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17 October 2004 @ 04:28 pm
Finally home, Kevin, and Chad Brannon? ;)  
Yay! I finally made it home! No more 20 cent a minute internet usage on Kinkos computers. ;) I love traveling, but 2 weeks was a little long to be away from home. :P When Mark picked me up at the airport and I saw the fuzzy dog sitting in the back seat, I knew that I'd been away too long - it was the nicest sight I could've seen. :) Since coming home, Sydney's been following me closely around the house (never lets me out of her sight) and whines whenever I go somewhere she can't. :( I've missed them SO much, it's just so nice to be home! :)

It was a great two weeks, though and even if I've been doing sporadic updates from various Kinkos in CA, I wanted to quickly mention some great moments these past two weeks before I forget.

This was probably nicest surprise of the entire trip for me. I was waiting at the stage door for Kevin after yesterday's matinee of "Ten Commandments" when I turned around and who should I see, but Chad Brannon. :) He saw me, and came up to give me a huge hug. "Sheri, oh my gosh! It's so nice to see you again!" he said in his usual warm tone. It was little surreal to see him there, and all that was going through my mind was, "What're you doing here?" Apparently his friend had an extra ticket to the show and only after flipping through the playbill did he realize Kevin was in it. :) We talked for a bit and did a bit of catching up since we hadn't seen each other since NYC in November three years ago. It was so nice to see him! He's still very much the sweetheart he's always been and said he's been happy since leaving "General Hospital" six months ago. He's gone back to school to get his degree and generally looks more at peace with himself than I've ever seen him.

We talked about a bunch of things including what a wonderful stage presence Kevin has as we waited for him to come out of the stage door. He also teased me about knowing that it was probably me who was cheering for Kevin ("I heard it and thought - that sounds like Sheri" he told me) :P Damn, what a bad thing it is when even Chad teases me about my curtain call cheering. ;)

Kevin was really surprised to see Chad too. They spent some time talking and even posed for a photo for me for Kevin's site. :) It was just SO nice to see him again! After all, Chad was the one who introduced me to Kevin three years ago and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't even know who Kevin was. That was possibly the nicest surprise all weekend. :D


Chad Brannon and Kevin after the Saturday, Oct 16th matinee


Kevin was wonderful as always and we spent some time talking about everything from Julie's episode of "Alias" to Dave's dog, to his recent weight loss. He said he lost 15 pounds and two pants sizes since June. I asked him what kind of diet he was on and he said he just cut out sugar and bread. I asked him, "Just sugar and bread and you lost all that weight?" He laughed and said, "I used to eat A LOT of sugar!" I told him that it was probably a bad idea to get him the Big Island Candies for opening night and he said, "No! They were a great idea! I just had to spread them out and couldn't eat them all at once." :)

We also talked about the new ending that he directed for "Ten Commandments" (Bets Malone was nice enough to tell me before the show that Kevin was asked to direct an alternate ending - which I thought was better than the ending I'd seen the week before.) We also talked about his family and for the first time he talked about his Dad, who I'd never really seen (though I've seen his Mom at numerous shows) :)

He's always so generous with his time and even stayed behind to talk with me for a bit, when he had Julie, Chinese food, and the game waiting for him at home between shows. I felt bad and didn't want to keep him, but he kept saying he lived only 10 minutes away. He's just the best! :)

I have a lot of pictures of the weekend that I wanted to post, but I think I'll have to do that tomorrow and I should head downstairs and spend some quality time with my family who I've missed SO much while I was away! Thank you to everyone for making me feel less homesick throughout my trip! Hope you all have a nice evening. :)
 
 
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Mrs Beanshuman_beans on October 17th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome home!!!! Doesn't it just feel fantastic to be back? When I got back from hawaii I just wanted to hug the house, the floor, the bed, the kitties and of course my Fredster.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rita! :) It feels WONDERFUL to be home! I was only gone for two weeks and already I was feeling homesick! :P
Shannonbourriquet76 on October 17th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! I'm glad you had a wonderful trip.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) As nice as the trip was, I'm looking forward to going back to my uneventful, normal routine. :D It's so nice to be home! :)
ex_angeldove677 on October 17th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Glad you're back home. I used to have a poodle who's just like Sydney...if I leave, he would cry and if come home after being gone for several days..follows me around. It's nice to be missed.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! :) Dogs are wonderful. :) Sydney was my little furry shadow the entire day. I almost hate to leave her to go to work tomorrow. :(
Care: smilecareleswhisper on October 17th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it back safely. :) *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks Carrie! :) *HUGS*
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: my puppy (ok dog - she's 13)audienceawaits on October 17th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
welcome back! I love going on vacation, but sometimes, it is just so wonderful to sink back into your own bed and be surrounded by your things again! :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)
I completely agree! :) It's funny though because probably a month or two from now I'll start to get restless and want to travel again. :P What can I say, it's an addiction! :P

BTW, I'm loving your new icon! :) It's SO cute!
Smithasmittenbyu on October 17th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Smitha! It's SO good to be home! :)
Smithasmittenbyu on October 18th, 2004 02:35 am (UTC)
I can imagine!! traveling and seeing places is fun! But always wonderful to come back home!
Rachelreelcowgirl on October 17th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hey! I'm sure you're so glad to be back...welcome home!! Kevin and Chad just sound so nice and sweet, it's wonderful! Julie's doing an "Alias"? Cool! Have you noticed how "The Last First Kiss" has been re-titled "Hitch"? I'm not sure I like that much better...Oh, well. Glad you're back!! :)
Sheri: Julie Ann - as Amelia in Takenshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rachel! :) Kevin and Chad are among the sweetest celebrity-type people I've had the good fortune to know. :) Kevin said Julie will be on the 4th "Alias" of the new season - I'll have to remember to tape it. :) And I'm not sure why the change in title to "Hitch," but I am looking forward to its release in Feb. :)
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on October 17th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a great time. :) I'm sure Sydney is so glad her mommy is back.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laura! :) No one was more shocked than I was to see Chad there. :) And I think it's more like Sydney's Mommy is glad to have her fuzzy baby back! :D
Sabinesabine10 on October 17th, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Sheri! :) I'm glad that you safely reached your home and that you had a great time.

*Hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine! I'm so glad to be home and on an internet connection that doesn't charge by the minute! ;) I've missed reading all of your journals daily. :( *HUGS*
Expresso Maniac: Trick-or-treatexpressomaniac on October 18th, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)
welcome back!!!!
Since coming home, Sydney's been following me closely around the house (never lets me out of her sight) and whines whenever I go somewhere she can't. :( I've missed them SO much, it's just so nice to be home! :)
heehee awwww adorable!!!

BTW: how do you 'watermark' your pictures?
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 18th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I love traveling but I've missed home SO much!

To watermark my photos, I use Photoshop (or any image program will do, I guess) I create a new layer of text and then I change the opacity to about 35%. I wish I didn't have to do it, but I've had bad experiences (and still do) of finding my photos on other people's web sites. :P