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    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Momentary Lapse

... and I'm back.

I want to keep the writing in flow. I've been challenged to write for at least two hours a day. So far it's been a sporadic two hours ... and not exactly two hours. But I'm proud to announce that my sock drawer has never looked better.

You know how that is ... "I have to write" becomes a chore. I'll do just about anything else to "prepare" for the actual writing. The light has to be just right. Papers off the desk (even though I'm sitting on the couch). Dogs need attention (even though they're sleeping on the couch). I need good pens (even though I'm on the computer). Next I'll be washing the windows (not). But you get my point.

We all know how happy I can be writing just anything for more than two hours. Putting things in a structural form is a whole 'nother story. So I'm following some guidelines (oh no! not those!) and hoping to finish my first personal "assignment" by the end of today.

So far I have four (messy) script ideas that sound better and better as I develop them. When I read them aloud, I feel less enthused.

Lesson #1 - no reading aloud.

The next assignment will be to choose one of those script ideas and develop it even more.

In between all this, I have daily dogs to walk plus marketing to do to get more dogs to walk. Another film project starting. I'm editing a scene. I also have to return shoes to the outlet stores oh-so-far-away and return clothes to Ross not-so-far-away. Oh yeah and see my dentist and my hair dresser on the same day. And no, I haven't been back to yoga.

Big dreams. Big plans. Breaking through the low-ambition barrier. It helps to be surrounded by ambitious, talented creative people.

Back to work. But first, don't forget to check out the new poll.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Writing

... be back soon.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Creative Upswing

Whoa. I feel good. Lots of creativity around me - coming from within too. Very inspiring.

I'm editing PBX's project. I'm learning more and more as I go along. I love it. I want editing software at home so I can spend every waking hour obsessing over the perfect take, cut, shot, angle, whatever.

I know me. This will last as long as it lasts and I'll walk away with more knowledge than I started with. I love learning. I'm a true Gemini - we know a little about a lot of things.

I can tell I'm on a major creative upswing.

I posted signs at the school of music. I'm looking for musicians to play with me - gigs and recording.

The days fly by. I swear, it feels like all I do is get up and go to bed. There's so much happening during the day - not enough hours to get everything done. Netflix? Cable TV? Who has time?

Dog work is slowly picking up too. Don't want to jinx it so I won't mention more yet.

Speaking of ... gotta run. It's dogpark time.

peace all

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Yoga

I went to yoga last night.

It's been so long since I attended a yoga class that the previous statement could be its own blog post.

I've been wanting to get back to a regular yoga schedule, but always find a reason not to go. Last night there was no good reason to stay home. I had felt productive all day. I had the energy. I was in slight ear/head pain. And of course I was stressed-out. That could go without saying.

My resistance to going is usually about my own fear of going in. It's that emotional, internal, intimacy fear. I got slightly anxious before class last night. When I stepped foot into the asana room, I felt a sense of at-homeness. Something I'd forgotten. I was definitely in the right place last night.

It was as though my body picked up right where I left off. Yes, I am weaker and less flexible today. But not by much. I realized last night, that even though it's been a couple of years since I had a regular (daily) practice in a class environment, I still have a daily practice in my life. Breathing, stretching, mindfulness - they stick with me. When I'm disciplined enough to take the time to attend a class, my practice just goes that much deeper.

Oh yeah, then there's the whole physical aspect of yoga. I may not be able to walk or hold a leash, but today's ache is a reminder of the yesterday's workout.

It's my intention to go again, on a more regular basis. No pressure though. One breath at a time.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

false alarm...

...for now.

No oral surgery for me yesterday.

It could still happen but the cute, young oral surgeon spent a good amount of time explaining his thoughts to me. The wisdom tooth in question is completely encased in bone. It's been there for "a really long time" (PBX's words) and therefore would require an invasive surgery (cracking bone and leaving a massive hole in my mouth/jaw) with at least a two-week recovery time. And since he couldn't be sure that tooth is the cause of my pain, there's no reason to remove it immediately. First, he wants to exhaust all other possible options.

Works for me ... as long as I'm not in pain.

He prescribed some heavy-duty pain meds for times I can hardly bear the pain. Good. So I have those on hand now.

Next, I scheduled an appointment with another department where they will do an in-depth evaluation of me, my life and my face. I think they'll check my grinding, biting, chewing habits. As cute, young OS put it, they could ask me things as far back as my childhood. It could be a four-hour evaluation.

Works for me ... as long as I'm not in pain.

It's also possible that this pain is a complication (or reaction) from my parotid tumor surgery over a year ago. Same side of the face and everything. The nerves are still numb around my ear and some are just starting to re-activate. It could be that they are firing too quickly. (something like that) I don't have that (HMO) insurance anymore but I need to get through to my ENT surgeon and have her check my progress. I'm on it.

Works for me ... as long as I'm not in pain.

I also need to have my recent dentist check the alignment of the crown I had done last year. It feels too high. She should be able to adjust it on the spot. That should alleviate some of the discomfort, until we figure out what's really going on.

Then if I'm still in pain and we can't find the source, we may have to remove the impacted wisdom tooth to rule it out as the pain-maker.

One thing I did learn - I have two other wisdom teeth (broken through the bone, less invasive surgery) that will need to be extracted. Even though neither one of them bothers me at this time, they could be problematic down the line.

I find humor in that.

Works for me ... as long as I'm not in pain.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Extraction Day

Tuesday already. I survived a week of dental pain. After a few days of agony, my nerves gave up on me. So I was basically numb all week. I don't remember much of last week. Except maybe spending too much money on shoes.

Surgery is scheduled for 3pm today. I'm mostly nervous about being awake through the ripping and tearing of flesh and the cracking and breaking of bone in my mouth. If my portable media player were in any condition to last through the surgery I'd be sure to bring it. But for some odd reason, the 12-hour battery only lasts (less than) 2 hours. I haven't done anything about it since I bought it. I need to buy a new battery or sell the fucker. It was expensive too dammit.

It's raining in Southern California. April showers bring May flowers...on the east coast. April showers in Los Angeles are just wrong. I suppose this is the price we pay for the mild winter we had. I don't mind the rain really. I'd just rather it rain overnight. Dry days make for dry, happy dog walkers.

Not much else here. Well, not at the moment anyway. I'm feeling a little distracted. I may be more nervous about the surgery than I'm telling myself. When I brought a child to a teaching clinic to have a tooth extracted, I was able to sit with him through the whole thing. I suppose there's no chance they'd believe I'm 9 years old so I could have someone sit with me.

At least now I know to ask for Happy Gas.