1. In choir, we got our new music! For ensemble we are singing "Beautiful Savior" and "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy" (you know, the one that goes, "Plum, plum plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, fa la la"?).
In regular choir we are singing "Amazing Grace (my Chains are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin, "Away in a Manger" (the pretty version with the different melody), "Christmastime" by Michael W. Smith (I LOVE this song! "Ring Christmas bells, ring them loud with a message bringing peace on the earth, tidings of good cheer...." M.W. Smith has the best choral Christmas music), and *drumroll* ......
LINUS AND LUCY!!! =D
You may be thinking, "You can sing the theme song from the Peanuts??"
Yes, yes you can. The lyrics are the title of this blog post.
This is what it will sound like (turn your speakers up, it's quiet):
I absolutely LOVE this song!! My friends know, as I often play it on the piano. Now we get to sing it in choir! How exciting!
2. I started drivers ed today.... It went well!
I'm have been a very shy person in the past. I have really worked over the past 4 years to get out of my shell and be more outgoing. Shakespeare class really helped with that because instead of force feeding the plays down the student's throats, it was more of a "play fun games that MAKE you be out going" class with a Shakespeare theme.
Today, during the break at drivers ed, I actually initiated a conversation with a stranger whom I had never laid eyes on.
Let me explain something a moment, in my class there are about 20-25 kids, all of whom are strangers. This is my first class being with non-homeschoolers and my first class where I know no one for a veeeeeerry long time. I was scared out of my wits. I was glad that my parents got to stay for the first hour of class which was for both the students and parents. When they left (at breaktime) I moved closer to the front of the room.
There was this girl who was sitting reading. Most of the other students were from 1 of 3 local schools, so they all knew each other. This girl was just sitting alone reading. A real book, not on any kind of device.
I always bring a book everywhere I go just in case I get bored (today I had "The Two Towers" by Tolkien in my purse. I was suprised and glad it fit!). So I went over to this girl and sat down next to her and asked her what she was reading.
Guess what she answered?
I was so surprised I didn't know what to say! I asked her which one she was on and she said "Scandal in Bohemia." Then I asked her if she had ever read Sherlock Holmes before. She said no, she was reading them because she watched Sherlock BBC!
BAM! Instant friend.
So we talked about Sherlock (the first season, she hasn't seen the second yet) and we talked about The Hobbit a bit and then class started.
My saxophone teacher (who's son went through the same course) warned me about a graphic video of accidents and the consequences of accidents so I was alright through that bit. I just turned my eyes down. It didn't help that they were playing a really annoying song about hurt and pain... Still, it got it's point through and I won't be drinking and driving anytime soon (not that I was planning to anyway)!.
3. I found the most incredible website EVER. You geeks out there will LOVE it!! Especially the sci-fi fans (Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who....).
On this website you can find Doctor Who socks (I want these SO bad! For those who don't know, I love socks. Give me a pair of cool funky socks and you will be my best friend forever), sonic screwdriver TV remotes (which cost a fortune, being a geek ain't cheap!), Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite ice trays (these things are super cool too), T-shirts with cool quotes, Star Trek Enterprise pizza cutters, Tribbles that purr (for only, like, $20! That's pretty good)! Spock ears, Star Wars Tauntaun sleeping bag (you know that thing that Han cuts open and sticks Luke inside?), inflatible Captain Kirk chair (who needs the real thing anyway?? Just be careful that you don't end up like that guy in Doctor Who Classic who got eaten by a chair... and then the chair went on to kill Tasha Yar), Spock cookie jar, red shirts that say "expendable", TARDIS beach towel, talking Dalek plush.... Why don't I just give you the link to the site? Then you can check it out.
It's so cool! I could spend a lot of money on that site....
4. This really isn't exciting but I figured I'd talk about it anyway.... I watched "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" last night.
Strange movie. Very strange movie. It's about aliens coming (peacefully) to earth and the government trying to keep that fact from the people but some of the people are being drawn to Devil's Tower, a mountain.
They also keep hearing five notes repeated over and over. (The beginning notes are the notes that the people keep hearing. The rest of the scene is earth "talking" with the space ship. Music composed by John Williams, that brilliant man.)
The movie is very strange.... very strange.... but sci-fi geeks like myself will probably enjoy it to some extent. And make fun of it. And laugh at it. Old sci-fi movies and TV shows (made before 1980) are just so cheesy and laughable and enjoyable!
And so I don't leave you with nightmares of 5 notes repeating over and over again... I'll leave you with the "Dance of Sugar plum Fairy" song we're doing in choir! Sadly, the ensemble (which is doing the song) is only girls so we won't have any of the amazing tenor and bass notes. Oh well. =)
Live long and prosper!