I know I keep apologizing for the lack of posts lately but I am truly sorry for not writing. Having 3-4 kids at home for summer vacation is a terrible inconvenience in the writing (and work) sector of my life. I’m very certain once they go back to school and a more stable schedule is back in place I will be able to get back to writing and posting every day. So, until then let’s scrap the normal blog schedule and I just post what I can when I can. How would that be for everyone? Great!
I did go to see The Tempest Friday night and loved it! It was fantastic. The cast was outstanding and I was blown away. The actor playing Prospero was great, but I was completely enchanted with the actress playing Ariel. She was really good. She reminded me of how much I had wanted to be onstage back in high school, and even now. The dynamic between Trinculo and Stephano reminded me so much of Timon and Pumba that I was laughing until I had tears in my eyes. They were hilarious. The actor portraying Trinculo reminded me so much of Nathan Lane that it was hard at times to NOT picture him in that role. And then there was Juno. This actress was amazing. She was an African American woman who has been in the tv series Friday Night Lights, among other things, and she has the most beautiful voice. I was completely blown away and not expecting it. This was an incredible thing the Trinity Shakespeare Festival did. They have been putting on shows for 6 years now and they are able to do this through local support and online donations. I’m so glad they were brought to my attention and I know I will be going every year from now on. I wish I could see this same cast performing The Comedy of Errors, which they are alternately performing this week as well, but that’s okay. Now I am aware of this I can make plans to take the older kids next year, especially as I just discovered that Sean loves Shakespeare, too. I think I am going to try and get us tickets next month to go see Much Ado at the Dallas Shakespeare in the Park event. He wants to and I think that’s wonderful. I love having a kid who enjoys doing things like this with me. I’ve already even been told that if I ever go see Josh Groban in concert and I don’t take him he will be very upset with me. Yeah, I’m a lucky mom.
Sunday was Lock’s 15th birthday. We didn’t do very much as he’s a pretty low-key kid. All he wanted was his World of Warcraft account reactivated and upgraded so that’s what he got. We had one of his favorite meals for dinner, and he spent almost all day doing what he wanted. Then cake that night. He was as happy as a 15 year old boy can be at the time.
Other than those two events, I’m not doing a whole lot in my spare time. I’ve come to the conclusion that the writing is on pause until I can get some peace and quiet. Not that I’m not trying to write, but when you have to stop every ten minutes to stop an argument from happening or to entertain one of the kids or feed same kids, then you really aren’t going to be able to get very much writing done. But I do keep trying. I have gone back to getting some of my unfinished knitting projects completed while catching up on some movies and tv series at night. I owe my niece a Slytherin scarf for this fall and winter season. She’s attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Tx, and their colors are green and silver like Slytherin House from Harry Potter. She’s a self-admitted geek and I love her for it. So, I promised her a scarf and, with any luck, I’ll be finished with it today or tomorrow. Then, I have a Ravenclaw scarf for Sean to finish, among some other projects, but if I just sit down with Sean’s scarf and turn on some movies, then I should be able to finish it as quickly as the one I’m making for my niece. The problem is I just found this pattern in a magazine that I’m in love with and just can’t wait to make. I’m already planning the yarn and size I’ll need to make. And I know that not all of you are interested in knitting but I am and I know some of you might be interested. For those that are, I have a Ravelry account here where you can check out what I’ve made, what I currently have started, and how far along I am on the project. I have pictures for most projects so I won’t post them here. However, I will try and leave a note when I’ve finished something since I try to always have a completed picture to post on Ravelry. In fact, I may add a box on the sidebar or a gallery for those of you interested in it. I love textile art. I am thinking about taking a pottery class with Jack in the near future because I love working with my hands and making something out of nothing is the most fascinating experience to me. The act of creating anything, really, is almost miraculous. How do we do it? I know the process, but how I get from here to there and have something either useful and practical or just simply beautiful just intrigues me. It’s like words. How we created language and communicate despite barriers is something that awes me and has since I was little. I love words. I love art.
When I’m not knitting and watching something, then I’ve been reading. We actually spent most of this weekend up at both of our local libraries. I’ve been checking out movies (hello captain obvious) and music cds as I already have books checked out. I’m going through the poetry section with some fiction that people have suggested or that I’ve been wanting to read for some time. The fiction I’m working on is Running With Scissors (thank you Pris!) which I have been wanting to see the movie but did not know was a book, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I did know was a book and finally found at my other local library. Today is yet another day I will be up at the library again but not for movies, just more music and turning in books. As usual.
Anyway, that’s about all for now. Forgive me the lack of posts and interesting things to talk about. Two more months and life will quiet down, I hope. *wink*
Have a great Tuesday!