I hope I never lose my sense of wonder. If that makes me naive, then so be it.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

things that amuse me

I honestly can't recall how I stumbled across this website. I think I saw it referred to in the sidebar of or some similarly respectable news site while I was being a mature grownup and keeping up with the headlines.

And then I saw it - a collection of unintentionally funny headlines. And I now have a headache and tears running down my face from laughing.

Go read it. Now. And make sure you find the one about Filet Mignon.

Monday, 20 October 2008

making the world a safer place

I have now done my part to protect the world from an onslaught of clay pigeons. They may seem harmless enough, but have been known to form large mobs and harass innocent people and small dogs.

We had a dozen or so women from Sequoia here on Sunday afternoon for trap shooting (for those who don't know: a clay disc about 4 inches across - picture a small frisbee - is flung from a launcher out into a field, where you then try to hit it with a shotgun). After the guys had a go at it, I thought the gals should enjoy a day of it too. And since it seems that all women's church events since time immemorial have involved tea, it became a "Trap & Tea" - a few rounds of shooting in the field, followed by tea in china cups with lots of dainty finger foods, fine cheeses, and fancy cakes.

And in true church event tradition, "a good time was had by all".

Very fun, out of the ordinary, and a definite to-be-repeated.

I blanked on my first round (nerves?) but hit my stride in rounds two (4/5 hits) and three (3/5 hits). The highlight of round two was when the first clay came out, it broke on release, but I got the largest piece in my sights and shot it anyway. Good to redeem myself.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

step two

It's been a busy week, though you'd not know it to look at my blog or my house. We've had the pleasure of visits from parents from the east coast and Goaliemom up from waaay down south. Our days have been spent visiting, shooting (clays, not living things), eating, shopping, visiting, eating - it was Thanksgiving, after all. The highlight of the weekend for our own family was M's baptism in church on Sunday, a celebration of our little girl's life and her walk of faith.

Step two: tonight is a meeting with Tim the Producer, planning budget and timelines and going over song arrangements so that work on the CD can begin in earnest.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008


Legalese scares me. It makes my normally analytical and pretty sharp mind start to turn to some sort of gelatinous substance and the words start to sound like the grownups talking on Peanuts cartoons.

Whereas the party of the first class shall have rights including, but not limited to, voting as assigned by the officers for the purpose of carrying out, wrapping up, or completely confusing anyone involved, as per the pro rata quid pro quo latinification of things that really make you wonder if maybe you shouldn't have another cup of coffee first and oooh, look how the sun comes in the window there! *sigh* Whereas the party of the second class shall have rights limited to but not including habeas corpus veni vidi vici and can redeem this with 30 days written notice.

Yeah. Thank goodness for manager D, amazing accountant S (my bro!) and Mr. Lawyer Man.

Bottom line: we're making a music company that will be the entity that handles money for the CD.

And I was a good girl and read all the Articles of Doing Stuff So Very Officially (ok, that's my title for it. Bet you thought it was the real legal title) last night. I think legal documents would be vastly improved with diagrams. Or at least little stick figures that show what everybody's allowed to do. Or chocolate.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

there it is

It's not much, but it's a start.

Date was hugely fun last night, four couples all looking awfully good (all grey was a good thing for me. Definitely one to do again) and sharing a great meal with lots of laughs. The movie afterward I would have passed on, but going from the trailer it looked funny. I guess I just don't have the Coen Brothers' sense of humor. Ah well.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

the ordinary

I need to remember that the ordinary continues, even amidst the extraordinary.

That sounds deep. Perhaps it is.

But I find that my days of teaching the girls, of making our house a home and a haven, of doing the glamorous jobs like cleaning a chicken coop and hauling compost, will still need my attention. While my mind goes flitting off into ideas for songs, the laundry piles up if I don't keep on top of it. Granted, the laundry seems to pile up even when I am on top of it. But that's another story.

The demo sounds good but has me listening critically to my voice's tone (needs more consistency) and to my playing (need to get out of the lower end of the keyboard). All, I hope, leading to improvement. I am liking the flow of the songs and hearing them has confirmed that. The original giddy rush upon seeing the CDs has mellowed into careful listening and note-taking.

But for tonight - supper out with D, Seren and RSH, and two other couples for RSH's birthday. Planning to look hot in grey. We'll see; I may just end up looking like an extension of today's very overcast sky.