Happy Sunday! It has been quite an interesting two weeks here in the Shannon household. Connor has been fighting a cold, and I seem to be struggling with a reemergence of the virus that felled me back in January, one I never quite was able to shake. We have had a busy two weeks – busier than normal anyway – and sadly that is just a taste of things to come. These are the days for which we prepare all year long, if you can actually prepare for them.
Connor has been busy with school, band, and Forensics. He has had three Forensics meets in two weeks. He also performed two different pieces in the regional Solo and Ensemble contest. Pep band keeps him busy at various times throughout the week, and he is anxiously preparing to take the ACT this upcoming week. Plus, he is valiantly trying to have us squeeze in some drive time to go towards his 30 hours he needs in order to get his license. Track starts soon as well.
Holly has been busy with dance, as usual. However, rehearsals have taken on an air of urgency as the very first competition of the year starts this upcoming Friday. Last weekend, she had an all-day rehearsal on Saturday, another four-hour rehearsal Sunday morning, and a Showcase performance Sunday afternoon. This was just a local fundraiser for the studio and a chance for the girls to perform their dances in front of a live and much more forgiving audience before they face the judges. She had more rehearsal time yesterday as they worked through some of the issues from the Showcase performance and one last runthrough of all the dances today. She is tired but excited and nervous to finally be at this stage.
I have been a busy bee as well through all of this. There was parent/teacher conferences for Holly. I attended an interesting seminar regarding international tax issues that kept me out way past my bedtime during the work week. While the girls were at their all-day rehearsal, I was helping sew costumes, attaching buttons, altering straps, and the like. In addition, I have been helping with the set creation for this year’s ballet. (I can now paint an abstract brick with shadowing in case anyone needs that skill set.) We usually meet while the girls have dance class which means my times in the evenings are even more limited. I have also taken on the role of babysitter whenever one of the team choreographers is needed backstage or has to go direct her dances and needs someone to watch her five-month-old. That is what I did all day last Sunday, and I will admit that while it was fun, I had forgotten how exhausting it is to take care of an infant!
Surprisingly, Jim is the one who has had the most free time during the past two weeks. He has not had to travel and has been taking some of his comp time earned for all that travel in January to leave work early. I am envious but, at the same time, I do love helping at the studio and laughing with my friends while we paint or sew or babysit. All he is doing is watch TV and run a lot.
I had the most unusual comment left for me the other day. It was left on an old review from Stephen King’s IT. Since it was left anonymously, it got hung up in spam. After thinking about it for a day or so, I opted to delete it but I did want to share what this person wrote. Here is the comment in its entirety:
“I read IT when first published, and am currently listening to Steven Weber’s masterful audio book rendering.”
“To the author of this review, I would suggest Stephen King’s ON WRITING. A down to earth look at grammar, content, and writing without too many adverbs.”
I honestly do not know what to make of that last sentence. I am interpreting it to me that the anonymous author of this comment is critiquing my use of adverbs. The obliqueness of his critique makes me laugh and cringe because here’s the thing. I know I use too many adverbs. I like adverbs. I like the additional emphasis they place on verbs. So what? I am not a writer by profession, nor do I have plans to be one. The last time I checked, this little old website is just a hobby, so why do I need to read a book about a “down to earth look at grammar, content, and writing without too many adverbs?” Who are these people who feel the need to critique and criticize some stranger on the Internet? Seriously, back off, people. There are so many worse things happening in the world that require attention rather than your desire to improve the grammatical content of the Internet, one website at a time. Am I overreacting here? How would you interpret the comment?
Since I did not post last week – thanks to being in a theater for eight hours – there are a lot of posts you might have missed. There are my What Are You Reading? from week one and week two. There are my Fabulous Friday posts from week one and week two. There are also my What’s For Dinner? posts from week one and week two. Since it is the end of the month, I shared another list of My Favorite Things. As for reviews, there were reviews for The Blue Hour, The Widow, All the Winters After, Flight of Dreams, and Hidden Bodies.
As for this week, Holly and I will be heading out to the first competition weekend early Friday morning. The first dance for the team starts at 1 PM. This weekend will be filled with twenty different team dances as well as two mornings of classes held by the judges. It is one of the most intense weekends of the entire season. As you can imagine, I won’t have time to post anything. I will try to take pictures throughout the weekend and post them onto IG or Snapchat. If not, you will hear all about how the team does in two weeks. Until then, have a great day and a wonderful two weeks!
Wow, you are busy! I got worn out just reading about all those activities! And hey, if you like adverbs, use adverbs! They can be really useful I hear 🙂
The story of my life. I do like a good adverb. I think we should all use them more often.
I am not sure what to think about the comment… I have tonnes of comments I am not sure what to make of, so they are never published. My post about FABLES gets the most… Some people are helpful, though.
It’s a weird comment. I agree with you that we get to select which comments to publish or not. You never know what will offend others.
I guess I wouldn’t take the comment too seriously. I sort of laughed. I can only imagine what the person would say of my posts. I’d likely post the comment as long as it wasn’t too nasty or mean-spirited. hmm. what the heck
Eh, I went ahead and deleted it. Perhaps that was cowardly of me, but I want my website to be a happy place or at least a respectful one. That comment would have irked me even if I didn’t take it too seriously.
I’m amused by the comment about On Writing. And yes, I find myself picking it apart, trying to figure out if they’re saying something about you personally, or trying to advertise for King (because that tag line sounds like something he’d write on the back of the book!). Either way, I had a good chuckle over it. Who are these people?? I’m a writer, and I’ve never once noticed any excess of adverbs around here…
Exactly! It is the most obscure criticism (if it is one) that I think I have ever read. I can only laugh at it too. People are weird.
First of all, I hope Holly and the team have a great time and do well! It sounds so exciting, and exhausting. Your entire week sounds exhausting!! I don’t know how you keep up – you’re amazing. And how you even find time to read is beyond me!
As for that unnecessary comment – that person is a troll with nothing better to do. People like that infuriate me.
The next few weeks sound even busier than the last – I hope that everything goes well and that virus you’ve been fighting goes away for good.
I’m sure they will do well. These girls always amaze me how they can struggle in practice and in front of their family and friends, but put them in front of judges and they light up the stage.
Reading keeps me sane, girl! It is the only way I can fall asleep these days. If I didn’t read, I would be an insomniac mess!
The comment pissed me off too…at first. Now? I just find it somewhat amusing because of the tone. It is just so smug. And the person doesn’t even have the balls to give a first name.
You can tell I haven’t popped by in a while when I read this post and exclaim, “Connor’s driving????” Haha When did that happen? Isn’t he too young? 😉 Haha
I’m sorry to hear you guys have been so ill. 🙁 This time of year sucks. I feel like everyone I know has come down with some kind of bug in the last few weeks.
Oh my gosh, that comment, though? Why do people take reviews so seriously? And since when is there one proper way to write? Ugh, people.
Connor has his permit. I am torn about it. On the one hand, he is most definitely too young. On the other hand, we so desperately need someone else to drive to help with Holly’s dance drop-off and pick-up. Of course, this is all for a year, as he graduates high school in 2017!
This time of year does suck. It was in the 50s yesterday and today, and tomorrow we are supposed to get five inches of snow. Stupid Mother Nature and not being able to make up her mind.
That comment does make me laugh. It is just so polite and smarmy. As if s/he is doing me a favor by making that suggestion.