Hey Look, a Blog!

Welcome, 2014! AKA: I started a blog in November and forgot about it for 5 months. My bad! Anyways… uh… Christmas happened since I last posted! And I think my family and friends have started to notice that I like Doctor Who, because these are some of the gifts I received this year:

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Yup, that no-joke happened. They know me so well! Oh, and I got a sewing machine, so I can finally do more with my cosplay (once I learn how to use it properly.)

I will be singing in the chorus of La Traviata for the second time, this time with Union Avenue Opera. This is my fourth production with the company, and I highly recommend coming to a show if you’re ever in the St. Louis area in July/August. I also have a few auditions lined up, including one for the the show (I kid you not) “Jerry Springer – The Opera”. I love trying new things! :-)

Which brings us to this weekend: St. Louis Wizard World! I have only been to two conventions, but since one of them was San Diego Comic Con 2013, it’s going to be difficult to top. It will be nice not to have to purchase a hotel room or flights. Plus the AMAZING guests: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Bruce Campbell, William Shatner, Sean Astin, Eliza Dushku, Adam West, Burt Ward… just to name a few. It’s gonna be LEGEN… wait for it… I hope you’re not lactose-intolerant, because the other word is DARY! Oh, and I’m cosplaying as Kaylee from Firefly and the 11th Doctor. I dressed as the latter at SDCC, but I’ve just put the finishing touches on my Kaylee costume (unfortunately I couldn’t find a jumpsuit… but I’m sure I will one day).

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I will do my best to post here more often! I will do my best to write about interesting topics, or at least share humorous pictures. I’ll end with this:

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Practice, Practice, Practice

I have had an exhilarating past few days! As a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, I traveled with the group to New York City to perform a concert version of the opera Peter Grimes (in honor of the centennial of the composer, Benjamin Britten’s birth). And I just have to say: We NAILED it! And I’m not just talking about the rave reviews; As the last notes of the opera faded away, I could feel that we had touched the audience. And that certainly showed when the audience gave us a standing ovation at least ten minutes long (here’s proof - this rarely happens in New York). I couldn’t help but cry. Mr. Britten would have been proud.

Here are the reviews:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “When it was over, there was an explosive reaction from the audience and cries of “Bravo!””

The New York Times: “The impressive chorus (Amy Kaiser, director) and the orchestra, which is sounding great these days under the dynamic Mr. Robertson, its music director, conveyed not just the seething emotions in this climax but also the hint of maniacal glee that runs through the music.”

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Feast of Music: “…what Robertson and his players brought to Carnegie last night was nothing short of extraordinary… The chorus, which plays such a central role in this opera, sang with searing intensity.”

Classical Voice North America: “Robertson led the forces of his St. Louis Symphony brilliantly, achieving utter clarity in a first-class, recording-ready performance of this translucent score.”

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St. Louis Beacon: “Friday night, at Carnegie Hall, David Robertson, the chorus of the symphony, a cast of young but glistening stars, brought down the house. Ten minutes of ovations! It was an occasion that deserves finest-hour description, and our appreciation. In recognition of our capabilities, our strengths and our deficiencies, we face our need to make our world and our region better and stand in awe of our strong place in the world of international artistic accomplishment.”

New York Classical Review: “The performance was beyond all superlatives.”

Classical Source: “The precision of the Chorus gave its contributions terrific impact…This was a triumphant evening that greatly honored Britten’s memory and legacy.”

WGXR: “Orchestra and chorus gave world-class performances, but with something extra.”

Super-Conductor Blog: “There was no better choice for this tale of an individual against the oppression of a community than the St. Louis Symphony, here under the baton of its music director David Robertson.”

And some more photos.

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It’s WHO Week!

Alright folks, we only have five days until the world premiere of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special! And while I’m pretty sad I have to watch it five hours late (I’ll be on a plane back from our Carnegie Hall performance), that doesn’t stop me from nerding out all week about it!

The Day of the Doctor clip that premiered during the Children in Need special

The Night of the Doctor mini episode

Behind the scenes of Day of the Doctor

And a list of everything important happening on your TV this week.

And just for fun: Dalek Space Invaders and the Google Doodle game!

LET’S DO THIS!

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One Billion Things We’re All Tired Of Hearing

In my last post, I mentioned that I tend to peruse Buzzfeed quite a bit. The lists are amusing, particularly the ones that remind me of my childhood. (OMG I TOTALLY HAD THAT POLLY POCKET THAT YOU COULD CHOKE ON THE PIECES! THE BEST EVAR!)

And then there are these lists: “24 Things Single People Are Tired Of Hearing”. Or “21 Things You’re Tired Of Hearing If You Didn’t Study Abroad”. Or “20 Things Every Twentysomething Is Tired Of Hearing”. I will read one of these posts, and then I have to immediately memorize the whole list to make sure I don’t piss someone off.  Or if I hear someone say one of the things on the lists, I’ll think that person is a total ass. ‘I can’t believe you called him “Kiddo”! Don’t you know that’s the number 13 of “19 Condescending Nicknames We’re All Tired Of Hearing“’? No one’s ever going to always say the right thing. What’s fine by me won’t be fine to someone else. Of course, there are some things that aren’t really fine to anyone. (I did have to talk with a six-year old student about how it’s inappropriate to ask someone if she’s pregnant.) We just like to complain.

Speaking of complaining: I recently came across an article from the Wall Street Journal entitled “OK, You’re a Runner. Get Over It”. This journalist (do I really have to call him that?) proceeds to bash runners – and not just the people who consistently run marathons, but anyone who wants to go outside and run. ‘Ha ha, free exercise… those suckers!’ He complains about the “26.2” bumper stickers, and the running magazines, and the running apparel stores, and the florescent tape runners wear – because god forbid they don’t want to get hit by cars.

All people want to do is complain. We love it. Because by complaining, we are the “better person” in our minds. ‘I don’t understand these Crossfit posts about WODs on my friend’s Facebook page. They’re stupid, because she’s bragging about exercise. I’m cool because I don’t do that.’ Everyone’s going to have an opinion, which they have every right to have. And they have every right to post said opinions. I’m sure I’ve posted my fair share of articles about “Five-billion Things Musicians Are Tired of Hearing” (but seriously people, “Phantom of the Opera” is NOT an opera!) But you know what? Who cares if someone puts a bumper sticker on their car, or posts about Crossfit constantly? Does that affect you in any way? Do you have to stop living your life because you’re SO MAD that someone is different from you? I feel almost obligated to say “Can’t we all just get along?”

I’m going to sing at Carnegie Hall next weekend. I think that’s pretty awesome. I will most likely post something on my Facebook wall. And at least one person will look at my post and think I’m obnoxious for bragging about my accomplishment. Well, hopefully they can “get over it”.

Do People Ever Know Everything?

Lists have become popular on the internet. Well, that’s okay, I like lists. Lists are organized, and I love organizing. Therefore, I constantly find myself on sites like Buzzfeed – as do most of the people on my Facebook friends list.

Someone recently posted an article entitled “23 Soul-Crushing Truths About Being 23“, and I decided, while I’m not 23 anyone, maybe I should check to see if these still apply to me. One of the entries really spoke to me: “You’re old enough to know everything, but too young to actually know anything.”

I remember thinking this when I got married at the age of 23. I felt too young to be doing something so “adult”, and I’m sure part of that is because my parents were married in their late 30′s. My parents were adults, and I had never seen them as anything but adults. But I’ve been married for 2 1/2 years, and I’m still trying to figure myself out. I guess I assumed once I hit adulthood, I would know everything there is to know. I’m a married lady, and a teacher! I should know everything EVER! And the kids I teach assume I know everything, because I’m an adult. So it’s this never-ending cycle of thinking adults know it all; becoming a teenager and thinking you know it all; and then becoming an adult, realizing you don’t know it all, and pretending to know it all to seem like a real adult. Does anyone really know it all?

So, that’s what I woke up thinking today. Here’s a video of my friend, Sara eating a banana (just because I’m an adult, doesn’t mean I have to grow up!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keU2Hp1lXCM

This is Only the Beginning

So I decided to start a blog today. Obviously.

Why would I do this? I am not the best writer, and I don’t have a particular topic in mind to write about. Because I love EVERYTHING! I love singing, opera, Doctor Who, cross-stitching, Sci-Fi books, musicals, making origami paper flowers, making jewelry, my husband (figured I should mention him at some point in here), baking, penguins, LGBTQ rights, playing Super Nintendo video games, sushi, Netflix, cleaning, Firefly, animals… the list goes on. And I’m sure other people have many different interests, and feel perfectly okay with that. But not me. I am an adult with A.D.D.; All of these things that I love (and more) are in my head at once, and it drives me crazy. Sometimes that’s a good thing.

My point is, this blog will not be just about opera, or parenting (well, dog-parenting), or baking, or nerdy goodness – well, maybe more nerdy goodness than anything else. This blog will have a little bit of everything. You will not agree with me on every single post (if you do, please let me know so we can become best friends 4-EVA)… I will probably not agree with me on every single post. I just want a place to empty my mind, and I thought my mind would be interesting enough to the internet public.

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I was the sexiest Stormtroooper this Halloween. This is a preview of what’s to come.