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Sunday, January 31st, 2010
10:17 am
RIP, J.D. Salinger
So, I found this assignment when cleaning up my papers and files, and decided to keep it. I'm posting it as my little tribute to Salinger. I remember reading it aloud and all my classmates were dismayed at my profanity... my, how things have changed. ;)

Book Review of Catcher in the Rye
Amy Verner
(ca. 1993)

   There’s this book you really gotta read. It’s called Catcher in the Rye. It’s not like some of those other crumby books you’ll find. This book really tells it like it is; it’s not phony like all those damn books lined up on the shelves in the bookstore collecting dust. There aren’t any lousy parts in this book, and all the characters in it are believable, I swear to God. When I first read this book, it knocked me out. I mean, it really killed me. If my parents found out that I read this book, hell, they’d have two hernias.
   This book is really great and all. So when I finished it, I decided to give old Alan a buzz. He’s this crazy guy I met a couple of years ago at school. But I couldn’t do it. I just sat there by the goddam phone for twenty crumby minutes, I swear to God. I don’t know why I didn’t just pick up the damn phone. I mean, Alan’s not phony like some of those other lousy guys at school. He’s a great guy, really. He kills me. Like the time at school he took this boy’s underwear—all of his goddam underwear—and threw it out the crumby window. Well, old Alan nearly got kicked out of the lousy school for that. I swear to God he was crazy, but hew as nice as hell, and he wasn’t so damn phony as all the other guys.
   So, I decided not to give old Alan a buzz. Instead, I sat down and wrote this. I wanted everyone to know that not all the books in the world are phony and crumby. This book will knock you out, I swear to God.
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
12:08 pm
Annual summer post
Now that I have more time, it's time for my annual summertime post to LiveJournal.

Last week was busy, I went down to Charlottesville for a conference for a couple days, worked on papers and readings for it (I did some extra work so I could get 3 credits!), worked on assignments for my other class, which was over Saturday, and worked at the church as Summer Music Intern.

Then, this weekend, Dave and I drove up to Wheeling, West Virginia, for a former co-worker's wedding. We actually stayed right across the border in St. Clairsville, Ohio, but the wedding and reception was in Wheeling. It was a Greek Orthodox wedding, so therefore also a Greek wedding. Most of the dancing consisted of a Greek band and Greek people dancing... not too much in terms of what you would call pop music. Oh, well. It was also probably the largest wedding I've been to, with 350 people in attendance (so I'm told, it seemed like a lot).

This week involves a dentist appointment on Thursday, I think I'm getting my new crown. Very exciting. I also have to finish work for my 2 classes, for some reason some of the work is due after the class actually ends. Good for procrastinators, I guess!

Time to rustle up something for lunch...
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
4:16 pm
Everyone loves a root canal
So, today I was going to the endodontist (root canal specialist) at 11 AM for what I thought was a consultation. Turns out they just went ahead with the procedure! Surprise! I think my referral form from the dentist said to "evaluate", which is what they did, then decided to go ahead with the root canal. Joy!

They really aren't as bad as everyone says, especially since I had had one before, 3 years ago, I knew what to expect. Now maybe I will be able to get a matching gold tooth on my newly root canaled tooth.

The procedure was at 11 and he put some serious novocaine in the roof of my mouth--it's still numb! It's a good appetite suppressant, though, I haven't felt like eating very much all day. Hey, sounds like a new diet--the Root Canal Diet!

This is my Last Week of Freedom (TM) before I have to go back to school Monday. If I get really bored this week, I may go in for a little bit to get a head start on my room so I won't feel so behind when I have 25 meetings next week.

I have Becket again this week because Dave is in Seattle doing some work for Expedia. He is on to my plan of giving his pills to him with peanut butter, so I will have to come up with a new plan to outwit him. Dave suggests shoving the pills down his throat, but I would prefer something less violent and slobbery.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
5:28 pm
Viva Las Vegas
I got back Monday afternoon from Las Vegas, I went out and tagged along with Dave and co-workers who were there for a conference. The conference itself was at Caesar's Palace and later in the week, some sketchy old hotel further down the road, but we stayed at the Bellagio.

It was a very nice hotel, totally spotless, but the service was terrible. I literally saw a woman wiping down individual leaves on a fern in the hallway! Who is this woman and can she come to my house? But getting anything else was like pulling teeth. I mean, I would order an iced tea at the pool and 10-15 minutes later, it would show up. And it would cost $4. Did I mention the sunscreen I bought that was $24?!? I did take it back when I found that Dave had some in his bag... the ladies at the shop where I returned it made me give my name and address. How dare I return their overpriced sunscreen!

Anyway, it was cool to get to Vegas since I'd never been there. Jerry Seinfeld was performing, which he only does 4 nights a year, so we got to see him. Of course he was hilarious. We also saw a newish Cirque de Soleil show, Le Reve, which combined acrobatics, water, fire, a little nudity, and some other bizarre stuff... but it was also a really good show. I got to walk around a little and see some other casinos like the Aladdin, Bally's, Paris, the Luxor, Treasure Island, the Mirage, the Wynn, and Mandalay Bay.

I didn't really gamble, and no, I didn't get married. I did see a LOT of brides, though. Where else can you go to the pool and see 2 different wedding parties posing on the staircase nearby?

I'm still trying to get back on East Coast time... I slept until 11 yesterday and didn't go to sleep until 2 AM... and went out on a Taco Bell run at 11 PM. Who would have thought that the Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme would be so cheap and delicious?

Here's a picture of the group after seeing Le Reve:
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
11:52 am
A booty call?
So, yesterday, one of my girls comes up to me at recess and tells me that Mario told her, "Nice booty." I ask her if anyone else heard it, she says yes, I go over and verify it with another girl.

So, since we are doing the 1-2-3 magic version of discipline for the whole school (basically the kids have 3 chances, then they have timeout), he went to an "automatic 3" and sat out, which also entails a sort of unofficial referral to the office.

On the referral slip, I have to write their offense, and I was debating how to punctuate the phrase, "Nice booty." I wrote it with a period, but it probably was said with an exclamation mark.

Things they don't teach you in the School of Education...
Monday, August 1st, 2005
12:31 pm
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
11:04 am
Long overdue...
I realized I am due for a journal update. I didn't even post my traditional "first day of summer vacation" journal entry! Not too much exciting to report, but I'll see what I can come up with.

I have been working part-time at the church, filling in for my mom's music secretary, who resigned mid-June to move to Petersburg (lovely, lovely Petersburg) and her replacement started last week. So, for a few weeks, I was in charge of laying out and printing the bulletins and announcement insert for the church's 3 services, and some other random administrative tasks. I had no idea that the church printed 325 bulletins and 700 announcement inserts per week... but now I know AND know how it's done.

Other than that, I have been doing my typical summer stuff: sleeping, eating, watching some TV, shopping, running errands, playing on the internet(s). Margie, Kyle, and I went up to New York for a long weekend a couple weeks ago, and Margie and I saw Avenue Q, Rent, and Wicked. You should see Avenue Q and Wicked, definitely, if you have the time and money. Rent, not so much, it was hard to follow and a little... urban I guess. Margie did point out that it is a rock musical and that's why it is so loud and a little hard to understand the words. We rode the train to NYC, which worked out well, and going up, we sat on the quiet car, which meant no cell phones and no talking. On the way back, we rode the inquisitive two-year-old and intermittently crying baby car, which was a little louder. The train, I thought, stopped in DC and NYC, but silly me, there are stops along the way and people getting on and off at those stops! Who would want to go to Trenton, NJ or New Carrolton, MD? Apparently some people.

I watched Shall We Dance, and despite my general apprehension towards any movie "starring" Jennifer Lopez, it was actually good and I liked it a lot. True, it is about ballroom dancing and Richard Gere, but it was not too silly and I would recommend it.

Since it is now 11:12 AM and I haven't done anything yet today except eat breakfast, I am off to find something productive to do today.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
7:40 pm
College...
Well, I know I haven't updated in FOREVER, but at long last, I have found something worth posting. (And tomorrow, with any luck, will be a snow day, so you may hear from me then, too).

The much-discussed, long-lost...

Jefferson 218 Quote Board!!
(discovered by my dad in the closet of my old bedroom)

"I'm tired of looking at picture of naked teenage girls." --Todd Bruno
"This is golf year." --Kyle, in her sleep
"It's about puppies and retarded people--that can't be good." --Amy
"Wait a minute, I'm a badger cage!" --Amy (no idea on this one)
"Better to have stalked and lost than to never have stalked at all." --Kyle, probably referring to Amy's stalking
"Fish scares the hell out of me." --Shaq
"The mustard seed is the breadbox of Biblical times." --Amy
"Love!" --Margie
"The only thing that stops the flooding is the dikes." --Kyle
"Foetus and Butthead." --Kyle
"If I had that horn, I'd toot it." --Dana
"I don't know how to smoke crack." --Shaq
"Nancy Kerrigan is the Dan Quayle of ice skating." --Amy
"Watching movies is really fun 'cuz I just like them all." --Scott
"College is hard!" --Amy
"We don't subscribe to your bourgeois values about clean dishes." Kyle
"You can ask for all the seaports you want, you bastards, but I'm not going to give you any!" --Kyle, while playing SimCity
"I'm going to eat some tic-tacs and read about see-saws." --Margie
"Your mom." --Amy, every day
"That fish could kick my dog's ass!" --Adam Gurson
"You don't know about The Gentlemen [of the College]? Have you been in a hole?" --Donovan Maust
"If women threw their panties at you, you'd be cool, too." --Ashley Griffith, referring to Tom Jones
"Why would I want women's panties?" --Tim Honeycutt
"I think you could do it yourself or you could get someone to crank it for you." Kyle, referring to a hurdy-gurdy
"Doin' the Butt!" --Scott
"Barilla--Made in USA for American tastes"
"The piano sounded like a like when she lifted the pedal to make on the certain chords while other times using the pedal to lift all the pads to have the total harp effect." --Scott in his concert report, before editing by Amy. He is a native English speaker.

And finally, the ever-popular...
"Oh, look! I have a small box!" --Amy
Saturday, December 18th, 2004
2:49 pm
I am alive
Only three more days of school next week before break! Yay!

Today I played for the most bizarre wedding, ever. Well, probably not ever, but defintely up there.

Our church secretary, Jackie, emailed me about a week and a half ago asking if I'd play for this wedding. You'd think you'd get the music in order for your wedding before that, but what do I know? I emailed back and said, "Only if these people have their act together". Last year I played for a wedding where the pastor asked me what the order of the service would be and the bride was Muslim. So, I didn't want another of those. I should've known when she didn't answer my question outright and said, "They are supposed to get the order of the service to me soon". I got there for the rehearsal last night at 6 PM and no one was there except our Hispanic pastor, Carlos, who is a cool guy. The first thing he says to me is, "Oh, Amy, do you know the mess you've gotten into?" Great way to start the evening. Finally people started arriving, and milled around and talked until about 6:40. Then, they did a quickie rehearsal, we worked out the music and the timing, and then it was over. The bride or groom did not talk to me; however, the pastor conducting the ceremony (also the groom's father) did, and so did the guy who was introducing people as they came down the aisle, yes, during the ceremony, not at the reception. He even introduced the bride and her father, as if there was any question who the girl in the big, puffy white dress and veil was.

Today, the ceremony was at 12 noon. I show up at 11:30 and there is not a soul in the church. Carlos comes a few minutes later, and we sit in the narthex on a bench and trade funny wedding stories until about 12:30, when the bride arrives. I didn't go play any pre-service music as the guests were coming in, because I only have 20-25 min. of music and I would have run out if I had started at 11:45, as I would usually do. The wedding goes OK after that, everyone looks beautiful, of course, just like the Spanish channel. The ceremony lasted about 45 minutes, and was roughly translated by the best man. He just couldn't get the "For richer, for poorer" part translated correctly. I think he said, "In riches and in poorness" or something. I think it should've been "poverty", but that just doesn't seem right at a wedding.

The minister also introduced a couple who would sing two duets, and they did fine, at least they could sing, the woman a bit better than the man. The man singing the solo wore his jacket (like a windbreaker, I think) while he sang. The songs were both in Spanish, something about love, and people were crying, so I guess they were touching songs. Then, the pastor introduced all the family members, their names, and where they were from. Finally, he ended the ceremony and everyone processed out.

But it's over now, at least, and only took up 3 hours of my life. And I got $125. The groom's father made out my check to cash, and I was like, what do I do with this? I don't think I've ever had anyone do that before... anyway, I've had my dose of Hispanic culture for this week, at least.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
5:34 pm
Idea from Kyle
I haven't written in forever... but I couldn't resist Kyle's post:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal...
5. ...along with these instructions.

"Some of those people were known as Separatists, and other, whose mission was to 'purify' the English church, were known as Puritans".

From "Colonial America: 5 Short Plays for the Classroom With Background Information, Writing Prompts, and Creative Activities", by Marci Applebaum and Jeff Catanese

Obviously from the "background information part", not the "play" part.

Tonight is parent/teacher conference night. I have 9 conferences, and will head home at 9 PM. Tomorrow we have an 8 AM staff meeting. Donna is on some serious crack. She actually gets up at the crack of dawn to read stuff and get stuff done.

On the bright side, however, I got to leave school at 1 PM (early dismissal at 12:30) and go to Olive Garden with Mrs. Gable. We had lunch with questionable service and I'm not sure what language our server was speaking. Then I dropped her back at school and went to the gym. Then I watched Judge Judy and came back here!
Thursday, August 26th, 2004
11:01 am
Back to school!!
Isn't everyone excited?!? Doesn't my subject line make you want to rush to CVS/Staples/Office Depot and stock up on school supplies?

I went into school yesterday afternoon for about 3 hours, and managed to start to set up my classroom. The good thing about being in the same room with the same stuff is that you know where stuff goes. You don't have to think about, "Where do I put my birthday poster?", you just put it on the closet door. I do have a new, tall bookcase, though, which is causing me some problems. I have built-in everything in my room: cubbies, poster/map drawers, cabinets, computer station, sink, cabinet with tubs inside, etc., etc., so there is very little wall space free. If I put the bookcase perpendicular to the wall, there will be hiding space for little ones to scheme behind, so we can't be doing that. I'm sure I will figure it out, though, and it will probably involve getting rid of one of my file cabinets.

As of right now I have 28 charming students (oof!) and we have to each get one more student before September 30 for them to hire another teacher--a total of 144 students for the grade. Crazy!! Last year, we hovered around 28-29 students each (there are 5 teachers in 4th grade) so we were up to that number then, but if you don't have it by September 30, you can't hire a new person, apparently.

So today is my last day of vacation. :( Maybe I'll celebrate by going to the new Chick-fil-A on "this side" of Manassas. Incidentally, it's just down the street from school--this appears to be the new area for development in Manassas/Prince William County, with a Wal-Mart, a Shopper's, and a Glory Days Grill going in as well. Maybe we will be able to take advantage of these places on our Teacher Workdays, since we stand a chance of having them this year and not having them taken away due to snow.
Monday, July 19th, 2004
5:13 pm
My exciting day
I do have to confess that I didn't get up today until 10:30, which sounds like I am back in junior high again. However, it did make the day go by really fast. Also the episodes of "Starting Over" (really cheesy pseudo-reality TV show, on mid-day to suck all the stay-at-home moms in) did help to pass the time. Then, I was productive and hauled 4 GARBAGE BAGS' worth of clothes to the thrift shop. I had been taking them to the SERVE shop, which is across town (read: 15-20 minutes on Rt. 234), but there is a nice thrift store, Community Thrift, about .3 miles from my house, so I took it all there. This particular thrift store helps retarded people, and you can't go wrong with that. So my clothes have been donated. Also I dropped some items off at the dry cleaner's, whereupon I learned the total cost to dry-clean 3 sweaters, a pair of pants, and 3 dresses (regular dresses, not formals or anything) would amount to $41.75. Yikes! I gotta find me a Dryclean Depot!

Then I came home and vaccuumed, did the dishes, dusted, and generally straightened. Also I finished David Sedaris's (new?) book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. He surely seems to have a very bizarre life, without even trying.
Thursday, July 8th, 2004
12:30 pm
I haven't been up to much this week. I am dog-sitting for Margie and Steve while they are at another wedding (not their own, of course) in Colorado. I left Manassas at around 9:20 to get to Falls Church and found traffic on 66 and the Beltway at 9:45. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but really, people, let's get to work. I took Orson (their dog) out and then we hung around and he found some unauthorized things to chew on (tape and string).

Now I am in Reston, hanging out with another dog (Becket), but it's OK, I think he knew by sniffing that I had been with Orson. I stopped by Trader Joe's to get some lunch and bought a sesame chicken noodle bowl, but it was so nastily bland that I wrapped it up and didn't eat the rest. I had french bread pizza instead.

I was watching the Lehrer News Hour last night or the night before, and Bill Clinton was on (he's everywhere!! Don't you have enough money, Bill?! Do you really need to promote your 900-page book!?!) and say what you will about him, he's a smart, eloquent guy who had the following to say about as he called it, "the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush view":

"Here we are at the end of the Cold War. We are the only military superpower. We have no idea how long this is going to last, so we ought to get every bad guy we can and fix every problem we can, beginning with Saddam Hussein, not with Osama bin Laden, but with Saddam Hussein. And we ought to do it--if we have to do it on our own, because we're not an occupying power, we're not bad people. We've never tried to occupy anybody. Look at us in Iraq, we're turning it now over to the U.N. We want NATO now to come in, and that's what we ought to do, and because we need to fix every problem we can while we got the whip hand here.

My view is somewhat different. My view is there will be problems and bad people as long as the earth exists, and since we're moving into a completely interdependent global environment, we're better off building a world we'd like to live in when we're not the only military superpower. That is, we need to build a world of shared responsibility, shared benefits, and shared commitment to our common humanity.

Therefore, we should cooperate whenever we can, but reserve the right to act alone if that's what we have to do. And that's--it's a different emphasis and it leads us to different places, not just Iraq is in some ways not the best example. It's all these other things that I think have helped to alienate the world from us and that also trouble Senator Kerry."

Pretty interesting thoughts, and through the wonder of the Internet (invented by Al Gore) I was able to find the transcript in 3 clicks!
Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
11:16 am
Much excitement
So, yesterday I putzed around the house, reading (Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal), playing the piano, eating, watching TV, and met Diana at Logan's Roadhouse for dinner. We ate outside, I had shrimp and a salad, and Diana told me about her hideous day (a 2-hour commute! one way! and two employees out who were months behind on their caseloads!). Then, I met Margie at Jeanette's Bridal Boutique for her final fitting. It was all sorts of bridal goodness. She will look lovely in her gown, and her seamstress (Asian, of course), was hilarious. She told Margie she needed to watch more TV, that everything on TV was wedding or reality show. Then Marge and I went to Starbucks and talked more about wedding fun. I stopped by the movies on Mathis Ave. to see if I could catch Shrek 2, but alas, it was 7:50 and I had just missed the 7:25 show and didn't want to wait until 9:35 for the next one. I stopped by Peebles to see what the latest fashions for old ladies was (seriously, this must be where all the old ladies shop in Manassas) and finding nothing, headed home to read some more. Whee!

Today it's lunch in Reston with Dave, then a performance at the Lake Anne senior center with my Reston Chorale bunch (actually we have a name, The Candlelight Singers), and my drawing class at 7:30 PM. Tomorrow, visiting Mt. Vernon and dining at the Mt. Vernon Inn as payback for no A/C at Alyssa's wedding.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
5:52 pm
So I finished watching my video about spelling bees. It is indeed called Spellbound, and it was entertaining and not at all logorrheaic (the winning word in the competition was logorrhea). Like diarrhea, except with words and talking. Anywho, I would recommend it, if you like that sort of thing.

It has become very hot in my house. I think the brick absorbs heat all day and then gives it off between the hours of 4:30 and 7:30, which is when I become the hottest in the house. I have turned up the A/C to compensate.

What to have for dinner? I made a whole medium-size lasagna for lunch, since it required cooking for 80 minutes in the oven and I had 80 minutes to plan ahead and wait. I don't want that for dinner, too. There were Quizno's coupons in the Sunday coupons, so maybe I'll head over there.

I'm going to work some more on my drawer project. Now I have to put all the random things away, the things I decided to keep. I had come in here to put away the markers, rulers, and pens, and turned on the computer... my ADHD flaring up again.
2:58 pm
Everything but the kitchen sink
So today I decided to clean out my top dresser drawers. I have a classic Bassett/Broyhill dresser, with an attached mirror, 3 drawers, and 4 larger drawers under that. The top three drawers have always been reserved for, well, junk. I decided to go through it today and make better use of those drawers, since my clothes mostly sit in a pile on or beside my bed or in the hamper when they're clean. So, here's what I found, in no particular order: an electric razor, a cassette player, various foriegn currency (lire, pesos, kronar (I think from the Czech Republic)), school pictures of friends from middle school, angsty poetry from middle school, my high school ID from the '93-'94 school year (a good photo!! with really long hair!), a wedding program from a couple I don't know and a place I've never been--Kilmarnock, VA--anyone??, a mix tape of Kyle's made by someone for her to listen to on her way to college, stationery, lots of jewelery boxes, letters and cards, a squirt gun, really old credit cards, my AP scores, my final report card from high school, two pink sponge rollers, a ticket stub from Lollapalooza '95, and numerous other interesting items. I had to stop working because the dust got to me and made me sneeze too much.

I am going to have the interior of my car cleaned on Thursday morning at 8 AM. Yeeha. I told the guy on the phone that a bottle of red wine had broken in my trunk and gotten on the upholstery a while ago (over New Year's) and I heard a gasp over the phone. It sounds worse than it was! It mostly leaked down into the area where the spare is and out the bottom of the car. Really!

OK, I'm off to watch my video about spelling bees. I think it's called "Spellbound". I got a movie pass from Blockbuster that's like Netflix, good for one month, and I can have 2 movies out at a time. Yay!
Friday, June 18th, 2004
3:10 pm
Whee!!
I'm free for another year!!

School let out for the summer at 12:30 today. This morning, we watched Tarzan, went to lunch at 10:33 AM, signed yearbooks, and went outside. Then I cleaned up the last few things in my classroom, checked out with Donna, and was out the door by 1:45 PM. I celebrated by going to Burger King and getting a Whopper and onion rings. Mmm. Then I came home, read my new People magazine, and took a big nap.

Now I may run some errands. Or I may not. At any rate, expect exponentially more updates from me now.
Thursday, April 15th, 2004
2:06 pm
Back to school this week after nine days off... I pretty much agree with all that Kyle said, so just look at her entry if you want to know what I've been doing.

Today the kids were OK. They seemed to understand equivalent fractions better. We made some equivalent fractions and drew pictures to go with them. They were terrible yesterday, so hopefully since they were good today they'll be good tomorrow, too.

Sunday is Alyssa's shower. Whoo hoo. I am In Charge so no one is allowed to complain or be mean to other shower attendees, or they will have to go to Time Out. There. Also only one game, where Alyssa has to guess the answers to questions I've asked Greg in advance. The ladies at the shower have to guess how many she will get right, and the closest gets a lovely prize. Also I have to go get shower favors this afternoon, then I have a Chorale Board meeting at 7:30 tonight.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday because my back had been hurting for 6 days from sleeping on it wrong. Turns out I have a pinched nerve. Ouch! The treatment is prescription anti-inflammatory (Aleve, basically) and moist heat. Heh heh. I said moist.

Now I will finish my lesson plans for next week. They are almost there.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
3:55 pm
Today has been the longest day. I rehearsed with Kristina Schenck, at Manassas Park Middle School, this morning at 8:15. Luckily, the piece I have been having trouble with, that is impossibly fast, she said it was OK to just play chords or eighth notes instead of the sixteenth notes written. Yay.

Then I came to school and we had the writing test, which started at 9:30 and ended at 11:15 or so. This involved the children asking questions such as, "What's a wooden chest?" and "Do I have to write what it is asking me to write?"

Good times.
Monday, March 15th, 2004
7:37 pm
So tonight I brought the paper(s) in (OK, there were ONLY three) and found a lovely surprise: a sample of some new Lipton tomato with crouton soup. I looked at it and saw that the directions required adding "really hot water(but you probably knew that)" and dumping the hot water over the contents of the envelope. The directions had a smart-ass comment! How could I not try it?

So I boiled some water, and lo and behold, it was very tasty! More like a brothy tomato soup, but the croutons were crunchy!!! Even after staying in the soup a while!! What excitement!!

The hell that has been me being the box office for advance ticket sales for my Reston Chorale concert coming up Friday is nearly over. We have sold nearly 400 seats, out of a house of 800-1000 (no one has accurately told me, although I do have a seating chart so I could figure it out). The committee for this concert, which has a budget of $72,000, decided to make the 72 box seats at the venue available on a first-come, first-served basis, which is all well and good until the moment you get a paid order for a box seat and there aren't any left. Whoopsie. So you have to put the person's tickets in will call along with a refund. Which doesn't seem that bad... if I had to be told the tickets I wanted weren't there, at least getting some money back would make it better.

Today at school Alyssa brought me Subway, because I just could not bear to eat a nasty cheeseburger with mixed vegetables or popcorn chicken, which are neither juicy nor crunchy, and which I ate once when I wasn't feeling well, so now they will never be tasty to me. I seem to be developing an aversion to school lunches, which I have eaten for the past 4 years with relative ease.

After that, DeeAnn Lewis, the Drug Lady (tm) came to talk to the whole fourth grade (!) about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for (count 'em) 110 minutes!! During which time we could leave the room and go do whatever!! I actually went to the bathroom and graded about 7 sets of papers. Very exciting. I enjoyed the video about the Drug Monster, although I have seen it before.

That is all from my exciting life. Also I have been practicing "Laudate Pueri Dominum" by the lesser Haydn brother, Michael. He's kind of the Germanine Jackson of the Handel family. Seriously, it is a hella hard piece, although I am probably playing it too fast and making it harder. I have been using my new metronome, and playing at the right tempo, although when I get with Kristina, the director of the Manassas Park high school choir, she may take it slower. Or I may threaten to back out if she doesn't take it slower. If anyone asks you to play this song, beware!! It is very hard. I have practiced about 5 hours on it. It is 32 pages long. I just got it last Thursday.

Luckily, Margie's music is much easier. And I am taking Friday off to go accompany her 2 choirs for the same event. In between I have my Reston Chorale concert.

Time for dinner. I feel like an Uncle Ben's rice bowl.
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