Jenni's Jargon

the thoughts that run through my head

Hamilton….

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Let me start by saying that I am completely OBCESSED this this musical and the soundtrack. I listen to several podcasts, and many of them have been talking about Hamilton and had many of the cast members on their shows. So I thought I needed to hear this soundtrack for myself. Once I listened for the first time, I was hooked!!! It really does not take much for me love a musical, I often have background music in my head that could serve as my own life soundtrack, Jenni! The Musical!!

I knew very little about Alexander Hamilton before listening to this soundtrack. In fact, I had no idea who the old, white guy was on the $10 bill (oops, public school history failure). Somehow American History was either not the focus in my high school or I just blocked all that stuff out because I really don’t recall much about this time period. Well, since I didn’t know much, I started where we all should start, Google, and began to read up about this man and what his contributions were to our country. Let me tell you, he was amazing!! If you don’t know his story, take some time to use Google and look him up too!

As for the musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius!! He based a lot of this musical on the book Alexander Hamilton written by Ron Chernow and gave the musical a Hip Hop score. The brilliance of this just blows my mind. This is a total triple threat, history lesson, musical and music I can dance to. I really had no idea how important this mas was to our country and because of this brilliant musical I have once again been thrust into wanting to learn more about this man, and the other influential people of this era.

In school, history was not my thing, I love to hear the stories about history but I was not into memorizing dates and timelines surrounding these stories. If that was the case in a class I really did what I could to survive that class and get a good grade. Besides, I was way to busy learning really hard math (Trig & Calc)  and didn’t need anymore numbers in my head! However, if my history teacher had come to me with this soundtrack and or actually going to see this on stage, as many students in NYC have been able to do thanks to Mr. Miranda, I would have been much more interested. Now, I am beginning to research who were the strong, influential women of this time and how did they impact the start of this nation. Stay tuned….

In the mean time, I am going to keep listening to this soundtrack, wait for the musical to arrive in Denver (2017-2018 season) and pray I can afford and get tickets, and listen to the podcast that was started about this phenomenon called The Room Where Its Happening co-hosted by Mike Drucker and  Travon Free who bring on some of the cast members and other wonderful guests all to talk about how much they love this musical.

Please take some time in your life and check this musical out, listen to the soundtrack and/or the podcast and let this soak into your soul. You won’t regret any of this!

Jenni

 

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My Mom is Funny…

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Me and my mama

 

If you have read my other posts you know that I am an Only Child and I was raised by a Single Mother. As I am preparing to turn 40 this month I have been reflecting a lot on my upbringing and I know with all my heart that I owe most of who I am to this strong woman who raised me.

Thinking about 40 years ago, it was1976 and she was a 22 year-old woman who is single, Catholic and pregnant. There were choices out there that she could have made. If she had made a different choice, I would not be here writing this blog today. I am grateful that she choose to raise me knowing how hard it was going to be for her. Not only do I owe my existence to this woman, I also owe my sense of humor, my liberal attitude, love of baseball and loud mouth to her as well!

As much as I have enjoyed being her daughter and learning from her,

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Ethan and Grandma

I think she was put on this earth to be Ethan’s Grandma. I love watching her be his grandma and all the fun things I hear about them doing together (and I am sure even more fun things I don’t even hear about). She has a sign at her house that reads “What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s” and I know they have little secrets I will never know about. I know she learned how to be a grandma from her mom, my grandma was just the best! She always shows up for him when he needs her there. Since my in-laws live in Texas it is difficult for them to travel to see him so she is always trying to be sure she is there representing the grandparents. Even with her own health issues she is always sure to be his biggest and loudest fan in the room!

 

Now, if you are around my age, your parents are probably around my mom’s age and you know, maybe not the most computer savvy. This is one of the things that makes me giggle the most about my mom. She did not have a job, until the last few years, where the computer was part of her day to day duties. She got much better when she was a nurse case manager and had to use the computer all day. Although I would still get the occasional call at work asking me how to attach files to her emails. Last night this lady had me in stiches. I usually talk to my mom on the way home from work, last night as we were talking she decided to order a pizza because it would be half-price since the Colorado Rockies won their game the night before. Well, in order to get this discount you have to order online and put in the special code. So here we are talking while she is trying to order this pizza online, first off, somehow she gets herself on the Papa John’s catering site and was trying to figure out how to order on there. Then I hear from her, “okay, I’m going to close this and start over” and that made me giggle. Once she finally got on the right page and was ready to order her pizza it was having her make an account and this was not making her happy. All these steps were just too much for her just to order a pizza. At the end she was unsure if she indeed had ordered a pizza or not and had to call Papa John’s to see if they had her order, which they did not and she ended up just eating food she already had. That was 45 min of her life she will never get back, however, it was highly entertaining to me at that time. I have not laughed that much in quite a while.

My mom is so funny, even though some of it may be unintentional, and we always have such a good time and laugh hard when we are together. I am so glad that when I became an adult she and I were able to become best friends. I cherish the time I have with her so much and I try my best not to take it for granted.

Jenni

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