I can't believe how productive I was today. It was a gorgeous day, and I was pretty much oblivious to it, because I kept my nose to the grindstone, got all my April time tracking done between three meetings in the afternoon and worked through all the print deadlines for media guide and souvenir guide.
Tomorrow is 'no meeting' day for April, and ironically we have an auction meeting at 8:00 a.m.! I'm supposed to be doing Centennial planning all afternoon, but the boss is in San Antonio, so I think we'll bag it. I'll work on my Centennial budget plan and try to get all my event to-do lists done.
And maybe I'll close the office early . . . if people will leave, which I doubt. I can't believe tomorrow is the last work day of April! Holy shit.
Finally finished watching HBO's 'Elizabeth I' On Demand tonight. I've only fallen asleep during that show three times (yes, it was a tad slow, but I fall asleep during everything this time of year). Now I need to watch Part II which features Hugh Dancy as Essex. There are many things I like about this movie aside from drooling over Dancy, including the 60-something Helen Mirren as Elizabeth in a performance that could make you forget Bette Davis (who played Elizabeth how many times -- twice?) and Glenda Jackson (at least twice).
When Elizabeth got together with Essex there was more than 30 years between them. I love that.
I should mention the wonderful Jeremy Irons as Dudley, Earl of Leicester. We join this story long after he was rumored to have murdered (or arranged the murder of) his first wife, and it's never referred to. The love affair between Dudley and Elizabeth is compelling and somewhat mysterious. I listened to an historian explain what he believes was the physical side of that relationship, and it sounds like Leicester may have had some of the same talents as Colin Farrell. (Smile.)
Anyway, it all reminds me of my lifelong fascination with Elizabeth. Since I saw Jean Simmons as 'Young Bess' when I was a pre-teen, I was hooked. And clearly I still am, although now I'm interested in the 50ish Elizabeth and her dalliances with young suitors. You go, queen!
- I feel:mellow
- I hear:Greensleeves