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Play, Boston, and Chocolate Bunnies

I wish everyone a happy Easter Sunday filled with endless chocolate creatures and candy. I apologize for my lack of updating after spring play and the band Boston trip this month. Unfortunately, my beloved laptop caught a nasty virus which resulted in a thorough system wipeout and software reloaded. Thank goodness I backed up by stage play and other files beforehand.

 My first instinct this morning was to race down the stairs at warped speed to see the edible evidence of Easter celebration. I spent today happily scarfing down endless types of chocolate and desserts, for once tossing the weight qualifications for jockey college in the back of my mind. I tell you, holidays ARE DELICIOUS. A solemn Rest-In-Peace goes out to the two or three chocolate bunnies savagely devoured during the course of the day. I plan on enjoying the rest of today to the fullest extent possible before returning to my typical nutrition and exercise schedule tomorrow. If it’s for horses, well, I won’t complain!

After the astonishing performance by student theater earlier this month I know play will never be the same next year. Our actual performances were extraordinary. I firmly believe our wonderful cast and crew have the potential to accomplish anything in the world. The seniors graduating this year will be severely missed during the next play this fall. I can’t imagine  not seeing my friends and role models since nineth grade (and eighth for those I knew during my first band year) socializing backstage during my next remaining two years of high school. The stage manager who taught me so much will graduate, too. Thankfully I took a few pages of notes in a notebook on managing the stage and crew for next year when I assume her place. I know play will go on and eventually we’ll take the positions of the passing seniors. It will remain the same entertaining, creative, and thrilling after school activity as my first rehearsal for Alice in Wonderland last year.

Barely after recovering from the festivities of the play performance I left with the marching band on our trip to Boston for four days. There we took a walking tour of the city along with visiting the nearby locations of Plymouth and Salem. Practically everything related to the trip was exicting including the delicious hamburger and fries at Hard Rock Cafe, the nearly 80 degree swimming pool in the hotel, and spending time in Salem shopping in the neatest stores. I bought a tote bag from the manga/anime xxxHOLiC in a comic book store and examined a collection of pagan herbal remedies in another. Nearly every shop in the village had at least a few items related to my interests.  I returned home a very happy traveler with a couple great souveniers in my suitcase. One included a book entitled Victorian America which I already read halfway through. I recommend it to anyone interested in early telephone use, the practice of wearing black to funerals, or Queen Victoria.

Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life offers a free look inside the book. Enjoy it while gnawing away the ears of your favorite chocolate bunny.

-DA Agelle


Hurry Up Spring!

It’s official: I cannot wait for the snow to disappear and for spring to begin! Last weekend I enjoyed spending time with the horses and riding Adam in the wonderful ‘half-winter-half-spring’ weather. Then a few days later…and school is canceled because of snow! I would take some time to complain about the sudden change in weather but instead I will express my excitement for the exciting events coming up soon.

First off is…track! Yes, I decided to run for another season this spring! Last year was pretty fun so I figured I might as well continue this year. I have more friends on the team this year which is another good thing. I started staying after school for conditioning last week. Surprisingly I enjoy it and am thankful that I exercised on the treadmill and ran regularly since last season. This will probably be my last year for track, however, so I can concentrate more on spring play during my junior and senior high school years.

This year’s spring play is Father of the Bride. So far it sounds like most people enjoy the choice. I have a feeling the play will go very well and the wedding scene will be so pretty! I’m extremely grateful that I am allowed to balance my time this spring between play AND track. I did it last year with few major issues so hopefully all will go well this year. :)

During my spare time I am also working diligently on my second stage play. Currently I am on the first scene of Act II after intermission. The play looks thrilling so far and I cannot wait to complete the first draft! Hopefully I’ll have it finished near the middle of March. Then I can concentrate on editing it at any convenient time such as backstage, before track practice, or during the bus ride to Boston for the band trip. I’m bursting with excitement for the trip as well! I’m rooming with three awesome friends who are EXTREMELY fun to hang out with. We’ll have a blast touring around Boston, marching in the parade, swimming in the hotel swimming pool, walking around Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and spending time in Salem. (yes, we’re going there too!) The trip will take place in the month of April…just like spring play, Easter, and track practice. :) That will be one busy month for me!

-DA Agelle

P.S. Expect another Shadow Realm to be completed soon.