Done, Done, On to the Next One

9 to 5 the Musical is a wrap, folks! As usual, show week went by in a nearly incomprehensible blur. I laughed. I cried. I didn’t get enough sleep. I ate too much and didn’t drink too much and had an absolute ball. Here’s a nice melange of photos from the show and backstage (all show photos courtesy of Tim Barden Images):

And now, it’s time to start rehearsals for Dogfight. At least, theoretically we’ll be starting soon. I know the director also had a show this weekend, so he’s probably in the same state of recovery that I’m in, and that details will be forthcoming. I’m VERY excited to get working on this material. I think I may even bring back my “no booze during the rehearsal process” resolution that I had during Chess. This show isn’t as vocally demanding, but I still want to bring my absolute A game, and easing off on alcohol helps in more ways than one.

It’s also time to get back to CrossFit, back to running, and back to eating like a normal human being. This week will be a good time to ease back into training, with two CrossFit sessions, 2 lunch runs, and maybe some yoga.

Mostly I’m just excited to have free time again. I got to have a ladies’ night last night, and we’re going out with one of Ben’s colleagues tomorrow. And we have to do our taxes on Saturday. Boo. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute, right?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 04/07/17

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9 to 5 the Musical is officially open! Last night was SO. MUCH. FUN. Opening night is always amazing, but for Lyric shows, it’s always EXTRA awesome. There’s always a post-show champagne reception, and all the people who aren’t directly involved with the current show are in the audience to show support, so the audience was incredibly responsive and fun. I stayed up a little later than was maybe a good idea, but not so late that I regret it.

Zicam is LEGIT. I woke up with a sore throat on Monday, and immediately started in with Zicam nasal swabs, Emergen-C packets, Fire Cider gargling, and hot water with lemon and honey. I had a low fever Monday night into Tuesday, but after that, I was pretty much ok again. Zicam is supposed to shorten the duration and severity of cold symptoms, and if this week is any indication, it works! I never had anything worse than a sore throat and low fever. Unfortunately, as of this morning I’ve had a bit of a relapse in the sore throat department, but it’s probably due more to exhaustion and singing full out last night than actual illness.

This week has been so busy I’m barely hanging on. My work teammate Freda is also the assistant director for 9 to 5, and she took this WHOLE week off from work, so I’m already doing my job plus her job. But this is also the busiest week of the entire quarter as we get ready for our quarterly reporting process. I have been working non-stop every work day and then going non-stop with the show every night. I’m pretty much living for my recovery day off on Monday. It’s so close I can taste it! TGIF, yo.

Have you ever tried Zicam to get rid of a cold? Did it work for you?

Hell Week Survival

If you’ve ever participated in live theatre, or if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that Tech Week aka “Hell Week” is the week-ish long period of intense rehearsals right before a show opens. This usually kicks off with a “10 out of 12” (rehearsing 10 hours out of a 12 hour period) technical rehearsal where lights, sound, sets etc are incorporated to the action, followed by orchestra and dress rehearsals with makeup and hair to finally tie it all together.

This weekend kicks off Hell Week for 9 to 5 the musical. Saturday is a 3 hour orchestra rehearsal followed by a 3 hour “dry tech,” where we rehearse all set movements without doing any scenes or songs. Since I am moving set pieces, I have to be there. Then Sunday is regular tech all day, then dress rehearsals Monday through Wednesday, and we open on Thursday night.

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This will be a long, exhausting week. It’s not uncommon for performers to get sick during Hell Week because they’re just so run down. I REALLY don’t want to succumb to any illness right now, so I’ll be doing my damnedest to stay healthy. How? I’m glad you asked. Obviously, everything from my recent post about keeping your voice healthy applies, but here’s my specific plan for this week.

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Hydration
The Flynn Theatre is notoriously dry. I’ll be spending lots of hours there this coming week, so it’s more important than ever for me to stay on top of liquid consumption. I’ve got my desktop humidifier going every day at work, and I’m sucking down water and tea with honey like it’s my job. I also re-downloaded a water tracking app for my phone to make sure I’m taking in at least 100 oz of hydrating liquids every day (I don’t count my coffee).

Good Eats
It’s really easy during a busy week to let nutrition go out the window. I’m determined to get some meal prep done during down time this week, and also stock up on healthy, easy, portable snacks to take with me to the theatre. Nuts, protein bars, and fruit are all on the menu. I actually joined an online group hosted by a college friend who is now a fitness instructor and health coach, and she’s given me some great recipes and ideas already!

Try to Get Sleep
I can’t lie, it will be challenging to get enough sleep in the coming days. Saturday and Sunday will both be long days, and then I will have rehearsal until god only knows how late every night next week after work. I may resort to napping on my lunch breaks.

Bye Bye CrossFit 😦
I love CF, and going always makes me feel good, but trying to cram it in next week is just going to be too much. I’ve already arranged to prorate my April membership so that I don’t need to worry about missing classes next week, and I can just focus on getting through the show in one piece.

Date Night
I’m not going to be home very much over the next week, so I’m trying to prioritize my marriage a bit and spend some quality time with Ben. We’re planning to have a nice date night on Saturday night before everything gets crazy. This will be a good opportunity to just relax and fill my metaphorical “bucket” with love and appreciation prior to the week of insanity.

Recovery Day
I have taken the Monday after the show closes off from work. I know I will be completely run down, so this will be an opportunity to catch up on sleep and just relax. I will also probably have a shitload of laundry and cleaning to catch up on at that point, so it will be good to have a day to just get my life back on track post-show, and hopefully avoid getting sick.

How do you cope when life gets crazy?

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?

 

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?

 

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?

 

Weekend Update -Seafood Extravaganza!

Happy Monday, all! I hope your weekend was as good as mine, because it is definitely helping to buoy my spirits today. Everyone in the fam got to stay home today except for me, my commute blew because of snow, and then I dumped my entire Dunkin Donuts coffee moments after arriving at work. It’s been a doozy of a Monday already, and it’s not even 9 am…

Friday
Friday night was pretty full–CrossFit from 5-6, rehearsal from 6:45-10, and post-rehearsal drinks until a bit later than I would have liked, but it was too fun to pass up. Sometimes you just need to eat french fries and nurse a vodka and soda until 11:30 pm. Ben actually texted me all worried because I NEVER stay out that late, haha!

Saturday
I slept in until almost ten, then loafed around for a bit, reading, sipping coffee, and eating breakfast. After that, it was time to clean house. I vacuumed the first and second floors, did laundry, and cleaned our room, then played video games for a bit, and read some more until company arrived.

Earlier in the week, my father in law had sent out a group text that he would be going to Maine this weekend, and bringing back whatever we wanted for what he called “Seafood Extravaganza.” We invited a bunch of family friends over, everyone ordered whatever they desired, and we just ate delicious, fresh-caught oysters, lobster, and steamed clams all night. Oh, and of course, had some libations as well.

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Sunday
I got up pretty early on Sunday considering two late nights in a row. I was feeling overtired and a little headachey–it turns out that seafood isn’t a great base for drinking. Oops! After some breakfast and some coffee, though, I was right as rain. I did some meal prep stuff for the week, put away my clean laundry, and read until it was time to go to rehearsal.

The promised snowstorm had already arrived, so it was slow going, but I made it into town without incident and had a fun dance rehearsal. Due to the snow, they ended up releasing us an hour early, which was great, considering that my commute is one of the longest. It also worked out well because we were having company for supper, so I was able to get home in time to help clean up and make food.

We had some fresh steamed shrimp (held back from seafood extravaganza) as an appetizer, and had homemade chicken curry with winter root vegetable slaw for the main meal.

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Right before our guests arrived, Ben got the phone call that he had a snow day today, so the evening had a somewhat celebratory air, even though I sadly didn’t get a snow day. I went to bed promptly at 10:15, but Ben stayed up reading for a while since he didn’t have to get up for work today. Color me jealous.

How many of you had a snow day today? I really regret not using a vacation day and just staying home…

Friday Free-For-All – 02/10/17

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It’s been a pretty light rehearsal week. This is always nice. Especially because the further we get into things, the less likely it is to have an easy week. We’ve nearly finished blocking the show, so we can expect to be running larger and larger chunks as we go on. I’ve been enjoying every minute of my downtime by just relaxing at home as much as possible.

I am SO HAPPY it’s Friday. I don’t know why, but this has been a tough week. I’ve been feeling more exhausted than usual, and cranky to boot. I’m excited to have another weekend at home, so I can catch up on sleep, cleaning, and video games 🙂

I downloaded the audition song for the show I’m interested in this summer, and I’m obsessed. The show is called Dogfight, and it’s a newish musical by the same guys who wrote the music for the current Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. This song speaks to me so, so much, and I’d love to get to play this role. Check it out!

I will be doing some Instagram posting for 9 to 5. The organization, Lyric Theatre, has an Instagram account that I will be taking over for the rest of the rehearsal and show period and I’m SO excited. I feel very passionately that a stronger social media presence would be really good for Lyric, so I’m excited to hopefully help demonstrate that. If you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to, follow @lyrictheatrevt! I will only be posting a couple of times a week for now, but there will be more to post about the closer we get to the show 🙂

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning? I like to sleep in and then eat a big breakfast 🙂

January Wrap-Up

How is it February already? I feel like Christmas was just last weekend! I’m here today with a little post on how January went for me, both in fitness and in life, because it was a pretty full month.

9 to 5 Rehearsals Started
So far, rehearsals have been great. The cast is lots of fun, and our time is respected and well-managed. I’m currently in rehearsal pretty much every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night from 6:45-10 and Sunday afternoons from 12:45-5pm, which is kind of a lot. It’s also tough because I get out of work at 4:30, meaning I have to fill 2+ hours before weekday rehearsals. I leave the house at 7 am and don’t get home until almost 11 pm, which can make eating well and getting enough sleep difficult, but I’m managing for now.

Started CrossFit
I’m currently going to CF every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5-6pm. I chose the 12 classes per month option, so that fits nicely, and it also helps fill the time between work and rehearsal on weeknights. I’m still loving it. I’m finally getting to the point where I feel like I know what I’m doing, and I can already feel and see that I’m getting stronger, which is very exciting. I can’t wait to see where another month of this takes me!

Another Month Off of Running
I haven’t run since November 15, and I’m 100% OK with it. Winter in Vermont is cold, dark, and unpredictable. Plus, with rehearsals and CrossFit three times a week, I’m getting plenty of exercise AND I’m very busy. I will need to get back on the proverbial horse fairly soon because I have some races coming up in May, but for now, I’m enjoying the hell out of my running break.

Striking a Good Balance Between Socialization and Relaxation
While I am undoubtedly a “theatre person,” I don’t necessarily fit the stereotype of “crazy extrovert” theatre person. I do a great job faking it, but I am truly an introvert. Dedicating so much time to things like CrossFit and rehearsals where I’m surrounded by people and having to interact appropriately for hours on end, I quickly reach a saturation point and need quiet alone time to recharge. While working on shows, I often greedily horde my precious time off and earmark it exclusively for hibernating at home in my PJs and playing video games or reading. This time around, though, I am pushing myself a bit to do actual fun social things like birthday parties and cookie baking extravaganzas as well. As long as I do a good job rotating busy weekends like this past one with quiet weekends like this upcoming one, I get the best of both worlds and seem less like a miserable hermit.

Highlight
The highlight of this month was definitely this past weekend’s cookie baking extravaganza. It was wonderful to revive a tradition that had fallen off the radar for a few years. Also, the friends I spent the day with are some of my oldest and dearest, people who understand my introvert tendencies and are always ready to have “introvert fun” like sitting in a room together knitting quietly.

Lowlight
Sunday two weeks ago. You already know the story, but between Ben hitting his hand with an axe and us going to the emergency room and my mom’s anxiety attack and the subsequent family fallout, it was a rough day.

Looking ahead to February, I have a couple of mini goals I’d like to achieve. Like last year, I didn’t set any overarching goals or resolutions for 2017, but I definitely have things I want or need to accomplish this month.

  • Go to CrossFit 12 times. I paid for 12 classes, so I need to use them. No excuses.
  • Go to yoga at least once. I still have 6 classes on the 10 class pass I bought last spring and I could definitely use some stretching to balance all the strength work in CF.
  • Make an eye doctor appointment. It’s been 3 years since my last exam, and I can tell my glasses aren’t doing what they should anymore. I have vision insurance, so this shouldn’t be a huge financial burden.

That’s it–three things. Seems fairly doable. I have an enormous list of “adulting” that needs to get done this year, so I’m trying to chip away at it bit by bit. I’m hoping that getting the eye exam done will build some momentum to get the other stuff done as well.

What was the highlight of your January?

(Long) Weekend Update – Rehearsal, CrossFit, and Bonus Day

Happy Tuesday, friends! I had a long weekend due to Martin Luther King Jr day, so today is my first day at work this week, and it’s been a bit of a slow start. Let’s delay the inevitable a few moments longer with a look back at my long weekend.

Friday

Friday evening I went to my first-ever actual Crossfit class, and it went great! I’ll go more in depth on Wednesday, but for now I’ll say, I’m planning to stick with it for a while! After CF, I had a three hour dance rehearsal for 9 to 5. Thankfully, my endorphins were running hot after a great workout, so I felt amazing and awake all evening. I went straight home after rehearsal, had a beer with Ben and my in-laws, and went to bed.

Saturday

Saturday was a great, lazy day, because I knew I also had Monday to give me some extra time for all my usual weekend chores. I spent the morning tidying up our room a bit, and then spent most of the afternoon playing Fallout 3. #cantstopwontstop. In the evening, we got spiffed up for a party in town, but first, we stopped by Grammy’s room at Sterling House to drop off a belated Christmas present and chat for a few minutes.

The annual January Thaw party hosted by my friends Freda and Michael was a blast. Lots of my favorite people, way too much food, and a few too many servings of vodka for me made for a very good time. Ben was my gallant DD, who also forced me to chug water and take an Advil before I went to bed.

Sunday

Sunday started off a bit rough for me. I drank a bunch of water and took some more ibuprofen, which started to even things out a bit, but then my father in law made a magnificent feast of steak, eggs, and fried potatoes and I was well on my way to recovery.

On the way in for rehearsal, I bought a large coffee, some Polar seltzer, and some beef jerky, and that was the final piece of the hangover cure; after that I felt totally fine, and had a great time dancing my butt off at rehearsal.

Monday

I was SUPER productive on Monday. After breakfast I did laundry, loaded my new musical soundtracks from Christmas into my iTunes library, meal prepped all my lunches and dinners for the week, and cleaned the bathroom. After lunch, I decided I was done with productivity and played Fallout 3 for about an hour and a half, and then it was time to get myself together for CrossFit and rehearsal.

After a quick wash, some clean clothes, and gathering up all my stuff, I headed into town for my second CF class, which was just as good as my first, and left me full of energy. Rehearsal was a quick one; I was in and out in an hour, which meant that I got to come home, have an actual dinner, finish this blog post, and read before bed. Woot!

I’m realizing that I really should start taking more picture to accompany these posts, otherwise it’s just a whole lotta words. I’m just not very good about thinking in the moment “Oh, hey, I should take a picture for the blog!” And half the time when I DO think of it, I’m too embarrassed to whip out my phone to take a picture “for my blog.” Ah well. I’ll figure it out.

Did you have a long weekend? What did you do with your “extra” day?