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Sitting in a parking lot

And I have come to realize that my sister and I could put on some pretty spectacular Broadway musicals, however we would need some more family-friendly tunes. Currently in our go-to musical vault:

1. “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent

Yeah, let’s just call this one what it is: The Lesbian Song. It’s great and all, but I would just feel wrong asking my own sister if she “wants her girl hot.” I mean, in front of an audience. We sing this I’m the car allll the time.

2. “Light My Candle” from Rent

This one is slightly better but again, wickedly inappropriate–especially if my grandma comes to the show. I don’t do drugs literally or figuratively, and my sister complimenting my ass while I search the floor for my stash would only lead to awkward family moments later down the road.

3. “What Could be Better” from BABY

Yeah, so if you haven’t heard this song WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU WHY DO YOU HATE THEATER? Go listen to it now; this blog will be here when you return.

Now that your back you can understand my dilemma with this wonderful tune. Sure it is catchy, but singing about the detailed process of a sperm traveling towards an egg is not something I would like to sing in detail to all of those fathers out there in le audience. (Hi dad!!! Hope you’ve stopped reading this by now!)

4. Anything from Avenue Q

It’s Avenue Q. They have a song titled “The Internet is for Porn.” Enough said.

 

 

 

Despite of these songs (which we would rock, by the way), I’m fairly sure no matter what we sang we would bring the house down. In tears. And tears because we are good.

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Two Thousand And Eleven

Let’s begin this post with the exact paragraph I used LAST New Year’s Eve:

So hello to you all! Yes, yes, yes I KNOW, I haven’t been on this thing in quite some time. Whatever! It is the new year! Let us forget the fact that I haven’t properly blogged in months, and let us remember that I am blogging RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, so things haven’t changed; I’m still here, still not blogging, but hopefully going to change that. And how to we bring in the new year on improbablefiction?!? With pictures, of course!

My New Year’s picture two years ago (2010):

Cheers! I was in a dark hotel; waiting to go to New Zealand

My New Year’s picture one year ago (2011):

Last year I was alone (well, there was my cat) and I made this horrible face.

My New Year’s picture this year (2012):

This was supposed to be another picture of me and le cat....but then she decided to lick my face right when the picture snapped. I can't be bothered to get her to pose for a real one.

So there was that. A lot of things happened this year that are quite memorable. Shall we discuss? Let’s begin with my resolutions from last year. If you look here you will see that I created ELEVEN resolutions. I don’t know if I did this because it was 2011 or I was going CRAZY. But I did, and let’s just say I didn’t keep them. A few, yes, but yeah. no. Things did not go so well in the resolution department. So before I introduce my new resolutions, let’s rewind and look over a few important events from my life this year:

1. Why not begin with a historical moment in my life….MY APPENDECTOMY.

In January of this year, I experienced a pain like no other; I thought I was dying…it was like WWII going on in my stomach. Disgusting, no? YOU HAVE NO IDEA. Quick! An excerpt:

So remember that time I made  resolutions, and like, actually wanted to keep them? Let’s look at the ones that have already kicked the bucket:

5. In 2011 I will go on a hike. Somewhere. Somewhere that involves real nature.

8. In 2011 I will do more things outside, and fewer things on internet.

10. In 2011 I will not wallow in self pity, but do something adventurous and new.

See, I had big plans. I was going to go on a hike on Saturday, I was going to start on my new novels I purchased (all 500 of them), I was going to finish my lesson plans, I WAS GOING TO EAT FISH FINGERS AND CUSTARD!

I had DREAMS!

I had ASPIRATIONS!

I HAD AN EMERGENCY APPENDECTOMY!

Yes, yes, all my dreams and aspirations were shot to h-e-double-hockey-sticks because I had to go and lose an internal organ. Well, not lose as in I can’t find it, lose as in get ready for a long and tragic story involving the removal of an organ whose purpose I am sure does not exist. (Seriously, what does an appendix DO besides hurt a WHOLE FREAKING LOT?)

Yes, it is true. You can read all about it here and here. What a way to begin my semester of student teaching! Seriously– I do not recommend having one of these procedures preformed upon your person.

2. And then….I graduated college!

So things have happened since January. Um, I student taught which was great, and oh yeah I FREAKING GRADUATED. WHAT WHAT WHAAAAAT. I’m a little more than excited. But before that I finished student teaching, and my darling students sent me out with a lovely party. And the main course at said party was….EGG ROLLS. I was all, “Could this get any more amazing?” And then it did because I was able to watch that one kid, the health nut who only eats lean turkey and protein, chow down on seven homemade snicker-doodle cookies in a row. He was so ashamed of himself he said he was going to have to spend hours at the gym. I told him that, seeing as he was in 9th grade, I think he could let it go, just this time. He laughed in my face. KIDS!

It was definitely a high point in my life. Graduating college was so extremely important to me, personally, and saying that I’ve achieved that goal is remarkable. I can’t even believe it!! I graduated college! It was so painfully long and difficult and fun and exciting and amazing and UNBELIEVABLE and I can’t! stop! using! exclamation! points!

3. I met Arron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz (again)

I’m just now realizing I never blogged about going to NYC this summer and seeing Catch Me If You Can. (I saw the show TWICE; one of which was the closing performance, and I saw the cast perform in Barnes and Nobel in NYC.) And that makes me incredibly sad because those were two of the most amazing experiences of my life. I really, really, really thought I blogged about them. But what is done is done and I promise to do a better job blogging next year. Anyway, I met Norbert (for the millionth time) and Arron smells just as good as you think he would and it was amazing and perfect and I really miss that show.

No, seriously, he smelled amazing. And his face, was like, very nice.

4. I got a proper job.

This is pretty self-explanatory. I was hired by the same school at which I student taught. I’m currently teaching 9th and 10th grade. And!! AND AND AND I get to keep the BLUE in my hair and the administration doesn’t have a problem with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

5. I GOT LASER EYE SURGERY

Yuuuup! No more glasses! No more contacts! No more problems! Yay for modern technological advances! I can haz sight!

 

6. I went on a Disney Christmas Cruise

Yes, yes it was amazing! I’m hoping to get a blog up fairly soon about this cruise, but it was remarkable! I really enjoyed being with my family for Christmas. (Have you noticed these descriptions are getting shorter? Oh well….I must get back into the groove of blogging.)

S0 there you have it. Six important things that happened to me this year. MANY MANY more things happened, but I can’t seem to recall them right now so they don’t make the cut. I’m quite excited for 2012 and I’m really hoping that it will be a million times better than 2011. So here are my 2012 resolutions:

1. Get in shape!

2. Get serious about God.

3. Become a better teacher– try new things, experiment more, etc.

4. Get accepted into a graduate school program and work towards my masters.

And there you go! Four short, sweet, and to the point resolutions. I think I’ll be able to keep four better than eleven! 🙂 Happy new years to everyone reading this! Stay safe xoxo

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the great white way

This past weekend I went to see Catch Me if You Can, and it was seriously one of the best musicals I’ve seen. Definitely in my top three. That got me thinking about all of the musicals and plays I’ve seen– both on and off Broadway. Not nearly as many as I would like, but I’ve put together a list of everything I have ever seen (that I can remember). I think sometime soon I will go through and state my favorite song and whatnot, but for now…a simple list.

Let’s start with the musicals:

On Broadway

Catch Me if You Can

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Chicago

Beauty and the Beast

The Lion King

Mary Poppins

The Producers

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West End

Hairspray

Spamalot (x2)

The Sound of Music

Wicked

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Toronto

The Phantom of the Opera

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National Tours

Wicked (x2)

The Phantom of the Opera (x4)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (x2)

Rent

Fiddler on the Roof

Evita

Cats

Oliver

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High school/University Performances

The Last Five Years

Urinetown

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

And then we have the plays:

NYC—Broadway/Off Broadway

Is He Dead (Broadway)

Through a Glass Darkly (Off Broadway)

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West End

Hamlet

Rain Man

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The Globe Theater

Midsummer’s Night Dream

Timon of Athens

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National Tours/Festivals/Etc.

Peter Pan

Romeo and Juliet (x2)

A Christmas Carol

Hamlet

Two Gentlemen of Verona OR Merchant of Venice  [I can’t remember which one]

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High school/University Performances

The Importance of Being Earnest

Arsenic and Old Lace

Much Ado about Nothing

Little Women

And lastly, miscellaneous performances:

Broadway

The Rockettes

Blue Man Group

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National Tours

Blue Man Group

The Nutcracker

Hercules

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University Performances

Cosi fan Tutte (Opera)

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I have many on my wish list so hopefully I can update this quite soon!

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Luck Be a Lady Tonight

Internet, I totally and completely PROMISE YOU a real post in the very, very, very near future. But I don’t have time now because I am busy helping PLAN a WEDDING for my BEST FRIEND. So for tonight, enjoy my favorite moments from the Tony Awards (in no particular order).

1. Neil Patrick Harris’ closing song

NPH was the host for the ceremony and his closing number was a fantastic one!

2. Rock of Ages

This was the performance from the musical Rock of Ages. I thought this was one of those limited engagements, more like a concert than an actual show. But then I saw their performance and now I want to see the show!

3. Hair

This performance was extremely fun. I LOVE when they interact with audience members and they certainly did that in this song.

4. David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulishwin win best performance by a leading actor in a musical

This is the first time in Broadway history that three boys have won the same award in the same category at once. They all portray the title character in Billy Elliot, The Musical. I have to say, this is the most ADORABLE acceptance speech I have ever seen.

5. Billy Elliot, The Musical

It is no wonder why these kids won. This is simply amazing.

6. Guys and Dolls

Okay, not only can this guy BELT IT OUT like nobody’s business, but even with the initial sound problems he did not even miss a beat. I was speechless at the end of this performance.


Well those are just a few fun and quirky moments I really enjoyed from the show. Everyone should be watching! They are so amazing!
Real post soon. I PROMISE.

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BEDA 19: And the Beat Goes On…

This post is mainly for my BEDA buddies to learn some random things about me! So here we go.

  • I have moved NINE times in my life. I was born in Florida, moved to Colorado, moved to Illinois, moved to Georgia, moved to North Carolina (in NC moved three times), moved to Florida for school, transferred schools and moved to Delaware with my family.
  • I am technically a junior in college, but I still have two years left. This is because I am an English Education major, and usually Education majors these days don’t get out in under five years.
  • I have a personal library full of over 300 books. I am constantly adding to it. Check it out here! (I should add that I have quite a few books that I have not entered in on that thing…whoops.)
  • I am also completing a book club challenge where I am attempting to read 50 books in one year. I usually blog about each book I have read, but lately school has been getting in the way of everything so while I have been reading, I haven’t been blogging. I am on book 14 right now (although I should be on or around 16). Anyone is welcome to do this with me, and you don’t have to make it 50 books- it can really be whatever you want!
  • I named my recently purchased fish Hamlet after my the title character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That is my favorite Shakespeare play. I should also put my daily Hamlet update in here… He is doing well. I just remembered I need to feed him, though I don’t know why I bother. He doesn’t usually eat his food. We are working on it one day at a time Internet.
  • I am obsessed with Shakespeare, which most people find odd… I even have a bobble head of him that I purchased in his hometown! It is pretty AWESOME.
  • I love traveling and studying abroad. So far I have studied in France and England, and I am currently waiting to hear back if I got approved for New Zealand. 79 applicants, 30 open spots so as you can see, it is really competitive.
  • I love movies a lot. I have a very large collection which you can check out here, but I should also add that I need to update it as there are quite a few movies I haven’t added.
  • I am OBSESSED with Broadway. I have seen these shows: The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chicago, The Lion King, Is He Dead? [all on Broadway]. Hairspray, Spamalot, Wicked [all on West End]. Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Evita, Rent [all from the touring companies]. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Last Five Years, Urine Town [all student produced shows]. And some of those I have seen more than once. Wicked– 3 times. Phantom– 5 times. Joseph– 3 or 4 times, etc. I love them all.
  • I love Elvis. A lot.
  • I am taking French and while it is fun and interesting it comes with hours of homework that I should be working on now.

I hope everyone enjoyed those random facts! I’ll leave more another day when I can think of some… leave any questions for me in the comments!

Have a happy April everyone! See you tomorrow.

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BEDA 17: I Wanna Be a Producer with a Hit Show on Broadway

Internet, if there is one thing I hate almost mostly in this world, it would have to be the dentist. If there is one thing I hate slightly less than the dentist, it would have to be the doctor. Today…. today I had to wake up early to go to the doctor. What was supposed to be a mere physical ended with me getting a shot. As you can probably imagine, I did not like this.

Last night I didn’t sleep very well. I attempted to go to bed early because I had to wake up early and go to that horrid doctor’s office. Going to bed early last night meant around 11:45. I was ALMOST asleep when my roommate decides she wants to print something out. Her desk is very, very close to my bed and I was very, very startled when she pressed “print” and the machine made the LOUDEST noise possible waking me up and scaring me half to death. So then I couldn’t fall back asleep. I tried and tried and tried and it just wasn’t happening. FINALLY I was able to slowly drift off when suddenly BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEEP I wake up to the sound of my roommate’s alarm clock… AT ONE IN THE MORNING. I look to my right but alas, my roommate is not there. She is not in the room at all! I see her computer is still on and remember her saying something about taking a shower, so once I couldn’t take the noise anymore I got up and slammed the snooze button.

Now, here is the thing you need to understand about my roommate. The girl takes EXTREMELY long showers. Like, really, really long showers. 45 minutes to an hour easily. So I had the unfortunate chore of slamming that darn snooze button THREE times because I couldn’t take the sound. FINALLY she came in from the shower and I told her the alarm was going off and here is the tricky thing… the alarm was set for 7 a.m. Weird stuff.

So having got into bed around 11:45 I didn’t go to sleep until after 2 a.m. and had to get up rather early to go to that horrible doctor and now I am really, really tired because I can’t take naps. I try but like I said before, I just think there are other things I could be doing. Good news is I finished my linguistics homework! One less thing for this weekend.

And speaking of this weekend… I am going to see John Green tomorrow! I am so excited!!

Also tonight I went to a student led production of a musical called URINETOWN. No, seriously, that was the name. And it was hysterical!!

UT

You can find out all about the plot here, because we all know how credible of a source Wikipedia is. All you need to know is that the music is hilarious, the dialogue is hilarious and I loved every minute of it.

OH I almost forgot to give a Hamlet update! He is doing just fine, enjoying life and being very social. But wouldn’t you be if you lived in a martini glass? Now if you will excuse me, I am going to get some much needed sleep.

And I must give a shout out to my new BEDA BUDDIES!!! Oboefae, Zivlok, and Ayan!! I am so excited for BEDA buddies.. It feels like summer camp or something. Can’t wait to catch up with you guys!

Have a happy April everyone! See you tomorrow.

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And I…will always love you

Things I accomplished today:

1. Got out of bed and dressed before 11 in the morning! That is a rare thing for me these days.

2. Did the dishes. I didn’t even have to be asked! Internet- look at me go! Daughter of the year!

3. Watched The Bodyguard for the first time in my life. I plan on watching it again tomorrow; that is an utterly amazing movie. (…thank you mother…)

4. Got the course descriptions for every college class I have taken so far (around 80 credit hours…30ish classes), put them all into a word document, grouped them according to the department they were in, found the matching department on the University of Delaware’s website, emailed each particular professor the matching course descriptions to be evaluated so I can receive transfer credit. A ton of work, but maybe I will be able to graduate on time…fingers crossed.

5. Ate a lot of Popsicles. But not as many as my sister.

6. Listened to a recording of Patty LuPone stop in the middle of a (Broadway) song performance of Gypsy to yell at people in the audience taking pictures…with the flash on. I mean, yes, they should obey the rules like everyone else, but if I am going to pay 90+ dollars to see you sing, then darn it all, YOU BETTER SING WITHOUT STOPPING. I mean, seriously. Can someone say DIVA??

7. Watched How I Met Your Mother!!! So freaking funny.

8. Watch John and Kate Plus Eight!!! I like shows with particularly long titles.

9. Got mad at my cat Clementine because she scratched my arm and caused me to bleed. Grrr.

10. Typed this blog.

So as you can tell, it was a pretty productive day. Oh and no worries, the book club is coming along nicely. I am making my way through the next one. I am planning on having it up by Wednesday Thursday! Friday at the latest! Go literacy!

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