Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lisa's Musings: You Can't Always Get What You Want

My awesome age makeup in my most recent production.

"You can't always get what you want.
You can't always get what you want,
but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need"
-The Rolling Stones


I hate this song.



To me, it might as well say “You probably shouldn’t have lofty goals, the odds aren’t good.”
This is probably the most perfect song in the world for an actor/singer/dancer. I won’t always get what I want. Does anyone?

The world of Theatre is one of rejection. I know this all too well. I’m fully aware (and fully prepared) to live a life where I’m told no on a daily basis, and auditioning is the bulk of the work I do.

I want you all to know: I have lofty goals.  I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon.

I’ve chosen the life of a “working actor”, and it will take time and care for me to find my footing. This is totally normal.  As soon as I do get that role I wanted and get to do what I love, its all worth it. I love what I do, letting it break my heart 90% of the time is totally worth it. The things that are posted on a call list or cast list do not have any effect on who I am as a person or negate my talent and training level. 

I ask you, family and friends, to be patient with me and not to lose hope. I won’t always bring the bad news, no one wants to read a blog about the roles I didn’t get.  Even so, I have to be honest.  It won’t always be like this.



 In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to say how incredibly grateful and thankful I am for my family and friends who have supported me through my struggles the past 3 1/2 years.  It has been rough, but I know I'm here for a reason. I have had the privilege to recieve an eduacation in performing arts, and I have every intention of making the most of the knowlege I have and moving forward in the world, letting go of any roadblocks and struggles I had; they have only made me stronger.  This is a point where I can only look back on what I learned here, and make the best of what little time I have left. 

Exciting endeavors to come:


-United Professional Theatre Auditions in Memphis Tenn. (Feb 3rd!)
-Midwest Theatre Auditions (Feb 17th!)
-Running my first ½ marathon! (April 12!)

-Hopefully getting picked up for a second semester of my radio show!
 -My Senior Recital (date is TBA....)
-Sorority Woman of the Year (I’m nominated...The date is TBA!)
-Graduation (MAY 12th!)




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesdays with Meghan: Stuck in a Rut

Life....is beautiful. It's amazing how through the times when we feel we're at our lowest, God is teaching us things that will bring us to our highest. On September 29th, I had my tonsils removed. Seven days out of school, a struggle for myself, professionally. One Month, no exercise, totally taxing on my body, mentally and physiologically. Meghan is just all off...
I will tell you that even stuck in a rut, the blessings in my life are shinning bright. So many amazing friends have surfaced and been incredible rocks for me, I have a new roommate and I LOVE living with her.


God is good. Life is good. Only following HIS will for me will get me out of this rut.


Song for this time in my life. 
You know the summer time is gone now
All the leaves are on the ground
Everything is turning
Stuck in a rut

You know another year is over
Ad another candle is on the cake
I ain't getting any younger no, no, no
Stuck in a rut
And only you could get me out of this place

[Chorus]
Save me
Give me what I need
I know you can break these chains
And set me free
Save me
Give me what I need
I know you can break these chains
And set me free
Set me free

You know the wintertime is here now
And my poor heart is freezing up
Keep, keep the fire burning, baby
Stuck in a rut
And only you can melt the pain away

[Chorus]

Wishing you were here
'Cause I can't hold on calm me down when I lie awake
All night long

[Chorus]

You know the summer time is gone now
And my poor heart is freezing up

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesdays with Meghan: 8 Months in Review




Hello World, Meghan here: The worst of all Kranz sisters at blogging. Call it a lofty goal but I must hold my feet to the fire or I will continue to be the slacker in the crew. Every Tuesday I have dinner with my parents, giving Tuesdays the title "Tuesdays with Meghan". Catchy, corny, whatever, that is what you are getting....Each Tuesday after dinner with my parents I will write to the world, so grab your evening cup of Tea and each Tuesday get ready for "Tuesdays with Meghan". 
So this Tuesday I must catch myself up. 8 Months ago I wrote a post titled "My amazing Class", where as it did tell you lots about my class and their funny antics, it in no way informed you about Me. So I will not attempt to catch you up on 8 Months of my life.

March
Glenn (Left) Justin (Right) Drumm Run March 6, 2011
* I won 2nd Place overall for Women..ha..not sure there were any other women that day!
March was a fun month....ran a bunch of small races and had a spring break adventure to the beach with some girl friends!

April
Ran a half marathon (with Glenn from Picture above) PR time of 1:58:17. Amazing day. Enough said.
For Easter I visited Katie in Annapolis, have to get all the time we can in with Katie because we new she'd be leaving for Afghanistan sometime in the summer.

May
I did not do a whole lot in May other than run. I was training for the San Diego marathon at the beginning of June. Glenn (from the picture above) slowly moved his way into my life during April/May...he's still around. ;)
Being a runner himself, he understood the time and effort it took to train for a marathon. He was there for me every weekend, riding a bike with a back pack of waters. A.MAZ.ING. I knew he was a keeper then! :) 

June
San Diego Marathon! Amazing Race. I went out there with my friend Melissa, who ran the race too. After minor run ins with the Medics at the race, it was a wonderful race and experience. Great weekend, great 2nd Marathon. Ready for my next one.



One of the sweet Kiddos affected by the tornado!

Corrin Loved staying with the Sherrif!
In June, I also spent time down in Joplin helping with the cleanup down there. That tornado hit real close to home. Joplin is right outside of the town where I went to college, so I have lots of memories and friends down in Joplin. One of my dear friends works for the County Sherrifs Dept down in Joplin. He let us stay with him during our days of service. I went down with Glenn, Justin, Corrin, Molly, and Kara. We went down two separate times. Once we helped with clean up in homes and the 2nd time they needed teachers to help with free daycare that the YMCA had available to families in need. 

July
Vacation time!I went to Hilton Head with the family and a float trip with Glenn and his friends! 
Rough life in Hilton Head!






At the end of the Month (on my birthday actually) Kara, Eileen, Corrin, and I ran the warrior dash. Jumping over fire, crawling through mud, over ropes, and up hills...we were definitely warriors by the end!


Non Warriors
Warriors!
August
Sisters Road Trip! Eileen had been in Hilton Head, then drove to Kansas and was with us there all of July! She had to drive back to Boston at some point and so after a trip to Costco and Trader Joes we were ready for a sisters road trip with stops in Saint Louis and New Jersey. 
Katie was preparing to go overseas in New Jersey. This was our favorite pit stop on our trip! It was wonderful to see Katie and give her one last send off (She did not actually leave for another month though).

August/September/October
Lumping all of these into one because it all runs together in my brain. School has started. Full force, with a new group of kiddos! Loved my kiddos last year, but I know that God has placed this new group in my life for a reason! I love them already and know we're going to do great things together!
I love this time of year. I'm usually training for some sort of race...this year I am not. Last week I had my tonsils removed which is going to keep me from running for the next month. So I am on a break from running. I miss it and you can be sure i'll be back at it in November. :) 
In September I moved to a new house. I loved my old home and roommate but the house was tiny!Molly and I both needed more space. Miss her dearly. 
My new home is lovely and only like a mile from my old place...so life has not changed too much! 

Molly, Kara, and I on a summer night out!

Glenn's Birthday!

Sisters golfing!

My Birthday!

 Here are other random pictures since March. 











Love My life and all those who bless it daily!

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Manhattan Update--BONUS: Craft project!

Happy New School Year! Buckle up, Lalli is a senior.


First off, I had a great summer, really absorbing and appreciating everything I love about Manhattan, KS. Like sunflowers!




So here's a list. Things I've done recently.


1.) Sorority Recruitment
Its hilarious to me that I've been in a sorority for three years. This was my last year of recruitment (or Rush), and I'm going to be sad to say goodbye in May.






Its an exciting week for us, spending 12 hour days working and spending time with the other girls in the house.  Our hard work paid off, and we had our best recruitment in 4 years!  Sometimes we just need a little stress releif. We're really pretty.




2.)Moved for the 3rd and LAST TIME (in Manhattan, anyway)
I moved three times this summer. I've decided that rather than hating moving with every fiber of my being, I'm going to love moving. I love it. So much. This is my roommate Jenny. We love to move.


See? We LOVE TO MOVE!!! Also, cardboard boxes are endlessly fun and distracting when you have things to do. 

This is our new apartment. I live with 3 girls, Jenny, Grace, and Sara. See as Jenny Dramatically poses in the living room. 


I did a craft project to christen this new aparment.  We have an obnoxiously ugly cinderblock wall  in the living room. To remedy this, I bought a piece of luan plywood, painted it with "chalkboard" spraypaint, and voila! Chalkboard in the living room. 

 It's like magic.  However, there was a dispute amongst my roommates that I should clear up here. CHALKBOARD SPRAY PAINT does not change the molecular structure of the surface you paint. Its still plywood, so don't get mad when you can't get chalk out of the woodgrain.


I wasn't satisfied with just ONE chalkboard in my livingroom though. So I made a chalkboard coffee table out of an old piece of glass someone had. It makes a perfectly chalkboardy surface. We're working on getting more crates underneath for storagey purposes.

Well Friends and Fam, that about wraps it up. Those are the little details of my life that I am relishing in right now.  I'll keep you updated as I head to auditions and interviews this year, and as my post-grad plans come into focus (what a terrifying and exciting thought!)

~L

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Smattering of Topics...

Eileen here.

I have a couple points of interest to discuss:

1) New format for blogging.
2) The latest addition to our family.
3) An outline of posts-waiting-in-the-wings.


1) First things first. I had this idea for blogging that I saw on a couple other blogs with multiple authors. Not that it's SO hard to alert the world (that is, our 10's of millions of readers....is there anyone here?) of who the "speaker" is, I thought it would be fun to at least TRY to color code the author. So, from now on the color/writer assignments are as follows:

Katie
Eileen
Meghan
Lisa


If anyone has an issue with their color we can make adjustments, just say!  Also, I goofed around with the template/layout... change it back or to something else if you hate it!

2) Matt and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary yesterday- I can't believe 2 years have gone by already! Anyways, to celebrate we pulled out all the stops cooking up a delicious meal, complete with tenderloin steaks, a yummy sauce that Matt whipped up, and red bell peppers stuffed with quinoa and red-wine portabellas all paired with Heston Vineyard's 2005 Cabernet.  For dessert I baked bacon-bourbon brownies to go with Artiste's Le Bec Sucre. Yes you heard that correctly. Bacon. Bourbon. Brownies. How bad can that be?  

The brownies were too delicious to capture photographically

Anyways, the point of item 2 was not about our anniversary, but about the gift we received from our neighbors. Those of you who know about our neighbors know that "neighbor" is code for "construction crew." They are actually quite nice, though loud during the day.  It seems to be a kind of DIY operation going on over there, and the owner of the property recently made a hefty purchase, which is what I mean when I refer to the "latest addition to our family"........

.........Introducing, our new puppy! 

His name: Stanley the Excavator



3) We are  behind on the blogs.  A mental list I have going of things we need to post about are:
       a) Hilton Head!
       b) Me and Meghan's Road Trip/Visiting Katie
       c) Lisa moving, starting her senior year!
       d) What am I forgetting?

That's it, I'm out. Stanley says hi! 

      


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Edge of Glory: Napa Valley Style

Eileen here.

As you all probably by now know, our fearless leader Katie will soon be departing this fair country to defend our freedom in Afghanistan. In the spirit of true patriotism, Katie and I spent 4 days in Napa, California indulging ourselves in fine food, fine wine and of course the spa as a last hurrah before she leaves for a whole year!



Pictoral highlights:

Day 1 (Tuesday): Pedicures! Complete with a crisp chardonnay and cheese platter that included lavender infused honey (because everything is apparently more delicious infused with lavender). Katie selected a classic red color, while I got peer-pressured into the brightest neon pink we have ever seen!
I was henceforth referred to as Her Royal Highness Napa Valley Barbie



Day 1 (Evening): Morimoto's tasting menu. The food was incredible, the wine was even better....trust me, when you throw the money at the Omikase menu, the sommalier pays at smidge more attention to your particular pairings....

Morimoto's minced toro platter. Eat it with the metal spatula, eat it with chopsticks. Incredible either way.

Something fishy delicious carpaccio.

garlicky anchovy vegetable dip situation.


watermelon wasabi sorbet. You cannot eat this with chopsticks. We will not tell you how we know this.

foie gras infused custard with duck breast. Chef Morimoto suggests you enjoy each bit with a dab of wasabi to round out the taste. Indeed Chef, indeed.

Pork belly, blue wagyu medallions, lobster claw with meyer lemon infused creme fraiche. Done, done and done.

Something chocolate for dessert. Like we needed it.


Day 2: Early workout to offset the previous evening's indulgence, breakfast in the Concierge lounge followed by a trip to the spa for a relaxing round of body scrubs (there was a point where we were smothered in honey and grapeseeds and wrapped in cellophane.....it was awesome) and facials. Once we were relaxed and rejuvenated, we spent the afternoon poolside with snacks, wine, and a couple of good books


(Katie's reading about politics, I read social sciencey books, are we surprised?). That evening we had appetizers and Pinot Noir in the lounge, went back to the room to watch a movie. I think that our goal to Go and Be and Stay was a success....we didn't leave the resort all day!

Day 3: (Thursday): After 2 days of spa relaxation, we finally emerged from our hideout to experience the other offerings of the Napa Valley. Matt came to meet us...he was NOT invited for the first portion of this trip. After a swing by our favorite haunts (Conn Creek and Mumm), we had the pleasure of experiencing the St. Helena bocce league night that our friend Paul is a part of.




Thursday evening we went to Ana's in St. Helena which is locally famous for its Thursday night Karaoke. We were all set to rock out to Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory, but of course the DJ doesn't have it yet, so we had to fall back on some old favorites (e.g. Total Eclipse of the Heart; Heartbreaker, Holding out for Hero), and my favorite homage to the Navy's most fabulous officer "Take My Breath Away" (I'm talking about Katie here, not Tom Cruise)

Day 4: To continue our theme of excess and indulgence, Katie, Paul Matt and I went to The Kitchen Door for brunch, and gorged ourselves on fancy flat bread, Kobe Burgers, Bread Pudding etc... no pictures to prove it but the meal was delicious! After a quick swing by Stag's Leap for a tour/tasting (thanks as usual to Paul's connections!), Matt and I had to leave paradise for a dinner with his parents before hopping on a red-eye back to Boston. We left Katie behind to do further damage around Saint Helena and San Francisco with Paul.



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A lovely Small Town 4th of July!

Hello Friends! Happy Two days after independence day!

This was possibly the most picturesque 4th of July I could possibly imagine. My friend Whitney and I headed to the little Kansas town of Wamego, about 30 minutes east of Manhattan. Wamego claims itself as the Kansas Town that Miss Dorothy Gail, from the "Wizard of Oz" Hails from. There is even a winery with "Witch in a Ditch" red wine! Naturally, before hitting up the big carnival and parade, We stopped in for some free air conditioning at the "Oz Museum".

Museum Hopping. Wamego offers many museums full of things that are very very old, Scary mannequins that look like J.Crew Models, and extensive miniature farms (complete with raisin poop!). Also a giant stuffed buffalo. Welcome to Kansas!



How Funny! It was really hard to me to obey the "Do Not Touch" sign.


We got homemade ice cream and brownies....



Obviously, it was very, very gross.


Tilt-a-Whirl, new friends, old friends, small town patriotism. I conclude that this 4th of July was, for me, just like a Hayley Mills movie.



PS. 4 days until HILTON HEAD!!!!! This is how excited I am.

Love you all!

Lisa

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Crash Course in Social Loafing

Disclaimer: This post is intended to be humorous and entertaining. No offense was intended to any of the mentioned parties.


As the resident Ph.D in the group, I feel it is my obligation to educate you all on the pitfalls of what we in the world of Social Psychology refer to as "social loafing" and "diffusion of responsibility"

By definition, according to Wikipedia, (because I'm too lazy to look up a more legitimate source... like the Intro Psych book that's 10 feet away from me. Don't judge, I just ran 13 miles.), social loafing is a phenomenon that occurs when people exert less effort when working in groups than when they work alone. As the number of people in a group increases, people begin to experience what we call "deindividuation," in other words, their role as individual doesn't seem to matter as much, and therefore they will do less work toward the desired goal of the group. Individuals start to feel as though they have less responsibility towards that goal, and will assume that someone else in the group will take responsibility for the necessary actions.*

Say, for example, you're cooking (on the stove). You have 4 helpers who are all eager to assist you, but also busy with other tasks, and are also well aware that they are a single member of your "helper team". You request (to no one in particular) that someone clarify a pound of butter (because what's better than more butter?). Several minutes later you notice that there is no butter on the stove and your recipe is now ruined. What happened? What most likely happened is that everyone in the room assumed that someone else was taking care of your request, with the end result being that the task was never completed. This phenomenon is the reason why when you get CPR certified, you learn that you must always point to a specific person and ask that THEY call 911. This is also, tragically, the reason we had to learn, as a society, the hard lessons from the case of Kitty Genovese.


On a less sobering note, you may be wondering why I am giving you this crash course in social psych? While I'm fairly certain that Meghan's 3rd graders truly are amazing, I highly doubt that that is the most interesting thing going on in the lives of the 4 Kranz Sisters in the last 3 months.

For example:
1) I know for a FACT that Meghan ran the San Diego Marathon last weekend.
2) I also know that Lisa has written music, recorded a video and posted it on YouTube
3) I ALSO know that I graduated from grad school for the 9th time and have pictures to prove it.
4) I was also recently informed that Katie has been given orders on her next big international adventure.

These are just a few tiny morsels of knowledge that I possess about our ever exciting lives. So why has no one blogged? Some might say that we, as a group, are engaging in the aforementioned social loafing, and are experiencing diffusion of responsibility. The only alternative explanations are that a) we are boring. b) we are lazy. c) we are too stupid to type words.

So, the question I pose to you all now (in the words of Mom): Are we stupid, or lazy?

Or, in the words of A.A. Milne "get out of my chair, dillhole"

*To any of you readers out there who have more expertise than I in this area (I'm looking at all of you Brandeis-ers in particular), don't judge me if my descriptions are not comprehensive, see my comment about the running. and the 13 miles.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My amazing class!

Just a quick post from me, Miss Kranz.

Ah! It's state assessment time! I love this time though because I really get to see all my students push themselves and they grow a ton! It's incredible to see! Our theme for state assessments each year is "Rock the Test". We set goals for ourselves, wrote them on paper guitars, and hung them around the classroom! They loved this!

After state assessments each day, I allow my kids to have free time. They need the break. We were jamming out to some tunes, some kids were dancing, and I took this video! Oh the joy that I find each day in my classroom!

video
Love my kids!


"I promise you every day your children will learn something. Some days they'll bring it home in their hands. Some days they'll bring it home in their heads. And some days they'll bring it home in their hearts."

--Valerie Welk

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

So much happiness!!!

This will be an incomplete story.  It was just so wonderful, my brain couldn't contain all the Happy Birthday memories.....

My friday, February 4th started out innocently as ever.  My 9 am class was cancelled.  I was thrilled,  I had opened my first K-State mainstage show the night before, naturally I was exhausted.  In no rush to clean (because my parents weren't coming up until Saturday, my birthday) So I bummed around my dirty house, took Amadeus for a walk, went to my favorite coffee shop for a cup of coffee and reading.  Nice, relaxing morning before my afternoon classes and my show that evening.

I got an unusual text message from my father at 2:00, while sitting in Theatre history.
  "hi lia. on our way." Oh Dad texting.  He must be confused on his new smartphone.
"On your way WHERE?!" I was panicked....  My house was a mess, I had class until 4:30, so no time to go home and clean up before they arrived.

Oddly enough, my Roommate, Lauren, didn't seem panicked about this at all.  (out of her personality. Typically she would be panicked and upset that I was SO disorganized not to know when my parents were coming....) Turns out...she was in cahoots with Meghan and had known for a month that this was happening. I'm now afraid of how good a liar my roommate is.

Somehow, I got the house cleaned and I got showered by 5:00.  Mom and Dad came over, always glad to see them, and after about 15 minutes, In walked Eileen and Matt......!? Of course, Meghan had a video camera and was recording my reaction to this.  Katie is a terrible liar and tried to convince me (via text) that she had no idea any of this was going on, but when I walked out after the show, there she was in Nichols Theatre Lobby. Oh Katie.

The next day was a typical Kranz vacation day.  By typical I mean we went on a dramatically long walk up until we had an hour before we needed to be somewhere. Dinner at Olive Garden was lovely.  Wine and a martini later, The sisters left my phone number for the waiter (we later established that only works ONCE in your life), and after the show headed out to Aggieville, the notorious K-State Bar district.  All of my friends loved my sisters ("4 Lisas?!")("Now I understand how Lisa happened....")

This is the point where I don't know what happened anymore.  Another sister must pick up the story from here.  Its probably funnier from their perspective....

Also,  I'll point out that there are no photos from this because "new" facebook has blocked people form lifting photos from the site. Blame facebook for the lack of photography. Another sister took pictures, I'm sure of it. 

Love,
Lisa

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Joe Kranz is......

The most interesting man in the world....

When Uncle Joe helps to bring a hospital ship to an impoverished and victimized island nation, hurricanes change course and lose their strength.

Champagne ages 20 years instantly when he walks into a room.

Clams and quahogs climb out of Wickford cove whenever Uncle Joe throws a clambake at FishCamp just so they can attend the party.

UNCLE JOE is.....the most interesting man in the world.