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Too Many Books and So Little Time

You may not know this about me, but I get crazy when I do not have the time to sit down, and read a book. The past few weeks have been spent tackling all the little chores that I didn’t get done during the production week of Oliver. I guess you can say I am playing a mean game of “catch-up” right now. I hate playing “catch-up” although it does feel good to finally mark some stuff off my “to do” list.

Of course the downside is that all my reading.. the “to read” pile and the “currently reading” pile begin to collect a thick layer of dust as I rudely ignore them. In the back of my mind the clock is always ticking. Next week is book group and I have yet to crack the book open. It’s a long one too but life keeps getting in the way.

Last night my son started rehearsals for his next show, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Audtions begin next week and the cycle starts all over again. With work, the commute home and extra-curricular activities I end up with 30 min to myself at the end of the day and usually I don’t do much with that 30 min. I usually end up collapsing in bed and calling it a day.

I guess there is no easy way to work it all in and sometimes it is just easier to throw your hands up, take a deep breath and just accept that you do what you can, when you can and that that may not be a bad thing afterall. Right?



Post-Oliver Clutter

As some of you know, my son was in a community theatre production of Oliver this past weekend. After four months of rehearsal and the actual performances themselves..we are both wiped out! I say “both” because along with him… they got ME. This time I was in charge of props. You can call me Prop Czarina if you feel the urge.

Overall, it went well. Kids got what they needed, when they needed it and I got to spend time with my son..who is almost 10 and doesn’t want to admit that he DOES enjoy spending time with me. You know how it is. He’d see me backstage and walk by me, hoping that I wouldn’t notice him. That of course forced me to squeeze his cheeks in front of, oh.. 60 or so of his peers. Hey, Mom has to have fun too.

Of all the committees.. the ones that have me working backstage interest me the most. You get a “behind the scenes” look as the show.. the actors..the other parents. Really makes for some interesting conversation at the dinner table. However, after all the fun ends it is time to move on. That means I have to clear my car of Post Oliver crud so I can move onto the next project.

I have the following in my car right now:

A horrific looking knife
A cooler full of sausages (yes.. this was from last weekend)
A broken pistol (some kid broke it when I was not there! The nerve!)
Some candles
Stray M&Ms that never made it into my mouth
A cigar box
A BBQ fork
Various office supplies

I’m sure there is more but nothing else comes to mind. My “to do” list involves getting rid of all of it.. so I can prepare for the next show which starts rehearsal at the end of this month. I am just now becoming somewhat human again so if I get this done by this weekend I will be very proud.

If not, I can at least toss the sausages. Yes?? Heck..I may even skip book group tonight to do it.