Thursday, May 31, 2018

Day 3144 - The Lovin Life Linky - Ballet Edition

When one attends the ballet, one must be prepared! 

Last night my mum, my daughter and I attended the Australian Ballet production of the Merry Widow here in Canberra.  It's not often the Aus Ballet comes to town so Mum jumped at the chance for a girls night out. Thanks Mum.

To be honest, other than taking a quick look at a link she'd sent me and seeing all the pretty and very colourful costumes, I didn't put much effort into researching the performance.   I just figured that attending the ballet dahhhhhling was an extremely posh thing to do and given they were wearing more than just boring old tutus and skin coloured tights, it was probably worth seeing.

Then I forgot about it.

Until 5.30pm yesterday (an hour before we were due to leave the house).

Crap! What does one wear to the ballet?

As I rifled through my wardrobe looking for appropriate ballet attire I realised I probably should have thought of this a few days ago.

When one attends the ballet, one must be prepared!

With clothes strewn all over the bed and me slumped over in my "scuba suit" (aka suck it all in shape wear) I lamented in the unfortunate fact that an extra few inches had been added to my waist in recent times and nothing (and I mean NOTHING) would do up.  Any dresses I owned made me look 5 months pregnant and any dress pants didn't have a hope in Hades of being buttoned. Cue much sighing, swearing and a few stray tears.  Am I allowed to wear jeans?

Anyway, given this is the Lovin' Life edition I forced a smile, threw on my 15 year old fat pants and a big tent of a blouse and we hit the road.

All of this tossing clothes around the room made us late, leaving very little time for a champas on arrival.  Being the lushes that we are we still ordered a glass each and sculled it as the bell rung signalling that doors were closing.  Note to self: Next time we attend the theatre we get there early so we can enjoy the pre-theatre function.

When one attends the ballet, one must be prepared!

Sitting through Act I of the Merry Widow, I quickly realised I had no clue as to what the Merry Widow was about.  As far as I could tell a girl was flirting with lots of guys and it was possible her father was trying to find her a husband, or perhaps he was actually her sugar daddy of a husband and she was just being a tart.  Then a lady dressed in black appeared (clearly the widow) and a drunk guy took a liking to her, blew his nose on an orange hankie which he then gave to her and she treasured the snotty thing.

It wasn't until intermission that we found the flyer that everyone else had been reading on entry which actually gave us synopsis of the story.  Which I gather is important when there is no singing or talking.  It turns out the story is nothing like how I described it above. Probably best to get the gist of the story before we attend next time.

When one attends the ballet, one must be prepared!

In true Lovin' Life style the Merry Widow ended up being absolutely fabulous and we enjoyed it immensely.  Last night was the final show in Canberra but if you get a chance to see it in Melbourne I can definitely recommend it!

Oh, but please remember to be prepared.

Alrighty then, that was a long rambling post full of nothing much.  That's because I wasn't prepared. So let me scoot over and hand it to the Lovin' Life Linky team for some more informative reading.

But first, some photos.  None of me of course (on account of that whole "fat pants" and not being prepared thing).

Daughter was prepared - ballet shoe love!

Mum was prepared - pearls and all

A truly colourful ballet

Have you been to the ballet?

Do you know the story of the Merry Widow?

Got your fat pants out lately? 

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  1. I've been to the Ballet...once. I am sorry to say 'bored me to tears.' However, I believe it can be a marvellous treat for those who enjoy the spectacle, music and downright athletism of the artists. As for you...being is not fun doing that last minute thing..but I think you may be busy right now?? Take care, Denyse x

  2. I've seen the Merry Widow before as an opera, but am sorry to say as much as I love the opera & the symphony, ballet is not my thing. I've seen Swan Lake & The Nutcracker & loved the music, but am embarassed to say that I snoozed a tad through the dancing.

  3. I'd love to go to the ballet one day and after reading this I will make sure I'm prepared, lol! x

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  4. I saw a picture of you - you didn't look fat. Loved your daughters shoes tho - they were a brilliant touch. I'm off to the ballet - I rarely go. The first one I went to as an adult was the three musketeers and at interval, I said to my friend "I keep waiting for someone to say something" and it's really weird to be at something where you have no yardstick of judgement - maybe they were brilliant, maybe they were hopeless - it all looked pretty good to me. Going in a few weeks to the Opera House (for the costumes) so will have to think of a theme'd attire, as I have no Gaultier in my cupboard....

  5. Lol! I loved this! I can see myself in this scenario exactly. Your daughter and mum looked absolutely fabulous and I'm sure secretly you did too. I think even the not being prepared adds a certain fun element to an evening out. I rarely go to the ballet but we used to when my daughter was really into it. Now we live in the regions there's not so much chance. But I do love it.

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  8. I love going to the ballet but I always make sure I buy a program so I'm aware of the story - lol!

    Unfortunately I too have a tendency to be unprepared outfit-wise when going out and end up with a bed full of clothes that I've tried and discard spread all over my bed to put away when I return!

    Your daughter looks like a ballerina herself! I love her shoes!

  9. I have to admit I've never been to the ballet (or the opera) and neither of them are calling my name. However I loved your daughter's outfit - and those shoes are to die for! Your mum looked great too - and it would have been lovely having some girl time together.

  10. I don't have the attention span for the ballet or the opera. There, I said it!

    Mum and T looked fab.

    Love your outfit posts on Insta. I see FAB not fat!!!!!!

    SSG xxx

  11. I just love the ballet, and it's incredible to see what people can do with dance and tell a story like that. Heck, just lifting their legs like they do is incredible!!
    Your daughter looked incredible!!!

  12. I love the ballet and had my own ballet school at aged 15. My friend and I would be season tickets to the Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House. Your daughter and Mum both looked lovely and I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

  13. I have never ever been to ballet so I have no idea what one should wear. Looks pretty amazing though.

  14. This really made me laugh! The thought of you trying on your entire wardrobe. I can definitely identify with this. I have been to The Bolshoi Ballet many years ago to see Swan Lake and I was absolutely mesmerised.

  15. Funnily enough I've been to the ballet in Canberra - back when I lived there in 1998/99 and my SIL and then 2yr old niece visited. Emily made the paper cos they were intrigued that a 2yr old happily sat through the old thing and could pronounce Don Quixote!

    I have to admit I HATE classical ballet and find it really boring and tedious!

  16. I don't think I have ever been to the ballet in my life! I wonder if I'd like it? Your daughter and Mum look gorgeous and I'm sure you did too - unprepared or not! ;-) #TeamLovinLife

  17. I used to see the "Nutcracker" by the Oakland Ballet back in the day (like 20 years ago). They used to have performance where members of the Oakland A's were the mice. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.


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