Friday, July 28, 2006

Photo Friday Contribution: PORTRAIT

I know, I know.... I've shared this one before. The thing is, it's been a couple months and this happens to be my favorite picture I've taken of my husband. And it fits the category...other choices included actors from shows I've photographed, or the dog children, but this one makes me smile. It was taken on our first anniversary - in Ashland, Oregon. The last time I posted it, I said I thought it would be great on the back of his first book.

New hat


We're off to San Diego this morning to see my parents and to see Wicked on Saturday night. I'm sort of excited. Of course, I'd be more excited if I wasn't suffering from some kind of stomach flu or food poisoning. It's been hell for the past two days. Hell, I tell you! The only thing that would make it OK, would be if it's something else causing all this havoc. That would be completely acceptable....and well, YAY! But something tells me it's just a plain old virus. A disgusting, hot flash inducing, nauseating virus.

On that note....Have a fabulous weekend everybody!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Comic-Mania

Well, we're back in the calm that is our home. Air blasting, dog snoring, fingers typing....it's good to be home. Not to say that our weekend wasn't fabulous. Oh, it was! I wasn't really sure what to expect from this event: Comic-Con. I knew people would be in costume. I expected a lot of geeks in one location. I was looking forward to lots of vendors and interesting panels. I was hoping I might see a movie star or two.

Costumes: Lots of comic book characters on hand, that's a no brainer. Also in attendance were Manga and anime characters and obvious fans of Star Wars, Firefly (Browncoats), Fifth Element, Men in Black, Jay & Silent Bob (just to name a few). It seems that geek chicks are huge fans of the corset and fishnets. There were moments where I thought I might be at a Rocky Horror convention.

100,000 people: Yep. You read that correctly. The convention center was so crowded that people were turned away from the event. People brought their infants, toddlers, and grandmothers. We all walked through the massive center like cattle...stopping frequently to meet all the writers and artists. On Saturday, my blistered foot was rolled over by the same stroller 4 times (within a one minute time span). When I looked at the woman pushing the stroller (which was empty, by the way) she glared at me like I had some nerve putting my foot under her ugly, mint green stroller. I was amused by all the geeks thriving in their Mecca. It made me feel all warm inside to see their eyes glazed over with joy and the obvious camaraderie they all shared with each other. After two and a half days of people watching, I have determined that I clearly married the cutest geek ever.

The vendors: Hundreds of vendors. Comic books and memorabilia everywhere. We purchased a plethora of comic books and graphic novels....I'm actually really looking forward to reading a few of them. We won a cool wooden sun and moon plaque (I can't resist entering drawings).

The panels: We sat in on a Jim Henson panel where they talked about the second Dark Crystal movie. Brian Froud was there and he looks like a little goblin, but cute. I bought one of his books on fairies and he signed it for me. I beamed like a true geek as I talked with him. We also sat in on a "Narnia" panel as well as "Pirates of the Caribbean" and 'Spiderman 3". We saw sneak previews of the latter two and I got a free "Spiderman 3" baseball hat. I think I'll wear it tomorrow.

Movie stars (and directors): I'm just going to list who we saw speak: Frank Miller, Kevin Smith (and Jay...from Clerks), Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas Howard, Topher Grace, Thomas Hayden Church. I also caught a brief glimpse of Rosario Dawson and Quentin Tarrantino as they gave autographs. I feel like a failure of a photographer, but I didn't get a single photo because I left my camera in our hotel room. I didn't want to lug it around, and well...I don't really care that much about these people. I mean, it was awesome to see Nicholas Cage because he is SO out there...but beyond that, it wasn't my thing.

In summary, my first Comic-Con experience was pretty cool. I enjoyed getting a peak at that world and loved hearing people tell each other "Happy Comic-Con". I digged the friendliness of the writers and artists who graciously offered conversations and autographs without prodding. I enjoyed seeing all the geeks beam with excitement. I forgive the woman who ran over my foot with the stroller (four times!) because it was freaking crowded. There were moments I wanted to shout "Walk with purpose!" to the masses, but I was afraid a Princess Leia (Return of the Jedi, slave girl version) or Power Puff Girl might beat me up. That would have been something to blog about! Maybe next year.

So, yeah. We'll be back next year. Next year we'll be pros! I'll wear more practical shoes and carry a backpack. I'll pack snacks and bottled water because the food was over priced and reminded me of the food I ate in high school. I will not wear a costume unless my husband asks nicely, and then I still might not. OK, if you want...I will. I just don't know who I'd be. Suggestions, anyone?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Everything Is Going So Well

So. Yeah. Things seem to be going favorably for the husband and me right now. We got through the injections that Daniel had to give me without too much pain and only one bruise (he forgot to stop squeezing my skin). I was a trooper and barely complained about the stinging and Daniel learned a new skill. So, woohoo for that.

On Saturday we each auditioned for a couple musicals. I auditioned for The Full Monty (Daniel is assistant directing) and Daniel auditioned for Assassins (I'm assisting on that one). We both did really well and found out Sunday afternoon that we got the parts we each had been eyeing. My number is especially jazzy and fun, so I am very excited. I'm thinking if all goes according to plan, this may be my last time on stage for a while.

Which brings me to Sunday morning. We got up early and drove to Thousand Oaks for a follow up appointment. I needed to be seen on the 11th day of my cycle so they could do another ultrasound and see how the meds worked for us. It looks like only one of my eggs matured enough for fertilization - the other eggs just weren't mature enough. That basically means that unless that mature egg splits, we're not likely to have a multiple pregnancy from this first round of treatments. While the idea of twins is certainly exciting, we're happy to know one is very possible. I was given one more injection in the office (this time of HCG) to kind of push that egg along, and then we went home.

And now we're in limbo. I'll start another hormone tomorrow that is supposed to be good for our potential baby to be....and we'll know on August 2nd if this all worked. If it didn't, we start the whole process over again. Provera, Clomid, HSG, Ultrasound, HCG, Go! If inclined, I could make up a little cheer! But that is SO not me.

There is a part of me that is super impatient about all of this waiting until August 2nd. It is very exciting to imagine I could very well be pregnant, right now! Good thing Daniel and I have some things to distract us from the waiting game. We've got our first cast meeting tonight. I've got a 400 image DVD slideshow I need to put together from my last photography job. We leave for San Diego on Thursday for our Comicon weekend....and next weekend we'll be back in S.D. for Wicked. Being busy is a good thing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Neglect

It's not that I've been wanting to neglect you, internet. I've been missing the blogging, really - I have. It's just that I've been busy. I'll spare you all the details (cleaning, planning, organizing) and just share the interesting stuff:

I did a little photo shoot for the Spotlight Theatre last Friday. Here's a peak at how they turned out:

My creation


They will be using these photos for their publicity posters and programs - so that is exciting for me. Looks like I will actually be paid and listed in the programs as the theatre's photographer. That thrills me beyond words. The pay is way down on my list as far as importance goes, but it's nice to be involved and to be appreciated. I'll be at the theatre tomorrow night taking pictures of "The History of Rock and Roll". Also cool is that there is a very strong possibility that one or more of my photos (from when I photographed "The Thing About Men") will be published in the newspaper this week. I'll post a link as soon as I see it.

Other than that, we're just trying to stay cool and entertain ourselves. Tomorrow is the day I've sort of been dreading for a few weeks. Daniel will be giving me FSH shots (in my stomach!)for the next three days in a row. It's kind of a big deal since I've only just recently gotten over the hyperventilating, crying and near fainting at the sight of a needle. I've gotten used to a certain phlebotomist sticking me and taking tubes of blood, but SHE'S a professional. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little nervous scared beyond what is reasonable for an adult who wants to have a baby. I know I'm going to be dealing with a lot worse than a pesky little needle as we go forward, it's just that Daniel has never done this before and I know he's a little nervous too. It is kind of cool though...we're one step closer to a baby with these injections. Sunday we're driving back to our specialists office for an ultra sound to see how everything is going. Who knows? I could be pregnant in the next month or so....or it could take a few more of these treatments, either way we're having fun!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Superman & Parenting

Daniel and I joined hundreds of people yesterday in one of our favorite pastimes. We did not picnic or travel. In fact, we avoided the heat altogether. Instead, we went to see a matinee of Superman Returns. Movie watching seemed patriotic somehow - especially when watching the "man of steel" fly around saving people.

Prior to the movie starting, we observed families flocking in to the theatre and quickly filling the seats. Parents were grabbing booster seats so their toddlers could better see the screen. I couldn't help but try to remember the first time I watched Superman. I don't think I saw it in the theatre back in 1978. It's far more likely that I watched it on HBO sometime in the early eighties...at home. But I'll get to that in a moment.

Before Superman Returns we were enticed (and then, not so much) by the previews. Spiderman 3 looks good, but then we likey the superhero movies. Ant Bully looks cute. Amazingly, this gal who is SO not in to sports was enticed by the preview for "Invincible". I love me some inspirational sports flicks! It must be the underdog persevering that I'm drawn to. It's certainly not the football and it's definitely not Marky Mark (although I did like Italian Job). I got a laugh when the "Lady in the Water" preview finished and a boy around four years old announced to the theatre that he did NOT want to see that. Me either, kid!

I couldn't help but wonder why they would stick the LITW preview with Superman. Hello! Did they not realize that the preview was going to freak me (and all the little kids) out? And then, as we watched a particularly violent scene in the movie I remembered that this wasn't a kids movie. The originals weren't either. It's scary to see this iconic hero get beaten down. For an instant, I felt bad that the movie wasn't more kid friendly.

And then I got over that and I just wanted all those little kids to be led single file out of the theatre with their parents. See, it's one thing to make a decision about what movies your elementary or junior high kid is going to see. That is each parents prerogative and it's so not my place to tell people how to parent (who am I?). But the thing is...babies, toddlers and loud children too young to understand what their "quiet, inside voice" is do NOT belong in a movie theatre. I don't care if it's 4th of July and I just said it felt patriotic to be watching Superman. Families should be picnicking, damn it! Don't even get me started about the guy who allowed his cell phone to ring (very loudly) during a very emotional scene. How hard is it to put your phone on vibrate? Seriously. I'm going to need to write a separate blog about that sometime.

And obviously, I'm not saying this because I hate kids. I'm not trying to be insensitive. I totally get wanting to see a flic in the theatre. I get that absurd hope that maybe, just maybe YOUR kid won't be a crazy mini nuisance and disrupt a movie. It's Superman, for goodness sake! Won't your child be spellbound by his magnificence into silence? No. The answer is no, you silly parent! Your child will want to announce to everyone that he is flying! They'll want to shout out that Lex is bald! They will cry when they are hungry, bored (because the movie is very long) and have to "go potty". What were you thinking, Parent!?

And that brings me to my final point of the evening. With all this talk of parenting, I thought I'd use this opportunity to say that Daniel and I didn't always know we wanted to be parents. We enjoy being just us and the freedom it allows. That said, the idea of bringing a child into this world is extremely exciting, wonderful and scary. We know that it will not always be a walk in the park. We will probably make a ton of mistakes (but not the movie theatre mistake, no way!) but we'll also do some things right. I think as a team (and individually), we are pretty fabulous...and I know that a child we raise will be just as lucky to have us as we will be to have them. Sure, I'll probably pass on one of my many non-contagious but possibly genetic ailments to our kids...but we will teach them to overcome obstacles as we have. Maybe they will love theatre, movies, music, reading and writing (or you know, whatever makes them happy...even football). I hope they will follow our lead and be open minded and forgiving. I hope they absorb mine and Daniel's combined strengths and learn from our weaknesses and mistakes. One of my biggest hopes for our child (or children) is that they be their own person and speak their mind even if it's not what the majority believes. We both look forward to teaching and learning - laughing at silly things and debating important questions. We'll do all that we can to teach them to express themselves freely. We will encourage them to seek enlightenment and strong connections with their family and friends. We both are so excited for our family and friends to be a part of this endeavor. Their support of our choice is very important to us.

I could go on and on about this.

Daniel and I will not be the best parents that ever lived, but we will strive to be the best parents - the best people - we can be. I think that's a good place to start. Sure, some would say we're joining the ranks of people who don't know the first thing about parenting. Maybe. But we'll learn. We didn't make this decision haphazardly. This isn't "baby fever" (or malaria, whatever...are they similar?) I guess you could say it is baby fever. Sure. This is also two people who are happy and want to share our life with a family. We're excited...and just a little nervous - and I'm super sensitive (and moody) these days.

That's what blogs are for. Well, it's what this blog is for anyway.