Weeks of January 22, 29 and February 5, 2012

Last week was amazingly slow which was nice.  I got more sleep, something I always need.  I even got all my tax prep ready for the CPA once the W2s arrive. Got the big annual alma mater charity auction donations logged, packaged and UPS’d. Cleaned out the only messy closet in the master bedroom, saw myself on MIKE & MOLLY and THE MIDDLE, took my 3rd zumba class, facial is done and got the food shopping done for the month. Also finished a “welcome guide” to our house as we are about to have a number of people staying here while we have a little getaway time.

Before I left for Mass last Sunday I read an email telling of an “open to the public” tour of the Wilshire Ebell, a historical LA women’s club.  So after Mass and breakfast at a new place, Vees Café (VG), I dropped Tom off and headed back to the fabulous Ebell.

It was established in 1894 by a small group of women with a desire for learning and being of service. College was rare for women of that era, and their opportunities for formal study were limited. So Ebell members lined up erudite speakers and prepared edifying presentations on Robert Browning, Shakespeare, Cleopatra and ancient Egypt, Berlin art, prison reform, Queen Dido and Jezebel.

At their height there were 3000 members.  Now they number 350 but held the Open House in an effort to expand their membership.  I have no doubt they did just that as I’d say their were 500 people in the buildings while I attended.  Great Sunday afternoon outing.

I took Tom to get a lumbar epidural as he was two months late in going.  The pain had once again become untenable.  But after a day of recovery he was feeling much, much better.  He is scheduled for two more visits in the next month to get the thorasic and cervical areas.

My entire career activity for the week consisted of putting down 2 VO auditions, going on one callback for a commercial which I did not get and picking out a new headshot from a photo shoot.  Now waiting for the agents to weigh in.

While shopping for blouses I stopped to sign a petition to stiffen penalties for those found guilty of perpetrating sex slavery in America. The woman seeking signatures is survivor and wrote a stunning book about her experience.  It is a very real, raw, stream of conscious type read and I recommend it.  The Streets, My Cradle by Jennifer Lynn Jackson, You can click on the link to order it.  http://www.streetgospelpathofhealingandlight.com

Here we are in the dead of winter, LA style, and our jonquils have bloomed.  They are magnificent huddled next to the barren rose bushes.

Tom’s cousin Paige is here and we’ve had a ball, laying low, watching movies (well they have as I’ve seen them already).  Did manage to get to the museum (LACMA) to see their newest exhibit, Metropolis II.  Oh my!  It “ is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, "The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city." It’s worth the visit and bring your kids.Paige is back to DC on Sunday.  The rest of the day I hope to force myself to do some pension work on my 2010 statement.  I LOATHE checking it but this time I have put it off for almost a year.  I simply have to do it before the 2011 statement arrives. 

Happy Birthday to my sister Elaine. Monday she is 68.  How did we all get so mature?  I won’t say old as it doesn’t sound right. Have a rockin good day, Sis!

That evening I am doing another SurveyLA pitch at an area Neighborhood Council meeting.  I didn’t make the two from last week but intend to catch them this week.

Thursday we see CLYBOURNE PARK at the Taper.  Don’t know anything about it but we’ll be there.

Friday we’re off to Santa Barbara for the weekend.  Absolutely nothing planned.  We may just sleep, read and eat until we return Sunday evening to watch the SAG Awards.

I take Tom for the thorasic epidural on the day after we return from SB.   He’ll be down for a day or two.

Very dear friends of mine are coming to lunch on Wednesday.  Mike & Corinne are from Michigan where I worked for 6 years right out of college at the Meadow Brook Theater.  They were faithful subscribers and soon felt they knew me seeing me in show after show after show.  We developed a lovely friendship which has remained active these last 30 years even though I have not seen them.  I am really looking forward to introducing them to Tom.

Every Thursday Tom volunteers as a tutor at the Immaculate Conception grade school in downtown Los Angeles. He’s got the kids fairly fired up about reading, math and history.

If all goes as planned we will drive to Phoenix on Friday giving our brand new Honda Odyssey a chance to show us what she’s got.  My niece Allie is doing an internship there and her mom my sister Jeanne is flying in for a visit.  Figured I’d double dip by getting them both on this weekend.

Have two SurveyLA Neighborhood Council meetings to attend on Monday February 6.  Another one of Thursday evening.

Block Club meeting on Tuesday evening, right next door so I figure I better show.

We’re scheduled to see the National Theater Live production of TRAVELING LIGHT, afternoon screening.  If nothings happening I’ll go while Tom tutors.

Round off the week by volunteering at a Heifer Fund Raiser at the Skirball Museum exhibit WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY.  The exhibit is a reflection of a wonderful book I am reading HALF THE SKY by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

It’s a luncheon for 30 with a tour of the exhibit and guest speakers.  I’ll be a greeter and will assemble the gift bag the week before.

That evening Tom and I will see A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Kirk Douglas Theater.  I actually have to change my tickets from the matinee to the evening so I HOPE to attend the evening performance.

Big birthday wishes to our great nephew John Michael, totally awesome pal Eva and  favorite former pastor, Msgr Antonio.

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