Monday, September 16, 2019

Somewhere safe?!

I put my current passport somewhere safe a few months ago. SO SAFE, neither I nor David nor the two kids are able to find it. It has vanished. Gah.
So, I just forked out nearly $400 for a replacement to make sure I get it in time.
All this for a tiny boring book with terrible illustrations...

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Monday, September 9, 2019

20 days and counting...

September got here and it's already over a week old and only 20 days until I get on a plane!!
I am working not silly hours, tying up the last bits of work to completely my two contracts. I finally have time to breathe. And with every chance of a week off before I depart.
Due to a throat that was threatening to turn really nasty, I bailed on the show in Tauranga. It meant a precious four days at home and while I was REALLY SAD and had massive FOMO, I also got my living room tidied up, breaking down piles of C-rap that had solidified over the years. I mean, the walls are not lined with piled up newspapers, it's nothing like that, just clutter.
Now I can see surfaces! I found things!
There's something in all of this tidying, I feel calmer. But then, looking around my six paisley living room, calmness is all relative.
This evening I picked the boy up from the airport after his extended weekend stage managing the show and hanging out with friends, and I was missed.
I love this photo. I look like a 1940s stage comedian!!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

September LOOMS!!

Life is packed right now. With the end of August looming, I am looking at September with the apprehension I feel at the top of a steep slope.
Since my last post, I have been accepted into the Arizona Burlesque Festival, which is very exciting, the only downside being that I had to rejig my flights, cut NYC out of my trip, and pay silly money to reroute my flights from Canada to Phoenix instead.
BUT, though I don't get to meet a very old and dear friend in NYC, I DO get to hang out in Tucson with another old and dear friend who lives there!
So, it's all good.
Stateside friends: I'm in Vancouver 29 Sept-3 October, in Saskatoon 3-8 October, Tucson 8-14 October.
We just did shows Thursday AND Friday nights, and with only a week of august left, I'm not sure what September is bringing work-wise. No contract extensions as yet confirmed, no
I'm in Tauranga 6-7 September doing Trianja then on 21 September I'll be in Raglan hosting a fundraiser for another performer Sapphira L'Amour who is off to the Czech Republic for the Bohemian Festival. Payin' it forward as you do, after the wonderful one my friends helped us to do in Wellington on 6 July. It's called Soiree!
SO, I have a month of mystery ahead of me! it had better cough up some money as well as fun!
 Me on Thursday night, feeling the pressure of getting a gig off the ground on a week night!
My beautiful son and his "Baby Daddy" Debbie. We have a complex family structure hehe

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Big or little?

What is more interesting; the big things that happen, or the little things?

Big things:

We had a huge fundraiser show on 6 July to support my trip to Canada in Sept/Oct, with performing friends descending upon Wellington from all over New Zealand to give their time and talent.

And on Sunday 7th my mum had her 80th birthday concert, which I hosted. My extended but not very far family all performed. No photos as my brother in law, the person most likely to take photos, went to Hawaii a couple of days later.

Little things:

I have had two weeks of almost no work as I've had some kind of fluey thing and my brain was mush.This week I feel normal again thank goodness. A big week with the guest spot at the Southern Cross Music Quiz. My little achievement that makes me happy is that I played the guitar again. But instead of just three chords, I busted out 11!!! In order to be able to play snippets of ten songs (the teams have to guess what they are and what the theme is) I called on 35 year old muscle memory. It's amazing what the body remembers!
Also, no photos.
Everything else is making shows that are coming up - three in production - and work. Which I can't talk about, but then again it is pretty dull!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

On night clubs and meaningful conversations

After last evening's show I was persuaded to go out on the razzle. My normal post show routine involves heading home for bed! Instead my friend Wendy and I ended up at LuLus, a "tiki" bar famous for its ridiculous cocktails. We got in pina coladas in pineapple shaped glasses, then headed down the back to find a table.
Now I'm in full show sequin gown, crazy makeup and tall hair, not exactly blending in, and we got summoned to a table by two gorgeous young women sharing a bowl cocktail. An amazing conversation about life and being a woman; and I showed Sera a photo of me without all the stage makeup. Here eyes lit up and she said, "Can I tell you a story? A few weeks ago I was in Moore Wilson (supermarket) and this lovely woman told me she loved my eyelashes. I'd just got the extensions done and was feeling weird about them and I said back to her, "Oh, they're not mine." The lady said to me, "honey, you paid for them, they're yours, own it, I know what I'm talking about, I'm a drag queen!"
That woman was me! I remembered pretty quickly. And there I was with my lashes and paddings and addings in my hair living proof of my own advice hehe. She told me it made a big difference to her.
It was a magic moment indeed.

They left before we did and I ended up sitting at a table with a bunch of young men one of whom tried to convince me they were a singing group like the ten tenors. I wanted to believe him but after asking a couple of questions it was clear he didn't know anything about singing! But it was good fun and we chatted happily until I left.

I might add that a lot more pina coladas were consumed after that first one and my memories of bits of the night are not great. And also, getting drunk on sickly cocktails is not a success strategy for a pleasant night's sleep. It was heaps of fun but I think I'll return to the usual rituals like visiting the all night bakery, sharing a cuppa with any friend staying over, or just taking off my face and taking down my hair and hitting the sack!!
Not your average night club patron!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ageing gracefully!

This is me about 12 years ago. Short hair, a bit slimmer and living in a different city.
This photo came from a photo shoot with a lovely friend who is quite a famous photographer here in NZ. he asked me to do a trade to assist with some sewing, and we did this shoot at 8am on a week day!
I remember we were both jammed up against one of those big lights, with a reflector disc just below the level of the shot. He is very tall and is silhouetted in the reflection in my eyes.Very arty!
The view past him and the light was piles of leisurewear as they were shooting a catalogue.
I absolutely love it when life occurs with these ridiculous contrasts. So grounding!!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I'm a Granny!

This little bundle of human is my step grand-daughter. She's in a different city so I've not met her in person yet but I will soon. I can't wait for snuggles! She's just gorgeous and her lovely parents are understandably besotted. So are her aunties, grandparents and, well, everyone!
A few months ago my step daughter asked us all what we wanted to be called - this kid has three grandmothers and three grandfathers. I chose Mamush, which is what my nieces and nephew call me, so as to leave all the G names to the other two.
I'm too young for this!! But also, I'm not! Eep! Tips welcome!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

What I've been up to...

 More Constance Ravings! Truth is, I am working a day job which I'm really enjoying but I can't talk about it even if it was interesting to do so, so Constance is the only interesting bit. Oh wait there's something else but that is for my next post!

 Golden Garters Awards, hosting with Mae de la Rue from Sydney, singing possibly the ROPIEST version of Razzle Dazzle em ever!!! We'd like to think it was so bad, it was good hehe.
 My Golden Garter for Favourite MC. Behold how masterfully I manage microphone, clipboard AND award. Those skills got me where I am today hehe.

And THEN there was the NZ Burlesque Festival last weekend, three days of mayhem, music, musings and mugging on stage!!
 Thursday night's Meet and Greet, Clever and I broke out our best Weimar? Vy not? look...
 Yip, we were channelling our best look!!
 And then Mr Lola Illusion joined us for a moment of filling viewing that reminded me of..well, I found the pic!
On the Saturday I taught a workshop in the afternoon but that was it really. So Mr Lola and I went hand in hand to the show- please note the matching cape thrown over his shoulder - he made it from the offcut of my dress! We caused quite a stir, it was a lot of fun to be this EXTRA and not have to perform. Which is fun to, but not three nights in a row thank you!

So that's what I have been getting up to when not doing boring things to pay the mortgage. Cos, well, ain't nothin' going on but the mortgage!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Award Winning MC apparently!!!

Look! I won another thing! I'm so excited because I never win anything, let alone three years in a row. It means a lot to me. And after a week of amazing experiences.

This wee baby is going on my wall soon. ALL the glitter!
So the week before on Thursday 21 March, Leo and I got to MC at the ILGA World Conference dinner. When we walked into the venue and saw how big it was, we had a giggle! 450 delegates, 40 tables of gorgeous humans from all around the world! It was so much fun to get up on stage and look out at them.
Leo and I hosting the ILGA World Conference Dinner

 Me before the show in the shade hence the blue tinge. Prize for best use of a $2 lawn ornament? ;-)
$2 lawn ornament head piece!!!
 This is me with Ross Weistroffer! Who is Ross Weistroffer I hear you ask? (Unless you know him and Googled his name and this came up in which case HI!!!) He is a Research Analyst from UCLA who hunted me down at dinner time to sit and chat because he loves drag queens. What a poppet! I adore gorgeous Gay American men so we're a match! Ross took the photo of Leo and me on stage, bless him.
Ross Weistroffer and me
We had an amazing night with incredible food, dancing, speeches, food, dancing.
Dessert Unicorn!!!
On Saturday 23 March I was up in Auckland, sans lawn ornament, co-hosting the NZ Burlesque Industry Awards with the ravishing Mae de la Rue from Sydney. No photos as hosting an awards is a huge and busy night, so my phone hardly got touched. When the photos come out, I'll post some. It WAS fun!!
Right now I have a rotten cold but I'm dragging myself into work anyway, dosed up on Codral. Trying hard not to cough on people. Don't judge me; it's my second round in three weeks and I don't have time to be sick again!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A weekend away and a wedding

Hi there! Life has ratchetted up somewhat over the past few months and that makes it hard to find time to write. Plus most of the busy is very, very dull.
Relaxing at a friend's wedding recently
A few weekends ago a bunch of us headed up to Auckland for a wedding. It was lovely to hang out and not have to do much - usually we are madly producing shows. Clipboards were swapped for glasses of bubbles for the day. SO nice. Plus we got to go op shopping and eat brunch.
I bought this little off the shoulder number to wear as most of my clothes are either too ordinary or WAY too sparkly for even a formal wedding.It was cool and comfortable in a very warm and humid climate, which was the plan.
The Caburlesque Family - son Jack, me, Pinot Sister Debbie and everybody's Daddy, Soundbitch!
What a glamorous lot we were! I do feel that we are one Timmy The Dog away from being The Famous Five here however. Or perhaps the Narnia children. I wouldn't put it past Jack to dob us all in - not for Turkish Delight but possibly jersey caramels!

A lovely day was had by all - a couple who are meant to be together got to be together and it's always an honour to witness that.

Monday, January 7, 2019

You've got to Move it, Move it!

 Finally moving day is here for Made Marion Craft, our little but thriving business in Wellington.
Assisted by a small but perfectly formed army of volunteers, everything got packed up by close of business Sunday and all we had to do today (Monday) was get the furniture coded for the movers who arrived at lunch time. It was weird being sort of open but not really. And there being nothing to do for a few hours.
And now just about half of the stuff is over there; through friends with big cars or vans on Sunday taking the odd shaped things like mannequins, spinning wheels and racks, and the movers arriving today at lunchtime and whipping out most of the furniture.
The photos below show the incredible back room that will be our storage and staff area. It has a mezzanine and graffiti!! For some reason these two elements combined seem incredibly edgy to me!

It's scary but also exciting to be growing, sort of (much, MUCH busier part of town, more rent, more classes etc) when other shops are folding. We're holding our own which is a good feeling.
Tomorrow, more moving, more unpacking, rinse and repeat for the rest of the week. I will take some pics of the new space as it develops. Today I was too comatose!
P.S. Cuba St is very edgy. We're all deciding how to rise to the occasion. I feel I should get more tattoos, there may be dreadlocks and pyjamas or leather studded wrist bands. Curly moustaches, it's all here!