Friday, July 23, 2010

And I Said, "Hey! What's Goin' On?"

I feel like I haven't blogged in 318 years or so.  Possibly because I haven't.

The opera (La Traviata) came and went, and was a great experience for both Joel and me.  It's been a long time since I have been able to sing in an actual production, and I was so happy.  The Resident Opera Artists that they brought in were amazing, and it was an absolute honor to share the stage with them.  Joel ran the super titles and managed the pit orchestra, and made a new friend in the conductor they brought in.  We both learned a lot and grew as musicians and look forward to participating in the festival next year.

Here's a picture that was taken for publicity...I happened to be lucky enough to be one of the chorus members in it.  (And yes, I hated wearing that dress, in case you're wondering.) If you're familiar with the opera, this is the second act finale: Quanto Peni! Fa Cor! You'll also notice that a couple of the leads could have easily been linebackers instead of opera singers.  I'm just glad they chose to sing.

Since the opera showed in three different locations, Joel and I got a couple little mini-getaways, which was really nice.  I'm so thankful that we have wonderful friends here who were willing to help out with our kids while we were "on tour."  And for my mom who came into town after the first performance and happily watched the girls while we left town again for the second one.

My mom left a couple days ago, and as usual, there was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst the members of our household.  To have to go another three months or so without seeing her is excruciatingly painful.  We sure love her!  And all of our family we never get to see.

Speaking of mothers, I have been dealing with the mother of all sore throats lately.  It hasn't affected my ability to sing, which is strange because almost every sore throat I ever get translates into laryngitis and leaves me unable to speak or sing for a couple weeks.  But boy is this sore throat ever painful!  I went to the doctor yesterday, thinking I must have strep, but the strep test came back negative.  The doctor seemed pretty convinced that I probably have mono.  Which is just unacceptable.

Just in case the strep test was wrong (I'm hoping for that scenario), she sent it to be cultured and put me on antibiotics.  She also put me on a steroid to treat for mono, again, just in case.  She won't test me for the virus until the antibiotics are done and only if I haven't responded to them.


So I've pretty much felt like garbage the past few days.  I slept for 12 hours last night, and felt mucho better this morning.  But after a 2 hour rehearsal for an upcoming benefit, the mucho better has gone to mucho worse.

Here's hoping it's strep and the antibiotics will triumph.  Especially since the aforementioned benefit is Tuesday night.  (For all you locals, here's a news release...come!)  Even if it isn't strep, I'm counting my blessings, because at least I can still sing.

And that's all that really matters.

That, and sleep.

Good night.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I haven't had strep in a very long time. Hope I don't catch it from you! :)

  2. Wow, you just amaze me! Always so wonderfully productive and feeding your creative (and astounding) talents. I so hope it's not strep OR mono....because either one would just be no fun!

  3. I'll be honest, i was secretly hoping there would be a little play button at the bottom of that photo and I would be able to hear you sing!

    I always thought the really good opera singers needed to have they could have more power in their voice?

    As for the sore throat, I'm sorry. I think 9 times out of 10, when I've had a sore throat, it has alwasy turned into a sinus infection. I usually wait for it to either make its way into my face and block up every possible oriface I could breath out of, or start smelling. Strep smells.
    Try melaluca and lemon oils. Melaluca acts as a natural antibiotic, and lemon oil gets rid of sore throats (i'm sure as a singer you already knew that)

    Sorry for the novel in your comments.
    Take care and get better!

  4. SO HAPPY to help! Anytime!

  5. Sounds like an amazing experience! And to give you hope on the throat -- Ellie almost always test negative on the quick tests, they tell me she has mono, and then everything comes back just fine that it is indeed strep. For your sake -- I hope this is the case.

  6. You need a vay-cay little one! :)

  7. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you have strep and that you will be back to yourself in no time!

    So awesome that you went on tour with your hubby! Sounds absolutely perfect.

  8. I've never wished for someone to have strep before, but . . .

  9. I get laryngitis after sore throats, too. WHat's up with that? I had the mother of all bouts with laryngitis earlier this year. It was bad, nearly a month of whispering or talking quietly. No singing...I just didn't have the voice!

    The opera tour sounds spectacular! You guys are amazing.

    PS: You're the one sitting in the front with the red & black dress on, right? Gorgeous WoW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. You are awesome! I am glad you and your husband got to do that together!

  11. Oh, no. I hope you're on the mend soon—sending you best wishes. Congrats on the "La Traviata" production!

    Oh, and is that a 4 Non Blondes reference in the post title? I'm no opera singer, but that song is my dream karaoke performance...

  12. Oh dear, I hope it's not mono! But I am glad it hasn't affected your voice.