Monday, November 29, 2004

November 29, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (a bit belatedly!). I’ve spent the past few days at home in Philadelphia with my family and my boyfriend, Jason. I hopped on a bus as soon as I was finished at work last Wednesday, and although I was sure I’d be stuck in traffic for hours, I was in Philly in time to go out to dinner with my mom and some old friends of ours. On Thanksgiving day my mom and I drove out to Lancaster, PA, where my grandparents live. It’s a nice drive; we pass through the little town of Strasburg, which is just as cute as can be, and then, of course, there are all the Amish farms along the way. We had about fifteen people for dinner, which was quite yummy!

And now, I am thrilled to say, it is officially Christmas-time!!! I’m soaking it up as much as possible, as it always seems to rush by. I rented "Elf" yesterday—I love that movie. And I’ve been getting some of my Christmas shopping done a little early.

Last week we taped the annual "Christmas Crawl" at work. Every year the cast gathers on one of the sets, along with their kids/parents/spouses, to wish the viewers "Happy Holidays." The greeting airs at the end of our Christmas Eve episode. It’s always a fun thing to shoot because there are cute little kids running around everywhere, and everyone really gets into the holiday spirit. I brought my mom and my dog ChiChi along for the fun. If you tune in on Christmas Eve you’ll see us amongst the crowds of cheery people.

While I’m excited about it being Christmas time, I know I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of me. School is finishing up (which, of course, means term papers and finals), I’ll be shooting a lot of episodes at "Guiding Light," and then there’s just the general chaos that is the month of December. But I’m excited about it all!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to pause and recognize all of the things I’m particularly thankful for this year: my family and friends, the safety of my brother in Uzbekistan, a dream job that I love, my dog and kitty cat, my own apartment in New York City, an enjoyable semester of college, and did I mention FAMILY AND FRIENDS?!?!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

November 16, 2004

So it’s Christmas time now. Yes, it is apparent that the holiday season now officially begins before Halloween; or at least that’s the case here in NYC. I’ve joked around with people about how ridiculous it is (“This is crazy! It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!”), but I’m secretly loving the extended holiday season. Christmastime just makes me generally happy— or you might say jolly—so seeing the city filled with lights and snowmen and Santa Clauses is incredibly exciting. Not to mention the fact that Starbucks is offering all their special holiday drinks and desserts now. Yum!

Anyhoo, I went to a Los Lonely Boys concert on Sunday night in Philadelphia. It was fun. My only complaint about it is that there were no seats in the concert venue, so we spent four hours standing up in a crowded room. But the music was great and I was singing along (my friends made fun of me).

I’ve had a lot of good auditions lately, mostly for theatre and commercials. I have a call-back for one of the shows tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I’d love to be in a play again! : )

Thursday, November 04, 2004

November 4, 2004

I’m feeling stressed. But then, I try not to let myself feel too stressed out, because I know that things always have a way of getting done, so that wasting energy on feeling stressed is pretty much pointless. I have a lot to do over the next several days. I’ve got a handful of really great auditions that I want to work really hard on. Two of the auditions are for plays (really great ones), and another two are for movies. In addition to the auditions, I’ve got a good deal of schoolwork to be doing, a little bit of work work to be doing, and some extra fun stuff going on (including the first meeting of a book club I’m joining with a group of people from work and a photo shoot for the Humane Society’s anti-fur campaign.)

Like I said, everything will get done and I’ll be fine. It’s just a lot to think about. Honestly, though, I love being busy. It keeps things exciting. Sure beats boredom!

I had a little photo shoot this morning. As if I weren’t busy enough already, I’m getting involved with a new program called “Soap Speaks”, through which I, and some other young soap actors, will go on motivational speaking tours around the country, helping and inspiring youth. I’m really excited about the program. It will be a way that I can combine my career as an actress with my devotion to helping kids deal with tough issues and realize their potential. We got some good promo shots for the program. The photographer took us (me, Scott Bailey who plays Sandy, and Troy Kurtis who used to play Nico) up onto a roof to take our pictures. It was beautiful up there, but the wind was not my friend! I had hair blowing everywhere, and the photographer tried to snap shots during the brief moments that the hair was actually under control. What a mess. But we had fun. The next step will be spending a weekend in Florida for our motivational speaker training. I’m excited.

I’ve got a book to finish reading for our book club, so I will end here. TTFN: Ta ta for now. : )

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day!

I just got back from voting. This is my first time being involved in a presidential election. It’s exciting. I feel proud that I can make a difference in something as huge as deciding who becomes the next leader of our country. I’ll be glued to the TV tonight, anxiously awaiting the election results.

I spent last weekend at home in Philadelphia. It was a nice, relaxing weekend. I didn’t really do much. The highlight of it all was probably going to church on Sunday afternoon. The bishop was there, and my little cousin, Sophie, had her confirmation. I was so proud of her.

I did dress up for Halloween. I was a Freudian Slip…. sort of an intellectual joke (and not everyone got it.) I just wore a slip that I’d written “Freudian” on the front of. I threw in a pink wig and pink false eye lashes, too, just because it was Halloween and I could get away with it. I ate my fair share of candy, and watched a few good horror flicks. Now I’m ready to get into the Christmas spirit. I know, it’s a bit premature, but I can’t help it. I go nuts at Christmas time! I love it!

Ok, well now that I’ve done my civic duty (the whole voting thing), it’s time to do my scholarly one—I’ve got a bunch of work to do for school. Better get started.