Friday, February 12, 2010

Chapter 3 - In which there is too much excitement to describe

So I'm excited.
TONIGHT IS THE PREMIERE OF PIRATES OF PENZANCE!!! I'm in the chorus, as one of the Major General's daughters... I get to be the skanky one and prance about on stage in a corset... :P I LOVE IT!!
Unfortunately, I have a start of a cold: blocked sinuses and I'm losing my voice, so I hope I'll be able to sing the huge choral numbers tonight (I'm onstage for most of act 1, sweating half to death in my 6 layers of a costume! *sweatdrop*) I think it'll go well though. The McGill Savoy Society has never disappointed me yet! We can do this!! My boyfriend is the tenor lead (Frederick, a naive pirate's apprentice and slave of duty) and it's his birthday today (happy b-day, my love!), just as last year - his birthday was also on opening night!!

Anyhow... I'm super excited and bouncing around in class... The only drawback of being in this super-special-awesome show is that I am soooo not motivated to write my stupid essays... but, honestly, who cares? Why would I write essays when I can be in the best show EVOR?

Okay... this was just a rant... I AM EXCIIIITEEEED!!!!!!!! XD

(sorry about that... if anyone actually dared to read this)

Oh... and, I forgot, but I feel I should write about this: my birthday was last Sunday. It was a good birthday... A very good birthday!! ^___^
I had lots of lovely gifts, spent my time with loved ones in a lovely ambiance (had tons of sushi for food), did three-way translation (this is what happens when you have Francophones, Anglophones and Germans at one same party and you can speak all three languages). And it was finalized with the most awesome birthday sex ever!! :P
Thanks my love!!
(And thanks to all who wished me a happy birthday, it was very, very good... It's good to be 21 and legal in all the world!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Chapter 2 - In which there is much complaining...

I hate waking up in the morning. I cannot begin to explain how much I hate it! And the worst thing? I don't even have to get up super early!! Today, I got up at 8:30 a.m. Now I feel completely exhausted. And nauseous. Because, in the morning, I'm always nauseous and dizzy (and I can guarantee that is a distinctly unpleasant feeling that makes you want to stay in bed all day). But, despite feeling dizzy, I sit down and write some Japanese homework, for my Japanese class that is in one and a half hours... It's just a really gross way to start a morning. Oh, and did I mention that it's bloody cold outside? Why would I even WANT to leave my bed?

Anyways, mornings have been getting much worse for me lately. For some random reason, I've not been sleeping all too well. I have been having all sorts of crazy nightmares (including one where my boyfriend was trying to administer a lobotomy to me using some plumbing tools - his main concern was that no one should see the scar - it was quite terrifying!). Not only are these unpleasant dreams to wake up from, but they also make me very restless at night. Even though I have theoretically been sleeping 8 hours, I feel like I've barely slept for 2 because my nightmares are driving me up the wall and giving me no rest... *grumble* I wish I could knock myself out for a day or two to catch up on sleep. Sadly, this is impossible due to school and rehearsals.

Speaking of rehearsals, the show is going quite well - though the conductor is getting REALLY annoying. He is... a bitch with a god complex, really. There is genuinely no other way to describe the guy. He thinks he's a miracle, a gift to music since Mozart - which I can gurantee you... HE IS NOT! He's not a bad conductor, but he changes his mind more often than stocks on Wall Street about tempo and stuff and it becomes really aggravating and frustrating in the last WEEK before the show. We also have a new director: 3 weeks before the show premiere, our old director was replaced. It stresses me out: we premiere next Friday and I really, really hope we'll be ready! We've got an amazing cast and the foundations of what promises to be a great show and one of the best versions of Pirates of Penzance ever made (me? exaggerate? not at all, why would you think that?) But, overall, will we actually be READY? There are so many last minute changes I don't know how to handle them (especially with 3 essays due the week of the premiere).

And, on a final note of complaint; yesterday I went through one of the worst classes of my life. I love anime, so you'd figure I would have fun in the 'Japanese Animation and Modern Media' class. Not the case. It is important to know that we have two teachers in this class. One of them is brilliant. I mean it: BRILLIANT. She is writing her PhD thesis on the Final Fantasy Franchise... how cool is that? I love that prof. Her T.A. though, who teaches half the time, is terrible. First off, she's Korean (I think) and thus has a very, very strong accent. I don't mind it, but she is really difficult to understand when taking notes. Sometimes, I worry that some of the things she says were lost in translation: half the time, I feel she doesn't know what she's talking about. Yesterday, we were discussing my favourite anime (Fullmetal Alchemist), and I can honestly say that I am a bit of an expert on the matter of that anime. So, when she was talking about the anime and getting many important things (and I'm not talking about details, but about key plot points) wrong, I was getting really frustrated. It felt as if she had never seen the anime and barely Wikipedia-ed the storyline! I kept correcting her and she just went "yes, that too," as if she just randomly accepted what anyone would say about the anime. I bet that, if I had said "Edward has one green testicle" she would have replied "that's right, that too!"

But the reason why I am particularily angry at that T.A. is because of what she said regarding Nazis. Don't get me wrong: I hate the Nazis. I honestly do. They do not deserve to live because I do not tolerate people with a superiority complex - especially not one that exceeds reason, as theirs did. But, as the T.A. spoke of Nazis, she blamed it all on Germany. She said "Nazis are a specifically German problem," "the Germans had no identity until the Nazis," and many more gross generalizations of the sort. As a German (okay, only my mum is German, but I do have the citizenship of that country and I even partly grew up there!) I cannot help but feel offended. Statements like that may be her personal opinion, but they should never be said in front of a classrooom! It is very offensive, and one could even call it racist. Nazis are NOT just a German problem! All it is, is that Germany gave a name to that phenomenon. You still have anti-Semitic morons that roam the world today, most of them in France and in the USA (neo-Nazis, white supremasists, etc.) How the Hell is that only a German problem then? Germany is quite tame in comparison to what some of these new generation Nazis are doing!! As a result, I felt quite upset by the teacher's statement...


Okay, I'd better stop. I am only getting myself worked up again. Besides, I should have some breakfast: I have to go to class in half an hour.

Sorry for all the complaining, should anyone read this.