Sunday, January 6, 2008

celebrate, celebrate, celebrate

Well, apparently I am not as inspired to write on this thing as I thought I was... Since I posted last, I have thought of many wonderful things to write about, none of which have come to fruition. So instead, I will post some photos of my latest adventures. So, for your enjoyment (or lack thereof), here is a photojournalistic view of the last couple months.

Fall came to Pittsburgh. It was beautiful! I can see why it is the favorite season of so many people here. Because there are literally millions of trees in the Pittsburgh area, the effect was stunning! I decided to be Elphaba for Halloween. Folks weren't absurdly fixated on my vertigree, but it was fun, and I secretly sang wicked songs in my bathroom while getting ready in the morning... The office had a costume contest (I wasn't allowed to participate because of my close proximity to the judge, who happened to be my boss). My cute friends dressed up and participated, and did quite well. DJ, on the other hand, did not dress up, but makes quite the cute student! Right after Halloween I participated in a play festival. I was in a spoof on eighties action movies. It was well received, and I really enjoyed the people I worked with. As you can see, there was much blood, and much cheesiness. The Holidays hit, and we were so lucky to spend a week with both my family and DJ's family. Thanksgiving was in Mesa. It was so nice to see everyone, and the food was wonderful as always! A big thanks to Mom and Dad Jones for treating us to many meals, movies, and some greatly appreciated new clothing... I must say, we were very proud of our first Christmas tree (DJ didn't decorate the house while I was in Utah last year). This picture doesn't quite do it justice, but it's all we have... I rocked Skeeball at the DynaVox Christmas Party at Dave and Busters... In all honesty, I think the machine may have been broken... We headed down to Vegas for the BYU Bowl game with the Frandsen Fam. We really thought they were going to lose, but it was quite exciting when they blocked that field goal for the win! Go Cougars! We had a wonderful Christmas.
We especially loved seeing our friends and family. Here are some photos of our wonderful friends we were able to see over the break... My parents and siblings have not been together since last December, so we tried to make the most of it by never sleeping and listening to my brothers bicker over politics. It was actually quite nice. ...A few photos of the victims of those late night talks... Well, all good things must come to an end. Reggie was waiting not-so-patiently when we got home, but he was VERY happy to see us. We were able to spend New Years with some pretty decent peeps. They even made me a birthday cake. Seriously... so nice... But, I wasn't really looking forward to my birthday. I had received gifts at Christmas for my birthday, and my family was too far away to celebrate together. However, I have a wonderful husband, family and wonderful friends who made the day special. Two of my good friends at work stole me away for a yummy lunch. When I got back, this is what I found... And when I got home I found these beautiful flowers from DJ's parents. Not to mention the scrumptious dinner DJ took me to along with a new lens for the camera I got for Christmas. I am so lucky to have people in my life that love me and take such good care of me! Thanks all!

As for this coming month, I start rehearsing for
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tomorrow. It will be an extra 35 hours a week on top of my full time job right now. As DJ says, I just need to take it one day at a time, and I'll be fine... If you made it through this whole post, you deserve a cookie. Until next time...

28 comments:

Gina said...

It's about time Miss Libby! thanks for the update! I am glad you has a good bday. Good luck with rehearsal.z

Amy said...

Lots of good times documented here. So glad we were all together for Christmas. Happy happy birthday... it's going to be a great year for you!!

tiffany & darren said...

Great pictures!! Thanks for entertaining me tonight with your new blog post. Good luck with the play and I hope to see you soon!! I feel like I haven't seen anyone in such a long time.

ashleyhollis said...

Wahoo...a new post! I told Parker to tell DJ the other night (during a Halo game, of course) that I love seeing what you guys are up to and to post more. I'm so glad that you did!

kami said...

i loved the update! wow you are going to be super busy - good luck! you'll do great...you'll definitely have to post some pictures of the show.

Cara and Barry said...

Hey Libby...I'm lurking and linked to your blog. I loved the pictures...what a great way to catch up. :) Good luck with Joseph. I'm still hoping we can go. :)

melinda said...

Libby, I loved the photos--your Elphaba (sp?) was wonderful! It's too bad some aren't as Broadway savvy as you are.

And...happy very belated birthday! We felt horrible we missed the actual date--we were actually celebrating our belated anniversary that day and things just flew by. Sheesh we are pathetic. We love you so much and are so glad DJ is such an awesome hubby to make your day so special. Thank you DJ!!! We love you. We do have a super fun gift to send you and I am going to make myself a birthday calendar so I can get on top of the birthday scene this year. Love you, great post!

melinda said...

By the way, plan on posting highlights from the Joseph photos--I am looking forward to hearing about your experience. :)

Amy said...

Here, here! Let's make good use of this here blog! Have mom take lots of photos when she comes, if you aren't able to get some before then...

Good luck with the busy, busy schedule you have for the next several weeks!

melinda said...

DJ- speaking of Birthdays, when is the exact date of your birth? :) I bought a planner today, resolved to do better and Jonny and I are making a valiant effort to remember important days like that. We know it's in March sometime...

Jill said...

Libby, good recap and lots of fun photos. Thanks for sharing!

libby said...

I'll try to get some good photos of the show, or at least me backstage during the show. It has been interesting so far. I'll have to write a post about my experience.

Melinda,
Don't worry about it for one second! I am DEFINITELY not the best with birthdays, so I am amazed anyone remembers mine... And, I do have a wonderful husband, but that wonderful husband rarely checks this blog, so I'll have to speak for him. DJ's birthday is March 1st, and he'll be 25... in his prime, he would say.

Michelle said...

Great Pictures. It was fun to see you guys at Thanksgiving. Sorry I never got those stories to you but maybe you could use them for next year.

kristen said...

haha... only incredibly fast because i knew you would be checking it soon! :) loved talking to you!!

patty said...

I was so excited to find that you actually posted something. I am looking forward to your next post. Judy and I can't wait to come to Pittsburg.

Brooklet said...

Okay, I made it through the post, I will be waiting for my cookie. See if you can find time to bake it and deliver it to me!

I loved your Elphaba! So if people didn't know thats who it was, what did they think you were?

And March 1st is actually national pig day, thats a true fact, something I have remembered since elementary school.

libby said...

Brooke,
You can have your cookie in February. Think of it as a late birthday present.

Unfortunately, people thought my elphaba was either a ghoul or a burgular (I think the beanie was confusing :) ). That's okay, I was in heaven all day imagining some big producer wanted ME to play Elphaba. I know, total nerd.

And honestly, I can't believe you remember that March 1st is national pig day! Although, it doesn't surprise me...

Stephen said...

i bought a ticket to pittsburgh just two days ago. i'll be there with mom and judy. i rented a car too, so we can really have a party.

libby said...

Oooooohhhh, sounds fun! You're a nice brother to come out and see me... We'll have to plan a big party for Saturday.

AmyLyn Packard said...

Hi Libby and DJ! This is AmyLyn (Soelberg) Packard and I just stumbled on the 6th gear + gang and I'm loving get all caught up. Libby, I wish I knew you better, but you're totally cute. Visit our blog! Hope you don't mind if I add your address our blog.
--AmyLyn

www.michaelandamypackard.blogspot.com

Pitcherpost said...

I had almost given up on you ever posting again - but you are busy so you're forgiven. Nice recap, you did a good job documenting the last few months! Hey, could you send me the group picture from the Halloween thing? Thx - I hope I can come see you in Joseph! Although apparently you should give up theater and take up professional skeeball!

Dad (TMF) said...

What a woman--green, red, white or whatever!

libby said...

Amy P. (I have to distinguish between the sister-in-law and the new friend),
Welcome! I have heard all about the Soelbergs from DJ's family--it's nice to put a name with a face!

Melanie: Maybe we can start a league... We'll call it the SKEETERS. You're officially the president.

Jules said...

I might become a blog stocker of yours...It's nice to see some photos of you! I hope all is going well in Pitt... Sending you some love!

paul said...

great post libby. happy birthday.

Stephen said...

where's your new post about our weekend, libby?

patty said...

Yes, I agree. We need a new post.

Amy said...

Ooooo... and I was so excited to check here tonight.

But I'm sure you deserved some sleep tonight, too.