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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

breaking the glass ceiling and making history



we've been working in the theatre industry for years wearing various hats.  i've mentioned many times before that ryan and i are both i.a.t.s.e. union members.  within our union's local, ryan and i have held many positions.  ryan has been the local's treasurer for years and he's also a member of the executive board.  we both have served on numerous committees too.  currently i am the chair of the education committee and the health/safety committee.

last night was election night for the new term of officers for our local.  after a nerve-wracking month of campaigning since our november nominations, i am thrilled to say that i was voted to be the new vice president of our local for the next three years.

this is a big deal for me to be the first-ever female vice president of our local.  ryan and i were both also elected to serve on the executive board.

you know, all in a monday night's work . . . breaking the glass ceiling and making history over here.

i officially get sworn into my new position with the other officers in the beginning of january.

love, laurie

Monday, December 6, 2021

always on high alert

good gracious, it was a long weekend inside the theater with a long show run.  i am beyond delirious.  all i want to do is curl up with this kitten, but there's no time for that because we are going right into another show run this morning.  

this picture made me laugh because leko is always on high alert monitoring what is going on outside his kingdom.  all of the squirrels and neighbors are under kitten surveillance whether they know it or not!

love, laurie

Sunday, December 5, 2021

happy birthday, mama!




happy birthday today to my amazing mama!

love, laurie

Friday, December 3, 2021

sneak peak


several weeks ago, the dance studio where i teach gathered the staff together for staff photos.  it was really cool that we did the photo shoot on stage at my theatre.  we've all been eager to see the photos and have been waiting not-so-patiently.  we recently saw a sneak peak of one of the group photos.  i can't wait to see all of the rest of them!

love, laurie

Thursday, December 2, 2021

balancing act

we sat down the other night to work on the crew's payroll for the nutcracker and leko jumped up on ryan's lap.  it was so cute how he balanced each of his front paws on ryan's knees.  he's such an adorable little helper!

love, laurie

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

kicking off the holiday season with a kick line


i mentioned last week that the dance studio where i teach was invited to dance at the annual times-tribune tower lighting event downtown on thanksgiving eve.  we threw together two rockette-style dances last minute and danced our little hearts out.

it was a lot of fun and i'm so glad i was able to dance with these girls!  after our dance we bundled up to watch the tower lighting and fireworks.

love, laurie

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

a very big "thank you!"


the nutcracker has kept us very busy lately.  my wonderful mama came to the rescue again this year and made us so many yummy meals that we could just heat up and run during tech, rehearsals, and the show.  mama's kitchen was a godsent and totally saved us.  she really went out of her way this year to deal with our pain-in-the-neck dietary restrictions too.

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH, MAMA!

love, laurie

Monday, November 29, 2021

we made it . . . almost . . .

well, we made it through the shows of the nutcracker, but we still have a couple of days of load out to go.  we survived, but with several broken body parts.  this was a rough one this year and we're extremely worn out. 

the ballet director gave me this rose after the final show. 

fingers crossed that we can get this show packed up quickly over the next two days and then move right onto the next show.  

just keep swimming, just keep swimming . . . 

love, laurie

Friday, November 26, 2021

thanksgiving 2021


we had a lovely thanksgiving yesterday with our family at my parents' house.  my mama went all out cooking a delicious feast.  we stuffed ourselves and have leftovers to look forward to for days!  believe it or not, i didn't take a single photo all day, luckily ryan snapped this one of everyone before dinner!

love, laurie

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

happy thanksgiving!

it was cute to find the dance studio entrance doors decorated for thanksgiving this week with everyone's names in the studio.  cute little turkeys!  

we're looking forward to vegetating today because today is our first day off work in months!

have a lovely thanksgiving holiday!

love, laurie