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Down with the sickness

27 Mar

Well it’s happened…again…  There was another round of “ick” going through school and I got it…again…

When I’m sick, I feel like just curling up into a ball and sleeping.  Alas, that is not possible.  There is only one day, one day, until Spring Break!  I can do it. 

While I’m curled up in a ball, some things do make me feel better.  Like:

2013 March Madness of cat GIF’s

This guy:

I always feel like somebody's watchin me!

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I’ve told him it’s not nice to stare.

Listening to/singing along with Musicals.  I always feel like Phoebe…

Needless to say, the training is on hold for now.  I’m off to curl up, watch some DVR, and veg.


Mutliple musings/musical Monday

19 Mar

Howdy!  Everybody recovering from St. Patty’s Day? 

My St. Patrick’s weekend was pretty good.  As you saw, Leanne, Phil and I did really well in the Shamrock 8K!  I broke my Lenten sacrifice on Saturday to have some really good corned beef hash.  To bad the service at Rt. 58 was horrible!  They were really busy, but it’s pretty messed up when a table that came in after us got their food before us…not cool.

In order to get me in the Irish spirit I watched Notting Hill.  What?  That’s not your quintessential  Irish movie.  Hmm, who’d a thunk!  Anyway, did you know that Lord Grantham is in Notting Hill?

I had totally forgotten about that!  There he was still not quite in the same reality as everybody else.

Sunday, was delicious.  We went to Terrapin and had there March Madness 3 for $30 deal.  Everybody got a first, entrée and dessert; plus wine was 25% off by the bottle!  A good night for reals.  Oh and I may or may not have gotten some truffle mac n cheese to go…

Tomorrow Leanne and I are going to see WICKED!  I’m super stoked!  One of my favorite Broadway actresses, Kristin Chenoweth starred as Glinda in Wicked when it first started.  So why not show a little K. Cheno love?

My New Philosophy

Girl’s got some pipes…Glitter and Be Gay

Seriously if I had even an ounce of her singing ability…

She was super adorable in Pushing Daisies

But I’ll always love her most as Glinda!

School News

I had to help proctor a test today.  One of the students in the group wrote that he loved his fourth grade year the best!  Guess who was his teacher that year??  This girl!  Nothing like a confidence boost while sitting and watching while others take a test for 5 hours!

As we stumble along

12 Mar

No there were no happy hour drinks at work, although…  It’s time for more Musical Monday!

This week it’s the Drowsy Chaperone!  Leanne and I saw this in NYC right before the Tony’s.  It is, hilarious!

It follows Janet Van De Graff (aka Sutton Foster the woman who can do no wrong) as she attempts to get married.  The interesting twist to this musical is that it is told by “Man in a Chair” who puts The Drowsy Chaperone record on for the audience to hear.  He comments on his favorite parts of the musical, not so favorite parts, and little known facts on the cast members. 

The songs in The Drowsy Chaperone are pretty ridiculous, but are totally worth it. 

Show Off

As We Stumble Along


There are a lot of inside jokes as well.  Inside as long as you know something about Broadway…which I happen to know a little about.  So what if I’m semi obsessed with musical theater and Broadway!?

I think I forgot to mention that I am doing the Shamrock 8K this weekend.   This is partially why I am choosing to add some running into my training.  I like this race and the weather is supposed to be really nice.

Past Shamrock photos:


Even the potties are in Shamrock spirit!


Leanne and Phil


This year promises to be more good times!

What are your plans for St. Patty’s Day?

Monday Musings Mania!

5 Mar

Hey all!  Happy Monday, hope you had a good one.  It was super chilly and windy here in Virginia Beach. 

As I was trying to fall asleep last night (unsuccessfully), I was thinking.  Note, that doesn’t help you fall asleep.

1) Lindsay Lohan should really go back to being a red-head.  All of the wigs she wore on SNL were red, she looked soooo much better.

Okay, so the booty shorts don’t really help her look better, but seriously go back to red.  Was this Lindsay’s comeback?  No, not really.  She was kinda awkward in some spots, but it can’t hurt, right?

2)PBS had Phantom of the Opera on last night for their Great Performances.  Man!  Those songs really get stuck in your head.  Phantom was the actual first musical I saw, we were doing the music for marching band.

Oh yeah, rockin' the sequined sash!

I’m not going to go into a big thing about Phantom because it’s a) the longest running show in forever, b) if you don’t know/haven’t heard of Phantom…well I don’t know if we can be friends. 

Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, here are two songs that were running through my head as I was trying to fall asleep.

By the by, Masquerade is a uber tricky and hard song to sing.  We sang it for Pops in high school. There are so many words and key changes and man it goes so high!  It’s like a 5 minute tongue twister!

I know the quality is not all that great, but I had to find one without Gerard Butler.  Sorry Gerry.

3) When I was at the Fun Run yesterday, I always think it’s funny to listen to what the kids are saying during their one mile jog.  Usually I hear a lot of  quitting talk or nothing at all.  One kid I heard had this musing, “I wonder what it’s like to be in last place?”  Hmmm, me too.  Mind you he said this as he was lapping the last place person.  Nice.

4) I finally got something up on the wall to fill in the big white space!

They are black vinyl wall decals, pretty much like big stickers, but you can remove them.  Super easy to put on and move around if you don’t like where you put something.  I really like it!  Although Bond is very confused by it.  He keeps going up to the leaves and birds by the baseboard and pawing at them.  Poor guy…

Time for dinner, leftover tacos to be exact. I also may or may not be making two different types of brownies tonight…

Holy Resistance Training Batman!

14 Feb

I didn’t really do resistance training, it just sort of happened by accident.  I went for a walk on the boardwalk by today going out was fine, but when I turned around sheesh!  It was super windy and it felt like I was trudging upstream.  I did a total of three miles, gotta keep that mileage up!

Today, if you didn’t know, is Valentine’s Day! 

Now, I’m not super excited about it.  I’m going to watch my DVRed Downton Abbey, drink some tea, and eat cookies.  Watch out, it’s just too exciting!


I know Christian you can hardly handle it!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’d thought I’d share some “love” songs.

Gasoline and Matches with Buddy Miller, Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, and Patty Griffin

Pop Rocks and Coke – Green Day

Infamous Love Song – Over The Rhine

Of course a few musical selections:

Being Alive – Company

The I Love You Song – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Schmuel Song – The Last Five Years

There ya go you crazy lovebirds you!

Oh and just in case you were wondering…I have the greatest best friend!  Oh, and Phil’s not that bad either 😉


Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine…

30 Jan

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty decent, I walked 6 miles on Sunday!  Go me and to boot it was a new route! (Ha, I’m a poet!)  It’s fun to find new ways to get around a place you thought you knew all about. 

For this Musical Monday, I am not going to talk about shows I’ve seen, rather shows I want to see!

1.  The Book of Mormon

This musical looks hilarious.  I have the soundtrack downloaded on iTunes and I’ll catch myself cracking up while running/walking

I’d definitely take my mom, I think she has some preconceived notions about Mormons… Also, I had to turn off the video because the doorbell rings were freaking out Bond.

Everything okay in there?

2. Memphis

Why?  Um, I don’t know because now Adam Pascal is in it?  Honestly, I find the history around how music, especially “race music” got on the air and all the controversy around it.

3. Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald’s voice is ahmazing!  Oh and I love Gershwin and Norm Lewis…

4. Million Dollar Quartet

Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis; need I say more? 

If want to hear the real Million Dollar Quartet:

Now this is just my list of shows that are actually out.  Maybe next week I’ll have my fantasy list! 

What would be on your list for this year?


It really said US Navy…

23 Jan

…but hey.  I work with what they gave me, okay!

I really don’t like days like these…

It makes me want to curl up and go back to sleep.  Which is really difficult when you are supposed to be teaching elementary students.

Why not talk about a lively fun musical to brighten things up!?

In The Heights is a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  It’s set in the Washington Heights neighborhood and follows the stories of Usnavi (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Vanessa (Karen Olivo),Nina (Mandy Gonzalez)  and Abuela Claudia (Olga Merediz). 

Usnavi (get it US Navy-Usnavi??)is desperately in love with Vanessa and spends the entire show trying and succeeding to make it so.  Nina was the, “one who got out” and went to Stanford.  Turns out that Stanford is harder than she thought and she returns to  Washington Heights head down, only to fall in love with Benny who works for her father’s cab company.  Abuela Claudia has been a fixture of Washington Heights since anyone can remember and just wants to have a good life.  When she wins the lotto things change for everyone!  I don’t want to give everything away in case, you want to see it…but that’s about it in a nutshell.

Lin-Manuel wrote the musical and it is partially based on some of his real life experiences.  Lin is an amazing lyricist.  The rhymes he pulls off are humorous and heartfelt.


96,000.  This is pretty much the bloodline for the entire musical.  Everyone just wants to win so they can get out and have a better life than the one they have now.

When You’re Home

A nice little love song between Nina and Benny.

No Me Diga

A little insight as to what hair stylists really talk about.  I have no doubt this is really what goes on…


Song about Abuela’s death.  It reminds me of my Grandma Marie.  It’s a soothing song and almost meditative…

Okay, so there ya go!  If In The Heights is touring near you, I would definitely go see it.  It’s up tempo and happy.  I think this PBS Great Performances clip says it best…

And just for giggles, this Lego Blackout video is pretty great!  Like it just made this gray day so much better.

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