May. 19th, 2007 01:16 pm
faithellen: (ff can't brain)
(standardizing my online personalities a bit -- still the same useless rambling you've come to love)

So my computer decided that it was fundamentally unhappy, and created another login for me with the same password, but it wouldn't remember little things like MY EMAIL PASSWORDS. Input password, click "save password," get mail. Popup: "enter your password" Me: "bite my ass"

"The guy" at work offered to rebuild it for me, so we've restored the original settings and I'm now in the fabulous process of trying to remember all the handy shit I had installed on it before, and getting them back in place. :rolleyes:: Just really what I wanted to do with my weekend.

Last night was the first of three RSO concerts featuring the women of the chorus on Debussy's Syrenes. For fun, we were asked to dress "siren-like," as opposed to just our regular concertwear (formal black, contemporary black, or white top/black bottom). "Siren like" to most of the women meant red, it would seem, although a couple of them wore "boas" -- the most anemic tiny thin featheresque things I've ever seen. I wore a seafoam green beaded/sequined tank top (sort of like labradorite -- hard to describe, but tres elegant) and a black silk chiffon skirt that was reminiscent of waves. Very fun. Our dress change was only supposed to be for last night, but Mark liked it so much he asked us to do it again tonight. I will resist the urge to break out some feathers and show them how it's done.

Took Hagen to the vet yesterday because he wasn't seeming his normal self. Wasn't interested in food at all on Wednesday, and yelping occasionally when he moved. The doc gave him an anti-inflammatory/pain med with instructions to bring him back if he's not better in 5 days. He's MUCH better today, so I think this may have done the trick -- praps he just twisted something.

Got my haircut this week, and bought myself a flat iron, so I'm rocking the sleek look. Fired my manicurist for being a tool (booked me for an appointment, and then offered to take me a half hour later when I showed up at the proper time -- I don't mind a few minutes wait due to walk-ins, but that's why I MADE AN APPOINTMENT) -- am trying out new one.

Next weekend -- In Our Cups at VARF! Houseful of friends and another dog! Five vehicles for five people! And...I expect we'll be busting out THE MARGARATOR...I love Jellyfish so freaking much. :)
faithellen: (ff tell me I'm pretty)
This week is kind of busy for me, and I'm a little on edge.

reasons why, interesting only to me )

I'm just feeling very scowly and I'm not sure why.

Time didn't permit. More important for me to spend a little time with Hagen, I think -- more relaxing that being talked over in Vietnamese, right?
faithellen: (ff diary)
It's been a damn long time since I posted -- no reason, other than I can't post from work, and when I get home...I just haven't felt like it. I still read y'all incessantly, though.
health )work )squad )dog )singing )
I think that's all the news that's fit to print. Miss you guys. Hope to see many of you Saturday. Bring chocolate chip cookies (it's worth a shot, right?).


Nov. 25th, 2006 11:03 am
faithellen: (ff manly fashion)
It occurs to me that I haven't updated in a coon's age, so here goes.

The new job is going well -- they like my work, I like having something to think about for a change, Dana and I can carpool most mornings and get together for lunch. Getting used to being out of the house for 10+ hours a day is taking some getting used to, though. I'm trying to start a load of laundry every morning so it just needs to be dried and put away when we get home at night.

We found a marvelous butcher AND a store that specializes in fresh pasta, so we're feeling a lot happier on the food front. The pasta place isn't the most convenient place in the world, but it's a damn sight better than buying up at Dean and Deluca in DC and schlepping it home.

Haven't heard anything about Hagen in a bit. I emailed Conny last week to see how he was doing, and whether she would be having a birthday party for him with a silly hat next month. :) I miss my big black nose.

I'm writing this from the rescue squad. Dana and I pulled duty Wednesday night and Thanksgiving day, plus our normal Friday night shift, and we're staying over until 5pm today. He's outside with his rescue team, going over what is on the truck and what should be on the truck and where, and putting things under the dumpster to make it lean, and fun things like that. *I* am entering sweepstakes and staying inside where it's warm. Tomorrow, I want to sleep in. :) But I must finish decorating for Christmas and cleaning -- yesterday I got most of the tree up and situated, so now it wants trimming and the house decorations scattered appropriately.

The Symphony Chorus is coming up on a big performance weekend next week. We'll do Handel's Messiah on Friday and Monday nights, and then a Christmas pops concert on the Saturday inbetween. The symphony conductor is sidelined with a detached retina until at least January, so we have no idea who will be conducting. It could be a different person for each concert -- should be exciting.

Sweeps-wise, I haven't won a thing all month. I got a coupon for a free Armor All product yesterday, but I won that back in September. I haven't had a lot of time to enter them, but I would have thought that the wins would trickle off over the next couple months, rather than precipitously. Perhaps it just means that I'm due for something nice. ;)

Tonight is my 20th HS reunion, which I will not be attending (as it's in Bethesda and I am here). I didn't mind missing it in the least, but last night I got an email from my tennis partner/gym buddy, who is going and pretty much only wanted to see me. It was lovely to hear from her, and I'm looking forward to catching up.

I think that's all I've got. I'm reading some of you on a regular basis, and the rest of you when I can, but if there's something you desperately want to talk about, drop me an email at my normal address. Love love love.


Oct. 30th, 2006 08:55 pm
faithellen: (ff can't brain)
Day 4 at the new job was today -- it's challenging, and cool, and good to have SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT again. I've got email access but no LJ at work, and by the time I come home and eat and chill, I'm not getting upstairs to the computer, so I'm WAAAAY behind on y'all's adventures. (And I just had to think for 30 seconds to come up with the word "adventures," because my brain was trying to spit out "endeavors" instead. I find lately that I'll type things and then read them back and find I've used the wrong word, but it was a word that rhymed somehow. And is spelled right.)

I won 2 tickets to a Wolf Trap concert today, and so we will be going to see The Bobs in April (another in a long series of me not paying to see them).

I think that's all I have to tell. [livejournal.com profile] ladylyonesse and [livejournal.com profile] tombeaux and Miss Plum came to the Richmond Celtic Festival yesterday, so we got to visit with them (and they were most kind about how bleary we were after 24 hours and 6 calls on Friday/Saturday). There was a bout of silliness tonight involving a radio report of a portapotty on fire, involving a spontaneous filk of "Ring of Fire" that was frighteningly unison. There are 42 feet of mylar bats hanging in front of our door, and too much candy for Dana to hand out while I'm at rehearsal.

OH! And Hagen is doing well -- he's getting high marks on the dumbbell and tracking, but isn't so much interested in the bitework. Conny says it gets a little better every day. One of her females has 5 week old puppies, and Hagen is affectionately worried about them. I WISH I could see him trying to herd a litter!

Love love love.
faithellen: (ff manly fashion)
I'm a little gobsmacked going into the weekend, because it's got lots of nothing. We're going to a party for an EMS buddy tomorrow afternoon, but apart from that, we have no commitments.

Last night we went to see "Talladega Nights" (for free thanks to movie passes from a sweeps win) -- it was funny, but not as much as I'd hoped it would be. Still...funny enough. :) AND it seems that our movie theater has entered the new millennium, because instead of the slides they used to show, they're showing a little pre-presentation. I don't know what they call it, only that it's not "The 20."

Next week is going to be pretty filled -- two chorus rehearsals, and then Friday morning I'll drive north for the weekend. I got my boss to agree to let me come in on the last of the month, so I'm working Friday, probably having dinner with Dad on Friday (and barring that, enjoying non-faire time with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] pyratelady and gallant [livejournal.com profile] ironbeagle), faire all weekend, and then a Richmond Symphony concert on Monday.

Dana is waiting to be scheduled for precepting shifts with Chesterfield Fire, so he can be cleared to run as a paramedic. Our squad's standard is 10 calls, which is pretty anemic, so he and the Chief agreed that he should run through the same clearing process as the fire guys, which is 10 8-hour shifts. He's looking forward to it, and we both hope he can start soon!

Whatever you have scheduled this weekend, have fun and stay safe!
faithellen: (ff manly fashion)
Yesterday was a LONG day of singing and standing and sweating. It was the first time I'd seen the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and they're FABULOUS. I didn't realize that they are paid musicians, and I loves it when artists make money doing their thing. (The Chorus is unpaid -- it does amuse me that my professional gig involves silly clothes and drunk people outdoors, whereas the volunteer one is all serious music and nice outfits.)

We rehearsed at a local high school with the orchestra for a couple hours, split up to do sectional rehearsals, and then headed to the park for a potluck picnic. I met a few people, but I'm really bad with lots of new faces and names, plus there's that whole shy thing I have in crowds. After the picnic we changed and headed for the amphitheatre, which was a nice space with several rows of wooden benches (with backs!), and then a big grassy hill for people to loll upon. The stage was a concrete slab, which was hard on my already aching legs and back (24 hours in duty boots will do that to me).

I biffed a bunch of notes and some words now and then, but I did not make a sound when everyone around me was silent, so likely I'm the only one who knows (save for my alto buddies). :) We've got three more rehearsals until the Masterworks series at the end of the month -- I will only make the final of three concerts, due to MDRF conflicts. I'm still waiting to hear from The Boss on whether I'll have to be at the office on Monday Oct 2, or whether I can do it on Sept 29, which would make my life infinitely easier.
faithellen: (ems rules)
Dana and I just got home from a 24-hour shift. for those of you interested in such things )

Tomorrow is chorus rehearsal #3, followed by a potluck dinner and then our first concert. The orchestra will be playing the National Anthem, Copland, Barber, and other things, and we're singing Wagner & Beethoven. (linky here for my music geeky friends.) I suppose I would be more nervous if I weren't bone tired, but I'm surrounded by good solid singers and I'm really looking forward to it. (In a stunning change from every other chorus I've sung with, the conductor openly adores his alto section.)


Sep. 12th, 2006 08:54 am
faithellen: (ff mmm...yay?)
I will be singing Beethoven's 9th and Thompson's Alleluia at this Sunday's concert.

We've got limited riser space, so volunteers were requested to sit this one out, and because I've never sung either piece I threw my name in. So yay, they want my voice, and eep, I have to learn the darn thing after 3 rehearsals!

Rehearsal 2 is tonight, and 3 is on Sunday immediately before the concert. WHEE!


Sep. 3rd, 2006 11:21 pm
faithellen: (cat sick)
Time has little or no meaning at this point. We pulled 24+ hours duty, ran lots of calls, napped infrequently, and are now coming down with colds. This is NOT the week that a cold is at all convenient, with my first symphony rehearsal, sending my puppy to Germany, and then another trip north before performing this coming weekend.

::crawling back into bed until Tuesday morning::
faithellen: (cat tuxedo)
I made the Richmond Symphony Chorus!

I found out yesterday, but work had me buried deeeeeeeeeeeep in a pile of yuck, so I forgot to come mention. :)


We start rehearsals on September 5, and the first concert is Sept 17. That's right, after the THIRD rehearsal. I'm not sure if these are pieces they started working on back in the spring, but I'll be sight-reading like a mother.

for y'all classical music geeks )

I dug out my choir folder last night -- was so happy that I plumped for a good one the last time I sang with a group (which I see now was 1998).


Jul. 17th, 2006 10:48 pm
faithellen: (ff diary)
I had my audition tonight with the Richmond Symphony Chorus, and I'm pretty sure I nailed it. If they don't take me, I'll be very surprised (and impressed enough with their standards that I'll audition again for them next year).

All five people in the audition room could not have been nicer or more supportive. And they'll let me know one way or the other on Wednesday -- I love promptness and decision-making.

Feels good.

August 2009



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