(Friday, March 7, 2014)
This morning was weird. And kinda cool.
Normally my Friday mornings are spent in my office, chugging coffee and trying to get all the stuff done that I haven't managed to accomplish during the first four days of the week. But this morning I found myself on a comfy chair, microphone clipped to my lapel, talking to 300 people about my job. I was an "expert panelist."
I was told that I was articulate, knowledgable and funny. I'm not sure if that's true but I'm pretty confident that I didn't completely embarrass myself.
I learned a couple of things. (1) I actually enjoy public speaking. (2) I'm good at my job, at least, good enough that I can talk about it, sound reasonable, and avoid having people in the audience shake their heads and throw things. (3) I'm a grown up.
It's the grown up thing that mystifies me most. Because how in the hell did that happen?
On Owen, and Meat
(Wednesday, February 26, 2014)
For Owen's birthday, Mia decided she'd make him something. She found an old vase and decorated it with multicolored hearts. Then she grabbed a Sharpie and wrote a note to her brother.
I hope you have a very happy birthday. I can't believe you are already six. You are getting so big. Here is a little poem that describes you:
You are funny
You are sweet
And you really like meat.
You make me angry, though.
She really calls 'em like she sees 'em and doesn't pull any punches.
(Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
This weekend marked the opening of a wonderful show starring Mia and Beth. Okay, maybe they weren't the stars but they certainly were in my book.
There's community theater - cheesy productions staged by wannabe directors and suburban divas - then there's community theater - shows put on by passionate people who want not only to have fun and put on a good show but be do so with the people in their community with whom they share a passion. This was the latter of the two. As an observer - one who wouldn't dare walk on a stage or even sing in front of my best friends - the whole thing is wonderful. They endured snow and ice, cancelled school days and scrapped rehearsals. And all those cancelled rehearsals resulted in even longer rehearsals, endless hours running through lines and rehearsing music. But this great group of talented, committed people pulled it off.
I'm proud of the women in my life. Beth and Mia love this stuff. They love to sign and dance and perform in front of people. And they do it very, very well. They are exhausted but they did it, and they did it together. That's pretty damn cool.