The Sunday Salon: Overwhelmed


This weekend, is the calm before the storm. I got up this morning to prepare goodies for the Super Bowl but in the back of my mind, I am thinking about the week of hell that is coming up, otherwise known as production week. Oliver is a tough show to do. It’s bleak but it has some amazing songs and it’s not everyday that your kid plays a murderer or is part of a gang of pick-pockets.

We’ll get through it. We always do. My son has been involved with this company since he was seven and he is now almost sixteen. My daughter, since the age of four. But production week would be so much easier if I didn’t have to work. With the double casting and in some cases, triple casting, the call times are all over the map. You have to really pay attention to the schedule and between my two kids, getting them fed and getting myself fed, since I am also back stage, can be a real challenge. Plus, they are still in school, so there is homework and studying that won’t be done since they will both have late nights ahead of them.

But, BIG but, it’s goes by quickly. By next Monday, we will all be breathing a big sign of relief.

Sunday Salon

As for today, I’ve prepped all the Super Bowl food for the oven. I just need to time the cooking just right so I can take the stuff over while it’s still warm. I can’t wait to just sit down and relax!

What am I reading?

I am reading Orefo by Richard Powers. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Science and art collide and I am finding myself fascinated by it all. I am also reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and I am loving it.

What am I cooking?

I made a ginormous tray of Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas with cream sauce. I also wrapped little smokies with bacon and will sprinkle with brown sugar before I cook them up. I also made these Philly Cheesesteak pockets. I must have been starving when I planned all this stuff. It’s not like there’s going to be a big group of people there today but I guess it’s better to have too much than too little. Plus, The Teen can plow through a buffet like it’s nobody’s business so it’s best that I keep the food coming.

What am I watching?

Nothing, at the moment. The Girl has Gilligan’s Island on. I used to love that show but man, I cannot stand it now! Of course we’ll be watching the Super Bowl later and I will be recording the Puppy Bowl. I am a huge Seinfeld fan and Jerry Seinfeld and the gang have been having secret meetings lately. He said, that the meetings have nothing to do with the Super Bowl, but I am secretly hoping for a mini-Seinfeld reunion during today’s game. We shall see.

What do you have planned for today?

20 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Overwhelmed”

  1. I had no idea that your kids had been doing theater for that long. Both wow and congratulations to them and to you and your husband for having such wonderful kids.

    I also loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette? It was one of my favorite reads last year. I hope you continue to enjoy it.

    And that food sounds great, even if some of it I couldn’t have. It still sounds awesome and sounds like everybody will be more than well-fed. Enjoy the food — and the game.

    1. They haven’t always had big parts but they’ve always been big shows! Over 250 performers! My son is worried about a high fall that he has to do off of a bridge this time. Hasn’t rehearsed it yet!


  2. I’m putting the finishing touches on Super Bowl snacks now, then we’re off to my sister’s for the game. I’m hoping to slip away before Downton Abbey starts 😉

    Good luck this week!

  3. So are you required to work backstage? Although you probably would feel bereft if you didn’t. Over the last 6 or 9 months, I’ve “retired” from absolutely EVERYTHING involved with the school and kid activities. They don’t want me there anyway at this point. Still even if the kids have stress, I have it too. I take it all on. Hoping that it goes quickly, and in the meantime, try to relax and enjoy this evening. I love those bacon-wrapped things. My mom is making them too.

    1. Parents are required to work on a committee but I co-chair one of the committees (props) so it can be quite hairy backstage. We are right there in the wings so we help with props but also costume changes, costume emergencies, barfing kids, etc. I DO love being back stage, it’s just a lot of work and I still work before hand and then have to be up late only to get up early.


  4. Whew! I am glad that you are finished with cooking and can sit for a while…we are just reading and relaxing…after running around…and it feels so good to just sit…I am making a salad called…a big Italian salad…different greens and tomatoes and olives and a little bit of salami…and toasted ravioli! Both new recipes for me!

  5. My kids really liked Gilligan’s Island as well, but I don’t like it much at all. Maybe I overdosed on it when I was a kid.
    We have no Super Bowl plans. I am OK with that…I spent all of yesterday at a volleyball tournament and running errands, so I need a day to relax, work on lesson plans, and get some laundry done. Reading about the food you made is making me hungry!

  6. Good luck with your super busy week!! Hope you were able to relax and enjoy the Super Bowl 🙂 We made enchiladas, too – and they were DELICIOUS!! Orefo sounds awesome – I must check that one out ASAP!! The Bernadette book is sooo good – you are going to really like that one. Have a great week, Ti!

  7. Good luck this week!!

    I just recently introduced my kids to Gilligan’s Island!! Since having cable, I tend to gravitate to the old TV shows and it’s fun sharing it with my kids. However, I also am discovering that my husband didn’t watch any of the good ones!! I knew there was something missing in his childhood!! 🙂

    1. My son likes The Wonder Years and Twilight Zone but The Girl likes all the old stuff… Full House, The Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver. I wish The Facts of Life was on Netflix. She’d love that one. But, she does not like Happy Days or Laverne and Shirley and those were my faves when I was a kid!


    1. Last night wasn’t too bad. Tonight will be a bit difficult because I also have to be backstage so figuring out food for both kids with two different call times AND the fact that they can’t eat in the theatre, makes it difficult. Wed and Thur are the worst because those are the full dress rehearsals and last for over 4 hours for each cast. Ugh!


  8. Your party food sounds delicious! I’ve never done the smokies that way but I’ll definitely be trying them soon! Clearly all of the fun for the rest of the production is well worth the production weeks since you guys have done so many of them. Good luck surviving another one!

  9. I have really been enjoying your instagram feed the last week! So exciting, even if tiresome.

    I’m watching a lot of sport these days, and recovering from my fall last week… which provides an excuse to enjoy the sofa. HA

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