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365 ONE: day 211…What I Learned After My Spetses Weekend

Day 211: August 6th, 2012 = 2012

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Hearts Collide” by Eleftheria Eleftheriou

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

Anything to Note =

Here is what I learned over the weekend…

1). Never walk in Spetses as it gives you blisters!

2). Therefore always take the moped.

3). You don’t need alcohol to feel drunk, just go to Rendez Vous bar and absorb it in the air 🙂

4). Always walk into bars bottom first when pregnant to avoid the jumping drunk dancers bumping into the bump!

5). It is very easy to stay out until 6am with no booze!

6). Being pregnant saves you so much money as you’re not buying alcohol.

7). The bump brings attention and questions and touching so be prepared with something more than “I don’t know” as it leads to more questions!

8). Driving the moped at grandma speed allows you to enjoy the view more!

9). But driving the moped at grandma speed also tests your patience and competitive urges after watching every one zoom past annoyingly!

10). Go in the sea more frequently than two brief plops!

11). Water is your new favorite drink in the heat.

12). Don’t leave the remainder of 365 until 6am!!

13). Delegating shots and drinks to others is fun!

14). Once again it is very hard to do work on your computer while on Spetses. It’s just hard to be productive when you don’t realize what day or time or date it is!

15). Be careful on Spetses while pregnant as the concept of giving birth on an island with no hospital and a crap clinic is not pleasant.

16). It is impossible to see everyone and do everything with a day and a half!

17). Therefore non-island time schedule does not work on island time.

18). Stray dogs and cats are drawn to you when pregnant.

19). So are children.

20). Spetses is only a magical island when you fully partake in the Spetses-ness, otherwise you leave exhausted, with back-ache, foot-ache and in food and island withdrawal!!

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365 ONE: day 185…Will I Make The Plane??!!

Day 185: July 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Packing/Travelling

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Paul Carrack

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mr. Giraffe”

Anything to Note =

I am leaving on a jet plane…

It’s LEAVING DAY!!!!  It’s TRAVEL DAY!!!!

CRAZY!!!

I think I’ve mentioned this before in another blog, but it’s funny because Stuart and I are leaving today – Stuart for only two weeks right now – but we’re not flying on the same flight! We leave within 20 minutes of each other from JFK, from different terminals, on different airlines – me on BA and Stuart on Virgin (which is way better!). And we arrive within 20 minutes of each other at Heathrow tomorrow, different terminals.

It worked out cheaper this way as I had to get on a BA flight to be on the same return flight as my mum when I come back to the States, but the cheapest flights were not BA, so Stuart did one of those cheap-not-know-you’re-airline sites and got on Virgin – so that was cool!

So we’ll see each other when we drive to JFK tonight  and then I will see him again when I get picked up tomorrow morning after we arrive! Strange!!

If only we could communicate across the ocean, thousands of miles up in the air!!

If only BBM worked while flying haha!!

I will miss him 🙂

But we get to save money so that’s a bonus!

If I make it to the plane as still haven’t packed and am at the office…..aHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

So this is my last day in America until JANUARY!!!

For just under 6 months!!!

In 2012!!

That’s weird.

Next time I’ll be back in the USA it will be in 2013 with a little schmonkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIZARRE!!!!


365 ONE: day 183…Subway Observances

Day 183: July 9th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys

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

Anything to Note =

Some subway stories again!

This morning the MTA card machines were not working – they were not accepting any payment with a credit or debit card, just cash. So there were huge lines of angry folks dashing about in panic this morning. They kept coming up to me asking if I had seen anyone’s card transaction go through in front of me, as I was also in line to refill my MTA card, but with cash….actually with coins!!

Since I am leaving in two days, and my monthly metrocard ran out Saturday, I have been scrounging around the house gathering coins to pay for my two subway rides a day – so again today I managed to find $4.50 in quarters and dimes for today’s journey haha! 🙂

So I was afraid that people were going to be mad at me for taking so long to put in all the coins to load my metrocard, but lo and behold they were already mad at the machines, so I escaped 🙂

As the journey continued…

There was a couple on one side of the subway car and then a younger couple across from them, in those two-seater sections. And as the elder couple got off the subway, the woman approached the younger couple and said:

“I was watching you both and I can tell you are both really in love and will be married a really long time.”

She also said that her and her husband were celebrating their 24 year anniversary so wanted to share that with them.

It was kinda cute! The younger couple were thrown off a bit and went bright red and kept saying “thank you” to them.

Ah love 🙂

Speaking of love on the subway – the busker last night on the platform was singing from The Little Mermaid!!! It was cute but kinda funny that it was coming from a guy 🙂 He had a good voice though!

And lastly, before my journey to the office ended, I saw two men with their flies down! Why does it not feel our place to tell people when their flies are down?

I wanted to say something but then one got off a stop later. But then I was across from the other one, and just wanted to tell him, but I didn’t feel it my place to.

It was rush hour too so kept thinking that I couldn’t just announce it to him as others would then notice and I didn’t want to do that to the poor fellow – and I was not close enough to whisper it….I hope someone told him!!


365 ONE: day 133….Fundraiser Tonight!

Day 133: May 20th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Toca’s Miracle” by Fragma

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Sleep Pillow”

Anything to Note =

My life these days is pre-occupied with my duties as a co-producer and an understudy for this Jose Rivera workshop production, keeping afloat at work with everyone gone and now for the weeks to come, getting my 365 done, and not giving birth!!! 🙂

We have the fundraiser tonight for this Jose Rivera’s workshop production of his play BRAINPEOPLE, so the co-producer in me is taking over this blog entry today and extending the invitation for you to join us…

Come out tonight at 7pm for our Roof Top Fundraiser Party celebrating Jose Rivera! You are invited to join us at The Westmont which is at 730 Columbus Avenue at 96th Street tonight. With $20 you get…

Wine

Snacks

Music

Sneak peak of BRAINPEOPLE

Meet Jose Rivera

Bid at the Live Auction

Enjoy the Gorgeous View

And….

You get to see me!!! HAHAHA!!

So you if you want to come then you have to RSVP to amandakatejoshi@hotmail.com

It’s a great opportunity to be in the same room with some great artists and we are pimping Jose Rivera out for just that 🙂 Don’t you want to meet the man behind MOTORCYCLE DIARIES?? Behind his new film ON THE ROAD?? Behind his successful run of his play at The Rattlestick, MASSACRE??

And that was me pimping him out as promised 🙂

Ok, must go to take care of props for rehearsal and collect some items for the fundraiser…I guess this lack of sleeping has some benefits with getting things done in the day 🙂

Oy Vey!


365 ONE: day 67…HORRIBLE train ride to work

Day 67: March 15th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Beautiful Night” by Diana Birzu Feat. Tony Ray & MC Robinho

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “TV Commercial Copycat”

Anything to Note =

I had a HORRIBLE morning this morning. I transferred to the 7 train going to work as usual and everything started out normal. I even got a good spot near the door on the 7 train since I can’t sit on public transportation, and that door opens closest to the escalator when we arrive into Grand Central, that is where I prefer to be. It’s also the easiest place to do my tip-toes in the tunnel as I can be against the door and hold onto the rail at the same time.

Anyway, everything was going normal until we got to the last stop before the tunnel, one stop away from Grand Central. The doors opened and a flood of rush hour people got on and the doors closed. And then we didn’t move.

We didn’t move for like 30-45 minutes.

In a closed, jammed pack subway car.

And then I started to feel nauseous. I had my breakfast in my bag that I was carrying with me to eat when I got to the office but thus hadn’t eaten enough to combat my nausea.

As the time passed and I stood there I started to feel really bad and sick and faint and hot. I had a woman literally pressed up in front of me and all I kept thinking was:

“Hold it together. Breathe. Don’t vomit on the woman in front. Don’t faint.”

Sweat started to pour down me. I managed to wrangle off my coat but any minute I thought I was going to lose it.

I kept looking at the doors. If they would open again I would yell to get off, but I was smooshed all the way back against the opposite doors so I didn’t even know if I could.

And as the time passed and my fears of vomiting or fainting grew, it fueled my anxiety more and I started to get the onset of a panic attack. And the onset grew, and grew and I was so scared but I started to prepare myself for the worst. I had my cell phone in my hand and keys for the office in my pocket. I dropped them into my bag and put the bag on the floor between my legs with my coat as I thought any minute now I would drop to the ground….so I didn’t want to drop my phone from my hand or have my things scattered by the people trying to get off. I was convinced I wouldn’t make it.

And then the train moved.

I closed my eyes and started to do deep breathing. All sounds dropped out around me. All I could hear was my breathing and all I could feel was my hand gripping the rail so hard to keep me upright.

I didn’t think I was going to make it. I thought I would pass out in the tunnel and would have nowhere to go with the jam of people around me until the doors opened and released me backwards. I just kept saying in my head:

“We are almost there now. Don’t pass out now as I’ll fall and crack my head when the doors open. I could hurt the baby.”

And then I felt the train slow down. We had made it into Grand Central.

The doors opened and I slowly, with my eyes focused on one foot in front of the other, found my way through the crowds flying by me to a seat and sat down.

I had to sit there for like half hour to try to regain myself, to breathe in some colder air.

It was really frightening.

But I made it.

I know I have the “no sitting on public transportation” as part of my 365 but I would have sat if there had been a seat the way I felt.

A HORRIBLE start to the day.


365 ONE: day 54…the office to myself

Day 54: March 2nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Breathe” by Prodigy

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Nobody Left”

Anything to Note =

I had a doctor’s appointment this morning that went on longer so had to stay late at the office to get things done. Slowly one by one people left. Then the air goes off after 6pm so it starts to heat up. And the last person just came to me and told me he was locking me in as I am the only one here…

SPOOKY!!!

It inspired my video upload to be a lot like…

It also made me talk to myself a lot more out loud – a defence mechanism? I like the sound of my own voice? I got lonely?…who knows! I am an actor GEEZ!! Is that what you were going to say? Boo you!

I wanted to get out of here though so did my 365 criteria as fast as I could – it encouraged a faster speed. The lack of people meant I could go crazy with my dance of the day so I appropriately chose a loud raucous song and blasted it in one of the empty offices where I then proceeded to jump to the song for like 4 minutes all over the room while headbanging. I. Am. Mad.

It made me feel like a…

Ah, what one does when one is left alone! 🙂