Sunday, September 26, 2010

because it's Sunday

I love this: His impromptu song, his 'happy feet', the moonwalk at the pulpit, the little old lady with the walker. Just watch it. He really get's going around the 1:50/2:00 mark. You can't help but smile and dance around! Ha!

Friday, September 24, 2010

new project

So, I'm incredibly excited because I'm performing with a Broadway star I've never met but always looked up to. REBECCA LUKER: Gorgeous soprano, Tony nominated actress, and guess what?! She's originally from Alabama!!!! We've been asked to perform for a major industrial by this fantastic production team here in NYC. I received the breakdown for the show yesterday and I'm doing a duet with Ms. Luker!! A duet. Just us. I'm a little ecstatic.

I feel so thankful for all the wonderful things that are happening for Dave in his career, me in mine, and in our relationship. It seems like just yesterday we were in Alabama loading up the moving truck. If this is what's happened in our first year here together, I can't wait to see where we will be in 3! Apologies for the cheesey, sentimental nature of this post. I'm just feeling exceptionally grateful lately. It's a good place to be!

And now I'd like to leave you with this fantastic and informative video that a castmate shared with me.


And here are some pictures...just 'cause...

always missing my mommy

love this completely candid moment our photographer got of my sister and me

love this for so many reasons. no.1) it reminds me of our childhood. Laughing with my oldest pals and my sister. So grateful to have grown-up with such wonderful people.

and finally, because Halloween is right around the corner. Missing that sweet boy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a case of the mondays...

and it's Wednesday. Well, I'm coming off my high of having 2 whole days of not being at the theatre (nevermind that I filmed on off day#1 and cleaned my house on off day #2). Naturally, I needed a little pick-me-up this a.m., in addition to my coffee, of course. I thought I would share some of my go-t0 'mood enhancers'. ENJOY!

My friend Charlotte played dress-up (wig and all) and posed with art. I think it's hilarious. She did this alone. For those who know me, and I mean really know me, you know I am no stranger to this.


And then there is this woman and her two teeth.



here's a pretty pic from where we filmed on Monday. Same location they shot 'Doubt'. cool. One step closer to Meryl Streep.

Speaking of Meryl Streep, here's a clip from one of my fav movies. HILARIOUS!
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ok, now let's just get through this day.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Best New Tradition. Ever.

So, I'm loving Dave's new schedule. We've had the last 3 nights off together! If you know us and our work schedules, then you know this almost NEVER happens. For some reason, I was craving a vodka Martini yesterday, slightly dirty with cerignola green olives. Specific, I know. So, after work, I picked up all the necessary ingredients from our neighborhood 'Bottle Shop' and nabbed some of those delicious briney olives from the olive bar at the Food Emporium.

I got out my favorite martini glasses (they have a really long stem. and i like that) and then let Dave do the rest. He's better at it. Discovered a 1/4 lb. of a funky blue cheese that Dave had picked up the other day. I couldn't let that go to waste. And let me tell you how fantastic it was to sit on the couch, gab about the day, eat cheese, and sip a perfectly-made martini with one of the most interesting people I know. It felt so very 'old school'...but such a great way to connect at the end of a long day. I'm really on a kick about this right now. I realized that in this city with so many distractions, it's very difficult to spend time with someone interruption-free. There were no distractions in our living room. No all-to-present cocktail server checking in/pushing $15 drinks/or trying to get us out of there. No loud music to compete with our conversation. And before we knew it, it was 9:30. woops. So then we ordered delivery from our favorite thai place and called it a night. the end.

Have a great day, everyone. It's a beautiful one, here!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

R & R

I'm in desperate need of a little getaway. My friend, Adam, gave me the best advice about maintaining your sanity in this crazy, bustling, city and that is to get out of it from time to time. I'm not talking about trips home (although that sounds heavenly right now) or some major vacation. I'm talking about heading up-state to a little Bed and Breakfast for the weekend or hitting up a vineyard or going apple picking (hello, Fall!). Just a quick sojourn somewhere that's green...with cars, and curbside farm stands; where buildings peak at around 3 stories and everyone moves at a slightly slower place.

This reminded me of how we celebrated the Fourth of July. We traveled 1 hour and 45 minutes west to Dave's Aunt and Uncle's Farmhouse and nursery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The house is just spectacular--a refurbished farmhouse--and sits on the most amazing grounds EVER. Since Ridgway (Dave's Uncle) does exotic landscaping and has his own nursery, the house is nestled in the middle of plush gardens and manicured lawns. It was exactly what we needed. No noise. No traffic. Just friends, family, and each other. Woke up and had breakfast on coffee on the porch, played Badminton until it got too hot, then hit the pool until we were ready to throw dinner on the grill. Opened up a bottle of wine and walked through the gardens, stopping along the way to appreciate the uninterrupted views. HEAVEN. Thought I would share some pics from our weekend in July...can't believe it's already September. Where has the time gone????

What a gorgeous drive!


The back of the farmhouse


Dave. Back porch. Swing. I could get used to this...What you don't see is that this looks out over an entire valley. GORGEOUS!


Courtyard and Archway to pool


Caretaker's Cottage


A small portion of the tree farm


Hydrangea will always remind me of home. And look how adorable the town is! Cobblestone streets, boutiques, restaurants...


Seriously, this may be what keeps me from ever moving back to the South. Stunning scenery, precious towns, gorgeous homes, a sense of community, and an easy commute to the city. It's like the best of both worlds...now if only I could convince my family to move nearby...

Monday, September 13, 2010

really?

Nothing better than having to wake-up at 6 a.m. to film on your only day-off, only to get a call from the director at 7 a.m. informing you that the sound engineer has food poisoning and they have to bring in another technician (who is not available today). Therefore, today's shoot is canceled. hmfph. Don't get me wrong. I'm happy and grateful for the work and am truly excited about the project. But this 'burnin' the candle at both ends' thing is starting to take it's toll. You should see the circles under my eyes...not cute. i repeat, not cute. A gal needs her beauty sleep...

The up-side to this is that I was up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to wish my hubby a fantastic first day in his new position at Gramercy! I even attempted to take a 'first day of school' photo with him standing by the door, bag in-toe and that 'conquer the world' smile. However, in typical Dave and Morgan fashion, this quickly turned into us goofing around, striking awkward poses or just looking downright angry. See below. I think it turned out well.



I walked Dave to the train and sent him on his merry way. Keep him in your thoughts, as he takes on this new role.

In other news, during our first week of previews I had my NYC debut as 'Strawberry' in 4 shows this Sat. and Sun. It went so incredibly well and I had a BLAST!! Here are some photos of me as a red-headed, frecklefaced 7 year old...

Sporting the mask above. pic w/ t-shirt was after the first 2 shows I did. I was so spent! Hence the 'tired face'...


Lovely flowers from my awesome Stage Manager


Dave got to see me go on, which meant the world to me! So happy he had the night off!

ok, I'm hopping back in the bed and watching Season 4 of DEXTER. If you don't watch this show, you should. It's fantastic! Gonna be as lazy as possible today...

Friday, September 10, 2010

a view from our stoop


With the anniversary of 9/11 one day away, I thought I would share what we see when we leave our apt. at night. These two beams of light shine from the site of the twin towers. They seem to go on forever (something that's not communicated in this photo). It's pretty incredible; I wish you could all see it in person. With all the controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic Center and the ridiculous talk of a church leader burning the Quran, I thought I would share this as a tribute and reminder of the countless men and women of different creeds,religions, and walks of life who lost their lives on that tragic day. May ignorance be eradicated, the resilience of the American spirit be celebrated, and the profound power of forgiveness realized.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

life

Good Morning, friends. I hope this post finds everyone healthy and happy in their various corners of the world. I'm basking in the joy of not having to be at rehearsal until 1 this afternoon! Can you believe I actually slept-in until 9 this morning?! Living on the edge...I know. And since I had a little extra time I thought I would do the ole blog update.

Nothing too monumental to report. We officially begin previews tonight for 'Freckleface Strawberry'. This continues until our opening night on October 1!

Dave begins his new role as 'Manager' on Monday. We're going suit shopping on Sunday to 'update' the old wardrobe/suit dept. This makes me very excited. I love to shop. I love men in suits. I love Dave. But Dave does not love shopping. So fingers-crossed that Sunday is relatively quick and painless. Best part: planning the celebratory meal, post-shopping. Our options: go the 'one-stop' route at Barneys and grab some champagne and pomme frites at Fred's OR hit-up a handful of shops in SOHO and grab a table for two at Balthazar. yum. And yes, I am aware that pretty much everything I do revolves around food.

Tomorrow, Friday, is NYC Fashion's Night Out. One of mine and Meghan's good friends, Jill, is hosting a party at Elizabeth Charles to showcase the fall jewelry line for her company, LADY GREY. Check out her designs. They are incredible. She works with metal...I think that's pretty bad-ass, pardon my language. It should be a swell party. Jill's fiance is in the band Chairlift--you most likely know their hit 'Bruises'--so the band is performing live. I'm just hoping to get out of rehearsal early enough so I don't miss the party!

We celebrated Labor Day on the Great Lawn in Central Park, picnicking with friends. It was a gorgeous day---sunny with a much-needed break from 90 degree temperatures! I'll post pics later when I have more time to sort thru (I got a little camera-happy). We had quite the spread. One of our friends (who also happens to be a chef at a really really spectacular restaurant) was commissioned to make some killer guacamole. The rest of us brought various cured olives, some funky cheeses, duck-liver mousse (Kara, I knew you would appreciate that!), fruit, homemade cookies, a few bottles of wine and some brewskies. OH! Bought a new beer that I'm in love with. Abita Satsuma Witbier. SO delicious on a hot day. Try it. Now that I have that off my chest, back to the picnic. It was a great way to spend a day-off, complete with lots of frisbee-throwing and a rousing game of "Celebrity"! I was so happy to spend some time with Dave's friends. He's really got a fabulous group up here! So much fun. However, this little chicken was so exhausted from work...I'll have you know I was asleep by 10...I'm blaming it on the sun...it really takes it out of you (wink, wink).

For whatever reason, I've been a little run-down and a wee bit homesick lately. No good reason for it. Mine and Dave's schedules have been so opposite lately that we haven't had much time together, and my long rehearsal hours have kept me from spending time with my dear dear friends as well. So I think I'm just tired and lonely. Sounds a little pathetic, I know. Anywho, after a long day yesterday I walked into the apt. around 10 and saw the most beautiful orchids in my favorite vase, smelled my favorite candles burning (Seda France Candle: French Tulip...buy it today. you can thank me later), saw the makings of a most delicious meal in the kitchen, and had my husband waiting for me with a hug, apricot ale, and a good hours-worth of conversation before we even ate. It was exactly what I needed. I was so touched by his thoughtfulness. This is what it means to love and be loved. Thank you, Dave.



And to all of you, I hope your weekend is filled with lots of laughter, good food, friends, and family...and if you are in the South, I'm assuming football fits in there somewhere.

Cheers!