June 29, 2012

Patchie [Returns]


I'm back home in Maryland after another amazing year on The Cape, and woah. Leaving was rough. Leaving is always rough, but this year I didn't handle it too well. I think it was a combination of things, but a big chunk of it was that since I was a little girl it's been my dream to move up there. It's where I consider home. And all of a sudden this year it really hit me that no, I'll probably never live there. It's impossibly expensive and there just aren't that many jobs to go around. And it hit me head on like a truck.

Trust me, it didn't take away from the vacation at all. It was amazingly relaxing and fun and I love watching The Boy fall as in love with that place as I have been my whole life. We got tons of beach time and family time and some amazingly good food. I have a stupid amount of pictures to go through and edit, but at the same time I didn't spend this entire vacation hidden behind the lens like I did last year - there's large chunks of days and things we did that I didn't bother to capture and I'm very happy about it. I'm pretty sure that in total I took less pictures than last year, even though I feel like I have more to edit. Maybe because my editing has gotten a little more complex. I'm rambling.

Back to the daily grind and back to ridiculously hot weather. Already looking for the next place to travel to. Maybe a quick weekend getaway may be thrown in before the summer ends?

June 21, 2012

Patchie [Vacations]


As this posts I am somewhere along the east coast en route to Cape Cod with The Boy for our annual visit. I am so excited to get away for a week, and besides this one I haven't scheduled a single post while I'm gone (as opposed to last year when I did a whole Guest Post series...blame it on Fuddy). I'll be back in a little over a week with an obscene amount of pictures if last year was any sort of judge. In the mean time, if you'd like to check out more about where I'm headed I've linked to all the posts from last year underneath the picture below. Enjoy and see you soon!






















June 20, 2012

Patchie [Leaves]

























I've got a half day of work today and then I shoot up to Philly with The Boy to visit my aunt and uncle, and then we high-tail it to the Cape! Not only am I excited to see family, but when I hit Philly I'll be gaining my uncle's DSLR! It's a Nikon D50, and while it's an older model it'll be a great backup camera, plus it comes with two lenses I didn't already own. I know The Boy is also excited, because that means he has a DSLR to play around with when I'm doing the same. Sounds like we have some photo lessons/safaris in our future!

June 19, 2012

Patchie [Closes]


Fuddy Meers has come to an end. This is one of those shows that will always have a special place for me. Besides being the first "main stage"/full-run show I've directed in this area (and since I graduated), the experience was just so wonderful. Everyone involved had the best attitudes throughout the entire process. I looked forward to every rehearsal and performance. It was fun and creative and absolutely rewarding. We really bonded as a cast in way I've only seen a couple others casts bond and it makes me so happy. This is a show I will definitely miss for a long time. On our closing night to a packed house at their final bow, the cast presented me with a huge bouquet of flowers. I am so thankful for the people involved, the opportunity, and everyone who came out to see the show and show their support. My heart is very full.

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I don't know if I ever really went over how this particular theatre works. It's tucked pretty far back on a back road, just a few miles from a national park. To give you some sort of bearing, if you drive to the end of the road at that park, immediately across the river is Mount Vernon. So close to DC, yet so far. Trust me - sitting down in the quirky little amphitheater you can't completely escape city life...we're right in a flight pattern for one of DC's two airports. Until dark it's a pretty steady flow of aircraft that the trees can only dampen so much. But hearing the planes and then looking around you at the woods while you're taking in a show is such a unique experience.

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I'm a little sad I didn't get more pictures than I did. These are all from a dress rehearsal before the set was painted, and it's a sad (in my eyes) representation of everything we accomplished. But in my defense, because we are at an outdoor theatre rain is a factor. Half our tech week was rained out and then we never had a brush up rehearsal - all of those turned into performances because of the rain. So besides this one night I never had another opportunity unless I took them with a bunch of paying customers trying to watch the show, and I find that to be rude. But honestly, no amount of pictures would have done this show justice. It had to be seen.

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Oh, and I had a real Jeep on stage. How cool is that?

June 15, 2012

Patchie [Posts] Spoutwood Part II!


Hey, remember how I'm an awful blogger and said pay back in Part I that I'd be posting a Part II of Spoutwood pictures at some point? Well, here they are! Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back. I can't wait until faire season starts in August!

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June 12, 2012

Patchie [Photographs]


Just a few quick photos from when Alex came to visit and we had a mini-photoshoot the morning before she left.I know I am terribly behind on sharing things and I hope to get them scheduled up soon - as enjoyable as this show is and as sad as I am that this is the final weekend, it has sucked up an enormous amount of my energy and it'll be nice to have that energy back. Alex came to visit for a weekend and see the show, as did another pair of friends from Baltimore. It makes my heart happy that these people are willing to travel a good distance to see my little show in the woods!

Anyway, pictures. We tried to hit a small local park that's right on the river, but it was crazy crowded and we wouldn't have been able to get a clear shot without a bunch of people in the background, so instead we crashed someone's field (above) and then an old abandoned building which I will definitely be using again.

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June 5, 2012

Patchie [Instagrams]


This was a heavily-instagramed weekend. Here are a couple of my favorites!



June 4, 2012

Patchie [Opens]


Friday night was supposed to be opening night for Fuddy Meers, but it rained. A lot. And the storms were pretty wild - lots of cloud rotation and tornadoes and lightning. We had to cancel. I was pretty bummed about it. However, the weather was perfect Saturday night and we had a large crowd and the show went so well! I'm so proud of my cast! I can't wait to do it again this weekend. This is the theatre I loved and missed and this is why I keep coming back. I had some low points the last year or two in theatre, and I think I'm finally climbing back up the hill. I love this art and everything about it. This show and everyone involved have helped me find that spark again.

We have two more weekends. I can't wait!

June 1, 2012

Patchie [Opens]...I hope


It's our opening night for Fuddy Meers! At least I hope it's our opening night. It's an outdoor theatre without any cover, and while we'll still perform in the rain they are calling for some pretty rough storms to hit us right at show time. I'm watching the weather today like a hawk. Keep your fingers crossed that the storms magically turn very west or very south and miss us!