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I'm pleased to say shadowdaddy found a meat thermometer while he was out today (thanks, envoy!), though there was a bombing out in the pie pan department. We've decided to use the Emile Henri pan, and somehow deal with the fact that one can of pumpkin will only fill the pie half way. I think a coating of whipped cream will take care of everything, and it made a lot more sense than trying to unpeel the chocolate pecan pie from its pan so we could reuse it.

I should stay up and cook more stuff but I'm awfully tired already. I'll have to come up with a good game plan tomorrow about what should go in the oven when, but I won't really bother with that until I've cooked up the stuffing.

The house is going to be very full and I'm feeling quite sad about no longer living in a house where I had plentiful folding chairs, three dining tables, and two card tables (oh, the game parties I used to have!). wendolen is hopefully getting good use out of my old table and chairs. wechsler has kindly offered to bring over another folding chair tomorrow, so we should have just enough.

As usual I've panicked and thought I should just cancel everything twice today and asked, "Why do I do this to myself?" Fortunately knowing a bunch of people are going to show up at my house and will decidedly notice if I am cowering in my room under a pile of cookbooks keeps me honest, or at least moving forward.

I made it out of the house to see Parade at the Donmar, which bills itself as "A New Musical." Well, it isn't really new, and it's actually more of an opera, given the heavy subject matter and lack of tap dancing. It was a way more satisfying experience than Billy Elliot, and yet it was obvious why Billy is getting the filled-to-the-rafters houses. To be honest, I think every standing spot at the Donmar was filled tonight, but, still, it's a tiny house. Every performance was quite good, but ... I just couldn't get into the rather esoteric subject matter. I'm more interested in internal struggle rather than historical moments, and that of the characters in this play was just too slight. That said, the "character definition and story telling through music" was far stronger than last night, and, to be honest, the dancing was better, too. But Venus as a Boy is still winning my prize for best play of the fall - the perfect combination of actor and storytelling. (Macbeth is a great night at the theater, but it didn't make me care as much as Venus did.)

Magic Flute the movie, Magic Flute the Play, and King Lear on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday ... this uncle of mine will leave me a mere husk before he departs!

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seph_hazard
Nov. 24th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Where's Lear on? (It's one of the many still missing from my Grand Ambition to see every Shakespeare play live on stage! [grin])
webcowgirl
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Information is here ... I'm pretty sure it's sold out for the run, though. Sir Ian, don'tcha know!
seph_hazard
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
!!!!

Why oh why didn't I know about this? I am obviously not paying enough attention. Am off to see if the RSC have a mailing list that will keep me updated on such things...

...you know - once upon a time, when it looked as though I was going to get some A-Levels, the plan had been to do Eng Lit at Glasgow, a post-grad at RADA and start auditioning for the RSC every season after that while getting any other stage work I could find in the meantime. I do sometimes think of going back to that plan!
webcowgirl
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
You're pretty young, why aren't you going to be going to college anyway? You should work on that. Now I will nag you about it constantly. You don't want to be a receptionist for the rest of your life, right? (Not that you are one now, but, still, you get my gist.)

And I knew about this show because I read about it in the newspaper or something in the summer and bought tickets when they went on sale in September (the seventh!). Me, I lead a sad little life!
seph_hazard
Nov. 24th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
I went to college. I then had once crisis after another and became extremely ill and had to stop. It took me eighteen months to get to a point where I was well enough to do anything after that, and now I'm there I'm a tax consultant's PA on a salary I don't really deserve for the amount of experience and qualifications I have [grin]

My first OU course starts in February. I intend to pick up a load of fun-looking entry-level courses from them and then go off and do a degree somewhere, probably Birkbeck.

And you think you're sad? There's a New Model Army gig in the week before Christmas that I bought tickets for in May... [blush]
shadowdaddy
Nov. 24th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
I went to college

Recalling that there's different terminology here, I'm pretty sure webcowgirl is asking about what y'all call 'university' - though the rest of your reply answers to that as well.

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