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January 28, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, someone recently told me that allergy season is over.  Note to person: Tell that to my allergies, the worst I’ve had in years.  And while the Claritin-D works it isn’t lasting as long as it’s supposed to.  I’m hoping this stops soon because it is most irritatingly irritating.

Yesterday, I got ten-and-a-half hours of very needed sleep, but as soon as I got up I had an allergy attack and a huge one.  I took my pill immediately and after an hour or so it calmed the allergy down.  I answered e-mails and caught up on Kritzerland orders, and then I moseyed on over to Jerry’s Deli for an impromptu lunch with Marshall Harvey.  We both had the chili, cheese, and onion hot dog – he had a salad and I had a few fries.  That was fun.  Then I did some banking at the bank, then went to the mail place to pick up mail and a couple of packages, then I came home.

I had a really fun and long conversation with Jason Graae, who I’ll be seeing on Wednesday.  After that, I listened to music and did a few things on the computer.  Then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a screener of a motion picture entitled Knives Out, a strange but excellent film.  Well, I guess the strange, for me, was Daniel Craig as a detective, doing an accent like Kevin Spacey’s in that show on Netflix where he played the president.  But the film is fun and has a good cast, starting with Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis (really nice to see her in a good part), Don Johnson, Toni Collette, and Michael Sheehan.  But the film belongs to Ana de Armas from start to finish.  I called it about this actress a year ago, when I watched the awful Keanu Reeves movie, Exposed, writing, “… but I thought Ana de Armas was really excellent – in short, a complete waste of time save for Ana de Armas.”  She’s just great in Knives Out.  Can’t remember is she got up for any awards, but she deserves to have.  And it’s a handsome looking film, too.

After the movie, I went to Gelson’s and got a little salad, but they didn’t have my Kraft Catalina dressing and I settled for Milani French dressing – I shouldn’t have and I’m feeling a little nauseous right now.  That was pretty much it.

Today, I hope to sleep in as long as I need to and I’m hoping that the allergies can be kept at bay.  Once up, I’ll continue proofing (about two-thirds of the way through right now), if my voice is in decent shape I’ll record a few things that I need to record, I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll mosey on over to the theater for a run-through.  After that, it’s home, James and relaxing.

Tomorrow, I think I have a morning meeting, then I’ll see La Graae at some point.  Then a run-through in the evening.  Thursday is more of the same, Friday I’m meeting a pianist and then we dry-tech our show, after which we run it without stopping, no matter how many mistakes are made.  Saturday morning, we do another run-through like that, and then the cast has a long break until six-thirty.  During that time, we’ll fix all tech issues that need fixing, and then we do another run-through.  Sunday is another run-through with costumes, and then we’ll do any fixes we need to and at that point I’ll determine whether we need to do a second run-through.  Monday’s off, and then Tuesday is an invited dress rehearsal, Wednesday and Thursday are previews, and we open on Friday.

Sometime in the next few days, this here site will go off-line for about four hours – being moved to new servers and updating WordPress.  I’m hoping that will happen in the middle of the night.  But I’ll give you fair warning.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, hope allergies are kept at bay, proof, maybe record a couple of songs at the piano, eat, hopefully pick up some packages, do a run-through, then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite whodunit-type mysteries – novels, plays, films.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, waiting for allergy season to be over.

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