Back at the beginning of the year, I made a List of Things
I want to do. And in the last week (ok, 8 days) I've done THREE of them. Not too shabby!take bb to an aquarium
Last Sunday morning - we decided on a whim to take our son to the National Aquarium
in Baltimore. It's absolutely one of my favorite places to go -- I love aquariums anyway, the ones in Boston and Dallas are also pretty freaking sweet. Better than a zoo, if you ask me, because you don't have to worry that you won't see any fish because it's too hot, or too cold, or they are sleeping or something.
He loved it. He was pressed up against the glass pointing and dancing. So fun :)
Afterward, we got lunch at Chipotle (because it was super close) and then walked about a mile to see a coworker and meet his family -- their baby is 2 months old now. Was a good day all around. In fact, even this morning my husband suggested we do it again, but we relaxed a bit more today. Maybe next week.do one of those painting night things
At the beginning of the month I got brave and asked a friend if she'd be willing to try doing one of these. We looked at the pictures, selected one that we liked and worked with our schedules, and signed up. It was this past Thursday at TGIFridays. Not impressed with the food or staff, but the painting was a lot of fun. The teacher was pretty awesome, although it's difficult with a large group and I am slow and kept falling behind on the instructions.
I'm generally happy with my painting, I'd say I was about middle of the pack in terms of "goodness" of the painting. I'm bad at random, so my flower petals turned out to basically be in straight diagonal lines as they fly through the air (I really did try to be random, and I thought I did well at it until I got home and my husband pointed it out). And my flowers are very pointy. Plus, I wanted to do a little white on the petals like the teacher did, his looked nice that way... mine... not so much. I stopped after only a few before I ruined the rest :Pattend at least two ASL meetups/events
I learned through my ASL class at work that CCBC
would be performing Romeo and Juliet in an accessible performance with ASL, put on in part by their interpreter training program.
I was a little bit fascinated with the idea of doing Shakespeare in ASL because ... I mean, it's not even really English the way we think about English today. "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" and all that. And I didn't expect them to have ASL signs for all these words, and certainly they weren't going to SPELL the whole dang play. There was a paper on display explaining some of this, with artistic signing, and translating the meaning rather than the exact words. Additionally, although they used the original Shakespearean wording for the English parts, the director had placed the characters in modern times, with a MacBook Pro, cell phones, and lots of popular music that was woven into the performance beautifully.
The ASL didn't end up happening the way I expected, either. I'd thought that the entire play would be in both English and ASL, with all the characters doing both. However, some actors only used ASL, some only used spoken English, and some used both (but rarely at the same time). Some parts of the play were entire silent, others were very loud! Captions were displayed at all times, so hearing people could read captions during the signed parts, and deaf people could read captions during the spoken parts.
Not only were some of the performers deaf (and Juliet, who was played by a deaf performer, was amazing and the best one there if you ask me), but Juliet's parents were hearing and didn't know sign language, spoke to their daughter through the nurse as interpreter. And Romeo's parents were both deaf, but Romeo was hearing (CODA!) so he knew sign language, which allowed him to talk to Juliet. Paris, on the other hand, did not know sign language and had to resort to sending her text messages :P
Additionally, it was an amazing display of diversity! The casting was done without regard to race, white parents had black children, and vice versa. Romeo and Juliet were not of the same race (and this made for some beautiful scenes). Tybalt and Benvolio were played by women (who did an amazing job of it, especially Benvolio). And the apothecary in Mantua was also a woman (she also played a few bit parts), who was in a wheelchair with obviously limited mobility and did an excellent job with the role. Yeah, it was obviously community theatre and it showed occasionally, but I was seriously impressed with the entire performance. Would do again!
Additionally, I "made friends" with the guy next to me, who was deaf. I noticed him signing as we were getting seated, so when he was looking over the cast list and pointing at a few of the names, I asked him if he knew any of the performers. We struck up a conversation, he wondered why I was learning sign language, we talked about the area, he introduced me to some of his family. It was great practice.