Well, it's 3 AM in the morning and once again, I'm wide awake. What's up with that?
Cheryl and I drove to Columbus today to the Memories Scrapbooking Expo...it was like going to a Feis. It was a beautiful day - the sun was shining and the drive down was very pleasant and passed quickly as we chatted about everything under the sun (so to speak) !
We took a Digital Scrapbooking class which we both agreed didn't look too promising in the beginning but turned out to provide enough information to get you started. I'm looking forward to venturing into digital scrapbooking although I have enough paper and stickers to last me a lifetime! BUT, it didn't stop me from buying more. I got some deals and some new products....I got a few stickers for J, crossword paper for K, golf embellishments for L and more St Patrick's Day stuff.....can never have enough. We got coupons and ideas and just had fun. this is a picture of Cheryl buying more stuff at the show.
K is still keeping busy - she's going to have an appointment with the Illinois State University people and we heard from J today - apparently she has Tonsilitis. On a cruise ship ! She got Augmentin from the ship doctor - but really, for crying in the soup already! As usual, I'm worried, but I'm not worried - you know?
I had dinner with my friend R yesterday (.....well, actually, since it's Sunday morning, it was really two days ago, but stay with me here). She recently lost her husband and I'm proud of how well she's doing. I can say with some certainty that she's not really going to do well for a very long time, but she's doing as well as R can do. She's carrying on and doing all the right things. She means a lot to me and someday, I hope that I can say that I was able to help her during this difficult time.
I'm watching one of my favorite movies....True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. Is it really TRUE that she's turning 50 this year, or is it a LIE?
Well, I better see about getting some sleep....I'll be falling asleep in the church pew!
In January, she decided to return to school to get her doctorate (actually an MFA), but after applying to several colleges, it was determined that she must have started the process a little too late. However, this week, Illinois State University called asking if she was still interested because someone in the program has dropped out. So....she's starting that road again.
An assistantship is critical, so I hope that it works out for her. She feels she still has a lot to learn about costume design and managing costume departments for theatres, so it's important for her career. Plus, I still think she has that bit of "teacher" in her and she'll make a good Professor some day.
BUT kClare works so hard.....she gets up at the crack of dawn and isn't back in her apartment till near midnight....and then, sometimes she's up working on costumes till 3AM.
After a very, very full day of traveling J landed in Cadiz, Spain by way of Germany. An exhausted Second City Cast was dropped outside of the security boundaries of the ship's port with enough luggage to, alone, sink a cruise ship. But, with the help of the cruise line, they made their way to the ship, to their living quarters for the next four months and most likely fell into a deep sleep for more hours than there are in a day!
After going through several hours of required safety instructions, the cast set out to discover Cadiz. J purchased an international calling card and was able to call home to talk with Dad. It was reassuring to hear her voice and hear that she was having a good time and adjusting.
I'm not sure IF their planned "Second City Cast" blog will ever materialize, but I'll post a few pictures that J sent to us.
In a few days, they will sail (just the crew and cast) to Barcelona where they will pick up their passengers for the first cruise....so maybe she'll get a picture of the "Rock of Gibraltar" when sailing through that passage way.
They sail on the 30th of March from Barcelona to Rome, Naples/Pompeii, Venice, Dubrovnik, Athens, Ephesus and land in Istanbul on or about the 11th of April.
Voistinu Voskres ! Indeed He Has Risen ! Chris & Thimi, Cam & McKeely are coming for our Ukrainian Easter breakfast....which becomes more like Easter lunch every year. Between church and (for them) trying to get two small children ready for the day, it's noon before we sit down.
Dad McCafferty will join us again this year......so, maybe we'll have to include: Ta Criosd ar eirigh ! Christ Has Risen ! Go deimhin, ta e ar eirigh ! Indeed He Has Risen ! And just when we were getting used to the Ukrainian saying !
We'll feast on Ham, Pork, Veal, Kielbasa, Paska bread, Butter (sold now in stores in the shape of little animals!), Beets mixed with Horseradish, Sweet Cheese, and Eggs. An unusual menu, not one you'll find in the pages of a Martha Stewart Living magazine, but an a much anticipated feast every year.
I hope that my girls are enjoying their Ukrainian breakfast in Chicago this morning before Jtothe Joy is taken to the airport. Today's the day....she flies to Cadiz by way of Germany to board the Norwegian Jade for four months.
I recall Easters of yesteryear......bright floral dresses, corsages, baskets filled with candy that no one should be eating much less a child, colored eggs and pysanka eggs, watching Mom K stress over the braided dough cross on her Paska bread the week before Easter; my niece Nicole trying to choke down a piece of boiled egg, keeping Lucky (the dog) from being able to eat a blessed crumb of food that found it's way to the floor.......mostly just being with family that I miss very much. Lude's mother, Mrs K (I never knew Lude's Dad) and my two sister-in-law's who passed too early in their lives. And although not part of the Ukrainian scene, my own Mother and the many dinners spent with my family.
This afternoon, we'll gather at the home of my brother Martin. I'm having trouble finding something to wear that says "Easter" but will keep me warm against the 20 degrees out there!!! So, no open-toed shoes today!
I think the Slovaks call it "White Saturday" probably because of the white garments worn by the newly baptized.
Traditionally, Holy Saturday lasts only until dusk and then the Easter vigil is celebrated. My favorite liturgy of the year.
Today we took our basket of Easter foods to church for the blessing. It always takes me back to the time when Lude's Mom was still with us and by doing, she taught me traditions that the Ukrainian Catholics maintained. For our children, Easter is not Easter without the series of Ukrainian traditions that we've followed over the years. This year, the girls are not with us for Easter - it's one of only a handful of times we've taken the basket to church alone.
It's always fun to see the different baskets being brought into church. Lude's Mom would never put chocolate in her church basket, but we've done that since the kids came along. And, Mrs K would work for DAYS before Holy Saturday to create the "best looking" paska bread she could because you just didn't want to be seen without a good looking paska in your basket. We ate it all, but only the best looking one went to church.
I forgot to take my camera to church today - BUT, it all looked exactly the same as last year !!!, so this picture is from 2007.
Also, do you remember last Holy Saturday???? It's funny how many people don't recall how horrid it was! So, the first snow pictures is of 2007 and the second one is 2008 - what we woke up to this morning! Now, granted, the sun is shining now, but still.......
Last night was the annual Mangan St. Patrick's Day Hoolie at Uncle Bernie and Aunt Maureen's house. It wouldn't be a proper holiday if we didn't have the Mangan Hoolie! The girls came into town from Chicago for the occassion, it was good to spend this little time with them and everyone had a great time. There was food (boy was there food) and dancing, music and singing, visiting and (for some) sleeping!!!
And, okay, I probably had one too many Smithwicks, but then again I had NO part in burying the two bottles of Bushmills and the Bailey's. I did help with the jell-o shots though!
We said goodbye to the girls this morning......hate that they have such a long drive ahead of them. We sent them off with a basket of food for their Ukrainian Easter Breakfast next week....as well as some candy goodies.
And, we wished JtotheJoy well - we won't see her for four months now. She promised she'd write regularly. She said the Second City gang is considering having a community blog for their families which I think is a fabulous idea......I'll send that to you if it materializes.
Check out the St Patrick's Day pictures here...........kemock.shutterfly.com
We had a very foggy night last night......rather like PEA SOUP as described by Vicki! The girls arrived at the house around 10:30 just as I was getting back from seeing THE FANTASTICKS at the Greenbriar Theatre. It was good.....not as good as Clare's version of THE FANTASTICKS at Ashland University. The costumes could have used a little color.
JtotheJOY is getting ready for her tour of duty on the Jade - they've gone off now to collect rations at MARCS.
Tonight is the big....I mean BIG...hoolie at Aunt Maureen's which will net many scandalous photos, I'm sure (so stay tuned).
It's so crazy to have St Patrick's Day and Easter in the same week. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and we'll go to the Irish Club in the evening for the BOXTY AND BANGERS hoolie.
In a week, our daughter Jessica is sailing on the Norwegian Cruise Ship JADE with a brand new Second City Comedy Club Show. Second City will have it's own main stage show onboard and there will be a full cast traveling for four months throughout the Mediterranean and up to Ireland, England and Scandinavia. She'll see, Istanbul, Crete, Venice, Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Naples, Gibraltar, Lisbon, London, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brussels, Amsterdam and several ports in Norway.......there are more, but it's just down right depressing to think what a great opportunity she'll have over there, while we're here working for the man!
But, it's her time to shine; she's paid enough dues!
......or kid at heart, I went to bed last night praying for a snow day today.
I've got a lot going on this weekend, and although I can manage, it would be a welcomed break to have the day off.
I forgot, however, to clarify that although I wanted the library staff to have the day off, I needed to be able to get out of my house! Not gonna happen.
I couldn't believe what it looked like outside when I got up this morning....and it hasn't stopped. The first of these two pictures was taken early in the morning and the second one was taken around 4 PM. Notice how the legs of the outdoor grill are very visible in the first and not so much in the second ! ! ! If the entire grill disappears anytime today, I'll send you another picture.
One of my bestest friends lost her husband this week. A young, energetic guy; gone too soon. Something that happens to "other" people. I can't even think about it - it hurts my heart. I can only imagine how she feels. I'll do my best to help her and hopefully it will be enough to do some good. It's a very strong reminder that you can't take life for granted.
That's two friends gone this week. Sigh......weep.