2017 Was Great For… Health

“At least I have my health.”

It seems like something you say when everything else is going miserably. Yeah, so I’m able-bodied and don’t have any chronic/terminal illness, big deal. But when you stop to think about it, yeah, that’s a pretty big deal! It would suck to not have those things going for me. I need to remember that health as something to be grateful for.

In 2017 I didn’t break any bones or have any surgery. I had at least one cold, maybe two.



January 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great for… Work

In the past week I’ve seen a lot of “good riddance” grumbles on social media about the year 2017. While I’m also looking forward to a fresh start in the new year, I have to say this past one was pretty great for me overall. I want to count my blessings here, in case I need to remember the good things some day.

This post was originally going to talk about the overall year, but it started getting way too long. I’m going to break it up into categories instead, starting with career:

I haven’t added it all up yet, but I dare say this was the most money I’ve made since becoming self-employed 8(!) years ago. It came from a few different sources, and I like a little variety in my workweek. It was especially busy during my Damn Early Days experiment, so you got to hear about some of it. (more…)

January 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Unnatural Disasters

It was after midnight on a Sunday, in March of last year. I came home after a long day on set, out-and-about since 6 a.m. I remembered I still had one can of Strongbow in the fridge – ah, yessss. I was looking forward to enjoying that and then going to sleep. I didn’t have to work the next day, though I did have an audition.

It was strange how the stairwell was dark. So were the hallways, no lights on anywhere. There was a notice stuck on every apartment door;  it explained that due to a small fire this morning, the power would be off for at least three days, and the heat would be off for several weeks. “Please make other arrangements during this time.” Yeah no problem, we’ll all go to our other houses.

My first thought was: “Uh oh, I hope that wasn’t me… was it? Did I leave something on before I left?” Surely that’s a normal reaction to fire news: “Is this somehow my fault?” It turns out the fire was in the basement electrical room, so that definitely wasn’t my doing. I didn’t even know the building had a basement.


November 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

DED #21: Game Over


Yesterday was my final of the Damn Early Days challenge, and I spent most of my pre-dawn time just getting ready for work. I don’t feel all that victorious, but I’m glad I tried it. Some stray thoughts on how it went:

I checked in for 17 out of the 21 days.

4:30 a.m. is gross and I don’t recommend it. When I think of early mornings, 6 a.m. should be enough. Or even 5:30. If you don’t want to feel like a wreck during a Damn Early morning, you have to be in bed unrealistically early.


October 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

DED #20: Keeping it Real Early


6:40 a.m. Spooky walk to the gym.

If I had ended up working today, it would have gone on to be a late night. I have early start days on both weekend mornings, so this actually works out. May as well keep my early morning momentum going.

This morning I got up damn early, and my only accomplishment was going to the gym. That’s still something. It’s weird how something that starts before 7 a.m. doesn’t faze me these days.


October 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

DED #19: Going My Way


I got up this morning at 5:15. The Damn Early Days online check-in stays open until 5:30 a.m., so how did I not clue into this sooner? The first thing I did of course was look at my phone, and I saw 14 Facebook notifications. I wouldn’t let myself check them until I’d gotten out of bed, so there’s an early morning “get up” life hack for you. I also looked up the call time email for today’s stand-in gig: Moved from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Yep, that works for me!

I did about an hour of actual work on my event-planning stuff, and then got ready to go to set. I did my hair to match the actress I’m standing in for, and packed a bunch of different coloured shirts because I didn’t know what she’d be wearing today. It takes an hour to get to the studio on public transit, and the bus drops me off near the crew parking lot. Today one of the hair stylists drove by and picked me up, then brought me right to the front door. Woot, it’s my lucky day!


October 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

DED #18: Duty Calls


I guessed cop uniform yesterday. This is close enough.

Last night I went to sleep around 10 p.m, still waiting on my call time email. I set a timer to go off every hour so I’d wake up, check my emails, and then go back to sleep. That cannot be good for you. When it finally came in at 1:47, I decided 4:30 wake-up wasn’t going to happen today. It would be 7 a.m. like a normal person — no writing and no gym time. I feel like I could’ve done the proper DED if I didn’t have to keep pulling myself awake last night. If you don’t answer these call time emails, the agents will start phoning you, so it’s best to confirm as soon as possible.

I ended up being a courtroom security guard on a new lawyer show. Who knows, maybe it can turn into a recurring job. Lawyers go to court a lot, or so I’ve heard.

Tomorrow I already know what’s on the menu; it’s my semi-regular stand-in job at 8:30 a.m. The call time might change by 30 minutes or so, and if it does, that news can wait until the damn early morning.

October 25, 2017 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

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