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Week In Review: Opera, Pizza, and Talking Out the Toxins

Goodmorning friends,

I hope this Monday finds you well and that your past week was higher on the pleasant vs non-pleasant side.  

I had a pretty nice week. It had some very interesting events within it, but through them, I retained a nice – almost new – underlying current of peaceful energy. No doubt I am still charged from my visit with parents last week, but this time it seems the shift went to a new place. I may need to do some more thinking on it later this week, but for now, I’d like to link up with Meg to see the accomplishments I made last week. I feel proud of the little things I got myself to do, so here is to me (and you) and my (our) continual growth. *clink!*

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• I started the week on the right foot bum cheek with some serious relaxation with my family before they had to take off. I stayed in their condo Air B&B all day, getting some work done and catching up on blogs. The only jaunt out I took was to grab a latte and put in some wash at my apartment. Otherwise, this image filled my inner smile so very much. 

• Did above mentioned laundry, and even put it all away. 

• Finished and handed in a paper on speaking in a northern irish accent. Word of advice: don’t work around other people when you are trying to sort out vowel shifts and diphthong adjustments. You will look crazy. 

• Finished the first week of table work for my next (and last) two productions of the year. I am very lucky to have been cast in both productions, whereas the expectation (and reality for most) was to be just cast in one. It does mean a much larger time commitment, but I am thankful to be able to have both experiences. 

• I got coffee with an agent who, as per my invitation, came to see my show the previous week. 

• I also emailed a very intimidating reputable agent who I saw had come to see my show (she reps my director), yet who I almost did not contact because of that voice inside saying  “what’s the point? You contacting her is a joke. You aren’t anywhere near what she would have interest in.” But I sought out her email, she responded, and even though I may not fit into her agency right now, I made it very clear that I am not going anywhere and that I am determined in my career. She put it upon herself to offer to meet up for a chat, which is very kind of her. 

• I went to my very first Opera!! After all these years, I still had never been to one – nor had Dan. We both had had it on our life bucket lists for a while now, so for Christmas I bought us two tickets to see The Magic Flute at the Canadian Opera Company. It was so lavish!! Definitely the highest spectacle piece of theatre I’ve seen. And the building. Oh my gosh. Five orchestra platforms, glass staircases… let’s just say these two poor hippies felt quite le fancy. 

• Before the show, Dan and I tried a new falafel restaurant. Good to know we kept up with our level of class for at least half the evening. 

• I have a big ass log of goat cheese and two massive, perfectly ripe avocados in my fridge, so I made very good use of each through the week. 

The return of the crack salad

• I published a WIAW post about society’s judgment on wheat, as well as thoughts about viewing other peoples’ eating habits and feeling like I eat more than anyone. And responded to comments. 

• Oh, I finally ground some peppercorns to refill my pepper shaker. Pat on back!!

• I went to Guelph to spend the night with Dan, where we ordered pizza and I tried my first “mead” –  a fermented honey beverage, similar to beer (8% alc). I loved it. 

• After eating half the pizza – no exaggeration – I promptly fell asleep and was out cold for TWELVE hours. I’m not sure what was up. I was exhausted. And starving, apparently. I know I had had a lot of thoughts brewing in me throughout the week – I was feeling pretty hurt about a few things, but not talking about them – so I think they were just burning me out without realizing it. 

Custom make: caramelized onions, mushrooms, broccoli, green pepper, sundried tomatoes, feta 

• Went out for brunch and had a big, rather hard, conversation with Dan about those things that had been weighing heavily on my mind. I felt much more myself afterwards, so I know this was a main cause of my exhaustion.  You gotta talk out the toxins. 

• I got together with my two best girlfriends, who I hardly ever see even though we now live minutes away from each other, to watch the Oscars and drink wine out of plastic cups #class. I haven’t felt like a very good friend lately, so this was long over due. I got to see my girls AND my beloved Oscars. 

Edit to add: Well wasn’t than an ending!! #mostawkwardmomentever?

Week In Review with @cleaneatsfastfeets. Opera, Pizza, Relaxation and talking out those mental thoughts. #selfcare #theatre #culture #goodeats Click To Tweet

Tell me,

Have you ever seen an Opera?

What do you feel proud of from last week?

Do mental thoughts ever exhaust you? 










  1. Kate | 27th Feb 17

    Sounds like a fabulous week to me! And I gotta say, “talking out the toxins” is phrase I want to start using. Terry and I had a convo yesterday that left me feeling relieved too!
    I’ve never been to the Opera, but it definitely intrigues me… I don’t know if there is one to go to around me. But I’m sure I would love it!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      I don’t know how I came up with that phrase about a year ago… it just came to me and ever since has stuck. Conversations – even if we don’t “think” they are really affecting us – can have SUCH power in lightening our mood and energy. We need to get that stuff OUT. Operas are fun! So elaborate, haha. You and Terry should go!

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 27th Feb 17

    I’m so proud of you for contacting those agents! GET IT GIRL! And having that talk with Dan. I had a similar convo with Alex–I needed to cleanse and share some burdens by getting them out in the open. In this case, I needed help with the load.
    I have a fun opera story! I have been to one, and it was in NYC. Not the Met, but one step down, but it was at Lincoln Center. Alex was visiting me and we were walking and hanging out at the fountain, talking about how we would love to go to an opera one day. We walked over to the opera house and there were two people coming out and they offered us their tickets! Turned out they had to leave! We had amazing seats, first balcony (not ground level), just right of center, first row. It wasn’t the best opera, but it was an incredible experience!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      I think if there is something on our mind, we NEED someone to “help with the load.” Even if they don’t say a damn thing, they help us by just letting us get that stuff out.
      That story is amazing!! Oh my gosh. Talk about good karma!!! I’m not sure if I would even know a really good opera from a not really good one… to me it was more just the experience I wanted to have. And I’m glad I did!

  3. Emily Swanson | 27th Feb 17

    I’ve never seen an Opera, but I’ve heard a lot of opera on the radio; it always sound so majestic and beautiful. AND I am so thankful girl that you were able to approach the agent. It makes me really excited to hear about how you’re growing and really pursuing acting with such a passion . I want to see you act some day.
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      Thank you Emily! It makes me happy too. The Opera was majestic! Such a fancy thing to do, at least once in your life.

  4. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 27th Feb 17

    Sounds like a great week , my friend! I am proud of you for reaching out to that agent because who knows what will come of it in the future. And the opera? How fun! I’ve never been and would like to go someday. You and Dan sure know how to do pizza.
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      Thanks, Sarah. That is what I’m trying to continually tell myself: “Who knows what could happen!” We just never know when one little action may lead to something unexpected. Actually, that’s usually how things work. Its hardly ever when we try and try and expect and force things that we get what we hope for. Life’s funny like that.

  5. Jamie@TheMomGene | 27th Feb 17

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to the opera. It’s kind of a dream. Mostly for the fancy atmosphere and costumes than anything else. I am a serious lover of ambiance. I love how you spent your week. It sounds both relaxing and productive. “You gotta talk out the toxins”–this is so true…it’s like opening a valve to release the pressure.
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      That’s really why I wanted to go! More just for the lavish experience of it all. Something I think everyone should experience at least once in life.
      Perfect metaphor. We’ve got to let that gas OUT.

  6. Kat | 27th Feb 17

    Going to be honest – totally didn’t make it past the part of this post where you mentioned contacting that agency person who came to your show, even though the little voice in your head was telling you not to. Cause YOU GO GIRL!! If you could see me right now you’d see me fist pumping. Seriously, way to slay those inner demons and tell them to stfu. SO PROUD OF YOU!!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      Hehe. Not finishing the post is A-OKAY with me if there’s fist pumping involved! Thanks girl. You the best. <3

  7. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 27th Feb 17

    I think we shared a similar experience in that our family members really lifted us up last week. Hooray for support and love.

    I have never been to the opera but my mom always listened to them when we were kids so I’ve heard them. Wow, those vocals are impressive.

    I think it’s great you met with reputable agent. Go you. A face to face meeting is always bound to leave an impression.

    Half a pizza plus 12 straight hours of sleep sounds ideal to me. When you need it, you really need it, and I’m even happier you talked it our with Dan. The mental stuff can absolutely take a toll.

    Happy Monday!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      I can’t believe how they can just prance around, singing as if they are hardly needing to breathe, and just fill a massive theatre without any mics. It is really incredible!
      I guess my body really needed that pizza and sleep. ‘Cause I was OUT.

  8. Evangeline | 27th Feb 17

    You peaked my interest…a whole paper on an accent? That’s something I don’t even think about, but I guess as an actress, you gotta know about those things. OPERA!!! Ooh I’m jealous. It’s definitely on my bucket list. Talking out the toxins is challenging. I want so badly to “handle” my worries/concerns/feelings all myself, but it usually backfires. Proud of you for doing the little things like laundry and responding to comments and contacting scary people. Those things matter.
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      I do too. Or at least I used to… until I really started to see/learn from experience that keeping all those crazy/nasty thoughts inside me did SO much bad. They trick us, and they just get worse. We aren’t able to really see what we are thinking anymore and thus just get exhausted and dragged into a dark cloud. We don’t even need someone to respond to us, but we need an outlet to get those thoughts out of us.

  9. Juli@1000lovelythings | 27th Feb 17

    It’s so good to talk about things that are nagging inside. And I often feel like when I finally (and it takes me forever) open up I a) only realize how much things have weighed me down and b) often can only really grasp the problem in all it’s glory when I try to explain it to someone else.
    Kudos for emailing the agent. Even though you might not be a fit right now, who knows what this personal chat might lead to. Maybe she remembers you in a few years and it will be a good fit then. But if you had chickend out you’d not have had the opportunity to leave any impression.
    I am dreaming of pizza and 12h of sleep now.
    Have a fab week, Cora!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      Its so true. We usually don’t even realize HOW much some thoughts were dragging us down until after we get them out of us and we’re like, “Oh wow… I have so much more energy now. And I feel… happy again!?” When they stay in our heads they just get more and more unclear so we really need to vocalize them out loud in order to even understand what we were thinking again.
      Re: the agent… that’s exactly what I’m hoping for! Even if it takes a couple years, at least she will now know who I am. Thank you!

  10. Ellie Pell | 27th Feb 17

    I have never been to the Opera, but I have seen the musical Phantom of the Opera. I enjoyed it, but I don’t know how well I would do at an actual Opera. I would most likely fall asleep =P
    I am so worn out sometimes when my mind gets going. It isn’t even negative things sometimes, just figuring things out or planning stuff takes a lot of energy. It’s always better to talk stuff out. I’m sure Dan appreciated it too 🙂
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      That is probably the closest you can get to a real Opera with a Musical Theatre production. Yeah…. I wouldn’t suggest people going to an Opera because I think they would love the performance, but just to experience the lavishness!!
      Mental effort takes SO much energy man. I’m always shocked how even a full day sitting at a table, thinking hard, wipes me right out.

  11. Casey the College Celiac | 27th Feb 17

    I feel proud of holding down the fort while my parents were on vacation!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      Nice!! Fist pump.

  12. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 27th Feb 17

    Cool for getting to go to the opera. My brother was a voice performance major, and I was often surprised by how entertaining I found operas. I think I still had that stereotype in my head that you get when you’re a little kid: operas = boring; contemporary theater = fun and exciting. So not true!
    Sounds like there were some tough things this week, and I’m glad you got to talk them out with Dan.
    And you are so brave for emailing that agent! That would cause me so much anxiety–you go girl! Who knows what could happen? 🙂
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      I’m sure operas could be boring.. aha… but you can’t deny that those performers are incredible!! To be able to move around and sing like that without a mic! Truly mesmerizing. And its rather entertaining how they take 10 minutes to say one line….. haha.
      Who knows what could happen. That’s the motto I’m trying to live on right now. Thanks girl.

  13. Kristy from Southern In Law | 28th Feb 17

    Going to the opera is on my bucket list too! Like you I’ve never been!

    Go girl for emailing that agent and stepping way out of your comfort zone – and that is such an awesome response too!!

    “Talk out the toxins” needs to be my new term. I have a weekly debrief with one of my girlfriends where we always seem to do exactly that.
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      I think we should all write “talk out the toxins” on t-shirts. Coffee dates/debriefs with friends are SO good for that. I have a friend who I get coffee with and we literally just take our time to talk talk talk talk and then say… OKAY…. now you.

  14. Lyss | 1st Mar 17

    Really proud of you for reaching out to that agent girl!! Something I’m proud of from last week? Getting through my exams and papers! Have a happy Wednesday!
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    • Cora | 1st Mar 17

      Yeaahhh congrats girl!!! Do you get some relaxation time now!?!

  15. Kaylee | 4th Mar 17

    Those avocados though. (*insert avocado emoji here*) I had a delicious falafel wrap for lunch last week too. Falafel is amazing. Period.

    I’ve been to a couple of operas and have decided that I really am just not an opera person. There’s just something about it that makes me so darn tired–on the verge of falling asleep. I do love a good play or musical though!

    “talking out the toxins” <<< LOVE that. It is awesome that you are able to find support in your life for this. And congrats on reaching out to that agent! That takes guts!!!
    Hmmm, it's not that my mental thoughts are exhausting; it's more that I find I have so many thoughts that I want to hold onto but struggle to do so (if that makes any sense out loud like it does in my head…)
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    • Cora | 4th Mar 17

      Mmmm yes falafellll. Drool.
      Haha. I don’t think I’ll be looking to go to the opera each week now. It was really just a “need to do at least once in my life” kind of thing, so now that I’ve experienced it… that’s probably enough.

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