I wrote my first play back at university, and have been trying to wedge my foot in the door of theater ever since. Finally this past summer, one of my earlier plays was picked up to run at the community theater through September and October. I had a great cast, and the rehearsals went superbly well. Our reviews were a mixed bag, but overall the theme was that there was talent on the stage, and potential for me as well.
The theater definitely wants me to write and direct another play in the future too, I just need to get some new material to them to review.
I ended up making friends with some of the cast, mostly those that weren’t teenagers. Jaron likes Lavinia and Sam just fine too, so it’s kind of fun to have a theater group to hang out with now.
But mostly it is just the two of us. Jaron still has his own apartment, but he stays over whenever our schedules allow. I still haven’t introduced him to my parents, and thus far, my siblings haven’t ratted me out.
We hooked up at a Halloween bash two years ago, but didn’t start to really date until the following spring when I put him up for approval with Peter, so just over a year and I’m happy where we are at in our relationship.
I like the way things are right now, and having my own place. In the past, I was anxious that I’d never find the one, but now with my dreams of theater on the edge of reality, I’m happy to focus on myself more. Jaron is fine with that, he’s not the kind of guy to pressure marriage, not that I’ve ever had personal experience with such a guy that would, but I’m sure they are out there somewhere.
I decided to keep working with photography as well, even if I become super successful at the local theater, it can only pay so much. I ended up buying the studio, after my boss decided to retire. I wound up laying off all the staff, because I couldn’t afford to keep anyone. Merry Christmas!
I lost some clients as well, but I’ve decided to focus even more on modeling and catalog photoshoots, and less on families. I find that these pay more, and are more exhilarating for me than trying to wrangle cranky toddlers. Though models come with their own disadvantages, mostly that they are rather opinionated and know little about actually shooting photos.
Mostly, I have to grin and bear it, because I really need the photos to turn out well.
But sometimes they just push me too far, Willa was one of those cases. She’s new on the scene, and has the ego of a super model. I had to fight back with her some, because she was shooting a cigarette ad, and kept wanting to ditch the cancer stick.
We finally ended up with a few good photos that I could pass over to the ad agency, and she apologized for her attitude. While I agree that smoking is a disgusting habit, she was the one who agreed to the shoot to begin with.
Mostly, I just spend my time reading, and making sure the background sets look good for anyone that may pop in. Jaron wants me to advertise at the hospital for new baby portraits, but I’m not that desperate yet.
Besides, having an empty studio means that my boyfriend can swing by with a fully-loaded pizza and we can make-out without any worries of an interruption.
A blizzard moved in during the workday, and sitting on the cold bench, being turned into an icicle made me reconsider adverts at the hospital. A car of my own would be pretty dandy, and my apartment even has a parking lot for use with just a nominal monthly fee.
When we were kids, me and Peter always planned to do a graphic novel series together, as he is the artist, and I have the macabre mind. We thought we would be a hot commodity, a set of twins working on a project together, it has to have some great human interest in it. But we’ve let it slide.
He’s busy being married, and selling himself out for the corporate world of art, and I’m chasing the stage with my writing. We do still enjoy working together though, and I’ll come by to write in the morning while he does his artwork.
Elise is great now too. When we shared a dorm at EU, I wasn’t always the most fond of her. My brother has a tendency to chase moody blondes, and while she may still have those tendencies, she is perfectly polite with me.
They invited me over for lunch one weekend to share the news that they were expecting, finally! They’ve been trying for more than two years, and dodging Mom’s prying questions. I don’t think I can be more thrilled than they are, but I nearly am!
We ditched Peter, and us girls went out to Mini Sprout to do some crib shopping. She isn’t due until August, but she doesn’t want to wait until last minute. Planning everything out is not only her job in sports marketing, it is her very life. She said the timing isn’t the most ideal with college football starting up, but she’d rather be out of the action for college football than the Superbowl.
We had a great time, and she even found a nice wood nursery set that will be perfect for their baby. I also spotted several things to come back for as a gift when she’s not with me.
Over the weekend, Lauren invited me out to the club, and even managed to convince Peter to join us. He isn’t much for partying, and Elise stayed home. She’s anxious about jostling the baby after all the trying they had to do to get one there.
As much as Lauren had drove me crazy over the years, I have such a good time kicking back with her. I don’t love clubbing as much as her, she works there for pity sake then spends her nights off dancing and drinking. But when I do go out, we always have a good time. She’s not even upset that Elise is having a baby, she’s finally found her head and decided to enjoy the couple-life more, aka partying at the club.
She told me later in the evening that Jaron was completely wrapped around my finger.
Said that as we danced, he spent most of his time giving me a dopey-gooey look. She loves that kind of power over guys, so she was more giddy about it than myself.
After a few drinks, Isaac always leaves the dance floor, which he sucks at dancing, and goes to the sphere thing. I never go on it because I’m prone to dizziness, but he loves it. Once he gets the right buzz, he showboats his mad sphere skills, which who knew that needed skills?
Sometimes Lauren worries about him with his weird stunts, but usually she cheers him on, and he gives her that kind of smile that she loves, in this instance, it is his, ‘I’m cute and you know it’ smile.
Usually though, Lauren drinks too much, winds up sick and tumbling her way to the taxi. Isaac can hold his liquor much better than her, I’m not sure what he thinks of tucking her in bed after a fun night out.
I’m not trying to make Jaron be wrapped around my finger, but we do have a good time together, and I enjoy spending my freetime with him. But I’m not quite ready to introduce him to my parents.
And I’m not ready to share my apartment with him. I like my solo time to work on my plays, or close my studio and hang with my brother, without having to tell anyone my whereabouts. I’ve finally realized that I enjoy my freedom, and I’m not exactly jumping to give it away.
Thankfully, Jaron is on the same page as me.
Notes: Goodness, when did Isaac get so cute? He looks adorable in that sphere, smiling down at Lauren. Lauren drinks a lot when she goes clubbing, so while she did puke in the toilet, she is not pregnant. 🙂 As for Meg and Jaron, they are having a good time dating, but no marriage wants. Meg for once is enjoying her creativity and knowledge primary aspiration more than her family secondary. All of her early 20’s she was in despair over no husband, or baby, but she’s let those all slide, and is rolling book writing (screen play for her) wants, creativity skills, and hanging out with her brother and sister.
I’m so excited that Peter and Elise are finally expecting! She has a low fertility percentage, and there has been a lot of trying over the past two plus years. Looking forward to another black haired baby! 😉
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