Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Loves January



DH:
Getting RIGHT on that mysterious leak in the walls and ceiling on 1/1/09
The Bourne Dance....It NEVER gets old.
Bringing us tulips!
When you touched up the light green paint, with the dark green paint.
Being excited about our movie date
Listening to me complain about the budget..being patient with me.
Caulking the kitchen. Honey....you are a handyman!
Getting me Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream after a long day with Lil Sis.
Serving, serving, serving.
Giving me some breaks from Lil Sis on Sat. We haven't been getting along lately.
The warm, snugly blankie with you.
Sharing a bight of your donut with me.
Helping me make it to my audition.
Sticking to your new diet and exercise regime, checking out your progress, often.
Enduring therapy with me, good job.

Big Sis:
Asking me a steady stream of math questions in my morning fog or during times of stress. AH! I don't know what 127 plus 16 is.
Trading places with sister and imitating her to a tee. Hilarious.
Thanking me for making your bed.
Being so excited about your Chinese New Year Birthday Party
Asking me to quiz you on subtraction during our commute.
Loving the Bye Bye Birdie songs....Telephone song!
Climbing into bed with me on Sat. morning wanting to know why we weren't seeing signs of Jesus' coming? Introducing you to the concept of war....you telling me you are too young to die.
Working for 5 hours on your 100's project. Stamina.
Telling me you will be 98 in the year 3000....well...not quite.
Poor little bug with a high fever-being disappointed that you no longer have perfect attendance.
Taking care of your throw-up all on your own....thanks for that.
Being so brave at the doctor. Feeling so betrayed when the doctor gave you two throat cultures.

Lil Sis:
watching you try to do jumping jacks. Either the hands move or the legs, never both at the same time.
I gave you some 7-UP. For some reason, while drinking it, you were inspired to tell me about Ballt, and a girl in it who had spots on her face and went to the doctor and the guy with the green eyes scared her. I then figured out you were talking about the movie Bolt. And since I didn't see it with you, I have no idea what you are talking about. Then you took another sip and said: Fuzzy. And a few sips later, you burped and said Excuse Me and then you asked for some more...and then when I said no, you told me your tummy hurt.

You are always breathing deeply and sighing, all the time. I am starting to wonder if its asthma or just your way: deep breaths, bigger sighs.

Giving me a haircut with training plastic chopsticks and an ikea plastic knife.

When I told Big Sis that if she played her A Melodic Minor Scale it would make me feel all tingly inside, and LIl Sis immitated me and said: It will make me TINKLE inside!

Making up the Hey Diddle Diddle new tune....you are a great little singer
You lie constantly....and I wish you didn't but it's also cute and funny and NERVY....

Friday, January 30, 2009

Video Friday

I have the video from one of the readings from last November.

When I was in high school, my friends told me that I never looked anyone in the eye during a scene, my eyes were always looking straight at their foreheads. There is a photo that I have somewhere (I saw it recently while rifling through some old photo boxes) when I was a junior in high school, rehearsing The Fantasticks, and there Luisa was, staring at Matt's forehead. Caught in the act!

I swear I have changed this habit, and I now look my acting partners squarely in the eye. However, the quality, angle of this video and perhaps angle in which we were standing during this reading, makes it look like I have no irises, and if I did have them, they would be looking at my acting partner's forehead. (run-on...) . And I swear I was looking him in the eye....yikes.

This piece was inspired by the 4th episode of the 4th season of The Office. I am playing the part of Jan, singing to Michael in the trainyard.

Without A Thought by Shoshana Greenberg:



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Service....

Please note the new link to donate to the Revlon Run/Walk. The race is
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not until May, but please consider setting aside a dollar or two over the next few months, to make a donation to a great cause...

And, thanks.

Also, if you missed the deadline for the Christmas Lovescarf Project knit-away, you can send your scarf to CA for the Valentine's knitaway.



Photoshoot Help


I am working on a wedding portrait test with a photographer. We have acquired a dress, and now I need to pick out the head piece to match.

I have narrowed it down to these choices:

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gradually Going Thrifty

My daughter got an assignment from her 1st grade teacher: a 100th Day of School Project.

The teacher listed suggestions for the 100 project, but all seemed to involve 3-D or food (buttons, macaroni, M &Ms). Her suggestions brought to my mind having to go spend money on something.

These days, I do not part easily with my green.

My goal was to create a 100's project without leaving my house.

I found yet another way to use up some of those scrapbook supplies; decoupage that has just been sitting there for years, and I even made my own poster board instead of wasting gas to go out and buy one for too much money.

It took Big Sis and me 5 hours to complete the project. I confess to doing about an hour prep work on my own, the day before while she was at school. I was proud of her stamina. She powered through it and only took a few short breaks, including one for lunch.

Big Sis traced 100 circles in rainbow colors and varying sizes. We were so glad we decided to decorate all the circles before cutting them out. That was key to our success:


In lieu of a poster, I duct-taped together 4 square pieces of cardstock. Then Lil Sis (she couldn't NOT be involved) and I glued down 100 pieces of blue paper as our sky background. I decoupaged that because it was not the best glue-job in the world:


Here are a few of the 100 circles we decorated, mostly documented specific school days, general school day activities (free choice, art, gym, 100's chart from math class etc.), and when we were spent for ideas: stickers, etc.



And the finished product:

Time: 5+ hours
Money: $0.00
Reuse: 100%

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

And...

we are live.

Thank you again, Sublime Eye.

And to think, all this, conceived in an airplane whilst flying west to east.

Etsy Madness

Read her descriptions about these beards...I guess I was expecting: makes a great costume piece.....mad! I Think I need the pink one.

Sometimes...

I just like it when an outfit comes together.

On this particular day, I thought this was like the 30-year-old version of my 20-year-old fashion. In my early twenties I would have worn these bright pink tights with a bright pink sweater and bright pink makeup. Today I wore a soft pink-brown lancome pallette (thank you Linda!) and a wool skirt, new Christmas sweater from Grandma and my fave anthro heels...and all of a sudden the tights were the thing!


The domino effect made me remember a pin that I have possessed for over a decade and honestly, never worn yet....my mom's dachshund pin...the eyeball is a pink rhinestone. Stop it. I was cute.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Dinner

We are commencing week 4 of MOM COOKS 2009! And, it's going well. My planning and budgeting has gone much better during this second half of the month. Still learning though...



I have made this twice since meal planning '09 commenced. This time I used dry oregano, fresh is better.

I had another successful meal the other night for three reasons:

1. It rotated some of my food storage (spaghetti and canned chickpeas)

2. It was fast.

3. My family (all of them) loved it.

It was a recipe I cliipped from a 2004 Real Simple and put in my recipe file....random...it was waiting patiently for 5 years to be made, this is how little I have been involved in feeding my family.

In short, while boiling spaghetti (they suggested brown rice spaghetti, I used a whole grain version) and asparagus separately, scramble four eggs. Set the eggs aside when done and in the same pan heat 2 TBS olive oil, add spaghetti, chickpeas and asparagus and a 1/4 cup of reserve water from spaghetti. Cook a few minutes til water is absorbed, add 1/4 cup parmesan and eggs back in. Salt throughout and they suggest fresh parsley which I also skipped. So yummy and filling.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Media

I've been working with a graphic design team on some new Kristy Glass Inc. Media.

The first fruits of these labors arrived last week in the form of new baby wrangler postcards. They are sitting on my desk, addressed and ready to go, but I am not sending them until I know the website is up and running. I am excited for the GO!



Saturday, January 24, 2009

Walmart Update

The hold date was changed to later this week, so now just 5 more excruciating days until the shoot....I hope they book me!

On the subway...

The past few days with Lil Sis have been like this:

AHAGHASDFWEAIOHGOEIRAGHIWEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We did take these pix recently, maybe this week, I don't even know anymore.

Photography by Mom
Art Direction by Lil Sis:





Friday, January 23, 2009

Performance

Way back last week I had the unexpected opportunity to see this String Quartet. I don't recall witnessing anything like it. I was so enthralled with this quartet, especially the cellist, that I looked up where I can see them next.


Of course this video does not do them justice. Being there in an intimate setting was powerful (the concert was in one of many sitting rooms of a large brownstone on the Upper East Side...also something I had not witnessed before), compared to this grainy youtube
.


If you are enchanted too, check out some of their concert dates coming up:

February in Houston

SLC, Cali, Eastern US in March

DC in April

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Walmart Callback

I had the audition on Tuesday, callback today, and my agent wrote this in the email:

Extremely midwestern look - NO NEW YORK LOOKS

I thought I did pretty good. I wore bigger-fitting dark-wash jeans, a white blouse under a brown cable-knit sweater and my snowboots.

So....I'm not changing that....I'm feeling good about that look....Walmart has booked me for print twice so....cross fingers.

Wind Chill: 6



She did not want to go play in the snow. She figured the only way she could get the point across to Lil Sis that it was too cold, was to show her it was too cold.

They lasted about 20 minutes, and it would have been 5 if she couldn't take cover inside and watch her through the window. It would have been 2 minutes if she hadn't assigned herself a photo project to go along with the insanity of playing on the roof, in the snow, in 18-degree weather.








Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gradually Going Thrifty

So, I'm back on The Budget.

I got lax with my budget in 2008 because unlike everyone else, I had a good fiscal year (side note: money does not equal happiness, if you don't believe me, go back and read all the posts starting with March 7th). And now that I have no idea if my year will be good or not, yet, and because there is that threat in the air of job today, no job tomorrow, the checkbook spreadsheet and I have become friends (friends?) again.

My BFF tells me she does not like Budget-Kristy. I am keeping this in mind as I try to negotiate the budget, though I must have complained about it outloud a lot, since my friend insisted on treating me to lunch last week, even though I had budgeted for it.

Though I am still trying very hard to go green, the new focus is to go thrifty.

Thrifty moment of the week: Free Movie Tickets.

As a member of SAG, I get to vote for the SAG awards. Usually this means I get samplings of nominated movies in my mailbox during the month of January. Of course the first (and only) one I received was the EXACT copy of The Dark Knight that my DH had just received for Christmas. I gave it to my doorman.

However, I did get vouchers to screen other nominated films. I took advantage of this perk for our weekend date. We went to screen Benjamin Button free of charge, and since it was at the Director's Guild, there was no popcorn, candy or coke to tempt my money away. Yeah! Saved like 40 bucks...and got to experience an audience that was super silent, watched every single ending credit, and clapped at the conclusion of the film. I considered this movie moment to be very New York.

I have also printed out my voucher to see Doubt, but I feel some flu-like symptoms creeping in, so I don't know that I will make it out to my second movie ticket score.

For those of you who are missing the Green part, I did not waste paper with buying a movie ticket or concessions, and there were a large number of people attending the film. A private screening would have been way less green.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

History

Even though I didn't know how I would celebrate the inauguration, it all came together in a moment.

Lil Sis and I seriously had the most amazing public transportation day. We had three legs on the way to my casting: train, train, bus...and we did not wait for one single leg. And on the way home we made good time too. I was craving sugar and hoping to see some of the events of today.

I had JUST enough of everything: vanilla, sugar, oil, flour, random tube of brand new blue frosting....and so Lil Sis and I made Obama Cupcakes while we watched our new President get sworn into office.

Didn't you love Aretha's hat? so cute...




Monday, January 19, 2009

New Wrangling technique...

The DVD player, I have not tried...

Check out these wrangling skeelz.

Bagels: Round 2

So, this time I decided to make orange, cranberry, whole wheat bagels. I made up the orange/cranberry party. I could have used more zest, but my oranges were a bit old...like I am embarrassed to say how long I had them in my fridge-old, and so they weren't very zesty, but definitely juicy. My craisins were also old....like even older than the oranges, but no one died from ingesting these bagels, in fact, they were tasty.


I tried to knead them so that they were smooth, but the whole wheat flour was harder to get smooth....but they were still yummy, especially right out of the oven.




Sunday, January 18, 2009

Past Two Weeks

Experts (?) say that it takes two weeks for a habit to form, so I have been trying hard to get into a routine that will soon become habit...

The past two weeks:


I have had more of:

Regular Exercise
Reading Scriptures
Lunching with Friends
Writing
Budgeting
Meal Planning & Executing
Chatting on the phone with friends and family
Order in most areas of my life
Making the kids beds (Big Sis even thanked me for making her bed today...what?)
Picking up/Straightening Up
peace

I have had less of:
photographing
blogging
scrapbooking
tv viewing
chaos
fighting the current
stress


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Third Person Thursday

She had a casting last week that required her to have a passport valid for the next 6 months and blank pages.

Her passport was going to expire in 3 months. Her agent urged her to go anyway, since the actual job was the next week.

Every time she attended an audition at this studio she was there for a minimum of 1 hour. Unfortunately, she was going to have the girls with her, so she tried to be prepared. She downloaded an entire movie to her ipod, bought a Y chord so that both of them could have their own set of earphones, and packed her back with chocolate milk and pirate's booty...movie night in a bag!

She got there and was immediately turned away because of the date her passport expired. She was relieved because there were already about 30 girls waiting to be seen, and she was early for her time. She could have done without the schlepp in the cold with the kids, but overall, she was pleased that she couldn't audition, and that she found out before she waited.

Since this was the second time in 2 months she had been denied an opportunity to audition because South Africa will not accept people into the country with passports that expire sooner than 6 months time, she decided it was time to renew! She took the girls to the first drugstore they could find and all three of them got their passport pictures taken.

She had lots of clothes and bags all spread out so that they could stand in front of the white background in the required street clothes. She finally paid and gathered up her things and half a block away her hands started feeling cold. She tried to find her gloves: this bag? that bag? her pockets? HER pockets? She realized she must have left them on the photo counter. Back they went, the wind whipping them, hands held tight together.

They perused the whole photo center and did not see the gloves. She stopped again and searched all the same places again: bags, pockets, and then took of her hat, and found them inside her hat, on top of her head the whole time.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

First Job of 2009

It came much earlier than I could have predicted, and from a client I NEVER would have predicted.

I thought Nuvaring was all done, but apparently no.

I was booked yesterday as a hand model. It was my first time being solely a hand model. I requested the manicurist that did my nails for the Visine commercial, and luckily she was available. She's also a voice over artist, in case anyone out there is reading, and wants to hire her...

My job was to demonstrate the nuvaring's springy, flexible squeeze. I expected the day to be more grueling, but I got the job done...and my nails looked hot.


Monday, January 12, 2009

And so, I'll let others do it for me....

From my inbox:

"Since I spent all day in Primary yesterday, I got to observe your girls up close. They are great; they know the gospel. I was especially touched and amused by Big Sis's reaction to Lil Sis when she was asked to read a scripture. Lil Sis was just plucked from the primary and called to the front. She went happily, but Big Sis moved quickly and quietly to position herself RIGHT in front of her, so she could offer a big smile whenever Lil Sis looked up and, at one point, a thumbs up. So cute! You were well represented there yesterday!"

Thanks (not so) newmom (anymore).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

First Day of Primary

Actually, today was her 2nd day of primary, but I did take her picture last week on her official FIRST day of primary.



When it was over I asked: So, how was your first day of primary?

"I'm hungry"

So, this week I packed a snack picnic for her and her other sunbeam friend, and she seemed to be in much higher spirits when it was over, and she was caught singing the beginning phrase of "I Lived in Heaven".....all this brings warmth and hope to my bosom, for my wild and crazy Lil Sis.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

TPT



She made this.

Sooooooooooooooooooo TASTY.

Now, YOU Make it.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Emails, Notes, Phone calls.

Yes, I am not ok. Have I ever been?

I just wrote a reply to my cousin who wrote with concern that I hadn't posted in a few days....so here it is:

Email 1:
Thanks for the note. I have entered a new level of attempted domesticity which involves meal-planning, budgeting and cooking.
All of which leave little time for blogging.

So far I absolutely suck at budgeting, so when I had a craving for bagels today, to save money, I had to make my own, which is no small task, and also not very good for you, because homemade ones are AWESOME...thus eating higher quantities...

I am also just fighting to keep fighting, and the past few days have been a whole lot of that...also considering easing up on the blogging this year, we'll see....

THEN SHE REPLIED WONDERING WHAT I MEANT BY FIGHTING TO KEEP FIGHTING:

Email 2:
"fighting to keep fighting"

Most of my days are spent fighting to find myself, be myself, be happy. I feel like ever since I started my AED medication I became shrouded in layers of medication. Some days are better than others.

The past year has been a long process of finding the right medicine, the right hormone levels etc. to feel the most like my un-medicated self. The one cure-all is exercise. If I miss my workout, my day is far worse than it is even with it. The only time I can fit this in 5 days a week is at 5:30 in the morning. I am a morning person, so in theory this is not a big deal. The worst side effect of my meds, besides the blues is the affect it has on my sleep. I am rarely drowsy during the day, but my meds put me so under that I don't even hear Lil Sis in the middle of the night (apparently every night now) when she wakes up to go to the bathroom.

After a full 8 hours of sleep, the hardest moment of my day is rising to that alarm...I know that seems normal, but this is different....it's like SO HARD, almost painful.

Have you seen that movie Horton hears a who? and the who's are yelling as LOUD as they can and no one can hear them? There is like a tiny Kristy Cheerleader screaming as loud as she can to keep fighting! Victory! You can do it! She is very hard to hear....and seems to be getting more and more distant at times.

So, there is the long explanation: fighting with myself to KEEP FIGHTING....

Rise! Achieve! Win!

When all I want to do most of the time is just stay in those warm sheets.

Thanks for caring.

Gradually Going Green

My GREENEST Christmas Gift:

Reusable Bags for Birthday Gifts.....!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Best Photo of 2008

I took thousands of photos this year. My camera, I fear has had enough, but I am asking it to please hang on just one more, teensy, weensy year...PLEASE. The past few days I have been organizing photos and videos and transferring data to hard drives so that my over-worked mac can have some breathing room. I have picked the one frame, the BEST frame of 2008:


This photograph perfectly captures the expression of Lil Sis that she wears a large part of her day. It also captures the last glimpse of baby-hood. I am now the mother of 2 girls...kids!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009: Day 1

I slept in a lot today. I wasn't ready to face it.

And then I rose to the occasion. I realized I had a lot to do if I was going to start a whole year over again. A lot to do.

To begin, I decided to purge my multi-layered, over-crowded bulletin board, and create a 2009 VISION board for myself... (saw this idea on Oprah).

I wasn't sure what would happen. I had been wracking my brain for a goal list the past couple of days, but fear planted it's feet firmly in the way of any emerging resolutions.

I sat down at my table with a large stack of magazines and a pair of scissors. In the end, it all came together. I noticed some patterns in the phrases I cut out, and I grouped pictures and words together that shared a theme. I threw away a lot of the papers on my board, but ended up keeping my favorite quotes as a border around the edges.

Some phrases that made it to the vision board:
Re-think
Who are You Today?
A Leap of Faith

Embrace your Inner Cheapskate
Cash Stashers

Sunny Therapy
Improve your Daily Forecast
Dark-cloud dispensing
Breathing Space
(All these around a photo of my brother and me on the beach)

Less Sugar
(A picture of really good-for-you foods from a kashi ad)
Appetite for life
make dinner faster
fit to eat

(a picture of kids dancing, with musical notes drawn around them)

livestrong bracelet (photo)
find time to exercise
long live the home gym

gratitude

I also cut out a few articles that I want as my 2009 instruction manuel.


I think a theme song is in order for me as well:
Superwoman
By Alicia Keys

Everywhere I'm turning
Nothing seems complete
I stand up and I'm searching
For the better part of me
I hang my head from sorrow
Slave to humanity
I wear it on my shoulders
Gotta find the strength in me

Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Still when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I'm a Superwoman

For all the mothers fighting
For better days to come
And all my women, all my women sitting here trying
To come home before the sun
And all my sisters
Coming together
Say yes I will
Yes I can

When I'm breaking down
And I can't be found
And I start to get weak
Cause no one knows
Me underneath these clothes
But I can fly
We can fly, Oooohh

Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Still when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I'm a Superwoman

This works for me this year. There is not a checklist, no concrete goals or accomplishments, just a vision. And it feels right, and now I am ready for another day.