Thursday, March 25, 2010

UIL One Act Play Ramblings

Well, our UIL season is over. I have mixed feelings about not advancing this year, but feel much better about it than I did last year. We had a great judge, Mr. Kelly Wayne Parker, who told us what we needed to improve on and really helped us out. He pointed out a few things that we need to change directorialy that we just needed someone to point out to us. Last years judge was awful, I won't name names, and blew smoke up our butts about how fantastic our show was and wouldn't give us any information about why we didn't advance. That kind of critique is such a waste of time, we want to know what we need to improve on for the next year, and its much easier to accept defeat when you have a reason for it. Either way, UIL is a gamble every year, and in my opinion should have a panel of judges, not just one, at every level of competition. But, I digress. My students did fantastic work, and walked away 3 All Star Cast, 2 Honorable Mention Cast, and 2 Technical awards. I am so proud of the work they did on this show.

While I am sad to see the season end, I'm excited to finally get to go home after school! Since I returned to work following my maternity leave I have had rehearsal after school daily. I went back in December to Beauty & the Beast in full swing, closed that show on Superbowl Sunday and started The Miss Firecracker Contest the next day. I think my poor baby boy thinks his Grams is his mommy! It is time to change that! I am excited to get to finally be a mommy when my work day ends, and get to spend more than an two hours with my baby before he does to bed for the night. We can go on afternoon walks, play, sing, and just enjoy each others company! Aside from the drill teams Spring Show, I have no after school plans! Yippee!!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thoughts on Facebook

This is random, but it is something that has really been bothering me for a while. Facebook seems to have replaced conversation, email, and general human decency with one line status updates and replies. There is such a thing as overuse of technology, and for me at least, Facebook has reached that. It seems that every simple update, no matter how innocently posted, becomes an open forum for others to post their personal opinions of an individuals finances, choices, religious and political views, and the like. As a society we seem to have turned off the "if you don't have something nice to say, say nothing at all" idea and turned on the "I disagree with what you did/said/believe so I am going to make sure the world knows it" idea instead. This makes me sad. You don't have to support what I do or say, but you made a choice to comment on it regardless. Would you say it to my face? Then don't post it in a general forum where everyone and their mother can see what you wrote. Technology follows you around forever, and your comments will be remembered longer than you think. No one should have to think twice about posting where they are going on vacation, or who they are voting for, or what they are thinking of spending money on. But now we post with the fear that a friend or family member may choose to verbally attack us for our decisions. Again, that is just sad. If you feel the need to discuss or vent about something then do so with friends in person, not online. Learn when to keep your mouth shut, or in this case your fingers idle. Go back to that golden rule. It has stood the test of time for a reason.

Friday, March 19, 2010

First Blog!

Well, I've been contemplating this whole blogging business for a while, and decided to give it a whirl. We shall see how it goes!!!!