Halloween Night? Is that even a thing? I say this with sarcasm as I got to do no sort of Halloweeny celebrations tonight, due to having our first evening of pantomime rehearsals. This weekend is going to be very intensive, as I’m appearing in a pantomine in Rugeley at Christmas. The pantomime is as you may already know, Aladdin and I’m going to playing Princess Jasmine. It’s a very quick turn around as this is really the only sort of proper rehearsals we’ll have as we won’t be meeting up till December 6th and we go on stage on the 9th. Scary! A fitting thought for Halloween.
So today, I got up at 9.30 after going to bed at around 1.30am. Why I hear you ask, were you up so late? Well to be perfectly honest I wasn’t organised this week and forgot about editing a video for today…so I did it last night! I really hope that when you watch the video you don’t think it’s rushed. I did try and spend as much time on it as I could (without falling asleep on my laptop), so I hope you like it. As I’m typing this, the video is currently uploading and should be up in 503 minutes. That’s what it’s estimated at anyway. I tried uploading it this morning but forgot to add my tag title to the video and was in a rush to get out of the house so I decided it would be best to just get it uploaded when I got in from rehearsals tonight.
Today my mammy treated me to a day out to do some birthday shopping. She realised that I haven’t got a lot of clothes at the moment and living in London is so expensive. By the time I take out all the necessities I need for the month, out of my wage packet, there’s nothing really left. We visited lots of shops but I mainly got the bulk of my clothes from Primark. CUE PRIMARK HAUL VIDEO!
I got loads of chunky knitwear and fashionable but cosy dresses that I could wear both in the day and during the evening that would be ideal for the winter we’ll certainly be receiving in the UK. The best part of the day was going to Terrys Ltd where I had my first job. It’s a cafe in the market section of the shopping centre and if you didn’t know, Stoke-on-Trent/Staffordshire is well-known for their oatcakes. Oatcakes are basically like savoury pancakes.
You put anything from bacon to mushrooms, egg or sausage, whatever you like. Sometimes we’d have an oatcake with a full english (a substitute for bread perhaps) and it’s SO good! So we went there for lunch and what’s so lovely about it is that they encourage their customers to sit together. There isn’t much seat area in the cafe as they are limited to space, so customers take seat with others! They do get a lot of regulars who now tend to sit together and have been doing it for years and years. I remember coming into work at around 8am to see the locals standing outside the market waiting for it to be open. They were certainly brave considering it was always so cold in the morning!
After finishing up in Hanley (the town centre for shopping in Stoke-on-Trent), we headed to my Nan’s and Grandad’s for tea. We had a lovely steak and apple pie for pudding. I also had a glass of rose! Oooo cheeky. Afterwards, my grandad drove me to rehearsals for pantomime. It was lovely to see everyone and meet some new people. Tonight was quite relaxed, we blocked and ran a few scenes and learnt a dance or two but tomorrow and Sunday will be our opportunity to really hit the ground running and get this pantomime up on it’s feet.
Looking forward to the day ahead and I’ll be sure to post up the ‘What’s in my bag?’ video on tomorrow night’s blog!
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