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.

Jon's First Stunt

Jon will be doing his first stunt on Friday. He will be doubling a new character this season. He will be running down a hill, tripping and falling. It is a very good first stunt. Jon has been so busy doing night shoots (5pm - 5am) this week so as you may have noticed he hasn't posted to his blog, so I thought I would share what he is up to. I know he will do great.

I fly out to Honolulu today for my hair appointment at 2:30 Hawaii time. I will post pictures tonight or tomorrow morning of my new hair color. Kind of scary...

Monday, August 15, 2005

Doubling Another

I am now going to be doubling another girl on the show. She is new this season. I wasn't sure I could share who it was but I guess the media and such already know. I will be doubling for Michelle Rodriguez. My first stunt should be next week sometime.

Jon and Dad are headed out tomorrow morning to go back to Honolulu to work. They will be gone all next week. I may be flying out to color my hair but I am not sure yet.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Another Day in Paradise

I am sitting at the Sheraton at Waikiki putting in a few hours of work. This is a picture of what I am looking at. I love technology. I can take a picture and share it with everyone so easily.

We spent the whole day on set yesterday. I finally go to meet Eve. She was very nice and everyone told me what a great double I am for her. I am going to have to color my hair very dark brown. Not sure when this will happen but in the next week or so.

Jon is doing great! He is such a natural at this stuff. It makes me happy to see the glow on his face when he is "working". Yesterday was his first time ever being on a movie set.

Thank you all for the comments on the blog. I just love reading them!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Snorkeling with Turtles

Today Jon and I went snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach in Kona. This is one of the best places to snorkel in the world. It was amazing. It took me a little bit to get the courage to get in the water and go snorkeling due to my fear of sharks but after a little bit I was having such a great time. I made Jon hold my hand and that helped me not be scared. We saw so many beautiful fish, some were very large. We also saw two giant sea turtles. They were so cool! They were just chillin' out eating some food. They are the wise owls of the ocean.

The water was soooo warm. Almost too warm. I think it is like 80 degrees. It was warmer that Antie Cheri's pool. I didn't want to get out. Tonight we fly to Honolulu because we have to be on the set at 6:30 am. Exciting!


Yesterday afternoon we went to a spot where the Hawaiian royalty would go. I am standing on an old lava flow. It was so beautiful.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Aloha From Hawaii!!

Greetings from the Aloha State. Jon and I arrived safely yesterday afternoon. Stephanie (my step-mom) gave us a tour of our new town. Kona is so cute. We live up on a hill over looking the water. We have our own little apartment that is so great. It is nice to have our own space. The apartment isn't much smaller than the cottage we lived in on Bainbridge. The weather here rocks. My skin feels so nice but my hair does not like to stay straight which I guess is good since the girl I will be doubling has wavy hair like mine. I will have to say good bye to my straightening iron for the time being.

Wednesday night we are flying to Honolulu. Thursday morning we will be going to the set for the first time to meet everyone. I will be going to the hair department to find out if I need to cut and dye my hair dark brown. I won't mind if I have to, it would be kind of fun to see myself with brown hair. Dad says I will be a great double for Eva. I guess I will find out when I meet her on Thursday.

Thanks for all your continued prayers.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Last post from Washington

Well, today is my last day in the office. On Tuesday I will be working from Kona, Hawaii. I was up very late last night finishing packing and cleaning. Today is our last day in the cottage so I have to have everything out tonight.

Yesterday Jon headed to Las Vegas for his buddies bachelor party and his last horrah with his friends before living 6,000 miles away from them. He wanted to go so bad and I am very happy he was able to go. However, I am left to finish the move by myself, well and the kitties are a big help too.

This weekend I am headed to my mom's house to say goodbye to a lot of my family who will be there working on the addition to her house. On Sunday Riley and Mary are having a little going away party for us at there place, then on Monday we fly off. I am getting very excited and anxious to just get there. I am tired of eatting with plastic silverware, on paper plates, and sleeping on the floor. Stay tuned, next post with be from Hawaii!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Less than a week and counting...

Jon and I are about to embark on an adventure and a business risk. In my opinion, you have to risk to have reward. However, with a risk there is always a chance things will not end up as you anticipate. In this case, the worse thing that can happen is we had a nice vacation in Hawaii. Not too bad.

I think I get board with monitany and I like to try new things ie take risks. In business school, they encourage risk. Why then do businesses and most people "spend their time and energy looking for security and stability? This is nonsense," according to Seth Godin, who always offers great insite. As usual, he is right on target. Hmmm... lets see, moving to Hawaii to be stunt people, I call that thinking out side the box and leaving security and stability behind. Look I am using my business degree. I knew I spent all that money on something.