The Simple Woman’s Daybook–Nov. 1, 2010

Outside My Window

A very sunny first day of November. A bit chilly—we might even get snow on Friday.

  I am Wearing

Berry colored v-neck sweater; cream lace-trim camisole; Garnet Hill’s flamenco skirt in charcoal.

 I am Reading

Prayer Primer, The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, Shakespeare’s Sonnets. And I got my Advent book for reflection/study: Come Lord Jesus: Reflections on the Art of Waiting. It looks really good.

I am Thinking

That today was a good day (well, has been so far!)

I am Creating

Short story revision #2.

On my iPod

Don’t laugh—Bert and Ernie’s Sing-A-Long. I loved this album when I was a kid! 

To Live the Liturgy

Mass, Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Dominican study. Reading Fr. Thomas Dubay’s Prayer Primer.

I am Hoping and Praying

All the Saints in Heaven, pray for us! And remembering all those who have died, especially those in my family.

Around the House

Vacuum, dust, sweep…all that good stuff.

From the Kitchen

Ina’s Aglio Olio from her new cookbook. I’ve made this a lot, but I’m always willing to try a new tweak on the recipe. Not sure what else is going to be cooked up this week. 

One of My Favorite Things

Sweaters. 🙂

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week

Tonight: Mass at 7 for All Saints’ Day

W: Voice and Choir

Th: Ballet

F: Dangerous Liasions Opening! 🙂 Pre-show talk by the choreographer! (And former BalletMet artistic director.) I’m excited.

Sat.: Symphony

Sun: Clocks back! Yay! 🙂

Picture thoughts:

I just think he’s cute. He might have to be our Official Cute Animal.

Natalie Portman: “I Always Wanted to Do a Ballet Film” | OK! Magazine – The First for Celebrity News

Today’s Black Swan article

Natalie Portman: “I Always Wanted to Do a Ballet Film” | OK! Magazine – The First for Celebrity News

Audition: The Importance of Being Earnest

Today I auditioned for the Columbus Civic Theater’s winter production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. I’ve always been a fan of this play—I read it in my college drama class, the movie with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorites, and I generally love Wilde’s writing. So when I got this audition notice in my inbox, I thought, why not?

I ended up reading for both Cecily and Miss Prism—the director gave us sides to read for various characters. All my scenes were from Act II. First I read Cecily’s first meeting with Algernon (director laughed, that’s good. He liked the delivery of my first line.) Then I read (as Cecily) her scene with Miss Prism, her tutor, that opens the act. Then the director asked me to read it as Miss Prism, which sort of surprised me, because I thought I was a bit too young to play that part. I thought I had a better chance as Cecily—who’s 18 in the play—or Gwendolyn, who’s in her mid-twenties. I had done my make-up and hair more in a Cecily style—pretty simple, and trying to channel the “youngness” that I know I can do. (I mean, come on, I’ve played a 14 year old, soo….) The director also liked my Miss Prism reading, which I have to admit, was fun. All of the characters have some great lines, but she’s got a great one: “The good ended happily, and the bad, unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

Two other women read Miss Prism, and one other girl read Cecily. I had a fun time doing the readings and felt really comfortable. And I liked being able to bust out the British accent.

There is another round of auditions on Tuesday night, so I won’t know anything until probably Wednesday at the earliest. But whatever the outcome it was a lot of fun to meet new people and read a great play.