For today’s challenge I am taking a topic from the Disney list. It asks to pick your favorite character. I don’t think its as easy as that. I love all things Disney but that’s not why I think this is hard. I love to watch Disney movies because they are easy and happy and take you to a world outside of your everyday life. Sometimes you just have a sucky day. Those are the days that you just need a little fluff. While enjoying those fluff movies you start to relate to those characters. So instead of just picking one that is close to my heart I will categorize a little. Side Note: Everyone knows Ariel is my favorite. Forever and Always. But I wanted to talk about something different than just my fav mermaid.
First on my list is my favorite sidekick, Ray. As someone from Louisiana I love the Princess and the Frog. I love that it is so familiar and so true to my real life story that it makes me want to watch it over and over again. Even though I think Tiana is a great princess my favorite character from the movie is the ever positive lovable lighting bug. He’s a problem solver. He’s a good listener. He’s a great friend. He reminds me of so many people I know who would take the shirt off of the their back to give to someone else. The love and sacrifice he shows to the others characters makes him one of my all time favorites.
Next on my list is my favorite Pixar character, Wall-E. This is a character that doesn’t even really talk but I love him. Wall-E shows you how to love. You don’t have to say it. You can show it. He protects Eve from the rain, he sings for her, and he puts himself in harms way for her. Its not even a romantic thing when it comes to Wall-E. For a tiny garbage robot he sure shows you how you should behave as a human.
Lastly its my favorite underrated character. POWERLINE. I personally think that the Goofy Movie is one of the best things Disney has done. Powerline doesn’t have to have some crazy great story line because he has the voice. Sure there are great songs in the Disney cannon that are classic but if I want to jam out this is legit my go to. My husband rolls his eyes and laughs every time this comes on in the car. Powerline is my jam.
For today’s post I decided to go with Day 2 on the music challenge, music that reminds you of your parents.
My parents have not been together since I was 4 years old but when it comes to this subject they are exactly the same. My parents are both 50 something year old south Louisiana folks. From that description you may think they are country music fans or even cajun music people. Nope. If you asked me to describe the type of music that reminds me of my parents I can say it in one word…FUNK.
Growing up we spent every other weekend with my dad. He lived in places that were at least 20 minutes away so that usually meant a good bit of time spent together in the car. While I did learn to appreciate Whoop There It Is on his watch, it was the funk peeps that are what I always remember. We listed to the Gap Band, Dazz Band and so many others. I distinctly remember him naming every female we knew saying they had a big ole butt while listening to a funk classic Doin the Butt. When I got married I told my dad that there was no way we were doing some silly Butterfly Kisses father/daughter dance. We were going to bring it back to our basics and jam out. We ended up dancing to Let it Whip and my Dad sang all of the words just like I knew he would. I have even gone so far as to make a Dad Music playlist on my Spotify when I really need to get in the groove.
We spent the majority of our time with my mom. While she loved her some Rod Stewart we always loved to hear her stories about going out to Friscos and listening to this fun music. Friscos was apparently a teen club that my mom and her best friends would go to on the weekends. I’ve heard her talk about dragging my poor uncle out because he was the only one at the house who would drive them.
The song I remember her talking about the most was called Humpin. Oh yes you heard that right. The lyrics are literally “you’ve got me humpin day and night baby”. Yep my mother let us listen to that lol. Not only did she let us listen to it she rocked out with us as we got ready to go our ourselves. I’m a lover of all kinds of music but Funk will forever have a special place in my heart.
Just in case you’ve never heard the Humpin song….your welcome.
I will be the first to admit that I have been the worst blogger ever created as of late. I had the best time blogging last summer while I was doing Little Mermaid and for some reason life happened and I just couldn’t push myself to blog. I’ve tried to get back into the swing of the things. I’ve created over 50 draft titles but every time I look at them I don’t feel inspired. Since I like to use this as a stress relief I didn’t want to invest time in it if my heart wasn’t there. So instead I have found some challenges of things that my heart loves…movies, music and Disney. I have decided to get myself excited about writing again I am going to combine 3 challenges to make me happy to post again.
So here we go Day 1.
Movie Challenge: Last Movie You Watched
The last movie I watched was Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. I waited to watch this one until it came out on DVD because I just wasn’t sure if I was going to like. I love the world of Harry Potter so much and after reading the Cursed Child and being a little disappointed I didn’t want that feeling with this too. Luckily I didn’t feel that disappointment when I finished this movie. I thought the acting was amazing especially Eddy Redmayne. It still felt like the Harry Potter world but it has its own character to it. I like the era its set in. I loved the fashion of the time period. I love the New York characters. I wish they would have ventured into the magic a little more but with several sequels coming out I think they can do that. I give this one 4 stars!
Music Challenge: A Song From Your Childhood
If you are going to have me pick a song from my childhood it has to be something from a show I loved as a child. When I was little there was a show called Sharon, Lois and Bramm. I can not tell you anything about them except that they sang a song with and elephant. They finished every show with the same song and it had little hand motions that went along with it. If I hear this it automatically takes me back to sitting in the living room at my Mawmaws with no pants hamming it up.
Check out the video of the song and see if you remember too!
Disney Challenge: Favorite Movie
There can be no question what my favorite Disney movie is. Nothing will ever compare to the love I have for Ariel. I dreamed of being a mermaid. I cried when I got to play one on stage. I still think Prince Eric is the most handsome cartoon there ever was. I still wish that Terry had proposed to me with Kiss the Girl playing in the background. For me there is literally nothing better.
Well so much for me keeping my promise to keep up with the blog lol. Much to my surprise the day that I wrote my original post was the day before my wonderful nephew was born. That being said the work I intended to do that night before and during time we were at the hospital on the blog did not happen. So now that life has gotten somewhat back to normal I’m back on the blog train. Lets hope I don’t derail as fast this time.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my purpose in life. It is my feeling that we are not put on this earth to just live and work and die and that’s it. There has to be a reason that God put me on this earth. I’ve struggled with this a lot lately. I’ve been married 7 years but I don’t really think I’m an exceptional wife. I’m not the best house keeper nor am I the best at making sure to grocery shop or do laundry on time. I am aware of my flaws and bless my poor husband he is such a help. I know we were put on this earth to love each other but I don’t think that’s my only purpose.
So it must be something else. Well it can’t be that I’m the best daughter or sister. I’m terrible at calling people or checking in. I often find myself so tired after work that I will do nothing else but sit in my room alone and not speak to anyone. This terrible character trait also makes me a sucky friend too. So this must not be my purpose either.
Work. It has to be work right? That’s a negative ghost rider. I made 10 years at my job in January and I have found this year to be one of the hardest I have experienced so far. I barely move from my spot in my office but I find myself beyond mentally exhausted on a daily basis. I have been faced with challenges every single day since the school year started. Sometimes I can cope and sometimes I think they are giving me an ulcer.
Ok so if I’m not the best wife, daughter,sister, friend or that great at work what is it? We already know about my no kids issue so its gotta be something other than that. Maybe its theater life. Maybe finally I’ve found my calling and know what I’m good at. Well if you would have asked me back in October I might have said this was true but now I just don’t know. 10 years of auditioning and I finally made a show. An amazing show and I loved it so much. Then I spent the fall working on 3 shows and loving it the whole time. But once those were over what do I do? I’ll audition for another show. I’ve got to hope that I’ve gotten better at my craft and I should have a decent shot. NOPE! I auditioned for a show and it was a big no again. This has me questioning everything all over again. Was getting into that one show a fluke? Am I a one hit wonder? Do I think I am better than I am? At any rate I’m not sure if this is my purpose either.
So what is it? Why am I here? I’m not sure if I’m really meant to know but I sort of wish I did. This is something I really need to work on. Maybe I don’t need to know. Maybe I just need to figure how to be ok with just being me.
Well blogging again needed to start somewhere. On my search for blog post ideas I thought about doing a movie play by play. You know like they do on Buzzfeed. We just got a Hulu subscription. We’ve barely used it so there is plenty of options for us to choose from. Of course I go straight to the “Back to the 80s” section and look for a good movie. I stopped on the Love is a Battlefield topic and there it was…Fatal Attraction! Neither of us have seen it and its a boring Tuesday night so why not. So without further ado here is our Fatal Attraction play by play.
T “what is this movie about?”
You know its the one with the crazy lady who boils the bunny
Oh man that kid is watching old school Nickelodeon and people are getting slimmed. I miss that.
Did Micheal Douglas always look like a middle aged man?
That is Michael Douglas right?
T “yes dear”
T ” the child repeating shit down the hallway would so be my kid”
Glenn Close has scary eyes right off the bat. You should have known she was trouble.
Is the old guy with the neck brace from the Parent Trap with Lindsey Lohan?
Hold on IMDB it
Yep that’s the grandpa
T “I’m sorry she is not cute at all”
Hello that escalated quickly
Is water a sexy foreplay thing? Is that normal? and why are you trying to walk with your pants at your ankles
There are some serious red flags already this lady is nuts
This lady is nuts, it deserves a repeat
I mean for reals she is nuts
Did she just try to kill herself?!?!?
I’m sorry but your wife is way more attractive than the crazy broad
Oh Sookie’s grandma is his secretary
The crazy lady is showing up at your work. Shoulda got a restraining order then
She literally spent 2 days with the guy and she has officially lost her mind. That must have been some good lovin
T “I’m bored. I’m going get chips and salsa”
Oh Herman Munster. So many fun people along with the crazy
I need to IMDB this movie
Its as old as I am
This movie may be 30 years old but crazy girls still pulling this today. Spend one weekend together and they are in love and prego.
Don’t sneak in her house she gonna find you!
Glenn Close man you really making me believe in your crazy
Ah snap the crazy has made her way into your house and is having tea with your wife
So much for changing your number. The crazy lady ain’t stupid
T “I bet she isn’t even pregnant”
uh oh poor bunny doesn’t even know what its in for
Why hasn’t somebody sent this lady to therapy
When was the last time we had a car with a cassette player in it
Ok I can’t anymore I’m cheating
I really can’t tell if the kid is a boy or a girl. Ellen or Alan?
Legit this lady is nuts. I don’t even think I can say it enough
Was that lovin really worth it Michael Douglas, I don’t think so
You know she ain’t dead
T “yes she is he drowned her”
*crazy lady jumps out of the water* told you
stupid man coulda killed that psycho how many times now and the wife had to take care of business.
Crazy….All of it
Well that was fun but next time maybe we will pick one that isn’t full of psychos. Have a good Wednesday everyone.
I’ve been floundering. I have been tired and sullen and frustrated and I need an outlet. I have decided to bring back the blog challenge. Some days I won’t feel like doing it but I am going to make a promise to myself to keep up with posting for 30 days straight.
I always liked to write in a journal but I never seem to have time for it anymore. No more excuses. Its time to bring back the blog.
So many negative things have been going on this week that I needed to get outside of the social media bubble and go back to a simpler style of entertainment. Before the world of the internet if you were not reading something or going to the theater you could find enjoyment in film. I love movies. Nothing compares to live theater but a close second to me is a nice old musical.
I’m not really sure where I came from in my family. None of my other families members enjoyed the same things that I did. When I started college Netflix became a thing. This was the absolute best thing for me because I could get my hands on the wonderful films I was so interested in. There were so many I had heard of but never seen and I loved them all. The more I watched the more I fell in love with Judy Garland. She may be the most amazing entertainer ever….at least in my book. For my birthday Terry bought me a TCM Judy Garland collection. I decided today was the kind of day that needed to be spent with Judy.
The first one I started with was called For Me and My Gal. I was absolutely delighted when I realized that Gene Kelly was in this movie. In fact this was the first movie he was ever in. This may very well end up being my favorite one from the group. Its the kind of movie that makes you want to fall in love. Its the kind of movie that makes you want to get kissed like those that only happen in movies of the Golden Era. I just want to dance with Gene Kelly. I just adored the line “why didn’t you tell me I was in love you?”
The next one I got to was called the Harvey Girls. It was based on the real story of women that worked at Fred Harvey restaurants along the railway. These ladies brought about charm and civility to towns that were just forming. Judy started off this movie as a mail order bride going to meet her beau. When it turns out neither one of them like each other enough to get married she becomes a Harvey Girl. They had some very catchy tunes in this one. My favorite part though was surprisingly not Judy in this one. A young and amazingly beautiful Angela Lansbury was a saloon girl and she was stunning. This one also had those great kisses that leave the women weak at the knees.
The next on my list was wonderfully another one with Gene Kelly. This one had some really great dancing and a fun story. I especially loved one of the scenes with Gene on the stage by himself where he uses a creaky floor board and a newspaper to do a lovely tap dance. This one did make me a little sad though. Judy didn’t seem herself as much in this one. I went on to read that this was her last film with MGM because they fired her. She was at the height of her addiction and stopped showing up to work. This just breaks my heart. Just think if things had been different what a great talent we would have had for so much longer.
My last one for the day and one that I’ve seen several times is called the Good Old Summertime. This is one of my favorite stories. It started out as the Shop Around the Corner. Then it was turned into this movie musical. Its also a Broadway show called She Loves Me and most recently another movie called You’ve Got Mail. I’ve loved this story since the first time I saw The Shop Around the Corner. I’ll have to write another post someday about how it influenced one of my favorite gifts I ever gave to my husband. This time the shop is a music store so it gives you lots of chances to hear Judy sing. And oddly enough just like the first movie it contains the line “We didn’t you tell me I was in love with you?”
A morning with Randi bowling and a day with Judy made for a good day for me. I pray that things will change for the better for everyone soon. Until then all I can do is pray for all those hurting right now.
Next week I will start a new theater journey. I will be moving from my comfort zone in the U High auditorium to the big leagues of Theater Baton Rouge. I know this may sound silly but I’m slightly terrified. I have plenty of experience running a rehearsal. I’ve done as much as one can do in the theater without having any formal training so it really won’t be that bad but I’m still scared. Is it the fear of the unknown? Is it the fact that I have to learn to sink or swim? Is it the fact that when I’m on book I’ll have to be reading lots of expletives and somehow I know my Mawmaw will find out? Who knows really.
I am excited about this show though. With the exception of the Little Mermaid I’ve only ever done things backstage. Its been over 2 years since I’ve been able to be a part of a production staff or tech crew. Its hard work. Most people don’t realize how much has to happen behind the curtain for the magic on stage to work. But this is work that I enjoy doing. Just to say you helped with the creative process and worked with people to get an amazing end product is so rewarding.
So next week will officially start my new blog series titled the Idiot Report. I’m excited to share what working on the other side will be like, the different relationships I will form this time around and how things work in a different theater space. Thank goodness I don’t hate em cause its about to be Green Day all day everyday!
Today one of my co-workers was telling us about an article she read about a start up company called Pack Up + Go. It sounded so awesome I had to look it up myself.
This company provides something similar to what a travel agent could do but so much better. Its all a SURPRISE! That’s right you book with them and you don’t get to find out where you are going until the day it happens. The company plans 3 day/2 night trips all across the US. You can choose a budget and whether you want to travel by air or road trip. Then you fill out an extensive survey to help them plan for you.
You can book packages as inexpensive at $350 per person for a road trip and $450 for flying. Transportation and lodging are the only things included in the price so you do need to save up for food and activities but they give you a map with awesome suggestions of places to eat, things to see, and things to do.
I just think this sounds so great. The worst part of a trip to me is the planning….unless its Disney World. I always want to try new things but I get nervous not knowing about new places. The cool thing about this site is that they have people in all of the places they send you to that can vouch for the places they suggest. They also like to send you to interesting places off the beaten path which sounds much better than a Holiday Inn on the main highway somewhere. Plus I would love someone to send me to a place where you would never think to go. Another cool thing about it is that you only need 3 weeks advance notice to plan. So if you decided at the beginning of the month you want to do something you can be on a plane by the end. Check out this article which is much better at detailing the experience than me. Also go check out their website, Pack Up + Go and their Facebook page, Pack Up Go Facebook, to read testimonials from travels and see pictures from their adventures.
This may just be the ticket for our next wedding anniversary.
Now that I’ve had time to process that this amazing adventure is officially over its time to close out this chapter of blogging. I’ve learned so many things from this experience. Some of the things I will carry with me are:
Get a good dresser! If you have multiple quick changes in a show a good dresser is the key to your success. Ms Marie was AMAZING! Especially when the two of us teamed up with Sydnee to get things accomplished I was not stressing about if I could get to places on time.
Wearing jazz shoes for 3 months will kill your feet, your back, and your ankles. They are basically walking barefoot with a small piece of leather between you and the ground and a heel that digs into your foot. So make sure to ice those ankles and wear supportive shoes when you can.
Being silly can make even the worst day better. A good game of heads up in the green room, a funny costume or wig swap or even just a good snapchat photo session can pick up the mood among the cast.
There is gonna be a little bit of drama but that’s ok. Sometime a diva moment will happen. Sometimes cast mates will butt heads. Sometimes you wanna throw something when you can’t find your eyelash glue. But it will all be ok. We would not be in theater business if we didn’t like a little drama.
Be prepared! Think of every single possible thing you would need and add it to your bag. I was thankful for the many articles and pin boards I read before setting up my dressing room. I had scissors, meds, clear nail polish, extra bobby pins, q-tips and so many other things that were helpful to not just me but my friends around me.
Most importantly take the time to get to know people you are working with. These are your people. You all are there for the same reason…you love theater! Why else would you subject yourself to months of rehearsal and no social life. Its for the joy you get to see on a tiny child’s face when they meet a mermaid. Its for the 6 part harmony that can bring an audience to its feet. Its for the high fives after nailing a really hard dance. These people are there for you. They share your struggle and there is so much to learn from them. Nothing is more fun than a room full of girls ranging in ages from middle schoolers to seasoned pros all singing Whitney Houston in harmony. I love those people!
I will be starting a new theater adventure in a few weeks therefore I will be starting a new series of blogs but I do have to say how very special this has been.