Archive for the ‘orchestra’ Tag

Fiddles on Fire Once Again

Today was all suck-it-up-and-forget-about-the-stinkin’-illness because YOUTH ORCHESTRA TIME IS HERE! That’s right. Remember the area-wide strings orchestra Catholic Girlie performed in last year? Well, she auditioned for another more advanced group last spring and was selected, sending us off and running to more rehearsals again this year.

Total ear candy all over again – gotta love that!

Ok, so giddiness took over just then. *cough* That’s what happens to a person blessed with musicians in the family – you just go completely silly about it. Or maybe the nasal spray is just messing with my head? Nah. This is serious talent, nasal spray or otherwise. Stay tuned for more music posts!

Someone Feed the Cat

First Saturdays of summer vacation should include sleeping in, right? Not at our house! Because more big things were meant to happen today, like Catholic Girlie’s orchestra performance at the local high school commencement downtown in the Omaha Civic Auditorium. And wow was it ever amazing! That girlie played her heart out throughout the graduation ceremony with pieces such as:

  • Stand by Me
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • Sinfonia in D
  • Lullaby
  • ‘California Girls’ & ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ by Beach Boys
  • The Muppet Medley
  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Star Spangled Banner

While I absolutely loved listening to CG play her cello (as the only 7th grade cellist by personal invitation from the high school orchestra director, by the way!), the personal kicker for me was the fact that she performed in the exact same arena where I experienced my own college graduation ceremony from Creighton University. Talk about holding back the tears! I had to keep reminding myself that it’s just not right to have an emotional breakdown while attending someone else’s graduation seated amongst hundreds of people, at least not for me anyway. I pictured myself getting all weepy and having people point and stare at the crazy lady sitting in the arena brandishing a camera, recording the orchestra. Not a pretty picture.

Anyway, the day could get no better… or so I thought before having lunch with the Catholic Family at Subway where the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies were melt-in-your-mouth-delectable. Then the CK’s and I changed clothes and headed over to the pool per Catholic Son’s constant nagging/begging, and I chlorinated those people up good enough to stink up the pew during mass afterwards. I figured, hey, it’s summer and somebody’s got to do it. Why not us? Exactly.

And now, back at home it feels like we’ve been out of the house for a good week. Looks like it, too, with all of the heaping piles of stuff that need putting away. School backpacks still unpacked. Mail unopened. Newspapers unread. Dirty dishes in the sink and on the counter. Laundry overflowing all 3 hampers. The cat begging to be fed. Uh-oh… poor Smokie’s all neglected with our constant running. What kind of pet owners are we?!

All I know is that whoever coined the phrase ‘Lazy Days of Summer’ has a screw loose.