Wednesday, June 17, 2009

silly stuff + pic

Nicknames? DJ, Dot, Dottie, Hottie Dottie, Dorkathy, Dorotheatre, Dorfaletta, Smithy, Drama Mama

Where do you live? In a disgustingly small house (900 sg. feet) in Hanahan, SC

What's your age? Thirty (I think)

Hair color? Dirty blond

Eye color? Blue

Height? Five feet, six inches ( I measured just the other day)

Shoe size? Eight

Date of Birth? December 24, 1978

What's your star sign? Capricorn

Element? Earth

How many siblings? One, my little brother Carl

How many pets? Five - two dogs (Charlie & Pixie) and three cats (Luna, Enjouer & Bones)

Obsessions? Putting things (any thing and everything I can) in rainbow order; cleaning up & organizing anything that appears to be dirty & disorganized

Bad habits? Pulling out the hair behind my ears when I am nervous or thinking too hard; cleaning up & organizing anything that appears to be dirty & disorganized (including things that don't belong to me)

Phobias? Bad things happening to Wendy, being alone forever, loosing control

What makes you happy? Being with Wendy & Alex, doing theatre-related stuff (anything really), reading a really good book

What really irritates you? People who don't seem to care about anything

What makes you sad? Movies where animals get hurt or children are separated from their parents or both

What makes you angry? Cruelty

What makes you scared? Fighting with Alex, when depression rages out of control

Who is your best friend? Alex

Ever broken a bone? Big toe on my right foot, during rehearsals for Monica's "Bad to the Bone" dance in her senior recital

What's the best advice you've ever received? "Hey, let's just have fun."

What shoes do you own? Docs, sneakers, sandals, slippers, several pairs of heels in various colors, two pairs of knee-high boots, and various types of dance shoes (ballet slippers, toe shoes, tap shoes, jazz sneakers, dance sandals, etc.) - sorry there's a lot but I AM a girl...

What was the last CD you bought? Butch Walker's Mixtape

What was the last book you read? Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes (it kicked ass)

Who was the last person you spoke to? Alex

What was the last thing you ate? Taco roll up

What was the last thing you drank? Water

What's the best thing you've ever bought? Probably my TV - I use it quite a lot and enjoy it just about every time I use it - I'd consider that quite a good investment

What's the worst thing you've ever bought? UM...I hate buying new foods at the store and then when I try them they turn out fucking disgusting - does that count?

What's the best thing you've ever been given? Artwork from my students - I love every single piece!

What's the worst thing you've ever been given? My mom gave me a potato-masher when I graduated college...

What are your future goals? Get my masters (maybe even my doctorate) so I can teach at a university, and move somewhere less stressful

Describe your bedroom? Seafoam walls decorated with 1-an awesome painting Sydney made for me 2-a truly lovely picture of our school stage that the drama club kids all signed for me 3-the masks Sydney made for Girl Meets Guy, white dresser (covered in photos of me & Alex), Alex's black drafting table (covered in artwork & tools), queen-sized bed, and two large and extremely overstuffed bookshelves

What's your most embarrassing moment? The time I spaced out during a performance of Tartuffe and completely (and very obviously) missed my cue

Who do you consider the most beautiful woman in the world? Wendy (she's a very little woman still, but she counts)

Who do you consider the most handsome man in the world? Alex

Favorite thing to do on a hot summers day? Go to the beach with Jenny

Favorite thing to do on a snowy winters day? Play outside then come inside, sit by a fire, and drink cocoa while reading a book

If you were granted 3 wishes, what would they be? 1-A long, healthy, happy, and fulfilling life for Wendy, 2-to someday have all my questions answered, 3-for all life on earth to live in a harmonious symbiosis now and for forever more

If you could go back in time to see or change something, when would it be and what would you do? I'll not go into details but it involves a poor decision on my father's part made about ten years ago and the repercussions of this choice were all entirely negative and are still affecting me & the people I love to this very day

What's the first thing you think about when you wake up? Wendy

What exactly were you doing on September 11th as the terrorist attacks were being carried out in America? Subbing for third graders, many of whom asked me if their parents were going to have to go to war

Have you ever been in love? Still am

Do you believe in the after-life? Yeppers, and it's gonna ROCK!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? As the mother of a precocious 10-year-old, hopefully teaching at a university somewhere less stressful

If you could choose your own death, how would you go? Something with a bit of a warning to it (so those who love & will miss me will have time to prepare a bit mentally & emotionally) and preferably something with little or no physical pain on my part

Would you ever consider having plastic surgery? NO FUCKING WAY

What's the funniest joke you've ever been told? Alex's joke about the duck going into the bar asking for grapes (I'd type it all out but it's quite long)

Do you have any regrets in life? Um, I suppose, but most of them contributed to who I am now

What advice would you give to a kid? Always believe in fairies

Any hidden talents? I'm afraid the things I think I am secretly quite good at would actually look ridiculously pale if ever brought out into the light

Is yours an 'innie' or 'outie'? Innie, which is good since outies kind of freak me out

Last job? Teacher

Current job? Teacher

Dream job? Teacher (at a university) - or director/actor/playwright/choreographer/company member in a professional theatre

Who is your hero? J.M Barrie

Describe yourself in 3 words: Unique, loud, dramatic

Favorite color? Blue, silver, opal

Favorite number? Used to be 2, now it's 3 (the reason should be obvious...)

Favorite animal? Ferrets - hilarious and fun

Favorite sport (to play)? Does acting count as a sport? How about tech work? Or dancing?

Favorite sport (to watch)? WWE wrestling - it's like stage combat meets improv meets soap operas about men in tights!

Favorite soap? Um...can I count WWE wrestling? (see above)

Favorite programs? Buffy, Angel, Doctor Who, Firefly, Dollhouse, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, House, Bones, Burn Notice, Middleman, True Blood, Psych, So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, Top Chef, Shear Genius, Penn & Teller's Bullshit, and (as previously mentioned) WWE wrestling

Favorite radio station? I HATE the radio

Favorite movies? Oh God, here we go again...Breakfast Club, Fried Green Tomatoes, Big Fish, Sixteen Candles, Tank Girl, Amalie, Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Saved, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, The Last Unicorn, ANY musical (except Oklahoma) and ANY Shakespeare movie

Favorite band? Me First and the Gimmme Gimmes (fav solo artist is Butch Walker)

Favorite song? Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall

Favorite room in the house? Bedroom - it's the most relaxing and it's where the books are

Favorite football team? Do people even still watch that game?

Favorite famous celeb/s? Kenneth Branaugh, Hillary Swank, Natalie Portman, David Tennant (there's more but I can't go on like this...)

Favorite board game? Cranium or Scene It

Favorite video game/s? Urbz or Viva Pinata

Favorite PC game? Never played one, but it would likely be the Sims, or so I'm told

Favorite food? Seafood

Favorite fast-food? Larry's Giant Subs...yum... (Justin knows what's up...)

Favorite drink? Espresso based coffees (lately I've been favoring the Coconut Mocha from Gloria Jean's)

Favorite magazine? Babytalk, Parents, American Baby, Parenting (do you sense a theme?)

Favorite place? With people I love

Favorite cartoon character? Daria (Man, I miss that show...)

Favourite day of the week? Thursday

Favorite day of the year? Christmas

Favorite season? They all have something lovely to offer, as well as being vitally important

Favorite car? One with A/C and a working stereo

Favorite shop? Gloria Jean's (coffee shop in Northwoods Mall)

Favorite holiday? Beltane

Favorite girls name? Wendy (duh, why would I name my child any girl's name that WASN'T my favorite?)

Favorite boys name? Skye

Favorite country? Like country music song? I guess the one about the chicken fried...

Favorite smell? Honeysuckle

Favorite sound? Laughter

Favorite accent? British as done by James Marsters (I'm getting all melty just thing about it...)

Coke or Pepsi? Water

Pen or Pencil? Blue ink pen, clicky pencil

Day or Night? Both have something lovely to offer, as well as being vitally important

Cat or Dog? As long as it's not "Bird" - Alex HATES birds...

T.V. or Radio? T.V. (I HATE the radio, remember?)

Brains or Beauty? Personality

Cup or Mug? Tea cup, coffee mug (extra large)

Tea or Coffee? Coffeecoffeecoffee

Gold or Silver? White gold (because it looks like silver)

Brush or Comb? Brush

City or Country? Depends on which city, and where the country is situated...

Red or White wine? Champagne

Early or Late nighter? Early during the school year, late during the summer

Early or Late riser? Early during the school year, late during the summer (all dependent on when Wendy wakes, of course)

Blonde or Brunette? Redhead!

Scary or Romantic movies? Romantic comedy is my preference

Board or Computer games? Board

Half full or Half empty? Drink it already!

Long nails or Short? I like mine to be long (it makes my hands slightly less god-awful looking) but then I pull my hair more frequently...

Happy and poor or Sad and rich? Happy and rich (DUH!)

Swimsuit or Bikini? NAKED!

Glasses or Contacts? I prefer my contacts, but I wear my glasses from time to time

Salt and Vinegar or Cheese and Onion? As long as there's no pepper or mustard involved...

Flowers or Chocolates? Both, plus jewelry (totally kidding - actually the correct answer is BOOKS)

Love or Money? All you need is love, but I also have grown fond of eating over the years, so it's a toss up...

Hugs or Kisses? Both

What are you wearing? PJ's

What's the latest news? Flowertown is taking forever to post the cast list for Sweet Charity

What's the weather like? Dark - it's like 1:00 AM

How do you feel? Tired-ish & hungry


Cried? Yesterday at the aquarium when I was reading an article about the Sea Turtle Hospital

Laughed? Yesterday at the aquarium when I watched Wendy try to catch the fish through the glass

Swore? I can't fucking remember!

Lied? I lie so often it's hard to keep track of them all...

Got drunk? About six years ago at a joint birthday party Mikey threw for Alex and me (Yeager Bombs are BAD for you, boys and girls...)

Read a newspaper? Um...probably when I worked at my little coffee kiosk back at ENMU

Read your horoscope? If I'm reading a magazine with a horoscope section I'll check mine out, but it's not really something I keep up with regularly

Had a bath/shower? Yesterday

Had a cold? Um, it's been awhile, I can't really recall

Smiled at someone? I smile at everyone I make eye contact with

Gave someone a cuddle? Cuddled Alex this morning when I got up, cuddled Wendy just a moment ago

Said, 'I love you'? Told Alex this morning when I got up, told Wendy just a moment ago


Who's the nicest? Sydney

Who's the funniest? Alex

Who's the most annoying? I can think of several...

Who's the best looking? Nadirah

Who's the weirdest? Bob

Who's the chattiest? Sami

Who's the quietest? I don't really associate with quiet people...

Who's the most outrageous? Rachel (in a good way)

Who's the shyest? I don't really associate with shy people either...

Who's the kindest? Nadirah

Who's the idiot? Me

Who's the friendliest? Keely

Who's the best? Wendy


What is a turn on? Sense of humor& empathy

What is a turn off? Antagonistic nature

What physical feature are you attracted to the most? Dimples

Best chat up line? I see you're reading Shakespeare, I happen to LOVE Shakespeare...

What's the most irritating thing about them? They can't seem to communicate with women EVER

Could you live without them? Um, no, you see, I don't know if anyone's ever explained this to you, but when a man and a woman love each other very much...

Describe your ideal partner? About 5' 11", skinny, rusty hair, brown eyes, plays guitar, has a bad back, and is named ALEX SMITH

What time is it now? 11:49 AM (I've been doing this on and off since yesterday - yay summer free time!)
Me & Wendy at the aquarium

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cutest baby EVER!

We entered a photo of Wendy in Babytalk magazine's cover baby contest..
If she doesn't win then I say they must be communists... I mean, LOOK AT HER! She's the cutest baby EVER!
So far summer has been treating me pretty good - although I've only had summer for a weekend so far...but it was a NICE weekend. Restful. Joyous. Awesome. Anywho, I'm going to bugger off and get back to reading this kick ass book I've been reading (it's called The Hunger Games) because I only get in really solid stretches of reading when Wendy is asleep...
Love & cupcakes...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

the longest two weeks EVER

There are only two weeks left in this school year and I feel like my brains are going to melt out of my ears. Therefore, a summary:
I. Bad Stuff
A. I only have THREE students signed up for my BCA class next year
1. They are my BOTTOM three choices
B. I only have ONE WEEK to plan the Drama Club Awards Banquet
1. haven't order awards or patches
2. haven't made DVDs
3. don't even know WHEN it's going to be
C. I'm so stressed I've been pulling my hair out again
1. This makes Alex quite upset with me
2. This also makes me quite bald behind the ears
D. We have no money
1. Alex has no job
2. the economy sucks so his likelihood of getting a job (that he likes & that pays well) is pretty small
3. I still want stuff...even though we have no way to pay for it
4. I especially want to move out of this stupid, lame house
II. Good Stuff
A. New Mexico Trip
1. We hope to go soon after school is out
2. We'll go with Mommy Suzan & Daddy Donald so it won't cost very much
3. We'll get to see my mom & dad & brother and Sam & Des & David and they'll all get to see Wendy
4. We'll get to stay as long as we like - Alex has no job yet & I'm out of school
B. School will be over soon for TWO blessed months
1. I'll have time to be with Wendy
2. I'll have time to work out
3. I'll have time to plan awesome drama lessons for the BCA class next year
4. I'll have time to read & cook & sleep & go to the water park
C. I have awesome books to read for the summer thanks to our school's summer reading program
D. Beach Days with Jenny once a week
E. Spa Days with Jenny once a week
F. So You Think You Can Dance (the COOLEST TV show EVER) starts soon...
Gotta go pay bills now...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring Break rocks my socks

I'm going to try to post some pictures of Wendy because she's ADORABLE with all caps!

Here's Wendy playing with measuring cups while I make breakfast. Once I heard her giggling madly behind me and turned to find her holding a roll of paper towels halfway unrolled which she had some how managed to snatch. (Go go Gadget arms...)

Here's Wendy and Luna looking out at the neighborhood. Wendy is incredibly fond of shouting insults out to the world - things like, "Gawaaah!" and "Daaayeh!" Of course, they could be compliments rather than insults - my babese is a little rusty...

And here she is reaching for the camera. Wendy enjoys grabbing for things. She enjoys putting said things into her mouth once a grab-for-it has been successfully completed. She also enjoys bath time. Ah, the simple joys of childhood...

After a hard day's work Wendy needs a good car seat nap - she almost always falls asleep in the car. Of course when we get home and try to transfer her from car seat to bed she wakes up and wants to play. No rest for the wicked...
On an unrelated topic the ball in her lap in the above picture is called a "Taggie". Wendy has had a fascination with tags on things for many months now. I thought it rather brilliant that someone decided to design a baby toy with dozens of tags.
Well, there you a have it - a few pictures from our Spring Break time together. I'll try to post again before I have to go back to work - but don't hold your breath...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

seeds of beginnings in every ending

Play is over after today - last one for Sydney. SO sad. Will miss her much. Always one that's REALLY hard to let go of - first Joshie, then Sami, then Brent (really , REALLY hard there), then Keely, and now Sydney. Sigh... Proud of the play. Think I want to rewrite it without all the censoring I had to do for a high school production. Was fun. Glad it's over, though. Onward to Spring Break with Wendy - oodles of bonding time for baby and me. Yippee - something to dance about!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stars Upon Thars

I had no idea what to title this blog and I looked down at my belly (I'm wearing a new tank top with silver stars on it ) and voila! That has nothing to do with anything.
I'm really sleepy and I should be in bed now (Wendy's asleep - quick make a break for it!) but I want to WRITE. I want to write so bad I can taste it. I'm reading On Writing by Stephen King aloud to my creative writing class - it's part autobiography part instruction booklet and ALL great. The man spends like six to eight hours a day just reading and writing. It sounds like heaven. And I think I could do it. Be a writer, I mean - I've read a lot of books, and I am at least partly certain that I could write something as good if not better than at least 25% of the shit I've read before. I just need...what? I don't know - an idea? inspiration? time? something to pull the safety net out from under my feet? Maybe if I haven't done it by now I'm not meant to ever do it. Who knows. We were talking in my advisory class today about how cool it would be if the people who got the blood you donated could contact you to thank you - and how cute it would be if that's how one couple met and fell in love. See - pretty decent starting point for a story, but so then what? What's the conflict? What must they overcome? Where am I going with this? That's where I always lose it. I can get started, but I can never finish - or even get to the middle - because I'm not really so good at the conflict. Joss Whedon said all the best stories start with a "what if"...but what if I never come up with my "what if"?

Monday, January 26, 2009

almost finished - just in time to begin

Rehearsals began today for our spring drama club production. Not only have I NOT QUITE finished the play, but my male lead was like 20 minutes late. I worry about the many new folks in this year's show - they are always such a gamble. I have enjoyed writing the play. I'm not sure if it's any good (during today's read-though all of the characters seems incredibly one-dimensional) but it's been nice writing just the same. I wish I was a stay at home mom and author. I would freaking love that. I really hope I still enjoy directing after having Wendy. All I want to do any more is spend all my time with her. I TOTALLY have a crush on my daughter...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Here I am...

I started this blog so I could read two of my favorite people's blogs everyday - my husband Alex's sketch blog and my very dear friend and matron of honor from my wedding, Maria's blog. I doubt mine will be as interesting as theirs but I will do my best not to embarrass myself in front of them. I have to get to work rewriting the Shakespearean comedy "As You Like It" (more on that next time) so I'm cutting this short. Ta ta!