Wednesday, April 23, 2014

good advice

I've been absent from blogging for way too long and I'm sorry that my first post in a while is all "woe is me" but it's been one of those weeks. The really frustrating part is that it's just one thing that has made this week kind of miserable. I know I could choose to let it affect me differently but sometimes one thing can just ruin everything. It really sucks that instead of empowering others that people (or, in my case, a certain person) can selfishly take power from you- feeling helpless and weak is not a good feeling at all and that's how I'm kind of feeling right now. I know it will get better which is why I had to just put it out there. Sometimes saying (or writing) things out loud makes you feel so much better. It's true. As I'm finishing this post I feel a huge sense of relief- I'm doing what I have to do until I can do what I want to do. This situation isn't permanent, it's just for right now. As long as I keep taking action and creating my happy things will get better.

Ebert is out of town, so tonight I'll be enjoying some solitude, drinking a gin cocktail, ordering Thai food and creating some happy!

Monday, April 7, 2014

the harmonica

I have decided, for whatever reason, that I want to learn to play the harmonica. I'm not really sure why, maybe I want my life to be more musical like Harold Crick or maybe I just want a distraction from writing and creating other things. Regardless of the reasons, I ended up buying this harmonica. It's a cheap beginner harmonica but I can already, kindof, play one song. It's very exciting!

It's been awhile since I've learned something new. I mean, sure we learn lessons every day and are always learning from our mistakes and expanding on what we already know, but to have no knowledge of something and now to know a little bit about it is…well, it's thrilling. I'm liking being a beginner. As soon as I have some free time I'm going to take lessons too.

Today felt dismal and I was unenthusiastic about the ordinariness of it, but once I came home and practiced my harmonica I was reminded how easy it can be to turn everything around. Crossing one more thing off the list and creating my happy!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

just so you know...

Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we're awesome! So go out and be your awesome self today— because it's Sunday, because the sun is (kind of) shining, but mainly because there's a lot of happiness to create.

Friday, March 14, 2014


Happy Pi(e) Day!

Just stopping by to say hi. It's closing weekend and it's certainly bittersweet. I'm experiencing a whole mix of emotions that I can't quite formulate into thoughts yet but what it all comes down to is that I'm just go to miss these people.

In the meantime, looking at pictures of pie makes me a little happy!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. It's above freezing in Chicago and the sun is shining. I think it might just be awesome!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

and the oscar goes to...

Happy Oscar Day! Don't you just love this photo of Audrey Hepburn with her Oscar? Here are some other great Oscar photos.

My pick for Best Picture is 12 Years a Slave. It was a heart-wrenchingly beautiful film with, what I think, is some of the rawest and most honest performances of all the nominees.

And I just read this article about the Oscars? It definitely makes me think differently about the whole event, but I'm still going to watch it and "oooohhh" and "awwww" the entire time.

This year I'm not doing an Oscar inspired menu. I wish there had been time to come up with something because this has always been a fun thing to do. I guess it's ok to skip one year since I am busy acting and that's what makes me the happiest anyway.

Do you have any Oscar favorites?

Saturday, February 22, 2014


It's another weekend of acting with this fabulous cast. Even though I'm staying up way past my bedtime it's been so much fun creating and playing. Here are a couple more reviews from TimeOut and Chicago Reader. And if you're in Chicago you can get your tickets here. I promise that you'll have a great time!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

puerto rico: part two

The play opened on Thursday night to a sold out house and our first review is in. Breathing a sigh of relief! What a great experience I've already had and it's only the first weekend of a 5-week run. I'm so proud to be a part of such a talented group of actors. Now I can catch up on creating other things that make me happy like sharing the rest of our Puerto Rico trip.

We left Old San Juan on January 2 and drove about 2 1/2 hours to Cabo Rojo which is on the southwest side of Puerto Rico. This side of PR turned out to be our favorite part of the island- the beaches were beautiful and it had a relaxed, yet fun and local vibe. We rented an apartment through AirBnb and spent the next few days celebrating year five, lounging at the beach, reading, sampling the local cuisine and drinking the local drinks.

year five dinner @ pineiro's

combate beach

playa sucia

overlooking play sucia from the lighthouse

mofongo & medalla's @ annie's place

the view from annie's place

fish nuggets, rum punch, and medalla's @ annie's place

playa sucia

playa sucia

sunset @ combate beach

What I wouldn't give right now to be at the beach reading a book and sipping on a pina colada! Is winter over yet?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

s(o)uper sunday!

Last Sunday, while most people were watching a football game, I was watching this and making a delicious pot of pumpkin and potato soup. As I was laughing at the antics of John Candy trying to out smart a couple of raccoons, I'd hear Ebert yelling at the TV from the other room. Periodically he would come into the kitchen to give me the highlights on the game or tell me about the commercials and I would feign interest. It was a perfect set-up.

Now lets get onto the recipe which I didn't follow exactly. If I were to estimate I think I probably tripled the amount of ingredients I used which was perfect because this huge pot of soup lasted us the whole week. I love making soups for this very reason, you don't have to follow the recipe you can change it as you see fit. I didn't have agave nectar so I used honey instead turning this into a non-vegan soup. Also, I didn't add any Sriracha. It was a bit too lemony for me so next time I'll start out using less and adding more if needed.

I decided that this soup needed a bit more color so I added finely chopped kale and a couple slices of cheddar/gruyere cheese to garnish on top. A little bit of greens was the perfect touch.

Happy Sunday! What are you cooking today?