Monday, May 31, 2010

Making Time

At the advice of my closest friend Angie, I'm trying to ease up on my dance schedule so I don't go out of my mind. My June is still busy, but I'm making an effort to work on the quality of my performances above the quantity of my performances.

Following that logic, I'm trying to put in more quality time with my friends. I find it helps build and strengthen relationships when they don't just take place at work. I was able to spend many hours visiting with my friend Michelle when I wa in Texas. It was a great time to really connect and het to know her.

Before I left for Texas, I shot a short film with Jenn and found out she was job hunting, and I've come up with some potential job ideas for her since. I also carpooled to a rehearsal near Ventura County with Julia and learned about the technical side of hair weaves.

I spent quality time with some friends at home this week that I might not have otherwise. I visited with Lili into the wee hours of the morning over breakfast after a blues fundraiser. I danced a bachelor party with Adria and spent a couple hours catching up and talking about LOST. I did a short film with Katalin and found out she's a dog person over our breaks. And I spent a huge chunk of today just charting with Angie.

In this fast-paced world, we don't take the time to get to know one another as perhaps we should. I hope to make more time with my friends henceforth. We'll call it a Mid-Year Resolution.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wet Bacon

I love food.  Andrew knows that the way to entice me to visit a new establishment is to show me the menu first.  If the food sounds good enough, I'm sold.  He also knows that I love barbecue, so what better way to spend Mother's Day than trying out a new (to us) barbecue place?

Barbecue tastes like my childhood home.  One summer my dad barbecued hamburgers every Sunday and I took cold hamburgers for lunch every day for the rest of the week.  We would celebrate anything we could with barbecued chicken, smoked ham, venison, whatever.  The family recipe for barbecue sauce was ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder, and whatever other spices seemed interesting, all added in unmeasured quantities.  Our tasty meats were usually accompanied by potato salad and grilled corn.  I didn't start eating the cole slaw side until I had a barbecue sandwich from Corky's Barbecue in Memphis where they put the slaw on the sandwich.  I've slawed my sandwich since.

Even though times are tight, he thought we should have one splurge at a barbecue place near our theater.  The selling point: it smelled good outside.  We went inside and ordered the cheapest meals on the menu - the sandwich platters (one sandwich and one side) for $9.75 each.  I expect a lot out of a $10 sandwich, especially when I can go to the grocery store for a bucket of shredded pork in sauce that lasts two meals for two people for about $7.  This sliced pork should be amazing.  We got a side of cole slaw to decorate our sandwiches and a side of potato salad, then a couple beers to chase it.  Our meal totaled $30, so our expectations were high.

The best part of the meal (besides eating to "Get Off" by Prince playing on the juke box) was the beer.  I tasted Shock Top for the first time at the JM concert in March.  The barbecue sauce was decent, and I liked how they solved the exploding white bread problem from the weight of the barbecue with an extra slice of bread in the middle of the sandwich.  I did not like how the cuts of meat were at least half fat.  The edges of my bread looked like there were slices of wet bacon.  It definitely wasn't worth $9.75.  I peeled the wet bacon parts from the edges of the bread to take home to dogs so I got some value from them.  The sandwich was good without the wet bacon but I could've made something better (and cheaper and meatier) at home.  And the potato salad was the same straight-out-of-the-carton stuff we served at Magic Springs when I was fourteen.

I have a feeling we won't be returning to give this place a second chance.  We're not masochists.  I'm really looking forward to my Texas trip next week so I can get some real Southern barbecue.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Putting One Foot in Front of the Other

It's confession time.  I often feel overwhelmed.  Of course, I am overwhelmed.  I take on too many projects because I like helping people, someone has to take care of things, I'm really passionate about it, I don't want to get bored, blah blah blah.  I can't complain about the wonderful opportunities that have come my way, but I still feel overwhelmed in many areas of my life.  I make to-do lists, and I find there are things I've left off the lists when I start marking off what I've done.  On top of it all, I don't feel like I'm allowed to take breaks.  It's like I think the world is going to end if I take a nap or spend an entire day not answering emails.  It's pretty ridiculous.

Most of my activities are of my own choosing.  I have preparation for my video application for New Orleans Burlesque Festival because I absolutely loved being there last year.  I'm performing in the Hollywood Fringe Festival in "The Wrong Show."  I'll need to find a new venue for my own burlesque show for the last two shows this year since TU can't afford to keep the space, but I really want to keep doing my show.  I'm going to Texas in two weeks.  I've been accepted to perform in the Colorado Burlesque Festival in July.  I'm not spending tons of money on new numbers, but I'm trying to stay challenged by using what I have to dance to different music for themed shows.  I decide to do these things, and I know all too well that there's stress attached to each and every one of them.  I just need to figure out how to stay challenged yet stay on top of things so I don't feel as overwhelmed all the time.

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