The doing of all the things

Yo, people, s’up. I have been doing a million billion things, and have been attempting to put together a coherent post, but my brain’s not cooperating. So instead, I’ll give you a recap of what’s up around the old Lucy’s Football homestead, which might be interesting to…I don’t know, no one? Maybe no one. But it’s about all I can do, sadly; larger topics and/or themes seem beyond me at the moment.

I went on a my first internetty date. I am not going to go into detail, because that seems rude. Let’s just say that we weren’t a match, and that seeing one another will not be repeated. But, in more cheerful news: I now know I am capable of going on a date, like a normal human being, and carry on what is mostly a normal human conversation, and eat food without spilling it all over my top. All of this without dying of an anxiety attack. So, although it was far from a win romantically, it was a win personally. Will I be attempting this again? Um. Let’s just say that’s up in the air for the moment? There might be more craziness out there in the world than I’m prepared to take on at this particular moment. Or ever, actually. But we’ll see.

Do not like. Do. Not. Like.

Do not like. Do. Not. Like.

I saw the Book of Mormon. It was one of the best musicals I’ve ever experienced, and I can’t stop singing the music at inopportune times. Which is…well, most of the times, because if you know the songs, you know they’re kind of vulgar, in the most cheery way. It was an amazing musical, and had a great story, and the production was flawless (but of course it was, it was one of the touring companies coming through town, they don’t do shoddy work, and if I told you how much I paid for my ticket, you’d probably choke on whatever foodstuffs you’re currently consuming) and it made me smile so much my teeth dried out at one point. There was a rude asshat in front of me who insulted the nice retired teacher sitting next to him, and I wanted to punch him in the smug American-Psycho-lookalike face, but other than that, just a perfect evening. The show’s worth all the hype, but if you don’t like cussing, don’t go (or you’ll end up like the people at intermission I heard talking in the hallway, all “This is so VULGAR! Did you know it would be so VULGAR? It’s just so VULGAR!” Yes. Yes, it is. The South Park guys wrote it. Did you think it would be about rainbow kittens? Come on now.)

Here, this will make you happy. “I Believe” from the 2012 Tony Awards. (Don’t worry. This isn’t one of the naughty songs. Totally safe for both work and more easily-embarrassed ears.)

I got to see meet Christopher Durang. If you don’t know who this is, you’re probably 99% of the population, so don’t be upset. Christopher Durang is a playwright who was very popular in the late 80s/early 90s (although he is experiencing a resurgence and won the Tony for Best New Play this year) and I was in two of his shows in college (and did a scene from a third in acting class.) He’s absurd, and sarcastic, and hilarious, and intelligent, and remains one of my favorite playwrights to this day. He came to one of our local colleges to give a talk, and I got to see him talk, and then he did a book signing afterward – and I didn’t even freak out. Well, inside. Inside I was freaking out. But I was calm and charming outside, and that is a TOTAL win. That’s the first time I didn’t freak out and make one of my idols think I wanted to wear their skin as a suit. I’ll blog more about it on the book blog one of these days.

He totally looked just like a normal, ordinary guy. I like that when you meet a hero in real life they can masquerade as a typical human.

I went to a science museum with The Nephew. We saw a planetarium, where the presenter was asking questions none of the kids could answer, so she opened it up to the adults, and all the adults were afraid to answer, so I totally answered, because I like being a smartypants and I have no shame (and The Nephew was SO IMPRESSED with me – “you knew that!” he said. Yep, kiddo, I totally did. I am a nerd. We know all the things) and we saw many exhibits about how light and sound and waves and energy work, and a butterfly house (but The Nephew was not impressed because the butterflies weren’t landing on him, so he was like, “I’m done with this now!” and ran out) and gigantic Lego pieces so you could build a life-size house, and many train sets to play with, and one of those machines that makes your hair stand up if you touch it but it didn’t work on me because my hair was already a mess but it did make me all static electric so I was shocking people if I touched them. We had a day of adventure.

Me & my best little guy being beautiful butterflies. He LOVED this thing. Something about putting his face in a butterfly face entertained the heck out of him. He's a blogger's dream.

Me & my best little guy being beautiful butterflies. He LOVED this thing. Something about putting his face in a butterfly face entertained the heck out of him. He’s a blogger’s dream.

I am living through a winter apocalypse. This is the strangest winter ever. GIGANTIC SNOWFALLS! ICE STORMS! POLAR VORTEXES! (Vortices? I don’t ever remember the correct plural of that, and I’m too tired to hit the Googles at the moment.) Yesterday it was 45 degrees here. today it’s 20. It’s enough to give one whiplash. I’m so ready for spring. (And in funny news, I’m hearing from some of my friends who live in places that usually get a lot of snow that they DIDN’T get snow this year. I think we got all their snow. Awesome. Of course we did. Dumb snow. Dumb ice. I couldn’t even get in my car to go to work Thursday. It was iced shut. Took until about noon or one to even thaw enough to get in. SO ANNOYING.)

OK, it wasn't this bad...

OK, it wasn’t this bad…

For the first time in, eek, I don’t even know…almost ten years?…I submitted a piece for publication, and am working on others. I’m attempting to do some writing this year. If it works out, awesome. If not, I’ve written some things I’m proud of. I forgot how much fun it is to write things for potential publication. Fun and scary, all at once, actually. I’ve decided 2014 will be the year for trying things that are a little scary. So far, so good.

Dumbcat has been up to shenanigans – his latest thing is that he jumps on the bed at random hours like 2:21 am and 4:32 am and says “MEOW! MOM MOM MEOW!” and I say “oh, no no, Dumbcat, it is not time for this at all, Mom’s sleeping” and he said “meooooow” and I say “no no no” and he kind of sad-meows like “meoooooooow Mom you are the worst meoooooow” and then goes away for a little while and then comes back a couple hours later and we do it all over again. I’m not quite sure what this is all about. I think he just needs some attention, but it’s not so much fun when a person is attempting to sleep. Also, the other night my throw-rug in the living room was all rucked up and I went to straighten it and there was a dead mole under it. A dead mole! OK, a., how’d that mole get in my home? And b., why’d Dumbcat kill a mole and then hide it like a serial-killer trophy under a rug? (Also, moles are really kind of cool. They have velvety fur and you can’t see their eyes and they have little chubby paws and short tails. No, I didn’t touch it, but I had to pick it up with a paper towel to send it to its final resting place over the porch railing into the snow and so I took the chance to look at it, because how often does one get a chance to look at a mole?) So I’m somewhat impressed with his murdering prowess but also kind of sad about this poor little soft-looking mole who somehow got lost on his way to finding, I don’t know, grubs to eat, or whatever.

Clearly is wasn't THIS mole. This is a cheerful mole; my mole was a DEAD mole.

Clearly is wasn’t THIS mole. This is a cheerful mole; my mole was a DEAD mole.

I’m going to the zoo! After the science museum, The Nephew told his mom, “I want to go to a zoo with Aunt Amy next” and she said, “maybe in the spring, the zoos are closed now” and he said, “no, the animals aren’t gone for the winter. Call Aunt Amy. She can find us a zoo. I know she can” and you know, that kind of blind faith in me, that’s amazing stuff. So did I find a zoo? Bet your bottom dollar I did. We’re heading out of town to visit one next Sunday. There will be lions, and owls, and zebras, and sea lions, and ZOMG A HEDGEHOG!, and many tortoises, and SUGAR GLIDERS!, and teeny pygmy goats, and lemurs! The Nephew has never been to a zoo. So that means I got to take him to his first play AND get to take him to his first zoo. I’m pretty jazzed about this. Don’t worry, I’ve promised there will be many photos of us making animal-faces, and if I promise it, I’ll deliver. You know how much I love zoos and animal-faces.

Oh, I hope it's this one! This is a FANCY hedger! Look at her bling!

Oh, I hope it’s this one! This is a FANCY hedger! Look at her bling!

There have also been other things, like dinners with friends, and all the working, and various projects I’ve been working on, and this, that and other things. Busy, busy me. But it’s good-busy, for the most part, you know? Just busy. Happy-busy. And with all this busy-ness, the winter’s flying by…which means spring’s almost here, and you know what spring means. TRIP TO EUROPE! I’m only 69 days away from my trip now (from the time of me writing this, I mean.) That’s like nothing. Just a little over two months from now! I AM ALMOST THERE!

HERE I COME, MAGICAL FINNISH ISLANDS!!!

HERE I COME, MAGICAL FINNISH ISLANDS!!!

Happy week, you guys. Hope you’re all in the midst of grand adventures. The best kind of adventures at all. Hope to be back soon.

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25 responses to “The doing of all the things

  • Andreas Heinakroon

    “Bet your bottom dollar”? What is that supposed to mean, originally? I mean I know what it means, but what did it come from? Why is it special betting one’s bottom dollar? What IS a bottom dollar?

    All the questions for you.

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Also, a hedgehog? Really? A live one? Like, imported from the Old World?

    More questions for you.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m not sure – all they have is a list of animals, and one of them is “pygmy hedgehog.” I have to assume it’s live. A dead hedgehog wouldn’t be a lot of fun at a zoo. I can’t wait to see it. I’ve never SEEN a hedgehog! And you know I love them!

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  • mfennvt

    How did a mole get in your apartment?! Can they fly now? This is disturbing.

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    • lucysfootball

      I know, right? No idea. The internet says they aren’t really into getting into houses, so I have no idea what he wanted in here. Poor little fella got lost somehow, but how he actually got in remains a mystery, especially since Dumbcat’s a purely indoors cat, and I don’t leave windows/doors open. So odd.

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  • The Waiting

    Dude, what is with this weather? I rolled the dice and booked a pavilion at the park for C’s birthday at the end of the month, but for all I know there could be 4 feet of snow on the ground.

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    • lucysfootball

      This is the most bipolar weather ever. I am so ready for spring. Apparently, so are the birds – there are lost little robins all chilly in the trees right now here. Poor little guys. I just checked the weather here and it’s supposed to be up to the mid 40s this week…so that’s somewhat hopeful, I guess? 40s are better than it has been…maybe spring’s not lost on us after all?

      Fingers crossed. I need to retire this parka. I am so tired of wearing 50 layers just to get the mail.

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  • becomingcliche

    That pic of you and Nephew as butterflies is fantastic!

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, thank you! Isn’t he adorable? After his mom and I took some photos of that, HE wanted to take photos of US, and he was totally being a director. “Now stick out your tongues! Now make your eyes real big! Now make glasses with your fingers!” He’s got quite a career ahead of him!

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  • Charleen

    Wow, that trip is really zooming up on you!

    As much sense as it makes, it’s so bizarre to me that zoos would be closed in the winter. The zoo nearest my hometown is open 365 days a year. (And this is near Chicago, so it’s not like we don’t get a real winter.) It was a HUGE deal when they actually were closed a few years ago when we got hit by the massive Groundhog Day blizzard. It was something like the second time in 70 years that they’d had to close.

    “Yes. Yes, it is. The South Park guys wrote it. Did you think it would be about rainbow kittens?” So, you know that new show Cosmos? With Neil deGrasse Tyson? Apparently Seth MacFarlane (the creator of Family Guy) is one of the producers. So… you never know.

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    • lucysfootball

      I know! A little over two months and I’ll be on my way! I can’t even believe it!

      Almost all the zoos around here are closed for the winter. I find it odd, too. The animals are still there, and people are still willing to go see them…leave it open! The zoo we’re going to is pretty cool in that it’s year-round, but the price drops in the winter months – so we’re getting to go for almost nothing. We might see animals, or they might be cuddled up warm in their caves or whatever, but it’s still worth the trip. I can never get enough zoos!

      I just saw that about Seth McFarlane! I had him pegged as such a bro. (Not so much for “Family Guy,” but his humor in interviews/emcee gigs is so not up my alley.) It makes me happy he’s involved in this. It gives him more depth, to me.

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    • cynthiaw

      Hmm… it has also never occurred to me that the zoo might be closed – I think that ours is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving and that’s it. But I do live in Gulf Coast Texas… but I don’t remember the Cleveland (Ohio) Zoo ever closing either.

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      • lucysfootball

        It must just be a local thing, this zoo closing thing. I do not care for it!

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        • cynthiaw

          It’s kind of weird – we went on a day when it was 39 degrees out and some of the animals weren’t out, but others were. None of the monkeys were out, but the elephants and big cats were. We spent most of the day in the snake house, bird house, and the natural encounters exhibit, and the aquarium.

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          • lucysfootball

            This zoo was pretty tiny. Most of the African animals were off-exhibit, and the two inside places (a rainforest, which was really just a small monkey house, and the reptile house) were really tiny. We stayed in them long enough to warm up, though!

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  • Jessy King

    The Cleveland Zoo (and its rainforest) is open all year, in case he loves it so much you need a second zoo!

    Re: Book of Mormon “culture shock”: A few years back I went to see Rent and during La Vie Boheme a little old lady behind me (why do we always say little old?!) looks at Angel and says, “Look at her LEGS they are GORGEOUS!” It was actually quite sweet and she enjoyed the hell out of the show, but i do not think she ever figured out Angel’s actual “identity.”

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    • lucysfootball

      I think most big zoos are – I don’t know what the deal is around here! I mean, I know it’s cold here, but the animals are still there, aren’t they? (Maybe they move them inside? I don’t know the way of zoos!)

      Aw, that’s the best lady! I love when I think a show’s going to scandalize some of the patrons around me and they end up loving it!

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  • Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd

    You’re a brave soul for the online dating date. Maybe you should have had your pictures taken as butterflies?

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    • lucysfootball

      Ha! Yeah, I don’t think that would have gone over well on this PARTICULAR date. (I remain unfazed by the dating; I think I might do it again, sooner rather than later. I know, right? Either I’m super-brave, or insane. I guess only time will tell…or if I get stabmurdered.)

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