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As usual, Friday the 13th was actually a pretty darned good day. I got my work done early, took a little personal time to get some shopping done, and made an appointment for a massage on Monday.

Caturday was also Valentine's Day, and I know there are those who poo-poo Valentine's Day, and I'll admit that at times it was bad for me, too (I never had a boyfriend until college, and then the one I cared most for BROKE UP WITH ME on Valentine's Day--something a girl just doesn't forget), but now I have a lovely wife and we had a really nice, wonderful day. We did a little shopping, then got dressed and went out for sushi, which was delicious (I'm SO glad I let her talk me into trying the stuff--I was OH so missing out before). YUM. I got a little toasted on a lovely rich rum drink because I haven't been drinking much lately, and overall had a nice time.

Here I am getting ready to go out, in coat for nutmeg3:

And with the flash on:

Caturday pics:


Silhouette outside in the yard:

The outdoor cat, Smudge, sleeping under the juniper:

I got one of the new eggies: Adopt one today!

It was easier than I thought to get one of each of the new ones.

I'm finally watching the PBS version of Cyrano de Bergerac I DVR'd a few weeks back. It was a play I did in high school; I've forgotten a lot of it (I played something like five or six small parts with a lot of costume changes). Kevin Kline is an excellent Cyrano (better than he was as Bottom, honestly); finally realizing that it's Chris Sarandon playing DeGuiche explained why I was having serious Princess Bride flashes every time he's on stage... but dang it, I'm not at all impressed with Jennifer Garner as Roxanne.


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Feb. 15th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
You look great! And glad you and Barb had a lovely time! :-)

Feb. 15th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)

Feb. 15th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
You look absolutely GORGEOUS in that coat! And with the snazzy red shoes, too. I'm always happy for my friends who get to enjoy Valentines Day, even while feeling vaguely blue on my own behalf. But hey, my critters love me, and I found fab Valentines dog biscuits for Kaiya, so I think I'll survive. Also, can't wait to see what the new eggie looks like.
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! I do love it -- it's so fabulous! Well, there's a snazzy red dress (my usual Valentine's day red velvet dress) under the coat, so the shoes match! *g*

We have to find out if there are diabetic doggie treats for Sam, if we can ever get his blood sugar leveled off!

Feb. 15th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
If nothing else, I bet you can find a recipe to bake some for him.
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
That's true! We have to wait until everything's settled --his blood sugar's all over the map, though. 47 this morning, 183 or something this afternoon... he's a VERY strange dog...

Feb. 15th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
great pics of you

love the one of Smudge

yay to the egg
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)

He's a really gorgeous cat, but he Does Not Want people near him! So I take pictures from a distance -- I love the telephoto on this camera -- I took both that picture of Smudge and Silhouette through the living room window.

Can't wait to see how these ones hatch! It took almost two hours of clicking, but I got it!
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
i'm on dial up. My only prayer is if they're still around come Tuesday

There's a white one here like that and I don't really try. I hate that but i've done so much with the wild cats here i'm happy to let someone else deal with her (and someone is since she'sbeen here like three months)
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I don't worry too much about the outdoor cats, other than your usual outdoor hazards -- they always seem healthy and well-fed, so I assume they have food coming in from somewhere, even if they don't like people.
Feb. 16th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
i tend to take them away if i can if they're a) friendly enough b) female since we have NO feral cat programs here
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
So happy that you are having such a good weekend :) .

Yay for Caturdays and other holidays ;) .
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
It has been a pretty good weekend! Maybe we can kill some bunnies next Caturday! *g*

Feb. 16th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
The premise behind Cyrano annoys me beyond reason, which is why I like Roxanne: "You did what?!" ::punch in nose::
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Well, yes, but it IS a product of its time (the costumes weren't historical when it was first published).

Feb. 16th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
I saw that Cyrano too. It's a play I've loved passionately ever since my first encounter in high school French class (although I only got to see a live performance a couple of years ago at the University of Delaware...and was transfixed throughout). I agree that Kevin Kline did an excellent job, and that Jennifer Garner did a really BAD job as Roxanne. But they did leave in de Guiche's segment in Act V, with the beautiful line about trailing regrets like dead leaves...which gives that character some depth.
Feb. 16th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know if Garner was just trying to update her Roxanne a little by being more aggressive or loud; or she just isn't used to stage acting, but she really rubbed me the wrong way.

They left in DeGuiche's final scene, but cut out the last bit with LeBret and Ragueneau, where they come and basically force Cyrano to tell Roxanne he's dying.

But on the whole, I liked it; it made me somewhat nostalgic (I played both the Duenna and Ligniere -- which made for Act I, Scenes VI and VIII a real challenge!) :-)

Feb. 17th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can see where doubling those two characters would make for some quick costume changes and fancy footwork in Act I!

Do you recall what translation you used (unless you, like me, first encountered it in French class and used the original)?
Feb. 18th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I had to wear Ligniere's boots and pants under the Duenna's dress and then after delivering the message from Roxanne, dash into the wings where I peeled off the dress, take down my hair, put on the puffy shirt and hat just in time to stagger back on...

Me? Read French? Heh. I think we used the Lowell Blair version -- I still have a copy, although parts of it don't seem as familiar anymore as they used to... (of course, I've seen the movie more than once in the intervening years)

Feb. 18th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm not familiar with that one. The one I used to have was an older version in iambic pentameter; I don't remember the translator's name but I don't think it was Blair. The other one I know of (and the one I think the Kline version was using) is the Anthony Burgess translation.
Feb. 19th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Hi! I added you and Barb since y'all seem like nice people and are also fans of Craig.

I have to say, Jennifer Garner as Roxanne drove me CRAZY. She was overly hammy where Kevin was right on. He was hilarious, as always. And Chris Sarandon drove me crazy, too. I kept hearing "to the pain" in my head. I have to say, after only seeing the Steve Martin movie version Roxanne, like, umpteen million times, I had absolutely no idea that HE DIES AT THE END. Bad ending, IMO.

Also, your kitties are so cute!
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Hello, hello! :-)

Yes, she was very hammy. I mean, it's a tragi-comedy, so the humor is all right, but she went over the top way too many times.

I saw Roxanne many, many years after I knew the original play; I can't call the original a "bad ending," because that's the way it Rostand wrote it (and it's marginally based on a true story, anyway -- the real Cyrano DID die at the end, at the age of 36, from a falling beam). It's classic 17th century French tragedy -- and Steve Martin did a fine job of updating it to the modern age! :)

Yes, they are. Also very annoying. I loves them!

Feb. 19th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
I have 7 kitties at the moment (some are mine, some are Mom's, some are Sis'). Almost all are annoying in some way or another. That's part of a cat's job, when not ignoring you. I've decided that if they care enough to annoy you, they do really care.
Feb. 19th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Three is our upper limit, we've decided; we had more than three a couple of times, and Only Problems Ensue. Three is just about right. *g*

Feb. 19th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Problems, definitely. We have two sets of cats because some don't get along with the others - four "downstairs" ones, and the other three "upstairs" in their own room. Also known as the big guys and the littles.
Feb. 19th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Yep. Our house is too small for more! :-)

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