Another crazy weekend done, and now only 3 days until Christmas.
Gulp. Possibly the least-prepared I’ve ever been. The house is a disaster area, we don’t have our tree up, I’m not even sure which presents I don’t have yet.
But I haven’t been sitting around eating bonbons!
Going in reverse:
Just got done portraying “Esther”, the matriarch of a nomadic shepherd family coming in to Bethlehem to try to sell a couple sheep. Unfortunately, the village is very full and the village elders (like the one below) wouldn’t let us in to sell our sheep because there was no room yet to do so. So we pitched our tent outside the city to bide our time, and talked to people coming through for the census. And I spun wool into yarn, naturally. Pictures to come at some point (from other people’s cameras).
(That village elder would be my father!).
Lots of fun, I’m exhausted, and I now have six balls of singles to ply. Not the best yarn in the world, but it IS yarn (and will be plied yarn soon. Well, after the holidays).
Night before that, shepherding not sheep, but six preteens through the snow to see the movie “Twilight” (the majority for the second time; I think they’re in love with Edward). Plus an Urgent Care visit (nothing serious, just annoying).
Night before that, a piano recital. The Gothlet’s. Here she is, demonstrating (under duress) the latest in Wisconsin evening fashion.
Well, OK, she changed her footwear for the actual recital.
It’s always fun to see the recitals, remembering that it wasn’t that long ago that she was the size of the kindergarteners at the same recital, whose feet are nowhere near touching the floor.
And now she looks like this.
This recital was a bit of a stressor for me, too, as we played a duet; the which I only found out about two weeks beforehand (getting not so good at the telling me about these things, the Gothlet is — or isn’t). Then, because despite finally getting on the stick and practicing her little fingers off, she was NOT getting the hang of the duet. (I think it was a little above her level.) She could have just skipped it, but we ended up changing to a different duet — 3 days before the recital! LOTS more practicing ensued, on my part too (I’m really not that good a piano player, I only took piano for a few years, and this is starting to approach my limits). But we pulled off “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” with a few minor wobbles but a strong finish.
The night before: The RockStar’s choir concert (she had a short solo).
Though I recorded her solo on my not-so-great-sound-quality camera, I’ll spare you that. However, I will want to share with you the choir’s rendition of “Silent Night”. Her choir director performed it in a way that seems to be becoming a yearly tradition now: first sung as an a cappella solo (duet this year) with accompanying ASL signing; then choral singing with accompaniment; then humming with choral signing; then signing silently: truly a “Silent Night”. It rather gives me goosebumps. The RockStar’s friend did signing and another friend sang the alto part for the duet. I thought I had uploaded the song to YouTube, but it was the wrong song. Thus I’ll add in the YouTube video once I get it uploaded, or blog it later…I didn’t want to delay this post ANY MORE.
Before that: working late, some child had to go shopping emergently as I recall also, and then there was Nutcracker, of course, with a band concert in the middle.
No action pictures from the Nutcracker performance (not allowed to photograph in the theater), but here’s the Chinese dancer in the dressing room..
Who received a floral tribute….
She danced beautifully. And in a very rat-like manner when appropriate.
Phew. I think that brings us up to speed. Now for choir rehearsals tonight and tomorrow night for a Christmas Eve cantata, and a RockStar home puking today. (Cross our — frequently washed — fingers that no one else gets the bug.)
Now, I’m still looking for that TRULY Universal Remote with the Pause Button! The one that works on Life too! Seen one anywhere?