Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One Act Festival

I entered my One Act Meeting Dex to the Road Company's festival and it got accepted! John is directing it and I'm going to be in it.

We've tried twice before to perform this and something always happens to cancel the festival. I'm beginning to worry we're a jinx.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Hopefully that won't be true this time. Another part of this: the audience votes for their favorite One Act at the end. They win a percentage of ticket sales. I would love it if mine could be the favorite after so many years and so much work to get it on stage. And who wouldn't love that recognition? But we're up against stiff competition, including other original works as well as good directors. And someone told me that they accepted all the submissions, so it's not like I beat out another play to get it and can feel that at least the story impressed the board.

My story is also poignant and people vote for comedies.  Still, I do get to finally perform it and tell myself that's enough.

If you do live in the area, consider coming to see it. Not to vote for me, but to see some good small plays. Tickets are cheap and it's a nice night.

Break a leg to everyone in the festival!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Reason (to you from all your rescue dogs)

I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted
skin that isn't flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you 
I seriously need to go home and hug my dogs.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Back to working out

I've lost a lot of weight. I'm 3 pounds from where I wanted to be but if I stay at this weight, I'll be happy.  Here's a before and after picture.  The After photo is blurry but you get the idea.

I'm still thick around the middle and need overall toning, so I started working out again. I'm hoping I don't put pounds on from the exercise because I really like wearing clothes that I couldn't fit into for years.   From Millan.Net

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mom's recipes

My brother has been putting together a book of family recipes. Luckily, my aunt found where my mom wrote down her spaghetti sauce. It's the only time she wrote it down. I'm so glad because I couldn't get it right; here I was missing some key ingredients and cooked it too fast.

It hit me though to see her handwriting again. And then to finally to taste it that sauce again.

It brought her closer. I remembered the one time she taught me how to make it but I didn't get it all written down. It chokes me up to see her writing and the Love, Doris.

I miss you, Mom, but this gave me good memories.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm such a sap

Something is seriously wrong with me because I choke up every time I listen to this Disney song. Walt's words in the beginning do me in and it just gets to me. But I've listen to it 5 times in a row so far and still get all a lump in my throat. I'm such a goober. From Millan.Net

(Case you're interested: it's originally from Brother Bear but became the theme song for the 50th celebration)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I'm so upset and FURIOUS because of Ustream.tv

If you've been on my blog & seen my Disney trips, you know I do a webcam. I've been doing it for years using Ustream.  I went to download the videos from some trips to make DVDs.

They deleted all my videos! YEARS of them!!

They made a decision that Basic accounts don't get to keep their videos longer for 30 days; you have to upgrade storage for $20/month or go Premium for $100/month to $1,000/month!

Before you yell at me: YES, they have the absolute right to do this change. BUT! THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME! WARN ME BEFORE YOU DELETE MY VIDEOS!

I would have considered the $20/month. Not now. Now I'm looking for another webcam streaming provider with good customer service ratings and clear policies. I'm fine with downloading my videos by a certain deadline, just let me know before you delete them!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Long Beach Island

I went to LBI with my sisters Gerry and Cathi a little bit ago. What a great time! We saw family favorites from when we went every summer growing up and when my mom was still alive.  I climbed to the top of Barnegat Light House and got a certificate. :)

Cathi and Gerry had never seen the family bench dedicated to my Nana, Mom, and Aunt DeeDee, so that was first thing we did.

We had a nice dinner at a place in Bay Village that looked over the bay. I got a present from Gerry: a print that I can't wait to hang up. We went from one end of the island to the other, ending with us sitting on a bench looking at the stars and the ocean before we left for home.

Just a beautiful day.