Back from vacation… hard.

Good morning (very morning) Internet, it’s Monday, October 18th, and I’m at work at 6:30 am.

Did I mention I don’t do well getting up before the sun?

Anyway, green tea in hand, I am starting a work week after a totally ridiculous weekend.  Let me tell you about it.

It turns out that when I last checked in I had what proved to be a cold.  On Thursday I survived just long enough to fly to St. John’s, be picked up by my (totally amazing and selfless and wonderful) friend Krista and driven home. Then I took off my coat, shoved the things that were on my bed (left over from packing) onto the floor and crawled in. That was 2:30pm. I woke up briefly at 6:30, long enough to decide that as much as I wanted to be at the St. John’s Storytelling Circle and/or Alice in Wonderland and/or Easy Down Easy, it simply was not going to happen.  I called my date to the Storytelling Circle, who was similarly feeling under the weather and did not mind staying in, and then I went back to sleep until 10:30 the next morning.  Brilliant.

Friday I worked at the LSPU Hall from 11:30 to 8:30, Saturday I had an exam at 10:30 (I kicked its ass, by the way) and then worked 1-8:30, Sunday I had another exam at 10:30 (less ass-kicking, but still passing, so whatever), rehearsal at noon, and work 2-8:30.

Today I got up at 5:30 (we all know how much I enjoy doing THAT) to be at Republic of Doyle from 6am to 6pm, whereupon I have a rehearsal that I will get to ASAP after 6pm. And I start teaching youngsters again tomorrow, plus more rehearsals, ski patrol teaching, Fogo Island-organizing, and a couple of Hall shifts this week.

I might, maybe, possibly have a day off this Friday. Maybe. And that would be totally cool.

It might sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not at all (well, maybe a bit, but only about the early morning, and only because I’m a bit grumpy, again, because of the early morning). Not only do I thoroughly enjoy being busy, but what can I say except HURRAY FOR WORK!  I don’t like being bored, and I really don’t like being poor, so I am very pro-work.

And it’s not like I haven’t had any fun since I got home. For one, working at the Hall is a blast. Excellent people. Very few personal attacks that are so common in the customer service industry (and when they do occur, there is always someone around to make you laugh about it). And always, always, there is appreciation from both the customers and the other staff. Love that job. Love love love.

Also, of those 3 things that I didn’t get to do on Thursday night, I did get to see Easy Down Easy last night. The play is by Gordon Pinsent, directed by Mary Walsh, and Aiden Flynn, Berni Stapleton and Kevin Woolridge were in it… and now that it’s closed I feel like I can spoil it for you.

Aiden plays an ex-university professor who has brought his past to the country, despite all of his efforts to leave it behind.  He is so obsessed with leaving it behind that he refuses to let his partner – a woman who he met the day he left – tell him anything about her life before then. But he’s haunted by the memory of a young student who trusted him utterly and who he betrayed. It’s beautifully acted, and made all the more effective by the fact that Aiden is physically so much bigger than Kevin; try as he might, he can’t keep himself from falling in love with his little student, and he can’t keep from trapping him. He’s big enough as to be dangerous, and it makes the relationship uncomfortable right from the beginning.

I will say that the play seemed a bit… short. I’m a huge proponent of one act, 50-to-90-minute plays, but this one (70 minutes) could’ve used a little extra time.  Aiden is very good, and he manages to not let us hate his character, despite the despicable things he does, but we don’t have time to actually love him. And since we don’t love him, we don’t care quite as much as we would like to when his whole world falls apart. Apparently the script underwent some pretty severe cuts before this run, and I would’ve loved to have seen the original.

Also in the news, the curbside recycling program starts TODAY! So, if you live in town, get your schedule and make sure you get your bottles and cans and cardboard out!

And I have to plug We Stand On Guard before I go. It’s a concert with a zillion really excellent bands and artists and the money raised goes to restoring the parts of Newfoundland and Labrador that were devastated by Hurricane Igor. Tickets are$40+HST and it’s at Mile One. You should go.

So, in conclusion: crazy worky times, yay theatre, yay recycling, yay benefit concert. See you all Thursday!