Thursday, May 31, 2007

War Bride Descendants in Limbo

Okay... the news is really starting to piss me off. There is an entire group of our population who, although they spent their entire lives here, worked here, raised families here, paid taxes here, retired here, and were the children of young Canadian men who bravely fought and sometimes died on another continent in our name, have recently discovered they are not Canadian citizens as they believed themselves to be. Some stupid little loophole in whatever hairbrained federal legislation that deals with War Brides says that even though they were the Children of overseas Canadian Soldiers fighting for our Countries Honour, and even though their mothers traveled across the Atlantic to join their husbands here in Canada when it was all over, because they were born on foreign soil... they aren't actually Canadian. So it's an oversight, right? Someone forgot to include some sentence or whatever to cover them, and it should be easily fixed, right?

Typical of Ottawa, do these lifelong Canadians who helped rebuild our economy after the war, and raised their children, and their children's children as part of our great nation, all the time paying enormous Canadian taxes, get an apology and an immediate correction to their status... of course not. There has to be legislation filed then debate etc to decide if these people qualify as Canadian or not. Keep in mind the people we're talking about are all mostly retired by now.. they are the elders of the people in Ottawa who are debating this crap instead of bending over backwards to apologise. The MPs in Ottawa should be lining up single file to pucker up and kiss the asses of all 20,000 Canadians this effects on both cheeks. Instead, they are going to table legislation in the fall to fix the problem. Well whoopee doo. In the mean time these people are in limbo.

Immigration and Citizenship Minister Diane Finley is the person resposible for fixing this problem. You've seen her on the news, always sitting just behind Stephen Harper in the giant dark glasses nodding her head to everything he says.... another conservative marrionette without enough tension on the string to keep her head up straight. She could have immediate citizenship granted to every single one of these people today, it is the function of her office and it is within her power.... legislation in the fall, what utter bullshit.

Diane Finley is the member for Haldimand--Norfolk, Ontario. It's time to start e-mailing her and telling her to correct this mistake now, not later... NOW!!!

This is the e-maill address for her department spread it around and start using it. The idea that people who have lived in this country and contributed to our society for 60 years are anything other than Canaidan Citizens is offensive!

And why are the rest of us not outraged by this? Could it be that the Stanley Cup playoffs are bumping the news out of it's timeslot even though there are dozens of specialty sports channells, so no one hearing the story? Who knows.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I'm so hooked on facebook at the moment. In fact just today I got added by one of my old friends from elementary school... it is soo cool. I've been able to reconnect with several people I went to highschool with and lost track of over the years... it's nice to know what happened to people. I know for all you 20 somethings whose Highschool career isn't that far behind you, this is no big deal.... but hey, I'm verging on my 20 year reunion here. So any of that highschool crap of whose who and what's what is far in my past... besides I had a good group of friends and was never picked on or anything like that... at least not that I remember. I wouldn't say highschool was the best time of my life (I hope I'm still having it and it keeps getting better) but it certainly wasn't the worst time. It just blows my mind how much smaller the internet is making the world. My Aunts and Uncles etc had to wait until their reunions to hook up with the people they went to school with unless they had some chance encounter somewhere.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Another Weekend come and gone.

We had a pretty good weekend. Saturday morning we headed up to Fredericton to get some more live rock for the aquarium. It was my first time to the aquarium stores there and I was pretty impressed by what Pets Umlimited had for a salt water section. They are very well established with lots of fish and rock. We got the live rock for 8.99 a pound which is a super deal here. I also picked up a yellow tailed blue damsel fish, and Darrell got two Chocolatechip Sea Stars. Unfortunatly Darrell didn't know anything about the sea stars before buying them, and we later found out that they eat coral and small invertibrates among other things. They are also surprisingly mobile. Darrell has already had to rescue his tube worms from them by relocating them to a place higher on the rock and farthur away. We will be looking to relocate the seas stars to a nice home.

We are having absolutely no luck with little goby fish either. This is the second time a goby fish has stowed away in one of the holes in the live rock, unfortunately the first one jumped out of the tank in the middle of the night and died on the floor and this time there wasn't enough water in the box with the live rock so he didn't survive the drive home from Fredericton. I almost feel responsible because when I saw him in the tank near the piece of live rock I wanted to get I kind of hoped he would hide in it so we could get a free goby. As they say you should be careful what you wish for... because whenever wishes are granted there's usually a catch... and this time around we did get the free goby I wished for, he just happened to be dead when we found him.

Later Saturday Brian & Helen, and Bertis & Colin came over and we sat outo on the deck and BBQ'd some Burgers, Steaks & Hotdogs.... Then they brought out a birthday cake for me...hehehe.... my birthday was last weekend but the show was going on so there wasn't a chance to do anything.

Sunday we popped into town to do a little shopping. We stopped at Village Pets (Very very very overpriced) and got a little emerald crab (he was reasonably priced). They had a powder blue tang that just looked awful. When they first got it last week it was gorgeous but now it's all faded and thin and it's been harrassed by other fish because it's fins are nipped... it was really sad to see. I think we're done going in that store. Pets Unlimited is setting up their salt water section right now and so far we've got a few nice things from them. They are a little higher priced than the store in Fredericton, but they're just getting started so I'm sure once they're established it will even out. I got another yellow tail blue damsel fish, a hermit crab, and a snail (they accidentally shorted us on last time we were in).

As you can see, now that the show is over I've finally had time to get caught up in Darrell's aquarium fever. He spent so many years as a diver and underwater camera person he's gone completely over the wall with the aquarium... he just wants everything... it's kind of fun to watch. He's like a little kid in Toys R Us.

Friday, May 25, 2007

New Flag

A couple weeks ago I sent the SJ Union Club a nasty e-mail regarding the ratty torn up Canadian flag that they've been flying for well over a year.. It read:

If you guys aren't going to get a new flag, you should take that ratty thing down. It's disrespectful to fly a beaten up, torn apart Canadian flag from your building. I've been seeing it everyday for over a year flying there all tattered on one of Uptown's Main streets. If you can't afford the 20 or 30 dollars to replace it the least you could do is remove it.

Today I noticed a new flag flying proudly from their building.... coincidence????

I know... it's fussy and picky, and I should probably try to use my powers for good, but hey...this isn't a club of poor people we're talking about... so how about showing a little respect and a little pride? You know wha I mean?

Friday May 25, 2007

Name a sound you like to hear.
I love the sound of waves crashing on the beach

What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Swiss, no wait, parmessan, no wait, romano, no wait, aged cheddar, no.... why do I have to pick just one?

Do you sleep late on Saturday mornings? Why or why not?
Every chance I get.. absolutely yes... why? Duh.

Main Course
When was the last time you forgot something? What was it, and how long did it take to remember it?
The last time I forgot something...hmmmm.. youknow I can't remember..OMG I've forgotten the last time I forgot something, and I didn't remember until just now.

Fill in the blank: I notice ____________ when _____________.
I notice a lot of idiots driving when it's raining, when it's snowing, when it's windy, when it's sunday, when it's a day ending in Y... there's just a lot of idiots driving.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

May 24

So Tuesday I set my mind to it and said " I will go to the gym today, I will go to the gym today, I will go to the gym today!"... I didn't go.
Wednesday I set my mind to it and said " I will go to the gym today, I will go to the gym today, I will go to the gym today!"... I didn't go.
Today instead of setting my mind to it and saying " I will go to the gym today, I will go to the gym today, I will go to the gym today".... I just got up off my ass and went. It was my first time back in a few weeks thanks to the show, but it wasn't as bad as I was bracing myself for it to be. Infact I managed to get a good run in on the threadmill, ran the entire time, and only felt like I was going to die for the last two minutes.

Met with Ryan Gilgert today to talk about turning Life Study into an animated show. I think it's entirely doable and we'll be auditioning volunteers to play parts in the very near future... so we'll keep you posted on that.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


What can I say today? Still super tired and worn out from a very long month. I have not slumped into Cabaret withdrawl yet....still too tired for that, maybe tomorrow.

I noticed the other day that my inspection on my car had run out in February, so Darrell took it in this morning and had it done. I had to get two new front tires, mine were as bald as I'm becoming. It was pretty hard hit to my pocketbook since I wasn't budgeted for it but it had to be done.

I'm not looking forward to my workout today. I haven't been to the gym in weeks and I'm feeling pretty tight after all the dancing and partying, so I know I will be aching everywhere tomorrow. It would be very easy right now to just say I'll go tomorrow... but no... today I will go to the gym, today I will go to the gym, today I will go to the gym.

Heroes finale was great last night. It felt a little rushed and was kind of predictable, but still good. It doesn't matter what you, everyone will always say you can do more so why not just enjoy it for what it was?

I have my class tonight and no real plan so I'll be winging it, but I think my kids are ready to start doing an actual project start to finish so we will probably spent tonight designing and drawing characters.

Monday, May 21, 2007

ooooh my head!!

There was no fat lady, but it's over. We wrapped Cabaret with a fantastic Sunday Matinee. A fairly good sized crowd for a matinee and extremely appreciative and responsive. It was a pretty bow on a beautiful package. I had a blast all weekend doing this show. It's funny how in rehearsals directors always tell you to give performance level everytime, and you give it all you got... but everytime you add something like the band, or the theatre, the set... the level goes up a little bit... then the audience comes and you find even more that you never knew was there. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this show, and to get to work with and nurture friendships with such talented and fun people. I'm also lucky in that nearly every time I do a show I feel like... "This is the best theatre experience I've ever had" and that means it just keeps getting better and better.... and this was no exception... this was, pants down, my best show yet.

I have Shakespeare coming up in the fall and am looking forward to trying something new. I've never been into Shakespeare before so it will be a unique challenge. I'm also trying to cook up an animation collaboration that should keep me fairly busy if it all works out.... fingers crossed.

I am exhausted and hung over from a fantastic run, topped off by a stallar cast party that started for me around 7pm (well if you count all the wine and champagne that was circulating during the matinee backstage... it actually started around 2pm) and ended in the wee hours around 5. Once I get caught up on my sleep I'm really going to miss everyone, and feel like I suddenly have too much time on my hands I'm sure.

Luckily I will get to revisit the entire thing very soon when I edit the footage Darrell & Mike shot from our dress rehearsal (It figures that would be the night I screwed up one of my lines)and compile stuff into a DVD. Hopefully things at the office will slow down enough that I can get to work on that very soon.

So until then... The time now is finished.... Go Home.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Fairly Good Opener

Aside from a very distracting door malfunction last night was pretty good. I've heard some excellent feedback that I will be applying straight to my head... beward the diva. hahahaha

Thursday, May 17, 2007

On With the Show this is it!

Opening night tonight. Last night's dress rehearsal for the students was okay for a dress rehearsal. There weren't any major flubs or blunders. I completely blew a line, but of all the lines to blow that was the perfect one. I accidentally called Keith Bobby instead of Victor when I intoduced them, but the joke in the opening number is that there's only one way tot ell the difference between us... soooo my screw up basically just played into the previous joke. Luckily Darrell & Mike were there taping the entire night so I will always have it as a reminder.

The student audience always reacts differently than the regular audience, because they don't always get some of the jokes, and they laugh at things the regular audience doesn' tonight it will be a completely different reaction to the same stuff. There will laughs in different places but hopefully tonight's crowd will react to the last scene of act one in the exact same way the kids did. It's kind of hard for Chad since he's really hanging out there, but at the same time, it means he really sold the role so he should take it as a compliment. But that's as much as I'm willing say about that since saying more would give it all away...and what fun would that be?

I'm really looking forward to tonight. I kind of wish there would be someon in the lobby counting how many people get offended and leave.

I took the morning off to rest up for tonight. Unfortunately my system is all screwed up so I couldn't sleep in. But I did take it easy, had a long bath, cleaned the kitchen, and made a great big chicken and veggie stirfry with brown rice... so I would have a fairly healthy dinner for the next couple days.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Long daze ahead

I took yesterday off to try and recooperate from a very long cue to cue that went until midnight on Monday. Little did I know that even though tech was finished by 11 last night we would be there until 12:30 for notes... otherwise I would have taken today off instead. So needless to say very tired and cranky today.

The fish order arrived at the airport yesterday. I didn't get to see it until I got home since it arrived after I left for the theatre. By the time I got home only the moonlight was on so I really couldn't see much except the large yellow tang. This morning I saw some of the new occupants, but a couple remained hidden. I can't wait until I have a day when I can just kick back and relax and stare at the tank. I kind of did that yesterday during the day and it was so relaxing just watching the fish swim around and listening to the trickling of the filters etc... a very zen experience.

We had one fatality in transit, a small cleaner shrimp just couldn't take all the stress. There is one crab who remains questionable, so we have our fingers crossed he will endure and in a very peaceful tank he will recover.

Darrell shot some video of the occupants

Last night's rehearsal was pretty good. Brian Goodwin took some fantasic pictures of everyone onstage and the show has an awsome look to it. Our student dress rehearsal is tonight and Darrell and Mike will be there shooting video of the entire thing, so I can make a DVD copy of the show. We'll figure out what the expenses will be on the DVD's etc so we can offer it to the cast and crew at a price that covers off the cost it'll probably be in the $20 range depending on the length of the show.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Today is day for some pretty big anniversaries in my life. It was nine years ago today that Darrell and I got together for the first time. He then proceeded to head back to Ontario, but we kept in touch via e-mail and ICQ... then three months later we both moved out to Saint John Together. Something we did then and still do today is sign our e-mails with 143 A numeric I love you ( 1- letter in I, 4 - Letters in love, 3 - Letters in You)it's significant because..... 8 years ago today my donor bone marrow was transplanted into me in Halifax, NS on the eighth floor of the QE2 Health sciences center in Room 143.... yes that's right 143. Incidentally that's the day I quit smoking as well.... can't smoke when you're confined to an issolation room for 28 days... and once you've gone that long there's no point starting again. So as of today Darrell and I have been together 9 years, and I have been leukemia & Smoke free for 8 years..... some pretty big anniversaries today.

The weekend that was.

Friday night we ran the entire show from start to finish with a small audience, and it went fairly well. The energy was good for the opening number and it propelled us forward and having the lighter more fun first half to push us forward, the dark second half had more energy.

We had Saturday off and I used it to cross all the other things I've been working on off my todo list. I got the aquarium canopy finished and couple coats of urithane put on it. I did the laundry and hung it out on the line to dry (So happy to retire the dryer until late fall and conserve energy), and we spent some time out in the old neighbourhood for Sarah's graduation for Hair dressing school.

Sunday I put the final touches on the Aquarium canopy and we got it installed with all the lights etc. There are some adjustments that have to made, because I never took into account that the boards laminated together for the top are over 80 gallons of water with hot lights to help evaporate it... so they are starting to warp a little already. We are getting a piece alluminum to use as a cross brace, and that should fix the problem. Aside form that minor oversight (give me a break I've never built an aquarium canopy and stand before) everything else is pretty near perfect. The fish are really exploring all the rocks now that the lights are on, and they are so much more active. On Saturday I bought a little blue Cleaner Wrasse. He's the neatest fish... he actually cleans the other fish, and they let him... in fact they line up and push each other around to get to him first. The unfortunate part of the story is that I didn't do my research before buying him, and if I had I probably wouldn't have bought him. The problem is these little guys are essential parts of the reef chain in the wild, they can't be bred in captivity and they don't often survive long in aquariums. That being said we have more fish on order and I've heard some sucess stories on a few forums that I plan to copy to keep the guy healthy and hopfully, long lived. Pet stores sell them all the time, but people involved in the hobby have to stop buying them... pet stores will only stock things that sell, and if people stop buying something they will stop collecting them from the wild. These little fish don't school, and only sometimes pair up to work the reef together. A pair of these guys may cover an area ten square miles cleaning every fish in the vicinity... so if they are removed the local population suddenly starts getting sick and comes down with parasitic infections etc.... they are very importantly in the chain and shouldn't be removed. This is one fish I won't ever replace.

Sunday at 5 we all met up at ST Mach's for a full run with the orchestra. The songs and dances are so much better when you have the full band playing. Tonight the dreaded cue to cue promises to be a very long evening.

und now some pictures:

Tis finished


The view as you enter the house:
The Pictures of the dogs are being moved from there into the bedroom over the bed. It will make the corner less "busy"

The view when you walk into our house

The controversial Blue Cleaner Wrasse:
He's just so damn beautiful.

Some aquarium Inhabitants 06

In the Dark:

So pretty in the dark

Friday, May 11, 2007

Finally Friday

Last night's rehearsal wasn't nearly as good as Wednesday. Not that it wasn't as good, but the energy wasn't as high. To be fair we were rehearsing the second half of the show which is a lot darker than the first half, and therefore it is harder to pull that energy out of thin air and just jump in when you are doing sad and dark scenes. Tonight we are running the entire show and I think the second half is going to be better than it ever has because we have all fun light stuff in the first half to build momentum and carry us through the dark second half.

I have my class tonight from 6-7, and hopefully I can manage to get to the rehearsal space before everyone starts, especially since all my stuff is basically in the beginning.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Is it only Thursday?

The week is dragging by again.

Tuesday I stayed home and worked on my aquarium stand canopy. I tried really hard to sleep in and catch up on my rest, but couldn't. I'm too overtired to sleep... or at least sleep in. Darrell had a shoot up in Fredericton so while he was there he stopped into the aquarium stores and got some live rock, a pacific Blue Tang, and two Nemo Clownfish. So now the tank has two Clarkii Clowns, two Nemo Clowns, and the Tang. The Mollies went back to their home at Village Pets on Wednesday. Later on we discovered that a little gobbie was hidden inside the live rock, unfortunately all the new additions etc caused a bit of an ammonia spike in the tank and in the middle of the night the gobbie jumped out. We found him dried up on the floor the next morning.... so sad. I don't know exactly how he did it either, we have a grate over the tank at the moment until we can get the canopy finished, but he must've been skinny enough to skoot right through the hole.

I taught my class at six, and had three students. Two of them were new and a couple of my others couldn't make it, so I found myself starting over with the new ones and doing something new with my regular. Then it was off to rehearsal for Dance review. Dance review was so helpful and productive... it was exhausting as all hell, but super productive. Jenn video taped the numbers then played them back from her laptop projected onto the back wall, so we could all see exactly where things were working and exactly where things needed to be cleaned up. It made a world of difference to Willkommen (which is the opening number and needs to be super strong because it sets the pace and tone of the entire show).A strong opening number pulls the audience in immediately and keeps them involved, if you don't get them right away then you spend the first half of the show constantly trying to get their atttention and hold it, and that's no fun for anyone. At any rate people obviously left the dance review and did some home work, because last night's rehearsal was pretty damn good. The energy was high, the sass was better... and the director was happy (hard to accomplish but always a good thing when it happens) So happy in fact that we now have a deal, tonight we run the second half of the show, then tomorrow night we run the full thing (some sponsors may be present) and if it goes as well or (hopefully) better than last night well all take Saturday off..... can you imagine....a full day off.... and an actual weekend too... so like a full full day. Couple that with the fact that Sunday's rehearsal doesn't sart until five and it's almost a weekend. Calgon take me away.

See the pretty fishies:
Some aquarium Inhabitants 04

Monday, May 07, 2007

Jam Packed Weekend

I squeazed so much into the weekend I'm surprised I didn't burst.

After work on Friday I had my class and it was very productive. The kids have finally gotten past the "Why are we doing this, it's hard" phase to "This is fun." Some of the ideas I've been trying to impart to them are finally starting to click so the creativity is starting to flow. I figure in two weeks they will be confident enough with the new stuff I've shown them that they will start getting brave and experimenting with it. (I can't believe I never ever considered being a teacher.... it's really rewarding)

From class straight to rehearsal. Rehearsals are going really well. I really enjoy Stephen's style of directing. This is the first time I've been directed by him. In contrast with Bob... when Bob wants something specific out of you he will come right out and show you what he wants (Which is great... I love being directed by Bob too)... When Stephen wants something specific out of you he will start asking questions and making you think about what it is the character is doing, why they are doing it, what the line means in the overall context of the play... until you discover what he wants on your own. He will show you the path, but he won't take your hand and drag you down it, you have to go down by yourself. It's nice to be directed by lots of different people because you learn something new about the process each time.

After rehearsal a lot of the cast went to the Blue Olive to see Kizzy play with OPA. I stopped in breifly for a quick bite and a beer then headed home. I was super exhausted from a really long week.

I slept in Saturday, then got up and started working on my Aquarium Canopy. I got a lot done. With the exception of the molding, everything is cut and much of it is glued together.

At noon it was rehearsal time once again and it went very well. The show is really starting to come together. I tried doing the run wearing my costume vest to get a feel for being nearly topless throughout..... it felt fine, I wish I had more time to burn more fat from my stomach, but nothing I can do to change that now. It's very hard to eat properly when you're schedule is as full as it has been... and since eating properly is the only way to actually burn that layer of fat off... I have to make due. Besides the vest covers most of it anyway.

After rehearsal it was back to work on the canopy, then around 9:30 or 10 we got cleaned up and headed over to Scott and Alison's for Cinco de Mayo. It was a really really good time with lots and people and food and drinks. It was nice to see some people I haven't seen in a while and do a little catching up. We didn't stay too late, we were home by about 1:30. I only drank 3 beer, but still had a mild hangover the next morning (I'm getting so old and broing). Thanks for a great party guys!!!!

We got up fairly early (so I was tired all day long) and drove up to Moncton to have a look at the aquarium store up there and check out Pet's Unlimited. The Aquarium store had some really beautiful corals in their tanks and a gorgeous yellow tang(that wasn't for sale), but their fish supply was fairly sparce. The owner was on vacation and a new order hadn't been placed yet. They young guy there told us some stuff about the inhabitants we had planned to put in the tank and we may have to rethink our plans. All the compatibility charts say that the fish we want should be compatible, but as he pointed out they are all predators.. and eventually one of them will weaken and be killed by the others until ultimately there is only one left.... now at $90- $130 dollars a pop... that's worth reconsidering. I think we inadvertantly made the decision anyway... when we got to Pets Unlimited (Both Fredericton and Moncton have salt water sections... Saint John doesn't....yet... but it's coming) we ended up buying two clown fish. I think we are going to abandon the other idea and go for a very peaceful tank with some colourful non aggressive fish and some corals. Darrell is still mindset on that eel, but I don't think it's going to happen. He wants to believe that if he just gets a little baby one, it will be fine and give us time to set up another tank in the future for it to move to. As it is, by the time we finish paying for everything with this tank and get it populated...we probably could've got ourselves a hottub. In fact I think I'm going to get a little name plate engraved that says "our Hottub" and attach it to the stand.

It was a very rushed trip to Moncton as I had another rehearsal, this one scheduled for 5. This was our first sit down with the band, and unlike other musicals I've been in, was really good. The guys in the band really had their stuff down and we basically went through the songs in order one after the other. We only had to stop a couple of times to go over a couple things again... it was super productive, and the songs sounded so good with the music... I think it supercharged everyone a little for the coming week. That first time you hear the musical as a big full musical you get an extra burst of energy and renewed vigor for the least I do. I was out of there by 6:22 (I remember checking the time on my cell phone when I called home)and back home to get some more work done on my canopy. At nine O'clock I flopped down on the couch and watched the Amazing Race finale... The only team out of the final three I didn't want to win won, so it was a little disapointing. After that it was a new episode of Desperate Housewives followed by a new Brothers & Sisters... then off to bed

Talk about a lot packed into one weekend.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Not much today

Editing is finished and delivered, which means I don't have much to do today.
Teaching my class at 6. Last week we made a figure of a person out of misc bouncing balls... tonight the figure will do jumping jacks and walk.
Rehearsal for Cabaret immediately after... and every day until the show is finally over.
Hoping to get some work done on the Aquarium canopy this weekend.

Friday May 04, 2007

Name something you would not want to own.
The list is too long.

Describe your hair (texture, color, length, etc.).
Thinning. Too long at the moment.

Finish this sentence: I’ll never forget ___________.
I had something to put here but now I can't remember

Main Course
Which famous person would you like to be for one day? Why?
Jake Gyllenhall. So I could put a nice pair of pants on... the guy just can't wear pants... and so I could spend the day touching myself, then do some banking.

Write one sentence about yourself that includes one thing that is true and another thing that is not.
I love to sing and I'm not an applause whore.

Ologies... Taken From Dre



Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. Ranch or just a dash of olive oil

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. Swiss Chalet.

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. Swiss Chalet or Vitos.

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. 15- 20%

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick off of?
A. Stir fired chicken and Veggies with brown rice.

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. Ham, pineapple, black olives, & Feta Cheese

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
A. Peanut butter and honey.

Q. What is your favorite type of gum?
A. not a gum fan.


Q. Number of contacts in your cell phone?
A. 22... but I rarely use my phone.

Q. Number of contacts in your email address book?
A. Which account?... Too many

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. Solid blue... no wallpaper

Q. How many televisions are in your house or apartment?
A. Two.


Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. Right.

Q. Do you like your smile?
A. Yes.

Q. What's your best feature?
A. My Eyes.

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. Tonsils

Q. Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
A. I don't know.

Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?
A. I just had three tiny one in my gum line filled on Monday. My teeth used to be great until after the transplant when the Graft vs Host started and my gums started deteriorating because of it. Now I have to stay on top of it with cleanings at the dentist every three months and lots of maintenance.

Q. What is the heaviest item you lifted last?
A. Either weights at the gym, or the aquarium stand.

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. No, but I think I've come close


Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. Yes.

Q. Is love for real?
A. Yes.

Q. If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
A. I wouldn't, I don't go by it, but I still wouldn't because it's my Dad's name.

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
A. Red.

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. hasn't everyone?

Q. Have you ever saved someone's life?
A. Yes.

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
A. Several people, mostly doctors, but one unidentified stranger who is listed onthe Bone Marrow transplant registry somewhere in the world.


Q. Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
A. I'd do it for $50.000.

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
A: No.

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Absolutely.

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. yes

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
A. sure

Q. Indecent proposal for $1,000,000?
A. okay

Q. Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
A. yes


Q: Friend you talked to?
A: Trish, our bookkeeper.. just moments ago

Q: Last person you called?
A: Darrell, last night to tell him I was one my way home from rehearsal and see if he wanted me to pick anything up on the way.

Q: Last person that called you?
A: Client from work.

Q: Person you hugged
A: someone on the cast... Ihug half of them in the fruit shop scene


Q: Number?
A: 5

Q: Color?
A: Blue

Q: Season?
A: Summer & autumn

Q: Missing someone?
A: Yes.

Q: Mood?
A: Tired and bitchy, but trying to keep it to a dull roar.

Q: Listening to?
A: the click of my harddrive.

Q: Watching?
A: the letters tyep onto the computer screen....duh.

Q: Worrying about?
A: not worried.


Q: First place you went this morning?
A: to the bathroom.

Q: What can you not wait to do?
A: get the fish for our tank, watch Heroes on Monday, go home for a visit.

Q: What's the last movie you saw?
A: I can't remember.... it left that much of an impression.

Q: Do you smile often?
A: yes... but I would love to do it more.

Q: Are you a friendly person?
A: I think so.

Q: What is in your left pocket?
A: Which left pocket? I have a cd for teaching tonight's animation class, in the upper left inside pocket of my jacket, my cell phone in the lower left inside pocket of my jacket, my monthly blood collection requisition in the outside left pocket of my jacket, a reciept for my bank deposit in the front left pocket of my jeans,and nothing in the back left pocket of my jeans but my ass.

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A: never seen it.

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A: I stand in the show, sit in the bath

Q: Could you live with roommates?
A: I have in the past.

Q: How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
A: 2 pairs

Q: Where were you born?
A: Williams Lake, BC

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
A: Highschool.... I was a bit of a hell raiser in my older teens

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. I don't wanna grow up.. I'm a toy r us kid.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


It's been such a long week. I can't believe it's only Thursday.

I think I've finished editing my project. At least it's as finished as it needed to be for this week. The presentation is tomorrow and there may be changes once the board has a look at it, but that's next week. I am generating a DVD file as I type.

Rehearsals are still going full tilt 7 days a week with no signs of a break before going into the theatre. Hopefully I will be able to get a little rest on the weekend and revisit my life a little bit. I've never looked forward to the end of a show so much in my life. In fact I don't remember ever looking forward to the end of a show. Most other schedules allow at least one day off a week. If it sounds like I'm being critical...I am!

Our lights, timer, and skimmer arrived today. Some day when I have time I will finish building the canopy that the lights go in. The four little Mollies seem to be adapting to their environment well enough. One is a little antisocial and stays down by the bottom of the tank, which makes me wonder if it is still too stressed out. Darrell brought some live rock and sand back from his trip to Fredericton on Tuesday, so it's addition caused some additional stress to the inhabitants. We have decided that we are not going to go with the clown fish and anemonies after all. Too much of our research has indicated that keeping anemonies is really just an excercise in watching a 60 dollar creature die, plus most of the other fish we wanted are not compatible. We've decided to get an eel, a lion fish, a trigger fish (maybe two), a Tang (Maybe two), and a puffer fish... plus some nice corrals. It has the potential to be an agressive tank, but if everything is established at the same time territorial disputes won't be that bad. Of course once the lion fish is in there, we won't be sticking our hands in the tank. I've never been stung by one so I'll take it on advisement that it hurts and try not to experience it for myself.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Four Little Fishies

We now have four little mollies swimming around inthe tank. They are only temporarily and their prime function is to poop and pee, to get the chemical and baterial processes going. In a couple weeks they will return to the store and be replaced by larger salt water fish. Mollies are actually fresh water guys, but they adapt well to salt... unfortunately they are quite small so if they stayed in the tank they would end up being food for one of the future inhabitants.

As for future inhabitants that's becoming more tricky than we originally anticipated. There are lots and lots of really nice fish we want to put in the tank, but there are compatibility issues with some of them. We originally wanted a small moray eel, a lion fish, and a trigger fish, but we also really want some clown fish and their sybiotic anemonies... that's where the conflict comes in. The first group in the list tend to be more aggressive and terrotporial fish, so tiny little clown fish would either become so stressed they'd die or be eaten. We want a peaceful tank so I'm thinking we will be going with the clown fish and a tang or two (if you can actually have two in the same tank) and a couple other, as yet undetermined, colourful additions.

Darrell is shooting in Fredericton today and won't be back until this evening. I have a project I'm trying to get edited and out the door for Friday. I teach my class tonight and have a dance rehearsal immediately after. I'm starting to get really worn out and there are no scheduled breaks between now and the end of the show. If I have to, I may take a day off of everything before we move into the theatre just to rest, meditate on my part a little and catch up on lost sleep (The week of the run is going to be taxing enough I can't go into already exhausted). It would be better if someone would schedule a break though...hint hint hint!

My poor puppies are stuck at the office until everything is finished and Darrell is back from Fredericton tonight. They will have to get lots of cookies when we get home.