Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My First Fan Letter!

So, I wrote my first fan letter the other day. (Technically it wasn't a letter in the sense that I didn't write it on paper, put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and send it in the mail. I did compose an e-mail and push send.)

Where to begin? Well, last spring I went to New York City for my Spring Break. Of course, I went to see some Broadway shows. One of them being "Wicked". The actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West, Stephanie J. Block, was amazing! You should check out her web site. I love the song that plays when you first log on--"Never Neverland."

No seriously--I love it! When I searched for it on itunes, the only version available did not sound like the one on Stephanie's web site. I was bummed, because, did I mention, I love that song? So I was on her web site and I saw the link that said "contact". I thought--why not just send her a little note telling her I think she's awesome and I love that song and is there a way I could get the version of the song that's on her web site? So that's what I did.

I was a little nervous, but I sent it off. Only two typos--darn! I immediately got this response:

Thank you for your email! I make sure to take the time to read every message but responding to each one has become an impossibility due to my crazy schedule. Please know how much I appreciate you reaching out to me.
The support of my fans means so much to me, so thanks again for your message.
Much joy,
Stephanie J.

So, that was that...except the very next morning guess what was in my inbox. A message from Stephanie J. Block! I was nervous when I opened the message. Was is going to be another automatically generated one? Or had she actually, personally responded to my e-mail? It was the latter:

Thank you so much for your support and kind words. You can find one version of me singing the song on Scott Alan's album "Dreaming Wide Awake"... or you can wait just a few months and listen to it on my solo cd coming out in Spring.:)
Again, thank you!
Much joy,

I felt like a little "tweener" after reading that. Totally star struck and immediately wanting to respond now that we were BFF's. Don't worry--that was just a temporary delusion. But if you think I'm ever going to delete those e-mails you would be mistaken. And you better believe I'm going to do everything in my power to go see Stephanie in "9 to 5 the Musical" sometime after it opens April 7th. Anyone up for a trip to New York?

The awesome cast of "9t05 the Musical"

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sometimes I Like to Take Quizzes...I'm a Nerd Like That

Your Home Says That You Feel Settled and Calm

You come across as very intellectual. People take your wisdom seriously.

Your hygiene is passable, but you may be hiding some dirty secrets.

You are a very domestic person. You enjoy decorating, cooking, and making things homey.

You are a very nurturing person. You find meaning in taking care of others.

You feel settled in your life. You have enough time to focus on little details.

You are a very self sufficient person. You can get along well without much help.

Your friends see you as honest, humble, and responsible.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Let It Snow, Let It Snow...Make It Stop!!

So, as many of you have heard, Spokane got a freakin' a lot of snow this December! It seemed like every day I was there I would walk upstairs and look out the window and the words, "It's snowing!" would come out of my mouth. The first few days in a tone of joy, then surprise, until finally exasperation. It just kept snowing. Good thing I was on vacation, so it didn't matter to me that we couldn't go anywhere. Here are some shots of all the crazy snow. The videos are especially for my sister Kim.

I love the icicles on this house.

Just checking the mail.

My car--I parked it the first day I got there and didn't drive it again for about 10 days.

Allie riding the tube down the sledding hill. Notice how far into the neighbor's yard she goes. Eventually that would be the second farthest distance. Kim and I hold the record, although I don't think anyone recorded. We could have reached out and touched the corner of the house.

Kim and Tyler attempt to beat Allie's distance record. Alas, they did not succeed. They had to steer around a stupid little kid who did not know how to get out of the way. (Notice at about :12 Tyler's little, "Oh, dear." I love it!)