Monthly Archives: January 2010

What to do?

It’s an Earl Grey kinda sunday…but jazzed up with a little agave and lemon.  I want to get out of the house, but can’t decide which route to take.  Hiking at Runyan?  Farmers market Santa Monica?  Farmer’s market close by?  Or should i just go and stick my little tosies in the Pacific and enjoy the sunshine?  I have sat here, all morning, reading this, and i can barely pull my ass out of my new desk chair!  I can’t wait to meet this girl and drink some wine with her on Valentines Day, when she and two of her delightful foodie friends will throw a dinner party, which i promptly RSVP’d to.  Oh my goodness I can’t wait!

I baked a chocolate pie yesterday…the meringue could have been a tad bit higher, but overall it was delicious!  Next time i will make my own crust.  I had a pie shell in the freezer and i wanted to use it up.  I took it out of the freezer to thaw t for ten minutes and began casually reading the label, as i have been known to do.  To my dismay I discovered that frozen pie shells are nothing but 100% HYDROGENATED OIL!!  Sick!  I was already using it and i lacked the tools to roll out my own pie crust, but never again will i eat a frozen pie shell.  Plus, it isn’t that hard to make your own crust and it only takes three ingredients or so.  To do # 29…buy rolling pin.

On a totally unrelated note…i would like to start a business.  Or do something to make more money.  I would like it to be related to food and maybe travel.  Anyone got any ideas?

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When it’s grey in L.A. (pt. 2)

You cook. You get lost in the smells of your kitchen.  You take random ingredients and combine them to create new, heavenly gastronomies.  Today I baked a yellow butter cake with chocolate icing for my friend Hemke’s birthday tonight.  I can’t afford to get him a gift so I baked.  While the cake was cooling and the icing hardening in the fridge, I made a tomato and basil egg-white omelette with the discarded egg whites from the cake recipe.  I topped it with salt and pepper and some shaved smoked gouda cheese.  Waste not, want not.

Tonight, before the birthday party, my friend Emily is coming over for dinner and I am making sweet potato, carrot, and ginger soup with quinoa cornbread and a spinach salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and dried cranberries.  I truly love these rainy days.  They are so therapeutic.  I hope you are enjoying your day, no matter what the weather is where you are.

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Hittin’ the Mark!

The Universe is really on top of things this week…

  People who do all they can, with what they’ve got, from where they are, Lee Anne, no matter how puny their actions, how tiny their steps, or how futile it may seem, simply have more fun. Way.

Of course, to the uninitiated it doesn’t appear that way. To them it appears as if only those taking gigantic leaps, who drive cars with fancy wheels, have loads of friends, perfect bodies, and fly around the world in First Class Sleeper Seats, are having fun. But what they don’t realize is that we’re often talking about the very same folks, just at different points in their journey.

Coffee, tea, or a brand new Bentley?
    The Universe

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focus

This is the advice the universe sent me today.  I am going to strive to remember this everyday.

 Lee Anne,

the trick is learning to maintain an unwavering focus upon your desired end result, your completed dream, the “finish line,” without insisting upon, or even contemplating, its means of attainment, no matter how logical, obvious, or tempting it may seem.

Tallyho,
    The Universe
 

Get alot done today…and enjoy every minute of it.  I have a “to do” list that is 14 things long, so wish me luck!

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good intentions

I think that most of us have good intentions when it comes to recycling.  We recycle in my house, as do many American households, but I still drink out of plastic bottles way too much and don’t really give much thought to anything else that might be wasteful in my daily life.  If I bring the subject up to those I love, it is met with resistance.  They see me as an elitist, too liberal, or hypocritical .  Why is this?  Why can’t I, a person who has good intentions but isn’t perfect and still wastes things on a daily basis, bring up the conversation and have a healthy debate on the subject.  Why don’t people want to better themselves and the planet?  And why are those who choose to do so, or just educate themselves on these subjects, met with so much opposition and seen as elitist or “liberal?”  I am watching a documentary on Sundance this morning called Addicted to Plastic.  It is informative and not in a finger-pointing, blaming kind of way as some documentaries can be.  All it is advocating is that we rethink our relatonship to plastic and think outside the box in terms of all that we can do with the plastic that we already have.  It also unveiled things I didn’t know about the ineffectiveness of our recycling system.  Being aware of the things that you waste on a daily basis is difficult and requires work.  But even the smallest change you make in your life can lead to bigger changes.  Everything in baby steps.  For my friends on Tennessee, there is this great company called WastAway who patented a new way to recycle, without sorting, that is being used around the world. 

It’s a beautiful Sunday and i think the rain is gone.  Bella and i are going on a hike and then i am going to pick up some local honey at the farmers market to make a homemade balsalmic vinaigrette.  Enjoy the day.

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Per request of Rebekka Seale

…I am updating my blog.  I don’t really know why i hadn’t updated.  I guess i have worked things out in my head instead of in the public arena.  It’s a new year and i have a lot of small resolutions but the biggest one is to start utilizing my time better and taking care of myself.  Now, when you take care of yourself, there are a few different levels you must attend to: Physical, emotional, and spiritual.   On a physical level, i’m joining a gym and taking ballet.  On the emotional level i have started back on the artists way, and am trying to get ahead of things before they begin to overwhelm me.  I also have decided to be my own person and not seek the approval of others.  Others could be strangers, friends, co-workers, but mainly it means my parents.  For the longest time i have been so wrapped up in the approval of my parents.  Everytime I’d get a job, boyfriend, or anything, I’d call my parents (namely my mother) to tell them and would always get the same response…something diappointing that didn’t live up to my expectations.  In a way, that isn’t their fault.  I shouldn’t expect anything from anyone.  The only person you can expect anything from is yourself.  But, instead of taking what they would say with a grain of salt, I would let it get to me.  I am not going to do that anymore.  I know I am doing the right thing and that I am a good and valuable person, and if my mom can’t say that to me, well than that is just too bad.  I believe it.  Finally, we have spiritually.  For me, that means going to more yoga and volunteering for something.  Actors are self-absorbed,  we don’t really have a choice.  We run a business where the only product we sell is ourselves.  Always thinking about how to do that is inevitable.  Some actors are self-absorbed in the sense that they love themselves and think that they are the greatest thing since sliced bread and make sure that everyone knows it; and others are just that way in the business sense.  Look, it sounds weird, but I promise you, actors are the most insecure people you will ever meet, and the more self-absorbed they seem, the more insecure they probably are.  So, to combat this feeling in me of being selfish I am going to volunteer for something so that I can focus on something other than my career for some time.  I feel, too often, that I am not thankful for what I have, so this year I hope to be more thankful.

As far as an update in things that are going on…I have signed up for two workshops in March, a commercial one and a dramatic one with two different casting directors.  I still want to sign up for an improv worshop at UCB and possible one more commercial workshop.  I think my focus right now will be commercials.  They pay really well and i have a commercial look so there is no reason why I can’t be successful at it.  I am on the hunt for an agent and/or a manager.  In my head, if i could get a manager, then they could help me get signed with an agent.  It has been hard to find representation without any LA credits.  The things I have on my resume (besides my degree, which i am personally proud of but people here seem to care less about) aren’t enough to show I have the experience to warrant representation.  For now, I will mail out my headshot to as many agents and managers that i can and i will get myself into the section on actors access that shows your headshot to agents that are looking for new talent.  That is really all you can do, put yourself out there…and wait.

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