Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bonjour, Paris!

  Paris, in a word: AMAZING. Just using one word to describe Paris does it a disservice, though. It's a beautiful, romantic, amazing city, and I already want to go back.
  It was a really short trip, of course, because we only had the weekend, but we really packed in a lot. My three friends and I arrived on the Eurostar early on Saturday morning, checked into our hotel, and then hit the streets.
  Our first stop (after we enjoyed a fine Parisian breakfast, of course) were the catacombs. It's where all the exhumed plague-ridden remains were taken in the late 1700's. The passageways go on forever, and I can't even guess how many hundreds of thousands of humain remains are there. We were down there so long that the poor air quality eventually got to the four of us and a bit of headaches and nausea set in. It was unfortunate, but still didn't detract from the experience.
  We spent the rest of the day wandering and eating, and in the evening, we wandered and ate some more. We had delicious food and fantastic champagnes, and I had a chocolate mousse that was so good I proposed marriage to it.
  Eventually, we made our way across the Seine to Notre Dame cathedral, which was a sight to behold, inside and out. The stunning interior was bathed in very soft light and many prayer candles. Images of the life of Christ were being projected onto a large screen at the rear of the altar, and gothic music was playing softly. It was quite reverent and very moving.
  After that, we continued walking, exploring the city at night, and eventually took a very long walk back up the Seine toward our hotel. The Eiffel tower was shining a revolving light out into the foggy sky, making for quite an unbelievable sight. I'll never forget it. Though the walk was incredible, we eventually got tired and took a cab the rest of the way back, getting in very late.
  The next day, the group split in two, and I spent the day at the Louvre. We saw indescribable beauty in the art there, and I won't even go into it all, because I'd never shut up about it. The paintings, sculptures and artifacts there were breathtaking. Interestingly enough, the most famous works- the Mona Lisa, the Venus De Milo- were some of the least interesting things I saw. There was a sculpture of Cupid and Psyche that completely stole the show. Just stunning.
  That evening, we all met back up, and before we knew it, we were back on the Eurostar to London. Short, but sweet.
  Better than my words are some pictures I took, which you can find by clicking THIS LINK TO MY FLICKR PAGE.

  Merci beaucoup, Paris!

Friday, January 14, 2011


  Today is going to rock. The next couple of days are going to rock, in fact. Today, I've got High Comedy class in the morning, Restoration class in the afternoon with the hilariously entertaining John Baxter, and then tonight, all my fellow actors and friends are going out for Thai food and drinks. But wait- there's more!
  Tomorrow, I board the Eurostar early in the morning and head for a weekend in Paris! My hotel is RIGHT next to the Eiffel Tower. In fact, my very swank suite has a balcony that overlooks that famous landmark. My friends and I will tour the catacombs, check out the Louvre, eat a bunch of delicious food and drink fantastic wines- just do up the city. It's going to be amazing.
  So, yeah, you might say my mood is good. Pictures soon to come. Thanks for all the birthday well wishes in email, on Facebook, via text, and in person. I feel loved and blessed!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas remnants

  WHAT?!? Christmas is over!

  Nay, I say! Since I completely forgot to post any pictures of the D Group's Christmas extravaganza at Laurine's place, here they are, a couple of weeks late. It was a festive, drunken time with good eats, good friends, and a yankee swap gift exchange that left a lot of people scratching their heads. The price limit was 5 pounds sterling, and there was quite the array of bizarre presentry. I initially got a pretty cool present, but traded it for a creepy baby doll that crawled around on the floor and had orange light-up eyes. How could I pass that up? Without further ado, here are a few collected images from the night, captioned for your caption reading pleasure. My personal faves are the two Christmas cards with classmate Erika. Can't stop laughing over them.

Music, food, drink

Home Alone face strikes 50% of Holidayists


Nick is serious about Christmas

P-Dog and Lori

Nick lays down the rules of Yankee Swap

Vittoria tries to figure out what a jock strap is

Happy and dumbfounded about "Undercover Cat"

Putting batteries in the demon baby's butt

Christmas Card Option One

Christmas Card Option Two

Our lovely hostess Laurine

Christmas nerd Lori

Ambushed by Liza and photobombed by a reindeer on my way out

  **Special thanks to Laurine for some of these photos

Sunday, January 2, 2011


  Tried my hand at a no-bake dessert tonight, and this was the result. Easy enough, but time consuming. Oh, Jell-O, what CAN'T you do?