Monday, September 28, 2009

Let's check the inbox... Again!

Today I find myself repeatedly checking my inbox (among other social networking sites). I've been somewhat productive in between inbox checking, which is a good thing, but I can't help but finding myself heading toward the office every chance I get. What makes today more special than most? Because I reconnected with my best friend from ages 7 to 18. It was only during college that I lost touch.

Marisa was my very best friend. I don't quite remember how we met, whether it was YMCA day camp or if it was ballet class, but I do remember we were pretty much inseperable. She was a year younger than me, but that didn't matter. We would go on all sorts of adventures, together. It was with her that I had my first beer, my first cigarette and my first road trip (albeit it was only 45 minutes long and it was to the mall in Evansville) without my parents. In 5th grade disaster struck and my parents divorced. My mom and I moved north to Naperville and Marisa was left behind. My mom was nice enough to remind me of what Marisa's mom had said just shortly after we moved: "She won't even look at the house! She turns her head and can't stand to even see where Jessie lived!" Best friends torn apart... at least until Spring Break. And then, once again we were unseperable. There's a picture I have that was taken on the last day of that spring break. Both Marisa and I looked incredibly depressed. It was horribly long wait until summer vacation.

That summer was the beginning of many many summers to come in which we were constantly over at each others' house or at the country club pool. We would head over to the pool (which was within walking distance of Marisa's house) and swim until about 11:30am, then we'd go to the clubhouse for lunch and to watch The Price is Right. After that, back to more swimming, one of our parents would pick us up and we'd head over to one of our houses and play Nintendo until we crashed for the night. Occasionally, we'd pitch a tent in the living room and stay up late watching Dirty Dancing, trying to pause the tape in just the right spot so we could see Patrick Swayze's "thingey." Yep, we were teenage girls having fun.

Eventually we got cars. I got mine first and thus was designated chauffer. We started hanging out at houses not just our own. Then Marisa got her car and we'd meet up wherever. And then... we slowly drifted apart. It happens.

But now, we're reconnecting. We're sharing all of the stuff that we used to share and telling each other stories about what's been going on in our lives and all that wonderful stuff that you do when you reconnect with a friend.

I can't wait until I get another email in my inbox...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Makin' Music

For the past couple of days I've been playing around on Garage Band on the Mac. It's been a fun little experiment. Back in high school I played around with .wav files and making tunes with loops and stuff but never really threw myself into it. The past couple of days, though, I just kind of fell into it. It's like a musical muse came up and smacked me upside the head. And now... here I am. Making music.

I did an Indian/bhangra style blurb for 5cm Peter and I also did a very island-esque Doctor Who inspired tune for the opening credits of 5cm Peter. Along with that, I'm working on a techno-"bollyFrad" song (long story, not worth explaining) for fun and I also did a short house style tune just to kind of mess around with. I've definitely been having fun. Everyone seems impressed so far. Brooke told me last night that I'm definitely going to need a bigger setup if I keep the level of creativity up. I'm really enjoying hanging out in the office with the hubby, too. He's creating and I'm creating and it's really quite cool. Unfortunately it has also led me to keep some very late nights and that leads to a bit of grumpiness in the morning.

Today we have dubbed it Septembergiving. Translation: we had a hankering for turkey and so, I bought a small one and it is currently in the oven cooking away. Whoo hoo! Turkey! Derek is coming over at 6PM with a pie and as soon as Brooke is coherant (she's upstairs sleeping...more on that in a minute) she'll probably help me plan out whatelse other than mashed potatoes, etc. we're making. Brooke... Oh yeah, Brookie!!

Brooke, our very near and dear friend, spent last night and will probably spend tonight with us as well. This morning she got lasik eye surgery and I'm playing nurse maid to her. I get to wake her up every two hours or so and put eye drops in her eyes. Fun stuffs. I've got to decide what to make for lunch so I can take it up to her and then put another set of eye drops in (she's got 3 different ones she has to use). Fun stuffs.

So yeah... that's what is up here. Working working working. But at least we're having fun, too. Insert smilies here. I'm off to baste a turkey!

Monday, September 14, 2009

And now your weekend update...

I spent most of the weekend in bed. I caught the neighbor kids' cold from hell and enjoyed spending most of my time asleep. Asleep means I didn't have to think about other things that were going on, so I think that was a good thing. Hubby would probably agree, although Sunday I had a bit of nutso going on.

Monday is shaping up quite nicely. Didn't have to watch the kids this morning. It was more of a "Get in the car, it's time to go." Morning. (They didn't show up till 7:30 which is okay in my book.) Lily was in a brilliantly good mood as was Jackson and now, the little man is eating some scrambled eggs and watching Spongebob while I'm updating. All is well and I'm liking it.

This week is 80% spoken for. Tomorrow I've got a trip to mom's Death Condo (she purchased a spot in a mausoleum for her ashes when she finally kicks the bucket- which by my estimate shouldn't be for another billion years or so. Yes, I have that much faith in her.) because she's having second thoughts about it "being so high." I teased her and told her, well... it's closer to god? She gave me her usual "Ay, Jessica!" exasperated phrase. I shot back with a good natured "You're gonna spend eternity in a death condo!" I think my mom actually rolled her eyes at me. There was massive amounts of giggling on both our ends.

Wednesday is Women's Night Out. I think that it's going to be pre-empted with a talk with Lily. It's that time of her life when she needs THE talk. Thursday is traditionally our library day. Friday is... huh... don't remember. Saturday is apple festival. WHOO HOO! APPLE FESTIVAL! This means we get to see my lovely and talented Sister in law and her family.

Yeah. So, another busy week. Woot. I like busy weeks. They make me feel accomplished. Oh yeah, sometime this week I need to sneak in some birthday planning for Jackson and Papa Stone as they both have birthday's coming up iminently.

Friday, September 04, 2009

About 24 hours to go...

In 24 hours Casey and I will be dragging our asses out of bed for yet another fun filled filming session. This time, we're planning on hitting 3 locations between 9AM and 5PM for a short film called 5cm Peter. Yes, it's as raunchy as it sounds. No, it's definitely NOT a porno.

The short was written by a talented writer by the name of David Boyer. David won the local screenwriters competition held by Mid America Filmmakers (from here on out known as nemesis). Tara and I offered to help him make his film way back in January before he even won the competition and we FINALLY got it off the ground and tomorrow: FILMING!

As much as filming days really kinda piss me off, I also think they're the best days in the world. We're running around and watching something that we made come to fruition. It's awesome! And this time my dad AND stepmom will be around for it. AWESOME!!

Speaking of my dad... Today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Dad!! Oh yeah, it's also the full moon so that means it will be extra crazy around here. Woot!

Anyone who wants to come and film with us tomorrow, drop me a line!