Oh LJ, I have left you to languish. Is it any excuse to say I've been (even) busier than usual? Among other things:
- My mother had an operation on the vertebrae of her neck, to relieve pressure on her spinal cord which was taking away feeling and movement in her hands and feet. She was in the Royal Free for a week, but is now out, home, ambulant, and it looks like the operation was successful.
- I now work for the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. Discretion now prevents me from wittering on about work online, but I do get a kick out of going through that portal every morning, past the Gatekeeper and his staff in their pink livery.
- Sang a Verdi Requiem last night, under Vladimir Jurowski (chance'd be a fine thing...) conducting the LPO, with joint massed choral forces of the LPC and the Philharmonia Chorus. One of the best concerts I've been privileged to be part of, but having sung the Dies Irae at full power about fourteen times in the last three days, today I don't even want to speak.
- I need to re-audition for the LPC as a soprano extra (managed to get listed in the Verdi programme twice, as an LPC alto and a Philharmonia sop, tee-hee.). They're doing Beethoven's Missa Solemnis later this year, and early next year the Dvorak Requiem, which somewhat grew on me whilst in Istanbul.
- Nearly off-score for this term's Birkbeck opera scenes. My role is Filippyevna, in Onegin.
- Borrowed a book on the theory of the archive from a colleague at work, but have rapidly concluded that Derrida wants a good slap - frankly I can't be arsed to engage, not even so that I can look clever. Merely alluding obliquely to other thinkers' work instead of doing proper citations isn't a sign of erudition, it's a sign ('de-sign'?, blah blah blah...) of laziness.
- I auditioned for a musical, but didn't even get a chorus part. In mitigation, apparently 150 people auditioned, most of them women, and most of them (semi)pro. I have taken the news with equanimity.
- Most of the planting is done in the garden. It feels as if it's on the starting blocks... come May, everything will explode into rampant growth.
- I have spent most of today transferring everything over from my old Treo 650 to the shiny new (and slinkier) Palm Centro, resulting in tech-joy.
Dear Gardenweb, I'm a bit worried about my pieris. It's supposed to have bright red new growth which then goes dark green edged with white. But all the new leaves have faded to a pale yellowy white, with nary a streak of green. Finding appropriate google search terms is problematic. Would you have any ideas? Incidentally, those pots full of nuttin' now definitely have Something, so I've planted them out - and thank-you for the reassurance.