The right way to spend a Wednesday!

Sometimes, ya gotta get away and just spend some quality family time playing and relaxing!

Tonight we spent a great family night with Jeanne, the kids, and my parents. The games cabinet was opened, and much time was spent at the table with some fun board games. We played Huggermugger, which is a wonderful word-based game – teams take turns trying to uncover letters in the “Mystery Word” by moving around the board and solving a variety of word based challenges like word-scrambles, spelling or definition challenges, word/language trivia, etc… It’s a ton of fun (especially if you like word games lime we do), and it’s educational too!

Next we played Big Boggle, another word game, it’s also a ton of fun.

In addition, my mom made up a batch of cappelletti. Oh, man. For those who don’t know, cappelletti are little Italian pasta pieces filled with meats and cheeses. (I say little, but you can only really fit one on a spoon at a time.) They’re shaped like little hats, which is what the word means in Italian, and filled with a mixture of beef, veal, cheese, spices, etc… It sounds a little like a ravioli, and they’re similar, but these are served in a broth like a soup (usually a rich chicken/vegetable broth). They’re simply fantastic. When I was younger, my Grandma Caselli would make them on special occasions, and we haven’t had them in years.

They were always one of my favorites, and I’ve been pestering my mom to make some, and she did! They were just perfect, as you can see in this picture:

And, as they always do, they made me think if my grandma and her sisters, sitting around her table in Allen Park, making hundreds of them at a time. Now I need to get my mom to pass on the cappelletti secrets and teach Jeanne and the kids and I to make them. It’s a tradition and a recipe I don’t want to lose!

And… Between you and me… As I sit here typing this at nearly 1am, I can hear them down in the fridge… they REALLY want me to have another bowl… Right now.

Must. Stay. Strong.

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First rehearsal again!

Started rehearsals for The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) last night.
This is going to be a lot of fun! The cast is hilarious, the designs are great, and the piece feels great in an intimate space like Tipping Point, which means it’ll feel good at the Williamston Theatre, too! (This is a co-production: after the run at Tipping Point it’ll move to the WT for the summer).

One of our “themes” or “concepts” (I hate that word) for the piece is that these 3 actors love Shakespeare and have decided to do a production of all of his stuff. In doing so, the idea is that they each took sections and were in charge of certain segments of Shakespeare’s work, and the other two would follow their lead in those sections. It’s a fun, simple idea that I think will provide a lot of opportunities for inventiveness, conflict and comedy.

So – rehearsal one!

Aral Gribble, Kevin Young, Laurel Hufano

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