The Sunday Salon: Homecoming Weekend (Recovery)

Sunday Salon

Today, I come to you with a crushing headache. It WAS a horrible sore throat after the game on Friday but that seems to have passed quietly away. However, I did manage to work the dance last night without any problems. It was busy and crazy but in a totally fun way. I like to help out when I can.

I got home by 11:45pm but The Teen, who is on tech for ASB had to stay to take down all of the equipment. Dances are not like they were back in the day. They are now these elaborate productions complete with lasers and, movies (yes, movies!) and a host of other technical elements. The set-up took over a day and a half and it took him until 2am to break it all down.

Who can sleep when your kid is out at that hour? Not me and definitely not The Hub so we forced ourselves to stay up until the director brought him home. We slept until nearly 10am today! I still feel tired though.

BTW, have you seen the way teens dance these days? Very interesting.

What’s up this week? Auditions for Oliver and The Girl is actually going for Oliver. Yep. If she gets it, she has to cut her hair (gulp). The Teen is trying out for Fagin and Bill Sikes. Auditions are this Tuesday and Wednesday and callbacks are next week. And of course callbacks conflict with the concert my son is in. Being this busy is a blessing in a lot of ways but it’s also a curse. I know I will miss it but man, it’s hard to wrap my brain around it sometimes.

What am I reading?

Last week I complained that Bellman and Black had no ghosts and now This House is Haunted almost seems to have too many. I am halfway through and it doesn’t quite feel genuine to me, but I am giving it the benefit of the doubt for now.

What am I cooking?

Not a thing. My head hurts so much right now that I am actually forced to put my book down. So, we are about to order Chinese take-out. Perhaps some spice will burn whatever the heck I have, right out of my head.

What am I watching?

Ugh. The Girl is watching Spongebob right now and the noise… ugh, the noise..,please make it stop! I feel like crawling into bed to watch some I Love Lucy. In fact, I may do that right after dinner.

34 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Homecoming Weekend (Recovery)”

  1. Hope your head is feeling by now, Ti…and hope the kids get the parts. I was in Oliver in high school but just a lowly rose seller…who will buy my beautiful roses?! I remember it oh so well – esp. the cast parties (maybe little less well! :-))

    1. That “who will buy” song is one that remains in my head every time I hear it. The rose seller is a great part! My daughter is too young for the seller this time around. They changed the age ranges so all she can try out for is Oliver and one of Fagin’s pickpockets.

      And my son, I am not really sure which part he wants more, Fagin or Sikes. He keeps quiet and doesn’t share much during the process.


  2. Kids dancing, interesting? Hmmm? I thought it was perverse…but yes, I’m a prude. 🙂

    Sorry to hear you’re feeling sick and that your books aren’t working for you. You always can stop and pick up another one, you know? Again 🙂

    1. There were two kinds of dancing, the type that you would call perverse and the type that looked as if kids had no bones within their being. A limp, noodle like flailing of their arms back and form. It was interesting to watch for the short time that I did.

      As for my lousy reading selections lately, I don’t have a problem putting a book down but with authors I enjoy or ones that have proven themselves in the past, I keep waiting for that moment where it all comes together. That is the case with This House is Haunted. It’s not bad at all, but it’s taking awhile to get going and in the interim, there seems to be a lot of supernatural activity which is coming across as comical when I am sure it’s not meant to be that.

        1. My son calls it grinding which is like Dirty Dancing but worse! I also noticed a limp armed convulsive like dance that was alarming at first.


    1. Thank you for the good luck wishes. I get so nervous when the girl auditions because in my mind, she is still so young. The Teen has done this so many times that I no longer worry about him.


  3. Dances in my day were a DJ and maybe some lame strobe lights…..that was about 15 years ago or so. Sounds like you had a good time though! Hopefully you have recovered from that miserable headache, I hate feeling like that, especially on the weekend!

    1. I guess the headache had to due with sinus stuff as it’s mostly gone, but there is a little remnant of it left that has settled right in my eye socket! My reading eye!! LOL. With King’s book out tomorrow, I sort of need that eye. LOL.


  4. Who knew getting a comfortable level of ghosts in a novel was so difficult? 😉

    I’ve seen the tech level of dances evolve since my oldest was in junior high, but we’ve been out of that scene for a coupe of years now… can only imagine how much further it’s come, especially in SoCal!

    1. OMG… you’d think it was New Year’s Eve or something! CO2 cartridges, confetti bombs, scissor lifts, etc. I could not understand why it took so long to set up but now I know.


  5. The dancing is crazy. My God, if we would have danced like that in high school we would have been suspended and shunned. And I have these same internal dialogues about busy-ness. Idle kids are not good, but there is a fine line, you know. My daughter had to can the horse riding lessons eventually. And hey! I just pre-ordered Doctor Sleep for tomorrow!

    1. One of the moms told me that after the last dance, she found underwear on the floor! She found other stuff but I’ll spare you the details.


  6. Now that I have two kids in school, the chaos has begun … and they are still in elementary school! I better prepare myself for what is to come!

    Good luck with everything and hope you get to feeling better soon!

    1. I count my blessings that I do not have two in high school at the same time because even though the girl is in grade school, she still ends up being dragged around a lot since we participate in a lot of the teen’s events, plays, choral concerts, games, cross country meets, etc.


  7. Sorry about your headache; hope things are better today.

    We had a gorgeous weekend and dinner guest Saturday night and a lazy Sunday (which I loved). Have a great week Ti.

  8. I hope that you are feeling better! Good luck to your daughter on her audition! Even with having to cut her hair it would be awesome if she got the part.

    At our school dances we were lucky to get a DJ. 🙂 If the dancing is anything like Miley Cyrus I probably don’t want to know.

    1. I didn’t see any twerking going on but the dancing is called “grinding” and it’s a step-up from the dirty dancing that we saw in Swayze’s movie.


  9. I hope you’re feeling better today. Did Chinese or I Love Lucy help? I cannot believe how elaborate your son’s school dances are…I’d love to see kids dance today, I bet t’s pretty funny..hopefully not scary.. to us old folks!

    Good luck to your son and daughter with the auditions. It amazes me how busy kids are sometimes but it’s better than sitting home in front of the tv or playing video games like one of my neighbor’s kid does from the minute he gets home til midnight or later.

    1. The dancing is high suggestive in nature. I wonder where they go from there since it’s so suggestive to start.

      Thank you for sending some luck our way. The girl’s ears are currently plugged so she cannot hear herself singing which is a problem. I gave her some Sudafed today and I hope that does the trick by tomorrow.

      I Love Lucy and the Chinese food helped a little. The glass of wine with the Advil I downed helped more. LOL. I am mostly okay today except for some eye socket pain. Must be my sinuses.


  10. I have always remembered a quote that some teacher said about our dancing way WAY back in the day… “Dancing is a vertical expression for a horizontal thought.” Feeling better?

    1. OMG, that quote is pretty darn accurate.I am feeling so-so. Not as bad as the other day but still very tired and just a slight headache. While I was typing this response to you I got a call from the school nurse. Argh.

  11. I’m hoping the headache is gone by now. Nothing much going on here, but the grandparents are visiting the wee little girl…reading the book club book still — nonfiction is tough for me sometimes…and hoping to get Dr. Sleep so I can join the read-a-long.

    1. My headache is lingering but isn’t too bad. Haven’t had to take anything anyway. I have a hard time with non-fiction books, period. I want to fictionalize everything because I read to escape. Doctor Sleep!! Why do books come out on Tuesday? Such an awkward day for a release. I want it now!


  12. Yeah, reading the Sunday Salon on a Tuesday. That pretty much sums up my life right now. My daughter cut her hair in June and I have never heard so many compliments from strangers! Be brave!

    1. Well, she only has to cut her hair if she gets the part and since she was sick at both auditions, we’ll see if we even have to worry about it at all! The callback list will post on Tuesday for Wednesday callbacks. I think she would make a great Oliver but I worry that emotionally she is a little young.


  13. When my oldest was a junior going stag to prom I suggested that he dance with some of the girls who came without dates and had gone to all of that expense and time to look so pretty. He looked at me like I was crazy and said “have you seen the way kids dance these days?” So I can well imagine what you were seeing!

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