Archive | March 2016

Microblog Mondays – March break

After many years of talking about going on vacation together, my friend and I finally got our kids and packed up to go on a little getaway.  Sans husbands as they were working, but we managed it just fine thank you.  It’s a lot easier since our  kids are now 6 years old.  We went to a suite rental on the Sunshine Coast.  We shared a kitchen and – 2 bottles of wine per night – while the kids played together happily in the bedrooms.   They get along so well!  There was a hot tub that the kids pretty much pretended was a pool (no dunking allowed but there was a lot of splashing) and we also managed get in a small hike.  The first night we drove to a nearby town for sushi run by Buddhist friends of ours.  It was great we could make it out to the restaurant to support them.  Luckily, the food was wonderful.  Great sushi!  The second night, my girlfriend made gluten free pasta salad with BBQ free range chicken.  Yummy.  I have to say we could have used one more day but it was great that we could get away all together at all.  Made me realize just how badly I needed to get away.  Of course, we stayed up late, drank wine and chatted about everything.  And of course, the kids got us up early.  Ugh!  So no naps for the wicked.

Friday night we went to the Canada/Mexico soccer game.   It was a lot of fun!  The crowd atmosphere was amazing!  Hubby’s old soccer team organized the outing for the families and kids, but unfortunately he couldn’t go because he had to work. Poor guy hasn’t had a day off in weeks.  He did manage to make it for one day on the island with his parents for Easter weekend.  However, he was operating with only a couple hours of sleep.  His 50th birthday is coming up soon and though I’ve asked him what he would like to do, I’m afraid that  even 1 day away is going to be impossible.  This is what happens when you’re self employed – you gotta take the work when you can.   And you know what he really wants?  Motorcycle driving lessons?!!!  At least he has great life insurance.

Ah, it’s back to the usual routine tomorrow.  Gotta give my liver a break. Reality awaits.  My shoulder is not getting better and I’ve got to deal with that as well.

 

Microblog Mondays – Coming and going

Whew!  I lived a whole week without my laptop.  I finally decided to get it repaired. Last year it fell a couple of times and the hinge was damaged and I couldn’t close it without a lot of misalignment.  I only closed it when I had to go to work and back.  So I finally took it in when I was going to go to Seattle for the webfest with my friend and producer of a web series that we shot last year.

Which brings me to a little adventure.  So aforementioned BFF thought it would be a great idea to come along with her to Seattle and I squealed of course at the mention of getaway.  Hubby had  to work Friday evening, so I had arranged a babysitter and then a sleepover the next night with her daughter and husband.  Then after a hectic week, I get home and start packing.  I reach for my passport….which was expired!  Good grief!  Since last summer!  My heart sinks.  I did not even check before.  I text my girlfriend.  Many texts and phonecalls later, she’s rightly pissed at me and I’m heartsick.  I call and cancel sitter.  I’m miserable.  I text hubby who texts a border services pal who actually advises I give it a try with my citizenship card and my driver’s license.  Now before 9/11, Canadians did that all the time, but since then, the passport is standard travel ID in and out of the country.  I’m skeptical, but I can’t just let it go.  So I call back the sitter.  I throw stuff in my bag and grab my passport and other ID and drive to a hotel parking lot near the border.  My friend picks me up and we start chanting like crazy.  I let the white girl do all the talking cause let’s face it, I’ve never had much luck with customs officials.  Out of all my years of travelling, I always stand a 90% chance of a “random” check.  She dazzles him with talk of our show being in the webfest and flashes a poster with my face on it.  I have no idea if the guy actually noticed the expiration date or what, but he lets us glide by without a word.

Yay!  And guess what, coming back on the Canadian side – just as easy!  Omigosh, I’m so glad I didn’t give up!  We had a great time, our show won audience favourite and we got to sleep in!  Of course, we didn’t get to bed til 3am, but whatever!

And tomorrow we’re going on a little holiday to the Sunshine coast with the kids.  No husbands.  Hubby’s work is going crazy right now and he’s working 24/7 so going away for more than a night is out of the question.  And frankly, he’d just be on his phone the whole time anyway.  When we get back, we’re heading out for Easter long weekend to see the in-laws.  Hubby will only be able to get away for the Saturday and Sunday.

And the computer?  The hinges are fixed, the screen replaced (cause it didn’t work once they disassembled it), video wire replaced and it’s back under my busy little hands.  They didn’t do a perfect job, the casing is still separated a bit from the screen but I wasn’t about to let them glue it, so I’ll just live with it.  I’ve used my kid’s tablet, my husband’s tablet and my smartphone, but I much prefer my laptop.

There’s more going on but will post again when I can.

 

Microblog Mondays – Seeking a breakthrough

Microblog_MondaysIn acting class last week, we were doing an exercise with a short scene.  I ended up in tears.  I started out full of anger and annoyance and, of course, under all of that bluster was just tears.  Interesting choice for the scene, I suppose.   I’m not a big crier.  I have an enormous capacity to put up with all sorts of things but I’m only human.  I’d been feeling unsettled.  I don’t sleep particularly well.  I’m not going to the boxing gym because of my shoulder injury, getting it manipulated by both a chiropractor and acupressurist which leaves it feeling sore, not getting booked on any gigs and dealing with a paralegal who kept sending my sisters documents with typos and misspelled names which in turn causes a flood of texts and delays in getting said documents returned.  So….delays….on hold….stuck.  Fatigue, routine chores and general crankiness.  I miss hitting something. Seriously.

I did have a interesting day doing a play reading on the weekend and I’m going to Seattle overnight with my friend to a digital short festival which is featuring a web short series I did last year.  I’m also booking time with Buddhist friends to encourage and visit them as much as possible during the next few weeks.  Yes, I’m making myself busier than before. But I’m determined to make a breakthrough somewhere, somehow.  Or I’m going to break something.  Either way, I’m determined.