I never post about good things, apparently. Hah, I'm too busy enjoying them!
Macbeth was really well staged, with great acting (Lady Macbeth was amazing, as were the witched), and the coloratura in Candide was INCREDIBLE. Candide was funny, but I didn't think it really hung together as a story. It helped that we went to the stage talk before the show, at which they explained that Voltaire wrote Candide to try to prove wrong those who said life was "God's will" and thus "everything would work out."
Still, it was worth it just for the singing.
We had $20 semi-obstructed view seats. For Macbeth, we were in box seats and that was great! Not really obstructed at all. We were in different seats for Candide, much more obstructed of the far left - and due to bad staging, most of the big action was on the far left. Still, the singing was worth it and then some.
In between, we had three hours, in which we wandered the beautiful grounds, ate a lovely dinner (after harassing the chef) and played a new game: a Trivial Pursuit card game in which you can steal people's cards.
We had to harass the chef because Glimmerglass offers this thing where you can order gournmet dinners but you have to order at least 24 hours in advance. So Sandy ordered two days ahead, and even called the chef. All was in order. She paid in advance. When she went to get our meals...they weren't there. The idiot kid running the table just shrugged and said she'd comp us and give us a veggie platter with hummus.
That might've been fine if we had not essentially skipped breakfast and lunch, trying to get everything ready for babysitting and get to Macbeth on time. We were starving and had already, in fact, eaten our own homemade hummus and vegetable platter while I pumped in the car.
So I asked them to find a way to make it right, and the girl started crying and just dialed the chef's number and handed me the phone. He was surprisingly belligerent ("Well, I'd have to cook it for you now") but when we explained we had until 8 p.m. (the start of Candide) he said he'd get us our meal. And indeed, it arrived less than an hour later. It was OK - but cold. We learned the "concessions stand" serves real, cooked to order, actual dinners - salmon and such. So next time we'll order from there.
But it was just a sort of strange quirk in our lovely dinner. Trivial Pursuit totally occupied us until the meal arrived. It's a new version, so there are questions based on actual recent events, so I had a chance! I won one game (and none since).
Then, after working Sunday on very little sleep (we got home at 12:30 a.m.), we surprised Alice on Monday by taking her to Mystic, CT. She's been wanting to go but she gets so anxious about any trip that she gets worked up and can't sleep and then she gets sick. So this time, I packed her (and everyone else) secretly while Sandy distracted her in the living room. We told her we were dropping my car off at the mechanic and then I'd ride with them to her dr's appointment, and then we'd take her out to lunch.
After the dr appointment, we drove for about 45 minutes before she asked where we were going. She was delighted! And had a great time.
She rested in the hotel once we got there, while KB and I went swimming in the pool. (KB is still clinging desperately to us while near water - I have no idea where this sudden fear came from!) Then we all went out to dinner, an amazingly delicious meal that was surprisingly inexpensive. We were seated next to a huge salad bar, and KB was so delighted by watching all the people that she often forgot to eat.
Alice shared her "heart of the rib eye" steak and it was the best steak I have ever eaten. Sandy shared her scallops with Alice, and they agreed those were incredible too. I had a steak, and it was a pretty good steak - but nothing like Alice's!
On Tuesday, we went to the beach. We got rather lost, but after a tour through a "private property no trespassing" beautiful community on the ocean, we finally found our way to a legal beach. Since Alice is a senior, we got in for just $10! Rather than $20. We parked in handicap parking, right next to the entrance...which was a hill, maybe 20 yards, in sand. Our plan was to basically carry Alice, pushing her walker, and stage lawn chairs every 10 feet or so for her to sit and rest. But as I was setting this up, Sandy saw a huge dune buggy-like wheelchair at the first aid tent! So we borrowed one and easily pushed Alice all the way into the beach.
She had said sadly that she would never put her feet in the surf again because she couldn't possibly make it that far. Well, we pushed her right down to the surf. It was perfect.
I carried KB into the ocean but she was not impressed by the sound of the big waves. Then we played in the sand, but I think the sand was too hot for her. I tried getting her to play on the wet sand, but she was still unimpressed. After about an hour she relaxed and seemed to be having a little bit better of a time.
Then we left and got lunch while she slept and drove to the aquarium, about 20 min. away. They gave Alice an electric scooter for the day (we discovered Sunday night that her battery was dead - not uncharged, DEAD). We had thought we were going to push her in a regular wheelchair, so the scooter was great news. They were all out of regular wheelchairs, they said. Was an electric scooter OK. GOD YES.
KB loved the aquarium - the beluga whales, the penguins, the sea lion show, the big fish...all of it. She was so excited that she only slept for about 30 minutes. We were RIGHT NEXT to a sea lion during the show, too. She was so excited.
And then it was hot and we were tired so we headed home. Oh! And we got into the aquarium for free! A nice woman had two extra free passes and gave them to me.
KB slept allll the way home, for 3.5 hours. And then was happily awake until 12:45 a.m. Groan.