Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stratford and Denial

I want to tell you about Stratford. I want to tell you about how my life was changed. I want to tell you about how every moment of today was magic for me. (Even the stupid argument that I got into with Navin)
Have you ever been to a place that made you feel like you were coming home? I feel that way about Disneyland and a few cities in America. But, I have never felt it as strongly as I did today.
I want to tell you about how today was just about the best day ever.
But, the problem is, I have no words for today! Maybe it just hasn't settled in. Maybe I'm still on a Shakespeare high.
Or, maybe I can't talk about it because something heavier is weighing on my heart and soul.
I leave on Monday. I don't want to. I'm in full blown denial.

Maybe I'll tell you about Stratford later. Or you can go through the pictures on Facebook. I did a pretty good job with captions.
But, for now my friends, you must leave me to hold back tears and say my goodbyes...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

:)

Okay...so, I'm not wearing make-up. Forgive me. But, I like this photo too much to care.

This about sums it up, my friends. I spend my days making funny faces and noises...he laughs with me. (At me?) My life is full of pictures of me making faces and trying to get my friends and family to laugh. It is a gift! Some people think I'm silly. That's probably true, but it feels like a blessing to me too.

Speaking of my life....tomorrow is my birthday. I don't feel my age, you guys. The other day I started to wonder what age I do feel.................nothing. I feel like Leah. Maybe I measure my life in a different way?
I realized that I look at my life like this: This year, Leah was smart-ish. In the year 2000, Leah was kind of dumb. In such and such year, Leah was super dumb. Hopefully Leah learned a lot and will never be that dumb again!
So, here I go into another year. I hope to learn more, be smarter with my choices, find joy in simple things, and bring more laughter to the people I love!

HERE WE GO! (It is now 1 hour and 18 minutes until my birthday hits Wales)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Castle in the sky?





The day started out with us trying to find Richard Burton's house. We couldn't find it. I wasn't all that sad about it.
We finally gave up and went to Castell Carreg Cennen. Chico was kind enough to take us out into the country to see the ruins. It is one of the most romantic ruins in the whole of Europe. At least...that's what Navin says...I didn't google it. But, I wouldn't be surprised if it was true. I was overwhelmed by the beauty! Every direction....EVERY direction....it is places like this that make me wonder about people that don't believe in God. How could science alone create something like this? (Well, man built the castle...)









This was the first time in my life that I thought...I wonder if I could be a farmer? I wonder if I could survive living a simple life in the country?
It was a good day! We spent a good amount of time wandering around the ruins. Chico and Navin didn't want to go up with me, but I think they ended up having a good time.






There was a farm at the base of the hill. I bought them ice cream at the farm....how can you have a bad day after freshly made ice cream?
Then we drove into the little town of Bethlehem. I'm serious. It was tiny. The post office was closed at 4pm. Really...we just saw a bunch more sheep and cows.
Navin did find the ruins of an Iron Age fort. He walked up to the top, but I stayed in the car watching the lambs frolic. I got lost in thought about the meaning of Easter....but, that might be another blog all together.
Point is- twas a VERY lovely day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dream Time...

Okay, so, I'm going to tell you my weird dream. I know I do that a lot, but...I have a lot of them! So, simmer down and listen. Er......read.

(The people in the dream were from my SUU days. So, I apologize if you don't know who I'm talking about.)

I was called back to SUU for a big event. They asked me to be the fly op for the event and even paid for my airfare to get back to the school.
I got there and they wouldn't give me a headset. I kept asking how I was supposed to know the cues. Becca Fischer was the SM, but I couldn't find her to tell her that no one would give me a headset. I was so nervous about missing all my cues!
Then, it got worse, because they wouldn't even let me see a rehearsal. Kevin Lindsay had choreographed this two hour long dance number. He brought dancers in from Brazil (RANDOM) for the event. But, he wouldn't let us watch the dance before hand....because he kept talking about how it was going to be EPIC. It was all about how France had outlawed the burka in public.
So, he gave us a general idea of when stuff should happen and they let the audience in.
Just as they started dancing, the grand drape broke. I'm standing there, with no headset, holding on to that rope for dear life....wondering how I'm going to make my other cues. So, I asked Ashley to come over from the prop table and hold the rope for me. She does, but she gets so wrapped up in the dance that she lets the drape start to fall. I hurry up my cue and run back over......it happens twice more. The audience seems to think it is all part of the show. They seem to be getting the idea that the falling drape is about how these women are hidden from the world....
Then, I can hear Dr. Lewis in the audience yelling about what a crap job I'm doing. He is going on and on about how you can't find a good stage hand anymore. The audience thinks this is part of the show too. I'm not sure why....but, everyone is moved and crying.....and my arms are killing me cause the grand drape just keeps getting heavier.
Then, Kevin comes backstage to find out what I'm doing. His face turns purple, but it looks like someone hit the mute button. I know he is yelling, but I can't hear him. He points over my head and makes all these wild motions. I try to explain that no one gave me a headset. I'm doing the best I can.
Katie Fischer walks up behind me and asks where the costumes went....then she asks why Kevin is purple. I tell her I don't have a headset. She says she will go get one. So, I stand there waiting and miss two cues while I'm holding up the grand drape. Kevin has continued to yell at me without making a sound.
Katie returns...........with two hard boiled eggs. She hands one to me and starts eating the other one. I take a bite and ask her if she brought any salt.

I wake up. It takes me a minute to remember where I am.....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Here Comes the Crazy...

Today we went to the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery down the hill from Navin's house. They are doing an exhibition called Ffilms. I went there last June...and it was basically all the same stuff. But, they had changed two rooms into little movie theatres. And peppered throughout the art you would find random TV sets with short films. Some strange stuff, people.
One set had four different short films from one artist. All four films were set in a cow pasture. The first one, he walked into the middle of the screen with a large sunflower covering his face. Cows were grazing behind him. He stood there for two full minutes.....peaking around the flower. Navin walked away. But, it was like a train wreck for me. I had to see what he did next.
Next, he wandered around the pasture holding a bush. Then he drove a truck through the pasture...churning up cow manure as he went. I remember that one was called, "Shit Stirrer."
Navin teased me a bit, but I couldn't stop watching! I finally walked away from the fourth one. He put a plank of wood on top of a tall bare tree and called it a table in the sky. I watched for a minute. Just a plank of wood in the air with a bird or two flying around it. He finally lost me.
Anyway....here's the real story....Navin and I walked into one of the theatres and sat down to watch one of the "feature films." You guys..................CRAZY TIME!!! It was a choir singing a musical called, "Golden Space City of God."
This is what I kept thinking: Some choir nerd read the book of Revelations, stayed up all night, got stoned...and wrote a musical!
I kept trying not to laugh. I did. But, you guys, did you know that God lives in a gold space ship? It's made of gold, but it is still see through...like glass. So that the Saints can see Earth.
Also, the Saints are going to have special powers and be able to fly. And they can read minds! This is so they can spy on all the people that are wicked...
Okay. Please google it. I could go on all night, but I'm starting to get tired. So, I will finish telling you about our day.
We walked to the library. I can't stay away from books for long. So, I picked up a few and Navin did too.
Then we came home. We weren't home long when Chico called. He wanted to go get tea at McDonald's. Navin said no. I love Navin. So, Chico asked if we wanted to go get some tea somewhere....we really went to Mumbles and got ice cream. Then we walked along the pier for a bit. The view was amazing! I really like Mumbles. There is something about that city that I wish I could explain. Maybe a poem is brewing in my brain about it...
We stopped at Tesco on the way home. Chico picked up some French Bread and an Indian beer called Cobra. It was pretty good bread. But, Chico ate one piece and said something to Navin in Hindi....Navin went into the kitchen and came back with ketchup. Chico dipped the rest of his bread into ketchup. This was probably the strangest thing I'd seen all day. It topped the dude in the cow pasture.
Oh! Before I get ready for bed! I don't know if you have been looking at my pictures on Facebook. I bet you have. Cause you are all awesome peoples. Remember this picture?


 Navin told me to make a face. Then I told him to make a face:


Guess what? I WIN!!!

Goodnight, my peoples. May the cheese be with you.