Saturday, December 31, 2005

Dumb Show

I went to the theatre on Thursday night. I went to the Melbourne Arts Centre's Fairfax Studio to see a performance by the Melbourne Theatre Company (see my links) of "Dumb Show" and I enjoyed it. There were a few swear words but nothing like the ones that were in "The Big Con" which had considerable negative impact on my liking for that show. I was happy to be going along to that one as at least I could say that I disliked it after seeing it and forming my own opinion. But enough about that.

I went to see "Dumb Show" on my own which is not that big a deal. I have been going to performances at the Arts Centre since I was nine so I am very comfortable in the precinct. I enjoy the walk down to Southgate and the amazing shops and restaurants that can be found in that strip. I have even performed as part of a massed choir in the Concert Hall before it was known as Hamer Hall.

My other half insisted that I park in the undercover car park on Thursday which cost about $10 the last time I looked. I was happy to park outside for free but he didn't want me to be out walking the streets of Melbourne on my own after dark.

You would probably expect, as I did, that the audience would be predominantly over 50 and you would be right. I didn't overhear much discussion of the performance but one lady behind me was admiring the shoes of the actress. At first hearing it sounded like "boobs" but I'm sure it was " lovely pair of shoes" and not the other. Positive.

The next show in the season is "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" which is a musical; a new musical. The performances begin close to my Mum's birthday in January and she likes the theatre also so it has been arranged that we will be attending as a group. With a little dinner beforehand it should be a very nice evening.

Happy New Year to all. May 2006 be as good a year if not better than the one that has preceeded it.

P.S. I have been reading too much Jane Austen.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Note to Self

Make note to self...

While doing something on the weekend that required full access to our driveway at home, my other half moved my car onto the road under a tree. There was no road accident but an accident of another kind and you know what I mean now that I say that the car was parked under a tree.

I came out a couple of hours later to drive my car to the local supermarket and noticed a few deposits on the roof. There was one there that was too big to be believed! It was not your regular, every-day, run-of-the-mill black and white (or green) bird dropping that would wash off in the rain. This thing looks like half a muffin. It has large seeds and is the consistency of a cape seed loaf slice of bread rolled up into a ball with the top hacked off.

I'm too scared to touch it. It's still there now. I didn't want to use my keys because I would possibly touch my keys in the near future and particles may be transmitted. I don't want to use anything out of my purse at all. I hoped that it would wash off in the small amount of rain that we have had recently. Now that it is out baking in the sunlight, maybe it will become a small projectile and while the car is in motion, soar through the air to land on the windscreen of the car behind me like a stone and crack it into two pieces.

It looks like a chunk of dwarf bread.

Maybe now would be a good time to buy one of those pressure washers...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I Don't Know What To Do With Myself...

Just don't know what to do with myself...

I've been thinking that I need to give myself a visual identity. But I can't decide on the picture to use.

But I think that I've found one that's adorable so I might stick with it for a while.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I'm going to be a mighty king

So enemies beware...

Well, the annual Christmas party at my house is over. I have fed my friends and we all had a fun time. Thank-you to my partner for the excellent job he does in helping me prepare for one of these shindigs.

I have recently become aware that he does not know what a puggle is. This picture is of a puggle. The only one I ever saw in the flesh was a pink one. Does anyone else remember puggles?

Friday, December 09, 2005

The way we do the things we do

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 9.1
Mind: 8.4
Body: 7.1
Spirit: 8.7
Friends/Family: 7.9
Love: 9.1
Finance: 8.8
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Interesting... I think I'll be working on my body to bring it up to standard.

All the world seems in tune on a Spring afternoon

When we're poisoning pigeons in the park...

Let me introduce you to Tom Lehrer.

Tom -this is You. You - this is Tom.

There, that's better.

I discovered Tom Lehrer's music and wondrous talents while channel surfing on my car radio one day some years ago. I immediately wrote his name down and then the next time I went to Allans I looked for and bought some of the sheet music he had written.

An intelligent mathematician with a wonderful satirical view of the world that he magnificently put into songs with such titles as Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, I Hold Your Hand In Mine, and The Masochism Tango followed closely by such gems as The Elements (to the tune of "The Major-General's Song" from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance), and The Vatican Rag.

The Melbourne Theatre Company will be performing the revue entitled Tomfoolery - The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer in November and December next year and I heartily recommend attendance.

I'll be there - anyone want to come along?

Every Sunday you'll see
My sweetheart and me,
As we poison the pigeons in the park...

Monday, December 05, 2005

How Much is That Doggy in the Window?

The one with the waggly tail...

I had some great retail therapy yesterday. I think I like Christmas shopping because I actually get to go out and buy things. This is as opposed to the rest of the year when I'm trying not to spend lots of money. I also enjoy thinking about what the people in my life might enjoy receiving and would possibly have good use for instead of useless junk that would cause clutter or have no meaning as a gift.

So on Sunday I went to one of those large sprawling shopping monstrocities and had myself some fun. I had no pesky (bored) partner to worry about, it wasn't too close to Christmas and that meant that it wasn't too crowded. I had a nice long list of people to buy for and a discount voucher burning a hole in my handbag.

I visited Mecca Cosmetica and bought some DuWop venom gloss and Mecca Nailpolish just because I'm a girly-girl and they also have a nail polish with my name on it which hardly ever happens so of course I had to have some. I also went to the ABC Shop and bought a couple of DVDs for our family Kris Kringle (after a few phone calls with my Nanna who was a big help) as well as a book for my beloved and a book and a CD for myself. The CD is the soundtrack to the move "Little Fish" and I bought it because it was an intriguing film and I also found the music interesting. I especially like the different versions of Cold Chisel's Flame Trees by Sarah Blasko and the one by Cabramatta Primary School. A friend of mine says she nearly cries when she hears the primary school version. If you've seen the film then I would say that is a fair reaction. I also went to Target and bought some choccies, DVDs and another CD for myself by Paul Mac called Panic Room. I bought it for the first two songs on the album and am enjoying the rest of it immensely.

Only three more weeks to Christmas so I've got to bet my gifts for the UK packed up quickly to send otherwise they're not going to make it in time!

Down in the Panic Room, hurry and get here soon...