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Friday, May 26, 2017

Hooray, It’s Friday! Last Day of School and Dave’s Birthday


This week consisted of me stressing out about the end of school, thinking about summer vacation, and working ahead on as many blog posts as I could!


Wednesday was the last day of school. We didn’t have any graduations like last year, but Simon’s class had an end of the year picnic.



We also took last day of school pictures. Have they changed at all this year?

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And I asked the kids their yearly end of the school year questions.


What was your favorite part of school this year? Going to recess.

What did you learn? How to read a clock.

What are you looking forward to when you go back to school?  Going to recess.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A person who makes matzah.


What was your favorite part of school this year? Learning about moving west.

What did you learn? Moving west.

What are you looking forward to when you go back to school?  To get Chrome Books.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An engineer.


What was your favorite part of school this year? Getting to take home my Chrome Book.

What did you learn? I learned algebra and other stuff.

What are you looking forward to when you go back to school? Skipping math 7.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Teacher.


After school (it was a half day), we headed to Union Station to see Lightning McQueen, but the line to get in was crazy so we just walked around the outside.


And then, since we are members, we went and checked out the new outdoor part of Science City.


Also, Zachary is now tall enough for the Sky Bike!



It was also Dave’s birthday! I’m not a baker but I made a super easy ice cream brownie cake by making a brownie mix and then pressing it into a pie plate and topping that with ice cream. The kids did the decorating!

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Also, Dave and I went out for beer.



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Day With The Scandal Cast

My Day With The Scandal Cast

Last week I got to travel to New York City to meet up with a friend and take part in some celebrity-watching. Some of you may remember that I used to be a big fan of the show Scandal. I eventually stopped watching the show, but I stayed a fan of the cast, especially of Tony Goldwyn. I have wanted to attend a cast panel for awhile now but there were always other things going on and when I found out there would be one in New York City that I could actually attend, I jumped at the chance!

Both Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn were doing a lot of pre-finale promotional appearances, but for some reason Tony’s schedule wasn’t made known like Kerry’s was. At first, she was supposed to appear on The View and my friend and I got tickets to the screening through their website. A few days ahead of time though, we realized that The View website no longer indicated that she would be there. The day prior to our visit, I saw that she was scheduled for Live With Kelly and Ryan and the tickets were available!

Early morning NYC

We had to be in line for the show at 7:15 AM and after we were all checked in, we had to stand in line and wait for an hour or so. We did see Kerry arriving and walking inside, but other than that the wait was pretty uneventful. Once we got inside, we were seated on the 2nd level in the back row of two, so I don’t believe we were on TV or anything, but we could still see.

Some of my pictures were taken through a glass wall and appear closer than I actually was!

Kerry came out and they talked to her and it was all very cool to see her in real life.

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There was a commercial break and after that Kelly and Ryan were explaining a game they were going to play which was pretty much like Pictionary. They would draw for each other and guess what the other was drawing. But Kerry needed a partner to draw with. So I was thinking hmm, she will bring out someone we’ve never heard of, or someone from the audience, or not have a partner, but then she introduced who she brought with her and it was TONY! I grabbed my friend and said something like “are you serious?!” and Tony came out and it was amazingly cool.


Then they played the game and of course Tony and Kerry won!

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I think you can say I was glad this was the appearance we ended up at!

Later that evening, we arrived at the Paley Center for Media for the Scandal finale viewing and panel with the cast.


The room that the panel was in apparently holds about 200 people. We were seated on the left side of the stage, but after a little while they were moving people around and we asked if we could move up. After some confusion, we ended up on the right side of the stage in the front row!! When the cast entered and left they passed right in front of us. We also watched the finale before the panel began. Because I knew the finale would air, I did catch up on the previous episodes for season 6. It was kind of strange watching with so many people, but also funny and entertaining to hear everyone else’s reactions to the craziness that is the show.

Before we moved up.

I don’t honestly remember a lot of the panel discussion itself, but each cast member was given a turn to answer questions and it was generally pretty interesting. I spent a lot of time watching Tony of course! And also getting frustrated by my camera because I didn’t think my pictures were coming out very well. They turned out better than I expected though!

This is what Tony does when they talk about who Olivia should end up with – Fitz or Jake. Basically everyone there thought Fitz though, so he didn’t need to worry.

Here I believe he was talking about how they filmed the inauguration scene in the finale, as he was the director.

I look at him like that too…

Here Tony was laughing at something that Josh Malina said, but I don’t remember what!

He laughed so hard he was crying though!

I’m so glad I got to be at both of these appearances and even though I don’t exactly plan to watch season 7 of Scandal, I would definitely do this again to get to see Tony and Kerry again!

Have you ever attended any celebrity appearances?