Monday, February 27, 2012

Cloudy With A Chance of Naps

Colonel Mustard here. Life has been pretty chaotic since mom got an acting job! But that meant I got to hang out with my Dad's friend Peter & his roommates a bunch & have loads of attention showered on me all President's Day weekend-that was pretty great! And this past weekend Dad has been hanging out at home with me whilst Mom is gone. She super snuggles me when she gets home though!! It's been pretty great to get so much attention while she's busy & I can't go to work with her so I've had fun anyway. Here's me doing what I do best:

Colonel &

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sunny With a Chance of AWESOME!

So friends, today was kinda awesome. Remember how I wanted to put my acting career first? Guess what happened today. I auditioned to replace an actress at 11AM, was cast at 11:45AM, rehearsed 12-5, and basically was told the following. 1) I am going to be paid (yes, cross that off my 2012 goal list), 2) for publicity my face will be on a bus. WHAT?! A BUS?!!!!! I feel like Carrie Bradshaw, I just need a tutu and champagne (no mud please). 3) I am privileged to work with 3 amazing actresses who are pretty big deals. 4) I'm the lead an have 5 rehearsals before an audience sees me-AHHH!!! So I'm super duper stoked. Big time producers, directors, agents, actors are coming to see the show. AHHHH!!!! So excited/nervous. Thank goodness I have my family & friends to stop my major freak out session & remind me to breathe and get to work memorizing lines!

The only downside is that the show I was stage managing is now going to be without a stage manager. I feel bad because I committed to that project and I am friends with the director. I feel really horrible about it all. I am seeking out a replacement so if you live in LA let me know if you want the gig. It pays and the people are awesome!

So today was a pretty big deal. Things are starting to move acting wise for me. SO SO SO grateful for my friend who talked me up and got me the audition. He is a true gentleman and friend. So grateful for the opportunity & that I was ready when it came knocking! :D

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rainy With a Chance of Self-Butt-Kicking

Okay, I have been way busy but I've also been way easy on letting myself make excuses for not "having the time" to do something and that needs to stop. In particular with regards to this blog, my acting career, and exercise. I need to kick my own butt into gear. But I also want to be honest about it all so here goes.

I am super duper busy. Crazy busy. I am working 40 hours a week, going to Improv class Monday nights, Interning Wednesday nights, Stage Managing a play Friday & Saturday nights as well as Sunday early afternoon, actor group meeting every other week, swimming 1-4 a week, etc. That's a lot, so sometimes I let myself take the easy way outta doing stuff and I need to stop!

This blog. I love it, I do. And I want to pour more time into it but at the end of the day when I'm tired I just don't. Instead I go lay in bed watch something on Netflix instant and fall asleep. I need to give myself 30 minutes to this blog a day. MINIMUM. No excuses. I love the weekly schedule. I might even jazz it up a little because I had SO much fun doing recipes during vegan MoFo in October I want a day for vegan foods! This is a must in my schedule and I need to treat it as such!

My acting career. I have joined an actor group to help me hold me accountable for my goals (setting them accomplishing them). I think this will help a lot but I need to make sure that I am doing something every day to get out of this "pay the bills" job and into my acting CAREER. Notice the difference. One is a job, the other a career. I need to make it the most important thing and I haven't been because well I've been too stressed about finances. Instead of putting my dream first I've been putting money first. And while, yes, I need money to survive and to pay for the apartment, car, insurances, food, etc. I need to be giving my career weight too. And I haven't been. So no more of that my lord, no more of that!

Exercise. I hate it. Well not really. I love having done it. And most times even during the process I enjoy myself. But I loathe going to exercise. It is like pulling teeth to get me to the pool or the gym or the pilates studio. It really is. If I'm tired I rationalize that sleep is better than working out. If I'm not feeling well then I should just lay down & sleep instead of working out. Basically it all comes down to sleep or exercise and I ALWAYS choose sleep. I thought I helped myself out a little by joining a Master Swimmers team and paying for it and then a friend joined and we were swimming together. But some days our schedules don't match and this week things came up and I had 2 scheduled swim times with her and didn't swim either! I need to stop with this, my health NEEDS to be important to me. I have an f-ed up back that needs attention, I have weight that I want to lose to help with that, I have family history of diabetes and high blood pressure. I do not want to allow myself to make excuses for not working out. So hopefully by saying this out loud (well out loud on this blog) I am helping kick my own butt into gear on this. I am also planning to schedule swim times & find a buddy to be accountable to on the East Coast so they can call my ass and wake me up (7am here is 10am there so it'll be easy on them time wise since they will already be up). I need to make this happen. I no longer want to allow myself to be physically lazy. I think I want to have Joe, Colonel Mustard and I go hiking too on the weekends so all 3 of us can get outdoors and work out together which will make it more fun than a chore.

So my dear chickens I am sorry that there was no CM Monday or TCM Tuesday post. But this is a Good for MY world Wednesday post. Perhaps these goal setting adventures of mine will help you set some G.F.Your.W goals as well. :D

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sunny with a Chance of 2 for the price of 1!

Here's my Theatre Thursday posting chickens. I am Stage Manager for a show here in Los Angeles that you should come see! It's at the Archway Studio & Theatre downtown and the show is 6 Degrees of Separation. We have a great cast & this weekend only if you let me know I can get you tickets for 1/2 price! Come out and support local theatre and see me try to run the light/sound boards! :)

Also for Fabulous Things Friday, vote for my little buddy & help save animals!! It's for the World Spay Day Pet Photo Contest, all proceeds go to the aminals so help 'em out! :D

"Colonel Mustard"

That's what's up for Theatre Thursday & Fabulous Things Friday! :D Have a great weekend chickens!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sunny With a Chance of Blerg!

Blerg! I have been sucking it up lately friends by not posting. Unfortunately for me life was kicking my butt this round. I've been uber busy lately: stage managing a play, working, applying for certain things, Improv class, interning, helping my sister with her wedding, swimming, thinking about Joe & I getting married, a new group my friend is starting here in LA for actors, dealing with my sister needing ovarian surgery, and still sick to boot! Needless to say it's been a bit of a busy time and I've been thrown a few curve balls like my tire popping on the highway, some finance issues, and very trouble-seeking 2 year old pup! Please bear with me through these, er, growing pains. I am still trying to wrap my head around some things and get my schedule working. Here is some brief stuff to catch up our schedule:

Colonel Mustard Monday:
"I'm still living the good life! I turned 2 in January and mom says I can be "terrible 2" sometimes but I like to think of it as "terrific 2"! Like today, I chewed and chewed and played and slept and had some treats and snuggles and now am back to chewing my dental dino. Can't beat that!"

TCM Tuesday:
To satisfy your need of classic film I give you...

It's showing tonight on TCM at 11:45pm. Here be your quickie synopsis:
Set in July 1912, a traveling salesman, "Professor" Harold Hill (Robert Preston), arrives in River City, Iowa, via train. Intrigued by the challenge of swindling the famously stubborn natives of Iowa as talked about by fellow traveling salesmen. He is a traveling "band instructor". Professor Hill plans to con the citizens of River City into paying him to create a boys' marching band, including instruments, uniforms, and music instruction. Once he has collected the money and the instruments and uniforms have arrived, he will hop the next train out of town leaving them without their money or a band.

With help from his associate Marcellus Washburn (Buddy Hackett), who is now living in River City and is the only one who knows Hill's real name, "Gregory"; Hill incites mass concern among the citizens of River City that their young boys are being seduced into a world of sin and vice by the new pool table in town. Hill convinces them that a boys' marching band is the only way to keep the boys of the town pure and out of trouble, and begins collecting their money.

Hill anticipates the town's librarian and piano instructor Marian (Shirley Jones), will attempt to discredit him, so he sets out to seduce her into silence. Also in opposition to Hill is the town's Mayor Shinn (Paul Ford) & his wife Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn (Hermione Gingold). Meanwhile, Hill attempts to win the heart of Marian, who has an extreme distrust of men and him in particular. His charms have little effect upon her until he wins the admiration of both her mother (Pert Kelton) and her withdrawn and unhappy younger brother Winthrop (Ron Howard). Marian falls in love with Hill, and hides evidence she has that proves he is a fraud.

The band's instruments arrive and Hill tells the boys to learn to play via the "Think System," in which they simply have to think of a tune over and over and will know how to play it without ever touching their instruments. In the meantime, Marian is falling more in love with Harold. Hill's con is nearly complete; all he has to do is collect the rest of the instrument and uniform money, and he can disappear.

He is about to leave town when a disgruntled anvil salesman who had been run out of Brighton, Illinois in a backlash to Hill's having conned the townspeople there comes to River City and exposes Hill and his plans. Chased by an angry mob of River City citizens (and pressed to leave town by Marcellus and Marian) Hill realizes that he is in love with Marian and can't leave. He is captured by the mob and brought before a town meeting to be tarred and feathered. Hill is saved by the boys' band who "play" their own instruments (very poorly). Hill remains in River City and there is a huge parade and fanfare!

Enjoy this delightful musical tonight! :)

Good for the World Wednesdays:
I want to introduce you all to 2 things today. The first being my new favorite go to quick lunch--salad wraps! I know, so simple and everyone knows how to make their own version of one but I am currently obsessed so deal with it. Joe made me blackened tempeh and it's wrapped up with baby greens, scallion, carrot, mushroom, chickpeas, and a hummus salad dressing. We've been snacking on this like whoa! The second thing I want to share is one of my very favorite advocacy groups Farm Sanctuary. They constantly have ways of adopting a farm animal that's been rescued, educational articles, petitions to stand up for animal rights, everything really to help provide an actual sanctuary for farm animals everywhere. I want to adopt everything (I specifically loved their turkeys at "Friendsgiving" and wanted to adopt all of those lil guys) and hope you join me in loving everything they do!

Okay tomorrow I shall try and post about the theatre I am involved with for your Thursday enjoyment! Thanks chickens and see you soon. Promise!