Monday, July 28, 2008

Mega Magi Mooli Con!

On July 26 we filmed the Mega Magi Mooli Con.  For those who need a recap, the past couple of months I've been working on Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise.  Its a fun little film done by Richardson Productions and it has also given Casey the kick in the ass he needed to start working on his own film.  That's another story entirely, though. 

I had such an amazing time on Saturday!  When I got to the set and saw the convention, it looked AMAZING!  It was like a real convention had come and set up!  There were various booths, there was a ton of people, there were even Belly Dancers!!  The coolest part?  I got to wear Brooke's blue wig and be an extra.   Look for me in Harvey Putter with the blue wig. Hee Hee. 

Filming wraps up at the end of this week.  The gang is off to Terminus, which is a Harry Potter Convention in Chicago, next Wednesday.  I have to admit that I will miss a lot of the people that I have gotten to know... Especially Sunny.  Sunny plays "Hernia Grunger," who is essentially the Hermione character.  Sunny is going back to Reno on the 15th and we won't see her for a while. We have had so much fun!  It really sucks, though, because I've only gotten to hang out with her in the past few weeks.  She's such a great person!  The good news is, though, that she'll be back.  We're planning on taking her to Truman's before she leaves.  

Tonight is the last production meeting.  I'm taking Joe some Fun Dip.  He is, after all, the Fun Dip Wizard.  I'm also taking Michael some sugar free Red Bull.  Freak doesn't do sugar, but that's okay... we love him anyway.  Tim... I feel like I should take him something.  I'm not sure what I should get him. I'll come up with something interesting, though.  Just a little something to say thanks and don't forget about me.  Like they possibly could... haha.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I just gotta say....

...I look fabulous with blue hair!

It's a wig, people... That, and my hair isn't that long yet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lily likes to Sing This Song...

"'Cuz there ain't no party like my nana's tea party..."

I got Flight of the Conchords from my very awesome friends, Jed and Brooke.  We proceeded to plow through the first (and currently only) season and the promptly searched for whatever conchords stuff we could find.  Lily likes them too and I caught her singing this in the backseat yesterday on the way to the dentist...  I am under the impression it's cute. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This isn't going very well, is it?

Day two of summer school and it seems that summer school is not the problem. Lily thuroughly enjoyed summer school. In fact, she came home proclaming it "awesome" and the bus that she rode on to get to school "rocks!" I, on the other hand, am growing increasingly frustrated with South Bend's buses.

Yesterday, I expected the buses to be late. First day, not a big deal. I did not, however, expect the bus to be 20 minutes late! This meant that we were sitting outside from 7:30 until the bus finally showed up at 8:00! And then, when the bus got there, it wasn't the correct bus! I asked the bus driver who was this rat faced, sour looking woman, what had happened. She, in a voice appropriate of a rat faced, sour looking woman answered in the most snide way possible that the other bus didn't start so they sent this one out instead. Understandable, no big deal. I could have done without a healthy dose of attitude that early in the morning, though. I just shrugged it off and went about my day.

Today, I was expecting a 10 minute delay just because, but we we were still out at the bus stop at 7:30. 7:40 passes by, the 7:50, Talk of the Nation is over it's 8:00. Still no bus. Wait five more minutes, still no bus. I know the bus wasn't early because the little boy that lives two blocks down (his mom also waits with him at their stop), is still standing there with his mom and they are there at least 5 minutes before we are. There are also a handful of other kids on the other stop, two blocks south. So, we walk home and get in the car. I drive Lily to school and when I pull up, there is the famed bus number 86, right in front of the school, along with all of the other buses that drove to that particular school. Instantly I'm like WTF?!

I go up to the nearest figure with a name badge and inform them I need to talk to the principal and the transportation director. The man, a very friendly and smiling man, ushers me into the office and introduces me to a smiling principal. At least everyone was friendly, because I was ready to rip into some people not just for Lily's sake, but for the half dozen other kids still sitting out on various curbs in my neighborhood. While I'm there, the phone starts ringing like crazy. I'm guessing that was the other parents of the kids who "missed" the bus.

I explain to the principal what happened and instantly she grew concerned, especially when she found out there were still kids out there. The transportation director was there and she had me explain what happened to him as well. He was perplexed. The bus apparently had gotten to the school at exactly 8AM so the driver wasn't early or late. He tried calling the driver and the driver didn't answer. So, he called the main hub and got some information. Hopefully, we'll find out soon what happened. The thing that irritates me the most that not once did anyone apologize. What about kids who's parents are working and they're standing out there waiting for the bus and can't get back into their house?

I thought that sending Lily on the bus would save on some gas, but now I'm beginning to wonder if each day is going to be as much of a hassle. I'm thinking I'll just walk her to school while it's still warm and then when it gets cold, I'll drive her or I'll set up a car pool or something. So that's that.
UPDATE: I got a call from the director of transportation around 9:00 finally apologizing. I still don't know what happened, but I was more wanting the apology anyway. I informed him that I would be walking Lily to school from now on and also picking her up. I also called the school and told them that I would be picking Lily up this afternoon.
UPDATE #2: Lily was put on the bus. Her teacher was extremely apologetic, especially since she called me back to confirm that I was indeed picking her up. This really sucks since I WALKED to the school (and it started raining just as I was starting my walk back...the big, thick raindrops kind of rain, too!). The school called and had the bus come back and then Lily and I walked home.

Transportation today has been an absolute disaster.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Now, what was I doing again?

I woke up at 6:45 this morning. I haven't done that in a while. I actually woke up before that, but I hit the snooze until 6:45 and then realized it was 6:45 and bolted out of bed in sheer panic. I had to get out the door by 7:30 this morning, so yeah... No worries, though.

The reason for my panic is that Lily started summer school today. Her last day of school was back in May so we've had a nice cushy few weeks of vacation that consisted of nothing but staying up way too late and waking up way to late. Even Jackson protested this morning when I got him out of his crib and dressed him. All three of us were groaning like zombies in search of human flesh. It wasn't pretty.

But, we made it. Out the door by 7:30 and to the bus stop by 7:35. Now, I'm a complete noob when it comes to the bus. I, myself, have been on a school bus a handful of times throughout my life. Two of those times, a kid through up and I remember it trickling to the rear of the bus under our feet. I consider myself lucky that more kids did not through up. This, however, was the first time I'd put Lily on a bus for anything and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous. Lily and I had been chanting the number of the bus that was supposed to pick her up and bring her home off and on since yesterday. We walked the route a couple of times so she'd know exactly where it was. The good news is, the bus stop is right in front of one of her friends' house, so in case I'm late, she can wait there (like I'd be late!) We had a talk about stranger danger, what to do if someone tries to come near her, all that paranoid stuff that parents talk to their kids about (with good reason, too).

The bus was supposed to show up at 7:40. The bus did not show up until 7:56. And then, the bus that did show up was NOT the same bus that they said it was going to be in the little communique that I recieved last week. This wasn't bus 86! This was bus 810! We didn't practice 810! Why am I putting my kid on a bus again? Oh yeah... high gas prices, this is a way to save gas. Lily looked at me rather nervously as she got on the bus and I gave her my best "It's okay, honey. You'll be fine." Mommy look in return. If Portage wasn't such a busy and horrible street, I'd walk her to school and back.

In any case, as she left, I yelled "REMEMBER YOUR BUS NUMBER!" and off they drove. I can't wait until she comes home. I find myself asking a million questions. I also find myself somewhat lost. I'm used to reading a book with Lily first thing in the morning and then hanging out and watching cartoons with her.

Jackson is having a nap (he was out by the time we walked home), so he's not much for company and I find myself having a case of the dropsies. I'd take a nap, but I'm afraid that I won't wake up in time to get her from the bus stop. So, in search of caffinated beverages I go (we have plenty) and off I go to do housework. It's an odd day... I think I'm definitely going to have to get used to this.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It doesn't feel like July...

Northern Indiana isn't know for it's predictable weather.  In fact, there's a saying that "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes."  They're not kidding, either.  If it's pouring rain, just wait five minutes and it'll go away.  Now, it didn't quite go that way last night.  

When Casey and I went to bed, it was cool outside, maybe 65 degrees.  I got up a few times last night and each time it got successively COLDER.  By the morning, we had pulled the fan out of the window and Jack, Casey and I were all curled up together under the comforter, trying to keep each other warm.   Casey looked up the temperature from last night this morning and the low turned out to be 48 degrees!!  FOURTY-EIGHT DEGREES ON JULY 1!!!  That is completely crazy!  Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 88 degrees and we're only expecting a low of 65.  Another cool but not cold night. 

Jackson is wanting my attention, so I must go.  The little man is getting bigger and bigger daily and he is now a holy terror in his walker.  One of these days I'll remember to video tape him and post it on youtube.  Until then, you'll just have to take my word for it.