Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ouch... Oooowww... Ouch!

Hello, everyone! I decided to write a quick update while I'm at work. Today feels like it is never going to end. I thought this might help to pass the time.

Rehearsals are going well. We've made a lot of progress on the dancing, and oh boy do I feel it! Not only do I feel it... I can see it. I've lost 2 inches off my waist since we began rehearsals on July 1st. That is just awesome. The part of feeling it, however, is not so awesome.

8 hours standing on concrete per day + 2-4 hours of dance per night = one very messed up back.

Yesterday, I was working in one of the stores instead of video training like I am today. Well, I bent over to get a pan of bread out of the bread cart and got stuck in a bent position. This is not a joke nor an exaggeration. I was stuck for a while before I could fully straighten out again. I looked like The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was terrible. I'm sure it was hysterical to look at, but the pain was deadly. I hadn't felt good all day, and once this happened I thought, "I may have to go home, but I don't have the vacation days to spare." Honestly, I wasn't sure I would make it through the day, but I did.

When I woke up this morning, I still didn't feel any better. In fact, I felt worse. I still feel awful. It hurts to sit, stand, walk. There's not enough Ibuprofen in the world to make me not feel pain today. I'm hoping whatever is wrong will heal on its own very soon. I cannot afford to miss work or rehearsal.

Speaking of rehearsal, we have our first blocking rehearsal tonight.  I am so excited, except for the persistent pain. I love blocking rehearsals. I always feel so accomplished after it is all blocked. They are my favorites. I'm just hoping I'll have enough mobility to not seem like a crazy person.

Anybody have any good tips on relieving lower back pain? I'm open to suggestions.

Well, my work day is drawing to a close. I should start preparing to pack up and head out. Hopefully, I'll be able to post something a little more uplifting soon.

Keep It Sassy!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Work, Rehearsals, and More

Hey friends!

Last time, I wrote a post about my own personal self-doubt. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about some of the more awesome things happening in my life.

Work: Ok, I lied. Work isn't awesome. Work is actually incredibly busy. I'm not sure our turnover rate has ever been as high as it is right now. I have trained so many people that they've all blurred together. I'm not sure which store they are for, what their names are, etc. It's a mess! But, I'm trying to be optimistic and know that everything will balance out in the end.

Yesterday was the opening day of our brand new store. I just had a wonderful discussion with one of the owners. It will as well as could be expected. Apparently, we did more business than he thought we would. YAY! I was stuck training and working for a sick employee and counting inventory for a different store so I was not able to be there. Today will be my first time stepping foot inside the place. It should be fun to say the least. Everyone says the building/layout is very nice and roomy. Space is a common issue in other stores so I'm excited to see it.

Rehearsals:  We started Shrek rehearsals Monday. #JRTShrek for those with social media madness, like myself. Myself and a few cast mates will be posting pics or vids of our crazy happenings from time to time. So, check us out on Twitter/Instagram/Vine. You can follow me: @sashanks/sashanks04/Sarah Shanks to keep up with all those day-to-day things I don't necessarily blog about like work rants, random conversations with friends, my car, etc. Anything random in my life can be found on those sites.

Ok... now, that my shameless plug is over, make sure you check out Jonesborough Repertory Theatre for performance dates/times for Shrek the Musical and other shows. Get those tickets while you can! This is the last weekend for USO, so you should probably get to it. Those tickets sell out FAST! Plus, it coincides with Jonesborough Days. Who doesn't love a small town festival?!

Ok... that really should be the end of the plugs for now... and no, the Town of Jonesborough does not pay me to say those things.

Rehearsals are going well. I mean, we've only had two, but I'm happy to be spending time with some of my favorite people I don't get to see often because of our schedules. Lots of talented people involved. We're going to have a swell time.

More: Here's another plug... You should check out my friend Hannah Faith Rader! This link is to her website, but my fave is her YouTube Channel! My fave segment is Faith's TraveLog. She has lots of ponders that some of us might have even pondered. Plus, she's one of the funniest people I know. Honestly, she has amazing, comedic timing that seems to come so naturally. It makes me a little jealous.  So, check her out! She's fabulous!

Also... Happy Birthday to my roommate! Woo!

Well, I'm off! Time to get some real work done. Have a sassy day!