Saturday, January 26, 2008

On a scale on 1 - 10? I'm up to about a 6, but still feeling like shit. Glands are now so swollen it hurts to lay my head on the pillow and my throat is so constricted I feel like I'm choking when I lie down. I'm also getting shooting pains in my ears. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep last night. Not only that, but I now have coldsore blisters on my lower lip, and in the past coldsores and mouth ulcers have always been a sure sign that I'm run down. My immune system has been well and truly compromised and it's beginning to show. I feel exhausted.

On a brighter note, I survived the panto. Pity it was probably the worst one we've ever done. I think if anything could go wrong, it did. From the odd line being forgotten to the pyro control unit failing to work at a crucial moment, it really was awful. Still, the rather small audience seemed to enjoy it. I believe that we have a pretty full theatre for today's matinee and the final evening performance.

I just wish I didn't feel so ill. :-(

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I seem to be over the worst of it. Temperature back to normal anyway. I still have swollen glands and feel pretty washed out but my appetite is back, so I reckon I'll be back to work tomorrow and the panto panic is over. :-)

Just sitting down now to to watch episode 2 of Torchwood.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Well, on a Wellness scale of 1 - 10 I've gone from about a 7 down to about a 4. Can't stop shivering, but I had to get up to clean up the kitchen so Mr Lisa could cook his dinner. Wish I'd done it earlier when I wasn't feeling so bad, but I'd thought I would be feeling better by now, not worse.

I now have a temperature of 101.6F and it still seems to be rising. I suppose one comfort is that if the symptoms are as acute as this then hopefully they'll subside quickly too, maybe 24 or 48 hours, so I can't get back to work and stop worrying about the pantomime.

Woke up feeling ill today. Headache, swollen and painful glands, acute sore throat, slight temperature. Have taken PK's in the hope that they will also reduce my temerature and make me feel a bit better, but I'm not very good with fluey things. Despite being a woman I get man-flu! Hopefully I'll be able to go to work, once I've had another lie down while waiting for these drugs to work (yes, I feel that bad).

Of course I'm really worried that I won't be well enough to do the final three performances this weekend. Aargh! So, plans are to eat well, sleep well, drink plenty of water, and wrap myself in cotton wool until then.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Found dead this evening. Very very sad. I really liked him in A Knight's Tale and the Brother's Grimm. :-(

Apparently, there is an episode of South Park that Tom Cruise got banned in the UK, or so this web site claims. Whatever, it's an episode I haven't seen before, regarding Scientology of course, and just made me laugh. Why oh why did Will Smith have to go and disappoint me? [sniffle]

Watch the episode here.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Oh no it isn't!!

Hello there boys and girls. Are you having a good time?!

Ahem. Sorry. Ok, I suppose I really should put my thoughts down about this whole panto thing if only for my own personal use as I will no doubt have forgotten the whole experience this time next year, most probably because I will be already involved in some way with WTGs next pantomime production.

Well. Last week was ... stressful to say the least. Not only because I was extremely nervous and didn't believe that I would be able to remember my lines but I also had some personal issues which made coping all the more difficult. This was my first ever appearance on stage and I was scared beyond belief. Add to that the pressure of making sure I was in the right place at the right time with the right props and saying the right things and I was a gibbering mess. Dry mouth, weak knees, heart thumping, the lot. Then there was this other issue in which I am not going into detail, and I just wanted to scream at a certain someone.

Anyway, I coped. Someone told me a couple of weeks ago of a friend of his who used to throw up before every performance, but reckoned that the payoff was worth it ... the buzz he felt when the audience clapped and cheered as the curtain went down. Imagine how disappointed I was last week when all I felt was relief that it was all over. Three performances in one weekend, and I felt completely mentally and physically exhausted.

So, after 5 days to digest all that had happened during that time and I was resolved to make sure I was not going to get stressed before the show. After all, the first three performances went ok, so I just had to convince myself that it would be a breeze this weekend. Not as easy as it sounds.

Still, I had my cue notes more organised than the week before and I really found it easier to get into the character. My props were in order and I was ready to go. And I must say it went well. Everyone acted brilliantly, especially the four main characters (Genie Djinn, Carpet, Aladdin and Abanaza [boo, hiss]) who I thought were just perfect, they made the whole show thoroughly entertaining. After all, you need more than a great script to make a great show. It also helps if you have a great audience, and yesterday's matinee was a pure joy to hearthe children cheering and shouting and booing and hissing in all the right places.

And did I get that buzz I was hoping for? You bet I did. I was on a total high last night. So, while Mr Lisa sent our buddies from the audience into the bar and helped clean up the auditorium for me, I got changed quickly, put on a bit of makeup and did my hair and off out we went to Rock with Ramrod's first rock night of the year, to catch the last couple of hours. I danced my socks off and feel thoroughly worn out this morning, but I haven't laughed and danced and enjoyed myself so much in a long time.

Unfortunately, I now need some painkillers for my oomehead that's coming on, but I suppose that's the price we pay for having a good time. :-)

Friday, January 11, 2008

It would appear that Will Smith has become a Scientologist.

I'm too tired and stressed to even think of a witty comment, so I shall leave that pleasure to you, my reader(s).

Via Pinksy

Monday, January 07, 2008



Only 4 days away. The pantomime. I'm nervous to say the least. Very nervous. I have had only one complete run through on Thursday, then one more this Thursday after which I am expected to know all my cues, the song, the dance, etc, and after that we go on stage for real Friday night.

Oh [insert deity of preference here]!!

Saturday and Sunday we did a bit of promotion with a board and handing out flyers, the second day in full costume, which was fun. Hopefully we'll get a few more in the audience through that.


Now then. Whitby.

At the New Year celebrations I mentioned that I had had a pretty horrible hen night. I mean we went out for a meal, the service at the restaurant was not very good, everyone was miserable, some people left early and I ended up picking up the tab for them, and we were home by about 10:30pm. :-( Pretty shit really.

So, while me and the gang were in Shambles, somebody (don't know who, think it was a group thing) decided I should have another hen night at Whitby Gothic Weekend in April. Involving pink glittery cowboy hats to which Tori offered to attach some cyberlox or provide said lox for me to do my own stuff. Heh!!

Where to obtain pink glittery cowboy hats? Well, I've found sets of 10 on eBay quite reasonably, so I'll probably get them from there.

Anybody else got gimmicky ideas to add to the overall effect? All suggestions welcome.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


What a great weekend! Started it with Friday night at Persecution in Stockton, followed by All About New Year's Eve in Whitby for four nights to see the New Year in.

A truly wonderful time spent with good friends in a wonderful town having a fabulous time celebrating the end of the old year and the start of the new.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make me feel like 'somebody' instead of 'nobody' (especially to Sarah who really does understand).

Big hugs to Tori and Andy (what a nice bloke!), Sarah, Rick the Vic (aka Richard), Ian, Bugle Boy (aka Spike/Graham/Mayhem750 *delete as appropriate), Geoff, Graham and Sandra & Rachel.

And to finish the whole thing off, Ian sets fire to the oven while trying to make bacon sandwiches for our breakfast, for which he will never be allowed to forget. His signature song is now 'Firestarter' and he will henceforth be known as Burnie.

Other new nickanmes coined over the past four days are Rick the Vic and Bugle Boy. I will let them choose whether they want to explain those ones!! LOL


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