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.

11 Comments:

Blogger LisaMarie said...

Hey Stephanie,

Glad you had a great New Year's Eve. I absolutely love watching you and the rest of the cast on guiding light. I tape it everyday. I wish it got better ratings because I would be so upset if it ever got cancelled. Maybe it's the time slot. The performances blow me away, and I cry and laugh right along with the characters. I hope you submit some good tapes because you had a great year and could win an emmy. Keep up the awesome work and I will surely keep watching my favorite daytime soap!

PS - I stopped putting sugar in my tea and dropped 5 lbs
immediately. My resolution is also to eat better. The digestive tract can only take so much abuse!

Happy New Year and God Bless!
Lisa Foster

January 4, 2005 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Rosalie said...

did you know that there is actually a huge following for jammy (you and jonathan) fans? you guys do have amazing chemistry. one of the banners says, "so what if destiny screwed up a little" and has some photos of you two. great stuff!

January 4, 2005 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey Stephanie,

I'm loving Guiding Light SO much right now! It is so great! It has totally developed into this awesome drama that I am totally obsessed with! The stories are great, the cast is EXCELLENT! I really think that you have a shot at an Emmy this year! GL has so many possibilities to win. I really think that you, Beth Ehlers, Tom Pelphrey, and Ricky Paull Goldin will take them home this year. I also think the show has a HUGE possibility of winning too! Everyone is talking about how much it has changed and gotten back to the good stuff. I think I'm gonna be more nervous about it than you guys! I am telling everyone I know to watch the show.

I'm so glad you get to see your brother. Make sure to tell him how thankful we all are for him and that he chose to protect us and our country. He and all of the troops are in my prayers every night!

Good luck on your resolution, I have the same problem. 3 Musketeers are my weakness!

Erin
erin42@starmail.com

January 4, 2005 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

Happy New Year!

I have to admit, the show is finally getting back to the show I grew up with! After watching years out of habit, it's finally great again. Well, not so much out of habit, for the last 5-6 years I've watched cause David A. Macdonald is so damned good looking!!!

I'm glad the writing team is going back to the show's roots, so to speak. The storylines now are great, the writing is great and you and everyone else on the show seem so much happier. It's like everything came together over the last couple of months!

I'm glad you have your brother home for a visit. My son's friend (a Marine) came home just in time for Christmas. I can only imagine how happy you and your family are to see him.

Please let the cast know how much the fans are loving the show! It's so nice to see the promos in prime time. It's about time P&G promoted it!!

Lynn
Orioles37@aol.com

January 4, 2005 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Happy New Year! This is probably going to sound like a strange question. But I really love the red toggle coat you wore as Tammy in several recent Guiding Light episodes. I was wondering if you could tell me where it can be purchased. I would love to get one for myself before winter is over. Thanks! Good luck on your resolutions and great job on the show!

Stefunny99@hotmail.com

January 5, 2005 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Samantha J said...

Hi Stephanie!
I just wanted to say that you seem like an amazing down to earth person. GL is such an awesome show... I'm 19 and have been watching since before I can remember. I would love more than anything to be an extra on the show... I love acting (I don't have much experience yet,but I've had 4 HS Drama classes and 1 college class (at Pitt where I am a Freshman) ( If you know anything about how I could go about doing that please let me know!) GL is in definate need of some Emmy's and believe me they are well deserved. Your New Year's seemed so wonderful... I love Battery Park it is so calming there. I'm from just outside of Pittsburgh, but I love New York (I have only been there twice, but I just get this amazing feeling when i'm there.) I hope you have a great time with your brother! I also hope that you and Sandy get together on GL ( I love him lol he is so cute and seems like such a great guy!) Well, have fun working and if you are taking any more college classes this semester good luck with that too!!

Samantha
SamMilt04@hotmail.com or sjm29@pitt.edu

January 6, 2005 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Happy New Year Stephanie! 2005 is here, and that means another fabulous year for you! Congratulations on your eighth anniversary with your boyfriend Jason. That is absolutely amazing! I've actually seen pictures of him (with you of course) in the CBS Soaps In Depth magazine. You two make a great couple. It also sounds like all of you had a great New Year's. Mine was unforgettable.

Guiding Light has continued to rock. I cant wait to see you character "Tammy" develop something Sandy.

Keep up the great work,
Amber
smartie58@hotmail.com

January 6, 2005 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Lara-Ann said...

Hey Stephanie-

Sorry I can't tell you great things about the show I have not had a chance to watch it in the past couple weeks because this is our "rush period" at work and I'm working 6 days a week- 10-14 hour shifts every day- and I had to requested Sundays off so I can watch the COLTS! (Believe in Blue!)

My husbands brother (Thom) is a Marine and my best friend from HS (Jose) is aswell. Thom made it to New Years at his parents house! Jose just left to go back to Iraq this afternoon. What these guys, your brother and the other soldiers do is amazing, amazing. It's good to thank all of them. So, please- Thank your brother on my husband and mine's behalf.

Next thing I wanted to say-- I know you were trying to find a nice way to tell people about it with out being overbearing-- BUT--Donating to the Tsunami relif efforts is anything but a shameless plug. And it's good that you care. But please remember that things are different there, and while food, clothing and money are essentials it's important to remember that they also need love, and emotional support. Other ways people who don't have the money to donate can help is by making Friendship braclets drawing pictures, writing poems and letting them know that though they feel pain it's going to be okay. (These are what I am doing with my neices.)

Thank you for helping and encouraging others to think of people the way that you do.

Lara-Ann

January 7, 2005 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hey Stephanie,

Happy New Year!!

Wow, your New Year's eve sounded unbelievable not to mention everything you accomplished in 2004. Good for you, you do sound driven and motivated. You will go far in life. I had a low keyed New Year's eve. I watched the ball drop and that was nice. My family and I went to Boston for Christmas. It was nice to get away. It is tough being back to work, however my goal is also to lose some weight and get my body back to the way it was three years ago, when I graduated college and started teaching full time. I found it next to impossible to make it the gym on a regular basis and teach full time. Now I am going to make that extra effort. Hope you have a great week in Paris.

Monica

January 8, 2005 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Mandi said...

Stephanie,

I am so glad to hear that you had an amazing New Year! Glad that you got to spend time with your Brother as well. That was probably the biggest highlight. :)

Thats great that you donated to the Tsunami disaster. I was in surprise when that happened. My Intructor was in it. Thank God that she is ok. Miracles really do happen!

As Always, I will always be watching GL. Have been watching faithfully for 8 years (and I am only 19 ;)) and don't plan on stopping anytime soon!! There really is a fanbase for Tammy and Jon to be paired. lol. I personally would love to see it but too bad that you are family. But they could have it turn out that Cassie and Reva are not sisters after all. Anything can happen. I mean they never done a DNA test to find out if they actually was. Wishful thinking, I know. haha

Keep up the great work! Can't wait to see more of you on Guiding Light!!

January 26, 2005 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger andrew gatschet said...

hi i was on the computer and i googled my name your and i didnt really know that there were alot of gatschets out there so i thought that it would be cool to meet a new one and i noticed that i have the same name as your brother i dont really watch your show because i am in high school and i dont really get ot watch daytime tv but i am kind of rambling so i will leave

June 16, 2005 at 8:13 PM  

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