Krissie: A Day Off

Photo on 2013-07-16 at 10.07 First of all, thank you for your patience while we changed servers. We got a little too portly for the original server, so we had to switch over and these things, as the Wicked Witch of the West once said, “must be done delicately.” But we’re all safe and happy in our new home, and all should be well.
Oh, my, the wind is blowing softly and I just got a whiff of herbs from my herb pots. Dill and basil. Lovely.
But I digress. So I have a day off from the killing pace. Yesterday I froze snow peas, made a huge tuna and whole wheat macaroni salad, floated in the pool, showed up for rehearsal at 2, learned Eulalie’s Ballet (over and over again, ye gods), went through until 5, a quick hour off where I jumped in the pool (I really love my pool), assembled the salad with too many onions (yuck), sat for twenty minutes and then ran out at 6 to work until 9 on a first act stumble-through, all in 90 degree heat. Vermonters don’t do well in 90 degree heat.
And I loved it! I’m having the best time in the world. At first I thought it was family. Not only do I have my real family, two of my favorite cousins, playing townspeople, but the whole troupe feels like family. But it’s not just that.
And then I realized it’s the socialization. The camaraderie, the people. As a writer (and even as a child) I always need a huge amount of quiet time to dream. As a kid I loved when my parents went off for the day and I could stay home alone, particularly when we came to Vermont. And while I miss Richie terribly I also relish the very few days he goes off without me.
But I also like being around people, talking to them. I love that about RWA, though there can be a burden there of all the subtext. My favorite conferences have been when I’ve shared a suite with three or four other people — it always gives us a safe place to come back to, not a lonely place to increase one’s feelings of insecurity.
We talk, we laugh, we work at rehearsals. We have one shared goal and not much ego (even for the stars and director. They have some, but they’ve earned it).
I’m just so happy doing this, even when people are dragging out of rehearsal. Even when I can barely walk and sleep for 14 hours.
I just need to find a way to translate this friendliness.
In the meantime, on my day off, I need to finish author’s proofs on a book, get in the pool, go to the local free store to look for white sheets, drive to the Bend (4 miles) to have a conference confab, drive 20 miles each way and shop, come home and get in the pool, and I bet Alex gets thrown in there somewhere.
Ah, peace.
Doesn’t matter. I having the time of my life, it’s all good.
Just gotta figure out how to keep it in my life.
(Oh, and I’m losing weight because I don’t eat much and I’m getting a lot of exercise — I don’t look it (note Wittle Wattle) but my clothes are fitting better (still in the new size clothes but some of them had gotten tight).
So win/win all around!

20 thoughts on “Krissie: A Day Off

  1. Redwood Kim says:

    Yea! Happy Krissie!

    Weight loss because you’re too happy-busy to pay attention is the best. And a day where too many onions is the big problem is a good day!

  2. Kate Mc says:

    Love the picture of you OUTSIDE! wonderful! It is always so shocking when we are happy isn’t it? Very glad for you.

  3. You look great! Even if you aren’t eating much, always good to drink lots of water, especially since you are exerting yourself in the heat. We freeze water bottles and then take them with us – nice cold water as the ice melts.

  4. You look terrific! I love your hair: it’s so soft and wavy. And you sound happy. All terrific things.

    It is hard to balance the need for quiet and solitude versus the need for company. I had too much solitude in Houston. While I can’t say I have too much company here (I only have two human housemates and a feline one), it still feels like a lot, especially when they are in moods, which has been a lot lately. And most of the time, balance is dynamic, not static and constantly equal. Just so long as you don’t burn yourself out, I’m sure you are filling up your well of socialization for those times when you have more solitude than you’d like.

    Enjoy it all! Have fun!

  5. Jill says:

    I like how happy you sound ! Is the sheet for your costume ? Is that the newly stained deck ? Did you get the email about the patterns ?

    I was going to wash outside windows today. Too hot. I think I will wait another 2 or 3 years.

  6. Terrie says:

    You look and sound so lovely!

    Music Man is one of my favorite musicals — it has wonderful music, lovely characters (yours is one!), and this gorgeous yearning that builds to that fabulous ending number.

    I bet you’re fabulous!

  7. Lynd says:

    You look amazing, Krissie!! It’s so wonderful to hear you being upbeat and enjoying yourself.

    I am a Very Happy Person right now. Saturday my great-grandson was born. Mother and baby–and daddy, too–are all doing well, and I’m still wrapping my mind around the concept of actually being a great-grandmother, when surely I’m still only in my 30s. But it is definitely a time of joy for us all. Oh, and you’ll appreciate this: Richard Douglas Ward is the fifth Richard Ward in a row. Lovely name, Richard.

  8. I wanted to ‘like’ some of the comments, but the like buttons have gone awol. I shall miss them if this is permanent.

  9. Ah, what a wonderful post. I hope that you can find the socialization that you need. This is why I’ll probably always keep a “day job” no matter what happens with the writing. I love the socialization of it. I love the regulation of it too. I just wish that I could work only afternoons.

    Yay for the time of your life.

  10. So that’s why my comment got et – said in Jayne’s voice after the heist (Serenity).

    Hmmm, all you gotta do is sing and dance and you feel better. Shades of Xander’s idea from “Once more with Feeling.”

    In case you couldn’t tell, “I wuv Joss Whedon.”

    Your hair looks very pretty.

  11. Micki says:

    (-: WEBS — you look great, your hair looks great, and I’m so glad to see the pictures on the site again.

    It’s good to get out with other people. (And personally, I really like having a time limit — socialize like crazy for six weeks, and then be able to go back to my cave for a six weeks, etc.)

    (We’ve been melting in the 90s too, up here, and then today is back down to whatever 20C is in Fahrenheit. I like it better when we are melting . . . which we will be by the weekend.)

  12. ChelSierra Remly says:

    “Wittle Wattle”

    I’ve been shrinking my ‘wittle wattle’ with Witch Hazel. It tightens the skin. It’s been about 3 months since I started using it, and I’m beginning to get a jawline now. I apply it to my throat one to three times a day. I even apply it to my face and to the top of my lower arms.

    I started out using Witch Hazel to try and diminish the sun damage caused from working in the tobacco patch as a teenager. Internet searches found claims that it helped with skin blemishes, so that was my main goal. That I noticed my wattle shrinking was a bonus.

    Witch Hazel is also stated to be a good skin softener, so I now apply it just before drying off after a shower, instead of baby oil, and I don’t have to worry about getting my hair greasy/oily.

    I haven’t noticed any difference in the tone of the sun damage, but the skin seems to have a more youthful appearance to it now. Of course, all of this could be in my head. I hadn’t thought about taking photos to document it, as my only thought was to lighten the discoloration, not shrink the wattle or soften the look of the skin.

    Someone else can document the changes, or lack of changes, if they’d like, to prove or disprove my claim. My wattle isn’t completely gone yet, it just doesn’t hang down as low as it used to. But I am hoping that the appearance of a slight jawline means that it will be gone at some point. Maybe 3 more months from now. Or less, I hope.

  13. ChelSierra Remly says:

    I forgot to add that after watching a show with aging supermodels, I now apply Witch Hazel to my knees as well. Apparently knees sag with age, and just like the neck they tell a person’s true age.

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