Bye Columbus!

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“What?? I’m going with you, right? RIGHT??”

As excited as I am for the next chapter that my hubs and I are beginning, today’s post is about the chapter we are closing. I want to express my gratitude to the people we’ve met and the city we’ve lived in for 2 1/2 years.

Bye Columbus.

I must admit, in the beginning, we had very low (if any) expectations of Columbus, Ohio. Our first impressions were drab – dreary weather and run down houses around campus. But for a million reasons, it was the right choice. And as time went on, the city grew on us. The Columbus Adventures have been many.

We loved our home here, in the summers and in the winter.

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We loved our friends here, and hosting them in our home whenever possible for parties, girls nights, movie nights, brunches, and grad school work groups…

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We got Ryman here!

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Winter SUCKED A LOT, but we got through it, and celebrated our first two married Christmases here.

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The National Championship in football didn’t hurt either – it definitely made it a fun time to be at a fun place.

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The people though…THE PEOPLE is always the thing hardest to leave, isn’t it?

The way God put the right people in our lives at the right times… I can’t even. Right off the bat, I met Laura, a fellow Vandy grad. LAURA I WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST WITHOUT YOU. And we met other Vandy friends along the way.

Then we made our friends through Jonathan’s grad program. ALSO LOST WITHOUT YOU GUYS.

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And then out of the blue, I went to a Stella and Dot party that a coworker was hosting, and met another girl, who introduced me to lots of girls, and through them I joined an incredible women’s bible study. This group of women taught me so much, and they don’t even know it.

Along the way, many of my coworkers became friends, and the hubs and I continued to meet awesome people out of the blue. Like I said, this city grew on us, thanks to the people who’ve made it feel like home these past few years.

All this to say, I am so thrilled for the next chapter, but today I’m a little sad saying good by to this one. Bye Columbus!

And just because I love it, here is the “one second a day” video I made from July – December of 2014… Captures a lot of favorite travels and Columbus moments!

Big News {The Time We Moved Back to Nashville}

I realized that I have started many blog posts over the years with “big news” or “good news” or “exciting news” so I’m going to start adding subtitles. Hence, today’s Big News: The Time We Moved Back To Nashville.

The most recent (and final) big event is that I have happily accepted an exciting job offer. In just a few short weeks, I will start in my new role as Director of Development for the Make A Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This is a bittersweet announcement, as some of you know, due to the fact that I absolutely love my job and my coworkers at Ohio State. Going to work every day with a team that works so hard but yet is so fun to be around has opened my eyes to what “work” can really be. As sad as I am to say goodbye, I really hope I can take what I’ve learned here and help make the MAW Foundation a fun and meaningful place to work for myself and my colleagues.

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I say this is the most recent bit of news, because in case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s how the summer has gone down.

  1. My hubs got an awesome job, after graduating with his Masters from Ohio State, working as a Transportation Planner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. This is basically exactly the type of work he had hoped for. FOR THE WIN.
  2. Not long after, we bought a house. It needs love. It’s torn to pieces at the moment. It’s stressful. But we are doing it – we have an ADDRESS.
  3. Now, after several months of living apart from my husband, I got a job! A job I am excited about!!

All of this about 2 1/2 years after A DIFFERENT “BIG NEWS” POST about the OTHER biggest change in our lives. But seriously – WHERE DOES ALL THE TIME GO?!

It is truly yet another reminder of how God has His hands in everything. I worry, I doubt, just like the rest of us, but as soon as I take a step back and say, “I don’t need to be in control of this – God’s got this,” everything seems to come together a little more easily and with a lot more grace.

We made a show!

I know you are sick of hearing about it, but now that we’ve got one weekend of performances under our belt, it feels like a REAL SHOW and we DID IT.11823014_10207129319052470_8409766406364155295_o

It wasn’t without its hiccups. We didn’t have lights until opening night. Microphones were a little iffy, including the fact that we sometimes heard bits of conversation from on stage / in the house. One of our main characters slipped on fake blood and sprained her ankle and had to do Sunday’s show on crutches.

You read that right. Fake blood. Lots of it. We’ve added mopping between scenes.

#COMMUNITYTHEATER am I right?

Attendance was small, but it’s a small space and it honestly felt perfectly cozy! Most of us play multiple roles throughout the show…It’s how it was written. And honestly, it makes it pretty funny since everyone plays both men and women. You get quite an eclectic cast of characters that way. I play Ruthie/Ned/Young Meredith.

I’m really looking forward to our next performances, since I think we are all having a little more fun with it now. WE FINALLY KNOW OUR LINES so it’s on us now to just have a great time. If you’re in Columbus, come out and see us! Details are here: http://www.emeraldcityplayers.com/

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Tech Week

Ahhhh, tech week. Ask anyone who has ever been in theater, and they will cringe at those two words. It’s the week before you open. There are lights and costumes and props and microphones and people all in places there never were before. And you weren’t totally confident in your memorization of lines as it was, and now adding on all these pieces?? Yeah. It’s a little rough.

Tech week is stressful, and in community theater, it’s even more fickle. Our lines and our harmonies vanished into thin air. Half of the microphones don’t work…

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We have new props, like this twisted-pinterested Bat Baby…

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There is general confusion, hubbub, and mess…

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Yes you may notice this does not look like a theater. That’s because it’s not – it’s a local office building. But we are in the beginning phase of transforming it…All this and we open on Saturday. So much fun and so little sleep!!

And if you’re in Columbus, PLEASE come see Bat Boy: The Musical so all of this is not in vain!!! 🙂

Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Commons

I’ve been wanting to go to a Picnic with the Pops event ever since I moved to Columbus, and recently I finally made it happen!

I happen to be the President of my alma mater’s local chapter (mostly because I needed friends when I moved here, and starting a chapter seemed like a good idea). The school wants us to hold one educational or cultural event each year, so we had the grand idea to have a music professor visit us. And it happens that my favorite professor from college is a music professor, and was the biggest mentor and cheerleader for our musical theater group. He also happens to be world-renowned in the academic musical theater world…so who better to bring to Ohio? Oh, and he also happens to be originally from just outside of Columbus.

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We had a nice little crew of 16 alumni and friends attend, with an amazing catered dinner. I HIGHLY recommend the whole table and catering thing! See everyone in the back who had to arrive early just to get a decent lawn seat? Yeah…not us!

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Pink Martini was seriously awesome. Their lead singer, China Forbes, was the epitome of style, grace, and smooth jazz. She seemed sooooo effortless and so comfortable sharing her talents with us. It was seriously so awesome. Their music is incredibly eclectic, and they tied stories in to many of their pieces.

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All in all, the whole Picnic with the Pops experience proved more than entertaining, and Pink Martini is possibly my new favorite music group. I would see them again in a heartbeat!!

I’m Finally in a Musical Again!

After a five-year hiatus, I’m finally rejoining the world of community theater. WOOT.

I was never the lead in high school, but by senior year, I was cast as the comedic supporting role…and loved it!! I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh, I think I’m funny…” This whole time I had thought I wanted to be the ingenue, only to learn I REALLY just wanted to make everyone laugh and totally steal the show from the ingenue… I know, I’m a bad person. It’s cool.

In college, I joined the amazing group “The Original Cast,” and continued doing musical theater just for fun. My favorite roles, still, were the funny ones… Like Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre. I did occasionally play that good ol’ ingenue role, but often felt like I missed out on that little spunky punch I love about comedic roles. After graduating, I did a few community theater productions, including How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Seussical the Musical, and a local writer’s new show entitled Call Me Home.

Then I got a new job, which included travel every other week, and community theater just wasn’t a possibility. It’s been on hold for five years now, and finally, my travel has reduced enough that I can make it work. So, I auditioned, and got in! Hooray! Community theater is a funny thing, where EVERYONE knows EVERYONE. Breaking into that little world is definitely a tad challenging, but hey, I’m just happy to be connecting and getting re-started.

In early August, I’ll be in Bat Boy, put on by Emerald City Players just outside of Columbus.

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I admit, I have actually really loved this quirky musical since I first saw it in high school the music is fun and clever, and it’s a totally ridiculous plot based on that 1990’s “Weekly World News” article about a half boy, half bat being found. HA! It’s what you might consider a “cult musical,” which is perfect for a summertime community production.

There are four main characters, and then the rest of the ten-person cast (so six of us, if you’re bad at math) play two or three characters throughout the show. I’ll be playing Ruthie/Ned (oh yeah, most everyone plays a guy and a girl at some point). No matter who you play, you’re on stage a lot and you’re singing a lot! Who could ask for anything more? 😉 Seriously, can’t wait to dive back into that rehearsal grind, plunk out some fun new harmonies, and utter the words, “I can’t – I have rehearsal” on a regular basis. Happy Friday!

Yellow Springs, OH

Over the weekend, the hubs and I went on an Ohio adventure with a couple of our friends. A small town called Yellow Springs was hosting their annual Street Festival. Yellow Springs only has about 3,500 residents, but this festival had over 250 vendors, with plenty of food options spread throughout. We had a great time exploring the many MANY tents of unique items.

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It was a SERIOUSLY HOT day though, so on the way home we made a stop at Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm to get some AMAZING ice cream.  IMG_7771

And also to feed these guys…IMG_7773

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