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Well, Broadway night went off pretty well. Only one instance of someone coming in too early on a song, and that was apparently the new guy, so we'll give him a break. Even better I never have to do Ching-A-Ring or Polly-Wally again!

I need to start getting together music now for the normally scheduled one in the Spring. I have a bit of a crusade to convince people that worthwhile musical theater pieces are still being written. Tonights most modern piece was the Les Miserables medley and as much as I might love the show, it is still nearly 30 years old. Other things have happened since. Also, in general, we needed more funny.


Finally, with regards to yesterday's LJ problem with moderation queues, it appears to have been fixed today. YAY! and fingers crossed.
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Well, Broadway night went off pretty well. Only one instance of someone coming in too early on a song, and that was apparently the new guy, so we'll give him a break. Even better I never have to do Ching-A-Ring or Polly-Wally again!

I need to start getting together music now for the normally scheduled one in the Spring. I have a bit of a crusade to convince people that worthwhile musical theater pieces are still being written. Tonights most modern piece was the Les Miserables medley and as much as I might love the show, it is still nearly 30 years old. Other things have happened since. Also, in general, we needed more funny.


Finally, with regards to yesterday's LJ problem with moderation queues, it appears to have been fixed today. YAY! and fingers crossed.
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Things which I have learned today at work: Wrigley's introduced Doublemint gum in 1914 and the doublemint twins advertising campaign in 1936. Also, I would appreciate it if field crew would not bring back gum wrappers. I guarantee you that the gum wrapper will biodegrade in the ground before it becomes archaeologically significant. The same goes for the plume from a Hersey's kiss. Thanks.

In other things, Today was the first night of Handbell choir in addition to regular choir, as well as our handbell director's last night since he got a job at a church in Lafayette. Sad day (for us, not for him). I managed to move myself back down to D and E(5) from E and F(5) which seems like it wouldn't be that difficult of a change reading wise, but I was constantly forgetting which hand my line note and space note were in and music doesn't usually sound so good if you play your two notes in exact reverse order. Trust me. Apparently the main choir direct will be taking over handbells starting next week.

Sometimes I love how nerdy my office is. Every month, I have the other lab-ies look for weird (and normal) holidays and I illustrate the calendar. This month we had cheese pizza day, defy superstition day, and of course for today, talk like a pirate day. Not only did I talk like a pirate, but Dena pulled out the bandana's that she and her mother had gotten on a pirate tour of the quarter so I tied up my ponytail with the scull and cross bones bandana. I may have looked like an early 1960's pirate.

The calendar also includes Hobbit Day (which is Saturday) and some sort of second breakfast event that I found on facebook for 11:00 on Friday. So, today we also finalized our plans of who was going to bring what food to our second breakfast celebration. I'm in charge of something savory and egg-based.
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The church I go to has been undergoing renovations since last January and now they are almost done. The choir is putting together a Broadway Night (which is really more a Broadway and Popular music night), something we usually do every May, to re-open the Wednesday night programing. Fair enough.

What I am less thrilled about is the fact that our choir director has picked two minstrel songs to feature that night. As far as I know, no one in the choir is particularly thrilled with the musical content of the songs, and with the general history of Mistrel shows they are kind of uncomfortable to sing. Not that there is anything specific in either of the songs that pings me just sort of the genre in general. Oh well.

In more exciting choir related happenings our big piece for the advent concert (I wish they would call it "The Word in Music" as the church I grew up in did, as that name sounds so much nicer) this year is the Vaughn Williams Hodie. I'm excited!
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The church I go to has been undergoing renovations since last January and now they are almost done. The choir is putting together a Broadway Night (which is really more a Broadway and Popular music night), something we usually do every May, to re-open the Wednesday night programing. Fair enough.

What I am less thrilled about is the fact that our choir director has picked two minstrel songs to feature that night. As far as I know, no one in the choir is particularly thrilled with the musical content of the songs, and with the general history of Mistrel shows they are kind of uncomfortable to sing. Not that there is anything specific in either of the songs that pings me just sort of the genre in general. Oh well.

In more exciting choir related happenings our big piece for the advent concert (I wish they would call it "The Word in Music" as the church I grew up in did, as that name sounds so much nicer) this year is the Vaughn Williams Hodie. I'm excited!
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Every year in New Orleans, the last weekend of April and the first weekend in May are taken up by Jazz Fest. It sort of becomes all anyone talks about whether they go or not, and most people I know don't end up going. Well, my choir always does a tie in even of Gospel Sunday on the May weekend for services. The song we're doing this year I didn't initially like, but it has really grown on me, so I thought I'd share it here. This is not at all my choir.

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Every year in New Orleans, the last weekend of April and the first weekend in May are taken up by Jazz Fest. It sort of becomes all anyone talks about whether they go or not, and most people I know don't end up going. Well, my choir always does a tie in even of Gospel Sunday on the May weekend for services. The song we're doing this year I didn't initially like, but it has really grown on me, so I thought I'd share it here. This is not at all my choir.

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The choir I am a part of won a Big Easy Award (the New Orleans art and entertainment awards) for our Palm Sunday concert from last year. I think it is terribly exciting, as apparently does our director since he sent this picture of the trophy to everyone.
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The choir I am a part of won a Big Easy Award (the New Orleans art and entertainment awards) for our Palm Sunday concert from last year. I think it is terribly exciting, as apparently does our director since he sent this picture of the trophy to everyone.
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So, grasshopper pie went well. It was a little touch and go there while I was trying to whip the whipping cream by hand. Turns out the lids to my plastic containers are not nearly as airtight as they are supposed to be. Also, I should probably not tell people that the only marble I could find to use in this process was one I picked out of the back dirt pile on site. What?! I washed it first! Anyway, things went way better once I took over the roommate's stand mixer.

In other news (which is probably not really news) the Bach Magnificat is HARD. Possibly it wouldn't be so hard if I ever bothered to actually do my choir homework and go over my notes. Turns out I'm turning into the bad choir kid. At least part of the problem is that the second sopranos have their own line of music throughout the entire piece, which means that the alto part is no longer the second line down. We are all constantly jumping up to the second soprano line by accident. But, of course, its not like the whole section does it at the same time. Grrr.
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So, grasshopper pie went well. It was a little touch and go there while I was trying to whip the whipping cream by hand. Turns out the lids to my plastic containers are not nearly as airtight as they are supposed to be. Also, I should probably not tell people that the only marble I could find to use in this process was one I picked out of the back dirt pile on site. What?! I washed it first! Anyway, things went way better once I took over the roommate's stand mixer.

In other news (which is probably not really news) the Bach Magnificat is HARD. Possibly it wouldn't be so hard if I ever bothered to actually do my choir homework and go over my notes. Turns out I'm turning into the bad choir kid. At least part of the problem is that the second sopranos have their own line of music throughout the entire piece, which means that the alto part is no longer the second line down. We are all constantly jumping up to the second soprano line by accident. But, of course, its not like the whole section does it at the same time. Grrr.

Er, Stuff?

Oct. 17th, 2010 05:50 pm
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So um, what's up with me sucking lately.  Yeah, I'm not sure either.  I'm still staying in town instead of traveling, and will be doing so until at least this time next year, so I suppose part of it is working out a new schedule.  This getting to work thing is slightly more involved when you don't have to just walk down to the hotel parking lot (er.  that just made me sound way lazier than I am.  Especially since I am actually chronically early for everything.)

So I am still loving choir.  *jumps up and down*  It's getting easier, so I guess before I was just rusty instead of the "way out of my depth" that it felt like.  I also got conned into joining handbells (by which I mean some one asked and when I hesitated three more people jumped on to assure me how fun it was, so I had a hard time saying no).  It is slightly more enjoyable than I remember it being in middle school.  Possibly because the handbell choir is not made up of pre-teens. 

I also started doing the whole C25K thing and actually ran for 17 min strait the other night.  It was supposed to be 20, and despite the fact that I didn't make it all the way, I'm rather gobsmacked by what I did.  This is in tiny type because I both feel compelled to share, and am not sure I actually want anyone to know in case I never finish and they keep asking me about it. 

So yeah, tomorrow is likely to bring a pimping post for some land communities.

Er, Stuff?

Oct. 17th, 2010 05:50 pm
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So um, what's up with me sucking lately.  Yeah, I'm not sure either.  I'm still staying in town instead of traveling, and will be doing so until at least this time next year, so I suppose part of it is working out a new schedule.  This getting to work thing is slightly more involved when you don't have to just walk down to the hotel parking lot (er.  that just made me sound way lazier than I am.  Especially since I am actually chronically early for everything.)

So I am still loving choir.  *jumps up and down*  It's getting easier, so I guess before I was just rusty instead of the "way out of my depth" that it felt like.  I also got conned into joining handbells (by which I mean some one asked and when I hesitated three more people jumped on to assure me how fun it was, so I had a hard time saying no).  It is slightly more enjoyable than I remember it being in middle school.  Possibly because the handbell choir is not made up of pre-teens. 

I also started doing the whole C25K thing and actually ran for 17 min strait the other night.  It was supposed to be 20, and despite the fact that I didn't make it all the way, I'm rather gobsmacked by what I did.  This is in tiny type because I both feel compelled to share, and am not sure I actually want anyone to know in case I never finish and they keep asking me about it. 

So yeah, tomorrow is likely to bring a pimping post for some land communities.
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So, I could use some outside opinions.  When I got to start spending more time in town I went and joined my church choir.  That's what I do -- I'm in choirs.  The four years of this job were the longest I'd ever gone with out some sort of organized singing group. 

Anyway, I usually sit next to the same older lady.  During my first couple of weeks she asked what I did and when I said I was an archaeologist she said that her niece and nephew were archaeologists out of Notre Dame.  Now, I'm sure most people have this kind of conversation all the time "My son's studying to be a teacher."  "My cousin is a lawyer too," but really not so much with the archaeologists.  She also told me they were coming down in November for some conference and her brother is throwing them a party. 

Now I'm invited to the party.  Here's where I need the advise.  This could be a great thing.  There will be professors from at least two different universities (possibly others who are attending the conference, but I know of two for sure) and it should be a good way to meet people.  That whole networking thing.  On the other hand, I suck at meeting people and cocktail parties and the like.  It should be no pressure but I would feel terribly pressured to make my invite worthwhile.  Also, I kind of feel badly that my path of invitation is rather tenuous.  All I know about this woman is she sings alto and attends St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church.  She knows the same things about me, plus that I'm an archaeologist, so it's not like I'll have a friend introducing me around. 

What would everyone else do?
pinksonia: (Benny - archaeologist)
So, I could use some outside opinions.  When I got to start spending more time in town I went and joined my church choir.  That's what I do -- I'm in choirs.  The four years of this job were the longest I'd ever gone with out some sort of organized singing group. 

Anyway, I usually sit next to the same older lady.  During my first couple of weeks she asked what I did and when I said I was an archaeologist she said that her niece and nephew were archaeologists out of Notre Dame.  Now, I'm sure most people have this kind of conversation all the time "My son's studying to be a teacher."  "My cousin is a lawyer too," but really not so much with the archaeologists.  She also told me they were coming down in November for some conference and her brother is throwing them a party. 

Now I'm invited to the party.  Here's where I need the advise.  This could be a great thing.  There will be professors from at least two different universities (possibly others who are attending the conference, but I know of two for sure) and it should be a good way to meet people.  That whole networking thing.  On the other hand, I suck at meeting people and cocktail parties and the like.  It should be no pressure but I would feel terribly pressured to make my invite worthwhile.  Also, I kind of feel badly that my path of invitation is rather tenuous.  All I know about this woman is she sings alto and attends St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church.  She knows the same things about me, plus that I'm an archaeologist, so it's not like I'll have a friend introducing me around. 

What would everyone else do?
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I just finished watching All the Small Things.  Anyone else see it?  A lot of the reviews call it too cutesy and hopelessly middle class, but I have to say that I enjoyed it.  My enjoyment has a lot to do with the fact that I am a huge choir geek and want desperately to join Ester's choir. 

A short history of my Choir Geekdom )
I've also been meaning to ask an etiquette question brought on my a Bones episode that aired about a month ago.  Spoilers for the one with the Bridezilla - I don't know the title. )
pinksonia: (The Beauty of Autumn)
I just finished watching All the Small Things.  Anyone else see it?  A lot of the reviews call it too cutesy and hopelessly middle class, but I have to say that I enjoyed it.  My enjoyment has a lot to do with the fact that I am a huge choir geek and want desperately to join Ester's choir. 

A short history of my Choir Geekdom )
I've also been meaning to ask an etiquette question brought on my a Bones episode that aired about a month ago.  Spoilers for the one with the Bridezilla - I don't know the title. )

I snow!

Feb. 12th, 2006 08:58 pm
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So, incase your blind, or Arynne, it snowed here last night, so I got up and didn't have to go to church because the snow was over my boot and I didn't think I could make it out of the driveway. Instead I:

1. Knitted a sweater for my Ipod. I find that when you leave the Ipod in a cold car for eight hours the battery dies and leaves you with nothing to listen to on the way home from work. Hopefully now the Ipod will stay all toasty and that will not happen.

2. Watched The Newly Wed Game on Game Show Network. Funniest. Show. Ever. The family came to check on my because I was laughing so hard.

3. Went sledding with [livejournal.com profile] undy_niable. Very fun except for the need to avoid neighbor kid on his ATV. Though, the ATV did pack the snow down quite well, so wow did we go fast. Then I fell off the toboggan because I overcompensated while attempting to steer. Anyone know how to properly steer the toboggan?

4. Attempted to formulate the reaction post I want to make on Brokeback Mountain. I've seen it twice now, and both times the people I went with liked it much less than I did, which is starting to annoy me.

Hopefully I will now not have to sing the annoying Robert Frost poem-song in church.

I snow!

Feb. 12th, 2006 08:58 pm
pinksonia: (Default)
So, incase your blind, or Arynne, it snowed here last night, so I got up and didn't have to go to church because the snow was over my boot and I didn't think I could make it out of the driveway. Instead I:

1. Knitted a sweater for my Ipod. I find that when you leave the Ipod in a cold car for eight hours the battery dies and leaves you with nothing to listen to on the way home from work. Hopefully now the Ipod will stay all toasty and that will not happen.

2. Watched The Newly Wed Game on Game Show Network. Funniest. Show. Ever. The family came to check on my because I was laughing so hard.

3. Went sledding with [livejournal.com profile] undy_niable. Very fun except for the need to avoid neighbor kid on his ATV. Though, the ATV did pack the snow down quite well, so wow did we go fast. Then I fell off the toboggan because I overcompensated while attempting to steer. Anyone know how to properly steer the toboggan?

4. Attempted to formulate the reaction post I want to make on Brokeback Mountain. I've seen it twice now, and both times the people I went with liked it much less than I did, which is starting to annoy me.

Hopefully I will now not have to sing the annoying Robert Frost poem-song in church.

pinksonia: (yuck-stella_belli)
I fell like I haven't been on the computer for years. This whole working thing really takes up a lot of time! And waking up at 5:00 am to be at work by 6:00 = harder than I thought. Yet, I am still much happier than I was watching the bananas rot.

I've been watching a surprising amount of high school football recently since, apparently, [livejournal.com profile] undy_niable is the offensive line for his team. As you may imagine this means they spend a lot of time being massacred, not because he's bad ('cause he's really not, or so I'm told (I really know nothing about football)) but because there are like six people on the offensive line (there may be more than that, like I said I know nothing about football). Also the defense isn't much better, and possibly worse. Anyway, the announcer at the game last night was the absolute worse. What he announced : amount of time in each scoring drive i.e. information which does not interest me. What he did not announce: what each penalty was. I don't know about the other people watching, but ref sign means nothing to me (except holding, I can recognize the sign for holding, and of course the sign for a good score.) Grrrrrr!

Blackbird came on my Ipod. This song will now always remind me of the tulane choir. I did a little cringe because our version not so good.

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