On Monday I became an aunt for the fifth time! Baby Abigail Rose (Abi-do) came into this world a perfect little girl with a head full of dark hair and surrounded by lots of love. Rachel was scheduled to go into labor that morning, but Abigail decided that she’d come to the party a few hours early. At about 1 or 2 a.m. Sunday night, Rachel & David went to the hospital due to her contractions being so close together. When James and I arrived the next day around 10 a.m., Rachel was already in the late stages of labor. Rachel gets some major props – because at some point her epidural stopped working, and she pushed through like a champ for several hours. My mom and her husband David John were by her side the whole time… and when they came back out to the waiting room after it was finished, you could tell that it had been a rough ride there for a while. I am so happy that everything ended up being ok in the end, and that they now have a healthy baby to bring home.  I can’t wait to see who she becomes. The evening of the birth James, my sister Christy and I all sat on the beach and watched a magnificent sunset. We each took turns predicting what Abigail would do during her lifetime, then we texted them to Rachel & David at the hospital. A damn good memory for the books.

I died my hair pink! It’s only semi-permanent, so it will wash out in the next few weeks. This was my first ever experiment with Manic Panic, and it was super easy. I already had big chunks of blond in my hair leftover from my last professional color & cut with Shelby (in freakin’ April!!!). Luckily he positioned them in a way that you can’t really tell I am 3 months behind getting my hair done. 🙂 He knows me well. Anyway, the pink only really showed up on my blond pieces. The brown parts of my hair didn’t absorb much color at all. The end result was pretty awesome & fun. Maybe one day I will have enough guts to try out a blue or lavender shade!

I’m ready to confess – I’ve been working at a cemetery for the past few months. Not just any cemetery though… Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta (which is also a city park)! I am filling in as a marketing/communications manager and special events support person until the role is filled permanently. That might be me, or it could be someone else. Either way, I’ve found a great home here working with some fun people & collaborating on unique projects/events. It’s been around since 1850 and several high-profile people are buried there (like Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind and Bobby Jones, founder of the Masters Tournament). It suits me well… I crave working for a cause and a place with so much personality. They also embrace me, with my new nose piercing and temporary pink hair. 🙂 They like my ideas, enthusiasm and spirit (no pun intended). It’s an awesome place to be.

TWO BIG THINGS: We are launching our crowdfunding campaign next week for Little Cabbage!! It is finally ready to present – and I am absolutely dying to get it out there. We will be trying to raise quite a bit of money this time around – our goal is $10,000. Yes, I am having a heart attack. Those who know me well know that this is where the fear of failure lurks in the back of my mind. But I also feel strangely confident – I hope people want to see more work from me, and James as well. We’ve already raised $8,000 (for a total budget needed of $18,000) through our own personal investment, and two private investors. If you are interested in being a larger donor please contact me either through the form on this blog or on Facebook. This will be a fun & worthwhile journey, but we need supporters to make it happen. As many of you know, Little Cabbage is a prologue to a feature called Electric Bleau that I wrote this summer, which we hope to make sometime next year. Little Cabbage is its own stand-alone story though and the best short script I’ve ever written, in my opinion. It’s an important piece to my career puzzle. More soon – and if you haven’t already, please like our Four x Productions page on Facebook where we will be sharing lots of things next week!

Lastly – I will be going for Project Greenlight at the end of the month. They haven’t revealed all of the details yet, but seems like you submit a 3 minute short film (Bubble!) and then a voting system happens on social media. I have a small shot, but a shot none-the-less… so I am going for it! Project Greenlight is Executive Produced by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon (and a host of others that you can read about here). Here is a quick description of what the competition is, which will air on HBO:

Project Greenlight is a documentary series on HBO – executive-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — that takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. The show begins with a digital competition, and will follow the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Equipped with a Hollywood-vetted script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledging director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, surviving on-set politics and leading a veteran cast and crew, while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.

So, please bear with me for the month of July & August as I go for these very important things in my life. I could really use your support & good vibes, and if I can ever return the favor just let me know. Here we go!

Pink hair. :)

Pink hair. 🙂

A new family.

A new family.

Sunset on Jacksonville Beach.

Sunset on Jacksonville Beach.

James & I had a cold - extra cautious around baby Abi-do.

James & I had a cold – extra cautious around baby Abi-do.

Miss Abigail Rose.

Miss Abigail Rose.

Happy birthday Robbie!!

Happy birthday Robbie!!

Jason Dominy knows how to cook some butt.

Jason Dominy knows how to cook some butt.

Sisters!

Sisters!

My mom & Owen.

My mom & Owen.

Owen loves James.

Owen loves James.

Evening on the beach with James & Christy.

Evening on the beach with James & Christy.

Home-bound on the bus!

Home-bound on the bus!

Happy!

Happy!

Battle of the beach bodies.

Battle of the beach bodies.

o'Fella!

o’Fella!

James by the sea.

James by the sea.