Clearly, I am behind in finishing the posts that I begin...and here comes the dog-ate-my-homework excuse: I am extremely busy with work. I've been prepping for some big upcoming shoots and consequently, badly managing my anxiety and stress. You know how they always say "Don't sweat the small stuff.", well, my job when producing a photo shoot is exactly that - sweat the small stuff, the big stuff and everything in between- anticipate all possible things going wrong so that everything is covered . And yes, I was sweating it all.
My boyfriend, who shall now be referred to as Fcat- he not only has the patience of a saint, but he always tries to make me feel better during my especially stressed-out weeks, even though I still take it out on him- thank goodness for me that he has the patience of a saint!
So have been crazed working all week on castings & the upcoming photo shoot in LA, but then I added yet another project to extra packed schedule- a casting presentation. I had been busting my behind all weekend, sitting in front of the computer from 9am til 10pm, working on a last minute power-point presentation that would ultimately defend my job and answer heckling from the peanut gallery (which I discovered the heckling was due to an ulterior motive- the peanut gallery has close connections with a really big peanut in the casting business and as I and many others suspected, it was less about me and more about trying to get their big peanut into my cookie jar...). So on top of everything I was working on, I also had to come up with a kick-ass presentation which was extra tedious and time consuming.
Fcat to the rescue with taking me out for Sunday lunch! I did need an hour away from the computer because I was starting to see in pixels. We went to Patsy's- a great brick oven pizza place very very close by. We split a salad and a large pie with olives & broccoli- my half with no cheese of course!
I ate three slices. Grabbed a shot before I polished it off.yum!
Pizza hit the spot and I went back and worked until the evening, but ended up putting together a rather impressive presentation and the clients were thrilled and hopefully, will keep their cookie jar in my kitchen for a while longer...
Woke up and made Fcat some scrambled tofu (boring, I know that's all I seem to make- scrambled tofu, well that and marinated tempeh...see below) to start the week off properly to fortify & stave off the oncoming anxiety attacks...
Also made Fcat a little dinner of oh guess what- tempeh again, mashed sweet potato, quinoa & delicious brussel sprouts which Bazu had called attention to another blogger's yummy recipe. Garlic, breadbrumbs,lemon and brussel sprouts- so tasty. I've discovered that what I thought I loved about baked clams, has nothing at all to do with clams- it's the buttery, garlicky, lemony breadcrumbs that makes it so damn good. So now, I no longer miss baked clams because now I can mix earth-balance, garlic & breadcrumbs on my brussel sprouts!
Another dinner, was swiss chard w/olives, garlic, lemon & sweet potato with flax seed.
And Thursday came with yet another big video casting of models. This is one of the many configurations of studios where I put models on camera. Yes, that little yellow taped box is where the model stands. Stacked on the stool are portfolios of models that can't make it, but I still show the books to the clients. That is Fcat's back sitting below- he's here to light the models and work the camera. We get to work together a lot, which is nice, but since he is so empathetic- he takes on my work stress because we are constantly working for the same clients.
This tiny little teacup came to the casting with a model. This little teacup was super cute.
At the end of crazed casting day, my Fcat brought me yummy vegan cupcakes from S'Nice. What a nice treat! I got to sample them all: yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting, red velvet with vanilla frosting & chocolate with peanut butter frosting. The choc with peanut butter was the best. The red velvet was a little too sugary, but I was a trooper and was able to get through it somehow...hehehe.
Well, onwards to my big LA production- as I cross each project off my list, the stress levels down. The best thing for my stress, anxiety and the knots in my back would be to go to yoga, but have had no time at all- so the cupcakes and pizza will have to do for now...