Macey has enjoyed the calm day as well with everyone here and she has not once obsessed about staring at the door and barking at every noise waiting for one of her missing people to get home. She did, however, have an episode where she got her ruff all up, and was staring at the patio doors from the edge of the living room as if there was some kind of critter on the deck that needed stalking. There was of course nothing there. Weirdo.
I talked to both my dad and my son Nicolas on the phone today, both of which made my heart smile.
Vince and I spent the morning organizing our bills at the kitchen table while we watched a bootleg recording of the off-broadway production of The Little Mermaid on YouTube because HELLO KING TRITON!!!
I'm super excited to see him play this role (and call him King Triton for the next two months!) I'm thinking about volunteering back stage so that I can see the goings on of the show and how it all comes together. It's amazing to me that they can get all the costuming, props, and everyone's lines, songs, and choreography down in a matter of 2 months. Hope is disappointed that she didn't get the part of Ariel, but after seeing her and her dad trying to sing this song together in the kitchen this morning...
"If only you could stay
And never say goodbye
If only I could make time stop
Believe me, I would try
But fathers have to learn
Their daughters have to grow
And if you truly love them
You must let them go..."
Yup. Vince couldn't get through it without getting choked up, so I'm not sure he would have been able to do this scene with his baby girl if she were Ariel!! I do feel for her though, this has always been one of her "dream" roles. I told her she is young enough that she could still get the chance again to play it in another production. I hope so. But she is taking it very well. She'll be a "Mersister" and she'll be fantastic!
I can't wait for the costumes and the music and the laughs...it's already my favorite musical :)
I started on some organizing projects today...mainly in the office. I didn't get very far, but hey I started! Sometimes that is the hardest step. I also went through our recipe books and Vince's family cookbook. I love that thing so much. He made it several years ago and it includes recipes from his mom, grandma and siblings. There are many memories to cherish in that book and I'm sure will be considered a family heirloom.
We have come up with some new kick-butt recipes since it was printed, so maybe someday we will have to come out with a "volume 2". But then there is the idea I had of doing a "Heeren Family Cookbook". I really want to do that with my siblings and some of our parents' and grandmas' recipes. Mom never wrote a single thing down, but I do know a few of her recipes and I'm sure my sister and I can figure out some of the others. Kathy and Dad have lots of good recipes, too and I have a few of them. Some of my favorites growing up were mom's meatballs & gravy, tuna hotdish, and roast beef, potatoes and carrots. Dad made some yummy butterscotch pudding. Kathy made awesome goulash and salmon loaf. My favorite things that Grandma Hankel made was her hamburger soup and of course strawberry banana jello cups! Donna made the best cheesy potatoes for most of our family gatherings, and now my brother Alan has turned into quite a chef himself.
Most of my recipes are in my recipe book...isn't it just the cutest thing?!
We have also accumulated some really great cookbooks that I want to use more often than we do. (Dang you, Pinterest and Food Network App - you are just too convenient!) Seriously, I could never get another cookbook or recipe online and we would be able to eat well for the rest of our lives with the cookbooks we have now. (So, one would think that I won't need to get any more cookbooks ever, but one would be wrong on that. I don't yet have one of Trisha Yearwood's cookbooks. Duh.)
In the spirit of wrapping this up for tonight (it's 1am! and I'm planning on sleeping out here on the couch tonight next to King Triton, as he has been working from home since 5:30pm and will likely be up all night doing such) I will now share my newest favorite foodie discovery...
These are seriously the most delicious little things ever! I have eaten most of the jar so far and have not (yet) spilled any beet juice on my clothes. It's a Christmas Miracle! In April....hmmmph.
P.S. I feel a "Nice & Naughty" post coming on. Maybe tomorrow.