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Virgin365: day three hundred and forty-six…Root Cover-Up


365 ONE: day 177…Expo to the Challenge

Day 177: July 3rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Delayed Devotion” by Duffy

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Schvitsy Coma”

Anything to Note =

I still find it funny when I have to explain my whole 365 to people! It cracks me up as it’s now become 12 criteria with the addition of no alcohol – which then leads me to explaining I was on a detox for the first week of just fruit and veg, which then leads me to say:

“….I started this 365 challenge and then 9 days later I found out I was pregnant!”

Which is super crazy!

I then get asked though why I didn’t just stop then and there when I found out I was pregnant….which is a valid question…but I didn’t know what was going on back then (I still don’t!!) – but my mind was all on getting through and I was so busy and had so much to think about, and a week retreat upstate with the theatre company  I was in rehearsals with….and I don’t know, 365 just kept on going.

I guess I had bigger things to think about.

And, despite how harsh this sounds, my initial reaction to finding out I was pregnant was a big “No!” so I didn’t know what I was going to do to be honest – this was all a shock and not planned, and interfered with the two weddings and honeymoon we had ahead of us with the due date falling on the exact date of when the Greek wedding was supposed to be….so I was thrown.

I guess I didn’t know then what the future held. I had to figure out whether I was going to move forward with the pregnancy or not first. And the days ticked by, meaning the 365 challenge kept going in the meantime, and then I got stuck as the days added up and up and up (which granted was not to a very big number) but it felt accomplished and something I couldn’t imagine quitting or starting again from scratch.

And we all know I am friggin’ insane!

It’s funny as when I decided to start this 365 challenge this year I thought about how much of a challenge it would be to have two weddings and then a honeymoon, and how interesting that would be for people reading along – like that of a reality TV show.

I had NO idea that there would be a giant twist in the show!!! 🙂

And now how can I stop?? I’m on day 177!!!!!

But believe me when I say that there have been moments where I really wish I didn’t have to do this anymore! Especially since I am so busy and so now 365 has ended up being something I have to do when I get home late and that’s the last thing I want to do!

I’m soooooooo tired my right eye won’t stop twitching!!


365 ONE: day 143…Guilty

Day 143: May 30th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Strike of Show

Dance of the Day was = “New Sensation” by INXS

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog = “Gestures”

Anything to Note =

Yesterday was a crazy day!!!

I was up from 5.30am until past 1am so today I am super super tired and not feeling the greatest but have to get through balancing the drama we have with a client tenant to prevent him from being homeless when he arrives Friday, two shows and then the strike, and again its like 100 degrees outside!!

I was so busy with running to see apartments and talk with two brokers in between tech and such yesterday to deal with the drama, and getting props and such that I know I pushed myself a bit, forgetting the little one inside. Which I later felt guilty about.

I stupidly ran from getting some props back to the theatre at one point and then when I got there I felt a little pain and it made me feel so guilty. I realized I need to stop doing things like that. And now stupid me is worried – always thinking the worst of course!

But I’ve got so much going on though that I have to do – I can’t pass it off to anyone else so I just have to remember my limits, or that I even HAVE limits would be a start!

It kind of takes my breath away when thinking of everything I have to do before I hopefully leave but I need to keep the little one as my constant!


365 ONE: day 142…What Friggin’ Time Is It???!!!!

Day 142: May 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Tech for Show/Running Around/On Feet/Theatre Set-Up for Show

Dance of the Day was = “Kalos Se Vrika” by N Stavento

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Too Bright”

Anything to Note =

Besides the fact that I am writing this at friggin’ 6.15am!!!

Today is tech for the show tonight. I have to take the props in my car and pick up more props on the Upper West Side at 7.30am to be at the Theatre by 8am.

So alarm was set for 6.30am as I had everything prepared last night.

What time did I wake, and then not be able to go back to sleep….5.30am!!!!!!!!

WHY??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, I am having troubles sleeping anyway, went to bed late getting things sorted out for today, but also because I just can’t seem to go to sleep early anyway, and waking up several times an hour as my “routine” these days in pregnancy….and then on top of all that I have to wake up an HOUR early!!!!

Why does that happen?? Why, when you have to get up super early do you wake before the alarm goes off??!!!

Wasn’t that why the Snooze button was invented??? To ease you to wake up?? For those that just can’t wake up when the alarm goes off?? Why couldn’t that be my scenario this morning???!!!

UGH!!

Super annoying.

And I tried so hard to just get in a comfortable position and fall back asleep – it was a lost cause.

Hence why I am writing my blog this early and did some 365 already. This is going to be a loooooooong day and I won’t be done until at least 11pm or later so have a loooooooong way to go, so I guess it’s good that I am writing this now and did some 365 already. The rest will be done along in the day.

And the best part of what lies ahead is I can’t have any coffee or the amount of coffee I would need to get by today…thanks to no caffeine while pregnant.

Woo Hoo! Let’s see how I make it through the day!!


365 ONE: day 134…Bad. BAd. BAD.

Day 134: May 21st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Hot Shot” by Shaggy

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Keep Calm, Carry On”

Anything to Note =

Bad. Bad. Bad Day.

Want to know why? Sure you do haha! Too tired to even write so you’re getting some good ol’ bullet points 🙂

– Slept late after fundraiser last night.

– Woke at 4am and could not sleep past then.

– Pouring out so got DRENCHED to the bone. My feet were literally swimming in pools of water. All day. Thought by taking them off at rehearsal it would perhaps enable them to dry quicker off my feet, but it didn’t work. Funny that it was warmer barefoot on the cold floor then in the soaking wet socks.

– 8.30am start at the office as had to go in to train our new employee, or at least go over some things with her before rehearsal.

– Had to help the other co-producer move props in the pouring rain on way to rehearsal, and of course as we wanted to move things outside it started pouding rain pellets!

– Opened my supposed waterproof Northface backpack and it was DRENCHED. Including important documents and receipts and paperwork.

– Had to be on my blackberry constantly through the entire of rehearsal answering emails and dealing with the office annoyingly.

– Other co-producer got yelled at by production manager for 45 minutes today, which sadly reflected a little on all of us.

– One of the actresses had a meltdown in rehearsal. Drama. Tension. Hours of it.

– My understudying got cut short as the actress arrived earlier than planned so I sadly got limited time to “be on stage”.

– Heard that Stuart got pooped on by a bird! Told him though that it’s supposed to be good luck, although not sure he wanted to hear that.

– Soon after hearing about the poop, I managed to drop yellow sandwich sauce all over the white shirt I was wearing. Great.

– Got stuck on a slow train going back to work after rehearsal in front of a woman listening to her headphones, singing out loud “sing the blood of Jesus” over and over and over, with her eyes shut, while her 5-year-old daughter sat next to her just staring at her.

– Had to stay at the office until 9pm after an already long day. Could have stayed later as so much to do but wanted to get back to Stuart as he leaves for Chicago work trip tomorrow.

– Spoke to my parents on the phone where my mum reminded me that I was now responsible for two and not just me, and…I felt super guilty as, I don’t think I have always been thinking that way. Leading me to be emotional when I finally got home 😦

Meh.

Schmeh.

 


365 ONE: day 132…FOUR YEARS OF THE BURGESS!!

Day 132: May 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Millennium” by Robbie Williams

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Not a 4 Year Gift”

Anything to Note =

I had a super busy day yesterday and ended up leaving the office last night at 11.30pm, so in a daze this morning 😦 Hence the ridiculous video and song choice for the day!! But had to get things done as have rehearsal again today and then after Stuart and I are celebrating our FOUR YEARS Anniversary!!!!

Crazy!!

I can’t believe it’s been FOUR YEARS!!

FOUR YEARS of the Stu-Meister, the Burge, the little Stu-ie, the Stu-ster!

I guess we have to thank a few people and things that got us here today, FOUR YEARS later, married and pregnant!!

Although the exact details are a little hazy…

– At Play Productions, my theatre company = without them I would have not been performing on stage at The Atlantic where coincidentally Stuart was working that evening to light my show 🙂

– Jake’s Saloon, bar = without having the show we would not have had an after party where I and Stuart were at drinking after the show of course 🙂

– Annabella, my friend = without her stopping me at the entrance to the bar to say hello and chat as I was on my way out, I would not have heard the British accent behind me and swung around to see and meet Stuart 🙂

– Booze, all night = without that, nothing would have happened, and I would not have been at the bar in the first place, or lasted so long or wanted more and thus offered to stay on and go to the next bar with some of my theatre company players after I had finally met Stuart, who was also drunk, and clearly also up for more of it! 🙂

– Flight 151, next bar = without going here after the other bar, we may not have actually “bonded” (no idea what happened to be honest as I was wasted!) or kissed (unclear to who kissed who – we both think we made the first move….I really think it was me!)

– Late, or early morning = without it being so late we would not have waited outside the bar to get a cab – two separate cabs I may add – to take us home, although waiting is an unclear word as it seemed like we may have been still chatting or kissing for another hour or so, but I, YES ME, would not have got Stuart’s number (that’s right Bucko!!) although he claims he would have got it off me if I hadn’t (hmmmmm) and thus start the texting and “dating” (haha, not sure we “dated” or ever have really “dated”) that brought us to TODAY!!!

So we thank you all!!

But of course…

Most importantly…

Thank you Stuart Burgess.

I love you.

(blog just got sappy….nice one!)


365 ONE: day 42…oh some people….

Day 42: February 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Call Me Baby” by Madison Avenue

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = Crazy Patty

Anything to Note =

Not much.

Had a show today and then we had a talkback and then a donor party after to honor those that helped make our Loom Ensemble show happen…again thank you to those that contributed to our Kickstarter campaign to make this show possible 🙂

But, again am home late and had to again scramble to fit it all in today. I managed to get some 365 into the warm-up before the show but I can no longer rely on being able to do anything backstage during the show as the floor boards are really creaky!

I did today though try to finish some quiet stretching backstage, sneaking something in, and then all of a sudden a woman came backstage from the audience saying she drank too much diet coke and needed to pee! Right in the most silent part of the action going on onstage! And to make it all worse, the bathroom is quite close to the theatre but she knocked something off in there that banged super loud and then we heard her say “crap” followed by “I am okay!” HAHA!! And then came out and went back to her seat! Super distracting, but now that I am writing this down and relaying this, it’s actually quite funny 🙂

Not sure what happened to her in that bathroom though!


365 ONE: day 40….made it to the forties!

Day 40: February 17th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking with Heavy Backpack on

Dance of the Day was = “Yeah” by Usher/Lil John/Ludacris

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Waxing Humour”

Anything to Note =

I crossed the river into Manhattan FOUR times today and so that meant I had to do FOUR tip-toes on the subway 365 criteria, when usually its just twice a day. Super annoying that was! I should have detailed it to only be maximum twice a day. UGH! Ah the fine print!

The fine print that I created?? I’ve lost it! What fine print?? HAHA!!

I am rushing off to my opening night tonight of my Loom Ensemble show “Erosion: A Fable” so had to get everything done in between the day of craziness! It’s a 10pm show and I have a few 10pm shows in this run so I will have to try to get it all done before the show as after I will be home super late and have a feeling that will be the last thing I want to do! It’s proving quite the challenge though to sneak in this 365 🙂

Okay – need to go eat! ME HUNGRY!

(can you tell I’ve lost the plot??)


365 ONE: day 38….home late :(

Day 38: February 15th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Guajira (I Love You Too Much)” by Yerba Buena from Dirty Dancing the movie

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Office Files”

Anything to Note =

Not really. Not much to note today. Am exhausted from a full day of work and then we had a tech run of our show, and rehearsals to work sections after until 10pm, so not much to report this late and this tired.

I am consistently finding time to insert my 365 criteria backstage at my show in the sections I am not on stage – although anyone who comes off stage usually finds me on the floor doing push-ups or the plank 🙂 I have to be careful not to be in people’s way that need to cross backstage for entrances but its been working. I have also had to walk from the office to the theatre as my cardio in order to get that in too – so its been a lot of walking, which I predicted to be my most usual daily cardio – I just hope I don’t get too sick of it being my cardio over and over every day. I will need to change it up but I am just to busy to do anything else right now.

I had some time to also squeeze in my dance of the day tonight at our section rehearsals as they were rehearsing everyone in either a dance or vocal part and I was left to do my own thing at one point, so decided to dance to my ipod in the corner of the room. Not sure I liked this though as it really made me feel like I couldn’t go full-out. I was facing the wall but knew people in the room were watching me and wondering what the hell I was doing! I also chose a salsa Latin song and wanted to go full-out but just felt restricted. I didn’t want to disturb anyone or take away their focus from what they were doing, and wanted to be quiet on my feet….all in all, I was a little disappointed with my decision to do my dance. But I wanted to get it out of the way really, as I did get home so late, but it sacrificed my joy and want. I mean, the song was from Dirty Dancing so wanted to do it the “real way”!

What really threw me is I chose a salsa Latin song as I thought it would be less distracting in the rehearsal room but I started to notice how sexual I was and then how visible I was being sexually in my dancing, and that deterred me – and you know, I am an exhibitionist and would never have a problem with this, I would normally love this, but I didn’t want to disturb quality rehearsal time we needed. The professional took over in me, not the exhibitionist this time. But, rightly so!


365 ONE: day 14 means TWO WEEKS DONE! BOOYAH!!

Day 14: January 22nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rise Up” by Yves LaRock

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog, I refer to as = “Snow Dare”

Anything to Note =

Well…..I made it through TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!! I know it feels small compared to 50 more to go or however many days that is left, don’t want to think about that really, so I must focus on the positive!! I got through two whole weeks, 14 whole days…I think that’s pretty pat-on-the-back worthy 🙂 Only problem is I feel like I was way stronger at the start and was going way harder, or was hitting it harder, as they say?? I feel like I need to….

I am focused, and then I sometimes just veer off a little now and again. Bottom line is I am tired and my body is tired and I have a lot going on these past few days….I need a break and soon! I long for a day when I can sleep in, or have nothing in my planner. I just looked at the rest of January and there isn’t a single day I have completely free! CRAZY! I am not even going to look at February as that’s when my show is at LaMama so I can only imagine how busy I will be!

TRY TO FOCUS.

I will. I am.

I just feel a little rundown and worn out but I keep trying to push forward and use different muscles or twist different ways while dancing, (tonight there was a lot of jumping in my dance!), so I can work out everything and rest parts at the same time….that doesn’t even make sense! HAHA!! I must be tired!!

This next week ahead is tough. I will be leaving town for three days for a residency with Loom Ensemble, the theatre company I am currently in rehearsal with for our show next month. We are going into the woods for a sort of retreat, but an intense 10 hour day working retreat….my first test away on the 365 Challenge. I already planned for it though as I ordered myself a mini foam roller in order to comply with the stretching exercises as the foam roller is one of them – and the foam roller I have at home is huge! But, I had to get a mini one to travel with anyway as will be away a lot this year. Oh, please raise a glass with me to what lies ahead and let’s drink ourselves silly!