Sunday, December 20, 2015

Changes and Stuff!

Where am I? What year is it? What is this keyboard-y, screen-y thingy? Whoa. I feel like I’ve been in a time warp. I was just living my life, minding my own business, then suddenly, it was months later and I was still just living my life, minding my own business. Some things have changed, though. In the many months since my last blog post, I have had some major moments, and some not as exciting, but still awesome moments. For one, my hair has finally gotten past the awkward stages of growing out a pixie! I know this might seem like a stupid thing to even bring up, but if you’ve ever grown out a pixie, you know what hell I’ve been through the last ten months. To finally have a short bob is no small thing, I assure you.

Day one of the great grow-out.
Ten months later, an official bob!

As for the bigger things, in September I joined the cast of a local production of the musical Into the Woods as the triple role of Cinderella’s Mother, Little Red’s Granny, and the Giant. The show ran for the two weekends before Thanksgiving, and though it stole every solitary free minute I had for three months, it was such a great experience!  The show was incredible and time-consuming and difficult and lovely and one of the best things I have ever done. I almost cried on the last day, and I still miss the cast and crew like crazy. The best part about this show was my costume: though I played three parts, the only time I was on stage was as Granny, so I got to wear pajamas and bunny slippers and old age makeup. Another big bonus: My mom just happened to be in town during the show, so she got to see me perform, and I got to see her for the first time in over seven years!

I have always loved makeup, but this old age look forced me into completely new territory, which was a welcome challenge. Do you know how much time it takes to look four decades older? A lot! It also takes a lot of makeup: I hit pan in my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette after eight performances. I am now an expert at making myself look like a granny, and I’m ready to delve into other kinds of stage makeup, so don’t be surprised if you see some real weird looks on the blog in the near future.

While I was in the middle of rehearsals for Into the Woods, I had another unexpected change. I got a new job! In October, I accepted a position as an optician at a local optometrist's office, and I have been loving it! For a long time, I couldn’t imagine doing anything but waitressing; it was just so good. The schedule was awesome, the pay was okay, the people were fantastic, and I just didn't believe I'd ever come across anything better. This job sort of fell in my lap in a way, and it was such a great opportunity that I couldn't pass it up. I've been shocked by my ability to seamlessly transition into a full-time schedule; I thought that would be impossible after a year and three months of being spoiled by three hour shifts. This job is completely different from anything else I've ever done, and the learning curve is steep, but I have been enjoying the challenge. Who knew full-time work could be so rewarding?

Another weird thing about working full-time is the fact that it enables me to get more done, despite losing so much free time. I have always worked this way for some reason. If I have an entire day to myself, I will waste it on Facebook and Netflix. If I only get a few hours, I will write a novel, clean my house, meditate, grocery shop, and bake, all before my deadline. This means I will be taking photos and writing stuff and posting it where everyone can see it. I don't have time for any of this, which means, somehow, it will get done. Don't question my illogical ways, just go with it. :)

For the curious: I didn't get to keep my Granny costume from the show, but I did buy the bunny slippers myself so I could bring them home. The bunnies hated them at first, but now they have accepted them into the herd. It's pretty cute.

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