Things got rather busy last week so, on Tuesday when it snowed, I set up a number of automatic posts for my blog. Dear husband was gone for four days, and I was getting back to normal, activity-wise, which still wears me out much more than usual. Daughter had a great time at her FL dance workshop and told us all about it. Also, last week, older son was extremely busy getting his portfolio ready for his admissions portfolio review at the NC State School of Design on Saturday. After the review, we went to my mother's house to celebrate younger son's and dear husband's birthdays.
On Sunday, we had fun seeing everyone at a late Christmas celebration with dear husband's side of the family. He left again yesterday morning for SC and just got back a few minutes ago. I had a setback this weekend - Sunday evening I had sharp pains every time I put any weight on my right leg. I was back on crutches again (and very upset). Ice and elevation helped, and, although I'm not driving again, I'm back off the crutches and the knee feels much better. At my appointment today, the doctor said that about one out of every ten patients has a setback like this. Just my luck...
Oh, and, on Thursday evening, daughter and I went to see "Rent" at the Durham Performing Arts Center (Click here for a picture of the theater. Notice how high it is, how many stairs it has...how daunting if you've had knee surgery).
A week full of good things, but still overdoing it.
Now, life calms down a bit - at least until older son's and daughter's birthdays in...two and a half weeks!!!
I was going to do a separate review of "Rent," but I don't think I'll get to it. If you have a chance to see this touring production, with two of the original Broadway stars, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, you should. The whole cast is excellent, particularly the singing. Mimi is a stand out - the actress sings gospel and it shows! The actor playing Angel wasn't as girlish as the one we saw a few years ago, but his dancing was very energetic and very precise - every turn and kick. Maureen was a petite blond which is very different from both the other stage performance and the movie performance, but she also had a great voice.
The performance I enjoyed the most, though, was Anthony Rapp's as Mark. He was very good in the movie, but, onstage, he throws his whole body into his acting. We often talk about dancers who dance all the way to their fingertips. He acts all the way to his fingertips. Here's the "Tango Maureen," from the Tenth Anniversary production, with Anthony Rapp and Fredi Walker (not the same Joanne we saw). The one we saw had even more flourish than this. I don't think that this isn't a professional recording, but it gives you a feel for the production.