Brand Spankin’ New Year


Cat wearing a hoodie.*

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.

Thank you.

*No, this picture doesn’t have anything to with anything except that cats are pretty much my number one concern at all times.