Let’s get happy.

Wow, I haven’t updated in nearly a week.  It feels like longer.  Someone on Twitter suggested that because I was not going to the movies tonight no matter how nice it’s gotten outside (earlier today Mother Nature, to quote Tropic Thunder, pissed her pantsuit), I should update my blog.  I laughed, and then realized it has indeed been a little while.  So, now that I’m nice and full with shrimp and tofu noodles (I eat weird things), here’s my update.

Despite the rain and the gross weather we’ve been having lately in NYC, life has been pretty good.  My job has started in earnest, and I’m starting to realize that working in a restaurant is an entirely different beast than retail.  While the hours at J.Crew were rigid in that you clocked in and clocked out at the appointed times on your week’s schedule, in a restaurant if you get a callsheet that says 5-11, that is just a grey nebulous time continuum of “maybe you’ll work for six hours.”  I walked in on Thursday night at 4:45 and I walked out at 1:15.  Damn you, Kobe, for putting the game into overtime!  At the end of the night I was leaning against a wall, feeling my Achilles turn into Jell-O, hearing the takeout order computer hum away.  And then on Sunday I walked in at 10 (expecting to leave at 4) and I left at 6:15.  Awesomesauce.  I do love my job, though.  The people are great, and the money is fantastic.  And let’s face it, the food is right up my alley.  Barbecue sauce is one of the most glorious things ever invented.
I’ve been auditioning a lot, which has been very fun, although slightly grueling.  The night that I closed at work on Wednesday I ran home, fell asleep, and woke up at 6 AM for an audition, and shockingly, I nailed it! I mean, they haven’t called, but I’m happy that I finally have an audition under my belt in this city that went super well.  I also had my first rehearsal for the cabaret I was invited to do, which was wonderful.  I found out that one of my favorite Broadway singers is hosting the event, which didn’t make me nervous.  Not at all.  (Did you catch that?)
The savior of my life thus far in the city? Reality TV.  I know, it’s gross.  But I don’t watch crap like I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. (Speidi? Get out of this planet.  No one cares.)  I recommend these reality shows with all of my heart:
So You Think You Can Dance.  If you get past Mary Murphy, it’s a brilliant show.  Mia Michaels is a dirty genius, and the top 20 this year are incredible.  Just plug your ears when Cat Deeley says “Mary, over to you.”  Trust me.  Plug.  Oh, and Cat Deeley is the best host ever (you hear that, Seacrest?).  On Fox.
The Little Couple.  A couple who’ve been married for about a year adjust to life as newlyweds.  Jen’s 3’2″ and Bill’s 4″.  They are wonderful to watch.  On TLC.
Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Wedding planners plan weddings.  It’s addictive.  I got hooked on it when my sister got engaged and we spent countless hours watching it, trying to figure out the perfect day for her.  The more the wedding planners freak out, the better it is.  I love James Tramondo! On Style.
Intervention.  My cousin Marsi got me into this show.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s highly disturbing, but then it becomes so compelling that you simply cannot look away.  On A&E.
Obsessed.  On the same lines as Intervention, but dealing with OCD and the treatment of patients with the disease.  On A&E
Top Chef.  It’s not on right now in its glorious original incarnation, but it’s showing as a spinoff called Top Chef: Masters, which is more about four-star chefs showing each other that they’re better than everyone else in the free world at whipping up ceviche.  I love to cook, so this show is heaven for me.  On Bravo.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I can’t explain it.  Just watch it.  Watch and be amazed.  On Bravo.
And of course, anything on Food Network.  If I weren’t an actor, I’d be a chef, just so I could be like Giada and Ina.  They’re so warm and welcoming to the camera and the foods they make are stellar.  However, I’ve made more of Ina’s foods because they’re more hearty and rustic, rather than Giada’s which tend to be more glamourous and four-star.
Off to watch Intervention and turn in early for the night…
ally
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6 thoughts on “Let’s get happy.

  1. Ally,

    I work on a crisis hot-line and mentor people during the week.I love my job very much.Being able to give back to the community is a great thing and I get something out of it in return from everyone I work with.I love the show's Intervention and Obsessed.I have heard about the Real wives show will have to check it out.
    Thank you for doing this blog and look forward to your next one:)))

    Please be safe ALWAYS:)))

    Take care,
    Sharon

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  2. I got another show for you to check out… I just started watching this last night and I think I might be instantly hooked… It's called, “Cake Boss” on TLC, Monday's @ 10pm.

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  3. question for your next video blog. Much has been written about the relationship between your dad and Jim Calhoun. I am curious about your relationship with Jim's children. I am sure you have things in common and can relate to as lot of different things. Good luck on the auditions.

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  4. Hi. Thanks for the list of favorite restaurants in a previous post. Hubby and I are vegetarians and we thought we knew every veg place in NYC but Karen's on Astor is new to us. We'll check it out. (You say you're not a vegan. Are you a vegetarian? If so, how's being around all that bbq working for you?)…On another subject, I just finished an interesting (if slightly odd) non-fiction piece in the May 11th New Yorker: “When David Beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules,” by Malcolm Gladwell. It's about a particular California girls' basketball team and its genius coach, but more largely about winning (at anything: sports, business, war) by upending the opponents' expectations and basically driving them crazy. You — and your family — would enjoy it….Love your blog. Good luck with the auditions!

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