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Monday, October 12, 2009

I really need to get a smaller camera

Because I have no pictures to share with you of my adventures the past few days. And that is really lame. Because if you could only see what I saw, you would understand how amazing it all really was.

But, because I don't have a smaller camera, and I don't lug my huge one all around everywhere I go, you'll just have to settle for a description.  Sorry.

On Friday night some friends invited us to go to Club Indigo with them.  Club Indigo is dinner and an old movie at the Calumet Theatre, which is this beautiful old theatre about 1/2 hour from where we live.  We ate some Irish food from a local Irish restaurant.  Joel will tell you the food wasn't great (he's a food snob), but I liked it a lot.  Afterwards, we watched a wonderful old movie, circa 1943, called The Human Comedy starring people like Mickey Rooney, Donna Reed and the guy who played the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz.

I wish I could show you pictures of the theatre, inside and out.  But, no camera.  So, let's move on to Sunday, shall we?

My neighbor (the one from Provo who went to Joel's high school), invited us to a music recital up at a little monastery in Jacob's Falls.  The monastery is right on the shore of Lake Superior, dedicates itself to the propagation of the arts, and it is amazing.  You only get to go to these recitals by special invitation from the monks, and our neighbor's brother happened to be coming to accompany a baritone on the piano, so she was allowed to invite a few people.  Her brother (also from Provo, obviously) did his undergrad music at BYU, although he graduated right before Joel and I graduated from high school, so we never actually ran into him there.  Still.  Such a small world sometimes.

The recital was fantastic.  New York City caliber.  All at a tiny little monastery on the water with just a handful of people to attend.  Both the baritone and the accompanist had amazing resumes and lived up to them completely.  He did a lot of German Lieder (my personal favorite) and some really wonderful modern compositions, and he was absolutely riveting.  But even more amazing was the view.  Behind the singer was a large window, and you could see Lake Superior's waves rolling and crashing just behind him. 

After the recital, which was about an hour and a half long, the monks fed us dinner that they made themselves.  Beef stroganoff, shrimp, rice, veggies and this amazing chocolate-orange mousse that tasted just like those Christmas orange sticks.  Even Joel liked it.  We met a lot of the artsy crowd in the area, and we hope that the monks will invite us to the recitals again when they start up next year.  This was the last one of the season since now it will be a little difficult to get up there with all the snow.

Speaking of snow, I definitely wish I could have taken a picture of the gigantic snow measuring stick we saw on our way up to the monastery.  I'll definitely have to catch a picture of it eventually.

In other news, my parents arrived on Saturday afternoon and will be here this whole week.  We are going to paint and recarpet a couple rooms, and celebrate Bria's birthday tomorrow and just enjoy each other.

Happy Monday!

30 comments :

  1. That was my favorite part of moving here- discovering all the new, fun and interesting things to do in my new home.
    Those two activities you described sound so great!
    Have fun this week with your family :)

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  2. How fascinating! I would have loved to go to that recital. It sounds like an experience never to be had here in Utah.

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  3. It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend!!

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  4. Oh My ... both sound so fantastic ... but the one with the Monks just ... wow ... what a great opportunity! I am sorry you didn't have your camera with you at the time, too - would have loved those images. If you want, we can work out a little trade - my camera for yours - just so that I can be helpful - ya know!!! ;)

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  5. I had no idea that Joel was such a foodie!

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  6. I'm feeling the same about the need for a little camera to throw in my purse. If you figure out a good one to put on a wish list, let me know. Birthday and Christmas are coming...

    The monastery sounds fantastic. What a cool experience.

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  7. That does sound amazing!

    I need a smaller camera too.

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  8. Hot dang, yes, please, get a smaller camera!

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  9. (Oh, and would I know your neighbor?)

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  10. My Great-Grandmother came over from Norway and landed or got off in Calumet! If you have time is there any research you would be willing to do for me? Doesn't that Monastery have a little shop you can buy their goods from?

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  11. Wow, that sounds like quite a weekend. Who watched your kids? I guess your mom?
    So happy your mom is there though, that was huge for me after our move. Just nice to know I could still have contact.

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  12. I need a smaller camera too, but I love my big one way too much! I'll just have to learn to love lugging it around! :)

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  13. what great experiences!
    glad to see you're embracing your new surroundings.

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  14. LARA! I'm so mad you didn't have your camera!! :) But thanks for sharing, anyhow!

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  15. It all sounds fantastic! So yes, get a smaller camera!!!! And have fun with your parents in town and all your projects. At least we'll get pictures of those, right?

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  16. It all sounds fantastic! So yes, get a smaller camera!!!! And have fun with your parents in town and all your projects. At least we'll get pictures of those, right?

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  17. That does sound like a fabulous weekend. What wonderful new experiences you are having. So glad your folks are there with you too. That will be so much fun being able to spend time with each other. Wish Bria a Happy Birthday from me. Oh, and next time.... please just take your camera or please do get a smaller one :) I would have loved to see those sites you mentioned.

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  18. Wow.
    That's a gorgeous slice of culture there. I would have died to have gone to that monestary.

    Have a great time with your parents and happy birthday to Bria!

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  19. the recital sounds awesome! I don't know about Irish food, but I think I'm with your husband in thinking its just so-so...never really had any I liked that much.---Lisa (Clan of the Cave Hair.)

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  20. You're right. Pictures would have been awesome, but I can still picture it all in my head and it sounds INCREDIBLE.

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  21. You did explain it all really well. I keep a little point & shoot in my purse for times like this. But, the picture quality is usually junk anyway now that I"m use to a nicer camera.

    (Mom told me you got snow this weekend-Wow! Already?)

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  22. What an amazing weekend! You decribed the scene so beautifully I don't even need pictures.

    Have a great time with your family!

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  23. Wonderful music, breathtaking views, delicious food? Hmmmm... I'm jealous! Yes, you should have a small camera and soon! :-)

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  24. We stop there and buy jam when we go up - but what a special treat to attend such a beautiful recital! I can only imagine - their place there is so unique and lovely at the same time!

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  25. Wow, what a change from Cedar City entertainment! 2 dinners and entertainment that aren't Applebees and the latest Hollywood garbage. The monastery sounds absolutely heavenly all around, but Club Indigo sounds fun for a regular basis too. I do hope they invite you back, so you can take your camera, big or small, next time.

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  26. Oh. I may have to rethink a bigger camera...glad your parents are there to help you...We love being grandparents...I've never had our kids thank us so much every time we help them now...kinda rewarding !

    BTW,
    The guy who played the Wizard of Oz was Frank Morgan.

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  27. The monastery concert sounds absolutely amazing!

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