Disoriented in December

Can someone please tell me what day it is? Someone? Anyone? No seriously…

I woke up this morning and had absolutely no clue what the date was, what day it was or what time it was. Apparently I’d left my cell phone (a.k.a. my alarm clock) at the theater the night before, since not a peep was heard, not even its disturbingly obnoxious beeping sound.

And on driving home this evening I realized that the same thing has happened yet again.
“Cell phone? Where areee youuuuu?” I guess it decided to stay home…
But home these days is not the place where I sleep, the address that’s on all my paychecks- the place that’s generally considered “home.” Nope.

These days I live in the realm, the alternate universe of Nutcracker. My home: the theater, a.k.a. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. In this place date, time, day, night… they don’t exist. Much like the movie Groundhog Day, every day is Christmas Eve… and Clara’s getting a new Nutcracker.
I measure time by half-hour calls and massage/physical therapist arrival times. And meals? Forget it! I’ve flat-out stopped trying to label them “breakfast”, “lunch” or “dinner”… I mean can you really call it lunch when you’re eating it at 4:30/5pm? And can you really call it dinner when it’s a big bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats at 10:30/11pm?

In the morning I arrive at the theater, take class, put makeup on my dried-out/breaking-out face (this seems oxymoronic, and yet my face proves that it is possible), dance and then do it all over again for the evening show… Between shows I’ll go out to get some food and fresh air, but by this time it’s already dark out. Returning back to the Black Hole (my other name for the theater) I’ll eat, and then mess around either studying, embroidering cards, or practicing a variation till the therapist arrives or it’s just time to begin again. Monotonous? A little. But I like predictability and stability… and did I forget to mention all the dancing and performing I get to do? Yeah, I definitely love that part of it. And besides, I have 11 different parts that break up the monotony and keep me on my toes… (okay really bad pun, but I just had to…)

Living in Nutcracker land is okay with me during the month of December, but problems arise when I have to re-enter the real world…. when lunch is at noon and dinner’s at 7pm; when I have to be at work by 10am but had a show that ended at 10pm the night before. Sleepless in Seattle? Sort of. Disoriented in December? Definitely!

Well, to get a glimpse of my life in Nutcracker land, watch this great little video the very talented Lindsay Thomas created for PNB’s youtube channel. And to experience the magic, buy your tickets here. We still have a week of shows left (including the always hilarious “Nutty” Nutcracker show at 4pm on Christmas Eve) and guess who gets to close this run of Nutcracker as the Peacock? Me, that’s who!

And to you all out there: May the Lord bless you with the gift of His peace, rest and joy as you celebrate His birth – the greatest gift of all!  Merry Christmas!

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