Daybook: The Ice Storm Cometh Edition (Jan. 31, 2011)

Outside my window…it’s gray with a bit of snow on the ground. Ice, snow, and, apparently, the end of Civilization as We Know It are expected tonight through tomorrow….

I am wearing: A teal blue cowl-neck sweater dress from Kohl’s; socks (I had black boots on earlier)

I am reading: Wench, Mary Poppins, Incendiary, The Hidden Face, The Return of the Native (yes, it’s a lot. Dipping into these at random) Oh, and The Poisonwood Bible. Big fan of that one.

I am thinking…that I really don’t want to commute in ice.

I am listening to...The Original London Cast Recording of Mary Poppins. (The show is coming this spring so I have to learn the music!)

I am grateful for…my wonderful friends. I got a letter from H today, and all of my friends came to Earnest on Saturday night, bearing the most beautiful bouquet of flowers I have ever had! (Pic later)

I am creating…I have the itch to write. But no good ideas are presenting themselves.

To Live the Liturgy…Feast of St. John Bosco today (patron saint of boys), Candlemas (the official official end of the Christmas season).

I am hoping and praying…for a non-scary weather week, and more good Earnest performances!

Around the house…got to take the trash out before the storm.

From the kitchen…I’m doing Weight Watchers now (I’m in Week 2) as a result of a lot of prodding from the last hospital visit. So tonight’s dinner is citrus-orange chicken from my Betty Crocker Quick and Easy cookbook that I got when I was in college. It’s great for WW because it has all the nutritional info at the bottom so you can just enter it in to the points plus calculator on the website. Also planning on making egg salad (for sandwiches).

One of my favorite things…new music.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Earnest Th-Sat.; BalletMet’s Cinderella on Sunday, before THE SUPER BOWL that night, featuring My Steelers! 🙂 🙂

Thank you!

So, we are more than halfway through the Earnest run (Sob!)

That means it’s time for…Emily’s Fan Club listing:

A star means they have been to all my shows! (J&H, Parade, Oliver! and Earnest) They are super-fans. 🙂

  • Mom *
  • Dad *
  • Bryan *
  • Melanie *
  • Sarah N.
  • Tiffany *
  • Bill
  • Branden *
  • Gary *
  • Sean *
  • Amanda
  • Rita * (who even came TWICE!) and her daughter Hannah.

And other theater friends who came out to show love: 🙂

  • Dave (who was the lead in J&H, and Sikes in Oliver!)
  • Dani (who was in Parade with me)
  • Drew (also in Parade)

You want to be on the list? If you live in Columbus, come to the show! It’s a lot of fun!

As we know, I have a slight thing for Marie Antoinette in history. So I thought this was an interesting post, as well as a cool shot of her tomb.



Alright so someone just sent me a message asking me to explain my snark at Versailles not deserving to have Marie Antoinette’s dress.

Two years ago I went to Paris on a pilgrimage to visit Marie Antoinette. When I got there I  called over 16 places trying to figure out how to get to Saint Denis. The lady at the Louvre told me “Oh the Austrian.” I had a few choice words for her. Finally a nun at a Catholic church explained how to get there. 

My pilgrimage to Saint-Denis was a long journey to an archaic church where the Kings and Queens of the past were laid to rest and seemingly forgotten. I remember that I was upset when I first got to the crypt, I was already crying by this time and I told my mom this wasn’t right. It was so cold and dark and she was forgotten. My Mom told me that this was the greatest honor a Queen could ever receive, to be buried in this church with her ancestors. Next to her husband and near her son. Included in the history of this country forever. I can’t imagine now that she wouldn’t be here.

This is the gift I left for Marie. White is the colour of her innocence and purity.  To get the flowers to her I climbed over a barrier and laid my gift on Marie’s grave. When I went back over the rope, there was a lady waiting for me (later I found out she was in charge of the church) . The lady asked if I had gone over the barrier and put the roses on The Dauphines grave. I thought she was going to scold me so I defended myself. I told her ” I came all the way from Singapore to find Marie and when I got here no one knows who she is and I love her so much. How could you forget her?  No one even cares about her anymore but I do and I am paying my respects to her in the only way I know how and I am not sorry for honoring her.”

Bless her she just put her hand on my shoulder. She told me “I know. I think she will like them” And it was like finally someone other than my Mom understood what I was doing and I just remember crying.

I think she loved the flowers – and I’m glad you didn’t end up getting in trouble for crossing the barrier.

I agree with your mother, though, about where she is. It was the final resting place of the kings and queens, and it was where the Bourbons had their remains reburied to honor them during the Restoration. In their world, it was a highly respected place to be rested.

From what I’ve read and heard from a few French forums, the Revolution is usually taught in schools similar to say, the American Revolution. Unless you get a teacher that is willing to look at it from all sides and perspectives, you’re left with years of: “The revolutionaries were good, the British/monarchy/whatever they were rebelling against were bad.”

But, even so, there are plenty of people and places and exhibitions showing that people in France and Versailles do care about the memory of their monarchs. The restoration of her Petit Trianon, the exhibitions devoted to showing all sides of her, the books (especially recently) striving to show she wasn’t a demon or a saint, the yearly masses, the fact that people were willing to spend millions to find out whether a little withered heart belonged to her son, and when it proved to be so, place the heart there with a royal funeral mass, etc.

Once I was reading a French forum, where they were discussing the restoration of the inside of the Petit Trianon buildings. Although currently they don’t have the funds, even in the planning stages there are dilemmas because they still don’t have enough samples or plans to truly represent Marie Antoinette’s decor. They apparently have enough samples/plans showing how the Empress Eugenie decorated the inside – but that the idea of taking Marie Antoinette’s outward Trianon and using someone else’s decor inside, especially when that someone was the wife of Napoleon, was causing a stir.

Oh, and I did some digging and I am pretty sure the dress made it to Versailles! Fashion is My Muse saw the exhibition in person and mentions in her blog that it was there. I wonder if maybe you read about it being turned down from the Grand palais Marie Antoinette exhibition, since there wasn’t enough evidence to definitely prove it was her dress to include it?

(Forgive the tl;dr from a stranger, by the way, I just came across your post on the marie antoinette tag and wanted to put in my two cents!)

Best Picture Update II

The Social Network:


  • Andrew Garfield is both hot and an incredible actor. I would see Never Let Me Go just for him, and I hate Keira Knightly movies with a passion.
  • I can also see how Garfield was once considered a favorite for Edward Cullen in Twilight. Yes, please!
  • The music/score is awful. The scoring for the facemash sequence made me want to scream. UGH. Worst score I have ever heard.
  • Aaron Sorkin, as usual, provides great dialogue. If only people actually talked this way…
  • Mark Z., as written int his movie, is a really, really enormous *#%()&!%#{(. It’s hard to really like a movie when you have zero sympathy for the main character. He’s totally cheating people out of money, ideas, property…and he treats his best friend like crap! And steals his money!
  • Justin Timberlake does a surprisingly good job! I really liked his opening scene with Amy. “Like Napster?” “Exactly like Napster.” (Which I did use, back in the day, before it was totally illegal, et al. Sigh.)
  • Too bad Larry Summers didn’t make a cameo. That would’ve been awesome.
  • “I was a U.S. Treasury Secretary. I’m in some position to make that call.”
  • British kids don’t “major” in anything. They read French Literature at Cambridge, or Classics, or Economics.

Best Picture odds: No. For a few reasons:

  1. Awful score, as noted above (or lack of score, for most of the movie). How this even got nominated for best score makes me want to kill something. It is much too overbearing in the beginning, especially in the facemash scene. This is NOT a horror movie, we do not need all the shock chords, hello.
  2. The main character is totally unsympathetic. It’s hard to like a movie, I mean really enjoy it, if you want to punch the main character in the face all the time.
  3. While it’s really clever and well-cast, it doesn’t make you think (a la Black Swan) or touch you in anyway (like King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone), or show any real arc of the main character (The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter). Yeah, you sort of get that he’s sorry for dissing Erica, but not really.
  4. This is a good movie, don’t get me wrong. But in a year with this many good movies, and a crop that has some exceptional films, I don’t think it will take the final prize. 

Other big Oscars: Best Actor is all Colin. Best director—this has seriously possibility here. I was sort of ambivalent on this category but I think this movie might take the directing award.

Best Picture Update!

Winter’s Bone: Good, but I didn’t think it was especially Best Picture-ish. It’s a small, dark, artsy film about Dee Holly (Jennifer Lawrence), a 17 year old whose father has disappeared after being charged with meth cooking. When the family’s house is threatened if her father doesn’t appear in court, Dee begins to dig into the meth cooking business in the Missouri Ozarks, and puts herself in a mess of conflicting emotions and passions. In a place where secrets are kept (or else) and the law is ineffective, she has to uncover the secret of her father’s disappearance, or else she will lose her siblings and her home.

Jennifer Lawrence does a fantastic job, and her work alone is worth seeing the movie. It’s short—only about 100 minutes—but she is on screen for almost all of it. I look forwad to seeing more from her in the future.

The Kids Are all Right: Very, very funny, but again, not particularly Best Picture-y. It’s sort of like a regular rom-com, or family dramedy, except the family is a bit unusual. I think Julianne Moore does better work than Annette Benning (Nic is like a twin of her overbearing mom in American Beauty) and I think she shoudl’ve got the Oscar nod. The script is fantastic, though, as is the cast.

After seeing it, Natalie Portman will definitely take Best Actress. Benning’s work here is good but not really groundbreaking.

Still left to see: 127 Hours, The Social Network, True Grit

The Piano: Piano Tip #6 – Be Patient and you will get better, Faster!


This is for all you beginners out there. The best thing you can do for your growth as a piano player is BE PATIENT. I know this from experience. When I first started playing piano, I wanted to start playing good music as soon as possible. So I rushed to transcribe some of my favorite Jazz…

The Piano: Piano Tip #6 – Be Patient and you will get better, Faster!

Hanging out with Muppets!


All the world’s a stage even for monsters… I recently experienced the Off Broadway show Avenue Q and got up close and personal with the cast of this hilarious musical! 

“There is cool shit to do, but it can’t come to you, so come on…. There is life outside your apartment!”

*psssst- If you want to go use the code AQBLOG12 and save money on tickets. Expires 5/26/11