Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Little Nothings.

-Robin egg blue fingernail polish
-Pumpkin cheesecake with Randall
-Breakfast with Ben, Colton, Jake, and Jordan
-Afternoon naps
-The Hunger Games trilogy
-Chocolate peanut butter cookies
-Clearance sales at Downeast
-Cabaret nights
-Folk Dance socials
-Saturday mornings
-Landon's mission farewell
-Letters from Elise
-Once Upon a Time
-Mormon Messages
-AAT t-shirts
-Fresh fruit
-Pumpkin spice candy kisses

late night blurb.

Okay, so there still isn't a very good internet connection at my house, which means I haven't been able to blog as much as I would like to blog. (It also means that it's really hard for me to keep up with all of my online Spanish homework... but who really cares about that?)

Anyway, there's going to be a post coming up about this one time (and by 'one time' I mean last Monday) when I hit a bicyclist with my car and how he's in my singles ward and it was basically the most traumatizing experience of my life. Don't worry, nobody was seriously injured. But it's quite the story... and there's a post about it in the works, so you will definitely be hearing more about it soon.

Other than that, I've been eating way too much pumpkin. It's probably not very healthy, but I'm a firm believer that Pumpkin Anything is one of the best things for the soul. Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin kisses... I'm obsessed. It's the one thing about autumn that I'm truly embracing.

I'm holding on tight to the tiny bit of summer that still lingers here in Ogden. The warm nights, and the way my car heats up during the day while it's parked at the school. I love it. Even on days when I want to wear long jeans, I'm forcing myself into a pair of capris because in a couple of weeks I'll have to put all of my summer clothes away.

I'm a summer baby - and I'll always be a summer girl at heart. I'm already missing summertime, and autumn hasn't even really started yet. But the trees on the mountainside are telling me that fall is well on it's way. And I'm okay with that, because even though summer is my favorite, I do love scarves and hot cocoa and colorful leaves. And pumpkin. I love pumpkin.

So during junior seminar today I was kinda faced with that "Oh crap, I graduate in two years and what am I going to do after college?" predicament. I've thought about it before, but I need to start doing some serious planning now. 

I'm thinking about a couple of options:

-Go to grad school and get a master's degree in Theatre education.
-Earn a teaching certificate and try to get a job at a charter school
-Go on a mission
-Become a dance teacher/choreographer
-Other ideas...

My life has been so structured and predictable up to this point. But after I graduate, there are so many options. And right now, all of those options sound pretty gratifying. It hurts my brain, thinking about all of the things I could do when I'm finished at WSU. These decisions could affect the rest of my life.

Being an adult is hard. ;) Suzy says we should just graduate and buy a house on the ocean. I love that plan. I can picture it now. 

I want to sit on the patio of a quaint little beach house. I want to curl up on white picnic chairs and read some Jane Austen. Drink ice cold strawberry lemonade. Go on long evening walks just to feel the sand between my toes. Experience the pink sunsets, salty air, and chilly mornings. Spend long afternoons at the harbor. Maybe even a sun-tanned, chiseled man with freckles and a carefree personality. But not a surfer; a sailor. He has to own a sailboat.

I digress.

School. Graduation. Careers. Money. Adulthood.
It's all very taxing business. 

Also, I get to go home this weekend. I cannot tell you how elated I am to go home for a day or two. I haven't been home since May, aside from the little one-day trip I took in July (which doesn't even count. I was hardly there seven hours).
I haven't slept in that huge double-sized bed of mine in months. Heavens, I haven't even slept in a bedroom that's all to myself in months! And just thinking about Mom's cooking and the dog barking and being able to spend time with Ben and Brooklyn... I've even missed that dumb cat of Brooklyn's. (But just a little bit. We'll just pretend nobody heard me say that.)

So pretty much, this weekend has been much anticipated, and I can't wait.

But that's all for tonight. I have a seven o' clock meeting in the morning, and a full day of classes after that. Time for bed, and long happy dreams of that little house on the beach.

Much love :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Little Nothings

There's a lot to talk about, with fall semester in full-swing and autumn on it's way... but the internet isn't working at home, and I don't have much time to blog while at school. So this will have to do for today. These are just some of the little things that are happening lately that make my smile.

-Getting 10 extra credit points on my Spanish oral quiz.
-Being let out of Stage Scenery thirty minutes early.
-Ninja turtles.
-Ticket to the temple dedication this Sunday.
-Lunch at Costa Vida with Shelby and Josh.
-Adorable roommates.
-Peanut butter cookies and visiting with Malorie.
-Having donuts in Spanish class.
-Friday night concert with Sam.
-Port of Subs.
-New shoes.
-Choralaires social.
-Getting my hair into a french twist on the first try.
-Sore muscles.
-Spontaneous trip to the grocery store with Sam.
-Voice lessons with Maurie.
-Saying hi to Jim in the hallway.
-Community performances with the folk dancers and choralaires.
-Movie night with Colton.
-New nail polish.
-Singing some Doris Day.
-Chocolate milk.

What makes you happy?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

C is for College.

 And what better way to kick off the fall semester than an outing to The Mercantile 
For a heaping scoop of pumpkin ice cream with my new roommate Julie Potter?

The Playmill season is over, and I'm back in Ogden for good. (Well, for the school year at least. Who knows what's in store for next summer... another audition for The Playmill, perhaps? Working in Ogden with my best friend for the summer? Auditions at Hale? The possibilities are wide open.) 

But for now, it's time to focus on the fall semester. I have my own home now (huzzah!), three stellar roommates, an adorable new bedroom, a great class schedule, and a couple of extra-curricular things to keep me excited and busy.

Believe it or not, I've always enjoyed school... and I especially enjoy college. I love being able to dictate my own life, have my own schedule, and study what I'm passionate about.

Here's what's on the agenda for this next chapter of college.
My fall semester goes something like this:

-History and Lit. of Theatre I
-Spanish I
-Stage Scenery
-Rhythm Tap
-Human Biology
-Junior Seminar
-Private Vocal Lessons

-Social Chair for The Associated Actors and Technicians
-The Institute Choralaires (I just auditioned last week and made it in!)
-Institute Folk Dance??? (callbacks are today. Keep your fingers crossed!)
-Another institute class (has yet to be decided)

-And then I have 90 practicum hours to fulfill my scholarship. But I'm not bothered, I love working in the department. Crewing shows, counting hours in the shops, going to work calls... I love it all SO much. :)

It's going to be a great semester. I can feel it . :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Playmill Players

Wow... really? Closing night already? 

I can't believe the summer is already over. It feels surreal, that on Monday I won't be coming back to perform at this adorable theater. I shed a couple of tears last night after The Drowsy Chaperone... and I'm sure tonight is going to be just as bittersweet. This summer has been fun, frustrating, exciting, fulfilling, crazy, hard, memorable, and beautiful. But it was all worth it, and I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. I have grown so much. I was incredibly blessed and privileged to have this opportunity, and The Playmill Theatre will always have an important place in my heart. Here's a HUGE thank you to everyone who made it such a memorable experience. I love you guys. 

Aaron and Jennie Moss
Aaron is one of the most level-headed, sensible people you will ever meet. I greatly admire his ability to stay calm and view situations with easy perspective. He's very willing to help his friends with whatever they may need. Aaron and I also have an epic secret handshake. :) Jennie is one of the craftiest people I know. She can take any piece of cloth and make it look adorable! Accessories, outfits, she does it all! She's also very enthusiastic about everything she sets her mind to. I'll always remember when The Mosses kind enough to give me a ride to West Yellowstone all the way from Utah! That was such a fun trip. I'm glad I got to meet the Mosses this summer!

Alex Trost
Alex is the newest member of The Playmill company this season! He jumped into the shows a week ago to fill in for one of our other actors, and he is doing a fantastic job! Even though I haven't known Alex for very long, I have enjoyed getting to know him and I'm grateful for the energy he has brought to The Playmill! Alex is a very positive, expressive, and upbeat person. I also love and cherish the "Fancy T-Shirt" he made for me for Playmill Christmas. Thanks for being such a fun and positive friend, Alex!

Addison and Bre Welch

I call Addison "The big brother I never had" and we've been friends for over two years now! Holy Cow, that went by fast! Later I met Bre, and they have been good friends of mine for the past two years. I have always looked up to both Addison and his wife Bre. This summer I have enjoyed many visits to the Welches house for good food and movies. (Remember the time we ate cookies and watched Easy A with Jack? So much fun!). Addison is very sincere and non-judgmental. He also tells great stories. Bre is one of the kindest people you will ever meet, and she is such a talented actress! You can read more about Addison and Bre here or here.

Brian Carey
Brian had to leave early this summer, but I had a lot of fun with him during his time here. I really enjoyed going to Virginia City with Brian, and I will always remember skipping to and from the Merrill's home with Brian and Lauren the first day we were here in West Yellowstone. Brian is a crazy talented performer. He can sing (even though he can only hear out of one ear), dance, act, and he's an incredible fiddler! Good luck at BYU Brian, thanks for all of the fun memories!

Boyd Wolz
He's the handyman here at The Playmill. He helped build all of our sets, and he created the flats for our shows. Boyd is always a positive attribute to the environment at the theater, and he's always willing to lend a hand... whether he's preparing concessions, fixing props, or helping the actors. I remember back in June, the entire cast went to Boyd's apartment to watch The Tony Awards. We had a lot of fun, and he was so hospitable to let us all invade his home and watch TV there! Thanks for all you do, Boyd!

Brooklyn Poulter
Where do I start with Brooklyn? Musical director, dancer, singer, actress, vinyl-maker extraordinaire, perfectionist, pianist, and the most amazing roommate I've ever had! Brooklyn has it all. She's sincere, loyal, genuine, and positive. She's always working hard and trying her best. I will NEVER forget when we secretively went to Pizza at Wild West, and we escaped from the restaurant unnoticed by our fellow castmates! That will always stand as one of my favorite Playmill memories. I am so lucky to have met Brooklyn this summer, and I hope we keep in touch. You can read more about this incredible lady here. Thanks for being such a sincere friend. Love you girl.

Bryson Smellie
He stepped it up in the middle of the summer when times were crazy, and he became my Underling! I am so happy to have had the opportunity to perform with Bryson in The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as all of the other shows this season! Bryson is one of THE MOST enthusiastic people I have ever met, and I admire his bright personality! Bryson is also extremely dedicated, both on and off the stage. I have never seen him fall out of character. He gives 100% the minute he walks into the theater. Thanks for your postive attitude and your dedication, Bryson! (And thanks for being a good sport after being spit on hundreds of times this summer.)

Dave Martinez
Dave is such a strong person. He has an incredible testimony and spirit about him, and I will always look up to his example. Dave knows how to comfort and encourage people, and I'm so thankful to call him my friend. Dave is extremely invested in all of his characters, and I love watching him on stage. He soaks up his audiences every time he performs. Dave is also an amazing guitar player... and I admire his passion for music and the arts. Dave had some huge challenges when he was growing up, and he is the perfect example of somebody who has had trials and come out on top. We can all look up to Dave and his example. I'll always remember Dave and his patriotism, too. ;) Thanks for everything Dave! Good luck with the wedding and this new exciting chapter of your life!

Drake and Parker Young
Drake and Parker were in Annie Get Your Gun here at the Playmill, and we have loved having these two boys with us! They are fun-spirited, helpful, professional, and talented! Drake and Parker are ready to help out backstage whenever we need assistance. They do everything, and they do it well! Drake is always around to help lift heavy boxes and crates, and Parker is the best tootsie-pop salesman we have ever had!! :) They always share their food and treats with us, and they know how to joke around and have a good time backstage. Thanks Parker and Drake... we have been SO lucky to have you with us!

Eliza Merrill
Eliza is one of the sweetest girls I know, and I wish we would have become better friends sooner this summer. I think we all love Eliza far more than she realizes. I wish she could fully realize how much we adore her. Eliza is an incredible dancer, and she also has a very pretty voice. One of the things I love most about Eliza, is her happy attitude at the theater. This girl is hilarious, and she knows how to make everyone smile! Every time I turn a corner, I see Eliza joking and laughing and having a good time with the people around her. Eliza is also extremely beautiful. She has a darling sense of style. I loved the time she and Maggie came with me to Idaho Falls for a shopping trip. I'm so glad to have met you this summer Eliza. Thanks for being my friend.

Roger and Heidi Merrill
I cannot put into words everything that Roger and Heidi have done for me, let alone what they have done for  the rest of the cast and everyone who walks through the doors of The Playmill Theatre. I am extremely grateful for the way they have directed me, taught me, loved me, coached me, laughed with me, supported me, encouraged me, and been there for me in times of need. I have grown so much this summer, and I owe it  all to Roger and Heidi. The Merrill family are some of the most selfless people I know. They sacrifice time (especially family time), and a whole lot of other things for this theater. They work hard to create an unforgettable experience for both cast and audience members, and their hard work definitely pays off. You can see it in the faces of people who leave the theater each night. The Merrills give something priceless to anyone that visits this special place... they touch peoples lives through the performing arts. I am incredibly grateful for everything they have done for me personally, and I am blessed to know Roger and Heidi. Thank you, and much love to you both.

Jack Shapiro
What to say about Mr. Shapiro... :) I met Jack last year at Weber State, and I was so excited when he decided to audition for The Playmill with me last winter. Jack has so much natural talent. He's never taken a voice lesson in his life, but he is an incredible singer! He is also an amazing dancer, despite what he might think. Jack and I have been through a lot together, but I always appreciate his willingness to talk things out with me, and to forgive me when I sometimes act like a brat. ;) I am grateful that we have been able to maintain our friendship, despite the rough patches. I'll always remember the time we went to Arrow Leaf for ice cream, even though it was still snowing outside! And, I love that someone loves going to Hebgen and Firehole as much as I do! Thanks for putting up with me Jack. :) I'm excited to continue our friendship back at WSU. Be sure to keep in touch! (Read more about Jack here.)

Jake and Hannah Thompson
Two of my favorite people on the face of the planet :) I have loved getting to know the Thompsons this summer. They have been fabulous next door neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Jake is always striving to make everyone at the theater happy. He is genuinely concerned about the well-being of the cast and crew, and I appreciate his willingness to make sure everyone is smiling each day. He is also dedicated to everything he does at the theater... his concessions ethics are phenomenal! ;) I'll never forget going to Firehole River with Jake for the first time. So much fun! Hannah is an absolute doll. I have never seen a brighter countenance than Hannah's. She's an outstanding listener, an encouraging cast-mate, and an INCREDIBLE friend. She is also SUPERB on the stage. I still don't know how she does it all, especially with a broken back and a baby in her tummy! Thanks to both of you, for listening, being a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with, and for being there for me unconditionally. You have know idea how your friendships have affected me this summer. Love you.

Joe and Leslie Bidwell
Joe and Leslie have done a lot for the theater this summer. Joe is a mastermind at the light and sound board, and I am SO grateful to Leslie for helping me with my costumes all summer long. They are both very sweet people, and even though I didn't get to spend a ton of time with them, I admire them both... and I absolutely adore their little girl, too. :) One of my favorite memories with the Bidwells was when they came over for Potluck, and Leslie had made her DELICIOUS grilled cheese sandwiches. That was such a fun evening, chatting and joking with good company. And let's not forget the time when Joe and Roger tricked me with the fire extinguisher during one of the shows. Thanks for all that you do, Joe and Leslie! Have fun in your new home!

Jon Wright
I am so glad Jon and I became friends this summer at The Playmill! Jon has one of the best voices I have ever heard, and he is a phenomenal actor! He is very believable and realistic on stage. Jon puts all of his effort into his characters, and his hard work is evident because of all the bruises and injuries he has received on stage. Jon is a genuinely concerned friend. I know that he truly cares about my happiness. He is a great voice of reason, and he always goes out of his way to invite me to fun things! I loved joining him and his friends at their cabin in Island Park. It was one of my favorite times of the summer! I am grateful for Jon's friendship, and the perspective and outlook he has about life. Jon is just awesome, and you can read more about him here. You better keep in touch, Jon!!

Lauren Hughes
The moment I met Lauren, I could tell she was an outstanding friend. The second I opened the door to my new apartment, she helped me move in all of my belongings and helped me set up my room. She sat in my room and chatted with me the first day of the summer, and I was grateful to have a roommate who was so spunky and outgoing! Lauren and I have had a lot of fun memories, including the bathroom experience in Ashton, and making no-bake cookies in our apartment in the middle of the night! Lauren is talented, fun-loving, spunky, energetic, and passionate. She jumped in as the role of Janet in the middle of the summer, and she had a lot of courage to tackle that role in such a short amount of time. What a great job she did! I am grateful for Lauren, and I am excited to keep in touch with her. Love you girl!

Maggie Merrill
Maggie is one of the sassiest and most adorable girls you will ever meet! She is a fabulous gymnast, and a darling actor. She does a great job with her role in Annie Get Your Gun. I love Maggie's enthusiasm... she loves getting the cast together to go on various adventures! I will forever remember when I bet her to jump off the dock at Hebgen Lake, and when she did... I had to jump in fully clothed! I also loved going to Old Faithful with her at midnight, and for having girls' nights at her house. Maggie is very mature for her age. She is helpful, talented, smart, outgoing, and gorgeous! Thanks for being my friend, Mags :) Love you girl!

Paige Kempton
Is one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet. She is extremely smart too. I admire Paige for her sweet and tender spirit, and for her soft kindness towards everybody in the cast. Paige is always ready to help me with my quick changes too, and I can't thank her enough for that!! I don't know what I would do without her. :) Paige is getting ready to serve a mission for the LDS church, and I am extremely excited for her! Paige is going to be a fantastic missionary!!! I am grateful to have met Paige, and to share the stage with her (and the box office. We're box office buddies. hehe). Thank you for everything Paige, make sure and keep in touch! I would love to come to your mission farewell :)

Paul McGrew
Paul is seriously one of the funnest people in the entire cast! He knows how to have a good time, and he never lets other people's negativity get him down. Paul is always offering to help anyone that he can. He's helped me with costumes, props, scenes, and other various things throughout the summer! He is always working on his songs and numbers, continuously trying to improve and make his time on stage the best it can be! I admire Paul for his persistence and his devotion. He is a fantastic singer, and a wonderful friend! He always completes any job that is given him, and he is very methodical and complete about anything he sets his mind to. Thanks for being my friend Paul!

Rivkah Steele
I love Rivkah. She is gorgeous, kind, sincere, non-judgmental, sweet-spirited, and fun. I wish I would have gotten to know Rivkah sooner, but I'm glad for the time we have had to spend together as friends. She and Jon are such a riot, and they have taken me under their wing and made me their friend. I am SO grateful for their friendship. They reached out to me in a time when I really needed friends. They are my friends unconditionally, and I'm grateful for their constant love and encouragement. Rivkah and I have had some great memories. I loved going out to lunch with her, and I also loved going to the Mountain Man Randevous with her this summer. Rivkah, please keep in touch! I want to visit Rexburg and see you. Love you lots!

Sam Merrill
Sam left early on in the summer to serve a mission in London, England... but during his time here he left a great impression! Sam is a friend to everyone that he meets. He will be anybody's friend if they let him. He knows how to make people feel comfortable and at ease. He is always joking around with his friends and family. Even though Sam wasn't on the stage this year, I got to see his talents when he came over to the apartment and played the guitar and sang with us. He also loves to give me tap instruction ;) I wish I could've gotten to know Sam better, but I think it's awesome that he is serving a mission and he's a great spiritual example to me!

Scott Michelsen
I am positive that Scotty is one of the most tender people on the face of this planet. I have NEVER met somebody more caring and sincere. Scott is also more talented than he gives himself credit for. I love listening to his preshow song every night, and he makes a phenomenal Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone. He is so genuine and realistic on stage, which is why his audiences love him so much. One of my favorite memories of Scott is when we painted the doorway together back in May, before the shows opened.  I loved getting to know Scott better as we painted the door frame during rehearsals. Even though we were just painting and chatting, it is probably one of my favorite memories this summer. The world could use more people like Scott, full of love and kindness towards everyone. Thanks for being such a caring guy, Scott. I'll miss you!

Stacey Starke
One of the best stage managers and roommates I have ever had! Stacey's got it together. She is organized, punctual, professional, and enthusiastic about her job. Stacey is also very pretty... I love seeing all of her different outfits that she wears for the shows each night. I love chatting with Stacey at home too. She always has fun stories to share, and she's a great listener. I will never forget when Stacey drove me to the doctor in Rexburg... all the way back in June. I had fun shopping with her and getting to know her better during that drive to Idaho. I wish I could go to the fair with Stacey this Monday, but seeing as I can't... I'll just have to find other ways to keep in touch with her!! Thanks for your friendship and your hard work Stacey. I love you!

Aside from all the thank-you's listed above, I don't quite know what else to say. 
I guess "Break a leg" will have to suffice. :) 

Happy closing, everyone! Love you guys. Let's make it count.