The Hills Are Alive
I’ve had the best intentions of blogging this week, but this is the first time I’ve been out of bed in 48 hours for longer than enough time to make a cup of tea. Despite having got the damn flu shot, I’ve managed to get the flu for the second year in a row. I came home from work at noon Friday, and have been stuck in bed cursing the gods since. But enough of that (I hate whining about being sick as much as you hate listening to it). On to something interesting.
The week started great with the first meeting of my new book club! I have been wanting to start a book club for years, but being a student for so long, never had the time. Finishing school left this lovely gap I could think of no better way to fill than by asking some of my best pals to get together once a month for an excuse to drink wine and talk a lot. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. The first meeting proved us all to have a wide and varying range of interest (and a lot to say) so I think it’s guaranteed our meetings will be very interesting to say the least.
The next night I took my mum to see the Mirvish production of The Sound of Music. This is probably my all time favourite movie, and this production did not disappoint. Maria was absolutely marvellous. She won the role on a reality show (which I wish I’d seen) and her win is most well deserved. She sung the hell out of my beloved songs, and was the perfect mix of strength and vulnerability. I wasn’t too keen on Captain Von Trapp at first (how can anyone compare to Christopher Plummer) but I warmed up when sang Edelweiss. It made me cry, and that’s my barometer. The kids were wonderful (I kept picturing someone try to direct Cakes as Gretl—good luck). The set was unbelievable, except there was a very awkward mishap when a background got stuck on the way down, and there was about 5 minutes of silence while they tried to fix it. Finally a stage-hand had to come out and make adjustments. Ouch. My only other criticism was Liesl and Rolf’s gazebo number—it’s so elegant in the movie, and in this production it was comedic and awkward. But overall, I loved the show. Has anyone else see it?
Now, where’s my tea?