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Had a few errands to run this morning before heading home to sleep. I decided to take my car into the shop this week after all - why put it off any longer? There will never be a convenient time to take it in, so I'll just take it in now....
So I dropped a donation off at the Salvation Army (to empty out my trunk) ran to the grocery store to get some goat cheese, salad stuff and soy milk, and also went to pick up my new fitness machine that I'm doing the infomercial for. Yay! So that is currently in my trunk (and is the reason it needed to be emptied beforehand!). Then I headed home to sleep. Made a couple of phone calls, and was in bed by 11am. I left my phone on during the day in case my friend I was meeting for dinner called and needed directions or to confirm plans or anything, and I did get a couple of phone calls - one from my scene partner for acting class Thursday night, one from Blockbuster saying I hadn't returned the movies I rented (which I did last night) and another one, too, but I have completely forgotten who it was!
I got up at 6pm when my alarm went off, and was trying to get ready for dinner with SF (who I adore spending time with) and then my cell phone rang - it was my best friend from high school and college, Suzanne, who is a physician in NYC and who I'll be visiting later this year. So we chatted for about 30 minutes, settled on the dates for me to visit, and then I realized that I had less than 30 minutes to get ready for dinner with SF! Aack! So I threw some clothes on and was trying to clean up the place a little bit before she arrived. Not much cleaning was done, though, since she arrived 10 minutes early! She'd never seen my place before, and today it looks worse than I think it has EVER looked. I am in the middle of construction for these shelves that I'm making, and all the stuff that goes on that wall is everywhere ELSE in the apartment. And I haven't vacuumed, because I figure there isn't much point in that as long as I'm building stuff, so there was black cat hair all over the grey carpet. Oh, well. I did know that she would understand, but still, I really DO try to keep a relatively clean and neat place, and it just SOOOOOOO wasn't....
SF could see that I was a little frazzled, and told me to relax, which I started to do once we headed for the restaurant, which was all of a few blocks away from my place. We had a nice dinner, and as always, it was lovely catching up with her. She's delightful, intelligent, charming, and always says incredibly wonderful and flattering things about me on some message boards we both follow - I've even printed out some of her posts and taped them to my kitchen cabinets to give myself a little boost when I read them. Sometimes you just need to hear good things said about yourself, ya know? : ) For dinner I was good and ordered the herbed chicken with garlic spinach, rice, and salad. It was good, but the chicken was a bit dry. There was plenty of it, though, and I brought half of it in to work tonight for lunch.
Once I got home from dinner, I put a movie on that Mike had lent me - "Rounders" with Matt Damon, Ed Norton, John Malkovich, Gretchen Moll, and I don't remember who else. It was one of those movies that I kind of wanted to see, but didn't care if I missed bits of it, so I was putting together my shelving while it was on and puttering around getting ready for work and stuff while it was playing. I got the gist of it, and that was enough. Not a bad movie, just not my kind of story - it was about playing poker for high stakes.... At some point during the movie, Anne stopped by to say hello and to borrow my laundry card, and we chatted for about a half an hour while I screwed shelves together. She's going through some emotional stuff right now, and wanted to talk about it and get my opinion. I hadn't even had a chance to tell her about my interview for the team lead position the other day, so between her stuff and my stuff, we covered a lot of ground in a half an hour.
Mike called briefly to let me know that he could take me to an acting event tomorrow night and to work, so that was good. I get to walk home again in the morning, so I dressed appropriately for it. Casual pants and shirt, running shoes. Because of my ankle, I have a medical permission slip to wear athletic shoes to work even though it's against company policy, and I just was NOT going to wear dress pants with running shoes. Fortunately, this place is so casual it isn't an issue.
Tomorrow I need to make some phone calls in the morning to schedule rehearsal for acting class tomorrow night, to schedule auditions for Friday for two commercials (for the same company, so really one audition), to call a life coach regarding a free 30 minute consultation and see what he can do for me and how much it would cost me, and to call a vocal coach to work on using my voice correctly (I have trouble being heard sometimes and am prone to straining my throat because I use my voice improperly). So lots to do. And I have to get up by 6 or so again to make it to this meeting tomorrow night, and I have to print out some resumes and headshots to take with me - this guy is a commercial casting agent who I would LOVE to be signed with....
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