Journal

Sunset

There was a gorgeous sunset last night. One of the many reasons that I like my apartment is that I can watch sunsets, sunrises and the northern lights from the comfort of my couch.

Packages from Home

Today was a banner day for packages. One from Rob, including brownies and the New York Times. I’m fairly certain that people include newspaper just as a packing device, but I find myself smoothing out the pages to read them. It’s not like there isn’t material in English here, but it’s nice to have something that came specifically from home, even if the news is a month old.

I got part of the Willamette Week in a package from the Celsi’s. That was definitely packing material, but there are enough of us from Portland that it is being circulated in its crumpled state. However, the highlights of the package were two drawings. Thank you, Ben

Thank you, Rebecca

Yoga, Massage and Brunch

I’m not actually called to the studio until noon, but this morning was a yoga morning so we all came in. We’ve asked the massage therapist to go back to Jodi’s place (it’s five minutes from the studio) so we can have brunch and massage in a more welcoming environment. Yay!

Snow

No. Not real snow, but a snow test on set for the Christmas show. We came in to watch it snow and felt actually cold. That might have been because the large door was open, but I think it was the snow. Granted, it’s really shredded paper but it looks more exciting than that.

The Wind

The weather was lovely today, but incredibaly windy. I went for a walk, and the wind grabbed me as soon as I came out the door. It ushered me all the way into town, pushing me when I wasn’t going fast enough and stopping me in my tracks when it wanted to show me something. Sometimes the wind would spin me around like it wanted to dance.

Sam Paden’s Gallery Opening

The highlight today was Sam Paden’s gallery opening. He’s going to be reviewed on Wednesday in the Grapevine, which is the English language newspaper.

Afterwards I went shopping with Suzy and found a coat that I fell in love with. Today was Taxfree day, so the stores weren’t charging tax for anything that was made in Iceland. Pretty neat, huh?

Playing Tourist

Suzy, an friend of Sam and Jodi’s from Portland, was in town this week. I know her from Tapestry Theater, but this was the first time that I’d spent any time with her. The four of us went to the Turf Cottage for lunch. It’s delightful, and has a really wonderful fish soup. You see a lot of turf on rooves here, and this is a really picturesque example.

The Turf Cottage is just below the Pearl, which is one of the tourist destinations in Reykjavik. It’s a revolving restaurant built on top of four hot water tanks.

We didn’t eat there, but we did go up to the observation deck for a view of the city.

As we walked back down we went through a small forest covering the hill that the Pearl is on. By small, I don’t mean the area of ground that it covers, I mean the height of the trees. The lava bunnies in this photo are the size of your average small rabbit. That gives you an idea of how big the “trees” are, doesn’t it.

All the rabbits in Iceland are black, because they blend with the lava better. There are no predators in Iceland, except a very small population of artic foxes, so the rabbits are not particuarly timid.

A Day Off

Somewhat surprisingly, I have today off. I’ve been revising and printing out manuscripts of short stories and now I’m off to the post office to mail them. Postcards too!

Package from home!

I just got a package from Hawaii with some very yummy cookies. Thank you, Pat! I might share them with my fellow puppeteers, if they’re nice.

Yoga

I was right. We didn’t work until 4:00 yesterday, but then we were in for the rest of the day, so that was nice. I was frustrated because there was a series of shots that were difficult but didn’t look hard. It was mostly about finding a place where I could reach the things that I had to handle, without looking like the puppet’s elbows were dislocated.

We had yoga again this morning. I’m enjoying it. One of the interesting things I’m noticing is that some of the stretches have no impact on me. Mostly the ones involving the arms and shoulders. I guess that’s a side effect of the puppetry. On the other hand, anything that involves my hamstrings is excrutiating. I can curl up into a tiny ball, but don’t ask me to bend at the waist with straight legs. It’s just comical.

Clever me.

When Raymond dropped me off last night, I realized–after he pulled away–that I’d left my purse at the studio in our hurry to leave. I had no keys, no phone, no money. Fortunately Reykjavik is small, so I walked to the Fron, where David lives, borrowed his car keys to drive to the studio and pick up my purse. By the time I got back it was 7:00, which is when we normally leave. Sure am glad we got off early yesterday.

We weren’t called until 10:00 today, and I would be surprised if we worked before lunch time.

Doin’ nuthin’

Yep. We’re being sent home early because there’s nothing for us to do today. Bye!

Sleeping in.

We weren’t called until 11:15 today, so I skipped yoga. None of us have anything to do yet, so I’m going to head back to the puppet shop to play with the hand puppets some more.

Nothing to do

Today, Raymond, Thor and I were the only puppeteers called. We did one shot and have done nothing since. Fortunately, Jonathan Judge (our new director) chose today to present us with a cheap set of Punch and Judy hand puppets, which we’ve been cheerfully modifying all day into the cast of the show. I’ll post a picture when they are finished.

Fall colors

People keep telling me that I need to get out and see the fall colors. I keep thinking, “How? You have no trees here.” I went on a walk with Richard Wolanski, which mostly involves walking a few feet and then stopping to take pictures.
These were all taken around Thingvellir.

The landscape looked like someone had come along and rolled out a giant oriental carpet.

We travelled around in one of the company cars



It’s hard to tell, but the moss covering these rocks is so deep that I can push my index finger in all the way to the palm, and just touch rock. It’s like walking on a mattress.

It was actually fairly chilly.


The colors were mostly from the low blueberry bushes and the moss. I’ve got the camera very close to the ground here.

At the end of the day we got a rainbow.