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Binge Watch/Mindfully Munch: Transparent

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As a former Binge Eater, Binge Watching TV has been a terrific way to scratch my addictive itch. I’ve already blogged about Breaking Bad and The Sopranos in the past, now I’ll be sharing some more recent shows I’ve been hooked on, and the snacks you’ll want to have on hand.

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Transparent is an Amazon Prime series created and directed by Jill Solloway.  You may remember I freaked out over her film Afternoon Delight, and I’m pretty bonkers about this show, too.

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Transparent takes place in Los Angeles, and I’m always tickled whenever they mention dishes from places I’m familiar with – Mozza’s Butterscotch Budino, a chopped wedge salad from The Warehouse, Zankou Chicken’s Garlic Sauce…

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…and look – they’re eating melon!

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P.S. – Have plenty of cereal and mustard on hand.

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What’s New Pussycat

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Did y’all catch my twinsie Emily on How I Met Your Mother last night???

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Couldn’t watch it live; started acting classes again on Monday nights. Thank goodness for a shipment of Clif Mojo Bars, which seem to be the only things I wanna eat during those 4 hours.

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One good thing about yesterday’s earthquake is that it forced me to move the giant mirror over our dresser to another room. I like having new walls to look at!

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Replacing the black frame (above) that used to be on the other side of our bedroom is one of Abe’s birthday gifts – I framed his muppet photo – and also made business cards/journal out of it via Minted.

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Speaking of The Muppets, we’ve been reading the Jim Henson bio out loud to one another – it’s fun hearing about his early work, then immediately watching it online…

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…for example, did you know that Cookie Monster was originally the Munchos Monster?

Other things we’ve been watching – well, pretty much only one thing – the French series “The Returned,” now on Netflix Instant. Talk about bingeing.

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What’s New Pussycat

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Things have been busy again. I want my fellow actors – those of you who are cuckoo with auditions and those of you are like “What’s a pilot season?” – to know that you’re not alone. I feel you. I get you. I’ve been on both sides (several times, in just the last month) and neither is fun. One day it’s “Shoot me now and put me out of my misery my brain is gonna explode” and the next it’s “I WISH I had something to prepare for to drive me that crazy, what’s wrong with me that I don’t?” Both make you question why you chose to do this for a living, and then sometimes you realize, “Hey, wait a sec – I’m not even making a living off of this!” You know what’s been helpful? Watching these SAG Foundation LifeRaft videos that are FREE and so informative. Here’s the Audition Technique for Pilot Season one…

…I’ve studied with two of the four teachers and what they said pretty much sums up what I remember the most.

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The above (and below) are the work of my latest inspiration, Ann Shen.

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You need to follow her on Instagram – she posts gorgeous food pix too!

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Speaking of nom-worthy photos, there haven’t been too many lately. But this lentil patty I had at lunch with my Yes We’re Open leading man Parry the other day was pretty n unique.

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FYI – Parry’s currently on General Hospital, and his movie Unidentified just came out too!

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And one more friend plug – my longtime buddy Anthony’s Freestyle Love Supreme premiers today on Pivot. I remember when they were workshopping this show in NYC (and Abe was their DJ!) so it’s incredible to see how far it has come. FLS also stars our fellow Wesleyan grad Lin Manuel!

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P.S. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.