Thursday, December 29, 2005

Crazy Jersey Folks

I am having a fun time in New Jersey visiting my in laws. They are just wild. I am having a tough time keeping up with them. We have been on the go since we got here on Tuesday morning. It has been party or social event after another.

On Tuesday I went to my first Hanukkah party. It was great fun. Tomorrow night we are headed to New York City in a limo to see the Broadway musical Hairspray. I have heard great things about the show. Then we are having a big New Years Party on Saturday. Next week the whole family is going to the spa and the list of festivities goes on and on. When ever we are back here we always have fun.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Back Home

I am having such a good time back home in the Pacific Northwest. We have been going from relative's house to friend's house making sure we visit everyone. On Monday I was back in the town I grew up in. It is always interesting going back to my home town. It feels like a step back in time. Everywhere I go I see people I know from high school or even as far back as elementary school. I felt like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama when she flew from New York and went back to her home town in Alabama (especially the scene in the bar where she makes a fool of herself). I think the last time I got down and crazy was the last time I was back home 3 years ago.

On Wednesday we went skiing on the ski mountain I learned how to ski on 16 years ago. It was a great time, I just love skiing. As I was sitting on the ski lift freezing cold I couldn't stop think what was better being in the ocean swimming, body surfing and surfing in the warm sun but fearing at any moment Jaws will come take me away or skiing in the beautiful woods and freezing my butt off. I think it is a toss up.

On Thursday we headed to my mom's house. I love coming to my mom's house because it feels like I am stepping into Martha Stewart's home. It is so welcoming and festive for the holidays. We cooked all day yesterday and will cook all day today for the Christmas party we are having tonight. There will be a ton of people here. I just love parties. (Pictures: Top Picture, Jon, Kylynn, Me, Chris, and Darcy at the ski mountain, Next Picture, Jon feeding my cousins son Gabrial, Next Picture, Me with Gabrial, Bottom Picture Darcy showing off her skills)

Friday, December 16, 2005


Well we arrived safely in the beautiful northwest and it is darn cold. I have traded my flip flops for Uggs and tank tops for itchy sweaters. I did enjoy my hot latte from Starbucks today. I think next year my family should all come to Hawaii for Christmas.

I am enjoying my time off from the set. We have a jam packed two weeks, full of family, eating, presents and more eating. I have to be careful not to eat too much holiday food because I bet Eve and Michele will be good and not eat too many Christmas cookies. If they don't gain those 5 holiday pounds, well then neither can I.

I have been getting complaints that Lost is showing re runs. All I have to say is I am happy they are playing re runs because that means I get paid again, 100% of what I made the first time the stunt aired. So remember that next time you watch re runs and smile for me. I tell you I do all the way to the bank.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Christmas Time in Hawaii

It is very strange spending December in a warm tropical climate. It just doesn't feel like the holidays. I guess I associate Christmas time with, sipping hot chocolate (it is too hot here to drink hot drinks), sitting by the fire (the only fire you sit by in Hawaii are the tiki torches), baking cookies (it is too hot to bake cookies), big sweaters, scarves and mittens and finally snow. I absolutely love the hot weather and living in a tropical climate but it isn't easy to be festive here.

We listen to Christmas music in the car with the air conditioning on which just takes something way from the words, "Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow". We are headed back to the cold weather on Thursday and I am not looking forward to the cold but I am looking forward to drinking a hot peppermint mocha from Starbucks and wearing an itchy bulky wool sweater. We will be gone for over 2 week just enough time to enjoy the cold weather with Christmas. It is strange how I associate cold weather with the holidays. I guess you get use to what you get use to. Perhaps someday it will feel normal to have the air conditioning on listening to Christmas music, but I doubt it.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Holiday Party

Last night was the holiday party for the cast and crew of Lost. We had such a fun time. There was an open bar and pupus (that is what the Hawaiian's call appetizer). Unfortunately the pupus where mostly seafood, which I don't eat. I need to learn that Hawaii appetizer are not quiche and egg rolls but seafood and sushi. Wakiki (where the party was) was so crowded that Jon and I drove around for 45 minutes looking for a parking spot. I was so annoyed I almost gave up on going, but finally found a place.

Jon and I danced our hearts outs for hours. It was great. (Pictures: Upper Left, Sherwin (the executive producers assistant), Shelley (she works in the production office and is dating Sherwin), Jon and me, Upper Right, Shelley and me, Bottom, Rand (Michael's Stunt Double), Me and Jon)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Mold and Jeeps?

It seems every day in Hawaii I am reminded that I live on a tropical island in the middle of the pacific. Living in Hawaii I pretty much only wear flip flops (or sneakers when I work out). I went to pack my sweaters and my boots getting ready for my trip to the main land and found my shoes and sweaters covered in mold. It appears that my unworn clothes and shoes became covered in mold since I haven't worn them. One of the many interesting encounters I have had living in Hawaii.

Another interesting encounter this week was seeing the post man. Because the roads are so third world here the post man has to drive a Jeep. I took a picture because I couldn't believe it.
(Top Picture: Once boot clean and one boot covered in Mold from my closet, Bottom Picture: Our Post Man's Jeep)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

My Car Hit

Could you tell where I was in the show last night? I was Kate's stunt double when her and the marshall where in the car and they swerved to miss the horse and ran into the telephone pole. I then kicked the marshall (Mike Trisler was his stunt double) out of the car and drove away. It was a little scary and exciting sitting in a car knowing we were going to crash into a telephone pole on purpose.

Trisler was driving when we hit the pole and I had to push the button to make the air bags go off. There was no movie magic we really hit the pole and actually almost knocked it over.

I had my teddy bear in the car with me. Here is a picture of me with Snuggles. I have started a tradition, he will always be in the car with me when I do car stunts. I have had Snuggles since I was about 2.

Jon was shooting for the extended DVD that night (you can see the camera in his hands in the picture). The guy who usually does it was out of town so they asked Jon to shoot that night. He did a great job.
(Pictures from top to bottom: Me in wardrobe outside the honey wagons; Jon, Mike Trisler (the marshall's stunt double), Me, Ashley (Trisler's 8 month pregnant wife), my Dad; Me with Snuggles)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Can you ever be board in Hawaii?

Every morning this week I woke up and said "What should we do today". If you enjoy being outside there is so much to do in Hawaii that you could never be board. Today we went snorkeling at Two Step. This is a great place to snorkel because of the lava formations. The highlight of the day was swimming with the wise owl of the ocean, a large sea turtle. When I was swimming with him it felt so majestic. The only thing missing was Enya playing in the back ground. It was like a scene right out of the movies.

I have had fun this week in Kona. We have stayed busy enjoying all Hawaii has to offer.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Boogie Boarding and Body Surfing

I am enjoying some free time this week. We have spent the last three days at the beach playing in the crystal clear water. It is so much fun but exhausting after a while. I got a bit sun burned even with sun screen on. We bought some boogie boards and are having a ball with them (the locals call it a body board). My brown hair is starting to fade out to a redish color from being in the sun and I just hate it. I guess there is not much to do now. I will dye it brown again once I am ready to leave Hawaii for the holidays.

I was in the store today and they were playing Christmas music as I was shopping for tank tops and bathing suits. It just felt super weird to have Christmas music on when it is 80 degrees out side. I love Christmas so much but it is hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it is hot outside and my legs hurt from my sun burn.

FYI I am not in this weeks LOST but I am in next weeks, so stay tuned. Cheers!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Did you see me?

I was in the show in last night, could you tell when it was me? I was in 5 difference scenes: in the opening water scene I was in the water swimming to shore, when the Others took the kids and Ana Lucia chased to get the kids, I was the one who fought with the other (I got closed lined then we fought on the ground), I kicked Nathan in the face, I fought with Goodwin then fell down the hill, and last but not least my now famous fall in the tiger pit that was also seen in episode 3.

The hardest scene for me to shoot for this episode was the fall down the hill. I stood at the top of the hill and stared down at the torn bushes and realized I don't have sleeves on my wardrobe, I realized how steep the hill looked from the top and Iknew that I was born to do stunts. I couldn't wait for the chance to prove myself. They said action and I voluntarily threw myself down the hill. It was the best feeling when I hit the bottom and I know Tris (the other stunt guy) and I nailed it. Then I hear those all to famous words: "Great job, lets do it again." I think that was the hardest part. Having to do it again knowing what I was in for. I was picking thorns out of my arms for days and I still have a small scare on my arm from the fall. All the while I was so happy to have thorns in my arms and bruises on my body because I get to play for a living. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my job. (By the way, they used the first take in the show tonight. That's show biz!)

Jon was also in the first scene of the show and had a great close up in the opening scene and he was in the scene when they were chasing the chicken (if he ever posted to his blog I am sure he would tell you all about how it).

I got a few emails from people who noticed me on some of the shots. Nice work. Here are some pictures of Jon and I doing the stunts from the show.

Monday, November 14, 2005

My Dressing Room

Stunt people get their own dressing rooms like actors. Here is my dressing room when I was doubling Kate. I am having such a fun time doing stunts. It kinda sucks because I can't talk about what we are working on, but trust me it is good stuff. I can say that this week's episode will have me in 4 scenes, so you better all watch. I will post pictures on Thursday from the episode.

I don't work for a few weeks. It is hard because I work a few days on one episode then don't work for a while. The stunt business is great but unpredictable. We are planning a trip out to LA to network and to work on our stunt skills like working on air rams. It should be fun. I will let you know when exactly we are flying out to LA. It looks like it will be the first part of December. Stay tuned to find out...

Thursday, November 10, 2005


It is always interesting to work on a scene and then see how they edit the scene together. In case you didn't see me on the show I was on the side of the mountain when they were passing Sawyer in the stretcher. It was a fun scene to work on that took two days of work, one day of rehearsal and one day of filming which turned out to be about 10 seconds on show.

Jon and our friend Mike Trisler were the riggers for the shot, meaning they put us all in harnesses and tied us up safely to the trees incase we fell. They did a great job. Here are a few pictures from the two days of work. (Top Picture: Me in custom working on the shot, Middle Picture: Me and Mike Trisler testing the length of my rope, Next Picture: Jon, Mike Trisler and Rand working on the rigging day, Bottom Picture: Jon and Mike Rigging)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

New LOST Tonight

I know you have all been anxiously awaiting the new episode of LOST tonight (it has been reruns the last two weeks). It is going to be a good one. I am in tonight's episode doubling Ana Lucia. If you don't see me in the show tonight I will let you know tomorrow what I was doing and post some pictures from the stunt.

I work again on Thursday but then could be off until after Thanksgiving. It is weird to only work a few days a month, however, it seems like I am working a lot more than that learning, learning, learning. Weather it be training and learning how to do new skills or hanging out on set watching how they do everything. I stay busy, but thankfully not as busy as when I worked in corporate America.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

My Head Shots

Here are a few of the best head shoots. I like the one where I am wearing red the best.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Here are some pictures taken in the past few weeks. If you click on the picture you can see the image larger. (Upper Left: Jon going through make up, Middle Left: Me, Jon, Eve, and Andrea, Bottom Left: Jon and Georgia the dog on Halloween, Upper Right: Me at Laniki Beach, Middle Right: Me, Arron and Kelley riding dirt bikes, Bottom Right: Jon riding a dirt bike)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Head Shots and work

The guy who is hired by ABC to take the promotional pictures for Lost took my head shoots this morning...for free. Isn't God great! He used it as a training session for a friends son. We saw a few of the shots on his digital camera and they looked great. I will get the pictures on Thursday and I will post a few of my favorites.

I work on Thursday for Eve (Kate). I am never quite sure what I can say and what I can't say about what I am doing for stunts. I think I will hold off talking about this stunt because a closed mouth holds no foot, meaning I don't want to say something I shouldn't and lose my job.

This picture was taken on Saturday. We spent all day riding dirt bikes right on the beach. It was just beautiful. This was taken at the end of the day so we look a little tired.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pumpkin Lattes

Sometimes living in Hawaii I feel like I am living in another country. When I flew into Hololulu for work this week, I passed a Starbucks at the air port that was advertising pumpkin lattes. Let me tell you how much I LOVE pumpkin lattes. We didn't have time to stop so I figured I would just stop by one of the many stores in the city.

The first store we went to didn't have pumpkin lattes, neither did the third, forth or fifth store. I was noticing a patter so I asked the fifth store about it. Come to find out all the Starbucks here are franchise stores, except the stores in the air ports and at Barnes and Nobel.

My next mission was to find a Barnes and Nobel. At this point it was do or die. We were on a mission to find the drink. I began calling around to find the nearest B and N to see if they indeed had the pumpkin lattes. After many calls I finally found one store that had my pumpkin late, so we jumped in the car to get our lattes.

This makes me scared. Will Starbucks here have the ginger bread lattes for the winter time or will it be another hunt to get my favorite seasonal drink? I bring this up because these little things make me remember that I am not on the main land any more, but then I step outside in the 80 degree weather and say I can sacrifice my pumpkin lattes for the palm trees, at least for now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Staying Busy

Even though I have not been "working" this week I have been staying busy riding motorcycles and doing car stuff, getting ready for upcoming stunts. I just love my job.

Did you know you can now download Lost episodes on to your IPOD? It is true. For $2 you can purchase season two episodes and download the episode on to your IPOD and take it with you. The picture quality is just awesome. Technology is amazing. (You can also do this for Desperate Housewives!)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hawaiian Culture

Yesterday I got my Hawaiian driver's licenses. I was so nervous because I had to take the written test again and it had been a while since I had to take the written test. I think the hardest part was filling out the information for my license. For the first time I had say "brunette" not "blonde" on my description. It was very sad. I still miss my blonde hair :(

Today I went to a traditional Hawaiian funeral. I really felt like I was in another country. No one wore black, everyone wore aloha shirts (brightly colored flowered shirts) and it was outside under a tent. I didn't eat before I went because I know how much the Hawaiian's like their food. We sat next to the food so the whole time I was smelling the food just starving. I couldn't wait until we could eat. Once it was time to eat and they unveiled the food I thought I was going to cry. I didn't recognize any of it except the white rice. There was some purple stuff that looked like purple slime, trite stew (for those of you like me who don't know what trite is, it is intestines, ummm... intestine stew), poke (marinated raw fish), sushi (more raw fish), whole deep fried fish, whole fried tiny crabs that looked like fried spiders and on and on. Seriously, I was so hungry but yet I couldn't bring my self to eat it. So what did I do, I piged out on the desserts, all of which I recognized.

After I made my self sick on sugar, I sat and listened to luau style music. It was great. I kept thinking, tourists would pay big bucks to experience this real Hawaiian culture. The people were great and immediately made you feel like family. It was great fun but I now know that I should eat before I go to another traditional Hawaiian event.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

R & R

We flew back to Kona (the big island) last night because we don't work for the rest of the week. We are home for a much needed rest. My joints are hurting a little and my scraps and bruises need to heal.

Today we spent most of the day doing paper work that we have been neglecting for the past month. It is nice to have a few days off so we can catch up. It is much more fun doing stunts but I guess we need to do the other boring stuff too.

I am in the next episode of Lost but it doesn't look like they are going to air that next week because they are showing reruns of the first couple of shows. I think the new one, episode 6, will be on in 3 weeks. This is good for us that they are re-running some of the shows because that means we get paid again 100% when they re-run the show that we are in with in a year. Yeah! So you will have to wait to see the new episodes but they are worth waiting for.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Answered Prayers

As I mentioned, I went surfing for my first time on Friday. It was great fun. I didn’t fall once. At the end of the wave I would just sit down on the board and paddle back out. I tell you what, I have a lot more respect for surfers now. My arms were so tired.

I was sitting on the porch this morning looking at Sunset beach, just thinking how blessed I am to be living in Hawaii working on a great show, doing stunts for the two leading ladies. Here is a picture of a rainbow I saw while on set. It is just beautiful. Everyday I thank God for answering my prayers. I had a simple prayer a year ago, I don’t care where I moved to I just wanted palm trees. He defiantly answered my prayer.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

All Bloodied up

We have had such a busy week. It has been hard to find time to post to my blog. I am headed to work for some night shoots. Here are two pictures of Jon and I after we went through make up. It was fun to be all bloody.

Tomorrow Jon and I are not working and a stunt guy from California who was working on the show this week is going to teach me how to surf and help Jon become a better surfer. He has taught many celebrities how to surf (like Brittany Spears) so he knows his stuff. I will write more when I have some time. Until then, Cheers!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Beat Up

I had a long day of doing stunts, ie getting beat up, flung around, dirty, scrapped up and loving every minute of it. I had a bit of a scare today when I was doing a stunt and another guy rolled over my knee, praise God I am flexible other wise I would be hurt.

I work again tomorrow, Friday and next Monday. I am busy this episode. Doing stunts is fun but as I was being tossed around today I thought, "I wouldn't want to do this when I am 50" but for now, it rocks. I have some good pictures that I will post once this episode airs.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Lost last night

Sorry I didn't get a chance to write yesterday informing everyone that our first stunts aired last night on Lost. I don't think it looked as exciting on TV as they were in person but none the less it was fun to see ourselves falling through the air.

Jon was doubling Desmond when he tripped and fell down the hill when Jack was chasing him (at the very end of the show).And I was doubling Ana Lucia when she was thrown into the pit. We won't be on camera again until episode 6 (last night was episode 3). Thanks for those of you guys who watch the show. It is fun to have cheerleaders out there.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Jonny the surfer

I just couldn't resist putting up this picture. We were at Sunset beach watching the sunset and Jonny decided to "catch a few waves". Isn't he a cuttie!

Closing a door, but opening another

As of Friday, I am exclusively a stunt woman. I was holding on to my computer job I had when I lived in Seattle, but as time went on and I began to do more stunts it became hard to do both. It was a mutual decision to split ways last week. I will, however, still be a consultant to them for a while during the transition.

This is kind of scary, yet very exciting. I have never felt more alive than when I am dangling from the trees or falling down hills. Heck, I would do it even if they weren't paying me. When I was younger I always heard, find what you love to do and then do it as your career. There are a lot of uncertainties in the movie industry and like any other job there are the down sides, but I have to follow my passion and my heart right now. I am not sure if this is what I will do forever, but I am enjoying the ride right now.

I just want to look back and say "I followed my dreams and held nothing back." I don't know what God has in store for Jon and I but I feel like this is what we should be doing. Thanks for all you prayers and support. The adventure continues...

Friday, September 30, 2005

All dressed up

Sorry I haven't written for a few days. I haven't been by a computer because I spent the last few days dangling from the trees. Yes, I now get paid to climb around in the trees. Here is a picture of me in full costume and another picture of all the stunt people I worked with this week. (From Left to right: Mike Trisler (rigger for the day and Saywer's stunt double), Mike Vendrell (my dad and the stunt coordinators), Jon (rigger for the day, Desmond's stunt double and my husband), Me, Rand (Mike's stunt double), Dan Kim (Jin's stunt double), and Will (the new character's stunt double). I have more pictures of this week at work but I can't post them until after the show airs in one month from now because it may give some clues away. No, I am not that tan. They have to paint my skin to match the actress. I am also not that dirty, they spray brown stuff on me to make me look dirty. It is fun to get all dress up. I work again a few days next week. I have some fights, some falls and some water stuff coming up. I just can't belive they pay me to play.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Headed back to work

We fly out tomorrow morning to Ohau. We will be there all week. Tomorrow they are going to color my hair darker...again. Just when I get use to having dark hair they want to make it darker.

I have a rehearsal on Tuesday for my stunt that I will be doing on Wednesday. It is a super easy stunt. I will be helping carry something (sorry can't tell you what) up a hill... super easy. When they actually air the show you will totally be able to see me. It will be fun.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

How good was Lost!

I am sure you all watched the season 2 premiere of Lost last night :) Jon and I were not in that one, because we didn't get out to Hawaii in time, however, we were on set for the last scene in the hatch (yes, that means we knew what was in the hatch weeks ago). It is always funny when you are on the other side of the camera and then you watch how they edit the scene together. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Jack" (Matthew Fox) say "Where is Kate, where's Kate!"

If you liked the season premier just wait. I was reading one of the upcoming scripts and I began yelling out loud "No way, No way!" It just gets better. I think it would be hard if you didn't watch last season. Keep watching and I promise you will get sucked in.

Now I can say that Jon will be doubling the new character, Desmond, the guy in the hatch, in upcoming episodes. Jon is a great double for him. Jon is in next weeks episode, sort of. He works during some of the raft scenes (not for Desmond) but you can't see him...directly. We are both doing our first camera stunt in two weeks (episode 3).

You can read more about the season premier here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Another day at the beach

Part of my "homework" for my up coming stunts is to get some color on my skin. Since I have been here I have tried to sit in the shade to protect my skin, however, I have some water stunts coming up and the "paint" they use to color my skin doesn't stay on in the water.

I have been trying to go to the beach after work a few days a week to tan. I always go to my favorite beach which is about 10 minutes from my house. This is a picture of Jon at the beach. As you can tell from the pictures the beach is empty. It is like our private beach. It is always empty.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Lost Rocked at the Emmy's

As I am sure you all know by now, Lost did great at the Emmy's. We won best drama series and best director in a drama among many others. Jon and I couldn't have picked a better show to start our stunt careers. It doesn't get much better than being in the best show on TV.

I know you all have cleared your schedules this Wednesday night for the season 2 premier (or Tivo'ed it). Jon and I are not in the first episode but you will want to watch so you know what the heck is going on. Jon is kind of in episode 2 and we are both in episode 3, with our stunt debuts. Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Learning to Fight

Part of being a good stunt woman is learning to fight for the camera. I have a fight scene coming up and I just realized I hit like a girl (feminist don't get mad). I have been working on hitting like I know what the heck I am doing.

I went to a martial arts class last night and one this morning to help with my fighting technique. I am learning a ton. Watch out because I will be able to kick everyone's butt pretty soon.

I had not idea how hard it was to do a fight scene for the camera until I started to prepare for my fight. The cliche "the more you learn the more you realize you don't know" really applies to me right now. Stay tuned to Lost to see me in my up coming fight scene. I will be doing it two weeks which means you will be watching it in a few months. I will keep you update on when to watch. Pray I can learn to punch like a stud.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Embracing the Culture

Hawaii has a sort of hippy, laid back (some call it lazy) culture. They refer to this as the aloha spirit. I have been enjoying this "laid back" culture. After I finish work at about 2 pm each day, I enjoy the aloha spirit. I lay in the hammock, read a book, go to the beach, what ever I want. It is just a weird feeling, going from being busy for 14 hours a day to having some time to do what I want to do. Anyone who knows me, knows that since I was able to walk I have been on the go, now I just enjoy. I feel my self now looking for things to fill my time.

I think Jon and I will take salsa dance classes when he is in town. We joined the gym yesterday, however running out side is just breath taking so I will split my time between the gym (so I can do weights) and nature. For the first time yesterday I took a yoga class. I actually have time for fun stuff, it is just great. Lets see how long I can keep this up before I get board. :)

Friday, September 09, 2005

Jon finally posts!

After long awaited anticipation, Jon has finally posted to his blog. He is such a great writer so you don't want to miss his rendition of our adventure called Hawaii. Check it out, but prepare your self it is long.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The last few days

We are finally starting to make some head way on dealing with being robbed. As of yesterday, we now have access to money. Yah! It has taken this long to actually obtain access to our bank account. I can't believe it has taken so long but at least we now have it. I also received a letter saying that we should get our new Social Security cards in two weeks. Once, I have that I can get a drivers license/photo ID. In the mean time I just have to use my pass port in the wrong name and my marriage certificate.

Jon left on Monday to head back to work. He gets home today. He only had to work a few days this week, which is nice.

Yesterday, compliments of dad and Stephanie, I had my first facial. It rocked. I have never had a facial before, so this was such a treat.

We just bought the first season of Lost, which came out on DVD yesterday. I am excited to catch up on the show. I guess you could call it homework.

Friday, September 02, 2005

They forgot me?

Here are the two ladies I am doubling for in the up coming season of Lost. They called me for the photo shoot but I just couldn't make it so I told them to do it without me :) You can read more about season 2 in Entertainment Weekly.

Blogging from New Orleans?

According to Wired News (And Scoble) there is still an ISP working in New Orleans. "It's an advantage they (the ISP company, DirectNIC) are quick to put to use. DirectNIC's "crisis manager," Michael "Interdictor" Barnett, updates his Live Journal continually with on-the-street reports."

According to Wired News "It may be the only blog currently both written and hosted inside New Orleans, and it's receiving nearly 3,000 visitors an hour." Check it out.

Out of control

I just can't believe what is going on in New Orleans. It is crazy. I watch the news in awe and pray for those who are there. It really is showing the worst side of mankind.

I can't stop thinking about how the New Yorkers came together when 9/11 occurred. I can't understand why some of these people are shooting at helicopters that are trying to take sick children to hospitals and raping the woman. Pure evil.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Life without ID

It is amazing how dependent we are on our photo ID's. I guess you don't realize it until you don't have it any more. I do have a pass port however the pass port is in my maiden name which doesn't help me when I go to use my credit card (that just came in the mail) which is in my married name. The only thing the pass port is good for is getting a glass of wine when I go out to eat. It is frustrating not being able to just buy a coffee or a book oh yeah and drive. I am totally helpless without my photo ID. I can't even get a new Costco card without an ID.

I found out that I can send away for a duplicate license but it takes three weeks to get the ID. For the next three weeks I am S.O.L.

Just when I begin to feel sorry for myself and think of the headache of having everything stolen I turn the news on. Those poor people in the South East really have issues. My heart hurts for those suffering and my prayers go out to them.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Great Quote

My time in Hawaii has been very interesting. Right before I left I heard a great line from a country song (I have no idea what song) that I think says it all.

You want to make God laugh, tell him your plans

I agree! What a ride my first two weeks (feels like two years) has been. I can't wait to see what exciting adventures God has in store for me.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

My first Baby Luau

On Saturday we went to a baby luau. In the Hawaiian culture, when a baby turns one it is traditional for the family to have a luau from the baby. As you can imagine it was on the beach. I felt like I was in another country. It was really interesting. The Hawaiian culture is very unique. For example, when you meet someone you don't shake their hand you hug them. This took me a bit to get use to and to get use to hugging sweaty guys. The Hawaiian people are very nice and much like my experience with my Italian in laws they are a bit cautious at first but once you are in, you are family.

That morning, the men actually went spear fishing to gather meat for the party. They then cleaned the fish by scrapping the scales off and then deep fried the fish right there on the beach. It was absolutely fascinating and unlike anything I have ever seen. After lunch the men busted out their ukuleles and began singing on the beach. It was just like the movies. I wanted to jump up and begin Hula dancing but then remembered I didn't know how to hula dance.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Another Picture of my dark hair

On Tuesday they colored my hair two shades darker, this time it looks almost black. I figured I would upload another picture to share. I really don't like it but it is growing on me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

My first stunt

I did my first stunt on Monday. It couldn't have gone better. I had to fall 12 feet (I can't give more detail than that). I only had to do it once and at the end of the stunt everyone in the cast and crew applauded and the girl I was doubling gave me a high 5. It was the best feeling because I knew I nailed it. It felt like I was competing in gymnastics again but the judge was the director. I love the excitement. I just can't wait to do another. The funny part is I actually got paid for it!

I think the weirdest part was going through hair and make up. I got my skin pained darker, fake cuts and scraps drawn on my body, my hair spray painted black and dirt rubbed on me to make me look dirty. It felt a little like Halloween. I think at one time I had 7 hair and make up people who surrounded me to make sure I looked the part. I felt like a movie star. It was so strange. I am not sure when my next stunt will be but I just can't wait!

Sunday, August 21, 2005


While shooting on location Friday we had our car broken into and about $8000 of stuff stolen! Devastating. We had our car parked about 50 feet from a police officer but the dirty thieves broke our car window grabbed our stuff and split before the lazy cop finished his donut and looked up. Here is a short of list SOME of the stuff that was stolen: both Jon and my original birth certificates and our original SS cards (I had these in my purse because it was our fist day of work so the production company need it for their records), my purse and everything in it including, my drivers license, all of our credit cards, $300 in gift cards, cash, my Louie purse, digital camera, Jon's Oakley’s, my lap top (I am blogging from a friends computer), my IPOD, thousands of dollars of Jon's scuba stuff and the list goes on and on. I am dealing with getting over the material things but our birth certificates, SS cards and my license concerns me because of the risk of identity theft.

I think dad's homeowners insurance will cover the material possessions but we are still working out the details. Bummer....what a bummer. I am currently on a different island than where I live and I have to fly home, but wait how do I fly home without a photo ID? To get a new ID you need your birth certificate which I don't have or your driver’s license which I also don't have. I do have a passport but it has my maiden name on it, but that is on the other island. How do I get on the airplane without photo ID? I am still working on that one. As you see this has caused some logistical issues. (Praise God Jon didn't get his drivers license stolen)

The sad part is being robbed has taken away the spotlight from Jon doing his first stunt on Friday. He did such a great job! I am so proud of him. I am doing my first stunt tomorrow.

Our spirits are up and we are getting over the shock of what happened and now we are dealing with the red tap. It is very strange not having any identification or any money, not even $5. My dad has just been awesome through this whole thing and is taking care of our financial needs for the time being. I have ordered a new computer which should come on Tuesday, so I will be up and blogging again in no time. I will try and get a new digital camera soon so I can share pictures. Thanks for your prayers and Aloha from Hawaii!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

I'm a Burnette!!

Well, I got my hair done today as you can see. I think I like being a blonde better. I get kinda scared when I look in the mirror. I hope it grows on me because I am not a huge fan. I think it makes me look very pale. Oh well, that is show biz.