Wednesday, December 31, 2014
On the 31st DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
31 grabs or take-alongs for 2015...**
Another lead in a Broadway show and tv/film project
Strength of body and spirit
A beautiful home
Comfort and joy
Ever more creativity in all arenas...including some I haven't already explored
Being a part of the solution, not the problem
Ten pounds of fat left by the wayside
Peace on earth, goodwill toward all sentient beings...and house plants
Happy and healthy family unit
Movement forward without the other shoe dropping. (Maybe I'm only meant to have one shoe. Maybe I'm meant to be a little lopsided.)
Red lipstick and strong brows
Kindness and understanding
That fucking pony I asked for years ago
**How did I get so old? Although the alternative is a major bitch...as I just witnessed.
Posted by MizTiz at 7:35 PM
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
On the 30th DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
I have this scene partner named Arbender. These are 30 of the things I've learned/relearned/witnessed through him in the almost year we've known one another. He is my friend.
There are more hours in the day than you can imagine
People are people and first deserve understanding
It's easier to do a four minute plank with a friend
You can never have too many Broadway shows under your belt
Bow ties are always snazzy
Christmas trees are best in bulk
Joy is contagious
Just say no
Don't run for a train
No matter what, I'm not gonna be allowed in the black circle.
It is possible to teach two classes before a two show day
You can take a blow to the head on the barricade and come up smiling
When your birthday cake is forgotten AGAIN it is appropriate to sing, "We Shall Overcome"
Do what you need to do
It is best to do business with great thought, firmness and grace
Check with a friend before you ditch an idea because it may be a good one
Proper care of one's self
Heavy petting on the stage is best done with someone you love and adore
Posted by MizTiz at 11:43 AM
Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
On the 28th DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
Twenty-eight things I will leave behind for 2015
Processed sugar (written the day after CAKE DAY at Les MiZ)
Regret (see above parenthetical phrase)
The need to prove myself
Feebleness of health
Feebleness of mind
Feebleness of spirit
Making things better for those who have the wherewithal to do it in return but don't
Ten pounds of fat (written while pounding double chocolate gelato)
Taxis (I took way too many in 2014)
My red cap (cause I lost it)
Magazine subscriptions (they're ALL GONE!)
A bunch of old videotapes
Belief that I'm not enough
TaBsicles (those form in the freezer when a can explodes)
Fear of retirement
Old boyfriends' numbers
Apologizing when it's not my fault
Posted by MizTiz at 8:47 PM
Saturday, December 27, 2014
On the 27th DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
27 Pet Peevables...
A lack of social graces including but not limited to..
Lack of thank you
Lack of please
Lack of excuse me
Lack of I'm sorry
A sorry that is merely lip service
The passive aggressive apology
Judgment for judgmenr's sake
Judgment as entertainment.
Lack of personal space
Times Square at Christmas
Subway sprawl (not the Manspread but no less insidious)
Human feet on subway seats
"There is a police investigation at 42nd Street."
Incoherent subway announcements.
The A train during the summer months
Not keeping one's word
Noise for noise's sake
Crazy for crazy's sake
Cranky for cranky's sake
Audible public bodily functions
Lack of awareness of personal space
Lack of gratitude
Lack of professionalism.
It seems to be a lot about lack. Xx
Posted by MizTiz at 9:37 PM
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
On the 24th DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
24 realizations or reaffirmations from the year...
It is truly awesome to be a part of a hit show.
The Tonys are everything you dreamed about...if you dreamed about them.
I am thrilled to no longer be in my 20s or 30s.
It is easier to be happy.
Misery begets misery.
Cancer is absolutely fucked up and dreadful.
Complaining to the wrong people is just complaining for complaining's sake.
Sometimes you need to weigh a little more for a little while to be healthy.
I have extraordinary friends.
Asking for help may be hard, but it is so often worthwhile.
It is imperative to see a project through.
People who see projects through are more fulfilled.
People who don't see projects through like to lump others in with them.
Meditation makes sense.
Sometimes you need a decade and a half away from someone/thing you love to truly appreciate it.
If someone treats you poorly, it's often not about you and it is better to walk away.
If someone treats you poorly, sometimes it is about you and it's good to walk away to figure it out.
Walking away is not always passive aggressive...it is self care.
Proper employment is good for the soul.
Entitlement and elitism are a bore.
Puppies make most everything better.
If you stick your nose in someone else's business, you're gonna come out with a schnozz full of shit.
Things are often more beautiful after they've broken.
I'd rather be a creator than a consumer.
Posted by MizTiz at 3:30 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
On the 23rd DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
23 of my favorite movies...in no order of importance other than the rate of which they come into me wee noggin.
The Philadelphia Story
Beauty and the Beast
My Man Godfrey
Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill
Louise CK - Shameless
Jane Eyre (any version but the last)
Gone with the Wind
A Room with a View
the social network
Holiday (not THE Holiday)
West Side Story
I am surprised by some of these.
Posted by MizTiz at 12:15 PM
Monday, December 22, 2014
On the 22nd DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
Since I rarely aim low, I submitted my aforementioned piece to the NYT.
I got the loveliest rejection letter ever.
I'm not kidding...it was lovely.
I was thrilled to get a response.
I've moved on and will keep you posted.
I have cut my TaB intake in half.
One day a week I get to binge...on everything.
I'm surrounded by such negativity I've vowed to keep it positive for 23 hours of a day.
I wash my hair twice a week.
Three times if I'm feeling generous...and filthy.
My hair gets prettier the dirtier it is.
My pincurl prep is a slippery slidey mess with clean hair.
I'm creating more than I'm consuming.
I think that makes me a creator.
I just want to make sure what I'm creating doesn't just add to the noise.
My current outerwear uniform supposedly looks suspiciously like Eponine's signature tan coat and red cap.
My current outerwear uniform is a tan coat and red hat.
I'm a little embarrassed by this.
As it is a handsome look, I got over my embarrassment quickly.
I think frozen yogurt is a viable option for dinner once a week.
A stock of mine has increased in value 20X since I bought it.
I'm only sorry I didn't buy more.
Posted by MizTiz at 1:58 PM
Sunday, December 21, 2014
On the 21st DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
I wrote my first longer form piece in a very long time.
I am stupid proud of the piece and hope it gets published.
I sprained my neck this autumn.
I sprained my back this autumn.
I strained my right hip this autumn.
It all happened in one accidental swell foop.
Since the doctor and I just called it "all jacked up" I had no idea what the diagnosis really was.
I initially only missed 4 shows.
I later missed 2 more.
In addition I've only taken 3 sick days.
I think that's pretty awesome for the cast crone.
Another colleague likes to call me the cast matron.
Someday he might get slugged for this.
This same colleague also does a loving homage to me whenever he is on for a particular character.
I sing the "Happy Birthday" song in a very particular manner.
I used to sing it better.
It's kinda better that I don't sing it as well now It's more of an event. At least in my noggin.
I eat like a petulant teenager during the holidays.
I drink like one too.
I did not get a Christmas tree this year. Who needs another dead plant? I've got PLENTY!
I used the money to buy presents for kids in need.
Posted by MizTiz at 8:10 PM
Saturday, December 20, 2014
On the Twentieth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
20 THINGS I MADE THIS YEAR OF WHICH I AM PROUD...
My Original Broadway Company Opening Night Onstage Debut.
My Tony Awards debut.
My presence known.
A musical arrangement of which I'm very proud.
A somewhat angry dog sweet again.
It to the top of the list...a bunch.
A third draft of a book.
My principal debut on the Imperial stage.
A very welcoming and comfortable home.
A base hit.
It to third base.
An exceptional catch.
Peace with a lot.
Love not war.
My way...my way.
Posted by MizTiz at 10:30 AM
Friday, December 19, 2014
On the Nineteenth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
The 19 songs that are on my playlist entitled "Cool New Stuff"...*
Brandy Alexander - Feist
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
1234 - Fiest
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
Home - Phillip Phillips
Fidelity - Regina Spektor
Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
Lady - Regina Spektor
Dancing in the Streets - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Dog Days Are Over - Forence +The Machine
Better - Regina Spektor
I Feel It All - Feist
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Leave - Steve Kazee
i want everything - eelwax
*None of it's new. I am not cool.
Posted by MizTiz at 10:05 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2014
On the Eighteenth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
The Eighteen Books I've read this year...*
What to Do When It's Your Turn - Seth Godin
Mozart in the Jungle - Blair Tindall
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal - Jeanette Winterson
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
Garlic and Sapphires - Ruth Reichl
Hope: A Tragedy - Shalom Auslander
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
Little Bee - Chris Cleave
Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
GarageBand for Dummies - Bob LeVitus
Fin & Lady: A Novel - Cathleen Schine
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater - Sarah Ruhl
Swim - Jennifer Weiner
Secrets of a Fashion Therapist - Betty Halbreich
This Book Will Save Your Life - A.M. Homes
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
13 were fiction. This is very hopeful.
*I did NOT read Les Miserables
Posted by MizTiz at 12:59 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
On the Seventeenth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
There are a series of exercises I have to do for about 20 minutes every day just for me to walk out into the world properly.
I am grateful but I find them a pain in the ass.
I am grateful because the alternative is literally pain in my ass.
I am literally upset that the word literally no longer just means literally. Literally.
I have been pretty pain-free for almost a month now.
I will soon graduate from PT.
I went to a reading the other day and was upset by someone dissing my show...without having seen it.
I was surprised by my anger. It should be a day job at this point, but it isn't. It's Les MiZ.
I've never stayed with a production past the year mark.
This could get interesting.
Sometimes I say terrible things to BaX but with a smile on my face and a lilt in my voice just to see his tail wag.
The disparity of the two provides hilarity...for me
I'm pretty sure disparity is not the word but it rhymes with hilarity so blow me.
I watched all three seasons of GIRLS in a little over a week.
Can you tell last week was a freaking WEEK?
I won't have an alone day again until New Year's Eve.
That will be three and a half weeks and that's a lot for me. GOOD LUCK
Posted by MizTiz at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On the Sixteenth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
I just re-read last year's offerings. They were way better.
I am way sorry.
If you walked into my apartment, it would not be immediately apparent that I am an actor.
In my old apartment, my front-of-house Belle photos peer at you from on high.
Now my front-of-house Belle photos are closeted and only peek out when you seek them out.
You have to search for the theater in this house.
Except when you sit on the can. Then it leaps off the wall at you.
Yes...my career is in the toilet.
I am officially on BST and it's taken almost a year.
BST = Broadway Standard Time.
I now essentially rise at 10 am and will continue to do so until there is good reason not to.
I cancelled four magazine subscriptions. There are still many more.
I currently have an entire laundry basket filled with unread magazine.
I would rather the laundry basket were empty so I could lounge in it.
My ass might not fit in the aforementioned laundry basket.
Sandy Hook. Never forget.
Posted by MizTiz at 12:03 PM
Monday, December 15, 2014
On the Fifteenth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
I know that as I'm aging I'm basically disappearing to society at large.
Unless you are a single woman around her fifties (or more), you would have no idea what I'm talking about.
I now understand the song "Mr. Cellophane."
But I still show up...because fuck you society at large.
A man I went on some dates with recently skedaddled because he thought I was fragile, non-confrontational and that he was going to steamroll me.
I still wonder who the hell I was when I was going on dates with him. Had he met me?
Perhaps sometimes I don't show up. Perhaps he was crazy.
As sweet and fluffy as I can be, I play an aggressive, scrappy embodiment of evil quite well.
I take an epsom salt bath at least 5 nights a week.
I am not particularly pleased with this aging thingy that makes my body ache constantly.
Man oh man oh MENOPAUSE!
I kiss my dog...a lot.
Not much smells better than my dog.
Baxter has his own Instagram account. @baxandthecity Check him out.
I am ridiculously proud that it has taken til the 15th DaY to write of Lord Baxter of Hudson.
Posted by MizTiz at 12:38 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014
On the Fourteenth DaY of TiZmas, TiZ reveals to you...
The fourteen quotes that were the week...some chez moi, mostly overheard, some by famous people. You guess who!
From extraordinary to never-gonna-happen in just under 36 hours.
Hey MTA - Fuck you
Ummm...I need my therapy...now.
Can someone remove his batteries? Please?
Oh my God, they just gave my parents maracas. I can't...
iMessage - %^&*FTTRG^IYUHK
iMessage response - Oh!
You are a different species of girl. You are...old.
Necrophilism...it's a victimless crime.
Turning upstage? That's just cheating.
Les Schizerable--Who am I? Who am I?
The book that will most change your life is the book you write.
I love you.
Posted by MizTiz at 12:57 PM