Monday, November 20, 2017

Seriously!!!


Sunday's Story

I woke up around 6:00 a.m. I got a cup of coffee and watched the news. Later on, I ate some waffles for breakfast, with more coffee.

It was damn cold with occasional snow showers all day long. I don't think it ever got above 35 degrees.

It was winter! I did the usual Sunday morning chores, including washing the bedding. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.

I took the rest of the day off! I sat in the living room with a throw across my lap and the fireplace on. I read and drank water, iced tea and/or hot chocolate.

I mixed the hard boiled eggs into the tuna pasta salad and ate that for lunch..

I did take a break to watch the Lions win a good game.

It was more tuna pasta salad for dinner. I noticed the mayo was getting watery so, I probably will throw the rest away.

I watched the Red Wings lose, still reading but in bed.

I went to sleep around 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Come Saturday Morning...

I woke up for good at 5:00 a.m. The heavy overnight rain had stopped (at least for a while). I read in bed waiting for the 6:00 a.m. local news.

I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast and put blackberry jam on the last to pieces of toast. I ate those for desert.

I moved the cradle upstairs for the photo shoot. It was awkward to carry and I bumped the rocker bumpers on one side.

Sidebar: Not as awkward as the one I made for Vicky, which was much larger. Speaking of Vicky, when she was over, she was looking at it and played with it. She said, "This one rocks better than mine." That made me feel bad, but in my defense, it's hard to get them perfect when you rough-cut them with a saber saw and try to smooth them to perfection with a belt sander.

When I looked at the photos, I saw two white spots on the rocker bumpers "Oh shit!" I thought, "I hope that's just a reflection!" I went to look and it was not. I bumped off the slate gray paint and the white primer was showing.

So, I threw on some clothes (I still had not shaved and showered) and ran up to Home Depot around 10:30 a.m. I was glad the rain hadn't resumed. I spoke too soon. I paid my $1.43 and walked out into light rain.

Back home, I thought about starting lunch. I decided to make a tuna noodle salad and it has to chill before eating. So, I boiled some small sea shell macaroni.

While that cooked, I drained two cans of tuna fish and put that in a bowl. I diced up half an onion and some celery. I grabbed a handful of frozen peas, too. That went into the bowl as well. I added about 1/2 cup of milk to 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise and two tablespoon of dill pickle juice (you were supposed to use dried dill weed but I didn't have any). I mixed that all together and then mixed it into the tuna fish bowl.

When the pasta was done, I drained it and then rinsed it several times in cold water. When it was cold, I put it in the tuna fish bowl and carefully folded it together. I tasted it and realized I forgot salt and pepper. I added that and stuck it in the fridge.

I did a load of laundry and mopped the main bathroom.

I ate lunch around noon. It was pretty good, but I felt like it was missing "something."

I touched up the paint on the cradle and then took a break. I had the Michigan Spartans football game on while I read in bed. I fell asleep but a call from Amanda woke me up. She had to work today and noticed the heavy rain had turned to snow! I looked out the window and, sure enough, it was snowing.

My daughter Melissa called and we talked for a long, long time  (2 1/2 hours).

After we hung up, I ate more pasta salad for dinner. It finally dawned on me that it probably needed hard boiled eggs. I was done eating by then, but I hard boiled the last three eggs I had. I put them in the fridge to chill.

I read in the living room until 10:00 p.m. Before I went in to watch TV, I went out on the porch. Both the rain and snow had stopped, but it was windy and cold.

I went to bed around 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Finally Friday

I slept in until after 7:00 a.m. on Friday! I made a cup of coffee and watched the national news (I missed the local news, so I had no idea what's going on around me).

I messed around a long time on Facebook and then wrote the Blog.

I ate two packets of oatmeal (I didn't feel like messing around with making eggs) and started a load of laundry. Then I unloaded the dishwasher.

I ate an apple while I folded the clothes.

Then I got to painting. Man, I wish I had thought of the foam bushes about two coats ago! They left none of those annoying brush lines. It took me almost two hours, but it was finally done!!!

Disclaimer: These photos were taken Saturday morning, after the paint dried.




I cleaned up the mess (and me) and took a well-deserved break.

Sidebar: Both my legs and my right bicep were hurting.

I ate the left over meatloaf and the other half of the acorn squash for dinner.

I watched the Red Wings win and then I went to bed. I let Saturday Night Live tape.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Then it was Thursday...

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. I had a cup of coffee as I finished the Blog Post.

I made some oatmeal for breakfast and ate it watching the morning news. Then I loaded the dishwasher (I had left pots and pans soaking overnight) and turned it on.

I shaved, showered and got dressed for a Home Depot run.I went over there and got two 3-inch foam brushes, more latex gloves and a box of WetJet pads.

Sidebar: It was colder than I thought. It was the wind. I should have worn a hat and gloves!

I was back at 12:20 p.m. I changed into my painting clothes. I was hungry, so I warmed up some of yesterday's mashed potatoes. They were still delicious.

Sidebar: I did something different with the potatoes: I used the ricer to mash them. It caught all the potato skins. I also used the Bon Appetit mathematical method for the liquid, although I cut it in half. To serve eight people, you use 4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, 2 cups of whole milk and 1 cup of butter. You warm the milk and butter mixture on the stove (you can add fresh herbs to infuse it - I didn't). You add that to the riced potatoes, mix it well and the potatoes are smooth as silk and delicious!

I went downstairs and mixed up the paint (again). My goal was to complete painting the cradle today, so I can deliver it and move onto Betsy's shelves.

But when I laid it on its side, I saw more areas of white I'd missed. Dammit!

So, I painted those and feathered the edges. I poured the paint back in the big can and washed the brush. I have to wait another 12-16 hours to finish. :(

My brother Joe called and we chatted for a while, mostly catching each other up on our various health issues, LOL! Gee, it's fun to get old!!!

I got dressed and left at 4:30 p.m. This time I brought my hat and gloves.

Sidebar: Today was the anniversary of Amanda's beloved Grandmother's death. She said she was going to the cemetery after work. Scott was working and I didn't particularly want her wandering around in the dark cemetery alone.

So, I met her at the restaurant when she got off work. We drove to the cemetery (on Five Mile between Levan and Farmington Road) but the gates were locked! There was a sign on them saying it was winter hours and it closed at 5:00 p.m.

She was totally bummed.

I told her we could always go next Monday or Tuesday (when she gets off at 1:30 p.m.). It was not the same, but she agreed.

She stopped at Buddy's Pizza on the way back to get two bowls of broccoli soup to go for her and Keldon's dinner. Then she dropped me off to pick up my truck.

On the way home, I dropped my winter coat off at the cleaners.

Back home, I changed clothes again and started dinner. I had a 1/2 pound of ground chuck left from the meatloaf. so I formed that into a large patty.

I sliced up an onion and fried that in my big skillet. I pulled that and then fried the ground chuck patty. I plated the patty, topped it with the onions and added A1 sauce on the side. It was good, but I was stuffed when I was done.

I read for a long while, then switched to some football game. I sorta watched it while I continued to read. I went to bed at 11:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday

I slept in a little on Wednesday. I got a cup of coffee and watched a bit of the news. I was getting tired of the same old breakfast, so I ate two slices of peanut butter toast. Then I filled in the Blog.

I heard a weird noise and the cat came running out of the living room. I looked and it was the lawn service. But, this time they had two mowers, both with rear baggers, and one guy with a gas-powered blower.

The blower guy pushed the leaves in front of the mowers and the mowers followed each other. The lawn was rapidly getting leaf-free.

It didn't dawn on me to take a picture until it was almost too late. In the picture, the blower guy and one mower are on the right, while the other mower is on the left. Slick!

I put on my junky clothes and started on the crib again. This time I was covering all bare spots (from the orbital sander) with paint and feathering the edges. I used a two-inch foam brush for this, BTW. I think I got all the spots, but with the lighting and my bad eyes, I just don't know.

Paint's got a 12-16 hour drying time before the second coat. So, I put the lid on the can and cleaned up.

I quit around 1:00 p.m. I heated up a can of chili for my lunch (it was chilly and had just started raining).

After eating, I tried to sew the button on my pea coat tighter.  I need to send it to the cleaners (should have done it in the Spring) and don't want to lose the button. I had two problems with this project:

1. I had to literally tear the linen closet apart to find a needle (I had plenty of thread).
2. I had to thread a needle with bad eyes (took me almost 15 minutes).

I finally got working on it and discovered I didn't have enough thread. Dammit! So, I went back to square one, threading the needle (eventually) again.

I finally got it done.

As I said, it was raining.  I sat in the living room with the fire on, reading. I had a throw on my legs and Caley in my lap. Naturally, I fell asleep.

When I woke up, I started boiling some Yukon Gold potatoes for dinner. I warmed up the other cabbage roll as I mashed the potatoes. Then I ate my supper. It was pretty good!

I watched taped DIY shows until 11:00 p.m. and then watched the news. Then I went to bed.



Tuesday

I woke up early on Tuesday. It was supposed to be a nice day (a high of 49 degrees and no rain). I had a cups of coffee while watching the news. Then I made another cup of coffee and breakfast. I threw on some clothes and took the trash and recyclables out to the road.

I made some waffles in the toaster, but kicked them up a notch. Instead of the usual Michigan maple syrup, I topped it with sarsaparilla syrup. The syrup was from the little crate of Southern goodies that Jake and Carla gave me.

The sarsaparilla syrup was more watery than maple syrup (it's mostly used in drinks) but had a fascinating flavor!

I washed up the dishes from yesterday's meatloaf dinner. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my eye exam.

I left at 10:30 a.m and got to the doctor's two minutes early. I went right in and he asked me, "What's up? You're not scheduled for your next eye exam until February 2018."

I said I wasn't sure when it started, but about two weeks ago, I noticed I was losing my vision. I told him, "Forget road signs, I can't read the letters on the Television cable guide (eight feet away). I can't make out faces of people 20 feet away. And, what scares me the most, I can't tell if a stoplight is red or green until I am right on top of it."

So, he started an extensive cataract exam. Turns out both eyes were worse. He was especially amazed at the deterioration in my right eye (which was always the better of the two). He said they are almost identically bad. He dilated my eyes, of course and checked again.

He said he would have the girls out front make an appointment with the surgeon and handed me my coat and cane. I said, "What about the eye exam and new lenses?" He said there was no sense wasting the money. Once I had the cataracts removed, he would check and see if I needed reading glasses.

The girls up front took down all my new insurance information and got me an appointment for December 1 at 8:30 a.m. for my pre-surgical exam.

My visit today only cost me a $20.00 co-pay as this was now a medical problem. Beat the hell out of the $85.00 exam + lenses that I expected to pay.

I had promised to call both Amanda (who knows first hand I have vision problems) and Vicky (who is my designated driver for local hospital runs).

I called Amanda first, from the doctor's parking lot. She said I sounded bummed.

Sidebar: I have had more surgeries that I can count and none of them (even when they said they were going to amputate my leg) bothered me that much. But this is somehow different. They are going to cut up my eyes, for God's sake. What if something goes wrong?

She asked me where I was and I told her I was sitting in the truck in downtown Farmington. She said to come back down Farmington Road and she'd meet me at Bates Burgers and buy me lunch.

Sidebar: I have passed it a million times but have never eaten there. It's an old school diner, no tables, just stools along the outside windows and the inside counter. It has a very, very small parking lot (which may be why I never stopped in).



So, I got there just before Amanda pulled in. We went inside and sat at the counter. Amanda knew all the waitresses, so she chatted with each of them. We both ordered a burger (hers with light onion and pickles, mine with grilled onions and pickles) and fries.

Sidebar: Amanda said, "I thought we'd share the chili cheese fries. I can't eat them all." I said, "I really not that fond of chili cheese fries." The waitress overheard us, so she split an order of fries onto two plates and put chili and cheese on Amanda's. Nice.

We talked about my eyes while we ate up as Amanda had to go to back to work. I paid the tip and over-tipped the waitress. That splitting the fries thing was beautiful.

Back home, I called Vicky. She said, "So I need to pick you up on December 1?" I said, "No, that's just an exam. I'll get the two surgical dates then, I'd guess." We chatted a bit more and then hung up.
My tummy was full and I was bummed. It was nice outside and I should have done outside things, but I took a nap instead.

When I woke up, it was still light out and I felt guilty. So, I went out and picked up more black walnuts.

They finally came and got the recyclables, so I took the container out back. Still no trash pickup and it was almost 4:30 p.m.!

Back inside, it was getting dark.  I wasn't hungry so I nibbled on some snacks.

I got a cup of coffee and watched the nightly news programs.

I heard the garbage truck outside at 7:30 p.m.!!! I went out and put the container in the back.

I came in and got ready for bed. I watched NCIS, but NCIS New Orleans wasn't on, dammit! I watched DIY shows until 11:00 p.m. and then the news. I turned the TV off after the monologue on the Tonight show and went to bed.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday moanin'

I woke up late on Monday. I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched what was left of the local news.

Another cup of coffee later, I finally got the Blog up to date. Whew!

I made soft boiled eggs for breakfast. I called the Nissan dealer about the scratch in my hood. They suggested I bring it in to see if it could be rubbed out before I use any touch-up paint.

I shaved, showered and got dressed around noon. I had a lunch date and two errands to run. At least it wasn't raining.

Sidebar: We were talking about soup at Bingo. Both Amanda and her mother said the best soup they ever had was the Canadian Cheese soup at Big Boy's (Six Mile and Newburgh). I said I'd been going there for years and never heard of it. They said it's only served on Monday, so Amanda volunteered to meet me there after her work shift.

So, that's what we did. She ordered a bowl of the stuff! I ordered the "Pick Two" and got a cup and a Caesar side salad.

I wouldn't say it was the best soup I ever ate (I love too many different kinds of soup), but it was definitely the best cheese-based soup I've tasted.

We split up after eating, both having errands to run.

I went to my bank and cancelled a savings account. Why? Well, it was only fed by my paycheck (gone now) and the balance was $62.00. That meant they started taking out $5.00 per month since it was below some baseline dollar amount. So, I thought I'd close it while there was still some money in it.

It took a while, but I was seated at the bank lady's desk, so I didn't mind. Plus I walked away with $62.00!

Then I went to Target and exchanged the two flannel shirts I bought for the right size. That meant standing in several lines, so not a good as the bank.

I got home around 3:00 p.m. My legs were tired and I didn't feel  like painting the damn crib. So, I took a nap instead.

When I woke up, I started on dinner. I wanted to make a mushroom meatloaf. I couldn't find a recipe I liked, so I mashed together three recipes, LOL!

First I diced a medium-sized onion. The I fine diced an eight ounce box of sliced button mushroom (the real recipe called for a pound, but that seemed excessive).

Then I ripped three pieces of soft while bread into tiny bits. I topped them with 1/2 cup of V8 juice. Note: only the oldest recipe (and it was older than dirt) called for adding tomato juice, instead of milk. That sounded interesting, but all I had on hand was V8 juice (I like to drink it). I also added two eggs after I whisked them.

I added in 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck and mixed the mess together with my hands. I shaped it into a loaf in my Pyrex glass pan.

I let that bake for 45 minutes (at 350 degrees) while I prepared the acorn squash.

I stuck the squash in, cut side down when the timer went off. I reset the timer for 30 minutes. When that went off, I took the squash out, turned them over and added butter and fresh herbs to the cavity.

That went back in the oven with the timer set for another 30 minutes.

I warmed up some jarred beef gravy (the mushroom meatloaf recipe recommended that that as a topping, rather than a ketchup-brown sugar one)

The timer went off and I pulled everything from the oven. I drained the grease off the meatloaf.

I cut off two slices of meatloaf, but it just fell apart (maybe I should have added more ground chuck?). I cleaned the herbs out of one half of the squash and plated it, topping the meatloaf with a drizzle of gravy.

The meatloaf was excellent. I think the squash wasn't ripe when they picked it, though. It tasted too bland.

I had a third slice of meatloaf and then put away the leftovers.

I put water in the pans I'd used so they could soak overnight.

I read in the living room until bedtime.

Monday, November 13, 2017

YUP!


Sunday's Story

I woke up late on Sunday. I had a couple cups of coffee, watching the news. Then I ate some waffles for breakfast.

Since it was Sunday, I did all the Sunday chores, except for washing the bedding. I did that yesterday.

I started filling in what turned out to be a long Blog post. But, I decided I needed to go to the store, first.

Sidebar: I had planned to make an early Sunday dinner: Mushroom meatloaf with baked acorn squash. I figured I'd eat in before going to Bingo. But, I needed mushrooms. I also wanted to make a tomato soup recipe Jake sent me, but that called for San Marzano's whole, peeled Italian tomatoes.

So, since it would be a quick trip, I skipped my shave and shower. I threw on the pants and shirt I'd worn the night before (I dug them out of the laundry basket) and headed out.

It was snowing lightly on the way to Kroger's.

I got the mushroom easily enough, but they didn't carry ANY whole, peeled Italian (or plum) tomatoes.

Sidebar: San Marzanos are a plum tomato variety with thick flesh, relatively few seeds, and a sweeter, less acidic flavor than other tomato varieties.

So, I got the mushrooms. The snow had turned to a steady, light rain. I drove through it to Westborn. They didn't carry the San Marzanos, either!!!

But they did have another brand of whole, peeled Italian (or plum) tomatoes. So, I bought those.

I got home and was just treating the cat when the phone rang. It was Amanda and she said she needed a big favor. She asked if I would watch Keldon for less than an hour while she ran some errand (apparently, all her normal babysitters were out of town or at work).

Now Keldon's eight years old and we seem to get along fine, so I said, "Sure." She hung up and I thought about it. I called her back and asked her what the going rate for this gig was (thinking I could add it to my list of possible money-generating side jobs).

She said she only made $10.85 cents in tips on Saturday, so it didn't pay anything. I said, "I'm just playing" and crossed babysitting off the list.

I no longer had the time to shave and shower before they showed up. So, I didn't (yuck). And, I was just wearing my usual shorts and t-shirt.

Keldon had brought some action figures from the Justice League and so we sat in the living room while he explained who each was, his strengths and weaknesses, etc.

I showed him how to turn on the fireplace and asked if he wanted an apple or something. He declined the snack idea.

Amanda called and said she was finished and asked if I had lunch. I said no and she said neither did she or Keldon. She also said she was running out of time for her next appointment, so could I take Keldon and meet her at Archie's restaurant. Apparently, buying me lunch was my babysitting payback.

So, we grabbed up all his toys and headed out. We pulled in right behind her.

Apparently, she is having her friend Angie dye her hair and needed to be there around 1:30 p.m.

So, she ordered the French onion soup and a side salad. Keldon got spaghetti off the kids menu and I ordered one of the Sunday specials, stuffed cabbage.

I finished the mashed potatoes, green beans and one of the two stuffed cabbage (everything was pretty good by the way). Neither of them finished, so we asked for three boxes and the check.

Amanda said she would see me later today (I promised to go to bingo with her and her mother, Fran) and left in a hurry. I went home and got there about 2:00 p.m.

I was stuffed from lunch, so there was no reason to make the meatloaf dinner. I didn't have enough time (nor willpower) to paint the crib and everything else was more or less clean from all my weekend visitors.

So, I decided the best option was to take a nap. I set the alarm and dozed off.

I woke up to the alarm, shaved, showered and got dressed. I swear Amanda said she would text or call me when she left her Mother's house. So, I waited. I got a call at 5:40 (it starts at 6:00 on Sunday) asking me where I was. I said, "Sitting here in the house, waiting for your text." She said she forgot that... So, I raced to Bingo (not far).

Neither Amanda or I won anything. Her Mother, Fran, won $108.00 dollars!

When it was almost over, Amanda asked her mother if she was hungry. Fran said no, she was just tired. She asked me and I said, "I could eat." It had been over six hours since lunch. So, she drove her mother home and I drove to the Ram's Horn on Middle Belt and Joy. I got us a booth and a water and hot chocolate for her. I took a water and a cup of coffee (for a change). This damn persistent rain and cold were finally getting to me.

She showed up a few minutes later. I ordered blueberry pancakes (they are really good there) while she got French toast.

Sidebar: Ram's Horn has good breakfasts.

I paid for my for my pancakes (apparently the babysitting gig is not an option, LOL). We made our goodbyes and I drove home. I treated the cat and sent my obligatory text and then undressed. It was after 10:30 p.m. and football was on the TV. So, I passed and read until bedtime.

Saturday

It wasn't nearly as cold on Saturday morning. I had a couple cups of coffee as I filled in the Blog post.

Then I turned on the news, stripped the bed and started the weekend wash.

I made scrambled eggs for breakfast. I put the bedding in the dryer and started another load of clothes.

I sent Vicky a text, asking if she was still planning on dropping by to get her USB stick. She said yes, so I reminded her to bring the laundry.

But 12:00 p.m. came and went. It wasn't until 1:30 p.m. that she, Evy and Yanessa showed up! I helped them load the washer and then we moved to the living room and chatted.

It was great to see Yanessa. She's getting so big and can talk your ear off, lol!

Vicky asked what I was going to do tonight and I mentioned that I was going to see the movie "Labyrinth" with Amanda and Keldon. They all went "Wow! That's a great movie!" Four year old Yanessa even quoted some of the dialog to me! Am I the only person in the world who has never heard of this movie?

I asked if they were hungry and they all said yes. Evy felt bad. She told Vicky (in Spanish) if she knew I was going to cook for them, she should have brought some rice. Once it was translated to me, I assured her I would love to taste her rice again, anytime, but I wasn't planning on cooking today. I was offering to take them to lunch.

So, we tossed around some restaurant ideas, but settled on Red Lobster. Vicky said she hadn't been there since she quit working with me (she and I, and occasionally Michelle, used to go there every now and then).

So we all piled in her truck and headed out. The adults all ordered the same thing (shrimp linguine Alfredo - Vicky's and my usual choice, back in the day). Luckily, they had chicken strips and fries on the kids menu as Yanessa is allergic to fish (but, strangely enough, just fish. She loves to eat oysters with her dad at some buffet).

We finished up and headed home. We put the clothes in the dryer and chatted some more. I made the mistake of lamenting all the trees being blown done in Puerto Rico. Evy said, "No, that didn't happen. People's houses, but not the trees." She said the old trees had deep roots in the jungle. Vicky laughed and said she didn't think it was a jungle, but maybe a forest. I said, "No, I saw the pictures on the news. " Both of these statements made Evy angry (and when she's angry, she only speaks Spanish). I remembered her mild dementia or Alzheimer's and said, "Well, you are probably right, maybe it was just the houses." Vicky caught on and followed my lead and said she guessed it probably would be called a jungle. Crisis adverted.

The dryer stopped and they both began to fold the laundry. These were all Yanessa's clothes, so they were little, but lots! They loaded up the truck, we did our goodbye hugs and they left at 5:10 p.m.

Amanda and Keldon pulled in at 5:20!

Sidebar: I have women coming and going out of here like you wouldn't believe. Damn these good looks!!!

Seriously, though, they were here to pick me up for the movie. The Redford theatre (Yes, that's how they spell it) sent out emails to everyone who bought a ticket online, letting us know it was sold out and suggesting we get there no later than 6:15 p.m. Amanda hates to be late anywhere, so she picked me up early and we left as soon as I got on my coat.

We got there at 6:14 p.m. and Amanda dumped me and Keldon off at the curb. She went off to find a parking space while we held the place in line.

There were about 30 people in front of us, but people (some in costumes - it was encouraged) just kept on coming!

Amanda finally joined us in the cold.

And, it was damn cold!!! A woman made her way down the line, scanning the online tickets. She said normally the doors would open at 7:00 p.m.!!! But, she said she was going to try and get them opened at 6:45 p. m., due to the cold. The show didn't start until 8:00 p.m.!!!

The cold was affecting my already over-active bladder, so I asked Amanda if they wanted to share a hot chocolate. She said, "Sure, but why?" I explained there was a coffee shop down the block, but people frown on folks just using the restroom without buying anything.

So, I fought the crowd and got into the coffee shop. I ordered a small hot chocolate with whip cream and used the bathroom while she made it.

Sidebar: Blessed relief!!!

Back outside, Amanda took a sip and said it was awful. I told her to throw it away if she wanted, I just needed to use the restroom.

Finally the doors opened. Amanda went to the concession line to get snacks for her and Keldon and a water for me. She also bought three t-shirts and some 50-50 raffle tickets.

Meanwhile, Keldon and I scouted out the best seats. We ended up on the main floor, my seat the aisle seat (for bathroom breaks) about 10 rows back from the stage.

The theater was old, but recently restored. It was quite lovely.

Left of stage

Right of stage
Before the show started, an organ rose form the floor in front of the stage, with the organist. Even though Amanda said it would happen (somebody told her about it), it was pretty cool!

The organist was damn good and he played until the show started. We all gave him a big round of applause.

The movie was great. My favorite character was the Goblin King, played by David Bowie.

The whole "Shadow Cast Live" idea was to have actors in front of the movie screen, dressed in character, acting out the movie behind them. I think it would have been amazing had I saw the movie before (Amanda and Keldon loved it). But, it was a little distracting for me.





During the intermission, Amanda and Keldon used the photo booth set up in the lobby and gave me a copy.


The also held the 50-50 drawing and announced the winner. They asked her to come up on stage and she did. But, it was all a trick!!! Her boyfriend walked out from behind the stage and proposed to her. First time I ever saw that happen.

Then they did the real drawing. Amanda didn't win.


Once the show had ended, Keldon got a picture of himself and the woman who played David Bowie's character.
We took a long walk to the car and then headed home. They dropped me off and then left.

It was late and I was tired. So, after downloading my two photos and getting Amanda's text that they made it home safe and sound, I turned on Saturday Night Live. But I fell asleep in about five minutes!

Apologies

I apologize for the delay in creating and posting this Saturday's Blog entry. It was a crazy weekend and I kept updating the entry, but never had the time to finish it. My bad...