All the world’s a stage…

Monkey performed in her school’s Theatre Week on Friday. A company named Better than Broadway (which isn’t really better than broadway) comes around to NJ schools, spends a week teaching participating students a play, and then they perform the play for their classmates and parents at the end of the week.

This performance was The Rotten Princess, a cute, yet annoyingly memorable parody of The Taming of the Shrew. Monkey played the role of a peasant girl, one of the Grandmother’s thirteen grandchildren. We have been hearing “Whoop di doo, Hip Hooray, this is quite a special day, let’s all cheer Katrina’s gone away!” sung in the house all week long.

Monkey did very well with the performance, especially considering she has been hyped up on prednilsone all week long. Really Hyped Up. But she focused, and sang her little heart out, and made us very proud.

Here is my little peasant girl in costume:

Here is most of the cast waiting for the performance to begin (I kept them seated before the performance by snapping about a hundred cast photos and telling everyone they had to stay seated to be in them. It worked rather well.):

Here she is singing and marching away with the chorus:

And here is my big girl onstage with some of the other grandchildren during their little scene:

She really enjoyed the experience, and has expressed an interest in further theatrical exploration. I told her she can pursue her dreams of floorboards and stage lights after she tires of the piano. One pricey(ish) creative endeavor at a time.

Drum Roll Please!

Thank you to all who entered my contest! I assigned numbers to all the entrants and had Monkey pick a number out of a hat. The winner?

MOM/NAMA!!! (Lee is a witness, he says)

Congratulations Mom! Monkey chose your number so you win a $50 massage gift certificate! I am sure you deserve it after all the sleepless nights you got with me, Shane, and Monkey.

We love you!!

The hat that ate my roommate…


Devon and I decided it was a craft holiday this year, so we made each other’s gifts. He made me an awesome craft tool with yarn dispenser, mini hand clamps, and a threader for my yarn. In return, he requested a monster hat. Well, he requested a hat that looks like a HeadCrab with eyes, which turned out to be a monster hat.

With the inspiration provided by another crochet pattern for a head crab I began my work. First I looked for yarn that looks like gray matter, not an easy task. It would seem that most people don’t want their crocheted goods to look like brain. Who knew? I found a mutli-colored brown and mauve cotton yarn that when crocheted attained a mottled appearance, lending a bit of authenticity to the monster hat.

Then I added pure white for it’s terrifying jaws, and googly eyes.
The end result?

It’s kinda cute isn’t it? Does Devon like it?

Of course he does! How can he not like a hat that doubles as an attack puppet? Here is the hat eating my roommate:

I am ridiculously pleased with the outcome of this particular project. It has been a busy season for me, as I have made several gifts, including new stockings for the kids, but it is so much fun to make everything. I can tell you I am very interested in adding googly eyes to other crocheted gifts, so don’t be surprised to see monster purses, snake scarves, and more coming from me in the future.