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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

No August update?

I guess I missed doing an August update. This is a result of two things: not much happening, and too much happening. Our routine remains pretty much the same: work, theatre, home, repeat. It's hard to give exciting updates when there is so much of the same.

But the "too much happening" is happening around the theatre. (Yes, spell check, theatre is a correct spelling -- you can stop underlining it.) Jeni is producing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Workshop Theatre. This involved a whole lot, including getting the cast and crew organized and all on the same page, handling publicity, decorating the lobby (I'll try to get some pictures -- we turned it into a middle school hallway), and much much more. Imagine the stress of the holidays and increase it exponentially. This has disrupted any attempt at a good diet, straight house, well-maintained yard, and decent bedtime. (Who am I kidding, even when the play isn't going on we still don't have a decent bedtime -- always something to do and not enough time.) Producing is very rewarding for Jeni, but when it hits crunch time it definitely takes its toll.

The show has had a good run. Tonight I get to go on stage as a walk-on speller. This is my second time spelling with an audience. Last time I misspelled "atheist." Although I would have sworn I spelled it right (at least in my head), the letters didn't come out in the right order.

Yesterday was my birthday. We had a little party last Friday following a late night fundraiser at the theatre. In conjunction with the spelling bee musical, we decided to have an adult spelling bee -- "Spell Dirty to Me." Since the actual play is middle schoolers (adults playing middle schoolers), we decided to flip the coin and have them in racy outfits spelling dirty words (OK, mostly words that sound dirty -- like titillate or waylaid -- only with sentences that make sure they are dirty). It was VERY funny and very successful, and people were asking when we were doing it again -- sorry one night only.

So afterward we had a little birthday get-together with cake and snacks and whatnot. Yesterday on my actual birthday Jeni and I went to Blue Marlin for dinner. We were there late in the night because Jeni had a play selection meeting for the theatre. Going to a restaurant late during the week almost insures lackluster service. Buddy Holly wasn't much of a waiter, demonstrated by when we had to get the hostess to get him so we could get a refill of our drinks: "Sorry I was talking to some people outside. They were telling me how I looked like Tobey Maguire." (Sorry, Buddy, you don't look like Tobey Maguire at all.) The food was good though.

The play ends on Saturday. Jeni is also producing the next show, A Few Good Men. I don't think she'll over-commit to that one as much. With the show wrapping up, we are going to get back on track. Back in the spring, when we were gearing up for the Walk MS 5K in Marietta, we were walking almost every day and dedicating a lot of time to the Wii Fit. We both could really tell the difference. Recently, with the stress of the show, we have fallen off the wagon seriously -- drinking Coke, eating junk, not exercising. So starting Sunday we are back at it. With that said, I plan on keeping a log on the blog of our exercise. I know the Wii tells me when and how much I've been doing, but maybe if I put it here too then it will keep me more accountable. We'll see. Maybe I'll keep up with the updates, if it helps. Maybe I'll lose track again -- but hopefully not. But at least Sunday you should see something.

Until then ... I guess I need to get all the sweets and junk in my system before I start having to be good.



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