happy holidays

happyholidaysI’m on the plane headed home to Chicago for Christmas where Mom, Dad, Willyman, Grandmom, and girlfriends await. I’ll be missing my best friend Caitlin who will be in CO for the holiday (we grew up across the street from each other), and of course, Dan, who’s headed back to the east coast to see him family. Last night Dan surprised me with a Pendleton blanket, and I’m currently obsessed. That guy knows me so well. With my new blanket, the tent Dan gave me for my birthday this year, and a January calendar that may actually allow for two days off in a row together (!), I think a camping trip is in order. I’d love any suggestions! I’ve heard good things about Ojai.

2012 has been an incredible year. Dan interviewed for a job on my birthday in March, got the job, moved to LA a month later, and in August we moved into our first apartment together. I took Blogshop and launched my photography business, and have been thrilled by the support and response from friends and clients. I spent a luxurious week in the Outerbanks with my family (and the weather was perfection!). I spent two incredible months writing and creating characters that culminated in a show at The Groundlings–some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Dan and I created The Whaling Club, which continues to grow and challenge my creative side. The first of my group of girlfriends married her high school sweetheart, and their wedding was beautiful and so special (we also got to eat at Next on that trip!). I pumped myself up and found courage while dancing to Beyonce. And we re-elected Obama!

2013 you have a lot to live up to! Yet there’s already so much to look forward to. I’m excited to have a strong team supporting and working with me on my acting career. My best friends, Caitlin and Emilie, are coming to visit LA in February! Dan and I are planning a getaway up to San Francisco. I hope to visit New York, see my brother’s talent in action, and visit friends and family. And there will be a lot more dancing to Beyonce, duh.

Happy Holidays! Cheers!

OBX part III

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Great things about OBX in no particular order:

1. it feels ├╝ber remote and special (the closest airport is 2 hours away in Norfolk, VA).

2. it’s a skinny strip of land off of North Carolina, in some parts you can see views of the bay and ocean on either side of you.

3. my family’s rental house in Pine Island: spacious, airy, tons of windows, huge bathroom, balconies, a hammock, ocean view…

4. eating grilled cheese after a morning on the beach. you’re a little crispy. it’s a little crispy.

5. seeing a dolphin!!!

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6. letting that summer sun glow be the only make-up you need.

7. seafood! lotsa crab in my tum.

8. body boarding in the Atlantic. it’s a thrill!

9. that small town feel. especially in the historic district of Corolla where we get BBQ from a little shack (see below).

10. living in my bathing suit.

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11. reading books (or kindles)! no computers at the beach!

12. the house is upside down. kitchen/family room at the top, bedrooms at the bottom.

13. cocktails! you best believe I hand squeezed that margarita lime juice for my fam! and dad stirred some classy boulevardiers.

14. mom and dad wake up way before me so the coffee has already been made!

15. my whole family (mom, dad, grandmom, willyman) loves it and is together, and that is the ultimate cozy boat my friends.

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OBX part 1

I’m in the Outerbanks, NC this week with my family! Many more photos and stories to come, but for now here’s a little taste of my week via Instagram (you can follow me at MarieBuck5). We’ve only got one full day left before the travel day back to LA, and while I miss Dan terribly, I hate saying goodbye to my family, Gem of the Ocean (my bathroom/closet is huge! there’s a pool in the backyard!), and this week of beach bliss…