Friday Free-For-All – 01/05/18

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

Things are still moving forward on the house. We were thrown yet another curveball this week, but I think we’re still on track. At worst, we may have to push back closing a few days, which is not the end of the world. Keep those fingers crossed!

In spite of the crazy snowstorm and cold temps, I braved a night out with some friends last night. Stacy moved to Albany this past spring, but she was in town for work, so she, Abbie and I got together at the little “bistro” at the hotel where Stacy was staying. It was SO GOOD to see my friends, even if my drive home was a little hairy.

After all the holidays and visitors we’ve had, I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend. Of course, having Emily, Leah, and Jirka home for the holidays was awesome, but it meant we had a VERY full house and not a lot of quiet time. I want to sleep in and do lots of relaxing.

This week, I received one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten. My aunt Lisa (dad’s sister) put together a beautiful binder of family recipes. From her, my Aunt Sherri, my Grammy, and my Great Grammy. Some of the recipes are even photo copies of hand-written originals straight from Grammy’s kitchen! Almost every essential is in there, from bread to pie crust to fudge and beyond. I can’t wait until we have our own kitchen again so I can get cooking!

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/24/17

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

I actually managed to cook dinner for the family this week. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t really been contributing to household chores as much as I’d like, and I’ve been getting down on myself over it. I finally sucked it up and made taco fixings on Tuesday night, and it made me feel so much better. Everyone has been incredibly gracious about my crazy schedule, but it’s never nice to feel like I’m just a burden on everyone.

9 to 5 opens two weeks from last night. Holy crap. I can’t believe it’s almost here already! The show is in great shape right now, and I know it’s going to be awesome. The only thing making me nervous is that I haven’t had a single costume fitting yet. I have no idea what I’m wearing, and I just hope I don’t look awful. I swear, if they put shoulder pads on me (the show is set in 1979), I may have a meltdown. I try not to be a diva about costumes, but it can be demoralizing to stand onstage in front of 1,200 people a night and feel like you look like a train wreck.

I’m going to be learning guitar. For a couple of scenes in Dogfight the musical, my character plays guitar and sings. So that’s crazy and cool. I took guitar lessons for a few years in middle school, and every once in a while I pick up a friend’s guitar and play around, but I’m going to have to actually put a bit of effort in over the next couple of months. Thank god for free lessons on YouTube, amirite?

I have slept better this week than I have in I don’t know how long. For years, I’ve had a weird sort of pseudo-insomnia where I a) have difficulty actually falling asleep, b) wake up multiple times a night, for no particular reason, and c) wake up about an hour before my alarm is set to go off and just lie there, wishing I were asleep. It’s annoying as hell, not to mention completely disruptive as far as getting good quality sleep. But this week? I’ve been falling asleep relatively quickly, I think I’ve woken up a handful of times, but for much shorter periods than usual, and I’m sleeping through until my alarm. I’m waking up, if not refreshed, at least not exhausted. I’m not sure what’s changed, but god I hope it keeps up!

Do you ever have trouble sleeping?