01 Jan 2006 in Review
If 2005 was considered the year of “Struggle” for me, I would say that 2006
would be considered the year of “Change” for me. After all, I have hit a milestone:
celebrating my ten year anniversary of being a California resident.
(That milestone is a turning point, which is imminent to a “change”).
So, what “changes” have I made? Well, I am now a homeowner!
(Actually, Bank of America owns it…for now). I have also traded in my SAAB this
year for a 2006, Black Toyota Solara Convertible and have also started my own
brand of T-Shirts (which can be found on-line.) With all of these changes, come
news: “good” and “bad.” Good:Spent a weekend at a spa in Carlsbad; Bad:Valued
watch was damaged … Good:Repeatedly won (very) small amounts of money through
scratcher lottery tickets; Bad: Repeated victim of Credit Card Fraud…..
Good:Reached the 1,400 mark in E-bay feedback points;
Bad:Addiction to Craigslist…..Good: Saw several good friends’ (and relatives’)
babies brought into the world; Bad: Saw several good friends move away…. Like
other years, this year was a year of experiencing different things. 2006 is the year
that I ate dog food for the first time (at the 2006 Academy Awards Gift Suite; it is
made for human consumption.) This year is also the year that I did an Oprah Winfrey
imitation for over 5,000 at the Barker Hangar. I attended a book signing for
Julie Andrews in New York and another one for Janice Dickinson in Los Angeles.
I took part in a highly unusual amount of focus groups, went to therapy (for two
weeks), helped with an August Wilson tribute/documentary, and hosted a symposium
for the cast of Project Runway. Other unusual occurrences: transporting furniture
(in a pick-up truck) in the rain from Palm Springs to Burbank; searching for razors
for Kelly Clarkson; going to a party at a pumpkin patch, being photographed (and
published) in FHM magazine, and holding my birthday party at the Standard Hotel
Rooftop. I was productive AND unproductive in 2006. This year, I had meetings
with several agents, auditioned, and even found myself attending an event called
“Musical Mondays” in Greenwich Village right after the Tony Awards. I was
unproductive by delaying (publishing and editing) my book (until 2007,) and delaying
the traveling tour of my one-person show. I found myself even more unproductive
during my time in jury duty (fortunately, I wasn’t selected). (Probably the most fun
that I’ve had this year was working on my sister’s 30th Birthday tribute, this past
November. She is my favorite person on earth and any way to recognize her is
always fun to me.) So there you have it, a new car, a new home, a new decade, and
(hopefully) a bright, new path for me to walk through in 2007. Here’s hoping to go
from the year of “change” to the “year of positive fruition.”