Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Brain Dump

Once again, it's the time of year when... 
almost nothing happens.  

Well, I could be wrong.  I mean, if you're prone to envy our glamorous life you may want to look away while I tell the fascinating story of how I went to the grocery store today with only six items on my list and managed to forget one of them.  If that's not enough to make you swoon, I'll just go ahead and confess that I also swept and mopped the kitchen floor.  

To distract you from pining for a life as exciting and fulfilling as mine, I share with you this Friday Brain Dump.

1.  "People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."  Heard of Florence Foster Jenkins?  Probably not.  Our choir director introduced us to Lady Florence by including (on a practice CD he made for us) a recording of her singing (and I use the term loosely) Mozart's aria Queen of Night.

Apparently, having had some music lessons as a child, Florence dreamed of becoming an opera singer. Inexplicably (*ahem*), her parents declined to foot the bill for her to study in Europe.  Florence bided her time, and used her inheritance to fund her musical career.

Heaven knows she needed the money, lacking any actual musical ability.  Wikipedia tells her story neatly, but you really really need to experience her for yourself.

Allow me to introduce Florence.

You're welcome.  That was three minutes and fifty seconds you'll never get back ;D

2.  The phone is not ringing.  This means two things, besides a quiet house.  One, we haven't heard a thing yet about the job Kerry is applying for.  Two, no work has come in.  We continue to pray about the job.

3.  Nearly all the Christmas chocolate is gone.  Is it Valentine's Day yet?

4.  One more week and we'll be half-way through our school year.  This does not seem possible.  For some reason, the second half of the school year always feels much much longer than the first half.

5.  Snow.  The boys are all looking forward to a youth-group snow day tomorrow.  No snow here, but the mountains are just an hour or so away.

6.  Yes, we are Seahawk fans.  Without cable, we don't exactly follow their season closely, but when our local team is one game away from the Superbowl we do tend to sit up and pay attention.  That said...

7.  Finally, compliments of my brother...


sara said...

You mopped the floor! I am so jealous.

I lasted 30 into that ... music. Even with all your warnings I'm not sure I can forgive you.

The second half of the school year seems longer because February is the longest month of the year. Don't argue with me. But there will be chocolate so there's that.

Crystal in Lynden said...

I chose not to listen because I enjoyed this blog too much to ruin it. Your writing just makes me smile.

melanie said...

Wow. I thought, if Sara can do it, then I can too. Not very good logic.

Let's see. OH the NFL cartoon. *that* was good. :-)
{Go, Pack, go!} Meanwhile: Go, Seahawks!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

What!?! You aren't all DE-LIGHTED with Flo-Fo?

Poor dear. She really, truly believed she had talent. I sincerely hope that if I sounded like that someone would STOP ME.

dlefler said...

This time of year can sort of drag on - winter is so very long and the days are dark (at least, they are very dark where we live)!

Have you seen the Seahawk commercial with Derrick Coleman?

The Seahawks are our new favorite team. :D

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Love that ad! He's been getting a lot of press around here lately (due to the commercial), though he's kind of a minor player on the team.

I think it's really interesting, though, if you pay attention. In the shots where he's a young boy they do a good job with the sound in the background - very muted - like a HoH person hears.