My year in review (disclaimer – this is more for me than anyone else, but kudos to you if you actually read it all):
January began with some of my very closest theatre friends at a lovely restaurant, followed by a friend’s house for drinks and the ball drop. Nothing too extravagant, but very “Kelly.” The month continued with rehearsals for Three Penny Opera, which tested me as a performer and a person more than any other show I have ever been a part of. Luckily, a trip to Ireland with Ian and two of our best friends interrupted those rehearsals. We traveled the country by car staying in adorable B&Bs, I ate my weight in fish and chips and only had about three sips of a beer. It was a truly amazing experience to see such a breathtakingly beautiful country, walk through 900 year old castles and graveyards and experience a new culture. With the return back home came more rehearsals, the start of my final semester as an undergrad and the birth of my first niece (all the way in Australia – boo)! Ian and I also adopted our second puppy from the SPCA – Ellie! Our happiness with having a new puppy was marred by the fact that we found out a few days later that the vet diagnosed our first pup, Otto, with early kidney failure. We spent three days crying – no joke. Obviously, January was a busy month for me!
February marked the run of Three Penny Opera which turned out to be a very rewarding experience because of the great friendships I made and the character I had the ability to craft onstage. No theatrical rest for me, though! Right after Three Penny opened, I went straight into rehearsals for Reefer Madness a show I played the lead in and helped to produce. This also turned out to be one of the most trying theatrical experiences of my life (eclipsed only be Three Penny!). Producing is hard work! Toward the end of the month I found out that my senior thesis would be published in the Sac State history journal with no revisions necessary. It was chosen unanimously by all of the editors of the journal, which floored me!
March ushered in that nasty feeling of “senioritus” as I realized that I just wanted to be done, already! That meant completely procrastinating on all school related assignments, not going to class and just being an all around bad student. I off set that with passing the CBEST, starting running and working my booty off to produce an awesome show. Not all bad, right? The best news of the month came with my acceptance into the history graduate program at San Francisco State! While I may have been done with being an undergrad, I was ready for the next level.
April began with the opening of Reefer Madness. It was then that I realized that I needed a break from theatre. It came to be too much for me to handle because the joy had been depleted from the process. Sad. With that being said, I had a great time onstage playing Mary Jane and was very proud of our final product. Good things were happening at school, as well. I found out that I had been selected as the outstanding honors student in the history department – an honor bestowed on one student in the department per semester as chosen by the faculty. I thought the honor was actually pretty funny considering what a slacker I had been, but I wasn’t going to question it. I also officially accepted my spot in the SFSU history graduate program! Perhaps my favorite part of this month was hanging out with Ian, Netty and Paul once a week to watch LOST and FlashForward. Ah, how I miss those shows.
May closed up Reefer Madness and a somewhat disappointing run – mainly because it didn’t sell as well as I had hoped. I had ended up having a really lovely time performing in that show and was thankful that I made a few good friendships during the run. Otherwise, I did a little GAR, organized an AD garage sale and worried big time about actually passing my french class so I could graduate college. The ever-so-talented Jessica Goldman stepped up and tutored me, allowing me to pass my french oral exam with a mind-boggling 90%! That is telling about the teacher, not the student. The best part about it all was that I graduated from college! I was done with Sac State! I threw a graduation party and got to hang out with some really awesome people. The month ended with me finding out I was hired to work as an Underground Tour Guide in Old Sac with some of my very favorite people ever. Needless to say, I was beyond excited.
June, July and August involved a lot of laying around, watching all SIX seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and working as an Underground Tour Guide 12 hours a week. I created my own GAR with the lovely and talented Graham Sobleman, which was all about the history of the US through musical song. Dorky? Yes. Amazing? Absolutely. I also ran my first 5k, turned 25, moved to San Francisco and the history department hired me as their student assistant. Somewhere in there we also decided to close AD. So, I guess there was some important stuff in there!
September marked the beginning of grad school and my long distance relationship (yes, 100 miles is long distance!). It was definitely difficult to focus on school while missing Ian and our two pups, but having my roommate around made it a whole lot better. I realized how lucky I was to have a roommate that I liked so much and got along with so well! I also realized that there was no way I was going to apply to PhD programs once I was done with the masters program. Too much theory! I spent a lot of time reading and not doing much else. The department also hired me to grade for two classes, so I spent a lot of time reading really poorly written history essays as well. It pained me. A lot. I did get to take a mini-vacation at the very end of the month to fly to beautiful New Hampshire for Ian’s cousin’s wedding. Definitely the break I needed.
October panned out to be pretty similar to September (ie. reading constantly) with the added twist of finding out that my endocrinologist thought my thyroid looked very worrisome and it was time to have it out! That meant that I spent October working part time, going to school full time and going to the doctor’s office part time. It was hectic, especially driving back and forth to Sacramento so much, but worth it in the end. Oh! October was great because two of my very favorite people got engaged to their significant others! Mmm… I love engagements. I also got to experience some nice closure with AD by putting together a goodbye dinner at the Melting Pot for our volunteer staff. It was a great way to end the company.
November can pretty much be summed up with the word: thyroid. I had it removed and found out that I have papillary thyroid cancer – stage one! I did a bit of reading, but I really just sat on my butt for the majority of the month. Booooring. Oh! Duh! I started this really awesome blog (that I often forget to write in)! Best part of the month? Seeing Harry Potter Seven three times in one weekend. Don’t judge.
December began with the realization that I was still in grad school, so I better actually do some school work. I work my ass off reading, writing and grading papers. It all paid off with a 4.0 GPA! I also began the second part of my cancer treatment: preparation for radioactive iodine treatment. That means being off of my thyroid hormone replacement pill for a month and on a special no-iodine diet for 2.5 weeks. I am in this stage now and pretty much hating my life. Well, that is too dramatic. I am really just angry because I can’t have diet coke. Life without diet coke is not worth living. Again, don’t judge.
So, that is my year in review. I am SUPER impressed if anyone actually read that. I like having a place where all of the big events of my year have been written down for my own sake. I am going to post New Years Resolutions tomorrow! Happy New Years Eve, everyone! (and by everyone I really mean Mom and Dad, because you two are the only ones who have actually read this far!)