Back to the salt mines…

I’m working on something really interesting for the blog, but alas, stupid duty calls (complete 2016-17 schedule to complete the 2016-17  budget, complete budget to do projections….$^~#@$^%@~!).  I’ll leave you with a link to my favorite Showbiz Kid performance from this weekend’s Solo and Ensemble Qualifying event.  (as always, forgive the not so stellar quality of the cell phone recording…)

O Lovely Peace from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus oratorio:

Performed by Showbiz Kid and partner (they are headed to the state event with this one)

%$@#! Monday….

monday

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:

BTW... caramel and dulce de leche are too different and I did not try all six. - I don't like Scotcheroos ;)

BTW… caramel and dulce de leche are too different and I did not try all six. – I don’t like Scotcheroos 😉

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!

I only have time for a quickie Richard Armitage…

What can I say?  I’m a total sucker for the naughty double entendre…and apparently I’m in familiar company…

 One of the greats.... Source

One of the greats….
Source

Life has been particularly jammed this week….prepping for ShowBiz’ Solo and Ensemble performances on Saturday (which required finding a Ragtime era costume) and Mini Me’s youth group outing on Saturday (which might require a dose of “Mother’s Little Helper”) has kept me jumping.  But that’s all par for the course.

It’s work that has really been the time and energy sucker.  Apparently, EVERYONE, in EVERY department has had their underpants on fire all week, which has resulted in my frequent state of

frequently accompanied by rocking in place...

often accompanied by rocking in place…

Fortunately, I’ve not been going it alone.  In fact, I’ve had some royal protection stationed at sentry:

Chibi Thorin has been perched on the keyboard to ward off encroachers.

Chibi Thorin has been perched on the keyboard to ward off trespassers.

I was feeling quite secure under his furrowed brows…until I relocated to my secondary office this morning that is.  Something seems to have caught Chibi Thorin’s eye…

It's a tough gig balancing on that "Arkenstone"

It’s a tough gig balancing on that “Arkenstone”

I think he might actually take an axe swing at me if I try to move him now  🙂

Happy Weekend Armitageworld!