Thursday, October 30, 2008


Our Obama sign was stolen today.
This is what someone did when the signs in their
neighborhood went missing, including their own.
The crazy part is we've been waiting for our actual sign
(along with some t-shirts)to come in the mail
and we had borrowed our sign from a friend.
Buttons thought that whoever stole our sign was probably
a "mean, old, grumpy troll". I agree.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Almost, Maine

I started theater late in life even though it was something I always wanted to do. When we were waiting for Buttons I knew I needed something to take my mind off the wait (of course our wait was nothing compared to the parents who wait now). In the fall of 2004 I met the director of the upcoming show The Sound of Music in our local community theater. I decided on a whim I would audition. I wound up playing the part of Sr. Margaretta and the bug bit me big time.

In subsequent shows I was part of the ensemble in the musicals of this director and it was a great experience, but I really wanted to act (well, try to act) so I auditioned for Steel Magnolias, but was told I was too young for the part of Truvy. Well, my confidence waned a bit but I auditioned for Almost, Maine and was cast as Marvalyn, a woman whose relationship is not going well, but a man she meets in a laundry room gives her a wake up call. After auditioning for AM, I was asked to step into the part of O'Brien in Treasure Island less than a week before the show opened and I did it.

I'm now going to be the assistant director of our Christmas show and I'm going to be a part of two one act shows coming up in the new year. The reason I'm sharing all of this with you? I'm amazed at where this ride has taken me. I'm so glad I went to that first audition even though I was very scared to do it. If there's something you want to do but have a little fear about it, why not try jumping in now? The water is a bit cold at first, but it gets warmer and then you'll never want to get out.

Also...if you get a chance, go see the show (or, audition for )Almost, Maine.
It's really a sweet show, with some bitters thrown in for good measure.

Marvalyn hits Steve with an ironing board. Don't try this at home!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Happy Birthday J & J!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Voter Tuesday

Do you know it's only been 88 years that women have had the right to vote? There were many women who took up this cause and won after years of trying and some of them never had the chance to cast one single vote. Perhaps you know a friend or a neighbor who is not planning to vote. Why don't you give them a call or ring their bell and ask them if they'd like a ride to the polls on Tuesday, November 4th?


Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Buttons!

You are now 4 years old and I can't believe it!
You love writing your letters, reading books, painting, playing on the playground with friends, cooking, helping, singing, dancing and fairy-winged basketball.
You love animals (especially dogs).
You remember things I have long since forgot.
You still come in to our bed in the morning to snuggle, which I will miss when you feel you're too old for that.
You say please and thank you, but more importantly, you care about the feelings of others.
You help your friends when they're scared to go into a new situation.
You console others when they cry.
You know how to be a friend.
You have the best sense of humor ever. Hilarious!
You make me proud to be your mother every day.
I hope I can live up to your excellence Buttons.

Happy 4th Birthday Buttons!
I love you.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Voter Tuesday

I'm going to try and do a post every Tuesday until the election about voting, so here's the first. As you can tell from some previous posts, voting is very important to me and to my husband as well. Back in 2004, Buttons and I were at the polling place for several hours to pass out information and greet people. Buttons is aware of the candidates and knows that Obama is our man.

So, the other night in the bathroom, there was a magazine with Obama on the cover and Hubby was wearing his Mr. Rogers t-shirt with "Everything is good in the 'hood" written on it. Buttons told my husband that she thought Neighbor Rogers (her name for him) would make a good president. Hubby agreed but then had to tell her why that couldn't happen (RIP Mr. Rogers). Later, the three of us talked about the reasons he would be a good president. He would work for world peace, the environment and most importantly think of children first. I hope our next president will be one that will give Buttons a brighter future and then perhaps our daughter could call him Neighbor Obama.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Life and Blogging

Currently life and blogging don't seem to be working well for me to do at the same time. I've been taking a bit of a break from blogging and stepping fully into life. One week from today is Buttons' birthday and the opening of the play that I've been rehearsing. My mom and her partner are coming to visit during that time and my house is a wreck. If you have any sage words of wisdom about keeping stress levels down, now would be the time to share.

I'll be taking a hiatus until next weekend though.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Voter Registration Deadlines...Some are TODAY!!!

State Voter Registration Deadline
Alabama Fri, Oct. 24
Alaska Sun, Oct. 5 (postmark by Sat, Oct. 4)
Arizona Mon, Oct. 6
Arkansas Mon, Oct. 6
California Mon, Oct. 20
Colorado Mon, Oct. 6
Connecticut Tues, Oct. 21
Delaware Sat, Oct. 11
District of Columbia Mon, Oct. 6
Florida Mon, Oct. 6
Georgia Mon, Oct. 6
Hawaii Mon, Oct. 6
Idaho Register at Polls
Illinois Tues, Oct. 7
Indiana Mon, Oct. 6
Iowa Fri, Oct. 24 (or on Election Day at polling place)
Kansas Mon, Oct. 20
Kentucky Mon, Oct. 6
Louisiana Mon, Oct. 6
Maine Tue, Oct. 21 (or on Election Day at polling place)
Maryland Tue, Oct. 14
Massachusetts Wed, Oct. 15
Michigan Mon, Oct. 6
Minnesota Same Day Registration at polling place
Mississippi Mon, Oct. 6
Missouri Wed, Oct. 8
Montana Mon, Oct. 6 (or same day at elections office)
Nebraska Fri, Oct. 24 (mail by Fri, Oct. 17)
Nevada Tue, Oct. 4 (or in person until Oct. 14)
New Hampshire Same Day
New Jersey Tues, Oct. 14
New Mexico Tues, Oct. 7
New York Fri, Oct. 10
North Carolina Fri, Oct. 10
North Dakota N/A
Ohio Mon, Oct. 6
Oklahoma Fri, Oct. 10
Oregon Tue, Oct. 14
Pennsylvania Mon, Oct. 6
Rhode Island Sat, Oct. 4
South Carolina Sat, Oct. 4
South Dakota Mon, Oct. 20
Tennessee Mon, Oct. 6
Texas Mon, Oct. 6
Utah Mon, Oct. 6 or in person Tue, Oct. 28
Vermont Wed, Oct. 29
Virginia Mon, Oct. 6
Washington Sat, Oct. 4 (or until Mon, Oct. 20 in person)
West Virginia Wed, Oct. 15
Wisconsin Wed, Oct. 15 (or on Election Day at polling place)
Wyoming Can register at polls

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Are You Registered?