But if I told you, then it wouldn't be a secret. So here's a star bullet point update, instead.

★ I keep having the same actor's nightmare over and over and over. Five times in the last three weeks, I've dreamt the same non-existent scene in the play. It has the same words, and the same actors (that I know, and that are not in my current production), and despite having dreamt this that many times, I'm still always wholly unprepared for it. This morning in the dream, the director told me to watch the movie that the scene was in to be better prepared. I wanted to cry. Stupid subconscious.

★ We're having a billion people for Thanksgiving. Or 32. Either way, I'm having to self-soothe... It'll be okay, it'll be okay, it'll be okay... on a loop. It's not the food, it's just having that many people in the house and making sure they're comfortable, etc. I was talking to a friend and fellow actress on the phone yesterday, bemoaning the state of rehearsals the telling her that I'm a control freak and that I kind of want to hide in the closet with a bottle of Crown, and she gave me some pretty sage advice:

Friend: You need to imagine one of those old time-y radios, you know? The ones with the knobs? And you need to envision one of those knobs being your 'give a sh*#' dial. And you close your eyes, take a deep breath and mentally turn that 'give a sh*#' knob way down. Or off.

Me: That's brilliant. Though, to be perfectly honest, I'm going to have to find that button before I can turn it down.

Friend: I'm not gonna lie. It might be in the closet with the Crown.

Love her. She makes me laugh.

★ Spent the better part of Friday refashioning a kind of crappy $40 JC Penney's dress into something sort of wonderful for The 39 Steps. And it only took 6 hours. :P

★ I spent over an hour this morning looking for a book my middle-schooler needed today, and we STILL didn't find it. Tell me this happens to other people, too, so that I don't sell the child into white slavery?

★ Pumpkins are still gross, and are still the devil. It's a fact. Look it up.

★ Due to the fact that I use my children to run lines, they now know how to swear in German. Mother of the year, folks. Right here. Please don't call CPS.

Supernatural spoiler? )

★ I really, really love Monday mornings, where the only noise in the house is Abbey the Lab snoring up a storm. Hope your Monday morning is as relaxing as mine. Happy Thanksgiving week! Or just Happy Monday, for those kajillion people of you out there not celebrating the American Holiday. :)
persephone33: (the queen is not amused)
( Aug. 1st, 2010 09:58 am)
As the mother of two rambunctious little boys, I've become used to what I like to call "The Ick Factor" in my life. It's gone up by about a gazillion since Aaron was born, and even more so since they've developed their own personalities and spend so much time in the Out Of Doors*.

Now, I'm not talking about the mild stuff, like finding a plastic snake next to the milk in the refrigerator, left there, no doubt, to make me shriek. (It doesn't. It does make me laugh, though.) I'm talking about the stuff that makes me want to crawl into a fetal ball and rock after shivering and flailing with revolted abandon.

I spare you of some of this, friends. I don't tell you all of the awful truths.

You're welcome.

But this... this weekend's Ick involves a crustacean.

Buckle up, buttercups. This one's kind of long. )
persephone33: (kitchen goddess)
( Jun. 6th, 2010 12:45 am)
Nolan and I have been married twelve years as of June 6th at 5:59 p.m! (Why 5:59? I didn't want the 6th month, 6th day 6th hour. Too weird.) So to commemorate the occasion, we went out of town on a romantic getaway!

Well, no, we didn't. We all got the flu, and I canceled my parents trip so that they could stay with the boys so that they wouldn't get sick, too. So instead, we're getting well and going to my in-law's house for dinner tomorrow. I asked if I could bring dessert, because I wanted to recreate the amaretto cake we had at our wedding. Nolan said it was the "best cake he ever had," and that, my friends is saying something. Nolan Kyle has tried a lot of cakes. :)

So like so many things I do, on a whim I went and got a bottle of amaretto, some cake decorating stuff, and ...voila! Amaretto cake with buttercream frosting. Pictures and all that how to stuff follow.
I hope it tastes good! )

***I have no idea why my pictures won't resize to something less insane. It's late, so I'm calling it a day. :)
persephone33: (Christmas naughty is the new nice)
( Dec. 4th, 2009 12:51 pm)
Image intensive with little or no important content. )
persephone33: (people like you)
( Jun. 11th, 2009 09:34 pm)
So we have a new addition to the family.

She's so sweet.
Dogs make you smile more. Did you know? True story. )

Edit: And don't forget to vote at [profile] dg_ldws! I dare you to guess which one is mine. You totally won't be able to, I'm so stealthy. ;)


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