Archive for January, 2009

View from My Window

Posted in Life in Belgium with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

When I first arrived in Lint, I stayed in a hotel style room with a view of the roundabout, trees, pond and some sculptures of dancers.  I took hasty pictures of them on my first night.

Night Dancers

Night Dancers

The next morning, I looked out my window to see the whole grounds covered in white from the nighttime snowfall.  Again, I quickly snapped some shots.

Snowy Morning

I went back a few days later and took some better photos of the dancers and pond.

No Swimming

No Swimming

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Stage Manager’s Horoscope

Posted in funny with tags , , on January 27, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

So here is mine.  I find it to be pretty accurate.  (Though I am resolved NOT to get involved in a show romance.)


Scorpio
You just belong in the theatre. The drama, the craziness, the long hours, the nighttime schedule – it fits you perfectly. You become extremely attached to productions you’re working on, and are most likely to suffer from Post-Dramatic Stress Disorder after closing. But for each show you work, you give it your all. You work especially well with directors and actors because you appreciate the emotional demands of theatre. Measuring ground plans and making run sheets are definitely not your favorite activities – you’ll delegate these to your ASMs whenever possible.
Most likely to get involved in a show romance.

Happy Australia Day

Posted in Life in Belgium with tags , , on January 26, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

On January 26, Australia celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships to arrive on its shores.  If you want to read more about Australia Day, you can check out its official website or the wiki article.

Last night we celebrated here in Belgium with our cast and crew.  Matthew and Rookie volunteered their apartment in Antwerp to host the party.  We ate sausages and veggies and assorted other snacks.  Thankfully, Vegemite and Fairy Bread were not forced upon the non-Aussies among us.

Here is a photo of our 3 Aussies: Warren (from Sydney), Anna (from Mansfield) and Matthew (from Adelaide).

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

Major Tom (Coming Home)

Posted in funny, Music with tags , , on January 25, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

One Hit Wonder – Peter Schilling

English Version:

German Version:

Fun for everyone – The Sing-along.

What I Do At Work

Posted in Work with tags , , , , on January 25, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

My friend SaraToday sometimes posts fun pictures of herself in crazy costumes when she works at a costume rental place.  In honor of her, I will write a post about fun and crazy things I do at my work.

A few days ago, I got my aerial and bungee inductions.  Because I will work closely with the artists during the creation and operation of this circus show, I must try out some of the apparatuses that they will use.  This helps to to understand their comfort level and how long they can stay in a harness or in the air.  I also can gain a vocabulary with which to communicate with them.

Me in Aerial Harness

Me in Aerial Harness

First I did my straight aerial induction.  I was fitted with a harness that has swivel attachments at the hip.  This allows the artist to perform inversions and sommersaults while flying.  My harness was attached to two aircraft cables that lead up to a spreader bar which is attached to a single point motor winch.  The winch can move a person or object up and down quite quickly.  There are pulleys which move the spreader bar along a straight line of truss.

Me in the Grid

Me in the Grid

After learning to do somersaults and flying around a bit, I moved on to the bungee harness.

Bounce

Bounce

Doing the bungee is the most fun ever.  You can bounced yourself on the ground, in the air or have someone “ping” you.  Pinging is my favorite part.  You stand on the ground with someone holding on to your hips to keep you in place at the winch pulls the spreader bar up into the air.  When the bungees are fully stretched, the person lets go and you get whipped up into the air!  I can’t wait to ping again!

Me in the Bungee

Me in the Bungee

Here is video of me learning to do somersaults.

President Obama

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Brussels Art Shop

Brussels Art Shop

I was SO excited for President Obama’s Inauguration on Tuesday.  I have been wearing my Obama button faithfully since Election Night and was really looking forward to watching the Inauguration after work in the green room with an international group of artists and crew.

However, I got food poisoning or accidentally ate a bit of meat or something.  Starting in the middle of the afternoon and continuing on into the night, I got violently ill.  At 6pm here (noon EST), I was at the doctor’s office getting a shot of some wonder drug to make the vomitting stop.  By 9pm, I was able to drink water and keep it down.  Needless to stay, I was not celebrating the Inauguration.

I am very happy and proud that our country might finally be taking a political shift towards sanity and responsibility.   I am proud to have voted for Barack Obama and hope to do so again in 4 years.

I link here to my friend’s blog to show videos and text of the speech.

Election Day - NYC apartment door

Election Day - NYC apartment door

Congratulations, Mr. President (I hope you read the letter I wrote to you about gay rights).

My Lint Apartment

Posted in Life in Belgium on January 19, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Jessie (Skoopy, La Femme Cactus) loves ORANGE.

Ok, with a few items packed from USA and a few items purchased at the near-by Ikea on Saturday, I have managed to create a livable space.  For me, that means as much orange as possible.  20% coverage in any one room is adequate;  75-100% coverage is ideal.

Here is the entrance area.  I am in the process of decorating my apartment door with stickers sent to me by SaraToday and will post photos when the masterpiece is finished  . . .

Orange rug . . . a necessity  Sticker book a christmas present from SaraToday, boots a birthday gift from Keiko, flip flops a gift from Robert from Ailey many years ago.

Orange rug . . . a necessity. Sticker book a christmas present from SaraToday, boots a birthday gift from Keiko, flip flops a gift from Robert from Ailey many years ago.

What’s that I see ahead? An inviting decent sized multipurpose living space.  I use this as my living room, dining area, and work area.

Door curtain made by my mom originally for my bedroom in NYC.

Door curtain made by my mom originally for my bedroom in NYC.

Orange blanket and orange rug by Ikea, Pillowcases from home.  Bathing suit drying on the radiator.

Orange blanket and orange rug by Ikea, Pillowcases from home. Bathing suit drying on the radiator.

My collection of travel books and dictionaries.  Scarf from Amsterdam last year.  Candles by Ikea.

My collection of travel books and dictionaries. Scarf from Amsterdam last year. Candles by Ikea.

Painting by me.  Candles from Ikea, orange fabric from Nicole, sock monkey calendar, guidebooks.  The orange cloth napkin made by my mom and napkin ring by me.  I stole the 2nd chair to be in the bedroom.

Painting by me. Candles from Ikea, orange fabric from Nicole, sock monkey calendar, guidebooks. The orange cloth napkin made by my mom and napkin ring by me. I stole the 2nd chair to be in the bedroom.

Giant mess, next!

Desk - Giant mess, next!

Here is the bedroom.

My photo of incense displayed on windowsill.  Chair, bed, giant wardrobe (not pictured) and nightstand.  Scarf covering nightstand was a birthday gift from SaraToday.

My photo of incense displayed on windowsill. Chair, bed, giant wardrobe (not pictured) and nightstand. Scarf covering nightstand was a birthday gift from SaraToday.

The Kitchen.

Stove, fridge (small), sink.  Complete with dishes, microwave (stowed away as I will not use).  Brought the magnets from NYC- jellyfish from Lisbon, Rainbow Triangle a gift from Grandma, White Tiger made by me.

Stove, fridge (small), sink. Complete with dishes, microwave (stowed away as I will not use). Brought the magnets from NYC- jellyfish from Lisbon, Rainbow Triangle a gift from Grandma, White Tiger made by me.

The toilet . . .

Toilet . . . candle provided by Eurocam (nice touch) and vase by Ikea.

Toilet . . . candle provided by Eurocam (nice touch) and vase by Ikea.

which is down the hall from the sink/ shower room . . . I’m getting used to that at least I don’t have to share.

shares the room with the shower, but not the toilet.

Sink . . . shares the room with the shower, but not the toilet.

So that’s my apartment.  What do you think of the orange?  Needs more, right?