Firstly, thank you ever so much, lyrstzha, for the virtual milk & cookies and also the recycling goat. <3 (Good grief, I do get behind, don't I?)
This is one of those days where I have to look back at my recent posts and figure out what I've actually
posted and what I've just thought about posting. My busy-ness has reached a sort of critical mass where I just sit down and go "Wait... what?" Finals are next week, although on the upside, I don't have any tests on Monday or Tuesday, so I effectively have a four-day weekend (except not, because there's theatre stuff this weekend - more on that - and an office hours meeting with the physical anthropology class on Tuesday and returning textbooks and STUFF). And next weekend is the RenFaire, and I need to get ready for that - most especially, I need to find someone to carpool with to and from the faire grounds... Actually, that's important enough it gets its own paragraph (LJ/DW peeps may feel free to ignore the following paragraph).
I NEED A RIDE, Y'ALL. Do I have any Faire-working friends living near-ish Downtown/Student Ghetto EC? If yes, do any of them/you have room in your car for a wayward gargoyle salesgirl? Please? I am smallish, quiet, fairly smiley, and willing to cover a portion of the fuel cost if need be. Sorry for being a little last-minute in my request, my entire life is a little last-minute right now, in past faire years I've had access to the family cars, and my apartment is just enough out-of-the-way for my employer that I'm not about to ask him to swing by at holy-crap-o'clock in the morning while towing a trailer full of concrete statuary. Thanks in advance!
Moving on. Theatre stuff:
The on-campus performance of Mischief Makers, the Touring Theatre class' play, is this afternoon. Even if I didn't feel obligated to watch as much of the department's work as possible, I'd be going to see it, because I have a serious thing for trickster spirits/gods, and this one has two of my favorites (Raven AND Anansi, also Fox and Nyame, and could someone please explain to me how Anansi ended up in a children's play?)
Romeo & Juliet is AMAZING, I took moss
to see it as a late birthday/earlyish Mother's Day Thing, and I'm going to usher for it tonight (closing night ::sadface::). Really, I should've ushered first, then watched it up close, because it was the first time I'd seen the frogs in action and I wasted the almost-front-row seat watching them, checking that they worked the way they were supposed to, and hoping Romeo's didn't come up with some new and exciting way to break (if the frogs are my babies - which they kind of are - then Romeo's dagger frog is the colicky one that refuses to sleep through the night).
Anywho, the biggest testament to how awesome this production is only makes sense if you know my preexisting opinion of the play, which is this: R & J has some of the finest supporting characters you'll find anywhere, but it's very, very rare that I manage to become invested in the story of the eponymous characters. Romeo and Juliet themselves? Kinda blah on paper, and most actors I've seen can't overcome that. But Tybalt? Has that great combination of asshole and admirable that I can't resist in any character. A bad actor can make Benvolio as bland as biscuits, but a good actor can bring out the ten different kinds of awesome hidden in the text. And Mercutio, on the page and usually in performance to varying degrees, is one of my favorite fictional characters EVER. Given who I just highlighted, do I really need to say where, exactly, I tend to stop paying attention to the play and start critiquing set and costume design?
And given that this production featured excellent (and I do mean belly-laughs-to-tears-in-the-course-of-
one-scene EXCELLENT) performances for those three characters, you'd expect that to hold true here, right? WRONG! I stayed focused and invested in the play right through to the end, which was a new and different experience that really made my day. :)
Finally, tomorrow is the annual Theatre Banquet. It is a pot luck, so I am taking that as a challenge, an opportunity to prove that I am not pulling their legs when I say that I am a good cook. Therefore: spanakopita. WITHOUT phyllo dough. Because I don't have a car, and my grocery options are limited. Yes, I found a recipe for spanakopita with homemade crust. It's in metric, so I will be budgeting all of Sunday for cooking. (Damn, I still need to solve the transporting food to campus issue, as well...)
There's more (there's always more), but I need to separate myself from the computer soon if I want to make it to Mischief Makers.