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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Bye Bye Mirth - NEW BLOG!

Thank you to everyone that read my ramblings on Mirth. It's been a good few years, but it's time for a change.

I'm leaving Mirth in Manchester behind and you'll now find me here:

http://cityhills.wordpress.com

I hope you come over there and keep reading about my little world. I PROMISE to blog more and I really hope you like City Hills.

Heaps of love and thanks,
Sally x

Monday, 24 May 2010

Hot Hot HOT!

Oh My God. I'm ginger and this heat... flippin' heck.
After a week of being ill, it's been back to work and it's been so busy. Horrible.

I finished work at 11pm on Saturday after a 11 hr day and was back in at 8am on Sunday. But Anis was off and a promise of a bbq and beers in the back garden were enough to keep me clock watching all day.

I rushed home, showered, changed and me and Anis had a fabulous afternoon in the sunny garden with a bbq, book and beers.

The cat adoption lady came to check the house on Sunday and we passed! Bubbles is ours. I have to phone them tomorrow to plan picking her up. I just can't wait.

Anis and I are both off work tomorrow and Wednesday. We're off to Wales. Fingers crossed the sun keeps shining x

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bubbles


I knew it would happen. I said on my Facebook and Twitter 'I'm going to the animal sanctuary for some advice on a stray, don't be shocked if I come back with a cat!'


Well we got to Bleakholts Animal Sanctuary, which I have to say is a beautiful animal sanctuary. We got some advice on Squeak, then went for a look around. There were so many cats and it's like they put on a little show when you walk past them. One black cat was rubbing himself all over my hands through the bars and I was almost in tears. Anis was like, 'Sally, no.' I was going, 'I think he loves me though.'


Obviously we've been caring for Squeak lately and we both love cats. My mum and dad have my two cats as I lived near a main road and couldn't let them out. The intention was for me to have them back once I'd moved, but they are so settled and content with my mum and dad I don't think they'd want to leave and I don't think my mum and dad would want to give them up. The mutual love they have for each other is beautiful.


So Anis and I walked round the sanctuary and he wouldn't let me have a goat or a rabbit! I'd have one of everything if I could - then he was like, 'Let's do the responsible thing and speak to them about it.'

So we spoke to the lady at the cat centre and explained we really, really want to adopt a cat but we'd need one that doesn't mind being inside in the day as there's at least one day a week where we're both in work for 12 hours.

She said it was fine and a few of them were house cats and quite content with their own company.

Anis: I'd quite like a male cat.
Me: I don't mind if it's male or female.
Anis: A tabby one would be nice.
Me: I don't care what it looks like.

So he was looking for a butch tabby and I was looking for one that needed a home the most. The black one that loved me had been booked for someone else.
So the lady took us in to one of the cat pens and said - 'We have a gorgeous cat, who isn't as pretty as some, she's female, but she's so friendly.' And she went over to this gorgeous cat and picked her up. She's 8 years old and came in with her sisters, but was bullied by them a bit.
Anis was still looking around for a butch tabby! How could I stand there and say, 'No - she's not for me.'

I fell in love with her straight away (and the cat next to her and the one on the floor)! So it was agreed, we'd adopt her.
Her name is Bubbles. (How theatrical! I love it!)

We have to have a house check and then once we pass that, she gets chipped and has a visit to the vets and then we can bring her home. It could take up to two weeks.

I wish it was quicker but I love how they are thorough and don't let them go to anyone. It gives us time to get her things ready anyway.

And so, in the space of two weeks we'll have two babies to the family.
Bubbles and Squeak (See what we did!)


PS: The animal sanctuary said that it's harder to re-home cats that are black or white as people fall for the cute coloured ones (like Anis wanting a tabby). And if you do want a tabby cat, there's nothing wrong with that as they need nice homes too - it's just a shame the plain coloured cats get over-looked. My cats at my mum and dads are plain black and the most gorgeous cats you could ever meet.
Oh and rabbits need good homes. They are the most neglected animals. People just shove them in a cage that's too small for them neglect them, it's horrible.
Right, I'll get off my soapbox now. Just wanted to tell you about our new babies xx

Squeak


So, there's this cat that is obviously someones pet as he has a collar, but all the neighbours seem to be caring for and we can't work out where he lives, if indeed he lives anywhere.

I've been back two weeks and he's been here every day. My mum and dad have donated lots of cat food and we've been buying him the best cat food you can buy.

His coat is matted, he's smelly but he's so lovable - desperate for cuddles and affection.

Why people have animals and stop looking after them properly is beyond me.

This cat came to us at 2am one night and slept in my arms, we couldn't go to bed. So I made a bed on the couch and cuddled him until he woke me at 4am as he wanted to leave.
He's slowly getting used to the house, he sleeps but he always leaves, I think he's used to being independent.
I looked under his collar and there was a ring of red skin. I didn't know what to do because if someone took a collar off my cat I'd be annoyed, but then they're can't care that much about him...

So yesterday Anis and I went to the animal sanctuary to ask for some advice. They told me to take his collar off straight away (which I've done) and I've got to take him to the vets as soon as I can to be checked. I don't have a carrier etc, so I'm going to get one on Friday and take him on my day off next week. He's just getting our trust and we don't want to scare him, but I want to make sure he's ok.

His coat is getting a bit shiny now and I bought a cat comb yesterday. We leave food out when we're at work (I've never known a cat to eat as much) and the door open when we're in. He just walks in - he doesn't have much of a miaow, so we've named him Squeak.

I love him and will do my best to look after him.
** If you think this is your cat, please message me - I'd love to know who he belongs to and to chat about his welfare **

Happy

You may (or may not) have noticed that I've stopped saying 'Mr Sally' and have started saying his name - Anis!
I guess when I started this blog it was easier to say Mr Sally in case it went wrong and I thought it was sweet to call him that.
And I was right, we did go wrong a couple of years ago and we split up and it was probably the worst part of my life. Thankfully we got back together and since then, life has been wonderfully, lovely.
I know we're not going to split up again and I know we're in it for the long run. So a few weeks ago I made a decision to move back in with him, we've been living in my flat in Salford for over a year and now we're saving for a house to buy together, so of course it makes financial sense to move back and save money and I thought it would be difficult going back, but actually it's been fab. Anis has gone out of his way to make me feel settled and it's nice to have a garden and see green fields instead looking at a matress on the pavement! (Seriously!)

When I lived here before it never felt like my home because Anis was always working and I was far away from my friends and although I did make a little life for myself here, I always felt a bit lonely. But now it's different - we're working around each others rotas more so we get days off together and yesterday we went to our little town, together and even had a coffee in our local coffee shop - little things we never did that mean so much.

The neighbours seem to have missed me and our friends across the road have been over with hugs and are busy planning a night the four of us can go out. And they've just brought me over a lovely bunch of roses for missing my 30th.

I'm feeling settled and dare I say it, happy. It's been a tough couple of years and so it's lovely to finally be moving forwards, going in the right direction, together.

Update Central!

I've been so rubbish at blogging lately and I'm sorry. So much to tell and so little time. So today feels like a good time as I'm off work, full of a cold, feeling very sorry for myself.

London was AMAZING. We went to the Old Vic to see The Real Thing, which was funny and very slick, loved it. The we went to see Billy Elliot and it was as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be. I cried buckets. We then went to see The Mouse Trap which has been running for 58 years - a good old fashioned murder mystery, it was fab and Anis guessed the murderer!

Anis and I had a brilliant time. We were staying right by the London Eye and did lots of walking, we caught up with friends, ate loads of rubbish, drank lots and laughed lots.

We then went to Wales for my 30th birthday, which was gorgeous. My family made it so special for me and my best friend Leah and her hubby Mani came over - so we went to the beach for kite flying and coffee's.

My mum and dad got me loads of lovely things and then handed me a box at the end. Inside the little box was a car key! They gave me a red Fiat Punto. I'm still in shock. It's such a wonderful gift and I'm collecting it off them hopefully next week. Can't wait.

So a wonderful birthday with my wonderful family and friends. Couldn't have asked for more.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Mini Break

I'm packing my bags.
I have a whole week booked off from work.
Mr Sally is whisking me off to one of my favourite places - London.
We're going Tuesday - Friday. We'll be catching up with friends and watching plays, musicals, shopping... everything.
Can't wait.

We feel like we've not seen much of each other lately as I've been juggling day job with the play and it's been hard to make time for him too.

So this will be a nice break for us. Another reason for the trip... I turn 30 on Saturday the 8th!
When we come back on Friday, we're travelling to my mum and dad's in Wales for my birthday weekend.
Can't wait.
This is where we're staying:


Exciting News

Remember a few months ago I wrote about writing a play with my friend Luke Walker?
I told you it was for a festival and I couldn't tell you the title or anything?

Anyway....
I'm proud to announce that MAKE BELIEVE, my new play which I co-wrote with Luke Walker has just been accepted in to this years 24:7 Theatre Festival. Over 100 scripts were entered and we are only one of ten chosen.

We're so excited and so proud.
Keep you posted on more news soon!

The End!

JUMBLE was a success. We sold out on our last night, front of house were squeezing seats in!
We've had a fantastic response from the audience and I'm looking to take it on a little tour later this year.

I'm shattered, but it was worth it.

The theatre were lovely to us and we had the best time. We all want to do it again. It's definitely not the end of JUMBLE.
Quite a few people have commented that they'd love to see it as a sitcom, I see what they mean, it has legs to do other things... we'll see.

I promise now my life is back to normal (ish) I'll blog more!

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Opening Night


My play JUMBLE opened last night.
I have to say, out of all the plays I've written and produced this one has been the nicest to be involved in. It's down to having an amazing director (Mike Heath) and a very talented, hard working cast.

As we were getting ready to do our first show last night, I looked around and thought how lovely it was to not see a script hanging around backstage. Whenever I've done a play before, there's always been a script out for someone and a sense of not being completely ready in the air. This time we were more than ready and just so excited.

The lovely theatre was half full and the tickets are selling and selling with Saturday almost sold out. Phew.

We had a fabulous opening night audience, they were laughing from the start.

I'll keep you posted on the rest of the run and if you are in Manchester, come on down to the wonderful Studio Salford and join us for 2 hours of fun!

Monday, 19 April 2010

My Studio


My desk area!

My Studio

My sofa area.
(The magazines will come down soon and it'll be painted!)

My Studio


This is my studio. It needs painting - but I love it!

Rest and Rehearsals

I'm in Wales at the moment, relaxing at my mum and dad's. We came yesterday and will be driving back in an hour or so.
I love coming here, their house is so relaxing, I get cuddles from my cats, fabulous food off my mum and giggles off my dad.
They live near the beach too and although my dad and Mr Sally went down there yesterday to fly kites! I decided to stay in the warmth with my mum!

Anyway, back to Manchester later. I'm in rehearsals until late tonight. It's the last full week of rehearsals this week. We open next Weds. So excied and nervous at the same time.
Tickets are booking up and I think we're going to have a good run.

Keep you posted on all things JUMBLE!

www.jumbletheplay.co.uk

We're also going to be filming a theatrical trailer tonight, which will go live this week!

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Jumbled Chaos!

I'm so sorry I've been so bad at posting anything.
JUMBLE rehearsals have taken over and I've not got a spare minute for anything at the moment. Juggling the day job and rehearsals has been tricky, but it's worth it.

I moved in to my very own studio two weeks ago. It has two huge windows and it has a little storage room. We've been rehearsing in there and it's great. I need to paint it, but it'll have to wait until JUMBLE is out of the way. Loads of people have asked to hire the space for their rehearsals and I'm chuffed to have it to help others. My friend is currently in there doing a read-through of his play as I type this. It's so expensive hiring a space to rehearse in Manchester. It's in an old mill and it's full of studios and lots of creative people pottering around!

JUMBLE opens in two weeks! Eeek. We're having a ball rehearsing. I really love the director, honeslty he's the best director I've worked with yet. The cast are fab too. We've had two cast changes since we had the read-through all those weeks ago, and the play is really coming together now.
Check out our rehearsal diary here.

Promise to write more soon! x

Friday, 26 March 2010

Keyboard Club!

Mr Sally has arranged for a keyboard to be delivered next Monday.
Keyboard Club is open!

I'm teaching myself to play.
Mr Sally wants to learn to play too, so I suggested we start a keyboard club - just me and him. I can make badges.
He's not as excited as I'd hoped...


I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Remember Me?

Hellooooo! OK, it's been far too long since I posted anything and I'm sorry.
It's just been a whirlwind of work, work, teaching, rehearsing for my play, business planning.... blah, blah, blah.

I feel like I don't have a spare second at the moment. Rehearsals for JUMBLE started, we had a cast change on the first day (!) and a week in to rehearsals and it's looking good. You can follow the rehearsals on our online diary here!

Errr, news - what do I have to tell you...
Ooh, yes - exciting news. The bank have said YES to me and Mr S getting a mortgage together. Well, he already has one, so they said yes to me being added to it and will let us borrow more for our dream home. I was so excited yesterday when I found out. I just can't wait for us to get our own place.
We have no idea where we want to live though, so are busy googling areas, asking everyone where's nice to live!
So all we have to do now is put Mr Sally's house up for sale, find somewhere we want to live and sell his house. Easy!

Right, got to dash -off to teach my lovely drama class. x

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The List

So, I turn 30 in two months.
Eeeek!
I don't know how I feel about it. I'm not dreading it or anything, it's just a bit like 'Ooh, OK.'
My beautiful best friend Leah turned 30 yesterday. It's ace, she gets to hit the big ages first, I laugh at her, then I prepare to hit them myself!

So, I guess when you're hitting a milestone age - you can't help but reflect. What haven't I achieved yet? Where did I hope to be when I was 30? Blah, blah, blah.

I did always imagine by the time I was 30 I'd have a mortgage and be married with babies - but me and Mr S are starting to think about stuff like that, so it's not a big deal that I won't actually have any of these things by the time I hit the big three-oh.

Everyone keeps asking what I'm going to be doing for my 30th. Err, I have no idea. I'm busy producing a play and that's all I can think about at the minute. I've never been one for huge parties. I'd much prefer a quiet meal with family and friends, we'll see.

Anyway, on reflection of what I've always wanted to do but haven't. I made a little list.
And I'm going to start it asap.

Two things on the list are:
Learn the piano
Take singing lessons.

Watch this space. I'm going to be doing both soon.
I'm going to teach myself the piano (what?) I've seen a book called 'Dummies guide to learning the piano', and with the help of interactive vids on Youtube, I should be banging out Lloyd Webber tunes in no time!

**Please see my post re:exhaustion. I have no idea when I'll find time to fit these in, but I'm going to do it! **

OMG - that's what I could do for my 30th birthday. A piano recital for my nearest and dearest. All the stuff I'll have learnt by then. 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Away in a Manger!'
Oh yeah, I sure know how to party.

The List TBC...

Customers

In my job, I chat with customers all day long. Some are regulars, so over the months you kind of develop a little familiarity with them.
So, how strange is this (well it might not be strange, but...) Anyway, one guy comes in every morning, he's about my age and we chat about random things, he works in a bank, I make his coffee without him having to tell me which one he wants.... then he mentions the other day that he's also an actor, then I mentioned I wrote and produced plays... turns out that he's just been in a play that my friend wrote and produced (which I missed).

Then the next day another customer comes in, who I've been chatting to for months, he asks what I did on the weekend, I told him I was ill. He tells me he went to watch a band and did I know the particular theatre he was talking about. I said yes as I'd written several plays for them. 'No way. Are you a writer?'
'Yes.'
'I'm writing a play at the moment, for that theatre.'

THEN
I cast my play JUMBLE a month or so ago. I've not really gone on about it in work, but I know some of my work friends are actors too. Anyway, the girl I cast text me today about the script and then she put PS: You work with my flat mate.
So all this time I've been chatting bits here and there about my play in work, I've not realised she lives with the girl in it!!!

EVERYONE IS CONNECTED!
It's scary how small this industry is. Scary. But I love it.

Exhausted - Really!

Sorry for lack of posts this week. I've been really ill.
Basically for the last six months I've been working 40/50 hour weeks at my day job, as well as teaching, theatre job, meeting friends, spending time with Mr S and writing two plays.
My mum told me weeks ago that I needed to slow down as it would all catch up with me. My days off were never days off as I was always rushing to meet a friend, writing a play, shopping, cleaning or doing one of my other jobs.

Saturday morning I was in work and went really hot. I just thought the heating was on full. My boss told me it wasn't on, then I went dizzy and the room started spinning. She sent me home from work. I was pale and just wanted to sleep.
I got home and slept for hours, I then took the Sunday off and I probably shouldn't have gone back on Monday, by Tuesday my glands were swollen and I couldn't keep my eyes open in work, Mr S had to get a taxi home as I couldn't drive to pick him up.

I think this is what people call exhaustion. And I feel dramatic calling it that.

I'm still not 100%. I've been off today and I could happily still go to sleep.

So I had to make a decision, I have to slow down and something had to go from my life. Unfortunately it was the one job I really loved. I've had to hand my notice in at the theatre. I can't give up my teaching, I can't stop writing and producing plays and I can't give up my full time job as that's what keeps my bills paid.
I have my last shift there on Saturday and I'm very sad, although I'm also slightly happy that I have some time back to me.

A holiday would be nice right about now!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Sneak Peek - My Poster!


I need to get the poster authorised by the lovely theatre, but hopefully this is the final poster for my new play JUMBLE.
We start rehearsals next week and I'm soooooo excited.
We're also filming a behind the scenes doc about the rehearsals and weekly episodes are going to be on our YouTube channel.
Ooh, also the play has it's own brand new website: www.jumbletheplay.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Finished!

Finally finished writing my new play JUMBLE and the cast finally have a full script. I was tweaking the ending for ages and couldn't find an afternoon where I could just sit and make sure I was happy with it for a while.
Anyway, I am happy. I love this play. It's a comedy - but really sad in parts. The few people that have read it have all been really positive with their feedback and the director I wanted to direct it, read half of it last night and confirmed he'd direct it! So excited.

So now begins the usual roller coaster of rehearsals and I can't wait. We open at the end of April and I'm just so excited. The theatre I'm performing it at are deciding from this play whether I can be one of their in-house companies, which I'd give anything to be. So lots of things are riding on this going well.
I've got a completely new cast. I usually use the same actors but decided to freshen things up a bit and work with some new people. Very excited to start rehearsals.

Most writers, when finishing a writing project treat themselves to a pamper day, bubble bath etc- what did I do?
I decided I'd paint my office - all four huge walls and re-decorate. It took me five hours but it's looking nice - OK, a little patchy in areas and there's a bit of paint on the carpet! But still, I no longer have to look at the horrible wallpaper. I even have a chill out area. Mr Sally is going to put up some shelves tomorrow and I'm framing all the posters from my plays I've written and produced and they're going up on the walls!

Perfect!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

I've always wanted to be a star!

I got a facebook message off an old school friend today - she sent me a picture which she'd found of me.

I'm on the middle line, second from the left.

This was me as a star in my school play.
I remember this show and remember I had a star dance to do. I loved it.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

My Perfect Valentine

Mr Sally has spent weeks secretly organising for both my jobs to let me have three days off work and he's been busy planning, planning, planning.

Thankfully, both my jobs have been lovely and agreed to organise my days off around his plans.
And here's what he organised and what we did this Valentines weekend.
We caught a train to London on Saturday morning and checked in to our BEAUTIFUL hotel. We showered, changed and headed out in to the west end.

We had no plans for the Saturday night, except to meet my friend Christian - who is busy working on Sister Act the musical, so we had time to kill.
So, we managed to get two amazing tickets to Avenue Q - an amazing musical. We laughed and laughed from start to finish.

We then met Christian and his lovely boyfriend and went to a bar in Soho, we finally crawled in to the hotel at 4am!
Valentines day was the best day EVER. Mr Sally had organised two amazing tickets for Legally Blonde the musical.
The theatre manager met us in the foyer and took us to our own private bar, gave us a bottle of champagne and a programme and looked after us through the afternoon.
The show was AMAZING and Sheridan Smith is FABULOUS as Elle.
After the show, we walked around London and then headed back to the hotel for a Valentines meal.

Yesterday, we shopped on Oxford Street, met Christian again for a coffee and a proper chat, then sadly headed home.
I've had the best three days and I truly love Mr Sally. Bless him, he's brilliant.
I also love London and plan to go a lot more this year.

**Pics**
Outside Avenue Q
In our private bar for Legally Blonde

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Tiring Tuesday!

I have just finished a 14 hr day and just sipping a lovely glass of wine.
Today has been a loooong day. I was in my taxi at 6:45am this morning and the taxi driver was telling me he finished work at 1pm. Then he said, 'So when I finish, you won't even be half-way through your day, will you?'
'Hmm, nooooo!'
'That is a long day.'
'Yes, I know.'

Mr Sally is going to reveal what he has planned for the valentines weekend on Thursday - which is good because a, I can't wait to find out and b, I may have outfits I need to plan. Oooh, the excitement.

My playwriting classes start this Friday, which I'm really excited about. When I taught playwriting last year, it was to three people. Well, I just found out that one of them has finished her play and entered it in to a play writing festival. I'm so unbelievably proud of her. She keeps telling me that I changed her life and that since she met me, new lines have appeared on her hand!
Anyway, it's moments like these that make me super happy and inspired. I don't earn a penny from my classes as I put all the money back in to making their plays and master classes possible, every penny goes back to the class, and the reason why is clear - I love teaching and encouraging others. I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing without the people who have taken time to support and encourage me, so it's nice to give some of it back.

That's all for today!
Looking forward to a 8am-5pm shift and then an evening with my best pal Paul Swaine. Can't wait to see him and get planning a new play!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Play a Week!

I've decided this year that I either try and watch a piece of theatre a week or read a play a week.
It's going well so far - I've read a few plays and watched some theatre. (See my side bar for lists if you're interested.)
This week I'm reading a play called 'Shopping and F**king.' I'm reading it because I've heard so much about it and well, it's a bit full on, not really my cup of tea - but I'm almost halfway through and I'll stick with it.

I love theatre.

Went to a fringe theatre debate on Saturday, chaired by people I really admire. I did feel at one point feel that I was sat in a room full of writers moaning. I didn't learn anything from going - but it's always good hearing what everyone else thinks and I wished at the end I'd put my hand up and said that I love the theatre/fringe scene in Manchester. It's supportive and there are so many great things going on in this city. Long may it continue!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Catch Up!

Sorry for being a bad blogger.

Trying to fit everything in around my spare time at the moment.

Had the best day off on Thurs -I wrote ALL day, it was perfect.
Went to the theatre with Mr Sally on Friday, we had so much fun and then saw my lovely friend Paul yesterday for coffee, chats, cake and a theatre debate at the Library Theatre.

JUMBLE is almost finished. Any day now!

Mr Sally is planning (and has been since Jan) something special for Valentine's day. Eeek. Have no idea what we're doing, I've been aware it's caused him stress sorting it, loads of people are aware of what we're doing and everyone seems to be talking in code around me and I've mysteriously got the weekend off from work?!
I shall keep you posted.

Oh flippin' heck - I can't just hand him a packet of love heart sweets now, can I?!!!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

The Day That Went.... Off!

So, since I started my job a few months ago I've been juggling other jobs (see post below) - producing plays, writing plays with people.
All my days off have been taken up with working elsewhere or meeting someone to write or for creative stuff.
So this Wednesday was the first ME day off.
'I'm going to clean and tidy the flat, then I'm going to write ALL day.' I said to anyone who would listen. I was soooo excited.

WEDNESDAY MORNING.

Mr Sally gets up and says the flat is freeeeezing. The heating is off. I had to get up and try and re-start the boiler as Mr Sally couldn't get it re-started. Neither could I.
So, I had to take Mr Sally to work, where thankfully there are showers in the theatre and he could shower there. I, however couldn't shower and felt manky ALL day.
My landlord wasn't responding to my SOS messages either.

So, I went shopping and bought rugs, cushions, candles, shelving, coffee table (just bits for the flat as I've been planning on changing things and re-decorating for a while.)
Anyway, I came home and started cleaning and building shelves etc - mainly to keep warm. I was just hoovering when POP! The hoover stopped and I looked around and noticed the electricity was off.
My landlord finally answered and told me he'd get someone round asap.
He phoned me back and said someone would be there in an hour.
To cut a long story short. I was freezing, I had to go to McDonald's for a coffee and had to walk around ASDA just to get warm.
My electricity was fixed at 5pm and my boiler was still broken. My landlord said he'd get someone around the next morning and I actually broke: 'I am in work tomorrow at 7AM for a fourteen hour day and I NEED a shower.'

At 8:30pm he said he had a room in a flat somewhere I could stay, but it wasn't clean.
'I think I'll be staying in a hotel.' I said.
He took one look at my un-amused face and agreed.
'Can you find somewhere for around £30 and knock it off next months rent.'
£30? In Manchester?
The best we could do was the Ibis for £62.

What a waste of money. We got to the room after 9:00pm. I had a HOT shower. Dried my hair, put clean pj's on, had a beer with Mr Sally and went to sleep. Ready to be up for 5:30am for another shower and in work for 7am.
My shoulder was killing me because I'd slept funny on it.
So, as days off go - this was TERRIBLE.

Oh, well - there's always next week!
PS: My little flat looks so cosy with all my new things.

Coming and Going

I don't know whether I'm coming or going at the moment. I'm doing nearly 50 hour weeks at my day job, not to mention my theatre job and my teaching and trying to spend time with Mr Sally and squeeze writing time in to every spare second.

I'm tired. I could do with a break or a mini holiday.

I can't even say roll on the weekend as I work every weekend.
I'm going to Google holidays and mini breaks.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

My Night with Simon Cowell



So, Britain's Got Talent decided to use the theatre my lovely man is the stage manager at this week for their auditions.
He asked if I could come and watch one of the shows and the crew went above and beyond kindness.
They gave me a front row seat next to the crew, (I was sat with Mr Cowell's stunningly beautiful make-up artist!)
I shook the Cowell's hand and I had a fabulous time watching the show. I was right next to the judges and I could see Ant and Dec in the wings.

After the show finished, the floor manager asked if I wanted to sit in Simon's chair for a photo!

As if I was going to say no. I was soooooo excited.




Thanks to them, the nicest people I've ever met, I had a night to remember.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

It's a Play Fest!

One of my new years resolutions to myself was that I was going to watch and read more plays. Although I do already watch and read a fair bit, there's always room for improvement.
Mr Sally and I went shopping today and I got fed up, so arranged for him to come and meet me in Waterstones. I don't know what it is about that shop but it instantly makes me feel calm and happy.

Anyway, I accidentally spent nearly £40 on these. I had to make myself put some back.



Then I got home and was messing around on Amazon and have accidentally bought these.
I can't wait to read them all.








Saturday, 9 January 2010

Casting and Characters!

Been busy auditioning for my new play. Almost cast - will have a bit more of a think over the weekend, but I think I've made up my mind. I've had Chris there to help me and we both have the same people cast, so at least we agree. Just want to make sure I'm definitely sure before I make my final decision.

Last night Character Creation Theatre started back. What a fab hour of drama. Lovely to see the old group back again and so great to welcome new members. They fit in so well and we had a brilliant session. I laughed and laughed, which is a good sign.
The play I'm writing for them next is called LOVE RULES and is set on a Speed Dating night. So I designed the whole lesson around Speed Dating. It was so funny and I can't wait to write the play for them.


Thursday, 7 January 2010

Snow and Houses!

The snow and coldness has been unbelievable this week. I'm pleased to say I've managed to get in to work every day, not on time, but I got in. Today's been busier in town and loads of customers in work have said, 'Well, thought I should make the effort and go in today!!'
Good on them. I wish I'd had a day to go sledging and have snow fun.
Managed to get to Hulme tonight to audition for JUMBLE. All good and looking forward to more auditions tomorrow. The snow is keeping some away, so we'll see how we get on.

Other News
Mr Sally and I are busy looking at houses. We're going to be buying a house together this year and we can't wait. We kind of know the area we want to move to and hopefully on Sunday we're going to either drive up there or get the train and have a good look around. We've been busy looking at houses for sale on the net. I've fallen in love with a couple of them, so we'll see. We can't wait though. It's about time we got our act together and got ourselves one house instead of a house we never go to and a flat that doesn't quite feel like home - although I do love the flat.
I'm so excited.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Auditions

Weather permitting - I'll be starting auditions for my play JUMBLE tomorrow night. I've got loads of potentially great people auditioning.

New term starts back for the Character Creation Drama Class on Friday after a huge afternoon of JUMBLE auditions. I really can't wait to see the class again, so excited. We've also got a few new places joining, so hopefully it'll be a fabulous start to the new year.


Tuesday, 5 January 2010

What a Snow-Wonderful Day!

















OMG! What an unbelievable day.
I was in work for 7am this morning and obviously at 5:30am, I can barely see so I didn't open the curtains. It wasn't until I was drying my hair and looking at Facebook at the same time, that I read about the snow. I peeled the curtains back and couldn't believe it, it looked like I'd woken up in Narnia!
It wasn't until my taxi was late that I realised how bad it was. I was told I was lucky to be getting a taxi as they'd cancelled loads.
Once the driver arrived, I stepped out of my front door and the snow went halfway up my legs!!

WOW!

I was eating my breakfast in work watching the snowman in the yellow t-shirt being made.
The other pic is where I work and the scene I've watched all day.

I know the snow is dangerous, but it looks gorgeous and EVERYONE has been smiling today.
I've just seen a woman skiing on the pavement - in Salford. Something I'd didn't think I'd ever see in my lifetime!


I made it in to work, but the City was like a ghost town. What few people made it in were in high spirits and I've had a lovely day watching grown men outside my work build snowmen and have huge snowball fights.
I got let out of work two hours early!

Keep the snow coming - I LOVE it!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy 2010

Happy New Year to you all. Hope 2010 sees all your dreams come true.
I'm having a lovely New Years Day at my mum and dad's. We've just been to the (freezing) beach for kite flying and rocket launching, much fun. I'm only just getting the feeling back in my hands now!

Here's to a fabulous 2010.
xx
 
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