Today was a good day. I love being able to say that with such authority. I walked around Sunnyside today, watching all the families walk around together after church. Lots of young men were carrying large bouquets of flowers for their mothers. It was a great day for a walk.
This afternoon, I went back to 59 E 59 (the theatre where I'm helping out backstage for the next couple weekends). I help iron costumes, get everything in the right dressing rooms, and do some occasional sewing. It's actually not bad at all, and it pays really well. Also, the stage managers are great. I had to go with Eric, one of the heads of the company, to fill out some paper work today so that I could get paid--kind of useful, lol--and the stage manager told him that she's been able to get in full breaks between shows because I'm "such a rock star." He was impressed and actually told me he'd send more weekend work my way throughout the summer if I was interested. So that's awesome. After I filled out all the paperwork, he shook my hand and said, "Welcome to the team." It's kinda cool to be a part of a real theatre, even if I am just a backstage hand. I got to see one of the other sets that was being built and met some of the set designers and such. This is pretty much exactly the kind of job I was hoping for to make a little bit of spending money this summer.
Additionally to the extra job being great, the internship is going really well. My first article is up on the website. I interviewed a playwright after he received an award for Emerging Artist of 2006. Check out the United Stages website to see the actual article. (Just Google search United Stages). On Tuesday I get to see King Kong and write an article about that.
Crashing on the futon isn't so bad either. Heather is such a great person. We hang out and watch movies and she's always ready to give me tips about the city. She had a party the other night and invited me to hang out with her friends. This was really sweet of her, and the party was a lot of fun.
The best part, however, is how much I've been writing and reading lately. I've written three stories in as many days, finished reading a novel and got ¼ of a way through another. I've also had some great ideas about my honors thesis for next year. I don't what it is about New York, but I can actually write here. I've been struggling with that for a while now--about a year and a half to be more exact--and now I finally feel like I have a clear mind. Not only can I think and express my thoughts on paper, but I actually have things to write about. It's definitely a good feeling. I'm not sure if I attribute this to the city or just being away from the craziness of college. Either way, things are looking good for the summer.
Now if only I could pry myself away from the laptop long enough to go see some museums...