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Late From the Beginning

30 Jun

I’ve gotta say, it kinda sucks to be running late from the moment your eyes open in the morning. I don’t normally work Thursdays so my big epic plan for today was sleep in, gradually get up, work on a scene I was going to perform in the evening at an acting class, come home and chill.

Well, all that got turned upside down when I got a phone call at 7:23am from one of the ladies at work reminding I was supposed to be working the 7am – 3pm shift.

Crap.

Never have I moved so quickly so early in the morning on such a small amount of sleep…approx 2 hours of sleep in case you were wondering.

Talk about regretting staying up till 5am! *rolls eyes*

By the time I got ready and battled my way through traffic I was an hour and twenty minutes late for work. Ugh. When I walked in the big boss was sitting at my desk, doing my job. Lucky for me he is actually a super decent guy and instead of being mad he made a little joke and was fine with what happened. Phew!

I thought my adrenaline rush would come to an end as soon as I got to work but alas it did not, which in hindsight is probably a good thing since it kept me energized for work. It was a busy day with me running all over the place and to be honest I’m not completely certain how I didn’t fall asleep on my feet…soooooo tired.

sleepy

I guess never discount the affects of adrenaline, caffeine, and the knowledge that you don’t have a choice but to keep going, shrug.

The whole time I was at work I fantasized about having time to go home after work and nap before my acting class but obviously lack of sleep made me delusional because no way in hell was there time for a nap, or dinner! Poor tummy.

So on to the second rush of my day where I was going home to change and do make-up before heading off in rush hour traffic to the downtown core, basically where all the demon traffic from hell is.

I guess if I wanted to look on the positive side I could say that the busy traffic helped me to stay awake and alert while driving…yeah, lets go with that! lol

Acting class went greeeeeeeeat! I was riding the high from it for a couple hours after class ended, however now, after I’ve been home a little bit, managed to scarf down some food and finally chill the tired is creeping back in and it kinda moved the excitement from class off to the side. Ah well, I’ll get it back next week!

We were given sides (sides are scenes from a script) to prepare a day in advance and the teacher really liked what I did with my character. I could go in to all the acting deets but I don’t think many of my acting friends read this so I’d probably be boring you all to death. Lets leave it at I did well, and this class helped remind me why I keep trying. In case you are wondering why, it is because it is something I am not only good at but love. I can’t wait to see what is the next scene I get! πŸ™‚

For now though I think I should focus on sleep, I’ve been awake 17 hours after only getting around 2 and a bit hours of sleep, I’m pretty sure my brain is turning to mush lol

brain mush

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Good and Bad

4 Jan

Don’t you hate when you get some bad news and then some good news so close together that you can’t figure out which one to think about?

I mean sure you want to think about the good news, cause who wouldn’t rather be thinking about good things but if you are like me you sometimes ruminate on the bad thing that just happened to you and switching to thinking about anything else can be challenging.

Maybe that’s just me though?

The Bad News:

This afternoon I had a follow up eye appointment to see how well I had improved since an incident I experienced right before I went home for Christmas.

Quick-ish recap!

I stopped being able to see properly. Even when wearing my contacts everything was blurry and I was unable to focus. Anything bright hurt to look at and any type of screen became torture for my eyeballs. The eye doc made me wear my glasses, ugh, and put me on eye drops, and told me to come back after my trip for a follow-up.

This afternoon I had my post-trip follow-up and was informed that my eyes have max 6 months left of being able to wear contact lenses before the irritation to my corneas becomes dangerous.

Six months.

wtf?!

So I am supposed to wear my glasses when I can, the doc actually said she medically advises me to wear only my glasses but as a friend she understands that isn’t totally possible right now because of them being so old etc.

She also highly recommends laser surgery. As in, super highly, she wrote me a referral for a consultation to go see if I qualify and to get a cost for the procedure so I know how much money I will have to magically make appear. She estimates for both my eyes I’m looking at about $2900.

Cause yeah, sure, I totally have that kind of money just lying around.

my eye

See those eyes? They are decorative, NOT functional! lol

The Good News:

I’m walking back to my car after that gem piece of news when I check my phone and I have a voicemail from my agent. He had submitted me for a commercial and going off of head shots and previous work they want to book me so I am filming a commercial Jan 12th!

OMG yay! πŸ˜€

Normally when I book something I get so excited that basically becomes the only thing I think about, and don’t get me wrong, I am super excited! But I keep going back to thinking about how I only have 6 months left for contact usage for my eyeballs and glasses just aren’t an option for me as a full-time thing which means I am relying heavily on being a good candidate for laser eye surgery but even if I am a good candidate I have no idea how the hell I am supposed to find the money for it, within 6 months.

Anybody want to buy one of my kidneys? Or my hair? Or some other part of me? I wouldn’t recommend buying one of my eyeballs since they are pretty much useless. πŸ˜‰

I know there are financing options so I can spread the payments over 3 years, or maybe she said not have to pay for 3 years, I can’t remember which is it…but I am still paying off my car so no way anybody would say yes to letting me finance the cost of surgery. My car payments will be done end of April so if my eyes can wait until say, end of May, maaaaybe I can swing financing, I don’t really know though, I’m not good at money stuff like this…

I am going to call my insurance company once I’ve had the consult and know how much it will for sure cost to see if they will cover any of the expense but I dunno, of all the people I know who have had laser surgery only one had an insurance policy that actually paid part of the surgery, the other companies said no.

Arg the stress!

Ok, you know what, I just have to focus on the good stuff, the booking of a commercial that doesn’t pay all that much but will be good exposure and good to put on my resume. Maybe it will lead to something that will pay well and then I’ll be able to afford the surgery!

Positive thinking people! Positive. Thinking.

It’s Been A While

23 Oct

So yeah, it has been a while since I have written. Why, you may or may not be wondering? Well, it is a combo of being busy, feeling I have nothing interesting to write about, tech problems (my laptop is dying but I can’t afford to replace it, sigh) and laziness, hey, don’t judge! Least I am honest! lol πŸ˜‰

What has been going on in my world lately, hmm…

I stopped baking every week, mostly because of not having time, and ingredients are pricey, which sucks cause I love to bake. I am hoping to bake some yummy treats for a halloween party I am going to, I’ll be making a double batch so I can take some to work cause hey, if you are going to make something full of calories you may as well share it! teehee

I’ve had some pretty awesome auditions. One went so well I got booked in to an episode of a show and I filmed the episode not this past Tuesday but the Tuesday before that. I had a lot of fun! It was great being back on set and I am sooooo looking forward to the next project I book! πŸ˜€ I had another audition for a project I super duper want but it wasn’t my best audition, sigh. There is still hope (there is always hope!) but instead of staying super positive and being sure I am going to get the part I am leaning more towards trying to move past the audition and look forward to my next opportunity. I was so sure I was going to get this part though, when I got the audition it seemed meant to be so I’m kinda bummed about how down I feel about it now. sigh. I know I could rock this part! I keep imagining the convo I would have with my agent if he called me to tell me I got the part, who knows, maybe all my imagining will make it happen? Ok, ridiculous I know but lets just let it go ok? πŸ˜‰

I just finished watching the movieΒ Hotel Transylvania, it was showing on tv, and I liked it, lol, it is cute!

I’ve lost ten pounds, yay! I think I maaaay have gained some of that back, possibly, I’m not sure, I just feel like I’ve been making poor food choices the past two weeks and that those choices must have had consequences, shrug. I’m getting back on track though so maybe if I did gain something back I’ll lose it again quick and then some! *crossing fingers*

10 pounds lost

I found out my request for time off at Christmas got approved so the cat and I will be flying home for the holidays, woohoo! Since he is currently giving me the look of death I’m pretty sure he understood when I told him we would be taking a plane together and now he hates me and is plotting my demise. He plots my demise often but so far I’ve managed to elude his assassination attempts lol

On top of my laptop dying my phone is now obsolete, damn you apple! I have an iPhone 4s and I haven’t been able to upgrade the OS on it since apple got to OS8, sigh. Now they are at OS9 and my poor phone, it is just pathetic. I’m going to have to talk to my cell phone provider cause my phone is so not reliable now that it is ridiculous, I hate how the software gets upgraded and it makes the phone you have so old school it can’t work the newest apps or load pages or reliably send / receive texts and email. And yes, I am well aware I am being all “first world problems” but hey, this is an actual problem for me right now and I am fully aware there are people elsewhere with much worse problems, I am vaguely socially aware ya know.

I have gotten hooked on a tv show called Rizzoli & Isles, it is a cop drama with the two main characters being the Chief Medical Examiner Maura Isles and the head homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli. The back and forth between the two main characters is vastly entertaining, and I like that both main characters are accomplished, educated, strong, females. I’m watching the episodes out of order though lol so one episode everyone is ok, the next someone has died, or better yet, one of the characters is pregnant then all of a sudden she isn’t – but not because she lost it, just because the episodes they are airing are jumping all over the place lol I may have to make an effort to go back to the first season and start from the beginning cause sometimes I am kinda confused lol

Rizzoli-Isles-

Ok, well, the act of writing has made me think of other things to write about but I think I’ll put them as individual posts since this is long enough. Cheerio! πŸ™‚

Yesterday

2 Apr

I didn’t write this yesterday because I figured people might think I made it up, April Fools ya know?

I had a perfectly lovely day yesterday, it started with an audition on Granville Island, getting locked in a store and left there for over a half an hour, grabbing a quick bite to eat, running some errands, heating my back, going out for a quick dinner and then to a movie with a friend. See? Lovely day! πŸ™‚

What’s that? Oh, you caught that quick mention about being locked in a store? Yeeeeah, so, that happened. *rolls eyes*

Only to me lol

I was early for my audition and luckily for me someone else was late so they took me in 20 minutes early, I did my thaaaang and thought I’d wander Granville for a bit, hit up the market to buy some fresh produce, maybe poke my nose in to the fun shops. It was a beautiful spring day, sunny and warm with only a bit of wind, I had lots of time left on the parking meter, the day practically begged for a relaxed walk among the shops and who am I to deny that? πŸ˜‰

Well, on my way to the produce market I popped in to a shop called Eklectic Finds (yes, they spelled it like that lol), it features items for your home and garden and since I’m in the process of trying to make my place a little nicer I figured why not check it out?

Store front...

Store front…

So, I walk in there, start looking at items on the shelves, its one of those places that is very small and the shelves are packed so you have to squeeze to get through to the more interesting stuff. Well, I discovered a fatal flaw with that design cause I went in and started looking around and all of a sudden I hear the door close and the sound of a lock being turned,…umm…what the hell? I poke my head around the end of the aisle just in time to see the shop lady turning away and leaving me locked inside the shop. Huh. I started moving around a lot, seeing if I’d set off an alarm even though I didn’t hear her set one but nope, no alarm went off.

I found myself in a bit of a dilemma, I could leave but that would mean the shop door would be unlocked and who knows who might walk in and steal stuff, or I could stay, use the time to finish looking around the store and leave when the shop lady got back. Seemed like an easy choice lol Except the lady took for freakin ever to return! I did what anybody in that situation would do, I posted about it on facebook lol then texted a couple of friends. Just as I was thinking “screw this I’m outta here” and figuring I’d leave a note on the counter she returned and I scared the crap out of her when she walked in and I popped out from the back of the store lol. πŸ˜›

After that I didn’t have nearly as much time left on my parking meter so I grabbed a quick bite to eat, it was a toasted bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers (I don’t know why I like capers so much, they are weird looking, but alas, I do!) then booked it to my suv, oh I maaaaay have also bought one of the most amazing looking brownies ever! Mmm! It was like a super moist cake with frosting, omg yum. And no, I didn’t take pics cause both the bagel and the brownie were put in to to-go containers and didn’t look all that impressive once I got around to opening the containers. The sun kinda melted the cream cheese and the frosting, oops!

After being super classy and eating in my car I scooted off to do errands before meeting up with my friend later on.

All in all, an entertaining day. πŸ™‚

Where I wanted to go...

Where I wanted to go…

why do I think pictures of produce are so pretty? weird...

why do I think pictures of produce are so pretty? weird…

This was the market I wanted to hit up, these are just a couple pictures of it, imagine produce like that, but on a far grander scale, the market is huge, and filled with such yummy fruit, veg, seafood, meat, basically everything lol Ah well, another time!

A Shameless Plug

27 Feb

Alrighty, so I don’t talk too much on this blog about my acting. I might mention an audition or class or something every now and then but that’s about it.

Not todaaaaaay. πŸ˜‰

Today I am talking acting, specifically, I am sharing with all of you that Saturday night (Feb 28, 2015) I will be on tv! πŸ˜€

I filmed an episode of The Untold Stories of the ER and it airs Saturday, wOOt! wOOt! It is Season 9, Episode 15, is titled Twist and Shout and is on TLC. It airs at 9PM but that is my time zone, I don’t know what time it will be on wherever you are.

untold stories of the er

There are a couple different stories per episode, mine is the one with the patient who ends up wearing the football helmet, I’m a nurse, the one who is holding the dish the patient pukes blood in to, ick! I do more than just that, but that is a fairly noticeable situation so should help you figure out who I am. If you watch I mean, which don’t feel obligated to at all! I’m just so excited I wanted to share the news lol πŸ˜€

Sidenote: I was told it is Episode 15 but the website says it is Episode 18

Back To What Worked

6 Dec

Waaaaay back, like 4 years ago, I started Weight Watchers. I didn’t go to meetings, I didn’t officially join, I got the books from my mother, the slider to calculate food points, a small notebook I could take everywhere and I started the program. If you really want to know how it went go to the very first post in this blog because that is when I started blogging. (First Post) I used this blog to hold myself accountable, since I wasn’t going to meetings or being an online member. I also blogged on an almost daily basis and listed each day what I ate, how many points it was, and if I was over, under or right on the dot with my daily points. Once I started exercising I also started blogging about that.

It was slow progress, as in suuuuper slow, my body did not want to lose the weight. I was hoping for losing two pounds a week and found I was lucky to lose one a week. Not because I was cheating, I was actually pretty good at following the plan, it was just how my body chose to be, shrug.

Well, after following Weight Watchers for hmm, a year and a bit I think, it stopped working for me. I hit a plateau and nothing I did would get my body to budge. It drove me nuts! And if staying at the same weight wasn’t bad enough, I started gaining weight! I wasn’t sure if what I was actually gaining was muscle since I was working out more, or if it was fat, all I knew was the number on the scale was freaking me out and I was having issues dealing with it.

That was when I realized Weight Watchers left me ill equipped to deal with eating healthy on my own. I didn’t really understand calories or fat grams since everything got converted to Weight Watchers points, I had no idea how many calories I should be eating, what I should be doing to get over the plateau, how or even if I should incorporate going no carb, or gluten free or any of the other fads out there. I felt adrift, with no rules to follow, no program to cling to and no idea how to continue on.

I know, I’m soooo dramatic! πŸ˜› lol

Sooooooo dramatic!

Sooooooo dramatic!

I tried a variety of things once I stopped following Weight Watchers, none of them amazing. Mostly I focused on eating less, but ended up eating way under what I should be eating on a daily basis, and not really getting the right variety of food groups in my daily food, oops! A friend put me on a super strict eating plan, designed to get me lean, because the agent I had at the time wanted me 10-15lbs underweight even though I was at the low end of the weight range I am supposed to be at for my height. The problem with that plan was it is not possible to maintain long term. It was high protein, low carb, high healthy fat, which sounds great but the quantity I was allowed a day was quite small and left me hungry all the time.

When I started the job I am at now I fell off the wagon and fell hard. The plan is also strict about timing, timing between meals and timing of meals to when you exercise and my work schedule impeded that greatly. Combine that with being oh so amazingly strict and I’ve never been able to manage to get back on that plan.

Well, obviously the various things I have tried since falling off that plan didn’t really work. I am not as large as I was when I first started Weight Watchers all those years ago, but I am larger than I want to be, and I am pissed off at myself that I let myself gain some of that weight back. I worked so hard to lose that weight, and it took so freakin long to come off and what do I do? I let myself gain some of it back?? Idiot!

Calling myself names, and feeling bad about what I let happen will not create change. A friend and I have decided that instead of just talking about how we want to look different we are going to actually start working towards creating that change, novel idea huh? πŸ˜‰

For me, this means going back to what once worked for me, that’s riiiiight, I am going to once again be Weight Watchering it! I know I said the program didn’t teach me how to lose or maintain weight or be healthy when not following the program, and I stick by that, however, when following Weight Watchers before it did work for a time. I am hoping it will work for me again and help me get a little more control over my eating plan and from there, well, I’ll have to figure something out lol πŸ˜›

So, I have dug out of the drawer my Weight Watchers books and also found the Points Calculator. I won’t be following the same Weight Watchers program I followed last time because there is a new program out, called Weight Watchers Points Plus and it works a little differently than the program I followed. There is a different way to calculate points, both the amount of points you get in a day and how many points a food is. I can use the calculator to track my points for the day and for the week, eliminating the need for the notebook, but I like being able to flip back and see my progress so I am sticking with using a notebook for tracking. Also, calculating how many points a food is will be a bit more complicated, in the old program you just needed the calories, fat and fiber but now you need more information, so its looking like the points calculator will become my new best friend lol

My Weight Watchers  Stuff

My Weight Watchers Stuff

Don’t mind the cat’s leg in the picture, I couldn’t convince him to move, lol.

Today was my first day following the program, I can’t say for sure if I ate the right amount of points as some of the food didn’t have nutritional information so I had to estimate, but I figure it’s better to track and estimate and be close to my pointsΒ than not be tracking or checking the food’s points values and leaving it all up to chance, right?

That being said, it is the end of the day and omg I am crazy hungry! *rolls eyes* I have a feeling I’m in for a rough first week…

im-so-hungry

A Happy Day

21 Nov

Ever have one of those days that you look forward to, and fully enjoy and when it is over you wish you had someone to thank for allowing you to have such an awesome day?

keep-calm-and-smile-its-a-happy-day

That was my Thursday and I’m still smiling when I think about yesterday. πŸ™‚

It’s not one big amazing thing that happened, and to be honest, when I tell you what my day was like you’ll probably roll your eyes and think I’m being silly, but for me, it was such a great day that I wish I could relive it over and over again lol

So what was my day like yesterday? Here’s how it went down…

First, I got to sleep in a bit, not so much my day disappeared but late enough I didn’t feel I was dragging myself out of bed early and not getting enough sleep. Hey, sleeping in is a good thing in my book! πŸ˜›

sleep

Then I went to an audition for a tv show, I found free street parking, score! The auditions were running a bit late so I had extra time to kill in the waiting area, I like not being rushed before an audition, shrug. The audition itself went really well. It’s always hard to say how an audition went but I had a good feeling when it was done which put a happy little bounce in my step – literally, a happy bounce was in my step lol yes, apparently I am that person! πŸ˜›

Happy-Walk

After the audition I had an appointment with a debt counselor person, I’m trying to get a better handle on my debt (duh!) and thought some advice might help, it for sure couldn’t hurt! I found more free street parking, had enough time to get a bite to eat (thankfully! cause I was sooooo hungry at that point, oh poor empty tummy!). The only place nearby that I could get a quick bite was Starbucks so I grabbed a half-sweet peppermint hot chocolate made with skim milk, no whipped cream, no chocolate sprinkles (I know it sounds really boring but I like it and using skim milk and saying no to the toppings saves me calories), I also got the oatmeal, which was perfect on the rainy kinda chilly day that Thursday was. I made my appointment on time, had a super nice lady helping me, learned a lot about what I am doing right (which was shocking cause I thought I was doing nothing right lol), I also got told some options I have to help me get out of debt faster and left with some hope, some print outs and some names of people I can speak to for further advice if I so choose to contact them.

debt

I had some quick downtime at this point so I went home, made some tea and toast, cuddled with the cat, packed a bag and went to set because I was filming my final scene in a short film that is going to be entered in to a couple of film festivals!

I had a great time on set! Filming went really well, nice n smooth, didn’t have to do a ridiculous amount of takes to get it right, it was like it was meant to be lol πŸ™‚

filming

After filming was done I headed over to my friend’s place, it was her birthday this week and Thursday evening was our evening to get together and celebrate, yay!

We both are hooked on the Hunger Games movies so I bought (in advance cause wow tickets were selling out fast!) tickets for us to the VIP theatre to see the third installment of the movie, Mockingjay Part 1. Have you ever been in one of those VIP theatres? Niiiice! Food on par with a restaurant, being served in a snazzy bar/restaurant or right at your seat. Every seat has a table, the chairs are large, and recline a bit, and are leather, and omg there is leg room! As in actual leg room, enough for tall people! No sitting with my legs at an angle so my knees don’t hit the chair in front of me, nope, lots of leg room, I stretched out my legs, stretched! Oh, and even better is the theatre is 19+ so no kids, and if I so choose it, alcohol. All in all, best movie theatre ever and totally worth the extra money to go there. πŸ™‚

look at that leg room!

look at that leg room!

To round it all off, on the drive back to my friend’s place to drop her off, she played for me a song she wrote and recorded a couple of years ago and wow. Wow! Her voice is amazing, and the song was beautiful and I felt lucky that she chose to let me hear her song.

So yeah, that was my day. Since you’re probably wondering why I think it was so amazing lemme break it down for you, I had a ratio of acting and non acting activities that was equal. I had an audition and I was filming yesterday! Any day where I get to do something acting related is a good day, but having both filming and an audition happening and then other things tucked around that were positive well, tickle me pink cause that makes for a happy day in my corner of the world, lol. πŸ™‚

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