...and why SHOULDN'T I be tatooed on David Beckham's abs???!! HA!!
Monday, April 27, 2009
...and why SHOULDN'T I be tatooed on David Beckham's abs???!! HA!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This week was GREAT, but a little odd...it's always bizarre how much time we spend rehearsing together, and then the show "goes up", and we only see each other on performance nights. It was GREAT to come home from school, and just...stay home, but it was a little "dicey" getting back into it for the show last night. I THINK I remembered about 94% of my blocking and choreography...hopefully tonight it'll be closer to 99%!!!
My knee is starting to mend, my cold is almost gone, and the allergies haven't seemed as severe this spring, so things are looking up! Now if I can just DROP 20 pounds, life will be GOOD!!!
Paul, one of the cadets, has a church confirmation retreat this weekend. We have a "swing" coming in to do his part, which is making some of us a little nervous. Our makeup call, however, is a little early tonight, so that we can be on stage by 6:30 to run a few of the numbers with him. I'm SURE it'll be just "peachy keen" (the expression, of which, I had to EXPLAIN the meaning to all of the high school kids in the show, since they had NO CLUE what it meant, but, am now HAPPY to report MOST of them are using...!!!).
Five performances to go...
Saturday, April 18, 2009
My gorilla costume!
"Seussical" is a HOOT! If you ever get a chance to see the show somewhere...DO!!! Great music, fast paced, fun!!!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Boyle's Got Talent by Mike Krumboltz
April 13, 2009 12:53:39 PM
"American Idol" isn't the only launching pad for aspiring singers. Across the pond, "Britain's Got Talent" scored a huge boost in the Buzz after an unassuming contestant gave an amazing performance.
Susan Boyle (remember that name) became a Web phenomenon after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. The performance brought the audience to its feet and left the judges (including Simon Cowell) either speechless or in tears.
Before going on stage, Ms. Boyle admitted some self-deprecating facts about herself (she's never been kissed and lives alone with her cat, Pebbles). For those reasons and more, audiences were expecting the female William Hung. They were wrong.
Lookups on the sudden star posted huge gains. A no-name just the other day, Ms. Boyle quickly surged into our top 5,000 overall searches. Blogs and gossip rags went wild. The Mirror jumped on the story, reporting that while Ms. Boyle thought she "looked like a garage" on TV, she received a standing ovation when she showed up at her local church.
Other sources write that as a child, Ms. Boyle was the target of bullies because of a disability. But, with her newfound fame, she is getting the last laugh. In fact, she's already meeting with officials from Mr. Cowell's Sony BMG label. This may have been the first you've heard of her, but it certainly won't be the last. You can watch her performance below...
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Me and Katy
I decided to start entering recipes for FLAIR II on http://www.keyingredient.com/. FLAIR I took so much work that I didn't think I'd EVER get it all entered, but, the final result was REALLY cool, so maybe if I enter stuff as I find it (as opposed to doing it all at once, over MONTHS and MONTHS and MONTHS and MONTHS), it won't be so much work. Here's the first recipe I entered...YUM!!!
from Better Homes and Gardens 9 x 13: The Pan that Can!!! Yum!
Yield: 12.00 servings
1 lb. ground beef
2 tsp. dried, minced onion
2 cloved garlic, minced
1- 8 oz. can tomato sauce
¼ cup dry red wine
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
3 T. butter or margarine
3 T. all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 ¾ cups milk
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup sliced, pitted kalamata olives
8 oz. shredded white cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain well. Rinse with cold water. Place lasagna noodles in a single layer on a sheet of foil; set aside.
Meanwhile, for meat sauce, in a large skillet, cook ground meat, onion, and garlic until meat is cooked through, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks; drain off fat.
Stir tomato sauce, wine, oregano, and cinnamon into meat mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Gradually stir hot meat mixture into the one beaten egg; set aside.
For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and peper. Add milk all at once.
Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese; set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the two eggs and the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese; set aside.
Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cheese sauce evenly in an ungreased 9×13-inch baking dish. Place three of the cooked lasagna noodles on the sauce in dish.
Spread with ⅓ of the meat sauce, ⅓ of the remaining cheese sauce, and ⅓ of the olives. Drizzle with ⅓ of the egg/Parmesan mixture. Sprinkle with ⅓ of the feta cheese and ⅓ of the cheddar cheese.
Repeat layers two more times, starting with noodles and ending with cheddar.
372 calories, 22 g. fat, 1 g. fiber
I ordered a movie called "Almost Normal" from Amazon.com. It arrived yesterday, so I decided to watch it this afternoon. It was released in 2005, and had an interesting storyline. Gay guy hits 40...no "significant other", not happy, gets drunk, crashes his car, and wakes up as himself as a high school kid. Twist is, he's in a past that didn't exist. EVERYONE is gay, and the "straight people" are the "freaks". He hooks up with the high school jock he'd always fantasized about, but then realized that he was STRAIGHT! A little unbelievable, and several things just didn't "work", but it was enjoyable, and I LIKED the ending (even though I figured it out LONG before it actually ended).
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
There were DEFINITE perks to using a cane...pre-boarding the flight, having Duane carry my luggage everywhere, and, BEST OF ALL, being able to skip the lines at Disneyland!!! Unfortunately, we didn't learn this last perk until halfway through the day...a lovely girl at the "Peter Pan" ride asked if I'd received a "disability pass"...I said no...because I'm not technically "disabled"...just gimpy...we went on the ride, and the girl at the OTHER end said the same thing (bless those "Peter Pan" girls). The second girl said that we didn't need a pass...that my cane WAS my pass, SO, for the rest of the day, we went to the EXITS of all of the rides, and they loaded us into the flying ship/boat/submarine/etc. then sent us through...lovely (and by that point my leg WAS throbbing after standing in the "real line" at "It's a Small World", the teacups, and going through the "house of tomorrow"...). More about Disneyland soon...
So...we flew out on Saturday morning, and stayed at the Marriott near LAX. I was a little worried about staying anywhere NEAR the airport, but it was AWESOME. We had a second floor room (as FAR from the front of the hotel as we could possibly be...normally no big deal, but with a cane...REALLY REALLY FAR!!!! Here's the view from our balcony...VERY cool place.
Tuesday, we got up, had breakfast at an outdoor cafe in Santa Monica, spent some time on the Santa Monica Pier, and then drove up the Pacific Coast Highway to see more of the coast. We made it as far as Malibu before having to turn around to return the rental car.
After that, we headed to the airport, and, after an hour delay because of "brake problems" (no worries THERE!), flew back to Minnesota...where it was snowing...sigh..
Hope YOU were able to get away from YOUR part of the world for a little while too!!!