Countdown…

My life is a series of countdowns. Right now I am counting down to Easter, as the thought of actually having 4 consecutive days in a row to myself is better than the thought of Christmas right now. I am also counting down to my recital. That damn recital. Kirstin is coming, which is fantastic as she can calm me down, seeing she’s been through it herself before. And that makes me want to practice a little more. But only a little bit. I am losing the motivation battle with this recital. And I don’t care. I cannot WAIT to be finished. Ugh. Anyways, on to more important things, such as what I did this past weekend.

I spent Saturday morning in church, half asleep. I can’t stay awake during sermons, especially when this week’s was a summary of the last couple of weeks’. Not exactly inspiring. The afternoon was spent lazing about, reading, sleeping – all of those wonderful things. And then Heather woke me up at around 6:00, and asked me if I wanted to go out to Aldergrove to see a talent show at Heidi’s school. I said sure, still a little groggy from my nap. I forgot how much I don’t really like talent shows. But this one had a few memorable highlights.

You have to remember that this is an ADVENTIST high school. So, anything profane or sexually suggestive is not allowed. Hence the word “damn” was removed from Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”. Unfortunately the guy (and yes, guy) who sang “I Drove All Night” forgot to change the words. He sang “to make love to you…”, and the minute he sang it, Heather and I looked at each other, knowing it would mean trouble. Poor guy.

There were a few times I had to walk out of the room. Now that I teach, I really can’t listen to anything with an appreciative ear. I actually get pains in my throat listening to bad singing. I know it’s weird, but it’s true. The best laughs were reserved for 3 Korean kids that did an opera parody of “O Sole Mio”. My operatic heart was a little bruised afterwards (kudos to them for choosing a really good recording. I’m pretty sure it was the Pavarotti/Carrears version…), but I survived, because next was “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate”. I didn’t think that anyone outside of SK knew that song. That honestly made the show for me. There was also a piano/electric guitar ensemble that played Chopin’s “Prelude in E Minor” that was very inventive. I thought they should have won.

A bunch of us went out to Boston Pizza afterwards to chat. That was my favorite part of the evening. It had been quite awhile since I’d seen Heidi and had a chance to chat. Of course the subject of hockey came up, and my traitorous actions at Monday night’s game. Heather reamed me out for it – in front of everybody. But I didn’t take it seriously as Heather could care less about sports. I was more shocked that she was as passionate about it as she was. And I even rounded some people up for a playoff hockey pool. I know I’m not going to be invited back into the last one I was in.

The best part of this weekend, though, was the re-discovery of The Philosopher Kings. After “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” resurfaced, I asked to borrow a friend’s CD which had a bunch of Arrogant Worms songs on it. He said it had other stuff on it too. Little did I know that I would be introduced to the song, “If I Ever Lose This Heaven”. What a fantastic song. Not fantastic lyric-wise, but it has a fantastic vibe. I forgot how unique they were. I went right to their website, and discovered that they’ve got a new CD out. I heard some of the clips, and really liked what I heard. So, I’m a fan again. I have to stop listening to the song, otherwise I’m going to be sick of it by tomorrow, but oh well. The first song on the CD is great too, but I have no idea what it is.

All right. I’ve taken a 3 hour break. Time to become more productive again. Is that even possible with me? The countdown to the weekend begins. Only 5 days…

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