It’s Friday night, and I want nothing more than to hang out in my room–in my Winner’s Circle oversized sweatshirt from that duathlon back in September–drink a Sprite Zero & eat some popcorn in a special container that actually says “popcorn.” It was cloudy and cold out all day, and the rain is on its way. My body is craving rest and sleep and easy entertainment. Searching through my On Demand, my first instinct was the new documentary on HBO about post traumatic stress disorder in veterans, but I’m assuming that’s not going to lighten my mood. So I’m watching Tracy Morgan do some stand up comedy. In a job that is filled with tons of tiny voices and constant energy and movement, it is like a special treat to be home alone like this sometimes…with nothing that needs to be done, no one to answer to. I’m not really in a great mood, but I’m not in a bad mood. I’m in a “leave me alone” kind of mood.

I’m dreaming of the holidays. Next week will be a quick trip back to Texas to see all of my favorite people in a whirlwind of food and gifts and laughs and games and all of that. I can’t wait to be wrapped in all that comfort! Literally, my bed back home (I still have a bed!) is so comfy. And there are like 10 decorative pillows (I don’t have the patience for this in my own room) I get to toss off when I arrive. And then there’s Christmas–actually still in planning stages, but I’m starting it off with a solo mini-road trip/cycling adventure. I’m not sure anyone would recommend a cycling adventure in December (even in California, it’s not exactly warm), but I cannot wait! For those of you who have gone to work in the same place day after day, year after year, don’t you just CRAVE an adventure? My life itself used to be the adventure–juggling jobs, quitting jobs, moving, finding new jobs, etc. Now, at least once a week, I dream of road trips. If anyone is ever interested in joining me on a road trip, I’m always willing!

In exciting news, I’m finally starting a business idea I’ve been brainstorming for years. You can check it out at Entertaining Adventure. It’s a weekend party planning/entertaining gig, and I’m super excited about it. Well, now I’m moody, but tomorrow I’ll probably be excited about it again. It is so strange to finally be embarking on something that captures all aspects of me. As a little girl, I was very into being a business woman. Santa gave me a puppet stage–I changed it into a “ham and cheese” stand in the house, where I sold my parents slices of ham and cheese rolled up & kept together with a toothpick. I sold my records to my mom on our coffee table (99 cents). I sold refreshments before my “shows” in the living room. My lemonade stand lasted for three days, and when I was bored with the lemonade–I wrapped up popcorn in saran wrap & sold them as “popcorn balls.” (bought a New Kids on the Block shirt with the profits). I watched my dad run a successful business. It is something I pushed aside when I found theatre, but I think it’s always been in the back of my head. So, although it’s not my training/education, running a business feels like a very fitting next step for me. My parties will be full of active fun–and as you know from my triathlon tales, I’m all into that kind of fun myself. So anyway, I’m scared, clueless, and naive–but I’m eager to learn, grow, and challenge myself…so I will keep you updated. In the meantime, if you know anyone in the L.A. area who needs a party–please send them my way!

I’m crawling back into bed and watching some more T.V. Hopefully a good night’s sleep & a light work load tomorrow will put me in a better mood. I’m headed out of town Tuesday, so Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Hope your travels are safe (I’m trying not to think about the tiny United Express plane I have to fly on).