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I'm not dead yet!

Really, I'm not!

Man, considering I want to get back into writing, I should really start using this thing more often. Like more than once every couple of months. :P

I should tell some stories from the past few months when I get the time. But for those of you still reading, I WILL be going to Tufts in the fall (on full tuition remission!) and I'm currently directing a One Act for Be True's second production. Good times.

More updates to come . . . hopefully.

CAPSLOCK OF JOY!!!!!!!

I AM GOING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!

Yesterday I received an e-mail from the head of the drama department at Tufts saying that they approved my application to their program and it just needed to be approved by the dean.

TODAY I RECEIVED MY OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCE INTO TUFTS WITH A HALF-TUITION SCHOLARSHIP!

Now I just need to wait for Emerson (I honestly don't care that much about BU, 'twas my safety), and once I know what they will offer me interms of money, I shall choose where to go.

BUT I AM DEFINATELY GOING TO BE STARTING MY MASTERS THIS FALL!!!! MY LIFE IS WORTHWHILE ONCE MORE!!!!

I SURRENDER!!! *posts*

Oh . . . hello.

Yes, if this is on your friendslist, you may not remember me. That is because, as the LJ homepage has so helpfully reminded me, I have not posted a new entry in nineteen weeks.

*facepalm*

I didn't intend to stop posting for so long. Basically one week I didn't feel like I had anything worth posting, and even though much has happened to me in the last few months I never thought it was worth posting about, despite the number of weeks annoyingly growing larger on the front page. BUT NOW I SHALL END THIS LUNACY!!!

So, I have taken my life in a drastic new direction in the last few months. As to the immediate job front, I actually managed to score a couple of interviews that ended up going nowhere. I did, however, go to one final staffing agency, and I made a good choice of it. I'm now with Professional Staffing Group in Boston, one of the few places that actually is giving people some work. At the start of January, they scored me a temp job (but a long assignment for a temp job!) at Bunker Hill Community College in the financial aid office. So I've worked there for three and a half weeks and this should last me until late March. The job can be awfully tiring sometimes, but it feels good to be making some money, doing something productive and helping people go to college who otherwise wouldn't have been able to.

However, once this temp position ends, I'm going to tell my PGS contact that he can just send me temp or part-time positions, no more full-time. Why? Because if all goes according to plan, I'll be in grad school starting in September.

Yep, last week I finished applying to BU, Emerson and Tufts. I realized that my current plan of "Get a job to save money to pay for grad school so that I can get the actual career that I want as a theatre professor" was not working out well in the current economy. As an undergrad, my professors had encouraged me to go to grad school right away. When I voiced my concerns about money, they told me that with my academic record I would no doubt be awarded some significant merit-based aid in the form of assistantships and grants. At the time, I didn't really believe that I would be so lucky, or that I was really good enough to earn those things. But not being able to get work for a while changed my perspective on that. I DO have some impressive credentials. I graduated from St. As with amazing honors. And to do what I really want in life, I need a Masters and a Doctorate. So I decided to go for it. I took the GREs, got recommendations from my favorite professors, researched schools in the area with graduate programs in theatre, filled out applications, wrote essays and mailed them everything they requested. And now, I am waiting to hear if I have been accepted, and what, if anything, they are offering me. Dear God, please let me get into AT LEAST one of these schools. If my deepest wish came true, then I would be accepted into Emerson with a two-year assistantship, earn my MA in Theatre Education there, and then go to Tufts for my Doctorate in Drama, but I will take whatever is coming to me.

So yeah, big things going on. In miscellaneous notes on my life, I've discovered the joy of reading for pleasure once more, and even better, I remembered that "Oh yeah, you can get books for free from the library!" So the last fews weeks I've been reading a bunch of great books, including "Creating a Role" by Stanislavski to get a head-start on my graduate-level theatre studies. I've also had a good theatrical season so far that promises to continue. For one thing, I am myself currently involved in a project that will go public in a weeks or so, so expect more updates on that later. As to my theatre-going, in the fall theatreKAPOW put on an excellent performance of the works of Edgar Allen Poe, and the Abbey Players' hippie-tastic 60's-set "As You Like It" was everything I could've wanted out of a Shakespeare comedy. Next weekend bring the annual One Acts, two weekends after that I go to Tufts for "Hedda Gabler" (a favorite of mine), the end of March brings the Abbey Players' spring musical which is "Gypsy" this year, and finally in April, as a birthday gift from mom, I shall see "Into the Woods" at the Majestic Theatre, as put on by Emerson College. :)

And finally, as for tonight, I've got an invite to a BITCHIN' PARTY. I am not usually a party person, but I am very excited for this one because 1. It's my beloved Jane's 21st birthday, so it must be celebrated, 2. I will see many underclass friends that I haven't spent time with in a while and 3. IT'S A LADY GAGA-THEMED PARTY. As far as I'm concerned, the drinking isn't even the main event here. IT'S LADY FUCKING GAGA, BITCHES.

I hope that none will mind this long, not lj-cut post, as it is theoretically making up for a long nineteen weeks on no posts. :P

Random post of annoyance

ARGH.

I did what my mother asked me. I looked up health plans, told her abou them, she said we would sit down and talk about it.

Now it's weeks later . . .


Now is when she informs me that I need to sign on to a new plan before October 1st, so that I need to do x, y, and z right now. When I said that she should've told me this sooner, she claimed that I was the one who didn't "take care of it." BUT I FUCKING DID.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

She seems to think that I can't do things just because I don't have a job (which I am WORKING ON but it's not exactly EASY right now). I did what she told me to. GOD.
AW:EJTAWI$URIWJ#GPI(#U$T#ERJNGF:AIEJSGIEJRAG


I HAVE FINALLY HEARD FROM SOMEPLACE YAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.


*Ahem* So, an explanation. After having sent in many applications to places that I have NEVER HEARD BACK FROM, on Wednesday I filled out the online form at Kaplan, a test-prep agency, to become a teacher there, i.e. part-time hours to either teach classes or tutor one-on-one to prepare high school students for exams they need to take to get into college (SAT, ACT, SAT II, you get the idea).

Then a mere hour ago I received an e-mail from them saying that they approved of my application and want me to schedule an "audition" with them. YAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

So yes, it's only part-time and probably has little in way of benefits, but dear God, it is SOMETHING. And the schedule will still allow me to look for/have full-time employment YAY.

So apparantly this "audition" means that I have to give a 5-minute "teaching presentation." If they like what they see then they'll schedule an interview with a hiring manager and if that goes well then it's off to paid training and me INFLUENCING THE MINDS OF A GENERATION YAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

So . . . I have to admit that I'm a little (okay, A LOT) worried about this "teaching presentation." As you may tell from some of the things I post about (like, I don't know, THEATRE) I have absolutely no problem getting up and talking in front of a large group of people and being confident and knowledgable (or at the very least, seeming to be that way). What concerns me is WHAT THE HELL I AM GOING TO DO. They say that it doesn't matter what topic you choose to present, it's how you handle it - basically that you can be clear, organized, interesting, and can work within the time frame. Here's the thing - I HAS PROBLEMS TIMING THINGS. And the cherry on top? The presentation must involve "engaging" with the students. Interaction. BLARRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH HOW DOES I DO THAT? Okay, so I've tutored a lot in my time, but it has always been one-on-one. And my very successful classroom experience "teaching" 18th Century Literature one day was basically me giving a lecture. So this whole "interaction" thing feels a bit beyond what I'm used to. But, it doesn't happen until Sept. 23rd. So I have plenty of time at least to, in the immortal words of Mr. Tim Gunn, MAKE IT WORK!!!

Back to Ye Olde Memeage

Still working on that whole "employment" thing. :P

Well, have a good weekend coming up at least. I think I might mosey up to St. As on Friday for Lauren's B-Day party, especially if I can go with Fab, Aimee, and/or Nicole (I'll even be DD!). Saturday night I am VERY much looking forward to because 1. I'll get to see Mary, whom I sadly have not seen in a while and 2. I get to see a staged version of REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL at Salem State College! I adore the movie so I'm very excited to see it live, and SSC has a very high-quality theatre department. I've been introduced to many a great show there (like The Cashier and Bat Boy). I hope I start making money soon because I have a lot of shows I want to see this year. True college productions and TheatreKAPOW tickets don't cost much, but Nicole said that she wants to go see the revival of "Ragtime" on Broadway, and having just gotten the cast recording myself, I SO WANT TO GO TOO no matter how insanely overpriced Broadway tickets are.

But enough talk of the moneys. IT BE MEME TIMEZ!

MEME FOR GREAT JUSTICE!Collapse )

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FOR THE SAKE OF RIKUKUKU!

I'm currently trying to keep my mind off of the fact that all of the childrens are moving back/are already moved back at St. As and are going to start another school year. *sigh*

On the brighter side, I do have something new! An old church friend of my dad's came to visit this week and I found out she writes on the side, and she and other people she knows are looking for an editor, so naturally I offered up my mad skillz. Best part of all, I'll get paid for it! Nice to have a little something while still on the job search.

Friday night I had this really disturbing dream. Normally I'd summarize it here and then go "OMG MY DREAMS, THEY IS MESSED UP" and everyone in my comments would agree. But with this one, I'd rather not. I'm kinda worried about what it could mean, but I'd rather just have people know that my subconscious is clearly trying to tell me something again without going into details. Maybe it's stupid, and I'm sure other people have dreamt much worse, but it really bothered me.

On a lighter note, with Aimee moving to NH soon for her job (LUCKY), I've been at her place as much as possible to beat Kingdom Hearts on our (co-owned) PS2. I know, late to the party, but my mom hates video games and it was only this summer that I got the idea to chip in with a friend for my first gaming system since my Super Nintendo. So I'd been having a lot of fun with it until I got to FRICKEN ANSEM-POSSESSED RIKU. So much so that I got a little . . . intense about it the other night. But mark my words, I shall be patient and eventually I will BEAT THAT LITTLE DOUCHE. Sadly enough, it will give me a sense of accomplishment.

More adventures!

So, to briefly cover my employment issue, I'm still sending out resumes, but I have signed on to a temp/staffing agency with the hope that if I can't get permanent work for a while then at least I'll bring in some money and just maybe a temp position could actually become a full hire. And my friends are starting to get hired by places, so someone should be interested in ME soon. So, there's that.

So, in other news, had a great weekend. Pretty much spent it with a bunch of people from the usual crowd, added my mom in on Sunday, ha. On Sunday Nicole's mom had a jewelry party and invited us and our moms so I brought mom along to our festivities. A bunch of us played in the pool afterwards which was wonderful because I haven't been swimming all summer and it's one of my favorite things, but the weather has not been condusive for the beach for most of this season. So it was definately nice to get that in.

Moving backwards, on Saturday we celebrated Aimee's birthday with a trip to George's Island. It's the site of a Civil War-era fort in Boston Harbor and is supposedly haunted by a Lady in Black who tried to save her husband, a Confederate soldier held prisoner there. This explains Aimee's interest, as she loves everything ahving to do with ghosts. I enjoyed the boat ride to the island and generally exploring the fort's dark corners as if we were in some kind of young adult mystery novel, heh.

The night before on Friday, I came over to spend the night at Aimee's house because it was unlikely I'd get up so early by myself on a Saturday morning, and because Christine was coming down from Maine to stay as well. As fortune would have it, Fab wanted to make another movie, so she came over with Chad and now we have a SECOND MOVIE! HUZZAH! I have the preview of it here and it is a "horror" film this time. More people, more props, more locations, and more AWESOME!



Finally, I'm thinking about some of the things I've learned in adjusting to life after graduating college, and I think I'd like to do something with that. Maybe go back to St. As for some kind of program to share my wisdom? Or a book? But it'd probably get classified as "self-help" which I generally dislike, but whatever. I'd like to tell people what life will really be like after graduating and if I can get a bit of money out of it too then all the better. Maybe I'll start writing something and set it aside until I know what to do with it. That's something.

Only three things for today

1. I feel like a big idiot for thinking that my friend's birthday thing was going to be Sunday but now that I've checked it's actually on Saturday.

2. I went on my friendlist just now and the ad YELLED AT ME! I have ads on my LJ because I have a sponsered account because 1. I'm certainly not schelling out money to use LJ when I have stuff like MY CAR to pay for and 2. Unlike some people, I find the ads very easy to ignore. It's never been a problem and they've certainly never had audio before. I really hope this is not a growing trend for the ads on here.

3. THE MOVIE IS UP! HOORAY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdT12j3gZ4M&feature=channel_page

If you like it, please subscribe to my friend Fab's videos. She makes really good ones!

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One Preview and One Review!

First and foremost, you may remember my story about making a movie with my friends last weekend. Fab is at work on preparing the movie for its WORLD INTERENT PREMIERE!!!! She has the footage editing together, now she just has to add the music/sound. She does have a preview prepared though which she has posted on Youtube! HOORAY! For those of you who don't know me IRL, I'm the girl with the ponytail saying "HONEY, I'M PREGNANT!" (Disclaimer: I am not actually pregnant and please remember what I said about us creating the "script" and shooting this movie in about 3 hours with a budget of about 6 dollars)




Moving on, this week I finished my second re-watch of maybe my favorite anime series ever next to Revolutionary Girl Utena. It is a magical series, one that is funny and cute but also very complex, dark, masterfully plotted and designed with loveable characters, a great soundtrack, and layers upon layers of meta. It is filled with awesome for people of all ages and is well worth the investment if you see it in any store that sells anime.


This masterpeice is named . . . . . "Princess Tutu."



Yeah, you read that correctly.

My Review for this desceptively AWESOME show under here, plus a cool AMV!Collapse )

The perfect week to start this

So I actually did something interesting for this week of newly resolved posting!

Yesterday my friend Chad said he wanted to go on an adventure. Naturally I accepted the invitation even though we weren't sure what we'd be doing. He got delayed so by the time he and Fab picked me up, we planned to just hang at his apartment. We stopped by a supermarket on the way there to get something for Fab to drink (all Chad had was Coke and she doesn't drink Coke). While we were going up and down the aisles we, of course, noticed the cheap and weird toys they have in supermarkets, and that's when our plans came to fruition!

Fab loves to make videos and montages, and she decided that she wanted to make a short film. The cheapo toys served as good inspiraiton. So we bought a little squirt gun and some weird stretchy sticky rope things and discussed the plot on the car ride.

Four hours later we had all the footage we neede for a movie a.k.a. MY FIRST FILMED ROLE!!!

Fab needs to edit it and put in sound effects, music and special effects and whatnot, but I promise that I will post it here when it is finished so you can see my BRILLIANT ACTING (and how the opposite of skinny I am).

I don't want to give much away (as if you're expecting cinematic brilliance here *eyeroll*), but we had lots of fun making it and it is definitely something just fun and silly. Though Fab was the director, the three of us pretty much collabed on everything from the lines to the camera work. So it was quick, fun, and it was great to act again. Good times. ^^
Y HALLO THAR.

So I haven't updated publicly in a BAJILLION YEARS in Internet Time (a.k.a. two months real time).

Oddly enough, it wasn't from lack of interesting things in my life (after all, I graduated college, went to Ireland and have had many lollarious misadventures with friends). Or even from lack of time to do so, because even with all the places I've sent my resume to, I have been unemployed in these last two months.

Nope, I just didn't update for some reason. Bad me.

I'm not abandoning LJ anytime soon. I've been active in the comments other people's far more Internet Famous LJs and have been getting much lolz from Fandom!Secrets. But I should update my own journal more often . . . for the 5 of you who read it.

But on a more serious note, I need to start back up writing again in general, and LJ should help me with that. Because if I'm not writing now without a job then I'll probably be less inclined to start up again when I am employed.

So henceforth I have decided that barring long-term trips with a lack of Internets, I will update at least once a week, and quiz posts do not count (I will count survey/meme posts as they do actually involve me writing things, and I will no doubt continue my obsession with quizzes and surveys and memes). Even if that means me digging into those silly writing prompts on the main page, or giving my opinion about things that no one else will care about, like my Thoughts on Yaoi.

I have been meaning to make a Movie Rec post, and I do have a list ready, I just have to actually, you know, write about why I'm reccing my chosen movies. :)

So in conclusion, let me now pursue that flighty temptress - a semi-regular posting schedule!

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Stolen from Christine

Shannon-ology

Let others know a little more about yourself, tag your friends and learn about them, make sure to tag the person who tagged you... re- post this as your name followed by "ology"

* * * * * * * * * * * FOODOLOGY* * * * * * * * * * *****

What is your salad dressing of choice??
Caesar

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Out of Asia or Uno's

What food could you eat everyday for two weeks and not get sick of?
Eggplant parm

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Pepperoni

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, btich!

* * * * * * * * * * * TECHNOLOGY * * * * * * * * * * *****

How many televisions are in your house?
2

Do you have a laptop?
Yep

How about a desktop?
On it now!

How many cell phones do you own?
One

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * BIOLOGY* * * * * * * * * * * * *****

Are you right - handed or left- handed?
Right

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Nothing besides baby teeth

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
My boxes of crap from college (books and papers mostly)

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
No

* * * * * * * * * * * * BULLCRAPOLOGY* * * * * * * * * *****

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
Nah, it'd be far too depressing and I'd be unable to live fully.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I would not because my name is AWESOME.

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $ 1000?
Hmmm . . . I probably could do it, but I think I'd hold out for at least $25,000.

* * * * * * * * * * * * DUMBOLOGY* * * * * * * * * * * * * *****

How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
3

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
. . . *shrug*

Last person you talked to?
Mom

Last person you hugged?
Mom, I think

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * FAVORITOLOGY* * * * * * * * * * * *****

Season?
Fall

Holiday?
Halloween

Day of the week?
Thursday

Month?
October

* * * * * * * * * * * CURRENTOLOGY* * * * * * * * * * * * *****

Missing anyone?
Yeah

Mood?
Kinda scattered

What are you listening to?
"Hooked on Polkas" by Weird Al

Watching?
My computer, DUH.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * RANDOMOLOGY* * * * * * * * * * * *****

First place you went this morning?
The bathroom?

What's the last movie you saw?
In the theatre - Duplicity (which sucked). On TV - My Fair Lady.

Do you smile often?
I don't know

Do you always answer your phone?
I don't if it's a number I don't know - if know me/have something important to tell me, then they'll leave a message.

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
. . . I don't know. Rob seems like the type to text at ungodly hours.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?
I'd make them a brighter blue.

What flavor do you add to drink at sonic?
I've never been to a Sonic in my life.

Do you own a digital camera?
Yep, but it's pretty old and I don't use it much, go figure.

Have you ever had a pet fish?
Nope.

Favorite Christmas song(s)?
Snow Miser/Heat Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus

What's on your wish list for your birthday?
Um, nothing currently. A job?

Can you do push ups?
YES, BITCH.

Can you do a chin up?
Maybe?

Does the future make you nervous or excited?
NOT THE QUESTION TO ASK ME RIGHT NOW.

Ever been in a car wreck?
"Wreck"? Not really.

Do you have an accent?
Heh, I'm notable for my lack of accent!

What is the last song to make you cry?
"Carry on, Wayward Son." DON'T JUDGE ME.

Plans tonight?
Not for the night so much as for the day.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
A few times. I'd say maybe three?

Have you ever been given roses?
YES because I'm AWESOME and I love roses.

Current hate right now?
My mom's insane need to "downsize"

Met someone who changed your life?
Several actually, I'm pretty lucky.

How did you bring in the New Year?
With Christine!

Name 3 people who might complete this?
Eric Cartman, Sweeney Todd, and the Nostalgia Critic

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
SURE! Opening night of "Hamlet" here I come!

Have you ever dated someone longer than a year?
. . . . NO.

Do you have any tattoos/ piercings?
None, because I am a wuss

Does anyone love you?
I suppose

Would you be a pirate?
FUCK YES YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE IT YARR SURVY DOG!

What songs do you sing in the shower?
Nearly anything I listen to on a regular basis

Ever had someone sing to you?
. . . *has bad flashbacks to "Grease"*

Do you like to cuddle?
. . . . . .

Have you held hands with anyone today?
No.

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
I think I took a pic of Nicole and her friend Kristen at grad.

What kind of music did you listen to in elementary school?
DISNEY. ALL THE TIME.

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
Mostly "new" I guess.

Do you like pulpy orange juice?
NO. TEXTURE ISSUES: I HAS THEM.

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
Oh boy, where do I start? My angry dome wins for frequnecy though.

Have you ever ridden an elephant?
Nope

Do you like to play Scrabble?
It's good time, but there are other games I like more.

When is the last time you ate peanut butter and jelly?
. . . A while ago

What were you doing 12 AM last night?
On the Internets trying to find out more about "Glee."

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DON'T FUCK THIS UP, FOX

So instead of talking about, you know, GRADUATING, I have this to say instead:

I LOVE "GLEE."

I cannot wait a whole summer!

FOX - I'll cut a deal with you. Don't fuck up with this show and MAYBE I'll forgive you for Firefly and Arrested Development. YOU GOT THAT?

The song choices made me LOL exponentially.

And I know it was just the pilot and it was thus focusing on the main characters, but I want to know more about the backup kids!

OMG, I might end up writing fanfiction for this. I need a fix somehow.

I HAVEN'T FELT THIS EXCITED ABOUT A NEW SHOW SINCE "SLINGS & ARROWS."

AND IT RETURNS!!!!!!!!!

So, in finals week, had two, still have two to go, don't want to pack up my crap, am looking forward to seeing "How I Learned to Drive" this weekend, going to Ireland next month, blah blah blah.

Now getting back to what this journal is about. EPIC QUIZ POSTS!!!!

WHAT YOU HAVE ALL WAITED FOR!!!Collapse )

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The Return of the Revenge WITH A VENEGENCE!

Okay, so I really have not made a public entry on here for weeks now. Before you get excited and think I'm living some kind of tawdry life that I'm not sharing with you all, rest assured, my private entries are merely what I use to archive boring info and writings and stuff that the rest of the Internets would not be interested in. So, with that said, I don't know if I am capable of covering all that has been happening in my life for the past few weeks but I'll try to hit some highlights so that people won't think that I've abandoned LJ.

~Shakespeare's B-Day was yesterday. The scene that I directed (12th Night) went great even though I was irrationally afraid that my actors would forget to show up (yeah, I'm neurotic). I also got to read TWO sonnets, including 146 at long last, my favorite. Is it strange that I'm very proud of the fact that my last production as a current Abbey Player involved rampant amounts of lesbian subtext? I mean, I love my gay men, don't get me wrong, but it seems people associate theatre almost exclusively with gay males (and don't get me started on the paradoxical fact that almost the entire musical theatre genre is based on the foundation of heterosexual union). What about the gay ladies, huh? There is more to the queer world (and I use "queer" in the intellectual sense here) than just the men! Shakespeare knew it! And I'm a straight woman for Pete's sake, why do I care so much?

~Right now I am working on my third and last paper for Landis' American Playwrights Class. I'm doing this in advance because I FUCKING LOVE THIS PLAY SO MUCH. I'm writing about "Angels in America" and I'm pretty sure it's the best play I've read since "Long Day's Journey Into Night." Also, the HBO miniseries version of it is pretty damn fabulous. So naturally, I'm writing this paper due on Thursday when my Philosophy paper is due on Monday and is completely unstarted at the current moment.

~I think I just may have figured out what my life's purpose is? We'll see.

~So I've been living next door to a soap-opera for the last two weeks and not in a good way. It had mostly involved VERY LOUD SEX every day at TEN IN THE MORNING, and far be it for me to begrudge anyone their sexual freedom, BUT I DON'T WANT TO WAKE UP TO THAT EVERY DAY FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. And then at around 5 A.M. today (guessing or so) I was awoken by loud banging noises and yelling because of a fight next door with the girl dumping the guy or something because she's into this other guy and he's all ticked off or something like that and I didn't want to hear this and even my iPod wasn't much help and I kept praying that they would just keep it to yelling and dear God, what the hell happened to my dorm in the past month???

~Seussical was . . . I don't know if I can adequately describe my experience with Seussical. Even being on the technical side, I feel like this was one of the most fulfilling and rewarding theatrical experiences I have ever taken part of. I don't think my friends entirely agree. They loved it, yes, but they seem to give precedence to Children of Eden. Now, I loved Children of Eden, and granted outside of ushering and going to strike I had no direct involvement in it and only watched. But Seussical . . . it's a show that keeps getting labelled as a "children's show," but it's really not. It's appropriate for children, and it's great for children, but it's so much more than a children's show. What we accomplished with this production was just . . . beyond the impossible really. It was one of the most inspirational things I have seen and I feel deeply honored to have been a part of it.

~So, here is an anecdote from last semester that I actually forgot about for a bit, but now that I have remembered it I MUST SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. So one day I was waiting for somebody in Bradley House (where a lot of professors' offices are, including all the English professors), when I see someone come in from the side door DRESSED AS A HOTDOG. NO JOKE. And when I looked closer I saw it was Prof. Bouchard, the Renaissance expert in the English department. He went into his office and I paused for a moment wondering if I really wanted to broach the subject, but when you see a professor dressed as a hotdog, it's not something you can just let lie. So I asked him why he was dressed as a hotdog, and I only got this reply from him before he turned and left:

"Shannon, you are a thespian, you understand these things."

It is probably, by far, the single most perplexing answer I have ever received in life.

Consider this a placeholder

So, I need to make a gigantic post about working on Seussical for the past . . . however long it has been. Which opens tonight. I have so many things to say, but for now I leave you with this:


I JUST CHASED HORTON AND THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS ACROSS MY CAMPUS. I LOVE MY LIFE.

THIS! IS! COMPS!

For my own desperate needs, a collection of websites that I will no doubt be giving 100+ hits to in the next 12 days until comps (BAAAAAAAAAAAAA).

http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/

http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/terms/

http://mrbraiman.home.att.net/lit.htm

http://www.flvs.net/students_parents/documents/pdf/lterary_criticism.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_movement (OMG YES I KNOW IT'S EVIL WIKIPEDIA, DON'T JUDGE ME)

In other news, mom is freaking out about the snow (AGAIN, OMG), I'm hoping that outside of taking care of things for the new car that I can spend my week until my birthday just studying and watching good DVDs (like Slings & Arrows). And oh yeah, I HAVE A NEW CAR?!?! I'm still not quite sure how this happened.

Meme time!

Another meme via chrryblssmninja, fun even with my limited number of icons.

Answer all of the following with one of your userpics.


1. How do you feel right now?


2. What's your favorite pastime?


3. Do you consider yourself a strange person?


4. What's your main fandom?

Heh, two fandoms in one! Perfect for my indecisiveness!

5. OTP?

LOLLERSKATES.

6. How do you describe yourself?


7. How do others describe you?


8. Whats your favorite icon to use that's not default?


9. Do you have an icon of your future husband/wife?

JOHNNY.

10. Do you have an LOLWUT icon?

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EPIC post is EPIC

Oh God, hi all. Long time no update. I'm probably not going to be able to fit in all the things that I should in this update, but I'll do my best in the hour that I have before my class for which I did not do the reading for. :P

1. Another semester. The last one in fact, provided I do not fail comps in a month (AACK) or fuck up any of my classes. Only 4 classes, which brings me joy. Tuesdays and Thursdays are rough because I have 3 of those classes back to back (11:30, 1:00, and 2:30). But I deal, given that I have friends in all of those classes. They've been pretty decent, even if a lot of the videos that we've watched for American Musical Theatre have been somewhat . . . lacking.

2. I am trying resolutely to be more positive in life. I still do and same things I do and act the same way I act, but I maintain that a different way of thinking about things will be good for me and for life in general (of course, that belief stems from how fucking in my head I am all the time, but that's another story). I'm focusing on life and living it and trying to enjoy things and not be caught up in as much petty shit. Life is too short to be angry and hold grudges, and be thinking more about the end of it than the actual life itself.

3. I AM WRITING A BOOK! About the history of the Abbey Players, to be precise. It is not a money-making venture, OBVIOUSLY. It's more for my own self-fulfillment, something for me to work on when I have the inevitably soul-crushing job for money post-grad. It's also for my friends, for the Abbey Players, and because I feel the story of this quirky theatre group needs telling. I've already made some decent headway with it, and with the 60th Anniversary celebration coming up in less than two months (for which I actually bought A DRESS and SHOES OMG) I will no doubt soon be able to find new resources, including, I hope, Mrs. Comiskey, wife of the Abbey Players' late co-founder.

4. ONE ACTS! One acts were this past weekend and were a blast as always. Especially with a lack of "That Play" this year (you know, the one that's always at the end, that's three times longer than the others, and usually had major problems with rehearsal and with the cast and/or the director). This year I was on crew, lightboard specifically, which was a huge blast because I always got to watch the shows, have an inflated sense of self-importance, and be on the headset, which is always a funtime. I have a lot of great stories form rehearsals, performances, and the ever-amusing (and sometimes frightening) headset, but that would take . . . some time I imagine.

Other things: playreading committee assembles this week, I have not attended a single "senior event" nor do I plan to, Seussical rehearsals go on around me with the crazy tech/costume things soon approaching no doubt, another possible Shakespeare scene in April, and God knows what else that awaits.