Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Okay, so we went out in the blizzard today, and it was every bit as bad as you've been hearing. No visibility, huge snow banks, high winds. I freaking love it. I have enjoyed this snow-week more than you can imagine.

It's amazing that today, as I was watching season one of The Tudors, my new favorite show, at around 2:45 pm, my husband brought me an ice cold beer. Then I had wine with dinner. Drinking in the middle of the day is only one of the many pleasures. Cooking ridiculously decadent things because I have to use it up before it goes bad, and baking cookies and muffins. This is the best week of my life.

Is this what it's like to be rich? Drink wine from 3 o'clock on and watch opera on youtube?

Monday, February 08, 2010


Memorizing, shoveling, cooking, memorizing. No work again tomorrow.

Sunday, February 07, 2010


This has been the very best Sunday in recent memory, even considering that I just spent two hours doing manual snow labor. There is much more to be done. And we haven't even started on my car. But there is something exhilarating about working outside, and I feel so rested, and ready to face the world! So THIS is what a normal weekend feels like for people who don't have church jobs and things?? wow.

Okay, enough of this typing, I have more work to do.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Saturday: Snowed in

This is the worst storm I have ever seen, and that's saying something, since I spent my formative years in the snow belt of the midwest. I am worried about everyone out there who may not have everything they need, or may be without power.

I am safe, and happy-- I just made this ridiculous cinnamon/butter/sugar thing, and I have Mr. Pete, the fluffiest cat in the word, on my lap. Joe is out walking around in the snow, and it is my first break since Thursday from the endless weather channel-watching.

Yes, plans get screwed up, but sometimes its nice to be reminded that there are things that are simply beyond our control. There's a odd sense of freedom in that. You can just sit back and let the universe take control.

Now, I might not be so zen if my cable goes out, but hey.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Thursday: Oy.

So the theme of this winter in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic has been SNOW. It is very very close to screwing up a lot of people's plans, including mine, but I am practicing being a very zen girl and staying in an accepting frame of mind.

I try not to talk about my day job on this blog because that can get you into trouble sometimes but I want to REALLY REALLY bad! There is so much to vent about. But I will just take it out on my husband and close friends instead. :) I love you guys.

Traditionally, I have loved Thursdays. It is really the perfect day, if you think about it, because it's so close to the weekend, but you are not exhausted and wanting to commit hara-kiri (I looked it up-- it's the correct spelling for Japanese ritual suicide) like I often am by the end of a Friday-- you still have some vim and verve left. And this Thursday is no different-- I went to the gym and have lots of energy mentally and physically. I refuse to let anyone get me down.

It's funny, because while I was at the gym, there were clips on the Today show from an interview with Michelle Obama, and Matt Lauer (I hate to say it, but he bugs the snot out of me) asked the First Lady how she deals with negative press about her clothing, and if she feels a lot of pressure to look good. And she replied that she doesn't take in the negative press because it can keep you from being who you are. She just puts on clothes that she likes, feels are appropriate for the occasion, and are comfortable. And you know, everyone LOVES what she wears. At least everyone I've talked to. As a singer, it's easy for me to waste a LOT of energy and pain on the negative feedback I've received about my singing...because I truly feel that we NEED to be told what we can work on and how we measure up. However, to some extent, there is a lot to learn from that little interview clip for me...I work hard, my heart is in the right place, I have a great teacher/coach team, and now it is time to stop allowing the negative to keep me from being exactly who I am. I can't please everybody, but I had better please me because life is short. At least this one is!

Tonight will be fun, because I am going to see a friend's show! It feels like forever since I've been to a performance, and I am really excited-- she was kind enough to give her broke pathetic friend a comp ticket!