Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mamma Mia!


For most of March, all of April, and some of May I played piano for Mamma Mia at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. It was definitely a rewarding experience - I love getting paid for using my skills, I love working with fun, creative, professional people who are great at what they do, I love fun music, and I love wearing black, so this was a perfect fit for me! I am, however, greatly relieved to have my evenings back.

the band! synthesizer, piano, guitar, conductor, drums, bass, guitar

I played for a lot of the rehearsals leading up to tech week, where we performed the show 9 days in a row, with two shows on one of those days. IT WAS SO MUCH MAMMA MIA. The show ran for three long weekends in a row (Wed-Sun) and by the end I'm pretty sure I could have done a lot of it memorized.

I got really into selfies the first few rehearsals in the pit:



it was LOUD, so I consistently wore earplugs



this was me before we started rehearsals with
the rest of the band...I was so bored haha
So many fun people were involved in this show! My favorite was Colleen, who played Rosie.


I also enjoyed laughing with David, the conductor. This was my view for three weeks:

he's the weird blob in the top left
 We talked a lot of basketball (the show happened during the beginning of the NBA playoffs) and also shared common teachers and experiences at UNL, even though we went there during different years.

the last show was on Mother's Day, so this is a picture of all the moms in the cast, crew, and pit
It was fun to try to mix up all of my black clothing. It was also fun to take a walk during intermission each night. I did two laps around the outside of the playhouse and enjoyed stretching my legs and feeling the fresh air.


 My parents came, which was super fun, and Austin and the Stauffers came another night, which was great! It's always fun knowing someone in the audience is there for you.


So long, Mamma Mia! (I could come up with something more wittily related to the song titles, but we already used all of them so many times throughout the show that I can't bring myself to...take a chance...again.)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dem Boyz

My brother Jack inherited two lizards, Ganon (a gecko) and Muushuu (a horned dragon). He is a very doting and loving lizard dad. It never fails to make my day when Jack sends me a random picture of "dem boyz!"

One day he brought Muushuu over when we were in Papillion, and he was definitely the coolest pet I've ever seen. He's super chill, but has a ton of personality. His tongue is huge and gross and hilarious. We fed him chunks of tomato and laughed every time. Jack says his teeth are actually really sharp and his jaw is strong, so it really hurts to get bit. Little Jack was entranced! Rippy hates him.

When Stockton came home after ACT clinic Jack led him over to the corner where Muushuu was hiding behind the potted tree, and without even hesitating Stockty grabbed the lizard by the triangular head and pulled him out! We couldn't believe Muushuu didn't try to escape or bite Stockton, but he was probably just as surprised as the rest of us and couldn't react fast enough haha. It was very unexpected and funny. I'm sure Stockton thought he was fake, otherwise there's no way he would have touched him at all, much less dragged him by the head.










Random April

It's the middle of MAY and I'm still thinking it's APRIL. Where does the time go?!

bored at a school function (he had to hold the sign
marking the first mile at a school-sponsored run)

Me n Rippy, Rippy n Me

high school Jessie playing for Ruth Funke and Grammy Bee


 Natalie has been really into picnics lately; Stockton is as into chips as ever


 They usually don't look super similar to me but I like seeing their resemblance in these photos



 Natalie is so proud of herself for figuring out how to climb up there...she loves to perch and survey the backyard

Kalie, my best friend in elementary school in Wyoming came through town and stopped to play with us...it was the first time we've met each other's youngest kids and it was so fun to be all together! Even if we're bad at taking pictures.


 She was adamant that this chalk girl's name was "Pelanina" and she made me write it 


 The boys prefer eating their slushies using their straw as a spoon

 A woman stopped me in the Target parking lot to tell me that this spatula was on the roof of my car haha

 the kids always get a kick out of wearing our glasses

a fox on the way home from school!


playing and talking together

Natalie does a great job reading scriptures, and Stockton and
Jack love repeating the words as they are read


love all these girls

my dad got us a blue lightbulb for autism
awareness month

 Jack fell asleep being cozy with me early one morning and looked so precious...how many times did we fall asleep together in that same position in that same chair when he was a baby?

Stockton finds me whenever I try to go be cozy somewhere


 Stockton had a grand time dumping the contents from that closet, drawing on all the walls, and finishing off by tattooing himself with a permanent marker. (somehow the permanent marker wasn't on any of the walls though!)




my view from the dishes: Pop Pop hanging with "the grandbabies," as he likes to call them






had a great time rewatching Skyfall and then watching Spectre

I watch Arrested Development while
I'm on the treadmill

 the kids love the treadmill, but only when I'm running on it! I thought it was cute that Stockton brought his shoes downstairs to put on by himself to get ready to run



they're even holding hands!!!