It is now March. The temperatures remain a good (bad) 30 degrees below normal. I'm sick of hearing myself complain about it so I think I'll just pretend it is still January. That way I won't be quite so stunned when I wake up every morning to discover that it is -6 degrees outside.
There has been a fair amount of pretending around here. And not just weather related.
This past weekend my kids' school had their annual fundraising gala and it was a Great Gatsby theme. I was more than happy to pretend it was the roaring 20s again. I always thought I should have been born in a different era (20s or 50s preferably) so this was right up my alley.
Luckily, I had a dress that I bought for a wedding a few years ago that would pass for a 20s style. All I had to do was purchase some long black gloves and a black hat on Amazon and I was set. Todd bought a white tie and borrowed a hat and we were good to go.
It is always so fun for me to dress up. I really don't get to do it often but I sure have fun with it. My kids' faces when they see me all dressed up is just priceless. They are so used to me in jeans and t-shirts that it shock on their faces is hilarious. Mom can be fancy!
The gala was loads of fun and raised a good chunk of change for our school. Afterwards a bunch of us went out (in full 20s garb) to a local watering hole to play darts, have a couple of drinks, and chat until far too late. It was a good night.
The next morning Todd and I struggled to pretend we weren't absolutely EXHAUSTED. We managed to wrangle all the kids to mass on time where we saw some of the other parents we had been out late with. They were all pretending to be wide awake as well.
Somehow we made it through the entire day (complete with a trip to Cabela's, and hour away, and dinner at the kids' favorite restaurant). I was so tired by the time the Oscars came on and yet I still made it through until the end.
I'm sorry to say I can't pretend to be that impressed with the show. The dresses were all very hohum. There were only a very few that stood out. The singers were very pitchy. I wondered if they were having major sound problems. Pink rarely sings flat and she did so a number of times. Idina Menzel (SHAME on John Travolta for slaughtering her name so badly! It is not THAT difficult! CRIPES!) had a very shakey performance. It even appeared she had forgotten the words in the beginning and the orchestral arrangement was so loud that I thought she was going to pop a chord at the end there. She was really straining. I blame the less than flawless performance on John Travolta.
Best speeches were Lupita Nyong'o (loved that dress on her too) and Matthew McConaughy. They both made me cry. Maybe I was just overtired.
I think I am still overtired today. I guess I'll just pretend I'm not as long as I'm already pretending not to be freezing. And I'll pretend to be excited for an extra long choir rehearsal tonight. And another one tomorrow night (as well as an important meeting at the kids' school). Ugh
Anyone else pretending today?