A quiet morning

Here we are, almost halfway into January, and I still feel like I haven’t yet recovered from the holidays!

So much quality family time, so much laughter and storytelling and love. Oy -so much food (yes, that’s the part I -and my waistline- need the most recovering from.)

So, this morning I’m up before almost everyone. Maggie crept quietly out of the house a while ago – she’s taking care of a friend’s dog today, so had to go do that early. It was wonderful having her boyfriend visit from Finland for the holidays. Now of course it’s hard on both of them because he’s back home. I see them and think simultaneously “Boy, I remember being 19, that exciting young love, waiting for your future to start” and also, at the same time, “Good Lord, was I ever that young?!”

Max and Jeanne are sleeping in. It’s Saturday, they deserve to. Max will work later, Jeanne will be grading her student’s homework, like normal on the weekend, but I think today will be a quiet day.

In a couple of hours I’ll head to Williamston Theatre. We closed Beau Jest a couple of weeks ago – what a treat that show was. Wonderful team on and offstage, and audiences just loved it. We set some attendance records! Such a gift, to hear packed houses filled with people laughing together, sharing a moment of lightness and joy.

Next up is a wonderful piece, Our Lady Of Poison, a world premiere by Joe Zettelmaier. The elevator pitch: “Mother-Daughter poisoning team. Italy. Based on true events.” ’nuff said. 🙂

So, today I’ll go in and see a stumble-through of that, we’ll have a production meeting, and I’ll do some more work on the next play.

Before that, though: A little quiet in the living room. The dogs are curled at my feet, and my cup of coffee is still mostly full.

I hope everyone has a restful, fulfilling Saturday!

Wednesday’s Non-Theatre Pic Post!

Buffy fans…Hilarious.

Yesterday, my poor wife had “one of those days.” You know, the ones we all have once in a while, where things don’t go well, random people are jerks, and you just want to either crawl under a rock or punch something, or both? Well, the kids found out, and before she got home they set up a big relaxing pile of pillows and blankets in front of the tv, with the newest episode of her favorite show on Netflix, the room lit with just candles, some chocolate and a glass of wine ready for her!
And of course the pic is dark because it’s just candles, but doesn’t she look relaxed? 🙂 My kids are awesome.

Speaking of kids, my daughter was feeling crafty, and made me a case for my iPad out of felt, colored duct tape, and some magnets!
What a kid.

This pic is here because it’s amazing…click to embiggen and get the full effect!

April 1, 2012. Mount Etna spews volcanic ash during an eruption on the southern Italian island of Sicily. (From Time Magazine)

Lastly, this came from my brother. He knows me well.

Pic Post Wednesday

Random things from the day of a Dad/Artistic Director/Coffee Drinker

Today my daughter got her braces removed! I don’t remember being old enough to have a teenager having braces removed… but there she is.

Here’s what it can look like when a Director and a Set Designer have their first meeting about a set! We chatted about the play over the phone first, to discuss “approach” and the play as a whole. Then, a few days later, we had a 40 minute sit-down discussion, and left with a starting point! Fun, and exciting. Now to sit down and re-read the play with the starting point in mind…

Ah, another one of those kids I don’t feel old enough to have. This evening we sneaked out to do some shopping for Jeanne’s birthday. (Don’t tell her, it’s a secret!) (Well, the shopping part is… she already knows about her birthday.)

This last one is fun…. it’s from USA TODAY (By Kirill Kudryavtsev, AFP/Getty Images), and the caption read:
A woman sips a cup of cappuccino with the portrait of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, created with cinnamon and cocoa powder, floating on top at a coffee shop in Moscow.

I think the next time I’m in Starbucks, I’m going to ask for a nice President Obama made out of cinnamon and cocoa on my Pumpkin Spice Latte…