28 Week Pregnancy Update


According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a coconut.

Well, here we are in the third trimester. I truly can’t believe it. It feels like this pregnancy is just flying by, and I want it to slow the heck down!

This baby is getting more active than ever. I can almost constantly feel her squirming, kicking, and punching, especially if I press my hand to my belly. Ben has really enjoyed feeling these new, stronger movements. She also discovered a new trick this week–punching me in the bladder! It’s been super fun, let me tell you.

This was a particularly exhausting week due to work craziness and being on the makeup crew for Lyric Theatre’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I had to be at the theatre every night and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. While it was lots of fun to see all my friends and help out with the show, I’m very happy to be getting back to a normal schedule for week 29.

We had a prenatal appointment on Tuesday, where I got to discuss a lot of my anxiety surrounding the three hour glucose test and possibly being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It was VERY reassuring. My midwife told me that the one hour test casts a very wide net, to capture anyone who might possibly be diabetic, and then the three hour test rules out the vast majority of those. She also said that even if I were to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, as long as it’s not an extreme case, I would still be able to stay under the care of the midwifery practice rather than being booted over to Maternal Fetal Medicine. That was a huge load off my shoulders! She also let us know that we’re now at the point where I have an appointment every two weeks instead of once a month. Woah!

As it turns out, all of that worry was for nothing, as I passed the test with flying colors. No gestational diabetes for me, thank goodness! I celebrated with pancake breakfasts on both Saturday and Sunday mornings 🙂

It still feels like we have so much to do, and so little time in which to do it. I can’t believe Baby Girl will be here in twelve short weeks! Some projects for next week will include washing a lot of clothes, blankets, and burp cloths, and trying to bring some semblance of order to the chaos that is currently the nursery. I’d post a picture, but I’m kind of mortified. I’m also starting to make lists for hospital packing and whatnot. Crazy!

What are some hospital bag essentials I need to remember?


Weekend Update – Makeup and Friend Time

Happy Monday, friends! I am EXHAUSTED today after last week’s exertions on the makeup crew for Lyric Theatre. The madness extended into the weekend, so let’s check it out!

Immediately after work I headed downtown to snag parking, which can be pretty tricky on a Friday night. Thankfully, I got a decent spot close to the theatre and headed on in. The great thing about this show was that the makeup was SUPER simple, no changes or anything, so once all of my people were made up and ready, I could head home.

Instead of heading home, though, I headed to my in-laws’. Grammy was back in the hospital and doing very poorly, so Uncle Bill had come into town, and Aunt Maureen and their daughter Lindsay were en route. My in-laws fed us supper and we planned out Grammy visits for Saturday. Ben and I finally headed home around 9:30, where I promptly crashed into bed.

We got up pretty early because a) I wanted pancakes for breakfast, and b) Ben was going to file our taxes before a busy day for both of us. I whipped up pancakes and did a few things around the house while Ben worked away, and then I headed into town around 11 to be there for the noon theatre call.


After making up my assigned folks, I went to the box office and bought a ticket to see the matinee. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a musical based on a Steve Martin comedy from the 80’s, and it was HILARIOUS! Of course, the best part of seeing a Lyric show is seeing my friends perform, but I had a great time on both accounts.

After the show I headed straight home, because Ben and I had planned to go visit Grammy. Unfortunately, I planned really poorly and arrived home exhausted, starving, and SUPER cranky. I managed to calm down and shovel a bowl of cereal into myself before heading over to the hospital.

Ben said that Grammy was looking lots better than she had when he’d seen her earlier, and we visited with her for about an hour before leaving to grab dinner at El Toro, a local Mexican place that has been on our “to visit” list since we moved into the new house. The beers were a bit pricey, but the food was delicious, and tasted extra good because of how hungry I was. I got two shrimp tacos on homemade corn tortillas, and it was just enough food to fill me up without leaving me uncomfortable.


By the time we got home from the restaurant, it was pretty much bedtime, since I had another day at the theatre ahead for Sunday.

We used up the rest of the pancake batter from Saturday and had pancake breakfast round two, which was delightful. After breakfast, I started going through my usual Sunday to-do list, which included prepping some cheesy crock pot chili for dinner, since we were having our friends Nick and Nikki over.

Once again, I left around 11 and made it into Burlington right around 12. Since this matinee was the last show, I hung around to help clean up and put everything away until about 3:15 before heading home. On the way home I started to get all wound up about how we were having dinner guests and I hadn’t been home all day to clean and get ready, and arrived home already dreading the frantic clean up I’d have to do before Nick and Nikki arrived. And then I walked in the door and Ben had already cleaned the whole house. Sweet! That left me free to have a snack and change and finish prepping dinner.

Having Nick and Nikki for dinner was a nice, quiet way to wrap up the weekend. We had chili, salad, and Ben’s homemade break for dinner, with ice cream sundaes for dessert. We just sat at the table and chatted and relaxed until about 8, when they had to get home to get baby Kalamack to bed. I can’t lie, I was in my PJs and in bed shortly after they left. This week took it out of me! And now it’s Monday, and I’m already living for the weekend. *sigh*

When’s the last time you had pancakes for breakfast?

Weekend Update: Mardi Gras and Freezing Cold

Happy Monday, friends. Winter returned to the Northeast with a vengeance this weekend. Temps were in the negatives all weekend, and now we’re supposed to get a foot or more of snow this week. Eep! Let’s take a look at what I got up to this weekend.

CrossFit–>rehearsal–>home as usual. Everybody was in bed by the time I got home so I just went straight to bed.

I got up around 8 to cram a few things in before heading into town for Mardi Gras. Yes, we celebrate Mardi Gras in Vermont. Yes, we do it on a Saturday. In March. We’re special. I know.

I cleaned the bathroom and neatened up some stuff in our room, then got dressed and headed into town to meet my friend Brita for a drink before the parade. Then, we did some pre-game drinking at my friends’ salon right down the street. I may have had one more drink than completely necessary, and ended up on the front page of the Burlington Free Press website singing my face off while everyone else is posing nicely for the camera. I blame the Hamilton soundtrack…


After the parade, we went to the Hilton Garden Inn, where I did NOT have anything to drink, and hung out chatting and sobering up for a while. I was meeting Ben and some of our other friends for dinner and to see Logan so I left a little before 5. I absolutely housed half of a buffalo chicken pizza, chugged some water, and felt a lot better. Logan was pretty good. I honestly didn’t really know what it was about other than Wolverine, but I liked it a lot. Much grittier than other X-Men movies.

By the time the movie was over, I was exhausted. Ben and I went home, watched one episode of The Crown, and I passed out.

Sunday was another early morning for me, because I wanted to hit up the Athleta friends and family sale before rehearsal. I got a new pair of capris, with POCKETS, and a pair of shorts for summer. About half my wardrobe at this point is from Athleta, and I’m not mad about it.

Rehearsal was a long one. We’re at the point now where we’re putting larger chunks of the show together, which is always difficult and time-consuming. I was tired and cranky, but we got through it and I was home a little after five. I didn’t do any meal prep yesterday, which is likely to bite me in the ass later this week, but I think I can get it done tomorrow night. Fingers crossed.

And now it’s Monday. My first full week at work since coming back from vacation. And we’re in for a huge snowstorm tomorrow. Ugh. Bring on all the coffee.

Are you in for snow in your neck of the woods this week?


Weekend Update

This weekend was largely spent at the Flynn Theatre, where I was on the makeup crew for Lyric Theatre Company’s production of The Who’s Tommy.

While being on stage is my first love and true passion, being on the makeup crew is an AWESOME alternative. While I would have loved to audition for Tommy, my Disney trip would have kept me away from “tech weekend,” which is a very important set of rehearsals for any production. While the production team might have been willing to work around it, I didn’t want to put them in the position of having to make that decision. And I also didn’t want to stress about missing rehearsals while I was on vacation.

Being on the makeup crew is great for many reasons, the most notable of which is that you still get to be a part of the show with a minuscule (by comparison) time commitment. When you’re in the cast of a show, you’ve got generally between 12-15 hours of rehearsal time each week for 3-4 months. As part of the makeup crew, I came in the week of the show, and spent probably a grand total of 15 hours at the theatre. But I still got to see my friends and go to all of the fun social events surrounding show week. Win-win!

This week is all about getting back to normal(ish). I haven’t been on a regular schedule since before Disney, so I’m hoping to get back to healthy eating, back to the gym, and back to preparing for 9-5 auditions, which are coming up more quickly than I like to think about. I have a voice lesson after work today, which I’m excited about, and then after that I actually get to go home and eat dinner. What is life?

What did you get up to this weekend?

Mary Poppins Wrap Up

Well, it’s all over. The end of a show is always bittersweet; I’ll miss performing, miss seeing my friends, miss singing and dancing every day… But I’m also delighted to have my evenings free again, to be able to hang out with Ben and the kitties and get back to a “normal” schedule.

This show was really something special. It’s such a fun, magical show and we had nine nearly all sold out performances–that means almost 13,000 people came to see us! I really bonded with the cast and crew, and even though I’ve worked with this theatre company on and off since I was sixteen, I really felt something “click.” I felt a feeling of belonging that I’ve often felt lacking. I just felt so close to everyone, and as though I had really made a lasting connection to the group. It gets me all excited and teary-eyed at the same time to know that Lyric Theatre will always be a part of my life.

I took yesterday off of work to rest and relax. I slept until 11, and was in bed by 9:30. I still feel like I could use more sleep, but I know I’ll be back to normal soon. My body is quite sore from strike. You put a screw gun in my hands and I go into Beast Mode. I find strike to be incredibly cathartic. I actually started to get really weepy and emotional during the final bows, and I was afraid I was going to lose my shit and go into full-on ugly cry mode. But once I started ripping apart that set, I was able to focus. There’s something about tearing it down with my own two hands that is so final. It’s over. It’s done. It’s never coming back. I can get over it now. I’ve got bruises all over, my glutes and back are wicked sore, and I have scrapes and blood blisters all over my hands. The webbing of my right hand is rubbed raw from holding a screw gun for 5 hours. But I feel good. Tired, but no longer emotional.

Now that the show is over, I can re-focus on marathon training. As I have said many times before, choosing to train for my first marathon while rehearsing for a show was probably not the best idea I’ve ever had, but I don’t really regret it. And I absolutely don’t regret for a second prioritizing the show these last two weeks over running. As I said to one of my cast-mates, the show was something that didn’t just affect me; dozens of other people were counting on me to show up and do my best, so that had to be my priority. I know that jumping back into marathon training after some time off will be hard, but I can do it.

I really neglected picture-taking during the process, but I’ll leave you with some of the incredible photos from dress rehearsal taken by Tim Barden Images, as well as a few of my own silly backstage photos. It was a crazy, wonderful few months at Cherry Tree Lane. I remain incredibly grateful for the experience, and also incredibly grateful that it’s now over.


Mr. Banks and Miss Smythe are worried about Von Hussler’s motivations



Step in Time

Some talented sweeps Stepping in Time


Anything Can Happen if You Let It

Hat Ladies

Hat Ladies! Photo courtesy of Jenn Adams (left)

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Lovely Linda working her hair magic

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The woman who played Mary gave everyone a spoonful of sugar ❤

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This is my “the show is over” face. My hair stayed perfectly in place for over 12 hours

Friday Free-For-All – 04/01/16

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Mary Poppins opens tonight! It’s been a long, stressful week, but now we finally get to have an audience. I’m pumped. Call me an attention whore if you will, but being onstage in front of an audience is the best feeling in the world. I can’t wait!

Holy crap, it’s April! How did that happen? This past year has just been a total blur. It seems like the older I get, the faster time goes by. How do I make it slow down??

I ran 99.6 miles in the month of March. I intended to go out for a runch yesterday so I could break the 100 mile mark, but I was just too tired. This number breaks my heart a little bit just because I was SO CLOSE, but I’m still really proud of how many miles I ran this month. We’re a third of the way through the year, and I’ve already run 231 miles. If I keep this up, I will smash last year’s total, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I still haven’t heard from Fleet Feet about the shoes I ordered. As of tomorrow it will have been exactly two weeks, and nothing. I’ve been so busy with work and rehearsals I haven’t been able to call them to check in, but suffice to say, this is sort of sealing the deal for me on not buying shoes there again 😦 I’m trying to decide if I should just go ahead and order some shoes online just so I get some in time to break in and wear for the marathon.

How was your March?

What do you think, should I order some insurance shoes?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/25/16

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This week ended up having a theme: Wish me luck! It’s gonna be a doozy.

Commence hell week! Those of you who have ever participated in theatre know that the week before a show opens, known as “tech week” is also known as “hell week.” Starting tonight, I have rehearsal every single day from now until next Thursday. Most rehearsals will be around 4-5 hours, but Sunday’s rehearsal will be more like 8-9. Wish me luck!

Due to hell week, I will be a morning runner next week. I am not naturally a morning person. I can force myself to get up for most things, but exercise isn’t really one of those things. In the summer I run early once or twice a week just so I can have my evenings free, but this time of year, when it’s still dark at 6 am, running is the LAST thing I want to do. But because I have rehearsal starting at 5:30 every evening, morning running is my only option. Wish me luck!

I’ll be setting out for yet another Personal Distance Record tomorrow–16 miles! I’m trying to think of it in terms of two back-to-back 8 mile runs. I know I can run 8 miles no problem, so I should be able to do it twice, right? Right. Anyway, this will be my last big, double-digit run for the next couple of weeks as I survive Mary Poppins. This means I’ll probably be hitting some really big mileage during my vacation in April, but I think it’s a good trade-off. Wish me luck!

What do you have going on this weekend? I wish you good luck, too!

Friday Free-For-All – 01/08/16

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First Friday-Free-For-All of the new year! I was in NJ last week and didn’t do one, so this is the first! Whee!

Mary Poppins rehearsals start on Sunday. I’m mostly excited, but also bracing myself for things to get busy as all hell. Because…

Marathon training starts on Monday. Yup. As if starting a four month, four-times-a-week rehearsal process wasn’t enough, I had to add marathon training in. Am I crazy? Probably. But I trust Coach Suz to get me through. I haven’t seen my plan yet, and I’m itching to get it all written down in my planner!

I’m going out dancing tonight. On the one hand I’m excited, because I’m going with friends that I haven’t hung out with in ages, and who I only see a couple times a year. On the other hand, dancing and going out to the bars isn’t really my scene anymore, so I’m not sure how it’s gonna go. I’d honestly prefer a quiet movie night, but oh well.

When’s the last time you went out for a night on the town?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Friday Free-For-All – 11/13/15

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I’m behind on blogging. Quel surpris, non? I owe you a race recap, and probably a quick trip recap as well, but this week is eating me alive. I’ll get back on track soon.

I finally got a new phone! My old phone was in dire need of replacement. The silent button was broken. The headphone jack was broken. It liked to freeze and shut down whenever it felt like it. The battery life was atrocious. So I got a new iPhone 6s in rose gold and I’m in looooove!

This was a good news week. I found out that I get to remain a Nuunbassador and a BibRave Pro through 2016. Woohoo! These are two organizations that I truly love representing, and I’m so glad to be welcomed back into the fold for another year.

I’m really enjoying being backstage for a show for once. Working on the makeup crew for White Christmas has been AWESOME so far. The time commitment is really minimal compared to what it would be if I were in the cast, but I still get to be a part of the show (not to mention the parties!) and see all of my friends. Of course, on stage is where I always want to be, but it’s nice to do something different for a change, and still be involved with a show that I wasn’t able to audition for.

White Christmas

They got my names mixed up, but whatevs…

Did you get any good or exciting news this week?

When is the last time you got a new phone?

Legally Blonde Wrap Up

In lieu of a Manic Monday post (let’s be real, I didn’t do any traditional workouts last week), I thought it would be fun to a little post about Legally Blonde, with some pictures.

Overall, this was an awesome experience. I hadn’t worked with Lyric Theatre Company since I was a part of Seussical the Musical back in 2007. I got to reconnect with some old friends, as well as make new ones. While time management during the rehearsal process was an issue, and the 13 hour technical rehearsal made it hard to remember why I signed up for this, it was an AWESOME show, and I’m so happy I was a part of it. We sold out almost every single one of 5 performances, the audiences loved us, and we just had SO.MUCH.FUN performing. Of course, I’m equally happy that it’s now over and my life can go back to normal for a little while. At least, until Chess rehearsals start on May 20. Glutton for punishment? Perhaps.

In the meantime, I’m going to really try to pull myself together and focus on all of the things I’ve been neglecting lately due to the show. I have a mountain of laundry that needs to be washed, a car that looks like a hobo has been living in it, and a full-blown sugar addiction relapse to deal with. Stay tuned for another post later this week about the plan post Legally Blonde.

And now, what you really wanted to see… pictures of me getting my musical theatre on!

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