– My mom’s birthday was last Thursday (March 4th)! We planned to celebrate it during the weekend. She got a wonderful present the next day – went for her yearly mammogram and everything turned out great! Yay! She had breast cancer awhile back, so naturally this was a huge relief.
– I was ready to get the hell out of work on Friday. It had been a stressful week for me. My manager said something to me that at the time sounded a little harsh, and I have been running it through my head over and over again. I put a status on my Facebook page about it – that having many years of experience at the same job is both a blessing and a curse. I have a fairly new manager who depends on me to memorize the polices and procedures which seem to change and intensify every year, and a coworker (almost as new as our manager but with a few hard months under his belt) who frankly doesn’t give a crap. Anyway, my new manager depended on me to know something that wasn’t just a black or white, yes or no answer, and when I didn’t he got a bit huffy and said I wasn’t showing enough confidence, that he depended on me to know such things. I became quiet and explained other things to him, showed him what I did actually know. Then I went back to my office, closed my door (which I rarely do) and avoided him as much as possible for the rest of the day. It was one of those days where I thought a good walk would do me good, but the freakin sidewalks were covered in snow. But it still helped. The bright side is that he wound up finding stuff out on his own, and we both learned something….I hope.
– Anyway, the weekend! It was fun. On Saturday my mom and I went out shopping, bought some Spring decorations and some other stuff. Then the plan was for me to treat her to lunch for a belated birthday gift. We went to the nearest steakhouse and we both had the best steaks we’ve had in a long time. We’re going back there, for sure. Plus, our waiter had a black patch over one eye. Although I’m sure whatever happened was painful for him – well it just looked cool. And he was efficient, kind and patient.
– On Sunday, after all the chores were done, I decided to watch not only the Oscars but the Barbara Walter’s Special and the Red Carpet ceremony. My main purpose for watching the red carpet thing was to see what Joel McHale will pick on for the next episode of “The Soup”. I loved the interview Barbara Walters had with Sandra Bullock. What got me laughing was when Walters asked Bullock what she would do if Meryll Streep won the award for Best Actress. Her response was, “I’m gonna beat the shit out of her.” They bleeped it out, of course, but I thought it was funny.
– Thankfully and to my surprise, the actual Oscars ceremony kept me amused. I loved, LOVED the spoof Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did on “Paranormal Activity”:
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at an awards show, it was the best! Just when I thought I couldn’t be happier, that little clip was an introduction to an honor of horror movies! I was grinning so much it hurt.
So yesterday I went to the usual Monday choir rehearsal, and we all learned that our director went skiing this weekend, took a bit of a tumble and got a concussion! Thankfully he was pretty much the same and was able to be himself. He apologized for spacing out during choir (I didn’t notice it, but I guess the guys did), then explained his concussion. Someone (the Cackler) joked, “What’s your excuse every other time??? *Cackle!*”
– Speaking of “The Cackler”, she was granted a solo bit during one of our songs. Thankfully it’s a brief bit, and the only reason I say that is because it’s an extremely high, Soprano note. Like pitches that Mariah Carey used to hit. He chose her to do that solo, and it’s such a sharp solo that I noticed the guys in the front trying to subtly plug their ears. I have to give her credit, though, I don’t think many people could hit the note that was way off the scale.
– And that is it for this week so far! How did the weekend pan out for everyone?