My Sanity Is Effectively Washed Away

10:41 PM, Monday, June 23, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

I'm back from California! What a great trip! What's weird is I still can't believe I actually went. It's like a dream. My decision to go was so last minute, I didn't even have time to anticipate and plan. I just...went. But it couldn't have gone better even if I did have more time before the trip.

My trip started with a six hour direct flight from JFK to LAX. I've never flown coast to coast directly before. I felt just like P Diddy. Anyway, after my very long flight (in flight movie: Horton Hears a Who. Review: 2 complimentary pretzel bags up), I took my first shared ride airport shuttle to my friends' house is Placentia, California (near Disneyland). It wasn't quite as bad as this:

A guy did give me his number on the shuttle. He was a pretty nice guy, but I didn't call him. Oh, well. I guess I'll never know how that would have worked out.

So, I arrived to my friends' house where I met up with my friend Jona from Albania! I hadn't seen her in about 4 years, so it was a happy reunion. We spent that first evening talking and catching up. The next day we ran some errands with our host, and then we were able to go for coffee just the two of us, so that was nice. That evening we went with Stephanie (a girl Jona knew but I had never met) to Downtown Disney for dinner and shopping, which was pretty fun. Then the next day, Thursday, we actually went to Disneyland! Going to Disneyland with someone from Albania is like going with a 3-year-old child in that to her, everything was amazing and magical. She had never seen anything like it. So, for someone who has been to Disneyland more times than I can count, it was like a whole new experience. Friday was my last day with Jona. We got breakfast and pedicures in the morning, and spent the rest of the afternoon getting her ready to go. Adam and his girlfriend Katie arrived late afternoon to pick me up. It was a tearful good-bye, and of course, now I want to go visit Albania as soon as I can! Maybe next summer...

So Friday evening Adam, Katie, and I went to Laguna Beach. It wasn't exactly like this:

I mean, the beach is gorgeous, but we just weren't surrounded by beautiful angsty teenagers. Anyway, Adam and I have vacationed on Laguna Beach before...back when we lived in Vegas, long before MTV made a TV show about it! We were really excited to go back. It was a lot of fun and just as great as we remembered it. We did some boogie boarding, had dinner at Pomodoro and then called it a night. On Saturday, we went to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, where we did a little shopping, eating, and walking along the beach. Then, Adam and Katie drove me to LAX and I was on the long flight back to New York.

What a great trip it was! You can look at photos on my flickr page! Click the badge on the right.

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Albania by Way of California

10:00 PM, Monday, June 16, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (2)

I'm being spontaneous...just a few days ago I decided to take a trip to California! I was on Facebook and one of my friends from Albania, Rudina, who I met on my trip to Kosovo a few years ago instant messaged me using the fabulous new chat feature (I love Facebook...just FYI). Anyway, we were catching up a little bit, and Rudina asked me if I knew that my BEST friend from Albania, Jona, was in the United States! I did NOT know that. Apparently she hasn't had internet access for a while and couldn't get in touch with me. But I was thrilled to find out. I immediately got in touch with Jona and found out that she was in Chicago, but would be traveling to California for the last part of her trip. After some very quick planning, I booked a flight with my frequent flyer miles and I'm leaving tomorrow! It's perfect timing since today was officially was last day of work for Junie B. Jones. It's a great time to take a little vacation to decompress before my summer gets too hectic. Oh! And coincidentally, Adam will be in California at the same time! So, I'll get to see him too. Hopefully I'll be able to update during the week to let you know what a great time I'm having on the west coast.

And now, an update about my activities for the rest of my summer. When I get back from California, I'll be starting rehearsals for a play called Happy Hour. It's just a showcase production (meaning low pay and no benefits), but I usually don't get good work in the summer, so I figured I'd rather do this than nothing. It sounds like it will be a fun project.

Also, I just took a job as the company manager for Studio 42. It's not going to be too glamorous to start, but I have a lot of faith in this company and I think it will be worth getting in with them at the ground level. I really think they're going places, so this could open up a lot of opportunities for me.

I'm rushing through this update so I can get to bed...I have to leave for the airport early tomorrow!

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Life on the Home Stretch of a LONG Six Months

4:40 PM, Tuesday, June 3, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I'm behind with my updates! Not for lack of things to say, but lack of brain power to put my thoughts into coherent sentences. The tour is ALMOST over. Just nine performances left. I'm really, really happy to be done and moving on. I'll get the part of my life back that has been replaced by early morning call times and long hours in a van and nights in sub-par hotel rooms. Yes, I'll be happy when I get my life back.

One of the best things I was able to do the in the last couple weeks was attend the Posh Sale. My downstairs neighbor told me about it and now I'm going to go every year! It's a charity sale that raises money for a charity that helps the blind. Celebrities, socialites, and designers donate new or gently used DESIGNER clothes and then they sell everything for ridiculously low prices. There were several areas of the sale, but the best part was a room full of racks and boxes of clothes, and you could fill a large shopping bag with as much as you could stuff in it for $30! You heard me right. $30. I got dresses, skirts, bathing suits, pants, shorts, t-shirts...too much to even itemize here! It was awesome.

Another highlight of the last few weeks was Memorial Day weekend. One of the reasons it was so great was because I had four days off from the tour. But it was also great because I got to see a lot of friends I hadn't seen since before the tour started. The day started at Central Park when my neighbor Marylin and I met up with some friends including Bo (the ex). We laid on the grass in Sheep's Meadow for a few hours watching more athletic people throw balls and frisbees. At around 5pm we headed over to the Boat Basin, a seasonal outdoor restaurant right on the Hudson River. There we met up with even more friends, and even though we had to wait over an hour for a table, we passed the time drinking a lot of electric lemonade.

Here's a pretty pointless video of my friends and I at the Boat Basin:

After we finally got to sit down and eat, we decided to head to a less crowded location to finish the night, so we went to Soldier McGee! My new favorite bar! It was a merging of my old and new lives. The old life being the months I was together with Bo and hung out with his group of friends all the time...the new life being the time I've spent in the last couple months hanging out with my neighbor Marylin a lot, going to Soldier McGee, and the guy I'm sort of dating now, who happens to be a bar tender there and was working that night (and in case you were wondering, the evening was not awkward with both Bo and the new guy there. I didn't tell either of them about the other, so they were blissfully ignorant).

Now, I'm just looking forward to June 14! My first day of freedom! Bye, bye, Junie B. It's time to graduate.

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