Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman
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[General] Hello from Canada

So, I am once again up in lovely rural Chilliwack, surrounded by cows and Tim Horton's.

Drove up on Friday, met up with wonderwombat, had dinner at a good sushi place, came back, munched on Japanese snack foods (Blueberry gum! Pineapple gum! Litchee gummies!) and was subjected to shows about Canadian history. (Evidently I must be indoctrinated.) In retaliation, I taught FJ the depressing words to the M*A*S*H theme song. HA!

Next day we got together with ariosa for Les Mis and other stuff. I was made to wear a skirt and heeled boots, and forego the baseball cap which became ever-present months ago. *sniffle* So, we went to see The Incredibles -- a very good film, very enjoyable -- at the Colossus in Langley. Really a very good film, a lot of fun, really enjoyed it quite a bit! Typical Pixar fare -- well voiced, well animated, well written and with plenty of grown-up humor mixed into it all. Actually a little more than previous Pixar, I think... at any rate, definitely worth seeing.

After that, we all piled into Andrea's car to get to Vancouver. Got there early, drove around Stanley Park to enjoy the view, and headed off to the Queen Elizabeth to see Les Miserables. It was, to put it simply, amazing. FJ, who's seen it on stage more times than either Andrea or I, said it was the best performance she had seen. Not a dry eye in the house by the time we were done, I swear; I think the whole /audience/ was crying at 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables' and few of us stopped sniffling after that. The Javert was excellent, the Valjean had a very powerful and expressive voice, Eponine was heart-wrenching, and Gavrouche was /adorable/. Incredible cast, excellent stage work, quite something.

We didn't get to do our traditional La Casa Gelato afterwards, which was sad; it was already closed. Musical weekends are more fun in the summer, when LCG is open late and you can get gelato afterwards to complete the evening! So we drove back to Langley, picked up my Beetle from where we'd parked it, then hung out at Denny's and got some food. Then Andrea went back to Vancouver, and FJ and I drove back to Chilliwack, singing along with Arrogant Worms songs off of the iPod. Whee!

Now we're heading out for a (very) late breakfast, and then in a little while I need to head home. It was a good trip, in all. And we're definitely going to start doing more musical weekends again when musicals pass through town!
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