Saturday, February 21, 2009

7 Quick Takes Friday... um, Saturday!

I can't borrow the cool little sign from Conversion Diary, because this is late. Next Friday I will though!

1. My oldest sister, the second-most-frequent poster on the Lily, left almost two months ago now, and there's a big hole in the family. It's so weird to think, "There are still eleven of us... one just doesn't live at home!"

2. Rocio C. is going to be sixteen on Monday. As a wisecracking friend remarked, Tempus fugit et non come-backibus. She had eleven friends over today and the result, as can be imagined, was a lot of chattering and fun!

3. I went to hear Verdi's Requiem last weekend. It was the awesomest thing ever!!! I now officially LOVE Verdi! Not that I didn't before, but now I love him more! (Ha, it rhymes!)

4. I love my huge family. Where else but at home can I hear a three-year-old sister singing the Habanera from Carmen, a brother playing flamenco, and the little kids un-tuning my poor dear piano by banging on it when I'm not playing myself? Not to mention, of course, the little boys yelling (whether playing or fighting is often hard to tell), the babies babbling or yelling... oh, the noise, noise, noise, noise, as Dr. Seuss would say! I wonder how only children manage the quietness!

5. Today I had opportunity to exercise, for the first time, the capacity of Familiæ Censora Librorum inherited from Lucia. One of the girls who came to the party, a great reader, gave my sister a couple of books (which she hadn't read herself), neither of which looked particularly promising. I hated to say "You are NOT reading those" right in the middle of the party; but I did say, "Let me see those," and found that one was at least readable, though probably not excellent. The other was completely unfit for anyone to read, much less a young girl; so I confiscated that and will dispose of it as soon as I can. Oh, the junk people publish these days!!!

6. My Mozart concerto (the link leads to a rendition by the great Vladimir Ashkenazy) is really coming together now, which makes me very happy! A good thing too, because it's only two weeks till the Belleville concerto competition. I'm getting very excited, because if I win, (which I am doing my darnedest to manage), I'd be making my orchestral debut with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra in October. Now that would be cool beyond words!

7. I've been involved for the past couple of weeks in the first rehearsals for our annual Laetare Sunday play. Directed by Mrs. Flanery, our parish poet-author-thespian-extraordinaire, they are always adaptations of comedies, incorporating all sorts of jokes about the parishioners, from the pastor down! They are always hilarious and this one promises to continue in the tradition of the others. I can't wait till Laetare!

19 comments:

crusader88 said...

Yes, your family sounds... much more energetic than my own. If I didn't have my younger brother to play electric guitar for hours, I would likely endure the silence you speak of? But isn't it difficult to find peace for reading?

Good that you heard Verdi's Requiem. Although I've never heard it, the Assumption chapel choir does it every year. Also, a happy 16th to Rocio C.; Monday is also the birthday of a close friend of mine. (Is there another Rocio you need to distinguish him from?)

CP said...

An amazing family for sure.
Great to have a musical household. I try to appreciate good music but can't play.
I enjoy listening to it.

Good point regarding reading.Books, Music are great.

Agnes Regina said...

Rocio is a girl, not a boy, Crusader; (and she tends to want to smack anybody who takes her for a guy just because her name ends in O! :) And no, there's no distinction needed, as there are no other Rocios in the family; she just posts using the initial of her confirmation name, Clara.

Wow, I can't believe you have the chance to hear Verdi's Requiem every year and still haven't done it! As to the quiet for reading... you just tune out the noise, or go read in your bedroom, as the chaos usually centers downstairs.

CP: thanks! I think we're a great family too (so humble, aren't I? haha.. but it's so much fun!) Books and music are indeed both awesome.

Hans Lundahl said...

Is Rocio short for something? Does it have a meaning in Spanish?

Hans Lundahl said...
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Hans Lundahl said...

And of course, a belated happy birthday to Señorita Rocio!

Agnes Regina said...

No. She's named after Our Lady of the Dew (Nuestra Señora del Rocio). Look her up on Google. :)

Hans Lundahl said...

Virgen de l Rocío like?

Agnes Regina said...

That's the one.

Rocio C. said...

WEEEEeeeeeeelll.... as it appears Ines saved me my iamnotaguyoragirlwithaguynameitsnotaguynamejustcauseitendin"o"
rant, I'll just say... Thanks.

Pleasure to meet yall, and the whole shibang, Crusader, CP and Hans. :)

Hans Lundahl said...

Pleased to meet you!

I thought Rocio was a weirdly spelled short form of Rosario. At least that gives you the same person in heaven as a patron!

Hans Lundahl said...

ps:

I have about the same problem.

Hans is perfectly current in German (I was born in Vienna) and in Swedish (dad and mom are Swedes), but in France, where the name is spelled Jean, people tend to mix it up with Heinz and Franz (two quite other German names) or Arabs call me "hamza" (which is an accent in their writing).

Agnes Regina said...

haha... I've had my name, Inés, pronounced so many ways that when people ask me "so is it like this?" I usually answer, "That's fine, I'll know it's me" or something similar! :) And of course, EVERYONE spells it with a Z... GRRR!!!

Hans Lundahl said...

lol (nearly, I'm in a cyber and in a bad mood)

So Agnes in your profile is Inés in real life?

Rocio C. said...

Yups, my big sis... een for short... May your mood mend!

Rocio

Hans Lundahl said...

thank you, it did before reading this and I am in another cyber

Agnes Regina said...

Yes, my name is Inés, and as Rocio tells, I'm her big sister :)

Rocio C. said...

Yups! Have a cookie!

Cookie -> Ö

Hans Lundahl said...

Thnx!