Thursday, July 31, 2008

It is not good to drop a laptop

UPDATE: Well, the hard drive went, and it has a parasite. They said that dropping it didn't help, but didn't cause the damage, either. I'll have my laptop back by Monday at the latest...I guess I'll survive. Until then....


My laptop dropped off of the sofa last Sunday, and is now in the shop. On Monday, when I dropped it off, they told me they'd be back to me on is now Thursday and I haven't heard from them. This frightens me immensely, and can not be good!!!

So, I'm not online as much or able to do many updates. Not much is new, however, so it's not really a big loss to the blogosphere to have fewer posts from moi for now!

Show this weekend - come see it! Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 - FCC's theatre. It's cute, I promise!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

saying goodbye

My very favorite resident, whom I have loved since meeting her almost 3 years ago, passed on this afternoon. Luckily, I had been in to see her this morning since I knew her time was short, and I got to tell her one last "I Love You." This is the hardest part of working in a nursing home.

Miss Doris reminded me so very much of mom & Granny. Stubborn, funny, engaging, loving, and just full of herself. Her one daughter used to bring her dogs, Maggie & Milo, in with her during visits, and her other daughter and granddaughter (and great-grandson, Bryce) were here most days. I have become really close to all of them, and this is so damn hard. The tears won't stop and yet I have to finish up my work day.

Miss Doris, I do love you so and know that you're now pain-free and in a much happier place. Memories of the time we got to spend together will be among my most cherished. Say hi to my mom for me, will ya'? *mwah*'s been a week

I haven't been posting much because here's what it would say - every day:

I am exhausted. I hate Tech Week. How in the Hell did I allow myself to be roped into this? blah, blah, blah....

So, rather than bore all of you with that mantra, I just haven't been on. But the show opens tomorrow night, I haven't killed any of the divas, and I am proud that I've been able to contribute to this show. It's all good.

Work continues to be very busy and more than a little stressful. The person who (finally) came on board last November as the Director of Admissions & Social Work submitted her resignation yesterday. She's having her first baby in November and hasn't had a particularly easy pregnancy, so she'll be leaving October 3rd. That racheted up my stress level, but I am happy for her and her husband. If any of you reading this know any licensed clinical social workers who might love to work for Citizens (and with me pretty closely), please tell them to get in touch with me!!!

Otherwise, come see Mattress. It's been a wild ride, with a lot of challenges throughout pre-production, but it's turning out to be quite a cute and impressive show. Visit to find out more and learn how to reserve tickets. Show opens this weekend and continues next weekend.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

I'm more than halfway there...

Through 8 days of a grueling 15 day workday stretch of insanity. I don't count weekends in there because at least then I can sleep past 5 a.m. - and I can take naps! Only two more days of combined driver's ed/Mattress rehearsals/Lucy at work with me in the afternoon craziness...then Tech Week craziness sets in. But that only lasts 4 days and then the show opens. So I'm in the home stretch....

Thankfully, Jesse Daniel is going to keep Lucy in the evenings next week for us. She can't go to the FCC theatre like she's been going to the FtP studio, and I dreaded crating her from 5:30ish until 11ish every night...she'd never have slept at night that way. So Jesse will let her run around his huge yard or come over here to play with her or a combo of both, and earn some $$$ in the process. And I'll have both puppy peace of mind and sleep for a few hours every night next week. Midnight 'til 5 for a whole work week = one cranky pain in the butt Margie. Oh well.

I wonder what my life will be like in a month or so when Tori can drive? What, oh what, will occupy my time?!??! I guess then I'll be expected to actually dust, vacuum, and have a decently clean house. Yuk. I'd rather be scrapbooking!!!

On to another day...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sick - blech

stomach pain + fever + uckies = no work for me today. Of course, Tori can't miss driver's ed or rehearsal, so I'll have to run around later anyway. Am hoping I'm feeling much better because if I feel like this, driving is gonna be a whole lotta fun....yuk.

Friday, July 11, 2008

One week down, two to go

It's been a crazy busy week, but it's ending, thank goodness! Tori will finish her first full week of Driver's Ed today and I think that she's getting more out of it than either of us imagined she would. Yesterday, the instructor had them stand out by Motter Avenue and just observe drivers' habits. And let me tell you, she says it wasn't pretty! No turn signals, people not observing road rules in the least. It was a great idea and a great lesson. She says that most people just stared at the group of kids alongside the road, taking their eyes off of the road far longer than safe. Wow.

Rehearsals for Mattress are going pretty well. The show should be cute. I'm helping with costuming, which is a huge stretch for me. As Bruce accurately observed I am not nor have I ever been a "Becky Home-Ec-y" and at age 44 I should know by now how to say NO when asked to do something I really don't want to do. But I remain, as ever, an idiot.

I continue to enjoy Lucy every day. She has been going into Citizens with me in the afternoons while Tori is in driver's ed, and she is a big hit with everyone. She is just such a happy, lovable girl. The residents smile and just ooh and aah over her cuteness. How can anyone be unhappy around a warm puppy???

Well, I have to run and get in to the facility. Maybe they'll have a bed for me to take a nap in today...... Well, one can always dream, can't one?!??

Sunday, July 6, 2008


I was finally able to steal fireworks pics from Tori's Facebook, so here they are. Jim & Jesse sure know how to pick 'em! Much less stressful than trying to find parking at Frederick's Fourth. And we had shelter from the drizzle as well. And Jim & Jesse know what they're doing - don't try this at home!

Hope everyone reading this (All 3 or 4 of you!) had a great weekend. Alas, it is Sunday, the final hoorah before a full work week. Sad that I so look forward to the weekends. And this coming Friday is a long overdue margarita night with my two phenominal friends Syl & Gina. I can't wait to see them!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Celebrating Independence Day

We had a great time at the Misner's last night. Good friends, good food, good fireworks = good fun!

I went to take the memory card out of Tori's camera because she has the cool "fireworks" setting so I used her camera to take pics of the fireworks Jesse shot off. However, she has already deleted the pics off of the memory card, even though I asked her not to....I'magonna have something to say to her about that when her sorry butt gets out of bed today!!! I wanted to put some of them up on the blog here, but that will have to wait.

Ms. Lucy joined us for the festivities last night, and boy was she ever worn out when we got home. Straight into her crate and asleep before we could shut the door. She was a big hit - everyone loved all over her and even Maggie Mae (the Misner's Irish Setter) tolerated her pretty well.

I feel so lucky to have the people in my life that I do - and to be living a good life. Ahhhhh.....

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thank God for Holiday Weekends!

Finally, it's 10 p.m. on the eve of a three-day Holiday weekend. Hooray! I can sleep in tomorrow (well, to the extent to which Lucy allows it) and take a nap if I need to. I do have to do mondo house cleaning as I have let everything go wayyyyy too long. But it shouldn't take too long to do that, really.

I spent the time while Tori was in rehearsal tonight taking Lucy to PetSmart and then to Baker Park to hang out for awhile. She is worn out and sleeping soundly in her crate. She met lots of new doggie & human friends on our adventures. I really enjoy hanging out with her in the evenings.

Bruce got home right when we did. He said there was an accident on I-95 which held him up, so he's beat. It is always nice to have him back home after a 4.5 day absence. We plan to spend some family time tomorrow evening at the Misners celebrating Independence Day. We always enjoy our time over there so much, it's very relaxing and peaceful. And there are always gin & tonics & good beer "-)

So, time to relax a bit. This week at work wasn't too terrible, but it was hectic enough. No matter how much I love my work, a bad day at home is better than a good day working!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Another vacation, please?!?!?

Well, two days back in the office and I'm ready for another vacation. It doesn't help that Tori has rehearsal every single weeknight (only Fridays and weekends off) for Mattress. That means I get a whopping total of 2-3 waking hours at home every day. The rest of my time is at work or driving or at the studio. It stinks.

Tori is dating a new guy, Travis, and we've known him for quite a few years, so it's nice that I don't have to wonder what the guy is like. I am not sure how to handle this dating stuff. The drama. The heartbreak. The stress. He's very kind and treats her well, so I guess I will try not to worry too much.

So tonight it's getting Tori to rehearsal, then grocery shopping, then getting home to get Lucy out of the crate. I had just enough time home after work to make a pot of chili & gulp dinner down.

On to the next thing.....