Thursday, March 8, 2007

Prepping for Stress

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...

14 comments:

laura jesser said...

I'm glad Fcat has really been coming through for you. I hope you're able to find some peace amid all the madness! Cooking and blogging are my outlets, and when I don't have time for them (as has been the case lately), I am afraid I'm going to lose my mind! So I send happy thoughts your way... in return for a slice of that pizza. Hehe.

runswithdog said...

All the food looks delicious! I don't know how you cook while being so busy. I just want to tell you that while I enjoy all your posts, I really like the work related ones. I find your career field very interesting :-)

bazu said...

Oooh, you have been very stressed lately! I know how it feels to have to pull those all-nighters, but doesn't it feel great when you emerge on the other side? I'm so thrilled your presentation went so well.
Your food looks so great. I'm glad you tried the brussels sprouts- and your description of the baked clams hit the nail on the head!! As soon as I tasted them, I knew they had a great Italian restaurant flavor to them- mushroom caps? breaded zucchini? - but your comparison to the lemony bready garlic-y baked clams is perfect!
And those cupcakes are beyond cute.

KleoPatra said...

Fcat to the rescue. Nice nickname there. Cute.

I love that photo of the dog licking his face. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT!? The food has got to be outrageous and i love love love those cupcakes!!

I would so much love a slice or two or four of that pizza as well!

Sweat = good! Means yer workin' hard, right!?

scottishvegan said...

Sorry to hear that you’ve been stressing, but at least you have a sweetie boyfriend who is there for you. That looks like one of the yummiest pizzas ever! The homemade food looks so colourful and healthy! And the cupcakes and doggy are adorable.

Jackie said...

Why do everyones cupcakes look like master chefs made them and mine look like a 19 year old did ?

The pie looks really delicious.

I had a very stressed job before I retired and it took almost a year after I retired to finally shake the stress off. I never seem to have enough hours in each day to do all my voluntary activities like animal right issues but without the stress I handle everything as it happens.

Jackie said...

Whoops meant to say like a 9 year old LOL

aTxVegn said...

Pizza and cupcakes and Fcat to the rescue! I think your meals look totally healthy and satisfying. I can't even believe you could put them together. I always say I'm going to really get into yoga, but I never find the time and I can't afford to put it off much longer.

Congratulations on your presentation!

Urban Vegan said...

Good luck on your gig. Don't work and stress too hard...it's only a job. Cupcakes always help, right? AT least we can see that you're takign care of yourself, eating healthy food and making at least some time for yourself. That's important.

You and Fcat seem like such a sweet couple--he takes care of you and you take care of him (And BooBoo takes care of you both).Hang in there...this project will be just a memory in no time.

springsandwells said...

I hope your big shoot in LA goes well. There are LOADS of neat yoga classes in LA, if you ever have a free moment. :)

It's great that Fcat has been spoiling you - pizza and cupcakes! Right on.

Melody said...

wow, I am a bit stressed just reading all of that! You sound like you are fabulous at what you do... and handle it all with grace.. and Fcat is awesome! I'm glad that you have someone who supports you so well in your life.

The Vegan Chick said...

Wow, the food looks amazing. Your job sounds stressful, but it still sounds a lot more fun than a lot of other jobs out there!

fcat said...

I am so glad that your stress level has come down a few notches. Thanks for your expertise and production for the LA shoot, as always it all fell into place!! You are my shining star so being patient and supporting you is just the way it works.

Look forward to many more frustrating productions that will turn out as perfect as the last….

The tempeh, mashed sweet potatoes, quinoa and brussel sprouts is my favorite… the presentation was perfect!

Please get to yoga this week, it works!

This cat says think 2cats….

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