Thursday, February 23, 2006

I'm A Traveling Man

Whew!!! I haven't been posting in a while due to the electrical problems in the building. We seem to be back and running, and I'm almost convienced that everything is fixed. I spent 3 days with only half of the apartment supplied with electricity. So the computer and TV were not working. Luckily the fridge was, not that there is anything in it!!

As some of you may know, My sister is graduating with her nursing degree this April. She's decided that she needs part of her celebration to occur in Las Vegas. My other sister and her husband are joining Sis and her BF there for a ho-down Memorial Weekend. I was reading the family emails that we send and I thought to myself, "Oh how great, the girls are going to Vegas. Good for them!" I continued reading the email when suddenly one sister writes to the other, "I would love to see Celine with you!" Of course my hand flew off the mouse so darn fast I smacked myself in the face. "What?! How DARE those mailto:b^@#s think about going to a Celine Concert and not even have the decency to ASK Big Brother!" I tell you I was instantly cranked up (just like my father used to be able to do to me).

Well, I guess I took it personally, because now the 3 of us will be in Vegas over Memorial Weekend. I will continue on home in Michigan afterwards, and thus be home for the big party the first weekend in June. BBQ!!!! yes. I booked the flights today, and now I'm just waiting to see who is going to be my guest (or guests) for the weekend, and I'll book the hotel and the Celine Tickets.

That's the big news here.

It was an exhausting week last week for me. I was working extra time at the show, and painting at home to boot. If you haven't seen them yet, pictures are on an earlier post.

I'm off to run a few errands before the show tonight.

Love and Light.


I got tagged, so here it is:

Four jobs I’ve had:
Costume Shop Supervisor, Live Entertainment, Major Amusement Park
Resident Costume Designer for one of the top 10 regional Opera companies.
Farm-Hand/Field-Hand. (Don’t ask, Don’t tell)
Monkeying around on Broadway. I’ve also dealt with bloody murdered children, enchanted objects (walking talking clocks and flaming candlesticks), beasts, cows, dancing pigs, and Jack and his beanstalk.

A 5th job: Stage Manager for National Christmas Tour, Rock and Roll. (or Lock and Load)

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over:
Gone with the Wind
Wizard of Oz
East of Eden

Four Places I Have Lived:
Cassopolis, Michigan
Normal, Illinois (Yes, I lived in Normal)
Sarasota, Florida
Omaha, Nebraska

Four TV Shows I Watch:
The Amazing Race
Stargate: Atlantis
Almost anything on National Geographic Channel

Four places I’ve vacationed:
San Francisco
Las Vegas
New Orleans
My Mind

Four Favorite Dishes:
Lasagna (mine or Tami’s)
Pineapple Casserole (those Rollison recipes kick-ASS!)
Veal Marseille
Anything with Bacon or Pork Fat

Four Sites I Visit Daily:
Ink in My Coffee

Four Places I Would Rather Be:
Egypt (let’s start in Thebes)
On a sunny beach anywhere warm and beautiful.
My own private Oasis
or Island.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Reclaiming space

I haven't been online much in the last week. Had some electrical issues in the building, and I was busy reclaiming my space. I've been a very busy little man, as the photo's will attest. I still have work to do, but you get the idea...

Love and light to you all.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day

"Now I
I'm sending out my love
I'm calling on the Universe
Now I
I radiate the vibe
Can you feel the frequency of this random blinking light?
It's so full of love
Beautiful feeling, healing
And I
I radiate the vibe
I can see this answer to my random blinking light"
Darren Hayes

Happy Valentines Day to you all. Much Love and Light!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Looks like Winter

I just had to post these 2 quick photo's this morning. I should be showering and getting bundled up for work. It's going to take a little longer than usual this morning to wade to the theatre. And it's still snowing. The big apple is now covered with a blanket of White (and it's still WHITE) at the moment. Pretty. Would be a great day to stay inside and read and play with the girls.

It's also a big holiday for me on broadway. I'm making double time today, and I have daywork AND a show. Cha-CHING.

Off to the (sled) races. Maybe today would be the perfect day to begin my latest non-Olympic hobby: Monkey Curling. :-)

Love and Light.

Monday, February 06, 2006

For my Amusement

I read a lot. Yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to keep a list (yah, surprise!! I'm making lists!). So here's the list of what Artiessimo has read so far in 2006.

  1. Nefer the Silent – Christian Jacq *Reread
  2. The Wise Woman - Christian Jacq *Reread
  3. Paneb the Ardent - Christian Jacq *Reread
  4. The Place of Truth - Christian Jacq *Reread
  5. Knight of the Word – Terry Brooks
  6. Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
  7. American Gods – Neil Gailman
  8. To Light a Candle – Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
  9. The Egyptian – Mika Waltari

I'll update as I continue. *denotes books I am not reading for the first time.

Love and Light

Friday, February 03, 2006

Break A Leg

Scott is leaving for San Fran to get his latest show up and running. He's had an incredible year of work. I lost count a while back, but the crazy man has done something like 5 productions in the last 12 months. Most of them new, which is much harder than remounts... At the risk of sounding like his mother, I'm SOOOO proud of him. It hasn't been easy but he's still striding forward and taking no prisoners.

Continue to Knock em Dead baby. I'll hold down the fort until you return. I'll miss you more than you realize...

Love and Light!

Dress Blues

There was quite a stir at our theatre last night. Commotion, excitement, drooling, staring, and gawking. Group sales had obviously been busy. I had to quickly open my calandar and reaffirm that is was February and not May, fearing I had lost a few months of 2006 somewhere.

Imagine my delight when I stepped outside the stage door to discover that our entire breeze-through was FILLED with Hundreds of Navy boys, all sporting the finest dress blues I've seen in one place in ages. There was also a smattering of army uniforms, but for the most part is was a show a Navy deliciousness. For any of you who have a weakness for a man in uniform, THIS was the place to be.

Not being content to gaze at them from afar, I decided to take a stroll... Right through the middle of the crowd. I'm not one for walking into large groups usually, but when uniforms are involved (and dress uniforms at that) I decided I could stand to take the risk. I would estimate that there were between 200-300 of them. You might not be surprized to know that my walk (of less than a block) took me about 15 minutes. I can't go into all that was running through my mind (as we all know I have a very active imagination)! This was the first time I've been in a huge press of people and didn't get, well, Nervous. hehehe

I finally made my way back towards the stage door, and then enjoyed a couple of moments of people watching; mainly gauging the reactions of my fellow thespians as they arrived at work and took in the sea of seaman and officers, who were all obviously waiting to see OUR work that evening.

I forced myself back inside the building and found myself in the wardrobe room, where I promptly informed one of my bosses that I needed:
A baseball bat
A Large Coil of Rope
The rest of the Night OFF!

It amused them, but THE boss looked at me and said, "I saw them earlier, most of them were officers, not really your type." To which my immediate response was "Are you crazy?! That means they have ALREADY been trained!" hehehe

I wandered back into the dressing room to discover that my best friend Scott had called and left me a message. Basically it was "It's about 7:15 and if you haven't stepped outside for a breath of fresh air, I HIGHLY suggest you do so now!" Good ole Scott, always looking out for me.

It was an excellent audience last, breathing new life and excitment into the show. Maybe it was just proximity of us all to our proud men in uniform, but whatever, it worked!!

It makes one question just what all of those uniforms were doing in our theatre. I mean in this day in age, the Military attending a broadway Musical. It speaks volumes to me, and I'm keeping the rest of my thoughts to myself so as not to incur the notice of national security.


Love and Light.

Thursday, February 02, 2006


It has been a productive couple of days on the homefront. Tuesday was a relatively stress free day. I enjoyed a long overdue personal day on Tuesday. I got out and about in the morning right before the rain started. After spending the better part of the morning at the new Best Buy (at 44th/5th), I headed home with a handful of action dvds. It had started raining while I was busy exercising my buying power, so I got a delightful "James Dean walk in the rain" home. If you know me at all, you know that I need a good walk in the rain every so often. Mission Accomplished. Of course I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening on the couch, watching movies. It was a personal day, meaning I wasn't doing S**t other than relaxing. (Much needed after all the racing around I did on Monday).

Returning to work on Wednesday was a rough transition. When you are used to one day off a week, and you suddenly have two days off in a row, it completely throws the mindset!! I automaticly think I'm either on vacation or unemployed. (HA, you said Unemployed)! Anyhow, things were fine and I stepped back in without too big a mess to clean up or stress.

The atmosphere at the theatre continues to improve. I dare say that I'm almost looking forward to going to work again. Hindsight being 20/20 and all... I didn't realize how much life they were sucking out of me until the situation started to get better. Now I'll grant you, I shifted my mindset on this 'little play' a while back, so that is part of the improvement and outlook. But overall, this new incarnation has more life, and it's more enjoyable and Livable for me.

Some clothing issues are being addressed at the theatre which (when they finally get incorparated) will make my show and job a little more enjoyable and less 'stupid busy.' Most of it's monkey madness, and hopefully we get everyone on the same page again, and reduce the amount of "just deal with it" and move on to Consistant and Universal patterning. I finally pulled myself together enough to ask for a few things (to both cover my @ss and to simplify things). Evidently it was presented at the right time, as they agreed to all my requests. And it involves them spending money. So now I'll sit and wait with my fingers crossed that when the stuff arrives from the shops that it will all be WHAT I asked for. :-)

I woke up at a reasonable hour today and headed off to the garmet district to pick a couple of zippers and some thread to complete a project. I purchased pillow forms on Monday and decided today was the day to make them. One for the lone chair at home, and one for my work station (not that i get to sit during the show). I bought extra fabric when I made the curtains, and so I am now enjoying matching seat covers both at home and at the theatre. Yes, a very small project, but with such a sense of accomplishment and delight. Doing something for yourself instead of hemming someone elses pants... it goes a long way. I had a moment while I was setting up the machine and sewing this afternoon. I couldn't recall the last time I set a zipper! Not that I had any problems (it's like riding a bike people, really) I was just amused that I was actually setting a zipper. I haven't done much sewing in the past few months, much less at my own home. YAH!!! Personal projects!!! Maybe this will tempt me to hem the 4 pairs of pants I have in the closet with pins in them.

Wow! Time flies when you are typing. I'm running a bit behind my usual routine. Time to pack the bag, grab my new chair cushion, and head to work.

D. Thinking of you and everything. Stay strong. You are The Warrior.

Love and Light!