October 2012 ~
First day of October back to Whitney. I woke up to find a text from Kids Management they had left late the night before.
Guess someone had cancelled on a gig last minute over the weekend. By the time I called in it had obviously been filled.
Not that I had any of Zyla's school work prepared to take a last minute job, so I did not worry about it. I dropped
her to school and headed to the stages. Megan was early as well, so we got caught up on all the fun we had done over
our hiatus week. The episode was really cute, lots of amazing new sets, a lake house, a plain cabin. A new guest
star arrived to play Chris/Alex dad Wayne. He looked and sounded so familiar. Megan looked him up online and it
was one of my favorite actors from Breaking Bad, Dean Norris! I was
excited he had joined the show. The day flew by, my girl Rhea was only in two scenes. Lots of tasty things at
crafty like breakfast quesadillas and for lunch steak, salmon, mash potatoes, salad. Megan had Alex and I do the Keirsey
personality test online. I tested as a Guardian Protector (ISFJ). Did some lighting with Patti and Antar, then
headed out for the day around 3:40pm. When I got home I found our AT&T phone lines down, meaning no internet either.
Really sucked. I called to get it fixed, but it was all automated and had to make an appointment for a technician to
come out in a few days. Thankfully Ed had internet on his phone which we had through another provider. And
we did not have our TV hooked up to all that drama so we could still watch our second Netflix disk of Hung that had arrived. Zyla had so much homework. Even with my help, she did not finish until
8:30pm. I guess that is the price you pay to have straight A's.
Tuesday I did not need
to be to set until 11am. Even so I woke up at 5am wanting to see if a miracle had happened with our phone lines and
internet. I was pleasantly surprised that it was all working again. I had played with the cords most of the evening
trying to trouble shoot the problem myself. I guess I had done something right. I called to cancel the technician.
Got Zyla off to school and came home to leisurely get ready for set. Around 9am the phones and internet went out again.
I was not liking AT&T. I spent an hour on my cell phone with AT&T trying to resolve the issue to no avail.
Finally they let me reschedule the tech to come to my home. I left for set irritated by the whole experience.
Megan had gifts; she gave Alex and me nail polishes. I got a blue, a black and a sparkly blue. She was always
so thoughtful and kind bringing everyone gifts all the time. I sat around all day watching the pre-shoots and rehearsals.
Since my girl was only in two scenes they weren't up until 4pm. Then I was finished by 5pm, but did not get wrapped
out until 6pm. I came home to wonderful smells of dinner cooking in the kitchen. Ed made my favorite. We
all sat down to eat, then I helped Zyla with some homework before watching the final episode of Hung. I thought it was a weird ending, sort of left off on an abrupt note in the middle of the night.
The behind the scenes showed an alternate ending as well as deleted scenes that did not make the show because of pacing.
I fell asleep to dreams of vacations, shopping sprees, cakes and star tattoos.
had off of school, so we slept in. I did not need to be to set until 10:30am. Zyla was spending the day with her
friend Jaron going to see Hotel Transylvania. I arrived to the stages
early and found Megan. We got breakfast. Catering had decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky pictures.
As usually happens on show night we did not work, but watched the camera refresh take place. Afterwards, Alex, Megan
and I all walked down Ventura Blvd to Mexicali Cocina Cantina for lunch. They have tasty drinks there; I especially
liked the mexi mosa which had St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, champagne, and a splash of orange juice in it. When we
arrived back to the stages a coffee truck was parked out front. I got a caramel ice blended coffee. The evening
went by quickly amidst conversation and a visit to set to see our favorite scene with Dean Norris singing Seal. We all
read the script for the next episode, which was really funny. I snacked on Swedish meatballs, jalapeno poppers, brie
and crackers, before KFC was brought in. I grabbed the crispy chicken with mac ‘n cheese. Wrapping out at
9:40pm, we walked off into the night admiring the spooky moon's hazy glow through the gauzy clouds.
Thursday was another typical day in Zyla's school library, earning my service hours, reprimanding children who don't seem
to know how to behave in a library. I came home to relax and watch Little Ashes,
a movie about Salvador Dali and his relationship with poet Frederico Lorca. Robert Pattinson did an excellent job playing
the genius. I loved the mood of the film shot on location in Barcelona. At 3pm, as I was walking to my car, I
noticed an AT&T truck parked in front of my building. I went out to ask if he was here to service my internet and
he said yes. I asked why he was so early since my scheduled appointment was between 4-8pm. He made it seem like
he was in the neighborhood and just stopping by to see if it could be done early. I said no, I had to pick up Zyla and
that I would be home between 4-8pm. He said he could not wait or come back but that the night crew would come at 4:30pm.
By 5:30pm, no one had showed up so I called AT&T to find out what was going on. After waiting on hold forever, then
being transferred, put on hold again, etc, they said the technician that showed up at 3pm, had cancelled my appointment and
since he could not do the service then I needed to reschedule. I was really upset and complained that I had made an
appointment for 4-8pm and was it AT&T policy to send out technicians at the wrong times? They finally got through
to dispatch to resend someone out. When the techy arrived at 7:30pm, he could not get my phones and internet turned
back on. He said it was an issue on AT&T's end and that he would put in a service order for the following morning
to have someone come out and check phone lines. At first he said I did not need to be home for it and that my service
should be back on by the weekend. Then he said just in case I should be home all morning. This was becoming such
an ordeal and inconvenience to me, not to mention the hardship of having no phone or internet all week. I called up
AT&T first thing in the morning to find out what was going on and ask for compensation to my bill. I was on hold
for 30 minutes when the tech called on my other line and I had to switch over. He was working on my service and would
be to my house shortly. I hung up with AT&T for the time being. The new tech arrived saying that the technician
last night had been lazy and that it was not that complicated and he would have me up and running shortly. He said AT&T
had hired new techs with no experience and that was the issue with the guy the evening before. He said he found one
of my two wires loose probably from a previous repair job and once he connected everything, it was all back up and running
smoothly. He gave me his card in case anything happened and said to call him direct instead of AT&T. I immediately
got online to deal with my weeks worth of accumulated emails. About an hour later AT&T called to make sure I had
service. I asked for compensation and was transferred to some call service in the Midwest. They credited my account
for the week of no service. After catching up on email I spent time getting more involved with Women In Love. Zyla and I ran errands all afternoon, feeding Roseblood her rat, getting a gift for
the Birthday Pool Party Zyla's friend was having the following day. My sister called saying she and her family would
be joining us in Big Bear over Thanksgiving and going to the play Oliver with us. I was so excited they could come.
Ed had to stay late at work because he had to run the jumbo tron and film the Crespi Homecoming game which they won.
Zyla and I ordered Dino's pizza and watched Gypsy. I had heard some
of the music before but never seen the musical in its entirety. Finding it on instant Netflix was wonderful. Bette
Midler was fabulous, I was happy to share the moments with Zyla.
The weekend flew by.
I spent a lot of my time reading more of Women In Love. Lawrence had
a way with words and relationship dialog that was slowly growing on me. Saturday Zyla went to gym at the new earlier
time. Afterwards we had some lunch then watched Glee Season 3 which
had come on disk from Netflix. The first episode included a scene of Lea Michele as Rachel Berry singing ‘Somewhere'
very much like Barbara Striesand. Oh the memories that flood in when I hear that song which was played over and over
again during brainwashing sessions at my cult like boarding school of CEDU. Ed and I dropped Zyla at her friend Kamsi's
party, then we went hiking at Stough. I was craving some of Ed's wonderful homemade lasagna so we grabbed up ingredients
from Sprouts. He crafted an amazing meal before leaving to pick up Zyla from the party. I was off to my girls'
night out with Jodi and Shawna. We were to watch Snow White and the Huntsmen.
Sunday was mellow, we finished watching the Glee disk.
Went to Mass around 1pm. I found a cute French foreign film called Elles
starring Juliette Binoche which Ed and I enjoyed watching. Zyla wanted to see her Jane
By Design show. We only had two episodes left before saying good-bye to this adorable new ABC family show we
had grown attached to.
Waking at 5am, I started getting ready for set. Time to get back to Whitney. The episode this week was really funny. Classic Whitney.
I ran into Megan in the parking structure and we walked together to set. Had some breakfast, spinach feta eggs and pigs
in a blanket, with some fruit and potatoes. The rehearsals went smoothly, most of the scenes were in Mark's Low Bar.
My girl sat on the same bar stool in all her scenes so not much notes to take down. It was great having Tone back as
the bartender and his stand in Robert. Just for the Network run thru, I was used as featured BG for the Mystic Pages
scene, which is a new age type bookshop where Nate played by Lance Barber worked. He was playing one of Whitney's ex-boyfriends
who came to make amends with her according to his AA program. Lance was cool, introduced himself to me. We hang
out at the top of the scene; he shows me a book and offers some incense before I wander around to look around the shop more.
When Alex character knocks him to the floor I leave the shop. The Tag scene was also in the Mystic Pages and most of
the stand ins were asked to play customers in the scene again just for the run thru so the executives can have a better idea
of what the scene will look like with BG in it. Afterward, we helped with the lighting before wrapping out at 3pm.
I made it home a minute before Ed and Zyla arrived. While Zyla did her homework, Ed and I finished watching Elles. Then we all took a walk down the street to Granada's for dinner. I was so happy the weather
had finally cooled off. No more scorching heats. It finally felt like fall, with cool breezes and dewy mornings.
After watching the last Jane By Design with Zyla, we sent her to bed.
Ed's turn to pick a movie, he chose 3 Magic Words. I really enjoyed
the editing the trippy feel of the movie as well as all the cool quotes and the message. While the movies 3 magic words
were ‘I am God', I felt they should be ‘I love you' or ‘I am love'. It reminded me of what is truly
important and not to let things get to me and remember the higher purpose of this existence that can sometimes be pushed aside
with all the drama life throws at me.
Tuesday was wear your favorite set shirt day on Whitney. The prize for best set shirt would win a cake! Zyla really
wanted me to win her some cake. I woke up at 5am again to get ready putting on my Dexter
season 5 prop department shirt. I dropped Zyla to school then headed into the stages. Breakfast was scrambled
eggs with steak, potatoes, fruit. I looked at the call sheet and it said oldest set shirt wins, so I knew instantly
that would not be me. Andy had on a jacket from his days when he worked WKRP
In Cincinnati! Jane had on a Cheers jacket. A new stand
in named Nick arrived. He was needed to cover Mark, since Matt had to cover the guest star Lance in the big bar scene
everyone was in. The pre-shoots took forever. At one point Rhea just wanted to stay on her bar stool for lighting
of her close up so I waited in the wings. I had heard rumors she used to do stand in before making it, so I guess she
was comfortable hanging with the rest of 2nd Team. A hot snack of chicken pot pie and beef pot pie came.
I ate some then took a nap in my car during the walk away lunch. Megan pulled up my imdb page and I was a little apprehensive.
I always had a fear of people pulling it up and finding out about my past while I am on set. I know what an issue my
past is for mainstream and did not want drama or to loose my job over it. She only seemed interested in looking at pictures
and since there is only one on there, she did not say anything else about it. I decided to just let it go. After
all, the past is the past and if people are still going to judge me off something I did almost 20 years ago there really is
nothing to be done about it. I was tired of living in fear and had accepted myself for who I was and others should too.
After the pre-shoots we were supposed to do a reshoot of a scene from the week before, but we were so behind it got pushed
to first thing Wednesday morning. Another hot snack came in the evening, spicy chicken, sausage gumbo with rice.
I loved it. Then I had a little po-boy sandwich. Finally wrapped out by 7pm.
I took Zyla to school then came home to finish getting ready for set. I had to be in at 10am for the re-shoot of a scene
from the last episode. Ran into Megan in the parking lot and told her how I felt about her pulling up my imdb page.
I asked her not to bring up anything about it while we were working on set. All she had wanted was to see more pictures
of me, so I told her to go to my krush site, with all my BG photos on it. We were super early and so headed to the breakfast
area. The first thing up was Scene E reshoot from last week's episode. I vaguely remembered what that scene was
and we weren't given any scripts when Antar asked us to come down and block it out for lighting. Going off memory we
showed him what the scene entailed. Thankfully when it came time to shoot, we had been right in what we remembered the
scene being. New dialog had been added to the ending of it, so they were just reshooting the last half of it.
It was done quickly. Snacks came, chili and corn bread, but I opted for the amazing salad covered in grapes, Gorgonzola,
and tomatoes. Camera refresh went by quickly and by 1pm it was break time until 4pm. I went home to make dinner
for my family. They would be getting home around 5pm after Zyla's Mock Trial class, so I wanted it ready for them when
they got there. I headed back the stages after eating and found an ice cream cookie truck waiting! I got fresh
baked chocolate chip cookies with chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream, yummy! All the stand ins gathered in the AD
office. Megan found a program of the Whitney show that is usually passed
out to audience members. We were all pleasantly surprised to see on the back of the program all of the crew listed including
us the stand ins! The evening went by quickly, I read from my Women In Love
book and texted a lot with Zyla. Had a little sandwich snack, then later Carney's food arrived. I had a chicken
apple sausage on hot dog bun, with mustard, onions, shredded cheese and cabbage. Everyone was busy with something, Matt
watching movies on his iPad, Alex playing games on her cell, Megan reading fashion magazines. By 9pm we were wrapped.
I made it home in time to do prayers with Zyla before kissing her goodnight. Ed and I sat down to watch a couple episodes
of Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 that had just arrived on disk from Netflix.
Thursday I woke up and it was back to Zyla's school library earning those service hours with the 3rd
and 4th grade. One child asked if I liked being a librarian. I love books! Not too much drama,
some stuff animals being tossed back and forth across the room that was quickly shut down with a threat to return to their
classroom. Afterward, I went to pick up Jodi and we headed down to Mimi's for a Mimosa brunch. I spent the afternoon
reading, took a little nap before picking up Zyla from school. Fed her some dinner before she was off to gymnastics.
Friday I was supposed to go hiking with Megan, but she was called into Whitney to stand in for a guest star, so I went hiking by myself up at Stough. Prayed the rosary as
I made my way to the far picnic bench. The air was so fresh and clean after the rains that fell most of the previous
day. I felt invigorated and refreshed. Read some more of Women In Love
before getting Zyla from school. We had a mellow afternoon. She worked on her Halloween art project for school.
Ed spent the evening filming Jodi's son Jesse in his school theatrical production. With Zyla over at her friend's house,
I spent time with Marilyn in Manhattan, a cute documentary about the superstar's
days in New York starting her own production company. I also watched De-Lovely.
I love Ashley Judd, she did an amazing job playing composer Cole Porter's wife Linda, in this musical love story.
Saturday, I was excited for Megan's house party. After Zyla was done with gymnastics, we had a mellow
afternoon, watched an episode of Glee, which had finally been added as instant
on Netflix, no more waiting for disks. Around 6pm we arrived at Megan's house to celebrate Havdalah. She had so
many tasty Jewish dishes, I could not stop eating! It was the first time she was meeting my family and my first time
meeting her composer husband Liam. We all had so much fun, drinking, laughing, telling stories. They had recently
bought a new microphone, which we used for some karaoke before heading out to their pool and Jacuzzi under the stars.
The evening ended with ghost stories before our drive home. With blessings of Shavua Tov we parted for the night.
Sunday, I woke up early but then went back to bed since no one else was waking up. Finally around
10am everyone stirred. Ed had to film Crespi's theatrical production of Dead Man Walking. Zyla had to finish coloring
her Halloween art. I read some more of the never ending Women In Love.
I still stand by my statement that I preferred Lawrence short stories best. We watched another Glee that featured a mash up of two Adele songs. It reminded me of being at Megan's where I had sung
‘Someone Like You'.
Monday, back to set on Whitney,
was an easy day since my girl Rhea was only in two bar scenes. Not many notes to take. Megan got to the parking
lot at the same time as me and pulled up next to me on the roof. We walked to set together and had the usual breakfast.
Lunch was amazing Indian food. After the run thru, we had to help with lighting in a theatre auditorium down the way
from our stages. One of the scenes was being pre-shot there, the following day. After we figured that out, we
walked through all the scenes in the bar for lighting before being wrapped out. I got a text from Kids Management for
Zyla to go back to Mistresses the following day if she wanted, working out
in Malibu. I did not call in for it; school was just too much to make time for set for her on top of it. Zyla
had tons of homework and did not get to bed until 10pm. I felt bad for her since she had to get up early so Ed could
drop her at school on his way to work. I had to be to set by 7am.
Tuesday, I left for
set early because I wanted to make sure I got some of the catered breakfast before it was all gone. I knew crew call
was earlier than the stand ins call and that 80 BG were showing up. I pulled into the parking structure and ended up
parking next to Megan who was just exiting her car. She had the same idea. We needent have worried because it
was a huge catered breakfast where we usually have the show night lunch/dinner. I had a custom made omelet from the
omelet bar, then some blueberry French toast from the truck. We got our vouchers at the stages then headed over to the
location auditorium. I was never used the entire time we shot, so I hung out under the cool shade trees. The weather
was climbing back up into the 90's again. For snack I had a Cobb salad, then it was time for our catered lunch , a rare
treat for a Tuesday. I had Maui Maui with mango topping, some tri-tip smoked steak with caramelized onions and sauce,
veggies, pasta with vodka sauce. All very tasty. After lunch, we went back to the stages to watch Whitney and
Chris shoot some antics type stuff on the green screen for commercials and the opening to the show. Camera blocking
finally commenced. The Tag had been changed so that my girl was now in it. As usual Andy is amazing and we got out by
5pm. I was home in time to make dinner for my family.
Wednesday, I took Zyla to school, then headed home to
get ready for set. She forgot her P.E. shirt so I dropped it at the school on my way to work. I parked down by
the river and met up with Megan at the stages. We had some breakfast then sat around all morning while the camera refresh
commenced. Afterward Patti needed us for a few minutes for some lighting tweeks before we could leave to lunch.
It was early enough that Megan, Alex and I all went across the street to Teru Sushi again. Afterward we made our way
down Ventura Blvd back to Mexicali Cocina Cantina for some Mexi-Mosas at the bar. A coffee truck was waiting for us
back at set. I spoke with Todd about what was happening with the advertising marketing campaign for the premier of the
show. Last year the push was huge, billboards, bus stops, etc and since it was originally scheduled to premier this
week, I was worried. He told me that its premier date had been put on hold, so they were not doing a promotional push for
the show yet. If it did not air within the next few weeks, we would not get our back 9 episodes. I read more about
it online and was happy to learn it was not just Whitney NBC was holding but
also Community which was in it's 4th season. Whitney had been scheduled to air on a Friday night time slot which I read is a death sentence for any show,
so this postponement could mean the show getting a better time slot and moving on to more seasons. The evening seemed
to fly by and before we knew it the Pastrami/Meatball sandwich guy arrived. Wrapped out by 9pm.
Thursday, back to Zyla's school library. Thankfully the weather had cooled off again, it looked like it might rain,
I kept my fingers crossed. I came home for a snack, then picked up my Glendale library books to return. I just
could not seem to finish Women In Love, I think I had 50 pages left, but it
was due and I was done with it. I had found a cute quote from it that I copied into my quote journal. I ended
up taking back a few other library books I had not even started, just was not in the mood. Zyla was getting out early
for the Earthquake Drill day, thankfully that meant no homework since the kids were required to leave the building with no
backpacks or anything, pretending it was a real earthquake. Kids Management texted about Zyla being on Hart of Dixie, it was unbelievable how many texts I was getting for her, but we could not take the job,
the timing just did not work out. I looked up more info about Whitney
and found out NBC announced today that the show would premier on Wednesday nights starting November 14th.
I was really excited because that was a much better time slot for us and we still could get the back 9! All I want for
Christmas is the back 9!
Friday I dropped Zyla to school then headed over to Fryman Canyon in Studio
City to hike with Megan. I followed her directions and found Fryman off Laurel Canyon Blvd, but then I drove to where
the street dead-ends at a yellow gate. It looked like the beginning of a dirt hiking trail, with street parking.
I called her and found out the parking lot she wanted to meet me in was back down the street at Wilacre Park, which had literally
been on the corner of Fryman and Laurel Canyon. I drove back and paid the $3 fee to park. At 8am there was plenty
of parking available. We entered at the trail head sign that said Betty B. Dearing Mountain Trail. We hiked up
the hill into the woods, the weather was chilly perfect. The trail led to TreePeople, a place I hadn't been to since
chaperoning Zyla's 1st grade field trip. The trail was just under 2 ½ mi and looped us back around
to the parking lot, which was insanely crowded with a line of cars waiting for a spot. We were insanely hungry so I
followed Megan to Crave Café where we shared a huge omelet. Afterwards we stopped in to Trader Joes before saying
good-bye. I made it home in time to put the groceries away, fax back Jessica's List my new Talent Agreement contract
securing my place with them for another year, then picked up Zyla from school and took her to lunch. Jessica's called
with a job for Monday on Pretty Little Liars. Ed's cousin Michelle was
in town with her husband and 4 children. Zyla had never met these cousins of hers and we had tried to work it out on
Monday when they were at Disneyland, but I got off work late and Zyla had 4 hours of homework. Now that it was Friday,
we hoped to see them before they flew back to Minnesota. Michelle called me saying they were at the La Brea Tar Pits.
When Ed got home, we drove down to Miracle Mile to meet up with them at Callender's Grill next door to the Museum area.
It was actually a Marie Callender's probably the last one left, because the one by us in Toluca Lake was gone and the one
I used to go to in Redondo Beach was gone. They had a huge banquet table waiting for us. Zyla instantly bonded with
her cousins who were excited to meet their cousin who had been on ‘Wizards
of Waverly Place'. I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Noir and shared a Gorgonzola, sausage, sautéed onions pizza
with Ed. Live piano music filled the air and I wanted to sing karaoke but it was not that kind of place. It was
the most upscale Callender's restaurant I had ever seen. Before we knew it the night had passed us by and the reunion
was over. We all said our farewells in the lobby before heading home.
I woke up early to meet Shanna at 9am for a hike at Stunt Road out in Calabasas/Malibu. I arrived early, but was low
on gas and the spot we were meeting sounded tricky so I drove back to the freeway area to find a station. For a moment
I panicked with no gas station in site and my needle in the red, but I drove back across the freeway and down Mulholland Drive
praying for a gas station when one finally materialized. I don't like to be late and I should have gotten gas before
leaving. I kept calling and texting Shanna but she was not responding. I got my gas and drove back up to Stunt
Road and tried to find her. She had sent me directions to meet at the 2.8 mi mark sign. She had said it was tricky
so when I found a little itty-bitty sign at the 2.8 mi mark and just a dirt turn out to park on I got out and explored.
It had been raining all morning. Nothing crazy, just that amazing light misty magical rain. I did not see Shanna's
car anywhere and since she still wasn't responding to my calls or texts I went hiking on the trail marked Backbone Trail to
Piuma Road. It was glorious hiking in the rain, one of my favorite things to do. The forest was alive the colors
so vivid. After walking for 20 minutes Shanna called. I thought maybe she was calling to cancel due to the rain.
Instead she had been waiting at another trailhead for me and had no signal on her phone there, so since I was late she drove
to where she would have a signal and got all my messages. She drove up Stunt Road in search of my car and found it.
I ran back along my trail to meet up with her. Some other hiker was out, just starting the trail, excited to see someone
else on it. I followed Shanna in her car back down Stunt Road to the 1 mi marker at a large dirt parking area I had
passed 3 times that morning! We hiked down the trail catching a bit of the misty rain that had slowly stopped falling.
She cut some wild sage for me that smelled amazing. Afterwards I drove with her back up Stunt Road to the look out at
Saddle Peak. It usually is a place with an amazing view looking out to the Pacific Ocean in one direction and turning
around to look out at the entire valley. But we were socked in with a spooky fog, so looking out you could hear the
ocean and smell the salt sea on the breeze, but see nothing but ghostly grey white. At the top is a three way stop for
traffic and it was eerie glancing down the road in every direction seeing the road disappear into fog, not knowing who might
be approaching. She drove me back to my car and I followed her to Islands restaurant. After a Maui burger and
fries I felt better. I drove home feeling refreshed. Ed had taken Zyla to gym, then off to Halloween town to get
the finishing touches to her costume. I headed out to go shopping for drab pajamas, robe and slippers for set.
I only had red which was not a color wardrobe would approve. I was playing a patient on Monday and was excited to get
paid all day to hang out in comfy clothes. I usually hate shopping and today was no different. The parking lot
and store was insanely crowded so by the time I got home I had a headache. I took a nap while Zyla finished her weekend
homework. In the evening, Shanna texted that her friend she was going to Disneyland with had cancelled. I had
told her earlier that my family was going the next day and we were going to try to meet up with her. Instead of meeting
up, I told her to meet at my house by 7am and she could ride with us. Zyla wanted to watch a Glee, and the next one up was the 'Extraordinary Merry Christmas' episode. I loved this episode, and
Ed wanted to find it on CD. They sang ‘My Favorite Things' from the Sound of Music. My dad used to sing
me this song my entire childhood so it meant a lot to me and made the episode all the more special.
Sunday morning Shanna arrived on time and we all headed down to Disneyland. I was only planning on going to the California
side since my family had just done the Disney Halloween side a few weeks ago. Ed still hadn't been on Radiator Springs
Racers. We got in line for the fast pass and waited 20 minutes to get tickets for 1:15pm. Next we did Tower of
Terror, but Shanna did not like elevator rides and waited that one out. The weather was amazing, a light drizzle in
the air. We walked to the back of the park for California Screamin, which I assured Shanna, had no elevator drops.
It was her first time, she loved it. The line for Flying Over California was short so we rode that before going to the
Disney side. Shanna had not seen the Halloween decorations yet. Her annual pass was expiring in a 2 weeks and
she had not been since April because she hurt her knee. I told her she had to experience Ghost Galaxy Space Mountain,
so we went there first to get fast passes. Everyone was starving so we ate lunch at the Pizza Port before hopping on
the Disneyland Railroad to take us to New Orleans Square. The line for the Haunted Mansion was really long, a 45 min
wait, but we had to do it and it actually moved quite quickly, not taking as long as they said. Afterwards we went to
Pirates before jumping on the Disneyland Railroad back to Ghost Galaxy with our Fast Passes. Zyla and I got the front
seats, the ride seemed so much faster in the front, the cold air whipping through our hair as we jetted through outer space.
We exited the park and went back to the California side for our last ride on the Racers. It was Shanna and Ed's first
time and a much better experience than when it kept breaking down when Zyla and I had gone last August. Zyla wanted
churro bites with cinnamon spiced chocolate dipping sauce before leaving Cars Land. Once outside the park, we all grabbed
Jamba Juice before taking the tram back to my car. A good time had by all, but everyone fairly exhausted and falling
asleep as I drove us all home back up the 5 freeway. We got home later than I had planned and did not have enough time
to make Mass. Shanna said good bye. Ed started up the grill for dinner. Zyla wanted to watch another Glee and I had to get to bed early for set the next day.
the weather was looking overcast and a light drizzle fell as I arrived to the wardrobe trailer of Pretty Little Liars. I found out I was playing a mental patient in a psych ward. Ed said that
was the perfect role for me. Wardrobe loved the clothes I brought, so I cut the tags and slipped into my comfy new clothes
and slippers. We had an easy day on set of stage 8. We were allowed to eat the crew breakfast after they went
through. I got eggs, hash browns, and sausage. I had only seen one episode of the show, so I did not recognize
anyone, but Zyla had been jealous I got to go since she enjoyed watching this new show. I was rotated around the day
room of the women's mental unit. One scene I sat in a chair beside some blinds. Another scene I sat across from
another patient and we played checkers. At walk away lunch, I headed back to my car hoping my chicken salad sandwich
had stayed cool. It had been 8 hours, and the ice pack it was resting on still had ice in it and the sandwich was still
chilled. I ate it then headed back to set. Kids Management texted with another job on Hart of Dixie. If Zyla were home schooled she would be making serious money, but yet again I turned
it down because it was too much to juggle into our schedule at this time. Back in holding, I overheard two girls who
were with Jessica's List saying that Rhonda had been fired because of emailing talent when Jessica did not allow that.
I remembered the conversation I had with Jessica when she was mad I had emailed my availability to Rhonda last month.
I was sad that Rhonda lost her job and heard she was doing BG work again. I wondered if I would ever run into her on
set. I had no idea what she looked like, just her voice on my phone all those times she called me with my details.
I had wondered what happened to her since she hadn't called me in a while and a new girl name Elaine kept calling me instead.
Now I knew. I wondered if because of all this Jessica had decided not to have her annual talent party where we get to
meet everyone that works at Jessica's. I had missed last year's party because I had to take Zyla to her friend's party.
I was planning to attend this year's, and now it was not scheduled. I hoped some day to meet Jessica, Mollye, Nan and
everyone else who worked at Jessica's. The last scene of the day I sat at the table with art supplies to color a picture.
I was excited, then the 1st AD moved me to the seat across from the coloring pad and I played with blocks that
you could turn to design different patterns. Got an hour and 15 minutes of overtime before wrapping out. I was
home in time to go to dinner at Granada with Ed and Zyla before we all sat down to watch Jesus
Henry Christ, a new movie with my favorite actress Toni Collette, it was awesome!
the weather was still chilly overcast, perfect for a hike at Stough. I dropped Zyla to school then went hiking into
the hills praying my rosary. I made it to the far bench and lied down across it meditating on the energy of the universe
flowing through me. Another hiker approached as I got up to leave. I did not see any animals out, the trail was
damp from the rains, everything smelt amazing, fresh. I stopped at Sprouts on the way home to get Vampire wine for Jodi's
Halloween Party the following week.
The remainder of the week went by in a twilight zombie blur.
Jessica's called really late Tuesday evening around 9:30pm with a booking the next day on the movie Baggage Claim. It was through Christopher Grey Casting. I was to play a 1st Class
Passenger in the airplane scenes. There were no details available until the following morning since production was still
shooting at 11pm. I fell asleep to dreams of being late to set. Fortunately I woke up and got my details around
8am. My call time was 12:30pm, so I took Zyla to school then came home to get ready. Packed up clothes for set,
showered and was on my way by 11am. I did not have to go far, location was at the Air Hollywood stages I had shot the
plane scene for Californication last year. I had some breakfast, got
checked in, went through wardrobe. Everyone was really nice making the day enjoyable. Most of the afternoon and
evening I spent in holding. Things moved fairly slow. I sat with two lovely ladies chatting about Paulo Coelho,
Celestine Prophecy and movies that inspired us. We had only shot one scene by lunchtime. I enter the plane and
take my seat in the 3rd row middle of 1st class next to the principal actors. Lunch was amazing,
tri tip steak, mahi mahi, steamed veggies, salad. It tasted like the lunch I had just had last week at Whitney. Back in holding, I was not used the rest of the evening. Kids Management texted for
Zyla to be on 90210 but she had to have pageant girl experience and costumes,
so she did not qualify for that call. Around 10pm we were told that of the 6 scenes up, only 3 would be completed today
and that all the 1st Class Passengers needed to be recalled for the following day. I had to let Zyla's school
library know I would not be able to come in the morning. I was wrapped out by 1am, but others were kept until 3am.
My tentative call time for Thursday was 6:30pm. I went home to get some sleep, but woke early when my family did.
In a half daze I made Zyla breakfast and packed her lunch. Ed took her to school and I fought to stay awake so I could
listen to the hotline at 9am with the details. My call time had been changed to 9:30pm, but crew call was 3pm, so they
were bringing me in right after lunch. It was going to be an all night shoot, so I immediately crashed out for the rest
of the morning and afternoon. I woke up around 2pm and showered before picking up Zyla from school. I made dinner
for my family, then took Zyla to gymnastics. Ed and I watched Clash of the
Titans before I went to pick her up from gym. I finished getting ready for set and left a little after 8pm.
I arrived early to the parking lot and shuttled over to set. I was there in time for the lunch, which was grilled chicken,
mash potatoes, salad. I brought my set chair with me, and settled in for the night. We were told we could read
books on the plane as long as the camera did not see the cover. When I was brought to set, I continued reading Beautiful Disaster. I really felt like I was on a long plane ride all night,
just sitting reading. The scenes seemed to move quicker than they had the previous night. Around 1am hot food
came, but they would not serve the background. Later I found out that they had not brought enough for the BG, but the
casting director knew I was hungry and told me the situation and asked me to be discreet about sneaking out to have some.
It was a round breaded pastry stuffed with chicken and cheese grilled on an open flame. Topped with salsa and cabbage,
very tasty. I was all set to stay up all night when we were told that the scenes they had recalled us for were finished
and we were wrapped for the night! I got home by 2:30am and fell asleep.
Friday, I woke up half
dazed. I took Zyla to school, but knew I would need to crash again to catch up on sleep. Thankfully I was not
needed at Whitney for any guest stars. I relaxed in front of the TV
to finish watching Clash of the Titans. I also watched the episode
of Glee called ‘Michael' that Ed and Zyla had watched without me while
I was at work the night before. Wow, simply dazzling. I loved all the songs, sets and choreography that they poured
into this inspired episode themed after Michael Jackson. I finished up Beautiful
Disaster, which while not my favorite novel, did help me stay awake and get through the night shoots and if nothing
else I was thankful for the easy distraction from drowsy thoughts. After picking up Zyla and doing lunch, I crashed
out for some much needed sleep. She woke me a few hours later wanting pizza for dinner. I awoke to the evening
at hand, ordered up our favorite pie from Dino's and set about getting my weekend groove on. Ed was working late running
the jumbo tron at Crespi's last homegame, so Zyla and I enjoyed our pizza, a bit of karaoke and some Glee. She went to bed just as Ed was getting home around 10:30pm. Our friend Andrew showed up
before midnight with tasty goodies from Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock. I loved the strawberry lemon bread pudding, pear
upside down cake and mini cupcakes. I had so much fun laughing harder than I had in a long time.
Saturday, we decided to have a mellow weekend and catch up on sleep. Ed had been working overtime and needed a break.
I took Zyla to gymnastics then went for a quick hike at Stough. The weather was back to insanely hot. Why was
it mid 80's for Halloween weekend? The afternoon was spent napping, then we all went to Mimi's for a lovely French dinner
together. The next Glee episode in our queue was ‘Heart' with
the Valentine's Day theme. Afterward Zyla went to bed, while Ed and I watched The
Moth Diaries to get into the Halloween spirit. I really enjoyed this cerebral vampy girl film, but did not find
it violent or scary as it was listed. I did end up having nightmares of an evil witch that I had to fight with prayer,
waking up overheated, spooked, nerves rattled, walking downstairs to turn down the a/c. The movie did mention a cool
book called Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu that I wanted to read and found
at the Beverly Hills library the following day. It was published in an anthology of LeFanu's ghost stories. I
also found some other interesting books at the library including Cyndi Lauper's memoir.
Ended the restful weekend
with another nap, then to Mass. Ed grilled up filet mignon while I steamed some broccoli with sautéed onions
and garlic. We watched another episode of Glee before it was time to
call it a night. I had to be up at 5am with an early call time back to Whitney
again. The full moon light shone bright through my window and I lit a candle for the Back 9.
new episode was fun, we had a new stand in Derek or Brady as he sometimes called himself. I actually knew him since
we had worked together a year and a half ago on the Nickelodeon show Bucket and Skinner,
then he worked one day standing in on Whitney first season. He was standing
in for our guest star John Ross Bowie playing Eddie, a new boyfriend date of Lily. Rhea was only in two scenes in the
bar so I had an easy day of it. The network run thru was scheduled at noon and I was out early enough to get Zyla from
school. That evening after strolling down the street for a tasty Mexican meal from Granadas, Zyla and I watched The Worst Witch. It was one of her childhood favorite Halloween movies with
Tim Curry and Fairuza Balk. Afterward, she went to bed and I was inspired to read the first few chapters of Carmilla to Ed. It was a ripe full moon out and he played spooky background music as I read the old
English words of the frightfully fun ghostly story.
Tuesday, I was brought into Whitney at 8:30am even though Rhea was not coming in until noon. I sat around watching our new guest
star John Cleese. He came in to pre-shoot three scenes for episode 211 ‘Space Invaders' which wouldn't be shot
until mid December. He was so incredibly funny I was dieing laughing during every take. He was playing Whitney
and Alex new therapist Dr. Grant brilliantly! I took a nap in my car on the walk away lunch, then was pleasantly surprised
when they wrapped me after Rhea was done at 3:30pm. I was able to pick up Zyla from her Mock Trial practice on time,
get her home and feed her dinner before the pre-Halloween rituals begun. She was going to be a Punk Rocker and needed
all her nails done.
Halloween Show Night! An announcement was made at Whitney that no one was allowed to dress up in costume since the behind the scenes NBC crew was still going
to be filming all day on the sets again. They had been there all day on Tuesday doing cast interviews. A few rebels
in the midst dressed up claiming that they weren't in costume, playing off military and captain looks. I woke up early
with Zyla to help her adjust her costume, fix her hair and take pictures. Ed was spooking himself up to be a zombie
mental patient exorcist. My call time to set was 10am. I had breakfast, pumpkin pancakes before taking my seat
in the audience section to watch the camera refresh. We were scheduled to shoot a new TAG scene for an episode we shot
three weeks ago, but I guess things ran behind and it was pushed to the end of the night after the audience was released from
the live taping. The refresh ended by 2:30pm and I headed home to pick up the Vampire Wine for the Halloween party at
Jodi's house. Zyla had gone home from school with Jaron and his sisters and I met up with them around 3:15pm.
Jodi and I shared a drink of Vamp juice before I had to head back into set. I knew the party might be over by the time
I was wrapped and was happy to have a few moments with her before things got crazy crowded with party guests and trick or
treaters. By 4pm I was back to Whitney ordering an iced Carmel latte
from the coffee truck provided by the writers. Lots of yummy treats awaited us at craft service all night. There
were pumpkin shaped carrots and hummus, ghost shaped cucumber sandwiches, skull short cake with bloody red strawberries.
Later in the evening pizza arrived. I had so many laughs with all the stand ins sitting in the AD office all night.
Megan took silly Halloween pics of everyone. I grabbed a program for the evening and had all the stand ins sign it like
a yearbook for me. Eventually the episode was finished and we were all called into the bar for the reshoot scene from
the previous episode. Blocking was easy as all the cast was sitting around a booth. About 11pm we were wrapped
for the night and I quickly made my way to the parking structure and back to the party. Jodi had saved the last glass
of Vampire wine for me. Shanna had brought me some spooky drawings she had made for me of Corpse Bride and Sally from
Nightmare Before Christmas. After a few drinks, the kids started dropping
off to sleep one by one and Zyla was ready to head home. I said good night and drove home with Zyla reminiscing about
her adventures of the evening. Halloween success and a good time was had by all.
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|2nd Team Antics in the AD Office during Show Night
|Jacqueline and Alex off set of Whitney Season 2
|2nd Team Happy Halloween Show Night!
|Jacqueline and Megan off set of Whitney Season 2