Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September: Month @ a Glance

How in the world are we already in September? I feel like we were just starting summer and the warm weather.  This summer has been full of fun and relaxation which is always awesome, but I'll be honest Fall is my favorite season in Michigan.  I love the cooler weather and watching the leaves change.  Plus, Fall is filled with donuts, cider and pumpkin everything.

This month is actually not going to be super busy for us (thankfully!) so we will be using our time to catch up on things around the house and spend some much needed quality time together.  

So here's what's on our agenda this month! 

On the Agenda this Month:

1. Up North for Labor Day (we already went and came back)
2. Family reunion with Justin's family
3. Beginning Tap classes with my sister-in-law!
4. Art in the Village with Caitlin
5. Davisburg Heritage Festival
6. Girls Night with my girlfriends while Justin is out of town
7. Pedicures with Caroline and Kate
8. Apple Picking!
9. Go to at least one of my nephew's football games and see my niece cheer

Goals for September

1. Read Two Books:  Like always, I have a goal to read two books a month.  The last few months have not gone well for me.  That being said, I have already read half of a book and it's only September 5th so I am feeling great that I will finish at least one book this month.  Maybe I will even finish two!

2. Clean out Garden Beds: While Justin is out of town latest this month, my plan is to dig out all of the mulch and other stuff from the beds in front of our house.  When it comes to landscaping, we really do not have a ton of plants so I'd like to get a few plants started in our bed by the porch and transplant a few other plants from my mom's house.  The goal is to have the beds cleaned and ready to go come Spring so we can do some planting.   

3.  Pick Paint for Downstairs: Justin and I have been brainstorming ways we can continue making progress on our house while also paying off debt and one of those ways is by painting parts of our house.  Right now the majority of our house is one color (thank you builder grade paint) and it's been driving me nutso lately.  If I could at least start picking colors out, then I can plan for the rest of the house.  I also need to make a few phone calls for painters to come in and paint our first floor and the stairway walls.  The walls in the entry are too tall for us to handle ourselves. 

Question of the Day: How was back to school for you? Were you ready?  

Share your responses below in the comments! 

I'd love to hear from you!

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Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin On Sale Sunday, September 9

Performances Begin on December 12 and Play for Five Weeks
Through January 13 at The Detroit Opera House
Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Detroit announced today that tickets for the long-awaited engagement of Disney’s Aladdin will go on sale to the public on Sunday, September 9.  The hit Broadway musical will begin performances at the Detroit Opera House on December 12, 2018 for a limited engagement of five weeks through January 13, 2019. 

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin start at $25 and will be available for purchase online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 10, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.

Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over seven million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions.

About Aladdin
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) 
Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. 

The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnesand sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.  The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly

Performance times for Aladdin appearing December 12, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway, in Detroit are:

·         Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·         Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
·         Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·         Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
·         Thursday matinees on Dec.13, Dec. 27 and Jan.10 at 1:00 p.m.
·         Special open captioned performance on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
·         There will not be a performance on Tuesday, December 25, in observation of Christmas.

Tickets for Aladdin start at $25 (includes facility fee) and go on sale Sunday, September 9.  Tickets can be purchased online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 10, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.

For group sales (12 or more) please email or call 313-871-1132. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Adjusting to Working at Home

Hello Everyone! Boy have I been absent lately... I don't really have an excuse other than blogging was put on the back burner.  I don't think I've really mentioned much about getting a new job, other than in my May: Month @ a Glance Post, but I have to admit I've been struggling to find a new rhythm.  Now that I am working from home 90%+ of the time, I'm finding I tend to waste more time than I did before I worked from home.

For years I dreamt of having the ability to sleep in later, not have a long commute and just generally having more hours in my day.  I just knew that if I didn't have to spend 2+ hours in the car every day that my life would find some balance.  And to some extent, I have.  I have been able to keep my house cleaner than it has EVER been in the two years we have lived here.  I don't find myself secretly crying when I look at the dirty clothes and see that we easily have 5 loads that need to be done.  But I also am finding that my life is not quite how I thought it would be.

"When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment"

This statement has never been more true for me than it is right now.  It's easy to learn to not expect something of others because they are "only human", but at what point do we remind ourselves that we are human too? When I took this new job, I had a ton of expectations:
  • My house would always be clean
  • I would workout every day and finally lose the weight
  • Meals would be cooked at home and eating out would occur less
  • We would save SO much money on gas (and Starbucks) with me at home

And the list goes on and on and on....

But the reality is none too close to the expectation.  Remember: when you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.  And I did exactly that: set unrealistic expectations.  

Yes my house is significantly cleaner and more organized - I even have had time to organize boxes and things that have bothered me for over a year, but is it always clean? Nope.  For the first few weeks, I managed to workout almost every day, but my motivation fizzled out once the job started to get a little too busy and I felt I had to sacrifice something to make sure I got sleep.  We've had more groceries in the house since I took this job, but I honestly think I can count on one hand the amount of times I cooked a meal at home {I think I need to face the reality that I just don't like to cook}.   And we have saved some money on gas and coffee, but we've also been eating out more than ever because there is no meals at home for which to take leftovers and lunches are just not getting packed.

But what I am forgetting is to give myself grace and to remember that I, too, am human.  I need to take a step back and look at all that I have been able to accomplish since starting the job back in April and not gripe about the things I have not.  I think the hardest part about the new job has been my inability to stay out of the negative.  I am an extremely social person, so spending my days alone (with the exception of our three cats) has been challenging for me.  Often I go to others to talk through something I am dealing with and now that I can't easily do that like I was before, I'm feeling isolated and frustrated.  And those feelings almost always lead to a negative head space.  

So here I am, four months later, still adjusting to being a person that works from home majority of the time.  I am adjusting to being with me, myself and I more often than before and I am working tirelessly to find ways to keep myself out of the negative head space and live my life in the positive.  

The first, and biggest thing is for me to just be grateful for this opportunity.  

Over the next few months, I will be sure to share some tips and tricks I've learned to help keep myself on track when working from home.  I know a lot of the articles I read before working from home full-time were very helpful so I will be sure to share those as well.

Question of the Day: What things do you do to keep yourself out of a negative head space?

I'd love to hear from you!

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