Thursday, September 17, 2009

Shaelynn found some pictures today.

Among them, this was my favorite.


I know I say it often, but I love my sisters.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

First week down.

So my first week of school came and went. Between the ten hours of driving for my wonderful commute, it being the last week of the back to school shopping season, and having much harder classes than I anticipated, my first week was a tiring one. I'd often leave the house around 7:30 in the morning, and return somewhere around 9 or 10 at night.

First things first, I worked a lot this week. My one manager told me that since my first week in school happened to coincide with the last week of back to school shopping, when I wasn't at school, I'd be at work. He wasn't kidding. I worked probably about 25 hours this past week (which I know isn't a lot, but it is in a small retailer, and when you have class five days a week).

I had my first college spanish class, ever, in Spanish 212 this week. It was rough. I understood most of what was going on, but decided to talk to the professor, to see if I was maybe in over my head. She asked if I understood most of the lesson, and I said yes. I admitted I had trouble picking up on details of things, but I always understood the overall subject we were discussing (a majority of our class is in spanish, naturally). She was quite frank and told me dropping down to 211 wouldn't help me, as I was placed in the class for grammar help, and 212 is the class I'm going to get that help in. She told me to just work harder at first, and I'd catch myself up. At the end of the first class, I had an essay assigned.

On the plus side, after our second class, when we had to present a classmate to everyone else, giving three interesting details (pretty common for classes, the only thing different was again...all in spanish), a girl stopped me in the hall after class and told me she thinks I speak spanish very well (I'm assuming she was referencing my accent).

Theatre History. Enough said. That class is hard.

Applied Theatre will be a challenge only because of the time commitment. Basically I'll receive an assignment for the semester, but it's an ongoing on, for most shows. It's an easy class, but a time consuming one.

Intro to Directing will be easy, but very restricting. Our professor is really strict about the material we use (which sucks, because being a theatre major, I want to use material I'd actually direct in a stage production, not scenes written for the sake of having a scene). On the plus side, last week my friend Kevin, from work, sent me a text telling me he needed one more class, and he wanted to take a theatre class so he was asking my advice on which one to take. End of story, Kevin is in Intro to Directing with me.

And math. It's math, I have nothing more to say. I'm stuck with the same professor I had last semester for it (I can't stand her), but I'll get through it.

My first week - good. Tiring. I'm glad to be back in school. I haven't had class the last two days for Labor Day (SVSU cancels Mondays and Tuesdays for Labor Day every year and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for Thanksgiving every year to take an entire week out of the semester).

Onto the rest of the semester...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I just don't blog.

I'll be honest, I feel as though I have very little to blog these days.

I work pretty much every day, and swim when it's warm. It's about all I'm up to these days.

However, school is just around the corner. That's nice.

I have Math, Spanish, Theatre History, Applied Theatre, and Intro to Directing. I'm determined to pass Math. I have to. I'm so sick of it.

I got my spanish workbook today, and I was pleased to at least recognize a lot of the words in it. I applied to be a tutor on campus for 100 level spanish courses. That'll be nice. I'll be able to set my own hours, and work around school and my other job.

I've been working a lot. That's good. I'm in the middle of working 12 consecutive days. It's about to end, as Back to School season is almost over, and we have a break until Holiday. However we have a ton of new people. This week on our floorset, we have 13 people working. We usually have around five associates doing floorsets.

Sorry this is so disjointed. I'm doing stuff for Through Line (a new campus theatre group at SVSU that I'm treasurer for), talking to Shaelynn, and singing Disney music to her.

Hope you're all well.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

More, more, more.

I know all I seem to write about is theatre these days. I'll admit, outside of work, it's about all I do.

Yesterday we had the first round of auditions for All The Great Books - Abridged. Tomorrow is the second round. I only got to read once for the part I want in the show, but I was told by a friend who's auditioning for another part in the show that I read really well and picked up on the dry humor of the show a little better than some others (imagine that).

Other than that, my roommates for fall and I have been apartment hunting. Where I'm living now is only for the summer, until my new roommates are ready to move. It's proving difficult to find a place for four people to live.

I'm just eager to actually have a home again. I haven't really felt like I've had a home since I moved back from Indianapolis, almost a year ago.

Other than that, just working a lot, and being a bit of a hermit.

Friday, May 22, 2009

To clear up confusion...(and a basic update)

The rules again, just as they were originally posted. You all have two days. Good luck.

1. No MEAT or MEAT BY-PRODUCT may be used. This includes the following, but is not limited to: chicken, fish, shell fish, red meat, pork, any broths or stocks made from meat, cooking in the same pan meat has been cooked in without washing it, bacon (yes, that really does count as meat).

2. Animal by-products are okay. They include things like cheese, milk, cream, yogurt, butter, etc... Eggs are okay.

3. Meat substitutes are okay (soy and tofu, though if you've had tofu, you know it's disgusting), and will probably be useful.

4. Your dish needs at least five ingredients (meaning steaming a bowl of broccoli doesn't count).

5. A vegetable tray also doesn't count.

6. Any dish. It's not limited to soups, or anything.

7. No bread bowls.

Basic update time:

I'm working on a show right now called Deathtrap. It's a couple of my friends' senior project, and I'm on the running crew for it (meaning I sit backstage with a headset on and wait to be told to do random and shut a door, get props ready, run on stage and get things off before the next scene). It's a big show with a small cast, and a very small running crew (there are just two of us, one of each side of the stage). It can get stressful, but we have two shows left. The first two nights sold out (last night more than sold out and we ended up having to add chairs during intermission).

I've been working quite a bit, which has been nice. I actually picked up a shift in our Birch Run store yesterday, where is where I'd like to end up eventually, since their associates get a lot more hours regularly than we do in Midland.

I'm Costume Head on another summer show (and another senior project) called Bug. It's the first time I'll be Costume Head, but I'm looking forward to it.

And lastly, I have auditions in a couple weeks for a very funny show called The Great Books - Abridged.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


No way, I'm posting a blog!

Okay, we'll start from the last one. The show I was in was called Very Nasty Indeed. The reason I never posted show dates and times was because the show never happened. Due to some working differences between the director and the cast, the show was stopped during production.

The main reason: The entire cast quit on the same day. It started with one of the girls, followed by me (I quit in protest of how the first girl was being treated by the director), followed by the other girl (yeah, only three of us).

Things since have been decent. I moved to Old Town Saginaw, with a couple of my friends, for the summer, until my new roommates are ready to move in July or August.

I was cast in another paying show! It's a children's show my theatre advisor wrote, we're performing it at Temple Theatre this week. Just one show, Saginaw schools. I really don't like children's theatre, but the show's not too bad right now. I don't have a lot of lines, just a lot of changing costumes (I play a caveman, a greek chorus member, an aide to Shakespeare, and a student).

I have my classes for fall:

Math 081
Basic Mathematical Skills
Tuesdays/Thursdays - 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

Thea 255
Introduction to Directing
Wednesdays/Fridays - 10 AM to 11:20 AM

Thea 280
Theatre History II
Mondays/Wednesdays - 1 PM to 2:20 PM

Thea 299
Applied Theatre
Tuesdays - 4 PM to 4:50 PM

Span 212
Intermediate Spanish II
Mondays/Wednesdays - 5 PM to 6:50 PM

My schedule sucks, a lot. I'll deal. I may end up taking one more class, because it's theatre, one I need, and really easy, so it'd boost my GPA. There's literally no homework for the class, so that's definitely quality.

Speaking of GPA, I'm not going to say what it was and what it is (because it's still not great), but I will say, I have raised my GPA almost a whole percent this semester. That's awesome.

Sorry for posting so late. I hope you're all well.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Almost five years later...

I was walking around campus with my friend Jessie today when I got a text asking me if I'd like to be in a show. I went to where they were rehearsing on campus, and read part of the script, and when the director told me it's a major part, but only in half the show, I agreed.

So in a few weeks, after almost five years of not being on stage at all, I'll be in a show called Very Nasty Indeed at Hancock Theatre downtown.

This is exciting for a few reasons.

1. I'm a theatre major. This isn't a university show, but it is theatre.

2. It is paid. The house takes a certain percentage of ticket sales, and the rest is split among the actors in the show (this is particularly awesome this time, as the show only has four actors in it).

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I'll get show dates and times up here as soon as I can.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A break? What's a break?

You mean...I don't have to go to class for a week? And have very little homework?

What? What is going on?

Finally. Since September, I've been going constantly. I worked my Christmas break away, and finally, in March, I get a break. I have a week to read, to clean my bedroom (which is really needed), to read, to hang out with my friends, to read, to pick up a few extra hours (which won't happen, since it's spring break, but still, I can hope), and to read.

I bought some new books just for this week. One I've been reading at my friend's house, but he went on tour, so I bought my own copy, when I ran into his girlfriend, who told me he gave her his copy to give to me.

Regardless, I'm glad I own it, it's a good book ("Bluebeard" by Kurt Vonnegut).

Yesterday I hung out with the twins, before I went to work, where we were really slow, so Tony and I sort of folded random shirts, and put clothes back from the fitting rooms, and that was about it.

I'm enjoying this quick chance to breathe.

I'm going to start claiming on here that AE won't give me more hours. They called half an hour ago and asked me to come in and close tonight.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I steal posts, get used to it.

First off, I will say I am incredibly busy. I do still love my job at American Eagle, so that's a plus. I'm doing hair and make up for Camelot that's coming up in a few weeks. Since my degree is in general theatre, I have to learn all aspects of theatre, and I already know how to do basic stage make up from having to have done my own most of my theatre career.

And now, I stole Shaelynn's post.

Opening Credits
"Right Round" Flo Rida
This song is in no way appropriate to my life.
"You spin my head right round, right round, when you do down, when you go down down." They're talking about strippers on poles. Wonderful.

Waking Up
"Shiksa (Girlfriend)" Say Anything
Ha ha ha.
Again, not really appropriate at all.
"Even if your friends don't understand, no matter what I'll always be your man. Even if you go, you know you'll leave me feeling grand."

First Day at School
"Drops of Jupiter" Train
Ha ha ha ha. These make no sense at all!
"She acts like summer and she walks like rain, reminds me that there's a time to change."

Falling In Love
"Take a Chance" ABBA
Okay, this makes sense. I don't think I need to put any of the lyrics in here for you.

Fight Song
"Handlebars" Flobots
This is getting old, already. I want to stop doing it.

Breaking Up
"Your Song" Alessandro Safina and Ewan McGregor
This is a love song. From Moulin Rouge. It still makes no sense.

"The Sky" Showbread
Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Best. Prom. Ever.

Mental Breakdown
"Gin and Juice" Hot Rod Circuit
Yeah, fits.

"Swing Life Away" Rise Against
"I'll show you mine if you show me yours first. Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose worse."

"El Tango De Roxanne" Ewan McGregor, Jacek Koman, and Jose Feliciano
Another Rouge song. Doesn't really fit.

Getting Back Together
"Kryptonite" E-Manuel
Ha ha. This doesn't fit at all.
"At this time I need all my freak hoes to get down on the floor."

"Nothin' But a 'G' Thang" The Escape Frame
It's settled, this will be played at my wedding.

Birth of Child
"Now That We're Done" Metro Station
"She's just a friend, you see, you always agree. You know I lie, but you still trust me. And you believed in so much hope, but I'm the one that let you go."

Final Battle
"One Day I'll Fly Away" Nicole Kidman
Not feeling this.

Death Scene
"Hard to Find" Jessi Spreitzer
Yeah, it fits.
"We give up our dreams for our own selfish needs and love gets so hard to find."

Funeral Song
"Gold Digger" Kanye West
Ha ha ha.

End Credits
"Sampsa Meets Kafka"
Ha ha.

This was stupid.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For my Apple Comrades.

Also, mostly for Shaelynn and Scott, I think Tyler should get this.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

By the way -

I can't believe I keep posting this much.

Small updates, though.

I realized I put this on Twitter (and therefore, Facebook, since my Twitter automatically updates my Facebook now), but I didn't put it on here.

I got the job at American Eagle.

I like it a lot, so far. I only worked one day so far, for about three hours, but I already feel pretty comfortable helping people, and I know the differences between a lot of the fits of jeans, especially for men.

I have another shift Friday afternoon that I was actually just added on for this morning, when I called my manager back after my insane amount of rehearsing last night.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

A couple new viewfromhere photography shoots.

Okay, only one was a planned shoot, and the other we happened to be in the same place, the same night she was taking pictures.

However, viewfromhere photography has struck again.

I have two new pictures I enjoy quite a bit.

This one is from the planned shoot:


This is the night I ran into her:


From the same night, the two girls I tend to spend a majority of my free time with these days (yes, they're twins):


Regarding the last two, I realized it may look as though we've been drinking. We haven't been. Jessie (left) and Amanda (right) are actually straight edge, which means they've made a personal, lifelong commitment to abstain from ever using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs of any kind. I was just laughing at something. We were at a local music show.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Okay, I'm totally stealing Shae's post. I haven't had anything to post, as of late, so...I'm doing this. I did it on Facebook awhile back, so I'll bring it here, too.

1. I don't get why everyone complains about SVSU. I love it.
2. I make fun of straight edge kids, but I'm secretly jealous that they have such strong will.
3. I like being a vegetarian, but I don't like people assuming things from that.
4. I don't really like animals. They're okay. Farther away, they're best.
5. My minor is Spanish, only so I can get closer to fluency, and hopefully, be able to speak it to my children, and at least give them a really good foundation in the language.
6. I'm a theatre major, but it's only so I can get my MFA, and be a professor.
7. I like social sciences.
8. I used to like English. English 111 has ruined that.
9. I'm much more determined this semester.
10. I miss my co-workers at Subway, but not the job.
11. I miss living at Bethany sometimes.
12. I don't really try dating anymore.
13. I value honesty more than I value almost anything else. If something happened, I'd rather someone just be honest, than lie, or withhold it. It makes it hard to trust people after that.
14. My mom told me a couple years ago, if I graduate from college she'll take me to Ireland. I plan on holding her to that.
15. I love my sisters. A lot.
16. Right after my sisters come my friends.
17. If I were dating a girl, she'd go right here. And yes, I'd expect her to be okay with that.
18. The only meat I miss eating is corn dogs. I'm not even kidding.
19. I'm not a great actor, but I'm working on it.
20. I'm not a great person, I'm working on that, too.
21. I take my faith very seriously. Having said that, if you don't believe what I believe, we're probably still friends.
22. I'm abstinent. I believe sex only complicates things for unmarried couples. An extremely common example I've heard since high school? A girl thinks her boyfriend is only staying with her so he has someone to have sex with. I don't have to worry about any girl I date thinking that. What's even sadder, I've heard guys say that's the only reason they stay with their girlfriends. And while I don't think I would be, I don't ever want to be that guy.
23. I've dated girls that don't speak English. I miss it a bit.
24. I love retail, despite the low pay and few hours.
25. I want to be able to wear shorts soon. I'm sick of the bitter cold.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The end of the first week.

So, first week of classes wrapped up for me at 9 PM last night (an hour early).

English - It should be much easier than it was last semester. Seeing as I've already taken this class (yes, I failed it last semester), I know what's coming, and I feel much better prepared for it.

Math - I hate math. I hate math so much. My Theatre professor said in my acting class (which is a General Education communications course, as well), that the non-majors shouldn't be scared of the class. They may not do as well, but it's not their chosen career. He said if any of the Theatre majors were going to walk into a math or biology course, we'd like fail. He said it's in our genetic make up to fail those courses. The three other Theatre majors and I in the class laughed. Quite hard. And then agreed.

Chemistry - I've never taken a chemistry class in my life. I had no clue what to expect. It's a forensics based class, and I have a hard time relating the lecture to...anything, actually. I kept asking the girl next to me if she was understanding what the lecture had to do with anything, and she laughed. I finally said, "No, seriously. Do you get this, at all?" For a taste of the lecture, know this. He spent about ten minutes talking about a toolbox that was left in space once, and you can see it with a telescope.

Intro to Acting - Finally. A class I get. A class I can get into. The first three weeks are games. After that, we pick our scene partners, and start finding and working on our scenes and monologues.

History - I like history. The class, itself, will be easy, except for the two exams. We do have map quizzes, but we can take them as many times as we need to, to pass them. Other than that, we have two weekly papers we have to write, but they're only one page each, and pretty simple.

As far as my interview went, Tuesday afternoon. Awesome. They always do group interviews, but there was just one girl, myself, and the Asst. Manager. I basically knew I the other interviewee beat as soon as she answered her first question. A little cocky? Yes. However, I know I interview well. Mock Interview in high school taught me that. The Asst. Manager offered me a second interview sometime this coming week.

Auditions. Okay, I hadn't done an audition in almost five years. Rough? Yes. We did cold, solo readings to start off. I'm pretty sure it killed me. I knew, as soon as I was done with my monologue, I wasn't going to get a part. As we started ensemble readings, I was doing better. The second night, I feel I was noticeably better, and more comfortable. A lot of people were telling me I should be cast. It was a good feeling, but I still wasn't counting on it. I checked the cast list today, and sure enough, I didn't get a part. So, no worries. I have scenes to concentrate on for my acting class, and will most likely end up doing scenes for the directing class, as well, that my professor teaches, to get my work hours out of the way. I can concentrate on school, which is what I need to do. If I do really well this semester, I can breathe again.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

ACTF re-cap

Most of the reason I did ACTF was to get to know other people in the Theatre Department, since I'll be spending more and more time in that building, as time goes on.

Mission accomplished. I know several people now, all who gave me advice - all of which varied in degree of usefulness. I made friends with a lot of them, and I am looking forward to this semester much more than I was. week is still pretty packed. I start my five classes this week. I also have auditions this week, on Tuesday night, and Thursday afternoon. I have my interview at American Eagle. If I get into the show, that's an extra 20ish hours a week I have spoken for. Luckily, AE will only be about one shift a week right now.

Tyler comes back to Saginaw today. Finally. I miss him.

Other than that. I did survive ACTF. Barely. It was a lot of hard work, and a lot of boring, down time, where I was just there to be available if something came up.

I read the script for my audition. It's pretty awful. I hate Children's Theatre. Though I'm glad Katie will be able to come see me in this, since most of our productions are incredibly adult.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I'm still somewhat alive.

Okay, I know I haven't posted, or even updated Twitter in awhile.

I have an excuse, I'll formally write to you all now.

SVSU is hosting the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (or KCACTF or just ACTF), so being a Theatre major, I'm working at it.

I've been working at that almost non-stop since Sunday, and it goes until this Sunday.

We've been working from 8 AM until around 11 PM or midnight every day.

Classes start Monday. I have a job interview on Tuesday at American Eagle. I have auditions for the winter show on Wednesday and Thursday.

I'm so tired.

I did get my hair cut, though. It's quite a bit shorter (but still pretty long, I'm sure you'll all be happy to know). So far, everyone likes it. I do.

Anyway...I'll blog more about ACTF sometime next week.

Just wanted to check in.