The Summertime Sadness Blog

Well, well, well. Look who finally decided to show up? (Spoiler: it’s me.) Summer has launched full-force in the last couple of days, bringing some desperately needed sunshine and warmth to our very rainy area. We are long overdue for this weather — and I hadn’t realized how very much I needed the additional vitamin…

Productivity, Perfectionism, and Learning to Chill

Fundraiser: check. Last show of the season opened: check. Sleeping: … mostly check. (I’ve had a series of intense, strange dreams lately that have kept me from sleeping entirely restfully. Hopefully, this is just a winding-down from the last several weeks.) As someone with a propensity for perfectionism, reflection can be tough. We see our…

Quick & Sleepy Theatre Thoughts

It’s a bit of a busy time since returning from my trip. Besides a little bit of catchup from my time away, I’ve been working hard on prepping for our annual fundraiser (happening May 6). This particular event is always a fun one, and the amount of fun had is, I believe, directly proportional to…

Bug Abroad: Lessons & Lists

I’ve been back in the swing of day-to-day Eugene life and work for a little over a week now, without abandoning everything to run back to Costa Rica. That’s not to say I haven’t been tempted. This is a particularly challenging time of year for me, especially approaching the largest annual event we host (which…

Bug Abroad: Home Again, Home Again (Days 8-10)

  Day 8: Homeward. We were loathe to leave San Jose despite the morning gangs’ encouragement to scram. Stretching out our sleepy breakfast as long as possible, we indulged in the morning light, the breakfast of perfection (oh hell yes I ate that yogurt and fruit and banana bread, who do you think I am?), the coffee,…

Bug Abroad: A Slower Side of San Jose (Day 7)

Day 7.1: Gang Wars. As it happens, there is a raging avian gang war in downtown San Jose that is centered around the territory of the Selina San Jose courtyard. Creatures for miles in every direction can hear shouts and arguments between the Sharks and Jets (or whatever the bird gangs are called) claiming victory over…

Bug Abroad: To San Jose (Day 6)

Day 6.1: Packing and Pipa Frija. One final breakfast at the Lizard King as the morning clouds rolled in. All was well-lit, if slightly blued by the new divider between earth and sky. We worked a little, talked a bit, packed our gear. My heart was tempted to sink with the imminent departure from paradise,…

Bug Abroad: Me Color (Day 5)

Thursday was the hottest day of our trip to that point, and the humidity was somewhat oppressive. Still, we had plans and were aiming to misbehave. Ahoy, ahoy. Day 5.1 Breakfast & Prep; or, A New Heat. The day began with our usual work time, coffee, and open-air breakfast. We fueled up and prepared for…

Bug Abroad: Beach Hopping (Day 4)

Miles of beaches to see and lots of flat road. Why not go exploring? Let’s jump right in. Day 4.1: Breakfast & Coffee Naps. You’d think this working breakfast could get boring. Pro tip: it doesn’t. Fresh fruits, breads, pinto gallo, eggs, cereal, and more coffee than you can shake your fist at. Plenty of…

Bug Abroad: Puerto Viejo (Day 3)

Here’s the thing about being someone who tends to get a good deal done each day: your days become longer when you have less to do, so much so that a single day can quickly become several. Case in point: our first full day in Puerto Viejo. Day 3.1: Breakfast. The hotel provides a buffet…