Monday, February 25, 2013


The next thing I had on my calendar in February was a trip to Alabama to celebrate someone's first birthday! When the trip to Beersheba Springs was announced in the fall, I immediately texted my sister to see if the party would be the weekend before or after his birthday. I didn't want to miss either the trip OR the party.

Super Aunt had known since Christmas what I wanted to get him: a Cozy Coupe. Everyone knows how cute these things are but what no one tells you is how hard they are to assemble. It took me two nights and I had to use my cordless drill, a screwdriver and a hammer. But it was ALL worth it after I tied a cute bow on it, put it in my trunk, drove it to Alabama, snuck it in the house when no one was looking, pulled it out the end of the party and saw my nephew's delight. He scooted right over to it and played in it a good bit that day and every day since, from what I am told.

The party was fun and he was a total angel, of course. I also made him a board book from Pint Size Productions, with pictures from his first year. He just can't read it while he's behind the wheel of his car.

I can't believe that he is a year old. He's my favorite person on the planet and he has absolutely no idea. What a doll. Bitty boy, your Aunt Nin loves you very much!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The only thing keeping me from being too sad that 9 to 5 was ending was having a jam packed February to look forward to. I had back-to-back plans on the calendar before I had even auditioned for the show! No rest for me!

Two Fridays ago, some of the bunko girls and I headed east for a weekend in in the mountains. My friend Jamie had bid on the weekend getaway in an auction and we all split the cost. My packing list looked something like this: pajamas, board games, magazines, chocolate cake, red wine. No makeup, no "nice" clothes, no worries!

We had a great time catching up, resting and enjoying each other's company! Between our own contributions and the homemade dinner that was included in the auction package we were splitting, we certainly didn't go hungry.

On Saturday morning, we took a little two mile hike through the woods and back. Look what awaited us:

Sunday, February 17, 2013


I have tried long and hard to think of what I wanted to say in my last post about 9 to 5. I feel like I need to put a bow on the package and wrap up the unforgettable journey with one final post. But I start writing and then get overwhelmed, and stop.

Then, I got my hands on this video and I think it just kind of sums it up:

Fun fact: while everyone else was on stage bowing, my two costars and I were offstage in a three-way hug. We pulled apart just before we ran onstage. Then, we had to hug again (as seen on video) when it was all said and done. It was icing on the cake that our wonderful castmates joined in. What a phenomenal group of people.

Being in 9 to 5 was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It was really hard but it was also really amazing. Everyone is asking when the next musical will be, and there will be more for me, I promise. But this one will be pretty hard to top.

Thursday, February 07, 2013


The final weekend of the show was a bittersweet one. I was so glad that lots of friends were able to make it, but it was all overshadowed by the fact it was coming to an end.

More sorority sisters came, which made me so happy:

Evan and I both had a crowd on Thursday. He had a table full of lively supporters and I had my fabulous bunko group plus a few more coworkers:

On Friday, a even more coworkers came!

I had been looking forward to Saturday for a long time. Mom came back with Fred, my aunt came back with my cousin and my sister finally got to see the show. Some of my supper club girls came back and brought their husbands/boyfriends. And, some of mine and Evan's dear friends from Auburn made the voyage to see us. The Tatums flew in from Texas and the Waldrons and Sarah came up from Birmingham. It was a full house!

Then, since we had such a big group in town, we had to keep the party going...

and going...

and going.

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