For the first time in a long time, life has been moving at a much calmer pace than I have been made used to. I’m not sure if it’s because of the dawn of the new year, or the fact that the city is encased in ice (thankfully the weather is warming up) so everything and everyone seems to be moving a bit sluggishly, but it’s a nice reprieve and certainly gives one time to decide what the next twelve months should shape up to be. Certainly, this quiet time is a good opportunity for me to get over the persistent cold I’ve been battling for a couple of weeks now, but it has also enabled me to indulge in some of the things I never seem to have the time for.
After a big day of cleaning, I have rediscovered that I do, in fact, have a desk in my room that I can sit at, and all of my jewellery, make-up, nail polishes, and boxes of Revlon by Marchesa nail appliqués now all have their own tidy compartments on my bathroom counter. My DVD shelf has been organized and re-alphabetized, though more work needs to be done to my bookshelves, to which an addition is required, given the large stack I received for Christmas (good thing there’s space on my desk again).
The holiday hiatus for primetime television shows has ended, so all of my favourites like Parks & Recreation, Teen Wolf, and Chicago Fire are back. Chicago P.D. has officially premiered this week, and it is so good. I also finally signed up for Netflix, so Gossip Girl episodes have been playing in a steady stream on my TV and reminded me how badly I wish I could live the life of an Upper East Sider.
For fun, I looked up real estate in the fancy neighbourhood and nearly laughed myself to tears at the prices. Well, a girl can dream.
And when I’m not busy coveting Blair Waldorf’s outfits, I’ve been reading Emma by Jane Austen and Bossypants by Tina Fey alternately – both filled with good writing and good humour. Speaking of Emma, if you’re into watching a good Youtube web series or two, check out Emma Approved, brought to you by the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It’s still in its early stages with much more to come, but it’s already proven to be a hit and features some great fashion pieces that I’m obsessed with.
I also started a new round of acting classes this past week at Improv Your Acting. The course is a little different and a little more advanced than anything I’ve done to date. I’m excited to see how the upcoming weeks will progress and the new challenges I’ll be met with. There are also some friends from past classes in the course with me, so it’s really great to see them all again. Working on some scenes with them is sure to be a ton of fun. If you’ve ever thought about taking some improv classes, Tony offers a monthly program that people of all backgrounds and skill levels are sure to enjoy – not to mention that he is a great teacher that makes all of his classes a wonderful escape from the real world and immerses you into the exciting world of improv. Registration for February is now open. Tell him Karrie sent you.
Perhaps the thing that has made me the happiest during this period is the fact that the date of the NYC premiere of the Veronica Mars movie has been announced. On March 10th, Erin and I will be attending the red carpet premiere and joining the cast and crew at the VIP after-party afterwards. Thinking about it has me bursting with smiles. Once we confirm our dates off from work, we’ll be booking our flights and it’ll be only a matter of time before we’re reunited in The Big Apple. We’ve already got a list of to-do’s while we’re in the city (some of which includes indulging my Gossip Girl-related whims, such as eating yogurt on the steps of The Met), and are requesting food & drink recommendations from everyone we know. Still, the most exciting part of it all is getting to see the movie I have been waiting for over the last ten years. Watch the trailer below if you haven’t already seen it. It gives me goosebumps every time.
For someone who is used to being go-go-go all the time, this slowness is strange. It still feels like I should be buzzing around trying to run the tight ship that is my life, making sure no ends are coming loose, but I am grateful for this time that has been given to me. I get to read, I get to watch good television, and I might even start writing again. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt rested… and it feels nice.
How has the start of your 2014 been?