revolutions: A heart-shaped candle seen from above. (heart candle)
I keep wanting to make more serious-business entries in here, but my brain is not co-operating with this wish. (Seriously, I think right now I have just about the worst brain-fog I've had in years. It's a major effort just to formulate a sentence out loud right now; writing works a bit better since I can stop and think about it, but trying to speak just results in a near-incomphrensible babble of spoonerisms and mispronunciations and wrong words in wrong places. Coherency, I can not has it.) So instead, you get my stream-of-consciousness post-birthday babbling.

I think I'm suffering a little from post-awesomeness comedown, actually. My thirtieth birthday had been looming slightly scarily at me for so long, and now it's finished and over and I am just, you know, sitting around being thirty. And as for Stratford... well, I had been kind of waiting to go there since I was about fourteen. And now I went and came back and... well, yeah.

It was epic win, though; both the plays were so good. I think in the end I loved As You Like It just slightly a little more, which surprised me since I usually like the serious-business plays best. But it was just so damn good and argh. I loved Rosalind, I loved slightly-creepy-slightly-incesty Celia, I loved Touchstone, loved the songs, the slightly bizarre costumes and set design, the whole lot.

... I wish I was in the RSC and got to do that for a living. Or failing that, I wish I lived in Stratford. On a houseboat. Or a flat by the river. And that I could drop by any time I felt like it and watch the plays or hang around the little bookshops. Hahah, because I could afford that.

... sorry. I am such a feckin' nerd, I know. But argh, Shakespeare has been one of my long-running obsessions/perseverations ever since I was a kid, and I guess that trip has kicked it into high gear again. It was just so much win being in a place where it felt almost as if the whole town shared my obsession. Though perhaps I'd get sick of it if I lived there? (And perhaps not. When I was a little girl I used to say that I wanted to live by the seaside, but my cousin told me it wouldn't be worth it because if I lived there all the time I'd get sick of it. But I did move to the seaside, for a few years, and I never got sick of it at all - in fact I still miss it constantly. I have a pretty long attention span for things I like.)

Maybe I will go see this if I can get/afford the tickets, just to pacify my inner litgeek?
revolutions: A white kitten with its mouth wide open as if laughing. (lolkitten)
Stratford is just absolutely beautiful. And despite earlier forecasts of rain, we have the most perfect weather for it, too!

Here are things I have done so far:

  • watched As You Like It, which was absolutely wonderful and (surprisingly) genuinely funny
  • developed a tiny crush on drag!Rosalind
  • drunk sparkling wine afterwards to celebrate the best birthday present ever
  • called my parents about five times to say thankyou for said present
  • spent an afternoon lazing around in the sun by the river eating baguettes and feeding swans
  • ... been bitten by a swan
  • failed really quite a lot at rowing a row-boat
  • watched a cygnet paddling around the river with its mum and taken many photographs of it
  • realised that cygnets are absolutely adorable, and "The Ugly Duckling" really needs to be renamed "The Very Large And Oddly Coloured But Nonetheless Unbelievably Cute Duckling"
  • sunburned myself all down my right side and on my nose
  • stared at a jewellery shop called "Iago's" in complete confusion that anyone thought that name was a good idea. ("Iago's: For that very special gift for her that says 'I'll stab you in act five'.")
  • been excessively amused by "Romeo and Juliet's Adult Toy Store"
  • lol'd at [personal profile] esque critiquing the Stratford Waterstones' display window
  • completely failed to find the "Shakespearience" that I wanted to go to, but never mind
  • tired myself out so completely that today I cannot leave my hotel room. Am now conserving my energy because...
  • I am seeing The Winter's Tale tonight, which I am so excited about because it's... probably in my top five Shakespeare plays?
  • ... realised that the fact that I have a top five list of Shakespeare plays makes me a huge, irredeemable litgeek forever
  • (in case you were wondering, it's probably Othello, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, and Much Ado About Nothing. Although maybe Anthony and Cleopatra should be in there, I don't know.)
  • in any case, I really love The Winter's Tale and its wonderfully odd Gainax Ending
  • (also, am very curious to see how they'll do the famous "Exit, pursued by a bear" direction)

In conclusion, absolutely awesome thirtieth birthday present is absolutely awesome. Completely worth turning thirty for. And now, I am going to try to eat something and maybe nap so I will be awake enough for the play tonight. <3


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