In the category of "Mommy Blogs": a chronicle of my life in Chicago and wherever it takes me. Stories from my past.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Las Vegas or Bust!

Two years ago this coming July, things were going pretty well. Will and I had both joined Actors Equity, the theater actors' union, we were both making our livings only from theater, we had lots of time to spend with each other, we just got sweet little dog and named her Ollie, and best of all, I found out I was pregnant. But when you're an actor, and you find out you're pregnant, you also learn that you won't be working in theater again for at least another year. And when you're an actor and you learn that you're going to be a new dad, you start to worry about where the next job is going to come from. Some of the best jobs in Chicago only last 2 and a half months, and that doesn't speak much for job security.

So we found side jobs here and there to help make ends meet, to help prepare for this wonder we now know as "Crazy Maya". We moved into a bigger apartment. Will was able to keep acting while doing some accounting work on the side. We worked it out. We could do this as actors. We could do anything.

Then the most amazing thing happened. Maya was born, and the world rocked a little for us. When I held this 8 pound, 4 ounce little girl on my chest for the first time, I felt the weight of the future. It was decided, then, for us that our lives would forever change.

Will and I are giving up the theatre life for awhile to pursue something that we know will help Maya have a better life in the future. As I've reported here before, we've been accepted into Teach for America , and we've been assigned to the Las Vegas Valley. Will will become a special education teacher this year, and I will join the program next year so that Maya doesn't have to experience the electric shock of having both parents absent during the 5 week training period at the same time, which I hear can go from 6:00a.m. to 12:00a.m. 5 days a week. This is a wonderful program that does everything in its power to help the disadvantaged kids do just as well as their counterparts in the "good" schools. I know we're going to miss our friends, our lives here, and our careers. But to our friends and our careers, we're just saying "Bye for now". To Chicago, we're kind of saying, "So long, sucka!" (We've never really loved Chicago.)

We leave in mid-May for a detour in Montana (MY FAVORITE STATE - DID YOU KNOW???) so that Will can work a month for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and Maya and I can backpack around the trails and waterfalls. Then it's off to L.A. for 5 weeks of training for Will and lots of thumb twiddling time for me and Maya. (sensing a pattern here?) Then off to Vegas for good in August, just in time to experience the 104 degree average high of August.

I'm not sure what my computer access will be like during this transition, but I will try to keep in touch as much as possible. I'm afraid my picture downloading capabilities will take a big hit.

So that's our story and we're sticking to it. If you've made it this far into this post, all I can say is, "Wow - You like me! You really like me!"

Sorry to ramble on so.

Las Vegas or Bust!


At 5:43 AM, Anonymous kalki said...

Wishing all the best for you and your family!

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous mrtl said...

So many adventures! Maybe we were separated at birth. I love Montana, too, but the west end only, the east side is too flat. I'd love to end up there someday.

I absolutely loved teaching and I hope you and Will do, too. (It was the paperwork and other crap that made me leave.) Teach for America sounds like an awesome program.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Amanda B. said...

This sounds like such a wonderful adventure. We'll be here whenever you get a chance to post, but above all, have fun!

Good Luck!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Mamaramma said...

kalki - thanks a bunch!

mrtl - I'm with you on the West half is the Best half of Montana. The east has a barren beauty, but there's only so much barren I can take.

amanda b - Fun is definitely in order. It's gotta be more fun than packing ALL THESE BOXES anyway! Dance hard!

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Awesome. Sin City. The Strip! Actually, Vegas is a pretty neat place. The only thing that takes getting used to is the slot machines in the grocery store... There are NO GUMBALL MACHINES in the whole frickin' store!! It's sacrilege, that's what it is. I was shocked, I tell you.

Seriously, you walk into the grocery store at 9 am and you have to walk right past this bleary-eyed, chain-smoking, slightly tipsy, polyester clad retiree mindlessly dropping her quarters into the slots. It's freaky. And your kids can't buy gumballs (or instant tattoos or sticky hands!), which as I mentioned before, is evil and wrong. 'Cuz they good, yo?

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Greenthumb said...

Just be sure to ring my bell every now and then. I'll sure miss you though until you're up and running.

Of course, I wish all 4 of you the very best and will think of you often. Safe travels.

See...I really do like you. :D

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Oh, mamaramma, I like you so much. You and Will are heading into an exciting, anxiety-producing, wonderful, stressful time. Hold very tightly to each other. Post when you can, and remember, email is a wonderful thing. If you're ever in these parts, I insist on meeting you and kissing Maya's cheeks. I don't know how long people tend to hang out in blogworld, don't know how long I will, but I know I'll never forget you. This isn't goodbye, even though it sounds like it is. I suck at goodbyes. Don't do them unless I'm forced to.

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Mamaramma said...

cat - I've heard such tales of these slot machine vampires. I'm excited about becoming one! (kidding!)

greenie - you do like me! Oh, I'll be ringing your bell, alright. I'll ding your dong so much you'll wish you hadn't said that (mamaramma formally apologizes for the crudeness of that comment!)

susie - Silly rabbit - no goodbyes for now. I don't leave for another week and a half, and even then, I'm still going to try to catch up on your blogs, if not half heartedly post on my own. We'll see what the Montana State Universty library computer room can do for ME! I'm hooked on you guys now - do you hear me - HOOKED! Like an addict! I'm gonna need my fix!

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I'm jealous for the second time today. I'm excited for you about your adventure; I've had similar adventures, and I know how life-changing they can be.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Annejelynn said...

wow! so you're coming to Vegas? Well man! if you need some help, PUHLEEZE (no joke here), let me know! After reading this post, we have a shared affinity for theater - well, more so w/ my beau than w/ me exactly. My honey-man went to Cal Arts and was a theater performer for years - Shakespeare, baby! He currently teaches in the film dept. here as a part-time adjunct prof...he has a 6 yr old, and as with you - the baby came and the lifestyle changed for he and his then wife at the time. She still performs occasionally. And my honey directs theater...k, I'm rambling. Point is, yer great! and if ya need anything, you can include me in your list of viable resources.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Annejelynn said...

oh, and I lived in Billings, MT for 2 yrs.

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