I got both a lovely text and a lovely voice mail from Discover this morning telling me that they think my card was used for unauthorized activity. It was genuinely nice to have them aware and letting me know; however, the PITA part is coming because they had to close my account and open a new one, and now I need to remember everyplace that has that credit card on file and change it--only I can't do it right now because I don't have the account number yet.
I hope that the new card still has Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" on it.
The USPS website is up and running a day early. US residents may order up to four test kits per household/address. Order today and beat the rush!
In other news....my mom called me while I was out and about town asking me to bring home a few things from a Chinese restaurant. I ended up going to two different ones in order to get the two main dishes she wanted. And while I was waiting for my food at the 2nd restaurant (Black Bamboo) I snuck over to the sushi place in the same complex and ordered the Chicken and Vegetable Tempura for myself.
She really like some Wonton Soup I had brought home a week or so ago. She thought the dumplings might have been homemade. I couldn't remember where I got it except that it wasn't from Black Bamboo. I now think I got it from a place near the airport. Until I have a chance to stop in there again, she will have to make due with the regular wonton and the egg drop wonton soups I got this afternoon. Or the miso soup which came with my tempura.
I am eating a fantastic piece of key lime cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. I am very annoyed at the service there. We had made reservations, yet we still had to wait half an hour to be seated. Then it took a while before our server was ready to take our order. Once that happened, everything was nice and efficient, but it sure took a while to get started. Our strategy for next time is to make reservations for 2:00, because that was the time the restaurant started to really empty out.
Flying Over Sunset is getting a cast album, to be released digitally on January 28, and on CD March 11.
I saw the third-to-last performance this past Saturday, and found it not unpleasant but overlong and underwhelming, for most of the reasons the critics cited.
And a few they didn't: after seeing Beowulf Boritt's work on FOS, it surprised me not even slightly to learn that he's never tripped -- I haven't either, but if his set (with projections from 59 Productions) manages to evoke the experience sufficiently to satisfy Lapine and most of the critics, it would seem we haven't missed much.
It's a pity, because the idea had some potential; the uncommonly talented central trio (Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Payton and Tony Yazbeck, all well-cast and engaging) does all it can to enliven the proceedings; and Michelle Dorrance's choreography is thoughtful and unexpected.
Still, while Kitt and Korie's score didn't leave a deep impression on first hearing, it'll be nice to have it recorded to listen to again. As we all know by now, I'm not always a theatergoer who "gets" things the first time -- and I'm at a particular disadvantage here: not only do I have zero experience with LSD, but I've never set foot in California.
I just got back from seeing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Denver Center Theatre Company. I did not have a rollicking good time (probably needless to say). My mind is sort of blown by the kinds of mind games these characters play with each other. And the amount of alcohol written into the script. Someone last week asked me what the play was about, and I wasn't able to describe it except to say there was a lot of arguing. And so much more...
Beautiful set. The sheer number of books on the set reminded me of when I worked on Educating Rita in college and needed to find a ton of academic-looking books to put in piles on the floor. We ended up raiding the Aurora Public Library's donation room, because a lot of books that people donate to libraries turn out to be scholarly-type books that the libraries don't necessarily want.
The sub-zero wind chills continue today. It's a sunny day and lovely to look at when you're inside a heated building. The actual temps are in the teens with a high of 16. The wind will bring that down to a "feels like" near or below zero. It's so cold and windy that I will be wearing the winter parka they gave us as part of our uniform. It's actually from the uniform we got before our current one. It's so insulated that I never wore it because it is too warm for me. But not today! If I remember, I will use the remote start for the car so it can warm up before I get in. I got the remote start for days like this one. I hope I remember to use it. (I didn't think about it until I was at my car last night when leaving work. It would have been nice to use then as the windy walk to the parking lot was quite cold.)