Sunday, January 30, 2011

Guess What I Did???

Anybody?? Who guessed cleaned up the office? Show of hands out there. *insert the EH Jeopardy buzzer* And my answer to that is .... I WISH!

For anybody who follows me on Facebook, I posted waaaaaaay back on Jan. 18 that "it's time again to bid adieu to the christmas decorations...." Well, I didn't exactly get around to doing anything about that. And so there they all sat, staring me in the face. No more excuses. They had to go.

So I got up and got started early yesterday. And when it was all said and done, the decorations came down, replaced with winter ones, of course. (Hello, snowmen!) And the house is de-sparkled, tho sparkling ... after a thorough vacuuming. It's nice to have that done. Finally.

So I could definitely enjoy the rest of the weekend. We had the neighbors over for dinner last night and they're coming over again tonight. We haven't seen them in a while, so it'll be good to have the gang back together. Great blog material, though most of it not suitable for public viewing. *wink*

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stunned

Today, while I was in training for my office's new e-filing system, I got a phone call from my voice teacher. It's unusual for her to call me during the day, unless she's calling to reschedule a lesson. But I knew quickly after hearing her voicemail that it was unlikely that she was calling about my next lesson. So while on our first break for the training session, I called her back.

As I feared, she was not calling with good news. In fact, her first words were, "I wish I was calling you with good news." Instead, she was calling to tell me that one of our friends had been killed in a car accident  early Tuesday morning. I had actually heard about the accident on the news on Tuesday morning and thought "how awful" after hearing the story.

Rick was a Type I diabetic and he had a devil of a time managing it. It was not unusual for him to have "episodes." Having traveled with him on a number of choir tours, you learned very quickly how to recognize the signs of one of his episodes. And it was a "quick, give me a peppermint" before everything was under control again. It is believed that he had one of these while driving on Monday night, got lost, and then crashed after failing to make a necessary turn at a dead-end road. Unfortunately, rescue workers were unable to get to him after the crash b/c the car was already engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

Cortni (Rick's daughter), Rick, and Me in Ireland
Naturally, we are all in shock. Rick was so kind, a fantastic musician, and just an all-around nice guy who would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him for it. And his loss will certainly be felt by many. I will cherish the few occasions I got to sing with him. It was truly an honor!

And I will be equally as honored to sing him home at his memorial service, along with many, many others of his musician friends!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We Made Our Milestone!

Howdy, folks! I told you I was gonna be busy last week, and I wasn't kiddin'. My house & my husband are none too worse for the wear, but they're definitely glad to have me back into a more relaxed schedule.

High Notes Ink's official launch went smashingly well, if I do say so myself! The in-home show was very well-attended, and our product flew out the door like hotcakes. We couldn't be more thrilled! Aaaaaand, according to our business plan, we've hit our first milestone which means that we have enough money in the bank to make this baby official. *giggling with glee* Somebody pinch me! *OUCH*

Seriously though, now I have to work on getting all the legal ducks in a row, which means a lot of research, a lot of paperwork, and some moolah. But it's such a nice place to be in and we certainly didn't think we'd get here as quickly as we have. So thanks to ALL of you who have been a part of High Notes Ink's launch! We wouldn't be here without you!

With that big thing out of the way, I now have some time to actually get some stuff done. I've long-neglected some housework. (Hello, Christmas decorations!) So I'll move that to the top of the list. Whitney, my super-awesome business partner, has even volunteered herself to help me do a complete reorg of my house. I know, right?! AWESOME! I keep telling her that she's crazy, but she keeps telling me that she loves to clean & organize and that it's easier to toss stuff when someone ELSE tells you that youreallyneedtothrowthatcrapout! LOL!

So now we should be back to regular programming. As in, gee, is she EVER gonna post anything?!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Busy Week

There won't be much posting this week, folks. I know, I know. Don't be TOO disappointed. LOL!

In all seriousness, there are lots o' things on the plate this week. First and foremost, High Notes Ink is making its official launch at an in-home show on Sunday afternoon, and we have some last-minute product to finish up. Not to mention, updating our website and brochure. So I'll be busy behind the crafting table and/or the iMac.

And secondly, I finally have my music for the big performance on Palm Sunday! *commencing happy dance* I cannot TELL you how excited I am about this piece! It was premiered in Dallas last spring and is now available on the market. While we're not the only ones to jump on board for local performances this year, we're certainly the smallest group of accomplished musicians to do so. AND we're gonna have the players required for the orchestrated score thanks to a generous donation from a faithful patron. ((hugs)) This is a very challenging work. And I'm very much looking forward to digging into the score. My work is certainly cut out for me!

So ... I'll see you on the flipside of this crazy week!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Ummmm. What?! I know, I know. Christmas is long over.

Except when you're a Foster. Many moons ago, it became a family tradition to have our holiday gathering over MLK weekend. Why? Well, mostly b/c all of the kiddos were out of school for a long weekend which made travel for everyone much easier. You see, we're all spread out, so it can be a chore to get us all in one place. And now that we're all grown & out on our own, it still remains a good weekend since we have work holidays that afford us the same long weekend.

This year, we descended upon my brother & his new house since it offers the most room for all 25+ of us to be in one place. We enjoyed good food, good fellowship, and good times. As usual, the Chinese gift exchange was loads of fun and full of much intrigue / conniving. LOL!

Looking forward to next year!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Open Letter

Dear Subway:

Thank you for listening to your patrons who begged asked you to consider adding a gluten-free menu. I was thrilled to hear that Dallas would be a test market for your new gluten-free options. I decided to try out the store by my office today since I didn't have anything for lunch. I called first since I wasn't sure every restaurant would be participating and was pleased to hear that they were a part of the test group. When I came in, the on-duty manager was very courteous and walked the sandwich-ista through the process step-by-step. It was apparent that you've had training in safe handling of gluten-free food. (There are still some things I could suggest to you, but I suspect that others will take care of that for me. Or perhaps I will mention it on my next visit.) Everyone at your store was kind and courteous. And they were thrilled to have their first request for gluten-free.

Thank you for making it a very pleasant experience. I WILL be back for more!
Me

P.S. That gluten-free brownie is sinfully delicious and worth ALL 350 glorious Calories!!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Open Letter

Dear Facebook:

The new profile that you've FORCED upon me really sucks! Hate isn't a strong enough word to describe the deep loathing I have for it actually.

Not that you care.
Me

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cutie Head Moment #4098723140752

After yesterday's nightmare commute, one might think that things couldn't get any worse. And yet ...

So here I was walking to work from the bus stop like any other day. It's really bloody cold, and I'm all bundled up to protect myself from the whipping wind and frigid temps - complete with Under Armor and tabbogan. Never leave home without 'em! But I digress.

So I'm walking and get to the last crosswalk before getting to my office building. And *WHAM* just as happy as you please, I'm not walking anymore. No. Seriously. I was walking ... and then I wasn't. Instead, I was falling. Face first into the crosswalk. Somehow I managed to catch my wits enough to brace myself for the *kersplat* that was sure to follow. And follow it did. I went skidding across the crosswalk on my hands and knees. I quickly hop up and try to look cool. You know, like, NOYOUDIDNOTSEETHATHAPPEN. Took a quick assessment: everything's moving (check), clothes not ripped (check), get to office as quickly as possible (double check).

TTL I had on all those layers b/c I'm pretty sure that's the only thing that saved me from some serious injury, not to mention holes in my pants. When I finally get to my office (remember, we have ridiculous security to clear every morning), I head straight to the bathroom to REALLY assess the damage/remove the Under Armor b/c who leaves that on the whole day?! And that's when it became quite clear that I did not escape my latest little Cutie Head Moment unscathed. Nosirree. My knee was bloody like you read about. And there's no doubt that it's gonna HURT tomorrow!

And for those of you who may be wondering,

  • no, I didn't have on a pair of my crazy, ridiculous shoes,
  • no, there was no ice in the crosswalk,
  • and no, I didn't trip.
So here's yet another story to add to my ever-growing list of Embarrassing Things That Happen to Me on My Way to Work.

Monday, January 10, 2011

REALLY?!

Weather in North Texas is unpredictable at best. Today is a perfect example of what a cluster the weather really is.

So the weather forecasters talk about the latest winter weather system headed our way ALL WEEKEND. And whaddya know, I come out of church yesterday to snow falling like nobody's business & accumulations already on the ground. Lovely. So now the question is: what does this mean for Monday's commute?? That, my friends, turned out to be a million dollar question that ended up being worth way more than that in insurance claims!

I get up today at my regular time - oh dark thirty - and turn on the tv ... hopeful that we at least have a delay. I mean, we still have STUFF on the ground for pete's sake. DISD insists that they're opening on time. So I did what any good employee would do, I got ready for work. Still secretly hoping that I'd get that phone call telling me not to worry about it.

As I'm getting ready for work, road conditions are going from bad to worse after freezing fog moved in & began coating all of the road surfaces in a thin sheet of ice. But it's WAY past the time that my office makes the call about closing so I hop in my car and go to the bus stop.

My first clue to turn around and go home should have come when my 5-minute commute to the park-n-ride turned into a 20-minute commute. That short bridge over Ray Hubbard that I cross every morning was quite slippery and was causing quite the traffic snarl. So I knew that I was going to miss the bus that I usually take and probably the one after that too.

I get to the park-n-ride to find a long line of folks waiting on the bus. Clearly more than one bus was a no-show that morning b/c this was way more folks than should be waiting at this hour. Sure enough, the bus I was aiming for hadn't come and the one after it was, at this point, 5 minutes late. Great. Do I go get in my car & try the train or wait and see if a bus shows?? Keep in mind that I'm standing out in the bitter cold & whipping wind as I make this decision. But I was saved by the arrival of a bus. Bus it is then!

Oh how I would live to regret that decision! Little did I know that the HOV lane isn't open on inclement weather days. So that meant that we were forced to drive the highway like every other Tom, Dick, and Harry. And it tweren't pretty! It took us more than 30 min. to go 3/4 mi. Oh yeah, you read that right. So what is ordinarily a 60-minute door-to-door commute for me turned into 2.5 HOURS!!!

Lesson learned, my friends. On winter weather days, take the train!!!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Things: Installment 60

Well, hell's bells. I've spent the better part of two days writing this dang post only to manage to lose more than half of it just b/c Blogger saves changes every 30 seconds on my home computer and I had the unfortunate mishap of accidentally deleting my post right as it was autosaving. And if I could figure out how to change the intervals between autosaves, I would. Grrrrrrr! So let's see if I can recreate this thing. It won't be as witty as the first go-around, but I'm giving it a whirl.

In honor of our cross-country trek to attend the Rose Bowl festivities, you get to enjoy a complete run-down on the trip in this issue of Things. Excited? Well, if you scroll down and realize how loooooooooong this sucker is, you might not be! (And so this lovely post doesn't take up sooooooooooo much room on the homepage of the ol' blog, I'm gonna insert a little "click here" page break right here, which means absolutely zippo to the Google Reader followers out there.)


Sunday, January 02, 2011

Rose Bowl in Brief

Flight, hotel, parade/game tickets: $5000
Parade/game ticket upgrade: $1200
Food & fun: $750
TCU wins the Rose Bowl: priceless

Thanks for the memories, Frogs....they will indeed last a lifetime!







(Tune in on Friday for a Things dedicated to all things Rose Bowl)