...the absent-minded ramblings of a sometime diva, hyperactive yarn ya-ya.

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Name: Cyndilou :)
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Go, Michael Barnes. I thank you for your review, and your rant. I completely agree.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rollercoaster ride

Life certainly likes to throw curveballs.

I've been working on finishing up a gift and helping to plan a baby shower for a friend - interrupted slightly by the trip out of town but it is not something that will take me long to do... The fun part comes in with the other things going on. Thankfully the concerts are over for a while, but my new job will keep me busy - I just changed positions at work and it is going to mean long hours for the next couple weeks. I am confident I can handle it, but it will definitely mean changing my schedule around. Add to that a few additional things -- the moving I am already working on, weddings I am already scheduled to sing for, and now a totally unexpected funeral which I am honored to sing for but very sad that it has arrived -- and it's going to be a very busy couple of weeks. I'm juggling crystal goblets and someone keeps trying to toss me a chainsaw.

I suppose that it is a good thing that I thrive on being active. If one of those goblets has to be set aside (say...blogging, for example), I promise not to drop it entirely and to get it back into the rotation in due course.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

One more concert series down

Performance is full of highs and lows.

Weeks on end of long rehearsals can be a low, but the performances themselves are one heck of a high. Tonight's performance of Verdi's Requiem was no exception. Even though a requiem is by definition a mass for the dead, it also has many moments of absolute transcendence and much meaning for the living - we ask God for His mercy, eternal peace for the deceased, and we sing His praise. Mozart's Requiem is still my favorite of those compositions I've heard, but Verdi's is absolutely amazing.

Of course, one of the lows comes right after performance -- when you've expended the energy and lost the adrenaline high...but you at least know you've done well, and the content of the music does much to keep that high going.

That brings something else to mind, based mostly on something someone said to me this past week on what they believed (or rather didn't believe) in. You know, I really don't know how people who don't truly believe what the words mean are able to give as much of themselves to such a performance as the composition requires. This is not to say that they aren't capable of performing it , but does the meaning of the words therein turn them off in some fashion? I know that there are pieces (such as the Ave Maria, for example) that I do not perform as well as I might simply because I have a problem with some of the meaning behind the words, and perhaps my performance of those pieces is the poorer for it. How much harder is it, then, for the people who don't believe at all the entire basis of the choral work? Does that affect also how much you get out of it in the end - less of the adrenaline rush, less of that frisson of amazement at the end? Or is the verbal content unimportant or irrelevant to some? There are pieces that I will not perform because I disagree with the meaning of the work, but that is a personal choice - does it make me less of a performer that I make that choice?

Well, enough of the heavy thinking -- I am way overdue for some sleep...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Radio Silence

Once again our herione disappears into the ether, forsaking the wilds of the interwebs for parts unknown. Seeking adventure, she wanders ever further afield - away from the lure of a constant 'net link. Well, technically I suppose I could drive into town with my notebook at any time and sit at the coffeeshop, which has a perfectly good wireless connection, but that would ruin the romance of the scene, wouldn't it?

As a matter of fact, currently I am out at a ranch a few miles north of Victoria, Texas, where a wonderful family has kindly offered to host myself and another chorus member for the duration of our performance in the annual Victoria Bach Festival. The ranch is just beautiful, and the stay has been almost idyllic -- broken up only by the fact that we've had insanely long rehearsals to prepare for these concerts. :) Although we've prepared plenty back in Austin, we are bringing together three (or more) groups that haven't had much time together, so the full orchestral and chorus rehearsals are important - but exhausting.

In the small amount of time I've had to wander around town this year, I noticed a shop I don't remember from last year, although it is obviously old enough to have been around that long --- if I can remember to get a photo of the sign I will, because this is a great one. We're performing tonight in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church here in town, and then tomorrow back in Austin at the Long Center. KMFA is also doing a broadcast about the show tomorrow night - Verdi's Requiem for the interested...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Does anyone still use Ravelry for swaps?

So in all this decluttering I've been doing, I've been sorting my yarn stash as I've gone along. I've got a couple large bags of yarn I plan on destashing and I thought Ravelry might be the way to go...if people are still using it these days. I know I haven't been keeping up with it lately myself, but I'd rather post there than eBay (although I can certainly post to Craigslist, I suppose biggrin ).

Thoughts, anyone?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Went shopping for clear storage bins at Sears - found instead bedding sets 85% off. Fair trade.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Score!

Yay, I have a new table!

No pictures until I move into the new place, sorry -- but by then I also hope to have replaced at least my sofa. Cleaning/de-cluttering proceeds apace; I spent a couple more hours at it yesterday evening while I was waiting for the table to be delivered. The new table has a smaller footprint than my current one so it fits nicely into the space I had available. It makes it a little more difficult to put the boxes I've already sorted someplace, but I'll work around it.

The dining room is about half-way done, the entry way just needs sorting of the big stack o' shoes and then I need to tackle the remaining third of the main room (the part that isn't officially the living room, which I am counting as done). Once I've gone through the remaining clutter, I can pull out the books/yarn/videos/etc. that I intend to sell and document them -- then it is just a matter of getting them listed on Craigslist (or off to Half-Price Books for some of it). If I keep at my current schedule - excluding the time I'll be otherwise occupied for work and chorus performances - I should have the main rooms completely organized within the next two weeks. That just leaves the bedroom, and I've already tackled the hardest part there, which was thinning the herd in my closet. :D Given that schedule and the amount of time I have left before the movers come, I think I might just be able to pull this whole thing off.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Just a test to see if I can get this recalcitrant blog to publish already...

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Be glad I didn't have a camera...

Heh.

Gotta love those days when you are downtown Austin and something makes you double-take. Well, maybe you don't. Today's double-take brought to you by everyone's favorite: Leslie. He was walking up South Congress in a semi-normal crop top and cheerleader skirt, but the skirt only covered the front half. The back half was nothing but thong. And it was windy today, y'all.

Funnier than seeing Leslie was watching the reaction of the other people on the street - many of whom obviously have never been treated to his presence before.

...and hopefully this post will actually make it through. Lately Blogger has been acting up, so the last week or so of my posts haven't actually made it over to my blog as yet. My apologies for the spam to any RSS feeds out there when it finally does catch up.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Once again

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: chiropractors are wonderful. Well, good ones are -- I've unfortunately been on the receiving end of treatment from a not-so-good one before and that was not a happy thing.

Today, however, a GREAT session means that I can get yet more housework done. I did three hours with the organizer on Monday (and my back let me know it for the last couple days) so I am going to limit the hard stuff to about an hour a day. However, there is plenty of little sorting and shredding that can be done sitting down as well so I can get that knocked out as well. God willing, this move will go smoothly!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Cooling off

Aaaaaaaaaaaaah.

That shower you take after being out in the blazing heat for several hours doing something that gets you extremely grimy is the BEST SHOWER EVAR. That is all.