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Holy transitional period, Batman!

So I haven't posted in ages. Bad Susan. I'd suggest spankings, but that won't really teach me much now will it?

So in the next two weeks I will be:
*Moving (Which I hate more than almost anything in the world)
*Changing work situations (same company different place at the moment)
*Starting the second term of my second year (Holy Shit! That's half way through midwife school folks.)
*Figuring out what to do with my broken laptop (cracked motherboard, but the hard drive is fine)
*Cutting my mid-ass length hair for the first time in years. First time since my mom lost all of hers to cancer. I'm hoping to let go of some baggage with it. Yes, yes, there will be before and after pictures.

Oh, also running lines for a play I'm in which goes up on the 20th of September. Not one cast member is off book. We rehearse 2 times a week.

I'm so stressed out I can't keep from giggling manically every five minutes.

So, apparently I have forgotten all those wonderful voice control techniques I used for years and years. The play is called Birth and is basically the Vagina Monologues of childbirth. Awesome, right? Kinda. My character, being the semi-through-line of the play, has to give birth on stage four times. That's right, four times. The first one is the roughest. It's a harsh labor at a birth center that ends up as a hospital transport. Basically this means lots and lots of yelling, moaning, heavy frightened breathing, and groans of uncontrollable pain. Which is, as you can imagine, pretty freaking rough on the vocal cords.

If a woman is dealing well emotionally with the pain the sounds are very different. More relaxed, the throat is open, everything is powerful but not tight. If she isn't the sounds are tight, frightened, and harsh. I am trying very very hard trying to figure out how to make those sounds without completely closing off my throat and blowing out my cords. *headdesk* It should be interesting to say the least.

Throat coat and warm non-drying teas are going to be my friends this month. 

*manic giggle*
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