serious issues discussed in the production meeting for hansel & gretel
the relative size and color of cuckoo feathers versus partridge feathers
the logistics of getting crew members to physically hold up a set wall mid-show
things I've discovered my cats eating, chewing, or otherwise destroying in the past week
my bike tires
my bike pedals
thumbtacks off the wall
the fuzzy throw on my futon
ways I was a big girl on my 30-mile bike ride yesterday, because sometimes you have to celebrate small milestones
I rode on the street
I remembered how to ride no-hands
I crossed several major streets without falling off my bike or getting run over
I rode on a really big street. with cars!
I lost my way 3 times, biked off onto 3 small adventures, and then resumed my journey
oh by the way
I forgot to tell you I bought a bike back in September.
Portland is simultaneously the nicest place to bike -- because it's so bike-friendly -- and the scariest, because everybody and their grandma is a cyclist and I haven't been on a bike in 5 years. Of course there's that stupid tired old cliche about how you never forget, and while that's true in the vague sense, you sure do forget how to turn properly, steer, or angle your pelvis so your butt doesn't turn to hamburger. Fortunately I remembered how to do these things now, mostly.
excerpts from the rehearsal notes from hansel & gretel
"could the jello be taller?"
"thanks for the beads today -- they saved rehearsal. thankfully, no one tried to eat them."
"Super Maggie is the cake car driver."
"The cake car makes horrible squealing sounds when rolling around."
"Could we try 2 nasal aspirators full of glitter?"
"Please ADD a child's head in a plastic bag for the Act 3 refrigerator dressing."
"One of the kids is dropped to the ground by the Witch. This explains some of the previously existing dents."
"Please give the lard some weight."
"The hand with the removable finger has broken."
maybe the best rehearsal note ever, from our 2005 Tosca:
"The main curtain was blowing upstage, hitting the writing desk at the end of act II, the desk in act III, and causing the dead Cavaradossi to come alive to pull his arm upstage before the final curtain hit."
what stress can do for you
last Thursday (day 29) I ran a 6:46 mile. (no. 16). I wasn't even trying.