What I’m Thankful For

“Halloween is the time to sin before we have to start thanking Jesus for everything.”

October is behind us, and I’ll admit that I’m actually kind of sad to see it go. Halloween was a blast and a half this year. With a holiday that has always been hit or miss for me, I’m really happy with the way it turned out this year.

I got to experience a spooky dinner theatre, equipped with a tour of a “haunted”, abandoned hotel. It was pretty cool. They had whiskey sours and pumpkin soup, so I was all in. Plus, I had good company, so that’s always a plus.

I went to a Halloween-inspired musical that involved zombies, blood, and sexual innuendos. My fav. Also, like, 3/4 of the cast was comprised of my friends, so it was really fun being able to see them perform and sing their little hearts out. I left doused in fake blood, but that didn’t stop us from hitting up our favorite watering hole and also stealing some girl’s leftover birthday cake. Oh well.

The Thursday before Halloween, I watched the Saints dominate in one of their best games of the season, in my opinion. I also ate a fantastic burger this evening at a great spot in New Orleans, Warehouse Grille. There was a Halloween parade, Krewe of Boo, this evening, as well, but, unfortunately, my friends and I missed it. We made up for it though by running through the streets of New Orleans, perhaps drunkenly, and taking turns wearing my black and gold boa. It was a nice substitute.

Boas, burgers, and booze
Boas, burgers, and booze

Halloween Friday was one for the books. That morning, I worked, which I didn’t mind. I made decent money and got to see cute, innocent children dressed up like superheros and princesses. Ah, to be young again. After leaving work, I met my friend Brittany for donuts and coffee at one of our most favorite local spots, District Donuts Sliders Brew.

Booberry donut from District
“Booberry” glazed donut + a little cookie bat

After leaving, I took an epic nap and then started prepping myself for the evening’s festivities. Originally, I was going as Mary Sanderson from Hocus Pocus while two of my other lady friends dressed as Winnie and Sarah. Plans got skewed, so I nixed that costume and prepped for an evening on Frenchman with some other friends instead. Because I was so last minute for a costume, I decided just to turn to Pinterest and ending up painting my face to resemble a creepy ventriloquist puppet.

"So a cat, a newsie, and a doll walk into a bar..."
“So a cat, a newsie, and a doll walk into a bar…”

Here’s a closer look at my makeup, equipped with a dried rose + spider combo in my hair.

PBSPuppet
Such a doll face.

My friends and I spent Halloween on Frenchman dancing in the streets, eating bacon ranch fries and washing it down with vodka sodas. Also, shout out to Dat Dog for having a super awesome balcony that we basically hoarded for the duration of the evening. It was pretty sweet. Your bartender that was dressed like a squirrel fox was super friendly too and also provided the quote of the evening from my friend Brittany, “I’m swooning over a man dressed as a squirrel.” I mean, it really doesn’t get much better than that.

October, I am thankful for you and all of the fun, spooky times you brought forth. As we enter into November, I thought I’d mention what I’m thankful for, and also what I’m looking forward to this month!

  • Getting acting representation in Atlanta – This one is super duper exciting. I’m represented in Louisiana by an agency I absolutely love. Recently, we discovered that our agency was branching out to Atlanta. I had the pleasure of meeting with the Atlanta rep last week, so here’s to hoping good things start coming my way from ATL!
  • Auditions picking up again – I went on two auditions last week (one theatre, one film) and taped two more yesterday. Fingers crossed for some bites. If nothing comes from them, at least I got my face out there for CDs to see.
  • Getting my reel cut together AS WE SPEAK – AN ACTING REEL, Y’ALL. Finally!! My friend is cutting my reel together, and I couldn’t be more excited. I saw the first rough cut of it yesterday, and, while it’s still bare bones, it’s still really exciting. I can’t wait to see it all come together and to start blasting it out to casting directors. HIRE ME.
  • My great-grandmother’s 93rd birthday this weekend! – My sweet and sassy Granny turns 93 this Sunday! My family is having dinner on Saturday night and watching the LSU game. On Sunday, my mom and I are surprising my grandma with tickets to Rivertown’s “One Man, Two Guvnors.” She loves the theatre, and I have a few friends in this production, so I’m super excited. It’ll be a great weekend indeed.
  • Saints games and hopefully snagging tickets to one of them. – I’ve been watching the games with friends at restaurants/bars lately, and it’s just so much more fun being around a bunch of worked up 20-somethings. I’ve only been to two games in the Dome, so my mission for the remainder of the season is to experience another game there.
  • My family vacation to Gatlinburg in the coming weeks. – Log cabins, snow, ziplining, horseback riding, and more. I absolutely cannot wait to get away and escape to the Smokey Mountains for a few days. It’s much needed.
  • Thanksgiving day, which means Thanksgiving dinner, which means food coma. – Need I say more? #Ineedn’t
  • No Shave November, aka bearded men running wild – Paul Bunyan, anyone?
  • Man buns – Why swoon over squirrely men when you can swoon over bunned men?
  • Rekindling old friendships – I’ve gotten to spend time with some old pals recently, and I’ll just say that it has completely and utterly warmed my heart. I LOVE my friends and I cherish all of my friendships, especially the ones where you can go a little while without seeing each other, but, as soon as you do, it’s like no time has passed at all. I’m very thankful for it.
  • Making new friends – One of my favorite things! Let’s be friends. We’ll drink beer, eat fries, and braid each other’s hair.
  • Pumpkin brownies – I mixed a box of dark chocolate fudge brownie mix with a can of pumpkin the other night and baked that b-word for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Heaven, y’all. And no oil. Thank you, God.
  • Getting back into a fitness routine – On Monday, I went to step and bodypump at my gym, and I’m going back tonight. It’s been two months, and it feels AWESOME to get back to it!
  • Yoga! – I took my first yoga class in two months last night with two of my very favorite little namastes (I realize that isn’t a thing, but it’s what I call my yoga gals). Verdict? Life-changing. And surprising, because I can still do a headstand. Also, I’m sore as hell today.
PBSYoga
“What the pose called when you grab your big toe?”

Of course, I have so many other things to be thankful for. This list is just skimming the surface. In a world where we’re constantly on the go and sometimes weighed down by stress, it’s nice to sit back and reflect on what you do have as opposed to what you don’t.

Be thankful.

Talk to y’all soon,

Kaitlyn

 

 

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