Sunday, March 8, 2009

Weekly Update

My craziest week is done. Yea! Right now, I'm listening to Andrew sing Beatles' songs and fix tea.

***Time Lapse: 30 minutes***

Ah. Tea is over. Tea is a new concept for me... one of the benefits of a British boyfriend. I have just enjoyed tea with milk, crumpets and croissants with butter and black currant jam, and a digestive biscuit (I know "digestive biscuit" does not sound the least bit appetizing, but they're very good... especially when covered in a layer of chocolate, like these were). We have enjoyed a completely lazy weekend... just what I needed after this week.

This week basically consisted of me being covered in glitter from head to toe as I finished the stars for the backdrop for the show. I had glitter everywhere, and I do mean EVERYWHERE. The janitors were cursing me, and I don't think Andrew was too fond of it either. ;) The show opened Thursday night. I was so proud of the kids. They really stepped up and gave an entertaining, energetic performance. The audience loved it.

Andrew came to the show on Friday. It was surreal and wonderful because I'm not used to having someone there just for me. Usually that night is kind of like me against the world. It was such a good feeling, having someone there just to support me.

Friday's show was even better. That never happens with middle schoolers. Usually they peak on Thursday and then get over-confident on Friday. But not this time. We had just enough things to clean up that they really worked and kept their heads in the game. I was so proud of them. Here's an article I wrote for our website at school that gives some more details and shows some pictures.

After the Friday show, my wonder parents, Darien and Roberta, hosted the cast party. I dragged Andrew (he's such a good sport), and the kids had a great time eating; playing air hockey, Mario Kart (no idea if I spelled that right), ping pong, and pool; and watching the video of the show. There was so much food there. We all had a great time, but I was TIRED after. I always come down so hard after that night.

Saturday was a nice, lazy day. Andrew had some work to do, and I rested. Then we drove to Albia to eat at the Skean Block. We had both heard of it for years (Jeff used to love its Sunday brunches), but we'd never been. It turns out that it had actually been closed for a few years and just reopened a year or so ago under new ownership and management. It was worth the drive. It's right on the square, in a beautiful building with huge tall ceilings, exposed brick, and enormous windows. We each had prime rib, and it was delicious. I definitely want to go back. We came back to Fairfield and watched a movie called The Tall Guy, which was fun and funny. I loved it despite the fact that it had Jeff Goldblum in it, and I usually don't like him. Emma Thompson was in it, and she was great! I think it was from 1989. I never heard of it before!

Today I got to sleep late, and it was delicious. We had a thunderstorm, and it rained all night. I love sleeping during a thunderstorm!!! I had auditions today for the summer FACT show, Children of Eden. I know next to nothing about the show, but I think it will be fun. Now, I'm at Andrew's, and we're just enjoying a relaxing afternoon. Tonight we're having breakfast for supper. I'm a happy girl when I get pancakes!!


  1. Hi Tena,
    It's Judy - from Sequim.I had a great chat with Dian today and she said to read your blog. Well, I don't make time for blogs or facebook stuff, but decided to connect and it has been worth it. This section, however, was worth a deeper examination because I love imagining you and Andrew having tea together! Julie Andrews is British - has tea routinely - so Andrew gets you that much closer to your idol, right? I like this inmage of you - having tea and crumpets (my British friend has bikkiee ?) and you being so . . .CONTENT . . HAPPY! I also enjoyed reading about the Middle School play and seeing that you are still TENA, having meltdowns and anger eruptions and being thoroughly, inimitably YOU! I remember . . . I miss. . . and TRULY, TRULY love. . . . YOU! Judy


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