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What a refreshing and lovely weekend! It was jam packed fun in Connecticut celebrating the marriage between my friends Lauren and Brooke. The ceremony was beautiful with Lauren’s father officiating the momentous occasion, quoting scripture and Ghostface Killah. The love was palpable, the food delicious, the tunes fantastic, and new friends were made over the course of the weekend.

A low key rehearsal dinner under the stars and twinkle lights Friday night, allowed us to see the gals one last time before tying the knot. I got to meet the brides’ families and college/childhood friends and trade stories about how we all ended up at the event together.

Apple picking, petting zoo, corn maze and a hayride were the pre-wedding activities I did with Ash Lee and Julia at March Farm. (A check off my bucket list. Woohoo!)

Since I still have limited storage over in my WordPress media, (grumble grumble) you should peep my Instagram feed on the left side of the screen for pics from the weekend!


Ciao

Wandering Wednesday

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It’s pretty short and sweet this week for Wandering Wednesday. Hard to believe that tomorrow marks my last day on the messenger route for awhile, but at least I’ll get to wander to some old and new places again. Most of these were actually taken on Friday after work, when the weather was pretty pleasant and I decided to walk from 42nd street over to Magnolia Baker on 68th and Columbus.

Ciao 🙂

Wandering Wednesday

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In this edition of Wandering Wednesday features photos from Central Harlem, SoHo, and Columbus Circle.

Bonus! You get to see some of the rehearsal photos I’ve been taking as my next show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, revs up for opening night this Friday. If you’re in the city and love Shakespeare in a Park, go over to my professional website to get all the info you need to attend.

Ciao 🙂

Commitment, Cohorts, and the Cubs in Chicago

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Earlier this month I headed to Chicago, Illinois for my friend Travis and his fiancee’s nuptials at the Cheney Mansion.

side note: Because it also turned out to be on my birthday I decided to make a whole weekend of it and enjoy the sights! I haven’t really been in Chicago since the college tour days and even that was in the dead of winter (two words: lake effect), so I hadn’t really seen the city for almost 6 years. Though the original plans had changed, the trip turned out to be a great success and a fantastic way to celebrate 24 years.

Back to the wedding: While I hadn’t seen Travis and Jonah in three years when I received their invite in the mail earlier this year I was extremely touched and incredibly excited to attend. And let me tell you that the ceremony did not disappoint; the venue was gorgeous, the company was enjoyable, and the evening was filled with love and support. It was extremely touching and was incredibly happy to be there. (Plus the grooms gave me a birthday gift!)

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So not only did I get to see old friends take the next big step in their lives, I also got to hang out with some ladies from Jackson who are trying to make their acting dreams come true in the Windy City. Annie and I have been best friends since she transferred to Murrah and we are two of very few alums of our program that are still actively pursuing a career in the arts! The last time I saw her was exactly one year ago on June 9th in New York, so to say I was excited to see her is an understatement. We got brunch at some really cute places in Wrigleyville and even went to a free production of “Taming of the Shrew” in an abandoned bank. What I love about my friendship with Annie is that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, texted, or had a phone call, our conversations always pick up right where we left off. We talked about Chicago, New York, acting, running, what’s next, what we like and don’t like about our current setups and the plans we have for changing them.

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Another Jackson friend I met up with while in Chicago was Mia, a former classmate who is in the city trying to figure out her next step. We reconnected and I got to see her really great apartment, and after brunch we headed to Wrigley Field for the Cubs/Pirates game and did some shopping downtown, before I ventured off and walked through Millennium Park.

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I spent my last day at the Art Institute where I got to take in their breathtaking collection of Impressionist art and their special exhibit of paper silhouettes that depicted race and gender issues in America. (if you’re in the Chicago-area definitely check it out it’s very powerful stuff)

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All in all my weekend in Chicago was a great one! I had reunions with old friends and got reacquainted with a city I’ve visited in the past. Can’t wait to see where my other summer travels will take me!!!

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Ciao

Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

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So since it’s been about a week and some days since my last post i am doubling up on posts today!

While I am proud to call New York City my new hometown, there is no feeling I have about this city that compares to the emotions that fill my heart when my plane lands on Mississippi soil! Two weekends ago I flew home for my high school friend’s wedding, and what made the trip even better was that it fell on the same weekend as Mother’s Day, so I got to spend time with Ma on the holiday.

It still blows my mind that as I enter my mid twenties more and more of my friends will be asking for my address to send “Save the Date” cards and wedding invitations. I mean come on I’m almost 24, given, but to think that the next logical and normal choice for so many people in their lifetime is happening to people who I know and love takes a little getting used to.

Ok now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I must admit that when I saw my friend Roberta’s relationship status change to “engaged” way back in August(?) I immediately called her on my lunch break in Ithaca, NY to get all of the juicy details. After talking it out on the phone and then again when i was home in September where I got a look at her ring (gorgeous) I was filled with so much glee that one of my closest friends from home was about to tie the knot. So walking into the church on a humid and overcast Saturday, I was immediately surrounded by old high school friends, ones I haven’t seen since at least my first Thanksgiving break from Freshman Year at NYU. All of us were gathered together again to celebrate a key milestone in our friend’s life and I yes I did get misty she said her vows. It turned out to be a lovely day and the reception was cute to boot! The DJ was jammin, I was dancin’, and all in all it was a lovely afternoon.

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Next stop Mother’s Day!!! Til tomorrow

Ciao