You can write all you want about him. But he’s my father. When people go after him with their vitriol, I look at this picture, as well as the pictures I have from childhood, and I think about how lucky I am to have such a cool dad for reasons that have zilch to do with his work in sports. And I smile.
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.
Thank you all so much for the positive feedback on the video blog! I will definitely make it a weekly thing. I’m going home this weekend, so maybe there will be a guest in the form of my sister or brother, or possibly Dad if he doesn’t make fun of me mercilessly for it. Perhaps I will do the next one with the help of my trusty video camera so I can interview people in my home. Be warned: My family is quite possibly insane.
Well, I didn’t really think that by saying Todd and Jenna were cute, I was damning my parents to some unholy “UnAdorable Couples” purgatory. But my parents are very cute. One New Year’s Eve at about 2 AM, I sat in a pile of discarded paper hats and watched Dad twirl Mom around the dance floor, screeching “The Way You Look Tonight” in her ear. The singing was, in a word, abysmal, but the actions were wonderful. I remember feeling very blessed that in a word of broken marriages, my father’s union with my mother is still going strong after nearly 31 years together in marriage, 37 total. And I actually said that I find it extremely hard to sing when I’m in front of people that I know personally. I have usually no problems singing before crowds of total strangers, but given a room of five of my friends, I freak out. The fear of failing comes so easily when it’s people that you love making the call.
enkidu asked…What shows are you auditioning for? Is your concentration musical theater? Are other members of your family musical? I love New York for the variety of its ethnic food. What are your favorite places to eat? Oh, I have always thought the world of Stacey Maron, what was she like in person? Do you know what she is doing now?
Stacey Marron is a wonderful girl! We got along very well when she was at UCONN, I actually just saw her a few months ago. Dad in turn thought the world of her. I’m sad to say that I don’t really recall what’s she’s doing now, but I think it’s something to do with sports medicine. As for the shows I’m auditioning for, there’s a bunch that I’ve been seen for and a bunch more to come. South Pacific, Avenue Q, Cabaret, Young Frankenstein to name a few. My concentration is anything and everything musical theater, but I was trained in Shakespeare and Classics as well at UCONN. My sister has a good singing voice, but I really got my urge for the stage from my grandmother, my mom’s mom. She went to the Professional Children’s School in NYC and knew Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, and was to become an actress before she got married and settled down. And as far as my favorite places to eat, I recommend Haku on the Upper West Side for Japanese food, Karen’s on Astor for their great vegan and healthy selections (I’m not a vegan but i love vegan food) as well as La Masseria in the theater district for awesome rustic Italian. For dessert, I love frozen yogurt, so I recommend Red Mango as well as Pinkberry. But Tasti DeLite is great too. I also can say that Charm in the Upper West has great Thai curry, but in general I try to cook for myself. I’m a health nut and I like to know what’s in what I’m eating (although I am definitely not one to say no to anything with chocolate in it)!
Alyssa asked..What are your thoughts on Pat Summitt and Tennessee? Were you disappointed when the annual series was cancelled?
I felt a number of different things when the series between us and Tennessee got cancelled. One feeling was sadness for all of the amazing fans both in CT and TN that wouldn’t get to see this amazing battle between us anymore. One feeling was anger, because the series was cancelled for reasons that I still don’t understand entirely. And one was, shockingly, relief. The series had spun out of control at that point. People were slinging mud from all directions and I just was sick of it. I respect Pat’s accomplishments. Her program is legendary. I got to meet her at one point many years ago and she was nothing but kind to me. She’s a Southern lady in every sense of the word. When she got her 1,000th win this year, I was happy for her. I was also happy that she didn’t get it against Oklahoma, because I love that program and Stacey Hansmeyer. I hope that’s a good enough answer! 🙂
Anyway!! Here are your answers, my dear viewers. Enjoy! And ignore the fact that I’m wearing pajamas and no makeup.
I’m sure some of you know that my father and our family own a vacation house on the Jersey Shore. There’s been a little bit of talk about it whenever the summertime rolls around, since people always ask me “What does your father do in the offseason?” Well, when he’s not recruiting he’s hunkered down in Jersey, smoking cigars and drinking wine and putting off re-applying sunscreen until I yell at him to do so.
It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve blogged, and I had promised my Twitter followers that I would have an update up last night. Unfortunately, my brain shut off around 11:30, and I forgot to put it up. I’m now blogging under duress, since I made a joke that I should be caned if my entry wasn’t up before midnight last night, and I see people waving bats at me.
My life in NYC is boringly busy.
It’s an oxymoron, I know. My life has settled into a somewhat routine: Get up, breakfast, walk around, grocery shopping/any kind of other shopping for the apartment/laundry/dishes/clean apartment, lunch, do some reading, dinner, watch TV until bedtime. It should pick up soon; I had an audition last week for the national tour of South Pacific, which went okay but not stellar. I was relaxed until I opened my mouth, and then I got nervous audition voice, which made me get wobbly at the end of my phrases. However, it was really cool to be in the Bernie Telsey casting offices, as Bernie Telsey is a Broadway giant. At one point he came into the room to look for something, and I tried not to stare at him! There’s a chorus call for SP in a few days that I’ll be going to just to keep my options open.
I’m typing this from a Staples wi-fi kiosk, as my computer has unceremoniously killed itself. I’m going to the Genius Bar at the Apple store in SoHo tomorrow to get it all sorted out (a plus to this situation? It’s right around the most amazing places to shop in the entire downtown area).
This weekend I came home on Friday and had a mani-pedi and sushi with Connie, and went to see my friends up at UCONN in the Connecticut Repertory Theater spring production of Hair, which was absolutely incredible. Congratulations to all involved, it was an incredibly brave, moving, hilarious, and profound experience.
Saturday afternoon was the Horsin’ Around event for the Kentucky Derby down at Mohegan Sun. It’s the first time I’ve been able to go and I hadn’t been to the casino for a big event since my sister got married there, and it was a blast! Unfortunately, my floppiest of floppy hats did not come in the mail on time, so I had to settle for going bare-headed. Regardless, I had a great time with some awesome food (I ate so many figs I thought my stomach was going to take root and grow a ficus). The highlight of the night for me was A) seeing Sue and Maria and having laugh riots with them and B) watching my dad take an overamplified microphone and proceed to scream into it during the live auction. At one point I literally had to mime to him “Dad! SHUT UP.”
The auctions themselves went extremely well, I believe we raised over $20,000 but I have to doublecheck. There were some great items up for bid, and Sue at one point joked about betting on one of her signed items (a poster from the 2008 Olympics signed by the women’s team).
At one point, I was persuaded (okay, I was forced) to sing with the live band. I wasn’t expecting it so I was a bit uncomfortable. When the spotlight shines directly on me when I’m not prepared for it (or if I’m onstage as myself) I get very uncomfortable. Had I been in a character guise, I would’ve been fine with it, but since it was just me, trying to remember the words to “Sherry” and “Under the Boardwalk” it was just plain weird. But it was a good time, and I got some compliments.
Next time I come home is a bit dicey, I’m not actually sure when it’ll be. But I’m going to see Jersey Boys hopefully on Wednesday with my Dad, and then on Monday is the big event I’ve been waiting for for a few weeks: I’m going with my parents to the Tribeca premiere of Angels and Demons. If I see Tom Hanks, I may freak…
Just to let all of you know, I will be at the Derby Day event hosted by Geno and Kathy Auriemma (aka My Parents) at Mohegan Sun next Saturday. I will be sporting the floppiest of the floppy hats. If you see me, feel free to come up and say hello, I promise you I’m a nice person.