Thursday, January 13, 2005

JANUARY 12, 2005

Three days until I see the lights of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. I couldn’t be more excited. My mom and I are flying out from Philadelphia. I’m stuck in New York until tomorrow because I have an audition to go to, which means that I’ll only have Friday to pack. But there’s nothing like the last minute, right?

In other news, my brother Andrew is home on his leave from the Army. I’ve gotten to spend a fair amount of time with him. On Sunday night, after my mom threw a nice party for him at our house in Philly, Andrew and his wife Melanie came back to New York with me. They came to work with me at "Guiding Light" on Monday. I had scored my brother a role as an extra in the same set where I was doing my scenes for the day. He was so excited, not only to get to see how a TV show is made, but to actually get to be a part of it. If you watch the show on February 3rd, you’ll see him eating at the table behind me in Company (Springfield’s favorite restaurant). He’s the blonde guy that looks like a male version of me.

Anyhoo, after spending the day on set at "Guiding Light," we found a great karaoke bar in SoHo, and we sang the night away. Andrew hadn’t been to New York since he was a kid, so I had to give him a night out on the town. It was a lot of fun. After spending ten months in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, New York was a real culture shock for Andrew. But he really enjoyed it a lot.

My next post will pop up when I get pack from Paris (week after next). Hopefully it’ll be full of fun stories and details about the trip. Until then, au revoir!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year everyone! Hard to believe it’s 2005. There’s an old tradition in my family that, every New Year, we take a few minutes to look back over the past year and remember everything that’s happened. I wasn’t with my family this New Year’s Eve, so I didn’t really get to do that with them. But I think I’ll do a little recap now, a little trip down 2004 memory lane…

In 2004, I cruised through the western Caribbean, earned 21 college credits, presented an award at the Technical Daytime Emmy Awards, took my first ride in a helicopter in Florida, and my first ride in a hot-air balloon over the deserts of Arizona, adopted my kitty cat, Fiyero, saw my face on the big screen in “Virgin” and walked a short, but none-the-less exciting, red carpet at its premiere, organized and led “Team Guiding Light” to raise several thousand dollars at the NY AIDS Walk, turned 21 (and still prefer to order a Shirley Temple when I’m out on the town!), dealt with the fact that my character on "Guiding Light" lost her virginity to her first cousin (yikes), and celebrated eight years of being with my fabulous boyfriend, Jason. Wow, what a year.

Every year has its ups and downs. But when there are so many ups, one cannot complain!! It’s been an awesome year, for which I am incredibly thankful. I’m also thankful that, after not seeing my brother Andrew all year (because he’s been stationed in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan), he’ll be home this week for two weeks of leave, and I’ll finally get to see him!

My resolution for 2005 is to eat better. I’m not talking about any kind of diet or anything. I just mean that I’m going to start eating more balanced, healthy meals, drink more water, that kind of stuff. Believe it or not, I’ve been known (quite frequently, actually) to eat candy for lunch and/or cereal for dinner. It’s not good. So I’ve resolved to eat better, for health’s sake. And because Swedish Fish, as good as they are, are just not meant to be eaten for breakfast!

New Year’s Eve was a night to remember. I decided that I wanted to spend New Year’s Eve in New York City, which I’d never done before. Five friends, including my boyfriend, came up to celebrate with me. I decided I wanted to “live it up” for the night, so naturally I hired a stretch limo to ride around in all night. It picked us up at my apartment at eight. We toasted with champagne in the limo, and then kicked things off with a trip to a club in the West Village. We danced and laughed and had a good time. Then we hopped back into the limo for more champagne and a bit of riding around the city. The city is so alive on New Year’s Eve; it’s really amazing. We pulled up to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan just in time for the countdown to midnight. There were fireworks over the river, which were beautiful! The Statue of Liberty was in the background, and the fireworks were reflected in the water below. What a sight! When that was over, our limo driver, Anthony, found a great 24-hour diner for us to go to. We had pancakes and cheeseburgers at one o’ clock in the morning, and then headed home to crash. We all had a lot of fun.

I was back to work today at "Guiding Light." It was really great to be back from our little holiday break. I love that I love going back to work! I’m a lucky gal. And if I may throw in a shameless pitch really quickly—please, if you don’t already, you need to be watching "Guiding Light." Not only to see what I’m up to, but to see how great it’s gotten. What can I say? I’m like a proud parent. I’ve really seen the show blossom within the short two and a half years that I’ve been part of it. It’s really awesome! So tell your friends, tune in, and enjoy!

Again, Happy New Year and blessings to all!

P.S. Shameless pitch #2, and this one is sooo important: I know everyone knows about the recent tsunamis. It’s a difficult thing to process, being so far away from what happened. At least it is for me. All I know is that it is a tragedy beyond belief. I just made a donation to the Red Cross International Response Fund online (www.redcross.org), and there are about a zillion other organizations that are raising money to help. It’d be great if anyone who can help (at all) would try to do so. I remember typing in a donation amount and then thinking to myself, ‘Stephanie, these people have lost their homes, their families, absolutely everything, and the ones who are left are still struggling to survive!’ I pressed delete and doubled the amount I was going to donate. We just can’t do enough. But no matter what you can afford, every little bit helps. Ok, that’s the end of my public service announcement.