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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Lights Camera Action


Sorry for lack of posts this week - I've been totally exhausted and don't know why. I think it's probably down to a few late nights, which I'm not used to and work has also been really busy.
Running around after the kids has helped me lose some weight though - so that's good!

It's been a few days since I launched the Lydia Mould channel on YouTube and I've been getting loads of encouraging feedback from various people, so that's good.
I've filmed her first X-Factor video clip, she'll be doing a weekly review. I'm just editing it now and should have it up in the next day or two.

I think I need at some point to get some better editing software. The one I have is fine, but it's not great and Windows Vista seems to HATE everything I plug in.
I'm saving for a Mac.

x

Monday, 28 September 2009

Late


Because of video editing stuff last night and Mr Sally not finishing work until gone midnight, I went to bed late and exhausted. I overslept this morning, only by half an hour, but still - it's half an hour.
I just got in to the swing of writing and it was time to leave for work.
I thought I'd leave early and take my notepad so I could do some writing on the way.

BUT

My tram to town was late and then my train to work was mega late - leaving me stressed and panicky and unable to think about writing!
Tough shift today, lots of kids at the club and it was full on for three solid hours.
I'm glad to be home with a coffee.

Tonight, I'm hoping to do more video stuff - if I manage to stay awake :)

Channel Launch

OK, here they are - links to my two YouTube channels.

The first one is http://www.youtube.com/LydiaMould - this one is my stage door groupie character Lydia Mould. Currently got a mini vid on there - but plan to fill this channel with spoof songs and celeb news etc. Plus Lydia's take on X-Factor.

Check out her blog here too: http://stagedoorgroupie.blogspot.com

And the final channel is: http://www.youtube.com/ThinkTheatrical

This channel takes you behind the scenes of the making of the Lydia channel and behind the scenes of my plays etc.

Don't forget to comment/Rate and Subscribe.
Hope you enjoy them.


Sunday, 27 September 2009

Ouch...

You know that scene in Annie where all the orphans are on their hands and knees scrubbing? Well that was me yesterday, except there were no orphans to help me...
My body is aching today. I painted one shelf as there wasn't enough paint for the other one! I un-cluttered my life, made little storage homes for things that were just hanging around the flat looking untidy.
I cleared out the wardrobe (HUGE job), and EVERYTHING has a place - hurrah.
Mr Sally did his dutiful manly job of putting my shelves up this morning before he went to work and they look great.
My landlord has text to say I can stay in the flat when Gav moves out and he'll take the bedroom stuff out of the room and bring me more shelves if I need any to make my office.
I am excited about having an office, but sad Gav won't be living here any more.
Right, I'm off to the shop for a paper and chocolate, then I've got a busy afternoon filming some comedy sketches.
My current office corner (please note The Office pic!) I was scared to put all the books on the shelf incase it fell off the wall, Mr Sally was deeply offended by this. Anyway, books on the shelf and it's still up!
My painted green shelf... it does match the earthy colours of my lounge really well! By putting my treasured pictures of my family up on this shelf, it's freed up the top of my bookshelf for more books!
PS: Do you like my frog clock? I used to collect frog things when I was younger, anything with a frog on it, I'd save and buy it! Madness. Anyway I got rid of all my frog things YEARS ago, but Mr Sally bought me this clock last week. I love it.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Paint

Just been to Salford shopping centre, which is an experience in itself...
Anyway, although on a tight budget at the moment, I figured a spring clean and de-junk is in order. (Once I've switched the laptop off!)

I've just bought some shelves from Wilks, really cheap and a tin of tester paint to pain them.

I'm going to paint the shelves in a mo and then let them dry, hopefully by the time Mr Sally comes home from work they'll be dry enough for him to put up. I have no clue how to put up a shelf, so I'm not even going to bother trying.


Right, I'm off to un-clutter my life.


Friday, 25 September 2009

Change

Morning,
I'm so pleased it's Friday. I've got so much to sort out this weekend.
Theatre classes are launching next week, so excited.
Filming sketches this weekend as well as promoting next weeks classes.

Got to sort the flat out too. De-junking the whole of my life. Bills are also coming in thick and fast, so need to sit down and organise them this weekend.

Gav has also decided to move back to Wales. He's given Manchester a year and it's not for him. He's given it a good go and it's been really tough for him, so I completely support his decision for wanting to move back to Wales. He's not moving to my mum and dad's though, he's going to share with a good friend.
It'll be strange not having him here, although we have our arguments as any brother and sister do, it's still been fun having him around.

So that leaves me with a two bed flat. I've been looking at one bed flats and actually for what I'm paying for a two bed is quite good. So, as I don't really want to move again until Mr Sally and I are ready to move in to our own house somewhere soon, I've decided to keep the flat and see if my landlord will let me take out the bed and stuff from his room and turn it in to an office for me.
I feel bad that I'm already making plans for his room, but he's moving next weekend and he thinks the office thing is a good idea.
It's going to be really strange him not being in that room though. I'll get used to it I suppose.

Ooh, my green screen has just arrived in the post! In fab time for filming this weekend.
Can't wait. I'm so excited.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Eek...

The time has FLOWN this morning. I've been writing sketches and stuff and I need to leave the house in like one minute to get to work.

Right, I'm going - I'm going.

Date night with Mr Sally tonight though. Not really done anything for a while. Nothing exciting, just a couple of drinks in the pub, but I'm looking forward to it.

Chat soon x

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

What?

What day are we on?
Seriously.
WHAT. A. WEEK.
Is it really not Friday yet?!


My head is banging. Seriously banging. I had a job interview tonight for a FAB job in a theatre I LOVE. But, my train got in to Manchester from work at 6:25pm and I had to RUN from the station to the theatre for an interview at 6:30pm.
I do not run well. I do not run well at all, especially when there are people SLOWLY walking around with bags, glancing in to shop windows.... Damn, why don't I go to the gym more?
I was five mins late.
They knew I was rushing from work, and were fine with it, but still...
I was five mins LATE.

I hate being late and I hate rushing.
Oh, and I could feel my make-up sliding off my face.
Anyway, please cross fingers. I'd love this job, especially as it's in the best theatre EVER!

Other news...
With my mum's kindly donated lottery money. I treated myself to a web cam today. Ooh, I'm so very excited about this. Launching YouTube stuff next week.
There's still money in the pot to treat my mum to a gift too.

Right, where the heck is Mr Sally with my beer?
I've never needed a cold beer as much as I do after today.
Did I mention I RAN?!
Never running again, I don't think it's good for you.
Seriously, don't even bother trying it!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Lottery

Just got back from another fab weekend in Wales. We drove back this morning and I had enough time for a coffee and unload the car before I headed to work.
Wales was great. Kite flying happened, lots of food, laughs, the boys went to the cinema and me and my mum drooled at Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.



My mum also got 4 numbers on the lottery and she won a total of £101.
Being the beautiful human being she is, she gave £25 to me, Gav, Mr S and my dad. None of us wanted to take it, we all tried to give it her back, but she wanted to split it between us. None of us think it's fair she ends up with nothing. I even suggested if she really wanted us to all have some of it, to give us just £20 each and then she'd have the same, but no, she wouldn't take it.
She wants us all to have a little treat as we've all had a bit of a struggle with jobs and stuff. So, I'm going to buy her a gift and I treated myself to this today:

It's a green screen. I'm making some comedy sketches at the moment and creating a channel on YouTube, which I'll tell you all about soon.


Hope you've all had a great weekend and Monday, I'll catch up with your blogs tomorrow x

Friday, 18 September 2009

Welsh Weekend

Leaving in a bit for another weekend at my mum and dad's in Wales. Just waiting for Mr Sally to finish work and pick me up!
It's probably the last weekend we'll be able to get down there for a while as theatre land gets busy as of next week and I've got a million and one things going on after this weekend.

So much, much kite flying ahead. Can't wait.

Have a tip top weekend everyone.

x

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Whirlwind...

This week has flown by. Flippin' heck - it's nearly Friday.

My morning has zoomed by very quickly too. Up with the lark today sorting my finances, making sure companies that owe me pennies are going to pay and stuff. I feel much better for sorting through paperwork this morning. My bank actually offered me a loan and I said, 'No.'
I must be growing up.

My theatre school is opening in two weeks and I just looked at the list of people that have joined already and it's looking good. Can't wait for it to start.

Right, well my morning has come and gone and now I need to get ready for my job.

Laters x

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

First Day

My first day yesterday and wow, I was exhausted by the end of last night.
The school I was in was really lovely and the club staff were very welcoming. I was thrown in at the deep end and had to cook spaghetti on toast for approx 20 kids. Oh my goodness, the kitchen was chaos.
I enjoyed my first shift - we did some ghost story drama bits at the end of the day which was fun too.
The staff were lovely and so were the kids.

I think I'm going to like it there.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Patrick Swayze

RIP

My first ever crush
Dirty Dancing will ALWAYS be my favourite film


What a sad, sad day.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Woop - Woop!

I GOT THE JOB!

I'm soooo thrilled. She just phoned me now. She said it was a high standard this time around, but loved my application and my interview and it's mine if I want it!

Woop - Woop.

I start tomorrow.

So the job is working in the afternoons as a Play Worker in an after school club.

Obviously because I lost my job over a week ago, I was desperate to find something else whilst my theatre school takes off. I didn't want to have to sign on and I applied for everything.
But this was the only job I applied for that I actually wanted. I love working with kids and it's the perfect job for me.

I can do my writing in the mornings, play worker job in the afternoons and theatre stuff in the evenings.

I'm sooooo happy!
What a great way to start the week.
I was so close to signing on this week, even though I didn't want to do it, but sometimes you have to swallow pride and get help. I'm so glad it never came to that, and I'm so glad I got the one job I actually really wanted.
I can't wait xx

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Beeeeeeach!

Spent a sunny day on the beach with my family today - it's been LOVELY. I sat on a deck chair (a pink one my dad bought me!) and I finished reading WHITE LIES AND BAREFACED TRUTHS by CATHY HOPKINS.
I'm busy writing my teen novel and obviously I LOVE reading teen books.
This was actually a really great book, and at the end I shed a tear. I was crying on the beach. Mr Sally actually said, 'Aren't you reading a teenage book though?'
I couldn't answer because I was sobbing.

I'm now a HUGE Cathy Hopkins fan.

Hope everyone has had a lovely sunny Saturday xx

Pass It On

I woke up last week feeling a bit gloomy, but looked on my mobile and there was a message from a friend of mine that I've not really spoken to for ages as she's busy being a successful actress - anyway she asked me for my address as she wanted to send me something.

It was a lovely message.

Turns out she picked up an old book in a charity shop and loved it so much she wanted to send it to me to read.
What a lovely thought.
I said I'd read it and send it back, but she wants me to pass it on to someone else when I'm done. What a fab idea - I like to think there will be a chain of people all being introduced to this book.

The book is called UNDERFOOT IN SHOW BUSINESS by Helen Hanff.
It's about the 99% of people that don't make it in the business and is supposed to be very funny.

I already know the person I'm passing it on to.

Have anyone of you guys passed on a good book?
I love sharing books.

Hot

Job interview went well yesterday. I liked them and the job very much, but I'll have to wait and see as they were interviewing loads of people all day for one position. I guess whatever is meant to be, is meant to be.

I'm in Wales for a long weekend at my family's.

It's supposed to be HOT all weekend, so we're hitting the beach for much kite flying fun. Really can't wait.
I'll post pics soon.

Happy weekend to you all x

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sorry

for my lack of posts. I've been searching for a job for just a week and I started getting all down and miserable about it, so thought it was best I didn't bore you all.
No job, hair was limp - couldn't afford haircut, put on weight - that kind of thing.

Anyway, today I was still feeling miserable and went in to town to hand out CVs and got stopped straight away in the street by a really lovely girl asking if I wanted a free hair cut at Tony & Guy.
'It's completely free?'
'Yep.'
Turns out it was in their academy and the girl was full of confidence and really lovely and I'm not in the position to turn down a free hair cut.
I had the best morning, she cut my hair so well, she also passed one of her assessments when she completed my hair. So yey to her.

Anyway, isn't it amazing what a free haircut can do. I left the salon feeling better, had a spring in my step and just felt more positive.

Within an hour of leaving the salon I got a text off my landlord to say he was reducing the rent for being good tenants and then I got a phone call asking me to a job interview tomorrow, for actually a job I REALLY want. So fingers crossed.

I also took myself off to a park up the road from me today. The sun was shining and I got some writing done.
I'm making a channel on YouTube with comedy spoof clips, which I'll reveal all soon.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Dinnerladies

My lovely best pal Paul Swaine has got me a free ticket for the press night of Dinnerladies tonight, I'm really excited.
You probably all know how much I LOVE Victoria Wood, so I've been wanting to see this play for a while.
I'm not sure I'm a fan of TV/FILM things being made in to plays. But I've been happily surprised by Acorn Antiques the Musical and also Legally Blonde the musical!

I've not read any reviews on Dinnerladies yet, but anything Victoria Wood does is usually bloomin' good. I'll let you know.

Right, I've been applying for jobs all morning and now I'm getting my skates on to meet Luke in town for a writing session. We started writing our new play the other day and it's coming along well. I'm catching Luke whilst I can because he's off on tour for a couple of weeks.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Air Bear

Anyone reading my blog over the summer may have realised the Lawton family have a bit of a thing for kites. Well my dad does anyway.
He has 25 kites in total, everything from stunt kites to regular diamond shaped kites. Mr Sally has enjoyed being part of the kite flying team over the summer too.
Anyway, we bought my dad this kite last week and it's just arrived for him. He's sooo excited.


This is AIR BEAR:
Not just a kite but a whole new game! Fly Air Bear as a kite for as long as you want - then slacken the line and he will release and come down like a parachute. Who can catch him first!

We were hoping he would have arrived last week when we were there, but never mind. I can't wait to see him in action.
Air Bear is from here - in my dad's opinion, the best kite company EVER.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Job Searcher

Hello, currently writing this from the unemployed scrapheap!

Ooh, what a day. I've been applying for jobs ALL day. I even gave up a free ticket to a play I really want to see because I thought applying for jobs was more of a priority.
I've walked through the rain and the HUGE gusts of wind, it's been a ball.

I'm also selling my life on eBay!

Mr Sally seems keen on dragging me in to various places saying, 'Have you got any jobs for my woman!' It's getting a bit embarrassing. He means well though!

I have no other news, sorry it's all a bit boring at the moment - but you know how much I like a roller coaster.
Looking forward to what tomorrow brings me.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Jobless

I don't have a day job anymore. Oh my goodness. I don't know what to do apart from stay positive and keep searching until I get a new job.

My theatre school is in the early stages, so I need another wage coming in for a bit.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Apart from that Luke and I had a fabulous writing session today, we've finally met our new characters and have the beginning of what feels like a very special play.

So not all is bad. I'm clinging to the positives.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Fan Club

My name's Sally Lawton and I (ahem), LOVE Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen.

After watching Twilight last night, I am now in love. I loved the film by the way. Loved it.

I'm thinking of starting a fan club... I could make badges, t-shirts...

OK, sorry - I'll calm down now.

 
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