Archive for June, 2013

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Recent Random Ramblings

June 24, 2013

Late in April, the 30th to be exact, I was following my then manager down the stairs at work. I was walking, something I rarely do on stairs, because my manager was wearing heels and walking in front of me. As she turned the corner on a landing, I missed the bottom step before the landing and went sailing across it, into a wall. Somehow I managed to fracture my right fibula and sprain my left ankle. The sprain was much worse so for about a week I walked around on the fracture while using a crutch for the sprained ankle. Upon visiting an Orthopaedic Surgeon, I was fitted with a right walking boot and told to ditch the crutches and air cast for the left ankle. His instructions were that I could take off the boot to drive, but the more I wore it, the sooner the ankle would heal. I took that to heart and got Sarah to drive me everywhere except work. The Ortho Doc told me I could use the other ankle as much as was comfortable. Somehow I decided that going to the Lilac Festival was a good idea. We walked very slowly and took many pictures! I am terrible with flower names, so please feel free to correct me on any I may have mislabeled.

pink peony

Peonies

 

Bluebells?

Bluebells?

More Bluebells?

More Bluebells?

Magnolia

Magnolia

 

White Redbud
White Redbud
Sarah imitating a squirrel?

Sarah imitating a squirrel?

Erin imitating a squirrel?

Erin imitating a squirrel?

In the Poet's Garden with my fashionable boot

In the Poet’s Garden with my fashionable boot

Erin showing off her "hardwear"

Erin showing off her “hardwear”

 

No clue...laughing too hard to take a decent photo...they are weird!

No clue…laughing too hard to take a decent photo…they are weird!

We had fun, but I was ready to be done after about 30 minutes of wandering. I do not recommend damaging both ankles at the same time…

 

 

 

 

 

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Shakespeare in the Park

June 24, 2013

This past weekend we decided to go see a production of Hamlet in Delaware Park in Buffalo. Since I am still sporting a walking boot for my sprained left ankle, we got there plenty early so we could park close and not have to walk far. As we were waiting for things to get started, I got this very serious candid of Erin.

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She is decidedly not my “little” girl anymore. She is now taller than both Sarah and I by more than an inch and she’s still growing.

It’s really quite remarkable that there is a crew that erects a stage complete with lighting and a sound system in the middle of a park. Here is the stage before the show got started.

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We initially were going to sit so center stage was directly in front of us, but we wound up moving to be able to see better, so this was then our view of the stage…

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I didn’t get pictures of all of the actors, but here are my favorites.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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Ophelia and Laertes

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Polonius (who was my absolute favorite)

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The man who played Polonius seemed to put his everything into the playing of the character. Then, upon Polonius’ death, he played one of the grave diggers. In both roles, he was absolutely wonderful.

Even though Jeff and I lived in Buffalo for about 3 1/2 years, we never went to see Shakespeare in the Park. Since the girls are currently very into Hamlet (David Tenant’s role as Hamlet to be specific), we decided that during the “off-season” (hockey, that is) we should go see a show. We all had a great deal of fun and the girls spent quite some time critiquing the performance afterward. As we were leaving, Erin asked if we could see it again before Hamlet is done…in 3 weeks. Hmmm…

I definitely would recommend a jaunt to Buffalo to catch a show.