Jul 23, 2008


I can't believe I can actually say this!! I have a church job. A weekly obligation where I will get paid to sing. I'm beyond thrilled. I have wanted to be a professional musician for as long as I can remember - this really is a dream come true. I'd think I imagined it all except that I have a choir section leader contract of employment sitting next to me for review and signature. Attached to it is the schedule.

Holy shit, this is for real. Excuse me while I go dance about the room some more.

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Jul 20, 2008

Katie's New Room

Ok, it's not so new anymore but, by the time I had time to take pictures of it, it was so messy that I wouldn't. We had to clean the house for the Christening however and I finally took some pictures.

Some brief history: when we started, the room had NO trim. Nothing around the windows, nothing around the doors, no mopboard, nothing around the closed. It was also panelled in that lovely paneling that screams 1970s rec room - you know the kind, came in big sheets, was dark with thick weird black lines down it? The paneling was also shot full of holes and, yes, I do mean shot as in BBs - lots and lots of BBs. We filled the holes and painted the paneling. We'd debated ripping it off but the idea of how bad the plaster and lathe behind it might be scared us out of that idea. Also, the radiator covers for the baseboard hotwater heat were all missing so we had to put those in too since the fin that covers the pipes is sharp (as I found out from personal experience!).

We lucked out - we didn't have to buy any of the furniture. I did buy some fabric to recover the cushions on the little rocker (which was mine as a child and had oh-so-70s upholstery!

You can't really see the stripes in the curtains here but the stripes we put on the walls match exactly - whee! (I recommend HIGHLY the Benjamin Moore paint, btw, they had paint chips that were about 6x8" big - so much easier to see the real color!)

Yes, we are still working on potty training (note the little potty) and, yes, I use a baby gate to keep her in her room - after that week where she had to go to the ER on Monday, then ruined my kitchen ceiling by flooding the upstairs bathroom on Friday, can you really blame me?

We also lucked out that Lowe's had the cut-to-size roller blinds in the right color. They claim these are offwhite. Yeah, well, they're pink. BUT, they're exactly the right shade of pink so I'm not complaining!

Just so's you know... when I went to check on her about a 1/2 hour ago? Her carpet is flipped over halfway through the room. The contents of the bins in the bookcase (diapers, socks, undies, etc.) are spread liberally throughout the room. She's pushed the bed up to the high boy to get into the top drawers. There are toys and books everywhere. And the potty is somehow in the middle of the room. I should probably take a picture of that too for her baby book but it depresses me too much!!

In other news, please send prayers and positive thoughts my way on Wednesday afternoon. I have an audition for a section leader position. No, this isn't the PPC but would be paid. I'm planning to sing O Thou That Tellest from the Messiah. Overdone? Yes. Could sing it in my sleep and even if the accompanist screws up? Check. Shows my voice well? Check. Unless my voice coach coaxes me into singing the Pergolesi piece we worked on last November, Handel it is.

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Jul 14, 2008

Through the Verticals of Trees, in a Small Suburban Town

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Jul 11, 2008

If you need me...

Well, so far today, my daughter has
  • peed her pants,
  • flooded the upstairs bathroom so thoroughly that my kitchen ceiling has a wet spot 5' long and 18" wide, and
  • dumped half a canister of formula on the upstairs bathroom floor (after I cleaned up all the water.
In addition,
  • my parents got on my case about my discipline of said child (I confined her to her room) and
  • my husband criticized how little I've gotten done today (mind you, I've made a tortellini salad, fed Evie *and* Katie twice, run a load of wash, and vacuumed all the floors downstairs).
And just to cap it off, when Katie peed her pants, she also got *both Pink Kitties wet. I go to put them in the wash, the washer's full with John's wet laundry. Ok, I'll put it the dryer. The dryer is full of John's laundry. Ok, I'll take it out, the top of the dryer is full of John's stuff and there is no freaking laundry basket. Meanwhile, Katie is yelling, the baby is crying...

So, if you need me? I'll be on a greyhound to St. Louis under an alias.

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Jul 7, 2008


Don't worry, everyone's fine.

We just had a little bit of a scare tonight. I got off the phone and it was strangely quiet in the house.

"Katie, where are you?"



thump thump thump of footsteps.

"I drinkin' medicine, Mommy!"

The child drank 3/4 of a bottle of children's ibuprofen that I thought was safely out of reach. Needless to say, I called 911 and we spent our evening in the ER of Connecticut Children's Medical Center. First time I've ever been in an ambulance. They took Mommy's pulse to show Katie the finger clippie thingie was nothing to be scared of... 115. Yeah, Mommy had a little adrenaline going. Just a wee bit.

I can't say enough about our town's first responders - they were there within probably 2 minutes of when I picked up the phone - or the children's hospital. They were very good either her and got us all packed up (because, of course, I was home alone with the kids - John was at a wake in New Haven) and in the ambulance quickly.

She showed no ill effects at all, thank God. And we're all home now several hours and much adrenaline later.

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