Thursday, July 31, 2008

Still Alive (?)

I am exhausted today. Patch woke up at the early hour of 4:30 this morning, and didn't want to go back to bed until about 10. It's been a long day. I tried to be fun through my exhaustion, with a trip to the library and to get ice cream, but man, am I tired! We have 3 more shows, and then I'm headed to the YMCA for a massage. Free babysitting to boot. Oh life is grand.

I organized all my cross stitch supplies this week. They have been sorely neglected. Yet again, I have nothing for the fair. Oh well. Next year.

I am feeling a little blue that we'll be missing out on all the Sun Valley fun this summer. It will be a quieter place without me. Who will teach the kids how to ice skate? Well, besides Sister Mary of Canada. I just hope they pause for a moment of silence at the ice show, which happens to fall on my birthday. This year the paddle boats will probably be running. Don't judge me when I dress Flower up as a froilein and give her my drink orders at the pool. It's the best I can do.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Show

Here is another write-up of the show. The reporter obviously was at a rehearsal and didn't do her homework. We ran Act II that night, so she's a little off on the details of the show. Since this is the bigger paper in Frederick, it would have been nice for her to get it right. Oh well.

Last night went really well. Much better than I expected. I only dropped a couple of lines, and there were only minor mistakes from the cast and crew. Imagine how good it'll be next weekend. It's still not too late to get tickets.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Voice Mail

*beep* Hey, boss. It's Jana. I'm not coming in today. I need a mental health day. Between the cables still littering the backyard, the poopy diaper mess last night, and the broken DVD player today, it's hard to say what exactly led to this. I'll call you tomorrow and let you know if I'm better. Thanks. *beep*

The Big Day

Today is the big day. Opening night. I have more than a few butterflies. Especially since yesterday, our local Gazette published this article. Pressure much?

I did not get a lot of sleep last night. When we got home, our sitter high-tailed it out of here. When I went upstairs, I saw why. Gracie got into a diaper. It was gross. I have to think our sitter knew about it, since she said she had just gone up to check on Patch. I was so angry, I almost went over to her house (2 doors down from ours) and demanded my money back. But since it was 11:30, I thought better of it. I also realized that doing so would cause issues in the neighborhood. I am really at a loss, though. Patch's light was also left on, so at 11:30, he was wide awake. It has made for an interesting morning. All I know is, this sitter will not be back, I just don't know how to confront her. She needs to be confronted, but in a nice way. I'm not so good at that.

Our sitter tonight is an adult, so hopefully we won't come home to a disaster.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What a Day

It may not be 9 am yet, but we have had quite a morning. First, I woke up with no voice. Zip, zilch, zero voice. So, I'm drinking a lot of water and trying not to talk, but it's hard with kids not to talk. Then, I looked outside to see a tree had fallen next door during the storm. No one lives in the house next door. It's for sale. Would you like to buy it? Anyway, the tree is laying across some cable lines which are now in our yard. The cable company can't fix the lines until the tree is taken care of, and public works can't take care of the tree because it's on private property. I have been trying to get a hold of the real estate agent, but no luck yet. Maybe because it's still early in the day. Way too early.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's Official

All hail me, I am the queen.


Friday, July 18, 2008

Mega Quilter

In the past few months with my MEGA QUILTER, the only thing I don't like about it is that you can't tell when the bobbin is about to run out. My little machine has a front loading bobbin with a clear plastic cover. If I'm paying attention, I always know when I need to change bobbins. On the MEGA QUILTER, all of a sudden, it stops. But, I love everything else about it. So, one thing out of about 752 isn't bad.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Here is what we've been up to this week (and summer):

Curly -- Just started a new job with Giant Eagle this week. His title is "Guest Services Group Leader." Giant Eagle is restructuring their management, and they are beginning right here in Frederick. It's just day 3, but he really likes it. He's keeping his mortgage business going as well, working on that during lunch, on weekends, and any spare moment he has.

Me -- I am off book for Act I, and almost off book for Act II. However, we still don't know if the Queen will be back to perform next week. I am having a great time overacting, though, so even if I don't get to perform on the big stage, at least it's fun for now.

Flower -- Oh, Flower. She's having a tough time this summer. Hormones, anyone?

Mini-me -- Uses big words like "certainly" and "convenient." She's also learning to read and doing a great job.

Patch -- Our little chatterbox. Usually, he fills sentences with "Ooooo--weeee," but lately he's started saying things that make sense, like "Where mommy?" "Nonning" or "Nighning" is Lightning McQueen, he loves "CAR" and he gets very excited when he sees a "Ha-ho," which means back-hoe. He has also started to say "No way." It's very funny.

There have been some comments from some rodent phobic sisters about what I found under the stove. I found Lightning McQueen, Dinoco Lightning (who is blue), Sally, Radiator Springs Lightning (who wears Whitewall Tires), and a few letter magnets. We are still missing a Sally car, but no one has seen her. Perhaps I need to move the fridge.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lesson of the Day

When it seems like all is lost, and Lightning McQueen will be gone forever, just move the stove. You'll find what you're looking for and more.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


I may not be around much in the next week or two (not that I've been around a whole lot this summer anyway). At rehearsal the other night, I was taken into the back room with the stage manager, producer, and director of the show. It seems the woman playing the Queen has a family issue and might not make the show. Being that we open in a mere two weeks, would I be able to learn the part? I said yes, and then the panic attack ensued. I think I can, I think I can. There is a chance the original Queen will return, but until then, I will enjoy my reign.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Where a Kid Can Be a Kid

On Monday, we ventured out west to Hagerstown to visit their Chuck E. Cheese with Flower, The Ex, and Curly's sister. It went surprisingly well. For those of you familiar with our story, there was a time where we thought all communication would have to go through a mediator. That we can eat cheap pizza together and actually enjoy ourselves is quite a coup. I digress. Again. When we got there, Patch could hardly believe his eyes. He got up close in Flower's personal space and stayed there uncomfortably long. It had been a long three weeks.

Tonight, all the O'Kigin kids are under one roof. It's nice. It's also noisy and full of tears, but it's nice. I made Contessa Mexican soup tonight, and Flower pronounced it a feast. She didn't eat much, but feasts make you full fast.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


July 4th was a lot of fun. We started out the morning at the Olson's ranch, along with nearly 700 other folks. There was a ton of food, and a very patriotic program.
Curly and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett
Curly was the MC, dressed as Thomas Jefferson. He, along with Congressman Bartlett, Sheriff Jenkins, and several high ranking military officials spoke, and the Catoctones performed Barbershop music.
Mike and Judy are to the left.
The most moving portion for us was when the Catoctones sang a medley of military music. They asked those who served in a specific branch to stand when their song was sung. My in-laws stood for the Army, and my brother-in-law stood for the Navy. A lot of people stood during that song. Then, at the end of the program, all veterans were invited to come up and be thanked. There was also a bus load of injured war heroes from Walter Reed hospital who were there. You couldn't help but be grateful to those who protect and serve our country.

Following the breakfast, we went over to Baker Park for the carnival. Mini-me and Patch entered the costume contest and won a ribbon. Patch's favorite part was the petting zoo, and Mini-me enjoyed the moonbounce. Curly was in charge of the FtP booth promoting Once Upon a Mattress. I took the kids home at about 3:15, where they slept for over 2 hours. In the meatime, it started to pour down rain. We decided to scrap going to the fireworks, since sitting in the rain is not much fun.

At about 7:30, the rain stopped. At 8:30, we decided to brave the fireworks. We got to the bandshell, wiped off some seats, and had about a 30 minute wait for the show. Mini-me loved it. Patch, not so much. His hands covered his ears and he started to cry. Curly took him to walk around and said everytime it would boom, Patch would say "nonononononono!"
The kids were very tired, but we had a great time. I hope your celebration was wonderful as well!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Some (Old) Pictures

What We Do

At rehearsal tonight, everyone asked what Curly and I were going to do since the kids were away. It was usually asked in a *wink wink nudge nudge* kind of way. Well, since you asked, here is what we did tonight:

We came home, had a late dinner, then a late ice cream.
We watched Steve Carell and Norbert Leo Butz in Dan in Real Life.
I made a cake and put it in the oven.
Currently, we are downstairs in the basement on separate computers.

We are so exciting! The cake takes an hour, which even at this late hour is fine because I won't have anyone trying to wake me up at 7 am. Even Gracie likes to sleep in. Tomorrow our plan is to hit Costco. Without children. Does it get any better than this?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


This is the table runner I made this week. It's a Piece's from my Heart pattern, designed by Sandy Gervais; and uses Moda's Red, White, and Bold, also designed by Sandy Gervais.

I must be very shaky, because my pictures always are blurry. Oh well. Aunt Becky just left with Patch and Mini-me, and now the house is oh so quiet. Patch did not want to go at first, but now he is resigned. The will have more fun than they can shake a stick at down at the O'Kigin house in Virginia.

Tomorrow we are celebrating Uncle Boo's birthday, and then Friday we celebrate America's birthday. Let's have some cake! For tomorrow, I am trying to decide between a giant cupcake or a flag cake. Patch's birthday is one month from today, and I am hoping to recreate the Cars racetrack on a cake. It's his favorite movie, and he is never without his Lightning or Sally. In fact, Lightning is one of the few words he can say clearly enough for me to get it the first time. That, and "no."