Big plans for the ol’ blog for 2011. Rather structured plans for the blog. I blog because I enjoy it. This is first and foremost. I don’t have any delusions of blog grandeur. I know some people make a living from their blogging. Good for them. Sounds stressful to me. I’m already in theatre. That’s enough delusion for one person, I think.
Anyhoo, I think I may be best served by having a designated theme per day of the week here at Ye Olde Rhinestone World (and Snack Shoppe). I’m still working on the details. But I wanted to pop in pre-New Year’s and say a quick hello and give an idea of how I will be approaching my blogging.
As far as 2010 reviews go, it was half good, half crazay. William started a new job he loves. In the world of today, that is a prayer answered in a very grand way. We are very grateful. I tried a few ideas on for size this year, some of them took, some of them did not. While I cringe slightly at the fact that very shortly I won’t be able to use “being in my twenties” as an excuse anymore, I think I’m ready to charge into my 30’s.
Here are some things I did in 2010:
- I was a maid of honor this year.
- I took a big theatrical break and then I plunged very theatrically back in. It feels pretty good.
- I am now first aid, CPR, and AED certified.
- I was a Red Cross disaster responder.
- I tried writing on for size.
- I once again am being thwarted by an afghan knitting pattern.
- I saw an allergist for the first time in many years. This was a good idea.
- I watched many friends and family members getting joyfully married.
- I volunteered for a Senate campaign.
- I got cast in a show.
- I was an extra in a movie.
- I got called back at theatres I used to dream of just getting called into audition.
- I spent a weekend at a cabin/beach house on Lake Michigan. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.
- I danced in a major Thanksgiving parade on National TV.
- I lost out on a couple roles I wanted really badly. I survived.
- I met up with old friends.
- I have started to cultivate a few new ones.
- I was invited to be a member of a theatre company…still in the works, but it looks positive.
- Crashed an Equity audition.
- Learned how to write a successful query.
- Got promoted.
- Saved some money. Not a lot. But in a year with, no joke, 8 weddings and many trips, not a bad thing.
- Paid off a credit card.
- Will and I both were able to see all the doctors we needed to see, and even handle an emergency room visit. A couple years ago, with no dependable insurance, this would have been a luxury.
- Watched Health Care Reform pass. Watched DADT be repealed. A balm for my liberal soul.
- Sadly watched Nancy Pelosi go out. Still, the House is always winds of change.
- Became more disenfranchised with the corporate media model. Honestly, it’s a big big problem, and I don’t think enough attention is being paid. In fact, feeling exceedingly guilty I didn’t contribute to NPR this year.
- We paid all of our bills on time without using credit. Seems small, but for a couple of theatre majors, this is an accomplishment.
- Was invited to be a guest blogger on a book blog.
- My gynecologist says I weigh 4 pounds less than the last time I was there, so that’s cool.
- Found two really grand Groupons I am completely jazzed about.
- Okay, now we’re getting silly.
Not really a through line in that whole mess, but what a fun mess! The hardest part of the year was watching a loved suffer through a tough job market and the biggest joy was watching him get a new job and like it a lot. Truly, if that was the only thing that happened in 2010, that would be enough. I feel blessed and energized for 2011. It wasn’t the easiest year. Certainly the US had some really hard times, and not the kind that are viewed from a distance. Still, we’ll get through. We will. Because we have denim, farming, duct tape, a sense of humor, and soap. I feel these are America’s greatest resources.
And on that weird and sort of patriotic note, I will sign off. I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I hope your holidays were joyful. And thanks for reading. Even if you only showed up to read my post about Keanu.
*No, this picture doesn’t have anything to with anything except that cats are pretty much my number one concern at all times.