I have taken a life altering step: I have moved to California.
Why? The opera was going thru some serious changes, which I knew I could weather, but wasn’t sure I wanted to. I tired of working really hard when I had work and then finding myself unemployed too much of the year. I was beginning to feel that I was too old for this. I was going stale.
I accepted a job running the costume shop for the Theatre and Dance department and Loyola Marymount University. Year round employment, with benefits. Something completely new for me. Turns out I haven’t yet reached my expiration date.
It’s about time you announced this, don’t you think? Since It happened 6 months ago.
I know, I know, but really I haven’t had time to write or knit or much of anything. I got the job in late September. Finished the show I was working on at the opera. Stashed my belongings at my son’s house, packed the bare necessities and 2 cats into my car, waved goodbye to Georgia and, feeling very dazed and confused, arrived in LA in mid October.
The cats were not happy about any of this but more about that later.
I spent my first few months working like crazy because I started in mid semester and had to play catch up with everything. I stayed with a friend who lived pretty far away from school and when I wasn’t working, I was driving or sleeping.
I had a break in December which I used to look for a apartment but mostly just drove around in circles because I was always getting lost. I did get a place and after way too much juggling of time, resources, and sanity, moved in January. Just in time to start the next crazy round of shows.
The department normally does 6 theatre productions and 2 dance concerts. This is manageable. However, in 2013-14 they did 10 theatre projects requiring support from the costume shop in addition to the 2 dance concerts. I was dancing as fast as I could and then…
The academic year ended. There are no shows during the summer and the campus is quiet. I have some leisure time. I don’t know what to do without deadlines. I miss the students and the liveliness they bring to the shop.
So what am I doing now? Because I can’t seem to stop, I got permission to work 1 show at Music Circus. I’m in Sacramento. Working hard.
Just the usual.