Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Any magical power? I think I'd want the power to turn things into something else. I'd go around turning garbage into money so that I could pay off all my bills, give money to everyone I know, and then donate it to worthy charities. I'm sure I'd save enough to buy a house too, lol!
2. You've won a pair of round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the world. Where would you go, with whom, and why?
I'd go to Paris with Chris. I've always wanted to experience that particular city with him, because he loves it so much!
3. You are stranded in a library or bookstore for 24 hours. In what section do you spend the most time? Why?
Fiction, of course! I would spend a lot of time making a list of the books that sound good, and then I'd pick one out and find a comfy place to read!
4. If you were to be on a reality TV show, which one would it be? Why would you be a good fit for that particular show?
I hate all reality TV, but if I had to be on one, it would be American Idol. I would be a great fit for Idol because I have an excellent singing voice. (unfair advantage, having taken lots of voice lessons, though!)
5. What did you most recently dream or daydream about?
Last night I had a nightmare that the Fundraiser didn't go well. Today at lunch I daydreamed about going to the beach.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Okay, so remember about a month ago I said there might be a guy? Well, there's not. He's not really who I thought he was, so there's nothing happening there. So I'm back where I started, which is fine, I suppose. It just gets old, you know? Being single? It was made glaringly clear this weekend just how single I am. Everyone in the play had a significant other in the audience sometime this weekend except me. Everyone had someone to go out with after at least one of the performances except me. It begins to feel pathetic at some point. I don't know... maybe I'm just feeling sorry for myself a little. I just feel like I'm running out of time, you know?
Okay, so this has been a downer post and I'm sorry about that. The next one will be better!
Work went pretty well last week. We've hit the coasting point in the fundraiser. We've done most of the work and now it's time to complete the details and enjoy the event! It's going to be great. And to be honest, I'm looking forward to the day after the event, when I can take some time off and relax a little. Having the play end two days before my big fundraiser means all my big commitments will be over after the fundraiser. I will happily spend a few weeks not being busy! Then I'll get bored and get involved in something else!
I can't audition for the next play because I'm going to be out of town on opening weekend, but I'm going to offer to help gather props or costumes or something, just to stay involved. I do plan to audition for Hamlet later this year, though. And I'm hoping to be on the board of directors for the theatre next year.
There may be some news about work soon. It's an exciting time and I can't wait to see what happens...
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I'll post an update after tomorrow night's performance.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
So anyway, I'm really, really excited about the invited dress rehearsal and about opening night! I don't know if anyone is coming to see me, but that doesn't matter. I invited some people, but several of them are going to be out of town, one lives out of town, so it might be hard for him to get down here, and I'm fairly certain that Rhea isn't coming, since we haven't spoken in about two months. Some of my coworkers said they might come, but I think that was just them being nice, you know? My sister might come, which I think would be really great, but who knows if she will. But I don't care if anyone comes to see me. I'm just happy to be doing it, just happy to be back on a stage, doing something I've always loved.
Speaking of things I love, work is currently going great! I love when work is good, it makes life better. The Fundraiser is now sold out! I have a sold out event! Well, okay, not exactly sold out. I have some general admission tickets left, but I sold our last available table today. It's great knowing I don't have to worry about selling tables anymore! We have two weeks until the event and all I have to do is push the general admission tickets.
Okay, that's all for now. Bedtime!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
These pictures are of my parents engaging in what has become a new family hobby: geocaching! Just after the second picture was taken, my dad found the cache hidden behind a metal pole. I had already seen it, but was pretending I hadn't so that my mom could find it. Alas, she still didn't, because my dad beat her to the punch! Oh well...
If you want to learn more about geocaching, go to www.geocaching.com and read their beginner's guide. It's a great way to get out into nature and a fun way to spend time with family and/or friends!
Friday, April 13, 2007
*Creativity is an act of faith. Believing mirrors give us faith in our faith.*
Julia Cameron writes about “believing mirrors” in her book Finding
Water. These are people in your life that are gifted, interesting, and
generous. They are sincere and optimistic and bring optimism and hope to you.
So who are your believing mirrors? Who are you a believer in?
Of course, you would expect a mother to be encouraging to her daughter, but my relationship with my mom is something else. It's more of a friendship now than a mother/daughter relationship, and it's nice to know I have that person in my life to talk to and spend time with. She has seen my best and worst, and still loves me. It's nice to have that.
My friend Chris is a constant source of encouragement, positive energy, and generosity. Just hearing his voice or seeing his name in my inbox brings a smile to my face. We are truly soul mates, not in the romantic sense of the word, but in an even better way. Chris knows me and he is fully aware that I have a tendency to embrace a project and let it consume me. He also knows that I will do everything I can to finish that project, but that I will always begin several others while still working on the first one. He is always so positive about my (sometimes) crazy projects, and even says he admires my adventurous spirit. By believing in me so completely, he helps me to believe in myself.
Another constant source of encouragement is Marcus, who always makes me laugh. I can be having the worst day ever, and then I'll get an IM from him or my phone will ring and I will be laughing in less than a minute. We work for the same company, so if I'm having problems in that arena, he always knows about it and can always offer advice. He is a cheerleader for my professional abilities. On the rare days when I feel like I have no more expertise than someone who has never even heard of public relations, he reminds me that I'm good at my job. Even when I don't need advice or encouragement, he's great to talk to, and always provides lots of reasons to laugh!
I have a few online friends like this as well, and one in particular should not be left out of this! Devon and I started communicating because of NaNoWriMo, and we have continued to read each other's blogs and comment on them. With my writing especially, Devon has been a great source of encouragement and a huge influence. I have learned so much from her blog and her comments on my blog, and I will always be grateful that she takes time out of an incredibly busy schedule to mentor me as a writer. I love reading about her life and her writing. It makes me want to write more and really encourages me to look at my writing as more than just a hobby. She knows so much about such a wide variety of topics and can comment on pretty much everything! I have no idea why such an amazing and accomplished person is reading my blog and commenting on it, but everytime I get a message from her, I am happy to read it and I always take what she says to heart. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to Devon because she has really been an inspiration to me!
The second question is a little more difficult. It is natural for me to believe in people. It's part of my personality. I believe in all the people listed above, that their talents and abilities are wonderful, and that they will continue to do great things with their lives. Someone not listed above, but who is a person I truly believe in with all my heart is Rhea. We have known each other for about 20 years now, and have been best friends for about 15 of those years. We have our ups and downs as friends, but I know that she is aware that I consider more a sister than a friend. I believe in her talents and her abilities. I believe in her intelligence and her creativity. I know that she can accomplish anything she wants to accomplish, as long as she decides it is worth going after with her whole heart and mind. I believe great things are in store for her, and that she will overcome all obstacles and win out in the end. She is a strong, beautiful, intelligent person who will not just survive, but will thrive. If only she would believe it, too.
Those questions were great! They really made me think about my relationships with people. I can't wait to read what the others have written!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
1. If you had to change your first name, what would you choose as your new name?
2. What is your favorite saying, quote, or expression?
3. If you could buy any rare collection in the world, which would you choose? Why?
4. If you could fly in a hot-air balloon over any city in the world, what city would you choose? Why that city? Have you visited there before?
5. What is an item you own that has a minimal monetary value but has such sentimental value that you would not sell it for $5,000?
I had a meeting for the Fundraiser, and apart from some logistics and a fairly serious parking problem, things are going very well. Because of the Other Event at the same place on the same night (which has reached over 5,000 people already) we are struggling to find solutions for parking. I swear, Mobile thinks it's a big city, but it's really just a small town. I'll give the city credit, though, they are trying to work out solutions. It looks like they are going to divert traffic going out of the city and use one of the tunnels to just go into the city rather than in and out. It's going to be a huge mess, but so many people are coming from the other side of the bay for the Other Event that they have to figure something out. Also, they are using a larger parking lot that is further away from the venue and running busses to and from the venue to get people there. It's going to be crazy, but at least we won't have thousands of people looking for a place to park!
Rehearsal was great yesterday too. I got a lovely comment from the director that she was really seeing the character and that I'm adding texture to my performance every night. That was good to hear, since I'm still a little unsure. I'm feeling better about the character, though, and better about some of the things I'm trying to do with the lines and gestures and everything. I'm really trying hard to bring her to life. I have a couple of habitual gestures that I have to stop doing. They are things I do in real life and they really don't go with the character at all, so I'm working on keeping them out of the performance. And here's something funny... I was speaking too quickly, and then I slowed it down too much, and last night I went back to speaking too quickly! It's time to find that happy medium. Hopefully that will come tonight. Tonight should be fun. We're doing publicity shots for a local newspaper and our in-house photographer is going to be there to take pictures as well. We're going to run a few scenes to clean them up and then run the show. I can't wait to see what happens tonight. Every night seems to get better and better.
That's about it... for now...
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Things really seem to be coming together. This weekend, I'm going to solidify my lines, just to make sure I know them really well and don't have to call for them anymore. I also have to do dress rehearsal for my church's Easter production, which means I have to set up the video equipment and make sure the video I made for the production works properly. I love editing video, and this one was really a lot of fun to do. The choir hasn't seen the video yet, so the dress rehearsal will be their first and only opportunity to see what the audience is going to see while they are singing the songs. I think they'll like it. I spent a lot of time putting it together. The dress rehearsal is Saturday, right after the church-wide Easter egg hunt, and then the musical is Sunday morning.
Tomorrow after work I'm going back to Lane Bryant to see if they have something I can wear for Easter Sunday. I love buying a new Easter outfit! There's something on their Web site that I absolutely love and I really hope they have it in my local store. If they don't, I'll be so upset with myself for not ordering it weeks ago when I first saw it. I kind of hate that I have to shop there, but right now I do. However, if I keep dropping weight like I've been doing recently, I might not have to do it much longer! Oh right, I haven't mentioned that yet... I've lost about 15 pounds since the start of the play! It's all those rehearsal nights... I go straight to rehearsal after work and don't have dinner, and then when I get home it's too late to even think about eating, so I just skip it. I know, I know... not the most healthy way to lose weight, but it seems to be working...
And just to add to the mundane nature of this post, I'm considering getting my hair cut this weekend. Nothing drastic, because we still haven't decided what we're going to do with it for the play, but a trim or something. I really need a trim... I'm beginning to look like The Shaggy Dog or something.
Well it's officially tomorrow now... time for bed...
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
But all in all, it was a great rehearsal and a wonderful experience because I really needed to get rid of the script. Once that happens, once you get rid of that security blanket, it's so much better, so much easier to really become that person.
I'm still getting to know the other cast members and there isn't a single one that I dislike. They really are a great group of people. We might go out after rehearsal on Thursday. I hope we do. It's always great to get to know someone outside the environment you usually encounter them in, and as much as I'm enjoying getting to know them in the context of the play and their characters, I want to get to know them outside that environment too.
I want to be completely honest about this, so here goes. I didn't write today. I didn't write yesterday, except in my journal. I need to get back to some of my novel projects, and there's one I'd like to start but am putting on hold because of the insane number of unfinished novels I have sitting there, waiting for some attention. Maybe this idea would be fun for NaNoWriMo... It does seem like the kind of novel that would work for that month. I think that's what I'll do with it... put it on the shelf until October, when I will dust it off and make an outline for November. Yes, that's what I think I'll do. In the meantime, I'm getting back to Deadly Council and Under the Magnolia Tree. After the Storm has stopped for the time being and I'm not in a hurry to pick it back up any time soon. Hurricane season is looming once again, and just thinking about that book makes me dread June 1. I really, really hope we don't get a storm this year.
I haven't said anything about work yet, and there's a reason for that. My mother always said if you can't say something nice, don't say anything. Since I currently can't say anything nice about work, I'm just keeping my mouth shut. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Maybe things will get better soon. Maybe after the Fundraiser is over. I can't even express how much I'm looking forward to my vacation week. I am going to enjoy that time off more than anything in the world! Seeing new places... traveling across the country... it's going to be great! I wish it could be next week. :)
Monday, April 2, 2007
Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and your worries.
Trouble me on the days when you feel spent.
Why let your shoulders bend underneath this burden when my back is sturdy and strong?
Speak to me, don't mislead me, the calm I feel means a storm is swelling; there's no telling where it starts or how it ends.
Speak to me, why are you building this thick brick wall to defend me when your silence is my greatest fear?
Why let your shoulders bend underneath this burdenwhen my back is sturdy and strong?
Speak to me.
Let me have a look inside these eyes while I'm learning.
Please don't hide them just because of tears.
Let me send you off to sleep with a "There, there, now stop your turning and tossing."
Let me know where the hurt is and how to heal.
Spare me? Don't spare me anything troubling.
Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and you worries.
Speak to me and let our words build a shelter from the storm.
Lastly, let me know what I can mend.
There's more, honestly, than my sweet friend, you can see.
Trust is what I'm offering if you trouble me.