charliesmum: (Dear LJ (by mrbnatural))
We started auditioning for King Lear. The director wants to double cast the entire thing (blurgh) and has one full cast and we only need 4 'young guys' to round out the 2nd cast. Not bad.

We had a send-off for one of one of the cast members from Taming last night, who is doing the Mongol Rally, It's a charity run for various causes, and starts on July 19th 2008 from London, Madrid and Milan and ends up in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

Why is he doing this?

Well, as it says on the website: The world is just a little bit too safe. Gone are the days when the edge of the map called you forth to discover what lay beyond - satellite maps and GPS have it laid out before you leave the armchair. What if you want things to go wrong? What if you want a bit of unknown in a world full of health and safety measures? What if the words "adventure travel" conjure images of old ladies on a guided tour to Everest base camp with all the danger and real adventure neatly removed? What you need is the Mongol Rally.

His team is called Two Small Guys, One Small Car.
I thought this might interest some of you.

Charlie started his 'summer day camp' last week, after school ended, and he is doing his usual adjustment to a new change, which means he's more anxious than usual. We'll just ride it out, and he'll be okay soon, I'm sure.

I thought "Turn Left" was pretty great, overall. Did you?
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We started auditioning for King Lear. The director wants to double cast the entire thing (blurgh) and has one full cast and we only need 4 'young guys' to round out the 2nd cast. Not bad.

We had a send-off for one of one of the cast members from Taming last night, who is doing the Mongol Rally, It's a charity run for various causes, and starts on July 19th 2008 from London, Madrid and Milan and ends up in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

Why is he doing this?

Well, as it says on the website: The world is just a little bit too safe. Gone are the days when the edge of the map called you forth to discover what lay beyond - satellite maps and GPS have it laid out before you leave the armchair. What if you want things to go wrong? What if you want a bit of unknown in a world full of health and safety measures? What if the words "adventure travel" conjure images of old ladies on a guided tour to Everest base camp with all the danger and real adventure neatly removed? What you need is the Mongol Rally.

His team is called Two Small Guys, One Small Car.
I thought this might interest some of you.

Charlie started his 'summer day camp' last week, after school ended, and he is doing his usual adjustment to a new change, which means he's more anxious than usual. We'll just ride it out, and he'll be okay soon, I'm sure.

I thought "Turn Left" was pretty great, overall. Did you?
charliesmum: (Dear LJ (by mrbnatural))
My niece has a name. Evangeline Jane. She is beautiful, naturally.

I'm fairly certain I had other interesting things with which to regal you all, but I can't remember what it is.

Oh, I know...Did I mention I am going to New York this Sunday to see Patrick Stewart in Macbeth? 'Cause I am! I am very excited. Patrick Stewart! As Macbeth! Can it get better?

Well, Patrick Stewart as Claudius and David Tennant as Hamlet would be pretty fraking awesome, but I don't think that is going to happen any time soon. Sigh.

So. Yay for Macbeth. I said we ought to stand by the stage door and hand Patrick Stewart a poster for OUR play. Just for fun.

I am excited for the next Doctor Who. Agatha Christie. I remember reading somewhere that she actually tried to have her husband killed by framing him for her own murder, but I don't know if that's true, or an urban legend.

Yes, I'm rambling now. I'm tired. the downstairs neighbors had some sort of flaming row at 3am and woke me up. It was scary. Downside of not having a house.

Anyway...have a nice weekend everyone.
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My niece has a name. Evangeline Jane. She is beautiful, naturally.

I'm fairly certain I had other interesting things with which to regal you all, but I can't remember what it is.

Oh, I know...Did I mention I am going to New York this Sunday to see Patrick Stewart in Macbeth? 'Cause I am! I am very excited. Patrick Stewart! As Macbeth! Can it get better?

Well, Patrick Stewart as Claudius and David Tennant as Hamlet would be pretty fraking awesome, but I don't think that is going to happen any time soon. Sigh.

So. Yay for Macbeth. I said we ought to stand by the stage door and hand Patrick Stewart a poster for OUR play. Just for fun.

I am excited for the next Doctor Who. Agatha Christie. I remember reading somewhere that she actually tried to have her husband killed by framing him for her own murder, but I don't know if that's true, or an urban legend.

Yes, I'm rambling now. I'm tired. the downstairs neighbors had some sort of flaming row at 3am and woke me up. It was scary. Downside of not having a house.

Anyway...have a nice weekend everyone.
charliesmum: (Dear LJ (by mrbnatural))
I was watching the Simpsons last night, and Alan Moore* was one of the guest voices, and he was really funny, and I really like him, especially his 'Sinister Ducks' song, and the fact that he modeled Constantine after Sting and so forth, and it made me think of that 'who would you invite to dinner' question that occasionally gets asked, because I'd invite him.

So then I was thinking about that dinner, and I thought I'd invite Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Mitch Benn.

How much fun would that dinner be? Four really smart people who have wicked senses of humour and who can, each in his own way, totally nail human nature. And when we were done talking Mitch could get out his guitar and we could sing.

Who else should I invite?


*Notice behind Alan Moore is a poster for Lost Girls, his pornographic graphic novel that I still have to read.
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I was watching the Simpsons last night, and Alan Moore* was one of the guest voices, and he was really funny, and I really like him, especially his 'Sinister Ducks' song, and the fact that he modeled Constantine after Sting and so forth, and it made me think of that 'who would you invite to dinner' question that occasionally gets asked, because I'd invite him.

So then I was thinking about that dinner, and I thought I'd invite Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Mitch Benn.

How much fun would that dinner be? Four really smart people who have wicked senses of humour and who can, each in his own way, totally nail human nature. And when we were done talking Mitch could get out his guitar and we could sing.

Who else should I invite?


*Notice behind Alan Moore is a poster for Lost Girls, his pornographic graphic novel that I still have to read.
charliesmum: (Dangermouse Crumbs)
Nothing to do at work today. Nothing. All the boss types are gone. I'm kind of hoping maybe they'll let me slip out early, since the show opens tonight. I could use a rest.

In Charlie news, his teacher, (who by the way totally gets him, and totally knows that the other kids got Charlie to repeat the stuff he got in trouble for) is the high school basketball coach, and since Charlie has been expressing such an interest in the game, he said Charlie can be the waterboy for the team.

He is so excited. Even if he keeps saying he is going to be the coach.

The Collingswood Community Theatre Group are putting on Nunsense this weekend, too. I'm rather hoping there's no audience crossover. Either a 400 year old classic or a 25 year old musical. Which would you choose?

For some reason we feel a rivalry with the community group. Mostly its because the township gives them money, and they don't give it to us. I don't think they 'get' us.

I did one show with them, Steel Magnolias, but they mostly do musicals and, since I'm not a singer, there's no chance I'd ever get a decent role in any of them, so there's no point in me even trying, and the one time I suggested Shakespeare, the director acted like I suggested we get naked and do an interpretive dance.

There's a definite disconnect.

Okay, this is totally rambly. Pathetic. Someone amuse me.
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Nothing to do at work today. Nothing. All the boss types are gone. I'm kind of hoping maybe they'll let me slip out early, since the show opens tonight. I could use a rest.

In Charlie news, his teacher, (who by the way totally gets him, and totally knows that the other kids got Charlie to repeat the stuff he got in trouble for) is the high school basketball coach, and since Charlie has been expressing such an interest in the game, he said Charlie can be the waterboy for the team.

He is so excited. Even if he keeps saying he is going to be the coach.

The Collingswood Community Theatre Group are putting on Nunsense this weekend, too. I'm rather hoping there's no audience crossover. Either a 400 year old classic or a 25 year old musical. Which would you choose?

For some reason we feel a rivalry with the community group. Mostly its because the township gives them money, and they don't give it to us. I don't think they 'get' us.

I did one show with them, Steel Magnolias, but they mostly do musicals and, since I'm not a singer, there's no chance I'd ever get a decent role in any of them, so there's no point in me even trying, and the one time I suggested Shakespeare, the director acted like I suggested we get naked and do an interpretive dance.

There's a definite disconnect.

Okay, this is totally rambly. Pathetic. Someone amuse me.
charliesmum: (Dear LJ (by mrbnatural))
Did you know if you type 'Neil' into Google - just Neil, the first three things that pop up are Neil Gaiman?

Mitch Benn pointed that out on his podcast, and I checked it out, and he was right.

Mitch Benn is awesome. Just saying. He has some brillant songs one can download from his website. My favorite is The Devil and a Hard Place, which is a song full of mixed metaphors. I find this amusing on many levels. [livejournal.com profile] better_wishes knows why. :)

I've been slowly rebuilding my music on my iPod. In many ways this was good, because there were tons of songs I never listened to, and tons of songs I'd like to listen to, but there were so many they hardly ever came up on the shuffle. But there are songs I miss, too, because I'd gotten them from someone, or I can't find my CD. There's some Fry and Laurie songs I don't have any more, and some John Barrowman songs. And others, but I'll survive.

Okay, help.

One of Charlie's friends, let's call him Bob, apparently has a stealing problem. This is according to the parents of another friend, people whom I have no reason to doubt, and there was a time when $4 went missing from Charlie's wallet when Bob was the only one around.

He's a nice kid, and I don't know if I should say something to Charlie, or if I should just discourage him from coming over, but, other than the money, I haven't seen anything else, and Charlie really likes him.

What should I do?
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Did you know if you type 'Neil' into Google - just Neil, the first three things that pop up are Neil Gaiman?

Mitch Benn pointed that out on his podcast, and I checked it out, and he was right.

Mitch Benn is awesome. Just saying. He has some brillant songs one can download from his website. My favorite is The Devil and a Hard Place, which is a song full of mixed metaphors. I find this amusing on many levels. [livejournal.com profile] better_wishes knows why. :)

I've been slowly rebuilding my music on my iPod. In many ways this was good, because there were tons of songs I never listened to, and tons of songs I'd like to listen to, but there were so many they hardly ever came up on the shuffle. But there are songs I miss, too, because I'd gotten them from someone, or I can't find my CD. There's some Fry and Laurie songs I don't have any more, and some John Barrowman songs. And others, but I'll survive.

Okay, help.

One of Charlie's friends, let's call him Bob, apparently has a stealing problem. This is according to the parents of another friend, people whom I have no reason to doubt, and there was a time when $4 went missing from Charlie's wallet when Bob was the only one around.

He's a nice kid, and I don't know if I should say something to Charlie, or if I should just discourage him from coming over, but, other than the money, I haven't seen anything else, and Charlie really likes him.

What should I do?
charliesmum: (eeek)
So, right, there was this fanfiction recently 'sporked' on [livejournal.com profile] deletrius that attempted at a crossover with Harry Potter and, wait for it, The Sound of Music. It was as dreadful as you can imagine.

Anyway, long story short, I took a look at some of the reviews that were left, and one person said they had no idea what The Sound of Music was.

WTF? I said to myself, and posted a pithy comment on deletrius wondering how anyone could go through life without knowing the Sound of Music.

Well, apparently there are others. Not many, I don't think, but they're out there.

Now it is not my favorite by a long shot (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] slammerkinbabe) but I've at least seen it more than once in my lifetime, and could sing at least three of the songs. The fact that it passed some people by just boggles my mind.

I really believed it was one of those things people just knew about, something that was so ingrained into our collective consciousness that it was a part of our cultural landscape.

It makes me wonder what other things I just assume are common knowledge that other people are serenely oblivious to.
charliesmum: (Default)
So, right, there was this fanfiction recently 'sporked' on [livejournal.com profile] deletrius that attempted at a crossover with Harry Potter and, wait for it, The Sound of Music. It was as dreadful as you can imagine.

Anyway, long story short, I took a look at some of the reviews that were left, and one person said they had no idea what The Sound of Music was.

WTF? I said to myself, and posted a pithy comment on deletrius wondering how anyone could go through life without knowing the Sound of Music.

Well, apparently there are others. Not many, I don't think, but they're out there.

Now it is not my favorite by a long shot (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] slammerkinbabe) but I've at least seen it more than once in my lifetime, and could sing at least three of the songs. The fact that it passed some people by just boggles my mind.

I really believed it was one of those things people just knew about, something that was so ingrained into our collective consciousness that it was a part of our cultural landscape.

It makes me wonder what other things I just assume are common knowledge that other people are serenely oblivious to.
charliesmum: (Space - you are here)
I just have one thing to say about Doctor Who. Jellybaby.

Well I have more to say, but it's already been said by better minds then me, so I'll just say 'squee' and leave it at that.

On a deeper note, I was thinking today how much I envy people who find comfort in God. I can't say I don't believe in God, but I just can't seem to find that rock-hard certinty that He is going to carry me through the sand, if you know what I mean.

I wish I could, because it would make things so much easier to bear.
charliesmum: (Default)
I just have one thing to say about Doctor Who. Jellybaby.

Well I have more to say, but it's already been said by better minds then me, so I'll just say 'squee' and leave it at that.

On a deeper note, I was thinking today how much I envy people who find comfort in God. I can't say I don't believe in God, but I just can't seem to find that rock-hard certinty that He is going to carry me through the sand, if you know what I mean.

I wish I could, because it would make things so much easier to bear.
charliesmum: (horray)
So, I am currently trying to catch up on everything I missed, not easy, but I'll get there. And the other good thing is I can now torture you all with cute Charlie stories that you missed...

The Husband got his hair cut (finally) the other day. When he came home Charlie looked at him and said, "You're not Daddy!" I asked him if he liked the new hair cut and Charlie looked at Daddy again and said, "You look like Elvis!"

Charlie's new favorite word is Trustworthy. Not exactly sure why, but he made a paper airplane in school and named it Trustworthy 5000.

Right before my computer exploded, I'd downloaded the soundtrack for Music and Lyrics from iTunes. Charlie loves it. His favorite song is some thing called Tony the Beat, which is vaguely hip-hop or something, I'm not sure...too old to know, I think. He sings it all the time.

In other news, I'm still planning on having my Big Birthday Bash with the 1967 theme. You are all invited. Really. If you find yourself in Southern NJ/Philadelphia area on May 26th, stop in. You'll be welcome.

And on the television front, I'm sorry to say I've totally given up on Lost. I may catch up someday, but right now I've had to let it go. I'm annoyed Heroes isn't going to be on until the end of April, but I'm very glad House is back for an extended period of time. Finally.

So now there's been, what, 4 Buffy alum on House? Funny. I keep hoping since Stephen Fry keeps turning up on Bones, he'll stop by the House set and do something there. I mean, hello? He's in the area. Come on people!

And finally, I am auditioning for All's Well that Ends Well today. Not holding out much hope, but a girl can dream, right?

Later. Love ya all.
charliesmum: (Default)
So, I am currently trying to catch up on everything I missed, not easy, but I'll get there. And the other good thing is I can now torture you all with cute Charlie stories that you missed...

The Husband got his hair cut (finally) the other day. When he came home Charlie looked at him and said, "You're not Daddy!" I asked him if he liked the new hair cut and Charlie looked at Daddy again and said, "You look like Elvis!"

Charlie's new favorite word is Trustworthy. Not exactly sure why, but he made a paper airplane in school and named it Trustworthy 5000.

Right before my computer exploded, I'd downloaded the soundtrack for Music and Lyrics from iTunes. Charlie loves it. His favorite song is some thing called Tony the Beat, which is vaguely hip-hop or something, I'm not sure...too old to know, I think. He sings it all the time.

In other news, I'm still planning on having my Big Birthday Bash with the 1967 theme. You are all invited. Really. If you find yourself in Southern NJ/Philadelphia area on May 26th, stop in. You'll be welcome.

And on the television front, I'm sorry to say I've totally given up on Lost. I may catch up someday, but right now I've had to let it go. I'm annoyed Heroes isn't going to be on until the end of April, but I'm very glad House is back for an extended period of time. Finally.

So now there's been, what, 4 Buffy alum on House? Funny. I keep hoping since Stephen Fry keeps turning up on Bones, he'll stop by the House set and do something there. I mean, hello? He's in the area. Come on people!

And finally, I am auditioning for All's Well that Ends Well today. Not holding out much hope, but a girl can dream, right?

Later. Love ya all.

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