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I"d planned on today being a fairly chill day, spent mostly here and prepping for classes next week.

But my boss needed me to cover her class today. They were supposed to learn about more about Lin Manuel Miranda, the dude who did Beetlejuice and segue into modern stage effects, but I did not have time to research enough to pull that out of my ass, so I made them tell me what part of the theatre history they're studying they liked the best, found most interesting or found most memorable. Then I laid some trivia about each of those things on them. Thank Zod most of them really loved Shakespere/Romeo and Juliet. We revisited some of the improv games we did the first weeks of class and built up to doing scenes in the different theatrical styles they've learned.

It was fun. I also decided to teach them a gibberish game (and discovered the person who taught some dialect classes had touched on gibberish, and that was one kid's favorite thing so far. Phew.). For some reason, I had an instinct to teach it backwards: usually you learn by having one person tell a story in gibberish and have another person translate it into English. I started out by telling a story loosely based on how much of a shithead Neighbor Lady was yesterday and had a kid translate it into gibberish. They loved it and, because some days it's all Monkey See Monkey Do, every kid told a story about cats or dogs. When I translated, I just swung for the fences and, when he managed to stop laughing, the kid who'd translated for me just said. "Man, you are so much better at that than me!"

I'm also in the midst of a massive pain flare. My back has been really hurting for weeks, probably from doing warm-ups with the kids, and I finally got in to see Dr. Buddy yesterday. I had something like 5 ribs out of place in front that were restricting my ability to inhale plus all the usual issues. He best me up to the point he offered me a mega-dose shot of Mottin at the end of the session. Oh Zod, I took it.

I'm hoping to relax and post tomorrow.


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Oct. 10th, 2020 07:52 am (UTC)

Oh, my! Oh, dear, I can and can't imagine what you're experiencing but I am SO sorry to hear it!
Sending positive thoughts and healing energy and visualizing you being all better, very soon.
Oct. 10th, 2020 08:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, friend
Oct. 10th, 2020 08:17 am (UTC)
Of course.

I want to send you a hug. Cyber/virtual hugs won't hurt, will they---if I'm very gentle and careful?
Oct. 10th, 2020 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh no. Hugs are always welcome
Oct. 10th, 2020 06:55 pm (UTC)
Well, alllll righteee then! And I shall be careful....

Oct. 10th, 2020 09:22 pm (UTC)
*hugs* That's nice
Oct. 10th, 2020 10:35 pm (UTC)

Right now, in the eastern time zone, GBBO is on, and your sandpapery fella is strutting his stuff....
Oct. 10th, 2020 10:36 pm (UTC)
Don't steal his handshake!
Oct. 10th, 2020 10:38 pm (UTC)
We're supposed to avoid hand-to-hand contact except for with our nearest-and-dearests.

Apart from that, still wouldn't.
Oct. 10th, 2020 10:43 pm (UTC)
lonelydumptruck sez "Wait. Your "fella" like he's your leathery boyfriend?"

He's finally gotten used to " My boyfriend, Neil deGrasse Tyson."
Oct. 11th, 2020 04:47 am (UTC)
No; "your sandpapery fella."

Wazzizprob'm? I have a bunch of boyfriends. A-#1 is Jacques Pépin; Kevin Belton used to be boyfriend #2 but he got demoted to "Uncle Kevin" because he told people that a shallot is the same as an onion which it isn't although it's a member of the same family; Nick Stellino; Roy Underhill; N. DeGrasse Tyson; P. Allen Smith (news to him, no doubt!)
Himself will inform me, quite equably, "Your boyfriend's on!"
Oct. 12th, 2020 02:21 am (UTC)
*giggles * he's now calling Paul "your sandy boyfriend"!
Oct. 12th, 2020 08:42 am (UTC)
"Sandy," eh?

Sounds as if he has adjusted a bit and is taking it better, this business of Paul being "your sandpapery fella."
Oct. 12th, 2020 06:51 pm (UTC)
He seems to be enjoying it!
Oct. 12th, 2020 07:31 pm (UTC)

On a different note, how is the back, today?
Oct. 10th, 2020 12:08 pm (UTC)
Hope your back feels 100% better today!
Oct. 10th, 2020 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much
Oct. 10th, 2020 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 10th, 2020 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon - how did you manage to get your ribs out of place?

Sounds as if the kids had a lot of fun in your class!
Oct. 10th, 2020 09:28 pm (UTC)
Sheer luck and talent.

Honestly, I have several spinal deformities in play - a serpentine scoliosis curve, Schurmann's disease (which gives me a slight hump) and global lax ligament disorder - so everything gets pulled in conflicting directions. Plus Dr. Buddy still thinks fibromyalgia is in play. Lately prople have been tossing around Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, but like fibromyalgia, there isn't really a clinical test, just "how many of these boxes do you tick off."

Edited at 2020-10-10 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oct. 11th, 2020 01:37 am (UTC)
I am so sorry about your back :(
Oct. 11th, 2020 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you
Oct. 11th, 2020 05:27 am (UTC)
Hopefully you’ll be feeling better now you’ve had a going over
Oct. 12th, 2020 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's finally better today
Oct. 12th, 2020 03:09 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine how painful that must be. How on earth did you manage to get 5 ribs out of place?! I hope you're feeling a bit better now at least.
Oct. 12th, 2020 06:46 pm (UTC)
Sheer luck and talent.

It's finally easing up.
Oct. 13th, 2020 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's some talent you have! I'm glad that it's getting better.
Oct. 13th, 2020 02:38 am (UTC)

I see that your back is feeling better now. I hope it stays that way.

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