November was definitely characterized by the show I was in! I am so happy about, grateful for, and content with the experience of being in the show; it was just awesome. The show was a Broadway revue and I danced/acted/sang in five numbers. We had five shows in four days (plus, of course, several dress rehearsals prior to that). There were a lot of epic dance parties behind the curtain/in the wings, lots of hanging out on the stage laughing about nothing, lots of red lipstick in the dressing room, and tears from everyone on the last day.
Unfortunately, the day after the show all my health problems plus more rushed back in with a vengeance. I had a cold, a GI flare-up, a fever, was in the ER, and stayed at my parents’ house for a week because I was so weak and sick. So that was basically what I did for the rest of the month. However, before things got really bad I was able to go to tap class once, small group once, dinner with Kenna, and dinner at the Wises’ house, and when I finally got a little strength back after Thanksgiving I also had my first voice lesson and saw A Christmas Carol at the theatre.
This month I’m…
Reading: Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst (reread). Lab Girl, Hope Jahren. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard and Florence Atwater (reread). The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys. The Saturdays (reread), The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spiderweb for Two, Elizabeth Enright. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread). All-American Muslim Girl, Nadine Jolie Courtney. Boundaries, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. The Feather Thief, Kirk Wallace Johnson. 12 total.
Listening to: Pulled, The Addams Family. They Just Keep Moving The Line, Smash. All For You, Seussical. Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde. Under the Sea, The Little Mermaid. Make It To Christmas, Alessia Cara. Swan Song, Dua Lipa. Love Someone, Lukas Graham. Anchor and Carry On, Chris TMV. The Upside, Lindsey Stirling. Bird Set Free, BYU Noteworthy. Be Still, Hillsong Worship. Rabbit Hole, Mindy Gledhill. Literally everything by Maisie Peters but especially Worst of You, This Is On You, April Showers, Personal Best, Favourite Ex, Architecture, and Best I’ll Ever Sing.
Eating: Bacon burgers and baked Lays. Then… really nothing for two weeks thanks to my GI flare.
Writing: The first part of the month was about getting through the show, but after that I was able to dig back into work and even start doing some marketing for new clients for the first time in six months. As far as other writing, I didn’t do much beyond a few personal essay-type things for my “secret” blog.
Grateful for: A castmate giving me a yellow rose on opening night of the show when no one came to see me. Sitting on the floor of the dressing room playing with a baby. Everything about the show. Discovering awesome new music.
What did you do in November? Blogmas starts tomorrow!!!!!