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Friday, October 31, 2008

Spooky Time...

'Tis Halloween and Mark has taken our two boys, the pirate and the fireman, out for treats. I am always amazed at the haul they come home with. I am manning the door. So far we have had about 10 kids... it is almost 8:00 p.m. We have a big bowl of candy at the door. I am trying to be generous so as to deplete it, but even the big handfuls don't add up when you have so few kids. Earlier in the evening, Oliver drew a face on our pumpkin and I carved it out. It is quite nice... huge eyes, small nose and medium sized mouth. Looks very Tim Burtonish... I like it! I couldn't find the carver I bought last year, so I used a jack knife. I tried a steak knife, but it was too long. The jack knife was perfect. Next year, I am determined to get their costumes settled earlier. A last minute discovery that the ninja suit's zipper was toast meant a rush purchase of pirate accessories at Shoppers. Oliver is, thankfully, happy with his last minute costume, but I was not happy to be running around looking for it so late in the game!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Okay, Halloween party, CHECK!

Last night Walterdale hosted a little masquerade party. We (the organizing committee) wanted it to be casual, but fun. It was a nice little evening. It started slow because we had these old black and white horror movies (a la Vincent Price) and we had brought those for background imagery, but during the set-up one of the volunteers/attendees really started watching the movie. We were hesitant to turn the sound off on him, but we did and put the music on and things picked up. It was also challenging because the bar is in the lobby and the party was to be int he theatre so we had a split focus with two changing groups of people. It all worked out and I think we had about 40-45 people in total in attendance and I think everyone had fun. It also 'broke even' so we provided a social event without spending gobs of cash. We want to make the social component a bigger and more ongoing part of Walterdale. Too many people come, do one show, and never come back. We want to give them a reason.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hopes and Dreams for November...

On paper, this October was and continues to be one of the busiest months I have had in a long time. Keep in mind I am a naturally busy person, so imagine what a really, really busy month is for me. I will be glad when this month is over. I am going to endeavour to minimize adding things to November outside Black Hearts and the commitments I have for the boys and the one or two social events I have to go to. AM and I scaled back on meeting for our writing until the middle of the month so that helps and there are no 50th Anniversary Galas, nor shows to work Box Office coming up. I hope to keep Mondays and Wednesday nights free to decompress. I hope to write on Tuesday afternoons. I hope that our P/T Pharmacist is sufficiently recovered from his surgery to return to work so that I don't feel like the managing of the house and children is on my shoulders 80% of the time. I hope to get my hair cut and coloured sometime in November and I hope to feel well enough to at least get back on the treadmill 3X a week. I think the health thing is slowly resolving. I am at about 75% right now so that is a good thing. I hope that if I need to meet for my drama class, that we can meet on Tues and Thurs afternoon so I don't have to make another trip to the University and pay for parking on a different day. I hope that the other people in my life stay healthy, and get their crap dealt with so I don' t have to drop additional responsibilities into a very busy life that I carefully schedule and coordinate so that I don't feel swamped. I hope that Mark starts to use the organizational system (5th times the charm!) I have set up to minimize the paper explosions in our home and therefore the chaos in our lives. I will likely not see everything I want to in regards to theatre this month, but I will get to what I can and that will be that. I shouldn't feel bad about not getting to everything. There is just so much to go to and only so much time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Being a First Years Drama Student is Exhausting...

We worked on our midterm projects today and boy was I tired at the end of class. We are a very high energy group and the scene has a bit of a roller-coaster to it, so it take a bit out of me. We also had a very energetic warm-up that I loved, but that really tired me out. Maybe if I was 18-20 like everyone else I wouldn't be so tired?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Why am I still sick?

That's really all I wanted to say. If you track back you will find that I have been sick for quite a while. I think I am going on 3 weeks. I have little peaks and deep valleys in the illness journey. I should probably go see someone, but the time investment is precious and I do not know when I would be able to go... Wednesday? maybe... I wish those little white blood cells would get their act together!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

It's quiet now...

...for the moment, as the boys eat Eggo Waffles. A half an hour ago it was not so quiet. Last week I took the boys to Crankpots on Whyte Avenue and they each painted a ceramic doo-dad. Oliver painted an ant and Gibson painted a car. I picked them up today and put them up high for safety. Despite my warnings, however, the boys got them done and were playing with them. In the course of this Gibson's hand was bumped by Oliver's and the car crashed and shattered. Both boys were in tears for well over 15 minutes. Gibson over the lost treasure and Oliver because he felt so bad about it. I am exhausted and tomorrow Gibson and I are going to Crankpots to paint a new treasure. Yay?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Silence = Beauty on stage

With a bit of reluctance I went to Children of a Lesser God at Walterdale Theatre tonight. I have been sick for the last 2 weeks and I am still not better so I was worried about staying awake. I had also heard mixed reviews from people who saw the show the first week. But I had friends in the cast and I loved the script when I had read it and I am on the Board so I dragged my butt there. So glad I did. It was lovely. I cried. I highly recommend it.

Struck down my illness... my voice strangely silent...

Yeah, so I am and have been sick. We are past the 2 week mark so I am hoping for a glimmer of light on the horizon. Think healthy thoughts for me, please.

I am glad the election is over. I wrote a blog post about how I was feeling about the dissemination of information about the issues and the hatefulness that the election was bringing out in people but I didn't post it because I just sounded too angry. I just hope that the vilification of people with different beliefs will stop. Because I am somewhat 'in the middle' on many issues I often feel more right than my artsy friends and more left than my family and the ladies on the playground. I was trying to approach the election by looking at the facts and the track record of the parties involved. I wanted to get away from the blind prejudice that seems to colour a lot of people's ideas about one party or another. This was challenging. The number of emails I received from Arts Organizations that told only half the story or that deliberately misinterpreted Harper's remarks about the 'gala attendees' made me angry. I hope they realize that to a large portion of the population they came off like whiny children who didn't understand the real issues that face our country. To 'the ladies at the playground' the outraged artist faction were spoiled little brats, particularly with what was going on with the economy. Yeesh! What I hated even worse was how people talked about each other and I noticed it most from my artist friends (The friends that I thought were all about free expression of ideas and accepting different viewpoints and values). Well, apparently if you differ in opinion from them, then you are a Nazi... which I find a horrific thing to say. To call Harper Hitler is so appalling.

So I hope everyone learns some manners and that we can find a better way to express our opinions without the vilification of anyone who doesn't believe what we do. Remember, that's my Mom you are talking about... I may not take kindly to your words!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

So far, so good! I have been enjoying birthday wishes via Facebook all morning. I have such wonderful friends! Ah...

This morning I slept in a little bit, opened my presents (books and Heroes Season 1 - yay!), dropped Oliver at school, dropped Gibson at Pre-school, came home and made myself a real breakfast, and then read all my birthday wishes. Who could ask for anything more?!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Germ Soup...

Thus ends a week of illness. I am still not at 100% but I am getting there. Tuesday was the worst day. I actually 'called in sick' for class and after dropping Oliver at the bus stop I went home and slept 5 hours. I still felt tired when I woke up. That evening I had orientation for Artstart and a rehearsal for Black Hearts so it was good I got the rest. I figure if I didn't have so many things on the go it would be a lot more easy to get well again. Or maybe, if I wasn't so busy, being sick wouldn't be so hard to cope with. Each night I go to sleep with the hope that I will feel 100% upon waking. I haven't gotten there yet and I grab little naps when I can and I am married to a Pharmacist so I medicate a bit to ease my way through... Maybe by my birthday...

Gibson turned 4 yesterday. A nice little birthday morning and hot dogs for supper (a supper I knew he would like... he's a little young to pick dinner so I picked for him). I am avoiding the whole birthday party concept for my children. I figure I will have to have a few over the years, but I don't want it to be an assumed thing. For one thing, they get enough stuff without the party from us and relatives. Also, I think the whole party thing gets to be too much and for them to expect it would bother me. I want them to appreciate things, not take them for granted. It is hard to know how to do this.