Whew! I’m glad that’s over. Ever have one of those weeks? My last week was jam packed with inn guests, meetings and special events. I mean jam packed!! (more…)
Posted in April, awards, beach, blogging, blooms, cement walls, dancing, Disney, Disneyland, friends, grammar, Halloween, humor, Jansen Schmidt, Lake Tahoe, musical theater, spring break, theatre, vacation, Walt Disney World, words, writers, writing, tagged Critter Country, Donald Duck, electric water pageant, Emerald Bay, Hoop Dee Doo Revue, It's A Small World, Lake Tahoe, Leaves of Grass, poetry, poetry month, Polynesian Resort, tea house, topiary, Vikingsholm, Walt Whitman on April 28, 2014| 19 Comments »
So April is national poetry month. I’m a little behind the ball, but still snuck in just under the wire. I’ve never really been into poetry, but I do like some stuff. Since I’m a fan of Walt Whitman, I will incorporate a piece from his Leaves of Grass in honor of national poetry month. Here’s my rendition with photograph visuals to help you understand the meaning of Walt’s words (yeah right):
So as you can see, sometimes I find poetry inspiring.
What about you – do you “get” poetry? Are you a fan? Who can you relate to?
Word of the Day: Jejune
Fun fact about me: With the exception of Alaska (which I shall rectify this fall), I have been in every State west of the Mississippi river. (And almost all of them east of as well.)
Original post by Jansen Schmidt April 2014. Original photos by P. Rickrode and C. Rickrode.
Posted in acting, Autumn, awards, blogging, bucket list, dessert, desserts, Family, Fiction, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, musical theater, theater, theatre, writers, writing, tagged baccarat, baking, candy apples, Christmas, church, Cooking, craps, doll house, Gingerbread, gingerbread house, Holiday, Home, Jehovah's Witnesses, lemon curd, poker, religion, roulette, snowmen on December 4, 2013| 22 Comments »
Okay, I know it’s been a while since you’ve seen a post about my crazy life experiences, so here’s the final What Haven’t I for the year.
By now you should all know the rules, but just in case you’re new here – and if so welcome new friend – here’s the low down: Post your guesses in the comments section below. Three of the answers are things that I have actually done, one is something I have not done. Your job is to guess what I haven’t. It’s simple, but you can’t win if you don’t play so put on those guessing caps and get to work.
By way of reminder, the first person to post another comment on the 12th, regardless of how many guesses they got right, AND the best guesser (person with the most correct answers) will both be awarded prizes. If you got the most correct answers, but you fail to check back, your prize will be forfeited, so it’s important to check back.
Let’s just get right to it.
1 – What haven’t I made from scratch: a) doughnuts; b) lemon curd; c) Hollandaise sauce; or d) candy apples?
2 – What haven’t I built: a) a bookcase; b) a doll house; c) a snowman; or d) a gingerbread house?
3 – What malady haven’t I suffered: a) shingles; b) measles; c) mono; or d) chicken pox?
4 – What haven’t I lost money on: a) baccarat; b) poker; c) craps; or d) roulette?
5 – What church haven’t I visited for services: a) Mormon; b) Jehovah’s Witness; c) 7th Day Adventist; or d) Catholic?
The answers will be posted in the comments section on December 12, so mark your calendars and check back to see if you’re a winner. Remember, the fastest and the best guesser will both be awarded prizes.
Word of the day: Regosol
Fun fact about me: I have played a nun both on stage and on screen.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt December 2013. Photos courtesy Google Images.
Posted in acting, bucket list, dancing, friends, humor, Irish, Irish dancing, Jansen Schmidt, musical theater, singing, sports, theater, theatre, words, writers, writing, tagged audition, ballet, dance instruction, Derek Hough, line dancing, Nunsense, scripts, tap dancing on September 2, 2013| 15 Comments »
So you all know I love to dance. Right? What? You don’t know that. Okay, so maybe you’re new to my blog and you haven’t discovered my theatrical talents yet, but rest assured, I love to dance.
Now loving to dance doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m good at it mind you. Oh, I try, God help me, I try. But because I’m a late bloomer, which Debra Eve is all too familiar with, I didn’t learn to dance as a very small child, like the really good dancers do. No, I started dancing in my mid-twenties. And here’s why:
I auditioned for Nunsense, a five-woman show about – well, you guessed it – nuns. It’s a very funny comedy with five very distinct personalities. There were almost a hundred women at the auditions – for five roles! We all sang and then they made a cut to 25. I made the cut! So, I can sing a little bit.
Then we did some cold reading from the script and they narrowed it down to 9. I made the cut! So, I can act a little bit.
Then came the dance portion of the audition. Let’s face it, some things you just can’t fake. Oh, sure if you’re in a crowded bar and there’s a line dance going on you can probably stumble your way through, but when there’s only nine women lined up in a single line, someone who can’t dance is going to stand out like a carnival barker at a mime show. That would be me. I was the carnival barker.I didn’t get a role because I couldn’t dance.
But, did I let that stop me? No sirree. I signed up for every form of dance I could work into my schedule, from tap to ballet to clogging to Polynesian to ballroom to jazz to hip hop. I signed up for them all. There was no way in hell I was going to get passed up for a role ever again because I couldn’t dance.
And so began my twenty years of dance lessons. Some forms were easier to master than others and some were more fun. Because I’m not overly limber, ballet, jazz and hip hop didn’t suit me all that well, although I did continue with ballet because it’s great for posture, balance and just overall discipline. What suited me were the foot stomping forms of dance. So I stuck with those. For awhile. Eventually dance lessons take their toll on your body and your pocketbook. But I do still participate weekly in a local tap class and we even occasionally perform.
The form of dance I loved best was Irish. Irish dancing as an adult is not common, and by adult I mean a woman over thirty. It’s very hard to find a school and even harder to find an adult beginner class. I did study this form of dance for a couple of years, but never competed, which is what Irish dancing is all about. I was rather good at it, because in some ways it’s like tap dancing.
You too can be an Irish dancer. Just follow the simple instructions in this video and in no time flat you’ll be doing the Riverdance routine around your house. Really. Just follow these three simple steps:
Remember, practice makes perfect so practice that every day. I’ll even let you borrow my shoes because the steps sound so much cooler with the proper footwear.
Which leads me to my next point about dancing. Number one item on my bucket list is to dance with Derek Hough on Dancing With the Stars. I’m sure if they pair me with him, I’ll win. Sure he’s young enough to be my son and all, but he’s a really good teacher. I know we’ll win that mirror ball. Of course your votes will help clinch the deal, so when that season roles around, I’ll expect support from ya’ll.
How about you? What’s on your bucket list? Do you like to dance or wish you could dance? Are you going to try the three easy steps in the video?
And, just so’s ya’ll know, I did eventually audition for Nunsense again, at a different theater and I was cast as Sister Amnesia. It was a hoot and my tap dancing skills were put to good use. I also performed the same role in Nunsense II and again utilized my tap dancing skills. No more rejections for this triple threat.
Word of the day: Inexpugnable
Fun fact about me: In eighth grade it wasn’t uncommon for me to sink 9 out of 10 baskets from the free throw line.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, August 2013. Photos courtesy Google Images. Video courtesy of YouTube (Howcast).