Idina went on a hike/interview with the Wall Street Journal recently. Read on!

This is how we can tell that the actress and singer Idina Menzel has put at least a little bit of her New York roots behind her: “I live right up the street, and of course, I drove here,” Ms. Menzel said, stepping out of her sports-utility vehicle in workout clothes, in preparation for a hike near the house she shares with her husband, the actor Taye Diggs, and their 17-month-old son, Walker.

“Mostly I just do yoga,” Ms. Menzel said as she started up the hill. “But since I live so close I feel like I should know this hike. So, I’m using you as a guinea pig.”

It’s only recently that Ms. Menzel and Mr. Diggs (who is on the hit ABC show “Private Practice”) bit the bullet and bought a house in Los Angeles. They did it “kicking and screaming,” she said. “But we thought with the baby coming, let’s do it right. I don’t want to decorate a house we’re renting.”

“I’m kind of a homebody,” she went on. “But having a baby gets me out of the house. At least I want him to be social. I want him to have a bright happy start in the morning.”


Also, just a note that February 11 is the last day to submit nominations for the Shorty Awards (nominations have been extended)!

To nominate the site, simply tweet the following:

I nominate @idina_here for a Shorty Award in #fansite because [your reason].

That’s it! Everyone who votes for us is eligible to win an autographed photo of Idina. You do not need to vote more than once, as votes are not counted multiple times by the Shorties, and thusly won’t be counted by us (though if you already have multiple Twitter accounts, feel free!). Nominations (and contest entries) are accepted through February 11, 2011. I’ll pick a winner at random from all tweeted nominations on February 12. If you voted for us prior to reading this, don’t worry, your vote still counts for the contest!

The Top 6 nominees become finalists, and from that point they are reviewed and voted on by the Real-Time Academy, and winners are chosen. If we happen to win (which would be awesome!), I’ll come up with an kickass prize to give away. Let’s see how we do!

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