My dad works for the North American Mission Board, and this week he needed extras for a video that’s going to play in the theater of his building, which is currently being remodeled. So Joshua and I got up at 5:45 (and let me tell you, for someone with a chronic fatigue illness, it was just as horrible as you’d expect) and we went to Roswell. My friend Hannah met us there; she was an extra as well, and she is going to study filmmaking, so it was fun to watch. We had our hair and makeup done for the first scene. Our first scene was inside the church. Hannah and Joshua and I were the children of a family who was late to church. We did about fifteen takes. Everyone thought Hannah was actually our sibling–people called the three of us “the Hudson kids” all day long. The makeup lady even thought Hannah and I were twins.
After that scene, we got changed into Disaster Relief T-shirts and the makeup lady fixed our hair so it didn’t look quite so perfect. (The picture below was still my hair for the first scene. I’ve been pricing curling irons lately, and after having my hair curled today and seeing how much I liked it, I really need to go ahead and buy one!)
Then we waited around for a while, talking with some other actors and eating snacks. The weather was not conducive to shooting. But finally, we were able to go outside and start the Disaster Relief scene. We were supposed to be Disaster Relief volunteers. Joshua and I carried plywood up and down the steps for several shots, and then later, he and Hannah and I worked with a tarp.
It was raining steadily the whole time. No more cute hair.
I typically create stuff alone, so it was fun to be even such a small part of creating something with other people. We were there from 7:30-12:30. I actually felt okay until we got in the car; then I realized how much I needed my bed. When we got home, I woke up a little and showered, ate, and drafted this blog post. Then I caught up on Julia Robertson vlogs and slept for an hour. I timed it badly; when I woke up my legs were tingling, I was exhausted, and my heart was racing. But I had to go church. I set up things for the kids’ Christmas party I had planned (including a trip to Dollar General with rude friends honking at me), hung out at youth group, went up to church and watched a video of the musical from Sunday, had the kids’ Christmas party, and hung out at youth group some more. At the kids’ Christmas party, we talked about our Christmas traditions–most of which involved not being able to get up before a certain time (Logan: “I can get up when I hear footprints on the stairs”). Then we had a gift exchange; I bought a bunch of gifts at Five Below and found a fun way to do it online.
We ended with a team game where the kids had to guess what object was inside a stocking. It was a really really fun party; none of us stopped laughing the whole hour.
I’ve been up for SIXTEEN HOURS now and I am dying of tiredness. I don’t know how I am even typing this. But this was SUCH a fun day.
Here’s what I did last year on December 20th. What did you do today?