Mark is in his happiest place – snapping photos of the beach while bike riding in Ventura.
We had SO much fun in Ventura for Mark’s Birthday
Weird to Travel Unplugged
I deliberately went to Ventura sans computer and recorder. I wanted to focus on Mark, the moment, and to just rest in the downtime vs. my usual blog writing, recording and documenting. It was weird, let me tell you. It was for sure, a taste of my soon to be future.
It’s starting to sink in what life will be like without the show. It’s so strange. I almost feel as if I’m missing a limb. For the last 18 months, wherever I’ve gone, whatever I’ve done, I’ve been thinking about how the story of my life would be told to you in the podcast. I’ve been my own narrator. And that came with LOADS of benefits. Check this out!
I can’t believe that I actually just put on my suit and went swimming without thinking about it. I knew I looked jiggly, I knew my sun-damaged skin is starting to wrinkle and sag, and I knew that despite my stylist’s best efforts, the grey at my roots is growing ever faster and it’s impossible to hide. I am what I am. And for once in my life, that is all I need to be. This miraculous change of attitude is directly tied to my learning so much about myself through the show, AND through your comments and friendship. The show has given me the gift of acceptance – and not acceptance in a settling kind of way. I truly value all of myself these days. Even my formerly hated thighs, crazy eyebrows, the crooked scars on my face and lips that change how I smile and speak. True, I can no longer play the flute, but I can do so many things.
Real Life Stories
Some things I’ve been working on for the last show include recording some of our friends from the writing group Mark and I attend. I thought it would be fun for you to hear what I hear when we go. They are so creative and had so much fun recording in my new home studio. Mark and I are determined to keep our house cleaner in future so we can have literary parties where we roll our story cubes, have drinks around the fire pit and get to know these friends better.
I’m also hopeful that we will have a version of BC Dave’s mini radio play ‘Dave vs. the Robot Aliens’ done by professional and voice acting students. My coach, actor and director, David Babich held auditions for it, and will try to get the recordings to me this week. The only reason this project won’t make the last show is if David needs to rearrange his schedule due to unexpected acting work of his own. But let me tell you, it was just thrilling to know that I am now part of this wonderful voice acting community and I had so much fun in this process.
I won’t say budding songwriter anymore, but FLOWERING singer/songwriter, Fionna wrote a brand new song for our last episode. XOXOXOX Fionna, I so love it, and can’t wait to share it with the BCs. I will be honored to say I knew you when.
Mark will give one last update as my scale replacement and share what we plan to be up to in the next year or so.
Alen Standish was kind enough to record a mini update and good-bye.
Stéfanie from Quebec sent one last secret topic and Dawny sent a cute audio segment about saying good-bye.
They will all go down in COD history, as being part of the last show, but more importantly, all of these people are truly part of my life now, not just my show.
Want to be part of COD History?
As promised I will still post blogs on topics that hit me and give status updates about what I’m up to, and if I have huge news or just feel like it, I may post a bonus episode or two. But for all intents and purposes, YOUR last chance to be on the air and say good-bye in some way to the BCs and myself, comes to an end Aug. 8, 2015. That’s the cutoff for material because I need a chance to arrange it, write the last show, record it, edit it, and send it out to you before the end of August. So if you were thinking about calling the bravery hotline, using Speakpipe or any of the other ways to send audio to say good-bye, it’s time to do so. The clock is ticking on our time together with COD, but no matter what, I wish you all very well, and I still, really, really care.