maisfeeka: (Michael dark glasses side)
So, tonight is the big New Hampshire Theatre Awards - kind of our version of the Tonys. A great number of my friends and a few plays I've been in are up for major awards, I've had my ticket for months, and yet... perhaps someone has noticed I'm here posting on my lj? And no, I don't have the type of phone that would let me post from the show.

So why am I here?

Well, I have a really nasty allergy to theatre fog and haze. Like, it sends a nice message to my autonomic nervous system that says breathing is not necessary. At all. I can make myself breathe if I want and work at it - but I don't, and get rather grumpily unpleasant about refusing if people prompt me to (as I'm waiting for transport to clinic or hospital for assistance).

Now, mind you, fog has been banned in equity theatres due to health risks, but community theatres don't have to follow those restrictions. It's always used on occasion and usually I can avoid it. However, lately it's become a problem.

I've been unable to go to a number of shows because they were using huge amounts of the stuff. I've had to flee from other shows because they've denied they were going to use any when I bought my ticket and as I'm sitting there suddenly the fog comes on. I've had to explain to multiple people that no, I'm not going to just go try and see if I'm still allergic to it and/or if this newer/different version will still affect me. Not unless they're willing to have an ambulance standing by and be willing to pick up all my medical bills, sorry. This isn't a nasty rash and a little wheezing that my inhaler and a benadryl will take care of. I. Stop. Breathing.

My friends have been very good about calling and emailing to warn me of fog in shows and today when I arrived at the pre-show dinner one of them pulled me aside and said they'd been at the theatre earlier and it had been filled with fog. So, I called and sure enough they told me yes, they'd be using haze throughout the show.

Which means, no show for me. I'm out $30, which is a lot for a poor teacher, I don't get to see the friends I generally only see at the awards, and if *fingers crossed* my friends or one of my shows wins an award I won't be there. I am an Unhappy Mai.

And, just to add insult to injury, when I got out to my parked car to head the 30 minutes back home instead of walking over to the theatre, I found that someone had hit my parked car and knocked the driver's side mirror all but off. So I had to drive around in the dark to find the police station, file a report (which necessitated a trip back across a busy and slippery street to find my car's VIN number), and then drive home on a busy highway while craning around to try and see something out of my crazily hanging off driver's side mirror.

Thank heaven there was Supernatural and Merlin tonight!
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I would love to get to know my friends better!

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3. Would you have my back in a fight?
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5. What is your favorite memory of us?
6. Would you give me a kidney?
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8. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?
9. Can we get together and make a cake?
10. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?
11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?
12. Do you think I'm a good person?
13. Would you drive across country with me?
14. Do you think I'm attractive?
15. If you could change anything about me, would you?
16. What do you wear to sleep?
17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?
18. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?

And as tinylegacies did, so I only have to answer once... )

Tough days

Jan. 14th, 2011 10:41 pm
maisfeeka: (Blue deck into water)
Well, another crisis weathered with my poor 16 year old cat. Threw up from Saturday afternoon/evening till late Monday night when it got really ugly. And then, just when I'd decided I had to bring her to the vets it stopped. She didn't eat anything till Thursday morning, but seems mostly back to normal now. (*knock on wood!*)

My youngest sister's cat, who's 17, didn't manage so well. YS lives in Boston and after several tough months made the decision today that she had to put the poor little one to sleep. After a whole bunch of crazy finagling, #2 sister arranged rides home for her kids from her youngest daughter's basketball game so she could head directly to Boston to be with YS. I came to her house to meet the kids and stay with them till the sisters can get back here. (We're weren't about to leave YS in Boston alone and luckily #2 sister was able to convince her to come here. I'm not quite ready to leave my cat alone all night, just in case.)

And a friend of mine died Wednesday night. He'd taken his wife to work so she didn't have to drive in the storm and later went to help shovel out her parents' driveway. His wife called to say she was ready to go home and her dad went out to get him and found him dead. Apparently he had a massive heart attack. The M.E. said he was dead before he even hit the ground and never even knew what happened. He was 43, just a little younger than me. He had diabetes, but never had any signs of heart disease. The M.E. thinks that symptoms from the diabetes masked it and in fact, his heart shows that he seems to have had at least one mild heart attack in the past few months that he never even was aware of. Scary.

I'm not as close to him as I am to his best friend who is utterly devastated. I spent a good chunk of time on the phone with him tonight before going to meet the nieces, but it's just all so sad. And his poor wife had decided she was never going to let anyone get close enough to her that she'd be devastated if she lost them. And then she met Shawn and they just fell in love and now... yeah. Sucks.

Anyway... consider taking a moment to tell the important people in your life how much you care about them. You just never know.

Anyway, anyway, it's a long weekend and I'm very grateful for that.

Love you all. Take care of yourselves and each other.
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ETA: Thanks to the gernerosity of so very many people, my friend was able to not only pay off what was owed, but to get a FULL tank of oil! Thank you all so very very much!




A friend of mine is in a really tough situation as you can see here and here .

She has some serious health issues, her daughter is sick, and they have no heat.

Every little bit helps, so if you have a little to spare I'd be most grateful. I know the widget says they've met the goal, but if we can get a bit extra we can be sure they'll have heat for a good chunk of time.

Thanks in advance for anything you can manage *hugs*


maisfeeka: (Blue deck into water)
Happy New Year to all my lovely friends here. I hope that 2011 is the best year any of us have had yet!

I feel quite accomplished at the moment. Laundry is done (well, all the important laundry), bills are paid and ready to go in the mail, trash is done, rooms are straightened, papers organized, fresh sheets are on the bed... I'm all set for the new year.

My cat on the other hand has been quite distraught and following me around everywhere trying to figure out what's going on. Now that I've settled back down on to the couch, she's curled up next to me hoping that I'm done with all the madness.

I would have liked to vaccuum, but I have a roommate sleeping downstairs with what sounds like a nasty cold, so that can wait.

Anyway, I'm ready and happy and watching Criminal Minds, so all is right with my world.

*hugs to you all*

Christmas

Dec. 28th, 2010 07:54 pm
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Had a lovely Christmas which was even semi-stress free. Which is a true miracle in my family.

Headed over to my parents about 5 Friday night, helped my dad set out luminaries (Er, well, mom sent him out early because she figured I wouldn't get there in time since I was only 20 minutes early, so I just helped get them lit. This is my mom.) Went to Mass at 7 where my sister and the three nieces sang with the contemporary choir my sister runs. Then back to the 'rents with the two sisters and three nieces who are on this side of the nation for a late dinner and fun. The nieces were relatively calm and therefore lots of fun. Sister #2 and #4 (#3 is in California) took the nieces and headed home and mom crashed while dad and I watched parts of the Criminal Minds marathon and the ST:TNG marathon (he's an incorrigible channel flipper). As usual I spent the night at my parents.

The next day the parents and I headed to my sister's for Christmas present opening with the nieces before they had to go to their dad's. Presents were fun and I scored over 7000 on my first try at 'Just Dance' on the Wii, which apparently is tricky to do, so go me. Afterwards sister #4 and I headed back to the parents' with them while #2 brought the nieces to their dad's. We got dinner going and hung out, then opened stockings and some presents then had a nice dinner of Steak In a Bag, Auntie Elaine's Twice Baked Potatoes, Auntie Eva's Sherried Mushrooms, and so much other sundry stuff that we all ended up passing on dessert.

Finally headed home around 8:30 and crashed hard.

We'll have the rest of Christmas maybe tomorrow night to open the girl's presents and the last of ours. Hopefully that will also be relatively stress free.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] caffeinified...

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate! I love hot chocolate winter or summer.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
He does stockings, but sometimes there are little extras around the stockings, which are always so overstuffed that they're resting on chairs or couches. This is all at my parents' house where we celebrate Christmas.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I'm not picky, but I have fallen quite in love with the more blue-y/pastely lights I've seen around this year. None in or on my house.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope, but my mom has a plastic one she hangs up in the house... actually, I think it's up all year, come to think of it.

5. When do you put up your decorations?
When my mom bugs me enough I pull out my ceramic tree. She sets stuff up sometime after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
My favorite is the dressing at Thanksgiving. I loves me some dressing. - Same as Caffeinified

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child.
My sisters and me sitting on the stairs writing out our thank you notes (before we opened presents) as we waited for the parents to get up so we could go down and open things.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I honestly don't remember. I do remember passionately arguing with someone for his reality, saying that there had been shredded carrot pieces on the rug and anyone who knew my mom would know there was NO WAY she would deliberately put food on the carpet, therefore, there must have been a visit from Santa and his reindeer.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
On occasion we do, but usually we wait for Christmas Day.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
Mom does most of it and whoever comes in to visit gets to put on some ornaments.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
I love snow, but I absolutely DREAD driving it in. So... mixed feelings around Christmas based on how scared I'm going to be driving to and from my parents' house.

12. Can you ice skate?
I used to be able to - went through beginner's lessons as a kid.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I couldn't pick one.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Cranberry or raspberry pie. Which I usually have to make for myself if I want it, so I usually end up going without.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Everyone being together and laughing and joking.

17. What tops your tree?
I have a tiny ceramic tree with lights that my grandmother made. I have hung a tiny angel ornament around the top.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
I like both, but I really do love watching people open what I got them.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Spiritual: Silent Night
Non-spiritual: "I Hate Christmas" by Oscar the Grouch

20. Candy Canes?
No. I always think if I get the other flavored ones I'll like them, but in reality I always end up cutting my tongue on them when they get sharp.

21. Do you feel Christmas is too commercialized?
It's up to you whether you pay attention to all the nonsense or not. I don't.

22. Real tree or artificial?
I do love a real tree, but don't have one in my house and my parents just went over to artificial for the handiness of them.

23. Do you put lights up on the outside of your house?
Nope. But my mom does around her house.

24. Do you do a Christmas Dinner or Supper and who cooks?
We do a Christmas Eve dinner after mass, a Christmas morning dinner with the nieces, and a Christmas dinner with the family. Mom does most of the cooking and my sisters and I help out.

25. Is your family the everyone unwraps gifts at once sort or do you do it one gift at a time as the others watch?
Someone passes out a round of presents - one to everyone and we all open them at once and ooh and aahh and then someone else passes out another round and so on till we're done. Though often we save some to open later so there have been times when we opened our last presents a week or so after the Day.

26. Do your pets share in the festivities?
My cat likes to 'help' me wrap. And when we had a dog at my parents' she'd come join us.

Theatre!

Dec. 19th, 2010 07:15 pm
maisfeeka: (The Clam in the eye of the storm)
I have just finished my last theatre performance for 2010. This will be the first time I have not been involved in a play (at one point I had EIGHT going!!) since the beginning of February. (I was not at all sure I'd survive August through October!) I love my theatre, but I did take on a bit much this year given that I, oh, have an actual JOB that requires a lot of time. It will be nice to have a small break.

I say small, because my next performance is January 8th, so I'll be back to rehearsals the first week of January. And then we've got the January 15th show, rehearsals for Six Nights so we'll be ready for a show at the end of February and the Regional competition the first weekend in March, the reprise of Crimes of the Heart in mid February, and directing a one act later in March.

What did I say about a break? *grins*

This last show was great. We did it as a charity fundraiser for a rape and domestic violence center and raised almost $1000 in one weekend. We also had a cast sleepover last night and stayed up till, oh... 3AM or so - which was a blast, but has left me a Very Tired Mai.
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The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

Read more... )

I think that's... 53 I've read and 20 I've read at least part of. 73, that's a lot more than I thought!
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Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.

7 Impressionist, 5 Islamic, 5 Ukiyo-e, -9 Cubist, -4 Abstract and -10 Renaissance!

Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.


People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

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Hey, a friend is looking for a short story - can't remember the author it's by, but it's Ray Bradbury-ish. It's about a boy who does some sort of test in school, but he does too well and is taken away... That ring a bell for anybody?

ETA: Found! Examination Day by Henry Seslar. Very eerie story!
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Just heard from my rheumatologist. My liver shows some signs of congestion, but seems to be okay and not showing signs of damage from my meds, so I'm all good. Phew!

Biopsy

Oct. 25th, 2010 06:38 pm
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Procedure went smoothly. Got back to my parents about noon and dozed/watched The West Wing most of the afternoon. Going to have dinner with them now then my dad will drive me home to sleep in my own bed. :)

*sigh*

Oct. 25th, 2010 07:29 am
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Woo hoo. Off for my liver biopsy. Catch you all later!
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For those of you who've been wondering where I am - not that I post much, okay, but I do chat with a number of you all... All right, come on, pretend you missed me or wondered, okay?

Anyway, I've been dead swamped in theatre land. It's been great, but, between that and the beginning of school, life has been insane. I barely manage to do more than check my flists and log into whatever RP stuff I absolutely must.

But now that I'm down to, um... *counts*... 2 full-length shows in rehearsal and three upcoming dinner theatres, I can breathe a bit again.

Two weekends ago I directed two ten minute plays - first real stuff I've directed since college - at a big festival based on the Seven Deadly Sins. I got to direct the two Envy plays and had a blast with that although it was insane trying to find time for that around the three full-length plays I was involved with at the time and school and finding a roommate and all that good stuff (found one by the way, keep your fingers crossed she works out!). It was easier once the first two plays closed, but then I had to go back into rehearsal for one of them since we were bringing it to the New Hampshire Community Theatre Festival for competition this weekend.

Long crazy and stressful! Still, the directing went fabulously - and one of the playwrights wants to work with me because she loved what I did with her play and a couple of people said they thought the other one of my plays was the best there. Absolutely great if exhausting experience.

And this weekend? The play where I'm part of the black gospel choir? (Yes, I'm white, shush.) Well, we won. We won two awards for excellence in acting for our male leads, Best Actress in festival, Best Director in festival and Best Play. Which means we go to the regionals. And if we can pull off first or second place there in March, we could go to nationals.

The adjudicators loved the choir, couldn't imagine how the play worked before without one, and one of them offered to help work with our group to tighten it up and revamp the problem spots before regionals.

It was an amazing day yesterday. I'm surprised my head still fits through the doorway!
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You are The High Priestess


Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.


The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.


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Interesting...
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>>Subject: wanted to borrow - EMF/ Gauss Meter reader


Hi all,
I know this is strange, but we are looking to move into a new home that has
power lines right in the backyard. I've read different views on this so we
would like to test the land before we sign on the dotted line. WOuld anyone
happen to have a tester we could borrow for an hour or so?? Or if you wouldn't
mind coming along, that is just fine too. They aren't sold locally so trying to

get one in the next day is near impossible. HELP :)

Thanks for looking and any help
>>




Right. He's totally looking for evidence of ghosts. ;)
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Tonight was opening night for a play about a pretty amazing man named Jonathan Daniels . He was murdered in Selma, Alabama in 1965 after being arrested for picketing all white stores with a group of other protestors. A friend of mine wrote the play ( Six Nights in the Black Belt) and it has just been an amazing experience.

I'm part of the black gospel choir - and yes, those of you who know me might point out that I'm not black. Well, hush, y'all, they don't seem to mind and neither do I.

The harmonies are tight, the people are amazingly fantastic, and tonight we just rocked the whole thing. And Jonathan Daniels' best friend was here to see it with his wife and he was impressed and moved.

Another friend is taping us (it's easy when you have the playwright's permission!) and I can't wait to see the finished product, though I told him he ought to film the choir backstage during the second act. We all are sitting in a very tiny space (six of us, plus another actor), in the dark, with heavy black curtains on three sides of us. We're there for all but the last couple of minutes of the act and most of the time we're either singing or humming as the protestors locked in jail. It's an incredible experience. We're all just there, eyes closed most of the time, humming 'Hold On' or 'We Shall Overcome' or 'Amazing Grace' or 'Jacob's Ladder', all together, all singing as one. And these guys have some incredible voices, let me tell you! I'm honored to be able to sing with them.

Four more performances. Anyone near Southern New Hampshire who can get up and see it well, it's well worth the trip.
maisfeeka: (Stabler laughing)
She's eating! Not a ton yet, probably less than a 1/4 cup so far today (she usually eats a third to a half a cup a day), but she's eating! And she's found her voice again and is following me around being demanding of attention and petting which she hasn't done in a week. And today for the first time in a week she did her normal poke and yowl to wake me for petting in the morning. I was so happy to be annoyed I can't even tell you.

I'm truly hopeful again for the first time in days. Even my mom yesterday was pretty convinced Kachina wouldn't make it through the night because she was so off.

Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts and wishes and all and please keep them coming!

Also... I find it interesting that she got sick when my potential buyer moved all her stuff into my house last weekend and perked up when the woman moved it all out again today. Hmmm...

Update

Jun. 26th, 2010 09:57 pm
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Just prepared the draft of my letter to withdraw from my contract on the house I was going to buy. Wasn't that fun. Not.

Also, my cat is still not eating. I've been trying to syringe feed her with the special canned food the vet gave me for that purpose, but she's fighting it worse and worse each time and grinding her teeth (which makes me worry I'm doing something to her jaw) and growling. She hasn't tried to scratch or bite me, but I'm concerned that's next.

I'm so torn. If she was clearly failing and not herself I could accept (or try to) that it was her time as she is 16 years old. But since she's mostly herself, except more tired, I don't know if I keep forcing food into her or what. I got about a third of a can into her today before I went off for the afternoon (we both needed a break) and I just don't know if I try giving her more or wait till tomorrow or what to do. God, this is miserable.

And tomorrow the woman who was going to buy my house comes at noon to take all of her stuff out of my house. My sister's coming over so I don't have to be alone trying valiantly to be all fine with things while she's here.

However, my youngest sister finally sold her car and can get rid of that debt, my second youngest sister managed to both politely confront her boss about some of her concerns without losing her job AND get some amazing concessions from him, and my other sister will probably be able to have her job become full time so she'll have benefits for herself and her kids. So... not all is bad in the family. Just in my household apparently.

Prayers and good wishes still much appreciated.

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