Rattling around in my brain today...
1.) Auditions are very stressful for the auditioners, but totally for the casting board as well. It's a lot of pressure to know that you hold so many kids' experiences in your hands. You know that it's utterly inevitable that you'll be making a lot of people cry. I don't like to make kids cry, despite what you might hear from Abby.
2.) Saw Jersey Boys today. Loved it, but I really do wonder why it is that I know every word to every Frankie Valli song. No one needs to know as many song lyrics as I do. Really. It's ridiculous.
3.) Ohmygod I'm going to sell my house. This has all happened so fast, and while I know that a new place with a space of my own - with a space for everyone's "own" - is what this family needs, I still definitely feel caught in a whirlwind.
4.) Before the show tonight, my mom drank two shots and called the manager of the bar an asshole to the bartender...but loud enough for the manager to hear. My mom RULES. She gets more fun the older we get. Going to see shows is her favorite thing, and I need to work on doing that more.
5.) My class this year is off to a very good start. And it turns out that the class I had last year did incredibly well on their MCAS tests last spring and I'm feeling ridiculously proud. Andrea even gave me a cookie for it. :)
6.) I think the Jews had it right when they chose to celebrate their new year at the end of September. I seriously think I was Jewish in a former life. Yesterday I bought an Autumn Leaves candle and a pumpkin latte. Fall is here. Sharpen up those Dixon Ticonderogas and decorate with sunflowers.
7.) This is such a tiny thing, but I entered this essay contest in Real Simple magazine. It was never about the potential of winning...it was about setting a goal for myself and following through. Of course, the deadline was last Monday at midnight and I sent my submission at 9:30 p.m. It still counts, though! The question was, "When did you first realize that you were a grown-up?" I wrote about my first year teaching. I was just really happy that I sent something, 7 words under the 1,500 word limit. God, I talk too much.
8.) As I write this, I've got an old SNL from my DVR on in the background. Justin Timberlake and what's-his-name just sang "Mother Lovers." Justin Timberlake is absurdly talented. And pretty.
9.) The girls and I watched Scooby Doo Two - Monsters Unleashed last night. No one should be made to watch that film. Seriously.
10.) It's funny...just as I launch into my busiest time of life, things have suddenly clicked into place with me. All of a sudden, I'm feeling unexpectecly in the flow. I am feeling like everything in my life is exactly where it should be right now. I'm doing the work I'm meant to do, my life is moving determinedly forward in the proper directions, and I am happier, suddenly, than I have been in quite some time.
Happy New Year.