Monday, December 20, 2004

CHRISTMAS BREAK!

I’m home now, in Philadelphia, for two whole weeks. It is such a relief to be home for the holidays, and to know that I don’t have to worry about work or school until after the New Year. My mom drove up to New York on Friday, and came to meet me on the set of "Guiding Light." She watched us shoot a handful of scenes, and when we were finished, she remarked that she couldn’t believe how much I looked and acted like Cassie (my character’s mother) in all of the scenes. She said it was really weird to see.

After my day of work was done at "Guiding Light," Mom and I shopped till we dropped. We bought tons of presents. We were really happy with everything we found. New York is great for shopping! After a full day, we drove back to Philly, along with my dog, ChiChi, and cat, Fiyero.

Since getting home, I’ve been enjoying lots of holiday cheer. Yesterday was my church’s annual Community Carol Sing; we all got together in the church and sang Christmas carols for an hour and a half. I always love it. Today my mom and I baked gingerbread men. I snitched plenty of dough, and it was so yummy.

This week will be filled with a bit of last-minute shopping, wrapping presents, cleaning the house, and generally preparing for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day. Most importantly, I will be relaxing! I highly recommend that everyone watch "Guiding Light’s" Christmas episode on Friday, the 24th. Not only are all the storylines rockin’ in general right now (I’m hooked myself!), but I remember crying when I read the script for the Christmas episode. It’s so sweet; it’s the perfect thing to watch for Christmas. (Ok, so maybe I’m a little biased, but I wouldn’t lie, I promise.)

I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to everyone who’s been posting replies on my blog. I read all of them, of course, and they’re all so sweet! It’s nice to hear everyone’s thoughts; all of the Paris tips are great, and the ideas for my paper were incredible! So here’s a quick shout-out to DeliaDelion, Erin, Amber, Rosalie, Lara, Racquel, Angie, Monica, Mandi, Chip, Amanda, and Kellie, and anyone else I might have missed. I hope you all have a fabulous holiday season. (That goes for everyone!)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

December 9, 2004

I generally try really hard not to let myself get stressed out. However, this week I am STRESSED! We’re at the end of the school semester, so everything is due all at once. I turned in a five-page paper about Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors on Monday night, and now I have an oral presentation and a 12-15-page paper about Oskar Kokoschka to worry about. Plus finals next week. Plus work at "Guiding Light." Luckily, I have a job that I look forward to. My time at work feels almost like my leisure time because I enjoy it so much.

And I’ve got a few really cool things to look forward to this weekend…. Friday night is the "Guiding Light Christmas Party." It will be hosted by Procter & Gamble, which owns "Guiding Light," so that means we’ll be partying along with their other show, "As the World Turns." That should be a lot of fun. Then, on Saturday, I’ve gotten a group of friends to commit to dancing at “Move Against AIDS,” a dance-a-thon that raises money the same way that the AIDS Walk does. I’m excited about that—it should be a fun night with my friends, and we’ll be doing something important.

If anyone wants to help me think of an argumentative thesis statement that has something to do with the German Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, let me know! I’m dyin’ here!

(To contribute to "Move Against AIDS" follow this link:
https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=67982&lis=1&kntae67982=61A7D10069D5477DB3708DF8F325D8C1&supId=64020816)!


Thursday, December 02, 2004

December 2, 2004

Bonjour. I’m in a very French mood. That’s because my mom and I just booked our trip to Paris for a week in January. I’m so excited! It’ll be my first trip to Europe, and France is a total dream trip for me. We’re going to stay in a cute little hotel in the Latin Quarter. I read that there’s a lot of great shopping in that area. More than anything, I can’t wait to just walk around and take in all the beauty. I’m taking my camera and tons of film. And a good, heavy coat (Paris in January??—yikes!!). If anyone knows of any must-see or must-do things in Paris, I’d love to know what they all are!

I just spent all afternoon reading Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”. I’ve got a term paper due on Monday, so I’m trying to do some preparations for it before the weekend gets here. I’ve really been loving my Shakespeare class. As an actress, I feel ashamed that I hadn’t read more Shakespeare before now, but I’m finally catching up. Shakespeare’s genius never ceases to amaze me. His work is truly brilliant. I love it.

I have a long, but relatively easy, shooting schedule for tomorrow at "Guiding Light." I’m excited because my sister-in-law, Melanie, will be with me. She’s never been to the studio before, so I’ll get to show her around all the sets and introduce her to everyone that I work with. My personal manager, Edie, (who has been by my side and has believed in me since I first got into acting) will also be stopping by the studio to check it out for the first time. Should be fun.

Mais maintenant, je va a l’ecole. (But now, I’m going to school.) Au revoir, mes amis!