April 2007

>-ologies

>FOODOLOGY

Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. French.

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. Swiss Chalet.

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. Suwanna.

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. 15%

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick off of?
A. Activia vanilla yogurt.

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. chicken, goats cheese that is processed to tast like mozzarella and black olives. (à la JoLa special)

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
A. Peanut butter and honey.

Q. What is your favorite type of gum?
A. Beemans.

TECHNOLOGY

Q. Number of contacts in your cell phone?
A. Lots.

Q. Number of contacts in your email address book?
A. Even more,

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. Abstract purple. At the moment, there is so much going on in my life that I wanted something simple that would be one less distraction.

Q. How many televisions are in your house or apartment?
A. Two.

BIOLOGY

Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. Right.

Q. Do you like your smile?
A. Yes. But not as much as I used to.

Q. What’s your best feature?
A. I’ve been told it’s my smile.

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. Yes. That little piece of skin that attatches your top lip to your gums right above your top front teeth.

Q. Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
A. Touch I suppose. I need glasses for my eyesight, and have lost a wee bit of hearing from bartending years ago, and get stuffed up a lot from allergies….

Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?
A. It has been a few years. That being said, I’ve recently had a filling fall out, and I need 3 extra new fillings due to the decalcification on my teeth from the braces that I had 20 years ago that were on too long. Not cavities, just a breakdown of the enamel. And that’s with very good oral hygene!

Q. What is the heaviest item you lifted last?
A. My laptop case with the laptop and rehearsal notes and script in it.

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. No.

CRAPOLOGY

Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. No.

Q. Is love for real?
A. Yes.

Q. If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
A. I don’t know if I would.

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
A. Browns.

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. Does gum count?

Q. Have you ever saved someone’s life?
A. No.

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
A. No.

DAREOLOGY

Q. Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
A. No.

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
A: No. I almost lost one when I was a kid.

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. No.

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
A. No.

Q. Indecent proposal for $1,000,000?
A. Depends who ;-)

Q. Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
A. Absotively.

LASTOLOGY

Q: Friend you talked to?
A: Bryan Jennings. He did my taxes!

Q: Last person you called?
A: Someone through work today.

Q: Last person that called you?
A: Scott Green, wanting some info about rehearsal tonight.

Q: Person you hugged
A: Richard MacQueen. I ran into him at Brunswick Square and he likes to hug his friends (well, at least his female friends) goodbye.

FAVORITOLOGY

Q: Number?
A: 10

Q: Color?
A: purple/turquoise

Q: Season?
A: Summer!

CURRENTOLOGY

Q: Missing someone?
A: Yes.

Q: Mood?
A: Melancholy, stressed.

Q: Listening to?
A: Big Band music on Galaxy radio.

Q: Watching?
A: Entourage, lately. Working my way through Season 3.

Q: Worrying about?
A: Work, the show, my actions, my fitness level, my health, my parents.

RANDOMOLOGY

Q: First place you went this morning?
A: To feed my hungry kitties.

Q: What can you not wait to do?
A: Travel, get out of debt.

Q: What’s the last movie you saw?
A: Pathfinder.

Q: Do you smile often?
A: I think so.

Q: Are you a friendly person?
A: I hope so.

Q: What is in your left pocket?
A: Typical women’s clothing – no pockets.

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A: I have no idea. I’ve never seen it.

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A: I stand.

Q: Could you live with roommates?
A: No.

Q: How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
A: 3 pairs

Q: Where were you born?
A: Summerside, PEI

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
A: I haven’t.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. Happy.

>The "Grown-Up" Survey

>Thanks to Sarah

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Rent, only because I have to physically write a cheque and bring it to them each month.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Romantic dinner? Closest would be a fantastic meal with the always enjoyable company of my friend Chad.

3. Last time you puked from drinking?
I did it once – on my 18th birthday (which is – or at least was – legal drinking age in Manitoba).

4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
I have not done that and I have no plans to.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
I do not remember.

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Vacationing in Scotland.

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Creative and independent.

8. How many colleges did you attend?
Two – University of Manitoba and NSCAD University.

9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
I’m wearing a $6 cream sweater from Superstore. It’s a good fit and I love thin knits and the price was right.

10. GAS PRICES?
Glad I don’t drive much.

11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you?
Hmmm… the south of Spain, and I’d take my cats.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
What am I going to wear today?

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
So…. tired…

14. Favorite style of underwear?
boy cut, low rise

15. Favorite style of underwear for the opposite sex?
boxer breifs

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
Well, I’m not too fond of cleaning the bathroom.

17. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer?
Absolutely.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
I’m not a morning person. Never really have been.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
I don’t think I have one.

20. Favorite NON sexual thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
Curl up, cuddle and watch a DVD.

21. Have you found real love yet?
I thought I did a couple of times, but I guess I was wrong.

22. When did you first start feeling old?
Only a little bit within the last year or two.

23. Favorite 80′s movie?
Labyrinth

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
Pastrami

25. What do you get every time you go into Sam’s Club? Or Walmart?
We don’t have a Sam’s club here and I don’t go to Walmart very often, unless I need to replace my $1.50 shower curtain liner, or anything like that.

26. Beach or lake?
Lake.

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Sometimes.

28. How many people do you stalk on Facebook?
No one.

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Socializing, even when I have stuff to do.

30. Favorite movie you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about?
I don’t think I have one. I’m pretty much an open book about the things I like and don’t like.

31. What’s your drink?
Rusty Nail

32. Cowboys or Indians?
I’m still appalled at while Europeans did to such a great culture as they came to North America.

33. Cops or Robbers?
Cops – I’m a bit of a goody two-shoes.

34. Who from high school would you like to run into?
I’d love to catch up with Esther again.

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
CBC

36. Norm or Cliff?
Cliff. I periodically have my moments where I expound upon a “little known fact…”

37. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
The Cosby Show. I never got into the Simpsons.

38. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
No one sits across from me really. But I like my cubicle buddy.

40. If you could get away with it, who would you kill?
Nobody.

41. What famous person(s) would you like to have dinner with?
Gerard Butler, James Purefoy, Daniel Craig, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mandy Patinkin, John Malchovitch, David Mamet, Lord Byron, Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Kate Winslette, Cate Blanchette, Viggo Mortenson, Billy Boyd, Drew Barrymore, Guy Gavriel Kay, Clark Gable, Gary Sinese, Grace Kelly, William Goldman, etc…. (in no particular order of course)

42. What famous person would you like to sleep with?
Gerard Butler seems like he’d be a lot of fun (and meets the height requirement!)

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
Yes. Not in my place though. What a mess to clean up, but boy do they work!

44. Last book you read for real?
I’m slowly working my way through “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon. Lately I’ve been too tired to read by the time I manage to get to bed.

45. Do you have a teddy bear?
I have a couple tucked away in storage.

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
What an odd question. Lots of times when camping.

47. Somewhere in California you’ve never been and would like to go?
Catalina Island. My friend Al used to tell me about it.

48. Do you go to church?
Nope.

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
A new relationship.

50. Just how OLD are you?
34

>The Weekend That Was

>Friday night was rehearsal, followed by a few beers (& rusty nails) at Churchills. Saturday was groceries then rehearsal then girls night out at Kristi’s. I had a great time, but wasn’t up for heading out, so I went home instead. Ahh – blessed sleep! Sunday was our first day off-book and the first full run of the show, with crew invited. It took longer than we’d anticipated, but I think it went really well. After that, a quick burger at Churchills and then off to Jay M’s for our Serenity RPG. I was thankful that my character is impulsive and overconfident and naieve, because I don’t think I would have had the brain power for much more than that. As usual, it was a fun & relaxing game and it allowed me to think about something other than Cabaret for a few hours.

>Elton John’s Improvisation

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Man – to have talent like this!

>Friday’s Feast #140

>Appetizer
What is your favorite kind of bread?
Fresh multigrain with sunflower seeds from a local bakery.

Soup
When was the last time you bought a new pillow?
A couple of years ago. I was just thinking the other day that it’s time for a new one.

Salad
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend surfing the ‘net?
Too many. Now that I’m on Facebook I’m online a lot more while I do other sttuff.

Main Course
What’s the highest you remember your temperature being?
104, but thankfully that didn’t last for long.

Dessert
Fill in the blanks: When I ____________, I _____________.
When I exercise, I have more energy.

>Thursday is Massage Therapy Day!

>I’m looking forward to my Thursday appointment to get the knots worked out of my back, which have been resulting in a pinched nerve. I’m just not looking forward to the next two days where I will feel like I overdid it at the gym. :-)

>A New Addiction

>OK, I admit I may have a slight addiction to Facebook. It’s awesome – it’s like a giant watercooler where I can get regular updates from friends from all over, and it has alowed me to re-connect with a few folks that I haven’t talked to since high school & university.

It doesn’t mean that I will slack off on this blogging though. I still intend to update 5 days/week. I’ve just been busy and haven’t felt like there has been much to talk about other than the fact that I’ve been busy with rehearsals.

In other news, I had my first dental appoinment in 4 years. I hadn’t realized that I’d left it that long. Oops. The only reason I made the appoinment is because of a cracked filling. That, in a nutshell is about the height of my exciting non-work, non-theatre life. :-) At least for today.

>The Weekend That Flew By

>I took Friday afternoon off so that I could head up to Fredericton to get my passport processed. Thankfully it wasn’t snowing as badly as the forecast had predicted. By the time I got back to Saint John, I was pretty tired, so I took a nap and woke up just as I should have been at rehearsal, so I rushed over. Rehearsal went well, and after that we had a cast and crew karaoke party at the Somerset Pub. It was nice to see so many people turn out for it!

Saturday morning Jay and Lisa M stopped by so that Lisa could borrow my sewing machine. We then decided to do breakfast at Reggies and when we were done that, I headed over to the rehearsal space to tape out the rehearsal area. I finished just as rehearsal got started. We worked through the first half of the show. It’s the first time we’ve tried the transitions and singing and dancing and acting all together. Once that was done, I stuck around to help the Kit Kat girls out as they worked on a couple of their dances. By the time we were done, it was after 5. Lisa F and I went and checked out Sense of Tokyo, the new Japanese restaurant on Waterloo Street, which was fantastic!! After that, I deserved a quiet evening in.

Sunday we had another afternoon rehearsal where we worked through the second half of the play, which needs a lot more work than the first half. We finished rehearsal and then I finally got a chance to finish taping out the rehearsal space and organizing the space and props (please folks, use the recycling bag for beverage containers and the garbage bag for your garbage! There was a ton of stuff to clean up.) and after that, Stephen and Sandra and I had a little production meeting at the Tim Horton’s on King Street. By the time we were done, it was 5 PM. I then headed home to deal with emails about the show, and when Lisa F called at 8:30 to see if I wanted to go see a movie, I welcomed the break.

So I headed out to see Pathfinder with Lisa and Anthony and Sabine. The movie was… entertaining. Nothing historically accurate about it, but I thought the style of things like the pod-shaped homes and the costuming were pretty cool. Also, it was supposed to be the east coast but it looked like BC, even if the scenery was beautiful. Not much talking in this film, and what was done in English seemed so painfully modern in comparison to the time period that it was supposed to be set in. Lots of violence, I think they pretty much managed to depict every type of torture/death possible for the “evil” Vikings to use on their victims. The good news? Karl Urban, of course (hello chaps and loin cloth combo!) and the tobogganing chase scene, and a few other unintended funny moments, as well as a hefty dose of action. I needed the mental break and I’m glad I saw it.

>Friday’s Feast

>Appetizer
When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?
Silver.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?
Moving is not an issue for me, but I’d still be a graphic designer.

Salad
Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?
44

Main Course
Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?
I have, but I can’t remember what I’ve re-gifted or to whom.

Dessert
Name something you need from the store.
Bread.

>Just Thinking…

>Every once in a while I have to stop and remind myself to stop worrrying about things that are coming up and just deal with what is on my plate at the moment. I’ve been having one of those days weeks months years decades and I wish I could manage to spend more time appreciating the present. Even if it’s the hard stuff.

As I type this under the glow of the screen on my laptop, I’ve noticed how the light hits my hand and has made them look old and foreign. How odd. Yet how neat. They look like somebody else’s much older hands. It makes me think of self-perception. Inside, I feel the same (in some ways) as I did 10 years ago, but on the outside, do I really look so different? No doubt I do. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing.