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Sunday Matters: Puppy Dogs and Rainbows

Sunday Matters

I’ve had enough of the world and all its nastiness. Today it’s all puppy dogs and rainbows and nothing else. La la la.

Figuratively speaking.

Right Now:

We aren’t entirely sure what summer will look like for youth group. Typically we break at some point but this summer we might not break in the traditional sense. Today, we will meet in Zoom and see who shows up. It’s good to catch-up anyways.

After group, I may try to hit the used bookstore. I don’t need any books. Do any of us? We all have stacks and stacks on top of the couple hundred I have on my Kindle, but the idea of browsing sounds nice to me and might break my week up a little.

This Week:

My son got a job in San Luis Obispo so he won’t be spending the summer with us after all. He will be headed back soon, renting a room in someone’s house, and hopefully saving some money. It’s at a luxury hotel and if it goes well, he will keep the job through the school year which will be nice. I think he will still work in the Theatre department too.

My daughter started the process to prepare for pre-screen auditions for college. We are working with MTCA for coaching and just trying to figure out when to schedule what. There are voice lessons, monologue sessions, dance consultations, etc. We also decided to do the summer intensive with Rider after all. It will be virtual and they had to change the program a little but we decided to go with it for July and August.

Have any of you had a kid go through the college audition process for theatre or musical theatre? It’s pretty intense.

Reading:

This is where I stumble. I had good intentions to start Hello, Summer and then I got distracted. I plan to read it this week for sure because it has been patiently waiting for me to pick it up. I also want to read something really juicy to go along with it. Any suggestions? My goal this week is to flood my brain with the written word and not social media.

Watching:

Still trying to decide what to watch after Broadchurch. I did watch a few movies though. I finally saw Rocketman. I know some critics were put off by the fact that it was really a musical, but in this house, it got bonus points for that format. I really enjoyed it. It was so pretty to look at.

In a funk one evening, after a particularly bad news day, I was flipping channels and came across Gidget. Yes! The original 1959 beach flick with Sandra Dee. It was sweet, and charming and just what I needed. Then,  on Turner Classic Movies, another beach movie came on, Surf Party so I watched that too.

Grateful for:

  • Good friends who check up on me when I get too caught up in politics or other nasty happenings on social media.
  • Really good coffee. To me, it’s a treat.
  • The three pound weight loss “nugget” I was tossed to encourage me in my quarantine weight loss efforts.

What is the one book you simply MUST read this summer?

Sunday Matters: Thought I Had a Plan

Sunday Matters

Last week I was very optimistic about setting up a summer reading schedule. I’ve always enjoyed summer reading. Then, the protests happened. The news took over. Things got very heated all the way around. I’ve seen so much nastiness and violence on social media. On its own, this is bad but with COVID still lurking about, it’s almost too much. Anxiety is high.

Right Now:

Meeting with my youth group in a bit. I think everyone is getting tired of Zoom, I know I am . After we meet, I am going to try to visit the bookstore. It is open but with restrictions. Not sure I will even get in as their is a limit to how many they will allow inside at once and you know me, I want to browse.

This Week:

Tonight, my daughter has a master class with the University of Michigan which I also have to attend and then on Tuesday, she has a consultation and a vocal assessment with the Musical Theatre College Audition group so she can figure out what she needs to do for college auditions. I will be attending those too. She finished classes so she is officially a SENIOR and no summer school this year because she is ahead of the game.

My son finished with his lectures and just has some work to turn in and then, drum roll please, he will be a SENIOR too. They both graduate in 2021. Can you even believe it?

Reading:

Hmmm. I wanted to start it last week but I will begin Hello Summer this weekend.

Watching:

We finished Broadchurch and now I am searching for something equally good. I really loved those characters. It is a hard show to beat.

I ended up watching It: Chapter Two on my own. It was not good. I don’t know why King movies suck. The books are always so good and I know he is often involved in some way. The only King movies I really enjoyed were The Shining and Carrie.

With summer around the corner it’s time for my annual viewing of JAWS.

Grateful for:

  • This little pup, who is modeling the blue light glasses that I got for my daughter. My daughter had eye strain from all the online school work but they got lost in the mail and came AFTER school ended.

Chloe wearing her glasses.

Did you survive the week? Have you ventured outside to do normal things? Tell me what you’ve done. I am still staying at home for the most part.