Friday, November 30, 2007

Aaron Copland Duo for Flute and Piano mvt 1

I hope this works. A good friend from college is performing this piece in a recital and reminded me of this peice. I absolutely love it. We always talked about "the beautiful chord" not long after the piano comes in. It's still beautiful.

WVU fans

This one's for you, in honor of the 100th Backyard Brawl.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

This and that

I'm doing the single thing again this week. Jason had to travel to Bethesda, MD for more training for the new job. I love that he's got a secure job again, but I don't love the time alone at home.

In church on Sunday, I got packet for kids church on December 16. I'm so excited about it! It's been altogether too long since I've been involved with church ministry, so this is going to be great. I've also been trying to sit down at the piano at least a little bit every day to try to be marginally creative. It feels goooooood.

In my last post I talked about my lousy Black Friday experience and swore I'd move to shopping from home. Well, it seems that isn't much better! Last Friday Amazon was having hourly specials. There was a gift on there that was seriously reduced, and would be a huge hit with James. I decided that it was worth the expense and right beore 4pm when it was supposed to hit the site, I logged on. I saw that a lot of the other specials they were running were selling out in minutes, and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss it.

When I logged on, I got a message saying that they'd have the next item up quickly. It was a little different from the other messages I'd see when the items expired, but didn't think too much about it. I refreshed the page at 4, then again at 4:01, and again and again and the message didn't change! The site had completely crashed! I tried calling the company, spoke to someone who was plenty nice, but couldn't really help. Fortunately, they re-ran the special, I was still awake at 10pm when it started, and I managed to get the item (it was sold out in 8 minutes). So my Black Friday shopping wasn't a complete bust!

Now I seriously need to log off of the computer and clean up around here. We didn't get the tree up this past weekend and I'm trying to decide if I want to put it up myself during the week or just wait for Jason to get home. Either way, I need to get some of the extra clutter in the living room cleared away so we'll be able to get the Christmas decorations up!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Around the bend

I truly hope today was the peak of my crazy.

As you well know, today is Black Friday. Now, I almost always go out shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but never for the doorbusters. There's seldom anything that I need so badly that I'm willing to wake up and fight the crowds over.

That said, this year there was a luggage sale at Kohl's that I really didn't want to miss. I knew that it would go fast, so I actually set my alarm this morning for 3:15AM so I could be at the store at 4AM to get this deal. Even though that's altogether too early, it's one day and I figured I could deal with it and just try to grab a nap this afternoon.

Well, I made it to the store at 4AM, however, by the time I found a parking space and made it into the store, they were already sold out!!! I couldn't believe that I got myself up at that ungodly hour only to leave empty-handed (though I was proud of my self-restraint -- there were some other deals that were good, but they weren't why I was there, so I passed!). I drove past Toys R Us -- the parking lot was completely full and cars were parked all around the road leading to the store. The line for Target wrapped clear around the side of the mall. It was absolute mayhem.

Needless to say, I'm going to do the rest of my shopping from right here on the lappy. I think I've had enough of the brick & mortar shops for this season!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Life with boys

"One boy is a boy, two boys are half a boy, and three boys are no boy at all."

I grew up in a pretty feminine house. We weren't exactly girly-girls, but with no brothers and a dad who wasn't much of an outdoorsman, I definitely didn't have a strong male presence growing up. So I'm still a little baffled by the ways of boys & men.

For instance, the other night I was giving the boys a bath. I went to their room to tidy up a little and to get out their pajamas, when all of a sudden, I hear a yell from the bathroom. I go in to find James with a much looser tooth and a mouth full of blood. I asked them what on earth happened, and Bubba informed me that they were playing "tug-a-tooth." Apparently the object of this game is to yank your brother's tooth out of the socket. After informing them that this was a game better saved for dentistry school, I had to thank the good Lord that it was just a baby tooth, and not one of James's permanent teeth that was bleeding all over his mouth!

My husband is another story. For some time now, he's been a bit of a loner. But with the new job and new employees and the college ministry in Morgantown, he's made some new friends. As someone who needs friends, I love to hear him talk about his friends. That said, apparently when men our age grow up, they still maintain a bit of that adolescent boy in them. I say this because the other night, Jason got a text message from one of his friends inviting him to play video games! I love texting myself, but the hilarity of a 30-something year old guy getting a TXT 2 play Halo w/ other guyz just slayed me.

Three boys in the house -- I'm afraid.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Creativity

Last night I went to a meeting for the church artists. I was told by the children's ministry leader that I needed to attend to talk to the music director. Last night was the first meeting I was able to attend, so after dropping the kids at AWANA, I took a drive to Morgantown for the meeting.

It was really something. They were having an artist showcase last night, so different people were performing their original works. Really awesome. Some were definitely better than others, but it was really cool to be in the midst of so much creativity.

When the meeting was over, Karen asked me to play & sing for her as an audition for the kids' worship team. I don't know what was going on in my brain about attending, but I was totally unprepared. My mind completely blanked out. After much fumbling around, I finally remembered the chords & words to a song and was able to sing it. It went fine (though it wasn't nearly as polished as I would have liked, especially for musicians of that caliber!) and I hope to hear back about doing worship with the kids before too long.

Anyway, on my drive home, I started thinking about creativity and really started asking myself where my creative/artistic streak went. When I was in college, a friend and I would stay up late in the night, wheel a piano into the stairwell and would improvise on our instruments, literally for hours. But since the whole thing in January, I've only played the piano one time, back on Mother's Day.

I know that I told myself that I wasn't going to shut that part of myself up again, but it looks like that's what I've done. I'm glad that I went to the meeting. It was really inspiring to go an be among artists for an evening. I really want to awaken the part of me that loves art and immerses herself in that. As part of that, I'm busting out some of my old piano books and starting to practice again. Even if I'm not creating anything new, at least I'm participating in music again.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Who is influencing whom?

I know that this shouldn't surprise me, but I admit, it still does.

After spending most of my voting years hearing from the Religious Right how we're supposed to be values voters, and how issues like abortion and gay rights should key issues for Christians when choosing a candidate to support. The Christian Right has told me at length that Christians need to be involved in politics so that we can have an influence on the government.

So imagine my surprise yesterday when I heard this announcement.

His "values" platform is no different from Hillary Clinton's, and his personal values are significantly LESS impressive -- so why on earth should "values voters" support this candidate???

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

PaperBackSwap

BTW, I told you that I'd let you know what I thought of PaperbackSwap.com after I'd been there a little while.

It. Is. Awesome.

I've only been a member for a little while, but I've already received 4 packages (several containing more than one book -- there's a message board where people will post deals and you can get multiple books for one or two credits). Most of the books I've received have been in very good condition and the couple that weren't great, the person told me about it before they sent them (and the problems weren't massive -- just names written on the outside edge of the book). I've been able to completely my Chris Bohjalian collection, which I've been wanting to do for ages!

There are also games in the message board area. Some are for books, some are for tea (I'm excited about that swap!), some are just for fun. There are also lots of opportunities to just bless other people with stuff that you have that might benefit them. I've found that the people there are incredibly kind. I was griping because I didn't have a credit to join a swap that I wanted to do, and someone just gave me one of hers. It's been a very kind community.

Aside from that, it's totally kicked my butt to get back to reading more! I've gotten a little too complacent in my reading habits, and this is helping me to stretch out into different genres and authors. I'm just having a great time.

Anyway, I highly recommend that you check it out. If you do decide to join, please put me (BigMama) down as your referrer, because then I get a free credit! But even if you don't use me, do it anyway. That place is seriously awesome.

Getting ready for Christmas

Bubba and I went to Wal*Mart yesterday and were greeted by the great big Christmas tree in the front of the store. Of course, we now skip Thanksgiving altogether and head straight for The Big Holiday (TM). It can't be a successful holiday season until we've all gone broke spending to show how much we love one another!

But even better than that, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Cavalcade of Bad Nativities. Wow. I think the belt buckle is my favorite.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Title: ???

First of all, this is the official christening blog of my new lappy. Actually, it's not new at all -- Jason bought an actual new laptop for composing and gave me his old one. Still, I now can sit on the couch to type instead of at a desk. Oh wait, that might be more comfortable... No! Having a laptop is cool! Forget about comfort -- style over substance, right? Really, I'm pretty happy. I only feel the need to replace a couple of stickers decorating her case and we'll be good to go.

Anyway, my gripe today is that it's getting increasingly difficult to come up with titles for all of these entries. I'm sure I've probably duplicated them on occasion, but jeez! I'm just running out of ideas. I know there are people who just use the date as the title, which makes sense. I mean, it IS November 2nd, whereas my blog might not actually be about, say, applesauce. People who blog more frequently than me and have to come up with even more titles have my admiration.

Maybe I can just get one of those baby name books and start using a different name for each entry. It might not help my dedicated readers know what I'm talking about, but I'm not sure that's necessary. I mean, the date doesn't tell you anything -- if I title my blog entry "Bianca Madison" is that so bad? Those book are really thick, and no doubt I could start using alternate spellings as time goes by. I think I'm onto something.

Or not. ;-D
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