I am supermom.
I got to bed around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning after work and woke up around 8:00 a.m. to say goodbye to Josh, whose big software conversion project would keep him busy this weekend. I woke up the temple-attending teens, whose grandparents were coming by to pick them up at 8:30 a.m. They went to the Columbus temple, which is a three and a half to four hour drive each way. It makes temple trip days last 12 to 14 hours.
I noticed the wall calendar reminder that Home Depot was hosting a kid craft workshop from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This event is critical for Hunter’s homeschool art program, so we weren’t going to miss it. Sophia, Hunter and the little girls got ready and we drove to Home Depot. It was the highlight of my day.
Afterwards we headed to Wal-Mart for groceries and prescriptions. By the time we saw the pharmacist, we were a three ring circus. Juliette lay on the floor spread eagle in front of the pharmacy. After she got up, she and Rosalyn were loud and busy: taking off shoes, playing tag, and jumping from the nearby bench. Sophia was embarrassed and I was spent. The pharmacy staff all know me well (with seven kids, they see me a lot) and the pharmacist bagging my prescriptions was giggling. She asked me when naptime is and I answered as soon as we get home. I myself was hoping to squeeze in a nap before work.
Josh texted to let me know he was done at the office and asked if we could meet for lunch. He suggested one of my wintertime favorites: Cracker Barrel. It was a plan.
The kids loved the store while we waited 25 minutes for a table. Sophia and Hunter played checkers and Juliette and Josh chased each other wearing a rubber crocodile hand puppet. Rosalyn bounced around between them.
When we were seated there was lots of frustration about Sophia and Hunter having to order off the children’s menu. Sophia drew an accurate picture of the family meal on her menu.
We got home in time to unload the groceries from the van and I was off to work again. It was girl’s night after 10:00 p.m. and there were three closers! We were out of there 40 minutes after closing time. I think we broke the record quitting time.
I checked my texts while walking to my van. Liv knocked Mer’s phone from her hand during their temple trip and it’s destroyed. I thought about whether Monday or Tuesday was best for getting a replacement on my drive home. I was excited to teach my Sunday School class; we could really dramatize the story of Moses!
Sunday morning while getting ready for church Liv told me things had gotten heated and personal by Meredith after the phone broke the day prior. I talked with Mer, explaining how “you break it, you buy it” works. The person (or parents) may have to pay for the broken item, but that’s it. Verbal lashings aren’t part of the punishment, even when you’re really upset.
I thought things were concluding well when Mer threw out some serious sass and that set me off. I said “Who the *(^% do you think you are?” The conflict ended pretty quickly but we both stayed home from church. The rest of Sunday went routinely, but the wind was knocked out of me.
Before I could talk myself out of it, I registered for a class called “The Business of Acting for the Camera, with Casting Director Katie Shenot.”
“This one-night workshop for adults will focus on the business side aspects of the Film, TV and Commercial world.
You will learn about:
-Websites and software that are useful to actors
-Preparing for auditions
-Creating self-taped auditions
-Submitting photos for roles
-The do’s and don’ts of interacting with clients
-The differences between talent agents and casting directors
-The Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit
We will also practice on-camera audition techniques using real commercial scripts.
Afterward, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the business of professional acting.”
One of my goals this year is to get into voice over work. It’s not exactly acting for the camera, but I figure there’s enough overlap with the industry. More importantly, it’s available on my night off work and it’s a first step.