Monday, November 05, 2018

There Has to be a Song

This past weekend was Veronica's All-State Honor Choir concert!!  We had to be in New Orleans Thursday - Saturday for rehearsals and the concert was Saturday afternoon.  She worked so hard learning her music.  They have to have all the music memorized before any of the rehearsals start.  I put the recorded practice tracks on a CD and played them in the car for weeks, so we BOTH learned them pretty well just from that.  She was nervous... but Veronica did great the whole weekend.  I was able to sit in on the Saturday rehearsal and these kids sound so, SO good.   It's amazing how 220 kids from all across the state of Louisiana learn their parts of the music, have one day of practice, and it all comes together so well. 

I'm so proud of her...  so glad she got to experience something so great!!  I loved being in high school choir, and Veronica has many great years ahead of her. 

All dressed up for the concert

On a side note...   The original plan was for Veronica and I to go to NOLA on Thursday afternoon.  Clint and Valerie would meet us on Friday and we'd all attend the concert on Saturday.  Well, Valerie is Beta Club Treasurer and it so happened that Beta District Day was Saturday, and she also signed up to compete in the banner contest.  I made arrangements for her to stay with a friend, and just Clint was going to meet us in NOLA Friday. 

But... life had other plans....

Valerie started feeling bad Thursday night.  Friday she was even worse...  no school.... Type A FLU!  Unbelievable. The flu already.  Clint ended up staying home to tend to her instead of meeting us.  Val had to miss the Beta event also.  Val organized a couple of friends to design and make the banner and Val was all set to present it, then she had to hand it off to someone else. 

Val's Beta banner made by her and friends. (The school mascot is a Gator) I thought it was great!  But it didn't place at all though. Boo.

So, it ended up being just a mommy and Veronica choir weekend.  Very thankful for Uber and Waitr as I didn't have to do a ton of driving alone around The City.  Traffic and parking downtown can be a bit too much for me!! 

Here's a couple songs from All-State Honor Choir concert: 

"The Fox."  (It's about a fox catching a goose for his dinner -- really!) 

"Who Can Sail."  Probably my favorite.  It's a Finnish Folk song - so it's in Finnish, then in English.

"There Has to Be a Song."  was the finale. 

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Halloween 2018

Halloween was pretty quiet.  As I mentioned, both kids weren't all that interested in dressing up as anything elaborate this year.  Sign of the times I suppose.  That didn't stop Clint and I from having a little fun:

We have quite a few Trick-or-treaters around here.  Throw in our light show and that makes for a crowd in front of our house all night long.  As much work as it is, it makes it worth it to see how much the kids enjoy it.  We got so many compliments and 'love your house' comments.  Usually the music is broadcast via radio transmitter, but only on Halloween do we set up a sound system and have the music blasting.

Anyway, Valerie and Veronica decided they were old enough to ToT on their own.  I followed them a little ways down the street to be sure, and then came back home to hand out candy with Clint.   Surprisingly, the kids were back home in less than an hour.  With a TON of candy of course.  A little before 8:00 the streets were practically empty, so we picked up and shut off the final light show. 

The end!

"Tumbler" and "a devil in plain clothes." 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!!

When I was a little kid, I loved scary movies.  I mean little - it started at like two or three years old.  I liked being scared.  When ever the creepy music would start, I'd make my Dad come sit by me on the sofa and I'd hide my eyes or just peep through a crack in my fingers waiting for the scary part.  The scarier the better.  We stayed up late to watch "Dracula" on channel 12.  I looked forward to Sundays when Godzilla movies were on channel 6.  I saw the classics "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" long before I was considered old enough.  I even remember watching "The Exorcist" and I couldn't have been but 4-5 years old (although I probably hid my eyes through most of it!)  I was 10 when "Poltergeist" was released and Dad took me to the theater to see it.  Scared the daylights out of me, and even my Dad said it might have been a bit much for me because even he found it scary. 

As I entered the teenage years, Dad and I always looked forward to October when the monster shows would come on TV.   There was no Netflix or streaming service to watch whatever you desired on a whim. It had to be recorded when broadcast or you'd miss it.  Usually the good ones were on in the middle of the night, so we'd scour the TV Guide and set the good ole' VCR to record them.  USA channel used to show lots of "B" horror and sci-fi movies.  TBS did too.  The next day we'd rewind the tape and sit on the sofa to watch whatever we had recorded... and laugh.  Quite often these "B" movies were so bad they were hilarious.  Dad would often seek out the oddest titles, and we saw quite a few doozies over the years.

* Bloodbath at the House of Death
* Killer Klowns from Outerspace
* Evil Dead 2
* Night of the Living Dead
* Return of the Living Dead
* Basket Case
* Eraserhead

                  ..... to name a few

At random times we could throw out movie quotes and we just knew where they were from. It always gave us a chuckle.  It's funny how those dumb movies stayed with us for so many years.  My Dad and I had so much fun together watching those movies.

I didn't get to indulge in too many this October.  The "Halloween" franchise was on AMC daily the past few weeks, so I had it on just for background noise.   That was about it. 

What about you?  Horror movie fan or not? 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October has just passed me by....

Tomorrow is Halloween!!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Candy, costumes, cheesy scary movies, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating equals fall fun.  Besides putting up our Halloween light show and my inside decorations, we haven't done much at all this year.  This whole month just passed me by.  The kids have lost interest in the Halloween events around town.  We used to drag them to all the fun things -  costume contests, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving contests, multiple trick-or-treating events, Halloween parade, the Booseum at the local Children's museum...   Just like that the excitement over such things are gone.

Sigh.  They have grown up way too fast.  They are still going trick-or-treating but have asked me not to go along, which makes me a little sad. Neither one has a 'real' costume either.  Valerie said she didn't feel like dressing up.  Then she decided she wanted to be "Tumbler," which is basically a blue shirt with a 't' on it.  Veronica wanted devil horns and she will wear regular clothes.  Gone are the days of taking them door to door in cute ladybug and princess costumes....

Time slow down.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Whirlwind day...

I've been MIA....   life has been hectic.

Clint has been doing okay over all since his surgery.  He's been feeling pretty run down the last few days though, which is expected.  He hasn't started on any thyroid replacement hormones yet.  Clint's pathology report came back a little worse than we thought -- he had three malignancies on his thyroid.  We knew of the biggest one on the right, but he had a smaller one near it and another on the left side.  Due to that, it was decided he would need radio active iodine ablation.  They scheduled it for Friday, Oct.  19, and we had to plan for 3-5 days of outpatient isolation afterwards.  Basically, the plan is for him to stay in the bedroom the entire time.

Well, Thursday afternoon we got a call that said the nuclear medicine guy at the hospital had forgotten to order the pill.  Yes.... forgot.  So they had to reschedule the whole thing for today.  So, today we went in and after waiting almost an hour, he was called to the back to take the magic pill.

someone gave him this shirt to wear

For at least the next five days, my radioactive husband is hiding out in our bedroom away from me, the kids, and the cats.  We can't touch any of his clothing, bedding, utensils, etc.  I know there are much worse things to go through but it still sucks!

Today is always a hard day as it also marks seven years that my Dad passed away.  It surely doesn't feel like it could be so long already.  I still miss him so much and nothing has been the same with out him.  He would be so amazed at all the things Valerie and Veronica are accomplishing.  They just adored him....  I hope they hold on to those memories.

And speaking of the kids...  today was overall a pretty crappy day until I got a phone call from school.  The guidance counselor called to tell me that Veronica's choir teacher has recommended her to be screened for talented and gifted!   omg!  Veronica has always been my little singer and she loves choir.  All State Honor Choir is right around the corner.  Now, she'll hopefully get into TAG.  I'm unsure exactly what the screening process entails, but I had to give permission for the school to move forward with it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

October equals Halloween know what that means!!

It's that time again....   time to rev up Bayou Blue Dancing Lights!!  This is our fourth year putting on a Halloween show and we have come a long, long way from that first year when we were just testing Light-o-Rama out!!

With Clint having surgery, the show was looking a little iffy for a while.  He said he could still pull it off and he did.  We had some help from some friends and knocked out most of the hard stuff the weekend before his surgery.  We managed to put all the yard items out a little at a time, and Clint ran all the cords over the weekend. 

I did a Facebook live stream on Monday night with in a few hours the video had reached nearly 5,000 people.  Yikes... 

We'll be adding a couple of new songs a bit later.  Here's a few short clips from our test run..... 

Do you decorate for Halloween?  Go all out??  Or not at all??  I'd say we go all out!! 

TT update

Thanks to everyone who checked in on Clint!!  I'm happy to say his thyroidectomy went well and he seems to be doing pretty good over all.  He didn't seem to have any of the surgery hangover that I had after mine.  He was up and feeling just fine with in hours.  His calcium was running a little on the low side at first, so his doctor is keeping an eye on that.  He's still in limbo waiting to see if he will need radio active iodine ablation.  Until that is decided, he can't begin thyroid hormone replacement.  We are hoping he can avoid doing that, but it is what it is I suppose. 

To be continued....

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Choir Girl

See this girl of mine right here?

When Veronica was teeny tiny, back when she was three or four years old, I'd sit with her while she was in the bathtub and sing.  I sang scales, I sang silly songs, and I sang some of my old choir songs.  She learned them, which was my intention all along.  Eventually she could hang onto the melody while I sang the harmony.  She could sing in a simple round.  It was part of our routine to put on a little show while she played in the tub.  She was not bad for being such a little kid.

Fast forward to now, 6th grade.  She chose choir as her elective at school.  She's been coming home with all sorts of info about how to sing and support your sound, proper pronunciation, and so on.  The first piece of music she learned was an audition song for All-State Honor Choir.  She's never done anything like that before.

Auditions have changed a bit from when I did it back in the day.  We had to audition in person.  Each choir member was recorded singing alone and her choir director submitted the audio online.  Veronica recorded hers last week, and she told me she about had a panic attack.  She took her time, but was in tears at the end she was so nervous. 

Last night we were out shopping and my phone rang.  It was the choir director.  I knew.  I just knew!!  She asked to be put on speaker to talk to Veronica also, and told her she had been chosen for All-State Honor Choir!!! 

This is so huge -- as there are only so many spots and only the best are chosen from across the entire state of Louisiana!!  And my girl, who is brand new to choir, got in. 

Last night she came to my bedside and told me, "Mamma, remember how you used to teach me your choir songs?  I think that helped me."  Me too, baby girl.  Mamma is super proud!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


I've shared details of the events leading up to my thyroidectomy and the aftermath.  It was a long road and a life changing experience. A lot of people do not realize how important your thyroid is.  Thyroid hormones control affect nearly every bodily system, playing a major role in the metabolism and development of the human body.  With out it, your body would shut down and die.  I must take replacement thyroid hormones for life.  It's going on four years now, and I'm okay overall.  Lab numbers have been about the same for a while now.  I still feel weird at times.  My thoughts are slow.  My head feels foggy.  And tired, oh so tired.  Given that my Mom had thyroid disease and had the same surgery, and my grandmother and my aunts had thyroid disease, it was no surprise that it happened to me too.  It was almost expected....

Situational IronyThe difference between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.

Life had other plans and just threw us a curveball reminder to expect the unexpected.  In a crazy series of events, one of us has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  Big hint:  As mentioned above I had mine removed four years ago, so that leaves....


Discovered completely by accident, down the rabbit hole we fell once again and he has papillary thyroid cancer.  It began during the summer with a neck x-ray at a chiropractor who noticed a spot on his thyroid.  From there, he had an ultrasound, needle biopsy, and a malignancy result.  Totally unexpected.  

Clint will be having the same surgery I had, but his is cancer and mine was not.  There's a chance he'll need radioactive iodine ablation afterwards, but that won't be decided until after his surgery on September 17.  The doctors like to tell you it's the 'good' kind of cancer to get, as it is curable.  Cancer is cancer though, and nobody wants to hear they have it.  The surgery isn't all that bad.  It's just afterwards that is rough.  Life with out a thyroid isn't always easy, the first year or so is very difficult as it takes time to find the right dosage of medicine.   

Really, what are the odds of a husband and wife having the same surgery??  September also happens to be thyroid cancer awareness month.  

Well wishes and thoughts would be appreciated.  

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Hello 46...

I celebrated my 46th birthday on August 30th!  It feels a little crazy that I am somehow 46... but I'll take it!   It was a quiet day.  The kids were at school.  I went to the gym and sat around doing not much of anything.  Clint sent me flowers.  I got a few cards and a neighbor surprised me with a gift.  We usually go out to dinner, but with it being a school night, we decided to do take-out.  Clint ordered and picked up Texas Roadhouse for dinner.  I also had baked myself a cake -- gotta have a real birthday cake on your birthday!! 

I somehow have put on a little weight over this past year.  Not that I am overweight by any means but I definitely feel and see the difference.   Slowing me down has been age, numerous medical reasons, and I'm seeing signs 'the change' is coming.  I left my old gym a few weeks ago and signed up at the brand new Planet Fitness in town.  I liked my old gym okay, but it was hard to pass up that $25 Black Card membership at PF!   Lots of people knock PF for not being a 'real gym,' but so far I really like it.  It's huge and has more than enough weight machines for me.  The employees are nice and I've been greeted with a smile every visit.  Hopefully this new routine will kick start my motivation to get this weight off....    here's to making 47 even better.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018