Philadelphia, like much of the northeast US, is blanketed in snow. It started yesterday around nine a.m, as I was walking into work. By noon, there was at least two inches, possibly more, on the ground and my manager let me go home when I called him. Without snow, the drives takes half an hour. With it, it took three. The good thing was that it took three hours because people were being super careful. PennDOT didn’t touch the roads all day, so the only thing moving the snow around was the cars. Even this afternoon, the roads were perilous. I had planned to leave two hours before my therapy appointment to take the drive slowly. My therapist apparently had the same idea, because just as I was about to get ready to leave, she called me. “What are you thinking about driving?” she asked. She then told me she was at the end of her driveway, which to me, was psychologist for “I don’t want to go any further, please let us have a Skype session.” So we did.

The snow also forced rehearsal to be cancelled. I can’t believe it, but we’re a week and a half into rehearsals and the whole show is blocked. Crazy. I love this show and the cast; they’re fantastic. A mix of rehearsals and what seems to be the right anti-depressant combo is making me happier than I can remember being in a long time. 

I turned twenty-four on Sunday. I worked all day and made a lot of money. Once I turned thirteen, I stopped wanting to celebrate my birthday, but in general, they’re enjoyable. Still, I don’t really approve of this twenty-four. 

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My House is Broken and My Car is Gimpy

The house that I live in has both a front door and a back door, and I’m the only one in the house who uses the back door because I park my car back there. On Sunday morning, I went out back to shovel the driveway after the snowstorm, and when I went to go back inside, I noticed that the deadbolt looked a little weird.

ImageI took a picture of it and locked the door behind me because, as much as I didn’t want to think about it, it looked like a break-in attempt. The next day when my roommates came home, I showed them the picture. “I don’t want to be an alarmist,” I said. “But I think someone tried to break into the house.”

My roommates agreed and we were all pretty unnerved. I was very thankful that, due to the snow, my car was parked around the corner instead of next to the door like it usually is. While there’s nothing really worth stealing in it, I don’t know that that would have mattered. Since then, a new deadbolt had been purchased and “Beware of Dog” signs are up on both doors. Sometimes, we get a reminder that we live in a city. I’m just glad it wasn’t a more brutal reminder.

Today, as all of America is aware, was brutally cold. I think it was five degrees or something when I got in my car to pick up produce and then head to work. My car seemed to be driving kind of weird, but besides the fact that my car got inspected a week ago and passed, I also didn’t think much of it because people all over Facebook were complaining about how the extreme cold was affecting their cars. So I ran my errand and drove to WalMart. As I unloaded the groceries, I noticed the my right rear tire looked weird. I looked closer, and what I saw was this:

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Not good. After I let Jackie, with whom I was switching, know what was going on, I called AAA to come and help me change my tire. I’d never had a flat before and I had no idea what to do. They told me that they could certainly help me, but they were running behind and it would probably be about three hours. This made me grateful that I had managed to get to work before noticing the tire; at least I could work while I waited. As it happened, the guy arrived less than an hour later and made quick work of my tire. As he got back in his car, he called, “Have a better day!”

So tomorrow I get to have my tire looked at/repaired before I take my long trek to my first rehearsal for August: Osage County. I am SO excited to get started on this show!

Hello, 2014

Between Facebook and talking to people, I found out that 2013 was kind of a hellish year for a lot of people. I don’t think I fall into that category. While this year certainly had its challenges- continuing to deal with my mental health, fighting with my parents, finding a new place to live, getting jobs, quitting jobs, finding three new doctors, and dealing with car troubles. 

But there have also been a lot of good things. I started taking anti-depressants, which was scary but ultimately helpful. My parents and I came to some new understandings. My new place and roommates are great. I quit some crappy jobs and got a great one. I got two of my plays produced and I got cast in two amazing plays. 

I’m looking forward to what 2014 has to bring… hopefully more good things than bad. 

Happy new year, everyone!