My STI recovery period is now complete and the time has come to just sit back and enjoy the rest of my summer. I'm still working of course. Getting everything ready in the office for Conservatory and for my replacement, and wardrobing More Words, More Play (only 6 more performances... Thank. God.)and wardrobing and performing (!!!!) in Amorous Quarrel (only 2 more of those left sadly). So I'm still busy, but I have been taking a bit more time to chill out, read, get some sleep, and go running just whenever I feel like it. The weather has been so cool here for the last week that I no longer have to be up by 5:30am to beat the heat for my run.
So what have I been doing with this new found free time you ask? Well for starters I finally made a trip to The Mount, which is right down the road and the former home of Shakespeare and Company, but I'd just never had time to get out their until now. It was beautiful and we listened to some music and explored the gardens. Pictures of that are up on Facebook if you're curious.
And then Lexi and Laura came for their visit which was AMAZING! I loved spending some time with them. Sadly I still had to work a lot of the time they were here- but they did get to see me in my S&Co stage debut in Amorous Quarrel, and we also saw Richard III, and The Winter's Tale. We went to Baba Louie's (yes AGAIN but it's sooooo good) and we visited the new Pittsfeild location which is so much bigger and easier to get into and also just as good. WE went to see Eat, Pray, Love (the book was better) and while I was working the girls explored Great Barrington. I was woefully remiss in taking pictures during their visit- but I did make some whole-wheat oatmeal pancakes, and a 5 minute chocolate mug cake for them. Hopefully I'll get back to cooking a bit more now that I have some more time. My current obsession? Pumpkin Oatmeal. It is Fall in a bowl.
In other news I'll be home in just over 2 weeks for my mini-vaca before Conservatory. I'm hoping to do some visiting while I'm home (possibly Laura in Columbus, Lauren in Cinci, and Dennis, Kendra, and Allison in Illinois) that's a lot of driving, but it will be my only chance until Thanksgiving. I have a lot to pack into those 10 days- like going to see various doctors since I haven't been to one in like a year. Thanks American Health Care system. But I am looking forward to being home and getting all my lovely Fall clothes and whatnot.
And by time I get back it will be time to concentrate on my acting again, which I am incredibly excited about. Getting back to what I love doing instead of watching EVERYONE I know do what I love doing. It will be quite refreshing. Doing that tiny part in Amorous Quarrel has been a God send. It's so small and silly, but it reminds me of what I've been doing all this for, for the last 5 months. And seeing Lexi and Laura helped a lot too- a reminder that there is a world outside and that who I've been all summer and what I've been doing aren't who I am. My sense of humore was vastly improved just by them BEING HERE. It's so easy to be around them- effortless, and it shows me that all summer I've been trying too hard- exhausting myself- not being myself at all.
So Fall is on its way- rather quickly too... and it's time to change again.