Saturday, April 21, 2007

It's been a while...

Hey all! To all three of my faithful readers, I apologize for how long it's been since i have managed to update this thing.

Life has been very exciting. We went to Washington DC two weeks ago to visit Matt and Kathy, and that was a lot of fun, despite the fact that i became progressively sicker with allergies the whole time. I LOVE museums, and i love that they are free there, for the most part. The Botanical Gardens was a highlight for me, as was the National Gallery. Not to mention the International Spy Museum, which was just so loaded with information that i couldn't even pay attention to the current stuff by the time i got through. Let's just say that microdots are cool, and whoever came up with how to make them out of household ingredients is a mad genius. It was also fun to see what film stars and authors have been spies.

I went to the doctor when i got home.

It turns out that, in addition to my known allergies (dust, pollen, mold, mildew), i am also allergic to roaches and feathers. That explains the public building sickness thing and why i never sleep well on a feather pillow.

I love my new allergy medication though.

I have still been teaching a lot of yoga (well, it feels like a lot) on the Saturdays that i've been in Boston as well as at to the pre-school teachers after work once a week.

To cap it all off, we saw GUSTER last night at the Boston Opera House! That place is beautiful, and it has fabulous acoustics. We went with our friends Dave and Laura, who snagged our extra tickets before anyone else could, and we had so much fun. I love that band. It wasn't nearly as intimate as when we saw them at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, but there is no doubt about the fact that the Opera House is a superior venue -- we could practically hear them better from 1/3 of a football field away in the Opera House than we could from 30 feet away from them in Hampton. The highlight: they played one of my favorite jazz standards ever, "Brasil." They also rocked out all crazy on "Airport."

AND, I'm seeing Keane next month, the weekend after i get back from DENVER to visit MOD 67! yeah! (for those of you unfamiliar with Hampshire's mod system, it's an on-campus apartment). We're having our first Mod 67 reunion, and i'm PSYCHED. Lots of things coming up. I'm also excited to go to Maine this weekend, and it marks the first time i'll have gone up to the midcoast area since Christmas. Kinda scarey. I have missed it dearly. I'm really looking forward to taking a breath of fresh air.

On May 6, i have an audition at Boston's Lyric Theatre for two different plays -- Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale," and a dark comedy called "The Dining Room." I have to prepare two different monologues. Haven't done that for ....... um, YEARS. Lots of them. Wish me luck.

All in all, i'm tired, but largely happy. I am still trying to "figure out what i want to do when i grow up" and am now loosely entertaining the idea of getting some kind of a teaching certificate... but i really don't know. I just keep trying to think of what i can do that is lucrative in Maine and will still leave me some time off (Mainers are notorious for thinking that one week of vacation is pretty good).

And yet through all of this, i can say this squarely: i miss spending more of my time with friends. Thank goodness i have yoga because it keeps me at equilibrium through all the busy-ness, but i keep wondering when i will get to slow down. Or am i the kind of person who does that? Would living in the middle of nowhere make things better, or would i go nuts?

Last but not least, enjoy the sun! Thank fucking god!