Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I want to get back to my city by the bay

Nothing makes me more ready to go home then the incident I just had to deal with.

I am doing my laundry so that I can pack to fly home tomorrow. My stuff was finished in the washing machine and I went to take it out. The door would not unlock and I kept pulling on the door until in frustration, I went to the RHO. She called the machine people and they said to wait. So I went back to kick the door in anger and the door magically opened. The awful machines that take my stuff hostage, No.

Tomorrow I will be flying back to California. This is the first time I have been home in four months, same as last year. Except this time around, it was so much easier. This semester has been quite the ride.

I've made progress in my graduation requirements (SPANISH IS DONE FOREVER!!!!!), I've established myself in the department but yet, I still haven't been cast in anything.

Now here the real reason I haven't been posting anything about auditions is because I am so unbelievably frustrated with them. For the last two years, I have been called back for every show that I have auditioned for and never been cast. I am clearly good enough to be called back so why can't I get cast?

One day it will happen. It might not be for another year. We'll see.

And all of this frustration right before finals. Not a recipe for success. But I had one sit down final and all take homes. It's been a not so hard finals week.

Now, I am just ready to go home and relax and start to work on more monologues for........August. It's what I do.

Overall, hats off to this semester. It's been a good time.

And I got an A in Theatre Topics! Only five of us did. I feel smart.

Now I will listen to "Lights" over and over. Thank you Journey for writing an awesome song about my city.

Have a happy Christmas, or Kwanza or Hanukkah!!!


Friday, November 25, 2011

A little bit louder now!

Hey all!

Happy Thanksgiving (a day later)!!!!

I had an eventful Turkey Day because I had my first trip to the state of New Jersey. I spent thanksgiving again with my family friends the Norths and this time, we spent it with Joe's side of the family in New Jersey.

First of all, this was a large Irish family that has lots of problems but hey what Irish family doesn't. Mix in lots of alcohol and recently deceased family members and it becomes a night to remember. Needless to say, I was very overwhelmed. The night was saved when I sat up with Riley and Shea and danced to random crazy YouTube videos.

We returned to Falls Church this morning and decided to repeat our tradition from last year of watching the "I Shouldn't Be Alive" marathon on Animal Planet. The last episode though always seems to be the worst so that's why I decided to write a post because I'd rather not see a reenactment of some man slowly dying in the ocean.

Auditions for the spring shows are this Tuesday and I am super nervous because I want to play Mary Warren so badly!!!!!

Oh and I had the reading of Alien Invader last Monday and it went well. The director is getting a video of it because he couldn't be at the reading and I'm hoping he likes what he sees.

So keep your fingers crossed for me and wish me luck for auditions!!! I promise to keep you updated.

I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving and didn't experience what I did.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Life's a funny proposation after all

Hey Everyone!

So It's November. How did we already get here?!

I just wanted to tell everyone that November is really Reading Month for me. I have two readings this month. One is this weekend at Catholic one day and at Theater J (at Dupont Circle) another day. This play is called Alternative Methods and discusses the use of psychologists in torture in Iraq. It is an amazing play and I am reading stage directions for it (apparently really well). If anyone lives in the DC area they really should come see it. There is a Q and A after the play with some pretty interesting speakers.

The other reading is on November 21st for a play we are doing next semester called Alien Invader. One of the extremely talented MFA playwrights wrote it and it is an amazing play. I'll be playing Danielle in this reading.

I am incredibly excited about both of these readings and they should be fun.

On another note, my huge topics paper rough draft is now done! So I'm halfway through the process which is so relieving. It's surprising how little you can find about Moliere and Feminism.

And I have all my classes for next semester and am already working on my study abroad for Junior year. Things are really lining up for old Tara Costello (30 Rock anyone?)

I hope all of your lives have been just as interesting as mine. I mean Thanksgiving is coming up, a holiday that is slowly growing on me now that I like more types of food.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Everybody let their hair down

Hey everyone!

So Tartuffe (which I am on costume crew for) opened tonight and it was a riotous and wonderful show. Everyone in the DC area should come and see the show. It's so amazing.

It is pouring rain here and is so heavy that it is ridiculous. Why is weather so strange?

Life is going well in DC right now. I have a lot of work for all of my classes but this semester is just flying by. I can't believe that it is already the middle of October. Oh and on November 6th, I'm going to see Othello at the Folger Theater with friends. I'm so excited because I've never seen anything at the Folger before and have always wanted to. It is the largest Shakespeare library in America. And I've booked my flight home for Christmas. Good Lord, where has the time gone?

Well I just wanted to keep you guys up to date on my life is which is going by in a whirlwind. But before I go, here is a hilarious video that hails from my mother's hometown of Sacramento, California.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Some things, well, I can't refuse

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I've been MIA for so long. Things come up and life goes on.

October has settled in DC really quickly with some nice ice-cold rain and temperatures. But I love it because at least it's not exceptionally humid like it had been. I'm chilling in my bed right now because it is so wonderfully comfortable.

Interesting things have been going on at Catholic. Early Friday morning at 1:30, the campus was put on lockdown because there had been sightings of a man with a gun who turned out to be a cop. It made for an interesting and rather chaotic night. Then I participated in a one-act reading for one of the MFA playwrights which was a great experience.

And then yesterday, I experienced a wonderful thing. Martin Sheen came to campus and talked about his new movie called The Way. I loved him in The Departed and was super excited to hear him talk. He is extremely charismatic (because he's an actor) and very religious and had a lot of interesting things to say about activism and how he picked the name Martin Sheen. At one point, I was about five feet away from him. It was awesome. On a side note, he is very short.

Now the stress of all my classes is kind of caving in one me but I am managing to wade through it all. My topics paper is going to be the death of me because it is a semester long thing that involves proposals and drafts and is ten pages. Fun. But I'll get through it.

I'm also on costume crew for Tartuffe. A year ago, I was doing the same thing! But now I know the whole process and I am very excited to do it. I'm almost done with my hours and heres hoping that I will knock them out of the way with this crew. If you live in the DC area, come and see the show. It will be amazing and starts on October 13th.

Now I'm going to make myself a cup of tea and enjoy the wonderful music on my itunes. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles have become the music that makes me most happy.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

For those we've loved and lost

Ten years ago, a nine year old sat in her living room in Singapore and watched as the World Trade Center collapsed. I didn't understand what was happening but all I knew was that it was a very bad thing. I didn't go to school the next day and spent the two years I lived in Singapore learning all about terrorism and its atrocities. There is nothing like realizing at the age of nine that your country of origin is far from perfect and that most countries hate it.

A few weeks later, Singapore held a memorial service for the victims of the attacks. Over half of the audience was Muslim men and women who were there to pay their respects. George Bush ruined that when we entered the war.

Now as I watched clips from the memorial service this morning, I began to cry because I finally understood what had happened.

In fifth grade, I remember distinctly that I said that instead of building a new building in the place of the twin towers, that there should be a park built as a memorial to the victims. It's as though the city of New York listened to me. The memorial looks beautiful and I'm glad that they chose to go with a classy and thoughtful remembrance of the people and the towers.

May no other children experience such pain and horrors in the future. May Obama realize that the war in the Middle East is pointless. May the victim's families feel happiness again and may the United States grow stronger from this.

There are many ways to recount our memories of this and I find this one to the the best.

God Bless the victims.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Your mother should know

Hey everyone!

So I just decided to take a video of my room so that all the family members could see the splendor of my single. I just realized that I could do that with my iphone. Quite wonderful.

Stress is hitting me like a large train because of my classes but tomorrow is Friday!!! Major excitement. And I just ordered a 3 foot by 5 foot Irish flag for our dorm room for, get this, one cent! So amazing.

Now here is the promised video.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

And here's to you


Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

So I just finished my first week of classes for sophomore year! This week felt incredibly long like each day itself was a week. My classes are bound to be challenging but they are not going to be as bad as I feared on the first day of each. My classes are definitely going to be interesting. I hope this semester goes well.

Washington DC has recovered from it's ridiculous weather problems of last week and hopefully that tornado watch does not go into effect. I'd rather not feel like I'm living in Kansas.

Fall shows are coming up and some of best friends here at Catholic got cast in Tartuffe! Sammi Smedley is play Mariane (first 2014 girl to be cast in a mainstage!), Brenden McMahon is the police officer, and Amy Horan is Filpote. I am incredibly happy for them and am hoping I can finish my tech hours my doing costume crew on that show.

My dorm this year is super nice. I'm living in Opus Hall which was built in 2008 and is the environmentally friendly building on campus. I have a single in a suite of five girls and the room itself is accualty pretty big. My roommates are all really nice and chill and similar to me so I don't have to worry about any differing ideas like last year. I'll post pictures/ take them when I get my new posters to put up.

Today, I'm going down to the Kennedy Center for Page to Stage which is an event involving new playwrights and such. Two of our playwrights are doing readings so I'm heading down their today to hear their shows and support the people reading them. I'm excited.

Well here's to a good semester!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Smoke gets in your eyes

Having worked at the Gap all summer, I am privy to certain information that is equally boring and really exciting. One of the more interesting ones is Banana Republic's Mad Men Collection. Created with the Costume designer from the show, the collection is equally modern and very 1960s. I love some of the items so much.

I think I found myself a nice new summer/ audition dress, because my summer really does not start until I get back to DC where it's hot. I've had to wear flannel to work at camp the last few weeks because it's been foggy and cold.

Here are some of the awesome clothes. Hello, employee discount. Also, this acts as a distraction from the fact that the show is not returning until 2012. SADNESS!!! But at least Boardwalk Empire is returning soon.

Here are the wonderful, wonderful clothes:

Maybe I'll buy these later this week. Tomorrow, the kids have their show and it will be adorable. I'm excited.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

It all ends tonight

In a matter of hours, I will be watching the final Harry Potter movie. This is a very big deal.

Bedecked in my green tie and white collared shirt, It's strange to think that this all started when I was six in 1997. Harry Potter has become an almost sixth sense thing where all of my memories have some Harry Potter referenced item. Some of the favorites involve it.

When the first movie came out, I was in fourth grade. My whole class was very into it and we all decided to cast one another in different characters in the movie. Of course we had multiple Harrys, Hermoines, and Rons. We would reenact scenes from the movie during lunch or whenever we had a break. That same year, all of the kids had read the fourth book and did book reports on it.

Now, ten years later, some of us might be going to the midnight premiere and some it may have been a one time thing. It's so strange that Harry Potter has managed to exist for so long and how much things have changed since the first book came out.

We have gone through three presidents, entered a war, seen the economy boom and fail, experienced new technology, watched countries fall apart from natural diastors and war, seen the death of one of the large terrorists of the 1990s, and experienced climate change.

More personally we've graduated middle school and high school, become adults, experienced pain and excitement, and most importantly found a way to decide who we are. Harry potter has been there for all for this.

As JK Rowling said, "Weather you come back by page or screen, Hogwarts will always welcome you home."

Now here's to my childhood, May Harry Potter always be The Boy That Lived.

Let the tears ensue.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Another Opening, Another Show

The 2011-2012 season has been announced at Catholic University!!

I'm dying. Here is the list of plays and their dates:

By Molière
Translated by Richard Wilbur
October 13th – 16th

The Language of Infinity
By Rachel K Barclay (MFA Playwright)
November 17th – 20th

In REP (February 16th – 26th)

Alien Invader
By Frank DiSalvo Jr (MFA Playwright)

The Mystery Plays
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
April 19th – 22nd

I mean, The Crucible!!! I've wanted to be in that play since I was a sophomore in high school when I first read it. When I found out, I began screaming so loud that I'm sure the neighbors thought that I was being murdered.

Now I just need to get working on my audition items and I still don't know what they want so I have a little leeway with that.

Now I'm super excited to go back to Catholic for next year. Especially because I'm taking a class about Molière!

Today is a great day. Except for the fact that I almost made myself sick with the exercising I tried today. Not a great confidence booster.

Enjoy our day!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

As the years go by, our friendship will never die

Hey everyone!

Happy belated fourth of July! My family went and enjoyed the wonderful beauty of Lake Tahoe (which translates as "big water". Original, isn't it?)for the holiday weekend. I got to spend a lot of time with my four year old cousin Maura Rose (who I call Rosie). Hanging with her and my job at the theater camp got me to thinking about my childhood versus theirs.

For example, last week at camp, the younger kids (who can be a total nightmare sometimes) were doing Toy Story as their mini-musical. All of the kids knew what it was and were vaguely familiar with most of the movies. For me, the whole week was like a throw-back to childhood. I am basically the same age as Andy was and grew up with the movies. I cried my eyes out in the last one because it spoke to exactly how I was feeling about college. Most of these kids will never feel that way about Toy Story but will find this feeling in something else. Another movie/ book series I feel this way about is Harry Potter. As would be expected.

Another thing that completely throws me is when some of the kids tell me about how they have iPods and email and yet they haven't even entered fifth grade. Technology is so much more advanced then it was even five years ago. Case in point would be when I found my old elementary school computer games. When I tried to replay them again yesterday, the software was too old to be used. That depressed me. I remember pining for a Walkman when entering fifth grade because that was the "cool" new technology. Now I rarely use CDs.

At the same time, I am far too young to be entering the old grandpa, "kids these days" rant because I really haven't seen anything. Maybe I just feel this way because I've always been like an old grandpa with my choice in music and movies and clothes.

But things can still be the same. Rosie marvels over the amazing The Sound of Music the same way I did and plays with dolls (named Rose's Baby, nothing else) the way I did. The kids at camp still crave to be in the now like I did with this one last wonderful thing from my childhood:


Saturday, June 25, 2011

All you gotta do is call and I'll be there

Hey everyone!

Sorry I've been so AWOL over the last month. The summer months are rather dull and I didn't want this blog to turn into a "had an OK day but got a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the Roof!" sort of situation (anyone catch the reference?).

Oh and my employee discount card arrived today so I'm super excited to get Gap Inc. discounts.

So to keep you all entertained while I wait for more interesting things to happen to me (The end of the Harry Potter era is almost here, there will be a long one then) I'm going to post the link to my tumblr account which is filled with interesting pictures and things that I enjoy.

Here it is:

Everyone enjoy your summer and if you live in the bay area, come visit me at work at the Gap. We have a really great sale going on for a limited time only!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Asked the girl what she wanted to be

Hey all!

Guess What?

I got a job at the Gap a few days ago. Yeah! I've had two days of work and have been doing my training as well. It's fun and I get a pretty awesome discount at the Gap and it's fellow stores like Banana Republic. Now I have three summer jobs (even though one of them is really seasonal) so lots of money this summer!

The weather here has sucked the last few weeks because it has been raining non-stop. My work tomorrow at the Mountain Play even got cancelled tomorrow because there is supposed to be Lightning. That's great.

Anyway, I just wanted to keep up guys up to date on my summer doings. But there really is not a whole lot going on.

I just want the sun to come out so I can wear shorts and dresses.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Taking care of business


So I've been home now for about two weeks and find that life back in Mill Valley is, for lack of a better word, dull. Compared to DC, there is no Metro and our little town just doesn't measure up. Well anyway, enough about that.

I've been searching for a third job to have this summer because I have nothing to do for the month of May because my real summer job doesn't start until June 13th. This search is not proving to be all that easy but hopefully, I'll get something out of it.

I've visited CTE a few times since I've been back and it was a little weird because I finally realized that I'm out of the loop on a whole lot of things because I'm no longer an active member. Anyway, I have my new department to feel connected in (well, hardly new considering I've been there a year).

We are still waiting to hear what the 2011-2012 season is going to be for CUADrama next year and it is nerve-racking. I want to start working on monologues right away. I want to get cast a lot this year. But we will see what happens.

Anyway, that's been my life so far. It's really not all that interesting right now, hence why I haven't blogged in a few weeks.

Hopefully it will liven up soon.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

And have you travelled very far? Far as the eye can see

Hello Everyone!

FRESHMEN YEAR IS OVER!!!! I had my last final today at eight in the morning and now I'm sitting in my dorm attempting to pack everything up, which is going well. I'm leaving campus at one today and then I'm back to the Bay on Monday.

I can't believe how fast time went. It seems like yesterday that I was moving in. And in a blink of an eye, all my stuff is in garbage bags awaiting it's stay at our family friend's house. It makes me so sad. I love my college and I'm not ready to say goodbye to all of my crazy and wonderful drama kids. But I will see them in four months which will be great.

And I'm going to miss Washington DC so much. It is a great city and I have loved getting to know it. I love the fact that I can go see amazing art and the amazing museums and eat Chop't whenever I want. There are no Chop't on the West Coast, it is such a tragedy. How will I get my fix?

But home will be nice as well. I look forward to sleeping in my own bed and not worrying about RAs and annoying neighbors. At least next year, I will have my own room which I can decorate however I want. I'm thinking lots of posters, especially from The Departed.

This year has been great because it has made me be content with who I am and now I don't care what anyone thinks. Thank you Catholic University for that!

Now a pictorial journey of how my room looks now compared to the whole year:



Now as "Baby, You're a Rich Man" plays on my itunes, I say goodbye to Freshmen Year! What a great ending.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden is dead!

I was at a Drama party tonight when it was announced that he died. Having lived overseas for nine years, the Expat part of me is jumping up and down cheering at the top of my lungs. He terrorized us when we lived in Asia. Any Expat could tell you that.

But the rational part of me is saying that it's weird to be celebrating his death. He died in a violent way and it's almost creepy that America is throwing a huge party about it.

But the world is safer for now!!!

And Pope John Paul was beatified today! I loved him so much. He was such a great pope, he deserves to be a saint.

And Gilbie's, CUA Drama's end of the year awards ceremony was tonight and it was awesome!!! My Freshmen Drama career is complete!! Yeah!!

Now it's onto the studying and the finals!!!

At least the Al Qaeda leader is gone. The world can be safe.


Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'll be seeing you in all the old familar places

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday was the Last day of classes!!!!

Catholic has a huge event of the last day every year known as Luaupalooza which is basically a giant celebration that everyone finished classes. There were a few carnival rides and entertainment up the wazoo. The more ridiculous entertainment was the Jimmy Buffet cover band, Sons of Pirates. But I guess the Hawaii theme supported them being there.

The big part of the event was the shirt they gave out at the start. People started lining up at 2 pm to be the first to receive their shirts at 5 pm. I wasn't quite as ridiculous and got there at 3:30. Yeah, that still is early.

And at the end of the event, they had fireworks for us. They were quite amazing but I wondered what everyone not at Catholic thought they were for because it is really random to have fireworks on April 29th. Even still it was a great ending to a great day.

I am basically no longer a Freshmen other then the fact that I have finals this week, which is some kind of strange limbo because it really isn't school. And then I'm home a week from Monday.

It's so exciting! Time went so quickly that now I'm here while parts of me are still back in the beginning of the year and the start of second semester. I have so many memories from this year. It's so strange that a year ago today, I had no idea who any of these people were and was still completely upset about not getting into any of the schools I auditioned for. A year later, I know and love a lot of the people here at Catholic and have finally come to terms with the fact that I am not a failure. I will definitely miss this place over the summer.

Oh and my job yesterday at work was to find a classic comedy with a lot of women. It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack the size of Texas. Next to impossible. But I found four shows that have the right numbers. Yeah! This is me saying that now I'm even helping to find shows for our next season.

And now I just have to get down to studying and finishing up my theology paper. At least I have until Thursday to do that. My first final is my easiest, my acting final. We are just going to do our scenes we have been working on all semester. And then the tests come. Oh goody.

But then I go home. Yeah!

Everyone enjoy life and I will most likely write again when I am done with finals.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I used to be a heart beating for somebody

Hello everyone!

So I have three days left of classes for Freshmen year! What?!

Nothing exciting happened during the day today but my father was back in town tonight. He took me to dinner at Carmine's which is a prime example of the obesity problem in America. The platters were larger then my head and it freaked me out so much that I really couldn't eat.

Large portions have always bothered me because in Asia, portions are small and I grew up on their nice small portions. So places that have large, family-style dishes are not my cup of tea.

Anyway, it turns out all that worrying I did about my Theology paper really wasn't all that needed. There is no required draft for our meeting on Thursday but she would like to see one. yeah, like that's going to happen. I really need to work on it.

Now onto the LAST DAY of the Music Challenge!

Day 30- your favorite song this time, last year

So today last year, I would have gotten back from my extended trip to London two days before. That trip in itself was a monumental moment in my life. It's also so weird to think that it was a year ago. At this point in time, my favorite song probably came from my hours of rocking out to awesome music on the airplane. Virgin Atlantic is awesome with their entertainment. I remember I listened to all of Adele's first album while I attempted to write a short story and making observations on how "flying over Greenland reminds me of Frankenstein" That's a direct quote right there. This song reminds me of landing at amazing LAX (note sarcasm) and how it felt kind of awesome to be back in the US. I also was enjoying the wonder of being introduced properly to Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band last year so "Day in the Life" was one of my favorites at this point. Now here is my last song of this challenge!

Has it really been 30 days?!

Enjoy and I have loved doing this challenge for you all and myself!


Monday, April 25, 2011

You're so like the lady with the mystic smile

Hello Everyone!

Classes start up again tomorrow but Guess what? I have four days of classes left, for the WHOLE YEAR!!! I can't believe that I have finished my freshmen year of college. It feels like yesterday that I was walking into Tam High, completely overwhelmed by the Seniors yelling stuff at me for my first day of high school. Time, slow down please!

Today was an uneventful day because I hadn't thought to plan anything for today. The weather is amazing though so I went down to Chinatown and wandered around again. Hopefully it stays this nice for the rest of the semester, which has only two weeks (not even) left.

My major problem right now is that I have a theology paper due on the day of the final as well as a final test. It makes me so angry, why can't my teacher just pick one? She also wants a rough draft of it this Thursday and I have an acting paper due that day. Ms.Berry, why so much work?! Other then that, my acting paper is already half-way done and all I have left are my final tests next week. Stress will probably rise tomorrow.

Anyway, onto the Music Challenge!

Day 29- a song from your childhood

I generally like songs a lot more if I can relate them to something back in my childhood. I have a playlist on itunes dedicated to them. A lot of these songs come from my two year stint in which I was in the children's chorus for British Pantomime shows in elementary school. Some come from favorite movies such as The Sound of Music of The Parent Trap (the Lohan version), as well as the greatest Disney movie time period. Even as a child, I was an old-soul with my taste in music. This particular song has a great memory attached to it.

I was at a fourth of July block party when I was six in San Diego. There was a karaoke machine and everyone was singing random songs. I remember one girl singing "Crazy" by Britney Spears. I got up and and sang this particular song and all of the parents were in disbelief and slightly awed. I knew this song because my mom had always been playing his CD in our house.

Enjoy and heres hoping I make through the next two weeks!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Players only love you when they're playing

Hello everyone!

Happy Easter! I hope that everyone had as good a day as I did.

To begin with, the weather was absolutely perfect. Nice and warm. I went down to the National Mall and walked around. I also went to the National Gallery of Art and the American History Museum, which has Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Everyone seemed happy down on the mall and I was in a good mood the whole day. Nothing could have ruined it. Now I'm just chilling in my dorm listening to Sinatra. It's been a great day.

Strangely today, there were a lot of different religious groups trying to convert people. Some Scientologist women asked me if I wanted to join and I wanted to tell her that it was a Catholic holiday so couldn't they not take attention away from that. But I didn't.

Anyway, I have no classes tomorrow because of Easter Monday so I might go see a movie. Who knows? Now I'm going to make some tea and try to watch Easy A or Burlesque.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 28- a song that makes you feel guilty

I really can't pick out a piece of music that by itself makes me feel guilty. I doubt that is the goal of music. This is a strange prompt. Well I decided that this song makes me feel guilty because I am always playing it or singing in my dorm because it is an awesome song. The runner-up for this category is "Gimme Shelter" which I have already used but torture everyone at work because I listen to it everyday.

Enjoy! Have fun on the rest of our Easter!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hold me close and hold me fast

Hey everyone!

Another beautiful day in DC!

I was figuring that I would be quite tired today because I was tossing and turning last night. It was just one of those nights when you think too much. In my case, it was about how I know a few people who fall under the Don Draper/ Dick Whitman problem. The type of people that you would find out they are someone completely different then they said. It was very unsettling and kept me from sleeping.

I tried to go vintage dress shopping but the place I went, which I had been really excited about, was a huge disappointment. It made me sad. I remedied that by wandering around Chinatown again and getting frozen yogurt.

Today seemed to be the day of random strangers talking to me. One guy on the Metro asked me if I had ever been stereotyped for having red hair because the NFL just hired their first red-headed quarterback. Then when I was waiting to cross the street, a guy stated that he would have to wait with me and when the light changed and we began to cross, he gave me a blessing and that was that. Then when I was getting frozen yogurt, a women and I got in a conversation about how good it was. It was an interesting day.

The weather is supposed to be amazing tomorrow so hopefully I can get down to the Mall.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 27- a song you wish you could play

Ever since I was young, I've had this strange desire to play the trumpet. I'm not really sure why, I just do. Maybe it was because I loved Jazz and the trumpet always seemed to be featured. Anyway, this is a song I would love to be able to play on the trumpet. It's on my bucket list of things to do. Anyway, here it is:

The Bells of the Basilica are going crazy right now because of Easter Vigil and it is amazing. Enjoy this wonderful song and Happy Easter!


Friday, April 22, 2011

A rose will bloom, It then will fade

Hey everyone!

Happy Good Friday! Not that it really means a whole lot to me. It should though, since I'm on still on my Catholic school campus.

It's raining here which is frustrating because I had plans to do things outside today. It was either go to the vintage stores I had researched online or go to the Mall as well as the Smithsonian Castle and the National Gallery of Art. It's a little too wet to do either of those. Oh shucks.

Now I'm just chilling here in my dorm and will probably venture out at some point. Maybe to Chinatown so that I can go to the National Portrait Gallery. We'll see. Now I'm just going to make a cup of tea.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 26- a song that you can play on an instrument

I've never mentioned this on here before but I played the violin for eight years. I started playing in fourth grade and stopped playing around my Junior year of high school. I've always meant to pick the instrument back up but haven't. I'm pretty sure I would still remember how to play. Anyway, right before I stopped playing I decided to train myself how to play this song on the violin. I was very impressed with how well I did. I used to practice it every single time I picked up the instrument.



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Near, Far, wherever you are

Hello World!

So break started today and I just woke up. That was exactly what I needed because my body has been craving sleep for awhile and because of school and crew, I was not able to provide that for my body. Now it says "thank you"

After that somewhat strange ramble I just had, I'm going to wander down to Georgetown today to do a little shopping and eat at Sweet Green, which is the most wonderful salad place in DC (along with Chop't). The weather is perfect for this today and I'm very excited.

The hot weather yesterday made me realize how much I just want to chop all my hair off. I love my long hair but when it's hot, it's very hard to keep it off the back of my neck. I'm ready for that haircut and here is what I am thinking of doing:

I really hope that works out.

Anyway, onto the Music Challenge!

Day 25- a song that makes you laugh

Everything about this particular song makes me laugh. The melody, the lyrics, it's just a ridiculous song. It also was my favorite song when I was six. I would get really excited when it came on the radio and stated that I didn't like the club remix they made of it. This song is also funny because when I was doing The Three Musketeers, the same kid that busted out The Sound of Music was singing this upstairs before a show one day. Let's just say it was quite.........interesting and hilarious. Now whenever I hear this song, I can't help but laugh a little bit.



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

No matter what the future brings


Easter Break officially started today and I celebrated by going to Chinatown and wandering around because the weather is superb here. Right now, it's 82 degrees. Ahh, so nice. I'm staying in DC for this break so I will get plenty of time to myself. I am very excited about it.

Anyway, last night's post was rather hasty because I was tired and didn't feel like going into too much. I had dinner with my dad last night which needless to say, I was not looking forward to. Th dinner was good while the company was boring.

Today was a better day. I had a Spanish oral exam and then had Theater 2. Work today was uneventful other then I had training for my new job I'm getting next year! I also helped to take pictures of our marquee and assemble a picnic table. The weather was perfect for it.

I finally get to sleep as long as I want this break which I haven't done in eons. That will be very nice.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 24- a song you want played at your funeral

Generally, I don't like to think about death because I'm not ready to die. I still have so many things I need to do in my life. This song seems to some up how I feel about life sometimes. It was a toss-up between this and Sinatra's "That's Life". This is a song I would also liked played at my wedding so I guess I have large connection to this song. It's so wonderful.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

But while we apart, don't give you heart to anyone

Hey everyone

Break starts tomorrow! Yes, I really need it!

I'm just going to skip straight ahead to the Music Challenge

Day 23- a song you want played at your wedding

I honestly have given this a lot of though over the years. What little girl hasn't? The problem is that I have so many songs played at my wedding because I love so many songs. I was searching through all of my songs and felt that my initial choice of "All you need is Love" was probably a rough decision. Then I found this song, which when it started, I immediately knew that this was the best song to do the job for my first dance (which is what I am considering this catagory).



Monday, April 18, 2011

And you my love, won't you take my hand?

Hey everyone!

It was my first day without having to enter the booth!

Easter Break is approaching soon and I will get time to work on essays and clear my head which is amazing. Today was a high-quality day because I didn't have Spanish this morning and I registered for classes, getting all the ones I want. I also became the drama class of 2014 representative and was in charge of getting a meeting pulled together with all of the freshmen. Overall, today was a productive day.

I just want break to get here already! I need some quality time in DC.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 22- a song you listen to when you are sad

When I am sad, I generally like to listen to music that will pick me out of my mood. I hate being sad more then anything so I try to remedy that quickly. So I picked this song because it makes me laugh and will, absolutely under no circumstances, have anything to do with what I am sad about. I would also generally watch the movie (if I had it) that this is from because it would make me happy.

Enjoy and watch this movie!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

If you ever need a helping hand

Hey everyone!

Cymbeline is done!

I had strike after the show and I am sleepy and feel like my arms weigh as much as the weights I had to lift on the loading dock which is 90 feet in the air. Strike was accualty a wonderfully fun time today and I normally hate strike. I don;t know what made it fun, but something did.

Now I have my time back to myself and I have three days of classes this week and then Easter which equals: SO MUCH TIME! I do have to do homework over the break which will not be fun but it has to be done. Then school is done two weeks later! I cannot believe it! I'll be done with my Freshmen year of college. Thank god.

I need to go to sleep soon because I have to register for classes tomorrow at seven am so I have to wake up early to make sure to get the classes I want.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 21- a song you listen to when you are happy

This is perfect for this very moment because I am super happy. I listen to many songs when I am happy so it's hard to pick just one. Mainly I'll bust something out by the Beatles (big surprise). Music has a tendency of making me happy or maintaining my happiness so I can't seem to choose. But here is one. It came on my Pandora the other day and it just buoyed my happiness.

Enjoy this mood-lifter of a song!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

If I were richer, I'd still be with you

Hey everyone!

So the weather in DC is so random. One day it is warm and the next day it is raining.

I had two shows today so we are now in the home stretch. Tomorrow is the last show and then strike. The shows today went alright but in the second show, there was a horrible sound cue mess-up. In the play, there is a scene where Posthumus dreams that he sees the ghosts of his mother and father and Jupiter appears in it. Jupiter sings and we have music that goes along with it. The music has to start out loud so that the actor and audience can hear it. Before Posthumus goes into the dream, we have music that is slightly like a triangle or cymbal and quiet. Right when we were to start that triangle music, the Jupiter music played instead. It came blaring out of the speakers in the middle of the scene and scared every single person in the building. I began to laugh and couldn't stop for awhile due to the fact that I was already delusional. Hopefully that doesn't happen tomorrow.

I've spent all of the time that I wasn't at tech doing laundry because I hadn't done it in about a week and a half. I hate doing laundry.

It will be weird to have my life back on Monday when Cymbeline is done. I won't know what to do with myself.

Now, onto the Music Challenge

Day 20- a song you listen to when you are angry

When I get mad, I generally don't have one particular song that I sit down and listen to to help me calm down. Basically I listen to whatever is stuck in my head to distract myself. But this particular song fits how I feel and works to make me feel better. I first heard it on Glee and have enjoyed it ever since.It so perfectly catches how I feel when I'm mad. Beware, it has some explicit language bu it still is a great song.



Friday, April 15, 2011

Don't the moon look good shining through the trees


Today was Odyssey Day here at Catholic. Basically it's a day where the prospective freshmen come and see the school and get tours and everything. I lead a few tours in the theater today and while they had a workshop, I sat outside with the rest of us giving tours and argued about weather Dale Febus was a real person (HE'S NOT!!!). The weather is amazing today so sitting outside was so nice. It also was a great feeling to know that I will no longer be the youngest in the department anymore!

We have another show tonight which I have to go to in an hour. Hopefully the freshmen I met today will come see the show because right now only 38 people have tickets. How sad. Again, it is an amazing show, come see it at 7:30 tonight!

Now, onto the Music Challenge!

Day 19- a song from your favorite album

Throughout the course of my life, I have had many favorite albums. For many years it was the soundtrack from The Lion King (that was during Elementary school). Then it progressed to many Broadway soundtracks and then it went to actual albums in high school by real musicians. The thing is with the introduction of itunes, it is easier to just buy certain songs from albums so sometimes you will never know the whole album. Right now, my favorites are and probably will forever be Abbey Road and Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band as well as the "Best of" Frank Sinatra album. This album which this song is from is my favorite non-Beatles album. This album makes me feel level-headed and makes me feel very happy which is such a surprise. Every night when I come back from a party, I listen to this album.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's just a shot away


The weather is amazing here right now and it makes me so happy. I wish I didn't have the show tonight! But I do and everyone should come see it because it honestly is a very good show.

Speaking of Shakespeare, I stumbled upon yesterday videos on Sparknotes of the synopsis of various plays by Shakespeare along with illustrations. They are ridiculous and funny and helpful for the plays I didn't know. King Lear is probably the funniest because the play is so complicated and the explanations are crazy.

The show was a little crazy tonight and I almost fell asleep but it's done now.(I finished writing this post after the show)

Onto the Music Challenge!

Day 18- a song you wished you heard on the radio

I have many songs I wish I could hear on the radio. This particular song is awesome and I've had it stuck in my head for days. It would be my ultimate driving song. I've even mentioned in these posts before.

Enjoy these things!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Don't be a drag, just be a queen

Hey all!

Reading day is here at Catholic and almost gone because I have rehearsal again tonight for Cymbeline. The show starts again tomorrow and then is over on Sunday. Then we have Easter break which will be very nice.

Today was a productive day. I had to go do extra credit for Theater II which consists of making a quilt piece with my hand as the decoration. It frustrates me because I have to do a blind stitch and I can never seem to do it. I really want to be able to sew well but I just can't seem to get it. It makes me really upset.

Then I had to work on my philosophy project which deals with Kant's Second Categorical Imperative in relation to torture at Guantanamo Bay. How very scholarly. Then I rehearsed my scene for acting which went well. Now I'm here writing this and working on my quilt piece. Luckily summer is coming soon.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 17- a song you hear often on the radio

I haven't listened to the radio in months since I've been at school and when I'm driving at home, I generally listen to Abbey Road or the oldies station that goes out often because it AM. But itunes has a radio function which is kind of cool. But it's failing me. So I looked up the top radio hits and here is one of them. This particular song shows up as related to every video on youtube and I kept seeing it when I listened to "Gimme Shelter" at work.



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

You're gonna believe them

Hey everyone!

DC is bipolar because the weather today was rainy and cold. Make up your mind DC! Today was a good day minus the weather. I went to Union Station today to get free ice cream at Ben and Jerry's after class and it was a nice way to end the day. Tomorrow is a reading day which means we have no classes so that makes me happy. I still have some work to do tomorrow but I won't have as much. Yeah!

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 16- a song you used to love but now you hate

I have trouble thinking of a song for this category mainly because I forget what songs I don't like because I never listen to them. On my itunes I have songs that I don't listen to often but other then that, I'm not sure. Now hate is a very strong word for this situation so I instead will choose "tired of hearing". I don't want to listen to this artist because my roommate never stops listening to the same songs by this artist over and over again. I'm tired of it



Monday, April 11, 2011

When the truth is found to be lies

Hello everyone!

The weather in DC is superb right now. It's so nice,that I'm tempted to ditch homework and to go sit outside and read though it is getting dark. I think I'll save that for tomorrow. I sat outside today talking to Joanna, one of the seniors, for about an hour and it was wonderful to soak in the warmth and chat with her.

Happiness is striking right now because it is 7:10 and I don;t have to worry about running a light board in 20 minutes for Cymbeline because I get a three day break before the next show. It's so nice! Unfortunately, I have mountains of work to do and I really don't want to do it. Well, whatever.

Now, onto the music challenge!

Day 15- a song that describes you.

This is really hard because I've never sat down and picked out or thought about a song that is me. I can find songs that have facets of me in them or I make up something that fits. I could completely cop-out and say "I am the Walrus" because it's weird and so am I, but I'm not going to. This song describes a fair amount of me but not everything. Even though I am an intense feminist sometimes, I can be a romantic. Here is a mix of those two things (in a way)



Sunday, April 10, 2011

I'm English, try and deport me!

Hey All!

So Today was our last show for the first weekend of Cymbeline! Now I have a three day break before I have to go back and do all of that fun light board stuff again.

The show ends next Sunday and then it is Easter Week. Then our school year ends two weeks later! I have so much work to do between now and the end of the semester that it's not even funny. There is a lot of papers and I have a Annotated Bibliography and proposal due on Tuesday in Theology that I haven't finished. Thank you tech for making sure I never do my work. At least we have a reading day on Wednesday.

The weather has begun to warm up almost permanently here and it makes it hard to concentrate. So does Summer Heights High which is a brilliant TV show. Everyone should watch it.

Now, Onto the Music Challenge!

Day 14- a song no one would expect you to love

This idea basically applies to all of my music. Most people don't expect a teenager to spend her time listening to The Beatles or Frank Sinatra instead of Katy Perry. But once people get to know my music, they most likely wouldn't expect me to like any rap or hip-hop (which is pretty much). The only I really like this song is because one of our guest artists from CTE used to play it for our warm-ups. Now, whenever I hear it, I can't help but break out into some of our warm-ups.



Saturday, April 9, 2011

Love is great, love is fine

Hey all!

The government shutdown did not occur! They have a five day grace period I think to come up with something but that moment has blown over. I was slightly excited to see what a shutdown would be like but I think the novelty would have worn off after a few hours. Anyway.

Today we had two shows for Cymbeline. The sound is still insane and doesn't work so the two of us that are up in the booth are basically crazy from the stress.

Three minutes before the second show, I accidentally hit a button that but cue 2 in the C/D Fader which I was told NEVER to touch upon pain of death. When I went to clear that fader, all the lights on stage went off except for one and audience members were still coming in. I had a mini panic attack and fixed it, whilst almost sobbing on the headset. The second show was a lesson in mental patients doing tech on a show. And we repeat it all tomorrow and then have a three day break.

Now onto the Music Challenge!

Day 13- a song that is a guilty pleasure

This is a great one for today because I definitely want to listen to something mindless right now. I don't have too many guilty pleasure songs because I have a slightly higher expectation for my music. As you can see with the rest of my songs. This song is a guilty pleasure because it is a completely class-less song by a somewhat trashy singer. The beat is strangely addicting on this song.

The runner up would be "California Gurls" by Katy Perry.



Friday, April 8, 2011

There's a bad moon on the rise


The weather in DC is back to cold and rainy. Why so fickle DC? Along with the possible thereat of the government shutdown (or has it accualty happened?) and you've got a city that is on edge and annoyed for a few reasons. Because nobody wants their trash sitting in front of their house indefinitely.

I, on the other hand, am in a good mood. I had work today and spent most of it listening and re-listening to "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones. I love it because it reminds me of The Departed. There is another show tonight and hopefully this one will go just as well as our opening went. The sound finally worked!!

Onto the Music Challenge

Day 12- a song from a band you hate

When I hate a band, I hate every song they have ever made (with the exception of CCR's "Bad Moon Rising"). I hate this band because they have the cheesiest and dumbest songs ever. My friend here at CUA, Brenden, loves this band and loves to annoy me by singing their songs. This particular song is one of their most annoying. The Spanish version is slightly better.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

See how they run

Hey everyone!

The weather in DC is absolutely amazing and it makes me so happy. The opening night of Cymbeline is tonight and hopefully everything will go well.

Today has been a good day. I got an 82% on my philosophy test which should help me raise my grade. I had my scene in acting and it went well. The weather seems to just be making everything awesome.

Onto the Music Challenge!

Day 11- A song by your favorite band

This is a really easy guess because my blog titles are always from this band and I have already used two of their songs in this challenge. My favorite song of theirs always changes for me. I love all of their discography because they created such amazing music in such a short amount of time. They also dabbled into so many different music areas and had such growth in their time. I love love love them! It was a tough choice for songs but here it is:



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Birds cuddle down in their nest


The weather in DC is perfect today which was really nice because today started out poorly. I had to talk to my Spanish teacher about why I got some grades and she annoyed me to no end. Completely frustrated, I went to my Stagecraft class and had to take a quiz on sewing. It really was not that bad because I made my stitches look good and knew how to use the machine.

My day got better when I was asked by one of the MFA directors to be in his quickfire along with Bobby, a fellow drama freshmen. It was very interesting and then I returned to work which was fun because I sat with Cara, an MA student who works with me, and talked about all of the interesting people involved in Cymbeline. The time flew so quickly that I didn't even realize it was time to go. Now I'm sitting in my room working on theology and philosophy which is not fun.

I have tech again tonight. Hopefully it will go better this time

Onto the Music Challenge!

Day 10- a song that makes you fall asleep

I had to create a playlist for myself a while back to help me sleep because I have having issues falling asleep. Most of the music is classical and come from a CD entitled: "The Most relaxing Classical music in the Universe". Epic name. The others are random things that relax me. This particular song is what my grandmother wants me to sing at her funeral. Bing Crosby sings it and his voice is so soothing that it helps me fall asleep. I also love 1940s music so I feel happy falling asleep to it.



Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The kid is not my son

Hey all!

I'm back from my fourth day of tech and it still was rough. Today was our Preview which was complete with a few stops in which we programmed new light cues and such. It's a real joy (note sarcasm). The lights went all right except for the one time that the volume was down on my headset and I missed a cue and when I skipped forward to a cue that was not conducive to the scene we were in. Awkward.

Tomorrow another day of Tech and then the show opens on Thursday! Any one that lives in the DC area should come and see it. It runs April 7th-17th. It's a great show and you can see the wonderful lights that I've worked hard on to happen at the right time.

Now, onto the Music Challenge!

Day 9 - a song that you can dance to

Yet again, so many song choices. I have a playlist on my itunes entitled "Dance-a-thon status music" named after a CTE fundraiser from high school. Dance-a-thon was ten hours of dancing with music mixes created by groups of seniors. This song (which was my song choice) was on my particular playlist which was considered one of the front runners of 2010's Dance-a-thon. This song was also appreciated and liked because it was not from the last year and hadn't been on anyone elses playlist. I take full credit for that.

Enjoy and rock out!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Try to a suckcess

Today we had our first full run of the show in Tech. It was insanity. All of the light cues went fine with the exception of maybe two but the sound cues were so off, it was hilarious. I felt bad for the girl that was running the board because none of it was her fault, it all had to do with the insane oldness of the theater. The messed-up sound cues were stressing me out because I kept here them fail because we were all on headset. I'm in such a state of mental exhaustion that everything on this planet is hilarious. Tomorrow was supposed to be our preview but I highly doubt that it is going to be happening. Oh well, at least all of my cues were working.

Onto the Music Challenge

Day 8- a song that you know all the words to

So, Many songs could apply to this category because I make it a goal of mine to know all the songs on my itunes. The reason I know all the words to this song is that I liked the song and decided that I would learn the words. The song is fairly fast paced so that was a major goal of memorizing the songs. I know it so much that I randomly have half the lyrics of the song written in my philosophy notebook.

Enjoy both the awesome video and the song!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

When you know the notes to sing

Today was another long day of Tech. We managed to finish doing cue-to-cue at the end of rehearsal today so at least that's good. I will be very happy when this is over also because the lighting designer has a hard time hiding her emotions and frustration. It's a real joy.

Now onto the Music Challenge.

Day 7- A song that reminds you of a certain event

I have on my itunes a few playlists dedicated to certain events and songs that remind me of those events. This particular reminds me of my senior show November 2010: The Three Musketeers. One day, the seniors of the cast were waiting to begin our fight training and choreography when one of the seniors, Dash, began to bust out this song as if no one else was in the room. Being that it is an incredibly famous song and from a childhood movie, the rest of the cast burst out singing and remembering moments from the movie that happen throughout the song. The fight choreographer came in and demanded that we stop singing it. It honestly was one of my favorite memories from senior year.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

So today I had twelve hours of Tech for Cymbeline staring at 9:30 in the morning and ending 25 minutes ago. I am the Light Board operator and today was mostly programming cues into the board which was incredibly stressful. There are so many buttons and things of the board that after doing it for three hours, sometimes I would mess stuff up and the Lighting designer would not be happy.

On the bright side, the show is amazing. I'm loving it as I see it more and more times. But I do wish I was an actor in this show because the tech end of things is so tiring. Also the woman who is directing it is phenomenal and I want to work with her so much.

Plus, she has the world's most amazing hair and one day she came into the office and told me that my hair looked good. I almost died and wanted to say back "Your hair is amazing!" but I restrained myself.

I have Tech again tomorrow and for the rest of the week and hopefully it will get easier.

Here is where I continue on to the music challenge.

Day 6- A song that reminds you of somewhere

This song reminds me of my trip to London. The reason for this was that I had it stuck in my head on the way out to the airport when we were leaving after being stuck in London for an extra week because of the Icelandic volcano. Therefore, this song has became the theme for that three weeks. It's also by my favorite band who happen to be British (easy guess who).

It's an awesome song and has the most famous power chord in rock and roll history.



Friday, April 1, 2011

We live a cute life

Hey Everyone! Happy April Fools day! Nothing has really happened of much interest here related to today but whatever.

I start Production Crew tonight with a crew run of the show. I'm not really looking forward to crew because it's running for two weekends and I have a lot of work to do for classes. But hopefully it will go well. I have tech all weekend so I will not be doing any work for awhile.

Anyway, here is the Music Challenge.

Day 5- A song that reminds me of someone

This song reminds me of Amy Horan, who is a sophomore here at Catholic. She loves this singer and was singing this song on the Metro and around DC all day last Saturday. I hadn't known this song at that point but now I really like it. Thanks Amy!



Thursday, March 31, 2011

Leaving the note that she hoped would say more

It's rainy and wet here today and it awful. I do not like it at all. I just got back from training because I am running the light board for Cymebline here and tech starts tomorrow.

Now here is the Music Challenge

Day 4- a song that makes you sad

I remember the first time I heard this song was when my 5th grade teacher played it for us. It's only made me feel more sad as I have aged since the song is so much about aging and how time goes on. It's still an amazing song, just somewhat sad. Runner up- the theme from Gone with the Wind. It makes me cry every time I hear it.



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sell my soul by dropping names

Today has been a long day not helped by the fact that it is raining outside and 39 degrees (though it doesn't feel that cold).

Nothing that exciting happened today except that I had rehearsal with my scene partner. It was awful. This kid is a child and completely pretentious. He gets mad if I dare to give him a note (because I can't help it that my directer side comes out a little bit doing this) and then turns around and gives me the world's worst acting notes. I really just want to yell at him that he doesn't know anything about acting and should keep his mouth shut. But I obviously didn't say anything. I'm so sick of dealing with someone who believes that anyone can act or give notes on it and that the great teachers such as Uta Hagan and Stanislavsky are silly and annoying.

After that long rant, I have for you another part of the Music Challenge.

Day 3- a song that makes you happy

Yet again, so many songs could fit under this heading. But this one song never ceases to have me dancing around my dorm, smiling and singing. Maybe this song is kind of how I feel. It just feels so happy in it's melody and the awesome piano parts. I also enjoy this artist a lot more when he is live.

Enjoy this song! Hopefully it makes you happy too! I know it's making me happy.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Which seat should I take?

Alright everyone, I am continuing the 30 day music challange.

Day 2: You least Favorite song

I detest this song. It defines everything that is wrong with music today. One of the major problems with it is the singer and the fact that the song gets stuck in your head really easily until I want to punch myself in the face for annoying myself. Runner up- Friday by Rebecca Black, but that is accualty kind of funny.

Don't enjoy this song


Monday, March 28, 2011

In the roaring traffics boom


Sorry I haven't posted in a long time. Life became really busy. I was two cabarets and have multiple long assignments in my life to do. It's really a joy.

The weather here has been temperamental. It's pretty cold right and my dorm decided to turn it's heater off and hasn't turned it back on when it got cold again. Right now I'm wearing a sweater and two sweatshirts and am still slightly cold. Lots of tea to warm my hands is the key right now.

I've also been dealing a lot lately with this annoying scene partner for Acting I. He is a senior business major and seems to think that the only legitimate major is his own and said that everyone in my class, which is mostly drama majors are pretentious and that acting is (pardon my French) bullshit. It makes me angry because if he feels that way, why is he taking the class? Even if you need an elective, why take a class you think is dumb? He also has a really thin skin which is going to kill him in the business world. Acting has trained me to grow a thick skin.

Now, here is the linchpin of this post. Any of you who have a facebook have seen the 30 day photo challenge. Here I present the 30 day music challenge:

Day 1: your favorite song

It's such a challenge to pick my favorite song because I love so many songs. The decision came down to the one song that never fails to make me feel super happy. This song could honestly fit under any of the headings, that is how much I love it.

The way this works is that you have to click on the link to find out what song it is!



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mo Ghile Mear

Happy St.Patrick's Day!!!

My family is incredibly Irish. I'm 100% Irish and 2nd generation so this day was always an important day for my mom and I. Typically we would be making soda bread and eating potatoes (no corned beef, I hate it) and listen to Irish music. This year, not much of that is going to be happening except that I get to enjoy a whole new tradition: Catholic University's St.Patrick's Day.

All I can say is: insanity. I've never seen so much green in my life. Most of the school is Irish so today is a massive day for everyone. The weather was perfect today, in the 60s all day. The Pryz was serving Irish food but I avoided it because I really don't trust the food here.

Along with all of this comes the drunk people which is more entertaining then a nuisance. People started this morning at about eight and have been going all day, it's slightly ridiculous. I even think my philosophy professor was drunk this morning because he was behaving even more erratically then he normally does like spilling coffee on himself in the middle of a lecture and telling us about (what I guessed) was his love life. It was very funny and slightly weird.

I just had a rehearsal for a playwrighting cabaret that I am in. It's been a good time. And I'm in another thing called A Lifetime of Secrets which is based off of Postsecret. This a completely Freshmen idea and project and it's been a good way for the Freshmen to work with one another.

Tonight I will most likely drink an incredible amount of Berry's Tea and listen to Irish music which I am doing right now. But who knows what else the night holds.

Have a good St.Patrick's Day


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting

Spring Break is officially over and I've been back in the District for about two hours now. I'm running on no sleep and am attempting to be productive which is being done half-heartily. I really wish break had been longer because I was just settling into being back home and not doing work. But my summer is in eight weeks so I don't have too much to complain about. I'm guessing most of my upset self is coming from a lack of sleep.

On a good note, as I sat in the shuttle from the airport today, I heard on the radio that today is the last Sunday of Winter which made me so happy that I started packing away my winter things right when I got back to my dorm. Time to get the flip-flops back out! The Weather back home spoiled me because it was so nice. I even went swimming on Wednesday at Indian Springs which is an amazing spa in Napa. Needless to say, I am ready for the warm weather of Spring which is soon to come.

I also saw a show at my high school over Spring Break and nothing made me feel better then when people would run up to me in excitement that I was there. I caught up on all the gossip (mainly consisting of who got into what colleges) but I also learned about CTE's trip to London which I did last year. They are going to be seeing many plays but the one that makes me most jealous is The Children's Hour with Kiara Knightly and Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson on Mad Men). Talk about a trifecta of amazing! I'm tempted to skip class and fly over to London to see it with them. Instead I will watch every season of Mad Men to make up for it.

While waiting for my flight back to Oakland last week, I bought a book to pass the time called Frank: The Voice. It discusses the life of Frank Sinatra from the beginning of his life until his Oscar win for From Here to Eternity in 1954. It's very interesting and only furthers my love of Sinatra and his pure genius. The best part of Spring Break was that I got so much reading done and for Lent I decided that I would read for myself ten minutes each day, as well as giving up french fries.

My break basically ended with a tsunami warning for the whole West Coast because of the terrible Earthquake/ Tsunami in Japan. This is the one and only time I will be Catholic on this blog but if you are religious, please pray for the people of Sendai. Thanks.

I have homework to do today such as a nasty Spanish composition and I really do not want to do it. Ahh well, Spring Break is over. I best be off to write that composition. I hope everyone enjoys their last few days of Winter and gets ready for the upcoming Spring!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun

It is finally the end of the week which makes me unbelievably happy! This week has been long, so long I can't even remember what happened on Monday. I've had two midterms over the last two days and last night I was studying for hours for my Theater 2 midterm and went slightly insane. Today, I listened to three hours of Beatles music at work and Now I have the weekend ahead with my only plans being working box office on the shows here at Catholic.

Speaking of shows, I saw one of them last weekend called She Said/ She Said. If you live in the Washington DC area, I suggest you come and see this show (along with the other Requiem) because it is amazing. Just an innocent plug for the shows.

This week, I made my triumphant return to the Town and Gown choir which I hadn't been able to go to because of Troy Women. It was so nice to be able to sing for two hours and I was extremely happy that night. This week has been mellow besides for that. We had Monday classes twice this week so I was supposed to go to Spanish four times this week which made me very unhappy. But I only went three times because......

It snowed Monday night. Two days after it had been 70 degrees here in DC. Why is the weather so strange here. Classes were canceled Tuesday morning because of the snow but I still had Theater 2 which was interesting because I got to help exhibit how a breakaway bottle works.

My teacher, Mark, had pulled me aside last week and asked me if I would be willing to set up this whole situation with the breakaway bottle. Basically, I would have my phone ring in class and Mark would call me out on it. I would say something sassy when he took my phone and he would hit me over the head with the bottle. Mark had been excited all week about this and kept telling me that it would illicit a scream from someone in the class. Well, Tuesday was the day where we would do this. I kept trying to get my phone to be loud enough in class and it wasn't working. Finally it did and Mark and I did the little show. I hammed it up pretty well and fell to the floor, pretending to faint.Everyone in the class was in hysterics. I put my hand to my head and noticed that there was blood on it. My head had been cut in a few places. The real kicker here is that a breakaway bottle is made out of sugar glass, which is just sugar and water and it is made this way precisely so someone doesn't get hurt.

Yes, I got cuts from sugar.

Needless to say, the whole experience is quite hilarious.

On another note, this time next week I will be sitting in Dulles airport to fly home for Spring Break. I am super excited about having a break from classes and work.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend and doesn't get cut by sugar glass as well.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Every day is Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!

If you are like me and are not a big fan of this day, I hope you are successfully avoiding it. I am accualty having a nice day because I finally have gotten rid of the nasty flu that I had since Thursday! Also, the bane of my existence known as Spanish in which I had a test went a lot better then I thought it would. Mostly I am happy about getting well.

This weekend I was trapped inside with a nasty, awful flu. It mainly was bad because I didn't have my mother with me to give some of her advice and I felt like I had no idea what I could do to get better. Apparently, watching a lot of Top Chef seemed to do the trick. Now I am all better.

How am I spending my Valentine's Day? By dedicating it to Martin Scorsese. I've watched today Gangs of New York and The Departed and maybe later, some Boardwalk Empire. Because nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" better then movies with a high body count. Both of these movies are quite good though Gangs of New York stood out to me a little more.

My mother told me on the phone earlier today that "Valentine's Day should be a day to love yourself" so that is what I am going to do. I think I'll go watch some more Top Chef and enjoy my day.

Hope you all enjoy Valentine's Day!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen adieu

Troy Women closed on Sunday. To say that I am sad is almost an understatement. Yesterday was rough because I was getting myself all ready to go to rehearsal at 6:30 when I remembered that I wasn't going to be having rehearsal. I cried a little bit about that. I miss being covered in fake blood everyday (It did smell really good) and laughing until I couldn't breathe. It was such a great experience and made me so happy that this was my first full-fledged thing I did for Catholic Drama.

The show was a rousing success. Everyone who saw the show said it was amazing which (not to toot my own horn) it was. The direction, everything came together so well and the two seniors that were in it were absolutely amazing. There is nothing better then knowing that you were part of a great process that ended with a great show. I've been getting compliments from people I don't even know around the department and it feels great. I've been in plenty of shows where the whole process sucked and the show ended up being good. I'm one of those people that needs a good cast and the process can be awful as long as I have good people, but a good process is always nice.

Now begins the taping of things to my dorm room wall such as the program, pictures from the show, and the poster from the show to remember this great show. I'm glad I was so happy with this show and was offered the chance to be in Troy Women. Thank you so much Lindsay, Joanna, and Alison!

I'm doing a performance comp when I am a senior. No questions asked. I want to have this experience again:


PS: The blog title was the song we would always sing to one another at the end of rehearsal so it seemed only fitting.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Levon wears his war wound like a crown

It's officially February now! Not that the weather is any different here then it had been in January, it's just something about this month that makes it better then January. Who knows why?

Anyway, Troy Women has officially opened! Tonight was our opening and it was great! Everyone was so amazing in the show. Everything came together and people loved it! I've never felt so happy to be a part of a show in all of my life. I proudly walk to the Pryz after every show covered in fake blood and dirt (cocoa powder and red velvet cake batter, great smell) and enjoy the multiple times I am asked what happened to my face. In high school, I would never have gone out in public like that. I guess I've grown.

The cast is amazing. We are all super goofy but know when it is time to get to work and become connected with the terrible lives of the Trojan women. Every person in the cast is incredibly talented and just wonderful. I'm going to miss the three seniors involved in this show so much.

Today was an amazing day with the only low point being when I had to clean the really gross microwaves and fridge in the Hartke. It was awful. Never allow anything to get that dirty, people will hate you forever when they have to clean it.

Life is just swell here and I'm very happy. The last week has been very nostalgic for me in terms of listening to music from my childhood and re watching We're Back! A Dinosaur Story which I remember loving as a child. The funniest part of the movie is the fact that three of the voices are Walter Cronkite, Jay Leno, and Julia Child. Talk about a random cast. It still is super entertaining including the really strange Little Richard song at the end.

There are two more days left of Troy Women and I will be so sad when it is over. Who will I tell my highs and lows to?

I hope everyone has a good February. Thanks for reading!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Eat meat on Friday, that's alright

I'm now into the second week of the spring semester here at CUA. This is the reason I haven't been posting anything, mainly because I have been incredibly busy as of late. The weather in DC is temperamental (think snow, rain and sleet in a matter of hours) and we are finally settling into winter. At least I have lots of tea to stay warm.

Troy Women is coming along well. We did our first full run of the show show last night and it went well considering we all flubbed up lines at one point or another. I love the cast a lot. It consists of two guys and seven girls and all of us are crazy in some way. An example would be last night when we spent twenty minutes quoting Mean Girls in between brutal scenes about the end of a civilization. I'm also learning about all the good classes to take at CUA such as "American Popular Music" and "The Splendors of Byzantium".

My classes are all basically insufferable with the exception of Theater 2 and Acting I (which is an amazing class). My Philosophy class has devolved into silliness because yesterday we basically spent the whole class arguing the circular question "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, did it make a sound?" The sound would consist of me hitting my head agaisnt a wall. Luckily my teacher doesn't give us a lot of work so the class is bearable.

The room-mates are all doing well and everyone is about as busy as I am. I'll be happy to sleep a lot this weekend. Oh, and rock out with Pandora which I just discovered the wonder of two days ago. It caters so well to my crazy music interests!

The March for Life is going on all this weekend, so I think I'm going to stay away from the Mall for the next few days. I can't deal with all of the angry Pro-life people. I have my own ideas and don't want you to push yours on me, Thank you very much.

The blog title came from the Elton John song "The Bitch is Back" which never ceases to make me feel happy. Plus it's Friday and the Pryz serves only fish on Friday (even though it is not Lent).

Heres hoping that I will get my wish about the March. Hope you 2011 has started out well!