Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Full Day in Simi Valley

Lynn and I got much done in Simi Valley today! We toured the Reagan Presidential Library, visited the Santa Susana Depot, and strolled the grounds and buildings of the Strathearn Historical Park.

And all on Lynn's half-healed broken foot.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Stumbling into Excellence

Lynn and I lucked out again. Having never stayed in the Simi Valley area before, we were pretty much shooting in the dark. Yes, even with TripAdvisor reviews, it still feels like shooting in the dark.

But we hit the jackpot: Bartons Steak and Seafood. It's quite hard to find as it's pretty plain jane from the outside and it's in a less-than-OK-looking shopping center.

Mint juleps were supporting Hospice tonight. The flambeing table-side was fantastic - twice!

Tomorrow, the Reagan Library...

Sunday, March 31, 2013


With the Regusci clan being at church all morning, things don't get rolling around here until well into the afternoon. And rolling they got! The Nipomo Fosters joined as well as the Gormleys. There was all manner of playing, egg hunting, eating, and drinking (not necessarily in that order).

And swimming!


Monday, March 25, 2013

First First Reading

It was a first reading alright. It was the first rehearsal for The Sound of Music, and the goal was a first reading. This was Serafina's first first-reading. Tracy picked up all the tools she needed on the way (3-ring binder, notebook, pencils, highlighters, and pencil pouch). What a trooper Serafina was. She was at the table with the entire cast, and was focused to the max for the better part of 2 hours trying to follow along with her script (105 pages, single spaced!). I cringed a bit when they handed that unbound, un-punched, 1/4-ream of paper script to Serafina; I could just see it spewing all over the floor. It was crowded enough at the table that space was at a premium. But no problem. Once Tracy showed her a way to "turn over" to the next page, she kept things fairly tidy. At one point Tracy and I could tell she was entirely lost script-wise, but she heard Maria read a line that was a cue for her and she just looked up at Maria and said her line from memory (she's watched the movie many times!). The director was beaming! And oh my, that pink highlighter was going a mile a minute. It has a special gel tip; oh my. At one point the director called out info as to who was going to be called and at what times for the rest of the week, and also gave out the manager's cell phone number. When we talked with Serafina about that on our way to the car, she showed us where she had correctly jotted that all down in her notebook. Where did she learn all this!?

Friday, March 22, 2013

From Fish to Tiny Tim to Gretl

From Fish to Tiny Tim to Gretl, and it hasn't even been a year yet since The Little Mermaid, Jr. - has it?!

That's right, Serafina just landed the role of Gretl in The Sound of Music being produced by the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre:

At left is the photo Tracy used for her head shot. And to the back was attached her resume. Her what? Resume?! See Theatrics.

It's just all too much fun. And thank goodness that's exactly how Serafina sees it - all fun!

The show will run on the weekends starting May 24 and ending June 23.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tall Ships in Morro Bay

Matteo really enjoyed his tour of the two tall ships that were in Morro Bay over the weekend. Serafina was "casually" interested, and AJ wanted nothing to do with it. At all. All the photos:

"Sometimes I feel like a pack mule."

Saturday, February 9, 2013