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.