Saturday, December 31, 2011

On the Thirty-First Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Thirty-First Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

Thirty-one things she would dig in a deep way for 2012...*

Peace on earth.

Goodwill to all sentient beings.

Going on for the quinfucta.

A healthier economy for all.

A re-elected Obama.

A little cupcake of a cottage upstate.

A good solid apology.



A good, solid, considered apology.

To publish more.

To gain even more of you appreciative bleaders.**

To finally finish and perform TOMB.

More volunteerism.


More recording. I love recording.

Health...physical, emotional and spiritual.

More yoga.

Getting back to my seat and meditating.

Fabulous attendance at the St. Jimmy.

More honesty. 2011 was a great start.

More clarity. 2011 was a great start.

For dreams to come true for those who desire them wholeheartedly.

To handle the estate with little complication and great joy.


Singing my tits off.

Less spam.

More reiki.

Take a pottery class.

Teach more voice.

Create things of great beauty and substance.

*I looked back through the years. A LOT of these have come true. Really.

**And I DO appreciate you. You can't imagine how much...

Friday, December 30, 2011

On the Thirtieth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Thirtieth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

Thirty lessons learned (or-relearned) this year...

To stop caring what others think of me.

You only get one set of parents. If you love them, show it.

People who are willing to send cards to an old lady they may never've met are good people to have around.

If I do my job with creativity and specificity, I don't have to ask for permission.

Truth is subjective.

No matter how much I want people to see my truth, sometimes they just can't....and vicey versey.

There is such a thing as too much TaB.

Grief drinking helps for a while if you don't have a drinking problem.

If I have to say "sorry" to the point I resent it, it may be a lost cause.

Secrets kept for many years may be best kept 'til death.

If you don't thank me for a professional favor, I'll resent it and not grant one again.

Always thank people.

Asking for help is a good thing...not a weakness.

My past doesn't define me.

Compromise is not the "c" word.

It is really important to give back.

Gifts can come from the least likely places. I must keep my eyes and heart open.

Most everyone deserves a second chance...unless you're Charles Manson.

The most delicious things can manifest from accidents.

People always tell me exactly who they are and their relationship with me will not be the exception to any rule.

It's delicious to find a friendship with an ex.

If I play too hard for too long I will catch a cold.

I like money.

I have held myself back for others' sakes.

Spending too much time in the comfort zone makes a person uncomfortable.

People are way nice to you when they think you're successful.

It's never too late to learn.

Don't downtalk myself.

What I previously thought was impossible is quite possible.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

On the Twenty-Ninth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Ninth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

Twenty-Nine game changers of the year...

My mom died.

I sang at her funeral. (Okay...technically it was a memorial mass because her body wasn't there.)

I was put into a show I'd never seen or heard with five hours of rehearsal.

I stood up for myself with management.

I recorded with Alan Menken.

I took a seminar on producing.

A well-known producer said I could trail her.

I did a full-blown reading of my own play.

I received a grant to continue working on my own play.

I duetted with a long-admired and long-loved friend.

I broke up with a perfectly lovely man because he lacked curiosity and a passion for living.

I got permission from my dear superintendent to buy a DOG!

I said goodbye to a beloved friend.

I did more charitable work than ever before.

I took a FaceBook hiatus.

99% of the time I asked for help I got it.

My apartment was renovated.

I bought another air-conditioner.

I threw/gave away about 1/3 of my belongings.

I worked and played with idols of mine.

People were kind beyond measure.

I bid adieu to a bit of my ego.

I was highly valued as an artist and my brain wasn't taken as a hindrance.

I had access to a bathtub everywhere I lived.

I overworked myself 'til I passed out.

I commuted and slept in an ICU barcalounger.

I attended the Headless Horseman Haunted Halloween Hayride.

I held someone in his 19th-20th hour of life.

I'm in a Broadway show that I love.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the Twenty-Eighth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Eighth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

28 more things about NanaPop.

I think they were happier as grandparents.

When my nephew was born, they became one entity, "NanaPop," to us all.

They were adamant about stories being told properly and would correct each other in public.

It could get bloody.

They did not go to sleep without discussing bad feelings.

My father used a flashlight to dress early in the morning so he wouldn't awaken my mother.

He liked to get up at 5 am.

She did not.

He fancied himself a plumber. He was not.

He wore a pair of shoes for thirty years. Just got them re-soled. They were exquisite.

He is the Patron Saint of foot care...his were always baby soft.

My mother's feet looked like they had gone through a blender...try though she did.

Nana got her hair done every two weeks for most of her life.

My father used olive oil as a conditioner.

I can count on my fingers the number of nights they slept apart (other than hospital stays) during their 55 years of marriage.

Most of their married life was spent in a full-size bed. I thought it was HUUUUUUUUUGE.

My father knew where the second Pentagon was.

My mother knew where everything else was.

My father saved every piece of paper.

My mother saved everything else.

My father was IN the first computer (like a huge warehouse). He later marveled that it all fit into an iPod.

My mother was a computer.

My mother had GLORIOUS skin.

My father, who was prejudiced about people who had skin problems, later developed a condition.

They both looked much younger than they were.

They both had open heart surgery.

They both lost both their parents by the time they were 45.

They both loved us all wicked hard.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On the Twenty-Seventh Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Seventh Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

Twenty-seven things you might not know about the Poppy...

He was born in Brooklyn.

He helped shovel coal as a kid for a job before school. Fell asleep in someone's coal bin.

He got left behind in Kindergarten.

His Dad died when he was 16. He hated the wake so much (methinks it was in his house with the body there) that neither he nor the Nana had wakes.

He grew up two doors away from the Nana.

He served on Saipan during WWII.

He was a Sergeant in the Army Air Corp...a mechanic.

He was part of the clean-up crew for Suicide Hill.

He got his college degree through the GI Bill. Slept two hours at a time in order to get everything done.

The day after his and Nana's first date there was a huge snowstorm. I have that pic of the two of them.

Until he died he could still remember songs taught to him in music appreciation class when he was little.

He was heartbreakingly compassionate.

When he was angry he spoke very very softly. Soooooooo scary.

He was an animal whisperer. I once witnessed a chipmunk eat from his hand.

He was an electrical engineer...sales.

When we'd come into the city, he'd point out Lincoln and Rockefeller Centers and say, "Mine." I thought we owned them. Nope. He had bid and won the contracts for the HVAC.

He was an autodidactic efficiency expert.


Loved his mother deeply despite the fact she was remarkably unloveable.

A truly "off " sense of humor.

Danced to the beat of a drummer no one ever heard before...kind of glorious to watch.

Once called my stage manager at Beauty and the Beast to ask if I could play Belle in L.A. for my adopted grandparents' 70-something anniversary. (I was mortified.)

Had a beyoooootiful singing voice.

He was great at investing. Really great. A marvelous method he imparted to me.

Adopted more than one of my girlfriends.

He could talk to most anyone about most anything.

Monday, December 26, 2011

On the Twenty-Sixth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Sixth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

Twenty-six things about the Nana...

She was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania but moved to Sheepshead Bay when she was 5.

Her parents were 16 and 19 when she was born.

She graduated high school at 16.

She got a perfect score on her Regents.

She attended Hunter until she was old enough to attend nursing school.

The ships carrying sailors coming home from war passed by her hospital. She could hear them as they saw first saw the Statue of Liberty and cheered. She cried every time.

She was very popular and had lots of boyfriends.

She was a much sought after dance partner.

She had five kids.

She really only expected four.

Her longest labor was four hours.

Her shortest labor was two.

When I came around, they decided to induce me because they were pretty sure she was just gonna drop me on the sidewalk.

She had no recollection of the time of my birth. All she could say was, "Dinnertime-ish. I felt terrible because we took the doctor away from a dinner party."

Before I was born she would pound at least 20 cups of coffee a day.

When I knew her it was tea and gum.

She was quite stylish.

She was very opinionated and had little filter on what she felt about you and what came out of her mouth.

Best sitting still hand-holder ever.

She could hold a grudge like no one I knew.

She had an underground sense of humor.

She could stomp you into oblivion on a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Her nickname was minutae mind.

I only remember her crying once when I was a child. That was when her brother died when she was 49...and she felt like an orphan.

She was the only person who recognized exactly how hard I work and have always worked.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

On the Twenty-Fifth Day of Christ*&^%$






Friday, December 23, 2011

On the Twenty-Fourth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Fourth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

The more I write I'm a mess, the messier I become.

I so appreciate the people who can deal with the mess but not feed it.

My job is saving my life.

I have a softball and a softball glove, but no one to have a throw with.

I LOVE a good throw.

I'm not good enough to be on the Broadway softball league.

I am terrible at bat.

If I can, I open the window, go gas out it, then close the window.

There's nothing better than hugging while sitting in a lap.

I don't understand people who get what they want but then complain about the person who made it happen. Is it empowering?

i don't know why golf exists.

I can't imagine watching it live or on tv.

Try though I might, I read too many horoscopes.

I think Jesus must have been a very nice man.

I'm so tired recently I fall asleep while sitting up.

This is one of my fav stage management teams ever. And that's saying a lot.

I think yams are super delicious.

I wish for us all that we find our way more graciously and with greater ease.

At 12, I hit my back while doing back dives off the side of the pool.

I couldn't feel my legs for 5 minutes

My back still seizes up.

I was mugged immediately following my parents' 50th wedding anniversary brunch.

I didn't tell them until they could see me in the flesh.

My head is a shape-shifter too.

On the Twenty-Third Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Third Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

In any economy I am offended by people who don't do their jobs well.

In this particular economy, I find it an almost mortal sin.

I'm beginning to like Christmas.

I haven't turned off the lights on my Christmas tree since I set it up.

I am personally insuring the energy crisis.

Although I unplug and turn off most everything else when not in use.

I'm watching someone else's karma in action and I find very little more painful than that.

I have my front of house display photos from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

I dig the Buddha.

I learned recently there are different ways of stealing...none of them resonate well with me.

I did not share my Christmas pears with ANYONE.

I am ridiculously broken at the moment. But I have to believe it's letting the light shine through a little more clearly.

I have a corner of my apartment that houses things that belonged to people I love who have passed.

The cookie jar from my childhood home will be joining soon.

My Christmas tree lives next to my Buddha statue.

My Buddha statue is absolutely gorgeous.

It was seen by a friend in a storefront in Northport. I entered and the shop owner looked at me and said, "You've come for the Buddha."

Holy water from Lourdes as well as crystals and a beautifully vibratory rock from like the River Jordan live nearby.

My kitchen showcases a Bob's Big Boy Bobblehead.

Pope Soap on a Rope too.

There's a Jellystone Park plate as well.

Nothing makes me happier than sitting in the pit with the band.

I recently wore my winter bedtime panties during the day. Naughty or nice?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

On the Twenty-Second Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-Second Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

Given the opportunity I would dance every night.

I love social dancing but don't much care for dancing onstage.

My mother always begged me not to dance in public.

Lord help you (and me) if there is a pole around and/or stairs with a bannister.

I receive a yearly Holiday Omen.

This year mine was given away...which means, I guess, that my Omen is to let go.

A friend abandoned his Omen. I rescued it...which means, I guess, that my Omen will be rescue.

The Omen was broken black magic...which means, I guess, my run of bad luck will be over.

I hang out with a group of guys from College.

They make me feel quite special and appreciated...and a little bit matter how inappropriately I behave.

We chose one another.

I am the proud owner of a vintage TaB bottle.

I am the proud owner of a vintage TaB glass.

I cherish them both.

I spent my early thirties playing fairy tale princesses.

I am the least likely candidate to portray a fairy tale princess.

I have inappropriate pix of me as every fairy tale princess I've played.

I keep typo-ing farty tale princess.

I love fantastic and appropriate typos.

Sometimes I sport the last hair clip my mother wore when she was hospitalized.

I am flexible...physically, emotionally, spiritually and cognitively.

I am pretty capable of seeing things your way.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On the Twenty-First Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twenty-First Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

This is getting exceedingly difficult...

I've had three German Shepherds.

I am REALLY allergic to cats.

I think cats are kinda rude.

There was one cat I liked and to whom I wasn't allergic. He was an outdoor cat.

This cat and I would fall asleep paw in hand. Indoors.

I am fearless with accents.

I'm pretty sure I've brushed most of the enamel off my teeth. Oops.

I sweat like a pig.

I have to use clinical strength deodorants when I perform.

And dress pads.

I appreciate open minds.

I ask "why" a lot.

I ask "how" a lot.

My nephew creates a Christmas Pageant each year that is both heartbreaking and heartening.

I love fudge.

I love beautiful hankies.

A rare steak is the bee's knees.

I can and do eat a jar of peanut butter in a sitting.

I wear less make-up as I age.

I used to go by Chris and Chrissy.

I will kick in the shins if you call me Chris and Chrissy now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the Twentieth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Twentieth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

My super Super said I could have a dog.

I'm gonna get a DOG!

I may name the dog Pooper. Is that wrong?

I see nothing wrong with buying my dinner at Duane Reade when exhausted.

I see nothing wrong with buying my Christmas tree at Duane Reade when exhausted.

I decided it was time when someone wrote they would do it for me and yet I can find no trace of that email and the gentle donor was going by a goddess alias so I may have dreamt it which meant it was time to get the freaking tree.

I see nothing wrong with run-on sentences.

I decorate my tree with ornaments from my nephews and brother...and costume jewelry...and sparkly rosary beads.

I wear specific panties to bed in the winter. They are called "winter bedtime panties."

We're doing Yankee Grab Bag for Christmas this year and I'm hoping the present I'm offering up will cause bloodshed.

I am an awful Secret Santa.

I have my first real rehearsal today and I'm doing this instead of studying. So I understudy 5 different tracks. Meh...

I was gonna buy an iPad but I think a dog is better.

I have plans every night after the show this week and that is a little daunting.

I worked with kids from the Harvey Milk High School this year. They were awesome.

I've left my air conditioners in this year as the fact that even while turned off they seemingly help regulate the heat up here on the top floor. It can become a sauna.

I like to sleep near a Christmas tree that is aglow.

I like to give people things that have belonged to me.

I like it when people give me things that have belonged to them.

I am wearing my mothers socks today.

Monday, December 19, 2011

On the Nineteenth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Nineteenth Day of Christ*&^%$

Going through your late mom's clothing (for donation purposes) is not for sissies.

Sometimes I just have to turn off my heart.

When I turn off my heart, it inevitably comes screaming back on, flooding the room.

I think Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is miraculous.

I use it for anything.

I am capable of performing minor surgery on myself.

I have double a feet with quadruple a heels.

I once sliced my foot open and taped it back together for a date.

I once broke my foot and didn't know it.

I can walk most anything off.

I think it's not because I ignore the pain, but because I accept it.

I am rarely ill.

I actually took 8 tops, 2 pairs of pants and 6 pairs of shoes from the excavation.

I will be wearing my 88 year old mother's clothes. She had excellent taste.

Except for the sweatshirts with flowers. Oy.

I have a 750 square foot apartment for less than $2 a square foot per month.

I call it my mountain aerie rabbit warren.

I JUST unpacked my winter coat.

I believe diamonds are the new neutral.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

On the Eighteenth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Eighteenth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

I never sleep through alarms.

Today I slept through an alarm.

I'm decent at performing minor surgery on myself.

I think breakfast for dinner and vice versa is a perfectly plausible way to go through life.

I'm so tired I didn't realize I forgot to go to a party until I was in bed already.

Was there a productive era? 'Cause I think I was born in it.

I like it when people write in. Rick is very good at it this season.

I spend as much time as possible outside. Even when it's bitter cold.

I haven't had enough time to unpack my winter duds. I'm currently sporting the layered look.

It's amazing how people fill in when they see an opening.

I appreciate the friends who stepped up when my Mom died.

I appreciate the strangers who stepped up when my Mom died.

I appreciate the estrangers who stepped up when my Mom died.

I appreciate my employers who stepped up when my Mom died.

I was recently bought off with a gorgeous bouquet of roses.

I LOVE roses.

I LOVE orchids too.

I dare someone to buy me off with orchids.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the Seventeenth Day of Christ*&^%$

On the Seventeenth Day of Christ*&^%$, TiZ reveals to you...

I fear these have grown boring and commonplace.

I look back at the reveals of the first year and am jealous of my own ballsiness.

I am not keen on verbal abbreviations of words. No "totes," "opes," or "avail" leave my lips.

I feel no need to be perceived as cool.

I rarely feel the need to prove how smart I am. Or not. That's my business.

I do believe there are stupid questions. Okay...maybe not stupid. Thoughtless?

Selfish questions make me want to jam chopsticks in my ears.

My stomach never makes it through the holiday season unscathed.

I wish someone would get me a Christmas tree and decorate it with my ornaments while I'm at work.

I spent more money on beautification this past opening week than I have in...well...two whole years.

I don't understand why some people send me Facebook invites to events out of town. Do you think I care? Really? Do you need my attention? Really? If I haven't seen you in 25 years...

I am absolutely sick that I am missing the Mike Errico Annual Holiday Show this Wednesday the 21st at Rockwood Hall at 7:30. You go!

I freaking love making this much money.

Historically, every five years I make windfall paychecks that carry me through...

This was the sixth year. My belt was tight...

I believe any review that mentions Kristin Chenoweth when she is not actually in the show is a lazy review.

I despise lazy.

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