June 7, 2015

Status 6-7-15*


First of all, I was going to write about something else yesterday on the blog, but an Ode to my Toast came out instead. This marks the FIRST time I’ve written a poem instead of prose for you all here. And, I think it may in fact be the first poem I’ve written since my BIG BIKE accident 5 years ago. I used to write poetry quite a bit for fun – goes along with making up songs to sing for the cats. I didn’t think about this one, it just appeared. So I am encouraged that my creative mind is starting to make more of a comeback.

Also we got the shipment of the ceiling track and sound blankets that we are using to turn our guest room into a viable recording space.

Here’s the before – it will be a few days before there is an after.

Mic, music stand, computer - sound recording junk in the guest room

Progress in the sound room! We will create a U-shaped baffle of sound blankets on a track that covers the window and closet and door. Great, because I won’t lose my storage and the sound quality is coming along.

If you’d like to see some more of the recording space and how I use it now, Here’s a link to the video tour I made to send the Coffee Klatchers.

Live Backstage Studio Tour Link

For the first time ever, Mark used my studio mic to record some takes of the poem he’s reading for the next show. It’s his favorite poem. I was astonished by how much heart and will he’s putting into his ‘performance’. Usually he uses Speakpipe on his iPhone to record. It is HIS favorite method. To use a studio mic takes some getting used to, as it shows your breathing and vocal tics much more. However, it also allows more color in your voice, and I’m very excited about Mark’s progress.

Went to my animation voice class, and for various reasons my classmates couldn’t make it, so I lucked into a GREAT solo lesson with my coach David. It was very fruitful and I was pleased with my progress. Especially as we both noted, my fear of the sound booth seems to be totally a thing of the past. YAY!


After this, I’m going to write the show for day 116. I’m hoping to record it early tomorrow. Mark told me he wants to record some more takes for his poem too. So after we do that, I will begin dismantling the studio equipment and cleaning the guest room so we can begin our sound transformation tomorrow. Exciting!

Have a great day BCs!


How about you?

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4 thoughts on “6-7-15

  1. Amy from WI

    I am going to try to drop in fairly regularly for a status update during the summer months, Laurie. I hope that is OK with you! Here is where I am at today….I made it through the end of the school year. I feel like Amy has been on the back burner ever since Gram passed away at the end of March. It was tough to watch her go, tough to say good-bye, tough to see my mom and dad mourning, and tough to talk to everyone about it. After getting through the funeral and all that goes with it, I was 100% focused on the play…making costumes, creating choreography, helping with rehearsals, etc. Once the play was done, it was focus on finishing up the school year and all that goes along with that. Through all of this I was dealing with a lot of arthritis pain. AND hubby finally got going on the home remodeling that we’ve been talking about for over a decade, which has also created a large amount of stress and tension. There was no physical or mental energy left for working on ME. I felt like every day was just a matter of getting through all that was expected of me, one hour at a time.

    Now, school is out for summer. It is time to establish some healthy routines that I can easily maintain even when life gets chaotic. I know that I am lucky to have this break from the day to day stress of work, and I plan to take full advantage of it. I’m looking for a balance of “getting things accomplished” and “relaxing”. In my all or nothing mind, that balance is tricky. Often in the summer, I go gung-ho on relaxing, and then feel icky when school starts up that I haven’t done anything!

    So far I have done a lot of cleaning and some organizing, because so much of that went on the back burner along with me. I have also done some sewing and relaxing. I’ve had some good chats with hubby that will hopefully lessen some of the tension around the remodel. I hope to check in daily as a way to keep myself focused on my goal of healthy habits for me!

    Thanks for sticking around even when some of us disappear! I also want to say that I enjoyed your poem yesterday. I could really relate to the images that you created.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Oh how I miss that feeling of freedom of the first day of summer! (One of the true perks from teaching) and I’m glad you will have a chance to relax a bit and focus on AMY. It is fine with me that you would like to post more often about how it’s going with you. The more the merrier! I love to know, and I bet the brave companions would like to know too. It is a bit quiet around here lately, but visits aren’t down all that much. So either lurkers are having their season, or BCs are stopping in for a peek before going on with their pursuits. For me, I am pleased to say I am taking it all in stride. What I write, record, or post these days seems to be for the joy of it. *I* am my own best fan! I would have been scared that sounded self-involved before, but now I understand that I own my voice and appreciate the opportunity to let it roam. If others like it too, GREAT! If not, not my business. So I find I am more stable in my mood and more able to move past disappointments. I also very much understand when BCs are off doing other things. I, like you, have times where I’m busy, or stressed or down or just feel like observing rather than participating. You will see my statuses and blog posts, and indeed, even the show, rise and fall depending on where I’m at. It’s all good. I am 100% pleased EVERY TIME I hear in any way from a BC, and I am 100% pleased any time I feel a creative urge and let it come out in some way. This is a new path for me. Pleasing MYSELF with my voice and sharing it without depending on others to validate my experience. I think this is my next level of bravery. Being me for me. And I’m sending you, marvelous, talented, creative Amy, positive love and vibes for the same. I wish you an endless summer of fun, being AMY and sharing what pleases you with us. xoxoxoxoxoxox

  2. dawny

    Congratulations Amy, on deciding to take some time for you!!!! positive.. self care.. LOVE..

    Im sending you kind thoughts and hugs from what you have been thru, and the next steps forward in this adventure we call LIFE…


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