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HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!



Sunday December 1, 2013_November books PLUS...
Dec01_2013_November books
...A Radio Play: It's A Wonderful Life at UC Santa Cruz_this play was a delight and I'd totally recommend it if it ever comes to your area. A cigarette girl, there were 3 and they did all the sound effects, the poster, the interior set before the play began with band.
December01_2013_Sunday_A Radio Play_It's a Wonderful Life_cigarette girlDecember01_2013_Sunday_A Radio Play_It's a Wonderful Life_poster

December01_2013_Sunday_A Radio Play_It's a Wonderful Life_stage

Monday December 2, 2013_Lauren and Jimmy, after dinner in Campbell, posing for me.
December02__2013_Monday_Lauren's birthday

Sunday December 15, 2013_Lauren and I donate blood.
December15_2013_Sunday_Blood giving_A

Wednesday December 18, 2013_Ooops, David's car being towed to the dealership.
December18_2013_Wednesday_Up Up and Away

Thursday December 19, 2013_Lauren and I attended The Snow Queen @ San Jose Rep, which was terrific, really really terrific, a steampunky reinterpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic.
December19_2013_Thursday_The Snow Queen @ The RepDecember19_2013_Thursday_The Snow Queen @ The Rep_the poster

Saturday December 21, 2013_Lauren and Jimmy made cookies!!!! Nom Nom :)
December21_2013_Saturday_Laure&Jimmy made cookies

Sunday December 22, 2013_Our courtyard fence finally decorated.
December22_2013_Sunday_front fence

Sunday December 29, 2013_The Desolation of Smaug_YAY!!! YAY!!! YAY!!!
December29_2013_Sunday_Smaug_A

Tuesday December 31, 2013_Coffee at Cindy's with the girls, Susan, Barbara, Cindy & Liz. Oh, and Goldie too!!
December31_2013_Tuesday_the girls

A very busy and very good month :)

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lisa_thecat
Jan. 1st, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! And thanks for adding me back. I took a peek at your LJ from Alex's birthday post and I loved your photography!
gaeln
Jan. 2nd, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Same to you! And thank you. I'm glad Alex has brought us together, the more friends the merrier!!
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gaeln
Jan. 2nd, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Personally, I'm not a baker/ cookie maker so, I'm glad they handle that for me. Hopefully, they'll make this a tradition as meaningful as you have :)

We've now done The Rep for Christmas 2 whole years in a row and I'd like us to keep it up. The Snow Queen was really wonderful and The Rep is such a nice resource. Lauren and I did an afternoon production and the place was full of middle and high school kids. They made a good audience...except when anyone would kiss :)

We didn't do the 3D version, my friend, Cindy, simply can't do 3D, but I'm glad you liked the movie despite the uncomfortableness.
shadownyc
Jan. 1st, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
I love all the pics of your fun December activities!

Did you see Frozen after the production of The Snow Queen. ;)
gaeln
Jan. 2nd, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Thank you!!

We didn't see Frozen afterwards, only Smaug :) although I hope to watch Rise of the Guardians, last year's Frozen, which Lauren bought me for Christmas, soon.
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gaeln
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
And same to you :)
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gaeln
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!

Me too as it is such a lovely school and one of the top research schools in the country.
fansee
Jan. 3rd, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
December
Not to mention that the month contained your birthday and I totally missed it. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Hope it was perfectly perfect, and that you and yours have a healthy and prosperous 2014.

Very impressed with your reading. How was "Mrs. Dalloway?" The only thing of Woolf's I've read is "A Room of One's Own;" she rather intimidates me. I haven't read "Origin of the Species," either. So much to read, so little time.

Besides the reading, much great theater. How I do love theater! One of the joys of retirement has been the opportunity to indulge in so much of it. FanSee
gaeln
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: December
No problems. Twas a lovely and quiet day despite the world's celebrating it :)

Mrs. Dalloway, said to be Woolf's best work, was very interesting, the style in which it was written was unusual and I think would be difficult to sustain over a much longer book. The POV would switch continually as say when one person would pass another and the POV would leave them and go to the person they had just passed. In this way, Woolf was able to explore many different perspectives during just one day in London. I recommend it and think it might be fun to try to write a short story using her technique. I've also read 'Room' plus 'To the Lighthouse', even more difficult for me, and 'Orlando' which I really liked and which was easy to read.

YAY! Philadelphia for providing you with such a terrific opportunity for theater. We're only now starting to take advantage of our local theater. It's never too late :)
fansee
Jan. 3rd, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: December
YAY! Philadelphia for providing you with such a terrific opportunity for theater.

Philadelphia AND New York! This year I have a five-play subscription with Roundabout Theater for Wednesday matinees. So far I've seen two plays: one thumbs up (The Winslow Boy) and one thumbs very down (Bad Jews). The tickets are quite reasonable - for Broadway - about $60 apiece, and getting there costs me a big $hap25 round trip.

I should give "Mrs. Dalloway" a spin. I read along with Samantha's assignments so I'll be interested to see what we're reading this semester. Last semester Albert Camus' "The Plague" was the only book she was assigned that I hadn't read. I enjoyed it after I got through the first couple of (gruesome-ish) chapters. FanSee
flashfly
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
The cookies do not look overly sweet. I want them.

Happy New Year!
gaeln
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
They actually weren't especially the oatmeal raisin ones in the bag. Sadly, they are all gone :)

Happy new year to you too!!
corposant
Jan. 4th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! :)
gaeln
Jan. 4th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
And to you. I really hope 2014 will be terrific for all of us :)
spike7451
Jan. 4th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
What lovely pics. :)

I am so far behind on LJ so sorry I'm late with wishing you a Happy New Year.
gaeln
Jan. 4th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! At the beginning of each new month, I wonder if I'll have any photos to post at the end and I'm always so surprised, and relieved, to realize I do :)

Happy New Year!
secretsolitaire
Jan. 4th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! I want one of those cookies. :)
gaeln
Jan. 4th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!! and sorry...all gone but next year, I'll have them make more so we can send you some :D
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