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Blog Consolidation January 16, 2012

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Previously, I’ve had two blogs; one for me where I write about me-centered things, and one for work where I write about the weird things that happen inside the walls of our tiny theatre. But I’ve been a very bad little blogger and haven’t updated either for quite some time. With renewed blogging interest, and a more writing-friendly schedule, I’ve decided to consolidate my two blogs into one and – gasp! – actually update it. Hopefully.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting some older pieces that were previously a part of my work blog, as well as writing new things. So welcome to my new little piece of the web, enjoy the new categories (on the menu to your right), and leave me some comment love. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

 

HOPE! January 13, 2010

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     Today, I leave you with one thought.

Hope! – The Obama Musical Story

     Please, please watch the video clip. You will thank me later. 🙂

 

2008: A Year in Review December 31, 2008

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Every now and then, a fill-in-the-blank note on facebook catches my eye. Here is a little trivia about a year in the life of…me!

 

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

So many, many things. Every day at work I do something I’ve never done (or even heard of) before. I touched a penguin, started decorating a house, paid someone to mow the lawn, put up Christmas lights by myself, wore contacts, got a library card, bought an expensive piece of jewelry for myself for no other reason than I wanted it, joined a new church, made new and wonderful friends while reconnecting with older ones, felt true dislike for someone for the first time and really hated that feeling, made enchilada sauce from scratch, got a flat tire, learned how to ride a bike , started a blog and kept it going, fell asleep on the floor at work and much more.

 

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I make the same two resolutions every year, with one extra thrown in just so I can feel like a failure when I don’t do it. Every year I ask God for the strength and ability to become a more patient and less judgmental person. I have been praying this for about six years solid now, and while there is definitely an improvement, I have miles to go before I sleep. Last year I also resolved to floss, which I did pretty regularly until November when I couldn’t find mint-flavored floss anywhere. Yeah, I know.

My resolutions this year will be the same, but will also include reading my 365 Bible that is “written in 365 chapters for easy daily reading.” I just hope I can make it through Proverbs this time.

 

3. Did anyone you know give birth?

Several! I think my total baby count this year was three, not including the Duggars.

 

4. Did anyone you know die?

Oh, yes. I was hit by several deaths in a row this summer, one in the fall and one I just found out about yesterday. Every one of them was younger than 60 and left behind friends, families and communities that loved them oh-so-dearly. I would count all but one of these five deaths as an unforeseen tragedy, but I have confidence that they are now at peace.

 

5. What countries did you visit?

The good ol’ U.S. of A.

 

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

A tax refund.

 

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I made it!

 

8. What was your biggest failure?

No failures, just lessons.

 

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Just chronic and annoying allergies.

 

10. What was the best thing you bought?            

Thanks to 2007 Christmas gift cards, I bought a lot of things this year to decorate my home, from paint to curtains to rugs to art and I truly do enjoy my surroundings every day. Other than household things, I bought the aforementioned necklace, which is the only expensive thing I’ve ever bought for myself only, as it benefits no one but me…and it’s really pretty.

Vann got me a car, but it was a surprise that came with a monthly bill, so I don’t think that counts.

 

11. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Every opening night. My birthday. Cool things that happened to my friends.

 

12. What song will always remind you of 2008?

This one is tough, as my life is quite musical. I’ll go with a beautiful song that my roommate, Shannon, wrote that should be a hit single. She has a beautiful voice, writes beautiful words and is a beautiful person. The chorus begins with “maybe this isn’t a goodbye, but the end of a long hello.”

 

13. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier in most ways, contemplative in others.
b) thinner or fatter? The same.
c) richer or poorer? Regardless of this whole “recession” business, richer, which is nice.

 

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Sleep. Volunteer work. Spending time with friends.

 

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Taking allergy medications. Worrying. Suggesting ideas at work, being shot down and then listening to someone else say the exact same thing the next day to the exact same people who then said “eureka!” 

 

16. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas is over, but it was a calm day at Grandma’s, followed by a night of Mexican-food-making at mi casa with mi familia.

 

Um, where is question 17?

 

18. Did you fall in love in 2008?

With my husband all over again, and with those little frozen peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.  

 

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Ooh! Pushing Daisies. 🙂

 

20. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t hate; that’s way too strong. As I mentioned previously, I did feel great dislike this year that was new to me. It makes me feel…blechy.

 

21. What was the best book you read?

The best? Obviously, I have a hard time picking favorites. My top five might be Eat-Pray-Love, The Phantom Tollbooth, Emotionally Weird, Innocent Traitor and Lost in a Good Book.

 

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?

In the Heights. I also learned how to play one song on the guitar. Just one.

 

23. What was the best meal you ate?

Okay, these questions are way too hard. I had fabulous meals at Tangerine in Savannah, some Italian place in Atlanta that I can’t remember, an a-m-a-z-i-n-g multi-course dinner at a seafood restaurant in Chattanooga, homemade lasagna and cookies from friends, as well as some crazy good food that we cooked at home.

 

24. What was your favorite film of this year?

I really loved Juno, Bolt, and of course, Dark Knight.

 

25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 23 and I believe there is already a blog post about it.

 

26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being debt-free. But I’m much closer and feel pretty confident about achieving that status in 2009!

 

27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Jeans and high heels. That’s pretty much it.

 

28. What kept you sane?

What makes you so sure that I am?

 

29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I really have the hots for Taye Diggs and always have. If I was a guy, I would want to date Angelina Jolie.

 

30. What political issue stirred you the most?

The entire election process was cr-azy. My husband and I remain divided on the subject of government.

 

31. Who did you miss most?

Bonnie.

 

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:

Communication is Key.

 

33. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush…

 

34. What is the most useless thing you learned this year?

I can say “Hello, my name is Franz and I am an engineer” in Italian. Also, the leading cause of death in giraffes is lightning strikes.

 

35. If you were to title this year like a book, what would it be?

Ten Clowns Don’t Make a Circus

 

36. Where were you when 2008 began?

At a party in Georgetown with a whole bunch of people I didn’t know and one who would turn out to be a great friend.

 

37. Who were you with?

Oh…see above.

 

38. Where will you be when 2008 ends?

Savannah Theatre, with some of my peeps that I haven’t seen much of this year.

 

39. Who will you be with when 2008 ends?

Dang it. See above.

 

40. What was your favorite month of 2008?

Uh, May.

 

41. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2008?

I don’t know if it was ‘a lot,’ but it was more than I drank in 2007.

 

42. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2008?

Never.

 

43. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

I certainly said and did things (mostly said) that I shouldn’t have, but everything happens for a reason. I’m also upset that we didn’t really do anything for my dad’s birthday this year, because if anyone deserves it, he does.

 

44. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2008?

There were some doozies this year, but they don’t bear repeating.

 

45. Did you treat somebody badly in 2008?

I kind of like the answer that my friend Drexel used on this one: “Define ‘treat’ because some people deserved the way they were treated.”

 

46. Where did you go on vacation this year?

Vann and I went to Atlanta and to visit the Aquarium and Coke Museum, we went to Charlotte to see the fam and that’s about it for destinations. I’ve spent my holiday vacation reading, writing, sleeping and shopping…in that order, I believe.

 

47. How much money did you spend in 2008?

More than 2007, but I stayed within budget.

 

48. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2008 and change something what would it be?              Nothing, because things happen the way they are supposed to, whether we understand them or not.

 

49. Will 2009 be harder or easier than 2008?

I think it will be a tradeoff; some slices of life will get easier as others grow more difficult. In general, I don’t think that our lives are supposed to get easier, but that life will always be met with newer, more complex challenges as we mature to handle them. I can only hope that, as each day presents itself with new conflicts, I will be given the tools to build it into fantastic day that is worth remembering and worth writing about. So, I suppose my answer to this question is simply yes.

 

50. What are your plans for 2009?

To keep the forward momentum going in all aspects of my life, and to live, laugh and love as much as possible.

 

 

Books September 2, 2008

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Hello, my name is Jenn and I am a bookaholic.

Whew, am I glad to get that off my chest. Reading is my thing, my hobby, my pastime, my joy, my vacation I get to take every day. Which is why I’m a little miffed at this whole ‘work’ thing interfering with my reading time. Recently, I’ve had some time off from work and since my field trip program hasn’t started yet, I have most of my mornings free, leaving me lots of delicious reading time. But as time goes by, my windows of literary opportunity get smaller and smaller, usually leaving me dangling mid-sentence or forcing me to leave my people in some desperate situation, which only my page-turning can solve. People that don’t love books don’t understand; you have to finish the chapter OR ELSE. You can’t just leave someone hanging off the edge of a cliff by one finger for an entire day while you go around dancing and singing. It just isn’t right.

Currently, I am working through several books. My habit of reading multiple books at one time used to drive my mom crazy – in fact it still might, the subject hasn’t come up recently – but I can’t help myself. To me, books are like choosing an outfit to wear or a wine to drink; it has to match my mood. At all times I need a fluffy fiction or comedy, historical fiction, thriller/mystery and something for work, like a book on theatre or dance. This week’s selection includes Undomestic Goddess, A Breath of Snow & Ashes, Interview with a Vampire and Theatre for Community Conflict & Dialogue, all stellar choices to fit any whim. Raining and thundering outside? Vampires, please. Bubble bath time? Chic lit, please. Problems at work? Voganova, please. If only everything in life was as easy to suit. 🙂

 

What’s in a Name? August 11, 2008

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Tonight I asked Vann if he had ever looked up the meanings of all of his names and put them together to see if they made some sort of mad-lib-type sentence. Since he hadn’t, I sat down with my old pal, Google, and got to work. This is what we came up with:

Supplanter of War-Like Beech Trees on a Large Round Fort with a Little Blessed One who is Revered. Twice a day. Times three.

Then I decided to look up my name. BIG MISTAKE.

Enchantress in a Sea of Bitterness.

Seriously, people. I am no longer enchanted with this meaning-of-names business. I was not afloat in a sea of bitterness until I read this statement. I demand a recall.

 

One Minute Update June 24, 2008

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What an interesting couple of days…er…weeks! The short recap is that the dance recital went very well and all were very pleased, Peter Pan flew without a hitch and now we are on to summer camps! I am currently working on 101 Dalmations  with 45 2nd-8th graders and having a blast. I’m pleased to say that this is an extremely well behaved group, especially for first-timers. There were only about 10 students that I had worked with previously and they are being such a great help to the newcomers that they’re practically doing the teaching for us. Its really great to see the older students step up to the plate and help the wee ones learn their stagecraft. They not only showed them the difference between upstage and downstage, but they explained the history behind it as well! I guess we’re doing something right…

Last Thursday we had a huge thunderstorm with two tornadoes that actually touched down in sandfly. As a result, we had to pool all of the students from both camps into the blackbox for safety…around 94 kids in all. After sitting in that petrie dish of kid-germs for two hours, I was quite expectedly sick the next day and ended up staying home from work. Unfortunately, the power in our neighborhood was out until after nightfall on Friday, so it wasn’t a very entertaining sick day. Ah, well. I did get a lot of reading done! The Phantom Tollbooth is now among my favorite books.

We got a chance to see The Miracle Worker at Savannah Christian and The Beat Goes On at Savannah Theatre this weekend, which was a rare treat. I feel like I spend so much time making theatre that I don’t usually get a chance to see much of it. There was an impromptu poker gathering at our place last night, in which Vann took first place. Woohoo! We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the time we got to share with friends. Vann is currently out of town at a nerd confere- oops – I mean a technology conference until Wednesday. I shall miss him. 😦 That’s all for now!

 

Writer’s Block June 5, 2008

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This weekend is my annual dance recital and I cannot come up with anything decent to write in the program for my director’s notes. There is so much that I want to say…how we chose their music, how the songs inspired all of us, how the students were involved in the choreography, how much I enjoyed working with the kids, how much they’ve grown this year, how I saw every single one of them achieve goals that they had previously thought impossible…way too much for the back of one program. How am I supposed to summarize a year’s worth of experiences and milestones into two paragraphs that very few people will read anyway? Oy.