Friday I was so busy that I didn't have a moment to relax until I went to bed at around 2am. The day went as follows:
•Drove girls to coffee and school, picking up a friend on the way
•Breakfast with my mom
•Stop at apartment office to report a problem
•Stop at bank
•Pick up Sky and bring her to Topanga to meet Lori so that they could go to The Hollywood Bowl together (dropped her off at the wrong mall)
•Back to school to pick up Winter
•Prepare for Game Night
•Sleep (at around 2am)
When I woke up on Saturday I was surprised to find that there were 5 people other than my kids and I sleeping at our apartment. Scott was in Portland, so that put the total at 8 for the night. Winter had 4 friends in her room, and Lori, who had brought Sky home rather late, was on the couch. Did not get enough Lori time, but otherwise it was a very good, if busy, day.
The rest of the day I spent mostly with Winter. After we fed and said good bye to everyone, Winter and I got tickets to see the play Sherlock meets the Phantom that was being put on at the Theatre on the Hill. This was the show that they little kids do. Winter would have auditioned, but she is now officially too old. She did the Halloween show last year and she knew several kids in this one. Everyone had warned us that it was very silly, and it was. Very. I had a great time and I'm really glad we got to see it. I am equally glad that it was only forty minutes long, and even more glad that Winter was too old to be in it, since if she had been in it, I would have had to see it more than once. Once was exactly the right number of times to see it.
My friend Megan, who was the producer of the show, was there (you remember Megan, she's half of the couple that I wrote about in my last post). When the show was over and we were talking about it, she asked when I was going to direct something. It really surprised me. I love directing. I love directing kids' shows. I've even done it since I moved back into the area, but when I did, I was doing it at the centers that a friend of mine was running (his son had been in shows that I had directed when we were all much younger). Never occurred to me to even try up at the new center, which is funny, since they credit themselves as having been a children's theatre for 30 years, which means that are including the shows that I directed back in the day. I don't know if I will get a slot at some point or not, but it's given me something to think about.
After that show, Winter and I headed to Simi to see their production of Curtains. Last year the girls' high school and another local school both put the show on. Since we knew people in both casts, we saw both productions. This version was particularly interesting because it had adults playing the adult roles. I know, that's as it should be, but we had only seen high school versions before, so this was a big thing for us. It was also amusing in that, because it was being performed in Simi, there were several people in the show that had been in the version done at the kids' school (my kids go to an art and tech magnet school that is only blocks away from this theatre). In fact, the lead from our school's version was in it, though in this version he was in the chorus. Every production we've seen had some things that they did better than the other ones. In this one, just the act of having adults playing the roles added something to it. And, as usual, they were all very talented adults. I loved the choreography in this version as well. The thing that least impressed me in this one was their sets. Usually this company does a really amazing job with sets, but because this takes place in a theatre they mostly just used the space as is. When they had set pieces for the show-within-the-show they were far more amateurish than I've come to expect with this group.
One thing that all three versions of this show had in common was that our favorite performance was the same character. I'd call her the female lead, but it is far too much of an ensemble play for that to be valid, it's just that either the three different actresses that we saw in that part were that dynamic, or it's just that good of a part (or some combination). I don't have the program in front of me, so I don't know the name of the character, or the actress who played her this time, but since the show is closed now, I guess it's irrelevant, but anyway. We had a blast. The fact that we knew people in the audience, the cast and the tech crew didn't hurt. Fun fun time.
Sunday was spent with Sky. And her friends Matt and Kassia. The four of us went to Los Angeles to walk in AIDS Walk:L A. We got lost getting there. Or rather we got there and no one was there and we realized that we were in the wrong place, so we had to find the correct one, then we had trouble parking. It was a mess. We wound up parking in the parking structure for the Beverly Center, then walking that last half mile or so to the starting point. We were so late by then (if it had been where we originally thought it was we would have been an hour early) that they thought we were finishing the walk. We got lots of inappropriate applause. But we got to the beginning and did the whole 6 and a half miles, to the end (the cheering section was no where near as enthusiastic by the time we were finishing for real) and then walked back that half mile (quarter of a mile, I don't know, seemed very long to me by then) to the Beverly Center to eat and retrieve our car.
I wore the walking shoes that I had gotten for the Zumba class I'm taking, and I was so glad that I did, because I don't know if I could have done it with the other shoes. I do not remember my feet ever hurting quite so much, I could barely move all day yesterday and today (though the two hour bath I took yesterday helped a whole lot).
It was a lot of fun, with people I really like, for a very good cause. During the walk, among other things, I tried to explain to the kids just how bad AIDS really is. They weren't around when being diagnosed with it was a life sentence, they've not lost people they know to it. I remember that time. I've lost friends, and been worried that others were gone. It's not a disease that I take lightly. We spent a lot of time talking about it and Cancer since they are going to be walking for Cancer next week.
Scott is thinking that if he's around and has the time, that maybe he'll join us next year. If he did, we'd make sure people knew where to go to donate. A very good cause if you ask me. This year the weather was cool and drizzly which was about as perfect as one can get for walking 7 or more miles in. I don't know if I'll be able to do it next year if it's hot and sunny, but I'll pray for rain and give it a try. At least, now that we know where it is, if I go again next year we can start at the beginning, so if I have to go really slowly, I might still finish before we did this time.
It wasn't too much longer after we came home before Scott got home from Portland. I was still exhausted, but we decided to go see the movie RED anyway. I was a bit disappointed with the movie. I haven't read the comic that it was based on, so I have no idea how true to it it was, but on the whole, it was amazingly predictable. Still, the cast was great, and they were all having such a good time. It didn't matter that five minutes into the movie, I could have told you almost everything that was going to happen and been right. In fact SCOTT (who never thinks that way and is always in the moment) knew exactly what was going to happen for the entire movie. Not one surprise. Lots and lots of guns and explosions. A cast that could read the phone book and make it interesting all of whom were having such a good time. It was a fun movie. Not a good movie. Glad I saw it, probably don't need to see it again.
If I were going to see a movie again, I'd likely go to the 3$ theatre where Scott Pilgrim is playing and see it for the 8th or 9th (um, I've lost track) time.