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Boiled and Burned July 1, 2015

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 4:26 pm
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I have a confession to make. A few months ago I reached a new low. I’ve been avoiding telling you all the sad tale, but sometimes a good story is more important than pride.

So here it goes. I started a tiny kitchen fire while boiling water.

It’s okay to laugh. There was no permanent damage, and I didn’t get in trouble with my artistic director.

The husband had just finished making chicken for dinner, and while I was talking to my mother on the phone before we went to the theatre, I decided I wanted a cup of tea. Since there was no tea kettle in the cast house, I started to boil water in a sauce pan. I cleaned the kitchen a little and then washed my hands. I was using a paper towel to dry my hands and noticed a spot of chicken grease on the stove. Being a person who hates using paper towels since all I can picture is the soul of the poor trees screaming you lazy, earth-hating bum! at me every time I use one when there is a perfectly good hand towel in the room, I decided to assuage my guilt by wiping up the bit of grease on the stove. (more…)

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Greetings, Human February 23, 2015

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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So, here’s the thing. Yes, it is going to be another one of those posts. I am all about gays’ rights. Gay marriage, for instance. I don’t see why a person being gay should have anything to do with their status as a human being. Ever since I was a little girl, I could never grasp why some people made such a big deal about it.

The same thing goes with transgendered people. If you need to change what you look like to match what you feel like, go for it. Live your life. Be happy. Miserable people rarely contribute to the world. And when they do, it’s usually really sad art before they cut off their own ear and die. So, let’s make happy art and be happy people.

But I need a word. I need a non-gender-specific version of sir and/or ma’am. (more…)

 

Fired for a Farce February 2, 2015

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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When I was an intern at Williamstown Theatre Festival,  I learned a ridiculous amount about theatre and acting. I was also fired for the first (and hopefully last) time in my life. It was from the actual intern part of the summer. It was from a side job that I picked up, screening plays for a competition.

We were paid something like $10 to read a play then rate it and fill out a form about why we felt the way we did, which was way too much effort for what we were being paid but a great learning experience. At least I thought it would be until I got my first play. (more…)

 

The Perfect Aunt November 12, 2014

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I don’t get to see my adorable baby nephew as often as I would like. I don’t live near my sister, and my schedule is crazy. Besides constantly asking for pictures of his chubby little face, I have all these activities I want him to do. I mean, true, I won’t be there for them, but I can enjoy the benefits without any messy cleanup.

For example, I want to buy him tap shoes. I want to see videos of him scuffing up my sister’s perfect floors as he shuffles off to buffalo. Not that I want her floors ruined. I just think it is a worthy sacrifice for such a noble cause. And a ukulele. I want him to play the ukulele with his pudgy fingers that can’t quite figure out how to put the baby cheerios into his mouth with any precision as yet.

And art. I want baby art to paste onto the cast house fridge! Handprints and squiggles for everyone!!!!!! I’ve been told I can’t buy the tap shoes till he’s mastered walking. No ukulele till he’s three. But I actually managed to convince her to let my buy the baby organic crayons and paint. The sofa and walls may be doomed, but by George, this Aunt is going to get her fridge art. Score one for Aunt Megan!!!

 

A Post Before the Post August 20, 2014

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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Hi everyone! Sorry that this post is so short, but I have an amazing story for you later. Right now, I’m in The Tethering Preorder land. In the meantime, check out my kickstarter video!

 

 

Awkward Aids June 16, 2014

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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Right now, I am working in beautiful Alaska! I get to perform all the time. Yay! One of the things we do is sing pre-show songs while the audience eats. I play the character who is always chasing men, so when I sing my pre-show song, I go out into the audience and flirt with the older gentlemen.

Ninety-eight percent of the time they love it. They want pictures. They don’t want me to leave them to go to the next old man. It’s great. Well, a few days ago I had a grumpy older man in the audience. (more…)

 

The Flying Phone November 11, 2013

Filed under: I Meant Well — meganorussell @ 8:05 am
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Sometimes I am not so very smart. Sometimes horrible things happen because of this unfortunate trait.

My husband and I have spent a lot of time working in Florida. And we love Disney World and Islands of Adventure. When we visit Orlando, we wake up at 5am and head toward adventure! I’m not a morning person, so my brain is fairly non-functional on these really early drives.

One fateful morning, we loaded our friends into the car horribly early and started driving down the road. We turned onto the main road a block away from our condo, and one of my tired friends said, “Megan, is your phone pink?”

“Yes,” I mumbled, curling up in my seat.

“Oh… ‘cause something pink just flew off the roof of the car.”

My phone, which I had only had for a week, had flown off the roof of the car and into traffic.

I said to leave it, but one of the guys in the car opened his door and ran across the six-lane road on a desperate rescue mission. Miraculously, he made it back to the car with my phone. The little pink phone hadn’t even turned off.

The pink phone and its case are still with me today. True, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing for someone to run across traffic to save it, but I love my little phone. Qwerty keyboard and all.