12.05.2016

Weekend update

Friday:

Brats for lunch at home with K.
Nap after a long week
In the shop working on pens


Saturday:

Picked up supplies at Woodcraft
Picked up a Fletcher circle mat cutter from a storage unit buyer
Made annual donation to Bay Area Pet Adoptions and saw two puppers being adopted

Turning in the shop
Made some brownies
Football
Dinner at El Centinela with K.


Sunday:


Turning in the shopFootball
Nap
Turning in the shop
Football



Aikido Thursday Night - 12/1/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Bao, Willie, Don, Cheryl, Tabitha

Ukemi:

Basic slaps and a couple of rolls for me.

The Walk:

Three times tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked defensive Jo work with me as tori.

We then worked on the first technique of Yon Kata with me as uke

Commentary:

None of note.

12.04.2016

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11.30.2016

At the movies - The Accountant

The Accountant - 3

From imdb.com : "As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise."

I went to see this with my sisters and mother the weekend before Thanksgiving.

We came out of the theatre enjoying it moderately.  We discussed it some that afternoon and the next day and picked at it.  I thought the number of reveals at the end were too many too fast.  I also think they could have been left undiscovered for later installments.

The one we had the most issue with was the revelation of Justine's role: we could not figure out how, with the information the movie revealed, Christian ever had the opportunity to develop a relationship with her.

The final bit of the movie is an obvious lead in for sequels, but the basic premise of Christian's situation does not make me interested in further escapades.

I enjoyed it, but won't be seeing further versions in the theatre.


Houston Ballet - The Nutcracker - Stanton Welch production 2016

My family and I have been going to see the Houston Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" for probably over 20 years.  I believe all of those have been Ben Stevenson's productions.  This is the first year for a new Stanton Welch production.

My family went to see it for the Sunday matinee with great seats in the Founders' boxes.  We were entranced by the first act, and bored by the second act.  The rest of the audience seemed entranced by it all, with a mostly standing ovation at the end.

The dancers, by and large, were fabulous.  The increased use of students from the Academy did improve the production and made the production more accessible for the younger members of the audience.

Drosselmeyer's cape in the first act seemed awfully cheap, but his assistants were an interesting addition.

The battle between Rats and Soldiers seemed inconclusive to me.  Definitely not as the battle in previous years.

Climbing a tree to the Kingdom of Sweets instead of being swept off in a carriage seemed a poor change.  The gate to the Kingdom of Sweets did not open and our protagonists apparently just went around the gate to get in.  We also thought, at first, that the gates were the Pearly Gates of Heaven.

The cats that escorted our protagonists to the wings, promptly let everyone back onto the main stage, so what was their purpose?

The dance of the flowers had us distracted by the noise the costumes made throughout the dance.

The dance of the snowflakes annoyed us with the dancers throwing snow at regular intervals.  The Snow Queen had no part in any dance.  The male snowflakes seemed a bit alien in their get-ups.

I think the large crowds onstage in the second act took the focus away from the main dances.  It was tough to focus as I wanted to see if any of the other preformers were up to something interesting.

The playbill indicated that the story would be more about Clara being a driving force throughout, but I don't believe that goal was achieve.





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Monday, November 28, 2016


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11.28.2016

Weekend update

Wednesday:

Had the truck towed to McRee for battery issues
Worked sent us home at noon
Mixed up some pie crusts

Thursday:

Baked two pies
Thanksgiving dinner with the family at Joe's
Baked another pie
Football

Friday:

Lunch with K. at Habanero's



Saturday:


Picked up a loaner at McRee
Turning in the shop
Football



Sunday:


Did some work on ASH
Did some chainmaille
Turning in the shop
Made some pralines
The Nutcracker with the family



Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch with my sisters and mom and Skipper's Cafe
Boot shopping at Cavender's
At the movies with "The Accountant"

Saturday:

Mowed the Creek
Picked up Boots from Mom
Dinner with the family at Mia Luna and The Chocolate Bar

Sunday:

Football/Nap


11.26.2016

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11.18.2016

Aikido Thursday night - 11/17/16 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

 John, Adam, Bao, Willie, Rodrigo

Ukemi:

Basic slaps and a couple of rolls for me.

The Walk:

Three times tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked defensive Jo work with me as uke

Commentary:

None of note.

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