Too bad I don’t have the cash money flow for that expensive taste. ;)
So you know I love sweating it out on stage, but not in my car. My AC hasn’t been working for a while now, but it’s been lovely weather up until about a month ago, so I just now got around to taking my little Honda to the dealership for a “simple recharge”.
It ended up being a bit more complicated than that, and when they told me how much it was going to cost, I almost started to cry. (yeah, I was THAT girl - but yeah, it was THAT much.) Luckily, I am a lesbian and know dykes who know cars and I found a decent mechanic who will do it for hundreds of dollars less than the dealership. Hooray!
Unfortunately…it’s still going to cost me my entire financial cushion. Yikes. But I guess living an unconventional, performance artist-for-hire, never-have-to-go-to-an-office lifestyle has its drawbacks, such as living on the financial edge. ;)
(Oh, did I mention I spoil our kittens and just paid $300 for their own little tune-ups?)
So I guess I’ll have to trade in expensive tastes for simple tastes. [but good thing they’re pretty much equal to me.]
And hey, at least I will arrive at my destination sans sweat. [not cute]
Other than DYING every time I get into my car, life has been pretty much the usual. Which isn’t usual for anyone but me, I guess.
Let’s start with the Nerd.
I sent in my article for that internationally-distributed indie art, culture, and music magazine I told you about, and THEY LOVED IT! Hooray! Not only that, but they asked me if I’d be interested in contributing other articles, ranging from travel to art to music and so on. So after I stopped fist-pumping the air and trying to get my cats to high-five me, I wrote them back and told them I’d be thrilled. [It’s been a not-so-secret dream of mine to write for cool magazines. This is step one to fulfilling that dream! Huzzah!]
In other news, I’m also starting a business with my good friend and mentor, Jim. It’s A LOT of work, and won’t pay us anything until we actually launch (in early September), so until then, I’m having to find time to fit in working on it in between stuff that’s actually making mama some money. But it’s really exciting to have found a path that is satisfying, both to me personally and financially. I’ll tell you guys all about…another time. ;) [ohhh, anticipation!]
I’m writing every single day, every single week, for all kinds of different clients. It’s pretty rad, actually, to be freelancing to the point where some days I feel slightly overwhelmed. And ONE DAY my writing will be making me the big bucks instead of the petite bucks. ;)
After working all week, you know what was really, really nice [and verging on totally badass]? Getting to see my friends. This weekend I got to have dinner with a few of my besties:
Now, the lovely lady in the top right of this photo, Miss Mollie, is as big a cat lover as I am. And she is the one who will be entrusted with the care and love of our kittens when we are out of town. The lovely lady in the lower left of this photo is the ninja, Laura. Laura loves cats. But Laura is violently allergic to them. SAD TROMBONES! I used to forget this, and try to get her to cuddle cats.
Oops! Another side effect of being allergic to cats (aside from hives and not being able to breathe) is that people tend to think Laura doesn’t like cats. Which isn’t true in the least, but it’s a cruel trick played by the gods. Even I sometimes forget that she, in fact likes them. Laura has been wanting to meet the boys since we got them, and because she knows how big a deal it is to me to have cats, she drugged herself with serious allergy medication and ventured inside our kitten-invested home. Once inside, the cutest thing EVER happened: Laura produced from behind her back several brightly colored kitty toys for her nephews! OMG I DIED. CUTEST. THING. EVER. [second only to watching the boys play with aforementioned brightly colored kitty toys.]
It was really good to see my friends. :)
And to add to the good times, the Bunny & I had a double-date lunch soiree with this adorable couple:
Complete with ridiculously decadent cheesecake [it was a Sunday, and Sunday means that ridiculously decadent desserts are always felicitous <sounds dirty, eh? ;)]
Oh, and I don’t know if this fits under the NERD update, but my mom totally got me an online subscription to YogaGlo.com, and I am STOKED! It has about a zillion yoga videos, divided into categories from style to duration to level. I am so happy!! Or zen. Or something.
When I’m not hanging out at Starbucks, glued to my laptop, or devouring some noms with my besties, I’ve been at the castle, hanging with wenches and being all royal [and taking iPhone photos in our oh, so Medieval locker room].
Oh, and guess what?! Every 4 1/2 to 5 years, Medieval Times puts in a new show. New lines, new story, new characters, new costumes, new fights, new games…you get the picture. So it’s about that time again, and I got my new script.
First, I find it crazy that I’ve been there for two shows and this will be my third. It’s been more than 9 years of princessing. That’s about a third of my life, people! Crazy
town village. (eyyyyy, a bit of Medieval humor for ya there!)
I’ve been Princess Esperanza:
I’m currently Princess Leonore:
And next month will start my life as Princess Catalina. [I’ll take pictures of my new costume when I get it! yay!] My lines are just as ridiculous as they’ve been in other shows (Gentle nobles! and Beware, my love, beware! and I have had the finest fare in all the kingdom prepared for our guests! and shizz like that), and we’re starting to have rehearsals. Learning the new lines is almost starting to eff up my lines now, so the shows I’ve been doing have taken a lot more concentration so I don’t start mixing & matching!
And I recently found out something that made me feel pretty great (and run to tell my mom!). In the 9+ years I’ve worked at Medieval Times, I’ve never, ever had a customer complaint (about my performance, voice clarity, characterization, customer interaction, etc.). Not once. Someone who has been with us for many years just got fired for accruing several customer complaints over the course of his employment at the castle, so customer complaints are kind of a big deal. Go me! (I especially feel good about this because I have a slight lisp sometimes and I’m hyper-aware of it, hoping that the audience doesn’t detect it. I. Enunciate. Everything. haha)
Seeing that speech impediments are TOTES sexy, it makes an excellent segue into the sexy side of my life. Ivy has been making costumes, rehearsing, putting on shows, and sweating her booty off go-go dancing.
…and getting ready for PENSACOLA PRIDE! Which is right around the corner. [I still have my strong opinions about some things concerning certain aspects of this year’s event, but yay for having the Bunny. I share my views and my thoughts, and shocker! They actually stay with her. It’s amazing to have such a wonderful confidant who I can trust wholly. It’s a rare thing to have, as I’m finding out.]
But I’m more than excited about Unleashed: Pensacola Pride! And I keep forgetting that Memorial Weekend is actually a something outside of Pride. I keep seeing events for Memorial Weekend and I get confused. Like wait…this weekend ISN’T just for ten thousands gay people to get together to party and play? Weird.
The Bunny has unleashed her inner Martha Stewart and has been helping me make costumes. I come home and half my closet has been updated! She’s surprisingly good at it, too, especially considering the fact that she is a self-proclaimed failure at DIY. We’ve made some pretty wicked stuff lately, and I can’t wait to debut new outfits in Pensacola!
Oh, and the kitties have been “helping”.
So life is grand! My AC will be fixed [and thus defeating the HULK EVEY SMASH that happens when I get cranky from being sweaty and hot and gross in my car], good times will be had, money will be made, dance moves will be busted, and I’m doing it all with love.
Lots of it to you!