Monday, January 16, 2017

One word

ACROYOGA

Or it might be two words...I actually don't know...acro yoga? I don't know, I do know that it is amazingly fun and freeing, a great exercise in trust and makes you feel like a superhero. New thing!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Glamour Nap

A Glamour Nap is the hottest new trend

That I just invented -

When you're really tired, behind on sleep and you have a little time in your life to catch up, a nap can be rejuvenating and refreshing.
In fact it could be the best thing you do for yourself that day.
Traditionally, naps are taken in pyjamas, in the nearest pair of comfy leggings or tracksuit trousers, the jeans you're already wearing - whatever is convenient. You just catch some shut eye any way you can and wake up shlubby and rumpled

UNTIL NOW

Introducing glamour napping - make your nap the most glamourous part of the day!
Instead of grabbing a baggy jumper and sticking your hair in a scruffy ponytail why not plan a comfortable yet coordinated outfit in muted tones and pin your hair back in a simple yet elegant style? Add some gold earrings and a full face of makeup and you're ready to nap!

Of course I'm kidding. I do like this glamour nap idea though. It came about by accident - I went to an audition this morning, was fully hair and makeupped by 10am, waited an hour and a half and was promptly typed out (where they look at everyone's headshot and resume and decide to keep some people based only on that and cut everyone else). It's a good and efficient system cos it saves them having to watch everyone dance when they already know who they won't want to keep based on height, look etc. So I came back home, via a quick grocery shop, and here I am with an afternoon I kept determinedly free for rest purposes and also a full face of makeup. I took time carefully applying it to my face this morning and it seemed a shame to waste it so I'm really leaning into it!

Glamour Napping. Its gonna be HUGE.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Minor setback

Went to an audition yesterday and due to an unexpected occurrence unrelated to the audition, I took a few steps back from my reinvigorated determination to make 2017 my b-word. (The audition was fairly inconsequential anyway - one of those ones you just go to to put your face out there) But its ok I made a stunning recovery over a Nutella latte and later that same day...

...well I can't do a flash forward since this is a static medium but essentially I packed up my tap shoes and headed to AMDA in hopes of getting a studio to jam for a while. It was not to be - every studio was booked until 11pm. This was frustrating but I'm nothing if not resourceful and due to some great fortune I happen to have round the clock access to a space which is always empty after about 8pm. It's not a dance studio, not does it have a tap friendly floor but you know, all you really need is a flat smooth piece of wood and...what's that I just spotted right outside the very building I'm going into? A wooden pallet with a smooth solid board top? You're coming with me pal.
And that's how you make a personal tap dance space - that and a couple of handily available things to make a plainer background.
Since this was all entirely spontaneous I hadn't necessarily thought through where my board would live surreptitiously out of the way until my next late night jaunt, it was good luck to discover that it fitted perfectly underneath the desk and chair in the corner.
It's not a perfect situation, but for a spur of the moment tap emergency guerilla solution I think it was pretty great. Unfortunately the videos I took have some sound syncing issues, if I can work those out I'll post one. Teeheehee

Monday, January 9, 2017

Back with a BANG

Hi Blog
I'm sorry I neglected you for so long
But what can I say? I was being such a cliche
Getting sentimental which exponentially builds up resentment cos eventually it just gets in the way
But something had to give and now I think its given cos I feel my blood pumping hard reminding me to live in
The best way I know how
Test me come on now
Made a few adjustments now I'm spoiling for a throwdown
My head is in the clouds but my eye's on the horizon
I speak a little louder and think a little wiser
This kind of growing feeling
Its a little scary but not as scary as the thought of it being temporary I wanna do what I can with the gifts that I have make it clear that I'm glad to be built as I am if you kind of agree with
This philosophy then join me
Happy Twenty Seventeen

That's a rap
It's not that clear how it works rhythmically
But it does I promise, I've been doing it on the train all the home from

HANDSTAND CLASS

Which is a new thing I did today. I want to do new things and I don't want to be discouraged when others around me don't want to do those things. That's a fix from last year. I don't make New Year's resolutions but I keep an eye on how I'm doing and I try to fix stuff. But all year long. But this check in has coincided with the change in calendar year so.

So I went to handstand class and after just one learned a lot and I feel super strong and stretchy. I did like six different valuable life tasks today so its been a high energy day. Audition season kicks off for me tomorrow. I had a great time at the weekend with my pal Jacob watching our friend Charles in a great new puppet musical about America's relationship with China  (think inanimate objects coming to life to jubilantly sing and dance that they are all 'Made In China' - a plunger, a phone, a handgun - satire and pathos in equal measure).
I'm VEEERY excited about a certain meet up I had with one Kendra Slack last week re: a new project. I don't want to go too much into it yet cos it is in its infancy BUT I was asked how I feel about some new hair colours. The answer, if there was any doubt, is very good. I feel very good about those.

I also wrote like three raps since Friday
..I've been listening to a lot of Kate Tempest, she's a genius. And a lot of Elbow. Both lyric heavy artists. Go figure.

It's sub-zero and snow is on the ground, which makes it time for hot chocolate now that I'm back in my cosy house. May this surge of superpower continue! Who knew that being upside down for an hour and a half could give you such a high

Well...I suppose we did know that actually. Still! Peeeaaacexxx

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

We Slayed the competition

Jacob and I went to a Buffy the Vampire Slayer trivia night at a bar called Abbey Tavern and...drumroll please...CAME SECOND

The genuine joy that this achievement brings both of us is a testament to just how much we love that TV series.

And if I achieve nothing else this year, I ran that 10k and I came second at Buffy trivia. We were 8 points behind the winning team - but they were a team of four and we were just two so I think if the teams had been even we would have wiped the floor with them.
We won a $25 voucher for Abbey Tavern so that's a couple of free burgers or something! Fun way to spend an evening with a friend.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Park Power

Well I just ran 10.7k or 6.62 miles.

I mean, yesterday I and everyone else ate a week's worth of food in one sitting so...let's not congratulate me too hard.  This was both penance and necessary! I feel great as a result.  I love the park loop when it's empty, it's very soothing.  It was also a perfect temperature - it's cold but it doesn't have that icy chill that renders me completely useless.  This is a temperature that somehow makes me automatically pace myself perfectly.  I didn't plan on running to the park, around the park and back from the park but when I set out it felt so light and easy that I just kept going.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, which for me means neurotic recipe hunting, baking and of course gathering with some of my nearest and dearest.  I was also on Maverick duty so I did start my day with a big loveable dog which is always something to be thankful for.  I went over there at 9, took him for a walk then went home to start the food part of the day.  
I enjoyed a new Thanksgiving novelty this year - brunch while watching a live stream of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This was the brainchild of one Carlos Morales, and I applaud his wisdom.  We did the whole thing, French toast and mimosas and fruit and bacon, all delicious.  This kicked off my afternoon of cooking.  I made cranberry sauce (with blueberries and orange and lemon zest), a pumpkin pie (crust from scratch, of course) a huge apple pear cake with a caramel topping (this I am especially proud of because I made the caramel and it came out perfect - not grainy, not burnt, glossy creamy and not too sweet) and a bread and onion stuffing.
After a quick nap (because phew, long day already by 4pm) we packed up our wares and travelled to a tall narrow house with a blue door, where Ali and Ben were our Friendsgiving hosts (as they were last year).
The whole evening was like a big warm bowl of friend soup.  And the table of dishes - some made in house by Ben and Ali, others brought by guests - was heaving and amazing.  There was a beautiful turkey, in addition to which Ben made slow cooked beef and root vegetables cooked in a beer butter.  Sweet potato mash, bread stuffing, rice stuffing, collard greens, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, something new I learned about called a hash brown casserole that is potato based and covered with - wait for it - corn flakes.  When this dish was brought out, Natalia, Jamie, Sam and I - foreigners all - gathered around staring in bewilderment, waiting for someone to explain the dish of cornflakes.  It was made by the wonderful Lauren D-C who is from North Carolina and she explained that it is a very typical Southern thing.  (It was very tasty).  Ali also makes a squash casserole that blows my mind, she made it last year and this year she made two to satisfy demand.  I'm very fortunate to be friends with many good cooks.  The dessert bar was also high although less homemade I think - Naty made a sort of cookie-based dulce de leche cheesecake that she invented as she went along, very indulgent.  My cake and pie were amongst another couple of pies including pumpkin and pecan.  I'm happy to report my cake went down well with my gracious host Ben as I was very proud of it.

Ben also had a music playlist based around Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings as per my request...what can I say, we have mutual musical respect so I thought I'd ask and I received.  A Muppet Christmas Carol was on TV in the background, jokes were cracked, small amounts of dancing broke out, wine flowed and it was altogether a feelgood indie movie-worthy scene.

 Parade brunch



My masterpieces!







Of course we ate ourselves silly.  Fortunately, I did have to leave at a relatively early hour to head back to Maverick - I mean, I left at 10 and walked him at 12, taking leftovers with me - this was really for the best because it prevented me from continuing to sneak spoonfuls of squash casserole, also it forced me to move which surely prevented food coma suffering.  

Today funnily enough I haven't had any large meals.  Though I have had a small slice of apple cake and plan on more! 

And long live my reignited running motivation - I hope this wasn't a fluke!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ah, nice mild AutuOHMYGODWINTERISHERE

It's cold today! After two weeks of 16 degree weather it's suddenly in the 0-5 range. Arp.  I spent the evening baking things that didn't necessarily need baking so I could keep the oven on and stand near it.  Cracking apple crumble though.


Other warm things include dopey retrievers

Catch ups with friends

Breakfast foods at 5pm 

Going to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (with cake)
and being really cool by taking pictures with Eddie Redmayne cardboard cutouts wearing matching Harry Potter paraphernalia necklaces



It's Thanksgiving on Thursday which essentially means day off, excuse to bake. 
Generally a quiet week, auditions coming up next week, no clue what's happening in December.  I'd say I'm feeling some of the post-show blues - I know The Unseen has been finished for a while but with all the election furore my PSB got delayed.  When you wrap a show that really set a fire in you, you miss the work and the fulfillment and the people.  So thank goodness for PSB - no PSB means it was probably not worth doing.  

And that's what they call perspective! 
Eating more crumble and doing a crossword while the wind and the white nationalists howl outside.
Oh snap!