This was a tough year. It kind of sucks that the first year of being married was probably the worst year of my life. Now, I know that sounds melodramatic, especially considering I have led an extremely blessed life and I have very few things to complain about. 2001 was a banner year for difficult things. There are some things (actually very few things) that I am not capable of writing about and I have to say that most of them happened this year. I don't mean to leave you hanging, but even though I have been writing this blog for a while now, there are things that are meant to only be written in my private diary.
With that said, I came to NYC in the spring and lived with my friend Scott for six weeks while I got my feet wet and auditioned in the city. Lucky for me I got cast for the summer. Unlucky for me it was at an outdoor theatre in Galveston, Texas. It was the first time that I had ever done theatre and not enjoyed every moment of it. Just try to imagine the horrible, suppressive summer humidity of a gulf coast community with mosquitoes, red ants and these disgusting flying roaches (yes, I know they are called palmetto bugs). Now imagine being a girl from Ohio never having experienced these things and having a horrible time with bug bites all my life. Not pretty. This was also the first time that no one from my family was able to see the shows I was in. The best thing that happened that summer though, was that I met Jazmin. She has become one of my dearest friends and so that somehow makes the summer worth it!!
While I was in Texas my brother John was sick. It was so hard to be away from home and not know what was going on. I came home in August and Craig and I decided that we would move to NYC in September. Scott's apartment was available because he and his girlfriend Erin had decided to move to Chicago. We packed up and moved to New York on September 1, 2001. I know, bad timing.
You've all heard 9-11 stories, so I don't think that it's necessary to share mine. It just was a very difficult time to be new in a city. I rang in 2002 praying that life might be a bit easier next year....