Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Grease is the Word

How did I get two weeks behind again?

Oh, yeah, that's right....

My Spring term of grad school started a couple of weeks ago.  This is now Term 4 for me and I'm preparing to return to Hyden, Kentucky in October for 8 required days of campus-based learning.  

This semester, I'm taking Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice.  

As I was working through getting organized for the semester, the big kids had FCATs.  I think all of our stress levels had hit an all-time high.  

As FCAT week came to a close, we stopped at Sweet Frogs for a yogurt treat on the way home from school.  We ran into some old classmates of Joshua's from his previous school and sat chatting for a while. 

That weekend, the local high school drama team was putting on their spring performance.  We've gone to a few of Lake Brantley High School's performances and have always been impressed.  Joshua wasn't feeling too great, so he wanted to stay home.  I brought Daniel and Megan and one of her BFF's Eliana.  

When we arrived at the school, we were greeted by the cast hanging out at the ticket counter.  Immediately, I noticed the [fake] cigarettes that the T-Birds were smoking (think James Dean type crowd - jeans, white t-shirt, leather jacket, greased hair).  While in line, Daniel noticed the smoking first, and commented about how bad it is for you.  The girls chimed in with how gross it was.  Our kids have seen movies like Apollo 13, where it's set back in the days before we knew how bad smoking really is, and so they've had this conversation many times before. 

While in line to get in, someone had bought advanced tickets to see her daughter perform and her husband was unable to make it to the play, so she turned around and gave me her ticket.  Sweet! 

We found our seats and were just settling in, when I reached for my phone to turn it to vibrate and saw that I had a text from Keith.  Apparently, when he went to pull some wood out of the box near the fireplace in the playroom [to take out front for the firepit], he bumped into the mini-trampoline that was propped up against the wall, and it came down at a funny enough angle that it cut his face.  I texted back to ask if he thought he needed stitches, but he said it was pretty shallow and the edges were well approximated.  He texted me a picture, but I'll spare you the blood!

Overall, the show was fabulous.  The cast of kids were so talented and the singing was amazing.  Of course, some of the plot goes over the kids' heads for now, thank goodness.  But they loved it!  I love that they enjoy live performances.  

Grease is one of my favorite musicals.  In fact, I sang "Reproduction" from Grease 2, on that very same stage when I was a senior in high school.  Wow, thank goodness that was before the days of You-tube and other forms of social media.  

During intermission, I went to go get a snack for everyone, and ran into one of Megan's friends from our old school.  She and Rachel just chatted away, so happy to see each other!!

My theater partner!  He ended up on my lap for some of the play so he could see better. 

One of the toughest things about working night-shift is that I've become a bit nocturnal.  After everyone goes to bed, the silence is so nice that I get caught up studying late into the wee hours on my nights off of work.  I have my trusty Lilly-girl to keep me company. 

Although, truth be told, most of my nights off start out with Keith and I sitting out front on our patio watching the world pass us by.  The weather had been so nice in the evenings, that it is perfect for chilling out right after the kids go to bed and spending some time hanging out technology-free.  

I sent Keith a picture last week of me..you know it's going to be one of those nights when it is only 15 minutes into my shift and I've already had to change scrubs.  And into totally wrinkled surgical scrubs at that. Ugh....I can't stand looking messy at work.  

The following morning I came home to this....

Why is there a small person sleeping right in the middle of my bed?  Oh, because he has a 102.7 temperature and is feeling yucky.  Well, move on over cuddle bug, because night shift work means I need some sleep in the morning.  I'm happy to report that he got over his illness pretty quickly. 

Joshua recently earned his Brown Ribbon in Gymnastics and is thinking about performing in this year's Rainbow Classic to showcase his gymnastics skills.  This from the kids who moaned and groaned when I signed him up for gymnastics! 

And one more picture of my sweet, sweet girl chilling out with me on the couch.  

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