Monday, June 30, 2014

So the days float through my eyes

So I really should be better at this by this point. It's not that I've been insanely busy, this blog just sometimes happens to slip my mind. Well, anyway.

So I am officially a college graduate! I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and made Dean's list for my last semester of undergrad. It still is so strange to have actually graduated from college. I remember being six years old and would beg my parents to tell me what high school was like (that mythical place where math was not required) and was convinced that I would never make it to high school. The fact that I have graduated college is insane to me. It was a fun event, which I was not expecting with all of my pre-grad jitters.

Obviously, I had to finish classes and all before I could get to this point, so now we are going into flashback mode. The last week of classes was such a strange time for me because I finally realized that my time at CUA was coming to an end.  While trying to finish up all of my papers and work on Gilbies (our end of the year awards show for CUA Drama which the seniors are in charge of), I was as usual overwhelmed. I still managed to have some fun in there but I managed to finish everything. I even managed to get an A in my Landscape Archeology class which I did no reading for the entire semester. I did very well this last semester which I think is how one would want to end their time in college. My final assignment of college was a paper for one of my drama classes and I've decided to show you all the "final paper selfie" that I took (If you can't see the title, it says "The Theatre of Cruelty: Julie Taymor's Titus", yeah really happy subject):


And that was that, Undergrad was over! Then we had Senior Week, which was a strange journey both through elementary school (we were taking yellow school buses everywhere) and college. I tried to spend as much time with all of my different friends as I could, which was difficult because everyone was everywhere. The events we had were going to Dave and Busters in an abandoned mall (I'm not kidding, windows were boarded up and everything, super creepy) and and Orioles Game which was my first time out to Baltimore (I ended up on the Jumbo-tron, though I really was not watching the game). Then we had a casino night on campus which luckily taught me that I will never cause my family any strife from gambling debt because I'm terrible at it and get board of it easily. This was kind of a weird event because after all of the off-campus events, we were back in our student center which felt like a step back. Then the next night we had a dinner at the Sequoia in Georgetown which had the most gorgeous views of the Kennedy Center and the Potomac but was also a strange event (I've learned that school sanctioned events are never what one hopes for). Then Tursday there were no events but I went out and celebrated my friend Cait's birthday. We went to a bar in Adams Morgan and did karaoke and I finally was able to do "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as my song. Then the next day my family arrived in town for the big weekend!

A lot of my family in California flew out for the event which made the whole thing quite exciting. On Friday was the Baccalaureate Mass in the Basilica which was the first time I have gone to church in a long time. The church was packed full of people there to see their kids graduate (Or a step in the graduation process). I sat next to Christian, who had been in London with me, and we had a great time being ridiculous in the mass. Then, after the mass, my family and I went to dinner and hung out before the big day.

Saturday morning was the big graduation day. I had to get in line to process super early and waited around for awhile before we even went in. I was surrounded by people I had never met in my entire time at Catholic and still had a blast make jokes with all of these people. Phillip Rivers was our commencement speaker plus the most adorable cardinal from Manilla. The big main ceremony was long but my section of the students had a good time. Then, when the big ceremony was over, Arts and Sciences stayed in the same spot and had our ceremony with diplomas being handed out. My good friend and fellow drama major Bridget Grace Sheaff was our Arts and Sciences speaker and she did quite a good job.  Then we were given our diplomas which is when I realized a new irrational fear I could have, worrying if anyone would clap or cheer for me while I got my diploma. Luckily, this fear was irrational and I got my diploma without falling over, though I did forgot the slip that had my name on it, pissing off the woman gathering them. Then the ceremony was over and there was a small reception in the drama department. Then I moved out of my dorm in record time and was done with Catholic forever! Then we had the best graduation dinner ever at Oyamel, Jose Andres modern Mexican restaurant in DC. We literally ordered everything on the menu (clearly food was the most important part of the event). While at dinner, we had the watch the Preakness because California Chrome was slated to win, which he did. Then we drove out to Easton Maryland where I fell asleep in the car after all of the excitement. Then we spent the next few days out in Easton which was nice to have a break even for only a few days. The weather was obviously so much nicer this time around then it was at Thanksgiving.





Then I returned to DC and moved into the sweetest place ever. A few weeks before graduation when I was in the throws of trying to find a place to live, we found out that our good friends from Tokyo and Singapore had just bought a condo in DC. They offered for me to live here this summer before I went to London in July (Right, I'm going to RADA for a month to study Shakespeare, so damn excited). It was so nice of them to offer and this apartment is amazing. I'm currently working at Ford's Theatre in their box office and at a vintage store called Meeps. Both jobs are fun and have their ups and downs.

I was lucky enough to get to go to the Ford's Theatre Gala which was this VIP event where even the Vice Preisdent was there! I wore my grandma's dress from the 1950s, my 1950s prom shoes and vintage jewerely, also 1950s. I got my hair professionally done and did my makeup all by myself and it turned out really well. I've included a picture below so you could see what I mean.

I was very excited that I got to go to this event especially because I will not be able to go next year because, drum roll please...............................................
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I'm moving to Atlanta to do an Acting Apprenticeship with Horizon Theatre Company! It's ten months long from September through June 2015. I'm so excited about this opportunity but also nervous about finding a job and a place to live because I know nothing about Atlanta. So if anyone has any advice, I will gladly take it.

So my summer in DC is starting to come to an end as well as my time in DC. It's a very nice city, not as great as others I have lived in but I will miss parts of the city. Hopefully when I'm a successful actor, I can work at some of the theaters here in DC. One day.

Now I have London and Atlanta to look forward to. I have no idea what the future will hold but I'm glad that at least I've got the next year figured out. And I was stressing out at the end of the year for nothing. I want that time back!

Thanks for reading this really long post on everything.

Bye-Bye! 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For dress has always been my strongest suit

Hey everyone!

So in the midst of finals and graduation and the death caused by house hunting (seriously, why is it SO hard!!), I thought I would share by first paid (!!) work with you. It's a short video that corresponds with a book called The Lost Art of Dress which is about the "Dress Doctors" of the 1920s through the 1960s. These women created some impeccable fashions that we have come to associate with this time period. Take a look at the video!

The Lost Art of Dress

Thanks everyone!

Bye-Bye!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

We're all digging if you wanna know

Hello everyone,

So this is the reason that I have no readers because I never update this blog!! I apologize!! A lot has happened in my life since the first day of the year (well, yeah! I hear you all say). Anyway here is the rundown.

Etiology, the mainstage I was cast in, was a very interesting experience. It was a joy to work on but had such a tumultuous rehearsal process that it became quite stressful and problematic. It was a new work, so there was bound to be a bit of a learning curve for getting into the process. Learning lines was always tricky and it was always a game of "which version of the script will we do now?" Then the design was all over the map, I won't even get into it. Then we had the epic Snowpocalypse of 2014 that cut the actual run of our show to two days, Saturday and Sunday. My family was still able to see it, thank the lord, but I wished we had had Thursday and Friday. The audience though loved the play and was fully invested in the characters and the ghost plot-line and liked our acting! I remember one of my fellow classmates telling me freshman year that if people came up to you weeks later and complimented you, then you really knew you did well. I have had multiple instances of that which makes me feel really proud of myself, something I rarely feel. All in all, a good experience to have but an altogether mayhem.

Then this year, I had my British Drama school auditions. Let me preface this by saying that I did not get into any but the competition is so fierce that it is understandable. I had to travel to New York twice for these auditions, once in January and then again in March. I found that I grew a lot in these trips because at first I was terrified to travel to New York by myself because it's such a big city full of lots of people, both nice and scary. I was convinced I would get lost and die. I learned to love the train ride up and back because it gave me an opportunity to see parts of the country I had never seen before, though train stations are not the best example of America. The auditions themselves were learning experiences because I learned to not dread auditions from anxiety. I also came to understand how to get around New York and found that my childhood dream of living there had pretty much been replaced by London. I just really can't live in a place where you can't see the sky. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and I would not mind returning to New York for little trips here and there.

What else has happened since January? Hmmmm........

I have finally had enough of CUA Drama. It's really time for me to graduate and move on to theaters that actually want to work with me.  I'm glad that the one mainstage I had here was a leading role and not some sad eight-line ensemble role like some people get. But Merchant, anyway..........

Ahh! DC has had a brutal winter that is still lingering. Please leave! I can't deal with you anymore!!!

This weekend, I did an intensive with Shakespeare and Company from Lennox MA. It was very enlightening and was like a return to London and the amazing training received there. I worked on a Cordelia speech from King Lear and found a way to feel quite comfortable with the speech and will most likely use it for auditions in the future. The most important thing I learned was: "When I speak prose, I speak my thoughts. When I speak verse, I speak my soul". Cool stuff right?

Little things that happened: working on the closet scene from Hamlet as Gertrude. Game of Thrones and the soundtrack of The Wolf of Wall Street are now a part of my life. Touched raw chicken, and then cooked it! Got a part time job at Imagination Stage for after graduation! Working on a paper on Julie Taymor's Titus and its super fun to do. Saw some great shows (though the best were all London-born). Enjoyed DC and all it has to offer. Laughed. Cried. Wished I was Patrick Stewart. All the usual stuff.

Anyway, I probably won't update this for a long time especially while in the midst of preparing for graduation and trying to find an apartment in DC. The real world calls me, I don't want to answer. Here gos!!

Bye-Bye!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Here's to us. Who's like us? Damn Few!

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year!! Today my family finally finished with the 12 days of Christmas (meaning parties all the time) and I can relax and work on stuff.

I know that I have been absolutely terrible this semester about ever writing on this blog but I figured that I should do my personal favorite post, which is the round-up of the past year. So without further ado, here is 2013:

1) I moved to London for four months which was my first time living outside of the country by myself. I remember that I was so nervous in the airport before my flight that I wanted to run out of the airport and hide in my bed. It turned out to be the most incredible experience of my life which I miss everyday
2) Performed Joan Le Pucelle in the Rose Theatre
3) Traveled to Paris and Berlin, my first time in Germany
4) Went to Ireland for the first time since I was two years old
5) Saw 21 British plays
6) Played my dream role, Lady Macbeth, in Leo's class
7) Mastered the Tube
8) Quit my catering job, enough was enough
9) Worked in a bar, Murphy's
10) Traveled in LA and went to the Pinup Girl Boutique for the first time (exciting for me) and met Doris Mayday, my pinup idol
11) Started my Senior Year of college, not happy
12) Participated in a new work, So Snow in which I played a hospice nurse named Yolanda
13) Took the ever-ridiculous Forensic Anthropology class, got an A- and learned a crazy amount about the human body
14) Wrote my first ever fifteen page paper for Senior Seminar about Playing Shakespeare
15) Experienced the government shutdown in DC
16) Went to Maryland for Thanksgiving at my cousin Aileen's house
17) GOT CAST IN A MAINSTAGE!!!!
18) Did not die during finals week
19) Finished my Theology and Social Science requirement forever!! 
20) Got to playing Lavina from Titus Andronicus in a directing scene
21) Finished my applications for Guildhall, RADA and LAMDA
22) Got new headshots that are pretty damn good
23) Lost two boys that I went to high school with, Stevan and Thibault 
24) Met my cousin's baby, Daniel Huckleberry, cutest baby on the planet
25) Turned 22! (what?!)
26) Celebrated the 12 days of O'Neill Christmas,  now I'm real tired

Wow, so I actually packed a lot in this year. I left out some of the more trivial ones like my addiction that I developed for Breaking Bad (maybe bad word choice). I haven't really thought of any New Year's resolutions other then losing all the weight I just gained over the 12 Days of Christmas. I have my Drama school auditions coming up soon as well as rehearsals beginning for Etiology (the mainstage). Here's to a grand 2014, hope it brings my return to London!

Bye-Bye!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Please don't you cry when the time to part has come

Hello everyone,

So I'm aware that I have not updated this blog in an exceptionally long time and that I should be better about that. News Update: I am currently working on a collaborative project and have just been cast in one of our mainstages (!!!). Very exciting stuff but the thing I plan on writing about today is far heavier.

Today, at about 5 pm my time, a nineteen-year-old boy named Steven Rodriguez passed away from a very rare Stage III Brain Tumor. He had been diagnosed back in February and had a very hard time going through his cancer. Throughout his treatment though, he stayed positive and tried to make the best of the situation on Facebook by saying that Chemo made him look like Walter White. He got support from Bryan Cranston, Arron Paul and Pablo Sandoval and thousands of messages a day on Facebook telling him to stay upbeat and that he would beat this. Today, October 17th, Steven finally decided that it was time for him to enjoy another world and left this one.

Why am I writing about this boy? Heres why:

When I was a Junior in high school, I directed Steven in a One-Act called Manhattan Tales (one of my favorites that I ever directed). Steven was always full of energy and had the magical ability to make you laugh no matter what. He was creative and hard-working and never ceased to make me feel happy. I got to watch him grow as an actor the next year and once I graduated, I still watched his process as he decided that he wanted to be an actor. I had not seen him in quite some time but if anyone asked how I felt about him, I would tell them that Steven was a great and sweet kid who I was very fond of. Steven was the kind of person who was easy to talk to and had a genuine interest in anything you would say. I always lived to see him succeed at life.

It is unfortunate that bad things happen to good people. Steven did not deserve to have cancer but handled his time with grace and bravery that must have been incredibly hard to muster. I regret that I never visited him in the hospital and naturally feel some guilt about that. But Steven would not have judged me, he was a kid without judgement.

I know that dying has a tendency to make saints out of people but I just wanted to celebrate Steven's life. A kid so generous and so kind should know that people will miss him and remember him always.

I did not know you long Steven but I loved you nonetheless. I hope you keep everyone rolling with laughter up in Heaven and (as cheesy as it sounds) I will now know that thunder is just the angels laughing at your jokes.

Rest in Peace Steven. You deserve it after your hard journey. You will be missed.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lights Will Guide You Home

Hello everybody!

This is the point where I assume that everybody consists of one person and their cat. This is the problem I have with blogging is that I write one post and then leave the blog for so long that it turns into a ghost town with tumble weeds rolling down the abandoned streets.

So I'm sorry about that. Please bear with my sporadic nature. My summer was very straightforward. I worked at Murphy's, read a lot, and hung out with family. But it was nothing special. In fact, when people at CUA welcomed me back to the country, I almost entirely forgot that I had been home for four months and instead felt like I had just gotten off the plane from Heathrow. If only that were the case.

So, I'm back at CUA and just finished my first week of classes which in my humble opinion is the absolute worst! I'm still in shock to be in DC and not London and am trying to reconcile my life that exists right now. This means a lot of looking at pictures from the spring, reading Shakespeare, listening to Johnny Flynn and looking at all of my bits and bobs gathered in England.  It also doesn't help that I'm a Senior in college and things are getting serious. Anyone? Any advice on how not to totally die in an emotional wreck this year?

Luckily we have a three day weekend so that gives me a shorter week coming up on the horizon. But as usual, its full of auditions and Forensic Anthropology and mini papers EVERYWHERE!!! It also is stressful to think about my applications for (drum role please) British Drama Schools which I need to start working on.

As you can see, there is a lot happening in my life right now. I'll try to write a bit more but I'm not promising any miracles. But you, big announcements could be in store or a rant or two may be needed.

Well thanks for handling my flakiness.

Bye-Bye!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Once upon a time you dressed so fine

Hello everyone,

So I know that I have really dropped the ball on blogging since my return across the pond. I was getting so good at updating everyone on my life.

For me, summer is not exactly one of the most exciting times of my life (I mean, let's be serious, I'm still stuck on London). I have a job working at an Irish pub in Sonoma called Murphy's and I find that this kind of food service is much more bearable then working for a caterer. People are so much meaner to cater staff because we are coming into their territory versus when someone comes into a restaurant, they are coming into OUR territory. But I do find that people love to ask me if I got hired because of my red hair to which I answer "Maybe". I am still on fill-in shifts but am slowly gaining some more.

I have plenty of time to get some reading done and that's about the most exciting thing that has happened all summer.

Well, this is my life as of right now. There is truly nothing interesting going on. Now, enjoy some pictures from my life right now curtsey of my iPhone.









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Monday, April 29, 2013

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life

Hey everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA, but I was traveling and finishing up LDA. It is not over, I am not back in the US, I AM IN DENIAL!!!!! Anyway, I made it back to the US yesterday and am now in an existential crisis about where I am. Anyway, such is life.

So the last week of LDA, here goes.

Monday began with our final voice class with Simon. My class got the unfortunate luck of the draw and still had class at nine am. That really isn't bad considering we started class at this time every day. We did a little vocal warm up and read out 19th century instructions on how to act properly, in our RP accents of course. And that was it. We were supposed to have an extra long Acting class that afternoon but Kathy was dreadfully sick (my fault) and so the rest of the day was ours to work on stuff.

Tuesday began with another four hour Shakespeare class and we worked on transitions for our scenes and then did a run through of all of our scenes.  Leo then told us that we should not under any circumstances run our scenes until the showing because we were all needing an audience for our scenes to be good. Without that, we were just spinning our wheels until we got that audience. Then we had a little break and then had an exceptionally long Acting class, which we all wanted since we had lost out of the one the day before. I was nervous about my monologue and really wanted to have a chance to work on it. We did a basic blocking of the entire showing and got the room set up for the showing the next day. Kathy was not thrilled with me because I had no idea what my set up would look like and because I accidentally messed up the order. This was not a good way to feel. Then we got our autobiographies back and Kathy hated mine. I was very upset about it and talked with her about it and she said not to worry. Anyway, that's done. Then we were done for the night and some of us had to go to a party at one of the funders of the London Centre. He lived in an incredible flat over at Sloane Square and it was incredible to see something of such wealth. We were only there for about two hours and then we came home to get ready for the showing.

Wednesday, we all decided to have a run-through at 9:30-ish so that we would feel confident for our showing later that day. We were surprised that we all handled it quite maturely and all did our thing. Then we had a lunch break before our showing. Then we got there about an hour before to get everything ready for the showing. Then it was time and we began to do our animals, tempo, and visualizations as people began to meander in for the showing. The weather was beautiful so we had all of the gardens to use for our animals. Mine went everywhere because I was one of the first scenes and needed to keep any eye when we were starting. I got distracted at one point because Leo came up and was standing next to me as I was being a pelican and I was so aware that he was right next to me. Then the showing began and I did my monologue. I did not think that it went very well but the audience loved it and the entire showing. Dee told me that I had a strong presence when I was on stage and that I did great Alexander. Ellen was amazed because we were all speaking, without meaning to, in Standard American. We then had to get the rooms organized for our Shakespeare showings and then Andrew and I had a long conversation with Ellen about the whole experience. I love that woman. Then our Shakespeare class met to do a music rehearsal for the showing and it was a hysterical disaster. This happened when we went on to rehearse "Blue Jay Way" because Leo wanted it hummed and Shea started humming it and it was so off-key that we all dissolved into laughter for the rest of the rehearsal.  We then went into Leo's class super giddy from our showing and rehearsal. We then got our shit together and managed to do a cue-to-cue of our showing and then Leo let us go so that we could go home and not work on our scenes. That night, I watched Mrs.Doubtfire and listened to Monsters Inc while Kyra and Scott watched it. Then I went to bed in prep for the next day.

Thursday was the Shakespeare showing and it was one of the most memorable days of my life. We started that morning with a vocal warm up with Simon then we broke into our sections to talk to our teachers.  Leo gathered all of us and told us that “today was a blank slate and you will not know what is going to happen” which for me is one of the most exciting things about being an actor. We had our showing second and so after we talked with Leo, we went downstairs to see the other classes showing and who should be sitting there but Ben Whishaw. It took me awhile to process this information.  It was hard to concentrate on the other classes showing, in which they were doing scenes from Twelfth Night, because we had to stay engaged in doing our own showing and were super nervous about it. Then we had to run upstairs and get ready for our own showing. We could not talk to anyone in the other class and just had to go and do our thing to get ready. It went incredibly well and I was so unbelievably happy with how everything turned out. During Christian and Shea's scene, which was from Measure For Measure, I realized just how much we had all changed in Leo’s class and become formidable actors for our young age.  My Macbeth scene went very well and I had so much fun going through my Lady Macbeth craziness that it took me about twenty minutes to fully come down from the scene. Ben Whishaw was there to see it and told us that we all did excellent work. I was surprised with the amount of incredible compliments I got from audience members such as “a real sense of character” and “force of nature”.  This was one of the best days I had in my time here in London helped by Simon’s (my voice teacher) note that I am “an interesting enough person to hold an audience” along with being great at playing Lady Macbeth., even at the age of 21. If it had not been for Leo, I would never have become all of these things people were describing me as an actor. I was on an acting high for the rest of the day. Then the business school threw us a party which was a nice gesture but super strange at the same time. I was finally able to drink again and enjoyed hanging out with the people I loved and getting free food. Then we decided to go out for our end of showings hurrah. We went to a place called Roadhouse and had an incredible time dancing and singing to all of the songs we loved. Then we traipsed all the way to Trafalger Square to try and get the bus and Becca, Danny and I got bitchy and annoyed and then decided to to take a cab back to Atlantic house. We got back there and then went to bed.

Friday morning began with my evaluation with Leo. It was great because he told me that I did really well in the showing and that I made a huge jump in his class to become a strong actress. He also told me that he really did like me as a person and that I needed to have more faith in myself. He gave me some books to read and later told me that he saw that I really needed to play Lady Macbeth which he saw on the first day. It was nice to talk to him without the pressure of the class. Then we had a break and had a meeting with Ellen in which we evaluated the classes and then we had our goodbye party. This party was super sad and happy because Ellen gave us all gifts and we talked about the term and got food. Dee also gave us cards with notes on our progress through the term. We all dressed up and loved being able to relive moments from the term and I told the story of my crazy audition. Christian had to leave for the airport in the middle of the party and that was when the tears began. I then had a long and very funny talk with Leo about his teaching style and made him laugh a lot. Then the party was over and I returned home to cry and pack. That night, we decided not to go out and instead drink the rest of our alcohol and talk, laugh, the usual. We all managed to reach our goal and then the night was over.

Saturday morning, everyone was getting ready to leave and I helped Summer lug her suitcase to the post office to ship it. My mom was landing at Heathrow that day and I went to meet her at the hotel. The weather was exceptionally beautiful and I wore one of my new London dresses and then we walked around Piccadilly circus and went to Borough market in which we got an incredible meal, because my mother was paying. She was jet lagged so she went back to the hotel and I returned to Atlantic house to see everyone. We all went to dinner in which I partook in Harold Pinter's new play known as Last London Dinner with Mike, Noah and Andrew. It was incredible quiet and awkward and I was really not digging the vibe. We then decided to go to LDA late that night to see the place for the last time and talk about the term, which we never ended up doing much to my chagrin. Then we returned home when the security guard came to the room and told us we had to leave. We continued our meeting down in the common room and started to say goodbye to people that were leaving early in the morning, this being Danny and Kelly and Scott. It was a very sad moment and I hated it. Then I went and said my goodbyes to everyone, just in case, and went to bed.

Sunday morning began bright and early because I wanted to make sure I had a chance to say goodbye to everyone. I wandered around for awhile and talked to people then escorted a large group of people to the tube and met up with my mother at the tube. It was really hard to say goodbye to everyone and I am still very sad about it. Then my mother and I walked around Kensington and went to Da Mario's, the Victoria and Albert, LDA and then took my luggage to the hotel. That was it and I was moved out of the dorm, my London home. We then chilled at the hotel for a little while and then went to the Birthday Whirlygig for Shakespeare's birthday at the Globe Theatre. Johnny Flynn was playing and Laura and Shea and I decided that it would be fun to go. I had to say goodbye to those two there and that was also sad. Then my mother and I returned to the hotel, got some tea and went to bed.

Monday morning, I took my mother to The Breakfast Club and it was amazing as usual. She also loved it. Then I tried to take her to Spitalfields market, but it was less awesome as it usually was and instead we went in Collectif and she bought me a sweater! Then we wandered down Brick Lane which I wish I had done before because it was amazing. There literally was a vintage store every other store front.We then made our way back to the area near the hotel and then walked around Piccadilly and Covent Garden and Lecister Square. I finally went and did Afternoon Tea and got to eat my favorite pizza for the last time. We then ended at the Chandos and made our way back to the hotel to sleep. It was a very nice day.

Tuesday began with us checking out of our room. This was my last day in London. I couldn't believe I had got to this day. We then went to the Southbank and walked around near the National Theatre and Westminster and ate our last London meal at Wagamama's. I managed to fling food in my eye while there. Then we walked up to Covent Garden from there and made it to the Cambridge Satchel Company store. Then it was time for us to make our way to Heathrow for our flight to Dublin. We took the Heathrow Express out of Paddington and that was that. I was gone from London. I'm still dying. I am much better suited to London then I am to the US. I want to go back, why am I in Sonoma?

And that is the end of LDA. So it goes, that's all she wrote, case closed, that's a wrap.  It has been the greatest experience of my entire life and I am having trouble being back in the US. I met incredible people while here and I miss seeing them every day like I have been for four months. I learned I was a great actress and now have the confidence I need to go back to Catholic and kick everyone's asses, even if it is only secretly.  My trip to Dublin will be another post. And that's it for the blogging from London. I will go and cry about this now.

And for you all, a group picture of LDA Spring 2013, in human form.

Bye-Bye!