E got to go trick or treating at the White House today!
He was all excited about it when I told him yesterday but when he realized we had to go while it was snowing, cold and rainy...he got a bit more like...erra...well...ummmmmm...
But he had to go anyway because we made a commitment and we follow through with our commitments rain, sleet or snow like the mailman! LOL!
When we got there I ended up having to give my ID to a secret serviceman while they did their check to make sure we were worthy. Let me tell you how this feels when you're going through that...
You're all confident and whatnot and then...you remember that parking ticket your husband may or may NOT have paid. ROFL! And you worry that the secret service is going to come over and be like...Ms. Mingo...we need to talk to you OVER.HERE.
But apparently the husband has paid your ticket so...you're good.
We missed the President by about 10 minutes but E enjoyed himself nevertheless. He got some good treats and some good pics of the White House and after?
He got to go to one of my FAVORITE restaurants in DC. Equinox.
This restaurant is near and dear to Robby and I because our wedding celebration was held there. I've never taken E there before so I intentionally parked in the parking garage next door since it's like a block up from the White House and I knew we'd be cold and hungry once we finished and needed a place to THAW OUT.
The kid took to Equinox and raved about his meal. He makes me so proud when I watch him position his napkin and use his utensils properly. He remembers to work from the outside in and he knows how to drop his voice "just so" to ask questions he's unsure of regarding proper ettiquette. And I LOVE how much he appreciates a good meal. He's gonna marry a Southern girl I just KNOW IT! LOL!
I love that kid man. He truly brings me JOY!
All in all...it was a wonderful day. I wish we'd been able to have E see the President but I'm confident that will happen soon. President Obama is one of his heroes and this kid is going to do great things one day. It is DESTINED that he will meet President Obama.
I'm going to get his lil azz to smile for a picture one day.
During the school week, E comes to 13700 after school since his mother doesn't get off until 5:00pm. E gets here, does his homework, has his snack and gets to do whatever he wants after that. Usually...it's hang out with his friends.
He has a new friend who rides his bus but doesn't live in our development. The kid has visited before since the school year started and he's a nice kid...but just a bit...um...erra...AMUSING to observe.
Talk about a switch. The model that just covers North America and gave us just a little rain has done a 180 and it's now giving us close to a foot of snow. The model is simply psychotic.
Anyway, my forecast remains the same. A cold rain with some snow mixing in during the day. The rain wll start this evening and mix with some snow and sleet b4 ending late tomorrow afternoon. I wouldn't be surprised to see some flurries tomorrow night. It's going to be nasty tomorrow. As usual those who live in the N & W burbs will see more snow but little if any accumulation. If you are heading towards the I -81 corridor, there will be accumulating snows but they will be elevation dependent. If you are heading north of Harrisburg Pa, re consider your plans. A major snow is expected for the Hazleton/Scranton area tomorrow.
Ya know, I'd love to have the model that covers just North America to verify. ;-)
I called Dr. Levy's office and they told me to come on in.
So I rolled out.
Dr. Levy: Now what's the problem?
I showed him my Road ID bracelet.
Me: If I put it here (pulling it 6 - 8 inches from my face), I can't read it. But if I put it here (pulling it 10 - 12 inches from my face) I can read it.
Dr. Levy: Then why are you putting it that close to your face? Is that how you read?
Me: *BLINK* Um...no...but that's how I noticed that it was blurry.
Dr. Levy: Don't put stuff that close to your face to read.
And then he did an exam.
Dr. Levy: Well yes...things have definitely changed since your annual but not enough that I want to do anything. Just hold stuff away from your face. When you run out of arm...then we do something about it.
Dr. Levy: Is it bothering you any other times?
Me: I've had to dim the sceen way down on my computer because my eyes get tired.
Dr. Levy: Okay. That's normal for people who spend a lot of time on the computer.
Me: Okay. So...um...why is it so weird and all of a sudden?
Dr. Levy: Because you've never experienced it before. You've never had any problems so the difference would startle you. What you're experiencing now is how a lot of people always see. It just means you're getting older. By the time of your next appointment in August 2012...it might be time for reading glasses but they're too strong now. Just keep stuff away from your face.
I know you are in the midst if your focus group but I wanted to tell you how very proud of you I am for finally going after your dream and not letting anything get in your way now that you've arrived. It is my prayer that it will be well received and you will get some very positive feedback. Know that we are behind you all the way and can't wait to see your name as award winning director Monica Mingo. You totally rock!
Every year we do all of our physicals around our birthdays so nothing creeps up on us in such a way we can't get the help we need. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY!
As a cancer survivor...I TAKE THIS VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My annual eye exam was in September and I was told that I still have 20/20 vision but that I was having some problems with farsightedness.
Say what now?
I rejected that nonsensicality!
It's getting worse.
I guess that's how the cookie crumbles huh?
I'm calling them again tomorrow cuz seriously...I read a lot and am in the process of editing a movie. I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo getting whatever in the hell I need so my azz can see properly. This is some BULLSHIT! Like...I just held my hand in front of my face and it's not sharp AT.ALL!
Well guys...we had the first focus group screening of "The Coalition" last night at the Landmark Baltimore East Harbor theater.
I was nervous all day and couldn't eat even though I was hungry. I just felt like if I put something in my tummy...it would be ALL.OVER!
So...I got there and people were already there waiting. We set up quickly and worked it out. Folks were surprised to find that we were actually at the door checking people in. ROFL! I'm like...this is independent filmmaking at it's FINEST people!
I thought that was cute though.
The audience was filled with just the loveliest people and, even though we had to restart the film because I was unhappy with the aspect ratio I looked up and saw...they were really good sports about it.
Remember that nightmare I had about my being at our premier and everyone was dressed to the nines except me and I ended up in the projection room handling stuff?
Yes...that happened except, thank goodness...this was a focus group viewing of a work in progress and folks knew there were going to probably be some glitches.
We moved on.
So...you know how you get REALLY annoyed when people talk to the screen or when they laugh too long and then you can't hear what happened next in the movie? Well...that doesn't bother you so much when you're a filmmaker in the audience. LOL! That means the audience is really engaged in the story and is enjoying the film. They "got" all the parts we meant to be funny. The jokes, the looks, etc.
We got some AMAZING feedback which was already in line with what we were thinking and, having the opportunity to see it on the big screen was soooooooooooooo helpful to us! Like...at one point I saw a light on an actress's face that we've NEVER, EVER, EVER seen! AND I SEE EVERY.SINGLE.THING!!!!! LOL! I was taking notes thinking...wow...where'd that light come from?
All-in-all I was so happy with the response that I will admit to having a moment. Yall have no idea what it means to have people watch it and enjoy it. Like...just...wow.
Thank you all for your lovely wishes and, for those of you who showed up, and CONTINUE to show up to support us...thank you so very much. You have no idea how much it means to have framily surrounding you when you're dealing with something SO.SCARY. When I looked into the audience and my eyes would light on my people...it would calm a GAMILLION butterflies. IT MEANS THE WORLD WHEN YOU GUYS SHOW UP! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!
I simply can't thank you guys enough for being on this journey with us and for being so amazingly lovely.
We've made a movie folks. Can you BELIEVE that? Sure...there is still a lot of work to do in order to get it to look EXACTLY as we want it and to tell the story EXACTLY as we want it told and to incorporate the feedback we got last night into it...but yeah...we've ACTUALLY made a movie.