We're enjoying a nice, relatively quiet weekend before the madness of October truly begins. Next weekend, we're going miniature golfing with my parents for Riley's birthday, plus the No on 8 campaign party. The weekend after that, we'll be going down to my sister's to celebrate her and her son's bday. The weekend after that, we're going to Disneyland for the girls' birthdays with some family members and then my sister and I have our luncheon cruise. The weekend after that is Halloween, Sylvia's birthday, going to the movies, and roller skating.
I decided not to have a bday party for the girls this year, and I am so thrilled with that decision. With the girls just starting new schools, it would be difficult to know which friends might attend, plus their age difference is starting to become more transparent as Sylvia edges closer to adolescence while Riley remains most definitely a kid.
This last week, I got to meet Florinda! (Sorry, Mom & Dad, if you're reading this. I went w/ a blogger, not a colleague. Just didn't think you'd get it.) She's the first blogger I've met IRL.
Florinda and I both wanted to see 9 to 5, the Musical so we went on Tuesday night. We had such a great time. She's exactly like I thought she'd be - thoughtful, funny, sweet...a great companion.
Kori was definitely jealous that I was meeting another blogger before her, so on a whim, I called her (for the first time) on my way to the theatre. After I got over how girly she sounded :), and she got over my supposed accent (which does not exist), it was like talking to an old friend. No awkward pauses, no lack of things to say...I just really really hope we're able to meet at BlogHer '09 next year.
And at the theatre, we had a great time. The show was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, Florinda had a long drive ahead of her so she couldn't stay to meet Stephanie after the show. (Stephanie and I did a show together eons ago.) She was amazing in the show, and her 2nd act torch song gave us chills. She was just as sweet as always, and we had a great time catching up. I hope the show does well enough to garner her another Tony nomination. (The others were phenomenal as well. Allison Janney was SO funny, and Megan Hilty was awesome!) And there's something so cool about seeing three women take that final bow. It's a fun night out.
Otherwise, most of my week was spent talking politics, working, mothering, blah blah blah. Oh, and I won a bet with RadDude. He bet that Palin would have a "family emergency" that would prevent her from doing the debate. I knew she'd exceed the oh-so-low expectations. (BTW, I loved everyone's comments to my debate posting. Thank you for sharing your own thoughts and opinions.)
The X Chronicles are nearly complete. Just two more postings, I think. I really appreciate everyone's supportive comments to that as well, and for taking the time to read it. It's been cathartic, to say the very least.