Monday, October 31, 2011

Awesome-sauce Update:

Gut-wrenching pull-out win in overtime by my Chiefs. Whew! Talk about a knuckle-biter!

Worse, since I don't have cable, I haunted NFL.com and Twitter for play updates. Hell, I was tempted to turn on the radio and try to find someone announcing live. Wah! This not-being-able-to-get-the-games thing is KILLING ME.

Stupid Channel 7. Stupid MNF going to cable TV. Gah!

...

CHIEFS WIN! WOOT! Four in a row, baby!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dear Charlie:

Holy crap! I blinked and October was over!

This is our last weekend of ghost tours, so hopefully things will slow back down a bit after this. I'm hoping for a weenie roast in the boonies before it really gets cold and, though we're doing Third Thursday in November, I'm also hoping we don't jump immediately into DickensFest. I need a breather!

I also need some time to just sit and sew. I have great ideas, but they don't do me much good in my head. Heheh. Gotta get out the ol' needle and thread, maybe Saturday during the day and definitely all day Sunday (maybe while watching the Chiefs game? please let me get Channel 7!) to see how far I can get. That way, I'll have a better gauge of how long it'll take me to do what I have in mind.

It's not like this stuff has to hold up to daily wear forever. But it does need to be durable enough for multiple promo opportunities, a few dress rehearsals, and definitely the actual DickensFest dates. Plus, I gotta be careful of my shoes when we do the Christmas parade again.

Last year, I had blood blisters completely covering the balls of my feet for WEEKS. Not doing that again. Nothing with a heel, dammit! I can surely do period-piece shoes without sacrificing my poor feet.

Oh! And I gotta pick up some thermals, but not until much closer to showtime.

...Since when is my blog a to-do list??

Yeah. Hope it calms down soon. *snickersnort*

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dear Charlie:

I sometimes have the wackiest shenanigans. Though we're hip-deep in our walking tours this month, I just got all totted up in my Victorian Christmas clothes and participated in a photo shoot for DickensFest. Ha!

Apparently, we're getting some magazine play this time around, so they wanted their material a little earlier than usual. Or than we expected. Yowza.

As for the walking tours, they are going like gangbusters. We've had amazing crowds, and I think people are truly enjoying our little tricks. The first tour of the night is always entertaining and chock-full of fascinating facts, but during the second tour, you get that awesomeness PLUS a little creeping on the side. And oh, how we love to creep. *snerk*

We're also doing Third Thursday against this month, though a short, singing-less version because we're actually doing tours that night. Mostly, we'll be drifting wickedly through the crowds in full costume and make-up, creeping people right the heck out and passing out fliers.

Good times.

And yes, we are -- by necessity -- already thinking forward toward DickensFest. We already planned to do November's Third Thursday, but we'll for sure be doing promotion now. DickensFest last year was a great success, and I can only imagine this year's being bigger still.

So, I'm making a new costume. Yes, I still have the one from last year (sorry, Julia! I know I promised your skirt back, but things got so hectic!), but I have something else in mind. Something both more Christmassy -- just green, folks; don't get all excited; this humbug is still a humbug -- and more period. Good times.

Just gotta ger 'er done.

While doing all that other stuff. Heheh. Who needs spare time?

Oh, that's right. I do. At least, I do if I ever want to finish another book. Yeah, writing's been pretty slim pickins lately. The desire is there, even the words are there, but the time is not. Doesn't look to slow down any time soon, either, but I'm gonna make a more concerted effort to simply make time.

If my beloved sister -- wife, mother of three, full-time worker who is pretty much always on call, cook extraordinaire, housekeeper extraordinaire, etc. -- can make time to write every day, I truly have no excuse. Whew.

Oh, and this odd combining of Halloween and Christmas gives me another chance to spread my beloved Undead Christmas lyrics. Go forth and laugh your blarney stones off, folks.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Musing Update:

My beloved sister mused recently on the pluses and minuses of living in the country and the possibility of relocating her family back in our hometown. I know I've muttered about it here now and again, usually when I've just spent some time down there in the boonies.

I can't help it. It's back again.

There are a million reasons it wouldn't be feasible for me to move back to the hometown. A MILLION. There aren't many professional, well-paying jobs in that neck of the wood for a single female. I have a great job now that I love and that pays well, and that would be hard to give up. High speed internet is few-and-far-between and expensive as all hell, and I very much hate the idea of giving that up. Yeah, I know.

I'm a lot more involved with community theater than I ever thought I would be and find, to my surprise, that I love it, and there's no community theater in such a small area as my hometown. I still have great friends here that I would miss terribly, that are as close as family, while I've gotten used to being away from those friends back in my hometown (which sounds kinda bad when it's written out like that, heh). I love bumping into them on the Fourth of July and such, but hey.

Etc. etc. etc.

On the other hand, one of the heaviest reasons for staying was my house, and that's almost a year gone now. While I'm happy enough in my apartment and extremely grateful to have it, I'm not particularly attached to it. My friends and my job, yes. My place of residence? Not so much.

Hometown football games. I really miss those. I loved rooting for my boys. I was my team's most devoted fan in high school and would love to be so again.

The great outdoors. Just being out in the boonies where it's more unusual to see a car than not, where people wave at each other when they pass on the road, where everything is six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon (you might not know someone, but you know someone related to them or who married into the family). Where you go to Gordon's Orchard to get your Halloween pumpkins and your winter apples. Where there are really only two grocery stores, and one's sort of a gas station, too.

Parades where you actually know the people and businesses represented. The rodeo. Riding horses at Dad's. Bumping into your old English teacher at one of those two grocery stores. Jump Stop pizza (and not much else, heh).

Oh, so many reasons to go home. Oh, so many reasons to stay home.

So yeah, I'm feeling torn. In my more logical moments (about 90% of the time), I reason with myself that I will always retire to my hometown. That would be a much better time for me to move back and truly enjoy the delights of the country. I wouldn't have to make a living, just enjoy it. I have too much to do here where I've made myself a little nook that I fit into quite nicely to leave just yet.

But oh, when I look around as I'm driving and see those oh-so-familiar fields of my youth. When I amble around the square before the annual fireworks display and feel so at home. When I lean against the corral fence at Dad's and reach up to pet the horses. When I stand on his back deck and look across at all that green, all that open space, all those gorgeous old trees....

It's like I'm two people. If only I were twins, right?

Monday, October 03, 2011

Dear Charlie:

Holy crap, am I a bad blogger! *sheepish*

Sorry, but I've been sooooo busy lately. In a good way! The "new" job is going great, and I love it. Yeah, I know. Creative people shouldn't love strictly left-brained shenanigans like "patient accounts", but I really do enjoy tracking down why something didn't pay. And posting funds. It's like a tangible "stick that one in the done pile" I can point to every time I apply payments.

Nice.

But there's also the walking tours. Third Thursday was a smash, but we jumped right along from that back into the historic walking tours. We've generated a lot of interest and have done lots of media stuff. It's led to all sorts of contacts and opportunities.

Awesome.

We've had lots of rehearsals, but mostly we've been working on costumes and props and technical stuff. We have some pretty awesome effects going, considering we're completely outdoors and rarely within reach of anything resembling a plug-in. Ha. This will seriously be hugely fun, and I have no doubt it'll only get bigger in future.

And I'm in on it! Dude, how long has it been since I was so consecutively in several right places at several right times??

At any rate, gotta hit the sack for work tomorrow. These dishes are done, dude!