, I did some gift shopping and went to see The Nutcracker
as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, live-streamed to cinemas across Europe. In my case the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, which had nearly sold out its biggest screen. I booked my ticket ages ago and had forgotten I was sitting in the very middle of the row, and turned up very nearly at the last minute, which meant about a dozen mostly-elderly people had to stand up to let me reach my seat. I decided as a result not
to go anywhere at the interval, and took my time trying to leave at the end. (Also as I just missed a bus and there was 30 minutes to the next, I got a drink and a mince pie from the bar, and was delighted to briefly seebeckyc
and S who were on their way to a film.)
The Nutcracker was really beautiful and very much worth seeing, I floated on the glow from it for the rest of the day. I should book myself another set of ballet-at-the-cinema tickets for the next few months, but maybe not in the very middle of the row again.
In the evening I watched the second half of Watership Down
and it remained disappointing. In case I never get around to writing a longer critiique, my main problem is that the adaptation doesn't understand leadership at all, and as a result does both Hazel and Woundwort complete disservice.Monday
I had a few last gifts to get and then in the late afternoon I shut myself in the back room to wrap gifts. Nico ferried gifts to the tree for me at intervals. So I finished well before midnight for the first time in ... years? I did stockings for the children and a goodie bag for me and went to bed at a sensible time.Tuesday
was deliberately low-key, with just the four of us. I insisted the main presents waited until Tony was up and we'd had some salmon-and-bread. After a number of presents had been opened a natural break occurred while Lego was assembled and the remaining presents got opened in fits and starts during the rest of the day. For next year I think I should let the opening start earlier and encourage more breaks during the day.
Tony made us a large but simple meal of roast chicken, roasties and a few sides, and rather later he and I had some dessert. (The children's dessert came when we opened a couple of boxes of chocolates from under the tree.) I downloaded all the promising-looking Yuletide fic as ebooks to go through at my leisure, and then fell down a hole of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
fic instead. We made a couple of video calls to grandparents which went fairly chaotically but seemed well-received.
My brother came over for a bit on Wednesday
to exchange gifts and hang out with his nephews, and we ate Tony's ham and bubble+squeak fritters
. Otherwise we have remained quietly at home, everyone fairly content to read or watch things and not do much else.
(I have been fairly aggressively catching up on all the very-overdue tasks on my reminder app since Saturday, mostly changing bedding and laundering All The Things, but by its nature this is the kind of catching up that has a lot of sitting around in between times. I could have been reading some of my unread books pile, but instead I have reread a bunch of particularly comforting books.)
Tomorrow Tony and I are going to see The Convert at the Young Vic
(written by Danai Gurira, starring Letitia Wright, I am very excited) which functions as a seasonal gift to each other.
Yesterday I finally sorted out travel and accommodation to see family in Sheffield in a few weeks, and today I managed to score a Friday Rush
ticket to Hadestown
at the National Theatre (as reviewed by swaldman
) for next weekend. That was an experience! I was a bit disheartened at first to be told there were over 350 people ahead of me in the Rush queue, but I decided to wait it out, and when I got let through to booking, my second-choice performance time still had some tickets left at the price I wanted to pay. Then I hit a second queue to get tickets for the specific performance, but much shorter, and I was still able to get the ticket I wanted. And my confirmation email is from 13:23 so the whole thing didn't really take that long, it just felt like it.