Monday, January 28, 2008

Musical Monday

Last night I finally got a chance to go see Sweeney Todd. Absolutely brilliant. I haven't enjoyed a Burton movie this much since The Nightmare Before Christmas or possibly Edward Scissorhands. My favorite moment in the movie was right before the real slaying started and Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd are discussing what to do with the bodies. They then sing one of the most macarbre songs ever written -- "A Little Priest."

I was able to find the (longer, more entertaining) version with Angela Landsbury as Mrs. Lovett and George Hearn as Sweeney. This was definitely played much lighter than the movie (for a song about killing people and then serving them in meat pies to the general public!), but both have their charms. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What's happening

I feel like Lumberg saying that, but it's been forever since I've written anything other than a Musical Monday post.

The job search continues. Jason has one job lined up and ready to go, but it's one that pays primarily through commission and that's always a bit nerve-wracking. He's applied for tons of other jobs in his field, but so far, none of those have materialized. We continue to pray that something will come up, but right now, things are pretty quiet and he's getting restless.

Things are good with the kids. We had an SAT meeting with James's teacher, the principal & the teacher liaison, and they all said that he's doing great this year. Where they were pushing very hard for a diagnosis last year (the principal told Jason that we wasted his Kindergarten year by choosing to wait on a diagnosis), we were told that he's adapted just great this year. No need for services or anything like that, so while we believe he is still most likely on the spectrum, we're going to just continue on the path we're on and see how things go. They want to hold off on testing him for the REACH program. There's no question that he'll qualify, but since transitions can still be a bit of a problem for him, they want to wait another year before doing pull-out work. I'm not thrilled with that, but we'll just continue our "at home" enrichment. Lately the obsession has been with learning Greek. I'm not quite as equipped to help with that!!

Deborah was chosen to represent 4th grade at the county's math field day. That's this Saturday. She's very excited about that, even though she constantly talks about how much more she likes reading/writing over math. It will be fun to see how she does with that this weekend. We parents aren't able to attend the actual "games" but we'll be able to go to the award ceremony at the end of the morning.

In extended family, my grandfather (Kack/Keek) is very ill. He's been in and out of the hospital for the past few months. He's been dealing with congenital heart failure and the doctors recommended that he start on dialysis. They were doing surgery yesterday to put in a port of some sort in his arm, but ended up needing to do an emergency port in his neck for immediate dialysis. My mom said that he was telling everyone today that he died yesterday. He didn't recognize her, has to be restrained to avoid pulling out the tubes/IVs/ect. and has said that he just wants out of that "shit house." I'm so sad to hear that he's in such bad shape. My mom said that he's probably going to go straight to a nursing home from the hospital. She said that when the emergency port is no longer functional, Gram is going to refuse any other kind of dialysis, and that will be that. I'm sad that he'll not be at home with his family & dog again and of course I'm deeply sad at the thought of my grandfather passing away. I'm so blessed that I have all four of my grandparents still alive, but it makes it that much harder to see one so ill.

I hope in the next day or so to post up some of my favorite Kacko memories. But today I'm going to wallow a little.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Musical Monday

Todays song is one that we've been doing in church a lot this year. It was introduced on the first Sunday of the new year and despite being a little awkard to learn (the melody doesn't always do what it's "supposed to" do), it's quickly become one of my favorites.

A thousand times I've failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
I'm caught in Your grace
Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out
Lord let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out

Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out


Today many of us will be remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work in the civil rights movement. I truly believe that one of the reasons that he was able to do the work that he did was because he had been changed from the inside out. His desire to see equality among varying races was an expression of God's heart as expressed in Galatians 3:28. As we celebrate today, let the cry of our heart be that we are changed from the inside out so that we may effect change in our families, communities and the world!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Musical Tuesday

I fully intended to get here yesterday to post and, well, didn't. But rather than skip it for a whole week, I'm just going to post a little late.

For today, I'm going with a famous, but wordless piece, Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. This fanfare was a part of a series of fanfares that Cincinnati conductor Eugene Goossens where 18 American composers submitted works to be played at the beginning of each concert as a way honor those serving in World War II. But rather than to create a piece specifically for soldiers, Copland broadened his title to the "common man."

So often, as we go through our daily lives, we receive no fanfare. There's no one to tell us that they appreciated what we did, how we're raising our kids, how we're working our jobs, how we're caring for our friends. We do these things because it's the right thing to do, but we do them without recognition.

Today, if you're a "common man" (or woman!), I'd like to share this uncommon piece with you to celebrate all that you do. May you take a few minutes to bask in its beauty.

The Fanfare for the Common Man

Monday, January 07, 2008

Musical Mondays

Things around here continue to be a little stressed as Jason is on the hunt for a new job. My emotions are a little all over the place, but I'm trying my best to be a good wife right now, since I know that if my emotions are a little jangled, his must be a little more jangled.

What makes me happy is that even when things are pretty miserable, I'm terribly lucky to have a wonderful husband. He's funny, he's smart, he's passionate -- these are good things. So for today, in honor of my wonderful husband, my Musical Monday song choice is Derek Webb's "I Hate Everything (But You)". This is the wife I want to be to the husband I have -- my lion made of stone!

(vs. 1)
baby don’t give up
we’re the kind of folks who will always live
right around the corner from something big
yeah, yeah, yeah
so baby come on home
you can be the girl on my telephone
and will be your lion made of stone
yeah, yeah, yeah
come on home
yeah, yeah, yeah

(chorus)
it’s been one of those kinds of days
and i feel so out of place
and i hate everything, everything
i hate everything but you

(vs. 2)
baby when we’re right
i don’t mind the sun, i don’t mind the rain
or businessmen who think they know everything
yeah, yeah, yeah
everything
yeah, yeah, yeah

(chorus)

(bridge)no one really understands my baby,
if you don’tlet’s not fight,
just turn the lights off,
baby you’re all i want

(chorus)

it’s been one of those kinds of days
and the whole world is on my case
and i hate everything, everything
i hate everything but you

Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy New Year?

Sorry to put off my first post of '08 til now, but honestly, it's been a rough start to this year. I tell you what, I'm going to stop celebrating the new year -- things seem to go badly when the calendar turns over!

Right before Christmas, one of our cars died. Not great, but not the end of the world. We've been down to one car before, and while it's not the easiest, we can certainly survive on a single car. We could probably limp along until we got our tax return and then either do the major repairs or buy another car. By no means the end of the world.

We had a nice New Year's eve. A few of our friends came over, we watched The Simpson's Movie, watched the ball drop, made some kind of chocolate/coffee/ice cream/Kahlua drink and just had a nice time. I love having people over, so it was a good night.

The next day, we got the news that Jason has lost his job, effective January 11.

I'm still pretty much in shock. Jason has been employed non-stop since he got his first job back in high school. For him not to have some job lined up is just totally out of our experience.

He has dealt with a lot of stress in his current job, and I do believe that there are better things ahead, but in the midst of it, when you're looking at applying for unemployment and free lunch for the kids, it's hard to feel very good about things.

I don't know why people think that most people receiving unemployment prefer that to a regular job. I have no doubt that there are some who abuse the system, but going for a hand-out is pretty dehumanizing and I seriously doubt that there are more people seeking to abuse than those who have an actual need. The next time you're tempted to talk about "those people" on welfare, know that a lot of "those people" are folks like my husband who, by no fault of his own, find themselves in the tremendously unfortunately position of needing to care for their families when there is no employment to be found.
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