Get your gaze on!
Greetings from the Great Plains Theatre Conference! Mlle and I are having a wonderful time in Nebraska. I am going to keep this brief as I have a short window of time to sleep. The photo below is of us in a dramaturgy session. Mlle is going over her notes – she’s so bright! Au revoir for now and when I get back, I’ll spill a lot more about our literary adventures in the heartland!
Celebrate summer by shrugging off the heavy colors of winter for cool white! The generous weave of broderie anglaise makes for natural air conditioning. A white couch is luxury personified. In lieu of a reel to reel, how about this fantastic turntable for listening to some vintage vinyl?
If you find yourself in Omaha, Nebraska anytime between May 26th and May 30th, you may want to attend the events going down at The Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest 2013!
GPTC PlayFest is a multiday extravaganza of theatre, art and music and it’s all free to the public. As mentioned before on this blog, my full-length play was chosen as part of the PlayLab and will be presented as a staged reading on Tuesday May 28th. Also, there are five plays presented as “mainstage” productions each night of the PlayFest. As their site says: no reservations are required but seating is limited and released on a fist come, first served basis. For more information call 402-457-2618 or check out the GPTC website!
I will do my best to keep things current here on the blog while I am at the Festival! I cannot wait to tell you all about it!
Ugh! Ever since my play, The Silver Thread, was accepted at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, I have been trying to devise the perfect travel wardrobe for the week. I planned for hot days, cool evenings, air conditioning and baby wearing. I did not however plan for this:
I already have too much to bring, now I gotta pack rain boots too? Seriously, I cannot be wet all day at the conference but it seems too hot for rubber shod feet? Any suggestions for keeping both dry and cool?
In the meantime, I guess I’ll just keep dancing!
Before the big trip (to France), there’s the little trip. I was invited to participate in The Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska this year after submitting my full-legnth play, The Silver Thread. Mlle is coming with me and I am a little nervous. She is in the babbling/crawly stage now and I worry about what her temperament will be when we are there. Will I have to miss out on readings and events? Will she be quiet during seminars? Will she sleep well in the hotel? She is normally a well behaved baby, greets strangers happily and has sat in her fair share of production meetings. I fantasize that I will be the Great Plains equivalent of this:
But Mlle is almost walking and might not sleep so peacefully through the procedings. It could actually end up like this:
Except with one baby, of course.
And before we get to Omaha, there’s the plane ride. This will be baby’s first flight. I won a $500 honorarium from the Conference to help cover travel costs so I paid an extra $100 to get 5 inches more leg room. I have been scouring the internet for tips on flying with babies and I think I have everything as under control as I can get them. However, I am more frustrated than ever regarding the TSA rules on carry-on items. How can they limit what we carry on and allow airlines to charge a fee for the first checked bag??? Oh, this is such a racket! You are either expected to spend money on “travel size” versions of everything you need or purchase those chintzy, overpriced empties and transfer everything – what a mess and potential waste of product! And what’s the point really? If the key is to keep people from bringing in large quantities of liquids, what sense does it make that we are allowed to bring on unlimited numbers of tiny bottles? Oh and speaking of unlimited, unless I buy Mlle a seat, I am still only limited to one carry-on and one personal bag.
Have you ever travelled with a baby under 1 year yet over 6 months of age? What do you wish airlines would do differently to make travel easier for all on board? What about hotels?
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***Warning: this post may be offensive to members of the Catholic faith or those who consider themselves religious.
Before yesterday, the last communication I had with a priest involved me hurling the ‘F’ word. He wasn’t my priest and he wasn’t acting in the role of a priest, he just happened to be a priest – and yes, the “F” word was hurled directly at him. Fast forward to last week when my husband informs me that his parents’ local priest says he won’t baptise our daughter until we get a permission slip from our local parish that the ceremony can take place in France. I laugh heartily because I think it is so funny that the Catholic Church follows all these sillly protocols when it comes to its parishoners but have been so remiss in dealing properly with abhorrent misconduct among their own ranks. Meanwhile, we are not churchgoers – I’m not even Catholic – and I have no intention of bringing up a Roman Catholic child. I am trying to think of this whole baptism thing as nothing more than a nice party for our daughter with a priest hired to entertain instead of a clown.
Yesterday, I sent an email to the local archdiocese (sans blue language) and hope that they don’t make us attend a Sunday service before granting us permission to have our baby dunked à la française although I am almost certain they will charge a hefty fee!