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I’ve been bad about posting, because, well, in addition to my computer being balky, I have a new obsession. One that I am obsessed enough about to put before you now. At the end, there will be fandom thoughts, I promise.

 

McDiva, my darling daughter, is gearing up to apply to college. Here in the good ol’ USA, that can be a fairly complicated undertaking. Her situation is simplified (or complicated) by her desire to attend a school where she can pursue her interest in costuming. Or fashion. Something that involves sewing and making stuff. She also has a nimble intellect, so her mother thinks she should attend a 4-year college/university where she’ll get exposure to a good amount of liberal arts into the bargain. How McDiva feels about this is unclear, as all discussions about college are brief and decreed “boring”.

Now, I am undoubtedly biased, but it seems like Fashion programs are more likely to be stuffed with girls that are obsessed to varying degrees with fashion, and that Costuming programs are likely to be stuffed with, well, Theatre Folk. Although there is a great deal of overlap in terms of the skills developed, I get the impression that Costuming programs have a fair amount of Theatre History course work, in addition to skills-based courses. Which approach is better for McDiva is something only she can decide, but my Director’s Guild friend says that she feels it is advantageous for Design people to have a “real” college background, if only because they don’t have to apologize for not having one, which she says is common and also sad.

I thought I had come up with a good solution to the regular college vs. costuming dilemma. A BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Theatre Costume Design and/or Production is available at many good schools. Unfortunately, almost none of these programs are available on the west coast of the country, where we live. There are plenty of them in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Chicago, places that are costly for us to visit. I know that McDiva would like to go away to college, but must it be so gosh-darned far away? The University of California has several excellent, reasonably-priced campuses up and down the state, none of which offer a BFA in her field*. Grrr.

*UC Santa Barbara seems to offer a ton of costuming classes, however. I suppose she could start there and if she really wants a BFA, maybe she could transfer elsewhere later.

So, my new obsession is coming up with a list of collegiate options for McDiva to consider. She has agreed to go on a combination family trip/college tour of Oregon, with one foray over the Washington border. My friends tell me this is an astounding achievement! Iz proud! She has also mentioned that she wouldn’t be averse to going to the UK for school. This opens a whole new kettle of fish, however, as we’d have to figure out where and how for a whole other system. If you have knowledge that you can share about UK higher ed in her field, I’m all ears and eyeballs!

When I am done obsessing about where she should apply, I will start obsessing about scholarships for which she should apply. In between, I will no doubt be concerned about whether her portfolio is sufficiently developed. Then, when the acceptances come (fingers crossed, but really, why worry?) then I’ll obsess about where she should actually go. My own mother only remembers this last step of the process when I went through it as a prospective student. She remembers vast pro/con charts, often with the same item listed in both the pro and con columns.

I…do this. I research. I like research. But it’s McDiva’s life, ultimately, so all my charts and lists and spreadsheets are not the actual thing, which is her deciding what she wants to do. That’s not to say that the ultimate decision won’t largely depend on who gives her the most enormous financial aid package. I think we’ll all be okay with that, as long as she’s going someplace where she’ll be happy. Which, let’s face it, is likely to be anywhere she doesn’t have to deal with her mother’s freaking spreadsheets anymore. ;-)


Iron Man 3 was a hoot, wasn’t it? There was a ton I liked about it, including the switcharoos pulled by a few characters. Tony Stark with his particular brand of breakdown was perfect. I was worried that Pepper was going to be nothing but a damsel, and that went better than expected. The bit with the kid was astringent and lovely. The minions had Joss stamped all over them, in a good way. (I'm thinking that's what the "thanks" in the credits was for.) I have a feeling this will be on heavy rotation at our house once the DVD comes out. Things I didn’t like are the usual: explosion fatigue, mainly. All that fighting took up valuable minion kvetching time, imo.

I saw The Great Gatsby with McDiva on Mothers Day. Awww. A movie in which the girls don’t do anything, even the professional golfer. To be fair, hardly any of the guys do anything, either. But damn, everybody looks fantastic while they do it. I liked it for the spectacle, if not the story. I’m sort of glad I didn’t see it in 3D, though, as the many driving scenes are utterly terrifying as it is. *shudder* I’ve decided that the problem with the story is the passivity of not only the purported heroine, but also the narrator. Hardly any of the characters take any real action, aside from going to parties, and the story of the one who did interesting things is told in passive voiceover flashback. Baz and crew make a Herculean effort to make them interesting anyhow, and just about get there. They quote Moulin Rouge quite a bit, and there also seems to be some Velvet Goldmine love in there. Okay by me. Those are two films I enjoyed to bits, even if they aren’t perfect.

We went to see Byzantium, Neil Jordan's new vampire movie at the SF Int'l Film Festival. It's vampires on the distaff side this time. It's quite beautiful, though it can't hold a candle to Luhrmann's film for production values, . Both lead actresses were great, and Jordan's camera is totally in love with Saoirse Ronan, which is understandable. Johnny Lee Milller (Elementary's Sherlock Holmes, among other things) plays a not very attractive irredeemable person, which must've been fun. I liked the story, but the pacing was not so great. No doubt I've watched too many action movies, but there you are. Jordan is also quoting his old movies, notably Mona Lisa.

I rewatched Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie) for the first time since I saw it during its original theatrical run. It still isn’t good, of course, but it was better than I remembered in some ways. I had completely forgotten that the historical Slayers are right there at the beginning, for instance. We didn’t get that again until Fool for Love. (Or, Restless, I guess.)  I still liked the Pike character, in which you can see a cooler version of Xander in the making. Paul Rubens’ death scene wasn’t quite as funny this time around, and Lothos was still a drip. Also, Buffy doesn’t burn down the gym in the film. They must’ve made it up for the TV show. Who knew? Things I’m glad they lost: the menstrual cramp “vamp sense” and the reincarnated Watcher. I doubt I’ll be back, but it was good to look at with the series under my belt.

Last night the whole family gathered to feast on a double Elementary! Series finale! Woo hoo! All was going along marvelously until the power went out at 45 minutes in. Boo. Don’t tell me what happened. Now I’m off to post the fantas_magoria prompt that didn’t get posted what with aforementioned balky computer and both LJ and the local power grid offline.

 

Have a terrific weekend!

 


Date: 2013-05-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] next_to_normal
LOL awww, you sound like my mother when I was applying for colleges. Also, I don't know if I should reveal this trick, but I was considering a school that was a 7 hour drive from home, which my mom thought was too far.

My parents proceeded to drive me around on a massive weekend college tour - 5 schools in 3 days - so by the time we got to the 7-hour school (our last stop) I was so exhausted that I got right back in the car and said, "Too far. I wanna go home." Problem solved. I went to school 2 hours from home. :)

Date: 2013-05-17 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] slaymesoftly
Ah - picking colleges. So much to juggle. At least McDiva knows what she wants to do. That's a good head start. My daughter changed her mind twice and then ended up doing something else entirely anyway.

When we were making road trips to visit colleges for my oldest son, I took everybody along so that the other kids would have at least seen that many schools when it came their turn to make decisions about where to apply. Ditto with the next three kids. The only one who got to visit schools on her own was youngest one. :)

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