I wanted to slow myself down for a minute to appreciate the amazing people in my life.
On the top of my mind, because i just left them, are Aubrey (or Abby if you ask the director) and Nic, my awesome ASMs. They are incredible! They make me laugh when I am feeling crazy and they have made the rehearsal process a breeze in so many ways.
Melissa and David, while opposite in many (complimentary) ways, share a genuine care for their students. They will listen and talk, offer advice and kleenex, and support and back us up. It is a gift to have two invested mentors who spend countless hours above and beyond what is required making sure that we are set up to succeed while remaining healthy and well!
The grad stage managers are perhaps the greatest gift of grad school. Offering support and advice, food and hugs the way that we are able to support each other is astounding. We are all so very different but here we are the same, we are stage management grads and we take care of each other. I, as usual, am taking too many classes so not only are the other grads* providing us meals for the weekend of tech they are bringing in food later in the week when I have late classes that will keep me from getting home. Lindsay, Meg, Nathan, and Sam - thank you!
* Ellen Kane, the undergrad ASM on Thebes, is also pitching in, and she is helping feed my cats on the days I can't get home between school and dress. I told you I was blessed!
My beau will end up driving an extra eight hours this weekend to be in Iowa City while I am in tech. He is speaking at a conference in Des Moines and made the extra effort to see me even though I will be in tech all weekend. As an added bonus he brought the dogs, so I get puppy snuggles too!
My Mom and Dad celebrated 42 years of marriage today - I am constantly amazed by them. I think they are going to get to come up for opening weekend! Aside from my gallery last fall they haven't gotten to see one of my shows in quite a while - I am thrilled that they may make the drive, risk an angry choir master (because seeing a Saturday evening show means that they won't be home in time for church on Sunday) and sleep in a strange bed just to share something that is important to me.
I have so many friends both here and back in Colorado that make each day a gift, they spend time and energy investing in me and they don't give up on me when I am a flake and horrible about getting back to them.
Life is pretty good!