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I'll be in Boston next Friday through Monday (Labor Day) for [ profile] brass_rat and [ profile] awhyzip's wedding. Oh, and I am also collaborating with [ profile] farwing on doing their ketubah. It needs to go to the printer, like, Sunday night, so I am hoping the final Hebrew text gets to me by then. :-)

Besides High Holiday choir stuff, I will be spending September doing another small-scale G&S production with [ profile] teddyleevin, this time of The Gondoliers, as Vittoria and/or Inez. Three shows: a concert version for the G&S Society on Friday night 9/14, then two fully staged performances on Fri and Sat nights 9/28-29. Anyone want to come and sing chorus with me? We need people of all voice parts!

That same weekend, since I will have a 4-day weekend due to Sukkot, my dad is maybe coming out here. Yes, to actual New York City. I never thought I would see that day. When he mentioned wanting to schedule a visit, I offered to come to Indiana but he said "no, I should take the opportunity to see a little of the Big Apple". I think we're mostly going to focus on art museums, but I also thought of the Cloisters, and Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty, and maybe the Empire State Building if he's feeling touristy. (But hopefully not Ground Zero or the conversation is likely to get uncomfortably political for my taste.) Oh, and getting him to come see me in Gondo, of course. I can't remember the last time he was able to attend one of my performances. High school?

In further family news, I have bought tickets to take (well, escort; we're each paying our own way) my mom to Hawaii for her 70th birthday next April. This is a lifelong dream of hers. I talked her into doing the 7-day cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines, since it seems that's the only really effective way to see multiple islands in one week, and I doubt she's going to get there a second time (and I'm not sure I would prioritize going there again, this being my second trip, so I'm kind of psyched to get over to Kauai &c.) Making the travel arrangements is making me feel like there's a lot of exciting travel upcoming, even though it's pretty far away really.

In my latest adventures with the New York Public Library, I am reading Infinite Jest, which I am enjoying, although not (yet) in the life-changing way that others seem to find. Impressive, though, yes, and complex and engaging yes. At 1079 pages, counting almost 100 pages of elaborate footnotes, it's kind of told by accretion. In Dave Eggers' foreword, he mentions that it took him about a month to read. I seem to be managing about 100 pages a day, which may mean I don't have to schlep it with me to Boston next weekend. :-) It's hard to fathom that I am really not even halfway into it, which maybe I will grasp the depths more adequately as I go on.

Work is being good but psychologically taxing in a variety of ways. It's reached that point in the summer where I feel like I have almost entirely lost track of what year it is, because "this year" (school-wise) already means 2013 and "next year" is likely to mean 2014.

Shabbat dinner at our house tonight... which I had better go start doing some prep work for!

Date: Friday, August 24th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you're less than halfway into Infinite Jest, you haven't gotten to the life changing stuff yet. I was going to mention Infinite Summer, but I see you already found it. Also, the footnotes are awesome. I have several favorites, but footnote 123 is my most favorite.

Date: Saturday, August 25th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
I *so* know what you mean about the school year confusing one as to the real year. But soon it'll be 5773. :)

I would love to see you next weekend, if we can arrange things so that we're able to be in the same place at the same time!

Date: Monday, August 27th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
Hopefully, Friday will be a half-day and I'll be able to stop at Rosenfeld's on my way home. :D

I am off Monday.

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