Sunday, August 24, 2008

An Employee At Last!!

I am here to inform you all that I am no longer unemployed. I have received an offer of employment and have accepted the said offer to work at Lodi Memorial Hospital in the Medical/Surgical floor. This full time, night shift position was offered to me last Friday and I readily agreed to the conditions. Although I really wanted to work in Labor and Delivery, I feel that this position will allow me to develop as a nurse and provide me with much needed skills for my future. I am excited, yet nervous at the same time. I will start working this week and continue in my orientation to the hospital/floor for about 8 weeks. Lodi Memorial is only about 15 minutes away from home and is expanding to a brand new wing which will have all private rooms (said to be opening late next year). YAY!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Coskun Wedding

Congratulations to my BEST BUD JANELL!!! . . . and Aydin too of course! :-) The wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Coskun was absolutely beautiful! Janell coined it “Cinderella goes to Turkey” and that is exactly what it was like. The girls were all wearing dark blue satin “foofy” dresses with long white gloves and gold shoes and the back drop was Mediterranean pillars with big urns and white flowers. Janell was simply gorgeous!
There were many sweet and funny moments throughout the ceremony. No one will forget how Aydin loudly proclaimed “I do” only to have Bishop Wilson make the comment, “Aydin, you might want to speak up” in a jest. Aydin then yelled even louder, “I DO!!!” hehehe. . . . Bishop them made some comments about Janell’s past boyfriends whom he did not like and wanted to punch them in the face! LOL!!! It was all very precious . . .
Meg and I attacking the cake!
Mother of the Bride
Von and I feelin' a little crazy at the reception. This was the "safest" picture to post! LOL

The Famous "FACES" picture. . . this has been done throughout the years. We have one at Amy's wedding as well :-)
A cute Usher I found

After the wedding, some of the bridesmaids, groomsmen and friends of the bride and groom came over to our house for a little “after party”. What a blast! We played ping pong, had a campfire and sang songs we made up about Janell and Aydin. . . one we named “That’s our Janell” and another “Turkish Delight”

I will miss you my buddy. . . .but I know you are coming back soon to visit. Hopefully REALLY soon to stay. I wish you all the happiness a marriage can offer and I know Aydin will treat you as he should . . . if not, just let me know. . . .I know people who know people, ya know??

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sweeney Todd ~ A Review

Ok. . . Sweeney Todd has captured my attention for a while now. It perhaps started when I heard Josh Groban sing “Not while I’m around” live in concert. I then met Josh and learned that his dog’s name was Sweeney . . . “as in Sweeney Todd??” said I.

I learned about a month ago that Sweeney Todd, the Broadway musical, was coming to Sacramento and was playing at the Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion. I was determined to get a group together to see this well known musical. Several of my closest buds had agreed to go and we set the plan in motion.

First of all. . . I had never been to the Music Circus before. It was great!! The theater was situated with seats surrounding a small stage in the center. The actors/actresses would enter from several corridors making it a bit more interactive with the theater goers. The atmosphere is quite a bit more relaxed than the Sacramento Community Theater . . . one may purchase food and beverages in the outside pavilion (complete with waterfall) and bring these goods inside the theater!

Ok . . . on to the story of Mr. Todd. According to Wikipedia, “In Stephen Sondheim's 1979 stage musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, based on the 1973 play of the same name by Christopher Bond, Todd was known as Benjamin Barker, a middle class barber, married to Lucy Barker with an infant daughter Johanna. The villainous Judge Turpin exiles Barker to Australia on false charges in order to have Lucy to himself. Mrs. Lovett tells Todd that Lucy poisoned herself and that Turpin adopted baby Johanna as his ward. By the time Todd returns to London, Johanna has become a young woman and falls in love with a sailor, Anthony, with whom she plans to elope.

In the Sondheim musical, Mrs. Lovett takes in an orphan boy, Tobias Ragg, after Sweeney kills Toby's previous guardian, Adolfo Pirelli, who turns out to be a former assistant of his that tries to blackmail him. Toby is the first character to catch onto Sweeney Todd's crimes and also is responsible for Todd's death in the finale.”
Benjamin Barker, Sweeney Todd, is full of hate, vengeance and murder. His sole purpose is to kill Judge Turpin but after the first killing of Mr. Pirelli, Sweeney cannot stop his lust for blood. He begins to kill all of his customers and Mrs. Lovett then makes meat pies out of them to sell in her shop . . . “Seems an awful waste...I mean, with the price of meat what it is, When you get it...If you get it...” she argues.

It was actually quite funny, yet gorey and morbid. While my good buddy Chris would argue with me on this subject, I believe that the moral of the story is what sin, vengeance, bitterness and hate can do to a person. Mr. Barker was not an animal with murderous intents when the whole story started. Yes, he was done wrong . . .very wrong, but he allowed thoughts to enter his head and after the first taste of blood he could no longer control his hunger for vengeance and was eaten up with it. (this could deffinitely preach!!!) It just shows how low humanity can go without even really realizing it . . . This man no longer cared who he killed, when he killed them, or how. . . . . Think good and hard before you let bitterness and hate creep into your heart. . . . dumm dum dum dum duuuummmmmmm (scary music)

Go ahead Chris. . . I know you are ready with a rebuttle. . . ha!!


Today is the best brother in the world’s birthday . . . he just so happens to be MY brother!!! Not only is he the best brother in the world, but also a best friend! If you don’t know this guy . . . you are missing out!! I am so glad that we have remained close throughout the years and we can tell each other just about anything . . . you are an amazing person and am happy to be “ryan’s sister” :-)