We've had a fun, but busy, weekend. Vancouver Opera's production of Aida was our main reason for coming over on Saturday. We helped make up opera friends' table of twelve at Culinaria before the show for a wonderful and inexpensive meal (it's the restaurant of the Culinary Arts school, so students prepare and serve a small menu of delicious choices; the wine list comprises some great BC wines at very decent prices). The conversation over our meal was lively and thoughtful and fun -- and we continued it on the hurried walk to the opera as well as during the intermission. By then, of course, we were also caught up in talking about the production. I loved the stage set, which evoked the grandeur one associates with ancient Egypt. Both chorus and orchestra were effective throughout (although I found the orchestra overpowered voices during some of the early arias -- that did seem to get corrected after the first twenty minutes or so), and I very much enjoyed Mlada Khudoley's performance as Aida, having seen her a few years ago as Salome. The other principals also delivered satisfying performances, my husband particularly appreciating Morris Robinson's powerful bass as Ramfis.
Then yesterday morning, began the day with afore-mentioned run, followed up by crêpes at our usual place, then some time reading the weekend papers, before heading off to our last French lesson before our trip. I'm still frustrated at the lag time between brain and mouth, but I'd least I've started things moving up there. Let's hope some file clerks up in mon cerveau are scurrying around retrieving my French grammar and vocabulary and will have it available and organized by the time we arrive in Bordeaux. . .
The escaped "barrel of monkeys" below were spotted during the walk back from crêpes yesterday. Nothing around to indicate whose amusing idea this was or who executed it, but if I hadn't already been happy from my good run, the delicious crêpes, and the lovely spring sunshine, these would have made me smile.
Today, I've got to FINISH that marking plus I really have to spend some time with my mother. I don't do enough of that, living in another city, and especially with an entire month out of the country soon, I want a good visit with her. And then I need to sit for a while and make lists, on paper, instead of allowing the frantic to-do messages to keep spilling through my day, interrupting my thoughts no matter what I'm doing. Written lists are so much more manageable, aren't they?
So there you go. A rather scrambled accounting of the weekend as we embark on another April week, the last one, shockingly (how quickly did that go!). What are your plans for the week ahead? And/or what were you up to this weekend? And are you looking forward to May, or wishing the year would just slow down a bit? Do tell, , , ,