Its 11:11. I don't actually ever post this late at night because usually i like to be in bed by now. Right now i wish i was, because Mr. Freckles is standing beside me eating an apple and chomping with his mouth open. Mostly just to irritate me.
I haven't made a comprehensive post in quite a while, but life has been going swimmingly. Today was a trying day, of work and cleaning and packing for work and trying to learn lines. Surprisingly despite trying to cram and cram lines into my brain, i am not feeling over taxed by Shakespeare. Just the rest of life.
Christmas was delightfully split between my parents and his and was a strange sort of chaos. My last day o work was Christmas Eve, MISTAKE! Not because of traffic, that was no problem, but because i came into the holiday a bit of a mess with unwrapped presents etc. etc. But my last day of work was wonderful, seeing my co-workers before i left really made me feel good. I will miss them. As i was saying goodbye, one of my regulars actually recited me a poem. He was a teacher.
It is remarkable to me how many kind people i met in such a busy place.
Other than Christmas itself, which was filled with baking and cooking (other people's not mine), Mr. F and I went to see Avatar. Which i thought was a GREAT movie. Mr. F was saying when we left that it was really well imagined. I thought that was a fitting description. The movie landscape was really beautiful. Now if only someone would explain whether this movie has anything to do with the Avatar TV series, i will be clear. Though i had wanted to see this movie, it was a dinner conversation with a friend that really set me off.
Two of my good friends and I went on a food experience down at the Staunton Grocery. http://www.stauntongrocery.com/
Sundays are my favorite day to go to the Grocery because they have a 30.00 (or so) set menu. Its a three course meal and for a marginal extra fee you can wine pairings with every course and bread in between. (no charge for the bread of course)
My meal consisted of the following:
Chilled Mussels and Sweet Shrimp on a bed of salad greens
Roasted Lamb and seasonal veggies (OMG....SOOO good and savory. The seasoning on this dish in particular was amazing)
Local Apple Cobbler (astoundingly fresh)
Of course, as is customary my friends and I all sort of sampled around, Milk-fed Chicken and Apple Soup and Sea Bass. I was quite proud of myself because i actually resisted ordering the Bass. I have serious affinity for fish, and if i'm not careful will order it over and over again. Sometimes its a chore to experiment.
Otherwise, i have been working on Shakespeare, both preparing for auditions for my production of Richard II, and learning lines for Hamlet and Taming of the Shrew. Additionally projects in the Publicity department have erupted! Below is my New Years message to all our patrons and fans. It'll come out in a newsletter tomorrow or the day after i suspect. Also i've been working on our poster. A friend/colleague and former camper of mine created some beautiful images for Much Ado and i've been piddling with them, placing text etc. etc. More of those forthcoming.
Hope everyone's holiday was great.