Catch-up

I promised yesterday that I would catch y’all up on my life and so here I am keeping my promise. I’m just as surprised as you are! I’m like a politician with promises, usually. I campaign hard on a couple of them and only squeak out one, but since I only promised this one to y’all then well, vote for me? Okay, okay, get to the good stuff, Missy. Right. So I didn’t post in the entire month of September which is frankly, crazy, but for good cause I promise. I turned 40 last month and my mom was here visiting for like five weeks, FIVE WEEKS, and we went on two vacations and school started (I started thesis this semester) and well is that enough? No? Okay, my kid turned 13 on October 1st, which as you know having just dealt with my 40th birthday and the breakdown that came with that, then realizing my little baby is now a teenager, whew. There were some dark days, y’all. Dark days.

But I’m back and almost normal now and although I still have thesis and finishing my MFA to deal with, my mom is safely back in Kansas, having joined us for a trip to NYC which was fantastic! She’d never been before and I so wanted her to experience it all. It was on her bucket list and helping her tick something off of it at 77 years old felt rather wonderful. Of course, I didn’t do it for me or for people to tell me how great I am (insert eye roll) I did it because I enjoy spending time with my mom and taking her on new adventures. It’s an added bonus to experience something like NYC with someone who has always wanted to go and who never thought they’d have the opportunity. I love that even at 77 years old, hard of hearing (though her new hearing aids are great) and with vision problems, she is still up for anything. I can see where I get my adventurous spirit from!

Aside from the trip to NYC I also got to celebrate my 40th with my best friend, Rachel! Her birthday is just a few days after mine and my mom’s birthday is the day after hers so we all met up at the halfway point between Atlanta and Kansas City for a weekend of fun! The halfway point was, however, Evansville, Indiana. Ha! No offense to my Indiana friends, it was better than expected. Waving to you in Bloomfield, Jessica!

Then there were all the other things I’ve been contending with, you know normal life stuff. Like how Jackson is too liberal for our family (that’s a whole other post) and how we might have to move again for Jerimiah’s work, and my dogs, oh lort, these dogs. Anyway, I’m uploading some pics for your enjoyment over the past month of my life. I hope you are all caught up now. I’ll be around again, just don’t expect too much from me, ya know?

Stay safe and sane.

M.

Rachel, Mom, and me celebrating poolside.
Mom’s birthday at our house.
Jerimiah had a huge, all-day work event that ended up being righteous.
Took Mom to Coke World downtown!
Jackson turned 13 with a kick-ass backyard bash with his bestest friends!
Took Mom to Charlotte for the day to see my nephew Alex, his wife and new baby! I can’t share pics of the baby, but I can share all the new pup pics I want! So here you go, this is Helios!
Pitstop in DC on our way to NYC!
I’ll totally write a whole post about NYC at a later time, but this feels like the money shot.

The Lion King

We took Jackson to his first Broadway show last night: The Lion King! We asked our friends if they were up for a show and they said, “Of course!” So we debated a few different shows, with The Lion King in our back pocket. Then the day before we were headed to NYC, Beth’s uncle (who happens to be a sub in The Lion King pit) called and said he was doing the evening show the next night and invited us to come for a backstage tour if we wanted to. And yeah, we wanted to. And trust, neither the show nor the tour disappointed.

Now I’m no reviewer, and The Lion King was only my third Broadway show so I won’t try to review it, but I will say that if you’ve never seen it please get there ASAP. And don’t be late for the opening act, because it’s the absolute best part! Jackson agreed, until we got to the tour part and he got to meet Zazu IN PERSON!

That’s Jackson, holding his Disney Store Simba (Tip: They are $8 at the store across the street from the Minskoff, and since Disney gets all the money anyway, why not?) and he’s talking to Zazu, sure, and also to Jim Ferris, the amazing actor who works Zazu (and is the understudy for Timon and Pumba—be still my heart). How cool is that?! It’s pretty cool. And pretty special. Want to see something even more cool and special?

That’s the kids holding THE Simba puppet from the show! Now want to see something even more cool?!

That’s me, being attacked by wildebeests!

Well, maybe not. Still cool though, right?

Fine, fine, I know. I’m not that fucking cool. Usually. But I gotta admit one thing: The Lion King was awesome, and it was an interesting, exciting, amazing night on Broadway. And we are so lucky to have had that experience. And I have a thousand other stories and pics to share, and I promise I will, but tonight I’ll just leave you with a few more pics.

M.