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May. 4th, 2008 09:28 am
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I read the most recent Penzys One magazine in bed this morning, as Brian slept and Mal cuddled up to me. They mention an HBO series, John from Cincinnati, that I had never heard of before that I'm intrigued to check out. I'm not quite sure what we're doing with our rainy day, so perhaps we'll head out to Penzys to pick up some things and use our coupon for free adobo seasoning. There's lots of great recipes in this issue. I debate whether I want to continue this magazine subscription, because on the one hand there are excellent recipes and its always inspiring but on the other hand, once I've read one I often put it on the shelf to rarely flip through later (save for finding a recipe). It can be very educational, but I'm far too practical sometimes.

Last night I attended a fundraiser for Webster Rescue with my family. Dad created a painting for the Worcester 6 years ago (inspired by his friendship with one of the members of the station which lost those men), and has since donated proceeds from sales of the prints to various Firefighter related charities. There was dancing and piping Worcester Fire Brigade and various fundraising. Dad donated half of his sales of cards and prints to the charity and donated one large framed (signed, numbered) print for a raffle. I think a good deal of the ticket sales also went to the charity. There were about 250 people in attendance and Dad sold about $300 worth of stuff (he isn't sure yet what the tally on the raffle tickets was). It was fun hanging out with the fam and its neat to see Dad flourishing in his artistic endeavors after all of these years of him painting alone in the basement Wellesley, locking things up in the attic in Waltham for years (during poor financial situations) and then finally picking up the brush again after he and Mom got through a lot of huge hurdles. If you haven't yet, please check out his website. The pipers played a very sweet song again this year that I've heard them do a few times before, which for some reason always goes right through me The Water is Wide. I've never been a fan of pipes through the stereo (Dad always listened to piper albums) but there's something awe inspiring about seeing them live.

Iron Man was wonderful - go see it! :)

Weekend

Apr. 14th, 2008 08:44 am
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It was a nice, chill weekend. I spent a good deal of the time on the couch trying to get healthy (darned allergies + cold) but we did get out to see friends and family, so its all good.

I decided to watch the ballet class rather than irritate my asthma, so I sat and controlled music while taking notes of our new steps. I was leaning on http://www.biblio.com/details.php?dcx=66827334&aid=frg for my writing. This book has since lost its jacket, but I remember years of Miss Peggy holding it during our Musical Comedy classes. She'd choose exercises for us to do or passages for us to read from. Its weird using a book that's older than you as a lap desk of sorts. It used to be housed between ceramic top hat bookends (like a top hat split vertically, with each half holding up this single book). It now sits unceremoniously on the teacher's desk, and I wonder how many people are aware of its history? I briefly pondered ordering one, but I know I'll never use it for anything. I have my memories, and finding this picture was a neat treat (I had forgotten what the dust jacket looked like).

Brian and I watched http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/acrosstheuniverse/ last night. It was much like a more trippy version of a Baz Luhrmann movie, and I loved it! I love musicals, The Beatles and movies set in the 60s with the backdrop of everything that was going on at the time. I don't think I'll be buying it on DVD, but it was worth the $5 to see it on demand (who knows when we'd get around to requesting it from Netflix).

I'm hoping to get all of the productive stuff done for our trip tonight so that I can just focus on dance class and relaxation on Tuesday. Having a few days in the city with no responsibilities will be heavenly. We're finally going to the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Sex. Here's hoping the weather is good, because what I most enjoy is walking around and exploring neighborhoods.

Tuesday

Apr. 1st, 2008 08:07 am
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A Victim Treats his Mugger Right:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89164759

More people are using thrift stores http://www.dailynewstribune.com/homepage/x1056541039 . I'm sure its the combination of the economy and the more recent push for a more "green" lifestyle. Given new tax laws, for the first time ever I did ask for a receipt for a large bag of donations earlier this year.

Wow! The Barn in Newton is still open http://www.dailynewstribune.com/homepage/x899762994 . My Mom used to take us there for shoes before each new school year started (until we couldn't quite afford their more designer stuff anymore). I always forget that the place is there.

From the "what the hell is wrong with people camp", a state worker goes through the Dunkie's drive through naked: http://www.dailynewstribune.com/state/x125182027

A coworker let me borrow The Mist http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0884328/ last night before she returned it. I thought it was well done in that 'screaming at the slow dumb people in the horror movie' sort of way, though the ending was so, so sad and horrible. I guess that's Stephen King for you!

Dance class tonight - our tap costumes are in so we'll be able to try them on and see how they look.
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Brian and I finally watched this last night http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480025/ . So good! I figured I'd enjoy it on some level, but didn't realize it was such a good movie. Its scary how well the young actor fell into his skinhead attitude.

Another on-call weekend (and snow to boot). We'll have fun hanging out with friends, family and scoping out thrift stores for costume bits.

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