The sporadic ramblings of Emily C. A. Snyder - devoted to God, theatre, writing, and much randominity.

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Artistic Director and Co-Founder of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS. | Author of "Nachtstürm Castle," "Niamh and the Hermit." | Playwright: "Cupid and Psyche," "Math for Actors." | Classical director and educator.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Weekend Update

In true bulleted style:

  • God bless Kristy and Mark. Beautiful couple! Yay Kristy!

  • God bless meine HH schweisters, Annie and Maria, two better roommates one could not ask for. Some highlights: listening to Annie's uber-large collection of Irish music, watching snippets from Nutcracker, just being together, singing together (esp. Annie on alto harmony - fwah!), seeing Maria catch the bouquet, taking the Steubie-U pic, and all else.

  • The wedding went very well. The music went well as well (which, as Mom pointed out, means that if I wasn't wholly criticising it, means that it probably went better than that). Despite a few finicky bits that came from total lack of really solid rehearsal time with the accompanist, and then the usual on-the-spot decision making of how many verses, etc...it went well. Ave Maria went OK, too - although I'm still kicking myself at always losing breath on the last "Ave Maria" note so that I can't hold it the full time. Arugh! But one guest tried to hire me for her son's wedding in April - except that I'm in MA and really not going to fly out to CA for a singing gig - but that was very nice. The violinist was AMAZING.

  • Side note: the "Sweater Song (Undone)" is on right now on my iTunes. Tee hee hee.

  • Reception was great. Danced muchly - mostly Austria-style of "really dance as if no one's looking!" However, apparently strained the tendon right behind my left knee - meh. Didn't think to stretch before the reception! Silly Emily! Ended up doing the "Cotton Eyed Joe" all by my onesies with Annie - strangely everyone else was exhausted by that point. We got "Brown Eyed Girl" on, but didn't have time for "Vogue." My HH brother, Chris (who DJ's) was furious when the DJ put on OutKast and then went right back to "Twist and Shout" - but since the rest of us dancers were having fun being random with the soundtrack, we didn't mind the discrepancy. We all gathered around Mark and Kristy at the very end and sang "So Happy Together" - very very good.

  • Good, too, to see extended HH. Anthony & Becky were there with their youngest, Chris, Ed, Pat Jackson, and of course David who was good enough to shuttle us all around everywhere - despite his own car dying right before the wedding rehearsal.

  • Oh! The rehearsal dinner was at this little Italian restaurant that so brought me back to Assisi - although, thank God, the white wine wasn't as strong (i.e., completely undiluted) as in Italy.

  • Met up with Kristy's HH sisters at the reception, only to discover they were two doors down from us in the hotel! So we ended up congregating in their room after the reception until modestly wee hours in the morning (I had to get up for an 8 a.m. mass the next morning). It was so good to be among devout warriors again, to be free in speech, to discuss marriage and consecrated viriginity with no shame or need to explain onesself, to talk shop with Catherine (i.e., she teaches 6th grade, so there was much discussion of children and administration and all the foibles of the classroom), to hear about the Catholic community that's growing in Hollywood from Angela (and to get her card for her record label - have a few ideas of sending folk her way once she finishes getting it up and running), and to talk about the new Renaissance that we can all feel coming and getting so excited about His plans, and just being girls and not Responsible Adults but - well, just humans with one another - and in the midst of dishing on our current romantic possibilities, to relearn, to reremember that it's not so weird to be so pure - and therefore to be encouraged to greater purity - despite the everpresent warfare. Anywho. Good to be. Boy - do I miss Steubenville. Do I ever miss that community. The trenches are not as fun as the boot camp! (She pouted.)

  • Flights went well, except for the last when we were delayed for three hours because of some sort of mechanical misfunction. But better three hour delay than dying! I'm all in favor or waiting around to save lives! And the good thing was that because the plane we moved on to was larger than the one we left, more stand-by passengers could make it home to MA. It was only frustrating that everyone else was grumbling! Geesh, folks! Look, be grateful that you can take a plane at all! That you're not walking from Atlanta to Boston! Oy! Howsomeever, that did mean that I got to bed around 5:30 a.m. and ended up sleeping nearly until it was time to get up, get together, and get to rehearsal. Strange shifting of the brain. Rather like coming back from France to Austria. Where am I? What language am I speaking? What time zone is it?

  • It may not be an iPod, but my new portable CD/MP3 player is faboo. Listened to the Ophelia Mix the last leg of the journey. Verily. Mucho bueno. (??? Don't speak Spanish.)

  • And now to a few errands and then to the Gonor's house for tonight's rehearsal because it's going to be so hot that using the church would be death for us all. Praise God for Mrs. Gonor! And dear Lord - is it asking so much to have ONE run-through of the WHOLE play before Friday?

    Mood: Spazzed
    Music: Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery funny, God. Queen's "The Show Must Go On" from the Too Cool for the Room mix.
    Happiness is: Maureen's voice! Whoa!
    For kicks and giggles: A few quizzes

    You Are Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

    You are kind, popular, and generous.
    You tend to be successful at anything you try.
    A social butterfly, you are great at entertaining a crowd.

    You are most compatible with strawberry ice cream.


    Ah, well, they got the chocolate right.

    You Are Bert

    Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable - even if you don't love them!

    You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you

    You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

    How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others


    Julie - you realize that makes you Ernie? :D

    Your Driving Is is: 77% Male, 23% Female

    According to studies, you generally drive like a typical male.
    You're confident in your driving skills, and hardly any situation gets the better of you.
    And while you may have a few tickets under your belt, you're still a very good driver.


    HA!

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