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Have you ever been sitting with your parents and they start reminiscing about your childhood, and all of a sudden you are like, 'Wait, I remember that!!!!'
I do this all the time.
I was born in Michigan. Yes, I know. As a Buckeye Alumni, I got a lot of crap from my fellow students and fans. The only thing redeeming about that fact of my life is that we moved to Ohio when I was 2. The funny thing is, I remember the Michigan house.We had a weeping willow and a tire swing. Our driveway wasn't paved and it was really long. We also had 3 horses. Tovi, Ladybug and Joe.
Ok, ok so I don't really remember the horses.
Or the driveway... Really.
I remember moving my Sit-n-spin from our shed/garage and coming across a huge spider. It was probably just a Daddy Long Legs, but in my memories it was a giant thing the size of my toy. And scarier than all get out!
I also remember getting my big sibling's bike (with training wheels) stuck in a hole and spinning the big wheel in a puddle, spraying water everywhere.
Of course, I don't know if these memories are real. It's possible that they aren't and I'm just remembering pictures and stories and making them real for me.
I hope they are, because they're all that I have from actually living in Michigan. Big sis and Bro have so many more factual memories from our first house. I'm jealous, for sure... It was a different place, a different time. To be able to say that I actually remember the 80's would be amazing.
Does anyone else have memories like that, where you think they must be real?
I haven't had a part since Big River in 2009.
Before that it was How To Succeed in Business Without Even Trying in 2005.
That's one in high school and one in college.
I was a little rusty.
I absolutely loved the grind of the show. The cast was amazing and everyone clicked really quickly. We all fell in love with each other's parts and songs. Some people could even do another part, they knew it so well.
That's what you get from a month of nightly rehearsals... Imagine if we had longer!
I do have to admit that I'm not the best with memorization. I, evidently, need someone to run lines with me over and over and over again until I have the scene down. I didn't realize this until about 2 and a half weeks out. Not my smartest move, I admit. I really hope that I didn't frustrate anyone else more than I did myself. I was pretty down on myself about my lack of memorization until I was able to get over myself and ask for help. I was all, 'I don't want to inconvenience anyone else.' Really I was just making it harder for the people in each scene than was necessary.
Anyway, I wanted to get you a few snippets of songs and things like that.
Bear in mind that these are from Tech week, which is also known jokingly as 'Hell Week'.
(A little disclamer. One; These videos are owned by me. Two; Everyone was sick. So cracks, hoarsness, sniffing and coughing were normal. Please, love us anyway? lol)
This is me singing with a group of ladies at the beginning of act 2.
Sorry that the quality of the video is so bad... And crooked.
Evidently, Jake is a camera master... Sweet man of mine.
There is a snippet of the show.
Please, if you comment, be kind.
Next on the theatre plate...
Not even kidding.
Interested? You should be.
Goodness knows my theatre family is freaking out.
When Jake and I got our first apartment, we bought a bunch of furniture and rugs from a SIL's friend. There was a bunch included, all for a whopping $500.
Bed frame, mattress, overstuffed chair, rug, coffee table and decor chair.
SIL kept the coffee table and the decor chair because we didn't have any room for them.
We were suffering with the mattress we had before. Because of the bed frame, we didn't have a box spring and the bed sat pretty low to the ground. Jake wasn't sleeping very well. I was waking up with back aches. Not to mention, when we both were ont eh bed, we rolled into the middle. I can't tell you how many times I woke up with a face full of armpit.
It was lovely.
This past weekend, Jake and I got a new mattress!!!
We donated our old mattress to our local theatre group.
Mainly because my show, 'Baby, the Musical' needed a real bed due to all the scene's that takes place in a bedroom.
This is Jake and my dad, trying to figure out how to lower our frame so that the bed didn't sit waist high.
Yeah, not even kidding. We put the short boxspring and the double sided pillow top mattress on our bed frame and it, literally, came to my waist.
Out old mattress sat as high as the short boxspring.
When we lowered the frame, I had to take everything out from under the bed. Even my under-bed boxes wouldn't fit.
You want to hear my Army update? Jake's National Guard contract is done!
It's been a crazy 6 years.
Let me give you the cliffnotes version.
The day Jake signed was the last day he heard from his recruiter. She pretended not to know the twins after she got her money.
Before signing his papers, the whole family was told that both boys would 100% be back in time for SIL's wedding. That was ignored and in order to get back he had to drop out of his year long AIT and have it delayed by over 7 months. But yes, he got in late the night before the wedding.
Jake's basic training only allowed 3 phone calls home. Peroid.
The family traveled to Ft. Bragg for Jake's Basic Training graduation... We had to leave him there because his year long AIT started immediately after.
The arly considered Jake an AIT drop out because of the wedding. This means that all of his training got pushed back. This meant that of the soldiers in his unit with the same MOS, he would be the last to be promoted unless he had mad promotion points.
Jake's second first day at AIT he was forced to do push-ups in a pile of red fire ants. Not really related... But still crappy.
Jake injured his ankle (we think he actually broke it) and because he was able to walk into the clinic he was told 'it was fine'.... Then they managed to 'lose' any paperwork concerning his ankle.
We got engaged.
Jake finished his AIT program in one of the top spots in the class. I don't remember his place, but I know it was really, really good.
Jake came home from AIT.
We made a date for our wedding... Then had to move it up by 3 months because of deployment orders.
We got married and moved into our place.
That deployment was cancelled. Yay for spending more than 3 months as a married couple!
Another deployment was scheduled. The unit went to the pre-deployment training.... It' a month long.
That deployment was cancelled.
Everyone and their mothers got pregnant!
The Sept 11, 2011 date was given for Deployment. Another month long training was scheduled.
3/4 of everyone had their babies!
Jake and I moved into our current place. KG moved in and the twins, and RG, left for Afghanistan. All with in 5 days.
2 months later, Thanksgiving day, we were told that Twin was coming home.
Twin came home Dec 31st...
Jake was skipped over more than three for a promotion... His promotion points were 'lost'. At least 2 of the people promoted in place of him were state side.......
Jake was moved to a new base and was given all of the jobs that person had before him... And wasn't given the rank to go with it.
Jake was within 30 feet of an RPG exploding. Those things have a 200m range. Praise the Lord it didn't detonate. Let's just say it was an awesome day for me....
Jake came home.
The unit offered him an extension on his contract with absolutely no perks... It was a mildly offensive offer, in my opinion.
The VA basically brushed his PTSD and other issues under the table.
Serving our country was the right way to go for Jake. He volunteered to serve when he didn't have to. The role he had in taking care of the wounded, civilian and soldier alike, that came through his clinic makes me so proud. He helped save lives. Not everyone can provide a service like that.
The National Guard has provided us with a lot. Job experience and training for Jake. A way to stay out of debt, for the time being, when it comes to school and VA benefits. Jake and I were quickly thrown into the reality of married life and the kind of support that is necessary in times of trouble. I'm thankful for that lesson every day.
But, it has also left us with a bad taste in our mouths.
There is nothing worse than knowing that your husband is an all around great guy. Jake always follows all the rules and has proven time and time again that he is a excellent soldier. To see the unit completely ignore this and treat him like crap... It's hard to watch, knowing that there is not a single thing I, as a lowly army wife, can do about it.
In the end, his dissapointment and bitterness was too much for us to continue the Army National Guard life.
We are just one story, and thankfully ours is done, for now. Truthfully, I'd be lying if I said that we were completely done with the military. There is always the chance of a great opportunity after Med school.
We will cross that bridge when we get to it.
So there you have it.
Jake is on a 2 year recall, so hopefully he doesn't get called up again for a deployment.
I'm praying with every fiber of my being that it wont happen, ad I refuse to feel guilty about that.
This week's Letters are to make up for the past two weeks.
Dear Baby Cast- I miss you. It was such a great experience, working with you. Singing with you. Acting out such a great story with you.... But I sure am enjoying my vegging sessions.
Dear Husband- You have been amazing. I know that the past month and a half has been absolutely crazy with me running to rehearsals after barely having time to make/eat dinner with you. You didn't complain *much about how little time we have spent together, and you get extra kisses for it.
Dear Family - You're support through out 'Baby' was so great. From bringing me random set pieces to showing up in full force for a show. I'm so grateful and blessed to have you as a part of my life.
Dear Friends- I'm sorry I've been terrible. Life has calmed down now.
Dear Readers - Don't forget to take advantage of the eShakti promo. Go check it out. Also, welcome new and old readers! I love that you've stopped by!
I'm a girl from a small town who fell in love, and married her high school sweetheart. My blog is a mash-up of my interests. On any day you are likely to see posts about my life,Faith, pets, fashion, theatre, music and the occasional DIY.