Monday, April 08, 2013

The Company Way

Sigh – it’s over – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.   The RAHS Drama kids finished their student-run show – and it was a great success.  Maria played Rosemary – the on/off love interest of the male lead, J. Pierpont Finch.

I love watching Maria is her shows. It’s a very emotional experience.  Of course I know it’s “just” acting, but it really hits me hard. 

Many songs make me sad.  Watching Maria sing Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm made me want to cry.  I sat in the darkened theater thinking, “She’s really growing up.  Soon she won’t need me.  She looks so adult-like and self assured up there.  Oh, I know she’s not – but it looks that way and it makes me think of times when she will be – times when she won’t need me (as much).”

Let’s hope she doesn't have to settle for a “happy to keep his dinner warm” life.

After seeing three complete shows – and a part of Thursday’s show – I can’t get the songs out of my head.  Sitting in my cube, The CompanyWay comes to mind. 

FINCH: Your face is a company face... 
MR. TWIMBLE: It smiles at executives then goes back in place!

That’s me – smiling at execs!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Laundry Day

Friends with Shana on Facebook know that our dryer died.  We are in the market for a new dryer (and washer – why not start fresh with two new appliances?).  The washer discussion on Facebook generated some strong feelings, with folks dividing into two camps:  front loader v top loader - like the Hatfields and McCoys.

In the meantime, I’m hanging at the local Laundromat.  It’s kind of fun, very efficient – you can wash and dry several loads at the same time in really big equipment – that’s new!  But it’s a different world, full of interesting people.  Earlier this week a strong smell – likely generated by one of my fellow patrons – scared me out.  Instead of sticking around to fold my dry laundry, I threw it in the laundry basket and high-tailed it home..

The Laundromat - Josies - is also conveniently located next to a donut shop – great for your weekend washing sustenance.

I haven't done the math, but am pondering this question:  Do you even need to own your own washer/dryer?  Obviously the convenience of in-home laundry can't be beat.  But it would be interesting to sit down and figure out the cost of wash/dry – how many loads, etc – water, electric – risk of hassle due to breaking and repairs for the own-your-own crowd.  Just a thought.

Soups On! (Well - not for a few more hours)

I’m making soup stock with leftover ham roast (great bone) that I had originally cooked in slow cooker with LOTS of brown sugar.  In addition to the bone, I had saved at least two cups of the juice – ham drippings.  I wonder how “sweet” the soup will taste?  Should that influence the ultimate soup?  I was thinking lentil soup – or maybe potato?  There’s always the old standby, split pea and ham.  

Monday, April 01, 2013

Wake Up

Last night I spent part of the night down stairs on the couch, not because Shana had kicked me out of bed, but for reasons related to the dog. 

Duke needed to go out at 1:45 a.m.   Recent health issues have made him very thirsty, and he has trouble getting up and down stairs so I decided to keep him down stairs in the kitchen – near the water dish – and the back door.  I slept on the couch.

Shortly before waking this morning, I dreamed I was staying at the home of a grown-up John-John.  I was sleeping on a fold-out couch/bed.  Their kid (my grandchild) was trying to wake me up.  She – I believe it was a girl – was jumping up and down on me to roust me.  When I awoke, Roscoe our cat was sitting on my chest licking my face.