teaching is a thankless job, but I don't think so, not in your case. I think that these kids are going to see that you are the one who went the extra 1,000 miles LOL.

glass of wine?

Mary

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DOR2BFIT 5/7/2010 8:38AM

    All will be well. TAKE DEEP BREATHS! Good Luck! (And my name is Dorothy so I ought to know!) emoticon

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ASTABETH 5/7/2010 8:19AM

    You will make it! I hate to say it, but sometimes parents can't be counted on for much. Hope your show is spectacular!

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KATIEGLEN012 5/7/2010 6:55AM

    emoticon You are doing an amazing job. The children will treasure this forever.

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MCGS62 5/6/2010 10:23PM

    emoticon can't wait to hear about the actual performance.
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RASTUS55 5/6/2010 10:01PM

    I don't know how you guys that are teachers do it! Hats off to you and all the other teachers... I would flip out under that kind of pressure!!! You have my total respect and you deserve a good rant...You should get a punching bag and take out some of that stress out on that!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2010 9:38PM

    We all need to vent once in a while and it sure sounds as if you have grounds fo doing so tonight. But, most all went well, didn't it? Have fun gluing straw. I'll never see a scarecrow in the same way again. :) -- Lou

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MEOWMAMA3 5/6/2010 9:34PM

    Holy Guacamole Batman, the show must go on!!!!!
Don't I know how irritating the lack of response is when you're knocking yourself out to coordinate school events.... I'm kind of glad to know it's not just an inner city thing, but I wish you didn't have to suffer. I'm sure everything will work out fine and maybe even leave you still a fan of the Wizard and Dorothy. When you reach your next wig out moment just close your eyes and click your heels and say "there's no place like home" over and over again until you calm down. Break a leg (not literally, God forbid!)
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PUDLECRAZY 5/6/2010 8:46PM

    There is a rule of thumb - bad dress rehearsal, great performance. It always works out that way, and experience has proved over and over again that the children perform exponentially better when the stage lights are on in front of an appreciative audience. Dress rehearsals are to work out the bugs.

I am just fed up with people who can't even get the simplest costumes in on time after a long lead time, or who don't value their children's participation in a big production. I'm still irritated.

The extra work, I don't mind. It always ends up being very labor intensive at this point in the preparations. So far this evening, I have repaired the sunglasses, taped and hot glued the straw in little bunches so it can stay tucked into the scarecrow and doesn't end up all over the stage.

Now I have to finish the sewing repairs.

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 5/6/2010 8:21PM

    I hope things go well on opening night, it sounds like you've been working reallllly hard!!! Things will pay off for you. Break a leg!! emoticon

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SATYAGRAHA 5/6/2010 8:17PM

    As a music teacher having to deal with concerts and such, I understand the frustration. Oy! Hope everything goes alright! It always seems that when things don't go exactly right leading up to the performance, the performances are always flawless, so here's to a wonderful show!

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CELLOSONG 5/6/2010 8:16PM

    Oh I feel you! Dress rehearsal days definitely call for rants. (I had dress rehearsals today as well, and my blog post today is also a rant...) Hang in there! emoticon

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BUNNYSPAL 5/6/2010 7:44PM

    Take a deep breath in and out. It will all come together. Some parents just don't have a clue. Pat on your back though for all the time you put in. Be proud of all the things that go right. Have fun.

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VIDABONITA 5/6/2010 7:26PM

    Get it out! Sometimes it feels good to just give a good rant and get it out of your system.

Kids...and sometimes parents too...................argh!

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/6/2010 7:24PM

    Oh Chris! I wish I could be there to help you,how frustrating.You sound like you could use a couple extra hands,what an undertaking. I know it will all work out well in the end,but I have a felling you are not gonna get your proper rest tonight,but do try,sleep is so important or so I hear. Is the show Friday evening? I wish you well and send you positive energy to help you through. I know it will be a spectacular performance. emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/6/2010 7:21PM

    OMG! You needed to rant! That's putting it really mildly!

You are a saint.

I hope that by opening night these little glitches will have been resolved and the show receives rave reviews. You're really due some success.

Best,
Alex

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Gaining Good, Gaining Bad

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I am so happy to find that I am regaining my muscle tone...





Hello, Biceps!

However, I can really see the effect stress has on my weight. Even though I am literally working my tush off, and eating well, I have put 3 pounds back on in the last three busy, stress filled weeks. The better muscle tone in my thighs helps me look thin, but the dreaded muffin top is back with a vengeance!

At this point, I have thrown my hands up and cried 'UNCLE!!!!'

At this point, I am adopting Scarlet O'Hara's philosophy.... I'll worry about it tomorrow. Well, not tomorrow, but after The Wizard of Oz is behind me.

So, it's a good news, bad news kind of day.

Mostly good though!

  
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MEOWMAMA3 5/6/2010 9:28PM

    You look great. Throw on a little spandex undergarment and toss that muffin to the wind! emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/6/2010 5:56AM

    Your arms look fantastic!

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MARY1313 5/6/2010 12:39AM

    ahhhh I hate to tell you but it may not be only stress but also a recent full moon and your body will hold water just like the ebb and flow of the sea, which the moon controls, plus, our monthlies too.

Your arms look great!

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HOPERISING 5/5/2010 11:52PM

    Beautiful arms! I envy you!

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PINETREEGIRL 5/5/2010 11:06PM

    Gorgeous arms!
It sounds like your lifestyle is dedicated and strong, even if your weight is fluctuating.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/5/2010 8:34PM

    The arms are lookin' good! Is it possible you just gained some muscle mass? I'm sure everything will fall back into place with the stress behind you. You're doing great. I believe in you! emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/5/2010 8:03PM

    "Tomorrow is another day" and "I swear I'll never go hungry again" are two of the phrases that have shaped my life.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/5/2010 6:59PM

    To answer the arm definition question, here is the answer to my 'secret.'

Shhhhh..........R>

I have rebuilt my muscles with free weights (5 lbs.), planks, and push-ups. Honestly, I had lost so much of my muscle mass, I had to start out with wall push-ups before moving to floor push-ups. Now I need to spend a little more focus on my abs. After two abdominal surgeries they are w-a-y out of shape.

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Comment edited on: 5/5/2010 7:00:14 PM

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/5/2010 6:40PM

    Wow.look at you,what is your secret? Do tell. You are gonna look like this emoticonyep she is my motivator,lol! Yeah Chris! emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/5/2010 6:38PM

    AWESOME arms!!! Such definition :) You are rocking it girl.. Keep up your hard work... the muffin will go away.

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CELLOSONG 5/5/2010 6:05PM

    Yeah, I hear you...sometimes you just have to wait until the big stuff is out of the way to re-focus. When will your show be finished? It's sure been keeping you busy for a while!

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MTNCLIMBER88 5/5/2010 5:38PM

    Those arms look beautiful and strong! Do you have a secret? :)

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IUHRYTR 5/5/2010 5:24PM

    Isn't it interesting how stress contributes to weight gain? Maybe we both need some anti-stress pills or something. Oh, well. In the meantime -- ohm, ohm. -- Lou

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