A look back at 2010

2010 was an exciting year for me - perhaps even the best so far. It was full of so many new adventures and opportunities. To give you a quick glance, here’s a few of the highlights.

In February, I made another trip to San Francisco to see my best friend and old college roommate, Nang. Lucky for me, her and her boyfriend are photographers, so we spent the week taking photos all over the city.

In March and April, I got involved with my first musical at Pull-Tight Theatre doing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” I coordinated props backstage during the show, and my boyfriend and I even had small nonspeaking roles as Hairy Ishmaelites.

In April, I had my first magazine debut! The cast of Joseph got asked to do a photoshoot for the spring issue of Southern Exposure magazine. It was so much fun. I even got asked to do the summer issue as well.

In May, I finally got the chance to visit Washington, DC. Being the history nerd that I am, I loved it! We got to see all the monuments, walked through some museums, toured Ford’s Theatre and visited Mount Vernon. I’ll definitely be going back.

In June, my sister and I went to the CMT Awards in Nashville, which is something I’ve been wanting to do since I’ve lived here. It was so exciting to be there in person.

June also marked the first of many trips to Florida. I had a work trip to Orlando but went down a few days early to help my sister move back to Tampa before her husband returned from Iraq. And of course, we made time for the beach.

The rest of summer was spent prepping for the next Pull-Tight show, “Seussical the Musical,” which opened in September. I did props again and had another nonspeaking role as Vlad Vladikoff, the evil eagle. It was so much fun, and I made some great friends, including Meghan (yellow bird), my new photography friend.

September also marked my first trip to my boyfriend’s family’s house in Lincoln, Nebraska, for his step-brother’s wedding. It was so nice to get to know his family better.

At the end of September, I started the Day Zero Project with a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. First on the list - to start this blog. At the close of 2010, I’d completed 21 of the items. I hope to make a big dent in my list this coming year.

In October, we hit up the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was so much fun, I plan to go again next year.

I also worked on the crew for “Wait Until Dark,” my first straight play at Pull-Tight, doing lights and sound. It was fun, but not nearly as exciting as musicals.

I also ran into Taylor Swift again, a little perk of living in Nashville among the country stars.

In November, the boyfriend and I made another trek back to Florida for Thanksgiving. It was great spending the holiday on the beach and finally getting the chance to go parasailing.

In December I took another major trip - New York City! I’ve always wanted to see the huge Christmas tree, go skating in Central Park, see all the holiday decor everywhere and go up in the State of Liberty. And we even scored tickets to Letterman with guest stars Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman. It’s going to be hard to top this vacation.

To end the year, I made yet another trip down to Florida to spend the holidays with my sis and family in Tampa. It’s hard to beat a beautiful sunset on the beach on Christmas Eve.

Time to close the chapter on 2010. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2011!


Cast party cake

Tonight is opening night for “Wait Until Dark,” our latest production at Pull-Tight Theatre. And you know what that means? Our first cast party.

So before we left dress rehearsal on Wednesday night, they asked us all to bring something to the party. My boyfriend piped up and mentioned I made cakes. I’m pretty sure you see where this is going.

I decided not to make any promises just in case. I mean we are spending six out of seven nights at the theatre this week. With Thursday being our only night off, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend it baking. But as usual, I caved.

You see, I have been dying to make an “explosion” cake - one with wire decorations coming out of the top. And I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try my hand at it. It also puts me one cake closer to reaching my 101 goal (#10)- 3 cakes down, 17 to go.

And here it is…

I think it turned out pretty well for my first explosion cake. And I had so much fun working with the wire. I’m hoping the cast likes it as much as I do.

By the way, wish me luck tonight. It’s my first time running lights and sound at the theatre, and it’s a very light-intensive show.

Well, hope your weekend is more relaxing than the one I have ahead of me. Till next time.

- Lu