March 10th, 2006

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Escape from the Seraglio)

The opera was wonderful -- so wonderful I didn't even care that I had to walk home 25 minutes through the rain with no umbrella! No, really, it was great.

I definitely prefer Mozart's operas over anyone else's. So delightful. I also found that this time around, the acoustics in the Civic Center didn't seem quite as bad, so I could really enjoy the performances. The male singers were all fab, especially the guy playing Osmin, who was hysterical AND sang well! The only performer who wasn't so hot was the soparano doing Konstanze; I'm no opera expert like Daniel but she was warbling around without enough control and her diction made the German just one big "la la la" instead of words.

And speaking of the German, this was the first opera I have ever understood in live performance, and I'm sure I've seen at least a couple of German-language operas before. Often the pronunciation, especially by the girls, is so bad you absolutely have to read the supertitles or you won't have a clue what they're saying. However, the female maid character and the three singing males all were quite clear, as was the non-singing German actor doing the role of the Pasha.

I think Daniel is actually out of town, in Charlotte, tonight, but when he gets back this weekend I will be sure to ask him to burn me some CDs of this opera. I borrowed them earlier this year and listened to thing thing about 20 times, which is what made tonight especially nice (actually knowing the whole opera), and now I want it again so I can enjoy it even more

P.S. Here's a post I did a while ago listing my favorite operas.
P.P.S. New icon!

Luckie, Interactive Alarm Clock

Every day this week

7 a.m.
Luckie: Mom, wake up!
Wendy: Ugh.

7:15 a.m.
Luckie: Brrwawr! Wake up!
Wendy: Ugh.
Luckie: Here's my toy! Play!
Wendy: Okaaaaaay. Go get it! It's over there!
Luckie: I'm back! Play!
Wendy: Ugh.

Alarm goes off.
Luckie: Get UP! I know that's THE SIGN.
Wendy hits snooze.
Luckie: Come on!
Wendy: Come here, I'll give you a hug.
Luckie: Prrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
Wendy: Good kitty...
Luckie: Are you going to get UP?
Wendy: Ugh.
Luckie: I'm outta here!

Alarm goes off again.
Luckie: What are you DOING?
Wendy: I don't wanna get up... [Hits snooze.]
Luckie: You are so lazy! Get UP!
Wendy: Come here... Let me rub your ears...
Luckie: Prrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
Wendy: I'll get up... soon...
Luckie: Prrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
Wendy: You're so pretty...
Luckie: Well? Getting up? What is your PROBLEM? I'm leaving.

Alarm goes off again.
Wendy: I know, you're back...
Luckie: Well?
Wendy: Fine, fine, I'm getting up...
Luckie: You are so slow!
Wendy: Look, you win!

I am not making this up, she DOES this.
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Outfit - Pink & Black

Today, mainly because it's my last day of "freedom," being self-employed, being able to pretty much always wear what I want, etc., I decided to take myself out to lunch and to dress up. I had one thing in mind, doing a 1950s outfit with my off-white satin pumps, but as usual I changed my mind and what I wound up with was... well, something like a cross between Louise Brooks, a hooker, a cartoon character, and a drag queen.

This time, there are pictures. I laughed way too hard and got so many heads turning when I went out that I had to document.

Tada! (Try to ignore the dirty bathroom mirror. Eek!)

Outfit consists of:

- Black miniskirt
- Black-white-gray-pink sleeveless top (see icon)
- Black synthetic non-sweater sweater
- Pink fashion fishnets
- Black vinyl Mary Janes w/chunk heels
- Pink dangling earrings
- Black bob wig
- Black vinyl 60s purse
- Makeup: pink lipstick silver eyeshadow, undereye concealer, mascara on eyelashes & eyebrows

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One side note to this is that this outfit correlates nicely with something I read this week in Watching the English about eccessive color-coordination, combined with wearing of miniskirts and tights, as being a sign of low class. Except when I do it, it's with ironic effect, which the book would classify as the "eccentricity exemption."