Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I don't have a ton of things to say.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Since Donna, my head of wardrobe has prohibited him from my shoe box, I try to make it up to him and let him swim around a little...It's the least I can do.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So much for free health care for all in Canada.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Kristine Urich sounded real pretty tonight.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The benefit concert went great tonight. I had a voice (thank you for your prayers!), it wasn't at its best, I suppose, but I am not about to get all overly critical on myself. I sounded a little more like the raspy vocal stylings of Pink than normal, but oh well. The show was actually great fun, and dear Drew did just about everything but play the kazoo on stage.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Hey guys. I just wanted to say I appreciate all (or most, haha) of the comments I get here. I love the fact that you stop by and find what I write interesting at all. Tonight, I would like to just ask for one thing: some good old fashioned prayers!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Drew's here. I told him to meet me under the Christmas tree in the middle of Dundas Square. Just like a movie. And just like a movie, he was there, waiting for me after my show, with a huge bass guitar, a computer, and a tiny carry-on that looked like it fit about two pair of underwear and that's it. It's amazing how little men can get by on.
Friday, November 21, 2008
SHHHHHHHH! Please don't talk too loudly right now, it's 12:51 and almost everyone in my apartment is asleep. So, don't slam doors, don't walk on the squeaky boards, and don't do dishes...Cause remember? It's 12:51!!!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Do you see the big blue Christmas tree behind us? Our theater is right at the Times-Square-ish sort of place here in Toronto. I love where it is--especially now that it's the Christmas season and everything is made to look better with greens and bows and sparkles and lights. And here, instead of the famous window dressing that Macy's has every year in NYC, the Hudson Bay Company (est. in the 1500's, I am pretty sure!) bedazzles us with beautiful windows that depict some sort of fairy-tale that looks absolutely enchanting.
Don't you love the snowflakes? I stopped for a small bag of fries at McDonalds to eat on my walk from the subway to my home; not exactly hot cocoa and marshmallows, but hey, it was hot, at least, and delicious!
I have always, for as long as I can remember, hoped hoped hoped for snow during the winter months. Being in snowy Toronto right now does something good to my soul.
An awesome random fact: did you know that when ordering hot chocolate from Starbucks you can get a tall size, but ask for it in a Verdi cup? That way, if you happen to LOVE whipped cream like I do, then they can put even more of it on top...My friend Ian had them do that for me the other night (cause he knows how much I love whipped cream, I guess) and it was a positively brilliant idea!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Leave it to me to get a music note in the alternative scene at the end of the show.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Lately, I have been making cards. Maybe it's a girl thing (at least, there aren't many guys I know who love cards as much as I do), or maybe it's just a me thing. But the thing is, stationary shops are some of my favorite places; I could and have spent hours in them, picking out just the right card for somebody.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
My apartment is really cold, and at its coldest for some reason in my room. This leads me to the conclusion that buying my travel fan/heater was one of the best purchases I have made to date.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
- The color yellow. I love the lightness of it, how cheerful it is, how striking. When I shop--which isn't much at all recently, because I have been trying to keep some loonies and toonies in the bank--I am inevitably drawn to anything that is yellow. So much so, in fact, that I usually have to touch it. Hmm. Now you probably think I am a little weird.
- The music from a band called The Casting Out (darby, my sister-in-law, used to be in this band and plays and sings in their music that I have on my ipod; my brother Josh also is involved with them). Anyway, I have been listening to the five songs that I have of theirs a ton lately.
- Pirouettes. These are turns. For some reason, I think about them a lot right now. I think about doing them, and I often have to refrain from just busting one out wherever I am. But sometimes I don't even refrain; I just turn cause if not, I'll keep thinking about it.
- The very best way to sound off-key when I sing three blind mice during the show. Really, I often sing it under my breath, trying to sound tone-deaf, trying to sound believable, trying to sound funny. Um, really really trying. It's a little crazy.
- Brick-breaker. It's a game that is on my blackberry--actually, the only game that is on my blackberry. I play it on the subway. My subway trip to the theater is 8 minutes, meaning that I play about 16 minutes of brick-breaker a day. It's a fun, frustrating game and just today I got a new high score...So, I'm pretty much awesome. Until tomorrow when I die in like the 1st round.
Me. Wearing a child's robot sweatshirt from Walmart (sold out guys, sorry). Sweet, I know.
Friday, November 14, 2008
This will be short, I promise (I know, I know, you'll believe it when you see it...).
- ACL started collecting donations towards Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids immediately following the show. The lights come up after our endless amounts of kicks, and we give a cute little speech about the good any money they give could do and if everyone would give just one dollar, we could raise $2000 tonight alone; then, four of us go to the exits in our bedazzling costumes, gold hat in hand (turned upside down, of course), and collect for a good cause. It's awesome.
- Okay, so maybe this is slightly selfish, but the fact that we stay onstage when the lights come back up to talk about what we are doing gives the audience a chance to applaud us. I guess they think that it is a real curtain call or something (if you've never seen the show, we don't really have a curtain call, just a final chorus line in which we kick till the lights fade to black so a lot of times audiences don't really know it's their last chance to clap). Anyway, tonight when the lights came back up and we were all standing on stage smiling the audience literally jumped to their feet and started clapping. It was so nice to see how much they appreciated the show...
- Oh and one more thing (I guess I had three awesome things happen, but this wasn't at the show, so I was right in the first place): I finally saw School of Rock and it was a great film. Jack Black is such a talented actor/musician/singer and I can't think of many other actors who could play that role so fantastically. Anyway, I loved it.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My heart is so full, so inspired right now, I barely even know where to start. Do you ever just have those moments when life makes sense? When you are perfectly content to just be in the moment? You forget to look around to see what everybody else is doing because you are just listening, taking it in, letting your carefully placed guard down so that your heart can be left with a clear impression.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I think the older I get, the more, ahem, bold I get.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Aren't the colors of these leaves just startling?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Things That Are Awesome About Toronto So Far:
- I feel safe walking home.
- the subway comes very often, there's a video screen that reports how many minutes until the next train arrives (it's never been more than 4), and it's so clean.
- I heard an announcement today concerning the buses: From the time of 9pm until 5am, women traveling alone can request that the bus driver stop between stops. Awesome way to take care of women, if you ask me.
- Whirlyball. I went tonight with ACL as well as the Jersey Boys cast (though the Jersey Boy from the elevator was not there) and it's this great amalgamation of bumper cars and lacrosse. I had a blast, actually, and even scored a goal or two. We also played one round of laser tag; I wore a vest and felt like Jack Bauer as I ran through the course shooting everything that moved. The only downside is that I wore a white t-shirt that shone like the noon day sun under the black light...Oh, and there are only two places in the states that has whirlyball--not sure where they are, though.
- There is a piano in my apartment building.
- The American dollar is worth about 20% more than the Canadian dollar. So going to, say, the apple store is great because their computers are still the same price as in the states, making it so that if you buy a mac here you get a 20% discount.
- A lot of the food stuffs at the grocery stores here are written in french, making it very interesting and making you feel worldly-wise.
- While on the subway the other day, there was a 10 year old boy who was hard at work picking his nose and eating his findings. Seriously. The thing that surprised me was that his dad was right across from him, talking with him about the Toronto Maple Leafs and everything, and didn't even mention to his son that he might want to spare the rest of us the sight of snot stringing from his nose to his finger and landing eventually in his mouth. And when the boy started trying to wipe it on his little brother, making the little brother visibly and understandably upset, the dad simply said (to the little brother), Well, you don't have to sit there...I understand that this could very well have happened anywhere on the map, but the fact is that it happened in Toronto, in front of me, and was not awesome. I started feeling a little sick to my stomach, actually.
- Toronto taxes their consumers out the wazoo. Really, because Canada has socialized healthcare, they tax on every little thing possible, making it so that when you order a $5 hamburger, the bill ends up being quite a bit more than anticipated because of all the little taxes that show up on the receipt. And the thing that stinks for us is that we are not reaping the benefits of their socialized healthcare, rather just helping to pay for it. So Canadians, I hope you are enjoying your visits to the doctor; Merry Christmas.
- A lot of the food stuffs at the grocery stores here are written in french, making it difficult to understand what, exactly, they are describing, as well as making you realize that you aren't that worldy-wise.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
But morphed into something well, 80's style, I suppose. It all started because Hollie (on the left) changed from her dress into a large off-the-shoulder sweatshirt over tights with sneakers, in order to maneuver better during the games, and someone made the off-hand remark (I think it was me) that she was dressed so 80's. Well it takes just a spark to start a fire, right? Because next thing I knew, she was rocking a side pony tail and looking for pink lipstick and some headbands. Then Derek needed to borrow a t-shirt (because he was wearing a button down shirt that was not conducive to basketball), so Colt found him the most 80's t-shirt for him from his own closet. Hollie was still rummaging, and besides finding the headbands for us, she found some bangle bracelets and threw out a shirt for me to don. Colt made headbands for he and Derek out of, from what I understand, an old, yellow-arm-pit stained t-shirt and I was instantly grateful for the never-been-close-t0-an-arm-pit headband from Hollie that I was wearing. I pulled out my oversized perfectly orange sun glasses that I recently bought that happens to be perfect for this moment (perfect for any moment, really) and the boys took off their pants.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Does the word impingement mean anything to you? Really, anything at all? Cause it didn't to me. Well, before today, that is.
- I have a deltoid strain
- I have an impingement in my...uh, shoulder (?) now that I think about it, I can't quite remember where she said the impingement is...oops...I know it's somewhere around there!
- And I have enough knots in my shoulder to impress even a boy scout, I should say.
- Oh wait, she also said I should ice it...
Friday, November 7, 2008
I think I need to get better at pretending I am fine. I am tired of people seeing right through me, of wearing my proverbial heart on my sleeve.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Well, the good thing is that my apartment now smells like the 4th of July.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- Drew comes to visit. Enough said.
- Drew gets to play bass with a band (and I know he really misses playing with his band that is currently on hiatus, The Look Machine).
- Drew gets to be a part of my world; it's a meeting of two different parts of my life that I love. Drew gets to hang out with my tour friends, even play music with a few of them..
However, don't tell somebody here that this is the suburbs. I made the mistake of telling a woman staying in my building how much I enjoy these suburbs. She immediately stiffened a little and told me, This is not the suburbs; I can show you the suburbs. This is midtown.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I know that some actors, as a rule, just don't read reviews. Period. I, however, do find them very interesting. Especially when they are so contrasting--I mean, who is correct?