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Monday, November 30, 2009

Out Of Sorts

I feel out of sorts since returning to Springfield. I hope it is just the effects of a head cold. I can't wait to feel better and tackle Xmas decorating!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


My mom's thanksgiving was way less stressful than having my own. She has got a great kitchen for multiple cooks and lots of people to gather. Great day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I'm thankful today for a belly full of mom's lasagna, my favorite--garlic toast, and red wine. Ahhhh... red wine. These are a few of my favorite things. I'm also thankful to have spent some time with some aunts and uncles, my grandparents, my parents, my sister's family, and three dogs. That is really what today is all about.

My grandma has been diligently working on a quilt for me and showed off her handiwork. Grandpa offered to take it off my hands if I didn't like it. Back off grandpa! You're not getting my quilt!

We spent the afternoon at my sister's eating and lounging around the living room. To the casual observer, one wouldn't even know we hadn't had any turkey today. I'm looking forward to Sherman's turkey leftovers tomorrow after a Tremplo Breakfast Club get together and our very own Turkey celebration on Saturday. 

So much to be thankful for.

Mr. Gobbles

I have arrived in WI despite the whirrly twirrly snow and red stop light runners. Bring on the turkey festivities! Where are you hiding Mr. Gobbles anyhow?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I'm all packed and ready for my WI turkey day getaway! Well the Blockus is packed anyhow. What else do I need? I'm very much looking forward to my time away.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Perfect Household?

My house is a disaster. Granted I've been told that my version of a disaster is quite different from other people. However, I do believe my house needs a thorough once over before I hit the road to Wisconsin. I really wanted to get everything cleaned and decorated for Christmas so I'm all festive right away when I return. Is that wrong?

I used to decorate for Christmas after returning home from a big Thanksgiving meal at my grandparents' house. Once I started hosting Thanksgiving myself I was far too tired to decorate that day, but usually got around to it the following weekend. Now that I will be travelling over the holiday, I feel it is only right to come back home to Christmas.

However, this week is already proving to be shorter on time than my list of projects will allow. And once I get my house all ready, I'll have to go prep for the big Thanksgiving feast at my parents' house. I'm getting tired just thinking about it. Peanut is too.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Festival of Trees

I attended the Festival of Trees this morning. This was being held in a building at the IL State Fair grounds, so I took advantage of the beautiful weather and walked. By the time I arrived at the Orr Building, I was definitely warm. I payed my $5 to gain admittance and they handed me a little program that looked like it mostly contained sponsorship information. The first thing to snag my attention was the gigantic tree in the middle of the room. Possibly 20 feet tall. It was being circled by the Candy Cane train, which honestly I figured would look a little bit more festive. However, judging by the line circling around the display area, the kids were pleased enough by it. There was some sort of live music going on. I didn't pay too much attention to it. I circled around the building looking at all the decorated trees and display rooms. Some that caught my attention were the Who Ville scene, a retro scene complete with a tree decorated with framed old-fashioned photos, and there was also a historic society tree decorated with old photos. The place smelled like popcorn, but I understand they had other food and gingerbread cookies there as well. I didn't sample any food and I didn't even see the gingerbread. However, I walked by a grouping of people that may have been crowding in for a taste of some gingerbread. The holiday market was really the reason I attended this event and it was disappointing. I was expecting holiday crafts more along the lines of things my aunts would have made. It turned out to be just a holiday store with ornaments, decorations, and some glassware. Nothing seemed special and once I was in there, I wasn't even sure if these gifts had been produced locally, which is what I was expecting. I left empty-handed after about 15 minutes at The Festival of Trees. I hope the admittance money goes towards something special, because it wasn't really worth $5. It was worth seeing once I guess, but this is not an event I would look forward to and return to each year.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Is That All I've Done?

I didn't have a very productive day. My big accomplishments were mowing my leaves and making chicken caesar lasagna for dinner. I probably should get motivated.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pictoral Guide To Laramie

Some Laramie photos courtesy of Green Apple Photography...
"The play you are about to see..."
"Hi! My name is Debbie..."
"Thank you Reverend. I appreciate your speaking with me."
(aka..I believe you will burn in hell)
"Moises called saying he had an idea for his next theatre project.
But there was a somberness to his voice."
And a few courtesy of me....
My chair.
My assistant director & director. Father! The Laramie fam.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

God Hates Me

So I stopped for gas over lunch. I was pleased it was $2.68...1 cent cheaper than across town. On my way home it was $2.62. Am I wrong to think God hates me?

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

My Chinese fortune cookie says "The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination." I needed that reminder today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I've Fallen Behind!

I was attempting to blog every day during the month of November and somehow I fell behind. Last weekend was another busy weekend with three performances of "The Laramie Project," two cast parties, a strike party, and a couple of parents in town for the weekend.

We were also blessed to have about 300 supporters standing outside the Hoogland Center on Friday night just in case the hate mongers showed up (they did not). After walking through the crowd to get into the theatre, it was also exhilarating to perform to a SOLD OUT crowd. This whole experience is something I won't soon forget.

I've been laying low for the most part this week. I'll have to get back into my community events. I'm looking forward to the Festival of Trees this Saturday. While my parents were here, they accompanied me to the holiday fair at Lincoln Memorial Garden. I've been wanting to get out there anyhow, so I was thankful for the opportunity to check it out. I hope to return when the weather gets nicer again.

At some point this weekend I will have to start planning Thanksgiving. I can't believe it is next week. I also can't believe I can't host the party this year. I'll do my best to make it easy on my mom, though. I'm really looking forward to another WI getaway and some quality time with the Tremplo Gang. Once again, Jen Mac, you will be missed!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


We are another week closer to Thanksgiving. With the show behind me, I look forward to my trip to WI. I'll just get back into a routine before the holidays hit!

Mom & Dad

Had another good show tonight and I was glad Mom and Dad made it down. They also made it to the cast party for a few. Theatre people are theatre people wherever you go!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Standing On The Side Of LOVE

In response to the possible protest of tomorrow's production of "The Laramie Project," you can choose to stand on the side of love. Follow this link to find out how. You can also use this opportunity to donate to The Phoenix Center. The mission of The Phoenix Center is to provide quality HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and education to the community as well as support, counseling, and referrals for the GLBTQ community in an atmosphere free from judgment and discrimination of any kind.

And of course, you can also support us by buying a ticket to the show! Call 217-523-0878 or visit Springfield Theatre Centre's website. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I'm enjoying an evening in with my laundry tonight. Ok, maybe not enjoying it, but Peanut is happy for company. We're both looking forward to a visit from M&D!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Food, Inc.

I just watched Food, Inc. I really had no business doing that. I've always been a picky eater especially when it came to meat. I have to admit that seeing people gnaw meat from bones makes me throw up in my mouth a little. This was 4,000 times worse than that. I've been attempting to eat whole foods lately, but still am inclined towards eating out more than I'd like. This movie may have broken me of wanting to eat foods when I don't know where they have come from. I have new found motivation to continue down the path towards local, whole foods. You know, over the weekend I was trying to explain to someone that fruit juice is bad because it has more chemicals than actual juice and he said to me "There are chemicals in all food." This, my friends, is why we have this problem in the first place. People in our country have just mindlessly accepted that it is the way it is and it's okay. If you are one of those people, wake up. It is not okay. And P.S. WalMart still sucks for whole foods and organic food selection.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dockers Monday

After a weekend of performances for "The Laramie Project," I'm excited to have a few days off. I'm thinking I might need to explore the old hang out, Dockers, after work. It feels like it has been awhile. I also am pretty far behind on the grocery shopping and normal everyday things you are supposed to keep up on. Isn't that the way it goes?

I was excited to get a nice write up in the local paper before the opening of the show. You can read it here. But I realized I was in a town that actually supports the arts when the paper also reviewed the show a day later. And the review is actually positive! I love my new town.

The cast of "The Laramie Project" will be back to ripping peoples' hearts out and making them cry next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Hoogland Center. I wouldn't miss it for the world. Get your tickets by calling 217-523-0878 or visit Springfield Theatre Centre's website for more information.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Behind The Scenes

Waiting behind the scenes for our first matinee performance of "The Laramie Project." Hoping for another outstanding show today. Then I'm bustin' outdoors!

Happy Birthday!

I had a good time celebrating Sherman's birthday in Springfield. Happy birthday old lady! Thanks for sharing your day with me. So sweet. I miss you already!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Good News

Life is full of positive things. I guess I just don't understand people that waste their time focusing on hate. I have been keeping up with my friend's health progress on his Get Well Facebook page and have heard great news. Apparently the brain swelling has gone down, his breathing tube came out, and he has been able to breath ...on his own! This is an awesome person and I'm glad to hear he still has his sense of humor. *whew* Keep on keepin' on, Wade. And for anybody else that would rather focus on good than evil, check out my Springfield Theatre Centre debut this weekend or next at The Hoogland Center in "The Laramie Project." Call 217-523-0878 for your tickets. They are a steal at $13 for adults or $12 for seniors.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Hate-group to picket The Laramie Project. "I guess I didn't understand the magnitude with which some people hate." "They are just missing the whole point."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cooking Up Something Special

I haven't been doing very much cooking lately. With rehearsals starting at 6:30pm almost every weeknight, the things I have been cooking for the last few weeks were in a crock pot while I was working. Although I've cooked up some delicious meals in the crock that I was very grateful to have ready when I got home, I wouldn't necessarily consider that cooking. With guests coming to town this weekend I feel as though I should cook up something special. I'm not entirely sure what or even if I will have time before the shows. I also want to share local restaurants with my out of town guests, so I'm torn. Maybe a special dessert treat is in order. We'll see if I even have time. I came home from rehearsal last night and after setting out a few things for tonight's rehearsal, got to bed pretty early. So at least I'm more rested today. I feel better and a little less crabbalicious.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Extraordinarily Tired

I'm extraordinarily tired today. I went out for a few drinks after rehearsal last night and think I was sprinkled on by some crazy full moon dust. Not tonight.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sad News

I just found out last night that a good friend from high school had a stroke. I was thinking of him all weekend, so I must have knew. Somehow this feels like something that grown ups have to deal with. How is it that this happened to one of us kids? I guess it is part of that new phase in our lives called adulthood. Because I don't have a family with kids sometimes I forgot I'm a grown up. At times like this, I wish I wasn't. I'm still thinking of you Wade, and hoping for the best!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Turning Back The Hands of Time

The clock has been set back and I'm practically ready to get out of bed. I really caught up on my sleep this weekend. I can't believe tech week starts tonight!


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