Saturday, November 29, 2003

Keeping Busy

Well, since we found out about baby Ava's impending arrival, both Jason and I had started a number of little organization projects since we figure we most likely won't have any time to get stuff like that done for the next, oh, say eighteen years. Anyway, now with my due date only 26 days away, I must say I'm pleasantly surprised that I'm now nearing the end of my to-do list. I've got absolutely everything ready for the new baby so I'm concentrating now on my huge photo project, which involves printing all the photos from our digital camera from the past year or so and getting them into photo albums and scrapbooks. I'm also adjusting all our digital pictures in Photoshop and re-burning them to disc so every photo I have on cd is already rotated to the right direction and color corrected and such. This is a very time consuming task since we have files dating back to 2000 when we bought the camera and we've never thoroughly sorted through them all. I've also been noticing just how many shots Jason has taken of himself staring blankly at the camera with his mouth hanging open. Apparently he finds this quite amusing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003


Well, I got to see the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on Friday night which was awesome. His style of choreography is so different from the style I like to perform (not to mention the fact that I most likely could never dance with such extreme technical precision!) Maybe part of it is that I know when I watch a Cunningham piece I don't have to concern myself with interpreting a meaning or a concept but rather I can enjoy the movement for movement's sake. I love the randomness of his work and the way he music and sets he uses seem to float in and out of the choreography but never overshadow it. Plus it doesn't hurt that his dancers are so detailed and precise with their movements that it makes me insane with jealousy. I've always been involved in dance pieces where the choreography is very passionate and theme-oriented so it's so interesting to see dancers that move with such efficiency yet also remain so detached. I tend to get very involved and attached to choreogrpahy when I'm dancing where Merce's dancers keep their distance.

I also got great amusement out of listening to someone sitting nearby get completely frustrated with the performance. Apparently she came with a friend and I got to listen to her complain about what is and isn't art all through the intermission. I believe she likened modern dance to "eating boogers": meaning that just because a room full of pretentious people say that something is good art doesn't make it true. I found that tidbit quite hilarious. Color me pretentious I guess... :-)

Saturday, November 8, 2003


Well, I've pretty much reached a point in this pregnancy where I basically feel like garbage all the time, to what better way to lift my spirits than by purchasing new dvds!! Juliana and I were at the Blockbuster when it opened on Tuesday to get a copy of Finding Nemo before it was even on the shelves. This was the first movie she saw in a theater and was very excited to get it. Needless to say, we've already watched it twice along with all the extras, which are great. Between watching the behind the scenes footage on this dvd and the extras on the Monster's Inc. disc, I have concluded that Pixar Studios must be one of the most happiest places on earth. The people who work there have entirely too much fun.

Another good purchase we made over the past weekend was the Angel Season 2 dvd set. I've been fairly disappointed so far with the season that is underway right now so I'm really looking forward to watching these episodes again. This set has one of my favorite Angel episodes- "Darla," which originally aired as a complimentary episode to Buffy season 5's "Fool for Love". I thought both were great stories that showed the overlapping history of Angel, Darla, Spike and Drusilla. Yay! I can't wait to watch now, but it's obviously not suitable viewing for three year olds so I"ll have to wait a couple of hours for bedtime.

Sunday, November 2, 2003

Little Ladybug

Don't you just love Halloween? More photos up here. The picture of the little baby squid is Juliana's new friend, Aubrey, sitting on her mommy Lara's lap.