Slackcation 2015

My last two weeks? About 75% of my time has been spent slacking. It has been filled mostly with binge-watching OZ (I love you, Kareem Saïd and Ryan O’Reily!) and playing Final Fantasy XIV. Yah, there has been work, some running (up to 3 and 1s!) and some production meetings, but mostly…..? Slacking.  And I am not even going to apologize for it.  So the last two weeks have been like a brief staycation from responsibility.  It has been awesome.

I even managed to read 5 books. Like REAL books. Without pictures and everything.  Ok, they are YA books – I plowed through the Hunger Games series and the first two books of the Divergent series (I’m on the last book and should be done soon)! But whatever, it totally counts!  It just showed me how much I have missed reading and that I love my tablet. I even have queue of novels that I wanna read after I am done Allegiant.  Excited!

Sadly, my slackcation is at an end because I need to become a really-real adult again and get to work on some roughs for Drood and The Sleeping Beauty.

Being a grown-up is hard.

RIP Luke – you are already missed, my friend.

Deadpool Trailer. Finally

Guys! Its here! Its finally here! Behold. The red band trailer! Obviously, NSFW.

Also? Here’s the trailer for the trailer that came out yesterday! :D

Gads, I can not wait for this flick.

Week One of Low FODMAPs

So its been just over a week since I started this low FODMAPs thing. So far, so good.  I am cooking for myself – mostly three meals a day (plus some snacks). Crazy, right?  There have been a few lazy days where I wake up really late which throws my food schedule out the window. But all in all, I have been pretty consistent.  I am have been mostly low FODMAPs.  There were a few dinners out that I am not entirely sure were low FODMAPs – but I tried to make them as low as possible. At home, I have been really good – except for the small intake of freezies that happened when I was craving something sweet. I have since picked up some sorbet so that I can shove a spoon in that if it happens again.

Still, I think I am feeling good.  I mean, I am feeling good.  Better for sure.   But I am not 100% certain I am tip-top yet.  I think perhaps after another week I will be able gauge it a bit better. I hope.

In addition to my dietary successes, I also started my Learn-to-Run clinic last week.  It was a great week – though, I am not 100% sold on my Clinic Leader.  She’s a sweet enough girl and clearly this is her first time running the clinic.  But, we have had two “clinic” days where we are supposed to have a 20 to 30 minute lecture about running, but so far, we haven’t had a single one. Instead, we just received a cut n’ paste email about running in the heat.  I know she is new, but I didn’t just pay to run, I paid to LEARN to run.  This involves information.  But in saying this, it’s very likely that I am just being a frugal, grumpy old lady.  :)

The runs themselves have been great. I’m not fast, but I am not slow.  My body seems to be adjusting relatively well.  No super sore days.  I am taking advantage of the run club that meets on Wednesdays and Sundays. It keeps me motivated and ensures that I get at least three in a week.   Tomorrow, however, is going to be my first day that I try running on my own (I can’t make run club due to an FRC board meeting).  It will be interesting to see how I do on my own.

I also signed up for my first 5K in over 10 years. I am doing the Halloween Night Race on October 24th – I think ELL and AvD might do it with me.  Can’t wait!

FODMAP… huh?

Yesterday, I had my very first appointment with a registered dietician, RH.  First, she’s fantastic. She’s very down to earth.  She doesn’t bullshit and she curses like a sailor just like I do. I appreciate that. We had a great discussion about what I eat (which is crap on top of crap), my upcoming learn-to-run program, how to address my Subway addiction, and how to examine the digestive issues that have been plaguing me.  At this point, we are pretty sure that I have IBS.  So, there’s a little bit of TMI for you on this fine Tuesday afternoon. ;)

Starting July 27th (thankfully AFTER DD’s bachelorette), I am going on an exclusion diet, FODMAP*, for four weeks. While it is a gluten-free diet, it mostly address the fructose in my diet – which is a major contributor to malabsorption which is one of the primary culprits for IBS.  RH has provided me with a list of foods that I can eat and a list of foods that I need to stay away from for the four weeks.  After which time, we will start to reintroduce food back into my diet.

Overall, there are more foods that I CAN eat than I can’t, so I am not overly concerned at this point.  But if I can stay away from Subway for a month, it will be a feat!

RH will be monitoring my progress through MyFitnessPal (which will be less about calorie counting – that’s always been a problem for me – and more about macronutrients) so I will have some support while I am doing this.

I am looking forward to it because I am so tired of feeling like crap all of the time.  Its just another step into improving my quality of life.  Next, I should probably address that insomnia thing…

*My plan is similiar but slightly different to this one.

The Mystery of Whosit, Whatsit?


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

We have a cast for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and tonight is our first readthrough!  I am particularly excited about this because:

1. The cast is awesome. Some of my favourite humanoids are in the cast. This fills me with happiness and joy.

2. I haven’t read the script yet. I generally (unless there is a need*) do not read scripts for any of my shows until first read.  That way, I can hear it in the voice of the actor we have cast. Its a little ritual I have started since my early beginnings in community theatre. I had the Anything Goes script for almost a year before I cracked it open. This show is bananasauce with the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect of it and I am really keen to see how it all puzzles out.

4. I have no REAL responsibility on this show!  Well, that’s not true, I am responsible for making some pretty fantastic drawerings. But that’s it. I don’t have to worry about budgets, or schedules, or people, or regular ol’ show drama bullshit! REJOICE! VICTORY! VIVA LA FRANCE! EXCELSIOR! ….. until November.  I am sure as shit going to enjoy this respite from Producerly shenanigans. Yessiree!

5.  I am going to enjoy this project. Not only do I get to combine creative forces with JZ again, but I have been doing a lot of research into Victorian illustration, some Arts & Crafts movement, a bit of William Morris, and some Art Nouveau (cuz, why not!?) and gads, I love it so much.  So pretty.  It really renewed my interest in Art and Design History.  I am a bit of a nerd about these things and really need to take more classes. I am so excited (dare I say giddy?) to just be drawing again.  It is going to be rad.

6. Flippy flaps. ‘Nuff said.

*I should probably read that Tommy script before tomorrow night’s creative meeting. :S No one tell JZ.

Happy Pluto Fly-By Day!

Gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday – about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Images from closest approach are expected to be released on Wednesday, July 15. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

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It’s Pluto fly-by day as the New Horizons spacecraft, after 9 years and well over 3 billion kilometres, finally reached its destination today!  It arrived at roughly 7:49 am EST this morning and NASA promises up close and personal images by Wednesday.  I can’t wait!

Space travel is so rad.