September 2004

>Fast Week

>Work has been keeping me very busy, so the days have been flying by. Outside of work has been rather busy as well. I’ve been taking the time to cook proper meal for myself (as opposed to my usual habit of eating out high-carb meals on a pretty regular basis). And I have an idea I’ll be spending a wee bit more time at the gym than I had previously. I have an appointment with a personal trainer tonight to help me with a more effective new routine. I wonder what it’s going to be.

>Time Flies

>Only 4.5 weeks until Halloween, 7 weeks until Dangerous Liaisons and 12.5 weeks until Christmas. I already know that it’s going to be a very busy autumn, and it will fly by. I’ve given myself the deadline of Dangerous Liaisons to get in better shape. I think I can do it – it’s not like I’m totally out of shape – I just need to adjust my current gym routine a bit and eat a bit healthier. Neither will be a big adjustment, but they should make a difference. I started yesterday by avoiding snacking late at night.

Tonight is Your 15 Minutes of Fame at 7 pm at the Saint John Theatre Company Loft (86 Prince William Street, 4th floor). It should be fun – events like this always are!

>Yay!

>I got a part in SJTC’s Dangerous Liaisons! I’ll be playing Emilié, the courtesan. It’s a fun smaller role. Congrats to Beth Herron who will be playing Madame de Tourvelle! And congrats to everyone else who got a part! I’m looking forward to working on this project – it’ll be a great learning experience, and Jerry (the director) seems like a super nice guy. Now, with the part of Emilié, I’m feeling a wee bit more motivated to make it to the gym and eat properly. Man, this is going to be fun! Yay!

>Anticipation

>I spent the first half of my weekend trying to relax. Friday night I watched season 6 of Sex and the City – which was awesome. Saturday I relaxed a bit, ran a couple of errands, rented Mean Girls (which I watched) and season 1 of Dead Like Me – and I watched the 2 hour pilot to that. Around 11 pm I decided to meet up with a few freinds at Mexi’s for a beer. Sorry I missed the improv thing to those who were involved in it. I heard you were all fabulous and it sounded like everyone involved had a great time.

Sunday afternoon I headed over the the SJTC loft to audition for Dangerous Liaisons. I did my monologue and was given a scene to get to know a bit better, and I had about an hour and a half before I had to be back for the next round of auditions. I went home to work on it. I was hungry – the only way I knew was that my stomack was growling. So I made myself some toast, but because I was nervous about the callback and stressing a bit, I had a really tough time getting the food down. I went back to the callbacks and I was the first one to go up, so it did feel good to get it over and done with. Thank goodness Jerry (the director) does such a great job of making people feel comfortable and putting them at ease. It took my a while to ‘decompress’ after that, and then I spent the rest of the evening trying to stay busy and keep myself distracted so I wouldn’t think about the auditions.

Even though today was a busy day at work, I still can’t help wondering how the auditions went. The waiting is the hardest part.

>Retro Fun

>I went to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow last night. What an enjoyable movie. It gathered together elements of and inspirations from Buck Rodgers, The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Last Exile, films and radio plays from the ’30′s and ’40′s and more. It was campy, thrilling, interesting, stylish and funny. It was inspiring.

>Another Gorgeous Fall day

>Its so nice out today. Crisp yet warm and sunny. :-)

I picked up the FFXI Expansion Pack: Chains of Promethia last night and did a lot of installing and updating. And I even gamed for a bit. Until I got killed by a nasty red balloon that seemed to appear out of nowhere when I was already fighting a crawler. Oh well. At least at my level I don’t lose too many experience points when I die.

I am trying to figure out what to do for my vacation this year. I’m not sure if I want to spend much on a week’s trip. I may just go visit friends. I guess I have a bit of vacation researching to do.

>Today is the first day of Fall

>My desk at work is decorated with butterflies and Spring flower lights. As much as I enjoy it, I find that I am in the mood for some autumn decorations. I am ready for autumn.

Normally I find that as autumn comes I want to try and get a lot of stuff done, such as finish projects I’ve started, make a new halloween costume (which I only manage to do every two or three years), make homemade Christmas gifts, etc…. This year I still want to get a lot of things done, but I also have a strong desire to really just relax and not overload myself. It’s probably because I’ve worked a lot of extra hours over the summer. I also haven’t had a vacation yet this year. I’m still not sure if I’ll take one before Christmas. I guess the real goal I should set for myself this autumn is to stay balanced – making the most of my time while still making time for myself.

>Star Wars DVD

>In case you weren’t aware, I am a huge Star Wars fan. The first movie that I actually remember seeing in the theatre was Star Wars: A New Hope (even though I’d probably gone to see a Disney film or two before that). The Empire Strikes Back is probably my favourite in the series, and one of my favourite movies of all time. They managed to take each of the characters and develop them further, while using a variety of interesting locations. I could watch that movie over and over. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the Ewoks, I still enjoyed Return of the Jedi. I had the toys, and when I was a kid, I imagined owning my very own lightsaber. I now have 2 plastic ones under my couch. I haven’t been as thrilled with the new series, but I am still looking forward to seeing Revenge of the Sith – in the hopes that it’ll actually redeem itself and tie nicely into the original series.

In the mean time, as I wait for Episode 3 to iht the theatres next May, I will be keeping myself occupied with watching the original series on DVD, along with all the extras that have come along with it. I picked up my copy this morning and can’t wait to go home and geek out watch it.

Oh, and before I forget, I couldn’t agree more with today’s Dork Tower.

May the Force be with you, always.

>A Relaxing Weekend

>Friday I had a very busy day at work, so I didn’t get a chance to post any updates. I had a very relaxing weekend and got a chance to catch up with a few friends. I only made it to the gym once, but at least I managed to make it that one time and get a decent workout in. I worked a bit on my monologue – which I still need to know better, and I played Fable for a bit and played FFXI for about half an hour. Last night I was in the mood for a light romantic comedy so I went to see Wimbleton, and I really enjoyed it (even though I’m not a fan of Kirsten Dunst).

It felt like autumn this weekend – you could smell it in the air. I love that smell.

>Why blog?

>I started this journal so that relatives and friends from away can see what I’m up to (since I’m generally pretty terrible at writing actual letters or calling). Of course, I think more local friends check this out regularly than anyone. But I digress…. I also started it to help me remember what I’ve been up to. There are days I can barely remember what I did the night before, let alone the previous week. And looking back on some old posts, I can see where I’ve spent my time. For example, more of my time has been spent gaming and seeing movies and hanging with friends and less of it has been spent doing creative projects than I realised. But then I have also spent more time involved in theatrical productions than I would have expected. Having this online forces me to try to update it on a regular basis, although I have to admit I get tired of listing what I did the night before, so every now and then I like to try to find something else to blog about.

I have quite a few friends who have blogs (which reminds me, I should update my friends links on this page) and I’ve seen some of them get disenchanted with blogging over the past few months. A blog may be easy to access, but how do you decide what to write in it? What is the point? Who cares anyway? Well I do – I like to see what my friends have to say – and I’m sorry to see some sites that used to be something I looked forward to reading every day wither away into sporadic updates at best. But I guess the blogs are essentially there for the blogger, not the reader. It can be a cathardic exercise for some, although since it is a public forum, it may attract unwanted attention. In that case, maybe it’s better just to keep a journal by your bed.

Blogs evolve just like people evolve. And I don’t think it’s something that can be forced. It just happens. There are things I would like to do with this blog to make it more interesting, even if some days I don’t feel like I have much to say at all (like yesterday, which is why I didn’t post at all). Perhaps I could try and make a point of doing more illustrations and posting them, or taking photos around the area and using them in this blog every now and then. Of course, that takes a little more effort, but it may be worth a try. At least every once in a while. We’ll see….