September 2005

>A Christmas Carol

>Yay! I’m going to be involved in A Christmas Carol! I got the part of Mary. She is at dinner at Scrooge’s nephew Fred’s house. I’m pretty excited because it seems like it’ll be a really fun production to be involved with. And – I’ll get to wear a fancy dress! Rehearsals start on October 13th and the production will be November 17 – 20.

>A Quiet Evening

>I’m enjoying the schedule for Tosca. We had last night off, so I was able to run out and get a few groceries and then enjoy a quiet evening in – just puttering about my apartment. Now don’t get me wrong – I had tons of stuff I could or should work on, but I just didn’t have the energy to do much of anything. As it is, I wound up hitting the hay rather early – and still sleeping in a bit today. I guess I needed the break!

>Piles o’ Fun

>Last night was the full dress rehearsal for Tosca wtih the student audience. We had the full makeup crew there and it was our first opportunity to give the whole shebang a go. Thankfully it all went very smoothly – for the most part. I did have a wee mishap while “torturing” Stuart where the cap on the squeeze bottle flew off and the fake blood came gushing out rather heavily. Oops. :-)

At lunch today, Beth and I had our first noontime workout. We are adding a regular weight routine to our running schedules. Not only will it help with our running, but maybe we’ll even become a bit more svelt. You never know…. ;-) At least we’re enjoying it!

>Sewing Projects

>I made a Halloween costume that was based on an elven dress from LOTR but as I was finishing it I finally figured out what I’d really like to do for Halloween. So I went back out to Fabricville to get a pattern and fabric for my new idea. I’m thinking I may just be a pirate. It’d be fun and I can “Yarr!” and “Arrggg!” all night long! LOL

I’ve been busy working on makeup for Tosca and I have to spend a fair amount of time backstage – and I needed a proper way to lug some of my supplies around. So, last night after the rehearsal, I went home and made an apron with lots of pockets for my supplies. I used the pleather that I’d purchased for the vest portion of my pirate costume. It turned out pretty well, even though pleather is hard to work with – it’s stretchy and when you are sewing pleather-side up, it drags a bit from the foot of the sewing machine.

>Tosca

>I’m working on makeup for Tosca. I was asked to stop in on Saturday night do do the torture makeup for one of the leads. (Sorry to those of you that were doing Improv at the ABEC that night. I wanted to go but I couldn’t. I hope it went well and you had a good crowd. One of these days I really will make it to one of your shows!) It looks like Tosca be a great show – especially if you like opera. It’s at the Imperial Theatre on Thursday, Saturday and Monday evenings. I am looking forward to working on this for the better part of my week. The folks involved are all very nice and – since I’ll have to spend a bit of time backstage during the show, I’m looking forward to watching it from that spot. :-)

>Friday Feast

Appetizer:
Name something someone has done lately that impressed you.
I’m impressed by the positive attitudes and willingness to help others that some of my close friends have. It is inspiring.

Soup:
Do you have any relaxing rituals? If so, what are they?
Running relaxes me – it helps me burn off stress and I get great exercise endorphines from it! I also like to enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

Salad:
If you could spend the winter season somewhere other than your current location, where would you choose to stay?
Somewhere warm. If I didn’t have to worry about funds? Perhaps I’d winter in Andalucia – the south of Spain.

Main Course:
When was the last time you had dinner out, and what was the name of the restaurant?
Swiss Chalet last night.

Dessert:
If you had a boat, what would you name it?
SeaVixen. Really though – I have no desire to own a boat. A canoe or kayak perhaps, but not a boat.

>Water

>I’ve never been one to drink a lot of water. A regular day for me would be a 1/2 cup of coffee mid-morning, maybe a juice at lunch, a large coffee in the afternoon, then maybe a small glass of juice in the evening. That’s it – obviously not enough liquid getting into the ol’ system. It’s a terrible habit that I’ve got to change. Recently I’ve been trying to force myself to drink more water. I’ve never really liked it so that makes it difficult to consume. So at work, Beth and I are trying a new thing. She stops by in the morning for a water break and we force ourselves to drink water. It’s working well. I think the hardest part is getting started with the water drinking, so it’s good to get this done early in the day. I hope we can keep it up.

>Late September

>Where is the year going? Is it really already autumn? I don’t know if I’m ready for it. I could handle another month or two of summer. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to deal with it. I do love this time of year – don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I know it ends in winter and (as much as I enjoy Christmas) I have a hard time with winter. I just don’t like the cold. I get tired of having to layer all the time and I’m not looking forward to shoveling out my car. But I am getting ahead of myself. The leaves haven’t even turned yet (for the most part). The good thing about autumn is that the days are a bit cooler, which is much better weather if you like to run outdoors. (It’s hard to run when it’s hot hot hot.) And it’s beautiful when the leaves change. And I like the fresh smell of the air. And Halloween. I love a chance to dress up. And carved pumpkins. Mmmm… and pumpkin pie… and turkey! Mmm… Thanksgiving dinner… OK… maybe now I’m ready for autumn!

>Halloween

>No – I’m not kidding. I am talking about Halloween when it’s still more than a month away. On Sunday I headed out to Fabricville to look at patterns. I have decided that this year would be a good year to make something that I can wear into the office. Something that’s comfortable and doesn’t require a wig or a ton of makeup. And I found just what I was looking for – a lovely dress that is styled along the lines of The Lord of the Rings. It’s not a movie replica – it’s just styled “along the lines of” the film. I picked up my pattern and fabric and headed home to spend the rest of my waking hours cutting out the pattern and fabric. Last night I started sewing it together. But I didn’t get started until 7:30 pm (after the gym then supper then dishes.) It was very slow-going. The fabric that I’m working with has a nap, so I had to use a ton of pins to keep it from moving around as it moved through the machine. That takes time. I got a few pieces put together just in time for Jay to come over and watch the second-last show of Rock Star: INXS. They are down to J.D., Marty and MiG. The finale is tonight. By tonight, they will have a new lead singer.

>A Belated Friday Feast

>Appetizer:
Do your closer friends tend to be male or female? Why do you think that is?
I have just as many close friends of either gender. The key is not the gender but the personality.

Soup:
If you could wake up tomorrow with a new talent, what would it be?
Hmmm.. considering that most “talents” need to be developed – it’d be pretty cool to cut a few corners and wake up being able to play a musical instrument well without years of training. Uh – or I could handle waking up and genetically having and awesome Max VO2 level. That’s be handy too. But is that really considered a talent?

Salad:
Name a household cleaning item that you would recommend to others.
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They are AMAZING!!!

Main Course:
What do you strive for in life?
Happiness and Balance.

Dessert:
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how funny do you consider yourself?
Maybe a 4. Really – I do have a sense of humour but it can be pretty dry or cheesy depending on my mood. I’m not really a joke-telling kinda gal, and I’m not a fan of practical jokes. I’ve been told that I’m pretty serious. I prefer to think of myself as straight-forward and easy-going for the most part.