So, at one point today I was honestly thinking about calling out of the show. But, then I ate a peach and decided I could do it and that was that. I don't know how much of it was the peach and how much of it was the shower I took soon after, but I just realized that I didn't necessarily have to call out. I mean, I knew it might not be as fun as usual, but I could do it. And now, with this annoying sinus infection, my friends here have really stepped up.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I am sick. Last night, I had a hard time sleeping cause I couldn't breathe through my nose. It was just totally stuffed up. My poor roommate kept waking up because of my loud sniffing, I think. Anyway, I woke up with a sore throat, clogged ears, more of the stuffy nose, and a head that hurt. I guess I could have called out of the show tonight, and let one of my three understudies go on, but that just isn't my style. I really don't like calling out of things. So, I did the show and it was a doozy, my friends.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Uh-oh, it's ten-thirty in the evening and I just woke up. After about a five hour nap. Oops. See, I had to get up at 6:45 this morning, after only sleeping for about three hours last night. Then, I flew to Portland and could not sleep on the plane. I just couldn't get comfortable, and believe me when I tell you that I tried about 20 different positions in that seat--with my hood over my head for good measure. I think I am tired enough to go back to sleep tonight, though.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Okay, so this is gonna be a quick post. And the picture is because I wanted to show you the new shoes that I wore to an Argentinian tango club tonight (and because I know Jenna likes to see my new shoes). Why, you ask, would one dance in heels for her job--and then choose to wear 4 inch stiletto heels to dance afterwards, pro bono? Well, a couple of reasons, actually. First, I got them today and was excited to try them out on the town and second, you just can't do the tango in flats. Period.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Okay, first of all--this, my friends, is Alcatraz. Awesome, right? It's a jail that was built to house the very worst convicts in our country. It's on a tiny, rocky island in the middle of the San Francisco bay harbor and, although none of my friends believed me today when I insisted on it, there are sharks just circling it. I can feel it. It is usually wrapped in fog like a shroud, only heightening its notoriety. I am fascinated by it, and I can only hope to actually tour the building before I leave next week. I guess it's really hard to get tickets, though; but, I am gonna try. Oh, and one more thing--does the title of Alcatraz for a remote jail remind you of anything? Maybe Azkaban? Yeah, I thought so, too. Oh, and I realize that Alcatraz came first.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008
The summer I turned 16, I was home a lot. Now, I know most kids would get annoyed at this and maybe even roll their eyes like it was just a total drag, but not me. See, I loved my home. We have 21 acres, a stream, lots of trees, and plenty of space to explore, build forts, and look for animals. I say that in the present tense, because I realize a part of me will always consider it to be home. When I played the leading role of Beatrix--a girl who was well-acquainted with nature and animals--in the ballet, Peter Rabbit, the choreographer came to my house. When he saw all of the land, the wildness of the forests, and the rolling hills, he looked at me and said, Why, you are Beatrix Potter! Anyway, all of this to say that there is something about nature that has always intrigued me and made me so happy.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
- Christian Bale is hot. Honestly, I have loved him since Newsies--but he plays an awesome tortured soul/lone vigilante/billionaire genius who is Bruce Wayne (and that's not giving anything away; if you live in America, than you know that already).
- The actor who plays the mayor of Gotham looks like he is wearing eye-liner. Or maybe Josh from Bare Minerals did his make-up. Either way, you'll see what I am talking about.
- The extras in the movie who play ballerinas from Moscow look more like playboy bunnies than ballerinas. I have never see a real, working ballerina look like that. Never.
- Morgan Freeman. Enough Said.
- Oh, and also Michael Caine. Brilliant as Alfred.
- And you absolutely must see Heath Ledger play the Joker. He is magic and embodies the crazed, yet brilliant savant the role calls for. I would not be surprised if he is both nominated and wins the academy award posthumously. His performance was startling. Every time he was on the screen, he owned it in a cavalier, devil-may-care, but totally evil kind of way. In a very little bit, he was so witty that you almost found yourself rooting for him--or at least wanting him to live so you can hear the next thing that comes out of his mouth. It's tragic that Heath Ledger really is gone from this earth. May he rest in Peace.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Yesterday was a great, full day. It all started with me rummaging through my luggage and finding both ballet shoes to take them off to ballet class. Me and Gabby caught the bus and made it to the San Francisco Dance Center (official school of Alonzo King's famous ballet company, LINES). We weren't quite sure if we were gonna make it in time, but we got into the class by plies in 5th position of the right side at the barre (that may not mean anything to you, but just believe me when I say that we weren't all that late). It's been a while since I have taken ballet class, so it was really nice to be in there. And gosh, ballet is hard work. Almost nothing makes me sweat--not the gym, not the show--but ballet class does. Also, doing a show 8 times a week makes your body unbalanced because you are constantly doing choreography only on one side. In ballet class, though, you do things on both sides, so it just feels balanced and healthy.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
When I was still in L.A., somebody by the stage door warned me not to go to the Tenderloin District in San Francisco. Well, just the name intrigued me...The story behind it is that a long time ago, when the crime was rampant in that part of the city, the criminals would bribe the cops and ward off any arrests with meat, of all things! I don't know what kind of carnivorous beasts these cops were, but apparently if you just threw some meat their way, then you could continue whatever heinous crime your were involved in (I threw in the word heinous for all you Law and Order: SVU fans out there--hope you liked it).
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After much searching on "the google," as one of the characters in Jason's really funny screenplay that I just read would say, I found a church in San Francisco that allows volunteers to help them serve the hungry. This church is called Glide United Methodist Church, and serves the hungry three meals a day. Wow. Actually, they serve more meals to the under privileged than any other organization in the country.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wow. I don't know if there's ever been a more hippie party this side of 1965 than the one I went to last night. I mean, I am in San Francisco, after all. People here are so chill. Just about everyone rides a bike, eats organic, and can sit on their hair...Okay, maybe I am exaggerating, but people here are pretty crunchy granola. Anyway, my friend Emily invited me to a friend of hers from high school's pool party. Well, he and his wife's pool party. And their little baby girl, Coral Lilly. Oh, and all their hippie friends.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Well, today I booked a one-way flight bound for good old Philly. Uh-huh, how amazing is that? I get to come home on September 7th and will be there until I have to go to Boston on the 11th. We have a few unexpected days off and there's no other place I would rather be than home sweet home.
- My house and the things/people that you find in it. Of course, the first person that comes to mind is Drew. I love living in the same house with him. Knowing that, even if he isn't here right now, he will walk through the front door very soon, makes both me and our kitties very happy. I love when we curl up together and eat ice cream and pretzels and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (don't judge, now). Or when we lay in our bed (Tally and Percy are usually laying on Drew) and just talk; we love to play the what-do-you-see-us-doing-in-five-years game, to dream together and just try to imagine how good tomorrow will be. Together. Another part of my house that I love is my piano. Really, it's therapy, an artistic outlet, a challenge, and a piece of me all at once. I miss it so much. I also miss listening to Drew play, or singing while he plays. Oh, and of course another fixture of my house that I miss dearly are my two kitties, Taliesin (Tally) and Persephone (Percy). One is very big and all stripes and orange and thick fur, while the other is very tiny and blue-black as a starless night with a coat that is very sleek but not so thick. They are litter-mates, which is a fancy way of saying brother and sister (you're impressed that I knew that, admit it). But more than that, they are a part of my little family. It's funny, sometimes when my mom comes over, she greets them as her grand-kitties (it's okay Jenna, you can roll your eyes)!
- My family/friends. I miss dinners at Jonathan and Rebekah's house. Honestly, the food is always delicious (Whenever my pop eats there, he almost never leaves without saying to my brother, Jonathan, I don't know how you aren't 300 lbs with cooking this good! And it's kinda true...). And I love being there with Drew, because he always makes the kids--and us--laugh. Once, during an amazing lightening storm, Drew ran out onto the lawn at our insistence and executed a show-stopping shimmy while we were all gasping for air between stifling laughter. Hilarious. I miss spending time with my brother, Josh. He is almost always up for an outing, being the social butterfly that he is, and never fails to make me and Drew laugh. I miss seeing Sunshine at the dance studio and taking her classes. Her choreography is beautiful--and I love getting to experience that (as well as laughing or rolling our eyes over the latest shenanigans that either students or their parents have recently pulled). I miss going over to my parents' house so easily. That will always be a home to me, always. And I will never doubt how genuinely glad they are to have us over for dinner (and believe me, it has been so helpful, at times--especially when we had neither money nor food...sad, but true). I miss running with Jenna. And all of our talks and our laughter and our listening to good music. She is such a fun and great sister. She is invaluable. I miss playing nertz with both Jenna and Laura--they were always better than me, but at least pretended to be challenged by me (and they must be tons better by now...shoot). I miss FINALLY living close to Christine! What, did we get to enjoy that for about a minute? It had been five years that she was out living the cowgirl's dream in Idaho and I was on the east coast when she and Josh finally came back. And now, this. Ironic. At least we have the phone thing down! I miss my annual get-togethers with Erin. Lately, we'd been hanging out in the bad town of Media, PA. Yep, just a couple of ne'er do wells in a dangerous land. All I can say is Media has never been the same since. I miss glimpsing Elizabeth in church on Sunday--the special times that would come every once in a while when we actually got to talk, really talk. About life and how hard or how good it was at the moment. I miss, I miss, I miss...
- My Church. Yeah, I truly miss my church. Really, we have a special thing going on in those woods in Landenberg. God has put together something else, to say the least. I miss playing and singing with Gate Called Beautiful. Jonathan, Christian, Jacob, Bill (I know he isn't technically part of the group right now, but hey--neither am I, I guess!), Ian, Drew--those guys love God and make some pretty GREAT music because of it. They also have practiced their craft and are committed to excellence. I have been grateful to be a part of it. I hope I will be again. I miss being actively involved in a community that is following God with everything they have, that won't blink or stop for fear that they will find themselves far away from Him. I miss seeing all my little nieces and nephews looking all freshly scrubbed and pretty, bright enough to match any new day that you throw at them.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
After two preview performances here in San Francisco, we finally opened this evening. Now, this is where the original Broadway revival cast had their out of town try-out only two years ago, so there is some back story here. Basically, they got terrible reviews--this city was not kind to them. In fact, one of their reviews was titled, Dance:10, acting:3 (which is a somewhat clever play on the title of one of the show stopping numbers in the show, Dance: 10, Looks: 3). So, fast-forward two years and the same production company has another go at the same city, but this time with another cast.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
My wonderful brother, Josh, sent out a bulletin on myspace to all his friends--as well as the friends of his band, Boysetsfire--telling them to check out my music. Since then, I have been getting some nice feedback and making new friends on myspace. Here is one of my favorite messages I received:
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Today, my friend, Emily, and I drove up to San Francisco from Los Angeles. Technically, I guess the drive could only take about six hours, but we wanted to take the scenic route via the Pacific Coastal Highway, so we took a good eight hours or so to get here. But really, I'd rather see the ocean than the highway any day, so the few extra hours were worth it.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Ooooh, I just discovered I can use different colors as I write. Wow. This could be fun...Or annoying...