Adjustments and new things

Hello everyone,

I just saw that it has been two months since my last post. Woah! It’s kind of crazy how quickly time runs away. There’s been a fair amount going on in that time, but also – not a hell of a lot. It’s been one crazy adjustment from the busyness that was working at Peaches ‘n’ Gin. I’ve been spending a lot more time with my family, which has been wonderful. And I actually get to go to things I am invited to by friends! Excuse my excitement – it’s been about 4 years since I’ve really had time to do that a lot. I’m thrilled that they still want to invite me stuff and haven’t left me for dead. I won’t lie – there have been times where I’ve been feeling…not bored per se, maybe just antsy. So I’ve tried to fill that time with trying new things and revisiting old hobbies that fell along the wayside.

I recently signed up for a belly dance class, and while I have unfortunately missed 2 from having the flu, I have been really enjoying it. I hadn’t realised how much I had forgotten and it’s been so nice to wake my body up and say “Hey! Remember this?” I did feel a little anxiety going in because when I left the scene it seemed to me to be incredibly hostile, and if you went to one school you weren’t welcome at another and there was all this in-fighting going on. But the class is lovely and everyone has been very friendly and welcoming. I’ve even seen some faces from the old days!

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My wonderful husband Jarryd outdid himself and bought me an adorable vintage style, incredibly hipster bike for my birthday and I love it so much! I’ve been riding it everywhere and it’s so invigorating and uplifting to be outside. I live near the Torrens bike path so it’s a really nice ride almost anywhere. It’s incredible what moving about and being in the sunshine can do for you. It really pulled me out of a blue spot when I was feeling a bit lost.

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The one thing I love having time for again is reading. I used to be an avid reader (especially when I caught public transport a lot more) but over the last few years I haven’t read many new books and it has taken me ages to get through them. I’ve been enjoying the time I have and reading a lot more, as well as listening to audiobooks. Some great ones I have read recently include The Rosie Project by Graeme Simpson (I highly recommend the audiobook – the narration is great!), The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (heartbreakingly beautiful), Yes Please by Amy Poehler (again – the audiobook is hilarious as Poehler narrates it herself with a ton of special guests), and I’m currently re-reading one of my all-time favourites, The Gnole by Alan Aldridge. What are you guys reading at the moment? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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What kinds of hobbies do you guys fill your time with?

Update! I’m still alive and still failing at adulting

Hey everyone!

Apologies for the long absence, things have been crazy at Luna-tic central. Sapphire Snow and I are amping up ready for the Miss Burlesque South Australia competition which is kicking off May 23rd, so right now that it taking up a lot of space. I’m really excited about this year – almost everyone competing is new to the competition and I think they’re going to blow everyone away with their routines. Eeee! If you’re interested in checking it out, you can like the Facebook page here or buy tickets here!

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The other new thing that has happened is that I have recently started working several days in an office, which is excellent research for my show and an excellent introduction to this whole “adult” thing. So far I’ve made lots of cups of tea and have answered the phone like an important person.

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I have had some fun though – I went to the Medieval fair with all of my nerdy awesome friends! We all got dressed up and drank mead and cheered on people in armour as they whacked each other with swords. It was super fun! I want to do it every weekend!

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My husband knows how to rock ye olde cool

I’m also very excited as my sister and niece will be in town over the next week (they live in Townsville), so stocking up on sister and niece cuddles as much as I can before they go is Very Important.

I promise I’ll write again soon, I’ve got some behind the scenes stuff from “Adult-ish” that might interest you, and some other bits and bobs and ramblings. Ciao!

Costuming: Luck Be A Lady

I mentioned in my last post that I am revamping some old routines for my solo show, and I just made a new costume for my routine “Luck Be A Lady”. I first performed this routine in 2010 at the first Miss Burlesque SA competition. I performed it for a while but the costume pretty much fell apart – probably because I made it primarily with a hot glue gun and a stapler!

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Performing at Miss Burlesque Australia 2010. Hahah that guy 😀

After the costume fell apart I kept meaning to remake it, but just never got around to it. So the act sat in pieces in the back of my wardrobe. I recently decided I wanted to pull it out again, so I set about to make a whole new costume.

My crappy drawing haha! My sketching skills have never been the best

My crappy drawing haha! My sketching skills have never been the best

The first costume I made had a tutu covered with cards, which was pretty cool but a bit impractical really and I was never happy with how it turned out, so I decided to go a different direction with a poofy tulle skirt!

Tulle skirt in progress

Tulle skirt in progress

I had fun painting the fabric – it was actually the first time I had done stencilling. I think I’m hooked!

Painting!

Painting!

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I haven’t got a picture of the full costume yet, but if you want to see it in action stay tuned! I’ll be releasing the details of my show very soon! Eeep! Just quietly I’m freaking out a bit. 😉

See you next time!

Cold weather makes for productivity (apparently!)

Today it is a balmy 10 degrees C in Wellington….brrrrrr! I know there are places in the world much colder but for this South Aussie it is definitely outside of my normal experience. It’s been too cold to do anything but stay inside and I’ve been starting to feel a bit restless and ready to get back into work. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a wonderful time but it’s not like me to take such a long break and I’m used to having tons of things on the go! So without really planning to I actually got a bunch of stuff done for my solo show today. I narrowed down some song choices, checked out some ukulele tutorials and sketched out some costumes.

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Most of the material I’m writing from scratch, but I am using one or two things I have already done – revamping them, changing the music or sprucing up the costume. I’m excited to get back to Adelaide and into a fabric store to get working on some of these beauties!

I’m feeling quite grateful that I want to get back to work. I was a bit worried I’d come back from the trip and not want to do any at all. I’m not terribly excited about the boring paperwork stuff, but I am looking forward to teaching again and working on some awesome projects coming up at The Swing Sesh and Peaches ‘n’ Gin.

The next time you’ll hear from me I’ll probably be writing from Radelaide – see you then!  Stay warm NZers!

Hello from New Zealand!

I know I’ve been a bit quiet on here, but that’s because I have been on HOLIDAY! Yeah! My husband and I are in New Zealand on our belated honeymoon and we are having a fantastic time. We spent the last 5 days or so in Auckland for Crazy Rhythm – a solo jazz and lindy hop event – and it was really great. I’ll probably do a proper recap of that later. I’m feeling very inspired again by the classes I took and am keen to work on my solo movement.

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Yesterday we officially kicked off our road trip through the north island, and spent today tubing through the limestone caves in Waitomo. Man it was so much fun! Tomorrow we’re off to Hobbiton. YAY! Spoiler alert, I am going to nerd out.

I hope you’re all having a grand time. I’ll try and post more updates when I’m near wifi (which appears to be nowhere!).

Aghhh! I’m doing it!

Today I’m submitting my application for my very first one-woman show. It will be debuting as part of the Cabaret Fringe Festival at La Boheme. I am equally excited and terrified! I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple of years but I’ve finally decided it’s now or never!

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Stay tuned for tons of behind the scenes panic attacks, glitter explosions and general cray cray craziness. Agh!