Sunday, December 15, 2013

Colonial Decorations, Colonial Williamsburg, VA

On Wednesday there was a break in the rain and I got out for a bit with the dogs and my iPhone.  So just a few photos and they leave a little something to be desired, but you get the idea.  I was walking up to one of the doors on Francis Street to take a picture of a wreath made with small dried flowers like little pompoms. bright pink and then light pink and lots of grains.  But the door opened and a couple stepped out and there I am with the dogs... so perhaps I'll be able to sneak back over!

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


Last year one of my girls was in the Nutcracker Ballet as one of Mother Gigogne's children; I call them gingersnaps.  This year I have two.

I looked up "Gigogne" for spelling and Wikipedia
has this as Vsevolozhskys original design
for Mother Gigogne in the Original Nutcracker Production

Tonight our ballet company held dress rehearsals.  As Ms. Adelle does not require the littles to attend rehearsals over Thanksgiving they had had a bit of a break from practice.  And our "Mother" was there, played by a wonderful man named Tim.  Prior to his appearance Ms. Adelle had stood in for Mother.  So our Gingers were a little off at first.  But they ran through the dance a time or two and by the end everybody knew where they were supposed to be.

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If you are in Williamsburg December 14 or 15th, come see our Nutcracker.  I promise the Gingers will be ready.  For more info: The Nutcracker

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Bitsy caught admiring herself. Too sweet!

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My little Ginger hiding under Mother's skirt

Bitsy is the little ginger in the pink.  They hide under the skirt and then jump out during the dance.

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Little Gingers Jump Out from under the Skirt!

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and skip away

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Bitsy is under that skirt!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

just in from watching "the Hunger Games" with my 11 year old son. Okay - officially - "Catching Fire." They did a brilliant job. I am so pleased that the characters received a little more depth. And that they are evolving. I love how Peeta's character become something more, both in the book and on screen.  In the first book I was completely at a loss and with the movie even more so, because you do just know that Peeta is going to get this girl that is Gale's. And it drives you nuts - the baker's boy vs the man.  (hmm. I suppose that says a lot about me doesn't it?) but even having read all three books the whole triangle thing that the capitol created - Katniss never gets to win. She looses so much personally.  I love in this movie how they show the distress and the anger and things that I worried were too subtle in the book for the kids to pick up on.  Myself as a 12 year old reader would sort of gloss over the lessons to get to the action.  And so I worry, are they reading this book?  Do they see the manipulations and the anxiety?  The nightmares?  The nightmares are real.  Do the kids get that the worst part of all of this is that the game maker gets into their head and even if they survive they never get to win?  Do they see how this is changing the characters?  And how some are growing and some are being broken.  Do they see how Katniss is becoming something she never wanted to become?  And she can't leave so the has to chose and it isn't a choice she wanted to make.

And the costume and make-up design. Brilliant. So well done. Really. Love it.