||[Feb. 11th, 2006|04:37 pm]
Yesterday evening was wonderful. We went to the Lord of the Rings Symphony, and even though we had to stand through the entire program it was really magnificent. The girl who sang the solo pieces, including Gollum's Song and Into the West, is only 16 years old, but wow what a set of pipes! As she finished Into the West I noticed that tears were sliding down my face, it was that beautiful.
Afterward, we had the pleasure of introducing darlox, gieves and sparklie_lady and her husband to The Velvet Tango Room (whose site appears to be temporarily down). We got a chance to try out their new drinks, and I am completely sold on the Apple Brandy Sour. The consensus of the crowd was that they may never have been there before, but they would certainly be back! It's such a enjoyable experience, being in that elegant lounge. As always, Paulius made us feel completely welcome, and we admired how he he did the same for his other patrons. It's a pleasure watching the whole staff there and how Paulius has fostered as atmosphere of welcome and stylish sybaritism.
I actually managed to get all of next week's homework assignments done today! When I finished, I thought, "I probably should start doing the research...," but then I realized that the thing I have been begging for is a DAY OFF, and I would be insane not to take it while I could. So Ferrett and I are seeing a movie tonight and then tomorrow morning is dim sum with friends and a trip to the Home and Garden Show, an annual event that we both adore and I was afraid we might miss this year.
One of the reasons I most want to go is to see how well we do walking around. In years past I have been in great discomfort, my feet killing me from the effort of bearing my weight. I was out of shape and unused to such activity. I'm really hoping that this year will be different. If so, it will feel like another one of those small victories that comes from making changes in your life.