Right-i-o! Yes, it’s been three years since I last did this newsletter.

I’m finally starting them up again, though I still feel guilty for not sending out proper cards this time around. No time! Perhaps next year…?

they air. AND use my editing/grammar/spelling skills! Deluxe is all over the world, so who knows? Maybe one day I’ll finally be able to move to London.  For now, though, I’m enjoying the great job, the benefits, the hours, and the 4-mile commute.

G et a Jo b (Sh a -n a -n a -n a ) Well...*sigh* Where do I even begin?! I moved out to LA in October 2011. It took six weeks to find a job, but they let me go after two weeks because they “didn’t have time to train me.” (How very LA.) It took another six weeks to find another job, and it was only part time, 30 miles away. I took it. I wasn’t in a position to decline! In six months or so, I was able to switch departments and go full-time…except that I was required to start my day before 6am. So eight months of that--waking up at 4am, commuting sixty miles a day, trying to get to bed by 9pm--I was miserable. I felt like an old hag…I probably looked it, and I know I acted it sometimes! I was two weeks away from carrying poisoned apples in a basket everywhere I went. Luckily, we all got laid off in late March. Trust me; it was a blessing. Caused major anxiety, but it was a Good Thing.

If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. 
 ~Katharine Hepburn
Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
Because of the difficulties in finding a Survival Job, and a few personal setbacks, I haven’t really been doing much in the way of acting…you know, the entire reason I moved here? I was able to do some motion capture for a SONY Playstation game and I was a zombie extra last month. Other than that…? Not much.

And that’s okay. I wasn’t in the right mindset, I was focused on other things, and I spent the first year and a half here falling into a deep depression. My goal is to start over again in the new year By June, I had found a job start searching for agents, with Deluxe Media…a managers, auditions… begin The Happy Show at MOCA pretty awesome job, I might networking all over again. It’s a ton of work and add: I’m a broadcast scripting editor. Basically, I isn’t for the weak or lazy. But this is My Choice. edit, proofread, and annotate (idioms, slang, etc.) My Dream. And I can’t give up on myself. TV shows for subtitles and dubbing in preparation for going to foreign markets. So, As for the personal setbacks, most of you yeah. I get to watch TV and films at work before probably know about them already, but for those

really in the dark: about six months after I moved out here, Andy and I decided to call it a day. It was a tough decision, but something that needed to happen. I choose to remember the Good Times and the things we learned from each other. I’m saddened that he’s no longer in my life, but am glad to know that neither one of us is holding the other back (a terrible feeling). I waited a good while before I felt ready to start dating again, and have had a great time getting to know people, as well as the city. When it stopped being fun, I stopped dating. I’d rather be single and happy than attached (or dating) and miserable. I’ve become incredibly picky about who I choose to date. It means I don’t date quite as often, but I don’t feel the need to settle for anything less. Nobody should. Being une femme d’un certain age has a few benefits, oui? The biggest thing that happened was saying goodbye this past April to my best friend of 15 years, the Love o’ My Life, Ella Fitzgerald Cannon McLauthlin. This was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but…she was in pain and wasn’t the terror of a terrier that she used to be. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her, the li’l turkey, but I’m lucky to have had as much time as I did with her. I was also incredibly lucky to have the support of friends and family during the difficult times, even though I stayed in my cave more often than not. (You know you have a great roommate when she sticks by you through all that!) So thank you. You know who you are. 

Not much in the way of travel lately. The folks came to visit last Christmas and I was able to show them a bit of LA, which was wonderful. (Mom took the Hollywood sign photo at top; I added the snow. ;) )

Tea at The Huntington Library

I’ve been going on several hikes with friends, as well as one with Dad when I went out to Colorado Springs in April for some much needed R&R. (While there, I also attended several of Mom’s history classes--which I loved! She’s working towards a BA in history with a minor in museum studies.) I went on my first backpacking trip last month, which was a major deal for me. I hiked up and down two mountains, by golly. This was no easy task, especially for my very first time! And while my boots were made for walking, they were also 21 years old-and fell apart at the snow-capped peak. So now I have some nice, new hiking boots that I’m looking forward to breaking in.

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore. -Lady Gaga

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Tidings & Tidbits!
 My Pajama Oscar Party tradition continues here in LA with Jessie as co-host (when she’s not working!). The food & drink are still named after the Best Picture nominees (Argo Fudge Yourself, Amourtinis, etc.). Always a fun time, and they seem to be getting bigger every year!  I also managed to throw a 1920s speakeasy party in July--that was a TON of fun…had to give everyone an Irish Goodbye, I’m afraid, but it fit with the theme. ;)

 2014 might bring Braden and Erin to LA in April. I think they’ll enjoy the weather after another Edmonton winter. We’re already making lists of the things we want to do…so many things. ALL OF THE THINGS!  I’m hoping to visit family up in the Chico area in the spring. It’s lambing season, and their neighbours have sheepies…I LOVE SHEEPIES!!!!!! And maybe I’ll get to help out in their bakery, The Cupcake Crusader. I’m at least going to volunteer to be the Royal Taster. ;)  I head to Colorado Springs in a few days to spend the holidays with the folks, my grandparents, my aunt, uncle, and their kids! Here’s to family, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and The Cruise Room!

 I’ve been able to catch a few plays around town with my friend Kat, who is a theatre critic, among other things. It’s so nice to see live theatre again--I couldn’t believe how long it had been; I’m ashamed to admit, so I won’t. :p  The Third Annual Lost Boys Thanksgiving was held at our place this year. I managed to snag a 16-pound turkey-which was the biggest I’d ever cooked before. (It turned out nice and juicy--*whew*) Every year we add a couple more orphans to the table, and then spend hours drinking and playing board games. (SO much better than football, in my humble--yet clearly accurate-opinion.)

And so Life continues on, folks...the good, the bad, the ugly. I just keep going, refusing to let my fire burn out. My story isn’t over yet...

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