Monday, October 11, 2010

Don't cry for me Argentina.

My long weekend has been pretty good, but unfortunately not perfect.

The lack of perfection started on Sunday afternoon when I started the second mitten in a pair, and then realized after I'd knitted 11 rounds of the cuff, that I was using the wrong-sized needles and had to pull out my work.

Then, I got all dressed up on Sunday night to go with my aunt to see Evita at the Stratford Festival. We got to the theatre and were amazed by the ample parking... then we noticed the theatre was dark. I pulled my ticket confirmation out of my purse and noticed that the show was at 2 pm, not 8 pm as I'd thought. D'oh! Bye-bye tickets. Glad that you were discounted at 20%. I think I'd gotten confused because we had originally debated between the Saturday and Sunday shows, and at no point in time did I ever notice that the Sunday show was in fact a matinee. Sigh. Guess I'll have to wait 'til next season to catch a show at the Festival.

The ticket snafu at least allowed me some extra time to remedy that earlier knitting mistake though...

This morning, I got to the train station with my coffee and thought I'd have about ten minutes to wait for my train. Nope, try 75. Apparently there wasn't enough friction on the track between the previous stop and Stratford, and this resulted in the train being extra late. I managed to get a lot of reading done with that extra time.

Other than that stuff, my weekend was good. The time in Stratford was super chill. I spent a lot of time with my 'rents watching baseball and Modern Family DVDs, eating as per the expectations of this long weekend, and I skunked my dad in a game of cribbage (so he refused to play again). I went for a walk downtown, and had an amazing chai latte at Balzac's. Seriously, that place makes the best chai lattes.

Oh, and Friday night was a tonne of fun and I managed to not mess up the time of that entertainment event. As you know, Friday night was the much anticipated Los Campesinos! volcano redemption show. Seriously, though, we could have missed that one too. We were totally dawdling over dinner 'cuz it was a bar show, and typically at bar shows the band's not on 'til late, so you don't want to get there too early 'cuz you'll be bored and tired. Luckily, I decided to check Twitter to see if the band had anything witty to say about Toronto, and they'd posted that they'd be on at 9 pm! So we had to quit the dawdling ASAP and fly out of the restaurant.

My little buddy from Winnipeg (to quote rawbean) and I had been waiting for this show for ten months. It was worth the wait. The new venue was much smaller and hence more awesome than where April's show was supposed to be. The band put on a super high energy sweaty show, as I expected. It was so fun to hear so many of my fave songs live. For me, the highlight of the night was "You! Me! Dancing!" but they were all great. It was such a fun show. Yay! They had some neat merch too: I picked up a maroon "Romance is Boring" coffee mug. Anyway, I look forward to them returning to Toronto soon!

So despite the flaws, it was still a pretty good weekend. Right now I should be going to the gym to work off some of the food I ate, or marking, however I want to finish the book I spent most of my waiting time + train ride reading. I have my priorities.


Princess Pessimism said...

how are you loving your kindle??? I imagine you took it with you. Sorry to hear you missed your show, but glad to hear you fixed your mitten. LOL

Miss Ash said...

That's really sucky about Evita but at least you enjoyed the LC concert!

I freaking LOVE Modern Family!!!

yrautca said...

Fun. You should post some pics of Stratford and Toronto neighborhood to complete the picture.

rawbean said...

That is so crazy about missing that show with your Aunt. What a bummer! Glad you had a good time at Los Campesinos!

Jabba said...

We have a rule in our house about skunking. When you get skunked you get your picture taken in front of the crib board.

O ya.

That's crazy about missing the show!! What a strange feeling that must have been when you drove up!

And also cool that you watch baseball with your parents!

Claire said...

I'm so jealous of your long weekend! I can't wait to get to half-term break!


Siobhan said...

Glad you got to enjoy the long weekend - it sounds like you had a great time!

Stratfordfest said...

Oh no! That's no good at all. Please contact me and if we can get something to work we'd love for you and your aunt to come and actually see Evita! My email is and let us see if we can get into the show.
Aaron Kropf
Social and Online Media Coordinator
Stratford Shakespeare Festival

galapogos said...

A couple bummers, but also some thumbs up. Sounds like you broke even this weekend.

I don't remember if you watch Seinfeld, but there's one episode where everything breaks even for Jerry, it sounds like your weekend.

Tracy said...

So you went to see Evita at the Stratford Festival! I heard it was pretty good. I once travelled to Argentina, and went to see this musical about her in the Gran Rex theatre and I enjoyed it a lot!
I was staying in one of those Buenos Aires apartments so after the show, I went to the apartment and started singing like crazy!!