Monday’s usually don’t bother me much…unlike a lot of people, I have the option of whether to go to work or not. I regularly teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I’ve been distributing the “part-time” job duties throughout the rest of the week. Depending on what’s going on, I can easily work from home or not at all (which is a relative term since laundry washes itself for no one!). Today though – when the traditional students are on Easter break, one of my own kids is on Easter break? I’m sitting at my desk trying (and failing since I’m blogging 😉 ) to reconcile a dispute where I seem to be the only party involved actually at work today. GRRR.
Double Grumble Monday – especially since Easter Sunday was pretty good. It started out a little rocky. We have a new minister whom I really like a lot, but he is a little…um…freeform (?) when it comes to the order of service. This often serves to discombobulate people – in this case Showbiz Kid who had volunteered to read liturgy and,grudgingly, to sing. He’s usually a pretty cool customer when it comes to performance wrinkles, but following the debacle of Sheet Music Saturday (e-music downloads are kind of dicey if one can only see the first page of the music) he was a little edgy. Then pastor switched up the service which made him even more edgy…then someone else used the wireless mike, after which it switched to standby resulting in it not being on at all when ShowBiz stepped up to sing. He didn’t notice immediately…his accompanist couldn’t hear him…they were out of sync…he was not happy. People still approached him with compliments. God bless my home church congregation 1. By and large they don’t notice or don’t care about imperfection and 2. They love my kid.
Here’s a track where he’s not out of sync with his accompanist:
All in all, it was a great service and we had a hilarious chat with our super quirky organist who I love dearly – he’s moving to Austin, TX soon and I’m going to miss him horribly. Following the service, ShowBiz and I (MiniMe hitched a ride with my mom and sister) ran home to finish the last thing I left undone Saturday – my salad contribution to the Easter Brunch spread. The tradition in my family is that the host provides the house and the meat…the guests fill out the buffet table. Good food made by good cooks is something of a tradition in my family – part of our culture even, so there is never a lack of it…to the contrary usually. Yesterday witnessed a pretty usual spread of ham, potato pancakes, homemade mac & cheese and a great variety of salads. Even my picky eater (he’s well known for only eating bread at these things) found a plateful of food. As we were switching over to the dessert course, my cousins and I were laughingly wondering if there isn’t some pathology at work here:
ShowBiz and I found our way home for naptime by around 4pm…MiniMe stayed a little longer to play. I like early holiday parties…there’s the possibility of doing something else in the late afternoon and evening – even if the something else is napping and watching TV (anyone else tune in to The Ten Commandments?).
I should have just left well enough alone, but since I’m running several online classes who’s new course week started at 00:00 hours today, I popped into my campus mail to make sure no one was looking for me. Bad idea. I happened across an email that has kept me annoyed for going on 12 hours now – more so because the subject is at an impasse until another party weighs in. I HATE not being able to resolve issues, and this one has been hanging for the better part of a week now without movement toward resolution as we approach midway through Monday CST. Grumble.
On the plus side….large lattes are only $1 today at my local coffee shop!!
Here’s to a less grumblesome (if caffeine saturated) Monday for all Armitageworld!
WOW! Showbiz is aptly nicknamed. He has a great voice! And this song was so poignant. Is it from a musical? I’m not familiar with it. But I loved it! Thanks for sharing. And it sounds like your Easter weekend was fun filled and food filled.
But I’m sorry to hear about the Monday work thing with the email you alluded to. That is the pits when that happens. I feel for you. Mondays should just come with automatic “do overs”.
Thanks Grati…that was him, coming off a week of the flu, to qualify that piece (and a few more) for the state Vocal Solo and Ensemble festival at the end of this month. It is from the musical Ragtime ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragtime_%28musical%29)
Ah…the work thing…not a peep from anyone all day. I’ve determined that it’s not my issue to worry about as it needs to move up the food chain anyway 🙂
Thanks for the Ragtime song link!
That is really a beautiful song! a bit of stress won’t do him harm 😉 Mishaps like that are very common so it’s good to experience them.. from time to time 😉
The food looks yum!! I am very intrigued (read = i am salivating) by the carrot cake with dulce de leche inserts and anything with cherries is just the food of gods.
Sorry you had work coming at you brrr, But hey at bank holiday i think everyone is entitled to stay away from their emails without a guilty conscience.
Hope you got some cake to take away to help manage those stressful emails 😉
The beauty of the song even managed to stand up to being recorded on my phone! I am constantly impressed by his increasing aplomb as a performer…this was a judged event and he had been sick the week leading up to it so had missed all of the rehearsal opportunities with his assigned accompanist. So, in addition to the lingering head cold issues, he had also never sung this with this particular accompanist…generally went off without a hitch. The judge’s biggest comment was that he should wave his arms around more to add an element of blocking to this musical theatre selection. (they always seem surprised to learn how young he actually is…so do the bartenders who keep trying to sell him drinks 😉 )
My sister made the carrot cake – I’ll get you the recipe. The cherry torte is my grandmother’s recipe, so it’s not only oh so good, but it also evokes the sweetest memories!
Stressful email? Yeah, still no resolution…I’ll let the higher ups hash it out. (I’m running a personal pool laying odds how it will turn out)
Wow he should be really proud really well done! And I’d love the recipe ❤ thank you! As long as the email doesn't bother you it's ok 🙂
Wow! Amazing kid you’ve got There!