Winter Wonderland 2009

We survived our Christmas adventure of 2009! (And all the snow that came with it!) In 4.5 days we traveled nearly 1,000 miles between Plad, Missouri (my Grandparent’s House), Kansas City and Oklahoma City. We were able to spend about 3 days at my Grandparent’s House, which was REALLY nice! Then we headed to KC to have Christmas with Tyler’s Mom, Step dad and Dad. It was a really nice trip and I actually didn’t feel like we were rushed in our visits until the end. Of course, it’s never enough time to see everyone and do everything we wanted to, but it was better than previous trips time wise.

Some highlights of the trip include:

*TOO many hours of Uno, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Dominoes.
* Monopoly of TOTAL DOMINATION via my mother! She is a tyrannical monopolizer! 😉 *
*Fort building with Haley and Dash.
*Over 2 feet of snow between the three places (2-3 inches in Plad, 6 inches when we got to KC, 2 more inches before we left KC and 11-14 inches in OKC!).
*15 hours in a car (almost 1,000 miles total) in 4.5 days!
*Dash’s new Sweater and 3 IDENTICAL stockings filled with Penguin toys! 🙂
*Dash with his new sweater and playing with my Grandpa!*

*Dash pooped from playing so hard… he NEVER sleeps on the floor by himself unless he is EXHAUSTED!*
*Movies and itunes $!
*Snuggies (made by Tyler’s Mom) and Blankets.
*Penguin and Dancer Paraphernalia/ Decorations.

*Dash asleep on Tyler’s arm, only MINUTES outside of KC on our way to OKC!*

We made it back to OKC about 11pm on Sunday night. By then the roads weren’t too bad, until we hit our street and parking lot. Monday I spent the day relaxing, watching TV and unpacking our goodies! We also played Guitar Hero 5 (my present to Tyler). Today I watched even more TV and that’s about it. I’ve been watching a Marathon on TLC called The Little Couple. It’s a really sweet show about a dwarf couple who is newly married. They are the sweetest people ever! (And the show does a really nice job of showing them in a good light, not condescending at all). Tomorrow I hope to be a LITTLE more “active” and not so glued to the TV. Maybe I’ll start reading a good book, uploading my CDs on to my computer/ipod (I have a lot of songs on my ipod, but I have a lot of CDs to get through still), cleaning (probably NOT), scrap booking or some other activity I feel inclined to do. Basically, I’m trying to enjoy my all too short break from school. I’ve heard rumors of people getting bored and wanting to head back to school already… and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE school, but I am thoroughly enjoying my break and not quite ready for it to end yet.

I bought my plane tickets tonight to head to KC next week for 3 days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) for doctor appointments and whatnot. That should be fun.

Before I leave, I need to mention that my cat Sassy was put to sleep this morning. The vet thinks she had Leukemia or some sort of “serious” complication. She was a great little kitty who wandered into our front yard right before my 12th Birthday. Now she is in Heaven playing with Dolly and Holly and all the other dogs and cats up there, hopefully not in pain anymore. Thankfully, I was able to see her for a few short minutes before we came home after Christmas. Rest in peace “Sassy Cat.”

*Sassy Cat*

*Sassy playing with my Mom’s necklace*

Until Next Time,

P.S. I might have some more pictures to share when my Grandma sends me the ones we took from her camera. 🙂


Show Week, Finals, and the Beginning of Break!

Well, it’s a good thing I didn’t promise a quick update between the last post and this one. If I had, then I would have failed big time! It has been a CrAzY busy two weeks! I will try and recap to the best of my ability… they are kind of a blur at this point!

My last update was actually my Grandma’s Birthday so… Happy VERY belated Birthday Grandma!!!! 🙂

My Advertising Final (that I mentioned was the morning after my last post) went well… I didn’t really do a lot of studying (‘Bad Megan’), but I felt pretty confident about it afterwards! Teaching in the Community Dance Center was over, so we had lots of classes and time to prepare for our finals. It was also a Tech Rehearsal that night. Tech Rehearsals were, interesting, to say the least. They lasted a little later than I think everyone was expecting them to. Monday night we were in the theatre from 7pm to 1am. It just took a while to get things started. Tuesday was a normal Tuesday, minus Tech Rehearsal for Act II (just not in the normal routine). It went from about 7pm to 12:30am. Again, we were just off to a slow start. Wednesday was Dress Rehearsal. There were some issues we ended up having to take care of afterwards in regards to the technical aspects so we were there until 12am-12:30am ish. (I don’t remember exactly… it’s been a while! 😉 ). Then Thursday the show OPENED! The shows went really well, just minor technical errors here and there, probably things the audience didn’t even notice! Overall, it was a really great experience. It gave me a whole new respect for the management side of things (behind the scenes). I will definitely take a different perspective towards the late night rehearsals when I am on the performing side.

December 12th (that Saturday) was 1 year since Dash’s eye surgery. I must say that he is doing better than ever. It was certainly a scary situation for “new parents,” but our baby is just like any other dog, only about 100% more spoiled! He just loves life and doesn’t seem to have a care in the world, unless he hears a strange noise or birds chirping on T.V.! 🙂
*Dash curled up on a blanket*
*Although this is bad quality, Dash fell asleep using his toy, Sonic, as a pillow. (His contrasting colors really throws off my phones white balance and flash… it’s hard to get a decent and bright picture of him)*

Sunday’s Strike went really well for the Sound Crew. The show ended at about 4pm and we were all packed up and heading home around 6:30pm. It was a nice treat after a long and stressful week. Especially since Monday was the beginning of… dun, dun, dun….. FINALS WEEK!!!!

Monday I didn’t have any finals. I taught Monday night and that was it! Tuesday I had lunch with Elizabeth, our last one for the semester 😦 then my Choreography Final and then teaching again. Wednesday I had my Ballet Pedagogy Final and Tap Pedagogy Final, followed by videoing the December Senior Graduate Solo Performances. My roommate from Freshman and Sophomore year, Alicia graduated! So weird and so exciting! 🙂 Thursday I had my Tap Final and my Ballet Final. My Finals were OFFICIALLY over! 🙂 It was a stressful week (more so than I had anticipated), but all in all I think I did fairly well on my finals. Friday I worked graduation (my last ceremony to work!). I was a VIP/Speaker Escort. That was an exciting job! Then Saturday I taught my Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes.

I am officially done now until January 11th! Teaching starts back up on the 5th, but I’m not really counting that. By then, I’m sure I’ll be ready for a routine again! As for my break so far, I read a book called “Haunted” by Martha Graham, which was a lot better than I ever expected it to be. I just picked it up for something (non-school related) to do, and turns out it was a good and quick read! 🙂

Today, Tyler and I slept in (YAY for no alarms!) Then we went and did Laundry (after getting donuts for breakfast!). Then we headed to Blockbuster by our laundry mat because it is going out of business and had movies for $.99! We bought 5 movies for less than $10 each! (New movies were more than $.99). We got: Forrest Gump, Razzle Dazzle, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Enter the Dragon and Super Troopers (the last two are Tyler’s). I watched Razzle Dazzle and Benjamin Button today. Good movies. We also baked a Ham for dinner tonight (Tyler got a Ham for his Holiday Bonus, and since we are traveling for Christmas, we thought we would eat it for lunch meat as well).

As for tomorrow, I am planning a trip to Wally World to get some last minute things before we head out to Plad, Missouri for Christmas (First Stop on the trip)! I am SOOO excited to get to see our families! It will be SO nice to spend some quality time in the country and with our families!

I will try not to be too much of a stranger over the break. We’ll see how that goes (no promises). I hope to be “productive” by reading, relaxing and getting the apartment back in order. Because of the last months craziness, it appears a Tornado has come through here (which, is possible). So that is the plan for the next 3 weeks! I know it won’t end up being long enough to do all that I want, but it is certainly nice to have 3 weeks of nothing ahead of me. It’s nice to occasionally have no plans! 🙂 So….

Until Next Time,

Blocking Weekend!

Blocking weekend is officially over! I was in the theatre Friday night from 7-10:30pm, Saturday from 3-9:30pm and today from 9:30am-2pm running the Sound for the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays Show that opens on Thursday! This week “Show Week” begins! We will be in the theatre ALL WEEK. Monday and Tuesday are Tech Rehearsals, Wednesday is Dress Rehearsal and the show runs from Thursday-Sunday (5 Shows total).

I really the weekend and being able to watch the show from the audience’s perspective. It certainly is a different experience than seeing it from either the side of the stage or even being able to see any of it! It will be fun getting to see all the costumes and every bit come together!

This week, I’m sure, will be fun, exciting, long, stressful and full of holiday cheer! I am excited for the week to begin!

As for the rest of the day… maybe watching a movie and hopefully being SEMI-Productive… I have a final tomorrow morning and 2 projects due Thursday and Friday. That will certainly keep me busy on top of the late night rehearsals…. but that’s the life of the college dancer! 🙂

I’ll leave you with a picture of Dash! 🙂 My sweet baby doggie! 🙂

Until Next Time,


It’s Almost Christmas!

Thanksgiving has come and gone (too quickly!) I put up our Christmas Tree on Sunday. Although we CERTAINLY don’t have the space for it… I found room… in between our dressers in the bedroom! A little unconventional? You bet! A nice night light? The BEST! 🙂 Even though its a little “dinky” I still like it alot! It’s a nice touch, if I do say so myself! 🙂

With Christmas right around the corner (and the Home for the Holidays Show EVEN closer) I’ve been slowly (or quickly really) slipping into the Christmas Spirit…. Including thinking of my Wish List for Santa! 🙂 So, in the spirit of the upcoming holidays… here is my Christmas List! 🙂

Wish List 2009:

A New Purse

“Dainty” Necklace

Dance Clothes (or $$ for Dance Clothes)

Dance Magazines Subscriptions Renewed

$$$$$$$$$ (I’ll try not to be TOO obnoxious)

$$ For Music (Itunes, etc.)

***Music Cutting Software***

Mini Laptop

Disney Movies

Wizard of Oz on DVD

Grey’s Anatomy Season 5

Harry Potter 6

New Bed Comforter/Sheets Set

Uggs (boots)

Hmm… That seems like a hefty wish list! haha… Of course, it is just a WISH list… meaning I don’t expect to get ANYTHING off this list- but at least I know I’m dreaming right? 🙂

Well, it’s back to reality… (Homework, preparing for finals, etc.)

Until Next Time,