Archive | August, 2013

Things I Found…

27 Aug

I mentioned briefly a few posts ago that I tend to keep a lot of crap. I definitely have some hoarding tendencies, but nothing that’s gotten out of control- yet. I just have a lot of stuff with me at all times- at home, traveling, and at the office. I’m a big worrier and “what if” kind of girl: what if it rains? what if I get invited out after work? what if I spill an entire mug of tea on my pants? I need supplies to deal with all of those situations!

I used to carry a ton of stuff back and forth to work with me in my shoulder bag that I fondly refer to as a purse. I’d carry extra make-up, whatever book I was reading, and umbrella, extra shoes, etc., until one day it hit me: I have a desk. With drawers. I can probably keep some stuff at work. Huh. And so my “personal” desk drawer began…and it spiraled out of control almost as quickly as it began.

Our servers/network are down at work today- no business functions, no websites, no email. Since I can’t do any actual work, I decided to clean out my drawer. It’s been needing a good going-through for a loooooong time, and this morning when I both couldn’t do any work AND couldn’t open the drawer because too much stuff was crammed into it, I decided to just dump it all out on the floor and organize it. Here’s what I found:

– Standard emergency toiletries that one might need at work (toothbrush and paste, a comb, lotion) along with some not-so-standard toiletries (hair gel, baby powder, deodorant, perfume). I used to go to the gym at lunchtime and never brought all the shower-related stuff home, I guess.

– An empty Ziploc bag. Maybe I was trying to be environmentally conscious and saving it to reuse?

– Half a bag of conversation hearts. I’m hoping they were from last Valentine’s Day and not two Valentine’s Days ago…

– A broken rubber band I’m thinking used to be around the bag of conversation hearts.

– 20 paper napkins, many from various local food establishments I frequent for lunch.

– So. Much. Tea. And Splenda!

– Some extra make-up in case I get caught in a downpour or need to look extra pretty throughout the day.

– Half a bag of candy corn. I distinctly remember buying it on sale on November 1st last year.

– 6 plastic knives.

– 1 plastic fork.

– A box of hot chocolate I got during a Yankee Swap at least two years ago. Whoops. It was three years ago. The “best by” date on the box is July 17, 2011.

– Tampons, which are definitely not an odd thing for a lady to have in her desk in case of emergency. However, I have 42 tampons. 42!!!!! Sometimes I forget that I’m a lady and I need to keep these things on hand which results in emergency trips to CVS (2 days in a row, if I recall correctly) and I now have 42 tampons in my desk. When I dumped everything out on the floor, it looked like a tampon factory exploded in my office.

– Cold medicine- the good kind with pseudoephedrine!

– Two old bags of trail mix that had the M&Ms and raisins picked out of them. I always save the nuts because I tell myself I’ll go back and eat them, but I never do.

– My current bag of trail mix, which, for the time being, still contains raisins and M&Ms. I should probably just start making my own “trail mix”, which would be M&Ms and raisins coated in salt. Yummy!

There. Now everything’s clean and organized and all expired foodstuffs have been disposed of.

I just checked- server/network are still down. Maybe I should find something else to clean…

Song of the Day: All Cleaned Out by Elliott Smith

A Promise Kept

21 Aug

I write a lot about friendships on this blog and this entry is no different. Years ago, in high school, my dear friend Bobby and I made a pact that we would make each other famous. Whether it was me bringing him in or vice versa, we would make it happen. In an unexpected but welcomed twist, Bobby was the first to land a role on a prime time television show after working on several sets that filmed where he lives in Hawaii. Proud and excited beyond compare, I awaited my phone call. And sure enough, it came.

Bobby called me with a script idea he had been working on. He said there was a role for me in it and he wanted me to read it. He gave me the treatment and it sounded like the movies we grew up watching and loving together. Movies about friendship and personal journeys and going through the ringer to come out better on the other side. Films about true bonds people make after years or even just days and the glue that keeps those bonds thick and solid. Movies about the changes you go through as a teenage or a 20 something that you can relate to no matter what age you are at. With just that brief treatment, I was sold on Rocket Club.

At first I was just expecting us to throw together this little film and see what happens as I am accustomed to in New York. You stick to a budget you can afford or cross your fingers and raise among your peers and go for it. Bobby, however, had bigger dreams than I ever thought. He told me he wanted to do this big and badass. He wanted to make this a feature film with a talented crew and get it out there for everyone to see. Following Tina Fey’s advice, I just said yes to all of it. Yes, let’s film in Hawaii in February (that wasn’t a hard one to say yes to); yes, let’s raise $350,000 bucks; yes, let’s go to Maine and film there, too. Yes, yes, yes.

The script touched my heart as I was hoping it would. It’s about old friends and new friends which, if you read this blog, you know are my favorite things to talk about. The main characters have so much of ourselves in them, I was in love immediately. Both Bobby and I have had rough years for different reasons but I think it’s made us the people we are. It helps that we have never lost touch and we continue to call each other randomly just to check it. I am proud of him and who he has become and what he has written. I am beyond honored he has asked me to be a part of this when he is connected to so many bigger names. Not to mention I am excited to work with him professionally as an actor.

Mostly, out of all of it, my heart swells knowing he kept our promise, our pact. And I know I would have done the same for him. That is friendship, that is love, that is everything that is good in the world. And that is the soul of Rocket Club.

Please follow this link to our Kickstarter. Watch the great video Bobby made and read the rewards we are offering. Any donation is appreciated. We can’t wait to make this movie and share it with all our supporters, friends, family, and strangers.

Thank you in advance,

The Rocket Club