Weekend Update: Pizza Party and Birthday Celebrations

This weekend was a bit more leisurely than last, thank goodness. I’m all about packing stuff in and having fun, but I need to balance those busy times with time for relaxation and catching up on life stuff. Check out what I got up to below!

Friday
I ended up skipping CrossFit to attend my first yoga class in quite a long time. My back and shoulders were feeling sore and I just felt like I needed to be in a nice, warm room and get my stretch on. Unfortunately, class was not the blissfull release I had anticipated. Firstly, I forgot my mat towel, which meant that I spent the entire class sliding all over the place and not really being able to relax at all. Then, class went 15 minutes over, meaning I was late to rehearsal. Whomp whomp.

At rehearsal, we did a run through of Act 1 and then worked a few bits. Still feeling very good about this show. I can’t wait to have an audience! Our Doralee and Mr. Hart are a real-life married couple, and they invited the whole cast and crew over to their house for a post-rehearsal pizza party. Everyone chipped in a few bucks and we did BYOB. I only had two glasses of wine, but ended up staying until 1:30 am, which is SUPER late for me. And then the roads were really bad and I almost went off the road three times and it took me twice as long to get home as it should have, so I didn’t make it into bed until almost 3 am. Ooof.

Saturday
After Friday night’s exertions, I slept until almost noon. I could have slept longer, but I really wanted to get some stuff done around the house. After a quick breakfast of egg and toast, I vacuumed the entire downstairs, put away laundry, threw in another load of laundry, and cleaned our room.

Saturday night, my friend Maria was having a birthday celebration downtown. I didn’t really want to drive into Burlington, but I’m awfully glad I did, as when I arrived, she was all by herself at the bar! I bought her a birthday drink, and then other people started showing up. I went to not one, but TWO bars on a Saturday night, and ended up staying out until 11:30. Again, really late for me.

Sunday
I would have liked to sleep in again on Sunday, but I had a costume fitting at 11 am, so I had to get up and on the road pretty quickly. My costume fitting was about as bad as I thought it would be. I left the costume shop feeling deflated and sad, and had to fight hard not to cry. I don’t have one single outfit that’s even remotely flattering, and most of them make me look downright awful.

I went to the mall for a little retail therapy and bought myself a new purse and some lunch before it was time to head to rehearsal. We did a full run of the whole show, and it went really, really well.

When I got home I had a snack and talked to my parents for a while, then ate some dinner and had a beer with Ben and my mother in law. After dinner, I had some chocolate chips and we watched the last episode of Season 1 of The Crown before an early bedtime.

This is the final week before the show opens. It’s about to get really busy around here. I’m going to do my best to get plenty of rest, eat healthy food, and not let the stress get me down.

What’s the latest you’ve stayed up recently?

 

 

Friday Free-For-All – 03/24/17

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I actually managed to cook dinner for the family this week. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t really been contributing to household chores as much as I’d like, and I’ve been getting down on myself over it. I finally sucked it up and made taco fixings on Tuesday night, and it made me feel so much better. Everyone has been incredibly gracious about my crazy schedule, but it’s never nice to feel like I’m just a burden on everyone.

9 to 5 opens two weeks from last night. Holy crap. I can’t believe it’s almost here already! The show is in great shape right now, and I know it’s going to be awesome. The only thing making me nervous is that I haven’t had a single costume fitting yet. I have no idea what I’m wearing, and I just hope I don’t look awful. I swear, if they put shoulder pads on me (the show is set in 1979), I may have a meltdown. I try not to be a diva about costumes, but it can be demoralizing to stand onstage in front of 1,200 people a night and feel like you look like a train wreck.

I’m going to be learning guitar. For a couple of scenes in Dogfight the musical, my character plays guitar and sings. So that’s crazy and cool. I took guitar lessons for a few years in middle school, and every once in a while I pick up a friend’s guitar and play around, but I’m going to have to actually put a bit of effort in over the next couple of months. Thank god for free lessons on YouTube, amirite?

I have slept better this week than I have in I don’t know how long. For years, I’ve had a weird sort of pseudo-insomnia where I a) have difficulty actually falling asleep, b) wake up multiple times a night, for no particular reason, and c) wake up about an hour before my alarm is set to go off and just lie there, wishing I were asleep. It’s annoying as hell, not to mention completely disruptive as far as getting good quality sleep. But this week? I’ve been falling asleep relatively quickly, I think I’ve woken up a handful of times, but for much shorter periods than usual, and I’m sleeping through until my alarm. I’m waking up, if not refreshed, at least not exhausted. I’m not sure what’s changed, but god I hope it keeps up!

Do you ever have trouble sleeping?

 

 

 

I Wanted to Run, So I Ran

I’ve been on an extended running break lately. The 15th of March marked exactly four months since I laced up and went for a run. Lots of factors went into the break; total burnout from marathon training was a big one. Also being super busy and not wanting to spend that much time out on the pavement or on the treadmill. And since January, CrossFit has been my main fitness squeeze. Add in persistent shoe woes and I said “Screw it” and just let it go.

Lately though, I’ve been feeling distinctly nostalgic for running. For the accomplishment I used to feel after a tough interval workout, or the joy of running a PR race. So I thought maybe, just maybe, it was time to bring it back. Last night, I hit up good ole Planet Fitness and ran a couple of miles on the treadmill.

In spite of the fact that I’ve lost all my calluses and had some minor blistering, this was actually an amazing run. I did a quarter of a mile walking warm up, then ran two whole miles, starting at about an 10:30 minute per mile pace, and inching up the speed one notch every quarter of a mile, so I finished at about a 9:40/mile pace, which is pretty dang quick! Granted, that was only for a quarter of a mile, but still!

I think I still have a lot of work to do to get used to the monotony of running again, but playing with the speed helped, and otherwise, I felt good. I think CrossFit has definitely helped with my strength and stamina; I was hardly winded when I finished. I also still need to figure out shoes, but I can continue to try breaking in the Hokas or wear my old Mirage 4s for a while yet, since I’m only training for 5ks right now. I’ve been consistently over budget for the last couple of months, so dropping $100+ dollars on new running shoes just isn’t in the cards right now.

So hey, how about that? A comeback. I’m hoping to reintegrate running into the routine from here on out, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and MAYBE a longish run on Saturdays once 9 to 5 is over. Now that Daylight Savings Time has kicked in and I have more daylight, running outside after work is much more doable.

Have you ever taken a long break from running? How did it feel to get back to it?

 

Weekend Update: Family Visits, LuLaRoe, and Taco Night

Happy Monday, all! This weekend went by in a blur. They just never seem long enough!

Friday
Work–>CrossFit–>Rehearsal is my usual Friday night schedule. We were released a bit early, which was excellent, because Ben’s uncle Bill and cousin Justin decided to make an impromtu visit to see Grammy before Justin moves to Colorado in a couple of weeks. I arrived home just before they did, and managed to start a fire in the woodstove by myself for the first time ever! We had a few drinks and chatted for a while, and I went to bed around midnight. They stayed up until the wee hours!

Saturday
I slept in until about 9:30, then got up to find breakfast-making already in full swing. Ben and uncle Bill made bacon, eggs, and home fries, yum!

We were supposed to take Grammy out for lunch, but breakfast ended up being more like lunch, so we went for an afternoon visit instead. We chatted for an hour or so, and then I headed over to my friend Abbie’s house for a LuLaRoe party. I was a good girl and only bought one shirt, even though there were at least five other things I wanted. I wish I’d had more time to chat and hang out, but I needed to head back and pick up Ben for taco night at our friends David and Alex’s house.

I decided to DD for the night, and we carpooled with our friends Merlin and Kat. The food was delicious, and the company was excellent, but we stayed out a bit later than I would have liked. I’m such an old lady these days. I didn’t get into bed until after 1 am, and I was WIPED.

Sunday
I slept in again after our late night, then got up and did my usual Sunday morning tidy up. I tend to just let everything pile up during the week and then do a big clean on the weekend. Not ideal, but it’s what I can manage right now.

We had 9 to 5 rehearsal at the Flynn today, which is always a treat. It’s such a beautiful theatre, it makes me feel like a star every time I get to be on that stage. We did a full run through of the show, and it has really come together over the last week or so. It’s very exciting to be at this point and still have so much time to work and polish stuff before we open on the 6th!

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Looking out into that audience is one of my favorite views in the world

I’m starting the week off a bit behind the eight ball because I neglected to do any meal prep this weekend. I’m hoping that I can make it through Monday and Tuesday, and then do some cooking tomorrow night for the rest of the week.

Do you like to stay up late, or are you like me, and go to bed early?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 03/17/17

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Alas, I don’t have any plans to drink Irish Car Bombs or Guinness tonight. I’ve got CrossFit and then rehearsal until 10. Have one for me, friends!

Winter Storm Stella kicked our ass! We got over 3 feet of snow at our house. Ben had two snow days in a row, and I essentially had two half days. Businesses shut down, the University of Vermont was closed for two whole days… We haven’t had a snowstorm like this since the Valentine’s Day blizzard of 2007. While I’m happy that we’re finally getting some snow, I wish we hadn’t gotten an entire winter’s worth in 24 hours.

We’ve got the house to ourselves this week. Ben’s parents took a trip to North Carolina because cousin Lucas is retiring after 20 years in the Air Force. I wish we could have gone, but between Ben’s job and my rehearsal schedule, we just couldn’t swing it. So we’re at home taking care of the menagerie. It’s nice to have our own space for a bit, but taking care of 2 dogs, 5 cats, a horse, and some chickens is a lot of work, especially with all this damn snow!

Update on Ben’s job. We have tentatively heard that Ben will have a permanent part-time position for the upcoming school year. We’re trying not to get TOO excited because he doesn’t have a contract in hand yet, but as long as nothing changes, this is great news. Obviously, we’d prefer that it were a full time position, but permanent is good. We’re still not sure yet whether or not he’ll qualify for benefits, or what he might need to do in order to qualify (like being an Instructional Aide part time again), but baby steps. This is good news, and helps to alleviate some of the stress we’ve been under lately. I will share more info as it becomes available.

Are you wearing green today? Any fun St. Paddy’s plans?

Weekend Update: Mardi Gras and Freezing Cold

Happy Monday, friends. Winter returned to the Northeast with a vengeance this weekend. Temps were in the negatives all weekend, and now we’re supposed to get a foot or more of snow this week. Eep! Let’s take a look at what I got up to this weekend.

Friday
CrossFit–>rehearsal–>home as usual. Everybody was in bed by the time I got home so I just went straight to bed.

Saturday
I got up around 8 to cram a few things in before heading into town for Mardi Gras. Yes, we celebrate Mardi Gras in Vermont. Yes, we do it on a Saturday. In March. We’re special. I know.

I cleaned the bathroom and neatened up some stuff in our room, then got dressed and headed into town to meet my friend Brita for a drink before the parade. Then, we did some pre-game drinking at my friends’ salon right down the street. I may have had one more drink than completely necessary, and ended up on the front page of the Burlington Free Press website singing my face off while everyone else is posing nicely for the camera. I blame the Hamilton soundtrack…

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After the parade, we went to the Hilton Garden Inn, where I did NOT have anything to drink, and hung out chatting and sobering up for a while. I was meeting Ben and some of our other friends for dinner and to see Logan so I left a little before 5. I absolutely housed half of a buffalo chicken pizza, chugged some water, and felt a lot better. Logan was pretty good. I honestly didn’t really know what it was about other than Wolverine, but I liked it a lot. Much grittier than other X-Men movies.

By the time the movie was over, I was exhausted. Ben and I went home, watched one episode of The Crown, and I passed out.

Sunday
Sunday was another early morning for me, because I wanted to hit up the Athleta friends and family sale before rehearsal. I got a new pair of capris, with POCKETS, and a pair of shorts for summer. About half my wardrobe at this point is from Athleta, and I’m not mad about it.

Rehearsal was a long one. We’re at the point now where we’re putting larger chunks of the show together, which is always difficult and time-consuming. I was tired and cranky, but we got through it and I was home a little after five. I didn’t do any meal prep yesterday, which is likely to bite me in the ass later this week, but I think I can get it done tomorrow night. Fingers crossed.

And now it’s Monday. My first full week at work since coming back from vacation. And we’re in for a huge snowstorm tomorrow. Ugh. Bring on all the coffee.

Are you in for snow in your neck of the woods this week?

 

Eleuthera Vacation in (Mostly) Pictures

This recap is going to be pretty loosey-goosey. The days sort of ran together as they tend to do on vacation, so rather than trying to construct a narrative of the week, I’ll just share some of my favorite pictures, facts, and memories.

Fact: In the Bahamas, open containers are totally legal, even in a motor vehicle. After arriving at North Eleuthera airport on Monday, we got beers at the bar across the road from the airport, and drank them in the back of the truck on our way back to Amy and Harry’s house.

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Amy and Harry live on the very northern edge of the island, with a small beach literally in their backyard, and the “big beach” a whopping five minute walk away.

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Big beach

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Little beach (and Ben)

 There’s LOTS of wildlife on the island, including but not limited to, birds, snakes, scorpions, and all kinds of lizards. I can’t lie, I became somewhat obsessed with lizard-spotting, and I would say a good 25% of my photos from this trip are of lizards.

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This little lizard lives behind a painting in the kitchen and comes out at night to say hi

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Giant hermit crab

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Stripey lizard

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Blue-tailed lizard

We spent a lot of time outdoors, walking, snorkeling, and helping Harry with yard work.

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We had a dinner party, and visited Preacher’s Cave and Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.

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And we took the mini ferry across to Harbor Island for lunch at a beach bar.

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We also drank a LOT of Kalik (delicious Bahamian beer) and rum punch. We cooked most of our meals at home. I read 7 books. I didn’t get a sunburn. We went out to a real Bahamian bar and met a lot of locals. Oh, and the no-see-ums were OUT OF CONTROL and I got so many bugbites I look like I have Chicken Pox. But other than that, it was a perfect vacation.

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Another month gone by! Crazypants! This wrap-up is coming at you a little late because of our Bahamas vacation (stay tuned for a recap!), so here we go.

At the end of January, I did a little retrospective, and I’ve decided to keep that up even though I’m not really running or training for anything. It’s always nice to look back and see what you’ve accomplished, and I think I actually did pretty well this month.

CrossFit
CF continues to be awesome. I’m making friends and definitely getting stronger. I went 10 times in February, which is pretty great considering all the snow we got and how busy I’ve been. My current membership level gets me 12 total classes per month, so the fact that I only skipped twice is pretty impressive.

Fitting CF in three times a week will get more challenging as the show approaches, and I’m considering prorating my April membership because I really don’t think I’ll have the time or energy to go at all the week of 9 to 5 shows. We’ll see, though.

Theatre
Rehearsals for 9 to 5 are getting longer and more frequent, and this will continue through March and early April. I love, love, love getting to do theatre, but it is incredibly demanding of my time and energy. It’s always worth it in the end, but I also always reach a point in every rehearsal process where I think “What the hell have I done to myself?” I haven’t hit it yet, but it’s coming. Having had this past week off from both work and rehearsal has been a great recharge, though, and I’m hopeful that it will help stave off any feelings of panic.

Right before we left for the Bahamas, I had my audition for Dogfight the musical. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I got the part that I wanted. As I recently discussed, this is something of a double-edged sword. It means two back-to-back rehearsal processes without much downtime between and less flexibility to do fun things this summer, but I get to play I role I really want and sing beautiful music and work with my friend Scott again. I’m choosing to focus on the positive and know that it will be great.

Running
Still no running around here. I’m planning to bring it back this month, though. The days are getting longer and slightly warmer, and Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend, so it’s time to get back to at least two runs a week, on my off days from CF.

Highlight
Our Bahamas trip, hands down. Lots of rest, reading, good food, great company, and delicious beer. Heaven.

Lowlight
Sitting in the North Eleuthera airport and realizing I had to go back to reality. I actually cried. While my work environment is pretty awesome, the job itself is soul-crushingly boring, and knowing that I had to return to that monotony was quite depressing.

Goals
In my January wrap-up post, I also set out a couple of goals for February. Since you probably don’t remember what they were, here’s a refresher:

  • Go to CrossFit 12 times.
  • Go to yoga at least once.
  • Make an eye doctor appointment.

Sadly, I only accomplished one of these goals: I had an eye doctor appointment on the 23rd. Getting my eye doctor appointment was relatively painless because the office I chose (where Ben has been going since he was a teen) allows you to request an appointment online! #introvertwin. I didn’t end up needing a new prescription (yay!), but I got new lenses with fancy anti-glare coating, because I have a hard time with night driving sometimes.

I have some goals for March as well:

  • Go to CF 12 times
  • Go to yoga at least once
  • Run at least twice
  • Start (and hopefully complete) the process of my 401(k) rollover. I left my previous employer almost 4 years ago and still haven’t rolled my old plan into my current one. The power of compound interest is more powerful the more money you have, so having all my dollars in one plan is the best way to make my money work. I tried to do this once already, and the jackass I got on the phone never actually sent me the necessary paperwork. Time to put my adulting pants on and get this done.

Have you ever had to rollover a retirement plan? Was it relatively painless?

 

Quick Post-Vacation Check-In

Hi friends! I’m back from vacation! I wish I could say that I was 100% happy to be here, but that would be a lie. I actually cried a little bit at the airport on our way home. That may have been more due to the three Kaliks (delicious Bahamian beer) that I downed in rapid succession than to actual emotions, but it happened nonetheless.

Don’t get me wrong, seeing the kitties and my in-laws and sleeping in my own bed are all glorious and wonderful, but coming back to work is less so. And going from mid-70’s and sunny with a beach literally in your backyard to cold and rainy/snowy is just rude.

Thankfully, nothing blew up at work while I was gone, I didn’t have a billion emails waiting, and my to-do list is completely manageable. I should be mostly caught up by the end of the day, because my co-workers are amazing and handled a lot of stuff while I was out.

I should have a February wrap up post for you tomorrow, and then a trip recap on Friday, woohoo! It will likely be mostly pictures, because that’s a lot more fun than reading my rambling thoughts, yes? Yes. Here’s a teaser:

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Friday Free-For-All – 02/24/17

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As of 4:30 pm today, I’m officially on vacation until March 8. Woooooohooooo! I have been waiting for this trip for forever, and I can’t believe it’s finally here. We don’t fly out until early Monday morning, so I still have all weekend to do laundry and pack and get myself together. I only ever take carry-on luggage, so packing for 10 days might be challenging, but I’m fairly confident in my abilities. I also think we will have access to laundry facilities, which will make it that much simpler.

I have to go bathing suit shopping this weekend. Blerg. I’ve been wearing the same one piece bathing suit (which was also a hand-me-down from a friend), for close to four years now, and it’s less than inspiring. And the two-piece that I’ve had for 6+ years no longer contains my chest. Being a busty girl makes bathing suit shopping REALLY hard, but thankfully, Athleta has some good bra-sized swim that I think I can make work. I just wish I’d gotten a new bathing suit when I still had that sweet employee discount…

Audition tomorrow. Eep! I know I said that I was mostly thinking of this as a practice audition since I don’t anticipate getting the role I want, but after listening to the music and thinking about it a lot, I’m definitely fully emotionally invested in the outcome of this audition. Crap. I feel like I’m as prepared as I can possibly be, and I’m just trying to remember that NOT getting cast will mean a relaxing summer where I actually get to have a life and do fun things. It’s basically a win-win, right? Right.

Because I will be in the Bahamas for 8 days and likely not have any wi-fi or internet access, I probably will not be posting while I’m gone. Apparently some of the bars and restaurants have wi-fi, so if I can, I’ll be posting to Instagram, but otherwise, it will be radio silence until I get back. Have a great week, everyone! ❤