I spent the evening poking around The National Archives. I found some neat images that I downloaded. I did a search for Theodore Roosevelt, because I'm currently reading a biography of him and I've been fascinated with him since I visited his birthplace a few years ago. And I searched for Thomas Edison because he's always been one of my favorite people.
Originally posted June 6, 2009
I babysit and my niece wanted to tell me a story. She’s six. Here it is.
The Little House All Alone by Annie Heintz
Once upon a time, there was a house. The people didn’t go to their houses. Instead, they went to the store. Then, the people finally got home and then they ate dinner and then they put on their pajamas and went to sleep. In the morning, they walked down and had breakfast. When they were done, they got dressed. The mom said to the daughter, “You have soccer today”. She got her soccer stuff on and she played soccer and she got one goal. The other team had zero. Then, they got two and the other team got one. The girl got 10 and the other team just got two. Then, she played at the park. Her mom picked her up from soccer and they went back home.
John and I went to go and see "The Visitor" tonight and it was terrific. It's about a guy from Connecticut who finds two people living in his NY apartment. Basically, the idea is that your life could be changed drastically by people that you meet. The movie was really sad, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. (I don't always like sad movies, but I did like this one.) And it wasn't all sad, it had some very funny moments and some incredibly touching scenes. So I highly recommend it, except to my sister Julie who doesn't go for sad movies at all.
I had the absolute best time at the opera last night. I saw La Traviata with Renee Fleming singing the part of Violetta. She is AMAZING! And, the two seats in front of me were empty, so I didn't have to keep moving around to see the stage. I could just sit back and enjoy it. The two seats behind me were empty for the first act, but then an older couple sat in them. I wouldn't have cared, except that they had the annoying habit of making little comments to each other during the applause. While normally, this would have pissed me off to no end, I was so enjoying the singing and acting that I didn't really mind it. The tenor who sang the lead (the character name is escaping me right now) was terrific as well. I hadn't seen La Traviata before and I just loved it. It was a little long, ending around 10:30pm, but when it was over, I could have sat and listened even longer. It's for shows like this that I continue to subscribe to the Lyric. Finally, a great show from this season.
Since I feel like I've given my life over to my house since I've moved into it two years ago, I've decided that 2008 will be the year that I take my life back. So, starting with something easy, I went to see a movie, which is something that I think I did once or twice in 2007. I went with the Julies to see "Juno". It's the story of a pregnant teenager and it was very good. It was both touching and funny and I really liked it. The Julies thought that the main character looked like Punky Brewster, but I was a bit old for that show and never really watched it, so I don't know about that. Whoever she looked like, she was really good. Anyway, I don't want to get into details about the movie, except to say that I really liked it. Hopefully, I'll get to see more good movies like this over the year.