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Odds and Ends

* Spring is finally here. Not only are the Easter-egg-colored crocuses blooming, but the rollerbladers are out in force.

* I love having a clean house. Now if only I had the time and incentive to make it well-organized as well.

* The dissertation on Stradanus which I ordered the other week has come. I wonder if it will be as helpful as I hope it'll be?

Update: It's not the slightest bit helpful because Proquest has sent me the wrong dissertation entirely. Happily, they'll be sending out the correct one right away, but it'll probably be at least another two weeks before it arrives. Anyone interested in the Parody and Politics of Winthrop Mackworth Praed with an Appendix of the 1833 Morning Post Leaders (UMass, 1973)? I have a copy.

* I didn't just buy today's lunch, but tomorrow's breakfast as well from Clafouti. Lovely, lovely croissants.

* C.'s going to his first seder tonight. I was invited too, but in a hasty fit of absent-minded nonrefundable ticket buying, I'm going to the opera instead. I wanted to see this opera regardless, but in retrospect, it would have been nicer to do so some other night.

Update: Apparently, I am going to a seder tonight. The opera tickets are for Wednesday and Thursday, not for tonight at all. This is why I should keep my calendar updated even when I think I know exactly where and when everything is.

* My laptop battery is still at 0%.


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Apr. 6th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
What are you going to see?
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
Actually... it seems that I'm not. Well, I will be. Rigoletto on Wednesday and Die Walküaut;re on Thursday. For some reason, I thought they were tonight and tomorrow. I'm very glad you asked, since that was why I checked my tickets, and now I can go to the seder after all!
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
"Kill da Wabbit!"
Apr. 7th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
Four and a half hours long. Before intermissions are added in.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
Again: what is this "spring" of which you speak?
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
I can send some to you by mail and then you'll know.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
What's a seder?
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
It's the service for Passover. Passover involves a great deal of eating and drinking, much of which is written right into the service (well, certainly the four glasses of wine are).

I didn't grow up in what you could call a religious household, but there are a handful of social yearly events from both the Jewish and Christian traditions which my family usually either celebrates or is invited along to celebrate. We're more prone to celebrate events involving good music and tasty food than most other calendrical highlights. My sister loves the seder at our friends' house back home enough that she went home for this past weekend to celebrate it there.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'd go for the wine too, but only if it tastes better than the stuff here!!

My roommate (who is RC) wants to go to midnight mass at Easter. It apparently starts at midnight and takes 3 hours (for some reason they start at Genesis and go from there). I said I'd join her our of curiosity - but I think I'll add that I want to take a cushion and a thermos.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
I rather like going to Easter services. Easter and Christmas are the ceremonial highlights of the liturgical year for me. Easter usually involves nicer flower arrangements, however.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC)
I don't like Catholic services. They always seem very proletarian. The music is better at St. James and the celebrants have better speaking voices. The sermons are more erudite too. Yes, I'm an old fashioned C of E snob! (As well as an atheist!)
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, I didn't notice the RC note in kashmera's comment at first. Most of the Christian services I've gone to in my life have been C of E variants. I think this is the first city I've lived in this long and not sought out churches with good music, now that I think about it. I've gone to plenty of concerts IN churches, but that's a rather different kettle of fish.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Also - I haven't been to many RC masses. My father's family is Episcopalian (i.e. Anglican), so that's what we tend to default to for church services. I think the only time I ever attended a three hour mass, however, was for an Eastern Orthodox Easter service. Usually, they're substantially shorter.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
It does seem to be a very long and tiring prospect, but apparently its a beautiful service, with more and more candles being lit (presumably in English as some modern RC churches do). If I was just sitting there for 3 hours wondering what was going on I'd be rather less inclined to stay up for it.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
It will be in English unless it is a very retro congregation. The Latin mass is much frowned on by the Vatican.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
It is? Oh, OK. I was surprised when LA cathedral had a service in English on Christmas day, but I guess that shows how much I know about RC services. I've always had a bit of an 'us and them' complex about that particular denomination.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
For general audience purposes it is, since the whole point of Vatican 2 was to make the proceedings accessible in whatever language the relevant congregation actually spoke. Toronto is one of those rare places where there are regular RC Latin masses - but I'm only aware of one in-town church which does it.

(Now I have Tom Lehrer's "Vatican Rag" stuck in my head.)
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
Mind you Vancouver is so full of ESL that you may as well do it in Latin so that we're all equally confused.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
Seder and spring
I have crocuses up in my own actual yard! Maybe that should encourage me to go rollerblading??

In any case, I love religious celebrations that allow you to have wunnerful food in good company. When you can have wunnerful food in good company, and sip wine after mentioning a plague of frogs, well.... I'm DEFINITELY in. It's yay-making.

I'm glad that you get to have three evenings in a row of fun things to break up your dissertation stress!
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Seder and spring
Apparently there are many haggadahs available for online download - that's how the one we'll be using tonight was obtained - much cheaper than buying a full set for a first time seder-hoster.

Sadly, thanks to researching my computer's woes (hey, at least it still works and my data is well backed up!), a newly made promise to make fruit salad, and the complete lack of what I thought I would be reading this afternoon (come soon, little dissertation!), I've had a rather unproductive day. But I can make up for that tomorrow - and I still have a good hour or so of work I can do this afternoon.
Apr. 6th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
Rollerbladers. Fah. So many of them here in California, taking up valuable sidewalk space. I'm a personal fan of the "whacking game"*, involving myself, a baseball bat and a tree behind which I can hide.

*not to be confused with "Whacking Day", from the Simpsons. Although the ideas are much the same.
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