Internet Woes

I am so sorry for the lack of posts this week! Our Internet has been out since Wednesday and we couldn’t figure out why! We finally got in touch with someone this morning, and apparently our landline was disconnected for apparently no reason. They won’t fix it until Wednesday, so a post from my phone will have to do ūüôā

I haven’t been up to too much other than three performances since Thursday and one more today at two! It has been such a wonderful experience, especially getting to work with the people that actually wrote the show. Knowing that they are proud of me portraying the idea in their head is the best feeling on earth. One more show, so come on out to Brandon today if you feel up to it!



a giveaway + why i act.

First of all, Katie of KATEandKUBY is hosting a wonderful giveaway at her blog. A two for one, really. A beautiful necklace AND a free blog design! This blog sure could use some sprucing up… just saying… Be sure to check her blog out and enter; it’s super easy and there are multiple opportunities to enter!

Secondly, I wanted to write a little bit about acting and¬†why I do it. A lot of people have their passions and hobbies, and theatre happens to be mine. This year marks my 10th year of being involved with acting on the stage. 2003, I made my debut as Bob Cratchitt in a pretty much all girl’s abridged version of¬†A Christmas Carol in the 7th grade. I was hooked.

But why? For a long time I didn’t know why I loved it so much. I am an extremely introverted and shy individual. I was scared to order food at fast food restaurants until I was 14 – true story. I won’t answer the phone if I don’t recognize the number. Talking to anyone I don’t know is pretty much the worst thing on the planet.Most of the time, I’d rather be home with a book or movie, alone, than out with a bunch of people, But there I was, the shy and awkward junior high student walking on a stage in front of hundreds of people, and not a shaky nerve in my body.

(senior year of highschool, i was in¬†a christmas carol¬†again [still mostly girls] as scrooge. that’s me in the middle back. so manly, i know.)

The primary reason I act is because I believe in story-telling. I’m a human, made in the image of God. And who is the best story-teller of all time? Who orchestrated every marvelous and beautiful event that has ever taken place in history? My God did. And I think that by participating in story-telling (whether dance, a book, a song, a play), is a wonderful way to honor that quality of God.

(senior musical, as the witch [after  her transformation] in into the woods)

Acting helps me understand people. As such an introverted person, I do struggle to connect and empathize. It’s not something I am proud of. But theatre has helped change and mold me. You¬†can’t put on another persona up on that stage if you don’t understand the role you are playing. I have played witches, flirtatious women, men, housemaids…. all of which are completely different from myself. And I’ve done it well. And through becoming those characters, I have come to understand those around me. It’s something I am extremely grateful for.

(junior year of high school. wild prairie rose in rogue of the railway. oh, if only my hair could be that long again…)

Theatre has given me a confidence I never thought I could have. I’m¬†good at it. There’s not much I can say I am good at. I love the persistence of learning lines. i love the pressure of having to step on that stage and do it right – no questions asked. I love that I have a voice that can reach people who need to hear what I – or the playwright – has to say. I honestly do not think I would have the confidence to stand in front of a room of students if I didn’t act. It has helped give me confidence in socialization and in my education/career.

Image(two of my sweetest friends. matt, who directed me in tartuffe, and lauren Рwho i did my first ever college play with Рafter she directed the night is my enemy. this was march 2012)

(my “big sister”, Trisha, and I after she directed me in¬†A Woman of No Importance)

Most of all, I act because of the community it provides. I have met some of the most wonderful, talented people by being a part of the theatre. I have met my very best and dearest friends because of it. I do not know what I would do without them.

(playing jacques [yes, a man…again] in¬†as you like it in 2012. i was giving the famous ‘all the world’s a stage’ speech here.)

(poppy in noises off! this was june of this summer!)

And we can’t forget that theatre has taught me to cross-dress like a pro… There’s always that.

So there you have it. Why I act, and why it is so near and dear to my heart.

I have another play this weekend – we open tomorrow and I am so excited. If you’re in the Jackson/Brandon area, click this link for more information. We’d love to see you there!

Oh, Monday + A Call For Recipes + New Show Obsession

Mondays aren’t terrible. I actually kinda like them. Routine and I are good buddies. But when your Mondays involve going to the doctor, they get a little less cool. And when you get bad news, that’s even less cool.

When I first got released from the hospital in March (I had a blood clot in each lung), I had to go to the pulmonologist in Jackson every Friday to get my INR levels checked. That’s a fancy way of saying “let’s see how fast your blood is clotting on the blood thinners.” For weeks, my levels never fell in the therapeutic range (between 2 – 3). Then FINALLY, this summer, I had two months of consistent, therapeutic levels. I was ecstatic. I even slowly started introducing leafy green foods back into my life (leafy greens contain Vitamin K, which can counteract the blood thinners, and I could live on salads if I wanted to.) Well, today ended my streak. If my levels were good today, I’d only have to drive to my doctor in Jackson once a month. But since they were low (1.6), I have to go back every week again. It’s a little frustrating, and now I’m saying bye to greens until I get to stop taking Coumadin, and who even¬†knows when that will be. All that to say, if you are in possession of any healthy recipes that don’t call for leafy greens, help a girl out!

This afternoon, J and I made banana bread. I let her measure out all my dry ingredients instead of us doing math today. Sometimes, girls just wanna have fun. And baking is fun. And my banana bread is delicious. Recipe coming soon, don’t you worry!

In other news, I started watching BBC’s Call The Midwife last night. I watched a random, out-of-order episode on PBS with my mom and loved it, and decided to see if it was on Netflix – and it is! I’m trying to limit myself to one episode a day, or else I will fly through it and be sad when I have no more episodes to watch.

Like I did with Sherlock.

Oh, Benedict Cumberbatch. How can you not hit ‘next episode’ when that pretty face with those glorious cheekbones graces your computer screen? I mean come¬†on.

Ahem. Sorry. I’ve got tech rehearsal for our One Acts tonight, and then you can bet I’ll be curled up in bed watching the next Call The Midwife episode.

Also, it can’t be a bad Monday when you have a brand new Batman keychain. That’s all. For real this time.

Positivity Sunday

Hi, everyone! Here’s anther dose of Positivity Sunday!

1.¬†Batman and Superman IN A MOVIE TOGETHER. It’s no secret that I’m a nerd. The Dark Knight trilogy has a spot high up on my favorite movies, and I loved the Superman movie that just came out. Batman has been my favorite action hero since I was a kid. I saw this yesterday after it was announced at Comic Con (another secret – it’s my goal to go to Comic Con in the next few years) and pretty much flipped out.

2.¬†We have a Veronica Mars movie trailer, y’all! I loved Veronica Mars when it was on television. It ended way too early. I might have watched all three seasons in a few weeks. Several months ago, they opened a Kickstarter campaign to get fans to fund the movie – and we did. We exceeded the goal by a whole heck of a lot, and now the movie is on its way. Glorious, y’all. GLORIOUS.

3.¬†Church today. Today the kiddos at church gave a presentation from VBS this past week. They sang Gungor’s¬†Beautiful Things¬†and I’m pretty sure my heart melted into 50,000 pieces. I hated missing out on helping with VBS this year. Hopefully next year I can help!

4.¬†Cat Cuddles. Get used to seeing this one every week. I’m a cat lady, and yes, hanging out with my babies really is one of the best parts of my week.

Hope this weekend has treated everyone great! My mom and I watched¬†Guilt Trip last night, and it ended up being really cute. I’ve always loved me some Barbra Streisand.¬†Funny Girl will always be in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. We were awoken around 3 AM today to a visitor of the rodent variety in our linen closet, but my mom set him free, so I hope Mr. Mousey is alive and well in our woods now.

Wishing y’all a happy Sunday!


I Don’t Like Today…. Except For Cats.

You know how sometimes you just wake up, and¬†know it’s going to be a bad day? That was today. Which is sad, because it’s Friday. And Friday is supposed to be the day you look forward to all week because work is over and a weekend full of possibilities has arrived! But that was simply not what Friday had in store for me today.

First of all, our cell-phones were temporarily cut off last night. My mom and I work hard to pay the bills and all that, but sometimes, it’s hard. Today was pay-day, though, so running by CSPIRE to pay was on my to-do list. I didn’t think it would cause any problems, but I was wrong. Of course. Yesterday, i told the little girl I watch that I would pick her up at 8:30 so that we could go and get her vaccine for school. No biggie, right? Wrong. I go to pick her up, and no one is there. In my head I’m thinking,¬†Crap. I hope she isn’t getting dropped off at my house and then¬†I’m¬†not there.¬†And then my mind raced to thinking we were probably going to pass each other if I drove home. Should I stay at her house? Should I drive home? Crap, crap, crap… So I prayed all 15 minutes that she’d be at my house, and… she wasn’t. Seeing as I had no mode of communication, I was panicking. I drove in a frenzy to the little grocery store, and begged to use their phone. Luckily, I reached her. She said she was on her way to my house. Problem solved, so we can go about our merry days, right? No.

I drove back home so I could go in and make breakfast for her, walk up the stairs…. and the door is locked. Instead of using the spare key that I keep on the china cabinet by the door, my mom had locked the door with her own keys, locking the spare one inside. She usually leaves first, so I’ve never run into this problem before. And she works until 6:30. And I can’t call her, because my phone doesn’t have service. Crap, crap, crap.

Oh well. It shouldn’t matter anyway, because we will be in the waiting room to get her school vaccine all morning, anyway. She arrived at my house and we went into Clinton, stopping to pay the phone bill on the way to the clinic. At least one problem was fixed. But as we pulled into the health clinic, my stomach dropped as we we noticed we were the only ones there. We looked at the door, and a lovely sign was posted informing people that instead of being open Monday – Friday like they have been for the past 18 yeas I’ve lived here, they are switching to only being open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At this point I began banging my head against the steering wheel.

It was just a day.

I can’t say that everything was bad, though. We changed plans and took a nice stroll around Olde Towne Clinton, peeking into some shops and trying on hats at the antique store. We swung at the park. We got frozen yogurt. I cut our day short, though, dropping her off at 1 instead of 3. Neither of us could take driving around in my brother’s AC-less car much longer.

After finally reaching my mom, she told me to come drive to her work to get the key. We were both worried about Roscoe and accidents in the house. I did, and then, since Target was right down the road, I stopped by because I’ve had my eye on this canvassy leopard tote bag. I browsed a bit, and added some more items to my haul.


If you can’t sense a theme here… I have a slight cat obsession. I love cats and will buy pretty much anything that is cat themed. It’s becoming a problem. But… that’s a post for another day. The earrings, y’all. And the shirt… it’s a kitten in sunglasses, c’mon. Who could resist?! And the tote is a leopard with SKULL spots… another favorite thing. And the cat-less wallet redeems, me, right?

Now I’m finally home, and writing all this is making me realize how silly I was to fret about my day. God is way bigger and has dealt with way bigger problems like giants and wars and stuff, and here I am whining because my door is locked. I’m just a silly person.

Thursdays are for…


watching the thunderstorm roll in on your porch, loving on your poor dog who doesn’t like storms quite as much as you do, sporting a messy bun because you feel like it, sipping on peppermint tea, and perusing the target website in anticipation of your paycheck tomorrow.




…and for checking your instagram to find out your picture from The Beautiful Mess challenge was liked by no other than Emma¬†from A Beautiful Mess liked your picture. A little star-struck by that one.

Whereabouts Wednesday // Quisenberry Library Nature Trail

Sometimes I think we can take Mississippi for granted. I know I can! I get so overwhelmed by the hot weather that I don’t really want to go anywhere, but then I complain that there is nothing to do. The metro area really does have so much to offer, so I hope to do this semi-regular series about places to go and have fun!

Today, the little girl I work with in the summers went to the Quisenberry Library in Clinton to take a walk around the lake and look at the geese. This is one of my favorite spots! Usually there is a big fountain in the middle of the lake, but it was off today. There are plenty of benches to sit down and rest, or eat a picnic lunch. We just walked for exercise today, and then we beat the heat at our indoor Sonic!

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In other news, I am participating in A Beautiful Mess’s 30 Day Self-Portrait Challenge. If you want to keep up with that, you can follow me on instagram (my handle is h_barnes.) Also, if you aren’t already, you can follow me on Bloglovin’!

If you are in the Jackson area next weekend, you should plan on coming to Black Rose’s Night of One Acts in Brandon! Not only would you be supporting local talent (like me!), but you would also be supporting local playwrights. I promise it’ll be a fun night full of drama and comedy. I linked the Facebook event above, so click on it if you want more info!

Hope humpday is treating you well!