Connie Macogni

TNT

Last week was crazy!  I started rehearsals for Tony and Tina’s Wedding, and after only 4 rehearsals the show opened. I have never in my career had such little rehearsal time, or such little script.  Most of the show is improve, so its completely different than any show I have ever done.  To say I was nervous was an understatement.  I was nervous about the improve, and nervous about how I would feel wearing a baby belly.  Not knowing what to expect from the audience was exciting but also scary.  You have to be completely prepared with your character’s background, and the other characters story and be “on” for 2.5 hours.  I have to say I am completely in love with this show.  It’s different every night, depending on the audience, and action is happening all around the room.  Chatting with people is so fun and interesting, most of the time I feel like I am at a real wedding.  The cast is amazingly talented.  They have me cracking up every night, and working to match their talent and energy.  They all feel like family to me already.  It will be sad when the show closes.  I can only hope I get to work with them all again.  If you are in the Bethlehem area, please check out Tony and Tina’s Wedding at Musikfest Cafe/ArtsQuest.  It’s such a fun show, you won’t be disappointed!

Connie

 

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Curtain Closed

It’s A Wonderful Life was, well WONDERFUL!  We had 6 great performances, with a full house every night.  I’m so happy I was able to be a part of such a great holiday show.  My husband urged me to do the show, as I was hesitant.  I’m so glad I took his advice.  It got me out of the house for a couple of days a week, it gave me something positive to focus on, and helped me find a part of my old self again.  I was able to reunite with talented friends and bring a classic story to life.  I really enjoyed audience members mentioning that the movie was their favorite Christmas movie, and then say they absolutely loved the show.  It was nice to see families enjoying the show together and creating new memories.  If you missed the show, Mr. Potter put this little video together using security camera footage!

We got our tree a couple weeks ago.  Christmas trees are my favorite.  I love the one that we picked and Omelette loves to stand in it.  Yes, stand in it.  She’s not doing anything except sticking her head in the middle of the tree and then stands there like a weirdo staring at the trunk.  It results in me sweeping up the needles 2x a day.  At this rate my tree won’t make it to Christmas!

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Giving Thanks

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This year I was in charge of dessert at my moms.  I took the leap, and decided to try and make some pies.   I love to bake, but hate to cook. Pies have always seemed scary to me.  The whole crust and filling situation seemed complicated and delicate. Cakes and brownies, no problem!  I went with apple pie since my husband loves it, and pumpkin which I am a fan of.  The pumpkin pie turned out great. I was so nervous because I got the recipe from this cookbook, and it had a sour cream and sugar mixture added on the top, which I have never seen. Turns out, it is really yummy!  The apple pie was good. However, Michael hates added sugar, and this pie is filled with it.  I was half paying attention when I decided to go with the recipe and as I was making it I was thinking he wouldn’t like it.  He did try it, but it was too sweet for him.  My parents liked it. So that made me happy.

The day was as good as it could have been for us.  We spent it with family and good friends, making memories.  We missed our babies, and at times I am still in disbelief that they are gone.  Never did I imagine that they would not be with us this Thanksgiving or Christmas.  We are extremely thankful for each precious moment we had with them.  I’m thankful I got to be a mom.

Here is what our Thanksgiving looked like.

I hope everyone enjoyed every moment they had with their loved ones.

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Empty

Loss

How our lives can change so fast.  In September, I went from having a perfect pregnancy to living a nightmare.  On September 9th I went to the hospital where I found out I was dilated and had bulging membranes.  I was having my babies, and at 22 weeks and 3 days they had no chance of survival.  Babies are not viable until 24 weeks, and we were reminded of that multiple times.  After sitting in the hospital for almost 8 hours fearing for my sons lives, I was transferred to another hospital that had a high level NICU, and if our sons had any chance at life, that would be the best place to save them.  With the help of an amazing team of doctors and nurses, I was able to stay pregnant until 24 weeks. I gave birth to my babies on September 20th, which also happened to be my 4 year wedding anniversary. Augustus Hume was born at 2:06am.  Our little fighter was with us for 3 of the best days of our lives.  His brother, Sebastian Locke, was born at 2:16am, and passed away in our arms shortly after.  SO far there is no answer to why this happened. Preterm labor is common with twin pregnancy.  To say that we are devastated is an understatement.  I think about my babies every second of every day and wish I could have them back.  I run the weeks before this all happened over and over in my head and wonder if there was anything I could have done, any way to alter the course that we traveled.  It doesn’t make a difference though. My belly is empty and my babies are not with us.  The support, generosity and kindness people have shown throughout this tragedy has been amazing.  There is nothing anyone can say or do to take away the pain, but we feel very loved and some sweet people have made our days a little brighter.   For now we are just going through the motions of life, trying to do the best we can to deal with our tremendous loss.

I was reading the novel Wild by Cheryl Strayed while I was laying on my head in the hospital.  I came across the quote below in one of the last few chapters and it offered some comfort in the darkest hours.


“There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.” Cheryl Strayed-Wild

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Like a egg in the wind

Today we had an Easter Eggstravaganza at work!  It was a great.  We had tons of food, games and prizes.  There was a egg decorating contest in which I submitted this baby:

She won : )  And now I am going to carry her around with me until Easter is over.

I won a basket filled with treats and money!  I really just wanted the cute carrot umbrella candies so that was an extra bonus.

And here is my photo for April 3rd – Mail

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April’s Challenge

I have been trapped in a artist rut lately…for a long time actually.   This past fall I was cast as an artist in a film, and I had to break out all my art mediums and my work.  As I was preparing for the role, I realized how much I used to draw and paint.   It was a huge part of my life and once I went to Centenary and started designing, I didn’t have the time for it as all my time went to sewing.  One of my goals for 2012 was to get back to my roots and start creating more art outside of sewing and designing.  When I have a day off I always have a list of things I wish to do: sew, paint, sketch, build, etc.. and nothing ever pans out because I don’t know where to start, or I am not inspired on what to paint.  So I picked up this book to help kick start my brain.  There are project prompts for every day of the year, which can be followed, changed or ignored.  It’s designed to help inspire and push past those ruts we often get stuck in.  I am trying to narrow down the mediums and theme I want to use.  Maybe a horse or owl a day and stick to paints?  Maybe I will just keep it open and not choose a theme.  Either way, I will decide by this weekend. I can’t wait to start!

For April I am also doing the Fat Mum Slim Photo Challenge.  It will be difficult to do all of this creating in between work and rehearsal (I’m currently in a  production of The Crucible) but I am determined.  And if I say I am going to do it on here, well then I have to.

April 1st – Reflection

I took this photo while on a bike ride to the park.  It was a chilly out so I have a hoodie on and a coat!

April 2nd – Colour

Taken in my studio.

Now I’m off to decorate an egg for a contest at work tomorrow!  Easter is almost here!!

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For the Hustle

I saw this over at The Working Actress blog.  If you don’t follow her and you are in the industry you should.  Lots of good, honest tips and insights into the biz.

I LOVE this poem. Definitely going to keep it handy and reflect on it when needed.

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2011 Photo Recap

I’m a little late on this, but thought I would share some favorites from 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 was a great year filled with film projects, new babies, vacations and firsts.  Here is hoping for an even better 2012!  It is going to be an exciting year.  I’ve got big plans for 2012 and a big change is happening for me next week! eek!

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Time for Joy and Time for Cheer

With Christmas only 2 weeks away, I still have lots to do.  I really wanted to focus on enjoying the season with baking cookies, decorating, crafting and there are just not enough hours in the day.  I am going to try and slow down and soak it all in.  We still have to get our tree, take the kids holiday photos(should be really interesting this year!), make some gifts, finish decorating and finish shopping! Hopefully I will be able to see my husband at some point between now and Christmas. We are spending Wednesday together this week and I am hoping to do something Christmasy.  For now, I will leave you with some behind the scene photos of the kids shoot last year.  I take the photos all by myself, which always proves to be challenging!  We lost our beloved White Cat this year.  I’m sure I will cry a little when I go to take the photos & will especially miss him opening his gifts on Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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