March 31, 2009
I love it. Tonight’s permiere was just as good as the 1998 series. It’s like a romantic show based on mythology and psychology. Like, it’s made for me. Now everybody watch Cupid so it will last more than half a season.
And that love advice from Captain Kirk? “Go Boldly.” And in this case it was to Ireland to find your deported singer songwriter boyfriend, so that works for me.
March 29, 2009
Tonight’s Etsy homepage theme, gross! I’m gonna have to remove this because it’s making me queasy.
March 26, 2009
The saga continues…
So besides speaking at the rally, I got word at our Wednesday morning research meeting that the choir that was supposed to sing had dropped out. Gloria said that someone had volunteered to contact my choir (Selah) to see if they could do the opening music. I said I’d email around and see, but I didn’t feel too confident as we have trouble finding Sunday mornings in advance that we can all get together, let alone the Monday night coming up in five days none of which was a practice day. To everyone’s delight, Gary responded to my email that very night and agreed to lead some hymns. Over the next two days I got six people to agree, and a few nos (including our director.) So I gave the go ahead, with the proviso that we would need an accompanist as I had not heard from ours yet. Gloria said no problem they had someone lined up to play who could do our pieces, I just needed to get the music to her.
So I made plans to bring the music to her house. And when I got there things were not ok. She said that she could not play the music and she seemed a little annoyed to be asked. “I knew I should have said no.” So at that point I have a commitment to the gig, my members coming and no one to play for us. And Gloria still thinks that music is something that just happens. “Can you sing accapella, or don’t you all know some songs she knows?” Well, I guess we have some hymns. So I called the grumpy lady back and we land on Let There be Peace on Earth, This is the Day, and Here, I am Lord. I’ll print the sheet music to If I Had a Hammer and she’d pick up a Methodist hymnal after the 11:00 service.
At pickup rehearsal on Sunday, we found out that our pianist could come, and most all of the members that I had not heard from agreed to come. Now we are getting somewhere. I had a busy day on Sunday and after doing a skit singing with Selah twice, teaching Sunday School and trying to look for a friend I invited (who didn’t show) I just was hanging out in the sanctuary chatting, and waiting for her to coming. Well my friend left and I decided to change locations. Then I saw her sitting up front, apparently since before the end of the service ten minutes ago. She crabbed at me some more and told me how the arrangement of the song I had printed was not right. Good night, lady!
Which brings us to the night. It turned into a comedy of errors. There were no escape steps from the choir loft that didn’t go right up front, parking was a bear, one of the songs I decide we should sing I forgot had this wordy fast bit and not everyone had their music, at three minutes till we were going to start the accompanist had not shown up, the projector was shining into the face of the top row, the keyboard that was set up was not full size, the piano was not mic-ed. We were accosted by cranky pants again, because she apparently had not whined to me enough, asking for our player to stay and to do the closing, I reminded her that I already told her that Lori had to go back to class. Then we were ready to go. We could not hear the piano at all from the loft. So we had to run down so that we could stand by it, and it is wildly out off tune anyway and you can still barely hear that she’s playing. They through up some mics which I don’t think were even meant to pick up group singing. By the time we started we only had time for 2 songs instead of the three we had planned for. No one introduced us we just go. And it takes a few minutes for the people up front to pick up that something was happening and people in the back never got it and continued with their conversations.
After the singing nine of the people left, and three of us stayed. Thus ruining the grand plan my SPUMC TEAM fellow leaders had of recruiting people from the choir to start coming to our event. Well that and the fact that one of the members said it was “the worst singing experience I have ever had.”
Gloria asked us to sing again at the Action in April. Think I can convince them?
March 25, 2009
It’s Rally and Action time again for TEAM. Which means Erin is living outside of her comfort zone. Monday’s Rally brought a whole new set of challenges because now besides just worrying about bringing a bunch of folks, I was all of the sudden part of the program. First I got delegated to speak for my research committee. I am one of three who’s been active with them for the last few months and of the other two one is the chair who’s been giving the talks every time for two years and one of our clergy who happens to work for the City of Tallahassee in the planning department, so he always bows out. So I got to be the one.
I did have the advantage that Gloria (the lead organizer) pretty much wrote my speech. I did tweak it a bit, including rewriting an entire section that I did not think was saying what I wanted it to say. I also had a problem about what our issue actually was, since I was at all those meetings I know that it was thrown together really just to have something to present. The purpose of the rally is to get everyone excited about the issue, and our issue is just frankly not that exciting. I really pushed my committee to work on asking the city to fund a housing advocate, but it just didn’t get off the ground fast enough. And all the stuff that I was working on did not make the cut anyway. So are you ready… it might just be too thrilling for you to handle. We want the city to put out an RFP in order for a CDC to run the Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program. And if you don’t already know what those acronyms are, well it’s too boring to care.
Let me just say that no one was thrilled. It was fine, and I think I did the best that I could but I don’t know how you can really fire people up about grant procedures and contract writing. It’s long been a criticism of our organization that we don’t work on things that are exciting enough, that actually meet our own criteria for what makes a good issue. There’s work to be done there for sure.
We did have the Marching 100 (or 30 of them at least) play some music for us that included a drum roll before I got up to speak. But I think it may have had the opposite effect that they were intending, well on me. The opening speaker was talked about Les Mis, and I know what happens after drum rolls during the French Revolution. Gulp.
March 9, 2009
I learned about Purim 2 years ago when I was getting ready for Confirmation. Who knew that Esther has her own holiday? (Well Jewish people probably.) I was hoping that the number 200 had some symbolism, but alas. There’s only triangle cookies for Haman’s three cornered hat. Who knew he had a three cornered hat?
I made these at home once. Remember, family? But they involved too much rolling pin to do again.
I went to Temple with this years confirmands on Friday and it was interesting of course. I think that the last time I went to a Jewish service was for Molly’s confirmation. It was really a good object lesson for what I’ve learned lately about hospitality. Feeling welcome takes more than a warm hello. (Though that’s always a good place to start.) You have to think about what the whole experience will be like. And it made me remember what it’s like to be a visitor and particularly one who doesn’t know what’s going on. I did really enjoy the rabbi’s sermon, which was from a Torah selection in Exodus about what sort of clothes a priest should wear. I bet you rarely hear a church sermon on that. Plus he did this whole Project Runway bit. I think sermons need more bits.
March 2, 2009
We have a Lent/Easter symbols card game to play in second grade Sunday School. We were looking at the one that had the crown of thorns on it. I said, “look at that, wouldn’t it hurt to wear that on your head?” Amanda said, “Not if he had poofy hair like you, Miss Erin.”