Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Project Day

Today was home improvement day. We finally have our new stove insert installed. We hope this will cut winter electric bills, even though the circulating fan runs on electricity.

It's a pellet stove. So you get the ambiance of a wood fire without all of the ash. The compressed wood pellets burn to virtually nothing. Whoohoo for winter.

Since I already had to take off work for the stove installation, I enlisted the "help" of my dad to install the tile backsplash in the kitchen. We bought all of the materials over the summer but couldn't find the time to get the tile installed. And ultimately, Derek decided he didn't want to learn how to install tile. So I asked dad if he would come do it since he did their kitchen backsplash. Naturally, dad did all of the work and I mostly supervised/handed him tools. It took us a better part of the day, but it's all up. The adhesive has to cure for at least 72 hrs before I apply the grout. So that's on tap for Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

All I Can Say Is...WOW

Thanks to any & all in my blog-reading family who attended last night's Irving Chorale concert. It was absolutely glorious. The children's chorus sang splendidly & were so well-behaved. Their teachers and parents should be exceedingly proud of them. I understand what kind of hard work it took for them to learn all of the music, and I am personally very proud of them for the spectacular job they did. The chorus was absolutely dead on and all but took my breath away with the concert closer "Danny Boy." The orchestra was also superb and were such terrific players to work with. Brad, as always, was fabulous. As for myself, I walked away from my own performance without being able to nit-pick anything...and for me, that's pretty amazing. I believe it's the best that Brad & I have ever sung that work. I only hope the recording reflects the feeling that the two of us had about our singing. It truly was glorious.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Small Town Girl Needs Big Town Votes

A high school acquaintance of mine is a finalist in the NBC5 Throws a Wedding contest. Please consider voting for Jeff & Ashley by visiting the website & casting your vote. Voting is open now through March 28th. Help this small town girl win her Big D dream wedding!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Weekly Rambling

Whew, it's Tuesday, and I finally have a night where I don't have to be anywhere. This weekend was packed to the brim with rehearsals. Plus I went on a mad hunt for the perfect dress for Saturday's concert. While what I bought isn't absolutely perfect, it will do the job & will still work for future appearances. I actually had something else in mind, but I was so tired of shopping by the time I tried this dress on that when it fit & fit the bill, I ultimately decided that the trip for the "perfect" performance dress could wait until the next performance.

Did you guys hear about the latest pet food recall? Pretty scary for those of us who treat our four-legged companions much like children. And naturally, I have food that is a part of the recall & have even recently fed my precious four some of it. I suppose I should be thankful that soft food is a rare treat for them. And likewise none of my brood suffered any ill effects from their recent treats. But the remaining packages will definitely go back to PetsMart. I think what's scarier, at least from my perspective, is that the two brands I feed the cats & dog are considered "natural" and are supposed to be better for them. Whoops, I guess even the "healthy" brands are susceptible to contamination once in a while.

On another note, I have been invited to be a part of Repertory Theatre's summer production of The Secret Garden. I will be playing Betsy (cameo role), who is nurse to young Colin, and one of the ghosts (chorus), who help move the story along. I'm excited for yet another opportunity to appear at The Rep. I will keep you posted on show times, etc.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Spring and Things

How many of you had a little incident with the "spring forward" time change? A few years ago, I bought a clock that automatically changes, so no more remembering...or so I thought. With the time change earlier this year, my "smart" clock wasn't up with the times apparently because there was no springing forward for me. And missing it couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. I was supposed to be at church at 8 a.m. yesterday morning to sing two solos. Well, I woke up at 8 a.m. Whoops, so I literally threw on what was clean & didn't need to be ironed and made like a bat and flew to church (thank the Lord the cops weren't out). Skidded in at 8:35 (service starts at 8:30) and managed to pull off both songs. Crisis averted...barely...and my cohorts got a good chuckle & breathed a sigh of relief that they didn't have to fill in for me.

With the time change is the real advent of spring. The grass is beginning to green, the weeds...I mean, flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, the songbirds are returning. Naturally, that means it's once again time to break out the pruning shears, lawnmower, fertilizer, and weed killer. And right behind that, the eye drops, nose spray, and high-powered allergy meds.

Ah....spring.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Happy Birthday to my Granny

Hope you had a terrific day yesterday!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Concert Announcement

The Irving Chorale celebrates its 20th anniversary season with a commemorative concert. The Chorale and Irving ISD Children's Honor Chorus present "Singing Alone Will Content Us" on Saturday, March 24th at 8 p.m. in Carpenter Hall of the Irving Arts Center. The concert theme centers around children and children's literature. The evening will conclude with Rutter's Mass of the Children with baritone Brad Horn and soprano Susan Fox as featured soloists.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Irving Arts Center box office (972-252-2787) or through the Arts Center online box office.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Hit and Miss

The funeral went well on Friday. Thanks to everyone for the cards, phone calls, flowers, etc. It really meant a lot to Derek.

I survived the first rehearsal at RCT yesterday. Found out I'll be doing a lot more singing than I anticipated but thankfully most of it's in the pit as back-up, which I hope means that that stuff doesn't have to be memorized. But come to think of it, I didn't ask. Learned two of the dances yesterday. And we all know how much I love dancing. Actually, in the grand scheme of things, they were easy. Shouldn't take long for me to get them down. Just two more to go.

The next month is going to be very busy. I'm helping with the kids musical at church. I have the big solo with the Chorale on the 24th. I have NATS on the 31st. And I have the RCT show on April 6th. Throw in Easter for fun, and that's a recipe for a month of rehearsals and very little else. So posts for the next four weeks or so will be hit and miss at best.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Funeral Arrangements Finalized

Funeral arrangements for Derek's grandmother Monnie Fox have now been finalized. Viewing will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Boze Mitchell McKibblin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St., Waxahachie (972-937-2211). Graveside services will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Waxahachie City Cemetery. The family requests flowers be sent directly to the funeral home.

Please forward this to anyone you believe may be interested--friends, coworkers, fraternity brothers, etc.