The Week Ahead: January 26-February 1, 2009

I am not going to follow the format of my regular Week Ahead posts because this is production week for The Music Man which means I am completely consumed with the show and all that goes with it.

The only downside is that I am also working this week. I would love to take the week off to avoid all the running around but I can’t see using vacation time for that, so I make do by leaving early.

My week will be filled with shuttling my son back and forth, working backstage, making lists, and then making sure all the kids have what they need before they go on-stage. It’s very exciting when the show starts but leading up to it can be a bit crazy.

Needless to say my reading has taken a backseat. All will be normal again by this time next week when I will be luxuriating in something called “free time”.

Don’t forget to enter my Ransom My Heart giveaway which ends on 1/31. You can read about it here.

Oh…and the Superbowl? I normally attend a party given by a friend but I will be working the show so I won’t be able to experience the great food, the loud shouts or the very, very funny commercials. I’m not that into sports but I am rooting for Arizona!

The Week Ahead: January 19-25, 2009

I’ve got a busy week ahead of me. Some of it fun. Let’s see if I can keep this short:

Monday, January 19, 2009 – No school or work today due to the MLK holiday. Right now I have a picnic lunch planned since it was too windy to do it yesterday. However, the kids may want to see a movie instead. Either way, at some point I will be on the couch reading :) Of course it won’t be during 24. I have to focus on Jack Bauer and all his running, yelling glory.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – The BIG day. My work is having an Inauguration Breakfast this morning. The menu includes a waffle bar with all the fixin’s. We’ll nosh and watch the event in HD. I won’t be able to watch all of it because today is also the first day that my photography class meets. In the evening, we have a Music Man rehearsal and I will be taking notes for production week which is four days away.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – Work and meetings. In the evening, more rehearsal but I don’t have to attend this one so I will wait in the car with a book. I’ll be starting The Bone People tonight for my book club.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 – Work and my photography class. Tonight is my book club’s big book selection meeting for 2009. We choose the books that we will read for the rest of the year. Yikes! I want to pitch at least two books but I keep changing my mind. I think one of them will be The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. There’s been some interest in The Gargoyle as the second but I’m not sure. Ideas? Once we decide, I will post the list.

Friday, January 23, 2009 – Nothing going on today. It will be a good day to catch-up on work stuff and any reading I need to wrap-up later this evening.

The Weekend – On Saturday my daughter and I are going to a Mommy and Me Stampin’ Up workshop. On Sunday, we are in the theatre and production week begins. This is a tough week. There are some late nights and my daughter, who is not in this show, will miss me dearly as she will only see me in the mornings until the show wraps after Superbowl weekend. My son is still recovering from his surgery so I hope he holds out okay.

What do you have planned this week?

The Week Ahead: January 12-18, 2009

Since production week for The Music Man is right around the corner, this week is considered the calm before the storm. I love production week but it’s a lot of work for the kids and the parents that volunteer. It’s all worth it once the kids hit the stage though.

So here is my calm week:

Monday, January 12, 2009 – Nothing much going on at work. Still working on my two special projects. Should hopefully be done with one of them within the next few days. I’m planning to hit the gym today at lunch. Rehearsal tonight so I’m glad I have dinner cooking away in the Crock Pot. Gotta love the crock. I will probably read in the car while my son is at rehearsal. I’m alternating between The Terror and Loving Frank depending on my mood. When I get home, it’s me, my DVR and the continuation of the 24 premiere.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
– Lunch with a co-worker. Nothing going on in the evening. I plan to sit and read with a cup of tea in hand. Updated: forgot to add that American Idol starts tonight. How could I could I have forgotten that?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
– Meetings today. Always too many meetings. More rehearsal tonight too. I have to take script notes so no sitting in the car for me.

Thursday, January 15, 2009 – Today is the day the Freshman Common Reading panel meets to discuss the One Campus, One Book finalist. I have been looking forward to this meeting for months but I can’t go! I have a major project meeting and there is no way out of it. Instead, I must submit my recommendation in writing. It’s not what I wanted to do but it’s my only option.

Friday, January 16, 2009 – Nothing going on today except work and the gym. I may post a giveaway today as I’ve not done one in awhile. Looking forward to the three-day weekend.

The Weekend
– Saturday night is Father/Son night and it’s hosted by PTO so I will be there with my daughter doing whatever needs to be done. Sunday, nothing planned but I’ll probably be running around gathering props for the show.

What does your week look like? Anyone taking advantage of the three-day weekend to do some traveling?

The Week Ahead: January 5-11, 2009

All good things come to an end. Who came up with that saying anyway? My two, blissful weeks off have sadly come to an end and my body is rebelling in a big way. My sleep patterns are off so my wake patterns are out of whack which means I am completely unstable at any point in time. What a way to start the week! It will take me a few days to become normal again. Sigh.

Here’s my week:

Monday, January 5, 2009 – My last day off from work. I am taking my son to the hospital for his surgical procedure. We are due at the hospital at 5am. That’s pretty early and he is really nervous but all will be fine and I will post an update later. I’ll have Twilight with me to read in the waiting room and maybe Loving Frank too because I am almost finished with Twilight and don’t want to be left “bookless.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 – First day back at work. Blech. I had a meeting but it was cancelled. Good thing. Most of the day will be spent updating my calendar and cleaning out my inbox. I will probably have to act on one or two items. Will renew my membership at the gym today too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – I have a short meeting this morning. It shouldn’t be too bad but then I have a longer meeting later this afternoon right after lunch. That one is a bit more involved as we are trying to set-up some defaults for a new software package that will be implemented within the next month or so. I hope to have my review of Twilight posted sometime today. Probably not even necessary since everyone and their brother knows about the book but I’ll post one anyway. Kidlet #1 has rehearsal tonight if he is feeling better so that may mean some “reading in the car” time for me.

Thursday, January 8, 2009 – Nothing much going on at work but tonight my book group is meeting at Borders. We normally meet at the library so we get really excited when we meet at the bookstore. We are like kids in a candy store. We’ll be discussing Cane River, which I did not care for. I don’t think I was in the right mindset to read it but my review is posted here. I’ll let you know what the group thinks of it.

Friday, January 9, 2009 – Should be a slow day at work which is good because I am leaving early to take Kidlet #1 to the Orthodontist. I hope to be out of the office no later than 2:15pm. I plan to spend the rest of the evening with Loving Frank. Literate Housewife is discussing this book for her Facebook book club so I need to get on the stick and get it read, pronto! BTW, if you have a Facebook profile and want to hook up, send me an email and we’ll connect.

The Weekend: My husband and son are going to see Monster Trucks on Saturday night so the girly girl and I may do some girl things. I don’t think I have anything going on on Sunday so it’s rest time!

The Week Ahead: Winter Break 2008/09, Part II

Well it’s my second week of being off and I’m completely out of whack. Daytime routines are non-existent which is wonderful of course, but I will be hating life next week. I am going to try and savor each of the days I have left but unfortunately I have to tidy up this house first.

Why is there so much packaging involved where toys are concerned? Those horrible wire ties and the toy manufacturers even sew doll’s hair to the box now. I actually have to use wire cutters just to get to the goods. Needless to say, I have thrown out four huge loads of trash and they are still opening stuff!

As for my week, it doesn’t look bad at all:

Monday, December 29, 2008 – Pre-register for my son’s surgery. I did this online but someone at the hospital said I may have to come in. I REALLY do not want to drag two kids to the hospital to sign papers that I can sign later. As for reading, I am going to try and finish Cane River today. It’s for my book group and I am not loving it. It’s okay, but it’s slow. Has anyone read it? Does it get any better? I am half-way through it. I am also grabbing snippets of Twilight in between other stuff. Threw some spaghetti fixings in the crock pot so dinner should be seamless.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 – Just lounging around today. Nothing going on except more reading. I may do some house stuff if I get bored. Like clean out the garage which is being consumed by Christmas storage boxes.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 – Nothing going on during the day except the I Love Lucy marathon on TV Land but later we will be going to a friend’s house for a New Year’s Eve party. We are on the West Coast but we celebrate on East Coast time so we can get the kids to bed at a decent hour. They don’t know the difference! We watch the ball drop in Times Square and that is that. It’s a fun time. Lots of good food and conversation. I’m looking forward to it. I am also going to try and get a review in before the new year hits.

Thursday, January 1, 2009 – Happy New Year! Today we are staying home. We plan to watch the Rose Parade on TV while I cook all day. We just eat and be lazy.

Friday, January 2, 2009 – We plan to see the Rose Parade Floats today. They park them along a street in Pasadena and for a small fee, you can check out the floats up close. If the weather is too hot though, we may not go because the floats wilt pretty fast. Same goes for rain, if it rains too hard they get pelted and just fall apart.

The WeekendUPDATE: Just bought tickets to see the Chinese New Year Spectacular at the Pasadena Civic. I will be taking my friend to see this for her birthday on Sunday. Afterward, will probably try to relax before my son’s surgery and will try to straighten out my schedule for the following work week.

What do you guys have planned for New Year’s Eve?

The Week Ahead: Winter Break 2008

The next two weeks will be a bit different for me because I am off from work and home with the Kidlets. Typically, this is not a vacation for me because none of us are used to being around each other for long periods of time so we end up knocking heads quite a bit. However, my daughter is now five and she seems to be doing things on her own more and spends quite a bit of time playing with her dolls and tea sets. As I type this, she is having a tea party and singing a song in the other room while it is softly raining outside. Sigh.

My son is still asleep. No surprise there!

So here’s my week:

Monday, December 22, 2008 – Absolutely nothing scheduled! Well, except my review of The Rest of Her Life which is already written and will post today. I loved it. I have a few loads of laundry to do. It doesn’t seem to know that I am on vacation. I plan to sit on the couch later this afternoon and begin Twilight.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – My friend and her kids are coming over today for lunch. We are going to watch Christmas movies and be goofy. She also works full-time so we are going to be like little kids and just be silly with our time off.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – It’s already Christmas Eve. Time flies. Tonight we are going to see the in-laws and the kids will open their presents from Grandma and Grandpa. It’s usually an open house thing so there will be family friends there as well. It’s a pretty good time to relax and nosh a bit. Once the kids are in bed, Santa will stop by. I have to remember to leave some snacks out after I put my morning casserole together.

Thursday, December 25, 2008 – It’s Christmas! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and all that. Today we are having a Southwestern Egg Casserole for breakfast along with bacon and pancakes. YUM. We’ll open presents early and then head to a movie. I would like to see Marley and Me but I have been outvoted. Looks like it will be Bedtime Stories for us. After the movie I’ll prepare the prime rib and put it in the oven and then prepare the rest of the meal.

Friday, December 26, 2008 – The day after Christmas. I try to hit some stores for Christmas decor at 75% off but it will depend on my mood. For some reason, this year I am just not into the crowds at all. No patience for it. I’m sure I will hit a bookstore or two though.

The Weekend: We have a birthday party to go to on Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese. UGH. Not my fave place but the birthday girl is a sweetie so that’s all that matters. Sunday we don’t have anything going on and I hope it stays that way.

What about your week? Are you traveling at all? The trip to my in-laws is a mere five miles away so no traveling for us.

The Week Ahead: December 15-21, 2008

As Christmas approaches, I’m finding that things are starting to wind down for me. I still have a couple of social commitments but not nearly as many as the past few weeks. For this I am grateful.

Here’s what my week looks like (I’m going off of memory since I forgot my Daytimer):

Monday, December 15, 2008 – It’s raining here. It never rains so the commute this morning was a bit of a challenge. I am working on a special project here at work so that should occupy most of my time today. At lunch, I plan to read some more of The Rest of Her Life, by Laura Moriarty. I’m liking it so far. Tonight I have to go grocery shopping during my son’s rehearsal. I HATE grocery shopping. Especially in the pouring rain.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 – Nothing going on today besides work and more work. Tried to arrange dinner with a friend but it didn’t pan out. I think I may finish my Christmas cards this evening. I am still looking for stocking stuffers too. You know…so I can tell Santa what to bring. Wink. Wink.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – I’m taking a professional development class today (Camtasia) and I also have a meeting this afternoon. Today is also the day for Book Club Girl’s on-air chat with Laura Moriarty who is the author of The Rest of Her Life. The book that had me at page one. For more info on the chat, click here. It’s supposed to snow today according to the weather channel. Unheard of!

Thursday, December 18, 2008 – Absolutely nothing going on besides work stuff. I plan to spend the evening on the couch with soup and a book.

Friday, December 19, 2008 – This is my planned day off so I can tie-up loose holiday ends. However, my son has been scheduled for surgery so I need to take him to a pre-op appointment this morning. As far as surgeries go, this one is minor but he is going to have general anesthesia for the first time so I’m a bit nervous. His sister had to be put under once and she did not respond well and had to be manually revived for over 20 minutes. Scary. His surgery is scheduled for Jan 5th. Good thoughts would be appreciated.

The Weekend: On Saturday we plan to visit the cemetery so we can spend some time with loved ones that are no longer with us. On Sunday, we are going to see the Holiday Toy Express. It’s a train that is decorated for the season and includes a 20 minute show. It’s got Santa on board as well as his elves. We see it every year and it’s a lot of fun. I should have a picture or two to share later.

See? My week is beginning to resemble that of a normal person’s week. Whew! What about you? Winding up or winding down?


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