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Week In Review: Definite Productivity

Hey friends,

I’m coming at you at the end of a very productive, busy week. Its that time of year for any school or training program where final projects and tests are flying at you at high speed (long gone are the days of elementary school where your final weeks are basically write offs.) My year of training at the Conservatory ends this coming Wednesday, and they have done a fabulous job at keeping our cortisol levels high up until the very last moment.  There will be a large amount of cuts made next week (fml)  – hence the heightened degree of tests, examinations, performances and showcases. 

So unlike some, this week’s Week In Review feels pretty easy. Low on pictures, perhaps, but a great deal of pride for all I finished and got through – surprisingly without as much stress as most of my other colleagues. I like to think a little extra age has taught me the wonders of time management and work efficiency (dusts off old creaking shoulders). 


Although, no productivity is as impressive as the one which our fabulous host has recently conquered.  Join our new beautiful MOM and beautiful baby girl for a celebration of success in all forms!

  • Wrote and passed (with flying colors) the written portion of my Fight Directors’ Canada Stage Combat exam. The second half of the examination will be this coming week which involves actually performing three full length fight scenes: one with Epee Sword Blades, one with Japanese Fighting Staffs and a third using solely what your mama gave you. 

swords productivity

“I see someone has taught you the sword… Zoro…”

  • Had several successful rehearsals for above mentioned fight exams. My scenes are feeling solid and kick-ass (pun totally intended). I’m basically a ninja. And Zoro. And Stone Cold Steven Austin. So if I don’t pass I’ll be able to at least who the adjudicators who’s boss……
  • Learned, created and performed a “one woman show” transitioning between 10 different classical characters (everything from the darkest of witches to the most flamboyant of Fops). 
  • Wrote a three page paper on voice resonance
  • Choreographed and rehearsed for a musical theatre showcase this coming week
  • Learned and rehearsed far too many lines of shakespearean poetry than even I would have liked


For Life:

  • Cleared and organized over a weeks’ worth of untouched emails. Unsubscribed from a number of unnecessary subscriptions to help keep down the junk (none of my beloved blog friends, don’t you worry)

cinnamon bun plate productivity

First afternoon off = Catching up on “real life” tasks with a side of “cinnamon-bun-as-big-as-your-face”

  • Sent all my necessary business emails including a job application – followed by booking an interview
  • Called and made two appointments for the beginning of May
  • Returned the call from my bank and finally sorted out a missing payment debacle
  • Tried to do laundry…. and then the machine stopped working. #wompwomp

For any bit of health and fun I could squeeze in

  • Saw a play, “The Enchanted,” by Jean Giradoux. Didn’t enjoy, but educational nonetheless.
  • Went out for Sushi with a past Director
  • Caught up on blog and journal reading –  clearing my desktop of numerous old saved links – and caught up on my sunday afternoon podcasts 
  • Went for a walk outdoors in the 20 degree C (!!!!!) weather we had on Sunday and had a good long phone conversation with a friend
  • Soaked myself in a hot epsom salt bath
  • Finally conquered the oatmeal bake! I was beginning to just think I was the only one in the (blog)world that didn’t love baked oatmeal (could never get the right texture), but the craving really hit hard this week and so thanks to Kate, I managed to find the trick to get the sturdy texture I’d been after. I halved this recipe, replacing the applesauce with 1 cup pumpkin puree and 1 egg in place of the oil. Long awaited accomplishment!

baked oats productivity

Baked Pumpkin Oats + sunbutter + banana

  • My favorite foodie moment, however, goes to the evening I listened to my cravings and instead of coming home to some sort of vegetable laden dinner as I had planned, realized ALL I wanted was oats, peanut butter and coffee. At 8 pm. Aka body was needing pure 100% comfort (either that or my busy week had been taking away all my relaxing morning time and I was suffering great remorse). So I bought myself a cup of decaf to-go and made up my breakfast-for-dinner plate and enjoyed it on the couch. Chocolate very much included. 

breakfast for dinner productivity

Comfort dinner at its finest. Breakfast doesn’t discriminate time of day. 

In the meal prep front. I enjoyed my two big “one pot meals” I prepped last weekend, so did something similar again. Both were excellent ways of finishing up fridge and old pantry items.

  • Made a huge batch of cauliflower fried rice using scrambled tofu and edamame

cauliflower fried rice productivity

Cauliflower Fried Rice based off this recipe

  • And a baked macaroni and cheese using a mix of lentil and rice pastas and cauliflower (#hiddenveggies). I made a sauce using swiss cheese triangles, cheddar, yogurt, milk and dijon. 

mac and cheese productivity

Cheesy Comfort

Year is coming to an end and that always leads to extra super-hero action. Check out @cleaneatsfast for the party! Click To Tweet

Pretty weird life I live isn’t it.  Sword fighting, Shakespearean reciting, hippy thespian by day… oatmeal and M&M eating, Gilmore Girl watching single-woman-blogger by night. That’s how all the best superheroes live isn’t it? I even live in a bat cave. 

Tell me,

If you could eat something the size of your face it would be a _______.

Who would win: Zoro, a Ninja Turtle or Batman?

Favorite dinner from last week?


  1. Emily Swanson | 18th Apr 16

    Ooh, now your cinnamon rolls that are about the size of my face look really good! And I love how you share all your acting ventures… πŸ™‚ Don’t stop! πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Thanks Emily! They are a bit hard to explain, but I’ll try to keep giving out tid bits of what I do. Thank you for your interest πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. chasetheredgrape | 18th Apr 16

    I love your week Cora – in fact I just love how everyone’s weeks are just so different and awesome in their own way! Stage fighting sounds like so much fun, I would love to learn that! Oh and I would want a hero turtle in my gang, just sayin’! And have I just given my age away by calling them ‘hero’ turtles…!!!?! :-S
    If I could eat something the size of my face it would probably be a giant thai omelette – dont even need a filling, just the egg based omelette is fine by me!

    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Isn’t that such a cool part of this link up? Its so interesting how different each of our weeks are – and though many of us think our weeks are so “normal” they are often very very interesting to the rest of us.
      You’d kick ass at any sort of fight – on stage or not. I wouldn’t want to face you.
      Hero turtles!? Is that what they used to be called? I thought I was aging myself by just bringing up ninja turtles…

  3. Kate | 18th Apr 16

    If I could eat something the size of my face it would hands down be my own personal watermelon. My favorite food ever!
    All of your assignments sound really interesting- especially the one-woman play. Monologues are no joke, but how fun that you get to play so many characters?I am so excited for you to be so close to the finish line. We are crossing it together! Do you have anymore years at the conservatory or is it time to start auditioning as a career?
    M&Ms and a pancake for dinner… I’d take it! Especially if coffee is involved.
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Aha great answer! Ah watermelon. That makes me think of summer. Soon soon soon!
      Yep – if I make it through this year I have one final year next year. Although that year is comprised fully of putting on public performances (less class work) so more of a transition into being a part of the real theatre company. And more time to begin your own auditioning on the side and get your career started.

  4. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 18th Apr 16

    I love that you’re basically a ninja in training right now. That’s awesome. We’ll have to combine my vanilla gorilla skills with your cat like reflexes and fight evil together. πŸ™‚

    I did some unsubscribing from junk email myself last week. Go us! I did not make Mac & Cheese, although considering the other things I have on my plate, it’s totally understandable. Perhaps you could send me a batch. πŸ™‚

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up!!

    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      We would conquer ALL. We’d have to get Ave a little super hero outfit and cape to be our mascot.
      Gah those emails pile up so fast. Feels so good to press “unsubscribe.”

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 18th Apr 16

    I love that breakfast for dinner meal, where you just listened to your cravings. My goodness, the cauliflower fried rice and that cheesy comfort look amazing. You sure did accomplish a lot this week – great job! I want to see more plays. The musical theatre performance sounds so fun! Good luck on your fight scenes this week – I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colors. And that cinnamon bun..!!
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Does Charlotte have a good theatre scene? It could make for a nice little date night for you two??
      Thanks for the good luck wishes… fingers crossed!

  6. Jillian | 18th Apr 16

    If I could eat something the size of my face it would be… a pancake.
    Totally batman.
    And my fave dinner was a veggie and mozz omelette + a sweet potato with PB!! Sooo good.
    Have an amazing week, girlfriend!! xo

    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Ohhh ya pancake definitely wins. Because that means more toppings!
      That dinner sounds perfect… all my favorite things and pure comfort food. Mmmmm.

  7. SuzLyfe | 18th Apr 16

    Basically, your life is my childhood dream if you could also add in Olympic gold medalist in show jumping. I want to fight with swords!
    If I could eat something the size of my face it would be a salad because then I wouldn’t have to choose just one thing!
    Growing up, I watched the Ninja Turtles (and I loved their Renaissance artist names. And I like Pizza). I wouldn’t want to live in Gotham or in the sewers, so that kind of takes care of that. Thus, Zorro.
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      I’m pretty sure you’d be the ultimate sword fighter / ninja. We could take over the world. You’d be the fast one I’d give the high kicks. Just need some capes and a theme song…

  8. Heather@hungryforbalance | 18th Apr 16

    I’m going to go with Batman for the win! Don’t ask me why…
    Congrats on your week of bad-ass-ery!! I bet your one woman show was awesome- I wish I could have seen it!

    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Batman’s got the voice and the car… so why not?
      Thanks Heather! It was all quite fun.

  9. Miss Polkadot | 18th Apr 16

    Lady, you’re wow-ing me each week anew and I’m not just saying this. Making me wonder: do your weeks somehow have more than 168 hours? If not then please teach me how to get so. insanely. much done yet still find some time to breathe and relax.
    I’m trying to picture that ninja-fighting action because it sounds so cool. Is that a regular part of actors’ training or a special class your theatre offers to prepare for certain future plays? I’d have really liked to see your one-woman-show, too. How many different classes – if you’re calling them that – do you have and which kinds? Meeting up with a former director sounds like the atmosphere at the theatre was a really good one.
    On a last note your take on mac and cheese looks and sounds amazing. I’ll be over for dinner some time this week then, okay?!
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Haha honestly sometimes I’m not sure how it happens. I get one day off – my glorious sunday – in which I fit in basically my weeks’ worth of relaxation/baking/cooking/writing. I chip away at little things all week (I have a patience issue that doesn’t let me focus on one thing for too long) so eventually by the end of the week I’ve managed to get a few things done.
      The stage combat is not a regular part of an actor’s training – but a very very good investment and something that will make you more employable. So I chose to get this extra. You never know where some form of combat will be used and future directors’ want to know you’ve been trained.
      I have been taking so many different classes. My “core” classes involve voice work (breathe and resonance), speech work (dialects etc) and movement work (breathing and alignment). Ontop of that I take courses on shakespearean text, combat, mask and clown work (these are more on rotation with each other) And then ontop of these classes I am constantly rehearsing for a show that focuses on a different genre of theatre or classical playwright. So this involves actually delving into a character a performance style.
      I’m so humbled that you are so interested. I love explaining what I do – its just a bit hard when word count comes into play πŸ™‚

  10. Emma @Em-powered Wellness | 18th Apr 16

    I’ll eat breakfast foods any time of the day, and often do. Never a bad choice. So cool that you are basically training to be a ninja..

    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      I could have breakfast all day every day if my conscious didn’t say “what about your veggies…” Damn that conscience.

  11. Stephanie Leduc | 19th Apr 16

    Good job, this definitely was a productive week!
    So now you can sword fight!? How cool!
    I’m loving the likes of that dinner, if I lived alone I think that would happen all too often!

    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      Haha living with others would definitely keep you responsible with proper dinners. Oh the life of a bachelorette…. chocolate and oats any day!

  12. Ellie | 19th Apr 16

    If I could eat something the size of my face right at this moment it would be coconut butter. I had a craving this morning, satisfied it and then decided to resatisfy it laster πŸ˜‰ A ninja would definitely win! Jackie Chan all the way! Side note, please tell me you watched Jackie Chan Adventures? My favorite cartoon as a kid. Good luck this week with the fights! Give em hell!
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    • Cora | 19th Apr 16

      I thought you’d say a scone! Or a banana. So what about a scone topped with coconut butter the size of your face?
      I’m glad you are making good use of that coconut butter now – I’m still trying to get through my jar. What’s your favorite way to have it/put it on?
      Wait Jackie Chan had a cartoon!?! Ummm….. I must find this.

  13. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 19th Apr 16

    Something the size of my face? Might have to agree with you on the cinnamon roll thing. Or some really good pizza. It’s been a while since I’ve had really good pizza.
    It’s so interesting to me hearing about all you’re learning at the Conservatory. If you have to take an exam, having an exam on stage combat sounds kind of awesome. And congrats on your one woman show! I would love to see you perform!

    • Cora | 20th Apr 16

      How about we go out for pizza and cinnamon buns? I like those two things very much.
      Thanks Joyce! I have to admit being tested on kicking someone else’s ass is a pretty neat way to go…

  14. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 19th Apr 16

    Sounds like you got a ton done! I hope everything continues to pan out well for you as things come to a close. I think if I could eat something the size of my face it would be a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. πŸ™‚
    Congrats on the baked oatmeal…i cant stop eating it for breakfast for the past few weeks…its so delicious!
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    • Cora | 20th Apr 16

      Oh man my FAVOURITE muffin. There is a cafe here that has seriously does have one the size of my face… so I know where’d I’d take you if you were to visit.

  15. Lyss | 19th Apr 16

    All those eats look great!! If I could eat something the size of my face it would probably be a sweet potato with pools of peanut butter hehe. Also it sounds like you got a ton ton! I hope you have a great start to your week!
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    • Cora | 20th Apr 16

      Ooooo good choice. I think my sweet potatoes are usually the size of my face. Just need bigger pools of pb.

  16. Juli | 19th Apr 16

    Oh my god! I never really realized how much different things you need to learn, practice and rehearse as an actress. Knowing the lines by heart seems like the tiniest, easiest to manage now πŸ˜› I cross my fingers for you next week!

    I really enjoy your WIR posts. It’s a glimps in a total different world for me. And I’d eat a cookie the size of my face… ooops but I did that already πŸ˜‰
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  17. gracefulcoffee | 19th Apr 16

    If I could eat something the size of my face it would be a cheese pizza! Sometimes those “personal size” ones are just too small πŸ˜‰

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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    • Cora | 20th Apr 16

      Oh heck ya – I need two of those “personal” babies to satisfy me!

  18. Chelsea Cross | 20th Apr 16

    Busy week indeed but productive!

    size of my face, I want to say ice cream (given) but honestly oatmeal can never be too big…must have all the toppings included πŸ˜‰

    Fav dinner: scallops and super crispy rosemary kabocha wedges yum. It’s a twice a week indulgence…only because scallops cost too much for my wallets liking haha

    • Cora | 22nd Apr 16

      Oooo a bowl of oatmeal HAS to be the size of my face. Or bigger.
      Scallops and kabocha? Um. I absolutely love scallops but never get to have them. And kabocha… well thats true love right there. Cook for me?

  19. Chelsea Cross | 22nd Apr 16

    Come on over πŸ˜€ haha. True love indeed and even better grilled. Have you ever had grilled kabocha. You will never want to go back so maybe that’s not a good idea… πŸ˜›
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