I just looked back at my recent posts and was shocked at how obsessed I’ve been over the redecorating of Bookends Cottage. Enough already! Today, I’ll just make a sort of unbulleted bullet list of the other things that are going on.
Judging by the picture above, you probably can guess that we saw an opera. Did we ever! The Met live-streamed Mozart’s Idomeneo re di Crete to a large number of movie theaters across the country last Saturday and Nettl and I went to OKC to see it. We’ve both been to the Met and, sure, it’s wonderful to be in the actual hall, but sitting seventh row center in plush chairs with an unobstructed view and a box of Twizzlers was pretty cool. Oh, come on. In Mozart’s day people ate, drank, gossiped, played cards, flirted, snogged and shagged at the opera! Last time I was at the Met, I was up in one of the balconies and couldn’t see facial expressions, and I certainly didn’t have any Twizzlers. We’ll definitely do this again.
I was impressed with the cast, each one fresh and flawless, but it was mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Idamante) who totally rocked my world. I’ve long been partial to mezzos (hey, I married one!) and I confess I’ve had no favorite since Frederika von Stade retired. That certainly has changed now. It would be enough that she has a sparkling, emotional voice, and it’s almost too much to ask that she be an excellent actor as well, but she delivers, entirely. I spent several hours in YouTube last night listening to her in other roles and in each she is totally her character, spot on, fully engaged. It’s a wonder to behold. Try this out. And then this. You won’t be sorry.
After the opera we went to Guthrie to Stables, our favorite BBQ place. Opera and BBQ… culture in Oklahoma!
Apparently, we survived the season’s first tornado watch last night. I don’t worry about those as much as I did when I first moved here. Anymore, it’s the fracking earthquakes that get to me. As a native Californian you’d think I’d be better at that, but living in Quakenado Country has a way of keeping one on edge.
I’m still trying to get this house finished, but it’s slow. Also slow (but that’s my own fault) is getting back to my CD. There’s only so much energy to go around these days, and I have to choose my battles wisely.
Have a great week!