April 26, 2006

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ugh.

What a couple of weeks. I got some sort of a cold that caused my voice to go out in time for the last weekend of the show. Let me tell you, it’s really hard to be bitchy when your voice sounds all squeaky and froglike. At least by closing night it had more of a sexy, throaty thing going on.
Then, I had nearly a week of (almost) good health. Saturday morning, I wake up for work. I felt a little crappy. I chalked it up to morning grogginess. I certainly didn’t think it qualified me to call in to work. I proceeded to get ready for work. I was set to go when I got the sudden feeling I was about to be reacquainted with last night’s dinner. After what felt like an eternity of heaving, I re-brushed my teeth and G drove me in. I found the manager on duty who sent me home to get better. Back in the car and back home I went. I made it as far as the sofa where I plopped down, still in my uniform polo. G brought me a barf bucket, and I proceeded to drift in and out of consciousness. My joints started to hurt, so I dragged myself to bed in hopes it would help. Eventually the remains of my dinner came back, and after a few rounds of dry heaves throughout the day, I felt I could handle liquid. I had G start me off with popsicles, and eventually made the leap to Jell-o water. I swapped myself between the sofa and bed, hoping that the other would make me feel better. The morning of Easter Sunday rolled around, and I still felt like hell. I called in to work and spent the day horizontally until it was time for dinner. I managed to make myself presentable in a full circle skirt in black pinwale corduroy with watercolor flowers and beading, a black fitted tee, fishnets, and black patent shoes. We made our way to my brother-in-law’s place, where I made it up the stairs and to the sofa, where I spent the rest of the time laying down, except for the portion where I was propped at the table. I finally managed to down some solid food, and kept awake to watch Raising Arizona. Back at home, pjs were adorned, and I started anew the rotation between sofa and bed.
Monday, I didn’t have to call in, it was my day off. Since I kind of screwed G on our usual Easter bunny gift festivities, I made myself presentable and ventured out to see what Easter bargains were available. I managed to find a few things before I had to run home and get horizontal again. I wasn’t heaving, thank the Gods, but I was so very, very nauseous. I tried to partake in our usual Monday night karaoke, but just couldn’t manage it for long. On top of the nausea, pain crept in. By Tuesday morning, I couldn’t straighten up or out my stomach hurt so much. I called in (again) and decided maybe it was time to try going to a doctor. No luck. I tried for Wednesday. Nope. The earliest available appointment was Friday. So, when G was done with work, he took me to Urgent Care. The best guess the Dr. had was that I had some sort of infection (because of the pain) and that while it had cleared up, it triggered my gastritis (their best guess of what my chronic stomach condition is). I was sent home with a prescription for Prilosec, and a note excusing me from work. Wednesday I made it into the coffee shop. I t was a struggle to get through the day, but I did it. Thursday, I made it back to the old full time job. It was nice to be welcomed back. I was told I looked much better, and that lots of people were worried after seeing me Saturday. It was nice to feel appreciated. However, the next four days kicked my ass. I think my body was trying to tell me that just because I was horizontal for four days, it didn’t mean I was rested.
I had this last Monday off. I slept until 12:30. I rolled out of bed, showered, and met G for lunch. I came home, lay down, and slept until G got home from work. So much for catching up on cleaning or enjoying the sunshine. I still hurt, however. I was pretty sure that the right half of my back was trying to secede from the rest of my body. So, yesterday I got a massage. It is so awesome to have a friend who also happens to be a massage therapist (and a professional* one at that)! He also happens to be one of my best friends, so we hung out after, eating dinner and watching Good Night and Good Luck. (Good flick, by the by.)
Today, I’m finally feeling almost human. I’m thinking I may actually get the windows watched and open this afternoon. Perhaps I’ll even do a bit of spring cleaning inside before heading outside to tidy up the patio and porch. Perhaps even a trip to the hardware store for some Preen and some tree-killing potion. No, I’m not excited about that prospect, but a maple tree has set up shop in one of our window wells, and it must go before it causes too much damage. That and I just don’t have enough spare time to keep up on weeding the patio…hence, the Preen.
Ugh. What a long winded way to say I’m back in action. Sorry if you haven’t heard from me from a while. This is why. Oh, and that our internet was out from Friday morning to Monday night.

*When I was on vacay, I came across a personal ad in the Metro Times touting UNPROFESSIONAL MASSAGE. I gave a copy to my massage therapist friend, just to give him shit. My sis and I still giggle over that ad. We make sure to point out that while our massages may be amateur, they are completely professional.

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April 17, 2006

kind of interesting...

Remember I said "kind of"
(meme from Happy Christmas Baby)


Do you have:
(X) your own cell phone
(X) a television in your bedroom (Not yet)
() an iPod or three
(X) a photo printer (it's our only printer)
(X) your own phone line
() TiVo or a generic digital video recorder
(X) high-speed internet access (i.e., not dialup)
() a surround sound system in bedroom
(X) DVD player in bedroom see above answer
( X) at least a hundred DVDs (I'm guessing)
(X) a childfree bathroom (both our bathrooms are child-free!)
(X) your own in-house office (which doubles as a guest room)
( ) a pool
( ) a guest house
( ) a game room
(X) a queen-size bed or larger
(X) a stocked bar (AT the moment, it's very well stocked)
(X) a working dishwasher
(X) an icemaker (we just need to hook it up)
(X) a working washer and dryer
(X) more than 20 pairs of shoes
( ) at least ten things from a designer store
( ) expensive sunglasses
() framed original art (not lithographs or prints) something that a friend drew (I would if my mother wouldn't hoard all my art)
( ) Egyptian cotton sheets or towels
() a multi-speed bike
( ) a gym membership
() large exercise equipment at home
( ) your own set of golf clubs
( ) a pool table
( ) a tennis court
(X) local access to a lake, large pond, or the sea (I'm in the land of 10,000 lakes for crying out loud!)
(X) your own pair of skis (well, they're skiboards)
(X) enough camping gear for a weekend trip in an isolated area (of course, it depends on how isolated)
( ) a boat
( ) a jet ski
( ) a neighborhood committee membership
() a beach house or a vacation house/cabin (It’s the families)
(X) wealthy family members (if only this would qualify me to be wealthy!)
(X) two or more family cars
() a walk-in closet or pantry
(X) a yard
( ) a hammock
() a personal trainer
() good credit
(X ) expensive jewelry (really just the one piece...)
( ) a designer bag that required being on a waiting list to get (why would I want this???)
( ) at least $100 cash in your possession right now
() more than two credit cards bearing your name (not counting gas cards or debit cards)
(X) a stock portfolio
(X) a passport (which reminds me, I need to dig that bad boy up)
( ) a horse
( ) a trust fund
(X) private medical insurance
(X) a college degree, and no outstanding student loans (thank the gods!)

Do you:
( ) shop for non-needed items for yourself (like clothes, jewelry, electronics) at least once a week
() do your regular grocery shopping at high-end or specialty stores
( ) pay someone else to clean your house, do dishes, or launder your clothes (not counting dry-cleaning)
() go on weekend mini-vacations (But I sure do talk about it)
( ) send dinners back with every flaw
( ) wear perfume or cologne (not body spray)
( ) regularly get your hair styled or nails done in a salon
( ) have a job but don't need the money OR
( ) stay at home with little financial sacrifice
( ) pay someone else to cook your meals
( ) pay someone else to watch your children or walk your dogs
( ) regularly pay someone else to drive you in a taxi
( ) expect a gift after you fight with your partner

Are you:
() an only child
( ) married/partnered to a wealthy person
() baffled/surprised when you don't get your way

Have you:
( ) been on a cruise
(X) traveled out of the country
(X) met a celebrity
( ) been to the Caribbean
(X) been to Europe
() been to Hawaii
(X) been to New York
( ) eaten at the space needle in Seattle
(X) been to the Mall of America
(X ) been on the Eiffel tower in Paris
(X) been on the Statue of Liberty in New York
(X) moved more than three times because you wanted to
() dined with local political figures
(X) been to both the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast

Did you:
( ) go to another country for your honeymoon
(X) hire a professional photographer for your wedding or party
() take riding or swimming lessons as a child
( ) attend private school
( ) have a Sweet 16 birthday party thrown for you

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just because it's cool (well, sort of)

SO, if you know my real name, and go to imdb.com and type it in, you will find my listing, complete with tiny resume.

There isn't much in the way of info, because since I'm not a celebrity, I don't have all those publicists, and bodyguards, and unlisted numbers and such....

just thought you might find it interesting!

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April 16, 2006

because i feel like ass...

So, being horizontal for two days, being barfy and in pain, has made me lazy...so instead of a real post...

1. How tall are you barefoot? 5' 7" (and a quarter ;) )

2. Have you ever smoked heroin? I didn't know it was smokeable....

3. Do you own a gun? no

4. Gone to Rehab? Nope...still in denial

5. Do you get nervous before "meeting the parents"? nah

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I'm a fan of tofu pups...

7. What's your favorite Christmas song? hmmm....

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? coffee...diet coke...anything with caffiene...

9. Do you do push-ups? Ever? Yes...

10. Have you ever done ecstacy? no.

11. Do you kiss on the first date? umm...if I were to go on a date it might be awkward...having a husband and all...

12. Do you like painkillers? only if I'm in pain...

13. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
my pasty ass

14. Do you own a knife? no. I just rip things apart with my teeth (seriously...who wrote this???)

15. Do you have A.D.D.? No

16. Date Of Birth? October 25

17. Top 3 thoughts at this exact moment:
damn my head hurts...I wonder if the first solid food I've had in two days is going to stay down...when am I going to feel beter...

18. Name the last 3 things you have bought:
1. Orange push-up pop
2. plants
3.picture frame

19. Name five drinks you regularly drink:
1. coffee
2. diet coke
3. water
4. jameson
5. coffee

20. What time did you wake up today? I basically slept all day with brief periods of being awake and seeing how much I could move. I took a shower at 5:30ish...so we'll count that as my rising time...

21.Current hair? blonde layered bob

22. Current worry? that I still feel like ass

23. Current hate? that I still feel like ass (notice a trend?)

24. Favorite place to be? bed

25. Least favorite place to be? work

26. Where would you like to go? I need to get to the coasts to see friends...I should hit Florida to see family...and I want to do some hardcore Eurpoean traveling...

27. Do you own slippers? own? Yes. Wear? no

28. Where do you think you'll be in 10 yrs? Wealthy and succesful in the theatre and film industries...*positive thoughts, positive thoughts*

29. Do you burn? Like bacon

30. Last thing you ate? Orange push up pop

31. Would you be a pirate? Just like Mary Read, yo.

32. Last time you had an alcoholic drink? Thursday night.

33. What songs do you sing in the shower? I haven't sung in the shower in ages...when I used to listen to the radio, I would sing whatever was on...

34. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child? I don't know...but I had night terrors, so there must have been something...

35. What's in your pockets right now? no pockets

36. Last thing that made you laugh? watching Raising Arizona earlier

37. Best bed sheets you had as a child? ET

38. Worst injury you've ever had? After being in a car wreck, my pelvis was fractured in three places, I had a concussion, a separated shoulder, and multiple lacerations (four of shich required stitches)...I'll spare you the rest of the gory details...

40. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2

41. Who is your loudest friend? tough call...

42. Who is your most silent friend? hmmm....Trish?

43. Does someone have a crush on you? I'm going to say all the creepy guys that try to hit on me when I'm out...

45. What was the last book you read? I'm in the middle of a Gandhi bio that was written when the film came out...

46. What is your favorite candy? Jolly Ranchers

47. What song do you want played at your wedding? Ummm...for what part? We had a lot of songs, yo.

48. What song do you want played at your funeral? The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove by Dead Can Dance
49. What were you doing 12AM last night? Trying to get comfortable in bed...and not having much luck

50. Do you love the pain a tattoo brings? I don't have one, yet I think I will enjoy getting one!

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April 11, 2006

finally...

So, here I am, my second day in a row off, and I am exhausted. Exhausted to the point of narcolepsy. I thought I could rest up yesterday, and get some shit done today. However, I think my fun time last night, combined with meeting my boy for lunch today has kicked my ass. I shall try to do a brief rundown of what's to come here at Narcoleptic Squirrel, then nap, so I can fill you all in.

Well, I closed The Women this weekend. I sort of miss it. I love the script, and I am fortunate to have had an opportunity to play a great character. I made some great connections, and got a chance to work with a director I really like and respect. There were some bumps along the way, but I learned some things so I think it balanced out.

There's a show opening this weekend that I auditioned for a while back. At the time I thought it would be wonderful to close a show and head right into another tech week. Hahahaha. If my only job were theatre, I could do it. But having a mental illness makes everything kick my ass a little harder. I am so wiped out by the run, that I am relieved not to have rehearsals, much less tech.

I am dealing with my new position at work. I love my company, I love many of my coworkers, I love our product. What I do not love is my direct manager. Ugh. Must be careful, however...I really don't want to be deuced, yo.

From preciously mentioned production, I got a job. It pays and everything!!

Am addicted to a new weekly karaoke habit. It replaces Movieoke, now that it's once a week. It's such a fun place, and I like the people. It's low key, no pressure, and they make me feel like a rock star!!

Geoff's birthday recently passed. I will have a tangent about people relating to that. Is it that hard to RSVP? I'm not even talking in a timely fahsion at this point...just to say whether you can make it or not. With a month's notice, you have plenty of time to make arrangements. Sorry, when you tell us an hour or two before the party you have a prior commitment, I have a really hard time believing you. But, the party was fun, and I am happy the people that came did, they are super fun, and a loving bunch that we are lucky to have in our lives. Hopefully, my tired ass will get some of the pictures developed and up soon.

As Easter approaches, I'm realizing that the more I know about religions, and the symbolism surrounding them, the more annoying it is to me to see how Christian religions take over Pagan symbols, and distort them to fit their needs. Yet, the pagans are going to hell. Rrrrriiight.

Umm...I think those are the rants I have on my plate. Oh, and a theatre review....and I need to rework an old monologue for an upcoming audition.

more later, yo!

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April 10, 2006

for reals, yo...last one....

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List 3 neat facts, 2 births and 1 death in your journal, including the year.

October 25

R.C. Saints - Feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispian; Six Welsh martyrs and companions; forty martyrs of England and Wales

1760 - George III becomes King of Great Britain

2006 - The Brandon Show, a weekly college survival televion show, declares "National Zombie Day" across college campuses. College students play Zombies vs. Humans as they count down the days until Halloween.

1881 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1973)

1959 - Nancy Cartwright, American voice actress

1993 - Vincent Price, American actor (b. 1911)

And, what I was going to put for my death is not on wikipedia. Paul Wellstone. Let's just say that was a shitty birthday.

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April 05, 2006

another one...then something real..i promise

1. Initials: AMH

2. Birthday: 10/25

3. Favorite fruit? strawberries

4. For or against same sex marriage? for

5. Are you allergic to anything? penicillin, beef

6. Are you bisexual? I find women attractive to some degree, but could never have a real love type relationship with one.

7. Have you ever slept in someone elses clothes? yes

8. How many U.S states have you been to? 18 (give or take)

9. How many of the U.S states have you lived in? 2

10. Have you ever lived outside the U.S? not yet

11. Name something physical you like about yourself? my waist

12. Something non-physical you like about yourself. my spunky attitude

13. Do you have any pets? 4 cats

14. What is your dream car? my current dream car would be a convertible beetle...old or new. Or if I were to be practical, a volvo.

15. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? LONDON

17. Are you bipolar? I'm a bipolar bear, yo.

18. What dream car do you want your spouse to drive? a mini...so I could borrow it

20. Where would you want to go on a first date? Ummm...since I probably will never go on a first date again, I don't know. But, I would hope for the boy to ask, and to come up with something creative where we could get to know each other. Hence no movies, or plays, and no chain restaurants, please.

22. Has anyone ever sang or played for you personally? Yeah...my favorite was G singing 4am by OLP to me when I was at that place between waking and sleeping. I still shiver whenever I hear that song.

23. Ever kissed under fireworks? Yes. *sigh* I miss the days of the Taste of MN fireworks over the state capitol building.

24. Do you like president Bush? If by "like" you mean "despise" and "don't trust" then yes, I do.

25. Have you ever bungee jumped? Nope.

26. Have you ever white water rafted? another nope.

27. Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you? Yes, and far older than that, and ten years in the other direction. And, I've dated someone 10 years older than I.

30. Are you racist? nope.

31. What song are you listening to right now? None.

33. What was the last movie you watched? In a theater, V for Vendetta. In general, True Romance

35. Where was the last place you went besides your house? My Full time job.

36. Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property? No.

37. Have you ever hit on someone of the same sex? No, but I've responded positively to being hit on by hot chicks.

39. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Eyes

40. What's your favorite body part of the opposite sex? arms

41. What do you usually order from Starbucks? Starbucks is the devil, and I refuse to drink teh swill they try to pass off as coffee. If I am at a real coffee house, I drink black coffee or a dry, skim, cappucino

44. Say something totally random about yourself?

45. Do you have an iPod? No.

46. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? Not until recently, when someone pointed out that I look just like Natasha Melnick (look for an upcoming post with side by side photos. And, I'll give a teaser. She used to have long, straight red hair. Now her hair is blonde and cropped. Damn eerie)

47. Do you have freckles? Only about a million.

49. Are you comfortable with your height? Yeah, but I would like to be at least 5 inches taller.

50. Do you like someone right now? maybe...shh, it's a secret

51. How tall are you? 5'7"

52. Do you speak any other language besides english? I speak some french, and ASL. I've never really been able to practice either to keep up on them :(

55. Have you ever ridden in a limo? Once, when I was in one of my closest friend's wedding

56. Has anyone you were really close to passed away? Yes...

57. Do you watch MTV ? I don't have cable to watch it.

58. What's something that really annoys you? I'm going to assume that whoever wrote these questions was looking for plural things. Stupidity annoys me. People who don't think outside themselves. People taking their personal issues out on others annoys me. When people bitch about things they aren't willing to do anything about. My car alarm is really fecking annoying me right now. My neighbors tend to annoy me. It annoys me that in MN they apparently don't teach merging in driver's ed (pick your spot, and accelerate to the speed of traffic. Not rocket science!!) Giant SUVs that get single digit gas mileage (especially Hummers and avalanches. Not only do they suck, they are ugly)

59. What are some things you really like? Good public transportation. Kitties. Finding the guy that was made for me. Jameson. People who do nice things for others without expecting anything in return. People who are willing to risk everything for happiness. Good films/television/theatre. Talented people. Hugs. The smell of autumn. The smell of spring. a perfectly fitting bra.

60. Do you like Michael Jackson? I liek him well enough. I think he suffers from being so talented that he's crazy.

61. Are you gay? Sometimes. Sometimes I'm sad.

62. Ever been in a wreck? More than one.

63. Do you know how to pump gas? ummm...yeah...

64. Do you drive? Yes, but I don't like it.

65. Do you have any tattoos? When I hit my goal BF %, I am getting a raven on my back.

66. Any piercings? Earlobes

67. Were you ever rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room? Yes. It's really not fun.

68. Have you ever been dared to do something you didn't want to do? Isn't that the point of a dare????

69. What's your favorite state to live in or want to live? Illinois (Chicago)

70. If there was one person who would be like your twin who would it
be? G is pretty darn close...we share a brain..it's frightening, really. But, it's a good thing we aren't twins, because then it would be a creepy flowers in the attic thing...ick.

Posted by raven at 10:48 PM | Comments (0)

since I have too much too say...

Since I have too much going through my mind to choose one thing to post about, I give you a quick meme...

1. Have you ever been searched by the cops? Not really. though my friends car got searched by customs when we were driving into Canada once.

2. Do you close your eyes on roller coaster? No

3. When's the last time you've been sledding? Ummm...errr...good question...

4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone? I like sleeping with my sweetie.

5. Do you believe in ghosts? Hecks yeah.

6. Do you consider yourself creative? Yes

7. Do you think O.J. killed his wife? I don't know

8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? J. A.

10. Do you know how to play poker? Nope

11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? Yep...72 actually.

12. What's your favorite commercial? Hmmmm....I don't know. I always FF through them.

13. Who was your first TRUE love? a boy named Tim.

14. If you're driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around
you, do you run a red light? Nope.

15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you? Not that I can think of.

16. Chicago Cubs or St. Louis Cardinals? Cubs, yo.

17. Have you ever been Ice Skating? No

18. How often do you remember your dreams? almost every night.

19. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? Sometime within the last week...but I can't remember at what.

20. Can you name 5 songs by The Beatles? Not under pressure!

21. What's the one thing on your mind? I don't want to go to work after this.

22. Do you believe in love at first sight? yes.

23. Do you know who Ba-Ba-Booey is? No

24. Do you always wear your seat belt? Yes, unless I'm in the back seat, and it's only a lap belt.

25. What talent do you wish you had? a good singing voice.

26. Do you like Sushi? yes.

27. Have you ever narrowly avoided a fatal accident? I was in an accident that could have been fatal, hence my answer to #24.

28. What do you wear to bed? Usually just panties. Sometimes nothing. Sometimes PJ's if I'm chilly.

29. Been caught stealing? Yes.

30. Does size matter? No.

31. Do you truly hate anyone? No.

32. Rock or Rap? Some of both.

33. If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be? Christian Bale.

34. Do you know anyone in jail? No.

35. Have you ever sang in the shower? Yes.

37. What food do you find disgusting? Beef. It literally makes me sick.

39. Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back? Yes...but I've either already done it to their face, or I do it later to their face.

40. Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? Yes, but I rarely am put in that position.


Ugh, a quick snack and off to work. So not looking forward to it.

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