I love improv. I love talking about it, teaching it, doing it. It is playful, and creative.
I’ve been doing improv my whole life, I just didn’t know that is what it was called. I always tried to entertain people, make them feel good about themselves. pretend to be someonelse, have fake concerts, etc… MY imagination was wack early on because I didn’t have filters, and I could have cared less what people thought about me, with the exception of my parents of course. I only cared about that because I didn’t want to get in trouble.
My sister and I were entertaining our parents this day by running away from home (note the suitcase). We weren’t going far just across the street to my grandma’s house.
When I stumbled across improv at age 17 or 18. I was mesmerized by it. I use to watch the British version of whose line is it anyway on Comedy Centeral. Also, the sketch comedy on SNL never ceased to amaze me back in 80’s. I wanted to be apart of something like that.
Well, I got the chance. I was a member of a professional improv troupe for 6 years right in my home town. That is where the pic is from above. (pic featuring Fred Sayers, Lauren McPherson David Hitt and myself) I’ve never feel more accepted, and at home as much as I do when I am on an improv stage. I could do improv shows a million times and never tire of it. I feel like I’m where I need to be when I’m there.
I still do improv every chance I get. I will always do it. It may not be for millions of people, but I promise you that I will be somewhere in a hole.
This morning I made the biscuits above. It made me think of my grandma. She is on the right. My great grandmother is on the left.
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have all of my grandparents alive. My mom’s mother was one of the most precious women you would have ever met. She was so strong and loving. She loved everyone she met. She was a very respectful of human life. No matter who she met, she would always treat everyone the same. She passed away some time ago. I miss her terriblely.
I have a lot of memories about her. Singing Christmas songs (her favorite holiday). Her taking me for a cheeseburger. Working in the garden with her, and I must admit, she would last way longer than I would.
One my most fondest memories of going to her house was walking in and seeing a tan bowl with burgundy stripes sitting on the table with a lid on it. In that bowl 99% of the time there were homemade biscuits. I have made biscuits my whole life, but I have yet to ever make them to taste as good as hers.
For the last two days, we decided to get out of the house and take a drive. On Sunday, we drove to Fresh Market and picked up some tasty root beer. I chose Abita. It’s a root beer from Louisiana. It is the best root beer I’ve ever tasted. We picked up a some food items and headed out towards south Huntsville. We had no idea where we ere going, but we ended up at ditto landing.
Ditto landing is local campgrougn/marina. It was more beautiful than I ancipated. Nice view of the Tennessee River. We sat on bench and drank our root beer, it was a nice discovery. We are even talking about going back there and camping sometime.
Yesterday, we did the same thing, but went in a different direction. we started in Huntsville drove around Monte Sano mountain and north from there to Belvedere, Tn. We stopped at a store in Woodville, Alabama, and you knew you were in the country. We needed to fill up our tank and the guy was so relaxed about it. Hubby filled the tank, and I went in to pay. (There was no card reader. ) I went in to tell him we were filling up, and he is already waving at my husband out the window to go ahead. He said. I got you started maam. So kind. There were several old timers sitting round chewing the fat, and you just knew you were in the country. It was awesome..
It was a beautiful area. There is one section of that area that has a bluff. The view was stunning. It was nice to travel and find out more about the area I live in. Not knocking travel world wide, but adventure really awaits you outside your own front door. Sometimes, you have to just discover it. You might be the next Christopher Columbous. Christopher Columbus watch out.
It has begun the 2014 football season. I have tried to deny how passionate I am about football season. I’ve tried to suppress that it is not important to me, but I just can’t. I realized this after I lost it at high school football game last night. To many penalaties. I know it’s just a game. I know I’m a southern lady, and I should be more proper, but Yall…
People make fun of fans like me because I root for a college team where I didn’t go to college. I could get into a deep explanation, but I don’t feel the need. I”m an Alabama fan, and I’ve been fan since I was about 5 so almost 40 years. So judge me, talk about me, post a comment here. All I’ll reply is Roll Tide.
For all you avid fans, no matter who you root for, enjoy tomorrow. We’ve only just begun.
I really enjoyed going to my first out of town film festival this past weekend. I thought that I would give the festival and the town of Birmingham a review.
Opening night started with a ride on the party bus. I’ve never ridden aparty bus before. It was quite fun. The bus took us to a party atop of the Kress Building. It was really fun. I really enjoyed meeting and seeing my friend and fellow movie maker Ken Sullivan and wife. I did an interview about networking at the festival while at the party. The food at the party was from Hot & Hot Fish Club , and it was delicious. I hear the restaurant is pricey, but well worth it.
Next it was to the red carpet walk and the movie with my film buddies Trevor Britton and Jason Sims.
We saw All American High Revisted. It gets 5 stars from me. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed that hard in a movie theater. There was an after party, but we were all tired and wanted to head back to the hotel. Claire, a transportation volunteer was so kind to give us a lift back to our room.
First off, I at breakfast a charming cafe called The Continental Bakery.
If you go to Brimingham, Al, check out the local bakeries. Urban Standard is another bakery that I adore. After a fab breakfast, I attended the Alabama Shorts 1. I loved watching all of the short films from Alabama. The quality of shooting that was done was pretty phenomunel, and the acting wasn’t so bad either. I will say that out of all the shorts that I watched, the majority of them lacked on the story component. Overall, I was really impressed with what we are doing in Alabama. Had lunch after the short block at a restaurant called Paramount. Fabulous burger there. Again, it was pricey, but well worth it. Headed to a couple of workshops and I spend the rest of the evening in the hotel with my family.
I went to see our short in the Alabama short block 2. We got a good bit of laughs. I was tickled over that. I rushed to an acting workshop after the short block with Victor McCay. He is an Alabama Actor that has done a good bit of television. He had some good things to say. I really enjoyed. By this time, I was tired, hungry and ready to head home.
Overall, I give the festival two thumbs way up. Nice Venues to show your films, great food, great networking opportunities, and overall fun for everyone. If you have a film get it ready to submit next year. You will have a great
In honor of the heat wave, I’m sitting around today think about all the hot songs I know. the first one that came to mind was the wiggles “Hot Potato”.
Here are a list of other fun hot songs for all my fellow southerns suffering the heat today.
The heat is on
It’s gettin hot in here.
and my personal fav Eddie Murphy dressed like James Brown and singing in the hot tub.
At the end of the week, I’ll be headed to my first out of town film festival called Sidewalk in Birmingham, Al. Two of the shorts that I worked on last year will be showing there. Many a selfies will be taken. Since this festival is in my home state, I’ve always wanted to show and attend at this festival. I’ve heard good things about it, and I’m glad that I will get to share it with family and friends.
Often i get disappointed in people, events, life. I mean. I set a standard. If I’m kind to you, I expect the same in return. If I buy something new, I expect it to work. If someone builds up an event to be awesome. I expect awesomeness.
I’ve never met anyone that had every expectation in their life met with a great abundance of joy. That doesn’t keep me from hoping that things go amazing all the time. Just like a little kid, I expect good things. I honestly hope I never lose hope and the expectations that I have. That spark of a child that is still inside me.
The thing I need to learn the most is how to deal with things when they fall short of what I expect. It all about growing up I guess. No short jokes please.
I love going to Golden Rule Barbecue in Madison for lunch. They have good hot food at a good price. Also, you get quick service and very tasty food. I always get the jumbo chicken sandwich with fries and a sweet tea. Today, I caught my self sighing when I got down to the last bite. Maybe I’m a foodie and need intervention, but my tummy is very happy at this moment.