September 2006

>Friday Feast #113

What is your favorite herb or spice?

Name a song you like but haven’t heard in a long time.
“Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper

If you were to take just one minute to write down as many things as you can think of that you need (not want) to do, approximately how many things would there be?
About 15 – 20 things

Main Course
Tell something interesting about one of your family members (nothing scandalous, please, just something unique).
My father has survived 2 cardiac arrests in his lifetime. There is a one in one million chance of surviving a cardiac arrest.

What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed awake?
Back when I was in university, I used to pull the occasional all-nighter. Now if I don’t get my sleep, I wind up catching a cold or flu and paying the consequences.

>Read-through #3

>We had our third group read-through of Noises Off last night and gave it a go with British accents. I was really impressed with the energy of the entire cast – as we get more familiar with the script, we are freeing things up bit by bit and having more fun with it. I can’t wait until we’re off-book and moving around!

>English Dialects

>So we’re doing Noises Off with English (not North American) accents for the entire show, which means a lot of us have more homework to do to learn our accents. I came across a handy website called IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive) that has samples of different dialects from all over the world. I also did a bit of research on Wikipedia about Estuary English and Received Pronunciation, which was very interesting.

>Le Weekend

>Friday after work, I went for a run along Harbour Passage, then washed my hair then headed to Jay M’s b-day dinner at Boston Pizza. I had planned on going to The Blue Olive afterwards, but I was tired and had a bit of a rumbly tummy from something I ate, so I opted to go home and go to bed.

Saturday I was in the mood to clean. I even cleaned out some cabinets. I think I’d been at it for about 4 hours when Lisa called to see if I was still up for heading to the gym. We have worked out a fitness schedule that works around our rehearsal schedule and we’d both like to stick to it as much as we can. We had a good full body workout – by the end of it we were both pretty tired, but glad we’d gone.

Saturday evening I was hoping to catch up with my friend Stuart, who was in town to sing at the NB Opera gala, but due to email server issues, we didn’t get in touch with each other. So I enjoyed a fun and delightfully filling evening at Suzy’s as she’d invited a handful of single female friends over for dinner. Thanks again for the amazing food and great company!

Sunday was pretty grey out around here. I grabbed a bite to eat at Reggie’s with Colin and then headed home to work on my lines. And I procrastinated by playing Animal Crossing. I then decided to get my act in gear and at least get out for the run that I’d scheduled for myself. By this time it was pretty rainy and windy, but then I remembered that I enjoyed running in the rain (it’s rather refreshing). I ran Harbour Passage and a bit of uptown and wound up getting 35 minutes of running in. It felt great and I was so glad I got out!

Sunday evening was a quiet one. I did spend a bit of time on the script after procrastinating some more, and managed to hit the hay a bit earlier than I’d expected.

>Friday Feast #112

Measured in minutes or hours, how much exercise have you had in the last week?
About 2 hours. I’ve been lazy this week, not to mention the fact that my knee and hip have been bothering me.

If you had to change your blog title to something else, what would it be?
I have no idea. If I could have thought of something else that was approprate, I would have used that instead.

Name one television show you watched when you were 9-12 years old.
The Flintstones

Main Course
If someone gave you $50 to spend with the one condition that it had to be educational, what would you purchase?
I’d pick up a book on set design. I think it could come in handy.

Do you tend to prefer dark colors, neutral shades, or lighter/pastel hues?
Dark, rich colours!


>Last night I headed out to the Saint John Theatre Company’s Season Subscription Campaign Meeting. I hope we sell a lot of subscriptions this year – we have an awesome season ahead of us.

>Inspiration from TED

>The other day I came across a wonderful series of podcasts from TED (Ideas That Matter In Technology Entertainment & Design) that highlight speakers from past TED conferences. So I decided to check out the TED website and found some more great content on the TEDblog. If you want to be inspired, check it out.

>A Nice Quiet Evening

>Watched a few more episodes of Rome and re-read Noises Off and worked on my British accent. Gotta love a quiet evening now and then!

>Most Interesting

>After a tough day at work, I decided to enjoy a quiet evening in.

First off, I remembered to vote. It will be interesting to see how a change in government will affect us. I hope they follow through on the promises they have made.

I treated myself to pad thai for dinner, and managed to get hold of a copy of the HBO series Rome. When I mentioned to Ann that I’d rented it, she said she’d also been wanting to watch it, so I invited her over to catch a couple of episodes. She also brought along a lovely lentil soup – thanks Ann!!

After watching a few episodes with Ann, I decided to spend the latter half of my evening re-reading Noises Off and working on my British accent. We are now doing the play as a traditional British Farce, so the entire thing will be done with accents.

>What a Great Weekend!

>Friday night I caught up with Beth over a beer. It felt like it had been ages since we spent any time together.

Saturday was Melanie and John’s wedding, which I MC’d. It was lovely. We had the perfect weather for it – a balmy 26 degrees Celsius in September!
Melanie and John Burke's wedding

Saturday evening, on my way home from the wedding, I popped in at Alison’s to say hi. She was having a house party for the girls while the guys were on thier burger trip. I was pretty tired though so I didn’t stick around. (Thanks, Lisa M, for the lactose-free double-chocolate cookies!!)

Sunday I caught up with Colin over a late breakfast at Reggies, ran a few errands, then curled up on the couch to watch the remained of season 3 of Nip/Tuck. I then caught up with Stuart, a friend from Toronto, over a glass of scotch at Churchills.

And of course, my kittens were being cute and cuddly all weekend….
Hunter and Grace

So, all-in-all it was a great weekend, relaxing and fun with good weather!