Physical Effects of Life in Swamp Hollywood

I am thrilled that I worked five days of the last two weeks on two different movies. I prayed for God to give me at least one day a week, so I am very grateful. I love doing it. But I have to admit, it's hard on this middle aged body. The 15 hour days and the 12 to 15 hour night shoots especially.

I don't do well without sleep. Dean can do the no-sleep thing much better then I can. I like to get my 8 hours. When I do a movie shoot through the night, I don't get even close to 8 hours the next day. So I get cranky. I feel like I'm in a sort of time warp-bubble thing. It's very weird. I don't think it's something I could get used too.

There's a high that comes with being in the movies, with acting, The "lights, camera, action" even on the small scale of being an extra, it gives you a rush. It's like a drug. I can see how people in that industry really have to just be married to the movies. I couldn't do it full time. My life is already full.

So the sleep, the long hours, the crashing from not sleeping, etc is why I haven't blogged much lately. I'm working hard at being present for my family when I'm not in "Swamp Hollywood". I have to cook, do laundry, volunteer at the Dream Center, go to ball games, mother my children, read books, take care of my husband, my full life demands my participation. And my body demands that I get some rest.

Looking forward to our family vacation next week, I'm ready to get away and relax.


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