I overdid things yesterday – long bike ride before work, school visit, info desk at night. Felt like I’d been run over by the time I got home. Woke up and couldn’t face doing it again. My health feels fragile (especially with half our staff coming down with the plague). So I’ve been home knitting scales and watching every flavor of Alice in Wonderland that I’ve been able to borrow through the library. I’m about to start #4.
The first one was a play production with a very young Meryl Streep (she wears pink overalls and has frizzy hair and sings and dances). The man who plays the Cheshire Cat is also fantastic. And the Queen of Hearts has a blood red swishy dress that’s just divine. It’s kind of gloomy and weird (the music isn’t anywhere near as catchy as the Disney version), but I enjoyed seeing something new.
I also watched theTV version with Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat. This was one I thought was a favorite, but it seems that’s no longer the case. The Alice in this version is so anxious about performing a piece at her parents’ afternoon tea that she runs away to Wonderland where the denizens help her out with her self confidence. I did like that the Wonderland people and creatures were all guests from the tea party back in the real world.
#3 was the Disney one, and so far I like it the best. The music is good, and their Alice is confident and comfortable being dreamy and with nonsense. There’s still that tension between her growing up and staying a child, but she’s less hesitant than some of the other Alices. Plus she talks to Dinah and expects a response.
I’m about to start “Jan Svankmajer’s Alice & Darkness Light Darkness,” which I don’t think I’ve seen before.
I was going to go out and get some things at the store, but it’s started to snow. So…I have put some ingredients in the bread machine and the oven and I’m letting these appliances do their magic.
Totally unrelated to anything: I downloaded a new browser for my phone – UC browser. It has a little squirrel icon with mysterious tattoos. So far I like it.
of my diminishing attention span:
This morning I got dressed and put on a bra, then started to put on another one on top of the first. I guess you can never have too much support. Halfway through this I stopped and looked at the mess o’ bras and thought, “Hey, now. That’s a lot of bras.” Everything is fine here now.
“We want to be loved. Failing that, admired; failing that, feared; failing that, hated and despised. At all costs we want to stir up some sort of feeling in others. The soul abhors a vacuum. At all costs it longs for contact.” (as quoted in “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” by Fredrik Backman; from “Doctor Glas,” by Hjalmar Söderberg)
my OKC profile today. Completely. It was as satisfying as creating it. I got a message from OKC saying they’d removed a photo that some schumck deemed inappropriate. I can’t even remember what I had up there that didn’t fit their guidelines…maybe the picture of my toolbelt? (It’s waist down.) I do find it irritating that someone felt the need to be an asshole about it, though. Why would anyone care? People with too much time on their hands. Anyway, that won’t be a problem anymore! I have fixed it permanently. And some day there will be some new thing and new way to connect with people. Maybe one that’s more satisfying (OKC hasn’t been that now for a long time). Later, gators.
I ordered some samples from FLOR the other day (the carpet tile people) to see them in person and decide what kind of colors/patterns I want to put down in the kitchen for Hickory. There are a bunch of different styles I’m considering.
I gota message today from one of their designers, offering to help me design something special. I wrote back explaining how my rabbit would be making the final call… I thought it was sort of funny, but she probably thinks I’m either crazy or an asshole. Also possible, I guess.
Still. Looking forward to seeing my samples! Hickory will be excited, too. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Copenhagen and I got back together for my lesson today (Hawk is on vacation). He was a bit of a jerk – paying more attention to other stuff than to me – but we accomplished a sitting trot (finally) that didn’t feel like I was bouncing like a ball on his back. Got to use the big arena, too! This is us at the end of the lesson. He’s ready for a nap, I’m…ecstatic about something.