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!