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Greetings, salutations and what up. I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend. Mine wasn't bad!

COG adn I have joined Direct Buy. I have no idea if this was a good move or not, but we went through the whole speil and thought about it and signed up. We've been planning on getting the windows in the house replaced anyway, and Bob knows I would like to have a somewhat matching bedroom set eventually. . . so we'll see what happens. Anyone else a member? Anyone have any experience?

I only have one more week of scheduling hell before my girl who's been on medical leave is supposed to be back. HUZZAH! I'm trying not to get to excited about it, but it'd be nice to have a lunch again.

Hope you all are doing well!

Good Weekend everyone!

Friday! Huzzah! Two days without having to come back downtown is a beautiful thing. :-)

Eddie Izzard apparently has a show in town tonight and was on my radio this morning, talking about the weather in Chicago, which totally made my day. There's nothing better than getting your weekend forecast from an executive transvestite.

Arsenic and Old Lace is givin me some headaches. . . mainly because I don't think the producers really know wtf is going on and I don't know how else to help them. Yesterday it was "do we have publicity photos set up yet? How about head shots? And when is the costumer coming in?" This morning it was "have you gotten a crew for make-up and hair yet? because that whole prosthetic forehead thing for Jonathan Brewster is going to be a bitch." I'm sure it'll all come together in the end, but I'm afraid I'm going to forget to tell them to do something and then it won't get done.

I have a rather unhealthy obsession with this song. It's so beautiful and haunting and I've had it going through my head for days. Probably better for me than The Fairytale of New York that was there earlier.

I hope you all have a faboo weekend!

Why is it not Friday today?

I miss my three day weeks. Can I have them back please? *sigh*

Chicagoland is under a winter storm watch. This means we will get anywhere from naught to 80 inches of snow, depending on which news agency you listen to. It also means that everyone and their mothers will be panicking about how much snow we might get.

Maybe I'm just bitter because it's -87 outside and even if there is a yeti attack in downtown Chicago tomorrow, I still have to go to work as long as one form of transportation is working.

BUT, in HAPPINESS news. . . I got to have a wonderful lunch with the COG today, which was a rare treat. He was downtown working on something and took me to lunch at one of the nicer places I never get to down here. It's hard to beat steak and asparagus for lunch. :-D

BUSY today. Trying to get show stuff done and then my real work on top of that. I don't know if I told you guys or not, but I'm assistant directing/stage managing Arsenic and Old Lace, which is seriously one of the funniest things ever written. If you've never seen the Carey Grant movie, I highly recommend it. I can't get through a rehearsal without cracking up at least once.

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!!

One Little Word

So the brilliant divinemum has posted about her One Little Word challenge, and hers for this year is PEACE, which I think is just fitting and perfect for her after the year she's had.

For those who aren't familiar, you pick one word to focus on for the year. Just one. Anything, really, but then you strive to bring that word into focus throughout your life. Sounds easy, but I'm willing to bet it's a lot harder than it sounds.

So I've done a bit of thinking. A bit of navel gazing, and I think my word for this year will be HAPPINESS. Not just my own, which is important, but that of those people around me. . .because I think if I can make other people happy at the same time, my own happiness will be rebounded. Spread the love, if you will.

So yes. 2010. The year of HAPPINESS. Word.

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays all! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas/Hannakuh/Kwanzaa/Non-Denominational Capitalist Winter Gift Giving Season and that you all are looking forward to the new year as much as I am.

I'm going to try and be better about updating and not just lurking on here. Lately I just haven't had anything to say, really, and on the rare occasions I've had a coherant thought that I wanted to share, I haven't had the damn time to actually write it down. Ain't that how it always goes, though?

Big news lately. . .

1. My first stint as a leading lady was a rousing success. While I still haven't actually seen any of the footage from the show, the pics are fun and my hair was MASSIVE. Gotta love 1960's bouffants. Next musical is Spelling Bee, which I'm not familiar with but will have to look at before next fall.

2. My car is dead. COG got into a wreck right before Thanksgiving and while he was okay, the car is GONE. My first major purchase as an adult is now a cube somewhere in a landfill. Is okay though, I'd rather replace the car than the COG.

3. We DID get a new car right before Christmas. COG's work car started committing sepuku, so he traded in his as well and we bought a 2009 sonata. Fully loaded. She'd probably do my dishes if I asked her nicely enough. We've named her Buffy, and while living with only one winter-worthy car between the two of us is a bit of a challenge, it's not too bad.

Anyway, hope this finds all of you and yours healthy and happy. :wub: to everyone!

ETA: Daisy requested pics of me in my Cheap and tasteless outfits. There are a TON here. . . and I think they're all public.

This is a favorite, and this is a good view of the Plant and my nightgown. I'm pretty easy to spot in any of them, really. . . leopard print, tight fitting, or massively pink outfits are all me.


So the show closed last night. I got to sing my last duet of Suddenly Seymour with my co-star at the bar around midnight when the bartender said he'd by everyone a round if we did a song from the show.

He was so impressed, he bought us two.

I stripped myself of my fake nails today and have turned in all my cheap and tasteless costumes ot the drycleaners. I washed the four cans of aquanet out of my hair last night and am back to being a normal person again.

I hate being a normal person. I want to go back to being an actress.

I've been crying off and on all day today. Damnit.


Hi all! Sorry I've just been sucking rocks on trying to keep updated here, but it's been kinda nutty between work and show.

Work: One of my girls is out on indefinite medical leave. She apparently fell down a ladder, broke several bones and foun out she had walking pneumonia when she went to the ER. I guess if you're going to go for it, you might as well go all out, right? Poor kid. I just hope she gets better soon. Right now I'm sure she's miserable.

Meantime, my boss is still being crazy and I sometimes think she's a moron, but I keep hoping I'm wrong. She just. . . doesn't listen. It's as if I'm beneath her contempt since I'm just a receptionist and she's my supervisor. . . but I've been doing this for 10 years and she's never done it before. Gah. It'll get better, I hope, but still.

Show: is eating my brain. I'm starting to dream in a New York accent. I'm so stupidly excited, it's not even funny. I mean, what better show to get my first big role in? I even had my first kiss with Seymour yesterday, which we were both kinda nervous about (we both kept look at each other with deep longing in our eyes and then breaking out into giggles), but hey, went fine. All 87 time we ran the song.

I'm trying to see if I can get a clip posted of me singing so I can prove to my cousin that I CAN sing show anyone who's interested, so I'll keep y'all posted. :-)

Big news of the moment. . . I got an iPhone! Huzzah! I can actually call people from my house! I can search the web from my couch! The Power of the Internet Compells Me! Well, once i figure out how to use the damn thing. I'm so tech inept its depressing.

hope y'all are doing well.

Show Pictures!

So, here are some publicity photos of Little Shop. I've been so swamped I really haven't had much time to do anything online, but I wanted to share these!

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I'm so behind on LJ at the moment. I ahve no idea what's going on in anyone's life, and I'm really sorry about that, so if you have momentous news, need support ror a swift kick in the ass, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll try and get reading here soon-ish.

Show is going well, though I'm still losing my mind a bit with it. A good friend leant me an Ipod, so I've been cracking out to the songs, which is good, because I think the COG was going to choke me if he heard "Closed for Rennovation" one more time. Lines are still freaking me out, but I've been studying them like crazy and think I have my two icky monologues mostly down. Did some costume stuff last night. Can we say Call-Girl Chic? Oy. At least some of my trashy bar clothes from when I was 21 are being put to good use.

COG is still worried about contract negotiations. AT&T and IBEW have tentatively agreed on a contract, but the union has to approve it, and he's not sure they will since at least one section of guys is kind of getting a crummy deal, but it's still a better deal than they have now. . . so yeah. Strike is still a possibility, and the problem with this is

A) The last time it happened, the union caved and got a MUCH worse contract than what was originally offered. There is a good chance that if they strike again, the Lump-Sum payment option on his benefits would go the way of the dodo.

B) if the Lump-Sum goes away, it means he'll get a monthly stipend for the rest of his life. . . unless they pull something like United did and decide not to pay out benefits to the retirees any more. In any case, the stipend is quite possibly less than he would get should he choose the lump-sum option. It all depends on how long he lives, and unless he lived to be in his 90's, it's probably not as much.

He could always retire immediately and keep the lump-sum option from the contract that he has in place right now, but we're honestly not in a fabulous position for him to retire immediately. I'd like to pay off some more bills and such. I'd like to do some more home improvements. We both like our standard of living, and it would drop DRAMATICALLY if his salary went away. But we only have a few weeks to figure this out, because they vote on the contract at the end of the month, and

C) If they choose to strike, it goes into effect immediately, and NO ONE is allowed to retire while they are on strike.

Which means that if he retires now, he can keep the contract and we lose a lot of money from his salary until he can get another job at a lesser wage. . . or he can waut and see what the new contract will bring if they go on strike. Either way, it's like a $500K dollar gamble.
So after my last post, where we discussed the evil perfection that is shortbread. . . I've started a food diary.

Brainwashing Barbiedolls, who knew ice cream had that freaking many calories?! And the packaging. . . it LIES TO US. Ever look at the serving sizes? I mean, come on. Who eats only one ounce?! Dairy, thou sting hath been felt (all over my ass and in my thighs).

Methinks I might have found the reason I'm not dropping weight like I thought I should with the working out. Now the real question is. . . am I really willing to give up my good food?