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Thursday, September 1, 2016

August 2016

In early August the boys headed back to school.  It doesn't seem possible but we have a Junior and a Freshman in the house!  They're off to great starts this year.  Thomas is running cross-country and Brennan is in marching band.  So we're staying extra busy!

The Litwits celebrated our 50th book ("Me Before You") with a special night at Tricia's farm.

Niece Natalie was crowned Miss Upper Elementary in the Miss Mississippi Pageant!

And Thomas got his braces off!

My cocktail crew celebrated with Mules by the Pool on a hot day in August.

And several friends got together to cheer on Gina of Pomp&Bloom florist as she was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce.

A portion of our wine club got together for the first annual Craft Beer Brew Fest and then headed out for dinner, enjoying the Chef's Table at Henry Social Club!

The family welcomed little cousin Harper Noble!  Isn't she beautiful?!

Bailey and I spent a large part of the month driving someone to school, waiting after band, going to cross-country practice...  We got some walks in while we waited.

Speaking of cross-country.  The team is having a great year.

Bailey wondered "Where is Daddy?" during David's 2 week trip to Dubai.

Google Maps showed us we were indeed across the world from each other.

My frequent view in the car.  A boy and his dog.  Bailey loves a car ride.

Bailey got to go to his first Canines and Cocktails event at Hotel Indigo.  He had a blast.  So did Thomas and I!

What a treat seeing Broadway's Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp on stage at the Cabaret at the Commons.  Such great seats too!  They are funny, sensitive, talented guys.  I loved that I knew so much of their music!

I got to hang with them at the after party as well.  Dolls!

I've enjoyed high school football games this year, especially to cheer on my favorite synthesizer player!

A very special event in August was my trip to Amelia Island with Renee, Lisa, and Evalyn.
I love, love, love Amelia Island and was so happy to get to spend some quality time with these amazing women

Sunset on the Atlantic

Renee and me

I am at my happiest with a view like this one :)

The forecast called for rain, but it turned out to be a perfect sunny day!

Bonnie, Renee, Lisa, and Evalyn

We took a few drives around the gorgeous island.

And had some yummy seafood

The downtown area is really charming

After a day in the sun and a great night catching up

I'm ready to head back!

And the movie filming continued!  Last month I shared a couple of photos of mine and Thomas's day of being an extra (and screenwriter consultant!) with the likes of John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, and Julia Sweeney!

The filming continued in August and recently wrapped up.  Can't wait to see "Columbus" the movie on the big screen!

John was around town a lot and he had the nicest things to say about our community.

Filming at The Miller House for a day was a highlight for me!

I was an extra in 4 scenes that day with awesome people like John Cho, Parker Posey, Master Chef Edward Lee, and actor Wynn Reichert.  Plus some of my favorite local people!

About to film an outdoor scene.  Parker and John are behind us, getting adjusted before "Background!  Rolling!"

Interior Scene

The fabulous Parker Posey who I've loved since "As the World Turns" and "You've Got Mail" 20+ years ago!  There she was, spending the day with me :)

Parker Posey's McDonald's iced coffee :)

Dinner in town one night


The crew party was a ton of fun.  John had just purchased this Indiana cutting board and he posed with our mayor.  It looks like the mayor's giving John the key to the city in the form of a cutting board.  I think I had a lame idea for this pose.

Haley and John did this Faceswap during the Crew Party and she put it on Instagram later.

And I had taken the photo of them taking the faceswap at the party!

Pretty awesome experience to be involved with this movie paying homage to the architecture and the community spirit.  Also glad that Thomas got to be a part of it all!

Oh, did I mention Bailey could be in the movie?  They asked me to bring him for one scene shot at a park.  We're running around chasing a ball.  He was at his most adorable that day and didn't growl at anyone :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

July 2016

July was full of good music, friends, a mission trip, and lots of camps.

My friend Erin and I had a late lunch on the opening day of the newest brew pub in our area - in a historic building that was lovingly restored.  It's situated on the river and has great ambience!  No beer for us - we had the vinho verde.

While David was in Mississippi caring for Carolyn, Brennan and I said goodbye to Thomas, who headed to West Virginia for his mission trip.

The trip location was planned back in November, but the group ended up having a completely different trip than planned because they arrived one week after the historic flooding.  While the group normally goes to help build, they saw the other end of the spectrum and spent much of their 9 days tearing down housing that was beyond repair.  They also spent time in a children's literacy program, and were coordinating the donation delivery station in the evening.  It was an eye-opening and emotional trip, and the kids came back feeling a sense of connection to the people of WV!

David and I headed to The Vogue in Indy to see the Violent Femmes.  They sounded as great as our college days.  It was a fun concert together!

I continue my tours.  I had a special private tour at The Miller House one day when there was a lightning storm.  It was pretty unbelievable to see.

I'm doing some contract work for The Visitors Center, including a project at this historic building in town.  It's a lot of fun to spend time there!

This kid passed his driving test!  He takes all of his paperwork and can get his license on September 26th (not that I'm counting!)

Thomas spent a sweaty week at Cross-Country camp at a beautiful state park about 2 hours from our house.  Brennan spent two looooong weeks at band camp and came out unscathed!  We weren't sure how it would go, but he ended up having a good time.  Here he is after the parents' preview night, helping get the instruments back to the band hall.

I love this photo of the musicians in the school pool!  Good to help them with their breathing.

Of course, we've had some pool time.

And Thomas continues to learn car maintenance with Dad.

They're filming an independent Hollywood movie in Columbus!  Thomas and I went to the open casting (me to help behind the scenes as a tour guide).

I got a call back - here I am, waiting with the serious actors who were doing breathing exercises and reviewing their portfolios!

Kelly and Scott hosted a party at the Inn at Irwin Gardens for all of the great volunteers who helped on Kelly's campaign for judge.  No one declared by the July 5th deadline to run against Kelly in the November 8th election.  So as long as Kelly gets one vote, she's our new judge!  We're so proud of her and know she'll do a great job.

David and I celebrated the 28th anniversary of our first date (waaaay back in 1988) with a surprise trip (for David) to Indy that I planned.  Our first stop was dinner at The Rathskellar.  Look at the size of that lager!

Then we walked over to the Egyptian Room at the Murat for a concert.

One of David's favorite bands (and one I'm pretty fond of, thanks to David) - Garbage.
The concert was fantastic.  We felt like young folk because in the Egyptian Room, it's standing room only.  We were up front.  Felt like I was in the mosh pit!

And then Rumer Willis (Demi Moore and Bruce Willis's daughter!) came to Columbus for our Cabaret series.  We got a table with friends.

Rumer was good - lots of jazz favorites.  She was just finishing her Broadway run as Roxie Hart in "Chicago", and as the 2015 winner of Dancing with the Stars.  Her pianist and best friend were on stage with her and joined us at the after party too.

With Sharon and Erin

Jeff and John's puppy Clementine (Clemmie) was a hit at the party.  Clemmie's first party!  Rumer was in love.

Our white fluffy baby is also doing great.
He was excited in this photo because Thomas was going to take him for a long walk to chase Pokémon.

Here he's demanding that I pick him up and put him on the bed.  He can't jump up by himself. 

This is a bad doggy who ran across the street in our neighborhood and Dad had to go retrieve him.

And here we are waiting to pick up Thomas from cross country one afternoon!

The last weekend of July was a very full one, and David was traveling to Mississippi.
We went to the Henry Moore birthday party on the library plaza.  Here are the boys with Large Arch by Henry Moore.

While Henry Moore would have been 118, the library still likes to celebrate with a party each year.  Hey, there's cake!

 Then we headed to Katelyn and Roy's wedding reception at The Commons.  It was so beautiful and touching.  The food was awesome too!

Brennan was exhausted so he skipped the Harry Pottery "Cursed Child" book release party at Viewpoint.  But Thomas and I went.  We wouldn't have missed it!  We went in 2007 as well to their Deathly Hallows release party when Thomas was only 7!  While we didn't stay until midnight, we saw all the cool things inside and outside the store like this car that is just like the one in the books, and we had a butterbeer of course!

And here are 3 of Brennan's classmates, dressed up for the event!  Dee, Megan, and Claire

And then Thomas and I spent a day playing movie star!  We were extras in 6 scenes during the first day of filming.  Here we are - the costume director took this photo for us.  Highlights for me included talking with Julia Sweeney and John Cho, getting to see behind the scenes, and spending the day at the Saarinen former bank.  As an architecture enthusiast these days, it was a lot of fun.

The alley where Thomas filmed a scene

Here's another scene.  Thomas is an extra (see him in the background), and here I am sitting with Julia Sweeney and John Cho as they wait for the set up guys to complete for the scene.  It was pretty awesome.  Something else - John Cho signed up for Instagram just as a took this photo.  His first photo is of the interior of the bank from Day 1 of filming.  Thomas is actually in the background of that first photo that John took.

Some of my local friends and I walked down to Zaharakos for an ice cream or fountain drink and we took some back to the cast and crew.  Zaharakos is a favorite.

Speaking of John Cho - here we are on our way to see the latest Star Trek movie.  He and I talked about the movie (which we all really liked) and his tv show - Selfie - which I watched in full in June/July.  Two very different examples of his work.  I guess now I need to finally watch Harold and Kumar.

August is just as full a month, I promise!