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Seventy Six Trombones

Last night, I volunteered at THE MUSIC MAN. It was a really great performance and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I had forgotten most of the songs and now have them running through my head. I’m thinking of finding the soundtrack so I can torture my children with it during trips to the mall and grocery store.



international trailer #2

Guess what movie opens in the United States on 01 July 2009?

Yep! Public Enemies.
I’m counting the days…

it’s finally here!

Tomorrow night is the night the kids are seeing The Lion King. I cannot wait to see their reactions to the music, costumes, and the whole experience. They’ve seen many productions over the years, but I think this will surpass all the others.

Working at the show, I’ve had a chance to see new parts of the production each time. I’ve seen actors up close in their costumes, have seen them warming up, have visited with their friends and relatives who are working at the merchandise table. I’ve seen countless numbers of parents who are smiling, obviously thinking of how their child(ren) will love the show, so happy that they can bring them to have the experience of seeing the live production.

Whenever I have a chance, I’ll be watching the faces of my children tomorrow night, feeling joy when I see the wonder and happiness steal across their faces, feeling a thrill that I was able to be part of the experience with them.

When we get home and the kids go to bed with strains of “Can you hear the love tonight” whispering through their memory, I’ll watch the Biggest Loser finale (thanks, DVR) and breathe a little sigh of happiness for having one more good memory with my children, one more thing that they’ll look back on and remember fondly.

The king has arrived

The Lion King, that is… in Oklahoma City. 🙂 Performances began this past Tuesday and will continue through most of May.

This afternoon was the first time for Mom and I to volunteer for this show. We’ll volunteer at least five more times plus work in the concession stand twice over the next five weeks.

The show today was amazing.
A M A Z I N G.
It was much more than I thought it would be, even after the preview Chrissie and I attended last fall.

At the preview, many members of the cast sang a few songs from the production sans costumes. We also saw a video about costume design and many of the costumes were presented. At the end, we were given goodie bags with a program book, a stuffed toy of one of the characters (I got Scar), a dvd of show previews and a soundtrack cd.

The first song, The Circle of Life, when all the animals gathered around Pride Rock for baby Simba to be presented, was incredible. I’m not sure why, but at one point, I felt tears coming and had to force them back.

If you live near a city where The Lion King will be performed, I highly recommend that you attend if it’s at all possible.

who will lose the most?

Do you watch Biggest Loser?
It’s one of the only shows I watch. The others are Last Restaurant Standing and Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (both on BBC America).

I digress.

Did you watch BL tonight?
I cannot tell you how completely sick I am of that Helen’s crying about everything. Each time she’s on camera, she’s either bragging, crying about something or sending her daughter home so she can be selfish and stay on the show.

Ron is diabolical and I am still waiting for him to get voted off, but time is running out. They should have voted him off when they had the chance way back at the beginning of the season. The Godfather control freak stuff is getting old and he seriously needs to face the reality that he is not the boss of everyone. If he’d back off and quit spending all his time trying to push his son to the top by begging and trying to martyr himself, he could learn to be healthy for himself.

I wish Tara could see that she deserves to treat herself well, to be healthy and quit doubting her strength. That girl wins the challenges even when the odds are stacked against her, she keeps going and doesn’t quit, she has determination, is scrappy and is a winner. She’s turning out to be one of my favorite contestants.

It looks like Kristen’s weight loss this week was due to her not eating enough. She must not have remembered how last season Vicki’s husband didn’t lose much weight when he didn’t eat enough. It’s the opposite of how it seems weight loss should work, isn’t it? The video they made for Bob of their food showed that they weren’t eating enough, didn’t it? I think that’s what caused this week’s result.

Bob must be a great trainer. His teams always love him. Jillian is my favorite, though. I think she’s really great. I like her no-nonsense view of things and how she helps her team members recognize and start working through the issues that got them where they were when they came on the show. I’m sure Bob does that, too, but I relate more with to Jillian helps her team members.

I won’t say more, in case you haven’t seen this week’s show yet. The kids and I are happy that we have just a couple more weeks until the final weigh in. The last show is always so exciting. I love seeing how far everyone has come.

the trailer

Public Enemies opens on July 1, 2009.  See you there!


Day 60
This afternoon I was out at my parents’ house. This was the outdoor temperature around 2:00 pm.


This is Marvin.  As in, Starvin’ Marvin.  She is Mom and Dad’s cat.  My niece calls her Sunny, because she likes to sit in the sun.


Snip was rather irritated that I did not have any apples or carrots in my pockets this afternoon.  He kept trying to get my shirt and hands.  At one point, he even thought the camera strap might make a good snack.


Day 59
On Saturday, I cooked Chick-fil-A for lunch.


Day 58
Friday night I volunteered at the George Lopez show at the Civic Center.  This was my view from where I was working before the show.  I was across the bridge scanning tickets.


I had another chance to use the binoculars Dad gave me and now have them adjusted perfectly for my vision.  Each side adjusts, so the view is a custom-fit for my eyes.  Love that!