Monday, May 31, 2010

OMB



I really decided to do this a little sloshed. How could I refuse? I do the dumbest things when I'm sloshed, go me!
Hopefully there won't be too many mistakes or spelling errors. If there are, then it will take me 15 minutes to write something that is three sentences long. LOL
Today my sis, a friend and I went to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

It was AWESOME! I enjoy going birding and the light exercise wasn't bad. The only two things that were irritating were the sore bottom and the midges. Midges?, you ask. I thought that was a nickname for Margaret.



Nope, they're little flies that like to get stuck in my hair when on a bike going however fast they go. I probably inhaled several thousand unknowingly. OMG 151 tastes like a$$, not that I've ever tasted a$$. Anyway...My sister just said “pull yours out” HA!!!! Well, let's get back to the outing. I saw my two favorite things: Red-Faced Ibis and White Pelicans. If you want to know what those look like, go to Wiki, or the Audubon society. Non-flying was a marmot, skunk, two dead snakes, and carp.
It was 12 miles of absolute bliss for me. I wait every year for spring/summer so I can go up there. Last year they closed it down during the summer and I had no idea. This year I saw they would close it on the 1st of june so I went today. I was so happy, and I have my yearly birding expedition out of the way. There was the trip for the day. YAY.
And now for random crap. Speaking of random crap, I want to win a bag of crap from woot.com I wish I was fast enough, or knew someone at woot that could give me the in. Whoa, I think the room is spinning. Nope, just the 151. Yay for drunkenness. Good thing I have spell check on this thing. :-D



Ooh, 2 minutes left. I love my cast, especially my 15 year old cat Mosa (the siamese looking one). She's adorable.

People think I neglect her because of how much she asks for loves, but I don't. I could pet her for 5 hours straight and she'd still want more. Hmph.And I'm done!!!!,,
So, Ana from Vegan Ana gave me the OMB award (Oh My Blog)

Now because it's an award. I have to do some things, because when you receive distinctions such as this, there are rules:

1. Get really excited that you got the coolest award EVER!
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2. Choose ONE of the following options of accepting the OMB award:

(a) Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight, or for as long as you can focus.
     d00d how can I resist?
(b) Write about your most embarrassing moment.
     Okay, I have a TON and it would be impossible to choose just one. (refer to above)
(c) Write a “Soundtrack of your childhood” post.
     I could do this if it was TV series.
(d) Make your next blog a ‘vlog’/video blog. Basically, you’re talking to the camera about whatever.
    Really, no, not yet anyway.

(e) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, makeup, etc) and post it.
   I look just as bad in the morning as I do at night.
3. Pass this award onto at least 3, but preferably more, awesome bloggers as yourself. Don’t forget to tell them.
I will pass this on to:
   Since I really only know one that hasn't gotten it and I follow, then it will have to be my BFF Erica!

So, next post...in a few minutes will be me blogging for 15 minutes, or probably as long as I can focus! Here's to you Ana.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Transitioning to summer.

Oh summer time, how I love thee. Let me count the ways:

1. Bear River Migratory Bird refuge. Too bad it will be closed for this summer, but it’s okay, I’ll be going up tomorrow, before it closes. Maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to convince my sister that a bike ride would be great around the 12 mile scenic route.

2. Vitamin D. mmm..how the sun hits the skin and splashes the body with wonderful nutrients and great glow, of course, only if I have on sunscreen.

3. Late night star-gazing. Lying out on the lawn and watching the stars, thinking about how small I am, and how great the universe is. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see some cool stuff this summer that I missed last year.

4. The smell of Russian Olive trees. How I love that sweet smell when driving on a highway, or down back roads.

5. Speaking of smell, going to the Great Salt Lake and just relaxing in the stench! Weird, I know but I love to go there and watch the birds (I’m sensing a bird theme here) and listening to the children play in the sand.

6. And finally LONG days. I love having a day that lasts until well after 9 pm and starts well before 6 am. Joyous are the skies in those wee hours.


There you have it, my list of summer loves, but not all.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Holy audition FUBAR, Batman!

This will be a long blog; so grab a snack, a drink and your Snuggie, and nestle up for the long haul.

This story is about acting. 'What?' you say, Brooke is talking about something she obsesses about? No wai!

Since I was about ten years old I've wanted to act in musicals, on stage, in movies or on television. I know, I know; totally weird because I'm so frakkin' shy, but it's true. Anyway, every two or three months I get considerably more obsessed with this idea than usual. So, in February, or around that time, I decided I was really going to do it. I started looking for classes or coaching, or anything that would spark my interest out of my humdrum life. Also, I've been looking for an outlet to push out something different and creative in myself. Lo and behold I found a class at Hale Centre Theatre. It was exactly what I had been looking for. Cheap, local and on Saturdays after work!

The classes were excellent. I learned about so many different things that I never imagined, mostly about me being able to actually memorize lines. I was able to perform monologues, and improvisation (my favorite). It was totally awesome being able to feel the energy in the room with the other attendees, and being able to express myself in a way I never thought possible. I LOVED going to class every Saturday and just having tons of fun!

Well, we were instructed on how to audition for speaking roles: At the end of the 8 week class(last Saturday), we had a mock-audition and performed the monologues we had been working on for so long. At the end of the audition, I was, well...let's say coaxed (commanded is more like it) by one of the fake auditors to try out for the upcoming Hale Centre Theatre stage production of Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan). I could have said no, but there was that small little voice in the back of my head saying, "what could it hurt". ACK!! What could it hurt? Okay, it didn't hurt, but holy Hannah was it not well thought.

As such, I did what I said I would; I called on Monday morning and set up an audition for the following Saturday. w00t. Or w00t is what I thought... I still actually had to do the dang thing. AND, I had to choose a song, who knew that choosing a song to sing was so annoying and hard. Well, I chose We kiss In a Shadow from the King and I. I chose this because it's opera-ish like Gilbert and Sullivan's stuff is.

Now, I haven't actually sung anything, really, since high school, so I don't remember to warm up, or to stop practicing after 1 hour. My throat gives out on the the first night! d'oh. So, I rest it, and then remember the warm-ups and practice as little as I thought was good. I'm not great at singing by myself, but I want to go for it anyway. The entire time, I'm getting more and more nervous, The time I have to wait to get this audition over with is killing me. Again, I continue to get more and more frustrated with myself and my throat starts to go out again on Friday, ugh! (oh yeah, I have that cruddy schedule where I work three graveyard shifts and then two early morning shifts, so I'm going on about 1 hour of sleep)

The day of the audition: I'm doing okay, I'm ready to go. Oh, I forgot, the lady I spoke with on the phone said I needed to have the sheet music ready to go, so I get it and have my 16 bars all set. I greet the person at the table, he tells me to put post-its where my music starts and ends, so I put the post-its right at the beginning of my singing and the end... Big mistake.

I get into the audition room, I swear there was about 100 people in the room, okay more like 10, but still... It's my turn. The piano plays...
 and I stand there...
The piano plays, and I sing from the beginning of the song, not the part I chose...
I'm FREAKING out now!
The wonderful people behind the table were absolutely awesome at NOT showing their disdain or frustration. And me, being the apologetic one says "Sorry, this is my first audition"
Wait.... I did what??? I told them this was my first audition??? Seriously?
Well, they were still absolutely amazing with how gracious they were, and let me start anew. Bless their souls.

Okay, audition is over, I realize by this time, I should have put the post-its 1-2 bars before my queue, and finished the entire ending of the song instead of just sticking to the 16 bars they said I needed...I'm learning. For some strange reason I decide to stick around and wait for them to call the people who are chosen for call-backs. Why, I have no idea, of course I didn't get a call back! So I start chuckling to myself, then go out to the car, and start laughing at myself! Oh, the experience I experienced....

Hopefully I won't be auditioning for any musicals any time soon, and any other roles, will be at really small theaters.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Quirky quirks, and quarks?

From time to time I think about all the weird quirks I have and laugh at myself for them. Now, I've decided to share these quirks and expand on why they're so hilarious. I think I'll start with three things that I think are truly weird.

1. I can't stop apologizing. Even if something is not my fault, I apologize. People may think it's insincere, but it's not, I feel sorrow for the bad things that happen to people. Someone trips, I'm sorry, someone forgets their cell phone I'm sorry. The reason is because I've more than likely been there before. I've felt how it hurts to scrape a knee or forget my cell phone.

2. I am a true and total geek, not nerd, geek. I'm not smart enough to be a nerd, but totally obsessed enough to be a complete geek. Not only am I a geek about anything Sci-fi, but about Broadway musicals and dorky television shows, too. I love B movies, anime, and playing online RPG's. I get geeked out for all of these things and more, which makes me giggle at myself all the time.

3. Lastly, is the belt-it-out-loud singing. Well, when I'm alone or on a road trip, anyway. Oh, and I don't sing wonderfully at all. I do, however, sing loud enough that if I was in an auditorium, I wouldn't need a microphone. I almost forgot, I will Karaoke if I'm sloshed enough, and usually have someone to sing with me. When I'm sitting alone in my car and singing with all my might, I have to stop and laugh, because, DAMN, I suck, but it's too fun to quit.

Well, there you have it, three things I do that make me snicker, and I think are weird. Hopefully, you smiled a bit while reading this.