Rick and I have been busy lately. House projects don’t currently exist. Life projects, on the other hand, are in abundance. Among other things, Rick got a new job, I completed my portfolio for tenure, and we both participated in an Easter cantata at church that was performed last night. In honor of the resurrection, I resurrected my French horn…which is otherwise used to keep our basement door closed.
One of the most exciting life projects over the past few weeks, though, was the local high school production of Legally Blonde. Has anyone seen that musical? If you are a fan of the movie, you must see the musical. I mean, seriously, there’s an entire song devoted to the bend and snap.
Anyway, this particular production of Legally Blonde was exciting for several reasons. One, both my little sister and Rick’s little sister were in it, as imprisoned fitness queen Brooke Wyndham and the hilarious hairdresser Paulette, respectively.
Two, Rick played the piano, rocking out a $12.99 pink dress shirt…
…under the baton of my dad, who is retiring this year after over 30 years of being the high school band director at the school. I love this picture of him watching his students give a little “thank-you---we-will-miss-you---you rock” presentation to him at the end of the last show. Yes, Rick is getting a little teary in the background. (My daddy happens to have been his former music teacher, too.)
Three, my brother surprised us by flying out from Phoenix just for the show. We hadn’t seen him since December. I wish I had taken pictures all of my family members’ reactions when he first showed up, because they all were a mixture of crying/grinning/hyperventilating and would surely have made for some terrifically awful photos.
Four, I got to play photographer with my DSLR. Experimenting with shutter speed at dress rehearsals, I caught this iconic moment between Paulette and the UPS guy (1/320 exposure time):
And Brooke going airborne in excitement during the performance (1/400 exposure time):
My personal photography lesson to myself: action shots require a high shutter speed, or else they’ll be a giant blur. Yay for learning.
So: thoughts about musicals, thoughts about Legally Blonde, thoughts about photography, thoughts about French horns as doorstops? Ready, go. :)
P.S. Remember that lack of house projects? I’m going to take it easy the next few weeks and let life catch back up to me. That said, things will probably be light and sporadic on the bloggy front.