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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Miscellaneous


I have been entirely too introspective lately.  I just read the first page of this blog and, seriously, what a drag I am!  Not that being introspective is a bad thing, but one can only take so much.

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Joel is doing a super cool concert this weekend with his orchestra.  Leonard Bernstein's daughter, Jamie, is actually coming to narrate it and they are playing all sorts of Bernstein's music from West Side Story to Mass and everything in between.  Joel has been communicating with her for a few months now and I'm just in awe that in the whole six degrees of separation game I am now only a couple degrees away from Leonard himself.

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My sister-in-law posted this recently on her Facebook, and it totally tickled my funny bone.  I'm still laughing at it.

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Spring was ordered awfully early around these parts.  My crocuses have already bloomed and the tulips are coming up!  I'm counting my lucky stars, because everyone keeps emphasizing that we normally still have plenty of snow on the ground.  And I believe them.  But I will totally take this weather, thank you!

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Only a few more weeks until the University is done for the summer, and we enter into the summer of no paycheck.  Joel is supposed to have summer classes, but with all of the economic downturn and stuff, nobody is enrolling and the University cancelled a bunch.  We're still hoping he gets to teach his second term class (please cross your fingers, pray, call the University, enroll) but currently we're buckling down to ride out the whole no money thing. My wonderful mother has helped out a lot, since I call her freaking out about the topic often enough, and we have been saving for this eventuality and we'll be fine.  Just poor.  And poor is better than a lot of other things, so it's fine.

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One of the ways we're going to make a little bit of money this summer is opera!  I get to sing in the chorus of La Traviata and Joel is going to run surtitles.  I'm thrilled.  It's been eons since I've been in an actual opera and I can't wait.  Except I had to take all my measurements the other day for costumes, and that was rather depressing.  Sigh.  And I've completely ignored my music besides singing through the first three pages once or twice.  But I still can't wait!

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There just isn't enough time in the day.  Life is pretty crazy right now, and I feel like I'm neglecting friendships. And so I'm sorry.  I'm sorry if I don't call you, answer your email, IM you, facebook you or comment on your blog.  I'm on the computer a pretty bare amount of time lately, and while it feels really good to be getting a lot done, I do miss the friends that live in my computer.  I wish you could just come over to my house sometime instead.

Love you all!  Have a fabulous day!

28 comments :

  1. I have to say that is so very cool about the Leonard Bernstein concert. I hope that there are some people signing up for classes.

    And sadly it took me a minute to figure out that cartoon...but I finally got it. And I take pictures too....

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  2. Can you send us some of your weather?

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  3. Sounds busy, but lovely. Being poor for a season (or several) is sometimes a big blessing. Enjoy all the good things. I know what you mean about the friends in the computer, they are so nice, but we do need to focus on our families too.

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  4. A Leonard Bernstein concert? Cool! And the opera this summer? Even cooler.

    And I wish I could come hang at your house too.

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  5. HAHA! Friends that live in my computer I have lots of those! LOL! WOW tulips sound like so much fun right now! Mine sadly are still hiding in the ground......maybe they might come up yah right!

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  6. I liked the live in the computer comment too. I'm loving the bits of Spring we've seen here too (even though it includes snow coming and going).

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  7. Oh, I'm in the midst of blogging about my total negligence as of late also.

    I must say, i am so much more productive when I don't have much computer time.

    Love the new banner!

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  8. Lara- you must tell Lenny's daughter Jamie, HI from Sharla to Michael Barrett. - that is my uncle, (my mom's brother- and Jamie knows him, I am sure) ... he was Leonard Bernstein's assistant for years. He runs the Moab Music Festival, and I am pretty sure I met Jamie at least once in Moab. It is fun having a "famous" uncle...even if I haven't seen him for years :) When I was 19, I was in NYC and he and his work partner were throwing a big concert in the bldg. where John Lennon lived- the Dakota. We got to go and the place was fun of celebrities. My uncle played the piano and all these famous people sang ;) If you are ever in UT in Sept. make a trip to Moab for the festival. :) so fun! Hope it all turns out great!

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  9. So, Sharla, you're telling me that I've already been like one degree away from Lenny without even knowing it? How cool that your uncle worked so closely with him! I will remember to say hello to Jamie.

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  10. I wish I could come to your house too! Reading your blog only makes me miss you more. Side note: Just got that skirt your girls have for Kelley on CLEARANCE...super excited, but I hope it fits...I got a size 6....

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  11. That comic strip is so cute. I just love it. I'm sending it to my husband.

    Sorry about the poorness. I know all about it. We've been doing it for a couple of years now. Ugh.

    On those busy days I wish we could just pop over and chat while chopping vegetables and making sauces for dinner. (I often wish I could do my conversational English classes in the kitchen while I cook dinner, since we just chat anyway. Such a waste to be sitting in the living room doing nothing else!)

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  12. I wish I could just come over to your house too. I much prefer face-to-face, but this is what we have... :)

    La Traviata! How cool are you??

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  13. Love the duck comics - I needed the laugh this morning!

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  14. I want to be the kind of person that people say my mouth makes nice compliments. I like that:)

    Wish I could go to the Leonard Bernstein concert!!

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  15. okay - that comic made me laugh out loud - literally. That comment has made my eyes cross many times over the years. LOL It's like saying your pot cooks good food which I've been known to come back with at later dates.

    when are you singing??? I might be able to make sure I'm there. I'd love to hear how your microphone makes you sound. LOL

    I'm making a quick trip up there this weekend, but I won't have a car and very few hours to play. We WILL meet up this year though!

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  16. Oh, the life of the professional musician. That summer poverty thing does get old. We keep telling our kids they have to learn how to be poor or it won't do any good to be rich. We've learned the first lesson so well we should have Ph.Ds in it by now!

    And I need to follow your example and get off my computer and into my real life. But I too love my computer pals!!

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  17. That comic made me laugh too!

    You're not a drag at all! I thought you were tender, uplifting, and kind. =]

    I'm so glad spring has sprung where you're at because here, it's still alternating snow and heat. =P

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  18. So glad you liked the comic! Funny, huh?? They have other ones on their site that are pretty cute too. You guys sound like you're having fun! Only...7 more months until we get to see you...forever!

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  19. You guys have a lot going on! And Leonard...ahhh

    We love hearing from you positive posts or not!

    We'll be praying for you guys over the summer! Good for you for planning ahead!

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  20. The Bernstein concert sounds REALLY cool! I wish I could see it. Have fun with the opera this summer too. It's great you get to have a chance to share your comment.

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  21. The cartoon made me giggle. And I love La Traviata. Not a huge Opera fan, but my parents are and my Bishop growing up was in the Wien Stats Oper so I've been to a fair share and I really do love that one.

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  22. Dido on your last comment! I wish I could have a girls night with all my blogging friends, ya know?

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  23. There are a few blog friends that I would love to pop in on one day, and that includes you! That would be awesome. And a blogger luncheon isn't really an option since neither you nor I live in Utah or Arizona;~D
    I know how hard it is to make it in this economy right now, and I am glad that you have planned ahead for the possiblity of no or little income. And I hope that more sources of income will come your way!

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  24. So exactly when did you want me to come over? (wink)

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  25. Lara, I think it so wonderful you singing in the opera. I wish I were closer, I would be on the front row! I love opera! I will keep you and your sweet family in thoughts and prayers so that your summer will be bountiful!

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  26. I think your Leonard Bernstein connection is super cool, too!

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  27. That concert sounds really fantastic. And good luck with Traviata--that's kind of a nice silver lining thing. I feel you--waiting/hoping/praying for college classes to fill is a really tough thing.

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  28. Yes, poor is better than a lot of things.
    Guess who got cancelled today but I am VERY happy to be able to clean my house.
    Perhaps poor is better than disorganized....

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