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Week In Review: Updates from a Puddy Brain

Like last week, blog posts just aren’t flowing these days. I have much I could say. Many things, many thoughts, many transitions, many changes going on…. yet I’m having trouble grasping them all into a cohesive blog post. Anyone else find when they have more going on it is actually hardest to write? Or maybe this is part of a transition I’m finding myself currently in. Whatever the case, its all good and I want to catch you up more later… when the time feels right. 

For now, since my brain feels like puddy and I’m preferring to spend time unplugging and enjoying Easter, I just want to pop in to keep you updated on a few current happenings. And maybe spew out some random thoughts from my week… list style. Thanks, Meg!


  • I finished my first week of my show runs. If you recall, I was cast in two – instead of the usual one – of the final productions we put on before graduation. This has meant a few of us have have performed (and rehearsed) every day – often twice a day – where as the rest of the company have gotten plenty of days off. I do not lament this for even an instant, as I’m so thankful to have been able to do both shows. It’s been tiring and busy, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 

  • Both shows have gone over really well.

Final Rehearsal for “The Penelopiad,” by Margaret Atwood 

  • That being said I’m sooooo thankful it is Sunday. 

Mmmmmm Sunday morning coffee shop vibes. And open windows!!!

  • I have one more week and then we close on Saturday night – which then marks my official graduation from the Academy. Then I’m done, yo. 
  • I’m so hungry. Like all the time. This seems to happen during performance runs.  Like I said here, its a marathon. I don’t exactly feel good about it, but its okay. 

Solo sushi date

My current favorite snack

  • I started dropping off job resumes last week and got called in to try some trial shifts serving at this little breakfast restaurant. I worked two shifts (somehow amidst my performing week… #tired). It’s alright. It would be an okay job for the interim but I don’t think it is somewhere I would actually be comfortable. Plus it just feels really weird to be getting back into the work world again. Sigh
  • I finally got in to see a Nurse Practitioner, after having waited, what, months? But then I couldn’t stay to get blood taken as there was a 45 minute wait and I had to get to the theatre. So this stays on the to do list. But at least it was nice to talk to someone about things going on. Even if there were no answers to… anything.
  • So I’ve really just taken things into my own hands. Which is the only real answer, anyways. I’ve been doing some new things and working hard to make new habits for myself to live with less anxiety. I’ve been – literally – practicing slowing down and unplugging, and as a result, I’ve been feeling much better. This is what I want to tell you more about later. 

No more phone

  • Two things are currently scaring me: mycotoxins in coffee,  and the actual repercussions we are going to face as a species based on the amount of time we spend looking at screens. 
  • Oh and I finally threw out both my dead plants in my apartment. #everythingitouchdies


Alright that’s where my brain is at right now. I’m going to go raid the chocolate stash I hoarded from the bulk barn yesterday. That was a good accomplishment. 

Happy Easter loves

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Tell me,

Favorite easter treat?

What’s going on in your head right now?








  1. Kate | 17th Apr 17

    Busy can be a good thing if it involves doing things you love! And I bet now that the shows are running things are pretty fun.
    My favorite Easter treat is the hollow chocolate bunny. I did not get one, but I may be looking for a discounted one.
    Going through my head is 1) see if there is any recent research on mycotoxins and coffee? and 2) we’re both almost done!
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    • Cora | 17th Apr 17

      Yes – you are exactly right. Its busy but I am in my happy place when I am doing the shows. Once I’m going the energy comes.
      Yes there is some recent thoughts on myctoxins and basically… they are in everything and you cannot avoid them. But buying organic and ethically sourced – and making sure the beans are washed – is really best.
      Get yourself to a drugstore and find yourself a discounted bunny!!

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 17th Apr 17

    I don’t blame you for having a puddy brain! Between all the roles and jobs and shifts and whatnot, do you ever momentarily forget to just be Cora?

    • Cora | 17th Apr 17

      Cora?… who dat…

  3. Jamie@TheMomGene | 17th Apr 17

    I taught the Penelopiad in school! I love Margaret Atwood. Did you know they’re making a moving of The Handmaid’s Tale? I’m so excited. I also think you are perfect actress for a role in her plays. As for the rest of the mess, I understand how you feel about the not wanting to get back into the work thing. School is so crazy and hectic, but in a way it is soothing, because it nurtures our desire to learn and it’s all about camaraderie with others how are still learning. And then you get kicked into the real world and it’s all about paychecks and clocking in and you’re all alone again brushing up against people whose goals are not swimming alongside your own. It’s exhausting. Sending you energy and peace and prayer this week.
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    • Cora | 17th Apr 17

      Cool!!! Its cool to know she has extended beyond Canadian classrooms. It has been a very interesting play to study and create.
      Ugh… you’ve named it perfectly. Right now I’ve been in this bubble where I’ve always had some sort of cushion under me. Even when things aren’t “great” I’ve been constantly surrounded by people with the same passion as me, always some sort of motivation and inspiration and things to work toward. And now… giving eggs to retired ladies and working alongside people who complain about being there but have to pay rent is just so…. ugh…. No wonder people can get become perpetual students. I need to really protect my soul coming up.

  4. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 17th Apr 17

    You ARE busy girl – two shows in a week? Totally wish I could see one. I can’t believe you graduate next week. I’m with you on wanting to cut down screen time – but myotoxins in coffee? Tell me more. Or maybe I don’t want to know more because I love my coffee.
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    • Cora | 17th Apr 17

      Haha okay. So, good news… there isn’t a great deal to worry about. Mycotoxins are a type of mold. They are in everything, including the air we breathe, but they do grow on coffee beans. You just want to try and buy good quality (organic if you can) ethically sourced coffee… and try to make sure the beans are “washed.” I’ve just been reading a lot about how coffee can affect you and apparently its not the caffeine that actually negatively affects some people, but the mcytoxins. I do find when I get my good quality americanos, I am not affected like I am after a regular cup of jo. So I just want to ensure I buy only really good quality beans, even if they are a few bucks more.
      Basically I’m nerding out reading about this stuff! But still enjoy your coffee!!! ABSOLUTELY.

  5. Kat | 17th Apr 17

    Dang girl, look at you working hard! I wish I could see one of your shows. I love theater. And I love you. Which means I’m bound to love your shows ๐Ÿ˜‰
    But mycotoxins and coffee? Please keep that to yourself. I will never give up my coffee!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Cora | 17th Apr 17

      I wish you could to! That would be so fun.
      And don’t worry… I ain’t giving up coffee either. You’re finnnnneeee ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Emily Swanson | 17th Apr 17

    I totally agree with Kat. It would be such a fun gift to get to see you in a show, because I know how passionate you are about it, and I think you are probably really good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I totally agree that I want to cut down on screen time. I’ve deleted a few social accounts because of that, and it’s been so freeing. ๐Ÿ™‚ However some of the best screen time is reading my friend’s blog posts.
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    • Cora | 18th Apr 17

      I’ve been deleting a lot of email subscriptions, and that in itself helps get me off my phone. But yes I agree, I love – and benefit greatly – from my friends’ blog posts so that is the place where I know it is still healthy for me. We just need to choose and make that balance.

  7. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 17th Apr 17

    I feel ya. I really do. Things have been so chaotic here lately I don’t even know where my feet are at, much less my head.

    I’m so glad you’re in two shows right now. That’s fabulous even though it means lots of extra work. Some things are worth it.

    I’m with ya on the screen time. I’ve been leaving my phone in the other room at night, so I can unplug without it. Also, I’ve started switching to organic coffee since the beans are the second heaviest sprayed crop. Is that the myoc…whatever you were talking about? I need to know; I drink a lot of coffee.

    Happy Monday Sunshine. Lovely to see you.
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      Yes! Organic coffee, or at least one that you know are ethically sourced (some just can’t afford the certification for organic), is what is really important. Myctoxins are a mold that grow on coffee beans, but they are also everywhere, so current research says we don’t need to be concerned about them as much as some may make you think. But good quality is important. The better quality the coffee, the less chemicals and preservatives and all that stuff there is… which is really what people have sensitivities to (like me), rather than the caffeine. And these are the things that actually make you “crash.” You doing the right thing and I am right behind you with the same mission. Don’t stop the coffee.

  8. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday | 17th Apr 17

    Mmm. I’m wishing I were that busy right now, but I know this practice is good for me (even if it hurts). Today, I’m trying to get back into good alone headspace. My mom visited over the weekend, which was all sorts of amazing, but then after she left yesterday I crashed hard and need to get okay being back by myself. I just went for a run and I’ll probably play around in the kitchen and do some schoolwork to help with that.
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      I know that feeling soooo well, Ellen. The crash and fall out to being alone again after a wonderful time with family is really hard. I usually adjust after a day but that first 24 hours is really sad. When I’m not busy I wish I was busy too, but I think that is all the more reason for us to practice being comfortable with the open time. If we let ourselves be open, we can be really surprised to the opportunities or ideas that come to us! And then we are back to being crazy busy.

  9. Juli@1000lovelythings | 17th Apr 17

    #everythingitouchdies totally same. To my left side there are two pots with the remains of tulips. I cannot understand why people still give me flowers.
    Congratulations on being in two shows. That’s awesome even though it means extra time and effort. But oh my gosh only one week until you’re completely done! That is kinda insane?!
    I had severe sleeping problems last summer and even though I blame stress it had helped immensely to ban my phone from my nightstand and switch to a real alarm clock. When I am on vacation I usually don’t take a computer with me and I never miss it. Unplugging can be so beneficial.
    Hope you have a really good last week and enjoy your shows!
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      I love that when you travel you basically just travel with your camera. That’s the best form of unplugging. We all need to do more of this… its making us all insane.
      Speaking of insane. Yes. It is insane that I’m done in less than a week. Cue panic attack?

  10. danielle | 17th Apr 17

    I think I caught the puddy brain, too. My head is swimming with mist and energy, very conflicting. I had so much easter chocolate yesterday that my teeth actually hurt… but it was pretty yummy. I’m in the process of applying for full time work again so in some ways am going through a similar thing. Job interviews, selling myself. Oh joy, ha! I’m excited for a new chapter, though. The silver lining in tough situations seems to be my specialty ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      Mist and energy. Man that is good. You are brilliant, you know that? You are also super inspiring with your ability to see silver linings. I’m having a really really hard time seeing any right now… with this whole looking for jobs thing…. ugh.

  11. Miss Polkadot | 17th Apr 17

    Two shows โ€“ being cast for which obviously just shows how talented you are but Iโ€™m repeating myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ -, working shifts at a cafรฉ [gastronomy is always hard] and still taking care of yourself โ€“ youโ€™ve been juggling a lot lately, lady. Like you, I find writing hard when thereโ€™s way too much going on [in my mind or life as is]. Unplugging really is the best solution to keep our heads from spinning in overdrive in those times. I hope the transition youโ€™re going through will get easier and result in a new state of calmness at some point.
    On a random note I had to say goodbye to my orchid recently, too. It’s weird and I still get phantom ‘aches’ every time there’s just a bit of water left in a bottle which I used to feed it with and I have to remind myself it’s no longer there. And no, I didn’t name it or anything crazy like that ;).
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      I really really hope so too. I don’t see it beginning to feel less weird or more calm anytime too soon though… I think its going to take a while to get over this transition hump. But I agree 100% that unplugging and taking a step back is the best/only thing to do when you have too much in your head. A part of me wants to write and blog…I have so many thoughts right now… yet I find I have to do NOTHING of the sort because my mind is just not able to focus enough. I’m choosing to do the most brainless things, just to hopefully get my brain to eventually settle. Does that make sense?

  12. Ellie Pell | 17th Apr 17

    I am finally (FINALLY) getting blood work next week! I am so excited I can’t stand it. I meant to do it last JUNE! #TooExpensive #IForget
    I cannot wait for the Easter peep flavored Oreos to come on sale this week. No shame I will buy them and probably love them =P
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      WOO HOOOO. That check mark is going to feel SO good!! (in a weird “poke a needle in me” sort of way….)
      Peep flavoured!? What is peep??

  13. Hannah | 17th Apr 17

    Too many thoughts = no cohesion. Truth. I’m totally feeling the end of semester brain jumble too.

    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      Blegh there’s just too much. I have to do nothing.

  14. Casey the College Celiac | 18th Apr 17

    My favorite Easter treat this year is definitely the gluten free rolls and graham crackers we got from a gf bakery nearby! And it’s amazing how we go through blogging phases…sometimes I can’t stop writing, other times my thoughts just won’t come together…
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      Mmmmm yay for finding GF easter treats!! No holiday should go without good rolls.
      And yes. Blogging comes and goes like the tide. It’s a funny thing.

  15. chasetheredgrape | 18th Apr 17

    I’ve had a pretty tough week so I have everything going through my head! But taking some time over easter to rest and unplug was amazing. I even went to the cinema twice which was great!
    And two thumbs up for throwing out those dead plants. I always take forever to throw them out because I’m convinced they will come back to life!

    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      Cinema!? TWICE!? Yes to you!!

      I’m sorry you had a tough week :(. Poop. I hope this week has been going better for me. Hopefully the easter relaxation vibes carried on. <3

  16. Kristy from Southern In Law | 19th Apr 17

    Girl, you have been insanely busy!!!

    Right now I’m loving all the Easter treats.. and the fact that for once I can steal Jesse’s chocolate because he’s been eating the Cadbury eggs that are gluten free haha!
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 17

      Mu hahahaha those cadbury eggs are YOURS.

  17. Kaylee | 27th Apr 17

    I can relate to that black thumb, friend. I want to get another succulent plant but since my last one barely made it a week, I don’t know if I’m ready for that.

    “and the actual repercussions we are going to face as a species based on the amount of time we spend looking at screens.” <<<< YES. Can't even imagine what the next generations of kids are going to be like in 10 years time!

    And yes, as usual, I can relate to your thoughts again. I feel there are so many things I want to say and write about but my mind is bouncing from place to place. Glad you were able to find ways to calm your anxiety. ๐Ÿ™‚
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