Instead we'll be taking the other half of the cake and the crescent rolls with us to Łódż (pronounced Wooch, sort of) This is where Greg's parent's live. This is where we try to put a little culture in our lives when possible (we went to a concert last time, opera, and it's also where we almost went to the nude version of The Magic Flute) And this is where the concert will be tonight that Greg heard about last night.
Łódż is the third largest city in Poland. It's not the prettiest of cities, as it was a manufacturing city. Textiles. The ooooold factories have been standing in their glory (really) unused with broken windows for decades until someone had an idea. They turned it into this:
Isn't it pretty? Like a really nice factory from the oooooold days that's been revamped? (they only sandblasted the brick, it was always this pretty, just sorta blackish) Okay, so you can't really tell what it is, but they turned it into a mall. It's cleverly named "Manufaktura" and apparently it's in the running for "Best Mall in the World" or something. It's amazing, though none of the pictures I found really do it justice. It's huge and there are buildings on all sides. We go there almost every time we're in Łódż. There are these fountains the kids can run through:
and in the evening they dance and light up different colors to the loud music that plays in the courtyard.
In the summer they set up "beach" volleyball in the courtyard, and in the winter there's an ice skating rink.
Well, so back to the point. In this very courtyard:
it was announced last night on the radio, there will be a concert tonight. Not just any concert, though. The Łódż Philharmonic will be playing the soundtrack LIVE to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which will be playing on a huge screen. There will be 2001 seats and the show starts at 8:01 pm. (I translated that for you, since you guys don't use army time like we do over here. In Polish it starts at 20:01)
So Greg said "Drop everything! Forget about your Borscht tomorrow! We're going to Łódż!" Then he called his mother and said something like, "Sorry it's such late notice, but some veeeeery important business has come up for us in Łódż and we'll be there in 20 hours or so. . ."
So we'll go get the kids from school, eat some lunch (school ends at 12:15 today, 1:10 most days) and head off to Babcia and Dziadek's house (4-5 hour drive).
I'm really excited except that I've never seen it and we recently watched 2010 (the sequel-ish)and I thought it was the most boring movie I've ever seen. But being outside with the live music it will be awesome. Without kids. With Greg.
A word about that cake. If, of a Wednesday afternoon, you realize you reeeally want to make some special dessert, like a cake, since you've been craving a big layered one since you saw Pollyanna a few weeks ago (remember those HUGE pieces of cake they get at the fair?), and one with cream cheese in it, you might be extremely happy to stumble upon this cake. Then you might make it, only double instead of triple layers because you have not three 8" rounds, not two, but zero. Only a 10" springform pan. So you bake half of it, wash, butter, repeat = two layers. And you find that it is a veeeeery good cake. And your son requests it for his birthday. And your husband proclaims it delicious. And you think it's a little sweet but exceedingly good. So, anyway, those are some things that might happen if you are thinking about dessert on a Wednesday afternoon. And then you might end up taking half of the cake to your in-laws with you. Because your husband might be pontaneous. (my S diet update is coming in a week or two. . . bet this post made you wonder how that's going)