Neet Stuff March 2015: “The Melville Boys”

I was looking forward to seeing Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presentation of Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” at the Pumphouse Theatres last night. I read this play about 20 years ago when I was a theatre student. I always wanted to see this play on stage. It took me a couple of decades to see it happen and it was well worth the wait.

It’s great to see a classic Canadian play be produced by a local group with local theatre talent. What could happen when two brothers go to a cabin to do some fishing and drink a few beers?  Family relationships are complicated and when you add cancer to the mix, the unexpected may just very well happen.  One of the brothers has cancer and it’s the big elephant in the room as The Melville Boys head off to the cabin. Their weekend plans are taken off course when they meet two attractive sisters. Facing your own feelings can be scarier than cancer.

Justin Michael Carriere played Owen Melville, Jayson Therrien played Lee Melville, Samantha Duff played Mary and Kayte Davies played Lorreta. The acting was very solid. The climatic scene between Owen and Lee is one of the most intense scenes I’ve seen on stage for a while. Well done.

And then there was the music… The play’s soundtrack showcased classic tunes from the 1980’s and 1990’s. I could not help but feel nostalgic for that time.  Come on, who doesn’t remember the song “Patio Lanterns” by Kim Mitchell?! Anyone? Come on! That song reminds me of summer and camping.

Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” runs until March 21, 2015 at the Pumphouse Theatres. Limited tickets are available through

Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presents Norm Foster's "The Melville Boys"

Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presents Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys”


Auditions for “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”

Auditions for “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”.

To Jennifer O’Brien – The Deepest Sympathies

What lovely words to a mother who has lost so much. My prayers are with this family. Please read this post.



Jennifer O’Brien – I’ve never met you.  I don’t know anything about you or your family other that what I’ve seen on the news.  I’ve never had the pleasure of interacting with your gorgeous boys; never got to personally tell you how much I was thinking about you and your family; never gave you a hug and told you I was praying for you.  And yet I am deeply affected by the news today, of your family’s situation and the horror you are going though.  Jennifer – I’m a mom, too.

I bawled during your press conference when you talked to your superhero Nathan and told him to stay strong.  Actually, I bawled every time I heard about him and your parents on the news.  I know I’m far from the only one.  We are all crying with you.

I have been obsessively following your story, praying hard for a miracle. …

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Neet Stuff – Summer 2013

University of Calgary

University of Calgary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the summer officially over with the Labour Day weekend, I thought I would recap some  random things that I find ‘neet’.

There were many things that were neet but this is a sample of events that happened to me and the people near and dear to me in the Summer of 2013.

  1. V is fearless. V is brave.  She is not afraid of heights or speed.  She has a sparkle in her eye when she’s climbing at the top of something very dangerous or is going very, very fast.  Good lord, help me!
  2. Every year we commit to try out new camping places.  This year we went to Medicine Lake up near ‘beautiful’ Rimby for the Canada Day long weekend.  Very peaceful.
  3. I love life as a student — almost completed my Professional Management Certificate at University of Calgary.  I completed my Human Resources Management Certificate in 2012 and soon I’ll have another certificate under my belt. A super cool thing is that I was able to get Education Leave from work this summer so I could take classes.  Super cool.  One of the classes was HR Perspectives on Work-Life Balance which is kind of ironic in the fact that I was taking that course and I was a single mom (hubby out of town working) and I was super busy with V and life.  Is there any balance in that?

    Calgary Zoo

    Calgary Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  4. The Calgary Zoo reopended from the flood!  Baby penguins!
  5. @CenturyHomesYYC is really cool.  Century Homes Calgary highligts and celebrates heritage homes that were built during Calgary’s first building boom.  There are several in our area and I have been taking photos of them on my Instagram.  I really enjoy the history and checking out the stories behind some of these homes.  Check out the “Birdhouse” that is very close to where we live.  I love how some residents post their personal descriptions of their homes.  It’s called the “Birdhouse” because there’s a tiny birdhouse at the top.  By the way, the house sits on a huge lot which is really unheard of near downtown Calgary.    There is also the “Pushing Petals Flower Store” on 5th Avenue NW that used to be a grocery store.  This is a great pace to buy flowers by the way.
  6. We finally got around to watching Season 3 of Game of Thrones and really liked the “Red Wedding” episode that
    Game of Thrones Red Wedding Humour courtesy of Pinterest - a little geek humour for you

    Game of Thrones Red Wedding Humour courtesy of Pinterest – a little geek humour for you

    everyone was talking about.  My hubby and I like to geek out and watch this show together.  He has been away for work so we finally had a chance to see the entire season.  What a great show!  When the “Red Wedding” epidsode first aired, I stayed away from social media to avoid any spoilers.  I’m glad I did.  It was a shocking episode but not as bad as I thought it would be.  I can’t believe all the outrage some people have over it.  Here’s a site that shows some of the most angriest reactions — very good.

  7. Speaking of weddings…  We went to a wedding that was so not like the “Red Wedding”!  Congratulations to my cousin Lindsay and her new husband Aaron.  It was a beautiful wedding and it was well worth the trip up to Fort St. John. V was very excited to see the wedding and ‘helped’ by lining up petals before the ceremony.  The ceremony was set at a location that was like a scene out of a movie – in a field overlooking the Peace River valley.  It was absolutely stunning!  It was a great weekend with family.
  8. It was very sad to see Granny Bulman pass away but it was very cool to catch up with cousins and get together with family.  Granny would of really appreciated a family gathering that happened in mid August. RIP Granny.  Granny, you were always a ‘stickler’for detail and I know that  I inherited from you.  Granny was always very organized and I know for certain I got her organizational skills from her.  I always get super excited on how to organize my life better.  (Hello! have you not seen my Pinterest boards!)
  9. My super cool husband gave me a ‘mini kid free vacation’!  He has been racking up hotel points with all of his work travel so he came back from his last trip and book two nights for me – just me to stay at a posh hotel in the city.  It was fantastic to sleep and sleep and after some sleep, I did what I wanted.
  10. Calgary Pride was fabulous!  My very first Pride Parade.  It was very fun and it’s important to support this community.

Feeling Peaceful

I am really enjoying summer right now and feeling at peace.



Calgary Flood 2013

Bow River Flooding – Prince’s Island Park

I was very fortunate to have friends to stay with when the Bow River charged through the city. It was one of the moments where I felt very lucky and that I live in a very great city. I was sad to see the city I love being torn apart but then lovingly put back together. There are certainly kind people out there. It was this week where I sat back and reflected on how lucky I was to have a great family and to live in such a great neighborhood in the city. Pretty cool really.


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