Wait, Me???

Wow! You know those things you’ve heard about and even thought about, but never ever thought would happen to you? Well it did. And it was a good thing! I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award!! Basically, this award was created to give credit to the normal little blogging peeps (and, yes, I did just use that word) like you and me who normally get overlooked. I think it’s a fabulous idea! Once you’ve been given the award you pass it on to other bloggers (up to 15), so, theoretically, given enough time, every blogger in the world could be awarded! Now, if you’re like me, you realize that if everybody gets the award that no longer makes any one person who receives it any more special or important than anyone else. But what the award does do is show you that at least 1 person reads what you write and enjoys it. And to a blogger with any size readership, the knowledge that what you write is appreciated is priceless.

So first of all, I’d like to thank the Risible Rambler for giving me this award (http://therisiblerambler.wordpress.com/).

Second, here are several blogs I enjoy that I hope you will too:

http://jeynagrace.wordpress.com/

http://totusmel.blogspot.com/

http://thetwentiesproject.com/

http://krystledawnetats.blogspot.com/

http://feodoraslane.wordpress.com/

http://blog.ivman.com/

 

And the third instruction given along with the award is to share 7 facts about yourself. So here we go:

  1. My favourite books are The Lord of the Rings, The Children of Hurin (both by J.R.R. Tolkien), and Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë).
  2. While my favourite genres of music are Opera and its closely related fellow, art song, I enjoy Broadway way too much for my own good. 😉
  3. Some of my favourite movies of all time are The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and Ian McKellen, and The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Russell Means.
  4. I’ve already shared with you my passion for tatting, but really, I’m just an artsy type of person that enjoys a zillion-and-one crafts including painting, macramé, and beading.
  5. My favourite era of musical composition is early Romantic – with Franz Schubert and Gaetano Donizetti at the top of the list.
  6. My favourite Soprano of all time is Maria Callas. She lived in the mid-1900s and almost single-handedly transformed the world of opera as we knew it by realizing the importance of acting as well as singing. My favourite living Sopranos are Renee Fleming and Inessa Galante.
  7. I adore music theory – strange, I know, but true. Modern music especially has a fond place in my heart.

Once Upon a Time…

As you may have already guessed, one of the things I enjoy doing is writing. Whether it’s a simple blog post or a short story or attempting a novel, I delight in the written word. So I had an epiphany the other day while reading another blog: why not share my short stories with you too?? So here is the first of several of my stories. I don’t know about you, but a little humor always seems to brighten up my day.

 

20 Minutes

 

20 minutes. I had 20 minutes to be at work! I had woken up just a few short moments ago.  I rolled over in bed. It was a lovely day outside – the sun was shining, the birds were singing, everything was perfect. Until I looked at my alarm clock.

7:40 blinked the red fluorescent numbers.

“7:40!” I cried. “No, it can’t be 7:40!” What had happened? I knew I had set my alarm the night before for 7:00 – time enough for a leisurely breakfast. What could’ve gone wrong? Why didn’t the alarm go off?

All of these thoughts and more raced through my head as I threw myself out of bed, showered, and dressed in 10 minutes flat. I flung myself down the stairs and into the small kitchen. I grabbed a granola bar in my haste (after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day), slipped my shoes on, and got in my car. That’s when I realized that I hadn’t thought to grab my car keys.

Grumbling to myself about stupid alarm clock manufacturers I rushed back inside to get the keys. Of course, the car took forever to start, and traffic was bad.  “What else could go wrong?” I wondered aloud.

Finally I was in sight of my workplace. Just in time, too. It was 7:59. I parked my car in the only available parking spot – which was, of course, inconveniently located at the farthest end of the parking lot – and sprinted up to the door.

My boss was going to kill me for being late again! I straightened my clothes and opened the door.

“Sorry I’m late,” I started.

My boss gave me a strange look.

And that was when I realized that today was my day off.

On the First Day of…School??

Well, the dreaded first day of the new semester is over. Hallelujah! I’m going to have to admit that from the outset this looks like one of the most challenging semesters I’ve ever embarked on. I’m taking 18 credit hours, working close to 10 hours a week, practicing 2 instruments, and singing in the Opera Chorus.  I’m going to die. And if by some miracle I live to see the close of this semester and 2 more, I will be given a piece of paper saying I’ve graduated. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. But then I think about the future, I dream of  being a part of the glorious world of music and opera, and I know it’s worth it in the end. And, you know, the journey, while hard at times, is totally worth it all. 🙂

Wait, what?

Well, I’ve flown thousands of miles across the heart of the USA, I’ve done most of my unpacking, I’ve fixed my schedule for the coming semester, I’ve spent an obscene amount of money on textbooks, I’ve spent time with random friends and roommates.

Yep. I guess the semester really is here…. Can I go home now?

Have I mentioned just how much I love tatting? It has become an obsession with me (as I mentioned a few posts ago). At the moment I am working on a snowflake that should come out to between 4 and 6 inches. It’s quite pretty and since it’s a new pattern that I’m trying, I’m thoroughly enjoying breaking up the monotony of the old patterns. The only sad thing is that I don’t think I’ll be able to bring my tatting shuttle with me on the plane when I fly back to school on Tuesday. This is tragically sad. But maybe I can prepare another project to work on during the flight. 🙂

In other news, my story is now up to 14,500 words!! I don’t have it all up at the moment, but you can read most of it by clicking on the tab above named “Remember Me – a novel.” I would love to have some feedback and opinions on the story. Since the story is so dark (it tells about the Holocaust), I’m working extra hard to keep some light in there. Because no matter how dark it gets, one can always find something to be glad about.