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The Pirate Ball of Destiny December 17, 2014

Filed under: Starting Off Strange — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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There is an amazing mini golf course on Cape Cod, Massachusetts called Pirates Cove. If you’ve been there, you know the magic that is animatronic pirates singing to you whilst you putt. If you have never had the joy of knocking around a pink ball on Black Beard’s Boat, you need to go to Cape Cod and play. Sure, there are other locations, but Cape Cod is awesome, so go there.

We used to play there every time we went to Cape Cod. My sister and I loved it, but there is one game that lives in Sandlot-like infamy. (more…)

 

I Hate Pink December 15, 2014

I hate pink. I’ve always always hated pink. I really think I came out of the womb, they wrapped me in a pink blanket, and my internal dialogue as I began to cry for the very first time was, “Why the hell am I in pink?” (more…)

 

Stuck on You (Or The Super Glue Saga) December 13, 2014

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I’m not allowed to play with super glue. I know you’re probably all like, but Megan, you’re a grown woman who pays her bills and just bought a shiny new bike. Surely using super glue is within your grasp. You’d think so, but it’s not.

When I was in college, I was sitting in my dorm room sewing my pointe shoes. After you sew the ribbons on, it’s a good idea to put fray check on the ends of the ribbons to keep them nice. Well, the school store didn’t sell fray check, so I bought some super glue. I tried to cut a little bit off the end of the bottle, but it ended up being a gaping hole. So when I squeezed the tube, admittedly a bit harder than I should have, all the stinking glue came out on my hands. (more…)

 

The Actor’s Budget Christmas December 10, 2014

I love Christmas! I love the lists and the carols. I love Santa and the Muppets doing Charles Dickens. I love it all.

This year, my husband took me to Disney to celebrate Christmas. Since we are going to be working all day on the 25th, we kicked off the season early. We saw fireworks, met Father Christmas, (more…)

 

The Making of a Kickstarter Video December 8, 2014

What do you get when you ask an actor to put together a Kickstarter video? Showgirls and kicklines, clearly.

I have a short story in an anthology that is going out for preorder via Kickstarter next week. The anthology, Athena’s Daughters 2, is all about female voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Naturally, my story is about a girl who likes pink and fairies, but hey, the sparkly voice is still legitimate in Fiction.

My publisher asked me to make the Kickstarter video, and I was pleased to oblige. The video is a very important part of any Kickstarter campaign. It introduces the audience to your project and hopefully convinces them that they want to become backers.

With a budget of peanut butter cookies and warm hugs we had five show girls, five dancers, seven singers, and some unsuspecting house guests in the video that was filmed in two different states. (more…)

 

Blue Christmas December 6, 2014

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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I have two shows on Christmas Day this year, but I am determined to have a wonderful Christmas anyway. In that vein, I have already begun decorating! Since I am also thrifty and living in cast housing so I have few supplies at hand, I decided to use the leftover blue ribbon from my Tardis Halloween costume for Christmas decoration. Great idea right? Waste not, want not. Reuse, don’t rebuy. Blah, blah, blah.

I bought some blue tinsel and lights to compliment the blue ribbon. And as I was decorating, I began sing “I’ll have a Blue Christmas” to myself. And that’s when I had realized my horrible mistake! Either it looks like I’m decorating for Hanukah, which is fine but not the point of my five Christmas trees. Or it looks like I’m creating an homage to a depressing Elvis song about being alone and having a really depressing Christmas while the girl you used to love plays in the snow!

So, now I have a Christmas conundrum. Do I redecorate? Do I accept the badness? Do I cluster all of the blue and have a few multicolored trees? I want Christmas wonderment, and the blue ribbon just isn’t doing it!

I’m going to have to get a wreath or something, because I refuse to have a blue Christmas!

Signed: WordPress’s resident Christmas Neurotic

 

The Waste of Water

A few days ago, I read an article about water conservation, particularly in the form of toilet flushing. I know the toilet subject is taboo, but it’s important.

The whole “if it’s brown flush it down, if it’s yellow let it mellow” saying was created for a reason and not just because flushing the toilet is hard. It’s because it’s a waste of water. I grew up on a well system, meaning if the well is dry, you have no more water. No showers, no laundry, no cleaning dishes. And we did have some very dry years. But even if we had had a good rain, we never flushed the toilet unless it needed it. Why? Because you’ll want those two gallons later. You’ll be thirsty, you’ll want to wash your face, or mop the floor. Things that will seem a lot more important than perfectly clear toilet water.

I understand that the majority of people’s homes don’t run on well water anymore. They run on city water. Nice, clean, fluoride-treated water magically comes out of the pipes. But here’s the thing: if you really think about it, all that city water is coming out of a giant communal well. A well that will eventually have a bottom.

Fresh water is a precious resource. Live through a drought, and you’ll start to appreciate what a gift it is to be able to shower and have clean clothes whenever you want.

If you have to choose between yellow in the toilet and clean dishes, which would you choose? Maybe if we start making the choice to turn off the tap while we sud our hands, or to not flush the toilet at home unless we need to, we won’t be forced into harder choices later on.

And please forgive my posting late for the second time in a row. I’ll be better in the future, I promise!

 

 
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