technocracygirl: From A&E's Horatio Hornblower, Major Edrington is smirking and Horatio is looking abashed. (silliness)
My body is definitely rearranging itself. I am decidedly pudgy in the forward direction. More so than usual, anyway. It is...a little twitchy for me.

Also, I can do without the 5:30 am alarm in my head, which seems to be going off this week regardless of what I do. I can ignore the other ones, but 5:30 just won't shut up.

We went to Beth Am last night. Mom and Dad joined us, since I was singing with the choir. I suspect I will be able to feel the kavanah more when I'm more used to the music, and especially when I'm not trying to pick the correct notes out of the air on the fly from the sopranos around me. Fortunately, I am surrounded by some good sopranos, so that helps. I am getting better at sight-reading, though. Perhaps when Peanut is older, I'll audition for the Seattle Women's Chorus again. (I also might have a bit more confidence in my abilities at that time.)

I'm probably going to go to services this morning. I wonder if it sucks or is awesome to have your b'nai mitzvah during Hannukah.

We went to the Taproot Thursday night with [profile] wanderingfey's mom and stepfather. They're showing Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol. It wasn't as good as I hoped it would be be, but it was still quite good. Watson was excellent, although I would have also liked to have seem more of Mycroft. Moriarty was fabulous; that was easily the best Marley scene I've seen since A Muppet Christmas Carol. I couldn't quite warm up to Holmes, but Holmes isn't necessarily a warm-up-to sort of guy. Holmes was a much harder nut to crack than Scrooge often is; he didn't really start to break down until a decent way into the third spirit. But it was all very believable and as true to the character of Holmes as one can get and still have the format of A Christmas Carol. I also missed the lack of children that they get at ACT; Young Holmes was a bit too tall for my taste. He was, however, very easy on the eyes.
technocracygirl: Vaugely Asian woman with flowing black hair and blue armor (Knight of Winter)
I'd heard of the song a long time back, especially at this post, where the author, Seanan McGuire, asks for other women to write verses for. I liked the song, but only intellectually. It's hard to love a song you've never heard.

Then, at the great big author/song shindig at Wayward a few months back, Kitten Sundae plus extra Seanan sprinkles performed it as their "last" song.

I cried. I stood, at the back of the official audience area, with tears not quite fully streaming down my face, but only because it was hot and I was probably dehydrated. Everyone else seemed to adore the last song, which was brand-new, but, really, I couldn't tell you what that song was if I'd tried. There was something in that song that touched me in a very raw, searing, soul-deep part of my soul that's not quite healed.

Fast forward a few weeks. I want to hear this song again. Desparately, desparately want this song. But the pre-order page for Seanan's Wicked Girls page said that the pre-orders weren't available yet, and anyway, pre-orders don't help when you want the song NOW. (I should note that the album is up for pre-orders now. I am waiting for the next paycheck.)

And now I will never again be irritated by fans with video cameras again, because two blessed fans taped two different versions of the song being performed. And I can listen to the song again, and again, and again.

And I still cry. Every darned time.

Part of it is guilt or shame, for feeling like I've not lived up to the song's themes. Part of it is pure, unadulterated joy, at the sheer possibility of the song, of the meaning behind it, of the joyous audacity, of the strength, and the verve, and the awesome-ness. But really, I don't know why. I just know that I love this song. (Of course, this is obvious, or I wouldn't be burbling all about it on the internet.)

Here's the link to the video of Seanan and Vixy singing it. This one is my favorite, though, because Sooj is Vixy's backup, and as awesome as Seanan is, I love Sooj. Plus, the sound quality is better. Probably because SoulFood has warmer acoustics.

Listen to it or don't, either is fine with me. Most of you dislike or despise filk, and I'm not into making people listen to music they hate. But I doubt that most of my friendslist has ever heard of this song, and it seems very unfair to keep it to myself.
technocracygirl: From A&E's Horatio Hornblower, Major Edrington is smirking and Horatio is looking abashed. (amusement)
Mwhahahahaha! SJ Tucker/Skinny White Chick/Kitten Sundae/Tricky Pixie are big enough to warrant tickets to their concerts. And I has them! (Not to the Olympia or Tacoma concerts, though. Because that's a lot of driving in a week that will already be jam-freaking-packed.

March 26 March 25 - Christopher Moore signing at 3rd Place
March 27-28 - Cooking and cleaning at my mother's house for the seder.
March 28 - Kitten Sundae!
March 29 - Erev Pesach!
rest of week - hopefully, running around at work trying to get things done before a training trip. Nothing on the schedule for the evening.
April 1-4 - Norwescon!
April 5 - Day at home, to get over any con crud
April 6 - Hopefully, flying to DC for work.

Nyar.

But we are doing okay. We are not rich, but we are not likely to ever be rich. But we are okay.

And I'm stoked about the Craft Gathering on Saturday!
technocracygirl: Alexander Siddig from <i>Kingdom of Heaven</i> (Gorgeous)
So there are some events going on in the next few weeks that I am pondering doing, and I wanted to know if you wanted to join me. (You being peoples who live in the Seattle area and are interested in this stuff.

1) Seth Grahme-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be at the U Bookstore on Saturday, June 13th at 4 pm. I am of two minds on this. On one hand, I really like Pride and Prejudice, and I like the idea of a mash-up, Creative Commons type of novel. On the other hand, I really dislike zombies. If this had been Pride and Prejudice and Werewolves or Pride and Prejudice and Ninjas? All over it. But it's zombies, which I really just don't like. However, if I know that other people are planning on going, that's a different ball of wax. (And if we're gaming that day, well, if superheroes beat China Mieville, superheroes beat zombies. A lot.)

2) Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School fame has a book. And it is launching at the U Village B&N on June 23rd at 7:30 pm. Not necessarily my full cup of tea, but [personal profile] trilliumgrl expects it to be gothy and interesting, so I shall finangle an outfit together. (Probably involving my wedding corset as a) it's gorgeous and b) I can sit down in it.) Anyone else interested?

3) SJ Tucker is back in town! EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

She has a concert in Seattle on July 17th, 7 pm, for Can't Stop the Serenity. Then there's the Tricky Pixie CD Release Party in Kenmore on July 23rd. And another concert in Everett on July 25th. And I will be there, oh yes I will. We're definitely going to the TP concert, and I may hare off by myself for the other two because Sooj is MADE OF AWESOME. If you're wondering why the heck I'm obsessed, go here and listen. Especially to "We Are Shangri-La," but "Casimira" and the rest are good too. She is good. Even more so in concert.

(And if you're in Cali -- [profile] __fullofgrace__, I'm looking at you -- SJ and Betsy will be performing at Seanan McGuire's book release parties in Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Berkeley.)

So, anyone interested?

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