December 16th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Choir again

I finally made it back to choir--still with a wheezy sort of cough but much, much better than a few weeks ago, when I sounded like my lungs might just come all the way out in pieces.   Singing does interesting things to sinuses and lungs, so I had a few episodes of Le Cough which...but the details are disgusting and I leave them to your imagination.

Made it through the rehearsal, but was fairly wiped out by not only the rehearsal itself (David's rehearsals are never exactly restful) but the traffic-filled drive in and out, and the one errand I ran (picking up a Christmas present for a friend's kid.)   Shaky-tired by the time I got home.

But awake.    Possibly more awake than when I left for the city, as I managed to leave my music bag here at the house (discovered that partway to the city, when I reached for it--it lives between the front seats of the car--to get a cough drop.   And very good to make contact with choir friends again.   Only three of the many altos there tonight will be singing the 11:15 service Sunday; I'm one of them.  S-, N-, and I will do fine.   David said "It's going to be sort of like a chamber choir" and we looked at him.   "But very nice," he said.  Uh-huh.   So I'd better not trip over a rock or anything between now and then.  The voice is no worse than it usually is when I haven't had a lesson in over a month.  

Stopped for gas on the way home--remembered we were out of potatoes again, and also out of homemade chicken stock, so went into the grocery store and came out with the makings of stock (chickens, celery, more garlic, parsley--I have the carrots and onions already), the potatoes, and a gorgeous red bell pepper that somehow attached itself to my hand.    Must get to bed, and get stock started early in the morning.

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 12-15-2010

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Twitter has gone from asking me to try out the New Twitter to threatening that old Twitter is going to disappear "soon" (um...they can't give an actual date???)  and warning me that I should switch.  

All I've heard about the new Twitters is negative.   Does anyone have tips on how to make the transition as painless as possible?   Personally, I see no reason to change Twitter--it's doing what I need now, and I know how to use it in its present form, and I don't need to spend time learning how to use a hammer with a head on both ends, so to speak, which is what new! improved! software so often seems to be.  ("Look! We gave you a claw hammer on this end and a ballpeen hammer on the other and then there's this angled bit in the middle that's a tack hammer...")  

But since nonsensical, useless, unwanted change seems to be the fashion in software development (yes, I'm speaking to anyone involved in same--and keep in mind, *I* was once involved in same, so you won't get anywhere trying to guilt me as a technophobe)  I know when I'm being herded into yet another Learning Experience.   And so:  if you've been there, done that, and survived without going insane...please help me out.

What matters to me is a) keeping my "following" list intact, b) keeping an appearance I can stand (I uploaded an image to tile as background behind the text space and will want the same, or another of mine, in the new form.)   c)  as clean and uncluttered a text space as possible.   d) the same basic page layout.