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Saturday Skies and a Sideways Revue

To make up for the recent Saturdays that I didn’t take pictures (rare, but it happens); today I ended up taking a number of Saturday Sky pictures!

I thought I had taken my Saturday Sky picture this morning on the way to work: the beautiful Spring Green leaves against a cool blue spring sky were gorgeous.

But then, I thought perhaps you’d want to see the construction crane at work today: you’ve seen it before!

Nothing exciting on it today, though.

Then, this afternoon, there were scattered showers amid sunshine, with predictable results, so I had to take another picture.

But quickly it cleared up again, so that when I went to the post office 15 minutes later to MAIL THE GRAND PRIZES FOR THE BLOGIVERSARY RAFFLE*, I had to take another picture, this was so striking outside the post office:

OK! Surely a surfeit of Saturday Sky pictures for one day, all fine pictures!

But then, after eating the ceremonial first drive-in meal of the year, a storm blew in from the north near sunset:

(I couldn’t capture the lightning, but it was quite a show.) (Frickin’ power lines, though. Front yard and back yard both. Grrrr.)

Speaking of quite a show:

(How’s that for a segue?)

Daughter number one’s school musical was last night — one performance only!

I have to tell you the story. When the cast list went up, she only knew the name of her character and nothing else, given that this was a no-name play (i.e. nothing you’ve ever heard of). But she came home rather excited, saying, “I think I have a big part; because I have TWO NAMES!”

What?

Well, the 8th grade boy who always gets the lead was one of the only other characters on the posted cast list who had a first and a last name. Most of the other characters just had a first name. Her character’s name was “Laura Carter”. Two names.

She was right; she was one of the leads. She sang a solo as the second song of the play. And had a second solo later, danced, was on stage much of the time. She was awesome (and it’s not just mom talk here). She gets those performer/actor genes from her father!

She also did a monologue before the play, “Cinderelly of the Valley”, a Valley Girl retelling of the Cinderella story, pretty funny, except everyone kept telling her it wasn’t really acting for her, which made her pout. Anyway, we seem to have a young triple threat on our hands. She really is a formidable singer, a quite good dancer, and a good actor as well. ‘Twill be interesting, the next few years and onward….

True confession here: I may take a few pretty pictures; but a videographer I ain’t. And I have proof. I didn’t know till now that you can’t readily rotate a video the way you can a photo. (At least not with my camera & software or lack thereof.) But if you want to see & hear the twelve-year-old sing & dance a bit — SIDEWAYS — here you go. (Just don’t send me the chiropractor’s bill, please.) Those of you here for the knitting and the flowers — nothing more to see today! Tomorrow, a bit o’ knitting.

* Consolation prizes are mostly put together, except for a few final selections, and will go out Monday, hooray!

Walking Sock Goes to the Recital

A good mom goes to her daughters’ dance recital on Mother’s Day weekend – and enjoys it immensely.  But limited knitting occurs, especially if Good Mom has to work that morning too.  Walking Sock got a little lap time, though.  Here’s some of what it saw:

 

Two lovely classical ballerinas, my two being on far left (faux Degas painting-ified) and right front, above (dancing to Tchaikovsky’s “Theme from Romeo and Juliet”). (Click if you want to see them other than as Tiny Dancers.)

Preteen in yellow leggings below in Teen Jazz Funk, doing “No Harm” (really an Oompa Loompa remix, don’t ask, insanely cool dance, though).

(Preteen in middle front below, as mom has fun with photo effects.)

And then possibly the coolest, funkiest dance of all, Dads & Daughters, doing “Soul Man”; you don’t have clearance to see the Dad, but he was right up there with Jake or Elwood, and rivalled his dancing daughters for stage presence.  They were awesome! Though the Gothlet does not really have four arms, only the two that are up.

(And I didn’t get dress rehearsal pictures of the Gothlet’s Jazz number to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride & Joy”, or her very excellent, most favorite Tap number, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, or her Music Theatre Dance, “Welcome to the 60s” from Hairspray, complete with a bearded “Edna”.  Or the Preteen’s Music Theatre Dance, “Coffee Break,” from “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, which was a showstopper and also an earworm; I had just gotten it out of my head from dress rehearsal when the performance came along….Ah, well, my lack of camera that night saves you some gratuitous kid pictures!)

Prize drawing will happen later today for my Blogiversary raffle, and I’ll notify the lucky winners by email, then announce them tomorrow.  Good luck, and thanks so very much to everyone who so generously donated!