An Ordinary World

books, blabberings, and a life semi-common

Two Thousand and Seven

For the most part, 2007 treated me well. The year was full of new friends, new shows, and new meetings with old loved friends. There were a few things that happened that I’d rather not remember, but that’s all a part of learning, isn’t it?

HIGHLIGHTS

After 12 years, my parents bought a new house in a nearby town. Seeing as how I am still living at home to save expenses, I have my own place there, as well. It’s cute and lovely, and my room is green, so I can’t really complain.

During Christmas, a large portion of my mom’s side of the family came together. It was the first time so many of us had been together in nearly a decade. It’s both strange and funny and amazing to see how much we’ve all changed — or stayed the same!

Disney had me as a guest, not once, but twice this year. In April, I joined my sister, BIL, and nephew; we stayed at a family member’s condo. When I came back, I was telling Tara about it and we decided to go again in June, where we stayed at the Pop Century Hotel on the Disney property. Both trips were very, very fun, but they were quite different from each other.

My first HUGE purchase after getting a job was a MacBook. She’s sleek and black and pretty amazing. I wasn’t sure what to name her, but when I talked to Tony, I kept saying, “She’s so pretty… I mean, seriously, she’s SO pretty!” and so he told me, in all his Italian glory, to name her Bella. So I did.

Joe spent a few days with me in NYC, almost a week, actually. Over the years, we’ve had to scream at each other and hate each other to get to the right place in our friendship, but it works now and the almost-week was beautiful. We saw Altar Boyz and Spring Awakening together, visited the Central Park petting zoo and lounged on the Great Lawn. We ate lots of food and spent some time at Don’t Tell Mama’s, and just enjoyed each other’s company. As he left, I said good-bye to him for an extended period of time, since he was leaving for Korea. I still miss him.

Though I’ve always been friendly with Sara, a tight friendship began this year and it’s crazy to see how well we really match. I can’t even say how it started but I am forever glad it did.

Broadway went dark for a full three weeks. As a fan, it was a terrible time for the loss of shows in that time frame and I often found myself walking past the closed theaters in hopes of finding the magic that was in danger of being lost. As a friend to a few actors, it was a horrifying experience to see so much talent without jobs for three weeks.

HARRY POTTER found its end with THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. A few of us dressed up for the event, but got slightly split up. Tamra, Marty, and I stayed at the B&N in Union Square all night, where we had our palms read, talked with an awesome Dumbledore, almost got into a stare-off with a Snape that looked eerily like Michael Jackson, and spoke in British accents to throw the children off. When we finally got the books, we sped back down to the apartment and did a roundtable reading for a few chapters. Best night possible.

LITERATURE

  1. AVENUE Q, avenue q & zachary pincus-roth
  2. PLAYGROUND, jennifer saginor
  3. COME BACK, claire & mia fontaine
  4. AS NATURE MADE HIM, john colapinto
  5. THE SECRET LIVES OF MEN AND WOMEN, frank warren
  6. THE POP-UP BOOK OF PHOBIAS, gary greenberg
  7. SWEPT AWAY, toni blake
  8. NEXT, michael crichton
  9. PLEASURE CONTROL, cathryn fox
  10. BAD DOG, MARLEY, john grogan
  11. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, l. frank baum
  12. SPRING’S AWAKENING, frank wedekind
  13. BLOOD PRICE, tanya huff
  14. BLOOD TRAIL, tanya huff
  15. BLOOD LINES, tanya huff
  16. BLOOD PACT, tanya huff
  17. BLOOD DEBT, tanya huff
  18. ANA’S STORY, jenna bush
  19. CHLOE DOES YALE, natalie krinksy
  20. THESE ARE MY CONFESSIONS, joy king, electa rome parks, cheryl robinson, meta smith
  21. CASSANDRA FRENCH’S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS, eric garcia
  22. SUMMER AT TIFFANY, marjorie hart
  23. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, jk rowling
  24. STARDUST, neil gaiman
  25. THE TEMPLAR LEGACY, steve berry
  26. SAINT MAYBE, anne tyler
  27. BIG BONED, meg cabot
  28. BLOOD BANK, tanya huff
  29. THE 13th APOSTLE, richard f. heller
  30. OUT OF SYNC, lance bass
  31. SEDUCTION’S SPELL, lynn lafleur
  32. A LIFETIME OF SECRETS, frank warren
  33. THE LITTLE MERMAID, hans christian andersen
  34. BERTHA VENATION, larry ashmead
  35. HOW TO BE POPULAR, meg cabot
  36. BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL, nadine haobsh
  37. NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM, jordan dane
  38. TRUE STORY, michael finkel
  39. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER, larry doyle
  40. NOT A BOX, antoinette portis
  41. NOT A STICK, antoinette portis
  42. THE MISSING PIECE, shel silverstein
  43. THE MISSING PIECE MEETS THE BIG O, shel silverstein
  44. THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPY BEAUTY, anne rice as a.n. roquelaure
  45. BEAUTY’S RELEASE, anne rice as a.n. roquelaure
  46. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, jk rowling
  47. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, jk rowling
  48. THE THIRD SECRET, steve berry

PERFORMANCES

  1. ALTAR BOYZ, 27
  2. SPRING AWAKENING, 18
  3. LEGALLY BLONDE, 3
  4. LES MISERABLES, 3
  5. AVENUE Q
  6. THE COLOR PURPLE
  7. WICKED
  8. RENT
  9. HAIRSPRAY, 2
  10. KRISTIN CHENOWETH at the metropolitan
  11. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, 2
  12. COLBIE CAILLAT
  13. MY FIRST TIME reading
  14. A CHORUS LINE
  15. TARZAN, 2
  16. PRINCESS MIMI
  17. UNSUNG 2007
  18. MR. BROADWAY
  19. URINETOWN at la salle university
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