For those of you who have not been in a play in awhile (or ever) this means that we are soon to open and all the various elements of production (actors, costumes, scenic, lighting, props, hair/makeup, and sound) all get to come together in one room.
This can be a stressful time.
So far this show (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot) has been amazing to work on. I have great designers coming up with brilliant ideas; great actors also coming up with brilliant ideas; and a tremendous stage management team who are keeping everything on track. Rehearsals have been fun and inspiring and production meetings fruitful.
Basically: living the dream!
The reality is, though, that I'm a single parent of a small child who hates to be left behind (read: crying hysterically at the window "JUST ONE MORE HUG!") and there's also the other (more than) full time aspect of my job: the teaching. So my days have been long, and while everything is great, it's still a lot to stay on top of.
Or, you know, almost stay on top of.
I'm also experiencing some low-grade sickness that seems to be storming through the ranks. For me that means a sore throat and some chills and an overwhelming desire to lie down (though I pretty much always feel an overwhelming desire to lie down).
|pretty much the only way to keep me from the chocolate|
was to tie me to the mast
This was surprising. I haven't really wanted any sugar at all in awhile. I also knew I wasn't hungry. I was just really tired, about to get sick, and running on fumes and I just wanted some comfort. Sugar comfort.
And lo and behold they did! (my I QUIT SUGAR book also had recipes, but they were at home and I wanted to know if I needed any new ingredients) I printed out several recipes and made these two different ones tonight, with the help of my lovely daughter:
I made a double batch of the lemon coconut cookies because it called for the juice and zest of one lemon and I wasn't about to zest half a freaking lemon. Also, I know the kids in my show are curious about this no-sugar thing, so I'll bring them in and let everyone try them.
I don't think anyone who's been eating sugar on a regular basis will think this, but I think they are both WONDERFUL!! The first bite I took of the lemon cookie I thought "good lord, this doesn't taste like anything!" But then I chewed and swallowed, and the loveliest taste blossomed in my mouth. Soft and warm and almost sweet (or maybe sweet, but in the tiniest, least-offensive way).
I was still feeling sick so I just heated up a cup of chicken stock for dinner, then had one lemon cookie. Then Madeleine (who was RRRRREAALLLLLYYYY excited to be making cookies) tried a bite of the lemon ones and spit them out. Her palate still has a fair amount of sugar every day (try as I do to shield her, she still gets juice and granola bars and graham crackers at school)(and I let her have yogurt and oatmeal and jelly at home--but her story is another post I'll get into) so I'm sure these cookies tasted like dust to her. So I finished her little cookie.
And the thing is: these cookies are lovely! I'm so glad I made them. I am excited to eat them again sometime. But I don't want any more now.
Said me before this NEVER!
not gonna lie: feeling a little Obama-y
ps. wish me luck on tech week :)