Monday, September 01, 2014

Headed Home

Yesterday, my little family of four departed Cedar City, Utah. We've been away from our home state since April 30th, which seems a lifetime ago. We're on the road today and part of the day tomorrow. We're doing something wonderful. We're headed home.

But before we arrive at our beloved house in Dallas, we'll be speeding through the vast and beautiful and sometimes barren desert landscapes of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The road is rolling by under our wheels as we listen to our favorite music and consume subpar travel food. We're tired, grateful and happy to be returning to life in Texas. See you when we get home!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Closing Night at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Last night saw the closing performance of "Sense and Sensibility". It was a tearful goodbye. I have absolutely loved every one of our 36 performances and could happily continue doing this show forever.

Today is also my final matinee for "Into the Woods". The summer season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival is over today and most of the actors will return home to Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Washington DC, Dallas and beyond. The plays were marvelous, but the thing I will miss most is the spectacular company of actors and technicians. Never again will this wonderful group of people be reconstituted. I have nothing but love, gratitude and appreciation for the summer I'm leaving behind.

Here are some of my back stage snapshots as 
Lady Middleton from "Sense and Sensibility".

And here are some snapshots from my time as 
Granny (and the Giant and Cinderella's Mother) in "Into the Woods".

I will miss these two ladies.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Patterns and Prints in the Bathroom

My bathroom is a serene blue and gray space with minimal pattern. It's a soothing place and I love the indigo color scheme. But sometimes I dream about putting a bold tile in the bath area or hanging a brightly patterned wallpaper. Here are some bathroom interiors that inspire my imagination:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One Thing at a Time

This week might very well be one of the craziest weeks of the year. In addition to the eight shows I'm performing at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I am also in a reading of a new play and a midnight Cabaret. I have two auditions, two children to look after, seven of my favorite friends in town to see my shows, an entire house to pack and evacuate by Sunday morning followed by a two-day journey in the car with small children home to Dallas. My mantra for the week is "one thing at a time". When things get hectic, I'll just meditate on this lovely photo. Doesn't it look like a happy place reserved for a woman in repose?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Missing Friends

Today, I'm missing friends from home. I'm in the final stretch here at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and my energies are now shifting towards packing up my little family and preparing for our departure. But when I let my mind move towards Dallas, I mostly think of good friends whom I have dearly missed. Perhaps a little dinner gathering is in order - just a way to reconnect and hug on my dearly missed loved ones.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Backstage at "Into the Woods"

Today, I wanted to share a little back stage look from the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  I took these photos during an intermission of "Into the Woods" this week. Since Utah Shakes is a repertory company, this backstage space also houses two other sets. This year it's "Twelfth Night" and "Sense & Sensibility".

I love being backstage and wanted some photos to remember this experience, as it is so different from the front-of-house experience. This dark, beautiful, transitional space is well known to technicians and actors, but less known to audiences. So today - a little peek at where I've been spending most of my summer hours.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Girl Fort

Every woman needs an escape hatch; a little getaway plan. Since I'm so intricately linked to my home through family and work, I think my getaway plan needs to be in my back yard. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a separate space tucked away into the recesses of the back yard? Yes. I think a Girl Fort is definitely worth considering.

And, of course, here is my mother's sweet shed, nestled at the edge of her flower garden in Eastern Oregon. I think I may move in to this shed when my kids graduate high school and leave home.