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04 July 2013 @ 11:41 pm
Independence Day 2013  
Usually, I'm pretty lazy on the 4th of July, but Seanie and I actually did quite a bit today.

This morning, we went up to the Walt Disney Family Museum to check out the Maurice Sendak exhibition.  Like most people my age, I read Where the Wild Things Are and The Night Kitchen when I was a kid.  I can't say that either story holds all that much nostalgia for me today.  I don't consider them essential picture books for a child's library.  But I was curious to see his sketches and his rough drafts so I could learn more about the process behind a beloved children's author.

The full name of the exhibition is Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons.  There are fifty original drawings by the artist and fifty quotes/celebrity endorsements of the artist.  It's a nice tribute to him.  The latter half of the exhibit painted a bit of a bleak picture - Sendak's rather known for being unhappy in his old age, so naturally it crops up here.  One of the things I learned about Sendak was that he designed costumes for opera.  They mention it briefly in the exhibit, in connection to Wild Things if I remember correctly, but I don't remember any examples of the costumes themselves.  What a pity!

By early afternoon, we were back in San Jose.  I ended up calling Kero and asking if she wanted to hang out, since we often do on Independence Day.  We went over to Kitty's for a while and ate ice cream and played with Kairi. Seanie and Sean, Kero's husband, drove off for a while to do...I don't know, boy things?  Video games?  I guess Sean thought that merely hanging out with us was a waste of time.  Well, whatever.  Eventually, we met up again and went out to dinner at The Garrett.

By the time we finished eating, fireworks were going off but Seanie and I were just too tired to watch them, so we drove home and fell asleep instead.  How patriotic.