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Jan. 19th, 2010 10:10 pm
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small death
Favorite most recent flowershop card messages:
sympathy - "I miss you already."
holiday - "Sorry for being such a prick. Happy holidays from old St. Nick"
love - "It's been 6 months since an angel found me."
recovery - "When you gonna get up off your ass?"

My Sundays are now working at a plant nursery that grows everything organically. It's only seasonal, with the possibility of being employed permanent. My hopes are low that I'll get hired on because I'm a staunch pessimist and it is a dream job, to me, going home with dirt under my nails, learning about propagation, chill hours, soil content, paramagnetic rock. There is a butterfly garden, a labyrinth, two donkeys, some cats, chickens and goats. GOATS. That go maaaaaa. Did you know that pecan trees can have both male and female parts? Did you know peat moss has to age in a bog in New Zealand for 100 years?

Yesterday I was accepted into the city choir. I'm a contralto, the lowest of female voices. Aw yeah.
I have only done some community musical theater in my teens and took advanced choir in like, 8th grade, so I was surprised and excited that I made it through auditions.

We are big and beautiful. We sound together Gothic and omniscient and powerful. Our director is amazing and charismatic, calling to us enthusiastically. I would feel so godlike as a conductor, my every gesture a paint stroke of voices, deepening and fading at my fingertips. Can you imagine?
I'd forgotten how much I loved the experience, the acoustics, being part of such a colossal and profound voice. We are learning Cherubini's Requiem, and how Beethoven loved and owed much of his style to Cherubini.
Then on the way home from rehearsals I was singin my heart off, and a man who was staring at me while trying to make a turn hit the median and had to clomp over it. I was mortified for him.

Even working through the week without a day off I am derelict for the most part. I piece rent together from several paychecks. I am cooking every meal, perusing ingredients to make your own laundry detergent, consulting HillbillyHousewife.com for frugal ideas. I still have want issues, but I'm happy. I love my jobs. I am learning so much about flora and now busy with classical composers and Latin dirges. It's nice to be able to sing, especially when you're dirt poor.

Date: 2010-01-20 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phoenixsinking.livejournal.com
Then on the way home from rehearsals I was singin my heart off, and a man who was staring at me while trying to make a turn hit the median and had to clomp over it. I was mortified for him.

you're just too damn pretty

Date: 2010-01-20 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
no YOU!

my mouth was open like a damn hippo! he probly thought i was screaming. heeee.

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Date: 2010-01-20 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cowboyjesus.livejournal.com
Wow on that choir! That's a radical-looking background.

One of my LJ friends, "Lifes_Gifts" makes her own detergent because one of her sons has sensitive skin and allergies. You ought to ask her what she uses. I think she said it's cheaper too.

The only Latin choir stuff I've heard was one song on an album by The Chieftains, "Santiago". It had some really great 1 - 4 harmonic interval in it. I think the whole album was a tribute to the Galician monks who infused Spanish culture with Irish music back in the 800's AD.

Date: 2010-01-20 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i'm not sure where they are performing in that photo, but they have been to carnegie hall twice! i'm still in a bit of disbelief that i'm in it.

the cheiftans, aye? i vaguely remember singing Dona Nobis Pacem in middle school, which is about as familiar as i have become w Latin in choir. this is part of the song we are learning. glorious stuff.

and the detergent IS way cheaper. i did it before. we spend a huge percent of our money on the advertising and packaging of the product we purchase. it's ridiculous.
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Date: 2010-01-20 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
That job sounds perfect for you, I'm just thinking about what amazing and wonderfully written stories you will bring home for us after a work day! So, as I am selfish like that I'm crossing toes and fingers and eyes so that you'll get it. A butterfly garden...the mere word sounds sooo dreamy to me....

Date: 2010-01-20 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i hope i get it too, sweets.
there is a migration of monarchs in the spring, my trainer says the garden sings with hundreds of them. ooooh so many photos.

Date: 2010-01-20 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] primroseport.livejournal.com
Congrats on the choir!

Date: 2010-01-20 04:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-01-20 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] featherveins.livejournal.com
that plant nursery sounds a lot like heaven to me. you are amazing.

Date: 2010-01-20 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
it's a really lovely place. and everyone is vibrant and warm and kind.

Date: 2010-01-20 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clsisold.livejournal.com
Way to go!

Date: 2010-01-20 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
gracias mucho!

I've heard the angel sing.

Date: 2010-01-20 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flavorpacket.livejournal.com
It doesn't surprise me that dude lost control.

I am jealous of your choir. Mine is not so good. :/

wynonna judd my naomi judd

Date: 2010-01-20 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
you know that just means you got to come live in austin and join our choir.

Date: 2010-01-20 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] howard-cosell.livejournal.com
that sounds like a dream nursery -- a butterfly garden and all those animals?? yay!!! I hope you get hired permanently.

haha, that poor dude was probably experiencing a little cognitive dissonance from the contralto coming out of li'l you.

Date: 2010-01-20 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i really do too. but i don't know. there are a lot of people who want jobs there dancing down the aisles n shit with they jazz hands. we'll see. if anything, i am learning so much.

and i was singing tennessee ernie ford! on the part where it goes I OOOOWE mah soul to tha company stoooooo (very unsexily) and he was like WTF-BANG!!

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Date: 2010-01-20 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojodragonfly.livejournal.com
it's the job you always wanted! I hope they let you keep it.

Date: 2010-01-20 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
it really is. and thank you for the hope!

Date: 2010-01-20 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] disorganization.livejournal.com
new job, choir rehearsals -- damn girl, I wanna come visit you like NOW and just marinate in the positive vibes. Austin sounds like paradise. YOU ARE AWESOME
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Date: 2010-01-20 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i'ma a busy little bee.

meeting you is on my lj to do list. yr my personal celebrity.
get yr butt down here!

oooooh, goats. GOATS!

Date: 2010-01-20 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simpletwice.livejournal.com
"It's been 6 months since an angel found me." ALERT. ALERT. Sappiness levels rising! He's adding flowers! The situation may go critical!

Although yesterday I called a cute boy a goldfish brain & hurt his feelings, so maybe I should be taking notes, here.

People like you who just go out and try awesome stuff AMAZE me. Way to go with this choir business, seriously. Auditioning for it seems super-brave, and I bet you'll love it.

I wanna be your friend on last.fm, you have steered me in the right direction musically once or twice before. The dinosaur icon is me!

Re: oooooh, goats. GOATS!

Date: 2010-01-20 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
some people go way way fast w love. but i get scared at high speeds, cause the impact upon crashing is much more violent. his lady might be knitting underwears for him by now!

hahha! goldfish brain. awh, boys don't have no feelins!

i was so scared at the audition! i had no hopes other than to try, and fully expected to be completely humiliated. i even told the director (who was SO warm and comforting) i was very frightened and at the end i hopped up a little and said "ah did it! ah did it!" like a 3 year old who just went on the big potty. :(

i added you on last.fm. HAY I LOVE JIM CROCE TOO.

Date: 2010-01-20 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browniegirl322.livejournal.com
EEEEEEP! This is good stuff.

SRSLY, you are surprised that you made it through the audition? SRSLY? Have you HEARD you sing??

I will skip in circles for you around my hotel room!

Date: 2010-01-20 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
happy times! wish i could skip with you! we could walk like the monkees!

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Luigi!

Date: 2010-01-20 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rambert.livejournal.com


Hope you go full time at the plant place. You can improvise tunes based on the plants' Latin binomials (though a Requiem might be pushing it;)

Great pic of the choir; is that you in the tuxedo T?

Re: Luigi!

Date: 2010-01-20 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
hylocereus undatus, gardenia jasminoides, pap-a-ver orientaAAAALE!!

and yes! i'm the one in the black slacks!

Re: Luigi!

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Date: 2010-01-20 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4got10one.livejournal.com
Send me your shipping address via email and I'll send you the amazon dinosaur. Love the Chagall-ish merwoman.

Date: 2010-01-21 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
aw, i can't do that, love. i wouldn't feel right accepting it, having done nothing to get it? but that you would offer is a gift enough.

chagall paints things so soft and glowing. i could take a lesson. all my stuff is so crisp and controlled. i think that one is called mermaid in the sky. :)

also, b/c i like pen pals.

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Re: also, b/c i like pen pals.

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you're my man

Date: 2010-01-21 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the101dmnations.livejournal.com
Wowwww, so rad about the choir! Sing 'em dead.

soprano envy

Date: 2010-01-21 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
i know, yay! right now, my challenge is to pay better attention to what i'm singing, because i get so distracted and excited to be even IN THE ROOM.

Date: 2010-01-21 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_swallow/
I have a crush on this lj entry.

Date: 2010-01-21 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
aw. mebbe we ken hold hands.

good news good news good news goodnews

Date: 2010-01-21 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostcosmonaut.livejournal.com
what I want 2C is a Y'tube vid of th choir w/ you in it

--mza.

two ten is kind of nice so far

Date: 2010-01-21 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
mebbe when we have our first performance i can show joo!

songbird

Date: 2010-01-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piedpiper.livejournal.com
that's so awesome about the choir, mamacita--i often feel you're livin' out dreams for me. i was just saying to my guy that i want to get back into singing (i was in choir all through high school and musical theater in college, etc) but i just spend a lot of time sayin shit on the couch, savin all my singing for the shower :)

what songs did you sing at your auditions??

Re: songbird

Date: 2010-01-21 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
aw, you can sing?! i have to meet yoooou. mannn, we could go karaoke!

i sang very quickly and shakily America the Beautiful (totally boring i know), because the audition form said absolutely no pop-songs, but only ones of a classical nature, like Amazing Grace n stuff.
then they play runs of notes and you have to sing them back to see how good your memory is. that was a scary part, too.

Date: 2010-01-22 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] conformity.livejournal.com
im being your friend now

Date: 2010-01-22 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
and i'm bein yrz

Date: 2010-01-23 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aedariamti.livejournal.com
somewhere I have a recipe for cheap DIY laundry detergent...I'll look it up and send it to you. Also, everyone should go around singing at the top of their lungs. All the time.

Date: 2010-01-24 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
hahha, then life would just be one big musical.

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