Thursday, November 21, 2002
:o) I fixed it.... hee hee hee.
not funny.... where are all of my archives? It took so long to get them all back and now they have disappeared again! grrrrrrrrrrrr......
Was home sick all day yesterday. Feeling a little bit better today.... still coughing though. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Need to sleep some more. I tried to stay up last night to watch the finale of the Bachelor but missed half of it. The most important part was the last 10 minutes and I was awake for that part. Not quite sure what I think about it all yet. I mean.... how do you know someone is "the one" after only six weeks... and those six weeks consist of cameras and competition and ABC providing your wardrobe, make-up and hair, and everything being paid for and living in a beautiful place. It all seems unreal. I wonder if it will last.....
ok, going home.... must sleep.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Still at work.... feel like ass. Going home in a half an hour. Not sure if I'm working tomorrow. If I feel like this, I am not going to get out of bed.
Had such a blast at Lion King. I ran into my friend Harrison before the show so he put my name on the backstage list! It was so good to see him. I hadn't seen him since when I first moved to New York. Before I moved, we did a show together out here called Both Barrels..... a two women, three men review. He has an amazing energy... very positive. The only bummer is my friend Alan from college was on vacation that week so he wasn't on for Simba. It would have been so great to see him rather than this other guy. Don't get me wrong, the understudy was good as well. It just would have been more personal to see a friend on stage.
The show was visually amazing. The costumes, sets, lighting, and music were all so incredible. The little kids voices weren't so great but everyone else's voices were really good. I enjoyed the show. I had THEE best time going back stage and seeing everything up close. Did you know that some of those costumes weigh up to 35 pounds? Seriously... pumba's costume weighs 35 pounds and the ant hill girl that goes across the stage on pointe, her costume weighs 25 pounds. That has got to be a good work out! Seeing all of the hyena costumes took me by surprise. They are brilliantly made.... all of the costumes are. Julie Taymor is a genius.
Another cool thing about the show was Harrision showed us that the stage was floating 20 feet above the ground. That is how they were able to do all of the cool raking and turning of the stage. I couldn't imagine being a dancer for the show. The stage is so hard and isn't cushioned my marley or anything. So the dancers are leaping and jumping on pure wood! No wonder 3/4's of the cast are in physical therapy. Their poor bodies!
Sunday, I worked out...(YAY) and then went to my old place to finish cleaning and drop off the keys. Hopefully we'll get our full deposit back. I could really use that right now. Sunday night, I got a massage.... which was SO needed. Last night, started feeling crappy... blowing my nose and getting a headache.
Today- SICK..... and hopefully going home soon to drink lots of tea and go to bed. Waaaaaah. :(
Saturday, November 16, 2002
Tonight.... LION KING! I am really excited. Jon's parents and sister are coming over in an hour to see our place and take us out to dinner! I think we are going to go to this yummy seafood restaurant in Pasadena and then head over to the show. My friend Harrison that I did Both Barrels with is in it and Alan Mingo, who I went to UC Irvine with is also in it. YAY!
Saturday, November 09, 2002
Go add your five favorites to Michelle's list. So much fun.
Just finishing up work. Going home to get ready for the Thalians Ball tonight. It's going to be a blast. I met Debbie Reynolds at the rehearsal Thursday night. She is amazing. I wanted to tell her how many times I'd seen Singin in the Rain, and have done the musical a billion times and how she was the best Kathy Seldon I've ever seen.... and I've seen tons of people do it. But I didn't.... I just smiled and shook her hand and said how wonderful it was to meet her. I then walked out of the room to change into my dance clothes and freaked out, softly to myself. I can't wait to see who will be there tonight. I know Tony Danza is performing, Phyliss Diller is being honored, and Ruta Lee is organizing it all, and Carol Channing will be there too. I hope I don't screw up anything! We only had one dance rehearsal. I won't be able to report until Tuesday because we don't have internet at home yet. I promise to give all the juicy details though! Think good thoughts for me!
Thursday, November 07, 2002
Tonight- off to a rehearsal for a benefit I'm dancing in this weekend for the Thalians Organization. I am so excited. I can't wait to see all of the people that will be there. Just check out the Honorees page to see what kind of people are involved with this group. Pretty cool. I get to wear a ball gown! How exciting is that. Will give more information when I have it.
Ok, so we have this old gas stove in our apartment. In order for the burners to work, the gas has to be turned on in the back and the pilot lights need to be lit. This is all good, but when I am done cooking, the house smells like gas.... and continues to smell like gas. I've been turning on the gas, lighting the burners, cooking, and then turning off the gas. This is a total pain in the ass. Is it necessary? Does anyone know anything about gas stoves that could give me some advice? E-mail me with your thoughts. I think the bottom line is that we need a new stove/oven. The oven isn't even working right now! They are coming out to look at it today. Hopefully they'll just replace the whole thing... but if you know anything, please e-mail me! Thanks....
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
This weekend was ....let's see... how do I put this... exhausting. Saturday morning, Jon and his sister, Adrienne showed up at my pad around 8:00 am. We headed out to pick up the U-haul and pick up some Carls Jr. for breakfast. The drama started unfolding here. When we got back to my apartment, there was a big ole Budget truck blocking the driveway. This WAS where we were going to park our U-haul. It was about 20 feet from the elevator.... perfect location. Not only was this a problem for where the hell we were going to park our U-haul, but that meant someone else was moving out and would be using the elevator at the same time as us. Problematic!
We decided to park the U-haul on the street and block the Budget truck. We figured that if they were done before us, we would move our truck .... but for now, we'd be ok blocking them.
The three of us quickly figured out a system. Jon grabbed big boxes with the dolly while I shoved a bunch of crap in a handy shopping cart. We'd load up the elevator and then bring it all down to the truck and drop it off. That's where Adrienne took over. She would take all of the stuff and organize it in the truck while we were heading back up in the elevator, getting more stuff. It didn't prove to be too problematic sharing the elevator with the other people. They weren't moving too quickly like we were. My car and the truck was loaded up around noon. That's when we headed over to Jon's place.
We got to Jon's place and met up with our friends Danny and Christine who were patiently waiting for us. They live right across the hall from Jon's old place. This is beneficial because his couch is so big, it was going to have to through Danny and Christine's second story window. Yes, I am serious! It wouldn't fit down the stair well.
So, the five of us began loading all of Jon's things into the truck. Jon didn't have half as many boxes as I did. But, his boxes were all big and packed really heavy... plus, he had a couch, a big ole chair with ottoman, a bed, dresser, and HUGE entertainment center. That stuff was pretty difficult to get down his stairs. Our friend from work, Josh, showed up for a bit to help get the couch out of the window. That was soooo funny. I got lots of pictures.
Finally, everything was loaded up in the U-haul. Jon was driving, of course... I chose to drive my own car. I don't trust my driving skills to operate the U-haul. We were on our way to the new place. While I was driving, I ordered a bunch of pizzas, chicken, and cinnamon bread from Dominoes to be delivered shortly after we got to the new place. We were all starting to get pretty hungry and definitely could use some more energy. I was keeping my fingers crossed that all of the things we asked our landlord to fix prior to us moving in were indeed fixed. When we arrived at the new place, nothing was fixed. I was livid.
I called the landlord and left a big ole nasty message on the machine. Grrrrr.....
By this time, it was around 2:00 pm. We chowed down on some food and started unloading the truck. Have you ever eaten a taco salad? The reason I'm asking is because if you had, you would know that the more you eat, the more is on your plate. Seriously.... it seems like it's actually growing.... at least for me. This is how unloading the truck was. The more we unloaded, the more shit it seemed we still had left. Did I happen to mention that there are 24 stairs leading up to our new place? Yeah- um.... that made things a bit difficult.
At the new place, Brad joined us... another friend from work. That helped. But still, with half of the truck left, Brad left and Josh left. So, it was just the original five of us. We were all so frickin beat by this point. At around 4:00, Danny and Christine left. They were an immense help.... we owe them big time. Adrienne, Jon, and I took up the remainder 20 or so boxes. We all were dragging our feet and felt like we were about to die.
The rest of the weekend was spent unloading boxes....fixing things.... shopping for essentials like a microwave, toaster oven, bathroom shelving, cleaning supplies, and speaker stands. We both worked really hard... and there is still so much to be done.
Sunday night, I decided to make Jon a nice dinner. I made chicken enchiladas, beans, and Spanish rice. But, guess what.... the oven wouldn't work. I almost lost it. Thank goodness I bought a microwave. I had to heat up one enchiladas at a time. I was not a happy camper. We've called the landlord many times. He was supposed to send someone out yesterday to fix everything but no one ever showed up. I faxed him a letter today. The reason we are so mad is that we paid a $150 cleaning/fixing fee before we moved in. Nothing was clean and there are tons of things that are not working right or are broken or dirty. He promised us last week that everything would be fixed before we moved in. Of course, nothing is fixed. So, we will take $150 out of our next month's rent if this shit isn't fixed soon. So frustrating.
Ok- now I'm rambling. I am absolutely exhausted. Even though I had Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off, I worked the entire time. I have had no time to just chill out. There is too much to do. I really need to go get a massage.
Funny tidbit though..... when we went to drop the U-haul off and go back to my house to pick up Jon's car, the Budget truck was still there! ha ha ha
Friday, November 01, 2002
I am so frickin tired right now.... just finished packing up all of my shit. Tomorrow is moving day! Even though I am absolutely exhausted and a bit delirious, I am ECSTATIC about my archives returning? Do you see them....do you see me glowing now? Wow.... Derek, did you have a hand in fixing this for me? If so ...... THANK YOU! You rock my world. Now I can sleep peacefully.....
I am hoping that tomorrow I won't have any U-haul drama like Keith had a few days ago. Good thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Tomorrow is going to be an insane day...... must sleep.