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WIR: Nerves, Smiles, Friends and Food

Last week was a good week. Busy, but good. Like I have learned countless times before, it is truly amazing how light you feel when you are immersed in your passion. The majority of my week was centered around the three days of performance I had – which meant 12 hour days at the theatre and zero time for anything else. But boy was I so happy after each performance.  It was also a week where I received a lot of help from – and connected with – friends. Just in little ways. Perhaps so small they didn’t even notice they were helping. But I noticed, and I sure did appreciate it. Those small things really can put a smile on someone’s face. 

It was one of those weeks where showering and getting the dishes done at least twice felt like striking gold (a shiny sink never looked so pretty). Hennnnnce the severe lack of pictures I realized I had when starting to write this post…. sorry

So even though my week was totally single-focused without much additional productivity – all the more reason to join Meg and pat myself on the back for checking off what I DID do! 

Week In Review friends

  • Conquered two long tech and dress rehearsals, followed by a three day run of a show workshopping different Canadian Plays. I played the part of a young woman (from the play “Haunted” by Daniel Karasik) who is seeing visions of her deceased father and is fighting to have her girlfriend believe that they are real. It was a vulnerable part, as well as my first time playing a character in a same sex relationship. It was a wonderful experience and I was very glad to be given the opportunity to challenge myself in this way. I was proud of my work. Now I just hope it was enough to be asked back into the conservatory next year :s.  Sigh. I’m nervous.

That’s a lie. I’m incredibly and permanently nervous. 

  • Went out with my cast friends and directors for beer and nachos – which my one colleague and I devoured an entire tray of without a second thought. No picture unfortunately. Too busy with good conversation. And… nachos. 
  • Cleaned my bathroom mirrors and wiped the bathroom floor (anyone else clean when they are literally too busy to? I think it’s a stress reliever for me). 
  • Wiped my kitchen counters and washed the dishes enough times to be able to fill the sink again. 

tea mugs by sink friends

Good thing I have a lot of mugs…

  • Made my bed. ….. this morning. 
  • Published 4 blog posts, including “The World of a Super Feeler,” which has been receiving the most fascinating comments. I am so honored and grateful to have had such an open discussion on this important topic – thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences.  
  • Replied to all my comments. And on that note…
  • I discovered, thanks to a lovely blog friend, that notifications were no longer being sent when I replied to my comments! Boo! I wouldn’t have had any idea without this kind bit of help. So I installed the Comment Reply Notifcation plugin to hopefully fix this. Yet another kink when transferring to a self hosted site. 
  • Sent the three emails that were on my to do list. Not the fun kind, either. 
  • Filled out my volunteer application for the Winnipeg Folk Festival (best hippy weekend of the year!!)
  • Memorized three script sides 
  • Studied for my upcoming exam to become certified in stage combat (aka kick ass ninja). I’ll let you know if I pass. If not – don’t ask. 

coffee shop work friends

Getting ready for a crazy week. Script reading happy place. 

Note: Also the location of my first full caf coffee in 7 weeks. I was so excited…. and even more so after. 

  • Again thanks to a dear friend, I discovered a new fascinating pod cast: The Trauma Therapist Project. The latest taping with Jane Clapp (who does fascinating work with fitness and emotional healing) touched on the use of breathe and movement – and if you’ve been following me you know my belief and interest in these topics. Anyone interested in psychology (specially to do with trauma) I highly recommend checking out this podcast. 
  • Did an impressive job of fridge scrounging and freezer diving to somehow feed myself all week – without having to buy out once. There were some interesting combinations let me tell you. One of the tastiest examples, I shall call the “last of” supper  salad.

leftovers salad friends

Random last 1/4 of a sweet potato, one lonely brussel sprout, last of my smoked tofu, last of the kale, last of my peas, edamame and sauerkraut (thank goodness not the last of this stuff).  All massaged in EVOO, ACV, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Mwah!

  • PLOWED through 2 hours of epic meal prep on Sunday to hopefully get me through this upcoming busy week. 

Which involved my first cauliflower mash that actually STAYED WHITE, my new favorite make shift BBQ beans (so cheap, so easy) and some experimental WOK fun. 

meal prep friends

Meal Prep: Tuna salad made with 2% greek yogurt and avocado, baked sweet potatoes, fried eggs, broccoli, cauliflower mash, BBQ beans

Holy can you say cheap proteins week? #onabudget

bbq beans friends

Kidney Beans (any bean of choice) mixed with diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, onion, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, cumin, chili, paprika, stevia

noodles wok friends

Soba noodle peanut stir fry (carrots/broccolli/pepper/onion/garlic/tofu/edamame/peas + peanut/ginger sauce)

A Woka-woka!

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Next week is going to be far more insane than this past one. I am in my last week and a half of my conservatory season, and although I thought I’d be pretty “free and easy” once this last performance was over – I was completely in the wrong. I have more small performances, evaluations and exams crammed in this next week than I have had all year. I’ll basically be living in the studio – and probably not getting much sleep.  Its a good thing this is my happy place (but pass me the wine when its over, k?).

Have a wonderful week, friends. 

Tell me,

Do you find you clean more when you are busy?

When’s the last time you felt permanently nervous?

Anyone else hate cleaning out tea balls? 

 

 

 

 

27 COMMENTS

  1. Emily Swanson | 11th Apr 16

    IT is amazing, absolutely amazing to get to do what the Lord has gifted me in, and that is writing, cooking, and just being with my family. <3 And you are going to be certified in stage combat? What does that entail? Also, did you see the little tweet I sent you on Twitter? :))) Hope you have a good week.
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    • Cora | 12th Apr 16

      It is truly a gift to be able to do what you love… and to let yourself do it I think is more the gift. Many people feel they “shouldn’t,” and end up choosing something they were not meant to do. But we only have one life so we might as well spend it doing what we love.
      I will hopefully be certified if I pass all my tests!

  2. chasetheredgrape | 11th Apr 16

    Oh yay that’s why I am now getting emails from you when you reply to my comments! I used to just scroll back… But love getting the emails now 🙂
    Fingers crossed all goes well with the remaining performances and exams – insane times but oh so exciting! I don’t mind being insanely busy when I am doing what I love 🙂 enjoy every minute!

    • Cora | 12th Apr 16

      Oh good I’m glad the emails are working!
      Thank you for the crossed fingers! You are right – this kind of busy when it is doing things you love is how it should be. Crazy – but no complaints. 🙂

  3. SuzLyfe | 11th Apr 16

    Break a leg! BREAK SO MANY LEGS. You know what I mean. My mom emailed me about your Super Feeler post ( you know that she reads every comment that I get on my blog, lol). She has talked about the concept with me before, but now she is delving back into the topic!
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    • Cora | 12th Apr 16

      Thank you!! I will try to break ALL the legs.
      I was so, so humbled when your mom commented on my post!! Not only is it just so cool that your mom commented – a celebrity by default – but it was so wonderful to a have a mother and someone from that older generation share about their own experience!!

  4. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 11th Apr 16

    Your three day workshop sounds so fascinating. I wish I could see you act in real life, Cora! Also, beer and nachos? Some of my favorite things – definitely worth going out for, especially with good company. I’m so proud and drooling over your freezer combo’s. Obviously, I’m on the same page of throwingn everything in a bowl – yours does sound very appetizing though!
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    • Cora | 12th Apr 16

      One day… when I tour the states I’ll get you free tickets 🙂
      I don’t go out too often but when I do, beer and nachos are almost a necessity.

  5. snackiebird | 11th Apr 16

    Staying healthy on the budget is my rate 😉 But I think it is great challenge because you learn so much about food and cooking in process.
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    • Cora | 12th Apr 16

      It’s so true!! It’s really not hard – and it teaches you how to be a little more creative. There are so many options out there using the cheapest whole foods you can find!

  6. katalysthealth | 11th Apr 16

    Oh my goodness I miss soba noodles. I wish those suckers were gluten-free! And good job of creating meals without having to buy out! When my hubby is out of town thats what I do, and I come up with some crazy combos, but they totally work!
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    • Cora | 12th Apr 16

      Girl – they ARE gluten free!! Buckwheat is a pseudo grain – so unless you get a brand that isn’t 100% buckwheat you are golden!!
      Love crazy combos when left to your own devices 🙂

  7. Kate Bennett | 11th Apr 16

    Best of luck to you in this crazy week! I am having one too. So much due 🙁
    I’ve been loving your blog posts, as always. Great job with meal prep. I meal prepped a baked oatmeal which always saves me 10 minutes in the morning. Every minute counts!
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    • Cora | 13th Apr 16

      Yes same to you!! It is that time of year. But soon we”ll both be in summerrrrr mode.
      Thanks Kate – really appreciate that.
      I’ve been craving baked oatmeal. I always find mine get too spongey – I need to find a recipe that doesn’t do that.

  8. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 11th Apr 16

    Sounds like an incredibly productive week! I think it is so so cool that you are (almost) trained in stage combat. My dream job as a kid was to become a stunt double. I also clean at weird time, though less when I am busy and more when I’m really tired after work at stupid o’clock! Hope you post lots of updates from the folk festival when it rolls around.
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    • Cora | 13th Apr 16

      Haha being a stunt double would be insane. I’m pretty excited to hopefully – fingers crossed – become certified. I like to think of myself as a ninja.

  9. Heather@hungryforbalance | 11th Apr 16

    I do feel like I’m permanently nervous or anxious. It’s very frustrating.
    I’m glad you had a good, albeit busy week! I’m crossing my fingers and toes about your continued stay at the conservatory and the stage combat!

    • Cora | 13th Apr 16

      Oie. That’s so not a fun state to be in. Tell those anxious thoughts to jet!!
      Thank you!! I’m taking all the crossed ligaments I can get!

  10. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 12th Apr 16

    Hope you finish off well! That bean mixture sounds really good–im also all aobut cheap proteins! haha 🙂 I used to be a dancer and was often permanently nervous–i know exactly how you feel!
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    • Cora | 13th Apr 16

      Agh then you absolutely do! I used to be a dancer as well… you never really get used to those nerves.
      Cheap proteins are so amazing! I forget about them too often.

  11. Ellie | 12th Apr 16

    I sometimes find that if I have exactly a half hour before work, I get a lot of great cleaning done. Then when I have three hours, I wash one dish and it takes incredible effort =P Congratulations on the show!!! I bet it was great and you were amazing. I can’t wait to see what is in store for you next 🙂
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    • Cora | 13th Apr 16

      RIGHT!? That’s how I work with everything. The less time the more I do?
      Thanks Ellie 🙂

  12. gracefulcoffee | 13th Apr 16

    Sounds like a super productive week, Cora! That stir-fry looks AMAZING 😀

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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    • Cora | 13th Apr 16

      Thanks Edye! Same to you1

  13. Miss Polkadot | 14th Apr 16

    Damn internet [or whatever else is to blame here]! I wrote a semi-novel-length comment on this post two days ago and only now notice it never got posted. Well, I hope you still felt my crossed fingers’ luck in your week so far.
    Every of your Weeks in Review is packed with so many potential topics to further delve into/poke you about. Stage combat? Tell me more! Actually, I’m curious about your whole life at the theatre but you knew that from my mails already.
    Also: a hippie festival? I think you’d really enjoy the area I was born in ;).
    Since I’m a smidgen scatterbrained tonight I’ll leave it as this. Happy Thursday!

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  15. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 18th Apr 16

    I stress clean for sure. Or stress organize or stress declutter. It gives me a false sense of control. Even though I know it’s false, it makes me feel better.

    You were machine last week and I can’t even imagine you packing more in. I hope this most recent week went well since you mentioned it was going to be more hectic.

    I love a good, cheap protein.

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