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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Swiller In Three...Two...One...

We've got one and a half days before the start of Oktoberfest. I took the day off so I could thoroughly enjoy the opening day parade at 10am Friday as well as the tapping of the golden keg and all the joyous activities to follow. The only problem is that I have a week's worth of work to do in the next day to get caught up. And here I am...blogging. My chiropractor implemented some ancient act of torture on my jaw joint yesterday. Good gracious it was so painful that it gave me a headache just having him work on it. Now it feels as if I had been beaten up. Then I headed over for my first official night of league bowling. I did pretty poorly. I will blame my lack of strength and focus on my chiropractor. My highest score was in the last game with 121. Hopefully I will eventually improve. Until then, I'll focus on my health. I have a new patient wellness thingy to go to at the chiropractor's tonight. I wonder if I can go out for some pre-fest swilling after that.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Stressed

Even though I went home after the show last night and got sleep, I still over slept this morning (probably due to a progressing cold). I got to work late, had last minute, has-to-be-done-now work to do, and then headed out to the chiropractor. My chiropractor double booked my appointment time, so I had to wait 25 minutes to get in. I was just about to leave when he called me in. He whizzed me on through and sent me on my way (in a shorter time than usual, I might add). My neck and back are really sore today, though. Hopefully I'll be okay for the show tonight. The good news is that I think the tingling in my face is going away! I don't think it is back to 100%, but I think progress is being made. I have a crapload of things to do (at work and home) in preparation for the annual sales conference this weekend. I think I'll be ready for a cocktail this evening if my health holds up for me.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

And The Curtain, Too, Shall Fall

Okay, it doesn't fall, it closes...really...really slowly. Tonight begins the third and final run for Mame. I'm looking forward to a break, however, after the show on Sunday afternoon, I need to get in my car and hightail it to Wisconsin Dells for our Annual Sales Conference for work. I'm in the the thick of Annual Sales Conference preparatory work right now. They gave us Friday afternoon off since we will be working on Sunday, but I'm thinking as of now I have too much to do. Busy days and busy nights makes me not so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. But as with all things, this too shall pass.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm Sailing!

Okay, not really, but I may just say it tonight as we cruise down the Mississippi on the Island Girl. After two summers of missing the boat on The Wine Guyz wine tasting cruise, I'm finally cruisin'! I'm excited. I am a little concerned about heading over there after work and not getting that much to eat before sampling a lot of wine...on a boat. I may need a little snack beforehand.

I sailed through my first chiropractic adjustment yesterday morning. I'm sore, but not as much as I was the first time through the ringer. I'm looking forward to a pain-free existence, however there is no immediate change to the tingling in my cheek or swollen gland at this time. I am experiencing an increased range of motion in my neck and enjoying that thoroughly. I think I'll really be scanning the horizon tonight!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Early Parole For Good Behavior

Surprisingly enough we were let out of work early today. I guess it is Friday after all. I spent a restful 5 hours rolling over onto my stomach in my sleep last night and then waking up and repositioning to my side. I headed straight to the chiropractor this morning where he attempted to convince me that I was going to LOVE sleeping on my back. hrumph. I told him, "We'll see." Due to my excessive soreness, I did not have an adjustment today, but instead got electric therapy. It was quite an interesting feeling, but my muscles are feeling much more mobile. I'm looking forward to a great weekend of shows without pain and some down time. As for now, I plan to get a nap in before rehearsals. I'm coming home, Peanut. Prepare to snuggle.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Week Two, Take One

Tonight begins the second week run of Mame. The audience will consist of our sponsor's employees. They have purchased the whole house. Luckily my mom works there, so she, my dad, my sister, and my brother-in-law will all be in attendance as well as a co-worker of mine and her husband. We have been told that it better be good. Here's hoping guys! Last night at rehearsal there were some dances that I had difficulty with because of my sore back and neck. Moving the stairs also proved challenging. Today I do feel a little better and hope that by tonight if I do some good warming up, I'll be in tip-top shape. I called today to cancel my Friday appointment. I told the doctor I just could not handle feeling like this all weekend for four shows. He talked me out of it by convincing me to come in for this treatment to relax my muscles so they may actually feel better for the weekend. I made him promise it would work and then agreed to keep the appointment. I feel as though it may be a long weekend.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Chiro-Snap-Crackle-Pop

My chiropractic appointment today was painful. :( I feel sick to my stomach and I have an ice pack so I can ice three times today. Oh, and no lifting anything over 5 pounds over my head. Damn. Peanut and I will have to hold off on practicing our ice dancing routine. My spine has a reverse curve in my neck, so my head is farther forward than it is supposed to be and my shoulders and neck are compensating for the weight of my gigantic head. The chiropractor also showed me where all the nerves from my neck go: my heart, my neck glands, and the skin in my face. So there is a pretty good chance that I have pinched nerves in my neck right now considering my heart skipping, swollen glands, and tingly face. Nothing has improved so much today, but after the test adjustment, he had hope that my neck will move. I was able to check my blind spot after I left without turning my whole body. How strange is that? I am scheduled to go back Friday and then I have to attend a new patient wellness night next Wednesday. Anybody want to puppy sit for me? I have a headache.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Status: Unchanged

My health status remains unchanged. This morning on my way in to work, I was asked to pick up coasters for a training session here at our radio station today. This "picking up" task turned into a wild goose chase. Apparently nobody has these around here. After a couple hours of running from store to store, I gave up and purchased cocktail napkins. I believe they worked just fine. I am not experiencing any sort of creativity today. I think it is partially due to my head and neck pain. Hopefully after my chiropractic appointment tomorrow morning, I will be feeling a little better. Hopefully. Turns out tonight is the first meeting for the bowling league I signed up for. I'm thinking that sounds like a good excuse to have a couple beers.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Man, It's Freezing Down Here

Today I woke up, got ready for work, stopped at the Kwik Trip for a coffee, and headed to the DOCTOR. I know. Crazy, right? For about a week I've had a swollen gland just below my left ear. I figured there had to be infection somewhere in my body if the gland was swollen, but still this did not persuade me to head out into the cold, raining morning to go to the doctor. On Friday my jaw began tingling. You know the feeling when you've had novocaine? That is what it feels like...puffy sort of...and it tingles every now and then. Well, on Saturday it had spread to my whole left cheek. My director sternly advised me to visit the doctor Sunday, but I objected to the emergency room bills and promised I would go on Monday. After parking a mile away from the clinic this morning and traipsing through the rain to get inside, I was fully prepared for a crappy doctor's visit. It has been so long since I've been to the doctor, I had to redo my insurance info and change my address. Then when asked about drug allergies, I couldn't remember so they looked it up. The last time I was at the doctor was 2003. (By the by...that was the time where I had chest x-rays, pink eye, more chest x-rays, and drug allergies all in a week and then ended up without insurance covering all of it and had a $700 doctor bill) I knew it had been awhile, but geez. Anyhoo, long story--short, the doctor's expert opinion was to "wait and see" if the swollen gland goes away and if the tingling will subside at that time. BRILLIANT! So, I bit the bullet. I called the chiropractor and made an appointment for 10:30am this morning. At noon I walked out of his office no better than before, but with an appointment to come back on Wednesday morning. Apparently my chronic pain requires a little research and he wanted to look into the possible connections to my neurological problems as well. So I sit here, still in pain. My neck and back are pretty crapped up today which gives me a headache. My face is numb. But for once, I'm hopeful.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Another Reward Day, Another Show

It is another reward day at the old radio stations. Being on the LOSING team, I received much more money than I thought I would. Now I feel the need to spend it on something completely frivolous. I'll have to give that some serious consideration this afternoon. I'm planning on spending the first frivolous five on lunch at Piggy's. My mouth is watering just thinking about their soup and bread sticks. The real prize is the gift of time. I'm really looking forward to that. I found out that we have a Pizza Doctors pizza buffet after the show tonight for cast, crew, and patrons of the theatre. It is going to be a good day of eating for me.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

GOOD MORNING!

Okay, it isn't morning, but I feel like I just woke up. So there. I had a Kwik Trip cappuccino on the way to work this morning. Nothing. Some water. Still not feelin' energized. Then for lunch I had a pow-bam combo of cottage cheese, yogurt, and a frappuccino. I'm feelin' it now. I practiced a dance step or two around the office. I think my co-workers are not feelin' it. Tonight we have a preview audience at the big Mame show. The senior citizens are being charged to watch our dress rehearsal. For some reason that seems fundamentally wrong to me to charge people, regardless of age, to watch a dress rehearsal. Anyhoo...some of these folk may have actually lived during the time period we will be presenting. I'm hoping we get a great reaction from them to boost the confidence of the cast for opening night tomorrow. Good news! I found out that although I was not on the winning team for the latest sales contest, that I will still be allowed to join the winners at the John's Bar for celebratory cocktails at 2pm tomorrow. Since I won't be able to get all liquored up before the show, I'm hoping that means I'll be able to head out early, possibly dye my hair, and get my doggy out before I have to head back to LAX for our 6pm call. The stars are aligned for a stellar week. It is going to be a good show!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A Long Weekend, No New Windows Opened

What a pleasant, long weekend. Friday night our choreographer warned us that our legs and feet were very important to her and not to open any new windows over the weekend. There is a song in the show called Open A New Window that is about living life to the fullest and taking advantage of every possible opportunity. So, the show has taught us wonderful life lessons, but we can not implement them for another three weeks! On Saturday I attended the roaring races. I'm told it was a good day to go to the races because there were no novelty events and there were two 50-lap races that had previously been delayed due to rain. I like the novelty events. In search of more excitement, I considered hijacking a school bus and racing it out on the track. I decided this might fall under the heading of "opening a new window," so I refrained. Sunday I experienced the most gruelling first technical rehearsal I've ever been involved in. It was about 5 1/2 hours long. There were several scene changes that didn't go well and we would have to reset the previous scene and do the whole thing over again. By the time we got to act two, they decided there wasn't enough time to run through, so we just hopped from cue to cue. It was the only saving grace of the day. The show has been growing leaps and bounds every night. With the addition of costumes, hair, and makeup, this show is really becoming three-dimensional. I have full confidence that we will have a stellar show by Friday, thank goodness, because there are a lot of people counting on it! I'm going to soak up all of these last precious moments of rehearsal...the fizz doesn't fizz too long and this is the good stuff.

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