May 2006

>Busy day

>I took my car in to the dealership yesterday. The fan belt was making lots of noise and the air bag warning light was on. So, they have replaced the fan belt and then they started to take a look at the air bag stuff. Needless to say to get at all of it, they need to remove the center console etc. which is a real pain. They have ordered some new parts in and should get them in a couple of days. If it’s not fixed by the weekend, they will arrange a rental car for me (I don’t need a vehicle tonight or tomorrow night). Thank goodness this is all covered under warrenty.

Looks like my eye strain is a virus – like a cold of flu. Glad that’s starting to get a bit better.

Otherwise work is busy, which is good. And I still have a bunch of plays to try to read through by tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to the weekend. I need a break.

>By The Way…

>Thanks Mom and Dad for the lovely bouquet! :-)

bouquet

>Say goodbye to those post-show blues….

>Normally I feel a little down once I’ve finished working on a show. This time, however, I have enough on my plate that I have new things to focus on right away. But at least I have a bit more free time. Which I plan to use productively. I have a couple of projects that have been sitting patiently on the shelf that I need to finish. Also, there are new productions coming up the pipe pretty quickly. It’s a good thing I like being busy. :-)

On a side note, here’s a pretty darn cool site that I came across the other day… We Feel Fine

>Free time? Really??

>Well, The Crucible is done with and it’s time to move on to the next thing. The show went well and I’m proud of all of the hard work that everyone put into it – it certainly paid off. Kudos to a great cast and crew! My folks came to visit and got to see the Saturday night performance and really enjoyed it. The cast party was a good one – I left “early” – at 5. I guess there were still about 15 people rocking out when I left and I think just about all of them made it to breakfast. (I’m glad I left when I did because I was up at 9 and met my folks for breakfast at Reggie’s at 9:30.)

I spent the better part of the day sleeping and eventually got up and decided to try going outside. I met up with Ann and we went for a mosey along Harbour Passage. What a lovely day!! I had planned to spend my evening gaming, but somewhere along the way I developed a bit of eye strain so I couldn’t stare at the TV. Instead I hit the hay. It was probably a good idea anyway.

Now I have a little bit of free time before the next thing gets into gear. I think I might do a bit of painting and see a couple of movies and spend some time with Hunter and Grace. Heck – I might even try cooking for myself again!

>Friday Feast


Appetizer:
How old were you when you got your first credit card?
I really don’t remember. I’m thinking I must have been in my late teens.

Soup:
When was the last time you felt out of place?
Last night we had our opening night of The Crucible at the Imperial Theatre. I’m the Assistant Director and this is the first time that I’ve been involved on this side of things for one of our main stage shows. There was an opening night reception and I’m not much of one for schmoozing in the first place so I wandered aimlessly around for a bit until I found someone I knew. And yes, I felt a bit out of place.

Salad:
Did you have a curfew when you were a teenager? If so, what time did you have to be home?
Yes – my parents recognized the fact that I really needed my sleep so they were mindful to make sure I didn’t stay out too late (lest they wind up with an overtired and cranky teenager on their hands the next day). I think I was in grade 12 when I negotiated the extention of my curfew from 11 PM to midnight. My reasoning was quite solid. I used to see a lot of movies but if I went to the late show, they didn’t normally let out until after 11. And since we were living in Winnipeg at the time (which is very spread out), and I was always the one that drove my friends home, I needed the extra time.

Main Course:
Name a person from history with whom you feel you have something in common.
I can’t think of anyone who comes to mind. I don’t think that I’ve ever taken the time to compare myself to a historical figure.

Dessert:
When you read a newspaper, which section do you go for first?
The front section. Closely followed by Entertainment.

>Jag tröttas.

>We had our tech dress last night. There are still a few things that need to be taken care of but things are coming along. I just wish I had a bit more free time. Student Dress rehearsal is tonight. That means we’ll have an audience and after the show we’ll have a Q&A session with them.

>The Jam-Packed May Long Weekend That Seemed Short

>Friday evening I napped after work. It had been a long week. Kristi and Ann and Heather popped over and we enjoyed a bit of wine & cheese before heading to the Blue Olive for the evening. I was pretty wiped, and could have gone home within an hour of getting there. It had been a full week.

Saturday I met Colin and headed to Reggies for breakfast before our final full run in the rehearsal space. That was a long one, as we had a few kinks to work out before we started the run. Then there were a ton of notes at the end. Oh – and was nice to be able to go visit Beth on Saturday evening – thanks for the good company and the break! :-)

Sunday was a full day. Second Stage Committee meeting followed by sound and lights production meeting followed by an Italian with the cast followed by an evening in the Imperial trying to keep track of a ton of odd little things needed be taken care of. azt which point, exhaustion hit me and I decided to bail.

Monday was a statuatory holiday, thank goodness. I spent the day gathering music for the cast party. Then at 4 PM, I headed to the Imperial for a production meeting followed directly by cue-to-cue. Derek has some pretty awesome lighting scenarios set up that are really going to look good. Home at 11:45 PM, having just hit the wall.

I woke up this morning knowing that I had a cold. Thankfully it’s not a terrible one. Good thing for medications – I plan on masking the symptoms as much as possible so I can avoid sneezing and coughing and spreading it to anyone else.

>Friday Feast


Appetizer:
What is the last thing you had to have repaired?
My car currently needs to go in for a couple of things.

Soup:
If someone gave you $2,000 with the stipulation that you had to spend half of it on yourself and give the rest to charity, where would you spend the $1,000 and which charity would receive your remaining $1,000?
I would take the $1,000 and pay off some debt and the other $1,000 would be split between the heart and stroke foundation and the canadian cancer society.

Salad:
What is one of your favorite songs from the 1980s?
Need You Tonight – INXS

Main Course:
You enter a pet store. Which section do you go to first?
I go straight over to look for new toys for my kittens. :-)

Dessert:
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how athletic are you?
Maybe a 7? Of course that’s more of an overall thing. When I’m embroiled in a huge show, my activity generally decreases quite a bit.

>The Countdown is On

>Wow. We have 2 more rehearsals before we move into the Imperial Theatre on Sunday.

I’ve been thinking about how phrases from the script have been making their way into my everyday conversations. I suppose that happens everytime I get involved with a show, but this time it’s a bit more noticable because 16th century New England phrasing is a little bit more different than a southern dialect for example. Of course, as I write this, the only one that comes to mind is “Mark it for a sign.”

>Is it only Wednesday? Sigh.

>A big thanks to Kristi for filling in as Stage Manager for the rest of the show. Tammy will be having her gall bladder out within the next few days and then requires a couple of weeks of rest. I hope it all goes well with her and that she heals quickly. This means I can get back to AD-ing. Which is good, as my head was still in that space even when I was filling in as SM. :-)

Here’s an interesting link called Google Trends. You can type in up to 5 things (use commas to seperate them) and you get a graph chart of how many people have been searching for each item since 2004. There is a bar chart below it that tracks searches by city, region, or language. It’s pretty cool!