My Current Dream

I threw up a profound thought on Facebook yesterday; one that I’m kind of hoping people turn into one of those inspirational memes that float around Facebook. Of course, by the time that happens, we’ll probably have Google eye implants installed in our corneas.

The thought was “When working towards your dream, strive to stay one step ahead of the disbelievers.”

Because there are a whole lot of people out there who have nothing better to do with their time than put you down.

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Sleep Shift

Sleepy Disco

For most of my life, I’ve been a morning person. When that alarm went off in the morning, I sprung out of bed like the teacher’s pet I was, eager to tackle a new day of school.

In college my pattern shifted somewhat. I didn’t get up at 5:30 like I did in high school. But I didn’t go to bed at 9PM either. I got a good midnight to 7:30 AM schedule going. My commute in college consisted of a 15 minute walk though. No motorized vehicles involved whatsoever.

These days I trend towards being a night owl, without the amount of sleep time I had in college. You see, in college I didn’t have to make my own breakfast. I could also roll out of bed and throw on some jeans with a t-shirt. I didn’t have to think about picking out clothes very much.

I want to be a morning person again. I never used to struggle with getting out of bed. I never used to hit the snooze button five times. I never left the house without crossing something off my to-do list.

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A New Headshot

During the NC Comedy Arts festival, I was lucky enough to be offered a free session with Kevin Patrick Robbins, an improviser and photographer from Toronto. I’ve worked with a few different photographers for various professional reasons (mostly involving me being behind the camera bossing the photographer around) and I can attest that Kevin does very high-quality work. Any actor in the Toronto area should consider sinking some cash into working with Kevin. He’s worth the price.

One of the quirks I like about this photo is the left side of my lips is curled up slightly, and so is the left side of my hat rim. Totally unplanned. Captured beautifully.

The Best Snowpacalypse Ever

Bruce VilanchSnow is to North Carolina what oil is to water. You’re just minding your own business when this sticky crap comes out of nowhere and smothers you. You freak out for a bit. Then you realize there’s nothing you can do except endure it. Plus, it’s a bitch to clean off.

Things were pretty chaotic this past week. Cars were abandoned by the dozen. Buses got stuck going up hills. People endured epic 4-6 hour commutes. Raleigh even joined Atlanta in the Southern-snow-freakout meme category when some poor soul’s car caught on fire.

Keep all that in mind when I say that this snowtastrophe couldn’t have turned out any better.

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Dear Sinuses: Stop Inviting Bacteria Over (Plus, a Moral March Update)

Moral MarchUgh. I’m sick. I felt it coming on before the Moral March on Saturday, but I wasn’t about to miss that. It was actually a fairly warm day and it didn’t rain like every weatherman in the area was predicting. (Bet the conspiracy theorists are already claiming that McCrory tried to buy off the news stations.) So I can’t blame the weather for my illness.

But I can be pissed at my sinuses.

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Equal Opportunity Is Why I March

This is a picture of the logo for the UU movement Standing on the Side of LoveReminder: This is my PERSONAL blog. The following words are my OWN opinions and I am not stating them as an official representative of my employer. The statements contained in this post (or any other post on this blog) do not reflect the views, opinions, or political positions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing in any capacity.

If you live outside of the fine state of North Carolina, you may not have heard about the Moral March. The march is a social justice rally pulled together by the ForwardTogether movement, the North Carolina NAACP, and the HKonJ movement. The intention is to march through Raleigh on Saturday, February 8th to demand equal access to healthcare, sustainable economic policies, stronger labor rights, and fair elections.

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Come Laugh With Us

NCCAF-webLaughter is an under-appreciated medicine. Joining the DSI theater company has played a big role in helping restore my self-confidence. And now they’re throwing a ten-day comedy jam for the whole state!

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A Reason Why North Carolina is Wicked Awesome

The current state of our politics may be very dismal down here in North Carolina, but that hasn’t stopped North Carolinians from being Wicked Awesome in other ways. Take the dedicated volunteers at the Wake County SPCA. They put together an epic video set to my favorite ABBA song that encourages people to “take a chance” on adopting a shelter dog or cat.

Disco and Zura are both shelter animals (I got them at Paws4Ever), so I love that all these volunteers pooled their creativity to make this video happen for the stray dogs and cats of North Carolina. Watch the Wicked Awesome video below and consider positively reinforcing their work with a donation.

Carolina Snow

SnowPresenting the North Carolina version of a winter wonderland. As a born and bred Yank, I can’t help thinking, “You can still see the grass.” But I still stayed indoors until around noon yesterday because North Carolina’s snow infrastructure is spotty at best. The fact that I once saw a salt truck being followed by a plow demonstrates oh-so-clearly why I stay off the roads when there is one measly inch of snow.

There’s still ice out there, so if you have to drive, drive safe and drive SLOW.

So I Kind of Fell Asleep At the Wheel…

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Things I have done since my last post on September 19, 2013 (NOTE: if you read through the entire list, the best cat picture is at the very end.):

  • Performed in three improv shows
  • Saw one of my best friends get married
  • Celebrated Christmas with my mother and sister in NY
  • Learned how to program CSS
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