Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pops! Concert

SO. MUCH. FUN.

Last night was so much fun. I sang with the chorus for the symphony's pops concert - the music of John Williams.
So. Much. Fun.
I still have the music playing in my head and on my lips.
:-) 

The chorus joined the orchestra after intermission. We started with the Call of the Champions written for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Four Latin words, (swifter, higher, stronger, with more clarity) with some "lu lu's" and some "ah's". Inspiring, uplifting music.

Next up was "Hymn to the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan. Completely "oo's" and "ah's" for text. A solemn piece that at first I didn't care for at all. While I still wouldn't choose it, it did grow on me.

My favorite song of the evening followed: "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" from Amistad. It is a simply joyous song. A joy to sing.

Then we hit the Star Wars section. So. Much. Fun. to be onstage with the orchestra for these pieces. The haunting beauty of the French horn playing its solo in "Princess Leia's Theme." The power of "The Imperial March" with the timpani and trombones just a few feet away. The strings so close playing "Aniken's Theme." Then the chorus rose once again to their feet to join in "Duel of the Fates." Such a dramatic song. The lyrics come from a snippit of an archaic Welsh poem, "Battle of the Trees."
"Under the tongue root
A fight most dread
And another raging
Behind, in the head"
But the text is not sung in Gaelic, as the poem was written, or in English, but in Sanskrit. It loosely translates
"All the dread in mainly in the head."
That was a lot of fun to sing. Then the program finished with the main Star Wars theme. So cool, once again, to be onstage with the orchestra as it was played.

The sold-out house appreciated the program as well. Some had come in costume, and several had light sabers. There was long applause, and for an encore the orchestra played the theme from Jaws.

So fun to be a part of it. I am so looking forward to singing with the chorus next fall. Hayden's "Creation."  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday and time to celebrate spring with an egg hunt!

Over the years, I have accumulated a large and colorful collection of plastic eggs.

And it gets harder each year to find enough spots to hide them all!

With the chemist home from the big city for the weekend, Miss Adventure was anxious for her to be a hunter this year.

Old hiding spots are usually a good place to check for we have few hiding places and lots of eggs. Here, it's a depression by a sprinkler control box.
 
But sometimes you can walk right past one out in the open. Yes, that's a pink egg balanced in one of my tomato cages.

But finally there was but one egg left to find (that we hiders remembered).

A purple "tie-dyed"one, carefully snugged in a branch near the swing set.

Hot and cold clues had them oh-so-close.

But the chemist's sharp eyes spied it first.

A blessed spring to all.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Zoo Trip

The Chemist had a company holiday on the 14th, so she came for a long weekend. So a trip to the zoo was in order.

Finally, we were there when the baby gorilla and mother were out. :-)

I love our elephants.

And we *had* to stop to feed the fish.

Hungry, hungry goldfish.

The hippo looked hungry, too.

Not a lot of birds were out in the Australian outback/South American pampas area, but there was this pretty pair.

And this kookaburra had managed to get to the South American side of the exhibit for a little extra snack. :-D

Isn't this anteater the coolest? He was busy digging for something today.
Love our trips to the zoo.

Friday, April 7, 2017

That's It

I have not been that sick in years. And it's been so long getting any energy to do anything back. What little energy I do have has a thousand claims on it. However, I am slowly getting better. I'm even back to taking long walks again, though not as quickly or as long as I would like. Little by little.

But with little energy to do much of anything, I would spend time zoned out in front of my computer, scrolling through facebook. Then last Friday, the hurtful things were back with a vengeance. I so thought I had gotten past this. But there it was again. As I sat there looking at the screen with all those past hurts rising up, I thought to myself, "What the hell are you doing?" I mean really. I decided then and there that I had had enough. I haven't been on facebook for a week now. And the weird thing is - I don't miss it. Facebook is sending me emails. "Your "friend" X posted a new picture and "x" people have liked." If facebook only knew. :-D

I do have to get back on this afternoon. I need to send a couple of messages to my older children. And I need to take some photos to get some school stuff on a buy/sell/trade group soon. Bleh.

  In the mean time, I have read a huge stack of books. And puttered about my house and in my garden. I am content.