Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Persistence!

A fellow artist at my day-job sent me this quote as an affirmation of my recommitment to acting as profession:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
It filled me up with pride for all of us who keep at it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The National Parks - See It!


Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
Image credit: Florentine Films
I get two channels on the new HDTV system (yes only 2),  and I made sure one of them was Channel 13.  PBS is just leagues ahead of everything network and cable tv offer, and WNET schedules it perfectly.  Ken Burns has done it again with his captivating documentary "The National Parks - America's Best Idea".  This is education.  This is a master class in our history.  This made me proud of the land I'm so lucky to be part of.

Yosemite Valley painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1868.  Most expensive painting ever sold in the U.S. still today! ($25,000 - a fortune in its time)
Image credit: Oakland Museum of Art

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cheese Made Me Fat!




I've lost 13 pounds just since dropping dairy 3 weeks ago!
Image credit: EHow.com

The Pressure to Spend

Bummed out. Have house-guests and I, literally, don't have a cent to spend on taking them out (tuition, books, and rent sucked up my last 2 checks) - nevermind that I'm short on time, too. So embarrassing. Alone, I would be perfectly fine, but having guests, especially in New York, means that you're expected to show everyone a good time (whether it's SATC style or quirky underground style) and even doing that on the cheap can add up.
Now, I'll probably overspend come payday, just to to impress them and make up for doing nothing this week. Vicious cycle.

Finding A Safe Place


My therapist asked me to think about a place/situation/activity that gives me strength. The more I thought of it, the more I realized it was dance. So I'm putting Quenia's Samba class back into my weekly routine.
The idea of sanctuary is really powerful. I always thought I was faithless, but if dance is my religion, I'll be happy and strong.
Image credit: DontPanic.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Education: Bad Lectures


The great thing about online learning is that thanks to plethora of info on the internet, people from every style of learning can succeed. The system breaks down when professors or students rely too much on old fashioned learning/teaching devices. I'm struggling to stay awake through the long lectures my philosophy prof keeps giving in heavily accented ESL and with no visuals but fuzzy MS WORD documents. I'm tuning out and we haven't even gotten to Socrates yet. Why in the age of YouTube do I have to suffer through boring, low-tech lectures? It's like watching your neighbor's 80 slide presentation on their family vacation in Nebraska. Oy.
Image credit Gozde Otman

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Career: Looking Beyond Homebase


An invitation to audition for a theatre production Broward Staged Door Theatre near Ft. Lauderdale, which I got this weekend, seems like an answered prayer.

p.s. The business of acting coach cancelled our appointment, she had a call back for a commercial.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Cat


I adopted a kitten from a rescue shelter today, Companion Animal Trust. He's adorable, loud, energetic, smart, and trying very hard to adjust to his new digs.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Love: POF?

This going on one date a week thing is not working. I just don't bother. So I just asked a friend who's been seeing guys 3-4 times a week what her secret is. She said, "Plenty of Fish". Free online dating and good quality candidates. I'm in. Setting up a profile tonight.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Health: Dairy Free


It's been 3 weeks without dairy (well, I've kept butter) and I feel great. Dropped a couple of pounds, too. Now that I can't just grab a slice of pizza when I feel snackish, I make much better (healthier) choices. I've even, painlessly, kicked my addiction to Chipotle burritos (and margaritas). No difficult adjustment period, it was like my body was just waiting for me to do this.

Finances: Hooray for Flex Spending

Confused my days, should have blogged about finances yesterday.
Anyway, I, finally, got hip to Flex Spending Accounts thanks to a few coworkers' overhearing me complain about subway fares. 35% savings on my pre-tax dollars! I've been throwing away money for years.

-- Post From My iPhone

Education: Books and Depps


Books are, finally, coming in. It was a bonehead move to order them at the last minute. Lesson learned.
p.s. The third yacht in the background is Johnny Depp's VaJoLiRoJa!

-- Post From My iPhone

Stress and Release?


Passed this store front yesterday on the Upper West Side and had to take a pic. Off Track Betting and Bikram Yoga - in the same building. Perfect dichotomy of relaxation and stress. Or maybe not so opposite; both can make you sweat.

- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Spirit: A New York Thing?

I can see how people get addicted to psychotherapy and start seeing their therapist multiple times a week. All week I look forward to my appointment. It's such a relief.


-- Post From My iPhone

Education: Behind already?

Where are all the text books I ordered?!


-- Post From My iPhone
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