November 2003


>CNEWS Weird News – Elderly British woman fends off burglars with ceremonial sword

>Friday Five

>1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?

Sure.I’m not too much of a browser or window shopper. I prefer to go and get things that I already know I want to pick up. Also – I find that shopping tires me out, and walking in a mall is hell on my legs and back.

2. What was the last thing you purchased?

I bought the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Soundtrack.

3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?

I’m not too comfortable shopping online. I’ll only do it if there’s something specific I want that I can’t find anywhere within reasonable driving distance. Oh, and with clothing I like to be able to try things on first.

4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?

I did. I had a list of chores I had to do in order to earn it. Uh – I can’t remember how much it was.

5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing?

Hmm… I can’t remember if there is anything that I’ve purchased that I’ve regretted.

>Evil Plastic Lawn Chairs

>The workshop went well last night. Martine and I have made improvements to our scene – it helps that I can move around this week. Unfortunately, spending the evening sitting in one of the stacking plastic lawn chairs at the SJTC loft did a real number on my back. Yarr. Next week I’ll have to make a point of finding a real chair to sit in. I had thought about checking out the annual general meeting tonight, but even the thought of those lawn chairs makes my back ache. So instead, Martine and I are going to get together and work on our scene. At least for the first half of the evening. :-)


>On my way back from my Chiropractic appointment, I take Charlotte Street, past the market and Kings square to get back to E-Zone where I usually park. I know that a lot of people tend to cut across Charlotte even if they have a “Don’t Walk” signal and the vehicles have a green light. But if you are going to jaywalk, please at least make sure no traffic is coming. I had 3 teenage girls SAUNTER across the sreet, forcing me to brake heavily, so I leaned on my horn. Makes sense, right? I’d think so. So why do you think they felt compelled to give me the finger? Argh!! :-(

>Back Better Bit by Bit

>Wow. It’s mid-week already. Where does the time go?

Last night Colin and I had a tasty dinner at Swiss Chalet and then rented a movie. We had initially planned on seeing Gothika, but after hearing about some pretty bad reviews of it, we decided a rental would be better. We landed on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which neither of us had seen. It was OK. Nothing special. It was nice to have an entire evening to relax.

Tonight is our second-last acting workshop class. I’m looking forward to it. This week, I should be able to actually focus on the scene – and move – since my back is getting better. Tomorrow night is the annual general meeting, and then after that, it might be a good opportunity to pull out my artificial tree and try to at least start setting it set up. The worst part is getting the tree put together and the lights on properly. Anyone who knows me also knows that I’m not about to do a half-assed job of getting the lights on: I’m picky. :-) I have 500 coloured lights for my 6′ artificial tree. When and if I ever decide to get a new artificial tree, I’m going to get the kind that folds up, instead of the one that comes apart. That way I can fold it up with the lights.

Well, it looks like I’ll be directing one of the one-act plays, Doomsday Clock, written by Scott Marshall. Yay! Auditions for the one-act plays will be next Tuesday and Wednesday at the loft.


>Last night went well. Martine came over and we managed to focus on our scene so that we could make some improvements. It helps that we’re pretty much off-book. It also helps that my back is slowly getting better, so I’m able to move around more. :-)

Scott also dropped by with a couple of For Better or For Worse comic books and a Star Wars toy he’d found in the attic – kind of like a Rubix Cube, but half R2-D2 and half C-3PO’s head.

>One month ’till Christmas Eve…

>It was a quiet weekend. My back has been getting a bit better every day, but it’s still not 100% yet. I still find that I’ve been feeling tired or worn out pretty easily lately, so I made sure to try to get a lot of rest this weekend. I have yet another Chiropractic appointment today. I’m geting tired of them, but they seem to be helping.

So I did manage to have a relaxing weekend (I can’t wait ’till I’m feeling better – there are a lot of things I’d like to get done). Tonight Martine and I will be working on our scene again. I’m hoping it’ll be a productive evening. The acting workshop is great, but it’s also turning out to be a lot more time-consuming than I’d envisioned. This Wednesday will be our second-last class. Next week the class is Thursday night, as SJTC: Second Stage auditions for one-act plays are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The week after next are auditions for Proof and Streetcar. It’s a busy time.

I’m not at all ready for Christmas. I am still hoping to be able to find the time to make some ornaments as gifts for friends. Oh, and cards. I should do those up soon as well. What with decorating, shopping and holiday gatherings, I’m looking forward to making the most of this holiday season!

>Friday Five

>1. List five things you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year.

1) the portfolio section on this site

2) studioDRE website and business cards

3) finish the book my Aunt Jessie lent to me so I can send it to Uncle Jim next

4) finish Kingdom Hearts and return it to Tom

5) not get worn out

2. List five people you’ve lost contact with that you’d like to hear from again.

1) Jyri

2) Marguerite

3) Esther

4) Cori

5) Della

3. List five things you’d like to learn how to do.

1) drive a transport truck

2) drive a motorcycle

3) design and make shoes

4) create and publish a comic

5) use a lassoo

4. List five things you’d do if you won the lottery (no limit).

1) pay off my debts and my parents debts (including their morgage)

2) build my own house

3) buy a new car for my parents

4) travel the world. often

5) invest

5. List five things you do that help you relax.

1) draw/paint/do something creative

2) game (PS2)

3) hang out with friends

4) read

5) watch movies

>McSweeney’s Lists

>If you have some free time, you may enjoy pereusing some of these lists

>Another Day

>So, let’s see… another trip to the chiropractor yesterday left me feeling like I had more movement, but boy was I sore. On my way home from the visit, I stopped in at FutureShop and picked up the LOTR:TTT EE DVD and Finding Nemo.

Yesterday evening was the acting workshop. I can’t believe there are only a couple more weeks left. It probably wasn’t the best idea to go – the plastic lawn chairs there aren’t exactly the greatest thing on a sore back, and I was feeling pretty stiff. It was a bit frustrating to do our scene without being able to move much (if at all)… but it was better than missing the class altogether.

Well, after taking some Robaxacet and having a good night’s sleep, I’m feeling quite a bit better today. Yay! It looks like a busy day at work, so I should get back to it…