Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Make believe

A quick update from the Morningside Heights library following a full day of babysitting (which followed a full 7 day week of babysitting).  Because the family moved on Monday the past week basically involved me showing up to the house in the morning, them handing the baby over to me and saying 'don't come back til we tell you to' obviously in much more loving parental words but that was the gist.  Noone needs a very active and talkative 16 month old around when there are movers, boxes, cleaning products and disassembled furniture pieces lying around.  So I have spent a LOT of time with Ari in the park, mostly a couple of playgrounds in Riverside Park that have sandpits, sprinklers, swings, climbing frames and a myriad of other wonders.  Of course he is uninterested and mostly just goes for benches, fences, the floor and occasionally a tree.  I would like to know who's brilliant plan it was to put all the great kid's parks AT THE BOTTOM OF VERY STEEP HILLS.  Very long, very steep hills.  So that on the way down you are trying to hang on to the pushchair and leaning back to an extreme angle to remain upright, and on the way back up having just spent an hour chasing a baby...oof, my biceps and calf muscles are getting huge.  I also have 'babysitter tan' which is a variation of farmer's tan - the tops of your arms get very brown from pushing the pushchair in the sun.  And the rest of you remains the same.

So mostly I've been working which is nice, got some things I've been waiting to afford! And continuing to enjoy my new living set up, still missing Lola of course. 
Jammy Lauren just returned from a week in Florida and it made me yearn for beach and relaxation the best way I know how - Kefalonia style.  Some day I'll make it back, I am determined.

I'm very into the World Cup this year and my fellow internationals are all having a great time stoically refusing to support the USA.  Sorry guys, it's a matter of principle.  The Netherlands knocking out Mexico of course was a tricky one for my group of friends - I remain neutral.

Last week I had a riot doing a two-hour event gig with Anel, at Central Park Zoo.  Private party for goodness knows what but there were a lot of people and a lot of kids.  Anel has previously worked for this company who hire people to be costumed characters and performers, so she asked me to join her for this one.  I ended up being some version of Elsa from Frozen (I haven't seen it and know nothing about it...thankfully no one asked me to sing and Jacob texted me a plot summary before I began) and Anel was Hello Kitty which cracked us both up.  We pretty much smiled and waved for two hours (yes she smiled even though she has a big Kitty head on) and had our picture taken a LOT.

Then the Sunday before this I was in a choreography lab for a new musical called 'Roboticus' inspired by the composer who is deaf and his experience being offered, and refusing, a cochlear implant.  It centres around a guy who uses technology to make a super version of himself, and questions whether or not that's a good thing that he can give himself super strength via an exoskeleton, etc.  It's very very clever and emotional, as things based on real experiences often are.  So the choreographers were working on a lot of robotic movements and machine-like formations.
If you add it up, in one week I was: a mermaid, a robot and a Disney Princess.  I think next week I'd like to be a flying Unicorn please and thank you.



PS in case anyone was wondering (and I don't see why you should be if you've ever met me)
I am NOT cut out to be a Disney Princess.
We got free buffet food though.

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