Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I cannot overstate enough that I know the dinner mystery shows in which I am paid to act are expensive. I cannot overstate enough that I do not expect friends to attend. Here's the flyer for the next public show. The price has risen to $60 per person which includes delicious Maggiano's buffet dinner and the show, but does not include tax, tip or alcohol-drinks.

*Update: There are currently 66 reservations for Monday's show, so it's a go! Better get busy studying my lines, huh? The $60 price tag includes two drinks. If you drink wine or beer on Monday nights, then I guess the price is a better deal than previously thought.*

Thursday, February 16, 2012


"I haven't seen her in, like, forever," sniffed Friend 1 while trying to decide whether or not to be personally offended by the conspicuous absence.

"Yeah. Me neither. I heard she, like, overdosed on live theatre. She's in rehab, or under house arrest or something," Friend 2 said in a stage-whisper. "Eww. I hope she has one of those ugly ankle bracelets to keep her off the stuff, you know, like Lindsay Lohan wears."

"Well I heard she's seeing a show tonight, then in a show tomorrow night. And, I totally busted her at Office Depot printing a new script for a show she's doing in two weeks. She tried to look all nonchalant and innocent about it. She may have ODed, but she's not in rehab. She's totally still using." Friend 3 clearly disapproved.

"So sad." Friends 1, 2 and 3 shook their heads.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dear Cupid,

I love the 1952 House. I am truly thankful to have such a nice home.

That said, I look at real estate listings the way some people look at pornography: not too often but with guilty enthusiasm and wanting.

I've added my top three dream homes to that fancy "Wists" widget on the right side of the blog. Hubba, hubba! Look at those beauties!

*Update: After stalking, or, um driving by, the three houses in person, I've ditched one of them from my wish list. The offending house did not have covered parking, and dared to locate itself on a main artery from MoPac Expressway. Chad and I have shared too many homes on noisy roads here in Austin. We vow to learn from these highly trafficked experiences and find the perfect home tucked away on a quiet street next time.*

Saturday, February 11, 2012


That show I did for the FronteraFest new works theatre festival won "best of week". I performed again with longtime-pal & author-extraordinaire, Max Langert, Saturday before last. Max's show is eligible to show twice again next week for "Best of Fest" at the Hyde Park Theatre to already sold-out crowds! I'll update when I find out the schedule for sure.
*UPDATE* Max's awesomely funny show "The Requirements" won Best of Fest! We are honored to perform again at Hyde Park Theatre on Tuesday 2/14 and Friday 2/17!

Last Saturday I performed with my Murder Mystery Players Austin pals in two back-to-back performances (double paycheck!) of "Murder on the Happy Trail" to benefit Friends of the Killeen Public Library. I survived the road-trip, and had a fabulous time at both shows! Friends of the Killeen Public Library already signed a contract for next February -- yay!

Last Monday I performed in the first Murder Mystery Mondays at Maggiano's for 110 lovely audience members. Thanks to heavy promotion from local oldies radio station 98.9 FM, we had two dining rooms opened up for the show. I had a blast, and felt such positive energy from the audience during that 1929 show "Death Plays the Market".

I'm loving the paychecks and positive energy garnered from doing what I am naturally & compulsively motivated to do!

That said, I still need to apply for a part-time day job next week. Sadly, I can't make ends meet on a stage actress' paycheck here in the ATX, not with my exquisite taste in fabrics, fashions and travel.

Thursday, February 02, 2012


I should be studying two different scripts for three upcoming shows. Instead I'm salivating over Nanette Lepore's Spring Lookbook while wondering how long I'll have to wait for my favorite items to go on clearance sale, and admiring the preview of the Jason Wu line for Target while plotting my online shopping strategy.

I'm also sharing some photos of the current bedroom decor at the 1952 House. I redid the bedroom to the current colorful stuff over eighteen months ago. Before that, muted orange peacock bedding from West Elm graced the bed. I don't recall photographing, much less sharing that. Before the peacock bedding the well documented graphic brown & white Dwell bedding kept us cozy.

The lovely cat prints over the bed are by Medium Control print studio. I picked up the prints at Austin's Renegade Craft Fair last spring. The quilt and larger square pillow cover came from The Company Store, but are no longer available. The XOX pillow sales benefited St. Jude's and came from PB Teen in the 2010 holiday season. The quilted white pillow shams are from Target.

If I get a retail job at Crate & Barrel or West Elm later this month, I'll probably cash in on the employee discount with new bedding. I try to sublimate my (self-diagnosed) obsessive compulsive disorder in positive ways such as redecorating, rather than touching the oven knobs forty-eight times before leaving the house. I always launder, package, label and donate the still stylish cast-offs so that some lucky Goodwill shopper can redecorate their place. It's a win-win, really... REALLY!