elliptical, interval program:
1mi @ 11:30min
2mi @ 23:14min
2.56mi @ 30min
I did ~20+min in the weight room.
elliptical, interval program:
1mi @ 11:51min
2mi @ 23:51min
2.50mi @ 30min
I feel like I've been on summer vacation since Wednesday.
Friday was the now traditional "Light Lunch" followed by an afternoon off. Peter and Greg walked over to lunch with us. I picked up a small whoopie pie for dessert, and Nicki was asking me what the filling was, like was it flavored, and I was like, "Um, it's a whoopie pie... it's just cream." Katie reminded me that we'd had a conversation before about how whoopie pies are a New England thing. (Greg didn't know what they were, but we're used to that 'cause he spent a good chunk of time in Israel.)
Cate joined later, and some I ended up telling her about due South fandom. I don't think I'd really realized before that CKR was in due South and that's where everyone initially knows him from. (Yes, apparently I think of The Canadian Actor Mafia as its own fandom.) I've never seen due South, but I was recalling that I did sporadically watch some tv show with Mounties when I was younger, and really, how many tv shows about Mounties aired on broadcast American tv in the 1990s? Dad, do you remember anything about this?
Speaking of fandoms I'm not in...
via sharpest_rose: Steph in Africa (on scans_daily)
Anyway, we hung out for a couple hours and then went our separate ways. I did a couple errands -- though not as many as I should have. We reconvened for dinner at CPK at the Pru. Cate was running late, but we still had our food (I got the mushroom pizza.) with enough time to eat and not feel rushed. (We ended up getting to Park St. like right at 7:30 -- minor T delays was something of a theme with me that afternoon -- but ASP never starts on time, so we were okay.)
That morning, I bumped into Layna on my way to the T and Allie at the T, and on the Green Line to Prudential I saw Meredith.
ASP's 4th season wrapped up with King John, which neither Cate nor I had ever seen/read before. (And I didn't look at the synposis, opting to just go with the flow of the play)
Turns out it was really good. Both the play and the production. It was very modern -- people in suits, drinking martinis, brandishing pistols, etc. -- and that made SO MUCH SENSE. And the play itself is interesting and engaging (and okay there were a few bits I could have done without, but that's usually true of me and lots of the comedic bits Shakespeare sticks in the histories). I told Cate afterward that it was probably my favorite of the season, definitely made me excited about giving them money for my subscription for next year. She commented that the other productions this year had schticks, like the all-female Macbeth, the Henry V with only five actors, and she was like, "See, when you have a multi-gender cast of more than half a dozen, you can do great things." I commented that while this one also had a "schtick" (the contemporary, shades of mafioso, setting) it was more of a theme -- we agreed that this was like Titus, which was the play we saw last season and which was also awesome. I also said that they didn't overdo it, which she agreed, and she commented that ironically, she thought if they'd done more with the schtick in their production of Tempest this season it might well have worked a lot better for her.
The play opened with the characters standing at opposite sides of the room behind the back row of attendees. I liked that a lot. (They moved down to the main floor for the bit with the Falconbridges.)
"And hang a calfskin on your recreant limbs!"
England and France handfast with a rainbow rope!
Oh the Archbishop Canterbury, always causing trouble.
Hubert was a female here, so when King John is whispering about how Arthur needs to be killed, it gets to be totally sex up.
What is up with Shakespeare and putting out people's eyes?
The production was in a room in The Cathedral Church of St. Paul which had a labyrinth on the floor, and at one point while he's feverish, King John actually walks part of the labyrinth, which I loved (ever since they'd first taken the rug off and I could see clearly that it was a labyrinth, not just a design on the floor, I'd been hoping that one of the characters would walk the maze).
After King John dies, everyone's in a circle around the new king, and he slowly turns around, looking at everyone (Hubert, Salisbury and Pembroke, Pandulph) and looks very wary, and then they all close in on him.
As I expected, I had mixed feelings about the apartment I looked at this morning. It's a two-level two-bedroom condo. The woman living there is looking for someone quiet, and part of me is like, "I'm never home, and when I am I'm mostly just playing on the internet," but part of me worries that I would be on edge, worrying. The two bedrooms abut each other, and she mentioned that for example, "If I make a late-night phone call I go downstairs" (the upper level is the two bedrooms and a full bath, the lower level is a living room and eat-in kitchen and half-bath) and yeah, that kind of quiet consideration feels maybe excessive.
It's got a nice basement I could use to store some of my boxes (though yes I know I should purge before I move) plus washer-dryer. She has RCN wireless internet; I would need wired Internet and would like cable tv. The bedroom is good-sized (11x14... my current one is about 11x11) and with a good-sized closet.
There's a nice little playground across the street, including checkerboard tables with attached seats. It's something like a 15-minute walk to Harvard Square, and I could pick up the 86 (direct to my campus) like five minutes from the house. It's near a Market Basket, plus the FoodMaster by Inman and the Union Square Farmer's Market and it's a 5-10min. walk to the 87 to Porter (Shaw's).
She rents from the absentee landlords (they're in California, but apparently there's a local repairperson who's good... and the condo was built in the 1980s and is in good shape) and was talking about a month-to-month lease, which makes me nervous, though it also provides flexibility should I decide it wasn't working out and wanted to move (and I do trust that if she decided to move -- she's been flirting with the idea of buying a place herself, but doesn't think that'll happen any time soon -- she would give me plenty of notice).
I'm not under pressure to decide SOON, which I appreciate.
Part of me feels like I should just wait until July, when the bulk of the August 1 openings will be posted. And part of me thinks I should actually check out July 1 openings 'cause if there's something that's a great fit then it would be worth double-paying rent for a month.
I went to Gusti's graduation party (at the Nave Gallery at CHPC). The official start time was 4:30, so I left my house at 4:30. (I live about a five-minute walk away.) It was really nice that so many of Gusti's communities were there (people from her neighborhood, people from CHPC, people from school -- including her undergrad [she just graduated from HDS]). I actually chatted with people I didn't already know. *proud of me*
SarahD. was talking about Adam Sandler's new movie (the Zohan one), which apparently includes Israel-Palestine issues. I now feel like I need to see this movie. (She also mentioned how she walked out of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. I was so pleased.)
I was chatting with mjules after I got home, and it's good to have someone who knows what you're talking about when you wtf at "The Devil Is Bad" by the W's (Track 8 on Disc 1 of WOW 1999 The Year's Top Christian Artists and Songs).
Track 12 is the Supertones' "Little Man," which brought me back to the Supertones concert Tim took us to back when I was in high school, which I had totally forgotten about until now.
I was okay in the heat today, and my apartment still feels decent. I am very pleased by this. (Though I expect it will get worse as the days continue to high near 90F and it only cools off to like 70F overnight.)