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NEWSIES! The musical.

I've always been a sucker for Hollywood musicals. From Bob Hope to Howard Keel to Doris Day, I couldn't get enough. So while Newsies was not well received when it came out 23 years ago, I adored it.

You all know how excited I was a few years ago when I heard that Disney was bringing it to the stage Off-broadway. I practically held my breath when it moved to Broadway waiting for the day that it went on Tour.

Jim got us tickets on StubHub for Christmas. Row M. I think that may be the closest I've ever sat at the Pantages. We were on the end of the row so we were a little off to the side, but that was fine. I think the two guys sitting next to me may have been even more excited than me. I took a picture for them while we waited fit the site to start and sort of listened in on their conversation while we sat there. The one next to me had tried out to be in Newsies, but didn't make it. He actually squealed when the lights went down. It was adorable.

You have to approach the musical knowing it's almost an entirely different animal than the movie.

Things I don't like:
I know it's musical theatre, but I have a serious problem with Pulitzer singing and dancing.

I knew I'd miss Denton.

The removal of some scenes from the movie, like Jack having dinner with David and Les' parents (and sister/Jack's love interest).

Santa Fe is the first song. The fact is that they had to move it somewhere as it was previously just after the dinner with the parents scene, and it probably works just fine if you're not familiar with the movie, but it feels a little abrupt when you know the movie as well as I do.

Katherine was sort of a Nelly Bly sort of character. She has made a point of striking out on her own to make it as a news woman without her father's help. Why would she sit quietly, hidden in a dark corner until her father was prepared to use her presence and relationship with him to hurt Jack?

Things I like:
In the movie Jack took care of Crutchy as much as he was able. In the musical that relationship was flagged out a bit and the concept of "family by choice" was addressed a lot more.

I loved the technology used to further the story. Projections showing the chalkboard where they post the headlines changing in real time and much larger than an actor could manage in stage. It also shows what Katherine is typing as she works on her story about the newsboy's strike. And it shows the image that Jack sketches on a crumpled bit of newspaper when he meets Katherine.

I love that they gave Jack a useful talent instead of just the charisma that makes him the spokesman of the newsboys and the ability to improve on the truth and sell the headlines.

The staging. Really very amazing the number of scenes that they created using metal cages that moved around the stage throughout the play and a few props. Tables, chairs, bunk beds,  a desk, a hanging lamp and some clothesline became a rooftop, a cellar, a deli, the office of Pulitzer at the World, a vaudeville theatre, the newsboys boarding house, the Refuge.

It's a given that everybody in a broadway show can dance, but you'd have thought that would be the case in a Hollywood musical movie, and Christian Bale's dancing in the movie was just atrocious. The dancing in this musical is fabulous. Every one of the guys is amazingly acrobatic and out all of their energy and effort into every move and it's stunning to watch.

I like that in scenes that took place inside Medda's theatre, the musical's audience becomes Medda's audience. This causes a small problem in that the inclusion caused some audience members to decide that the actors needed to know their opinions of their muscles. One particularly loud whoop of appreciation for Spot Conlon's biceps was greeted with an amusing "Shh", and the actor continued his speech.

Overall, as I said at the beginning, you have to be able to roll with the changes to the original, but it was pretty fabulous.

The purge

Feb. 20th, 2015 08:27 am
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All of my clothes have been gone thru, hung, folded, purged, organized as far as possible at this moment. There's a need for fabric drawers to put the lingerie in as opposed to the tote bags they've been living in. The tote bags are each assigned their own cube in the closet now, tho. They are not cluttering up the bedroom. Even pulled all my night clothes and a few other random items out of the linen closet. They've been in there so long that the black shirt I'm wearing, while otherwise clean, has ALLANAH'S fur on it!

Hint: Elspeth is 3 and a half and least a few months before Jim could bring himself to love another cat.

I haven't worn 26/28 in over five years now. Almost all are gone from my closet. There might be a couple of drawstring peasant skirts. Most 22/24s are gone as well. Might be a sort our two left, and there's a couple of smaller cut jeans that still work. Other than that the only thing left in my closet are size 20 down to 14/16. Only one black tank, one skirt, and one sweater in 14/16 are new, bought for Jim's dad's memorial. The other 16s in the closet are 5 years old. There's still one pair of size 16 jeans I can't get into and two other pants that don't have tags, so at least I know I won't have to go nekkid when I finally managed to shed a few more pounds.

As to weightloss, I'm still bouncing between 239 and 244. I'm in mid bounce right now. But with the closet cleaned and organized I feel 20 pounds lighter than last week!

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The doctor is happy with me!

My AIC is 5.8. The goal is to keep it under 6.5.

My lower number on the blood pressure is a little high. Got chastised for my salt addiction.

Good cholesterol is little low. Bad cholesterol is a little high. I'm getting medication for that (yay, more pills) and am instructed to get more exercise and eat a handful of nuts every day.

My metformin is getting switched to extended release.

I get prescription strength vitamin D and need to start taking a multivitamin. Yay, LOTS more pills.

Thyroid is fine.

Kidneys are fine.

The doctor is SO happy with my progress that I get to wait 6 months before I come back to see her again!


Feb. 6th, 2015 11:49 am
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The home scale and the doctors scale are in agreement. 240.

My fasting sugar this morning was 97. Just now in the doctors office, a couple of hours after breakfast, my meter read 110, doctors meter read 109.

Blood pressure:126/90

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If you recall, on Oliver's first visit to the vet back in December they estimated him at 4 months old. Which seemed too old.

Last week, they made a new, very specific estimate. I think they may still be a bit off, in the other direction, but closer now.

They estimated his actual DOB as being 11/06. We trapped him in the bushes at the mall on 11/24. That puts him at 2.5 weeks when we found him. I was thinking more like 3.5 weeks at that point.

He was wandering around, on his own, with no sign of a mama or littermates nearby. He managed solid food pretty easily. (Though it did take a but longer to get him to pay attention to dry.)

Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but I believe he was born closer to 10/31, sooooo, I'm declaring that to be his birthday.

That puts him at 13 weeks tomorrow.

In his tiny cone ofshamelast week after his vet visit.

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Most uncomfortable conversation I've ever been a part of.

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The shower is the devil.  At least,  that's what the kitten thinks. She was NOT happy that I got in the giant box that makes scary noises and seperated myself from her with the curtain. She tried desperately to climb the shower curtain when I while I showering, and when that didn't work she tried to jump.  Even with her mightiest effort she's not able to get to the side of the tub yet.

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Elspethkitteh has stopped growling at me. I tried feeding her some chicken in front of the door yesterday but she refused. 

I caught her laying in front of the door, staring at it while the kitten was loudly protesting being left alone in the bathroom at bed time. 

Seems like she's getting used to the new smell at least. 

The kitten is already rebelling at being trapped in the bathroom,  but she's going to have to deal with it until she's a little bigger.

All right.  Gotta get to work.

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No real evidence of litter box use this morning.  Which means after more chicken I got to engage in my least favorite part of kitten care. She peed some,  but that was it.  Not really sure if she's drinking water.  She fouled the bowl with the litter because she steps in both.  I'm thinking tuna a bit later today because I can give her the "juice" which will make sure she's getting water.

Gods, I'm exhausted.  Gotta work.  2 hours of OT today means 6:30 to 5. Ugh.

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So, I was playing ingress at Victoria gardens tonight when I heard a kitten crying in the bushes nearby.  About a half an hour later, with me trying to get kitty to come near with a meowing ring tone,  a passerby stopped and helped Him and I corner kitty in the bushes. 

She's very young.  Her eyes are still grey.
She did not like the moving car but waited calmly enough in Jims arms while I ran in to Vons for kitten food, an aluminum pan and some chicken.

Brought her home and installed her in the bathroom and while she shows no interest in the kitten food,  she ate the chicken I chopped up finely for her. 

I went to get her some more and when I came back she was gone.  I assumed that she had snuck out behind me.  I spent the next half hour searching the apartment for her.  Then I heard her meowing in the bathroom.  Went back into the bathroom.  No kitten.  What?

More meowing and from the bathroom it sounds like she's in the living room.  I went back into the living room and heard her meowing in the bathroom.  Back to the bathroom. After a bit I figured out the meowing is coming from inside the wall. How the HELL?  I find this hole hidden in the bottom of the sink cabinet.  This time,  the sound of the kitty meowing ring tone coaxed her to squeeze herself back out the hole.

We've blocked the hole with a cigar box,  but we don't trust her to not find a way to move the box so she's sleeping in our cat carrier tonight and tomorrow until Jim can bring home some nails and secure it.

I'm exhausted, covered in scratches from both the bushes and the frightened kitty and feel bad that she had to sleep in a cage.  I figure it's better than sleeping out in the cold though.

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yesterday's food intake and this mornings glucose result


Nov. 3rd, 2014 03:02 am
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0h gods. Just woke up from nightmares to something seriously wrong with my left knee. I hurt my knee in my sleep?!?

I am not at all fond of this talent.

-25 ?

Nov. 2nd, 2014 08:49 am
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247.8. 111.

Yesterday it was 251.4 I beleive.

I have my doubts as to the accuracy of either of my scales.  The wii fit in particular as it tends to weigh me at 5 - 10 lbs lighter than the bathroom scale. The bathroom scale weight fluctuates a bit,  depending on where you place it on the floor. 

247.8 is NOT the lowest reading from this morning and it's from the place on the floor where I generally try to line up the scale with a couple of tiles.

4 lbs down after a fairly sedentary day? I did a lot of T.V. watching yesterday, and didn't go walking at all.  Just wasn't feeling it.

I'm pretty happy with the sugar level, just not sure I'm buying the weight.

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She loves sleeping in and chewing on boxes. The one my toothless from build a bear came in is her current favorite.

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The CHOCWalk starts at 6:15 AM so I got up at 3:30 and hit the road by 4:15. Arrived right on schedule for the Mickey & Friends parking structure opening at 5 AM.

The trams don't run that early so before you walk the 5K you have to walk the tram route from the structure to Downtown Disney.

Which is great because it's the one time you can stop and pose with the Halloween character decorations that line the tram route.

There's always a friendly CHOC walker willing to take a picture for you in exchange for taking a picture of them.

I walked straight through the this year because I wanted to see how long it would take me to actually walk the 5K. So this is the only picture I took during the walk. For the record,  It takes an hour to walk the 5K.

At the finish line!


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