I got a random package from a high school friend who is in the navy. Hes such a wonderful person and im grateful to have him in my life!
People usually say I’m too nice.
I love people. I love them even when they’re at their worst because at their very core, I know that everyone is doing the best that they can based on their experiences in this lifetime.
With that said, I also love me. I love my little corner of the universe. And the best way to keep it clean and fresh and full of life and laughter is to clean up every now and then. Sometimes that means cleaning my room. Other times, it means cleaning out the people in my life.
Sometimes, it’s hard for me to do that because I really have a lot of faith in the goodness of the people I know, which is probably part of the reason people say I’m too nice. Which is why I’m grateful for that moment when someone acts badly towards me - because this is the moment I know that it’s time to clean that person out of my life.
Like, I’ve said, I love people. But I also love me. And I’m not going to allow someone to have a space in my life if they’re only there to bring me down. To this person, I say thank you - thank you, thank you, thank you, for showing me your true colors. Now I know without a doubt that I’m creating a more positive life.
Been going crazy adding new apps to my new iPad, specifically writing apps because that’s why I bought my iPad for in the first place. The problem with writing apps is that they cost $ and are generally not cheap. I’ve been looking at a lot of “Best App Guides for Writing on the iPad” and one app came up that solves a lot of my needs, it’s called “Storyist” and it perfect for scripts and manuscripts, it’s like other programs I’ve used in the past that gives you guidelines to add extra character and story information to keep track of where you are for yourself. I haven’t started using it yet, but I am very excited of what it says it can do.
If you’re interested in writing seriously on your iOS device: click this link to learn more about Storyist
Went to “Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse” a chain restaurant today to celebrate my dad’s birthday a little early. They had unlimited salad bar which was great and I got these nachos which were also great.
Well, this has been a great week.
Miami, thank you for the hot weather, beautiful wildlife, and never-ending beaches.
I’m grateful for the time I’ve spent here. I feel rejuvenated and more in touch with my spiritual values. I think I’m ready to face a new semester and the craziness of NY life.
I’m grateful for the beautiful, colorful birds on this planet. :)
After a looong week of doing social media (for which my laundry suffered greatly because I’ve had zero time to do it) it was so nice to see this message posted on Facebook
Grateful that Austenland is on Starz! I wanted to buy the DVD but I didn’t want to spend the money on it. I saw Austenland last year, I also read the book (which I don’t advise to spend your time doing).
Austenland is super campy (and sometimes too crass for my taste). It follows a woman in her thirties who has had bad experiences with love and just wants to live the fantasy that is Jane Austen novels. Something I very much relate to. She basically goes to this retreat where desperate women go to get their fantasies fulfilled in Regency-era England and try their hand at love with actors playing their faux suitors.
I like this movie a lot. Even though I feel like a lot of the jokes don’t work and needed to be edited out, there’s a lot of awkward pauses where the director assumed laughter would come and just didn’t work for me, especially on second viewing. But I do like the idea of delving into “fan” culture, and things never going as expected. What does it mean for someone who always wants to escape from reality? Something I’ve spent a good majority of my life doing myself. I think they lead the audience on the wrong notion that life was “simpler” when Jane Austen was around, which was absolutely not the case. If it were, Jane Austen’s books wouldn’t be so timeless. There were so many big issues during that time that people were dealing with. Whether it came to class, gender, illness, family, inheritance and the complications of love itself (just to name a few), Jane Austen touched on them all. Even if it was less obvious because Jane gave her own satirical views on these issues - they are still present and pressing in all her novels.
With that said, I like the main three actors a lot. I became a big JJ Feild fan from the first time I saw this, Keri Russell is always very relatable and I’m a huge Bret McKenzie fan - blame Flight of the Conchords. I’m Team Bret throughout this movie, he’s way too much my type which if you watch the movie explains a lot about my love life haha.
It’s a rocky film and definitely not for everyone, but if you like a bit of satire and romance and want something super fluffy then I’d recommend it.
On Wednesday I did something as a theatre loving person I’ve never done before: Saw Phantom of the Opera live on Broadway. I don’t know why I had never gone before, nobody ever took me and I never had a real desire to go. Though I do own the 25th Anniversary Concert on DVD though (before they put on Netflix) and saw that atrocity they made with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum if that counts.
So Phantom has just turned into a giant tourist trap, I was definitely the only New Yorker in the whole theater which is saying something because it’s one of the biggest theaters I’ve been inside, rivaling the Wicked theater in scale and enormity. I was high up in the balcony and surrounded by the worst sort of people known to man: teenage girls who kept being on their phone DURING THE PERFORMANCE. I asked one of the girls to put her phone away but she just “hid it” but I could still see the light. I’ve never been so angry during a show in my life, and it was throughout the show specifically during crucial scenes. Like I’m sorry, but you are not outside or in your own house, you are in a theater where people spent a lot of money to see a show and don’t want to be interrupted with a giant white light in their face. It’s worse for me because my glasses make the light go directly into my eyes. I was so pissed.
I came specifically to see Sierra Boggess who is leaving next week and to see Norm Lewis who is the first African American Phantom. Sierra will always be my Christine, she’s so impeccably talented and I knew I needed to see her before she left because I don’t know if she’ll ever be Christine again. Norm was great too, I always consider him my “Javert” because of his role in the Les Miserables Anniversary Concert where he was also perfectly cast. Norm as Phantom was good, I know this is his big dream role but the only detractor was that he can’t hit the falsetto high notes. He tried his best but his voice is just too deep. So that was a bit disappointing, but otherwise he and Sierra are electrifying together. They really out-shown the actor playing Raul who wasn’t that memorable. I was just laughing in my head because they played father and daughter in The Little Mermaid on Broadway, but I had to let that fact go to better enjoy the performance.
I had issues finding the stage door, it was in the back of the theater and I thought it would be crazy crowded. Luckily that turned out not to be the case. Unfortunately I was by myself and Sierra seemed very shy and trying to leave the theater as soon as possible, so I didn’t have a chance to get a picture with her which I was sad about. She was mostly taking selfies, but my phone stinks for that and the lighting at the stage door was terrible as she kept trying to leave to get to her car - so I gave up. I’m sad I didn’t get a picture with her, but I think she’s coming back to Broadway for “Sense and Sensibility”? I don’t know if that’s going to Broadway, but I hope I have another chance to get a picture with her, I’m a big fan.
Luckily everything changed when Norm came out. He was very enthusiastic about meeting fans. And was smart about lining everyone up, making sure we all had good lighting to take pictures and then talking to everyone while keeping the line moving. For whatever reason The Majestic had almost no security for these actors, which I know they’re Broadway stars and not as well known for TV and film, but still. I was kind of nervous on their behalf and it tends to hurt fans experiences - see: Sierra. The good thing about the way Norm dealt with everyone is that I got a picture! He was so sweet, and I think would make a great guest on Profiles, but our show is getting completely booked for the fall so I don’t know if I can squeeze him in. No matter, after a rough day and being sad about Sierra, Norm made up for it. I told him I was happy that the show was finally allowing for some diversity in the cast (because I read an article about him talking about that subject) and he whole heartedly agreed. So thanks Norm! And Sierra….I’m coming to get you at some point, I need a picture with Ariel/Christine!
Yesterday I got to visit Miami’s Seaquarium, and the ultimate highlight for me were the manatees.
I really love manatees.
They are the sweetest gigantic herbivores on this planet. They eat 10% of their body weight every day and can weigh over a thousand pounds.
They’re also becoming extinct due to how often they get injured by humans.
The Seaquarium Manatee Rescue program is amazing and let me tell you why: they’ve been rescuing injured manatees since the 60’s and releasing them back into the wild when they’re healed up. They attach a tracker to them after they’re released and track them for the following year, to make sure they’re okay and don’t need to be rescued again. There are also some that they can’t release back into the wild again due to the severity of their injuries, so they keep them at the aquarium.
Of the three manatees they had yesterday, one (her name was Clarity) had a big scar on her back and a spinal injury due to getting cut by the keel of a boat. Another manatee (named Pheonix) had 3/4ths of her tail ripped off due to getting stuck in a boat propeller, so she lost most of her sensation in the lower half of her body as well as some of her ability to swim. The last one was named Juliet, and she was rescued in the 1950’s due to injuries as well. She has the ability to lactate whenever, so she’s been a foster mom to many baby manatees in the last 60 years.
Overall, the Seaquarium has rescued over 80 manatees, which is pretty amazing. I’m grateful for these rescue programs for the good work that they do for our planet.ALSO: The trainer told me that Pheonix has recently taken an interest in painting. She learned how to hold a paintbrush in her mouth and they’re currently trying to find the best way to help her express her artistic side.