Tuesday, September 06, 2005


It’s Labor Day, and I’m doing what I think people are supposed to do on this holiday: relaxing. My computer, which was sort of broken for a while, is usable again, so I’ve been doing a lot of web surfing. I’m taking time, too, to watch New York 1, our local news channel, to catch up on all the latest news. Unfortunately, most of it is terribly sad news about the many victims of Hurricane Katrina. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like for those people whose lives have been affected by the tragedy. It’s an important time to pray, and to give to charities like the Red Cross.

What seems crazy to me is that, while New Orleans sits under water, destroyed by the storm, New York is experiencing the most beautiful weather you could ever hope for. This weekend has seen sunny skies, low humidity, and temperatures in the low 80s. Luckily, I’ve been able to take advantage of this weather, getting out and about in the city. On Saturday, my dad and his girlfriend came to visit me and Jason. We walked through a street fair that spanned ten blocks near my apartment. From there, we walked to Central Park and had lunch at The Boathouse, a beautiful restaurant that sits next to a big lake where people paddle around in row boats and take casual rides on gondolas. We ate outside, overlooking the lake, which was absolutely perfect.

On Saturday night, after my dad had left, we had some friends from Philadelphia drive up to spend the night. The four of us went to a late dinner at Boxers in the West Village. Our friends felt like walking around the city for a while, and since it was such a nice night, we ended up walking the 50+ blocks back to our apartment! On Sunday, after breakfast at a diner near Central Park, we headed back to the lake, where we rented one of the rowboats we’d seen the day before. There were a lot of rowboats out, and everyone was having a great time. The lake is huge, and it’s surrounded by pretty trees (including my favorite, weeping willows), cliffs, and lawns filled with picnickers and sunbathers. It was truly a perfect day in Central Park.

Tomorrow is my nine-year anniversary with Jason. (Wow!) I start school tomorrow night, so we’re going to celebrate tonight by having a picnic dinner in Fort Tryon Park. This particular park is a gem located above Manhattan along the Hudson River. There are gorgeous views of the George Washington Bridge and undeveloped land across the river in New Jersey. The park itself, which has paths leading to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Cloisters” (an old stone building/museum), is filled with gardens and stone bridges and all kinds of pretty things.

I’ve got this week off from work. We all do. Guiding Light is moving into a new studio this week. Last Friday was our last day in the studio that’s been home to Guiding Light for seventeen years. It was a tearful day. Not only are we leaving a building that’s cozy and comfortable and like a home to us, but we’re leaving behind many of our crew members. Last Wednesday night, Kim Zimmer (Reva) threw a party for the whole cast and crew, which was so much fun. The move to the new studio has caused a lot of stress for a lot of people lately (many people are taking pay cuts along with the move, etc.), but on Wednesday night, all that stress was forgotten, and everyone was able to hang out as one big, fun-loving family. I will never forget one moment, when I looked around and we were all dancing together on the bar’s roof terrace in the rain, and I could really see what a tight-knit group we have all become. Actors and crew members and producers and everyone were all dancing and singing and having a good time together. It was a really great thing to do during our last week, before all the new changes brought on by the move set in.

My prayers remain with the hurricane victims. It is really important for us to band together as a country to support them in any way we can. May God bless the victims and bring relief to them and their families.


Blogger Lara-Ann said...

Change Can be good. Change can be bad. Depends on the situations. I heard something about paycuts- ouch. Hopefully the move is an upgrade.

This is for all who read other peoples posts-

Sorry- but I've noticed you're asking for people to pray and the Lord does bring Judgment and Seriously- End times is coming and you are living in sin- (yes, it's all over the pages.)

But live right, and live for God. Read Luke 21, (follow the link to my blog if you don't want to get your Bible out)

Don't let Lucifer when this battle. When you live in sin, you make him more poweful than the Lord over your life.

Remember the Bible is standard- no certain restrictions- no changing the rules to fit your life.

Don't say- "Praise God- I'm living in Sin!" and think he's going to be okay with it.

September 6, 2005 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger A Girl's Gotta said...

Wow, 9 years - congratulations! That's actually quite impressive, considering you must have started dating when you were like 13! It's a rare thing for relationships started at such a young age to make it this far. Good for you!

Kim's party sounds like a lot of fun. As a fan of the show, it's always nice to hear stories about the GL cast and crew being such a tight-knit family. It really does come across that way on screen and off. Good luck to you.

See ya at Kings Dominion!

September 6, 2005 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Tarabel said...

Thanks for the prayers for Katrina victims. Please thank your castmates for the PSA's! As one of those affected, I want you to know it does help that people care.

September 7, 2005 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thanks Stephanie for your prayers for the Katrina victims. Like tarabel said it does help to know people care. I live in Louisiana and had family that lived in New Orleans. Your prays and the prayers of your castmates mean alot. See you in Oct. for the GL weekend.

September 7, 2005 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congratulations on the 9 years I am happy for you. You and the the rest of the cast and crew can make new memories now. Keep up the good work

September 7, 2005 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Wow! 9 years! That's incredible! Congratulations to you and Jason! Ya'll make an adorable couple. Do I hear any wedding bells? Haha!

I think it is great how the cast and crew at GL are such a close knit family. I think that is what has kept GL going strong all of these years and it is what will sustain them even through this difficult time of transition. But, hey...a week off! That's good news!

Also sounds like you had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend. Makes me want to be in NYC!

As for these recent events with Katrina...it is so devastating. Virginia has taken in quite a few evacuees and some are just up the road from here. It has been good to see on the news how they feel like they have left Hell and come to Heaven. I hope the folks in that area continue to find places of refuge where they can begin to rebuild their lives. My prayers are with them all, too.

On a lighter note, I'll see you this weekend in Richmond!

September 8, 2005 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Congratulations on 9 years! Wow, that's a really long time. I'm very happy for you both.

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day, and I can't wait to see you again in October for fan weekend!

Much love,

September 8, 2005 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Rosalie said...

wait a second. is someone passing judgment on you because you and jason are living together? oh please. *rolls eyes*

September 9, 2005 at 5:29 PM  
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September 12, 2005 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

I just wanted to thank you for Sat. Sept. 10 my son was your singing partner he was thrilled as you know he made everyone aware. Thanks for being so kind. He made so many calls to family memebers on Sunday to explain he sang and met a Star "and she hugged me" he would tell each person. ha ha

Thanks again.

September 12, 2005 at 7:43 AM  
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