June 16th, 2008

ceiling cat

busy weekend, bridesmaid woes, the happening and incredible hulk

The Happening: Well.. hmm. I thought there were some interesting visual moments. Andy completely hates it.
The Incredible Hulk: It was ok.. though I got bored in the fight scens after a while. No where close to Ironman.

On Sunday, Andy and I had dim sum at the Shanghai Palace, which was wayy too crowded. But I love their green tea deep fried sasame balls.

We also went to pick up my bridesmaid dress for Walter and Miriam's wedding, and.. they were too small. So I was like.. did I gain an entire size since I ordered it in April. Or did I do one of those vanity purchase, a size smaller so I was forced to diet. But I remember deciding against doing that in case I wouldn't fit and Miriam would be pissed ("Uh, sorry Miriam, the diet failed. Can I wear this instead? It's in the same color family?").

Anyways, it was bad for my self-esteem, and the assistants insisted that I had ordered that size, and I asked them for a paper copy of my signature (since I didn't bring my copy.) Then one of them implied that I wouldn't even be able to fit the next size up.. and probably needed 2 sizes up. I was like.. aaaaarrrrrrgh. WTF?

After being on the phone and typing on the computer.. the 2 assistant ladies were like: Oh. We mistyped it on the computer. It's really easy to mistype. And yeah, that color has been discontinued. We don't have that size in that color anywhere in the country right now. We can get it end of July.

I ordered this dress in April. The wedding is in mid-July. They messed up the order, and still can't get it in time? Not to mention they've insulted my body image multiple times. Grrr. David's Bridal, you're on notice!

Anyways, they did have another style.. so I'm going with that. It'll mean that 3 of us will wear the same style, and 1 of us will be unique. Sniff. I wanted the original style too. But the one I'm getting will be fine. It was also more expensive but David's Bridal is comping the difference.

It did cross my mind to go on a crazy crash diet so I can drop a size in a month.. it is doable.. Hrm... But probably better to drop a size, and have a dress that's slightly too big then not fit into the dress at all!

defy gravity

"There's no problem with the song, it's how you're singing it!"

So 1.5 months ago, I went into a fit and signed up for 3 UT informal classes: 1/2 hour voice lessons, Musical Theatre duets and Ear-training.. all in June and July. I've finally started to feel the consequences. Last Monday I forgot that my voice lessons had started, so I missed my first class. Today, I made sure to arrive really early, so I can find UT's Music Recital Hall (MRH), and ended up 40 minutes early.. but the teacher was there. And he went ahead and started the lesson.

He was the stereotype of the bumbling, gruff, intellectual professor. He didn't attempt to make things warm, like Akina did (who was so sweet and put me right at ease). Made me fill out a form with what roles I've performed and the training I had. (Mostly blank except I did put in Ballet Austin's Musical Theatre class). I told him to just treat me as a beginner.

He asked me what kind of warm-ups.. and I'm like.. : 1-3-5-1 kind?
Then he proceeded to the really difficult warmups, with notes going everywhere... and instead of a few notes in between to catch the next key, he just played one quick chord between exercises and moved right on.

Struggling during warm-ups already. Bad sign.

I had assume the class would be sort of like Akina's, since this teacher, Larry Oubre, was also teaching the Musical Theatre duet class, but now that I'm looking at his website, makes sense that he sang with the Austin Lyric Opera.

He had books with covers familiar to me, familiar to most kids who grew up learning a classical instrument.. usually warm-ups by Haydn or Bach. Except his was "16th and 17th Century Italian Arias". He opened a page, then expected me to sing an Italian aria. At this point I was just really amused inside. I told him I do not sight-read. I can read music, but I don't sight-sing. And no, I'm not a soprano.

Finally he opened a Musical Theatre book (yay! English!), where we bounced around several songs.. and when we were at Elton John's Can you feel the love tonight, I gave up after a few bars because it just sounded bad. That's when he told me the problem wasn't with the song, but with how I was singing it. And for some reason, I am completely unfazed. In fact I think I'm delighted. When this guy finally praises my singing, at least I know he'll mean it ;-)

Anyways, I ended up with lots of homework: Danny Boy ("It'll be interesting to hear a girl sing this."), As Long as He Needs Me from Oliver, Reflection from Mulan, 2 Italian Arias from the 1700s (!!??!!), some Latin song and a Henry Purcell song that he made me copy I'm not sure why.

I was looking really bewildered by all the homework assignment and he was like: "Since you've sang before". I'm not really sure where he got that impression... since I really was lost most of class. But.. hrm.. this should be fun.
defy gravity

The Tony Awards

I was going through my DVR and discovered that my roommate had recorded the Tony awards! I didn't even think about it. Aaaaah.. it's such a treat!!! So I fast-forwarded and watched the Musical pieces:

Lion King -- Circle of Life, which still made the hair on my arms raise. Loved the gazalles and baby elephant and the birds and the lionnesses.

Crybaby was interesting. Had a good tap number. So-so.

Passing Strange did the song about the keys/Amsterdam.. which was not so bad... I didn't like the show when I saw it but maybe I was too harsh.
Gypsy's I had a dream. Oh my goodness. This was amazing!! Patti Lupone was.. Amazing. I mean, like wow, my jaw dropped and hair raised and... wow.  She got a standing ovation.

South Pacific. They did several songs from this revival. Umm.. it was very seventies. I didn't like it.

Grease. They did songs I didn't know... not Hand Jive or Summer Lovin! But they seem to have fun.

Montage of short bits from My Little Mermaid -- Part of your world, A Catered Affair and Young Frankenstein (not putting on the ritz ;(.. but it does make me want to watch Young Frankenstein)

In the Heights: Interesting... they did a song about winning the lottery which was carribean/hip-hop/rock.
Sunday in the park with George: I want to see this
Xanadu: Looks as gay and crazy as suspected.

Rent: They did a short La Vie Boheme, and then the original cast members showed up.. and together they did Seasons of love.