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    Friday, January 10th, 2031
    11:19 pm
    something i really wish i had been better about.
    i know that it must feel like i am writing about what i am singing all the time, but i was just going back through here, trying to recreate a couple of years worth of concerts, and there are holes and gaps. i wish i had always written about what piece we were working on--i really should make a concerted effort to go back and figure that out. it's only fifteen years worth of concerts--that shouldn't be too hard, right?

    anyway, we're working on stravinsky's symphony of psalms, which i apparently last sang with randi, in june, 2004--last concert we had with him. voices of light was the one we did in february, 2004.

    there are some extra concerts in there, too--the halloween ones, for example. anyway, i want to keep better track. i'm going to put together the bare bones here and come back to fill it in.
    annaoj, maybe you can help with some of thisCollapse )
    Friday, April 24th, 2015
    10:36 am
    for people who are bad at math?
    it always puzzles me when a commercial says that such and such can be had for less than a dollar a day. usually that means that it can be had for within five cents less than a dollar a day. $0.95 x 365 is $346.75. i almost never think that's a great bargain for whatever they're selling.
    Sunday, April 5th, 2015
    11:35 am
    the excitement never stops
    i found my pin cushion!

    (it's been missing for at least a year. considering where i found it, it must have fallen out of my sewing basket as i was transporting the thing from one place to another.)
    Monday, March 23rd, 2015
    9:30 am
    that's what she said
    that's more than three inches.

    (it's snowing outside and 2-3 inches was predicted, but i don't think anyone told the snow that.)
    Friday, March 6th, 2015
    3:13 pm
    for my own memory
    i always forget this. we've sung south african gospel songs in three languages so far: zulu, xhosa, and sotho.
    11:45 am
    pardon me?
    i just heard an advertisement for a new tv show that is about a psychic zombie who solves crimes. has a show ever jumped the shark during the pitch meeting?
    Sunday, March 1st, 2015
    8:00 pm
    what a week
    i'm behind on updating, but i need to pause to remark that this has been a really dreadful week if you are a chicago sports fan. three bad injuries to key members of three of the five major teams, and then today minnie minoso's death. as with ernie banks, i don't want to pretend that he meant more to me than he did--the chief thing that is affecting me is hearing how it is affecting people who did know him. hearing ozzie guillen talk about him teared me right up.

    me being me and the white sox being my team, i am most worried about chris sale's broken foot.
    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
    12:41 pm
    concert next week!
    When: Friday, March 6, 2015 7:00–8:30 p.m.
    Where: Logan Center, Performance Hall
    915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL
    Description: The refined voices of the Women’s Ensemble join the powerful University Chorus, comprised of 100 undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff members, and singers from the Hyde Park and University communities to perform
    Brahms’ "O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf" and other repertoire from various time periods.
    Cost: Free and open to the public

    the brahms is about six minutes long--other than that, it's one of our world music concerts with everything from south african gospel to a piece in swedish. i'm sure there's a theme, but mollie hasn't told us what it is yet. this will be MUCH shorter than last year's five choir extravaganza--just us and the women's ensemble.
    Sunday, January 25th, 2015
    1:01 pm
    ernie banks has died
    i'm surprised by how affected i am by this information, considering that i was not a cubs fan during the time that he was playing, and i have no particular memories involving him. the thing that's getting to me is listening to other people's stories about him--what kind of person he was. there has literally not been a single person with a bad thing to say about him. person after person describes some kindness, some encounter where they were made to feel engaged with a hall of fame player for a short time. it feels like the planet is a poorer place without him.
    Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
    12:12 am
    starry mountain singers
    the two guest singers that we had with us last week are from this group:


    i listened to their version of "bear creek" (which is a shapenote song from the denson book)--pretty nifty--i might even be able to learn the treble line if i listen often enough.
    Sunday, January 11th, 2015
    6:46 pm
    mostly for rhobike
    but actually, i'm sure a lot of you will enjoy this--she just came to mind, first:


    it's just what it looks like--a hanukkah parody set to taylor swift's "shake it off."
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
    11:23 am
    the definition of irony
    when you google to find out how to stop flash from crashing and the page that you get keeps crashing because of flash
    Monday, January 5th, 2015
    5:17 pm
    hobbit movie question
    there was a line in "the hobbit: battle of the five armies" that i recall noting at the time as being a complete...not anachronism, exactly, but it got a laugh because it referred to some other movie. i can't find it in the imdb quotes from the movie--did anyone else notice it enough to recall what i'm talking about?
    Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
    10:34 pm
    ready when you are, CB
    the subject line is something that i say, not infrequently, based on a joke that my parents told me to explain why they used to say it. (there are a lot of stock phrases in my family that are punchlines to very old jokes.) i went online and found a version of it--not the exact version that i heard from my folks, but close enough to give you all the idea:

    Cecil B. DeMille (1881 – 1959), the famous Hollywood film director and producer, is the subject of many legends. According to one famous story, DeMille once directed a film that required a huge, expensive battle scene. Filming on location in a California valley, the director set up multiple cameras to capture the action from every angle. It was a sequence that could only be done once. When DeMille yelled “Action!,” thousands of extras playing soldiers stormed across the field, firing their guns. Riders on horseback galloped over the hills. Cannons fired, pyrotechnic explosives were blown up, and battle towers loaded with soldiers came toppling down. The whole sequence went off perfectly. At the end of the scene, DeMille yelled “Cut!” He was then informed, to his horror, that three of the four cameras recording the battle sequence had failed. In Camera #1, the film had broken. Camera #2 had missed shooting the sequence when a dirt clod was kicked into the lens by a horse’s hoof. Camera #3 had been destroyed when a battle tower had fallen on it. DeMille was at his wit’s end when he suddenly remembered that he still had Camera #4, which he had placed along with a cameraman on a nearby hill to get a long shot of the battle sequence. DeMille grabbed his megaphone and called up to the cameraman, “Did you get all that?” The cameraman on the hill waved and shouted back, “Ready when you are, C.B.!”.

    here's the website from which i pulled that text, to give credit where credit is due:

    Saturday, December 13th, 2014
    2:02 pm
    three guesses what i am doing today
    does the english language have suffcient words to express how annoying the windows media player can be?
    Saturday, November 29th, 2014
    1:17 pm
    my new addiction
    fried pickles. oh my god, they are perfect--fried, salty, crunchy.

    buried in family, but poking my head in to wish everyone happy whatever they feel happy about--i hope it is many things for all of us!
    Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
    12:03 pm
    just to amuse myself--parallels in the worlds of martha wells
    so not that long ago, i did a reread of martha wells' the fall of ile-rien trilogy. i then read my brand new copy of her stories of the raksura book of novellas that just came out. which instantly made me want to reread her the cloud roads which is the first book in her raksura trilogy.

    having read all those books so close together made me notice a lot of similarities between the world she created for the syprians, which is one of the worlds with which the folks from ile-rien make contact in that trilogy, and the world of the raksura. naturally i can't recall all the ones i noted--i should have kept notes as i was reading but i was busy reading the books, themselves, but i thought i'd note down the ones that i recall, and next time i reread the books (and i seem to be rereading one or the other of them at least once a year), add to this list, if i come up with any more.

    1. the ruins in both worlds are described as being uncomfortable because they are for beings that are just a little taller than the current inhabitants/explorers--for example, the risers on the stairs are a little too tall.

    2. the sea-going folks dress with "just a twist of cloth around their waists." (i'm pretty sure it was the identical phrase in both cases, not that that's the most unusual turn of phrase, ever.)

    3. the main groups that we spend time with are matriarchal societies where males (at least for mating with the female queens in the case of the raksura) are basically owned by the females, deriving much of their power and influence through the females that they are mated with.

    4. the main groups that we spend time with are social beings who hate to sleep alone--it is common to sleep in the same bed with other folks even if you have no sexual or romantic relationship, and folks assume that you will want the company.

    5. there is some monogamy, especially for those males mated to powerful females, but it is not the default, especially for females.

    let me also say that there are LOTS of differences--the world and society of the raksura are not at all a recycled version of the syprians. but those are the parallels that i recall so far. if any of you have read both sets of books, i'd welcome your additions!
    Friday, November 21st, 2014
    12:46 pm
    well now i know
    there is a big difference between cocktail peanuts and dry-roasted peanuts. for one thing, i didn't really know the former existed.
    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    10:47 am
    when did it become okay to use "disinterested" when the word you want is "uninterested?"
    Thursday, November 13th, 2014
    10:14 am
    i'm losing my edge
    there is a smattering of snow on the tops of roofs and on the grass and already i can't bear the thought of winter. i think that last year wore out my winter tolerance (and i assure you, i used to have a winter tolerance) for possibly the next decade.
    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    12:12 pm
    hi and welcome to "fix my recipe"
    i just got sent this recipe:

    Moussaka-Style Lasagna with Eggplant & Spinach
    Makes: 2 Servings
    Calories: About 700 Per Serving


    8 Ounces Ground Beef
    9 Ounces Oven-Ready Lasagna Noodles
    1 15-Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
    1 Cup Low-Fat Milk
    4 Ounces Baby Spinach
    1 Eggplant
    1 Orange
    1 Yellow Onion
    2 Tablespoons Golden Raisins
    2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
    2 Teaspoon Moussaka Spice Blend (Dried Greek Oregano, Ground Coriander, Sumac, Ground Cinnamon & Aleppo Pepper)
    ¼ Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

    1) Prepare the ingredients:

    Preheat the oven to 475°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stem off the eggplant; cut the eggplant into ¼-inch-thick slices. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the orange, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Cut off and discard the remaining peel and pith of the orange. Cut out the segments (or supremes) from between the membranes; place the supremes in a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes over the supremes. Peel and small dice the onion.

    2) Roast the eggplant:

    Place the eggplant slices on a sheet pan; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat and arrange in a single, even layer. Roast 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender and browned. Remove from the oven.

    3) Start the meat sauce:

    While the eggplant roasts, in a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the ground beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a bowl, leaving any drippings in the pot.

    4) Finish the meat sauce:

    Add the onion to the pot of drippings. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the spice blend and all but a pinch of the orange zest; cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes, raisins and cooked beef. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until reduced. Remove from heat; stir in the spinach and orange supremes and juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    5) Make the béchamel sauce:

    While the meat sauce simmers, in a separate, medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Whisk in the flour and remaining orange zest. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until golden brown and fragrant. Slowly whisk in the milk and ¼ cup of water until no lumps remain. Cook, whisking frequently, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.

    6) Assemble & bake the lasagna:

    Spread a thin layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of an ovenproof baking dish. Evenly distribute a layer of eggplant on top of the sauce. Top with a layer of lasagna noodles. Spread with a layer of béchamel sauce. Repeat layering until the dish is filled. Sprinkle with the feta cheese. Cover the lasagna with an oiled sheet of foil. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until hot. Remove the foil and bake 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

    so here is my question for all of you. to me, bechamel sauce adds an extra dollop of unneeded dairy. i think that without it i have lasagna with greek seasonings instead of italian seasonings--that i could just leave the bechamel out and sprinkle it with feta as recommended (so there would be a little dairy unless i got sheep's milk feta) and the recipe would still work. what say you? would it be too dry with only the meat sauce?
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    10:41 am
    i hope this doesn't spark an international incident!
    i have run out of dr. pepper! i forgot to bring some in this morning and i only had one can at the office.

    oh, the humanity!
    Sunday, September 28th, 2014
    5:30 pm
    "jane eyre" at lifeline theater
    lisa h. and i went to see this saturday night. since it's running through october 26th, and folks might be inspired to go to it, i'll make this a public post.

    first off, as with any adaptation, large chunks of the book had to be cut out in order to fit it into a reasonable evening of theater. which means that jane's childhood is told in a fairly brief series of flashbacks--most of that is cut and then implied. however, three ghosts from her past follow her around through much of the adult action--her cruel aunt, the abusive director of the school to which she is sent, and the little friend, helen, who dies. (not a spoiler in this context since helen is already dead when we meet her.) i am not sure that i liked the three ghosts constantly reminding us of the crappy childhood that jane had, not because i disagree that they influenced who she became, but because at a certain point they become distracting and i felt like we got the point.

    and that's about my only complaint. i've read "jane eyre" more than once, but not recently enough to tell you other bits that were left out or glossed over--it seems to me that they included everything that was essential. is there anyone who doesn't know the story? after a terrible childhood completely devoid of love, jane is fortunate enough to find a place as a governess to the ward of the mysterious mr. rochester. when she finally meets her employer, he is intrigued by the plain girl who speaks her mind and does not seem afraid of him, and she is intrigued by the man who treats her like a person with thoughts and ideas worth paying attention to. but there are secrets in the house that finally catch up with the two of them. of course, hijinx ensue.

    lifeline always makes interesting use of its small stage--slats are pushed in and out to create rooms and halls and interior and exterior spaces. the acting is all good--jane is not really plain, but she seldom is in plays and movies. the casting was colorblind--that is, people of different colors play people who are related to each other, and such. most of the cast plays more than one role. there are two child actors playing helen and adele (jane's pupil)--they did a very nice job, though i think the role of helen is particularly thankless in this production. most importantly, the chemistry between jane and mr. rochester is good. lisa and i really really enjoyed it, though of course now i want to reread the book.
    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
    12:24 pm
    i was at the jewel, yesterday
    jewel grocery store, that would be. the one with the huge kosher department, near where i live. along with every other jewish person in the county, as best i could tell.

    which is what reminded me to tell you: l'shana tovah!
    Monday, September 22nd, 2014
    5:56 pm
    dust and light by carol berg
    there is a huge problem with books that are really not standalone books. you don't want to recommend that people read them until the second half is published, but if there are no sales, then there might not be a release of the second half. and that's what's missing here, the second half. (i assume it's a duology, like the first two books that she wrote in this world were.)

    so i guess i'd recommend that you read flesh and spirit and breath and bone and if you like the world, buy dust and light and don't read it until the second book comes out. because this book ends on a huge cliff-hanger, with nothing resolved.

    people have complained about the main character--he didn't bother me--i got the hang of him fairly easily--more easily than the main character in the first duology, and i wound up caring a lot about what happened to him. lucian is a privileged member of the magician caste--a pureblood. his magic is art, but he is in a fairly low level position because he consorted with an ordinary--a person without magic, and got caught. before too much time, even this position is taken away from him--an enemy or enemies are trying to disgrace and maybe destroy him. he's trying to find out who and why--by the end of this book, he'll have a much better idea but that doesn't mean anything feels resolved.

    by the way, i hate the cliffhanger at the end of this book. i'm going to read the second one--i know that the author will extricate him or what's the point--i just hate it.

    this book takes place at the same time as the first duology, looking at another corner of some of the same events. you don't at all have to have read those other books--i don't think that anything referred to here will be confusing if you haven't read them. but i think it might have helped me to take lucian in stride.

    i usually put these reviews up on goodreads, as well, but i'm not going to do that yet because i honestly don't know how many stars to give it--it's not complete in itself and i really need to know how to feel about that cliffhanger's resolution. i know i like her writing and the world she's built, though.
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014
    3:21 pm
    _postern of fate_ by agatha christie
    i mostly don't review books that are on their third reread by me and were published decades ago, but the experience of reading this book was so tedious, that i feel compelled to say something so that i'll remember.

    i don't know why i didn't recall this book being this way, from reading it before. third reread might be an exaggeration--maybe i usually skip it when i reread christie? i know i've read it before because i remembered the hiding place of the key information. i had enjoyed rereading all the miss marple books, a while back, rather than rereading all of christie, and i thought a little mini reread of the tommy and tuppence books would be fun. the other four were fun indeed. _postern of fate_ is the last book she ever wrote, though not the last published. (she wrote the final poirot and the final marple books sometime, i think in the 1950s, instructing that they be held back, i guess? i can't verify this since i am writing this in a notepad file, having no access to the internet--my modem at home has died.) all i can say is, she was way off her stride, by this time. there is maybe 50 pages worth of plot (and that is being generous) thinly spread across however many pages in the book. the beginning is all right and then at least three times we get a cycle of one or the other of them meeting up with someone, that person referring back to one of their earlier cases (usually _N or M_) and asking if they are sleuthing in an official capacity and being told no, they are not, and then they are told that the person to whom they are speaking can't help them, really, but some other person might have a bit more information for them but except for the new name, we have learned nothing new at all. and since that new name will lead to this exact same sequence yet again, don't get too excited by it. or they go off with someone to hear old stories and the old stories that they hear are the exact same old stories that they have been hearing since the beginning of the book.

    what might be the highlight, when they find some missing information, is sort of wasted--they don't open the packet and we will never learn exactly what was in it. the final scene when everything is to be explained is vague with hinting about the sorts of people who have been implicated but we don't know anything about any of these people specifically. tommmy and tuppence might be satisfied at the end by what they learned, but your faithful reader was just glad that it was the last page--i can't tell you how many books i let interrupt me before i finished this and i think i only did finish it because i didn't remember the payoff--maybe i'll slap a post-it note to myself that there isn't one so that i can skip it, if i'm rereading tommy and tuppence again.
    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    9:25 am
    my brain moves in mysterious ways
    off and on, through the years, it has occurred to me that freddie mercury's singing (not his voice) reminded me of someone else. this morning, it finally came to me. there are things about the ways that he phrases things--sometiems pushes the tempo on a bunch of words in places only to ease up later, that remind me of bette midler.
    Sunday, July 13th, 2014
    4:39 pm
    germany wins!!!!!!`

    only really saw all the overtime, but i saw the goal!
    Monday, July 7th, 2014
    10:45 am
    "the qualms"
    went last night to see a play at steppenwolf and thought i might give it a bit of a boost (to the huge readership of this LJ ;-) ). mind you, i don't think it's for everyone, but read a bit to see if it might be for you.

    it's by bruce norris, who won a pulitzer and a tony for clybourne park, so we're in good hands as far as the writing. it takes place in the home of a couple who are hosting a regular gathering for swingers. a new couple has been invited. will they fit in and be accepted? will they be able to relax and join in? will anyone ever drink some of that cabernet?

    this play is full of humor, awkwardness, uncomfortableness, more humor, and cringing. it contains a LOT of profanity, no nudity, lots of talk about sex, sex acts, sexual politics, and penis sizes. it is guaranteed to have something that will offend you--it is almost certainly written to offend everyone at some point. but it is really funny--or at least i found it to be so.
    Monday, June 30th, 2014
    10:18 pm
    there's no other words for this
    the rain is lashing at the window. the thunder claps are so close together, they're overlapping.

    this is amazing. and a little scary.
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