Jury duty begins

Today is my first day of jury duty. I will be here for the next two weeks, waiting to be put on a jury for municipal court. We had an orientation this morning, and it sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Yeah, you have to wait in a room for two weeks and you may never see a court room, but you can also take tours of the Statehouse and the Ohio Supreme Court, and they have speakers come in and educate you about different government offices. Okay, that last thing sounds pretty boring, but the walking tours could be nice. They also said they’ll be showing movies in the room, and I’ve got my laptop here. I am also working from here, so my boss will be sending me stuff I can do online, since this week is a pretty hectic week for me to be out. But, duty calls.

There’s two really nice people working here who make it clear that you are very much appreciated, and that they will do their best to accommodate you in any way. There’s a sweet cafeteria here, and they said the famous Katzinger’s Deli is close by. If I get on a trial, I won’t need to report until the afternoon on trial days. Everyone has to be here every day for the whole two weeks regardless if they sit on a jury or not.

In other news, Birthday Weekend was a huge success. I had dinner Saturday with a bunch of friends Saturday night, after a day of shopping and treating myself to a hair cut. I love the cut; they sort of thinned out my hair so it’s still as long as it was, but it’s curlier and the layers I have are more noticeable. Anyway. It was a really good day. A bunch of Caldwell people hung out late that night and my good high school friend Cindy took me out to breakfast Sunday morning. Later I went to see “Crazy Heart” with Owen and Eileen, and after coffee at Cup O’ Joe, I had dinner with my family at my aunt and uncle’s. My dad surprised me by coming to their house all the way from Caldwell just to see me on my birthday. It was a great surprise, and yes, I really was surprised! And “Crazy Heart” was so good. I recommend it.

And at the 11th hour, health care reform passed in the U.S. House on my birthday. Hooray! Here’s to turning 24.

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More birthday, please

Birthday Weekend plans:

Waking up late tomorrow, then getting a hair cut. Using a 30 percent off coupon at Old Navy (thanks Jessi!) to get a LOT of tank tops and flip flops. Dinner with friends at Applebee’s (don’t judge; it’s Birthday Weekend). Brandon is kind enough to let a friend or two from Caldwell stay at the apartment that night while he’s out of town.

On Sunday, I’m going to a movie with a group of friends and enjoying coffee and dessert at Cup O’ Joe after. Then my aunt and uncle are having a birthday dinner for me, which is unexpected and wonderful.

Play date

I went to my hometown over the weekend and found out a play date for my friends and their children had been scheduled for Sunday morning. I told them I would be bringing along my imaginary infant so I wouldn’t feel left out. Four of my high school friends are now moms, and they have five kids among them:

My extended family

Not pictured above are Megan’s oldest and Cindy’s son. They hadn’t met before, but they bonded pretty quickly. It appears to take little more than a couple race cars.

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It was a nice weekend to be home.

Breaktime’s over

Back to it, then. My cast is coming tonight for the read-through, although a few people couldn’t make it, or might not make it. That sucks, but since I am not paying anyone, I sure can’t ask them to NOT work or be out of town. I’m going to ask the other actors to read for the parts of those absent, and just keep my fingers crossed, hoping everyone learns their lines in time for their filming days.

I will be doing a sound check tonight since I have the mic now, and it will be a good way to test the levels and play around with the sound before filming begins this Saturday. I had both Saturday and Sunday from 12-2 p.m. open for an outdoor scene in Goodale Park, but it looks like it’s going to rain Saturday. I e-mailed the people I need for that day and said let’s plan on Sunday, so I am hoping the weather doesn’t decide to rebel.

I will be needing many extras every weekend until the end of April, so let me know if you’ll be in the area and want to be involved. I can also use a couple crew members, too, if you’d rather not be on camera. You can hold the mic pole (aka, the hockey stick Brandon and I found over the weekend, yeaaah!) or work with lighting, or be around to coordinate props. Like fake vomit and stuff.

Meanwhile, for tonight, I need to print out the new version of the ending, which is just the last page of the screenplay, and replace the old one before everyone comes over at 7.

Expenses: hockey stick, $9.99

Also, over the weekend, I talked to Brittany’s husband Adam about the movie. He is also a musician and I asked him if he had any songs he wouldn’t mind me using in the film. Instead, he wants me to send him the screenplay so he can read it and write a song for it. It doesn’t get much better than that. I told him I won’t need it until May, since I won’t be in post-production until then.