Was working on my cane piece for Shimmies for a Cure this afternoon, getting very frustrated and feeling like I'd forgotten everything I ever knew about cane. Practicing cane is also pretty awkward in my living room (half the time when I go to tap the floor, I have to tap the couch, and not smashing the tv is always a concern), which didn't help. So, I thought I would try out my white galibeya, pretty much the whole costume, coin belt, saidi hat, anklets--everything but jewelry and makeup. Lo and behold, once I took a look at myself and saw I resembled exactly what I wanted to resemble
, it all came much more easily and I liked what I did in that run through. It's going to be a ton of fun to do at the show, that galibeya puts me right into character. I think I will see about renting space somewhere in the next couple of weeks, though. I think we don't have Najmat's class the last Tuesday of the month, so I could rent our classroom space then.
Yesterday M and I went to Flora
, just down the street from us. We've lived within a mile of the restaurant for years now and somehow never made it over there. The building was my bank when I was a kid, though. We were quite impressed with our meals and enjoyed the atmosphere. We were offered the Restaurant Week menu even though the participating restaurants aren't required to offer their special menus on Saturday. I had cod cakes with puttanesca sauce and watercress for an appetizer and an absolutely delicious wild mushroom risotto with acorn squash and some kind of greens. M also had the cod cakes and some beef thing that he said was excellent. I also had a good cocktail called a 1794, I believe equal parts rye, campari and sweet vermouth. They are one of the very few places in Arlington with a full liquor license, and I think we might perhaps make a habit in the summer of walking over and having cocktails and light snacks (crazy Arlington by-law, you can't order just booze, you have to order food with it, otherwise you might think you were in a bar and cause mayhem and anarchy).
Tonight I will be bad and order pizza for dinner, I do believe.