I will tell you something, I am an introvert. But the truth is that I absolutely love people. I enjoy conversation, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends. But, and here is the strange part (feel free to disagree), I usually get this burdened feeling inside when I find out there is something social I am expected to attend. Unconsciously, I begin to make up excuses--watertight reasons why I should just go home.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Mmmmmm. My stomach feels absolutely satisfied. See, I just came back from my friend's Dominican mother's delicious cooking. Did you follow that? Becky's mom is visiting. She is from the Dominican Republic. She made us some fantastic cuisine after the show tonight. Makes sense now? Good.
This was a really good thing because during our final number in the show, I literally felt like I was going to fall over from sheer hunger and need of protein. All I could think of was hamburgers. And what I needed to be thinking of was choreography, lyrics, and looking like I was enjoying myself. See my dilemma?
Of course I embarrassed myself while walking to the elevator en route to our dressing rooms and saying, I just need to eat something really big. Apparently I was not specific enough because some of the guys made comments that were quite ungentlemanly.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
So, I have been tagged on facebook by two different friends from two entirely different circles of life and took it as a sign that the fates were telling me that I should post 25 Random Things About Me. So I did. On facebook. And just to go full circle, I am going to post it here as well.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
As you can imagine, landing in coupe while wearing 3 inch heels is not always the most delightful thing--especially if that heel digs into your unsuspecting skin, leaving you to look like this:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I worked tonight and honestly, I was very grateful for something to do. Somewhere to go, some responsibility. There isn't that much to do here in Detroit. Actually, since downtown Detroit is so dangerous, we are staying outside of Detroit in Dearborn. Um, there's a Walmart nearby...So...yeah.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I sometimes lay awake in bed, wishing for sleep but finding none. My mind wanders relentlessly, almost always ending up in the same place: Drew.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Friday, January 23, 2009
So the other day my brother Josh calls me. I answer with the usual hey Josh! only to get a hold on for a second, Jess in response.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Jessica, as a professional musical theater actress, please tell us what your daily diet is.
In case you didn't quite get it the first time, here it is again. And maybe I should add: Kids--don't try this at home. This will be consumed by a trained professional who is currently stationed in Detroit in the dead of winter, is far from home and husband, and may or may not be on her period. This is not recommended for those who do not have either the training or the special circumstances.
Okay, so the midol gives it away, I guess. And the tylenol pm is to combat the midol that is chock full of caffeine...I know, I know--she swallowed the spider to catch the fly, blah, blah, blah.
And the truth is that the cadbury eggs were on sale and the first ones I had seen this year so I bought four. Yes, four. You only see three because I already ate one (this isn't rocket science here, folks, just simple mathematics). And the milk duds are nostalgic for me because when I'd go to the movies with my family as a kid, we'd always get milk duds and popcorn. The fact that they are delicious is beside the point entirely. And the cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake mix are there because I am planning on making cupcakes for the cast. At least, my hope is to share them with the cast. If they don't actually make it to the theater, well, nobody will ever know the difference, I suppose. And the pretzels are there because I love sweet and salty food together...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I think people are some of the most interesting creatures. I like to go to the mall to (let's just be honest here) shop, true, but I also really enjoy observing the behavior of others. I listen to their conversations and no, it's not eaves dropping if they are speaking out loud two feet away. Goodness, what do you expect me to do? Cover my ears and hum the Star Spangled Banner (yesterday was the Inauguration, true, but still!)?
- Be kind to others; respect them and listen to them.
- Most of the time it is wiser to say less.
- Be flexible and able to see that there may be another way to do something than your way, and wonders and wonders, it may even be better.
- Realize that you are not the only one on stage (or in the office, or wherever), and maybe somebody else is having a tougher time than you.
- Work hard.
- Be gracious and thank your boss, your co-workers, your dressers, your security guards, your guy who runs the spotlight--everybody who makes it possible for you to do what you do.
- Be positive. Period. Or even when you're on your period. Even when you have rehearsal for something that you already know--maybe you'll learn something new or get just a little bit better. Or if nothing else, maybe it will be fun because you'll quietly make jokes with the person who stands next to you in the Ones and you'll both laugh but not in a way as to be distracting and this is purely hypothetical, of course. What? You thought I was speaking from experience? Why--I never...
- Be willing to admit your mistakes and apologize, even if it was for something that was not intentional on your part.
- Have a sense of humor.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I am not a procrastinator. Back when I was home schooled, my mom would write out my lesson plans at the beginning of each week so I would know all the work I would have to complete before Friday. Sometimes I would do all five math lessons on Monday just so I could have that math-free feeling for the rest of the week.
Monday, January 19, 2009
So I just spent a very long time going through all of my posts and labeling them. You could say I set this house in order and phew! it was on ordeal. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you should be able to see the fruits of my labor.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The eighth show of an eight show week is amazing in some ways. Your body starts to just effortlessly do what it knows, sort of like the horse that, within a certain perimeter of the barn, simply takes the lead because by that point, it knows the way. And if it doesn't, the rider may just be too tired to correct it...Not that I would ever allow my body to just do what it wants (for instance, in the dark upstage corner, when I am simply standing, barely discernible to the audience at large, I would never let myself relax, maybe even shift my weight from one foot to another to give a brief respite to well, one foot then the other...).
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
There are a few things on my mind right now. The temperature here in Detroit rose to a whopping four degrees today. I guess that is better than the one degree the day started out with. Those three extra degrees really made a difference.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Stepping away from ACL for a mere 8 shows and then stepping back into it should be easy as pie, right? Two quick steps, kind of like dancing. And since I have my degree in dance performance--well, ain't no thing.
Monday, January 12, 2009
And here his eyes are a little more open. And yes, he is just as fluffy as he looks. Oh, and he is pictured above with my nephew Eli as well as my mom's head. Don't worry, it is the back of her head; she doesn't look like Cousin It at all.
I have to take some credit because I did suggest his awesome name. It was really difficult saying good-bye to him tonight, since I only just met him yesterday and I have to go back on tour tomorrow...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Drew is basking in the Eagles victory and it's enough of a glow that it's spilling onto me. And I don't mind one bit. It's so very bright that it even survived the Philly airport losing our bags. That's right, even after waiting an hour for luggage that never did come, we are still happy.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
But, I know there are houses, at least, if not necessarily adobe houses. Yeah...Detroit has houses. Right?
Please do me a favor and look at the little guy's face on the right. Ollie had already been on a lengthy hike and we waited over an hour to be seated. The poor dude was just too tired to even muster up a smile. About ten minutes after this picture was taken he was sleeping soundly on his daddy's lap and his shrimp and chicken was put in a doggie bag.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Jenna and Jase, mugging for the camera as we Latshaws can tend to do.
Drew, anticipating another Eagles victory this Sunday, I think...
What's better than the perfect couple? The perfect couple on ice, of course!
A big part our trip out to CA was in celebration of the four years that Drew and I have spent sharing a last name (most of the time, anyway...At least when I am not on stage). We would skate together and every once in a while (when Drew wasn't laughing at me for skating like a three year old, halting baby steps and everything) we would look at each other and say, 4 YEARS!!! Sometimes the other family members would join in, too. Passerbys probably didn't know quite what to think...
Oh, and here's just a cool pic of the boy's car that caravaned to the ice rink. These guys are just too cool for school.
Ollie, on the side of the rink, where you could find him most of the time. Me, on the side of the rink, where you could find me some of the time...Oh, and the little girl behind me in the pink striped hat was skating all by herself around that rink; she put me to shame, for sure.
Who knew ice skating in Santa Monica could be so fun?!?!
Carrie Underwood sang beautifully as well as snagging two awards.
It was a little easy for us to tell who was going to get the awards, though; generally, if there were four different people nominated for any given category and only one of those were actually there, it wasn't exactly difficult to guess who would claim it.
Rascall Flatts gave an amazing performance. We were seated in such a way that a lot of the celebrities had to walk right by us. At one point, right after Debra Messing had presented, I overheard her say to her friend, Was that as awkward as it felt? Kid Rock walked by us a few times, holding his bottle of beer and looking a little strung out. Jenna and I each gave a scream (well I gave a silent scream since my voice is still on the mend since getting sick) for David Borealis, one of our favorite vampires. Christian Bale was kind and gracious and of course dedicated his award for the Dark Knight to Heath Ledger...
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tomorrow morning I leave for vacation. Let me rephrase that and make it a little better while I am at it: Tomorrow morning I leave for vacation with Drew.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Well now, here's something new for you: A sports post. That's right, something that has never been done before on thislifeinwriting.blogspot.com, and you get to witness it.