I love ice cream!

June 22, 2008

Princeton is a small, quaint, gorgeous Northeast town. Because it is a college town, it’s actually pretty happening for such a small population. Being a college town, you’d expect bar after bar and club after club. But that is not the case. Instead of bars, this place has had an explosion of ice cream shops. It’s like the ice cream mob showed up and decided this would be where they would run their operations. While in most towns there is a Starbucks on every corner, in Princeton, there is an ice cream shop. On the main drag alone, which is about half a mile, you will find Ricky’s, Thomas Sweet, the Bent Spoon and some other place that I don’t know the name of, all I know is that the ice cream is good.

Now, I’ve always been an ice cream lover. Even though we were dirt poor, somehow we always had ice cream in the house for dessert. This Summer, though, ice cream is bringing me much more joy than any other time in my life. Why? Well, I think it may have something to do with the fact that most days I start rehearsals at 10am and end at 10pm with a couple hours break squeezed in. I think it also has something to do with the fact that I am constantly walking in 90 degree weather or that I’m practicing in a room that claims to have air conditioning, but let’s face it…it’s the Northeast. They haven’t quite figured out the whole air conditioning thing yet. And perhaps it also has something to do with the fact that the combination of heat, excessive physical activity and tons of singing makes my throat feel swollen by the end of the day. Nothing like a little ice cream to bring soothing relief!

So what’s my favorite ice cream in Princeton? Due to the unfortunate fact that I have a sugar allergy, I am limited in my selections, but I have scoped all the joints and have found that Thomas Sweet Sugar Free Vanilla is the best in town. My sugar eating friends say the Bent Spoon is the best, so if you are not prohibited by dietary restrictions, I’d give them a shot, too. Either way, you will not be disappointed by the ice cream mob of Princeton.

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Tim & Me Dancing

June 19, 2008

So many of you have wanted to see us dance. Here ya go! This was at Lindy Focus where we taught this past New Year’s!

Green is Good

June 11, 2008

And no I’m not referring to being an environmentalist.  Please! You should know me better than that:)

I’m referring to the greenery of God’s creation.  The greenery that for most of my life I took for granted.  The greenery that greeted me on the farm I grew up on.  The greenery of the land we had in the Ozark Mountains.   Heck, the greenery of grass in the freakin’ lawn.  You see, I took this for granted because it was always there.

And then I moved to New York City.

In the city I get excited when I see a patch of weeds valiantly growing between the cracks of the sidewalk.  Though I haven’t seen it, a friend of mine who has long lived in New York told me rumors of people who buy a little piece of sod grass and put it on their window sill and care for it.  There’s something really wrong with that.  This is how starved this city is for green.

And I didn’t realize how starved I was until I went home a few weeks ago and drove with Tim from Charleston, SC to Nashville.  The landscape in that area is breath taking and as we passed a pasture with an evening mist rising from the ground with the rays of a beautiful sunset cutting through it, I almost cried.

So while New York has some pretty amazing buildings, lights, dazzling things, etc… nothing man makes ever comes close the beauty of what God creates.

AWOL

June 4, 2008

Yes. I’ve been AWOL for much too long.  I was scared that the Blog Reaper would come and reap my blog.  Life has been very hectic the past 3 weeks and little time with consistent internet.

Right after Cenerentola, I got sick…of course.  That happens often with me. I spent several days in bed and couldn’t even really sit up. I finally got well enough to sit up and I was on a plane to go home to Nashville!!!!

When I arrived, I had a house to pack up and move into the new house that Tim and I bought a month or so ago.  Tim had done quite a bit of work, but the rest was up to me since he actually has a real job that allows me to gallivant around the country.  In addition to moving, we decided to go ahead and paint.  I have never painted so much in my life. The first 2 days of painting I found it rather relaxing and fun.  Day 3 – not so much.  I kind of wanted to throw all the paint materials out the window.  Day 4, I got mad and decided I couldn’t do it anymore.  Day 5, I was able to pull myself together and do some more, but Day 6, my mom arrived and I made her paint.  I was done.  No more for me.

But I love our new house.  It’s really big, so we are kind of rattling around in it, but we’ll grow into it slowly. Anyone getting rid of any decent furniture, let us know:).  I’ll get some pics posted.

As for now, I’m in New Jersey with Opera New Jersey. Just arrived yesterday, and I’ll be sharing stories and pics as I go along.

Sorry for the hiatus, but now that I have consistent internet access, I shall be back with more wonderful stories of my life!