Archives for: April 2004, 26
I was supposed to go to a happy hour for work Friday afternoon, but I ran errands Friday morning and by the afternoon had hit the wall. Slept for about 4 hours, and just could not get out of bed and head out to the happy hour when my alarm rang. It just wasn't happening. By the time Mike called a couple hours later and asked me if I wanted to join him and go see a theatre group perform their scenework, I was coherent enough to agree to go. It was mostly well done, but there were a couple of actors whose work I just didn't feel was as high quality as the others. Nonetheless, all the scenes were entertaining, and we both enjoyed the evening.
Saturday I went to the Post Office in the morning, ran a few other errands, and then headed over to a house about 20 minutes from me to film the infomercial for the fitness product. It was a fun afternoon! They did my makeup, and then I had to get into my swimsuit for my 'after' pictures. Nothing like getting into a swimsuit and then having your PICTURE taken by a total stranger. Other than that, the rest of it was fun. I had to workout on the machine while they filmed me, and then do an interview on my results using the machine. All in all pretty painless, and really fun. And the producer told me that in a couple weeks they'll be redoing the video for this product, and she'd be calling about 8-10 people who were involved in the infomercial to film the video AND there will be compensation involved in that. Of course I told her that I would like to take part in the video - the product does work, so I have no ethical issues with working with it on the video, too. And I learned a lot while on set yesterday, too, and would welcome the opportunity to learn more on another set!
After the shoot yesterday, I dashed to the mall to grab something to eat, but didn't find anything that appealed to me, ended up buying a pair of shoes instead, and then Mike called me to see if I wanted to watch a video with him. He'd rented three movies, and we watched "The Majestic" with Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, and others. I enjoyed it, but found it to be a bit predictable. I left his place and started puttering around my apartment. Now that I've got the shelving up I've been trying to organize and clean out and sort through stuff to put in storage. So now I've got 6 boxes of stuff to put in my storage unit downstairs, and things are really coming together. I did quite a bit of moving things around last night, and left a message for Anne to call me if she got home from work at a reasonable hour. She called me at 2am and said she was still at work. I was still up, so I told her to stop by when she got home. I try to stay up late Saturday night so I can sleep late Sunday and then function at work Sunday night. So she called me about 2:40 am and asked if I was still up. Yep, come on by. So she came by and we caught up on the events of the last few days, and ate trail mix and laughed until 4am, by which time we both were nearly out cold.
So she crawled downstairs to her bed, I crawled into my bed, and I slept until she called me about 10 this morning to tell me that she was heading to her mother's for some family function, and not to make any plans for the evening of my birthday. Uh, too late, I have acting class that night, and I'm not skipping it. Oh. Well, when can we celebrate your birthday? The night before works for me, so I told her, and she said she'd see what she could do. From the way it sounded, she'd already made plans for the night of my birthday without checking with me, and now they all had to be changed. I laughed, because that's the second time in two days that's happened. Mike called me the other day and said, "Don't make any plans for the night of May 7th." Too late, I've had plans for that night for about 6 weeks now.
"What?!?!?! Can they be changed, do you HAVE to do them!?!? This is non-refundable!"
I knew that I could change my plans, but I also knew I could have a little fun with this, so I decided to play with it. "Well, if you'd ASKED me if I already had plans that night I would have told you that I did, but given that you went ahead and made plans without informing me...."
"Are you sure they can't be changed?"
"Well, I've been trying to see my friend perform for a few months already now, but I SUPPOSE I can postpone it yet again...." I was chuckling to myself at this point, knowing full well that my colleague's band is playing again in June, and though I'd really rather NOT put it off AGAIN, I have no problem doing so considering that Mike already bought us tickets for .... something to celebrate my birthday. BIG sigh from Mike at that point, like I was doing him a favor. Too funny.
Back to Sunday. I got up and cleaned my apartment most of the day. Got out my little handheld vacuum and vacuumed all the cat hair off my La-Z Boy, got out the real vacuum and vacuumed the carpet, scrubbed walls, etc. It was a lot of work, and my place looks much better. Then I had to jump in the shower so I didn't scare my scene partner when he showed up to work on our scene for class this week. We're doing the same scene we did last week, from "The Big Sleep", a 1946 Bogey and Bacall film. It's a good scene, and we're making even more progress on it. There are always so many layers to a scene. I think you could work a good scene for a year or more and continue to discover new things. So we've taken it to the next level now, and should be in good shape for Thursday's class.
After he left, I ate some turkey and salad for dinner, and climbed in bed for a nap for about 3 hours. Probably only slept about half that, but it was better than nothing. Got up, made some artichokes and lamb chops for lunch at work tonight, and got myself ready for work.
Tomorrow morning will be busy - meet with my accountant again to do amendments for 2001 and 2002, and then head to the mall to return a couple of things. Then home to sleep by around noon or so.