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Weekly Report

The first week of the Christmas season is upon us.  We have entered the seasons of concert, Christmas parties, endless shopping (if there was money), and excitement. However, the calendar says that our chaos should not begin just yet.  Our first week should be a simple week.  For being a simple week in December it has been an eventful one.  It's rather crazy!

I reported last week that Lilli fell off Hannah's bunk bed.  We went to Urgent Care on Sunday and the NP took x-rays and decided that the most likely injury was a crack in the scapliod bone just under the thumb, although she didn't see anything on the x-ray.  She did send us home with a fiberglass splint (fiberglass formed thing from her thumb to her elbow that is held on with an ace bandage).

Well... the NP was wrong.

We followed directions.  We iced.  We gave her Ibuprofen. I even let her out of school since the splint thing didn't allow her to hold a pencil. But her pain increased.  On Wednesday her hand was s…

Weekly Report

This past week was lots of fun!  Kimber, Ben and Ray came to visit!  Ben is super silly.  He can do lots of things now that he didn't do when the moved away.  He says lots of new words.  He climbs everything.  He can control a remote control car.  He can eat an apple a day.  He really likes Curious George.  He loves to play with Lilli... not not so much with the rest of us.

They all arrived on Wednesday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon.

We had spent most of the day making pies and cleaning up rooms to switch people around.


Thursday was spent cooking food and cleaning up messes before the BIG dinner in the late afternoon...  and Kimber, Ben and Ray went over to the Jessops' house for hair cuts.  Ben was not impressed with hair cuts.

 John was a big help.  I needed it.  For some reason my neck and shoulders seized up.  I could hardly move.  He worked like a champ and got the turkey in the oven and the potatoes peeled.  Hannah helped make the deviled eggs.  We made a t…
Well, the month of November is another month of "same old same old".  Case comes to play... Lilli does school... Hannah and Chad leave and go to school... I clean house.... people mess up the house... Lilli goes to dance and to be a helper at the dance studio... Chad goes to work out.... John goes to work and stays late nearly everyday.  See... nothing changes.  I did spend a couple days working at the high school over the past couples of weeks.  The elementary schools hired me to run their little "musicals" and that is nice because we will need the extra money to have any kind of Christmas.  Sadly, I have a problem collecting on all the money people owe me.  If I added it all up, from all the people that owe me a little something, I could collect nearly $2000.  However, I am not good at the collection processes.  Sigh.
 I've been working on Christmas presents.  I made this funny hat for Ben.  I used Case while I worked out what to do.  I think Case is a litt…

Things I Wonder

This morning I got up and John booked it into the bathroom.  Lilli walked into my room (mind you, it is 5:15 in the morning).

I said, "Rats!  In need that room!"

To which Lilli responded, "No I need it!" as she danced around doing the I-got-to-pees dance.

"Go to the other bathroom!"

For heaven sake!  We have two bathrooms in the house!  There is a family bathroom located conveniently off the main part of the house and there is Master Bathroom, oddly located in the MASTER BEDROOM! Why does everyone insist on using my bathroom?

At this point, I believe the only person using the family bathroom is Hannah.  Lucky girl.  Her bathroom remains fairly clean.

My bathroom, on the other hand, is always a disaster... and occupied.

Both Chad and Lilli insist on showering in my bathroom.  Thus, I need to get up at the crack of stupid to shower.  I never have a clean dry towel.  Clothing is always on the floor (even though there are laundry baskets right there, the extr…

Boyack Report... A few weeks late

Sunday was not a peaceful day.  Chad is stressed about his finals.  He demanded John and my fullest attention to help him understand his writing class homework.  He is hard to help sometimes.  He is so crabby!  However, the biggest drama of the day is that I killed Santa.  You see… I thought Lillian knew that John and I were Santa.  After all, last year she kept saying that she knew we were Santa.  I had forgotten that I had tricked her into believing again, with the help of Yvonne.  My bad.  So when we were sitting around talking at dinner, and I mentioned that I was Santa, Lillian lost it.  I think she cried for an hour.  I tried to apologize.  It didn't work.  I tried to tell her that the spirit of Santa lives in us as we try to help others be happy during the Christmas season.  Oh well… Santa is dead now and I am in the dog house.
Monday I cleaned out the kitchen.  I threw out all food that isn't good for me (with the exception of the noodles that Chad lives on) and threw o…

Crimes of the Heart

I just wrapped up a production of Crimes of the Heart at Central High School.  Once again, I served as the Tech Director and Set Designer.  For this play I mentored my daughter, Hannah, as a Lighting Designer as well (I even had her draw her first light plot and learn some lighting theory for this job).

I started with a model...
 I drew out plans on graft paper including a basic floor plan...
 ... back elevations...
 ... and platform maps.

I taped the floor for the first few weeks of rehearsal.  There were many functions scheduled for the stage, so we only had 10 days to put the set up, paint it, decorate it and light it.  Crimes of the Heart is the first production that Central High School has put the audience on the stage with the set.  I designed it to be a thrust stage (although the director choose to not put the chairs fully on all three sides).
 On our first work day we were able to get all the platforms legged and placed.  We were able to start the back stairways as well.
 I …