in a perfect world of yancies: Holiday Wildlife

18 December 2009

Holiday Wildlife

Saw the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker last week.
Yancy and mouse
With sets designed by Maurice Sendak. Wild!

Cute little stage in the lobby, perfect for photos:
Emily on (mini) stage

I guess Trophy Cupcakes is relatively tame, but still cute, no?

And at home, the cute hippo from Merrica gets pride of place under the tree:
Xmas Hippo


Sorry for the long break, reader. Hope to see you again soon!


  1. How would you compare the Nutcracker to the other ballets you've seen? I was assuming it would be too much for kids or for the impossibly sentimental...

  2. Well, there certainly were quite a few more preteen girls there than at Romeo & Juliet, and the children onstage weren't at the same level as the adults (thank heavens!).

    But between the super cool sets, the presence of some really amazing (and well-choreographed) dancers, and a great score, I had a very nice time.

    The Waltz of the Snowflakes (?) was particularly beautiful.

    And, fine, the kids were cute, okay? There's no use denying it.

    The New York Times ran a piece on what we might call the "Nutcracker problem" just the other day. I'd have to agree with Macculay's conclusion: it's a masterpiece, at least when staged well. And of course if there's one thing the PNB can do, it's stage a ballet well.

  3. Clever title!

    Cute pictures!

    Love that hippo!

    Pardon my ignorance, but what is "twee"?

  4. Urban Dictionary says
    In American English it often refers to a type of simple sweet pop music, but in British English it is used much more widely for things that are nauseatingly cute or precious. It comes from the way the word sweet sounds when said in baby talk.

    Seems to be making its way into mainstream talk lately, a fact which is itself a little twee, no?

  5. I may or may not use "twee" all the time. Especially because Francis calls all my music twee folk pop... could it be because he is, in fact, British?
    Looks fun and I'm honored and very happy that my hippo is appreciated (^_^) he (she?) traveled a long way!