Friday Free-For-All – 06/16/17

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I was not cast in the professional show I auditioned for last weekend. Honestly, it’s just fine with me. I knew going in that it was a long shot, as I’m technically too young or too old for any of the roles. It was more about taking a good opportunity to be seen by a company I’d always wanted to work with than actually thinking I might get in. And having worked on two shows in a row through the spring and summer, I know I’ll be glad for the break from rehearsals. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll keep me in mind for future shows.

This cold really derailed my week. I missed two scheduled runs and two CF classes, not to mention a day at work. Blergh. It’s looking more and more like I made the right choice in deciding not to register for the Stowe 8-Miler too far in advance. At this point, it seems unlikely I will be running it.

I’m currently obsessed with the TV show Once Upon a Time. I know I’m really late to the party on this one, but I LOVE it. After I finished watching Buffy, I needed a new guilty-pleasure binge watch, and Once Upon a Time fits the bill perfectly. I will be the first to admit it’s not perfect (inconsistent timelines and plot holes abound), but one thing is bugging the crap out of me: no matter where they are or what’s going on (war, destruction, camping in the jungles of Neverland for five days), Mary Margaret and Emma ALWAYS have perfect winged eyeliner. I’m sorry, I call BULLSHIT on that. Not possible. But I will continue to watch anyway. Because FAIRYTALES!

Someone recently found my blog with the search term “hangry,” and it couldn’t tickle me more. I’m always happy to know I’m not the only one who suffers from the debilitating effects of this horrific condition. Maybe we should start a support group…

What TV show are you currently loving?

Friday Free-For-All – 06/09/17

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San Francisco is a go!  I managed to get the time off from both work and rehearsal, and find flights that weren’t totally unreasonable. I’m flying United basic economy, which means I don’t even get a free carry-on bag, but I’m pretty confident that I can pack everything I need for three days in a “personal item” sized backpack. Hooray for spontaneity and adventure!

I’ve rediscovered my love for my Hydro Flask water bottle. For months, it had been sitting unused in a drawer, and for whatever reason, I busted it out recently to bring to a rehearsal. It pretty much hasn’t left my side since. It keeps my water SO COLD and the straw top makes it easy peasy to just grab a quick sip and get on with my life. I feel like I’ve been drinking a ton more water lately, and want to just buy another one of these and recycle every single other water bottle I have.

Event planning is the WORST. Honestly. Half the reason we didn’t do a big traditional wedding is because neither Ben nor I wanted to deal with all of the associated bullshit. Coordinating vendors. Pricing venues. Budgeting. Insurance. Blah blah blah. I’m on the planning committee for my company’s annual United Way campaign, and have been four years running. I know it’s ultimately all for a good cause, but I just don’t have a head for this stuff. This year I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility that I have in the past and I do NOT like it. I’m currently in charge of an event that should have been fairly simple, but due to serious communication problems, it has turned into something of a nightmare right at the last minute and I’m ready to jump off a cliff. Thankfully, the event in question is this Sunday, and once it’s done, I can relax a bit. Until I have to start corralling vendors for the NEXT event that I’m responsible for. Ugh! I’m planning to try to excuse myself from the committee next year, but I’m not sure whether or not that will fly with my bosses 😦

I’ve been reading and following a lot of “frugal living,” “simple living,” and “minimalist” blogs lately. I’m DEFINITELY not ready to chuck it all and have bare walls and a 30 piece wardrobe and live like a monk, that’s so not me. HOWEVER, I am trying to a) get a grip on my finances (I spend too much on unnecessary crap), b) get rid of the clutter that we’ve accumulated over the last 8 years of living together before we move into a house, and c) slowly get myself off the wheel of consumerism that causes me to spend so much money and have so much clutter in the first place. Changing is HARD, but I’m committed to getting my sh*t together a bit more before buying a house and hopefully bringing a kid into the mix. If we want to live off a single income, I can’t keep spending the way I have been.

What’s your favorite water bottle? Have you ever read up on minimalism?

 

Friday Free-For-All 06/02/17

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I scheduled two very adult-y things this week. One, I scheduled my annual physical. Two, I FINALLY scheduled a consult for wisdom teeth extraction that I originally got a referral for OVER A YEAR AGO. I’m trying to get all this icky surgery/blood work etc out of the way before we start trying to get pregnant, and this week helped me move toward accomplishing that. Unfortunately, the wisdom teeth consult isn’t even until July, which means actual extraction won’t be until August at the earliest, but whatever, I’m making moves!

I’ve got another busy weekend on tap. Tomorrow I have not one, not two, but THREE events to attend: a housewarming party, a birthday party, and a going away party. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE seeing my friends and doing fun things, but I only have so much bandwidth. I really need some quiet down time! Hopefully I can just chill out tomorrow morning to brace myself for the onslaught of socialization.

I received the audition materials for my Fun Home audition. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaked out a bit. God bless them for providing us with the scene and song cut, because I haven’t had to pick and prepare my own audition pieces in a looooong time. It’s still scary because I’ve been spoiled rotten by my local community theatre group that very kindly and patiently teaches the songs to everyone workshop style before the auditions. I’m pretty much on my own for this. I have the soundtrack and I know the plot of the show, but AAAAAHHHHHHHH. I’m trying to remain calm and just DO THE WORK. I have another whole week to really dive into the audition pieces and try to put together some semblance of a decent audition.

I may be taking a super quick, last-minute trip to San Francisco. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember that back in 2014, I took a quick trip to SF over 4th of July weekend. My friend Krissy’s 30th birthday is June 25, and she had been talking about a big birthday shindig, but due to the insane nature of her work she wasn’t able to plan anything formal, and I thought the trip wasn’t happening. But we talked this week, and she told me how much it would mean to her for me to come. I’m cleared to take the time off work and rehearsal, I’m just waiting to hear back from Krissy if the flights I found will work with her schedule, and then I’ll be booking. Aaaah! It’s a bit expensive to book a flight three weeks out, but I figure you can’t put a price on friendship and adventure.

What’s the most adult-y thing you’ve done lately?

 

May 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
I had sort of a weird crisis over CrossFit this month. I got suddenly very uncomfortable with how much it cost, and was frustrated with changes in my schedule that made it more difficult to get to class. I actually debated giving it up completely because I was just feeling so weird about it. I even started writing a post all about how I was feeling, but never hit “publish.”

Thankfully, I snapped out of it toward the end of the month. After a week and a half of no classes, I went to one that was just SO MUCH FUN, even though it was hard. It washed away any doubts I had that CF was something I wanted to stick with and I’ve been full bore ever since. Yes, it’s expensive, and yes, sometimes I don’t go as much as I “should,” but I love it, it’s a great compliment to running, and I’m so effing strong these days I hardly recognize myself. I love it.

Running
I was supposed to run four races this month, but only ended up with two, which is totally ok with me. The VT Respite House was my first race this year, and was pretty dang speedy. Then the Craft Brew Race was just a good time with my friend Megan.

I ran 8 times for a total of about 27 miles. I’m still trying to fit in two or three runs a week, but it’s hit or miss right now. CrossFit is my priority because I’m paying for my membership, but I love to squeeze in lunch runs when the weather is nice. I’m less dedicated when it comes to running in rain, cold, or on the treadmill.

Yoga
Sadly, I didn’t get to yoga even once. This month was surprisingly busy with social activities, and with Dogfight rehearsals starting up mid-month, my entire schedule shifted quite a lot and yoga was a lot less convenient. I hope to get back to it, but with summer temps on the horizon, hot yoga may not be quite as soothing as during the winter.

Theatre
We started Dogfight rehearsals, and so far, so good. Stowe Theatre Guild is a much smaller, less well-funded organization than Lyric Theatre, so things aren’t quite as well organized as I’d like, but I love the show so much that I’m just trying not to worry too much about anything and roll with it.

We also had a season kick-off cabaret on the 20th, which was a lot of fun. I got to sing a song from the show, and meet a bunch of the actors in the season’s other shows that I wouldn’t normally get to interact with. We had a decently-sized audience and I was pretty proud of the performance I gave in spite of never actually having rehearsed the song.

I’m feeling a bit anxious about the whole “I have to play guitar and sing onstage” thing, because the guitar that the director loaned me to learn/practice on has a broken string, so that hasn’t actually been happening yet. I’m ready to buckle down and work on it a lot this month, I just need to get a fully functional instrument.

I also scheduled my first professional theatre audition, and I’m feeling excited AND scared, to quote Little Red from Into the Woods. It’s a great opportunity, so I just need to relax, prepare, and do the best I can.

Highlight
Ben’s job situation has finally settled! For the last two years, he’s been on a temporary contract covering a leave of absence for someone, and after lots of delays, ups, and downs, he finally has a permanent part time position, and the district is allowing him to fill in some Instructional Aide blocks to pad him to full time so we can keep his benefits. This means buying a house and starting a family are ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

Lowlight
Work has sort of slowly been draining my will to live. I am lucky in that I have excellent co-workers and really competitive pay, but the job I do is SO. BORING. 80% of the time I don’t have enough to do, and the other 20% of the time it’s batshit crazy. There is no in between. It’s been getting me really down lately, and I’ve started getting stress headaches at work, which is no fun.

I’m just trying to remind myself that the end (getting knocked up and not coming back to work after maternity leave) is squarely in sight now, so I just need to suck it up for another year or so. It could always be worse.

May Goals
As a refresher, my goals for May were:

  • Go to CF at least 10 times (my membership allows for 12 classes per month)–nope
  • Go to yoga at least twice–nope
  • Do at least one “long” run (4+ miles)–check!
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall notice–nope

Boo. Not so great on the goals from this month. Hopefully I can do better for June.

June Goals

  • Run at least once a week (5 times total)
  • Go to CF at least twice a week (8 times total)
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall

Do you like to set monthly goals? Do you find that they help you get stuff done?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 05/26/17

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I’m going to sign up to audition for a professional theatre production. Vermont Stage Company is one of the few professional theatre companies in Vermont. I’ve always wanted to work with them, but a) they don’t really ever do musicals, which are pretty much my bread and butter, and b) I’m usually too chicken shit to even audition. BUT, this fall they will be one of the first regional theatres to produce the musical Fun Home, which won several Tony Awards a couple of years ago. Alison Bechdel, who wrote the graphic novel the musical is based on, lives here in VT, so it’s all a very big, exciting deal. I HIGHLY doubt that I will be cast, but I’m just excited to finally step outside my comfort zone and audition for VSC. I’m kind of hyperventilating just thinking about it.

I’ve got a jam-packed weekend ahead. Our friends Jaska and Penelope are getting married on Sunday morning, and there is a pre-wedding breakfast on Saturday morning. We also have a friend in town from Jordan, so we’re going to try to hit up a brew tour with him. My sister Haley is also in town from Michigan, so I’d like to try to see her too. And then Stacy will be visiting from Albany on Monday. Phew! That’s a lot. Even though it’s a long weekend, I probably won’t have very much down time.

It’s time to beat back my insecurities and start wearing shorts to CrossFit. Temps are getting ever warmer, and my box doesn’t have A/C. I’ve been wearing capris or tights pretty much since I started because I’m insecure about my legs, and also a little worried that the vigorous movements in class might cause me to accidentally show more than I’d like. But after getting so overheated during Wednesday’s workout that I almost threw up, it’s time to just get over it. I’d rather show some cellulite than puke in the middle of class.

Do you have fun plans for the long weekend?

 

April 2017 Wrap Up

And just like that another month is over. The beginning of April was super busy with 9 to 5 the Musical, but the rest of the month was a welcome rest from rehearsal and show craziness. Let’s dive in, shall we?

CrossFit
Not much to say other than the fact that I still love it. I’m starting to see my body composition change a little, which is very exciting. I wish it weren’t so expensive, though. I have been using money from my year-end bonus to pay for my membership, but when those funds run out, I’m going to have to do some serious budget-trimming if I want to keep it up. Which I do. Cause it’s awesome.

Running
I did five runs in April, for a total of 16ish miles. Although I’m still dealing with some shoe uncertainty, the actual running is going pretty well. I’m taking it slow and easy coming back from five months off, and I’m feeling good. The goal is to continue running 2-3 times a week through all of my races this month, and then re-evaluate from there. I don’t have any other races on the radar for this year, and it’s hard to plan ahead too far when we’re hoping to try to get pregnant later this summer.

I’m toying with the idea of training for a PR half, but I doubt that will happen. I think a 10k PR is a much more reasonable goal right now considering all of the uncertainty. Not to mention the fact that I got totally burned out marathon training last year and I do NOT want a repeat of that.

Yoga
I went to two hot yoga classes this month, and I am SO GLAD. Between running and CrossFit, I’m often tight or sore, so a good deep stretch every week or so is essential to staying flexible. Plus, it just makes me feel good. I love the regular Thursday 5 pm teacher, and the studio location is really convenient. I’m hoping to bump up my attendance to once a week, but I may not be able to keep up with the expense in addition to CF. Also, there’s the fact that it’s getting nice out, and I’m reluctant to spend even more time indoors. We’ll see.

Theatre
9 to 5 the Musical wrapped up at the beginning of the month. Overall, it was a very positive experience, and I’m so glad I got to do the show.

I’ve been really enjoying these few weeks of not having rehearsal. I’ve  been able to reconnect with family and friends, re-establish a routine, and just enjoy not “having” to be anywhere four times a week. While I LOVE doing theatre, it’s basically an extra unpaid part-time job.

Dogfight rehearsals officially start up on May 16, so I still have some unstructured time to enjoy. We’re planning a visit to my parents for Mother’s Day weekend and hopefully some other fun activities before all my free time goes away again.

Highlight
Other than 9 to 5 being tons of fun, house sitting was my favorite part of this month. Ben and I got to stay in a beautiful house with a hot tub for almost two weeks, and spend some time just the two of us together, which hasn’t happened much lately. It was great to reconnect, cook together, and just hang out after how crazy this winter/spring was for us.

Lowlight
My friend Stacy moved to Albany this past weekend. I know it’s not that far, but it’s far enough that I won’t get to see her very much, and I’ll miss her.

Goals
As a refresher, my goals for April were:

  • Go to CF 9 times (prorated membership due to being busy with the show)–nope!
  • Go to yoga at least twice–check!
  • Run at least three times–check!
  • Schedule either wisdom teeth removal or gum surgery (yuck!)nope!

All in all I’m happy with how the month went down. Considering how busy early April was, it’s a miracle I made it to the 8 CrossFit classes I did. And honestly, scheduling either oral surgery was a bit of a reach goal. The good news is, I have a regular dentist appointment in May, and can probably take care of scheduling consults for one or both surgeries while I’m in the office.

And some goals for May:

  • Go to CF at least 10 times (my membership allows for 12 classes per month)
  • Go to yoga at least twice
  • Do at least one “long” run (4+ miles)
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall notice

How did your April shape up? 

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?

March 2017 Wrap-Up

How is the first quarter of the year gone already? I swear, the older I get, the faster time goes by. Slow down, dang it!

CrossFit
What can I say, I just love it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go as much as I would have liked this month. I was gone the first week of March, and also had a minor back muscle tweak that kept me away from a couple of classes.

I am DEFINITELY seeing increased definition in my arms and legs, which is awesome. I have already noticed some increases in my one rep maxes on a few moves as well, so it’s working. I’m getting stronger each week. I wish I could say that the number on the scale was moving, but that unfortunately hasn’t been the case yet. I need to retake my measurements to see if those have changed at all, but I’m confident that if I just keep going, good stuff will happen. I also need to really dial in my nutrition, but progress is progress. I’ll take it.

Running
I had my triumphant return to running this month! I kicked it off with a baby two miler on the treadmill at Planet Fitness and didn’t want to die in spite of four months off. A week later, I ran another baby run on the treadmill and still felt ok.

I need to get back into a somewhat regular running routine because of all the races I have in May, but since they are all short races, the pressure is quite low. I can just run a few miles a couple of times a week and be perfectly safe racing.

Shoes are still an issue. I have not yet managed to get to a point where I can run in the Hoka Claytons without getting painful blisters, so I have switched back to my old Saucony Mirage 4s. They won’t last forever, but they’re not totally wasted yet. I can’t afford to buy any more running shoes right now, so I’m just trying to sit tight and use what I’ve got.

Theatre
9 to 5 the musical opens tomorrow night! I’m currently in the middle of “Hell Week” and just doing my best to get through in one piece. Needless to say, I’m exhausted, and I’m also fighting a swollen, sore throat. I’m taking all the medicine and using all of my various intervention products, and thankfully, I’m stable. And I’m very, very excited to finally put this show in front of an audience.

Highlight
Having a nice date night out with Ben and getting a chance to connect before I basically didn’t see him for a week due to crazy rehearsals.

Lowlight
Getting sick during show week. Booooooo.

Goals
As a refresher, my goals for February were:

  • Go to CF 12 times–nope
  • Go to yoga at least once–yup!
  • Run at least twice–yup!
  • Start (and hopefully complete) the process of my 401(k) rollover–yup!

Well, three out of four ain’t bad, right? As noted above, I only made it to 9 CF classes due to vacation and a minor injury. But, I DID go to yoga, I DID run twice, and I DID complete my 401(k) rollover. BOOM!

What’s on the docket for April? More of the same. Several fitness goals plus one important life goal. I’ve got a lot of stuff I really want to get done before we start trying to get pregnant, and chipping off one or two a month really seems to be working for me.

  • Go to CF 9 times (prorated membership due to being busy with the show)
  • Go to yoga at least twice
  • Run at least three times
  • Schedule either wisdom teeth removal or gum surgery (yuck!)

How did your March shape up?

 

A Return to Manic Monday!

Manic Monday

Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these! But it seemed appropriate, seeing as I’m actually sort of in training for several races in May. And this past week was one of the best I’ve had workout-wise in quite some time. Here we go!

Monday 03/27/17: CrossFit+Rehearsal
I’m not sure how in-depth I’ll go with CF workouts (are you guys interested in this?), but here’s the basic gist: we worked on Front Squats (2 rep max), and then did 5 rounds for time of 10-8-6-4-2 Squat Cleans, 15 pushups, and 15 situps. It was HARD and I only made it to the “4” round before time was up. After CF we did a full run of the show at rehearsal.

Tuesday 03/28/17: 2.5 Mile Run
I did a quarter mile walking warm up, then started at an 11 minute per mile pace, and upped the speed 1 notch every quarter of a mile, finishing the final quarter mile at about a 9:20 per mile pace, which is AWESOME.

Wednesday 03/29/17: CrossFit+Rehearsal
We worked on Chest Presses (I upped my weight 15 pounds from last time), and did an AMRAP (as many reps as possible) workout 12 minutes total of 5 Deadlifts, 10 handstand push-ups (which I do from a box because I’m not strong enough to do full ones yet), and 150 meters of rowing. I made it through 4 full rounds plus 1 Deadlift before time. And then we did another full run-through at rehearsal.

Thursday 03/30/17: Rest
I intended to go to hot yoga, but about halfway through my commute, I realized I’d forgotten my mat towel again. I didn’t want to “waste” a class sliding all over the place and feeling annoyed, so I just went home.

Friday 03/31/17: CrossFit
My forgetfulness struck again; I forgot socks, so I forewent my CF class and just went home to relax on my last night off for the foreseeable future.

Saturday 04/01/17: Rest
We had a three hour orchestra rehearsal in the morning, but after that, I was able to go grocery shopping, and do some stuff around the house before date night with Ben ❤ We had drinks with one of his colleagues at First Republic Brewery, and then went to Prohibition Pig in Waterbury for dinner. And then we passed out at 9:30 watching Netflix because we’re old.

Sunday 04/02/17: 11 Hour Tech Rehearsal/Active Rest
It was a long, long day. We didn’t finish at the theatre until 11:30 pm, at which point I still had to drive a half hour home, so I didn’t get into bed until close to 1 am. And then I was up at 6:15 to come to work this morning.

I woke up this morning with a sore throat, which is NOT GOOD. At all. I picked up some Zicam and other emergency cold supplies, and took a shot of Fire Cider this morning. I’m hoping I can burn it out of myself before it gets too serious. Fingers crossed!