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12 October 2004 @ 09:20 am
Missing the hubby and fuzzy dog!  
I'm back at Kinkos to get a few maps that I failed to print out from home before I left on this trip (which now feels like a LONG time ago!) :P Mark made it home safely and picked up Sydney from boarding yesterday. He said that she looked happy to see him, but when she got home she went from room to room and began whining (he thinks she was looking for me) :( I miss my fuzzy dog! :(

I'm driving out to Palm Springs this afternoon for the conference and oddly, I'm a little apprehensive about going. These NASD conferences are usually attended by older men who have been in Compliance for YEARS. I think it's rare that I'll see anyone there who's even close to my age. :P I'm really looking forward to the "conference" part of it all, it's the socializing at these things that I think I'm worried about. :P

Just a quick re-cap on my Julie Jackson encounter this weekend (since there's so much about the weekend I want to say, but in the interest of time and money on this computer - I'll probably have to do it in installments)

Julie Jackson, Nick DeGruccio and "Side by Side by Sondheim"

This was quite simply one of the best shows that we've seen all weekend. The show is a musical revue of Sondheim's earlier works (prior to 1977) and included songs from "Anyone Can Whistle," "Follies," "West Side Story," "Gypsy," etc. The cast was outstanding (Davis Gaines and Teri Ralston) were the other two besides Julie - but Julie was INCREDIBLE. She literally stole the show each time she walked on stage. Her "Losing My Mind" was one of the most moving (and disturbing) that I've ever seen (and I've seen that song performed the most of any of the songs that night). She was hilarious in "The Boy From..." and reminded me why she's such a favorite of mine. She honestly was the best thing we saw all weekend.

Before the show I saw Nick (who directed "Side by Side...") rush off to go backstage and I was hoping he'd stay through the show so I could say "Hi" to him. Luckily as soon as we walked into the green room after the show, he saw me, ran up and gave me a huge hug. The thing that I love about Nick is that, aside from being such a talented director (he directed Kevin, Julie, and Misty in "Side Show") he's got to be the warmest, sweetest man I've ever met. We talked for a bit about the show and about Kevin (he kept saying "Didn't he look fabulous?") :) I even got a little fan-ish and took a photo with him. :)

Of course, it's always SO nice to see Julie! She gave me some new headshots for the website (which I'm definitely going to re-design once I get home) and we talked about the site. I asked her permission to purchase juliedixonjackson.com and she gave me her blessing to make the site official! :) Woo hoo! That was probably the BEST thing that happened to me all weekend! :D We didn't really have a lot of time to talk, but we did talk about Kevin (she said she didn't recognize him when he first appeared in the show because he looked so different with his newly worked out physique) :). It's always so nice to see Julie. :)

Another nice surprise was getting to see Michael Wallot and Bridget Brady at "Side By Side." They were in the LA cast of "Side Show" with Julie (and Kevin) in 2002 and it's been a while since I've seen both of them (though I do run in to Michael periodically at the Colony Theatre). They were there to see Julie and it was SO nice to see them again! I love the "Side Show" cast, I think they will all always have a special place in my heart.

Yikes! It's been over an hour since I got here. :P I'd better run so I can check out of the hotel and start my drive into Palm Springs. Hope you all have a nice week! :)
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Life Sushi! ...interesting, tasty and raw!katya_doll on October 12th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
you are so funny!
I love the way you write!
Be safe. Have fun!
You'll be fine at the NASD thing.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 13th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
Awww, Katie! I've missed you! :( Thanks for the nice wishes for my trip and the words of encouragement for the NASD conference! *HUGS* to you!
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on October 12th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
Brock does that whining thing when he thinks Tommy should be home. LOL. It's kinda sad though.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 13th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
Poor Brock! :( When I talked to Mark last night he said that she's still doing it. :( I wish I could go home - I really miss them! :(
Sabinesabine10 on October 12th, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you are alone there and missing Mark and Sydney *hugs* but I'm sure you will be fine at the conferences. And I'm just happy to hear that you could met Nick and Julie, as well that you had a nice time at the show. Send much love and *hugs* to you
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 13th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine. :) It'll be two weeks that I won't see Sydney. :( I think that's the longest that I've gone without seeing her - I hope she's doing alright. :(

And seeing Nick and Julie was definitely some of the highlights of my trip so far! :) They're terrific and both are such sweet people!

Thanks, Sabine for your comments. They made me feel a little less homesick. :) Big *HUGS* to you!
Rachelreelcowgirl on October 12th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
:) I'm SO glad you got to see Julie and Nick! I know how excited you were about that. Good luck at the conference! I've been going to my mother's business conferences since I was quite young, and at one of them I met this very neat lady who said, "Just act like you belong, like you're one of them, and you will belong." With conferences, that's totally true. When I was in high school, people used to think I was a business student! :)
Sheri: Nick DeGruccioshutterbug93 on October 13th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks Rachel! :) I'm so glad that I got to see Nick and Julie too!! Aside from seeing Kevin, they were definitely the highlights of my vacation so far! :) They have to be two of the nicest people that I know. :)

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement for the conference. People were very friendly this morning and it was a lot less intimidating than I had thought it would be. :)
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: Cat womanbeam861 on October 13th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
Glad to hear Mark made it home safely. Too cute about your doggie! i MISS my fuzzy friends when we travel too! Sounds like you are, otherwise, having a good time!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 13th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
I was so happy to hear that he made it home safely since he had SO much travel stress before he left. Luckily, everything went well on his trip home. :) I'm having a nice time, though I wish I could see my fuzzy dog. :( I miss her a lot (and Mark too, of course!)