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Six Things I’m Really Gonna Miss About Summer


1. Sleeping late.

And by late, I just mean like 7. I don’t like getting up before the sun does. There’s a reason humans can’t see in the dark.

2. Summer drinks.

Especially when they have cucumber in them. I like to pretend I’m being healthy.

3. Movies.

From Blended and The Nut Job to National Treasure and Walter MittyI honestly think I set a personal best for numbers of movies seen inside of ten weeks this year. (That’s a whole lot of sedentary.  I’m going to make a kick-ass old lady.)

4. Summer feet.

Who knows? Maybe one day I can pursue my dream of being a professional foot model?!!? 

5. All Shook Up

Elvis music set against a Shakespearian plot line housed in a Methodist church. It’s a wild formula that made for a great couple of months with my girl.

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6. Family vacations.

Sure, there are always a few moments when we want to kill each other. But the memories we make and the food we eat always outweigh the death threats.

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Created in response to MamaKat’s weekly writing prompt.

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TWENTY Pictures from the Play


Alas, another summer play is behind us. Am I proud? relieved? sad? Yes. To all three. As I’ve learned from the many shows I’ve done since I was Vivien’s age, you truly form a bond with people you see and get silly with every single day. So much so that you feel a void when these people are taken from your daily routine by something as simple as a final curtain. And, personally, I’ll never be able to hear the word “twerk” again without thinking of this show. (It’s a private joke. Don’t worry, Mom. I never twerked in this production.)

So did I take any pictures? Well, what do you think? I just wish I’d gotten to everyone in the cast. Unfortunately, I was limited to the moments I was offstage and actually had a camera handy.

To the cast and crew of All Shook Up, thanks for giving my girl and me a great summer. We’ll be thinking about all of you when we visit Graceland next month. Can’t wait ’til next year!

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Me and my best girl. Yes, she’s as tall as me now. I should’ve sprung for the platform blue suedes.

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With two of Viv’s best pals. What was I thinking taking such a close-up shot with three, fresh-faced 12-year-olds? (Next time, background, Michele. Background.)

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Fine. I’ll remove myself from this one. Because what’s better than three sweet young girls doing the old school Charlie’s Angels thing?

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How about three sweet young boys? Dressed as church ladies?

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And speaking of which … old lady selfies. Because I might not get that chance again for (cough) fifty years.

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We just couldn’t take enough old lady pictures.

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Getting our crotchety on right before the big number.

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The guy who could do everything from channel Elvis to fix a wedding dress. And I should probably mention he was also one of our two directors.

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Only six of the one hundred forty-four blue suede shoes in the show.

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So glad this lady did the show with me.

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Dressing room selfie. Anyone remember B*tchy Resting Face? (Is it weird that I censored that word given my blog name? Probably.)

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Me and “the Mechanic’s Daddy.”

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The bus. Oh, dear God, the bus. Good times, Mitzi.

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The last night of the show a gang? gaggle? hunka-hunka-herd of Rolling Elvi stopped by to wish us luck. Naturally, I had to get a picture.

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This shot might be my favorite. We just love it when that happens.

Until we meet again in Memphis, Elvis.


Wanna read my other posts about All Shook Up?

11 Tips on Doing a Play With Your Kid
12  of My Favorite Elvis Songs
5 Things You Need to be a Church Lady


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ELEVEN Tips on Doing a Play With Your Kid


I’m finishing up another show with my girl. What a great experience it’s been for both of us. Of course, there are always things upon which I could improve. So, like last year, I’ve taken the liberty of keeping a list of helpful hints for the next time she and I take the stage together.

For the record, Viv … I can’t wait.

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1. At my age, there’s a very fine line between stage makeup and the drag queen effect. I’m pretty sure I crossed it at least half the nights. Oh, how I fear the performance video. In a I’ve-just-seen-Psycho-and-I-now-need-to-take-a-shower kind of way.

2. And while I’m on the subject of make-up, I wish the gifted engineers who make lip stain would share their secret with the incompetent boobs who make nail polish. Every night when I get home, I need to rub that shi- … (wait! kids from the show might be reading this) stuff off with industrial sandpaper.

3. There are a GREAT many things on the list of foods I can’t eat before a show. Among them so far … jambalaya, shrimp, chowder, lasagna, cannelloni, Mexican food, a shi- (dang it! … the kids) boatload of cheese. Only Tic Tacs agree with me in those valuable hours leading up to a performance. (How have I not lost weight during this show???)

4. If there are moments in the show where you are suddenly expected to freeze in an expressive position so as not to draw attention from a spotlighted soloist, do not freeze with your mouth open while facing downward. Gravity + saliva = your worst enemies.

5. When going to the bathroom during the show in costume, always check when you’re done to see if the back of your skirt is tucked into your scuba suit of undergarments. I cannot stress this enough.

6. And while we’re on THAT subject, a heavy sweater over another sweater over a dress over a leotard … in New Orleans … in June? Well, there’s simply not enough deodorant in the world.

7. Making young people laugh and break character on stage is easier than one would think. (Oops.)

8. Take every opportunity you can to pee. (See #5) You never know when the urge is going to hit and it’s the last thing you need distracting you on stage. And know that even something as benign as a smoothie for dinner can be trouble (per #3) as it will result in a record-setting night for bathroom visitations. My personal best for the 2.5 hour show is 14. I should probably see a doctor about that.

9. Blue suede shoes are a surprisingly uncomfortable and unsupportive choice in footwear. I’m thinking that THIS had something to do with all the flailing Elvis exhibited back in the day. Think about it. Fat Elvis dumped the shoes for a jumpsuit and did you ever see him flail again? No. Because his feet were finally happy. Of course, I think this is when the whole arm windmill thing started. And THAT was probably because his bedazzled pajamas were too tight.

10. It is astonishingly difficult to hang on to a slippery bible while dancing and wearing old lady church gloves. Next time you run into one of these feisty women, I suggest challenging her to a thumb war. And be prepared to have your butt kicked. (Whew, I almost said ass. Then I remembered the kids. Nice save, Michele.)

11. If you leave your phone unattended in a room full or teen/tweens, you can and should expect changed ringtones … new screen savers … and entire photo albums of these.

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I love these kids. Every one of them. For realz, yo. (Can I pull that off? Too late.)


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TWELVE Of My Favorite Elvis Songs


Remember how Viv and I are doing a play? Called All Shook Up? And it’s all set to Elvis music. Yeah? Well, guess what today’s list is going to be about?

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1. All Shook Up. Because it was used to title the amazing activity in which my daughter and I are immersed right now.

2. Hound Dog. Because it was the first Elvis song I ever heard. When I heard it performed, it was actually being sung by a girl doing an impersonation in a talent show. I was completely floored.

3. Blue Suede Shoes. Because it’s my daughter’s favorite dance number in the play.  Her smile illuminates the whole stage for me. (Bonus: We both now own a pair.)

4. Are You Lonesome Tonight? Because I’ve always liked it and (fine, I’ll admit it) I also like the version sung by Dwayne Johnson in a kids’ movie called Game Plan

5. Blue Christmas. Because it’s always been one of my quintessential Christmas songs.

6. Come on Everybody. Because of, duh, Ann-Margret and this video.

7. Don’t be Cruel. Because of the first five repeating notes on the guitar. Love it.

8. Can’t Help Falling in Love With You. Because it was the first song we danced to as husband and wife at my wedding. And the band totally played it by accident.

9. Jailhouse Rock. Because of this video. Classic Young Elvis.

10. Burning Love. Because it closes out the play with a bang every night.

11. Suspicious Minds. Because it’s always just been a very Vegas-y song to me. And because Uncle Jesse did a pretty great tribute to it on a show whose name I refuse to mention.

12. Viva Las Vegas. Because of the opening riff. It’s just a great song.


Editor’s Note: Yes. I love Elvis. He’s an icon. But … in the age-old Beatles vs. Elvis dispute, my heart will always be with the Fab Four. God Save the Queen.


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