October 2006

>Happy Halloween!

>We finished blocking Act 3 for Noises Off last night. After rehearsal I was pretty beat so I didn’t do much else other than watch a bit of TV then hit the hay.

This morning I got up early so I could do my makeup for my Puss in Boots costume so I could wear it in to the office today. I work in a marketing department but not too many people dress up or even decorate their cubicles, so it should make a bit of an impact. :-)

Thanks to Brenda for the awesome costume and Anthony for the following pic:
Puss In Boots costume

>A Spooktacular Weekend

>Friday evening, I napped right after work for an hour, then headed to the gym for a quick workout with Lisa, then headed out to Scott and Alison’s for a fantastic dinner party. Scott did a fantastic job selecting and preparing the menu. The food was incredible: mushroom and goat cheese strudel with a balsamic syrup, then potato carrot and parsnip soup, then mustard and garlic roast chicken with warm frisee salad, bacon and mini potatoes, followed by a bread pudding dessert from Suzy that was to die for. All lactose-free too! I couldn’t tell if my stomach was sore from eating too much or laughing too hard. Good times!

Saturday we had rehearsal from 10 – 5. We worked on Act 2. It had been a while since we’d done it, so it was good to go over things. Lots of running around for Belinda and lots of hopping for Garry. I started to run out of steam at 4:10 and was glad to know that we had less than an hour left of it. But no time to nap after that. I stopped at the LC and picked up some wine, then headed home to make supper and start getting into costume for the evening’s festivities. Lisa came over around 6:30 and I helped her with her hair and makeup. I love getting ready for events with friends. It took me a while to do my makeup for my costume… but it was worth it. This year I rented a costume from Brenda McLeese. I dressed up as Puss in Boots. Once we were all set, we ran over to Lisa and Anthony’s where a few folks were enjoying some pre-outing beverages. From there we headed to the Blue Olive where Kizzy was singing. My battery for my camera wasn’t charged, so I had to rely on other people’s pictures for the evening. I can’t wait to see the pics that Anthony took. He should be posting them soon. Everyone looked awesome in their costumes! It wasn’t a very late night for me. I wound up catching a lift home from Scott and Mare at 11:30. I was pretty beat and I knew I had another full day of rehearsals ahead of me.

Sunday morning I was pretty thankful for the time change. We rehearsed Acts 1 and 2 and I was amazed that I could actually remember so much when we did a run of the two acts. trust me – there’s a ton of blocking in this. Man, there are some funny moments! I then enjoyed a quiet evening in and even went to bed early. Now that was a real treat!

>Friday Feast #117

>Appetizer
Create a new candle scent.
Freshly Baked Raisin-Bread.

Soup
Name one way you show affection to others.
Hugs for good friends!

Salad
What is your favorite writing instrument?
A fine precision point technical pen – aww yeah!

Main Course
If you were given $25 to spend anywhere online, from which site would you buy?
Chapters

Dessert
Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what are you going to be?
I am dressing up for Halloween. I usually make my own ccostume but I just didn’t have time this year, so I rented one from Brenda McLeese instead and it’s awesome! I can’t wait to pick it up – it’s going to be so much fun! But I can’t say what it is yet, as it’ll be a surprise for some friends….

>And the week goes on…

>Another productive rehearsal. I was pretty tired all evening and found it difficult to keep going. I was really looking forward to getting home and crawling into bed. But by the tiem I got home, I was overtired. I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep. I flipped channels for a while, finally landing on “America’s Next Top Model” and then eventually fell asleep after midnight. That’s late for me. If I’m up past 11:30, I have trouble getting up for work the next morning. And sure enough, that was what happened this morning. Luckily I can make it into work without much prep time. But I’m still tired and I still have this dang cold. Perhaps I’ll go home at lunch and nap….

>1970′s Style

>Las night Suzy brought along some wardrobe choices and we figured out what my costume will be for Noises Off. I love it – it’s great fun! VERY 1970′s! (The play within the play is set in the late 70′s – which just adds to the fromage factor!)

>Diversions

>The photoshoot for productions stills for Noises Off was last night. I headed over to help out by doing hair and makeup, as I enjoy doing fun little things like that. It was nice to see Suzy’s great choices for wardrobe. I can’t wait to see the final pictures – everyone looked great!

Later that evening, I went to see Flags of our Fathers with my friend Peter, who’s visiting from Ontario. It was a very good story and I thought it was well done. Glad I saw it.

>Le Weekend Update

>It was a decent weekend full of productive rehearsals. Friday evening rehearsal was preceded by a nap and was followed by sleep. Terribly exciting, non? Saturday was a full day of rehearsal (10 – 5) followed by apartment cleaning and dinner. After that, I’d planned to have John and Melanie and Peter over but John and Melanie couldn’t make it, as Melanie was on call for work and had to deal with something that came up. So Peter came by and we watched Battlestar Gallactica and then Iron Monkey. It was a quiet evening in.

Sunday was more rehearsals. We finished a bit early which gave me a chance to run out to The Vortex (McAllister Place & environs). I picked up the Back to the Future Trilogy at HMV for only $20. When I got home I watched some of the Special Features before I started to feel a little stir-crazy. I took a peek online to see what new movies were playing in Saint John and found one that I wanted to see and gave Ann a quick call on the off chance that she’d be up for it as well… and she was. We decided to try to get a bite to eat at Swiss chalet and then head to the early show, even though we only had an hour. We got to Swiss Chalet and it was jam-packed. We decided to get take-out and then eat it in my car. It was so tasty that it didn’t take us long to scarf it down before zipping over to the theatre. We got there just as the previews were starting. The movie we saw was Marie Antoinette. Now I’m not usually a fan of Kirsten Dunst, but I thought she did a good job with this. I enjoyed the movie, although I found it a bit slow at times, and the ending seemed rather abrupt. But overall it was worth seeing.

As for this morning, I’m still fighting my cold, although it seems to have gotten better – at least a more tolerable level. I miss running and my gym routine and I am hoping to get back to it this week now that I can breathe a bit better again. Lots more rehearsals to look forward to this week and then all sorts of fun things are in store for next weekend…. Do you have your Halloween costume picked out yet?

>Friday Feast #116

>Appetizer
What is your favorite beverage?
Grapefruit juice. Love it!

Soup
Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.
At work, I’ve got a box of kleenex, an action figure of Captain Hook and some twinkle flower lights around my 2 monitors on my Mac.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?
Hmm… maybe an 8 or 9? I try to keep things on the straight and narrow. It’s much easier that way. Besides, i’d have trouble remembering what I lied about if I did lie.

Main Course
If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?
I can’t imagine renaming a city and likewise cannot think of a name. Hmm.. I suppose if there was some small city somewhere that had been named and ruled by a tyrant or something along those lines. Perhaps a new name representing new economic and political freedom that meant something to the local populace might be nice.

Dessert
What stresses you out? What calms you down?
Bad manners and lack of respect for others stress me out.
The most calming activity that I can think of is drawing or painting.

>Not Exactly An Evening Off…

>I headed out to Rothesay Netherwood School last night to do a workshop on how to apply stage makeup. I think it was a very full and productive hour and a half. They had all sorts of great questions. They’ll be putting on Sweet Charity near the end of November. I’ll have to go check it out.

When I got home, I tried to do a bit of work, but I was pretty wiped, so I wound up going to bed instead. Still have this dang cold. It seems to have moved back into my sinuses now. I hope I can shake it soon.

My folks have been driving the same car for the last 14 or 15 years and it has been on its last legs for a while. Not too long ago they picked up a couple of books (including a Lemon-aid book) and did a bit of research. They went shopping on the weekend and found a new used vehicle for themselves – a 2005 Toyoto Echo! Congrats to them – I know they’ll love it!!

>Rolling Along

>We had another super-productive rehearsal last night. There’s some awfully complex blocking for Act 2, so it took us a solid 3 hours to get through about 10 or 12 pages of stuff. It’s very similar to choreographing a dance. A dance of hilarity. :-)

Other than rehearsal, I’ve just been trying to combat my cold. Oh yeah, and congrats to all of my friends who just got new kittens yesterday!