A Very Sparkly Day
My life is split between being parked at my computer designing websites and performing with my circus troupe. Yesterday was a fairly typical circus work day. I got up around 11 and had breakfast with the piglet on the deck. My new makeup was delivered, essentially a box of glitter, so I tested everything to see how well it would stay on and then curled my hair with my new curl stick. (The clamp broke off my old iron, so I was very happy to buy a new one) I did a little design work for a few hours and took the piglet for a walk before heading downtown to rehearsal.
For our show tonight we are performing as starfish on a jellyfish for The Octopus Umbrella Circus Presents: The Clown Party – yes, it’s going to be as strange as it sounds! We wrapped the chandelyra in stripes of sparkling fabric and then ran through the routine once before going through our regular lyra routine for our show tomorrow.
We had a couple hours to kill before rigging, so we walked over to a new Detroit-centric store that had recently opened in Eastern Market. I bought a Detroit is for Lovers tee and a pack of Detroit postcards so I can write to my brother and grandparents. While we were wandering around the owner of the shop actually recognized us as The Weird Sisters, which was kind of awesome :) We stopped for sushi and yes…that is crab and roe. In the past two days, after over 10 years of being veggie, I’ve eaten fish TWICE (on purpose) and possibly had a minor spazz both times because I was so nervous!
At 7:30 we drove over to the venue to rig our now sparklfied Princess Jellyfish. I’m not going to pretend for a second that the ladder isn’t as high, heavy and as terrifying as it looks. For climbing as much as we do (30ft sometimes), rigging from a ladder still gives me a heart attack almost every time.
We ran through the routine again to make sure we wouldn’t smack into the wall, which was a little too close for comfort. And by the time I got home and parked my ass on the couch I was 100 percent exhausted – one episode of True Blood, a midnight snack and I was out!
While it is a lot of work to create routines, switch out music and make costume pieces for multiple shows each month, I wouldn’t trade anything for getting to spend my day like this with ladies I adore.06.15.12 in circus