“…and All Other Crazelnuts”

Choir was fun last night, and we made really good progress with the tougher songs. Even better, we Sopranos made the Cackler happy. Always a joyous occasion. She was bringing attention to more trouble spots, and every time we messed up one particular section, she would vigorously shake her head “no”. Our actual director and our piano player helped us through and then when we sang the section correctly, the Cackler said, “Oh that sounds much better!” Yay! :P

Anyway, onto the fun part! We went through the song “Fruitcake” again. The part for the Tenors is basically a rap, for lack of a better word. They basically speak their part but with a rhythm to it: “Pecans and walnuts and hazelnuts. Almonds and all other crazelnuts”. Our directior, T, was joking and said that the Tenors should wear baseball hats off to the side and sunglasses and act like they’re rappers during the concert. If he goes through with that idea (and he looked like the gears were turning in his head), the audience and the choir will crack up with laughter. Thankfully we only have two more practices left before dress rehearsal and then the big day. It’s gonna be so much fun!

Oh and he also made a change to the “Charlie Brown Christmas” medley. We’re supposed to all shout “MERRY CHRISTMAS” at the end, but since we’re shouting stuff at the end of a few other songs, he didn’t want to overdo it. Someone in the Bass section was absent last night, and one of the guys was suggesting that they don’t tell that person we left that part out so that he’s embarrassed when he’s the only one shouting, “Merry Christmas”. We choir people can be wicked.

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Holiday Music!

Hey everyone! Happy Belated Thanksgiving! For those of you who celebrate, how did it go for all of you? I hope you ate only the best-tasting food and were able to fall asleep happily when the tryptophan kicked in!

Yesterday and a year ago, my mom was getting treated for pneumonia and I cooked the traditional feast. I’m thankful that my mom was able to join us this year in all her glory. :) I’m also thankful that my brother and his wife prepared the meal and all I had to bring was the appetizer. To be fair, though, I did quite well doing it on my own last year. Even my brother, who likes to dish out snarky jokes and sarcastic comments more than compliments, sincerely said that I did a really good job! Bonus! We all had a great time, though, this year.

Well it’s Friday, how about them apples? Time for another edition of “Friday5”. Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to focus on the merry holidays.

What’s your favorite holiday album?
– I don’t think I have a specific holiday album in mind, but I do look forward to getting our choir’s concert CD in the mail. Rehearsing and performing in our choir concerts do put me in the spirit.

What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
– “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Silver Bells” and “O Holy Night”

What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the not-so-positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
– “Silent Night” – for some reason that song depresses both me and my mom. There’s also the parody of “12 Days of Christmas, called: “The 12 Pains of Christmas”, and that serves up lots of the not-so-positive aspects, including; five months of bills and hangovers.

What’s your favorite song about a non-December holiday?
– I learned a song awhile back in choir called “Lord of the Dance”. It was for one of our Spring concerts, and most of it was very cheerful. Aside from that and the song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, I draw a blank when it comes to non–December holiday songs!

What holiday song makes you want to cover your ears and flee?
– “Jingle Bells”

 

“Don’t Forget the Cinnamon”

I only have one Cackler story to share tonight, because I tried to block her out of my thoughts for the majority of our practice.

During Chamber choir practice, T told us to take out “How Far is it to Bethlehem” to practice. The Cackler asked, “How far do you want to go? *CACKLE*” Now that could’ve been an innocent joke, but it sounded cheeky to me. I think the people I’m working with have corrupted me. They’re a bad influence, I love it. :)

Later on during practice, she was directing a small group of us Sopranos because we weren’t singing the right note. I’m so….thankful…she was there for us.

We’re singing a song called “Fruitcake”. It’s a fun song about how to make fruitcake. One line is, “Cinnamon, cinnamon, don’t forget the cinnamon. Cloves and spice will make it nice, but don’t forget the cinnamon.” That line was stuck in my head for the majority of last week. To make it worse, I was pouring myself a cup of coffee before I started my shift last Thursday, and one of the instructors was preparing his breakfast. He toasted some bagels and then sprinkled cinnamon on top. The construction foreman said, “That smells good…oh it’s cinnamon!” Then of course that launched me right back into, “Cinnamon, cinnamon, don’t forget the cinnamon.” Argh! It’ll be a good song, though.

Figuratively Speaking…

Hi there! Here’s the “Friday 5” meme that I just finished on Sunday! It didn’t take me all weekend to do this, but I did forget about the weekly meme until today. Anyway, here are my answers.

Do you prefer to be in the driver’s seat or in the co-pilot’s chair, literally and figuratively?
– Figuratively, that really depends on the situation. I don’t like it when people plan what I’m going to do during my weekend or during a vacation. If I’m training someone at work, I kind of like to be in the driver’s seat, too.

Literally, although I love being independent and being able to drive whenever I feel like it, I love it when someone else does the driving. I can relax more and I don’t feel as stressed out.

Do you have a lot of baggage, literally and figuratively?
– Both literally and figuratively, I don’t have as much baggage as I used to have. The figurative baggage is very light.

How much junk have you got in the trunk, literally and figuratively?
– I honestly don’t know what I’m gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside my trunk, besides get, get, get you drunk.

At celebrations where people are drinking, are you more likely to be literally or figuratively drunk as a skunk?
– The last time I had too much to drink around people was during a Pure Romance party (like a “Pampered Chef” party, only….different) years ago. After that, I decided to drink light if not at all.

What’s something you enjoy that’s literally cheesy, and what’s something you enjoy that’s figuratively cheesy?

– Literally cheesy: Fondue, toasted cheese sandwiches, Doritos and Triscuits with montereyjack cheese melted on top.

Figuratively cheesy: I like some movies that are cheesy and stupid!

Cacklin’ Oats Crunch

I haven’t posted anything about the Cackler in awhile! She was in rare form tonight, I don’t know how many cups of coffee she had before attending choir tonight, but yeesh.

It started off with her being a bit of a smart ass with me. I pulled into the parking lot at the same time she did, but I didn’t realize it was her in the car. When we got out, she greeted me.

Cackler: “HI!”
Me: “Hey, how are you?”
Cackler: “It’s just me!”
Me: “C’s not here?” (My friend C is in the same two choirs and usually comes with the Cackler because she doesn’t drive)
Cackler: “Uh, no. Hence the reason I said ‘It’s just me.” *cackle*
Me (trying to shake off some rising irritation): Oh, I thought maybe her parents drive her here sometimes.
Cackler: “Nope, I drive!”

A quote from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” popped into my head that I wish I had said to her: “Yeah, you drive. You drive me crazy!”

Anyway, we went into the church where we were greeted by our director’s parents and some others. Someone else was using the church for a few more minutes so we couldn’t go in yet. I knew why the director’s parents were there, he wanted to do sectionals this time. The parents would direct one part of the choir while the director would help the other part. He announced this would happen during last week’s rehearsal so I wasn’t shocked to see them there.

The Cackler looked at them and said in her loud, special voice, “Let me guess – we’re doing sectionals tonight! *CACKLE*” The parents, who think she’s hilarious, laughed and confirmed.

The fun didn’t stop there. During both choir rehearsals, she brought attention to several parts we still “didn’t get”, threw her head back and cackled everytime our director changed his mind about what he wanted us to practice, and made lame jokes that didn’t get as much laughter as she would’ve liked.

In Chamber choir, we sing a song called “Hodie Christus Natus Est”, and our director’s dad didn’t want us to pronounce “hodie” like “hoe-dee-ay”. The Cackler announced, “That sounds like a hillbilly in Canada! – Hodie, eh?” People chuckled, but not enough, so she tried it a few more times without any luck.

When choir was over for the week, I got out of there quickly and didn’t have to walk with her on the way to our cars. I would’ve preferred to walk with Freddy Kruegar. He tells better jokes.

Down with the Sickness

It’s “Friday5” time! I hope you’re chillin’ rather than illin’ so that you can participate in this meme. Okay, I’m done. Have an awesome weekend!

When you’re sick in bed, do you prefer to be left alone or to be taken care of?
– Preferably I like to be checked on, but I’d rather be alone so that I can sleep and recuperate at my own pace.

How difficult or cooperative are you as a patient?
– I’m pretty cooperative, I don’t like to be a diva. If I didn’t have a grip on myself, I would apologize for not healing faster.

It’s just a really bad cold so all you can do is ride it out. What are your strategies?
– A day or two off from work, lots of Coricidin D, orange juice and tea, and lounging on the couch while watching TV. Sometimes I feel even better if I change from my PJs to my regular clothes and take a hot shower if I’m feeling motivated enough during that time. The last time I got the flu and started to feel better, I was struck by a sudden need to clean the apartment. It felt great!

How ill do you have to feel in order to shut it down for the day?
– Very ill, and the last time I felt that way I actually left work early. That just doesn’t happen.

Waves of nausea are washing over you and through you. Do you fight them off, or do you just throw up to get it over with?
– I try to fight them off, but if that’s not possible I like to have a bucket nearby. This is such charming conversation, isn’t it? :P