Tuesday, April 22, 2008

7 Brides for 7 Brothers - The Audition

After spending a fabulous Friday night with my Pine Tree 2 Roommates and their husbands, Mason and I rushed home from Logan on Saturday to go to the auditions at the Empress Theatre for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. When I was young this used to be my favorite musical. I loved story, the dancing, the romance, and the backwoods life portrayed in the movie. I have always wanted to be in this show as one of the brides, but never having the opportunity before now to do it, I have been telling myself not to get my hopes up because in reality I don’t come across as one of those dainty little ladies, especially now that I am in my mid twenties and probably too old for the part anyway.

At the audition, Mason of course sounded great, and having the look, sound and experience that he has, I have no doubt he will be cast as one of the brothers, and even has a great chance of being the lead, Adam. I messed up on my song a little bit, but I still felt pretty good about my audition. So, I was thrilled when we got an email on Sunday inviting us both back for call-backs. I was actually being considered for one of the brides (not an old lady like I usually play) and Mason, just as I predicted, was called back for one of the brothers or Adam. We were instructed to be prepared for reading, singing, and dancing.

Last night was call backs. Mason had to work that night so we went early for him to do his second audition and then he left. I stayed to complete the rest of the audition with everyone else. As I sat chatting on the floor in my t-shirt, yoga pants and tennis shoes, I watched the girls file in, in their spandex and various styles of dance shoes. “All the girls will start with the dance, so go ahead and warm up” the director instructed. I watched the girls sit butterfly style and put their noses to the ground; get up and in second position stretch their right leg hamstrings walking their hands across the floor to their left leg; and roll in and out of the splits. (I will spare you the details of my untouchable toe stretches and get on with the story)

Then came the dance instruction. My dance experience comes mostly from doing musicals or dancing and singing in choirs. That type of dance is totally different from real dance. It’s more simple hand motions, moving formations, and box steps. I figured this would be about the same. Boy was I wrong. He had us doing all kinds of stuff I have never done in my whole life, like real dancers. Piroettes (Sad, not only can I not do them, but I don’t know how to spell it either) kicks, and other darling and feminine movements that a short round person should not be doing.

And I…

I totally bombed it! I could never get my turns right, couldn’t remember what steps came next and ended up even falling into the poor girl dancing next to me. Although I had two of my sister-in-laws and numerous friends watching me, the worst part of it was that they got it on video. Now it can be watched again and again!

After that, I thought, “I might as well go home,” but I was actually having a lot of fun. The people auditioning were awesome and I loved learning the dance and singing with them so I decided not to wimp out, put on a confident face and just continue to do my best and have fun while doing it, and I did. As I drove away after it was all done, I called Mason. I was totally adrenaline pumped and quite hyper from the evening of auditioning. I explained to him my sad dance experience but said, “I did terrible but I didn’t care because I had so much fun.”

This morning when I woke up, I felt a little different. I am mortified, horrified and completely embarrassed (that is 3 times more than any person should ever be!) Although I will look back on that short lived dream with some fondness; I just don’t want to have to face anyone who saw me dance ever again! The only problem is: my sister-in-laws were there. Do think I will be able to avoid them for the rest of my life? Maybe not that long, but a year at least. I need to give them plenty of time for that memory to fade.

Quote of the night:
My youngest S-I-L after I danced: “At least your face looked good while you did it!”

I have always wanted to be a dancer but never had the opportunity to do it while I was young. I can’t decide now if this is my new motivation to learn to dance or if this means I should just swear off it altogether. Anyone know of an Adult BEGINNERS class?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thankful Thursdays - The end is near...

This week was registration for the Fall 2008 semester up at the U of U. As Mason was registering for his fall semester classes, we realized he is almost done with all of his Pre-Med requirements. While we knew he was getting close (two years is close for us), it was such a great feeling for both us to see it written down on paper! There is an end in sight!!!

Here is the plan (I know I have written about this a little already, but I am just so excited I can't help myself):
Fall 2008-Spring 2009
Mason will finish all Pre-Med Requirements

Spring 2009
Mason will take the MCAT

Summer 2009
Start applying for Medical Schools

Fall 2009-Spring 2010
Finish all Public Health Requirements
Go to interviews/visit schools

Spring 2010
Pick a school
Join the Air Force
Graduate from U of U

Summer 2010
Mason attends officer training (because he has a degree, he will enter the
Air Force as an officer, yahoo!)
Move to our new home for school

Mason was also able to get a fabulous job that will be so perfect for Medical School. He was hired on at Primary Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Cardiology department to do research. They were specifically looking for people who were planning to attend medical school because this job will provide so many marketable skills for a Med student. He was fortunate to have been able to be one of the lucky two to receive this position. Isn’t that awesome!!!

As you can tell, I am so proud of him and all his hard work. When he first told me he wanted to be a doctor, it seemed like such an elite thing and I, trying to be a kind wife, said as I stroked his back , “Sure that sounds great honey, let’s find out what it would take to get you there,” not really thinking it would be a possibility for us. As I reviewed the requirements, I thought it was almost laughable! I thought “yeah right, like any normal person could or would want to do all of this.” Slowly but surely he has been chipping away at all of the requirements to get where he is now. I realize we still have a long road ahead of us, before his goal is complete, but with his quiet determination, I know he will make it. I am so proud of him and grateful for the wonderful person he is. I can’t imagine anyone being a better husband than him. His personal accomplishments are just the icing on the cake!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What's in a name?

I saw this on a friends blog and thought I would try it. Mine is pretty accurate if you ask me!

What Anna Means
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

What Mason Means
You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
Hey, he stole some of mine!!! Oh well, I guess since this is computer generated, those things will happen. I thought his was pretty accurate too, but the most accurate of all:
You are the total package-suave, sexy, smart and strong
Aren't I a lucky girl!?!?!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ode to The Office

We have been going through withdrawls! With the writers strike, there has been nothing good on television and we have been missing our favorite show, "The Office" so much it hurts. My father-in-law owns the first 3 seasons on DVD so we have borrowed each set at least a couple of times each to satify our addiction, until the glory of last night's return... As always it made us laugh until our cheeks hurt.

In preparation for the big event, Mason got on “The Office” website so we could take the, Which Character Are You Most Like? quiz. Anyone who knows Mason can probably guess who he was most like…Jim. No wonder Jim is my favorite character! When it was my turn I asked, “Who do you think I am most like?” Mason, probably trying to play it safe, responded, “I don’t know” a guys answer for most everything. It turns out I am a perfect mix, well maybe perfect isn’t the right word because I am a mix of…Jan and Angela?!?! Wow! There is something I would not necessarily aspire to. The worst part, its absolutely true, I am like them!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Standards

Well, if I can't get the sunshine I so desperately want (thanks for rubbing it in all you southerners!) why not celebrate what we do have, right?!? Stormy weather...which just happens to be the title track of my new playlist here. Although I often long for the sun, the spring rain storms (note I said rain not snow, if only we can convince the clouds of that)is so romanticly exotic to me. One of my favorite ways to relax during weather like this is to sit on a covered porch or next to an open window wrapped up in a blanket, sipping herbal tea, listening to "The Standards" and watching the rain fall. Sometimes I might add a book or magazine, just for fun, but it is not needed. I just simply love how perfect the moment feels, and it wouldn't be as good without this music!

Along with the change in seasons comes a change in my thoughts, moods, and the things that make me happy. I do not want to see a snow covered pine tree or falling autumn leaves right now (although nothing thrills me more when it is the right time) but rather beautiful pink cherry blossoms and daffodils. Probably my favorite thing about living in Utah is that we have 4 distinct seasons. It completely fascinates me! I love the rejuvenation I feel with each one and the attraction to different colors, activities, clothes, decorations, etc.

My dream (now don't laugh!) is to one day have a mostly neutral home and neutral wardrobe which I can change up with fun accent pieces according to the season we are in. I am not just talking about hanging a few decorations for holidays, but changing the colors and look of each room at least 4 times a year. I think it is my way of bring the outdoors, indoors and taking it very personally! (You may not want to mention this to my husband, he will probably freak out at the complexity of this plan, not to mention the money that might be involved, but that is why it is a dream! Plus the way I see it, it will keep my need for change satisfied so it will save us money in the long run!)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I am in desperate need of some sunshine...I guess this picture will have to do for now.