Our Van is Sick

9:38 AM, Sunday, January 27, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

I thought we got our van problems out of the way. We had the passenger van checked out in St. Louis, but they didn't really find anything wrong with it. But, less than a week later, on the road to Chicago, it broke down. On the coldest day of the year. It was a really bad day. Now the van is in a shop in Matteson, IL while we've rented a minivan and are now in Elgin, IL, outside Chicago. I think we're getting our van back on Feb 7th. Man, that's going to be an expensive rental car.

Well, in better news, we've been having a lot of fun exploring the towns we're staying in along the way. We had a fun day of sight seeing in St. Louis. We went to the arch and the accompanying museum. And now that we're in the Chicago area, we've been taking advantage of that as well. Yesterday we drove into the city and then went our separate ways...a couple people went to see My Fair Lady, one girl hung out with an old friend for the afternoon, and Alli and I went to Shedd Aquarium. We spent the whole afternoon there and got to see everything. And there are great views from the spot where the aqurium is, as a bonus, so I got some great pictures. In the evening, we all met up at a Spanish tappas bar and drank Sangria. It was a well deserved nice day.

Here's a few pictures from the road:

Me at the arch

Outside Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

I love this picture! It's the view from outside the Aquarium
overlooking Grant Park and the skyline. And it's now my

Buying blankets and pillows for the vans at Target. Oh, how
we love Target.

The cast of Junie B. Jones

Our sick van...off to the van doctor.

I would say Alli and I are the most talented people
on the tour.

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There is Very Too Much To Talk About

5:58 PM, Sunday, January 20, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

It's been a few weeks and boy has a lot happened. I was VERY busy my final weeks in New York going to rehearsal every day and then preparing myself for five months on the road every evening...and trying to see my boyfriend now and then. I was pretty stressed out as I prepared for this tour. There's just so much to try to remember and keep track of, and I'm in change of it all. But I won't bore you with the details of all that. So far, I'm surviving.

We left New York in the wee hours of last Sunday morning. After missing the GW bridge and taking a scenic drive through upper Manhattan, we finally made it over the Hudson river and were on our way. But about two hours into the drive, our passenger van started having issues getting above 40 mph, so we had to pull off and take about two hours figuring out what was wrong and how to fix it. We took some truckers' advice and got on our way again. The end of the first day's drive landed us in Zanesville, OH (Yes, Sarah Cool we went to that Italian place and got meatballs!). The next day we drove the rest of the way to St. Louis and we've been here ever since.

The show is going well. We're getting used to the daily routine so I think we're about ready to pack it up and start all over again in a new venue. We've all been pretty tired, but have gotten out a few times to take in some local culture. Last night we tried a St. Louis specialty, toasted ravioli. It was pretty yummy. Tomorrow is our day off and I think we're planning on going to see the arch and then going to the City Museum, which I think is similar to CoSi, for all you Ohioans.

Oh, by the way, one of the reasons I haven't updated my blog before now is because the day we got here, my computer started acting up. I took it to a local fix-it shop and found out that is was basically beyond repair. But the shop offered to sell me another computer, an HP notebook. And they said they would transfer all my data, and throw in Office and McAffee. The price? $375. SOLD! And I didn't have to pay for any diagnostic work on my old computer. So, I now have a new computer that I hope will last more than six months. I really wanted my next computer to brand new from the manufacturer, but this was a deal I couldn't refuse.


So, there it is. I think it's a nice change from the Thinkpad. It looks prettier anyway.

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A New Year's Routine

10:57 AM, Thursday, January 3, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

I'm a week into Junie B. Jones rehearsals, and I'm having a pretty good time. All the actors are nice, and seem like people I might want to be stuck in a van with for the next five months. It's fun to be doing a show with a bunch of people who are so close in age to me. The youngest person in the cast is 22 and the oldest is 27. It seems like usually most people involved in productions are older than me. Not that hanging around people 10 to 20 years older than me is bad. But it just makes for a different dynamic when everyone is the same age. It's like being back in college.

We had a fun New Year's. Bo got back into town early in the morning on New Year's Eve. I was in rehearsal, so he had a chance to unpack and take a nap during the day. We met up in the evening and headed downtown where we met James and Natalie at Chelsea Grill for dinner. Bo and I were planning on getting off the subway at 50th St, but the train we were on ended up running express from 72nd St to 42nd St. So, basically we got off the train IN Times Square. Fortunately, cops were everywhere with barricades set up, so things were organized. But even so, it was pretty difficult walking down 42nd St to 9th Ave where the restaurant is. But, I guess I can say I was in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Anyway, we had a nice dinner with James and Nat. Some more of our friends came into the restaurant bar as we were finishing up and then we all went to a penthouse party on 53rd. This guy's place was AMAZING! He had a huge place, and it was totally tricked out. Flat screens in every room (including the bathroom), speaker system in the ceiling, grand piano, beer on tap, a private roof with a hot tub. Yeah, I was like...what am I doing here? Anyway, we all watched the ball drop on TV and then took lots of pictures. I'll post some to flickr soon. It was probably one of the best New Year's Eves I've had!

On New Year's Day Bo and I watched a bit of the Capitol One Bowl (Bo's team, the Gators, lost). Then we headed out to New Jersey for dinner with the family. Aunt Janice made her famous lasagna, not black eyed peas and collard greens, which is what Bo was afraid she would make. Apparently that's a New Year's Day tradition down south, but I'd never heard of it. I assured him that my family would never make anything like that! My cousin Anne's little boy Theo has made leaps and bounds since we saw him at Thanksgiving. He's walking a bit and he makes animal noises and says a few words (Mama, Daddy, bottle...when the phone rang he held his hand up to his ear and said "'lo?")

So, Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a great 2007, and that your 2008 will be even better! Take the time to think about all the great things God gave you this past year. And try to think of a way to bless others in the new year.

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